Queer Coven
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So Let's Talk About the Korra Finale, Part 1
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Major spoilers for the last two minutes!Collapse )

So I (Finally) Saw Rainbow Rocks
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I'll save a proper reaction post for a later viewing (of which, let me assure you, there shall be many over the next few days), but here are some general spoiler-free observations:

Adagio Dazzling easily dethrones Tirek as the best villain in the entire history of Friendship is Magic. Yeah, you read that right; no, I am not even kind of kidding.

The Stinger makes me really impatient for the next movie.

You know how the end of the last movie is so rushed that you kind of wonder if Sunset Shimmer really reformed? This movie answers that question definitively. Oy vey.

The final battle --- yes, there is an actual battle; the Magic of Friendship doesn't just rush out and solve everything --- is epic. Part of me has been waiting my whole life to see such a thing. Now I know why I waited until today to watch it.

As much as I ~loved~ The Dazzlings, which was an awful lot, the way they were defeated was very therapeutic. I won't lie, I cried like a bitch.

Holy Wow, Five Questions
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- Comment with "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock!" "Yes, please."
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.
- Why are there five questions and only four instructions?

These questions are from seraphprowess:

1. Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
Um, yes. Absolutely, most definitely, thoroughly yes to both. There are several less significant examples, but I've actually had the same recurring dream & the same recurring nightmare my whole life. One of them is about figuring out how to fly, the other is about no one being able to hear me even though I am screaming my lungs out.

2. What is the most important thing for the next generation to be knowledgeable about?
The most powerful magic of all, the Magic of Friendship, which is basically Honesty + Kindness + Laughter + Generosity + Loyalty = MAGIC.

3. If given the chance to be among a group
of settlers colonizing a new Earth, would
you go? (assume you can take Cara if you wanted to)

I would definitely go, but I'd be hesitant to take Cara.

4. What is the one thing (has to be a thing, not a person) that you could never give up?
Harriet the Spy, of course! I try to have a second "lending" copy on hand in case anyone ever wants to "borrow" it, because if you want to take MY copy out of my house without me, the answer is no.

5. If you could pick one fandom universe to live in, where would you live?
Well, duh:
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Ryan's Top 13 Favorite Fictional Witches in the History of Fiction!
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This & That
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Oh my guts, I am so tired these days. I've been opening at Pier 70 every Thursday (except Thanksgiving), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the past few weeks. I would have said the exact number, but I can't remember. Because I'm so tired. Which isn't as bad as it may sound --- I pretty much have the schedule I asked for, which only took me ten months to get --- but it is intense.

I just finished Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy. I had read the first two years & years & years ago, but never the third, for some reason. Anyway: Wow. Jessica Day is one of my new favorite fictional characters ever.

This is obviously a bit of a duh, but it makes me really-super-extra happy that TVD is watchable again, because I missed Bonnie Bennett.
A lot.

I sent a box of Ponies to four siblings, whose ages range from four to nine, on Tuesday. Its estimated arrival is on Monday, and I cannot wait for their mom to share their reactions with me.

No, I haven't seen Mockingjay yet. Maybe after work tomorrow? Honestly, I don't quite feel like seeing this one alone (even though I do love going to the movies alone), so . . . meh.

Lately, some of my go-to meditation songs are "Colors of the Wind" and "Just Around the Riverbend" (note: I actually kind of hate the Disney version of Pocahontas, but these two songs are obviously very relevant to Earth Magic), "Ballad of the Crystal Ponies," "Battle of the Bands," and a techno remix of "Monster" by Meg & Dia.

But seriously, I'm so fucking tired I can barely string sentences together.

Liar
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Why do people think they can tell me the same pack of lies over and over and over again, like an addict whose drugs of choice is lying, and seriously expect to still be, you know, an important part of my life. This is a stupid thing to think for three reasons:

  1. Lying is fucking rude, and we all know how I feel about rudeness, don't we?

  2. Since I'm already a bit paranoid that most people are lying to and/or about me, I will figure it out fairly quickly.

  3. There are only six Elements of Harmony, and Honesty is one of them.


Some Girls
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Oh my guts, you guys, for real: This shooooooooow!

Thank the gods and bless the angels for tanz_fanatika, without whom I would probably have no clue that this show is a thing, and that would be quite very sad.

Basically, this show is a comedy about four British sixteen-year-old girls, and trust me: Unless you despise comedy and loathe British people and detest youths, this is one of the funniest things you're ever going to see. Ever. Frankly, I am appalled to discover that season three is going to be the end of it --- which would be annoying anyway, but then you realize that, thanks to British Brevity, each season is only six episodes, so after three six-episode seasons it will have lasted a grand total of eighteen episodes, which is four less than it would have produced in one season on American televison, I'm just fucking saying.

Anyway.

Shall we take a moment to count the ways I love it?

  1. As you'll see in the screencap I have so thoughtfully provided with the help of Google Images (above), the cast is diverse!

  2. The "main" main character is black! And has short hair!

  3. You remember how, one time on Gilmore Girls, Rory told Logan that (the British version of) The Office requires multiple viewings to actually understand what everyone is saying? That.

  4. There are four main characters, and I honestly can't pick a favorite: Viva, the narrator, tries to take care of everyone else, but also wonders why it's always down to her to be the responsible one; Saz speaks fluent sarcasm, and apparently fractions turn her on; Holli makes me laugh pretty much every time she opens her mouth; and Amber is Karen Smith.

  5. (If I had to compare these girls to the four from Sex and the City, it would go: Viva = Carrie, Saz = Miranda, Holli = Samantha, and Amber = Charlotte.)

  6. Interracial relationships all over the place!

  7. Despite Reason #1, Reason #2, and Reason #6, race is never a thing the characters discuss. Because, in their minds, you know, it's just not a fucking issue.

  8. I'm not even going to prepare any examples because I honestly recommend going in unawares, but if you don't laugh your butt off, your funny bone might be broken.


Quick Thought About WITCH
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Now that FROZEN has proven that Girls Who Kick Ass + Elemental Magic + The Magic of Friendship = $, I keep hoping someone at Disney will realize what a great idea it would be to give this show a third season.

Sigh.

Cluster
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AS WE ALL KNOW, Monday is usually my Saturday.
But I volunteered to work today because another barista was sick (and yesterday was so slow that tips were a joke, and I always kind of wonder if they're significantly better on Mondays, which you'd think they would be, right?).
Around eight-thirty last night, I noticed a missed call from my manager. The nub & thrust of her voicemail was that the shift had been cancelled because the store was going to be closed all day due to some "severe plumbing issues" . . . which certainly sucked for the store, and would obviously be bad for business, but honestly, it was kind of a huge relief to realize that, actually, I would be able to sleep in past sunrise for the first time since Thursday.
Shortly after the end of my Hell Yeah Let's Sleep In party, my manager sent a text to inform me that, if it passed her inspection, the store might open after all, just later than usual.
At 5:53 AM, she calls to let me know the store looks fine and we can go ahead and open whenever I can get there.
I call a cab, which I am told will arrive to pick me up in "five to ten minutes."
Twenty minutes later, I call the cab company again and a robot says they already have a booking for my phone number. Fuck that noise. I walk half a block and catch a bus that takes me down to 5th, then walk the rest of the way to Pier 70. I get there around 7:00 and open at 7:13.
Two different people who work for the building show up at two different times and ask me if everything is okay. I explain that it all seems alright, but I don't really know what happened since I left at noon yesterday. They both inform me that the restaurant next door had the same problem, which is interesting.
Everything really is fine (busy shift, plenty of tips, all that) until about 10:40, when I notice some water coming from under the milk fridge. Or the handwashing sink. Or both. I call our maintenance guy, I call my manager, things progress, our maintenance guy calls me back and tells me not to use any water, manager shows up and confirms that we cannot remain open, she tries to send me home right away, I tell her I'll feel a lot better if I can do my drop and balance the drawer first, aaaaaaaand
I am out of there by 11:24.

In conclusion, today's lunch smoothie consists of Red Moscato + peach sorbet + a 10oz thing of mixed berries + one plum + a bit more wine.

Another Great Smoothie Idea #1
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  • apple-grape juice

  • blueberries

  • white grapes

  • raspberry sorbet


Floppy Hoppy
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This is Usagi Anya, everyone; Anya, this is everyone.

I'd love to tell y'all the full story of how we met, but I'm far too sleepy. Spoiler alert? She seemed to like me, which I am choosing to interpret as some sort of good omen.

So: TVD Season Five: These Are My Thoughts
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Okay, first things first! Everything considered, if I were to rank the five seasons in order from absolute best to absolute worst, it would go:

  • 2

  • 5

  • 1

  • 3

  • 4

I am not even kidding. Season four will always be such utter dreck that watching the whole thing again is not something I'm about to volunteer to do any sometime soon (unless I am merrily snarking my way through, which is a vague possibility), but this one is so good that my interest in the show has been thoroughly reawakened. There's always going to be a lot going on that really annoys me, but I'm cautiously optimistic that maybe the writers will do justice to at least half a handful of my favorite characters. WE'LL SEE.

Interestingly, this is the first time the show has ever managed to make it (almost) all the way through an entire school year in one season.

The Travelers have more than a tiny bit in common with the Yeerks, so I pretty much would have loved them even if the whole thing with the Other Side hadn't been very interesting.

When the writers had their big planning meeting, whoever was the first person to say "Hey guys, what if Stefan was a doppelganger too?" should have been fired on the spot. I mean, it is actually a pretty interesting concept, but come on, Nina Dobrev is a much better actor than Paul Wesley. She plays Elena & Katherine so well that it's almost difficult to remember that they are both played by the same actress. Silas & Stefan? Nope, sorry, thanks for playing.

Qetsiyah disappointed me. She comes back through the Other Side (which, by the way, she created) after two thousand years, and "ridiculously powerful witch who is bitter because Silas is the One True Love of some other bitch" sums her up completely. You might expect her to display a flicker of interest in getting to meet the witch who messed with the Other Side (which, again, she created) enough for her to be able to come back after two thousand years . . . but she barely even notices Bonnie.
Because Bonnie is, how do you say, not Silas.

The whole "Elena is Katherine" thing was, honestly, one of the most entertaining stories the show has ever done, but how did no one notice that Katherine hadn't passed through Bonnie after she "died"? Also, when Elena regained consciousness while Nadia and Random Traveler Girl were working on the ritual to give Katherine permanent control of her body, WHY didn't she either a) kill Random Traveler Girl or b) decapitate Katherine's corpse so they couldn't put her spirit into it?

Speaking of, as great as this season was, Elena really got on my goddamn nerves. Part of it was her perpetual "we're bad for each other, so this is officially over forever/oh no, we're making out again" thing with Damon, but I think it really boils down to the fact that, while it was a good decision for the future of the show and we all knew it was coming eventually, turning her into a vampire made me like her a lot less. I wasn't expecting to like her at all when I started watching, but then the pilot had that scene where she follows Jeremy into the bathroom to get all big-sisterly-protective in his face, and that was pretty much it. But anyway, that girl is gone.

While past seasons were always pretty quick to kill off any new characters who were (gasp) not white, this season introduces several new characters, both white and not, and eventually kills off almost all of them. Which, while certainly not surprising for the fifth season of a show with "vampire" in the title, does contribute to the overall feeling that this season is significantly more disturbing than the previous four (which is, you know, saying something) . . .

. . . because of Damon & Enzo and that whole thing. That entire storyline was so profoundly uncomfortable, I often found myself unable to watch it with both eyes open. Ye gods.

I'm still not sure why Jeremy ever wears a shirt.

Seriously, what freshman dorm room has a fireplace?

I really really really really really really hated the fact that Caroline actually fucked Klaus (in an episode that was otherwise, um, excellent). She's the show's best example of what it means to be a "good" vampire, he's the Big Bad. This attraction between them has made my skin crawl since it started. Actually, the only reason I'm not completely in denial of the fact that it happened at all is, surprisingly enough: Tyler. Every time he gave her shit for fucking the guy who murdered his mother halfway through last season, I cheered.

Speaking of Caroline! I've never liked him particularly much, but I am completely convinced that she & Stefan would be a good influence on each other. I actually kind of ~legit~ hope they hook up. That's not a thing anyone expected to ever come out of my mouth, but here we are.

Matt continues to be, you know, yummy. It makes me happy that he's still completely human, despite constantly getting swept up in his friends' supernatural drama.

Nadia. Hmm. Having now finished the season, I suspect I might feel differently about her when I go back and watch it again. Hmmm.

I can hardly believe I'm saying this, but the very final scene of the season kiiiiiind of made me want Bonnie & Damon to make out.

Bonnie's Back
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Yesterday, for a lot of little reasons that felt like they were adding up to be something bigger, I decided to FINALLY give season five of The Vampire Diaries a chance. I've made it through the first seven episodes so far, and I can't help but notice that, even if she wasn't my favorite character in the whole series (who, if handled right, could easily become one of my favorite fictional characters in the history of fiction, right up there with Harriet the Spy & Willow Rosenberg & Elphaba Thropp & Granny Weatherwax*), Bonnie's arc wouldn't make sense, from a storytelling perspective. I mean, let's step back and look at it season-by-season:

1

  • In the third scene of the first episode, this is her very first line: "So, Grams was telling me I'm psychic. Our ancestors were from Salem; witches and all that . . ."

  • The very first time she consciously uses magic on purpose, she tries to light a candle. It doesn't work, but she does light an entire room full of candles. Because, you know, she is not consumed by the darkness because she is full of light.

  • Shortly after beginning to teach Bonnie everything she knows about witchcraft, Grams dies. The two of them do a particularly difficult spell to help out with a vampire problem, and her body simply can't handle that much energy (or whatever), so she lies down for a nap later and never wakes up.

  • After taking some time off to be with her family and mourn Grams, Bonnie comes back to Mystic Falls more powerful than ever: Despite being fairly new to her magic, she is now able to instantly inflict mind whammy on vampires, which pretty much makes her the most powerful character on the whole show at this point.

2

  • Makes a daylight ring for Caroline, which I'm guessing is not something most novice witches can do on their first try.

  • Starts dating her best friend's younger brother, which is not weird at all.

  • Absolutely everyone agrees that their best chance of beating Klaus is to stay out of his way and let Bonnie attack him.

  • Briefly loses her powers because another witch "takes" them.

  • Uses magic to bring Jeremy back from the mostly-dead, which lets him see ghosts. And talk to them.

3

  • In 3x06, Elena says it's been a year since she met Stefan. Meaning: It's only been about eleven months since Bonnie started studying magic.

  • Breaks up with Jeremy after Elena catches him kissing his ghost (of a vampire) ex-girlfriend. Who can only touch him because of another spell that was cast by, you guessed it . . . Bonnie.

  • Rebekah explains to Elena that a witch is nature's servant and a vampire is an abomination of nature, so it's impossible to be both.

  • Meets her mother, who abandoned her when she was very young.

  • Her mother is turned into a vampire so that they can't do a spell that involves channeling the power of the entire Bennett line. Because Elena is in trouble.

  • "Spirits don't get to tell me what to do anymore. I am done getting pushed around by all of you."

  • Elena dies in a car crash that's disturbingly reminiscent of the one that killed her parents and wakes up in transition: She's finally becoming a vampire. End of season.

4

  • A lot of people start telling Bonnie that she could be the most powerful witch alive. They are all trying to manipulate her for one reason or another. (Note: Season four really pissed me the fuck off, and I haven't seen it since it aired, so my recollection of it is not quite as pronounced.)

  • At some point, Bonnie & Jeremy officially start flirting again.

  • Jeremy is murdered. Elena is devastated.

  • Bonnie abuses magic and breaks the laws of life and death to bring Jeremy back . . . and it kills her. Good thing he can talk to spirits. But wait, she swears him to secrecy!

And then, in season five, the two of them keep her death a secret all summer by having him tell everyone that she's "traveling with her mom" (and, apparently, they're only visiting places with zero cell phones and/or Internet . . . unless you're Jeremy, and no one else is around). Everyone does eventually find out and have a memorial and decide to, you know, bend the rules of life and death to bring her back. They do, but she is the Anchor to the Other Side, meaning that no one supernatural can get to the Other Side after they die without passing through her, and she feels their deaths as they pass through her. Also, she's not a witch anymore.

Seriously? That's where you're gonna end it? I mean, moral of the story, that's just a waste of a perfectly good character.

I mean, okay, sure, she abused magic to bring Jeremy back from the dead and magic has consequences, blah blah blah. But this show has repeatedly made it clear (to the audience, as well as to the other characters) that witches are the bitches in charge in this universe. So, even if you are Julie Plec, it just seems unnecessarily dumb to take the only one of your main characters who's been a witch since the beginning and punish her for always using magic to help her friends.

Also, the whole "not even death could stop her" bit lends a lot to my theory that Bonnie's overall arc for the entire show will be about her basically becoming a legend. Kind of sort of this show's version of Frau Totenkinder. I know that's a really weird place to stop writing, but oh well.

Anyway, I got online to write up some of these thoughts, as well as a few other non-Bonnie-specific ones about the wacky mystery that is season five, and guess what I found?

This:

Bonnie Bennett || WITCH (+6x03)

That "6x03" intrigued me, but I didn't want to jump to conclusions. Fortunately, I didn't have to, because there conclusions were: The first Related video was this one:

The Vampire Diaries: 6x03 - Bonnie Gets Her Magic Powers Back

Notice that she lights a candle again.

She is not consumed by the darkness because she is full of light.





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*Wow, a lot of my favorite characters in the history of fiction are ridiculously powerful witches. Go figure.

Um, yeah, I bought a blender today (finally)!
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As soon as I got home, I took it out of the box and gave it a quick scrub and made a smoothie out of

  • white wine,

  • strawberries,

  • raspberries, and

  • mango sorbet

. . . which wasn't quite as good as you might expect. Because it was EVEN BETTER. It might have been even-even better if I had also added a pinch of granola, but oh well. Maybe next time.

I'm already pondering what to blend tomorrow. It's probably going to involve a few bananas. And maybe some peanut butter. Oooh, and perhaps a bit of honey?

Anyway, yeah, today was a damn good day. Mostly because of this blender. I'm actually pretty annoyed about a few other things, but they don't seem quite as important as the thrill of having finally bought my own blender --- which, by the way, I could theoretically use to make my own salsa.

Or hummus.

Just saying.

In Which I Gush About Work
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Um, yeah, my job has been effing excellent lately.

This week was the first week since mid-October that I haven't voluntarily picked up a shift on one of my days off. I picked up my paycheck today, and it is literally so fat that, zero exaggeration, I could take it and pay rent tomorrow . . . for December. It is, by far, the most gigantic paycheck I've received in my entire time at Uptown. My plan is to save approximately half of it for rent, then use the rest for stuff like books and boots and maybe some Ponies. Also, I kind of want to buy a good blender. Damn, it feels good to actually have money.

Starting Saturday, I am only working at Pier 70, MY FAVORITE STORE (there are eight), for the next two weeks.

Today the health inspector showed up about two and a half hours into my shift. It turned out to be a very short visit, since apparently I'm practically perfect. Heh.

I feel like there was one more thing I wanted to mention, but of course now it escapes me. Oh well, off to read A Wonderlandiful World slash "watch" Gilmore Girls until bedtime!

Kind of a Big Deal
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Last night, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER, I fell asleep (and stayed asleep) without taking any night-night pills.

So I Saw The Book of Life (Spoiler-Free Because Reasons)
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Oh my guts, y'all.

Oh. My. Guts.

I was fortunate enough to go in knowing pretty much nothing about this movie (yes, I saw the trailer a handful of times, but all of those times were months ago), so I'm going to keep this spoiler-free so that you can have the same experience, but there are a few things I'd like to talk about with giving anything away.

First of all, this is a story (within another story) about stories. Kind of like Sandman, although that's really the only thing the two have in common. But I've always been quite fond of stories about stories, and until today Sandman was my default example, and . . . well, and now I have two default examples.

Second of all, it's been two weeks less than one year since the finale of Korra season two, which gave me the single greatest storygasm of my whole entire life. I was suicidal at the time, and I had done quite a lot of Earth Magic. I'm not suicidal right now, and I haven't done Earth Magic in a while, but this movie gave me a storygasm that was almost as good as that one. Almost. So that's, you know, worth mentioning.

Third of all, today happens to be November 2nd. Which is nifty, because this movie is about the Day of the Dead. I've been wanting to see it for a while, but now I'm glad it didn't happen any sooner.

Fourth of all, you need to go see it. Yes, you. I don't care if the next time you have time is tonight or tomorrow or three months from now or three decades from now, I don't want to hear any reasons you're not sure if it's the right movie for you --- if you're human and you're alive, you need to see this movie at least once.

And that's all I have to say about it.

For now.

Willow: Wonderland
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I haven't read any of Buffy Season Nine, although I am familiar with quite a bit of its overall plot (for example, I know precisely what happens to Dawn) (and Simone), but last week I was at the library and happened to find the first five volumes of Angel & Faith, which features Willow as a guest star in a few issues, after which she goes off to continue her quest to bring magic back to Earth, as you do.

So, obviously I had to track down that story and read it.

I'm not going to give anything away --- I'm just jotting down a few thoughts before I take my nighty-night pill and zonk out in front of Netflix so I can wake up around 4:30 --- but, as we all know, Willow is one of my favorite fictional characters in the history of fiction, right up there with Storm, Harriet the Spy, the Wicked Witch of the West, all six Animorphs, all six Ponies, Tiffany Aching, Granny Weatherwax, Korra, etc.*

And this might be my favorite Willow story in the history of Buffy. Well, I mean, Willow is the only character other than Buffy to appear in every episode of the show (before the comics, obviously), so I'm not saying it's necessarily "better" than any of those, but it's kind of a natural (or rather, supernatural) progression from every other Willow story, you know? That is, Willow never would have tried to restore magic if Buffy hadn't gotten rid of it. Which wouldn't have happened if Willow hadn't helped her turn every Potential in the world into a Slayer. Which no one would have known she could do if she hadn't tried to destroy the world. Which happened because Tara was killed. Which happened because Tara was in the wrong place at the wrong time, which she wouldn't have been if she hadn't fallen in love with Willow. Which wouldn't have happened if Willow hadn't developed an interest in witchcraft. Which, ultimately, wouldn't have happened if she hadn't met Buffy.

It's also full of moments that are very relevant to my interests, re: Magic vs. Depression.

Anyway, yeah, I fucking loved it. The end.




*Gosh, quite a lot of my favorite fictional characters are witches. To the complete surprise of absolutely no one.

So Phase Three of the MCU Was Officially Announced Today
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This article highlights some fascinating tidbits.

And these are my thoughts:

Black Widow

  • Oh wait, SHE STILL ISN'T GETTING HER OWN MOVIE.

  • Rather than go on a rant, I would just like to encourage you all to check out this brilliant plan and then use Twitter and/or Tumblr to bombard Marvel with polite but firm requests/demands for a #BlackWidowMovie THIS SUNDAY, THE SECOND OF NOVEMBER, amen.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

  • Again, HELL YEAH.

  • I completely loved the first one because Groot used Earth Magic to save the other Guardians so they could use the Magic of Friendship to murder Ronan the Accuser save the universe, so I've been looking forward to the sequel ever since.

  • Let's hope Nebula gets a bit more to do?

Captain America: Civil War

  • Um, hell yeah. Winter Soldier was my favorite Marvel movie since The Avengers, so this is a must-see. It's been confirmed that this will officially introduce Black Panther, which is AWESOME, but I'm also really excited for more Falcon, and I'm hoping Agent 13 has a more prominent role in this one, and of course it would be nice to see more of Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill. Also, assuming he doesn't get Killed Off For Real in Age of Ultron, I would quite like to see Hawkeye do something that involves not wearing a shirt.

  • I've never felt any need to read the "Civil War" story from the comics, so nothing to say about that at this time.

Doctor Strange

  • This is mainly relevant to my interests because it means that actual magic is officially coming to the MCU, which pretty much leaves the door open for Nico Minoru and her parents, when/if they ever make a Runaways movie (or four).

Thor: Ragnarok

  • I'm never going to be a huge Thor fan (I only gave the first Avengers movie half a chance because, you know, Joss), but that title does sound promising. Maybe?

Black Panther

  • This is the guy who will be playing T'Challa:

  • chadwick-boseman

  • How many times can I say the words "hell yeah" before they stop conveying the full force of my excitement?

  • So, obviously I'm excited that there is ~finally~ going to be a Marvel movie about a non-white character, but . . . they could easily make him more than a bit of a stereotype (for example, just in case you missed it, he has the word "black" in his name). I'm cautiously optimistic that they won't, but I'm pretty much holding my breath until 2017. Come on, Marvel. Learn from your mistakes.

Captain Marvel

  • We don't officially know who's playing her yet, but the "Captain Marvel" in question is Carol Danvers (not Mar-Vell), so I am beyond thrilled.

  • Please note that this movie is slated for a release date of July 6th, 2018. Meaning, you know, it's only going to take a decade for the MCU to finally give us a movie starring a female hero.

  • Can this please have at least one scene with Monica Rambeau?

Avengers: Infinity War, Parts I & II

  • On the one hand, I think we're all getting more than a bit tired of Every YA Adaptation Since Deathly Hallows automatically splitting the final book into two movies; on the other hoof, one of the biggest differences between books and comics is that comics are, by their very nature, serial. That is, they are meant to go on indefinitely.

  • So, yeppers, this makes perfect sense to me.

  • I'm . . . intensely curious. I don't think it's a given that every Avenger will survive Age of Ultron, which we know is going to end with Cap recruiting a bunch of new heroes, so by the time we get to these movies there might very well be two or three different teams, and it seems wildly naive to think they'll all make it through an attack from a guy with god-like power who worships Death. We can probably expect Black Panther to be part of the team(s) by then, and it would only make sense for Captain Marvel and the Guardians to show up and help attempt to defeat Thanos, so we'll just see what happens.

Inhumans

  • Hmmmm. Very interesting.

One More Thing

  • I do not fucking care about Ant Man. I didn't fucking care about Ant Man when Edgar Wright was still attached (and I've seen every episode of Spaced multiple times, y'all). The only character who could possibly make me care about Ant Man is Wasp, who will apparently be Stuffed in the Fridge, so I HOPE THIS MOVIE BOMBS.

  • Wait a second, it's going to be the end of Phase Two. My bad.


Yay, Books!
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Well, mostly comics, actually.

Today I went to the library, hoping against hope that Sphinx's Queen might have arrived so recently that they just hadn't had time for the usual "yo dawg, we got that book you requested; come check it out" email (it had not), and happened to find the following gems while I was there:

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones
Um, heck yeah. A fantasy writer writing about writing fantasy is precisely the sort of thing I need to be reading right now. Holy CRAPS.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus: Volume 7
I've read at least some of these stories before, but more Buffy is never a bad thing, and I'm particularly keen to see some of the things that were happening "off-screen" in seasons five* and six.

Angel & Faith Volumes 1 - 5
Again, heck yeah. I haven't read ANY of this series yet, which frankly boggles the mind. These two characters have always worked together really well, so I'm beyond interested to see what happens when they team up indefinitely.

Avengers: The Heroic Age
Okay, full disclosure, there's a fifty-fifty chance that I might abandon this: I've never really been a huge Avengers fan (yes, I have seen the first movie several times, but I only gave it a chance for one reason, and no points to you for guessing that that reason was Joss), but of course I'm impatiently geeking out over the second movie (seriously, have you seen the trailer yet?), and . . . well, look, the point is I mostly picked this up because it has a picture of the team from the movie on the cover. Inside? Not so much. We'll see. It might still be interesting.

P.S. It's probably not going to happen any time soon, because so much of my free time is sucked away by Korra and Crystal and, you know, actual real-life Stuff, but I really need to re-read Robin McKinley.


*Fun Fact: My sister & I were watching something else up until 11:58, but I insisted on "officially" turning twenty-seven as we watched "Tough Love." red_satin_doll, made me think of you. Heh.

Stuffs!
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Books
A friend recommended Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner, which is about Nefertiti before she became queen. I was somewhat afraid it might be a tiny bit confusing, since I know basically nothing about ancient Egypt (the friend who recommended it happens to have a Master's in Egyptology), but I needn't have worried: It sucks you in right away, and just gets better and better and better. Frankly, I don't understand how it took me more than a freaking week to read the whole thing! Anyway, I've requested the sequel, Sphinx's Queen, from the library, and am more than a tiny bit impatient for it to arrive.
So, yeah, it feels good to read historical fiction for the first time in who knows how long.

TV
Mostly out of boredom, I started watching Raising Hope a few nights ago.
I'm now on the ninth episode of season three.
Yes, it is that funny.
Also, Burt & Virginia are one of the most perfectly perfect couples in the history of television. Seriously, they are right up there with Ben Wyatt & Leslie Knope. No, I am not exaggerating.

I'm still annoyed that #SELFIE (which has a new episode tonight!) might be canceled. Hmpf.

Korra continues to blow my mind week after week in its fourth and final season.
[MAJOR Spoiler Character from the original series] is back, and she is exactly the same, just older. So that would make me ridiculously happy even if I was annoyed by every other thing going on. Which I'm not. Heh.


Movies
Um, why the heck haven't I seen Rainbow Rocks yet?!
Seriously.

I do intend to eventually see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day . . . but also, I have more than a few mixed feelings about the fact that it's been turned into a movie at all.
Hmmm.

I'm already planning to see Big Hero 6 as soon as I possibly can.

WHEN are we going to get an "official" trailer for Age of Ultron?
Edit: We're going to get an "official" trailer for Age of Ultron during next week's Agents of SHIELD! Which I don't watch, but still.

Life
After months & months & months & a few more months of being unable to think about anything else every damn time I meditated, I disowned my mom on my birthday.
Judge if you want, but I haven't felt this ~good~ since before she married a verbally abusive jerkface when I was nine.

Cara & I are planning for her to come back, and STAY HERE, in (we hope) January.

6 Reasons #SELFIE is My New Favorite Show (And You Need To Watch It)
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Please note that the hashtag is not actually "officially" part of the show's title. But I think it should be.Collapse )

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ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MY BIRTHDAY
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"Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle: It's a feeling inside that can hardly be contained."

(Some Of) My Favorite Fictional Siblings
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1. Katara & Sokka
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Oh my fucking guts, these two. I can't even find the words to gush about them, you know?

2. Elphaba & Nessarose
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The Wicked Witch of the West is the reason I fell in love with fictional witches when I was three years old, because I could identify with her desire to seek vengeance because the bitch stole her shoes and that was just rude, wasn't it, GLINDA?
So yeah, I really love the "Wicked" version of their relationship. Even though Because it's tragic.

3. The Weasley Gingers
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If I need to spend even one single second explaining this one, you're a fucking idiot, seriously.

4. Buffy & Dawn
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"Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will *always* love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world... is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me."

5. Jake & Tom
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Jake, the only Animorph who was not personally selected by the Ellimist, takes up their fight against the Yeerks specifically to save his older brother.
He ultimately fails. Tom becomes a high-ranking officer in the Yeerk army, and ultimately dies in a mission that also kills one of the Animorphs, For Real This Time.
All I'm saying is, despite the fact that it was about a bunch of kids turning into animals to fight mind-controlling alien parasite slugs who are secretly taking over Earth, this series had some really deep shit to say about how much war sucks for everyone.

6. Betty & Hilda
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"Oh, honey. You gotta stop. Somehow, you've got it in your head that this is your story. But you gotta let that go. It's time to come up with a whole new story for yourself. You are who you are. And the sooner that you're okay with that, the sooner that you see what I see, the happier you're gonna be. I swear to God."

7. Applejack, Fluttershy, PINKIE PIE, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle

They count as siblings because, as we all learned from The Greatest TV Show of All Time, "Family are people who treat you like family, period," and nothing quite says "chosen family" quite as well as using the Magic of Friendship to literally save the world from evil because you represent the Elements of Harmony, you know?

There's one (horrifying) thing I've been meditating on approximately every single fuckin' time I've gotten high since April, and I'm about to Let It Go. I've timed it so that my sister will be here when it happens, which, in retrospect, was a really good idea, because I'm going to need her to hold my hand.

Depression sucks.

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