More interesting to me was freece's news about getting a major publishing contract for Captive Prince. It's well deserved, but to me the significant effect of fanfiction and its siblings heading into mass distribution is in more publishers doing what Penguin is doing -- launching m/m romance lines. That's clearly not the direction where Amazon's headed.
2) Arrow finale. ( Read more... )
3) Dancing With the Stars finale ( Read more... )
4) Scandal finale ( Read more... )
5) It isn't just TV and Internet entities selling your data, your phone company's doing it too.
Recruit , AU Season Four Spike by shapinglight.
Victrola , Spike/Angel by hello_spikey.
Love's Gentle Touch , Spike/Xander by skargasm.
Chapter Eight of Think Of Me As Your Family by velvetwhip.
frenchani lists ten things that made her love "BtVS" forever .
And shadowkat67 also has thoughts about what made "BtVS" great .
Spike/Buffy icons by gillo.
William banner by comlodge.
ONTD talks to SMG and Danny Strong about the ten year anniversary.
The HuffingtonPost salutes ten years of BtVS. And so does LAMagazine .
The greatest charm of Elementary to me was that it really sold me on the Holmes & Watson friendship, and used its 24 episodes for the season luxury well. There are American shows which make me feel they would benefit from a shorter season (for example: Battlestar Galactica not so coincidentally had a far better ratio of good versus mediocre or bad epsiodes in its first season when it had only half the usual number of episodes), but not this one. Because for the relationship to work the way it does, it's important it doesn't start instantly. There is no immediate recognition in our two main protagonists that they are exactly what's missing in their lives. Not that there is something wrong with instant attraction (either in romantic or friendship stories), but it's a far more often told trope, and so a friendship that developes slowly felt like something fresh and rately told on screen. It also works very well with the show's premise of letting Holmes and Watson learn from each other. By the time we arrive at the mid season point which an episode opened and closed by the statement "I think what you do is amazing" , it has earned this mutual recognition and respect, because we've learned about the main characters along with themselves.
The mutuality is so important for Elementary. One fear that was voiced before the show aired was that making Joan Watson a sober companion so she'd have a reason to move in with Holmes at the start of the show would simply be a gimick, or reduce her agency compared to all her male predecessors who move in with their Holmes because they want to. Instead, Joan being a sober companion proved to be instrumental to the how the show works, and how the friendship comes to be, and that it gives her a reason for house sharing at the start is the least of it. When Arthur Conan Doyle made Sherlock Holmes use cocaine, the disastrous effects of drug use weren't as known as they are today, and so many later incarnations took that element and dealt with it in various ways Doyle couldn't have anticipated when he introduced it. Though I think the only example of a SH story that made it crucial was Nicholas Meyer's novel and later film script The Seven Percent Solution, and even there one is left with the impression that once Holmes has gone through the immediate cold turkey stage of withdrawal with the help of Sigmund Freud, he's fine. By contrast, Elementary, because it's a tv show that has the space and time to do so, makes it clear that addiction is something that never goes away. In the finale, we get this exchange:
Spoilery character, apropos Holmes' drug addiction: But you're well now.
Holmes: I'm sober.
Which sums it up. (It's not just Sherlock Holmes, either. We meet various other addicts in the show. There is one who's spent decades being sober, being a great sponsor and helping other addicts, but in a terrible crisis, he's still tempted to go back to the drugs, and it's really hard not to.) It's also something the Sherlock Holmes from the pilot, who denies needing help to begin with because hey, he's clean now, he's fine, would never have said. Elementary has a deep respect for the whole (life long) recovery process, the AA system, sponsors - and sober companions.
Mutuality, though. If it were only about Joan helping and Sherlock learning, if this Holmes and Watson relationship were one sided with one party endlessly giving and the other endlessly receiving, it would not be attractive, it would be horrible. (Well, to me, anyway.) Now Joan Watson doesn't need Sherlock Holmes in the sense that her life is bad without him. She has friends, family and a job that she's good at when she meets him. But if he's learning from her about dealing with addiction, the importance of help both giving and receiving, community interaction, she's learning from him the art of deduction. The very premise of a Holmes & Watson combination involves Watson giving Holmes a reason to provide the exposition of how case X is solved and thus explain it to the reader/viewer, too by having Watson repeatedly ask "but how did you" etc. Elementary turns this into a deliberate learning process when Joan accepts Sherlock's offer to become his partner in detecting, and then not only tells but shows us how she gets better and better (with the occasional set back). This, however, is only possible after the two of them have come to respect each other as human beings. If this Holmes had nothing to offer but brilliant detecting skills, this Watson would not stay with him beyond the sober companion time. This is why it's so important that Elementary does not position an "either/or" between mental brilliance and emotion. The show's Sherlock Holmes can be a self-centred jerk (and if he is, he gets called on it, not only by Watson but also the other ensemble members), but he has a genuine passion for justice, a deep loathing of exploitation and power abuse (when the Doyle line about regarding blackmail in some way worse than murder comes two thirds into the show, it fits with what the audience has seen so far) and cares about the victims of the cases beyond solving the puzzle du jour. Which is why the show's Joan Watson can want to stay with him and the audience can want her to as well. Again: if Elementary's Watson were a great character but Elementary's Holmes was not, the show would have failed, at least in my eyes, because nothing is worse than having to continually wonder why on earth character X, whom one loves and respects, would not only put up with but actively seek out character Y, whom one can't stand/is indifferent to/insert negative emotion of choice.
(This, btw, goes for fanfiction as well as pro fic, and certainly applies for 'shipping in any form. I never got people who were rooting for ship A/B despite hating B, and only because character A wanted B. Same goes for friendship or family relationships.)
Tied to this is the fact that Elementary's Holmes and Watson don't exist in a two-of-us-against-the-world universe. Holmes has a lot of respect for Gregson (and vice versa) to start out with, and as the show continues, the initial hostility between him and Bell gives way to friendly respect - with the occasional ribbing - as well. As mentioned, Watson has family and friends, and they are in varying degrees interested, concerned or supportive of her life changing decisions. Both Holmes' and Watson's initial reaction to Alfredo - who goes on to become Holmes' sponsor - shows their inherent biases (if the show presented Joan as perfect and eternally in the right, it would fail as well); they both then go on to form relationships with him that show them learning. It's part of the show's deep humanity and as mentioned connects to the way addiction/recovery is handled overall: people learning from each other. But also: people having principles. Again, I'm not denying that the "unconditional loyalty" trope is appealing. But the older I get, the more I find "conditional loyalty" even more appealing, especially if the condition in question is an ethical one. Over the course of its first season, there are several points where different characters - Holmes, Gregson, Watson and Bell - are in a position where another character they're attached do either seems to do or in fact does something ethically wrong. And their response, while conflicted, is never "my X, right or wrong!"
If you have a show that focuses on people learning from each other, you don't want one of the lessons to be "I can do whatever I like, X will support me anyway". And on this show, it really never is.
This is also a show that lives in the quiet, for all the fun that the banter often provides. The biggest emotional moments often involve nothing more than a sentence or two, and Holmes and Watson sitting next to each other. These are the moments that make me melt in a viewer puddle of goo. And they could not have come earlier in the show's continuity than they do. These are not two people born or destined to be friends, or two people who hit it off immediately. These are two people who have become friends and have taken us along every step on the way. And it was a delightful way, which I already miss going on with them.
Took a walk up the street to the library, found a couple of books to read, did some grocery shopping and some banking, then came back and made a lasagna to take out to the farm tomorrow.
It's been quite a nice day.
A beautiful film whose awards were well-deserved. The monks' last supper scene still moved me to tears.
1) A writing based on metaphors. BTVS looked like a teen show with a stupid name, but it was one of the deepest and cleverest series ever made. A show that is about teenagers isn't necessarily a teen show. BTVS was demanding and layered (more than Angel the series that was more mainstream). It changed the way I watched television and taught me to parse episodes.
2) "Hush". A true masterpiece. Form matched content which is supposed to be the main goal of poetry. It had the scariest villains ever and the most hilarious scene too.
3) "Restless". If "Hush" was pure poetry, "Restless" was a mere symphony. It is the show's true musical episode, not OMWF. I loved Xander's dream the most. And only on Buffy you could see one of Sappho's poems written in Greek on Tara's back for only a few seconds shot!
4) Rupert Giles. He was the first reason I watched the show. Green-eyed British men have always been my weakness...
5) Ethan Rayne. Only four episodes and yet unforgettable. Robin Sacks gave us something precious. And Giles and Ethan were obviously made for each other!
6) Good dialogues. Some lines were funny, other were quite profound as in "To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It's not done because people deserve it, it's done because they need it."
7) Spuffy. It was simply the hottest 'ship before it officially happened (sexual tension fueled the Buffy/Spike scene and there was "Something Blue" of course) but also when it occured ("Smashed"): all it took was the actors' chemistry and performances, and that zipper sound...no need to have soft porn/nudity ala True Blood!
8) William's nod to Cecily in "Fool For Love". It was Marsters' best piece of acting in an arty episode (the subway scene was something!).
9) Foreshadowing. It was so fun to pick up the clues and speculate before or afterwards!
10) Subversion of tropes and general boldness. I don't think that Whedon has been that daring and subversive in any of his other works after BTVS.
Well, here I am. Yesterday was an agreeable bus ride, then I walked from the Union to the Concourse, it being not unduly hot, not raining, and my backpack not completely resembling that of Christian ascending the Hill Difficulty.
I was obliged to wait a while in the lobby for my room to be ready; however, an upside, besides the water and chips they comped me, was running into 1crowdedhour.
Room v nice once I had shifted the bedside table to the more convenient side.
Agreeable early dinner of tapas with 1crowdedhour, and an early night.
Had booked a massage yesterday for this morning, which was marvellous and just what I needed. Highly recommended.
Weather bright, but atypically brisk.
We celebrate the tenth anniversary of the series finale with a list of what made it great
Ten years ago, the UPN network (remember them?) aired the series finale of Joss Whedon’s cult masterpiece, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What started as a mid-season replacement in March 1997 became a critical and popular success that put the fledging WB network (now known as the CW) on the map. With Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular ass-kicking heroine, the show ran for seven seasons (though it switched networks after the fifth) airing its series finale on Tuesday, May 20, 2003. The snappy writing and supernatural milieu (which foretold the current mania for all things vampiric) made it a fan favorite. Whedon's flair for blending highbrow aspirations with a pop culture sensibility made it a classic.
Here are 10 reasons why Buffy the Vampire Slayer still slays:
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by Chris Harnick and Laura Prudom
Buffy the Vampire Slayer" gave viewers a world rich with witty, independent women, fantastic monsters, hellish high school sagas and so much more.
It's been 10 years since Joss Whedon's TV masterpiece ended -- May 20, 2003 was the last time a new episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" aired -- and we still can't get enough of the show. Buffy's adventures continued on in comic books written by and executive produced by Whedon, but there's still something to say about the world crafted on the series.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series finale, here are 10 things we'll always love about the show.
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- money for fanfic. I am basically all for people making money with something they love to do and there are works out there that I would definitely be willing to pay for.
- legality. No fear of being shot down by a network or original author who does not like fanfic.
- loss of diversity: I'm thinking here both of content and of qualitative diversity. The guidelines state that you can do for examples no crossovers and it is also clearly not a platform for short fiction. And naturally they have quality standards, which is a good thing but also sets it apart from the freescene, which allows everybody to get their feet wet. Yeah sure, everybody is complaining about 12 year olds writing badfic, but that is the way everybody starts off.
- The rights rest with amazon, so you can't just take it down or flock it if you do not want it out there anymore.
- no porn. Fanfic is the only female dominated porn source, I ever came across. Everything else is either directed at straight or gay males or perpetuating the male gaze in massive self objectification (romance novels).
- If there is a legal fanfic scene, wont it become jealous of the illegal scene? Especially since the free scene will always have the porn and the crossovers to be more interesting. Isn't there a risk that the pay sites will eventually try to shut down sites like a AO3?
The 10th Annual Slayers Convention by deird1.
Forget Me Not , Buffy/Xander/Willow/Giles by mierke.
Keeping Each Other , Willow/Faith by local_max.
Five By Five, Part One and Five By Five, Part Two , Faith/Buffy by aisalynn.
First and Last , Faith and One and the Same , Drusilla/Buffy by snowpuppies.
And Then the World Falls , Spike/Illyris by zfirefly9x.
Three drabbles by leni_ba.
Chapter Four of Away From the Numbers by entrenous88.
debris4spike re-watches "When She Was Bad" .
Thinky thoughts on Spike/Buffy by blackfrancine. And yes, I know this is flocked but for those of us who can read it, it's just neat.
Spike/Buffy gifset and picspam by coalitiongirl.
Buffyverse icons by jensenfan86.
The AVClub gives us the original UPN promos for the BtVS finale.
Thinky thoughts on the role of Spike in the comics by shipper.
FYI, Amazon will begin licensing fanfiction .
I decided to re-read Jane Smiley's The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton (1998), as being something I had vaguely been meaning to reread and v different from Ten Days in the Hills (one thing one can say of Smiley is that she doesn't keep writing the same book over and over again...). I had forgotten just how long a part of the book her being married and living in Kansas Territory among abolitionists at a time of increasing attacks against them was. I had remembered as much more of her disguised as a boy. Anyway, this is still on the go as I was about threequarters through and didn't want to bring it travelling.
Still working my way through the stories in Conservation of Shadows.
Have just started Jo Anderton's Suited the sequel to Debris, about which I was a bit ambivalent, but interested enough to give this a go.
What I've just read
My weekend Christie was Murder in Mesopotamia, of which I thought the conclusion was really a bit farfetched for reasons I have to describe as SPOILER.
Waiting for my flight and on the plane, and in the passport control queue from hell, I got through the two latest short stories by Barbara Hambly downloaded from her website, Sylvia Engdahl's Defender of the Flame, two odd comic dystopian novels by Madelaine Duke, Claret, Sandwiches and Sin (1964) and This Business of Bomfog (1967), and Tansey Rayner Roberts, Splashdance Silver (1998 reissued 2013).
The Hambly stories were well up to standard. The Engdahl was interesting, but really, the characters are all terribly flat. The two novels by Duke: CS&S was an interesting idea somewhat unsatisfactorily developed, and I'm still trying to work out what the point of TBOB was. I think even comic dystopias should have more plot in their worldbuilding. The Rayner Roberts was probably not the best choice - apparently it was her first published novel and I have possibly read slightly too many humourous subversions of standard fantasy narratives.
Also, several essays for a competition, about which I may expatiate further and perhaps under lock...
And what next
As per usual, no idea.
Must remember to pack HDMI cable.
Anyway, I will be arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Monday night. Anyone still around for an early Monday dinner? I have made vague flailing attempts at meal planning.
I like texts MUCH more than phone calls (and for some reason, my phone doesn't always ring when people call), and I should have my iPhone with me most of the time, so I'll have access to email and Twitter messages and etc. PM me if you want my number!
Mostly hoping I will appear semi-intelligent on my panels and that there will be no flight delays. *knock on wood*