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Some Thoughts About Race in the SJM Universe

Obviously everyone knows the shitstorm that is going on over SJM characters in both ACOTAR and TOG.

(Frankly, I haven’t read TOG in depth so I can’t really speak for it as well, but I’m going to try)

Let me just preface this by saying three things:

First and foremost, I am a woman of color and a goddamn feminist. I know the importance of POC in mainstream media. It is not my intention to overlook or look down on issues regarding POC representation.

Secondly, I am not a visual reader (as some people may recall from my Tamlin the Yeti post). I don’t visualize characters as being of any race; that’s why I depend heavily on fanart. To me, characters are blobs of characteristics that just happen to have names.

Finally, think about the universe that ACOTAR and TOG are set in. Sarah has created such a definitive world of people who are obviously of different ethnicities. And as a writer, I can tell you that for me at least, race is the last thing on my mind when I build my characters. (Which probably has something to do with my characteristic blobs, but whatever.) Yes, it’s a current issue. Yes, our society has been predominantly white for too long. But for many people, physiognomy comes last..

There are two main race issues I’ve seen on Tumblr:

1) whitewashed fanart and fancasts

2) killing of POCs to further the adventure of the white characters

To #1: There is no excuse for this, really. But I’m 99.99999999% sure that artists will politely recognize their whitewashed art as a mistake and fix it. No need to get pissy all the goddamn time for what could be fixed in one PM.

To #2:: Strap yourselves in, because this is going to be a long, aggressive rant.

Is this an issue? Yes. Should you keep screaming bloody murder at Sarah for it 24/7? No.

And I’ll explain why.

This is a societal problem. It’s no secret that POC are hired in the TV industry as minor characters. Cab driver, IT person, receptionist. This is a mainstream issue. It’s one we need to fix.

But unlike those bitches in the TV industry, I don’t fully believe that Sarah meant to sideline POC, at least not in the TOG universe. Yes, everyone who died was a POC. Yes, that’s weird. But I also don’t fully believe Sarah constructed that world with the idea of killing off all the POC characters to further the journey of the white protagonist.

If anything, it shows that there is an abundance of all-white main casts.

SJM didn’t do that for ACOTAR. The Illyrians are canonically POC—they are tan. Not just suntan. Their skin is not white. Sarah has said herself that Rhys is not “pasty white.” At least four out of the seven courts of Prythian have leaders that are POC (Night, Day, Dawn, Summer). Feysand is an interracial couple. Nessian is an interracial couple. And I believe Drakon is a POC as well (and maybe Miryam)??

So yes. There are race issues. But they’re not ones we haven’t seen before. YA lit is filled with them. That doesn’t mean it’s right, but stop attacking Sarah from problems that are broadly present across the industry. There are plenty of bigger issues with bigger authors that no one seems to care about. I didn’t hear anyone complaining when books like Fangirl or The Fault in Our Stars featured all-white (or almost all-white) casts.

Stop hating on Sarah when she’s given us worlds where people are actually repsented.This is not an issue she fucking created. Stop acting like it is.

I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I… I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.
—  Forrest Gump

new mutants (april 13, 2018) - diverse cast, horror premise, written and directed by the same guy who did the fault in our stars

deadpool 2 (june 1, 2018)- everyone’s favorite pansexual antihero in action once again, sequel to fox’s first rated r superhero hit that had the odds stacked against it, diverse cast, directed by the same guy who did john wick and atomic blonde

x-men: dark phoenix (november 2, 2018)- diverse cast, simon kinberg’s directorial debut after being a producer for most of the x-men films, female villain played by JESSICA CHASTAIN, cherik part 7

20TH CENTURY FOX IS FEEDING US SO GOOD NEXT YEAR SO YALL BETTER EAT IT UP

I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved.
—  Me Before You
Baby Driver (2017)

What do you get when you rely on a daily diet of pop music, television, and Hollywood? Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is a thoroughly entertaining homage to pop culture. Borderline Tarantino-esque without being tiresome, it grabs the audience from bold, brazen opening all the way to its bombastic, bubblegum end. Interestingly enough, what makes this film original is that it’s intentionally formulaic. It draws from pop culture tropes to tell a tale as old as time: a man of few words doing one last, dangerous job, falls in love with a breathless waitress only to imperil her as his unsavory contacts come after them both and threaten his dream of a quiet, painfully normal life. 

It’s a movie you’ve seen a thousand times before, and yet there’s nothing quite like it.  

Baby Driver was non-stop pure fun, powered by a raucous soundtrack and a talented cast. Ansel Elgort is Baby, an amalgam of Ferris Bueller and Ryan Gosling’s character from Drive, and prolific getaway driver to a seriously bad batch of criminal elements that included Jon Hamm and Eliza González’s Bonnie and Clyde duo Buddy and Darling, Jamie Foxx’s perpetually paranoid Bats, and Jon Bernthal’s agro alpha male Griff. Kevin Spacey rounds out this ragtag group with his mild-mannered yet menacing Doc. 

We learn that Baby was roped into this seedy underbelly because he once swiped a car that belonged to Doc. Big mistake, as Doc is some kind of criminal mastermind who, like the Lannisters, is all about those debts. Baby is at the mercy of Doc’s every beck and call, playing getaway driver to all sorts of crazy heists, from bank robberies to post office holdups. Baby doesn’t care much for this life of crime, but he trudges through it so he can get square with Doc and get out for good. But as we savvy consumers of Hollywood films know all too well, there’s no such thing as getting out for good.

Kudos to the stunt choreography in this film, because that opening intro was such a joy to watch. Special mention must be made for Jamie Foxx, who seemed to play the role of Bats with relish. His intensity leapt off the screen, and he made a fantastic antagonist to our young hero. Kevin Spacey, as per usual, brought his signature sneer and style to the film. Overall, Baby Driver boasted a solid cast of characters.

Music is a character of its own in Baby Driver, fueling Baby’s auto antics as he swerves and drifts through the streets in a series of adrenaline-pumping stunts. Elgort looks like he’s having a blast as he channels his best Ferris Bueller, flitting from scene to scene with an easy charisma far from expected from the Fault in our Stars actor. He infused Baby with a swagger that made him endlessly likable…almost too likable. But when you think about the story being deliberately referential, you suspend your disbelief and watch this smooth talking wheelman charm the pants off of Lily James’ blonde ingénue.

…which brings me to the subject of female tropes. On the surface, it’s easy to take umbrage at the clichés of women in the film. You’ve got James’ demure damsel who giggles at everything Baby says and González’s Darling, the fighting fucktoy who spends most of the film scantily clad and wrapped around Jon Hamm. So you’ve got the classic madonna/whore dichotomy, and a leading lady who solely exists to be the fulcrum for Baby’s man pain. But wait! Before you go and fetch your pitchforks, these stock characters of cinema are there for a reason. The whole film relies on your instant recognition of these tropes. Once the audience realizes this, the movie becomes a whole new experience. 

It’s a risky concept, but one that Wright tackles with gusto. He imbues Baby Driver with humor, action, sweetness, and danger; it’s an odd mix of styles to throw into a single movie, to be sure, but as Tarantino’s True Romance demonstrates, it can be done. In keeping with its musical spirit, Baby Driver crescendoes through some predictable moments before saving the totally batshit for last: a grand finale that is so outlandish and over-the-top, it could have been straight out of a comic book.

And that’s the reason why Baby Driver is so good. It commits. It takes a leap of faith that the audience will trust that a movie can be based on Hollywood formulas yet still be told in a refreshing and exciting way. It’s almost too meta, pointing out that while we decry movie tropes and roll our eyes at cinema stereotypes, they can still be enjoyable if you’ve got a good story. 

Oh, and let’s not forget that badass soundtrack, of course.

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Trailer: ‘The Disaster Artist’ - Dec 1

Directed by James Franco, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, starring Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Paul Scheer Zac Efron and many more (no seriously check out the cast list on IMDB (spoilers)).

This looks like a lot of fun and the buzz out of TIFF is strong. I have a feeling this might not resonate as well with people who haven’t seen ‘The Room,’ but I think Franco has packed it with enough stars and oddities to make it stand alone. I’m also intrigued as to what Neustadter and Weber brought to the table, they have a solid track record (500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, Paper Towns, Fault in Our Stars).

Voltage Pictures Launching Teen Drama ‘Departures’

Voltage Pictures is to fully finance and co-produce “Departures,” a drama featuring a teenager with a terminal illness who is helped by a geeky friend to gamely embark on a list of final things to do.

Co-produced with BCDF Pictures, the film will start production April 24 in New York with Peter Hutchings (“The Outskirts,” “Rhymes with Banana”) directing from a script written by Fergal Rock.

Production is by Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady for BCDF and Nicolas Chartier and Alissa Phillips for Voltage. Voltage is handling international sales. U.S. rights are handled jointly by CAA and Voltage.

Asa Butterfield (“The Space Between Us”) stars alongside Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”,) with cast also including Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Flatliners”,) and Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf,” “Fifty Shades Freed”.)

Voltage is pitching the project as a sweet, uplifting tale in the vein of “The Fault in Our Stars.” It says it has had a strong early response from buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

“Fergal has written a beautiful screenplay… This film will certainly resonate with the vast teen audience the world over,” said Voltage CEO Chartier. “’Departures’ is one of those rare projects that’s both commercial and intricate in its handling of many aspects of our humanity,’ said Claude Dal Farra.

anonymous asked:

i like ansel elgort but that's not finn at all. FINN IS BLACK. doesn't matter that other ppl were considered, a black actor was casted SO THE CHARACTER IS BLACK. plus you're adding a deeper meaning with finn's role with a black character.

Yup. I mean see for instance @diversehighfantasy’s comment about a scene deleted from TFA being a specifically Black narrative. It takes on that meaning because Finn is Black. Many parts of Finn’s narrative take on a different meaning than they would have if the character had been played by Mr. Fault In Our Stars, because the character is Black and deliberately coded (in my opinion) as an American Black man. Freeing one’s self from enslavement through ingenuity and courage, for instance, is an iconic narrative with American Black people. So is the loss of national and family origins due to abduction, unfortunately. (There are overlaps here with archetypal Jewish narratives as well and @luminousfinn has a wonderful overview of Finn as a Jewish hero. I also understand there are historical affinities between the American Black and Jewish communities that I am not really qualified to comment on but perhaps others could illuminate.) Also, Finn’s reception in fandom spaces takes on the predictable patterns of sidelining and dismissal that other Black characters receive. You can’t ignore all that and just plop in a white face, that makes the character someone completely different and changes the resonance of the whole story.

So, on my Instagram, I posted about the Tuck Everlasting musical and asked my followers what books should be turned into musicals. Brilliant user thegreatcometfandom suggested The Fault in Our Stars.

So. Just imagine: The Fault in Our Stars by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, starring Olivia Puckett as Hazel and Ben Tyler Cook as Augustus.

Okay, that’s it. Continue with your day!!

Oh! And feel free to comment/reblog/inbox with any books you’d like to see as musicals! Attaching a creative team + casting is optional.

Marvel/Fox have announced their upcoming movies’ release dates for 2018! Deadpool 2 is set to release June 1. 2018. New Mutants, an X-Men spinoff movie hits theaters April 2nd, 2018.And “Dark Phoenix”, another X-Men spinoff about Jean Grey, has a release date of November 2nd, 2018.

Here’s what we know about each of them:

DEADPOOL 2

  • Release: June 1, 2018
  • Directed by David Leitch
  • Josh Brolin cast as Cable
  • Zadie Beetz cast as Domino
  • Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Dopinder as returning
  • Filming will begin on June 19 until September 18. 

NEW MUTANTS💥

  • X-Men spinoff
  • Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars)
  • Based on the early ‘80s comics
  • Likely going to involve the character Blink, Warpath, and Sunspot (We’ve seen them all briefly in Days of Future Past)
  • Also going to include Danielle Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Magik, and Warlock
  • James McAvoy IS returning as Professor X
  • Maisie Williams has been rumored for a role in this film
  • Release: April 2018 (tentative)
  • No casting yet

DARK PHOENIX🔥

  • X-Men spinoff movie about Jean Grey
  • Unknown if Sophie Turner will reprise her role as young Jean or if they will make it about an older version of the character
  • Very possible that James McAvoy stars as Professor X
  • Release: November 2nd, 2018.
Cassian Andor x Reader Fic

Title: Tell Me Again AO3
Length: 6k
Rating: T for language
Summary:  Reader is pregnant but she doesn’t tell Cassian until a mission goes south and he finds out in all the wrong ways.
Author’s note: Written for the lovely @supernaturalmarvelgirl who requested some married life/pregnancy angst and fluff with Cassian. Happy reading! XOXO
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The Fault In Our Stars

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Nick Robinson 

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The Signs As Fandoms:
  • Aries: Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth
  • Taurus: Selection Series - Kiera Cass
  • Gemini: Legend - Marie Lu
  • Cancer: The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  • Leo: Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
  • Virgo: Starcrossed Series - Josephine Angelini
  • Libra: Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan
  • Scorpio: The Infernal Devices - Cassandra Clare
  • Sagittarius: House of Night - Pc and Kristin Cast
  • Capricorn: Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  • Aquarius: The Arcana Chronicles - Kresley Cole
  • Pisces: The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

anonymous asked:

Can you recommend me some diverse YA books?

Sure! I need to read a lot more myself, especially by non-majority authors, but here are some… 

  • All of the Above by Juno Dawson – Lots of diversity in terms of sexuality (including asexual representation); main character is bisexual and mixed race. 
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne Main character has OCD and anxiety. 
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – One of the two protagonists is mixed white and Korean. 
  • Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson – Features a relationship between two girls. 
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman  Comes out in about two weeks. Alice has said that four of the five main characters are LGBTQ+. 
  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott – Set in Japan-like fantasy world. Japanese lead and black love interest.
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman – Main character has depression, and there’s a beautiful relationship between two boys (which is explored in more detail in the novella Nick and Charlie). 
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – Story focuses on two trans characters (one trans boy, one trans girl).  
  • The City’s Son by Tom Pollock – Main character’s best friend is Muslim and plays a key role; I believe she becomes the protagonist in the sequel, The Glass Republic
  • The Engelsfors trilogy by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg – One of the protagonists is mixed white and Iranian; main love story is between two girls.  
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This isn’t reflected by the film adaptation, but Katniss is olive-skinned and of ambiguous ethnicity in the text. 
  • The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo – Set in Lagos, all-Nigerian cast. 
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – Set in Khorasan (modern-day Iran); racially diverse characters; Middle Eastern lead and love interest(s). 
  • Way Down Dark by James Smythe – Main character is of mixed Japanese and aboriginal Australian descent. 
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber – Out in early 2017. Mixed race lead, black love interest. 

Also, if I may recommend some Adult titles: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley features a central relationship between a Japanese man and an English man, and River of Ink by Paul M. M. Cooper is set in Sri Lanka and has an all-POC cast (as far as I could tell). 

Unfortunately, I haven’t any books with physically disabled main characters, apart from The Fault in Our Stars. This is something I’d like to correct, so please feel free to shoot me some recommendations. 

Juno Dawson also has a great list of diverse books here.