The Monthly Read – March 5th


Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have BLACK PANTHER everything, why teens love reading dystopic novels, and where are the literary prizes for Female writers.

1. The Revolutionary Power Of Black Panther | Time
“If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. Now, after a brief respite, you again have a President.

Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multi­faceted. Relating to characters onscreen is necessary not merely for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. When it doesn’t happen, we are all the poorer for it.”

A must read, no spoilers for the movie are in the article. It is only about impact.

2. Made in Black America: Why Black Panther is more than a comic book movie | lwl magazine
“T’Challa’s introduction as the first black superhero in American comics occurred over 50 years ago, yet it took 13 instalments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for him to make his big screen bow, in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Chadwick Boseman’s eponymous protector is not the first hero of colour in the team, nor is he the first to headline a superhero blockbuster. He isn’t a genius millionaire or genetic anomaly but rather the alpha of a race of superior beings. As such, this can be seen as a moment in time for a generation, where a man of colour – dressed in distinctively ethnic attire and with an African accent – takes centre stage in a major Hollywood movie.”

Wakanda forever.

3. The women of Wakanda ROAR – A sit-down with the female warriors of Black Panther |EW
“Wakanda has at least two precious natural resources: a trove of the rare Vibranium mineral that has helped vault the secretive African nation a century (or more) ahead of the rest of the world – and a population full of valiant, fire-hearted women.”

Women of Wakanda showing new levels of women in an equalized society.

4. When Wakanda Was Real | iO9
“And, of course, when black America streams into movie theaters on Feb. 15 and 16, we’ll do so knowing that Black Panther has nothing to do with reality. We are well aware that there was never a hidden African country so rich that its king would have been the wealthiest man who ever existed. Sure, there were rich African countries, but the leader of the fictional land of Wakanda is supposedly so wealthy that it is impossible to calculate his wealth. Of course, it is a fictional comic book tale that could never really happen.

Except it did.”

A great read about African history and it’s influence on Wakanda.

5. The Six Shapes of “The Shape Of Water” | FILMCRITHULK
“I saw The Shape of Water and it is safe to say that I was quite taken with it. To the point of being in rapturous, ardent love with it. As such, you better believe I had some thoughts about the many shapes within the film itself…”

A beautiful and creative review of Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water”, this review is told through 6 shapes. If you didn’t catch it in theatres, be sure to catch it on DVD and VOD.

6. Women write literary fiction’s big hitters. So where are their prizes? | The Guardian
“On the face of it, the revelation that female writers dominated the UK literary bestseller lists in 2017 might seem cause for celebration, a long-overdue correction that seems especially welcome in a year that exposed systemic bias in many forms across the creative industries. According to the Bookseller’s analysis of sales, only one man, Haruki Murakami, made it into a top 10 that saw a new generation of female writers, including Sarah Perry, Naomi Alderman and Zadie Smith, displace venerable fixtures of the literary landscape such as Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro.”

A goal for this year, read more books by women.

“Star Wars is well known for introducing new and fascinating creatures that capture the hearts of fans throughout the galaxy. The Last Jedi gave us first contact with the inhabitants of Luke’s hideaway island: the lovable, hatable, edible porgs.”

I am so sorry everyone. FORGIVE ME!

8. Marvel’s Basically Introducing Tessa Thompson’s MCU Valkyrie to its Comics | Inverse
After downing an impressive amount of booze and teaming up with Thor, Loki, and the Hulk in Marvel and Taika Waititi’s triumphant Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie soared to new heights of comics-based character fame. Tessa Thompson, who portrayed Valkyrie in Ragnarok, was undoubtedly a huge part of the film’s success. Her version of the Valkyrie — originally based on the hero Brunnhilde — was so beloved among fans and comics creators alike that the liquor-swilling heroine is making her way from the big screen onto the pages of Marvel Comics.”

Hells yeah!

9. Why Teens Find Stories About The End Of The World So Appealing | Mind Shift
“Everyone here agrees: The plots in dystopia feel super familiar. That’s kind of what makes the books scary — and really good.

Think of it like this: Teen readers themselves are characters in a strange land. Rules don’t make sense. School doesn’t always make sense. And they don’t have a ton of power.”

Insight into why dystopian young adult novels won’t be going out of style any time soon, their just too damn fun to read.

10. The Backward-Books-on-Shelves Trend is for Neutral and Minimalist Book Lovers | Flavorwire
“A viral image shows a shelf full of books displayed with the pages facing out toward the room. Neutrals-loving lit nerds are drawn to the calming color scheme, while others find the spines-to-the-back display super silly. We can appreciate both sides of the bookish argument, but for now, we’ll keep our books on the shelf the old-fashioned way, with their titles where we can easily see and find them.”

Would you do this to your book shelf? It’s opinion time LGNers because this aesthetic idea has the book lovers divided.

11. THE WOMEN OF AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.! | Marvel Podcasts
“To celebrate the 100th episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Judy and Sana welcome back Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge and Natalia Cordova-Buckley to chat about the past five years, their love for their fans, and more!”

Tuck in with an episode of the Marvel Podcast, 100 episode of Agents of SHIELD!

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