2. Because of the rain, I thought maybe it wouldn't be that busy today at work, but I forgot this is our 20% off gift boxes weekend, so if anyone was kept away by the rain, the people coming for their 20% off sweets more than made up for them. It meant I didn't get as much done at my desk as I would have liked, but as always, I'm glad for business being good. I'm also glad that even though one cashier called in sick this morning, two of the people who were supposed to start later in the day were able to come in early and cover for her.
3. I found a whole new area in A Link Between Worlds that I had yet to explore! ( Spoilers. Also this got long. How did this get so long? I just can't stop talking about this game. )
Tomorrow I might take on another dungeon or I might just keep looking for pieces of heart and octopus babies. XD I know off the top of my head where five more pieces of heart are. There's four mini games I need to do the heart level of (a couple of them I've already won rupees, but of course there are multiple levels you need to do to get the good prizes) and one heart piece I can see on Death Mountain in Hyrule but need to go to Lorule and see if I can find the crack that will let me reach it.
4. I defaulted on Yuletide. I'm not happy about defaulting, but I did it early enough that a pinch hitter should have plenty of time, and now I am feeling so much less stressed out. It was a fandom I was happy to write and nothing wrong with the letter or prompts, but I've been struggling to try and make these vague ideas into an actual fic and it's not working. I am going to see how things go and ideally still post the fic as a treat, but this way I won't have the stress of having to do it or else.
5. Day off tomorrow, yay!
finkelsteingirl: Are there any aspects of Malaysian, British, or Malaysian-British (?) culture you wish you saw more of in fiction?
I’ll focus on Malaysian culture as, while I am interested in fiction about less-examined aspects of British culture, it’s overall a culture that’s been much more examined in the fiction I’ve read than Malaysian culture. (I’m not sure there’s really an independent Malaysian-British culture. The Malaysian community in Britain is probably large enough at any given time to generate one, but it’s quite a shifting population since a fairly substantial proportion must be made up of people who are only here temporarily, and it probably also breaks down along race/class lines.)
In general I would like to see more stories about broadly happy families — families that have problems, of course, but overall get along and that form a source of strength for their members. I guess that’s not really specific to Malaysian culture! But in fiction people mostly seem more interested in messed up, dysfunctional families than functional families. There are reasons for that, of course, but I like to read stories about families that don’t totally suck. I feel like you tend to see more of that in YA or children’s books.
I always like to read sympathetic, intelligent, accurate depictions in fiction of traditionally underrepresented identities. I’d like to read more books about queer people in Malaysia specifically.
Trying to think of more aspects specific to Malaysian culture — I’d like to see more fiction in English set in contemporary Malaysia. (There is a bit of a trend of Western-published Malaysian writers writing mostly historical fiction. How mysterious, I wonder why!) I’d like to read stories about refugees by refugees. I’d also really like to see more fiction by and about Orang Asal. Also more fiction that isn’t by/about middle-class urbanites (speaking as a middle-class urbanite myself …).
And this isn’t really an “aspect of culture” thing, but I’d like to see more genre/commercial fiction set in Malaysia and/or about Malaysians (preferably by Malaysians). I like literary fiction well enough, but in my experience it’s less concerned with I’m really interested in reading, which is a damn good story.
Mirrored from Zen Cho.
2) holiday cards! as in, we want to send you one. the parameters, as always:
-- please don't assume we already have your address. even if we sent you a card last year. even if we sent you something last week.
-- all comments to this post are screened, plz leave your address, especially what we should address the envelope as.
-- if you wear jewelry and tend to like our style(s), also let us know what colors you like and if you wear/don't wear earrings vs necklaces, etc. (or, if you're a knitter and would like stitch markers instead, we can do that too!) we have a bunch of stuff we-and-others made to give away that we haven't gotten around to, well, giving away! so we want to send it out as random-december-holiday-or-new-years gifts. (for those with metal sensitivities: all our earrings use surgical-grade stainless steel earwires, which accounts for the majority of of metal sensitivities. if you know for certain that you react to surgical stainless, we have a very very limited number of niobium earwire sets that we can use instead if absolutely necessary.)
-- offer (for cards and/or jewelry) is open to anybody who sees this post. yes, even if you lurk and never comment. yes, even if you see this post on your network or on latest things. we like sending stuff. :)
So surprisingly, I didn't get a chance to watch the live action movie until this year. I'd been meaning to but I just didn't get around to it. But then it was one of the offered movie selections on the Detroit-Nagoya leg of my flight to the Philippines and since I was still semi-delirious and recovering from the stomach flu and throwing up the entire weekend before the flight out, I was happy and said YES PLEASE.
I really liked it. There were some changes but I could accept them. I think my enjoyment of the movie has been since bolstered by the Otakon 2013 panel given by Watsuki-sensei's wife. She was so in love with Yosuke Eguchi's portrayal of Saitou and how ~cool~ he was.
(No, seriously, every time she talked about it, I could practically see the sparkles around ~cool~. It was kind of amazing.)
I'm looking forward to the next two movies covering Kyoto Arc. I really like what I've seen of Soujirou and Okina. I like the look of the actress they picked for Misao though I don't think we've seen her as Misao yet. I'm not sold on Aoshi's casting but I'll keep an open mind. Moody Dork-sama is my fav, alongside Misao, so I know I'll be hard to please in this area.
Despite my excitement over the live action though, I will always be forever bitter that we aren't getting Jinchuu animated. Just. Give. Me. Jinchuu. Enishi was the best RuroKen antagonist ("I will not kill you. I will break you.") and it is a tragedy that entire arc will never come to anime life! I mean, if the live action movies continue to be successful, it looks like we might get Jinchuu in live action form. But it's not the same.
This post is part of the December posting meme. Tell me what to write about during December! Some days are still open!
[Note that a) I can't speak to the Japanese fandom in the slightest, and b) I haven't been in touch with the North American fandom in any real sense in a few years now.]
Tohru gets a lot of flack in the western fandom sometimes. She's painfully polite, she's incredibly compassionate and understanding, and she always puts everyone else first. When we first meet her, she's living all alone in a tent for a few months while her grandfather (also her guardian, as Tohru is an orphan) is having his house renovated. Why is she alone? Because the relatives her grandfather is staying with have a pretty full house, while one of her best friends lives in a household of five people and the other lives in a tiny apartment with her dad. Tohru is unable to bring herself to impose on any of them, to the point of hiding where she is staying from everyone to keep them from worrying.
Some fans of the series dismiss Tohru as boring or a doormat because this is how she thinks. Some of her defenders point out that some of the things the detractors are complaining about are idealized Japanese feminine traits, perhaps exaggerated a bit. And to the best of my understanding, that's accurate. But the extreme to which Tohru takes it is...well. "Not healthy" doesn't really begin to cover it.
Tohru is a genuinely sweet, kind, gracious person. She has a tremendous capacity for love, which gets pushed hard over the course of the series, because Fruits Basket is about how she gets enmeshed in the lives of a huge, wealthy family with generations' worth of institutionalized emotional abuse and a fair bit of corresponding physical abuse, and about enough of them coming to love and/or trust her that they start finding the will to let go of that and begin actively striving to become the people they want to be.
Those things are true. Tohru is also relentlessly cheerful and irrepressible, except that she's easily overwhelmed with guilt over even small things, and except that her desire to not inconvenience anyone reaches neurotic levels. Some readers don't like her because she's too perfect, too happy, too bland and carefully inoffensive, and because no one is really like that, right?
Well, sure. Except that Tohru has a lot of those traits because she's a mess. Because she's petrified of being abandoned. Because she knows the trauma of complete rejection, and that's a lot of where her ability to reach out comes from. She knows, and even though she's trying desperately to look self-sufficient, her sincere, innate kindness makes her incapable of leaving anyone else to suffer alone.
I'm trying hard to avoid spoilers here, which is why I'm mostly skipping over the parts of Tohru's childhood that shaped her into who she is. Let's just say that it's largely due to her parents, and also that her parents were awesome, and there's no contradiction there.
Also without going into detail, here's one of the countless things I love about Fruits Basket. It begins with Tohru meeting various members of the Sohma family and becoming a support and a friend to most of the Sohmas she meets. (To anyone who's only seen the anime version, that's as far as it gets.) But it doesn't stop there, because the story is about healing and letting go and learning to both grapple with your own hurt and look outside of it. And one by one, quite a few of the characters Tohru reaches out to get to the point where they have the emotional resources to start really seeing her, to start figuring out how and why she's hurting so badly, and to start trying to return the selfless friendship she's given them. It's a slow, organic process, and it's beautifully done.
(Interestingly, two of the Sohmas who respond to Tohru antagonistically [for very different reasons] are also two of the first to take a clear look at her and say, "Holy crap, this girl is a wreck." But if I get into that, this post is going to be huge, and I'm trying hard to keep it a reasonable length, so I'll stop here.)
So, Tohru! She's not my favorite character in the series, but I adore her. ^_^ And I think she more than earns that.
[I'm picking away at these topics slowly, but am still willing to take more here (or here on LJ).]
I've poked around some of the LJ admin comms, but didn't see anything that looked like it would be relevant, and AFAIK they haven't done any extremely recent updates. Does anyone know what the hell is up?
A few quick links:
As always, Seanan is in the habit of saying excellent things on the internet. Yesterday she posted "Existence is its own justification" in response to discussions about representation in fiction. It's thoughtful and smart and appropriately angry.
A few days ago, ANN posted that Takaya Natsuki has gone on extended hiatus for unspecified health reasons (although Takaya-sensei specified that it's not the condition that put Fruits Basket on extended hiatus back in the day). ;_;
There've been a lot of things written about Nelson Mandela since his death, and rightly so. sabotabby's is my favorite of the things I've read.
And I'm only halfway through, but I'm really liking this review of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races over on ladybusiness. I need to read more of Stiefvater's work (I have at least two of her books in my terrifyingly extensive list of suspended library holds).
( For those of you who want the long version, here it is: )
I... am going to stop here before I continue to feels-babble everywhere, haha, but if you're curious about anything or want more specifics, feel free to ask!
Fandom : Teen Wolf
Characters : Jennifer/Kali
Music : Beautiful People by Peplab, Thrillseeker by Puretone, Poison by Gin Wigmore
Summary : When Kali learns her wife is the Darach, the enemy of the alpha pack, she has no choice but go after her. This is a "Mr and Mrs Smith" AU, as inspired by this post, and heavily based on the actual trailer.
Streaming, download, and notes : LJ, DW, AO3, tumblr
- Attack of the Fanboy wrote about various troubling issues affecting gaming fandom. One of the most recent involves the data Sony is gathering from users. "Sony’s updated Terms of Service reserved their right to prohibit the sale of used software, but tucked away in the updated version, the company also reserves the right to monitor users voice and text communication on the PlayStation Network." ( Read more... )
Me: The John Travolta one again?
Mom: No, it's called Justice for All - there's this defense attorney, and he's trying so hard, just throwing himself into it, but of course the justice system is very corrupt, and everything goes wrong. At the end he has a nervous breakdown in the courtroom, screaming that there is no justice.
Me: This is the most realistic legal movie you've ever seen, Mom? - why do you want your daughters to go to law school, again?
Mom: Well... but the judges in this movie are really bad, see; there's this corrupt judge who takes him up in a helicopter and cuts the engine, and says "don't worry, I'll turn it back on before we hit the water" -
Me: Mother, I know full well what the Kentuckian judiciary gets up to! That is not unusual behavior!
Mom: Okay, yeah.