alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
A while ago I wrote this post about predicting food fads, then didn't get around to posting it. In the meantime [tumblr.com profile] yiduiqie posted links to two different new "Asian food is the new Western food" fads that bear no resemblance to my predictions whatsoever. I am thus posting this now before I look even sillier :)

So! I sometimes ponder what foods will become the new shiny food in Australia next.
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alias_sqbr: Are you coming to bed? I can't, this is important. Why? Someone is wrong on the internet. (duty calls)
Am trying very hard to not be a jerk about the “what if Jane Austen wrote Star Trek” post a few people have reblogged today on tumblr but godddd how can so many people take these canons that are WALL TO WALL social commentary and jokes and throw away everything except (to me) secondary aspects like character quirks and a distinctive use of semi colons.

Like...I have been rereading a bunch of Jane Austen’s character descriptions recently for a Thing, and I am pretty sure she was incapable of describing anyone for more than a sentence without insulting them, and then probably making some jab at the hypocrisy of whoever is observing them.

I was going to say this is like people in two hundred years writing about Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert and putting a lot of effort into making the language and fashion accurate but having the Daily Show just be a mainstream, earnest news show that never makes jokes but...people kind of do that now, and I GUESS it’s ok that they’re enjoying themselves, and that not everyone has fun the same way I do. I GUESS. MAYBE.

It mostly annoys me because it's not just a subset of fans doing this. There's room for all sorts. But the intellectually shallow nostalgia driven approach is the default across all of popular culture, and the more visible and well funded the adaptation the more likely it is to ignore the things that make the original unique and challenging. (I just had the mental image of Zach Snyder's Pride and Prejudice. That would be...something)

It's also possibly relevant that I am ok at matching Jane Austen's sarcasm but gave up on the semi colons entirely; this may affect my idea of the core traits of an Austen pastiche.
alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
To try and tide myself over until the next episode I had a look at the AO3 Adventure Zone section, and had a surprisingly strong NOPE reaction to all the fic. So I thought about what fic I would theoretically write, and all my ideas felt kind of wrong too.

On further thought I've decided it's because of the nature of the canon.
No spoilers )
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
AO3 version Fanfiction.net version
Fandom
: Yuri!!! on Ice 
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mila Babicheva/Sara Crispino
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Fanfiction, Happy Ending, Romance, Humor, Not a fake dating fic despite all evidence to the contrary, Implied Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov, Background Emil Nekola/Michele Crispino, Background Slash, Past Victor Nikiforov/Cristophe Giacometti, Past Cristophe Giacometti/Sara Crispino, Background Yuri Plisetsky/Otabek Altin
Summary:
Alternate Title: "That One Grand Prix Final Where Sara Crispino Thought Her Life Was Fake Dating Het But It Was Actually Friends To Lovers Femslash"

I realised everything that could be wrong is either really minor or something I'm too attached to to change, so since getting it checked was taking a while just posted it. If I got something wrong, let me know, if only so my next fic will be less wrong :)

Speaking of which: The moment writing this fic where I went "Oh crap, why can't Sara just date Phichit? They'd be really cute together??" has led me to start poking vaguely at an actual Sara/Phichit fake dating fic (which may turn into Mila/Sara/Phichit if I ever finish it) Which led me to pondering what Terrible Skating Movie Set In Italy she would make him watch after she was forced to sit through The King and The Skater 1 and 2.

The only real world one I could find was The Cutting Edge 2, which looks appropriately terrible. But a true equivalent would be a real famous non-Italian movie set in Italy to which I would tack on a gratuitous skating plot, like the YOI writers did with the King and I. So I looked up movies set in Italy, and the two that came up that I've seen are Roman Holiday (could be cute, but a bit too similar to The King And I, maybe?) and...The Talented Mr Ripley.

And I just. The Talented Mr Ripley plus ice skating. Do I want to do this. We will see.

EDIT: Waaait. WAIT. The Talented Mr Ripley plus ice skating and lesbians.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
I had a bunch of YOI fans follow me recently and was feeling a little bad that I'm unlikely to actually post much about it. BUT HERE WE ARE.
Discussions of canon level incest and unhealthy relationships )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Cliche in the sense of the asshole dominant dude and sweet innocent woman etc.

The dynamic I don't like:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because she is the perfect woman.
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because he is the perfect man.
Them: You're right! Let's get married ^_^

The dynamic I do:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Makes sense: she's nice enough, and doesn't seem cowed by your crap.
Him: ACTUALLY SHE SUCKS (actually she is perfect ;_;)
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: WTF. NO. HE IS AN ASSHOLE. GO DATE THIS NICER DUDE.
Her: I KNOW. IT MAKES NO SENSE. AND YET.

I'm not saying this dynamic is good or feminist, and there's others I like more. But it's surprisingly enjoyable considering how much I hate the first dynamic.

Current example, which I read in a block when I had insomnia last night but in the light of day am having to finish in small chunks so I can take a break from the ridiculousness: Midnight Secretary, a manga about a secretary to a vampire who selfishly gives women amazing orgasms because it makes their blood taste better. Which is a pretty clever excuse for sexy dubcon blood drinking that DOESN'T MEAN HE LIKES HER HE JUST GOT HUNGRY OK, congratulations Ohmi Tomu.

Previous examples: the manga (also an anime) Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Jane Eyre.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Watching how much fun this Let's Player is having in Twilight Princess with RPG mechanics I find frustratingly difficult got me thinking about what it would be like to play an RPG I was that good at that.

I'm not likely to make one any time soon, since I have plenty of other games on my plate, but wanted to get my ideas down while they're fresh in my mind. I would be curious to hear other people's thoughts, especially people who, like me, enjoy RPGs in theory but find them a bit tricky in practice. It's impossible for one game to be good for everyone but it's still useful to know other people's preferences. I'd also love to hear any recs for games that sound suited to me!
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alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
I found this post on emotional labour and the metafilter post it grew from really interesting, I'm still poking at the comments. Aside from the obvious take away of "if you're a woman don't date men" haha (which doesn't neccesarily mean don't date, metafilter commenters) it got me thinking about the place of emotional labour in my own life.

Being disabled has vastly cut down on my ability to do a lot of stuff, emotional labour included. I found presents increasingly stressful so just stopped doing them. Most of my friendships have gotten more distant and I don't see my family as much. But looking back I've always felt really guilty at being bad at certain kinds of emotional labour(*), I'm this weird mix of extrovert and...socially anxious or something (I've intermittently suspected myself of being on the autism spectrum) I tend to feel like it should just be ~natural and spontaneous~ and worthwhile in it's own right. I should just want to spend time with people because I am good and caring, and wanting to spend time with them means I will want to do the things that leads to it: sending cards and presents, making phone calls etc. And most of the time I don't want to do those things, I find them stressful and difficult and often unrewarding, even when in the long run I really like the person and enjoy their company. And I feel bad about that, and that bad feeling just makes everything more fraught.

But thinking of it as work is helpful. A friendly interaction doesn't have to be fun in it's own right, it's ok to think of it in cold/meta "I have not spoken to X person in a while, and I like them, I should maintain the friendship, what is the most efficient way to do that?" terms.

So I sent out short friendly texts to a few people I wish to better maintain friendships with! And it did make me happy, but it also made me stressed, so in and of itself I'm not sure it was a net positive experience. But two of them replied and we organised to hang out/skype and that made me (and hopefully them!) very happy. Hmm!

I'm finding it useful when approaching my inbox too. Like a lot of people I get overwhelmed by guilt about neglected correspondence, and thinking about replies in terms of what I want to achieve with them is making them less scary, especially when I remind myself that replying at all sends a positive message. But that it's ok to not reply sometimes, because it's work and I only have limited energy.

(the post has also got me thinking about the same gender related issues everyone else has been talking about, but I have nothing new to add there)

(*)I'm really good at other kinds, in that typical female-socialised way. And of course I'm sure that same socialisation is a big part of why I feel defective for not being good at other kinds.
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Again I found myself writing a novel in repsonse to a link on tumblr, but this time I actually agree with it, I just got too wordy :)

BIOWARE MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: SEX & CONSENT IN RPGS

I find it a bit odd she gives Dragon Age as an example of a series where romance always leads to sex, and uses Solas the the headline image, when there isn't any sex in the Solas romance. There's none in Josephine's either, and apparently the developers did this deliberately for asexual players (though I have no source for this).

But I agree with her overall point. There's no reason romance has to lead to sex, and the fact it almost always does, and that the player may find their characters having sex when all they explicitely agreed to was love, is really unfortunate.
spoilers for various Dragon Age romances )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
I'm sorry hebethen, I was putting this off until I thought of something interesting to say but I'm not sure that day is going to come. So, while it's still January, some entirely off the top of my head rambles.
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
For owlmoose. I am feeling super tired, so this is just going to be some off the top of my head rambles. I am SURE I am going to realise some of this is wrong later. I start with some discussion of the difference between art and writing since I can't see any way not to.

So. The thing with original art is that the art world is SUPER WEIRD.
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alias_sqbr: (bookdragon)
(I write this as a post on the forums for the course "Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative" and NOONE REPLIED so I'm archiving it here. Note that this is about Romance in the old fashioned sense, not romance novels. I feel weirdly self conscious posting something meant for one audience to another)

I haven't studied any humanities since highschool, but something I find really interesting is the complicated interplay between different cultures and changes in attitude within a given culture, and how these affect long standing genres like the Romance. I was hoping this would be more of a focus in this course than it has been so far, I hope it comes up later. So for now I'll just ramble about what I have picked up as an amateur and hopefully more knowledgeable people will chime in :)
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alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
I've been pondering this topic for a while, but then came across 5 Reasons why Regency is the Best Romance Sub-Genre and decided it was TIME.

So! I have seen many reasons given for why people enjoy regency romance and my response is usually somewhere between "eh" and "Noooooo".

(I'm not going to bother exploring why I enjoy romances in general because my reasons are pretty typical: Happy stories about women, getting a kick out of resolved romantic tension etc)
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alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
I have feels as a result of reading A Shrine to Saint Ann, but given what an obscure little book it is I'm going to try and connect those thoughts to more general half thoughts some of you might actually be interested in.

Despite a wide range of female characters (who I liked!) I found myself most attached to one of the male characters, which is unusual for me. Without going too much into spoilers, he was killed and reanimated for the "greater good" and is treated largely as an object whose importance and value lies mostly in his use for other more important people.

Which is a pretty good description of a lot of the AI characters I connect with as well, like GlaDOS or EDI. They have a personality of sorts, and vestiges of free will, but are also controlled on a deep level by the will of others (programmers/gods etc) and even while they resent and/or fight against this programming there is no clear division beween it and their "real" personality. Their personality is treated by their controllers as a veneer of user interface over their "true" useful self, and this is not entirely unwarranted. Also they're just weird, they don't think like regular people and their programming makes them do odd and sometimes terrifying things.

What I enjoy seeing for such characters is a character arc where they try and define for themselves who they are what they want, and not just by becoming "normal humans". The odd weirdness is part of who they are, and has it's own advantages. "Normal Humans" are weird and terrifying and not entirely in control of themselves either, after all.

I don't know why I like these characters so much. Maybe because my anxiety has controlled me so much for most of my life? Plus there's all the narrow boxes of sexism etc. I've certainly spent a lot of time navigating the world through a fuzz of overwhelming emotions, blocked off from the vast majority of possible actions by "WRONG WAY GO BACK" klaxons. Sometimes this has led me to do things I felt really bad about but also felt trapped into doing by my brain. Also I don't connect very much with my body. And am kind of weird!

Hmm. I think I may have more to say on this subject later but that's it for now.

EDIT: Possesed characters too! And I wonder how much of this stems from the part of me that still deep down believes I was made by God for his own mysterious purposes even though I've been an atheist for 20 years (partly because I couldn't understand why any benevolent being would create me to be so miserable and full of doubt) And there's evolution too, and all those questions about whether the self even exists or is just an illusion, a useful shorthand for the consensus of all the different processes controlling us.
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
People have responded really well to my SB fic which makes me feel less self conscious about opining on the thoughts that went behind it (of course it probably helps that for the sake of my recipient I just wrote f/m instead of the f/f/m my heart wanted)

Anyway! While writing The Life and Death of Setsuka Heel I realised that (a)I wanted Ren and Kyoko to actually talk honestly about their feelings and (b)I couldn't figure out what that looked like since they pretty much never do it. This prompted a reread of much of the manga and some thoughts which I couldn't talk about because of anonymity...UNTIL NOW.
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alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Pondering what Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale looks like. Kevin too. Inspired by reading some fic on [community profile] nightvalecommunitykink (which I rec to anyone else who enjoys the intersections of "body horror" and "fluff"(*)) and being surprised by some of the choices.
Spoilers up to episode 19B )
(*)Heh decided to check that combo on the AO3, the most common fandom is Homestuck (in a tie with Death Note, but those are all the same author).
alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
There is a lot of fandom meta which says "We in fandom [do or think X]" even though huge swathes of fandom don't do or think X at all. In my experience, when pressed the author will say that what they actually meant is that there is a trend of X, or that their part of fandom does X, or that they personally think X and it seems obvious that everyone else does too from their behaviour, etc.

Since I find this kind of meta incredibly annoying I've tried to avoid it myself. This has been surprisingly difficult.
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alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Homestuck: ARADIA <3 <3 Terezi ;_; And what is happening with Rose?? (I have seen suggestions that this is Terezi's nadir before she rises again extra determined. I hope so)

Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Best Charlotte/Lizzie adaptation ever.
spoilers )

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