so obviously you all know how much Lewis hated Susan. I mean, he dedicates an entire page of The Last Battle to having her family and friends slag her off. Lewis goes out of his way to break down her character. why, you ask? so did many of his fans at the time. he received countless letters demanding an answer. the one he gave was that Susan was to be a cautionary tale to always stick with your family and not fall to vanity.
HA! proclaimed most of the literary community and critics. Susan's fate was most likely due to Lewis' vendetta against female sexuality, as the vast majority of the criticisms of her were targeted at traditionally feminine vices. also, she is supposed to represent a loss of faith - Susan, the sensible, logical, reasonable child, who always tried to take responsibility, is of course the one to stop blindly believing in a talking lion and a world no-one knows exists. (I personally think there's far more to it than that, especially if you consider the psychological trauma of being torn out of a world to repeat puberty, only to be taken back and torn away again.*)
so that's the background. and here's what the film did with it.
at the beginning, we see Susan being harassed by a young boy. he approaches her and starts talking to her about how he's seen her during school, despite the fact that she doesn't make eye contact, continues to read her magazine, and gives short answers. she is clearly uncomfortable with this unwanted attention, and even goes so far as to give a fake name. why is this important? because it shows that her attractiveness is already a burden to her, because it shows male attention as invasive. because it shows that her sexuality is causing her problems. this is a complete subversion of the original canon, wherein one of Lewis' pet plot points was female sexuality causing problems for others, namely poor male protagonists.** not only that, but it's a defence of Susan - she doesn't mean to be this pretty, and she shouldn't be blamed for it.
movie: 1, Lewis: 0
as the movie continues, Susan is a total badass - she actually takes part in the battles, talks sensibly to everyone, doesn't take any shit, and in general is just a hbic.
movie: 246, Lewis: 0
oh and that conversation with Lucy, when Susan haltingly asks why she didn't see Aslan, Lucy replies that "maybe you didn't want to see him." ouch. that one hit me right in the Susan-loss-of-faith feels.
movie: 49386, Lewis: 0
then, as the children's journey continues in Narnia, we get a Susan/Caspian romance subplot. let me say that again - SUSAN GETS A ROMANCE SUBPLOT. (the only romance subplot we get in the books is Caspian randomly marrying some girl he just met, who doesn't ever have a name btw, simply bc he's dazzled by her beauty***.) but in the PC film we get to see Susan take charge of her sexuality. she has male attention that she enjoys, as she grows into an understanding of her budding feelings for Caspian. not only that, but it's clear that Caspian doesn't just like Susan's looks, but admires her as a queen and a warrior. (plus their banter is just so precious - after Caspian returns her horn Susan says "why don't you keep it? you might need to call me again.." al;sdkfjasd Susan you card!) and this all culminates in Susan kissing Caspian, passionately and right in front of Aslan and a crowd of Telmarines. I just !!!!! holy sexual agency, Batman!
movie: 54830346, Lewis: rolls in his grave so much he burrows to China
of course, the film is otherwise hugely flawed (who the hell decided that endless Telmarine politics was a good idea?!), but in regards to Susan it provides us with what the books never did - it shows her as a person, flawed but fantastic, who totally shouldn't be blamed for her sexuality.
* the film actually comments on this too! and through Susan! in the tube station she advises her siblings to accept the fact that "this is our home", and when they are returned to Narnia she bemoans the fact that "I had just got used to living in England". A++ character depth and also Susan defence.
** see: Jadis and Edmund, but mostly The Lady of the Green Kirtle and Rillian. (oh and there's that plothole of TLotGK needing Rillian to rule with her, when she had an entire army and was ready to invade Narnia and was clearly powerful enough to accomplish this on her own. so why this ridiculous kidnap of a male? because female sexuality is daangerous, kids!)
*** don't even get me started on the Dawn Treader film, and how it not only gave her a name but also agency to fulfill the purpose she was written for. actually just don't get me started on the DT film in general because it is my favourite and I will go on about it forever.
ANYWAY I'm sorting out my journalism tag, so that I have an online archive of my articles, and I missed out my first 3 last year! So I'll post them now. I'll also post my highlights from this year (they haven't been very good though!) sometime soon.
Without further ado, here's the Wikileaks articles I had such a palava about (if you remember) and also one on Burma! Bear in mind that these were written in November of 2010, so the info is very outdated!
Courage Is Contagious:
The Story Of Wikileaks
In the Western World we pride ourselves on having freedom of speech, on living in a society free of corruption and repression, a society where we can trust our governments to do what’s right. WikiLeaks has almost singlehandedly shown this to be false.
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The Controversy Crusader:
Julian Assange. For many this name has being infamous, synonymous with both liberation and secrecy. For most this name is an obscure side note to more important news worthy subjects. Assange is somewhat of a contradiction: obsessed with revealing secrets and yet rarely coming out of hiding. This, of course, could be for protection, but is it more than that?
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Fighting To Be Heard:
The Crisis In Burma
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Ok so this is just gonna be me rambling about how much I love the Homestuck music. Because it's seriously the cleverest music I've ever heard. I studied music briefly (at GCSE level) which just makes me realise even more the different techniques used masterfully in the Homestuck soundtrack.
In the soundtrack, not only is there a range of genres (with club-like remixes rubbing shoulders with songs reminiscent of trad jazz), but the songs are perhaps the best example of programme music I've ever heard. Let's have some examples.
At The Price Of Oblivion continues to be one of my favourite Homestuck songs. It's great - all clashing guitars and epic chord patterns. But if you consider where it comes in the story it's also very clever. This song is the soundtrack to Grimdark!Rose and Vriska's separate showdowns with Bec Noir. The melodies reflect this. The tinkling and electric piano melodies represent Rose's fight (as every character has an instrument associated with them - like the harpsichord with Terezi - I've noticed this sort of melody in many of Rose's songs), while the guitar melody represent's Vriska's battle. Or at least that's how I interpret it. In any case, this is a great song that tells the story of these showdowns.
Hussie Hunt is another piece which plays with the programme genre, this time in a very amusing way. If you listen to the song it follows Hussie as he explores Doc Scratch's house, complete with door creaking noises and a discordant trumpet climax as he encounters the wolf. In this song, not only does it tell the story but it also manages to make music humourous.
And of course there's Rex Duodecim Angelus which the composer describes thoroughly in his amazing album notes. This is probably the best example of programme music in the Homestuck soundtrack, as it goes through the battle with every character entering to a version of their theme.
But the Homestuck soundtrack isn't just clever because of the way it plays with programme music. Of course I have to give a shout-out to the amazing foreshadowing and pre-emptive plot hints within the soundtrack itself. From the beginnings of Sburban Jungle in Volume 4 to more recent tracks such as Ocean Stars Falling and The Thirteenth Hour, the music has always contained tantalising hints as to what's going to happen next in the story. Hell, even the album artwork contains cryptic hints!
I could go on and on really. I haven't even started on how much I love the fact that the soundtrack plays with so many genres. But I've rambled too much (and I really should get back to work), so I'll leave it here.
Basically, the Homestuck soundtrack is the cleverest, most exciting and diverse I've ever encountered. And if you don't truly appreciate how intelligent and wonderful it is, you haven't been listening hard enough.
Ok, so we all know what I'm talking about, right? At one point Azula talks about her Divine Right to rule.
Here's my problem: Divine Right requires a deity of some kind. That is literally what divine right MEANS. Wikipedia says it better than I could: "[Divine Right] asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God."
And yet as far as we know, the Fire Nation has no deity. The word "god" or "goddess" is never mentioned in Avatar.
To me, this is sloppy writing. It's Bryke not thinking of cultural relativism, and applying Westernised concepts from our reality onto a culture which would not have them. I highly doubt they intended the Fire Nation to have a deity - if they did we would have seen temples and it would have been part of the plot. Additionally, Bryke steer away from that form of religion, instead concentrating on Buddhist teachings and subtly working them into the show (through the Air Nomads).
I don't think there's anything more for me to say about this. If anyone can think of some point when it's confirmed that the Fire Nation have a deity or religion, please let me know.
And Azula is perfect for morality. A lot of people would consider her an immoral or even a moral person. I'm going to argue that this is not the case, by answering the question "is Azula a hedonistic egoist?".
OH WHAT FUN lol
Is Azula a Hedonistic Egoist?
Let's define the term first. A hedonist is someone who defines value through pleasure or pain: please = good, pain = bad. An egoist is someone who defines good as good that happens TO THEM. This is a branch of consequentialism, so for an egoist the best action would be that which brings about the greatest amount of pleasure for them (ignoring effect on others).
It seems pretty obvious that this is what Azula is: she constantly thinks of what's best for herself, both acting accordingly and manipulating others to achieve the best outcome for her. I could cite examples, but I'm sure you can think of them yourself and also I've just realised I'm writing an essay when I don't have to omg whut.
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Up next: is Azula a sociopath? Stay tuned! And at some point I'm going to argue that it makes no sense for Sokka to be sexist, contintuity-wise.
V just said that he stood for "fairness, justice, and freedom".
I mean, it's been a while since I studied Stuart history, but I know that Guy Fawkes was an avid Catholic who wanted to put a Catholic monarch, in close association with Papacy, on the throne.
And assassinate King James I, Elizabeth's chosen successor.
Basically, Guy Fawkes wanted to put in place a regime similar to Mary I's (otherwise known as Bloody Mary for her mass murder of protestants), only more controlling and rigid (Mary actually did a lot of good for England's domestic policy and brought in some helpful reforms that Elizabeth subsequently took credit for but whatever I'm not here to rehash my sixth form history lessons).
So yeah. This is pretty much the opposite Guy Fawkes wanted.
I'm not saying that the monarchy he was opposing was all good either.
I'm just saying spin your dystopian tales all you want, in fact I love them and think they serve well as a cautionary tale, but DON'T FALSIFY HISTORY TO DO IT.
And this concludes my rant for the day.
After chosing Mai over Azula, Ty Lee had a pretty hard time of it in prison. She kept resolutely cheerful during the day, but every night she sobbed herself to sleep in her cell. Plus, being so attractive, she got a lot of unwanted attention from the guards and other prisoners.
When she was released, she couldn’t deal with the trauma of Azula’s breakdown, or her bad experiences in prison. So she retreated into her happy-go-lucky facade. And she ran away from her problems by going back to the comfort of just being part of a “match-set” (the Kyoshi Warriors). Amongst them, she didn’t need to have her own identity. She didn’t need to accept what had happened to her since she left her first “match-set” (her family). Subconciously she was steeped in deep denial - hiding from her life, and trying to erase what had happened by going back to what she knew.
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Godammit this fic is going to be HUGE. There’s no way I can do this in a oneshot. It’s gonna be a multi-chaptered filling-in-the-gaps/what-happened-next fic.
If only I had tiiiiiiiiiiiiime.
My philosophy is that nothing will ever live up to your imagination. (Homestuck pretty much proves this, especially with so much disappointment about Lord English.)
And I’ve been disappointed by so many bad adaptations in the past. I learnt from watching Lord Of The Rings then reading the books that it’s best to do it that way around - the film will intrigue you and suck you in, and the books will only add to the experience as if they’re good enough to be made into a film there’s no way they’ll disappoint you.
But I’m so ridiculously pedantic I don’t there exists a film adaptation that I like if I read the book first.
BUT I’ve heard The Hunger Games is amazing, so I’m wondering what your opinion on the situation is.
For those of you that don't follow me on Tumblr, I feel I should let you know I'm writing an article about the PROTECT IP/SOPA Act. I was planning on writing the article today, but seeing as the hearing in Congress is today I'm gonna leave it until tomorrow so I know what happens and can write my article accordingly.
Yeah, so stay tuned! I'll post it on here once I'm done.