remix and other festathons

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:30 pm
isis: Write what you're told! (micah wright)
[personal profile] isis
Hopefully if you're planning on signing up for [community profile] trickortreatex you've already done so, as sign-ups close in under 3 hours. (Of course, you can always write treats!) I've been diddling with my offers but I think I'm set. Ordinarily I think of it as warm-up for [community profile] yuletide, but considering that I've been doing a lot of exchanges recently (maybe too many) it's not exactly that for me this year!

Speaking of exchanges-in-progress, I've got the next two weeks to finish my [community profile] femslashex fic - I finally got a good grip on what I want to write and it's going like gangbusters now - and to incorporate beta changes into my [community profile] crossovering fic. Then it will be time to write whatever I get assigned for [community profile] trickortreatex, and to sign up for [community profile] yuletide. Whew!

But one exchange is done and dusted, and that is [community profile] remixrevival! There are two remixes of my work, one in the main exchange and one in madness, both in Raven Cycle fandom, and I have no idea if they are by different people, though each was done with a different approach. And even though this isn't a gift exchange, I'm delighted by both of them and happily ticked the "link to this related work" button, because they're both great, and I enjoyed reading them even though I'm not really in the fandom any more.

But to return, and view the cheerful skies (1727 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish
Characters: Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Long-Distance Relationship, Murder Squash Song, Remix
Summary: Come visit, Adam didn’t say, because at some point before he even met Ronan, he had set himself this idiotic challenge: he would do everything he could to prove to himself that he could make it alone.

This is a sequel to a ficlet I wrote for [personal profile] jain a few years ago for [community profile] fandom_stocking, but it also stands alone as an exploration of the same basic idea (so therefore it's a legit remix), and the author very subtly brought it into compliance with the last book in the series, which hadn't been published at the time I wrote the original. Stylistically it's fabulous (and exactly the style I love to read), the details are delightful, and the ending made me grin a little and tear up a little and I'm not even in the fandom any more.

Disappearing Act (the Smarter than I Look remix) (950 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Noah Czerny/Joseph Kavinsky
Characters: Noah Czerny, Joseph Kavinsky, Ronan Lynch, Richard Gansey III
Additional Tags: Non-Consensual Oral Sex, Ghost Sex, Supernatural Elements
Summary:

Kavinsky's still around, which means he's still dangerous. There are ways to change that. But they're not fun.

This is a remix of a nasty little noncon story I originally wrote as a kinkmeme fill, but what's brilliant about it is that the author used a POV shift to completely change the meaning of the original story, revealing the original POV as an unreliable narrator. This is one of my favorite devices in fiction - it's a feature of the brilliant Iain Pears book An Instance of the Fingerpost, and I've used it in remixes before - and it shows that Noah has agency, rather than being the victim.

While I'm talking remixes, have a few recs:

Underworld (the Etruscan pottery remix) (5 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Etruscan Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Female Character
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Vanth (Etruscan Mythology), Karun (Etruscan Mythology), Tuchulcha (Etruscan Mythology)
Additional Tags: Digital Art, Fanart, Etruscan mythology - Freeform, Red-figure vase painting, Underworld
Summary: "I could not leave you here alone," Thana said./Velia folded her hands over Thana's. "I wanted you to live, my love."/"I know," Thana said. "But I could not leave you here."

This is beautiful fanart, which makes a bit more sense after you've read the (linked) original story, which is a sort of f/f Orpheus story, also very good and makes sense even if you're not familiar with Etruscan mythology.

Down the Garden Path (and what Alice found there) (4517 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Additional Tags: Dreams and Nightmares, Dreams vs. Reality, Non-Linear Narrative, Board Games, Pastiche, Poetry, journeys, Nursery Rhymes, Werewolves
Summary: Alice throws a six, and finds herself on the square of the hypotenuse. But she's been here before, and she'll be here again, and perhaps she's already here...

This amazing expansion of the original ficlet is fantastic, in both literal and figurative senses. The early bits are perfect pastiche of Carroll's nonsense, and then the later chapters are really quite transcendental, bringing sense to the nonsense and gathering all the elements together in a lovely way.

Of course I wrote something for the exchange as well, though it's unlikely that you'll stumble over it unless you know the fandom. I'll post about it when works are revealed next week.

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The Three Lands


"Have you ever heard of a place where the custom is for friends not to touch each other?"

Adrian knows that friendship is a fundamental custom of all mankind. Or so he thinks, until his closest friend discovers a mysterious journal.

A commentfic for [personal profile] schneefink. This story can be read on its own, but it does have spoilers for the chapters of "Law Links" that I have already posted.

  • Online fiction: Famine or Feast at AO3.

  • Series: The Three Lands.

  • Series resources: The Great Peninsula: series resources for The Three Lands.



  • Law Links


    "Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

    Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

    Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.




    Men and Lads


    "'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

    A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

    All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.




    Sweet Blood


    "He tried to keep his voice calm, though his pulse was racing."

    Time is running out.

    Vito de Vere has ten days to prepare for his performance in the Eternal Dungeon's first play. He may have fewer days than that to fight for his career and to save his prisoner's life.

    As the Eternal Dungeon prepares for the greatest change it has ever undergone, Vito must prove his worth by breaking and transforming a criminal. Nobody else is likely to manage it. And nobody but himself cares so passionately whether his prisoner survives.

    As an actor, Vito portrays the qualities of courage, love, truth, and trust. Now he must find the strength to take those qualities into the breaking cell.




    To receive notices of my fiction by e-mail )

    Remix Revival

    Sep. 18th, 2017 05:30 pm
    lost_spook: (writing)
    [personal profile] lost_spook
    [community profile] remixrevival went live yesterday, and Remix Madness today and I had a remixed fic in each! (I didn't until late yesterday, though; only my regular Remix and then I poked at Madness and was startled to see that it had a Chalet School/DW crossover involving Miss Annersley and Seven, because it seemed extremely unlikely that someone else as well as me had done that, and they hadn't. It had just been slipped in while I wasn't looking!)

    Anyway, in unexpected Remixes, my official Remix fic is a reworking of my old NYR 2009 Dungeons & Dragons fic, via a clever device:

    Among the Shattered Tales (The girl once helped remix) (1235 words) by Anonymous
    Chapters: 1/1
    Fandom: Dungeons and Dragons (Cartoon)
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Characters: Sheila "the Thief", Hank "the Ranger", Original Female Character(s)
    Additional Tags: Implied Sheila/Hank
    Summary: She has many stories, but for some reason a lot of people like this one.


    And in my even more unexpected Remix from Madness, I have this really lovely little reversed-POV version of Each A Glimpse and Gone Forever in which Seven turns up on a train in time to help out a young and grieving not-yet-Miss Annersley; all the more pleasing because the original is an odd little piece I have a lot of fondness for:

    In The Wink Of An Eye (Each A Glimpse, And Gone Forever Remix) (819 words) by Anonymous
    Chapters: 1/1
    Fandom: Chalet School - Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Doctor Who
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Characters: Hilda Annersley, Seventh Doctor
    Additional Tags: Remix
    Summary: On the worst train journey of her young life, Hilda Annersley meets a kind - if unusual - stranger.


    I see Madness doesn't actually close till the 25th, so maybe I should have another go, but for that I might need brain and mine got used up today dealing with insurance renewal, blah blah blah. (In the usual nature of these things, the simple thing is complicated by technology being disobliging because OF COURSE and is still only part done. Probably.)

    Still, I am rewatching The Shadow of the Tower, so that keeps me reasonably happy. (I even dreamt the other night that James Maxwell held my hand for a moment. He was a fleeting sort of time ghost, part of a performance that had slipped through time to where I was lying, which apparently kept my pesky inner dream monitor from spoiling things with the usual "well, that isn't v realistic, we can't have this, and WHY ARE THERE BEES/isn't he dead etc. etc." Bees = totally implausible. Timeslip ghosts = perfectly natural and believable.)
    lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
    [personal profile] lost_spook
    First, the Characters:

    1. Silver (S&S)
    2. G'kar (Babylon 5)
    3. Beatrice Eliott (House of Eliott)
    4. Missy (DW)
    5. Adam Adamant (Adam Adamant Lives!)
    6. Seventh Doctor
    7. The Brigadier (DW)
    8. The Cat (Red Dwarf)
    9. Snow White (OUaT)
    10. Bill Potts (DW)
    11. Henry VII (The Shadow of the Tower)
    12. Cassandra Cillian (The Librarians)
    13. Orac (B7)
    14. Dayna Mellanby (B7)
    15. Servalan (B7)

    Answers under the cut... )

    Dear Trick-or-Treater!

    Sep. 16th, 2017 03:59 pm
    isis: (harry punkin)
    [personal profile] isis
    I like: historical (if appropriate) and worldbuildy detail, scenery porn, what-if AUs, original characters, time travel, bodyswap, ghost/afterlife stories, mythological and supernatural elements, and magical realism. I like gen, het, slash, and femslash. In general I'm not a fan of AU that completely changes the setting, but if you have a brilliant idea, go for it; I would prefer "interesting" to "mundane" AUs, e.g., in SPAAAACE yes, coffeeshop no. (Coffeeshop in SPAAAACE, okay!).

    In fic: I prefer past tense to present tense, though don't feel constrained by this preference if your story really wants to be in present tense. I don't really care for second-person narration, but again, feel free to slip this preference if you have a fantastic idea. I'm happy with epistolary fic. I like lots of dialogue. If you want to create IF, go for it!

    In art: I like both serious portraits and funny little cartoons. I have a soft spot for art in which one character is doing something typical-but-alarming, and the other is rolling his or her eyes, or reacting with horror, or getting ready to douse them with a bucket of water, or whatever. Stylistically, I love interesting and experimental compositions, unusual perspectives, emphasis on textures such as hair and clothing, and scenery porn (Mountains! Trees! Cliffs with water crashing on them! Brooding ruins of an ancient castle!) and I like line drawings as well as full color.

    Tricks I would like: ghost stories (either scary or sweet), supernatural elements, afterlife stories, relationships between living characters and ghosts/spirits/supernatural entities, meddling deities, magical objects that do surprising things. I don't care for explicit horror, but I like mildly spooky things. In general I prefer happy endings, but see individual fandoms.

    Treats I would like: romance, friendship, wacky hijinks, first kisses, first times (of anything), comedy of errors, matchmaking. Please don't add in any unrequested background non-canonical relationship. Explicit sex okay, non-explicit sex is okay, no sex is okay, but any sex should be in believable language for that era or fandom. UST, gen, whatever. It's all good. I certainly like explicit sex in fic, but I prefer more focus on the emotions than the physical mechanics, and my preferences are fairly vanilla: mouths, hands, genitals, toys, all are fine, but I'm not into BSDM or bloodplay or watersports or anything that might get a special tag.

    I would prefer not to receive explicit horror (fic or art), any kink you'd specifically tag, or artwork that depicts explicit sex (NSFW R-rated is fine, NC17 showing genitals is not). I do not want any fic focusing on pregnancy, children, or with the A/B/O trope.

    And now onto the specific fandoms. Please note that prompts may be spoilery. Also, I tend to go rather light on prompts, because if I had particular ideas, I'd write them myself! If none of my vague ideas appeal to you, I assure you that as long as you incorporate things I have said I like, and avoid things I have listed as dislikes, I will be happy with whatever you choose to create.

    17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future - Jon Bois (Juice, Nine, Ten) )

    The Mark of the Horse Lord - Rosemary Sutcliff (Conory, Murna, Midir, Phaedrus) )

    Old Kingdom - Garth Nix (Original Clayr, Lirael, Nicholas, Sameth) )

    The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff (Prosper, Faelinn) )

    Wiedźmin | The Witcher (videogame) (Cirilla, Cerys, Sylvia Anna | Syanna) )

    15 Characters Meme

    Sep. 15th, 2017 09:19 pm
    lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
    [personal profile] lost_spook
    I haven't forgotten the other meme, but you know what I haven't done for a year? Yes, that's right! The 15 characters meme. Well, that will never do...


    1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

    2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

    3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

    Trick or Treat 2017

    Sep. 15th, 2017 08:36 pm
    slippy: (hanna] Lee you are a toooooool)
    [personal profile] slippy
    Let's get spooky. Or fluffy! Or both at once, that works too.

    I hope some of the prompts here are inspiring. Take what works and discard what doesn't, and create what you're inspired to create. And for reference, on AO3 I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Etnoe.

    If something isn't specified as a trick or a treat, feel free to interpret either way. And feel free to get creepy/gross/gory in treats, at that, as long as my DNWs are avoided.

    Read more... )
    sineala: (Avengers: Welcome back Cap)
    [personal profile] sineala
    This is the Secret Empire story I was trying to finish before Omega came out. Here it is anyway!

    Retrograde (9085 words) by Sineala
    Chapters: 1/1
    Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
    Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
    Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
    Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
    Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Janet Van Dyne
    Additional Tags: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Crying, Consequences, Confessions, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Fix-It of Sorts, Hopeful Ending, Civil War II (Marvel), Secret Empire (Marvel), Avengers Vol. 7 (2017), Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
    Summary:After Hydra falls, Tony wakes. The world is broken. And Steve won't talk to him anymore.

    I am counting this for the Cap-IM Bingo square "confession in desperate situation." There are definitely confessions. Also tears.

    Yay. Back to the fanfiction mines. *opens Big Bang draft again*

    Happy Birthday, Lash!

    Sep. 13th, 2017 09:02 pm
    kelly_chambliss: (Birthday)
    [personal profile] kelly_chambliss
    Happy birthday, dear [personal profile] lash_larue!

    The scorpions hope you have a great day, and so do I!

    wednesday reads 'n things

    Sep. 13th, 2017 03:25 pm
    isis: winged Isis image (wings)
    [personal profile] isis
    What I've recently finished reading:

    Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Short graphic novel that is a bit darker than I had expected. Well done and a quick, entertaining read.

    The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, which is book 1 in the Trials of Apollo series. I didn't even know about this series until someone mentioned it in relation to the Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase books! I love how these book series interweave. Riordan's genius is in humor that is both silly and poignant, with heartfelt sentiment at its core. The god Apollo may be a total jerk, but as a human teen he is forced to confront his egoism and poor choices of the past, and maybe he'll come out of it a better, er, god. (Also, I am so pleased by the setup for the next book, and am anxiously awaiting my library hold to come through!)

    What I'm reading now:

    I'm still sort of poking at Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, but if it doesn't grab me soon I'm ditching it.

    I'm also somewhere in the middle (I have no idea how far in I am, really, because my waterproof mp3 player has no display) of Airborn by Matt Cruse, which is reminding me more of Steampunk Tom Sawyer than anything else. I'm enjoying it, though some of the events (the volcano that happens to start erupting as they go by!) make me roll my eyes.

    What I'm reading next:

    I have a couple of things people have mentioned nominating for Yuletide on my phone to check out. Also, I may give in and read the last of the existing Expanse books. (But then there won't be any more! Not for a while!)

    What I just finished watching:

    Finally saw Ex Machina, which I mostly liked but really, I wanted more scenery porn. Apparently it was filmed in Norway. Beautiful! Oh, yeah, AI robot plot and mad scientist type, whatever.

    We are thinking of starting Westworld, speaking of AI robots.

    What I'm playing now:

    Still Dragon Age: Origins, which continues to be excellent entertainment. I have a golem companion now, who is a hilariously sarcastic pigeon-hating pile of rocks that is good at bashing enemies. Also I can't manage to make my character be anything other than basically lawful good. I am terrible at choosing objectively awful responses to things, even when they look like they might have interesting results!

    What I'm playing next:

    I bought the second Witcher game for $3 from a Humble Bundle promotion, so I will give that a try next.

    Wednesday Reading Meme

    Sep. 13th, 2017 04:11 pm
    sineala: Detail of Harry Wilson Watrous, "Just a Couple of Girls" (reading)
    [personal profile] sineala
    What I Just Finished Reading

    Nothing! Because I was trying to write a Secret Empire story before Omega came out today and I didn't quite make it. (Okay, I finished the story itself. But it's still in beta.)

    What I'm Reading Now

    Comics Wednesday! Reviews are brief; I am tired.

    Defenders #5, Generations Captain Marvel And Captain Mar-Vell #1, Ms. Marvel #22, Runaways #1, Secret Empire Omega #1, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #24, Uncanny Avengers #27, X-Men Blue #11 )

    What I'm Reading Next

    Dunno. Probably nothing.

    Fic: One Good Fall (Deserves Another)

    Sep. 13th, 2017 02:39 pm
    lost_spook: (dw - bill)
    [personal profile] lost_spook
    Fic! 500 Prompts fic; also for a bingo square! (AU meme fic 1 down, 10 pending, shhh. I wrote a thing, anyway.)

    Title: One Good Fall (Deserves Another)
    Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
    Rating: PG
    Word Count: 1766
    Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Clara Oswald
    Notes/Warnings: Also for [community profile] hc_bingo square “falling.”
    Summary: The Doctor finds himself hanging on for dear life yet again…

    For [personal profile] romanajo123 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 020 Gaping chasm – Five & Clara.

    Here at AO3 | at the Teaspoon.

    They're Back!

    Sep. 11th, 2017 10:59 pm
    kelly_chambliss: (Default)
    [personal profile] kelly_chambliss
    It's holiday fest sign-up time in HP fandom! And two of my favorite fests are running again:

    [community profile] hoggywartyxmas -- The best party you'll ever attend, bar none. The mod posts alone are worth the price of admission.

    Sign-ups are here.

    There are still spaces left, but who knows for how long? [personal profile] alisanne? [personal profile] delphipsmith? [personal profile] dreamy_dragon73? [profile] mmadfan? [personal profile] dueltastic? [profile] _hannelore? [personal profile] pauraque? [personal profile] katmarajade? [personal profile] teddyradiator? [personal profile] squibstress? [profile] cranky__crocus? All you people I'm sadly forgetting? Hie yourselves over there.

    Also, the lovely, low-pressure [profile] mini_fest is also open for sign-ups. Holiday comfort and cheer galore -- like these delightful banners, made from some of last year's best entries:









    Christmas at Hogwarts. . .I really need it this year. So glad these fests are back.
    duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
    [personal profile] duskpeterson
    Law Links


    "Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

    Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

    Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.




    Men and Lads


    "'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

    A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

    All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.




    Sweet Blood


    "He tried to keep his voice calm, though his pulse was racing."

    Time is running out.

    Vito de Vere has ten days to prepare for his performance in the Eternal Dungeon's first play. He may have fewer days than that to fight for his career and to save his prisoner's life.

    As the Eternal Dungeon prepares for the greatest change it has ever undergone, Vito must prove his worth by breaking and transforming a criminal. Nobody else is likely to manage it. And nobody but himself cares so passionately whether his prisoner survives.

    As an actor, Vito portrays the qualities of courage, love, truth, and trust. Now he must find the strength to take those qualities into the breaking cell.

    Also, note that Sweet Blood now has an epigraph. Scroll down to the beginning note of Bond.




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    55x Dracula (1968) Icons

    Sep. 10th, 2017 06:39 pm
    lost_spook: (Dracula)
    [personal profile] lost_spook
    Far more icons than anyone could ever want from the ITV 1968 Dracula, starring Denholm Elliott, James Maxwell, Suzanne Neve, Corin Redgrave, Susan George, Bernard Archard & Joan Hickson. (I posted a handful of these before; also some of them were originally made for [personal profile] calliopes_pen, who was happy for me to share them further.) Including 8 text only icons.

    Teaser:




    I have long wished to cross swords with your eminent friend - metaphorically speaking, of course. )

    Ealing (& Other) rarities

    Sep. 10th, 2017 10:04 am
    lost_spook: (margaret lockwood)
    [personal profile] lost_spook
    I find this post has been lurking in draft since the end of June, so I think it's about time I posted it, really. I've watched a fair bit in summer and posted less than usual. Anyway, this is a post of various Old Films.

    I got another Ealing Rarities collection (Vol 2) for my birthday, and this one was a bit of a disappointment compared to the previous installments. It contained Midshipman Easy (1935), Brief Ecstasy (1937), The Big Blockade (1942), and The Four Just Men (1939), and this post has been lurking mainly because I couldn't think what to say about Midshipman Easy, but I shall solve that by not bothering. The rest of this post I wrote two and half months ago, as is:

    Brief Ecstasy was... well. Couple meet for one evening, the guy is a pilot and v stalkery (because he only has one evening), then he flies off somewhere round the world and sends a telegram asking her to marry him (it was a really great evening, okay), which she doesn't get. So, she gets a science degree, but then marries her science professor, who persuades her to go stay at home, because men are basically rubbish, possibly, I'm not sure what else it was trying to say. More under here )

    Disc 2 contained a WWII propaganda film (Big Blockade), which I didn't feel like watching, so I moved onto The Four Just Men, which was really enjoyable until the last twenty minutes when suddenly it broke into an unexpected burst of rabid patriotism. I can't blame them too much, because 1939, obviously, but it does feel so off in tone from the rest of it that I can't help wondering if war was declared when they were halfway through making it and they felt obliged to suddenly alter the ending to be properly supporting the war effort. It's all: la la la shenanigans shenanigans WAIT NO I LOVE THE LITTLE COUNTRY LANES GOD SAVE THE KING AND THE BRITISH EMPIRE THE END and Anna's Lee's reporter character fades away in the blast of it. (The first 2/3s are fun, though.)

    However, I was particularly amused when one of the four just men (who was an actor) decided to impersonate the evil MP and give a speech in Parliament. It was all v well done, but the MP in question was played by Alan Napier, who was nearly twice the height of everyone else in the 1930s. (IMBD says he was 6"6 and I see no reason to doubt it in this case). It wasn't quite as excellent as that time Patrick McGoohan decided that of all the random impoverished artists in 60s London he was going to impersonate, he should pick David Collings, but it was pretty close.

    (Nobody noticed in either case. You have to worry about TV/film people sometimes.)


    I also finally got The Stars Look Down (1940) film starring Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood and directed by Carol Reed, set in a small mining community in the north east. What could possibly go wrong? More under here )

    Happily, in between all this, I recorded Pride & Prejudice (1940) off the telly, and this was pretty much an unmitigated delight, although I was rather taken aback by the ending where it suddenly veers sharply away from the book into blink-inducing crack. My least favourite part of this being that Lizzy neither has a letter from Mr Darcy, nor visits Pemberley and thus changes her mind after... er... well, Mr Darcy does get to say some of the letter's content in their argument? Plus, she fancies him. (Fair enough, I suppose.) AND THEN LADY CATHERINE WAS IN CAHOOTS WITH MR DARCY AND EVERYONE GOT MARRIED AT ONCE. EVERYONE. Well, not Lady Catherine but if they'd had one more minute, probably.

    However, it truly was a delightful thing and now it's joined the ranks of films that I recorded off the TV to save buying but now clearly need my own copy of anyway. Also I said nobody would ever displace Benjamin Whitrow's Mr Bennet in my heart (the true reason P&P 1995 is forever my favourite) but this one had a very good go at dislodging him by casting Edmund Gwenn (frequently one of the best things about any given 30s film he's in, as far as I'm concerned).

    Wednesday Reading Meme

    Sep. 6th, 2017 06:47 pm
    sineala: Detail of Harry Wilson Watrous, "Just a Couple of Girls" (reading)
    [personal profile] sineala
    What I Just Finished Reading

    Nothing.

    What I'm Reading Now

    Comics. Only ever comics.

    I was very tired reading these this morning and I might not have followed the plot as well as I could have.

    Champions #12, Generations Iron Man And Ironheart #1, Iceman #5, Jessica Jones #12, X-Men Gold #11 )

    What I'm Reading Next

    Probably still nothing.

    wednesday, you know the drill

    Sep. 6th, 2017 02:58 pm
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    What I've recently finished reading:

    The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato, which is the sequel to The Clockwork Dagger. It's a solid conclusion to this "duology", though really it could have been published as a single book. Octavia and Alonzo flee to Tamarania; instead of airships and buzzers, we have mecha battles, but really, under the steampunk trappings it's a solid fantasy story about the politics of this invented world, and the real power behind its mythology and religion. The romance is still the weakest part, but the plot is inventive and interesting, the worldbuilding fascinating, and Cato sticks the ending.

    The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal). A collection of panels and short cartoons about running, some of which you've probably seen online on The Oatmeal or social media. Inman does an excellent job of explaining his take on running through surprisingly earnest self-deprecating humor; at least parts of it will resonate with any runner, and hopefully it will inspire non-runners.

    Suradanna and the Sea by Rebecca Fraimow, a lovely f/f-ish novella about accidental immortals. (I actually read this last week but forgot to put it in my post.) Free online!

    What I'm reading now:

    Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. So far I'm finding it very hard to figure out what's going on, which is largely the fault of the format; it's a library downloadable ebook from Overdrive, and everything is in a single font with nothing italicized or otherwise set off differently, which makes it tough when much of at least these first chapters is quotations and attributions, and sort of play-format dialogue (I think!), so I may have to find a physical copy.

    What I'm reading next:

    I've got Anya's Ghost, a graphic novel by Vera Brosgol, from the library, mostly because I noticed it in the tag sets of various recent challenges. Maybe a new fandom, just in time for Trick-or-Treat!

    I also just bought a waterproof mp3 player, since I'm stuck swimming (which I don't mind) and pool-running (boooooring) due to an injury which is likely to take months to heal. It arrived today and I immediately loaded Kenneth Opel's Airborn onto it; I had gotten it from the SYNC summer program but had only listened to a little bit before I injured myself. Now I can listen to the whole thing!

    AU Writing Meme

    Sep. 6th, 2017 08:43 pm
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    Summer's over, so is my BNA subscription, so let's try a meme!

    As ever with these things, anything goes from anything I know - character(s)/pairings all fine. (Not any of the characters from last time, though: Dw - Liz Shaw, Nine & Rose, Leela, Six & Evelyn, Jamie & Zoe, River Song & Romana II, The Master; Other - Justin Alastair, Harry Pearce/Ruth Evershed, Adam & Georgie, Miss Annersley & Miss Wilson, Roderick Alleyn.)

    Give me a character/pairing and I will write snippets of ten different alternate universes for it. One line, ten lines, a ficlet if you're lucky.

    Wild West
    Coffee Shop
    Shapeshifters
    Fantasy/Fairy Tale
    . . . In SPACE!!
    Apocalypse
    Schoolfic
    Police/Firefighters/Medical*
    Supernatural
    Regency


    (I tried to mix it up with some slightly different AUs from last time. Whether or not I will regret this soon, only time will tell, but I was getting rather fed up with Born Another Gender last time round.)


    * Why should only one of the emergency services be left out?

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