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Maeve of Winter
08 February 2017 @ 12:02 pm
  • Tue, 16:32: @CW_Riverdale If you need tips on writing Kevin Keller, I can lend you some comic books. There's more to his personality than being gay.
  • Tue, 16:34: Facepalming at how Riverdale reduced Kevin Keller to "the gay best friend" and nothing more. #riverdale
  • Tue, 21:14: I couldn't believe how the show reduced the character to a flat gay stereotype from the 90s. So disappointing.… https://t.co/VyEjfig8aN
  • Wed, 08:32: @TheMarySue If it interests you, Riverdale reduced the openly gay Archie Comics character Kevin Keller to a flat gay 90's stereotype.
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Maeve of Winter
07 February 2017 @ 12:02 pm
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Maeve of Winter
 Spoilers and rant ahead!

Let me tell you about a character in Archie Comics named Kevin Keller. He is my favorite Archie Comics character of all time, with Reggie and Betty tying for a close second. Introduced in 2010 as Archie Comics' first gay character, Kevin was welcomed to Riverdale with open arms, quickly becoming close friends with both Jughead and Veronica. He quickly became president of his class, and one of his first acts was to build a 9/11 memorial on the school grounds. A military brat who'd travelled around the world, Kevin was interested in journalism and comic books, ran track, frequently engaged in eating contests with Jughead, entered a Jeopardy-like game show on national television, worked as a lifeguard, and counselled a former bully of his who was going through a rough time at home.

Very few of his stories focused on being gay, with even fewer centered on homophobia; his sexuality was acknowledged and 99.5% of the time simply accepted without second thought. No one significant really thought it was any big deal that Kevin Keller liked boys. In Afterlife With Archie (the zombie apocalypse AU), while Kevin does endure some homophobia from Reggie, he's also a badass archer who routinely takes out zombies with just a bow and arrow.

That is to say, the Kevin Keller of the comics is a far cry from the catty gay stereotype who appears on Riverdale for the sole purpose of being the gay BFFs with whatever female character is standing nearby.


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Maeve of Winter
04 February 2017 @ 12:02 pm
  • Sat, 09:38: @Obscurus_Lupa Have you ever read Hasselhoff's bio, "Don't Hassle the Hoff"? He was super proud of all those Baywatch episodes about gangs.
  • Sat, 09:40: @Obscurus_Lupa He thought Baywatch was tackling "important social issues." He also says Geena Nolin was intimidated by his acting talent.
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Maeve of Winter
29 January 2017 @ 12:02 pm
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Maeve of Winter
28 January 2017 @ 08:29 pm
 Combating writer's block at the moment. When you're trying to write a certain scene but it's just not working, what do you do?
 
 
Maeve of Winter
24 January 2017 @ 12:02 pm
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 Several months ago, when looking for podcasts about nostalgic cartoons, I stumbled upon this podcast about G.I. Joe. Despite knowing nothing about the franchise beyond the Channing Tatum movie, I decided to give the series a shot, and I'm definitely glad I did.

What is G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero? Preppies of the Apocalypse put it best in her review of the episode of “The Gamesmaster”:


“Usually at this point in one of these analyses, I’d take a bit of a detour to give everyone some background info about the show, maybe a broad overview of the plot, perhaps a quick rundown of the primary characters. I’m not going to bother with that this time, because… look, it’s a cartoon designed to sell action figures to small children. There are no subtle plot nuances that are going to be too tricky for G.I. Joe novices to follow. Here’s all you need to know: The bad guys are the members of the terrorist organization Cobra, led by the power-mad yet totally incompetent Cobra Commander, and the good guys are the Joes, members of an elite military organization dedicated to taking down Cobra. It has a huge cast of surprisingly well-developed characters (more characters = more action figures), and while jingoistic American exceptionalism always makes me a little queasy, particularly when packaged as entertainment for kids, the show is a hoot.”


Before I go on, some links:

Knowing is Half the Podcast (newer episodes)

Knowing is Half the Podcast (older episode archive)

Preppies of the Apocalypse: "Skeletons in the Closet" Episode Review

The 10 Most Bizarre
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Episodes

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
: The Five Most Insane Episodes


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Maeve of Winter
 I could not believe the subtext/chemistry between Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker, RIP). And I couldn't believe it was unintentional. Holy geez, I don't think Hot Fuzz was as slashy. 

I loved Brian, Dom, Dom/Brian, Mia, and the whole Toretto gang. I was so sad when Jesse died. Johnny Tran was in the movie surprisingly little; his plot was more like a subplot and an excuse to have more interaction between Brian and Dom rather than a central aspect.

And I loved those two together. Brian rescuing Dom from the cops, Dom inviting Brian into his house, garage, and his life, Dom taking up for Brian in from of his gang, Brian throwing away his career for Dom . . . LOVED IT. And now I'm already planning to see The Fate of the Furious.
 
 
Maeve of Winter
08 January 2017 @ 09:10 am
 Some fans complain about certains cliches, calling them overdone, annoying, or simply a sign of bad writing. And yet, I still have a few I simply adore and will never get tired of, and I'm sure many others have their own favorites.

Harry Potter

- Draco is suddenly a ~misunderstood and sensitive~ soul, often with a tragic past and/or an abusive background. The realization of who Draco "really is" is the catalyst for Draco to be invited to join the Light/Order of the Phoenix/Dumbledore's Army and/or for Ron, Hermione and Harry to befriend him.

- Draco's eyes are now "silver" rather than their canon gray.

- Draco is part veela, or entirely a male veela.


The Lord of the Rings

- Legolas is revealed to have a dark secret of a tragic past that is revealed to the other Walkers during the question to destroy the one ring.

- Legolas gets hurt and then has to hide his injuries from the group because he doesn't want to delay the mission.


Criminal Minds


- Reid is revealed to have a dark/tragic past (noticing a pattern here?) that is revealed to the team through a case.

- Reid's dad resurfaces, and Reid or other gets to tell him off in epic fashion.


That's me. Does anyone else have some favorite fanfic cliches?