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I'm going to go and try posting every day in January. You've been warned.

[personal profile] ladymercury_10 : Illyana Rasputin

Illyana Rasputin got a raw deal. I know this is X-Men comics and everyone got a raw deal, but she got a rawer deal than most.

For one thing, part of her childhood was hell -- in the sense of SHE GOT KIDNAPPED BY A DEMON LORD WHO WANTED TO USE HER SOUL AS A BATTERY TO FREE HIMSELF FROM LIMBO/SUMMON ELDER GODS. Fun times.

Some text + 2 pictures under the cut )

Look. If ever there was someone in X-Men who embodied "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions", it's Illyana Rasputin. That's fascinating and I want more of it.

(My talking meme post is here, in case anyone wants me to talk about anything.)
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know most people are doing the December posting meme, but that is not an option for me this month. Hence, January posting meme.

I hope to post (almost) every day in January*, by going through unanswered questions from last year's if I have to. (Reason 2 I'm doing it iin January: December didn't work last year. January the year before did.)

Basically if you've ever wanted to ask me to babble about stuff, from writing to Breton Arthuriana to my brilliant plan for a movie trilogy with the F4 and DOOM in it or whatever, now's your chance.

January 1
January 2
January 3
January 4 -- [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 : Illyana Rasputin
January 5
January 6
January 7 -- [personal profile] hokuton_punch : Mehmed and Radu!
January 8
January 9
January 10 -- [livejournal.com profile] wordsofastory : More Arthuriana
January 11
January 12 -- [livejournal.com profile] egelantier : how about favorite french music? one band or a lot of bands or a genre or anything goes
January 13 -- [personal profile] endeni : if you could make your own tv-show based on the Arthurian legends which way would you go? (And who would you cast?)
January 14 -- [personal profile] schneefink : how would you do a Young Avengers movie? Or a TV series?
January 15 -- [personal profile] tamsin : Dido and Aeneas
January 16
January 17
January 18 -- [personal profile] st_aurafina : Favourite place to chill out and relax? Or favourite place you've ever visited?
January 19
January 20 -- [personal profile] yhlee : writing process talk
January 21
January 22
January 23
January 24
January 25
January 26 -- [personal profile] yhlee : Cannae
January 27 -- [personal profile] tamsin : Tell me about some of your favorite books?
January 28
January 29
January 30
January 31

Blank space: [profile] thebonesofferalletters : What is your ideal living space like?
+ anything from last year I didn't answer already:

[personal profile] egelantier : Greek Mythology
[personal profile] rogueslayer452 : How has fandom influenced your life?
[personal profile] sineala: "Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?"
[personal profile] alasse_irena : "Tell me about the most So Bad It's Good piece of media you have ever encountered?"
[personal profile] draycevixen : "Tell me about Paris."
[personal profile] rogueslayer452 : How many people in your real life know about your fandom activities? Do you find it hard to explain to others outside of fandom what fandom is, or do you just avoid the conversation completely?
[personal profile] melannen : What are your feelings on Agent of Asgard? :D
[personal profile] tielan : If you could live in any fictional 'verse, which one would it be, and why?


*I may take a few days off at the beginning and end, for various reasons, fyi.
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[personal profile] yuuago : Hannibal/Scipio

Well, I think my feelings about the good ship Hannibal/Scipio are pretty well documented at this pint, but just in case, there's now a whole new tag for these two.

So I'm going to talk about something slightly different. I'm going to talk about how shipping dudes two thousand years dead helped me feel like I was finally doing fandom right.

In the parts of fandom I run in, not a friending meme goes by without the dreaded "What's your OTP?" question. I'm a gen person by nature and even worse, I tend to multiship. I never knew what to say to that question. Seeing everyone else come up with effortless answers made it feel like the unspoken assumption of the question (that everyone had to have an OTP) was true.

Now I know what to say!

(I still don't define OTP the way a lo of people seem to, though. For me it is a pairing I will always ship, not one I ship exclusively. Afaik, no one's written Hannibal/Maharbal or Aemilia/Scipio yet, but man I will be first in line to read it if they do.)

Honstely, though? There are SO MANY places where the assumption of 'everyone has an OTP' crops up. It's fucking EVERYWHERE. "The most trope-tastic fic about your OTP" Define OTP. "What would your OTP do?" How the fuck would I know. "Imagine your OTP" I DON'T HAVE ONE.

It gets tiring, after a while. It's a bunch of tiny reminders that you, personally, are Doing Fandom Wrong. (This is bullshit. There's no way to do fandom wrong, unless you hurt people, but that's not what it feels like.)

I wish people would be more open to people doing fandom differently. Not everyone has an OTP. Not everyone changes fandom every few months. Not everyone sticks with a single fandom for decades.

So now I'm a genficcer with a badly defined OTP. I'm still doing fandom wrong. I've stopped caring. You do you. I do me. Hannibal and Scipio can do each other.

Next time, I'll be talking about Greek mythology. (The Meta Monday Masterpost is here. If you want me to talk about anything, let me know over there.)
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Not exactly Meta monday if all I talk about is me.

[personal profile] crookedspoon: An achievement I'm proud of

(Not dead. (Presumably) not insane. Brother grew up okay.)

I'm really proud of how big the Hannibal/Scipio fandom is. I know it's tiny, but it still exists when it didn't this time two years ago. I did that. Me.

I speak English!

Those three novel first drafts. Those are pretty cool.

I'm actually pretty good at figure drawing! Practice does do wonders.

Those two exchanges I'm running ([community profile] nightonficmountain and [community profile] history_exchange )!


Not that proud of the fact that I apparently fucked the setting on NoFM and so didn't get notifs for the comments on the feedback post. /goes to reply


Next time, I'm going to be talking about Hannibal/Scipio, so brace for tl;dr.
dhampyresa: (Sad Cassie is sad)
Hi! Welcome to Meta Monday, in which I go tl;dr about stuff.

[livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 :Maybe your favorite/least favorite things about [Young Avengers]? And/or how your feelings differ between the different runs?

My favourite thing about Young Avengers is probably how hard all of them try to do the right thing and how brave they all are. My least favourite thing is the deaths.

I have a lot of varying feelings on the different runs, though.

I don't have feelings; And I don't hold hands. )

Which reminds me. Does anyone know where Eli got to?

Because it's been ages since I saw him in a comic. Even the recent Battleworld AU/whetever we're calling this current Marvel event didn't have him in the Young Avengers issue. (Everyone ever appears to be pretending Jonas never existed. Boo.)

Also, my favourite Young Avengers fic has now been Jossed, but remains forever amazing, so I'm going to rec it once more.

reclaiming her star (6582 words) by NightsMistress
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Young Avengers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cassie Lang
Additional Tags: post volume 2, shameless fix-it fic
Summary:

It's not the coming back to life that's hard, Cassie learns, but adjusting to what has happened after she died.



I hope that at least somewhat answered the questions!

Next time, I'll be talking about writing a novel. (The Meta Monday Masterpost is here. If you want me to talk about anything, let me know over there.)
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
So! Meta Monday is basically me going tl;dr about stuff on Mondays.

Right now I'm working my way through the questions from the December 2014 talking meme, but if anyone wants me to talk about other stuff, leave a comment on this post and I'll add it to the list.

The Once and Future Meta Monday )

I reserve the right to move the order of subjects around or answer under f-lock or whatever.

dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
Hi! Welcome to Meta Monday, in which I go tl;dr about stuff.

[livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 : Wanda Maximoff and House of M

House of M is the first comic I read with Wanda Maximoff in it. It showed me how kind she was and I've loved her ever since.

Let me explain.

9 images below the cut )


So those are my thoughts on House of M, [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10!

Next time, I'll be looking at more comics, in the form of Young Avengers.
dhampyresa: (SCIENCE SMASH)
This isn't really meta, but it is posted on a Monday, so there you go.

[personal profile] minutia_r : "The one fanfic/other fannish creation that it always makes your day when people leave feedback on, and why?"

It always makes my day when people comment and/or kudos any of my fannish creations. I like knowing I made someone happy if only for a while. (My favourite kind of kudos email is when I see the same person has given kudos to several of my fics, because it means they were happy more than once!)

My favourite kind of comments are the ones that pick up on something specific I did or even just point out what they liked best. I need to get back in the habit of giving comments, but I try to leave these kind of comments too.

On the other hand, once I post a fic, it's done. I'm not changing anything about it, so if someone points out I made a mistake, all I'm going to do is thank them and shrug. I've never been in the situation where I missed a vital element of canon, but I suppose in that case I would pretend the fic was an AU.

There are a handful of fics on my Ao3 I wish I could have written better, mostly exchange fics were I ran out of time for editing, so when I get a comment on those my reaction is "It's not that bad, yay!". The rest of the fics are fics I'm proud of having written, so getting a comment on those makes me go "Nailed it, yay!".

There is no one fic that makes my day when I get feedback on it, because I always get that little "yay!" thrill and they all make my day. (I do feel special fondness for anyone who comments on my Hannibal/Scipio fics, because that is the OTP of my heart and knowing other people ship it makes me feel less like I'm all alone with my feelings.)

Next week, I will talk about Wanda Maximoff and House of M!
dhampyresa: (SCIENCE SMASH)
Hi! Welcome to Meta Monday, in which I go tl;dr about stuff.

I very nearly titled this "AUs are gold" but I figured no one wanted to deal with Periodic Table of Elements jokes at whatever time it is wherever you are.

So, way back when these were supposed to be a December Talking meme, wordsofastory asked "Favorite types of AUs! Or just your general thoughts on AUs."

Yeah. I have thoughts.

In which I take a while to explain the title )

Hey, you know what would be amazing? Eurovision AUs! Any canon, no explanation needed. Eurovison needs no explanation. (Don't tell me you don't want to know what a Doctor Doom approved Eurovision entry would look like.)


Next time, I'll be looking at feedback, especially as it pertains to me.
dhampyresa: (SCIENCE SMASH)
Hi! Welcome to Meta Monday, in which I go tl;dr about stuff.

Today, I coined the term "ficframed", which is to fic ideas what earwormed is to songs. They dig into your brain and won't leave.

Well, that was an easy meta post to write.

More seriously, I'm going to answer [livejournal.com profile] taiyou_to_tsuki: "Since you've read a fair bit of stories based on mythology-- how do you feel about translating characters from a mythic to a literary narrative? Are there any cases where you have felt a deity/other mythical being to be misinterpreted by the author?"

I've read a lot of mythology books and books based on mythology. Most recently, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series(es?) and Joanne Harris' Runemarks series. I'm not counting things that are only distantly related to myths like the Asgardian side of the Marvel Universe, but I've read a lot of that, too.

How do you feel about translating characters from a mythic to a literary narrative? )

Are there any cases where you have felt a deity/other mythical being to be misinterpreted by the author? )

Sweet Tanith, this got long!

Next week, I'll looking at AUs.

(I need some sort of meta icon.)
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I kind of forgot about the Talking Meme until now, for reasons, but I'm getting back into answering it now.

[personal profile] apgeeksout : "Talk to me about female characters - some of your favorites? things they do or don't have in common? the ones you're writing? & anything else that strikes your fancy"

Okay, so female characters are one of the groups of characters for which I have immediate sympathy. Like doctors or nerds or little brothers or grumpy people or only-non-USAmerican-in-a-group-of-USAmericans or lots of other groups of characters that are more or less big, it's very hard to get me to dislike a female character (or a member of one of the other groups. For example, I'm pretty sure I'd like Reed Richards about 85% better if he was Doctor Fantastic instead of Mister Fantastic).

The better question, then, becomes, what female characters don't I like? And I honestly can't think of any. When it comes to characters, I tend to ignore rather than hate and so I don't really remember the ones I don't like. Attia of the Julii from HBO's Rome, I guess, but even then I alternate between mild dislike and complete apathy.

On the other hand, asking me to pick favourites is super hard. I could tell you all about Wanda Maximoff and how much I love her and how much I've loved her from the start, even though the first comic she was in I read was House of M (it was the reason I started liking her, actually and I think I really should explain this at some point. She's just so kind). I could tell you about Steph Brown and rising above the worst of situations to come back stronger and as determined to do good. I could tell you about Doctor Kavita Rao, who is a genius geneticist and is still atoning for what is both her greatest sin and her greatest scientific breakthrough, but will still think about saving other's people lives, first and foremost. I could tell you about Horsewoman, immortal paraplegic archer who doesn't take shit from nobody and bonds with horses and Muslim engineers. I could tell you about Cassie Lang, who decided to runaway to become a superhero and about Kate Bishop, who decided she'd do the same. I could tell you about Cass Cain, who found a way to greatness outside of the path her parents had built for her and ultimately found a way to forgive them. I could tell you about Arya Stark, who is slowly (or not so slowly) turning into a small, grumpy package of murder. I could tell you about Valeria Richards, who is so tiny and so smart -- too smart even -- and yet doesn't seem to see the path she's on. I could tell you about Gwen Stacy, who was a punk or goth and once saw the thing that had killed her on TV and thought 'I have to get there and help'. I could tell you about Layla Miller, who is trapped in her myriads of futures she cannot change and the things she's seen and the things she's been. I could tell you about Kinsey Locke and how she pulled herself out of all the tragedies she's been through and won that happy ending.

And that's just some of the ones I've written fic about (and posted). I mean, I could tell you about Rose Vitrac, or Verity Willis or Jordan Gates, or Yoko Tsuno or Khâny or Monya or Fantômette or Jace Valchek or Annabeth Chase or Rachel Elisabeth Dare or Clarisse or Silena or Thalia or Reyna or all the rest of them, really, because I love them all so fucking much.

As for things they have in common, I think most of them are survivors of sort and they're usually trying to do the right thing. A lot of them are superheroes, but then I'm writing a lot of comics fic lately.

It's funny, though, because I never actually sit down and think to myself "alright, time to write about some female characters". I usually want about specific characters. I'll think "I'll write about Rachel and Hazel shopping for art supplies when Rachel gets an attack of the oraculars" or "I'll write about the Jordan who escaped Lovecraft just before Dodge sold it to the Echo Bazaar and is now returning" or "I'll write about Pepper Potts being a Horsemanperson of the Apocalypse" or "I'll write about Parker timetravelling" or "I'll write about Maya Hansen surviving Iron Man 3", much in the same way I'll think "I'll write about Hannibal and Scipio writing each other letters after the war" or "I'll write about Al Jabr living to the present day". And by that I mean that it'll usually take me a while to get a clear idea of where I'm going with a fic beyond the basic idea (and even that can change).

I don't want to write about generic female characters. I want to write about these specific characters who happen to be female.

It's the same when I write original fic, by the way. I tend to default to creating female (or non-binary) characters, but that's never all they are. It can't be all they are, because then they're not characters anymore, they're cardboard cut-outs and I want to write about characters. I want to write characters and some of them will be female and some will be queer and some will be thousands of other things besides and while that will inform who they are, I am never, ever going to let that define who they are.

Like, uhm, okay, as an example, one of the novels I'm working on features several women crossdressing to get into the army. They're crossdressing because they can't join the army as women, which is as much about them being women as it is about the side of the war they're on, but they've all joined for different reasons: there's the one, who, if asked, will tell you it's because "chicks dig soldiers", but really, she has seven younger siblings she has to feed; there's the one who wants to be a doctor more than anything and maybe field doctor is not doctor doctor, but it's better than no doctor at all; there's the one who got conscripted pretty much by accident in place of her brother thirty years ago and stayed on all this time because she liked the power and respect raising through the ranks brought her and whose ambition rose her as high as she could go. (These are all supporting characters, by the way. People who've read the first draft of that novel should hopefully be able to tell who's who without me naming them.)

In the end, it boils down to thinking of them as characters before thinking of them as characters, as people, before thinking of them as female characters.

Does that make sense and/or answer the question?

Speaking of questions! You can still ask me stuff over at the talking meme post, if you'd like to go tl;dr in your general direction about anything at all. I swear, I never intend for these to get this long, it just sort of... happens. because I Have Feelings, probably. Anyway, I know it says "December" on the talking meme post, but I'm pretty sure no one will mind if I carry on answering these throughout February. (Hell, I still have one question from last year I need to answer.)

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[personal profile] rogueslayer452 : Do you have any favorite tropes? Any least favorite and/or any tropes you feel are overused?

Okay, so as all of you probably know, by favourite kind of fic is friendship fic. IT IS THE BEST. I'm always a little hazy on what counts as trope and what doesn't, but I think that's not one.

I'm reasonably sure that "people on opposite side who care about each other" is a trope and it's probably my favourite kind of friendship fic. It's a subset of "friendships in unlikely places" which are my favourite broad subsets of friendship tropes, I guess. There's no kind of "people on opposite side who care about each other" that I don't like, be that friends-turned-enemies or enemies-turned-friends or any other variations upon this theme, including shippy ones.

But, really, there's no kind of friendship fic I don't like. I do also have a spectacular fondness for the "found familes" and "you and me against the world" tropes.

Relatedly, I also love the "people forced to work together" trope.

Identity porn is a trope I really like. Not sure why.

It does tie in nicely with my love of fandom AUs, though. Like most AUs, I tend to prefer it to be canon-plus rather than instead-of-canon (unless that's not possible, like, say, IN SPACE AUs). Instead-of-canon would be, for example, in the Rise of the Guardians fandom, a fic where the Guardians are not supernatural beings but regular humans with fandom identities (and then Pitch tries to C&D fandom into oblivion and lands them on CNN, oops). Canon-plus would be, as another example, in Young Avengers fandom, if the Young Avengers are all in fandom, fighting over who get to take over mod ownership of a fan exchange while still being superheroes on the side. (To pick two examples I've been toying with for years.)

Does that distinction between instead-of-canon AUs and canon-plus AUs make sense? I suppose another way to separate AU types would be setting-replacement (instead-of-canon), canon-compliant (canon-plus) and canon-divergent (what-if). Although, since there can be trope overlap between setting-replacement and canon-compliant AUs (like the fandom AU example above), that's not always the best way to differentiate, either. Especially since I would tend to classify canon-divergent AUs as canon-plus.

I think what I'm getting at is that in my fandoms, I like the settings and changing them are only interesting to me if you add stuff to them or make them more interesting in some way. (This isn't to say I don't like some setting-displacement AUs, but then my taste run more to the IN SPACE end of the scale than to the coffeeshop end of the scale.)

The reason I put IN SPACE in all caps all the time is that I'm secretly twelve it's one of my favourite kind of AUs. Probably my favourite outside of canon-plus AUs, actually.

I haven't seen this a lot, but one thing I absolutely love is in-canon myths or canon-retold-as-myth (with a broad definition of myth).

Time-travel and time-loops and assorted tropes are often awesome.


As far as tropes I don't like go, I think the tropes I tend to dislike most are tropes that take away something I see as fundamental to canon, which is a very subjective thing, I know. I tend not to like setting displacement AUs for this reason. (Let me put it this way: Without Auschwitz, Erik Lehnsherr is not Erik Lehnsherr, he's Max Eisenhardt. Granted, this is a rather extreme example, but it does explain why I lasted about three modern AUs into X-Men: First Class as a fandom.)

(While I'm on the subject of modern AUs, why is that so often used as a synonym for modern US AUs, even when the canon isn't set there? I hear that's common in Les Mis fandom (I stay away from that canon for reasons*, so I also stay away from the fandom, but I trust my source) which strikes me as strange, because I'm hard-pressed to think to think of a more French author than Hugo**.)

(No, wait, I know that one. Starts with "US" and ends with "centrism".)

Okay, so that ended up a lot closer to "thoughts on AUs" than to "thoughts on tropes", but as I've said above, I find tropes somewhat hazy to define. If anyone would like to name some in the comments, I'll give more specific thoughts.

I do enjoy, in general, trope subversion rather than tropes played straight, because those tend to have more worldbuilding. And worlduilding is AWESOME.


* Mainly that it's fucking weird for me.
** Molière's it, honestly.

Moving on!

Dec. 5th, 2014 10:14 pm
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I'm moving the talking meme to January. (Like I did last time, but for different reasons.)

Sorry, everyone, but I just today learned that there are two things due within the next two weeks that "you really should have been told weeks ago, but you weren't, because fuck you, that's why :)" (I paraphrase). So between that and trying to write ALL THE YULETIDE TREATS, I can't do the talking meme. I feel like a failure for admitting this, but it's just not possible for me.

Again, sorry.
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[personal profile] schneefink :What do you like to cook?

Food for other people.

I know this probably isn't the answer you expected, but the thing is, I have huge amounts of trouble cooking for myself. It just doesn't seem worth it to go to all that trouble to cook food for one person. I mean, I've once invite a friend over with: "I want to cook, but I can't cook for one. Just show up so I can make food, please?"

The thing about food in my family, it's that it's not about food, not really. It's about the people and having time to sit down and have a conversation with company. (I would say that goes for all French people, actually: the food's just an excuse. It's an excuse we take seriously, but it's an excuse anyway.)

(Also, sometimes I forget to eat, never mind cooking, sometimes for several meals in a row. Oops.)

This can be a bit of a problem, given that I live alone, so most of the time I trick myself into cooking food for three people: Me Today, Me Tomorrow and Me Next Week, even though their conversation is not very good.

(Also, they never do anything for me. Why do I keep feeding those jerks, anyway?)

Things I like to cook are also somewhat limited, because I'm not a great cook. I've improved since the time I burned pasta, but still. I like cooking salmon and eggs and fried rice and pasta and jam and crêpes* and curry and potatoes and I have to get Dad to teach me his recipe for cassoulet** and Grandma how to make foie gras and I really need to get better at cooking red meat and I want to know how to do the... Okay, I'll stop here, because then I devolve into French and "the thing with the thing"s.

There are still open spots for my December talking meme.


*Crêpes are one of my favourite things to cook, but I sadly don't have a billig. Don't know how I'm going to manage Chandeleur yet.
**Remember when I said it wasn't worth it to cook for just one person? This is an 8 people minimum recipe and the beans have to soak for at least 24h before you even start cooking them properly.
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[livejournal.com profile] taiyou_to_tsuki : Favourite animated movie?

Mulan.

Well, that was easy. Next question, please.


Although, I do want to talk an animated thing that I love and have extremely fond memories off. It's not a movie. It's not even a cartoon, except it sort of is? Let me explain.

Way back when I was a little kid, on week-end mornings (Sundays for sure, and I think it was also on on Saturdays early on), France 3 had a show called F3X: Le choc des héros, in which they would show episodes of superhero cartoons. It started with three episodes, became two then eventually became three again. They'd show a wide range of cartoons, but the ones I remember are Teen Titans, Justice League and possibly Batman Beyond (? Or maybe it was a timetravel episode of Justice League. I dunno, I usually slept while the first one was airing).

And, of course, X-Men:Evolution.

I have a lot of feelings about X-Men:Evolution (and tiny me had this massive crush on Rogue, that I didn't even realise was a crush, because I kind of also wanted to be her, yanno? It probably won't surprise you to know I had a goth phase later on), but this isn't about that. Only it kind of is?

See, the thing that set F3X apart from the other cartoon shows, was that they didn't just show the cartoons in a row, or have random humans (you're not funny, move, I wanna my cartoons) announce the cartoons. No. Someone somewhere had the absolutely genius idea to recut bits from various X-Men:Evolution episodes, turn them into a framing narrative around the cartoons AND have them redubbed by the same voice actors as the X-Men:Evolution show.

So it ended up feeling like between saving the world and going to school and having amazing adventures, all those super cool people would just sit down and watch cartoons the way you-the-viewer were doing as you were doing it. It was awesome and it felt a bit like sharing the exxperience of watching Sunday morning cartoons with friends.

So I think this is my favourite animated thing.


Favourite animated movie, though? Yeah, definitely Mulan.

Frankly, if you think differently...
A gif of Mushu (from Mulan) saying "Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow!"

(Damn, but I love this gif.)
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[livejournal.com profile] rogueslayer452 : What are your biggest pet peeves in fanfiction? What are your biggest pet peeves about published fiction?

My biggest fanfiction pet peeve is easy: overtagging. No, you don't need to tag a character that has three lines in you 60k+ fic. Really. I swear, it's fine.

The worst case of this I ever encountered was a -- I can't remember the pairing, but it was a slash ship -- fic that was tagged with "Zatanna Zatara" (because I'm a big fan of her) among a variety of characters. It was pretty long fic, at least 30k, so I thought that even though there were a lot of characters tagged, Zatanna would have a role, however small. I was wrong.

She was mentionned in one line.

Not "she had one line". She was mentionned in one line. As in, "Zatanna was sitting on the couch when [the slash couple] came out to the Justice League". That was it. That was the only time Zatanna's name appeared in the fic, even though I'd read the whole thing for her. I was so pissed. SO PISSED.

Don't do that, okay? DON'T DO THAT.

As far as i'm concerned, the rule for tagging is "if anyone specifically looking for the content of this tag (and only this tag) reads this fic, will they be disappointed?" and if the answer is "no"? YOU DON'T FUCKING TAG IT. It's not rocket science, ffs, and that goes for characters, ships, fandoms, additional tags, whatever.


I think my biggest peeve in published fiction doesn't actually count, by virtue of being a peeve about not published fiction. That is to say, it's when characters are identified as queer outside of the text itself. How nice that you revealed in an interveiew that the heroine's male love interest was bisexual. Is that likely to show up in text any time soon? I thought not.

I don't know, something about the way it's clearly trying to have the cake and eat it too and yet, somehow, you the reader is supposed to also had over your piece of the cake (... that metapor got away from me), that really pisses me off. It's talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

At some point you have to walk the walk or shut the fuck up.


Another thing that really pisses me off in published fiction, even though I very rarely encounter it these days, is the rape-as-love thing, when it's presented as totally normal and romantic and not fucked up at all. That's a sure fire way to make me not finish the book and never read anything by that author again.


Wow, the more angry a thing makes me, the less I talk about it, apparently. Use your feeling words, dhampyresa. (And I've gotten better* at avoiding published books that push my HULK SMASH buttons, so there is that, I suppose.)

*I do a lot of reading based on people's reccomendations and y'all have good taste. Also the whole "not picking up books by authors who've burned me once" thing. Except for Jodorowski, for some reason; his work is utterly vile and yet I can't look away.

There are still open days for my December talking meme.


dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
Since everyone's doing it this year! Ask me stuff and I will answer. Pick a date and I will answer on that date if I can! (There's going to be times at the end of the month when I won't be able to post, due to visit relatives, but I'm not sure when those are yet, sorry.)

EDIT: Moving this to January, for Reasons.

Link to masterpost.

December 1: [livejournal.com profile] rogueslayer452 : What are your biggest pet peeves in fanfiction? What are your biggest pet peeves about published fiction?
December 2: [livejournal.com profile] taiyou_to_tsuki : Favourite animated movie?
December 3: [personal profile] schneefink : What do you like to cook?
December 4: [livejournal.com profile] rogueslayer452 : Do you have any favorite tropes? Any least favorite and/or any tropes you feel are overused?
December 5: [livejournal.com profile] apgeeksout : "Talk to me about female characters - some of your favorites? things they do or don't have in common? the ones you're writing? & anything else that strikes your fancy"
December 6: [livejournal.com profile] taiyou_to_tsuki"Since you've read a fair bit of stories based on mythology-- how do you feel about translating characters from a mythic to a literary narrative? Are there any cases where you have felt a deity/other mythical being to be misinterpreted by the author?"
December 7: [livejournal.com profile] wordsofastory : Favorite types of AUs! Or just your general thoughts on AUs.
December 8: [livejournal.com profile] minutia_r: "The one fanfic/other fannish creation that it always makes your day when people leave feedback on, and why?"
December 9: [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 : Wanda Maximoff and House of M
December 10: [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 : Young Avengers
December 11: [livejournal.com profile] cherrytide : the experience of writing a novel? And/or the difference between writing fanfic and original fic? (this might be split into two posts)
December 12: (potentially the second part of above)
December 13: [personal profile] crookedspoon : An achievement I'm proud of
December 14: [personal profile] yuuago : Hannibal/Scipio (feelings and death fakings)
December 15:[livejournal.com profile] egelantier : Greek Mythology
December 16: [livejournal.com profile] rogueslayer452 : How has fandom influenced your life?
December 17: [personal profile] sineala: "Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?"
December 18:[personal profile] alasse_irena : "Tell me about the most So Bad It's Good piece of media you have ever encountered?"
December 19: [personal profile] draycevixen : "Tell me about Paris."
December 20:[livejournal.com profile] rogueslayer452 : How many people in your real life know about your fandom activities? Do you find it hard to explain to others outside of fandom what fandom is, or do you just avoid the conversation completely?
December 21:
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December 23:
December 24: [personal profile] melannen : What are your feelings on Agent of Asgard? :D
December 25:
December 26:
December 27: [personal profile] tielan : If you could live in any fictional 'verse, which one would it be, and why?
December 28:
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December 31:

And I'm pretty sure I owe someone something on French comic books, from last year too.
dhampyresa: (Parker!)
[personal profile] umadoshi :What's your favorite relationship dynamic in Leverage?

Leverage is my happy show. It never fails to make me smile and a good part of it is the realtionship between the characters. (The other part is the 'sometimes bad guys are the best good guys' part.)

I love all of them )

This show is so good at making you care about characters and their relationships, it's amazing.
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)

[personal profile] sineala : I wish to hear all about your love for Hannibal and Scipio (or Hannibal/Scipio, as the case may be).

Hannibal, Scipio and me )

TL;DR: If you don't think Hannibal and Scipio faked their deaths to run away together, you're WRONG WRONG WRONG OMG HOW CAN ANYONE BE SO WRONG?

dhampyresa: (Reading kitten!)
[personal profile] umadoshi :Is English as annoying to learn as it seems like it would be?

I don't know how annoying English seems to learn, but I'll try to answer this as best as I can.

Il tait une fois... )

TL;DR: Irregular verbs are bloody annoying, but other than that, English isn't.

You guys can keep asking me stuff!

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