eruthros: BtVS's Riley, captioned "he's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest" (BtVS - riley's vest)
I would squee if I were the squeeing type: Martha ([ profile] soulcake) has finished her gorgeous Sentinel/Stargate SG-1/Angel/overtones-of-Lovecraft horror story Tatters, which is a heck of a lot better than my description makes it sound. It's a sequel to Lovely, which can be found at her main page. Y'all remember "Lovely," right? It's that story with the Lovecraftian white city and Daniel influenced by the Light and evil taking the form of IRS agents? That one. Anyway, "Tatters" is fun and gorgeous and has a plot that makes your brain twist and is just generally wheee!

/ rec for the day

Speaking of crossovers, I want to read more crossovers where people try to put things together and get them spectacularly wrong. Like this story Martha just finished. Or torch's China. None of this "Methos shows up, says 'hey! demons!' and Giles says 'you know, there are these other watchers -- are you immortal?' and it's all wrapped up in the first five pages" crap. Really, folks. We watch the show; we've got the background. It makes sense to us. But just think of all the interesting ways other people could read the characters wrong! (And no, thinking Methos is a younger immortal than MacLeod doesn't count.)

Look at Blair and Jim -- tons of exciting stuff going on there, but usually in a whisper. We hear it. Other people don't. And Blair is the one who looks like he doesn't belong. So imagine Mulder putting all of that together and deciding that Jim's just a cop, but Blair's psychic. Or -- even better! Genetically engineered by the Consortium! Maybe he's a runaway from a secret government project! Maybe Blair's not even his real name! (Sadly, Jim and Blair get injured so much on the show that even Mulder couldn't think they were aliens or hybrids for more than ten seconds. Eventually one of 'em would be shot.)

Or maybe SG-1 shows up, and instead of Willow saying "hey, I've seen that arm patch on the internet -- you're part of some secret government project that travels to other worlds, right?" maybe people think they're from another dimension. Because aliens aren't a big part of the Buffyverse mythos -- but demons and dimensions are. Or maybe Buffy thinks they're a coven. Or trying to re-open the hellmouth. Or rogue demon hunters. We've got rogue demon hunters. Or, or, they could be from the Watcher's Council, trying to catch Buffy in a mistake. And what does SG-1 think of Buffy? The answer had better not be "hey, slayers! I read about those once in an article and because I am Daniel I know EVERYTHING." No. They're just kids. They're idiots. They play war games, maybe. They're delusional. They're in a goa'uld's cult and that's how they seem to know something about alien technology (which they call "magic," the weirdos).

Remember early!Krycek? Does he look like an assassin? No. So maybe instead of RayK telling Fraser "he looked mad, bad, and dangerous to know, and probably was an assassin," RayKcould think "crap, how many young lawyers do we need on the case? Plus I bet Stella falls for him."

Please feel free to come up with your own examples. I'm pondering what Methos would think of Clark. (Hint: it's not "hey, an alien.")
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
[ profile] m_shell and I watched the DVD of the London stage production of Oklahoma! recently. You know, the one with Hugh Jackman? We'd seen it before, but only as a bad PAL to NTSC dub that our prof smuggled out of England.

This led to some discussion about Wolverine playing Curly, as is wont to happen, and I had a sudden flash of Prof X as played by Patrick Stewart in wheelchair singing "the farmer and the cowman should be friends" and trying to stop fights between the two groups and, just, yah. Patrick Stewart. Prof X. Singing this:
"Ain't nobody gonna slug out anythin'. This here is a party!
Break it up ya' two ol' fools. All right, Andrew, sing it!
I'd like to teach you all a little sayin'
And learn the words by heart the way you should
I don't say I'm no better than anybody else,
But I'll be damned if I ain't jist as good!
Is that not just perfect? I mean, see, Magneto is going around all Superman and Mutants Are the Next Generation and stuff, and Prof X is singing about being no better and no worse. Hee!

Sadly, since this is clearly based on movie!canon, one can't have Laurie played by Rogue, so it has to be Jean as Laurie and Scott as Judd, which is lame. And Rogue and Iceman can be Ado Annie and Will, and of course Pyro can be Ali Hakkkkiiiiiiiim.

Except there's no place for Magneto, except perhaps as Andrew, which is also lame.


My other pop culture stream-of-consciousness-casting-call for the day comes from a discussion with [ profile] friede about this ... interesting post in which a Draco fan compares Draco to Lord Peter Wimsey. (Which led to this post wherin a rather famous HP author explains her Draco characterization and uses the phrase "Darth Wimsey." No, really.) After moments of "wtf?" and "but... but..." and "so the logic goes how again?" I tried to work out who the Malfoys are really like in the Wimsey oevre.

[ profile] eruthros: Darth Wimsey my ASS.
[ profile] friede: blerg.
[ profile] eruthros: ... maybe the Duke, actually.
[ profile] eruthros: *ponders Lucius and Narcissa as the Duke and Duchess*
[ profile] friede: oh dear Gawd.
[ profile] eruthros: See, and Lucius knows there's something going on with his dear brother (cousin) that he just can't match -- Sirius has that certain Gryffindorish something.
[ profile] eruthros: Oh! Oh! And then! See, Lucius is imprisoned, and it could totally be all "Clouds of Witness" and Sirius (lala he's dead but whatever) saves him because it TURNS OUT that he wasn't in the Department of Mysteries to kill anyone, but to visit some Commoner Cutie Patootie with a mean jealous husband.
[ profile] friede: *facepalm*
[ profile] friede: FLEE
[ profile] eruthros: Heh.
[ profile] eruthros: Well, as that makes clear, it doesn't work on the SPECIFICS.
[ profile] eruthros: But if I were comparing the Malfoys to a "type" from the LPW books, it would be the Duke, not Wimsey.

I have a sudden desire to cast everyone else, except for the problem where it doesn't work and there is no LPW equivalent in HP. And besides, who'd be Freddie Arbuthnot? The Gringotts goblins? Lame! And Peter's mother! How could anyone else be like the Dowager Duchess? And how in heaven could anyone be Bunter, good steadfast Bunter who brought Peter back from his shell-shock? Or Harriet? Because Harriet and Peter are so much individuals, at least after Strong Poison, when Peter stops being quite so much a cliche with a magnifying-glass monocle.

Hmmmm. Actually, that brings up an interesting point: I wonder if the people who compare Draco to Peter are the people who love the early novels and hate Gaudy Night? Because it does make some sense, rather. Are they looking at Peter as the detective-toff? The white-blond man of distinction, collector of elegant suits and first editions and Daimlers with long bonnets? Rather than as Peter, intelligent and incredibly neurotic and cheerfully ridiculous and learning what it means to be desperately in love? I mean, in that post you see Peter and Harriet's relationship referred to as "inevitable," when that's the last thing I'd consider it -- it's inevitable from the perspective of the series before we meet Harriet in SP. But once DLS starts turning Peter into a real person and writing Harriet? Well, no, because then the whole point is growth and change, and it's the exact opposite of inevitable.

eruthros: Li Ann from Once a Thief with two guns, text "Li Ann" (OaT - Li Ann  red)
I swear, if I see the word "vaunted" one more time... I mean, enough already. Vaunted Jedi serenity, vaunted stoicism, vaunted Gryffindor courage, vaunted Slytherin cunning, Harry's vaunted charisma, Hermione's vaunted intelligence, Snape's vaunted nose, Clark's vaunted innocence and Lex's vaunted evil, vaunted this, vaunted that. We get it. Enough. This has been bugging me for years, and I swear it's getting worse. Especially in HP fandom. The word "vaunted" is not all that common in English literature, and yet it has somehow slipped into fandom like all those damn sex words and it won't leave and no-one seems to really know what it means anyway. Blargh.

This message brought to you by the very last "vaunted Gryffindor honor and courage" that I could take. That is all.


On a similar note, I felt bad and unappreciative today when I was going though newly-downloaded songvids. I try to at least make it all the way through, unless they're just godawful, but today I hit three or four in a row set to music that drove me up the wall, or at least to the delete button, within thirty seconds. I mean, I don't insist on liking the music -- I can't stand Linkin Park, but I think ddcatwoman made a brilliant choice when she set a Smallville vid to "Doesn't Even Matter." And Kid Rock? Ick. But [ profile] sockkpuppett's "Cowboy" rocks.

But there should be a rule. If the song was in the top ten most played for more than a few weeks, I don't want to hear it. Especially if it's all Angsty and Romantic. I didn't want to hear it on the radio for the four thousandth time. And I really, really didn't want to hear it in a context where I have to pay attention to the words to make sense of the vid. And I'm not going to be able to watch the songvid, because the song will make me grit my teeth and want to hit things.

On the other hand, I discovered that I hadn't moved [ profile] sockkpuppett's kick-ass vid "Serenity" off my recently downloaded playlist, and ended up watching it again. And it made me want to go watch the Firefly pilot again, so clearly there was some saving grace to today's proof that 90% of everything is crap.


And, okay, this isn't a fandom crankypants problem, just a general crankypants problem. We're currently getting so many political messages on our house line that they sometimes come one right after another. Someone hangs up and it goes "ring ring" right away. In quick succession, now, we've had Bill Clinton (again), MoveOnPac (a real person telling us about our polling place), one from the election protection hotline (1-866-OUR VOTE, if there's anyone in the world who doesn't already know that number), and ACT reminding us about what we need to take to the polls. I am not kidding. This is what it's like to live in an urban area in a swing state. (And I have to admit that I'm contributing -- I make calls for MoveOnPac and Kerry/Edwards, which is what I'm doing this weekend instead of canvasing, since my foot's still acting up, grrr.)

And the mail! That's not even counting the mail, where we (naturally) get two of everything. Because one poster of Bush "comforting a 9/11 orphan" just isn't enough for one household! Jon Carroll said it better than I do: The newspapers are so heavy with political advertising they have to be carried to her door by donkeys. Yup. Exactly. Donkeys. Carrying many pictures of Bush looking slightly constipated, which I think is supposed to look like Compassion and Post 9/11 Grief and stuff.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
During a conversation on Y!M with [ profile] casira, the subject turned to stoppering death.

Now I want images made of all these things:

[ profile] casira: Gah, I'm just racing through references now. Picturing (Neil's) Death with a cork in her mouth, grinning around it at a very annoyed Snape....
[ profile] casira: "That didn't seem to help." *muffled but cheerful* "Nope!"
[ profile] eruthros: Suddenly I see PTerry's Death in the I Dream of Jeannie bottle. All: WELL, MR SNAPE, YOU'VE MADE YOUR POINT, BUT WERE THE HAREM PANTS REALLY NECESSARY?

More Deaths. )

If only I had any artistic ability whatsoever.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
Ooooh, [ profile] resonant8 has posted a new story! New story new story new story! It's HP/HG/RW, and [ profile] m_shell tells me it's very good. I, being all sensitive to work-safe issues, as it were, am trying very hard to remember to read it when I get home. But everyone should go read it, because [ profile] resonant8 kicks ass.


Also, I have no HP icons. This should be remedied, but I'm kinda uncomfortable with doing icons of Harry or any of the kids because of the Cult around them. I mean, the whole thing where women four times their ages want to have sex with them. Eeek. And Remus has a ridiculous mustache. And Sirius was never my favorite. And Snape icons are a little Cult-of-Alan-Rickmany.

Maybe I should do icons of Gilderoy Lockhart. Or, or, Petunia. Or Dudley with a tail.

Clearly my problem here is that I'm uncomfortable with a fair amount of the tropes of HP fandom. Which is unfortunate, as there's also some really fun stuff going on there.


Ever have someone friend ("trust?") you and defriend ("de-trust?") you inside of, basically, a day? I mean, I'm really horrifically slow at adding people to my friends list, because I forget to do it, or forget to check (because I still have trouble understand why anyone who doesn't already know this would want to read stuff), or am worried about being overwhelmed, but I hope it's not people who are all "well, if she didn't friend me back in two days, I'm leaving!" Or maybe I hope it is those people, because then I can be all "gosh, how immature" and pretend it has nothing to do with anything I say or do. Not that I'm in denial or anything.

eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Good heavens. Anyone who was looking for the ultimate example of bad show-v-tell, I've found it. It reads like badfic, but I swear it's intended to be all moving and stuff. Name not included to protect the really, really guilty.
'Was that the right call?' Jim wondered. 'Should I have stripped him and claimed him as My Guide there and then?'

Jim didn't know.

Jim couldn't imagine anything better than having Blair as his partner.

He was sad because he was pretty sure Blair didn't feel the same way.

*sniffles* Poor Jim! He's so sad! And you can tell he's sad because it says so. Right there. *points*

(Not even going into the whole My Guide thing. Because. Just. Good heavens.)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (A:ts Wes two guns)
Honestly. I can find endless pictures of Vic and Mac sitting on sofas. Talking to people. Buying coffee. On their cell phones.

Come on people. It's technically called John Woo's OaT. I can assure you that the characters absolutely do not spend more time buying coffee or on their cell phones than they do shooting at clowns on trampolines.


Jan. 16th, 2004 04:07 pm
eruthros: Zoe from Firefly, captioned "Zoe has two guns. Two." (FF - Zoe two guns hard mix red)
So it was down to something really freezing last night with the windchill and all. And you'd think that'd be a stumper for me, as a native Northern Californian, but really I don't have difficulty dealing with the cold. It's different, sure, but I'm not sitting there going "this is so wrong and I don't know how to deal! Ahhhh!" or anything. I mean, I already know the principles of dressing for the cold. No problem. I expected the cold to be an issue, but really, it's no big. I walked out and did shopping a while ago and was totally fine. In fact, I thought I'd somehow managed to hit the warm part of the day until I realized that there were ice crystals at the tip of my ponytail where my hair was still a little damp.

But the snow -- that is a stumper. I know how to deal with things that are wet and cold; it rains a lot in California. Wool, check. Wicking fibers, check. Waterproof over the top, check. But it sticks on the ground! It's white! You can't see a damn thing when it's coming down. People drive like maniacs. It ices over. It sticks to your clothes. It's just too weird. So that's gonna take some getting used to.

Do you ever get really grateful to finally see the 63/63 or 87/87 post of a long WIP? Not because you like the story and now there'll be a fun conclusion but because it's finally over and won't be spamming your inbox any more? And people won't be talking about it and quoting the whole damn post to say "wow!!!!! this is getting so good!!!"? I mean, sure, you can filter stuff straight to trash based on the story name, but not if you're on digest, and you still won't catch everything. That's why I left DIEF and DSX back in the day. Occasionally something good came through, but it was swamped by these ten or so teenage girls posting Fraser/Thatcher, and each of them would post six or seven times a day, and then when they finally got to part 87/87 and you breathed a sigh of relief there'd be a SEQUEL. Christ almighty.

This message brought to you by Some Harry Potter List, I Didn't Check Which.

Also, GIP. I haven't decided if I like this icon best, or if I prefer a different one, or what. The background's a double-hard mix; a single comes out a kinda silly purple. I also played with desaturating the background, no hard mix, and stuff like that... but I still don't know how I feel about it. Except that Zoe has two guns. Two. I'm doing a theme. *g*

Now I just need to track me down a OaT screencap from the ep "Drive, She Said." You know. The one where Mac and Vic and Dobrinsky all pull new guns on each other every ten seconds? But I can only find screencaps for the first three episodes, so I may have to settle for just a boring ol' John Woo two-guns moment.

On the other hand, during the search I found Vic/Mac/Dobrinsky kink!fic set during same episode. The concept appears to be that during all the fighting padded handcuffs get involved. Pretty unlikely, but that unlikeness is so trumped by the fact that Dobrinksy's involved that I'm just gonna ignore it. Because Dobrinsky? Dobrinksy? *mind boggles*
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Right now, I *heart* [ profile] jacquez (admin of criticaledge) so, so much. She is unafraid to say things like this:

"I'm axing this on the grounds that it is (a) boring (b) repetitive (c) boring (d) repetitive (e) boring (f) repetitive (g) boring (h) repetitive."


"Anyone who continues responding to the thread after reasonable propagation of this message will be placed on moderated status for the high crime of boring me to death."

This is a goodness, as the discussion has involved the tinhat in one corner refusing to accept anything anyone else says (complete with thinly veiled insults), while half of the list explains things patiently to her at great length, and the other half insults her. Technically many (though not all) of the participants in the discussion have done nothing wrong. But really, it's all incredibly boring. And clearly no-one is going to convince anyone else. I'm glad that, for LauraJV, boring is a crime. Thank heavens.

Although now they'll probably move on to something else. Like whether or not kink (meaning BDSM) automatically makes a story bad, because of course a kink story is only written to get the author off, and doesn't have anything to do with characterization, that being the tinhat's other (current) bugaboo. Sigh.

(She also believes that "the author of a long story is more likely to actually have something to *say,* and to have taken time to develop it in all its complexities." Honestly. Most good authors can do a better story in 5k than most people do with 600k words. And most 600k stories seem to be, um, under-edited. To put it politely.)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Grrrrrr. Tinhats on list drive me bonkers.

Notjumpingin. Notjumpingin. Someone else will say what I would. I don't want to spend the whole day defending a position that should not have to be defended. Not jumping in. Really, really not.

Really, really not.

Well, maybe I'll just write a post just in case no-one else says these things. But I won't post it. Really. Really.

Oh, damn.


eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)

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