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i. Quick question: does anyone know where Cain from Count Cain is actually earl of? IIRC, he just gets called "Earl Hargreaves", which, while understandable, makes no sense. He should be Cain C. Hargreaves, Earl of ______. (And while we're at it, does anyone know what the C. stands for? I'm almost certain Kaori Yuki mentions it in one of the sidenotes.)

ii. In other news, I wrote Coriolanus fic for the [livejournal.com profile] ides_of_april ficathon, which is for the Greek and Roman plays. Proud of This Pride, Coriolanus/Aufidius, 12. (A triptych depicting a proud man.)

iii. More importantly, I got wonderful fic written for me! ...my brother Cassius is by [livejournal.com profile] casablancagirl and is a lovely, mind-screwy Brutus fic. The prose is gorgeous and evocative and it's a beautiful glimpse into the Brutus/Cassius relationship, with all its subtext and manipulativeness and seeming closeness.

iv. Also, I feel I should rec Dreaming Spires, because it is Brutus and Cassius as OXFORD DONS and you know that sort of thing can't be bad.

v. And this Titus Andronicus HIGH SCHOOL AU, Fourth Quarter Comeback (by [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist) because. you understand. it's like that one version of Othello with Josh Hartnett in it. It should be wrong, but then you have Parents Against Goths ("I'm so goth I was born black") and it ends up awesome.
athousandwinds: (the only way to go is up)
My latest idea for my magnum opus:

So there's this guy, right, who's a Communist party official in the 1970s and he gets persecuted for pissing his superiors off and eventually gets sent to the gulags. Only in the 1990s he's released just in time to take advantage of the capitalist boom and becomes a kajillionaire. Then he takes revenge.

This is what happens when I watch bad adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo while revising for exams on the Soviet Union.

I also watched As You Like It – the Kenneth Branagh version – which I have very mixed feelings about.

cut for length )
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[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: I am a conspiracy theorist. Kit Marlowe was too awesome to die.
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: Definitely!
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: and if he DID he was totally murdered
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: Elizabethan conspiracy!
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: :DDD
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: We need to write a book about how Marlowe survived his murder and went around solving crimes.
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: No, wait! Ben Jonson and Shakespeare solve crimes; Marlowe haunts them and gives snarky commentary!
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: oh my god yes!
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: and and idk how but there is OT3.
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: Ghost OT3
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: And Jonson is always trying to get the Rose Theatre shut down and stuff, but he can never get the evidence.
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: :D!
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: And the first case is totally a set-up by Marlowe to get Thomas Kyd killed.
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: :D :D :D
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: And at one point, Shakespeare asks why Marlowe is still hanging around and Marlowe replies with, I don't know, to be or not to be.
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: ......
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: oh my god I love you
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: and shakespeare and marlowe are in ~love~
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: Only it is a love marked by much artistic plagiarism, because Marlowe keeps trying to write poetry and Shakespeare keeps nicking it. Just to be all meta.
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: yes! and jonson just sits back and laughs at them
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: and secretly steals all their best ideas when they're not paying attention
[livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds: And Marlowe keeps going OT3~ at him, and Jonson is just like, WTFno, I am not crazy like you and Will (because Shakespeare had to be a little bit crazy to be a genius).
[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan: (definitely!)

Have Done With Woes )
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i. I'm going to uni to get out of the kitchen, aren't I? How did I end up in catering?

ii. Hamlet was awesome, not least because I saw it with [livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan. *waves* Just to show you how much of a dork I am, I posted about it on the anonmeme the moment I got home.

iii. [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: What are your five favourite book cover designs or book cover illustrations? Book covers are weirdly important to me, though they're not the be-all and end-all. I was put off reading romance (still am, a bit) because of the horrible, horrible clinch covers. I can't tell you how many fantasy novels I've prevaricated over buying because the covers were so boring and generic.

1. Paul Kidby's anything, but especially Night Watch and Thud! I truly hope Paul Kidby carries out his threat of redesigning the covers of all the Discworld books, because I'd love to see what he makes of them. Terry Pratchett's not had much luck with covers (Josh Kirby's bizarre, weird-looking people, the boring American ones, the even more boring UK black covers) but he's struck gold in Paul Kidby.

2. The Worlds of Chrestomanci covers. They always have a centrepiece, usually Chrestomanci, and around him the world swirls. I don't care for the art so much as the idea behind it, though. And they've been redesigned, too, so now they look horrible and brightly-coloured and boring.

3. I really like the new Georgette Heyer covers. They all have a single unified theme - a painting of Regency women, with cursive handwriting spelling out the title. I suppose they could look a bit alike, and I see how it could get confusing...but they're so classy and neat and clean and it's clear that what you see is what you get.

4. Wicked! I think everyone knows this one - I like it because it takes the run-of-the-mill picture-of-protagonist fantasy novel cover and turns it into something not new, but different. I love the contrast of colours and how it suggests the contrast between Glinda and Elphaba.

5. The Handmaid's Tale. This is creepily effective (I thought I'd have nightmares after seeing it the first time, and I was so glad it wasn't the cover of my copy), and symbolic of the book's major preoccupation (a woman with her mouth sewn shut). That said, look at the latest cover. Yes, they did make The Handmaid's Tale look like your average supermarket quirky romance novel. I know.

Yuletide

Jan. 12th, 2008 10:12 pm
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I forgot to do a round-up of the Yuletide fics I wrote:

Snow White and Rose Red (What Katy Did | Clover/Rose Red)
"O, my luve is like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June." Clover and Rose Red are living a dream.

Spider's Web (Greco-Roman mythology | Odysseus/Penelope)
Odysseus thinks that it was all his own idea. Penelope knows better.

Adore Our Own Athena (The Odyssey | Odysseus/Penelope, implied Odysseus/Athena/Penelope)
Penelope takes comfort in religion. Athena fulfils her promises.

call no man happy until he is dead (Count Cain | gen, implied Riff/Cain)
At this moment, Cain is happy.

The Truth of Others (A Song of Ice and Fire | Rhaegar/Lyanna)
All people know about Rhaegar and Lyanna is what suits their purposes.

The Cub's First Cub (Devil's Cub | Vidal/Mary)
Vidal awaited the birth of his first child with characteristic patience; that is to say, none.

Some Justice (Discworld - Night Watch | Carcer, Death)
A long drop and a short stop and Carcer's always got a plan. Pity it doesn't work.

Cry for Yesterday (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter)
Susan finds it hard to cope with normal life. Lucy just doesn't want to.

A Splendid Orgy (Venetia | Damerel/Venetia)
The aftermath of a frankly magnificent orgy.

Something Less Than Ideal (Arthurian legend | Galahad, implied pairings)
Galahad's vow of chastity doesn't stop him wanting. Even if he wants to.

do not take thy flight (Emily of New Moon | Dean/Emily)
During their engagement, Dean is free to indulge in some adoration.

Claustrophobia (Swordspoint | Alec/Richard)
After the events of Swordspoint, Alec lies awake.

Mistletoe and Wine (Eight Days of Luke | Luke/David)
Luke comes home for Christmas.

the physicians of a mind diseased (The Secret History | Francis, Francis/Charles)
Francis loves words. He just wishes they worked for him.

Like David and Jonathan (The Bible - Old Testament | David/Jonathan)
"Like David and Jonathan". But what does that actually mean?

Turnabout (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Rosalie/Mordecai)
During TLoCC, Rosalie and Mordecai have a short, but quite important, conversation.

The Time For Parting Come (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Millie/Christopher)
Millie is going away to school again. Christopher sulks.

Duologue For Would-Be Lovers (Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet | Romeo/Mercutio)
Romeo pines. Mercutio taunts him, to his own ultimate detriment.

The Wandering Jamie (The Homeward Bounders | Jamie, implied Jamie/Helen)
Jamie moves on.

Persuasion (The Prisoner of Zenda | Rupert of Hentzau/Count of Luzau-Rischenheim)
The Count of Luzau-Rischenheim, I am sorry to say, was entirely under Rupert's thumb.

Out of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy)
Lucy, not feeling very valiant at all.
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Some drabbles will be forthcoming later in the evening, I think. For now, have some Shakespeare. It's Philip Winchester as Edmund in the Ian McKellen production of King Lear, which was entirely made of wonderful. (Sylvester McCoy was the Fool. Ian McKellen was Lear. It was basically an evening of geeky glee.)

[livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan, I am so sorry for blanking you on MSN. I fell asleep, which is ridiculous because I really didn't think I was that tired, and that's why I didn't reply.
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So, if anyone's interested in Shakespeare fic - specifically, A Midsummer Night's Dream fic - I committed Lysander/Demetrius (with foursome implications) at [livejournal.com profile] pornandkittens. Which, by the way, is an awesome comm which everyone should visit. *loves*

Meme time!

Give me any character from one of my fandoms and I will give you three facts from my personal canon about them.

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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For [livejournal.com profile] sapphire_hime! Bearing in mind that I haven't read the play in a while and that my poetry is invariably terrible (and iambic pentameter gives me a headache), I hope you like it.

cut for blank verse )



If anyone else wants to request a drabble, the post is here. And I mean it, anyone is welcome. :D

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One thing I like about Doctor Who being back on is that it feels like I'm living from Saturday to Saturday again.

Also, I went to see King Lear at the RSC, with Ian McKellen. It was good, especially how they dealt with the Fool, since he disappears about halfway through. (After Lear leaves for Dover, they had Regan's guards come in, arrest him and hang him on the spot. Very nastily effective - because it's the Fool! - and also, he stayed there hanging until about halfway through the interval.)

Some of my attention was taken up by the sisters' dresses, which had huge, full skirts and oh, how I coveted them. Especially Regan's, which was very classical and in pale green. In fact, I loved all the costumes - there seemed to be an Imperial Russia theme. (This meant that Edmund was either wearing a flowing open-necked shirt or dress uniform. This was not a bad thing.)

I really loved Doctor Who tonight, though I wish Martha'd had a bit more to do. (Should I spoiler cut that?) But the Doctor was in all his ethical glory tonight, which made up for it.
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Title: Selective Blindness
Day/Theme: 15th September/"Your eyes closed"
Series: Romeo and Juliet
Character/Pairing: Benvolio, Mercutio, Romeo
Rating: PG

love is blind )

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