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OMG. It is so fitting that my local news is now advertising a story: "Not your average blonde woman: the peculiar effects that blondes have on men." (quote taken verbatim, thanks to the joys of Tivo)

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First off, something completely unrelated! [livejournal.com profile] fan_eunice has made a fun and bouncy and happy Martha vid! I, um, haven't actually seen Dr. Who, but it is cute and bouncy and my feedback is mostly: "Martha! So pretty! Want her jacket!" Also, I love the ending of the vid.

Spoilers )
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Description: The NBC series Heroes is a mainstream hit. The show is clearly written with a comic book sensibility and strong SF genre influence. But what about the women of Heroes? As the show progresses, are they transcending initial stereotypes (the sex worker, the cheerleader in need of saving)? Do the women enjoy and take advantage of their newly-found powers as effectively as the male characters?

Panelists: Janice M. Eisen (mod), Candra K. Gill, Joanna Lowenstein, Annalee Newitz, Deborah Stone

I took notes, but I can't actually remember who said what for everything, so there will probably be a lot of passive voice in this one.

Spoilers for Heroes S1 (TV AND comics) )

- [livejournal.com profile] mystickeeper's write up
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Spoilers! Also, please don't spoil me for S2! Speculation is ok; confirmation of anything is not.

Spoilers )

The usual census up at [livejournal.com profile] bobthehaitian.
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Spoilers for the episode and the promo!

When is it next week?! )
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Why yes, I was at work at 4:30 in the morning... (I plead that as my excuse for anything incomprehensible, ha).

Spoilers )

New comm!

Wed, May. 2nd, 2007 11:57 am
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Go see [livejournal.com profile] bobthehaitian! For all COC and women of Heroes, who are sadly being neglected by the narrative and possibly the fandom (except Claire and Hiro?).
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Every single time I think this show can't get any more awesome, it goes and does it.

Here is your warning for a total excess of exclamation points and capital letters and utter incoherence.

Spoilers! Lots of spoilers! For the promo too! )

Also, the best part about watching Heroes promos is that I always think they're spoiling the best parts in the promo, but really, they are not at all and the promos don't even help me figure out what's going to happen because of all the crazy plot twists and reveals!

Heroes on Wired!

Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 01:04 am
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Hey! Hiro's on the cover of this month's Wired!

Article here (minor spoilers for next week's episode)

I'm particularly excited about Oka saying that he modelled Hiro on a Dragonball Z character (ha! I am not completely insane when I read anime and manga tropes in the thing) and that he's been trying to get the show to add more manga references, and that Kring agrees.


Heroes 1x19 .07%

Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 11:13 pm
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EEEEEEE! Heroes is back!!!! And still awesome!

Spoilers for ep. and promo )


Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:41 pm
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  • [livejournal.com profile] shewhohashope posted on beauty standards and skin color in relation to a new school video made on the old Brown vs. Board "pick the doll that is the nicest (etc.)" experiment. There's a link to the video from her post as well. I have to say, I am getting more and more annoyed with romance novels waxing on and on about how fair and pale and luminous the heroine's skin is. Probably accurate by historical standards, but I particularly want to smack the contemporaries and fantasies that do this.

  • And now for the less serious! [livejournal.com profile] heresluck has been watching Heroes (whoo!) and posts on race and class in the show, among other things. (vague spoilers through 1x18)

  • And saving the most squeeful for last... [livejournal.com profile] vonnie_k HAS BEEN WATCHING HONEY & CLOVER! She likes it! She really, really likes it! *dies from squee* I now repimp the series and direct you all to the torrents because it is quite possibly my absolute mostest favorite anime series and possibly even TV series ever, I love it that much! Also, maybe I will rewatch some episodes tonight, lalala.

Race in Heroes

Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007 03:37 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] verstehen has a post on racial stereotypes in Heroes, and of course, now I have to stick my nose into this!

I have been debating writing a post on race in Heroes off and on for a while -- I say this not to be all "This was my idea first!" because the more people talking about race in Heroes and in general, the better. But I haven't because I didn't want to rain on the fannish squee, because I didn't want a giant wankfest in my LJ, and largely because I am tired and do not want to argue about racism for the six bazillionth time, especially because I am starting to feel like the person who is always bringing race into things. So many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] verstehen for posting and getting me off my lazy butt.

So first, a few general notes on the rebuttals to [livejournal.com profile] verstehen:

  1. Even if all the characters, white and non-white, on Heroes start out as stereotypes, the show can still be racist. Because of the general lack of characters of color in the media and the general prevalence of white characters, stereotypes of minorities have a much larger impact than stereotypes of white people. Also, the power differential between white people and people of color is such that stereotypes of people of color hurt POC more. Whether or not the characters of color transcend the stereotypes enough to counter this is another question.

  2. In the tail-end of her post (sorry, I tend to assume fannish people I meet via LJ are female), [livejournal.com profile] verstehen writes about race in casting, particularly the issue of casting a Korean actor as a Japanese character (also relevant for Heroes, given that the actor who plays Ando is Korean). I'd like to note that it does make a difference when you mix Asians up, or have a Latin-American actor play a Mexican-American character or have an Indian actor play an Iraqi. It is not the same as casting a white actor as a Hispanic. Again, this is because of power differentials, because of the amount of roles already available to white actors and the scarcity of roles for actors of color. This is also because in the past, if you were a non-Japanese Asian being mistaken for Japanese during WWII, this could have very real, very negative effects on your livelihood. This isn't limited to internment camps and times of war; when being mistaken for another minority group carries that potential weight, mixing these races up during casting is not a lightweight thing.

I say these things as someone who watches Heroes devotedly and loves the show. I personally think that the show has done some very good things with regard to race, particularly by just having more than one recurring character be a character of color, by having several interracial relationships, by having the Japanese characters speak Japanese with subtitles, and by casting a good deal of actors of color in walk-on roles (Linderman's assistant, Niki's psychiatrist, FBI agent last week, and etc.). On the other hand, the show has also done some not-so-great things with regard to race, one of these things being the stereotyped roles.

I do think that Hiro, DL and the Haitian break out of the stereotype in some ways, but not so much that you can point to them and say that they are subverting the stereotype.

Spoilers up through Heroes 1x18 )

And now, handy-dandy links to race and racism in casting and the TV world we all live in!

- [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija has written up great posts on race and casting (part 2)
- [livejournal.com profile] witchqueen has some great posts on race and slash and a guide for white people in fandom.

And if you just click around those pages a bit more, there are tons of links to other discussions on race, racism, cultural appropriation, and fandom. I've also got lots of stuff under my tags and Memories.


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