selenak: (Best Enemies by Calapine)
( Nov. 29th, 2014 06:16 pm)
I had a terribly busy week, haven't hat the chance to watch the latest Elementary, had the depressing rl experience of reading lots of hate mail for the first time - not directed at me, I hasten to add, directed at an organization I'm part of, but was no less disturbing to read, had the more trivial but none the less bothering experience that when I did manage to go on the internet, some of my fandom pet peeves (in various fandoms) showed up again, so it was really good to go on the internet right now and find an awesome new work:

Doctor Who:

Blank Space: a Doctor/Master vid covering all the Master's regenerations and all of the Doctor's who had on screen interactions with him - and even some who didn't, like the Ninth Doctor. Brings out the parallels and the messed up dynamics beautifully. Err, spoilers for all of DW, just to be on the safe side.
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
( Nov. 25th, 2014 01:34 pm)
The assigned Yuletide story is posted, now to see whether I can manage the treat I want to write. Meanwhile, here are other people being creative:

Torchwood/Doctor Who:

The mind is its own place The on-going adventures of Toshiko Sato, because Missy never spotted the little things.

Tosh in the Nethersphere, poetically written, quietly saving the world. Absolutely canon compatible with both shows, and heartbreaking in the best way. Also the Owen cameo is perfect. (Err, spoilers for the most recent season of DW, of course.)

Breaking Bad/Frozen:

Do you want to build a meth lab? : one of the most hilarious vids ever, which I found via [personal profile] ffutures. I dare you to keep a straight face.
selenak: (Tony Stark by Runenklinge)
( Nov. 17th, 2014 09:34 pm)
I was busy writing my Yuletide story these last few days and just sent off the rough version to be beta'd, plus tomorrow I'm on the road again, hence, once more, belated reviewing.

However, I had the chance to watch a fabulous new character vid about Tony Stark:


Go and do likewise, gentle reader!
selenak: (Malcolm and Vanessa)
( Oct. 26th, 2014 05:29 pm)
Penny Dreadful:

Furnace Room Lullabye: the Vanessa and Malcolm vid of my heart, and [personal profile] d_generate_girl made it. (BTW, am very thrilled so many Penny Dreadful requests were written for Yuletide - surely that means at least some will be fulfilled?)
selenak: (Raven and Charles by Scribble My Name)
( Oct. 17th, 2014 01:08 pm)
Briefly, re: multifandom news:

1) New Twin Peaks: Do not want. Leave well enough alone, I say. The second season has been pretty shaky already, and although the ending was great (in a completely mean way, of course), I can't see what a follow up would achieve that would improve on it. I'd rather not know for sure one way or the ther whether SPOILER ever managed to get rid of SPOILER. Or whether SPOILER survived. And that's leaving aside that a lot of what made Twin Peaks so charming and original back in the 1990s has been copied, quoted etc. ad infinitum ever since.

...Otoh, what do I know? I'd have said "do not want" about a Shining sequel, too. And Doctor Sleep turned out to be Stephen King's best book in years (not least because he ditched the first person narration of the last few again), which I wouldn't wanted to have missed.

2.) MCU does Civil War rumor: I'll believe it if it's a bit more substantial than, well, rumor. For starters, the whole Civil War premise makes no sense in the current MCU as it is - only a few superheroes who, after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, had their identities revealed to all and sunder. And that's before we get to the part where the emotional content of Civil War depends on these people having been friends for eons, not being a couple of new aquaintances who just started to get over hostilities.

And a vid rec from the X-Men films: A beautiful portrait of Raven/Mystique!
selenak: (Bruce and Tony by Corelite)
( Jul. 29th, 2014 08:14 pm)
Worn out and very tired due to struggling with Darth Real Life. Just one link, therefore:

Oh No: a very good Tony Stark character study of a vid.
Casting news (in one case older news for most people, I'm sure) that made me realise my priorities and double standards:

a) Bradley James is in the fourth season of Homeland. Sorry, Bradley James, I loved your Arthur Pendragon in Merlin, but there were a lot of reasons why I quit watching Homeland in early s3, among them loss of quality and questionable ideology, and I'm not going back.

b) Lucy Lawless is the the second season of Agents of SHIELD. Now this is a show I haven't watched so far; my flist/circle had about two third naysays, one third (all the more enthusiastic) yaysayers about it, there were so many other interesting shows to watch, and also I'm so fond of the MCU I didn't want to risk dampening the emotion by disgruntlement should I dislike AoS. However, Lucy Lawless in the Marvelverse? Must have! (Unless she's only in one episode, I should acertain that first.) (If you recognize where the quote titling this post comes from, you might feel similarly.)

Meanwhile, further news both on the Lewis & Tolkien and the solo Tolkien biopics in planning demonstrate someone's (be the publicity people, the reporters, or, heaven forfend, the scriptwriters) lack of actual knowledge re: Tolkien and Lewis, as is entertainingly pointed out here.

Penny Dreadful:

We have a Penny Dreadful vid! And a good one, covering the ensemble and the relationships between same - with one unfortunate exception. Which, sadly for me though not for the vidder and the vid, happens to be the relationship I'm most interested in. There is a complete lack of Malcolm in the vid (and hence also no Vanessa and Malcolm). Which reminds me that last week when someone at last posted Penny Dreadful icons, I was delighted...until I saw there were no Malcolm and no Vanessa and Malcolm icons. Alas. Anyway, back to the original point, which was: a shiny vid about a lovely twisted Victorian Gothic show:

A Shot for the Pain (11 words) by Franzeska
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Penny Dreadful (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Fanvids, ConStrict 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past:

Missing scene type of fanfic covering how old Erik and old Charles reunited, which is just what I need when the angst elsewhere gets too much:

Rescue Me (2492 words) by Unforgotten
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier
Additional Tags: Pre-Movie(s), jailbreak, Reunions

Against all hope, Charles and Erik reunite at the beginning of the Sentinel War.

And lastly, not completely unrelated to the beginning of this post, something only funny if a) you know German, b) have a vague idea about what the Bavarian dialect sounds like, and c) are familiar with a certain 1990s fantasy show made in New Zealand: Xena auf Bayrisch.
No new Clone adventure to contemplate today, so a few thoughts on why season 2 as a whole - while offering many good things - didn't work as well as s1 for me.

it's all about the focus or lack of same )

Other fandoms:

Penny Dreadful:

Short but very interesting interview with Timothy Dalton about a certain scene in 1.05 and the Vanessa-Malcolm relationship in general.

Star Trek:

We learned the sea : beautiful love declaration to the various shows (TOS, TNG, DS9, Voy), their captains, and their relationships.
Why Twitter is useful: someoene asked Vince Gilligan whose idea the fantastic Ozymandias promo for Breaking Bad had been, and he replied:

Shelley's "Ozymandias" came up a lot this season, as my writers and I are nerds who never see the sun... However, the idea of cutting the poem into a promo was the idea of the brilliant director Rian Johnson.

Thank you, Rian Johnson. In other Breaking Bad news, this article defending Skyler White is well-intentioned, but leaving entirely aside the obnoxious comments (seriously, don't read those, they make you despair of the human race, as comments about unpopular female characters sadly tend to do), this made me somewhat facepalm:

Article quote containing spoilers for the entire show )

Meanwhile, another article also made me rise my eyebrows: the sixteen worse things Walter White has done on Breaking Bad. Some of these are self evident, but how come the season 1 spoiler )makes the list and Walt's doing a season 5 spoilery thing ) do not? Also, if I read one more description of Gale as "the most innocent person of the show", I'll scream. The man was a spoilery thing for season 3 ) Being a clueless geek does not make one innocent. You know who is a good equivalent for Gale? Andrew Wells in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Andrew has that same geekness, crushing on a villain and believing himself to be in a comic book story. This does not, as the show makes very clear, negate his responsibility for theft, murder and attempted rape.

Lastly, and not related to Breaking Bad (since Walt didn't, as Jesse once wished he would, create robots): a very cool multifandom vid about A.I./Human interactions - If a machine. Lots of Sarah Connor Chronicles and Terminator footage, but also the Alien films and Prometheus as well as Battlestar Galactica.
selenak: (QuarkDax)
( Apr. 6th, 2013 07:02 pm)
You guys, I just stumbled across a beautiful Jadzia Dax vid:

Loosen up

It captures so much about Jadzia - to quote the vidder, her sense of fun; her relationships with Ben, Quark, a whole bunch of Klingons, a few Trills, some more Humans, Bajorans, and other aliens; and her exquisite skill at the game of tongo. My favourite Dax, though I like the others, too, but Jadzia Dax became my favourite female character in the Trekverse, full stop, any show. (Pace, Kira fans, I know she's awesome, and I honour her, but you can't decide whom you love best: it just happens. Also, Kira loved Dax, too. Would she have worn that Guinevere outfit for anyone else?)

In other news, I finished my [profile] rarewomen story and sent it off to be beta'd, which was a relief, because starting Monday I'm travelling again, which means doubtable time for storywriting. I wrote in a fandom I love dearly but haven't been writing any fanfic in yet, about a genuinenly obscure character (in fanfic terms), so it's probably going to be one of my lesser read stories. As for [community profile] queer_fest, I didn't claim any prompts this year because none really talked to me the way last year not just one but two did. And Remix doesn't seem to be happening, which means once this season of Once Upon A Time has fanished, I'll be hopefully able to write the Snow White story that's nibbling at me.
Tell me I'm not going to write pretentious meta on the three last Bond movies, using phrases like "fire and water imagery", "the queen and her champion" and how Vesper is Eurydike but Bond isn't Orpheus, he's Persephone while Felix Leiter, Camille in Quantum of Solace and Eve in Skyfall are fellow knights who are also reflections of who Bond is at the respective points and that the fact the later two are women fits with the change that making M one brought to the overall narrative. I mean. Bond movies! You don't write pretentious meta about Bond movies, self!

Meanwhile, have fifteen adorable and extremely funny minutes of Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem getting interviewed by Graham Norton (no spoilers):

Representative excerpt:

Graham Norton: "So, Judi, there's a lot of you being in charge. You like that?"
Judi Dench: "You bet. I love keeping naughty boys in order."
Daniel Craig and Judi Dench: crack up and clutch each other in hysterics


Meanwhile, in the Renaissance:

The Borgias:

The Borgias video of my dreams was made, and it is called Savages. There they are, the family plus Giulia and Micheletto, in their messed up beautiful glory. Spoiliers for both seasons!
Bad news to wake up to: Michael O'Hare has died. What is it about the B5 cast and far too early mortality? Damn. I remember when some years ago people on my flist started to watch B5 and complained about Sinclair being Kirkian, and I was confused because I remembered him as the exact opposite, and then I did a rewatch and realised where the problem lay: the Sinclair I recalled is the one from about A Flagfull of Stars onwards, when the writing became adjusted to the actor. Very early Sinclair is written more in the action hero vein and O'Hare isn't good at it (while later Bruce Boxleitner will be), but what he is good at conveying is quiet thoughtfulness and gravitas, and later season 1 Sinclair has this. His best performance to me though remains his last as Sinclair: the War Without End two parter in season 3 where Sinclair's story comes to the end that is simultanously a beginning in one of the best and in retrospect utterly sense making plot twists I've seen. Now that the actor is gone, the scene that most haunts me is the one where Sinclair whispers "goodbye, Michael" in part I, and I would post that clip if I could find it on YouTube, which unfortunately I couldn't. There is such affection and sadness in O'Hare's voice that it believes anyone calling him wooden, and the knowledge he'll never see his friend again. I've never felt more like Michael Garibaldi.


You know, I think I'll stop watching Downton Abbey. I always thought that if something gives you more disgruntlement than viewing pleasure, it's time to get out rather than hang on and complain, and I might have reached that stage, with my inner Jacobin more alert than ever every second a member of the Crawley family is on screen. Spoilery grumblings to follow. ) The one thing of academic interest to me is that it occurred to me DA actually offers an answer to something I wondered last when marathoning The West Wing some years ago. Back then, I was reminded that while you get the occasional conservative characters written by liberal writers meant as sympathetic (you also get villains, but really, most of the Republicans showing up on WW weren't but were written as honorable and dedicated as our democratic regulars, notably Ainsley and The Better John McCain in the last season), I couldn't think of a liberal character meant as sympathetic and written by a conservative writer. Well, now I can, because Downton Abbey gave us Tom Branson the socialist (ex-) chauffeur, and Julian Fellowes, a conservative writer, assuredly means him to be sympathetic. Alas, this also shows up Fellowes' weaknesses like a writer like no one's business. I mean, I admit I was charmed by scenes that reminded me of a Likeadeuce story ), but the scene with Sybil when they're alone and he says something spoilery ) not only reminded me of how badly written Branson/Sybil was the last season but made me suspect Fellowes has no idea of how a working class boy/upper class girl relationship could possibly work beyond vague memories of having once watched Look Back In Anger. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Shirley McLaine, when actually given something to do, rose to the challenge and reminded me of having once attended a New Year's show she gave in Munich only a few years ago (singing, dancing, narrating, the stamina of the woman in her 70s is amazing), but I find the Dowager Duchess' quips are getting old and thus I really have no more reason to watch. Beyond spiting the snobbish reviewer from the Guardian some weeks ago, and that's not enough incentive. Life is short. On to other shows! I've heard great things about The Bletchley Circle.


Prometheus vid rec: Paradise (Comes At A Prize). Excellent vid focusing on Elizabeth Shaw, David, Holloway, Wayland and the creators. Creepiness, messed up family and created-creators relationships and assorted imagery abounds.
selenak: (Dragon by Roxicons)
( Jun. 17th, 2012 04:10 pm)
Harry Potter:

Hoping Machine : a beautiful vid, telling a story of death and love in a visually breathtaking and touching way.


The best primer on how to write (and how not to write) Loki ever . Should be made obligatory reading for anyone intending to write more than two sentences about him.
selenak: (Bruce and Tony by Corelite)
( Jun. 4th, 2012 07:12 pm)
Avengers stories I will never read but would love to:

1.) Loki makes a pass at Avenger X. X is not remotely impressed or flustered and turns Loki down. Loki makes a sarcastic comment about X' own killing record/ that of the other Avengers and hypocritical self righteousness etc.; Avenger X replies, sincerely, that Loki's death score and psycho teenager emotional make-up aren't the problem, it's just that X doesn't consider Loki remotely hot.

2.) Darcy, having resumed her studies of political science after the accidental stint with Jane Foster which was never meant to be permanent, gets offered a job with SHIELD/Stark Industries/other Avengers-related employment. Since said job has nothing to do with what she was studying and since she actually cares about her chosen field of study, she turns the offer down and never crosses paths with superheroes again other than reading about them in the newspapers. She does, however, end up heading a Think Tank.

3.) Phil Coulson is being far too professional to entertain a relationship with agents whose handler he is (read: Hawkeye and Black Widow); also, he's asexual and happy with it, as one or both of them find out when early on, not knowing him very well yet, they make a pass at him because that's the type of exploitative handler/agent situation they're used to.

And those are your Avengers comments for the day. Here are recs in other fandoms.

Pirates of the Carribean: A fine woman and an honorable man make peace. Excellent missing scene from Dead Man's Chest between Norrington and Elizabeth while they're both on board the Pearl.

Citizen Kane: The Union Forever. [personal profile] likeadeuce linked me to this CK vid, and an good one it is, too.
Travelling with various air planes and trains through Italy left me with time to read Lindsey Davis' newest novel, Master and God. Now Lindsey Davis is most famous for her series of Roman mysteries centered around one Marcus Didius Falco, but she also writes non-Falco historical novels, of which this, as far as I know, is the third. The first one, The Course of Honour, about Caenis, the slavegirl-going-freedwoman who starts out working for Antonia and ends up as Vespasian's life long lover, I enjoyed but fund it oddly dry for what is definitely an interesting subject. The second one, Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War I loved until the last 40 pages or so, which was when the story took a turn that felt like an incredibly let down and very bizarre. But until then, it was everything I had hoped the tv series The Devil's Whore would be and wasn't, the story of an interesting determined woman making her way between parties during the Civil War, with characters from both sides written more dimensionally and sympathetically. Now, with Master and God she is back in the Rome of the Flavians again. If you know your history, this is what Domitian called himself - dominus et deus - and the book covers his reign, though the main characters are two more or less invented ones, Gaius Vinius Clodianus (spending most of the book as a Pretorian) and Flavia Lucilla (hairdresser and freedwoman of the Flavians). They're the archetypical Davis pairing of wise-cracking guy and no-nonsense, unimpressed woman, and this time around, the result is enjoyable throughout the novel, so I don't always buy the obstacles Davis throws in their path.

Now, the the third volume of what is one of my all time favourite trilogy of historical novels by Lion Feuchtwanger also deals with the reign of Domitian, and is a vivid and chilling depiction of a dictatorship written during the Third Reich which nonetheless manages to avoid making Domitian into a Hitler avatar (which means he's a far better drawn character than Feuchtwanger's deliberate Hitler avatar in another novel he wrote at the same time, The False Nero), so my standard of writing for this era was pretty high. Nonetheless, Lindsey Davis managed to convincingly present her own version. Domitian, like Caligula, Nero or Caracalla, became a byword for the mad, bad and dangerous to know type of emperor, though not having the obvious madness of Caligula or the theatricalness of Nero (which reminds me: in Naples they show up the remains of the theatre where Nero performed - th roughout an earthquake, no less, where he insisted the audience was to stay in order not to miss his performance), he doesn't get nearly as much fictional treatment. What surprised me is that Davis is subtle about him. As opposed to his appearance in her Falco novels, where he is already a villain during the reign of his father, her take on Domitian here is somewhat different; he starts out as a mixture of good and bad, and actually quite competent as an emperor, but the combination of paranoia, resentments from days past and absolute power with no more checks and balances combine to turn him and the Rome he rules more and more into a nightmare. Because these days inevitably I have the cinematic Marvelverse on the brain, it hit me that Davis' Domitian is in many ways Loki without the fannish woobie glasses, if, you know, Loki were to actually succeed/remain successful, aka how his uncontested rulership would turn out. Older brother (Titus) with military success, beloved by many, much closer to their father, father preferring same, while self is looked at as a sly schemer by social circle? Check. Traumatic event changing world view? (Domitian nearly gets roasted while his uncle is torn apart by the mob during the year of the four emperors.) Check. Short taste of rulership until Dad and Older Brother take it away again? (After Vespasian, still campaigning with Titus in Judea, is voted Emperor, 18 years old Domitian got to represent him in Rome until Vespasian was back in Italy.) And the narrative as well as Gaius Vinius isn't without sympathy for Domitian on that score, but it at no point excuses him for what he does therafter, and when Lucilla, who is an immensely adaptable survivor, finally says "whatever it takes, he has to be stopped", you're more than with her.

If I have one complaint, it's that Davis' auctorial voice, which is that of an Olympian, all-knowing narrator who occasionally points out that, for example, governor Trajan is going to end up as an emperor himself, is a bit of an odd choice, not least because such interjections are few and far; had she chosen to stick to the usual third person personal narrative, with no very occasional comments, it would have been just as effective. All in all: a good novel, and so far her best non-Falco one.


Speaking of avatars, history, fictionalisations of same and Marvelverse cross connections, Shakespeare's histories have been filmed yet again, and here's Tom Hiddleston as Hal and Jeremy Irons as Henry IV from Henry IV, Part I. Colour me amused that the clip they choose is Hal getting chewed out by his father, not, say, any of the many other scenes where Hal is being in control and having a go at Falstaff. Maybe I'm paranoid (though as Domitian would say, it's not paranoia if they're really after you), but imo the choice reflects the popularity of Hiddleston's most successful role. Anyway, here they are:

Incidentally, [profile] angevin2 will appreciate that the way with which Irons!Henry IV rants about the late cousin Richard's behaviour allows for all sorts of subtext.


Lastly, some links:

The Skins: a great multifandom vid about the various doppelgangers, clones and other selves haunting sci fi and fantasy. Creepy fun.


To shawarma or not to shawarma : Natasha’s still getting used to rubbing shoulders with living legends. One of the terrific results of The Avengers fandom post-movie release is that the film makes any combination of characters interacting interesting, and the resulting fanfic actually reflects that. Here, we get the combination of Natasha and Steve Rogers, with the rest of the ensemble making strong appearances as well.
selenak: (Borgias by Andrivete)
( Mar. 7th, 2012 07:58 am)
Johnny Cash & Rodrigo Borgia turn out to be a match made in, err, heaven:

Your own personal Jesus is a terrific Rodrigo-centric vid based on the tv show The Borgias. Reminding me of several reasons why adore it, one of which being that, never mind baroque masses sung in a Renaissance church, one key thing they get on this show is the whole Renaissance atmosphere, ruthless powerplay, corruption and faith all intermingled. (Thus Rodrigo sees no contradiction between considering himself a caring father (of a family he wasn't supposed to have to begin with) and using his children, between buying himself the papacy and considering himself genuinenly chosen by God and struggling to figure out what God wants from him.) Also: Rodrigo's relationships with his children, Julia, Vannozza and good old Giulio "Not Pope Yet" Rovere are all showcased very well.

The vid also reminds me that Jeremy Irons is an actor whom I have a completely different reaction to depending on how old he is. Back in the 80s, when he was young, he occasionally impressed me very much indeed (playing two screwed up twin gyneogologists for David Cronenberg comes to mind, and btw, I always loved that when he won the Oscar in the subsequent year for his role as Claus von Bülow, he thanked Cronenberg as much as whoever directed Reversal of Fortune), but I never liked his characters, let alone felt attracted towards them. Otoh current day, middle-aged-to-old (depending on the role) Jeremy Irons as, say, Leicester to Helen Mirren's Elizabeth or as Rodrigo Borgia? Gimme!
selenak: (Damages by Agsmith01)
( Jan. 10th, 2012 03:24 pm)
Ashes to Ashes/Torchwood:

Duty's to be done: you may recall me mentioning now and then how s2 of AtA made me long for a Torchwood crossover in which Gwen Cooper ends up in the Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes verse. Well, imagine my glee when I discovered someone wrote just this, and spendidly so! As one of three crossovers; I'm not familiar with the other two fandoms in question (Inspector Morse and Castle), but the AtA characters are drawn so well that I read and enjoyed them anyway. And Gwen in the AtA verse was just superb, and you must read it at once! (Comes complete with John Simm as Sam Tyler and as the Master related gag, of course.)


Damage, a wonderfully intense vid about Patty and Ellen which I found via [personal profile] naraht.
I've stopped reviewing Dexter and will stop watching once this season is over, but may I say, apropos the latest ep: 1.) Bad idea, writers/producers. Really bad idea. And 2.) Most unrealistic therapist ever.

On to actual reviews and more enjoyable fandoms. First a vid rec: Virgin is a fantastic evocation of Antony, Vorenus, Rome and Rome.

Then upon reviewing films and plays dealing with characters' lives, how they approach their subjects, and whether or not a satisfying story is the result:

Miss Austen Regrets (Film, 2008) )

The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion (Play by Stephen Massicotte about T.E. Lawrence and Robert Graves, 2006) )
selenak: (Scarlett by Olde_fashioned)
( Mar. 25th, 2011 08:22 am)
Two more Elizabeth Taylor related quotes, one from this obituary:

She was a lovely actress and a better star. She embodied the excesses of Hollywood and she transcended them. In the end, the genius of her career was that she gave the world everything it wanted from a glamorous star, the excitement and drama, the diamonds and gossip, and she did it by refusing to become fame’s martyr.

And, somewhat apropos, here's a description of Elizabeth Taylor in the mid 70s meeting John Lennon, Elton John and David Bowie (whom she introduced to Lennon, with musical results). This could have gone quite wrong (what with John's nasty habit of putting people on pedestals and then kicking the pedestals away when the reality of them did not meet his impossibly high expectations), but it went splendidly. She was the queen, and he was her admiring subject. (Also I am amused that of the three rock stars present, it was Bowie whom she whisked away for a private audience. Good choice, Elizabeth.) John's recapitulating statement on her at the end of this excerpt from his girlfriend May Pang's memoirs, in a way, is the same thing the obituary quoted above says.

John was every excited. "I've never met Elizabeth," he said. "I'm dyin' to go."
The party took place in a lavish Beverly Hills mansion, and there was a large buffet table and a bar. John and I stood in one corner, searching for stars we had never seen in person before. While we looked over the crowd, everyone was busy staring at us. Even though John always liked to meet really famous people, he was still the most famous person in the room. We slowly made our way through the house, chatting with whoever approached us.
"Where's Elizabeth?" John asked. "I want to see Elizabeth."
Forty minutes after we arrived, Elizabeth Taylor sailed into the room. The party stopped dead while everyone turned to stare at her. There was a star! I was surprsed to see how small she was, because everything about her was larger than life. Her hair was teased up in an elaborate hairdo that towered over her head. Her extraordinary violet eyes were lined in thick beads ov violet eyeshadow. She made no concession to her weight and she was costumed in a paneled paisley dress, each panel in a different shade of pink. Around her neck she wore one huge diamond surrounded by a cluster of emeralds. She was dazzling.
Like teenage boys, John and Elton nervously approached her. She beamed when she saw them. "Oh," she said, "I'm so pleased to meet you." John and Elton responded to her genuine delight. They both did their best to amuse her. She laughed merrily at their lines and threw in a number of her own.
When David Bowie arrived, she seized his arm: "David, do you know John?"
"No, but I've always wanted to meet him." Bowie flashed his bright smile at John. There was a look of genuine admiration in his eyes. John, who found Bowie's music fascinating, was very cordial. David had great charm and was also funny. The dialogue began to flow even more quickly.
The group finally broke up, and David announced: "I've got to go. I've got to go." He turned to leave. Later in the evening we found him in deep conversation with Elizabeth Taylor on a couch in a deserted room at the back of the house. John and I stared at them. The screen goddess and the porcelain-faced, orange-haired rock star made a startling-looking couple. Yet, sitting there, gazing into each other's eyes, they seemed to be long-lost friends, sharing their most intimate secrets. "May, John, join us," Elizabeth called out when she spotted us, and we sat down beside them. In a few minutes all of the remaining guests had crowded into the little back room and once again we were surrounded by onlookers.
On the way home John and I talked about how much we had liked Elizabeth Taylor. "She's not rock'n roll," John said. "She's not like us. We get crazy as we get older. She's been trained to deal with things."


Being Human fanfic rec: The Opposite of Death, a coda to the s3 finale, near impossible to describe without spoilers. Very much about the three people I wanted to read about, though.

BTVS and AtS vid rec: Some Peace. Buffy, Angel, Darla, Willow, Spike, Faith, Wes, Gunn, Fred, Connor. My Jossverse love is strong, and the vid reminds me why.
selenak: (Guinevere by Reroutedreams)
( Feb. 5th, 2011 04:43 pm)
More halfamoon goodness:


Diamond Mind: brief but wonderful Anya vid.


There's also the annual love thread for disliked female characters. Some personal favourites to share the love for:

Guinevere from Merlin. As the poster said, every time someone hates on Gwen, a fairy dies. Trufax.

Amy Gardner from West Wing.

Gwen Cooper from Torchwood.

Ana-Lucia Cortez from Lost. As [personal profile] londonkds once said, if Ana-Lucia had been Luis Cortez with the exact same storyline, fandom would have been all over him.

Lily Evans Potter.

Doctor Who:

Article about the portrayal of historical characters on Doctor Who. IMO the author is way too kind to both Victory of the Daleks the episode and Jolly Old Churchill, but that's a pet peeve of mine, and the article is still interesting to read. Am utterly unsurprised that Mark Gattis wanted "the Churchill from the war posters", btw. Oh, and this reminds me, what's this I hear about the writer of the worst of the three Sherlock episodes, aka the middle one, having received a DW episode assignment in season 6? Ah well. I suppose something has to balance the high expectations for the Neil Gaiman episode.

Finally, one of the most touching image of this last week:

The protester went to the feet of the soldier and asked him to help protect them from Mubarak’s thugs and the soldier is crying because he said that he can’t because he was not given the orders to.


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