Squid Game Ramble

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I understand why this show is such a smash hit. Battle Royale stories are not really my fare, yet I enjoyed this series more than anything else I’ve watched in quite a while, and I wanted to unpack why. Here are some key factors I’ll discuss more under the cut:

* Its characters are really well written and acted (minus the Americans, of course).
* The relationships among the characters are not stereotypical and, thus, feel real.
* Its critique of late-stage capitalism is searing and, metaphorically, accurate.
* It’s foreign (to me).
* Its protagonist is about my age, and I relate to that!

(Big spoilers through the end of the season)Read more… )

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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