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the cry of strange birds
Date: 2011-04-17 14:53
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Mood:angryangry
Tags:a game of thrones, what is this i don't even
Your rage- and bafflement-inducing fun for the day: a review of HBO's upcoming A Game of Thrones adaptation which declares that girls don't read fantasy unless there's sex to draw them in. Which. I just. What. I personally haven't read any of George R. R. Martin's books and wasn't planning on watching the show, but here I sit next to five different fantasy novels written by women, all of which have significant (if not majority) female fanbases, two of which were written for the female fanbase in mind, plus a science fiction anthology with several female writers and illustrators, and two volumes of a supernatural comic written and drawn by a woman, and a DVD of the anime based on another supernatural comic written and drawn by a woman, and a Christmas card with characters from Doctor Who drawn on it by a woman, and a giant towel that reads DON'T PANIC!, and my roommate is watching a sci-fi anime on her laptop next to dolls from another sci-fi anime, and the background for my phone has a picture of the TARDIS--the TARDIS which happens to be sitting on top of my dresser along with seven other Doctor Who figures--and there are six separate Pokemon games within reach, and I am wearing a T-Shirt from a sci-fi webcomic, and on the wall there are posters for a fantasy anime and a horror anime, and last night my friends and I were watching one of the most famous fantasy anime ever made, and Ms. Ginia Bellafante, I don't know what kind of world you live in, but if I or any of my friends were in a book club and was asked to choose between a Lorrie Meers novel and The Hobbit, they would not go with the one you think they should. Although possibly this is because none of us know who Lorrie Meers is, which actually helps my point even more. In conclusion: I have just written one of the longest sentences in the world, which I sometimes do, and which may be learned out of me by the sci-fi/fantasy writers' workshop I am taking this summer with several other women. Doris Egan posted a more in-depth response than I did, but then, Doris Egan is a published fantasy author, although I am given to understand this combined with her gender makes her akin to a unicorn. As am I. And all my friends. And my mother. And my grandmother. And almost every woman I met through my family in my entire life. And the creators of over half the books and comics in my room. And this paragraph is seriously too long so I am going to end it now. Except for the note that I am now actually considering watching A Game of Thrones, if only to give this woman the vapors.
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Woozle
User: woozle
Date: 2011-04-18 22:27 (UTC)
Subject: another review-of-the-reviewer
You might appreciate (fellow SFF writer) Dana Hunter's take. (Hint: the second sentence is "I've spent most of the week now trying to determine which planet [Ginia Bellafonte is] from.")
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the cry of strange birds: the master approves
User: futuresoon
Date: 2011-04-19 02:06 (UTC)
Subject: Re: another review-of-the-reviewer
Keyword:the master approves
Haha, excellent! As are all the other takes on it she linked to. (And hello Dana Hunter, if you did stop by here--nice to meet you!)
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Harena Atria: Death by Ferret Giggles
User: harena
Date: 2011-04-19 12:15 (UTC)
Subject: Re: another review-of-the-reviewer
Keyword:Death by Ferret Giggles
My favorite line of Dana's was:

P.S. I get the impression from your article that you must have obtained a college education of some description. Were I you, I'd be asking for my money back.

Indeeeed *falls over into a heap of ferret giggles*
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