story reveal and so on

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fanfic exchange has now gone to the "reveal authors" stage. So here's what I wrote:

Pines (3889 words) by rose_griffes
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Illya Kuryakin/Gaby Teller, Illya Kuryakin & Napoleon Solo & Gaby Teller
Characters: Gaby Teller, Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Additional Tags: entirely made up medical stuff, medical trauma offscreen, Injury Recovery
Summary: a hospital stay after a mission misstep</p>

I'm trying to tally up what fic I've written as gifts; it looks this is my fourth "official" exchange (that isn't a remix).

TV try-outs from yesterday: I watched the pilot episode of Prodigal Son and it wasn't for me. I think I'm just done with procedurals that put their narrative focus on serial killers. Also I kept giggling at the very obvious beats of what was going to happen and my friend who was watching with me was slightly annoyed. Oops I also watched the pilot episode of Perfect Harmony, and hoooboy it was clunky. Cheesy, but not in a fun way.

So then I watched three episodes in a row of The Witcher. It's rated MA for a reason; apparently the setting of faux-medieval Europe requires BOOBS. Also, gory battle scenes, and a gory body transformation. By that point in the evening I was watching by myself on my laptop, and that was a good thing; I was able to open another tab and focus on something else for a few minutes when needed.

I--I like Henry Cavill in this. Much to my surprise. Not that I've disliked him before; I've barely seen his films. (Baby Henry Cavill in The Count of Monte Cristo, and then his role as Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) I think what catches me off-guard is that Geralt the witcher is, well, decent to women so far. And I wasn't sure if that would be the case. Same with his role in TMFU; Solo was written as a womanizer, but he's actually decent to women. Don't get me wrong; it's a minimal standard. But so often mainstream media just loves to double down on the misogyny. Especially when they can try to justify it as "historically accurate".

Anyway, Henry Cavill being quietly disgruntled is apparently ~my aesthetic~ or something. Hee! But also! I LOVE YENNEFER BUT SHE IS ALSO TERRIFYING. And there are so many other women! Important women! People are probably expecting massive monster battles--which the show gives--but then there are also so many female characters doing important things! It's just--pleasantly--not what I expected. Hooray.

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make me talk in January - day 1

[personal profile] fleurviolette asked: January 1 - TV shows that you didn't expect to like, but ended up enjoying? (This can apply to netflix shows as well!)

So, just under the deadline for the date selected... I think I'd pick Unbelievable, because "a show about rape" was not an instant must-watch for me. I saw a few people mention liking it and read a little bit about the real-life case that the show begins with.

Also, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance goes in this category because I wasn't particularly interested after the first episode, but was glad later that I kept watching.

The Passage had a brief but entertaining run in this group as well: the book series went from "MUST READ" to "Okay" within three books; the show condensed a lot of plot points--to its benefit--and cast a more diverse group of actors. I liked it! Not great tv, but fun enough. Too bad it was canceled after just that one season.

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2019 media meme

A hastily-composed 2019 fannish year-end meme:

Your main fandom this year?
Just based on the number of posts with those tags, I'll say Star Wars and The Expanse.

Your favorite film watched this year?
Not a stellar year for movies (from what I actually bothered to see), to be honest. The live-action Aladdin was fun and pretty; also, I had a good time watching Captain Marvel and Aquaman.

Your favorite book read this year?
For the sheer enjoyment factor: Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone (Grisha-verse) trilogy.

Your favorite tv show of the year?
The Expanse.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Unbelievable--a show that is so much more than just "a show about rape". It's proof that media can sensitively handle the topic, and a new high bar for other shows to meet. Also, the police work was realistic in ways that most shows don't bother doing: the mundane mixed with dogged determination and luck.

Your biggest fandom disappointment?
Let's just go with the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It wins this category for two years in a row now: the ongoing realization that a) they had no plan and b) they were never going to do the amazing things with Finn that they could have done.

Your tv boyfriend of the year?
These next two categories always make me laugh. It's not going to be Holden from The Expanse--the actor is attractive but no. So... how about Chidi from The Good Place?

Your tv girlfriend of the year? Ooh, DCI Cassie Stewart from Unforgotten. Dedicated! Kind! Thoughtful!

Your biggest squee moment of the year? Re-reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy and catching a lot of the deliberate narrative call-backs and foreshadowing.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Hm. how about--I miss the hyperfixation phase from watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for the first time in 2018. I have unfinished fics! I miss the high of brain going into full media crush mode! It was awesome to have so many fics to read by other people!

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Um... dunno? There are things I want to watch or read, but that list is constantly shifting.

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running by during vacation

Because [personal profile] daybreak told me I should put this here: 'Star Wars' Naomi Ackie & Kelly Marie Tran On White Privilege, Jealousy, And The Power Of Tarot.

If you're overwhelmed by the long title, it's basically an interview with Tran and Ackie, who are both in the new Star Wars film. (Insert rant here about how Tran's character was basically ignored in IX.)

Also, happy Hannukah to those who celebrate it. I would say it's a belated greeting, but since you have multiple days to celebrate, this is still timely!

And now: to finish packing and continue fic-writing.

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when you think you're doomed to an unhappy ending...

Current roommate and I finished season one (all that's available so far) of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Collapse )

Given our different work schedules, it was a nice change of pace to have something to watch with this roommate. I guess the question is: what next? Something engaging enough to enjoy, without being something so compelling that we end up watching separately to zoom to the end.

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roslin, doom

a movie! and then some spoilers about that other movie

Jumanji: The Next Level was a fun film! While I think a few choices are less plausible or heart-warming than the movie wants me to believe, it was still thematically consistent with the characters and their life experiences. Also, I never knew I needed to see Awkwafina (young Asian-American actress) to act like an old man from New Jersey, but it was great.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (aka Star Wars episode IX) had its world premiere last night, which means Collapse )

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baby fan watches baby Yoda

First, before I forget (again): thanks to everyone who submitted a comment on the 'make me talk' meme for January. You can still post ideas there, on anon even.

Cranky opinion: 95% of so-called secular Christmas music from the last forty years is terrible.

I'm part of a small dinner group that meets up about once a week at a different restaurant. One of the other women subscribed to Disney+ recently - no kids, she just likes Disney content. Anyway, she had never watched any Star Wars movies, but in the last month she's watched: the original trilogy, Rogue One, and three episodes of The Mandalorian. She tried Episode I (The Phantom Menace), but fell asleep.

It was fun to discuss the content I still like from Star Wars. No talk of The Mandalorian, since I won't see that until probably summer 2020, but she appreciated the original trilogy and really enjoyed Rogue One.

She's considering catching up on VII and VIII in time to see IX in theaters, which led to an abbreviated version of "Rosie has opinions about Disney's Star Wars trilogy".

Speaking of that: Collapse )

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plodding onward

Getting closer to the end of the semester, and I AM SO TIRED. Particularly tired of grading papers, but also just generally tired.

Anyway. Aside from the problems of having one character named Jennifer and another character named Jessica (why?! they're too similar and I get confused!), I enjoyed the romance novel Beard Science by Penny Reid. Too many sex scenes near the end, but then again I'm the type of reader who often skims sex scenes anyway. I very much enjoyed the character growth in the heroine and hero, and the humor usually worked for me. So consider this a moderately enthusiastic recommendation. (I bought it because it was one of the deals of the day. So my recommendation includes not having paid full price.)

I watched a short series of character trailers for The Witcher; its first season is available December 20 on Netflix. It looks like a fairly standard fantasy epic set in fantasy Europe: the people are pretty and mostly white. I am curious enough to give the first episode a try during Winter break. After the grading... and grading... and grading...

Season four of The Expanse is now on Amazon, but I'm still rewatching season two. I think that's what I'll continue to do, at least until Winter break. I probably won't rewatch all of season three; just the first half.

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a leak and a legit hype

The reddit user who posts what are widely perceived as the most plausible leaks for the plot to Star Wars IX had an update yesterday from a different source. These leaks do mostly line up with what he's reported before, but they have an "in the worst possible way" spin to them. Cue lots of meltdowns online.

Even Burger King has stepped into this game of (real or fake) leaks for IX: a German restaurant franchise made an ad that appears to use those leaks for a weird "Get a free meal but get spoiled for the plot" promo.

My favorite reaction to the leaks is this reddit post that deliberately plays off of them in a serious way but then gradually descends into comical madness. (It really is funny as satire of the other leaks, but it does kinda require them as background information, fyi.)

Star Wars is weird. Star Wars fans are weirder.

In the "definitely legit" column of information about an upcoming film, the teaser trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 was about as gloriously 80s glossy as one could demand. June 2020, woohoo!

Sooner than that: Jumanji: The Next Level starts this weekend. I'll probably see it next week. I was pleasantly surprised by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, so if this next film continues in that same style, I'll be entertained.

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copy and paste... make me talk!

Grabbing this from [personal profile] grimorie. You can see her post here if you want to steal ideas from her followers.

It's time for the (first) annual January Talking Meme! (I've never done this before, even though others have for years now.)

Pick a date in January and give me something to talk about. TV, books, movies, music, poetry, fandom, writing, food, travel, fictional characters (&/or pairings) and all of their feelings, stuff about my life, whatever. You don’t have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.

If you’re doing the meme, I’ll leave topics for you, too! Nudge me if I miss your post. You can suggest multiple topics/dates. If you want to give a topic and no date, I’ll fill that in.

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