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Jun. 17th, 2013 04:56 pm
meganbmoore: (arang: boat)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
1. Thanks to the wonders of kindle and the internet, I've acquired a decent selection of wuxia novels to try out (a couple of these aren't actually wuxia, but I'm including them anyway):

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What should be my first wuxia novel?

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Legend of the White-Haired Demoness
3 (42.9%)

Legend of the Condor Heroes
0 (0.0%)

Return of the Condor Heroes
0 (0.0%)

A Deadly Secret
0 (0.0%)

Ode to Gallantry
0 (0.0%)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms
1 (14.3%)

The Book & The Sword
0 (0.0%)

Journey to the West
3 (42.9%)

The Legendary Siblings
0 (0.0%)



(My personal inclinations are Legend of the White-Haired Demoness and Legend of the Condor Heroes, but I bow to the advice of people who have actually read wuxia novels before.)

If you know of a wuxia novel that's available in English (either through licensed translations or fan translations with working links) that you'd think I'd like but don't have listed, please feel free to rec them.

2.I'm very behind on kdramas and do terribly at trying to watch airing dramas (when I try to, I manage to stay roughly on top of things until around episode 10, and then I flake and wait until it's done. Since I don't even do a good job of keeping up with shows I can watch as soon as they air and son't have to wait for subtitles for, this shouldn't surprise anyone) but I think I'm going to try to follow Sword and Flower as it airs. It's about a princess who sets out to get revenge on the military dictator who killed her father and then inconveniently falls in love with his son. Not sure how long it's is, but hopefully they'll keep it in the 16-20 episode range, as I think that's about as far as they could stretch that premise. trailer:



3. This isn't brand new news, but The Bletchley Circle has been picked up for a second season. Based on wikipedia, it'll be 4 episodes and they're adding Hattie Morahan to the main cast though hopefully not at the expense of the existing female leads.) Also, new episodes of Poirot and Marple have aired in the UK, though I haven't watched them yet.

4. I am very behind on TV in general and not doing a good job of applying myself when when it comes to fixing that (and am managing to fall even further behind despite several of the shows being on hiatus) but I have now watched all of the first 3 seasons on Community and Pretty Little Liars and have almost finished season 2 of The Good Wife, and while I'm overwhelmed at the idea of trying to write up my thoughts on them, please feel free to ask for my thoughts on anything up to those points. (Aside: only ask about paintball in Community if you want squealing and handflapping, and I don't recommend asking about Toby or Ezra in Pretty Little Liars if you like hearing positive things about them.) I've also almost finished Fox Volant of Snowy Mountain, and it's pretty solid and I've been enjoying it well enough, but it's not overly engaging and I have no strong thoughts or feelings on it or most of the characters.

5. So, I haven't watched The Fall and don't really intend to, but I am curious about opinions of those who have on this article (unsurprisingly by a dude) which argues that The Fall is feminist, effectively, for not glorifying the serial killer who kills women and for having the female lead tell him he's nothing but a pathetic misogynist. Mind you, this is my reading from the article, and you and I may watch it and come out with VERY readings, but apparently, the bare basics of awareness is what we aspire to now? The article: http://www.salon.com/2013/06/16/can_a_show_about_murdering_women_actually_be_feminist/singleton/

Note: I didn't look at them just now in bringing up the link, but based on what was there this morning I do not recommend reading the comments, as they were very faily and triggery and several commenters were trying to make the focus all about violence against men. (Which I do think theere's issues with violence against men in the media and how it's "ok" for women to hit men because they're physically weaker, as seems to be Hollywood's reasoning, but I don't think that comes anywhere close to the media's issues with violence against women, or the portrayal of women's corpses in many things.)

Date: 2013-06-17 10:05 pm (UTC)
saturnofthemoon: (Lady Christina)
From: [personal profile] saturnofthemoon
3. Oh wow, that's great. I just hope the new season will have a little less rape.

Date: 2013-06-17 10:39 pm (UTC)
oyceter: teruterubouzu default icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] oyceter
Ahaha, I was so confused by Journey to the West and Romance of the Three Kingdoms on the list until I saw your note that not all of them were wuxia.

Anyway, I vote for Legend of the White-Haired Demoness for wuxia and Journey to the West for the non-wuxia.

Date: 2013-06-17 11:25 pm (UTC)
yifu: (li yuanzhi 2009)
From: [personal profile] yifu
Legend of the White-Haired Demoness. Which I haven't gotten to read (too tangled up with Liang Yusheng's other books), tbh.

Date: 2013-06-18 05:00 am (UTC)
yifu: (zhou and li read)
From: [personal profile] yifu
Sadly, no.

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