V For Vendetta By Alan Moore

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Remember, remember the fifth of November…”

A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance. 

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I first watched the movie a couple years ago, and finally decided to read the comic just this month.

V For Vendetta really wasn’t my favorite. I found that I really disliked the art style, it was very boring and at times I got confused as to which character was which because they all looked so similar. The style looks a lot like the way the art was done in really old comics. The only positive thing I could think about it was “At least it’s in color!”

I also found that I didn’t like the main character. V himself, though his ideals and his fight against fascism is amazing, was a very manipulative and abusive man. I see no reason whatsoever that he needed to torture Evie. It really upset me that he decided to do this to her, when there are so many other ways to open up someone’s eyes. Speaking of Evie…Ugh I found her hopelessly boring. Her character felt so flat and she honestly seemed more like a prop than an actual character.

I know this comic was trying to make a lot of good points about the world, but good entions weren’t enough to get me to like the story or care about what was happening. I didn’t hate the story, and I understand why a lot of people like it. It just wasn’t for me I guess.

I gave V for Vendetta 3 stars on Goodreads.

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Stone Butch Blues – By Leslie Feinberg

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Goodreads Synopsis: Woman or man? This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the “Ozzie and Harriet” McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit. This once-underground classic takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of gender transformation and exploration and ultimately speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever suffered or gloried in being different.

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I read this book at the recommendation of a friend, and I am so glad that I decided to take her up on it.

Stone Butch Blues is probably one of the best books I’ve read all year. I’ve been trying to write this review all week, but it’s been really hard because I’m not sure how to sum it all up. This book really brought home to me how much the queer community has been through. I haven’t really known a lot about our history, though I’m trying to read more about it, and this book was very educational in that subject.

Stone Butch Blues will break your heart, just a fair warning. The amount of hardship that Jess goes through is just astounding, and at the end of the day she makes it through it.  I found myself crying throughout the entire read. Also trigger warning, this book deals with rape and abuse a lot.

Even if you’re not apart of the LGBTQA+ community I highly suggest reading this book. There’s so much of queer history that isn’t talked about, that we don’t know. And this book will begin to show what it was like to not be straight in the 50’s.

When I look at the world today it’s easy to get discouraged. But Stone Butch Blues gave me hope.  The queer community has come a long way, we’ve survived a lot. And we will continue to survive. Someday we’ll make the world a better place, where no one has to fear coming out, or loving whom they love.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

Halloween Movies I’ve Been Watching Pt 1

This month, to prepare for Halloween (because of course this whole month is about the wonderful autumn holiday) I’ve been watching weird, comedy and Halloween-like movies.  I am not a horror fan, I just don’t handle it well. So for me these films are a good compromise for wanting to watch Halloween-esque stuff. Also because I had a strange childhood I didn’t see a lot of films that most people have seen, so this gave me a good excuse to catch up on all Tim Burton’s work. 😉  But without further ado, here is the first part of my list.

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Shaun of the Dead: I’d heard a lot about this film, and I decided to finally sit down and watch it after my brother-in-law told me how much he loved it.  Shaun of the Dead is everything you would hope from a British comedy that makes fun of zombies.  Shaun spends the first part of the film hilariously unaware that the world is going to hell around him. The ending didn’t really go where I thought it would, but I still enjoyed the film overall. I would give it 3 stars on a 5 star scale.

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Corpse Bride: Ah yes, no one can watch Halloween movies without watching at least one Tim Burton.  This film took me by surprise, not only was it a musical which I didn’t realize, but the ending really surprised me. I’m not sure if I should give spoilers for this one since it’s been out so long, but just in case you haven’t seen it I am going to say just a few quick things about the ending.  I was sure that Victor and Emily would get together in the end, but they don’t. Which I mean is good because she’s dead, but it was a little sad. Overall I think I enjoyed the story, the characters were all delightfully weird and the story cute.  I’d give this film 3 stars.

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Over The Garden Wall: Yes, I know, this isn’t actually a film but rather a miniseries. But it definitely can be put in the weird category, and it’s set around Halloween.  My friend actually showed this to me and my partner Grant.
I really loved this, it’s one of those shows where you never really know what’s going to happen next, or what’s happening at all.  Which is my favorite. The characters are amazing. Wirt and Greg were adorable, especially Greg, his positive attitude towards everything was so cute. Also Wirt is voiced by Elijah Wood.  The ending was surprising, and I’m not honestly sure what happened in the end. I have a lot of guesses, some that I like more than others.  But if you’ve seen this show, please let me know what you thought of the ending!
I give this show 5 stars.

World Coming Out Day – A Letter To You

Yesterday was World Coming Out Day, I would have written this post then but I was tired and decided just to do an easy post.

I’ve already come out, I did it last year in honor for this same day! You can read that post here.  So today I wanted to write a post for people who haven’t come out yet, for one reason or another, but especially those who haven’t come out because of religious backgrounds.

Dearest Closeted LGBTQA+ Sibling,

I know how hard it is to be in the closet, I know how this secret weighs so heavily on your heart. How you wish you could be out, how you wish you could just live your life the way that makes you happy and that it wouldn’t affect people.  If you’re like me you don’t really want to make a fuss about it, you just wanted to fucking live. And living with a secret can only be a half life. I see you, I feel your pain.  I was once Catholic, it dictated every part of my life. And even though I knew I was bisexual as a young teenager I didn’t fully come out until I was 21. There were so many people in my life that I didn’t want to anger, or push away with my coming out.  Eventually though I was able to be in a safe place, and I felt free to tell the world about my sexuality.  

Today I just wanted to let you know that you matter. You mean so so much to me and to the queer community. We want so much to make the world a better place, a place where it’s safe for you to come out someday. Until that day, don’t give up.  Remember that there are people you can talk to, people who will keep your secret safe.  Please remember that I am always here for you.
If anyone needs a friendly ear shoot me a message at whimsywriter3 at gmail dot com. 

Maybe next year you’ll be celebrating World Coming Out Day loud and proud. Maybe you won’t.  But always remember that I love you. Always remember that you are amazing, fantastic and wonderful.  You matter. 

-Abi 

 

WWW Wednesday – October 11th

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly blog event hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Current Read: Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.

I started reading this book today and I’m very excited about it. So far I’m only 35 pages in it, but it’s been so good. I’m definitely learning a lot!

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Finished Read: Venturess.

I finished this book on the 9th. I was given a copy of it so that was really cool, and I’d been really looking forward to it. Stay tuned for a review!

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Next Read: Clockwork Angel.

This is next on my TBR. I need to give it back to the library soon so we’ll see if I get to it or not.

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That’s all for today! What are you reading these days? 

The Host – Stephanie Meyer

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Goodreads Synopsis: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

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I read this book for the first time many years ago, so I decided to read it again to see if I would still like it. Does it surprise you to find out that I did?

What I enjoyed first about The Host was the world-building. The main character Wanderer/Wanda is an alien that has travled through many different planets and lived lives on them. Though this reminded me just slightly of Octavia Butler’s aliens in her Xenogenesis series, I do think that Meyers has done a really great job creating unique worlds. I honestly wanted to read more about them, and partly wanted the book to be about Wanderer’s past lives.

The characters in this story all have pretty unique personalities. Wanderer is a fascinating person, her connection to Melanie was very interesting. Melanie herself was pretty annoying for most of the book, though I understood her and think her reactions were realistic, I still didn’t like her very much. I liked the character of her brother Jamie, and I really liked the connection the boy and Wanderer had. Jared, Melanie’s boyfriend, was the worst character. He was terrible, abusive and downright evil at some points.

Though overall I found the story a bit too hopeful, as far as alien takeover goes, it was still a good story. A story about how people can work together, and it was very entertaining to read. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.