fialleril: [Na-Ekkreth the trickster] (Anakin)
Or, step one in my evil plan to convince my Star Wars nerds they should get on this Norse myth thing already.

So, some clever soul over on tumblr has already posted a link to the "Luke Skywalker as a take on Loki (who was called the Skywalker)" meta. (Yes, Loki was a Skywalker first. I have a cross-mythos theory that he stole Hermes' winged sandals once, and - that's a story for another day.)


i was reading this and the comment that luke skywalker was "luke s. - lucas" caught my eye because i always thought that luke skywalker was a take on loki sky-traveler, the norse god of mischief who was born to an evil giant farbauti ("cruel striker") and was associated with magic (the force) and had tried on several occasions to overthrow the aesir (evil empire) by forming an alliance with the giants (who had been previously overthrown and condemned by the aesir and would be analogous to the rebel alliance) in norse mythology he was also directly responsible for the death of balder, the god of light (death star?) who was completely impervious to everything as a result of the other gods making everything in existence promise never to harm him, save one plant, the mistletoe. loki then tricked one of the other gods into throwing a mistletoe dart directly into balder's heart thus killing him. this is somewhat similar to luke having to fire his missile into exactly the right spot in the death star which caused it to explode.

the only difference being, while loki was then caught and tortured for the rest of eternity, luke lived happily ever after.


Rambly thoughts on Loki and the Skywalkers of Star Wars under here. )

a wild meme appears

Monday, June 27th, 2011 02:18 pm
fialleril: [still my favorite film Holmes] (Basil of Baker Street)
Stolen from [ profile] elle_white, because it's about time I do something not Loki-related on this journal I guess.

Give me a top 5 (any top 5) and I will comment with my top 5 with reasons.
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
So hey there internet! Uh...long time no see? Yeah, sorry about that.

Someday soon (really!) I will make a legit, f-locked tighter than Alcatraz post about the incredible hornet's nest of ridiculousness that has been my life in the last couple of months, but right now I do not have the emotional energy to do that, so we'll just say that the semester is over and graduation was yesterday and today and I gave the invocation at yesterday's ceremony so that was good.

Anyway there will be more later but for right now I want to talk to you about Thor.

I have not actually seen Thor yet. In fact I'm still unspoiled about it at this point, and my knowledge of the comics is pretty minimal, so. BUT. I am totally going to see it soon, and I am definitely going in with some expectations, because I love mythologies the most (THE MOST, OKAY), and I have so many feelings about mythology of all kinds, but especially Greek and Norse.

So this post is gonna be a rambling list of my expectations going into this movie, and all my feelings about Norse mythology. You can already tell the kind of rambling this is going to be, so I'm just gonna make a cut here and you can skip this nonsense if you want!

all kinds of feelings under here )
fialleril: [still my favorite film Holmes] (Basil of Baker Street)
is this week!

If you lurk around my journal for any time at all you already know I'm asexaul, and I post about it pretty frequently (mostly in fandom contexts). What I talk about a little less often is my romantic orientation, but, as I've been realizing lately that this orientation is probably much more impactful on my daily life than is my sexual orientation, and is also the thing that makes me a bit more publicly other, I thought I would make a post about that!

Here there be long-winded, self-important rambling. )

And on a related note, I would like to write some further adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ace Detective, for the occasion of this week, but find myself in want of prompts! Sherlock fans on the f-list, anything you would like to see?
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (lioness)
This past weekend, I was able to go on the Ignatian Spirituality Project's last overnight retreat for homeless women in Chicago before the end of my JV year. I know I don't talk much about my JV experience on this journal, so here's a bit of a refresher:

This year, I'm working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a volunteer agency that gives volunteers the opportunity to live in community and simplicity while being placed at a variety of social justice organizations. In my case, I'm working with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, an incredible program that offers free overnight and one day retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addictions. I work specifically with the women's retreat program in Chicago, as the co-coordinator for the women's volunteer team and as the main logistics person who organizes all of the retreats. And I get to go on the retreats themselves every so often. They're always incredibly powerful, intense experiences: twelve to fourteen women from four or five different homeless shelters around Chicago gather together to share their stories with each other and find hope and strength through building a sense of community with one another. It sounds so incredibly simple when I describe it, and yet it's genuinely life-changing.

This weekend was even more intense than any of the other retreats I've been on, though.

cut for possible triggers, plus bonus Clone Wars/George Lucas rant )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (a history of resistance)
Star Wars isn't exactly teeming with South Asian characters, but it certainly has a lot of characters with South Asian names. Particularly the ladies of the prequels. Observe:

Shaak Ti

There's also Depa (Billaba), and a number of East Asian names: Ryoo (Naberrie), Riyo Chuchi and Chi Cho of Pantora. But Clone Wars is practically an issue unto itself.

I've been doing a fair amount of thinking lately about the appropriation that's often inherent in the naming of characters in fantasy and sci-fi. It seems pretty clear that Western authors and screen writers often go for "exotic" sounding names, but when those supposedly exotic names are culled from everyday and historically important words and names in other cultures, and then applied to white characters or to alien characters....Well, that's a problem.

Discuss, internet? (Also, feel free to add to the above list.)
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Obi-Wan)
Here at last is my attempt to collect my thoughts on the subject of Obi-Wan's asexuality, according to my reading. Because I have had Experiences in the past, we will start this meta with several disclaimers!

Disclaimer the first: What I am offering here is my own reading of a character in the Star Wars universe. I understand that not everyone views Obi-Wan in this way! And that is perfectly okay! If you view Obi-Wan as sexual, good for you! All I'm doing here is offering my own reading.

Disclaimer the second: I am, to be perfectly honest, INFINITELY TIRED of trying to convince people that asexuality a) exists, b) is a valid sexual orientation, c) is not a deficiency, d) does not mean that people of that orientation are cold, inhuman, and unfeeling, and e) does not mean that said people are repressed, have been abused as children, or anything else. I WILL NOT BE CONVINCING YOU OF THAT HERE. Furthermore, if you come by here simply to try to convince me that asexuality does not exist, or is unhealthy, or any of the other nonsense mentioned above, I will promptly delete your comment and proceed to ignore you. I'm making this a public post because people are interested, but this remains my space, and I intend it to be safe. Thank you.

Disclaimer the third: I will also not be offering a detailed explanation of what asexuality is. If you are curious, please check out AVEN!

ETA: Disclaimer the fourth: Concerning the EU. You can argue back and forth in the comments about whether the EU is canon if you like. Shockingly, that isn't part of my argument in this case. In fact, the EU kind of reinforces my argument. Because when I say that fans traditionally interpret Obi-Wan's character in certain ways, and that most fans never seem to have considered the possibility that he might be asexual, I AM INCLUDING THE EU AUTHORS IN THAT STATEMENT. George gives the EU authors very little direction, and so when they write, they go through the process of interpreting the characters, JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER FAN. When you read the various EU works, what you're reading is an interpretation, and like all interpretations, it assumes certain things. In the case of Obi-Wan, the EU assumes that he is sexual. In fact, I'm pretty certain they never even bothered to ask the question.

And now, on to the actual meta! )
fialleril: [a bit like The Idiot, only written by someone much less talented than Dostoevsky] (Jar Jar Binks)
This time [ profile] sunnyskywalker gave me Jar Jar Binks.

Y'all know how I feel about that Gungan, so sit back: this could get long. *is resisting the urge to turn this meme into a meta in defense of Jar Jar Binks*

Okay I lied. It did turn into a meta. )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Ishmael Beah)
If only they could find something worth fighting and killing for, maybe they'd be worth respecting.


Yes, that's right, it's time for a little rant about the last two Clone Wars episodes. Sadly, the meta droids were mostly absent yet again, and so I may not have much good to say about this one.

under a cut for those avoiding spoilers )

I suppose I could use the Team Fail icon for this post, but I think Ishmael Beah is actually more appropriate.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (team fail)
So, y'all remember that part in TPM when Qui-Gon walks into Watto's junk shop, and finds out that Watto doesn't take Republic credits, and then completely fails to ask where the local money-changer can be found, despite the fact that he's in a large spaceport? Yeah, that part. Okay, here's a story.

Qui-Gon walks into the first junk shop he finds. He's not wild about being there, and you can tell by the look on his face. The shop owner comes flying up to him, chattering away in some language he can't understand. Qui-Gon gives a put-upon sigh.

"Hello," he says, slowly and loudly. "Does anyone here speak English?"

"Oh, American, eh?" Watto says. "Well, waddaya need?"

Qui-Gon tells him, and they go out back. Watto has the part, but Qui-Gon is dismayed to find that he doesn't take American Express. He doesn't take travelers checks, either. Barbarian. Qui-Gon doesn't have any pesos, so he leaves the shop. Apparently it never occurred to him to ask where he could find an ATM.

After he's gone, Watto mutters a disgusted, "Gringos" under his breath. Anakin shrugs and says, "I dunno, I thought the girl was pretty cute."

Later Anakin offers to let Qui-Gon's party stay at his house, mostly because the girl is pretty cute. Shmi begs Qui-Gon to take Anakin back to America with him and give him a better life. (She knows that she could just tell Qui-Gon about the ATM, but if he's not smart enough to ask, she's not going to miss this opportunity.)

So Anakin goes to America. He thought he was going to have a really swank life, but instead he ends up...well, in the military. And he doesn't even get to send any money home to Mom.

Yeah. You guys, Qui-Gon is such an American tourist.

No offense is meant to anyone with this post. It just suddenly struck me how well these scenes fit the stereotypes, and I had to share.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (pro patria mori)
I'm slowly savoring my way through Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a novel that reads like a sacrament, and at the same time I'm working on my thesis and applying to PhD programs in theology and literature, and so I've been thinking a lot lately about stories.

It seems to me that there are certain stories that stick with us, for whatever reason, and we spend our entire lives retelling those stories. Maybe it's one constant story, or a few, or maybe we retell different stories at different points in our lives.

For me, right now, there are two.

More meandering reflection under here )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (holy)
Lately I've been hearing and reading quite a lot, both in the media and here on LJ, about Christianity. And I have the growing conviction that the media is propagating a wrong and even a dangerous idea of what Christianity is. Today I decided it was about time I made a post about it.

The following phrases have become all but ubiquitous in any discussion of religion, politics, societal norms, public morality, or any other hot button issue. I'm sure you've all seen or heard them:

- "Christians believe..."
- "The Church teaches..."
- "The Bible teaches..."
- and other similar phrases

These statements are usually followed by something about Christians opposing abortion, believing homosexuality is a sin, reading the Bible literally, and so on. I could argue any of those statements, but the point I want to make here is both much simpler and (apparently) much more scandalous.

In point of fact, anything that follows an opening statement like "Christians believe..." is going to be false. No matter what it is.

And I'll tell you why... )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Fema Baab)
A little late for International Blog Against Racism Week, unfortunately...

As many of you know I don't really follow the EU (although I used to, but that's another story), but I lurk enough around the fandom and on Wookieepedia to notice a few things. And lately, something's been bothering me. Namely, the EU treatment of movie!canon characters of color.

There aren't many people of color in the Star Wars universe to begin with (and that's another meta entirely!). But I've started to notice a pattern in how the EU treats them.

Please note: for this meta, I will be dealing specifically with non-Jedi canon Star Wars characters of color. Perhaps some day I'll write a different meta about the Jedi...

continued beneath the cut, with picspam! )

EDITED to add Sei Taria.
EDITED again to add Queens Jamillia and Apailana, handmaiden Rabé, and Senator Bana Breemu.

P.S. Feel free to remind me of any other non-Jedi movie!canon characters I may have overlooked! And emphasis on the non-Jedi and movie canon characters. I stated at the beginning that this meta was about EU treatment of characters from the movies who are not Jedi, but after reading the comments, apparently a lot of people missed that memo...
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (wisdom & strength)
After my previous post, I felt that this essay by Jennifer Kesler desperately needed to be disseminated more widely around the interwebs. So I'm doing my small part.

The Bechdel test is as follows. In order to pass a movie must meet these three criteria:

1) there are at least two named female characters, who

2) talk to each other about

3) something other than a man.

Why does this happen so rarely? Here's why.
fialleril: [somebody's gotta save our skins] (voice of reason)
I haven't actually seen The Clone Wars yet (though I have seen a pretty extensive clip at Disney World), but I've been looking at some pics, and I felt that this must be observed. Using TV Tropes, naturally.

Obi-Wan and Anakin both apparently realized that it was foolish to charge into battle without at least some body armor. So they outfitted themselves with clone armor over their regular Jedi outfits. Outfits which, I might add, actually covered their entire bodies to begin with. (Actually, Anakin appears to have taken a side trip into the future in order to steal his own armor, but I digress.)

So of course it’s only natural that Ahsoka goes into battle in...a tube top? But that makes perfect sense. Everyone knows that women don't need armor, anyway. At least, they don't need their armor to actually be functional.

fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Fema Baab)
Because there are a number of things I didn't discuss, and in retrospect I think it's important to mention one in particular and say something about why I didn't discuss it.

read more )
fialleril: [somebody's gotta save our skins] (voice of reason)
I tried to think of a clever title for this post. I really did. But all of them just ended up disturbing me further, so I decided to keep it simple.

Honestly, the phrase "pet peeve" is far too mild a term for how I feel about rape fics. And my anger about the treatment of this issue is certainly not limited to fandom. But I figured I had to define the limits of this post somewhere, so I'll mostly be concentrating on fic. Nevertheless, you can expect quite a bit of discussion about social values and attitudes towards rape, and possibly some commentary on the rape culture we live in.

cut for length and possibly sensitive material )
fialleril: [ofer middangeard monnum sended] (stars)
Stop me if you've heard this one before.

So today I finally saw The Dark Knight, the movie that most of my flist has been pretty darn taken with. And...apparently it's my shtick lately to have some reservations about a movie everyone else adores? First Iron Man and now this... But it's possible that TV Tropes has just ruined my life.

Anyway, I did enjoy the movie. I'll put my full comments under a cut in case there are people who haven't seen it yet.

why yes, I will be referencing TV Tropes a few times )

kids with guns

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 06:37 pm
fialleril: [Hades and Persephone] (katabasis)
So since everyone on my f-list has been talking about Iron Man lately, I finally hopped on the bandwagon and went to see it today. But before I get into a review, I have to say this. I paid $9.50 for a movie ticket?! In the middle of the afternoon?! WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE?

On to the movie itself. I'll put my thoughts under a cut, just in case someone hasn't seen this and doesn't want to be spoiled.

Read more )
fialleril: [a bit like The Idiot, only written by someone much less talented than Dostoevsky] (Jar Jar Binks)
I'm preparing to do a meta on the subject of Jar Jar Binks, but first, a little research. ;)

[Poll #1155849]

Note: I will probably not be replying to comments, because I want to remain neutral for the purposes of research. ;) But please feel free to comment all the same: I will take responses into account!

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