Well, this one's easy! I've already written a little bit about how much I adore Alice and Luther as a couple, and how odd it is to find myself loving Alice, considering she would normally be a character I hate: she's a sociopath, a malignant narcissist, an animal killer, and cruel and cold as ice. And yet I love her. I didn't right away -- it took a few episodes for me to get over those hurdles.
But what happened was...I recognized Alice as a fellow fangirl. I know how odd that sounds, but consider what happens. She's brought in to discuss the murder of her parents, because she is the one who found them both dead, and John Luther starts realizing, slowly, that her story doesn't really hold, and that she's brilliant and flawed. So he tests her out, and she fails his test, and he knows she's the one who killed her parents. So his questions take a different tack, and in one look, we see Alice go from detached disdain and feigned innocence to utterly intrigued. In short order, she becomes obsessive about him, stalking him, tormenting his ex-wife, trying to find out everything she can about him, and when he engages back by trying to prove her guilt, she becomes even more intrigued and the balance of the relationship changes from pursuer/pursued (which flips back and forth a couple times) to fangirl and object of affection.
The way Alice reacts to Luther when she realizes he knows is exactly like how most of us react when we suddenly connect to a new interest -- I recognized that look when her eyes sparked, because I've seen it when I've shown a friend some new TV show or movie, or when people have discovered some fanfiction that changes their mind about something. We know that spark. Alice just gets a chance to interact with the object of her fannish affections (well, affections might be a nicer word than what Alice is capable of, but you know what I mean), and even to draw him in and he becomes intrigued with and attracted to her.
Of course, who wouldn't fall for someone with Idris Elba's face and John Luther's superb sleuthing skills? Alice would have been crazy not to obsess over him. She's not used to dealing with someone who's her equal in the brains and plotting department. But what I love about it isn't that she's obsessive about him, it's that she does it with such relish and at times she practically squees over him. She delights in teasing him with her bad deeds (terrorizing his ex-wife, breaking in to his ex and her new boyfriend's house, killing someone for him), like any giggly fangirl would over some kind of fannish activity. When he threatens to cut off contact with her, she bellows "NO!" at him, not unlike a fangirl who's had her show taken away from her. It's hilarious (well, for values of hilarity that include, you know, murder and other sociopathic behavior).
But in the end, she's the only one who can help him when he needs it most, because she understands him in a way no one else can, she gets his mind and how it works. Imagine getting to be the person your fannish obsession turns to in moments of crisis. Wouldn't that be awesome? Alice is living the dream, baby. And she's just so amazingly terrifying and wonderful at the same time, so in his own way, Luther becomes a bit of a fan of Alice. Especially once he realizes he can't prove that she did it, that he has to let her go and she will get away with murder -- he's disgusted, but he's also awed.
She's sassy, and funny, and droll, and really fucking scary, and there's really not any female character like her on TV, pretty much ever. They did not stint on the horrid aspects of her character, yet she transcends those things to become John's own object of twisted affection, and they're each other's biggest fans.
Lucrecia Borgia & the Seventh Doctor: which is an idea I couldn't get out of my head since this bit of silliness. Seriously, though. She's clever, enterprising, witty, charming and despite pop culture reputation actually not into killing people, though undoubtedly capable of doing so if she deems it necessary. He's the most Machiavellian of Doctors behind a deceptively harmless facade, very good at outhinking the opposition, also into mind games and co-dependent relationships with young women. They're made for each other.
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff & the Sixth Doctor: Annette oder die Droste as German professors also refer to her was one of our most important nineteenth century poets and had a horribly constricted life coupled with a longing to escape and travel, which is why a few years with the Doctor would be ideal. Seriously, when you read a biography or just some poems of the woman and consider how she's been treated by a lot of people in her life you just want her to run away. Also I want to read the poems space travel would inspire in her. Why Six? Because of his audio canon, which proves that travelling with an argumentative intelligent middle-aged woman with health problems but very firm convictions is good for him, and he for her.
James Hemings & the Second Doctor. True, Two already has a Jamie around, Jamie McCrimmon, but they could handle the name confusion, and the two are even contemporaries, which could be helpful for some initial adjustment. James Hemings was hot-tempered, brave, intelligent, loved travelling (once he was free to do so; there is a reference in Jefferson's letters to James maybe visiting the moon next), and getting away from his era (and his entire family's situation with Jefferson) might have saved his life. (Then again, if he travelled with Two, the Time Lords would do to him what they did to Jamie and Zoe, so maybe not.) (But still: James Hemings for Companion! And he'd be just the Second Doctor's type.)
Well, Yahtzee has already convinced me that Scarlett O'Hara should have an adventure with the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones, and Rheanna that the Third Doctor and Sydney Bristow are made for each other. Some additional suggestions:
Chiana from Farscape & the First Doctor: Because a Doctor who is bound to treat her as a replacement granddaughter is better for Chiana than one she'd try to have sex with, which is all the others. (Depending on wen she'd join One, she would, of course, have a fling with Steven, a threesome with Barbara and Ian and at least flirt with Ben and Polly.) She could handle One in grumpy mode and have him eat out of the palm of her hands in no time, while he would draw the line at changing history for her, which sooner or later she'd try (at least to ensure certain spoilery tragedies in her life don't occur).
Jesse Pinkman fromBreaking Bad the Third Doctor(after Three regains his ability to travel through time and space, of course): Jesse is prone to be mentored by older men with a huge ego and a chip on their shoulder who can get into lecturing mode quite easily. Sadly, the three guys who do that in his own fictional universe are all criminals, so who knows what would happen if someone into world saving takes his turn? Moreover, you just know that Jesse would want to learn Venusian Karate and while making a crack about Three's opera cloak secretly it's cool and ever so super-hero-ish. As for the Third Doctor: he's probably react to Jesse not dissimarly to how he responds to Jo Grant at first (not least because Jesse is bound to make his entrance ruining a lab experiment as well) , and as with Jo, the combination of bravery, loyalty and innate charm would make up with the clumsiness and surface ditziness soon, winning him over. What the Brig would make of the Doctor adopting a former drug dealer, though, is anyone's guess...
....and then there are Sarah Jane's kids from The Sarah Jane Adventures, all of whom would make great Companions, but I'm rooting most for Clyde and Rani going on a few adventures with either the Tenth or Eleventh Doctor. They've met both, he likes them a lot in both regenerations, and he knows Sarah Jane would kill him if he doesn't bring them home for supper so the TARDIS would actually be punctual for once when it comes to returning them. And Clyde and Rani have such a great rapport that it would be a shame to split them up.
LOL, I have to say, I fantasize about traveling alone! But to the extent to which I think about a good travel companion, it's about someone who knows how to be quiet and easy. (I travel really well with Astolat! But she is – thankfully – not fictional!) Most of my fictional BSOs are difficult people, and talkers—so much as I love them, I totally wouldn't want to travel with Blair or Rodney or Sherlock. Fraser isn't enough of a princess – I want the upgrade, not to be sleeping on a rucksack in the airport. Ray K also talks too much.
But John Sheppard might be ok to travel with – he also likes being alone, and if he brings his book, we're golden! So I think I vote for John, as long as he continues to be the strong silent type. :D
Gen; teamfic; post-movie; G; 6623 words
Summary: After The Battle of New York, the whole world has seen what the Avengers can do. They've seen it in person, and on their TVs and in a thousand grainy clips taken on shaking cell phones. And now, the Avengers can see it too.
(note: My virus scanner gives me a warning for the hit counter used at the link below; I suspect it might be a false positive but I couldn't find any confirmation either way so I'm mentioning it just in case. But I do like this ficlet...)
Five Secrets the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Are Keeping, and One They're Not by vikingprincess
Gen; ensemble; character studies; 429 words; spoilers through ep.1-9
And finally... ta-daaa: CRAZY NAKED GUY STREAKS AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR COURSE
Yeah. Exactly what it says on the tin.
The guy isn't even doing half bad.
Media Used: digital
Fandom(s): Teen Wolf
Summary: After a late night of supernatural research, Lydia draws a protection sigil on Allison.
Notes: I have all kinds of thoughts on what's going on here, but I hope it speaks for itself!
Now, I am a pedantic German who knows her Lessing who knew his Aristotle. Tragedy, as defined by the master of Greek meta: a tale wherein the main character is brought down by a combination of external circumstance and his/her own flaws. Which isn't how the word is mostly used today by the media - wherein "tragedy" usually means "calamity which befalls innocent people" - or in in pop culture understanding, where the hero of a tragedy is usually supposed to be character not only sympathetic but upstanding, with the flawed variety referred to as antiheroes. (Which would have been confusing to the Greeks, because their heroes, well, if they don't get mad and slaughter their families, or kill family members without any madness involved and instead good old fashioned revenge, they let their wives die for them, or cheat their comrades in arms out of armour and life, or, well, you get the picture. Mind you, I'm always a bit bewildered that Aristotle picked Sophocles' Oedipus, out of all Greek tragedies, as an example for a perfect combination of circumstance and internal flaws, because I can't see that. Oedipus, for a Greek hero, is actually among the more upstanding characters. His one genuine flaw is his hot temper and it contributes to his fate in as much as it's the cause why he gets into an argument with a stranger on the street which ends in him killing the stranger. This is not a habit with him, and he certainly didn't know that the stranger in question was actually his biological father. Otherwise, Oedipus' tragedy is all triggered by external circumstance and because the gods truly have it in for him. First his father gets the prophecy that Oedipus will one day kill his father and marry his mother and promptly has the baby exposed. (If that had not happened, nothing else would have.) Then Oedipus, when grown up after the usual myth elements of kind shepherds and friendly childless couples in adoption mode, , hears the same prophecy, naturally assumes this means his adopted parents, the only ones he knows, and leaves them in horror, determined to stay away so that he never, ever can fulfill that prophecy. (Oedipus, out of all the Greek mythological characters, did not have an Oedipus complex.) Cue stranger on the road, later encounter with the sphinx and marrying the widowed queen of Thebes, where he spends some happy years as a ruler with sons and daughters before the plague strikes and the whole truth is discovered. In conclusion: there is a reason why a French version of this is called The Infernal Machinery. Not nearly enough of these events are caused by Oedipus himself because of his own flaws. But then, a catastrophe out of all proportion as a net result is very Greek.
The problem with defining something as "Shakespearean tragedy" is that Will S. himself by no means wrote all his tragedies following the same rules or categories. Romeo and Juliet, until Mercutio gets killed, might just as well be a comedy. The Merchant of Venice, which is supposed to be a comedy, almost never gets performed as one today, and that's not all due to the Holocaust having happened; even in the nineteenth century, Shylock was often called a tragic character caught in the wrong type of play. King Lear, otoh, admirably qualifies as far as Lear himself is concerned - his flaws lead directly to his fate, and this is more or less true of Gloucester as well - but what about Cordelia, and the Fool? Whose tragedy is Julius Caesar anyway - Brutus', Caesar's, Antony's? And while we're talking history: the two dramas about ursurpers, Richard III and Macbeth, have main characters who are heroes in the traditional dramatic sense (main characters), but not in the modern pop culture one. Shakespeare's Richard III laughs at all the current popular villains and their fans because he did that "ruthless villain charms audience by being smarter and more eloquent than anyone else, gets UST scene with good person and seduces same" centuries ago. Ditto Macbeth with the whole "character starts out heroic, gets darker and darker, is, however, capable of intense affection towards partner" arc. However, both Richard and the Macbeths live in a dramatic universe where their very act of ursurpation means they cannot, in the end, remain successful. Their eventual failure isn't solely due to inherent character flaws, bad planning or the efforts of their antagonists, who in another drama would be the protagonists: it is pre-ordained because their assumption of power goes directly against the divine right of kingship.
You can see why I'm hesitant to call Breaking Bad either Greek or Shakespearean, though it certainly has elements of both. One sense in which people today use the term "Shakesperean" is to signify dramatic events on an epic scale and the mixture of humor into the bloodshed instead of unrelentic gloom and doom. (My teacher, back when I was an impressionable teenager, used Shakespeare to illustrate what "comic relief" means in classic drama, because who else? This description certainly fits Breaking Bad, but it is awfully general.
Let me draw another show in. The Wire has its share of personal tragedies - has it ever! - and several of these certainly come about by a mixture of circumstance and personal flaws, but most of all it strikes me as a tragedy of systems. In fact, the very point of the show, hammered in again and again, in season after season, is that every single system that gets focused on is so inherently corrupted and destructive that failure of the individuals sooner or later is inevitable. The Game, to quote one character, is rigged. For everyone - criminals, cops, teachers, students, politicians, the media. The Wire is far more Shakesperean in that sense, only with reverse trajectory. Richard III and Macbeth cannot stay on top because they are ursurpers and live in a dramatic world where ursurpation is against nature and ALWAYS gets punished; the various attempts at reform in The Wire cannot prevail for long because all the systems are too inherently destructive. You can, at best, help some individuals and salvage a few friendships, and even that is by no means granted; you cannot beat the system you're in.
In Breaking Bad, the only system which doesn't work is the health care one - which is an initial plot point, granted, and then one in mid season 3 -; but capitalism itself works, and so does criminal enterprise. So, for that matter, does the police. Walter White goes from nobody in two ill paid jobs to drug kingpin by a combination of lucky (well, for him, not for anyone else) circumstance, hard work and skills. Jesse Pinkman goes from small time crook and (bad) meth cook to brilliant meth cook and multiple millionaire. Hank Schrader has his share of set backs, but he steadily rises through the DEA ranks because of, again, hard work and smarts. Of course, none of these career highs are the end of the show, but the fact of the matter remains: there is no system in the Breaking Bad verse that inherently is set up to bring you down. Not even the American health care system, sucking as it does; it's important that as of episode 4 in the first season, Walter White gets presented with an alternative to his meth producing scheme. He gets offered not only enough money to pay for all medical expenses he and his family will have in the course of his cancer treatment but also a job opportunity that would end his need to teach chemistry to apathetic students who don't care. He could do the chemistry he loves, legally, and without hurting anyone. All he has to do is swallow his pride, as the offer comes from his former partners whom he still feels betrayed by. But Walt, displaying for the first time in full force that all time favourite attribute of Greek heroes, hubris, is not capable of this and rather chooses crime.
( From here on, it gets spoilerly for the rest of Breaking Bad, so newbies beware! )
Not change, exactly - just become more extreme. I.e., I start a vid with a particular point of view of a character that I want to portray in a vid. And while I'm working on the vid I really ... put myself in that position. It almost feels like what an actor might do to prepare for a part; I really try to see and experience the show from the point of view I'm trying to portray. And as I try to convey that point of view, and look for clips that illustrate it, it becomes a bit of a feedback loop - I tend to see things even more strongly from that angle.
So, for example, my Torchwood vid, The Pioneers, and my Nikita vid, Seamstress (both vids, incidentally, with song suggestions from rivkat), both take a dim view of the series protagonists, and I found that I became more critical as I worked on the vid, and so I ended up being more critical than I was when I started.
( Full list of questions )
sperrywink asked: How about vidding in Buffy fandom: Likes and dislikes?
Buffy fandom actually helped me transition from being a VCR vidder to a computer vidder. I had done a vid on VCRs, Do What You Have to Do, that I decided to remaster as my first-ever computer vid when I got my first iMac. I had to record the dvds onto a digital tape using my dad's camcorder, then load the digital copies on to my Mac, and then the fun of editing in iMovie occurred. It was really hard for me to grok, but I was so happy with the results, especially because I had dealt with one of the worst aspects of VCR vidding -- trying so hard to get an insert edit to work, ruining both the master and source tapes -- on that vid, and I could not fix it. As much as many people I know loved that vid, all I could see was this terrible clip I'd had to use just so I could move on. It tortured me for years, man.
Because I was still working on VCRs, I never got into a lot of the Buffy vidding fandom community -- I came late to the party in that respect, even though I'd been making Buffy vids from a lot earlier than, say, most of the people on Nummy Treat. That was hard, because I felt really isolated and one of the most important aspects of vidding, and of fandom, for me, is being part of a community. When I'm in a fandom of one, or isolated from most of a community, it is really hard to motivate myself. I think that's a lot of why I despair of the level of communication (everything from mailing lists and LJ to comments on stories and vids) in fandom these days; without the community and the participation, my enthusiasm dries up and wafts away.
But anyway, like I said, I came to computer vidding in Buffy later than most, but that's not to say I didn't have a lot of vids in the fandom already. For some reason, it was Spike that got me started in writing fic and most of the vidding. I wouldn't have expected that at all, he's not my usual type of character, but I fell hard for him, and his story once he came back to Sunnydale really made me want to create fannish things.
And that was a whole other problem in itself. I was...kind of shocked at the animosity toward Spike vids or Spuffy vids. Especially after S6 and that whole execrable attempted rape scene. I mean, OK, I get it when a fandom erupts around a character you don't like, especially when said fandom is a lot of people turning a rough character into a woobie. I've been there -- I watched all the excuses everyone made for Krycek, and the way the fans turned him into poor wee ickle Alex. But wow, I still was somehow not prepared for the nastiness you got when you vidded Spike, especially after S6.
Because for me, that was a goldmine of vidding subjects. One vid that isn't online that I should really remaster, I think, was 3 Libras, which was my way of trying to make sense out of the whole wretched season (I really hate S6, if you can't tell), and it made me terrifically happy when I showed it at Escapade and a couple people commented on how it was the first time the season made sense for them. There was just so much you could do with Spike in a way you couldn't always with other characters, and I really loved that flexibility and that depth of creativity I could find in vidding him. His story inspired me a lot.
Not that that was all I vidded, I've done lots of other Buffy characters, but I stopped after a while because of some concerns that I was focusing too much on a couple fandoms. I loved vidding La Femme Nikita and Buffy so much that really, outside of Firefly and the other other fandom, I could have done nothing else and still been happy, but that monomaniacal focus can turn into a joke pretty easily. I still have some songs that I want to do for the show, especially Giles because there never were enough Giles vids. Maybe at some point I will go back to it, even if I do worry that that might seem odd. I miss the show and I would love to see if I can recapture the magic that was lost with the souring of my feelings about Joss.
van asked: The best thing you ever ate!
This is so tough, because I have a really hard time remembering things like this. I mean, I remember lots of wonderful meals and menu items, but I have this nagging feeling that there's something really important to remember out there that I can't. I have been to some amazeballs restaurants and had astounding meals cooked by people I know, but I forget all those things quickly.
One meal I do remember was going to a super-exclusive private club at the top of the Columbia Tower, at that time the tallest building west of Chicago, with our new CEO at the association I worked for, who was a member of the club and who had invited us all to dinner to celebrate his new position. It was an amazing meal, just amazing, but I remember the lobster bisque before dinner -- it was simply incredible and I've been searching for a lobster bisque as good ever since. Never found it. Everything that came after was superb, as well, but that lobster bisque...oh, man, was that fine.
Another really wonderful food night came just recently. When I was visiting therienne, arduinna, and mollyamory last May in Boston, they took me to this basic, nondescript Mexican place near their home. It wasn't a special place or anything, had previously been a chain restaurant, but they made guacamole at your table to your specifications, so I could get it without onions tainting it, which was awesome. It was salty and delicious and fresh, and so wonderfully avocado-y, and I nearly cried when it was gone (which it was, right away). I wanted more and more and more. Then we followed that up with some queso, and I about died and went to heaven -- it was so fresh and tasty, not like what I was used to with queso at all. Really, that was just the best dinner, even though it wasn't some special hard to get into restaurant that would cost you $500 for dinner. (I'm sure the company didn't hurt, either!) I can't find anyplace like it around here, and really, I would consider flying out to Boston just to go to this restaurant again.
However, I come bearing a bit of a respite for those of you who are rushing to finish! I'm extending the deadline overnight! You now have until 10am EST to finish up your assignments. So take a deep breath, have a drink, and keep working! You have time!
To answer a couple questions that have come up:
- Starting twenty-four hours after the deadline (so sometime Monday morning), you will be able to edit your uploaded assignments. So if you catch a typo or a misplaced comma, don't fret, just sit on it for another day or so and then the collection will be available for edits!
- AO3 has been having some issues with letting me in to approve of submissions. Don't worry if your submission has yet to be approved! All submitted assignments will be counted as complete, as long as they meet the challenge requirements, and will not be defaulted at the deadline.
- Pinch-hitters are still needed! Click here to sign up!
- Just a reminder that stories must be at least 1000 words long. There is a word count right on your story once it is posted on the AO3, so please double check and make sure you meet the minimum before submitting!
That's all for now! Enjoy your extension! All outstanding assignments will be defaulted at 10am EST tomorrow and pinch-hitters will be assigned! Have a good night! :D
December meme, day 7: 12/7: Favourite Original Cindy moments for lokifan
Wow, it's been a while since I watched Dark Angel, but I think my favorite moment of all is at the beginning of s2, when Max comes back after everyone thinks she's been dead for months, and OC hugs her and sets her up with whatever she needs at that moment (which turns out to be shaving her legs and having a pedicure, iirc) without asking intrusive questions, and Max responds well to that. Cindy's not afraid to push Max or call her out on her bullshit, but she also knows when to give Max the room to make herself comfortable before asking her to open up and talk about feelings/make herself vulnerable, and Cindy is one of the few people who get to see that side of Max.
I love that Cindy chose to reinvent herself and that she doesn't let anybody else tell her who she is or who she should be, which is something I think Max is trying to emulate.
I also love that Cindy just rolls with it all - transgenics, Joshua, Alec - and continues to support Max, but also makes her own relationships with Joshua and Alec (not so much with Logan, but we won't get into my Logan issues here).
God, now I want to do a rewatch, but I don't have time because yuletide source must be reviewed! My life is the hardest.
I attempted to make pistachio ice cream this afternoon, but it was a sad failure. It wasn't bad, but it was generic. Nothing interesting at all. It didn't taste like pistachios, it just tasted like generic nuts and cream. Oh well, at least we can eat the rest of the super expensive pistachios. I won't waste them on ice cream again.
It isn’t exactly… an ideal situation, not by a long shot, but it might be tolerable if Stiles and Isaac would stop fucking giggling in the backseat.
"Shut up, before I-"
"What? Rip my throat out with your teeth? Can’t exactly do that now can we, miss?” This sends the two of them into another giggling uproar, and Derek is going to kill them, he is going to kill them, he has knives somewhere in this outfit, he’s sure of it.
Reccer's Notes: First up isn't really a proper fic, it's just a few scenes, but what an amazing idea that would be so very interesting if fleshed out. I would love, love, love to read more of this idea.
Support Systems by Anonymous
Length: 8.242 words
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Relationship(s): Gen-ish (Derek/Stiles background)
Summary: It’s the first time they’ve spoken since the end of the Alpha pack and the Darach. Derek leans across the picnic table while Stiles is talking to Cora on his other side, and what he whispers to John on this momentous occasion is, “It’s ground turkey. Stiles made me promise. I’m sorry.”
Reccer's Notes: Fantastic Sheriff POV with some great John, Melissa, and Chris interaction, too.
Infixion by Etharei
Length: 37.319 words
Fandom: Star Trek (AOS)
Relationship(s): Kirk/Spock (starts Spock/Uhura, handles it well)
Summary: A mission of this duration has never been attempted. Just a few months in, the crew of the Enterprise are beginning to understand why – luckily, they are also, somehow, making it work. A series of events, both great and small; featuring cameos by unsuspecting planets, complicated interpersonal relationships, off-record shenanigans, and a surprising number of hostile life-forms.
Reccer's Notes: Absolutely, utterly delightful. If the author's name is teasing your memory, Etharei also wrote Hide of a Life War. If you were reading Teen Wolf fic a little over a year ago, you've either just said "Oh that one." or you've already clicked the link for this fic and I'm just typing to myself here. Infixion does have some typos scattered throughout, but don't let that deter you: it's a thoroughly enjoyable string of scenes and events that feel a lot like a day(month, year)-in-the-life scenario on a larger scale and comes with all-around excellent characterization.
Only Found in Lost Cities by Xparrot
Length: 10.732 words
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis, Welcome to Night Vale
Summary: John and Rodney go looking for a former Atlantis scientist with annoyingly perfect hair, and end up in the most scientifically interesting community in the US. Now the question is, will they ever be able to leave...
Reccer's Notes: Rodney in Night Vale. That won't end in disaster, right? :P (The very end is a particularly interesting analogy.)
The Balance of the World by Hokuto
Length: 6.561 words
Fandom: DCU (The Dark Knight Rises)
Summary: It didn't matter why he had been thrown into the Pit. In the end what mattered was that in the cell next to his, there was a child.
Reccer's Notes: I haven't seen last year's film, but I do know much of the gist of it, so I went into this half-blind, with only the vaguest impressions of the characters. I'm not sure why I clicked, actually, considering the implied tale and summary would make me think it's too bleak for my usual tastes. Still, I did, and I'm glad of it - it's not upbeat in the traditional sense, but it is about survival, and the end left me thinking he would do anything she asked, regardless of the consequences. I can't speak to whether the characterizations are accurate or not, but they are certainly brilliant and it's a tale well told.
No Magic Would Save Me by arsenicarcher
Length: 20.738 words
Summary: Once upon a time, an angel with the unlikely name of Pepper came to the circus, and took Clint away.
Reccer's Notes: There was crying. I had things to be doing but I was sucked in and then there was crying. And it's fantastic, btw, a long h/c wallow from the POV of circus orphan Clint, who's adopted by Tony and Pepper. The universe is steampunk, but in my favorite way where it's around the edges, and it suits Tony's world very well, not surprisingly. Natasha's appearances are a particularly good grace note.
Regarding the tags, there are some disturbing references by Clint, but it's in relation to past experiences/memories, and his primary difficulty in here is accepting the concepts of safety and security and belonging.
Dungeons & Hawkeyes by inmyriadbits
Length: 5.519 words
Fandom: Avengers, Hawkguy
Summary: In which this whole dungeon thing really isn’t working for Kate Bishop, there are far too many nicknames from the Victorian era, socks are vitally important, and Clint insists he is Han Solo in this situation.
Reccer's Notes: Kate and Phil end up in the same prison, Clint puts in an appearance, and escapes happen. Excellent Kate POV with Hawkeyes shenanigans (that is, Clint tries to save the day but totally gets upstaged by his boss and his partner in crime.) (As usual.) I give them all gold stars for teamwork.
Arthur Darvill & Friends & Highline Ballroom on Dec. 16th
Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart @ Cort Theatre on Dec. 17th
If anyone is interested in joining me on Tuesday the 17th for Waiting For Godot, let me know! I want to buy tickets soon.
Now I probably should go work on Yuletide.
Trobadora: "Star Trek & K/S"?
The older I get, the more I love Star Trek actually, and that's really saying something. I love seeing Tiberius get into it. I get more and more invested in decorating my home with Star Trek. I love its model of drama: you get into a sticky situation, you consult with a more rational and a more emotional friend. And I love K/S - I just love it as a model of opposites coming together, I love it in the mythical model of Nicky's fabulous The Lightning Strike : for me, K/S is the original Lightning Strike, a pairing of kings in the fannish pack of cards.
Karmageddon: "Fannish platforms you use and why"
Man, this is still such a heartbreak to me. OK. I use LJ and DW and I really do still like them best. I am still on some mailing lists but most of them have been taken over by spam. I have a Tumblr at Cesperanza which I still have great ambivolence about: I like the fan art, I like the pretty, and I love love the creativity of tags; I hate the scrolling, I hate the lack of conversation, I hate not knowing who created a thing vs. who reblogged a thing. Tumblr ALIENATES ME FROM PEOPLE, from fans as human beings. I have a fannish Twitter though I've really never used it - I use my RL Twitter acafannishly at conferences and things, but I'm not enough of a smartphone person to have a fannish Tumblr feel fun or immediate. I, of course, have an AO3 account, because as my old pal Harold Finch says, "I built it." Unlike a lot of people, I love the AO3's advanced search, and am pretty good at searching, but I keep meaning to figure out the subscription/subscribing to tags thing and failing. Right now I only subscribe to people which doesn't work - basically, I guess, in short, I have not adjusted to this new world of tags not people. And it makes me cranky and sad!
flipbook asked, "How does the creativity of writing and the creativity of parenting compare for you? are they similar in any way or do they just compete for your energy"
( Long, cranky, overly honest, YMMV TMI answer: )
- Attack of the Fanboy wrote about various troubling issues affecting gaming fandom. One of the most recent involves the data Sony is gathering from users. "Sony’s updated Terms of Service reserved their right to prohibit the sale of used software, but tucked away in the updated version, the company also reserves the right to monitor users voice and text communication on the PlayStation Network." ( Read more... )
Eine Impression vom Meer…
5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord
If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale December 8th, 2013 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.
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Oh! First thing off the top of my head is this six-part series I found on Youtube, created by the makers of The Wire and starring many of the same actors as well: The Corner. It's based on real events, about the life of an inner city family in the drug scene of Baltimore, and it's even more raw and gritty than The Wire. The actors are all amazing, but Khandi Alexander as Fran in particular is just, so good. I highly recommend this for all Wire fans.
Posting from rainy Mülheim, where I'm visiting my dad. Earlier this year I made the decision to try at least one new thing when I'm in the area - since the Ruhr area has a lot to offer, culturally and also in terms of, heh, climbing. Today I checked out the Citymonkey bouldering hall, which turned out to be a great idea. It's easy to reach, cozy and has a lot more variety than our boulder at home... dozens of routes in my range, I couldn't even try all of them. Definitely something to keep in mind for my next visit.
You know, I'm going with no on this one - my kryptonite is less about character archetypes than relationship archetypes - i.e., the buddy OTP. Enemy OTP, rival OTPs - really don't do anything for me. But I've vidded lots and lots of buddy OTPs, including what is essentially a tribute to buddy OTPs (after a fashion), but though I'm as much a sucker for angst and guilt and poor feelings of self-worth as any other fangirl, for me, it's the buddy OTP vid that keeps drawing me in.
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