Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.

A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.

So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.

“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.

When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.

So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.

In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.

So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.

Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?

[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]

I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.

Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?

She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.

Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.

Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)

Maybe this should be a Harry Potter blog

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Harry Potter locations

This is so educational

(Source: ofabeautifulnight)

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
A rich guy, a white guy and a black guy sit down at a table together. There’s a plate of 12 cookies, the rich guy grabs 11 of them and says to the white guy “watch out, that black guy’s trying to steal your cookie”. The link between class & race and how racial resentment has been used to divide the middle and working class in the U.S  (via whitegirlsaintshit)

(Source: culturedecay)

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Monday, June 23, 2014

doublefancy:

mollysugar:

Tara Donovan at Pace

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

this though

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Monday, June 9, 2014 Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Saw Obvious Child last night. I laughed hard and left feeling like I’d seen something great. Highly recommend this movie.

Saw Obvious Child last night. I laughed hard and left feeling like I’d seen something great. Highly recommend this movie.

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Friday, May 30, 2014
whitegirlsaintshit:

black—lamb:

nocashforknowledge:

My education book is keepin it real


yes…

whitegirlsaintshit:

black—lamb:

nocashforknowledge:

My education book is keepin it real

yes…

(Source: odinallfathergivemestrength)

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
detailsitfabric:

21/52
Sparklers never get old. 

that’s me in there

detailsitfabric:

21/52

Sparklers never get old. 

that’s me in there

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carsonfellis:

silkscreen poster design for THESE VICTORY ACADEMY BENEFIT SHOWS where they’ll be playing Castaways and Cutouts in its entirety; this one’s for the Decemberists nerds
edit: I just discovered a typo on this. Can you find it, super fans?

should be CS, not CL!
I’m excited to attend this event tomorrow!

carsonfellis:

silkscreen poster design for THESE VICTORY ACADEMY BENEFIT SHOWS where they’ll be playing Castaways and Cutouts in its entirety; this one’s for the Decemberists nerds

edit: I just discovered a typo on this. Can you find it, super fans?

should be CS, not CL! I’m excited to attend this event tomorrow!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
rebeccabrightly:

Ally and I are teaching gender-inclusive swing dancing classes in May. I think it’s time. Knowing both roles is the latest lindy hop trend. It makes you a much better dancer, too.

Seattle people, register for my class! 

Swing dancing is a long-time love of mine and I’ve started working with Rebecca to make the Seattle scene a place that is more comfortable for queer and non-binary folks. We’re starting by teaching everyone to lead and follow equally capably, which means better dancers and no lead/follow girls-only-dance-with-boys dynamic.

If you have any questions please reach out to me! If any of y’all know people in Seattle who might be interested, I’d love if you would pass on this info. The class starts next Sunday, May 4!

rebeccabrightly:

Ally and I are teaching gender-inclusive swing dancing classes in May. I think it’s time. Knowing both roles is the latest lindy hop trend. It makes you a much better dancer, too.

Seattle people, register for my class!

Swing dancing is a long-time love of mine and I’ve started working with Rebecca to make the Seattle scene a place that is more comfortable for queer and non-binary folks. We’re starting by teaching everyone to lead and follow equally capably, which means better dancers and no lead/follow girls-only-dance-with-boys dynamic.

If you have any questions please reach out to me! If any of y’all know people in Seattle who might be interested, I’d love if you would pass on this info. The class starts next Sunday, May 4!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Gus.

Gus.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 Saturday, February 22, 2014

I’m thinking about facilitating a series of lectures entitled “Social Justice for Lindy Hoppers” but I’m not sure where to start

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Last night [was the] annual Straight White People Give Each Other Awards for Doing Black Music About Gay Rights Better Than You Convention http://jezebel.com/madonna-what-are-you-doing-1510137010
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