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So, I didn't mention it before, but I saw Pirates 3 on Sunday. Personally, I was not all that impressed. The plot was all over the place, there was some character deaths/tragedies that made me sad... and the very end made me want to hurt someone.

Okay, I'll be honest. I didn't actually see this scene. I had a soda in the movie... the 3 hour movie. And man, did I have to PEE. Like, I was starting to get light-headed and nauseated from how bad I had to pee. I didn't even know that could happen!

So, I was just told later on about how Will and Ms. Swan (I like calling her that, since it annoyed me that she was called Mrs. Turner at the end. Ahem.) saw each other after ten years... where Will gets to see his kid for the first time.

How to explain the amount of anger I had going on when coldfury told me about this. (Who, by the way, thinks I'm weird for being upset. Hmph.)

Okay, it's like this. Ms. Swan had the most interesting journey out of all the characters in the trilogy. She went from Ms. Innocent in the first movie, to Ms. Pirate in the second, to Ms. Pirate KING in the third. She was strong, cunning, good with a sword, and all sorts of respect-worthy.

... Naturally, she should have sex once with the man she loves, get pregnant, and raise a rugrat for ten years by herself, and then show up to see her man after ten years and go, "Hey, look at what we made! Cool, huh? Okay, well, it's the end of the day now, gotta go finish raising our kid alone! Tootles!"

There are so many things wrong with that. First off, she was shown to have this grand adventure awaiting for her pre-credits. A pirate king that's separated from her OTP for ten years at a time. Tragic, but good! Ah, but nope, that's not a woman's place. Her place is to be a mommy! Ugh! *Stab stab stab*

Why must women in movies and TV with strong roles wind up being mommies?? Are people so afraid of seeing what a woman is capable of unless she's shown to have a mothering side? Must we be baby-makers first, people second?

Okay, I need to stop talking about this. I'm breaking my pencil all over the place and starting to show steam coming from my nose.

In other review news, I finished Kim Harrison's first The Hollows series novel, Dead Witch Walking.

It was... better about half-way through. The first half made me want to bash my head into the steering wheel to keep awake. The second half introduced a character that was evil and yummy, Trent. And later we got Nick, who I'm rather fond of as well.

The main character and the rest of her posse? ... Eh. Rachel started to grow on me a bit, but I find that the author tries too hard for her to be funny and snarky. I feel the same way about Anita Blake. Funny and snarky are good... but only when it IS funny and snarky. I'm not saying I need to get their humor every time... but yeah, it's just stale most often.

I don't like Ivy. Every scene is the same, "I am a vampire! I am a vampire who will control her hunger! I am a vampire that now has a black aura! RAWR." *Rolls eyes*

Jenks was okay, but very stereotypical. You have to have the character that's mouthy and tiny, right? Ummm, sure.

I hate the fact that I'm only warming up to the male cast. What does that say? I don't know! Maybe the author just writes men better. :P

Anyway, it was good enough that I'm reading the second book in the series. But, I'm not doing a little dance about it. I'm not excited about the read, but if I'm given enough Trent and Nick, I'm sure eventually I'll come around. *Cough*

Current Mood: bored bored

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ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: May 31st, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: May 31st, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: May 31st, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and also?

The "Ray Ray" from Nick needs to STOP.

Like, now. Like... right now. Before I have to start hating him on principal.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: May 31st, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hahahaha. I don't know if he ever actually stops that, but I'm sure you'll have lots of other reasons to hate Nick. Or, given your taste, maybe love him.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 1st, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I liked Nick pre-relationship with Rachel. Mostly because I love innocent-seeming people being grey.

But yeah, that will quickly disappear if he keeps the baby-talk crap up.

Ah, Trent. I know you'd never baby-talk someone... unless perhaps if you were being condescending... maybe.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 1st, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
What makes you think Nick -isn't- being condescending?
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 1st, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
... Uh, I suppose he could be. But that doesn't really make much sense. It's been made clear they're dating, and so far it's been implied that that's his 'pet name' for her. She hasn't said anything about the nickname one way or the other. If it were condescending, I'd imagine Rachel would say something about it to the readers.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 1st, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well. I have a fair bit of hindsight applying here, so I'm gonna shut up, now.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 1st, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Laughs* Yeah, I figured.

Hey, if it turns out that he's being condescending and he's actually evil and stuff? Groovy. That might help his case more.

I swear I feel an Ivy/Rachel pairing coming... and ugh. Not that it's girl/girl, but because I dislike Ivy so very much.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 1st, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not incorrect, but it still hasn't happened. Ivy's a screwed up, angsty bitch. VERY damaged goods.

Also, Trent's evil, but not as evil as you probably think. He -is- indisputably a bastard, though. Nick's the worst kind of evil, but you won't understand what I mean until book three, should you go that far.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 5th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, LJ was being wonky on Friday afternoon, so here's what I was trying to respond with:

Can't Ivy just get killed off? It'd be an angsty end! It'd be perfect!
*Votes for yes*

And see, you start talking like that and now I am starting to like
Nick more! (And I have book three at home, so I have to read it!)

Yeah, I don't know what it is with me. I just love bad guys (not gender
specific there). ^_^ And it doesn't surprise me about Trent being less
evil than portrayed. Hell, Kim H. seemed to be setting it up for a
Trent/Rachel fling down the road. I mean, how long did Rachel go off
about how hot Trent was? And sure, she gave a reason for that, but damn.

Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part, as that's waaaaay better
than Ivy/Rachel. *Beat* Plus, as I've said before, I love relationships
where two people dig, but they're on the wrong side of the fence from the
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 5th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be fine with Ivy getting her funky ass killed. The latest book has her being more angst than comedy, and that gets old FAST.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 5th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of badness in books, the new Merry Gentry: Fairy Sue book is out. the first sex scene is in chapter 2.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 5th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm seriously not sure what drove me to read three of those novels. But the minute she had sex with Kit, I was officially done.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 5th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
not only is it chapter 2, but it -also- adds another new man, AND does three impossible things before breakfast.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 5th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Joy! *Beat* Wow, you really do read crappy books so others don't have to! ^_~

And gods, like there NEEDS to be more characters introduced in that damn series. I remember one chapter in book three where about TEN people were introduced. And they all had funky names. ... And if I recall currectly, she had a mini dry hump with one of the older guys and they called an ocean or something.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: June 5th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Merry Gentry, Fairy Sue, is so very Sue that only gods are good enough for her. And she gets them ALL.
moisha From: moisha Date: June 1st, 2007 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That's interesting. Did you see what I wrote about it in my last post?

I didn't see it that way. I think a woman can have children and that doesn't do much to diminish her kick ass Pirate King side. To me it was actually kind of throw away. Like "eh-she had a kid...okay." But I guess it's just the way it was shot and the way it was done that I can see people being upset with. I just don't see her that way... I see her being strong and doing what she wants even though she has a kid.

But like I said, I just saw it for the costumes. It was like, can I get a little more betrayal in the movie every five seconds? I don't think there was enough. And why did Chow Yun Fat think that Elizabeth was Calypso?

ifritah From: ifritah Date: June 1st, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I read your post. And the costumes were awesome!

And I'm not trying to say that having a kid diminishes a woman's strength. I know plenty of moms that are made of steel.

My problem is that Hollywood has this nasty habit of forcing strong female characters into mommy roles. I don't think women should be defined by production or their "mother instincts". I've referred to this frustrating tendency as "Mom-fu" over at The Hathor Legacy.

And yeah, the fact that they shoved it in at the last second makes it even worse. Like it was an after-thought. "Oh, hey guys, we've made Ms. Swan all cool, strong, and kick-ass... we should really give her a kid to raise all on her own. Make sure people still realize she's a woman with a womb."
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