Book Four

4/24 Book Reflection
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is not the first time I’ve read Ready Player One, but this time I read it though a new lens. I was looking for problematic thoughts and I was watching for how women are treated in the book. It was rough. This book has some issues. Besides the problematic line about trans people most of us have seen, it seems pretty anti-the ladies in general. There are two main female characters and one of them spends the entire book pretending to be male to the point where even after Wade learns that she is a woman, he still calls her “he/him”. This is problematic because it heavily falls on that trope of lolgirlsdontplaygameslol. The character Ahch (or however the crap it’s spelled), isn’t allowed to be both female and a well-rounded character. She has to be male, she has to be butch for her character to make sense and that is shitty. The other female character is female throughout the book, but she is flat at best. Though she is bright and figures out the puzzles faster than the “boys” she just can’t beat the games. UGH. Girls and games? Amiright? Really, I’m glad I read the book again. The first time I read it, I liked it. I glossed over all the problematic points because it’s a popcorn book. But, we need to look at problems in our popcorn books because they are the ones EVERYBODY reads. I also read along using the podcast 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back. It’s done by the rifftrax fellas, and they do a really good job of pointing out all the awful in a fun way. They also did Armada, so I’m going to read that once I get caught up in my other reading.

I’m coming up on the end of my second semester of grad school! I think I might be able to get that 4.0 again too! I just have to super follow my homework schedule for the next two weeks because there is A LOT of work to get done. I have 3 projects to complete on top of the usual homework, but luckily May Week is almost here and just at the right time for me to get everything done.

I feel like I’m genuinely succeeding in Japan. I love my job and I feel appreciated at work. This is weird and AWESOME. I don’t dread work, I look forward to it (after I’ve had my coffee). The teachers cheer me on, we’re a team and I can feel it. The kids are rad too! Even though many of them are shy in actual class, they will talk to me in the hallway and they try so hard. I know it’s going to be a great year for my JHS. Tuesday I start at my elementary school. I hope that things go well there and hopefully I’ll have an update on that soon.

I love my little town too. I mean it would be nice if there was a movie theater nearby, but I’ll live. I have access to everything I need anyway and my town has AMAZING takoyaki, which is like my favorite Japanese food. I have been eating a lot of instant noodles, but that’s mostly out of convenience because I’m super busy. There is a really great curry place that I’ve been to once a week since I got here and I love it and the owners are super sweet and don’t mind that I have to point at things to order. Really, everyone is very kind and understanding and no one gets upset with me for not being able to understand Japanese and it’s just really nice. I’ve also been able to get a lot of dental work done since I’ve been here. My teeth are looking and feeling better and I’m more confident because I don’t feel ashamed of my smile. I’m going to be able to get all my dental work done while I’m here and it’s super cheap because insurance here is friggin amazing. And today, I’m going to an adventure forest thing! I don’t know quite what it entails, but I’m super excited to go on a hike and have pizza afterwards! So, yeah, I’m loving it in Japan. The only thing that sucks is that I miss my Monster like all the time. It’s okay though, I miss him because I love him and that’s good.

My Library:
Currently Reading: Rice Mother by Rani Manicka; We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Currently Playing: Kirby Star Allies for Switch; Stella Glow for 3DS
Coming Up!
Reading List: Fire and Fury, Artemis, Tokyo Ghoul, Armada, A Wrinkle in Time
Playing List: Wonderboy, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Skyrim, LoZ A Link Between Worlds, Culdcept Revolt

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