Archives for July 2009
I wanted to do something really meaningful for International Blog Against Racism Week. Something wrenching, profound, well-written. I thought about writing a heartfelt essay about people of color in movies. Then I thought about writing a well-organized essay about people of color in movies. Then I thought about creating a list of well-realized people of color in movies. Then I realized there’s no way to organize any aspect of this little Hollywood clusterfuck, so let’s play it fast and loose, okay? There’s just so many ways to be offensive, why… Read more »
You guys, there’s a TV show called The Vampire Diaries, adapted from a YA series of the same name. I have not read the books and therefore cannot comment, but the show is clearly trying to be the small-screen Twilight (smart move), no matter how hard they have to wrestle it into shape. Basically, this preview clip is five minutes of comedy gold, is what I’m saying. Enjoy our pregnant pauses! My favorite part: They go to high school inside the west wing of a Mondrian, for some reason. (Oh,… Read more »
I’m using my Katrina Ghent face for this. She was sorely missed in this total stinkbomb of a finale. As usual, the official version is up at A spoiler-free list of things I wish had been different: – THE CHARACTERIZATION. The actual, official characterizations were perfectly good. However, every time the show needed a plot twist, someone would get amnesia or aphasia or a concussion and act like an idiot. That’s frustrating. – THE PACE. Let’s not just drop things for weeks at a time, yeah? Also, maybe have… Read more »
My short story “Bespoke” is live at Strange Horizons! This one is close to my heart, as it contains both costumes AND despair.… Read more »
So, a week or two ago I got a Facebook, because my sister told me there were other Genevieve Valentines on Facebook and I might want to snag the little nametag profile whatever. (She’s very thoughtful.) So I made one, so secretly that I did not even tell her. Stealth, right? Somehow, in the last 24 hours, ten people found me. I don’t even know how that happened, that is how little I know about Facebook, but it was…illuminating. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it… Read more »
You know what makes me angry every time I think about it? Hannibal. (Not the historical figure, though I’m sure he was probably unpleasant depending on where in the Alps you lived.) Silence of the Lambs is a great book. It was also super-successful, and at some point Thomas Harris had a concussion or something and thought, “You know what Silence of the Lambs needs? A sequel!” In terms of conceptual brilliance, this is similar to the day Joel Schumacher woke up and was like, “You know what Batman Forever… Read more »

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