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Sep. 26th, 2012 06:14 pm
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sidekicks

Jun. 14th, 2016 03:03 pm
frayadjacent: Black and white image of Buffy and Willow talking circa S4 (BtVS: Buffy and Willow Friendship)
At this year's vidukon -- which, by the way, was lovely! -- I finally got a solid idea for a vidshow: sidekicks. I can't believe it took me this long to come up with the idea, because sidekicks are my jam. It's even reflected in my name! So, this is me, declaring that at next year's vidukon I'm gonna do a sidekicks vidshow.

And I confessed my multifandom sidekicks vid idea before multiple witnesses, oops. Now I must make it for my vidshow.

(By the way, this is completely at odds with my new self-declared vidding mode, which is that I'll vid when I feel like it, deadlines be damned.)

frayadjacent: Mindy Kaling smiling confidently in a green shirt, in front of a blue background (Mindy Kaling)
My Underground vid is now streaming! Just hopefully not anywhere Tidal will find it.
frayadjacent: Harriett Tubman (as played in the tv series Underground) holding a rifle and reaching out her hand (Underground: Tubman)
Title: Freedom
Fandom: Underground (2016 television series)
Song: Freedom by Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Lemonade film version)
Summary: Won't let my freedom rot in hell
Premiered at VidUKon 2016

Content Notes: This attempts to be a recruiter vid but spoilers are inevitable. Fast cuts and flashing lights, speed changes. US network television-type violence. Some violence against African-American slaves is shown but that is not the primary topic. Animal harm. Feel free to ask specific questions about content.

Download: 101 MB mp4 with subtitles

Subtitles are included in the download .zip files. You can delete the .srt file if you don't want subtitles.




frayadjacent: Rachel Duncan dressed as Sarah Manning, blue and pink background (Orphan Black: Rachel)
Not long now and I'll have a whole season of Elementary and a whole season of Orphan Black to catch up on. I especially mean to watch the latter. But not yet, not for a few more weeks at the earliest. I haven't even managed The Mindy Project or Steven Universe the last couple of weeks.

No spoilers during vidukon please!
frayadjacent: Hermoine Granger walking away from her parents house, alone in a big world (HP: Hermoine walking away)
I finished the Harry Potter audiobook series, read by Stephen Fry, about 30 minutes ago. I promptly watched the few HP vids I have on my HDD, including [livejournal.com profile] milly's Landslide, [personal profile] trelkez's The Adventure, and [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny's Snakes on a Plane. I still can't find a Hermione vid that satisfies my needs and I'm starting to wonder if I'll have to make one. Any recs are most welcome.

I haven't posted about the series since I was on book 5, because, well, I got busy. But I loved the last two books, more than I remembered. I don't think any of my opinions have changed drastically. I love Hermione and Luna even more than before, and Neville just as much. I find Draco Malfoy and Ron easier to forgive. But not enough that I'm chasing down the Draco and Draco/Harry vids and fic that fill many of the places I search.

Stephen Fry's reading was outstanding. Many characters I'd hardly noticed came to life with his performance. Even fairly minor charactersf, like Rufus Scrimgeour, that I'd previously had trouble keeping track of held more weight in my mind. I'm suprised by that, since I don't think of myself as a particularly auditory person. I hadn't listened to audiobooks before this because I thought I'd be unable to concentrate, and there were times when I found myself spacing out or distracted, but mostly not. I'd like to try more.


frayadjacent: Mindy Kaling smiling confidently in a green shirt, in front of a blue background (Mindy Kaling)
Instead of working!

Mindy Lahiri making a goofy smily face, wearing a colourful shirt Mindy Kaling smiling confidently, wearing a bright green shirt with a bright blue background.
Mindy Kaling, text says "it's so weird being my own role model". Mindy Kaling sitting on a floor in a pink dress, grinning, surrounded by clutter

Take with credit, if you like.

frayadjacent: Close up of Minerva McGonnigal looking intently over her spectacles (HP: McGonnigal)
 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is so good. I have so many feels: Hermione feels, McGonnigal feels, Harry feels, Harry-and-Molly Weasley feels, even Sirius Black feels. 

But I have a specific question for my fellow fen. There's a scene in Dumbledore's office, after Harry's vision of Nagini attacking Arthur Weasley. Dumbledore is warned that Umbridge is on her way to his office, so he asks McGonnigal to go out and distract her. "Tell her anything you can think of!"

I would really like to see this interaction between McGonnigal and Umbridge. And I bet someone has written it. Any of you encountered this before? Self recs are most welcome!
frayadjacent: Hermoine (circa movie 3) looking pointedly thoughtful (HP: Hermoine thinking)
Following [personal profile] coffeeandink's format

What I recently finished

I finally finished the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audiobook, read by Stephen Fry. Looking through my previous posts, it looks like I started it 1.5-2 months ago. I kept getting stuck, what with Ron and the Triwizard Tournament and S.P.E.W. and the dread of Cedric Diggory's impending death. That one is still the hardest for me, even though he isn't my favorite character to die. I think it's because a lot of the deaths in book 7 are glossed over. And even though Dumbledore's death is awful, he still got to live a long life and die more or less on his terms. The death of a kind young man with his whole life ahead of him, and which is given a lot of build-up and narrative attention, is much harder.

A few weeks ago [personal profile] umadoshi posted a link to an essay called The Harry Potter series is actually one long story about PTSD. Now, I haven't read it, mostly because I'm finding there's a lot I don't remember about the series and I want to rediscover those things as I listen, rather than through analysis, fanworks, etc. (I am such a spoiler phobe. Sometimes I even do this if I'm rewatching Buffy, despite having watched and vidded and discussed the show over and over. Just in case! You never know when you'll be delighted to rediscover something you'd forgotten. Or something.) Anyway, despite having not yet read the argument I imagine that I'd largely agree with it. And that is related to why I adore -- or at least previously adored -- book 5, because of the way it deals with Cedric's death and all the other trauma Harry has undergone. More on that in the next section.

Shadow Gate, by Kate Elliott. This series continues to hold my interest, and Shadow Gate was a lot more compelling than Spirit Gate. It introduced a lot more POV characters, including several women. One of my least favorite characters underwent a transformation that was hard to read at times but incredibly well-written, and thus was propelled to a favorite (along with all of the POV women).

(CN: discussion of fictional sexual violence in this paragraph) There is a lot of sexual violence in these stories. I am not used to it. I think I can handle it better than I would have thought because it is a) generally not explicit, though there have been moments where small details were enough to be a little sickening. b) the surviovor's POV is prominent, and there has not been any sexual violence directly from the POV of the perpetrator, which is something I seriously can't handle. c) It presents sexual violence as a product of power relations, not sexual desire. d) It presents sexual violence as survivable. I keep recalling that, in Spirit Gate, one of the characters says to another that a woman can survive rape and go on to great power and accomplishments. And one of the characters who was indirectly referenced in that moment has done just that. Not in a "rape drove me to a vengeful rampage" -- which I actually thought it was going to do, briefly, but simply that this was one (significant) element of the character's life. It didn't define her, and it didn't ruin her.

What I'm reading now

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, audiobook read by Stephen Fry. As I mentioned, this used to be my favorite HP. I've learned in the last few years that it is many people's least favorite, and I think I read somewhere that even J.K. Rowling says she rushed it and it could have used another round of editing. I recall liking this book because it feels like the first book to take Harry's trauma seriously. I am not one to revel in the anger of a teenage boy, but at the same time I hate when people dismiss Harry's anger as just that. It is the anger of someone who's been through some serious trauma. Like Buffy Season 6, I like that, when Rowling decided to make the story more exciting by having worse things happen, she also followed though on the emotional consequences for the characters. (Or at least for Harry.)

That's not the only reason I loved this book though. It also finally gave some time and attention to Neville. I loved the way it subverted the idea of Harry as a Chosen One, through Neville's story. It introduces Luna! We get Dumbledore's Army! Etc.

Also, all sorts of things are happening that I thought were in later books: Harry discovering that Mrs. Figg is a member of the magical community, the introduction of Tonks (one of my faves!), and Harry's occlumency lessons with Snape (and what he learns about his father from that).

Traitors' Gate, by Kate Elliott. OMG, I've realised now that the Crossroads series and Black Wolves are much more closely linked than I'd previously thought. Knowing, in broad strokes, how things will end, has got me *dying* to see how they get there. I'm reading this as fast as I can, given that I don't have a ton of free time right now.

Free book-shaped space


I will probably read N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season next. I want to read as many likely Hugo nominees as possible because I finally signed up this year. That means I also plan to read Uprooted, even though a few of the things I heard about it turned me off it.

Speaking of Hugos, I got an email saying that I needed to enter my PIN in order to nominate, and that if I had signed up for electronic communication I'd have an email with my PIN. Well, apparently I didn't sign up for electronic communication, because I have no such email, and there is no other information about how to get the PIN. Assuming this PIN thing also applies to voting, I need to figure this out before...whenever it is that voting happens. Maybe they sent me a letter? I've been so disorganized lately, I could have missed it or forgotten it.

frayadjacent: Dawn looking excited, text says "Squee!" (!Squee!)
I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT [personal profile] ghost_lingering  MADE MY SAGA FESTIVID.

(This is probably not news to many of you, but I just returned from a weekend away from the internet so I am delighted.)

(Also I didn't actually know. But I wondered, what with the source and the audio and the excellence.)

frayadjacent: Connie Maheswaran on a beach reading excitedly (!reading)
What I just finished reading

Spirit Gate, by Kate Elliot. It was pretty good but I might have given up on it had I not liked Black Wolves (the first in a trilogy set in the same world) and had I not re-read [personal profile] coffeeandink's review (which is what first put the books on my radar, but I didn't get around to it until much later). It has a lot more violence, including sexual violence, than Black Wolves, although the sexual violence isn't graphically described and the survivors' points-of-view are generally prominent.

What I'm reading now

Shadow Gate, by Kate Elliot. It's going much better than Spirit Gate (which I didn't dislike, but I also didn't love) thanks to having a much-expanded set of points-of-view and relationships. It's also introducing some exciting storylines that are sucking me in nicely. There is still a lot of violence and possibly more sexual violence than the last book. I have a few specific qualms but on the whole I'm fascinated by the story and can't wait to see how things get to where they end up at the beginning of Black Wolves.

I'm also still listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In fact I've made very little progress since my last reading meme post. I'm about 3/4 of the way through. I just need to get through, but the torment Harry undergoes at the end of this book is one of the most upsetting sections in the series for me. Add that to my general meh feeling about The Goblet of Fire, plus the fact that I haven't been running which is one of the main times I listen, and, well. I'll finish eventually.

What I'll read next

Traitor's Gate, by Kate Elliot. But I also purchased these books recently and I think the NK Jemisin will be the first one I read.

photo of four books
[photo of four books: Spin State by Chris Moriarty; The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin; The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson; and The Very Best of Kate Elliot]

frayadjacent: Steven Universe: Pearl sadly clutching Rose's sword and scabbard (SU: pearl with roses sword)
I've really enjoyed all the Festivids I've watched so far. I've mostly watched vids for sources I'm familiar with, which is more this year than previous years thanks to things like Bunheads and Bedknobs and Broomsticks and (once I catch up with canon) Supergirl.

But of course I want to give a special shout out to the vid made for me, because it is awesome. I received Your Mother, a Saga vid focusing on Alana and Hazel, and it is gorgeous. I am pretty unfamiliar with comics vidding, and what the vidder did with visual effects was stunning. They also made fantastic use of the rhythms of the source, spoken word. And the vid has so much heart and determination just like Alana. I love it dearly.

Alas, I dropped out of Festivids due to a back injury. So I didn't make a vid.

I watched Frozen for the first time a few weeks ago, on an airplane. It was great fun and I regretted not having seen it in the cinema. I have hangups about the way Pixar et al draw people -- I like a lot of other things about their animation, but I think the people look weird and it bothers me and when I see previews all I can think about is how I wish their faces were hand-drawn. But Frozen made me think I ought to try and get over that, because I enjoyed it a lot and wished I hadn't watched it for the first time 2 years late on an itty-bitty screen.

On that same flight I also watched the first episode of iZombie. I dunno, maybe it was the delirium of being 13 hours into a 14 hour flight, but I liked it a lot. I read the comic for quite a while and enjoyed it at first, when it was "zombie uses brain-eating telepathy to solve murders". But the comic quickly became an apocalypse story that I found over-the-top and excessively plotty and incredibly boring. I'm thinking the tv series is unlikely to go down that route. The characters played off each other well and I found Liv and Ravi to be very compelling. Also Ravi is a rare example of a television character who is physically My Type. And he's a kind person which I find very attractive. So I enjoyed that as well. I haven't managed to watch any more but I hope to.

I'm slowly catching up on Supergirl. It's reminding me of early Buffy and most of Xena, in that I love the character interactions and yawn at the plots. But the characters are great. not so much spoilers as vague references to spoilers for the first ~9 episodes )

The latest Stevenbomb, from a few weeks ago, was possibly my favorite yet. This show just keeps knocking it out of the ballpark.
frayadjacent: Close up of Dawn, text says her name (BtVS: Dawn close up)
I have an embarrassing habit of forgetting that fic is a thing that I can read. Unless it's short BtVS gen that comes across my DW reading list, so basically [personal profile] deird1 and [personal profile] beer_good_foamy's stuff. But I am going on a long, long flight tomorrow and the book I ordered has not arrived. So I'm busy downloading SO MUCH BTVS FIC by [livejournal.com profile] kwritten. Who writes gen! And femslash! Including a Jenny/Joyce story, oh my. :D :D :D

I think this could be good.

frayadjacent: Connie Maheswaran on a beach reading excitedly (!reading)
I haven't done one of these in a while! Also it's Tuesday evening here, close enough.

What I just finished reading

Black Wolves
, by Kate Elliott. It took me a while to get into it. Not that I disliked it, but I was content to read it on the bus and right before bed and leave it at that for a good long while. But then it sucked me in properly and I liked it a lot. The story is exciting and the characters are compelling. It's mostly women's POV! And their points-of-view contradict in some really cool and interesting ways. I kind of fell in love with the setting, too, at least as much as any of the characters. And now I have to *wait* for the next one. It usually takes me so long to find out about and read something that waiting for the second installment is kinda a new experience.

What I'm reading now

Spirit Gate
, by Kate Elliott, whose books I really wanted to get into and finally have! I read A Passage of Stars a few months ago, and I liked it enough that I finished it but never got invested in it. It moved too fast: I never had time to get really interested in a place or situation before something new was happening, and I didn't connect with the POV character. I also strongly disliked one of the secondary characters. After I finished it I read the excerpt from the second book in the trilogy, and it was from this detested character's POV. So I gave up on that series, cool as it sounded (revolutionary uprising! in space. Except I was mostly annoyed by her depiction of said uprising in book 1.). 

Spirit Gate was my second attempt at reading Elliott. I liked it well enough but Spoiler for an event early in Spirit Gate (like 30 pages in) ) I was not interested and, after having not much liked A Passage of Stars, I wasn't feeling super charitable. So I gave up.

So, after having read Black Wolves, I'm much more trusting in Elliott, and, as I mentioned before, I fell for the setting of Black Wolves as much as for the characters. Well, Spirit Gate is set in the same world. And I quickly realized that this could maybe be a very vague minor spoiler for Black Wolves and/or the Crossroads books, mainly if you've read one but not the other. ). So now I'm reading Spirit Gate and it's going much better this time.

Monsoons, edited by Jay Fein and Pamela Stephens. This is work related but I kinda like it! It was published in 1987 and it covers not just the physics of monsoons (mainly the South Asian monsoon) but also talks about its study by South Asian and European scientists, its cultural significance, and it describes the development of the Indian Meteorological Service. It also covers the material at a broad level for someone with my scientific background, which I really enjoy.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I'm listening to the Stephen Fry audiobook. I think this might be my least favorite HP. I would have thought Book 1 was my least favorite but I actually loved listening to that and cried like three times. This one has some great moments but also a lot of plot developments I find irritating or boring: Ron not talking to Harry, the whole Triwizard Tournament, S.P.E.W. I can't put my finger on why I don't like the Triwizard Tournament but it just annoys me.

What I plan to read next

Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Anything else book related

I signed up for supporting membership at Worldcon! So I guess I can nominate and vote for the Hugos this year. I doubt I'll be nominating as I've read so few books, but I hope to read as many of the nominees as I can and am already planning to read some presumed nominees. Because apparently I've decided to become a reader again.

frayadjacent: Connie Maheswaran in cosplay with a black cape. Text says, "fangirl". (!fangirl)
1. Your main fandom of the year?

In terms of passion as expressed through reblogs of fanart on Tumblr, Steven Universe. It was also the fandom I was most excited about, in addition to my ever-present love for Buffy and Xena. But I did make the Buffy vid of my heart (even if it didn't quite live up to my hopes).

2. Your favorite film watched this year?

Wild. It was such a lovely film; Witherspoon's performance was great, plus it had so much beautiful US West Coast scenery, how could I not love it?

3. Your favorite book read this year?

The Outskirter's Secret, by Rosemary Kirstein. I re-read the whole series early in the year and that one's still my favorite, though I've come to adore The Lost Steersman almost as much.

I also read and fell for the Imperial Radch books this year, but I don't know how to choose a favorite. Most people say Ancillary Justice is the best, but Ancillary Sword introduces most of my favorite characters (Tisarwat! Mercy of Kalr! Kalr 5!) so I'm not so sure.

4. Your favorite TV show of the year?

Steven Universe!!!!!! I also thought Jessica Jones was excellent, though none of its characters really pulled me in and stole my heart (Malcolm and Luke came close a few times). I started Supergirl but am still only four or five episodes in, more for external reasons than not wanting to watch the show, which I enjoy very much.

5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?

Dreamwidth, still, but I'm pretty active on twitter. I feel like both of those things are at least as much about chatting with/reading blogs by friends as they are about participating in fandom per se. A lot of this is because the things my friends are talking about are not what I'm into. Or I get into it after my friends have already kinda gotten over it. Also, for many reasons I find myself less inclined to discuss my fannish obsessions online than I used to. I do adore the Xena watch happening at [community profile] ladybusiness.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Steven Universe!!!!! I remember when people on twitter were talking about it and I was like, "whatever, a kid's show about a little boy is not my thing." Especially because white male child prodigies are a trope that I hate. (Steven's not a child prodigy, but I might have perceived him as one before I started the show.)

But I gave it a chance and I am so glad, because now I can say I have three favorite shows instead of two. The plotting, the storytelling, the mythology, the characterization, the relationship-building, the political and ethical positions show show carves out: every single one of these things is well done. Mostly incredibly well-done. Plus the music is fantastic, art is lovely, the voice acting is incredible, the show genuinely makes me laugh, it can be downright creepy (in a good way) at times, and UGH EVERYONES FACE. It's one of those shows where my favorite character changes from episode to episode, because they're all so good. It is earnestly hopeful and that hope is earned. This show knows my heart.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Orphan Black. Everyone has talked about how plotty that show is, and throughout S2 many criticized the show for how convoluted the plots were getting. I didn't care as long as I had my character beats -- Sarah being ruthless and loving and never stopping trying, Helena loving children and her sistras, Felix making me laugh and warming my heart, Siobhan being a badass -- and interesting relationship dynamics. But S3 really struggled under the weight of the plottiness. Only one episode really worked for me. The second half of the season was better than the first half, but I finished the finale wishing the show was over, feeling they'd wrapped it up in a pretty good place and I wish they'd just left it there, instead of introducing *more* new plot elements for a fourth season.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

John Jacobi on Killjoys. On one hand I find it embarrassingly predictable how much I like him (he's funny, he's lower-case-n nice, he wants to do right in the world, he's not particularly muscley for Hollywood), on the other hand it's surprising because it is super rare for me to find male tv characters who I really like and connect to.

Honorary mention to James Olsen from Supergirl who is great.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Deedee Magno-Hall, who voices Pearl on Steven Universe. Yes I chose a character for boyfriend and an actor for girlfriend.  I love her voice and her performance! Also Rebecca Sugar. Also Xena, forever. <3

PS If I die tell Mindy Kaling I love her.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Hmm. When Steven began singing "Giant Woman" in the episode of the same name, and the whole show just clicked. spoilers for late S1 to mid S2 Steven Universe )

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I miss my old devotion to BtVS, when I would discuss it online all day and rewatch whole episodes just to see if I agreed with one of the points in someone's meta, and when I vidded Buffy early on. I don't think I'll ever have that level of fannish passion again.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?

I've just started Sense8, which I like well enough so far. I keep meaning to try The 100, and The Legend of the Seeker, both of which I think I'd like. I just never want to take the time to watch new shows now.

I'm more excited about getting back into books. Reading feels a lot more accessible to me than television, since I can do it on the train into work and while eating breakfast and so forth. I'm also wanting a broader range of stories and characters than I often find on television. I just finished Black Wolves and am planning to read more Kate Elliott. I'm also planning to read Chris Moriarty's Spin series (on [personal profile] luzula 's very convincing rec) and Fire Logic (the, erm, logical choice from this "which lesbian SFF should I read" list, though that list has lots of candidates!).

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

More Steven Universe. I'm also looking forward to catching up on Supergirl and to Luke Cage's show. I might see Batman v Superman, or I might just wait for the Wonder Woman supercut.
frayadjacent: Adaped from the hyperbole & a half comic, stick figure girl is looking despondent and saying, "vid all the things?" (vid all the things?)
I only made two vids in 2015. Oops? Some of these questions will be a bit silly to answer but I still wanna do the meme, so here it is.

Past memes:
2012 | 2013 | 2014

Vids I made in 2015

Milkshake & Honey (Orphan Black, premiered in March for Escapade)
Never Look Away (BtVS, premiered in June for VidUKon's Superheros vidshow)

Favorite

Well, Never Look Away, because it is all the Buffy feels I could generate. But at the same time, it left me feeling like it wasn't feelsy enough, like all the reasons Buffy is the character of my heart somehow still didn't get though. I dunno. I like it more now than I did when I posted it, which is common anyway. But still. I wanted even more feels.

(This doesn't stop me from rewatching this vid A LOT, though. For the feels.)

Least Favorite

Heh, I guess that leaves Milkshake & Honey, and it's true the vid doesn't move like I wanted it to, isn't quite as sexy as I'd hoped. But it was kind of a big step for me in terms of vidding kink, so I'm still proud of it even if it's one of my least-rewatched vids.

Most Successful

Never Look Away. If there were some sort of "vid success" metric that assigned different weights to DW comments, youtube views, yt comments, tumblr reblogs, and recs, that metric would probably say Never Look Away is my most successful vid ever. So at least I did that this year.

Most Underappreciated by the Universe

Lol, again by default it's Milkshake & Honey. But truthfully I was a bit surprised at the lack of comments/reactions. I guess I thought Orphan Black kink would be a bit more popular than that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Most Fun to Make

I think Milkshake & Honey had some fun moments, and it felt really easy to make after What's Mine is Yours, which was the vid I made before and which was *hard*.

Hardest Vid to Make

I don't know that Never Look Away was *hard* -- I let myself use more well-known clips than I have with past Buffy vids, I didn't have to learn new tech skills -- but it was draining and not as much fun as I'd hoped. That's part of why I haven't made another vid since. Like I said, I wanted a vid that showed my Buffy feels and it just didn't, not like I'd hoped. I dunno. Maybe part of the problem is that I love Buffy for so many different reasons, and I just couldn't fit them all in one vid. Luminosity's Scooby Road, and especially Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight, still does that best for me.

The Things I Learned This Year

My short period of vidding might be coming to a close, and I think I'm OK with that. I still have a few vids I really want to make, and I hope I do. But between my vidding exhaustion post-Never Look Away and the various injuries that have made sitting at a computer a minor health risk, I can't be the prolific vidder I once hoped to be. And I'm fine with that.

Planning for Next Year

I have a bunch of vids I've started: an epic Xena/Gabrielle vid, and Gabrielle comedy vid, and an Aeryn Sun vid. I also have very solid, well thought out ideas for a Willow character study and a Stephen Universe vid. Hopefully I'll make at least one or two of these.

I might go to VidUKon. I mean, I absolutely want to go. I had so much fun last time, but work might interfere.

semi-hiatus

Dec. 9th, 2015 07:13 pm
frayadjacent: Portrait of Buffy, text says "Buffy is my homegirl" (BtVS: Buffy is my homegirl)
My injured back has good days and bad days, and the bad days are almost always days I spend on the computer outside of my ergonomic workplace chair. So I'm gonna make the break I've been taking more official and call it a semi-hiatus. I hope to post now and then about fannish interests and whatnot, but I won't be able to consistently keep up with reading and I won't post often.

I should still be around on twitter since I do that from my phone while commuting or when I need a second to check out mentally at work. And I do plan to come back! I <3 dreamwidth.

frayadjacent: Black laptop with red, turquoise, and white background, laptop screen says "Festivids" (festivids)
Yay, I'm so glad we matched on a fandom. I love all of these things and I love lots of different kinds of vids to lots of different kinds of music. If you have your own vision, please go for it. Unless your vision is a Broad City vid about Bevers. I really, really don't want a Broad City vid about Bevers. Also, this is weirdly specific, but I ~~hate~~ Tom Petty and Toby Keith, so please no music by either of those artists.

Otherwise, I'm pretty open to anything. I don't have strong shipping preferences in any of these fandoms. I'm getting a lot more into the vidding style that mixes in audio from the source, so if you're into that go for it. It seems especially appropriate for Broad City or Mindy Kaling.

I do ask that you warn for graphic violence or sexual violence (though there wouldn't be much opportunity for the latter in these fandoms), as well as note if you use outside source. (I am fine with using outside source! But please let us know ahead of time if you do.) Please also warn for physical triggers such as flashing lights. I don't have any physical triggers but it's important to me that people viewing my vid have those warnings.


Broad City

This is a comedy about two young women in NYC. I love the humor and the relationships. I looooovvvve Abbi, I'm extremely fond of Ilana, and I adore their relationship. I'd be thrilled with a vid about either of them as individuals, or as a duo. I don't ship them, mainly because it is clear that Abbi isn't interested. I'd also enjoy an ensemble vid including Lincoln and Jaime. As I mentioned above, I'd like little to no Bevers.


Dykes to Watch Out For

This is a long-running comic by Alison Bechdel about a community of lesbians in what seems to be a small college town in the US. When I was a brand new anarchist baby dyke, it was my idealized, longed-for-but-never-found queer community. My favorite character was Mo, my least favorite was her partner Sydney, but I thought their relationship was interesting. Most of all I'd probably enjoy an ensemble vid. A meta vid could be great too. But again, go with what you feel! FYI, I haven't read this comic since ~2003, and I've learned that some of the characters have gone through major changes since then. Feel free to incorporate later stuff if you want!

Empire

This is a Shakespearean drama about a wealthy and powerful Black family who run a record label. It gives very few fucks about writing for a white audience and I love it for that. I love the drama, I love the music, I love the performances, and I love Cookie! And her heart, and her determination. I also am deeply fond of Hakeem and Jamal. Anything would be great, although I would not want a vid that casts Lucious in a very sympathetic light. One of my very favorite things about the show is Cookie and Porsha's dynamic, so a duo vid about them would be super awesome if you have an idea for it.

Imperial Radch

This is a super cool book trilogy! About a late stage empire with ships and stations as characters and a human society that doesn't have a concept of gender. To be honest, I have no idea how one would vid this! Maybe with fanart? If you do have an idea, go for whatever you want! My favorite characters are Mercy of Kalr, Tisarwat, and Seivarden. I love Seivarden and Breq's relationship. I'm sympathetic to the Breq/Seivarden ship so you could go there if you want. BTW, I haven't yet read the third book, but I definitely will by go-live (I'm currently re-reading Ancillary Sword).

Over the Garden Wall (Safety!)

If we matched on something else but you're not sure you want to do it, this might be worth considering. It's a cartoon miniseries consisting of 10 11-minute episodes. The animation is lovely and there's a lot of playing with old timey visuals and it would probably be pretty fun to vid. I just watched this show a few months ago, and it's so odd and sweet and disturbing! Greg is so stinking cute, I love him! And I like Beatrice a lot, and I really enjoyed the twist that the finale put on the whole "nice nerdy guy with a crush" thing. Basically anything here would be fine, I found the whole show pretty captivating.

RPF: Mindy Kaling

I admire her so much! I'd love something focusing on her professional life, highlighting how damn hilarious she is, her smarts, and her great sense of style. I would prefer to not give attention to her personal life, e.g., some recent drama about her brother, as I feel a little uncomfortable going into the personal lives of people I don't know.

Saga

This is an excellent comic book series. I haven't read the most recent volume, but I will by go-live! However, I won't have read any issues beyond volume 5 (so issue 30) by go-live, so I'd appreciate if you didn't include any material beyond that point. So -- I like and care about pretty much everyone in this series, including the villains. Anything you want to do on this will probably work great for me! Character or relationship study, ensemble, a study of the book's politics, or even a vid about how pretty the art is. However, Saga does hit my gore-limit at times, so I'd appreciate if the vid wasn't super full of the goriest moments.

frayadjacent: Close up of Pearl looking excited (SU: Pearl excited)
Is anyone watching Steven Universe? I would love to talk about the last two episodes: "Catch and Release" and "When it Rains".

spoilers )

What did you all think?

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I've been failing to find new music for my runs and workouts so, taking a page from [personal profile] isis's book, I finally tried out some audio books. I've been vaguely intending to re-read Harry Potter for a few years now, so that seemed like a good place to start: easy to follow, and a story I know I'll enjoy.

Except I distinctly remember *not* enjoying the first book the one and only time I read it, circa 2004. Unless you count the time I tried to read it in 2001 and gave up on the whole series about 50 pages in because I really didn't like it. I gave the books another shot only after seeing the third film, which I'd liked. So I held my nose through the first book, tolerated the second, and got really into the series starting with The Prisoner of Azkaban. When I re-read the series six or seven years ago, I skipped the first book entirely. And all this was a few years before I got into fandom.

But when I downloaded the audio books last week, I started with The Philosopher's Stone without thinking about it.

And I'm enjoying it. A lot. I'd completely forgotten about the first scene, when Dumbledore, McGonnigal, and Hagrid bring baby Harry to the Dursleys. I can see why I disliked it at first, especially with the fat-phobia around the Dursleys but also with an overall tone that is, well, childish.  And not just in the fun, imaginative, silly, or innocent way, though there are elements of all that: in a way that views the world very simply. Way too simply. Though I was more bothered by all that at 19 than I am at 34. :p

But it's also quite charming. The narrator might help; he probably makes it sound more fun and magical than my internal voice would. And I get a little thrill to think of what's coming. I came to really care for Harry as a character and I like having this glimpse of him before he's ever gone to Hogwarts. (I'm currently at the part where he and Hagrid go to Diagon Ally.) I like how we see his rebellious, even foolhardy spirit right from the start in his interactions with Dudley and Mr. Dursley.

It's slow going because I'm saving it for workouts. But I have a lot to look forward to. I might even find myself needing to find more HP icons. :D

(And aside: wow, I really *did* miss this fandom -- this is my first post tagged with harry potter!)
frayadjacent: Connie Maheswaran in cosplay with a black cape. Text says, "fangirl". (SU: connie fangirl)
The world probably needs more Connie icons, so I made a few. Feel free to take with credit! Comments/concrit are always welcome and appreciated.

Connie training with a sword in a strong defensive stance. Connie sitting on the beach, reading eagerly. Connie in her green and black cosplay costume, with a pink background
Connie with her sword drawn in a strong stance, text reads "Connie Maheswaran" Connie on beach reading, text reads "fangirl" Connie in cosplay looking excited, text says "fangirl"

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