heathershaped: (Being Human: Annie tea)
SO, that episode was definitely an improvement over ... well, most of last season! We'll see, we'll see.

Being Human 3x01 )
heathershaped: (kanyesus)
MAN, YOU GUYS. I feel like I miss y'all all the time because I go through these periods without posting/commenting. The thing is, I'm in a phase where I have not been feeling like engaging with fandom lately beyond talking about stuff that barely anyone else is watching. :P I've also been spending a lot of time on tumblr. But neither of these things are valid reasons not to engage with my f-list! So I'm trying to get better at commenting and answering comments and stuffs. Basically I don't want to only show up around here when I get mad about something, hee. So anyway, some things:

+ Parks and Recreation is back and everything is beautiful and nothing hurts. I love everyone in that bar.
+ I watched Sanctuary over the holidays -- it's actually pretty good! The first season was hard for me to get into, but it found its stride in season 2.
+ Side-eyeing Chris Nolan for his choices re: The Dark Knight Rises. Love Tom Hardy, but he should not be playing Bane. Bane is not white. Love Anne Hathaway, but I wouldn't have thought of her for Selina Kyle, although that one's more of a wait-and-see for me.
+ Being Human is back on Sunday. BEING HUMAN IS BACK ON SUNDAY. I haven't watched the US version because I'm just not sure I can take the secondhand embarrassment at this stage, however, I DID watch the US Skins premiere. It's kind of terrible but I'll be honest, I'm probably going to keep watching because I'm interested in what they'll do with Tea.
+ I just finished reading the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. I couldn't help comparing it to The Hunger Games just because even though it doesn't have the same derivative Battle Royale ripoff premise, it does have some parallels about war and resistance and politics and stuff, and is also a YA post-apoc (sort of) trilogy of some notoriety. Except for me, Chaos Walking is SO MUCH BETTER. Mostly because Ness is a better storyteller than Collins IMO, and the characterizations were stronger, the plot felt much more cohesive. It's intense and heartbreaking and SOUL-DESTROYING but it's a good, quick read and I'd recommend it if you like YA stuff. Also: OTP of OTPs, feelings explosion, etc. Without getting all spoilery.
+ I just started reading Game of Thrones, because I'm more and more excited about HBO's adaptation of it that's coming in April. The trailers just look so amazing (Lena! Bean!), even though pseudo-European fantasy worlds are starting to bug me on principle. Anyway, I'm not far into the book yet, but it's good so far.

Brief assorted linkspam!
+ [personal profile] glass_icarus' Potluck blogging festival, for multicultural and intersectional discussions and writings about food.
+ According to my f-list I should read Pairing: Pendragon/Merlin. Everyone from every fandom is reccing this fic, haha. OKAY OKAY I WILL
+ Camelot Fleet Finishathon. Looks so amazing this year.
+ Really, really interesting and important discussion on "piracy" (specifically e-books for the most part), and the inherent privilege that goes along with defending Western Imperialist notions of intellectual property.

Finally, a meme, which you should all do, because I often feel like talking but don't know what to talk about! So, ask me anything you want to know!

Ask me a fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta. Whatever you want.
heathershaped: (SofA: Tara)
Right so, David Fincher. And how much of an asshole he is:

“I love Max Minghella. He came to us, uh, he obviously came to read for another part, and we had read enormous— probably a hundred— Indian actors who came in to read for Divya, and I saw footage of the actual Divya Narendra, who I’ve met now and he’s kind of like Warren Beatty. There’s nothing, aside from being incredibly tan, there’s almost nothing that seems particularly ethnic about him…. and we couldn’t find somebody who had that sort of smoothness. I looked, I looked, I looked. We went to London, we went to, I think, Paris, we went to Montreal. We cast from everywhere. And finally in the end I just felt that Max had the most, kind of… [trails off]. I just wanted to make sure that Divya was an equal. He was the most important third wheel in this triumvirate.”

That's from the DVD commentary for The Social Network. Fincher's talking about the fact he didn't cast an Indian actor for the RL person called Divya Narendra who is the American-born son of two doctors from India.

Do I even need to--

Divya Narendra is kind of like Warren Beatty who is white which means ...what, it's totally kewl not to bother casting an Indian actor because he doesn't seem to fit Mr. Fincher's idea of Indian dudes despite the fact that he is in fact Indian? And aside from minor details like his dark skin and visibly Indian features he doesn't seem "ethnic" to Mr. Fincher? And he couldn't find someone who had that "smoothness" that ...what, only white actors can bring to a role? And he wanted to make sure Divya was an "equal" because... what, he couldn't be unless he was white? WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU SAYING, MR. FINCHER. Especially considering you needed a crazy slutty Asian girlfriend and had no trouble finding Brenda Song for that.

Honestly this is just one line in a litany of things I hold against The Social Network and everything it chooses to be and no, TUMBLR, I didn't know about this until the commentary came out and that's why I didn't say anything before now SORRY I HADN'T REALISED THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAD RUN OUT. Fandom's (and it's not even any one fandom) defensiveness over this type of shit is tiring, tiring. I don't actually care how wonderful Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg and Trent Reznor and whoever cinematographer are, either. And I don't care that this is being marketed as the Movie Of Our Generation that I'll supposedly show to my kids so they can know that these unlikeable rich white dudes were the ones who shaped their world while everyone else was either missing or in the background. Naked.

Today [livejournal.com profile] rawles made the fantastic point that we need to stop calling these films good. Because they are not in fact good. And the idea that if people would just step back and be ~objective~ and focus on the most "important" things like acting or directing or anything but those subjective annoying social justice issues, they would accept that these films are still good is wrongheaded and insulting.

That doesn't mean that people aren't allowed to love bad things. I love bad things. It's nigh impossible not to love a bad thing and compartmentalize because so many, many things are bad and everyone's threshold for badness is different. The closest thing I have to a primary fandom right now is Merlin, for chrissakes, and people, MERLIN IS BAD. It does a few things that interest me and even make me happy, but that doesn't change the fact that it is a sexist, poorly written, BAD SHOW that I was basically Stockholm'd into by Angel Coulby. But I could make a list as long as my forearm of bad shows that I like.

It is all right to talk about these things. It's not wank to talk about these things. And no fandom, no fandom, is BETTER or safer for NOT talking or even arguing about these things.

UGH I don't know y'all. I'm just mad this morning. I'm going to try to make a post about things that make me happy later, and then I'm going to make things for [community profile] halfamoon because that will make me happy. And idk, idk.


Jan. 8th, 2011 04:23 pm
heathershaped: (Being Human: Annie tea)

Here's Congresswoman Giffords talking about violent rhetoric and threats back in March:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

She is fighting for her life right now after someone shot her in the head today. At least five people have died, including a federal judge and a child.

Words matter.
heathershaped: (hp: maybe we should just stay here)
+ My holiday was pretty great. Food and family and wine and meeting, then awkwardly holding, my 20-day-old niece. SO TINY AND SQUIRMY OMG. I love babies, especially if they're related to me, but I don't know if I have vast stores of maternal instinct, lol.

She's the cutest though. ♥ Hope everyone had a good holiday. Despite being on the East Coast the brunt of yesterday's storm missed me, but I hope everyone who got hit is home safe and warm or traveling safely. <3

+ I watched the DW Christmas special, which was spoilers )

+ Two movies I watched over the holidays: True Grit and Black Swan. Brief thoughts:

Black Swan spoilers )

True Grit spoilers )

+ Everyone's making end-of-year lists! I never have before, but if I find the time I kind of want to put together a 2010 music post of some sort. Or perhaps a post about the TV I loved. There was a lot of TV. More on this later.

+ And oh man, sometime soon I need to talk to you guys about kdramas. Tumblr has made me start watching You're Beautiful and Secret Garden and hommmmg. *____*
heathershaped: (Who: madman with a box)
...at least my portion of it will; no doubt my mom started sometime last night.

+ Happy Christmas/Holiday/Saturday/Yuletide/Doctor Who Day everyone! ♥

I know I haven't been around a ton this month due to work, busy-ness, traveling, being sick while traveling, and whatnot, but I just want to say you guys are amazing, I love you the most and I'll catch up with you soon. I wish you all the best things for the rest of this year and in the new one. ♥

+ Someone wrote me a Yuletide fic! With Eyes To See, a faaaaaaaabulous slice of Attolia/Eugenides (from The Queen's Thief series!!!!!!!).

+ Heading down to my folks' house in am hour or two, but I'll probably be back interneting sometime tonight if I'm being honest. (DOCTOR WHO DAY)

+ ETA: OH. GOSH. Teach me to post before 7am again. DUDES, WHICHEVER OF YOU SENT ME LJ TOKENS ANONYMOUSLY, THANK YOU. I wish I knew who you are so I could write you something! If you would like that please let me know what you want to read. ♥ And thank you to everyone who sent me a v-gift, a message on tumblr, a card, or anything like that. I don't deserve y'all sometimes. ♥


Dec. 16th, 2010 04:37 pm
heathershaped: (Who: it's a laugh)
Right so, Yahoo is shutting down Del.icio.us.

If you're like me you probably have a shitton of important links (read: FANFIC) saved that you don't want to lose.

I've just got an account at Diigo.com, an alternate bookmarking site that says you can import your delicious links directly to it. I just tried it and it told me that I'll get an email alert when it's finished importing everything (depending on how many links you have and how many others are doing it at the same time it can take a while). I don't know if tags will import completely but we'll see.

Here's a whole list of other things to try in case that doesn't work.

In other news, I'm home early from work due to snow.
In OTHER news, my Yuletide fic still has yet to exist. WHEE.


Dec. 14th, 2010 10:34 am
heathershaped: (Avatar: sibs of the south side)
How did I manage to pull my Achilles tendon in my sleep?
heathershaped: (Misfits: Iwan)
idk, idk <3 Everyone's doin' it and I feel like spreading love and fuzzies!

My Thread
heathershaped: (Merlin: Arthur red)

3x13 spoilers hope everything loads )
heathershaped: (Merlin: Gwen)
I'm working on a more detailed (er, extensively obnoxiously detailed) review and pic/gifspam for tomorrow, but um:


Thursday tv

Dec. 3rd, 2010 10:36 am
heathershaped: by <user name="burgundy_shoes" site="livejournal.com"> (TVD: Bonnie/Stefan)
Feelings! And Problems! And rambling about Feelings and Problems!

Misfits 2x04 )

Vampire Diaries 2x10 )


Nov. 29th, 2010 09:37 am
heathershaped: (Misfits: Iwan)
THE WORST F-LISTER EVER. I have not touched LJ since sometime Saturday, I'm sorry, I'm the worst. How's everyone doing? I'm catching up with posts atm, but I have some random tidbits:

+ It is so obnoxiously Monday. I did not want to get up. I have had four days off. I did not want to get up. Also I took some thanksgiving food home from my folks' house on Thursday and now it's all gone. Except for some lingering cranberry sauce, I think.

+ Going to Miami on the 18th to see some family for the hols. *\o/*

+ I fixed my laptop all by myself yesterday! *dances* I basically just replaced the hard drive and restored the system to factory, and it was ridiculously easy, but I still feel like a BAMF.

+ The Wire: still the greatest. Rewatching was a good life choice.

+ Been mainlining a lot of new music lately. Ever go on these insane downloading binges, too fast to actually let stuff sink in properly? My music folder is so fat right now. My favorites right now are the Tron OST and Kanye's latest, and various random songs I've been grabbing here and there.

+ Augh, Misfits. I don't need to be getting into more shows that aren't good for me. What is wronnnnng with me. I'll tell you what's wrong with me: Antonia Thomas' face is what's wrong with me. spoilers for 2x03 )

+ brief Merlin babble )

+ Good luck to those scrambling to finish NaNo, and congrats to those of you who've finished! ♥

Merls 3x12

Nov. 27th, 2010 04:28 pm
heathershaped: (Dexter: suprise mofo)
Taking this one point-by-point, then going back to watching The Wire. WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLY EVEN BETTER ON REWATCH, JSYK.

spoilers )
heathershaped: (HP: Harry)
I honestly don't even know if this post will make any more sense than it would have if I'd made it immediately after watching. At 3am Friday morning. BUT WHATEVER. I will start typing and we'll see.

eta: holy crap this is an embarrassing amount of rambling and flail.

spoilers know they'll never love this way again so they'll keep holding on till all the good is gone )


Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:15 am
heathershaped: (Default)
+ Got my first ever assignment, and it could be good. I do need to consume the source again because it's been a while -- WHICH IS FINE, I DID OFFER IT. :D

Mannn, I'm all nervous though. I've only got till the 18th.

+ I didn't skip Merlin this week in case anyone wondered, lol. I have some feelings about it that I'll probably post laters but it was a busy weekend.

+ Meant to make a DH post yesterday, but I got distracted by starting a random rewatch of The Wire. So I will probably post that laters too. :D Fair warning, it's going to contain a lot of flail based on the fact that Harry/Hermione is still my OTP of OTPs, even though the R/Hr was presh too. BECAUSE WOW THAT FILM WAS LIKE A SUCKER-PUNCH OF OTP AND I WAS NOT EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH IT. Two watches later and I'm still gripped in the clutches of a full-blown feelings attack. I wanna go read [personal profile] inell's and my old RP threads and read/write fic.

more later. Happy Monday! ♥
heathershaped: (HP: Trio)


Splitting it in two was a GOOD call and I kind of want to send Steve Kloves flowers and I have SO MANY FEELINGS


I won't be home for much of Friday or Saturday so I probably won't make my review post until Sunday (when I'll probably see it again), but in the meantime I am so happy with it!

I did in fact cry all over myself. Twice, maybe two and a half times tbh.
heathershaped: (Mad Men: Betty)
Thank you so much for writing me a story this year! It's my first time doing Yuletide, and I'm super-excited -- hopefully this is helpful. ♥

General stuff )

Damages )

Runaways (Marvel) )

The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner )

Batman Beyond )


Nov. 18th, 2010 11:51 am
heathershaped: (HP: H/Hr)



heathershaped: (Cowboy Bebop: Spike)
Pardon me if the answers to these questions are easy to find, lol, BUT:

+ Does anyone know when assignments would go out approximately? Because whatever I write will need writing before the 18th due to me not being home between then and Christmas, and if signups were going out Dec 1 or something, that might make things slightly complicated.

+ Relatedly, is it really possible to browse peoples' letters and just write whatever if you haven't done a regular signup - am I understanding that right?

eta: Thanks, Cel and Emei! ♥

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