green_apple: (y canto canciones de amor y furia)
After that giant fiasco I was dragged to (the one where Franco played the wonderful, amazing, unbearably useless Oz. Let's not talk about it) ages ago, the cinema and I had not been on the best of terms. There's only ONE in this town, it is accordingly expensive AND rarely shows the films I want to see, and if it does it's only for, like, a week which is not enough time for me to even find out that they are showing my coveted film...

Anyway, I finally got off my ass and went to see Thor 2, because IMAX. And Jane Foster. (And Loki, but shhhh)

Also, I totally called it on Erik's situation. Totally.

That aside made, I just wanted to know who WANTS TO COME SQUEE WITH ME ABOUT THOR 2? We can weep over Frigga's ridic fridging, too.

So, who's with me?

(wow. Most of my icons are Merlin-related. This account has been abandoned for so long, man. It's so out of date, I'm vaguely embarrassed, tbh)
green_apple: (the storm at the heart of the sun)
 So. Seems to me that somebody (should they remember me at all) would do a wonderful service to the world, or at the very least, the internet, if they came over and explained to me whether I should bother with Legend of Korra's second book, or not. 

I mean, I've only read a thing or two about it, and it feels like it would be a major waste of my time BUT. I do love Korra. And the whole thing is soooo pretty. And the music!!!!!!!

Maybe I should just watch it without actually paying attention to the developing action, just look at Korra's face(s), listen to the pretty music and bask in the art design...

This post was totally gonna be about how Aang cannot have been a neglectful parent. Just no. He's Aang! He lost everything once, he wouldn't let his family slide. Especially not a family he built with his forever girl. 

And where was Katara during all this abandonment? Probably in the same place she was while the Yakone trial was happening, but that's neither here nor there (lies. It's totally both here and there and everywhere). The point is: this is KATARA. On what planet would she have allowed Aang to get away with playing favorites with their kids? (hahahahaha hahahaha hahahaha shuddup you naysayers, I wanna believe they grew up and became adults and any and all mothering was reduced to the bare minimum, which means that there would be no getting away with shit. Except it seems I'm getting my hopes entirely too far up?). it just feels like Bryke's determined to assassinate every. single. one. of their characters. 

But srsly. I haven't seen any ep yet, so this whole rant is an entirely derivative product of all the rants I've come across since the season premiere. 

I'm thinking I will watch at least the episodes that have aired so far, both bc of aforementioned aesthetic reasons, and to see if any of these complaints hold any water. 

Needless to say, my Zutarian heart is gladder than ever that Bryke never, ever touched my darling pairing in any sort of serious capacity... 
green_apple: (our last day as children)
5035 words I wrote for longjackets on the most auspicious occasion of her birthday, and that mostly tell the tale of Merlin's adventures in friend-making. And his loneliness. But mostly the friend-making. And the mourning of friends made. look, it's not his fault he just won't die like a normal person, okay?

Anyhoo. I wrote something that doesn't completely suck, so here.

green_apple: (down the barrel of a winchester)
dear lj:

today I got a paper cut. Which I would not have gotten had the library been closed. Which would have been, had today not been monday.

In conclusion: I wanna poke mondays on the eye.

And also adulthood. 

a toph no le gusta
green_apple: (the storm at the heart of the sun)
And today, on things what are good:

1. Lust, Caution. It had been recommended to me with flying colors, and I knew what the story was about and how it ended, but still. Punch. To. The. Gut. Beautifully done and acted and it features Wang Lee Hom's face. You should all go watch it. 

As long as you're over eighteen, okay? because I never ignored raitings. 

2. Fixing It. Which is pretty much the story of how I'm now maybepossiblytoacertainextentandonlyinfics/fanart shipping Makorra. Shuddup. It's very well done and, as the author says, proves how the ship could have been something really fantastic with only a few little tweaks here and there. Minimum tweaks, even. Just slight inklings of character growth and we'd have been there

This was brought to you by my conflicted feelings over Mako's general existence... ::facepalm::

Also, these are neat too:
Her Consort by Aimsaru (Korra/Mako, R)
let the butterflies cry by Nautica Dawn (Korra/Asami, Asami/Korra/Mako, R)
The Cave by masksarehot (Amon/Korra. But not like that. I mean, yes like that, but it's not creepy, nor does it have all the inherent power dynamics I would expect such a pairing to have, it's about how they have the same goals but go about achieving them in completely different directions and how they negotiate these differences, while being completely hot for each other. Bonus points for Amon's third IC being his total bff, and utterly HBIC. Oh, and Amon's not Tarrlok's brother and there is a scar on his face and going any further would be hugely spoilery. R) 

Apparently I just really want Korra to get laid. Btw, I am NOT shipping Amorra. I just really dig that fic. Because it's a good fic. 

On things what aren't so good: I still have a headache. Which meas I was only able to bag two-and-a-half hours of sleep, which explains the fic-reading, movie-watching spree. It will also explain all the jokes I'll be missing today. 

Hmmm, I'm sitting here considering the possibility of making a Zuko/Katara rec list. In case anyone on here would like to read it. By which I mean, in case PIPER would like to read it. These lands are deserted these days. 
green_apple: (down the barrel of a winchester)
There are very few things in my life worse than waking up at 2 in the morning with a migraine. I guess the bright side would be the possibility that, having started the day with such compound awfulness, things can only get better?

Like, I wake up, curse a bit because of course I'd get a migraine the day I have to attend a long-ass talk at the uni. Of course. And then, internet is:

1) Wrong. You guys, listen, highly idealized, 'perfect for each other/carefully matched' pairings* only work on paper. And even then, it depends on execution. Kataang, for example, was executed in a decently enough way that I can handwave their future together and generally not care about them; Maiko, otoh, was so poorly executed that it inhibits my liking of it, which is saying something when considering that on  normal circumstances it would have been textbook kink button for me, as it is the pairing has me disliking both characters when together (Kataang does as well, to an extent, but it's not quite as eye-twitch worthy as Maiko) even though they are two of my most dearly beloved bbs (throw Katara into the mix and a non-wedding of some kind for Mai and Zuko and I'm all set, tho. THREE WAY OF MY HEART). If your argument is that the characters 'belong' together because they were crafted for each other, then I'mma not even gonna let ya finish because that is not good enough for me. I can't get emotionally invested simply because the text tells me to do so, that's not how it works.

I have absolutely no problem filling in blanks (see: MY LONG-WINDED HISTORY OF NON CANON SHIPPING), but if those blanks are left there because of poor story-telling, lazy narrative, illogical character progression or whatever, then I refuse to do your job for you. Say, Arthur and Gwen have suffered plenty from lazy story-telling and general lack of self-awareness on the writers/producers' end, but they tug at my heartstrings and their actors have enough chemistry and talent to sell me the pairing even if their bosses seem to think 'the selling pitch' is redundant, they make each other better and that is actual personal growth right there, which is, I think fundamental for any kind of healthy, long-term human relationship. This is a case in which I don't mind headcanon-ing my way through the sea (it annoys me, but it doesn't stop me from sailing the fuck out of the ship) because the ship I'm sailing is sturdy enough to weather the stormy routes of facepalming some narrative decisions toss it into. 

I kind of think this point got away form me, so it's getting chopped here.

2) Disappointing. Though, in all fairness, this one isn't so much a case of the internet in general as this one (two?, I think they're two) artist being excellent, knowing all the right ways in which human bodies/proportions work, having the knack of shading, knowing how to express facial expressions (yes, I'm using the same word twice), and producing these pieces that are simultaneously the sexiest, classiest, most explicit, tenderest, naughtiest drawings, BUT never having drawn for my OTP. I almost cried when I read that she's not into it and thus will produce nothing for it. The disappointment comes in because she's drawn EVERY SINGLE OTHER PAIRING POSSIBLE, canon and not, crossover, het, slash, femmeslash, all of them, whether she actively ships them or not.

Now, this is not to say I didn't favorite a few, because I did; as stated above, she's incredibly talented and her work is endlessly evocative and downright amazing, but still. My heart breaks a bit.

3) And last, but not least, gross. Which is nothing new, but hey, it still stings. Not going into details here because it's triggery and it's not like I've processed it enough to have an actual opinion that's not CAPSLOCK RAGE, which would not be worth your or my time. So.

I really, really need this migraine to go the hell away! Maybe my reactions to the above points would have been a lot more measured (mild indifference, most likely, at least in the two first points) IF MY BRAIN WEREN'T TRYING TO BEAT ITS WAY OUT OF MY SKULL.

*In fiction, okay? In fiction. Though I'd argue that, irl, the high levels of idealization we seem to want to have in our relationships more often than not wind up being a huge, major burden on the idealized party (or the relationship in general, if it is the case), and when the bursting point is reached, and it will be reached eventually, everyone comes out muddied and scratched and bleeding and just, it's not worth it. Trust me. Hopefully the lesson will be learned and the couple will go on to be stronger because of it, but that's not generally the case, when these things happen breaking up and moving on is usually the result. Which is a good result, mind, just not the one a fictional otp is expected or dreamed to have.

Of course, if this is the type of things you like to watch/read/listen about (not the breaking up, I mean, but the happy times of perfect lovey-dovyness) then be my guest, it is your enjoyment we're talking about here, just please don't use that argument against other pairings/shippers who work/prefer different dynamics. Or, rather, use it in your own internet corner, there is no need to tag your hate. THERE IS A SPECIAL LEVEL IN HELL FOR HATE TAGGERS, OMG.

Wow, this post got long. tl;dr ::kicks tuesday::
green_apple: (to believe in a jagged edge)
Boo. My laptop seems to be having some kind of identity crisis.

To have a mouse or not to have a mouse ::cue annoying dramatic random connecting and disconnecting of the mouse in question. Followed by my urge to headdesk::

I need an 'I'm annoyed at this bs' icon. Why don't I have one, considering how easily annoyed I am on a general basis?
green_apple: (anything frail anything wild)
This thing looks suspiciously like another fic. Which I wrote. This year. I FEEL SO ACCOMPLISHED, YOU GUISE. This is also unbeta'd flashfic, which I'm posting now before the courage deserts me, so be warned.

your sorrow for another coin
868 words, light R

For Piper, because she had an itch.
green_apple: (one does not love breathing)
Dear N. K. Jemisin:

I am totally not parallel-thinking Wanahomen's and Hanani's story as a Zutara au. I am not. No matter what my brain says. I am also not forgiving you for pushing every single one of my narrative buttons on a regular basis

Srsly tho, reading this lady's books is like getting a double of dose of bulletproof kinks straight to the brain. Wrapped up in EVEN AWESOMER THAN I EVER IMAGINED. 

Two days ago I wasn't really all that into the dreamblood duology (as in, the story/plot/world-building are excellent with a side of ♥ _ ♥ bathed in gorgeous prose sauce. The folk in the first book were really lovely and perfectly developed and I wanted them all to have their happy endings and wound up being so thoroughly emotionally satisfied with how things turned out even if the 'happy ending' status of it is highly questionable in most cases. The characters in the second book, however, had to work to get me to warm up to them for reasons I still haven't figured out, but once they did, well, ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS, because again I want them all (except this one dude) to get their happy endings, the real clincher here is that I'm not sure what that happy ending will be like, because they have grown and evolved and interlaced their individual narratives and the stakes are really bloody high and I just know that whatever their places wind up being, when all's said and done, I'll be equally emotionally/narratively satisfied  as I was with The Killing Moon), and then BAM, stuff happens that ups my investment by like a zillion times and suddenly my free time is nowhere near enough to mainline things as a properly engrossed person would. 

This is the state of affairs on my end, these days. Also, a number of beloved fics have updated and I haven't been able to get to them because Jemisin and my emotions won't let me. 

(Wana and Hanani's collective situation is totally Zutarable, tho. I stand by this)
(also also also, apologies for the potential nonsensical quality of this here post. It's early and I'm high on feels)


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