Sexualized Saturdays: Good Women Aren’t Like Other Women

dragonflight lessaAs I continue to revisit the Dragonriders of Pern series, I’ve been noticing a lot of questionable things about the way Anne McCaffrey built her world. There’s the fact that dragon hormone sex is very often actually rape, or the fact that McCaffrey has no real understanding of how other sexual orientations work. Both of those might be explained away due to misconceptions of the time in which the books were written (the LGBTQ+ one, at least, has been discussed in some detail throughout the years), but there’s another issue that’s pretty prevalent in the Pern books—something weirdly fundamental.

Spoilers for the series and a trigger warning for brief misogynistic slurs below.

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Magical Mondays: If We Don’t Understand It, It’s Definitely Magic

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Way back in the 60s and 70s, British author Arthur C. Clarke wrote some laws about predicting future developments. The third and by far the most well-known of these laws states: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In short, if you took a lighter back to the Stone Ages, you’d probably be thought of as a magician. While the law doesn’t take into account many more fantastical stories, like Harry Potter, where magic is the result of a bloodline, it does bring up the interesting question of what we consider magic—and how we react when confronted with something we don’t understand. Spoilers for most of The Dragonriders of Pern below.

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Throwback Thursdays: The Dragonriders of Pern

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I have no idea why this book of all books was in a middle school library, but there you have it.

Did you guys know that The Dragonriders of Pern has been optioned for a movie series? I knew, and everyone in my house knew, because I shouted about it very loudly for the rest of the day. (Sorry.) I remember borrowing the first book from my school library when I was in the sixth grade solely because it had a dragon on its cover. Although I stopped reading the series after I got into college (which means I haven’t read a lot of the later stuff, particularly by Todd), the series still has a fond place in my heart. Haven’t heard of it? Let me give you a rundown before the movie(s) come out.

Slight spoilers after the jump.

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