Thursday Theories … Fiction and Ideology

ideology

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  1. 1.a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.”the ideology of democracy” Similar: beliefs ideas ideals principles doctrine creed credo teaching dogma theory canon(s)conviction(s)persuasion

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Premiere Draws 25 Million Global Viewers in First Day, Amazon Says

I am becoming concerned people about people using the word “ideology”, when talking about Fiction in particular.

Someone, white, said to me recently that I don’t understand because they had Emma Watson to play the part of Belle and not a black girl. Which is such bullshit, lol. I know that part of the reason I relate to Belle’s Disney, is because I “look” like her (honestly though, who looks like a Disney character). The biggest reason I adore Belle though, is because of her kindness and her reading! She didn’t just fall for Gaston. That doesn’t change if someone played her, and is a black person.

When it comes to works of fiction and being transferred onto the big screen. I don’t care who plays who.

Fiction is fiction, it is literally for anyone and everyone. We’re in 2022 people! Just because the other people want to go backwards, doesn’t mean we have too!

Tolkien did not finish off both “The Silmarillion” and “Beren and Lúthien” These were finished off by his son, Christopher. Christopher was the reason that a lot of his father’s work couldn’t actually take place. Including the films with Peter Jackson. I actually don’t like Beren and Lúthien because of Christopher. I felt like Christopher was writing FOR his father.

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What concerns me is when people start talking about things like diversity, and not on the good way.

As a reminder, JRR Tolkien wrote LotR in stages between 1937 and 1949. This was a time that being gay was still illegal and people of colour, did not have rights. So in 2022, if Tolkien had a problem with POC or LGBT+ people playing characters in Middle Earth, I wouldn’t be interested. He’d just be another white bigot. Just like a lot of people talking about their “problems” with the diversity in the series.

We ultimately don’t know what Tolkien thought of Diversity, in any form. It seems he was pretty okay with diversity. As white people we NEED to STOP whining about having fictional characters as POC. It’s outdated and gross. It’s 2022 people! From what I’ve read about Tolkien, I don’t think he was ever intentionally racist . I think, for that time, he was could see there was a problem.

What this comes to do is wanting to keep the Rings of Power, with a whole white cast, that IS an ideology. Wanting to keeping something 100% to the source material IS an ideology. That is a problem in 2022. Now guaranteed, I would have really like to have seen a female dwarf with a beard, that would have made such an impact at the moment. However, it’s still “Hollywood”. It’s also though one of the reasons I don’t think Tolkien would ultimately have a problem with the “Rings of Power”.

Quiet honestly with you all. Hearing people complaining about the Elves in Ring of Power being POC. Is no different to people complaining about Hermione or Ariel (the Little Mermaid) being black. I don’t think Tolkien or Andersen were being intentionally racist. They WERE European and white. They are also long dead. We are now in 2022. If you are NOW complaining about it, that is racism. That is an ideology.

The list below are all ideologies and as you can see they are not all woke, either.

  • Trumpism
  • Racism/White Supremacy
  • Transphobia
  • Rowling…ism lol

Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak, Ted Cruz, “Governor” Di Santis are right wing ideologists. Being left and woke doesn’t automatically make someone an ideologists. Just like being right wing can make you an ideologist.

Imagination

I read an article over the article this weekend that Captain Kirk is now being seen as bi-sexual, which, honestly I don’t care that much about. But cool for that character. However, William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk said that it’s simply not true.

I get why people would want the actor who “made” that character too agree with them. Here’s the thing though, they’re an actor playing a part. It’s the problem I had with Dumbledore (from HP) Dumbledore became “gay” after a popular fan theory. There was actually no indication that Dumbledore was gay. Then in FB, there was apparently two lines that confirmed he was gay. That was it.

What Rowling did, was what is called “performative ally-ship”. Dumbledore can be gay if you want him to be gay. That’s what’s called imagination. It’s also fine if Dumbledore is not gay. It’s fine if Dumbledore is gay, straight, trans, of colour, religious, atheist. Just don’t make him gay, straight, trans, of colour, religious, atheist, to make a buck.

It’s it also fine that Shatner doesn’t want Capt Kirk to be bi. Capt Kirk can be bi-sexual for you though.

Do you all see where I’m getting at?

If Chris Pine wants to play a more bi-sexual Kirk, that is also fine. I have no idea about Pine’s views on Kirk. But again, Kirk is a fictional character.

Read the words I write

Okay, one more time. People are NOT getting this. Johnny Depp has been found guilty TWICE, in a court of Law, of wife beating. He IS an abuser.

Again, this does not mean, Amber Heard is NOT an abuser. This is isn’t, one cancels the other out. They’re BOTH abusers and they BOTH have been abused.

If you can NOT understand that concept, do NOT talk about it.

This is NOT a case, that will say whether or not Depp is not an abuser. He has already been found GUILTY of being an abuser, TWICE. We all KNOW that Heard abused as well. If you can’t understand the basics of mutual abuse. This is NOT a television show, where you get to determine anything. Everything has already been determined.

Also, Johnny Depp is not going to sleep with you.

This is the last time I am writing about this.

This is not a television episode of Law and Order, this is real life folks. For the love of God, please think about this from a point of view that doesn’t involve you having sex with Johnny Depp. Think about how Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his children was thinking when his text came out as calling her an “extortionist French cunt”, or heck, think about his kids!. He must have known that was coming out. Think about how you would feel if someone you loved, had texted about setting you alight, and burning you alive. Jesus, think about that poor dog, as he shoved it’s head out the window!

This isn’t “hearsay” this is WHY he WAS found guilty, twice, of being a wife beater.

I actually do fear for JD’s life. I think he’s going to go the way of Michael Jackson, Prince, Brittany Murphy. Dying, way before they should have, dying because no one would tell them no.

As it was said in court. Depp was the one turning (or not in some cases) up to work drunk, high, not prepared and not professional, choosing to sue people over fulfilling his contracts. That has nothing to do with Heard, she’s not his keeper. Quiet frankly, she was right in what she said. That she stood up for abuse survivors and she was abused again, by the culture. She was absolutely right. Quiet frankly, there’s a lot of people proving her right.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t want to talk/write about this anymore. No matter the outcome, he’s already established as a wife beater. Depp and Heard are pretty toxic, but I do think that Heard, while not coming out of this smelling of roses. She does appear to be only one who is trying to live a life. Reminder, as well, Depp is the one continuing this. He is STILL trying to control the narrative, and lot of people are letting him.

Thursday Theories – Are Dragons real?

Since Dragon Appreciation Day is on the weekend, what a better time to have a little post about Dragons.

You want to know the best thing about Dragons?

They are real!

May I introduce you too…the Komodo Dragon!

The saddest thing?

Last year Komodo Dragons and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global authority that this weekend released its latest Red List of threatened species. The list, which included the evaluation of more than 138,000 species, shifted the status of the Komodo dragon from vulnerable to endangered.

Rising sea levels caused by hotter temperatures melting ice and expanding oceans will reduce the dragon’s habitat on Komodo and neighbouring remote islands by at least 30 per cent in the next 45 years, the IUCN said at its World Conservation Congress gathering in the French city of Marseille.

Although Appreciate a Dragon Day is about Dragons in literature, we can appreciate a real life Dragon…RIGHT NOW…By helping fight climate change. Are you up for not slaying the Dragon this time, but to rescue it?

Komodo Survival Program

Hobbit Day

September the 22nd is Hobbit Day.

Why?

It being the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books. According to the fictional setting, Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

I’m posting because that way it’s still technically the 22nd of September where I live. So celebrate by playing with a Dragon or two, and HAVE that second breakfast!

Did you know? Due to the discrepancies between the fictional Shire calendar and the Gregorian calendar there is some debate about when to celebrate Hobbit Day, since the actual birthday would be between September 12 and 14 in the Gregorian calendar, as explained in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.

Personally, I think when we talk about fiction, you need to stick with the fiction world’s calendar. It is always nice when the real world and the fiction world can work together. However, sometimes it is even nicer, to not have the real world collide with the fiction world. Keep the real world and the fiction world separated.

Frary…Magical Monday #5

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What I want to ask you, my dear followers. If you have a favourite fictional couple. Can be any couple from any fictional world…Book, Movie, tv series.

I have three that I just adore. I don’t know why, but I loved Frary from the “Reign” tv series. They just en-captured the whole tragic romance for me. I also really like tragic romances,lol.

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One of the others is Rogue and Gambit from X-Men. Can I just say that I hated what the movies did to Rogue’s character. Hated it. I guess it’s kind of my “trend” with tragic romances. I can’t actually stand romantic comedies. I’m sorry, but too me, they’s just boring and most of the time, predictable. The closest I get to enjoying an romantic comedy is “Love Actually”.

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My last favourite couple (in no particular order though) is Mufasa and Sarabi from “The Lion King” which the box office is saying that it is killing it!

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I mean…would you look at these two. I would love to see a movie about their life together, before Simba. Although it’s all “fine” in the Lion King…Right up until Mufasa dies of course…Clearly there were tensions at least between Mufasa and Scar.

Run away with me…

I have decided to spend a few days off of social media. Sometimes it’s just something you gotta do, and there is nothing wrong with that. Something I really love to do when I take “time off” from social media. I love to read! I love to escape…again,lol

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What do you love to love when you love to escape? Are there books you love to read and read again, binge out on movies or tv shows?

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There are two games that I just love to play: The Sims 4 and Guild Wars 2. I can get lost in these two gems for literally hours without even meaning too. When I first had my anxiety issues, it was the only thing that could distract my brain for hours. Because it was usually fast pace moving and I was actually interested. I would play for hours.

The other escape I have is of course music and books. I know that on Goodreads a lot of my reviews are pretty highly reviewed. I have no problem with that though. I only read these days what I want to read, rather than what I can review and make myself seem “popular”. I have to admit there are some people on Goodreads who I think purposely give books only bad reviews to make themselves seems “serious”. But it also seems to work, I’ve noticed that negative reviews get a lot more likes?

Probably my final form of escape is Comedy. Sometimes when you can get on a comedy binge, it’s just the best thing ever. It also feels like a workout. At the moment, I highly recommend Wanda Sykes “What’s going on right now, is not normal” I think you can only find it on Netflix? But watch it!

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Share Your World, Aug Wk3, 2018

Share Your World, August 20th 2018

Share Your World

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

Honestly…I don’t really like any kind of olive.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

It has to be between my bedroom and the lounge room. The reasoning behind that is sometimes if I’m in bedroom for too long. I start to feel cut off from everyone and that can feel a little confining. Being in the lounge can feel more opening, especially since the couches/lounge that we have is just so darn comfortable!lol

What fictional family would you be a member of?

I would love to be a member of the Undómiel. Which, for those who do not know. Is a Middle Earth family and consists of Arwen and Elrond and Galadriel.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This week I can definitely say my family. I got to spend a lot of the week with them before they all left to their various places. I love being with them, honestly if I could live with them all the time…I would!lol

Share Your World, July Wk 1, 2018

 

Share Your World

Tell us about your first bicycle or car?

My first bicycle was too big for me! I couldn’t actually even use it in the end. My feet didn’t even touch the ground! I did end up getting a bike a couple of years later that I could actually use. I swear I was just thinking about this the other day. There was this one time our Dad made my brother and I cycle for the longest time. He was going through a health kick himself.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Without question, I think I have said this a gazillion times. I would LOVE, not just like, Tolkiens world to visit. Either the book world or the movie. I love both of the worlds (even Tauriel included). It’s one of the reasons I want to learn to draw, I am very visual person. I could totally imagine myself being in that world, I literally have dreams about being there.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

In all honesty, they would probably be driving around a lot. Picking things up, getting me food. I would totally love that! There would be a lot of driving involved.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Just a lot this week! It’s been a great week! Too many to list!

Thomas Jefferson Day … Yay or Nay?

What a complicated this one is! Well not really, but I’d love to have been look into his mind.

Thomas Jefferson was one of the original founders of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a complicated man in that he “seemed” to be for Independence, one moment he wanted to include the Native American as “free”…But kept African Americans as slaves…Then had children with his slaves. He was a “strong” disciple of the Greek and Rome teachings and went forward with a school “University of Virginia” that was ‘free’ of Church teachings and generally shunned Christian (and was shunned by) teachings.

“All men are created equal”

While this is a true quote of Jefferson’s, he didn’t exactly always “live” by it. When he got older he also wrote how and his belief that blacks and whites could not live together as free people in one society because of justified resentments of the enslaved. I think of today and it’s still pretty much true really. 

It’s what I mean by “complicated” One moment he didn’t mind having slaves himself, but at the same time recognised the problems with it. He also seemed to be against international slave trading, but not so much domestically.

In 1807, Congress passed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, which Jefferson signed. The act established severe punishment against the international slave trade, although it did not address the issue domestically.

His own slaves were sold at a public auction when he died. Over his life he “obtained” over 600 slaves. Jefferson was known as well as a “benevolent” slave owner, meaning that he gave them good food, cabins etc…But he still had them.