My hope was that I’d never have to address the legitimacy or even the existence of “Angela Cheng.” But I got a call today from a BuzzFeed editor who led me to believe that they were moving ahead with a story about “Cheng” that included me, with or without my participation. I always refrained from…

"It doesn’t seem to matter what’s verifiable. If it’s sexy and you can blame it on a different media outlet if it turns out not to be true, fire up the CMS!"

"The weaker Gaga at the beginning of the film carries a bow, with an arrow through her chest, suggesting that something of her own has been used against her. "

Nice catch that I hadn’t spotted myself, and an interesting piece in general on the state of the nation in Gagaland right now.

Although I do find it amusing that while half of those writing about her are asking if she’s strayed so far from being a popstar that she is destined to be a left field niche artist whilst the other half is still chastising her for being a corporate puppet who didn’t follow through on her promise to subvert pop. You know what they say about trying to please all of the people all of the time though.. you end up with your own arrow through your heart.

Girls on Film



Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and i mean that genuinely, by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has - they have assassinated her character. In the movies she’s been harmed by being made to be less human - because everything good Ron has she’s been given. 

So for instance:

'If you want to kill Harry, you're going to have to kill me too.'
Ron - Leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of harry and says this. Who gets this line in the movie? Hermione.

'Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself'
Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books - that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does hermione say that in the movies? Beginning of movie 2. 

When the devil’s snare is curling itself around everybody Hermione panics and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says ‘are you a witch or not? use fire’. In the movie everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest brightest sunlight spell or whatever..

So you know, Hermione - all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you are making a kick ass, amazing character and what you’re doing is dehumanising her and it pisses me off! it really does. In the books they balance each other out because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct , Ron has that to back it up. Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check.


Sound clip from film plays:

Harry: You are brilliant Hermione, truly

Hermione: Actually, i’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook

Harry: ..Yeah..


Melissa: Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing. Like when she says ‘you have a saving people thing’. That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a 100% right but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic .. she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally, at least harry. So in the books they are this balanced group and in the movie - yeah in the movie? Hermione? Hell, not even harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies.

No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies! God isn’t good enough for hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.

Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books - who gets it in the movies? Hermione who hates to fly. Hermione overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over harry’s big idea. Why does Hermione get all these moments?

John: [sotto] It’s because we need to market the movie to girls..

Melissa: I think girl’s like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books just fine before hollywood made her idealised and perfect and if they would have trusted that it would have been just fine.

John: What percentage of people that watched the Harry Potter movies do you think had read the books first?

Melissa: i don’t know, in the beginning a lot of them.. in the beginning most of them. Now, who knows..

But what’s wrong? Would the movies have been bad if hermione was as awesome as she is in the books and as human as she is in the books? Would the movies get worse?

John: i’m sure there was a conversation that said something like ‘we need to have a strong girl character in there… [cut off] 


John: Like, have you read articles about why they added all these female characters to the Hobbit movie that were never in the hobbit specifically so girls watching would feel like they.. [cut off again]

Melissa: See, but this is the thing that pisses me off  and I’m not saying that you are doing it, (to John) I’m saying that they are doing it - they are equating strong with superhuman. To me, the hermione in the book is 12 times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of hermione in the movies. Give me the hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.

John: I think it’s just it’s easier for that to play well in a book format than it is to watch it on screen..

Melissa: BS! Make it work.

John: [laughs]

Melissa: You’re the people who get millions to write scripts and get paid millions to direct.. figure it out! Earn your money!


John: Well, it helps them sell their merchandise..

Frankie: I mean it didn’t hurt at all that Emma Watson happened to grow up to be a beautiful woman..

Melissa: And here’s the thing! Right, it doesn’t hurt at all… So great! She ended up being beautiful. They didn’t need to also make her perfect.

 ——-> From Pottercast 253 ‘Pottercast Filch’ 

This, all of this.