redbrunja: (lots | fight like a girl)
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 09:25 pm
[livejournal.com profile] mollivanders asked me about my favorite shows growing up and if I could go back and rewatch them.

The two shows I'd mention here are Xena and Star Trek (of various series, I watched Star Trek from Next Gen through to Voyager). Star Trek... honestly, I don't know how that would hold up on rewatch, partially because it's a fucking HUGE amount of television. I'd imagine some episodes would be good, some would be bad, the special effects would be dated but mostly believably enough. But there sheer volume of episodes (and the fact that I rewatched the beginning of DS9 recently and had not desire to continue) means I'll likely never rewatch it.

Xena is a show that I actually really want to rewatch. I've seen the first couple of episodes, which were campy as hell, but definitely showed potential towards the kind of storytelling I remember Xena pulling off. (And I love LOTS, which shares a lot of spiritual and literal DNA with Xena (in literally every way but specifically) with regards to campy storytelling but with some great emotional beats.

As a side note, my mother and I quite watching Xena in its later seasons, and I was checking out an episode guide to see how much tv I'd be committing to with a rewatch and where I'd likely stop watching - definitely when Gabrielle as short hair, but also likely when the baby malarky starts up. In fact, Xena may be where I developed my intense allergy to fictional babies.

Lastly, the Xena theme? Is pretty much imprinted on my soul. The first time I heard it after not hearing it in literally, a decade, I knew it word for word and exactly which images where going to show up.
redbrunja: (tw | lion-hearted girl)
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 11:26 pm
"The point of fics set in alternate universes are to show that no matter what setting or circumstance, these two people will always find each other. I will find you. Every me loves every you."

I came across this great quote on tumblr and it reminded me of that fantastic scene between Derek and Jesse in TSCC, where they realize that they came from different futures where they were both in a relationship with slightly different versions of the other person, where Derek says basically the above. To me, I felt like it was clear he wasn't telling the literal truth, but what he wanted to be true (that in all possible futures, they were with each other) which is just so fucking romantic.

And thinking about AUs reminded me of a conversation I had with [livejournal.com profile] backtothesea where I was talking about how the thing that really frustrated me with AUs, is when people didn't bother to translate pivotal characterization details into the new universe and how often it would be so. easy. My example was Artemis Crock, and how if her father wasn't a bad dude in whatever new universe we're in, it pings me the wrong way. Same with Natasha Romanoff. A childhood trained/used as a weapon is a requirement, imho.

How picky I am about this stuff is why I'm not a big AU person, really.
redbrunja: (btvs | suffer for my sins)
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 05:11 am
I don’t believe that authors have to (or should) make all characters morally upstanding or have them make choices I agree with all the time, but sometimes, I feel like shows have a responsibility about the stories they tell, even if I’m not comfortable with putting that responsibility on them.

Basically, I don’t like it when shows support ideological beliefs that I see as actively damaging and prevalent in the culture at large.

I was thinking about this in the context of Spike’s attempted rape of Buffy and the end of Lane’s arc on Gilmore Girls.

First, the attempted rape on Buffy.

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Now, with Lane, here is what we know about Lane at the end of Gilmore Girls:

Read more... )
redbrunja: (comics | strongest at the broken places)
Friday, September 13th, 2013 01:09 am
[livejournal.com profile] 12_12_12 has talked several times about, basically, Rule 63-ing particular characters and tropes and seeing how they play.

Okay, you know the trope of the two guys who are both interested in the same girl and one of the guys basically gives his blessing to the other guy or tells the girl she should be with the other guys?

Well, at the end of Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl run, there is a gender reversed example of this, and it turns out that it is an annoying trope regardless of the genders*. Because the vertex person (typically the girl) is basically having other people tell him/her who she/he should be dating, while the person doing the telling has skin in the game (and is usually withholding information, to boot).

ADDITIONALLY, with these kinds of situations, there is usually a sense that one of the two relationship options is objectively a better choice, and that the vertex person should choose the rationally best choice. And that is just not how feelings work.


*There were also other reasons why this particular example didn't work.
redbrunja: (arrow | pink)
Saturday, July 27th, 2013 12:46 pm
Jennifer Crusie speaks the truth about why Felicity/Oliver is AWESOME and also what makes opposites-attract relationships work. I knew that Felicity’s role was unplanned but I did not know HOW UNPLANNED. Learning that the first smile that Oliver gives Felicity was because Stephan Amnell just couldn’t keep a straight face – and then they kept that in the show - fills me with unholy delight.

Also, oh my god, in Faking It Eve was originally the romantic lead opposite Davy Dempsey. I CAN'T EVEN.
redbrunja: (stock | violence)
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 08:06 am
I was listening to the author of I Wear The Black Hat do a radio interview yesterday, and what he said convinced me to not read his book.

There were two strikes against him. The first, he assumed that everyone relates more to the villain or that relating more to the villain as one gets older is a natural progression. (Not true.) Second, he completely blew off the question about why there were more male villains than female villains in his book.


The answer (that he didn’t give and is SO OBVIOUS) is that there are more epic, relatable male villains because female villains because, LIKE IN EVERY ASPECT OF STORYTELLING, on average, male villains get more varied, more interesting, more conviction-fueled villains backstories than female villains. Lady villains are often less evil and are evil because of lost/rejected/etc love.

I’m not going to say more on that, because, duh. Obviously. It doesn’t take a genius to see that.

What I am going to do is talk about how fucking much I love revenge narratives. ESPECIALLY lady-centric revenge narratives. Especially lady-centric revenge narratives that do not involve rape.

There is nothing I love more than a woman channeling her anger into a righteous violence.

Of course, having said that, my mind went completely blank on any other examples besides Kill Bill and Colombiana and True Grit. Thinking about it, I noticed that while a lot of female characters have revenge as part of their motivation, it will often get mudded. (I'm thinking of Regina and Alexandra Udinov, who have vengeance as part of their motivation but don't have that clean inciting incident>revenge quest>bloody satisfaction arc.)

Discuss.
redbrunja: (arrow | pink)
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 10:34 pm
There was a conversation (on a locked post, so) about fanfic authors having Felicity Smoak (of Arrow) be a fan of various Big Fandoms (Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, etc) and while I think it works better with Felicity* than a lot of other characters, I think it's a ballsier move than most fanficcers realize.

The thing is, name-dropping fandoms (especially a fandom that author loves or that is super-popular currently) is one of the easiest ways to throw a reader out of the story, because you have to deal with the reader's opinion about what that character would like** AND their feelings about the property in question.

I mean, when it works***, it really works, but I think that most writers don't realize what they're risking on what is often not a very important detail.

*I bet Felicity is watching Game of Thrones. But I also suspect she liked the books better.

**Sidebar, playing 'what other media would fictional character X love' is super-fun, imho.

***that time Tony Stark thought about his mother singing Simon & Garfunkle's "America" as a lullaby  and how he thought it was referencing Captain America ALL THE FEELINGS MY GOD.


[+] Finally, based on the conversation that inspired this post, now I’m imagining that Felicity is a total arthouse film and History Channel geek, instead of the more common sci-fi/fantasy nerd.

[+] There is a whole other post regarding writing canonically well-read characters like Rory Gilmore, Blair Waldorf, and Dan Humphrey.
redbrunja: (the avengers | assassins in love)
Friday, May 3rd, 2013 04:14 pm
Over at [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised there is a discussion on what makes Clint and Natasha read as accurate in AU fanfics, and my two cents are here.

(BTW, this is totally unrelated to and thus spoiler-free regarding IM3.)
redbrunja: (the avengers | in the red)
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 07:31 pm
Okay, I'm going to tell you right now, this, the previous post, and the next post are all due to [livejournal.com profile] qualapec. Feel free to send her flowers.

So, over email [livejournal.com profile] qualapec asked me about what I thought Pepper was afraid of and what her nightmares are like.

Pepper, Natasha, Clint, & Bruce )

I’m drawing a blank on Thor, Tony, Jane, and my answers for Darcy would be so transparently mine, they’d verge on out-of-character.

Okay, so, flist, tell me about the other Avenger’s fears.
redbrunja: (tw | our daughters are leaders)
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 01:16 am
To spare myself struggle with spoiler cuts, I am going to say right now that I mention things from this article, which has ten tidbits about the third season of the show.

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redbrunja: (the avengers | soldier boy)
Monday, February 25th, 2013 09:34 am
I'm rereading my tagged avengers fic, and it's kind of surprising just how uniquely satisfying a good gen Steve Rogers fic is.

A good Steve gen piece is like a perfectly cooked steak.

On that subject, [livejournal.com profile] musesfool has a great post about Steve Rogers and justice and some things she keeps in mind while writing him, prompted by this meta post. The majority of these ideas were not new to me, mainly because people have been talking about this since the Avengers came out. (Not so much the Tony-political stuff, which is likely accurate my makes my soul bleed, but definitely talking about the myth of the conservative past, and Steve's likely political leanings.)
redbrunja: (tscc | the future's nothing new)
Sunday, December 16th, 2012 11:00 pm
Crushes Break-Ups And Natural Lives.

While I am absolutely guilty of feeling personally affronted when shows I love start sucking but what this article drove home for me was how artificial the television seasons are and who the current model to make money with tv forces shows to continue past their natural story arcs.
redbrunja: (once upon a time | madam mayor)
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 01:42 am
I noticed in the wake of the last Once episode, there seem to be two main responses to Regina which are:
  1. Fuck this apologist shit.
  2. I am really annoyed by how Regina is losing her agency.
There's not way I can be rational about the first reaction; the second I thought long and hard about, and about why so many of the people on my flist had that reaction but I didn't.


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redbrunja: (once upon a time | no happy endings)
Monday, October 22nd, 2012 03:09 pm
Okay, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this episode.


The Crocodile )
redbrunja: (soul eater | no man's daughter)
Saturday, September 29th, 2012 09:17 am

In a hugely rare occurrence, I have finished all aired episodes of Green Lantern (except the one that will be airing in an hour, not that I will be watching it, because I will be AT WORK) in thirty-six hours and now I have some slightly more coherent thoughts than my last post on this subject.


"What is 'cheese,' exactly?" "It is curdled lactil milk from a female bovine species on earth." "........From now on, how about you eat that in a closet or something?" )