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Liking Problematic Things

Clockwise from top left: The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight),  Wonder Woman (Clay Enos - 
© 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC), 
Sherlock (Robert Viglasky - © Hartswood Films 2013), Mad Max: Fury Road (Photo by Jasin Boland 
- © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.). 

This week on Geek Girl Riot we’re causing all kinds of problems…no, wait, actually we’re just pointing them out. Our Rioters are talking the movies, shows, books, and comics they love in spite of them being a whole lotta problematic. Because guess what? You can love something while recognizing its issues and demanding improvement. There, we said it. Come @ us.

Ooh, You Did Wrong!
To ease you in, we’re explaining just why it’s so important to call out the problematic things we love. We all like things we probably shouldn’t—or really should for a lot of reasons—but sometimes there’s a problem that needs to be pointed out so it can be fixed. Sherin, Sam, Soma, Day, and Renee dig into the whys and discuss where to draw the line when problematic turns into protest.

We Love You But Don’t Touch that Chainsaw
Heather #1 of the Heathers (1988) film famously said, “F#©k me gently with a chainsaw”…but lately we’ve seen movies and shows that feel like that’s exactly what’s happening. (Yeah we’re looking at you, recently-pulled-Heathers-remake.) Our Rioters dig into the properties they like but could do with a little less chainsaw, a little more home improvement.

It’s a Wall Banger But I Lurve It
Ever had a book that’s made you so mad you threw it at the wall? Yup, been there, dented that (sorry, mom!). To close out we’re turning away from the screen and to our shelves, to pick out those books and comics we loved growing up—and new reads we’re digging today—that made us want to go all 1984.

Tune in to Geek Girl Riot on idobi Radio every Tuesday at 11pm ET / 8pm PT for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of rioters. Til next time, see the list of everything our Rioters talked about below:

Watchlist + Reading List:

Lisa Kleypas
Ghost in the Shell
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Doctor Strange
A Wrinkle in Time
Danny Rand / Iron Fist
M’Baku / Black Panther
American Heart – Laura Moriarty
Huckleberry Finn
Heathers remake
Holiday Inn
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Our Gang
Mad Max: Fury Road
Doctor Who
Bell, Book and Candle
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman 2: Cheetah – Kristen Wiig
The Shape of Water
The Vampire Diaries
Million Dollar Baby
Thelma & Louise
Sleepy Hollow
Star Trek: Discovery
Jessica Jones
This Is Us
Mike & Molly
This is Not What I Expected
Throne of Glass – Sarah Jane Mass
Lord of the Rings
Game of Thrones
Sookie Stackhouse series – Charlaine Harris
Power Girl
Black Canary
Louise Simonson
Karen Berger
Shelley Bond
Captain Marvel
Ms. Marvel
Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women
“Classics” in literature
History of Magic in North America – JK Rowling
Dr. Adrienne Keene
Henry David Thoreau
Andre Norton
George Sand
James Tiptree Jr.
Mary Shelley
– Uzo Aduba
Quvenzhané Wallis
Timothée Chalamet


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