Tuesday, April 19, 2016

(Yet) Another Catch-Up Post

Hi blog, it's been ages. Let's do a quick catch-up post of some of the books and movies since my last post (one day I will eventually do more than catch-up posts). Ready, set, list!

Books
  • Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill. When I first found out about this book on YouTube, it was pitched as The Handmaid's Tale meets Mean Girls. The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorite books, so I was a bit hesitant to the concept from it adapted, but I was absolutely not let down.Only Ever Yours is a really grim, really pessimistic science fiction look into a future where patriarchy has no boundaries and highlights issues that women face in society right now. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of a Bitch Planet for a slightly younger audience — unapologetically feminist but with less cursing and nudity. I recommend it to everyone.
  • Asking for It by Louise O'Neill. I loved Only Ever Yours so much that I immediately raced to read O'Neill's other book right after. Though this one also deals with misogyny, I found that Asking for It gave a really powerful and personal look at how societal pressures affect and develop misogyny internally. Its contemporary setting deals a lot with the realities of rape culture in a really intelligent, though heartbreaking way that is, perhaps, a bit more depressing than Only Ever Yours given how real the situation is.
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I don't know why it took me this long to read this. I love female protagonists; I love spy stories; I love unusual narrative structures. I loved everything about this book; I even loved how much it made me cry. I need to get around to reading the sequel. The end.
Movies
  • The Martian. Super enjoyable adaptation of a novel I really enjoyed. The effects were great; the editing was great; Matt Damon was great. Sure, some things were left out because of time constraints, but, overall, I couldn't ask for more.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I know The Force Awakens was basically A New Hope. Am I okay with that? Absolutely! I was so so so excited while watching this movie because FINALLY a female Star Wars! Not going to lie, I got a bit teary eyed in the theater because I was thinking about all the little girls watching it who were going to look up to Rey. I don't really understand all the fandom hype for Kylo Ren, who I'm basically regarding as the Star Wars Snape right now (btw, my absolute dislike for Snape never changed), but I love Finn and Poe and Rey and, of course, BB-8. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment (and Rogue One!).
  • Deadpool. Deadpool was basically perfection. It's really hard to pull off breaking the fourth wall without completely messing with the pacing of action, and the timing was absolutely on point. It was super violent and super crude, but then again, that's essentially Deadpool's character and you just have to accept that.
  • Zootopia. I heard some great things about Zootopia but still wasn't too excited to go see it. Oh man. It was sooo good. It's probably the most political movie Disney has done, but it was done in such a way that it never seemed forced. Zootopia dealt with some pretty big (and relevant) issues such as women in men dominated spheres as well as regional and racial prejudices, but the overall tone was so optimistic and heartening.
Well, there you have it. A quick update on a few of the things I've read and seen in the past few months. Hopefully, I can get into the habit of posting more sometime relatively soon!

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