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listen.

as i've bemoaned 8224 times, i have this overwhelming and excruciating guilt over unfinished memes. so. i have spring-cleaned this journal, and have organised all the unfilled discussion prompts into categories. they are as follows:

  • wrong!ship awareness meme slots

  • blogging about fictional characters

  • television reviews

  • random shit


under this last category: hair, the subject of this post.

background: ten billion years ago [livejournal.com profile] eowyn_315 requested a picspam of Nina Dobrev's hair. however, rather than limit my hair appreciation i've decided to make like Laura herself and pay respects to hair from various fandoms. with photoshop.

if y'all think you're ready for that action then follow the cut.

behold: a completely unsolicited and arbitrary top five list of hair-porn )
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failure


16. [livejournal.com profile] kikimay requested: TOP 5 RAGE/LOL/WTF STORYLINES.

Before we continue I want to say that when I posted this meme I wasn't ASKING for people to prompt nothing but salt, but that is how life has turned out, so.

WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW for S4 of Angel/BSG/Doctor Who (what is it with TV shows and the season four), the last Potter movie, and the most recent episode of Reign.


Read more... )


Any amazing lol moments I missed? BY ALL MEANS SHARE WITH THE CLASS.
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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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day 14: fave fucked up platonic relationships; for xx-pinkstar )
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Note: Apologies to [livejournal.com profile] earnmysong for not being able to fill your first prompt -- I started writing and basically just got "TAYLOR TOWNSEND IS THE BEST THE END" and then my memory collapsed. /o\ Feel free to reprimand/spam with nostalgic things.


In no particular order and totally not exhaustive:


  1. The Anne of Green Gables movies. CHILDHOOD. With the exception of the third film, which we do not talk about. To be discussed further on another day.

  2. The Harry Potter movies. Gotta be on the list. I have watched virtually all of them 500 million times.

  3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Last movie series, I promise. Again, childhood. Orlando Bloom's luxurious locks. EOWYN OF ROHAN.

  4. 10 Things I Hate About You. [smashes into your house at 3 in the morning screaming] KAT STRATFORD EXISTS.

  5. Bonnie & Clyde. I'm convinced this story is responsible for 95% of my horrific choices in faves to this day. Amen.

  6. Interview with the Vampire. Look, I grew up on the Vampire Chronicles because such was my disturbed childhood, ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY CHOOSE ONE'S FORMATIVE INFLUENCES. And I still maintain this movie is the gold standard for "sympathetic blood-sucking protagonists". Vampire movies just aren't what they used to be. /grumble grumble

  7. Peter Pan. Fine, this is basically a list of "formative shit that fucked me up for life", SAY WHAT YOU WILL. And Peter/Wendy is the doomed ship to rule them all, don't look at me.

  8. Chicago. HE HAD IT COMING. Fave musical or fave musical? Fave musical. And beacon of aspirational misandry. #formative

  9. Legally Blonde. Actually the most empowering movie ever tbh.

  10. Mulan. No other Disney compares.

  11. Anastasia. IN THE END I WANNA BE STANDING AT THE BEGINNING WITH YOUUUUU. No further commentary necessary.

  12. The Silence of the Lambs. (lol @ my jump in genre) Well, because this list needs more serial killers having inappropriate sexual tension with protagonists.

  13. American Beauty. When I think back on this movie I actually find it terribly pretentious, but tbh that still doesn't erase the huge impact it had on me as a teenager.

  14. Black Swan. My fave headfuck in recent times. And I know the feminist commentary didn't work for anyone but it really struck a chord with me. Plus, dancing porn. I think it'll last the test of time (for me).

  15. Easy A. Okay, I only saw this recently, but it is literally everything I've ever wanted from a teen movie (that isn't 10 Things). The ultimate anti-slut shaming shutdown. Emma Stone is the perfect woman.



Now you tell me yours.
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You guys, let's talk about television.

+ R.I.P. The Borgias, a great show that I watched for the plot. )

+ In Doctor Who news: Shame about Matt Smith, though I'm not as devo as I could be -- I feel like it's just time. It's been three seasons (and lbr Eleven has lived too long and has been virtually dead inside since The Angels Take Manhattan). Looking forward to the Rose/Ten in the 50th Anniversary though ngl. LOL. WHATEVER, MAN, I TOTALLY AM. (My relationship with that ship is so weird srsly.)

+ lol fucking Game of Thrones. I haven't gotten around to watching the S3 finale (do I really want to), butI really need someone to throw me a party for catching up because that was a miserable 20 hours. )

Also, I'm now 800 pages through A Dance With Dragons. After four books I am finally vaguely paying attention to the plot! Pretty proud ngl. (But Lord WHY is the m:f ratio of chapter POVs like 5:1??? *grumble grumble*)

+ I'm glad that Dan Harmon is returning to Community, I guess? But tbh I don't see much of a difference, whoops. Also really looking forward to Chevy Chase no longer being on the show ngl.

+ POLLING THE AUDIENCE: Can I even be fucked watching Supernatural next season? Literally what is the point of anything without Meg Masters. (And lbr this show should probably have died seasons ago. Yet, like a fungus, it and its steadfast misogyny persists!) In related news, this is basically a blog where I am bitter about television.

+ BUT REALLY THIS POST EXISTS TO FLAIL ABOUT THE KDRAMAS I HAVE BEEN WATCHING.Why does Western television even bother tbh. )

+ I am supposed to be catching up with Elementary and Mad Men and starting Hannibal and Orphan Black (and god knows what else) eventually but those are posts for another day.
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because talking about imaginary people is always preferable to communicating with real ones:

Pick any character from a fandom of mine and I'll answer the following questions:

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
2) Is he/she important to the general plot?
3) Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
6) Is there anything about the character you would change?
7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?

(stolen from my entire flist. the entirety of it.)
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OH LOOK ANOTHER MEME ABOUT SHIPPING WHY OF COURSE I AM GOING TO DO IT BECAUSE WHAT ELSE DO I DO WITH MY LIFE?

Six ships you are into right now:

1. Buffy/Spike (BtVS)
2. Damon/Katherine (TVD)
3. Dean/Castiel (SPN)
4. Nathan/Kelly (Misfits)
5. Ron/Hermione (HP)
6. Wesley/Lilah (AtS)

Three ships you liked but don't like anymore:

7. House/Cuddy (House)
8. Roslin/Adama (BSG)
9. Angel/Cordy (AtS)

Four ships you never liked:

10. Harry/Ginny (HP)
11. Stefan/Elena (TVD)
12. Penny/Leonard (TBBT)
13. Edward/Bella (duh)

Two ships you're curious about but don't actually ship:

14. Harry/Hermione (HP)
15. Simon/Alisha (Misfits)


highly intelligent discussion behind the cut, undoubtedly... )
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Day 30: Whatever tickles my fancy, i.e. moar vid recs... )

In other news, STOP. MEME TIME.

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, if they're so inclined.

WAHHHHH. SO HARD.

1. Topher Brink
2. Spike
3. Veronica Mars
4. Dexter Morgan
5. Kara Thrace
6. Pete Campbell (yeah, I see you giving me the side-eye there)
7. Buffy Summers
8. Lilah Morgan
9. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
10. Faith Lehane
11. Gaius Baltar
12. Josh Lyman
13. Estella Havisham
14. Hermione Granger
15. Katherine Pierce

~shipping time~

Name a fandom that I am familiar with and I will tell you:

My M/F OTP:
My M/M OTP:
My F/F OTP:
My endgame OTP:
My original OTP:
My crack OTP:
My guilty pleasure OTP:
My anti-OTP:

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