fialleril: [all the movies should be about mothers and daughters] (Brave)
So I saw Brave for the second time yesterday, and it is still the greatest. I won't really spoil it here, for those who haven't seen it, but I will say this (at risk of being called a fandom heretic):

I've enjoyed some Pixar movies before, but I've usually found them predictable and, while enjoyable despite that, not nearly up to the hype they usually get. Brave is the first Pixar movie I have ever really liked, as in liked enough to purchase and watch again and again and show to all of my friends. It's just a gorgeous story, not only visually rich but also incredibly nuanced plotwise. It's a coming of age story that makes sense to me, that treats all of its major players with respect and care and depth.

I am darkly amused by the fact that the only Pixar movie I've ever found truly innovative and deeply moving is the same movie that most Hollywood critics are saying isn't up to Pixar's usual standards. Darkly amused, but not surprised. It's not up to snuff because it's about mothers and daughters instead of fathers and sons, because ladies and their relationships with each other are just not universal stories, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

Personally, I think all the stories should be about mothers and daughters. ALL OF THEM. All the Pixar stories, too. Give me more movies like Brave, and I might actually start to understand what all the Pixar hype is about.

a wild meme appears

Monday, June 27th, 2011 02:18 pm
fialleril: [still my favorite film Holmes] (Basil of Baker Street)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] elle_white, because it's about time I do something not Loki-related on this journal I guess.

Give me a top 5 (any top 5) and I will comment with my top 5 with reasons.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (did someone say cake?)



...

And that's terrible.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Sheldon)
(source)

OMG you guys

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 01:05 pm
fialleril: [Sherlock thinks your PWP is dull] (bored now)
[livejournal.com profile] asexy_sherlock

The existence of this community makes me giggle with joy.

Yes. I know. I have a problem. Whatevs, I will foist it on you.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Holmes and Watson)
Some kind soul on the intarwebs posted the Sherlock pilot, which is basically an earlier version of the first episode, "A Study in Pink." And I watched it. And, as it turns out, I have Thoughts!

And because I am bored, I shall inflict them on you, the unsuspecting (?) friends list public.

But because there are spoilers, here is a cut! )
fialleril: [Sherlock thinks your PWP is dull] (bored now)
I write asexual comedies that are in no way based on the germ of personal experience. No indeed. None of that here.

Maybe I should just admit defeat and call this a series. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ace Detective. (You like what I did there? Oh the cleverness of me.) Although, if this keeps up, I'm going to need a Watson icon that says, "Damn it, I'm a doctor, not your sex ed teacher!"

All of which is to say...uh, the kink meme made me do it!

Title: Kid in a Candy Store
Characters: asexual!Sherlock, mortified!John, OC shop attendant
Genre: technically gen
Rating: PG-13, I guess, since it takes place in a sex shop. But everything that happens is pretty G.
Word Count: 1319
Summary: “I’m very disappointed in the adult world, John. Your brains are even more infantile than I’d thought.”
Warnings: sex toys, somewhat oblivious!Sherlock, and extreme amounts of embarrassment for poor John
Notes: Written for this prompt at [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc_fic:

Sherlock in a sex shop. Maybe it's for a case, maybe he has to replace his riding crop, maybe he's just curious... I don't care. Just have him in a sex shop poking around and asking questions to the bewildered shop assistants. May or may not include mortified John.

Somebody else suggested this should include asexual!Sherlock, and, well...this happened.

Kid in a Candy Store )
fialleril: [Sherlock thinks your PWP is dull] (bored now)


Want. Take. Credit. Don't hotlink. :)
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Holmes and Watson)
The promised full-length Sherlock fic. This was pretty much inevitable, really.

Title: However Improbable
Characters: John, Sherlock, Sarah, Molly
Timeframe: technically set after "The Great Game," but no spoilers, really
Genre: gen, flirting at the border with crack
Rating: PG I guess? Ha ha I have no idea how to rate this one.
Word Count: 3404
Summary: In which John tries to deduce Sherlock's sexuality, and Sherlock has much more important things on his mind. Like omelets and false moustaches.
Warnings: Er, porn? Only, not at all in the way you might think. Also, body parts in the refrigerator, and other unsanitary places.
Notes: This is by far the most self-indulgent thing I have ever written. I regret nothing.
Actual story notes at the end of the fic.

Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kittyjimjams and [livejournal.com profile] albumsontheside for Britpicking and betaing!

However Improbable )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Holmes and Watson)
Over the weekend I went and visited [livejournal.com profile] veriond at her new digs in Springfield, MO. She has a pretty nice place there, though still in the setting up process.

Anyway, the point of this post is: while in Springfield, we watched the BBC's new Sherlock miniseries.

I think I'm probably the last person on my f-list to have seen this, but just in case I'm not, here is a cut for spoilers!

This is the cut in question! )

So! The overall outcome of my consideration of these things has been to make me realize that the DESIRE OF MY HEART is to see a genderbent Sherlock Holmes. To the extent that I have even started casting it in my head! I know that I would love to see Freema Agyeman as Holmes. (I'm calling her Sheila. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] kittyjimjams, SHEILA. I will not be swayed! Although Sorcha is, I confess, also a good choice.) I think Genevieve O'Reilly would make a pretty good Watson. Further ideas, f-list?
fialleril: [kid!Spock disapproves of human mating ritual shenanigans] (is this a kissing book?)
So I have been thinking a lot lately about asexual characters, and the lack thereof, in the fiction I consume. This is actually kind of Tim Burton's fault. I know, I know, you're saying, "Wait, what?" Believe me, I had a similar reaction. But as I mentioned in my last post I just watched his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory recently, and Willy Wonka pinged my ace-dar* within about five minutes. And it got me to thinking about how I have now encountered a grand total of four characters in fiction that I would absolutely identify as asexual. Namely: Sheldon Cooper, Willy Wonka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Frodo Baggins.**

ETA: As [livejournal.com profile] ingridmatthews pointed out, there is also Sherlock Holmes, so five!

Which, in turn, naturally led me to ask, "Where are the ladies?"

Don't get me wrong, I am pretty excited about being able to identify even four aces in the various fictions I've consumed over the years. That's actually fairly decent odds, I suppose, since we only make up about 1% of the population.

But they are all dudes! Seriously, where are the ladies?

So, f-list, any recs for fandoms with ladies that could be interpreted as asexual?





*Ace-dar is absolutely a thing. Even if I have just invented the word now.

**There will be a post about this someday, I swear.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Sheldon)
I had a rather marvelous self-date today. (The best kind of date!) Actually I am still on it, since I'm eating at the Corner Bakery as I type. Not, you know, that anyone cares!

Anyway! I found this fabulous late run theater in Logan Square that charges $4 for a movie, which is something I can actually afford! And so I finally took myself to see Alice in Wonderland. It was quite enjoyable!

In case there are folks who might still be spoiled for this movie, here is a cut! )

And on another note, I've now made it to season 2 of The Big Bang Theory. Apparently I like it? I mean, there is this icon! Also, I find myself weirdly invested in certain aspects of this show, for reasons that will surprise no one. (Ha ha I am so transparent about these things!)

further thoughts, mostly on the subject of Sheldon )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (snapped)
Does anybody on the f-list watch The Big Bang Theory? I have heard a rumor that Sheldon may be coded asexual (apparently he "has no deal"), and I'm wondering if this rumor is true. If so I may have to investigate this show: I need more aces in my fiction!
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Obi-Wan)
Here at last is my attempt to collect my thoughts on the subject of Obi-Wan's asexuality, according to my reading. Because I have had Experiences in the past, we will start this meta with several disclaimers!

Disclaimer the first: What I am offering here is my own reading of a character in the Star Wars universe. I understand that not everyone views Obi-Wan in this way! And that is perfectly okay! If you view Obi-Wan as sexual, good for you! All I'm doing here is offering my own reading.

Disclaimer the second: I am, to be perfectly honest, INFINITELY TIRED of trying to convince people that asexuality a) exists, b) is a valid sexual orientation, c) is not a deficiency, d) does not mean that people of that orientation are cold, inhuman, and unfeeling, and e) does not mean that said people are repressed, have been abused as children, or anything else. I WILL NOT BE CONVINCING YOU OF THAT HERE. Furthermore, if you come by here simply to try to convince me that asexuality does not exist, or is unhealthy, or any of the other nonsense mentioned above, I will promptly delete your comment and proceed to ignore you. I'm making this a public post because people are interested, but this remains my space, and I intend it to be safe. Thank you.

Disclaimer the third: I will also not be offering a detailed explanation of what asexuality is. If you are curious, please check out AVEN!

ETA: Disclaimer the fourth: Concerning the EU. You can argue back and forth in the comments about whether the EU is canon if you like. Shockingly, that isn't part of my argument in this case. In fact, the EU kind of reinforces my argument. Because when I say that fans traditionally interpret Obi-Wan's character in certain ways, and that most fans never seem to have considered the possibility that he might be asexual, I AM INCLUDING THE EU AUTHORS IN THAT STATEMENT. George gives the EU authors very little direction, and so when they write, they go through the process of interpreting the characters, JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER FAN. When you read the various EU works, what you're reading is an interpretation, and like all interpretations, it assumes certain things. In the case of Obi-Wan, the EU assumes that he is sexual. In fact, I'm pretty certain they never even bothered to ask the question.

And now, on to the actual meta! )

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