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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Today I went to see an advanced showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and it was super fun! :D Finally, Miles Morales, the Black Latino Spider-Man, gets to star in his own movie (though Peter Parker is present, as well as Gwen and a few others).

The movie had a lot of meta humour, which is my favourite type of humour. It was also very dynamic, with cool visual effects and a great soundtrack.

There is 1 post-credits scene. Mid-credits, there was a quote from Stan Lee, who also got his usual cameo in the movie.

Suits

I'm caught up with the first 6 seasons of Suits (Netflix France is late updating a lot of shows). I didn't expect it to be so focused on Mike being a fraud. I would have liked more cases of the week.

I know that a lot of people ship Harvey and Mike, but I just don't see it. It doesn't help that I dislike Harvey. Sometimes, I even like Louis more than Harvey, but only sometimes. XD

It's strange seeing Meghan Markle in action knowing she went and married Prince Harry.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore was very poetic... which is not really my thing. If it's yours, you'll probably enjoy it more than I did.

It's magical realism about a girl who has roses growing out of her wrist. She's in a relationship with a trans boy who paints moons. I see more books out there with trans female representation than with trans male representation, so I thought that aspect was pretty neat, especially considering it was very well done.
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison was excellent. It's a survival story that takes place after a plague killed most of the human population, especially women and children. It's bleak, of course, but in a good way, kind of like The Handmaid's Tale.

The protagonist is a bisexual woman. There is no f/f romance, but the book still felt very queer to me, with mentions of f/f, m/m, polyamory and trans men.
The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood is a lovely f/f romance novel. Deanna is one of the moderators of a werewolf online video game. Jamie, her neighbour, is an actual werewolf.

The book is a bit on the short side. I would have liked more werewolf content. Maybe a few chapters from Jamie's point of view? The whole story follows Deanna's POV.

Arthur, Deanna's dog, is awesome even though he seems to love Jamie more than Deanna. XD

Fantastic Beasts 2

Today I went to see Fantastic Beasts 2. It was all right, but had some boring parts. I must say that I'm not big on that part of the franchise compared to Harry Potter itself, but there isn't any other movie that interests me right now, so I decided to go see it anyway.

If you already know that Dumbledore has feelings for Grindelwald, it's visible in the movie. Otherwise, I don't think people will notice. What a wasted opportunity! If you want to support Harry Potter-esque content with canon LGBT representation, you can read Rainbow Rowell's Carry On or Erin Claiborne's A Hero at the End of the World. I recommend them both.

A Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner

A Ferry of Bones & Gold is the first book in Hailey Turner's Soulbound series. It's a great m/m urban fantasy novel.

I especially liked that, in addition to mages, werewolves and vampires, the story includes Greek Gods (and mentions a few other Gods).

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was great. I was a big fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and this was different enough not to fall into the reboot fatigue category. I enjoyed most of it except for the mining storyline.

There was a lot of LGBT representation: an m/m couple, a pansexual orgy, talk of polyamory, as well as a non-binary character played by a non-binary actor. It also had a number of Black characters.

Kiernan Shipka did an awesome job as Sabrina and it was nice to see Michelle Gomez (Missy in Doctor Who) in action again.

My only issue was that there was not enough of Salem. *pets kitty* We couldn't even hear what he was saying to Sabrina. Salem had some of the best lines of the original show.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee was a fun read. ^__^ It's a road trip through 18th century Europe and it's full of adventures, including some supernatural shenanigans.

There's major m/m and one of the boys is Black. There's also a kickass female character, who will be the protagonist of the next book.

Tsurune

Here's another new sports anime. Tsurune deals with archery (kyudo). ^__^

It's starting later in the month than the other anime, so I suppose there will be ~10 episodes.

Breaking Legacies by Zoe Reed

Breaking Legacies by Zoe Reed was a great f/f fantasy novel. When Princess Avarona runs away, huntress Kiena is sent to track her and bring her back.

This reminded me of Audrey Coulthurst's Of Fire and Stars, but with more plot developments, especially regarding magic.

Thanks for the rec to sixphanel! It's been a while, but I didn't forget about it.

The Alchemist's Touch by Garrett Robinson

The Alchemist's Touch by Garrett Robinson takes place in a magic school. Think heroic fantasy rather than Harry Potter. It's also less eventful than HP.

One of the major characters is a lesbian. We know she has a lover, but since the book follows Ebon's POV, we never get to see them together.

Doctor Who Season 11

Thankfully Doctor Who airs in France only a few days after Britain.

I love the new Doctor. It's so cool that we're finally getting a female Doctor. ^__^ The companions are great too. SpoilerCollapse )

In any case, I wasn't big on the plot of this episode, so hopefully next week will be more to my taste.

Elite

Elite is the latest Spanish show produced by Netflix and it was amazing! :D It's a murder mystery set in a private high school and it's as addictive as HTGAWM.

There's canon m/m, canon m/f/m (including the m/m side) and mentions of f/f. Since it's Spanish, no LGBT character dies. \o/ There’s also Muslim representation.

If you've watched La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), which I also recommend, you'll see 3 familiar faces.

Iron Breakers by Zaya Feli

Iron Breakers is a great fantasy trilogy by Zaya Feli. When the King and the Crown Prince of Frayne get killed, Prince Ren must flee the capital with the slave wrongly accused of the murders.

I hadn't read m/m fantasy in a while. To be specific, this is low fantasy, as in there is no magic, only an invented realm. The plot is solid and the characters very likable.

Run with the Wind + Bloom into You

Run with the Wind is a new sports anime about – you guessed it – running.

There's a major Black character, which is pretty rare in anime.

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Bloom into You is a sweet f/f anime about two members of the student council.

Temper by Nicky Drayden

Temper by Nicky Drayden was a fascinating read. It takes place in a land (in fictional Africa) where most people have a twin. Together, they share 7 vices: for example, 6 vices for the protagonist and 1 for his twin, which is a rare combination.

Several minor characters are non-binary, with ey/em pronouns. I'm glad to see that more and more SF/F books have genderqueer representation. For this novel, I didn't even know it was the case when I bought it, so that was a nice surprise.

Première Année

I hadn't seen a French movie in years. lol Today I went to see Première Année (First Year), which is about 2 students in their first year of medical school. At the end of it, there's a highly competitive exam (which the government is actually reforming right now).

I had a good time watching it. It wasn't a comedy, but there was some humour, especially nerdy humour, so it was right up my alley.

Limitless

I've watched the Limitless TV show on Netflix. It's the sequel to a movie I've never seen, but it's understandable without knowledge of the film.

The narration is very gimmick-y, which doesn't entirely hide the fact that it's your usual man-with-special-abilities-handled-by-a female-agent procedural. At least, there wasn't any romance between them, which was refreshing.