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Season three was overall a huge treat. I remembered why the third book is my favorite in the series and how much I love the unlikely character combinations it contains.

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Just got wind of this, this morning and I am a bit undecided about it. There are definitely pros and cons about this thing. Here are the guidelines they published with their release statement.

Pros:

  • money for fanfic. I am basically all for people making money with something they love to do and there are works out there that I would definitely be willing to pay for.

  • legality. No fear of being shot down by a network or original author who does not like fanfic.

Cons:

  • loss of diversity: I'm thinking here both of content and of qualitative diversity. The guidelines state that you can do for examples no crossovers and it is also clearly not a platform for short fiction. And naturally they have quality standards, which is a good thing but also sets it apart from the freescene, which allows everybody to get their feet wet. Yeah sure, everybody is complaining about 12 year olds writing badfic, but that is the way everybody starts off.

  • The rights rest with amazon, so you can't just take it down or flock it if you do not want it out there anymore.

  • no porn. Fanfic is the only female dominated porn source, I ever came across. Everything else is either directed at straight or gay males or perpetuating the male gaze in massive self objectification (romance novels).

doubts:

  • If there is a legal fanfic scene, wont it become jealous of the illegal scene? Especially since the free scene will always have the porn and the crossovers to be more interesting. Isn't there a risk that the pay sites will eventually try to shut down sites like a AO3?

I think the idea is perfect for stuff like Stephen Brust's firefly fanfic, but for the largest part of the scene it is useless due to the limitations and I'm a bit worried about the longtime effects of this.
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I wasn't around much lately so I didn't have the time to write much about the individual episodes and now it is too late to catch up, but I'm watching and I love what they are doing for the most part.

I especially like how they are working with the Jaime and Brienne storyline, which is prompting me to write about those two and why I find them so intriguing.
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LJ is still wonky due to maintenance and actually it's a good excuse to post here again.

I'm a bit torn up about being excited for S.H.I.E.L.D. I liked the Avengers movie but not especially, more like the Iron Man movies. Imho tv-show is Joss' best medium, because there he gets to do character development but on the other hand I can barely remember Dollhouse anymore and I think his really great works were Buffy and Firefly.

Hm, so not sure. I know I'll end up watching but I can't say I'm super excited.
 


Again?

May. 15th, 2013 03:12 pm
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Is LJ dead again or is it just me?

ETA: Now its working again, but somehow the edit function is totally screwed and I  can't see the buttons properly. Is Putin having a bad day again, or what?
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I don't really have an idea, when the movie ran in the rest of the world and I'm probably late to the party but I really liked it.

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LJ dead?

May. 14th, 2013 01:35 pm
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Looks like LJ is having trouble again?

I returned from Paris on the weekend and it was the absolute perfect holiday, I wish i could have stayed there...

I'm playing catch up with LJ now and would really like to do some posts but somehow work has just waited to jump me here,

Still I saw Iron Man III (very enjoyable but not really special) and the new Star Trek wich I really loved to pieces and have the urge to post about, but not really the time.

I'm also catching up with GoT but I still have to watch 6.07. Very much looking forward to the Jaime/Brienne stuff to come and wow was that proposal in 6.06 awkward (or what we saw of it). 

Eventually I will get there I hope, anyway good to be back on LJ or DW as it is.
 


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I'm currently reading Robert Graves "I, Claudius" and watching the old BBC show. Wow, are they both brilliant. And also wow, was Patric Stuart young!

Whyever did they chose to finish Rome where they did when they continued it with such material. It would have been a firework!

Has anyone here read it? I'm completely addicted at the moment. It reminds a lot of Game of Thrones and I think that Graves' Claudius ans Martin's Tyrion have a lot in common, the way they are treated as defficient by their families but come back from the woodwork maybe even because of it.
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Just finished the last Temeraire book and it went down like butter."Tongues of Serpents" was ok, but at times it dragged and I felt right after the amazing "Victory of Eagles" there was too little happening for my taste.

Serves to say that "Crucible of Gold" makes up for everything. I could not put it down and was hooked from the first to the last page, the only bad thing being that the next book is not yet written.

Spoilery review ahead )

Free stuff!

Mar. 2nd, 2012 05:36 pm
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I am participating in black march, even though I really have no idea if the internet at large has already forgotten about the whole SOPA/ACTA shit or not. Anyway I think it's not half bad to stay away from the mainstream entertainment industry for a while and also it really should not be so hard not to buy anything for a month, should it?

So instead I decided to give some stuff away. I got myself the 5th book of the Absolute Sandman edition a while ago (IT IS SO SHINY, let me tell you!), so now I have two books double and since they are really nice ones I thought my flist is a good place to look for kind new owners for them:

Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano
Sandman: Endless Nights a collection short stories by Neil Gaiman and a whole host of artists (Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara, Miguelanxo Prado, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz and Barron Storey)

Books are both in good condition and for free. I will pay the shipping. First come, first serve. :) GO!
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I have been a very bad LJler lately. RL was kinda eating me up and I was basically to pissed about the whole ACTA fuck to watch much mainstream tv (still am...) but on the positive side I have an interesting new project to work on, organized a fabulous murder party for a friend's birthday and read a lot of comic books.

Which brings me to the topic of this post: "The Unwritten", by Mike Carey and Peter Gross which is the best thing in comics I've read in a long long while. I read the first paperback a year ago (or so) and thought it really neat but mostly forgot about it until recently.

This time around I burned through everything available from the series within a few days and fell completely in love with it.
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LJ again

Feb. 1st, 2012 12:49 pm
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Seems LJ is having trouble again, doesn't it?
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I finally caught up with Sherlock and loved every second of the finale. I think it replaced Study in Pink as my favourite episode. So, all of you who saw it, how do you think he did it?

My theory is below the cut )
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OMG!OMG! Mark just watched Surprise and I can't wait until he sees Innocence and what happens with Angel. He's worried about the outcry the sex might have induced outside the show. Just wait what it induces inside! His whole word will turn upside down!

I knew mine did when I watched the show for the first time and was also not spoilered about Angelus.  This was the twist that made me think the show was not just nice and entertaining but really really good.

(He's going to take Jenny's death hard though. And I agree, I wish the character had stayed on longer.)

Bomb-Girls

Jan. 15th, 2012 01:09 am
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How come my flist is not all over Bomb-Girls yet? It's a sacrilege, the show is pure gold!

Yay for Canadian  female driven WW2 drama!

wonky

Jan. 14th, 2012 10:50 am
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Is LJ wonky today or is it just me. I keep getting error messages, and I can't access the comments to my own posts.
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I got one really perfect Christmas gift this year that totally kills of the last disadvantage the kindle had.

Thing is that I love to read in the bath tub, mostly cheap paperbacks I don't really care about and magazines. But with the kindle I do not buy books on paper any more unless I really care about them (and then I can't let them get wet) and my magazine reading has already shifted completely to the internet. So having nothing to read in the bathtub was really becoming a problem.

Now a friend gave me this and it's perfect. Completely watertight if you close it carefully.  I tried it first with some dry paper and submerged it completely for a few minutes, not a drop got inside. I'm totally in love with it.
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I really enjoy Mark watches Buffy. In fact I was looking into it every day to find out if he had finally arrived at School Hard. I love how perfectly he gets it and the fact that he is completely unspoiled. Season 2 is simply perfect for that, because season 1 is a comparatively normal standard television show. In the beginning of season 2 (I also watched it completely unspoiled back in the day) you really think you know what to expect. The annoying one will be the villain and then after School Hard, yeah, Spike will be the villain, but it is still not all that special.

Yes, sure the story about Angel's oh so dark past was told, but I ,at least,  was not prepared at all for just how evil Angelus really was. And I really can't wait for Mark to discover it.

I also loved that he knew the instant after watching the first ever Angel/Spike scene that there must be millions of slashfics about them out there. Heee.

Reading his take on the show is the most enjoyable fandom thing I have seen in a very long time. Makes me think that maybe I will get over the comic fiasco after all and get back in the game.
 


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Bwah, I forgot just how good this show is! I will never be able to watch the Hollywood version now, because the loud snickering will get me thrown out of the cinema.


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Hope you guys all had a decent Christmas and if you had your share of Christmas depression and family drama instead, I hope you are already on the mend and find to the people and interests that really give you joy.

I found this little gem of a very cynical Christmas song that I really love. It's from 1928 written by the German children's book author Erich Kaestner to the sound of the Christmas song "Morgen, Kinder, wird's was geben" (Tomorrow, children, there will be something). It's in German but I can attempt a translation if you are interested in that kind of thing.


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