mtv lifer writing a Joss Whedon biography to come out in 2014.
i watch a lot of television. a lot.
and i talk about fandom and television in general a lot.
when not slacking off, i'm rambling at PopGurls.com
(not as much lately)

How can you be a woman in fandom (Many fandoms!) and yet you've never seen Labyrinth?! This is a travesty that must be rectified. It is a childhood staple of all fandom girls. A sexual awakening for many. (Seriously - Bowie in tight tights.) You need to block out some time, put it on your schedule, and watch it. You won't regret it.

stars-inthe-sky:

amypop will have something to say about this, I’m sure. Advance apologies.

There’s no good reason. None at all. It’s actually the sort of movie that I should have seen, because unlike the big-budget, R-rated 80s action blockbusters that never got play in my house (I’m the oldest of three girls, born in 1987, and some stereotypes are true, I guess?), a sort of Disney-adjacent type of fantasy with a female protagonist and Muppets would actually seem like the kind of thing we’d’ve watched (my childhood was a lot of Disney and romcoms, mostly).

The cousin who works for Jim Henson hasn’t seen it (or the Dark Crystal) either, though, so I only feel but so bad about this.

HA! I can’t even mock you as I have never seen Labyrinth either (despite it being one of my best friend’s favorite movies).

As for my personal sexual awakenings — I was all fuzzy-headed over Tim Curry in The Worst Witch and Rob Lowe in The Outsiders (and, uhm, Oxford Blues — don’t judge me!), all the time wanting to be both Pinky Tuscadero and Paulette Rebchuck from Grease 2. I’m sure that says something about me, and that something is very confusing ;)

Oooh! A Giveaway!

amypop:

Now that I can catch my breath a little, I’m going to do a giveaway for 2 copies of Joss Whedon: The Biography.

image(<—-look! I wrote a book!)

To Read Makes Our Speaking English Good:

Joss Whedon: The Biography follows his development from a creative childhood and teenager who spent years spent away from family at an elite English public school, through his early successes, which often turned into frustrating heartbreak in both television (Roseanne) and film (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Alien: Resurrection). He took the chance to reinvent his girl hero on a baby television network, and the resulting success and confidence led him to produce four more television series, several movies and Marvel comic books. Through it all, Whedon continues to reinterpret and reinvent storytelling on his own terms.

The book includes extensive, original interviews with: Joss and his wife Kai, Nathan Fillion, Tim Minear, David Greenwalt, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Feige, Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb, Drew Goddard, Marti Noxon, Jane Espenson, Andrew Stanton, Howard Gordon,Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Thomas, and many more. 

"Though Whedon’s many fans are fairly familiar with the ups and downs of his career, the many frank quotes from Whedon, his friends, family, and coworkers make Pascale’s absorbing bio a must-read." —Booklist

Joss Whedon: The Biography is an insightful, entertaining, engaging, and intimate account of the life and work of one the most talented and successful artists of our time. Writer Amy Pascale paints her portrait of Whedon adeptly, often serving not as an author, but rather a facilitator, compiling insights from a variety of sources to construct a compelling narrative spanning from Whedon’s grandparents through the modern era to his successes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pascale draws upon many individuals, including Whedon himself, to give the readers a true understanding of writer and director’s motivations, creative process, struggles, humor, and personal convictions, which evolve and mature over the course of many decades and experiences. — Geek Scholars

Pascale has certainly done her homework, and has produced a great book, and it’s rare that film/TV autobiographies are this enjoyable. But just like much of Whedon’s work, it’s smart, funny and cool, and should definitely grace any geeks bedside table. — Flickering Myth

More about the book here: theamypascale.com

The Sitch (aka “rules are super simple”):

  1. Reblog this post with your favorite Whedonverse quote or moment. 
  2. Do it by Tuesday, August 12.

That’s it! 

Oh hey, we have WINNERS!

Thank you to EVERYONE who reblogged with their favorite quote — they’ve been so much fun to read through :)

The magical random number generator has picked the following people to get their own copy of the book: stars-inthe-sky and marvelism-is-a-religion

CONGRATULATIONS! I’ll send you a private message to get your details. yay!

I *do* sit in dark movie theaters for two hours and knit, although sometimes I have to look. Depends on the pattern. And fair enough about the clothes, although I wonder if that has anything to do with how crocheting takes up way more yarn than knitting does--maybe people therefore tend to crochet less clothing in general, so there's less demand for patterns?

HA! see! you’re one of those! ;)

i think i mentioned this before — i pretty much lived in the same building as my grandparents until i was just over 4, so i spent a lot of time with them. my grandma would teach me (over and over) how to crochet a chain, and i would sit and make superlong chains. my theory is that my fingers have crocheting muscle-memory and try as i might, knitting just does work with them. i’ve taken classes and such and i just can’t get it to work. 

and now you have me interested in researching how crocheting and knitting were developed and in what areas they were most prominent. i have a bunch of 1940s doily and embellishment pattern books, all for crochet — i would guess that it was easier to do more intricate patterns that used thinner thread with a crochet hook, and much faster to knit clothing and such with thicker yarns with long knitting needles.

(i do hope you know all my mockery is in jest — i tried to get that across in my phrasing, esp the tag “knitting is dumb because i can’t do it” ;)) 

To answer your tags on the crocheted Groot doll -- all the best amigurumi are crocheted because crocheting is the best and knitting is dumb. A fact of which I can declare truthfully because I can't knit no matter how hard I try, but crocheting comes easily to me. ;)

stars-inthe-sky:

Hey now, no hating on my craft of choice. You don’t see me coming into your house and insulting the way crotchers eat up cheap yarn or whatever seems insulting on this front…?

I figured it actually has to do with the fact that it’s simpler and easier to make things with a small circumference when you just have the one hook—knitting can get kind of confusing once you start factoring in DPNs and/or the Magic Loop method, even if you know what you’re doing. (I can do both no problem now, but it’s always a little precarious.) 

And anyway, these kinds of patterns are always written for crochet…perhaps it’s a self-perpetuating cycle.

oh pshaw, you knitters are all “it’s so easy! i sit in dark movie theaters and just knit for two hours! i never even have to look!” 

i see your reasonable rationale and choose to ignore it because the cute clothing patterns i see are almost always for knitters, so i think having the cutest amigurumi patterns being crochetable is just the universe’s way of evening things out :)