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i. Sometimes I go to other sites, other messageboards, and I'm reminded why even with the wank and the flame wars and the cruelty, I like LJ so much more than any other fandom hive.

ii. Should I start watching Robin Hood again?

iii. I want S2 of Criminal Minds. :(
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Name 5 characters you would not want to trade lives with.

God, where do I start?

1. Johanna, Sweeney Todd. Groomed for molestation by her father-figure, forced into a mental asylum (one of my personal nightmares) with a serial killer biological father and a mad prostitute bio mum, in danger of her life from an insane murderer and finally getting to run away with a guy she's just met and who has no real idea of just what kind of hell she's been through.

(I really should write that post-musical fic where Johanna starts stabbing people right and left with her needlework scissors.)

2. Basil Hallward, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Or anyone Dorian screws over, really, Sibyl Vane or Adrian Singleton or Alan Campbell. At least Sibyl Vane and Alan Campbell get to kill themselves, though. Basil gets to be hopelessly in love with Dorian for years and to be murdered by him at the moment he realises exactly what Dorian is (and what Dorian has done to his awesome painting).

3. John Hilliard, Strange Meeting. He goes through life so painfully repressed it's hard to bear (for the reader, anyway). When he finally does find someone he can open up to, first he quarrels with them and then they die. (That's not even a spoiler: it's blatantly obvious from the moment Barton walks onto the page that someone as cheerful and good-natured as he is in a WWI novel is doomed to be first demoralised and then killed brutally.)

4. Buffy. Just...Buffy.

5. Anyone from Watchmen. Especially Rorschach. The others all have compensations for their miserable existences (philosophy, vast riches, love) but Rorschach, no. I think that's why I find him even more disturbing than the Comedian; at least the Comedian gets some enjoyment out of life, however loathesome.

Oh, I should post my Porn Battle entries:

Keys to the Kingdom [Sweeney Todd, Johanna/Anthony]

'Tis Pity She's a Whore [Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin/Lucy Barker]

Right is Might [Raffles, Raffles/Bunny]

Entertaining Angels Unawares [The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian/Basil]

Transatlantic Relations [Indiana Jones/The Mummy, Alex/Mutt]

Adventures in Academia [Indiana Jones/The Mummy, Alex/Mutt]

Lost in Translation [Indiana Jones/The Mummy, Alex/Mutt]

Thou Shalt Not [Robin Hood, Marian/Guy]

Five Minutes in Six Hours [Cold Case, Lilly/Scotty]

Lesbian Massage Thingummybob [Coupling, Jane/Sally/Susan]

pan metron ariston [Maurice, Maurice/Clive]
athousandwinds: (trust me WHR)
Robin Hood fandom, you disappoint me. Guy/Marian vids all over Youtube and not one to "Killing Me Softly"? Or "I Can't Decide"?

It's been over a year, I can totally joke about it now.

On the other hand, you have produced a Guy/Marian vid to How to Handle a Woman, which means I forgive you. I adore the Camelot soundtrack to ridiculous levels.

*off to look for Much/Marian vids*
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name five plot points/arcs you hated in fandoms you ordinarily love.

1. Doctor Who, "Journey's End".
Okay, I loved all of this right up to the part where spoilers come in )

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the entirety of S6. Also, S4. Well, okay, not "Once More With Feeling" (except for the Xander bit). This has been rehashed over and over, too. Blahblah heavencakes, wtfspike, Willow.

3. Indiana Jones, the insistence on having native tribes (occasionally mummified) defending the artefacts. Yes, that was the thing which annoyed me about Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, not spoilers ) Also - and I realise I'm just being cranky here - it makes me so sad that priceless artefacts and the answers to countless archaeological mysteries always end up being destroyed or buried or GAAAAAAAAAAH. Indiana Jones = worst archaeologist ever.

4. The ending of The Dark is Rising sequence. I count it as second in my Top Ten Most Traumatising Endings to a Children's Fantasy Series. Guess which is first. Go on. Guess.

5. That Thing What Happens In The S2 Finale of Robin Hood. Actually, this one is cheating, 'cause I stopped watching RH about halfway through S2. But I no longer want to start watching again, shall we say.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5Crossover relationships: Match five characters with their soulmates - from another fandom.

Ooh!

1. Alec (Swordspoint)/Marian (Robin Hood 2006). Alec desperately, desperately wants to protect the women in his life. Unusually for a male (anti-)hero, he does that by giving them tools to defend themselves rather than doing it directly. He failed with his sister Janine, so he forces Janine's daughter Katherine to take fencing lessons (and before long Katherine's protecting other women herself). He can't sponsor Flavia's education openly any more, so he founds a scholarship/mathematics chair for women.

Marian - you see where I'm going with this - is an explicitly feminist kick-arse swordswoman. Alec would love her. Marian would initially be infuriated by his attitude (because, let's face it, Alec's a bastard), but she'd probably end up seeing his hidden depths. She did with Robin, after all. I can't see Robin's hidden depths. Also, she'd probably be thrown off by the fact of his agreeing with her and not patronising her (well, not more than he normally would).

The only fly in the ointment is that Marian's as manipulative as hell and Alec needs a straight-shooter. Hmmmm.

2. John Hilliard (Strange Meeting)/Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket). He's an emotionally-repressed WWI soldier with a dysfunctional family and a lost love. She's an almost pathologically kind-hearted teenage girl with a talent for getting along with almost everybody. Hilliard kind of makes me think of Hatori in the same situation: completely closed-off to any kind of emotional support (not that he's getting it anyway) until he meets this one person. Tohru would be amazing at getting Hilliard to open up - think of how Hatori, Kureno and Yuki (all repressive types) respond to her. And he's a solicitous friend, even if he's not particularly good at helping. He'd look after her in the way she needs, which is that she works too hard and someone has to make her stop.

3. The Doctor (Doctor Who)/Miles Vorkosigan (the Vorkosigan books). Because they're both hyperactive, they both have the same method of procedure (make it up as you go along) and they both tend to take command by virtue of sheer arrogance. They also both have insanely loyal followers who frequently fall in love with them; the only difference is that Miles has more. Then again, the Doctor has quality-control. If they ever met, they'd likely be annoyed to death by each other. The Doctor would have an especially strong reaction: "You're a soldier?!" If Miles were a companion, he would probably attempt to change his own timeline. The Doctor might throw a fit like he did with Adam in "The Long Game"; possibly Miles would manage to charm his way out of it. Really, Miles is more likely to end up as a Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart figure:

"Oh, you're back? Where've you been? I saved the universe five times while you were gone, you idiot!"

The Doctor would quickly start referring to Ivan as "that-idiot-Ivan" and it would infuriate Miles because hey, it's not like the Doctor's family. Only family (and the rest of the galaxy) get to call Ivan that.

...I bet the Doctor has a massive geeky historical crush on Cordelia, though. Like he did on Madame de Pompadour. And he'd keel over dead if she actually asked him to tea, omg. And Cordelia would so have the Doctor's number within five seconds of meeting him.

4. Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)/Katherine Talbert (The Privilege of the Sword). Basically, Katherine is the knight of Sansa's dreams. I don't say Katherine's fencing foil would be much use against, say, Gregor, but she could totally take Littlefinger. And Katherine has experience defending rape victims. The Swordsman's Tragedy is exactly the sort of tosh Sansa would love; Katherine adores it. It would be Katherine/Artemisia all over again, but playing for higher stakes.

5. Count D (Petshop of Horrors)/Cain Hargreaves (Count Cain). It was a match made in heaven (Cain is clearly a cat in human form, from D's shop, given as a present from Alexis to Augusta) right up until the point where D discovered Cain was testing his poisons on animals. So he gave him a puppy, the sweetest dog in the world, who adored Cain and learnt to untie his shoelaces and snuffled at Cain's hands and licked his face when he was sad. And then the puppy grew up and turned out to be a rottweiler. Cain redeemed himself, though, when he decided he loved the dog regardless, and D gave him back his puppy. I am aware that this sounds crazy to anyone who doesn't know both fandoms, by the way. Very, very aware.
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Dear Stephen J. Lee,

Not everyone speaks French as well as you do. Please refrain from quoting at length untranslated documents. Aside from that, thank you.

Love,
Angharad

It occurs to me that I can argue a decent case for Louis XIV causing the French Revolution. Yeah, I don't like him.

Meme! ganked from [livejournal.com profile] enaranie

1. Maedhros (The Silmarillion)
2. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
3. Alec (Swordspoint)
4. Marian (Robin Hood 2006)
5. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
6. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
7. Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)
8. Juliet Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)
9. Much (Robin Hood 2006)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)

meme! )

You know, I've been reading up on Anne Boleyn and I can't help suspecting she made some sort of deal with the devil. "You will only have your life's goal for three years and will die unfairly maligned; in exchange, your daughter will be called the greatest monarch England has ever had and you will be able to mock your husband and your other enemies from beyond the grave."
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So, I just watched last week's episode of Robin Hood (finally!) and now I have thoughts )
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James McAvoy may be playing Kurt Cobain in biopic

Since I know some people on my flist adore him. :D Lovely as he is, however, I will not be seeing it. I can't watch films where I know they die at the end, I can't stand it. Especially if they commit suicide. Especially if they're gay, too. I only barely managed to bring myself to go and see Brokeback Mountain because spoiler! ) Didn't work, I was a wreck anyway.

This is apparently being written by David Benioff, who wrote Troy, so there's another reason for me to avoid it. Pervert my epic myths, why don't you. Kurt Cobain's descent into drug use will last three weeks instead of years, etc. (Insert edited complaints about Troy which I am too tired to reiterate here.)

Talk about Nottingham

This is the one where Russell Crowe plays the Sheriff and Robin is a terrorist. (Was Original Flavour!Robin Hood a socialist terrorist or a terrorist socialist? Should I shut up about ridiculous semantics?) This means it is literally the polar opposite to our dearly beloved Robin Hood 2006, and shows what happens when the Americans get hold of British stories. (On the other hand, the Americans brought us the greatest Robin Hood film yet and one somehow much more accurate than 2006. I'm talking about the Disney version, of course.)

I think my biggest problem with this twist in the tale is that Russell-Crowe-as-Sheriff is somehow analogous to Jack-Bauer-as-Sheriff, though I am told that Russell Crowe is an actor capable of extraordinary nuance and skill. Apparently.

A tidbit which I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan will like:

John, known in his own life as John Lackland (because as the youngest son he didn’t get any inheritance) “was actually pretty smart,” Scott insisted. “[But] he got a bad rap because he introduced taxation. So he’s the bad guy in this.”



They seem to be going with the "Richard was made of puppies and awesome!" trope, which works better here than in Robin Hood 2006. Because even though Robin realised the Crusade (which, to be honest, was a Christian jihad, yes?) was a bad idea, Richard obviously didn't, so having Robin still be going on like the sun shines out of Richard's arse undermines the series's message. Whereas if Robin Hood is a terrorist and the Sheriff is a NYC cop, he is the former Secret Service man and bodyguard to none other than Lionheart!George Bush.

Thoughts?
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Me on Saturday night: Oh, I'm tired, I won't watch Robin Hood tonight.
Me on Sunday morning: Oh, shit, everyone's talking about it.
Me on Sunday morning: Oh, God, why won't On Demand work? I HATE YOU VIRGIN TV.

When's the repeat, does anyone know?

Recs!

Oct. 21st, 2007 03:28 pm
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I have seen *counts* sixteen posts on my flist about Dumbledore being gay. I am disappointed, flist. I was expecting at least twenty. Actually, I just wish she'd mentioned it in the books. Canon from the interviews annoys me. It's not like she didn't already have about 300 pages of extraneous crap in the books.

Anyway, I have promised recs! And I shall deliver. I waited until today so that one of my recs would no longer be a WIP. By fandom:

Vorkosigan recs )

The Silmarillion recs )

Avengers recs )

X-Men recs )

Doctor Who recs )

Robin Hood recs )

Shakespeare recs )
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MY SHOOOOOOOOW! IT IS BAAAAAAACK!

spoilers for 2x01, Sisterhood )

Oh, one final thing. SNAKE PIT. :DDDD The only thing better is...actually, I can't think of anything better. Oh, no. The only thing better is the laser sharks from Goldmember.
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Five People I Want Sansa to Meet is half-done and I'm going to get right on the others.

Five Times Much Might Have Been a Little Bit in Love )
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Robin Hood fans on my flist, did anyone think that Yon Spoilery Character in Utopia reminded them a bit of Keith Allen as the Sheriff of Nottingham?

A combination of the stubble and "Buh-bye!" campiness, I think. Or maybe it's just me.
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[livejournal.com profile] 31_days fic exchange for [livejournal.com profile] green_and_warty. Robin Hood 2006, Djaq. 1403 words. The title refers to "In my country" by Jackie Kay.

A Slow Watchful Circle )
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[livejournal.com profile] 31_days fic exchange for [livejournal.com profile] green_and_warty. Robin Hood 2006, Robin, Marian and Guy. 2971 words. NSFW.

Triptych )
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[livejournal.com profile] 31_days fic exchange for [livejournal.com profile] green_and_warty. Robin Hood 2006, Allan and Tom. 780 words.

Little Brothers )
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[livejournal.com profile] 31_days fic exchange for [livejournal.com profile] green_and_warty. Robin Hood 2006, Much and ensemble, 361 words.

The Much Touch )
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The New Adventures of Little Little John: Episode Guide. 13x100 words and inspired by the last episode and [livejournal.com profile] inkblot_fiend's comment that Little Little John would end up leading Robin Hood: The Next Generation.

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