netgirl_y2k: (gwen beer)
-Tumblr always makes me feel like an old fandom lady, never more so than when it took my dash about forty-eight hours to go from doing cartwheels about Agent Carter's renewal, to panicking about the change of setting for S2 and the possibility of Haley Atwell being the only returning cast member. I don't know-- well, nobody knows. It could be brilliant, if they're doing a time skip then we're into early fifties Hollywood which is pretty cool. It could well be that I was right the first time, in my failure to have much time for the MCU, and Agent Carter S1 was just a brief, glorious aberration. Either way, I don't have it in me to worry.

Plus, I came to Agent Carter via Merlin (which crashed and burned into a toxic mess of misogyny, bitterness, and resentment), Doctor Who (which at the very least teaches us not to fear change), and the endless, endless bloody sniping in ASOIAF/Game of that's your adaption choice? So I think I have earned my slightly condescending Oh, you sweet summer children moment.

-Speaking of Game of Thrones, my overwhelming reaction to S5 continues to be: I understand why you made these adaptation choices, I don't necessarily agree with you with you about all of them, and I think in a few cases your execution leaves a lot to be desired. But my ambivalence is mostly drowned out by my gratitude that you're moving the story along before I was forced to perform a one woman reenactment of the Get On With It! crowd scene from Holy Grail.

And from episode five we learned Kill The Boy )

- I have signed up for remix, and I think other people should too. There's no qualifying fandoms this year, which I like, because I always thought they skewed towards old, slashy fandoms and locked people into offering fandoms they were otherwise pretty much done with. But I'll be interested to see how matching shakes out, and if it actually changes what people are writing that much.

See, this is what happens when you grow old in fandom, you start noticing changes in fandom trends, which is a highly specific and difficult to explain hobby.
netgirl_y2k: (sansa wolf girl)
re: my continued world cup watching - mwhaha haha haha ha

Thinking about it, things like this are probably why a lot of English people would be quite pleased if Scotland were to declare independence and fuck off.

Still. Haha.

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A meme thing, that I have already completed on tumblr, but otherwise this post would just be me mwhahaha-ing.

list ten books 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” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.

1. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
3. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
4. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
5. Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
6. Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks - Christopher Brookmyre
7. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
8. The Kraken Wakes - John Whyndam
9. Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
10. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood.

With the caveats that LotR was hugely influential on me as a wee thing, but adult me finds it a turgid, unreadable sausage fest; and while the Narnia books are the first books I remember properly loving, I've never even tried to revisit them as a grown up - I suspect grown up me would be annoyed by the religious stuff, and infuriated by the Problem of Susan.

That said, Scottish, geeky, lesbian, feminist, cynic, that's me in a list of books, really.

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I am still slightly confused about using tumblr for things other than reblogging graphics. Like, I had some success posting those trope ficlets I was writing first over there, but then I felt weirdly guilty about it, because if tumblr isn't the worst venue ever for fic, it's not from lack of trying. On the other hand, it's nice when people notice that you're there, you know?

So, I shall compromise and answer a questions meme I got tagged in, but I shall do it here.

1. Does pineapple belong on pizza?

Not on a pizza. Not on anything I am going to be putting into my mouth. Eugh.

2. If you care about the World Cup, tell me about your team! If you don’t, then what’s something fun you’re looking forward to in the next month or so?

I am Scottish, and thus shit at football a true neutral. This week I'm feeling good about Uruguay and Costa Rica, for reasons that have nothing to do with a certain team which may or may not have been knocked out at the group stage.

(Mwahaha, etc.)

I think the smart money has to be on a South American team. I got Belgium (of all teams, Belgium?) in the sweepstakes. And my personal favourite is Germany.

3. What were the last 3 pieces of fictional/fannish media you consumed?

I just read the first Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator book. Which is an urban fantasy in the vein of the Dresden Files or Felix Castor, only with a lesbian main character. No one will ever accuse it of being great literature, but I ate it up with a spoon.

I'm dipping into the first series of Vikings, which I'm enjoying, although I expect to remain baffled as to why anyone would make Vikings when instead they could make the Lagertha Lothbrok is awesome show.

The series finale of Game of Thrones, which despite having spent most of S4 lurching from one misgiving to another left me optimistic for S5.

4. You’re in a zombie apocalypse, and your companions are the main characters from the pieces of media you named in the previous question. So, how fucked are you?

Are you kidding? I have a half-faery with a magic sword, the fiercest shieldmaiden in Scandinavia, and Brienne of Tarth. I'm going to fucking walk it.

5. What’s your ideal holiday destination?

When I visited my sister in Germany, her flat was next door to what appeared to be a combination pub/library; if any of the books had been in English I would not have come home.

Nice things to drink, and interesting things to read. I want very little out of life.

6. Tell me about your favourite item of clothing. Photos optional.

Today I am wearing battered converse with the Thundercats on them, a pair of drainpipe jeans that I really do not have the legs for, and a man's tuxedo shirt that I had to buy when I rented some formal wear earlier in the year.

I don't have a favourite item of clothing; pickin's are slim.

7. Sort yourself into your Hogwarts House. If you don’t know the Hogwarts Houses who are you tell me why you’ve resisted the siren call of Harry Potter.

Hmm. I am the least cunning person I know, and all but devoid of ambition. I'd also be hard pressed to describe myself as clever, at least not in the academic sense.

I am probably some manner of Gryffinpuff. Kind and loyal, yes, but thoughtless and bullheaded, too.

8. Dogs or cats?

Dogs, a million times dogs. I even lean towards especially stupid dogs because I find it discouraging to have a pet I suspect of being clever than me.

9. What’s the last news item or fic you read? Link?

The last news item was somebody else mwhahaha-ing about England's ignominious departure, so I shall spare you the link. The last fic was this porny Sansa/Margaery modern AU by [profile] mautadite who is one of my favourite authors in asoiaf fandom.

10. What’s your go-to comfort food?

Beer. Cheese.

11. What’s the story behind your tumblr username?

Oh, God. I made up this stupid pseudonym when I was fifteen, with the expectation that I'd be in fandom for about twelve minutes. Well, I'm not fifteen anymore, and it's been a damn sight more then twelve minutes. And changing my fandom name would feel weird, like I was killing off this persona I've created over the past *mumble mumble* years.

It's still a stupid name, though.

Telly

May. 20th, 2014 11:07 pm
netgirl_y2k: (Default)
The fourth series of Game of Thrones got off to a weird start... between some weird pacing issues (very little happening slowly, combined with it being hard to tell how much time is actually meant to be passing) and some narrative choices that have ranged from the seriously fucking offensive to the "I don't understand, and I won't respond." But the middle of the series seems to have settled into itself; or maybe my threshold for WTFery has just been raised. Whatever.

The Laws of Gods and Men & Mockingbird )

I've also been watching the latter half of S3 of Once Upon a Time, and enjoying it even though I haven't really had an awful lot to say about it, OUaT )

I agree with whoever it was that said that Elementary didn't really get out of second gear this series Elementary )

I was utterly delighted by the first series of Reign, Reign )

I am feeling slightly bereft since finishing Breaking Bad, and am wondering what to watch next. The people I was watching Breaking Bad with are moving on to True Detective, which doesn't really appeal, I've heard too much about it's problem with women. Hannibal is the other thing my friends are talking about, and I am way too squeamish for Hannibal. Seriously - I once fainted at a Final Destination film.

I'm saving up the second season of Orphan Black to watch over a weekend, and I'm planning to watch Vikings even though I know it will be neither as good nor as much about Lagertha as tumblr has convinced me it is.
netgirl_y2k: (panic)
I had almost decided to sit out the returning remix until I noticed that they've revamped the qualifying fandoms meaning that I could sign up with just Game of Thrones, and I wouldn't have to offer either Doctor Who (Moffat Issues, bleh) or Merlin (where there's an extremely high risk of an untenable match; both on my end, and for the poor bugger who might be assigned to remix me with the not unreasonable, and yet still false, assumption that among my 50+ Merlin fics there might be one that's actually about Merlin and Arthur).

I am a bit miffed that Once Upon a Time didn't even merit being put to the vote. Although, I would have had to write more to qualify; perhaps it would have been motivation to finally get to those Aurora/Mulan or Emma/Regina fics I've been wanting to write. On the other hand, there's a lot of Belle/Rumpelstiltskin in OUaT fandom, and Belle/Rumple is a bit like Arthur/Merlin for me, in that no one who likes the pairing really needs to hear my opinions on it. For the curious, my opinion on Belle/Rumple is neatly summed up thusly.

Game of Thrones has that much going for it, there are dude characters that I couldn't care less about - Hi, Stannis Baratheon! Your narrative is a constant revelation to me, but only because I keep forgetting that you haven't died yet - but there are very few that I absolutely couldn't write. And I'm not sure there are many people who exclusively write, like, the Greyjoy uncles anyway.

Anyway, I'm still musing over whether to sign up, or to hang on and do the female character remix ([community profile] femmeremix) in early May. In the old days of the remix I was quite often assigned to remix people who mainly wrote slash, and they were often awesome writers, one or two of them I'm still friendly with now. But I would be lying if I said that it wouldn't be nice to know in advance that there'd be some female character centric fic for me to remix, and also that someone wasn't opening my AO3 page and going: Aw, no, not her, or at least, not for that reason.

Of course, it's entirely possible that I'll lose all self control and do both.

But I'm putting the cart before the horse, because I still haven't written my [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen fic. My assignment is perfectly doable, although it isn't exactly singing to me. I feel like I'm repeating myself a bit when it comes to fic with the women of ASOIAF: something something patriarchy... mild feminist propaganda... background lesbianism... here, have this crown, try to do better than the dudes... repeat until you've run through all the women in the 'verse... eh. Still, hopefully the start of S4 will prove inspiring in some way.
netgirl_y2k: (fire cannot kill a dragon)
I have spent the weekend watching all the episodes of Reign thus far, for reasons that are yet to become apparent to me. Reign is a mad show, it is like someone was watching HBO while eating some exciting cheese and thought, you know what would be cool, if someone were to re-imagine Game of Thrones as a teen soap opera. It's notionally set during Mary, Queen of Scots' time at French court, but frankly it could be set at Winterfell or Camelot for all the difference it would make. It's cheesy as hell, but ridiculously pretty and epic looking, like nobody told it that it was a show about Mary, Queen of Scots' boy drama. I'm finding it charming and somewhat addictive. It has some really good lady friendships between Mary and her ladies-in-waiting, and Megan Follows doing a delightful turn as the evil queen with layers, Catherine de Medici (oh, that's why I'm watching it, yes). I'm less interested in the love triangle than the show wants me to be, mostly because due to his inability to grow a proper beard I can't take Francis seriously as a love interest, and Bash is just sort of there. Anyway, in my head it's a fantasy show about Mary and Catherine and what it means to be a queen.

And speaking of Game of Thrones... I know we weren't, but go with the link anyway. I've been watching the trailers and behind the scenes stuff for season four, and getting quite excited. But I did notice that this year Dany's plot seems to be her ADwD stuff; the fuck-up foreign queen with the feral dragons, and I think that's a good choice, to be honest, because she was set up as this white saviour trope at the end of S3, and I'm hoping that they're going for a deconstruction of that straight away, rather than another season of Dany traipsing round Slaver's Bay "liberating" cities, which is what I was expecting.

I've actually always liked, or more accurately, I want to like Dany as a queen in the East. I like that she's having to learn to be a ruler the hard way (another reason why if Aegon isn't a fake I will eat my own hair), I like that she's turned this noble idea, that as a queen she must protect people, into this massive messiah complex, and even more I like how very much it doesn't work. It's in theory an interesting storyline, but blimey did it make for painful reading, not to mention making fandom kind of a minefield for a while if you liked Dany at all. Anyway, I'm sort of hoping the whole thing will work better on screen than it did on the page, the trailer looked promising and if nothing else it will have Emilia Clarke's face in it.

But I was thinking - what with The Winds of Winter still nowhere in sight - they're getting to the end of the existing canon for Dany. Sansa too, because I heard that the moon door scene was shot for S4. But it's mainly Dany, if it were most other characters I would expect the show just to just back-burner their plot, but especially when it comes to advertising HBO seems to be pushing Dany, along with Jon and Tyrion as the three big draws, so.

I'm not actually averse to the show overtaking the books in terms of plot; I would like to know how this story ends before old age comes for us all...
netgirl_y2k: (panic)
The Doctor Who special was... well, it was trying to be a Christmas episode, a rousing send off for Matt Smith, and to round up all the dangling plot threads from the last four years, and as a result it didn't do any of these things particularly well. Which is exactly the same problems as Tennant's final episode had. So.

That said, I wept at the regeneration, and I say that as somebody who never more than intermittently warmed to Eleven. I am desperately looking forward to Capaldi.

Today's meme post comes in the form of a response to a question: The female doctor. who would you cast? how would you write her? etc etc. And you shall be pleased to know that I will not be answering this one in the form of poetry, and probably not at great length, as I am dreadfully hungover (damn 7% Belgian beer) and really ought to be in my pyjamas, watching The Deathly Hallows under a duvet.

I have at different times said that Lena Headey, Miranda Richardson, Miranda Hart, Indira Varma, Sheridan Smith, or Sophie Okonedo would be interesting choices to play the Doctor. But I think my first choice would be Olivia Colman. Her name came up a lot when people were discussing the possibility of a female Doctor last time, and with good reason, I think.

As an aside, if the possibility of a female Doctor wasn't at least discussed at the BBC, then playing the pronoun game prior to the announcement of Peter Capaldi was a dick move.

Anyway, Olivia Colman, great actress, can do comedy and drama and darkness, which you need to play the Doctor. She's interesting looking, which I say with the very best will in the world, in a very Doctor-ish way. She's old enough to do it; because I don't think you could have an actress in her twenties playing the Doctor, not only because she'd be judged that much more harshly than anyone else, but partly to keep the Doctor distinct from the recent run of companions, and partly for the same reason I don't want another bloke in his twenties, there's a sense of age and gravitas that the Doctor needs, I think.

The other thing about Colman is that she's extremely well liked by the public, at least in the UK. You know how when people are talking about their fantasy female Doctors, and the conversation quickly turns to the likes of Maggie Smith or Judi Dench? And I don't think that's pure wish fulfilment, I think people know that there would be a lot of shit talked about any actress in the role, but that it would be less, and more quickly shouted down if it was someone considered a national treasure, you know?

That said, I don't think the objections to a female Doctor would be as strong as a lot of people think they would. At least, not among casual viewers. Fandom... well, fandom will always be fandom, god love it. Almost every time I get to talking about the possibility of a female Doctor somebody brings up that story about Steven Moffat asking a room full of fans at a convention if they'd stop watching if the Doctor was a woman and they all said yes. And I don't really see the relevance. It was a self selecting audience, a bunch of people invested enough in the show to go to a convention, asked a leading question by a man they presumably admire. It's the inmates running the asylum. I mean, imagine prior to Elementary asking a roomful of people at a Holmes convention how they felt about Lucy Liu playing Watson, and look at how that turned out.

I would write the female Doctor as the Doctor. I've been thinking about the reasons I never really got Eleven, and yeah, a lot of it is related to the writing, but also Eleven is, to me, the first Doctor whose maleness was ever more than notional, if that makes sense? Where he was an alien, and unimaginably old, but also unquestionably male. I feel like with any of the others you could have cast a woman, changed the pronouns and carried on much the same, you'd still have the Doctor. Eleven, with his I like bad girls and I don't understand women, was not only the first Doctor that felt specifically male to me, but he felt male in a way that drove me away from the character.

I'd also never mention the fact that the Doctor was a woman. I mean, I'd mention it once in the regeneration episode, in a I'm a woman! New teeth! New kidneys, I don't like them! type way. But never after that. I'd think I'd give her a boy companion, or at least a boy and a girl. My first choice for a boy companion to a female Doctor would be Clyde off SJA.
netgirl_y2k: (doctordonna)
I remember not so long ago there was a suggestion going around that the Doctor should have a male companion - and not in a Rory Williams, Harry Sullivan type way, who were really more Amy and Sarah Jane's respective companions; but a dude as his only, or at least his main companion - and I had a visceral Do Not Want reaction to this. One of the things I have always loved about DW, before I was even able to articulate it properly, was that by its very nature it's a show where 50% of the leads have to be women, and changing that would do more to make it not the show that I love than anything Steven Moffat could dream of.

Basically, you can have a male companion when I get a female Doctor... if then.

I feel like I've talked a lot about my childhood memories this month (having Lord of the Rings read to me as I snuggled under a My Little Pony bedspread, watching The Next Generation on Saturday mornings while eating cereals made exclusively out of sugar and e numbers; seriously, there's a reason I'm like this) but here's another one... I am a child of the eighties, and while I know I watched Doctor Who, partly because my dad tells me I did, and partly because if you showed six year old me anything with a quarry and a bubble-wrap alien I was there, I don't really remember watching it. Except on this one occasion, where my mum was busy with my wee sister - I don't recall why, maybe it was the time I made her drink bleach - and I'd been left in the living room propped up in front of the telly, watching Remembrance of the Daleks, and I know that's what it was because I have a distinct memory of the scene where Ace beats up a Dalek with a baseball bat. Ace. Beat up. A Dalek. With. A. Baseball bat. Hearts in my little six year old eyes. My ultimate fate as a science fiction fan and as a lesbian was probably sealed in that moment.

So, I always had fond memories of Ace, but in the back of my mind I assumed she must have been the exception to the rule, that the rest of the Classic Who ladies really were the screaming ankle twisters they'd been popularised as. Then I got into New Who via Nine and later Ten, and finished up at university (man, I'm dating myself with this post) and decided that a good use of all this new free time would be to watch all of Classic Doctor Who.

I discovered Barbara Wright, schoolteacher and companion to the first Doctor, who ran over a Dalek with a truck, and who I genuinely believe is the reason the Doctor always wants to travel with a human woman. I discovered the incomparable Sarah Jane Smith, who was describing herself as a feminist on BBC primetime in the 1970s. I discovered Romana, a Time Lady, who got better marks than the Doctor had at university and had her own sonic screwdriver, and whose failure to appear in the new series saddens my heart.

I discovered companions who weren't quite so universally beloved, but who I nonetheless fell hard for. Peri, whose story had problems, not the least of which being why insist on her being an American after it became obvious that the actress couldn't do the accent, but how could I fail to love a character whose reaction to attempted hypnosis by the Master was I'm Perpugillian Brown, and I can shout just as loud as you. Leela, whose proto-warrior princess costume was a bit something-for-the-dads, yes, but didn't stop her being a brilliant character, and whose second life as bodyguard to Time Lord president Romana in the Gallifrey audios is one of the few things that's ever gotten me to push through my difficulty processing audio only stimuli, because Leela and Romana. Tegan Jovanka, air hostess and Charleston aficionado, early Donna Noble type, my love for her is unsurprising.

Lots of people watch Doctor Who for the Doctor, which is probably the more sensible way of going about it, I watch it for the companions; it's why I'm looking forward to Christmas, and Clara hopefully being the focal point during the Smith-Capaldi regeneration.

On the off chance you have been enjoying my inability to shut the fuck up this December, I still have like five dates at the end of the month that I'd quite like to fill up, even if you've already asked me something, and then you probably won't hear from me for all of January.
netgirl_y2k: (kahlan white dress)
Specifically, what I go for in a femslash pairing.

According to the AO3 I have both written and bookmarked the most femslash in the Merlin fandom. Which is interesting, if only for the fact that that you have to really hate yourself to be a Merlin femslasher.

I think Gwen/Morgana is the pairing I have written the most of in any fandom, and although I am slightly loath to admit it, in that case it was a one true character thing. As we discussed a couple of days ago, I am a mite obsessed with Morgana; I loved Morgana, I thought she was gay and wanted to ship her, and Gwen was the only other woman on the show. I would have argued there was a little more to it at the time, but in retrospect-- that was a good eighty-five percent of it. Especially as my interest in Merlin femslash (well, all Merlin fic, really) drops like a stone as soon as Morgana isn't involved. And that I subsequently shipped Morgana with every woman who came into her general vicinity; including Morgause, who may or may not have been her sister depending on your headcanon, the degree of AU, and assorted writing inconsistencies.

But my favourite, favourite was Morgana/Vivian. So, Vivian was a one episode guest star in series... two? And she and Arthur are cursed to obsessively love each other, and by the end of the episode Arthur's been saved, and Vivian's left under the spell (forever, I guess), and I hated that. I became fascinated by the idea that Morgana could somehow be the one to lift the spell from Vivian. I have this recurring theme in all my fics and fandoms about women somehow reclaiming agency that's been taken from them; but, you know, with humour and occasional dragons. Anyway, Morgana/Vivian, which I sort of have to take the blame for, because by virtue of my writing a few fics and never shutting the fuck up about them, they briefly became a thing in fandom, someone even wrote a really awesome big bang fic about them. That aside, Morgana/Vivian is a pretty good example of my fondness for super-rare femslash pairings that don't really exist outside my head. I actually still have a lot of fond feelings and nostalgia for that pairing, and I keep thinking I should revisit them once more; I think they'd be good in a modern AU, I have this image of them making out in the limo at Arthur and Gwen's wedding, partly because it's the only way to lift the spell from Vivian, but mostly because if Arthur's going to marry Gwen, Morgana is damn well going to make out with a pretty girl in something expensive that he's already paid for.

A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones is a fandom where I want more femslash. I mean, there's actually a pretty decent amount, and so much female character centric het and gen that I'm actually a pretty happy bunny, but I want more, and in the spirit of being the change you want to see, I endeavour to write a fair bit of it. I also do a lot of exchanges in that fandom, and I always put "any femslash, basically" in my sign-ups; which is how I come to write some slightly off the wall pairings like Arianne/Dany and Sansa/Myrcella. I actually enjoy writing those types of pairings because there's sometimes a moment when your brain just goes oh, something clicks, and it all makes sense; I had that when I wrote Sansa/Myrcella recently.

Speaking of Sansa, she's probably the closest thing I have to a one true character in ASOIAF, so I write and read about her a lot. There was an amazing prompt on the kink meme a while ago, for a canon era fic where Sansa was a lesbian, but because of her upbringing and the world she lives in, she has no word for it, no frame of reference; and hot damn if I could figure out a way to do it properly I'd write it in a heartbeat. I do read a fair bit of Sansa/Margaery, which is probably the biggest f/f pairing in the fandom, interestingly enough I didn't ship them at all in the books, where I found it pretty evident that Margaery was using Sansa. Then came S3 of the show and brought with it Natalie Dormer and the impression, at least to me, that Margaery does genuinely want to help, and care for, and flirt with Sansa, just so long as it doesn't interfere with her own ambitions or the advancement of House Tyrell, and that's way more interesting to me. The scene with the rose and "some women like pretty girls" didn't hurt either.

Although the pairing I'm most desperate for, that fandom seems determined to deny me, is Sansa/Brienne; it's a the lady and her knight thing, bulletproof kink of mine, but only if the knight in question is a woman.

Now with Once Upon a Time I finally seem to have found myself in a fandom with a major femslash presence, which is nice, but also-- You know how I said when I was in Buffy fandom I didn't care for Buffy/Faith or Willow/Tara, going for the basically nonexistent Tara/Anya? I'm a bit like that with OUaT. I didn't get into Emma/Regina in S1 when everyone else did because I don't generally like adversary shipping, and now I can see it, I can so see it, and although it doesn't take much for a vid or a graphic to convince me of them, I am ridiculously fussy about fics. Like, I backbutton out of nine out of ten fics I try to read about them, but I keep trying because one day I'll find one that does them right, and that fic will be spectacular. I don't even know what "doing them right" is; but I have a feeling it would involve a lot less woobiefying of Regina, and framing of Snow as the enemy.

And I do like, more than like, Aurora/Mulan ; it's the princess and her knight thing again, and I really want to write fic for them, which I'm not writing for the same reason I think lots of other people aren't-- where do you even go after the aborted declaration of love|pregnancy scene?

But the pairing I fell super hard for was Ruby/Belle which was basically sunk by Ruby's actress not being on the show anymore, and the decision to retcon Rumple/Belle into something cotton candy sweet and fluffy. It's frustrating; Rumple/Belle could have been super-interesting, if not my shipping bag of chips, but the more they deny that there's anything dark or creepy about them, the more I want Belle far away from him. I always wanted a fic where Ruby was Belle's beast instead. Of course I did; bring me all the lesbian fairytales! They played into my friends to lovers kink as well. Speaking of, somebody's going to tell me when Regina/Tink becomes a thing, right?
netgirl_y2k: (fire cannot kill a dragon)
All ASOIAF characters today, because 1) I like themes, 2) Morgana and Regina already got their own posts, and 3) this a series crammed full of characters I love, who terrible things happen to, and then I cry.

Theon Greyjoy )

Samwell Tarly )

Sansa Stark )

I've been enjoying this December meme. I feel like have talked more to people in the last week and a half than I have in the rest of 2013. I still have pretty much the last third of the month free, if anyone has ideas for things they might like me to talk about.
netgirl_y2k: (brand new day)
Specifically, my continuing, inexplicable, and seemingly unending fascination with her.

Merlin was a show which, by the end, I... did not enjoy. Indeed, by the last couple of series it was offending both my sensibilities and my intelligence on an almost weekly basis. Now, a reasonable person might ask: why not just stop watching it and disengage from the fandom entirely? And my answer is twofold, 1) I tried, and 2) this silly, sexist, often deeply unpleasant little show also gave me my favourite character ever.

I know, right?!

And the thing is, I don't know why she's my favourite. The redemption arc that I always naïvely hoped Morgana was going to get is currently being done far better on Once Upon a Time with Regina. There are characters whose presence on the page or screen delight me more; if only because I'm not already cringing in advance of their creators somehow making it worse. There are characters who I am much more prepared to defend in fannish arguments; Morgana is my all time favourite character, but even I concede that she is badly-written, incoherent, and generally unpleasant, and if you dislike her, well, you're probably right.

I don't know-- my initial glomming onto her was a confluence of different stuff, what was going on in my life when I watched Merlin S1, a deep attraction to the actress, some stuff I was reading into the character (Gay! Gay! Magic as a metaphor for gay!) But I've liked plenty of characters who I've disengaged from when their narrative fucked up, and the only way I can explain why that didn't happen with Morgana was that the narrative really fucked up. You ever hate something so much it gives you energy? That's me with Merlin.

The problem with Merlin (well, the biggest structural problem, we don't have all day here) is how static and reactive a character Merlin is. He never develops, never grows-up, never reveals his magic, never acts unless backed into a corner, and then only so much as is required to save Arthur's immediate life. And this lack of development warps the other characters around him. Arthur becomes king, but never the great leader destiny promised. I always thought there was an interesting story in there about how Merlin's "destiny" went from protecting Arthur's life so that he could become the once and future king someday, to wrapping him in cotton wool and protecting him from any sort of upsetting knowledge or difficult decision until he was incapable of becoming that destined king.

And as for Morgana, after three years of being set up as antagonist to Uther because the king hated sorcerers (it's worth noting that this was always selfish, she hated Uther because if he burned sorcerers then someday he might burn her; there was some interesting anti-villian stuff there) over the course of one episode she decided to kill Arthur to usurp the throne, and I don't think she ever mentioned the laws against magic again. Then again, neither did Merlin. And it always struck me that Morgana's quick descent into smirking pantomime villainess who spent most of her screen time butchering extras and, I don't know, kicking puppies, was not least because as long as Morgana was Cruella de Vil it didn't matter that Merlin hadn't done much of anything laudable, all he had to do was not be quite so bad as her.

Merlin was a show that disdained character development, but with Morgana it couldn't be avoided, the legends are well-known; Morgana had to go from being at least a coincidental friend of Camelot, to the kingdom's mortal enemy. But Merlin was also a show that disdained giving screen time to any characters other than Merlin or Arthur; I'm thinking especially of the scene where Gwen has been banished and is leaving the city with a cart of her belongings, and Merlin is standing in the back of shot looking constipated - because otherwise how would we know to be sad. So Morgana's character development (character development, lobotomy, evil twin, brainwashing, magic spell; could've been anything) all happens off-screen, which is frustrating as hell, but also gives you a fuckton of room to play in.

I have a special hatred in my heart for that thing where interesting female characters disappear into male narratives -- and this is what Merlin did with Morgana, but the character herself, when faced with being sacrificed for the great destiny of Arthur & Merlin (even if she didn't know that's what was happening at the time) reacted by having a decade long, murderous, foot-stomping temper-tantrum because it wasn't fair; and that appeals to my inner eight-year old.

I love her epic poor life choices; that Gaius and Merlin may have had a hand in pushing her towards the dark side of the force, but it wasn't their fault (take note, fandom) Morgana's fuck ups are her fuck ups. I love her love for Aithusa (yeah, Morgana's best friend is a magic resurrection dragon; no-one is ever going to convince me that Morgana wasn't up and walking five minutes after the finale). I love even the tiny scenes she gets with Arthur, epic fucked-up siblings that they are. Morgana's story is a terribly executed story, with just enough hints of the much better story that I want to believe is in there to keep me hooked.

Fandom is about stories for me, and there are so many stories that I want to tell about Morgana, and until I get bored of telling them, which doesn't look to be happening anytime soon, I guess I'll always be a little obsessed with the ludicrous, tragic, awful, tyrant witch queen.
netgirl_y2k: (nina she wolf)
Specifically, my first fandom and first femslash pairing.

Which, actually, are two different questions. My first fandom - at least the first thing I think of as a fandom, I think I was always a little more, ah, involved with the stories I was exposed to than the other children - was the 90s Star Treks. The Next Generation was something that was watched on Saturday mornings with my dad; it was the only morning I was allowed to have coco puffs for breakfast, the rest of the week it was shredded wheat. I must have seen every episode of that at least twice, although I haven't re-watched any of them in years, for the same reason that I've never read any fic; TNG lives in the little roped off section of my brain marked "Precious Childhood Memories."

By the time Deep Space Nine and Voyager reached their heyday, I was in my teens and had acquired that most wondrous of things: a ludicrously slow dialup connection--

A brief aside, as this was back in the dark ages, the UK still showed most US shows years after they originally aired, and there was nothing you could do about it. Except, what you could do about it was go to Star Trek Conventions, which weren't conventions so much as they were two hundred nerds sitting in a conference room in one of Glasgow's more middling hotels, where by means of VCR, an overhead projector, and somebody's friend in the States, you would be shown the latest episodes of DS9 and Voyager.

--Where was I? Oh, yes, having just discovered the internet, and shortly thereafter fandom, and the frankly sanity-saving discovery that I wasn't the only person who made up stories about Star Trek characters in their head.

Deep Space Nine was one of those rarest of shows; one I was fannish about, but so satisfied by the canon that I didn't feel any real need for fic. Although, the fact that Rejoined was the hour of television that I watched more than any other in my teens probably tells you all you need to know about me at that age. And then there was Voyager, which hit that fannish sweet spot of having beloved characters, a great basic premise, and just enough wrong with it to make you want to swan dive straight into it and swim around.

Strangely, given that Voyager was one of the big formative femslash fandoms, wee baby lesbian me was exclusively a het shipper there. I loved Tom and B'Elanna, and was delighted when they got married. I loved Seven and the Doctor, and how important they were to each other, and how they were both emotionally inarticulate in different ways. Seven/Chakotay was my first exposure to I-have-just-pulled-this-out-of-my-arse endgame shipping.

The first fandom where I shipped femslash was the also the first fandom where I wrote my own fic as well as reading other people's, and that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was a fandom where I read and wrote really widely, well, because everything was new and shiny and made of puppies and sunshine and lesbians. And Buffy had two big femslash pairings; Willow/Tara, which I must confess did very little for me, at the beginning I found it boring and curiously sexless, and later fucked-up and kind of abusive, and became frustrated with canon and fandom's lack of engagement with the fucked-up-ness; and Buffy/Faith, which had chemistry up the wahzoo, legions and shippers, and made so very much sense, and inexplicably did nothing for me.

What can I say? Antagonist pairings don't tend to appeal, pairings where I have a cat's chance of finding any fic don't tend to appeal. You know what I shipped hard during my Buffy days? Tara/Anya. I don't even remember why, entirely, except that at the time my fondest wish was for a fic where they left the Hellmouth and opened a comparatively priced magic detective agency (not like Angel had a detective agency, this one would specialise in finding lost pets and the like, Anya knows a niche in the market when she sees one.)

Admittedly, this early fondness for rare to nonexistent femslash did teach me two things that have served me well in all my subsequent fandoms: 1) it only takes one sufficiently interesting fic to sell even the most outlandish of pairings, and 2) if I want something to exist badly enough, I write it.
netgirl_y2k: (regina pillow)
...and the possibility of redemption.

The first thing to say about Regina Mills is that I love her. When I was listing my favourite character archetypes the other day, I listed emotionally immature women, villains who change and grow without ever repenting, and queens. Had, during OUaT's development, someone from ABC called me and asked if I was primarily attracted to brunettes and whether I found lip scars sexy, I would have replied yes to both and they would have been able to say: boy, do we have a character for you!

That said, I do take issue with the section of her fans who are determined to insist that she can do no wrong, and that Snow was the one at fault. Snow has her flaws, to be sure, but nothing she has done can come close to Regina holding a decades long blood-feud against a child, and devoting years of her life to destroying that same child as a young woman. And surely, surely, the most interesting thing about Regina is that she is a tall, exquisitely dressed child, with enough magic to compel people to go along with her childish whims, and who is finally, finally being forced to grow up.

Seriously, watch the episode about Regina's first week in Storybrooke, where she tries to kidnap the boy Owen in one of the finest displays of emotional retardation and need for instant gratification that has ever been seen outside of a nursery school, where she goes and stamps her foot at Mr. Gold because the curse isn't making her happy. Watch the episode where she changes her appearance and spends some time in the woods with Snow White, where she completely fails to understand why the people she's ruling over as the Evil Queen don't love her. She casts the curse to get a do-over because she doesn't like the way her life's turned out, when post-curse her attempts to get Henry back, firstly by eschewing magic to win him back and secondly by siding with Cora to steal him back fail, she almost destroys Stroybooke trying to get another do-over.

So, Regina is four years old. And she wants what any child wants; family, love, acceptance. And because she's an incredibly powerful child she tries to force people to love her. And because she has a screwed up history with love - Cora, who couldn't love her; Daniel, who did and died for it; Snow, who wanted her love and which Regina was unable or unwilling to give - she either lashes out, or holds people too close, and drives them away.

But she's doing better. And in season 3, she's doing better all the time. I'm thinking particularly of the references to Henry as our son. Regina's maternal love for Henry was never in doubt to me, and was always the thing that made me think redemption was possible for her, but it always had this possessive, smothering quality. I think that earlier in the show Regina would have insisted on going off to save Henry herself (her son) even if it wasn't the best way. Now she's willing to work with Emma and the Charmings, and when she gets frustrated with their lack of progress she goes to find Rumple, and then brings him back to the group. Because it's okay (it's good, even) that other people love Henry and that he loves them, she knows now that it doesn't take anything away from her.

Regina's level self-awareness (which started somewhere in the negative-numbers) is also improving all the time, spoilers for the last aired episode ) Acknowledging that she's not the wronged party is a huge step, and one that a lot of villains, especially ones that we're meant to see as tragic or sympathetic, never get to.

So, yes, I think Regina is belatedly growing up and doing better all the time, and I think it's excellent and fascinating, and I hope the show keeps it up; along with her prickly friendship with Tinkerbell, and newfound ability to see Emma as anything other than the competition. Whether that qualifies as redemption--

The Evil Queen's crimes in the Enchanted Forest are legion; and until recently Regina's weren't much better (framing Mary Margaret for murder, the abduction of Kathryn Nolan) but one of the things I really like about morality in OUaT is that redemption is always possible; there are points (Snow White after Regina's massacre of an entire village, lots of fans after her rape of Graham) where people can quite rightly decide that they can't forgive you, and that they aren't willing to be in your life while you get the many, many hours of therapy you need to sort your shit out.

But no one is irredeemable, not even the Evil Queen.
netgirl_y2k: (sansa wolf girl)
Specifically, my favourite and least-favourite character archetypes. In order to end on a high note, I'm going to start with my dislikes.

I'm not sure what the collective noun would be, but I hate what I persist in thinking of of as Sketchy as Fuck Guys, Whose Increasing Sketchiness is Ignored by Both Fanon and Canon. Particular examples I'm thinking of are Spike; a can of worms here, I know, but I have never NOPED out of a fandom so hard as I did Buffy at Seeing Red, to this day I have not watched either S7 or that season of Angel he was in. Torchwood era Jack Harkness; my favourite thing about Children of Earth is that it embraced Jack as a charming and necessary monster, but not a hero, and someone who would eventually get you killed, and my least favourite thing about Miracle Day, from the multitude of choices, was that it walked that back. And Merlin; where the show's refusal to acknowledge any of the title's character's growth, either by allowing him a magic reveal or acknowledging the increasing moral shades of grey he was living in hamstrung the entire show, both by making the Once and Future King a man canonically too stupid to dress himself and somehow failing to notice that they'd made their hero into a collaborator to religious genocide.

I hate obsessive lovers. Merlin, again (I'm sorry, dude, but you never had a chance; you're nothing but tropes I hate and ears) I mean, it's arguable whether his all-consuming obsession with Arthur was romantic or not, but either way I find it creepy and controlling and gross. River Song; a character with great potential, who with every subsequent appearance had less and less of an identity outside the Doctor, culminating in the dreadful The Wedding of River Song where she was willing to end the universe to save the Doctor. Rose Tyler is a borderline case, because it's arguable whether she was jumping between universes because she wanted the Doctor's help or because she wanted Ten, but it's notable that I love her with Nine, like her on her own or with basically any other character, and can't stand her with Ten. Willow, and her treatment of Tara in S6 of Buffy; the latter seasons of Buffy were not kind to me, which is why I maintain that the show ended after S5.

Basically anything which, if described out of context, would sound a lot like stalking, especially if it's painted as laudable or romantic, gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Okay! Tropes I do like!

Emotionally immature women! This one is gender specific because I feel like male characters are allowed to be emotionally backwards in ways that female characters still aren't. Female characters can be stoic (it plays into the Strong Female Character thing) but often not emotionally constipated and plain childish. Regina Mills is the one who comes to mind, and I'll talk more about this, because I'm writing a big post about Regina in a couple of days. It's easy to miss this at first, because she's well-dressed and poised, but she's basically four years old. She wants things her way, and she wants them now. And what's fascinating is that she is in fact powerful enough to make the world bend to her childish whims most of the time, and she's only just now having to grow up, but again I'll come back to this. Cara Mason is another good example of this. As is Morgana; problems though I have with Morgana's pitiful excuse for an arc (again, another post for another day) I did enjoy that she went violently, viciously insane, lashing out indiscriminately, because it wasn't fair. Cersei Lannister, too, if you think about how desperate she is for her daddy's approval, and Arya Stark, if you want to talk about literal vengeful eleven year olds with the power of life and death.

Villains who change and grow without ever really repenting! Regina Mills, we meet again. Melisande Shahrizai. All the fanfiction I have written about Morgana (shh, it counts.)

nice guys! (lack of capitalisation deliberate) Please step forward Samwell Tarly and Pete Lattimer. After the last episode of Elementary I was talking with some of you about Sherlock and about how nice is a word that no longer has a true definition and is often used pejoratively, but I'm using it here to mean a bone deep decency and little unthinking acts of courtesy which add up, and yeah, I'm going to include the Elementary version of Sherlock Holmes.

The Once and Future Queens! Sansa Stark; a queen at heart even if she'll never be one in name. Daenerys Targaryen; the dragon queen. Cersei Lannister; who never learns that you can't substitute ambition and natural cunning for having learned to rule at your father's knee. Asha Greyjoy; o captain my captain, and the best queen the Iron Islands never had -- and by the way I think we've just uncovered the root of my attraction to ASOIAF fandom. Guinevere; long live the queen! When I read the Kushiel's Legacy books earlier this year a lack of surprise that Ysandre and Sidonie de la Courcel were my favourites was expressed, and as much as I love Sidonie (anybody who orders her boyfriend to cut a magic tattoo out of her very skin while she's still conscious is fucking hardcore and alright by me) Ysandre is my favourite. Because like Sansa, Ysandre developed this brittle shell of self-defense in response to the betrayals of her youth; and while Ysandre's shell makes her harder than she needs to be at times, in between Sansa's brittle shell of courtesy, and inner core of ice and steel, is a layer of squishy feelings and compassion and forgiveness, which is why I love her, for being the Stark kid who can look to the future.

That was fun, wasn't it? I do like the idea of posting at least a little something every day in December, so you can leave me more prompts here.
netgirl_y2k: (brand new day)
Elementary has returned and continues perfect, but I still find myself with very little to actually say about it other than to reiterate my wish to draw sparkly hearts around Joan and Sherlock and their beautiful, beautiful friendship, so there's that.

The second episode of Agents of SHIELD was a vast improvement, I thought. Admittedly, I am watching a show about Melinda May and some other people too, I guess. And my total lack of aggregate comics or MCU knowledge means that I occasionally have to mentally replace a bit of dialogue or exposition with the words tra la la la la plot macguffin, but that doesn't seem to be affecting my enjoyment, so I'll keep watching.

Atlantis on the other hand-- I wanted to give it a fair shake, because I have a longstanding and quite possibly inexplicable fondness for Mark Addy, and Sarah Parish and Alexander Siddig were in it too. But two episodes in and we've already had a cult of evil women, and there just isn't enough NOPE in the world.

Does anybody still watch Downton Abbey? Spoilers for the last aired episode )

More happily, Once Upon a Time, Spoilers for the first two episodes of S3 )
netgirl_y2k: (sansa wolf girl)
1. My Mum has taken herself off on a three month cruise, as a retirement present to herself. On her own, otherwise, she said, it'd be just like home, only on a boat, which is strange yet oddly unassailable logic.

She sent an e-mail the other day with the subject line Help!!!, we opened it and it turned out to be about how the memory card on her camera was full. Unnecessarily alarmist, that's my Mother. I mean, three exclamation marks, that's what you use when you've accidentally angered the Sea God Poseidon.

Before she went she made me, Dad, and my sister promise that we'd have dinner together as a family at least twice a week. Tonight's family meal was poppadoms and spiced onions consumed standing up over the kitchen sink. Despite both being mature, self-suficient women in our late twenties and early thirties my sister and I have quickly regressed to teenagers who have been left with the less strict parent.

2. My weird anxiety thing has been getting better, the last full blown panic attack I had was in May, I think. I have a system for dealing with them now, 1) I went to the doctor and got beta blockers for the heart palpitations (god bless the NHS and all who sail in her) 2) once I believe that I'm not actually going to die right this instant I can usually rationalise the brain weasels into stopping the spiral of panicky thoughts, and failing that, 3) singing, which sounds mad, I know, but singing out loud seems to stop my breathing freaking out too much and trying to remember the words distracts me. So if you're ever in a car park or train station somewhere in Scotland and you see a pale, nervous young woman singing Sex on Fire by the Kings of Leon (the most successful song for this purpose; believe me, I've experimented) that's quite possibly me, and that's why I'm doing it.

That said, yesterday was the most anxious I've been in ages, a result of watching and reading too much about George Osborne's speech at the Tory party conference. The only possible upshot that I can find is that I'm no longer being facetious when I saw George Osborne's politics, and indeed face, make me feel ill.

3. It's October already, how on earth did that happen? Later this month I've got to go and get fitted for a kilt etc. for Tequila Boy's wedding. And no offence to traditional femininity, but, dude, rented formalwear is the way of the future!

I've also started thinking about writing my best man person girl man speech, which I will probably run by the ye olde f-list for a humour check closer to the time. My Dad was the best man at his brother's wedding thirty odd years ago, and his tip for delivering the speech was, and I quote, "know what you're going to say before you stand up at the wedding." Thanks, Dad, very helpful.

Right now, I think I'm going to keep to the traditional theme of best man speeches, namely that it's difficult to believe that Tequila Boy has convinced such a lovely and seemingly intelligent young woman to commit to him for life, especially when compared to such self-evident things as the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot. Although, I can't be too horrible about him, I mean, single and wondering how one goes about becoming a cat person though I am, there's still an outside chance he may get to retaliate some day.

4. Elementary and Once Upon a Time started again this week (yippee!) I haven't watched either of them (anti-yippee) not because I haven't wanted to but because I don't think watching things hunched over a laptop is doing my back a world of good. For goodness sake, somebody get onto Help the Aged. Instead I've been trying to watch things that are actually on tv here.

I watched Agents of SHIELD which was a bit like if early Torchwood had a budget, and no I don't mean that in a good way. But it's very shiny and impressive looking, and as I don't come from comics or MCU fandom it's entirely possible that the lack is with me rather than the show.

I watched Atlantis too, a show that's mostly impressive for the sheer failure of creativity or imagination that's gone into it. It's like the BBC brief was: we want a show so like Merlin that casual viewers won't notice that Merlin's been cancelled. Again, not a good thing.

You know what, somewhere around here must be the means to connect the laptop to the telly; Elementary and Once it is.

5. My [community profile] femslashex assignment arrived, and is smack bang in the middle of my comfort zone and I feel pretty good about what I'm planning to write, so that's good. Especially as I dropped out of a couple of multi-fandom exchanges earlier in the year by either misjudging what my comfort zone is or my ability to write outside it.

I don't know, I'm finding fic writing a bit weird at the moment, like, I want to write and there's things I want to write, but mostly I'm just staring at a blinking cursor and getting frustrated. Anyway, here is an incomplete list of fics I would like to write should I someday get my mojo back:

- GoT; Sansa/Margaery modern university AU, where Sansa's flatmates are Shae and Brienne, and Jaime Lannister is living on their sofa in some sort of protracted attempt to either annoy or woo Brienne.
-ASOIAF; the Sisterhood of the Night's Watch, where Lyanna Stark was sent to the Wall as a sort of a scapegoat after the Rebellion, Arya begs her aunt to let her join the Watch, and Castle Black is populated by assorted women of various degrees of unsuitability for life on the Wall.
-Merlin/Temeraire fusion; where Merlin is Kilgarrah's captain, and Morgana is Aithusa's.
-OUAT; Ruby and Belle as a version of Beauty and the Beast.
-DS9; Jadzia Dax/Lenara Kahn fixit where Lenara doesn't leave at the end of Rejoined.
netgirl_y2k: (brand new day)
I am super excited about [community profile] femslashex (femslash12 under new management.)

I feel about the femslash ficathon the way a lot of people feel about yuletide, that it's a quintessential part of the fannish year. I've even built a little tradition around it:

Give me any femslash pairing and I will write you a ficlet or drabble for it.

Any fandom you've heard me mention, basically.
netgirl_y2k: (Default)
-From time to time I regret my inability to get together with tumblr as a fannish platform, none more so than today for reblogging purposes, because someone made the most fabulous graphic of my Sansa/Myrcella fic.

And not so long ago someone drew fanart of one of my Sansa/Margaery fics, look at them snuggle!

Because I am awkward and crap at talking to people, I often forget how interactive fandom can be, and how cool that is.

-Today I have been thoroughly delighted by this O'Brien/Bashir vid and have been overcome with the desire to re-watch all of DS9, at once.

-I find the A03 statistics page compelling and distressing in equal measure, but it has given rise to a whole host of new memes that AO3 stats meme that's been doing the rounds )

Fuck, Yes!

Aug. 4th, 2013 08:30 pm
netgirl_y2k: (doctordonna)
My interest in Doctor Who has been waxing and waning (largely waning) under Moffat's reign, but I dutifully tuned into the announcement of the next Doctor and colour me delighted. Peter Capaldi is a fucking amazing actor, and I can totally see him playing a Doctor with gravitas. I also like that he's an older dude, I know it's not the diversity coup that a lot of people were hoping for, but it'll be nice to have a break from the young 'uns.

I was perhaps the only person in the world surprised by the announcement. I know Capaldi was the bookies favourite, but, well, last time they said it was going to be Paterson Joseph. And did I imagine it, or did Moff (or maybe it was Davies) not give an interview once saying that because of the physicality and intensity of the filming schedule we'd probably never see another actor over fifty in the role? So between the age thing and thinking that someone at the beeb might quail at the thought of casting the guy best known as Malcolm Tucker on their flagship family show, I really thought it would turn out to be someone else.

Speaking of, I like to think that as we speak ten year olds all over the country are typing "Peter Capaldi" into the YouTube search box and the subsequent streams of invective are bringing their parents running in from other rooms.

For what it's worth, I still want a female Doctor, but not as written by Moffat. Also, I thought that responding to Helen Mirren's calls for a female Doctor by saying that he thought it was time for "...the Queen to be played by a man" was kind of shitty. Okay, a lot of Moff's humour falls flat with me, but, really, how hard is it to say: It doesn't contradict the mythology of the show, we didn't go that way this time, but nothing's ruled out for the future?

I'm also relived that it's not Cumberbatch or Colin Morgan, two names I saw bandied about in the early days of speculation, both choices that would have been dealbreakers for me.

But, basically, Fuck Yes, Peter Capaldi! I hope they let him play it with his natural accent, for I shall be weak for a Scottish Doctor.
netgirl_y2k: (scary bunny)
Firstly, a fic rec: The Assembly of Ladies; or why there was no masque at the Tournament of Harrenhal by [personal profile] lareinenoire (ASOIAF) A clever, coherent version of the events at Harrenhal told through the eyes of the women who were there.

Seriously, guys, fics like are why I'm glad I'm in this fandom.

Secondly, it's that time of of year when all the shows I usually watch are off the air and I start casting about for other things to occupy me. Oh, and giving the towering piles of unread books in my house serious side-eye. Of the things I have heard good things about I dismissed Hannibal out of hand as being too much for my delicate sensibilities, and I think I'm going to wait until Defiance has a full first series under it's belt and then give it a go. There's also the latest half-series of Warehouse 13, but my irrational dislike of James Marsters meant that I turned off half-way through the first episode, and then I heard that later episodes got kind of, uh, intense, so that's on the back burner while I watch Orphan Black.

I'm only on episode five. Luckily, while I picked up a sense of great good will from fandom, I managed to avoid any actual spoilers, which is turning out to the good. But I can already join all right thinking people in declaring myself in love with/awe of Tatiana Maslany. Which, yes, I know is annoying if you haven't seen Orphan Black and have no idea what I'm talking about. Although you should, for it is excellent.

Thirdly, I am very bad at these fannish bingos, I rarely ever get so far as posting my square here, let along trying for some fills. But I was properly tempted by [community profile] ladiesbingo, lots of the possible squares looked cool, and it's not like I wouldn't be writing fills about women anyway. I am trying, and failing, largely, not to look at this as a giant list of things to write that are not the last wee bit of This is What You Will Wear to the End of the World.

My square, plus some plot bunny wrangling )

Anyone got any suggestions for the other squares or ideas as to where I should start?

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