Source: medievalpocpenig replied to your post: “Hi, I am very impressed with your blog, and would like your input on something. I am running a Vampire game set in Hungary 1 year before the Mongolian invasion. I was wondering what other ethnicities would be present in the area?”:To be fair here, part of the fun of historical RPGs and fantasy is to change as little as possible and watch the effect of the fantastic premise on the setting.
I honestly think they’re asking a question relating to what PoC groups were living in the area at the time. Just because it has a supernatural element doesn’t mean it can’t have accuracy. As a writer, that’s one thing I strive for personally.
I think they’re asking what sort of ethnicities were present in Hungary at that time. Not to be rude, but it’s a reasonable question and I’m not sure why you brushed it off. Vampires are fantasy, but the setting could still be historically accurate.
That’s unnecessary shade. The whole blog is about historically accurate representation of PoC in history and, ergo, it is not an excuse to be non-inclusive in media as there were PoC in Europe at different points in history. This ask is essentially what you’re trying to promote, I thought.
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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie."
- 1 week ago
"This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game worlds would feel too “unrealistic” or “not historically accurate”. What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable."
And even more telling. When people (guys) complain about ‘realism’ in games or movies, they are not really talking about literal realism. That’s not what they mean. The word they are reaching for is verisimilitude - in other words: that which breaks the illusion.
When we say of a piece of fiction that contains dragons, flying suits of armor, or aliens that it is ‘realistic’, what we really mean is that it feels real - that the characters reactions, the world built around the fantastical elements and how the non-fantastical elements interact with them seems “true” to us. We look at it and nod and say to ourselves inside “Yes, that is how someone would react to seeing a giant monster” or “Yes, that seems like how society would react to an alien invasion” - the world around the made-up stuff is carefully designed and seems thought-out enough that we buy it emotionally, even if we know that logically it is nonsense.
So when someone complains that a medieval fantasy world does not feel “realistic” without the ugly oppression, dehumanization, and violation of women as a standard background element, what they are saying is that those details feel right to them. That the world, without that misogyny, is not emotionally satisfying. They are saying they need that there for the world to make sense.
THIS. This so hard.
"the world, without that misogyny, is not emotionally satisfying."
millions, nay, billions of dollars are spent reinforcing this worldview
who is going to rip the band-aid off this wound and drag audiences into the light? Because that’s what it’s going to take.
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I forgot what this was from for a moment and thought it was a gif set of Jonathan Crane weeping while he tried to microwave a pinwheel.
FOR 528,491 MINUTES
i’m still thinking about it that’s too long jonathan that’s too long to microwave a pinwheel
(via briangefrich)Source: dragqueeneames
- 2 weeks ago
ive been meaning to make work-related comics forever, so enjoy some choice movie title bastardizations.
(these all actually, seriously, happened, with no humor or awareness on the part of the customer at the time as far as I could tell. so, yes, someone actually asked for a ticket to “Detergent” with a straight face.)
OH GOD I worked in a movie theater for three years, I wish I kept notes of all the mangled titles I heard. Though my favorite was not a customer creation: in 1996 a local paper listed our theater as playing “A Time For Revenge,” even making up showtimes for it. There was no such film, and we had to tell disappointed customers that the movie they drove to see did not exist. Naturally they got mad at us and not the paper.
(via lunulata)Source: siderealscion
…in the past week. Will try to keep it brief.
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Aliens was a revelation to me when I was a kid.
As soon as the actual action started, what immediately struck me was that every woman onscreen had her shit absolutely together, and every man (with the exception of Corporal Hicks, Bishop and Apone) was a complete walking clusterfuck.
Moreover, as in this .gifed scene, the narrative itself made it explicit that the only way the men were going to survive was by emulating the women.
And even though I was still just a dipshit kid when I first saw this, I didn’t pull on an MRA fedora and whine about my gender being portrayed in such an unflattering light, because even then, I immediately recognized, “This is what it’s like for women to watch literally every other sci-fi action film. Well played, movie.”
this movie is almost thirty years old. it’s inspired countless films and video games. you’d think we’d be drowning in action/sci-fi heroines as a result but NOPE somehow that iconic aspect of this movie didn’t get cloned
instead we got the Space Marine. And not Vasquez, but Hicks (usually with Gorman’s haircut)
(via caraellison)Source: gameraboy
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Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy cosplayers?
Actually, no. These are the stunt doubles for the film.
Chloé Bruce (Zoe Saldana stunt double)
Rob de Groot (Dave Batista stunt double)
Olivia Jackson (Karen Gillan stunt double)
Chris Pratt had a couple of doubles, that might be Daniel Stevens or Ben Wright.
I believe that’s Jamie Walker as Ronan.
Photos from Chloe Bruce’s Facebook page.
Remember that the stunt doubles are the people who put a lot of the awesome into your films, and are usually unrecognized for their work, buried deep in the credits.
Bruce has also performed stunts for Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Thor: The Dark World, however this is hardly the pinnacle of her achievements.
She has won several World Kickboxing Association Gold medals internationally, and holds the Guinness World Record for most kicks in a minute (212).
Daniel Stevens is the only man to ever portray Wolverine, Iron Man, Green Lantern, Spock and Anakin Skywalker on film.
Jamie Walker is a guide for extreme expeditions, has rowed across the Atlantic, and holds five world records.
Support your local stunt doubles! They make your favorite films better.
i was SO BUMMED to see Zoe Bell in Oblivion playing a silent bodyguard. She’s great! She can act! And she doesn’t need a gun to kick ass.Source: briangefrich