Twilight: When Fantasies Reinforce Toxic Societies
There’s a tension in my mind with Twilight. On the one hand, I don’t want to criticize fantasies. Fantasies are private, fantasies are helpful, fantasies are healthy. On the other hand, when a fantasy becomes saturated in the mainstream, do we have an echo-chamber where society can become worse as a result of people modeling the fantasy? And how does this translate into the process of writing? Come share in Ana’s existential confusion in a Very Special Twilight post.
Deconstruction: The Fantasy of Being Beautiful
I wonder if the fantasy of Twilight isn’t one of becoming beautiful so much as it is about becoming a completely different person – in the same way that Kate Harding’s Fantasy of Being Thin is not about weight loss but about personality transformation.
Open Thread: Characters You'd Like To See In Fiction
Open threads aren’t usually meant to be reblogged, but here’s one I’d love to see a variety of opinions on. What are you missing in your fiction lately? Reading suggestions also welcome!
In terms of stuff I'd like to point people to again, I've written multiple times about depression, and I think that my first attempt (Trigger warning: depression, in a fair amount of detail at that) is something that I'd like others to see in hopes it can help people understand.
There are also two bits of fiction I'd like to point back to, both Twilight related. The first is a silly version of the van scene from Twilight that plays at least as loose with the laws of physics as the original but has, in my opinion, a lot more fun doing it. The second is an ongoing alternate version of Twilight in which, for the most part, the characters are not jerks. They also happen to have the opposite genders as their Twilight counterparts.
Since we were invited to send in items that were missed earlier in the year, I have a few. I have an unfinished fictionalized account of my 1986 trip to Africa in Alien Landscapes, Part One and Part Two, and the non-fiction version (with pictures), My Real African Adventure. Also, I have my own views about the Proverbs 31 woman.
Twilight: The Problem of Mike
There’s a tendency for Mike to seem good compared to Edward, simply because he is less bad than Edward. This tendency comes from the same place as “Nice Guys” and is a dangerous fallacy. Mike may not be stalking Bella, but that doesn’t make him less aggressive, or automatically more caring for her safety and feelings – because he’s not.
Deconstruction: Manic Pixie Dream People
Musings on the movie “Bridesmaids” and how the defining trait of Manic Pixie Dream People is a disturbing tendency to not recognize the word “no”. Good when used in small quantities; disturbingly bad when mixed with privilege and served as the main course.
Narnia: The Passion of Aslan
The biggest problem with the execution of Aslan, if indeed it is meant to be seen as analogous to Christ’s crucifixion, is that while Jesus’ sacrifice was an act of peace that anyone could partake in, Aslan’s sacrifice is an act of war that only Edmund can benefit from. Something crucial has been lost in the translation.
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