Category Archives: Weekend Links

Weekend Links: May 23, 2015

This weekend’s links brought to you by Adventure Time-style Disney Princesses.

On That Scene in the most recent episode of Game of Thrones:

Manic Pixie Dream Worlds on Sexual Violence in Epic Fantasy

The Rainbow Hub on sacrificing Sansa in service of Theon’s story

Feminist Fiction’s take on the episode

Amanda Marcotte disagrees with most of the crowd (and I disagree with her, but this piece is worth reading as a counterpoint)

Your Defense of That Rape Scene Makes You Sound Kinda Gross (a counterpoint to the counterpoint)

On rape, nudity and historical accuracy in general/specific

BoingBoing on Game of Thrones’ hypocrisy

How Real Is the ‘Game of Thrones’ Medieval World? (an oldie but goodie that is still relevant over a year later)

John Scalzi on writing rape at io9 (general rule: don’t)

K. Tempest Bradford on the Historical Accuracy Fallacy

Stuff people have written about Mad Max: Fury Road that make me very sad that my broken foot is keeping me stuck at home and away from the theater:

We Are Not Things: Mad Max vs. Game of Thrones

Kameron Hurley: Wives, Warlords and Refugees: The People Economy of Mad Max

BITCH Magazine Blog: The Ecofeminism of Mad Max

Miscellaneous non-GoT/Mad Max things:

Simon Pegg clarifies his comments on sci-fi infantilizing us and makes some excellent points about the current state of pop culture

Everything you want to know about fancy editions of classic books

On the word “girl” in Supergirl

5 Things That Have to Be in the New X-Files – I’m totally here for Fox checking out Tinder

@QuirkyMPDG is my new favorite Twitter this week



Weekend Links: May 15, 2015

This week’s links brought to you by Every Fantasy World Map Ever.

Book Stuff

Geek Mom interviews Ann Leckie–and there’s still a couple of days left to enter a giveaway for the first two Imperial Radch novels.

Tor will be publishing The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays by the delightful Kameron Hurley

Eric Flint has some thoughts about this year’s Hugo Awards

And so does K. Tempest Bradford

I know I would find these Useful Reader Cover Warnings helpful.

What is the point of writing if you can’t be Douglas Adams?


Paramount is developing a new show based on Caitlin Doughty’s amazing memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. This isn’t particularly SF-related, but it’s an excellent book and would probably make my top ten list of favorite things I’ve read in the last couple of years.

Over at The Mary Sue, they talk about iZombie as an allegory for sexual assault. I’m not sure I fully agree, but it’s definitely an interesting read.

Finally someone explains Adventure Time over at Kotaku. In all seriousness, though, if you aren’t watching this show, you should be. All of it is currently available on Hulu Plus, and each episode is only twelve minutes long.

FOX has released a trailer for their television adaptation of The Minority Report. I’m not completely sold on it, but it looks a damn sight better than the movie.


The big movie of this weekend is Mad Max: Fury Road, and there are some good reasons to go see it:

  1. Sounds like it’s unabashedly feminist, which is pretty rare for this kind of action flick.
  2. No, really! Straight from George Miller’s mouth.
  3. Even if it wasn’t being on purpose feminist, one should never neglect an opportunity to stick it to misogynists–and apparently they are losing their collective minds over this film. If misogynists hate it, it can’t be all bad.
  4. If none of this is convincing enough, Fury Road is currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.