Babble

Oct. 5th, 2008 10:18 am
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So that thing where I said I was going to slack off and watch TV yesterday? I totally lied. I spent all morning making fiddly adjustments to the draft (note to self: Timing seems much less odd when you are not hyped-up on coffee and exhaustion at 2:00am), and then I exported, and then I went to B&N and skimmed Adobe's Premiere CS3: Classroom in a Book, which I am not sure tells me anything not already in the Help File, but it is much more soothing on paper and presented in linear order. And I discovered Bezier curves and changing parameters from Linear to Bezier and now suddenly my transitions look much better. Go on, laugh. I dimly recall reading about Bezier curves when I was first trying to figure out effects, but there were too many options and it was too much information and it made my head hurt, and I made an executive decision to leave all the effect transitions default/linear and worry about more options later. Now it is later. Really this is working out quite well for me.

What is not working out so well is using Xlogo to remove credits, but I will give it another go now that I've slept and there's sunshine and more coffee.

If my AfterEffects books arrive on time, I may even be able to do my, um, 7-15 effects this week and finish by next Monday (assuming I don't end up redoing huge chunks of vid again, which is necessarily a safe assumption; I need to wait enough time to get over the "OMGFINISHED!" feeling of completing a draft first). That sounds like a lot, but a lot of the effects are essentially the same effect in slightly different variations, and once I figure out how to do it the first time, repeating it should be easy. Also, these aren't Big Effect Effects -- viewers probably won't notice them as effects or as coming from outside the source -- but they will make things so much better.

Color management intimidates me.

I think I should watch SCC today, though. Since there is more tomorrow.

Babble

Oct. 5th, 2008 10:18 am
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So that thing where I said I was going to slack off and watch TV yesterday? I totally lied. I spent all morning making fiddly adjustments to the draft (note to self: Timing seems much less odd when you are not hyped-up on coffee and exhaustion at 2:00am), and then I exported, and then I went to B&N and skimmed Adobe's Premiere CS3: Classroom in a Book, which I am not sure tells me anything not already in the Help File, but it is much more soothing on paper and presented in linear order. And I discovered Bezier curves and changing parameters from Linear to Bezier and now suddenly my transitions look much better. Go on, laugh. I dimly recall reading about Bezier curves when I was first trying to figure out effects, but there were too many options and it was too much information and it made my head hurt, and I made an executive decision to leave all the effect transitions default/linear and worry about more options later. Now it is later. Really this is working out quite well for me.

What is not working out so well is using Xlogo to remove credits, but I will give it another go now that I've slept and there's sunshine and more coffee.

If my AfterEffects books arrive on time, I may even be able to do my, um, 7-15 effects this week and finish by next Monday (assuming I don't end up redoing huge chunks of vid again, which is necessarily a safe assumption; I need to wait enough time to get over the "OMGFINISHED!" feeling of completing a draft first). That sounds like a lot, but a lot of the effects are essentially the same effect in slightly different variations, and once I figure out how to do it the first time, repeating it should be easy. Also, these aren't Big Effect Effects -- viewers probably won't notice them as effects or as coming from outside the source -- but they will make things so much better.

Color management intimidates me.

I think I should watch SCC today, though. Since there is more tomorrow.
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Cool things about town

People! You should join [livejournal.com profile] vidukon because it is cool and because I want it to do well enough for me to have an excuse to hang out in the UK for a week's vacation beforehand next year. If you can't make it, the con DVD comes with a supporting membership.

[livejournal.com profile] galpalficathon because female friendship is cool
[livejournal.com profile] eid_fic because it's Ramadan
[livejournal.com profile] daysofawesome because the Jewish High Holy Days are coming up

Vidding live fandoms
Surprising no one but me, I did not manage to finish a draft of My First Vid this weekend. I did get more down, though, and I messed enough with computer and avisynth settings that Premiere is no longer crashing quite so often, although I am still planning to try the fix [livejournal.com profile] feochadn recommended when I'm done with this project, because, seriously, this is ridiculous.

I finished one more verse! And made significant revisions to two earlier sections! I know you care. I don't understand how people do linear editing, but then I do not understand how people do linear writing, either.

I still nurse faint, unrealistic hopes of finishing the thing before the season premiere, but if not, at least I get Rosh Hashanah off to work on it. I am in terror that the new season will ruin all the ideas I have for vids for live shows, except for when I am in painful hope that I will get the necessary footage for vids that can't be done yet. (MORE DANI REESE, PLEASE.) (Also, I have a weird suspicion that the weird Supernatural crack theory vid might actually get easier to do. Not that I'm planning to do it. It's just lurking on my playlist. Grinning at me from its evil skull face. That's not seductive if you have no skin on, missy!)

I suppose this is how people who write long epics during running shows feel, but since I hardly ever write things with plots, it's so seldom an issue.

Material goods console me
My Life and Sarah Connor Chronicles Season One sets just came! I want to coo over them, but there is no time.
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Cool things about town

People! You should join [livejournal.com profile] vidukon because it is cool and because I want it to do well enough for me to have an excuse to hang out in the UK for a week's vacation beforehand next year. If you can't make it, the con DVD comes with a supporting membership.

[livejournal.com profile] galpalficathon because female friendship is cool
[livejournal.com profile] eid_fic because it's Ramadan
[livejournal.com profile] daysofawesome because the Jewish High Holy Days are coming up

Vidding live fandoms
Surprising no one but me, I did not manage to finish a draft of My First Vid this weekend. I did get more down, though, and I messed enough with computer and avisynth settings that Premiere is no longer crashing quite so often, although I am still planning to try the fix [livejournal.com profile] feochadn recommended when I'm done with this project, because, seriously, this is ridiculous.

I finished one more verse! And made significant revisions to two earlier sections! I know you care. I don't understand how people do linear editing, but then I do not understand how people do linear writing, either.

I still nurse faint, unrealistic hopes of finishing the thing before the season premiere, but if not, at least I get Rosh Hashanah off to work on it. I am in terror that the new season will ruin all the ideas I have for vids for live shows, except for when I am in painful hope that I will get the necessary footage for vids that can't be done yet. (MORE DANI REESE, PLEASE.) (Also, I have a weird suspicion that the weird Supernatural crack theory vid might actually get easier to do. Not that I'm planning to do it. It's just lurking on my playlist. Grinning at me from its evil skull face. That's not seductive if you have no skin on, missy!)

I suppose this is how people who write long epics during running shows feel, but since I hardly ever write things with plots, it's so seldom an issue.

Material goods console me
My Life and Sarah Connor Chronicles Season One sets just came! I want to coo over them, but there is no time.
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[livejournal.com profile] cathexys recently posted a response to [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077's Thoughts on shipping vs. gen, and many people posted many clever further responses. My favorite is [livejournal.com profile] elz's, because it captures perfectly my desires as a reader.

As a writer, I must admit, I am somewhat more cranky or confused or cranky because confused. When or before I'm writing, I don't tend to think in terms of het, f/f, m/f, or gen; I tend to think in terms of genre or form. In my head, "Truly and Forever" gets categorized primarily as a horror story; although, once I get out of my head, I am forced to admit that anyone who categorizes a story whose sole physical action is girl-on-girl cunnilingus as f/f is not exactly being unreasonable. Likewise, I may think of m/f, f/f, m/m as primarily categorizations for romance, failed romance, and/or porn, but a moment's reflection indicates fandom doesn't use the terms that way, and honestly, when I'm being lazy and shorthanding other people's stories, neither do I. "Wild Dogs" I think of as "hardboiled noir," but the recipient asked for an m/m relationship, and I did my best to include one; I suppose I think of it as "noir" in some contexts and "m/m" in others, though of course they are hardly mutually exclusive.

[eta: Counter-examples from the country of my head: "Subaqueous" is het because it's a romance. "Spider Bites On All Your Lovers" is het because it's porn. "Rewritten on the Body" is m/m slash because it's a romance and "Leave a kiss but i' the cup" is m/m slash because it's a failed romance. But I'm not sure about "No Oceans Left," which strikes me primarily as a character study despite being structured to lead up to the m/f sex scene, or "Another Girl's Paradise," which is the same except f/f, or "The body's sinking bones," the same except m/m and they don't manage to have sex (but the failed sex scene is the climax of the story anyway). In conclusion: No conclusion! I confuse myself. And apparently re-use the same story structure over and over again without realizing it.]

I used to be opposed to warnings and pairing labels. Now -- eh. I am pickier about pairings myself; I figure I might as well include them, if I remember. Warnings, well, I just posted my first story to include a warning. I'm still not clear on how to do them, exactly; so many times the "ANGST!!!!!!" and "DARK!!!!!!!!!" just make me roll my eyes, or don't seem warranted, although maybe that's just because the writers raised my fears (or expectations) too high. I also don't know how well my definitions for "angst" or "dark" accord with other people's; people often seem so much more affected by the sorrow or pain of stories (not just mine) than I expect. I don't know whether that's fannish exaggeration--a kind of social courtesy--or that I just have a different baseline for misery. I'm inclined to warn for sex or violence (or combinations of the two) and let the emotional fallout take care of itself.

Hmm. I thought this was meta, but it's looking more like meandering.

And I didn't even mention my deep confusion about ratings.

eta: Never mind! [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 said it better.
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[livejournal.com profile] cathexys recently posted a response to [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077's Thoughts on shipping vs. gen, and many people posted many clever further responses. My favorite is [livejournal.com profile] elz's, because it captures perfectly my desires as a reader.

As a writer, I must admit, I am somewhat more cranky or confused or cranky because confused. When or before I'm writing, I don't tend to think in terms of het, f/f, m/f, or gen; I tend to think in terms of genre or form. In my head, "Truly and Forever" gets categorized primarily as a horror story; although, once I get out of my head, I am forced to admit that anyone who categorizes a story whose sole physical action is girl-on-girl cunnilingus as f/f is not exactly being unreasonable. Likewise, I may think of m/f, f/f, m/m as primarily categorizations for romance, failed romance, and/or porn, but a moment's reflection indicates fandom doesn't use the terms that way, and honestly, when I'm being lazy and shorthanding other people's stories, neither do I. "Wild Dogs" I think of as "hardboiled noir," but the recipient asked for an m/m relationship, and I did my best to include one; I suppose I think of it as "noir" in some contexts and "m/m" in others, though of course they are hardly mutually exclusive.

[eta: Counter-examples from the country of my head: "Subaqueous" is het because it's a romance. "Spider Bites On All Your Lovers" is het because it's porn. "Rewritten on the Body" is m/m slash because it's a romance and "Leave a kiss but i' the cup" is m/m slash because it's a failed romance. But I'm not sure about "No Oceans Left," which strikes me primarily as a character study despite being structured to lead up to the m/f sex scene, or "Another Girl's Paradise," which is the same except f/f, or "The body's sinking bones," the same except m/m and they don't manage to have sex (but the failed sex scene is the climax of the story anyway). In conclusion: No conclusion! I confuse myself. And apparently re-use the same story structure over and over again without realizing it.]

I used to be opposed to warnings and pairing labels. Now -- eh. I am pickier about pairings myself; I figure I might as well include them, if I remember. Warnings, well, I just posted my first story to include a warning. I'm still not clear on how to do them, exactly; so many times the "ANGST!!!!!!" and "DARK!!!!!!!!!" just make me roll my eyes, or don't seem warranted, although maybe that's just because the writers raised my fears (or expectations) too high. I also don't know how well my definitions for "angst" or "dark" accord with other people's; people often seem so much more affected by the sorrow or pain of stories (not just mine) than I expect. I don't know whether that's fannish exaggeration--a kind of social courtesy--or that I just have a different baseline for misery. I'm inclined to warn for sex or violence (or combinations of the two) and let the emotional fallout take care of itself.

Hmm. I thought this was meta, but it's looking more like meandering.

And I didn't even mention my deep confusion about ratings.

eta: Never mind! [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 said it better.
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Finishing drafts is the best high ever. Like, I want to exercise or something! It's insane.

... What do you mean, "revisions"?
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Finishing drafts is the best high ever. Like, I want to exercise or something! It's insane.

... What do you mean, "revisions"?
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Slowly anime and manga fandoms are chipping away at all my fannish prejudices, not to mention any sense of pride. Like, I used to think that the point of fan fiction was to bear some resemblance to the show. But now I am actively seeking out fan fiction that does not, because of The Prince of Tennis. The problem is that I do not like The Prince of Tennis. I do not like The Prince of Tennis, but I have nevertheless developed a mad passion for a Prince of Tennis pairing. It is not, as far as I can, tell a particularly popular pairing. For all I know, it may be the fandom's most famous crack pairing. Or there may be two thousand archives devoted to it, how would I know?

So, PoT is about boys playing tennis. They are supposed to be junior high school boys even though the character design would work perfectly well if they were in high school or even college. In my head, they are in college, because I feel much better about having a crack pairing that involves a 20 year old and an 18 year old than one that involves a 12 year old and a 14 year old. The eponymous prince is Ryouma something-or-other -- I think it's Echizen but I don't care enough to look it up -- who is 12 and arrogant and bratty and has sulky, sultry eyes and a perpetual sneer and is the best tennis player you ever saw, except for his father, a lazy priest who has given the boy a permanent inferiority complex. (Man, it looks nice to be a shinto priest in anime. All you do is hang around the temple reading newspapers, playing tennis, guarding magic swords, or grumbling about ungrateful sons who have run off to be romance novelists in Tokyo, and somehow you get money for this.) Ryouma joins his new junior high school college tennis team, where he beats the pants off every other player, thereby catching the attention of the team captain. The captain is the tall, cool, restrained, distrustful Tezuka, whose passionless surface is belied by the power of his playing and by his determination to participate even though too much activity may turn a temporary muscle injury permanent. He clearly has deep emotions he is terrified to let surface. He wears glasses. I adore him.

Or, rather, I adore him and Ryouma. I want to see them circle each other with wary attraction, baffled by each other's silences, cocky Ryouma astonished by admiration, reserved Tezuka bushwhacked by passion.

Is this in character? I have no fucking clue. I do not care. I cannot read this manga. I cannot watch this anime. It bores me to tears. Because you know what it's about? You'll never guess. It's about tennis. No, I mean, really, it's about tennis. It's not about tennis as an excuse for transparent homoerotic flirtation, even though there seems to be a huge fandom convinced that it is. I watched it. It's about tennis. Tennis moves and tennis balls and tennis raquets and tennis tournaments and tennis. Tennis.

You may have gathered I'm not a fan of tennis.

So what I want, what I desperately want, is a sexy dark Prince of Tennis AU that's all about Ryouma and Tezuka and their passion. An AU where they're ninjas or rock stars or philosophy majors or detectives--oh, detectives, they should be detectives, there is no fandom that can't benefit from a noir AU. Yes. Just so long as they're not playing fucking tennis.
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Slowly anime and manga fandoms are chipping away at all my fannish prejudices, not to mention any sense of pride. Like, I used to think that the point of fan fiction was to bear some resemblance to the show. But now I am actively seeking out fan fiction that does not, because of The Prince of Tennis. The problem is that I do not like The Prince of Tennis. I do not like The Prince of Tennis, but I have nevertheless developed a mad passion for a Prince of Tennis pairing. It is not, as far as I can, tell a particularly popular pairing. For all I know, it may be the fandom's most famous crack pairing. Or there may be two thousand archives devoted to it, how would I know?

So, PoT is about boys playing tennis. They are supposed to be junior high school boys even though the character design would work perfectly well if they were in high school or even college. In my head, they are in college, because I feel much better about having a crack pairing that involves a 20 year old and an 18 year old than one that involves a 12 year old and a 14 year old. The eponymous prince is Ryouma something-or-other -- I think it's Echizen but I don't care enough to look it up -- who is 12 and arrogant and bratty and has sulky, sultry eyes and a perpetual sneer and is the best tennis player you ever saw, except for his father, a lazy priest who has given the boy a permanent inferiority complex. (Man, it looks nice to be a shinto priest in anime. All you do is hang around the temple reading newspapers, playing tennis, guarding magic swords, or grumbling about ungrateful sons who have run off to be romance novelists in Tokyo, and somehow you get money for this.) Ryouma joins his new junior high school college tennis team, where he beats the pants off every other player, thereby catching the attention of the team captain. The captain is the tall, cool, restrained, distrustful Tezuka, whose passionless surface is belied by the power of his playing and by his determination to participate even though too much activity may turn a temporary muscle injury permanent. He clearly has deep emotions he is terrified to let surface. He wears glasses. I adore him.

Or, rather, I adore him and Ryouma. I want to see them circle each other with wary attraction, baffled by each other's silences, cocky Ryouma astonished by admiration, reserved Tezuka bushwhacked by passion.

Is this in character? I have no fucking clue. I do not care. I cannot read this manga. I cannot watch this anime. It bores me to tears. Because you know what it's about? You'll never guess. It's about tennis. No, I mean, really, it's about tennis. It's not about tennis as an excuse for transparent homoerotic flirtation, even though there seems to be a huge fandom convinced that it is. I watched it. It's about tennis. Tennis moves and tennis balls and tennis raquets and tennis tournaments and tennis. Tennis.

You may have gathered I'm not a fan of tennis.

So what I want, what I desperately want, is a sexy dark Prince of Tennis AU that's all about Ryouma and Tezuka and their passion. An AU where they're ninjas or rock stars or philosophy majors or detectives--oh, detectives, they should be detectives, there is no fandom that can't benefit from a noir AU. Yes. Just so long as they're not playing fucking tennis.
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Now that I no longer need fear spoilers -- where's the good Utena/Anthy then? Or gen background stuff on the world or any of the characters, or character studies -- this was entirely fascinating. What a playground! Someone's made good use of all the toys, right?

I am about twenty pages into Bleach and I like Ichigo plenty but ohmygod how I LOVE Rukia. Please tell me she remains cranky and snappish and continues glaring bloody murder forever.

I was, of course, familiar with the feminization of male sexual reaction in yaoi & slash, but now I have finally found a story where the mangaka was very clearly thinking vagina instead of anus. In all the details, not just the improbable orgasms. And the embarassing thing is that I am nevertheless hooked on it, because "former innocent jaded by sexual relationship with lover he thinks is just using him for sex, when lover is clearly in love, immature, profoundly jealous, and hiding his own attachment" is clearly one of my bulletproof kinks. (I am using the male pronouns because it fits the story, but you can switch around the genders any which way you like and I will still respond to that one. So if you have any recs--)

I am much too embarassed to tell you its name. Really, the only good thing about it is that it makes me feel much less ashamed of liking Rin! and parts of Love Mode than I was a week ago.
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Now that I no longer need fear spoilers -- where's the good Utena/Anthy then? Or gen background stuff on the world or any of the characters, or character studies -- this was entirely fascinating. What a playground! Someone's made good use of all the toys, right?

I am about twenty pages into Bleach and I like Ichigo plenty but ohmygod how I LOVE Rukia. Please tell me she remains cranky and snappish and continues glaring bloody murder forever.

I was, of course, familiar with the feminization of male sexual reaction in yaoi & slash, but now I have finally found a story where the mangaka was very clearly thinking vagina instead of anus. In all the details, not just the improbable orgasms. And the embarassing thing is that I am nevertheless hooked on it, because "former innocent jaded by sexual relationship with lover he thinks is just using him for sex, when lover is clearly in love, immature, profoundly jealous, and hiding his own attachment" is clearly one of my bulletproof kinks. (I am using the male pronouns because it fits the story, but you can switch around the genders any which way you like and I will still respond to that one. So if you have any recs--)

I am much too embarassed to tell you its name. Really, the only good thing about it is that it makes me feel much less ashamed of liking Rin! and parts of Love Mode than I was a week ago.
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Having rewatched the vids, the two-minute pro vid for Wild Adapter, the latest Fullmetal Alchemist movie promo, the latest Tsubasa teaser, and skipped to the last six episodes of Tactics, where it finally developed an arc, I have come to the following conclusions:

  • Yuki needs a hug.
  • Subaru needs a hug.
  • Ed needs a hug.
  • Syaoran needs a hug but seems pretty happy with Sakura just holding his hand.
  • So far Utena seems to be in pretty good shape, but I am wise to the ways of anime. She'll need a hug by the end.
  • Kubota doesn't need a hug because he has Tokito licking his fingers.
  • In public, which probably ought to count as indecent exposure, but then I don't expect the cops are that keen on arresting yakuza for misdemeanors.
  • Kantarou and Haruka don't need hugs because they are clearly hugging each other off-screen.
  • It's really mean of them not to show this to the rest of us, but I forgive them because of the pain and the love and the self-sacrifice and that thing with the night and the fire and the eyes closed in acceptance and possibly I need to watch that part again.
  • Suzu may very well be the apotheosis of Mary Sue.
  • Those two minutes of Wild Adapter are animated so much better than Saiyuki it makes me want to cry. And also show it to Vividcon peeps. In fact, here.
  • I suspect that Wild Adapter is Kazuya Minekura doing Quentin Tarrantino, but I am handicapped in proving this by not having ever seen a Tarrantino film.

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Having rewatched the vids, the two-minute pro vid for Wild Adapter, the latest Fullmetal Alchemist movie promo, the latest Tsubasa teaser, and skipped to the last six episodes of Tactics, where it finally developed an arc, I have come to the following conclusions:

  • Yuki needs a hug.
  • Subaru needs a hug.
  • Ed needs a hug.
  • Syaoran needs a hug but seems pretty happy with Sakura just holding his hand.
  • So far Utena seems to be in pretty good shape, but I am wise to the ways of anime. She'll need a hug by the end.
  • Kubota doesn't need a hug because he has Tokito licking his fingers.
  • In public, which probably ought to count as indecent exposure, but then I don't expect the cops are that keen on arresting yakuza for misdemeanors.
  • Kantarou and Haruka don't need hugs because they are clearly hugging each other off-screen.
  • It's really mean of them not to show this to the rest of us, but I forgive them because of the pain and the love and the self-sacrifice and that thing with the night and the fire and the eyes closed in acceptance and possibly I need to watch that part again.
  • Suzu may very well be the apotheosis of Mary Sue.
  • Those two minutes of Wild Adapter are animated so much better than Saiyuki it makes me want to cry. And also show it to Vividcon peeps. In fact, here.
  • I suspect that Wild Adapter is Kazuya Minekura doing Quentin Tarrantino, but I am handicapped in proving this by not having ever seen a Tarrantino film.

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Because [livejournal.com profile] sisabet said to:


  1. When I am in the first flush of obsession with an OTP, I will read everything with them in it, no matter how bad. Sometimes I'll reread it. Even the ones where I think, "The premise is pretty good, but the characterization is whacked." Even the ones where I think, "I might as well take some other story I like from another fandom and do a search&replace on names and physical characteristics, because the characterization couldn't be any more off and at least the prose wouldn't hurt me to read."

  2. I used to rant about how everyone thought slash was so trangressive, nobody ever gave the poor het writers a break.

    In X Files fandom.

    *hides face in hands*

    Does that count as a secret? Because several of you were actually present for that one, and are somehow still talking to me anyway.

  3. For all my rants about the oversexualization of fanfiction, I only seek out fic for series where I have an OTP.

  4. Um. I'm sure I have many, many more secret shames but I can't remember them right now can't bear to reveal them to the scorn and disdain of my appalled former friends.


You still love me, right?
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Because [livejournal.com profile] sisabet said to:


  1. When I am in the first flush of obsession with an OTP, I will read everything with them in it, no matter how bad. Sometimes I'll reread it. Even the ones where I think, "The premise is pretty good, but the characterization is whacked." Even the ones where I think, "I might as well take some other story I like from another fandom and do a search&replace on names and physical characteristics, because the characterization couldn't be any more off and at least the prose wouldn't hurt me to read."

  2. I used to rant about how everyone thought slash was so trangressive, nobody ever gave the poor het writers a break.

    In X Files fandom.

    *hides face in hands*

    Does that count as a secret? Because several of you were actually present for that one, and are somehow still talking to me anyway.

  3. For all my rants about the oversexualization of fanfiction, I only seek out fic for series where I have an OTP.

  4. Um. I'm sure I have many, many more secret shames but I can't remember them right now can't bear to reveal them to the scorn and disdain of my appalled former friends.


You still love me, right?
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I was thinking about doing the favorite character meme, despite some slight discomfort with it, until I saw people posting in comments about why they hated the character the poster loved but other people didn't. This should not have come as a surprise, but it did. And I can't say it's wrong, exactly, I'm all for open discussion; I just wish more people could make a distinction between open discussion and stomping on someone else's squee. (Including me, at times, which is why I hate seeing it so much right now.)

The slight discomfort comes partly from feeling like I lose something when I try to quantify emotion like that, and also from the way some of the language seems to reinforce all of fandom's most isolated and paranoid tendencies (I'm not sure I've ever loved a character absolutely no one else liked, including Tara and Connor and Kate and early Wesley); and also because much of the time I don't fall for characters, exactly, I fall for relationships and history and implication, for context and world, for interconnection and surprise. To judge by my first two fandoms, the best way to get me to fall for a show is to show me a sequel or the second half of a two-parter without showing me the first half, so that I'm tossed in the middle of emotionally fraught circumstances and have to tease out meaning and history from implication, so that I go straight to consequences without the build of setup.

And now I'm looking at the manga bookshelves and thinking about how many of the series slowly reveal backstory, how backstory is somehow more interesting as backstory than when told chronologically; how I don't particularly like mysteries but adore the new information that drops like into place and revises my interpretation of everything that came before it. (When it doesn't work, it's a retcon, and it disengages me utterly; but when it works--)

So, this character meme. I do like seeing my friends mention characters I too liked despite the general dislike or indifference of fandom-at-large; I will restrict my commenting to that. And fandom doesn't have to be my happy place today, because today my happy place will be my comics store, which is providing me with Tokyo Babylon 6 and Peacemaker Kurogane 3, not to mention Ocean #4, Vinamarama #1, and the final issue of Promethea.

Obligatory plug: Peacemaker Kurogane is the sequel to Shinsengumi Imon Peacemaker, which has not had any official English translation, and to the anime Peacemaker Kurogane, which is largely an adaptation of the first series and not the second. Peacemaker Kurogane-the-manga is wonderful but almost incomprehensible without the first series as background, and I dearly hope the decision to publish it without the first series doesn't backfire on ADV as badly as they deserve.

In the meantime, Mangacity is scanlating Shinsegumi Imon Peacemaker.

If you can't find the chapters on IRC or BitTorrent, there might be a fan around desperate to hook people on her new addiction willing to send you chapters out of the goodness of her heart. You never know.

The anime is currently being released on DVD, but you can also find fansubs floating around on BitTorrent.

MangaCity also just put out a few more chapters of Saiyuki Reload, although at this point I've lost track of what was available before and what wasn't.
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I was thinking about doing the favorite character meme, despite some slight discomfort with it, until I saw people posting in comments about why they hated the character the poster loved but other people didn't. This should not have come as a surprise, but it did. And I can't say it's wrong, exactly, I'm all for open discussion; I just wish more people could make a distinction between open discussion and stomping on someone else's squee. (Including me, at times, which is why I hate seeing it so much right now.)

The slight discomfort comes partly from feeling like I lose something when I try to quantify emotion like that, and also from the way some of the language seems to reinforce all of fandom's most isolated and paranoid tendencies (I'm not sure I've ever loved a character absolutely no one else liked, including Tara and Connor and Kate and early Wesley); and also because much of the time I don't fall for characters, exactly, I fall for relationships and history and implication, for context and world, for interconnection and surprise. To judge by my first two fandoms, the best way to get me to fall for a show is to show me a sequel or the second half of a two-parter without showing me the first half, so that I'm tossed in the middle of emotionally fraught circumstances and have to tease out meaning and history from implication, so that I go straight to consequences without the build of setup.

And now I'm looking at the manga bookshelves and thinking about how many of the series slowly reveal backstory, how backstory is somehow more interesting as backstory than when told chronologically; how I don't particularly like mysteries but adore the new information that drops like into place and revises my interpretation of everything that came before it. (When it doesn't work, it's a retcon, and it disengages me utterly; but when it works--)

So, this character meme. I do like seeing my friends mention characters I too liked despite the general dislike or indifference of fandom-at-large; I will restrict my commenting to that. And fandom doesn't have to be my happy place today, because today my happy place will be my comics store, which is providing me with Tokyo Babylon 6 and Peacemaker Kurogane 3, not to mention Ocean #4, Vinamarama #1, and the final issue of Promethea.

Obligatory plug: Peacemaker Kurogane is the sequel to Shinsengumi Imon Peacemaker, which has not had any official English translation, and to the anime Peacemaker Kurogane, which is largely an adaptation of the first series and not the second. Peacemaker Kurogane-the-manga is wonderful but almost incomprehensible without the first series as background, and I dearly hope the decision to publish it without the first series doesn't backfire on ADV as badly as they deserve.

In the meantime, Mangacity is scanlating Shinsegumi Imon Peacemaker.

If you can't find the chapters on IRC or BitTorrent, there might be a fan around desperate to hook people on her new addiction willing to send you chapters out of the goodness of her heart. You never know.

The anime is currently being released on DVD, but you can also find fansubs floating around on BitTorrent.

MangaCity also just put out a few more chapters of Saiyuki Reload, although at this point I've lost track of what was available before and what wasn't.

Angel Cage

Feb. 1st, 2005 02:32 pm
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I picked up Angel Cage, the Kaori Yuki artbook at the post office this morning, which enabled me to read it on the way to work. ("Read it"? Is this right for something purely visual? I mean, there's an interview with Yuki and what I assume are short character profiles in the back, but as they are all in Japanese, no reading occurred.)

OMGTHEPRETTY!!!!!! So, so pretty. Kazuya Minekura does the sexiest men in manga, but Kaori Yuki does the prettiest. Not to mention the prettiest women and androgynous supernatural beings. It would be nice if she could draw more than one face in slightly different elongations, but hey, at least it's a pretty face.

So, so pretty. I am entranced. Kira and Setsuna and Sara and the angels I don't recognize, a few pictures from Kaine and Count Cain and I think perhaps some other series, ohmygod the pretty. Kira leaning his elbow on Setsuna's shoulder and Setsuna asleep in Kira's lap: oh, my OTP. I die of the sweetness. But then the Setsuna and Sara pictures are cute, too. They really are adorable in their own incestuous, narcissistic way. And there's the picture of all three of them as kids, Kira in big glasses and Setsuna holding up two fingers and Sara laughing as she falls back, and all of them grinning like crazy, and really, don't they deserve to be happy? I'm increasingly inclined to OT3 them.

I love that picture. It is the picture of Three People in a Bygone Happy Time that invariably means at least one of them will end up dead.

Then I got to thinking about how much I wanted there to be an Angel Sanctuary fandom. And then I got to thinking about Sara, who would probably be demonized by at least one section of the fandom for being the Mary Sue she, like so many manga heroines, inarguably is, impossibly pretty and sweet and self-sacrificing. I mean, she does do something unusual around volume 14 or so, but I have to admit that 14 volumes of perfection could be stifling. Except that Setsuna is practically the exact same person, and everyone would love him, except for the people who dislike heroes and think the series would be much better if it revolved around Kira. And this would be really weird for me, because Kira is my absolute favorite, and for once I would have the same favorite as the majority of fandom--in the Angel Sanctuary fandom, Kira would so be the Spike--and it might make my head explode.

But, see, people would feel the need to diss Sara in order to elevate Kira, and this would make me very unhappy. She would be the Lana. And I would cringe at Kira/Setsuna stories that would be perfectly lovely except for the Sara-bashing and/or the writing of Sara out of the universe entirely, despite the fact that, canonically, Setsuna's world revolves around her and that Kira knows this and actually kind of approves, because demon swords don't have incest issues.

So it may be for the best that there is no Angel Sanctuary fandom beyond the people putting up icons in the lj community.

Except they're so pretty. They deserve a fandom. With lots of fic for me.

Tom Canty. In color, it's very clear that if Tom Canty developed an angel fixation and started drawing manga, this is what it would like. That's it.

Okay, this has been my annual dose of fangirl squee. Sobriety will resume tomorrow.

Angel Cage

Feb. 1st, 2005 02:32 pm
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I picked up Angel Cage, the Kaori Yuki artbook at the post office this morning, which enabled me to read it on the way to work. ("Read it"? Is this right for something purely visual? I mean, there's an interview with Yuki and what I assume are short character profiles in the back, but as they are all in Japanese, no reading occurred.)

OMGTHEPRETTY!!!!!! So, so pretty. Kazuya Minekura does the sexiest men in manga, but Kaori Yuki does the prettiest. Not to mention the prettiest women and androgynous supernatural beings. It would be nice if she could draw more than one face in slightly different elongations, but hey, at least it's a pretty face.

So, so pretty. I am entranced. Kira and Setsuna and Sara and the angels I don't recognize, a few pictures from Kaine and Count Cain and I think perhaps some other series, ohmygod the pretty. Kira leaning his elbow on Setsuna's shoulder and Setsuna asleep in Kira's lap: oh, my OTP. I die of the sweetness. But then the Setsuna and Sara pictures are cute, too. They really are adorable in their own incestuous, narcissistic way. And there's the picture of all three of them as kids, Kira in big glasses and Setsuna holding up two fingers and Sara laughing as she falls back, and all of them grinning like crazy, and really, don't they deserve to be happy? I'm increasingly inclined to OT3 them.

I love that picture. It is the picture of Three People in a Bygone Happy Time that invariably means at least one of them will end up dead.

Then I got to thinking about how much I wanted there to be an Angel Sanctuary fandom. And then I got to thinking about Sara, who would probably be demonized by at least one section of the fandom for being the Mary Sue she, like so many manga heroines, inarguably is, impossibly pretty and sweet and self-sacrificing. I mean, she does do something unusual around volume 14 or so, but I have to admit that 14 volumes of perfection could be stifling. Except that Setsuna is practically the exact same person, and everyone would love him, except for the people who dislike heroes and think the series would be much better if it revolved around Kira. And this would be really weird for me, because Kira is my absolute favorite, and for once I would have the same favorite as the majority of fandom--in the Angel Sanctuary fandom, Kira would so be the Spike--and it might make my head explode.

But, see, people would feel the need to diss Sara in order to elevate Kira, and this would make me very unhappy. She would be the Lana. And I would cringe at Kira/Setsuna stories that would be perfectly lovely except for the Sara-bashing and/or the writing of Sara out of the universe entirely, despite the fact that, canonically, Setsuna's world revolves around her and that Kira knows this and actually kind of approves, because demon swords don't have incest issues.

So it may be for the best that there is no Angel Sanctuary fandom beyond the people putting up icons in the lj community.

Except they're so pretty. They deserve a fandom. With lots of fic for me.

Tom Canty. In color, it's very clear that if Tom Canty developed an angel fixation and started drawing manga, this is what it would like. That's it.

Okay, this has been my annual dose of fangirl squee. Sobriety will resume tomorrow.

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