Recs

Mar. 13th, 2016 02:17 pm
muccamukk: White chalk cliffs in forground, small light tower rising out of the sea in background. (Lights: Dover)
[personal profile] sharpiefan made me some lighthouse/lightship icons, which are here.

Title: The Atlantis Job by [archiveofourown.org profile] LtLJ
Fandom: Stargate:Atlantis/Leverage
Characters: Leverage team, McKay, Jack, others
Words: 3k so far
Rating: Teen
Summary: A client tries to use the Leverage crew to steal classified information from a top secret military organization, and Eliot's part-time job with Deep Space Telemetry comes to light. A Retrograde story.
Notes: This is a continuation of the Retrograde AU (which if you haven't read you SHOULD because it's the best SGA fic ever), and it's a WIP, and I wouldn't rec it, except it's GREAT.

Whiskey Brownies recipe (Haven't tried, but looks fab).

[community profile] pbam (Porn Battle Amnesty Month) is taking prompts here.
muccamukk: Thor standing in Asgard throne room, hammer raised in triumph. Text: Art Crawl! (Thor: Art Crawl!)
Day 13

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.


Some icons, two fic and two pictures )
muccamukk: Jeff sitting with his collar unbuttoned, relaxed and happy. (B5: Fond Look)
First off, I forgot to mention that I got this first one from Remix Madness. I thought I had, but... no? So here it is now, and eight femme remix fic, and one random fic I really liked.

Ten Recs: MCU, Marvel Comics, Doctor Who, Star Trek: AOS, Babylon 5, Narnia, Leverage, Raksura, Stargate: Atlantis. )
muccamukk: Uhura sitting at her station, her self in colour, everthing else in grayscale. (ST: Uhura)
I would give the grey whales of this area five stars. Excellent viewing. Though perhaps not today, as it's foggy.

Seattle Review of Books: Talking with Nicola Griffith about the importance of counting women's stories.

Listened to Dark Eyes 4, which was again pretty disappointing, though I didn't make me want to break things like 3 did. They're back to linear storytelling for the Doctor, which helped, and the first two stories which were just sort of the Doctor and Liv bashing about London and Paris were fun, but once we got into the Master V. The Daleks V. the Sontarans V. the Doctor, OMG! I don't care! (Though Eight did manage to get amnesia at one point which pretty well never gets old). I think my problem with this series is that the moment the Master shows up, the companions change from characters to game pieces, and the writers don't seem to realise that. Molly is hardly there, though she gets some excellent scenes in the last act, and Liv spends half the time as a hostage (though we were fortunately in a mind control free zone this time around). I want Doctor Who to be about the Doctor and the companions sharing the universe, not the Doctor fighting people all the time, and the companions as liabilities. Spoilers: Read more... ) I'd heartily rec the first two Dark Eyes stories, and then probably just skip the next two.

The house we're staying in while here has a really good SF DVD collection, so Nenya and I have watched, so far, Star Trek "Operation – Annihilate" which was the blueray one with the new special effects, though these didn't apply to the slug things that still looked like fried eggs. Anyway, good for h/c but had both Nenya and I yelling, "THAT'S WHAT RADIATION IS!" at the screen. Then we watched Stargate: Atlantis "McKay and Mrs. Miller" because Nenya hadn't met Jeanie Miller yet, which was still good, though I find my tolerance for Rodney has gone down since I was in SGA fandom. Jeanie's still aces though, and SAAAAAAAAAAAAAM. Also watched Quantum Leap "Honeymoon Express" which has one of the best Sam/Al scenes in it, and surprisingly good consent issues, considering it was 198whatever. Oh, and the villain was oddly hot.

At the rate I'm going through my (Probably Totally Pie in the Sky) Reading List, I fully expect to be through it by the time I'm forty, if then. Anyway, finished another one.

Parable of the Talents (Earthseed #2) by Octavia E. Butler
I liked this one much better than Sower, it felt like it had more shape and more of a point. (Butler mentioned that it was meant to be one book, but got too long, so she basically hacked the first part off. Which kind of shows.) I really liked the lens of Lauren's daughter writing about Lauren as a way to come to terms with her mother and what she had done. It was such a fascinating relationship and one not easily resolved. Of the four characters that get first person voices in the book, each sees God, the world and the other view point characters completely differently, which is something a lot of books try for, but few manage so well.

Butler also said that the book was about what people did when faced with a broken country, and how different solutions came in conflict and how each worked out. Which is like jam for me, and I loved how what worked for Lauren wasn't what worked for other people, but that some approaches were obviously wrong, though you could see why people took them up.

On that note, Butler has come back around to slavery, and first person accounts thereof, so warnings for everything, OMG! It was really interesting to read this in the same year as Kindred, as it deals with some of the same themes, but at opposite ends of her career. I'm sad that Butler didn't get a chance to finish the third book, even though this one stands fine without and is a good ending.


ETA: HOLY FUCK! MORE RAKSURA BOOKS!

-does the dance of joy-
muccamukk: Milady with her chin on her hand, looking pensive. (Musketeers: Thinking)
In a new post, list ten fic that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

I picked this up from an excellent and thoughtful list by [personal profile] intrigueing, and when I first started to think about this, I joked in their comments, "I mentally tried to do this list and MORE OR LESS came up with a list that was wall to wall smarm and h/c tropes. I think we all already know that about me, so..."

But then I started thinking of the list I'd done off the top of my head, and how it was actually kind of an odd result.

They're all or almost all fic that I read when I was in college or in the period closely surrounding. They're almost all fic I read before I myself got serious at writing, or at least good at writing. Maybe it's because I started thinking of one of those stories and then that led to associations from the same period, but I tried to think of fic that I sort of had the same feelings about from more recent fandom years and more or less drew a blank. Which is weird, because it's not like I don't still love fic, but maybe leaving an impression needs someone more impressionable? It's possible I'm doing this wrong.

So the following is a list of ten fic that left an impression on me probably in terms of the way I think and feel about fic both in relation to canon and in relation to my own writing. They're stories that helped me sketch out the boundaries of what fic could do, or at least what I wanted it to do, and what I wanted to do.

The list is also almost entirely gen centring on male friendships. Largely because that's what I was reading at the time, though I was reading and writing m/m slash and some het as well, so idk. I think part of it is that my discussion of my tastes in explicit fic is a whole other post, and that post is not one I'm like to actually write. But I guess a lot of these also cut to interactions I like in a way that fic that make those interactions sexual do not. Or something?

The list is posted in the order that I thought of them. The links go to AO3 where I can find them, rather than to where I originally read them. I have not reread the stories in order to make this list because I wanted to catch how I felt about them then, without my current PoV complicating my feelings.

It's also not entirely a positive list. All of the stories on it are well written, but a couple of them crystallised for me what I did not want, or stayed with me because they really bothered me. This is probably not a done thing, but eh. It's all old news by now. It's not a rec list, in any case, as much as a reflection on fic.

There will be discussion of depression and sexual violence. I'm going to cut the longer posts for those just want to see the titles.

1. Phoenix Burning by Yahtzee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy/Angel)Read more... )

2. Outside these Walls by Jael Lyn (The Sentinel, Jim & Blair)Read more... )

3. Lovely by Martha (The Sentinel/Stargate: SG-1/Cthulhu Mythos - Lovecraft, Jim & Blair, Jack & Daniel)Read more... )

4. Home is Where the Heart is by Kimberley Rector and Martha Wilson (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Hercules & Iolaus)Read more... )

5. The World at Large by Cherry Ice (Stargate: Atlantis, Aiden Ford, background McKay/Sheppard)Read more... )

6. Monsters by March Hare (Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle/Cthulhu Mythos - Lovecraft, Holmes & Watson)Read more... )

7. The Captain and the King (AO3) by plasticChevy (The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkein, Boromir & Aragorn)Read more... )

8. Invasion by Astolat (Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian, Jack/Stephen)Read more... )

9. Postscript by Rebelcat (Starsky & Hutch, Starsky & Hutch, Starsky/OFC, Hutch/OFC)Read more... )

10. Written by the Victors by Speranza (Stargate: Atlantis, McKay/Sheppard)Read more... )
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Should have the first of the writing workshop posts up tomorrow sometime.

Still lots of room on the February Talking Meme, If you always wanted to tell me what to do, now's your chance.

Seem to be doing lots of memes lately. Hopefully I'm not as bad as my first few months on LJ when I posted endless "What kind of dragon are you?" poll results. Here's an icon one, in any case. Have done it before, but not lately.

1. Reply to this post with "not today," and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


[personal profile] shinyjenni chose these five. click to see )

Listened to the last two U.N.I.T. episodes "The Longest Night" and "The Wasting." Surprise David Tennant! Which I always appreciate. The two episodes were more or less a continuous story dealing with arc stuff for the most part, and I really enjoyed them. The story was really well put together and told, and was more or less The Education of Colonel Emily Chaudhry. I'm pretty happy with that, and with they'd made more stories about her. I will say that the general carnage in the UNIT stories was somewhat surprising. I don't know what the death toll was five episodes in, but it must have been in the tens of thousands, plus aliens and such in public and major London landmarks having gone boom. Several characters that I rather liked didn't make it. I'll admit to not being completely clear as to why the bad guys didn't want our heroes to stop the zombie apocalypse (one of the better zombie apocalypse mechanisms herein, btw). Other than that, the story held together well. I do love Nicholas Courtney's voice.
muccamukk: Telya standing in the forest. (SGA: Forest Woman)
AKA: Anything to keep Mucca from reloading the "manage items" page over at femslashex one more time.

Title: Ride, Sally, Ride
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Isabear
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Characters: Skye, Phil Coulson, Lola
Words: 2,000
Rating: Teen
Summary: Skye never meant for this to happen, and the normally badass Coulson is not having his best day. Luckily, they have one sweet ride.
Notes: Great action adventure piece that manages to get in h/c, angst, a talking car, and quite a bit of humour.

Title: Mission: Berlin
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] shieldivarius
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Avengers 2012
Characters: Melinda May/Natasha Romanoff, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton
Words: 9,600
Rating: Mature
Summary: A FUBAR'd mission made for a great first anniversary gift.
Notes: Melinda and Natasha trying to balance working together and being in a relationship, and knowing that this is all going straight to hell. Plus fighting AIM is not a date. Nice longer bit of plotty romance/adventure.

Title: lately i've been losing on my own
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Isabear
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Characters: Akela Amador, Dr. Streiten, Nick Fury, Mike Peterson
Words: 1,700
Rating: Teen
Summary: Who is this guy?
Notes: Follow up for episode 104, with some added follow up for the pilot. In case you were wondering what happened to those characters. Bonus Manipulative!Nick. Have added this author to my subscription list.

Title: Oolon Colluphid Was Right
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] melannen
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Characters: John/Rodney, Teyla, Ronan
Words: 1,000
Rating: G
Summary: The Stargates' universal translation effect can sometimes make secret communication in enemy territory difficult. Luckily, Rodney has a plan.
Notes: It's like a crossword puzzle, or T.S. Elliot's The Wasteland for nerds. Also, it's hilarious. Took Nenya and I some time to work through all the references, but got them all! Nice Teyla point of view, too, which I always appreciate. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra!
muccamukk: Storm laughs in the thunder and rain. (Marvel: Exultant)
Day Fifteen: In your own space, share a favourite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone.

I've had so many wonderful times staying with friends I met through fandom. The earliest was [personal profile] rohan_lady, who I met in a romance roleplay board on Tolkien Online. Our characters dated for years, but never got past first base. She turned out to be this wonderful, effervescent Aussie chick, who came to visit me here and we roadtripped across the province. It was amazing. I remember hanging out at this Hostel in Jasper and sweet-talking this English guy and a Kiwi (who hadn't met before either) into driving us down the Icefield Parkway, and just spending the day all four of us going Holy Fuck! Mountains!

My first about six months on LJ, I was into Master & Commander fandom pretty seriously. I had seen the film but was just starting to read the books and like [personal profile] cruisedirector, [personal profile] esteven, [personal profile] seascribe and [personal profile] sparowe were about my only friends (and we're still friends!) The only one gone of that crowd is Bronzelionel, who I still miss fiercely. I used to enter in the drabble challenges over at [livejournal.com profile] mandc100, I think Pullings was my favourite character, so I used to award all my rum to him (you got a virtual shot of rum for every drabble that fit the prompt), and everyone was so friendly and lovely even when I hadn't read the books at all.

I stayed with [personal profile] esteven and saw windmill museums and the Wall and ancient churches full of modern art, and watched Starsky & Hutch and The Professionals

Later, I was hovering at the edges of SGA fandom and [personal profile] svmadelyn hosted the Summary Ficathon: The SV and SGA Version, where people wrote terrible, terrible summaries then other people wrote stories for them. I didn't even get a story but I still had a fantastic time. I hadn't written anything in an age, and my story wasn't even very good by crack standards, but people liked it, and I loved reading all the other stories.

Immediately hitting it off with [livejournal.com profile] artemis_rain at a party because we both loved Ianto in that TW ep where he thought he was a serial killer, and then dating her for eight months and staying friends to this day.

I spent a week with [personal profile] linaelyn and her beautiful family, and we went to the Computer History Museum to watch a working model of Babbage's Difference Engine, ate wonderful food, and watched Iron Man.

Then there was comics fandom. Man, that's been my fannish life for years now. I remember the excitement of writing again, writing because I loved it, Sea Stars taking shape under my fingers as I inhaled canon and altered as I went. Getting and leaving reviews and reading all the fic I could find. Deciding to step up as co-mod of the ship comm and meeting two wonderful friends in my sister mods. Having to stretch myself as I learned to run challenges and moderate a quickly growing community of fellow fans. Still wanting to write and read all the fic imaginable.

I visited [personal profile] culurien and [personal profile] marinarusalka and went on tall ships, and lighthouses and city tours, and had more amazing food and watched SPN and read comics and lost at Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit.

Going to WisCon, stayed with [personal profile] garrideb, my first convention ever, and the amazing feeling of wow, this is my species. Here's a conference of a thousand fannish women and men, who I can talk to and who want to hear what I have to say and who think so many fascinating shiny things. We stayed up too late and got up too early every day, and being absolutely exhausted by the end. We read piles of comics and watched Buffy and... god, I don't even remember. STUFF! It was amazing. I ate so much fried cheese and drank so much local beer. Wisconsin is AMAZING.

And of course I met Nenya through fandom. Oddly neither of us remember which one. Possible The Lord of the Rings, through the PPC. She's sitting across from me reading Doctor Who/B5 crack fic, and I love her very much.

Thank you, fandom.
muccamukk: Boromir and Faramir grinning and hugging. (LotR: Squee!)
Day Ten: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

I'll talk about two creators, I think. One of fan works and the other who gets paid money for this shit.

Paid money one first. I will read just about anything written by Marjorie M. Liu.Read more... )



My favourite fan creator is unfortunately no longer with us in the fandom sense (alive and well so far as I know, but no longer writing fic). This is a fact that I regret daily.

ltlj (or Martha Wilson, Randi DuMois and Victoria Custer) was one of those authors who I would do a little happy dance every time she posted a new story. She wrote consecutively in Star Wars (original flavour), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Stargate: Atlantis, and in all of those fandoms she absolutely captured everything I loved about canon and made it more so.Read more... )
muccamukk: Luke Cage laughing brokenly. (Marvel: Laugh or Cry)
Day Six: Rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) and that you ended up loving.

Title: Admiration
Author: [personal profile] cruisedirector and [personal profile] ashinae
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Words: 7,600
Rating: Mature
Summary: Stephen tells Jack the truth; how could Jack be other than honest in return?
Notes: I was a wee young fan, and I'd just come out of The Lord of the Rings fandom. I'd certainly run into slash there, but it had mostly been Aragorn/Legolas staring Legolas: The Prince of Woobies, which, as a book fan, I found rather off putting. I actually marked my gen fic NOT SLASH. I know. I was wee. I'm sorry. So I saw this film and loved it, but I found that reading gen wasn't getting me very far. There's a couple old archives by book fans, and the Pit of Voles, and since I was just finding LJ at the time, that was kind of it. The choices were: start reading slash or run out of fic. So I read this, not really expecting to like it, and suddenly thought, oh, I get it.

Title: Bell Curve, or, Ladies Night at the Boom Boom Room
Author: [personal profile] rageprufrock
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Words: 44,000
Rating: Explicit
Summary: In his rational mind, Rodney knew that following a girl who'd just dumped you into a strip club was really, really pathetic.
Notes: Okay, so a couple years later, I was down with slash, but I wasn't too sure about stripper AUs. However, I was having a shitty day at school, sat down in the lab, thought whatever, opened the tab and read the thing through in one go. I think I missed Psychology 204 that day. And I broke Lent because I'd theoretically given up fic. I regret nothing.

Title: Dutch Courage
Author: [personal profile] jazzypom
Fandom: Marvel Comics (The Ultimates)
Words: 6,000
Rating: Mature
Summary: Tony's secret is revealed, Steve is at a loose end and well... they make out?
Notes: I wasn't new in this fandom, but I still wasn't really that caught up with my comics. I had heard, repeatedly, from multiple sources, that Ultimate Marvel was a rotten no good very bad universe that ought to be avoided at all costs. However, I in the flush of new fandom and was pretty much reading all the fic (not that there was a hell of a lot back then). So I shrugged and read the thing. It blew me away. If this was the evil universe, I didn't want to know what the good one looked like. Cheers to Jazz for getting me into good comics.


Day 7: In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

I don't think I'm afraid to ask for much, but here's three things that I really want.

Luke/Danny or Misty/Colleen: Gloriously over the top h/c, preferably long, preferably plotty. I would like it to be full of clichés like I Thought You Were Dead, and On the Run From the Law, and oh, you know, just like canon but with more slash. I would like there to be hope in the face of despair. I would like there to be angst.I would like there to be hugging. I would like there to be proclamations of undying loyalty.

Steve/Tony: I want the fic where one is in love with the other but the other is straight/ace/not interested, and in the end they stay best friends forever, but they don't have a romantic relationship. I don't care which way around it goes. I would like pining, but I would not like the person in love to be a Nice Guy dick about it.

Rip and Booster, or Jaime and the Peacemaker: I would like mentor and student h/c where feelings are talked about. Alternately, I would like mentor and student h/c where feelings are not talked about but are implied heavily. I want the issues left hanging by the comics resolved, and I want the characters to be happy, or at least at peace.
muccamukk: Luke with his arms folded. Text: A Free Man of Convictions (Marvel: Man of Convictions)
From [personal profile] settiai (Though I feel it behoves me to point out that the thing about no two snowflakes looking the same is in fact a myth).

More information here, if you haven't heard about this challenge yet. ♥

Day One: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

So I'm obviously incapable of limiting myself to three things, thus you get five recs from my fic. These are five stories that I felt proud of when I finished and still look back at with a strong sense of satisfaction.Read more... )
muccamukk: Abe has a question. (Hellboy: Question)
Does there exist fic wherein the Season One or Film Stargate team, or just Daniel, meets the Season Ten or post-series team?

I know I've seen one where Jack and Daniel run into an AU where Jack and Daniel are living on Abydos. I'm looking more for Non-Military Daniel and Buffed Up Army Daniel interacting. Really Jaffa Teal'c and Rather American Teal'c would be a plus.
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I just read Midnight Riot/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and really liked it a lot. The author has a very engaging voice, and he managers to put enough twists on urban fantasy to make me feel that I hadn't read it all before. I especially liked his magic/technology dynamics, and all the police stuff. Obviously, my favourite relationship was the protagonist and his mentor, which had a nice back and forth to it. I liked that the mentor was somewhat out of step with the 21st century and overwhelmed by working by himself for so long, and that was something of a problem, and something they worked through. I'm hoping for more of that in the next book.

I may have pirated a copy of Thor so I can watch my favouritiest bits over and over again. I can't get anyone to go with me to see it again. I have a depressing feeling that this fandom is going to be Highlander all over again, only with Loki being the point of fannish obsession (who gets in absolutely everything even fics that aren't supposed to be about him) rather than Methos. Still don't care about either of them.

Off to see the new Pirates tonight, I'm excited.

I have the season finale of Hawaii Five-0 as well, but haven't watched it yet. I kind of think I may put it off until the fall when things get fixed, and my suspension of belief can be restored. I think the problem is that in my heart of Pacifist Canadian hearts, I think that they team really should go down as corrupt and dangerous, and when faced with that as a possibility on the show (based on previews), I have trouble reconciling my love for the bouncy happy angsty silly show, and my memories of RCMP scandals. It's like how I can't read Chomsky and watch SG-1 at the same time.

Speaking of, just rewatched "Shroud" and "Bad Guys" and miss that show deeply.
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First off, read this review of Thor (mild spoilers), which is excellent.

So I watched some of the new Hawaii Five-0, which is quite addictive, and have thoughts.

It's funny to me that the fast-talking guy from New Jersey with anger management issues is the Responsible One on the team. Not that that makes him very responsible, in that the competition is a Navy SEAL who is, to quote a fic, fondly treasuring his delusion that his crazy-ass quest to grow up into Inigo Montoya is a secret; what tv tropes (no, I'm not linking) refers to as a Lawful Badass Biker dude with all the emotional maturity I had as a clinically-depressed twenty-three-year-old with malaria*; and a former professional surfer who climbs palm trees and punches dudes out for stealing her waves.

I have to say it's a nice change. Especially as I was saying the other day that I was getting a little bored with fanon -- and canon tbh -- slotting women into the Responsible One role so we essentially don't have to deal with them. Like the difference between Sosa and B.A. in The A-Team film (especially in fanon) is essentially that, while they are both more responsible than the others, B.A. still goes with all the completely goofy plans, while Sosa grudgingly admires them, but doesn't get to play too. Weir on Stargate: Atlantis got to spend most of the time telling Team Sheppard to be careful, but only when she was possessed by an evil alien did it seem like she got to have some fun. The same was often true of Teyla, who would watch whatever nuttiness the boys were up to and shake her head in amused condemnation.

Sidebar: slashers, and I absolutely include myself as I've done this, twist things in a similar way. Canon female love interest is too sensible to be with the dude we want to slash with someone else. I like that way out better than canon female love interest is a total bitch or canon female love interest is dead. However, when I did that, I was essentially shuffling the woman away from my favourite character who I think is awesome and shiny, saying, oh, no, he's totally not good enough for you, you deserve better, sweetie (which I think is some fable involving a rabbit or something, possibly by La Fontaine, but I honestly don't remember which one. Anyway, the point being that it's all a shell game).

Granted, there are worse roles, and I like the Responsible One better than the Ditzy One or the Vindictively Shrewish One (who is actually often pretty much the same as the responsible one, just seen less charitably by canon). However we don't watch cheesy cop shows or read superhero comic books or go to plotless summer action films to see people be responsible. We, on the whole, go to see wacky hijinxs and batshit seat-of-the-pants plans, and general silliness. This is what fandom on the whole rejoices in, not people being responsible. What fun would that be? If there is a straight man character, the point is often to get him to loosen up and learn to live a little. (Granted, at the end, characters are often shunted into stolid, Roman roles, but that's what Pirate AUs are for!)

So, to conclude, I'm totally happy that Kono seems to spend too much time with Steve learning to blow things up and Chin learning to angst, and not enough time with Danny learning to do things properly. I know which would be better for her in RL, and I know which is more fun to watch. They are not the same.



*You will not convince me that Chin Ho spoilers for his arc up to 1x20 or so )

Meme!

Jan. 26th, 2011 11:32 pm
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (SG-1: Good Times)
1. COMMENT WITH A MYSTERIOUS COMMENT OF YOUR CHOICE.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters and your thoughts on each.


[personal profile] cyclops_squid gave me "C"

Luke Cage and Captain America (Steve Rogers) [Marvel Comics]: Which shall come as no surprise. The first two characters I like for more or less the same reasons: men from working-class backgrounds who have known hard times, but still maintain a personal code of honour, often at great personal cost. They're both compassionate and generous, and have a list of friends a mile long.

Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) [Marvel Comics]: (It's possible using Captain names is cheating, though I could easily come up with a list of five captains I liked.) When we first meet Monica, she's something of a PoV character ala Kitty Pryde. I like that she has an ordinary background, with a stable family and a steady job in law enforcement. She works hard, networks, and eventually rises from a new recruit to duly elected leader of the Avengers. Which she excelled at until Marvel editorial ordered her replaced with a white dude. Also, she was in NextWave, which I adore. Really, she has an interesting personality and a useful and comprehensible power set. I don't understand why she's not used more.

Samantha Carter [Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis]: Sam was my hero as a teenager. Funny, brilliant, natural leader and could kick ass, and almost never needed rescuing. Go to girl for fixing the Stargate and blowing up solar systems.

Chakotay [Star Trek: Voyager]: Man, I had such a crush on him at age 12 or so. A lot of the same reasons as Luke and Steve. I have a thing about strong, steady and loyal types, who fight tooth and nail for their familiers. And ngl, it was pretty stunning to see a First Nations character on my TV, even if they did pile a lot of pull shit on him. Still love the man x a million.
muccamukk: Text: Let me just go in the next room and crochet, while you have cigars and brandy and talk about beheadings. (HL: Men's Business)
Someone noted that having just read through two archives, several rec lists and the pit of voles, I ought to pass on my hard-earned wisdom and put together a rec list.

Unfortunately, I bookmarked nothing, so this is brought to you by vague memories of what I enjoyed, and is in no way exhaustive. Nine Recs Behind the Cut (By Author) )

Silly Meme

Oct. 18th, 2010 06:42 pm
muccamukk: Three fists bumping. Text: "Done, did!" (Psych: Done Did!)
1) Comment to this and I will give you 3 people (I will pick only fictional people for you)
2) Post this meme to your LJ with your answers.
3) Provide pictures and the names of the 3 people.
4) Shag, Marry, Cliff!




First of all, I believe in polyamoury, so this is a silly game. However, were I forced to choose.


Shag: Irene Adler. The women's a goddess, in any incarnation, and the sex would be fantastic but she less than Holmes I think is the marrying kind. She'd want to tear off and have explosions, and I don't want to do that.


Marry: Ronon Dex. He's generally a nice guy, likes snuggles, is incredibly useful to have around and probably wouldn't mind living in the wilderness. Not bad to look at either. There is the whole boy parts issue, but we'd work something out.


Cliff: Spock. Only cliff because he has a thing about coming back from the dead. In any case, he doesn't do flings, and I have no intention of marrying someone with that many emotional issues.
muccamukk: Cap pulling Iron Man to his feet. Text: "Help you stand." (Marvel: Help You Stand)
Stargate: SG-1
Jack/Teal'c in general, or Jack and Teal'c, h/c preferred. They had some great d'awwwwww moments on the show, but I've never seen much fic.

due South
Fraser/RayK or Fraser and Ray K. I kind of want to see some stuff with Ray starting to fall for Fraser/realising he's hopelessly in love with Fraser, but feeling unsure because there's the chance that Fraser is only talking to him at all because of RayV.... Only less over-the-top teenaged angst than that sounds.

Leverage
Eliot and Parker or Eliot, Hardison and Parker. Something with the boys being protective and older siblingy, and her feeling like it's good to have a family.

So apparently I like emotional h/c?
muccamukk: Three fists bumping. Text: "Done, did!" (Psych: Done Did!)
First and foremost, you all most go see Miss Emmagen would like a word, [personal profile] ileliberte's fantastic Victorian!Tayla art.

So, the Marvel's May solicits are out. Lots of good stuff, some alarming art, and no real change for women.

By the numbers, in relation to last month's post, there are slightly fewer covers with women on them, and few women on covers. However, a lot more women (and men) are in active roles, which is nice.

Cover Statistics for May )

I'm not sure that I'll buy either Avengers team books (there's even MORE white boys in the Bendis one, now), but there's some interesting stuff out there. I think I'll pick up Thunderbolts for Luke, Black Widow for Nat, Girl Comics because despite the name I think it will be great, Age of Heroes for Faiza, Captain America if Rikki's still in it, New Avengers: Luke Cage despite the frightful art, Spectacular Spider-Girl for Mayday (!), Torch because it's been a fun ride so far, Marvel Heroes because of my immense weakness for highschool AUs, and Daredevil: Cage Match because I can't resist that much WTF.

Which is... a lot of comics.
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Saw the pilot. Due to race fail, potential gender fail, the knowledge that I couldn't really handle lesbian fail, and the lack of Lou Diamond Phillips in a major role, I will not be watching it again.

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