ellecain
06 May 2010 @ 12:14 am


That's what Glee reminds of.

 I've been trying to put my finger on it for so long. It's the mixture of over-the-top facetious melodrama (Sue Sylvester as Madonna!) and the we're-serious-here realism they keep trying to combine (and now girls an important lesson on eating disorders!). While I don't think the show writers manage to integrate the two very well, they keep walking the line between the two and it keeps reminding me of Roald Dahl more than anything else.

I mean, come on, Sue Sylvester = Miss Trunchbull, yes? The comparison just begs to be made (well it does to my mind, anyway) when she physically pushes the students out of her way and generally acts like the typical Roald Dahl adult villain who mistreats children. All that's missing really, is the grotesque violence. (I really, really want her to swing a girl round and round by her pigtails and throw her out of a window. Or make Mercedes eat a whole chocolate cake - it's totally consistent with her cartoon villain personality.)

And of course, Mr Shue is the "good" adult figure on the side of the kids.

All they need now is some macabre scenarios and a little more dark humour. And some Quentin Blake illustrations.
 


 
 
ellecain
08 January 2010 @ 10:37 pm
All in all, 2009 was a good year for me. Seems like I was one of the very few since everyone else said it was a bad year for them. Still, I think it's time for an end of year meme. Which of course, I'll complete late so there goes my resolution to procrastinate no more!

01. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I sneaked into someone’s room on campus to spend the night and almost got caught in the process!

02. Did you keep your new years' resolutions? Will you make more for next year?
I made very few resolutions last year. The first one was to finally ask a certain person out. Ended up writing several pro and con lists, going back and forth but in the end, failed to do so. The second one was to be more organized and I must say it worked out really well! Who knew I’d have colour-coded post-it notes and a somewhat weird filing system at the end of it?
My new year’s resolutions for 2010 are simply: to stop procrastinating; to be less afraid of what might happen and most importantly, to live up to what I believe in (or at least try my best to do so).

03. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! My French teacher Corinne got married to my classmate Fahad (both of them adults, not to worry!) and they had a beautiful baby boy in July. It was one of the very rare occasions that I was actually happy two people were getting married; usually my instinctive reaction is along the lines of: “No! Don’t doom yourselves to a life of misery!” But for once I was thrilled two people were getting married and I’m glad it worked out for them.

04. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Fortunately.

05. What countries did you visit?
China! Well, not strictly China, went on holiday to Hong Kong with my family and had loads of fun!

06. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Time management skills.

07. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Quite a few! The last week of January, the first weeks of June and July and the end of the year for various reasons. Big long post coming up soon on this subject.

08. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Having more confidence in myself. And that's not saying much because I still have a long way to go in that department.

09. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to get over a certain person.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A cold/fever thing which I like to pretend was really swine flu and boast about having antibodies against.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A little blue ceramic dragon on my desk. I like to think of it as my very own version of Merlin’s Great Dragon who talks to me and is slightly evil.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Merlin fandom! Despite the whole racism debacle still think it’s great to be in a fandom with so little wank and drama. Makes a huge change from HP fandom, let me tell you. Although sometimes I miss the crazy stuff of HP.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own. I feel failed to stand up for what I believed in at crucial moments.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, so much food. And books. Don’t know why I spent money buying books when have 3 different library memberships.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Virology. I love it, love all of it! Am thrilled I’m studying it.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2009?
Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” I loved that song until I managed to figure out the lyrics and as subsequently horrified. Me and my friends continued shamelessly to love that song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier or sadder? thinner or fatter? richer or poorer?
Definitely happier. Much, much happier.
And slightly heavier! (aargh, terrifying slide into obesity! why? why?)

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Being more assertive. Not being so scared.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Saying goodbye to my best friend as she left town. Don’t know when I’ll see her again.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
Can I still answer this question almost a week later?

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
No but I did fall in lust with a number of people.

23. How many one-night stands?
None. Must rectify this situation in 2010.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Gossip Girl. Merlin. 90210. I love my tv shows.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, just the opposite, I’m more inclined to forgive and forget.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David S. Landes - brilliant book, entertaining and informative.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Les Plastiscines. I was obsessed with them for a while.

28. What did you want and get?
Well, I’m going to be admittedly biased and say Sarah’s The Demon’s Lexicon I always knew she was amazingly talented and could write fabulous stuff. I’m so happy her book is finally out.

29. What did you want and not get?
An acknowledgment of my feelings for a certain person.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Proposal. Because I went to that film with my best friend who I now miss terribly.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Nothing! I didn’t do anything because I had an exam the next day! Aaargh! Am going to make up for that this year.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Emotional validation from a certain person. This is tiresome isn't it?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Ugh, in a completely misguided effort to get in touch with my feminine side, I now have a wardrobe full of pink, lace and sequins which I am never going to actually wear and feel vaguely nauseated by.

34. What kept you sane?
My friends who put up with so much crap from me.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Taylor Swift, I love her!

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Quite a few. I got very angry numerous times. I even stopped reading the newspaper for a while because I found it so depressing.

37. Who did you miss the most?
My best friend, M.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
The new me, haha!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
I’m not sure really. I learned people aren’t as bad as I think they are, that they’re really just trying to live their lives, the same as me and I should really give them a chance because I’m missing out on a lot by refusing to let people in and always keeping them at a distance.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Ugh, hate quoting songs. It always seems like something angsty emo people do.

It was a very eventful year, though and I'm mostly writing this because I want to remember it long after it's gone. I feel a lot of things worked out for me and I'm very grateful.
 
 
ellecain
LJ > Facebook

1- My LJ friends-list is ten times more intelligent than my Facebook friendlist, hands down, no question.

2 - When someone wants to share their thoughts on yaoi, I can actually get a coherent paragraph with great grammar and articulate ideas on LJ.

3 - Nobody on Facebook understands the phrase "thoughts on yaoi" and this makes me very sad.

4 - At least on LJ I do not have to read stupid quizzes such as Will Orlando Bloom date you?

5 - LJ brings in more LULZ than Facebook ever could. Also, quality of humour on LJ beats that on Facebook by miles.

In short: hate Facebook, love LJ. The only reason I am on Facebook is so I can stalk cute boys I meet, online! This is actually an excellent screening filter for single people as a number of guys feel the need to put pictures of themseles doing gross things.
 
 
ellecain
09 July 2009 @ 07:55 pm
Yay!  
After much fruitless searching through bookstores down here (during which I bought my first Dorothy L Sayers!) I finally had no choice but to order the imported edition of The Demon's Lexicon online. I'm so excited! I can't wait to read it!

Before I was cursing all the bookstores here for not stocking the book, now I moaning and cursing the fact that I have to wait 21 business days to receive it!

And I know it sounds stupid but somehow holding the book in my hands is like proof that fandom exists, that the people I met online aren't just figments of my imagination. All the conventions and meetups take place in America and Europe (can't afford to go) and there are precious few people where I live that are into fannish stuff (to be specific: only one person on my f-list) so getting physical proof is like knowing that I'm not making you guys up in my head. :-)

Updates as soon as I get my copy!
 
 
ellecain
Read the comments and understand. Pics for the non-Merlin fans

That's just.. I don't know what to say. I've seen similar reactions in other places and it just makes me so sad. At IMDB under Merlin, there's a thread called Unattractive Gwen (no really!) where the comments are along the lines of "I'M NOT RACIST BUT Gwen is ugly/untalented/lacking charisma" and I just wonder how much it must hurt Angel Coulby to read that.

And it's right next to a thread titled Morgana (the fairest of them all)

I feel Angel Coulby gets judged harshly for
(1)her skin colour
(2)that she's not a "hawt" POC and
(3)Gwen's low-profile role in the series w.r.t Arthur.

The first two piss me off to no end - SHE'S THERE TO ACT, NOT BE A SEXY PIN UP OK? Her skin colour is so totally irrelevant! Even if the actual Guinevere (who never existed! it's a legend!) was white, why the hell can't a non-white actress play her? The reason everyone gets so shocked is because they assume Guinevere was white. Ugh.

What pisses me off even more is this overriding obsession with looks! Everyone who thinks that Guinevere was hot and beautiful is because she was a "princess" and princesses must be attractive right? All I have to say is: Disney, LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE!
-Princesses are beautiful and lovely. There are no ugly princesses!
-Therefore anybody who is not good looking cannot be a princess.
-Therefore anybody who is not 100% flawlessly hot cannot even play a princess on TV.
No seriously. People go on about how Angel Coulby is not pretty enough to play Gwen. I just... I have no words.

These people ship Arthur and Morgana because they're both hot. Now I'm as superficial as the next person and I'll say openly that I think most of slash in fandom is just because people want to see pretty boys together BUT when you disqualify a major pairing on the basis that one of them is ugly or "not good looking" there is something seriously wrong with you. (And I daresay the Arthur/Morgana pairing deserves better than "just coz they're hot" PWP)

Also Angel Coulby's acting has been praised by critics. If you disagree, that's fine, but don't harp on it. If you think she and Arthur lack chemistry or whatever blame the fact that they haven't had that many scenes together. If you think her character is dull, blame the writers. Don't blame Angel Coulby - she's doing the best she can with the stuff she's given. Oh and for the record she's beautiful and an amazing person (seriously, go see the DVD extras!) and a good actress.

Damn, now I need a Guinevere icon.
 
 
ellecain
17 March 2009 @ 09:54 pm
GIP  
How has it taken me this long to get into Merlin fandom?
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ellecain
09 January 2009 @ 09:14 am
Every year, on the 9th of January, Snape's birthday I do two things: one - I comment on mctabby's Time Capsule and two - I buy a cheap silver ring with a piece of glass in it. Each year the ring is in a different colour. So far I have pink (twice), purple and green. And yes, it's embarrassing. Yes, my friends know about it (they even come help me celebrate sometimes; I have the best friends in the whole wide world). It's my own special fannish tradition. It makes me happy.

You guys have fannish traditions too right? Tell me I'm not the only one.
 
 
ellecain
01 January 2009 @ 09:12 pm
No seriously, I need to stop lurking. This year I shall proceed to post:

feminist rants
book reviews
my boy-related romantic melodrama
my thoughts on yaoi
the woes of being single
film reviews
how consumer culture is ruining society
cool advances in scientific biotechnology
why Snape is the real hero of HP
why Earl Grey tea is awesome
the deconstructing Disney movies game (with bonus points for pointing out all the sexism/racism/homophobia implied)
Twilight mockery (it's fun!)
literature that has influenced me
my radical views on politics, religion... and Ally Mcbeal reruns

I may be kidding about certain topics. It is left to the reader to decide which ones.
 
 
ellecain
24 October 2008 @ 07:26 pm
No seriously, I never thought it would come to this. I am 21, it is 7 30 on a Friday night and I am sitting at home alone surfing the internet. Social life, what's that?

Gah, all my friends are with their boyfriends/girlfriends. This is what drives people into crappy relationships, I tell ya - not the actual person but the fact that when you're single, your friends neglect you to spend time with their significant other 24/7.

Maybe I should start a Single People's Support Group. Any takers?
 
 
ellecain
24 September 2008 @ 11:37 pm
to the temptation of Twilight.

Oh my God, someone stop me! What am I, some kind of masochist?

It was too much: the publicity, the wank, cleolinda's recaps, the endless metaquotes, the Stephanie Meyer icons - all too much. I have to read this crack! Now I'm looking at the pdf on my computer and the writing style isn't doing anything to endear Meyer to me and the only thing keeping me going is that I know the cracktastic end.

(Although I strongly suspect the wank had more entertainment value than the book)

Mary Sues, sparkling vampires, teen angst and psychopathic romance YAY!
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