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[livejournal.com profile] cetacea asked me: How do you feel about the potential for non-consent with Bo's powers? (Warning: Obviously this post will discuss non-con.)

I've definitely had some issues with this over the run of the show. There's the issue of, if Bo is touching someone, how can she ever know that the sex is consensual? I feel like she needs to be getting very firm, verbal consent before ever touching a person skin-to-skin if she's going to have any sort of physical intimacy with them. Obviously there are the people she's in long-term romantic/sexual relationships with, like Lauren and Dyson, where that's sort of a given (although it would probably be best if they had had that conversation at some point). I think dealing with this issue could potentially be really interesting for the show, but as much as I enjoy it, I don't think Lost Girl is that ... introspective. As far as I can remember, no one Bo's ever slept with has gotten out of their succubus-induced sex pollen state and been like, "Hey, I didn't actually want to have sex with you." Which is sad because I think it could do Bo a lot of good to realize that there are negatives to her power besides physically harming people by sucking out too much lifeforce.

Although in the Lost Girl world, everyone is extremely sex positive. I mean, not Bo's human family that she ran from, but the fae world and most of the denizens of whatever Canadian city they're in are pretty sex positive, so issues of someone not wanting to have sex with super hot Bo never seem to come up.

Also, I think this is an issue with all the fae that can control or alter other fae's or human's minds and bodies. They all use their power with little regard for the consent of the people (especially humans) they're using them on. It's just that Bo's power is explicitly sexual, so it has that extra problematic layer. Although most of the fae end up using their powers for some sexual means anyway, so.
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[livejournal.com profile] linaerys asked me: what is a book that you wish existed in the world but, to your knowledge, does not? I'm way behind on these, but I only have a couple more to do, so I'm sure I can finish them before the New Year.

What I really wish existed is the subversive tropey-ness of fanfic, with that attention on queer relationships of any type (so just.... not the traditional monogamous cisgendered f/m relationship), or much much more interesting het relationships than what you usually get in mainstream fiction. I love the fact that romance is fully embraced, but if you look a little deeper you can find fics with amazing plot and worldbuilding and really interesting ideas. So basically, I wish we could get the kind of amazing novel-length fanfic that I love to read, but with original fic. I mean, some fanfic basically becomes original fic that just builds very loosely off canon, but it is still fic at its heart.

So I wish you could take what I love about fic, then pair it with the sort of epic plot and drama and high stakes action of a profic book. Again, this is not to say that fic doesn't have these stakes, but for some reason in my mind I still have this mental block where, because it's fanfic and you can get so close to the person writing it and know so much about them and see so much of the writing process, that I don't really buy into the stakes as much as I do with profic. I think it's because, as much as I absolutely love a fic, it will still really never be what actually happened. There's always that part of me in the back of my mind that is comparing it to canon and sad that it's not the actual canon.

Stuff that comes the closest to this is probably the first three books in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series, where the gay UST is totally acknowledged and resolved and becomes the heart of the series. Also [livejournal.com profile] freece's Captive Prince, which is now for realsies published. It has so many tropes that are fangirl catnip. And The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey is the closest femslash version of that I can think of. That was pretty much a perfect book for me. [I actually wish more femslash was like The Steel Seraglio (rather than the other way around), because I find most femslash pretty boring, as it seemingly lacks all of the awesome tropes and humor of m/m slash and just has a lot of giggling and dreamy sex. If there is good novel-length, plotty or trope-y femslash out there, please direct me towards it.]
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[livejournal.com profile] mistakency asked me: Your fandom history! How you got into fandom, the best and most terrible fics you've read, your formative experiences, etc.

my fandom history )
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[livejournal.com profile] aurora_84 asked me about my love of metadata.

I think what I love most about metadata is how it gives you this reason to really analyze a certain subject and figure out exactly how it works, what relationships there are - it forces you to come up with ways to describe things that are semantically meaningful and machine-readable. I love that you can use how you define things to provide inherited information that you don't need to explicitly state. Like you could classify something as a dog, and because you've made dog a subclass of mammal and animal, that dog will inherit all the information associated with all mammals and animals without you ever having to repeat or explicitly state that information. And the really important thing is that the computer can pick all that up too.

I also love the order of it all. As a librarian (in training) it's so frustrating to try to classify things in 2013 using these outdated content standards that are meant strictly for print materials. We want to be able to classify ALL THE THINGS. Sadly, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions don't make much use of those kinds of specialized metadata schemas. They tend to just stick with boring ass Dublin Core so that everything is as interoperable as possible. And I know it would require a ton of work and money to be able to use all these really specialized metadata schemas, but personally I wish they would just give us more money and hire more people! But obviously that IS in my self-interest.

As a huge nerd, I really enjoyed getting to study something I love (flags) for a class project for my metadata class. And it's also just so satisfying to get to make use of the fact that we have a fucking internet and can add so much more contextual information to documents and records to make it so much more useful just on the computer's end. Yeah, semantic web, bitches!
sarkastic: (lotr - the road goes ever on and on)
[livejournal.com profile] eretria asked me about Sydney and Sark. Fangirl's first OTP! I'm a little behind on these, but I am getting them done!

This was very much the pairing that first got me into fandom. I'm still friends with a lot of people I met through Alias fandom and specifically Sarkney fandom (ah! mushed up names!). I think what I really liked about it was that the idea of Syd being with Sark was tied to an idea of freedom for her. It didn't mean she would suddenly become a bad guy or anything, just that she could be freed from the expectations of life with Vaughn and the CIA. I always thought that Sark saw a part of her that was not quite so perfect and well-behaved and embraced that about her, rather than shying away from it like most of the other men in Syd's life. Also, they were pretty together and had awesome chemistry. I always thought the adventures Sydney could get up to with Sark were so much more interesting than what was going on on the show.

Beyond this, I kind of imprinted on Sark like a baby duck. So that character archetype is like catnip to me: amoral, self-serving, intelligent, sophisticated - a trickster who transgresses boundaries and can't be categorized easily, but one still capable of forming intense bonds to a very limited number of people. (See also: Gaiman/Carey's Lucifer, Alice Morgan, Krycek, Eric Northman, Loki obviously!) The ultimate survivor. Possibly why one of my favorite paintings is this really creepy Magritte, The Survivor.
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I just wanna preface this by saying I walked to school in -3F weather this morning. IN EARLY DECEMBER IN SOUTHERN INDIANA. This is not right. Anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits asked me about Joan Watson.

One of my favorite things about Joan is that, despite people's ebullient tumblr tags that state otherwise, she's actually not perfect. There's this tendency to overcorrect when trying to make "good" female characters, where writers will have them do everything right, be beautiful, smart, kind, thoughtful, cunning, funny, sexy, brave, badass, etc. And Joan IS all of those things, don't get me wrong. She's just not all of them all the time. She makes mistakes. She gets in fights with people. She doesn't always look perfect. Okay, wait. That last one is totally not true.

My point is, Joan is real in a way that very few female characters on TV are real. Her motivations are understandable and consistent. She changes in ways that makes sense but sticks to certain principles and ideas when it's important. Her actions and personality are not defined by a man or her family - they're influenced by it, just as she influences others.

I also love Joan as the reclaiming of the Watson character from the bumbling sidekick stereotype he's been pigeonholed into in recent years. Sherlock values and respects Joan and is not afraid to show it. She's his partner in a way that Watson isn't really in BBC Sherlock or Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes. Since I can't stand relationships in which one person clearly sees the other as inferior to them, or at least acts that way all the time, I love this Watson and Holmes so much more than other current adaptations. There's nothing cool or ~edgy~ about treating someone you love like shit. You're not a tormented genius. You're just an asshole.
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[livejournal.com profile] quiet_rebel asked me about couples I ship on The Originals.

I'm all about the OT4 on this show. By which I mean, Klaus/Rebekah/Elijah/Hayley. One big happy Original family. I, like Elijah, just want everyone to stop fighting and be friends again. Raise your adorable magic vampire werewolf hybrid baby together in joy and happiness! Try to avoid letting an old enemy kidnap it and take it to hell and raise it to hate you and collect ears though. Just some advice.

Within the OT4, I've really been enjoying the Elijah/Hayley stuff. I've always felt like the Originals were kind of... huge idiots when it comes to falling in love. Despite the fact that they're so old and have seen so much, they still idealize the people they fall in love with in this really dangerous way. Elijah is no exception, as he demonstrated with Katherine and as he's shown endlessly with Klaus (whether or not he's *in* love with him, he still loves him). That's the only kind of relationship Rebekah seems capable of, and Klaus has a tendency to idealize the women he falls in love with too. So anyway, what I really like about Elijah/Hayley is that she won't let him get away with that. She's too much of a realist - and she's in a unique position of power that I doubt any other human or vampire ever has been with the Original Fam. Because all of the still-living Originals are deeply invested in her well-being, at least until she has that baby (although I do think definitely Elijah and Rebekah and maybe Klaus are invested afterward too). Although she's Klaus' prisoner right now, she can do and say things that no one else could ever get away with. And she's kind of been let into their inner circle in an unprecedented way.

So, anyway, my point is that even though there are still huge power differentials between Hayley and the Originals, she is the closest a non-Original could get to being on equal playing ground with them, which makes her relationships with them and especially Elijah so much more interesting. Although it has the potential to be a tragic immortal/mortal love story unless the baby really does have magic doppelgänger blood.

I really wish Rebekah could stop falling in love with idiots who don't respect her and basing her self-worth on it though. I wish I trusted Julie Plec to be building up to some storyline where Rebekah could realize she don't need no man, but, uh, I'm not getting my hopes up, to say the least.
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[livejournal.com profile] fledmusic asked me about The Good Wife.

this got a little long )

Okay, since that's just the women, I may have to do The Good Wife pt. 2 for [livejournal.com profile] mistakency one of these days, talking about the men.
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[livejournal.com profile] _jems_ asked me about Farscape. Feel free to give me some more suggestions for topics here!

I remember first getting into Farscape via the Farscape Proselytizing Brigade of Livejournal around, oh I don't know when that would've been? I was still in high school, I'm sure. Maybe 2005 or 2006 - although possibly earlier because I thought I watched The Peacekeeper Wars live. [livejournal.com profile] saava REALLY NICELY sent me the entire freaking show on burnt CDs. It was a huge package and must've taken forever. I mean, damn, online friends are the best, amirite?

Anyway, my favorite thing about this show is my favorite thing about a lot of late-90s, early-2000s shows: the wonderful cast of characters that you genuinely care about. In comparison to shows on today, there aren't really any dramas I can think of with a relatively good-sized cast where I get warm and fuzzies just from seeing their faces - all of them, pretty much - and I am really, deeply emotionally affected by what their characters are going through. Beyond that, though, all of the characters can hold their own in an episode, no matter who they're paired off with. They all have fantastic chemistry with each other, and those relationships, whether romantic or platonic or hateful or a mix of those, are all interesting in their own right. The characters just feel real, because their characterizations aren't sacrificed for the plot.

But, of course, the crowning jewel of that show is John and Aeryn's relationship, possibly the best canon relationship on any TV show ever, and the golden standard for how to get an UST-y couple together without losing an ounce of drama or tension - in fact, they kicked it into high gear. And I mean, the chemistry my god. (The only couple that really compares is Beecher and Keller on Oz, and I'm fairly certain that's because Chris Meloni and Lee Tergesen were in love with each other.) How did they do it? I'm only a few episodes into S1 in my rewatch, and already these two are so great together.

Also, the line "But then you'll never know, the wonders I've seen" is one of my favorite quotes. I love that sense of beauty and wonder at the universe that the show has, even when there is tons of awful shit going on. I feel like that's missing in a lot of sci-fi these days, especially the rebooted Star Trek movies. I love how not cynical Farscape is, while still being able to be hilarious or heartbreaking at times. And, yes, it can be very silly and cheesy, but honestly, who cares? That was part of its charm.
sarkastic: (btvs - it all comes full circle)
Feel free to give me some more suggestions to help fill out my calendar here!

[livejournal.com profile] ladyoneill asked me for my favorite character on The Originals. Which is tough, because it changes a lot and I actually kind of love most of the characters on this show, which is a nice change from The Vampire Diaries, where I like pretty much two of the characters (Stefan and Caroline, if you're wondering).

Easily the biggest surprise is Hayley. She was so boring on TVD, I just endured her scenes. She seemed to have no point and no real characterization that stuck. But on The Originals? She's awesome. Snarky and fierce and has amazing chemistry with Elijah. There's a lot of potentially gross issues with women-as-baby-incubators in her storyline that I am nervous about someone like Julie Plec dealing with. It's obvious Elijah and Rebekah care for her as a person, and, despite his constant douchiness, I don't think Klaus would ever actually hurt her after the baby was born. She's not showing much yet, and I can never tell how time passes on TVD-verse shows, so I don't know if she'll give birth for May sweeps. But I'm certainly warily interested to see how the show deals with a not pregnant Hayley.

Also Cami is surprisingly great! Calling Klaus on his bullshit (most of the time). Outsmarting Klaus despite his serious magical advantage. I was worried she'd be a Caroline replacement, and in some ways I still think she is, but she's enough of her own person that it works. It'd be super great if Klaus could stop CONSTANTLY ERASING HER MEMORY though. That's always been one of my biggest issue with this universe though - non-consensual memory erasing. IT'S REALLY NOT OKAY, EVERY VAMPIRE IN MYSTIC FALLS. It is not a way to solve problems!

I also still adore all three Originals, even when Klaus is a ridiculous douchebag who gets teary-eyed about ~betrayal~ like every other minute. I wish Rebekah would stop relying on men so much for happiness, but I still love her. And then there's Elijah. So well-dressed, so dryly hilarious, so fantastic. LITERALLY A DREAM MAN. This is an awkward sentence to write, but ... when he ripped all those people's hearts out, I, like Klaus, swooned a little bit.

Also, Davina, who started out a little too teenage girl on the CW for me (which, well....) has become pretty interesting in the last few episodes, and I love her relationship with Josh, who is a much needed queer character in the extremely straight TVD-verse (and CW in general). I like that he kind of has the Dumb Human in Over His Head Role, but he's actually a vampire.

Marcel is charming, but I haven't really super warmed to him yet. I still feel like we don't really know him and his motivations that well.

Okay, so I pretty much just went through every character on the show. Right now my favorite is probably still Elijah, although the women of this show are really great and definitely giving him a run for his money. Talk to me at the end of this season - if the show doesn't turn horrible like TVD did - and maybe my favorite will be Hayley or Cami or Rebekah.

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