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Dude I have TOO MANY THINGS TO POST ABOUT and not enough time to write up all my thoughts/feels. So you get the abbreviated version now and may or may not get more later.

THINGS:

1. This weekend I visited Verity! And also got to hang out with Effableobject and with Aria! And it was an amazing A+ decision and I had a fabulous time and all of the above people are gr9

2. I watched Maleficent with Verity! (YES even though both of us are the not-good-at-watching-visual-media sort...) and I loved it to itty bits. Not a perfect movie but it did everything I could ever have wanted from this story so I AM HAPPY.

3. I read all of the Fraction Hawkeye that has come out yet! Which means through issue 18. And DAMMIT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. I am terrible at reading WIPs, and I love this comic dearly and I WANT TO KEEP READING IT BUT I CAN'T TILL MORE COMES OUT.

4. Relatedly, I read all of the current Young Avengers, which means through issue 10. And once again DAMMIT WIP.
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Watched The Breakfast Club the other day! Since it's one of those movies that's, like, constantly being referenced, because it was totally a thing back in the day. And since I accidentally read a bunch of Brian/Bender Breakfast Club fics a while back and really enjoyed them and kind of wanted to see what the source material was like.

It's really good! I enjoyed it quite a lot, although I kept on having to pause and cringe. EMBARRASSMENT SQUICK I H8 U.

The rest of what I have to say has spoilers )
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I watched It's A Wonderful Life for the first time this year. Induction into Important Christmas Tradition, accomplished!

It was an unexpectedly good movie. I had FEELINGS over it and everything! Cut for spoilers, even though you've probably been spoilered for this one a million times already. )
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I have been watching a bunch of tv and movies lately because KNITTING CHRISTMAS GIFTS. It takes a long time and it's nice to have something with which to distract one's brain while one's fingers are working.

A few days ago I watched The Jilting of Granny Weatherall. And, okay, that one was really rather weird. I have nothing intelligent to say about it. Or even anything unintelligent to say about it.

Then the other day I watched My Fair Lady for the first time! I KNOW, it's one of those things that everyone's just seen and I never had. FIXED.

It's about what I expected from what I knew about it! Quite delightful but also RAGEFACE that at the end spoilers. ) So of course I went searching for fic that fixes this, and have thus far been unsuccessful. If you know of any, PLEASE LINK ME.

*sigh*

BUT THEN. Today I watched the Zeffirelli version of The Taming of the Shrew and it is....wow. I cannot even.

It plays it perfectly straight in the most uncomplicated and ungenerous and really cringe-worthy interpretation of the play possible: cut for possible triggers for physical and emotional abuse )

And it's been a while since I've read the play myself but as I recall even in its worst bits it wasn't actually NEARLY as bad as this adaptation. *shudders*

After finishing it, I kind of felt like I needed to rewatch 10 Things I Hate About You or something to get that awful taste out of my mouth. I do not even want to think about the dudes who decided that this was a reasonable way to stage this play.

All of a sudden My Fair Lady isn't looking nearly as awful in its portrayal of healthy relationships. (still awful! Just -- not quite as awful.)

Anyways. Then this evening I didn't watch 10 Things because I didn't have it on hand. Instead I watched the first three episodes of I, Claudius. It's very good! I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but dude, I love it. Spoilers! )

So yes. That has been my tv and movie viewing lately! It feels weird to be watching this much visual media. I don't usually do nearly this much of it! Which is weird, because when I talk to some of my non-fandom friends I am astounded by the sheer number of tv shows they're able to keep up with. I wonder sometimes how non-fannish people occupy their time and I guess that is one answer! But I would never be able to sustain this level of visual-media-watching for long. Extenuating circumstances and all that!

Jane Eyre

Aug. 26th, 2011 10:04 pm
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This evening my sister Mara* and I watched the recent movie version of Jane Eyre, the one starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

My reaction! )

Watching this version with Mara was a lot of fun, because she's seen a goodly number of previous versions, so she kept on making reference to things this version or that version did better. This is the only version I've seen, so the only comparisons I was able to make were with the book itself.

Mara has for a long time wanted to do a survey of All The Versions of Jane Eyre, but she just began doing research on the topic and apparently there are like 30 versions of it (not counting the musicals and operas and radio shows and ballets and symphonies and so forth). And she's only seen 4. IT MIGHT TAKE HER A WHILE, is what I'm saying!

But apparently in the last 102 years (since the first version came out in 1909), the longest gap between two movie versions of Jane Eyre has been 13 years, from 1983-1996. And then there was a 9 year gap from 1997-2006. So up until quite recently, CONSTANT JANE EYRE ADAPTATIONS was the name of the game for as long as there's been movies. But we're kind of out of the habit of thinking about it like that now, because of those two recent long gaps!


* I figured I should give my sister a pseudonym of her own here. Now that she's actually in the SAME COUNTRY as me again -- in the same city, even -- she's probably going to show up in mentions here kind of a lot. She and Essie are the two most important people in my life. So.
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Jack Layton is dead. I can't even.

Other people are saying far more eloquent things than I could, so I will leave it there.

Here, have a recs-set of HAPPY THINGS:

every aching old machine, by [livejournal.com profile] longtime_lurker. Bandom; Pete/Patrick. OLD MEN IN LOVE.

Dolphin-Borne, by [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen. The Eagle/Dinotopia; Esca, Cottia, Marcus. DINOTOPIA FUSION.

The Adventures of Lily and Severus (BEST BUDS), by [livejournal.com profile] theopteryx. Harry Potter; Lily, Severus. ADORBS WEE COMIC.

Public Displays of Affection, by [archiveofourown.org profile] philomytha. Vorkosigan; Cordelia/Aral, Alys/Simon. MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE IN LOVE.

untitled, by dakotaaaa. Doctor Who; Amy/Rory. ADORBS DRAWING OF KISSING AND BUNKBEDS.

Choice of Broadsides. NAPOLEONIC WAR CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE, WHERE BEING QUEER IS AN OPTION. ALSO IT IS RIDICULOUSLY FUN.

Lose My Breath, by [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c. White Nights; Kolya/Ray. Vid, to a source you don't need to be familiar with (and it's not just me saying this). TWO DUDES. DANCING. IT IS AMAZING.
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Apparently I am in a RECCING KIND OF MOOD or something, given the tenor of my last several posts. We'll see how long this lasts.

So! As requested by [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen, here is a rec set of epistolary fic!

Where Do You Do Your Research, Wikipedia?, by [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen. The Eagle. Marcus/Esca. Of course this has to be first, the epistolary fic by Carmarthen herself. ♥ WHAT, IT'S WONDERFUL. You can reread and enjoy your own fic, right? :D And for the rest of you who are not Carmarthen: It is a modern AU, in which they are all in a Roman reenactment group. It is obviously written out of a place of love and familiarity with the quirks of reenactors, and it is GREAT. Funny, adorable, spot-on, all that. Recommended even if you are not familiar with The Eagle!

How to Get Your Man, by [livejournal.com profile] misfit_fandoms. Star Trek XI. Chekov/Sulu. In which Chekov courts Sulu, as documented by missives of various sorts, between various people. It is adorable!

Bruno Walton for Student Body President, by [archiveofourown.org profile] kel and [archiveofourown.org profile] rageprufrock. Macdonald Hall series. Bruno/Boots. Er, for all, what, one person on my flist who has read the Macdonald Hall books? Or maybe there's more of you! Or maybe you should read this fic even if you're not familiar with the series! Yeah, let's go with that. After all, I did, and clearly I am an excellent example to follow in this regard. So. All you need to know: Bruno and Boots are two boys who went to boarding school together as kids and were totally inseparable and also trouble-makers. Bruno is the ringleader. This fic is futurefic, in which they're at university together, sending emails to each other during class. It is excellent and you totally want to read it even if you've never heard of Macdonald Hall.

Killing Elvis, by [archiveofourown.org profile] hradzka. Alien. Gen. Um. APPARENTLY there is a second theme here in this rec set, which is, FIC YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW THE CANON FOR. (let me retroactively state that you probs don't need to know Star Trek to enjoy the Chekov/Sulu one either, but hell, you, Dear Reader, are in fandom, and thus I am betting you know at least something about Star Trek. There you go. Now you can read that fic too.) All I knew about Alien before reading this fic: there is an alien. See? You too can read this fic with no outside knowledge! This is a fic about three poor people have to deal with bureaucracy and employee stupidity (and boss stupidity) and a dangerous alien and doing their jobs all at once. It is AWESOME.

Postcards to Jeannie, by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper. SGA. Gen. Um, actually, now I'm afraid I have to say that I actually don't know how well this one would work if you aren't somewhat familiar with SGA. OH WELL. This is a great fic! It is about the friendship between Teyla and Jeannie, as expressed through postcards, and also about the sibling relationship between Rodney and Jeannie, and the lovely teaminess of the SGA team. It is lovely.

And there you go! I hope you have enjoyed these epistolary fics! (and if you have requests for other rec set themes/tropes/etc, feel free to suggest. I may or may not take you up on them, depending on how well I have that particular thing tagged!)
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Thing One: I really need to not read Kane/Toews hockey rpf. Because, dude, Toews is a totally mennonite name. And I know people named Toews. It is WEIRD seeing that name in fanfiction. But -- I was seduced by a soulbonding fic, okay? It is not my fault!

(yes, I know, soulbonding. I REALLY LIKE THE CLICHES, OKAY. I AM NOT ASHAMED.)


Thing Two: I really ought to write up a post on What Being Mennonite Means To Me. Since it does keep on cropping up here occasionally.


Thing Three: You know what I really like? Fic about HUGS and ADORABLENESS. I have recently decided that hugs are something that I need to be tagging for on Delicious, so now I have started doing it, but now that I've started I want ALL THE HUG!FIC. Which means: recs pls? Any fandom! Any characters! As long as it involves hugs and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Actually I'm not picky; fic about any physical affection that is not sex and not sexual would be really awesome, ngl. So. Help a girl out?

(I will start!

Citizens of Amity, a Community fic rated H for hugs, by [personal profile] thingswithwings
How Steve got his hug and kept it, a Hawaii Five-0 fic about Steve needing a hug, by [archiveofourown.org profile] sirona
Hug, a Hawaii Five-0 fic about Danny wanting a hug, by [archiveofourown.org profile] somehowunbroken

Your turn!)


Thing Four: I am a terrible person. I had this idea for a vid that would be hilarious and slightly horrifying and probably also blasphemous. You know the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? And you know the bit where the two little girls sing the song "In the Highways" and it's really kind of an obnoxious song but you feel bad for thinking so because they're kids? I kind of want a vid about Voldemort and the Death Eaters to that song.

"In the highways in the hedges, in the highways in the hedges
In the highways in my hedges I'll be somewhere working for my Lord

I'll be somewhere working, I'll be somewhere working
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord
I'll be somewhere working, I'll be somewhere working
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord

When he calls me I will answer, when he calls me I will answer
When he calls me I will answer I'll be somewhere working for my Lord

I'll be somewhere working..."

I just had to share this thought with you, because I'm certainly never going to vid it, but I figured I shouldn't be the only person with this image in mind. (I totally would have linked you to a youtube video of the little girls singing that song, but it DOESN'T EXIST on youtube, unless you want to hear them singing it as adults and it just doesn't have that same obnoxious quality then. So you should just go watch the movie. Because it is great.)
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I am not catching myself up on my flist and rlist from being gone for an extended Easter weekend. SO MUCH TO DO IN MY REAL LIFE. SO BUSY. AHHHHH. (I hate moving. Why do I own so much clothing? Why do I own so many books? And why does there have to be MOLD on a bunch of my books? DO NOT WANT!) But! I cannot resist posting more about Doctor Who. Because let's face it, when can I ever resist ANYTHING to do with Doctor Who's awesomeness?

So here is a bunch of spoilery discussion of The Impossible Astronaut. )

I'm baaack!

Mar. 1st, 2011 04:38 pm
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Yes, I have returned. I had a fantabulous time with my sister, and I am going to miss her very much until she returns to Canada in the fall.

But on the airplane flight home? I saw what may well be the worst movie I've ever had the privilege to watch. It is called The Sorcerer's Apprentice and is a super-terrible merging of the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice with Arthurian legend and also some extremely bad original ideas of the filmmakers.

There was:
-Females as either personality-less love interests or ultimate evil, males as the main characters!
-Bad guys with British accents, good guys American! (Hello, American suspicion of the British!)
-Also, bad guys in snazzy clothes and good guys rather dishevelled! (hello, American suspicion of the upper class!)
-terrible dialogue!
-romance in which the main character keeps on doing things that if I were the love interest I'd be going UM NO THANK YOU!
-questionable science!
-ridiculous plot!
-probably other terrible stuff too, that I'm just too scarred to remember!

Basically a movie that if I hadn't been a captive audience on an airplane I would not have watched. Although, I mean, I DID have the option to take my headphones off, and I never did.... Mostly, I think, because I was all astonishment at just how execrable it REALLY WAS.
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Thing One: Dude. DUDE. *dies laughing* So a comment in response to a Dresden Files fic I was reading said something about how angry Harry's subconscious must be with him at a particular point in the fic. And I grinned, and was like, yeah, probably. Then today I started reading Fool Moon (aka Book Two of the series) and spoilers )


Thing Two: So, here's a minor matter of etiquette/custom/what-have-you. When posting to dreamwidth and crossposting to LJ, what does one do when linking to old posts of one's? Link to the DW version exclusively? The LJ version exclusively? The DW version if it was posted since moving to DW, and the LJ version if it dates to before the switch to DW? The DW version on DW and then go and edit the LJ post to have a link to the LJ version instead? Some other option that I've managed to not consider? Aaaaaah! Obviously some of these options are more viable than others, and also obviously each choice says something specific about one's policies and/or opinions about the respective sites. And I don't know what I want to be saying! WHAT TO DO.


Thing Three: So Dinah introduced me the other day to this trailer to a new movie based on Beauty and the Beast. And you know I'm a sucker for fairy tales. And, weirdly, this movie actually looks kind of promising! I mean, it could still turn into all kinds of bad news in its execution, since stories like Beauty and the Beast are just ripe with possibilities for fail, but -- I like what I can see of it in the trailer. Am I just crazy or is there actual promise in here?

My biggest problems with it )

Um. Apparently I have more reservations than I thought. But I'm still intrigued! (also, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. Hopefully the movie makes good use of him!)


Thing Four: I'm pretty sure I've decided to just go with the Raven King as the name for my iPod. I keep on trying other names on for size, and I keep coming back to that one. So the Raven King it is, despite the gaudy case.

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