Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Wheel of Time and covert misogyny

            I used to love the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I feel bad about how harsh I’m going to be on it.  Robert Jordan or James Oliver Rigney Jr. as his friends knew him, was not only one of the world’s most prolific modern fantasy writers, but he was also a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a nuclear engineer for the United States Navy.  In short, he accomplished a great deal more then I have at the moment so far be it from me to insult the man’s work.  When he passed away in 2007 at the relatively young age of 58, the world lost quite a man.  That being said, arguably the man’s greatest accomplishment is the incredibly lengthy and in-depth Wheel of Time series.  The Wheel of Time series is hard to describe, hell, I’ve rewritten this sentence at least thrice already trying to.  WoT as the fans abbreviate it on that internet, is difficult because so much of it is based upon concepts rather then story, which is both a blessing and a curse in many regards.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Clarification is in Order:

I want to clarify some things.  There is a slim (read: near impossible) chance that you've read a few of these posts on the website  That's because I'm the primary content producer for said site.  This blog is just a way of making my work look more professional for the moment.

That being said, my first allegiance is to Bizarre Internet.  Which, for the record you should be checking out, we've got a lot of great stuff heading down the pipe.  Think of it as one half meme collection and one half insightful (at least I hope) writing on weird literature.  And with out powers combined we form...well, hopefully a profitable website.  I just wanted to clarify some things.  Everything that appears on this blog will probably appear of Bizarre Internet first.  For now you can enjoy my first two articles and the introduction outlining my plans for the column.  Enjoy.

Weird and Wonderful Books: Fan Fiction, WTF and OMG

            Ah fan fiction, where would we be without you.  You can partially attribute fan fiction to the creation of Bizarre Internet (we finally have a name, I’m glad) since our first post was about a crossover fan fiction dealing with Dragonball Z and The Diary of Anne Frank.  But fan fiction is more then bizarre ideas and slash fan fiction that demonizes female characters.  Only most fan fiction is this bizarre, but I do kid.  Fan fiction, as a medium, is much more complex then this and is indeed worthy of some inspection.

Weird and Wonderful Books: The Hunger Games and A Step in the Right Direction

            All right, so we’re going to start with something semi-topical, namely The Hunger Games and its two sequels by Suzanne Collins.  The series has become incredibly popular this year with the first book in the series being adapted into a blockbuster film, which made a hefty sum and garnered mostly positive reviews.  So what makes this trilogy both worthy of a film adaptation and weird and wonderful enough to be my initial topic?  Well, I believe that The Hunger Games represents a very important topic in the genre of young adult novels.

UPDATE: I've been rereading my old posts and I've realized that this post is far from my best work.  So enjoy The Hunger Games post 2.0

Introductions are in Order

Weird and Wonderful Books Introduction

            Hello, you probably have a few questions.  Firstly who am I?  That’s not important, though I will be writing this column under the pseudonym of Aetius since it’s the Internet handle that I use the most.  Who or what was Aetius?  Well it’s a bit off topic but since you asked nicely, Aetius is a reference to Flavius Aetius a man once referred to as “The Last Roman,” he fought Attila the Hun, won out, and then he was killed by a paranoid emperor.  Quite a guy…