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All Avatars Are Created Equal

Video Games! These tricky little devils. Video games let you experience stories from another person's perspective and can make you feel like the king of the world. Or maybe the queen? Some of my favourite games like Dragon Age or Skyrim leave it up to you, the player, whether you want to save the world as a man or as a woman. This might be the cure-all to all representation and identification problems you could ever have in games. Or isn't it?

Pepper Potts and the "I looked into the TARDIS"-Syndrome

I watched Iron Man 3!
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Have you watched Iron Man 3?
Good God, have you seen Iron Man 3? Well, what's to say? I'll refrain from ripping it apart with my analytical claws of doom. That movie is not really worth being regarded as a whole. But I wouldn't be the pattern-obsessive media scholar I am if I hadn't noticed a mysterious disease that seems to infect quite a lot of female characters in pop culture. I call it the "I looked into the TARDIS"-Syndrome.

Books and Bookesses

I do wish I had a dime for every email I get that says, "Please put a non-girly cover on your book so I can read it. - signed, A Guy"

— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson) May 6, 2013

With this tweet, Maureen Johnson started the big Coverflip of last week and it kind of makes you think, doesn't it? Well, it made me, at least, think about books and their "female equivalent" (bookesses?) and how pitifully underrated the empathetic abilities of men are.

Peter V. Brett - The Warded/Painted Man

Good God, guys, can't you decide on one English title? Well, at least, there is an opportunity to explain the nebulous "notes"-category of my blog: As someone who dissects stories on a daily basis, I take a lot of mental notes while reading books, playing games and watching films. And here I'll try to regurgitate them into cohesive reviews. So, without any more ado: Let's dissect The Painted Man. I mean The Warded Man! God!