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Ooh, the wonder and whimsy…
So as I’ve mentioned
a few timesa lot, I met Benedict Cumberbatch at the starfuryconventions Elementary con a couple of weeks ago. Some pretty cool things happened.
First of all, I got these two incredible pictures with him. I still can’t stop smiling at the swearybatch one because he looks so gloriously silly. That’s a pretty cool experience in itself, I think. But the story doesn’t end there. Oh no, my friends, we have only just begun.
I have a beautiful 1934 edition of The Sign of Four that I asked him to sign. He looked at it and told me how incredible it was and did I know how much it was worth? I was a smidge confused, not gonna lie. And then me confusion only increased, because next he asked if I realised how much the value would decrease if he “vandalised” it by signing it.
Embarrassingly, I replied by telling him that I didn’t care how much it was worth because I thought he was pretty great and that’s what mattered. He thanked me, but still, he said that he couldn’t ruin this beautiful book, and would I mind if he signed a piece of paper I could tack in? I was a bit dazed but agreed because really, was I ever going to say no to Benedict Cumberbatch?
While his bodyguard was finding a piece of paper (this seemed to take an age, but I wasn’t complaining), we were just chatting and all of the lights in the room randomly dimmed and I literally cannot believe what happened next.
He beams up at me and says “ooh, bit of mood lighting”
I reply “how romantic!”
AND THEN HE HUMS PORN MUSIC AT ME AND BEATBOXES
LET ME REPEAT THAT
HE BEATBOXED AT ME
P O R N O M U S I C
My entire brain just went into meltdown
and I think I might have accidentally just stared at him and forgot to speak for a minute?
So yes, nothing will ever compare to Benedict Cumberbatch flirting with me through the medium of bow chicka wow wows. Don’t try and pretend anything will.
'bow chicka wow wow' lol
I went to this book store and their books were wrapped up in paper with small descriptions so no one would “judge a book by its cover”
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.”
Broken leg or not… have reputation to keep!
Very determined kitty
That kitty is going to survive the zombie apocalypse…just sayin’.
The fans have a term that I’ve learned which is fantastic. It’s called ‘squee.’ S-Q-U-E-E. I’ll tell you I kept reading it going, ‘What does that mean?’
And then I walked onto the helicarrier. It’s a helicarrrier. I walked into the first scene, I walked through the door, and all of a sudden, I was looking at a kind of roundtable, around which was seated Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, and Black Widow…
And I thought [small voice], ‘Squee!’
I get it now! Then I look around and it’s Robert Downey, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett. Johannson. [sighs]. And I’m having the actor’s squee too!”
'Let It Go' (Africanized Tribal Cover Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir) by Alex Boyé
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I’d say Benedict Cumberbatch has a knack for bringing literary characters to life. His talent is really quite remarkable :)