muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Run!)
I'm behind on all my shows except Agents of SHIELD. I felt like "T.R.A.C.K.S." was a very strong episode, and I'll admit to clapping like a seal at the cameo. I really liked the time element. However, Skye has moved up to my favourite character, so you can guess I'm anticipating next episode pretty hard.

Will try to catch up with Musketeers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Elementary as I can.

Listened to a couple of Doctor Who episodes.
"Loups Garoux" with Five and Turlough, which was... kind of a waste of a fantastic setting. I mean, it's set during Carnival in post-apocalyptic Brazil, when the Amazon has turned into a dustbowl and one major character has the spirits of the rainforest living in her head, and the best you can come up with for plot is Patricia Briggs-style werewolves? Why bother with all the future setting if the whole story is going to be about alpha dudes fighting over the only girl in the village? I mean, I like Five failing to deal with women as much as the next girl, but meh. Nice to meet Turlough though.

"Dust Breeding" with Seven, Ace, Bev and the Master, which was fine. I think my goal with Seven episodes is currently to come away saying, "Wow, he wasn't a total dick in this one!" Which he didn't so that was nice, but it seemed like kind of a waste of the Master, and I didn't get much of a feel for Bev. So over all a fine episode, but I kept feeling like it was going to turn out something better than it ended up being.

Three book reviews:
The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan.
I wavered wildly as to how much I liked this book. On one hand, SCIENCE! Also the usual likeable cast and non-standard romance plot of charmingness.

On the other hand, Milan's usual traumatic backstories didn't gel for me this time around. I alternated between feeling as though I didn't know enough about Violet to gauge her reactions, to feeling like her reactions didn't really fit with her backstory, to just throwing my hands up and going with it. Usually Milan characters have a very natural feel, but both here had me side-eyeing them a fair bit. Especially that she felt there needed to be the extra story with the kittens and the dead sister.

I did enjoy the science, and some of the family interactions were great, so I'd say it's worth reading if you're into the series, but it felt like a bit of a let to down after how much I enjoyed the previous book.


Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner
In structure it's such a familiar Girl's Own Adventure YA story that I actually started feeling horribly nostalgic about thirty pages in. This is the kind of story I ate like ice cream when I was a teenager. This is not a book with many, if any, surprises.

But it did what it set out to do well. If you want a book about a plucky, polyglot orphan who travels around a beautifully-rendered seventeenth-century Europe making friends and having adventures (and if by describing this you could mentally picture the entire plot and suddenly felt horribly nostalgic), well this could be a book for you!

I'm given to understand that the next one departs for the format, and I'm interested to read that now too.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter # 1) by J.K. Rowling
Reread this for the first time in close to fifteen years (I think I ran through it again while waiting for Goblet of Fire to come out). With all the drama that came after, I some times forget what a hoot this series was at the start. It really is a charming Middle-grade coming of age story with lots of humour and fun characters. I enjoyed rereading it immensely.
muccamukk: Woman sleeping in bed, surrounded by books. (Books: Ballycumbers)
Title: Air Heart
Author: [personal profile] magnetic_pole
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Minerva McGonagall/Rolanda Hooch, Myrtle, Walburga Black, Lucretia Black, Albus Dumbledore, Tom Riddle.
Words: 7,800
Rating: PG -13
Summary: A young Minerva McGonagall takes flight.
Notes: This fic has the greatest voice and atmosphere, it's a diary of Minerva's school days, war years with two squibs under her wing, and I just love the building sense of both something horribly wrong, and Minerva's ideas of herself. Pretty much perfect fic.

Title: Madhouse/Asylum
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Yahtzee
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Characters: Abbie Mills & Ichabod Crane
Words: 1,300
Rating: G (though somewhat graphic discussion of mental institutions in the 1700s).
Summary: Ichabod Crane must build a whole new world. Where can he begin?
Notes: Always nice to see Yahtzee in one of my fandoms. Fic might tred slightly heavily on Ichabod's sense of displacement, and technology, what is it? But it also has a great voice for him, and some really neat insight into the events of the pilot.

Title: Everything Old Is New Again
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] samyazaz
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Characters: Abbie Mills & Ichabod Crane
Words: 1,600
Rating: G
Summary: It doesn't take more than a moment's thought for Abbie to realize that she's going to have to bring Ichabod home. The man can't even figure out how to unlock a car door, a hotel is absolutely out of the question. He'd probably lock himself inside and then starve to death.
Notes: So moving in together seems to be a thing, this is another cute take. I love the descriptions of food, and the general back and forth between them. I guess we find out if they do move in together TOMORROW when we get a new episode!

Recently read:
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz. I was honestly reading this book as research for future apocafic, and on that level it didn't actually deliver. There were about two chapters about the logistics of surviving a mass-extinction event, and thirty chapters about other random things.

All the other random things were very interesting! I thought the early section reviewing previous mass-extinctions was especially well put together, and I liked the chapter about grey whales. The author was interesting, if rather superficial, and kept me reading. I'm just a little disappointed that it wasn't what I was looking for.


The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox about finding and deciphering Linear B. Absolutely fascinating read. I loved how the author blended insightful character studies with reasonably complex linguistics. Instead of simplifying the science to meaninglessness, Fox builds up the methods of deciphering Linear B as people discover and use them, making the book both enlightening and completely comprehensible to lay people.

I also enjoyed Fox's talent for sketching characters with a few words or a well chosen quote. She does not, for example, belabour Evans' Victorian mores, but simply underlines them with a few quotes and lets him speak for himself. The same is true of her portraits of the other key characters.

Highly enjoyable read, and I will be looking for more science writing by Fox.
muccamukk: Han Solo, Leia Organa, C-3PO, Chewbacca watch from the bushes. (SW: We're Watching You!)
List the first ten series that come to mind. Your friends will comment with the character from each series that they think you are most like. Remember this is who I'm most like, not necessarily my favourites!

1. Doctor Who (New Series)
2. Torchwood
3. Stargate: SG-1
4. Stargate: Atlantis
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
6. The Lord of the Rings
7. Firefly
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Harry Potter
10. Star Wars (Original Trilogy)


I think I picked series that I know that other people reading this are familiar with, and ones with big casts, rather than my favourites.

Of course, only answer the series that you know! :-)
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
The one who seduced you and fucked you over and broke your heart in a million pieces and laughed about it: Battlestar Galactica

The old flame you don't see very often any more but whom you still really enjoy getting together with for a few drinks and maybe a pleasant nostalgic romp in the sheets: Stargate

The mysterious dark gothy one whom you used to sit up with talking until 3 a.m. at weird coffee houses and with whom you were quite smitten until you realized ze really was fucking crazy: The Sentinel

The one you spent a whole weekend in bed with and who drank up all your liquor, and whom you'd still really like to fuck again although you're relieved ze doesn't actually live in town: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The steady: Currently single in fandom.

The one you repeatedly cheat on your steady with: See above, but currently Starsky & Hutch

The one you find yourself too tongue-tied to do anything but stare at adoringly, clinging to hir every word: The Middleman

The alluring stranger whom you've flirted with at parties but have never gotten really serious with: Harry Potter

The one you hang out with and have vague fantasies about maybe having a thing with but ultimately you're just good buddies 'cause the friendship is there but the chemistry ain't: Doctor Who

The one your friends keep introducing you to and who seems like a hell of a cool peep except it's never really gone anywhere: Farscape

The one you slept with on the rebound who still smiles at you, yet you have no interest in any more: Bones

The one who's slept with all your friends, and you keep looking at hir and thinking, "Hir? How the hell did ze land all these cool babes?": Heroes

The one your friend has fallen for like a ton of bricks and whom ze keeps babbling to you about on the phone for hours, and you'd be happy for hir except you just know it's going to end badly: Lost
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
I remember a while ago that I fic meme was going around wherein some would write a popular pairing like Sam Carter/Jack O'Neill from Stargate, only crossing over fandoms, so it would be Sam Winchester/Jack Harkness or something equally silly. The idea amused me greatly at the time, and though I never actually did it. I've been mentally compiling a list of names.

It's possible that I have too much time on my hands. Not that I'm avoiding dishes, or anything.

Here's what I could think of off the top of my head. )
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
But first let's take a moment to discuss the theory that John Sheppard is, in fact, Harry Potter.

First, we have general appearance, mainly unruly black hair, striking green eyes and lean figure. No scar on John, but maybe he found a way to cover it up. John's also a bit too old, but I figure that defeating the Dark Lord by age seventeen has got to put a few lines on the face. Also, I see both time lines as somewhat flexible.

Second: they both possess a blatant disregard for authority and a streak of recklessness a mile wide.

Third: They both have a huge hero complex.

Fourth: They both love to fly more than just about anything else (also sports, though I've never heard Harry's position on ferries wheels).

Fifth: They're both kind of clueless around women.

Sixth: Absent parents (and John's past isn't something he talks about basically ever, and yeah, I haven't seen a lot of Season Four)

Seventh: They both have special powers (I'm totally willing to get behind Ancient gene = magic).

Now, unfortunately Harry doesn't quite have John's sarcasm, but he definitely shows signs of it in later books.

There is also the issue of nationality, but I figure Harry could be hiding. Or something.

I've seen it done in fic a few times, but never in a way that's really grabbed me.
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Title: Something This True
Author: Circe
Fandom: Harry Potter
Words: 6,900
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Post OotP: Sirius Black returns, but nobody can see, hear, or feel him. With Remus refusing to cry and James running the afterlife...well...something has got to change.
Notes: This is sweet, teary and very funny. The pairing is pretty much my Harry Potter OTP (as far as I'll ever have one) and it's done very well here. As far as denial fic goes, this one rules.

Quote: Sirius frowned at him. “So you’ve been sent? What, as some sort of living/dead liaison or something?”

James’s smile went a little smug. “Or something. I’m not at liberty to discuss what comes after death with those who haven’t come over. Consider it a privileged secret, like the password to the prefects’ bathroom.”

“Remus gave us the password all the time and so did you, once you got yourself picked as Head Boy.”

“Ah, a fine and decent friend was Remus,” James said reminiscently. “That bathroom convinced me that being Head Boy was worth my while.”

Sirius shook his head, amused as he always was by James’s ability to be flippant. Then shook it again, harder, to bring himself back around to the topic at hand. “Damn it, James, don’t distract me. I’m not dead. I walked back out of the Gate. I touched things. I hate to say, but the door did literally hit me on the arse on the way out. I opened the drapes over my mother. Watch this.” Scouting around he came up with a peanut which he held up for James to see and then flung it squarely at the back of Remus’s head with excellent results; James and Remus both yelped and turned to stare.
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Passed on from [livejournal.com profile] linaelyn: Emma Thompson wins at life.

Found, somewhere or other: The Life and Death of Jesse James: An Internet love mystery. Which is wank, really, but there's a sad voyeristic part of me that finds people being crazy fascinating. Also, well written, funny and interesting.

In my somewhat traumatising, and thus far futile, search for the aforementioned Harry Potter fic, I did found:

Title: Lost: Small Boy, Answers to Harry (for part one)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tawabids
Fandom: Harry Potter
Words: 268,400
Rating: PG-13
Summary: AU: Sirius flees through muggle London with his four year old Godson in his arms, their pursuers closing in. (Also for part one)
Notes: I liked to the first part in a trilogy I've only read the first two parts of, but I really like it so far. There's a lot of Sirius Grabs Harry and Runs fic out there, but this is the first one I've found that's actually interesting and not just fluffy kid fic or a rehash of the novels. This is a plotty, in character, fully-fledged alternate universe that covers the canon of the first six books and accurately speculates as to a lot of stuff in DH. It's original, fun, angsty, exciting, and really fracking long. She does keep most if not all of the canon pairings, which is a bit distracting, but as it's adventure not romance, don't let it stop you.

And some random Doctor Who vid recs.

The Bells
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] croc_rocketfan
Song: "Carol of the Bells" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Clips from: 101-313.
Notes: This vid = really cool. The first minute or so (0:20-1:15) is pretty much what I always imagined the Time War looking like. I'm not sure if that's the intention or if it just sort of happened, but still really cool. Also, there's a lot of great pairings of shots that similar themes. Also angst. Very well done indeed.

History Repeating
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] rhoboat
Song: "History Repeating" by the Propellerheads, featuring Shirley Bassey
Clips from: 101-313
Notes: Hee! This is a great song, and a fun concept. It is entirely worth it just for the dance sequence in the middle, and there's a lot more twists and turns besides.

Backwards
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolynflight
Song: "Backwards" by Rascal Flatts
Clips from: everything up through the 2007 Christmas Special.
Notes: Double hee! The above is pretty funny. This is just too good. It's beautifully edited and absolutely hilarious. Watch for captions! I'll leave the vidder's summary to say the rest: Wanna know what you get when you play a country song backwards? Humor,Ten/Jack, Ten/Rose, Ten/Martha, Ten/TARDIS, Ten/Sonic Screwdriver,Ten/found objects.

ETA: Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] gwendolynflight also brought us this bit of brilliance. (Spoilers for 311-313.)
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So I was watching [livejournal.com profile] di_br's excellent vid Rewind about Sirius Black, and initially not getting much past "Wow... Gary Oldman is really pretty with long wavy hair" when I remembered my desire for fic of the Harry Potter persuasion.

Can anyone rec me fic that centres on Harry/Sirius in a non slashy way, and involves Sirius realising that Harry and James are different people, and that he loves Harry for himself? Any kind of use or abuse of canon is great. Thank you!

I would look myself, but I'm vaguely terrified of this fandom.

And that whole thing about giving up fic for Lent? It kind of died a while ago.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Troy: Smegheads)
So I did the good old Myers-Briggs test, and got the same answer that I always do, only now with a comparable Harry Potter character attached (it's possible that I've done this one before, so apologies in advance if you've heard this rant already).

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Which is kind of why I have a huge problem with the while Harry Potter universe, and a lot of other fantasy worlds. I do love the books, and the characters, and have enjoyed them throughly, but I've always had the feeling that there wouldn't be a place for me in them. I'm not one to follow the rules under every circumstance, and I do believe in the power of civil disobedience to overturn bad laws, but generally I strongly feel that rules and laws exist for a good reason, and are generally for the benefit of everyone, and really ought to be followed. There's a quote from A Man for All Seasons that runs like this:
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!
But in Harry Potter, people who believe in rules, and order and the established order are people like Percy, generally straight-laced and blinkered, too doggedly loyal to see anything other than what they want to, and too trusting in the system to be able to act to save it. Throughout the books, Law and Order, as represented by the Ministry of Magic, is either no help at all, or actually gets in the way. Hermione, the most rule-abiding of the students to start with, is seen as brave when she goes against her nature and becomes a rebel, and as a bit of a stick in the mud when she refuses to.

Candy over at Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Novels mentioned in her review of [livejournal.com profile] naominovik's His Majesty's Dragon that:
Laurence himself is a breath of fresh air. Romancelandia is populated with rogues--in Dungeons and Dragons terms, most heroes are either Chaotic Good or Chaotic Neutral. Laurence, on the other hand, is just a touch stiff-rumped... he loves his proprieties, and he’s a big proponent of order and discipline. He comes across as an utterly convincing product of his time and upbringing, and I hadn’t realized how heartily sick I was of the alpha hero who forges his own path, devil take the hindmost, until I encountered Laurence.
Which made me say, "yeah, that's exactly it!" (though that wasn't actually my favourite book ever, I did really like Laurance). And maybe a story about people who respected the rules would be rather boring, but that's kind of what I relate to most, so I'm not prepared to be hugely rational on this point. It's why I generally like detective stories about actually police officers better than ones with PIs, and why I've never been able to stand most guy novels about rogue-whatever-they-ares.

Yes, Harry Potter is a children's book, and therefore there's a certain emphasis on freedom from adult rules and structure, but it strikes me that there could be a at least a little respect for the adult world with is rules in there somewhere too. (Not that I think there would be much of a place for me on the absolute other end of the spectrum, in the Chronicles of Narnia, as my crimes already considerably outnumber Susan's.)

Each fictional universe has it's own range of acceptable of behaviours allotted to heroes, villains, and stuffy people who get in the way, while my personality remains roughly fixed. In each book, I look to see where I fit in, and if I'm Percy Weasley here, I'm not seeing a huge amount of overlap in values.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Reading)
So the Atlantic coast people and others in the sunrise direction have undoubtedly laid hands on the Book by now. I wish them a very merry time reading it. I will probably snag a copy off of one of my cousins in August or so, but have already deliberately spoiled myself.

Still, I declare this LJ a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Free Zone from now until then. It's not that I don't care about the book, I just don't want to ruin it for someone who stumbles in.

ETA: Also, this spoiler free commentary on spoilers is pretty awesome, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cruisedirector for the link.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Historic)
So I've been thinking about this all weekend, on and off, and here's the scattered contents of my brain: Long. Typos. Spoilers for all three of the new serieses )

Thumbnail Episode reviews based perhaps of hazy memories )

Okay, think that's out of my system. For now anyway. There may be more later.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
First season Angel has again reminded me of how few protagonists have happy, functional families in canon, and how fewer still grew up with two parents who were not divorced, absent, abusive, neglectful or dead. (This is in no way meant to imply that children from single-parent/blended/whatever homes cannot be as happy or happier than two-parent birth families. I'm just saying that since the cultural ideal seems to lean that way, it's interesting that so few characters from that background.) Thinking about it, these are the only ones I can come up with.
  • Kaylee Frye - Firefly (I think)
  • Hermione Granger - Harry Potter
  • Dylan Hunt - Andromeda (I think)
  • Harry Kim - Star Trek: Voyager
  • Cameron Mitchell - Stargate: SG-1
  • John Sheridan - Babylon 5
  • The Weasley Children - Harry Potter
Everyone else I can think of either has family issues, or their families were never brought up in canon. I'm not sure about modern statistics on these issues, but that seems a little disproportionate to me.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
The following may come off as bitchy and unreasonable, but it's my journal and I can post what I want. I'm not cutting it for the same reason. This is not directed at anyone on my flist in particular, and I don't mean to offend any of you (except for you over there -points and laughs-).

Some of you may have noticed that I'm getting more twitchy in relation to fandom of late. The reason for this is that I'm changing my outlooks on life, have been over the last few years, and fandom is not changing with me, and I'm suffering separation anxiety of sorts. My problem with fandom is that I'm tired of men, but I don't know how to get rid of them. Wow, that came out really '70s feminist, which is good and bad. I'm not a man-hater. I can and do relate to male characters. It's not that I want to get rid of men in fandom all together. I just want to read more about women, for a change.

I find it very frustrating that the part of fandom that I participate in is written by women and for women and about men. Yes, you can blame canon. The women on sci fi and fantasy shows tend to be less detailed, more inconsistent, and somewhat overshadowed a lot of the time. However, I've been noticing more and more that shows respond at least somewhat to fanish demands. TPTB what to give us what we want, because then we'll keep watching. I don't think that fandom wants more strong women. They don't.

Case point, Andromeda: the cast has an equal number of men and women, with a range of personalities. The women are generally as well written as the men. Basically the entire fandom concentrates on one male character. Except for a little het (which is still about that male character, really). All women are resoundingly ignored.

Case point, Ginny Weasley is a slut.

Then there's the whole issue of Mary Sues. Now I know I've rallied against them in the past (though more the sueification of canon characters), and I still don't like a lot of the bad writing that often goes with them, but the more I think about it, the more I'm in favour of them in principle. If for no other reason than it adds women to male driven canon or fanon. Shooting them down is beginning to seem more like attacking women than bad characters.

I remember reading a female fan commenting of Supernatural that she liked her shows to be a "sausage fest," and thinking, "Wow... freedom of opinion and all... but how can any woman say that?" I avoid more male populated areas of the 'Net like boards, but there seems to be this alarming patriarchal slant to even woman-dominated LJ.

I haven't talked about this a lot before because it makes me look like such a hypocrite. I mean, I look over my own sad few stories, and it's Aragorn and Denethor, Holmes and Watson, Jack and Stephen, Captain Jack Harkness, Commodore James Norrington, Bors and Lancelot, Logan's POV on Marie, and a OFC's POV on Dean and Sam. The last perhaps being the more woman-centric of the lot, and the most recent. And even if I changed that, I don't write much fiction. I'm lousy at meta. I watch shows like Hercules: TLJ and Supernatural, which are pretty much entirely about men. I'm not about to start a super awesome website like [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary's Girl-Wonder.org (which is great to read and always makes me feel somewhat better, but isn't really about one of my fandoms). So it's not like I'm making a huge contribution to the feminist revolution here.

Put up or shut up, right?

The option of just deciding not to read things that are going to piss me off, and leaving fandom (though not LJ, of course) altogether, is beginning to seem like a good one. It seems like quitting, but I'm not sure what else to do.

It's just that keep hearing V -- of all people -- saying, "The truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country," and it won't let me be.

Posting this publicly, because it'll be fair warning for any poor shmuck who stumbles in.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (SGA: Allrightythen)
I have perhaps mentioned before my almost instinctive attraction to characters who do not find themselves especially attractive. I've been half thinking about this for some time, but watching the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang the other night really made me wonder why. Without spoiling the movie too badly, Perry (as played in flaming brilliance by Val Kilmer) is a private detective who is not especially sympathetic to anyone basically ever, with special focus to being unsympathetic to Robert Downey Jr.'s character, Harry (who admittedly is more than a bit of a dork). I was enjoying the performances and the snark in sort of a spectator sport kind of way and liked Perry in the way people like Greg House: great to watch, but you wouldn't want to ever have to deal with them in real life.

Then he said it. Half trying to get rid of Harry, half apologising for screwing him over, he said, with all sincerity, "I'm not a nice man, Harry." He was right. Perry, really isn't a very nice person, he has his good moments, but generally he's verbally abusive, self-centred, manipulative and arrogant. However, despite all evidence to the contrary, I automatically thought, "yes you are" and started to like him. I mean, what the hell is that?

This is exactly why I found myself absolutely fascinated by Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood. He's a terrible person: vindictive, brutal, selfish, completely lacking in compassion. However, he not only realises that he has these qualities, but realises that they present a problem. This is unlike the character of the Sheriff, who I love to hate and is unrepentantly and totally evil. I think this is because by acknowledging that they have a problem, that they are sinners - to use the religious view of it - they are placing themselves on the road to redemption.

Which is all well and good, but why is the road to redemption inherently more appealing that like not needing redemption at all, already redeemed, or even just a little further along or something, someone like Jack O'Neill who hates himself, but is generally a nice guy to his friends? It's not that I don't like those kinds of characters, but it's just kind of odd that self-loathing is a kink, let alone a bulletproof one.

Inversely, I have trouble liking characters who are entirely smug and pleased with themselves, for good or ill, unless it's played for humour like Dr. House or the Sheriff. I really can't stand Draco Malfoy, for example, just don't see it.

I feel I should add that, judging by the amount of OOC!OMG!ANGST out there, that I'm probably not the only one who feels this way. However, I feel that subtlety is key, as is applying it to characters who actually feel that way. Rodney McKay isn't one of them, for example.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Remember by acaciaonnastik)
(Because That's the Kind of Day I'm Having)

A fairly common habit of shippers of any variety is to make the pairing they like stronger by turning the potential rival into a total bastard. In SG-1, for example, Jack/Daniel shippers turn Sam into a bitch queen from hell, and Jack/Sam shippers turn Daniel into a whinny little prig. It's the equivalent of making Watson look stupid so that Holmes can appear smarter (or Aragorn clumsy so Suewen can look cooler). Since I've never been so traumatised that a quick press on the "back" button hasn't cured everything, it's never bothered me that much. These stories tend to come with remarkably bad grammar, so I'm fairly sure I'm not missing much anyway.

The one that actually does bother me is the treatment of women in fic in general. Far too often canon women are either completely ignored or used as fall chicks, someone that has to screw up and and/or be stupid to more the plot along, often to reaffirm the relationship between the male characters. And this is not just in slash, where the focus can be expected to be on the men, but also widely in gen, which often centres on male friendship and bonding, and leaves the women out. I realise a lot of this is a reflection of the frequently poor characterisation of women in canon, who many authors just don't want to deal with, but still it bothers me somehow. I'm not advocating for perfect, all powerful women all the time. Female characters make mistakes too, but I would like those mistakes to be important in relation to themselves, not just in how they affect their male counterparts.

Of course, writers are free to write as they please. It is not the responsibility of writers to write strong women. However, it bothers me that so many female authors (which most fan fic writers are) choose to write like this.

And moving right along, Dead Women in Supernatural (Why?): spoilers for the first season. )
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Initial Reaction: -whimpers faintly-

More considered reaction: -crawls into a corner and cries-

I'm just going to go read Narnia smarm for a while.

Much, much later: Well that was fracking traumatic on a number of levels. Spoilers and quite a bit of scattered rambling )

Comments on anything most welcome -g-
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Getting the last word by posting it in my LJ seems rather immature, but I've got to say this to someone just to get the argument out of my head.

I was sitting at the bus stop with [livejournal.com profile] doublej42 and [livejournal.com profile] why_annette, debating how to get Marcus into the Fourth age of Middle-Earth, when someone interrupted us. He pointed out that JMS had already written what happened to Marcus. I said that I thought “Space, Time and the Incurable Romantic” was out of character rubbish and a travesty to romance and that from my view of things it didn't exist, and therefore I was going to ignore it. The stranger insisted that since JMS created and wrote Babylon 5, his word on the topic was incontrovertible, even if it was in a short story published in a sci fi magazine. We then got into an argument about continuity errors in Crusade, so I didn't get to make the my point properly before the bus came.

The Classical Empiricists believed that reality is subjective, since only matter and motion can be captured by our senses (and those not hugely accurately), everything else is just a secondary impression based on our perception of a combination of the two. Everyone has a different perception, therefore everyone has a different reality. Whether or not there is a reality is a topic of much debate.

Now, mixing my philosophers horribly here, fandom is what Plato would call a shadow of a from. It is our interpretation of someone's impression of a reality that may or may not exist. Unlike the allegory of the cave, we are not chained to this view, we are free to look at that which the person got the impression from in the first place and decide if we like their impression or not. If I feel that their impression is incorrect, I can ignore it. You are free to look at my interpretation of their impression and proclaim that I am clearly on sensory-distorting drugs.

The point of fandom is fun, distraction and creative exploration. If someone else's view interferes with my pursuit of one of these, then why should I pay attention to it. This is not to be rude to them personally, but only to maintain my own interpretation of an impression of a reality that may or may not exist.

I therefore find the following in discordance with my impression of reality (which may or may not exist):

-“Space, Time and the Incurable Romantic” (a short story by JMS that reveals the fate of Marcus).
-The last four seasons of Star Trek: Voyager
-All of Enterprise
-The last two Star Trek: The Next Generation movies.
-The last season of The Sentinel
-All three Star Wars prequels.
-The epilogue of Girl with a Pearl Earring
-Most of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
-Doctor John Watson's second wife.
-Select episodes of every series I've ever watched.

This is not my “denial” list (which includes the deaths of my favourite characters in numerous shows, books and movies [especially ones with Sean Bean]). I can see why most of those things happened. This is my “there was no logical reason to do that so I'm ignoring it and you” list.

Am I unnecessarily dredging up my history and systems of psychology course as a pedantic way of saying “this is my blog and I can do what I want”? I probably am; however, if you have a problem, see the previous sentence.

-g-
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-I may have become a comic geek. It's all EJ's fault. He lent me The Complete Frank Miller Batman, and I've become somewhat obsessed with it. I'm adding Bruce Wyane to my list of favourite neurotic leading men. He totally kicks Clark Kent's ass. Who is Oliver though?

-I miss my fanboys, EJ and [livejournal.com profile] doublej42. ID's great, but he really doesn't get the whole nerd thing.

-What a way to start the day! The CBC should always play erotic poetry at 0930.

-I'm having trouble getting through Seven Pillars; it's getting so sad. I hate what the war is doing to him.

-I haven't been in the tropics since summer '95/'96 and have forgotten what they smell like. I need to either go to Veracruz to research the sensations of a Mexican jungle in the dry season or switch the POV of the second chapter of my SG-1/TS story. Considering my current schedule and finances, I think I'll go for the second one.

-I've created a Sherlock Holmes C2 community on ff.net. It's angst themed and seems to be entirely gen at the moment. All the good slash is either elsewhere or rated too highly to archive. It's mostly for my own reference, which is good, because no one seems to be subscribing.

-I was sitting on a ledge in the side of a cliff watching gigantic waves roar down a narrow surge channel and dramatically spend themselves on the jagged rocks, when it occurred to me that this is a really lousy station to write Mary Sue stories about. Now usually when I'm on the lights, it's not difficult to imagine [insert current lust object here] wash up on the beach and have to be nursed back to health. I love hypothermia treatment. Not that I'd ever write them, but they're nice to think about. Here, however, it's pretty much inconceivable that anyone would wash up even remotely alive. There's a reason the only good beach around here is called "Deadman Cove."

-It's almost impossible to write about waves without it sounding like bad porn.

-Thank you in advance for everyone for cutting Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica spoilers.

-This is so cool!
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