Category: genre-schooled

Genrepocalypse 2019: GoT Edition

How are we doing, friends? I’ve had a heck of a last week, what with seeing Avengers: Endgame AND the Battle of Winterfell in a span of five days.

Breathes.

I promise we’ll delve deep into Endgame in a full post soon, but today, let’s deal with the slightly more time-sensitive matter of Game of Thrones Ep. 8.3, “The Long Night.” Assume full spoilers below.

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Westworld S2 Ep 3: Virtù e Fortuna

Welcome to the belated third of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually much closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. SPOILERS AHOY!

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Westworld S2 Ep 2: Reunion

Welcome to the highly belated second of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! (To stay in a very present mindset of analysis, I wrote this up before viewing Ep. 3.) I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually much closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. SPOILERS AHOY!

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Romance For Newbies: Reader’s Advisory and The Freebie Problem

Getting into any new genre is difficult and often intimidating. You know you’re interested in the idea, but there’s so much out there, of so many different quality levels, and even your best friends’ tastes just don’t line up well with yours. Plus, you’re used to one kind of story and the formula of another kind can be jarring at first.

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Westworld S2 Ep 1: Journey Into Night

Welcome to the first of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. This season looks to be quite the ride, and I’m excited to help us all puzzle through it. SPOILERS AHOY!

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Genre @ Large: Mother of Carbs!

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We know what characters are: the fictional personae that populate our pages and screens. We know what actors are too: the paid professionals who portray those characters on screens and stages. A squishier grey area in the middle is populated by two (frequently overlapping) concepts: the actor’s “public persona” (the image they project when they are in the public eye as “themselves,” which is not entirely unperformative) and the “actor text,” or valance of associations from prior roles that tend to attach themselves to performers.

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That Was Never The Deal: Musings On a Relationship With Whedon Fandom

So there was some Whedon news last Monday, and no, it wasn’t great. I usually avoid Whedon news of any flavor because the shouting gets so loud so fast, but this one blindsided me, can’t be unseen, and well, let’s talk about it.

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All Ages and LGBT+

Often, I see people say that kids don’t understand a lot of things. They don’t understand sexuality yet, they don’t understand gender, they don’t understand the difference between those things, they don’t understand consent, they just don’t understand. In reality, however, kids very much do understand these things. In some ways, they understand them so much better than adults to, because they’re still forming their own opinions.

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Little Companies, Big Stories

We talk a lot on this site about Marvel. One of the reasons for that is that we’ve got some passionate Marvel fans, in all fairness, but also, Marvel makes a lot of noise. Enough noise that a lot of other things might go unnoticed. Today, here are some smaller publishers equally deserving of a good look. Maybe some of these you’ve heard of, maybe some of these you never have, but with an ever expanding market, it’s vital to remember that there’s not just one or two, or even three, companies with all the control. This world is for all of us and little companies often tell big stories.

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Late to the Party: Too Many Cooks

Sometimes, you just miss one completely. At the time this late-night experimental-comedy-short hit Adult Swim on CN, and subsequently the internet exploded, I was in a (metaphorical) cave revising my dissertation for final submission, and by the time I re-emerged, blinkingly, into the world, this moment had already passed without my knowledge.

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