Valerian and Laureline

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:28 pm
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I went to see "Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets". I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. After all, I loved "The 5th Element" and I love sci-fi and sure, I'd heard that the leads were wooden but I could forgive that for the spectacle, right?

It was an amazing, visual spectacle.

It was also an artefact of its time, where women are second to men and mostly irrelevant to the plot. Except for Laureline. (That's the woman.) I actually thought she was Valerian due to the marketing: the actress is the big name and her face stands out on the poster the most. In the film, she seemed the more interesting character.

But no. Valerian is the dude. Despite the original comic being titled "Valerian and Laureline". Despite them being co-leads with an equal amount of screentime.

It makes me so mad that the movie title is the MAN'S name when there are two leads.

Spoilers under the cut. )

I know that the comic it was adapted from was written in the 1960s/1970s. But surely a modern director should have had the sense to update the source material, just a little, to make sure it's not offensive?

Then again, how old is Luc Besson now? He seems to be stuck in the same mindset of 20 years ago when these things were overlooked. After all, everyone did them.


I did enjoy the movie. But the above things made me so mad. I could have loved it if it had just tried a little harder. A few small changes would have made a world of difference.


ETA: Good. I'm not the only one. I've been searching for this kind of article the last few days:
https://www.bustle.com/p/valerian-leaving-its-heroine-out-of-the-title-is-only-half-of-why-women-will-be-frustrated-with-the-film-70933
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Crossovering Letter

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:06 am
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Placeholder. Nothing to see here

fic (time lords not having sex)

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:09 am
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Twelve/Missy fic in which they try not to get jiggy with it.

It's almost entirely about sex. Twelve is frustrated, Bill is clever, Missy is an appalling person who keeps getting cockblocked.

(no subject)

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:04 am
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its been a few days now and afaik dr who is still a woman

13's important thoughts

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:15 am
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"shit i used to stick my dick in the tardis to make it go what will i do now?"

"my wife is bisexual i'm so glad i planned ahead on that one"

"captain jack is bisexual shit i'm still not free from his flirting"

"clara was bisexual but i can't remember what she looked like so never mind"

"why the fuck do none of these trousers have pockets in them?"

"dicks are literally magic how will i defeat aliens now?"

"missy will be so proud of me"

"maybe i can finally join the sisterhood of karn"
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I've been sick as a dog for almost a week -- I haven't had a voice since Saturday morning -- so I was "lucky" enough to have coughed myself awake just in time to catch the announcement live via Twitter.

I've really been hoping for a woman of colour as the next Doctor, and I didn't recognise Jodie Whittaker by name, so I felt a weird stab of disappointment and even betrayal when I saw her white hand, coupled with simultaneous excitement that it was clearly a woman's hand.

I still think that a white woman was the easy option, casting-wise, but I've seen Whittaker in a few things -- including the first four episodes of Broadchurch, which I inhaled last night and enjoyed so much I completely forgot about Game of Thrones -- and she's very, very good.

And I also wonder if it would be unfair to an actress of colour, to throw her to the same wolves that drove Leslie Jones off Twitter, while also expecting her to lead a show with (so far) all-white writers. Which is not to excuse the implications of casting a white woman, I just think it might be complicated. Most things are. Whitakker's already been hit with a barrage of misogyny, and I hope the BBC is filtering her mail.

Anyway, I've curated my social media so well that I haven't seen a single friend or acquaintance saying they're opposed to a female Doctor as such.

On the other hand, I've seen a lot of performative finger-wagging, reminding us that this is only a victory for white women (got it, thanks) and that we can't rely on pop culture to save the world (no, really? Good heavens, I had no idea, thank goodness I had you, random Twitter person, to tell us off for being invested in a hobby!).

I guess I'm weary of performative wokeness, and, while everyone's entitled to an opinion, I find a lot of opinions on Doctor Who from people who aren't or haven't been in the fandom ... lack context? Which is sometimes valuable, and sometimes it's just the hot take equivalent of "DID YOU KNOW THAT 'TORCHWOOD' IS AN ANAGRAM OF 'DOCTOR WHO'?"

ANYWAY. Whitakker. I'm looking forward to her run, I'm still holding out hope for Alexander Siddig or Sophie Okonedo as Fourteen (it's never too soon!), people are already complaining that Whitakker is too young and too old, so, like women everywhere, we already know she just can't win.

fic (shut your mouth)

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:13 pm
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MOAR FIC. It is about Twelve and Bill and Thirteen even though she is not actually in it, and it goes a bit serious in the middle but don't worry that doesn't last.

pls reassure me that i'm not wrong for writing this shit, thnx.
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I accidentally fic.

Eleven and Thirteen and River. Rated "Teen" for idk suggestiveness and dick jokes probabably?

fic BABY'S FIRST 13 FIC

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:29 am
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GUYS GUYS GUYS I WROTE THIS it is Bill & Thirteen buying stuff in Superdrug. It's a bit pointless but obviously you have to read it anyway.

A TARDIS Full of Bras

this icon has never been more apt

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:54 pm
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just to check, im not dreaming am i?

(no subject)

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:50 pm
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i dont think i've ever seen my flist and my tumblr dash so happy

(no subject)

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:21 pm
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okay how can i learn to write femslash well in time for thirteen happening on telly?

Thirteenth Doctor

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:11 pm
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Thirteenth Doctor Announcement

I wasn't one of the people who was turned off by Moffat (I find Chibnall more worrying), but then when the new series started his was the name I recognized due to a deep and abiding love of Press Gang. But I am so here for this, and hoping so hard that Chibnall doesn't mess it up.

(no subject)

Jul. 16th, 2017 04:58 pm
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YES THIS IS GOOD YES

fic -- twissy dubcon overload

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:06 am
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Okay so I wrote more Twissy dubcon porn, but this one has different words in it as well as more characters.

fic

Jul. 15th, 2017 04:38 am
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I wrote a thing. It is Twissy dub-con porn. Sorry.