So I've been steering myself to only the most fun, frivolous, candy-like reading for the last few weeks and I've been wondering why. Not that reading those things is bad, but I don't usually read ONLY Adventure Time comics and Doctor Who books.
Turns out it is just internet-induced depression.
There are so many things going on that are terrible and don't seem to be getting any better (this is true in life as well, but I am not fed a constant stream of it to be more aware). Fucking GamerGate, STGRB, MRAs, constant online harassment of women, trans people and PoC. I'm on a constant rage-high, and it is draining my battery. I know I should probably just take a social media break or something, but I care about a lot of these things and don't want to just back out and pretend they aren't there. Not too long ago, I got jumped on by some hashtag-camping GGer on Twitter, and that is ridiculously mild compared with what other more recognizable people have to deal with.
I guess all I'm really saying is the world is full of assholes and I'm having a hard time dealing with it lately.
Maybe it's also a warning. Anyone that comes around me talking about "meninism," "ethics in game journalism," "my racist/sexist/transphobic/homophobic comment was a joke," "reverse racism/sexism," or any combination thereof can just get the fuck out right now.
I'm not all that worried about the big literary awards, but the non-fiction longlist for the NBA is pretty dad-book-centric this year, considering how many awesome non-fiction came out. I mean, why would you leave out The Empathy Exams and Bad Feminist and include YET ANOTHER book about the German occupation of France? Is there even anything left to write about that particular period? I could go to my local used bookstore and pick up- I kid you not- at least 10 different titles from different authors on that right now (and probably for less than $20, since they're oversaturated).
I hated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. HATED IT. But now Matt Smith has signed on to be in the movie version and I'm so conflicted; I might have to actually see it. Since he's no longer the Doctor, I have to find other ways to have more Matt Smith in my life.