In Defense Of: Sucker Punch — Part 3

About That Ending… and Feminism, Too.


[Warning: This part contains HUGE spoilers, including ENDING SPOILERS for both the theatrical release and the director’s cut.]

The ending of Sucker Punch is among its most controversial elements. Except for Sweet Pea, all of Baby Doll’s friends have been killed in the brothel-reality. (In the film, it’s left ambiguous whether they died in the real world. It’s possible they were lobotomized or taken/confined to some other part of the facility.) Sweet Pea and Baby Doll have made it outside brothel and are on their way to freedom… except there are scores of men waiting outside who’d catch them in an instant.

Baby Doll tells Sweet Pea to go

“You’re the only one of us who ever had a chance out there.”

This is when Baby Doll remembers her plan needs “one more thing.” As mentioned by the wise man who sent her on her quest, this One Thing will be “A deep sacrifice—and a perfect victory.” That’s when it finally dawns on her: she needs to sacrifice herself so Sweet Pea, who Baby Doll sees as “the strongest” of the girls and “the only one of us who had a chance out there”, can go free. In the real world, this means causing a distraction and ultimately letting herself be lobotomized. How it goes in the brothel fantasy depends on which version you’re watching. (more…)

In Defense Of: Sucker Punch – Part 2

Let’s Analyze This Thing!


[Warning: This part contains spoilers.]

First off, I’m going to restate that I do think this movie contains feminist ideas. The most common argument against this I’ve seen basically boils down to how the movie is not “empowering” and, therefore, yet another tiresome exercise in exploitation masquerading as Girl Power. (Which is exactly what I thought it was before I actually watched it.) On seeing the movie, though, I found something else: a sincere and, for me, successful attempt to draw attention to a problem. Namely, the problem the film itself is accused of contributing to. (more…)

It was … the worst of times, mostly.

Without getting into why, the last few months (except certain bright spots) have NOT been fun at all. But I have had time to think more about what I’d like to do with this site… including, unfortunately, dropping Dreaming You. I know some people liked the story and wanted to see where it was going, but the inspiration for it left me some time ago. I can’t force myself to commit to a long-term creative project I don’t really feel like doing, especially not if I want it to be any kind of good. I still like the concept and characters; I’ll likely revisit them someday in some form or another. But they won’t be the same as they were when they first came to me.

That aside, there’s another longish project I AM going to finish that I started (and then kept putting off) long ago: my article In Defense of Sucker Punch. As of now, I’ve got the second part and most of the third written. There will be a total of four. Getting that done and posted should help free my concentration for other things since it’s been bugging me for some time that I hadn’t finished it yet. ^^; I don’t plan to post it all at once, though. Likely one part this Wednesday and the remaining two next week.

Other news and stuff will be posted… when it’s posted. :)

Until Then,

The Pixie

(Oh, and if you’ve been here before, yes, the banner ad is gone. I didn’t really get any money from it anyway, so there wasn’t much of a point.)

Friday Feature: Ninja Gaiden 2 NES Intro

The NES Ninja Gaiden games were among the first (if not THE first) to use cutscenes to tell the game’s story. For historical purposes, it might’ve been better for me to use the intro from the first game. I went with the second game’s intro instead because that’s my favorite. So there. ;p

Some Changes in the Works

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while and lot of things have happened. Some not good; some REALLY good; some I’d just as soon file under “Well, at least it was a learning experience.” But the good news is that, yes, the site is still alive and I’ve got new plans.

First off, I’m afraid I’ll have to stop my webcomic. I want to tell the story, but… well… it turns out I just don’t like drawing sequential art. I wanted to like it since all the cool kids seem to do webcomics at some point, but in general, I don’t. What I DO like, though, is telling stories — and sometimes including pictures to enhance them. Which is why I’m going to reinvent the story as an illustrated novella or (if it just takes that much space to tell) novel. The webcomic pages I’ve already posted will stay up as a prologue of sorts, reachable from the novella page once I’ve set it up. I’ll try to update the story weekly, but nothing’s set in stone. [Edit: I’ve since decided it’s best to just shelve Dreaming You for now. Reasons will be explained in a future blog post.]

I have a new Twine game in mind that’s in the planning stages. It won’t be as heavy as the first two, but it will be a bit more expansive and “game-like.” It’ll also include an achievement or two you’ll actually want this time. ;p

A minor site redesign is also in the works. Nothing major, mostly changes to the header and some links to make things a bit sleeker. And the “commissions” page will become a simple art gallery with actual stuff in it.

At least some of these developments will happen later this week. After that, as I usually do, I’ll just see where things go.

Until Then,

The Pixie

Making Peace with Mary Sue

One of the things I want most is to write fiction for a living. Whether or not it’ll ever happen, I have no idea, but as long as I have stories and the will to tell them, I’m going to keep writing them down.

Except for my earliest attempts, I’ve always written male main characters. I never thought much about the reasons; it just sort of happened. But recently, I did.

One, more male characters = more HoYay and more slash. Which I’ve kinda been into since before I even knew what it was.

Two, writing male characters lets me put more distance between myself and them. I always play the spectator/director and don’t get too enmeshed or identify too closely. That way, I can avoid putting too much of myself in the story.

That leads to reason Number Three, the dreaded Mary Sue. Writing her is apparently a capital offense. Writing as an outsider let me feel protected, gave me some assurance I was (like any “good” writer should) just analyzing and presenting a character instead of putting out some ideal version of myself or simply indulging my fantasies. Because, as I’d internalized without even knowing, writing to indulge your fantasies or merely acknowledging certain ones is the worst thing you can do, and even just being accused of it is The Crime That Shall Not Be Named.

Then, on a whim, I looked up an old fan fiction site. Not mine; someone else’s I first found ages ago. (more…)

Friday Feature: To This Day Project – Shane Koyczan

No words. Just watch. [Site Link: To This Day Project]