The alien mythology of The X-Files is well-known for its convoluted plot threads, the result of the writers having only the vaguest of ideas about it themselves. While this openendedness allowed for the story to develop in ways it wouldn’t have otherwise, for instance in creating the popular Cigarette-Smoking Man, eventually the mythology began to … Continue reading Patriarchy and Scully’s motherhood arc on The X-Files
One of my least-favourite tropes is UST, or Unresolved Sexual Tension, which is pretty much what it says on the tin. Two characters have romantic feelings for each other but either don’t admit them to themselves or don’t act on them for various reasons. For years. It’s most egregious in non-serial or semi-serial TV drama, … Continue reading Romance and UST
I've been off work the past couple of weeks and it's given me time to think about where I want this blog to go in the next year or so. I've been blogging (admittedly intermittently) for a while now, and although my blog has always been centred around books, I've done memes, reviews, discussion posts, … Continue reading This blog in 2016
Happy Hogmanay! It's the last day of 2015 and so, of course, I'm leaping on the bandwagon and doing a wrap-up of my reading over the past year, as well as looking ahead to what I want my reading to look like in 2016. I set myself a goal of reading 100 books this year … Continue reading 2015 Wrap-up + 2016 Reading Goals
So Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse series have new covers, at least in the US (the UK has a different publisher and I’ve seen no word on whether our covers will also change). According to the publisher, the change was made to show Kestrel as “as bad*** as she is”. It’s true Kestrel is a … Continue reading My thoughts on the new Winner’s trilogy covers
Perhaps the most defining feature of YA dystopias, and other young adult stories set in cruel and unjust societies, is revolution. Unlike non-YA dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale, these are not mere personal stories of grief and suffering, but stories about changing the world. It's easy to see why these books have such appeal to teenagers. … Continue reading Teenagers reading about rebellion? It’s not as bad as you may think.
What is this, the Year of Slumps? After my super-long one back in the spring/early summer, I had a great reading month and then slowly devolved into another slump. It took me a full month to read Siege and Storm, even though I utterly adored Shadow and Bone and Ruin and Rising after it (now I'm on Six … Continue reading October Wrap-Up