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it's sunday already? [Jul. 10th, 2011|01:12 pm]
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The Boy Who Lived Forever, an amazingly nuanced and non-sensationalized look at fanfic. Loved this paragraph:

Diversity: the fan-fiction scene is hyperdiverse. You'll find every race, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, age and sexual orientation represented there, both as writers and as characters. For people who don't recognize themselves in the media they watch, it's a way of taking those media into their own hands and correcting the picture. "For me, fanfic is partially a political act," says "XT." "MGM is too cowardly to put a gay man in one of their multimillion-dollar blockbusters? And somehow want me to be content with the occasional subtext crumb from the table? Why should I?"

At NPR's Monkey See blog: Romance Fiction And Women's Health: A Dose Of Skepticism critically looks at an essay by some psychologist/advice columnist/relationship guru. The last bit of the essay is eye-roll inducing. The last paragraph tells you all you need to know about what she thinks about romance fiction and women readers, despite her protestations to the contrary:

But I do think that if readers start to believe the story that romantic fiction offers, then they store up trouble for themselves – and then they bring that trouble into our consulting rooms. Sometimes the kindest and wisest thing we can do for our clients is to encourage them to put down the books – and pick up reality.

Also at Monkey See, a love letter to the Oxford Comma. I don't have the deep love for it that some seem to have, but I use it regularly. I'd be very sad if it stopped being okay to use.

Elmore Leonard is a fun guy to listen to in an interview. When asked about what he thought of the various adaptations of his books on BBC Front Row, he points to The Big Bounce as one he hated. It was made twice. The first time Leonard said it was the second worse movie ever made. When asked what the worst movie was, Leonard responded that he had just kept that slot open as there had to be a worse one...Only for the slot to be filled by the second adaptation.