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19 June 2012 @ 04:57 pm


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A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME FOR AN IMPORTANT POLL


Poll #1974406
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 37

What does the abbreviation "smh" mean to you?

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"shaking my head"
14 (34.1%)
"so much hate"
18 (43.9%)
both
1 (2.4%)
neither (pls specify in comments)
0 (0.0%)
what kind of an update is this
8 (19.5%)



Discuss.


P.S. Actual post happening some time in the magical future.
 
 
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This post basically exists to celebrate the return of Doris/fluffyfrolicker. [today's soundtrack]

I myself died for a bit there! Blame post-grad business. But Doris' return was such an inspiration that here I am again.

To whom it may concern: That December ramble meme that I totally left in the lurch will be completed one day. As will the wrong!shipping meme from Satan's bowels. I SAY THIS EVERY MONTH. SHUSH.


THINGS OF MILD TO GREAT IMPORTANCE:

  • My entire life I have waited for this moment. The Plastics are combining powers for good and/or evil. The world ain't ready tbh. South Korea itself will rupture from the sheer force of obnoxious pretty-boy attention-whoring and hair gel. (Never tell me I don't know how to pick favourites.) So many important questions. IS THIS THE REAL LIFE OR IS IT JUST FANTASY? Will Key finally release Namu's homemade pole-dancing videos? Should they name their unit "Regina & Gretchen"? Discuss.

  • I powered through all of Secret Garden in like a week and am now convinced that the ultimate decider of male worthiness is to stick a dude in a (nonsensical) show about body-swapping and see how well said dude portrays being a girl in a man's body. Which is to say: I now understand the Hyun Bin effect 500%. Particular props for spending half the show in these sparkly atrocities and still somehow coming out of it as SK's most desired male specimen, WHAT. (Yes, this point basically exists to enable Zoe and Lizzie's horrific influence, WHATEVER WHATEVER.)

  • In television-containing-white-people news... I have been watching Suits. My feels in brief: Donna Paulsen is everything. Donna/Harvey is the OTP. Gina Torres exists. All the women are super bangable. Harvey is a frequent GPOY (I'm not proud). But lbr Louis is secretly the best male character. And Mike/Rachel is the least compelling "romance" on the face of the planet, Satan save me from it. What say y'all? I am late to this game so talk to me.

  • It's about time I keep a list of all the kdramas I've consumed. So here it be.

COMPLETED:

  1. Boys Over Flowers

  2. City Hunter

  3. Coffee House

  4. Coffee Prince

  5. Dream High

  6. Flower Boy Next Door

  7. Heartstrings [eps 1-10]

  8. The Heirs

  9. My Girl

  10. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

  11. My Name is Kim Sam Soon

  12. Playful Kiss

  13. Please Remember Princess

  14. Reply 1997

  15. Secret Garden

  16. Shut Up Flower Boy Band

  17. The Thousandth Man

  18. You're Beautiful

  19. White Christmas


CURRENTLY WATCHING:

  • 9 End 2 Outs

  • You Who Came From the Stars


TO WATCH:

  • The Greatest Love

  • School 2013

  • To the Beautiful You

  • What Happened in Bali

  • The World We Live in [basically for Hyun Bin's face]



Questions/comments are welcome. MORE RECS, HOWEVER, ARE NOT. BYE.



Now let's do that meme where y'all tell me the haps and then maybe pester me to watch some show I don't have time for because frankly that's my fave. Happy middle-of-the-week to everyone.
 
 
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29 December 2013 @ 01:06 pm
... so, in case it wasn't already evident, the december ramble meme is on hold b/c real life got real. hoping to fill the rest of the prompts over the next month. in any case, they will be done.

WAS planning to get some more done before the end of the month but then made the mistake of watching the doctor who xmas special. and then... rewatching the rerun the following night. i do these things to myself. nonsensical episode, only relevant part was the last five minutes. i will be ready to talk about it when i'm dead. don't even breathe in my direction, i will literally cut you and use your blood for bathwater.

... i did, however, finally manage to mainline please remember princess and liveblog it as requested by jessica.



let's do this


EP 1

ok so 5s into ep 1 and i'm side-eying??? "i met my ideal type"? "while he never once dated gieok hoped for his 'princess' to appear and 10 years later finally he met her". um?

"from middle to high school got rejected by 15 different girls" lol this is not a good start.

"i believed there must exist somewhere a girl with innocence". this monologue plays over ki eok literally cutting out body parts to create an "ideal girl". W T F.

gieok's father telling him to masturbate WHILE THE NUTCRACKER THEME PLAYS. I'M CHOKING.

so jihyun is gorgeous, obviously. which reminds me eleonore told me she's 4minute's LEADER even though she gets 5s of screen time in every mv, wtf. so, lookin' forward to seeing what she can do. NOT looking forward to anti-shipping her and sungyeol's character-- gieok imagining his cut-out "ideal type" over her and then calling her "princess" is possibly the worst start to a main ship you could give me. PRAYER CIRCLE THIS SHOW IS REALLY ABOUT DECONSTRUCTING THIS EXACT TROPE.


EP 2

fuck sungyeol's woobie face.

O M G DID SOMEONE JUST SAY "FUCKERS" IN A KDRAMA? I'M SCANDALISED.

CRAYON POP REFERENCE!

btw i like that sungyeol is so convincing at playing a nerd b/c it ~confirms~ my highschool/college!infinite headcanon that he and myungsoo were total l0sers at least until sungyeol grew up hot and then cheated on myungsoo with the plastics a.k.a. the 91-line. BUT THIS IS A STORY FOR ANOTHER TIME.

ok good minah gets her own pov time. this is promising.


EP 3

so i like that minah is mostly initiating things w/gieok but still wary about this whole trope of "nerd who's never known love finally gets appreciated by hot girl"? we'll see.

lol i bet sungyeol had fun filming that bus scene. i mean, what.

L O L MINAH'S GAY HEADCANONS. FAVE TBH.

i ship these two dudes tbh (sorry idr anyone's names).

oh em gee minah is such a dork ilh. they could have made that dance studio scene ~sexy but nope.

fml teacher!sungyeol. hold my sexual frustration.

tbh idr what happened in the rest of the ep after that.

oh no wait ramyun. ofc there must be ramyun.


EP 4

ok i like this inadvertently getting drunk together thing. IF I IGNORE THE GROSSNESS OF ALL OF EP 1 AND THE SETUP OF GIEOK'S CHARACTER THEN I CAN LIKE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS FRIENDSHIP/RELATIONSHIP.

w t f @ this angel/devil scene where gieok tries to decide whether or not to feel up mi nah w/o her consent? THIS IS SO MOTHERFUCKING SQUICK-TASTIC?? i mean, on the one hand, props to the show for actually saying it'd be sexual violence BUT OTOH EW.

k gieok's father's homophobia when mi nah lies about him being gay is not amusing.

"which part of you looks gay? you look so manly and strong." no.

ok now they're doing a school play together and gieok is being told he should try out for female roles as well as male ones and looks vv displeased about it and i lol @ all the sungyeol overlap.


EP 5

awww, gieok making a bunch of real props for the play.

OMFG I SHIP THESE TWO DUDES SO MUCH.

can we not with this action teacher's male-gaze pan up drama teacher lady's body.

"it's because my heart hurts too much" you loser.

yesssssssss minah being the boss of gieok and calling him pabo 10 million times VV GOOD.

lol no show don't make me feel bad for gieok b/c minah didn't want to kiss him.

sungyeol's woobie face is truly terrible tho.


EP 6

i wonder if gieok is gonna have the male equivalent of the ugly duckling transformation where he gets hot and then minah will finally want to kiss him. BOOKMARK THIS QUOTE.

i love this unimpressed drama teacher ngl. what a boss.

ugh can we not with this bikini runway male fantasy.

SUNGYEOL IN PINK TOWEL.

"i like rides that aren't fun too!!!" WHAT. A. LOSER.

but yes good ferris wheels are my shit continue.

ok this ferris wheel confession is sweet save for the "no other girl was worth paying attention to until you" part. APART FROM THAT.

SHE'S REJECTED HIS PROPOSAL. ANGST. \o/ \o/ \o/


EP 7

bless drama teacher lady's constant cussing.

"gieok's acting has really improved!" how meta. seriously though, sungyeol is great in this -- i hope his next project is just better/less frustrating (and longer).

el oh el this entire sequence where gieok's friend does elaborate calculations to figure out who minah's crush is.

lol i'm glad people in the show actually recognise that gieok/sungyeol is handsome -- if he was supposed to be some fugly twerp that'd be motherfucking stupid.

and the ol' yeollie scream makes an appearance.

O M F G whatsisface throwing other whatsisface (sorry idr anyone's names apart from sungyeol and jihyun's characters) into the ocean O T FUCKING P !!!!!!!!!!!!

the yeol is wet. and once again i forget what happened in the rest of the ep.


EP 8

i hope gieok comes out of this drama with a firmer sense of self -- "if princess minah likes something i'll like it just as much because she does" is a delightfully pathetic sentiment but also no.

why is sassy drama teacher lady so invested in gieok/minah though.

… so, i've never actually had a legit hangover (b/c i get sick of alcohol before i can drink TOO MUCH). do people w/hangovers actually dry retch everywhere or what.

obligatory couple montage time.

DRAMATIC RUNNING SEQUENCE.

so minah has called gieok over and caused him to run like 10 blocks just b/c she wants to get drunk AND THEN SHE DRUNKENLY PINCHES HIS CHEEKS AND CRIES ABOUT HOW CUTE HE IS AND BURSTS INTO TEARS AND OH NO YOU DON'T SHOW DON'T MAKE WANT TO SHIP IT. AND JIHYUN IS THE MOST ADORABLE, WHY HAVE I NEVER PAID ATTENTION TO HER BEFORE???

lol this men's room scene where gieok's cronies confront the dude on the toilet wtf

O M G MINAH WITNESSING THE GAY SMOOCHIES


EP 9

gieok being broody bedridden minah's slave while she pays no attention to him, now this is the kind of dynamic i can be on board with, trololol.

why is sungyeol's whiny begging so mothereffing qt

MINAH SCREAMING AT GIEOK AND TELLING HIM NOT TO COME OVER AGAIN. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHOW, GIRL-TREATING-BOY-BADLY IS MY DOWNFALL. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

btw jihyun is great??? does anyone who's better versed about 4minute things know what other things she's been in?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO GIEOK DOING STUPID AEGYO TO MAKE MI NAH LAUGH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. (also that was 150% sungyeol there tbh.)

drama teacher lady is such a disdainful bitch, god bless.

NOW THEY ARE STUCK IN THE RAIN TOGETHER AND THIS IS SO CLICHE BUT I AM EATING THIS SHIT UP. WHEN DID LIFE GO SO HORRIBLY WRONG.


EP 10

"you were weird before but now you're not weird" is the title of this ep hmmmmmmmmm

MORE WET YEOL. WHY.

ok look i am all over girl-takes-guy-friend-for-granted-to-disguise-nascent-feelings b/c i'm trash but there is really no need for minah to feel guilty about rejecting gieok? that was totally her right.

ugh but now they are talking through the wall via paper cups NOOOOOOOOOOOO :( :( :(

WHAT IS THIS QT UPBEAT CATCHY SONG PLAYING OVER THE SEQUENCE OF THE DRAMA CLUB BUILDING SETS?? IT IS A JAM TBH.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA IT IS DESTINY!SUNGYEOL ON THE POSTER. A+++++++++++++++. THAT IS SOME MOVIE POSTER BULLSHIT RIGHT THERE.

I KNEW IT. HE'S UNCURLED HIS HAIR FOR OPENING NIGHT. THE UGLY DUCKLING HAS BECOME A HOT PIECE. I KNOW HOW THESE THINGS WORK. (to be serious though this unruly curls = ugly duckling trope needs to stop.)

DRAMATIC FAINTING


EP 11

oh yay i like that we get to see the actual play!

SUNGYEOL THE LOAN SHARK!!!!!11111 THE HAIR GAME IS SO ON POINT.

SUNGYEOL GETS TO CUSS. OH EM EFF GEE.

gangsta sungyeol is so inappropriately motherfucking attractive i want to rip open my couch and eat it. (that said i don't find him to be threatening vibe at all.)

btw jihyun and this other dude she's married to in the play are good job.

murder by knife is always a good way to end things.


EP 12

noooooooooo now the wife has to save the husband!! this story within a story is so compelling, lmao.

OHO NOW THE WIFE IS DEALING W/LOAN SHARK SUNGYEOL TO SAVE HUSBAND. SUNGYEOL IS DISTURBINGLY ATTRACTIVE WHILE PRETENDING TO BE A DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING. I QUESTION MY TASTE FOREVER.

… why do i want fill-in-the-blanks fic of wife/gangster sungyeol during the time she was enslaved to him. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. WE MAY NEVER KNOW.

this whole story-within-a-story thing is interesting. i wonder there's something there about gieok fashioning fantasies for himself and then getting so lost in them that he hurts himself. I AM PROBABLY OVERTHINKING THIS.

lol now sunglasses dude w/his terrible acting has to fill in. NO WAIT GIEOK IS BACK.

FUCK. WHY. AM. I. WRONG!SHIPPING. THE. WIFE. AND. GANGSTER. SUNGYEOL. WHY IS THIS MY LIFE.

KISSING.

oho now the drama has morphed back into gieok/minah HOW META. but lol why is the audience cheering for the abused woman to get with the gangster who has literally treated her like property for two years. wtf. (WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT MY WRONG!SHIPPING.)

more couple montage.

AND KISSING. LEGIT KISSING.

you know, all this kissing now makes me bitter about myungsoo and woohyun apparently being forbidden from making out with their love interests in their previous dramas (fine, woohyun is more pressing to me b/c out of the two of them he actually has chemistry with women, TROLOLOLOL sorry soo). i wonder if sungyeol has more freedom here b/c he wasn't specifically asked to appear for idol fame reasons and therefore possessive angry fangirls was less of a concern? THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS HOT PEOPLE KISSING IS GOOD.


ANYWAY. VERDICT:

so this has been a vv weird journey with this show where i hated it and then by the end i loved it.

mostly, i wish we could excise all that "ideal type" nonsense from the first few episodes. if i ignore all that then the gieok/minah relationship arc is ~everything i wanted~. him falling in ~love at first sight~ and projecting all his problematic romantic fantasies on to her (which was evident enough without the show spelling it out), followed by her rejecting him and totally blowing apart said fantasies -- and then him learning how to be her friend and see her as a person rather than a romantic object. and then she realises her feelings for him because they've actually grown close and she can rely on him.

OKAY, THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY ARC IN ITSELF TBH.

all the "poor nerd rejected by 15 girls" setup was just unnecessarily manpain-y and now i am sadly wondering if the moral of the story was supposed to be "poor rejected nerd finally finds ideal woman who appreciates him where those other bitches failed." which. NOCURR, I REJECT THIS PREMISE, MINE IS BETTER.

moving on. so, sungyeol and jihyun were both GREAT. although sungyeol was a lot more convincing to me as gieok than the loan shark, which i guess is b/c gieok was the one acting as the loan shark. that, or sungyeol's strength as an actor lies in loser nerd roles. (on that note he was good in "while you were sleeping", too, at least the cuts i saw.)

anyway. chemistry: they had it especially during the wife/loan shark scenes b/c i'm trash.

and i've now become somewhat a jihyun stan. girl is fab, where has she been all my life.

WHAT DID Y'ALL (i.e. the other five people on my flist) THINK? :D



p.s. SHINFINITE COLLAB ON SBS GAYO DAEJUN TONIGHT, MY BODY IS NOT READY.



hope everyone's xmas/last week was acceptable.
 
 
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09 December 2013 @ 12:33 am


For day 8 of ramble month spuffy_noelle asked me to ramble about Cesare/Lucrezia. Thus I've decided to use this as an opportunity to fill another day of that wrong shipping meme wrought from the pits of hell. Regrettably, I haven't decided... which day exactly this is supposed to occupy, but once I've figured that out you can rest assured I'll be editing this post accordingly.


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Doubling up again today because yesterday was devoted to watching Catching Fire and then being emotionally dead inside. With no further ado:



I have, ahem, summed up my Faith/Wesley feelings in times past, but for the sake of this meme let us expound.

So, Faith/Wesley appeal to me because they are mirrors. (Mirror ships are the best ships, &c. &c.) Ironically, of all Wesley's relationships with women it turns out to be the most functional. This is because he learns how to forgive the parts of himself he sees in Faith by forgiving Faith. (Compare to: villifying Lilah because he wants to punish the symbol of his losing everything; idealising Fred because she is essentially a better version of himself). Much is made of the Angel-Faith duo of redemption (and understandably so, it is a compelling dynamic) but to me the idea of Wesley as Faith's mirror is more resonant by sheer virtue of Wesley not being a centuries-old mass murderer. So.

The greatest moment (objectively speaking, obviously) of S4 is Wesley enlisting Faith's help in restoring Angel's soul. Faith Lehane, i..e. Wesley's former torturer, she whom Wes once called a "rabid animal" incapable of being rehabilitated. But at this point, Wesley knows what it's like to be someone unworthy of being forgiven.

From Salvage:





FAITH: Angel's the only one in my life who's never given up on me. There's no way I'm giving up on—
WESLEY: I know. That's why it had to be you.






(I'd also like to point out that this entire arc indicates the way in which Angel is the patriarch from which "bad children" Faith and Wes long for validation.)

By seeking Faith's help here, by giving her the opportunity to help save the day and make ground on her path to redemption, Wesley is implicitly acknowledging that she is one in a long line of people he himself has failed. And I think at this point he has recognised they are kindred spirits, which is probably best encapsulated by this moment:












/clutches empty ribcage

Wesley also later uses their mutually terrible self-image to spur her into the fight. From Release:





You haven't changed. You can't... Because you're sick. You've always been sick. It goes right down to the roots rotting your soul. That's why your friends turned on you in Sunnydale, why the Watchers' Council tried to kill you. No one trusts you, Faith. You're a rabid dog who should've been put down years ago!






Of course, this is totally cold and ruthless. That's Wesley for you. But the point is to encourage her to prove those words wrong? The point is: You are better than the terrible way you see yourself. You can be better. (Maybe I can, too.)

And then they team up and bring Angelus back and save the day and my heart expands, 'tis grown a bulge in it, etc. etc. It's the Watcher/Slayer duo they should have been from the start. A second chance can be a beautiful thing, friends.


TL;DR OTP that should have been, the end.


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lol The Vampire Chronicles. I am not entirely ashamed to admit I've read virtually all of them. Except for Merrick, which I somehow missed, and will probably not be rushing out to catch up on considering the series totally deteriorates after book 5. Oh, and I don't think I've read The Vampire Armand, only I actually do want to get around to that some day because Armand's backstory intrigues me.


My rundown of each book is basically:

  1. Interview with the Vampire: GREAT

  2. The Vampire Lestat: Objectively probably not as good as Interview, but GREAT in my eyes. I think it was kind of genius to shift the POV to the character who was basically the antagonist of the first book and reveal that the series is really ALL ABOUT LESTAT. AS IT SHOULD BE TBQH.

  3. The Queen of the Damned: Shamelessly melodramatic and cracktastic and all the more enjoyable for it tbh. I mean, you really can't argue with the premise of a brat prince vampire deciding to become a rockstar.

  4. The Tale of the Body Thief: The zany hijinks continue as Lestat switches bodies with some dude. I say, carry on.

  5. Memnoch the Devil: I LOVE THIS BOOK TBH. The depiction of Satan (lol) totally fascinated me at the time and since then it has been my headcanon (of hell, obviously).

  6. -

  7. -

  8. Blood & Gold: ider this book tbh, except that it's about Marius.

  9. Blackwood Farm: idek

  10. Blood Canticle: No. (THERE WAS SOME DEMONIC BABY? IDK.)



So, yeah, basically, should have ended with Memnoch.


Scorp also asked me for character/ship thoughts so let me contemplate.

Well, Lestat was a bro, obviously. (Though, even he became considerably less enjoyable as the series wore on. But we don't talk about that.) I mean, if we're going to talk about formative assholes, as far as I'm concerned he is the character upon which all characters of the archetype should be judged. Like I said, I think it was a really smart choice to make the series ABOUT him insofar as it kind of meant that all bets were off? iirc Rice didn't encourage us to debate about his morality or lack thereof. He was basically just presented as an amoral hooligan, the end. And the premise of his POV books was "Lestat gets up to zany hijinks, fun for everyone". I ACCEPT.

After Lestat my memory of other characters gets fuzzy tbh. I liked Louis okay but no strong feels. Claudia was GREAT. Armand was intriguing. Everyone else was okay, I guess?

As far as group dynamics go, nothing can beat the Claudia/Lestat/Louis triumvirate of erotic angst. I had some wrong!shippy feels about Claudia/Louis despite (... BECAUSE????) of the age difference (which makes no difference after centuries anyway lbr). And ofc Louis and Lestat's man love will go on. I always found Louis's incredibly unreliable narration in Interview compelling for this reason. It was totally understandable that both he and Claudia would resent Lestat for what he did to them, but the way Louis villified Lestat and made out as though he was not secretly madly in love with him was both deeply fascinating and hilarious tbh.

Aside from Louis, I always had a deep inability to ship Lestat with anyone. Except maybe his mother. I am profoundly nocurr for all his het flings (Akasha, Rowan, blah blah). I felt like Lestat fell madly in love with everyone so much that I did not actually buy any of it... ? LOL. And I had zero interest in seeing him in a romance, so ehhhhh.


NOW LET US DISCUSS THE FILMS.

Well, Interview with the Vampire is fabulous (and on my top 15 fave movies, obvs). One would not picture Tom Cruise/Brad Pitt/Kirsten Dunst in such roles, and there is some awkwardness, but IMO they all did the characters justice. Brad Pitt is fine. Kirsten Dunst is FABULOUS. And it makes me sad that Tom Cruise went psycho after this film because you can tell he made an effort to understand Lestat and it is basically the only time I've found him to deliver a nuanced performance.

I have some nitpicks about the script, which can be anvilly and slow in parts. But tonally the film is on point and iirc gets all the important things about the book, so it can stay.

lol, and then we have Queen of the Damned... So, let it be known that I first watched this at the age of 15, at 2am on a stormy night, while intoxicated. Ergo, the first experience I had of it was... kind of amazing????? I'm not proud, friends. But lbr it is probably on my top 10 list of all-time terriblemazing movies. Also, I am easily susceptible to the soundtrack, which is objectively gr8. (The Deftones' contribution remains a jam tbqh.) I am also easily susceptible to Stuart Townsend's wardrobe in that movie, which was a gift from Satan tbh.


Okay, that's enough about horrific formative influences. COMMENTS/QUESTIONS?
 
 
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Note: Apologies to earnmysong for not being able to fill your first prompt -- I started writing and basically just got "TAYLOR TOWNSEND IS THE BEST THE END" and then my memory collapsed. /o\ Feel free to reprimand/spam with nostalgic things.


In no particular order and totally not exhaustive:


  1. The Anne of Green Gables movies. CHILDHOOD. With the exception of the third film, which we do not talk about. To be discussed further on another day.

  2. The Harry Potter movies. Gotta be on the list. I have watched virtually all of them 500 million times.

  3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Last movie series, I promise. Again, childhood. Orlando Bloom's luxurious locks. EOWYN OF ROHAN.

  4. 10 Things I Hate About You. [smashes into your house at 3 in the morning screaming] KAT STRATFORD EXISTS.

  5. Bonnie & Clyde. I'm convinced this story is responsible for 95% of my horrific choices in faves to this day. Amen.

  6. Interview with the Vampire. Look, I grew up on the Vampire Chronicles because such was my disturbed childhood, ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY CHOOSE ONE'S FORMATIVE INFLUENCES. And I still maintain this movie is the gold standard for "sympathetic blood-sucking protagonists". Vampire movies just aren't what they used to be. /grumble grumble

  7. Peter Pan. Fine, this is basically a list of "formative shit that fucked me up for life", SAY WHAT YOU WILL. And Peter/Wendy is the doomed ship to rule them all, don't look at me.

  8. Chicago. HE HAD IT COMING. Fave musical or fave musical? Fave musical. And beacon of aspirational misandry. #formative

  9. Legally Blonde. Actually the most empowering movie ever tbh.

  10. Mulan. No other Disney compares.

  11. Anastasia. IN THE END I WANNA BE STANDING AT THE BEGINNING WITH YOUUUUU. No further commentary necessary.

  12. The Silence of the Lambs. (lol @ my jump in genre) Well, because this list needs more serial killers having inappropriate sexual tension with protagonists.

  13. American Beauty. When I think back on this movie I actually find it terribly pretentious, but tbh that still doesn't erase the huge impact it had on me as a teenager.

  14. Black Swan. My fave headfuck in recent times. And I know the feminist commentary didn't work for anyone but it really struck a chord with me. Plus, dancing porn. I think it'll last the test of time (for me).

  15. Easy A. Okay, I only saw this recently, but it is literally everything I've ever wanted from a teen movie (that isn't 10 Things). The ultimate anti-slut shaming shutdown. Emma Stone is the perfect woman.



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And so we commence the December meme of meta!

Of course, what better way to start than with cat worship. For upupa_epops' prompt.





They're highly portable.






And more athletic than you.




Contrary to their haughty exteriors, they can bro it up with any species.




They're highly expressive.





Soft power is their jam.


Human: Listen to me.
Cat: No, listen to me.



They have musical inclinations (my brethren).




And an eye for fashion.






Noses.




They are objectively the best looking house pets and generally speaking one of the best looking species in existence. THEY ARE BETTER LOOKING THAN MOST HUMANS.




Some Vogue bullshit.

Obviously, my cat is the prettiest of them all.



Certainly, he is prettier than 99% of the dudes I know irl. Ugh, men are inferior.


THEY HAVE THEIR OWN GODDESS. YEAH, BITCH.





You will bow.


And finally

Sabrina the teenage witch owned one. Your argument is invalid.



Amen.


Now let's finish with a cat spam.














I rest my case.
 
 
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30 November 2013 @ 10:27 pm

Before December spamming starts I thought I might as well vent/scream about The Heirs of Slytherin. Spoilers up to/including ep 16.


So… I am not sure what to think about this show right now because I feel like it's taken a weird shift from being a super cynical teen show about class and power to being THE IMPOSSIBLE AND UNIRONICALLY MELODRAMATIC LOVE STORY OF CHA EUN SANG AND KIM TAN and as we all know that is literally my least favourite thing about this show, ASK ME HOW.


… In fact, I will tell you how. I genuinely could not anti-ship this harder if I tried. Like, how do I begin to count the ways in which Tan is a controlling af asswipe who does nothing for Eun Sang? In this episode alone he repeatedly dragged her around like a rag doll, invaded and destroyed her personal belongings, ordered Young Do to babysit her as though she wasn't right there, lectured her about following his wishes, and threatened violence if she didn't comply. And one of the instances of manhandling comprised of him pulling her into a dark closet in order to initiate a kiss that she literally wouldn't be able to refuse.

Speaking of which, were we actually supposed to find that sexy?

Because.

THE MIND, IT BOGGLES.

Even if you disregard the part where Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye have negative sexual chemistry. it is really intensely uncomfortable to me that there have been several Eun Sang/Tan kissing scenes now and zero of them have been initiated by Eun Sang. Never mind the fact that she has not been A PARTICIPANT in most.

But of all the things that bother me about this ship, arguably the most worthy of rage is the fact that Eun Sang's story now revolves completely around Kim Tan. And not in the way that Tan's life revolves around Eun Sang because she is ~all he has, &c. &c. Tan still gets to have a storyline about his angsty family relations and illegitimacy inferiority, blah blah blah nocurr. Whereas everything about Eun Sang's character that is not directly about Tan, e.g. her goal to get through school and get better opportunities, her relationship with her mother, her other friendships, etc. have all been relegated to the background in favour of the OTP of DOOM.

And now we have hit the part of the drama where melodramatic obstacles have been contrived to tragically separate the star-crossed lovers. Ergo, I've been forced to conclude that this has been meant to be a straight romance all along. Although again, THE MIND, IT BOGGLES, supposedly all of Tan's shitty behaviour has just been a part of THEY DON'T WRITE SONGS ABOUT THE ONES THAT COME EASY and the show has no plans to address how problematic this relationship is. At best, the separation might force both of them to grow up and then maybe reunite in a less fucked up fashion but at this point IDGAF. It is seriously such a shame that the single WORST thing about this show is its central storyline.


Okay, enough about the NOtp.

MOVING ON TO BETTER THINGS:




Myung Soo and Young Do remain the most functional relationship on this show. I have nothing further to say on this matter.


SPEAKING OF BFFS.






God is real tbh. I have been anticipating this surprise friendship since like episode 5 and the show has not let me down. YOU GUYS. HE ORDERED LIKE 200 POUNDS OF SOY MILK WITH WHICH TO VANDALISE THEIR PEERS' LOCKERS AS REVENGE FOR THEM HARASSING HER. THEIR BROMANCE WILL GO ON.


I'm glad too that Tan and Young Do are bros again because my heart is soft in this way. And because it leads to hilar sequences such as Kim Woo Bin acting as Young Do pretending to be Tan pretending to be Young Do in a plot to break Tan out of house arrest. Ah, this show.


On the topic of this show giving me everything I want.




MY ENTIRE LIFE I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS MOMENT. (LIZZIE, WHERE ARE YOU.)

Obviously I ship Rachel/happiness, so even though I will always have a soft spot for Rachel/Young Do for reasons of sex, I am rooting for a Hyo Shin/Rachel endgame at the end of the day. Also, they hit all my kinks super hard. Initiating a first kiss as part of a plot to make other people jealous?? "I HAVE NO FEELINGS TOWARDS YOU"/"I HAVE NO FEELINGS TOWARDS YOU EITHER"??? Show, you know where I am most weak.


Ahem. Speaking of my weaknesses. This


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was a motherfucking beautiful scene. Like, you don't understand. After seeing the episode I'd be walking around doing random things, and then I'd suddenly remember this scene, and I'd hunch over and grab my stomach and let out weird moans of anguished ecstasy and my cat would look highly alarmed, THAT IS HOW GOOD THIS SCENE WAS.

I may or may not have let out a particularly embarrassing punched-in-gut sound at "I'm just someone passing by" because goddamn if that doesn't get at the core of life and the world tbh.

... Existential brooding notwithstanding, this scene also encapsulated why this ship has worked so well for me from day one in that it is basically the perfect anti-romance narrative?? imo they've done something that's pretty subversive in light of the Boys Over Flowers model of romance that is apparently the kdrama ideal, i.e. Mean Boy who reinvents himself with redemption fantasy woman (… which, ironically, also describes Eun Sang/Tan). Because Young Do is not allowed to get what he wants.

More than that, the show actually straight up said it is his own fault, which is kind of incredible next to the popularity of "romantic heroes" like Gu Jun Pyo, etc. They straight up said that bad treatment =/= romance. (Don't ask me then why it insists on pushing Tan as a romantic hero.) Young Do literally asking for a do-over and being denied it was meta in the best way imaginable. There are no do-overs, actions have consequences, and he is a fuck up who has blocked his own shot and his heart is breaking outside a damn convenience store and I just want to smash through a window because IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

... So, even though there is a thirsty part of me that is secretly hoping that Eun Sang getting all flustered while touching Young Do on his motorcycle means they will fit in some time in the last few eps to ferociously bang (because HOW COULD YOU WASTE THAT CHEMISTRY)… it also just seems right to me that it really was just never going to happen, and that was the point.

ALSO, KIM WOOBIN IS THE BIGGEST DICK THAT EVER DICKED. I HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING AN EMOTIONAL STOMACHACHE SINCE YESTERDAY BECAUSE OF HIS FACE??? WHAT THE FUCK.


Btw, I've decided that this song that's always playing during Eun Sang/Young Do scenes is the only tolerable one on this OST. It's called "Growing Pains", which is both DEPRESSING AND PERFECT.


/rolling in the deep


Other things that are gr8:

  • Eun Sang's mother/Tan's mother is the true OTP.

  • There has been tragically little Bonsang in recent times but nonetheless they also remain the true OTP.

  • Bo Na/Chan Young are the most shippable established ship in existence. I'm constantly in shock about how much I enjoy them considering the pulsing mass of hate and rage that lies in place of my heart tbh.

  • lol baby!Chan Young.

  • Kim Woo Bin is a motherfucking beautiful male specimen. I have said it before and will say it again. I literally don't comprehend how anyone could find Lee Min Ho more attractive in this. But then, I am hilariously biased.


GTFO:

  • Won is my enemy and needs to die. Seriously WTAF is wrong with both the Kim brothers and their delusion that their gfs = their property. Hyun Joo/Won is second only to Eun Sang/Tan on the list of violent anti-ships on this show.

  • Speaking of which, the writers are clearly paralleling the two relationships but I have no idea what purpose that's supposed to have. Can't Tan's horde of ugly sweaters combine their forces to eat the both of them, I ask you.



To conclude:



There are no words.


All screencaps found here.


P.S. Y'all should check out the new comm Eleonore has just put up for the show, known as heirsofsweaters (indeed). The first post is a hoot. ;)
 
 
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19 November 2013 @ 10:50 pm
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WHAT UP, BROS.

+ Today/yesterday I submitted my final massive boring 35 page report required for the completion of my degree. \o/ Ergo, I will now be more alive. \o/ (Or, you know, /o\ depending on your view.) I'm pretty sure I missed a ton of things while in the depths of my final papers, so if you think there's something of yours I should be commenting on then drop me a link.


+ Chilling with my dearest mother watching The Heirs and suddenly in the middle of the episode she's like, "IF I~ WERE PARK SHIN HYE I WOULD TAP THAT [Kim Woo Bin] AND LEAVE LEE MINHO TO BE FOREVER ALONE WITH HIS UGLY SWEATERS." Ah, the indefatigable wisdom of mothers. Not that she's wrong, mind you (my favourite is the one that makes him look like a "wall with antique pictures hanging from it", personally).

So yeah, on account of said 35 page report eating my brains, this is not going to be an especially coherent post. Nonetheless, let us gather round and discuss the latest offerings.


+ First of all, I am aware that fandom is positively leaping to diss the teen trash that is this show and therefore, as a wise friend once put it, win at Not Liking The Problematic Thing and Being Too Good For This Genre. But tbqh this show is (near) perfect 2 me. Sorry not sorry but watching attractive miserable people make each other miserable is my way of life. It is what it is, friends. Therefore, unpopular opinions abound.


+ So bored of everyone bitching about Eun Sang's "passivity". If this is actually a "feminist" complaint you have about the show then I would seriously question your supposed understanding of justice. And direct you to this post. Which is actually about Sansa Stark, but same principle applies. Heroines do not owe it to you to be empowered. Especially when they are underprivileged and lower-class and vulnerable to abuse from people much more powerful than they are. The fact that this show stresses Eun Sang and her mother's situation so much is a point in its favour, not yours. Please to be taking your thinly veiled Strong Female Character (TM) misogyny and choking on it.


+ Tan and Young Do's pissing contest is endlessly entertaining to me ngl. Firstly, their man love clearly will go on. Even my mother agrees. ("I think they're secretly attracted to each other and using Park Shin Hye as a proxy.")

Secondly, it is pretty obvious they're making Eun Sang a pawn in their personal war, ergo the aggressive triangularity is a power struggle. Not romance. So long as one keeps this in mind I'm convinced the "romantic" plots become 95% more enjoyable. And lbr the drawn-out sequences in which the three stare at one another with simultaneously enraged and aroused expressions while a dramatic score plays is the highlight of each episode, don't even front like you disagree.


+ Hyo Shin needs his own spinoff, stat.


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Enough said.


+ lol Eun Sang/Tan. Okay, so there are some small things I like. Firstly, that Eun Sang said the setting of their "date" on camp reminded her of Friday the 13th. And then later (obliquely) referred to their relationship as a "horror love story". Ha ha. And despite the fact that I cannot comprehend why anyone would want to date Kim Tan, I think it made sense for Eun Sang to consciously decide to let herself go along with the fantasy since they were far away from home. The whole "dreamcatcher" theme of their relationship is vv consistent. And when Young Do taunted that Tan's only going to ditch her in the end, Eun Sang was literally like, "bitch, I know." THAT'S interesting.

HAVING SAID THAT... this ship is just flat out boring me to death. Imma quote Zoe on this because her words are a balm to the soul tbh:




"I'M NOT GOING TO WRONG!SHIP A BORING SHIP, THAT IS JUST ANTITHETICAL TO MY IDEA OF WRONG!SHIPPING AS A WHOLE. I wrong!ship stuff that I can tell is wrong (and hopefully the narrative can too) but it's just so good and/or hitting my ship kinks that I don't even care and can't even help it. But I'm not going to go out of my way to wrong!ship something, THAT IS AN OXYMORON."




Indeed. I mean, WTAF was the ending of ep 12?? nhf the two of them staring at each other for five minutes while Lee Min Ho does some weird gasping thing to convey the depth of his emotions. I would rather take the aggressive triangularity, thx.

Also, gdi, Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho have negative chemistry. It is genuinely baffling considering their faces but there it is. At this point I just wish the show would cut 90% of their scenes so that this show could be ACTUALLY perfect.


+ The entirety of the pool scene. Only this show, man. Plus, it brought us this. Amen.


+ I love how Young Do complimenting Hyo Shin's angry!voice is now a thing, LMFAO????? Like, "Sunbae, the voice you use when threatening me... is really nice". I mean, yes good, more Hyo Shin worship. Also they should bang. But I am generally of the opinion that Hyo Shin should bang the universe.


+ BONSANG IS REAL. I'M SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF THEM HAVING SLEEPOVERS AND HOLDING HANDS ABOUT THEIR GAY LOVE?


+ Still shipping Rachel/Young Do tbqh. I mean, "Normally when two people become siblings they fall in love"/"Now I'm thinking that's the solution to breaking up this marriage"????? YOU DON'T JUST PUT THAT IN FRONT OF ME AND EXPECT ME NOT TO SHIP IT. LIKE.


+ Myung Soo is the most hilarious. I'm convinced that Myung Soo/Young Do along with Bo Na/Eun Sang are basically the most functional relationships on this show, L M A O.


+ Still nocurr whatsoever for Won. Why is he still a character.


+ I resent so much that Eun Sang/Young Do are hitting all my ship kinks but dammit THEY ARE HITTING ALL MY SHIP KINKS???? Like

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Plus, he tossed his classmates' shoes in a bucket of cold water as "revenge" for them talking smack about Eun Sang. And she offered sympathy about his bad family news in the form of "I'll postpone my revenge on you." Like. I am not made of fuckin' stone, people. It is Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin, for the love of Satan.

(I also have a lot of complicated feelings about how they are actually considerably less problematic than Eun Sang/Tan by sheer virtue of the fact that Young Do has zero emotional power in their dynamic. As I said to Zoe: The way the show set up Young Do from the beginning established that Eun-sang owes him nothing - because she was given full license to hate him. (Whereas, Eun-sang/Tan STARTED with her being in his debt. And he has continued to take advantage of that.) I mean, besides the fact that All Girls Want Bad Boys and I only ship it because I want to ride Kim Woo Bin's dick, &c. &c., the power dynamic is just a thousand times more appealing.)

Also, I've decided that they should be BFFs on the basis of their mutual ramyeon noodle appreciation. Bring on the bromance, yo.


+ To conclude:

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