lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
Such is my fondness for the show this season that I'm almost ready to get a Twelfth Doctor DW icon. THAT IS THE LEVEL OF MY COMMITMENT.

'Human progress isn't measured by spoilers.' )
lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
Fun fact! A modern Doctor Who episode is exactly the right length to eat a bowl of cereal, drink three small cups of tea, and apply a fresh nail wrap. The deco styling matches my new Star Wars T-shirt, but I can't quite decide how I feel about this shade of pink. Which is fair, because I also can't quite decide how I feel about this episode!

Spoilers are quoting Bowie. )
lizbee: Three white, slim teenage ballerinas (DA: The Girls)
I saw this a few weeks ago, at a preview screening attended by executive producer Joanna Werner. I did a "spoiler-lite" review at No Award, that basically gives away where everyone is at the movie's start, including that SPOILER and SPOILER are talking about SPOILERING together. But I've been sitting on everything more substantial since then, and I need to get some stuff out.

Spoilers, soundtrack notes and dubious legal shenanigans within )
lizbee: (DW: Bill)
WELL THAT WAS DELIGHTFUL.

Having stepped back from active participation in DW fandom, and been SO disappointed with so much of last season, I wasn't even going to watch "The Pilot" this morning. I was going to wait and watch it tonight, like I do with every other show.

But I forgot how much the UK loves untagged livetweeting, and there were so many opinions flying around that I realised I could either avoid social media for the whole day (AHAHAHAHA NO), or just watch it over breakfast. So I did, but I really do think UK viewers should consider tags, if not just holding off for a while.

Which reminds me, I really should do a spoilery Dance Academy post here, it's been WEEKS and I may explode if I don't talk about some stuff soon.

Spoilers choose chips. )
lizbee: Photoshopped version of the wedding picture from "Family of Blood", with Romana marrying Ten. (DW: Ten/Romana marriage)
I glanced at my DW reading page, saw a lot of consecutive posts from people announcing the deletion of their LJs, and then saw the bit where they are requiring users to accept a (poorly translated) (legally non-binding in translation) (apparently quite dodgy) new ToS.

I'm sure it's still a matter of closing the barn door long after the horses have fled, but in this case, I choose to think that I am the horse, and I have fled to Dreamwidth. (In this metaphor, maybe I just popped back to set the stable on fire? I'm not sure.)

I guess my gut feeling is that, while I will accept a certain amount of dodginess from an online service, there comes a point where it's all just too much ... dodge.
lizbee: (LoK: Lin (sulking because family))
Title: The Birthday Party
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: OCs, Asami Sato, Lin/Tenzin
Rating: All-ages

Summary: Jade Beifong takes her sisters to Asami Sato's birthday party.

Notes: Set in the same AU as "Avalanche", three years later.

For Jade's twelfth birthday, her parents hosted a small party for a dozen of her friends from school. )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin (sulking because family))
"Okay, Liz," you say, "but we haven't actually seen Lin's bedroom in canon, so you're asking us to sit down and read your speculation."

No! I'm asking you to sit down and read my theory that we have, in fact, seen Lin's bedroom in canon!

Screencaps and theorising and possibly a bit of reaching within )
lizbee: (SCC: Cameron)
I've been watching and reading the same thing lately: The Expanse, the series of novels by "James S. A. Corey" (a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) and the first season of the TV adaptation.

Spoilers ... IN SPACE )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Tenzin (DVD cover))
Title: Avalanche
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin/Tenzin; OCs
Rating: Teen

Summary: Lin put her whole life on hold to move to the Southern Water Tribe and help protect the Avatar. That was three years ago, and she's ready for a change.

Notes: Sometimes I get a terrible idea that just won't go away. In this case, it was, "AU where Lin goes into politics instead of policing". That, of course, led to, "Um, self, what? How?" This is a bit of worldbuilding for that AU.

Content warnings for Children and Self-Indulgence. Many thanks to AmiraElizabeth for her support, comments and sketches, and Branwyn for her ruthless beta reading.

Read more )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Su)
Title: Balancing Act
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairings: Lin/Pema/Tenzin; Suyin
Rating: Teen
Notes: Set between "Old Wounds" and "The Terror Within". I was going to try to finish a totally different fic today (I ... think I have my fic mojo back?) but then I sent [personal profile] sohotrightnow a link to my Lin/Pema/Tenzin series and accidentally added to it. No regrets.
Content warning: Once again, I have shamelessly resorted to an in vino hard liquor veritas cliche, and apologise to all the fictional livers I've damaged. Also, I don't know quite how to label this, but there's a bit about cultural differences being manipulated to justify genocide (thanks, Sozin) which I feel like people might want a heads-up about?

Summary: Su asks Lin if she's seeing anyone. The answer is a little complicated.

Late – after Korra and her friends had finally gone to bed – Su turned up at the door of Lin's guest house with two glasses and a bottle of the strongest baiju on the estate. )
lizbee: Mid-shot of Lin Beifong, a slight pout on her lips (LoK: Lin (pout))
I finished my LoK rewatch on Saturday night, and I really don't know what to watch next. So I postponed the decision by sitting down on Sunday afternoon and listening to all the commentaries for Lin-heavy episodes.

Highlights )
lizbee: (LoK: Daughters of Toph)
I'm up to Book 4 in my Legend of Korra rewatch (I can't believe it's nearly over!), and I'm struck by the similarities between Lin and her eldest nephew.

Hear me out, it's not just the hooded eyes and cheekbones that make me say this! Reasoning within. )
lizbee: Jinora holds a book, looking disdainful (LoK: Jinora will make no such promises)
Blurb:

A shocking story of rebellion and revelation set in a contemporary Nazi England.

Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?


I inhaled this yesterday afternoon, and while I gave it four stars on GoodReads, I'm actually still trying to decide how I feel about it.

Spoilers: This alternate history where the Nazis won is kind of a downer! Also, I'm gonna give away ALL the plot twists, because why not? )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin - Puzzlement)
I finished the AtLA rewatch on Friday night, and started LoK yesterday evening. IMPORTANT NEWS: Lin Beifong is an amazing character and I adore her, the end.

(And I'm not even up to the episode where she and Korra literally break a glass ceiling together.)
lizbee: (Avatar: Zuko and Mai (corridor))
Me yesterday morning: I'm enjoying my AtLA rewatch, but I don't think I have anything new to say, so there's no need to blog about it. "This was good and is still good" is barely worth a Tweet.

Me yesterday evening: ZUKO'S MOTIVATION IN "THE SOUTHERN RAIDERS" WAS AS MUCH ABOUT HIS OWN NEED FOR VENGEANCE AGAINST A CULTURE OF ABUSE AS KATARA'S DESIRE TO AVENGE HER MOTHER!

(Me in the early hours of this morning: Did I just come up with a way of making a story about the validity of a girls' anger all about a boy? No, this is absolutely Katara's story, but Zuko's motivations are complex, that's all.)

Lemme explain. )
lizbee: Speech bubble from NextWave: "Zomg. Boom." (Comics: ZOMG BOOM)
I know there's a strong element of shutting the barn door many, many years after the horse took off, but I'm very much inclined to delete my LJ account outright in a week or so. My stuff is all backed up here, and I only use LJ to follow a couple of people who haven't migrated elsewhere -- if I have to, I can just follow them via RSS and hope they've enabled anon comments.

(I am rather amused by the notion that my blogging has EVER been covered by the First Amendment, and I doubt there would be any issues for me using a service based in Russia, but, you know.)

Most concerningly, this observation from [personal profile] mme_hardy:

LJ no longer allows access to its https site when browsing/posting, which means that any information you send to that site is readable by every other site that cares to eavesdrop. This means that anything you post under friendslock is still being read by any site that chooses to spy on Livejournal communications; you can safely assume that at least one Russian-government entity is.

I just double-checked, and the payment page *is* protected by https, so that at least should be secure.


I really hope the Russian government enjoys my thoughts on Nickelodeon cartoons, YA fiction and the weather, and I hope they'll find a way to cope without my input.
lizbee: (Avatar: Mai (Gurihiru sketch))
1. Your main fandom of the year?

Still AtLA/Legend of Korra, ie, exactly what it's been for the last few years! But, with new material in that universe limited to a handful of comics, I've enjoyed returning to fandoms past for brief periods through the year. 

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

That's a toss-up between Ghostbusters and Star Trek Beyond, with Rogue One a close third.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

THAT IS A HARD CHOICE. But according to GoodReads, I've read 84 books so far this year -- started a lot more, but as I blogged recently, it's been a difficult year for settling into and finishing books -- and I gave 24 of those books five stars. I'll probably do a full book post at some point, either here or at No Award.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's such a great show -- especially when you skip all the episodes you don't care about. Close second: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, which I watched through to the end for the very first time. 

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I found a bunch of cool new people in LoK fandom, plus the friends I had there already. 

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?


Turns out that when people said DS9 was really, really good, they weren't lying!

I mean, I wouldn't call it better than TNG, because the two shows are completely different in terms of goals and contexts, and they complement each other so well that it's almost missing the point to set one against the other. And I was very disappointed in DS9's treatment of the female characters in its last couple of seasons -- obviously I was spoiled by Voyager, which was female-driven in a way that none of the other Treks have been. But it's very good! I'm glad I finally watched it all the way through.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I got a few episodes into season 2 of Supergirl and realised it was no longer working for me. I was mad about the sidelining of James in favour of introducing new white guys, I missed Cat Grant even though I was horribly ambivalent about her, I find Katie McGrath a distractingly bad actor even when she's not trying to do an American accent, and the overall girl-power-optimism-cute-clunky-dialogue clashed so badly with my perception of the world that I just couldn't keep going. 

All of which is as much about me as about the show itself, and after the fourth week of finding myself live-tweeting "why am I not having fun?" I realised that I was probably stopping everyone else from having fun, so I ... stopped. I got to the first scene with Maggie Sawyer, and it was ALIVE and VIBRANT and AMAZING, and then the next scene was so flat by comparison, I really couldn't ignore my feelings. 

Anyway, I'll probably pick up season 2 at a later stage, but I'm more inclined to wait for it to hit Netflix than go through all the trouble of acquiring it through other means.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Draco Malfoy. Yes, I'm as surprised and appalled as you. He was just so great in Cursed Child! (Honourable mention to Scorpius Malfoy, the most precious cinnamon roll of all.)

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

I remain faithful to Lin Beifong, as always.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

I was pretty happy that the Smoke and Shadow arc in the AtLA graphic novels ends with Mai single and on speaking terms with Zuko again! 

Other sources of squee: 
  • The grimdarkest timeline in Cursed Child
  • Actually, I spent a lot of Cursed Child wriggling in glee and sending happy texts to my increasingly exasperated BFF
11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

The Avatarverse fandom for sure. So much of the fic is (highly westernised) Korrasami college AUs, and that's not my thing at all. I miss having a wider range of fic (about characters and pairings I'm invested in).

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Meh. I feel increasingly disengaged from the whole concept of fandom. 

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII! NEW STAR TREK ON THE TELLY!

Rogue One

Dec. 16th, 2016 10:49 am
lizbee: (SW: Sabine)
I saw this last night, and -- without spoilers -- liked it very much, and also cried a whole lot.

Now the spoilers, mostly just stream-of-consciousness rambling. )

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