Why I am DONE with The Walking Dead

Yes, this contains spoilers but… Yeah, I don’t care.

I won’t lie, I tuned in, despite promises to myself to get some damn sleep for a change, and – I also cannot lie – I stopped watching after Denise got the arrow in the eye. Skyrim jokes aside, I was pissed off for several reasons which I will bitch about here.

First off, Denise was the first character I’ve seen in the show with a decent role that wasn’t model pretty and rail thin. She kinda gave me hope that Rule 1 of Zombieland wouldn’t apply to me because I may not be skinny but I can kick ass and survive. Fat reserves are are a good thing in times of scarcity, people…

Second… She’s the only doctor!! Dafuq!!!! I know that’s not a reason to death proof the character but it’s certainly a reason to hold on for some Dr. House like moments.

Third… Seriously? The ole “Lesbians can’t be happy” trope!? Are you kidding me!? With a show that supposedly has taken so many chances and been hailed as so innovative and intelligent; they resort to this?

Bullshit.

Other blogs and articles have already been written but I did debate with myself for awhile over whether or not to even bother but then I remembered when I posted about Glen and I’m going for it. Because I… I just don’t get it.

As a creator, I understand the need to try and keep your audience shocked, gasping, keep them coming back to see what you will do next. But just like the last time I felt the need to rant about this show, I am annoyed as a creator and a fan.

I have no problem dropping this show because, as I frequently tell patrons who ask me if I’ve seen various things; there is way more TV than there is time. And my time is decidedly precious (3000 books on my Kindle and Nook to review for you guys, I have an 8 year old who is into science, and I recall a time when I could rollerblade and my old/fat ass can’t so much as stand up on the damn things now…) and much like the ole saying in Secret Window: No Bad Writing. Not to say this is bad writing but the essence of the phrase still applies: I have no time for bad TV, bad books, or bad movies. If I am not satisfied, I can’t continue. And… I am not satisfied.

I’m not so revolutionary to be all “Ehermagherd, boycott the show!!!111!!” because I honestly don’t care that much. You like it, have a party! Enjoy! By all means!

But I won’t. Because I feel, once again, jerked around. I feel like I’m being messed with; not told a good story. So enjoy Daryl, enjoy Carl, Rick, and Michonne but… I’m out. I’ll read the wiki later if I feel like it.

 

What does your book say about you?

I am a very eclectic reader (as you can see by my Shelfari account). If the concept interests me in the slightest, I’ll give the book a try. Right now, I’m reading You Make Me Wanna. As a Black woman, I like reading stories about other Black women when they aren’t street lit and the bonus is they are lesbian characters who are not stereotypes. It’s a cute story and I’m enjoying it.

So, I’m sitting and reading and two women are having this wordless conversation with their eyes, gesturing between each other and myself, and the cover of my book. Bear in mind, what I have is a library copy with this huge interloan sticker on the front so most of the cover image is obscured. You can still get the gist apparently.

Nobody batted an eye when I was pouring through those bodice ripper romance romance novels, or the giant epic fantasy series, or the gay pirate books (no provocative cover there) but all of a sudden a picture of a woman feeding another woman a strawberry is a big fat fucking deal.

So, when you see someone reading, do you judge them by what is on the cover?

Back to work and ranting already

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No sooner am I back to work than I have something neck-punch worthy to complain about. I’m not talking about the general consensus that it’s acceptable to sneeze or wipe a drippy nose before handing a librarian (or anyone) your card. I’m talking thievery. it really ticks me the hell off.

I am very proud of the collection of graphic novels I’ve built for my library. I do my best to stock a wide range of mainstream and indie comics catering to as many tastes as I can. So imagine my rage when I come in to have someone tell me a patron ripped the barcode out of one of our Batman books and stole it. Because it’s totally off the grid if you damage the book before you snatch it.

Stealing is bad as is but if I believed in hell, I would like to think there was a special hot stabby circle for people who steal from libraries. It is just a disgusting thing to do and, as I said on my Twitter, I hope whoever stole it gets a horrible, festering paper-cut. They can get cured but I hope it fucking hurts.

You get two rants today!! :D

One is about this article from CNN about the trailer for the new PC game "Dead Island." The nature vs nurture debate on violence notwithstanding, I get a little annoyed when people use video games as an excuse for violence from children. I have a three year old and in the bygone days where nothing she watched wasn’t from PBS (she was about two) we still had to teach her not to hit. Do I think I have raised an inherently violent child? No. I believe human beings are born selfish. Selfishness is a good trait when you don’t have the tools to survive without help. Compassion is something you learn as you grow and realize you have tools to help others; and it is something I am teaching to my daughter. Niceness is learned and some people don’t learn. Blaming video games is a fucking cop out! With all the violent media out there, why do people single out video games? I’ve read some pretty sick books, ya know (and I say this with pride seeing as how I haven’t killed anyone yet).

I watched the trailer because I like survival horror games, not because of any controversy or anything like it. My honest straight up opinion? I was fucking horrified! Omg, the poor little girl!! But you know what? (dramatic silence) IT’S A GODS-BE-DAMNED HORROR GAME!! GUESS WHAT THEY DO!!?? So, as a parent, I wouldn’t get this game because I don’t like things with dead kids. It’s really easy for me to see my own family in that video and it disturbs me on a level that I, PERSONALLY, am not comfortable with. However, as a gamer, that trailer is fucking beautiful! The way it’s all constructed, the angles, the clean movements, the colors, the music; disturbed me in a way that would make me want to play the damn game! Which is what it’s supposed to do!!

Horror is supposed to scare you. Dead kids are horrible and it scares the hell out of me for something to happen to my kid. But I don’t see this game or Bioshock or anything like it as a disturbing trend of using creepy kids to scare the hell out of you. Because you know what? They didn’t battle the Children of the Corn with candy and fucking gumdrops and Hansel and Gretel didn’t calmly negotiate with the witch about to eat them.  T_T

On a similar track (and I enjoy the synchronicity of these two things riling me up one right after the other), there is a movement here to try and get paid parental leave here in the U.S. I would LOVE for this to happen seeing as I’m one of the people who went in to huge debt to stay home a little longer than the Family Medical Leave Act allows. I wanted more time to breast feed (because it’s healthier) and to get used to being a new parent. What shocked me about this article is the comments. How the hell do people come off thinking we get some kind of perk tax wise because we’re parents? You know what, as someone who is married or single without kids, you don’t have to spend your money on kids!!! Why don’t people get that?! You know where a good chunk of my money goes? Child care. These kids also wanna eat and you tend to get arrested if you don’t clothe them. That’s not disposable income. I HAVE to spend that money. And it’s a giant hunk of my income.

"But you chose to be a parent. You didn’t have to have kids."

Aside for how much of a surprise my pregnancy actually was, people who chose to be childless are also making a choice. People who choose to smoke are more of a burden on the medical care system in the long run which I pay into and I’m a non-smoker. Although I may not like it, I consider it part of a greater good because smokers pay for my maternity leave. You all are not being punished for being childless, you are paying into a greater system which pays for everyone. Suck it the hell up. T_T

You have no idea how glad I am to have those out of my system. XD

So, now that the bile is out (and I’m sure I’ve alienated a bunch of people), I can get back to work on my writing. XD I’m still hard at work on that lesbian steampunk story. I have 12 written pages and still going! It’s fun! Why have I not thought of this before!? XD I also have some sketches planned for character designs for this series. Hell, any excuse to get drawing again, I say. :p

So, if you’re still with me by the end of this, and I hope you still are, there won’t be many of these rants. I tend to keep that kind of stuff to myself anyways. 😉

Screw Black Friday

I gotta give it to people who actually camp outside of stores in order to grab the latest thingamabob that TV tells them they want this year. But I for one avoid the whole damn thing. I can’t stand it.

I’ve worked in retail so the only reason I would be in a store on Black Friday is if I got time and a half to be there. The concept of "ZOMG, BUY MY CHEAP CRAP NAOW!!" in order to drive people into such a frenzy they kill one another seems barbarous and manipulative. I make it a point not to buy a damn thing I don’t need on Black Friday.

I will, however, be participating in Small Business Saturday to support my fellow Etsy members and other small business that really suffer in the wake of giant discount megamarts trying to squish them.

I’m a hippy, so sue me.

I for one am glad to be in the library today and will stay away from stores whenever I can ’till late January or so. I shop online when applicable but mostly, I give baked goods as presents. Cheap, fun, and I can tailor each gift to the person. And what I really love about them? You don’t have to keep them! They won’t gather dust on a shelf, can’t get bored with them, and if they break, you can still use ’em. XD Hell, if you break a cookie, all the calories fall out. 😉

But if you’re out or going out to brave the hordes today, for heaven’s sakes be careful!

Ookaay…

I normally try to avoid getting political on here but seriously, the 80’s called and they want their outrage back. I don’t care what party you belong to but the days of annonymus ignorance are over. If the laziest Google search can prove you wrong, you have gained the status of Uber Idiot, and should be poked with a stick every 5 minutes to remind you how to breathe.

This woman obviously knows crap about Wicca and should try to educate herself so she stops sounding like an ignorant harpy.

See? I was specific. I didn’t generalize and say she sounds like all harpies. That would be wrong.