Jelly beans? Or Kylo Ren’s super-sweet debut solo album?
George R. R. Martin talks about why The Winds of Winter is late. I think it’s really important to see that even professional writers who make their living off of writing can struggle with the craft. I’m glad he said something.
Aja Romano details everything dumb Steven Moffat has ever said about women, diversity, and sexuality. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let me just start with—bisexuality isn’t a volume business, you jerk.
At Wired, Jason Tanz writes about the creation of the indie video game That Dragon, Cancer, Ryan Green’s video game about his son’s lost battle with cancer. It’s beautifully written and also touches on the intersection of game design and theological theories about free will.
Ex Machina’s Alex Garland is adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, which will feature not only Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez, but also Tessa Thompson. Diverse, lady-led sci-fi? YES. GOOD.
Oscar Isaac, and the men who came before him, are the positive side of the ironic misandry movement, in which people of both genders joke — but not really — about how men in politics and popular culture often fall short of our expectations. Instead of noting how someone has failed to respect us or listen to us, shaking our heads, and tagging the incident #banmen, we’re holding up our internet boyfriends as a better way to be. If #banmen is a negative expression (what we don’t want), then the internet boyfriend is the positive version (what we do). They’re not necessarily realistic examples. Instead, they’re examples of our shared fantasies — fantasies that no rom-com is able to give us.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is co-writing a fandom-centered weekly newsletter called The Rec Center! This is great news. Sign up here.
One: Disney is doing a live-action Cruella de Vil film. Two: Emma Stone is in talks to play her. I assume this takes place during her early years as a designer in Paris (which I totally just made up)?
This piece at The Tampa Bay Times, about a little girl murdered by her father, is difficult to read; it’s horrifying to read about how this particular situation slipped through the cracks time and time again. But it illuminates a lot of faults in the systems put in place to protect kids in situations like this.