May 16, 2017:Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.
I seem to enjoy flipping these topics lately, so here are 10 characters who didn’t celebrate mother’s day this year. Why is it that so many stories are missing mothers? (I know there are conspiracy theories about why Disney does it.) And this entire list could have just been manga, because to be a manga character it’s almost required to be without at least one parent, but most likely both.
Where have all the mom’s gone? 10 Famous Character’s Without Mom’s
Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew
Ariel – The Little Mermaid
Harry Potter – Harry Potter
Peter Pan -Peter Pan
Batman – Batman
Peter Parker – Spiderman
Aang, Katara and Sokka – Avatar the Last Airbender
Ichigo Kurosaki – Bleach
Arwen – The Lord of the Rings
The Tanner Sisters – Full House
Can you think of any characters that I missed? Where do you think all the moms have gone? Leave me a comment below and a link to your Top Ten list.
April 4, 2017: Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.
How to pick just ten when Firefly is one of the most perfectly conceived and well made shows ever? (And it’s even a Sci-fi Western, yes they somehow pulled that off.) So instead I’m going to countdown my favorite characters from the show, and because Firefly is a needs to been seen, I’m going to do this post all clippy. I’ll also try my best not to use any spoilers, but be warned just in case I let one slip.
Firefly Character Countdown
Simon – A handsome, well educated doctor from a wealthy family. A lot of girls would swoon, but not me. One of the main motivators from the larger plot arch of the series and the movie, he’s necessary but he’s not my favorite. However he does occasionally have a good line. And you gotta love his commitment to protecting his sister.
Inara – A Companion, guild-certified high class prostitute, who rents a shuttle from Serenity to have a mobile business. Again necessary to the plot and as a love foil for the Captain, but I just don’t like her that much. She is smart and independent and professional and in control of her sexuality- everything a good feminist roll model should be. Maybe that’s why I don’t like her that much, it too overt, too obvious. I know Joss Weadon is a feminist and he really does a good job of creating strong feminine characters, but in Inara he goes over the top.
Kaylee – The ships mechanic and sort of mascot, who is eternally optimistic and bright (both in her clothing and personality and intellegence.) I do like Kaylee, and the only reason she is further down on this list is that the other characters are just that much stronger. If the show had lasted longer we may have gotten to have more Kaylee episodes.
River – The troubled younger sister of Simon, who seems to have some interesting talents. Talents the government wants, and they will do anything to get River back into their custody. The show and the crew wouldn’t be the same without her. She gives them all (except Jayne) a little sister to put up with, to defend, to unite around. Plus the mystery surrounding her keeps the plot jumping.
Shepherd Book – A man of faith searching for his place in the ‘Verse, who stumbled across Serenity and who can’t seem to let go of the family he found there even if the Captain is hostile to his religion. Book has a mystery around his past, and is full of experience and wisdom for the crew. Without Book there would be no moral center at all, and I get the idea that this already drifting crew would really be lost.
Serenity (The Ship) – I couldn’t do a character list without mentioning the ship herself. One of the great things about the show is how even the ship has a character arc, a history, a personality. And she is beautiful, I just love this ship. Serenity may not be the Enterprise, but she feel like some place I could call home.
Wash – The spunky, hilarious, often childlike ship’s pilot. Nearly every line that Wash has in the show is funny, and in a way that feel totally natural. Sometimes a show will have a comic relief character who really feels forced, and who doesn’t really belong with the others. Wash is part of the Serenity family, he belongs, and his skill is necessary to get them out of a lot of sticky situations.
Zoe – The strong and talented warrior woman who is second in command of Serenity. She has some seriously great lines like “Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing,” and the famous tag line “Big Damn Heroes.” Zoe could be a really dark character, but she knows when to get down to business and when to take it easy. Still not someone who want to mess around with, she’s always half a second from violence.
Mal – The Captain, the whole show kinda belong to him. While some of the others play supporting or motivating role it all revolves around Malcolm Reynolds whose strength of character keeps the whole thing together. There are times that literally things should not have worked out, when it was all going to pieces in a hurry, but it was Mal who willed them to happen. A lot of it is summed up in the “First Rule of Flying” that he gives River Tam at the end of Serenity, which I will include below.
Jayne – He’s a true chaotic neutral, which makes him the kinda of gruff bad boy you always fall for in fiction. (And if that’s not your thing remember there’s plenty of other characters to swoon over.) Even the show knows how awesome Jayne is because they gave him his own hero song in the episode “Jaynestown.”
Nicole from the Rama Series – Where to even start… after Rendezvous with Rama (which is an absolute classic) the series starts a down hill turn. Starting with Rama II the stories more-or-less follow the character arc of Nicole. By the end of the series I realized that it had been a total waste of time. A lot of this is because of the choices Nicole makes in Garden of Rama and the terrible way the series ends.
Aunt Marie from Miramont’s Ghost– One of the most cruel characters I have ever met in a book. She and her son are the most despicable people ever. The vast difference between their public self-righteous exterior and their truly evil actions towards Adrienne and others just absolutely seals it.
The Soviet Agents from The Gemini Effect – I thought they were totally unnecessary for the plot. And basically just silly. The story would have been better without them.
Thomas Covenant – A main character so frustrating and inappropriate that he gives a new meaning to anti-hero, as in NOT A HERO. Covenant doesn’t want to be a hero, doesn’t want to be in the story and does things that are clearly wrong. This is a series I’m not planning on finishing.
Modred from the Dark Tower – Build up, build up… let down. Seriously for all the build up in the previous books about this being like the worst demon child ever he ends up not being a big deal at all. I can’t say any more without spoilers.
Stephen King from the Dark Tower– I have said it before, but I am not a fan of authors writing themselves into their stories.
The twist from her being one of their guardians to a villain, was actually shocking. I know that basically each of their guardians let them down, but this time one of them straight up betrayed the children, and then goes on in the following books to be a main villain, who is obnoxious as snot.
Pippi Longstocking – This is one character I’ve never really “got.” She’s not rambunctious and cute, she ornery and annoying. I have never liked Pippi.
PK Dick from Radio Free Albemuth– Again a writer making himself a part of the sci-fi story he is telling.
Ruby Rhod, The Fifth Element – Okay cheating here because this is a movie character, but the Fifth Element is such an awesome movie that gets spoiled every time Chris Tucker is on screen. I mean is there anyone who can watch this movie and think yeah I liked that character?