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Emily Asher-Perrin

Twitter Gives Us All the Feels Over Fictional Deaths

The conversation pops back up now and again on Twitter, and the results are always devastating–if you ever need a good cry, just type in the hashtag #fictionaldeathsillnevergetover.

It’s fair to say that your average fan has a lengthy list, but here are a few that seem to crop up over and over… along with a few personal asides. (Some spoilers below, obviously, but nothing recent! There will be no spoiling of season finales!)

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Which SFF Character Would You Pick to Officiate Your Wedding?

The Telegraph has reported that Ian McKellen turned down 1.5 million dollars in 2013 to officiate Sean Parker’s (of Facebook and Napster) wedding. The Tolkien-themed nuptials could only have been elevated by the presence of McKellen, but it seems that the couple wanted him to dress as Gandalf for the proceedings, to which he replied: “I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.”

While it is easy to understand McKellen’s reticence, it does get one thinking… if you could pick any SFF character to officiate your wedding, who would you choose?

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Dream Casting Tom Bombadil for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings

We were discussing Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptations, and arguing the relative merits of the Extended Editions versus the Theatrical Releases. (Leah prefers Extended, Emily prefers Theatrical. We’re both correct.) Emily pointed out that there should have been a DVD extra of Bombadil material, and then, naturally, that led to a dreamcasting of Bombadil. We gave ourselves a few restrictions—these had to be people who would have fit the role in 1999/2000, when they would have been hired for The Fellowship of the Ring, and all of the actors have been cast on the assumption that supermodel Claudia Schiffer is playing Goldberry…

So, hey! Come derry dol! Hop along, my hearties! Hobbits! Ponies all! Tor.com readers! We are fond of parties. Now let the fun begin! Let us sing together… or at least take a look at our picks, and tell us yours in the comments.

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Dune’s Kyle MacLachlan Explains the Plot of Dune Through Emojis

Twitter user @lifeofkeira asked actor Kyle MacLachlan for an explanation of Dune, given his expertise having played Paul Atreides in David Lynch’s 1984 film. MacLachlan proved himself a master of emoji-plots by rendering the whole tale in the tiny pictograms, thereby cementing his position as Your Favorite Person On the Internet Right Now. I think the pepper icon for “spice” might make the whole thing.

*starts chanting ‘Muad’Dib! Muad’Dib!’*

The Real Tragedy of Suicide Squad is That Everyone In It Just Wants to Be Normal

After the critical bomb that was Batman v Superman, DC was counting on Suicide Squad to help them save face, going so far as to send the film back into reshoots with rumors of lightening the tone. (It’s important to note that these rumors have not been substantiated, with most of the cast saying that they went back to film more action sequences.) But it seems doubtful that any amount of finicking could have saved Suicide Squad, a film that uses its “dark” content as an excuse to insult its audience’s intelligence on practically every level.

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It’s Time to Talk About Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has arrived. The story that follows up with these characters that we’ve known like family for nearly 20 years is available to be read by everyone. It’s Harry Potter’s (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday. You’ve read your copy, probably twice already. There were midnight release HP parties for the first time since 2007.

Group hug, Potter fans.

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So. Let’s Talk About The Killing Joke.

DC’s animated feature based on Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s classic story has hit both theaters and digital video. When it premiered at San Diego Comic Con this past week, fan reaction was… tense to say the least, and apparently culminated with screenwriter Brian Azzarello using a decidedly gendered slur to insult a reporter who expressed his issues with the film vocally in a room full of people.

Talking about this film, this story, is rough. It’s rough because it commands a lot of questions on multiple levels of the creative process. It’s rough because it deals with sexual violence and brutality, and what it means to make money off of stories that heavily feature those themes. It’s rough because this project involved many beloved creators and talent, and it’s hard to speak ill of people whose work you love and respect.

But we have to talk about The Killing Joke. Because we have to work through the shockwaves that this film has already prompted, and question the wisdom of this particular enterprise at a point in time when its legacy has never been more highly contested.

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