shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
At the start of the week, it was twenty years since ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published. After an initial ‘eek’ at that, even though I was fine with realising OK Computer is twenty years old also, it’s been interesting to read about how people have grown up with the series, and with it being such a phenomenon it doesn’t feel overblown to say that or to think about it’s influence in shaping social attitudes. There was the issue of the series getting a generation to read. There are people who read the series for whom it wasn’t a gateway drug to other books, for example, although I hope it got more people into reading more widely than would otherwise have happened, and it’s certainly a factor in the explosion of geek culture and the rise of the fantastic.

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shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I said a little while ago that I was going to post a linkspam. Well, here goes in reverse chronological order. I've been holding on to these links for ages, and most of them come via my reading page.

Shakespeare, Introversion, DS9, Tropes, Movie stuff and Denethor meta )

Book post

Oct. 16th, 2016 09:10 am
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
The book in question being 'The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women' edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane.

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shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
I finally read The Cuckoo's Calling– let’s say it took me a while to get over The Casual Vacancy, which I didn’t like at all. I enjoyed it. What I ask of murder mysteries is that I enjoy the ride, that I like or admire the investigators and that it's not too relentlessly grim or gory. I play along, but not too hard and not too well at guessing whodunit – I only started guessing right with Christie after reading a ton of her books. Read more... )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (OUAT Snow White)
I've been reading fanfiction for over a decade, so you think I'd know how to avoid abandoned WIPs. Obviously, it's easier on archives than journals. It's that horrible moment, a few chapters from the end, when you think 'There's no way the writer can wrap all the story up unless if the chapters become exponentially longer.' And then you sigh.

Partly so I don't lose this - 'I am not a princess' an excellent music (fanmade? except the production values are pretty high) video set to a mix of Marina and the Diamonds songs that retells fairy stories. It lasts 10 minutes and contains strong language.

Also, I reread Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë over the weekend, because I felt it was time – it must be twenty years or so since I read it. Since then I’ve reread most of the other Bronte novels. This is one for the completeists, really. It’s not bad (especially compared with a lot of other nineteenth century novels) but it doesn’t have the fire of most of the rest of the books. There was a moment where I thought Charlotte would have banged home the point about the limited scope of Agnes’s life as a governess (because she’s a woman) compared with Weston’s, even as a subordinate curate (because he’s a man). It’s even blunter about how awful being a governess could be than the other books – but then, sisters, it gave you excellent material.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Neville/Luna red and blue)
I saw an lj friending meme in passing recently – I didn’t take part, mainly because of my issues of which spoilerphobia is but one. You were meant to present general information about yourself, what TV shows, films, books etc you were interested in and also which ships you were into. I have to admit that that’s where my eyes fell when looking at other people’s answers, because it’s all very well liking the same shows, but someone might well be into a ship that I have zero interest in/am opposed to/don’t see. Ahem.

But I did wonder how I’d accurately represent the ships I’m into at the moment. What follows is an attempt. )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Community Shirley disbelieving laughter)
The Mindy Project 2.12

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Meanwhile, on the Emmys, yay for Julianna Margulies (although Tatiana Maslany should have been nominated!). I feel miffed on Josh Charles's part - I obviously didn't see all the other actors and have zero desire to watch Breaking Bad however good it is - because I thought he was genuinely outstanding in the season that's gone of The Good Wife.

I'm also pleased about the Sherlock wins - 3.03 was the best episode of the last series. I've been on a bit of a Sherlock kick recently. Specifically, Sherlock/Molly (Sherlolly is one of the stupider portmanteau names as it makes me think of lollipops.) It's strange, in that I'm not sure that I actually want it to happen in canon, but if fic writers want to convince me that it would be a good step for both characters, I'll happily buy into it. The more I read, the more it'll bleed into my attitude when watching the show (three episodes and a Christmas special!) Also, I shold note that me being me, with the time I take to get around to reading fic, I'm reading fic produced between season 2 and 3.

(ETA: New, brighter icon on Dreamwidth!)
shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
I caught up with The Autobiography of Jane Eyre

Ep 88 Reunion

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89 Transitions

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90 Abstract

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Ep 91 Pitch

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AND THEN YouTube cannily promoted ‘Classic Alice’ on the side of one of those videos, and I was intrigued.

Episode 1 is entitled Down the Rabbit Hole. While not based on a specific novel, it’s a transmedia-ish metatextual high-concept fictional vlog. Or something. It had the equivalent of footnotes. I’m doomed.

Spoilers from the prequels to episode 3

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The narrative (with vids, Tumblr posts, tweets and pictures) is here although it’s not exhaustive. The Classic Alice ENTIRETY! playlist seems to have all the vids.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
On Saturday night, I posted you bear the weight of my gaze Lawless, Maggie/Forrest, Mature, over a thousand words. The first draft was written in long hand quite soon seeing the film, and had been edited since. I came across it recently and decided to type it and polish it. I got it beta read, but as the beta reader, rookanga, hadn’t seen the film, I rewatched Lawless, because the fic is so entwined with canon, which led to some pondering over how to warn for it without spoiling. I always over-think how to rate or warn for anything above my general ‘PG’ writing zone. But here, detailed warnings would give away the plot of the film (rated 18 in the UK) so I ended up with a compromise.

There was a time when I didn’t get reading fic when you didn’t know the source, although I’ve subsequently read fic when I know a little about the source at least, and then had to live with fuzziness about what is canon or fanon. But this is mainly about all the looking that goes on in the film, but taking Maggie’s perspective and having something of a female gaze going on.

Over the past few days, I’ve been reading longer fics than I normally read – long one-shots or multi-parters. When it’s done right so I get immersed in the story, I love the slow-burn.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Default)
[personal profile] purple_cube asked for my fannish timeline over the past ten years - which fandom I most associate with each year etc.

Picking one fandom for some years was really hard, because it turns out I’ve always been multifannish, which the nature of livejournal encouraged. But here goes!

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shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
Den of Geek has been so on point/relevant to my interests recently.

I know I've posted a lot of links to it before, but recently there's been In praise of Lord of the Rings' DVD extras, which, among other things, neatly gets at why I was so pleased to see Richard Taylor on An Unexpected Journey's appendices.

Furthermore, I agreed with Why the discussion of 12 Years a Slave needs to refocus, which I suppose is more directed at chattering entertainment media circles than film fans, but is a reminder that when I left the cinema after seeing that film I was overwhelmed and it's the film and what it depicts that's the point, not just awards, and that will be recognised for years.

There's also been its underappreciated films series (although I appreciated 2006's Stranger than Fiction plenty and I do not know how I could appreciate Sky High more. SARKY VOICE IN MY HEAD: Make costumes and re-enact it? COMMON SENSE:Not a good idea given the stunts) which has mainly pointed to Asian films that I barely knew existed.


I watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine again last night and was chuckling throughout, but don't have more to say about it. Next week, it'll slip to 'catch-up' or maybe '+1' territory, though, because THE GOOD WIFE IS BACK.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
Jane Eyre is number 12 in the Observer’s top 100 novels, and Robert McCrum explains why here. As I’d been watching a lot of The Autobiography of Jane Eyre over the weekend, this jumped out at me:

Charlotte Bronte takes her audience by the throat with a fierce narrative of great immediacy. Jane Eyre's voice on the page is almost hypnotic. The reader can hardly resist turning the next page, and the next…

In an extraordinary breakthrough for the English novel, borrowing the intimacy of the 18th-century epistolary tradition, Charlotte Brontë had found a way to mesmerise the reader through an intensely private communion with her audience. We, the author, and Jane Eyre become one. For this, she can be claimed as the forerunner of the novel of interior consciousness.


The adaptation was having a similar pull on me, as did LBD at times - my tendency is to watch these vids in blocks that are as long as television shows. It’s partly the format – ‘diarist’ speaking to viewer, but it’s also wondering how they'll adapt a beloved story factor.

Anyway, thoughts about episodes 21 to 30.

Makes no allowance for people who haven't read the book. )

Hmm, might as well have posted my response episode by episode, as that jumped a little all over the place.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
Yesterday, I finally posted all the fic that I’d posted to Dreamwidth to Archive Of Our Own. Yay! It only took me years to do so. If I were going to archive my fic elsewhere, I might not be as determined to post everything there. This still means that I need to repost fic that was only posted at lj and ff.net (and Geocities, it’s that old) to both DW and AO3. It will probably also take ages, but I’ll warn if I get a burst of energy and start spamming.

For now, here are some links that I found interesting, most of which are Internet old. Georgette Heyer quote icons; The Hour meta; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries pics; Much Ado about Nothing interview; Pacific Rim meta; Paradox talk and a list about the awesomeness of Farscape. )

Reading

Jul. 19th, 2013 09:05 pm
shallowness: HP films' Minerva reads the Daily Prophet (Minerva reads)
I read that it was Rowling's lawyers (or one of them) who let slip that she was Robert Galbraith. I'm sure that those few who went and bought the book and enjoyed it are feeling smug. Despite having endured The Casual Vacancy more than enjoyed it, I daresay I will read the book at some point.

For now I'm currently reading and loving The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I'm in the final stretch, and as soon as I close my laptop, I'll be finishing it tonight, I hope.

A quote:
"Secrets have power," [...] "And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours."

But the main thing I wanted to say was that over the past several days, I have been reading an amnesia! fic that’s lampshaded the trope, somewhat, bless – I wouldn’t be reading it if I didn’t enjoy the trope. Ruminating on said trope in fanfiction. Also spoilers for/discussion of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Tin Man, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Avengers Assemble )

RANTS!

Apr. 24th, 2013 07:52 pm
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Shrew)
So, I came across someone using bromance as a descriptor for a fic featuring a man and a woman some days ago. My initial response was REALLY!? Then felt I needed to write out why I found it problematic, and while I wait for my food to be ready, I might as well share it.

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Other things that annoy me: that on my new copy of Total Film there’s a picture of Natasha above the title Avengers 2 (that isn’t the annoying part per se) and a drawing of Ant-Man. Why is there a move about Ant-Man, but not a Black Widow standalone?

One day, eh?

And the following adverts annoy me too:

The Galaxy computer re-animation of Audrey Hepburn. A good example of the maxim ‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.’

The new Coke Zero adverts. It makes me think ‘FRAUD’ and want to make horsemeat jokes. I didn’t like the old Coke Zero adverts either. Or Lynx ones.

Oh, and I loathe the retooled ‘I just want to make love to you’ Diet Coke ads also. I’ve reached the point where I hope the objectified male goes and finds those annoying women’s car(s) and causes some irritating damage to them.
shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
So the 3 Sentence Ficathon is closing/has closed today (I fail at working out time zones). Part 1 here and there's a link to part 2 on the page. There's oodles of fun anthropomrphic fics, rare fandoms and pairings, a generally high quality and inventive punctuation - I write as someone who was guilty of it. I really enjoyed participating, and I'm not done as a reader, I have a list that I'll be going through for a while yet. As a wrtier, well, it's been fun. Here's my last (!?) fill.

Coin toss, Batman (Nolanverse), Bruce/Selina, written for the prompt <em>Any, any, toss a coin</em> at the Three Sentence Fiction 2013 ficathon [66 words] )

Fittingly, last night, I watched Person of Interest (aka Batman on TV) 1.19 Flesh and Blood

Good to know you keep your promises )

Back online

Apr. 3rd, 2013 07:31 pm
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I’ve been offline with family for the past week, mainly reading, including The Deception of the Emerald Ring, the latest (for me) book in the Pink Carnation series, which starts off by borrowing liberally from Heyer. I prefer the historical parts of the books and the way that espionage adds to the romances, although the modern day narration of what’s uncovered about the history is fun, and the book often surprised me in a good way. This morning, I reread Neverwhere - if it’s rereading, as this is the 2005 version. I enjoyed it hugely. DOOR! Reading Mansfield Park.

I didn’t watch much TV, so will have to catch up. but I got around to rewatching North and South, which I wanted to do since seeing The Hobbit. (I only made one ‘you and who’s army, THORIN’ joke in my head). Mainly I loved the bits I loved the first time around. Everyone who I’ve subsequently seen in other stuff looks so young, but I like that you’ve got the passion of the love story, the representative symbolism, moral questions about work and money. It’s a quality production. I still mentally yell ‘Drink!’ every time a character looks out of a window – bonus points if they’re looking at another character.

I still have issues with the ending. spoilers ) I need to reread the book before I watch the adaptation again, though.

Finally, I’m very jealous of everyone who is writing. Taken away from the 3 sentence prompts, I didn’t write a bit of fic.
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
I give you four tropes I love:

The perfect gift. Read more... )

Amnesia.Read more... )

AU.Read more... )

Fake relationship/Pretending to be a couple.Read more... )

Generally though, I have a lot of tolerance for tropefic and for the use of clichés in genre shows in particular, which can include subversion

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