Review: Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Curse

Spoilers: Tiger’s Curse

Warnings: This review discusses threatening and coercive behavior from the main love interest toward the main character. I also discuss some pretty pronounced racism in the book.

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Image Description: A blue book cover with an intricate border, an image of a white tiger, and the title “Tiger’s Curse” written in white.

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Why I Won’t be Watching Exodus: Gods and Kings

You’ve probably heard of the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings, which comes out on Friday.

I will not be reviewing this movie. I will not be watching this movie. I don’t need to do either of those things because the promotional photos and casting announcements tell me everything I need to know: The way the movie was made is fundamentally racist and erases both POC and Jews (and specifically Jews of color).

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Image Description: A small figure stands in front of a giant wave. “From the director of Gladiator/Exodus/Gods and Kings” is written across the top in all caps. “December 12” is written at the bottom, much smaller, also in all caps. Image from IMDB.com

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Lucy Review

Spoiler Warning: Lucy

Trigger Warning: Discussion of fictional racialized violence. I would add a pretty huge consent and body autonomy tw, too, if you watch the movie. I talk about it some here, but don’t go into much detail.

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Image: Lucy poster, from IMDB.com

When Lucy was first announced and the trailers started coming out, I heard a lot of different opinions from people. Some people were excited, even saw the fact that the protagonist is female, rather than male, as a wonderful move for feminism. Some were decrying it for racism. Some were just excited about Scarlet Johansen and the fact that this could lead to a Black Widow movie from Marvel.

And some pointed out that the movie has exactly zero basis in actual science.

As the release date drew near, I had to make a decision: should I go see it in theaters, and give money to a movie that I was pretty sure would be racist, in order to talk about its content, or should I avoid it. I decided to go for the first option, so that I could either recommend the movie or not.

I have a lot of things to say, but let me sum them up:

I didn’t like it. I can see how it would be a fun popcorn movie, but between the racism, sexism, and crappy science, I didn’t really enjoy it. It had a few entertaining lines, and some very pretty scenes, but to be honest I found the whole movie pretty terrible–even without the problematic content.

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Short List of Ferguson Links

There are unconscionable things happening in Ferguson, Mo. right now. These are the same things that happened fifty years ago, and they are happening right now, here in the US, and you need to pay attention.

The media is, for the most part, not reporting on it, and reporters are being blocked. It is a no fly zone, so no news helicopters–but there is, apparently, a helicopter spreading tear gas.

Reddit’s live feed

Livestream

LA Times

Ferguson Hashtag on Twitter

Some information on tear gas first aid

Someone with a much better list than me

Another twitter feed

I will try to add more links later.

A note on mental health:

These things are very important, but of you have the luxury if turning off your computer and not looking at them, and that is something that you need to do, do not feel bad about doing it. The world does not need more pain right now, and it certainly doesn’t need more death, so if you’re mental health and safety are at risk from hearing and reading about this, take care of yourself.

Some Relevant Quotes:

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

-Elie Wiesel

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

-Elie Wiesel