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Media consumed on my summer vacation (and several days following).

I'm having trouble making words, so these aren't full write-ups or analyses by any means. But. Words on paper.

Media consumed on my summer vacation (and the next couple of days)


1. I reread What Was She Thinking? aka Notes on a Scandal by ZoĆ« Heller. 100% of my feels about this book are summed up with "DO ME BARBARA." My response to the movie, lo these many years ago, was much the same. When I watched it with my ex (no, other ex), she tried to explain to me that Judi Dench's character is a sociopath, but I was like, no, if the younger woman (sic) were REALLY INTO IT then it would be lovely and Barbara would be sane. So there and ♥__♥

So. Barbara Covett. I want her to devour me.

2. I reread Matilda by Roald Dahl. Is it bad that I have way many more thoughts about this than the above? Cos I do. And while I have difficulty seeing anything bad in Barbara Covett, I have way more complicated feelings about Miss Honey.

[cut for being vaguely spoilery and for talking about abuse.]


A few days before I read this I got a comment from an anon on an ancient Miss Honey/Matilda post informing me that their relationship is exactly what a mother-daughter relationship is SUPPOSED to be, into which I read a) I'm a great big perv and b) I have no idea what a normal mother-daughter relationship looks like, probably because I was so broken as a child that no one could have properly mothered me. /therapystuff.

But anon is absolutely wrong. Miss Honey is sweet but broken, because she was veryvery badly abused, and she uses Matilda to fulfill emotional needs that no child, regardless of how precocious, is actually able to meet. Miss Honey needs... true thoughts I just had: Miss Honey needs a grown-up who understands her, someone like... Barbara Covett.

Am worst person, I own it.

I've thought the Trunchbull codes as a bulldyke for years, and it's made me increasingly uncomfortable. I think there's some fatphobia in her depiction too. She's big and she's athletic and her dress is bizarre, and she's a vile abusive human being. Because yup.

I still ship the hell out of Matilda/Miss Honey, but it's a lot darker than it used to be. Cycles of abuse.

"You are so much wiser than your years, my dear, that it quite staggers me. Although you look like a child, you are not really a child at all because your mind and your powers of reasoning seem to be fully grown-up. So I suppose we might call you a grown-up child." - Miss Honey's totally adequate understanding of a SIX YEAR OLD who's been neglected and abused her entire life.


"Nasty dirty things, little girls are. Glad I never was one."

"Oh, but you must have been a little girl once, Headmistress. Surely you were."

"Not for long anyway," Miss Trunchbull barked, grinning. "I became a woman very quickly."



3. Elizabeth and I saw Joss Whedon's What I Did on My Summer Vacation Much Ado About Nothing. Unsurprisingly, I have more feelings about Joss&family than about the show itself, although it was quite entertaining. Like how Joss has apparently moved on from his obsession with Summer Glau's feet, and opened with a shot of Alexis Denisof's feet.

4. I borrowed War for the Oaks by Emma Bull from Elizabeth. It was entertaining; sanctioned OTP is lovely, but alas there are no malicious/broken/lovely/brilliant female teachers so it would have had to be pretty amazing to compensate for that deficiency.

5. I borrowed a few comic collections from the library. First Ultimate Fantastic Four, hardback collection #4, which collects the strips from God War and Devils and an X-Men crossover. I was hoping to add Fantastic Four to the collection of Marvel characters I know enough to occasionally read fic or comics about, but I accidentally cared more about the secondary characters than the Four in pretty much every arc, so. That's not gonna work out.

6. Then I read Invincible Iron Man trade 2, World's Most Wanted part 1. I had SO MANY FEELS. And then I discovered that my library catalogues these really poorly, so there are 35 items indexed as "V. 2. World's most wanted, bk. 1 -- v. 6. Stark resilient -" including the one I have, so I don't know if they're all actually World's Most Wanted volume 1 or what. Hands. I really want to read more of this. (Tony and Pepper were really added to my collection after seeing Avengers, but this added Maria Hill, so, success.)

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Date: 2013-07-15 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
Oh my God, Benedick doing stretches to impress Beatrice with his physique? I have to believe Alexis improved that and it was aimed at Joss.

Does the copy of World's most Wanted you have include issue #s? (They're usually on the title-facing page w/ all the copyright information). I might be able to figure out from that which volumes you need. Comic book trades are NOT for library indexing, sadly.

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Date: 2013-07-15 02:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
Oh, yes, that's a pain! Sometimes w/ comics I just put a hold on everything they have on a certain title and trust that something will be what I want. 35 items is a problem though!

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Date: 2013-07-15 06:51 am (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
I haven't read Matilda since I was a kid. I remember being massively disappointed that her psychic powers went away when she got adequate mental stimulation. I remember her dad, too, and the experience of realising that your parents' ethical standards aren't up to yours. And I remember Matilda writing Miss Honey a love poem on their first day, and getting all the class to recite it. And getting all confused because how can "the answer to that is 'not any'" be true if Miss Honey herself is there?

I've thought the Trunchbull codes as a bulldyke for years

Yes, me too. One of a long line of fictional evil masculine female teachers with too much feminism. (Was it Trunchbull who objected to the Mississippi mnemonic? I remember agreeing with her at the time, since my own mother was and is a Ms, not a Mrs.)

their relationship is exactly what a mother-daughter relationship is SUPPOSED to be

WHAT? NO, ARGH!

Mothers are supposed to have good boundaries, because the child's too young to know how to set them for herself, or even that she is separate from her mother. I can't remember a whole lot about this book, but I'm fairly sure Miss Honey was not known for her excellent boundaries so much as for being the pretty young feminine teacher who Really Understood Matilda, unlike Every Other Adult Out There.

probably because I was so broken as a child that no one could have properly mothered me.

*gives you a long, hard stare*

"You are so much wiser than your years, my dear, that it quite staggers me. Although you look like a child, you are not really a child at all because your mind and your powers of reasoning seem to be fully grown-up. So I suppose we might call you a grown-up child."

That sounds like grooming.

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Date: 2013-07-16 03:12 am (UTC)
mayhap: wee Matilda reads a book (Matilda)
From: [personal profile] mayhap
their relationship is exactly what a mother-daughter relationship is SUPPOSED to be

Oh my stars and garters, WHAT. That is so wrong, I don't even know where to begin.

Then I read Invincible Iron Man trade 2, World's Most Wanted part 1. I had SO MANY FEELS.

OH MAN I DID THIS TOO. Except it was the other IIM trade that MCPL has, Stark Resilient Book 2. And yeah, those are the only volumes they have, sadly, plus Fear Itself: Iron Man which is catalogued under a separate record because every single cataloguer there is pretty much reinventing the wheel every time they receive a collection of serialized sequential art and none of them know anything about comics anyway. I got the rest of Matt Fraction's run in digital form from *coughs* places and had EVEN MORE FEELS. Then I discovered that every vocal person in Marvel comics fandom online hates Fraction's Iron Man with the passion of a thousand fiery arc reactors, and I had a sad and kept my all my feels to myself. I can totally hook you up!

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