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Sneak Peek at Pride and Prejudice: The Comic!

It's so...generic. Wow. I actually can't tell the difference between the sisters - they quite literally all have the same damn face. (Even Mary, who has gone from being the least attractive sister to arguably the prettiest.)
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: List your 5 favorite unrequited love stories.

My favourite unrequited love stories tend to end up requited, because my heart can't take it otherwise. I hate love triangles with a passion. Still, let's see:

1. Dean ----> Emily, Emily of New Moon. So Dean is highly disturbing in just about every respect to a modern reader: he was best friends with her father, he first encounters Emily when she's prepubescent and expresses interest in her straight away, he's controlling and goes out of his way to destroy her career ambitions because he wants all of her attention for himself. Daddy-Long-Legs has nothing on Dean. But I do like Dean, and he has the advantage over Teddy in that he manages a strong presence in all three books. This seems to be a theme in L. M. Montgomery's books: the romantic interest is absent for a while - Montreal for choice - which gives the heroine time to realise she loves him. I think the only series where this works really well is Anne, because Gilbert is only out of Anne's sphere for half of Anne of the Island and gets mentioned in every chapter anyway.

Dean is so sad when Emily breaks the engagement. I think that's it.

2. Sebastian ----> Charles, Brideshead Revisited. This is the part of the novel which interests me most - I can't stand Julia and I don't know why. I don't think I'm alone on the former, since I can remember reading critics who say the novel goes downhill after Sebastian and Charles separate (in all fairness, I suspect that I'm thinking of Christopher Hitchens, who would say that). Sebastian excites all my maternal instincts, that's what.

3. Basil ----> Dorian, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Basil is another character who makes me feel protective. I over-empathise with him, because being in unrequited love is bad enough, but being in unrequited love with someone who won't hesitate to use you and throw you away when they're done is ten times worse.

4. Martha ----> Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who. I'm kind of batshit about this one. I wouldn't necessarily count it as my favourite unrequited love story; I have too many issues with it (some of them to do with race and Rose, some of them with the writing). But I ship it. I ship it platonically, too. (Technically, I do that with all of these, but I'm not above quarrelling about this one.)

5. Brienne ----> Jaime, A Song of Ice and Fire. Brienne! Who's so loyal and kind and stalwart, and Jaime, who's...well, he's loyal. Up to a point. (That point would be when his idol sleeps with Lancel, Ser Osmund and Moon Boy, too, for all he knows.) And Jaime's learning to be kind, sometimes, when he feels like it.

My Book-a-Day project has already fallen behind, so I'm reading two today to make up for it. First, The Romanovs by Oliver Thomson )

I also read The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling )

Today, I watched Dickens's Secret Lover )
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I hate catering. HATE IT.

The worst part is the fact that everyone shoves stuff off on the temp. No, I tell a lie, the worst part is actually that after six hours of washing pots, the supervisor comes up to you and says, "Oh, by the way, I lost your timesheet" and somehow thinks it's funny.

I DID NOT: rip his face off in a fit of rage, screaming, "WILL IT BE SO FUNNY WHEN I KILL YOU, YOU FUCKING BASTARD?"

I DID: say relatively calmly, "Oh. Should I go back to the agency for another copy?"

I hate catering.

But I did read The Painted Veil today! I kept sneaking into the cupboard to read a quick chapter every so often. Now I know how smokers feel. And when I got locked out of the house (I forgot my keys, no one was home), I sat down on the doorstep and read most of the rest of it.

massive spoilers, but they are spoilers of magic )

Now for The Remains of the Day. I really do plan to finish that one sometime.
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I. I just did a quiz on Facebook titled Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You? I got Fanny Price. Wtf, I am Emma. Bossy and arrogant and maybe kind of a screw-up.

II. Bush advises UK on Iraq withdrawal. asdfghjkl; why is politics made of so much fail this week?

III. I has a happee!
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rage, rage, rage about personal crap )

But on the other hand, there was Iron Man.

twenty years after the rest of the world, I saw it )

In conclusion, quite good. Yes.

Also, there was a Dark Knight trailer. spoiler )
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Jesus Christ, Liverpool.

You know, I'm as much of a Tory-hater as any sane, right-thinking non-southerner. But the FUCKING BNP should not be beating them in our wards. NO. GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. The BNP should never, ever be coming second in Everton. Fortunately, and I can't believe I'm saying this, Labour won by a landslide.

I'm just revolted at the fact that the BNP garnered 222 votes in Everton. And FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY in Fazakerley. Make me proud, o city of mine. Not physically ill.
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Something that no one seems to get about feminism: it is a thought movement. That is to say, it has a political dimension on which we all agree - universal suffrage, equal pay, equal treatment - but at its core, the feminist movement is about changing the way people think about things through debate and discussion. And one of the advantages - and perils - of being a thought movement is that no one agrees about everything. (What constitutes a feminist work? If it obeys Bechdel's Law? If it passes the Miller Test?) There is no such thing as a hive vagina, as recent events have shown.

tl;dr: when people say "I hate arguing with feminists" "Feminists always take everything so personally", etc. etc. ad nauseam, I want to scream through my teeth and possibly scratch someone's eyes out (a most unlikely event - I bite my nails).

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