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This is as much for personal reference as anything, but I wanted to put this up for anyone interested in self education.  I’ll put up the reading list and you can do what you will with it.  I will say for those serious about learning, get a reading journal, whether a composition book, a file on your computer, or a set of index cards and for everything you read write the following: Who is the author?  What is their bias?  Are their patterns in this I recognise or don’t recognise?  Do I agree or disagree, and why? 

Consider more than the obvious: if 1984 is coming true, is it still the government we should fear?  Considering Nathaniel Hawthorne’s fraught family history, what larger symbolism can be applied to The Scarlet Letter?  One shouldn’t reject previous thought, but interpretation should be applied on a personal level, in a personal way, especially in ways that make us question if we’re right in the way we think and live our lives.  And also keep in mind the list below is in no way comprehensive.

Some of the links below lead to Amazon, that is not meant to pressure anyone to buy, simply to direct people to more information.  Most if not all of these books should be available in public or university libraries.

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Puritan Origins of the American Self by: Sacvan Bercovitch

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Understanding Comics by: Scott McCloud

Carver Beats the Devil by: Glen David Gold

Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture by: Stuart Ewen

Amusing Ourselves to Death by: Neil Postman

The Yellow Wallpaper by: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Mind of the South by: W. J. Cash

The Things They Carried by: Tim O’Brien

Dude, where’s my Black studies department? : the disappearance of Black Americans from our universities by: Cecil Brown

Letters from Birmingham Jail by: Martin Luther King Jr.

The Suburb Reader edited by Becky M. Nicolaides, Andrew Wiese

Re-emergence of Suburbia: The Case of Izmir Turkey by: Ipek Ozbek Sonmeza

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  • Question: I just finished reading (obsessing) over the Wee Doctor's series within 24 hours of starting. I loved everying about it to little headstong John Watson, to the dangerously enigmatic W. I wanted to know though: "W" left two letters for both John and Sherlock, but we only get to see Sherlock's. What did John's say? I am quite curious to find out if you are willing to share. - Anonymous
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    Glad you enjoyed it so much, it still thrills me to hear that.  It was a lot of fun to write.  There are a few places where I left space in the story though, John’s letter to himself can say whatever you’d like it to say.

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I really want to do an essay on film analysis now, but I have to finish my Sunday School Lesson.

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There have been a lot of things drifting across my dash lately talking about people who like Moffat and people who don’t and what one side thinks of the other, and it reminds me of a lot of things that happen in critical circles.  For example, there are those literary critics, and analysers in general. who will only discuss the source material and what people have said about the source material and those who rely heavily on life events and quotes from the author outside of their works.  It’s not an even division but generally speaking those lines and philosophies are there.  As an author and a member of fandom both I know that it can be a bit stifling to readers to have someone put their foot down about things, and also a bit dangerous.  But back to the topic.

First I would like to reference something I’ve been seeing lately, hating on (and I trust we can all put on our big pants and recognise the colloquialism) Brian Fuller because of some things that are happening in Hannibal.  Fuller and others have discussed his work in ensuring a fifty-fifty gender distribution and having diversity both in the cast and in the extras.  I watched some youtube clips and it appears that at least in the classroom scenes with Will they did a pretty good job.  What he’s getting flack for is the death of one and the brainwashing of another women, the first having to do with story progression, the second to do with the fact that the main character of the show is a sadist so dissociated with human being that he eats and enjoys making other’s eat them without their knowledge, in addition to the whole recreationally experimenting in mindwonking of other people.  The fandom has some cute captions and darling swiggity swag stags, but the show is about a character who needs to brainwash or massively deceive people in order to interact with them long term.  Even ironically, saying he is not a nice man is insufficient.  This is not to say that Brain Fuller is a saint, simply that fan expectations don’t match up with authorial narrative necessity and so now people hate him.  I will say that the themes of artistically rendering and psuedo romanticising a character that is symbollically Satan and does the things a satan does make me personally uncomfortable, so I don’t watch the show, and that’s something a bit different.

Now let’s switch over to Moffat.  When I first started watching Dr Who I shotgunned it off of DVDs someone let me borrow during a school holiday and  I did, like I always do and skipped the credits.  I have a credit skipping problem.  I didn’t even know who Davies was until I came to tumblr and had to look him up because everyone was talking about him.  And I will say that Davies followed the guidelines for selling very well: here’s a secret no ones told you, its easy to get into (and get paid) in romance, mystery, and horror.  Why?  They all have definite endings and they activate our instinctive human needs for reproduction, intellectual stimulation, and the positive reinforcement our brain gives us for not dying.  ‘Literary’ authors may mock with highbrowed superiority those who don’t spend their time sculpting something new and literary, but those are the things that sell, and they sell for a reason.  And Davies gave us those things, a definite end, romance, mystery, and an occasional dash of horror.  Those are the reasons people like him, he makes reward endorphins so go flitting around our brain.

When I stopped watching Dr. Who I didn’t know Moffat had taken over, still not tumblring, sorry.  Watching it I just became uncomfortable, I didn’t enjoying the story telling elements as much, it just didn’t do it for me.  I didn’t know why, and I had enough to do around that time and places to go, that I just didn’t try very hard to keep up.  Other than the fiftieth special I haven’t really made any efforts to catch up, although I’ve seen plenty of essays going back and forth too.  I have watched Sherlock and have been shocked by the new dynamic they’ve introduced between John and Sherlock, and may not watch it after the fourth series/season, but I think that’s a decision that should be made based on personal comfort with the show.  Sometimes that means not watching the show because Moffat is repulsed by pregnant women, but I think it would be better if there was less judgement on either side because some people enjoy the show still and others don’t.  I will say that what’s happening in Hannibal could be effecting us in Sherlock.  No matter how many times Hannibal brainwashes and blackmails a young girl into being his psuedo daughter and then slits her throat there will be about fifty more flower crown posts and funny captions.  That’s not in and of itself bad, but it effects the way we think about characters.

Likewise we have populated a archive with stories about John and Sherlock being tender bunnies while John is a series of emotional scars and Sherlock is incompetent when it comes to feelings.  Because of the long space between seasons we have begun to create our own virtual seasons in which all our dreams become true and people leave comments saying ‘I can’t read this anymore because it didn’t happen this way in series three’  or even ‘I can’t write this anymore’ and fans keep trying to flog nsfw fanart on the cast.  Now it’s not everyone, and is often the minority, most fic writers and fanartists don’t want the cast and crew within a ten mile radius of their work.  But psychologically, the wait and our response to it effects us differently than it would other fandoms, and disappointments will and do colour our reactions to things. 

So to conclude, people watch or don’t watch something due to a variety of reasons it’s unhealthy to demand others think like us or ruin other people’s fun because of our personal analysis (I’m talking both sides here, lets not have the conservatives calling me liberal and liberals, conservative).  There is enough maturity and intelligence in the fandom as shown by individuals like prettyarbitrary that I believe we can manage it.  Also I’m really tired of all the sniping and this gifs.  So let use respect each others viewing of shows, and each other.  Sorry for the length, and kisses.

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bootsnblossoms said: I can’t watch Hannibal either. A lot of us can’t. So don’t feel bad:)

Hello darlind bootsnblossoms, I’m glad I’m not the only one.  But I see stuff floating across my dash and I can’t forget it’s a show romantising a high class sadist who experiments on people’s brains for fun.  Even though it is really pretty.

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  • Question: So fun fact about "Lazy" Moran, he's not a credited actor in The Empty Hearse. Not on the ending credits, not on imdb. The reporters at the beginning of the episode are and they don't have names except Reporter 1, 2, 3 etc. (i.e. not the real Moran!) Why would they not credit that actor to such a crucial character if it wasn't a diversion? Plus, Sherlock would have mentioned if "Lazy" Moran was part of Moriarty's Network instead of "Rat #1" in an unnamed terrorist organization. - cumbercatlady
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    Oo!  O!  I’m having thoughts now!  Thinking thoughts.  Terrible thinky thoughts.  Look what you’ve done!  (But that is incredibly interesting, thank you.

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  • Question: Hi! I just couldn't restrain myself when I saw your latest Wee Doctor spin off. The way you write john, with this immersive, overwhelming, almost devouring empathy is just gorgeous. It was really driven home for me when you wrote the scene, where Doctor Grendel captured John and tortured his own assistant while John was present - and with John's empathy, this was in and of itself a form of torture for John. I find myself strongly reminded of Will Graham, from NBC's Hannibal. You should try it! - Anonymous
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    I’ve heard a lot about Hannibal (even as I’m sure you’ve almost given up hearing from me), and it looks gorgeous, but I’m a bit tender hearted when it comes to gore.  And cliff hangers.  So I’ll probably wait for season 2 to really pile up before I dip my toe into that pool of high def artistically rendered blood.

    And that you very much, I tried to balance John’s special madness in a slow sort of increase with a realistic timetable, I’m glad I succeeded.  This is really such a succulent comment I’m really not sure how to respond to it with this level of brain activity, except kisses and thank you and hugs.