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Newsletter March 22, 2007

comics
There's Something About Karen by jarodrussell
"[I]f what arcana_j says is true, 'It’s a proven fact that as soon as a woman finds the perfect bra, the manufacturers stop making it,' then I can think of one Power Girl story that I would read, one that would even go to explaining all those insipid 'boobs don't work that way' covers."

In Touch with Dark Phoenix: The Jean Grey In Everybody by Julia
"The Dark Phoenix Saga is considered by many to be one of the most important story arcs in Marvel history. … But why? Why is Jean Grey’s tale of power, sacrifice and humanity so captivating?"


Battlestar Galactica
Fictional Gender-equal or Gender-Blind Socities & the Portrayal of Rape by sabonasi
"Rape as a tool to control women specifically is a product of a misogynist patriarchal society. If you are a storyteller and you create a fictional society that is intended to be either gender-equal or gender-blind, rape should not be a treated as a tool to control women specifically."


Doctor Who
A question of momentous import started by tinuvielberen
Daleks vs Borg? Poll with discussion in the comments.

Doctor Who and Foucault... by ana_khouri
"And because power is dependant on the knowledge that speaks of it, then it is by the belief in the knowledge that power truly has power. This creates power as a shadowplay that can be disrupted with the proper information and it is in this gap that The Doctor thrives."

Spearhead from Space years later: Evil Doers by jeriwho
Discusses Liz Shaw, her concept of evil, and the nature of evil in 'Spearhead from Space.'


Lost
Fictional Gender-equal or Gender-Blind Socities & the Portrayal of Rape by sabonasi
"Rape as a tool to control women specifically is a product of a misogynist patriarchal society. If you are a storyteller and you create a fictional society that is intended to be either gender-equal or gender-blind, rape should not be a treated as a tool to control women specifically."


Stargate: Atlantis
wraith theories..? by center
"Okay, so uhm, I don't believe the whole 'wraith evolved from the iratus bug and the humans (seeded on the planets by the ancients) they fed upon.' It just doesn't make sense based on their level of technology, their ability to defeat the ancients, the fact their language is based on ancient, the fact they are psychic and have other special powers, etc."


Supernatural
Dean's Girls: demons, doubles, sisters, moms, and hot chicks in peril by dotfic
"Dean's interaction with Molly in 'Roadkill' in a couple of ways is a combination of what we've seen before, and also something new for Dean and the show. Dean treats some women with an odd combination of leering innuendo and respectful protectiveness, some like a long-lost little (or big) sister, some like a mom (either his, or someone else's), or as mere sex objects."


Torchwood
Mary & Jack by the_unoriginal
"Mary [of Greeks Bearing Gifts] compares more directly with The Empty Child Jack, but she can also serve to show how much Jack has changed, through his experiences with the Doctor and his accompanying abandonment on the Game Station."


Trek
A question of momentous import started by tinuvielberen
Daleks vs Borg? Poll with discussion in the comments.
nightwing

Admin: Manifesto

I was going to call this a FAQ, but noone has ever asked me any questions. Therefore, the following constitutes a manifesto: a public declaration of what thoughtfulfan is about. These lists are not exhaustive but are intended to be broad categories of articles thoughtfulfan will include. I probably have included (and may include in the future) articles that don't quite fit into the first list or that do fit into the second list. Usually the decision to include or not include an article is based on the primary emphasis of the article, which may or may not be the author's stated objective. (For example, if a writer's stated objective in writing an article on Samantha Carter is to help other fanfiction writers, that does not preclude the article's inclusion in thoughtfulfan if it contains insight to Carter's character.) However, sometimes it is based on how insightful a particular statement is even though it is buried in the middle of an otherwise not-for-thoughtfulfan article. And I sometimes include thoughtful discussions that occur in the comments to a post when the original post is not one that I would have included.

I am telling you all of this because I very much want you to send me articles for the newsletter, but I realize you need to know what I'm looking for and I don't want you to become discouraged if I do not use it. So, check it out:

The types of articles thoughtfulfan is looking for:

The types of articles thoughtfulfan is not looking for:
  • Critical essays that examine fanfic.
  • Explorations of aspects of a show/movie/book's fandom (i.e., the people or culture of those who participate in the fandom).
  • Episode recaps or reviews that do not offer insight or analysis.
  • Individual or group reactions to a show/movie/book that do not offer insight or analysis.
  • Essays that break the fourth wall, i.e., whose main emphasis is on the writers, actors, or directors of the show/movie/book.


Shows/movies/books eligible for inclusion
  • Almost all television shows and comics
  • SF/fantasy genre movies or movies that have fandoms
  • Books that have fandoms


If you have read this far, I have one question for you: Would you like to be a compiler for thoughtfulfan? Seriously, drop me (natlyn at mindspring.com) an e-mail if you are interested.
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Newsletter March 16, 2007

comics
Is Willow the female Spiderman? by Lee
"Ok you read that right. I’m posing the question is Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer the female equivalent to Spiderman or to be more precise Peter Parker?"

Secret Identity by Mad Goblin
"Spider-Man's secret identity is now public.… Other than the origin story, this may just top them all. So, let's look at the questions raised by one of the most significant events EVER in the Spider-Man mythology"

Does What a Spermatozoon Can by odditycollector
"So in Reign 3, we learn that Mary Jane was killed from exposure to Spider-man's radioactive sperm. Which is absolutely ridiculous. I mean, this is comic books. People don't die from exposure to radioactive sperm in comic books. They get super powers!"


Angel
Spike's development in S5 (of AtS) by elisi
"Spike’s development in S5 runs contrary to every other character’s on the show."


Battlestar Galactica
Okay, so I lied. *Now* I've exceeded my doing stuff quotient for the month by verstehen
"The entire Cylon race is a metatextual discussion of minority. People get caught up in the religious element (and the obvious parallels to Iraq and the Iraq war) but in the end, Cylons are a stand in for any oppressed minority."


Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Is Willow the female Spiderman? by Lee
"Ok you read that right. I’m posing the question is Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer the female equivalent to Spiderman or to be more precise Peter Parker?"


Heroes
Hiro Nakamura & Don Quixote by fujurpreux
"So, thinking about Hiro's role within the series' plot as a whole, something dawned on me; there are certain things and situations that connect him with a particular character of the Universal Literature: Don Quijote [or Quixote] de la Mancha."

Okay, so I lied. *Now* I've exceeded my doing stuff quotient for the month by verstehen
"The point is that the totality of the show and the representations they give us buy into ethnic stereotypes big time."

Race in Heroes by oyceter
"I personally think that the show has done some very good things with regard to race, …. On the other hand, the show has also done some not-so-great things with regard to race, one of these things being the stereotyped roles."


Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Law and Order: Paranormal Detectives by daegaer
"[L]ast night, as I watched Goran fidget and bounce his way into yet more leaps of logic that always seemed to work just right I realized why it is that he always solves the cases while Eames trails half a step behind despite being an excellent detective.… Detective Bobby Goran has some form of ESP."


The O.C.
Keystone Mother of the OC - Kirsten Cohen by Tracey
"Just as one species in an ecosystem can be ‘key’ to its continued health and survival, one person can be just as critical in an urban ecosystem. This importance can be traced on many levels, from within a single family unit to within an entire community; such is the role of Kirsten Cohen in the OC."


Princess Tutu
ballet and Princess Tutu by loligo
"It intrigued me that at the end, when most of the animal-people turned into humans, Neko-sensei turned into a plain old cat. As far as I could see, he was the only one besides Ahiru who became an animal, and that makes me wonder if their stories aren't more parallel than they appear at first."


Supernatural
Hunter and hunted: Jo in Born Under a Bad Sign by missyjack
"It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jo - so how did she end up in this bar in Duluth?"
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Newsletter March 1, 2007

comics
Marvel Comics' Civil War by babbott
"Don't fight for your civil liberties. Give up, let the government take care of you and control you. While it got me thinking, I'm not sure I like the message I'm walking away with."

Why Civil War may be like DK2 by stillanerd
"Civil War is, just like [Dark Knight 2], one big ironic joke. This time, however, it’s a satire on the post-911 mindset."

The Changing Face of Supergirl by Mary Borsellino
"Once upon a time, Kara toured the DC universe searching for other heroes (and always ended up fighting them). Now she's on another journey, and this time she's looking for herself."


Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Forgotten Heroes – Why Tara Matters by Tracey
"Sometimes the less obvious characters are heroes in their own right and it is only once they are gone that their value is truly recognised."


Lord of the Rings
In Defense by Werecat
"This essay will discuss several aspects of [Queen Beruthiel's] character as described by Tolkien, including her personality, her relationship with King Tarannon and the court of Gondor, her relationship with her cats and the influence of various superstitions on her tale."


Lost
The Perfect Show for the Angsty White Male by megatrouble
"Despite a cast as diverse as LOST’s, the show continues to deflate its female characters and push its angsty white men to the forefront."


Torchwood
The snogging scene in "Countrycide" by fajrdrako
"Snogging: an interesting topic, on Torchwood. No, I don't mean the almost-snog at the tree between Gwen and Owen, I mean the conversation Gwen initiates at the campsite: "Who'd you last snog?" That's a delightful scene in terms of characterization."


movies
Terminator series: Sarah Connor and sacrifice by Lee
"I don’t think that we as viewers are left with any doubt that Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise would be willing to sacrifice her life for her son’s.… Upon examination though has Sarah already made the ultimate sacrifice?"
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Newsletter February 22, 2007

comics
Dick Grayson's Robin by bradygirl_12
"Dick Grayson would become one of the most famous and enduring characters in the DC Universe, integrating the light of Superman and the darkness of the Batman while retaining a strong, distinctive personality all his own, and symbolize the balance of the DC Universe."


Angel
DVD time by frenchani
"So what I mainly see in [Why We Fight] is Angel and his boys! Those boys being Spike and Lawson, avatars of his real son, Connor. That's why he fights even though sometimes it means fighting them!"

5.13, or Corruption by Italian Opera by the_royal_anna
"This episode is all about doors. Opening them, closing them, letting people in, stopping people from getting in. Doors and control. Who’s in control? The person who walks through the door or the person who lets them? No coincidence that a vampire has to be invited in. Being on the right side of the door matters, and control of the door is everything."


Doctor Who
Doctors and companions and love oh my! by srin
"I've gotten hooked on the 8th Doctor audios recently, and the relationship between Eight and Charley has gotten me thinking about the relationships between the Doctor and his companions, particularly Nine & Rose and Ten & Rose, in exciting new ways."


Lord of the Rings
The Problem of Eowyn: A Look at Ethics and Values in Middle-earth by MadGamgee
"Some call her a heroine while others consider her a deserter. But it is not a simple question; to give an unqualified answer on either count ignores important nuances."


Star Wars
A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope: Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III by Keith Martin
"If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels."


Stargate: Atlantis
SGA meta musings by lierdumoa
Of Kavanaugh and explosions and Weir and leadership.


Supernatural
Fear of Irrelevance: Dean in "In My Time Of Dying" by ataniell93
"'In My Time of Dying' brings Dean face to face with his worst, most secret fear: that he is, essentially, irrelevant to what his brother and father are doing, that the quest is all theirs, and he is disposable."


movies
Jean Grey, meet Jane Eyre by therem
X-Men: The Last Stand and Jane Eyre--"Both fictions take on the subject of women and madness, with a special focus on the split personality."
think pooh

Newsletter February 15, 2007

comics
Why exactly is Dick more sane and balanced than Bruce? started by natlyn
"Is it because he was raised poor? Or because even had Bruce's parents lived, he would have been an uptight, insane hardass, albeit with no reason for it?"


Angel
why the alpha/beta pack model really does work for Angel and Spike by thatotherperv
"The basic premise of the essay is that Spike and Angel don’t fit classic alpha / beta roles if you are thinking in terms of the old model—which most people are. When you get into the complex workings of a wolf pack as we now understand it, they actually fit quite well."


Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Spike and Andrew by sarah_mascara
"What do you think [Andrew's] opinions on Buffy getting kicked out of her own house would be?"


Heroes
More Meta: Women in Heroes/Simone Deveaux specifically by acaciaonnastik
"Why Simone Deveaux Is Not A Raging Hypocrite And Does Not Need To Die For Making Isaac and Peter's Love Lives Complicated, No Really"


Supernatural
Thoughts on "Houses of the Holy" by marinarusalka
'The impression I carried away from the episode wasn't so much "Sam believes and Dean doesn't" as "Sam really, really wants to believe and Dean really, really doesn't."'

SPN 2x14, the Uncanny Valley, not!Sam and other natterings by technosage
Various character and plot-arc observations.


The X Files
"The Seven Basic Plots," Feminism and Fandom by emily_shore
"[T]here is the lovely Special Agent Dana Scully, who in some ways has become the poster child for the late twentieth-century reversal of masculine and feminine qualities. While she is rational and controlled, her male partner Fox Mulder is intuitive and spontaneous. Yet, as plenty of commentators have noted, this reversal of roles is problematized during the series."


movies
Peace through Strength: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL by Arwen Spicer
"The movie adopts a utopian pose in which advanced, peace-loving aliens enlighten humans to the folly of their self-destructive course. But the narrative itself shows a dystopian society ruled by a robotic dictatorship whose authority is based purely on superior weaponry."