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redbrunja: (the hunger games | tribute)
Sunday, May 4th, 2014 06:25 pm
So, I just finished The Fiery Heart. I know it would end as it did, but still, that ending was brutal. Someone hold me.
redbrunja: (lots | watch my back)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 05:45 pm
Top 5 Partners

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Top 5 Vampires

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Top 5 Female Friendships

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Top 5 Friendships

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I'll be honest: I have a tendency to think in more romantic than platonic lines, so these two questions were a challenge!

Top 5 Female Villains

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Top five OTPs!

Okay, there are the pairings that I just can't quit - the ones that even when I don't want to ship them or think I should move on, I still love to pieces.

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Top Five Currently Airing Shows

Okay, this is a slightly biased question, given that several shows have just wrapped, leaving me vaguely disappointed, and several shows have not yet started with new episodes, leaving me hopeful and optimistic.

So I'm going to answer this question in a completely un-5-things format.

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Top five unexpected canon pairings

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Top Five Disney/Pixar Movies.

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Top Five Guilty Pleasures

(Be they shows, movies, books, manga... whatever. )

I defined 'guilty pleasures' as media that is not good enough I'd feel comfortable reccing it to just about anyone.

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Top Five Shows That Need More Fandom Love

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redbrunja: (community | play for keeps)
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 04:09 pm
About a week ago, during a very slow shift, I had [ profile] terenewen  and [ profile] nimblnymph  email me ideas for potential lj posts, so the next couple of entries where I'm meta-ing about something random? You can thank those two.

One of the questions was tropes in urban fantasy that you'd like to see more/less of in urban fantasy.

My answer: If I never ever come across another goddamn, motherfucking love triangle, it will be too soon.

What I'd like to see more of, though? Female vampires. Especially as the main character.* Think about it. When was the last time there was a vampire as the female lead? For me, it was Christopher Moore's "Bite Me," which I read about a decade ago. More recently, it was Cassandra in Kelly Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series.

*I'm specifically talking about books here. Fantasy television is doing a lot better with female vampires, although I find that they skew towards baby!vamps a lot.

In other news, I cannot wait until Inception dies. Seriously, I read the second-to-last post on meta fandom, and it was chock-full of Arthur/Eames. So much Arthur/Eames. I do not care about Arthur/Eames. I do not care about them on a train, I do not care about them on a plane.

To be honest, I do not care about them with extreme prejudice.
redbrunja: (When That Girl Smiles)
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 01:11 am
Comment on this post and I will name a lady in the realm of fiction. Give at least 5 reasons why she is awesome on your own journal and spread the love.

[ profile] digthenym  asked me about Jessica Hamby of True Blood.

1.) She is the dangerous vampire in the vampire/human pairing.

2.) She may be dead, but she's still seventeen.

3.) She misuses and takes pleasure in her vampiric powers in an incredibly human, and as I mentioned, realistically juvenile way.

4.) She is a vampire who is exists between the 'good, vegetarian vamp/badass pyschopath' binary.

5.) She is fucking gorgeous and wears some of the prettiest sundresses (irony alert!) on the show.
redbrunja: (I'd Die If I Weren't Already Dead)
Monday, June 21st, 2010 10:56 pm
So I briefly touched on this in my last post about True Blood, but I wanted to discuss aging and vampires in more detail.

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redbrunja: (Lay Your Halo Down)
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 07:10 am
I'm in the early stages of my Vampire Diaries rewatch (commentary/meta forthcoming) but I had some thoughts that, while TVD-specific, had to do with vampire romances in general.

Now, I've talked before about one of the fantasies of the Vampire/The Girl pairing, and how I think a part of the attraction (and one of the attractions of Twilight) is the fact that it is not the girl being responsible for controlling the sexuality in the relationship. In real life, there is a lot of cultural/social pressure put on girls regarding sex. They are instructed to control men via their clothing (dress sexy but not to sexy), expected to control whether or not they are having sex, sometimes bear social stigma if they DO have sex, and have the threat of unwanted pregnancy. Basically, sex for teenage girls has a lot more potential to harm than sex for teenage boys does, even if we control for the threat of rape or sexual violence. So part of the vampire romance fantasy is a girl getting to (and I am having a bitch of a time picking the right verb here) give up the metaphoric boundary patrol she's expected to do, without coming to harm from it.

The flip side of that is basically the above dynamic, only with violence instead of sex. In the US, while domestic abuse rates are declining, about 25% of women will be abused at some point in their life, most likely by someone they know and are close to. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but if someone is violent, that violence is most likely to be expressed in their intimate relationships. Which means that the fantasy of the guy who is a threat to everyone but his romantic partner –who is preternaturally off limits– is pretty damn tempting.

Where It Gets TVD Specific )
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Friday, November 21st, 2008 11:22 pm
[ profile] enderxenocide  and I went shopping today, and we kicked ass. I found three bras, two shirts, and part of pants ALL of which both a.) fit and b.) were on sale. Plus, I had gift cards for half of it. (Hello, there, awesome new shisedo lipstick in a red 1930s harlots would wear.) Plus I knocked off half my Christmas list. (Shut up, I know that it's not even thanksgiving. In my defense, I come back from Turkey Day and have Dead week and then finals and know I won't want to shop then.) As a result of this, I got to go home and throw away two bras that were old and needed to be taken out to the back forty.

Get your lulz for the day: 28 Reasons That ‘Twilight’ the Movie Is Better Than ‘Twilight’ the Book

I would totally be seeing this movie, because the movie would be better than the book and I'm a sucker (heh) for vampire stories, except that the author is a Morman, and a certain percentage of her earnings go to the Church.... the same Church that helped get same-sex declared illegal in California.

The Church of Latter-Day Saints is not seeing one fucking dime of my money.

And nimble? About writing a good vampire novel since no one else is? You totally should and I think I will. I've been looking for a nice project for winter break and I'm a little burned out on my Reiketsukan-verse at the moment.

Since I've been thinking of good vampire novels (and been shocked by how hard it is - especially since they are my favorite) I've decided to post a rec list of damn good vampire novels.

(Some of these are stand alones and some are the first of a series.)

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klaus

This is how you do a romance between a vampire and a teenage girl. Zoe has a life of her own, problems of her own, and so does Simon. The vampire lore is classic and has consequences and Zoe is the furtherest thing from passive. The ending is bittersweet and this is one of the few books when I can honestly say I'd have it no other way.

Covenant with the Vampire (Diaries of the Family Dracul) by Jeanne Kalogridis

I was probably too young to read this when I did. I'm still not sure if I liked it but the author doesn't shy away from either the horrific nature of the vampires or the sex=death metaphor. (In fact, there is a sex scene in the first book that is pretty much burned in my mind. I could probably quote a couple lines word for word. Considering I read this about ten years ago....)

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

The teenagers in this book feel real - mature and young and all trying there best. Also, there's Eve. A barista who grew up in a town ruled by vampires and so dresses Goth as a 'fuck you' to people who could kill her for being too uppity.

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel

A graphic novel this time, Life Sucks, is a screamingly creative retelling of vampire mythology in modern times, and what immortality would really look like in our capitalist world. I'm praying this will be the beginning of a series but this works as a stand-alone. While it will leave you wanting more, stands very well on its own merits.

You Suck by Christopher Moore

Imagine if Carl Hiaasen wrote about vampires instead of Flordia. Yeah.

Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 1) by Charlaine Harris

Everyone and their best friend's mother has read this but I feel it's good enough to deserve a place on the list, even if I do feel that is and has teetered dangerously close to succumbing to Anita Blake-itis.

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Her latest book made me think I'd made a grave mistake in buying it in hardcover and I spent a hundred pages cursing her editor and LKH. And then Harrison pulled out a fantastically interesting plot that has nothing whatsoever to do with the main characters love life and her next book regained will-be-pre-ordering status. That said, her first book (linked) is fantastically interesting, has a great, original mythology, and gave me my first femmeslash OTP.

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

"I am Tersa the weaver, Tersa the liar, Tersa the fool."

While not strictly a vampire novel, there is a hot, scary, bad ass dead guy who I want to adopt me. I say it qualifies. As you can see, I've read this series so many times I have chucks of it memorized and the spine has a tendency to fall open to my favorite passages.

Blood Price by Tanya Huff

Scary romantic vampire love interest writes historical romance novels to pay the bills. Heroine is an ex-cop who quit the force because she got a degenerative eye condition that means she's effectively blind at night. Which is not going to stop her from being an awesome P.I.

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

"Talk to me. Remind me that you are a rational creature."

In in one line, McKinely gives us an ominously hungry vampire who is nonetheless that kind of vampire you'd want to be chained next to. Also, McKinley gives us a deliciously interesting world and a protagonist with a deliciously mundane day job (she's a baker).