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Irene Adler: fridging, weakness, and subverting character tropes

I am a Sherlock fan, and by the transitive propery I love Irene. It's impossible to love the world's greatest detective without fostering admiration for The Woman. But I don't always love how she's portrayed. She was fridged* in the RDJ films (after playing the damsel in distress, two terrible troped in one). And in the BBC adaptation, Irene loses everything because she falls for the enigmatic Sherlock (quite the opposite of what happened in ACD's story). Kind of disappointing for one of my favorite antagonists, it feels like the modern retellings of her story have been less progressive than the original (despite BBC's almost-textual characterization of Irene as not-quite hetrrosexual). *If you don't know what that means, watch this excellent summary of the term (coined by Gail Simone) with Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian.
So when I found out that Elementary was introducing the character (played by the GLORIOUS Irene Adler) I was hopeful. The premise of the series seemed to be subverting out expectations. It still featured the brilliant, boorish Sherlock, but the show was constructed to reach a more modern, diverse audience. I thought my favorite character would finally be done justice in a modern adaptation. *SPOILERS* At first, I thought I might be disappointed. It seemed like the character had only been intriduced to give Sherlock a tragic backstory, fridged before she could even have a character arc of her own. I decided to finish the season, with only a few episodes left, and abandon it after I was done. I'm so glad I stuck around.
It turns out, Irene was a fiction, and the woman Sherlock had fallen for was actually the villain Moriarty. What a devastating twist. Here are two characters we thought we knew, here was a plot device we thought we understood, and it's all been a dynamic shift towards a new direction. via Feminist Fiction:
As Sherlock says, he saw Irene as โ€œThe Woman,โ€ the one who โ€œeclipsed and predominated the whole of her sex.โ€ And Irene Adler isnโ€™t real. She is a character constructed by a clever con-artist, designed precisely to ensnare Sherlock. Every one of her character traits, her every action and reaction, is a lie created to be Sherlockโ€™s idea of perfection.
My problems with the modern interpretations of Irene are the problems I have with female characters in general. There are often so few of them, one character is expected to be all things to all people all the time, and it's impossible to have a fulfilling character when she's bogged down by all those expectations. Or worse, the character exists only to make the male characters seem more interesting or powerful. They die so the male characters can grieve, or fail so the male characters can win. It's sexist and predictable. So I'm thrilled Elementary took a different approach with Season 1. It's not perfect, but I'm always thrilled when a show surprises me (and if your plot twist has its own article on tv tropes you can bet it won't surprise me), and with the Irene-Moriarty reveal they definitely earned my loylaty, and challenged other Sherlock Holmes adaptations to do better.
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What's In And What's Out : March 2016
At least be well informed before Netflix & Chill. Netflix is the best thing to ever be invented. It's also constantly changing. With every month comes a new set of movies, tv shows, documentaries, video specials, etc. that are introduced. However, many of your favorites also face their end which means that you may need to squeeze in some urgent binge watching before your favorite shows and movies leave Netflix forever. If you're watching Netflix right now, and on Vingle, I applaud you. Realistically, if you're a fan of TED Talks, this month is going to be hard on you... What's In: Coming to Netflix March 1, 2016 Adult Beginners (2015) Ahora o Nunca (2015) Aldnoah.Zero: Season 2 American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) Before We Go (2015) Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (2016) El Desconocido (2015) Fresh Meat: Series 2 Frog Kingdom (2013) Good Burger (1997) Groundhog Day (1993) Heaven Knows What (2015) Hot Sugarโ€™s Cold World (2015) Midsomer Murders: Series 17 Narcopolis (2015) Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Scarface (1983) Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) The Young Kieslowski (2014) Coming to Netflix March 2, 2016 For Grace (2015) Coming to Netflix March 4, 2016 House of Cards: Season 4 (2016) Lab Rats: Season 4 LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship (2016) LEGO: Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 1 (2016) Louie: Season 5 Coming to Netflix March 5, 2016 Hell & Back (2015) Coming to Netflix March 7, 2016 Cuckoo: Seasons 1-2 Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015) Sin Filtro (2016) Coming to Netflix March 8, 2016 Digimon Fusion: Season 2 Coming to Netflix March 9, 2016 The Returned: Season 1 Coming to Netflix March 10, 2016 Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4, part 3 Hateship Loveship (2013) Coming to Netflix March 11, 2016 Dinotrux: Season 2 Flaked: Season 1 Netflix Presents: The Characters: Season 1 Popples: Season 2 Coming to Netflix March 12, 2016 Shelter (2015) Coming to Netflix March 15, 2016 10,000 Saints (2015) 4GOT10 (2015) The Falling (2015) Final Girl (2015) Finders Keepers (2015) Power Rangers Dino Charge: Season 1, part 2 War Pigs (2015) Coming to Netflix March 16, 2016 Are You Here (2014) Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Gridiron Gang (2006) Happy Valley: Season 2 Larry Crowne (2011) Promised Land (2012) Coming to Netflix March 18, 2016 He Never Died (2015) Jimmy Carr: Funny Business (2016) Marvelโ€™s Daredevil: Season 2 The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 2 My Beautiful Broken Brain (2016) Pee-weeโ€™s Big Holiday (2016) Coming to Netflix March 22, 2016 The Art of Organized Noize (2016) The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015) Coming to Netflix March 24, 2016 The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) A Promise (2013) Coming to Netflix March 25, 2016 VeggieTales in the House: Season 3 Coming to Netflix March 28, 2016 Trailer Park Boys: Season 10 Coming to Netflix March 31, 2016 Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation (2007) Fright Night 2 (2013) Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders (2015) Sunshine Superman (2015) Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (2011) Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Seasons 1-2 What's Out: Leaving Netflix March 1, 2016 Switchmas (2013) Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000) American Pie (1999) American Wedding (2003) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) Emily Bronteโ€™s Wuthering Heights (1992) Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) Hackers (1985) Hamlet (1990) Hannie Caulder (1971) Hardball (2001) Hartโ€™s War (2002) Hitch (2005) Indecent Proposal (1993) Johnny Dangerously (1984) Jumanji (1995) Masters of the Universe (1987) Men in Black II (2002) Not Another Teen Movie (2001) Paycheck (2003) The Babysitters (2007) The Chosen One (2010) The Monster Squad (1987) The United States of Leland (2003) Wings (1927) Leaving Netflix March 2, 2016 Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams (2013) Leaving Netflix March 3, 2016 Night Catches Us (2010) Leaving Netflix March 4, 2016 Getting Go: The Go Doc Project (2013) Private Romeo (2011) Leaving Netflix March 5, 2016 I Am Divine (2013) Leaving Netflix March 6, 2016 Le Week-End (2013) Refuge (2012) Leaving Netflix March 7, 2016 Deadfall (2012) Leaving Netflix March 8, 2016 Holidaze (2013) Leaving Netflix March 9, 2016 Arn: The Knight Templar (2007) The Mistle-tones! (2012) Leaving Netflix March 11, 2016 Geography Club (2013) Leaving Netflix March 15, 2016 Best of TEDx: Season 1 I Killed My Mother (2009) Lola & Virginia: Season 1 TED Talks: Life Hack 1-2: TED Talks: Sex, Secrets & Love: Season 1 TED Talks: The Best of TEDx in Espaรฑol: Season 1 TEDTalks: Ancient Clues: Season 1 TEDTalks: Animal Voices: Season 1 TEDTalks: Artistry and Illusion: Season 1 TEDTalks: Beasts, Bugs & Bio-wilderment: Season 1 TEDTalks: Body By Design: Season 1 TEDTalks: Brave Neuro World: Season 1 TEDTalks: Building Wonder: Season 1 TEDTalks: Chew On This: Season 1 TEDTalks: Cyber Awe: Season 1 TEDTalks: Defying Disease: Season 1 TEDTalks: Global Villages: Season 1 TEDTalks: Head Games: Season 1 TEDTalks: Hot Buttons: Season 1 TEDTalks: How to Start a Movement: Season 1 TEDTalks: Humanityโ€™s Future: Season 1 TEDTalks: Inexplicable Connections: Season 1 TEDTalks: Into the Abyss: Season 1 TEDTalks: Let Your Mind Wonder: Season 1 TEDTalks: Life Lessons & Confessions: Season 1-2 TEDTalks: Love, No Matter What: Season 1 TEDTalks: Music Revolution: Season 1 TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words: Season 1 TEDTalks: Rad Invention: Season 1 TEDTalks: Rebel Design: Season 1 TEDTalks: Robotic Machinations: Season 1 TEDTalks: Smart Laughs: Season 1 TEDTalks: Space Trek: Season 1 TEDTalks: The Capitalism Paradox: Season 1 Waste Land (2010) Leaving Netflix March 17, 2016 Elegy (2008) Leaving Netflix March 18, 2016 Cosmopolis (2012) Music For Mandela (2013) Out in the Dark (2012) Side Effects (2013) Leaving Netflix March 23, 2016 Keep the Lights On (2012) Leaving Netflix March 26, 2016 The Comedy (2012) Leaving Netflix March 28, 2016 Gayby (2012) Leaving Netflix March 31, 2016 Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006) Garfieldโ€™s Pet Force (2009) The Sandlot 2 (2005) Twelve Mile Road (2003) Women Who Kill (2012) The Writersโ€™ Room: Season 1 What will you be binge watching tonight?
A Blissful Place for Manga Lovers!
For the longest time I only have one reason for visiting Japan. Nope, it's not for food. Nope, it's not for fashion. Yes. It's for hot spring! I may look an average 20 something gal but I'm a grandma at heart. I've been told that many times because of my peculiar lifestyle. I love jacuzzi and hot spring is one of the thing I've always wanted to try after watching dramas that features this fabulous chamber. Even though I really wanted to visit Japan I didn't think hot spring would justify the trip because Taiwan also have hot spring. The ticket and accommodation in Taiwan is more budget-friendly than Japan. It was not until today I found another reason to go visit Japan. Books & Bed This concept is really intriguing. Though, I don't openly express it, I'm a manga girl at heart. Throw me in a room with a bunch of manga and I will be more than happy to read them. This is place is truly a gem for book lovers and someone who appreciates minimal architect. At Book and Bed Hostel you get a beautiful view of the city at night and get unlimited access to book in their library until your eyes become drowsy. The industrial interior design is filled with cement walls, wooden bookshelves and wooden single beds. Obviously, it's not a place for you to get a comfy pillow and cozy bed. If you are solo or duo traveler, this is the type of place that will bring you a blissful evening. What more do you want from a short vacation getaway than a place to sleep and get inspired? Anyone else feel the same way?
'Train to Busan' as Critique of Korean Society
I still haven't been able to see Train to Busan for myself, but I found this article on NPR to be really interesting! It doesn't ruin any plot points (other than the fact that there is a zombie apocalypse which I'm pretty sure we could gather from the trailer...) According to the article: Without giving too much of the story away, the film blames corporate callousness for the death toll. The government covers up the truth โ€” or is largely absent. And the crew? Rather than rescue passengers, it follows the wishes of a businessman. Sewol Ferry Reference: These themes are particularly resonant in South Korea, which in 2014 faced national tragedy after 300 people, mostly teenagers, died when a ferry overturned in the sea. Investigators found the ferry's corporate owners overloaded it to save money. And the captain and crew got into lifeboats without rescuing passengers. News media, toeing the government line, originally reported that everyone survived, blamed rescuers for not working hard enough (when in reality the government refused to let them go into the water and rescue the children), etc. The Korean president's whereabouts on that day are still unexplained. Then the MERS Outbreak: Last year, as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, spread in South Korea, the government wouldn't share key information about where patients were being treated, where it started, and how officials would contain the outbreak. The government refused to communicate with the public, so the Seoul mayor had to go against the president and form his OWN plan to fix the problem. As a result, he's now in the running for next president (since Koreans have lost all respect or trust in the current pres) You can read the full piece by NPR right HERE. Has anyone seen this yet?!
NO ROMANCE ALLOWED Movie Binge!
For all the anti-Valentines Lovebugs out there! There have been some amazing cards for the Cupid's Countdown event, so I hope mine isn't a disappointment. I signed up to share some of my favorite un-romantic movies for those of you who just aren't in the mood for cute hearts or cupids. I get it. Sometimes it's just too much! Thankfully I've got enough recommendations to fill up your date night (or your I-don't-have-a-date-and-I-don't-care night). I added some tv recs as well in case you need to binge several hours' worth of entertainment. No Romance If you want something fun that doesn't have a romantic sub-plot, you should definitely check out... Big Hero 6- A kid loses a brother but gains a robot friend. So it's mostly fun. Captain America: Winter Soldier- An American hero takes down... America. Brave- This girl really does not wanna get married. She just wants to shoot things. Tokyo Godfathers- Fun Christmas tale about homeless people and an abandoned baby. The Emperor's New Groove- A man and a llama save the day. Ghostbusters 2- Somehow all of New York is convinced to be happy for 5 minutes. TV series: Fullmetal Alchemist, Agent Carter Pair with popcorn covered in melted discount chocolate, beer, and buddies. Anti-Romance If you're in the mood for a movie where everything you love dies or that friendship is more important than feelings, I've got good news for you! Harold and Maude- A rom-com about depression and death. Brilliant! Thelma & Louise- Two gal pals murder someone and go on the run. Salt- Will they or won't they? Try is she a spy or is she a spy? I think she's a spy. Bachelorette- Three kind of bitter bachelorettes ruin their friend's wedding. Batman: The Dark Knight- The world is absurd and everything you love dies. TV series: Master of None, Elementary Pair with wine and something covered in garlic- because you're not kissing ANYONE! The opposite of a Rom-Com... Is disturbed and depressing I guess. Watching these will make you forget your troubles, because you'll be concerned with things that are much worse. The Road- People eat people after the apocalypse. Saw- Wanna see the hot guy from A Princess Bride get tortured? Sure you do! Silence of the Lambs- More cannibalism! The Virgin Suicides- Spoiler: somebody dies. No Country For Old Men- Nothing good happens but nobody gets eaten. TV series: Broadchurch, Black Mirror Pair with comfort food and a well-lit apartment. EXPLOSIONS Car chases! Stuff getting blown up! Anything romantic takes a back burner to quippy one-liners and excessive bullets everywhere! Die Hard- Yippee ki-yay motherf------! Deadpool- Despite those misleading ads, Deadpool is about dick jokes and grenades. Aliens 2- DO YOU WANNA SEE AN ALIEN COME OUT OF SOME GUY'S GUT!?!?!?! The Avengers- Do you wanna see a lot of aliens ruin New York City? TV series: Jessica Jones, Homeland, BBC Sherlock. Pair with shots and a good drinking game. Hope that covers all your Anti-Valentine's Day needs! Honestly I had so much fun putting this list together. Thank you Lovebugs for being part of such an awesome event, and lots of love to @nicolejb and @AlloBaber for making it happen!
5 Struggles Every Shipper Has
Whatever your fandom, the struggle is real. We all know these feels. We might fight in ship wars against each other, we might accidentally insult someone's OTP or be totally confused by each others' obsessions... But at the end of the day fans need to stick together. Because if you ship, eventually you're going to run into these problems. And you'll need someone to commiserate with. 1. You can never find that perfect fic Whether your OTP is the current fandom favorite or an obscure couple only five other people have ever heard of, it can feel like an impossible task to find the *perfect* fic. Sure, you'll read (and love) yet ANOTHER coffee shop au full of tropes you know like the back of your hand, but you'll be craving something more for the rest of your shipper life. And don't even talk to be about that unfinished WIP I've been checking for the past three years. 2. Your Ship > Your Sleep Schedule When is the last time you went to bed instead of staying up late reading fanfiction? Does it feel like never? Because it feels like never to me. You forgo silly mortal needs like sleep for more important things like digging up more images of your OTP, beta-ing just one more chapter, or rolling around in feels. And speaking of feels... 3. EVERYTHING gives you feels Every song on the radio? Written for your OTP. Every time you order coffee? You get the same order as your favorite character. Literally everything anyone says? Your shipper brain will find a way to react to it and you will be overwhelmed by feels. It's a constant barrage and there is no escape. 4. The world doesn't get you And vise-versa. Shippers tend to create our own special language, and we start to speak it exclusively. I can absolutely tell you what "ao3 mcu a:aou abo bdsm ot3 hs au pwp" means, but I have no idea what the Pythagorean theorem is. Look at our lives, look at our choices. (And before you ask, you know you'd read that fic, don't lie). 5. You've got a family for life The shipper family is one of the most welcoming, creative, beautiful groups of people I've ever encountered. There's so much love in this community. We scream and cry and FEEL like the world is ending... and we're all in it together. Whatever your ship, you're always welcome among us. You've always got a home. ... there's nothing like a weird Harry Potter gif to break up the feels parade. Let's show some pride shippers! Anime, Superwholock, HP, Trek, Marvel... How much do you relate to this?