I think the best argument for King as a literary writer — as opposed to a popular novelist — is that his characters are pretty believable, especially early on. They are seldom young, attractive, or brilliant. If they’re kids, they’re believable kids, not miniature adults. They have issues. They may be fundamentally… Read more
“In Chinese culture, appearance is often more important than reality” is a real dubious statement more loaded than calling it a “overgeneralisation” gives cover for. They like melodrama, and a lot of people like melodrama. It sells in all sorts of cultures—and we can easily splinter “Western” to more distinct parts.… Read more
A person used ROI (correctly) in a superhero comment who isn’t me! I am so happy. Seriously, its almost like people forget these films are business at times.
Correction: Rhaegar was the son of Aerys II, the Mad King, and was Daenerys’ older brother. Viserys was the middle child and Dany the youngest. So Aemon/Jon is the grandson of the Mad King. Jon still has the stronger claim to the throne since the sons of an elder brother are ahead of the brother’s younger siblings.
While I’m fine with UNIT going, for pretty much the reasons you state, I think dedicating part of an episode’s runtime to explaining it away was a waste. Doctor Who has a long history of ignoring continuity that doesn’t serve the story being told in the moment, and that would have been fine here - just never mention… Read more
Here’s one Yank who is not worried about that at all. After all, we think we can do stories about the Blitz in WWII and understand the scale and scope of both the fear and the stoicism. I’m pretty sure Ms. Blackman will have both empathy and knowledge well in hand.