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Book/game/movie reviews and general fan stuff.

Updates

Since the semester is winding down and my brain is finally coming back, I’ve been able to read a lot more lately. I know I’ve stuck to mostly movie reviews over the past few months, which is lame because this blog is called DrinkMeReadMe, not IWasTooLazyToReadTheBook. Since I’ll be travelling between May 13th and July 10th, I’ll have plenty of time on planes and trains to catch up on all the reading I’ve missed.

To make up for my laziness to my loyal followers, here’s what you can expect in the coming weeks.

What I’m Reading Now, And Will Review Soon

1. Prodigy by Marie Liu. I’m about halfway through and it’s kicking ass and I’m so excited to gush about it!

2. Frozen by two authors whose names I can’t remember. I just started it and the prologue contains an Imagine Dragons quote and that angers me for some reason.

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I loaned out my e-Reader, so I don’t have access to this book at the moment, but I will totally be reading it ASAP.

What I’m Watching Now, And Will Review Soon

1. Bates Motel Season 2 (I can’t even right now)

2. Teen Wolf, Season 3 (This review is so far overdue that I’m actually ashamed)

3. Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Who else is so pumped for this???)

So that’s my update. Be expecting these reviews to trickle out slowly over the next few weeks, and feel free to send me requests as far as books to read!

Anonymous asked: but eleanor and park is quite a racist book? Like, there are some issues that aren't right and really need to be looked at

solaceames:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

untie-my-pants:

Oh my do tell! Because I felt that all the racism in it was on purpose. You know, it’s like 1986 in Omaha and anytime something racist happens (like with Park or with Eleanor’s two friends, DeNice and Beebi) it’s pretty obvious that it’s just going with the culture. To be honest, its about a kid who is half Korean in a white town. If there wasn’t racism it wouldn’t be realistic. 

And what are these other issues? I’m really curious to see what you pulled out of the book because I am so ready to talk about this. 

There was zero cultural shit in it at all though?? It was all incredibly gross stereotyping, right down to calling Park “Bruce Lee” and filling him with self-loathing without any reconcilation, and calling his MOTHER a “war wife” and “china doll,” which are disgusting names to call Asian women. Eleanor NEVER stops reducing Park’s identity to race, consistently making comments like “ninja magic” or “Stupid Asian kid” or EVEN “She wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw everything” throughout the whole fucking book. And Park’s mother has terrible English skills, yet never speaks a word of Korean? (You could argue she is forced to assimilate into Western culture and rename herself Mindy but THAT’S not even addressed.) Min-Dae’s not even an actuak Korean name! She NEVER discusses her culture with her kids, and ANY time Park’s heritage is brought up it’s to further his self-loathing and wank. “Maybe the Korean genes screwed everything up.” Racist comments =/= cultural shit. And don’t even get me started on the black characters—“DeNice”? “BeeBee?” the most “ghetto” names this white author could think of?? And their speech is such GROSS appropriation of AAVE—and the fact that one of them is going to marry an ADULT MAN straight out of high school and says shit like “I got a man” and they’re called “a weird club”?? Get that shit out.

"Realistic"? You mean the historical accuracy? That’s flown out the window. If it had any historical accuracy Park FOR SURE would have been more bullied for being a BIRACIAL Asian kid in a time only shortly after interracial marriage was legalized, DURING the time when there was so much hostility to Japanese people and thus all Asians were thrown under the bus (look up Vincent Chin). It would’ve been much more believable for him to be bullied more than a chubby white girl. Also, his mother was a Korean woman who lived through the Korean war. She would have been a prostitute, an occupation Korean women were forced into after the US so horribly destroyed their economy, and her husband likely would’ve been a rapist. He would have RAPED her and maybe get a slap on the wrist before being dismissed. But NONE of that is taken into consideration so "historical accuracy" is not a proper argument.

Also, you cannot argue that Eleanor is a product of her time. This is a CONTEMPORARY novel that happens to be set in the 80s—which means Rainbow Rowell should damn well know these comments are NOT okay. You know what you can do if you want to write racism to make it realistic? Address that it is wrong. All of Eleanor’s dehumanizing comments are glorified and played off as cute, quirky, funny—Park never calls her out on being a fetishist (he laughs when she says “Maybe I’m into Korean guys and I don’t even know it”), and she is never reprimanded for what she thinks about him and his family. That’s not okay. YOU MUST ADDRESS THAT THESE COMMENTS ARE UNACCEPTABLE. ESPECIALLY since this book is targeted towards teens, an INCREDIBLY impressionable audience. Because of books like these, where East Asian women like me are reduced to “geisha girls,” “war wives,” and “china dolls,” where Asian characters are only filled with self-loathing of their heritage and their white partner constantly jokes about their race, it left an incedible damage on my self-esteem and conditioned a lot of internalized racism in me for years. And THAT’S why this book is receiving so much criticism—it doesn’t tackle racism at all and instead justifies it.

I was a half-Asian who looked Asian in that time period in a predominantly white suburban school. I had slurs screamed at me every day, on the bus, in the hallways, in the classroom before the teacher got in or when they weren’t paying attention, had things thrown at me if I went outside during gym and was threatened with beat-downs, been tripped, slammed against lockers, had my backpacks stolen, been blamed for Pearl Harbor and for “stealing American jobs”, had people try to put bad rotten stuff in my food when I wasn’t looking, and they’d pretend to throw up whenever they saw me eating the food I brought from home, and they’d always talk about how bad I smelled because of the food, and make fun of my body and ask me if I had a sideways vagina, and tell me I didn’t look like a girl—oh and I forgot more than I can ever list.

So yeah. The culture really, really, really hated East Asian people then. Every day I was surrounded on all sides by people that I knew hated me. Or at best, held me in indifference, but would yell slurs at me too if it seemed like the more popular kids were doing it. 

mattahan:

Cannot be stressed enough.

This is especially true for artists of color, who are more likely to be taken advantage of for their work. Our ancestors didn’t work for equal rights so that we could slave away for ‘exposure.’ 

(Source: ajacquelineofalltrades, via icyandthefrostbites)

Anonymous asked: What's your opinion on Eleanor & Park?

elloellenoh:

lisa-maxwell:

elloellenoh:

Ah, I’ve been wondering when I’d get this question. I admit that I’ve not been very vocal about my feelings on this book because as a fellow author, I don’t feel comfortable speaking negatively about another author’s book. But at the same time I have developed a growing angst over this subject and I will try to put it into words for you. When I first heard of the book, it was through friends who thought I’d be interested in the portrayal of a half-Korean boy. Of course I was! I bought it right away for my daughter. It sounded like a perfect teenage love story. I even recommended it to a friend of mine (non-Korean) who loved it. But then another friend of mine asked me if I had any problems with the depiction of Park and his mother and I hurriedly picked it up before my daughter could read it. Here’s the thing, it IS a lovely little teenage love story. But all I could keep thinking was, Damn it! Why did he have to be Korean? Why did this boy, who is so filled with self-loathing and contempt for his heritage, have to be Korean? Why did his mother with her sing songy broken English have to be Korean?

And because of this, I ended up giving this book away to someone I felt would enjoy it better, a non-Korean. Because I didn’t want my daughter to read this and get that same icky feeling I did. That same humiliating sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ve stumbled across an awful stereotype of a Korean and you cringe that this is all that anyone takes away. And why oh why of all books that could possibly have a diverse main character did it have to be this one that hits the NYT list? Why did Rowell have to include the worst racist comment in the world in this book and think it is okay? Because when Eleanor thinks it, she also at least recognized it was racist. I’m sure that’s why she thought it was ok to include the most racist comment against Asians. But I flinched when I read it. I was so angry when I read it. I hated Eleanor after I read it and I never ever forgave her. No, Asians don’t see things smaller because our eyes are smaller. That is racist. It’s an interesting point to make that you can fall in love with a person of a different culture and still be racist. That’s ultimately Eleanor.

But Park and his mother are more problematic. His mother is described as a chinadoll - a slur in itself. And Park just hates the fact that he doesn’t look more white like his brother. He is filled with self loathing to the point where he even says Asian men are not sexy. SAYS WHO?!! There was a period in my life when I was younger where I pushed away my culture and wished I wasn’t Korean. This was in direct correlation with the amount of racism I endured at the time. So I could understand Park, I could relate to him. But then I FOUND myself! I found my respect and love and pride for my culture. And I recognized just how important my Korean heritage was to me. Park never has that moment of self-discovery. And that is the greatest failure of this book. Because Rowell did not take the opportunity to really understand what it means to be multi-cultural. She wrote a character purely from a white person’s view, never thinking about how a minority person growing up in this country truly feels. The anguish of racism and the complexity of living between two different cultures was never explored. Instead, we are left to believe that Park goes through the rest of his life filled with contempt for his mother’s heritage. A person who wished he was white instead of Asian. And I find myself desperately wishing he’d been white too.

A really interesting post. Yes to so many things—to the China Doll description, to the pain of seeing Park hate part of himself, but especially to the part where Oh never forgives Eleanor for using/thinking in slurs. I think that’s a really authentic—and necessary—response. It’s real—just like Eleanor is for having those thoughts. Because, let’s face it, lots of people who we may or may not ever think of as racist have these moments where horrible, terrible, hateful ideas creep in. Because what we grow up with is often hard to shake off, even when we want to.

But I also think it’s ok to like Eleanor without ever forgiving her, because how many of us have people in our lives that we love, even though they say or believe hateful things? How many of the people we are or know have these deeply conflicting ideas about race and culture and what that all means? Life isn’t neat. Love isn’t neat. And sometime the people we love the most are also the people that we are most ashamed of.

But I do take exception, a bit, when she says Rowell wrote without thinking about how a minority person growing up truly feels… It is absolutely true that it wasn’t explored in any depth. E&P certainly isn’t a YA version of WOMAN WARRIOR or THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER or BONE. But I don’t necessarily think that YA writers need to show what teen characters will become, because I don’t believe that people stay they people they are at 15. I didn’t read Park and believe he continued on wishing he’d been white. I read him as a snapshot of a moment, and imagined that he could grow and change the same as any of us. I don’t think 35 year old Park would be just a larger version of 15 year old Park.

But seriously—a great and interesting post. These sorts of discussions are so vital, so important.

I actually believe that you can be a fan of problematic things and I do understand why people love this book. And as an adult, I can hope that Park grows out of his self-loathing. But this book is aimed at young people - teenagers. And I have to ask, what do they take away? Will they have the maturity to say “he’ll grow out of it” or will their take away be Park would rather be white?” Because that was my take away and that was why this book hurt. And I don’t think my criticism  was about  showing what Park’s character would become in the future. It was based solely on who he is in the book - a self-loathing boy who would rather be white. I could have accepted this if he had had even a moment of recognizing his cultural roots. (I had mine at 16, the same age Park is in the book.) But he didn’t, and as a mother of Korean American girls who are battling their own feelings of cultural confusion, it is unacceptable that she left it like that. If an author is not going to address what is a fundamental issue for POC kids growing up in this country, then the author should reconsider writing POC, because writing POC comes with a responsibility to get it right and be respectful.

Alaska becomes the second state to officially recognize indigenous languages

oosik:

“Our language is everything. It’s the air we breathe. It’s the blood that flows through our veins,” said Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast

HB 216 would add the state’s indigenous languages to a statute created by a 1998 voter initiative, which made English the official language of Alaska. While the bill is largely symbolic, Twitchell said it’s important to recognize all languages as equal.

“That’s all we want is equal value,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with standing up and saying that. It takes a lot of courage to do that. And it takes a lot of something else to try and go against that.”

Many elders who attended the sit-in recalled being punished as children for speaking their first languages. Irene Cadiente of Juneau said her teachers would hit her with a ruler when they caught her speaking Tlingit.

My peeps! Of course they were successful. 

(via your-apocalypse-was-fab)

Can I Just Say…

That it is so cool that Her added a Maori character to the line-up for MED. I don’t know how many indigenous people there are in the fandom, but it is an absolutely astounding rarity to see ourselves represented in video game series that have a good track record. I remember how much Mary Yazzie’s character meant to me, and how much I’ve wanted another indigenous character since then.

Most games will have white characters travel to an ‘exotic’ location and never once show the actual Native peoples that live there, and who make up a good chunk of the population. It’s such a humungous deal that Her is actually attempting to be inclusive. Hopefully, they get it right, and I have faith that they will.

This is what happens when fans ask for better diversity; they receive it. I am happy that Her is listening to their customers.

kokokringlesandsonnyjoon:

It is so good to see that there’s more diversity in this game as well. 

This made me so happy! Characters of color almost make up a MAJORITY of the characters!!! Where have you ever seen that in a video game before?? This is an example of Her hearing the desire for more diversity and giving it to us, and for that, I respect them. Keep up the good work, guys, and keep asking for diversity.

moriartyadlers:

vaspider:

craftastrophies:

stfumras:

that-fucking-feminist:

feministbecky:

fsufeministalumna:

theilltemperedschism:

i-will-be-your-huckleberry:

(x)

Well said.

I’m naturally suspicious of people who don’t dig this guy. He’s brilliant.

He’s done some suspect things but this is a good point.

He’s done terrible things.

He’s a piece of shit but sometimes he knows how to phrase things

There are plenty of reasons not to like him but this was well said. 

I am enjoying the comments as much as the gifsets. This is how you appreciate the good things from problematic people.

#seriously he’s a shithead#but at least he’s a shithead with shining moments#most popculture shitheads are just always shitheads#russel brand#mind your ps and queues#feminism

he’s made a loooooooooooooooooooot of bad choices but damn if he isn’t a talented guy who has moments of brilliance

(Source: idontcareimjustinspired)

Cynsations: Guest Post: Joseph Bruchac on "You Don't Look Indian."

diversityinya:

Native people have had to deal for decades with stereotyping. Thanks to mass media, it seems as if every non-Native person from the 19th century to today has an idea of what a “real” Indian looks like.

It’s an image involving feathers, beads, tipis, bows and arrows, hunting buffalo on horseback, long black hair and a deeply tanned skin. Lacking those accouterments may result in one’s authenticity being questioned. Or lead to the question which frequently follows such an observation: “How much Indian blood do you have?”

(Alas, I had not brought along the dipstick I sometimes have thrust into my belt which enables me to respond to that latter query by pulling said dipstick out and saying “I seem to be down by a quart.”)

A wonderful post about identity and language from author Joseph Bruchac (Killer of Enemies).

Review: Divergent (Film)

For those of you who haven’t read my review of the Divergent book, here it is.

The film came out last weekend, and I’ve seen it twice, so here are my thoughts. All spoilers will be announced, so feel free to read on even if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie.

First off, I’m going to talk about my expectations of the film, then I’m going to talk about the reality of the film and what I liked versus what I didn’t like in comparison with the book.

My Expectations

I’ll be honest: I was not excited for this movie. While I enjoyed the book, and do plan on reading the sequels, I was not enthralled by it. So, the movie already kind of had one strike against it before I even saw the trailer for it.

And then the trailer came out and it was sort of…meh. Like the book, it left me feeling kind of in the middle. So that was strike two.

Beyond that, I was not sure how I felt about the casting. I like Shailene Woodley, though I haven’t seen her in anything besides Secret Life of the American Teenager, which was an awful show that was only marginally successful because of her awesome acting. However, I couldn’t picture her as Tris. Even when the trailer came out, she just felt off compared to what I had envisioned.

I was 100% against Miles Teller as Peter. I hated that casting choice, because the only movie I’d ever seen Miles Teller in was 21 and Over, and I thought that he would be too goofy and sarcastic for a role that was supposed to be a little more menacing. And don’t even get me started on how much I disliked the casting of Theo James. I thought that he was way too old and serious-looking to be Four, and when he stood next to Shailene Woodley he made her look, like, fourteen in comparison, which just added to the creepy factor.

Strike three.

Based on my expectations, this movie was officially out.

And then I actually saw it.

Read More

Idea for a two-volume book series:

  • Book one: a life-affirming story about pretentious teens with superiority complexes who have experiences and give nauseatingly quotable musings on philosophy and what it means to be alive, which often involves their enjoyment of books and tea and their condescending view of the popular kids as sheep
  • Book two: the same exact story, except this time it's being narrated by the teacher who has to deal with these asshole kids on a daily basis but is legally barred from saying "are you fucking kidding me" when they say some pretentious bullshit about how they prefer the smell of old books to the taste of alcohol. The teacher is re-telling the story to her friend at the bar, and her friend refuses to accept that these children could POSSIBLY be as pretentious as she makes them sound