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So my morning started off pretty good, seeing this clip of David Tennant in the upcoming Fright Night.


So that was good BUT THEN I saw the trailer for In Time and was all like "Holy Crap! Justin Timberlake actually doesn't look like a douche! Also: Matt Bomer and Cillian Murphy? And also also: SO MANY TIME PUNS. And general sexiness in a dystopian future predicated on the preservation of youth and beauty? Sure, that's fine, too."

But now for some "fanfic is serious business" time.

SRSLY PEOPLE )
lowkey: (Fuck no.)
So, uh, my good friend [livejournal.com profile] danchecker and I were having a discussion about FFXIII's OTP's, specifically Fang/Vanille and how Hope and Lightning alter that dynamic. And then we went... some place strange.

It started off normally enough:

DC: AND I think that's what Fang needs and gets from Vanille. Someone who can suffer all the horrible stuff they go through together, and can still smile and be cute and FORGIVE and make people (Fang) laugh. Where Lightning would just go on a killing spree WITH Fang, and Hope would forgive and make a speech about how they all have to "be the better man" and then Fang would punch him and leave.

But then our love of X-Men: First Class came into play. )
lowkey: (Gleeful Hope)
What a great way to start off the day. I woke up to five emails — three replies to comments on DreamWidth, two from my friend M. on fan fiction.

THIS DAY CAN KNOW NO WRONG
lowkey: (FFXIII's OTP)
I really love this blog. It's fun, I get to nerd out, I'm subscribed to several extremely excellent writers. My extremely sporadic posting would disagree, but take my word. Please?

I mean, I really want to sit down and really, really read [personal profile] mako_lies's amazing post analyzing FFXIII's Eidolons (not to mention her most recent fics!), and then [personal profile] owlmoose went and wrote some really fun stuff on why she writes what she does that I wanted to comment on, too (was that already a week ago?!).

ANYWAYS, I'm going to be selfish and excuse my behavior because I am currently CONSUMED with my time-traveling fix-it fic that lets Hope and Lightning be together without the spectre of statutory rape.

So, without further ado, A SNEAK PEEK. )
lowkey: (Angelo fuck yeah!)
I had to make my band in FFVIII, and I accidently recreated Rinoa's theme. This is the single coolest thing I have ever accidently done in any video game ever.

Well, except beat that one level in ME2 on Insane difficulty. But that was less an accident and more me being a cheap dick.

BUT STILL: AWESOME
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+ My good friend [livejournal.com profile] danchekker has just joined AO3, and to celebrate the occasion, she's posted a top-notch FFVII fan fic. Full disclosure warning: I betaed it.

Title: Two years, fifteen days
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Characters: Rufus ShinRa, Yuffie Kisaragi
Rating: G
Word Count: 7817
Summary: People change. They grow, and sometimes they grow together and sometimes they grow apart.

Anyways—if you want to read some top-notch post-game fanfiction, go check it out!



+ [personal profile] owlmoose linked and commented on an article TIME ran about fan fiction, available here. It was a fun, if rather uninformative read, but this little jewel jumped out at me:

Ursula K. Le Guin, another giant of the fantasy canon, writes, "To me, it's not sharing but an invasion, literally — strangers coming in and taking over the country I live in, my heartland."

God damn it, Ursula K. Le Guin, you are AN AUTHOR, and AUTHORS should be among the first to use "literally" correctly. NO, I don't care how much moaning and bitching you throw at fan fiction—guess what? No one is actually, literally coming into your country house and stealing your characters.

And in my opinion, that Le Gin thinks fan fiction writers are literally stealing her characters tells the lie to that entire school of thought.
lowkey: (Neal Caffrey with ruffled hair.)
Every time I watch "White Collar", I'm suddenly very conscious of two facts:
-- I need to shave.
-- I will never look as good as Neal Caffrey.
lowkey: (Squall being badass.)
Like I mentioned in the FF Meme Challenge, I'm playing these Final Fantasy games all backwards. I've done XII, then X, then XIII, and now I've begun FFVIII.

Last night, I got a few more hours into the VIII's second disk (a certain place did a certain thing, and it was awesome), so my spoilery thoughts below!

In no particular order, my muddled, fannish thoughts on the game so far. )
lowkey: (Vaan)
Day 3 – Your favorite Final Fantasy theme/song?

I generally like the music in FF games, and I recognize just how important the games' scores are to making the playing experience amazing. But for the life of me, I can only recall a handful of songs! Of the ones I can remember right now, my favorite is probably VIII's "Breezy (Balamb Town Theme)". I fell in love with Balamb Town when I first visited it with Squall and Quistis, in large part because I liked this song so much. It has a nice folksy twang that gave Balamb Town a solid sense of place. Granted, it can get really damn annoying if you listen to it too much, BUT HEY. Small fishing villages-turned-tourist destinations can grate on your nerves if you stay too long, so I'll just claim that the tune "stays true to the source material".

The crazy Latin chanting of "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" gets honorable mention for being awesome, while Dissidia's "Cosmos" gets a shout out for being strangely incongruent with the rest of the game.

BANG

Jun. 28th, 2011 09:53 pm
lowkey: (Bang)
I didn't always write fan fiction, or even think about writing fan fiction, or give in to my inner fan girl*, or even read fan fiction.

So this is the story of my first. )
lowkey: (For my inevitable fanfic writing.)
Title: A Betrayal of Interests
Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Characters: Vossler York Azelas
Rating: G
Word Count: 598
Summary: The last son of Dalmasca contemplates the future.

The road to Shiva was paved with good intentions. )

You can also read this fic on the Archive of Our Own. If you have any recommendations as to what tags I should use to describe the story, I'm all ears.
lowkey: (For my inevitable fanfic writing.)
I got in bed at ten, stayed up until one writing a new fanfic. I REGRET NOTHING

Basically, it's a WIP fixfic that I'M SURE WILL SOLVE ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! that's not right with FFXIII's ending. Oh, and Hope gets up-aged so that he and Lightning can hook up.

Fan fiction: don't like the original world? BUILD A NEW ONE
lowkey: (Peggy Carter)
Joe Johnston directed The Rocketeer, and now he's directing Captain America. In my book, this is proof that we live in the best of all possible worlds.

Also: I've watched this trailer, like, a half dozen times.

Double also: I think they nailed Elder Stark perfectly.
lowkey: (Squall being badass.)
Day 2 - What is your least favorite FF game?

Well, XIII sorta disappointed me, but I'm going to chalk that up to the fact that I put the game down for a year, and in the interim probably forgot some of the finer-but-necessary details that made the plot congeal. But XIII was pretty and awesome, and after I read the "Analysis and Speculation" section of my game guide, the plot makes much more sense. So I forgive it.

I didn't really dig XII's moral ambiguity, in so far as many of the people my party fights are heroic in their own way—for instance, Vayne heroically dissolves the Occuria's command of humanity's fate, and Vossler didn't really need to die, given that his plan was what our heroes end up doing anyways. But XII was incredible, so I forgive it, too.

For this question, I'm going to go back on my earlier "only mainline FF games count" and say that my least favorite FF game is the first Dissidia.

It isn't that it's a fighting game—I'm a-okay with that. And it isn't the lack of new characters or anything; the ensemble cast is amazing. The problem is, is that its sequel Dissidia Duodecim is such a better game. I resent that I invested as much time as I did, only to be introduced with a fighting experience that was so incredibly improved by its overhaul. More importantly, the writing and voice acting of the second game is by far and away better than the first, compounding my growing, retroactive disappointment in the first game.

(But the cover of the first game was reversible, so there is that.)

BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT. I have opinions and I'm not afraid to express them, Internet.
lowkey: (Yuna performing the Sending.)
Inspired by [personal profile] mako_lies, I've decided I'd try my hand at this FF Meme thing.

Questions here! )

But first!
I think an explanation of my history with the Final Fantasy series is in order! )

Day 1 - What is your favorite FF game?

Welp, isn't that the million dollar question.

My favorite game is sort of a toss-up, and it really depends on what side of the bed I wake-up on. VIII is rapidly growing on me, but since I haven't finished it, I'm remiss in naming it my favorite. The same goes with Tactics, which has an amazing plot that I've only ever half-finished. Though I enjoyed them both, XII and XIII bothered me when it came to aspects of their plots. And as much as I want to say Dissidia Duodecim (SRSLY GUYS IT IS AWESOME), I've not finished it, nor is it probably considered a "core" FF game.

SO, with all of that in mind, I sorta have to go with FFX. And I'm okay with that, because 1) I genuinely liked X, and 2) alot of other people didn't, which in my mind makes my positive gaming experience that much more unique and special.

I know that Tidus gets a lot of hate, and I understand why. He's not really a badass, not like Cloud or Squall (or Jecht or Auron or Basch or Balthier). He uses humor, but not as well as Laguna. Jecht didn't pass along any of his ruggedly handsome genes, but did hang around long enough to pass along his emotional attachment issues, so Tidus ends up both emo and metro.

But haters gonna hate. I like Tidus. This is going to sound stupid, but in my mind, he's more... realistic, or at least more approachable, than other FF heroes. He's not an amazing warrior; he's a sports star who ends up in a fantastical world half empty, and he does right by the people he's with. And he's pretty stupid and he's frank and he's pretty naive and boy does he have daddy issues, but he's a good man, and I like him for that.

And the story isn't just about him. Outside of Kimahri, who I never really connected with, I thought that FFX's party was pitch perfect, with a good balance of abilities and personalities. And I totally called Lulu/Wakka. Totally. AND ALSO the plot ended up making sense and having some emotional umph to boot.

SO THERE. Maybe X really is my favorite? Now I really want to get around to finishing X-2.
lowkey: (Sometimes a man wants to read.)
No original thoughts today—at least, not yet—but I did want to pass along some damn awesome posts that other people have had.

  • Thanks to the exceedingly intelligent [personal profile] owlmoose, I was introduced to a series of thought-provoking essays on Deep Space Nine. Better yet, the author, Abigail Nussbaum, appears to constantly critically review media, so I'm really happy to have been linked to this.

  • [personal profile] aria pointed toward a fan video (with attached meta-commentary!) created by [personal profile] thingswithwings. The video is... good? But the accompanying essay is a more profound, more thought-provoking piece that, if anything, uses the video as evidence for its argument. SO—watch the video, then read the piece and be amazed.

  • Anything written by Threat Quality.

  • Lastly... [community profile] areyougame is holding another prompt-claiming session, and I might seriously sign on for one of them.

lowkey: (It was damn good coffee.)
Chris Hemsworth, the man who played Thor, was also Kirk's father?

WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN

Also: someone should write a story where Thor was banished to Midgar, but in the early 23rd century, and the once-god rose through the ranks to become First Officer of the U.S.S. Kelvin.

AND ALSO

Heimdallr was played Idris Elba, a.k.a. Stringer Bell? AAAHHHHH MY MIND IS BLOWN

... now I totally see what people write RPF.
lowkey: (Twelfth Cyber Legion(naire))
So A Doctor World's ASW riffs aren't as good as Aria's (and here and here and here), but this one in particular bucks the "generally pleasing, but only in a mediocre sort of way" trend of ADW's strips.
no jury will convict me

I mean....

Spoilers, sweetie! )
lowkey: (Lightning's glow)
I've had Dissidia Duodecim for several weeks now, but I've been putting it off till I could get Prologus, the DLC that bridges the first and second games. The PSN store came back today, and I immediately downloaded it. I was a little disappointed by the DLC's length—the story mode was a series of four back-to-back battles—but the story and animation were quite good. And it focused on everyone's favorite Rule 63 Cloud, so what could possible go wrong?!

But screw any long review. This is a fandom blog—the good stuff is below! )
lowkey: (Men kissing?)
I watched Starship Troopers this weekend (in celebration of Memorial Day, natch), and Seth Gilliam—Carver from The Wire—was in it. I was totally like "Man, killing bugs with nuclear-tipped RPGs is how we do things in the Western District!"

On the one hand, a cross-universe Starship Troopers/The Wire fanfic would be hilariously crazy and bad.
But here's a hint of what it might be like! )

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