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Just for laughs:

On JKR’s annoyingly unbelievable dialogue with people developing a penchant for announcing themselves thusly, ‘It is I, Character X’, gehayi composed the following poem:

Snape turned to them and said, 'Yes. Snape: it is I! I, am Snape! Snape I am!'

"Would you like green eggs and ham?"

"NO!
"I would not like them in a boat
"Sailed by a proud and pompous goat
"Who goes by name of Dumbledore--
"I'd find it all a crashing bore.
"I would not like them in a lake
"Or with Dark Lord and his pet snake,
"And Animagi leave me cold--
"I loathe those stupid, and yet bold.
"Both Phoenix-folk and dense Death Eaters
"Impress me not a milliliter.
"And I would hate them with prediction
"That turned out to be mostly fiction.
"I flee, I fly, I shoo, I scram,
"I hate this tale!" said Snape-I-Am.
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I came across an intriguing convo while reading the DH sporkings on deadlyhollows . Instead of being a plain ol' dumbass, could Harry simply be mentally challenged, through no fault of his own? How did I never consider this before? Check out the following medical explanation for all the idiocy and logic-fail of the Boy-Who-Lived-through-no-Merit-of-his-own.

l:l:l:l:l:l:l
The trauma probably could have been minimized if someone--like, say, the so-called "wisest wizard in the world"--had done something sane and gotten him to a doctor or Healer in time. Anyone, in other words, who realized that a baby suffering any kind of injury to the head was not a good thing thing. But no, instead Harry got a twenty-four-hour ride on a flying motorcycle, followed by perhaps eight more hours lying out on a doorstep in a basket at the beginning of November, followed by...well, more of the same, when it came to lack of medical care.

And clearly the damage must have been extensive. Look at this:

"One of the specific behavior deficits following frontal lobe damage is attention disorder, patients showing distractibility and poor attention. They present with poor memory, sometimes referred to as "forgetting to remember." The thinking of patients with frontal lobe injury tends to be concrete, and they may show perseveration and stereotypy of their responses. The perseveration, with inability to switch from one line of thinking to another, leads to difficulties with arithmetic calculations, such as serial sevens or carryover subtraction.

:::

"Other features of frontal lobe syndromes include reduced activity, particularly a diminution of spontaneous activity, lack of drive, inability to plan ahead, and lack of concern. Sometimes associated with this are bouts of restless, aimless uncoordinated behavior. Affect may be disturbed, with apathy, emotional blunting, and the patient showing an indifference to the world around him. Clinically, this picture can resemble a major affective disorder with psychomotor retardation, while the indifference bears occasional similarity to the "belle indifference" noted sometimes with hysteria.

"In contrast, on other occasions, euphoria and disinhibition are described. The euphoria is not that of a manic condition, having an empty quality to it. The disinhibition can lead to marked abnormalities of behavior, sometimes associated with outbursts of irritability and aggression."
DOESN'T THIS TOTALLY FIT?! OMG! *gigglefit*

l:l:l:l:l:l:l

And to be totally random:
Erotic Baked Goods. Click it! You know you want to... >;P

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Opinions in Brief:

Mentalist.

 

Jane is officially on my hit list. W. T. F. He plays his nasty games on people all the time, ‘mean irresponsible sadist’ that he is, but I thought Lisbon was off-limits. I did not think that he would be as cruel to her as he was in this episode. I ship these two, I loved them so much in season one when it seemed everyone was lighter and more innocent, not as dark and corrupted and bitter as they are this season. It’s HARD WORK seeing the romantic potential between Jane and Lisbon, when I expect at least some common courtesy and mutual respect between them. Instead, it’s like his regard for her has slipped massively, the fact that he would toy with her mental state by making her believe she was going to die…of all people, I didn’t believe he would pull that stunt on Lisbon. How naïve of me.  Obviously nothing is sacred, including their relationship, which is the foundation of my love for the show- or was, I should say. Because now…I’ve lost so much enjoyment in this show, honestly.

I managed to stick with Huddy for so long because House was always a thoughtless, arrogant jerk when it came to her. He always made cruel and cutting remarks, it was expected and she dealt with it and dished it back. But that hasn’t always been the dynamic between Jane and Lisbon, and I resent that it’s becoming that way, down the slippery slope to disdain and contempt. Ugh.


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House.

 

Okay, WTF?! I was so happy with the way this season was going- the old team is back! Hurray! The newbies have been banished or downgraded in terms of screen-time, woohoo! House is actually displaying some character growth, OMGSQUEE!

I was never one of the people that demanded he change, nor was I one of those who said I’d give up on the show if he DID change. I was easy either way- as an irascible, sardonic jerk or…well, pretty much the same except with improved mental health and a new POV on life and the decisions he should be making. I respected the new direction the show was taking, that his stint in the mental institution wasn’t just a throwaway episode, that it informed his character’s actions and responses to others, that he really was taking the idea of ‘recovery’ seriously, that it wasn’t going to be dismissed an ep or two later.

 I mean, House quits for real, it was only after trying out other methods and speaking with his therapist that he decided to return. He really was willing to give it up if it would help his condition. And later on, when things have gotten tough or he’s been mixed up, he’s gone and sought advice from that therapist dude. That’s progress.

So it just sucks immensely for me to see House trying to change and make a difference in his life and reach out to others…and get slapped down. First by that woman who figured it was okay to have an affair with a mental ward patient and then ditch him afterwards with absolutely NO regard for how it would affect him, and then with Cuddy. I mean, COME ON. Who ever saw this coming? That House would make himself vulnerable, soften up and lay his heart on the line and that she would be the one to reject him. SERIOUSLY, WTF?


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Dexter.
 

How could they kill Rita?! HOW?! She was like, the heart and soul of this show! I appreciated her as a character, someone who cares for Dexter and is proof that he can connect with another human being and form meaningful relationships, and also as a plot device- she gives him a good cover, the 'family man' is much less suspicious than a loner, right? Plus, she looked after the kids. What the hell is Dexter gonna do now? How can he kill people when he's got three kids- one of whom is an INFANT- to look after?!

Worst. Decision. EVER. I can't deal with this show now. *sniffles*

What adds salt to the wound is that this never would've happened if Dexter had just killed Arthur- or let him frakking jump off the roof- in the first place. ;_;
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Vampire Diaries.

 

WTF WTF WTF?! I HATE ELENA WITH THE FIERY RAGE OF A MILLION SUNS EXPLODING!

*stabs/skewers/draws-and-quarters/hangs/shoots her*

And that’s before I start thinking creative ideas about how to off this waste of screentime. She does not deserve to draw oxygen any longer, my GOD.

So, Damon goes off to seek answers and kidnaps her along for the ride. After pretending at being indignant about the abrogation of her civil liberties and privileges, Elena decides hitching a ride with the psychotic serial killer is a better bet than ANSWERING THE CALL OF HER ONE TWU WUV. She figures absence will make the heart grow fonder, I believe- no matter how cruel it is to leave him hanging, angstily calculating the likelihood of her survival.

Anyway, the bit that has me frothing at the mouth with the violent urge to snap a few bones of hers before breaking her neck- some random attacks Damon, gets the drop on him pretty good, Damon’s at his mercy and not likely to see another sunrise. But ELENA INTERFERES. The last time, she was whimpering pitifully about the toll killing his brother would take on Stefan- never mind his suffering when his brother kills everyone within a hundred-mile radius, just for kicks- and how she wanted to help heal his wounded soul and couldn’t stand by and let him destroy himself, blah blah blah.

But now some total stranger is there, eager to end Damon once and for all, and she decides to stop him! The dude goes on about his heartbreak at how Damon killed his girlfriend, who was also Elena’s new friend, btw, but does that touch her compassionate heart? OH HELL NO.

‘Please don’t hurt him. Lexi loved you and she was good and that means you’re good, too.’ [LOGIC FAIL] ‘Be better than him. Don’t do this, I’m begging you!’

And that miraculously stops the would-be killer in his tracks. Guess it can’t have been a love for the ages, if he was willing to drop his vendetta that easily. Or maybe the power of Elena’s all-consuming kindness and generosity of spirit touched his soul and soothed his pain or something.

So anyway, end result: Damon lives to see another day. AGAIN. Because of her. AGAIN.

*headdeskwallfloor* SHE KNOWS HE’S A CRAZY PSCYHO KILLER AND STILL SAVES HIM, WTF?    

And you know what he does with his new lease on life? Goes back to the woman he travelled to meet, the one who set him up because he killed one person too many and that was the last straw for her- and kills her. THAT’S ON YOU, ELENA, THAT BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS.

But she’ll still sleep at night, that black-hearted skank. God, I wish I had the vocab to cuss her out properly but I’m at a loss. EPIC HATE. >:[

 

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Check out my pretty new bookmark!

  

I'm reading a few fantasy novels atm, and since they're 'serious books with plotty content and some literary merit', rather than my usual trashy romances, I went in search of an appropriate bookmark, and I am so giddy to have found Hermione! It was so cool- this was the last one of the shelf, I lucked out! And lol, there was only ONE Hermione left, but like, 10-15 each of Ron and Harry still sitting there. Guess we know who's more popular!

The rest of the range can be viewed here. I'm more than a little miffed that they have frakking UMBRIDGE, and like, SHACKLEBOLT who is pretty much irrelevant in the big picture, but not Snape! Gah! *sulks* I want a Snape bookmark, damn it.

But still. *strokes pretty Hermione bookmark* Whee! ^_^
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If I could be anyone in the whole wide world, I would so want to be Emma Watson. Not only is she funny, gorgeous and talented, but look at this:

“Two Harry Potter stars were the highest paid actors last year, according to a Top 40 list in Vanity Fair magazine’s latest edition. Emma Watson topped the list of actresses for 2009 with earnings of about $35 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, parts I and II. She was placed 14th overall behind film producers and directors, and beat older and more experienced actresses including Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Katherine Heigl.

Her co-star Daniel Radcliffe was the highest paid actor for 2009, at No. 6 on the male list, with earnings of about $47 million.”

HOT DAMN. Life must be pretty awesome when you're Emma Watson. *sighs wistfully*

This calls for a picspam!



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*sighs* Isn't she just gorgeous? I envy her so much!


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New ship:

*clings to luxuria_oceanus* I know you’ll be the only one to understand me- but I’ve managed to find yet another oh-so-wrong-but-so-damn-compelling ship…




...from Push, Nick/Cassie.
I feel like such a pervert...*wibbles* I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. The age difference is not the issue so much as that she’s a kid. But jeez, I defy anyone to watch the movie and come away without feeling that Nick and Cassie have more chemistry than him and Kira.

[Btw, to anyone who’s watched it- how much is Kira’s power like Kahlan’s Confessor powers? Except Kira is stronger and can take over heaps of people at a time without much effort. She also have more fine-tuned control over them; Kahlan will tell a Confessed to do what she says, but I haven't seen her literally control their movements like a machine the way Kira does *iz in awe*]

This wonderful essay by profshallowness delves into my brain and explains everything neatly and concisely and kinda makes me feel less scummy about the whole thing. Especially this:

"Its the dynamic where the girl is special (different to her peers, perhaps even aged by her experiences) and worms her way into an older gruff protector-type's affections, with lots of extreme danger being lobbed at them."


That is so my type- is it my fault that the writers decided to replicate that dynamic between an inappropriate pair of characters? NO. *nods and runs*

Vidspam:

Anyway, the vidder of the following had this to say: Oh the sickness of this ship, it kills me. But they're awesome.’ *snickersnort*

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Date: 2010-03-24 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borg-princess.livejournal.com
*squishes you* It's crazy, isn't it? I always thought we were on the same spectrum of thought and here we are, in two different camps.

HP, well, I'm resigned to being in conflict with 80"% of fandom on the issue of Snape, though I still don't see how Harry in any way qualifies as a hero, considering the way he bumbles around without ever bothering to engage his brain and succeeds purely by chance. I liked him more in the first book, I gotta say, I was re-reading it so I could beta Liz's fic and was surprised at how endearing he was there! I suppose as a kid, I didn't expect too much of him, but once he grew up, it was just frustrating, I wanted to smack him so many times. Actually...I need to find an icon of Hermione thwacking him on the head, lol.

But re: Mentalist...Jane's just such a JERK this season. He's way too House-like for my taste. That was just a cruel, heartless thing he did to Lisbon in that ep, I can't forgive him for it and I'm feeling a little lost and alone with that, 'coz nobody else seems really upset by it. Even LISBON gets over it in two seconds, which bothers me. I'm not saying she needs to develop a lifelong grudge, but come on.

we both agree on Emma being awesome

Definitely! There aren't enough words to describe how amazing she is. I wish there were more girls like her, as talented and successful while still remaining sensible and mature about the whole thing. A lot of actors let it go to their heads and act like they've been replaced by pod people, but she's just so cool!

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Date: 2010-03-25 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luisa-f.livejournal.com
There must be more fandom stuff we have in common. *thinks*

HP is such a diverse fandom it's hard not be in conflict with anyone, I don't ship anything but when people find out I hate Ginny and Rupert Grint they immediately assume I'm a rabid H/Hr shipper who hates Ron's guts, never-mind Ron is actually the only Weasley I like, I love Ron but do you think anybody bothers to hear me out? No, if you hate Ginny and don't worship at Rupert's feet then H/Hr must be the reason. So I just choose to stay away from any discussion just to avoid the headaches.

In the end JK couldn't gather the energy or the interest to finish what she started, she ran out of steam by OoTP. So I blame the mis-characterizations on her horrible writing. What she did to Hermione in books six and seven is unforgivable, and the way she abandoned Luna in the Half-Baked plot, it pissed me off so much I almost cried. I missed Luna so much in book six but Rowling had to shove her into a dark corner to make room for Ginny and the chest monster.

And I love the trio, ever since the first moment I've loved those kids and it's the only thing that has withstood the test of time and Rowling's laziness. Gosh! I hate that talentless hack so damn much.

But re: Mentalist...Jane's just such a JERK this season.

He's always been a jerk, maybe that's the thing, when I watched the Pilot I was taken aback by how they could make the main character such a big jerk, so insensitive and full of himself. So I try to think how is he any worse right now, and I can't find much of a difference, his schemes have grown more outrageous but that's about it. He's always been inconsiderate too. But Simon Baker is so very pretty.

Even LISBON gets over it in two seconds,

This is more of a Robin thing, she's supposedly said to tptb that she didn't want Lisbon constantly at odds with Jane, so I guess they made her more accepting.

Jane's antics I take as the actions of a man who knows no boundaries and who doesn't realize or doesn't care about how warped his version of reality is.

When I look at what he did in Code Red and his perfectly logical (for him) explanation, oh he only wanted to cheer up Lisbon, he reminds me of my cat. She's a lovable cat who adores me, and every once in a while she'll go outside to the garden and hunt for the biggest grossest wall lizard she can find. I have a wall lizard phobia but my kittie brings the lizards and calls me like she's brought me a big present, she makes a big spectable "look mommy what I got you!". Never mind mommy is having a heart attack because she feels the lizard is going to eat her.

So to me, Jane is the cat and his gift to Lisbon was a huge squirmy goopy lizard.

Emma is another of the reason's why I stay clear of that fandom, the girl gets so much hate, specially from RG's fans.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-03-25 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borg-princess.livejournal.com
Gosh, that's awful...nothing springs to mind...oh, wait, we think alike on SGA, right? Ding ding ding! Lol.

I'm actually surprised and pleased that I don't have any conflict with HP flisters. There are only one or two who actually share my ship and fandom opinions, and tons more who don't, including you, but we manage to be civilized and respectful. I don't get why fandom has to be such a hostile and unwelcoming place, why is it so hard for people to accept different tastes and opinions? I'll never understand that. *treasures her safe niche on LJ*

when people find out I hate...Rupert Grint they immediately assume I'm a rabid H/Hr shipper who hates Ron's guts

That's annoying, I hate when people TELL ME WHY I HATE SOMEONE. Like, 'Oh, it's only because they ruin your ship, so it doesn't count' and even when I come up with valid reasons why so-and-so offends me, apparently my opinion still doesn't matter one bit because I'm biased. Hello, everyone has biases, FFS! Shipping one way doesn't make me deaf, blind and dumb!

Look, I'm not a Ron fan but the movies totally trash his character. I think I pointed out a while back that it was like the movies WANTED to make him a huge ass, like in PoA- in the movie, Ron sides with SNAPE in picking on Hermione, wtf? So much for being her bff/love interest. In the books, though, Ron sticks up for Hermione and gets a detention for coming to her defense. Little things like that are lost onscreen. *shakes head*

In the end JK couldn't gather the energy or the interest to finish what she started, she ran out of steam by OoTP. So I blame the mis-characterizations on her horrible writing. What she did to Hermione in books six and seven is unforgivable, and the way she abandoned Luna in the Half-Baked plot, it pissed me off so much I almost cried. I missed Luna so much in book six but Rowling had to shove her into a dark corner to make room for Ginny and the chest monster.

Oh, hello, totally agree with you on that! Yay for shared fandom opinion!

JKR had a lot of potential, but she squandered it. I think some people speculated that it was her mother's illness or something and she was writing to work out her issues with death- like on the one hand, she was pissed at God or whoever for her mother dying, but otoh, she wanted to believe that the afterlife was good and so death brought peace, which is why DH was so schizo and Harry had the Death Squad cheering on suicide by Voldemort which...wtf, why would his parents who DIED FOR HIM actually support that?!

Anyway, yeah, while I have issues with books 1-5, I can live with it; 6 and 7 are just rubbish, though.

And LUNA. I love her so much, she's my third fave character and JKR never did anything with her! *headdesk* What a waste.

I don't ship it, but when I come across it in fics, I kinda like the idea of her and Harry together, I think she'd be better for him than GINNY at any rate.

I was taken aback by how they could make the main character such a big jerk, so insensitive and full of himself.

My issue was that he acted that way with LISBON. I don't really get too upset with random guest characters, but Lisbon? I draw the line there.

Ahh, well, if I have to blame Robin for the lack of conflict over what he did, I guess I'll back off. I love her too much to nag at her decision that way.

And I laughed so hard at your lizard analogy, that's funny and apt, I can totally see it! *shudders* I also have a lizard phobia- thank god we left Fiji when we did, I haven't come across a single lizard here since. [Except that time my class went to the zoo...and the guide brought a MASSIVE lizard out of its enclosure and passed it around...*twitches*]

Wait, WHAT? Why does Emma get hated on? What could people possibly pick on her about?!

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