Life continues to Happen. There are a lot of really cool links below and I’m about ready to fall asleep, so I won’t preamble for too long! There are eggs to scramble!
On the blog
Rotten Eggs and Adult Agendas: How Girlhood is Constructed in Wonder Egg Priority – I take a look at this series’ scrambled finale with my kidlit studies hat on, examining how the construction of characters like Frill and Koito reveal the bias of the adults behind this story about adolescence.
Queer YA Spotlight: This Poison Heart – reimagined myths, spooky secret gardens, and the most delightful queer family I’ve ever read reign supreme in this fun contemporary fantasy.
Convenient Monsters: The Problem with Frill and Wonder Egg Priority‘s Take on Trauma – not satisfied with just analysing Koito, I give the series’ other maligned female character, Frill, a post of her own. Specifically, this one looks at how inventing and then maligning Frill screws with some significant thematic threads.
Summer 2021 Three-Episode Check-in – not a season overstuffed with favourites, but I can see some recommendations shaping up!
The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! – Episode 1 – a zany reverse isekai comedy that mostly made me want to rewatch The Devil is a Part-Timer.
Fena: Pirate Princess – Episode 1 – swashbuckling shenanigans with a heroine who hopefully needs to be rescued less and less as the story progresses.
Academia – but on YouTube!
In July, I presented at two different virtual conferences, and have made these short presentations available for anyone that might find them useful or interesting! (Or anyone who just wants to check out my cool glasses)
How might the liminal, mischievous, underdog figure of the Trickster lend itself to stories about queer teens? (Presented in Canada, but from right in front of my bookshelf!)
Join my colleague Chloe and I for a brief introduction to the world of queer young adult fiction, from its historic beginnings in the 1960s all the way through to the new directions it’s taking now!
Around the web
A brief and energetic introduction to the all-women Takarazuka theatre tradition, which Kageki Shojo!! is drawing heavy inspiration from.
Modern costume dramas will often make their female leads derisive of feminine dress and activities as a shorthand for them being “feminist” by 21st century standards, despite the fact this actually runs counter to what feminist activists of the era were doing.
Anime and the Apocalypse: Finding Catharsis at the End of Everything – Lynzee Loveridge muses about the opposite of “escapism” in art, and the value in those big “thank god it’s over” moments after everything crumbles to ruin.
The Late Stage (or Lock Down) Loopy La-las – the Thesis Whisperer examines the very scientific concept of “the loopy la-las” and the way your brain can melt when deep in academic work. I reckon they’re onto something, and may start using that phrasing.
Now What? ; the Mystery of Odd Taxi – this drama is full of crime and thrills, but what it’s really about is people.
Kissing Mannequins: Watching The Bold and the Beautiful During a Pandemic – did you know they used mannequins and body doubles so they could continue filming never-ending soap opera shenanigans? Romance scholar Jodi McAlister provides a window into this weird and wonderful world, and how it’s helped her stay sane over the past year.
Beyond the School Cathedral: How Yuri Grew Up – Nicki “YuriMother” Bauman charts the genre’s recent expansion beyond the tropes and trappings of schoolgirl yuri into a market increasingly full of romances between adults.
We Are the Mountain: A Look at the “Inactive” Protagonist – Vida Cruz examines the way “agency” is often conflated with mobility and action, particularly in sci-fi and fantasy, and how surviving and coping with a world that Others you is an acceptable form of character strength even if it’s commonly dismissed.
Having Trauma Doesn’t Mean You Can Only Consume Mild, Boneless Art – for some, it’s tempting to argue that works with triggering content should simply not exist, lest they re-traumatise people. But these conversations remove a lot of the nuance around trauma and the way people interact with art.
This month’s song comes with a (warped, satirical laugh) track!
And that’s it for now. Goodnight, sweet dreams.