i talk about music a lot, & have a tendency to post songs that are stuck in my head in the hope that they will get stuck in your head instead. you're welcome.
Oh, Locke. You’re more thoroughly up shit creek than you’ve ever been before, and you expect your author to have a plan to bail you out. That’s cute.
New headcanon: Scott Lynch is actually the Nameless 13th.
there’s a reason we call him the Crooked Author, you guys :p
“They’re not all-knowing, Locke. They must have weaknesses.”
“Must they really? And do you know what they are? Might one of them be allergic to exotic foods, or suffer poor relations with his mother?”
Since lack of self-awareness seems to be the only export good our society is still shipping out in ever-accelerating quantities, it’s no surprise that “Sexy (Insert anything wildly inappropriate, ill-considered, or obscurantist HERE)” costumes have gone a wee bit over the top recently. Well, this author is trapped at Midway airport and going slowly mad, so here’s a rundown on what the cast of the Gentleman Bastard sequence are dressing up as this year!
LOCKE: Sexy Train Wreck
SABETHA: Sexy Reversal of the Default Male Gaze that Leaves Many Readers Hesitant and Uncomfortable
JEAN: Sexy Librarian
CALO: Sexy Galdo
GALDO: Sexy Calo
BUG: Sexy Tracheotomy Patient
FATHER CHAINS: Sexy Eat Your Fucking Vegetables Or I Will Exile Your Impertinent Ass to Some Minor Principality We’ve Never Previously Heard Of
SOFIA SALVARA: Sexy Marie Curie
LORENZO SALVARA: Sexy French Maid. You’re welcome, fanficcers.
DONA VORCHENZA: Sexy Professor McGonagall
THE FALCONER: Sexy Gandalf
MERRAIN: Sexy Boba Fett
PATIENCE: Killed last 7 people who suggested a sexy costume. Always dresses up as Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote.
JAFFRIM RODANOV: Sexy Human Torch
CAPA BARSAVI: Sexy Quint from Jaws.
NAZCA BARSAVI: Sexy William “The Refrigerator” Perry
REQUIN: Sexy Cecil
SELENDRI: Sexy Carlos
ZAMIRA: Sexy Ha Ha You Might Have Owned This Ship But Then I Came Aboard, Motherfucker
PAOLO AND COSETTA: They’re going as Lilo and Stitch. Not the sexy versions. Jesus. Who do you think I am, Piers Anthony?
On the one hand, I’d love to be Sabetha. On the other, I’m already basically Jean. (Lisa! Is Jaffrim Rodanov the evolved form of Johnny Storm, or vice versa? You know, in case we have to do Pokemon at trivia night again.)
i think he’s the evolved form of johnny storm? ugh, pokemon are HARD. (and JERKS.)
but also CRYING LAUGHING ABOUT THESE COSTUMES. (also just crying. BUG!!) (but seriously. the sanzas! patience! capa barsavi! MERRAIN!!!)
scottlynch78 replied to your post: Fingers crossed that Thorn of Emberlain will come…If this counts as a spoiler it’s the best spoiler! *bouncing and squealing*THORN is full o’ Vadrans. It’s raining Vadrans. Half the cast is Vadran. Loads of stuff about their language, culture, religion, and sexuality. My joking pet name for the book is AMBIGUOUSLY GAY VIKINGS. Okay, no more spoilers. *author vanishes*
i’ve been giggling over AMBIGUOUSLY GAY VIKINGS all day now, good job scott!
"Tomorrow, Calo and Galdo can plant their asses on the temple steps. You and I will go out and plunder!”
"That sounds dangerous," said Jean.
"For anyone else, maybe. For Gentlemen Bastards, well, it’s just what we do.”
Locke and Jean, from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Female characters, a topic that always comes up yet still somehow seems to require more discussion. Joss Whedon has replied: ‘Q: So, why do you write these strong female characters? A: Because you’re still asking me that question.’
And then there’s: ‘George Stroumboulopoulos: There’s one thing that’s interesting about your books. I noticed that you write women really well and really different. Where does that come from? George R.R. Martin: You know, I’ve always considered women to be people.’
And you wrote this reply regarding how females could certainly be pirates… what else would you like to say on the subject?
Wow, this is a subject that defies the short capsule approach, so I’ll just lay out a few points as I see them.
We have a major, flagrant, unsubtle problem in our culture and its media, where the representation of women is concerned. We’re assured time and time again that all the goddamn male action heroes, male writers, male directors, male casts, male-focused story elements, etc. are the result of some purely emotionless, rational decision-making in the impeccably clean Laboratories of Capitalism, but the plain fact is that dollars from women are simply worth less to most of the entertainment industry than dollars from men, even though they’re the exact same dollars. Period.
Male characters are allowed by the audience to be complex, shifting, mercurial, angry, emotional, manipulative, demanding, and troublesome. Female characters given the same multi-faceted psychological treatment are harshly criticized as being faithless, annoying bitches. I have already begun to see a review here and there in this vein concerning Sabetha… and as near as I can tell, they have all been written by female readers. Ponder that, if you haven’t already been forced to ponder it all your life… girls are brought up to detest themselves and their own human potential for complexity. They’re being trained to fervently hate female characters who don’t serve as unwavering support mechanisms for male characters. They’re being trained to hate themselves.
The older I get the angrier I get about this. The more I write the more I try to address it.
Women have attained new heights of numerical and financial participation in all things geeky… comic books, games, movies, SF/F literature, anime, and all things related, and yet we are all fed, time and time again, the big lies: Women don’t like SF/F. Women don’t like genre movies. Women don’t game. Women don’t read comic books. DC comics has basically laughed off any suggestion that it pitch its books at anything but the hypothetical 45-year-old white guy who lives in a womanless world, but one glance at the crowds attending a ComicCon or a GenCon or an anime con shows how crazy that is. It’s long-term economic suicide to pretend women don’t have enthusiasm and buying power. It’s short and long-term cultural myopia.
The whole situation depresses me because of the obvious implications for human rights and dignity.
The situation also depresses me as a good old honest capitalist. Women make up a substantial portion of my audience. I don’t believe their money has cooties. I will happily try to put something for everyone in my work, and write to represent and please all sexes and persuasions, and try to give everyone moments of prominence, achievement, heroism, and agency. Of course, I also try to give everyone moments of weakness, failure, and villainy. Writing with an eye on equality means you grant everyone the chance to be a rounded human portrait, to be evil as well as good, to be reviled as well as idealized.
This is the merest fingernail-paring of what remains to be said on the subject, but it’ll do for now.
Scott Lynch, Writing Secondary Characters