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What's Stitch Into This Week - Issue #7

What's Stitch Into This Week
What's Stitch Into This Week - Issue #7
By stitch • Issue #7 • View online
In this installment of my Media Consumption newsletter, I talk about returning to Middle Earth, a stepmother who deserves better, the scariest Jordan Peele movie thus far, and one very Sexy Nukim.

What I'm Reading: The Fantasie of a Stepmother
Here’s the summary from Tapas:
They called her the Iron Widow. When her husband died, he left her to manage not only his vast holdings but also his four children. Young and inexperienced, Shuri nonetheless tried her best to raise them, despite their bitter attitude towards her. She is finally free to live her own life as her eldest son marries… only to find herself mysteriously reset to seven years ago—the night of her husband’s funeral. Can Shuri find happiness with this second chance at a new destiny?
I love a good reincarnation/second-chance romance webtoon and when one of my Twitter followers recommended The Fantasie of a Stepmother to me last week… I just knew I had to dive into it. In this webtoon, a young woman named Shuri (in the localization) enters into a contract marriage with an older man seeking to give her freedom and have his family protected in his absence as he’s dying from illness. The thing is, that she’s a nervous girl who doesn’t handle the hatred from her new stepchildren or the merciless sharklike nature of the nobles around her and so, in her first life, she’s only successful on the surface. Because of miscommunications and manipulations, Shuri’s step-children appear to hate her deeply and, as a result she leaves them and is murdered on behalf of a nefarious figure.
When she awakens several years back in her past, she decides that she’s going to do things differently, focusing on herself and trying to figure out where to go from the start to fix their relationships. It’s just so incredible to read Shuri recognize the issues in how she handled events in the past and try to fix them now. The art is beautiful, by the way. Just, incredible. And I really love the way that the story unfolds, including a part that looks at life after Shuri’s death and how the world changes for the worst as a result.
The Fantasie of a Stepmother is an incredible, very moving story about a mother’s love and how it’s going to change the world. It’s easily in my top ten of webtoon reads of 2022 because I love the characters and the setting.
You can start reading The Fantasie of a Stepmother over on Tapas today!
What I'm Watching: NOPE
NOPE | Final Trailer
NOPE | Final Trailer
Jordan Peele sure does have a knack for making films I only ever intend to watch once and Nope, his latest horror film, is no exception.
The film stars Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther) and Keke Palmer (uh… everything) as OJ and Emerald Haywood, the children of a famous Hollywood stunt horse ranger (played by Keith David). Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) plays Ricky “Jupe” Park, a former child star with deep trauma that leads him to make some bad decisions. Brandon Perea (The OA) stole the show as Angel Torres, a tech dude at a local big brand store… Y'all I was manifesting harm for his character so hard on accident. We would have a jump scare or someone would start screaming and I’d go “oh shit there goes Angel”… and then it never was.
Nope is a complicated and dark film. It’s so hard to explain without spoiling the film, but I will say… Jordan Peele and his team do such a good job of making incredible horror that is also super Black. There are so many moments across Nope with the Haywood siblings that make me go “ah, this is Black horror”. I’ve never seen an alien horror film - or an alien - like this before.
One thing that I think no one is consistently remembers to warn for here… this movie is incredibly brutal and has gore and blood above what I was expecting? Twitter, at the time of release, made it sound like it was heavy on the jump scares… but there’s also literally a rain of blood at one point and there are scenes of (necessary but hard to swallow) violence. Like I screamed my way through this movie and I do not regret it.
You can watch Nope wherever you watch movies!
What I'm Listening To: Sexy Nukim
Balming Tiger - 섹시느낌 SEXY NUKIM (feat. RM of BTS) Official M/V
Balming Tiger - 섹시느낌 SEXY NUKIM (feat. RM of BTS) Official M/V
I’m obsessed with this song. “Sexy Nukim” is my second engagement with a Balming Tiger artist (after BTS’ J-hope posted about the leesuho album Monika earlier this year), but it’s my favorite thus far. It’s not just because I am feral for BTS’ RM - who features on the track and in the music video - but because it’s simply… a fun, sexy, and very trendy song.
In an interview with DIY Mag, the group explains that the song is:
It’s literally a “Sexy Nukim (“Feeling” in Korean)”. Two very simple-looking words met and a strange title was born. This word also touches the artistic ideal that we think. We think that every new creation appears when you twist something familiar. I think our art is also the aesthetics of twisting, just as the two words we thought were familiar meet and give a strange feeling. The song makes the concept of “sexy” appear as it appears or has a different meaning. It could be external sexiness, it could be internal confidence, the lyrics say what “sexiness” is.
I’ve listened to “sexy” Korean hip hop before from dudes and like its English language cousin, the range is massive and often focuses on what you have and what you can do? It’s not usually an internal concept of “I am sexy because I am ____” or just a performance of self confidence that is sexy because it’s just solid? Like… this track… it’s so good because it’s that confident and I love it a bunch.
Absolutely adding it to my playlist!
What I'm Watching: The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Official Trailer | Prime Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Official Trailer | Prime Video
I like The Rings of Power.
At least, I like the two episodes I’ve seen so far? I don’t know that I’ll sit down and write an in-depth review of the series, but I will say that it’s very familiar and a welcome return. Every adaptation is different even if they’re all chasing Peter Jackson’s visuals, and I think I like the approach to adapting the world… but not necessarily Tolkien’s stories?
I’ve gotten to interview some of the cast already - more on that slowly but here’s my first Q&A - and I think that they’re doing their best and their best is… actually really freaking good.
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By stitch

I spend a lot of time watching shows, listening to music, and reading as I work. Every week, come take a journey with me through the media that holds my attention when writing... might not.

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