Mary Sues

Feb. 4th, 2013 02:51 pm
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I just finished a book called Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. It's technically YA supernatural romance, but it manages to totally transcend the genre through gorgeous writing and the sheer weirdness of the world/plot. I would definitely recommend it.

However, a review of it on the LJ community BookFails made me want to rant again about how people are so quick to call any female character ever a Mary Sue.

Sure, she had blue hair - but there was a nifty reason for it which you found out later on. She was actually one of the few heroines in recent YA fiction that didn't annoy me and who I found myself loving. I thought she was utterly delightful. And everything people used as 'proof' of her Mary Sue-ness has a clear reason for being that way, they weren't just random traits stuck on because the author thought they were cool.

Heroines - especially those who live in a world of magical realism - are going to tick some of those boxes on the Mary Sue checklist. What matter is whether the author is able to turn the character and those ticked boxes into someone human, someone with flaws and emotions who not only makes you feel for them but WITH them.

Yes the heroine and hero were immediately drawn to each other, but there was a reason for it. In fact, the reason behind what they perceived as an inexplicable reaction to each other is one of the main plot points of the book.

In some ways I think it comes from holding Twilight up as the ruler to measure all YA Paranormal Romances against. A lot of the themes in Twilight are classic themes - Stephenie Meyer didn't make them up. What made Twilight a bad book was the following, at least in my eyes. 1. The character was blank page author cipher. 2. The writing was bad, plan and simple. 3. The plotting was also badly executed. 4. Add to all of that the fact that it normalized some very questionable behavior and sent some very unfortunate messages.

But the general outline of the book: Ordinary Girl meets Supernatural Guy and they fall madly in love against both their better judgement. That plot is as old as time. It's the execution of it that made Twilight a bad book. Not the plot itself.

I feel like a lot of people are automatically biased against this kind of storyline because of Twilight. They have this kneejerk reaction to anything they perceive to be like Twilight. But when a story is done right, you don't even think about Twilight at all.

To put it another way, DoSB felt to me like something written before Twilight. Like something I would have read back when I was in middle school or high school.(Also Karou is anything but ordinary)

A fabulous essay about Mary Sues which also cites several other fabulous essays:
oritsu_luv: (gd gd baby baby)
So I finally need to write about this whole thing. The day I found out, it just made me so depressed, it was ridiculous. IDK

So here's, I guess, what happened. In June, someone tipped the police of that GD has used marijuana, so they took him in for testing. The urine test was negative, but the hair test came back positive for a small amount. At first GD was bewildered, but then he remembered something that happened in Japan at the end of May, when he'd been at a club with some Japanese industry people. In the restroom, a Japanese man, who said he was a fan offered GD a smoke. GD accepted, believing this was the friendly thing to do. After a few drags, he realized that it wasn't a regular cigarette, so he quickly threw it in the toilet. The police decided, based on that evidence, his age, the fact that it was a first offense, and the lack of criminal intent, to , He also 'was regretful, and stated that he had never meant to nor, did he ever want to, smoke marijuana.'

Obviously, it wasn't a big deal at the time, given the fact that this decision was made in July, and they just released the news about it right now. (There are a lot of theories about why it took them so long, a popular one being that it was a cover up for a government gambling scandal that broke at the same time as the news about GD.)

So far, the backlash in Korea has been minimal. Professionally, at least. Since he wasn't actually charged, he's not banned from any TV stations, and none the companies using him as a spokesperson have dropped him. Because, as all their statements boiled down to, the fact is that having GD as their spokesman has brought those companies major cash, which they would like to continue to rake in. Publically, people have been pretty mean, but then again, that's netizens for you. The coldness of the Korean fans has actually shocked me though, from what I've been able to read of their comments.

And then there's Japan. Japan is a whole different story, and YG was naive to ever think that things would go as smoothly as they did in Korea. For one thing, Japan is probably the worst place for GD to have smoked pot - regardless of whether he did it on purpose or not, because they are so strict about celebrities with any sort of history of drug use at all. After all, recently Russell Brand, who is a former drug addict, was barred from entering the country, and he's been very publicly clean and sober for many years now.

Japan - and especially AVEX, who release BB's music in Japan, have one way of dealing with artists involved in a scandal, especially a drug scandal: They cancel releases. And that, of course, is what they did. Not only was GD&TOP's Japanese debut single canceled, but Big Bang's best collection album, and Concert DVD's releases were also postponed. As for the debut single, Avex's release said it was canceled, YG's said it was delayed, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

People in Japan are very very bitter about this whole thing, for two reasons.
1) GD said that the pot he accidently smoked was given to him by a Japanese fan. So everyone is angry because they see him as 'blaming a Japanese person/Japan for his crime'.
2) Many people are comparing this incident to the drug scandal of Noriko Sakai, a Japanese singer who had all of her records removed from stores after the news broke. It's a stupid comparison, because the cases are totally different (Noriko was actually a habitual drug user, and it was some sort of stimulant) however, Noriko is a much beloved singer with hundreds of lifelong fans, so people are pissed that their beloved Noriko was punished so much when GD seems to be getting off comparatively lightly.
Most of the angry people are wishing for GD to be barred from the country.

Honestly, it's been really heartbreaking to see the reactions of everyone in both Japan and Korea. People are being so cruel, and so cold, and so racist. A lot of international fans have commented that if you're caught using drugs once - no matter what the drug, because in both Korea and Japan marijuana is judged the same as heroin - you are branded a drug addict and therefore a bad person. I"m sure there are a lot of fans in both Japan and Korea who are standing by him, with open minds, but unfortunately they've been overshadowed by all the hateful assholes.

For the most part the reactions of the international fans have been a lot more understanding, because a lot of us come from country where pot is legal and/or very commonly used and for the most part not seen as a really big deal, and where, more importantly, celebrities get away with a heck of a lot worse without any repercussions for their careers.

#STAYSTRONGGD is trending on Twitter, if that tells you anything.

So how do I feel about it all?

Personally, it's not a big deal for me, but it doesn't matter, because it is a huge deal in both of the countries where GD has a career/ has to live his life. I really just think that the whole situation is stupid and should never have happened.

There have been a lot of people out and out stating that they believe that GD lied, and while his statement does seem farfetched, I'm going to trust him on this one. He's too mindful of his (and the rest of BigBang's) careers to do something so detrimental to his career. I'm not a smoker so I don't know the social niceties of it all, and I have to say, if it was me, especially if I came from a country with stricter drug laws, it probably wouldn't have entered my mind that it was pot, either. That said, and while I do think you have to make some allowences for the fact that he was in a club, in a country where he doesn't speak the language, and had probably been drinking so his judgement was impaired... he should never have smoked anything from a strange, even if they said they were a fan. That's just stupid. I'm sorry, but it is.

And honestly, the whole aftermath is so fishy. Who the hell ratted him out? And why did it take so long for this whole story to come out?
I don't mean to say that GD didn't do anything wrong - because regardless of why it happened and what his intentions were, smoking pot is very very illegal in both Japan and Korea - but the whole idea that the government holds huge stories like this to release them to cover up its own scandals...I definitely believe that. Otherwise the timing is just too much of a coincidence.

IDK, the whole thing just makes me angry, last but not actually least, because I was really excited for GD&TOP's Japanese debut...

I'm just glad that he's got the other boys to support him, because so far, they have shown themselves to be there for him, and it's really heartwarming.

He's so talented, I really hope that his career can make it past all of this bullshit.


Feb. 19th, 2012 01:57 pm
oritsu_luv: (hell no)
This graph illustrating what male and female names have the most sex, makes me want to do a mini-rant. Where is the context? What's the point of this? If anything, this is, dependent on which names are most popular. It has nothing to do with what sounds sexy or anything like that.

Chris' have the most sex? Dorothy's are the least sexually active?

Chris[topher] was the #2 boy's name for the country in the 1970s 1980s and the 1990s, meaning there is a huge number of guy's named Chris in their 20s and 30s right now. Of course most of them are having sex.

Dorothy, the least sexually active female name, hasn't even been in the top 100 names since the 1950s - on the 1980s and 1990s it was in the 300s and 500s! Dorothy was # 2 in the 1920s, meaning that the majority of Dorothy's are in their 80s or 90s! (Backing up this data, the only Dorothy I know is my grandmother's best friend, who is in her 90s!)Of course Vanessas, who are mostly in their 20s, are going to have more sex than Dorothys! Likewise Angelas (#7 in the 1970s)vs Jeans (#18 in the 1930s)Jessicas (#1 in the 1980s) vs Shirleys (#4 in the 1930s)

What a stupid poll.
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So, there's a of news and gossip on Miley Cyrus these days, what with that video of her smoking up with a bong, etc. Another nail in the coffin of her good girl image, more proof she's just a teenager, not like every teen - I certainly wasn't smoking up hallucinogenic herbs, legal or otherwise at just 18 - but like many. More proof that teenagers will be teenagers, whether they're world-famous pop stars or 16 and pregnant. The video made me feel badly for Miley, for the people she surrounds herself with, who would film her doing things that get her in the news again, that prompt her dad to post heartbreaking tweets. Honestly, I think a lot of it comes down to parenting. Even down to the things she wears, the ones that get her in the scandal sheets, the provocative outfits and dancing. Someone is allowing her to do those things, to wear those clothes. When I was 17, no way would my parents have let me out of the house like that.

But whatever you think of Miley's wild child ways, cry for help, or 'normal teen behavior', or both...

I have a question.

One comment I've seen over and over, on new posts, on YouTube videos (what, 'Who Owns My Hearts' is a good pop song) is people bashing Miley for being a 'slut'.

Really? Last time I checked, provocative clothes, or even dancing did not a slut make. All of those things are performances, an image that Miley wants to project to the world. She's had a few steady boyfriends, but last time I checked, she's not out with a different guy every night.
How exactly is she a slut?

I'm sick of this culture that makes girls feel like the only way to show they're an adult is to take their clothes off, and then, once they've done that, bashes them and calls them a slut for it. It's the reason I deleted the Brokencydes album off my iPod. You don't get to ask a girl to have sex with you, and then call her a slut when she does it.

More blah

Dec. 10th, 2010 01:39 pm
oritsu_luv: (hell no)
work related stress + personal related stress = sucktasticness.

regarding work: I may have bitten off more than I can chew, and I'm really worried that they're going to go 'What the hell is this crap? Why did we waste our time with her?"

regarding personal stuff: What is my damage? How can I feel badly for telling someone off for acting shady just because they weren't sketchy about it? Why can I never be mean to people even when they deserve it?

Also, if you are a straight dude and you hit on a girl and get a clear refusal, you can't backtrack and say you just wanted to be friends. I'm sorry but doesn't work that way.
oritsu_luv: (hell no)
Apparently someone tweeted someone else's (which makes it worse!!) Adam/Tommy fic to Adam and Tommy.

When will people learn that it's not appropriate in any way shape or form to force fanfic on the people it's written about??
oritsu_luv: (hydeist)
From here

Due to the new vampire craze sparked by "True Blood" on TV and the "Twilight" movies, movie studios are considering going back to earlier history of the famed vampire Lestat from the Rice books.

On one hand, I would be excited about that. I always wanted them to make 'The Vampire Lestat' into a movie. It's certainly more manageable than 'The Queen of the Damned' was, because it doesn't cover so much time, or have a million different viewpoints. It's pretty straightforward:

Lestat, the son of an impoverished French aristocrat, moves to Paris to become an actor with his best friend/lover Nicolas. He attracts the attentions of a crazed old vampire, who turns Lestat into a vampire against his will and then kills himself. Lestat learns about and struggles with his immortality, but is pretty okay with it. The local coven isn't pleased with Lestat's general flaunting of and reveling in of his vampirism. Lestat wants to learn all the things about vampires his maker never told him. He tries to learn from Armand (WHO IS MY FAVORITE FOR EVER AND ALSO BEAUTIFUL, 17 AND AUBURN HAIRED. DNW ANTONIO!!) and his self-flaggelating coven, but rejects their dreary idea of immortality and sets out on a quest to find answers. He finds Marius (Who is also awesome, and has long bleach blond hair, not a crew cut dude from QoD movie!!) and Those Who Must Be Kept aka the original Vampires. The Queen lets him drink, making him super powerful. Marius leaves him. Most of that last bit was incorperated into the QoD movie now that I think about it. Then all the stuff from interview happens, then back to the present for the whole Vampire Lestat vampire Rock Star thing. (I think he would be like Adam Lambert now? LOL LOL LOL)

So anyway. Much more doable. I mean, they managed to make it into a musical, right? (WHICH WAS AWESOME AND ALSO GAY.)

Which is why I'm worried. Because well...

1) The Queen of the Damned movie SUCKED. It was a terrible movie, even if you take it as an original movie rather than a book adaptation. It was just SO BAD.

2) The QoD movie also totally made Lestat straight (Lestat/Louis OTP forever!!!), and changed Jesse into his girlfriend. (Who tbh always seemed to kind of lesbian to me.)

3) Now, I personally was obsessed with the Vampire Chronicles when I was 13. But they are very different than Twilight. And I would be worried they would try to change it to be more Twilight-y. (See #2)

I'm torn. I mean. Lestat is my favorite hero of fiction, to use that phrase from the Proust Questionnaire. Lestat is awesome. And I would love to see a movie that got The Brat Prince right. (Also Armand, but hey, I will be satisfied with getting the main character right at this point.) Because I mean...Interview was good, but...the Lestat of Interview with the Vampire is very different from the glamorous, irreverent, playful, passionate Lestat of the rest of the series.

So I would love to see a GOOD movie made. But the potential for suckage is just so HUGE, it worries me.

(Which, actually Tale of the Body Thief, which was my fav for a long time, would made a movie really easily. It's the most linear and clear cut of all the books: Lestat meets (well is stalked by) a guy who can switch bodies. Lestat and the guy switch bodies for a week, the guy runs away with Lestat's body, Lestat has to find him, while in the guy's human body.)
oritsu_luv: (hell no)
Linked from an article on AOL.

Rapper/singer Teyana Taylor got extra personal during a radio interview telling the world that she is a virgin. The 18-year-old responded to rumors that she is gay by announcing that she's saving herself. "The one thing people can never say is that I'm a hoe. I have a purity ring," she said. "The only time you get in trouble is if you attempt to do something. If you're lying up on a boy then something is going to happen. So I just keep my legs closed until I am ready for that. I can't have a boyfriend because the only thing they want to do is have sex."

The singer also holds a bible study at St. Luke's Church in Harlem on the matter. "I actually teach the class because I want them to know its okay to praise God and keep your legs closed," she said. "I'm just trying to be a good example right now. I want to be a good example. I'm a lady and I think people respect that."

#1) You can be a lesbian virgin.

#2) Memo to Miss Taylor (cc: Miss Sparks): Not having a purity ring =/= being a slut.

#3) Her will power is so weak that if she puts herself in a situation where she is...what? making out?? I don't even know? she will automatically have sex? Apparently it is impossible to have a make out session that does not lead to sex.

#4) She can't have a boyfriend because all they want is sex???? This is the most ridiculous part of the whole thing. One, it's not true, and two, HOW ABOUT FINDING A BOY WHO ALSO BELIEVES IN WAITING UNTIL MARRIAGE?? They do exist. (I have many in my extended family)

#5) Ladies don't have pre-marital sex. (see #2)

At least she didn't say anything homnophobic in regards to the rumor?


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