Thursday, October 2, 2008

lolreview: vampyre : vampire :: womyn : woman

Some reviews are too stupid unique to not blog about. Example 1:

1-star review of Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. [link]

As a lesbian, a mother, and a vegetarian, I am always on the look for new pieces of literature authored by my fellow womyn. I acquired this from a friend of my life partner who works in a library, and started it eagerly, hoping for a fine piece of allegory about the continued abuse of femalekind by the patriarchy.

Instead I found a poorly written piece of sadistic trash that glorifies the power of men over females. The main character, Roy, is a typical violent male, but the author offers an "excuse" for his actions by positing a sadistic mother. Thus the story ultimately points to a womyn, the traditional protectors and nurturers of lfe, as the true villain.

The ending is truly disappointing. The girl should have been rescued by a group of armed militant feminists, who deal justice out to the (it sickens me to even type the following word) - man - responsible, and set her free to discover her potential as a womyn, a progressive, and a lesbian. But this did not happen; instead the finale glorified male power and descended into nihilism.

I am amazed that my fellow females have been so brainwashed as to laud this regrettable book. Perhaps they are among that sick class of womyn who yearn from male dominance. if so, then I have nothing but pity for them. May Goddess have mercy on their spirits.



Mrs. Magoo said...

I've never read this book but this post is hilarious!

Chelsea said...

This has to be a joke. A good one. I just laughed as hard as I've effing laughed in WEEKS.

This is ridiculous.

"The ending is truly disappointing. The girl should have been rescued by a group of armed militant feminists"

Um. Okay. Let's broach this topic first, shall we? I'm assuming this person is some alien species that doesn't watch the news, and has only read this ONE book in their entire life. There are literally thousands of girls going through a similar situation as I type this. And I doubt any of them are going to be rescued by armed feminists anytime soon. It would be nice if we had a way of catching all of these sadistic perverts, but we don't. So should every book broaching this realistic subject sugarcoat their life for the benefit of other readers? No. Living Dead Girl is a powerful, realistic book MEANT to be raw and gritty in order to allow you into the mind of the victim, which you otherwise wouldn't be able to do, unless you were the victim yourself. This book had a masterful, powerful ending. Although I allow others to disagree completely with me, and even encourage it, I can't allow a sense of ignorance as enormous as this to go uncommented on.

Topic #2: WOMEN. ty.

Topic #3: "the author offers an "excuse" for his actions by positing a sadistic mother"

It's not an excuse. It's a common occurrence for victims to become predators, especially relating to sexual abuse. This was of significant importance to the general storyline, if you paid attention to the book at all.

Topic #4: "the finale glorified male power and descended into nihilism"

I'm really starting to think this "womyn" didn't even read the book. I have no idea what to say to this. THE MOST POWERFUL PART OF THE STORY WAS UTTERED BY ALICE, A FEMALE.

And uh, does being a vegetarian have any significance whatsoever?


I'm glad to get that off my womynly chest.

Anonymous said...

I read this review way back when I was checking out critical discussion of Living Dead Girl to save. What got me wasn't the fact that she missed the point of the book (sexual abuse victims automatically become lesbians, eh? Is that a requirement these days?) but that she missed the indictment of our patriarchal society in Alice's story and therefore does what she's accusing the book of: glorifies male power structure and characters by ignoring the female characters.

...also, what do her food choices and profession as an animal medicine professional have to do with anything? I'm so bemused.

Stay classy, Powerful Woman!

WannabeWriter said...

I saw this review after I'd read the book, haha! I was torn between being scared for my life that there are such ignorant & creepy people in the world ... and rolling around on the floor laughing, giving meaning to the term "ROFL".


Kelsey said...

Oh. My. Freaking. God. You have got to be kidding me. This 'womyn' is literally insane. Now, I haven't read this book, but this review is just, completely, mental. I couldn't stop laughing!

Now i definitely want to read this even more.

Go Womyn! Yay!

Unknown said...

As a straight, single, junk food eating carnivore I would like to personally thank the reviewer for doing her part in making all feminists look ridiculous. We'll never break the glass ceiling if we spend our time "eagerly" awaiting to be abused by the patriarchy so that we'll have someone to bitch about. Here's a radical thought: not everyone of any gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation is nice and not everyone is bad. People are people. Some suck, some don't. This one needs to grow up and stop blaming other people for her problems and stop thinking that every book out there should promote her own agenda.

A.S. King said...

I saw this yesterday!! Isn't it great?

Lisa Schroeder said...

Was this posted on Amazon? For real? OMG. I hope Elizabeth was able to laugh about it.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that someone would say this about Living Dead Girl, although like one of the comments on Amazon said, it seems like it's a satire and not an actual review.

At least, that's what I'm hoping.

Otherwise, that "womyn" is INSANE. Either way, I said "No" to if the review was helpful cuz it wasn't. I also can't believe that 2 people voted "Yes" for its helpfulness.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord. That actually left me speechless. I hope to hell it's satire, but I fear not.

Anonymous said...

BC-one of them most probably was Steph! she supported the review hence the post

as for the review- yuck!

Steph said...

For the record - I think the review is ludicrous. Which is why I posted it as "lolreview" - it's supposed to make you laugh. In no way, shape or form do I condone what is said here.


Unknown said...

I don't know, Steph, you've always given *me* the impression that you're close minded and nuts. Maybe anonymous is the only person who's on to the 'real you'.

*rolls eyes*

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