Have you seen Vampire Academy? It's by the director of Mean Girls and the writer of Heathers! An awesome lady friendship is at the heart of the story (and that friendship is actually acknowledged as their most important relationship). The main character is very much in charge of her own sexuality, but her fight scenes aren't sexualized. It's Buffy + Mean Girls + Heathers with a touch of PLL, and my little sister finally started watching BtVS because of it. Vampire Academy! It's pretty great!
You have sold me on it! I will check it out.
At 7:00 EST, hop over to the AfterEllen twitter and live tweet the Oscars along with me. Ellen, JLaw, it’s going to be a grand night.
If you are not familiar with The Last of Us, it’s a wildly popular action/survival game released last year by Naughty Dog Studios, developer of the Uncharted series. Last of Us takes place in the not too distant future (2033 to be exact) where an unstoppable fungus has run rampant, turning its victims insane, violent and ultimately into spore machines. Think mushroomized zombies. In the game you play primarily as Joel, a smuggler who is enlisted to deliver a 14-year-old girl named Ellie into the hands of waiting rebel group, The Fireflies. The whipsmart Ellie knows nothing of life before the plague. On the way to meet with the rebels, they are taken into military custody. Ellie resists and the events that follow set the course for the rest of the game. Ellie is infected, but not showing any symptoms. Could she hold the key to a cure?
Left Behind picks up at a critical point in the Last of Us narrative, and weaves in flashbacks of Ellie’s life before infection. While on a mission to find supplies and save Joel’s life, and triggered by familiar sights and experiences, Ellie’s backstory takes center stage.
In the middle of the night, Ellie, who attends a military run boarding school is awakened by Riley, a classmate and close friend who ran away from the school a few weeks prior. There is immediate tension between the girls, which only intensifies when Riley reveals herself to be a newly christened Firefly rebel. Ellie loses her resolve however, when Riley promises to explain her absence. Ellie follows Riley to an abandoned mall, where a majority of the DLC takes place.
What follows is a beautiful story of two teenagers, getting a rare chance to actually be teenagers. They scare each other, tell jokes, break shit, and share their deepest feelings. If it weren’t for the dystopian nightmare that surrounds them every day of their lives, it would be like any Saturday between friends. But are they more than friends? We find that out in Left Behind.
Last night, a spectacular thing happened. Ellen Page spoke her truth, with trembling voice and hands, and received a standing ovation. Inspired by the people in the audience, and the recent coming out of college football player Michael Sam, Ellen drew her line in the sand and stepped out into the warm light of acceptance.
I know some have been saying she’s been in the glass closet for quite some time. But Instead of saying, “about time” or “tell me something I didn’t know” how about we start with, “Welcome.”
We all get to choose when we come out to the world. Lets not take anything away from Ellen’s moment. Lets bask in knowing that she just changed the game for young Hollywood. And the rest of us.