Feb. 23rd, 2016 09:47 pm
dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
This is how you use hashtags, yes? Anyway, I wrote a thing a few days ago.

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a Queen and a
Senator, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot on Tatooine by Obi-Wan, impoverished, in desert dry
Grow up to be a hero and a Jedi?
What's your name, man? )

Don't look at me like that, it was like 2am.

dhampyresa: (Bad Wolf)
I posted this in a comment to this post by [personal profile] rachelmanija . I'm reposting here, slightly longer.

Here's a language-flipped version of Lafayette's introduction.

Yes yes my friend my name's Lafayette
Le Jeanne d'Arc* de 1777**
Venu de loin just pour vous dire "Hello"
Pour le Roi "Fuck off". Qui est le plus beau?
It's me!

Thoughts on a French production )

*Yes, I know it says Lancelot. That comparaison is wrong.
**Pronounced as "dix-sept cent soixante-dix-sept" to keep the rhyme

Fic Friday!

Feb. 5th, 2016 09:36 pm
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
In an initiative to get me to comment on more fic, I have decided to make a post every friday about the fics I commented on that week. Because this occurred to me just now, I have not done the (very little) organising I need to do, so here, have five random fics I commented on at some point in time.

Hamilton (musical) )
Bad Blood )

Percy Jackson and the Olympians )
Benjamin January series )


Journey into Mystery )
dhampyresa: (Bad Wolf)
So I've been thinking about the ways in which I am predictable lately, for no specific reason, and I've come to the conclusion that not only do I not mind signposted tragedy, I actually really enjoy it.

But here's the thing: It has to be signposted. (This may not be the right word; basically the narrative has to be aware that it is a tragedy on some level.)

Idk. I just think there's something fascinating about the inexorable march of tragedy when you know it's on the move. It's a trainwreck in slow motion. It's mesmerising.

It's Norse myths, for example, which is essentially one long tragedy. You always know Odin and Loki will betray each other, the gods will die and the worlds will end (and for extra bonus points, odin knows it too). Once things are set in motion -- be that when Odin and Loki become bloodbrothers or when odin cosults the völva or, hell, when Ginnungagap gets bridge -- everything starts falling down like a HOLY OVERREACTION BATMAN set of dominos.

It's Hamilton where the line that sold me on the whole thing was Burr going "And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him".

Okay, so part of the reason for this post is that I am still listening to Hamilton a lot and I recently told [personal profile] rachelmanija : "I like the idea that Hamilton "threw away his shot" and Burr didn't "wait for it" at the duel FOR MAXIMUM TRAGEDY :D". Then earlier today I remembered that when I'd tried to sell [personal profile] ljlee on Hamilton I had used "The world was wide enough" and she'd asked me if Burr/Hamilton hit me in my Hannibal/Scipio place* and yeah, it kind of does.

Sidenote, while I'm on the subject of works that announce from the very start that they will end in doom: You know what else does that? Billy Shakes' Romeo and Juliet. I keep wanting to draw this parallel between Burr and Hamilton and Romeo and Juliet, because they are both very intense relationships that end in tragedy and not knowing where to put said parallel so here you go.

Speaking of Billy Shakes: it takes a lot of skill to get people invested in a story when you tell them the ending six lines in.

Also earlier today (my days are full of earliers, what can I say), I saw this gifset of Padme, Anakin and Obi-Wan and it broke my heart in all the best ways. I really like the Star Wars prequels, but it wasn't until this gifset that I realised that it's because they're so tragic -- and they do actually feel like myths to me, because that tragedy grounds them into myth (I imprinted hard on Norse myths, lmao).

And I was thinking about how I was totally meh on Obi-Wan/Anakin pre-my recent Revenge of the Sith rewatch and not I am not meh about it at all! It's goes: Obi-Wan/Anakin before Anakin goes darkside = "not my thing, but you do you"/"sure, why not" and Obi-Wan/Anakin after Anakin goes darkside = "man, it's a good thing [community profile] maythe4thbewithyou is right around the corner".

This makes it sound like I only like stories or ships with tragedy in them. Not true! I ship some perfectly tragedy-free ships like Obi-Wan/Padme. I pretty much low-level ship just about anything, by the law of averages some of them must be tragedy free. Like Parker/Hardison/Eliot from Leverage. There's a tragedy-free ship from a tragedy-free show that I love.

It's just that I am very predictable in certain ways. I'm almost ashamed of how fucking predictable I am, but at the same time I don't even care.

*New people: I am very invested in Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus. And now I want a Star Wars AU.

dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
For reasons of 2016 being fucking fired, I need to distract myself, so here's the post no one wanted: DVD commentary for the Hamilton fic I wrote yesterday, The Devil Went Down to New Jersey.

I had honestly not thought I was ever going to write fic for this musical because before I listened I listened to it all I knew about the US Founding Fathers was basically "are they the dudes on Mt Rushmore?". Add to that I felt it would be very important to match the canon tone (and I know nothing about rap/hiphop/musicals/etc + I have a tin ear for music + my English accent is, to put it mildly, complicated) and I'm a very visual person, so it was pretty much a no-go.

But I was prompted a Hamilton fic and so I had to do it. I've been listening to the entire thing at least once daily for the past week or so. I fear "The room where it happens" is never going to leave my brain.

It did the trick, though, because I originally sat down to write down the first five lines before I forgot them and emerged three hours later with 500 words and a complete fic.

I'm going to babble about it, because like I said, I really need to be distracted.

Commentary )

I'll tell you the worst
At the end of the day,
It's not the musical on replay
Nor anything I did intend
That drives me 'round the bend.
Honestly I think I'm cursed.
This was such great fun
-- And I still need the distraction --
I'm ready for another run!
Bring on the interaction,
For every comment I'll reply
And give rhyming a try.

Comment need not be related;
The rule stands as stipulated.

dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)


The Devil Went Down to New Jersey (500 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aaron Burr

In which Aaron Burr
Gets an unlikely visitor
And a likewise offer.

The title is a reference to The Devil Went Down to Georgia. I really hope this works!

(I also wrote a teeny tiny Mark Watney vs vampires ON MARS ficlet.)

dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I finished listening to Hamilton.

Where do I collect my "Most predictable person in fandom" award? Because I am very invested in Aaron Burr (and his being "the damn fool that shot [Hamilton]"*) and Eliza and Angelica.

Although it's kind of hard for me to tell anyone apart with just the audio, so I'm not always sure who said what when.

I still think Lafayette calling himself "the Lancelot of the Revolutionary set" is bullshit.

*He shot him, y'all! It's sad, but also it's great. (Yeah, I ship it -- see above re: predictable.)
Concerning Doctor Who s9e11, Heaven Sent ).

Concerning The Librarians s1e6 and s2e4, the Apple of Discord and the Cost of Education ).

Concerning Hamilton, Act 1 ).

Concerning Fred Vargas, the French Wikipedia synopsis for L'armée furieuse ended up BLOWING MY TINY MIND when I followed the "Grande Chasse" link. It turns out that what I know as "La chasse du roi Arthur" (King Arthur's hunt) or "l'Ankou et sa charette" (the Ankou and his... cart? wheelbarrow?) depending on whether the wind blows in from inland or from the sea, is actually THE EXACT SAME THING as "The Wild Hunt". WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS WHAT THE FUCK.

Concerning this entry, I don't think any of those are terribly spoilery, except the Librarians one.


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