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April 17, 2011


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I hate, hate, hate this review.

I watched the first episode. For the record, I've never read nor even heard of the books the show is based on. I really liked it.

This review is so pretentious and boring. Also, nice stab at True Blood, a-hole.


Out of curiosity, I ran a Google news search on Ms. Bellafante's name, and there are hundreds of responses to this. It's pretty hard to craft a paragraph that can insult women and men in roughly equal measure, but Bellafante pulled it off. (I feel like this could be added to Homer Simpson's stand-up set: "Women like Lorrie Moore, but men like George R. R. Martin.") I wonder if Bellafante will respond? I'm not saying apologize, I'm just saying share her take on the widespread response.


The Simpsons reference that came to mind for me was the pull-string Malibu Stacy doll that says things like "don't ask me, I'm just a girl!"


Let me add one more thing: growing up, the essential image of a geek that I had in my head was male - maybe a male that looked like me. Partly it was that I only knew a couple other geeks, and they were other white guys who kinda looked like me. As an adult rediscovering geek culture on the internet, on a weekly basis I read the writing of Abigail Nussbaum, Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, Teresa Jusino, and Liz Gorinsky, and as a result that essential geek image has changed to female. I just know more women then men with a strong interest in genre entertainment, read their thoughts more frequently, and read the thoughts of their often female commenters. The notion of genre fandom being an all-male enclave seems so outmoded it's kind of amazing to me that there wasn't at least an NYT editor to gently suggest a revision.


I'll respond with my favorite review of all time. This is a masterpiece.



My response to this can be summed up thusly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eJmYKN_1QE

Emotional Cheating

Never seen it and don't think I want to. It sure seems to stir up some emotions though!


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