ICFA

Mar. 25th, 2013 12:51 am
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So I once again had a lovely time at ICFA, the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts down in Florida. The final day of the conference was interrupted by a tornado passing overhead -- excitement! -- but there was no damage. Just a green sky and the smell of ozone, which Kij Johnson pointed out to me and is indeed pretty remarkable.

I'll do a fuller write-up later. In the meantime -- it was great to see you all.
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On Friday night, me, the redoubtable Mike and [livejournal.com profile] rachel_swirsky, and the intrepid Rebecca Peters-Golden of the YA blog Crunchings & Munchings went to see The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games is a film about a teenage girl struggling to negotiate relationships and gender roles in a hostile social environment. Along the way, trees explode, people die, and Lenny Kravitz proves the value of a good eyeliner.

You may have heard of it.

Anyway, the short version is: as an enthusiastic fan of the book, I thought the adaptation was awesome. As a film-goer I would give it a B+: it has strong acting and great direction in the opening 15 minutes, but suffers from the occasional bout of draggy pacing. It also wrestles with, and does not completely conquer, the challenge of transferring an intense first-person narrative into the 3rd person visuals of film.

But you know what? This is a very good adaptation of a rockin' novel. Hollywood seems to find that hard: for every Hunger Games there's twenty extremely annoying mutilations of The Dark is Rising (the horror! the horror!).

There was actually a moment about 50 minutes into the film - the first shot of the "Hunger Games studio" - when I thought, "In different hands, this is precisely the moment when things would start to suck." But the yawning pit of suckdom was avoided; goodness continued; and thus I could sleep peacefully at night and wake to face another day of ICFA with a soul lightened with the knowledge that Hunger Games had passed through the gates of film unscathed. Now:

SPOILERAMA! )
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Today I committed one of the cardinal sins of conference going: flying in and presenting on the same day. This time it worked out, and although my presentation on Lacan and Mieville was still fuelled by airport adrenaline, I made it through okay.

Florida is lovely and warm, and I have many more people to meet and talk to before I sleep. More later.

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I admire those who are busy Unfucking Their Lives right now. Alas, I am still in the process of Fucking Over My Life: stacks of grading, stacks of packing, stacks of Things to Do.

I'm off to ICFA later this week, where I hope to deliver a paper on Mieville, moderate some panels and hang out with some lovely people by the pool. Also, Hunger Games!

My soundtrack to the busy is the beautiful score of THE MISSION. And if you've never watched THE MISSION or listened to its soundtrack - OH MY GOD UNDER WHAT ROCK DO YOU DWELL?????!!!!

Alas, youtube doesn't have footage from the movie, but this clip features its waterfalls, minus the doomed Jesuit drifting to his death.



You're welcome.
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A few weeks ago I had a very fun conversation with Austin Sirkin and Karen Burnham about academia, SF, ICFA, steampunk, and teenage dystopias. Locus posted a podcast of it here: Siobhan Carroll and Austin Sirkin in Conversation. For posterity, and beyond!

ICFA

Mar. 21st, 2011 11:09 pm
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ICFA is one of my favourite conferences to attend. The program features both academics and writers, keeping lit crit folks like me honest and enabling some interesting cross-pollination of ideas. The people who attend are incredibly warm and friendly. And it's held in Florida. Really, what's not to love?

This year, personal highlights included catching up with my Indiana posse of [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower, [livejournal.com profile] prosewitch, and [livejournal.com profile] ancientwisdom; getting my hands on a copy of Clockwork Phoenix 3 signed by the Great [livejournal.com profile] time_shark: finally hearing part of [livejournal.com profile] nisi_la's Congo steampunk story; hanging out with experienced ICFA hands like the Duncans, Karen & Curtis, [livejournal.com profile] mastergode and [livejournal.com profile] vschanoes; participating in an animated Hunger Games discussion; getting a expert theme-parker's tour around Universal Studios from the intrepid [livejournal.com profile] mariness; and meeting fresh (to me) faces like [livejournal.com profile] rachel_swirsky, Karen Lord and Jay Lake.

My paper went well (or so I'm told), I got to talk with some wonderful people, and thanks to the Harry Potter Experience, I now have a cobra-headed wand of my very own. The only thing I missed was a sighting of the elusive Local Alligator. Maybe next year?


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