Posts Tagged: Game of Thrones

How Amazon Is Making Sex a Dirty Word

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“[A]s long as we retain all of these conflicting ideas of what sex is, and what it means to us, sex will always sell—until it’s inconvenient.”

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I Am Here to Make Friends

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I’m not here to wallow in what feels like our new dystopia, no. Me? I am here, to rest up before the next bout. I am here to watch The Price Is Right and make friends.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Brooke C. Obie

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Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel, Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival.

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“Everywhere They Hurt Little Girls”: Female Revenge in Game of Thrones

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In Westeros, revenge mostly operates within the feminine realm…

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Dispatches from the Swamp: I Watched the Comey Hearings in a DC Bar with a Face Full of Novocaine

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All of us, at some point over the last six months, have wished in one way or another that we could be anesthetized. That we could chemically numb the parts of our brains that flare out with anxiety every time our phones (those luminous portals of dread) vibrate with a news alert. That we could […]

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Weyes Blood’s Mysterious Kris

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To this day no one really knows where my kris came from or whether or not it’s a significant part of my family history, if it’s a random object or an heirloom with an untold story.

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Good Girls Revolt and Female-Focused Sex on TV

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Sexual politics run through the very veins of this show. They are its blood, and they know how to get the female viewer’s heart pumping.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #64: Lianne Stokes

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Hi there! We’re the two brunettes who hate sex. Sara-Kate hates sex because it’s too aerobic—she once sprained her foot. She lives in Kips Bay, loves candy, and wears exclusively rompers. Elisa Jordana hates sex because she abhors the human penis and all its functions. Not a fan of balls, either. She lives on the […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Emily Barton

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Emily Barton discusses dieselpunk, genderqueer magic, and the collaboration between reader and writer in her latest novel, The Book of Esther.

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The Read Along: Jessa Crispin

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Jessa Crispin on reading abroad, watching ships chug through the Bosporus, and watching Outlander.

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Podcatcher #4: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

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Jonathan Van Ness discusses his podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, fierceness, curiosity, and hairstyles.

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Winning the Game of Thrones Like a Girl

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The days of testosterone-fueled warmongering are long past. Instead, at the end of Season 6, the queens reign, stronger than ever.

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Don’t Kill the Dogs!

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For many stories, death is an inciting incident that forces plot to move forward (looking at you, Game of Thrones). We’re so accustomed to stories where people die, it would seem that animals dying in fiction is barely noticeable, right? At Lit Hub, Laura Lampton Scott disagrees: according to her, we should be more careful about when […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Martin Seay

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Martin Seay about his debut novel The Mirror Thief, the Great Work of alchemy, researching optical prosthetics, and keeping plot lines straight in a 600-page novel.

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The Slow Fall of the Hot Heroine

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If nothing else, it’s the opinion of other women that encroaches on mine. Resemblances spark my joy; differences become character flaws.

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The Comparative Value of Books and their Adaptations

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As adapting book series for lucrative movie deals becomes an all-too-common sight these days, it might be easy to simply fall back on the bookworm’s argument that the books are better than their film counterparts. But how do the reviews from the readers, viewers, and critics actually compare? Electric Literature has a handy infographic compiling […]

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A Language By Any Other Name

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“Conlang” is short for “constructed language,” which is just what it sounds like: a language that has been constructed… conlanging is an art as well as a science, something you might do for your own pleasure, as well as for the entertainment of others. From J. R. R. Tolkien to Esperanto and Game of Thrones, […]

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Red Dawn

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But perhaps we were like people everywhere, trying to find some meaning in our existence, and an outside threat gave us both meaning and existence.

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The Rumpus Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her latest book, The Small Backs of Children, war, art, the chaos of experience, and that photograph of the vulture stalking the dying child in the Sudan that won the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Dead Girls Sold Here

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Why then are we comfortable with women routinely being cast as the victims of violence? Why don’t we see that as sexist? Where is the outrage?

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The Rumpus Saturday Essay: Stain

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It’s hard to remember why I was silent. Maybe, like some of the women only now reporting they were raped by Bill Cosby decades ago, I was afraid I wouldn’t be believed.

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Out of the Binders and Into the Refrigerators

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The success of The Magicians trilogy stems in part from its self-awareness. Lev Grossman wields his familiarity with fantasy genre fiction to critique and alter the usual formula. So why do his female characters all serve the same purpose? …he’d almost certainly be familiar with the infamous tradition of “Women in Refrigerators,” coined by comic […]

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