meganbmoore: (Default)
2017-04-19 10:50 pm

January Talking Meme: Warehouse 13

January 31 - tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi )

I really like SyFy’s “quirky community” shows which this one falls into, though it’s more in line with Killjoys than with Eureka or early seasons-Haven in that it has the insulated feel even though it’s a smallgroup that travels instead of an actual community. Found family is a big thing, of course, and I liked that thee were no canon pairings among the major characters, even if they took that from us at the very end. I mean, I like canon pairings that are good in my shows, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from that. My favorite episodes, though, tended to be the ones with previous agents, or that talked about previous agents/previous versions of the Warehouse. It’s never happening but I’m still holding out hope for SyFy to eventually have some TV movies or a prequel miniseries about the past agents.
meganbmoore: (7 seeds: hana/natsu)
2017-04-05 09:38 pm

January talking meme: Heroines with unusual, unfashionable personalities in general.

January 28 - Heroines with unusual, unfashionable personalities in general. ([ profile] snowdropsandtigers )

Speaking for myself, bring them on! Variety is great, as is being creative and original with your characters. As much as I will use my very last breath to continue insisting that there are plenty of interesting and compelling female characters out there if you bother looking, there’s no denying that, across the board and regardless of what country, there’s far more attention given to male characters, and that includes a greater diversity of character types, and a greater willingness to try out characters that would normally be considered unusual or would normally be expected to be unpopular. And, of course, this greater diversity and focus results in both canons and fandoms typically focusing far more on-and making excuses for-male characters instead of female characters. (Including the more common run-of-the-mill male characters, but that’s another matter.)

When we do get unusual and unfashionable heroines, however, they seem to fall into two narrative categories. The first is that they’re “weird,” with their unconventional qualities used to make them stand out and not be accepted by other characters. At best, they often become a running joke used to make the other characters (and possibly the audience) feel uncomfortable, or they’re just strange and quirky girls. At worst they’re torn down for those qualities, and possibly villifed. They don’t “fit,” and so there’s something “wrong” with them. This wrongness either has to be “fixed,” or the characters is Othered and the core group must try to free themselves of her.

The second category is the unusual or unconventional heroine who is held up as superior to the more conventional female character. She isn’t like those NORMAL girls, she’s DIFFERENT, she’s SPECIAL. She’s, you guessed it, NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS. “Normal” girls are ok if they wholeheartedly embrace this girl, but any ho don’t are, of course, villains. This one sounds problematic but better than the first, and it is, but it’s usually used to pit girls against each other, and to say that one way of being female is better than another way. And, of course, half the time, this girl becomes “normalized” and just a bit quirky isn’t of actually being allowed to remain unusual.

It should also be noted that unusual characters, both male and female, are usually coded-sometimes outright diagnosed-with a milder form of one kind of mental disability or another, most often reading as “mildly autistic,” with those traits emphasized as being abnormal.

So, pretty much, I want them, but what I REALLY want is to have them without being surrounded by sexist narratives or Othering.
meganbmoore: (mansfield: mary)
2017-03-24 08:25 pm

January Talking Meme: Mansfield Park

(for snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)

This is actually the only Austen novel I haven’t read! (I haven’t read her shorter stuff yet, either.) I’ve watched both the Billie Piper and Frances O’Connor movies and liked both, though, despite some issues. I liked Fanny in the movies and am sad that she’s apparently so hated. (And sideeyeing the fact that Austen’s least popular heroine is the one with the most terrible background.) Fanny’s rejection of Henry Crawford and his “why don’t you devote your life to redeeming me” filled me with delight in both versions. (Fix yourself dude!) I tried to find a youtube clip of that, but it’s all shipper vids because fandom. In general it seems to be a bit darker than most of Austen’s work, and definitely a departure for her other novels, but I can’t really make any deep analysis or comments since I haven’t read the book, or watched either movie in a few years.
meganbmoore: (city hunter: but it's only ep 2!!)
2017-03-21 08:38 am

January talking meme: Kdramas for beginners

Recommend me a good Kdrama for beginners. ( [personal profile] coffeeandink  )

Limiting myself to kdramas I’ve seen that are also on Hulu or Netflix (I know you have Netflix from comments made in the past at your DW, and I’m just guessing as far as Hulu goes), though both have taken down most of their kdramas (both that I’ve watched and otherwise) over the last year or so.:

On Netflix: Hello My Twenties (previously Age of Youth, don’t know why Netflix wanted a new name) which is a slice of life series about 5 female college students who are roommates, except in this case, one or more MIGHT be murderers, there’s at least 1 Secret Lifestyle and 2 Secret Pasts between them, plus one who can see a ghost that may or may not be the ghost of a murdered person. A few others that netflix has that I liked but didn’t exactly love are Descendants of the Sun (romance between a doctor and a soldier, pretty straightforward and simple but enjoyable, but sometimes prone to pro-military propaganda), Goodbye Mr. Black (modern day retelling of Count of Monte Cristo), and Be Arrogant (webdrama about 2 women who open an online shopping store after their mutual cheating boyfriend robs them and runs off.) Go Mrs. Go is a drama that I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t watched. White Nights (previously Night Light) is a recent drama that Netflix has the first half of (I think they can’t add the second half until a certain amount of time after the international broadcast finishes, or something like that). What I’ve seen is a good thriller about a businesswoman with huge schemes and plans and a parttimer who she brings into her inner circle and starts grooming as a bit of a mini-her/femme fatale. I can’t actually recommend it though because I don’t actually recommend things until I know whether or not they have good endings.

On Hulu: Most definitely Healer, a thriller/romance about a mercenary, a spunky reporter, and 80s underground radio station, political corruption, and spunky journalists. Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which is a revolutionary youth sageuk about a crossdressing girl, political conspiracy, and feuding political factions at Sungkyunkwan, the school for scholars and future government officials, is a drama I loved and would normally highly recommend (despite it having a lot to do with more serious sageuks becoming less popular and fusion youth sageuks that are heavy on idols and lighter on sageuk pros and historical veritas largely taking over the genre, but that’s another matter), but shortly after I finally got around to watching it, the lead actor was involved in a rape scandal where multiple women accused him of rape over a longish period. He was found not guilty, but with Korean rape laws, it largely meant “we can’t convict him under the current laws, but he probably did it.” (That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful, and the only bad thing I’ve ever heard about any of the others was that one time he got in a fight with police when drunk-which was worse for his career than exposure as a possible serial rapist was for Park Woochun.) For “liked but didn’t love,” hulu also has another thriller, Liar Game, about a reality show where people have to con each other out of millions of dollars. T’s on the absurd side, but fun and the leads were pretty great. Oh My Venus is a romcom that I liked in spite of it being a makeover plot, but the leads more than made up for it. The Master’s Sun is a romantic dramedy about a woman who sees ghosts and a man who keeps them from bothering her because she can’t see them if she touches him. I Hear Your Voice, Empress Ki, and Tree With Deep Roots are dramas hulu has that have been highly recommended, but I haven’t seen them yet. W: Two Worlds is a metafiction fantasy drama that was really really popular last ear. I started out really liking it but lost interest about 2/3s through, but most people I know who watched it loved it till the end. Hulu used to have a huge selection of kdramas but lost most of them a year ago when DramaFever’s license expired (this might be changing, as ive noticed a couple dramas on hulu have been moved to the DramaFever channel, which had been deleted before), so I think everything else I’ve seen that they used to have was taken down.. They still have the best selection outside of Viki or DramaFever, who hold licenses for most kdramas and cdramas that have been licensed.

[personal profile] skygiants has pretty good rec posts for Healer, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Age of Youth at their dreamwidth, along with several other kdramas, so that’s also a good place to look.
meganbmoore: (maeve + rumina)
2017-03-11 07:48 pm

January talking meme: suffering in heroines

For [ profile] snowdropsandtigers 

A hard one!

In theory, I am all for suffering for heroines within reason and as far as it forwards her character arc and the plot. More often than not, though, it ends up being gratuitous and far exceeds what is needed. One of the reasons romance novels used to feature so much rape was because it was effectively a “condition” of their having sex and adventures and stories centering around them (and many earlier historical romances were effectively female takes on previously male-centric historical sagas and adventures) was that they couldn’t just SEEK OUT adventure or ACTIVELY WANT sex, both had to be forced on them, either completely or partially. The romance novel publishers may have finally been forced to back off from that due to extreme backlash in the 90s, but fiction in general still has a pervasive idea that women have to suffer to have a place in stories, and that their suffering furthers men’s tales.

A good example of gratuitous suffering that that doesn’t help further HER plot is Lan Shang, a secondary heroine in Ice Fantasy. (Because I’m still seething over this however many weeks it’s been later, and because the actress is in another drama I’m watching now, General and I, and thankfully not endlessly suffering.) If I step back and compare Lan Shang’s experiences to those of some other female characters, Lan Shang has it bad, but not the worst ever. However, Lan Shang’s suffering is constantly used to tear her down, humiliate, and hurt her. It doesn’t contribute to her character growth and doesn’t further the plot in her favor at any time. It does, however, further the plot for Ka Suo and Ying Kong Shi, and contribute to Ying Kong Shi’s character arc. Once she can’t contribute to those things any more, she’s set aside and only brought back for more suffering.

In contrast, over the course of 13 books, Seanan McGuire has put October Daye through every bit of torture and torment she can think of short of sexual assault, and often exceeds my own comfort level for reading in doing so. At least half the October Day books pass the point where I would normally “nope” out for gratuitous torment and pain for female characters, but I don’t nope out of the October Daye books. The reason for that is that most of those things I nope out of have pain and suffering for the sake of pain and suffering, and if it’s to actually further a character’s plot, it isn’t hers. In contrast, October’s suffering rarely feels gratuitous, and it’s about her and her story, not those of Tybalt, Quentin, Etienne, Sylvester, etc. (I mean, I’m pretty sure Sylvester thinks at least half of it is about him, but he doesn’t count.) It might AFFECT the men in her life but it isn’t ABOUT them or their stories.

Seanan McGuire actually has a really good post about the expectation of suffering for female characters from a few years back here. (It’s specifically in regards to rape due to a fan asking when she would “finally” rape one of her heroines, but can be applied in broader scope too.)

So basically: Good idea within reason and context, but usually with bad execution that negates the potential.
meganbmoore: (first knight: guenevere)
2017-02-25 10:10 pm

January talking meme: Guinevere in adaptations

Guinevere in adaptations! (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)

I have a suspicion that this was meant to get me to talk about Angel Coulby’s Guinevere in Merlin, but alas, I’ve never seen a single episode of it. If I ever do, though, that’s who it’ll be for. (In the past I would have said for Guinevere and Morgan, but I…can’t say I’ve been impressed with Katie McGrath’s acting in the few things I’ve seen her in. Unpopular opinion, I know…)

As far as adaptations go, my favorite Guineveres were probably from the movies First Knight (which may not be a particularly good movie or popular as Arthuriana, but Julia Ormond was amazing) and Camelot, and Kim Headlee’s Dawnflight. I thought Phyllis Ann Karr’s depiction of Guinevere in Idylls of the Queen was very interesting, but there we more get a perspective of her through other characters more than she’s actually on page as a character herself.

There’s always been a Madonna/whore complex in approaches to Guenevere in fiction, with Guenevere serving both roles, but the “whore” side of the equation getting an unfair share of the blame for Camelot’s downfall. A lot of Arthuriana fen-hardcore or supercasual-in my general age group having a pretty strong anti-Guenevere stance for some time due to The Mists of Avalon being so anti-Guenevere (because you can’t redeem the reputation and focus on one major female character without also tearing down another?), though that seems to have died down in recent years. While I grew up with Arthuriana adaptations going in and out of my life quite a bit, I didn’t make it to MZB until my late 20s and, well, we’ll say I don’t respect her as a person at all thanks to things that have come up over the years in regards to her and her husband, but do respect how her books brought more focus and depth to female characters in most adaptations in the last 30-odd years, but her stuff wasn’t for me, and leave it at that.

That said, I think most adaptations still don’t really “get” Guinevere, and probably don’t have much interest in doing so, even when they’re sympathetic to her, unless she actually is a central focus.. I’ll give Starz’s Camelot series a nod for trying, even if (through no fault of the actress’s) they didn’t really do a good job with her overall, but the only thing I can truly give that show good credit for is casting Eva Green and Claire Forlani as Morgan and Ygraine, and being the only adaptation I’ve encountered, outside of MZB, to bother to develop and explore Ygraine as a character and her motivations, even if it let me down in the end there to, in regards to her final fate.
meganbmoore: (paladins: yan yu/mo le: pre-angstplosion)
2017-02-16 09:27 pm

January talking meme: cdrama

January 23 - talk to me about cdramas you think I'd like! (daughtersofthedragon @ tumblr)

Unless I’m misremembering, you’ve already watched some or all of Love020, all of The Princess Weiyoung, and some of The Legend of Hua Mulan, or I’d rec those. These aren’t necessarily the absolute best cdramas ever, but they’re accessible (both in terms of content and ease in finding with English subtitles), dramas I liked, and have good actors and characters and no bad writing/terrible endings.

this one got long )

meganbmoore: (too many books)
2017-02-05 10:48 pm

January talking meme: favorite book

your favourite book! (  [personal profile] jazzfish )

I get asked this a lot and I never understand how other people get asked can answer! Like, I have plenty of books I love and plenty of books I feel were very influential to my adult tastes, some of which I enjoy as much revisiting as an adult, and others less so (Both versions are largely childrens’ and what’s now considered YA fantasy series*, as well as things like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden.) but narrowing it down to just one or even a few isn’t something I can ever really do. Sometimes I can’t even do that for authors! I think the last time I could state a favorite book above all others was in high school with Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard,” which I read several times a year for all 4 years. (Then I wanted to read it again a few years later and couldn’t find it because I couldn’t remember the title or author-I knew exactly what shelf it was on in the school library and what the binding looked like-and couldn’t find it for years [for a while I had it in my head that it was by Charles deLint. I dunno…] until someone recommended it to me back during the LJ days.)

*Including but not limited to: LeGuin’s Earthsea series, Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series, and Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain and Westmark books.

(I assume no one is surprised that it'll be well into February before I finish even though only about half the slots were filled.)

meganbmoore: (too many books)
2017-01-29 09:51 pm

January talking meme: fave books of 2016

fave books of the year-[personal profile] chaila 

Hmmm…I didn’t read a whole lot in 2016 (for me) and the bulk of what I did read was light mystery series, which is comfort reading for me. Amanda Carmack’s Elizabethan Mysteries (about a musician in Elizabeth I’s court) and Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries (about a late 19th century midwife and an Irish cop who’s less corrupt than the norm) continued to rank high for me, and Maia Chance’s Victorian fairy tale themed mysteries about an actress actress/semi-conartist were also pretty good, and I read the first 3 books in Sarah Zettel’s YA series about a female spy in the court of George I. The latest of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books was a big hit for me, but like Carmack and Thompson, it was a continuation of something I was already into. Jessica Estevao’s Whispers Beyond the Veil (historical mystery about a female conartist who is a real psychic but fake medium working in her long lot aunt’s hotel for believers in the supernatural) and Cheryl Honigford’s (30s radio actress is possibly the target of a serial killer, teams up with a private eye) are both promising starts to new historical mysteries/romance series a little above some other first books in series that I read, but neither was quite “favorite” status. So I guess there were plenty of books that I liked in 2016, but nothing that really stands out strongly from the rest without it being a continuation of a series I already liked. The same is largely true of the manga, with the exception of Ancient Magus Bride, which I covered a bit in an earlier entry for the meme.
meganbmoore: (restless: ruth)
2017-01-24 11:44 pm

January talking meme: parasols

 January 24 - Favorite types of parasol, if any?( [personal profile] yifu )


This is the part where I confess that I know very little about parasols!  I made “Swords and Parasols” be the titl of my livejournal about 10 years ago when I was first really falling headfirst into both British period dramas and Chinese wuxia and xianxia dramas.  “Parasols” could be applied to both categories, and swords to one and sometimes the other.  Anyway, I liked it enough that I’ve kept it all these years, and it does remain reflective of my tastes in fiction. 


But I suppose my favorites are the Victorian-to-Edwardian ones that look like lethal weapons and sometimes get wielded as such by ladies in fiction.

meganbmoore: (gnsk: sakura reads)
2017-01-20 11:51 pm

January Talking meme: January 20

January 20 - Favorite recent (as in the past five years or so) manga and/or anime! I am about five years or more behind and trying to catch up... ( [personal profile] oyceter  )

I may actually not be the best person for this, as I haven’t been keeping up with them well myself! I think the only new-to-me manga that’ve really jumped out for me in the last couple years are Ancient Magus Bride and Kamisama Kiss. Both are “semi normal girl and immortal magic guy” type stories, though AMB is more mythological and soul searching while KSS is more fluffy shoujo fun (with iffy parts in recently licensed volumes) with reverse-harem elements. Between the two, AMB is probably more your style and it’sthe better of the two, but KSS is a nice bit of entertainment. I also discovered 7 Seeds in that time period, but I’m petty sure you read that.

Akatsuki no Yona/Yona of the Dawn is one that I discovered in both anime and manga form, and need to catch up on the manga, and isprobably The Big Deal for me of the things in this post. It’s an “exiled princess seeks to reclaim throne” shoujo action series set in fantasy-ancient Korea. It’s a full blown reverse harem series, which usually turns me off, but not this time. The anime fllows th first 2 major arcs and few side things from the manga pretty faithfully.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime/Snow White With Red Hair is the other recently popular shoujo series with a redhaired heroine in a pseuho-historical world, this time medieval Europe. It’s much calmer and combines adventure and slice of life pretty well. The heroine, an apothecary, has to flee her homeland after it’s prince decides to force her to marry him, and ends up befriending the younger prince of a nearby kingdom. It’s less exciting than AnY and a little more prone to sometimes have the heroine play the secondary lead, but still very fun.

Shirobako is an anime about an anime studio making an anime. Very worth watching for the premise. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is a comedy series about making shoujo manga. The initial premise had me going in with low expectations (girl confesses to her crush and he mistakes her for a fan because he’s a shoujo mangaka in secret, and she ends up becoming one of his assistants) but it ended up being a wonderful meta series.

After trying and failing to get into Durarara!! several times over the years, I fell in deep just before the 3rd part of the second season started airing. Urban mythology, social media, street gangs, a headless woman and stalkers everywhere. If ou liked Baccano! you’d probably like this after you got through the first couple episodes. People I thought would hate this like it, and a couple who it seems would don’t, so this one’s individual success rate is a bit hard to judge.

Sports anime has been big lately, though Chihayafuru, about a girl who wants to be a professional karuta player and starts a karuta club at her school, is the only one that I’ve been into. It’s also noteworthy for being one of the few Josei series that got adapted into anime. I haven’t watched them, but Free, Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu are other sports anime that have been popular among some mutual friends.

For a not-quite-anime rec, Thunderbolt Fantasy is the only series that I stuck with for more than a few episode since last spring. It’s not anime, but a live action show featuring puppets by Pili, and it’s a great wuxia deconstruction series that has a happy ending in spite of also being from Gen Urobuchi. (Which is probably the biggest spoiler possible for the series in the Urobutcher context, but possibly a needed one.)
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2017-01-15 11:34 pm

January Talking Meme: January 15

talk to me about Satine  Kryze and Bo-Katan! ([personal profile] musesfool )

Under a cut for spoilers for both Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars.  I forgot with the Ahsoka post that a coupe of people who follow me are still catching up with both.  Apologies if you saw unwanted spoilers.

here )
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2017-01-01 06:56 pm

(no subject)

I've been at my brother's the last 2 days and just started reading up on the LJ goingons. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do anything about my account there, but for people reading this there, I have the same ID at dreamwidth and am swordsandparasols at tumblr.

Updated January posting meme:

Taking a page from several people (most recently from [ profile] grimorie  / isagrimorie @ tumblr who I am 95% copying). I'll be doing the talking meme on January. I most likely won't actually be able to do all in January if it fills up, but any prompts will be filled.
Pick a date in January and give me something to talk about. TV, books, movies, music, poetry, fandom, writing, food, travel, fictional characters (&/or pairings) and all of their feelings, stuff about my life, whatever.

You don’t have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
If you’re doing the meme, I’ll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one. (And link me to yours if you're already doing it)
Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I’ll fill it in.
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January 10 - what do you think Ahsoka Tano's legacy is to Star Wars ([ profile] grimorie )
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January 15 - talk to me about Satine and Bo-Katan Kryze! ( [personal profile] musesfool )
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January 20 - Favorite recent (as in the past five years or so) manga and/or anime! I am about five years or more behind and trying to catch up... ([personal profile] oyceter )
January 21 - fav books of the year ([personal profile] chaila )
January 22 - your favourite book! ( [personal profile] jazzfish )
January 23 - talk to me about cdramas you think i'd like! (daughtersofthe dragon @ tumblr)
January 24 - Favorite types of parasol, if any?( [personal profile] yifu )
January 25 - Guinevere in adaptations! (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 26 - Suffering in heroines. (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 27 - Mansfield Park! (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 28 - Heroines with unusual, unfashionable personalities in general. (snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)
January 29 - Recommend me a good Kdrama for beginners.  ([personal profile] coffeeandink )
January 30 - I remember you used to read a lot of comics in the past. What were your favorites and least favorites? What drew you to the genre?([personal profile] saturnofthemoon )
January 31 - Any date--tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi )