2 comments on “Yet another FOAD to “geek culture”. Proposed examples of what autistic culture looks like.

  1. Hi, Dean. I’m here because you commented on Leah’s blog, and I find your choices of representatives of “autistic culture” intriguing. I also really like, and relate to, the movie version of Mystique — enough that I don’t mind that she’s not the Mystique from the comic books, who has a long-term lesbian relationship with Destiny that is actually really tender and adorable, and an adoptive mother-daughter relationship with Rogue, that make her a much more interesting, layered and mature character than she would be if we only saw her in her capacity as criminal mastermind. But the movie Mystique is a different character entirely, without either the relationships or the frankly mercenary outlook of her comic-book progenitrix. There is room for both in my fandom, I think. I like the movie Mystique’s dignity, how she’s basically just standing there going “Here I am; I’m a person and I’m not going to change just to make you feel better,” and evolving into the separatist freedom fighter we see in “X-Men” and “X2”.

    (Also, your titles for your different blog widgets — “Chuck shit at me”; “These assholes had something to say” etc. — are hilarious. I love them.)

    • Always good to see a new and “distinct” person raising their voice in response to something I have written. It makes the whole endeavour of writing the original text worthwhile.

      One problem you always get with films or television series as they try to adapt written, illustrated, or comic book sources, is that they end up having a fairly sizeable cast of characters and only so much time to allocate to each one. That is why the good X-Men films all base themselves around one or two of the characters and only delve into others as becomes “needed” to further the story. X-Men: First Class does flesh out more of the characters to a better degree than X-Men or X2, but they all have to allocate screentime and development in a tiered fashion. That is why Wolverine gets the lion’s share of the time in X-Men and X2. He is probably the easiest to sell to the audience that the film was aiming for at the time (15-25 year old boys who have not read a lot of X-Men in the past, such as myself in that time).

      My approach to film or television adaptations in terms of assessing their quality is a strange thing. When I assess them, I look not for how every little detail of each character has been “preserved”, but rather how the character of the whole story has been maintained. For instance, when The Lord Of The Rings In Name Only was wrapping up in theatres, I was fuming at how its director and writers seem to think the ending chapters in which Frodo comes home to a Shire that has had the guts torn out of it is “tacked on”. In reality, it was metaphorically the whole point of the novel. Veterans never come home and see said home exactly the same way again. Sometimes the people they come home to end up looking like monsters to them. The difference with X-Men, X2, and X-Men: First Class is that not only is the essential message of the canon very much respected, sometimes it is used so unsubtly it makes The Lord Of The Rings In Name Only look like a professional game of Chinese Whispers by comparison.

      (Theming, I find, can really help a journal with a message like mine. 😉 )

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