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Moira Hicks


The Problem With Adapting ‘Dune’ (Isn’t What You Think)

Our culture treats movies and television as the height of storytelling. When a book or story reaches peak cultural saturation, it is inevitable that it will be scooped up by a studio to be rendered into a big-budget, Oscar-bait feature. This is particularly prevalent with genre fiction, where classics and…

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Love, Money, and Supernatural: An Elegy for Destiel

A miracle occurred on the evening of November 5th, 2020. On this day — Guy Fawkes day, the third day of the 2020 US Presidential Election, the day that rumors of resignation swirled around long-empowered Russian politician Vladimir Putin — Destiel (the popular pairing of protagonists Dean and Castiel) became…

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The Revelation of Link: The Legend of Zelda at the End of the World

Sometimes, in The Legend of Zelda, the world ends. Forces that are simultaneously beyond our understanding and all too human align and everything falls apart and then, the game starts. There’s a lot of work about life after the end of the world and there’s a lot of work about…

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How Metal Gear Eschewed Realism to Convey the Horror of Imperial Violence

The Department of Homeland Security was established November 25th, 2002. Immigration and Custom Enforcement was established March 1st, 2003. The War on Terror is harder to formally establish a starting time on — do you start at September 11th, 2001, as many people do, or do you fold the conflict…

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The Ultimate Fantasy of Dragon Age is Being Listened to by a Man

The men I hang out with are permanently disappointed that I don’t fuck The Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition.  It’s not that he’s not a fascinating character, or that he’s not sexy. He’s big and strong and funny and his arc is interesting. There’s a slew of interesting characters…

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John Wick is a Modern Fairy Tale

There’s a whole class of fairy tale that opens with a man offending a witch. Maybe he’s been stealing her prized cabbages for his pregnant wife. Maybe he’s refused to invite her to the baptism of his child. Maybe he just marries her. But after this grand offense takes place,…

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