links for 2010-07-18

  • In this remixed narrative Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer at Sunnydale High. It’s an example of transformative storytelling serving as a pro-feminist visual critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior. Seen through Buffy’s eyes, some of the more sexist gender roles and patriarchal Hollywood themes embedded in the Twilight saga are exposed in hilarious ways. Ultimately this remix is about more than a decisive showdown between the slayer and the sparkly vampire. It also doubles as a metaphor for the ongoing battle between two opposing visions of gender roles in the 21ist century.
  • Beneath a crimson sun lie wastelands of majestic desolation and cities of cruel splendor, where sandal-clad heroes battle ancient sorcery and terrible monsters. This is Athas, the world of the Dark Sun campaign setting, a dying planet of savagery and desolation. In today's Dark Sun Campaign Setting excerpt, we introduce the social order of Athas, where everyone has their place… whether they wish that place or not.
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  • Yesterday's release of Twilight made certain that your weekend will be filled with the sound of screaming tweeny fangirl hordes, an auditory experience that the movie's lead actor Robert Pattinson described as "terrifying … like the sound you hear at the gates of hell." It would be easy to hate these creepy, utterly mediocre books and the phenomenon they've spawned — but I think you'll find it's even easier just to throw your head back and laugh. Next to the fangirl hordes are even bigger crowds of "lolfans," and they are here to remind us that Twilight has truly given us the greatest gift of all: oodles and oodles of hilarious, sardonic ass-kickery from people on the internet. Actually, you don't even have to go to internet fandom for some of the most entertaining critiques of Stephenie Meyer's work — Pattinson himself got the jump on everyone by mocking the series himself in an interview with Empire magazine (published in their October issue).
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