In which we travel from the South lIsland to the North Island and visit the capital.

And some movie magic )
Dear writer, thank you so much for participating in this challenge and creating a story for me. I included some prompts in my requests. Know that if none of these speaks to you, you can still make me happy simply by "Peggy and Jarvis fight crime" case fic. My prompts tend to go in a gen direction, but I'm not averse to shipping, either slash or het or multi, provided you don't put down another another relationship in your story. What I am averse to is character bashing: by which I don't mean character A having a bad opinion of character B, if this is the case in canon or can be extrapolated from it, plus one of my prompts involves villains in central roles, and these people are canonically responsible for horrendous acts. However, there is a difference between that and "ugh, X is the WORST, says every other character ever" type of storytelling, and I trust you, writer, are able to see it.

Re: all the characters not named in my prompts - I'm an ensemble fan and fond of everyone, though of course I have my favourites. Still, just because they're not listed doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading about them, though if you want to work your own favourite into one of the prompts in a prominent role, go ahead, as long as my listed characters have one, too.

Now, about those prompts )
The last few days were somewhat more cloudy than our first few in New Zealand, but with treats like this one at Te Anau Lake, who cares?

Regenbogen über Te Anau photo IMG_0883_zps1vczszxb.jpg

Though there was that time when a guy named Ben stranded me on an island in the Tasmanian Sea... )
selenak: (Galadriel by Kathyh)
( Mar. 20th, 2017 05:34 am)
Travelling means not much time online, so I use what I have to share the beauty around me.

Photographing Middle Earth )
selenak: (VanGogh - Lefaym)
( Mar. 18th, 2017 08:30 pm)
New Zealand: a wondrous experience so far.

Lighting the Beacons )
Aka the early season finale. That was a brief season, and I shall miss the midwives! Will there be another season, one has to ask this late in the game?

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In conclusion: a good note on which to leave Germany with for a month!
Just a little more than 24 hours from now, I'll be sitting in an air plane en route to the South Pacific. Between packing, I noticed I haven't said anything about the big Buffversary two days ago. It was and is a dear fannish love of mine; I watched it partly in German, partly in English, as its original broadcast fell into the time when overseas fans like yours truly started to figure out how to, hm, watch episodes not yet broadcast on German tv, and something I wrote during my most recent rewatch still applies: BTVS was one fannish experience where I didn't just enjoy one character/storyline/ship, I loved and love the entirety. From the moment Darla vamps out in the pilot teaser to the moment Dawn asks Buffy what she wants to do now and Buffy, realising that for the first time in her life she actually has all the choices at the end of Chosen, from s1 line up to the s7 line up of characters, I love it all.

Me and the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, it seems, who watched the show with her great grandson. Now there's fannish company!

This tv season/miniseries is something I probably wouldn't have watched if the buzz hadn't been so overhwelmingly positive and curiosity-inciting, so when it became available on Amazon Prime in my region, I tuned in, and indeed, the hype did not lie. I watched the tenth and last episode today. What the series is does is taking something I remembered as a lurid, crazy 90s event and using it for a smart, layered examination of racism, sexism, the transformation of reality into a live tv spectacle at the expense of any boundaries - and doing it while offering a bunch of great actors the occasion to play complicated, interesting roles. (Yes, okay, and some comedy relief in the form of Kato and Robert Shapiro.) It's so easy to turn people into caricatures for the public consciousness. What The People vs O.J. Simpson does is turning caricatures back into complicated people in the case of four characters in particular - Marcia Clark, Chris Darden, Johnny Cochran and Robert Kardashian. (The lawyers are whom the series is interested in most. O.J. himself isn't a main character, which I thought was a wise choice. He's prominent only in the first and last episode, and otherwise the catalyst for various events and moves.)

Spoilers for 90s trial ensue )
selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( Mar. 9th, 2017 08:06 am)
In which our antiheroes are back, but not in the USSR.

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selenak: (Norma Bates by Ciaimpala)
( Mar. 8th, 2017 06:06 pm)
In which the show arrives at an expected result in an unexpected way, and the luck of Men Who Love Norma And Whom Norma Loved continues to be rotten.

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selenak: (Black Sails by Violateraindrop)
( Mar. 7th, 2017 06:15 pm)
Alas, the last episode for me for a month, which has nothing to do with the content or STARZ' schedule and everything with my impending departure for the other side of the plent on March 13th. I'll still be able to watch those shows which Amazon Prime or Netflix are putting up, but the rest will have to wait. Well, this episode was a doozy to take an involuntary break on.

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selenak: (Kitty Winter)
( Mar. 7th, 2017 08:30 am)
As you can imagine, I was, for the most part, a happy camper due to this episode's guest star, even more so when discovering it was apparantly part 1 of a two parter.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Mar. 6th, 2017 05:10 pm)
Which is probably the most 2017 story yet.

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In which we catch up on last season's Thalidomide plot, and Nurse Crane goes through a terrible experience.

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selenak: (First Class by Hidden Colours)
( Mar. 4th, 2017 10:13 am)
Never having watched one of the Wolverine solo movies before, it was the trailer which made me watch this one, the trailer promising a) Charles Xavier as played by Patrick Stewart, b) Logan & young girl, which is the most appealing aspect of any incarnation of Wolverine, both in comics and on the screen, and c) road trip. Also, X-Men: Days of Future Past had actually made me a bit emotionally invested in the Logan-Charles relationship. So to the cinema I went, after doping myself with every cough and sneeze preventing chemical known to men, and lo, I did not regret it.

No more guns in the valley )
I have no idea whether any of this applies anymore; probably not. But: If, for a century or so until my generation, you were a German child and enjoyed reading, chances were you were presented with "Greek and Roman Myths" by Gustav Schwab for your fist Communion (if you were Catholic) or presumably at some other occasion applying to Lutherans & other religions (or no religion at all). I was, and a life long fascination with myths was born. I didn't discover until later when I got around to reading the Iliad, Ovid etc. that Gustav Schwab, Wilhelminian that he was, had definitely bowdlerized the myths in his retelling at some places, usually to make the Gods look a bit better. But still: Schwab's Myths, the shorthand designation, was an incredibly popular follow up present to the Grimms' Fairy Tales by well meaning relations for generations of children. (Speaking of the Grimms, Jacob G. also edited a collection of "German Heroic Myths", and I did read that one later, too, but the Greeks and Gustav Schwab definitely got there first.

Why do I bring this up? Because when reading Neil Gaiman's Norse Myths, it struck me that this is the ideal new First-Communion-gift. It's a good introduction to the 16 or so stories told in the Edda, witty and well written. A retelling of the Edda-version myths themselves, not a novella or novel using the myths as a basis, and not one assuming you know the stories or versions of them already. (As opposed to, say, the way Gaiman uses myths in the Sandman saga, or of course in American Gods.) There's a playful narrative voice that definitely seems to be a adressing a younger audience, without, however, patronizing it, as in delightfully creepy touch:

Look up in the sky: you're looking at the inside of Ymir's skull. The stars you see at night, the planets, all the comets and the shooting stars, these are the sparks that flew at the fires of Muspell. And the clouds you see by day? These were once Ymir's brains, and who knows what thoughts they are thinking, even now.

(As opposed to Gustav Schwab, Gaiman isn't interested in making the Gods look less dastardly.)

If you're a reader already familiar with Norse myths and/or Gaiman's other works, you get the occasional cross referencing kick, as in:

He had done as his dreams had told him, but dreams know more than they reveal, even to the wisest of the gods.

And are amused and things like this summing up of Loki:

That was the thing about Loki. You resented him even if you were at your most grateful, and you were grateful to him even when you hated him the most.,

or at this dialogue between a giant and his wife (in one of the stories where Thor and Loki are undercover)

"He's our son's friend, and an enemy to your enemies, so you have to be nice to him."
"I am grim of mind and wrathful of spirit and I have no desire to be nice to anyone" (...).

At the same time, despite my fondness for myths and general fondness for most writings of Neil Gaiman, I can't say this book accessed my emotions the way some other retellings of myths I already know did (say, as when I first read Ted Hughes' Tales from Ovid, which I think is a fair comparison, as comparisons to novels etc. would not be). Except for one occasion. When Neil Gaiman retells the binding of Fenrir, I was jolted out of being amused and entertained into being fascinated, horrified and feeling sympathy where I had never done before. Poor Fenrir. And also, Tyr! Spoilery to this book thoughts follow. )

In conclusion: liked it very much indeed without loving it, will know what to present Young People of Aquaintance with on next possible occasion.
selenak: (Norma by Benchable)
( Mar. 1st, 2017 10:36 am)
In which Norman encounters two men who also loved Norma. It doesn't end well.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Feb. 28th, 2017 05:44 pm)
Good episode, which addressed one of my few concerns immediately.

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In which a major plot thread does not go the way I thought it would, and very relieved am I.

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