Yuletide

Dec. 25th, 2013 07:11 am
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Guys.

GUYS.

I GOT FANGIRL FANFIC FOR MY YULETIDE PRESENT!

It's called Another Problem You Can't Google, and it is PERFECTION. And so funny. I am currently chewing on a pillow, because everyone is asleep, and if I giggle hysterically, as I would like to, I will wake them all up.

“You're not going to cry, are you?” Levi asked, giving her a smile that crinkled his eyes in ways Cath felt like she could study for hours and still not be satisfied with seeing. “I wouldn't know what to do if you cried at your own dirty fanfiction.”


“It's not dirty,” Cath scolded. “Are you even listening?”


“Of course,” Levi replied. “It's depressing dirty fanfiction. You must have leveled up.”


THAT IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, because there's ALSO SIMON/BAZ FANFIC IN THE STORY. I am dead of glee, basically.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)
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All of this is true. And brilliant. And possibly I now 'ship (grown up) Toph and Iron Man?

Meme!

Jun. 27th, 2013 02:22 pm
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F-list, I need to be distracted.

WHICH MEANS IT'S TIME TO MEME!

Give me a fandom and I'll give you:
my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode/issue/chapter, etc
my favourite cast member
my favourite relationship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp


Usual suspects. (Please, please, please, someone pick the Hobbit.)
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So I'm not sure what the Big Influences were, besides LotR, 10 years ago when the internet exploded with movie-inspired fanfic. I don't even know for sure if there WAS a noticeable outside influence. The internet, and Tolkien fandom, was a different place then.

Now, though? With the Hobbit? It absolutely sings with Game of Thrones. And I don't know how I feel about that.

On one hand, everyone seems to know the proper terms for things like "smallclothes" and "cuirass", but on the other hand, HOLY GOD, SOME OF IT IS DEPRESSING.

(I was thinking about the quote "the law is hard, but it is the law", except that turns out to be from The Mortal Instruments, so...not so much.)

Anyway, think it's interesting how these things evolve. It doesn't just happen in fandom (for a related example, there's LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, which was mostly the same people as XENA and HERCULES, but with all the experience of LotR), but the Hobbit is very close to my heart. It's relatively easy to copy the style of LotR or GoT (she says, having not read GoT, but assuming they're similarly in High Style), so I think it's worth pointing out that there are VERY, VERY FEW fics written in the style of the Hobbit. I don't know how many times "Not for the last time!" (or some variant), appears in the text, but you RARELY see it in fic, even when that fic is mirroring the quest directly.

I remember seeing some complaints that Peter Jackson had taken a book written for six-year-olds and made it into a PG-13 movie, and I didn't really pay that much attention to it, because movie ratings are such a bear in the first place (and because 90% of the reason the movie was doomed to a PG rating anyway was because of the smoking, which you can always get away with in the book, so once they had it, they used it). Fic is usually more "mature" than the source anyway, so I'm not saying that's a good correlation either, but compared with most of the LotR fic I read, the Hobbit fic is much more "dark".

(Aside: GOD, I HATE DARK FANTASY. I get it. I really, really do. But OMG, it is not the be-all and end-all of good fantasy writing. SOMETIMES THE GOOD GUYS JUST WIN, THERE'S LIMITED SUFFERING, THE BAD GUYS DIE IN FIRES, AND IT'S STILL VALID LITERATURE. ARGH!)

So Hobbit fanfic has me in a weird place. Thank goodness Sanctuary (and, you know, growing up in general) taught me to be a patient and understanding fan. I can appreciate good writing more than I could ten years ago, and I am more likely to read a well-written dark-fic than a poorly-written fluffy one. I cut the Hobbit fandom a lot of slack, because I'm just so happy it's here. And it's doing some REALLY COOL THINGS (as I've said before, about gender and social standing and economics and racism and and and).

Thank goodness there's a book, really. And thank goodness I love it so much. I love what's grown up around it, of course, and I love it a lot, because it's collaborative and pretty and fun. But when it gets dark, and it always gets dark (because it's TRENDY, now, and also because HAVE YOU SEEN PETER JACKSON'S OTHER MOVIES*?), there's a place I can go and hide, until wanting more gapfillers drags me out again. :)





*That said, one of my FAVOURITE conversations to have about LotR is the one where people are all "Trust Peter Jackson to make the most of decapitated heads!" and I'm all "TOTALLY IN THE BOOK, SUCKERS!", because REALLY.
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I don't know how many of you are currently voting in the Fandom March Madness Steel Cage Match, but with about five hours to go in the preliminary round, Sherlock's MOLLY HOOPER is currently edging out JOHN WATSON by about 30 votes.

MOLLY HOOPER IS CURRENTLY WINNING THE SHERLOCK BRACKET.

Now apparently some morons people are campaigning for John to win so that he can make it all the way to the drama final and then lose* to Elementary's JOAN WATSON, to which I say HELL WITH THAT. He can lose to Molly Hooper right now, and I'll deal with the heartache/awesome of a potential Molly/Joan match up LATER. :)

So if you have a few moments this morning, please vote for Molly Hooper. Molly, who thought she didn't count and made her peace with that. Molly, who has no idea and does it anyway. Molly, who saved Season Two.

Link

Sherlock is in the DRAMA bracket, down at the bottom. Fandoms are listed alphabetically.





*Some weird revenge-thing for beating Mary Crawley in that round last year.
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Last night, I started re-reading [livejournal.com profile] melyanna's semi-epic Season 8/Season 1 SG-1/Stargate Atlantis crossover THE CROSSROADS OF ESHU, wherein Sam gets transported to an Alternate Universe where Elizabeth is still in charge of the SGC and...well, much awesomeness transpires. This wasn't the first AU I ever read, but it's a really good one. Lots of consideration went into picking the divergence point, and then structuring the world and the reasons for it. And then the ending is just excellent. :)

Plus, THERE IS A SHINY TRAILER, which will always have a special place in my heart, because that is how I met [livejournal.com profile] faith_king:



(Jack and John have a conversation in an elevator that NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENED. I love it.)

(Also, [livejournal.com profile] melyanna has both a Mitchell AND a Caldwell in this story...neither of whom had been introduced to the audience when she wrote it.)

Anyway, I'm now in full out Atlantis-mode. I gave some thought to re-reading [livejournal.com profile] stargate_ren, so I read up to the Solstice story, and then scrolled down the page to see how many more were left and, WOW, THERE WERE A LOT. But I guess it's been half a decade. ;)

FANDOM, I LOVE YOU. That's basically what it comes down to. As usual. :)

*fights off Atlantis vid-bunnies for "Run" and "4 Minutes"*
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Round One of the [livejournal.com profile] sf_marchmadness is open for voting, and not only is Helen Magnus up against Leia Organa in round one, Han Solo is up against Nikola Tesla.

I take back what I said this morning about this one being less stressful than [livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness. Clearly they BOTH want me to have a seizure.

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This March Madness is entirely sci-fi/fantasy!



While there are inevitable omissions and first-time kinks, I'm still excited! I'm also really pleased that someone thought to do this. I can't wait to see how it pans out.

ETA: If you are going to snark about someone who was left out, this is NOT THE PLACE TO DO IT. You may be positive about the Cage Match, or you may not comment here. No backhanded compliments either, thank you.
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I have completed one Yuletide Treat. Therefore, it's MEME TIME!

Your main fandom of the year?

It may surprise some of you to learn this, but it's probably Sanctuary. :)

Your favorite film you watched this year?

I think I saw...one movie this year. So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but that's mostly by default.

Your favorite book read this year?

I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that trying to might kill me.

Your favorite TV show of the year?

Um...Sanctuary. But not really the seasons that aired this year.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?



Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

It's inevitable, but probably Sanctuary.

Your fictional boyfriend of the year?

James Watson, but I don't think he'd like me very much.

Your fictional girlfriend of the year?

HELEN FREAKING MAGNUS

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Tempus. Or Normandy. It might be a tie.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

YOU GUYS! I can't even THINK about "The Hobbit" without wanting to pass out a little bit.

Yuletide

Nov. 4th, 2011 10:25 am
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Wow, apparently everything I like is mainstream now.

I'm losing Tortal, Percy Jackson, Narnia, Sanctuary, Adam Lambert (okay, I actually don't care about that, but IT IS KIND OF FUNNY!), Avatar:TLA, Castle, Leverage and Veronica Mars.

BUT MY LITTLE PONY IS STILL SAFE!

Now I need to think of new fandoms. Besides Revenge, I mean.
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1. Bidding is open at [livejournal.com profile] helpthesouth until May 25. I am offering fanfic, probably Sanctuary but we can talk, and my thread is here.

2. Voting is open at the [livejournal.com profile] sfa_ficawards until midnight my time tonight. We've more or less solved the James problem, but a few more votes couldn't hurt. ;)

3. I am looking for a list of horror tropes that can be used as chapters titles for my Kiss Kiss Big Bang story. So far, I've got The Woman in White, The Pit and the Pendulum, and Blood Mary.

4. I am also building a play list. If you have a song that you think is particularly perfect for a vampire apocalypse, I'd love to know. So far, I've got the entire "Fallen" album by Evanescence (more for atmosphere than words in most cases), the "Hot Summer Night" poem from "Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth" (because it's so, soooo Helen), the VSQ version of "Sweet Child of Mine" (which is for flashbacks), and U2/Green Day's "The Saints Are Coming" (because if that's not a Kate rescue song, I don't know what is). To give you an idea. ;)

5. STARBUCKS TODAY! When I get out of bed. Which will be soon. I'm almost sure of it...
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There is a new comm called [livejournal.com profile] helpthesouth, in the same vein as the other charity comms.



My offer post is here. I am offering at least 1K of Sanctuary fic, but am also open to suggestion if you have ideas based on what I've already written.
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Will: "I guess he just didn't want to breathe the same air as the Nazi high command."
Helen: "Some of them didn't even breathe air."
Kate: *high pitched squeals*

...apparently I have a thing for World War II. Who knew?

+++

Also, "The Five" will never get less awesome, and neither will "Kush" or "Requiem". I should definitely watch this show more often. ;)

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And apparently you can subscribe to me on AO3, where I am still grav_ity, and would give you my link directly except I fail at coding.

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ETA: Warriors is a bit easier to watch this time, though it only gave us one more date for Gregory, and it was not a useful one.
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Will: "I guess he just didn't want to breathe the same air as the Nazi high command."
Helen: "Some of them didn't even breathe air."
Kate: *high pitched squeals*

...apparently I have a thing for World War II. Who knew?

+++

Also, "The Five" will never get less awesome, and neither will "Kush" or "Requiem". I should definitely watch this show more often. ;)

+++

And apparently you can subscribe to me on AO3, where I am still grav_ity, and would give you my link directly except I fail at coding.

+++

ETA: Warriors is a bit easier to watch this time, though it only gave us one more date for Gregory, and it was not a useful one.
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I neglected to mention this last night (probably because I didn't read the fic I'm going to recommend you all read until this morning), but another really fascinating aspect of Shared Personal Canon is the part where we come up with things independently. I'm slowly making my way through the Sanctuary archives, and finding fabulous fics that other people wrote that use conclusions I drew without having read them first.

Again, let me start with something simple. I assumed that Nigel was never really part of the Ménage à Quatre that Helen, James, John and Nikola seem to fall into (again, we all seem to agree that it's James before the Ripper and Nikola after). I have nothing to back this up with, aside from his non-presence on the show so far, except that he got married and had a kid and, after 1908 anyway, seemed to sort of...get out and do his own thing without getting tangled up in their complete insanity.

The COOL thing, however, and the thing I did completely on my own, was to decide the nature of Helen and Nikola's relationship as seen in Venatus Debitum. On the surface, it's a bit obvious. But then this morning, I discovered Understanding, by [livejournal.com profile] penknife, and it provides the EXACT HISTORICAL BACKDROP for what I tried to get into in my own fic.

(BTW, if you haven't already, you should read it. Because it is just heartbreaking, and also really awesome.)

I suppose what I am saying is that we all rock, but mostly I'm just over the moon to be immersed once again in so clever a fandom. Brain sharing for everyone! Brandies all around! Bring on the back half of season three. ;)
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I neglected to mention this last night (probably because I didn't read the fic I'm going to recommend you all read until this morning), but another really fascinating aspect of Shared Personal Canon is the part where we come up with things independently. I'm slowly making my way through the Sanctuary archives, and finding fabulous fics that other people wrote that use conclusions I drew without having read them first.

Again, let me start with something simple. I assumed that Nigel was never really part of the Ménage à Quatre that Helen, James, John and Nikola seem to fall into (again, we all seem to agree that it's James before the Ripper and Nikola after). I have nothing to back this up with, aside from his non-presence on the show so far, except that he got married and had a kid and, after 1908 anyway, seemed to sort of...get out and do his own thing without getting tangled up in their complete insanity.

The COOL thing, however, and the thing I did completely on my own, was to decide the nature of Helen and Nikola's relationship as seen in Venatus Debitum. On the surface, it's a bit obvious. But then this morning, I discovered Understanding, by [livejournal.com profile] penknife, and it provides the EXACT HISTORICAL BACKDROP for what I tried to get into in my own fic.

(BTW, if you haven't already, you should read it. Because it is just heartbreaking, and also really awesome.)

I suppose what I am saying is that we all rock, but mostly I'm just over the moon to be immersed once again in so clever a fandom. Brain sharing for everyone! Brandies all around! Bring on the back half of season three. ;)

Fan Music

Oct. 25th, 2009 02:47 pm
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There's a thought I've been having for a few days now. It started after the "Mash Up" episode of Glee where we didn't actually get a mash up of a) I Could Have Danced All Night/The Thong Song or b) Sweet Caroline/Bust A Move. And I want them.

We have fanfiction and we have fanvids and we have fanart...WHY don't we have fanmusic?

And I wouldn't just limit it to playing with music from Glee.

I would include here every song you wanted on a soundtrack that wasn't there. For example, on the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack, the ONLY character with their own theme is the White Witch). Why don't brilliant people write me a song called "King Edmund the Just" that incorporates the existing "canon" elements within the published soundtrack, but introduces a theme that is entirely about Edmund?

I realize that this would be incredibly difficult. I know that scoring a piece of music would be infinitely harder and more complex than fiction, art or vidding, but...I still think it's a REALLY GOOD IDEA. And I can't possibly be the first person who has thought of it!

So...is there such a thing as fan music? And where do I find it if there is?

ETA: Apparently there is something called "filk" which is not entirely what I meant, but is probably close enough.

Fan Music

Oct. 25th, 2009 02:47 pm
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There's a thought I've been having for a few days now. It started after the "Mash Up" episode of Glee where we didn't actually get a mash up of a) I Could Have Danced All Night/The Thong Song or b) Sweet Caroline/Bust A Move. And I want them.

We have fanfiction and we have fanvids and we have fanart...WHY don't we have fanmusic?

And I wouldn't just limit it to playing with music from Glee.

I would include here every song you wanted on a soundtrack that wasn't there. For example, on the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack, the ONLY character with their own theme is the White Witch). Why don't brilliant people write me a song called "King Edmund the Just" that incorporates the existing "canon" elements within the published soundtrack, but introduces a theme that is entirely about Edmund?

I realize that this would be incredibly difficult. I know that scoring a piece of music would be infinitely harder and more complex than fiction, art or vidding, but...I still think it's a REALLY GOOD IDEA. And I can't possibly be the first person who has thought of it!

So...is there such a thing as fan music? And where do I find it if there is?

ETA: Apparently there is something called "filk" which is not entirely what I meant, but is probably close enough.
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Post a comment and I'll tell you five things I associate with you, and then you get to post about them in your own lj.

I ended up with input from [livejournal.com profile] havocthecat, [livejournal.com profile] gabolange and [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077 for this. As relative newcomers to my f-list, I wasn't entire sure what to expect! I ended up with: UF, archaeology, cake, toasters and Boomer; Korea, Canada, bookstore, travel and cake; and BSG, cakes and the making thereof, my default icon and my thoughts on Madeleine L'Engle, Daniel/Janet, and my favourite pairing ever.

UF )

Archaeology )

Toasters )

Boomer )

Korea )

Canada )

Bookstore )

Travel )

BSG )

My Default Icon and How I Feel About Madeleine L'Engle )

Daniel/Janet )

My Favourite Pairing Ever )

The more astute of you will notice that ALL THREE requested Cake and this has not been explained. The reason for this is simple: the pictures of my latest endeavour are still on the camera, and I haven't got to them yet. It will be up in the next couple of days, along with a post about the random things that brought me to cake making. :)

ETA: The Cake Post

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