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 We've been up at the cabin most of the last few weeks, so not much in the way of internet.  I'll try to catch up with y'all as soon as I can, but right now I'm just in the library for a few minutes.

News:
-Got myself psyched up to take my driver's test only to discover the office is closed on Tuesdays.
-Have broken up with DC, am having attachment-less one night stand with Marvel.
-College in three weeks!  So nervous.
-Won Mass Effect, 2/3rds of way through Mass Effect 2.  Romancing Garrus.

That's about it for now.  Hopefully talk to every one soon.

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Feb. 23rd, 2011 02:15 pm
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Okay, I realize that Mr. Winick isn't out and out going to say "I'm racist and I suck," but dismissing the people who have serious problems with Ice's new "origin" and characterization as tiny and loud isn't going to make us go away.

So, Mr. Winick?  You suck.  You can't write Ice worth a damn, you're only slightly better at the rest of them, and "thieving Gypsy" is not some new groundbreaking concept in characterization.  I'd say go back to writing the Bats, but a) I love them too much and b) Dick Grayson is canonically of Roma heritage and I don't want you near him ever again after this.

You hear me, published author who will never be anywhere near my journal?  You hear me?

...

In happier news, I got to ride again yesterday, and soon we'll be jumping.  I love jumping so much, so so much.

Also I rode McGuyver, who is very sweet but noses around my pants for horse treats.  Andandand there is a new horse, who is genuinely dappled gray and just flat out GORGEOUS.
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DC-Wise

I mentioned that I dropped Gen Lost, right?  And I'm not really picking up Booster Gold, but that was never a regular thing- I buy issues that have Ted in them.  This at times presents a problem, seeing as Ted died years before I started reading comics, but whatever.  I'll also buy for Jaime.

If they kill him off I am throwing things.

Anyway, hate Ice's racist new origin, am ambivalent about Ice's boring new costume.  I really liked her old one.  Want Max Lord to diediedie, preferably after revealing that he was from that alternate universe where everyone good is evil (Earth-3?  I think it might be Earth-3).

I plan to start picking up Birds of Prey at the next jumping-on point, and maybe one of the Green Lantern books.  Probably Corps.

Marvel-Wise

New X-man writer.  On plus side, it isn't the last X-men writer.  On the minus side, he seems to ship Rogue and Magneto, a pairing that makes me kind of want to call the cops.  Look, Rogue, i understand he's attractive, and I understand the only other availiable option is Gambit, but the man has grandchildren.  Three of them.  On the plus side, Jean could conceivably be coming back.  Always good.

No Children's Crusade until April, though I'm picking up the March tie-in issue, which is almost as good.

Other-Wise

I finally get the stint out tomorrow!  Yay!

I LIVE

Nov. 17th, 2010 08:52 pm
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New keyboard- actual, functional l key, always a plus.  Problem with the capslock, though- more bulletins as events warrent.  Also, it is large and clunky, things that I like and value in a keyboard.  Laptop-style ones make me feel like I'm not even typing, and make no happy clicky noises.  That being said, my old one made very nice clicky noises, and these different ones will take some getting used to.

Anyway.  Other news.

Green Lantern trailer- entertaining enough.  Still plan to see the movie.

School- I do not know why teacher A doesn't like me, and I am at a loss to explain why teacher B does.  She is a wonderful person and I very much like her, but I continually fail to keep on pace in her classes and yet she keeps asking me back.

I am considering dropping Generation Lost if the whole Ice situation does not improve.  She is a Norwegian ice princess.  She is not an offensive Roma stereotype loaded with angst.  Get this right, irritating writer person.  I will pick up Birds of Prey instead if I follow through on this.  Gail SImone understands proper characterization.

On the Marvel side of the aisle, Children's Crusade continues to be lovely.  Billy and Teddy are cuddly, Magneto is snarky, and Doctor Doom has a very, very nefarious plan.  It is clearly shaping up to be Billy's story more than anybody else's, but that is just fine because he is my favorite.

My webcomic for school is shaping up nicely.  Look for it online in early December most probably.
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DC-wise, Brave and the Bold is awesome, fun, and the kind of cartoon that kids shoud be watching, except for certain parts like the song that the Birds of Prey sang about how many superheroes were bad in bed.  /I/ sure enjoyed watching that bit, though.  Also it has Jaime Reyes, which is YAY! and an ep with Ted and Booster, which is Not Avaliable in the US Yet.  (sad).

Marvel-wise, I've been watching the little preview videos for the Avengers cartoon, and most of them look pretty nice, though I will admit that the Avengers aren't really tops on my list of superhero teams.  Still, they're entertaining enough, and the show looks to be decent.  They have deviated from the norm somewhat in one area that makes me alittle iffy-feeling, though.  Typical cartoon logic is that WWII was fought against generic bad guys in gray, occasionally with skull and crossbones logos, by Captain America and Wolverine.  They've got episodes like this in both the 90s X-Men series and Evolution.  In the upcoming cartoon, WWII was fought by the allies against supervillains, named HYDRA, which makes me... twitch... a little bit?  I just don't like it.  For one thing, I think whitewashing history for kids is NEVER a good idea- I read about Henry VIII constantly as a kid, and I turned out fi- anyway, the point is that history is something everybody needs to know, and trying to fictionalize it like this... it makes me distinctly uncomfortable. 

There was also a Wolverine cameo, by the way, for those keeping count.
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Things I love about each of my fandoms, by list of movies/books because it makes it easier.

Star Wars
 Phantom Menace- the goshdarn visuals.  Even Jar Jar's kind of pretty.
...Not like that.
Attack of the Clones-  Padme's outfits.  I need them. 
Revenge of the Sith- the fact that I cry at the end.  The lightsaber battles.  Anakin's eyes when he turns evil.
A New Hope- Luke as a farmkid.  The Death Star run.  Leia and Han snarking at each other.  The twelve million AUs every second of it spawns in my head.
Empire Strikes Back- Everything.  Han and Leia falling in love.  "I know."  Luke flailing around during the lightsaber battle, and Vader testing him.  Yoda.  Artoo suffering through Dagobah.
Return of the Jedi- the giant space battle.  Threepio as a god (shut up, I like the Ewoks).   Vader and Luke spending some quality father-son bonding time.  Han and Leia kissing, every time.
The EU- Tag and Bink.  More powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Avatar: the Last Airbender
Book One- Iroh, from episode one.  The crazy little plotty towns.  The crazy little plotless towns.  The Northern Water Tribe.
Book Two- Zuko.  Zuko, Zuko, Zuko, Zuko.  Toph.  Foggy swamp.  The ancient Asian hippies.  The way the plot grabbed me and did not let me go.
Book Three- Omnomnom, shirtless scenes.  The goshdarn finale.  Katara's fire nation outfit (so pretty!) and the hair.

DC Comics
Batfamily- The way Nightwing is the sane one.  Bruce and Selina chasing each other around.  Cassandra freaking Cain.
JLI & co- Booster and Ted's bromance/romance.  Ice and why she puts up with Guy.  Guy in general.  Barda in general. (also Scott Free).  The laughs.  The painful laughs.
Blue Beetle- The Reyes family.  Guy posthumously respecting Ted.  A forehead full of justice!  Theological implications!
Other- Lois and Clark in love.  The Green Lantern Corps.  RUFFLES THE RAGE KITTY.

Marvel Comics
Young Avengers- The giant messed up family reunion in progress.  Teddy and Billy being adorkable.  Kate and Eli snarking. 
X- people- X-Factor's giant old soap opera.  Ric and 'Star.  Magneto being all morally ambiguous, and him and Xavier continuing to really have no idea how normal people define "friendship."  Mohawk!Storm.
Other- Captain America, who understands why I love my country.

...

I feel better now.


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Over the past year or so, I have been forced to confront an unpleasant truth.

I am a shipper.

Now, I hope I'm not one of those crazy shippers, the ones who scream about how Zutara is canon and Kataang is evil, the ones who refuse to consider that their character ever had eyes for anyone but that one guy they brushed against in Episode Three, the ones who can squee at a level known to deafen dogs.  (My squees merely deafen siblings)

But I'm a shipper.  Sad.  But true.  I'm sorry.

So, now, in honor of finally admitting that fact, that old meme I did awhile back.  Ten ships.  The whys.  Any patterns.

Read more... )
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Clicky here for:

1. Star wars fic
2. Actual, live, comics fic
3. The original idea for my apocalypse!fic, which has since swiched fandoms and eaten my brain
4. My attempt at one of those cliched Zuko and Katara arranged marriage fics- but featuring no Zutara!
5. The semi sort of sequel to Wrong Number.
Read more... )
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Alright.  So I've been buying comics lately.  I do that.  There is nothing wrong with that, except that I wil probably never have allowance money left over again.  Thisweek I only got two.  I MEANT to only get one, but, dammit, there was a backup story in X-Men, of all places, that I needed.  So I purchased it, read only the back-up and an interview with a paleontologist who'd named a dinosaur after Loki, and am unsure what to do with the rest, which I don't care about or wish to read.  Perhpas I shall get a pen and draw humorous mustaches on Scott Summers.  That might be amusing.

The backup itself, however, was pure gold and wonderful and I need moremoremore of the author NOW.  My only minor quibble was that I kept expecting Magneto to slap Cyke and Wolverine for calling him "Erik."  I wasn't aware everybody was on such a nice first name basis, but, like I said, I'm not touching the main run with a ten-foot pole.  Major plot developments: Magneto is now pretty sure he has more grandkids, Billy is confirmed to be Jewish (and last issue Teddy talked about going to Episcopalian school.  Being religious myself, I like seeing these details of characters, particuarly with Billy and Teddy being boyfriends and all.  There was an entire website somewhere, actually, devoted to finding out what religion superheroes were, and it was fascinating.) and Wolverine, in the surprise of the century, does not trust a chronic supervillain around kids.

Anyway.  Great fun.  Also enjoyed Generation Lost this week.  I've always liked Captain Atom, ever since he had a Southern accent on JLU.
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Yeah, yeah, I will get to those essays.  This is just a different meta thing that popped dramtically into my brain.  My standards for heroes and villains, and how they differ.  Namely: who I root for.  (Besides the Davidson Wildcats)

I began thinking about this when I realized how little sense it makes that my favorite Marvel character is an occasionally genocidal, often fairly insane supervillain, and yet I want to see Scott Summers and this trophy girlfriend they're claiming is Emma Frost die horribly in magma, preferably on-panel.  This is a bit of a turnaround for me, fandomwise.  Generally I root for the heroes.  They're the heroes, after all.  The villains are the villains.  I understand that.

And maybe that's the issue.  I have low standards for my villains.  I do not expect to see Darth Vader cuddle puppies, and that is part of what makes it such a heartwarming moment when he won't let the Emperor kill Luke.  For anyone else in the cast, this would be  a no-brainer- leaving it for as long as Vader did would in fact make them less of heroes.  On the other hand, I fully expect Luke to try to save his father- it's why he's such a wonderful, selfless, desperate for a family again guy.  (Side note: I've got it in my head that out on Tatooine, being a lawless desert full of little farms, family is everything, sort of like out in the country.  When Luke loses Owen and Beru, he literally has nothing left, and so he of course easily clings to Obi-Wan, Leia, and even Han.  But that is a half-formed story for another time.)  When Cyclops, who I'm apparently supposed to hold up as the hero, is shacking up with his mistress and I'm supposed to believe it's a Love Story For the Ages, I draw some lines.  I could totally get behind Scott and Emma as a messed up relationship between messed up people- that's the sort of paring I like.  But when it's presented as the second coming of Scott and Jean, I can't get behind that.  It doesn't click for me.  It actively annoys me.

(Of course, Marvel also apparently expects me to believe that trading your marriage to the devil for your dead aunt (who had ALREADY reached Her Time, and as a Presbyterian, I can respect reaching One's Time) is a perfectly selfless, heroic act that will have no negative consequences whatsoever, and men are "more interesting" without wives or women, and- okay, that's another rant for another day...)

Also, dear idiot fanboys on the message board I should not visit, feminism is not evil.  I'm sorry you live in your mom's basment and can't get laid.  Don't take it out on us.
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Tuesday: Bring a Friend day at the stable.  I got to teach Daddy how to ride Case.  Have I talked about Case?  Bigbig pretty horse, former showjumper, and several tons of attitude.  He is basically a cat in big bay horse format, and spent most of the time before riding thumping his feet against the stall door to protest the entire idea.  (his feet are fine, btw.  Silly boy.)  He is my silly boy (though the stable owns him, not me) and I lovelovelove him though I kind of doubt the feeling is mutual.  Daddy sort of got him to trot when the instruction ran alongside yelling, which is about what I did my first time on him a few weeks back.  He's kind of learning to respect me, though.

Wednesday (today): Comics!  DC is putting out three books I was willing to venture into a crown for.  Marvel says that one of my favorite characters had an OOC adulterous relationship with someone I don't care about.  DC wins this week, which is good, because they were seriously losing ground.  Anyway, I got Generation Lost, Booster Gold, and Birds of Prey.  Good times.  Good writing.

Future: We're actually setting up stuff for Europe- we've got tickets, we've got reservations, etc, and I continue to be nervous.  Venice, Paris, London, and then two weeks in Scotland.

Oh, and today was mom's birthday.  Happy birthday, Mom!


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I was never one of those people who liked villains.  I was much more interested in Cinderella than the stepmother, Snow White than the Queen, heck, even Aurora than Maleficent, and /nobody/, I have learned, prefers Aurora to Maleficent.  Actually, I think for a while there I actively disliked her.  It's probably because, at a point in the middle of the movie, she refers to herself as "the Mistress of All Evil," and that made me blink even when I was little.  Surely even evil people thought that they were good, right? 

Basically, even when they're awesome, completely one dimensional villains never quite did it for me.  I enjoyed watching them, but no more than any other character.  I celebrated when they were defeated. 

And then came Zuko.

Ah, Zuko.  But even with him, I rooted for him to become good.  I didn't just enjoy watching him be evil.  The same went for Vader, who was the first villain whose mind I really tried to get inside.  It was mostly because of Luke, I think.  Because, at the end of RotJ for the first time, I did not think that Vader was going to save Luke.  I thought that maybe Luke would survive, but I just kind of winced when Luke went "father..." in that rasping voice, because I knew that there was no way Vader was going to save him, and it made me want to cry. 

So, I liked Vader, but, again, I wanted to see him redeemed.  That was the point of the character.  RotS made me actually cry, but RotJ is the one that makes me squinch my eyes up to this day.

And then came comics.

I read DC for the heroes, but when I do read Marvel, it's for the villains.  And not just Deadpool, either.  But the thing about Marvel?  I kind of want Magneto, especially, to win when I read it.  It's the combination of a too horrific and tied into the real world to make light of it backstory and the fact that any population that willingly puts the Green Goblin in a position of power kind of can die and I won't really care.  And, of course, the old XMen cartoon...  most of the heroes get on my nerves from time to time and the civilians actively annoy me.  I tend to root for the guy with the decent voice actor.  I'm sorry.  It's how I roll.  I'd like Wolverine if he used his claws to do anything but reflect light.  I'd like Storm if she never talked.  I'd-  sweet meepits, this is getting off topic. 

Anyway.  DC wise, like I said, I root for the heroes.  But I also really enjoy watching the villains.  And that hit me today with a few panels of Sinestro.

I don't want him to win.  I want the Green Lanterns to win, and espicially Guy Gardner.  But Sinestro lately can sit in a cell awaiting execution, and smirk at Hal Jordan and say "I've won," and the thing is you believe him.  He has absolutely nothing, and I can still totally buy that he has the upper hand.

Also Hal's "confused and upset and VERY confused" face is adorable.  *pats him*

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There's a meme somewhere out there where you describe fandoms like romantic interests.  It makes a certain amount of sense.  Star Wars is the solid but exciting love-of-your-life, Avatar is that childhood crush who still makes you tingly inside now that you're both older and still hang out together, and comics is...  the relationship between me and comics is similar, I think, to the relationship between me and football.  It's a deadbeat idiot who can't do anything right, and then it's on my front step with a dozen roses and an apology. 

(In related news, PANTHERS FINALLY WON).

DC is the friendlier idiot who still has his problems.  Marvel is downright bad for me and yet somehow alluring.  I keep them at arm's length. 
Lately, Green Lantern has been bringing me a LOT of flowers, most of which smell like zombie.  There we go.  I finally got to the actual point of this post, which is Green Lantern, which is addictive and interesting and apparently the best it's been in years, though I only got into comics like six months ago.  The major players are Hal, who is handsome and moral and egotistic; Kyle, who came onboard when Hal was infected by Giant Yellow Fear Bug From Outer Space-itis and is young and artistic; Guy, who is obnoxious and innappropriate and very sweet when you get to know him but only to about two people and is my favorite; and John, who was on Justice League Unlimited.  John is my second favorite because he is the only one who ever seems to follow the rules.

Currently they are fighting Evil Outer Space Zombies, including Kyle's army of killed-off girlfriends, an entire planet John couldn't save, John's dead wife Katma, and Ch'p The Zombie Space Squirrel.  That really sums up a lot about comics right there.

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I feel cheerful, for the most part.  News, from the day, in no particular order:

1.  Am arguing with little brother.  Not good.  This is what happens when the little sister is out of the house.

2. Yet another person is claiming Harry Potter plagiarized their stuff.  Question: Are they as completely insane as the last one?

3. Someone has just said that Robin was the worst thing ever to happen to comics, and insulted the Batman and Sons webcomic.  On Scans_Daily, home of LOOK IT IS DICK GRAYSON ISN'T HE CUTE IN THAT DEATHTRAP FANGIRL LUFF.  Am monitering situation closely.  It most probably won't escalate beyond two or three polite comments, but I'm monitering it anyway.

4. We have located my cat's collar.

5.  THERE IS NO SCHOOL.

Overall, I'm in a pretty good mood, then.  Will do something nice for little brother later, though.
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Name your 10 absolutely favorite couples (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to pick different fandoms:

Okay. 

Han/Leia, Star Wars.  My OTP beyond all other OTPs, and the only thing I will admit to shipping around casual aquaintances.

Toph/Sokka, Avatar.  This starts the chain of Ships I Got Into Because of Other People.  In this case, I never considered the ship until I started lurking around Avatar message boards, and after that it grabbed me.  Toph is tough and cool and Sokka is oblivious, and it is just close enough to canon that I retain my dignity.

Batman/Catwoman, DC Comics.  Because the fanfic for it is beautiful beyond all reason.  Not so much the stuff in the comics, but I can live with that.

Elizabeth I/Robert Dudley, real life.  Looking back, I think this might be the first thing I ever shipped, because I was a seven year old who felt everything needed True Love.  And, now, because it's incredibly layered and interesting and tragic and a great reflection of just what life and love were like in the 1500s (namely, they sort of sucked.).

Booster Gold/(Ted Kord)Blue Beetle, DC Comics.  The only slash pairing on the list.  But, dang it, there's maybe three gen fics about them for every fifty slash, and they're absolutely adorable together in any format.

And now we get to the Pairings I Like But Aren't Binding, because there have to be ten...

Zuko/Mai, Avatar.  Theirloveissoscowly!

Firestar/Sandstorm, Warrior Cats.  I think this relationship singlehandedly kept Firestar's Gary Stu tendencies from swallowing the story whole.

Trixie/Jim, the Trixie Belden books.  Another early ship.  It's like Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson, but with personality!

Bambi/Feline or however you spell it, Disney.  Because that movie dominated my childhood.

Anakin/Padme, Star Wars.  That or Anakin/Padme/Angst.  I'm flexible.

Anne/Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables.  I can reread the approximately three paragraphs where they don't hate each other over and over again.
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A very long time ago, I joined a fandom.  It was called Avatar, and it was good.
I began to wite fanfic.  It contained Mary Sues, and it was not as good.
I did not share it.

Over a year ago now, I joined another fandom.  It was called Star Wars, and it, too, was good.
I began to read fanfiction.  Most of it was good. 

Some of it was great.  Really great.  Some of it was time travel- and lo, did come the plot bunnies.

And I began to write.  And it became a hundred pages long, and it took over my mind and my life, and I wondered whether or not to do it again.

And lo, did the plot bunnies stampede, until the ground was darkened as in Night of the Lepus.

And in both of these fandoms, I had a 'ship, and they were good, though I could not write them. 

And then...

Alright, pretentious prose aside, I've mentioned earlier that I am beginning to be drawn into DC Comics fandom.  Like most of my fandoms, this was not my idea.  It just sort of happened.

And, well...  And lo, did come the plot bunnies.

And the ships.  Good heavens, and lo, did come the ships.  It started with BatCat, which I could deal with only by completely ignoring everything besides fanfictions because you do not get attached to relationships in comics.  This was quite easy, as comics cost quite a bit anyway and the store is located across the Intersection of Doom.

Now, one thing I try to do to preserve my sanity is ship canon.  It started with Han/Leia, a very safe ship in which all the loose ends were cleared up ten years or so before my birth and which has the added benefit of very few people disliking it.  These people are clearly insane and are very easy to ignore.

Then came Tokka.  This is Toph/Sokka, for those not familiar with Avatar (Aunt Mary, stop reading this, or you will get spoilers and you do not want those, do you?) 

Is Aunt Mary gone?

Alright, then, Toph has a fairly blatant crush on Sokka, but Sokka is fairly clearly involved with, well, most other females in the show it seems like.  He finally ends up with one, and it is not Toph.  But I could easily convince myself that I just liked the canon crush, and so spare myself from useless heartache.

BatCat is kept strictly to fanfiction in order to save on money and sanity.

Now, the thing about these ships is they all either are canon, were canon, are partially canon, or are canon about 50% of the time depending on the writer.

But now I have stepped into dangerous waters.

I have become attached to a noncanon pairing.  I have become attached to a noncanon pairing that is slash and will never, ever, happen. 

Why do I keep doing this to myself?

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