I had one of those click through journeys this morning, you know, where you look at something that links to something else, that links to something else and eventually you can't quite remember how you got there?

In my case it was to a Huffington Post review of the SPN episode The Man Who Would Be King. I enjoyed the review in itself since I liked that ep. I've never really been too deep in the SPN fandom but the few things I remember reading after the ep were mostly just using it as grist for the mill of ongoing fandom arguments about Castiel and whether or not Dean and Sam should kick him to the curb etc. The reviewer felt like the story of Castiel's fall is great because of how it reflects the main themes of the show about faith and doubt. It is therefore, he her view, a Hall of Fame ep. An ep that encapsulates "what this show is about." An ep that was "richly rewarding on its own terms and that also provided a road map of the themes that have made 'Supernatural' worthy of six seasons of attention"

I'm not going to argue about whether "The Man Who Would Be King" actually deserves that title (since I don't know if it's as well-loved as most eps like that usually are)... but the concept really is interesting--the eps that do that. )
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sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Neville Magpie.)
( Jan. 21st, 2012 04:54 pm)
I've been reading a lot (or at least a few) fantasy books lately for girls and now I have feelings about Girls Who Are Special. I’m not dismissing them all with a "Mary Sue" label because they're not always written badly or as overly perfect. But there is a related wish fulfillment idea there. But I just never really related to that particular wish-fulfillment fantasy. I think, in fact, that I'm probably sometimes more forgiving about this with male characters, perhaps because I relate to them a little differently. There's a slight remove that isn't there with a female character. But regardless of the gender, I've always preferred non-Chosen Ones. )
sistermagpie: WWSMD? (Nun)
( Jan. 13th, 2012 11:59 am)
So everybody is doing this meme, and I got mine from [personal profile] donnaimmaculata:

Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

My nearest books are all on my Nook. I was reading two this morning. Page 45 for one is unfortunately an endnote. Surely that doesn't count? But if it did the one included phrase would be: "personal communication."

Not bad, I guess. Though if I skipped the endnotes and went to the beginning of the next chapter the first sentence would be: "Is a pen a metaphorical penis?" which offers a lot of possibilities, especially on livejournal!

Page 45 on the other book starts with: "Oui, oui, disait Grand en descendant les escaliers derriere le docteur."

The opening "Yes, yes" could bode well. Unfortunately the guy saying it is following another man down a flight of stairs, so I can't help but feeling like they're leaving me in my room while the two of them go off together. Coupled with the metaphorical penis line it's beginning to seem like my entire sex life for 2012 will be slashfic.

Just for one more I'll grab the book I finished yesterday. They're all right next to each other on the screen after all! That would be: "But it won't work if you don't believe it will, you know that."

Now that's intriguing. Intriguing and probably good advice.

Though not so much as the last possible sentence, coming from the book I finished right before that one: "His grin and his confident manner cowed everybody at the table but me and they stopped talking and made a to-do about passing him things, like he was somebody."

So I might keep a lookout for that guy!

Bonus meme: Can anybody guess any of the books?
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So Yuletide really is fun, I find. :-) I read a lot of stories I really liked. Once again I'll pimp my Nero Wolfe story, Furlough, which I now know was written by Re_White.

I wrote two stories, one as a treat. My treat was in the English and Scottish Popular Ballads fandom. [personal profile] measured_words talked about a fic based on the song Lamkin/Long Lankin that made sense of some of the plotholes. If you don't know the song, someone put up a video to the Steeleye Span version, the one I know, here. Lots of blood! Anyway, this is the solution I came up with:

December 8, 1957 (1966 words) by faviconsistermagpie
Fandom: English and Scottish Popular Ballads - Francis James Child
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lamkin
Summary:

Fred told Gloria to beware.



There's canon level violence (which means some character deaths) in that one. Also misogyny.

My main assignment was really exciting because it was for one of my favorite books and movies, The Haunting of Hill House. I was watching this movie nonstop around Halloween so I was in the right headspace for the assignment and a nice reread. I love Shirley Jackson! And [personal profile] ava_jamison and [personal profile] jlh for showing me what didn't work.

Fear and Guilt Are Sisters (4345 words) by faviconsistermagpie
Fandom: Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eleanor, Theodora
Summary:

Theo thought she got away from Hill House just in time.



It takes place post-canon so there's mentions of character death and suicide as a subject.

I love bringing a little Halloween to Yuletide!

I hope everybody had a happy new year! I've started the new year off in the traditional way, housecleaning while watching a Hoarders marathon. I'm not sure how I ever cleaned before Hoarders.

Hopefully I'll get it together enough to do a list of some of the stories I loved this year, though I'm still making my way through the collection!

I hope everybody had a great
OMG, I am so stupid and upset. I just broke my e-reader. I put it on the floor, put a stool on top of it and sat on the stool and cracked it. No, not on purpose. But it might as well have been for how well I destroyed it.

When I was a kid I got a flute--my first actual flute that was mine and not rented? And a few hours later I flung myself on the bed and landed on it and bent it into a V shape.

My ass is a destructive menace.

Called B&N since I only upgraded to this one a few weeks ago (*sob*) and there's something wrong with their system so I have to call back in TWO DAYS for them to send me a new one! I feel completely at a loss until then. I have library books on there! And what will I read on the train to work? And I'll have to load everything onto it again!

And why am I so stupid? And how can B&N have a problem that I have to wait TWO DAYS to call them again?

Kurt's Vonnegut's single eye glares at me in accusation out of the cracked face. Despair.

ETA: JOY! On the phone they told me I could not go into a store and have it replaced but I tried anyway. I went right to the nice guy who sold it to me exactly 2 weeks ago, and because I'd destroyed it so fast and because they were really cool and sympathetic, they replaced it for me! I have a Nook again! I AM SO HAPPY!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Merry Christmas from pauraque!)
( Dec. 26th, 2011 09:59 pm)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful December, whatever you celebrate! I bring a lovely Yuletide gift to share!

Furlough (1391 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Nero Wolfe
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe
Summary:

Archie knows that this is Wolfe being polite. This is Wolfe bowing to circumstance.



Nero Wolfe--so psyched! One of the things that's so cool about Ner Wolfe is that, like comics, the series goes on for decades without the characters changing. So you have your choice of what time period to set a story. This year, interestingly, there were 3 Nero Wolfe fics that took place during WWII. I admit, mine was my favorite.:) But it was great reading this fic in context. In Black Market Blues a restless Archie goes undercover to catch some black market thugs. He's restless because Nero has pulled strings to make sure he never goes to the front.

In my story, Nero has tried and failed to pull the same strings. Archie is sent to the front, but carries Wolfe with him.

So yeah, I'm pretty pleased with my Yuletide!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Dec. 26th, 2011 09:59 pm)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful December, whatever you celebrate! I bring a lovely Yuletide gift to share!

Furlough (1391 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Nero Wolfe
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe
Summary:

Archie knows that this is Wolfe being polite. This is Wolfe bowing to circumstance.



Nero Wolfe--so psyched! One of the things that's so cool about Ner Wolfe is that, like comics, the series goes on for decades without the characters changing. So you have your choice of what time period to set a story. This year, interestingly, there were 3 Nero Wolfe fics that took place during WWII. I admit, mine was my favorite.:) But it was great reading this fic in context. In Black Market Blues a restless Archie goes undercover to catch some black market thugs. He's restless because Nero has pulled strings to make sure he never goes to the front.

In my story, Nero has tried and failed to pull the same strings. Archie is sent to the front, but carries Wolfe with him.

So yeah, I'm pretty pleased with my Yuletide!
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( Dec. 18th, 2011 10:09 pm)
Major spoilers for season finale )
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( Dec. 18th, 2011 10:09 pm)
Major spoilers for season finale )
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At some point I need to do a post round up of the three plays I saw in something like a week and a half—and all really good!

Before I get to that, I had one of those things this week when a couple of things seemed to happen that commented on something I was reading and thinking myself. And it's very much related to fandom things.

I'll start with last week's Community, which as you've probably heard (hopefully not entirely from Community fans that annoy you!) is being put on hiatus. There were a bunch of comments about last week's episode, in which the Dean tried to make a commercial for Greendale college, with Abed also making a documentary about the process because, as Abed and Luis Guzman both agree Hearts of Darkness (the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now) is much better than Apocalypse Now. The ep has naturally spawned really interesting meta about the process of having stories and how the stories create reality, because they are a way for people to explain their experience of something via emotion.

I was particularly eager to think about that because of a book I've been reading, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Perhaps you already know Sybil, because she was a huge cultural phenomenon in the 1970s. She was the subject of the "nonfiction novel" Sybil by Flora Schreiber, which told the story of Sybil Dorsett, a woman with 16 personalities who was cured via therapy with her brilliant, caring psychiatrist, Cornelia "Connie" Wilbur. The book was huge and later was made into an awesome TV movie with Joanne Woodward (who once herself starred as multiple personality Eve in The Three Faces of Eve) and Sally Field, who until then was known for her goofy sitcoms.

I hadn't realized, since when I read/saw Sybil in high school it was years after either came out, was that Sybil essentially created the modern understanding of multiple personality/dissociative identity disorder, and the idea of repressed memories brought out through therapy. That, of course, eventually peaked in the 90s with thousands of people diagnosed with the disorder (before Sybil it wasn't even in the DSM) without half the symptoms described in the book, and many therapists sued when the memories they recovered turned out to be completely false. Memory, it turns out, doesn't work like a Pensieve. )

I don't if this is interesting at all if you haven't heard of Sybil, but I do recommend the classic TV movie. Apparently it was remade with Jessica Lange at some point and I didn't even know, but it's just not the same if it's not the classic tale of multiple personalities and endlessly weird, torturous child abuse.

The pajamas in this clip got them sued on homophobic grounds!
At some point I need to do a post round up of the three plays I saw in something like a week and a half—and all really good!

Before I get to that, I had one of those things this week when a couple of things seemed to happen that commented on something I was reading and thinking myself. And it's very much related to fandom things.

I'll start with last week's Community, which as you've probably heard (hopefully not entirely from Community fans that annoy you!) is being put on hiatus. There were a bunch of comments about last week's episode, in which the Dean tried to make a commercial for Greendale college, with Abed also making a documentary about the process because, as Abed and Luis Guzman both agree Hearts of Darkness (the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now) is much better than Apocalypse Now. The ep has naturally spawned really interesting meta about the process of having stories and how the stories create reality, because they are a way for people to explain their experience of something via emotion.

I was particularly eager to think about that because of a book I've been reading, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Perhaps you already know Sybil, because she was a huge cultural phenomenon in the 1970s. She was the subject of the "nonfiction novel" Sybil by Flora Schreiber, which told the story of Sybil Dorsett, a woman with 16 personalities who was cured via therapy with her brilliant, caring psychiatrist, Cornelia "Connie" Wilbur. The book was huge and later was made into an awesome TV movie with Joanne Woodward (who once herself starred as multiple personality Eve in The Three Faces of Eve) and Sally Field, who until then was known for her goofy sitcoms.

I hadn't realized, since when I read/saw Sybil in high school it was years after either came out, was that Sybil essentially created the modern understanding of multiple personality/dissociative identity disorder, and the idea of repressed memories brought out through therapy. That, of course, eventually peaked in the 90s with thousands of people diagnosed with the disorder (before Sybil it wasn't even in the DSM) without half the symptoms described in the book, and many therapists sued when the memories they recovered turned out to be completely false. Memory, it turns out, doesn't work like a Pensieve. )

I don't if this is interesting at all if you haven't heard of Sybil, but I do recommend the classic TV movie. Apparently it was remade with Jessica Lange at some point and I didn't even know, but it's just not the same if it's not the classic tale of multiple personalities and endlessly weird, torturous child abuse.

The pajamas in this clip got them sued on homophobic grounds!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Merry Christmas from pauraque!)
( Nov. 19th, 2011 09:29 pm)
It's that time again when you're my favorite person, Yuletide author! I hope you'll have fun writing me a story!

Dear Yuletide author, )
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Glee is one of the weirdest shows on TV, I swear. On one hand I can’t follow it like a real show because it’s so inconsistent, but otoh it’s fascinating watching what stuff they throw at the wall every week to see if it sticks, seeing what strange ways people will behave this week and how it contradicts the strange ways they behaved three weeks earlier. Sometimes an episode will seem even weirder than usual. I thought last night’s show was one of those. )
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Glee is one of the weirdest shows on TV, I swear. On one hand I can’t follow it like a real show because it’s so inconsistent, but otoh it’s fascinating watching what stuff they throw at the wall every week to see if it sticks, seeing what strange ways people will behave this week and how it contradicts the strange ways they behaved three weeks earlier. Sometimes an episode will seem even weirder than usual. I thought last night’s show was one of those. )
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Why is she still writing about it?

So I had an awesome weekend in Vail at Sirens, which was even better than I expected. I came back all excited about women in fantasy and with a long reading list that should keep me happily busy for weeks or months. (Just finished The Thief.) So don't ask me why I suddenly have something more to say about X-Men: First Class, which I saw months ago. If there's anyone up for meta about it, though, apparently I'm your lj! Though to link it to Sirens, it does touch on that general fantasy topic of a person's powers and personality working together.

What happened was I happened to come across an exchange about the scene on the beach that raised the possibility of Charles actually pushing Raven mentally to leave him, and that then led to many other tl;dr thoughts )
Why is she still writing about it?

So I had an awesome weekend in Vail at Sirens, which was even better than I expected. I came back all excited about women in fantasy and with a long reading list that should keep me happily busy for weeks or months. (Just finished The Thief.) So don't ask me why I suddenly have something more to say about X-Men: First Class, which I saw months ago. If there's anyone up for meta about it, though, apparently I'm your lj! Though to link it to Sirens, it does touch on that general fantasy topic of a person's powers and personality working together.

What happened was I happened to come across an exchange about the scene on the beach that raised the possibility of Charles actually pushing Raven mentally to leave him, and that then led to many other thoughts )
I had stuck a couple of things up on Tumblr that can be a little grouped together here, plus there's a link to a good article, so Poor, poor Starfire... )
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I had stuck a couple of things up on Tumblr that can be a little grouped together here, plus there's a link to a good article, so Poor, poor Starfire... )
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sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Dreamy)
( Sep. 4th, 2011 07:21 pm)
I've been having this ongoing conversation about Inception recently--yeah, I know, a year too late. But it got brought up again! It was the standard convo about whether it's a dream or not, and my position is always: could be. But it got me thinking about the compulsion to have a set narrative for a story that doesn't want to have one. Spoilers inside for Inception and Mulholland Drive. )
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( Sep. 4th, 2011 07:21 pm)
I've been having this ongoing conversation about Inception recently--yeah, I know, a year too late. But it got brought up again! It was the standard convo about whether it's a dream or not, and my position is always: could be. But it got me thinking about the compulsion to have a set narrative for a story that doesn't want to have one. Spoilers inside for Inception and Mulholland Drive. )
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