June 22nd, 2012

wood cat

silver linings

So the film rights to Spider-man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four are all held by different studios than Marvel, and as to the first two, at least, there is no short-term prospect of the current studios giving up those rights. [*] While this deprives moviegoers of many potentially-amusing things (Peter Parker being science/engineering buddies with Tony and Bruce! Wolverine being a team player on a completely different team, really?), it does have this silver lining:

The Marvel movie-verse is too sparsely populated for the Civil War/Registration plot to make any sense.

(I also can't see movie!Tony going there, for whatever that's worth.)

So thank you, fragmented movie rights, from saving me from a plot where the government oppression of a minority group is really all about the epic and tragic platonic love of two straight white guys. Or from this particular iteration of that plot, anyway.

[*] I know nothing about the current state of the Fantastic Four movie-wise, [**] but I gather the prior two movies did reasonably well at the box office, though I can't figure why as I DVR'ed them back when I was on maternity leave and ended up getting through both in about a half hour total through heavy use of fast-forward, because they were that dull. Speaking of which: Avengers fandom that incorporates the larger Marvel comics-verse seems to pretty uniformly portray Reed Richards as a jerk. Canon or fanon?

[**] ETA: as discussed in comments, there is a reboot being developed.

Oh, and this made me mildly happier at 2:30 in the morning with a screaming baby, so I am entirely uninterested in speculation to the contrary.

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My issues with the Vorkosigan books post-Komarr

I was having a discussion about the Vorkosigan books over on G+ (prompted by the eARC of the Ivan book becoming available) and thought I should bring these mini-rants over here for multiple cut tags and also potential interest. Don't read if you don't want spoilers or you don't want your squee harshed; I love the series but not uncritically, and if that's not your thing, have some kittens instead.

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Despite, or perhaps because of, these rants, I am interested in the Ivan book, though I am so tired that I think I will probably wait on reading it for a bit.

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Call for Papers: Ithaca NY conference on females in SFF

In 2011, I went to a conference in Ithaca, NY at Ithaca College called "Pippi to Ripley: Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction" and took lots of notes.

It's being held again in May 2013 (under a slightly different name); the keynote speaker will be Tamora Pierce. Here's the call for papers as a Word file, or I reproduce the text behind the cut.

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I'm planning to go and thinking about submitting a proposal myself. The prior post's rant might work, actually, though I think it might be more useful for me to do something about fanfic fandom or about race, I just can't quite think of what. Maybe Korra tomorrow will give me an idea? Or, ooooh, what about an introduction to Mary Sue?

Anyway, I'm happy to take suggestions. What would you propose, were you able to be in Ithaca next May?

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