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Finally watching the finale of Bones.

The Change in the GameCollapse )


Show, you hold my heart in your hands like a small bird.

Also, I wish they hadn't shown these episodes back-to-back. Partly it made the time frame seem wicked compressed in a weird way, and partly it was sort of a weird turnaround in emotions and themes and plot in far too short a span of time.

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Li'l SebastianCollapse )

Well, I pre-ordered this season on DVD, which is something I have never ever done before. I've never even bought a season of a TV show on DVD. There was just absolutely no filler in this season: every episode was freaking HILARIOUS, every character was great, and I'm in love with Leslie and Ben. I'm also definitely going to spend the summer rewatching the whole series, because fall is really far away!
I seriously love "let's all get drunk together" episodes of TV shows.

The FightCollapse )

And, for the plot advancement portion of the evening: Road TripCollapse )

Parks & Rec: New favorite show

I've recently fallen utterly in love with Parks and Recreation. It took me way too long to come around - in my defense, I'd never liked Amy Poehler in anything, and I didn't like that it was a knock-off of The Office; I was utterly wrong on the first part and still kind of wish they at least referred to a camera crew - but now I am completely in love. Leslie is fantastic and I love her utterly! Ron is hilarious and awesome! Everyone is generally lovable and super-funny! Rob Lowe! Let's just watch this show all the time!

My latest reason-for-love is Ben & Leslie. I can't tell you how refreshing I find their relationship. While I love the (former) Booth&Brennans of the TV world, it's really fun to have two adult characters whose romantic problem is not the fact that they're being dumb, but that they're mature, responsible adults following the rules. And it's not Forbidden Love, either, which I like: they were totally into each other long before that became an issue, and they seem to have this sort of unspoken understanding that they like each other, but there's nothing they can do unless something changes. And I love how dorky they are, and how seriously they both take their jobs, and how this is the first time in their lives they've ever wanted to flout the rules (and how hard that is for them). I'm impressed at how they manage to be both sweet & healthy and also totally swoony.

Also, the more I think about it, the more I think this week's episode was kind of brilliant (apart from the timeline issue - NO ONE COULD PAINT THAT FAST). They juxtaposed Leslie and Ben's problem - that they're too mature and responsible - with Andy & April's - that they're basically incapable of functioning in adult society. It was a cool contradiction. And since Andy and April managed to figure out a balance between their childlike fun and actual grown-up lives, it seems to indicate that maybe Leslie and Ben need to grow a little in the opposite direction too. I'm pretty excited for this - I'm pretty sure something's going to change by the season finale.

I am sort of torn, though, over how much older she seems than him. Amy Poehler is like a year and a half older than Adam Scott, but while she looks mid- to late-30s (their actual age), he looks late-20s, in a very weird, baby-faced skinny way. Obviously this isn't actually a PROBLEM, it just meant that I didn't realize how close they were until many, many episodes in, and I'm still kind of reeling from that. But! Still adorable, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Game of Thrones!

I don't know if any of you have read A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin (whose Rs, unlike J.R.R. Tolkien, I always drop because dude, seriously?), but if you have, you probably know about both the new book (WHEE!) and the HBO series. Well, you probably know about the TV show anyway, because it's been very highly promoted. (Yet another reason why people who blatantly state they don't like any science fiction or fantasy are idiots and/or liars.) BUT: have you seen this?

It's an extended preview of this first episode - the first 15ish minutes - and it just aired on HBO tonight, so this is, like, brand new. It's pretty fantastic. Of course, the first half of it is the part of the book that scared me so much I almost didn't read further, and it's TERRIFYING, holy crap. And then there's Sean Bean as Ned Stark and I'm in love with him, and I like Jon Snow a lot better than I thought I would. (Also: oh dear Bran.) I'm super excited for this series. Only 2 more weeks!

PS: I got rid of my Winter Is Coming icon quite a while ago, boo. And it wouldn't serve double duty (as I need all my icons to do, since I only get 15) now, since actually SUMMER is coming. But "Daughter of Kings" works excellently, especially since Sean Bean is in this movie, too. :P

Jim Kirk, Cheater

Or, Why the Kobayashi Maru Did No One Any Favors

I was reading this excellent Star Trek (Reboot) fic, about Kirk and Vulcan and the crappy (and good, and imaginary) stuff in his past, and it got me thinking about the movie in general. It’s something that we come to with a complete set of preconceived notions, achieved through cultural osmosis if not through watching the show ourselves (Next Generation is my Star Trek, for example, inasmuch as I HAVE a Star Trek, which, unlike Doctor Who, I don’t really, but I still know quite a bit about the original series). And a lot of those preconceived notions have to do with Kirk, thanks largely to a performance that made William Shatner simultaneously a legend and a joke. The challenge for the screenwriters was to create a version of Kirk that stood up to the scrutiny of those preconceived notions, but that also stood apart from them. (They did a fine job. Chris Pine did an EXCELLENT job.)

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I've been somewhat absent lately, yes. BUT! I've been reading and commenting, just not posting, so it's way better than normal. I'm going to try to make more of a habit of posting regularly, even just little things, so that I can be more present. ♥

And I return, with...figure skating?

This is Ryan Bradley, an American figure skater who just won Nationals.

I'm kind of in love with him.

That last one is the same program as the first, but from 2011 instead of 2010: two mistakes plus a backflip and an interview. I'm a sucker for ice skaters who do backflips. It's so foolishly dangerous! And pointless! But fun! And requires so much raw athleticism that's so rarely seen in skating! (Not that skating's not athletic - obviously they're all in fantastic shape. It's just that they're all so fucking refined.)

Is he not gorgeous and tall and hilarious? And also possibly gay? (He's a figure skater; it's hard to tell.)

Oh, and if that wasn't enough: his exhibition program, in which he is WILLY EFFING WONKA.

This kid is also pretty adorable, even if I'm now too old to be finding 19-year-olds hot (ok, he passes the half-your-age-plus-7 rule, but still: he's younger than my little sister, and that's my line). He's Sherlock Holmes! I wonder if he's a fan of Sherlock, though judging by the kicks, it seems more inspired by Robert Downey Jr.

PS: If you'd like to see AWESOME commentary on all the ridiculous costumes, I direct you to Ladies and Pairs Skating, Men and Ice Dancers, and more of the men. You may notice Ryan Bradley's Bugle Boy outfit is very popular. :P


Irrelevant to the title of this post (I have very few reflections on 2010: it was, for the most part, a great year. As for 2011, I hope it brings me a job and just as much fun, but I really hate that number for bizarre and unexplained reasons):

I was walking through the TV room downstairs and my dad, for some reason, was just beginning to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special from this year. He's never seen the show before and has never shown any interest in it; he kind of brushes it off when my sister and I get all giddy over it. Which is stupid: my dad is a HUGE nerd and should love this kind of show, but he's never seen it. (He likes Community and 30 Rock best, plus things like The West Wing. I certainly can't fault his taste, even if he doesn't listen to me about silly heartfelt British sci-fi children's shows.) I don't think he was even planning on watching it all the way through, but it happened to be on.

So, my sister and I sat down and started watching with him. I kept giggling almost before funny lines, because I remembered them and had that thing where you want the people you're watching with to find the same things funny. He's hard to judge, though: he doesn't react as enthusiastically as I do, but he chuckled a few times.

Now, the thing is, as much as I absolutely adore Matt Smith and Eleven, this season has been weaker than a lot of the previous ones. And the Christmas specials are usually kind of silly and pointless and not among the best episodes, so while they're great fun, I'd never give them to someone as their introduction to the series. (For Eleven, it'd be The Lodger, because it's just straight-up excellent and one of the funniest episodes yet. Also, shower scenes. Then, if they didn't immediately want to watch the season in order, it'd be the Van Gogh one, because it is also excellent and has a nice touch of beautiful pathos to counterbalance the sweetness and lightheartedness of The Lodger, and to show the range of the series. If after those two they're not hooked, well, then there's no hope for them.)

But my dad's reaction, at the end of the episode? "That was GREAT."

Sometimes it's really, really obvious where I came from.

PS: I had missed the line, "It's that or go into your room and invent a new kind of screwdriver." Hee! Oh, Doctor. (I'd also missed, "Finally, a lie too big," but that was pointed out to me by teenwitch77.)


Let's go to the movies!

Sorry I've been rather absent lately - I've been reading, but I haven't had anything to say!

But now: I've been to see Tron. Not worth the $15 for the 3D, but pretty awesome nonetheless. Would've been much better if I'd only had a rudimentary understanding of English, though.

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PPS: I continue to be astonished at the number of people who proudly and excitedly go to see sci-fi movies but, if asked, would say that they hate sci-fi. I know it's got a bad rep, guys, but fess up: it's actually AWESOME.


Note to querying authors:

I'm newly 22 and I still proudly read and love YA novels. And, considering my newness to the industry and late birthday, I'm about the youngest person you're going to address with this letter: everyone who would read it after me is older than me and also reads and loves YA novels (it's why they publish them, after all). Saying that your novel is "probably geared more towards young adults, but written so that adults can enjoy it too" is insulting to us AND says that you don't know what you're talking about. It implies either that we publish/represent books we don't enjoy and are just in it for the money (of which there is so much, of course), or that we're somehow wrong for liking them despite being adults. We don't take well to either of those suggestions, partly because they are surprisingly common misconceptions about the industry. Plus, it's a raging display of ignorance. In recent years (since Harry Potter, mostly, but even more in the last 2-3 years), YA novels have really hit it big thanks largely to these adults who read and love them, and every author & editor & fan is writing blogs about how adults love YA novels, too (see things like Forever Young Adult and Mundie Moms). And it's for what they are that we love them, not because they fit into some category that you consider "worthy" of adults. The YA books that become hugely popular don't do so because they're more sophisticated (um, TWILIGHT) but because they offer readers something they don't get elsewhere. The fact that you even thought this worth mentioning in your query letter says to me that you don't know anything about the YA community, that you don't pay attention to the discussion or even read the books. So why, I wonder, are you writing a so-called YA novel? And why should I trust that you know anything about young adults? Don't try to write a crossover novel (or market yours as though it is): the people into whose hands you're putting your book know about YA novels and the adults who love them. Trust them.

PS: It's also insulting to the kids who read these books and to other authors, since you seem to think most YA books are stupid. This is frustrating and yet ANOTHER reason I don't trust you as a YA author, but is less of an issue because these people aren't going to read your query. But you really should try to avoid insulting anyone in it, however accidentally. It's only polite.

Disclaimer: I am an intern. I know nothing. I just have opinions, a great love of YA, and lots & lots of query letters in my head.

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