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[livejournal.com profile] redbrunja asked, and I didn't think Twitter could contain me.

Spoilers! )

More character essays to follow, I am sure.
grav_ity: (a thousand good-byes)
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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Last night I rewatched THOR. In part, this was because I really love the movie and I finally worked up the courage to see how well it fares on the second time through, but mostly it was because I read an article called Is Thor a feminist movie? (Yes), which assured me I wasn't crazy to begin with.

Spoilers for THOR and The Avengers )

I have no idea what will happen in THOR II. It will be very hard to follow the Avengers at all, but for me, it will also be hard follow THOR. I love this movie for many reasons, and a big part of it was how Kenneth Brannagh directed the shots. I'm optimistic, of course, and excited, but there's that nagging feeling in the back of my mind. At least I'll always have this one!
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This is mostly for my own reference for later, when I want to read it again.

The Anatomist, by [livejournal.com profile] rosa_acicularis:

James Joseph Moriarty was born in Galway, in 1976. His birth certificate no longer exists.

If it did, it would list his father’s name (Dr. Joseph Arthur), his mother’s (Mrs. Elizabeth Anne), and his birth weight (2.7kg). It would not tell you that his eyes were blue, or that he entered this world as he will leave it – howling.

It would not tell you that five minutes later his mother (Mrs. Elizabeth Anne) gave birth to a daughter, his sister. His twin. The records of her birth burned with his, but if they hadn’t, you would know her name.

Mary Elizabeth Moriarty was born in Galway, in 1976.

They will call her Molly.


This fic was really, really cool. :)

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Semi-related: [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson writes the character I meta I wanted, in that it's less "OMG, MARTIN FREEMAN'S FACE!" and "OMG, MOLLY HOOPER [redacted for spoilers]".
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Okay, so once upon a time on a show called Stargate SG-1 there was a timey-whimey thing called Moebius. I drew some pictures. In Paint. I mention this for two reasons: 1. because Paint is not my friend, and 2. because even though the time travel in Moebius is different (in that they specifically created an alternate timeline), I still got to make pictures, because Into the Black fiddled around with Time as well.

Cut for graphics. And spoilers )

Questions?
grav_ity: (a thousand good-byes)
or, "WTF, Into the Black?"

Reaction post/character meta/ship meta/getting things off my chest before I go on a four day road trip. This kind of expands on my thoughts from this quick post from earlier this afternoon.

Spoilers up to the end of season three )
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A brief note before we begin.

I liked this episode. It was pretty much 99% set-up, but I'm okay with that (remember Normandy? Yeah, I have NO PROBLEMS with episodes that are 99% set-up!). It was pretty to look at and thematically shot, and, until I started thinking too much, the good kind of uncomfortable, and I'm reasonably sure it will segue nicely into the finale tomorrow.

I also have Things I Don't Like in fanfic. Some of the examples I give are going to be kind of specific. This is not a slight to the writers of said fanfic. We all have things we don't like and characterizations we don't agree on. That's because we are all different and coming at the show from different places. That's part of what makes us so awesome. Please keep that in mind if I don't like one of your pet fanons. I'm sure I've got pet fanons you don't like too. :)

That said, assume spoilers up to "Out of the Blue" for all that follows.

Here there not be dragons (and that's kind of the problem) )

Thoughts?
grav_ity: (women and geeks first)
I meant to say this a couple weeks ago but I got distracted. ;)

Sanctuary has a long history of presenting female characters that are kind of awesome and then having them disappear or turn out to be really annoying. I find this frustrating under the best circumstances, but in Sanctuary it bugs me EVEN MORE because they show often sets up really awesome female characters, and then completely fails to deliver on their greatness. We've lost the empath from "Nubbins", for example, and though I can only assume Ranna will be back, who knows when that will happen. And that's only the tip of the iceberg (and doesn't include the people who are dead).

All of this is a prelude to me admitting that I really, really wanted to like Abby Corigan.

Cut for season three spoilers and general ranting. )

I think I'm going to put her in my Big Bang, along with the empath from Nubbins, just to be obstinate. She can have conversations like:

Abby: Vampires?
Will: It's a long story.
Abby: Like that creepy guy who tried to undress me in the foyer?
Will: ...it's a long story.

*plots*
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How convenient that I just uploaded this icon...

Let me open by saying that while this was probably inevitable, I am choosing to blame it on [livejournal.com profile] midwifeonboard, because her post was the post where I typed out the eight or so questions I have about this ship and how it works. Honestly, though, I've pretty much been thinking about it all day. Because if I start thinking about James/John again (or, God help me, Helen/James/John), my brain might explode.

Also, a lot of these might turn into fic, but I need to think first, and that means typing.

ETA: Oh, look: there's the fic.

One of the things about Normandy that I'm choosing to love (because I could just as easily choose to NOT love it), is that the episode manages to single-handedly joss almost every fic that I love. And, you know, my ENTIRE INTERPRETATION OF JAMES TO THIS POINT. Rather than commence with the rending of garments and the gnashing of teeth (er...well maybe the rending of garments...fictionally anyway), I've decided to just re-read everything I love and see if it will work with what we now know to be the truth. I've done a quick circuit, and managed to come up with a few questions (not all of which I can answer), and a few Things I Believe To Be True.

Are you all sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

Cut for spoilers and probably excessive rambling )

Normandy giveth, and Normandy taketh away.

(Dear Brain, Don't you DARE try to tackle Nikola tonight! Love, me)

(...and now I'm thinking about tackling Nikola.)

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ETA: And now [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra has written Three, which is TOTALLY HOW IT WORKS (and absolutely HEARTBREAKING) (AND AWESOME).
grav_ity: (flashback five)
This is my "go to" list for converting people to Sanctuary. You don't really need to read it. Unless you are not watching Sanctuary, in which case you need to read it and then go and watch the episodes.

No real spoilers, just cut for a list.

Season One )

Season Two )

Season Three )

Yes, I am recommending four episodes I haven't seen yet, based on my assumption that they cannot possibly suck.

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A Few Notes )

Did I forget anything?
grav_ity: (women and geeks first)
("The Definition of Man" comes from "The Chryslids", by John Wyndham. In the book, any person who does not meet the description outlined in "The Definition" is deemed subhuman, and cast out of society. In the book, they use the phrase "deviation from the norm". Plants and animals have their own definitions, and anything outside of them is killed and burned.)

This started a really long time ago, based on a conversation I had with [livejournal.com profile] tielan about what exactly makes an abnormal (and, by extension, why pretty much everything in Australia doesn't qualify). It's become something a little more since then, particularly in light of Pax Romana.

I realize there's no way the show could possibly account for everything. But Abnormality is kind of important. According to Martin Wood (I think), an abnormal is anything that punches in above its weight class, which is just so dramatically vague that it encompasses everything from that Exxon-Valdez thing in "End of Nights" to Jimmy-From-Chicago. Which, again, would not be a huge problem because nothing is perfect...but when you add in Gregory Magnus, Praxis and the way the show completely glosses over social status, it's starting to bug me anyway.

Cut for length and spoilers. (And seriously, my meta posts wander but this one freaking hitchhiked across Asia when I wasn't paying attention.)

On Morals, Station, and Questions Helen Magnus Doesn't Ask )

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Fic Recs )

I am SURE I am missing fics here, so please add more in the comments.
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I realized when I was replying to [livejournal.com profile] mad_maudlin's comment in my first Kate Freelander Meta that I had forgotten to post the fic recs I had planned to. Typically when I do meta, I like to close with the fics that inspired/clarified my thought process, and I was so excited about the Kate meta (and, to be honest, a little worried that if I kept typing, I'd end up re-writing my abnormal meta, which I can't post until Friday), that I plum forgot.

So there will be fic recs! There will also be more thoughts about Kate, because I've realized I have a few more I'd like to share.

No real spoilers, I think, but I do go on. )

Fic Recs )

Please feel free to add more in the comments. I know I've only just scratched the surface.

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There is a new community on lj called [livejournal.com profile] bottle_thon which focuses on the idea of Helen and Kate in Bottle Episode scenarios. The first challenge is live.

grav_ity: (kate - this is a hold up)
I realized when I was replying to [livejournal.com profile] mad_maudlin's comment in my first Kate Freelander Meta that I had forgotten to post the fic recs I had planned to. Typically when I do meta, I like to close with the fics that inspired/clarified my thought process, and I was so excited about the Kate meta (and, to be honest, a little worried that if I kept typing, I'd end up re-writing my abnormal meta, which I can't post until Friday), that I plum forgot.

So there will be fic recs! There will also be more thoughts about Kate, because I've realized I have a few more I'd like to share.

No real spoilers, I think, but I do go on. )

Fic Recs )

Please feel free to add more in the comments. I know I've only just scratched the surface.

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There is a new community on lj called [livejournal.com profile] bottle_thon which focuses on the idea of Helen and Kate in Bottle Episode scenarios. The first challenge is live.

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Let me open by admitting this might not make sense. My perceptions of Kate Freelander are a little complicated, and even though the breakthrough I made today seems totally rational to me, I know my own brain well enough to realize that it might not be the same for everyone else. So the short version of my post is that I love Kate Freelander.

Here is the long version )

Does anyone know how to enter a question for Tapping Tuesday?


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More thoughts and a few fic recs can be found here.
grav_ity: (helen and kate FTW!)
Let me open by admitting this might not make sense. My perceptions of Kate Freelander are a little complicated, and even though the breakthrough I made today seems totally rational to me, I know my own brain well enough to realize that it might not be the same for everyone else. So the short version of my post is that I love Kate Freelander.

Here is the long version )

Does anyone know how to enter a question for Tapping Tuesday?


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More thoughts and a few fic recs can be found here.
grav_ity: (women and geeks first)
Let me begin by saying that I have been trying to write this meta for more than a month now. I start it, I leave it open on my desktop for a few days, Safari crashes, and I lose it. So I'm trying again.

It's not that I don't like Will. He's fine. He's good at his job and he's nice to people and he's genuine. It's just that for whatever reason, I don't care about him (when he's on his own).

But there is one thing about Will that I do find very interesting, and that's why Helen hired him in the first place. I would love to know the professions of Helen's other seconds over the years, because I imagine they've been varied. Helen is exactly practical enough to hire not only the person she feels is the most competent, but also the person she deems most useful to her personally. And the fact that she hired Will is kind of intriguing.

Why We Got Will Zimmerman )

What it comes down to is that Will fills a place on the show, and he fills it absolutely perfectly. He fills it so perfectly, in fact, that it might actually be to the detriment of his own development. Which is kind of a good sacrifice to make. Do I think he's actually capable of running a Sanctuary? Hell no. But it's only been three years. Declan, our other model, has had at least a decade of practice (with James, no less, who must have been a real pain to work for sometimes). I just think Will needs more time to grow up.

And I think that's it. Because if I keep going, I'll make jokes about how even the Bad Guys don't take Will seriously, and get angry about that "brilliant" piece of archaeological "reasoning" again, and I should just quit while I'm ahead.
grav_ity: (women and geeks first)
Let me begin by saying that I have been trying to write this meta for more than a month now. I start it, I leave it open on my desktop for a few days, Safari crashes, and I lose it. So I'm trying again.

It's not that I don't like Will. He's fine. He's good at his job and he's nice to people and he's genuine. It's just that for whatever reason, I don't care about him (when he's on his own).

But there is one thing about Will that I do find very interesting, and that's why Helen hired him in the first place. I would love to know the professions of Helen's other seconds over the years, because I imagine they've been varied. Helen is exactly practical enough to hire not only the person she feels is the most competent, but also the person she deems most useful to her personally. And the fact that she hired Will is kind of intriguing.

Why We Got Will Zimmerman )

What it comes down to is that Will fills a place on the show, and he fills it absolutely perfectly. He fills it so perfectly, in fact, that it might actually be to the detriment of his own development. Which is kind of a good sacrifice to make. Do I think he's actually capable of running a Sanctuary? Hell no. But it's only been three years. Declan, our other model, has had at least a decade of practice (with James, no less, who must have been a real pain to work for sometimes). I just think Will needs more time to grow up.

And I think that's it. Because if I keep going, I'll make jokes about how even the Bad Guys don't take Will seriously, and get angry about that "brilliant" piece of archaeological "reasoning" again, and I should just quit while I'm ahead.
grav_ity: (ashley is nearly as cool as her mother)
I had this discussion with someone on my f-list, though of course now I cannot remember who. I should keep better notes. ;)

Anyway, since this starts with an almost immediate spoiler for "The Five", I figure I should lead with a spoiler cut )

And all of this is, quite naturally, the way I am coping with not thinking about how the Helen/Nikola Showdown of Doom at the Cage Match is going to turn out.

VOTE HELEN, my friends. It's what Nikola would do. ;)
grav_ity: (ashley is nearly as cool as her mother)
I had this discussion with someone on my f-list, though of course now I cannot remember who. I should keep better notes. ;)

Anyway, since this starts with an almost immediate spoiler for "The Five", I figure I should lead with a spoiler cut )

And all of this is, quite naturally, the way I am coping with not thinking about how the Helen/Nikola Showdown of Doom at the Cage Match is going to turn out.

VOTE HELEN, my friends. It's what Nikola would do. ;)
grav_ity: (elementary my dear...oh shut up)
So forgiveness.

It's a theme, a lot. Do you forgive Angel? Spike? Do you forgive Stefan Salvatore? Damon? Do you forgive Logan Echolls? Do you forgive Gul Dukat? Damar? Garak? Locutus of Borg? Do you forgive Darth Vader? Do you forgive John Druitt? Do you forgive Methos? Which of those do you forgive? And why do you forgive some and not others? And after you learn to forgive someone like Methos, does it change your feelings about why you forgave Angel? Is it harder to forgive now then it was before? Did you forgive the Cylons? Did you forgive the humans first? Did you think you had to?

There are really two ways this works. Either they give you a bad guy and they make him good (which happens a lot more often) or they grey the heck out of a shady guy (which can be kind of worse, because if you're unprepared for it, it can really wallop you in the gut). The former is very nearly standard, while the latter is harder to pull off without too much retconning.

(And for simplicity's sake, I'm just dealing with killers. Well, killers and Logan. Because if I start splitting hairs over the likes of Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six, we'll be here forever.)

(I'm also leaving out the Heroic Characters We're Supposed To Forgive, like Duncan MacLeod himself, Jack Harkness, or, say...Angel. Lord, I should just quit while I'm ahead. I'm arbitrary, okay?) (Also, Buffy is still totally the hero, even when it's Angel's own series.)

ANYWAY!

So why do I forgive Angel and not Spike? And why do I forgive Methos almost immediately (though not without freaking out), but hedge on John Druitt?

It's probably time for a spoiler cut. )

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Fic Recs )

I am not watching Queen of Swords. Well, not this week, anyway. (There's always Cold Squad. Which, I imagine, has more dignity. But fewer cravats. Decisions, decisions...)

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