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RL whinge:

I’m not suicidally depressed this week, it’s all good. Just wishing I wasn’t so invisible to people that matter to me. )

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Fandom yayness:

Surprisingly, I'm reading a Harry Potter fic that isn't SSHG. Quelle surprise! I just devoured 44 chapters of Arsinoe de Blassenville's The Best Revenge. It's a Snape-mentors-Harry story and by god, it sunk its claws into me and would not let me wrest free.

This fic? Is what I wish CANON was like. It's infinitely SUPERIOR to canon and not in a fanfic way, but literally like it could've been published. I would've paid money for this fic, seriously. It fixes everything that I had a problem with in the books and surpasses them in terms of making Harry more likable and sympathetic. The boy actually studies and tries to achieve things and learn spells! Who'da thunk it? Also, Harry genuinely cares about other people and tries to help- canon!Harry is stunningly lacking in empathy or compassion.

And there is character development! *gasps* The amazing thing is that Harry and Draco are friends in this fic but Draco isn't  whitewashed til he's unrecognizable- given his upbringing, he has the same inevitable prejudices and flaws as in canon, but we get to see the positive effect Harry has on him in such a believable way. There is compromise and 'agreeing to disagree' instead of Draco miraculously converting to Muggle-lover in a heartbeat.

The best thing about the fic is the way that kids from all four Houses form friendships, and we have the core quartet that includes Draco and Hermione and Neville and makes it seem realistic that these very different kids would hang out with each other and actually grow to like each other over time, going from distant tolerance to real friendship.

And I won't babble about how much I love Snape in this. *bounces* Just take it as read, yo. ^_^

If anyone knows any epic-length mentor!Snape fics, rec me? Preferably gen!fic with no major ships [especially not involving Hermione, as I doubt there exists a perfect fic that has 'Severitus' plus SSHG]. I don't want to go looking because I'd have to wade through the Snarry fics and my brain does not need to deal with that.

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You know how I love to compare and contrast Castle/Mentalist. We’ve had the female cop/male consultant post and the Patrick Jane/Kate Beckett post…now there’s a different theme.



The shout-out! Watch me reach…and make the randomest connections! )

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There are a few moronic clichés that make me laugh myself silly or shriek til I’m hoarse every single time.

One of them is the ol’ ‘noble character throws themselves between another character and object of impending death’. Why why WHY, for the love of fandom, do these people hurl themselves through the air? How can they POSSIBLY calculate the correct angle and trajectory and factor in the wind and velocity of the weapon and all that within microseconds?

It just defies belief that this seemingly futile maneuver actually works, time and again! One of these days, I want to see someone pull that stunt, only to have miscalculated and wind up passing before or after the bullet/sword/alternative weapon and land roughly on the ground, winded, only to look up and find that not only did they make a fool of themselves, but the object of their concern got killed anyway. BECAUSE IT’S SO STUPID.

Why not at least launch yourself in the direction of the person you’re trying to protect? That way, even if you judged the distance and speed of the weapon incorrectly, your body will absorb the hit anyway- but in the best case scenario, you knock them out of the way and actually survive in the process!

Of course, the whole point of this maneuver is that the Character Dies Heroically. Which I get and if their number is up, that’s it. But couldn’t they die with a little dignity? Because that just makes me giggle and eyeroll like mad, it doesn’t make me respect them or mourn them to a greater degree.

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LotS 2 x 10- Perdition.



I have major issues with the penultimate scene.
Major WTF!ery )

Btw. You know what’s sad? I only just realized the pun from Heroes- Elle, who was able to wield electricity? Elle/electricity=Elle-ctricity? God, I can’t believe that only just hit me. *facepalm*

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Meme:

30 Day meme: snurched from labrt2004
Day 05 → Whatever tickles your fancy.

Whee! My OTP, of course. Especially art featuring them- I love doing the weekly SSHG quizzes because I score shiny banners, woohoo!

Okay, so realistically, what’s the point, what am I ever going to do with them, right? But it’s the mystery and anticipation of which banner will come next- will it be a repeat, a dud…or spectacularly cool!



Other banners )
[While I’m on the topic of SS/HG, Kathryn has updated her awesome fic, The Professor’s Discretion. She wrote it while in the grip of a terrible fever, and edited while high on meds. And still she rolls out another amazing chapter, I don’t know how she does it. *pouts enviously*]

Aaaaand the best picture meme ever:

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My Interests Collage! )
 
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Vidspam:


I recently discovered A Very Potter Musical. I'm not in love with it- I have issues with comedy, it can be mean and I'm too protective of my favorites to be able to cope- but it's a very clever parody and I do enjoy how it mocks canon and how ridiculous the plot is. The following clip contains my favorite song of the whole show: Granger Danger! It's so catchy and I've been singing it over and over...

'I'm falling in love, falling in love, falling in love, I could be falling in love,  falling in love, falling in love with Hermione Granger...'


Draco and Ron are hysterical.

Ron: God, why don't you just give her a break for once, okay, Malfoy?
Draco: Why defending her, Weasley? Have a crush?
Ron: NO, no...why all the insults, Malfoy? Covering up a crush?

And the lyrics!
Ron: Strange how a dress can take a mess and make her nothing less than beautiful to me...
Draco: What? What the hell is this, you expect me to sing about her? Don't care about her. It's just a little make-up, Draco, wake up, you're mistaken...

*gigglefit*

[I d/l the soundtrack but most of the songs are Voldemort or Voldy/Quirrel. I'm not sure if there are other songs besides the ones on the soundtrack, let me know if there are?]

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Just finished reading It's Elemental, My Dear Snape, an utterly brilliant SS/HG fic by cathedral carver. Perfection in five chapters. It's basically a list of the things I most love about this ship and the plot developments I most want to see all fused together and creating this one divine fic. At about 25, 000 words, it's over too soon- I'm greedy, I wish it was an epic!- but its sheer excellence keeps me from complaining. I just feel so giddy and breathless and squeeful! It's beautifully written, the prose is sparse but conveys so much all the same, and Snape and Hermione are just perfectly in character, and there is this tenuous bond and growing affection and then angst and heartbreak and- GUH. *heart explodes* An absolutely gorgeous ending. God, it makes me so happy!

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Excerpt- 'everything has been figured out, except how to live. Pay attention, there's a test later...' )
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Speaking of happy-making things, I think I've babbled enough before about cleolinda's epic Twilight recaps, y/y? I always wished there was an equivalent for Harry Potter, more specifically, for the epic fail of Deathly Hallows. And what do you know, I just discovered it! Daniel Hemmens wrote a really funny and insightful critique of the series: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Lots of intelligent analysis and giggle-inducing irritation at ridiculous things I hadn't even noticed before. [I was too busy being traumatized to pay such close attention]
Anyway, chapter one is called The Dark Lord Ascending although it should more properly be called "The Dark Lord Sitting In A Dining Room And Being A Bit Mean To The Malfoys But Basically Doing Nothing."

Fans of the series will of course be intimately familiar with scenes of Voldemort Doing Nothing. He's been at it for three books now. This chapter is particularly full of fine examples of the Dark Lord's sinister aptitude for inactivity.

In addition, because my life is always super amazing before everything goes to pieces, I found the Deathly Hallows Sporking Community. Win! Why on earth did I not search for this earlier?!

Snippets of hilarious win )

I just about died laughing. I can almost forgive JKR for that immense suckitude just for the giggles I'm getting out of the sporkage now. *ponders* Actually, no, I still want to slap her for failing so hard. But I might be able to avoid kicking her while she's down. Might.

I mean, the woman has literally given me nightmares. I dreamt my parents were making me go camping for a few weeks. :O *iz aghast* Damn her and that Camping Trip from Hell, I swear, I was nearly sobbing when I woke up. 'But I can't leave civilization! Electricity! What about tv, what about my laptop? The INTERNET? How will I survive?!'
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I’ve made the obvious Castle/Mentalist comparison before- straightlaced, tough-talking female cops teaming with roguishly charming and often infuriating, meddling civilian consultants. But when I watched Castle 2x13, I noticed a different similarity:

 

 

Between Jane/Beckett- no, hear me out! )



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Meme:

30 Day meme:
snurched from labrt2004
Day 05 → Your favourite quote.

In general? Um...I admit, I fail at memorizing pithy quotes that I can trot out when appropriate, I so wish I was that kind of person. *sighs* Hmm, I think I'll go with Emily's quote from Minimal Loss, 'Reason is not automatic. Those who ignore it cannot be conquered by it...'

Oh, and Rossi's from Masterpiece: 'Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other, it will unriddle many riddles...'

Plus, Hotch's from House on Fire: 'I have loved to the point of madness; that which is called madness, that which to me is the only sensible way to love...'

I really admire whoever it is on the CM staff that unearths these gems for each ep. ^_^
 

Who is your Harry Potter Mate
Your Result: Severus Snape
 

You like your mate with a dry wit and a sharp tounge. You do not mind the emotional baggage that comes with him. You may have to drag him kicking and screaming from the potion lab, but once his love is given, it will never waiver.

Lord Voldemort
 
Ronald Weasley
 
Remus Lupin
 
Harry Potter
 
Albus Dumbledore
 
Lucius Malfoy
 
Draco Malfoy
 
Who is your Harry Potter Mate
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

OMG, Voldemort comes in second place? But I think I'm more horrified that RON is at third. *headdesk*
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Vidspam:

God, this clip amuses me so much. It's so random! I don't get what the plot's about, I don't think there IS any real story behind it except 'let Alan Rickman stroke and caress my body and make millions of fangirls explode with jealousy'. Lol. It's actually a little creepy...no, scratch that, a lot creepy. *g*

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OMG, YOU GUYS.
There was a HOSTAGE SITUATION at my university. While I was there.
And I didn't have a clue it was even happening!


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How cute is this?! Aww! Penguins posing for a camera!
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This is completely random of me, but I was pondering the hairstyle changes of my favorite ladies in the new seasons of CM and Mentalist, and this struck me:

Before and After )
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Call me crazy, but I kinda think the Australia swimmer, Stephanie Rice, resembles Glee star, Lea Michele. But then I suppose all young, white, brunette chicks look alike. :P

What is it with me and brunettes today? Lol! )

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Vidspam.

I can't find the Could've Danced All Night clip anywhere. *pouts* I love Emma's singing voice, she's so gorgeous! *squishes her*
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Have I mentioned my slight Snape fixation lately? I find myself utterly entranced by this pic.



*sighs* I want a Billowy Cape of Doom, damn it.
If I could menacingly stalk through the halls with black cloak swirling behind me, I'd feel like the coolest person ever.
^_^ I just read this fic where Hermione applies a charm to alter herself slightly to resemble a female version of Snape in order to work on deconditioning Neville's instinctive fear response and it's bloody hilarious.

“I kind of like being able to slam the door and the way the robes swirl behind when I walk.” Her voice dropped as if she was imparting a great secret. “And I always feel taller.” Hermione glanced down at herself and then spun around in a tight circle. She did her best imitation Snape scowl and then ruined it by breaking out in a huge grin as the robes swirled about her and then fell in graceful waves around her boots. "You know,” she said, “there is something fun and empowering about these robes. I can see why he favors them."

Ooh, ooh, luxuria_oceanus [and any others who are susceptible to my brainwashing], Hermione/Snape fic recs!

Heart Over Mind by Regann
Something unusual about Hermione causes her to have a very odd reaction to a love potion in Potions class. A spin on the usual "potions gone wrong" theme. SS/HG romance.

Fic snippet #1 )

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Pet Project by Caeria
Hermione overhears something she shouldn't concerning Professor Snape and decides that maybe the House-elves aren't the only ones in need of protection.
 

Fic snippet #2 )

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These two fics, along with The Apprentice and the Necromancer, are my top three favorite fics in this fandom. And definitely still in my top ten out of all my fandoms. YES, they are that fabulous.
 

Cut for fic!love babble )

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I've formed a habit of taking small character traits from some of the characters I've fangirled over the years. Like Scully's cross necklace, Janeway's 'coffee, black', Elizabeth's red tops, the raised eyebrow from too-many-fandoms-to-count, speaking patterns and trademark phrases from various others...also? I was the only girl in Bio who didn't get squeamish over dissections because I totally channelled Scully in autopsy!mode. [Snapping on the latex...heh]

This is normal. Or at least, not too weird, I don't think. But it's probably going too far when I realize it looks like I've adopted Snape's hair regime. I mean, love him, I do, but the greasy hair thing? Might be a little too much. *facepalm*
 

Hair-style comparison  )

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Speaking of cloaks, Merlin has an abundance of these. I'm not sure how practical it is to sweep those robes over the floors and dirt- how they avoid tracking mud all the place is baffling to me- and the laundry maids must curse at their burden in life, lol, but one thing's for sure, it looks impressive and majestic. Cloaks are a fantastic fashion accessory, they hide a lot of flaws and serve to make people look wayyyy more attractive than they should. *clutches heart* Pretty people!



Merlin cloak!spam )

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OMG OMG OMG.
I was getting ready to spaz out at the epic lame-osity of Merlin's season finale but if this discussion is for real, it changes everything!

ETA. It changes nothing. *woes*

Ultimately flawed spoiler and finale!fail )
 
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Vidspam.


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* I think I need an icon from one of my fandoms with the text 'BOOBS' on it for intellectual conversations with luxuria_oceanus. :P Can anyone point me in the right direction?

* I'm doing the same thing with Castle as I did with The Pretender- falling in love with it via fanfic before ever seeing the show. It happens when people constantly squee at how brilliant and shippy it is, leading me to seek out fic so I too can share in the squee, and before you know it, I'm completely obsessed. [Not that it takes much prodding to convert me, lol *facepalm*]



Comparison between Castle and The Mentalist )

* One last thing Castle/Mentalist have in common: unfortunate ship-smushes. Jisbon- gah! *glares at sapphs* It's all your fault I can't take this ship name! And for Castle/Beckett- Caskett! WTF? JUST A TRIFLE MORBID, ISN'T IT?*shakes head* Lmao.

* I think I'm on a roll here because I've also fallen for Eleventh Hour which is yet another show in which the gender roles are flipped with the female being the one with the gun running around protecting the brilliant but erratic and slightly insane male civilian. [I'm so predictable!]

*streetcatx is made of awesome. She posted several fantastic icon entries while I was gone, and I am on squee overload right now. I can't resist posting some of the funnier icons- there's an abundance of shippy ones, but you'll be seeing them when I get around to that icon cull to add them 'coz they are just wonderful.



Bwahaha! That last icon sums up my thoughts perfectly! The other members of the team are all paired up and he's on his lonesome. Poor guy, no wonder he always has a book around, so he can bury himself in fiction while the couples are a-flirting.



OMFG, ADELLE DEWITT?!
Lol. That's seriously the first thing I thought when I saw this gorgeous pic of Lena Headey. :P
I've seen about half of Dollhouse now and I'm really enjoying it. I think 'coz I went in all squicked out and fully aware of its flaws and shortcomings- there's something to be said for watching something with zero expectations, it can't help but do better than you thought. :D

Vidspam:
Eerie, whimsical, fantastical...my new favorite song. I can't wait to get hold of the album, it's been described as 'chic fairytale fare', I love the idea of a concept album about queens and knights, sirens and dragons, emerald cities and crystal towers...


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