afterthree: (typewriter)
By doing this in my own journal instead of in [profile] penny_lane_42's comments I'm probably turning this into a meme, but it's kind of awesome and I think deserving of meme status.

The idea is that we all watch different shows, even when we all watch the same ones. BtVS and Joss fan [profile] penny_lane_42 posted about the shows she's watching, and got my thinking about the ones I watch.

When it looked like I was watching Gargoyles I was actually watching Blond, Bland Gentlemen Have More Fun Serving Amoral Megalomaniacs, and The Magnificent Seven was absolutely The Con Man with a Soft, Mushy Centre he Resents.

What appeared to be a book about a boy named Harry Potter was in fact The Baggage of Severus Snape and A Werewolf Tries Very Hard Not To Be Happy, For Everyone Else's Sake. The last could of books were also Dumbledore Plays Wizard Chess and You Are All His Pieces.

From the beginning, The West Wing was Lemon Lyman and his Quirkily Brilliant and Impervious Assistant Fall In Love with the occasional CJ Is Awesomer Than Pretty Much Everybody, Bitter, Angry, Sad Toby Tries to Save the World with Words, and Jed and Leo: It's Good Friends Who Keep Us Sane spinoffs. The first two seasons are definitely Dialogue That Plays Like Music, and that show was the first one that made me realize dialogue can be just as flexible and brilliant and god-damn evocative as narration.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was primarily I Love Allegory and Metaphor Like You Cannot Even Believe and Important Stories in Dark Places. Season Two became A Librarian Was Not How I Thought I'd End Up, But Somewhere Where I Was Always Headed, while Season Three was The Mayor and Faith Need Each Other, and Are Good People Gone Astray, Really. Season Four was, to my surprise, mostly When Did Xander Become So God Damn Brilliant, and Why Didn't I Notice Until Now?. Season Five was definitely My Sister is More Important than the World Entire, and That Is Just Fact so Live With It, and Season Six I watched Buffy Learns to Feel Again after getting Really Good at Not. In the end, it turned out I was also watching A Girl Who Forgets How To Be a Girl Because she Has To Be a Man the whole time.

When I watched Doctor Who with David Tennant I was watching The Loneliest Man in the Universe Searches for Distraction That Usually Makes it Worse. When Season Four started it absolutely became Donna is Awesome and the Doctor Needs Her More Than Anyone Else in the Universe. I also admit to watching the Unashamed Sci Fi Crack is Cracktastic Win show on a regular basis and loving it the most.

Torchwood was mostly Torchwood Makes Everything Worse, But In a Good and Often Hilarious Way but also sometimes Sex and Love and All the Awkward, Strange, Niggly Spaces In Between Make Us Human. CoE was, by and large, Gwen Finds Her Awesome.

I watch Criminal Minds for Garcia Is My Hero In All Ways, but also for Women, Even When They're Victims, Are Not Just Victims and Playing With Gender Roles and Identities in Smart Ways.

Dollhouse started out as Victor and Sierra and Nothing Else Matters, but then suddenly and wonderfully became Topher Doesn't Want to Hurt Anyone Else But Can't Help It Because That's Who He Is.

There are others, of course. I could go on forever, but these are the ones that leap immediately to mind. What shows within shows have you watched? What tinted glasses do you wear when you watch or listen or read the stories you do? I'm intrigued by this discussion and by discovering other people's points of view.

afterthree: (doctor on the floor)
After having seen HBP, I thought it might be fun to put together a list of guesses about the DH movies: what they'll cut, why they'll cut it, and how they might change the story to accommodate the constraints of a movie and fit it into the larger movie canon they've created. It's also kind of a neat exercise to go through: if I was writing the movie, how would I do it?

Spoilers for HBP and DH Movies; Theories about DH Film Adaptation )

Thoughts? Quibbles? Other ideas? If you were writing the last two movies, how would you make it work?

afterthree: (slytherins cheer)
I know it's technically the day after the day after, but let's not split hairs. :D

The good stuff! (Yes! There was good stuff! Haters to the left and all that!)

MMMmmm... Spoilers )

My last note? I'm so glad the costume designer got over her obsession for stripes that plagued OotP. FOR SERIOUS GUYS, GO BACK AND WATCH IT. THE STRIPES, THEY ARE EVERYWHERE! IT DRIVES ME MAAAAAAAAAD. It's like someone had a half-off anything striped sale and the wardrobe department bought EVERYTHING THEY HAD.

Next up! Working on a post predicting the cuts they'll make in the DH movie based on Kloves' style, rumours, confirmed stuff, and what they've cut/changed so far.
afterthree: (snape)
Three hours of sleep FTW! Oh Potter, the things I do for you and almost no one else.

(Okay, wow. This got long fast, and I'm not done yet. Many more comments to make, but I think this is long enough to be going on with right now. I'm going to break this up into two posts, otherwise for sure no one will read it. This post contains most of my major criticisms of the movie, and the second will include more of the positives/squee-worthy stuff, though they do cross over a bit. I had no idea I had this much to say.)

Spoilers )

afterthree: (david peering up)
HBP Movie Spoilers )

Me tired. Go to bed now. Talk Potter tomorrow. *snores*

afterthree: (high five voldy)
Half Blood Prince Midnight tickets are mine! MwahahaHA!

It is true that I came out of the Harry Potter fan-geek closet years ago, and my coworkers are already asking me if I have plans to dress up. I'm certainly planning on wearing my Slytherin scarf, hot weather be damned.

Dear [ profile] callmepatsy:

I suck because I decided to take my moneys and move to a new apartment this summer rather than visit, and then I was very, very broke. Please scorn me. Our wine-fest paper on the Sexual Merits of Sirius Black will have to wait until next year. Forgiveness is begged.

Love Chelle

Wow, I am so behind judging Hourglass. Who decided Drama fics should be weighty and lengthy, anyway? SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD, Y/Y?

afterthree: (voldy fierce)
HBO has a feature on the upcoming Half Blood Prince movie. Part one here, part two here. Movie spoilers =  lots.

I'm very much looking forward to this movie. I think it will be as good as the fifth if not better. JULY FIFTEENTH IS SO CLOSE! :D

afterthree: (eh alan rickman)
Item the First:
Hourglass 2009 nominations are underway at and have been for some time, but it turns out I am a horrible admin whom [personal profile] christycorr should fire. You have about a week left to nominate Harry Potter fanfic for an Hourglass. We're also still looking for people willing to judge a category or two. Please? There's usually a ton of great fic nominated, and every year I discover lots of brilliant fics I'd never heard of before.

Item the Second:
This kid wins the Awesome Award of the Day for maintaining a lending library of banned books in their locker, including such titles as "Catcher in the Rye", "The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy", "Animal Farm", the Qu'ran, and many, many others. Goes to show that not all hope is dead. If I knew who this kid was I would send him/her any banned book on the list that he/she doesn't yet have. That's a worthwhile investment.

Item the Third:
WTF Obama? W. T. F.?

afterthree: (donna isn't that wizard)
This post, mostly because it contains bits entirely unrelated to each other, is in three parts:

1. It has been a Ted Talks kind of weekend. Fortunately for everyone who does not care, I am only linking to this one by Jonathan Haidt, wherein he discusses the moral matrix and the real difference between conservatives and liberals. As anyone who knows me really well is aware, my scale of morality has no end caps and tends to look deceptively like globs of swirly many-toned gray paint. Obviously, this talk appeals to that intrinsic part of my nature in many ways, least of which is how my political pendulum swings depending on the topic and the weather.

2. A few weeks ago, my good home keyboard stopped working just about the same time my good home mouse stopped working. I am growing weary of my awful backup ones (I am very picky about only a couple of things, and the feel of a keyboard as I type is right up there at the top of the list), and so tomorrow I think it's time to give Best Buy some money. And while I cringe at the thought of hooking any Microsoft products to my Mac, I think I'm going to spring for the same keyboard I have at work, because I love it that much. Hopefully it does not give my iMac some sort of Microsoft virus....

3. Crafty pictures! I mentioned to [ profile] bazcat89 a week or so ago that I would post these pictures and I've finally gotten around to it. They were taken with ye olde iPhone and for whatever reason they look over-exposed, so the quality is not superb. But I think the cuteness shines through:

james potterlily potterdumbledorevoldemort

I also made a Ron, but neglected to snap a photo before I sent him to [ profile] bazcat89, in whose hands I've heard he has become quite the Potter Puppet Pals backup singer. They're all made of felt, hand-stitched, and stand about five inches high. The basic doll and cloak I drafted a pattern for in an evening, and then I made each doll's hair one-off and free-style. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to make James Potter's hair "messy" using felt, but I think it turned out okay. Dumbledore is probably my favourite, though every time I see tiny!Voldy's thick, angry eyebrows and red eyes I giggle a little bit. Each doll took around six hours from start to finish.

afterthree: (omg yay trelawney)
Trailer link here. (Edited: link goes to different place with higher quality video) It's small right now 'cause this is the best link I got. Once I get an HD one later I'll link that one, too. Done.

Okay. I'm excited. I know there are lots of HP folks who aren't, but I really liked the fifth movie, and this one looks even better even without awesome Oldman as Sirius. They have some sneaks peaks of the Harry and Snape scene down by Hagrid's hut and I'm just OMG EXCITED. I mean, Alan Rickman's Snape is not the same as book Snape, but I love him still in an entirely different way. I really hope the tower scene is good. We haven't seen Rickman's Snape and Gambon's Dumbledore interact all that much, and I think the two characters -- while different than their book counterparts to varying degress -- will bounce nicely off each other in that scene. I really like Gambon's Dumbledore overall, though I wish he was occassionally just a little more twinkly-eyed and less srs bsns. I'm hoping for a good opening with Narcissa and Belletrix and the Unbreakable Vow, too.


Though I could really care less about Harry/Ginny in the books, I kind of like them in the movies. Maybe even more than Ron/Hermione. Probably because Dan is hot can act without !ACTING!, and I really liked Bonnie and some of the subtle things they did with her in the fifth movie, while Emma Watson -- bless her -- is not as good. I do like Rupert Grint even though Liz will probably hate me for saying so but I'm not sure how invested I am in movie Ron/Hermione.

Also, the Katie Bell scene looks good. And young Tom Riddle seems appropriately creepy!kid. And Jim Broadbent is a really excellent choice for Slughorn I think. I think probably Tom Felton will continue to be eye-rolly as Malfoy, but I guess since Malfoy is an eye-rolly character for me that's probably okay. I'm sorry, Draco lovers, I just cannot take Draco!Drama seriously.

I usually roll my eyes at the too-long Quidditch scenes in the movies, but honestly I'm sort of looking forward to the Weasley is our King Quidditch sequences in this one. I can't say for sure why, exactly. I just am.

Wow. This is one of the most disjointed posts I've ever made. It should probably be in bullet points. Oh well.

afterthree: (eh alan rickman)
Attention anyone who writes/has written Harry Potter fanfic: please help [ profile] sociologistff with her master's thesis by filling out a short survey. I support any academia on the topic of fanfic, and encourage everyone to do so as well.

afterthree: (snape right)
Don't know how many people have seen this as it's been out for a couple of days, but this is the first I've seen of it since I've been a little focused on Doctor Who of late.

Embed has been disabled, so click here to see the new HBP trailer.

They've also changed the release date of the movie to be two days earlier (Now Wednesday, July 15th) than originally planned. Why? Who knows.

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Here are all my collected facts for that meme I posted the other day. They were fun to write up, so if there's someone not on this list you want to ask me my personal canon about, leave their name in the comments and I'll add it on!

Harry Potter Characters )
How I Met Your Mother Characters )
West Wing Characters )
Doctor Who Characters )

afterthree: (voldy fierce)
Title: Four Things to Laugh About
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Sirius Black, James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew
Word Count: 2,221
Warnings: None
Summary: Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Author's Note: Written for [ profile] _thirty2flavors during the 2008 Christmas Fic Exchange.

A curse blasted through a tree a few yards away... )


Jan. 10th, 2009 12:41 am
afterthree: (gleeful ten)
This icon of Ten perfectly illustrates the glee and satisfaction I feel at having completed my fic exchange fic. *whoops and skips*

I'm reasonably satisfied with it, thought the structure and format isn't at all what I originally planned. I'm perfectly okay with that, though, because the characters are decent and the writing doesn't entirely suck, and I'm so willing to call that a win.

*whoops and skips some more*

Bed now. Work tomorrow (ugh, more weekend work) at 7am. Then helping [ profile] jonesinforsin move, then hopefully a nap, then probably tomfoolery and hijinks.

afterthree: (high five voldy)
I think I finally broke through my fic exchange block. It took some doing, and I had to change the format a bit to accommodate it, but I think I'm okay now. I don't want to jinx anything, but I've actually made progress that doesn't completely suck today, so I call that a win.

This fic exchange fic has been way harder than I thought it would be. Not helping the situation are the facts that, A) I haven't written HP fic in ages and the characters are being annoyingly elusive, B) I haven't written any fic in ages so my writing is overall pretty craptastic, and, C) my mind is primarily fixated on the Who fic I've finished planning and am itching to start writing, ergo I am having difficulty focusing.

Okay. I'm feeling good about this. I think I can be done this tomorrow night. *crosses fingers*

afterthree: (edmond kicking ass)
The hackers have possession of [ profile] dorkorific  and [ profile] shoebox_project  still. There has been another post made to [ profile] shoebox_project , but both links still point to the keylogger. Don't click on them!


afterthree: (hermione fuck)
The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. Do NOT click on the outbound link that purports to be a "new" archive for Shoebox. It will take you to a page where you will download a keylogging virus. Both [ profile] ladyjaida  and [ profile] dorkorific  have been notified. If you did click on the link, you should run an anti-virus program ASAP; the virus will log every keystroke you make after it's downloaded.

In the meantime, for all your Shoebox needs, I found a place it can be downloaded by chapter in PDF form. If you've linked to it in your sidebar or somewhere else, you should really remove the link or replace it with the PDF one.



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