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Okay, so I now have friends on Pottermore.com, but I only know who two of you are (though I suspect I know the third ;))

So, peeps! As you should know I am SandCastle10906, but I would love to know who you are.

I'm screening comments here, so please, leave your user name in a comment so that I can friend you and give you an appropriate nickname :)

So far I've friended everyone who has sent me a request, because I suspect I know you all from here, but still, let me know who you are!

Thank you.
eumelia: (slytherin)
I know everyone, their cat, dog, toad and owl is on this thing, but I don't care!

I have a wand!

And I was Sorted into Slytherin!

Finally!

EEEEEEEEEEEE!

Please excuse the late night stupidity.

eumelia: (ravenclaw)
My eldest sister has just finished reading the seventh Harry Potter book and in firmly in the Epilogue? What Epilogue? camp.

Which makes me happy.

Due to her dissatisfaction she went online to find analyses of the books and from there the jump to fanfiction wasn't far.

She's been reading Snape/Hermione fics.

This makes me ecstatic!

We spent the whole evening discussing Dumbledore (is he good or is evil - we say very not good indeed), our hatred of Hermione/Ron, and why the epilogue was full of crap!

My *squeeee* will never be harshed!
eumelia: (ravenclaw)
Yesterday was a bust.

I had plans, y'all.

I was going to meet with friends and eat Sushi.

Alas.

Now I'm at work and work is slooooooow. I didn't bother to forward my current writing project (yes, I'm committing fic! Or I'm committed to fic? I don't even know) because I'm usually running around and doing stuff in the Library.

However I have complete internet access and my own spanking desk to sit at when I'm not running around making sure books are tidy and in their place.

I haven't even gotten around to starting to write about all the stuff I said I would. Why? I suck, I know. I break promises left right and centre sometimes. But those subjects will be written about eventually I swear!

In the meantime know that I've finally seen Scott Pilgrim Vs the world. Which was cute and sweet, but I wasn't Wow'd by it. The elements of Magical Realism were really well done, though. The over all design of the world was cute, but the characters themselves were a bit... not enough development on anyone's front really. Even Scott; yes, don't be an ass when you break up with someone. Good message, hardly profound or life altering as they make it out to be.

I also saw Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows part 1 and dudes! I actually enjoyed it! I actually thought it was good. I was not expecting that! The Half-Blood Prince was a stinking pile of shit compared to this, really. I hated that movie. This one, this one actually made me feel good about the characters and the plot! Jesus, Malfoy looked sick, it was awesome. And Snape's hair, it finally looked like how I'd always thought it should look - swept back and sinister - not floppy and unkempt.

The story sequence was possibly the best "Movie within a Movie" I'd seen in years. It touched all my aesthetic buttons and was actually a very compelling and moving sequence.
Emma Watson should do Audio Books.

The trio did a very good job holding the movie together, I must say. Is it just me, or did Daniel Radcliff totally queer Harry this time around? I dunno.

Cut not for spoilers, but for rambling thoughts about HP )
eumelia: (OTW)
Full disclosure: I am a reader of fan-fiction, an occasional writer and have aspirations to be a critical aca-fen.

Now, go forth and read what I have to say about All Of This.
(Screenshot of all three posts and the PS). h/t [personal profile] ciaan

The reason I went online all those years ago, more than a decade for sure, was because I was looking for people like me.

What do I mean, people like me?

Fans of the teevee show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What I found was a sapling of what would be a giant red-wood tree of creativity, community and fun.

I wrote Buffy fanfic before I knew what fanfic was. Blatant self-inserts that I and my BFF at the time, who is also a Buffy fan, put in so that we could talk directly to the characters.
Her character was a manifestation of Energy who became human in search for love (i.e. Dawn).
My character was a vampire woman who was seriously into S/M (something else I had no idea existed at the time, I was sure I was inventing something) and enjoyed tormenting the male vampires and seducing young high school girls (i.e. Vamp Willow, also Faith sans the Vampire part, of course).

When both these characters did in fact actually manifest on the screen all those years later, when we were already in our late teens and little bit more aware of the world and all it's multitudes, we *squeed*. Lengthy )

Bottom line. You can dislike Fan-Fiction as much as you want. You can call it lazy, unoriginal, illegal (which is not the same as unethical!) or any other pejorative you can think of. That is your right, it is so easy not to read it.

Through fan-fic I discovered so much and so many comic books and more original fiction that I would probably have a much smaller book collection than I do. Three book shelves, stacked baby.

Don't tell me that fan-fiction is less meaningful that original-fiction.

Because it's wrong.

*Get the pun? Get it? :P
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I went out with [livejournal.com profile] tamara_russo to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Yeah...

More on how it was too fucking long, too fucking boring and one again, too fucking shallow, at a later date.
It was very pretty though.

[livejournal.com profile] mao4269 wrote a very concise and gut-feeling review of Torchwood: Children of Earth on her LJ - It is spoilerrific.

As is what I have to say about it. Spoilers for TW:CoE... Don't say I didn't warn you! )
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I've just been told by the BFF who downloaded the 3ed Season of Torchwood for me that it is burned onto a DVD and I should be getting it today.

I'm so freakin' nervous.

Torchwood, the show and the fandom, take up about the same kind of emotional and cerebral space that I thought would never be able to be shared with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and to a certain extent Harry Potter.

I've been very good about avoiding spoilers, though I watch various communities and blogs who are TW fandomy, I only got tiny details by osmosis and one big something that I hope doesn't mean what I think it means but I'm keeping my mind open to whatever happens in these five episodes.

I'll talk more at length about "Children of Earth" after I've actually viewed them, I'll even write (a) reaction post(s) before I read any other Meta and/or Fic, though I'm really, really tempted.

I think it's fairly clear that when it comes to which show I prefer, it is Torchwood and not Doctor who that stole my heart - though I love the Doctor and his Companions and will regale to anyone who will (or won't) listen about how fucking awesome New!Who is.

Torchwood however, is something else.

Spoilers for lots of stuff (not including season 3 of TW as I have not seen it yet) )

I'm really looking forward to "Children on Earth", though I am very scared of what may happen.
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I feel as though anecdotes from the week are a wee bit boring for others to read.
Then again, I read other people's lives and can only assume you all don't hang around this little Junk Yard o'Words for the scenery.

So this week was/still is iCon and a pretty fun one it was for me. I'll not be going to the last day tomorrow as it is my Daddy's 64 birthday tomorrow later today and we are going to picnic elsewhere, away from the Suburbia and Urbania of the Centre.
Last year I pretty much skipped and this year it was great to reconnect with all the people I don't get to meet that often IRL *waves to those who didn't miss me this week because they actually saw me*.
And of course make new friends, which is always fun.
Buffy talk is, as always, the Fun.
Not enough Doctor Who and Torchwood; it may be a little too fluffy? Though I'm not sure why... could just be a culture clash, as Americana and Israeli-Centric work is far more common than Britannica.
I'm really obsessing Torchwood.
I can't get enough of Ianto Jones.
He's just... *gibberish* Fictional men rule! *fist*
Some coherent thoughts on Torchwood will probably come along with my queer analysis of "Iron Man", my queer analysis of "Harry Potter"'s Lupin and Tonks' Lavender Marriage and a comparative analysis of the DCU and the Buffyverse, specifically how Angel correlates as Batman, Riely correlates as Superman, Buffy correlates as Wonder Woman and Spike correlates as Catwoman (thank you [livejournal.com profile] nurint for talking to me about it... will email you soon, hope you have time to read LJ!).
And Oi! No stealing my ideas! Well, you know... you can... I mean, this is the interwebs!

I also ate sea-food.
With [livejournal.com profile] tamara_russo.
It was tasty.
That woman is the incarnation of the Snake in the Garden of Eden... giving into culinary temptation never felt so good.
Meat has no appeal and I'm beginning to lose my enjoyment of dairy products... though I don't know if I'll ever be able to give up ice-cream.
There's always soy-milk for coffee.

You want more? Well, I'll just hope you can be happy with this little snippet of life at the 'mo.
Hope to get back into the swing of regular updating over the next few days.
Isn't it strange that a week of not updating seems long?
My LJ is going to be three next week and it's become a constant in my life.
I don't know if that's good or bad.
It's most certainly a fact.
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Well, now that that's established maybe we can go on to Meta?

On today's agenda, you ask.

A wee bit more on The Dark Knight, as I'm eagerly awaiting my Iron Man DVD Ultimate Edition to arrive and will probably watch it over and over for in order to write a more cohesive mini-thesis about Tony Stark's Gender Fluidity in the movie.
And as soon as I have the Nolanverse Batman DVD's I'll be able to write a more comprehensive comparative analysis of Iron Man and Batman.
Hopefully deeper than this Player vs Player strip: under the cut )

My brother however, sent me two interesting articles about the nature of Batman and the Joker as they've been presented in the Nolanverse which, as most comic books readers know, is quite different from the sequential art mythology.
The two articles, written by two of the members of the Vulpes Libris collective, one of whom (the one who wrote the Joker article) admits to being a newcomer to graphic literature, a "noob" in their words. Both have some very interesting insights on the Hero and the Nemesis.

Having read those two reviews I feel compelled to comment, not on the articles themselves (which are worth reading, hence them being linked above), but on the implication of Batman and the Joker being, oppositional forces, forced to do this danse macabre(1) until one of them dies, which is the comic book myth is unlikely.

I think it's very simplistic and reductive to say that Batman is a Hero in the archetype sense of the word. The articles details various incarnations of "Batman" in myths and stories - including Hercules, Odysseus and Harry Potter.
While modern day Super Heroes have certainly replaces the heroes of old mythology in their function of (re)telling the Way of the World, I don't feel it's right to compare them in their characters.
While Bruce and Odysseus certainly have the an ingenuity that gives them an edge on their enemies, they are two quite different personality types.
Also Bruce Wayne and Harry Potter *snort* and I like Harry Potter!
And yes, I know, niggling.
Functionally and archtypically they share characteristics and when it comes to myth that is probably the most important bit.

But then, why is Batman so popular? Ridiculously so.
I mean The Dark Knight went on to be the highest grossing movie of the summer, I mean hype dies down after the first two weeks and there's usually an sink after the first ebb.
But this was just a cinematic phenomena!
I went on to see it five times, which is a hell of a lot for me (and earning crazy looks from my family, films are not cheap, especially if you want to go to a good cinema).
This is not just movie wise, Batman is still DC's best seller in monthly issues and in trades and if I'm not mistaken, it's also the best seller in mainstream comics over-all.

There's something compelling about a man, who pretends to be a monster, in order to avoid becoming one.
In Arkham Asylum: A serious house on a serious earth, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean take this idea and expand it in a horrific (effing fantastic!) way.
The Joker isn't so much a Nemesis, but a guide; The Cheshire Cat to Batman's Alice.
Regardless, Batman is pinned against his greatest fear, becoming The Monster.

This is similarly done in the film, mainly through the Joker's own sense of grandeur. He truly believes that his "games" will free humans of their measly societal constraints.
Too bad he's a psychopath.

Do you like that?
There shall be more.
Alas, my train of thought has been slightly severed.
Worry not loyal readers, I shall write more on this oh so interminable subject.

Notes
(1)a musical piece I always associated with the Joker, and is especially apropos for Nolan's Joker.
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Via my big bro who sent me this, but I thought it's worth posting full here.

All credit goes to Dynamics of Cats and its posters.

Highlighting my favourite ones:
1. Electromagnetism is Snape.
You must master E&M, but so many have irrational fear or hatred of it.
It leads to deep unification and glimpses of fundamental symmetries, and is strangely beautiful yet powerful.

7. Cosmology is Luna.
Ignored and mocked for so long, comes into its own as the other fields have matured.
Interesting, but a magnet for whacky ideas of all kind, but, hey you never know if maybe some of these crazy notions are really the way things are...

8. String theory is Hermione.
Beautiful, powerful, the signpost for future directions.
Tries to encompass all classical and quantum phenomena, and to develop and master all the most powerful techniques.
May contain all the other fields within it.
But, curiously directionless without classical direction, needs external input to be prodded into applying itself to real world issues.
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It's just mene after meme with ain't it?
But how can I resist fandom memes, I ask? They're too much fun!

Found this one at [livejournal.com profile] harry_potter
1. Randomly list twelve of your favorite Harry Potter characters (any of them... could be the Muggle Prime Minister or the gerbil...)
2. Click on the cut below to read the questions and answers

#1 Hermione Granger
#2 Luna Lovegood
#3 Minerva McGonegal
#4 Tonks
#5 Neville Longbottom
#6 Remus Lupin
#7 Severus Snape
#8 Lucius Malfoy
#9 Eileen Prince
#10 Harry Potter
#11 Emmaline Vance
#12 Kingsly Shackelbolt
Questions and Answers )
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I saw The Golden Compass last night with Tami.

It was quite good, very beautiful visually and the actors were good, except for the heroine, Lyra, who sucked... hopefully she'll pull a Daniel Radcliff and improve for the second and third movies.
The Soundtrack left much to be desired as well, but oh the panorama and visual effects! You could really believe a world like that existed!

By far the best thing in the entire movie was her )

Now I'm rereading the books, because I'd forgotten a ton of details and kept asking Tami to remind of things I knew weren't accurate, but couldn't put my finger on. I have all three books the "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Phillip Pullman, which I encourage all the sci-fi/fantasy readers on my f-lest to read and definitely recommend to any and all "regular" book readers, it's just too good a trilogy to pass.

This movie was far superior to every "Harry Potter" movie I've seen to date and the books are also much better written and have a much deeper and more subtle message than "Harry Potter" - which, despite my obsession with the series, I know it to be a very simplistic reading of our world.
"His dark Materials" is beautifully crafted and written, but alas, unlike JKR, Phillip Pullman writes controversy into the books themselves, thus making them less "marketable" than the HP series. Even with the movie and coming franchise of "The Golden Compass" and its sequels, it will never garner as much popularity as HP, simply because the story, from its inception, is not suitable for people under the age of 15, IMO.

The violence and sexuality in "His Dark Materials" is far more apparent and important than in HP, in which sexuality is seen humourously and not so much discussed as the characters grow up, and the violence is so much more casual. In "His Dark Materials", the violence and sexuality are seen as an intricate part of humanity, that if taken away for a "Greater Good", the people are no longer... "people".

Oh, Neil

Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:25 pm
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From a writer I lost a whole lot of respect for, to a writer I can only keep loving more and more.

Flowers of Romance
You always wind up knowing more about your characters than you can get onto the page. Pages are finite, and the story isn't about giving you all the information about everyone in it any more than life is. Things the author knows about characters (or at least, strongly suspects -- it's never really real until it hits the page, because the process of writing is also a process of discovery) that don't make it onto the page could include the characters' backstory, what they like to eat, the toothpaste they use, what happens to them after the story is over or before it began, and what they do in bed. That something didn't turn up in the books just means it didn't make it onto the page or wasn't relevant to the story.


This is of course out of context.
But I feel it reaffirms my disdain for JKR post-canon retcon, which is simply a marketing ploy, because the sales are dropping... I mean those who are fans bought the book the first day and week, those who aren't either don't read "Harry Potter" or will get it whenever.

I must say I'm interested what will be written in future editions of the books, or if JKR ever releases (Like Neil Gaiman has) her "preferred text" editions.

But Neil Gaiman is a better writer than JKR can ever hope to be, and knows how to pick and chose the information he puts in his stories and books without it seeming contrived or irrelevant.
A few years ago, JKR's statement wouldn't have made as many waves as it had, nor would it have been remembered, now it's on the Internet and is embedded in the meta-cannon of the books.

But still, it isn't really Cannon, it isn't written in the books and thus cannot be regarded as a Truth in the books. It's no better than fan-speculation, despite her being the Author and she may know better than us all. Her statement can be refuted by simply saying "It isn't in the book".
It's that simple.

ETA: And already people are saying Neil jumped the "Outing" bandwagon. May I just say o_O.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Some Harry Potter fanart.

It's just too funny.

The Outing.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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About the whole "Dumbledore is Gay" thing.

It shouldn't matter that Dumbledore was Gay, it doesn't in fact, have any bearing on the Harry Potter plot, because the story isn't about Dumbldore.
What it does have bearing on, is JK Rowling's credibility and integrity as an Author.

For a woman who wrote a seven book story arc in which we encounter allegories and metaphors to real world prejudice, which she has said are "wrong", she doesn't seem to think that ones sexuality is as essential to ones identity as, say... being a Werewolf or a Metamorphmagus? And even is she is trying to say, in a very roundabout way, that ones sexuality has no bearing on who they are when they interact with other people, she makes certain that in the Wizarding world ones Blood Status (Pureblood, Mudblood, Blood Traitor) is very important. That ones Humanity makes them inherently superior to non-Humans (Goblins and House-Elves are inferior, and Werewolves are greatly discriminated against).

It really could be that JKR didn't think sexuality and Dumbeldore's relationships didn't have anything to do with his choices, except you know, she spent a great deal of the seventh book describing in excruciating detail, Dumbledore's childhood, adolescence and the fact that Dumbeldore and Grindlewald were "close friends". JKR, outside the plot and after the fact said in answering a question that Dumbledore was gay and that his love for Grindlewald blinded him and was "tragic" and "unrequited".
The only thing, and I mean it, the only thing JKR needed to do in order to prevent that question from being asked AND giving us the information would be this sentence, somewhere, somehow in Dumbledore's history - "Albus was in love with Gellert, but sadly it was not to be".

Would that have ruined her sales? Perhaps. But I would have appreciated a whole lot more an author.

And the biggest thing that ticks me off. Lupin was read as Gay, Tonks was read as Gay, JKR knew this... so what does she do? She pairs them up and kill them off.
Together!

Aaaargh, my fannish frustration known no bounds!

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Rowling says Dumbledore is Gay!.
She says it here as well!.

Now all J.K.R. has to do is admit that the relationship between Tonks and Lupin is a sham and a cover up to their Gayness - Lavender Marriage anyone?

Now, it's not that I don't appreciate her being all forthright with this, I mean, it's really cool that the Master Mind and basic father figure to Hogwarts was gay and all, but revealing it almost four years after she killed him off and barely alluding to it in canon... it strikes me a little bit as fan service.

cut for a little bit of DH spoilers - read at your own risk )

So yeah, it's all very nice that one of the main characters was gay in canon - I can't even fathom the amount of Dumbledore/Grindelwald slash that is going to spawn. But you know what would have been nice... if Crabbe and Goyle had been a couple, or if Thomas Dean and Seamus would have been a couple on the sidelines... or Parvati and Lavender, because it's not about the main characters being gay, it's about the fact that when you're a young teenager and an older one, you explore who you are, and an old man being gay and discovering this after he had died and it had absolutely no bearing on the sales of the book... well like I said, it feels like fan service.
It's good, but it feels like too little too late in that regard.

But who am I to talk, I'm just an extrapolating fan who likes slash and never really liked Dombledore - manipulative megalomaniac bastard - and no he was not as bad as Voldemort; Albus, unlike Tom, was not a bigoted sociopath.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Isn't this* the best thing ever!!!!!

Having gotten the knitting bug again, I've been scouring through the knitting communities on LJ and the most fun projects come from the fandom knitting communities, mainly HP, since you know, they actually wear wool things.

As I've mentioned previously, I've been knitting a Slytherin scarf, having already made a Gryffindor one. I'm almost done, well half way done, done eight stripes of the sixteen needing to be done. And after I'll commence on either the Ravenclaw or the Hufflepuff (even though I'll look like a giant bee if I wear it). I can't have just two of the Houses, I'll feel so unbalanced, plus I'm all about House Unity Baby!

Now that my brother owes me some money *ahem*, I'll exchange that for him ordering stuff for me online.

Yay, books. Craft books.
Knitting.

Oh, I gush.

*Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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So I finished the book.

It was a good read.

And that's all there is to say at this point.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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[livejournal.com profile] hagar_972 (from what I understood when you told me about it) and [livejournal.com profile] tamara_russo (according to her post after she saw the movie), did you really think the movie was that good?
Because in comparison to your reactions... I thought the movie kinda sucked.
But not really )

Hope this was informative to you all.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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