Girlz 'N' Games webcomic #69: Sophie's Choice
There's not much to explain about this new, straightforward Girlz 'N' Games comic. Basically it's a bit of commentary about the backlash that highly successful, female-orientated entertainment is often subjected to.
These days the 2 pop culture femme franchises that provoke the strongest reaction are Twilight and Sex & The City. Having both originated on the printed page, these series leaped to the big screen as massive commercial hits. In 2010, movie sequels for both will be, or have already been, released.
Now I'm not saying that either Twilight or Sex & The City are outstanding (although I was a huge fan of the excellent S&TC TV series). They're average to bad cultural products in fact. I'm just disturbed by the amount of vitriol splashed in their direction. Sometimes it's pure, rabid hate. And come on, are they really any dumber than "guy" franchises like The Fast & The Furious?
What are people, particularly guys, so upset - or insecure - about that they have to shred them? Is it because both Twilight and Sex & The City are entertainment specifically designed for women (and gay men in the latter's case)? To me the reaction looks just like the usual dismissal of "inferior amusements for women." It's like the longstanding nose thumbing that hardcore gamers give to The Sims. Lots of girls and women love it, so therefore it is beneath the guys.
Perhaps someone out there has the answer for me?
Anyway, as a sidenote, I was very happy about how the Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) caricatures came out in my new comic. Oh, and although #69 is more film-centric strip than a gaming focused one, I did include a small gaming reference in the last panel. I'm sure many of you will be able to identify it though.
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