24 9 / 2014
Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, was surprised and delighted to discover that Outlander was not the historical romance bodice-ripper she expected it to be. She praised the show for having a lot of sexual energy, instead of just sex: “And this struck me as both very restrained, and very refreshing for cable television - which has unfortunately gotten into the habit of providing graphic sex scenes every 25-minutes or so, in a slightly numbing, contractual sort of way. It feels a little bit like porn with purchase.” Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya writing for AV Club notes that Outlander is the opposite to Game Of Thrones, which frequently objectifies and exploits women: “Not only by the male characters, but by the camera and direction, which marginalises female viewers.”
Outlander showed its flip-side on “sexposition” in the latest episode – ‘The Wedding’ – which sees Jamie and Claire married in a non-linear storyline depicting the circumstances surrounding their union and consummation."
'How Outlander is flipping typical TV dramas on their head' - Danielle Binks [x]
19 9 / 2014
Reposted from Pernsickety Snark.
Red Band Society
By my third morning of ATX I was used to showrunners and creators who less enamoured with their projects. So it was so pleasing to have a preview screening of Red Band Society and then absorb all the passion and enthusiasm producer Margaret Nagle has for this project. I work in the teen sphere so I was beyond excited to see this screening make the ATX line up. It didn’t disappoint, they’ve cast some great teen leads in Charlie Rowe and Zoe Levin (I need to see more with the others) and the support cast features Miss Octavia Spencer who is incredible.
Pilots are rarely, if ever, perfect creations and while there was a rawness to the product, you cannot doubt the sincerity, care and joy that has been placed into RBS. They’re unafraid to put trust in young actors to portray big (and small) moments and it is a story and exploration of teen characters that shows much promise.
A moment into the screening a person sat down next to me. I was watching the character of Kara being an absolute wench to another character and then realised the person next to me was the actress who played her. Needless to say this was somewhat weird - to be watching an episode with someone so involved in a project. But Zoe Levin was great and I really look forward to seeing the layers peel back on the bitchy cheerleader trope.
Levin and NagleI was able to ask a question about the inevitable lazy comparisons to The Fault in the Stars that will be made. Nagle was aware this would happen but hadn’t read the text (but was planning to), Levin was very familiar with the work (she is a teen after all) and both reiterated that it’s a very different story. And it is, yes there is a teen with cancer with one leg. But there are many teens in this story with different conditions, different backgrounds and ultimately haven’t been created (or trademarked) by John Green. That being said, I do hope Nerdfighters embrace RBS.
Nagle made a big impression. She’s clearly invested in this show having spent much of her youth growing up in children’s hospitals just like her characters. Her brother was in a long coma, just like the narrator Charlie, and realises that there is more to hospitals that death and decay. She also mentioned aspects that will continue on from the pilot of which I will choose to remain silent on as not to ruin it for new viewers. But I do look forward to future coffee cups…may I suggest ‘snarky wench’? :)
31 8 / 2014
littleelfman said: Hey hey! Do you have any suggestions of good tumblrs to follow? I'm having trouble finding ones that are worth following. :)
I don’t follow heaps but here’s a great directory for YA authors on Tumblr: http://yahighway.tumblr.com/YAdirectory. I mainly follow bits and pieces from tv show fandoms.
Also, Smart Girls at the Party. Amy Poehler’s org.
25 8 / 2014
The Inky Awards celebrate Australian and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults. The longlists and shortlists are decided by teens for teens.
Gold Inky Award (Australian YA) shortlist:
- These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
- The First Third - Will Kostakis
- Every Breath - Ellie Marney
- Fairytales for Wilde Girls - Allyse Near
- The Sky So Heavy - Claire Zorn
Silver Inky Award (international YA) shortlist:
- All the Truth That’s in Me - Julie Berry
- Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
- Acid - Emma Pass
- Man Made Boy - Jon Skovron
- Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud
Voting is open until 5th of October
21 8 / 2014
Great article on the great (and problematic) aspects of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The biggest issue is that in many countries (including Australia) the terminology is different.
”The UK, Scotland, some Asian countries, South Africa, New Zealand, they all call it MND…Even in the States they have an issue because a lot of people only know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, they don’t even know about ALS, so the message is not always getting through.”
You can support all four types of Motor Neurone Disease (of which ALS is one) please consider sending a donation to www.mndaust.asn.au
20 8 / 2014
"Roy has lightened up a bit. He has this real funny thing with Felicity. They’ve turned into this thing where it’s like that scene in ‘Bridesmaids’ where they’re all trying to one up each other. That’s basically Emily and I this season. It’s nice to see the lighter side, because if you go back to the cartoons and comics, Roy is a little quippy."
Colton Haynes talks about Felicity-Roy relationship on Arrow Season 3
My first reaction was…I don’t need Roy to be quippy - Felicity’s got that handled.
Secondly…I don’t want Roy’s “thing” with Felicity to be at the expense of Felicity and Dig scenes. Seriously. I would like more (original) Team Arrow and it feels like TPTB could be leading away from that.
But mostly, I want David Ramsey to be given more to do. More lines would be a start.