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Bite Me, Deconstructionists

Wanna tear apart a genre or even just a franchise? Want to expose a paternalistic and imperialist undercurrent to the superhero genre? Want to blast Star Wars for being a thinly-veiled divine-right monarchy? Want to deride Tolkien for being twee and reactionary? Want to stick it to the steampunkers for not wringing their hands enough about whatever injustice of the period comes between the axe and your particular grindstone?

Consider the possibility that you might be an insufferably self-important tosspot and HAVE A NICE HOT CUP OF STFU INSTEAD.

-The Gneech

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the_gneech
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, but MST3K is done without being a bunch of wankers about it. ;)

Deconstruction can be a great thing, actually. See The Incredibles for instance. But it can also be really, really annoying. (See Alan Moore.)

-The Gneech
daemionfox
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
quote: also be really, really annoying.

So, basically any webcomic forum.
the_gneech
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I always found the folks in THIS forum to be a nice bunch!

-The Gneech
exatron
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
So, is there a way to do a humorous deconstruction of pretentious deconstruction without being pretentious yourself?
mecampbellesq
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
My favorite commentary about deconstruction comes from none other than Frank Miller, in his introduction to one of the ASTRO CITY compilations: "What's the point of deconstructing something if you're not going to build it up again?"
the_gneech
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Heh. And he should know! :D

-TG
athelind
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
I see we read the same blogs today.

... but wait, no words for the people who blast Sparkly Vampire Romances as glorifying creepy stalkers and empty-headed protagonists?
the_gneech
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
... but wait, no words for the people who blast Sparkly Vampire Romances as glorifying creepy stalkers and empty-headed protagonists?

I did cover that in my initial draft of this post, actually, but it got edited out; it boiled down to, "Yes, this applies to genres I don't care for myself, too."

-TG
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the_gneech
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Heehee. :) Just imagine all the fun hostile deconstructionists could have with furry comics.

Or better yet, don't. It'd be like the good ol' days of alt.fan.furry. :P

-The Gneech
doodlesthegreat
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
a.f.f. had good days?
lookingaround17
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yup, wherever the folks want to be pretentious, things are gonna suck, and not in a good way. To me, pointing out that some story/work "could be seen as fill-in-the-blahblah from one viewpoint" is fine; to be utterly ego-wanky all over it is yuck.
ladyfox7oaks
Oct. 29th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
THIS... Thank you.
genecatlow
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
You hadn't heard? Deconstructionists themselves are a franchise! ;)
the_gneech
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
...fully owned and operated by DarkerAndGritter, Inc...

-TG
genecatlow
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh, you did know. Thought so. DanG was almost ready to be publicly traded until the NASDAQ itself walked up and bitchslapped it. And then just strode off without a word.
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