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In which I opine on George Miller [Feb. 2nd, 2016|01:09 am]
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So, George Miller shocked everyone by going right out of cool cute films like Happy Feet and Babe: Pig In the City, to dive straight into the craziness that is Fury Road. As both Happy Feet and Babe are pretty well regarded, we can be confident that he can direct cute animal movies just as well as he can direct gory awesome road trip movies.

So, I would argue that the next logical step it to take both cute animal movies and gory awesome road trip movies, and combine them.

People, I give you, George Miller’s


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Or, why George Miller must absolutely conclusively without a doubt direct a remake of Watership Down.

Now, if you’ve read Watership Down, you’ll have noticed the rabbits refer to an illness known as the ‘White Blindness’, a deadly and hideous disease that kills almost all rabbits who have it- a sort of rabbit ebola, in other words.

Now I was curious, and did a little research on this, and found that the White Blindness is in fact a real disease unique to rabbits (and yes, it is as horrible as described. Here’s the wikipedia page for those with strong stomachs). It’s known to us as myxomatosis, and was originally exported from it’s native Uruguay to Australia and later to Europe, as a means of controlling the native rabbit populations.

Boy, did it ever.

Myxomatosis annihilated the rabbit population of the UK. According to wiki, by 1955, 95% of the rabbit population was dead.

This means that the rabbits in Watership Down are not simply rabbits as we see them nowadays. They had survived an impossible, nightmarish plague that had killed almost all the rabbits in the UK.

And this was still in living memory. The Chief Rabbit in the Sandleford Warren is described as having ‘stood firm, during the terrible onslaught of the myxomatosis.’

Sandleford might have been the only warren out of thousands nearby that had survived.

Hazel, Fiver and the others might have known and met rabbits from other warrens who had then been destroyed by the White Blindness. If they hadn’t, their parents would have.

The world they move through is not a natural rabbit world. It is the rabbit world stripped of 95% of it’s population, inhabited by only lone, desperately warrens scrounging out a living in the ruins of what had been.

Watership Down is not simply a bloody, violent roadtrip book. It is a bloody, violent, post apocalyptic roadtrip book.

Can we get a film now please Miller?

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Wonderful artwork I received from LibertineM for my Pacific Rim/Phantom of the Opera fusion The King of the Night
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A Spell for Dragons [Apr. 24th, 2014|07:38 am]
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The first chapter of my new Pacific Rim AU/AR/Arranged-Marriage-Fantasy/Temeraire fic is up!
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I enjoyed Captain America:the Winter Soldier [Apr. 2nd, 2014|07:37 pm]

So I will now complain endlessly about it:

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Historical accuracy rant [Mar. 2nd, 2014|09:49 am]
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So, I’m currently making my way through Howey’s silo series. I just finished Shift, and it was… okay. There was some win, there was some fail (Anna was some misogynist nightmare, I swear), but the thing that really pissed me off was when Howey dragged the Holocaust into the conversation.

Now, I’m not going to say the inclusion was not warranted, when you’re talking about the annihilation of all but a few hundred thousand people, comparisons to genocides are perfectly valid. No, I dread whenever someone brings up the Holocaust because it’s either going to be a) trite, or b) entirely inaccurate.

Now, Howey managed to dodge most of a) but fucked up wildly with b). Firstly, Donald? You are not an inmate. You are an SS who honestly both didn’t know what he was doing and had no real way of knowing. It sucks, but it’s still kinda your fault. I did love the ‘it was not bad men who did this, it was an evil system’ and that fact that Shift explores how people who work in an evil system can so easily become corrupted without even knowing. Though Donald is still fighting, he’s still pretty much beyond redemption.

But there was one bit that absolutely pissed me off, because it shows that Howey didn’t do even a basic google reseach. There’s a bit where our reluctant proto-SS Donald remembers a photo from a concentration camp of a man driving a bulldozer which is shoving along a huge pile of corpses. Now, my degree was apparently good for something because I not only knew the photo, I could bring it up in my mind immediately. Which is why it pissed me off that Howey followed the reference with Donald thinking of how the man driving the bulldozer was clearly not bothered by what he was doing, that ‘it was just another job to him’.

Now, I had a hunch that Howey got so far the wrong end of stick that he was in another tree altogether, so I looked it up. Here’s the photo.


It’s from Bergen-Belsen, taken in April 1945. Do you see the problem? I do. Belsen was liberated in April 1945. That guy driving the bulldozer? Is a British soldier. And I’m pretty sure I can guarantee he wasn’t having a good day.

Howey didn’t even bother googling the picture. Because I did, and that was the first link I found.

*slow clap*

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Two minutes after Republic of Thieves ends, my take [Jan. 22nd, 2014|02:51 am]

All WMG except for Sabatha"s revelations which is something I WILL PUT MONEY ONCollapse )
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When something I love sells out big time: the rant [Jan. 15th, 2014|04:42 am]
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Okay, maybe it's because of spending waaaay to much time reading Nazi propaganda as part of my MA, but I sometimes find myself pinging like a fucking pinball machine in an earthquake when I feel soemthing trying to pull my strings. Sometimes I can let it go because I know it's propaganda for my kind of worldview (oh John Brunner, how I love you) but sometimes it's just so blatant I weant to punch someone (Avatar, my knuckles in your teeth). And sometimes, it's both painfully blatant and completely opposed to my worldview, at which point the implement I am consuming it on goes out of the window.

Which is why my computer is now littering the streets, and I am typing this on my microwave.

Oh Elementary. Why did you do that?

Spoilers for early season 2 of ElementaryCollapse )

Dear Elementary: Fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I pee in your eye.
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I just finished Westerfeld's Leviathan Trilogy [Dec. 27th, 2013|06:53 am]
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My reaction:

MAJOR spoilers under cutCollapse )
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Just saying [Nov. 20th, 2013|03:32 am]
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I got my results for my MA today. Pass with Merit. After all the hell I went through with this course, burning out and crashing and having full-blown anxiety meltdowns, I'm really pleased I actually managed to do pretty well. That ate several years off my life and I will never look on 2013 as being anything other than a hellish year, but- well, I did it. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with this degree, or who to ask. Any ideas would be welcome.

Morgane Guillemot, MA.
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Between the Wars [Nov. 16th, 2013|08:53 am]
Title: Between the Wars 1/?
Author: Skull Bearer
Fandom: Pacific Rim FPF
Pairing: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb
Rating: PG
Go find the young men never to fight again
Bring up the banners from the days gone by
Sweet moderation
Heart of this nation
Desert us not, we are
Between the wars

Every moment is valued, ever moment is grasped. The war is coming but for the moment, there is peace. Snapshots of the coming years.

Title and summary from Between the Wars by Billy Bragg.

Part 3 of Anteverse Refugee, follows Assimilationist.

(Sorry for all for the long radio silence. I am far more active on Tumblr these days, feel free to join me there)
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