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Well, Age of Ultron was certainly a movie.

I spoilered myself thoroughly going in, so I more or less knew what to expect, but also the actual experience of watching a thing is different from reading about it, so my emotional response to various things was different than I perhaps thought it would be.

Read more... )
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My squee-harshing review of Guardians of the Galaxy is under the cut! People who liked the movie probably don't want to read this.

Read more... )
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Annnnd finally here's the other fic I wrote about Bucky! All fixed up and ready for sharing with the world!

how long it's been since I left for the war (1013 words) by sophia_sol
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Hugs, POV Second Person
Summary:

After several weeks of following him, you decide that must be the point. He's not chasing you down - so he wants you to come to him.

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New fic by me! About Bucky's hair, unsurprisingly. I had to write another fic first before I could get to this one, but the other fic is still being fixed of its flaws so I'm posting this first. ENJOY?

as free as my hair (754 words) by sophia_sol
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Hair, Nonsexual Physical Affection
Summary:

He still isn't used to having to take care of mundane bodily issues: trimming his nails, showering, eating. He's mostly been ignoring his hair.

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Apparently I can be pretty irrational in a fandom when someone disagrees on something that is in my opinion very attractive. (cf my reaction to the Narada after Star Trek XI)

Currently I am having that reaction about Bucky's hair.

It's just -- ! I really really like awesome hair on people (and long hair on people of genders not generally associated with long hair is something I definitely count as awesome) and I think Bucky's hair is GREAT.

So when people say insulting things about the hair, or when Bucky getting a haircut is presented as the only obvious choice of what to do with his hair, I get REALLY FRUSTRATED.

And I mean I know that (from what I can tell at least, having read no comics involving Bucky) comics!Bucky has short hair as a matter of course, so it's possible people are being influenced by that - they see that obviously Bucky has short hair so they just....fix that.

BUT NO. MOVIE BUCKY SHOULD BE FREE TO MAKE WHATEVER HAIR CHOICES HE WANTS, and those hair choices can DEFINITELY INCLUDE him keeping his hair long.

OKAY?

(yes there are also arguments to make about long hair being impractical in a fighter because it just gets in your eyes and is something for your opponent to grab onto. I certainly spent a lot of the movie wanting to tell Bucky to get his hair out of his face. But it is possible to tie hair back, or to put it up into something, or whatever! Cutting it is not the only answer!)

In conclusion more long-haired Bucky, fewer hair-cutting scenes, plskthx.

(SORRY I JUST REALLY LIKE HAIR. You can feel free to disagree with any of this.)

(...also wow you people who don't follow me on tumblr have been sheltered from my descent back into MCU fandom after Cap 2. Have I seriously not posted about it since I rewatched Cap 1 a month ago?)
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NEW PODFIC! Actually two new podfics! Because I was in a podficcing mood yesterday. :D

Title: which too untimely here did scorn the earth
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] carmarthen
Podficcer: sophia_sol
Fandom: Romeo es Julia, Elisabeth
Characters/ships: Mercutio/Death, Mercutio/Tybalt, implied Mercutio/Romeo
Length: 4:52
Content notes: Canonical character death, kissing
Summary:
There is no simple word like beloved for what he feels for Tybalt's face, that tightening in his chest of mingled hatred and reluctant fondness, the rush of excitement whenever they cross blades or words. Mercutio has always won, before, the better fighter on both battlefields.

Mercutio opens his eyes after the duel.


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Title: the hip and the dead
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele
Podficcer: sophia_sol
Fandom: Captain America, Avengers, MCU
Characters/ships: Steve Rogers, Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton
Length: 29:22
Content notes: Hipsters
Summary:
When she asks about the other tenants in the building, the realtor just throws up his hands and says, "Look, I don't know. They're artsy types, if they live around here. You know. Hipsters."


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Stream at tumblr not possible because the file is juuuuuust a bit too big for tumblr to be happy with. Sigh.

ALSO: If anyone has any useful tips on how to make streaming happen at ao3, that would be super much appreciated because I CAN NEVER FIGURE IT OUT :(
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so I just rewatched Cap 1 for the first time since it came out and WOW I HAVE SO MANY CAP FEELS. Steve is just so STEVE. cut for spoilers I guess )

Cap 2!

Apr. 5th, 2014 09:42 pm
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Today I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier! HUZZAH it was great. Of course, being me, I read a million spoilery reviews before going to see it, and the thing about doing that is that it means that afterwards I don't feel like I have anything new to say on the subject of the movie. So I guess here are a few personal reactions that don't intend to encompass everything about the movie:

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WAS GREATTTTTTT )

Anyways I will be seeing this movie again soon, because my dad has no nerd friends in the area to see nerd action movies with, so I said I'd go see Thor with him. I'm looking forward to it!
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Yeah, remember when I did recs? ME NEITHER.

ANYWAYS. Here are three fics about timeloops that do something out of the ordinary with them and do so really well!

This Is the Worst Trip (2455 words) by Dira Sudis
Fandom: Generation Kill
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Brad Colbert/Ray Person, Ray Person/Other
Characters: Ray Person, Brad Colbert
Additional Tags: Groundhog Day, Community: fan_flashworks, Temporary Character Death
Summary:
"Well," Brad says, trying to think logically about an impossible affliction based on a movie about Bill Murray and a rodent. "What have you tried so far?"


This is one where the entire events of the fic are just one conversation on one day of the timeloop, and nothing actually gets solved. And wow, it inspires a million feels.

Let's Stop The Time Warp (Again) (113146 words) by lettered

Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, suggested Jane Foster/Thor, Steve Rogers & Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner & Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner & Jane Foster, Bruce Banner & Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner & Thor, Bruce Banner & Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Darcy Lewis, Past Betty Ross/Bruce Banner, Jane Foster & Darcy Lewis
Characters: Tony Stark, Jane Foster, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Thor (Marvel), Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Darcy Lewis, Janet Van Dyne, T'Challa, Hank Pym, Betty Ross, Hulk (Marvel), Pepper's mom, Bill Murray, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Time Loop, Gore, Science, References to Suicide, Family, superheroes have families too
Summary:
Steve Rogers has to live the same day over and over. Bruce, Tony, Pepper, Jane, and Thor try to help him. Then things go from bad to worse.

This story includes, but isn't limited to: Bruce and Tony bonding over science, Bruce and Jane bonding over aliens in outerspace, Steve being a Big Damn Hero, Pepper being rather freakishly efficient, Tony talking about sex a lot, action, gore, a world gone wild, Bruce Banner tending wounds, Darcy Lewis doing PR, Pepper's mother, T'Challa, racebent!Janet, racebent!Pym, Lt. Col James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Clint being incompetent with girls, Natasha being a Big Damn Hero, angry mobs, evil corporations, crazy physics shenanigans, and Bill Murray.


Holy crap, this fic. I was blown away by it when I read it upon it first being posted, and alas it is too long for me to reread it right now just for the sake of writing this rec properly. But wow. So there's a timeloop, but instead of the fix being, like, figuring something out about your life or whatever, they have to build technology to fix it. But how do you do that when you only ever have one day to do the entire process? DUDE. (also feels, of course. But also lots of DUDE over the story itself!)


Run, Bakri Says, by Ferrett Steinmetz
Pro origfic, around 4k words


Here a person is deliberately creating the timeloop and letting it keep on reiterating until the desired outcome is achieved. And it is, um, not a cheery story. Content notes include lots of death and lots of unhealthy attitudes towards dying and killing. But it is really powerful and definitely worth reading.
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Saw a movie today! Cure for Love! It's about ex-gay ministries and also ex-ex-gay people. Very interesting! It was super weird though to watch all these people talk about how desperately they wanted to not experience these intense desires but that they couldn't make themselves not -- and I was just full of DOES NOT COMPUTE because I have no idea what experiencing that sort of desire (towards anyone!) feels like. Also I really liked when this one dude called himself, in a sort of joking-not-joking way, "bisexual homo-emotional".

Saw a movie yesterday too! Iron Man 3! I've seen a million billion posts about it go by on my DW rlist already and they said everything already so I don't really feel the need? It was a fun movie and I enjoyed it.
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AVENGERS, RIGHT. I was going to post an Avengers reaction post beyond just my extensive thoughts about that one line, wasn't I! Well, this evening I saw the film for the second time, so maybe NOW is a good time? OKAY!

Spoilers, of course! )

The other interesting thing, though, is just comparing the two different evenings I went to see this movie. This evening was with my dad, who loves shiny action movies and is perfectly happy for those to be superhero movies but doesn't actually care a whole lot about superheroes so I had to explain a bunch of stuff to him, and the first time was with a group of SUPER NERDY FRIENDS who know way more than me about comics. Both were fun in very different ways!

This evening Dad and I arrived like five minutes before the movie was due to start, and proceeded to laugh with each other and engage in commentary with each other throughout the movie because HOW COULD WE NOT. ~bonding!~

The first time -- well, let me just share with you what I wrote down at the time.

Essie and Russ and the Albertan and I went to see it on opening night, in costume of course. I was Hawkeye, Essie was Loki, Russ was Black Widow, and the Albertan was Iron Man. We all looked pretty fantastic if I do say so myself. :D

When we got to the theatre (like three hours before the movie was due to begin, OF COURSE, because standing in line can be astonishingly fun?) there were only two people there ahead of us in line, and they turned out to be people Essie and I knew back in high school! And they too were in costume -- as Thor and Iron Man. EXCELLENT.

So then we proceeded to just have basically the best time ever, sitting on the floor in the hallway of a movie theatre and geeking out to each other. Essie long ago incepted me into finding it genuinely enjoyable to listen to other people talk about comics, so I had a grand time, because Thor and Iron Man are both well-read and thoughtful when it comes to comics (and other nerdy things).

The conversation was wide-ranging too, of course, so occasionally we veered into subjects I could actually participate in, which was also good times.

Also hilarious was the careful way both sides of the conversation introduced elements of fandom into the conversation to see how far was acceptable/appreciated to talk about. Because one must be careful about talking about such things to people who wouldn't understand. But we went from an oblique reference to the AO3 early on, to me recommending to Thor near the end of the time we were waiting that she read that one really awesome Captain Jack Harkness/Chewbacca fic. YEAH.

So basically the evening would have been worth it just for the standing in line parts of the festivities, never even mind the movie, because GEEKING OUT WITH FELLOW GEEKS. AWESOME!

And then of course there WAS the movie, and we all shut up totally and watched it in deeply focused silence together.

In conclusion -- oh wait, I already had a conclusion, and then I kept talking. /o\ Well, for my SECOND conclusion, there are many ways to enjoy a movie-going experience, valuable for different reasons, and I am very happy I got to see it this second time.

And in a third conclusion, because I MIGHT AS WELL if I am on a roll like this, I don't think Avengers is actually my shiny new fandom? I mean, it's probably clear at this point that I'm moving on from bandom (BANDOM ILU BUT YOU ARE NO LONGER FIRST IN MY HEART), but though I'm happily into Avengers it hasn't ever been that all-consuming adoration that proper fandom-switching results in. I like Avengers a lot, don't get me wrong, and I have lots of feels! AS SHOULD BE OBVIOUS! But frankly I think the only reason I'm so into it right now is because it is the current fandom zeitgeist and I am caught up in everyone's enthusiasm. I haven't at all felt the need to go trawling through page after page of terrible fic to make sure I find all the gems, like I would if this were actually my shiny new fandom. This feels kind of weird for me! I don't usually do fandom in this way; it's usually kind of an all-or-nothing proposition with me and picking up fandoms! I'm curious to see where it goes.
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Ahaha, oh look, even before I post my complete movie thoughts about having seen Avengers, I'm writing up a whole post about the use of a single word in it? Yeah, that sounds about par for course for me. :P

So. I've been seeing a lot of conversation about that insult, you know the one I mean. )

Grouch

Apr. 23rd, 2012 04:27 pm
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Apparently this is how I roll right now: ANOTHER POST about something I don't like! BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW I LIKE BEING GROUCHY? Um. That sounds totally accurate, yeah....

DAMNIT I WANT TO GET BACK TO SQUEE, WHAT AM I EVEN DOING?



I hang out in Pinboard's popular/fandom page kind of a lot and it's always fascinating to track fandom trends via the fandoms that show up. Like, for instance, I'd never seen a Hunger Games anything on the page in all the time I've been stopping by (which is, btw, EXTREMELY REGULARLY and has been since the page first launched), and then the DAY AFTER the movie was released? HUNGER GAMES FIC. It's fascinating to me, this indication yet again that fandoms don't get popular until there's movies/tv of them. The Hunger Games books are a huge fucking deal, lots of people adore them, and yet there wasn't enough fannish density or enthusiasm until after the movie came out for any of the fandom's creations to make it onto the popular/fandom page.

I've also been finding it interesting to notice the shift in popular pairings in Avengers fic that gets bookmarked. The stuff on the popular/fandom page used to be all about the Tony/Steve, with the occasional other mixed in. Then one day the first Clint/Coulson fic showed up among the variety of occasional other pairings, and I was like WTF because the pairing seemed kind of out there. Where did it come from? Who came up with it? And I shrugged, and was like, sure, whatevs, there's always people wanting to see what happens when you ship two unexpected people together. I mean, I certainly enjoy seeing what happens!

But these days? Something like HALF of the Avengers fic on the page is Clint/Coulson.

What happened?

The thing is, I'm actually kind of upset at the Clint/Coulson? Because fandom's random unfounded pairing of choice involving Clint and a non-comics-canon character used to be Clint/Darcy and I was ALL OVER THAT because DARCYYYYYYYYYY. And these days I see almost no Clint/Darcy fic, and people are all about the Clint/Coulson. It's one of those things that makes me think grouchily about the way fandom loves its white-dudes-fucking. Because I see no reason for Clint/Coulson to be more popular than Clint/Darcy except for the fact that it doesn't have a woman in it.

I don't have any objection to the ship Clint/Coulson itself! Excellent fic can be written for it! And I do very much enjoy reading fic about characters you wouldn't necessarily expect to ship, and I like the way that fandom is open to embracing the unexpected. In a vacuum, I could see myself really enjoying Clint/Coulson, because they are both fun characters to read about. But I am not reading it in a vacuum, I am reading it in a mindset where I can't help but think to myself BUT WHY NOT CLINT/DARCY??????

I also don't have any objection to those who like to read and/or write Clint/Coulson! You specifically enjoying it is not where I am seeing the problem. I mean, I certainly do ship plenty of white dudes with each other in some fandoms; but in other fandoms I ship PoC dudes, or white ladies, or PoC ladies, or indeed people who do not conform to standard ideas of gender (or race, on account of being, say, a different species), in a variety of combinations. If for instance I were to be judged solely on the basis of Fraser/Kowalski, my tastes would be rather damning -- but I am not judged solely on the basis of Fraser/Kowalski, just like other people are not to be judged solely on the basis of Clint/Coulson. So the problem is not any particular person!

No, the problem is that the rise of this ship is an excellent example of the endemic problem in fandom where the Ships That Eat Fandom are almost inevitably about two white dudes, and apparently my brain has decided that THIS is the ship on which to take a stand.

So this means that even though I'm quite sure there's very good fic out there for Clint/Coulson, written by excellent authors -- and in fact I have even read a small amount of it -- I don't actually want to read it. It makes me GRUMPY every time I see another fic involving Clint/Coulson.

I DON'T WANT TO BE GRUMPY BUT APPARENTLY THAT IS NOT WORKING WELL FOR ME RIGHT NOW.

(on a semi-related note, this all makes me wish yet again that I had done the thing I'd kind of wanted to do when the popular/fandom page was first rolled out, of keeping stats every single day about what fandoms showed up on it in what quantity. I could have made such shiny graphs out of that kind of data! And it would have been so interesting! *sigh* Although even if I'd done that it wouldn't have tracked things like the Steve/Tony vs Clint/Coulson vs Clint/Darcy thing)

(Oh, and btw, this is a psa to any of you who might have gotten a Pinboard account more recently, to go to your settings page and click the ticky that says you are a member of fandom. That will ensure that your bookmarks will be taken into account in the algorithm to put together the popular/fandom page. The more fans that do this, the better and more useful the popular/fandom page will be!)

A meme!

Sep. 22nd, 2011 02:00 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen

What are the three things that most attract you to a fandom?

Comment with an answer to the question above.

I’ll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.

Post to your journal with the answers to the questions. Or if you want, post in the comments here. Or both!

Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

My answer to the question )

And now my answers to Carmarthen's five questions for me, cut individually because I have a tendency to go on at some length.

1. So, bandom...perhaps I missed it, but what tipped you over into obsession there? )

2. Favorite Arabian Nights story? )

3. What three fandoms do you wish existed? )

4. What is your favorite modern AU trope? )

5. What movie are you looking forward to? )
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So [personal profile] sentientcitizen and I finally had the chance to go out and see Thor. And OH MY GOD THOR. CUT FOR FLAIL AND SPOILERS )

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