Reading "The Handmaid's Tale" for the next book club meeting.

I've avoided it for a long time because I thought it would be too much, but I like it so far.

Serious and scary issues addressed, but with just a sprinkling of hope (which tbh is about all the hope I can make room for a lot of the time these days) and w/a focus mostly on the narrator as a person you almost start to meet as a friend. Softens the blow a bit and makes it easier to handle.

I wrote a list of a bunch of smaller (5 item) lists of favorite media-things on my blog.

blogs.booktoot.club/zephasauru

It was a fun diversion.

*sigh* Back to real life.

good omens, misogyny, depression, current events (uspol), feminism quote from last post and new book to read 

Further investigation shows that quote is from someone named Lindy West, who apparently wrote a book called "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman."

Well.

That's...extremely appropriate actually and I think that's gonna go on my reading list for the next month. Might be a nice counterbalance to the depressing content in The Handmaid's Tale. And, you know....life.

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good omens, misogyny, racism, fatphobia, homophobia 

I remember reading at some point that feminism is the slow realization that the things you love hate you and I feel that hard.

On the other hand, it's wonderful to realize how far we've come with pop culture. Still a long way to go, obviously. But when I first read it I just sort of accepted that I was the butt of the joke for most people. I'm glad we've gotten to a place where I expect better. I hope we'll keep working and getting better.

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good omens, misogyny, racism, fatphobia, homophobia 

It's frustrating because I really, *really* enjoy a lot of this book. It was one of the first things I read as an adult able to read what I wanted w/o worrying that my mom would see it and start screaming at me over it, and it helped shape both my humor and my values/beliefs in a lot of ways. So it's hard to read it again after a little over a decade since my last read and find out I'm kind of not welcome in it.

2/3

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good omens, misogyny, racism, fatphobia, homophobia 

Specific things in the book that got to me.

1) a character who "would have been" romantic if she wasn't fat. πŸ™„

2) The huge imbalance in how women and men are treated by the narrator. Male bigot? Most people like him, he's just racist in a broad, funny way it's hard to mind. Women who talk a lot? Will never marry and if they do their husband will come back from the grave to finally tell them to shut up.

3) Casual violent homophobia.

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@lapis It was good! Gonna go to the next one too if I can. We're reading The Handmaid's Tale. I've avoided that one because I think it's gonna hit too close and be really hard to read, but...I guess that's kind of the point.

Book club starts sooooooooon!

I am excited. In case you couldn't tell.

Thoughts on Good Omens

1 - It's longer than I remembered. I keep thinking "oh I must be almost at the end" but there's still 3.5 hours left and this is like the 4th time I've thought that.

2 - There's kind of a lot of misogyny? And fat-hate? I didn't remember that at all and I don't think it fits w/the overall tone of the novel, so much of how media was in the 90s just took it as a given that women talk too much and fat women can't also be attractive. Glad we're doing better, slowly.

Also playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV lately. First time I've liked an MMO enough to keep at it more than a few weeks.

I've learned I really like playing healer and also tanks are precious brave people because it's a very stressful job.

Also I like making cute outfits.

(Re)reading Good Omens for a local-but-online book club.

I love this book. I probably didn't need to read it again to discuss it tbh but I'm glad I decided to do it anyway.

Seems like it's been a long time since I posted, so just thought I'd let everyone know I'm still here, I'm fine, my life is just kind of a busy chaotic mess right now.

Not a lot of reading happening, but I did start watching Cobra Kai. It's kind of terrible, but a little reassuring to watch something where there are no heroes, just terrible people trying to be a little bit less garbage. I can do that, probably.

@lapis This is the first I'm hearing about it, but I'm interested! Looks like another one of their graphic novels aimed at a YA girl audience and I've liked the ones I've read so far.

...

I was going to see if it's on Hoopla, then remembered I have overdue books because I didn't realize the library was open again so I can't check anything out.

Looks like I've got things to do this weekend!

@bentcent I feel like it'd be really hard to see Luther in reverse and end on him the way he is late season 1. Really almost everyone gets at least a little better in season 2 and I watch things for characters and relationships, so that would be rough.

Plotwise, though, you're probably right.

Umbrella Academy season 2 was very good.

Now I have to rewatch the whole thing.

Non-book, family drama, toxic relationships 

My mom called in the middle of my regularly scheduled game night. Since she knows that's a thing, and since she called me yesterday and rarely calls more than weekly, I picked up thinking it might actually be an emergency.

It was not.

It was framed as questions related to my job, but now I think what actually happened was my dad wanted to talk to me but thinks they need an excuse since I hung up the last time he called and no longer ask for him. Ugh.

@lapis Well, I only read two issues and therefore I don't know if it got better.

My feeling on it was that it wasn't *bad*, it just wasn't interesting or necessary.

I kind of thought they were going to be either extra adventures or crucial background info. But they can't have actually important things happening off-screen where most viewers won't see them.

So it's just random things like "ooh, Hermione was watching a car wash and plotting" or something.

Very forgettable.

@lapis It is a fair assumption, especially since the cover art is in the same style as the CW-verse books, which were right next to it on the shelf where I saw it.

I was actually expecting more of a mix, like how Jughead: the Hunger is in its own universe but much closer to the classic comics. Like a CW-adjacent horror-verse.

It still might be. I'm not very far in yet and Jughead and Dilton (the only characters I've really seen so far) as much more CW than comic.

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