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|Friday, July 11th, 2014|
Well, I feel like a genius, since I managed to miss my flight to Con*Strict, the first flight I have ever missed in my entire life. Ow, my wallet.
On the bright side, the con is fun and friendly as ever. They do the vid show Friday and then a movie or something of that sort. This year, it was the episode of Hotel Impossible that featured the old con hotel. I have to say: bad as it looked on the show, it still looked much, much, much better than the reality.
The vid show rocked. Kudos to Sian for finding a lot of vids I haven't seen before, including by vidders I know but don't necessarily keep up with well.
And now I have to prepare for my vidding 101 panel. Doh. I wish I'd known earlier that it was going to make the schedule.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/177289.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Tuesday, July 8th, 2014|
|Thursday, June 26th, 2014|
|Parallels 2014 letter
I've mostly been spamming Tumblr with ads for Parallels (sorry, Tumblr friends, but I'm keeping the official Parallels account for news, so advertising spam goes to my personal account). Parallels is the Yuletide-style rare fandoms exchange I run every summer. It's for fandoms based on media from Asia. It also allows vids, art, and graphics
in addition to fic.
Whether I assign myself anyone depends on the logistics of matching in a given year, but there will eventually be a Dear Parallels Creator letter here.
ETA: Oops. And time has gotten away from me. There will eventually be a bit more of a letter here. But, really, don't be intimidated. I'll like whatever you make.
ETA 2: Wow, I fail a lot.
To reiterate, I like all of the fandoms I requested (yes, despite the wildly different levels of detail), and I am happy with any kind of fanworks for them. If you would prefer to make graphics, I would especially love something I could use to advertise Parallels with in the future, but it's up to you.
My requests in their full form are visible on AO3 with the others. Here are the fandoms:
2002/Special Unit 2002
Dhoom movie series
So one Japanese movie series that's all about the Heian period fangirling, a Bollywood movie series that's all about the massive quantities of AWESOME, an urban fantasy crime fighting komik you can read most of online, a Hong Kong movie that's also urban fantasy crime fighting (crime procedural + sf/f/horror is my favorite genre, really), and two Japanese movies from the 90s that are kind of like all the other movies I loved in the 90s as a teenager... namely, sexual, bizarre, and really creepy. Rampo (also called The Mystery of Rampo) is a very meta movie about the Japanese mystery novelist. It's full of freudian gothic lit crap. Tokyo Decadence is a porno movie with a plot, more or less.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/176789.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, June 22nd, 2014|
So that meta I said I'd be writing... I'm still writing it. This is other
meta. Oops. But at least I have survived a round of deadlines, so I am now free-ish to write such things.( My week, for referenceCollapse )
So, meta... I've been thinking about AO3 comments lately. Everyone says that the great age of discussion in fandom is dead. Concrit and reader-oriented reviews are taboo. The golden age of Livejournal will never come again. Tumblr is like screaming into the void. The sky is falling. Cats and dogs living together, etc.
The king is dead, long live the king.
Tumblr is badly designed in a terrible mid-90s way, but we had plenty of discussion back then, and we have plenty of discussion on Tumblr now too. I'm bad about fostering discussion on DW because I'm bad about keeping up with any fannish platform lately (Cf. list above). But it's not just bad platforms and it's not just time: I have also noticed that we are doing a terrible job of using some of the tools we have. Number one on that list is AO3 comments.
I keep seeing people lament that AO3 has no commenting culture, that it's rude to start a side conversation with another reader, that it feels intrusive to try to start a conversation with a fic author, that it feels awkward to leave comments at all, that replying to comments needlessly inflates comment count, yadda yadda. Well, guess what? Side conversations and inflated comment counts are staples of "commenting culture". AO3 was designed by a community that had grown used to Livejournal. It's basically the love child of LJ and all those big archives from the late 90s/early 00s. It has threaded comments for a reason.
What AO3 doesn't have is a decade of established fannish practice. But I haven't seen negative reactions to discussion. As soon as a given work has conversation, more people join in. Megafandom WIPs are starting to generate the same kind of environment they always have where readers talk to each other. My small fandom works get a fair number of real comments, partly because readers/viewers are desperate to share the fandom with someone, and my fic/vid/whatever is the first sign of a fandom they've found. Believe me, nobody finds those comments intrusive or unwelcome, whether they're about the fic or just: "OMG somebody else likes this canon?!"
I do love the kudos feature. I use it when I enjoyed something but don't feel like conversing. When I leave a comment, it's because I want to interact. And I have never yet had a bad experience trying to interact on AO3. Most people, confronted with a comment that invites conversation, will comment back. There is no real impediment to AO3 having an active commenting culture other than our own trepidation.
So consider this a plug for AO3 as the future hub of discussion, analysis, and meta-oriented fandom.
And, for that matter, there's nothing stopping us from posting tl;dr on Tumblr. A lot of it isn't popular, but some of it is and gets reblogged forever. You don't need all of fandom to respond and care to feel like you're having a good conversation. In fact, huge fandoms can have that same screaming into the void quality even when they're highly active. What you need is a few people who will consistently show up in the same place and be willing to talk about the same thing. In other words, community. And you can do that on any platform once you locate a few like-minded people.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/176408.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Wednesday, June 18th, 2014|
|CON.TXT con report
So... I have now been to my second con since Escapade. Have I written my Escapade report? Have I written my Bitchin' Party report? Ahahaha. *sigh* Both were great, and I'll be writing both up at some point, but I'm starting with CON.TXT before I fall even farther behind. I'm running out to dinner, so I guess I'll just post this in its relatively unexpurgated form.
The short version: Two years ago, CON.TXT was a con I would fly across the country for. This year's CON.TXT wasn't.
It was a mellow con for me. A number of little things add up to make me feel like this year was enjoyable but not the big event I would have preferred. Maybe I've changed too and what I want out of a con now is a bit different, but it felt like there was an energy at the con two years ago that there wasn't this time.
The con continues to have an awesome location: accessible via metro from the airport, within walking distance of many different delicious food options that are not shitty fast food chains, within walking distance of places like Radioshack/convenience stores/grocery stores/etc. It continues to have an excellent and informative website and helpful news distribution (LJ, mailing list, etc.). The Dead Dog is a time for honest feedback including the negative stuff. The con com is friendly, does a good job, and is not full of themselves. I would still highly recommend the con to people in the area and probably to fans who want to travel for it. I would not recommend it for vidders.( PeopleCollapse )
Before I forget, Zvi plied me with bookmarks for Connexions
while I was distracting her from her volunteering shift. East Coast slash con attendees take note: this venerable con is restarting in August 2015. I reserve August for VividCon, but you non-vidders should check it out.( panelsCollapse )( The dance partyCollapse )( Saturday nightCollapse )
But the evening overall also felt subdued, and that was partly the preceding vidshow
. Oh boy... where do I start? Maybe if the Friday party had felt more awesome to me... Maybe if there had been a critical mass of some other set of my friends... Maybe if I'd loved the panels... I know I happily submitted a premiere to the show two years ago, so whatever the guidelines were then didn't bother me. Probably I was too excited to actually read them. My experience of the con that time was of a very, very OT3-friendly con. It made me feel at home and like this was an offline version of contemporary Livejournal fandom (of 2 years ago, not the even greater tumbleweeds of 2014). I think it was that happy memory of feeling like I fit in that made it seem worth getting up in the middle of the night to fly across the country.
The vid show submission guidelines made me feel anything but.The guidelines:
From the CON.TXT website: "For the 2014 vid show, we're following the same template we've used in previous cons after the very first (you can see the playlists for earlier vid shows by clicking on Playlist, above, and then clicking the year), which is to say that we'll be taking vid submissions and our goal is to put together a Saturday night vid show that consists of roughly half submissions and half selections.""Important Points About the CON.TXT 2014 Vid Show:
• CON.TXT is a slash con and the vid show will be devoted exclusively to slash (m/m or f/f) vids. We're not going to attempt to strictly define "slash" here - just use your best judgment (and feel free to contact us if you're uncertain). The vid com will make the final determination if there's an issue.
• "In an effort to make the vid show as enjoyable and appealing to as wide a range of fans as possible, we are going to take into consideration, and will actively attempt to balance, fandoms, vidders, song and musical styles, vid lengths, and other similar factors in selecting vids for the show. Also, the vid show lasts only a limited time (approximately two hours, including a break), and only a portion of that time will be devoted to submitted vids. So we cannot guarantee that a submitted vid will actually be in the show."
I tried to be excited about making a m/m or f/f vid. I really did. But you know how when you sign up for an exchange and you get details that are like "I hate your OTP!", your mind just goes blank and you can't think of anything else to write even though you normally love all of the other pairings in that fandom and gen casefic too? It was like that. All of my joy at making anything went away. It was like pulling teeth to get a vid done at all. I eventually sat down right before the deadline and vidded something in a sitting. It's a slightly peculiar Haven vid. It's half a gen canon overview with m/m awkwardly pasted on and half an OT3 vid with Audrey painfully excised. I was honestly worried it would be rejected, but it wasn't.
The main CON.TXT vidshow room is supposed to be the loud one. I didn't realize that, partly because people were so quiet. Were they not having a good time? I am not sure. Someone complained at the Dead Dog that they'd been shushed when they wanted to talk. To my great surprise and pleasure, everyone sang along loudly to my vid. I wasn't sure how the cover of It's the End of the World As We Know It would go over, but people either didn't notice or, in one case, were apparently ecstatic that I had used the "One True Cover Version". I'm especially happy because understanding the lyrics does help with some of the faster, more context-reliant bits of editing. (And I know you guys understood them because you were bellowing the verses too.)
People certainly applauded loudly enough after the vids, but it felt like maybe the energy was a little down from what I'd hope for overall. Despite the show supposedly balancing different styles and including different fandoms and all of that, I wasn't getting a strong feeling of "OMG, MY SHIP!" from most of the room except on the White Collar OT3 vid and, okay, talitha78's Steve/Bucky and Thor/Loki vids. The show also reached its climax with the most WTF choice imaginable. Ending on lulzy Thor/Loki would have worked. Ending on an angsty three-fandom vid nobody gets because nobody's seen Merlin and
that Alexander movie followed by a bittersweet Shelter vid is terrible. If those needed to be in at all (and I would never in a million years have put in the 3-fandom one), they should have been in the middle of one of the halves.
I hear tell that the issue with CON.TXT's vidshow may be in part that they do ask permission to show things. That's an admirable effort. (Though, dude, VidUKon sends a courtesy notification and then assumes you agree if you don't respond. This is pretty normal for cons. It's not like making a zine of somebody's fic without asking.) On the other hand, I've watched all of the festivids except the ones from the first year and been to most of the cons where the rest of this playlist debuted and seen most of the vids of the people who debuted theirs online. I can say with perfect assurance that there are a zillion other good vids from those sources, plenty of them more appropriate for this vidshow.
If I had to guess, I would say that the stumbling block is treating vids like fic. Yes, there are people who don't want "an icky peanut butter girl in their delicious m&m" or who never read gen. When it comes to vidders, though, it's just not like that, at least not for the VVC "vidding is my fandom" types. Even those of us who vid plenty of m/m vid an awful lot of canon recap, character studies, and random other shit. If con vidshows must insist on doing their research by looking through Festivids, many of the best vids aren't m/m. If cons want all shipping all the time, they need to branch out and look for vidders on Youtube who aren't part of these same circles. And, yes, a lot of those people are hard to contact or don't give a shit about this kind of con.
A vidshow should take the audience into account because they're kind of trapped once they attend at all, but I also feel it should be like a con art show: about the artists as fellow fans who attend the convention and are a part of the community, not about entertaining a passive audience with perfect, 100% professional and to-their-liking entertainment. Neither should have a minimum allowed talent level. Neither should turn away pieces by attending members because being able to get your stuff in is the entire point of going to an in-person gathering these days. Having some more beginner pieces in encourages people to get better and other people to try the artform out for themselves. The way CON.TXT is right now, I don't feel like it's actually interested in vidders
at all. And this from a young-ish, livejournal-y con! Escapade, which has every excuse to be a bunch of old fogeys who like "Slash only!!!", yet it has a general vidshow with no specific slash requirements. The contrast makes CON.TXT look out of touch and anti-vidder. I don't think I will bother attending or submitting vids again.
I'm late for my train, so I'm going to post this and bolt out the door. I have more thoughts on vidding-as-fandom and how it differs from slash-as-fandom even for vidders who identify as slashers, but they'll have to wait. Or you can have that conversation in the comments for me and save me the trouble. Hahaha.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/176341.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, June 12th, 2014|
Having a blast at CON.TXT already. Lots of familiar faces at early registration, and the hotel has Showtime, so I can watch Penny Dreadful live on Sunday. Who wants to join me?
And if you aren't watching this show, you should be. It's like the fannish id puked all over my tv screen. (Or consumptively coughed up blood, given this show.)This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/175891.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, May 22nd, 2014|
|I have a big project due, so have a meme
Okay, I have like five meta posts I am overdue on and a pile of real work, but I am amused at this meme going around where you list 10 movies that represent you or would let someone get to know you or something. They don't have to be your favorite movies, though I usually think my favorite movies say quite a lot about me. So, in no particular order:
City of Lost Children
Harold & Maude
Lie With Me (2005)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Speed Racer (2008)
Well, one thing this list says about me is that I like movies with generic titles shared with other movies. Doh.
But, really, it just shows that I'm an optimist who likes to see characters become self-actualized and achieve their goals and that I'm a romantic.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/175418.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Wednesday, February 26th, 2014|
|Escapade: TV hookups
I called the hotel to ask if the room TVs have HDMI ports. After some general WTF from the desk staff, I eventually got transferred to a guy who seemed to know what he was talking about. He says they don't but that they do have RCA plugs. (Whether these have been intentionally disabled as in many assholish hotels that want you to use their pay-per-view is another question, but at least I know it's worth wasting some space on those cords.)This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/175136.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Room Party, Saturday, After the Vid Show
Ahoy, mateys! I be needin’ some stalwart souls to help me celebrate me 20th year in fandom. Join me on the tropical Isle of Squee where the drinks be blue and the men be shirtless. There be pirate booty* for the first 25 of ye to brave these waters.
Saturday, after the vidshow. (Room # TBA.)* Not a euphemism.**** Probably.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/174966.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Saturday, February 22nd, 2014|
|Escapade room party
I love room parties, but I have noticed that they tend to really skimp on the decorations, both because those are a nuisance to get to the con and because it's hard to stick them to the walls in a hotel room without fucking something up. But nothing says PARTY like gratuitous flamingos or tiki masks. My local party store had an entire section of "luau party" supplies that achieve a transcendent level of glittery bad taste. So you know what that means:
Pack your tackiest Hawaiian shirt, people! I'm bringing the booze and it's going to be blue!
Saturday night, after the vidshow. Official announcement forthcoming when I get around to making a pretty graphic.
...and now to plan the panels I don't have spreadsheets for yet and schedule oral history interviews and finish my art for the art show. And my packing list... OH GOD WHERE DID THE TIME GO?This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/174704.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, February 9th, 2014|
Wow, I am so late with recs. This year, I was sadly not that into most of the fandoms, and I've been feeling a little disconnected and blah, so it was harder for the vids to pique my interest. Here are the ones I remember vividly and have gone back to rewatch.Uncharted
- Adorable, hopeful zombie love with beautiful timing and a perfect ending. I have watched this at least 10 times.The Boxer
- I did not know Tim DeKay was in Carnivàle. Or that I loved him so much on it. This vid has rectified this lack of knowledge. This one blew me away more than anything else this year.( And another dozen recsCollapse )
And I was the recipient of a Crash vid
that is... very Crash. Let this be a rec or a warning to you depending. ;DThis entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/174547.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Friday, February 7th, 2014|
|Escapade panels are up!
Woo! But it looks like some of the popular ones lack moderators or only have one mod. Now's the time volunteer to (help) run some of these. (No, I cannot run all of them myself. Do you really
want to listen to me talk that much
? ;D) See here for the official list of panels and descriptions
or below for my own version.
My overall verdict: I like the viewer and beginning/non-vidder-centric topics that made the schedule, but I hope current vidders are not bored with the lack of vidder-centric ones. I wasn't going to go to any single-fandom panels except that you bastards all voted for super awesome fandoms I would not have thought would get panels, so now I'm torn. Every single meta panel is the best thing ever, and I know I said I would not mod everything this year, but how can I possibly give any up? Then they might get scheduled opposite something else I have to go to! The panels need to suck more so I have more free time for other things! (Okay, fine, this is not an actual problem.)( Meta panelsCollapse )( Single-fandom panelsCollapse )( Tech/WorkshopCollapse )This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/174273.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Tuesday, January 21st, 2014|
|Wincon con report & Escapade pimping
Wincon con report and Escapade
So... I have tried to write a Wincon con report multiple times, and, each time, it has come out as an impenetrable wall of invective and swearing. But I think it's important to write con reports, so I'm wrapping that unpleasantness into something a little more positive. Here's the short version:( Wah, wah, wah. Everything sucks.Collapse )( Similar cons you should go to insteadCollapse )( Panels make or break a conCollapse )
Having the same bad public speakers hold forth on every topic without calling on the audience or preparing ahead of time is absolutely a failure of the concom
and there is no excuse. Not at WinCon, not at any other con. You can and should expect more for your money.
But enough bitching. The essential point I'm getting at here is that most dinky fancons could really use new people. Most are way under capacity or hovering a little below. Most could use more active attendees who suggest panels, offer to run panels, advertise the con, hold room parties, etc. etc. etc. Other attendees are a huge part of what makes any of these cons feel like "LJ in real life". (...I say as I post to DW and scroll through Tumblr.) Too few attendees or totally apathetic attendees take a lot of life out of a con. A few enthusiastic people can inject life back in. Support your local con today, yadda yadda.( Escapade and why you should go to itCollapse )( My room partyCollapse )
Escapade posts a list of members
online. The con can definitely have more than 98, and it's not till the very end of February, so you've got plenty of time to sign up. Join us!
Panel nominations are now closed, but I nominated every freakin' fandom and meta topic I could think of, and the suggestions from other people all look fantastic. At this stage, there should be something there for everyone. We have an amazing list
to vote on soon. (Soon?) Don't forget to vote!( Summary of proposed Escapade panelsCollapse )( oral history projectCollapse )
Still here after this tl;dr? Awesome. One final note: Escapade is a great con. The vidshow rivals those anywhere but VividCon. The party, however... It's been a little, dare I say, tame
. This year, we're hoping to turn it into a proper dance party
with a dance vid playlist. The concom has said they'll make space for this, and a few of us have offered to make a playlist and take care of the vids part. I haven't seen the new hotel yet, so we'll see exactly how this plays out. Last year, the dancing was off in a room on the side and I never made it in there. I'm looking forward to this year.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/173915.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, January 12th, 2014|
|Saturday, December 14th, 2013|
|Big Bang Press & You Shouldn't Either
I'm always seeing discussions about why the great age of LJ meta seems to be over and how sad it is that nobody seems to post that kind of thing anymore. Personally, I find that my energy to craft essays has evaporated over time; plus I think meta often requires a steady stream of new fans who aren't yet tired of the big pan-fandom topics. But the other reason I don't post that kind of content much anymore is that, the more involved I have gotten with OTW, the less worth my time I find it to post things that could bring wank to my doorstep. (Witness the extreme lateness of my WinCon con report, which is going to be scathing
whenever I finally get around to it.) Unfortunately but inevitably, posting wanky personal opinions brings down wank on everybody else's heads, and being on the Board has the potential to imbue personal journal posts with a faux authority I'd rather not give them. On the other hand, Big Bang Press is so annoying that I don't fucking care. (N.B.: Yes, of course this post is my personal opinion, not endorsed by OTW.)( Publishing, original fic, and fandomCollapse )
but I am also not convinced that BBP is on its way to being a responsible business that can put that money to good use. Why? Two reasons:
1. Lack of experience in traditional publishing: None of the PR stuff on BBP shows much knowledge of the industry. People starting successful
indie presses usually know a lot about how other publishers work. Business acumen in another field might do in a pinch, but I'm seeing a lot of "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!"
and not a lot of planning. In my opinion, planning should come first; asking fandom to open our wallets second.
2. Lack of anything to offer: The advantages BBP offers are illusory. Publishing may have some issues, but BBP's blandishments about traditional publishing not appreciating fandom's diamonds in the rough are nonsense. As everyone else on the internet has said by now, it does not take traditional training to finish your novel and write a damn query letter.
But I'm no publishing expert either, so I'll direct you to the Absolute Write
thread and the Tumblr discussions
debunking a lot of BBP's statements. They can explain better than I can why fans critical of BBP aren't just being mean and harshing the squee for no reason.
That's the background and preamble. The actual point of this post is that I am disgusted that people associated with BBP thought it was a good idea to advertise on AO3. Shame on you!
I don't care if the ads came down quickly; someone put them up in the first place. Not only are you wasting fandom's money on a half-baked scheme, pretending like all these other presses don't exist, and acting like the big publishers are much worse than they really are, but you are ignoring the basic tenets of AO3 and OTW. I'd think regular AO3 users might care about that, if nothing else. Thanks for screwing over the original fic community that is only just starting to feel welcome on AO3. Thanks for making OTW look bad by association. Opinions on fandom and commercialization differ. I'm fine with that. But how dare you ignore AO3's rules so blatantly! You know better.( What were you thinking?Collapse )
I don't have anything against the people associated with BBP—far from it—but this venture is not ready for funding. It should go back to the drawing board until it is ready to deliver on its promises to kickstarter funders and its promise as a fun fandom-friendly business. At a bare minimum, it should not have moved forward without at least full drafts of all three novels and at least one person at the helm who knows something about the publishing industry. I would accept even someone who has no demonstrable track record but who gives answers that make sense and sound informed. The fact that BBP can't even provide that much should be a massive red flag. I will not donate and neither should you.Shame on Big Bang Press and shame on everyone endorsing it.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/173403.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, October 10th, 2013|
This year, I have decided to request an entire slate of porny art films I loved as a teenager and movies that remind me of them. All of these requests are Nostalgia Central for me, and most of them I haven't seen in years. Both spoilers and dim memories abound. The blockquotes are my signup details.
Normally, I love crossovers and outside source, but I think most of my requests this year don't lend themselves well to that because of their distinctive visual styles. (Though if you have something that will work...) The exceptions are the Almodóvar films, which could easily be combined with his other movies of the same era. In my head, they're all the same movie anyway. The actors just swap haircuts and levels of evilness periodically.
Musically, I love awesome music, such as that produced by those bands that are clearly all the same band pretending to be from different places: Journey, Boston, Chicago, Kansas. Also rap. And salsa. And death metal. Carrie Newcomer is the only music currently on the computer I'm typing this on. Even the execrable Lady Gaga is starting to grow on me. I love LKBVs and the Deep and Moving music that lends itself to them. If a vid inspires distressed titters and people whispering "Was it supposed to be funny?", I will love it.( my requestsCollapse )This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/172952.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Monday, October 7th, 2013|
|Yuletide! Yuletide! Yultiiiiide!
I would like a pony. Or a magical sparkly unicorn with wings. Also for you to write a story without having an aneurism, so if the thought of a long and detailed letter fills you with fear, now might be the time to go write something based on my signup requests without reading further.
So, first thing's first: ( general tastesCollapse )Smoke Signals
Victor Joseph, Thomas Builds-the-Fire ( Sherman Alexie and hoyayCollapse )Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Clara Talboys, George Talboys, Robert Audley ( Incestuous, slashy OT3sCollapse )Chee and Leaphorn Series (TV)
Emma Leaphorn, Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn ( Oh look, another m/m/f OT3Collapse )Il buono il brutto il cattivo | The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
Tuco Ramirez, "Blondie" | The Man with No Name ( DirtybadwrongCollapse )Haven
Audrey Parker, Duke Crocker, Nathan Wuornos ( OT3 to end all OT3sCollapse )This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/172584.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Tuesday, October 1st, 2013|
|OTW - It's time to cough up the $$$ again!
It hasn't been that long, but I can already barely remember a day before AO3. Archives are my great love in fandom, and it was a dark, dark period for me when everything was on LJ. I love wikis, and I think our legal activism is some of the most important work we do, but as a user, it's all about AO3 for me. I coveted Yuletide's matching system for years, and now it can be mine! No less exciting is the realization that AO3 is awesome for vids. It's easy to aggregate multiple types of hosting with search functions that favor fandom. As a mod, as a vidder, as a lazy person looking for something quick to read before bed, AO3 deserves my money, this year and every year.
Also, I want another one of those totes. They're totes awesome.This entry was originally posted at http://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/172297.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, August 22nd, 2013|
|Tuesday, August 20th, 2013|
|Club Vivid premiere
I usually don't have any idea what shows are premiering, but in 2010, I was eagerly awaiting the premiere of Hawaii Five-0. I love cheesy cop shows with exotic locations and bright colors. (Witness my deep and sincere love of CSI: Miami.) I was overjoyed to see Will Yun Lee in the first episode. I loved him on Witchblade, and he gave the creepy human trafficker of the pilot a welcome depth.
As the season progressed, I became displeased. Alex O'Loughlin has the emotional range and mien of a taxidermied fish. Steve's plots were too cliched to interest me without a more compelling character to hang them on. While I did love Danny, I didn't find the Steve-Danny relationship very interesting. And much, much, much worse, I loved both Kono and Chin Ho and was furious at how badly their potential was squandered. But then Sang Min came back, and he'd gotten a post-pilot personality transplant, like so many pilot villains do on so many series. Not only did he suddenly become sympathetic, but he turned up the sassiness a thousand percent. The show has continued to have occasional Kono and Chin episodes and great Asian American guest stars, Kamekona is awesome when he's not the butt of fat jokes, and Sang Min keeps coming back. As long as he does, so will I.
I haven't watched H50 regularly in a long time, but whenever I hear Sang Min was on again, I look for spoilers to see if he made it. Watching just those episodes, Sang Min has an unusually developed arc for a minor villain, and the other Asian actors, both regular and recurring, are front and center quite a lot. Danny is sassy, and Steve is relegated to his correct role: making aneurism face. If all of H50 were like this, it would be the best thing ever.
And through the power of video editing, it can be!
So here's "the Asian John Travolta" in all his fabulosity to bring a little disco to Club Vivid and now the audience at home.
Stayin' Sang Min from Franzeska Dickson on Vimeo.
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