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01 August 2011 @ 07:57 pm
back to normal... hopefully?  
1. So yesterday LJ didn't let me answer to any comment if my answer was longer than five lines in the comment box. *facepalm* Dear LJ, are you letting me catch up at some point? Thanks, me. My icon represents what I'd like to do if I could meet those hackers, though tbh I'm also using it because it's gorgeous.

2. Porn battle started. I've been spending the last three hours writing random ASOIAF fills just to see if I have a handle on the characters. I feel like I'm doing something wrong because they lack rolling heads and utter angst, though a couple I've been eyeing are good for angstfesting. Right now I have a couple for both my main ships, let's see if this evening I like them enough to post them.. also why the heck I'm eyeing Theon/Robb prompts, I DON'T EVEN SHIP THAT

3. Let's give that meme a boost.



1. 1984, George Orwell: if you've been around here enough you probably have enough of me ranting about all the reasons why this is my favorite book and will never not be, but here we go. I honestly think it should be obligatory reading in schools, mostly because it gives you the Best Message That Could Ever Give You: use your head or someone else will do it for you and then you'll have cameras inside your house and you won't be able to do anything you want. What I like about it is that it's not total wacky sci-fi - it might have been written in 1949 but if you look at what my PM says and then read that book you get shudders for a while. It starts from common premises - just take a wrong turn and we could totally end up like that. For myself, I know that reading it changed my attitude towards a lot of things. It's also depressing as hell and brings shit to the extreme consequences, but that's the point - if you don't see shit plausibly taken to extreme consequences, you don't get how bad it can possibly get. There's also a reason why I drop it as a birthday gift whenever I can. And maybe if people read it, they'd stop watching Big Brother and make my life a whole damn easier.

2. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas: or, the other end of the specter. I devoured that thing like a few others. It's totally the right balance of fun and angst, and I kind of love that the writing itself is ironic half of the time - it's just delightful. I love everyone, minor characters included, I love the good guys, I love the bad guys (Richelieu has to be one of the best villains ever - I rarely found a better fictional villain), I love the totally unrealistic romances, I love the swordfights, I love the minor characters and it's such a riot, I adore it. I also love that it's not a -uber serious- thing - (thought in Twenty Years Later it was a lot more obvious). And dammit, I love that it has blocks of four pages of dialogue where people talk about random shit that an editor today would have cut mercilessly. The style is also so delightful I could just bask in it forever, which is why it'd be the book I'd bring on the famous island if I have to choose one - it's not just unrepentant angst. It's fun, dammit. And it's also set in my favorite place in the world, what the hell do you want more. (I also have fond memories of high school times when me and my best friend would rant about d'Artagnan's hometown and how he'd have really made a great sheep-herder, but they're best left alone.)

3. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck: or, we're back on the angst wagon. Okay, seriously. I'll admit I only searched it out because of The Ghost of Tom Joad of Springsteen fame, but then I realized it was a very smart idea. First: I have a thing for stories where you focus on a few people against the great picture, and it happened that I really like how Steinbeck writes. Add that I have a serious thing for Depression-related anything (movies, books, you pick) and I was sold. It's pretty harsh, but I like that it has its lighter moments as well (even if not so many, in retrospective). I was very fond of the entire Joad family and I also appreciated how among the rest it was also about someone taking conscience of the situation around them (I have a type, apparently). But probably what sealed it is that talk between Tom Joad and his mom at the end that was also quoted in the Springsteen song and that's quoted up there under the header - I cried when I read that bit, I cried at it when I saw the movie, and it's imo one of the best things ever written, period. And if everyone had some Tom Joad in them the world would probably be a better place, I guess. Also I really liked the non-narrative bits in there - there was a chapter about how banks work that imo hasn't aged at all.

4. Different Seasons, Stephen King: or, I thought that saying Dark Tower was cheating because it's seven books and anyway I got into King because of this one, so this one it is. Now, for good or bad, SK is probably my main literary inspiration or something like that, mostly because it's the single author I've read more books from. And while DT has had a more, uhm, direct impact on yours truly, for me Different Season is the best thing he has written, period. I think it's because he's great at novellas (also, the shorter the story is, the higher is the chance that he doesn't fuck up the ending XD) and because he had some seriously amazing character work here, but that's really some of his best work. Shawshank Redemption brought tears to my eyes more than once and is an outstanding piece of writing, Apt Pupil is miles creepier than any not Randall Flagg related supernatural thing he ever came up with (the genius was going with the old Nazi - that's pretty much the most horrific you can be), The Breathing Method was a lovely, lovely short tale. And then there's The Body which will never not be my favorite short story. I read it at fourteen, so I wasn't much older than the protagonists, and it gutted me in the good way like a few other things have. I've rarely read someone getting a twelve-year-old so well, and when I got at the end I had a weep fest because I was having some serious case of empathy with everyone in there (also because I kinda always wanted to be like the protagonist and I wrote random weirdass stories too). Not to mention, straight into the top five best friendship tales ever (also Chris Chambers = role model. Trufax). So I'm just gonna go with Different Seasons, also because it shows you that SK isn't just good at horror shit and he's actually good, but believe me it was hard picking one.

Runner-ups: Chabon's Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay aka Most Gorgeous Prose of the Last Ten Years If Not More, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, obviously the DT, and Atwood's Oryx and Crake. Damn, four aren't enough.


4. I didn't need a reminder of how awesome Misha Collins is, but this is so great that I can't even. That man has no right to be real. Stop ruining men for me, Misha. Except.. no, keep on doing it. I'll get over it and I can bask in your awesomeness.

5. Sometime this week I will upload the Bon Jovi concert pics. And Slash's concert pics (or: at least Janie scored two good ones this month).

6. Sirens ends today. Hear me weeping. Also, I decided I'm watching GoT while at my grandmother's in the second part of the month - I'll be internet-less and bored out of my mind, so at least I'll be entertained.

7. That stated, I'll go ponder on my fills and answering the backload of comments that I had to ignore for the entire week courtesy of Russian hackers. *glares and waves*
 
 
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cassiopeia7: Dean: readingcassiopeia7 on August 1st, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly with your book selection. (Alas, I haven't read The Three Musketeers since high school, but so what? A re-read now will be like reading for the first time all over again!) When it comes to Steinbeck, I'm more an Of Mice and Men sorta chick, but I can easily be persuaded to re-read Grapes. And 1984, well. That one I kinda know by heart, so no re-reading necessary. Orwell's book really should be ready by everyone over the age of 10. Or at least be required reading before you're allowed to vote. ;)

Loved, loved, LOVED, Different Seasons. I am SO with you on The Body and Shawshank. And Breathing Lessons was creepily interesting, but it was Apt Pupil that freaked me out more than anything else King has ever done. His imagery alone -- the bird and the bike, the cat, the bum, Dussander's basement -- my God, that story creeped the HELL out of me. Nary a whiff of the supernatural anywhere, but it squicked me so badly, it remains one of the few King stories that I don't often revisit. *shivers*

the shorter the story is, the higher is the chance that he doesn't fuck up the ending XD

LOL! Ain't gonna disagree with you there.

Thank you SO much for the Misha link -- that man is so far beyond awesome, it's not even funny.

Now what's all this about porn battles? :D
the female ghost of tom joad: friends 2.0janie_tangerine on August 1st, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, Musketeers is totally good for re-reading whenever! It just makes me happy most times than not. And I just have a thing for Dumas being ridiculously wordy and not doing a thing to hide it. It's a delightful book. :D

Mice and Men is my second-favorite. And it's probably more effective since it's way shorter and packs exactly the same punch, but I'm a sucker for long stuff when done right so I'll stay on team Joad. Though i'll take any Steinbeck really - both short and long.

. Orwell's book really should be ready by everyone over the age of 10. Or at least be required reading before you're allowed to vote. ;)

Wouldn't ALL be so much better off if people read that before getting their electoral certificate? Also it packs such a punch that it's hard to forget what happens.

You're SO right about Apt Pupil, ugh. That story freaked me the fuck out the first time - I also think it's because you know that vampires don't exist but Nazis DO/did, so it has the extra factor because it's real stuff. But ugh, the way he wrote it, it was both scary and unsettling and creepy as hell. Like, you don't need supernatural to write horror stories, but really. (Also I thought about that while reading the last one in Full Dark No Stars - it's not as bad as Apt Pupil but.. well. Same league.) Anyway DS is just so good. And heee, you know that the longer he gets the bigger he has the chance to fuck up the ending. ;) (The Stand excluded - it's my favorite out of his long novels because it's the only one whose ending I actually like 100%.)

Misha isn't even real if you ask me. TOO PERFECT.

Heee, basically you get a list of prompts people left for... a shitload of fandoms and write random porn based on those. Which is awesome. Except that I think there's just one person prompting Dark Tower because every time it just has Eddie/Suze prompts. XDDD and I don't even check the SPN list because I already have too much SPN stuff in my to write list, but doing it for minor fandoms/wacky crossovers is awesome.
Creature Of Hobbit: toshiko satotellshannon815 on August 1st, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
See my icon for what I'd do to the hackers! It gave me the same grief yesterday too.
the female ghost of tom joad: GET OFF MY LAWNjanie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
UUUGH SO MUCH THAT. I'm still getting the random 503 error. Sigh. At least I have extra paid time now?
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the female ghost of tom joad: GoTjanie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
BUT I STARTED SHIPPING IT AFTER ADWD, IT'S LIKE, WHY GETTING ON A SHIP THAT'S TOTALLY ALREADY DROWNING XDDD

LOL I KNOW. The alternative universe when it's obvious that Robb Stark likes men! ;)
The Cleaveragekel_reiley on August 2nd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
DIFFERENT SEASONS. You! That is totes one of my favorite books ever (and Stand By Me is my favorite film). The Body is IMO his best work, and possibly that's b/c it was largely autobiographical. The Apt Pupil disturbed the HELL out of me when I read it.
the female ghost of tom joad: friends 2.0janie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
I know? I just wish everyone who says that SK isn't good would read that one first. Then we can talk. ;) Also Stand By Me was gorgeous as The Body was - that will never not be my favorite story he wrote. Imo it's totally flawless (even if the ending made me weep, damn you King). And I KNOW re Apt Pupil? Ugh. Pennywise in comparison was kindergarten material.
The Cleaveragekel_reiley on August 2nd, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
another fave is 'The Long Walk' originally written under his pseudonym, I think - it's sort of horror, but not supernatural horror (I tend to like his non-supernatural stories better anyway... it's like he gets a better grasp of his characters or something)
the female ghost of tom joad: stand by me gordie & chrisjanie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE The Long Walk. That one is so creepy too, ouch. I think it made me feel ill, though not as bad as Apt Pupil. Still, ouch. He does dystopia a lot better than they give him credit for. And WORD on the non-supernatural being usually better, I'm of the exact same opinion. Making an exception for The Stand, but my love for that book is of huge proportions. ;) also re the comment after this one: OMG LOL SIMON PEGG READS OUR MINDS!
The Cleaveragekel_reiley on August 2nd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Dystopia is one of my favorite things ever (even tho, these days, I am also a huge fan of things with happy endings, too) and, yeah, he does that well.

THE STAND! I remember reading that for the first time one summer when I had the WORST cold/flu/allergies thing going on. Made it extra creepy. It's too bad the TV mini-series of that kinda blows. I think most of the mini-series' adapted from his stuff don't turn out that well. The films usually end up being great! It's weird. SO if they do DT, they gotta do it right.
the female ghost of tom joad: dark tower >> rolandjanie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Dystopias are probably my favorite genre but yeah, I like to vary things enough that my entire reading isn't made of angstfests. ;)

I know? That book is just so awesome. I never watched the mini series also because it was never aired here, but from the actors they picked I can believe that it wasn't that good. XD also I had read that book during winter and the first cold I got after reading it... well, it creeped me out. ;)

Also ugh word. Actually I think I find that when SK isn't directly involved/giving the project his blessing it usually turns out good *cough* (see Shining - he can say everything he wants but I still think it was better than the book), but whatever, I just want whoever does the DT to do it GOOD. I'd be delighted if they did a miniseries on HBO because they wouldn't have reasons to censor it, but I'd be okay with movies too (GOOD movies though).
The Cleaveragekel_reiley on August 2nd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
i can shitloads of angst... if you can guarantee me some kind of happy at the end - i sometimes just need a payoff, you know?

Actually I think I find that when SK isn't directly involved/giving the project his blessing it usually turns out good THIS! Word. I was totes thinking The Shining, too.

I still think an animated series, or series of animated mini-series' would be the way to go.
The Cleaveragekel_reiley on August 2nd, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
weird world - you and I are talking about Stand By Me and Simon Pegg is quoting it on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/simonpegg/status/98328998614020096
hell on wheelsgalain_7 on August 2nd, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Stop ruining men for me, Misha.

THIS. It's a problem, because from a scale from zero to Misha, no one compares. And I'm definitely not talking looks. I don't want a man who won't take a picture with a drag queen. And he needs to look as satisfied as Misha while doing it. That is non-negotiable.
the female ghost of tom joad: misha halojanie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 09:42 am (UTC)
EXACTLY! Well. I also don't want a man who doesn't like to dress in drag himself you know Misha likes it. ;) Or who doesn't run 80kms for charity. Or - yeah. MISHA WHY RUINING THE HUMAN RACE FOR ME, I'll never find anyone who'll be even close to satisfying. :(

Edited at 2011-08-02 09:43 am (UTC)
hell on wheelsgalain_7 on August 2nd, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
I also don't want a man who doesn't like to dress in drag himself

I SECOND THIS SO MUCH. It's like, the ultimate test, panties or GTFO.

... I need to cut back on the coffee.
the female ghost of tom joad: misha = awesomejanie_tangerine on August 2nd, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Like, PROVE ME YOU'RE EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE IN YOUR SEXUALITY and wear the damn dress. ;)

it's a totally legit request.

Edited at 2011-08-02 09:56 am (UTC)
hell on wheelsgalain_7 on August 2nd, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
EXACTLY! Also, "you have awesome calves, just show 'em off. And rocks those heels" (for which I might be totally jelous, 'cause I just can't walk in heels, as I've more than proven at the last JIB)

... I think I need a fic, now. Screw work. *goes looking*