Deconstruction Round-Up, November 23, 2012

For our first Deconstruction Round-Up, we’re going to do it a little differently from future posts: For each deconstruction, we’ll have links to the site/blog/whathaveyou that hosts the deconstruction, the first post in the deconstruction, and the most recent post. Posts are in alphabetical order by creator name (in the rare case of a creator with a first and last name, we used first name).

As always, if you know of any deconstructions (ongoing or complete) please let us know in the comments.

Except in cases where deconstructors offered their own sites (which we assumed was an opt-in), all deconstructors were given an opportunity to opt out. We were unable to contact the following deconstructions, and thus did not include them in the links, since we couldn’t give them a chance to opt out:

Amerie (50 Shades of Gray)
Apocalypse Review (Edge of Apocalypse)
Clevernamepending (50 Shades of Gray)
Heathen Critique (multiple)
Justice_Turtle (Readallthenewberys)
Nathaniel (Caves of Steel)
Ross (Captain Power)

If you have contact information for anyone on that list (or are on that list) please contact us at slacktiverseauthors (at) gmail (dot) com.

On to the deconstructions!

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Chris the Cynic: Stealing Commas

Multiple Deconstructions:

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

The Left Behind Series: First Post

Latest Post: NRA: Life during wartime

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: First Post

Latest Post: I’m the monster. (Dragonshy)

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Left Behind: The Kids: First Post

Latest Post: I’m Back

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Eragon: First Post

Latest Post: Eragon: Chapters 28 & 29

PersonalFailure: Forever in Hell

Elsie Dinsmore: First Post

Latest Post: Elsie Dinsmore Deconstruction: The Readers Have Spoken!

Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue

Doctor Who: First Post

Latest Post: Time Can Be Rewritten 33 (Happy Endings)

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

This Present Darkness: First Post

Latest Post: TPD pp 250-252: On intentions

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add.

–Froborr

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13 thoughts on “Deconstruction Round-Up, November 23, 2012

  1. ZMiles November 24, 2012 at 1:52 am

    InsertAuthorHere is doing MLP episode recaps; now that season 3 is started, he’s updating it again. His posts are indexed on his homepage on fimfiction: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/InsertAuthorHere, in the box labeled ‘Assortment of Blog Posts.’

  2. Firedrake November 24, 2012 at 5:14 am

    A thing that leaped out at me in response to Fred’s “NRA: The Old Nature” post from a few weeks ago:

    Fred says “These books were not written as a plea to the unsaved to get saved before it’s too late. They are written for the already saved readers as a reminder that they are better than those unsaved people.” I don’t entirely agree, and the reason is LaHaye’s own stated theology – his own personal heresy, in fact, because as far as I can find out there’s nobody who actually agrees with him on this specific detail. That is the possibility of post-Rapture salvation, even as a second-class citizen of Heaven.

    Everyone else who supports the Rapture at all says “you have to be ready, because it’s your one chance”. All the good guys get scooped up right at that instant, and everyone left behind is doomed to pain and torment followed by eternal damnation. In anyone else’s Rapture book, there would be no Tribulation Force, because there would be no Real, True Christians to become its members.

    Now, while one could write quite an interesting story about non-Christians, or even works-over-faith types, who try to make things better for people after the Rapture… the core problem remains that, in non-LaHayeian versions of this scenario, they are all still doomed. Doesn’t matter what they do, doesn’t even matter if they say the magic words, they’re damned forever.

    But LaHaye has chosen a different theology (or it’s chosen him; I have no idea about the sincerity with which he holds his stated positions). In his world you don’t have to get saved before it’s too late (though it’s a good thing if you do) – there’s still one last chance to avoid damnation! That’s a big step away from “we, the saved, are better than those scumbags”, and that’s why I think that the LaHayeian approach specifically is less gloating than Hal Lindsay and his ilk; there’s a chance for everyone, even those who are blatantly anti-RTC until the reality of the world is shoved in their faces.

    Just take the story at face value for a moment. In terms of action, adventure, and fun stuff to do, the pre-Rapture RTCs miss out on all the excitement!

    Oh, and a competent police officer doesn’t shove her gun where a suspect can reach it and take it away from her. Guns are ranged weapons, and police training covers that.

    Re Stealing from the Starving: what is the distinction between a cool guy and a big jerk? I’ve certainly seen action films in which the hero comes over as a jerk because he crushes the little guys just as much as the villain would. (That fruit cart… that’s someone’s livelihood. Maybe you can’t avoid hitting it, but you don’t laugh about it.)

  3. anamardoll November 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good round-up, Froborr! Those links must have taken time to hunt down; thank you!

  4. Brin November 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

    If you have contact information for anyone on that list

    How are we defining “contact information”? I’m guessing not something publicly visible, else you’d have just posted comments on their blogs. Amarie and Justice Turtle are both using blogging platforms with private messaging. Does that count? (You’d have to message justice-turtle, not readallthenewberys.)

    Some of Ana’s indexes are out of date.

    Ana’s most recent Hunger Games post is Chapter 2, Feast and Famine.

    Since the fiercely rambling update, A Picture of Abuse has been posted and she has added a collection of her Twitter live-blogging, Freebird, Helpless, Gingerbread Redux, and Whut.

    Unconditional Love is not listed last because it’s chronologically last, but because it’s not about a specific section of Twilight and so is filed at the end under “Other”.

    Since the last chronological post listed on the index (Sustaining Stereotypes), she has posted The Open Thread Fix, Erasure of Self, Being, and Removal of Agency.

    (I think I got all that right. It’s a lot of links to potentially mess up.)

  5. Brin November 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Okay spamtrap, fair enough. I admit that if I saw that many links I would be suspicious of me.

  6. froborr November 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Sorry about the spamtrapping/wait for moderation, ZMiles and Brin.

    @ZMiles: Shoot, I forgot to contact hir! I meant to via FiMFic PM after I sent the opt-out e-mail, and totally didn’t.

    @Brin: A PM would work; if I provide you the e-mail text, can you handle PMing them? Then we can add them to the next round-up. As for all the links to Ana, I’ll update them in the OP.

    @Firedrake: That may be LaHaye’s stated theology, but the books still habitually dehumanize anyone who isn’t an RTC, and it’s hard to convince people to join you if you openly show your contempt for them.

    That distinction between “cool action hero” and “big jerk” make me think of two things: First, Sam Vimes, and most particularly the scene in which he kills a werewolf with his bare hands in self-defense, consciously considers tossing off a witty one-liner, and then doesn’t, because “that would make it murder.” Second, one of my professors at college telling us that heroes are people who destroy everything in their path, so you point them at the enemy and then start praying they get tragically killed on their way home.

  7. Brin November 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    if I provide you the e-mail text, can you handle PMing them?

    Sure.

  8. Firedrake November 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    @froborr: I think I’d argue that the LaHayeian strain is trying to offer a hand – admittedly a contemptuous hand – to the sinner, to say “you weren’t good enough at first, but if you wait for proof you still have one option better than eternal conscious torture”. Unfortunately it gets mixed up with the authors’ dismissal of anyone who isn’t an RTC, but it’s still a huge step away from “join us without any evidence, or go to hell” like Hal Lindsay.

  9. froborr November 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    See, I think you’re forgetting that Lindsay and his ilk think they are presenting evidence, and compelling evidence at that. They are presenting the best cases they have available in the hopes that their “unsaved” readers will believe and be saved, while LaJenkins just want to gloat.

  10. Firedrake November 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I can’t argue that your position is incorrect. I just think that the gloating-only books (a) don’t need a belief in post-Rapture salvation and (b) could be written from the point of view of RTCs in heaven observing the post-Rapture events – indeed, they’d be much better that way, since they wouldn’t be tied to the viewpoints of specific people.

  11. anamardoll November 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    No one would buy those, though, or at least not as many. One of the appealing aspects of the books is the ADVENTURE! which is something that a lot of people in the evangelical community crave. When your whole life is waiting for Jesus to come back, it gets very boring. (Which isn’t to say that my life as a Wiccan is so much more action-packed. But the existential angst is, well, different.)

    It also is much more satisfying for Rayford and Buck to be PERSECUTED! Christians rather than right from afar, in heaven. In heaven, Rayford and Buck are nobody special. But on earth, they are Right and surrounded by people who are Wrong. That’s much more valuable, from an insertion character angle.

    For the record, I grew up believing that post-Rapture people would still be able to convert. LaHaye didn’t come up with that idea, and I think it was popular in the evangelical community long before Left Behind. Most evangelical people are inherently nice (just like most people in general), and they still want their Left Behind friends and relatives to have one last chance.

  12. Firedrake November 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks, Ana – I haven’t encountered post-Rapture conversion outside L&J-land, and I’d be fascinated to know where it got started.

  13. chris the cynic November 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    My understanding is that the whole thing comes from two different strains of thought. One is that the fire and brimstone and dogs and cats living together isn’t something God would inflict on the church, thus: Rapture.

    The other is that the fire and brimstone and dogs and cats living together thing isn’t something God would inflict with no reason. Thus it serves a massive wake up call.

    The two go together to create a theology that says:
    1 Join us now because if you don’t you’ll have to live in this craptastic time to be alive.
    2 If you should find yourself in this craptastic time to be alive, it’s not too late: convert.
    3 But seriously, don’t wait for proof, because what if you’re hit by a bus?

    Missing the tribulation becomes the reward for believing without proof.

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