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coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 01:37 am
Canon: Captain America movies
Pairing: Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers
Canon Level: Best Friends

I spent, uh, most of the month of March reading all the Bucky/Steve I could get my hands on. Because Bucky and Steve's relationship is just full of things I love--best friends and devotion and finding each other and fighting for each other because the other person is worth it. I did not come out of The First Avenger shipping it howver; that had to wait until The Winter Soldier. But that's probably not that surprising, now that I think about it. I ship for the romance, and for something to count as being part of the romance genre, it needs a happily ever after or at least a happy for now ending. And, well, The First Avenger ends Steve and Bucky's story at a point where it's much harder to imagine that HEA. (That's probably also why I am minimally interested in reading fic set solely before Steven wakes up in the 21st century. I know how the story ends, and that is not where I want it to end.) Post-The Winter Soldier is a whole 'nother ballgame that gives me everything I could possibly want.

Suggested reading:
Mighty like Love, Mighty like Sorrow by [ profile] Regann
to memory now I can't recall by [ profile] Etharei
Holding Hands At The Movie Palace by [ profile] copperbadge
they're going to send us to prison for jerks by [ profile] napricot
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, December 30th, 2016 01:36 pm
Every once in a while as I wander the internet, I come across someone's list of OTPs and have fun reading through them. And then I entertain the thought that it might be fun to make a similar list for myself. And then I give up the thought either because I'm not much of an OTP-type (so the list would be too short to be fun) or because there are way too many ships that I like (so the list would be dauntingly long). It's a thought I've had multiple times before, except this time I was like, "Haha, I bet there are enough ships that I ship that I could post about one every day for a year." And then I thought about it and realized that was...probably true. So I made a list of ships that I like and there aren't 365 on there, but it's close.

I would not be surprised if, over the course of the year, I were to remember/acquire enough ships to make it 365.

So I decided I actually did want to do this! We'll see if I can keep up momentum, I guess, but either way it should make for an interesting ride. To qualify as a Ship that I Ship (instead of, for example, being a ship I've read a bunch of because it's the fandom juggernaut), a ship has to be one I've deliberately sought out fic for or spent a not insignificant amount of time daydreaming about. The actual entries are probably going to be a mix of my personal history with regards to the ship, why I like it, and probably some super-informal recs in a mostly stream of consciousness fashion. There'll be a lot of male slash and het, but not exclusively, and ships can range from super popular to I am the only one in this corner waving this flag.
coprime: Marny bouncing (video games)
Sunday, October 25th, 2015 02:00 pm
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hello! I am so excited you offered to write something for me in a fandom that I love! And I am sure I will love whatever you write. I've included some more information in this letter--some general likes/dislikes and some fandom-related babblings--if you want them, but don't feel obligated to use anything in this letter if you don't want to. I think the best stories are the ones the writer was excited about, so if already know what you want to write, go for it! I will love whatever you write, promise. Also, some sections are noticeably longer than others. I really truly am equally excited for all my requests otherwise I would not have requested them. That being said....

Generalities )

The Book of Life )

Final Fantasy IV )

Gunstar Heroes )

Rosario + Vampire )

And having said all that, my very first paragraph still stands: the best story I could get is one you are excited to write, whatever that story is. I promise I will love it.
coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 01:54 pm
In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Ahh, I keep going back and forth on how much I want to participate this year. I'm not even sure if I'll end up linking this in the comments of the challenge post. But I think writing out a wishlist will be good for me.

1) I wish people in fandom would stop calling themselves trash for liking something. I think this is more of a thing on Tumblr, and I get that the people saying this are just trying to express "I acknowledge that I am super overinvested/emotionally invested in this thing" with a side of "please don't ridicule me for my investment, I already know I am being ridiculous." But it always makes me so sad to see people insulting themselves like that. Be enthusiastic! There's no reason to put yourself down just because a canon/character/setting/plot/whatever has taken prominent residence in your brain! There's nothing wrong with that! Just think how much duller life would be if nothing ever captured people's imaginations.

2) I wish I had a cheerleader to help me get the courage to actually work on the epic thing. I love it, I want to write it, but every time I go to actually work on it, I get paralyzed by anxiety. And I know I'm being silly, but there it is. I'm not sure that having someone to tell me, "No, stop interneting and actually write. Dooooo it!" would help, but sometimes having someone I'm close to tell me to stop procrastinating does help me actually get stuff done, so maybe. The trick is there's only one person I'm close enough to that I'd be comfortable putting in this role, and the thought of asking her is a whole 'nother kettle of anxious fish.

3) I wish I could make the type of fic I want to read appear magically on the internet somewhere, haha. Every time I finish a canon, I am like, "Man, I wish for epic-length fic about ____," and I am almost always disappointed when I go searching. (It would probably help if the ____ got filled in with "post-canon gen" less often.)
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Saturday, April 14th, 2012 09:49 am
Ugh, I am so glad Detroit beat Nashville last night. I wanted to win before, but after Wednesday's game I want my team to hand Nashville their asses. I get that Weber was pissed because Zetterberg had given him a legal hit a moment before, but shit like this should just not be acceptable:
Cut for video )
The fact that the NHL only fined Weber $2500 gives lie to all the talk they've done about trying to reduce the number of concussions players get. And I just get so mad at how cavalier the NHL is about something that can seriously mess up a person, especially later in life. All you have to do is look at retired football players and boxers to see that multiple concussions have serious, long-lasting effects.

The commentators on Friday's game (the Wings' normal commentators, no less) kept talking about how Weber only cracked Zetterberg's helmet and didn't give him a concussion when he slammed Zetterberg's head into the glass twice. And how the NHL only looks at results - no concussion, no serious penalty - rather than intent in these sorts of things because intent is so hard to judge. And it is such utter bullshit because the only thing that should matter is the action, not results or intent. If a players shoves his stick in another guy's face, it's high sticking; it doesn't matter whether the guy was injured or not and it doesn't matter whether the player intended to or not. And I don't think, if it's not unreasonable to expect players to keep control of their sticks at all times, it's not unreasonable to expect players to keep from grabbing an opponent's head and shoving it into the glass.

Obviously I still have a lot of opinions about this despite ranting (with a lot more swearing) to the BF last night for ten minutes.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, February 10th, 2012 11:45 pm
I have been trying to get into hockey fandom for something like the past two months and failing because it turns out I am a much bigger Red Wings fan than I'd thought. And the Red Wings do not seem to engender fandom squee (or at least none where I can find it). So every time I'd try to read something - because I like squee and fic about dudes failing at emotions! - I would just be, "Ugh, who cares about the Blackhawks/Penguins/whoever, the Wings are clearly the best," and have to quit reading.

So frustrating! (Also frustrating was missing nearly every game because I thought I didn't get the channel they typically got shown on. Turns out I do get that channel, whoo.)

But I think I may have figured out why no one loves the Red Wings (despite the fact that they are awesome): we're essentially the NY Yankees of the NHL. I think we were the Yankees before the salary cap got implemented. So if what I think is true, it is not really surprising that no one loves the Wings except for Wings fans.

Figuring this out has quieted my inner fan enough that I can read about teams who are not the Red Wings. Yay! Figuring out that I can watch the Wings even when the Pistons are playing also helped a lot too, not gonna lie.

And, oh man, tonight's game! So exciting! We extended our home win streak to nineteen games, yes! And if we can beat the Flyers on Sunday, we'll be tying their record. I was annoyed at Bertuzzi for getting three penalties (out of seven Wings penalties) but then he scored the winning shot in the shootout, so I guess it was okay. Also his job on the ice does generally result in hm getting penalties, so it's not like it was unexpected of him. But, man, all those power plays were not helping us get that nineteenth win. And I am so glad MacDonald did not suck at goaltending as much as he did in the previous game I saw him play where he gave up four goals.

I almost forgot my favorite bit of the game! As excited as I am for the win, I thought it was hilarious when the announcers were like, "LOL, Hudler, good job keeping hold of your stick when you try to get in a fight. You're too small otherwise to be effective."
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 03:16 pm
I love romance novels, but I also occasionally have problems with them, generally in regards to the relationship between the hero and heroine. Two romances I read recently, one I hated and one I loved, got me thinking about why some alpha heroes work for me and some don't. (The books in question are Queen of Dragons by Shana Abé and Ransom by Julie Garwood respectively. I could think of lots more example books if I tried; these two just happen to be fresh in my memory.)

I think, for me, it ultimately comes down to the heroine's decisions.

So, okay, for example. Both books have the hero deciding to marry the heroine despite the heroine's wishes to the contrary. Ransom even has the hero tricking the heroine into participating in the ceremony! But the heroines has vastly different reasons for why they don't want to get married. Mari, in Queen of Dragons, is determined that she'll never be forced to obey someone else after the death of her abusive first husband. And then Kimber ignores Mari's very real concers about marriage without ever offering the assurance -- in either work or deed -- that kings will be different with him. (His whole attitude leaves a skeevy taste in my mouth.) Gillian, on the other hand, is trying to protect herself and Brodick from the villain of the book and the fallout if the final confrontation goes badly.

Which makes all the difference in the world. Mari's reasons are because of legitimate problems that women face, so Kimber ignoring them is callous at best. By the time Brodick's serious about marriage, they both care too much for not being married to make a difference in how devastated they are when something happens to the other.

Each couple's interactions play out along similar lines for the rest of their books too. Brodick says Gillian can or can't do something, and Gillian goes and does what she thinks she should do. Kimber says Mari can or can't do something, and Mari does her own thing for a while until Kimber and everyone wear her down so much that she gives in. She'll give in her own way and lead everyone on a merry chase before she does, but she ultimately still ends up doing what he thinks is best.

And I really do think that's the difference between Kimber and Brodick. Kimber ends up domineering over Mari to the point where she has almost no active role in the decision-making. Brodick may command Gillian, but Gillian gives back just as good, does what she thinks is the right thing, and even sometimes gets Brodick to do what she thinks he should. It's pretty easy for me to decide who I'd like to read about when it's put like that.
coprime: animated icon of a boy reading intensely and then shouting "But I don't want it to be over!!" (books)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:27 pm
I want the Trilogy bookcase so bad. Look how geometric and orderly it is! Sadly, I cannot afford it, and even if I could I have no place to put it. I think the Platzhalter bookcase is cool idea well-executed. It was my favorite bookcase until I saw the Trilogy one.

Uncharted Territory - Connie Willis
For the longest time, whenever I went into a bookstore, I had to remind myself that it was a bad idea to start collecting everything by an author when I'd only read one thing of hers, even if I had really enjoyed it. And that I already had two other novels of hers sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. So I finally decided to actually read one of those two novels, and I picked Uncharted Territory (rather than Lincoln's Dreams) because the premise sounded fun -- hijinks and adventures! exploration! needlessly ridiculous bureaucratic red tape! a socioexozoologist who specializes in sex! -- and it was short.

And I did really enjoy it until the end because nothing had changed in the end. Fin and Carson are the same at the end of the story as they were in the beginning. I would have been happy even if the end change had just been mental or if they'd decided that they didn't want to be in a relationship. Instead, I finished and was left with the impression that all the events in the book might as well have not happened for all the impact they had on Fin and Carson. Which is not what I would call a satisfying ending.

The Drakon #3: Queen of Dragons - Shana Abé
Ohh, I wanted to like this book. It's a historical romance about a race of dragon/human shapeshifters, and [ profile] glenraven read and thought I'd like the first Drakon book. I picked up the third Drakon book first, but I thought I'd be okay because I've found that most romance series can be read out of order so long as you don't mind not knowing all the details when couples from previous books pop up. But it turns out this approach doesn't work so much for this series because when the hero from a previous book popped up, he was doing secretive, important-to-the-plot things and not a one of them was explained. I was left thoroughly confused, right in the middle of the final action scene.

I also had an issue with the fact that the entire action plot was just a set-up for the next book and nothing actually gets resolved. No, seriously, I very nearly threw the book across the room I was so frustrated with the ending. The book ends with spoilers if you care )

And then I had a lot of issues with the romance aspect of the novel. Partially, it's because I'm a bit sick of every shapeshifter/demon/animal hybrid/etc. having some sort of "animal instinct" where they must mate for life with one specific person and if that person isn't overly enthusiastic about them, then they just keep pursuing the person despite the other's wishes because their instinct tells them differently. It's very popular in paranormal romance, which is mostly what I read. And I don't like it because it dehumanizes the couple for me. There's always lots of talk about mates and alphas and such, and it's done regardless of whether our hero and heroine are dragon-shapeshifters, psychics, vampires, some form of were-. I can understand it more with the weres/shapeshifters, but why with other paranormal characters? Why can't the hero and heroine just fall head-over-heels for each other like normal, human romance couples do?

I will give Abé credit for doing a good job of integrating the different forms of the Drakon so that they all seemed equally natural. Kim and Mari were appreciative of each other and had chemistry no matter their form, and it never read weird for me. (Although -- and I know I'm harping -- I wold have expected dragon instincts to tend more towards a solitary existence rather than a pack existence.) But then halfway through the novel Kim did something where, if I had been Mari and had gone through what she'd gone through with her previous husband, I would not be able to trust him again without some serious work on his part.

I never got the emotional payoff of them rebuilding their trust however because Abé (and therefore Mari) didn't see what happened as that much of an issue as I did. So Kim made extra special sure not to do what he did again, and Mari had no doubts or hesitance at all stemming from Kim's actions. Sure, she still didn't want to end up in the same situation as when she'd been married before, but that was because she was against getting remarried in general. She never once thought "I don't want to get married, and especially not to Kim because he treated me like my former husband did (albeit by accident)."

Oh, and then there's Kim, who (along with the rest of his village) spends nearly the entire book acting like Mari and he are already married because years before he met her, he and the village council decided he should marry her for political reasons. And then when Kim and Mari finally meet, bam! they're married in the eyes of everyone except Mari, who keeps saying that no way no how is she going to get married again. Kim doesn't ever physically force himself on Mari, but it's incredibly annoying to have the hero saying that he doesn't care about the heroine's wishes on the matter of her marital status, he's decided they are and that's that.

Between my numerous frustrations with the romance plot and the wash-out that was the ending of the action plot, I was very dissatisfied with this book, and I don't think I'll read any more of this series. I might be willing to read one of her other novels if it was recommended to me by someone I know, but that's it.

ETA: [ profile] glenraven has informed me that this is the really sucktacular book of the series and that the two before it are better. So maybe I'll read them at some later date.

Warrior - Marie Brennan
I have nothing bad to say about this one! Haha, finally my first book of the new year that I just out-and-out enjoyed. It was fun and interesting fantasy, and if I had the sequel I'd probably be reading it. I really like both Mirage and Miryo, and it was a nice change of pace to read a fantasy novel without any romance in it.
coprime: animated icon of a boy reading intensely and then shouting "But I don't want it to be over!!" (books)
Sunday, March 16th, 2008 11:39 pm
I participated in the [ profile] 50bookchallenge last year as a way of forcing myself to think about books after I'd read them. And it worked, but I realized I don't want to write up my feelings on every book I read. There's only so many ways to say "Hana-Kimi was enjoyable; Sano and Mizuki are still being boneheads about their feelings for each other" after all. So I'm doing something similar here but only for the books I want to say something about.

Postcards: True Stories that Never Happened, edited by Jason Rodriguez: It's got an interesting premise: take old, used postcards and give them to comic writers and artists for them to make a story around. The stories were, for the most part, enjoyable and even the ones I didn't like as much weren't bad per se, just not to my taste.

I do, however, wish that the introduction to each story hadn't been included because every single one told me what Jason Rodriguez thought the story would be when he gave away the postcard and then what the story that got written was about. And, okay, I want to be able to suss out what the story's about for myself, not be told that it's about the power of love and redemption, because it may not be about that for me. But, other than my annoyance at being told how to interpret the stories by the introductions, it was an interesting little graphic novel.

Time Travelers Strictly Cash, by Spider Robinson: I bought this book because I'd heard good things about Robinson's Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series and thought this was a collection of short stories from that series. (The back cover made it sound that way.) Turns out that only a third of the stories are, another third are unrelated science fiction short stories, and the last third consists of various non-fiction writings of his.

Despite looking at the back cover suspiciously once I realized what the actual contents were, it was a good book. The Callahan's stories were fun to read, and I always love a good (or bad, depending on how you look at it, I suppose) pun. The other science fiction stories were also good. I particularly enjoyed "Soul Search," which dealt with cryogenics and reincarnation. The non-fiction Didn't hate it, could have easily lived with never having read "Rah Rah R.A.H." (Robinson's essay on why Robert A. Heinlein is the bestest), but I've also read more boring things and at least these were short.

The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman: This took forever to read due to losing it in my mom's car of all places for six months. (It drove me batty during those months too because I knew I owned the book and yet it wasn't anywhere in the house.) Anyway, about the book, I can now see why people decided the series has an anti-Christianity message. (I still think the people kicking up a fuss about said message are rather silly, but anyway.) I'm holding out on making any judgements about Pullman's big message until I read The Amber Spyglass because right now it looks too obvious where Pullman wants to go. And I'm hoping The Amber Spyglass is subtler than that.
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Saturday, July 16th, 2005 06:12 pm
It's been a year now since I first got interested in comics and superheroes and whatnot. And now I want to articulate some thoughts of mine. After reading all twenty-four issues of the current run of Outsiders in one go, something struck me. Comics work infinitely better if I can read an entire storyline together. I can't stand the stop-and-go nature of comics where I get to read a chapter and then am forced to wait a month to read the next chapter.

I think the problem is this: when I have to wait, it gives me way too much time to dwell on how things could have been better or which bits didn't work and/or make sense or how my favorite characters got shafted somehow. If I read a story arc together rather than piecemeal, then I can see how things work out before condemning them. Or my favorite characters may be ignored for the first half of the story but not the second, so it's all good. And it's a lot easier for me to focus on the enjoyable bits that way too.

A good example would probably be The Titans, which ran from 1999-2003. By the time I was interested in reading this title, all the issues had already come out. I was able to read it at my own pace, which took about a month to read fifty-seven issues. And yeah, there were things I disliked in this title. The orphan kids were pointless and slightly annoying most of the time. I adored Grant, and he ended up shuttled off to live with the Navajo never to be seen again except for two rather bad issues. I didn't particularly like Jesse having an affair with her mother's fiance. And yet, I'd say that I enjoyed the title quite a bit. If I'd been forced to read one issue a month, if nothing else, I would have been ready to stab the orphan kids several times over by the end. I probably would have either given up at some point, or I would have had to force myself to keep reading since if I start a series, I am very determined to finish it.

And then I wonder why my mind works this way where the inherent nature of comics makes thhem frustrating for me. If I had to guess, I'd say it's because these are the reading habits I've formed over the past twenty years. I've never read any comics other than those that appear in the newspaper until last year. And with books, there's never anything forcing you to stop at a chapter unless there's something else you need to be doing. Me, I often say I'm going to read one chapter of my book before bed, and I end up reading five.

And then the obvious comparison would be to say that, well, most books are self-contained while comics aren't designed to be. So comics would be more like a book series and sometimes you have to wait years for the next book in the series. Except, then the problem is that the books in a series are still self-contained. Yes, a book may not make sense without having read the previous ones, but I don't think I've ever read a series where there isn't an ending of some sort for each individual book. (I'm quite sure there are fantasy series where this is not true. My brother says the Wheel of Time series is like this, but I refuse to read it until it's finished if I ever do.)

So obviously comparing comics to books does not work for me. However, there are lots of tv shows where the entire season is a story arc and the episodes aren't self-contained. This does not mean shows like Buffy, since while Buffy has story arcs, it still feels like there's some sort of ending even if nothing gets resolved. No, I'm talking about shows like Lost or Desperate Housewives for two ready examples. Except... I never watched those shows religiously. Desperate Housewives pissed me off, so I try and avoid watching it. The few episodes of Lost I've watched with my mom made it seem like a show I could definitely enjoy, but I don't know if it's non-endings would start to frustrate me or not. And I can't think of any show that I enjoy watching where the episodes don't have endings of some sort, barring two-part episodes and the like.

And all this rambling ends with me having to say that individual comic issues are like chapters to me and it bugs me when I can't read chapters in my own time. So unless I want to stockpile comics until a story arc is finished, reading them is bound to be an exercise in frustration for me. And I wish I could find some way around this because I really do adore so many of the characters I meet in comics.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Blue ring octopus)
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 01:12 am
My roommate's going on about how the twist in tonight's Big O is really awesome. Roger gets bonked on the head, and when he wakes up he's a homeless, crazy guy in NYC. All I can think is that, hey, Buffy did a similar thing and I was much more interested in Buffy than I am in Big O. ...Dude, TNG did a similar trick in "Shades of Grey" I think it was-- the one where Riker thinks he's going crazy and he gets to play a crazy guy in Beverly's play and he gets captured by someone. Yeah, that one. So my roommate keeps saying how cool this is, and I am thinking that it's been done several times before. It's nifty, but not new.

...It would probably help if I could take this show seriously. I know it's all noir and looking at the idea of memory and all sorts of stuff that actually is nifty. But it's called Big O, for Pete's sake. The main character yells "Big O, go!" into his watch on a regular basis. Just now, Roger said, "Big O was waiting for me." How can I not snicker?

::thinks:: I bet it says something about me that I never cease to be amused anytime anyone says "Big O" in this show.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2003 12:03 am
I-- Argh! Gimli was not beaten with an ugly stick, people. He may not compare to elves in your minds, but then elves might not compare to him in his. Plus, I'd think he would have too much pride to sit about constantly thinking about how Legolas is so much prettier than he and how he is undeserving of Legolas and on and on and on. So would you please stop making him do so?

This was brought on by reading one too many Legolas/Gimli stories in one sitting. Thank you, and goodnight.