26 Sep 2012 06:14 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: My vids

frayadjacent: Montage of Buffy's wonderful face (BtVS: Buffy is my girl)
All my vids: Angel, BtVS, Elementary, Friday Night Lights, Orphan Black, The Black Stallion, Whale Rider, and Xena )

Blanket Permission

Feel free to to post my vids, post critiques, analysis, etc, and use them in transformative works.  I would be honored if anyone engaged with my fanworks in these ways. But please refer people to the individual vid post or this post if you do so.

You're also welcome to link to any of my public posts. However, if you know my real name, please do not associate that name with this journal or pseudonym.


In all my vids I warn for graphic violence, sexual and domestic violence, and major character death. I also warn for stuttery cuts and bright flashes (which are more likely to appear in my vids than the above). I welcome any questions about content of my vids as well as recommendations for warnings I haven't used; feel free to PM me here or gmail me at frayadjacent12.

I'm slowly adding subtitles to all my vids; if there's a vid you want subtitled right away, please let me know and I'll get to it first thing.

frayadjacent: Hunger Games: District 11 hands honoring Katniss & Rue (Hunger Games: District 11)
Note: major spoilers for all books and currently released films below!

I love the Hunger Games, but I don't love it the way I love other books and movies and television shows. I don't love it for the characters -- though there are many that I like, or admire, or care about quite a lot. I love it for the story, the themes, for what it does. (Not to say that I don't find much to love in story, plot, and theme in other media, but in The Hunger Games this plays a much more prominent role vs characters than in anything else I love.)

The Hunger Games is the multi-million dollar franchise of my marxist anarchist heart. I'm only slightly kidding. )

An aside about movie Coin vs book Coin. )
frayadjacent: drawing from hyperbole and a half: cartoon girl at laptop at night, text says "vidding" (!vidding)
I'm starting to wonder if I should think twice about vidding my favorite songs. "Starkville" is very high on a long list of Indigo Girls songs I looooove, but I still can't listen to it without thinking of the vid the whole time, to the point where the song is secondary. Plus vidding gets me listening to the song So. Many. Times and so of course I get a little tired of it.

Though a few weeks ago I was listening to Neko Case's Blacklisted, which I hadn't heard in some time. "Tightly" came on when I wasn't expecting it, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn't haunted by images of "Under Stars" the entire time. So I guess it can wear off eventually. After two or three years. If you never re-watch the vid. /o\

Speaking of Indigo Girls and Xena vids I have made to their songs, I occasionally consider a post-series Gabrielle POV vid to Dairy Queen until I remember that it would break me. This song came on my mp3 player a few weeks after I watched "Friend in Need" and there I was, tearing up on the bus. Which is funny: that song used to make me cry because it reminded me of my ex-gf. Growth, maybe?

Sometimes I think I really should have just made a Xena fanmix and not a vid series. But I'm committed now.

frayadjacent: Xena riding Argo with a greenish background (Xena: riding Argo)
Since I committed to posting pretty often in December, I better get back in the habit by continuing my 10 great characters meme. Today's character is Xena. So here are some things I love about her.

Xena is ultra-competent. After the episode where she takes down an army, there isn't a whole lot of tension over whether she'll win most of the time. Instead, we get to enjoy the pleasure of watching her beat everyone all the time (sorta like early Veronica Mars, or every white male action hero ever) and the tension derives from her changing relationships, especially with Gabrielle, and from her figuring out how she can fight the good fight after all the evil she's done in the world.

What's more, Xena takes great pleasure in her competence. And that's a joy to watch.

Xena is morally sophisticated. In the early seasons, both Xena and Gabrielle treat Gabrielle as Xena's moral compass, and at times she very much is. But while Xena learns compassion and a desire to do true good from Gabrielle, she doesn't forget how people like Caesar or Ming T'ien or even random warlords function. If she wants to do good in the world, she accepts that she might have to do violence against people who will harm many more if she doesn't. In many ways she has a stronger moral compass than Gabrielle, whose naivete leads to some horrible mistakes early on.

Xena is open and honest with those she trusts. Which means that Gabrielle knows just how much she means to her. <3

Xena doesn't let herself do manpain
. Xena has hurt a lot of people, and of course after her moral awakening she feels terrible about it. But while the narrative may at times focus on Xena's guilt and regret more than it does on the pain she's inflicted, Xena herself never does.

Xena is charismatic. I mean look at this face: Xena's face: in love, in battle, in silliness )

She makes the show *so fun* to watch. And of course there's the little matter of Lucy Lawless's voice. It's a good voice.

frayadjacent: Xena standing with Argo in a field, petting her face (Xena: Xena&Argo <3)
ETA:  This is probably as many posts as I can handle in a month, but if you still want to leave a prompt, feel free and I'll get to it after the New Year!

Last year I did the December posting meme in January because I had out-of-continent visitors for much of the month, but this year I can do it at the same time as anyone else! So:

Pick a date below and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. It can be fandom-related or not. Pretty much anything you've ever seen me post about unlocked, or comment on in other venues, is fair game. If a topic is uncomfortable for me (too personal or potentially identifying) or simply something I know very little about (unfamiliar canon, say), I may ask you to make a second choice. If you want to request more than one topic feel free, but in the unlikely event that I get more than 25 or so requests I may pick and choose between them.

(Wording snagged and adapted from various versions of the meme, but mainly [personal profile] renay's.)

ETA:  If you want a really specific date, keep in mind that I'll post on the day you request in my time zone -- nearly a full day ahead of North America and half a day ahead of Europe.

December 1: books ([personal profile] chaila)
December 2: worldbuilding in The Steerswoman books ([personal profile] frith_in_thorns)
December 3:
December 4: favourite ships ([personal profile] endeni)
December 5: if you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? ([personal profile] siria)
December 6: Top 5 Buffyverse women ([livejournal.com profile] kikimay)
December 7:
December 8: US/Aussie living ([personal profile] st_aurafina)
December 10: Elementary: Joan, Marcus, fic ([personal profile] akamarykate)
December 11: Top 5 changes you'd make to Buffyverse canon ([livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip)
December 13:
December 14:
December 15: Catherine Weaver, Savannah, James Ellison and John Henry: the OTHER family in The Sarah Connor Chronicles ([personal profile] selenak)
December 16: Indigo Girls ([personal profile] raven)
December 17:
December 18: dead vid bunnies ([livejournal.com profile] rbfvid)
December 19: vids that inspired me most ([livejournal.com profile] rbfvid)
December 20:
December 21: favourite weather ([personal profile] umadoshi)
December 22:
December 23:
December 24: Climate change ([personal profile] isis)
December 25:
December 26:
December 27: Xena fic ([personal profile] luzula)
December 28: Sarah and Mrs. S ([personal profile] goodbyebird)
December 29:
December 30: Offline
December 31: Offline

frayadjacent: Willow frowning, text says "meh" (!meh)
Maybe I have no internal sense of composition. I know I rarely brighten my icons enough. Also, with vidding I'm much more excited to learn the technical skills needed to do a decent job. When I icon I just want to hurry up and have something good without having to look at photoshop tutorials or whatnot.

Anyway, I've forever wanted an Anya "I'm so pleased" icon because that phrase, with her voice saying it, is always in my head. So I made a couple today and they are meh. It's hard to see her face -- 100x100 is so tiny! But if I cropped more you wouldn't see the money and her funny hand gestures.

Anya looking at her board game winnings, text says "I'm so pleased"  A different cap of Anya looking at her winnings, text says "I'm so pleased" ETAAnya happy with boardgame winnings, text says "i'm so pleased"

I'm not fishing for complements! If anything, I'm fishing for patient explanations as to what I'm doing wrong. Maybe it's my cap choice.

(BTW, that first one uses a texture that someone else made -- [personal profile] goodbyebird, was that you? I'm sorry I didn't take note to properly give credit! Not that I'm doing much with these.)

ETA: I worked a bit more on the second one -- brightening it up around her face, fiddling with the background, tilting the text, and I do like this better. Huh.

frayadjacent: Buffy looking to the side in black and white (Default)
I'm still a bit of a fandom noob, relatively speaking anyway. But I came to fandom through not-new shows, namely BtVS. So I often read and watch meta, fic, and vids that were made at least a couple of years ago, and in some cases more like 5-10 years ago (I don't generally find much older stuff than that on LJ/DW, where I tend to look). Now that's even more the case as I seem to be adding shows like Xena and Farscape to my fannish collection as rapidly as I am more current shows. 

And sometimes I find something made in 2007 or 2012 and I love it and want to leave feedback! But that seems potentially awkward or possibly unwanted. So I don't. (Also I have to admit I use this is as an excuse as much as areason.)

So, a poll! If you create fan works, do you like getting feedback/comments on old stuff, and if so, how old?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 50

What type of fanworks do you make most?

View Answers

11 (22.0%)

19 (38.0%)

37 (74.0%)

6 (12.0%)

2 (4.0%)

1 (2.0%)

5 (10.0%)

other or a combination
3 (6.0%)

How do you feel about feedback/comments on a fanwork you made 6 months to a year ago?

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Great! Comments are love.
49 (98.0%)

Eh, I'd rather they not. I'm over that thing.
0 (0.0%)

It's fine as long as it isn't concrit -- I already know what's wrong with it, thanks.
4 (8.0%)

It's not as great as more immediate comments, but it's fine.
0 (0.0%)

Something else I will tell you in the comments.
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about feedback/comments on a fanwork you made 1-3 years ago?

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Great! Comments are love.
48 (96.0%)

Eh, I'd rather they not. I'm over that thing.
0 (0.0%)

It's good as long as it isn't concrit -- I already know what's wrong with it.
10 (20.0%)

It's not as great as more immediate comments, but it's fine.
1 (2.0%)

Something else I will tell you in the comments.
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about feedback/comments on a fanwork you made more than 3 years ago?

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Great! Comments are love.
48 (98.0%)

Eh, I'd rather they not. I'm over that thing.
0 (0.0%)

It's fine as long as it isn't concrit -- I already know what's wrong with it.
11 (22.4%)

It's not as great as more immediate comments, but it's fine.
0 (0.0%)

Something else I will tell you in the comments.
0 (0.0%)

frayadjacent: Orphan Black's Sarah's face in close up, text says "you're damn right" (Orphan Black: Sarah damn right)
Title: What's Mine is Yours
Fandom: Orphan Black
Song: "What's Mine is Yours" by Sleater-Kinney
Characters: Sarah Manning, Felix Dawkins, Siobhan Sadler, Kira Manning, Helena
Summary: Let's wreck their precious, perfect town
Much thanks to [personal profile] violace for beta and cheerleading!

Content Notes: Uses scenes through S2, but spoilers are more of the character/relationship variety than the plot variety. Lots of speed changes, stuttery cutting, flashing lights, spinning camera. Institutional violence. Violence and gore typical of the show, but I think the most...um, memorable violence/gore scenes have not been included. Feel free to ask specific questions about content.

Download: 139 Mb 720p | 76 Mb 480p

Subtitles are included in the download .zip files. To use subtitles, remove the name "Big" or "Small" from the end of the movie file name. You can delete the .srt file if you don't want subtitles. They are also available in the streaming versions.

Streaming: Youtube | Vimeo

Lyrics )
frayadjacent: Aeryn Sun in profile, looking tough and determined (Farscape: Aeryn determined)
I finished The Peacekeeper Wars and almost immediately turned around and re-watched the Farscape pilot. I've never done that before (much as I've been tempted at times), but it's been over two years since I started the series, so I hardly remembered it. Needless to say, it held my attention much more this time around. I especially was overwhelmed with Moya feels the first time John sees her, and felt a lot of sadness/excitement for John. The part I'd remembered best was the UST filled conversation between Zhaan and D'Argo, which I very much enjoyed again.

Also, I hadn't realized that Rygel had been the one to break them out of their cells! Good for him. Now he's done like five things I approve of. (I am not a Rygel fan.)

Oh, and the PKW was pretty good too! Some silliness, but also some really fun comedy and action for Aeryn. I felt like she got more agency in the PKW than she did in, like, all of S4, so that was cool too. And I finally found out where the "shooting makes me feel better" line came from -- I always assumed it was from S1 and I'd missed it.

Um, there were a few moments that also made me very sad. I won't say which.

Also I've now watched all the Farscape vids I know about (so, like eight) and they are great. I still never know if people appreciate comments on old vids, which I then often use as an excuse to not do it, but...I might be leaving comments on some of your old vids, folks.

My Orphan Black vid is basically done, but my brain has decided that I have to color and gamma-correct basically every clip. Probably overkill, but it is *so* satisfying to adjust the black levels and see how much prettier the image becomes.

Festivids! I am Festivids-adjacent again this year, which means that if you want to squee/rant/ask for beta at me, I'm up for it!

ETA: I tagged this entry with vidding: history because that topic makes up the bulk of the discussion in the comments.

frayadjacent: Xena and Gab riding Argo double (Xena: Xena Gab Argo)
It's no secret that I adore Xena, but I also recognize that it isn't super, um, accessible? Especially to audiences used to higher production value and less camp. So I've put together a set of "curricula" -- episodes to watch -- for varying levels of commitment. A number of people on my reading list have remarked in the last year or so that you'd like to watch or re-watch Xena. Well, now you can just watch the best if you want.

First things first: if you really don't like camp, you probably shouldn't watch Xena. You could maybe try my Top 5, but it probably just won't be for you.

On the other hand, if you loooooove camp but don't want to commit to the longest curriculum, feel free to comment and I can write up another list of favorite funny/campy episodes. My orientation is more toward a few of the dramatic plot arcs, Gabrielle's pacifism arc, and Xena/Gabrielle. Obviously this is a YMMV situation.

Also -- some of you probably know Xena better than me! If you see any lapses in good judgement, please let me know and if I agree I'll change it!

I've included content notes of a kind for some of these -- please feel free to ask for more details about specific episodes:

*r: racism of some sort. Included in this is depictions of groups coded as "primitive" or indigenous, generally played by a mix of indigenous, non-indigenous POC, and white actors -- however, this applies to any episode that the Amazons appear in, and I haven't noted it for all of those episodes, only the ones where I find it most egregious. I also note *r for orientalization of Middle Eastern or Asian characters.

However, it is common for Xena to disproportionately cast Maori actors to play "dumb" villains of the week (as opposed to epic antagonists like Caesar or Ares). I haven't noted this as it is very common and I haven't watched all of these episodes recently.

*dv: partner violence

*c: episodes that are particularly campy *and* not essential to an ongoing plot or character arc.

Lowest commitment: Top 5 episodes for non (or not-yet)-fans )
Low commitment: the highlights )
Higher commitment: most of the important plot and character arcs, as well as the best stand-alone episodes )
High commitment: all the major plotlines and character arcs; I've just removed what I consider the worst episodes. )
frayadjacent: Buffy from Get it Done, looking wise and serene (BtVS: Buffy wise)
I've had a lovely Saturday morning. It's warm enough out that I have the window open and can listen to the birds, but cool and grey enough that I'm snuggled up in a blanket and my favorite hoodie while I do it. I'm enjoying many cups of coffee, some great fannish conversations here and on twitter, and I spent two hours video chatting with my BFF, who I don't talk to nearly enough.

Lately I've felt weirdly listless on weekends, like I almost wanted to go to work because I didn't know what to do with myself. I was feeling bored and unmotivated, and to top it off the last few weekends I've had headaches which make a lot of my hobbies tough. It's nice to be genuinely enjoying the time off.

And my fannish goal is to finish my Orphan Black vid, if not this weekend then by the end of next week.
frayadjacent: Aeryn Sun in profile, looking tough and determined (Farscape: Aeryn determined)
Farscape: I have just one episode left! Well, I think so anyway, I've been avoiding looking up lists of episode titles in case there are spoilers. I realize I've hardly posted about the show even though I've liked it a lot and I love love love Aeryn Sun. So here is an unsorted and unformatted selection of my thoughts.

I didn't give this show the attention it deserves and requires. I watched it over the course of something like 2 1/2 years -- I watched the first half dozen episodes of season 1, waited more than a year, watched up through the start of season 4 off and on over about six months, hated early season 4 and took at least six months to get through the first 12 episodes, and have watched the rest of season 4 this week. Furthermore, I often had one eye on Twitter or something else while I watched, which is not my normal way of watching tv AT ALL, but I developed the habit during some boring/bad S1 episodes and never fully shook it. So now I feel like there's a lot I missed, thematically, character-wise, and in terms of plot. I already feel like I need to rewatch.

I was thinking the other day about what it takes for me to fall in love with a show, and at what point in the show that happens. My favorite shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena, and Friday Night Lights. I fell in love with the last of these immediately, and the love uh, *almost* never faltered (coughmurdersubplotcough). Conversely, Xena was a show I enjoyed, but no more, until the final season, when I really fell hard for the Xena/Gabrielle pairing. Now I see the entire series through the lens of what the last season did in terms of their relationship (and what seasons 3 & 4 did for Gabrielle's character) and I love it all. Buffy was somewhere in between. I loved it a lot the first time I watched, but it wasn't until I started rewatching (and rewatching and rewatching) and discussing it that I got really into it.

I bring this up because I suspect that Farscape, like Xena and to some extent Buffy, will be a show that will impress me most when viewed as a whole. There has been a ton of narrative follow-through in these last few episodes. Like people told me when I started, shit *matters* on Farscape. I've been enjoying that a lot.

In terms of character, some of my favorite things include the radiant Aeryn Sun, as well as the way the show has depicted the impact of imprisonment and homesickness on the characters. I've mostly enjoyed their interpersonal dynamics. Relationships are fraught and tenuous, but for good reason. The plotlines with Crais, Scorpius, and Talyn have been interesting and I've liked them quite a bit.

However, I do wish the show was more of an ensemble, because I don't really connect to John Crichton the way I'm supposed to. I feel for his homesickness, I like his sense of humor and kindness. But I was also endlessly frustrated with everyone insisting that he was ignorant, that his ideas were bad and always went wrong, that he wasn't the hero we the audience were expecting him to be, when the narrative quite frankly kept making him pretty much exactly the hero we expect. The show put a lot of effort into telling us that John wasn't your usual sci-fi hero, but it did not succeed at showing it. Like even though he didn't earn or want it, he still spends most of the show as the most important single person in the known universe, and it just grates on me.

Also, I know this is pretty random, but remember in an early episode where there's a flashback to John's life on Earth, and a moment when he was about to propose to his girlfriend, but then she told him she was going to grad school or medical school or something instead of following him and building her career around his? And so he gets the super sads and is totally betrayed and doesn't propose and we're all supposed to feel bad for him? I cannot emphasize enough how much I fucking hated that, how close to home that shit is for me, and I think it's why I basically didn't like John for a long time thereafter. I know it's not a particularly strong argument, but the point is that so much of the show revolves around John, a character I've come to care about and like, but it took a damn long time due to some basic smart white guy tropes that the show fell into that I find particularly annoying. And I wish I'd seen more time spent on other characters, especially Aeryn (though she got a fair amount) and Chiana and D'Argo. Also I really, really liked Jool and her brattiness and ridiculous scream and super smartness. I'd have really loved more Jool.

Anyway this is not my final word on Farscape, I obviously, I know there's a lot to it that I've straight up missed and I'm looking forward to exploring it deeper through vids and some meta and rewatching certain episodes. I'm happy to take recommendations for fanworks including meta! And to know other people's thoughts.
frayadjacent: Joan Watson and Sherlock watching sports and solving mysteries. (Elementary: Watson & Sherlock buddies)
My phone hasn't been displaying dreamwidth stuff well this week, and I got sucked into work so I've been less online lately. But I have some postable things to post!

1. I'm all caught up on Sleepy Hollow, and OMG I love it. Especially Abbie, stoic big-hearted woman of my soul. Speaking of, I was really worried about Irving's plotline, but I'm starting to hope that briefly vaguely spoilery through 2x04 ). And Jenny continues to awe me, as does her relationship with Abbie. All the hearts around those two. Plus Ichabod is hilarious, and his and Abbie's partnership is fantastic.

2. A few months ago I started on a new research project that was pretty different from anything I'd done before. I was familiar with the methods I'd be using but had never used them myself, etc. So it took a few months to get going but now I'm on a roll, getting a lot of new ideas and generally feeling pretty into it. Helpfully, this has coincided with my boss being super busy and not having time to meet, so I can play a medium-long game with my work rather than try and produce enough results to show him in time for our weekly meeting.

3. After reading [personal profile] goodbyebird and [personal profile] violace's tweets and posts about it, I started using HabitRPG, and even though I have never been a gamer of any sort it's pretty fun and effective. I don't want to go all puritanical good-worker on myself, so some of the habits I'm trying to encourage include interacting more on DW, giving substantive feedback on vids and fic, taking breaks every hour anytime I'm on a computer, reading every day (facebook and twitter don't count, but DW does as long as I actually *read* and don't skim -- the point is to encourage a less squirrelly mind at least some of the time), stretching my wrists, leaving the house every day, and other stuff that I know makes me happier and reduces my anxiety. There is also a bit of work and exercise and chore-doing stuff. Anyway, it's fun!

4. I realized two things this morning: A: Elementary is the only fandom where my primary fannish engagement is reading fic. All my other fandoms I primarily read and discuss meta and watch and make vids. B: Elementary is also the fandom where I am most enthusiastic about non-canon ships, namely Marcus/Ms. Hudson, Joan/Marcus, Alfredo/Ms Hudson/Marcus, and occasionally Joan/Sherlock (it's also the only fandom where I have an OT3!). Anyway, I suspect this is not a coincidence. And overall, Elementary is a fandom where I'm most inclined to want to know more backstory, more fleshing out of characters and relationships that won't appear in canon.

5. On that note, I'm catching up on fic after growing increasingly meh about Elementary over the last year, because I forgot that fic makes it better. And I'm currently deeply enjoying [personal profile] sanguinity's Holocene Park, a fantastic adventure with all the Joan (stoic, big-hearted woman of my soul that she is) feels and a great sense of humor.

frayadjacent: Aeryn Sun in profile, looking tough and determined (Farscape: Aeryn determined)
Each day, write a post about one of your favorite women, trans*, and/or genderqueer characters. A tribute, a defense, an epic meta, a bullet-points list of why you love them, whatever you like! Or post a rec for a vid, fic, meta, or other fanwork that illustrates why you love them.

Last time: Sarah Manning

So, this is a bit of a risk because I still haven't finished season four and am mostly trying to avoid spoilers. That being said, at this point like 90% of why I watch Farscape -- as opposed to abandoning it and letting myself be spoiled so I can finally watch those vids I've been dying to see -- is Aeryn Sun.

Really, a huge part of what I love about her is in her season 1 arc. She starts off a loyal and ambitious Peacekeeper, one who will not just follow the rules but actively maintain the oppressive structures they serve. And in many ways she's happy. She resents, intensely, that she's forced out of it.

It's only her experiences on board Moia -- and over the course of a year -- that she learns better. She experiences a new kind of camaraderie. She sees how the Peacekeepers harm others, and she realises that she doesn't want to do that anymore. And she gives Crais one of my favorite speeches on any show ever:

Crais: I am still your commanding officer.

Aeryn: But I am no longer a Peacekeeper!

Crais: You are a Peacekeeper for life. On the oath you took-

Aeryn: Your oath means nothing to me! You made sure of that. You destroyed everything. I lost everything because of you!

Crais: Aeryn -Sun!

Aeryn: Do you know what I learned when I was away from you? Everything I lost isn't worth a damn. And I don't want to go back to your past.

Crais: I - ORDER - you -

Aeryn: You order me? (she takes his ident chip) You will never order me again.

Crais: I - will track you - down - and KILL you, Officer Sun! On that I give you my vow!

Aeryn: You know what I give you Crais? Your life. I will make you watch - your life. (and with that she powers up The Chair and sweeps the pots up and Crais screams and screams and screams as she leaves)

Sigh. Now that is a girl after my own heart.

Crais, as it happens, in many ways follows in Aeryns footsteps as a direct consequence of her actions at the end of S1.

I love Aeryn's relationships with the rest of their renegade crew, especially Pilot (god, "The Way We Weren't" hurt my heart), D'Argo, with whom she shares an understanding as a fellow warrior, and John. Though that last one is complicated for me because I don't really ship them. I like John fine enough -- actually, in his goofy moments he reminds me of my favorite cousin, who also sorta looks like him -- but I often feel like I don't really get what Aeryn sees in John, and at times it feels like she loves him just because he's the protagonist. Anyway, I digress.

I love how she struggles with her emotions. I love what a fighter she is. I totally love Aeryn Sun.
frayadjacent: Jenny from Sleepy Hollow, ready to fight (Sleepy Hollow: Jenny)
We finished season 1 of Sleepy Hollow last night, and I imagine we'll catch up on S2 this weekend.

Spoilers for the season 1 finale )
frayadjacent: Orphan Black's Sarah's face in close up, text says "you're damn right" (Orphan Black: Sarah damn right)
Each day, write a post about one of your favorite women, trans*, and/or genderqueer characters. A tribute, a defense, an epic meta, a bullet-points list of why you love them, whatever you like! Or post a rec for a vid, fic, meta, or other fanwork that illustrates why you love them.

My first post is about Sarah Manning, my favorite character in Orphan Black, and one of my favorites in general.

Sarah is not a typical protagonist, especially of a genre show. Most shows of this type would choose the cop, Beth, or maybe the corporate boss, Rachel, as the main character. But Orphan Black has somewhat marginalized these character types by killing one of them and making the other an antagonist. Instead, our heros are punks, people living on the margins of society and outside the formal economy.

Of course, like Mrs S says, Sarah found the punk music and subculture but ignored the politics. In her youth Siobhan fought for a better world, but not Sarah. At the start of the show she's fairly selfish, particularly in taking advantage of a suicide to run off with a daughter she's not prepared to provide a stable life for.

Over the course of the first season, Sarah learns to fight back, not just for her own interests but for others too. She finds a community of sorts, people she cares about and will fight for. She develops a stronger sense of morality and tries to do what is right and not just what is easy. And she maintains a strong distrust of authority, as opposed to Cosima and Allison who are more easily duped by Dyad's machinations.

I love how flexible and adaptable she is. This is something I often notice and admire in characters because it's a trait I lack. Now, it's pretty common for television to feature characters who can deal with change (Allison is a rare example of someone who can't, which I appreciate seeing!) because, well, they have to keep up with the plot. But with Sarah this trait is elevated to a strong skill, one that totally makes sense given her background and the kind of work she's done in the past.

I adore Sarah's relationship with Felix, which is sometimes tense but also the emotional bedrock of the show. He caretakes while she protects and defends. I also have a lot of empathy for her fraught relationship with Siobhan. There's a lot of sadness and anger and mistrust there as well as a desire to trust. And her love of Kira, and her desire to be the kind of parent to Kira that she never had, combined with her horrible circumstances and lack of experience, is very compelling. As is her fundamental sense of compassion, which she brings to her relationships once she is able to trust a little.
frayadjacent: Black and white image of Buffy and Willow talking circa S4 (BtVS: Buffy and Willow Friendship)
OK, I'm gonna make this a meme; feel free to take it up if you want!

A ten day meme: each day, write a post about one of your favorite women, trans*, and/or genderqueer characters. A tribute, a defense, an epic meta, a bullet-points list of why you love them, whatever you like! Or post a rec for a vid, fic, meta, or other fanwork that illustrates why you love them.

Here will probably be mine:

Sarah Manning
Cordelia Chase
Tyra Colette
Aeryn Sun
Joan Watson
Joss Carter
Leslie Knope
Willow Rosenberg
Buffy Summers

(additional candidates: Poussey Washington, Hermione Granger, Siobhan Sadler, Dawn Summers)
1 Oct 2014 03:29 pm


frayadjacent: Buffy looking to the side in black and white (BtVS: Buffy B&W)
I like to change up my DW theme every so often, and on Monday I spent a couple of hours pouring through new ones before finally settling on the first theme I had when I signed up (but with new fonts and colors).

I also added some new icons so I'm back to 100! Now I just need to remember to renew my paid account in a few weeks so I don't lose 'em. (Note -- this is *not* a passive aggressive ask for paid time. I can afford it, so if you want to gift that to someone please give it to someone else!) Occasionally I consider just buying 75 icon spaces and giving up the paid account, since I mostly keep it for the extra icons, but, well, I like DW and want to support it.

I started the month intending to post daily. I did close to that for the first half, but the second half of September was more like 3-4 posts per week, which I feel fine with. I hope to keep up about that much.

In that vein, I'm thinking about starting (or finding) some sort of meme where I post about my favorite characters. Specifically women, but that's already covered under "favorite" (except maybe Gunn, Felix, and Giles, but I'd still need to get past my top ~10 to reach them probably). It started because I've been writing a Sarah Manning Is Awesome post in my head for the last week or so, and I'm basically always writing a Buffy Summers Is Awesome post in my head, so I'm thinking a meme will get them going. So, expect posts about them in the coming weeks. :D :D
frayadjacent: Buffy looking bored (BtVS: Buffy bored)
From a NYT piece about procrastination:
But if procrastination is so clearly a society-wide, public condition, why is it always framed as an individual, personal deficiency? Why do we assume our own temperaments and habits are at fault — and feel bad about them — rather than question our culture’s canonization of productivity?
Despite over a decade of subscribing to anti-capitalist politics, it's easy for me to feel guilt and dread over the ebb and flow of my own productivity -- especially at work, but also when it comes to housework, running, or even vidding. On that note, I'm having trouble feeling excited about my WIP. It's coming along, but I'm also in a moment of resurging Buffy feels and I kinda want to work on one of my vid ideas for her. So I might just give it a rest for a while. Maybe send it to a beta.

frayadjacent: Rona from Buffy, text says, "haters gonna make some good points" (haters gonna make good points)
Um, I may or may not have spent 6 hours reading old BtVS meta last night. One of the things I happily came across was one of my favorite visuals about what rocks about BtVS and Xena: [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's Women, Connecting graphic showing the many relationships among women on those shows. I know I've linked to this in the past but I still think it's awesome. Besides, a fangirl should always cite her sources.

Because I've been thinking: one of the things I've been loving about Sleepy Hollow is the many relationships it shows among people of color. Like, at the point I'm at in the show, Ichabod is basically the only white character, at least in the present day scenes (and the Revolutionary War flashbacks hardly count as part of the show in my head). I thought it would be awesome to do a graphic like this for characters of color in Sleepy Hollow, but since I haven't caught up on the series, I thought that for contrast it'd be interesting to do something similar for characters of color in BtVS.

Images beneath the cut )

ETA: I've since realized that Gabrielle did an update to her Women, Connecting graphic that's pretty on par, in terms of major/minor characters used, with my first one. Perhaps more interestingly, she did one for men and shows that what's unique about BtVS is not that relationships among women outnumber those among men, but that they're roughly equivalent, unlike say Star Trek TNG. I do suspect that in Xena you would find that women majorly outnumber men, but maybe that's just internalized sexism speaking.

frayadjacent: Buffy looking bored (BtVS: Buffy bored)
I had one of those "work from home" days that turned into some working and a lot of tooling around on the internet, reading old meta about old shows and watching vids. I've had very little alone time in the last...month or more, so I don't feel too bad and know I needed it. But I also know I can get into cycles where that's *all* I want to do, and that way leads depression and anxiety and diminishing career prospects.

I wish I could work more productively from home, because I love the idea. But the reality, 80% of the time, is it doesn't work for me. The other 20% is when I have a hard deadline.

On the other hand, I did finally send off beta feedback about a vid I'm super excited about, so it wasn't a total loss.


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