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A while back I requested fanfic recs for my bookclub book choice.  I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to update y'all on the event, but in case you're still interested here it is.  Thank you [livejournal.com profile] fleete and [livejournal.com profile] lazlet for the recs!

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Fanfic comes from an impulse to expand upon the original work that inspired the fic writer.  It can be written to fill in a gap in 'canon' (this is how fans refer to the original work that inspired the fanfic), to correct what the fan sees as an error in canon, to ask ‘what if?’ and take that new scenario anywhere the fic author wants to go with it.  Fanfic authors also love exploring the mundane details of regular life that you don’t always get to see in canon - ex. what is daily life like for an Avenger?  Also, pairing anyone together in romances that weren’t in the canon.  Fanfic is what you get when someone explores their ideas in a publication that is not restricted by traditional publishing.
 
Reading fanfic differs from reading original works of fiction because it is based so heavily on the canon.  Most fanfic won’t include quite the same level of detail you’ll get from original fic because the writer presumes that almost everyone reading already knows what X character looks and sounds like, or the details about Y event that was so important to the story or character.  Therefore, I’ve tried to pick fandoms (what we call the communities that build up around a particular canon) that most of you have at least some passing knowledge of, or can watch relatively easily.  The exception to that ‘rule’ is the Alternate Universe genre, which is where the fic author puts the characters into a brand new situation completely unrelated to the one in the original work.  Taking the characters from "Lord of the Rings" and writing about them in outer space is an example.  This makes almost any fandom accessible to someone who has never seen or read the canon, and I’ve included one in my selection - "A Place Where We Only Say Goodbye".
 
As a whole, there are no censuring limits on what can be written in a fic.  Fanfic writers often include explicit violence or sex, or content which can be disturbing in any number of ways.  To the best of my knowledge none of the stories I’ve picked are explicitly erotic, but some contain other mature content.  This content is often communicated to readers through the 'Tags' or in the 'Notes' at the top of the story and is usually thorough.  I've included relevant tags in the story headers below.  If you have any questions about any given story please ask me about it.  I've included some notes about each fic selection (including the length of time it would take you to watch the source material for each story), and indicated them with asterisks.  Reviews by other Fanfic readers are italicized and have been gently edited to remove 'spoilers'.
 

My Fanfic Bookclub Submission List


Freezer Burn by Domenika Marzione | The Avengers all fandoms | 194,178 Words, ~746 pages | Action/Adventure

The adventures of Steve Rogers, defrosted soldier, who is missing time but not really all that lost. He's got a surprisingly broad knowledge of lettuces, a working grasp of modern technology, and may or may not be using both to mess with his teammates and save the world.
**Set directly after The Avengers movie, run time 143 minutes.  It also includes stuff from the comics, but I don't think you need knowledge of the comics to enjoy the story.

“This is possibly the most articulately adult, mature, rational, and believable fic I have ever read.
I am so intrigued by the slow build of crime/thriller elements, the artful way you threw in the politics of agencies and made steve NOT. DUMB. but in a rational way without being bound by hyperbole emotions.
Also the perfect balance of the avengers being a decent team but also having their own lives- as a group of people in their 30's-40's is wont to do. LOVE. IT.I feel like i'm reading a sydney sheldon novel with how believable your male leads are in action and thought, and how matter-of-fact your female leads are.
The military life details and understandings are EXCELLENT. I am engaged to an airforce engineer and I truly appreciate that you have given this facet of steve's life depth, insight, and details!” – Elemenohp

“Breathtakingly done. Thank you for writing such a fantastic, immersive, engrossing story with a layer of realism you rarely find in the canon works, nevermind the fanfiction. I've been enthralled with this since I started it, and have been reading as voraciously as my schedule would allow. You do good work.” – PrimaryFeather

“Wow, that was seriously epic. Loved all the day-to-day details of Steve situating himself in the "now," with the food details (OMG, totally drooling over all the food descriptions) and picking up art again. You write great characters - loved all the team interaction, the insight into Natasha and Bruce, Tony and the way different people react to him - all very believable and honest. Loved your OCs as well (um, I think they're OC's; I'm not well versed on the comics), and all the bureaucratic/ military hierarchy details came though very well. Thank you for sharing this!” – joyouslee

“I am really enjoying the MCU but have never read any of the comics (don't get on with the media), so I suspect there are lots of references I'm missing, but conversely there is undoubtedly benefit in being able to be surprised by what happens next more so than I might otherwise be.
Your writing is always like catnip to me, I always end up more invested in your characters(/characterisations) and universes than the source materiel. As always, I am in love with your characterisation, your long and wonderfully plotty story arc, the funny, the accuracy and realism you bring; you have this knack for lots of detail without unnecessary exposition, and, particularly in the more person centred scenes, leaving just the right amount up to the reader's imagination, and that brevity always seem to pack a more powerful punch.” – vonknibble

“Wow, this was without a doubt the most ambitious, amazing, detailed and awesome story I have ever read in Avengers fandom. It took me ages to get through (which is a good thing!!) and I don't even know what to flail most about. The whole thing is simple awe-inspiring. Thanks so much for writing and sharing it.” – pulangaraw


A Place Where We Only Say Goodbye by weezly14 | Dr. Who | 59,486 words, ~245 pages | Angst, Romance
""And I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose than to have never have lain beside at all."  He's served Rose Tyler coffee almost every day for a year, but he's never worked up the courage to really talk to her. Then he finds himself stuck repeating the same day a year in the past. Is this a chance at a different ending?"

**Fanfic can take the characters from the show and place them in a completely different setting so you can see how they stand up to entirely new circumstances. This is called an Alternate Universe - in this case it's a Coffee Shop AU, which is a common fanfic trope.  It's a great way to get into a new fandom if you haven't watched the show because you don’t need any knowledge of the show to understand the plot of the story, as is the case for this fic.  The 'Angst' tag is often used for situations of emotional difficulty.  If you're interested in checking out the characters you can watch Dr. Who 2006 (Season/Series2) on Amazon Prime, iTunes, or Netflix - a good one to start with might be School Reunion.  Runtime for each episode is about 45 minutes.

"God, I am so in love with this verse. And I'm going to be that person who'll suggest you just go right ahead and sell this to publishers. Get an editor, an agent, anyone. Because if something like Twilight or 50 Shades or Mortal Instruments got published, I don't see why the hell this can't. Because the premise, the pacing, the characterizations... as a fellow writer and storyteller, I am just so, so in love with this.
At one point, I was reminded of Audrey Niffenegger's book, The Time Traveler's Wife. I know that the plots are quite different, but this story has encouraged a similar level of emotional attachment to the protagonists as with that book. I do not doubt for a moment that if you let someone who has not even heard of Doctor Who or the term 'fanfiction' read this, it would still be much appreciated. I could go on and on, but let me just end it with a thank you. Thank you for giving us this absolutely wonderful story. I look forward to the day you'll get to treat us to a brand new literary journey with The Doctor and Rose." – rarelycanon

 
Dudly Dursley and the New Normal by alikat522 | Harry Potter | 53,167 words, ~226 pages | Drama/Tragedy
Bad things happen. Life gets strange. Dudley tries to carve out a little bit of normality in a world that has gone mad around him.

**Fanfic can redeem characters that are portrayed as bad or difficult in the book by putting them through events that give them the opportunity for growth.  This one is not offered as a download at Fanfiction.net.  If it is chosen you can either read it on the web, or I will make sure an ebook copy is available to anyone who wants it.  There are 7 books and 8 movies in the series - obviously a lot to watch if you're starting fresh.  I know the club read most of the books together and I think most of you have seen all the movies so I thought I'd take a chance and include it.  We'll see if it gets picked :)

“Thanks for this unusual story! I think what I liked most is how you stayed in character for Dudley AND combined that with the important after war themes. Great original characters too.” – Mari83

“An excellent tale, well told. I thought you did a good job of providing a realistic journey for Dudley to choose to step up instead of passively fading away. I like that you ended with hope and that you didn't brush away the aftershocks of the war and the cultural divides as if everything would go back to just fine after Voldemort was dead. All in all, thank you for writing!” – Phoenix Flight

“Great story. Dudley's journey just fits - no hurried redemption, no overdose of angst, a good, logical mix of drama and evolving characters.” – Starfox5

“Great story! I loved the format you used with news articles at the end of each chapter. And the final one - Molly's article was a perfect ending to the story, put the message of the whole fic into perspective. You are so right about Dudley's "side character" status, which is not only limited to canon. Even in the HP fanfic community, his story is rarely explored and his character seldom a protagonist. So bravo! Great fic all-around!” – Inexplicably Waiting

“I have not read such fanfiction in a very long time. Incredible portrayal of characters. Dudley's transformation from Big D was the in-depth reveal that I always wanted from jkr. And making him a werewolf? Clever. I also loved how you let readers learn what happened to other characters though Dudley did not realize the significance. Very well done. I will be keeping my eyes open for new posts!” – bloombaby26

“I was lucky enough to stumble across your story today and got to read it all at once. It was heartbreaking and warming all at once.
Your characters didn't pull a deus ex machina and make everything perfect at the end or "magically" make everything better by getting involved, but they did make a difference by moving past apathy and taking action.
You showed Percy finding the cause he was looking for. Loose ends that bothered me in the books were neatly wrapped up or proved to not be loose ends at all. And, quite importantly, Dudley found a new normal. That's not an insignificant achievement.” – Code Aster


An Avalanche Of Detour Signs by gyzym | Sherlock (TV) | 56,053 Words, ~267 pages | Romance, Sexual Trauma
In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.

**Fanfic gives minor characters, particularly women in this case, a lot more life than they are given onscreen.  An audiobook version of this story is available here, recorded by magicranberries.  This story comes after the season finale of Season/Series 2 of BBC Sherlock.  Each season consists of 3 1.5 hour episodes, totaling almost 9 hours for both seasons.  You can stream/buy them on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Netflix, or you can borrow my copies if needed.

"How do you take these characters that we know relatively little about, and breathe life into them, and make us care about them, and put them in relationships that are loving and wonderful and amazing and fully complement the characters?" - Wex

"What an utterly gorgeous piece of work--the story and the art. Love and adoration to you both! I wasn't intending to read all of this in one go, but there wasn't any way to stop. The whole arc unveiled itself so smoothly, so effortlessly--just spot on, from start to finish." – sheffiesharp


Kista by Jane Land | Star Trek Original Series | 94,060 Words, ~365 pages | Romance, Drama
Spock and Christine are stranded on a planet with a paleolithic technology level, they have to adapt to the local culture and a relationship develops between them.

Kista is "...an attempt to rescue one of Star Trek's female characters from an artificially imposed case of foolishness. Try to think objectively for a minute about what we know of Christine Chapel's background, education, accomplishments... and you will come up with a far more interesting character than she was ever allowed to be...I like her. I hope you do too."

**Kista was originally published in 1986 by Jane Land in a Zine she put together herself and mailed out to those who wrote to request it.  This was the way fanfiction was widely dispersed before the internet came about, and the way fans kept in touch with each other.  The story has since been put up on the web, where you can download your own copy.  It does contain romance with at least a couple of sex scenes, but best I can tell they aren’t explicit.  You can read about Chapel here (including some of the most significant episodes for the Chapel/Spock relationship) and you can stream/buy original episodes from Amazon Prime, Netflix, or iTunes, or stream the episodes for free on YouTube.  Each episode runs 50 minutes.

“So good to see this wonderful piece of writing published here, and now easy to read!” – Jackie

 

We Two Alone by Shoreleave | Star Trek 2009 | 101,877 Words, ~350 pages | Angst, Slavery, Major Character Illness/Injury, Hurt/Comfort, Dark, Drama, Action/Adventure, Friendship
"Academy fic. Dr. Leonard McCoy thinks he has nothing in common with command-track cadet Jim Kirk, until a series of events forces them together. When a simple training mission is derailed into a seemingly hopeless situation, both have to learn to trust one another, and they’ll need all their wits and survival skills to stay alive.
Author's Note: I love plot holes, and here’s a biggie:

Pike: “And if all else fails, fall back and rendezvous with the fleet in the Laurentian system. Kirk, I’m promoting you to first officer.”

Huh? I mean, that doesn’t make any sense! Jim’s just an untried cadet, and surely there are more seasoned officers on the Enterprise who should be first officer. Unless… does Pike know something about Kirk that we don’t? If he does, it must be pretty compelling…

That got me thinking, and it was the inspiration for this story."

**Fanfic of reboots re-imagines the cannon, just like the reboot itself does. In this case, Jim Kirk's time in Starfleet Academy and on Tarsus IV.  'Hurt/Comfort' is a tag that indicates one of the characters has gotten sick or injured, often significantly, and is cared for by another character.  This is a prequel to the 2009 movie, which runs 126 minutes.

"Hello new head canon. This was absolutely fantastic! One of the best survival stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading!" – dentalfloss

"Superb characterization, clinically tidy, excellent work with the storyline, I'm definitely coming back to this one later. Also, I would totally watch this movie. Even if it wasn't Star Trek." - casicastiel


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Peace and joy to all, and Happy Holidays to those that celebrate. *hugs*

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I spent the day doing domestic things. Laundry (which still isn't finished), cleaning the cars, painting the mailbox. Did you know that mailboxes require regular painting? I didn't, before I owned a house. I do now, though. I am reminded of fic:

sweat, paint and blue jeans by [livejournal.com profile] cards_slash: Star Trek Reboot, Kirk/Spock/McCoy, NC-17
In which the boys get *delightfully* messy and have hot sex. My own painting experience was nowhere near as interesting, but the memory of this made the task more fun.

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My thoughts today are this:  When will mankind stop actively trying to hurt each other?  I'm not just talking about 9/11, because the US is not the only country that has endured terrorism.  Or even worse things, like genocide.  And I'm not just talking about the big things, because 'small', individual acts can be just as devastating to a life.  When will we stop being selfish and greedy and destructive and downright evil?  When will we learn to value ALL life?  When will we stop putting ourselves before others?  We all have to live on this Earth together, and as many ways as we are different, we are also the same.  We are all human beings, all brothers and sisters.  Let's act like it.

The thing to remember today is that as much evil as there is in the world, there is also good.  Good people that do for others as they would have done unto them.  Who try to make the way easier for others.  Let's be that person, and as Gandhi said, Be The Change.
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My dad asked me the other day, completely out of the blue, if I was still writing.  I promptly answered that I was not.  He asked why not, as I used to write such creative little stories, and I had talent and should use it.  *g*  He wouldn't think that if he knew what I was writing!  But it did make me think back to the writing I did as a preteen.  Even from the beginning I was writing relationship stories, though obviously the content was far more innocent.  Stories about friends, family, and even one story about a newlywed couple that went through tragedy.  It's the characters that inspire me enough to write.  The characters, and then the world they live in.  And that might be the reason I've had trouble writing original fiction.  When I'm not already starting with characters I love, I have trouble getting engaged enough to actually create a complete story.  The drive just doesn't seem to be there; or at least, I haven't figured out how to access that drive for original fiction. 

The stories I wrote as a kid weren't any good, and I shudder to think that any of them still exist.  My dad gave me a couple of floppy discs that he thinks might have some of my stories on it, and I still haven't looked at them.  Partly because I no longer have a floppy drive in my computer, and would have to dig it out and install it in order to view the files, and I just don't want to look that bad.  But also because I'm sure they really were terrible, and I just don't want to look.  I want to remember that golden age of writing with fondness, not critique!

In other news, I recently joined a book club and used that as an excuse to try out Amazon's ebook store.  The next meeting is a month away, but there is a long line of people ahead of me to get the book from the library.  The ebook was $3.00 US, and I figured that was worth spending to make sure I get the book read in time.  Even if I wind up hating the book, which I don't think I will.  I don't have a Kindle yet, but there are free PC and iPhone programs/apps that let me read the book - since I already read a lot on my PC and iPhone, it's no problem to switch to pro reading.  They sync together, allowing me to find the last page read from either place, so I can switch up my place of reading when I want to.  Pretty nifty. 

Less nifty is the fact that this book came without a digital table of contents, which apparently I can't blame on Amazon, but on the publisher.  WTF, Minotaur Books?  How the hell am I supposed to navigate a lengthy document without a table of contents?  (I know that other-or most-ebooks come with a digital table of contents because I've seen them.  I just assumed that they all have them)  I mean, the last-page-read feature is extremely useful, but what if I want to go back to a previous chapter to reread something for clarity or because I liked it?  I have to manually flip back through each page to get to where I want?  I could set up a digital note at the beginning of each chapter (a really cool feature), but that's not practical if I have to annotate each chapter myself!  A table of contents is standard for any printed book, and it should be the same for any digital book I buy as well.  It can't be that hard to code in the table of contents when putting the book together.  You only have to do it once, for god's sake, and I'm paying you to do it!  But the worst part is that there is no notation of the presence or absence of a table of contents on this book's Amazon page, or any other ebook for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders.  Granted, I didn't do a thorough search, but I did check a pretty wide selection of books.  How am I supposed to know if I want to buy if they don't tell me what I'm getting beforehand?  You wouldn't put a laptop up for sale without listing how much RAM it has, would you?  Same thing.  I am disappointed with this discovery.

Also, it occurs to me that professionally published books should list length in word count instead of number of pages, just like fanfic does.  In an increasingly digital age the number of traditional pages in a written document becomes irrelevant.  First of all, the "page" can be a printed paperback, printed large-print hardcover, computer screen, eReader screen, or handheld device like an iPhone.  All of these pages will have a different number of words on them because they are different sizes.  And then when you change the font size you completely change the number of pages given, even though there are the same number of words in the actual work.  Giving a word count is much more accurate, and therefore will be universally adopted when I am Queen.

Um, anyway.  Here begins my adventures in buying and reading ebooks, and I may subject all of you to my detailed thoughts as I progress.  You are forewarned.  :)
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For dinner last night we went to the "posh" spot in our little city, which has really tasty and sort of pricy food.  We got an appetizer called Blu Chips, which are thick cut potato chips fried in the restaurant, topped with blue cheese, a white cheese sauce of some sort, a red pepper sort of liquid (but not spicy) and green onions.  It is really good, though it wouldn't sound like it from the description!  I had Chilean sea bass with spinach, asparagus, and Israeli couscous, and my husband had lamb chops.  All very tasty.  Also, we chose mojitos, not martini's, but equally good.

After, we walked down to the used bookstore that's recently opened up.  I bought Master and Commander.  A real paper book, you guys!  It's been a while since I've read a proper book.  I've seen the movie and enjoyed it, but based on the gushing I've seen in the comments from the very few M&C fanfics I've read, I thought I might really enjoy the novels.  The promise of some of the best slash subtext ever written was alluring.  I've read the first 24 pages, and I can tell I'm going to love it!  I love the fact that they sit in the coffee house 'with great satisfaction in one another's company' and talk for hours about music.  ♥

It occurred to me as I was browsing the shelves that fanfic is very much like a used bookstore: you never know what you are going to get.  You might find something by your favorite author, or you might not.  You might get every book in a series you like, or you might not (probably not).  They might not even have anything at all for the genre you like.  It's the same with fic.  Your favorite movie or TV show may have a ton of fic, or none at all that you can find.  That WIP you love may never be finished.  There may be absolutely no mpreg written for Aubrey/Maturin, even though you may think it would rock.  (Um, I have no idea if it would, in fact, rock.  But the thought of it amused me)  But that's the adventure of it!  The quest for the perfect fic for your characters!  To see what you can find!  To boldly go where no man has gone before!  I think that sense of adventure is a key part of someone taking a shine to fanfic.  There is part of that sense there with regular books, too.  If you start a new book or author, there is no guarantee you will like them.  In fact, you may severely dislike them.  But it's much more pronounced with fanfic, to me.  Fan authors go in wildly different directions from the source at times, and at times from each other.  There is a huge spectrum writers may work in, and you never know where people may go with it. 

Sooo, those are my thinky thoughts for the day.  I'm gonna watch The One With The Whales at 10pm ET with [livejournal.com profile] jim_and_bones tonight.  Anyone else coming?


I'm back!

Jul. 30th, 2010 05:48 pm
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I PASSED MY TEST!!!




LOL, whew, now I can stop worrying about it.  I know some of you are sick of hearing about it!  Anyway, I've not been doing anything productive on the internets for a while now, but there are a few things that I've enjoyed lately that I wanted to share.

First, I have no idea what the proper etiquette for pimping works that you've beta'd is, but I'm gonna do it anyway because it's an awesome fic!  (And my beta efforts were mostly "OMG, I LOVE IT!" and she did all the work, so it hardly counts as betaing, lol): 

Roll Away Your Stone, I'll Roll Away Mine by [livejournal.com profile] thalialunacy , Star Trek 2009, Kirk/McCoy, NC-17
You guys, I just love everything about this fic.  Seriously, I can't even really tell you all the things I love without writing a book about it.  Which I did, and sent to Thalia, but I don't think ya'll want to read it too.  So I'll shorten it to a few bullet points:
  • I love the way she plays with the accepted fannish characterizations for the boys with this fic.  It's smart and refreshing, and I loved it.
  • The whole damn thing is smart.  I mean, the dialog, the way she uses fannish cliches, the way she weaves their backstory in, everything.  She makes leaps and expects us to be able to follow, and it works.
  • Stuff like...  Oh hell, I can't even quote anything because every sentence is loaded, and quoting anything will give something away.  Just know that I love her descriptive language.

Coming Closer by [livejournal.com profile] colls :  Pretty, angsty Karl from DOOM!  The vidder really made great use of the footage, I think.  And, it's Karl's pretty face.  What's not to love?

Common Knowledge by [livejournal.com profile] elucreh : J2 RPS, R (Maybe NC-17?), characters discover fanfic
Summary: Jared, your fangirls. Fangirls, I believe you already know Jared. Better than he knows himself.
This is so funny, and so damn cute!  It's one of the best "characters discover fanfic" fics I've read.  And even though there aren't many of those, this one is still amazing.  Plus, it celebrates the SPN/J2 fan, and fandom in general, and it made me squeeful to read it.

This video has made me laugh several times over the last week.  YOU ARE NOT YOUR GLITTERY EYE MAKEUP!!



And now, I'm off to have dinner, with a few martini's for good measure.  Well, one, because I'm a lightweight.  Maybe two, because it's a celebration!  And then I'll try and drop by the party post at [livejournal.com profile] jim_and_bones , because it looks like fun.  How are you guys?

Q&A Meme

May. 23rd, 2010 07:17 pm
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Q&A MEME
- Leave a comment saying "Beam me up Scotty!"
- I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
- Update your journal with the answers to your questions.
- Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.


This is for [livejournal.com profile] skyblue_reverie , who asked:

1. What's your favorite tv show ever?
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
3. What's the most important quality to you in a partner?
4. If you were offered a guarantee of your perfect romantic life, but in constant poverty, or a guarantee that you'd always be rich but would never find true love, which would you choose and why?
5. What's your favorite thing about fandom?

My Answers )

So, any takers?  Because I'm not supposed to be writing, or anything. ;)  Actually, I sent in the application to register for my final certification test on Friday, so I'll be taking the test sometime in the next 30 to 90 days.  It's crunch time.  So that, along with writing my [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang, means I probably won't be around much.

ETA: Interpol is giving away  a song!  Thanks [livejournal.com profile] hitlikehammers  for the heads up.
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Blind Dating

Here’s the exchange that went down when we got the movie in the mail yesterday:

Husband: “What‘s the movie this time?”
Me: “Blind Dating“
Hubby: “What’s it about?”
Me (paraphrased): “Well, Chris Pine is in it. It’s a rom-com, he’s blind, it’s supposed to be funny.”
Hubby (when the menu screen came up with Chris’ picture on it): “Oh, it’s got the Captain in it.”
Me: “Who, Shatner?”
Hubby: “No, the new one!”
Me: “I just told you that Chris Pine is in it!”
Hubby: “What, like I remember the guy’s name?”

Lol, apparently I’m failing in my fannish duty of properly educating my SO in all things Trek. Despite my valiant efforts, he just doesn’t remember the guy’s name. I shall have to try harder! :D

Anyway, I enjoyed this one a lot. It did have a lot going on, and it seemed to run a bit long towards the end, but it was an enjoyable movie. Yes, it’s loaded with guy humor like poop jokes and big boobs, but at it’s heart it was very sweet. For the most part the humor was funny. Well, not so much for the poop, but Chris did an excellent job portraying Danny and it was cute watching him deal with all the women. He did a great job acting blind. Not just the parts where he’s interacting with other people, but also the small glimpses of him on his own. Like when he’s reading the book with braille, or walking along by himself.

I really liked the romance too. I liked Leeza’s character, and Anjali played her well. I thought she was cute, and a good match for Danny. Of course, with the other women he had to choose from, she was the only option, but whatever. It was still sweet. I adored the way he talked about her, when he said he loved her. The look on his face when he talked about her smile was so very sweet, and him trying to describe how he knew what it looked like was interesting. I wonder if that’s in any way true to how blind people actually perceive the world around them.

Chris’ expressions were the best part of the movie to me. When he smiled or laughed, the way he looked when he was snarking at his brother. He’s got a brilliant smile, doesn’t he? Oooh, that and the parts where he was playing the guitar and humming were pretty fantastic too, huh?

 

 

Reclaiming the Blade

This one actually is a documentary on the history of the sword in the West, and how interest is growing in researching it’s history and use. I rented it for three reasons:

1. Karl Urban, and he speaks in his natural accent \0/
2. Viggo Mortensen, who talks a lot about Aragorn
3. Many of the LotR designers and swordsmiths are featured in it. There is a strong LotR flavor in the beginning.

Karl’s part in the documentary is fairly small compared to Viggo’s, but I did really enjoy watching him and hearing about his experiences on the set of LotR learning to sword fight. And the part where he gets all awestruck about learning from Bob Anderson (who played Darth Vader during the fight scenes of Star Wars!) was absolutely priceless. He just seems like a really cool guy.

I very much enjoyed Reclaiming the Blade. I enjoyed hearing from Viggo and the others about swords in LotR. I enjoyed hearing about the actual history of the sword through the centuries, and the history of the sword in the movies and on stage. There are big differences between the practical and showmanship use of the sword, and that is discussed. The last part of the film focuses on the revival of the ‘martial arts’ of the West, and bringing the practical and historic Western uses of the sword back to life through research and training. They even cover historical reenactment, and discuss the SCA and the sport of fencing.

It was an entertaining and enjoyable film, with enough information to be interesting and worthwhile without becoming dry or boring.

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Mar. 11th, 2010 10:16 pm
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I'm watching the Psych episode "The Head, the Tail, the Whole D*** Episode" and Shawn just said "We're one and the same, we're Shassy now.  We're Sharlton, we're [something, I can't figure out exactly what he said]."  And later Shawn says "Lassie, I have never been more in love with you them I am at this moment."  Do you think they are on to us guys? ;)  Yeah, they so are, and methinks I like it.

I was hoping to get something written for Ship Wars this round, but no luck.  I had some little ideas for the theme, but I didn't have much time to really get anything written.  Work is still kind of rough, blah blah.  Doom is coming in the mail tomorrow!

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I'm struck lately by how much fandom has worked it's way into nearly every thought I have, and today is an amusing example of that.  I went to see a friend perform in her first performance with our state's Master Choral in a beautiful cathedral downtown.  The performance was really beautiful, everyone was clearly quite talented and well rehearsed, but during that two and a half hour span I had three separate instances of fannish thought, during an activity that has nothing to do with fandom in the least.

We got to the church way early so we could get a seat up front.  While waiting I thought I might entertain myself by reading a bit of a fic I started earlier on my iPhone, The People We Are, The Choices We Make by[personal profile] syredronning(Star Trek), when I realized that reading fannish gay BDSM pr0n in the cathedral might be considered sacrilegious by everyone else there and that if I don't already have a ticket to Hell, that would surely get me one.  So I read the program a few times instead.

Then I thought about[personal profile] thalialunacywho is going to school to study Opera.  I thought it would be cool if I could see her perform and then we could hang out afterward.  I amused myself for a while thinking of how we could watch Trek and talk about Chris and Karl and she could tell me all about the new fics she's writing.  Sadly, we live on opposite sides of the country and she wasn't performing tonight.

One of the pieces that were performed was Dvorak's Mass in D (links to the other parts in the box to the right.).  It's performed in Latin, and it made me think of Written by the Victors by Speranza (SGA).  The fic is academic and quite geeky and brilliant and really unique and is a must read for all Stargate Atlantis fans.  But the relevant part is that Aesc made fanworks based on the Victer 'Verse (scroll down to the Ars Atlantinae section).  She wrote a poem about Sheppard called Se Narsaugir, translated it into a language she's creating (a la Tolkien), and Cate recorded herself chanting the aural version.  (The Iohannes Cash Poem was excellent too, and really amused me)  The language sounds vaguely like Latin, at least to my untrained ear, so I spent a while during the Dvorak performance imagining they were singing about John and Rodney and the Atlantis Uprising, and what they might be saying.  It was a really nice way to enjoy the beautiful music.

So apparently reading fic and watching vids every chance I get isn't enough, fandom also has to permeate my dreams and every waking thought I have.  Does anyone else have this problem? ;)

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