Profiterole (_profiterole_) wrote,
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The Wilds + The Papercutter by Cindy Rizzo

The Wilds was pretty good. A group of girls end up stranded on an island.

This is an Amazon Prime Video show that I had been wanting to watch for months, but Netflix kept me busy. It's what I expected but didn't really get from Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Every episode focuses on a girl, except Leah who gets two, even though she's the least interesting character...

There are many WOC, including an Ojibwe girl. It's so rare to see Native American representation. There's also great f/f, as well as a girl with acute social anxiety.

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The Papercutter by Cindy Rizzo was brilliant. The United States have split into two nations: the United Progressive Regions (UPR) and the God Fearing States (GFS). Dani lives in the UPR, Judith and Jeffrey live in the GFS. They get to know each other through a Jewish pen pal programme. Antisemitism is quickly rising in the GFS and Judith implements a secret code in her traditional papercuts so that her community can get help from Dani's.

This is a very interesting worldbuilding, which is sadly not that far-fetched. It has cli-fi aspects: people share autonomous vehicles in the UPR, whereas the GFS government denies climate change (even though Florida is underwater) and people still use personal cars. It also has a little fantasy: Judith can see souls and Dvorah can vaguely see the future.

There's f/f and wlw-mlm solidarity, as well as an nb/trans f minor couple. <3
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