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March 9th, 2015

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Monday, March 9th, 2015 08:03 am
So I really hated Kingsmen, which was mostly helpful in illustrating why Jupiter Ascending got a fandom immediately. It wasn't going to be For Me in about twelve ways, but then it piled on an additional four and I got cranky.

Don't get me wrong, it was wish-fulfillment nonsense and there's nothing wrong with that, but it feels like how Twilight is identified as a sparkly Mary Sue parade and The Wise Man's Fear is not. I mean, look at this glowing review, and compare it to the reception that Jupiter Ascending got. In both cases in this comparison, you can point to other things besides the genders of the protagonists - the writing for the Girl One is clunky to the point of exasperation, the heroine has way less agency and gets plucked from midair by the action man a lot. But also, idk, it would be nice to be so thoroughly pandered to that movies have to do winky hip deconstructions of all the pandering while still actively pandering to my fantasies of sex, power, and makeovers the way Kingsmen does. Once I've been even slightly pandered to, it makes it harder to just nope out of all the movies that Aren't For Me unless I imagine a different gender for myself. IDK. It's interesting, but also depressing.