Shelob is a Sexy Lady Because Some Game Developers Just Like to Watch the World Burn


It’s 2017. Donald Trump is president. The Emoji Movie is a thing that exists. And Shelob, the giant spider from Lord of the Rings, is a sexy lady because some game developers just like to watch the world burn. From Middle-Earth: Shadow of War:

I mean, okay, it doesn’t actually look that bad. I guess I could look on the bright side here and say that Monolith is just trying to add some female representation? Shelob looks like a fairly cliché femme fatale villain, but cliché storylines were pretty standard in Shadow of Mordor (see: Talion, the grizzled anti-hero dude with the fridged family) and that was still an enjoyable enough game.

But that’s the rational part of my brain talking. A nagging, irrational part of my brain believes that this is how the world ends. This is it. The apocalypse is nigh. Monolith must take responsibility for the terror that they have unleashed upon humanity. Continue reading “Shelob is a Sexy Lady Because Some Game Developers Just Like to Watch the World Burn”

Bizarre Fan Theories Examined: Gollum Murdered Frodo’s Parents

Bizarre Fan Theories Examined is a segment that takes some of the most unusual fan theories from across the internet and analyzes them based on the evidence.

This post may contain spoilers for The Lord of the Rings books and movies.


I first ran across this theory a few years ago on a Lord of the Rings fan forum. It’s one of those theories that sounds completely crazy, but that has a surprising amount of circumstantial evidence to back it up. I mean, obviously the books don’t directly support it or it wouldn’t be a “bizarre fan theory.” And we’re unlikely to get any sort of Word of God statement on this one because as far as I can tell, Tolkien never addressed it and he’s been deceased for decades. Most people seem to dismiss this theory out of hand, but I like to chew it over from time to time … partly because I think it would be an interesting detail thematically. Continue reading “Bizarre Fan Theories Examined: Gollum Murdered Frodo’s Parents”

Trailer Reaction: Bright

The trailer for Netflix’s Bright starring Will Smith  and Joel Edgerton was one of the many trailers that we’ve been given during San Diego Comic Con!

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Why The “Bad Slytherin” is One of the Most Important Ideas In the Harry Potter Books

Fandom, we need to talk about Slytherin.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that the issue of Slytherin and indeed any issue pertaining the Harry Potter sorting system has been talked to death. Fandom, you have given us everything from wonderfully detailed sorting systems to ruminations on the nature of choice to hardcore Slytherin apologia. And that’s cool! One of best aspects of fandom is its ability to make us see the original creation in ways that we previously couldn’t have imagined. Continue reading “Why The “Bad Slytherin” is One of the Most Important Ideas In the Harry Potter Books”