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In which I seem to have spontaneously morphed into a grouchy old fanhag, and briefly sing the praises of Vampire Game September 10, 2010

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You know what meme I could stand to never see again? The idea that people hate on Twilight because the fans are “overwhelmingly girls”.

I love me some good girl-oriented series. My manga shelf contains the entire eighteen-volume run of Peach Girl, a high school drama with a much-harassed heroine and a pair of prospective suitors that isn’t afraid of diving into soaring heights of melodrama. I’ve devoured Jane Austen and Kaoru Mori, I’m still keeping up with Desperate Housewives, I will sing the praises of Madeline and Dorothy and Utena, and you will take my Sailor Moon from my cold dead sparkle-strewn hands.

And there’s no question that any hint of female focus in media gets looked down on in general. The basic imbalance highlighted by the Bechdel Test shows that up in a heartbeat. Female writers routinely use, if not male pseudonyms, initials that don’t betray their gender (think K.A. Applegate, J.K. Rowling, and, yes, D.B. Ferguson). After being disappointed by the performance of The Princess and the Frog, Disney thinks part of the solution is to give their next princess movie, Tangled (a.k.a. Rapunzel), a male protagonist. I still remember that time in elementary school when my little brother made the mistake of letting his classmates know that he owned a couple of Barbies.

But here’s why I don’t like Twilight: Because it presents emotional abuse and stalking as a romantic ideal. Because of that time the clerk at the DMV asked “Hey, do you read Twilight?” after seeing that I had a completely unrelated book in my hand, as if it was the be-all and end-all of reading choices. Because I am a fan of classic vampires, and while I don’t mind reinterpreting vampires in new and overly pretty ways, this pretty sparkly version is fast becoming the first one people think of. Because the actual text of the book is so mind-numbingly boring that I couldn’t get through the first two chapters.

I recognize that a couple of these are products of hype backlash rather than flaws in the books themselves. But you will note that not one of them is even remotely similar to “girls like it, therefore it must be bad.”

…and now that’s out of my system, I think it’s about time I reread Vampire Game. It’s a shoujo manga, about a princess, with a love triangle, including a vampire. There’s also a complicated system of magic, and plenty of political intrigue among the heavily interbred ruling families of the bordering countries, and everyone has their own motives and missions to perform, and the vampire in question is currently incarnated in the body of a kitten. If that isn’t enough to entice you, I don’t know what is.

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This Week, 3/15-3/21 March 21, 2010

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Emeralds: Hearts in Oz
Hello, Ladies (art | Ozma, Dorothy | worksafe)

Fake News
Clover and Shadows, part 5 (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, Gipper | NC-17)
Trading Your Memories For Fortune And Fame (mix | trans!”Stephen”/Jon | spoilers)

Hellsing(/Twilight/Hunchback of Notre Dame, /Calvin and Hobbes)
How Wonderful Life Is (old sketch | IntegraxAlucard | worksafe)
The completely random silly OC meme: Marian (meme | Marian, Edward Cullen, Alucard, Frollo, some budgies | worksafe)
Same Size Suits (old sketch | Integra, Enrico | worksafe)
Calvintegra and Hobbescard (sketches | Calvin!Integra, Hobbes!Alucard | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Sailormakaiju Trading Card (art | otaku senshi | worksafe)
On The Menu (old sketch | Usagi, Makoto | worksafe)
Fisheye (old sketch | Fisheye | worksafe)

Sandman
Burnt Out Ends Of Smoky Days (ficlet | Dream, Delirium, GNeil, PTerry | G)

General/Miscellaneous
The Big Genderbending Meme (shiny new art meme – do it!)

Next Week in Shine:
Erin attempts to both churn out a respectable strip and find herself an actual job.

Who else is excited for post-Valentine’s Day chocolate sales? February 13, 2010

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It turns out the news stories that get emailed most are the optimistic, the scientific, and the intellectually challenging. Go humanity!

…and on that note, have a mostly-serious linkspam.

This is why we don’t allow international adoptions out of disaster areas.

Twilight tempts tourists to trample tribal territory. How the actual Quileute should be getting a cut.

Race play as kink. The second time I’ve ever found the idea discussed in anything other than a horribly negative light. (The first time was an early Dan Savage podcast.)

Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further. Aww, science.

The early stages of the next revision of the DSM. Shiny.

This Week, 11/30-12/6 December 7, 2009

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Doctor Seussverse
Would You, Could You, With A Cat? (art | Cat in the Hat/Grinch | worksafe)

Fake News
Needs Met: meta on the relationships involved, page 10, page 11 (comic | l!Stephen/Jon, c!Stephen/Jon | 11 is NSFW)
Topping The Tall Tannenbaum Takes Teamwork (old art | Jon, Stephen, a tree | worksafe)

Fake News/My-HiME
Mai-HoST (art | Mai!Jon, Mikoto!Demetri, Natsuki!Stephen | worksafe)

Hellsing/Twilight
Doc in FANART WAR (sketch | Doc, Edward, a unicorn | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
The Ghost of Iscariot Past gives us a tour of Enrico’s actual (non-edited, non-glossed-over, non-completely-fabricated) past.

Website Updates
The archive has been updated to fit the new layout; and the HellSING! and Doujinshi-Ka’s Inbox pages have been brought up-to-date.

You say “Twilight”, I think ELO July 1, 2009

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The third chapter of Drifters is out!

Colbert wants justice for vampires. Good to know he’s on the right side.

Two Twilight crossvers: Alucard finds Edward amusing; Seras is less merciful.

This Week, 11/30-12/7 December 7, 2008

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Fake News/Doctor Who
The Eagle Has Landed four, five, deleted scenes (fic | Jon, Stephen, young!Stephen, Four, Ten, Sarah Jane, Jack | PG)
Collage, serials 5-6 (art | Jon, Stephen, young!Stephen, old!Stephen, Four, Ten, Sarah Jane, Jack | worksafe)

Fake News
Waiting (fic | Jimmy | G)
COMFORT ME. (fic, art | Jon, “Stephen” | PG)

Hellsing
In The Frame Of A Girl (art | Girlycard | worksafe)

Hellsing/Twilight
And Shine Hellslight Now (comic | Integra!BellaxAlucard!Edward | PG)

Next Week in Shine:
Back in the present day, Yomiko has a conversation with Walter.

This Week, 8/11-8/17 August 16, 2008

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Fake News/Doctor Who
Truthiness And Relative Dimensions In Space: A Thousand Words one, two (fic, PG)

Fake News/Twilight
Newslight (comic, G)

Hellsing
Categra Demands Milk! (art, worksafe)
Vintage: Baalberith, Demontegra, Alucard sketch, Nameless Woman from Order 07 (art, worksafe)
Who Will Bell The Catboy? (art, worksafe)
OVA V trailer! And it’s due out two days before my birthday! Talk about awesome presents.
Otakon ’08 fan sketch (art, worksafe)
Gentlemen, I like fanart. Gentlemen, I love fanart. Gentlemen, I so love fanart.

Marimite
A shiny new Marimite Wiki is live!

R.O.D
I Could Write Books (YomikoxNenene mix, G)

Next Week in Shine:
Integra drinks her tea and starts laying the smackdown, but she’s gotten more than she bargained for. Meanwhile, Alucard tries to pull himself together.

Website Updates!
A ton of new webcomic links are up.
Shine Hell has new download links: OVA IV, Captain’s Story, and the latest Hellsing manga chapters!
The miscellaneous fanworks section has been brought completely up-to-date.