I went to go see Batman V. Superman: Grimdark Grimdark Grimdark for my birthday yesterday, because I am nothing if not a lover of schadenfreude. I’ll talk more about it tomorrow, but I just need to tell you it was so grim and nihilistic and cruel that I had to go home and watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens just to remind myself what joy and emotional impact in cinema were.
I wrote a history of Star Wars slash and, specifically, Han/Luke for Lady Business! Who wants to learn about how Lucasfilm actually approved the first Star Wars slash fic?
Nellie Bowles’ “Food tech is just men rebranding what women have done for decades” is both self-explanatory and essential.
Jam of the week: Bad Lip Reading’s “Bushes of Love,” which is both funny and strangely poignant.
Jason Torchinsky proposes that the R0 droids in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are actually R units that have all been repaired with the same head. I’m a sucker for droid meta, who knew?
The Rogue One trailer is live, and I am living for it. io9 breaks down everything you missed in the trailer.
Cap/Bucky shippers—the awesome fanzine Brooklyn is now available as a pay-what-you-want .pdf! Avail yourself—I have a print copy and love it.
Hamilton critics are few and far between, so I actually enjoyed reading this interview with historian Lyra Monteiro.
The music video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Boy Problems” is a wonderland of aggressive young femininity, right down to a quartet of girls performing dead girl and mourners while choking back laughter.
Added: The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (via Tor.com)