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Oh, Annie Leibovitz. I know virtually nothing about you, but every time I turn around you're at the center of some controversy. Whether it's because you've done a ridiculously racist photo shoot or an inappropriate Lolitaesque portrait of a fifteen-year-old...

And now THIS. Granted, she did not write the article for Vanity Fair's List of This Year's Up and Coming Young Actresses. But she did shoot the pictures, and all racism issues aside, the picture is literally so white that I cannot see it! I'm not being facetious when I say that the combination of such pale actresses and pale dresses on a white background burns my eyes in a way akin to staring into a light bulb. I had to read the article to realize that I was already familiar with all but one of the featured actresses due to the fact that the actresses have had their (already) white faces whitewashed by Photoshop beyond the point of recognition.

But just in case I was in the mood to feel annoyed at something beyond the fact that I've been robbed of the eyesight necessary to view what I'm sure are lovely photos of my girlcrush, Amanda Seyfried-- HERE, HERE, and HERE are articles addressing the disturbing lack of diversity in the young women spotlighted as "up and coming" this year. My burned retinas stand in agreement that there are certain actresses of a, shall we say, darker pigment than those listed that are notable omissions, such as Zoe Saldana, Freida Pinto, and Gabourey Sidibe.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to blindly locate-- by way of feeling around what I hope is my medicine cabinet-- some eye drops.
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Oh, show. Oh, show. I'm not caught up on Heroes, and I wasn't going to watch tonight either, but I happened to catch the opening scene with Peter and Sylar and ended up getting sucked in for the whole go.

Hmn. Hmn, says I.

This is not an episode review. This is some lengthy response meta to what happened tonight between Peter and Sylar. Apparently I have a whole plethora of thoughts.

Cut for spoilers, length, and my general confusion about what the writers are doing with Sylar (again). )
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Having now read several of the Holmes stories, I have to say that A Scandal in Bohemia is my favorite. I laughed aloud several times and just had a general good time reading it. All the characters are kind of on crack, particularly Holmes, who is just generally hysterical as he does ridiculous things to capture Irene. You can also feel Doyle having fun while writing it, as opposed to when he's clearly phoning the work in because his damn editor and public won't let him move on from Holmes already.

Irene Adler rocks my socks. Huzzah for devious, cross-dressing opera singers! She's an entirely different bird from the Irene of the Guy Ritchie movie, and I'm not really sure how I feel about the changes that were made now that I'm aware of them. Hmn.

Also? I fell unexpectedly in love with Godfrey Norton. He's essentially the Watson to Irene's female!Holmes. A better comparison than, say, the Moran to her Moriarty since Irene is the least villainous villain possible to the point of not really being one at all. Irene and Godfrey deserve fic love like whoa. But alas, no one whose name is anything other than Holmes or Watson gets any fandom love. Yes, I'm bitter.
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Wow. I should not have read H.P. Lovecraft, watched Less Than Zero, and then listened to "Where is My Mind?" covers all in one go.


I feel really messed up now. Yikes.
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Well, whine and you shall receive! Ladies and gents, there is one, count 'em ONE, Watson/Moriarty fic out there! And thank the divine-- it's actually good!

And here it is:

Title: Losing Light.
Author: Lago Lindari.
Pairing: Moriarty/Watson, Holmes/Watson.
Rating: PG-13 for minor violence.
Prompt: from sherlockkink: Moriarty/Watson; while Holmes and Irene and Blackwood are up on the bridge, Moriarty gets in some hasty molestation.

Summary: "The gun was now snugly lodged in the soft flesh between his neck and jaw, pressing with accuracy against his jugular."
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I am noticing a significant lack of Moriarty love, y'all.

How can this be? He's Sherlock Holmes but evil. They're brilliant archenemies bent on mutual destruction yet also each other's biggest fan/admirer, more similar than not, both too big to share the world with anyone else, obsessed with each other, etc. etc. I'm fairly certain it's in the rules that there must be rival!shipping and fic. Yes, it's in the rules. And yet, I can find NO Moriarty fic. ANYWHERE. Why, that's just not on. How can this be???

It's because he only played a part in two (well, okay, one, technically) of the books, isn't it? Or is it because he hasn't been forgiven for Reichenbach Falls? But he's still Professor Moriarty! Everyone knows Holmes's antithesis is Moriarty! He was in a bunch of the movies and pastiches! So why no fandom love? Especially in a fandom that's decades old? That means decades to write fic, people! I feel as if there must be some supersekrit hidden archive that's being kept from me.

The funny thing is that I don't even really want Holmes/Moriarty fic. I want Watson/Moriarty fic, which clearly does not exist if I can't even find what should be at least the second most popular ship from the series after Holmes/Watson. Key words: should be. Okay, I really do want Holmes/Moriarty fic, but only because I can't have it!

I'm almost to the point where I WANT Brad Pitt to play Moriarty in the Guy Ritchie sequel if only because there's no way the salivating fangirls would be able to resist that. And, yes, that is a depressing thought.
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Heh, had myself a bit of a shock.

I recently purchased The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology of the best (and mostly supernatural-inspired) Holmes pastiches from past years. There are stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Anthony Burgess, Anne Perry, etc. etc. and, yes, I highly recommend it.

However, I was very surprised to read a story from Naomi Novik (author of the Temeraire series, which I've never read) that was very familiar. In fact, it was already familiar because it's one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes fan fics. My first thought was that the impeccable reputation of Yuletide had been tainted by some old fashioned plagiarism, but even that idea was confusing because the story really read like a fic. Much as it is experimented with by any number of authors, fanfiction very much has its own recognizable writing style.

Anyway, I did a little sleuth investigating Google and discovered that author Naomi Novik is none other than the fabulous fanfic author [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]/shalott! Chica had her Yuletide fic published in a famous anthology! Wowzers. I really don't think I'll ever be completely comfortable with the erosion between fandom and real life, and I'm still kind of dazed by the fact that Cassandra Clare and Maya have become famous "real life" authors whose work I can find prominently displayed in a Barnes and Noble. I usually find myself standing in front of Clare's books while surreptitiously eyeing the people around me to see if anyone displays visible signs of some awareness of her fanfic origins. I'm weird, yes. Nonetheless, authors like Novik/astolat deserve to have their work recognized on both scales, and it's what we all wish and strive for, yes? On that note, here is the fic that became the published pastiche:

Title: Commonplaces.
Author: Naomi Novik/[Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com].
Rating: R.
Pairings: Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson.
Summary: Only to be adored was, in the end, nothing; to be adored by someone worthy, everything.


Also from the same anthology, here is Neil Gaiman's pastiche, A Study in Emerald. I won't spoil the big twist ending (which is brilliant), but I will tell you that it's a crossover between Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe, which you don't need to be familiar with at all. A reworking of the famous Holmes/Watson meeting in A Study in Scarlet. It's Neil Gaiman, so you know it's going to be worth your time.
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Well, look who's back! And with a witty rejoinder!

From the New York Times article, What Scandal in Bohemia? An Endorsement for ‘Sherlock Holmes’:

"Ms. Plunket denied a report that appeared on the Web site TotalFilm.com, which said that she might stand in the way of a 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel because of the movie’s characterization of the relationship between Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law), and Mr. Downey’s remarks in an interview with David Letterman that Holmes might be a 'very butch homosexual.'

'It didn’t strike me as being a gay relationship,' Ms. Plunket said of the characters’ portrayal in Mr. Ritchie’s film. She added, “As a good friend was fond of saying, ‘A dirty mind is a perpetual feast.’”



Oh, Andrea. First, RDJ had a "black sense of humor" to imply that Holmes and Watson might be gay. Now, the idea that they might be gay equals a "dirty mind." Ma'am, please insert foot into mouth. Honestly. None of which is to say, of course, that I don't have a dirty mind...

I'm still not clear on exactly how much control she actually has over the state (or how much Doyle's daughter Jean has or even how much public domain has), but at least she isn't going to create problems for the sequel. That's something.
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Meta for whatever episode this was, I guess. Heh, can you feel my continued enthusiasm for this show? No? *Sigh*


Also contains preview spoilers for next week... )
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Oh, Holmes fans, do I have a book recommendation for you or what?

Rohase Piercy's My Dearest Holmes is a Holmes pastiche with a gay, lovelorn Watson and a closeted Holmes. I suspected I would be reading porny bad!fic, but I was so very, very wrong. The book is gorgeous and tragic and epic and perfect...


A Tiny Bit Spoilery Review... )
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I'm sorry if you're feeling spammed by my Sherlock Holmes posts, but you're just going to have to wait me out until I burn out on this obsession as I've burned through the rest. I predict a month at most. But for the time being...

Have a snippet from Billy Wilder's 1970 film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Wilder thankfully did not have to contend with Andrea Plunket over this one, because there's no way in hell Plunket would have allowed it. Robert Stephens, also known as the former Mr. Maggie Smith, plays a very effeminate and sexually ambiguous Holmes. In other words, he plays a fantastic Holmes! And he makes Robert Downey Jr.'s Holmes look very butch by comparison.


Cut for a very detailed, spoilery account of the very slashy Holmes/Watson bits... )
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From Ritchie's Holmes Sequel Under Threat From Writer's Estate:

"The executors of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate have threatened to withdraw Guy Ritchie's rights to the Sherlock Holmes story if the director hints at a homosexual relationship between the lead characters in his sequel...

... Downey, Jr.'s comments have infuriated Andrea Plunket, who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story, and she's threatened to withdraw permission for a follow-up if Ritchie suggests the detective is more than just friends with his sidekick.

She says, 'I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books.'"



Not "drastic," m'dear, so much as immature, homophobic, foolish, and smacking of undeserved entitlement and control issues. *Sigh* Oh, Andrea. You are my least favorite person right now. Way to harsh on my squee, bitch.

I feel compelled to quote [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] from this thread: "But by focusing on possible homosexual subtext like this, Ms. Plunket is ignoring a far more important issue! There was absolutely no racist, pro-Imperialist, or anti-Mormon rhetoric in the movie at all! Clearly it was an unfaithful adaption, made with no respect to the author's original intentions, and should be pulled from the theaters immediately."

Oh, and as for the supposedly heterosexual "spirit of the books"? HA! I'm almost finished with A Study in Scarlet, and I think Andrea and I are reading a completely different series. And from what I've read about The Sign of Four... yeah, a completely different series. Can't wait to read that one, by the way.
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Oh, noooes, Heroes.


Heroes, we need to talk. Cut for spoilers for upcoming episodes. )
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"I think the word 'bromance' is so passé. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed." --Robert Downey, Jr.

I haven't checked my f-list yet, so I don't know if y'all are already squeeing over Sherlock Holmes-- and yes, it feels weird to type that. But if you aren't already, then you must! You simply must! If you're wondering if the appeal of this film to me has to do with the blatant homoeroticism of Holmes/Watson, then you are-- of course-- correct!

Cut for spoilery non-meta on the movie. )
Some thoughts (and a comic) on Jude Law's Watson... )
Wherein I discuss Misses Irene Adler and Mary... )

And now here are some goodies to intrigue you into the fandom or to the film!

*If I didn't already love Robert Downey, Jr., then I would have begun due to the fact that he apparently ships Holmes/Watson himself. RDJ's 'Holmes' Too Gay for Studio Execs. Quote:

"Publicists for the upcoming 'Sherlock Holmes' movie are very concerned that its star, Robert Downey Jr., can't stop hinting that the great dapper detective's relationship with Dr. Watson may involve more than just solving crime." There was an article in The Advocate about this as well, but it's been taken down for some reason. :/

*Here is an Alternate Script that was one of the early drafts before the final script that was used for the film. This script has some additional slashy bits that didn't make it into the film-- not that the film needed any more slashy bits to feed even the hungriest fangirl.

*Also, here's an article, entitled Sherlock's Dear Watson?, that discusses the various approaches to Holmes and Watson's sexualities over time.

Lastly, have two fic recs:

Title: A Little Vanilla is Good for the Soul.
Pairing: Holmes/Watson.
Rating: NC-17.
Word Count: 1580.
Summary: With anyone other than Watson, Holmes would have long since grown bored of such conventional activities.
Recced because: Put simply, I've never read a hotter fluffy, vanilla!porn fic in my life. All porn aside, this is a beautiful exploration of Holmes/Watson.

Title: A Wise Wager.
Pairing: Holmes/Watson.
Rating: PG-13.
Word Count: 3800.
Summary: A further exploration into Watson's gambling addiction.
Recced because: After the movie, I was desperately intrigued by Watson's gambling addiction, and this is a lovely look into how that might affect his relationship with Holmes.
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OMG, Bleach 386. DO NOT WANT!!!! DO NOT WANT!!!! D: D: D: Becoming a cross between The Fly and No Face from Spirited Away does not equal GREAT JUSTICE. I know no one else loved Mr. I-really-was-an-asshole-all-along, but I always did. These latest developments sadden me.

Kubo Tite, Gin better not be next. GIN BETTER NOT BE NEXT.


And thank you, Internet, for brutally spoiling me on the Dexter season finale. *Sigh*


Thankfully, I have Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth to keep me happy and distracted. So far, I am really enjoying that book. :)

Kings...

Dec. 18th, 2009 09:11 pm
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I've become obsessed with the show Kings.

But wait, you might say, it's been long since canceled! To which I would say, I know and it sucks. But in order to cope with that sad fact, I'm looking at the first and only season as a mini-series. And, thankfully, one can always look to the source material-- called the Bible, I think-- to fill in the unfulfilled gaps.

Why Kings, you ask? Because it is awesome. I wasn't expecting much from this one because-- and no offense to the fandom horde-- the impression I got from fan commentaries was that this was another guilty pleasure a la Merlin. As in, "not good but has pretty boys in it." Also, I was skeptical, but a modern day David and Goliath allegory turned out to be a really interesting premise.

I love Jack Benjamin like crazy whoa, though I call him Johnathan in my head because that's who he actually is (don't get why they changed his name from one common modern name to another). He's just the right combination of gorgeous (thank you, Sebastian Stan), angsty, jealous, vengeful, slashy, rival woobie to fit my tastes. I love Jack/David, too, but the series finale certainly took them in a direction David and Johnathan did not go in 'Ye Old Book. I have lots of meta-y thoughts about Jack vs. Johnathan, but I don't think anyone cares anymore besides me. Curse you, NBC! Curse you for never giving this show a chance! *Shakes fist*
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Huzzah! At 32 pages and just short of 12,000 words, the damn thing is finally finished. And it's the longest FE chapter I've written in years.

Here be the latest chapter of Forgivable Expectations:

Chapter 9: Deadlock.

Summary: Deadlock: a standstill resulting from the opposition of two unrelenting forces or factions. Pansy has to lose part of herself in order to find herself again.

Pansy and Padma finally have their confrontation. Yes, indeed.


EDIT: Just to be clear, this is not the final chapter of FE. It's just the latest. ^^;
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Since it's very possible that I will be incoherent with grief and rage tonight after the death of a certain most favorite character in all the world. So, before I descend, here is a bit of happy in the form of my favorite Hark! A Vagrant! comic:

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R.I.P John Paul II. You were so much better than Ratzinger.


I finally cracked the hell out of the Pansy/Dean scene in FE that's been kicking my ass for months. This scene has been a large part of the reason the fic has gone so long without an update, but I've finally emerged from the wilderness! I think my main issue was that I didn't know what I wanted from the scene, but some unexpected meaty/serious business finally emerged, and we are a go. Even without the Pansy/Millicent confrontation, I'm currently at 25 pages. Hopefully, the length and the tons of emotional shit I packed in will make up for the long hiatus.


Now, if I'm unable to write meta for tonight's Heroes episode, then I'm sure you'll understand. Please excuse me while I proceed to drown myself in the fifteen pages of academic writing I still have to do this week. D: D: D:
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Had a random conversation with an aging hippie musician in Starbucks today. The experience was charmingly disconcerting, like an organic core inside a mass consumerism peel. If that makes any sense.


I feel like this is the first time in ages I've been free to take a breath. So, naturally, I'm going to use this time to attempt finishing FE 9 once and for all. In order to speed up the process, I think I'm going to cut a large section devoted to Millicent/Pansy power struggles and save it for the next chapter. As of now, the chapter is over 20 pages long. That seems pretty long until I remember the days of forty-page chapters. Oye vey. There's an intense confrontation between Pansy and Padma in this chapter that I've been wanting to write for years now, and it'll be awesome to finally unload it on y'all. Really, this is a fairly intense chapter overall, but I don't think anyone familiar with my writing can be surprised. Even my fluff is angst-laced. ;)


I hope you all have a great holiday!


P.S: I don't really have anything to offer in terms of Heroes meta this week. The episode was good and all, but my notes on it pretty much amounted to three lines. I guess the episode didn't inspire anything from me other than: MR. MUGGLES IS BACK, SADFACE CAUSE OF NO LYLE, and OMG PETER WATCHING NATHAN SLEEP. That pretty much covers it.
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I sure as hell took my time getting to the Heroes meta this week. I think I'm starting to emotionally distance myself from the show again now that we're nearing a certain absolutely final because it's a character that I love and the writers hate me like that death.

My bitterness might, just might, start showing up in my meta. Shocking, I know.


The key word this week is anticlimactic... )

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