Friday Midday Links: Game of Thrones is for boys; Meyers vampires are all white.
A reader alerted me to a passage in the Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide wherein Stephenie Meyers elaborates on the perfect vampire. A couple of years ago, Alisa Valdez Rodriguez blogged that Meyers’ was racist and gave a point by point summary supporting her claim. I and dozens of other bloggers refuted that claim given Rodriguez’ “facts” were actually wrong. However, I couldn’t help but think of Rodriguez’ claim when I read Meyer’s account of the transformational aspects of human to vampire:
The common factor of beauty among vampires is mostly due to this crystalline skin. The perfect smoothness, gloss, and even color of the skin give the illusion of a flawless face. The skin reacts differently to light, creating an angular effect that heightens the perception of beauty…
Pale vampire skin is a product of vampire venom’s transformative process. The venom leeches all pigment from the skin as it changes the human skin into the more indestructible vampire form. Regardless of original ethnicity, a vampire’s skin will be exceptionally pale. The hue varies slightly, with darker-skinned humans having a barely discernible olive tone to their vampire skin, but the light shade remains the same. All forms of skin pigmentation–freckles, moles, birthmarks, age marks, scars, and tattoos–disappear during the transformation.
BUT! “While all vampires have similarly pale skin, they can have a certain variety of eye colors.”
AND! “Vampires are frozen in the state at which they are transformed.”
Vampires are frozen in the state at which they are transformed. They do not grow older, taller, or wider (just whiter – editorial note by me), or experience any other physical change, including unconsciousness (vampires never sleep). Their fingernails and hair do not grow. Their hair does not change color. (emphasis added by me)
Now, I know you could say that death leeches out color, but death also doesn’t bestow sparkly skin, a thirst for blood, special “gifts”, and immortality. I don’t think Meyers is racist, but this is a sign of not thinking about what you are saying, at the very least because according to Meyers’ account, vampirism really does whitewash everything. At the very least, this is facepalm territory.
In an eyebrow raising review of Game of Thrones, the New York Times describes the HBO adaption of the epic fantasy series by George RR Martin as appealing to those who “are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic.” But that the sexual perversions are tossed in for the girls who have never read Martin:
The imagined historical universe of "Game of Thrones" gives license for unhindered bed-jumping –here sibling intimacy is hardly confined to emotional exchange.
The true perversion, though, is the sense you get that all of this illicitness has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise. While I do not doubt that there are women in the world who read books like Mr. Martin’s, I can honestly say that I have never met a single woman who has stood up in indignation at her book club and refused to read the latest from Lorrie Moore unless everyone agreed to "The Hobbit" first. "Game of Thrones" is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.
I haven’t seen the HBO series so I can’t say whether it is patronizing. It might very well be. I can say that the article is patronizing. And wrong. So all you fantasy girl readers are either men. Or you are reading the books for the sex which just goes to prove that men are the superior species because they only read Playboy for the articles. Why are the women so dumb that all they understand is sex?
More wrongness! QuarryGirl blogged yesterday about how VegNews, a vegan food magazine, is using iStockphoto pictures containing MEAT and trying to pass them off as vegan dishes.
We’ve always been fans of VegNews, since back in the mid-2000s when we’d wait with bated breath for the US Mail to deliver our copy. We’d eagerly flip through, reading all about the latest veg stuff, salivating over the amazing pictures, trying out a vegan recipe, and maybe even discovering a restaurant in our home town through one of their reviews.
it’s sad, then, that the pictures we’ve been drooling over for years are actually of MEAT! Veg News has written tens (possibly hundreds) of articles extolling the virtues of a vegan lifestyle, while purchasing rock-bottom priced stock photos of MEAT, EGGS, DAIRY and other completely non-vegan things.
Really, you have to click to look at the pictures. The chutzpah of VegNews is breathtaking.
Kindle DX is on sale for $299. This is about an $80 savings. I’m not sure if that is a sign that the price is coming down permanently or that Amazon is phasing these larger eink devices out.