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Poll #1994371 Asakiyume's favorite character
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So, in keeping with my tradition of seeing things about half a year after the rest of the world, I've now seen Guardians of the Galaxy. It was fun! Would you like to guess my favorite character? I bet you think you can and I bet you're wrong! Vote today; I'll give the answer tomorrow

Peter Quill, Star-Lord
0(0.0%)
Gamora, the unfortunately/amusingly named assassin
1(4.3%)
Drax, the literal minded
5(21.7%)
Groot, who moves from first person singular to first person plural
9(39.1%)
Rocket, whose nickname is probably Rocky, hence the Beatles song
6(26.1%)
Ronan, who is not a ronin
0(0.0%)
Yondu, who has the best weapon
0(0.0%)
Nebula, who's like the Terminator, Model 2
1(4.3%)
Someone else
1(4.3%)


In the movie, Gamora was at pains to point out that Thanos isn't her real father (you're not my REAL dad). I was thinking about that as a story choice. It removes complications, and it strikes me as being similar to having "true blood," only in reverse. Character-we-like has no connections with character-we-don't-like.

For this movie, which is just a fun movie, it would be maybe kind of out of place to have the added complication and drama of making him be her real father, but I think in general getting people off the hook by having no direct connection is a weaker story choice.

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amaebi
Jan. 3rd, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
If you hadn't said that you bet we thought we could guess your fave but would be wrong, I would have opted instantly for Groot.

Grootless, I hesitated between Rocket and Drax.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
You are very wise :-)

I did love Groot a whole lot. But I loved Drax even more.
amaebi
Jan. 5th, 2015 12:44 am (UTC)
I saw the movie only faintly before you. Drax was who had me laughing and laughing. :)
amaebi
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
Also, Ho ho! I guessed right!
yamamanama
Jan. 3rd, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
I guessed the raccoon. Raccoons are awesome.

Is that considered "projection?"
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
LOL, yeah, I think that might be projection. Was Rocket your favorite?
yamamanama
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
You can rent it on Redbox! (And then Amazon will try to sell it to you.)
khiemtran
Jan. 3rd, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
It was Drax for me. I wonder if this movie is like some sort of Rorschach test...
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm sure you can get some amateur psychologizing on the topic. High fives, fellow Drax favorer!
yamamanama
Jan. 4th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
Speaking of being late to the party, I just watched the Lego movie.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen that one, but I hear it's excellent.
amaebi
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:11 am (UTC)
It is excellent!
sovay
Jan. 4th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
For this movie, which is just a fun movie, it would be maybe kind of out of place to have the added complication and drama of making him be her real father, but I think in general getting people off the hook by having no direct connection is a weaker story choice.

I wanted more all round of the relationship between Gamora and Nebula and both of them with Thanos. I didn't object to the adoption angle so much when it seemed clear that he'd been collecting a host of children from various sources, raising them as assassins, operatives, extensions of himself; it doesn't matter if they are not genetically tied, because emotionally they are incredibly entangled with him. This is partly why I am the wrong audience for this kind of movie, although on the whole I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy tremendously. Like, I would have watched that entire movie. I don't know when I am ever going to find a movie—rather than a short story or a novel—about emotional complications arising from the worldbuilding of space opera.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
I suppose with Thanos they were trying to suggest something like child soldiers, and by making the two be female, there's the overtones of possible sexual abuse. With actual child soldiers, children are just ripped away from intact families (and often made to kill their parents), but what if this guy were actually picking up genuine orphans? (I forget: were they genuine orphans, or had Thanos killed their parents?) What if, yes, he was a megalomanic and an abuser, but one who cloaked that in some belief that he was actually helping the victims of his attention? The thing is, we don't know anything at all about Thanos. He's just a shadowy uber-boss behind Mr. Hello-I-Am-A-Religious-Extremist-Come-To-Destroy-Your-Way-Of-Life Ronan.

And yeah, the fact that Nebula says, "Of all our siblings, I hated you least" is provocative and interesting.

don't know when I am ever going to find a movie—rather than a short story or a novel—about emotional complications arising from the worldbuilding of space opera.

I don't know, but it would be great to see. Maybe ann_leckie can be persuaded to write screenplays.
heliopausa
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't seen it yet, so you're ahead of me! :) But I don't see why near-total ignorance of all the nuance should stop me taking a guess ( :D ) I guess Drax, because literal-minded sounds very beguiling.
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asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
--and everyone loves Inigo Montoya!
Every time Drax got a line, she'd look at me and laugh...

So ... she thought you were like him? Hey, that's a compliment in my book! He's like a musclebound version of Inigo Montoya.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
And you guessed right! It's a fun movie--maybe it'll be available on a flight at some point, and you'll catch it then.
p_m_cryan
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:23 am (UTC)
I only saw it last month, so you're not terribly far behind.

I look forward to your answer tomorrow.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
Answer revealed! It was Drax. Who was your favorite?
p_m_cryan
Jan. 4th, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
I am a Groot fan, but Drax is a very close second.
asakiyume
Jan. 4th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
Groot is *wonderful*. I'm like your mirror--Groot is a very close second for me.
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