Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Everything Changes" - Pokémon Fanfic Review

Continuing my series of fanfic reviews is Pokémon fanfic "Everything Changes", by Dragoness, posted February 5th, 2000--February 13th, 2001. The name comes from a Pokémon song released, and it's appropriate because, good golly, do things change! Ash is put into lots of exciting angst-inducing situations after Team Rocket abducts him and makes him work for them, leading to a spiritual evolution with a surprising manifestation. I totally remember this fic! I used to read it all the time, and it was fun to read it again, though I think it's only of an okay quality overall.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Feminist Analysis of Manos: The Hands of Fate

Regarded as one of the worst movies ever, of all time, Manos: The Hands of Fate can indeed be analyzed through a feminist lens. Even horrible movies have narrative structures in there somewhere under the crap, after all. It is actually more relevant to feminist analysis than Troll 2, as it involves victimization of women as part of the antagonist's malice. Manos uses the relatively feminist gender dynamics of the typical 1966 American family to contrast with the horrible treatment of women by a Mexican polygamous cult, but it in itself suffers from sexism apparent from a modern perspective.