Well, I finished Nameless two days after it arrived and it was even better than the first version. Well worth the money, my read copy has already gone to Mum, who wanted to read it. No bets on if she's started yet, she reads very little and almost no English. Almost sure I'll get it back for being 'too difficult'. In other Nameless news, my signed copy should be on its way. That one is for display purposes only!

More book news, Sarah Rees Brennan's (also known als Mistful to the HPers) book, The Demon's Lexicon, is available here for the idiotic low price of ten euro's. I ordered it and read it in one evening. About three and a half hours for 328 pages, a new record for me. I liked the premise, the idea behind it and the eventual climax, but I found it very hard to get lost in it.

Possibly this is because of the main character, Nick. He tells the story, but stresses that he doesn't feel very much in the way of love, sadness or fear. He does feel anger, but only in the need to kill something. This made it very hard for me to identify with him and the events that surround him. I'd rather seen everything trough Alan (Nick's brother) or just different viewpoints. I am going to read the next installment, because that one is told from the POV of the love interest of both brothers.

As I am not someone to order only one thing at a time, I also ordered the DVD of Velvet Goldmine. I've heard a lot about this film and I liked it. The setting is not something I'm familiar with, being born in 1983 and having parents born in 1950 and 1959. The whole 'boys in makeup' was very pretty, especially Jonathan Rhys Meyers works the androgynous look. The story itself was not very gripping, but Christian Bale did a good job acting wise. The music in the film was not stellar, but some of the individual tracks are well worth listening too. My favourites at the moment are 'The ballad of Maxwell Demon' and 'Ladytron'.

The last book I ordered was Neil Gaiman's Interworld, which is normal Neil Gaiman in a sci-fi setting. Very good up until now, I stopped reading because I want to read it in the train tomorrow. Otherwise I would have finished it tonight and I enjoy it too much.



When the whole boldout/striketrough debacle was going on in 2007/2008 there were many posts made on chan in HP fanfiction and fanart. Someone, I can't remember who (let's call her Laila), said that readers of chan identify with the 'child', the one on the receiving end of things.

I believe this is rather a supressed view on the sexuality of the readers of chan. (I'm supposing here that the readers are females, mostly because most of them are). Laila sees the readers, the women, as always being on the receiving end, and thus submissive. The giver has the power, is older, is the authority figure and carries the responsibility of the sex act. This mirrors the traditional ideas of sex in western society, where the women is submissive to the man and is always on the receiving end. She is not an active participant, sex happens to her. Well, this is 2009 and that bullshit should be over now.

For me personally, in reading chan, I identify with the 'giver', the one in power. I do this even when not reading chan, which is probably why I read so much slash and so little het. In slash the two men are almost always equals and even when not, the reader can still identify with the man in power, if she wants to. In het this is more difficult, because most het is written from the woman's POV. The only het I can stomach is Green, where the woman is dominant over the man. (This is based on good fic, okay?)

Maybe this tendency of mine to identify with the character in power, female or male, is rooted in my feminist thinking. More plausible is that I am very dominant in RL, both outside the bedroom and inside it. This inlcudes me deciding how we're having sex, what we're doing and introducing the boyfriend to being on the receiving end of anal play and some light BDSM. (Thankfully he loves it).

Still, the generalization of women being the victims of sex seems to me to be very old fashioned thinking for the twenty-first century, when it should all be changing!
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