When I restarted this blog a few months ago, I tried something called “12 word reviews.”
They never really felt right or caught on, probably because 12 words isn’t enough for any real information, just a little snark.
And that meant I had to tack a few paragraphs on, which meant it wasn’t really a 12 word review at all.
But I do still want to talk about some things, mostly books, so I’ll drop the gimmick and just talk.
Before I start, here are a few things I like to see in media:
- Female (or otherwise non-male) lead roles
- Multiple female characters
- Who aren’t female re-skins of tired masculine stereotypes
- Major characters (including leads) who are people of color
- Multiple non-white characters, including women of color
- Characters who subvert or just don’t fit gender conventions, in whatever way that fits the setting (including LGBT+ characters)
- Perhaps most importantly, a story that doors not perpetuate the myth of redemptive violence
1-6 are partly on general principle (representation is a good thing) and partly because I’m sick of reading, playing, and watching the same white male (anti) hero for the 800,000th time.
7 is because we are indoctrinated from early childhood with the idea that what makes the world better is killing or beating up the right bad guys.
It’s great training if you want a populace that uncritically accepts every war, bombing, and use of torture the men in high places want to enact, but it goes against the teachings of Jesus (and many other religious as well).
Even the churches get in on this act when they teach preschoolers a sanitized version of David and Goliath (and forget to mention that David grew up to be a rapist who murdered his best friend to cover up his crime).
So when I write about a book, movie, or game, I’ll most often keep these things in mind, as well as the standard information, like how i had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed, or how the actual prose style worked out.