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Happy November: warning, maundering ahead
I keep thinking "I should post more and get some of these hamsterwheeling thoughts out", but so far nothing's really cohered into more than a vague ball of rants that mostly come down to 'other people having veto power over my existence'. Never entirely sure whether the reflex that nobody wants to hear that is Brainweasels or just realism.

Did have the tangentially related thought that Billy Elliot actually has a horrible underlying message when you get thinking about it: Thatcher wins, the miners go to hell, but at least this one special snowflake got out. Getting very tired of 'feel-good' entertainment where nobody actually stops to deconstruct the idea of society as a bucket of crabs...

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randomdreams From: randomdreams Date: November 4th, 2015 01:40 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
It's incredibly hard to make a feel-good movie about inequality and class struggle, and aside from art movies, nobody's willing to tackle that kind of stuff.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 6th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, I did like the one about the' strike from the angle of the gay-pride marchers who started collecting for the miners so they wouldn't get bashed; Thatcher still wins and everybody dies of AIDS, but the takeaway is less "winning is you getting out of here yourself" and more "Look, we're all being taken advantage of here". I'm just so done with the narrative that it takes an inaccessibly good freak talent or a magical birthmark to really "matter" in the world that it's getting kind of hard to deal with fiction at all anymore...
randomdreams From: randomdreams Date: November 7th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That's fair. Maybe that's part of why I read so little fiction anymore: it always seems filled with false hope.
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: November 7th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm sorry that I've completely failed to call you - baby foo is sort of eating me alive right now - but we do very much want to hear what you have to say, ranting included.

Incidentally, if you've not read the Ann Leckie Ancillary books, I think that you'd very much like them, for reasons not unrelated to the crabs-in-a-bucket thing.

robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 9th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That's actually the second time in the last few days that Ancillary Etc has been recced in my various circles; I did have a go at the first one back when it came out, but I ended up having to set it aside because I was getting such a strong Iain M Banks vibe from the setting that it was too eerie to go on with it right then. I do have a copy in the house for trying again at some point, though, since at least it wasn't a fundamental-incompatibilty bounce like some are. (I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that my brain doesn't do "lyrical language", for example. It pisses me off because that seems to be 80% of what people are reccing books over these days, but it's apparently another thing to scratch off the SamOS compatibility list along with jazz, mysteries, and dance...)

Do call at some point when you get a break in baby-foo -- the wolf is eating the sun again and there is much to huddle round the fire complaining about...
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