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20. [livejournal.com profile] pocochina prompted: Is there a pattern to what, if anything, inspires you to seriously revise your opinion on a narrative or character?

A compelling question.

YAMMERIN )


+ For one of the other Alexes on my flist, belated observations on non-Western fandom stuffs:

female friendship in reply 1997 )


kpop fandom in australia )
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The following is for Myriam who wanted me to post various useless pictures for her entertainment.

  1. my aquarium

  2. the motorcycle you would own once you can drive

  3. place in the world you would like to go to just to admire the landscape

  4. animal you find the most majestic


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+ your non-visual prompt: Kalinda Sharma and your thoughts on how she is portrayed in The Good Wife.

A can of worms you're opening there, my good friend.

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In less homicidal news, Jessica prompted: rambles about the creative writing process.

I just survived a post-grad degree in creative writing, which means I've come out of a year of being forced to write creatively to deadlines. You'd think this means I'd have some Wise Words to offer, BUT NO.

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Quickly quickly because PEOPLE INSIST ON EXISTING IRL:


I'm interpreting "gender fuckery" broadly fyi. It's not that the following characters TOTALLY UPEND gender norms but that certain elements of their presentation subvert what one usually would expect. In alphabetical order b/c that's the way I roll:


1) Buffy motherfucking Summers, a.k.a. the thing monsters have nightmares about. For being completely conventionally feminine and simultaneously a warrior woman. I know we all hate Joss and that he is Problematic &c. &c. but still, Buffy Summers exists. Your typical "ditzy" Californian blonde who only cares about shopping and gossiping about boys, whom every other horror story would deem fit to be killed off for her femininity. I am all for unfeminine women on TV, I really am, but -- much like my undying love for Legally Blonde -- it means a lot to me that Buffy didn't have to be masculinised in order to be the hero of the story. Her strength was in silly womanly things like emotions. And regardless of how you feel about the finale being PROBLEMATIC, I think we should all agree that taking an axe to everything the Council of Patriarchs stood for was in itself to be endorsed.


2) Darla. Because of that motherfucking first episode of BtVS where she opens the show in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform which, of course, she uses to lure the innocent male prey. When it comes to using traditional femininity as a weapon in order to eat men Darla is the role model to which we should all aspire. I also have a lot of feelings about her more or less being the boss of the Fanged Four, about how she was really the one who sired Angel and groomed him to be the monster he became (similar to Dru siring and grooming Spike -- lots of monstrous mothers in this verse). Behind every great man is an even greater woman, or so they say. (And yes, I am aware of how the horrific maternal plot over on AtS made Darla the expected sacrificial woman, but this is a happy post.)


3) Eowyn of Rohan. FORMATIVE BITCH. Fearless mofo who dressed herself up in dudes' clothes and went to fight for Minas Tirith in defiance of the gilded cage her family would rather have kept her in. (Some Mulan bullshit right there btw.) And when Witch-King dude got in her way and boasted that no living man could defeat him, Eowyn pulled off her helmet and said BOW DOWN BITCH FOR I AM NO MAN (#hairflip). Word.


4) Kara Thrace. Because gender-swapping the original BSG series' beer-sculling, cussing, womanising, thrill-seeking ~bad boy~ character was a stroke of fabulous. As opposed to 1) and 2) on this list, Kara was an emotional idiot. Her strengths lay mostly in the masculine space-battling domain -- she was pretty much the best fighter pilot in the fleet; meanwhile, her people skills left, er, something to be desired. She was a deep-feeling character, but she'd rather have a boxing match than talk about her feelings. (My woman.)


5) And I'm tentatively putting Katniss Everdeen here, too, after reading this article. (And no, we do not talk about the epilogue.) lbr Katniss's existence is also fuckery in a systemic sense in that it laughs at the idea that a woman-centric action movie franchise cannot sell.





I read the books/watched the movies a long, long time ago so bear with my memory. Random non-definitive FEELS:

  • CHILDHOOD.

  • PERFECT SERIES.

  • Formative bitch.

  • Neurotic drama queen with a temper = intro post.

  • Loved that she was defined/defined herself mostly by her brain.

  • BUT also loved that she was super emotional and idealistic. I remember reading some article somewhere about how Hermione Granger is such a rare important female character because she's "allowed to be both super intelligent and emotional". Well, I ::heart:: Hermione, but HAAAAAVE YOU MET ANNE SHIRLEY?

  • Although it wasn't a SUPER ANGSTY series, I liked how you could tell that Anne was kind of a sad and messed up person (at least at the start) in that she pretty much held herself together as a kid by escaping into her imagination. I understand you, Anne.

  • As a kid I liked that it was a hopeful story insofar as Anne started off as an unwanted misfit batted around from foster home to foster home but finally found a ~place to belong~ with Matthew and Marilla and so was able to come into her own. (LISTEN, THIS SERIES IS LIKE ONE OF TWO THINGS I LIKED AS A CHILD THAT DID NOT FUCK ME UP FOR LIFE. TELL NO ONE.)

  • Anne/Gilbert is the OTP. In fact, I am pretty sure they were the origins of my BEST FRIENDS WHO REGRETTABLY FALL IN LOVE kink. Though, they worked out in the end (thank God -- one Jo/Laurie is bad enough).

  • Speaking of which, I also always loved that Anne was such an emotional idiot. One of my fave parts of the book/movie is when Marilla tells her that she's so hung up on stories and fantasies that she can't recognise her attachment to real people. I FEEL DATZZZZ.

  • Yay @ Anne getting to see through her personal dreams and ambitions and get everything she wanted.

  • But also yay that her coming of age arc was in a lot of ways about fantasy v.s. reality and, I guess, learning how to make the two co-exist. As in, life does not always turn out the way you have planned, and sometimes the things you thought you wanted turn out not to be what you really want after all, and that can be cool too.

  • I like to think I could reread the series today and still feel exactly the same way.

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I still have a ton of trick or treats to answer to, but let me take a sec to direct y'all to Kelsey's Lady-Love Fest.

Go, prompt, write, cry.

Also, all my Heirs people should read this and join me in my fury at K's general existence and ways.

Bye.
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Notes: This is for [livejournal.com profile] upupa_epops' Elena Gilbert centric fic Help, I'm Alive (the title of which is also the first track on the mix because that's the way we roll). Without getting into spoilery territory, the premise of her fic is essentially that life sucks and then you die and then it keeps sucking, and thus I have made efforts to offer a suitable soundtrack. Go read, worship, and listen to the following if you so desire (follow the link to dl!).





01. Metric - Help I'm Alive (Styte Dubstep Remix)

If we're still alive
My regrets are few
If my life is mine
What shouldn't I do?


02. Band of Skulls - Blood

I want it to be over
Turn the boat around and bring that girl in
I stumble through the error
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, sick, sick

I know you're bleeding, baby
But you're not bleeding blood


03. Kim Ferron - Nothing But You

And I've got plenty of time
Time to figure it out
Time to think about you and me
Whatever that was all about
Got nothing to prove
Got nothing to say
No, I'm guessing I never thought you
were good for me anyway


04. Aimee Mann - This Is How It Goes

So I try to hold on
While you try to let go
You won't tell me it's gone
But baby, I'll know
Baby, I'll know


05. Angie Hart - Blue

High tide
Inside
The air is dew
And where were you?

While I
I died
And where were you?


06. Daniel Ahearn - I Will Let You Go

Put your hands in the water
watch them go under
Put your hand to the light
watch the light come through
And I will let you go

Put your time on the table
See who'll sit down with you
Give your love to the ones who offer you bruise
After bruise, after bruise
And I will let you go


07. Panda Su - Eric Is Dead

when i am older, i will change back to the way
i once was when we first set our eyes on it

nothing's left, no turning back, i've already told you that
count your knees and i'll count mine, we'll settle them in time


08. SaintSaviour - Woman Scorned

And time was we were synchronised
And I felt all those ties dissolve in the winter
Now I must begin again
To be frozen


09. Blonde Redhead - Here Sometimes

A little girl upon the fireplace
Only air flying emotionless
Ring the bells for she could keep flying
This is me, completely me

End of day, we watched the sun go down
I can see you're like a firework
You want to save me, people will save me
But this is you, completely you


10. The Cardigans - My Favourite Game

And this is not a case of lust, you see
it's not a matter of you versus me
It's fine the way you want me on your own
but in the end it's always me alone


11. Interpol - Rest My Chemistry

I haven't slept for two days
I've bathed in nothing but sweat
And I've made hallways
Scenes for things to regret
My friends they come
And the lines they go by


12. TV on the Radio - I Was A Lover

I'm locked in my bedroom, so send back the clowns
My clone wears a brown shirt, and I seduce him when there's no one around
Mano why mano, on a bed of nails
Bring it on like a storm, till I knock the wind out of his sails
And we don't make eye contact, when we have run-ins in town
Just a barely polite nod, and nervous stares towards the ground


13. Florence & The Machine - Breaking Down

All alone on the edge of sleep
My old familiar friend
Comes and lies down next to me
And I can see it coming from the edge of the room
Smiling in the streetlight even with my eyes shut tight
I still see it coming now


14. Aimee Mann - You Could Make A Killing

There is nothing that competes with habit
And I know it's neither deep nor tragic
It's simply that you have to have it

So you can make a killing
Oh you can make a killing

I wish I was both young and stupid
Then I too could have the fun that you did
Till it was time to pony up what you bid


15. Bon Iver - Blindsided

Taut line, down to the shoreline
The end of a blood line, the moon is a cold light

There's a pull to the flow
My feet melt the snow
For the irony, I'd rather know
'Cause blinded, I was blindsided


16. Declan Flynn - Ease My Pain

Out of time, I hear your voice
Break through the noise
And pain, my heart’s refrain

Why can’t I convince myself
That this is the right time
To contend


17. Ellie Goulding - Salt Skin

You're as sharp as a knife and you fit like a glove
That is no way to live, that is no way to love
Full of fear in your skin and the weakness in giving in
Stabbed in the back but you feel no pain
Push the heaviest doors that you can't open
Yeah, they tied me up and my body lies still, again


18. The Naked and Famous - Girls Like You

How would you cope if the world decided to
Make you suffer for all that you were?
How could you dance if no-one was watching
And you couldn't even care if they were?
What would you do if you couldn't even feel?
Not even pitiful pain
How would you deal with the indecisions
Eating away at the days?

Don't you know people write songs about girls like you?
About girls like you






 
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ACK, new episode soon. I'M FUCKING NERVOUS, LOL. HOLD ME.

Anyhoo, last day! Have some recs. I have recced some Elena fic around the place before, but I went digging for more just for this. This was a task. Nobody writes Elena. :( Boo. But here's some good stuff.

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I'm sure I've missed some awesome stuff, so holler. ALSO, DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE EP IF YOU'VE SEEN IT. D: 
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okay, so I was capping all of my favourite bitchy!Elena moments FOR FUN TIMES, and then… Well, this pretty much turned into a tribute to Those Moments Elena Out-Bitched Damon And It Was Fucking Awesome. I… felt it required a tribute. /i do what i want

PLEASE ENJOY.


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Title: All My Love That Rages High (Or: 10 Things Everyone Thinks They Know About Elena Gilbert)
Summary: Personal canon. Spoilers for all of S2. Elena Gilbert has always been perfectly ordinary; this is the necessary punchline to this grand cosmic joke.
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement is intended.
Word Count: 1,200
Author's Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest (day five). [livejournal.com profile] youcallitwinter's prompt: I've been looking for a girl like you-- not you, but a girl like you. Unbeta-ed and written with haste. All mistakes are necessarily mine!

10 Things Everyone Thinks They Know About Elena Gilbert )

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inspired by [livejournal.com profile] softly_me, yaaay. (a.k.a. IN WHICH I BATTLE WITH PHOTOSHOP, lol.)

I went with moments I have not already mentioned, but IT SHOULD BE NOTED that "I don't want to be a vampire" and "people die around you" are among my favourite Elena moments too, as well as my favourite shippy moments of the showwww. Anyway. Getting' on with it.

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Maaaaan, do you guys know how difficult it is to find good Elena POV vids in this fandom? BOO. But, I have scavenged up some gems just for you, fair Internet.


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