bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
Thinking about Danny Rand and the problems with Iron Fist I would need to address and fix if I were to play him in Milliways. Spoilers behind the cut.

tl;dr: Iron Fist has many problems and uses problematic tropes to tell its story. Among them are; All Asians are one, Mighty Whitey/White Savior, and a toxic portrayal of masculinity. Why would I chose to work with such a canon, even if I intend to fix the problems? Well, I’m a fan of the Iron Fist mythos and I love the sweet innocence Danny Rand has at his core.

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bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
And it would've been so much better with an Asian person as the lead. It also could've been much better had Coleen's story been a large part of the narrative. Wasted potentials.

I get what they were aiming for but the problem of the themes they were using is that we've seen this story from the white male hero so many times it's become trite at best and cliche at worst. Having the story told from the point of view of someone Asian would have at least brought something new to the table.

Also, Marvel, why is your male hero journey all about growing up? Like ALL of them. Well, Cap might be an exception. (Not counting the ladies in this observation.)

I still like Danny and will be apping him next month, I think. I need to sit and write out the themes, problems, and possible solutions. I'd be so tempting to face swap him with an Asian actor, but a) I don't think that would be allowed for Milliways, b) I don't think it's my place to tell the story of an Asian American trying to reclaim his family and heritage, and c) I know I wouldn't have the see thru to play the pup in the Sandboxes that way.
bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
 And Iron Fisy swings back to intriguing territory by actually addressing anger issues, and not just Danny's. They also revealed why he left K'un Lun and even why he chose to become the Iron Fist in the first place, and both reasons are good ones. Not proper or noble mind you, but good and reasonable.

And I was a little too pleased with Danny wearing Luke Cage's teeshirt for all of ep 11, given to him by Claire. I will laugh so much if the first story arc of Defenders or the catalyst that brings them together is Claire being kidnapped.
bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
 Oh Danny, Danny, Danny...or should be saying that at the writers? The season started out so well with him...need I say spoilers?

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 Make your own SW pilot helmet.

Of course I couldn't resist making my own, and I figure Specter squadron is Sabine's squadron.
bjornwilde: (01: Hank-n-Touji)
 OK, I think I need to try writing the OOM ideas I have for Touji while not at work. I keep having what seem to be inspired ideas at home or in the car but then when I sit down at work, there's this wall of interference. Like Touji just does not appreciate the office or something. Very in character to be honest.
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Wait, there's a Tokyo Ravens inspired music album?!? And of course, Spotify doesn't have it. Maybe I can find youtube links.

IN other news, having a hard time finding a writing brain today.
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 For reference, TuneFind, gives you music used in shows, no matter how briefly. Song titles only.
bjornwilde: (01: Hank-n-Touji)
 You know it's okay to write OOMs ahead of time for pups, right? It's good that you are trying to pace yourself and not just throw pups at the comm to see what sticks. It's good to focus on specific ones to get them moving through canon, and it's a good thing you are feeling encouraged by all the play you've been having to write more stuff. You can write that stuff and save it for when you have the time to focus on that pup. 

What's most important is that you write. So go write.
bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
 OK, Danny is definitely an easy and fun voice for me to play. I can pull him up without having to "get in the mood" and he's goofy which is good for sour moods. I should finish his canon before writing an app, although I may go ahead and start one.

I still like the idea of Elayne Kevarian, but for some reason she stalled out on me with Lucy from Wic&Div started to vaguely flirt with her. Not sure if it's my usual reaction to flirting (I know it's silly but being married I always have a bit of awkward with flirting, as if I could be doing something wrong) or maybe Elayne isn't attracted to women. I know she can flirt, she did it in her canon's first book, but she's never flirted with a woman on page . The author does have a wlw relationship in later books, so he's not ignoring that aspect of sexuality. Maybe Elayne is too busy now. I don't know.

But I do only have one slot open, so Danny will get it. If I play Elayne more and she gets louder, I'll have to see whom is to go. I'm kind of thinking Rollo since he's never been as loud as I had hoped. Like threads just don't seem to hold his attention in my head.

OK, back to work and Sam's happy hour.
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 7.5 hours, most of which was light sleeping according to my Garmin VivoActive. I really need to get to bed at 9 but it's hard to do that when dishes need doing, lunches need packing, and family needs hanging out with. Maybe the bad sleep is worth it after all.

Her Ladyship discovered an new anime she likes, Blue Exorcist. I'll have to try and watch it with her.

ETA: So tempted to go to the local grocery and get ice cream for lunch.
bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
And now I'm back to wanting to play with Danny a bit. I think it's now less deconstructing the Mighty Whitey and fixing canon's missteps, if I stick with playing him. I am going to stick with sandboxes.

I just love his innocent, I want to help the world because it's right. He's not doing this out of a sense of guilt or whatever. He's like the Flash/Super Girl of the MCU, though not quite so chipper.

Icon sources:, fyeahscreencaps
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 I made the mistake of posting an article on my Facebook showing Asian actresses who could've played the Major in Ghost in the Shell instead of Scarlett Johansson. A mistake because it sparked a conversation with a guy whose point seems to be if you don't like it, don't pay for it, but here's why it's okay that they cast Scarlett.

I guess I'm just supposed to not see the movie and not speak about why I don't want to see it in a public place so others can feel good about seeing it.
bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
In other news, I've convinced myself that I shouldn't play Danny Rand. While deconstructing the White Savior and Mighty Whitey tropes might be fun for me, it likely wouldn't be entertaining, and there's every chance I would do it right anyway.

I think I might just play him in sandboxes, with Lewis Tan as his face instead of Finn Jones.
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 For some reason, this morning I am listing to breakup albums. I am not sad, I am not involved with a breakup, there is no hint of a breakup in my life, and I am not feeling nostalgic for a past relationship. I just seem to be enjoying the music. Go figure.

I also was struck by feels or nostalgia for Val von Doom. Weird.

Dear Self

Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:43 am
bjornwilde: (01: Danny Rand)
OK, I get that you've loved the Iron Fist mythos since reading Ed Brubaker's Immortal Iron Fist...Is it really 10 years ago now? You also were a kid during the twilight of the martial arts craze and the Marvel Netflix universe is pretty awesome, but you have to seriously ask yourself if attempting to play Danny is a good thing. Yes, you have some ideas on things which seem better than the show. Yes, playing a flawed hero and not flinching away from the entitled white hero with all of it's problems is likely a better way to handle leaving Danny as white, but is this really a good idea?

Before doing anything, invoke the Craig Ferguson litmus test:
1 - Does this need to be said/done
2 - Does this need to be said/done now
3 - Does this need to be said/done by me

Now, get to work so that you can tag the pups you already have.

(Spoilers for Iron Fist in the comments. Also, letting go of the idea of Vlad Taltos as a pup. Too much canon (15 books with a goal of 17) and I'd need to play two pups as he can't be played without his familiar.)
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 Well, I'm feeling a little less guilty about liking Iron Fist, though it is a mess. Here's a good review of the series over at The Mary Sue. Thar be spoilers so watch out.
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I love a cover of a song, but not all covers are a like. You can have a good cover, say Siouxsie and the Banshees cover of Craftwork's "Hall of Mirrors" or the Damned's cover of Love's "Alone again or". You can have brilliant covers, like Johnny Cash's and Cheryl Crow's cover of NIN's "Hurt". And then there are the gems that make the song their own, like The Muppets cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Making a TV series or movie out of a book or comic is much like this. I'm up to episode 05 of Iron Fist and while I am enjoying it, it's like a good cover. They've reproduced the existing material, maybe switched a detail here and there, but it isn't that different from the comic. I enjoy it, but it is not as brilliant as "Luke Cage", "Jessica Jones", or the first season of "Daredevil". (I'm still deciding about season 02. Matt and Electra didn't do as much for me as Karen and Frank.)

But damned if my impulsive ID brain isn't trying to convince me that Danny would be an interesting pup.
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Started watching Iton Fist and it isn't horrible. Only two episodes in and yes it is the weakest of the Defensers, but it has something. Yes, I do feel like it would've been better to have an Asian actor play Danny. Whitie is doing okay but they are leaning on too many tropes to make this work well. We'll see how things progress. So far not impressed with the bad guys.

I also have a kernel of a story idea that germinating. I have no idea where it's going but I know where it came from. Basically some book I read recently had the protagonists pay a sable boy or tavern boy a large sum of money to disappear, not just from the tar emperor but from the city and not come back. I immediately started wondering what the boy would do next and there's the kernel. Needs more brain storming.
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Entering into week three of being sick and I am so ready to be over it. I did go into an Accute Care clinic on Friday but the doctor said it seems like I am mostly over it and there really wasn't much to be done but treat the symptoms.

Somehow this is also making my wanting to thread or do creative things practically nonexistent. Like I remember what fun it is and all, but I am disconnected from it. Blah.

Tried reading Tanith Lee's Faces Underwater but gave up after 4 chapters. I can't complain about the writing, which was good, I just didn't have any connection to the main character and I couldn't see a plot happening. I felt more connected with the city in the book than anything else, and I just don't read fast enough to bother.

I am most of the way through Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, which is so much better. This has got to be the best portrayal of middle schoolers I've read in some time. They read as honest and true peeps rather than half remembered personas of middle schoolers.

I finished Four Roads Cross this weekend and I really cannot wait until the next Craft Sequence book. I may have made an account for Elayne Kevarian (*cough* [personal profile] carpe_deos  *cough*). Someday I will have to tag someone in a sandbox when I'm feeling up to threading.

I also continue to work my way through the Vlad Taltos series and am up to book 08 of the series. Still very tempted by a Vlad voice, but a journal name hasn't yet occurred to me and I would need two slots open to play him since I can't see him being anywhere without Loiosh, his smart ass, telepathic mini-wyvern type familiar. I think I've given up on the idea of finding an Eastern European actor with a handlebar mustache to use as a PB and will just use this fabulous fan art...assuming I ever get to play him.

ETA: I am about half-way convinced the writers of The Magicians have no idea what they are doing this season. I feel like each episode is only loosely connected to the previous and is wandering lost, with no idea where it is going.


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