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Dec. 6th, 2015

Supanova Report

So last weekend I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, after Dan Feuerriegel listed himself as a last-minute guest. Ergo, technically, all I need known about the weekend is that this happened:


(I'm not looking straight at the camera because he was holding my phone and I was staring at his hands. He has ridiculously beautiful hands. They are distracting, ok?? Also ridiculous: his shoulders. LOOK AT THEM THEY ARE A MILE WIDE.)

Con successful, report closed!

However, a lot of cool shit happened and I do want to get some of the details down because otherwise they'll fade far too quickly. So without further ado, rambly details under the cut!

Cosplay and actors and writers, oh my. )

Dec. 1st, 2015

Fic or Die 2015: A Master List

This year's Fic or Die challenge is now officially closed, and it has been a roaring success!

Thank you all so much for indulging me and playing along, embracing the pressure and fulfilling the demands of the fic-hungry goats. Some of you finished years-old stuff, some of you wrote brand-new things, some of you did both. Your administrators are most satisfied indeed!



We had 23 submissions from 17 fandoms, with a total wordcount of approximately ~34,000 words.

IKR?


So give yourselves a big pat on the back, because you have all been phenomenal! A big thank you also to those who did not pledge to write, but contributed prompts, beta services, or general cheerleading.

Without further ado, here's the master list of contributions:

MASTER LIST )

Nov. 20th, 2015

Fic or Die: Time to Put Out

Okay, whenever you're done, let us have it!



Please post a link to your completed fic in the comments so we can all ogle and love on it! Please include a header with all the usual fandom/warnings/ratings information (html template below if it's been a while) and indicate the fandom (plus pairing/rating if you wish) in the subject line.

Also remember to mention if you're filling someone's prompt, and if anyone has picked up one of your prompts, give them some love.

Posting is open from now until November 30th. Keep 'em coming! :D


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Oct. 18th, 2015

Shiny Spartacus fanvids *paws*

I'll put this out there first: I'm annoyingly picky about fanvids. I don't like talking heads. I don't like random kiss compilations with no actual story, set to a slow-mo ballad that has nothing to do with a character or pairing. I don't like heaps of text in fancy fonts or heaps of dialogue sprinkled throughout a vid. Basically I'm predestined to not like about 95% of all the fanvids ever. For this, I blame the people who have introduced me to fanvidding - all of whom were people with very high standards of vidding, who knew their shit, not just in terms of tech, but also in terms of what looks and sounds good, how pacing works, what engages the viewer emotionally, what puts a new spin on a storyline or pairing. CURSE YOU FOR MAKING ME PICKY, VIDDING FRIENDS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE :p

So, ever since I fell head over heels with Spartacus, I've been wading through fanvids when I have time, with somewhat predictable results. There are a LOT of kissing and fight scene compilations out there, lol. There are a lot of talking heads and slow-mo ballads. Shockingly, there are a LOT of variations on "This Is War." (Not really judging here, actually - liking kissing and fight scene compilations is fine and I like This Is War as a song. I'm also too lazy to learn vidding but I know from watching others do it that it's an incredible amount of work. So, y'know, people should make what vids they want to make, obviously).

Anyway, I wanted to share a few Spartacus vids that I genuinely loved, and ramble about why. Let's go!

1. Time of Our Lives - Spartacus tribute by Zurik 23M

Time of Our Lives


This is my favourite Spartacus tribute vid ever. I love the song choice. I love how it spans all the seasons; how it gives equal focus to Andy's and Liam's Spartacus; how its main focus is on friendship and loss (ALL THOSE FUCKING ARM CLASPS! Y U NO HUG, GUYS!). I think it perfectly captures what the show is about, and it's incredibly moving. After I finished with the show the first time, I looped this an embarrassing amount of times.

2. "This love that I've found, I detest" - Spartacus/Ilithyia by ItsTheWonderfulAmy

This Love That I've Found, I Detest


I ship the crap out of these two and their glorious hatred, ngl. In general I think this show is pretty much perfect but there are a few things I wish it had had more time for, and one of those things is Ilithyia. I think she had more story left to tell. I liked Laeta and eventually got on board with her and Sparty's thing in s3, but not-so-secretly I always wished Ilithyia had lived and they'd delved more deeply into this fucked-up relationship and she and Spartacus could have had.

Enter this vid, which I think is just perfect. Firstly: Mumford & Sons! Can't really ever go wrong with that. Secondly: the editing is fantastic. I love how it actually tells a story that's different from what we see on-screen, rather than just compiling scenes we've seen. This creates new context, new emotions, and new character nuances, especially for Ilithyia. That's exactly the kind of vidding that I admire hugely: the kind that takes existing footage and creates something new out of it. Also, the colour filters are beautiful.

3. "I'm ready for you now" - Agron/Nasir by Mary_Bell

I'm Ready For You Now


OK, so this has dialogue lines at the very beginning, not to mention Nasir's name spelled wrong, lol. However, apart from that, I love it. I think the two big things that sell it are the pacing and the song choice. The cuts are fast and dynamic, which works great for this pairing (their lives are fast-paced, and their decisions - both rational and emotional - often spur-of-the-moment). There's a lovely balance of their beginnings and their later moments (yay for a smidge of Castus!!), and I think the song works really well, especially for Agron. He's such an utter scrambled mess after losing Duro, he's the kind of guy who just really needs to be somebody's everything (whether that somebody is a brother or a lover), and the whole "don't want to fight alone" thing is just him to a T. And I think the part about "Bring me out / Come and find me in the dark now" also resonates really well with what Nasir does for him. Basically, FEELS, is what I'm saying here.

4. Random cast appreciation vid because reasons.

Cast Tribute


Aaaand this is where I throw editing/vidding preferences out the window and just bask in how sparkly and lovely this cast is and how I adore them all madly :D

(PS: Does anyone know how embedding YT vids on IJ works these days?? YT has disabled the old embed code, and the iframe one still doesn't seem to work on IJ. Annoy! ETA: Solved! This handy tool will convert it.)

Oct. 7th, 2015

Drabble Day sparkle! Also, silly fic featuring Barca the inappropriate spear-fighting instructor.

Drabble Day happened, and it was absolutely fabulous! So many shiny delicious drabbles and so much rocking mutual support. I'm still coming down from my high (and my sleeplessness, but who needs sleep, really).

The masterlist of prompts/drabbles is here. Some of us including me have crossposted ours to AO3 - I'm not sure I'll do an IJ round-up tho, because drabbles take about 3 times longer to post than to write and 27 is a lot of them, lol.

Also, new fic! Just a silly idea I've been working on. I wanted it to be more cracky but Barca was resisting. Spoilsport.

Title: Remove Head From Ass (And Other Useful Advice)
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Barca/Pietros, Nasir/Agron
Word Count: 3400
Rating: PG-13 for canonical cussing
Warnings: Sexual harassment in the workplace, Barca style.
Summary: In which spear-fighting lessons are imparted, asses are groped, punches are thrown, and Nasir and Pietros do a lot of eye-rolling.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: This came about because I was curious about when exactly Nasir switched from sword to spear. Who better to teach him than my favourite wanky porridge-pissing kickass Hoplomachus? (SHUT YOUR FILTHY MOUTH, THEY NEVER DIED, OBVIOUSLY.) Unbeta'd, so please forgive and/or point out any glaring mistakes.

Fic is here at AO3

Oh god, and now I'm back to work. DNW DNW this shit is cramping my style.

Oct. 3rd, 2015

Fannish Saturday

My lovely three-week holiday is drawing to a close. Brb, crying forever :CCCCCCCCCCC My clients, naturally, have cottoned on that I am back and are trying to give me work for the weekend. A WORLD OF NO.

BUT next week is far, far away *bends time* and I have so many fannish things to do today!


1. Joining the fabulous [info]omarandjohnny in a game of Every Saturday Is Halloween, so it's cosplay time! I *think* I'll start off with Amy from In the Flesh, but I already have so many ideas that some of these Saturdays may need to become Wednesdays or Sundays, lol. We'll see how much stamina I actually have.

2. 12-ish hours until Drabble Day starts! Words cannot express how excited I am. Holy fuck tho, I have no coffee in the house, this needs to change pronto! (Last time we did it, I napped for a few hours at some point but felt utterly shattered after, so I'll try to just stay up this time.)

3. Fic to write! I need to get my arse in gear and finish my cracky plotbunny about Barca teaching Nasir how to use a spear (and being a leering asshole about it, natch *cuddles his wanky self*). I *was* having heaps of fun with it until I got sidetracked by the threesome fic that would not end and I'm totally in the mood for something light and funny after that, so LET'S DO THIS.

YIKES I HAVE HAD 4 HOURS OF SLEEP AND NOW IT'S DAY SO OF COURSE I'M NOT GOING TO SLEEP AND THEN I'LL HAVE TO STAY UP FOR 24 HOURS STARTING MIDNIGHT! *hyena cackle*

Oct. 2nd, 2015

Drabble Day tomorrow! Come plaaaaay!



I AM SO EXCITE YOU GUYS!!!

Sep. 6th, 2015

New Fandom, Let's Try This Again: Spartacus

*dusts off IJ* Time for that semi-annual HELLO I'M ALIVE LEMME PIMP A SHOW!! post! :p


I may have mentioned (read: endlessly spammed Twitter until everyone was thoroughly fed up) that I recently got into Spartacus. In a major way. In a "whoa, I don't think any other show grabbed me this way since AWZ" kinda way. Obviously, I've had fandom flings since then, like with Teen Wolf and Doctor Who and Hunger Games and Revenge and Vikings, but nothing has quite had me in this state of constant FEELS and major withdrawal after watching (and tbh, between original watch, insta-rewatch with the ever obliging [info]alsha, commentary rewatch, and random fic research rewatches, I've probably hit some episodes about 6 times by now, and each one at least 3 - have I mentioned it's only been 2 months since I started?)... well, it's The Thing. The obsession thing. The one that drags me in and puts me through the emotional grinder and makes me love every second and steals my sleep and makes me spend ~3 hours in one go researching Roman baths and the chronology of the Third Servile War, and has me sobbing in ridic woe that I don't have $3000 handy to go to Spartacon at a week's notice.

You know, the stuff of life :p

In a way it feels silly to do a pimping post, because I'm years late to the party and I even remember people flailing at the time, but EKP was still going when Spartacus was airing, so there was just no way I could have got into it at the time. Which sucks in some ways (where is the fandom now? How do I join? Wait, is it all on Tumblr because I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW TUMBLR WORKS, ARGH!) and is nice in some other ways (I can't even imagine the torture of watching week-to-week!).

I started watching more or less on a whim, because I was craving something history-adjacent and lots-of-combat and slashy. Boy does it ever meet those criteria! I'd also been warned that the fist few eps are a bit ridic. I mean, yeah, there's so much nudity and gore, you can't help but laugh, right? I did do the amused mockery thing for... ~maybe 2 eps? Then I was INVESTED, man. I mean, I was still mocking for maybe another 2 episodes, but by that point I had realised that nothing here is gratuitous and visual style is deliberate (they shot it like a graphic novel, how cool is that?) and the story-telling and character development is actually really really ridiculously good, and UGH SHOW, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME.


So without further to-do, Why Spartacus Is Awesome And You Should Absolutely Watch It If You Haven't Already:

(putting this behind a cut because holy GIFness, Batman!) )

Aug. 19th, 2015

BBTP! *pokes around* Anyone?

Anyone doing anything for... *drumroll*



I am trying to, but I've forgotten how to 1) write 2) smut. Not helpful! (not to mention my Spartacus obsession, though satisfactorily rapid and all-consuming, is about 5 years too late to feel properly involved in fandom, so now I feel like that awkward person who is super-late to the potluck with, like, a casserole, when everyone is having fancy desserts, lol).

Anyway, if anyone's inclined to poke at things, let's commiserate/encourage/enable/ drown our writing-related woes in booze together! \o/

(i got a new computer since i last used IJ. HOW DOES ANYTHING EVEN WORK.)

May. 2nd, 2014

Vikings series 2 finale

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Awesome finale was awesome!

Stuff. Spoilers! )

...wait, HOW DO I WAIT A YEAR NOW. MOUNTAIN AAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Aug. 17th, 2013

A quick bookshop pimp!

Book prices in Kiwi bookshops are pretty much atrocious, even in second-hand places (no, I will not pay you $15 for a yellowed, back-broken, hard-worn, stained paperback, tyvm!), so I've pretty much had to order books from online for years. Since I order a LOT of books, I've tried a lot of online booksellers, especially this year when [info]alsha and I more or less stumbled into collecting rare-edition hardcovers of some of our favourite hardcovers, which, btw, let me take this opportunity to brag that I FINALLY HAVE ALL OF ROBIN HOBB'S FARSEER/LIVESHIPS/TAWNY MAN/RAIN WILDS BOOKS IN SHINY HARDCOVERS, OMG! BEHOLD:



Ahem. Sorry about that. Back to topic! I haven't been using Amazon in years, partly because ugh, big corporate moloch, but mostly because their international shipping is utterly atrocious. Frequently seeing that taunting "this order qualifies for free shipping!" button and knowing it will never, never, never apply to me has made me pretty cranky! There are only so many times you can excitedly click on "checkout," then stare at the shipping rate in shock, realise the shipping is more than your entire order, and cancel the whole thing in disgust, before you go looking for your book-buying needs elsewhere.

There's AbeBooks, of course, and I do use them for rare books and editions I can't find anywhere else, but in general the various sellers' shipping rates are pretty hefty too, so usually even if I get a used book for $0.50, I still end up paying like $16 with shipping, which is a bit ridic.

So I thought I'd share my three top favourite places to order books from - cheaply, hassle-free, and either with free or very cheap shipping!

1. The Book Depository
This UK-based site has been my standard go-to place for books for several years. If you're keen on new rather than used books, I cannot recommend these guys highly enough.

Basic features: They have worldwide free shipping, a huge selection (I've only very rarely not found something I wanted there), and they ship super-fast (I usually receive my order within 10 days, which to New Zealand is just amazing). Plus their prices are really really good and they always have heaps of sales on.

Extra goodies: They also do regular fun super-sale campaigns, like the "24 books in 24 hours" campaign, where a different book goes on a ridiculously cheap sale every hour and you can get some awesome bargains for presents and such (if you're fast! Part of the fun is keeping up with the selling madness for 24 hours :D). It's well worth signing up for the newsletter.

Customer service: Rocks. In the unlikely event that your order gets lost (happened to me once in several years) or arrives damaged, they will replace it immediately with no fuss. My copy of Code Name Verity arrived with a small tear in the back cover, not at all affecting the reading experience, but when I asked them about a discount, they promptly refunded me the full amount so I essentially got a brandnew book with a small flaw for free! Basically they are fabulous.

2. AwesomeBooks:
Also UK-based. I've been using them for a year or so and am loving their large used-books selection for very reasonable prices.

Basic features: They ship for free in the UK, for free if you order more than one item to Europe/US/Canada/Aus/NZ, and for a £2.99 flat rate to anywhere else. They have three sections, new books (reasonably priced), used books (cheap) and bargain bin (extra-cheap). Even the cheapest of their books is in good condition, you won't get anything grotty-looking. Shipping time seems to vary between really fast and quite slow, so that's not super-predictable but oh well.

Extra goodies: They regularly send out coupon codes via newsletter, Twitter and FB so you can often knock an extra 10% or so off an already cheap rate. They're also great for grabbing up cheap used hardcovers without having to worry about the weight for shipping! The only thing I don't recommend them for is if you're after a specific edition - if it's used books, they'll usually send you whatever edition they have on hand.

Customer service: Lovely. They respond quickly and are very helpful. Had an incident once where one book didn't arrive for ages so I contacted them and they promptly sent me a replacement, only then the original finally trundled in a few weeks later, lol. Oops.

3. Better World Books:
I started using this US-based site a few months ago when they turned out to be the only place on the internet that had a hardcover we really really wanted (Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn, so out of print it's not even funny!) for less than $1000, lol. And now I love them because reasons.

Basic features: Worldwide free shipping. New books and used books, a sliding price scale depending on the book's condition, but again, all the conditions seem pretty good.

Extra goodies: They support several literacy and book donation programs like Books for Africa and Feed the Children, and for each book you buy, they donate a book to one of those programs, which I LOVE. (and yes, yes, there are many people all over the world who probably need food more than they need books but I don't know, there's something beautiful to me about feeding the mind and soul as well. Books are totally an essential need).

Customer service: MADE OF WIN. They answer questions immediately, are helpful with looking for specific editions if you need them, and are just on the ball. Also, their various communication templates are freaking hilarious.

Behold a basic shipping confirmation: )


That's pretty much it. I wanted to pimp these because I love the way they make books affordable and accessible worldwide, because you can tell they care about what they do, and because I want smaller places like this to stay in business despite the overwhelming presence of Amazon & Co. So next time you're looking to order a book, maybe consider one of these guys instead :)

Dec. 14th, 2012

My week of Hobbit madness

Aaaaaah. I KNOW, I KNOW, LATE LATE LATE. It kind of sucks that I didn't get the chance to write this all up a couple weeks ago when it was completely fresh in my mind, but between visitors and work and crazy commuting, there just hasn't been any time.

Anyway, better late than never! I'd decided a while ago that even if there was no way I could shag, bribe, threaten or otherwise cheat my way into receiving an invite to the world premiere of The Hobbit on November 28 (really, and here I thought I was famous *snort*), nor, alternatively, pay for one (tickets went for $2000 each, apparently - youch), I was still going to be in Wellington that week, come hell or high water, and soak in as much Hobbitsphere as I possibly could.

The timing worked out well since the lovely [info]alsha and I had tickets to see Avenue Q in Palmerston North that week anyway, so I just extended my stay to make sure I'd be in Welly on premiere day.

A note on picspam: Some of the photos are a little too wide for my IJ layout but this post has already taken way longer than it should and I am not resizing the damn things now, lol. If you want to see the pics properly, look at them while on the "leave a comment" screen!

Pre-premiere excitement )


Hobbit Fair, public screenings, LotR love, with a smidge of hypothermia plot )

Red carpet stalkage! (here there be picspam) )

And I think that's pretty much it! I have more pics but they're all variations on the ones I've posted here. It was a fabulous day, the atmosphere was great, everyone was lovely beyond belief, and I'm pleased as pie that we got to go, that we got such a good spot, and that everything worked out so beautifully. The city went all out for the entire week and being able to be a part of it just about made me explode with fangirly joy. Now all that's left to do is ACTUALLY WATCH THE DAMN MOVIE, which we're doing this Sunday (in 3D, because 3D means Richard Armitage will reach out of the screen and snog me, Y/Y? /science). I CAN'T WAIT.

And if you've made it through this massive post, you deserve a cookie, or at least some Lembas bread:

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And Richard Armitage singing, because reasons.

Nov. 18th, 2012

DRABBLE DAY OMFG

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Come join us and DON'T PANIC!

Nov. 14th, 2012

Drabble Day pimp

free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.com

(is this font obnoxious and tacky enough? I just can't tell, you guys.)

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Come join! Come friend the comm! Come flail! (I'd say "start plotting" but no plotting is required, like, at all. It's effing DRABBLES. They're the fun, dirty and commitment-free one-night stands of fic writing, so you have literally no excuse :p)

TELL EVERYBODY AND COME BOUNCE WITH US!

Oct. 10th, 2012

Classic Doctor Who - A Thing That I May Want To Say Things About (unless I get distra- ooh, shiny

I may have mentioned that I recently got into Doctor Who. In a big way. I hopped on the bandwagon. I got hooked. I saw the light. I got on board.

The thing about me is once I am on board, it's very very difficult to get me off board again - even if you tie me to the mast and flog me or keep me chained in the hold and keelhaul me and then toss me to the sharks, I will just kind of stupidly doggy-paddle after you for a long long time, clinging to the barnacles, and maybe, maybe I will eventually give up once you've sunk or burned (hi AWZ, looking at you, kid)... is this nautical metaphor getting kind of out of hand? It is, isn't it. Anyway, you get the point. I obsess. I cling, I geek, I haunt, beleaguer, follow, search out and absorb, etc. I learn to write in Elvish, swear in fake Chinese, dress up, read up, follow up and all the other verb-ups.

So, Doctor Who! Why obsess about three when I could potentially be obsessing about eleven of them? :p

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Twenty-six olden-day seasons, you say, BBC? Yeah, say no more. I am already all over it.

So after a lot of hunting around and trying to wrap my mind around the way the classic serials work and marvelling at the fact that entire serials are entirely missing because the BBC wiped them and then later realised that maybe they shouldn't have because they are now vanished, lost, poof, gone from the world (seriously, how mindboggling and weirdly appropriate is that?), and also wishing I had a Vince Tyler to guide me, I've been watching some of the First Doctor (wow, talk about old school), some of the Seventh (psychedelic 80s cheesefest ahoy!) and that abominable movie of the Eighth (oy vey, the badness, it burns), and... I figured I want to document this marathon somehow because I know I'll forget all sorts of things if I don't, and I'll regret it.

I wasn't sure how to go about format and I still don't really know - I was and am particularly interested in gender roles throughout the entirety of the show but I don't really want to write actual academic-type essays, so... IDK. I'll probably just do casual posts by season (or decade or Doctor, haven't decided yet), with random observations and special sections on areas of particular interest to me, like female characters' portrayal and slash factor (lol, so much of that already).

So, uh, spam is coming? Soz except not really because wheeeee I like my shiny obsession :D

Sep. 2nd, 2012

Stuff Wot I Did On My Hols (Part 1) - The Doctor And I

So I recently took time off from work. I realise normal people do this all the time, but I don't. Or if I do, it's for necessary reasons, like being sick or urgently having to go somewhere or attend something, etc. etc.

This was not that kind of Taking Off Time From Work. This was for purely selfish reasons, just so I could go to Wellington lots and sleep in and bum around and read books and watch telly for three weeks. You guys, it was glorious. I never wanted it to end. (Why are there no rich patrons anymore? Why will no one pay me to sit on my arse all day and drink wine while I watch ALL the shows? Honestly, careers are so overrated.)

I did mean to do updates about what I got up to, but I think I'm gonna split it into parts because I have trouble with conciseness. Hence, Part 1: telly!

Near the top on my agenda was catching up with Doctor Who before the new series started. And I did, oh did I ever. )

I'll be running out of hyperbole-adjacent adjectives anytime now, so I'll say no more other than I AM SO GLAD I DECIDED TO CATCH UP. And now, of course, having to wait for new eps to air will be torture. But oh so delish.

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LOVE, LOVE, ALL THE LOVE.

Jul. 3rd, 2012

Fancast/pimping: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

So far, 2012 has been an excellent year for new fandom discoveries. Between Revenge and The Middleman and Teen Wolf, I already don't even know which way to swoon first, and that's not even taking into account all the great books.

So here's another book rec, because I am seriously bursting with love and I need to share: The Demon's Lexicon is a young-adult urban fantasy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan, whom some of you may remember from her Harry Potter fanfic days and the epic win of "Underwater Light", and whom the rest of you need to start reading, like, NOW.

The trilogy consists of three books: The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant and The Demon's Surrender. I read the first one years ago when it came out and wasn't that impressed; then I reread it this year and fell violently in love. Go figure.

I suck at plot summaries, so here's what the blurb for the first book has to say about the premise:

"Sixteen-year-old Nick knows that demons are real. Magicians call up demons in exchange for their power. The demons can appear in any shape, show you marvels, promise you anything - until you invite them in and receive their mark.

What happens next?
First you get possessed.
Then you die.

Nick's been on the run his whole life, ever since his mother stole a charm from the most feared magician of them all, and the only person he trusts is his brother Alan. Alan's just been marked by a demon. Only Nick can save him, but to do so he must face the magicians - and kill them. The hunt is on, and Nick's going to discover things he never dreamed were out there."


So yeah. There's lots of drama and darkness and violence and running from things and running after things. Lots of saving each other's lives, and also risking each other's lives. And of course there has to be time for snarky one-liners while doing either. And for hitting on people. Or rejecting people. Or becoming friends with people you really, really didn't plan on being friends with.

On my personal scale of awesomeness, which measures everything in this particular genre against Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I should find a name for that - the Buffy Meter?), this gets about 90%. The writing is smart and fun. There's snarky dialogue and a clever sense of humour ("My life was going to flash before my eyes, but it decided to hide behind my eyes and quake with terror instead."). There's heartbreak. There are clever twists and the pacing is great. When Nick and Alan are forced to team up with another marked boy and his sister - who is as determined to save her brother as Nick is to save his - the obligatory teenage love tangles ensue, but there are no cliché turns here. This story does one of my favourite things really well: reversal of stereotype. The women are smart and strong and nobody is annoyingly perfect - on the contrary, everyone is fucked up in the most delicious ways, lol. There's a strong focus on unconventional friendships and family ties, especially sibling relationships, complete with twisted loyalties and betrayal and agonies of all sort. It is fabulous.

Above all, it has well-crafted, compelling characters. That are insanely shippy. I love every single one of them so much that I can't even pick a favourite, so instead, I've done a fancast and am just going to throw all of them at you. With the proviso that if/when you read the books, you are grudgingly allowed to imagine them completely differently ;) And if you're very keen on not being exposed to someone else's physical idea of characters, don't click on the cut or don't read on.

Thus endeth the rec.


(Basically this was my excuse to collect a bunch of pretty pictures of pretty people and flail embarrassingly about beloved characters at the same time. Everyone wins, especially me.)

((Also this is spoiler-free. I am not giving away any major plot points.))

Character fancast picspam! )

Jun. 15th, 2012

Random winter picspam

(That doesn't mean snow. We don't get snow. I don't even know what snow is anymore. In my mind, snow is warm and fuzzy and tastes like vanilla now.)

I was doing laundry today, which involved the obligatory shivering and bitching about the cold whilst hanging stuff on the clothes line, and how winter sucks and how I'm going to ban it, etc. etc.

Then on my way back I discovered that my otherwise stark & hibernating rosebush has randomly decided to grow a single winter rose. And suddenly winter was magical.

These are a few of my favourite things )

May. 17th, 2012

Shameless pimping: Revenge

Yeah, yeah, I know. SO MUCH TO WATCH ALREADY. I don't care, you guys - I still need to introduce you to my new show!crush. I think it's time my friends knew about us. I mean, it's not like we're *dating* or anything. This isn't the kind of show for a steady relationship. It's the kind of show that you watch and mock and tease and make out with a few drunken times, and then before you know it, you're having FEELINGS and you know you're fucked. Because you know the FEELINGS will be used against you. You know you're losing ground. You know you should turn back, that you're already in too deep. But you can't stop.

So I don't know what exactly it is we're doing, and I know whatever it is might end up destroying me, but I know I don't want to stop.

Friendslist, please meet my beautiful, fucked-up, funny, soapy, gritty, issues-ridden crush...

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Schemes and plots and all the feelings )


So, yeah. I REGRET NOTHING. The show is currently nearing its season 1 finale (episode 22 airs next week), and it's been tight and engaging and suspenseful throughout, with plenty of humour and emotion to keep it real. And unlike certain other shows I could name *coughcough RINGER coughcough*, there is plenty of life left in this premise - I could easily watch another 3 seasons of this, and I am so glad that there's going to be more.

May. 2nd, 2012

30 Days of Hunger Games

LA LA LA. So I did consider doing 30 Days of Angel just to complete the trifecta of primary Whedon shows (Dollhouse, what Dollhouse?), but then I took one look at the questions and realised it would be a waste of time because I disliked that show so much I'd just be pissing off everyone who did like it, lol (Example: Day 26 - something that you wish had never happened: THIS ENTIRE FREAKING SUCKY SHOW. Day 27 - something that you wish had happened: A SHOW FEATURING CORDELIA, DOYLE, FAITH AND OZ INSTEAD.)

So instead I'm going with something I did enjoy:

Here's some advice: Stay alive. )

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