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Okay! So! The Hunger Games's posters have been released into the wild, and they showcase our Tributes, plus important supporting characters.

-- They look cool! If you're going to do faces on a black background, this is how you do it. Then again, I'm a sucker for visual unity. (Not, you know, this.)
-- Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is... look, it isn't bad. I think it could be awesome. I'm just suffering from cognitive dissonance, because I have this very specific visual image of Cinna, and he's not will.i.am Lenny Kravitz. That said, much of visualization of Cinna is in his actions, not his appearance, so! I just hope movie!Cinna is extremely intelligent + soft spoken + world weary + sort of sad + aware of his own genius + but extremely humble. Also: not over-the-top gay. (I warned you: VERY SPECIFIC VISUALIZATION)
-- When I saw Haymitch's poster, I had two thoughts, in about this order: "He's really good looking!" and "Wait, isn't he suppose to be old?" But it seems that it's just Photoshop-airbrushing trickery; Haymitch is played by Woody Harrelson, which is perfect, and means Haymitch will be the broken, belligerent drunk he was meant to be.
-- I didn't realize this until a moment ago, but it's very subtle and therefore AWESOME: all of the characters are looking to the left, except for Katniss, who is looking to the right.
-- They're all beautiful, which makes shipping anyone with everyone much easier. There. I said it.

Icon is from here; kokeshi-icons has many good choices, but Haymitch's accidental badassery won out.
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If you are a Merlin fan, you should totally go check out [personal profile] danchekker's new story... and then (and this is even more awesome), you should head over to her DreamWidth, where she posted a "director's commentaries" of the piece, here and here, explaining how the story ended up the way it did. She has a fantastic, self-depcrecating sense of humor, and I think her commentary on herself is one of the best things I've ever read.

If I'm ever a Real Author -- or, at the least, publish something longer than a thousand words -- I'm going to do the same thing, I think.
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[personal profile] thingswithwings posted a list of the entries that she felt deserved more love in [personal profile] eruthros's (now closed) Top 100 Speculative Fiction Works. I had already voted in the poll, but thingswithwings' post helped me crystalize some of the thoughts I had had about the experience.

At first, I was a little confused by the inclusion of fan works along side "real" works, but then I decided I'd take the entire experience as a chance to be exposed to fan works I had never heard of (because unlike the "real" stuff, all of the fan works are available for free on the internet).

So this is how I came to experience the amazingness that is the SGA fic Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose. I think I'm going to write a whole piece on why this is an awesome story, and I think I'm going to compare it to another one of my all-time favorite books (which, coincidently, is on eruthros' poll but isn't doing so well), The Years of Rice and Salt.
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So first off, when it comes to Artistic & Fannish Thoughts On The Internet, I really do try to ascribe to Moff's Law. I've internalized said internet law as "I should aim for meaningful and good-spirited engagement with artistic stuff", and even if I don't always live up to that ideal (because, man, sometimes someone is WRONG on the internet), I generally try really hard to be nice. Unsurprisingly, the men* that best adhere to Moff's Law -- the sterling posters over at Threat Quality, which includes the eponymous Moff -- are basically the internet posters I want to be.

Anyways, I was just saying that as a sort of disclaimer. Not that I'm immediately going to abandon it and say "check out these here intarnet opinionzzz." It's just that I really wanted to post about this whole Sady Doyle thing, but I also wanted to make it clear that I really don't have a horse in this race.**

You might ask, what is this whole "Sady Doyle thing"? Well, apparently, Sady Doyle is a journalist/outspoken internet personality, who writes for The Atlantic, on top of running a blog, Tiger Beatdown.

She wrote a piece calling George R.R. Martin out for, among other things, being a sexist prick.
George R. R. Martin is creepy. He is creepy because he writes racist shit. He is creepy because he writes sexist shit. He is creepy, primarily, because of his TWENTY THOUSAND MILLION GRATUITOUS RAPE AND/OR MOLESTATION AND/OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SCENES.
I didn't read the whole thing -- which automatically disqualifies me from commenting, really -- because I've not read the series; I really can't add anything meaningful.

But she, uh, also had some bitting comments for internet fandoms in general:
Because here’s how it goes, when you criticize beloved nerd entertainments: You can try to be nuanced. You can try to be thoughtful. You can lay out your arguments in careful, extravagant, obsessive detail. And at the end of the day, here is what the people in the “fandom” are going to take away: You don’t like my toys? I hate you!

So, get it out of your system now, because, guess what, George R.R. Martin fans? I don’t like your toys. Deal with that. Meditate for a while. Envision a blazing bonfire in a temple, and breathe in its warmth and serenity. Then, imagine me dumping all your comic books and action figures and first-edition hardback Song of Ice and Fire novels INTO the bonfire, and cackling wildly.
ANYWAYS, I didn't know anything about this internet debate until [personal profile] owlmoose's post on the matter alerted me to it, and also to what is apparently the internet retort par excellence, a post by Alyssa Rosenberg over at ThinkProgress.

This thread of the debate is easier for me to follow, because it doesn't rely on intimate knowledge of or strong opinions about A Song of Ice and Fire. Because Rosenberg's main contentions are with how Doyle structured her argument.

BUT THEN ALSO Chris Braak at Threat Quality posted an ambivalent defense of A Song of Ice and Fire, which amounted to "Sady, I think we should be on the same side, but you've sorta definitionally excluded me from being your ally." AND THEN you should check out the comments, because Doyle posted a comment, and Braak responded.

And one more thing to take away from this: when Doyle criticizes internet fandoms, she knows what she's talking about. Take, for instance, her recent piece criticizing gender and race in Moffat's season and a half of Doctor Who***, and the comments it received. I think (?) many of the worst comments have been deleted, but the point stands: internet people suck, and in her piece on ASoIaF, Doyle preemptively called the Internet and Internet fandoms out. But where does that leave people like Rosenberg and Braak, or hell, me -- people who are fans but want to, you know, follow Moff's Law?

Anyways: the long and short of it is -- thanks to this, I learned what MANSPLAINING is.

* I said men because, to the best of my knowledge, the contributors at Threat Quality really are all men.
** Even though a claim to neutrality is still a choice. And also, a slightly ungenerous reader might note that, as a white male, my "neutrality" is a vote for the status quo. But it isn't as if Sady Doyle needs Internet Male #63587 (i.e. me) to come to her rescue; that's completely antithetical to the kind of position she wants to argue. So... I just don't know? I think most everyone involved in this has really valid opinions?
*** For the sake of full disclosure: I'm a white male, and I really like Rory Williams. It's unfortunate that Amy's character development has suffered so that he could become awesome (in my opinion), but also: the season isn't over yet. Case-in-point, there was a good half season of Castle where I felt Rick was basically completely useless, but the show's come a long way since then. Anyways, this is a post for another time.

Two Things

Aug. 28th, 2011 12:40 pm
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1) I need to stay off of tumblr until I see the next episode of Doctor Who.

2) I just found out that DA2's Fenris is voiced by Gideon Emery Balthier, and now I know who I'm romancing.
lowkey: (Sometimes a man wants to read.)
So [personal profile] danchekker and I are at the cabin ENJOYING OURSELVES, but the keening call of the internet cannot be ignored. SO: internet book meme.

NPR created a "your picks" list of the top 100 scifi and fantasy books. Dan would be the first to point out that scifi is not fantasy, and I agree. But thems the breaks.

Anyways, lots of my DreamWidth friends -- [personal profile] owlmoose and [personal profile] aria, and [personal profile] thingswithwings even included awesome commentary -- are memeing about this list, and I thought I'd join in.

Without further ado:
-- Bold if you've read
-- Italicize ones you fully intend to read
-- Underline if it's a book/series you've read part but not all of
-- Strikethrough if you never plan to read it.
-- (And in hindsight, I really need a "I've never heard of this book" marker, too.)

I've REALLY not heard of many of them. )

SRSLY -- MAN, I have not heard of at least half of these.
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6800 words into my TIMETRAVEL-FIXIT-SHIPPING BONANZA, and Light just said Hope was cute for the first time.

This story is going to be EPIC.

To commemorate the occasion, a new Wordle:

Wordle: Second Hope Fan Fiction
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Today was a good day. I proofed a story for [personal profile] danchekker, commented with [personal profile] mako_lies and [personal profile] nal_rene, and edited my EPIC TIME TRAVEL FIC.

And then a I broke a cutie and and wrote an epic boss battle between Hope and and an ax-crazy Vanille. THE END
lowkey: (Jacuzzi and Nice)
Look, there are many, many amazing characters in Baccano!, and there are AT LEAST three fantastic OTPs in the series. But today, I want to talk about one specific scene involving Jacuzzi Splot.

Naturally, spoilers follow.

Read more... )
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So apparently, [personal profile] mako_lies has been writing porn ALL DAY. And by "porn", I mean "a thoughtful masterpiece that culminates in a sexy, sexy threeway." And by "culminates", I mean "climaxes several times."

Or so I've heard. <cough>

ANYWAYS, in a further show of support, I decided I'd through up another excerpt from my timetravel WIP. We fanfic writers gotta support each other how we can. <SOLIDARITY>

ALSO: I'm now at 5600 words, and I don't think I'm halfway done. SO.

Read more... )
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So, you two -- I mean, [personal profile] nal_rene and [personal profile] mako_lies -- have posted alot of cool excerpts and WIPs. And in the spirit of keeping the faith... here's an excerpt from my WIP timetravelfixitfic!!!

Beneath the cut: manpain and Cid/Rygdea. )
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So, I was having a chat with my good friend [personal profile] danchekker (who is now on DreamWidth, guys! You should all go friend her up!), and we started to talk about how we each always write "the same story."

So, I thought it be awesome if people turned a critical eye to their own writing, and in as humorous a way as possible, described their most overused tropes. Here are mine!

My one scene is: )
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... that any fic written while watching Pride and Prejudice MUST be better for it.


Long story, short version: I want to write a Lightning/Hope scene for my time-traveling fixit fic*, and I have the 2005 version of P&P on my computer. CLEARLY THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE
lowkey: (Men kissing?)
And suddenly it turned out that Hope talking with Gilgamesh wasn't such a cracky idea (I'm so punny), and it's actually a really important scene and shit goes down and Hope and Gilgamesh get to talk about their ffffeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllliiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnngggggggggssssssssssssss.

Gilgamesh did not smile. "Hope Estheim, of the village of Palumpolum, you smell of death and quiet desperation. I have met many men like you -- men who desired a better world, who fought for it with every fiber of their being. You will not be deterred from this effort."

Hope shook his head. "Gilgamesh, of the village of Genji, my world is populated with many men just as you -- great men, motivated by love or duty or honor, who pledge themselves to the unworthy because they believe that what they do is necessary. And I have killed them all."
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In tonight's "what crazy crack does Lowkey write":


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Between [personal profile] mako_lies, [personal profile] nal_rene, and myself -- we've totally bastardized this meme.

Comment in this post to request that I write a drabble of any pairing/gen friendship.



Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy XIII
Mass Effect
Knights of the Old Republic
Doctor Who

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Did I just write a scene where Rygdea expresses his man-pain through talking about brewing beer?



Did I just stay up till three hoping my friend and beta-er would show up online so we could talk about said scene?


Did I, while waiting for her to finish being cultured and get back from watching Shakespeare in the park, stumble onto a new addicting tumbr and also a new television obsession?

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Inspired by [personal profile] nal_rene's use of Wordle, I thought I'd plug in my WIP and see what it looked like. It should have come as no surprise that "Hope" has first billing, but I'm extremely gleeful that "Barthandelus" is very clearly the second.

Wordle: Initial Hope Fan Fiction


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