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12 November 2011 @ 01:41 am
rl things + game of thrones (the show, finally!)  
1. Hii. Entry that wasn't a show reaction, I missed you. Anyway, I've done that exam from hell that got postponed for about four times and I'm not cramming anymore, and I'm done wanting to strangle whoever is in charge of study plans at my university, so I should be fairly more around. Hopefully.

2. In good news: I'm going to Paris from december 3rd to december 7th. In slightly less good news I'm going alone because I couldn't find anyone to go with, but considering that this year I spent half of my not-so-long-stretch of vacation time with either chicken pox or dealing with rotting-tooth-related headaches I had a moment of 'damn I need a vacation before this year is over'. And at least I was early enough and the plane tickets were totally cheap. Now I just have to find myself a room and I'm set. I so can't wait to take that break really.

3. In other news: I finally managed to watch Game of Thrones! :D It only took me.... five months. To start, because then I finished it in four days, but still. I figured I should do it before classes end and I have the next exams batch. I'll try not to spoil for the books but in case it'll be marked.

General opinion: I loved it! :D I do have a couple of quibbles/things that I didn't like but overall I thought it was incredibly well-done.

What I liked:

THE CASTING. Gosh, how is everyone so good? Everyone in the Stark corner was so spot-on I could weep. (Richard Madden, thanks for perfectly matching my idea of Robb if he was aged up. Thank you. Really. I COULD HAVE WEPT. I might have.) Arya/Bran/Sansa were PERFECT. They all so nailed it. The kid playing Rickon obviously got the book treatment (or: everyone remembers he exists... rarely enough), but he looked awesome too. Michelle Fairley is FLAWLESS. And well when I read the book I had imagined Ned with Sean Bean's face anyway since he was there on the cover and I so really enjoyed his performance too.

Also: THE GUY PLAYING THEON, PEOPLE, I DON'T EVEN. Okay this is... a very in retrospective thing because this round he really wasn't -major-, but gosh he's going to blow it out of the park next season. He has the mannerism/tone down pat and I really REALLY like how they stressed that he's in love with Robb his friendship with Robb that much. Uuugh I don't want to spoil so I'll shut up but this guy will make me weep all of next season. (Yes, I just wrote an entire paragraph about Theon whom I used to hate. Er. SHUTTING UP NOW I HAVE REASONS.)

Wall speaking: MY LOVE IS IMMENSE. I've probably stated around that the Wall is pretty much my favorite place around there for a lot of reasons, first of which they don't bother with mindfucking politics bullshit, but OH MY GOD MY LOVE. The actor playing Jon is GOOD and his curls are delicious, the guy playing Sam is everything I could have wanted (and SERIOUSLY they're totally not toning down how Jon and Sam are soulmates. GOOD), and gosh everyone else totally fits my mind-casting. :DDDD

Lannisters: NICOLAJ COSTER-WALDEAU MAKES ME HAPPY EVERY TIME HE'S ON SCREEN. He's just - TOTALLY SO PERFECT. My love for Jaime, let me show it from second number one. I just - every time he opened his mouth/was around I was like 'YOU MAKE ME HAPPY AND YOU WILL MAKE ME EVEN HAPPIER'.Peter Dinklage deserved that Emmy. Lena Headley is GOOD. Actually I think I like show!Cersei a lot more than book!Cersei but more on that later. The kid playing Joffrey is too good for this world. Well, in the sense that I want to strangle him as hard as his book counterpart so I guess it counts.

Everyone else: Bronn/Littlefinger/Varys were all SO WELL CAST I wanted to weep in joy. I really liked the actress playing Daenerys even if that storyline is the only one I more or less have quibbles with. Also: Jorah Mormont was never supposed to be that hot but PLEASE BRING IT ON. Iain Glen I'd do... a number of things to you. *cough* Sandor was spot-on too even if I think he should look a lot more scarred than he is. Also whoever played Lysa... well, she's good since my strangling feelings are the same as Joffrey's. Whoever read the books more or less knows what I'm waiting for now. Oh, and special mention for the guy playing Viserys because while I still do not like the character, he actually made me feel sorry for him when he bit it. Which in the book didn't happen. So, kudos. Extra special mention for Barristan because YES, that was awesome casting too.

What I liked about what they changed: most of it. I loved most of the scenes they added (with a couple exceptions....). I can get behind Joffrey kissing Sansa (actually in retrospective it WORKS), I liked that scene with Tywin and Jaime even if they could have done without the skinned stag, I liked that Ned and Cat actually, like, hugged/kissed/whatever before Cat left King's Landing and... I WON'T BE THE ONE COMPLAINING ABOUT RENLY AND LORAS BEING CANON. Everything re Robb and Theon that wasn't in the books WAS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME WITH ME. ACTUALLY IT WAS MORE THAN AWESOME. (Also I don't remember right now if it was in the books, but that scene when Ned wants to send back Sansa and Arya and the former is like 'I need to marry Joffrey and bear him X number of children!' and Arya looks at her and is like 'SEVEN HELLS' I might have burst out laughing like crazy. Then I was like 'WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS IT'S TRAGIC', but whatever.) I also liked how they managed to give us the entire backstory (Rhaegar/Lyanna/Aerys etcetcetc) without it feeling like overexposition most times.

What I didn't like about what they changed: mainly: was that really necessary to have Drogo basically raping Daenerys when in the book the thing that actually made it work was that IT WAS AS CONSENSUAL AS IT COULD GET? Actually it was a problem for me because while in the books I could totally buy that Daenerys would genuinely be in love with him in the show I was... less convinced. I mean I could get behind it but not as much as I once had. Also re the Daenerys part I kind of felt like they could have taken it slower most times because for some reason I felt like something in there was lacking. But I can't exactly pinpoint what. Maybe it's just post-ADWD feelings re where it ends up and it's just me though. I don't know, I think they rushed too much in the beginning. In the book it had taken GRRM two chapters to get Dany married and you knew everything that was going inside her head, here it was done in fifteen minutes? Tho hey they have ten episodes, they couldn't have done it much better. XD Second thing I didn't like: Littlefinger gossiping to Sansa about Sandor's backstory. I still hope that there's a scene when he tells her himself because in the book it was... I don't want to say his defining moment, but definitely the moment where I started being interested. And shipping them. Er. Third thing I didn't like: I won't go and say that Ros was entirely pointless mostly because of that lovely full frontal of Theon's, but what was the point of Littlefinger blathering about his love for Cat while she and the other whore had sex? Other than bore me to pieces since I like sex when I actually give a shit about at least one of the people having it? Same goes for Maester Pycelle blathering all his dilemmas at Ros too, though at least it was just the aftermath. I mean, I get why everyone says that it was gratuitous boobs exposing. :/// Also: I really, really don't feel the actress playing Shae. In my head she had an entirely different face and... hhhhmmm. Okay, this is just for who has read the books, but: the way she acts, I can't help thinking that she isn't selling what she's supposed to sell. If I explained myself. For the rest, no complains. The one scene that I'd have wanted to see that they cut was Robb telling Bran that they'd go to see the Wall together at some point while not managing not to cry, which was when I pretty much fell for book!Robb, but I guess they didn't strictly need it. They also could have used the direwolves more since you.. like, didn't TRULY get how important they are with the few screentime they got, but I guess filming with that kind of dogs is a problem.

Also: WHY NO BLACKFISH? I knew he wasn't gonna be in S1, but... :((( I love the Blackfish, dammit.

Actually, special kudos for the showrunners: show!Cersei >>>> book!Cersei. I mean I won't ever be a Cersei fangirl, she's definitely not my thing, but while in the books my Cersei feelings are generally along the lines of 'boring, boring, BORING, yawn, WAIT YOU COULD GET INTERESTING, ouch craaazyyyyyy, boring, boring, yawn, craaazyyyy, damn I don't get her' at least in here I can actually see what's the appeal since she actually has some depth. And I appreciated that she had that extra scene with Robert. And I really like Lena Headey's approach to the character. (She makes some stunning bitchfaces.)

For the record: I cried when Ned died. (Yes, I'm hopeless. I actually KNEW before I read the book.) I also cried when Robb woke Bran and left Winterfell. And when Lady was killed. And when Robb was about to skin that tree. Hhhmmmm I apparently cry when Starks suffer. Good for me. (Not really.) I also was like... half-weeping and half laughing hysterically when they named Robb king in the north. And everything else I have to say about me having weeping fits would mean book spoilers so not going there.

Also, I still haven't decided about my favorite episode but it's definitely one out of the last three. When I first saw The Pointy End I was like OMG THAT'S IT, but then I saw the other two and I'm seriously undecided. Fire and Blood should at least have honorable mentions because of a) King in the North scene, b) Sansa/Joffrey/Sandor scene, c) Jaime and Cat's talk (THERE'S NO MEN LIKE ME!), d) Tywin recognizing that Tyrion has a brain, e) Jon's friends bringing him back to the Wall. But Baelor had some awesome stuff going on as well. And The Pointy End's only fault was that you didn't see Jaime. Mmh I'll pick one at some point. Least favorite was definitely the one with the Littlefinger sexposition.

But seriously apart from the aforementioned things I LOVED IT ALL. (and after seeing this I'm even more baffled that Jon/Sam doesn't get written more. Same for Robb/Theon. And I'm talking in purely show-wise terms. WHY! Seeing Jon/Sam being soulmates on screen was the best thing ever! Oh well.) And now I sadly don't have anymore Westeros until April. (But then I'll have live action Brienne. CAN'T WAIT.) But I also can write fic using it as a reference which is good. Well, at least for stuff that doesn't go farther than book one. XD Aaand I'm probably done, but let me just state for the last time that Richard Madden has all of my love.

4. Woah that was a novel. I'll try to keep the rest short. So, good/bad news: Misha Collins will be back on my tv (yay!) but it'll be on Ringer (which means I can't quit it as I was kind of thinking because seriously the more I watch that show the more I don't get if they're really assuming that anyone would buy what happens or if they're just trying to be a soap opera not airing daily). Ah well, if it means he's in a scene with Maybelline Craphole Island I'll weep in joy and start writing Richard/Cas fic. Or something.

5. I'm on a good trac with mini_nanowrimo, except that I'm not writing the things I should write. IE exchange fics. I also fear that 90% of what I'm using those 400 words each day with won't see the light of the day, but at least I'm writing daily. Which is good. I should do it also when it's not a challenge.

6. Aaand that was it about strictly updating. And since I need to get back in the swing of things, meme I've seen around. And I haven't done it in years, so.. why not. Here it goes.

Name a fandom I participate in/have participated in and I'll list my three most unpopular opinions about it.

7. And now I shall go do my mininano count before crashing. Good times. I need to stop this writing at two AM thing, my grammar isn't better off for it.
feeling: sleepysleepy
upupa_epopsupupa_epops on November 12th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
YAY, Paris! I'm so glad you're getting your vacation :D. I've been to Paris this year, and I still regret that it was just one day.

The Starks are made of awesome, full stop. Especially Robb and Arya. But I'm ready to love Sansa to bits next season, because only then the girl who plays her will get to do all the juicy stuff. I can't wait!

The only thing I hated about Harry Lloyd playing Viserys is that it was such a waste to have such an amazing actor playing a character who just dies in s1. WHY SHOW WHY?

I had the same Dany/Drogo feelings. In the book, I actually like this ship. But here? What the hell with the rape?

Good luck with your mininano! Also: behaving like a grown-up and sleeping at night instead of writing / catching up with flist? OVERRATED.

Now, MEME. Let's have TVD, shall we?
the female ghost of tom joad: the vampire porn damon 2.0janie_tangerine on November 12th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
I really, REALLY wanted to just leave the country for a bit. ;) thanks! :DD I'm so excited!

I know? Gosh I love them all. Robb = favorite forever, but word on all the rest. Geez I can't wait for the S2 Sansa stuff. I. CANNOT. WAIT.

it was such a waste to have such an amazing actor playing a character who just dies in s1. WHY SHOW WHY?

I KNOW? Maybe they needed a good actor to actually make the character at least half-likable (when I read the book I didn't really sympathize with him once), but it was such a waste. Then again... I felt sorry for Viserys! I thought it couldn't ever happen!

In the book I was on board with it because it wasn't what you expected from that trope. I liked that it was plausible that she'd fall for him and that he'd see her as more than someone to have a kid with. In the show I just don't get what they're trying to imply. And I can't buy that she'd fall for him that eagerly...

Thanks! :D I'm just writing stuff at random but at some point I will use it for the things I should use it for. And ABSOLUTELY. SLEEPING AT NIGHT. TRAVESTY.

Aaaand sure!

1) I love Elena. Like, a LOT. Usually if I don't read horrible things because she apparently cheats on everyone with everyone else, everyone is like 'meh she's the bland version of Buffy'. Now it might be that I never watched Buffy regularly but I just don't see it. I think she's an excellent lead. She isn't boring, she has a BRAIN, she doesn't live for her boyfriend even if she loves him. What's not to love?

2) Keeping on that line: I love Bonnie to pieces, I don't get 90% of the hate she gets and the next time I hear she's a selfish bitch I'll strangle someone. Also: she's smarter than half of the people in there and I'm not making lists or we'd end up the day after tomorrow, but she really needs less hating and more appreciating.

3) Mmmh other unpopular opinion... it's not that I DON'T like Elijah (I DO like him, and I'd have him over Klaus any second) but I don't get the OMG MASSIVE fandom love he gets. Like, in most of the fic comms I follow these days 75% of the fic posted is Elijah/insert-your-favorite-here and while the guy IS cool and badass and I'd totally like to have him back I'm not sure I entirely get the appeal. (Or people being like 'I'd rather have him over insert-name-of-a-regular-character-here' still kicking around. Idk. I'm not sure I'd have him over any of the regulars. Except Klaus.)
upupa_epops: [tvd] Elena Caroline hugupupa_epops on November 12th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
The amounts of Elena-hate is incomprehensible for me :(. And the comparisons to Buffy? o_O Elena is a totally different person, and this fundamental difference between Elena and Buffy makes those shows so different in the first place! It's like arguing that blue is better than yellow, because it's bluer. I don't even :(.

Oh, I totally get the need to just GO SOMEWHERE and feel some difference :D. Have you ever been to Paris?

Btw, my Dad is plotting to send me to Rome next spring, because I promised Granny that I'd take her on a plane trip ;). I'm not that enthusiastic about this idea, because my Granny's biggest health problem are her knees, so I don't exactly see her running up and down the Capitoline Hill, but if she gets those knees fixed, my Dad will probably talk her into this trip.
the female ghost of tom joad: the vampire porn stefan/elenajanie_tangerine on November 13th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
THAT! I mean, I've always been a casual Buffy watcher - I caught the random episode when it aired on Italian tv ages ago so by no means I'm actually into it - but from what I've seen it's not even the same kind of character. Why the comparisons, I don't even get. And when there was that episode when she was trying to defend herself I read around that she was just trying to be the poor man's Buffy, and I was like '... seriously, she wants to LEARN TO DEFEND HERSELF', how else is she supposed to do it?'. I don't get it.

I have! Mostly two summers I went and did the studying vacation thing and since I was trying to learn some French I ended up spending a couple weeks there for two years where I went to school in the mornings and did tourism in the evenings. Mostly I figured I'd go back because a) I really LOVE it, b) it isn't far/it's affordable, c) since I already did most of the tourism stuff and I know how it works already I can just hang out and not tire myself trying to see everything in three days.

Err well if you have a knee problem running up the Capitoline would be a problem indeed, but if it happens and it goes through, I'm totally up for at least buying you coffee. ;)
upupa_epops: [tvd] Katherineupupa_epops on November 13th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Well, the comparison is based on a fact that TVD follows Buffy formula to some extent, so parallels between characters are so easy to do. Buffy - Elena, Angel - Stefan, Spike - Damon, Willow - Bonnie, Dawn - Jeremy, Giles - Alaric, Joyce - Jenna etc. Elena has Buffy's "spot" (she is the girl involved with two vampires), but she is a totally different person. And it's a fundamental difference that makes the entire shows different, because BtVS is about heroes, and TVD about ordinary people. Hello, people, Elena is not a slayer!

Mostly two summers I went and did the studying vacation thing and since I was trying to learn some French I ended up spending a couple weeks there for two years where I went to school in the mornings and did tourism in the evenings.

THIS IS MY ENVY FACE. I've travelled quite a lot, but these were always just brief visits, never longer than 10 days. Rome is actually the forgein city I had the most time to explore, full two weeks (one when I was 19 and one when I was 22). Living in a forgein city for a while is one of my biggest unfulfilled dreams. So, you know. ENVY FACE.

With Granny there'd probably be more of sitting in St Peter's than running up the Capitoline, but still, it is a huge city, and it's not like all the important things are close to each other :(.

I'll bear that coffee in mind if you promise not to judge my coffee habits ;). You know, I just like a little coffee in my milk.
the female ghost of tom joad: the vampire porn stefanjanie_tangerine on November 15th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah what you said. I mean I see the similarities in theory but apart from the surface no one in there reminds me -strictly- of the Buffy counterpart (for what I've seen obviously). But even if it's the same formula, Elena isn't the same kind of person at all so hating on her for being not-Buffy seems just so ludicrous.

HEEE well that one is one of the few times I've stayed in the same place for more than four days but it was glorious. But I'd really like to go live there for a while - ie more than two weeks - I just love it. I'll have to be content with what I have for now.

Lol no worries, I said coffee but I can work with cappuccino or whatever suits you best too. ;)
upupa_epops: [misc] kawaupupa_epops on November 15th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Lol, I heard a rumor that Italian people don't really think that cappuccino counts as coffee, and now I have proof XDDDDDD.
the female ghost of tom joad: COFFEE POLICEjanie_tangerine on November 15th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
HEY IT'S A COMPLICATED ISSUE! XD ;) mostly I do count it as the thing you should get in the mornings, but while I could have coffee even at ten PM and still go to sleep without issues, I couldn't take cappuccino after ten AM ;) coffee is a science!
upupa_epops: [misc] you're made of awesomeupupa_epops on November 15th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)

I just take half a mug of warm milk, then I add half a mug of coffee and some sugar XD. In Poland it counts as having STANDARDS, because I never touch instant coffee ;). But it's surprising what you say; my instinct would be to have some strong coffee first thing in the morning, and then cappuccino after dinner. But ok, after all I'm a barbarian, I like things like gingerbread coffee (I suppose it should count as candy rather than coffee, but still - GOOD).