Archetypal Looking Glass: Agency in Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland

Series: The Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoilers: Spoilers for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente. Major spoilers at the end of the review have a warning and several line breaks before them.

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Image Description: Cover of “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making. A red cover with an oval image of a little girl and a wyvern with it’s wings chained. The little girl is holding an over-sized key.

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Shira Glassman’s The Second Mango

Spoilers: No spoilers beyond what can be found in the first chapter or so and on the back cover.

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Image Description: A book cover with two mangoes on a yellow background. One has a green dragon on it. Across the bottom, the words “the Second Mango” in red. Below that, the name “Shira Glassman”. Image from Prizm Books.

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Things That Are Actually Satire: Dinosaurs

Series: Things That Are Actually Satire

Spoiler Warning: Dinosaurs (Hurling Day (S1), What Sexual Harris Meant (S2), Nuts to War (S2), Swamp Music (S3), Changing Nature (S4), Working Girl (S4, unaired))

Note: If you want to watch this series, it’s available on DVD and Netflix. Both place the unaired episodes after the finale, Changing Nature, so it might be a good idea to skip the finale and watch it after you’ve finished the rest of the series.

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Image Description: A grinning green dinosaur puppet  (“Earl”) holds a (much smaller, pink) baby dinosaur puppet (“The Baby”) on its shoulders. “Dinosaurs” is written in all caps across the bottom of the image, with the ‘o’ replaced by a dinosaur egg. Image is from IMDB.com.

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Representation in Orange is the New Black

It’s likely that you’ve heard of Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original show which recently put up its second season. There are some exciting storytelling possibilities with shows like this, which I may look at in the future, but for now let’s look at the diversity in this particular show, because diversity is one of the things which makes it so popular.

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Image: Orange is the New Black poster

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