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OK, so staying in feeling a bit crappy, and decided to indulge in some comfort reading - Snape/Sirius. There had to have been new fic written since I dropped out of the fandom several years ago, right?

And there was. OMG, you guys. OMG. I have never read so much badly written, OOC fic before in my entire life. A whole new spin on revisionist history where James is a rapist, taking advantage of poor Severus, Sirius is a noble spirit who rescues him, and twue wuve prevails - with the power of Sirius' magic cock, of course. Urgh. I feel sorta dirty now.

Anyone know of any good Snape and/or Sirius fics written in the last 3 years? I would be veer so grateful.
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
I managed to slice my finger open on bread. On bread, people. I do not appreciate being defeated by my lunch.

In less fail-worthy areas, I want to talk about some of my favourite characters. You will notice that they are neither 25, nor male. This makes them the exception when it comes to be characterised as 'awesome' by the majority of fandom. (Much as I love K/S, fifty-eight of the new Star Trek communities that have recently formed could wink out of existence and the young, gorgeous and male characters in the cast would still get plenty of love. But I digress.)

So here's my love-song to all those women who managed to hit forty and still remain smart and gorgeous and made of awesome.

1. Atia (ROME)
When I think of awesome, I think of Atia. She single-handedly made ROME for me. She's smart, she's petty, she's beautiful naked. She's not a size 0. Best moment: when she's beating the crap out of Octavia and Octavian for sleeping together. Or when she turns up at Mark Anthony's wearing all those furs.

2. Servilia (ROME)
Ah, Servilia. Realistically, having Atia go up against a man would have been pointless, as she would have eaten him alive. Servilia, on the other hand, counted Julius Caesar as a lover, and Atia as an enemy. She was magnificent in her rage; even though I loved Atia, I would sometimes be traitorously wanting Servilia to win. Best moment: scratching a curse onto a bronze mirror and, of course, her final scene in front of Atia.

3. Irina Derevko (Alias)
Spymommy rules! Let's get over the fact that she also looks like my first grade teacher, which confused the smaller parts of my brain. Let's also ignore the last part of S5, as it upsets me beyond words. In all other respects, Irina rules. She is an Evil Overlady (who pretend to be an Evil Overlord, because men are stupid and wouldn't think of it - see, even the spellcheck can cope with Evil Overlord but doesn't recognise Evil Overlady!) and she manages to turn most of the Alias world upside down on a regular basis. Also, she's stunningly gorgeous, and isn't afraid to use that sexuality to her advantage. Come to think of it, ALL the women on this list still continue to use their sexuality, which must be confusing for those who think that a woman can't be a sexual being after 40. Anyway, best moments: getting changed on the train and catching Jack looking at her, helping deliver Isabelle, "no, I'm going to let him do it" and the whole Elena interaction.

4. Lwaxana Troi (ST:TNG & ST:DSN)
I recently rewatched Lwaxana's first visit to DSN with [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky, hence the resurgence of my love for her. She's played for comedic effect generally, but she also has such an air of pathos about her that she can reach quite impressive depths. I love that she has different hair for every occasion, and she can seduce a Ferengi just as convincingly as she can make a play for Picard. I love that she loves her daughter unreservedly, and Dark Page broke my heart. And her wedding 'gown' - priceless! Best moments: turning up for her wedding dressed traditionally, sitting in Picard's lap after being rescued from the Ferengi, catching the melting Odo in her skirts.

5. Iris Crowe (Carnivale)
Speaking of unreserved, unconditional love: witness Iris Crowe's not-entirely-appropriate love for her brother. Iris seriously blind-sided me in Carnivale; I honestly didn't think she would have been the one to do that with the orphanage. She struck me as too soft (can you believe that??), and so it was a real shock. Of course, listening to her reasons made it clear that she was anything other than soft, and after that I think I was more afraid of her than of Justin. Best moments: leaving the door open when bathing, explaining about the orphanage.

6. Laura Roslin (BSG)
The only reason I might decide to actually give BSG another chance is because of the awesome scariness of Laura Roslin. She had me when she shoved that guy out the airlock, and I know he was a bad guy, but she seemed to - well, not precisely enjoy it, but not be cut up about it, either. And I guess we're so used to seeing female characters feel at everything, that watching her do that so composedly really shook me. Best moments: not going bonkers when Tigh comes to visit her in her cell in S1, shoving the Cylon out the airlock, telling Baltar what she thinks of him when she thinks she's dying. I've only watched up to the middle of S2, so doubtless there are others.

7. Sally Jupiter (Watchmen)
This is the bit where everyone wonders what the hell I'm smoking, because I think that Sally is awesome. If nothing else, she is an immensely complex character to end up spoilering a spoiler with spoiler. I think that it's a shame that the entire fandom seems so focused on the second gen heroes at the exclusion of the Minutemen (and what little Minutemen stuff there is seems to be almost entirely slash. What about the awesomeness of the female heroes??). Best moments: telling Eddie to stay away from Laurie, and then telling Laurie why she couldn't hate Eddie. AWWWWW.

8. Joyce Summers (Buffy)
Joyce is, in fact, an excellent mum who is just trying to do her best. Her kid has announced that she's a superhero, and will be killing nasties regardless of what mummy wants for her (and mummy is quite certain that 'college' rather than 'decapitation' is what she wants for her daughter). Plus then Dawn turns up. I, I just - for a few brief episodes, before everything goes wrong, there's a real family at the beginning of S5, and they're happy. Which just makes what comes later that much more heart-breaking. Best moments: Valentine's day with Buffy - Thelma & Louise sounds like an excellent idea - and when Buffy comes back in S3. Hitting Spike over the head with an axe, And - this may not count - but The Body. Because that makes me cry every single time.

9. CJ Cregg (TWW)
I've decided that she counts because she is over 40, and is not little, cute or blonde. Not that little, cute and blonde can't be intimidating in its own ways. How do I love CJ? When I grow up I want to be just like her. The beginning of S6 - while upsetting - also makes me happy with the CJ-centric episodes, especially where we see her hit the ground running. Because she is made of awesomesauce and could pick it up like *snaps fingers* that. Plus, she has a fantastic body. And is amazing in bed. (What? She is.) Best moments: WHERE TO START, well, being amazing in bed, having root canal, the women of Qumar, kissing Danny, visiting Toby in S7, getting drunk with Abbey, smacking down the Joint Chiefs.

10. Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter)
I read a fic somewhere that describes the Malfoys as 'an army of three', which I think is amazingly accurate. Narcissa is on her family's side. Yes, she wants them to be successful, and yes, they have allied themselves politically to a particular side, but that doesn't mean that she's going to sacrifice her family on the altar of principle or political expediency. And, when you think about it, she's the reason that LV was defeated - and she doesn't regret it, not a single bit of it. Best moments: the dinner with LV and silent support for her husband, asking whether Draco's alive.

11. Kai Winn (ST:DSN)
Kai Winn should get her own section, entitled 'scary villains'. I'm rewatching DSN, and it's hitting me all over again just how much she freaked me out. She reminds me of Martha Stewart, if she decided to join the KKK and run for office. I won't spoil by mentioning her best moments, even though I am vaguely spoiled myself for S7. But her early appearances are awesome still: the bombing of the school, letting Minister Jarro stand alone, telling her mole that her semi-suicidal bombing was the work of the Prophets.

12. M (Bond films)
Judi Dench as M makes my knees weak, particularly in Casino Royale. The Brosnan Bond was too powerful, really, for us to see her as an effective control of him (which was always one of my pet peeves with Bond - he's an agent, he's disposable - he doesn't get to dictate terms to M!), but when we had the relaunch it all clicked for me. This M wouldn't hesitate to throw Bond at something guaranteed to get him killed. He's a tool for her: sometimes a precise, effective tool, sometimes a jack-hammer. Sometimes (very expensive) cannon fodder. But she's the one who makes the decisions, and he's the one who implements them. Best moments: that entire scene in her apartment in Casino Royale.

13. Livia (I, Claudius)
akjdfghfkghdfkgj, Livia. I have only read the book, not watched the series yet (I AM A BAD FAN; I am taking it to Zambia with me to watch in peace and quiet...), but in the book she is pant-wettingly awesome. She's the mind behind the throne, and when that throne is Augustus bloody Caesar, you get an idea of the sort of mind she is. Best moment: painting the bloody fruit!

14. Frau Totenkinder (Fables)
She interrogates BABA YAGA. Case closed. Plus, she's totally up to something... er, else. Best moments: young!frau exacting her revenge on her former lover, being rescued by Red and Snow, and, oh yes, INTERROGATING BABA FRIKKIN YAYGA. (Maybe you had to grow up with tales of Baba Yaga as a kid to get how inhumanly awesome and terrifying that is as a concept, I dunno. Baba Yaga was guaranteed to make me wet my pants as a kid, though, I find her scary beyond words.)

15. Kathryn Janeway (ST:VOY)
Star Trek seems to be doing remarkably well here, WHUT. Anyway, Kate Mulgrew was in her 40s as Janeway, which makes Janeway in her 40s - and that logic is good enough for me. And while Voyager sucked abysmally a lot of the time, some of the time it was totes awesome, and that was mainly because of Janeway and her forbidden love relationship with Seven. Best moments: going all Die Hard and hunting down giant microbes, facing down the skeezy Kashyk, Borg Queen face-off!!, telling Seven to date in a totally 'come hither' way.

So, there we are. 15 women too awesome for words. (Although I clearly found some.) Give 'em some love, they totally deserve it!
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Would my HP-inclined compatriots be interested in the fic that JKR wrote for the 'What's Your Story' collection? It was a limited edition book (to raise money for charity) featuring handwritten postcard fics by various authors, including JKR penning a very short fic with James and Sirius on a motorcycle through Muggle London. I'm offering now because I understand that the book is no longer in print (and while it was, it was only available in very selected places), so I wouldn't be drawing money away from the charities concerned, and I'm recommend that people who want to read the fic make a donation to those charities in lieu of purchase. Thoughts? If there is interest, and it hasn't already been scanned in my some enterprising young qhippersnapper, I will type it up.
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I've been reading HP fic again. One of the joys of being away from a fandom for a long time is going back & finding all the new fic. One of the horrors of being away from fandom is going back and finding that everyone has been writing on crack. I mean, seriously, guys? Seriously??

Maybe I'm just having trouble tracking down the good fics. Pls could someone rec me stuff on the following golden dozen:

1. Lily and Snape post-Hogwarts, wherein Lily is not a two-timing slut and Snape isn't a helpless woobie and they're not still sekkrit best friends f'evah. Please.

2. On the same (sorta) topic, James and Snape post-Hogwarts, please? Possibly with Lily. They don't even have to interact. But to my reckoning, there is a lot that needed to be said that didn't even up being said between those three (up to and including Lily calling James out on his bullying ways). You could even do it as a sort of post-DH thing, I suppose.

3. Marauders-fic, wherein the gittishness of their actions is hammered home, without Snape-the-woobie rearing his ugly head. All I've seen thus far is portrayals of the Marauders that wouldn't be out of place at a Death Eater meeting. Call me crazy, but I don't think that JKR would hold them up to be shining examples of anything if they went around torturing and raping their way through school. Tormenting, yes. Making some people's lives a misery, yes. But nothing that would merit time in Azkaban. (This tends to be partnered with woobie!Snape, where he is so terribly beat down by everyone around him. Sometimes someone will take pity on him, and he clings pathetically. Sometimes it's just a case of 'let's squish Snape'. It drives me nutty.)

4. Can we please stop beating on Ginny? Some Ginny-and-Hermione fic would be great. (No slash, pls, just friendship.)

5. Ron/Hermione fic would be loved like a very loved thing. I adore this couple. I can't help it. Especially in light of Ron wanting to save house elves. Yes.

6. The Malfoys as a family. Maybe their friendship with Snape. I have many thoughts on Snape's relationship with Draco (not like that, minds out of the gutter) that I'd like to write about at some point. But - post-DH Malfoys.

7. The Dursleys. Post-DH. Any of them, really, especially if it's them running into Harry again.

8. Oh, uh, Snape/Sirius remains my OTP. I had this whole thing mapped out in my head, an HP/Crow crossover, where Sirius comes back from the dead a year after his death in order to help avenge his death & help Harry, and is found by Snape, who takes him to the safest place around - Dumbledore's office - and... ok, I forgot what happened at that point. But it was definitely a 'bring-back-Sirius' fic during the DH timeframe. Anything that brings him back but keeps HBP and DH canon compliant would make me happy.

9. Speaking of DH-compliance, Neville during that time. Please?

10. OK. No one will actually have done this, but I can't possibly the only one who wants to squish timelines together and bring current knowledge to the past, aka someone from the HP timeframe goes back to the Marauders-era and starts to make changes. I know the problems that would arise, of course - paradox, cliche, boringness - but I'm willing to risk it. It could be awesome.

11. Magic. Something on awesome magic use. Or rituals of some kind. Mostly, I want to see people learning stuff. Because I'm actually a big geek.

12. I lied, it was only 11 requests. Except I'm asking for DH-compliant SS/SB fics (where both live - and a reason is given, not just 'and they both somehow survived, sex to follow). Twice. Yes.

*

I'm so looking forward to Halloween. Is anyone as excited as me??? Maybe 6 year olds. *bounce*
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I did three pieces of femslash art for Merry Smutmas this year: Cho/Luna, Ginny/Luna, and Ginny. I'm not linking to it because of lj's stupid linking policies. I will merely point out that art can be had at merry_smutmas over at insanejournal, should one wish for some femslash.
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I had a Day With The Parents (tm) today. I spent six hours, no joke, playing "dress up [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko" with my mum, which basically involved being a living doll for a while. But it was her birthday, so I endured. Anyway, I persuaded her to splurge on some very pretty clothes in the sale, so it's all good.

My brother, bless him, bought me the HP5 game for the PC, so I've been swearing at my computer for a good few hours, now. It's fun, though! I am completely crap at computer games, I really need the simplest ones to keep me happy for hours. (I was the one person who was dismayed when Sid Meyer's Civilisation went to IV and got all three-dee on our arses.) I've thus far mastered four spells (well, two, and the other two I still need to look on the 'hints' screen all the time) and have put together several broken things. And!! I didn't fall down the stairs, even when they moved. I am clearly win.

I'm now catching up on the stuff posted to [livejournal.com profile] fandom_flies and [livejournal.com profile] fandomtossed, and staring in disbelief at the number of comments that LJ has yet to respond to. Seriously, people, have they gone away for the weekend or something??

Right. S3 of Buffy beckons.

(xposted to all 3 journals)
kangeiko: (Default)
I'm going to talk about things other than DH soon. I promise. Like... now! Ta da!!

Title: The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy

page count: 339 pages.

Elvis and a fountain, standing locked in an embrace... )

***

Title: Diary
by Chuck Palahniuk

page count: 260 pages

This is Misty Wilmot's shitty life. )

***

Title: The City and the Stars
byr C. Clarke
page count: 255 pages

Sadly predictable )

***

I might go finish watching Prisoner of Azkaban. I have popcorn. I have diet coke. I have peanut M&Ms. I am the home cinema queen. Yes.

More to the point, I've spent so long stressing about exams - and say what you like, it was merited, as the exam was bloody hard! - that I'm emotionally exhausted. I'm totally regressing into potter-love as my default-setting. *purrs*
kangeiko: (Default)
Dear fandom,

Please for to be bringing me DH-compliant SB/SS. (I am now assume SS/HP already on way, many thanks.)

I'll beg if I have to.

Love and kisses,

me.

In other news, DMZ rocks. It's seriously creeping me out. And exam results soon. Nervous? Who, me? *gibber*

*scribbles & covets SB/SS* DON'T MAKE ME WRITE IT MYSELF, ZOMG!!
kangeiko: (Default)
I should be heading off to bed, but I've gone HP-crazy, reading fic and reactions to DH. *beams* There appears to be much fuss over certain spoilery events, so I decided to throw my £0.02 in...

In response to spoilery wank concerning Snape )
kangeiko: (Default)
I reviewed the first half of the book here.

I finished!! - Spoilers, obviously. )



I've also read three other books in the last couple of weeks, btw - The God of Small Things, Diary and The City and the Star, which I really must review at some point... But, for HP7, I have two thumbs up.

Rome 2.07

Jul. 11th, 2007 10:57 pm
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
Ah, yes. This is the one where my heart is broken into a million pieces and then TRAMPLED INTO THE DIRT WITH SHARP, SHARP POINTY HEELS.

Also, three episodes to go, not 6. WOE. And I couldn't resist and had to read the summaries on the HBO website, so I kinda roughly know what's going to happen. Kinda. AND IT SOMEHOW MAKES IT WORSE. DOUBLE PLUS WOE.

(I really honestly genuinely have a giant girl-crush on Atia. Or, possibly, Polly Walker. genuine girl!crushing. It's embarrasing.)

OotP tomorrow, that's not going reduce me to a blubbering mess over Sirius, oh, of course not... *headdesk*

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