This woman deserves a round of applause and a throne of gold. This is the most realistic & amazing thing for someone to say for this generation of students. I wasn’t able to go to college this year because my parents can’t afford to send me and I had every scholarship, grant, loan known to man and it still wouldn’t work. Finally someone gets it!
WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR PEOPLE TO REALIZE THIS?!
SO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES EITHER PAY FOR THEIR POPULATIONS’ EDUCATION OR JUST WRITE OFF THE BILL IF DOESN’T GET PAID FOR.
THE WAY THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM WORKS IS BACKWARDS AND MANGLED.
This makes me so sad. What’s worse is the UK seems to want to follow the US model. We used to have free education, then it cost some money but was heavily subsidised. Now we’ve got to a point where it’s verging on unaffordable. This has happened in the space of the last ten years. Do they not get that education is investing in the future?
Why Delicious Needs the Sherlock Fandom
Why the Sherlock Fandom Needs Delicious
(Let me say first that I loved Delicious for many reasons which I’ll detail later in a full meta/review of the film.)
Please go download Delicious right now, and, even if you haven’t seen it, give it a positive (5 star) rating. I’ll explain why that high rating is important in a minute, but please go rate it now and then come back.
Now go watch the movie. (TW: Bulimia. It’s not an easy, light-hearted romp.) When you’re done, go back to iTunes or Amazon and review it with a generous spirit. Pretend you’re leaving comments on a fic writer’s first novel.
In other words I’m asking you to fangirl over this movie, to treat it like it was created by one of your fandom friends. (In essence, it was.) It needs likes and reblogs and comments and in the movie world that means iTunes and Amazon high ratings and thoughtful, constructive reviews.
Delicious is not a Hollywood blockbuster; it’s a micro-budget indie film starring Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper from Sherlock). It’s Tammy Riley-Smith’s first feature-length film. She wrote, directed, and co-produced it. That’s right. A woman made a movie starring a woman. This almost never happens. I’m not exaggerating.
Women comprised 6% of all directors working on the top 250 films of 2013. This represents a decrease of 3 percentage points from 2012 and 1998. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the films had no female directors.
11% of protagonists in the top 250 films are female. Let me repeat. Only a paltry 11 out of 100 protagonists in Hollywood blockbusters are female. So where are you going to see them (us)? Indie films, full stop.
So Delicious needs YOU, the amazing Sherlock fandom, to give it a boost so that a wide audience can even get the chance to see it and make up their own minds about the content. Delicious needs YOU to rate the film highly so people who might need a nudge think— “oh— hey other people think it’s worth my time to see this flick. I’ll buy or rent it.” Delicious needs you to actually pay for it and not ever even THINK of pirating it.
Do you like Molly Hooper, the role Louise Brealey, a staunch feminist and the star of Delicious, plays on Sherlock? Do you like Molly’s spirit? You weren’t supposed to. Molly Hooper was a DEVICE before she met Loo Brealey:
[The character] that surprised both Mark and I…the one that took us by surprise and sort of lept up was Molly Hooper played by Loo Brealey who was really a one shot deal in the pilot just a device to indicate that Sherlock Holmes has no real interest in women and is a pretty cold and deadly sort of character. She was played to utter perfection by Loo Brealey and instantly Mark and I were sitting at the monitors going we’ve got to get her back and she’s REALLY hugely developed as a character. She’s never a massive presence in the episode but because of Loo’s wonderful performance she’s really cut through and she’s a real audience favorite and she’s really the one character that’s ours. The others are all from the canon. Molly’s ours. We didn’t expect to introduce that character. It just worked so that’s not a favorite [character] but the one we didn’t expect to love so much.” -Steven Moffat (x)
No, Moff, Molly’s not yours or Mark’s. She’s Loo’s. Without Loo’s talent and spirit Molly Hooper would have been a mere blip, just like most other women in film and television.
Sherlock fandom, we owe Loo a HUGE thanks. You know what to do.
The prejudice against women directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and as we all know, well-written female characters, in Hollywood and other media-producing areas is very real. I’ve worked there and I’ve experienced it, both for myself and actual big-name women content creators who I’ve worked for. For that reason alone I’m planning on buying and watching this today, as a reward for when I finish some of my actual work. I hope some of you do too!
When Steve Kloves (who wrote the majority of the Potter screenplays) met J.K. Rowling for the first time, he told her straight up that Hermione was his favorite character. Rowling admitted to being relieved, and who could blame her? It was more likely for Hermione to end up disrespected on screen—she wouldn’t be the first female hero to get butchered in the reels.
But this resulted in an undercutting of Ron’s entire character from the first movie. Don’t believe it? When the trio go after the Philosopher’s Stone, they face a series of tests that demand each of their skills in turn. Time likely demanded that this sequence be cut down, and so Hermione’s test—solving Professor Snape’s potion riddle—was removed entirely. To make up for this, she gets them out of the Devil’s Snare, Professor Sprout’s deadly plant. Hermione shouts to Harry and Ron to relax so the foliage will release them—but Ron continues to panic and moan (in campiest fashion possible because he’s played by a child actor and these things are always requested of them), requiring Hermione to blast the thing with a sunlight spell.
In the book, Hermione is the one who panics. She remembers what her lessons taught her—that the Devil’s Snare will recoil at fire—but balks at their lack of matches while they are being strangled to death. Ron immediately shrieks to the rescue YOU ARE A WITCH YOU HAVE A WAND YOU KNOW SPELLS WHAT ARE MATCHES.
It’s a simple change, but it makes such a marked difference in how both characters come off to an audience. Rather than a near-infant, incapable of following the clearest directions, Ron is the even-keeled nitty-gritty one. He’s a tactician, the one who will find the simplest answer to a problem provided that the situation is dire enough to ensure his clear head. Ron is good under pressure and brave to boot. He’s also hilarious.
It is easy to write this off as an actor problem; Emma Watson matured and improved much faster than her costars in terms of talent—and Steve Kloves liked her portrayal so much that he started giving her many of Ron’s important lines. During The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is trying to get to Peter Pettigrew (currently disguised as Scabbers the Rat), but Ron and Hermione are convinced he’s after Harry. In the book, Ron stares up defiantly from his mangled, broken leg and tells Sirius Black that if he wants Harry, he’ll have to get through his friends first.
Yeah, my leg hurts way too much, Hermione. You take this one. But say it’s from me. And in the film, it’s Hermione who boldly steps in the line of fire while Ron sobs in pain and babbles incoherently.
These rewrites not only depict Ron as an idiot coward—they also make him an outright jerk. When Professor Snape snaps at Hermione yet again for being an insufferable know-it-all, movie-Ron gives her a look and drawls, “He’s right, you know.” Wait, what?! Harry, why are you friends with this prick? Well, maybe because the Ron Weasley that J.K. Rowling put on paper was in that exact same situation, and immediately leapt to Hermione’s defense when she was being abused by a teacher—“You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?””