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Pinched this one from [ profile] perdiccas and [ profile] terraswrath.

Ask me about anything fannish and I will give you my unpopular opinion about it.

It can be anything, from shows, ships to fandom itself; all unpopular opinions will be genuine. If I don't have an unpopular opinion on something, I'm not going to make it up.

I'm not going to bitch for the sake of it, but if I do have something less than popular to say, I won't keep it to myself.


Oct. 20th, 2009 08:47 am
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Okay. I'll admit it. I have been well and truly hooked in by Twitter. But none more so than yesterday. Yesterday, when Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost wrote Hot Fuzz slash with each other through the medium of Twitter.

I didn't think I would ever stop laughing. Ever. I had a bit of a crappy day work-wise yesterday and this totally made up for it.

It started with a little comment from Edgar, asking about X Factor slash... )
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I have a number of fannish interests I haven't addressed of late, so I think it's about time I set that right. There will be more to come, as the new season of Dexter airs very very soon and the UK air date for Flash Forward is this week, I think. But in the meantime, I have seen the first episode of the new season of Heroes [cut for spoilers] and been spending more time than is in any way healthy watching True Blood, which I have NO idea how I didn't watch before now given its subject matter and my predeliction for all things vampiric.

Cut for massive amounts of spoilers, and in the case of True Blood, a sizeable picspam.

Heroes Redemption: Orientation/Jump, Push, Fall )

True Blood )
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I heard about this questionnaire initially through [ profile] perdiccas, promoted through [ profile] crack_van [though the community creator has since expressed deep regret at ever having gotten involved]. The questionnaire itself [questions listed in two parts here and here] was thought by some to be skeevy. I can see that argument for that, but I was more concerned about the fact that not only was it poorly worded and constructed, but didn't seem to offer any way in which to test the "cognitive neuroscience" theories that the researchers were positing. How can anyone claim to draw conclusions about cognition and neurocortical processing from a questionnaire? You'd need to do some kind of hands-on studies with neurological testing equipment to do that.

Fans objected, politely at first, then with increasing vehemence. The shitstorm peaked around about the time that the lead researcher suggested that women who enjoy slash fiction are neurocognitively the same as men who get off on transsexual/transgender pornography. Um, whut?

This article explains in a much more succinct, eloquent and cogent way than I could why fans were intensely irritated by two researchers who are admittedly outsiders to fandom and find the concept of fannish ways "fascinating". It also has some really interesting links to reactions from fans on LJ and DW to having been approached by them. I'd also recommend this post that says really clearly why fans do not want to be subject to an non-participatory anthropological or poorly constructed neurocognitive study by people who just want to point and stare.
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I managed to find some quality YouTube time this morning to catch up on my subscriptions and what do I find? They've only started filming the next series of Being Human already! Reports say that after the success of the first run, it has been commissioned for a full series. Which to my mind means 12 episodes rather than the six of the last season. I'm very excited!

The production team have started releasing videos on the pre-production on YouTube, and featured this little gem of outstanding slashiness between Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner. The euphemism and the look on Aidan's face is just priceless.

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Went to the casting. They basically took my details (fine), measured me (embarrassing) and took my pic before sending me on my way. I was number 390, so I don't hold out much hope. Gotta be in it to win it :)

The concept sounds cool, though. The film's called Dagenham Girls and is about the women of the Dagenham Ford car plant in the '30s who went on strike when they were classified as unskilled.

On my way out, I noticed the pub next door.

It was all I could do to stop myself going in looking for Shaun and Ed. It was in Merthyr, mind, so I don't know if you could tell zombies from the locals if I'm honest :p

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I've come to the realisation that I probably don't read a tenth of what comes up on my f-list, so I've decided to have a sort. As a result, I've decided it's time to cut some ties.

I've stopped watching all the TW comms altogether. The whole thing just depresses me so much I can't even bring myself to look at fic that is for non-J/I pairings any more unless it's specifically recced to me, so feel free to do that if you think there's something I might be missing out on. There are only two writers whose fic I read in the TW fandom these days and that's because I rate them personally. Given that both of them are already on my f-list, watching comms and watching fic go sailing by whilst reminding me of what once was is just misery-inducing. I have one more fic in progress for that fandom featuring real!Jack, which I've been struggling to finish and might fit within the criteria for [ profile] 51stcenturyfox's next Porn Battle depended on the selected theme. But that might be my farewell to the fandom.

I've also opted out of all the DW slash comms. I haven't seen a novel idea come up there for quite some time and there's really only so much D/s Doctor/Master stuff I can read without it becoming repetitive. I mean, I know it makes sense, but seen one seen 'em all. Again, I may be wrong on this and if I'm missing something please feel free to tell me, but I think I'm done for now at least.

Finally, I'm tapping out of [ profile] museslash. I have one more fic in the works there too, but I've got the only two writers I rate in that fandom on my f-list too so I'm out.

Hopefully with that done, I should have a much better chance of reading through the stuff that I actually want to read instead of being daunted by the volume on my f-list.

And now for the meme, ganked from [ profile] xanium

We all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious or maybe not, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

So come on then. What you waiting for? :)
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Ganked from [ profile] 51stcenturyfox, because there's not been enough of fandom in my journal of late.

Cut for pairings, which include a disturbing number of RPF pairings. Yes, I know. I'm going to hell. )
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Yes, I watched Trek again. Yes, it rocked hard second time around. I came out of the cinema grinning just as broadly as the first time. And now I'm more than a little obsessed. It anyone can rec any fics to me for the movie I'm open to offers. I'm currently fascinated by the thoughts of Jim/Bones: the Academy years and how Spock might cope with his first pon farr with only Kirk for "company". But like I say I'm keeping an open mind so feel free to tell me if you've seen something good.

I've also started watching another two shows - West Wing and How I Met Your Mother. West Wing is taking a while to grow on me. I've only seen four episodes so far and I'm feeling a bit special needs because it's pacey, full of jargon I don't understand and I'm struggling to keep up. It was recommended by a young work colleague who, having taken a sabbatical to the US during his degree and worked as a White House intern for four months is fanatical about the show and the biggest Obama fanboy you could ever meet. Seriously. He met Senator Obama for coffee with a couple of the other interns whilst he was there and has nothing but squee for the big man. So having been infected by his fanboyism for American politics I'm giving West Wing a decent go. In exchange, I've given him State of Play, and fully expect another convert. Mr G loves WW already, which is good. We don't have enough shows in common lately.

How I Met Your Mother, though? Oh man. HOW much do I love that show already? I've only seen 12 episodes so far but it is ledge-gen-dairy! [ profile] silvaa pointed out tonight that it's a show where there are no characters you don't really like. In Will and Grace, I couldn't stand Will and Grace. Buffy was never my favourite character in Buffy. But I really like all the characters in HIMYM so far. But especially Barney. My NPH crush is back with a vengeance. But then I feel kinda justified, my first TV crush having been in Dougie Howser when I was about 12. And as a consequence I've been rewatching Dr Horrible too. In summary, NPH's awsomeness is helping me grin through RL bullshit right now. Yay!
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I've been desperately excited about Star Trek for some weeks now, but mostly keeping it to a dull roar. Not just because one of my heroes is in it; or because of the immense slashy potential that's clear from the trailers between Chris Pine's Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock; or even because I'm finally coming to terms with and embracing my inner geek. As much as anything, it's because it promises to be a rollicking good action adventure. In SPACE!

Then, just to ramp up my anticipation, Simon Pegg recently offered a guest slot on his blog to an old friend, and I just read it and laughed and cried a little all at the same time:

"This film is fucking brilliant!!! Sorry it took me a while to post this but I wet myself and was sick down my t-shirt because I was so excited and in love with this fucking movie which is brilliant. Did I say it was brilliant? I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and my faith in Science Fiction cinema has been restored. In your face Jar Jar you idiotic nonsense fucksmack. Live long and prosper all the fucking way I say!!! Oh god I can't stop crying! I have to call Mike!"

Tim Bisley (North London Science Fiction Review)

I can just hear it. It makes my heart glad in ways I can't adequately explain that Tim is still out there somewhere, that he loves the Trek movie, and that whenever something good happens Mike is the first to know *glee*

Roll on Sunday afternoon...

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I've tried and failed to concentrate at work today, which was doomed to failure from the start due to migraine hangover and general impenetrable fug that comes along with that, so instead I've decided to get something off my chest that's been festering since Sunday when I saw this poster outside my local multiplex when attending to see "Watchmen".

I can't begin to describe how annoyed this makes me. I actually stamped my foot and pouted like a four year old outside the cinema. The BBC's mini-series was epic, and I mean that in all senses of the word. Not only was the storyline intricately woven and carefully constructed, it was also six hours long. Six hours. There is no way that anyone could do justice to the complexities of the tale in a feature-length movie. The relationships were so tangled, most of all the history between Stephen Collins and Cal McCaffery. That history dribbled out in drips and drops during the course of the series adding richness to the unfolding tale, and I don't see how they can do that justice in a movie. Then that raises the next question: how on earth are they going to put the hurt, angst and conflict that Cal feels at the end of the story, faced with the truth of the extent of Stephen's involvement with the death of Sonia Baker, into any kind of context if all the audience is told is "yeah, Stephen Collins and Cal McCaffery used to know each other once". I just can't see it.

I've seen a snippet of Helen Mirren's portrayal of Cameron (yes, that's right. Cameron is now a woman) and she looks pretty good. However, they seem to have written Dan Foster out of the story. They've changed a whole bunch of names and genders of the characters, though, so his character might still be in there somewhere, just hidden under an alias. But the thing that is the biggest fail for me is the casting of the lead. Russell Crowe as Cal McCaffery? Do. Not. Want. The character is supposed to be as complex as the story - driven; selfish; caring; cutting; and ultimately hurt and betrayed. I just can't see it from Crowe. And as for his physical appearance? I have to say I agree with [ profile] terraswrath in that they seem to be going for hobo rather than tabloid hack. I just don't see how they are going to generate any of the chemistry and spark between Crowe and Ben Affleck that John Simm and David Morrissey shared in the TV show.

I am horribly torn. I don't know whether I want to watch it and hope to be proved wrong with a demonstration that it can bring this fantastic story to a mass audience, or if I just want to torture myself more if [as I predict] it all turns to shit.

I just wish that Hollywood would lay the hell off our classic telly :/
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I've been having a bit of a run on fic ideas recently. And when I say a run, I mean dozens of the damned things. There's so much work-in-progress knocking around my hard-drive at the moment it's starting to get embarrassing. I've got half-written stories in many of my fandoms at the moment: Einstein and Eddington [William/Arthur angst!fluff]; [State of Play [Cal/Stephen]; Torchwood [Jack/Rhys]; Being Human [Mitchell/George PWP and Mitchell/Herrick/OFC in a pre-series historical hinted slash-fic set in 1920s London]; and latest being a Muse fic [obvious pairing is obvious], even more surprising because I didn't think I'd ever be going back down that particular bandom alley.

Thing is, I think I can see where all of this fic is falling down, and it's been the same for all my fic of late. I can't do the filth. The preamble is there, I've got a flow going on with the descriptive stuff, but when it comes down to the unfing, my reservoirs run dry. Thinking about it, the same thing's been happening with the folks with whom online chat usually descends into porn. It isn't. When it gets around to it, I just either lose interest or inspiration.

I don't know what the hell is happening to me. How can I be a Filthgoblin without the filth?
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I never do this. Ever. My posts are normally so organised and, well, pointy. But this is totally pointless and girlie in an "OFMGifIdon'tgetthissqueeoutofmysystemI'mgonnaEXPLODE!" way.

So yes. I have a new fandom. I'm in love. Hard. Please allow you to introduce you to... Being Human.

I haven't felt this way about any show since Torchwood. I haven't obsessed this much since I had that dream about acting alongside David Tennant about three years ago and spent about three weeks constantly on the verge of tears and kicking myself that I was brought up sensible and didn't rebel against my parents, tell Business Studies to get bent and go to drama school like I would do now if I had my time again. My obsession has kicked in hard. Seriously, I'm totally overwhelmed and I can't stop thinking about it. I feel like a teenager. I'm drowning in oxytocin and my synapses are doing backstroke.

And the weirdest thing about this total pre-occupation? It's not principally shippy. Don't get me wrong, the show has aaaall kinds of potential to be shippy. The three people sharing the house have all sorts of slash/het potential. The way actor who plays the vampire, Mitchell, looks and they way he's portraying the character add up to one hell of a sexy package. The way that Mitchell is protective towards the werewolf, George, is adorable and you could totally see something more there. And both the episodes I've seen so far have had flashes of shippable chemistry with both the boys and their female ghostly housemate, Annie. Then there's the external relationships: the fact that George is apparently so socially hapless; the fact that even when he's trying not to be Mitchell is just so, so predatory. And the performances they all put in to portray the human emotions they come across in trying to manage their social exclusion are just exquisite. It doesn't back away from the darkness, the violence and the bleaker aspects of humanity and it's even better for that.

But I'm not just watching it and pairing off the characters. I'm watching it because I'm riveted by incisive, witty dialogue and snappy banter the like of which I haven't heard since the heyday of Buffy and the fact that I'm already invested in the characters and their future even though I've only spent a scant two hours in their company.

Whoever is picking the tunes for the soundtrack is an effin' genius too. Choosing Muse's "Showbiz" as the backdrop to Mitchell staring out of the window broodily, contemplating the darker aspects of his vampiric nature, as just inspired.

So, overall, I love Love LOVE this show. Love it. Hard. Squee over.

For now ;)

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