We Need More Hope-Filled Media

Whenever anyone asks me what kinds of movies and shows I like, I tend to just give the vague umbrella answer of “fun and feel-good,” occasionally followed up with, “if I wanted to be depressed, I’d just watch the news.” This usually returns a mixed bag of recommendations, since of course different things make different people feel good. I know multiple people who listen to … Continue reading We Need More Hope-Filled Media

What Happened to Competence Porn?

In 2009, Leverage writer John Rogers wrote in a blog post about how viewers enjoyed “watching competent people banter and plan,” something his team had come to refer to as “competence porn.” This phenomenon, now named, has loosely cropped up throughout all forms of media over the years, from Odysseus escaping the Cyclops to Sherlock Holmes besting Moriarty to James Bond just, well, being James … Continue reading What Happened to Competence Porn?

The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

My very first anime was not Pokémon, Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z. It was Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Look it up. It was preciously beautiful (and terrifying, thanks to the Nightmare King), but as I grew from Pokémon dweeb to Moonie to anime club official, I’ve learned a few things. First off, anime is not an all encompassing term for children’s cartoons. In fact, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

The Problem with Catering to Fans

When was the last time you saw someone on the internet ranting about The Last Jedi? Nitpicking Infinity War? Making an argument about some other movie or show that was a huge disappointment and shouldn’t have been made? Probably not that long ago. Since the rise of the internet, there has been an increasing trend where the fans of a particular movie, TV show, book, … Continue reading The Problem with Catering to Fans