The upcoming blog series A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars & Fandom is coming together bit by bit. I now have a logo/banner, music for the video segments, a model for the script writing of said segments and I hope to soon start preparing the first actual posts. I’m so excited about this project and I’m relieved that this is coming together the way it does so far. I’m still nervous about the actual taping, but I hope that it will go fine, since the editing will be easy in comparison!
Links: Feminism, Diversity, Batman, Star Wars, Tinker Bell, Tolkien, Wonder Woman
- Gender Inequality Discussions at The Writing Catalog
- Why White Men Might Be Pissed Off by I.O. Kirkwood
- Sci-Fi Women Friday: Ripley by Legion of Leia
- Review: Batman Returns by Jeremy DeFatta
- He’s a Main Character, Too: Respecting Lando Calrissian by Lucas Jackson
- “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”: I Love Tinker Bell Now by Hannah Givens
- “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”: Mostly Notes for Parents by Hannah Givens
- “Secret of the Wings”: More on Discrimination in Pixie Hollow by Hannah Givens
- “The Pirate Fairy”: A New Direction by Hannah Givens
- Lord of the Rings: The Murder of Deagol by Gene’O Gordon
- Wonder Woman and Transphobia by Lady Geek Girk
A while ago, I wrote about the videos I shared on YouTube, which had the most views, with how some of the results surprised me, while others didn’t’. I thought that it might be interesting to post about the other side of the coin, i.e. the videos I shared over the past few months that got less than 5 views for the time being.
#5. If I Will It All Away – Alien franchise, Music by Evanescence.
#4. I’d Give My Soul – Avatar, Music by Within Temptation.
#3. A Tale As Old As Time – Battlestar Galactica, Music by Nightwish.
#2. Be Everything You Can Be – Star Wars, Music by Shania Twain.
#1. We’re All Part of This Journey – Battlestar Galactica, Music by Within Temptation.
When I look at this list, I find it as random as the most viewed ones (though the most viewed one included a Game of Thrones video which made sense with the hype around this television series, especially as this is currently airing). Contrary to the most viewed, I have sorted these out, not by number of view, but by posting date, for a few of them had equal views so far. Ironically, I find it weird that my Alien video has only so few views in comparison to the Prometheus one and I would have really thought that my Star Wars videos (one of my favorite ones I’ve made) didn’t get more popular either. As for the Battlestar Galactica ones, I’m surprised that A Tale As Old As Time has so few views, despite being a Starbuck centric, in comparison to my Anders one, for example.
So, that was my little bit of randomness and vidding musing for today and I hope that you all have a good weekend. I have a few posts I have on my mind for the upcoming week, both the answers to the writing process blog hop (thank you Hayley for tagging me!) and some thoughts regarding academia and social media. I am also trying to come up with a good idea of post to submit to Fangrrrl.com, and might be inclined to write about Star Wars influenced me as both as a fangirl and a scholar.
I can’t even begin to express all the emotions Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions brought out of me. It went beyond everything I had expected for this final season. I love how they tapped into the Star Wars mythology on such a deep level. There were so many feelings. I am so grateful to the whole team of talented people who worked on this. It was Star Wars at its best and it made me want to rewatch all of the previous seasons (+ the movie). I also realized I never rewatched Episode III: Revenge of the Sith since watching The Clone Wars. I am already dreading the day because I believe that I’ll cry even more (knowing I could barely stand after the first time I saw Episode III on the big screen).
There are so many things I want to write about in future papers about The Clone Wars within the Star Wars universe. I already landed a new paper idea, thanks to Rose who fed my muses (Star Wars and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic cross study angle, knowing I already have an idea for a comparative analysis between some aspects of The Lion King and Star Wars).
Speaking of writing, I have started the afterword for my book Women in Science Fiction Television today and did 1,400 words out of the 2,000 planned. I’ve already mentioned other shows I didn’t study in the actual chapters in it and I can’t help wanting to make a series and not just a one shot book. Time will tell, of course.
While looking up a random detail about the Stargate franchise for the Afterword, I suddenly wanted to try Stargate Universe out. I love Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, but I had always refused to watch Universe, because of all the mess that surrounded the production and then how Atlantis got cancelled. I liked a few of the cast members, and since the original Universe airing, I got to know even more of them. And now I want to try the show out. I am the first surprised! Oh well, that only means two seasons to check out (in case I like it).
I also just found out that executive producer Howard Gordon (The X-Files, 24…) has a new show coming up: Legends. I don’t need more shows on the to watch list, but I am a huge fan of Sean Bean, and of Gordon’s work, so I will have to check it out when it comes on TV this upcoming summer. And it’s labelled as a mini series, so how am I supposed to resist?
Links: Women, Media, Science Fiction and Writing
- Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Top 5 Female Religious Figures That Should Be On TV by Lady Geek Girl
- Children’s literature: is it even a thing? by Diana Gordon
- 5 Tips for Authors to Make Blogging Easier by Margo Bond Collins
- Alien, Gravity, and Pacific Rim: The radical notion that women are people by Sophiewing
- To Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Thank You by Dave Filoni
A while ago, my friend Helka expressed interest in a possible post about books I had on my to purchase and to read list. So, here comes the post, because it took me a while to make the list. This list is a fraction of what I want to read, and doesn’t include any titles that I already possess. The content of my to-read shelf might be material for another post (think Star Wars, The Witcher, Ender’s Game, Book of the Order, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tolkien, Dragon Age, Mistborn Trilogy if you really want a few hints).
I first thought about making just one list, maybe in alphabetical order. Then I realized that I had books of many kinds/genres and that it would just be too cramped if I went for a single list. Since there was no way I put all the books I wish to purchase, I decided to go for 4 titles in each category. So it gives variety in the snippets I offer of my future dream selves, besides all the busy ones I already have (I still want to share some pictures of my work lair at some point, but I need to actually remember to take the pictures!) The books listed aren’t necessarily my most wanted book for each category either, as I tend to have a hard time establishing hierarchies as such.
Star Wars novels
- Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
- The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves & Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
- The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn
- Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves, by James S. A. Corey
- Wynde by Tricia Barr
- The Wheel of Time Book 1: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
- The X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson
- Terminator Salvation: From the Ashes by Timothy Zahn
- The X-Files Classics (series)
- The X-Files Season 10 (series)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 (series)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 (series)
- Epic: Form, Content, and History by Frederick Turner
- Religion and Science Fiction by James F. McGrath
- Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
- Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Personal development books (Kindle)
- I’ve Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After by Mandy Hale
- Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever by Pete Wilson
- Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup
- The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville
Star Wars art books
- The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Brad Bird
- Star Wars Art: Concept by Joe Johnston
- The Complete “Star Wars” Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet
- The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic by Frank Parisi
Other art books
- Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation by Pamela Glintenkamp
- Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film by Ian Nathan
- Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day by Ian Nathan
- The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! by Alastair Dougall
To finish this blog series about some of my videos, I chose to write about two videos. If I Will It All Away and Time Will Not Erase, respectively made for Alien (first three movies) and Prometheus, in 2011 and 2013. There is a strong connection between those two vids, and not only because of the fictional universe they belong to. Not only did both videos premiered at the Wiscon (in 2011 and 2013) but they were made in memory of my mother’s cat and then my own, who passed away 2 years apart.
When hers died, I went to Alien right away to handle my grief through vidding, because there was the big ginger cat in the movie (and in pieces of the second one) and Jedi was a big ginger cat, though long haired. So it just connected in my head. I hadn’t vidded any Evanescence song in years either, but Whisper seemed to just work perfectly given the painful circumstances. I remember that I hadn’t seen the fourth movie back then (which is my least favorite since then) so that was the practical reason why If I Will It All Away only features the first three movies from the franchise. Ripley is a character that I like a lot and whose journey I find compelling, so it also worked well for what I had in mind.
On the opposite, I didn’t like Prometheus for the most part when I went to see the movie when it came out in 2012. I had already a paper I wanted to write about all those issues I had with it. I rewatched the movie in March or April this year, to take notes for future academic projects. And I had a great surprise, because I enjoyed it this time, and while I’m far from finding it anywhere near perfect, I was much more invested in the movie, especially Shaw’s character, at second watching. It was something I hadn’t seen coming at all.
It was why when I learned that my cat Sissi passed away while I was abroad for a few weeks; I knew that I needed to vid Prometheus. The song, I had known for a while that it would be My Immortal by Evanescence, no matter how many times it was used in videos since it first came out. The song would just be perfect for her, especially after having had her for such a long time – she left us a week after turning twenty. I was barely home for a few days before leaving again for a job interview, but my parents had got me the DVD for Prometheus and so I jumped back into vidding, although I hadn’t done much in a few months.
Just like If I Will It All Away, it was a difficult and emotional video to make, but I am glad about the result, even though I wish that I had had Sissi on my desk pawing at the keyboard while I had made it. I didn’t hesitate afterwards to submit it for premiering at Wiscon again, as it felt right to do that, as a follow up for the video I had done after her younger brother when he passed away in 2011.