fialleril: [my unabating Malfoy problem] (Malfoys)


In other news, still don't have a lot of energy for a real fandom post (alas for the halcyon writing days of summer), so here, have this instead.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (light the sky and hold on tight)
This is so cool!

Marco Tempest combines projection mapping and pop-up books to tell the story of Nikola Tesla, and everything about it is awesome. Give it a watch!
fialleril: [my unabating Malfoy problem] (Malfoys)
But I am too lazy to write an actual My Thoughts On Harry Potter post tonight. And anyway you can probably guess most of them because I am very predictable with my thoughts and tastes. As only one example, if you wonder about my thoughts on Dumbledore, they are virtually identical to my thoughts on Yoda.

So instead, please enjoy this list of books that would have been infinitely more interesting than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

under a cut 'cause I get a little long-winded )

On an entirely different note, I am debating whether I should make an actual HP tag, or just stick with "my ongoing Malfoy problem," since that seems likely to be the gist of it, anyway.
fialleril: [the deepest commitment] (Shaak Ti)
The delightful [livejournal.com profile] pokecharm requested Star Wars icons for her birthday, and after I made the batch I realized I also had a bunch of Justice League animated and general comics icons lying around that I'd never posted, so here, have them all!

[20] Star Wars
[6] Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
[17] comics

Rules:
[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit [livejournal.com profile] fialleril.
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.

Samples:



the rest under here )
fialleril: [when the time comes to let it go, to let it go] (to live in this world)
Third in my series of character studies of Loki's monster children using riddles from Tolkien's The Hobbit. This one is Hel's (which you can tell because it's definitely the longest).

Previous parts: Fenrir | Jormungand

Title: comes first and follows after
Characters: Hel
Rating: PG
Word Count: 863
Summary: Hel is born in the shadow between the stars.
Warnings: passing reference to potential body horror Loki eating the witch's heart (highlight to read)
Notes: Hopefully it will be clear enough, but Hel refers to Angrboda as "mother" and Loki as "mama" (I've combined a couple of myths here - highlight that warning text and you'll know which ones).

comes first and follows after )
fialleril: [here there be monsters] (mystery and wonder)
Remember that series of character studies on Loki's children I started, using Tolkien's riddles from The Hobbit as a lens? Here is the second one, about Jormungand, which was definitely the trickiest one to write.

(The first one, about Fenrir, is here.)

Title: and yet never grows
Characters: Jormungand
Rating: PG
Word Count: 555
Summary: His father hates walls, but Jormungand laughs at them.
Notes: The riddle for this one isn't quite as obvious, but I am using the actual answer to the riddle, "mountains," as a metonym for "the foundations of the earth." The title is a bit delightfully ironic, since of course Jormungand is famous for his never ending growth spurts.

and yet never grows )
fialleril: [Palo is everyone's favorite artist] (Palo)
Mostly thoughts on BBC's The Hollow Crown as it's aired so far (so Richard II and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2), but also a Hamlet fic rec.

spoilers for The Hollow Crown, though mostly minor ones )

On a non-spoilery note, here is a fic you should read immediately, if you have not already done so!

Rosemary for Remembrance by Gehayi. It's Hamlet! In space! With Ophelia as the protagonist and an asexual woman of color, solving mysteries and saving the day (in space)! And female!Claudius, and secret plots, and aliens, and people saving the day by being clever. It is one of my favorite pieces of fiction, period.

hello internet

Friday, July 13th, 2012 08:54 pm
fialleril: [someday perhaps I will write that AU about warrior!Sif and fosteredJotunPrince!Loki] (Sif/Loki)
I return, having had rather more adventures than expected.

I had an excellent time with my sister. We explored a good part of New York, and even some of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and came home with good memories, some little bits of nature, and rather too much mead. (This is a lie. You can never have too much mead.)

We ended the week by inviting one of my friends over for movie night. Neither she nor my sister had ever seen Thor, so we polished off a bottle of mead watching that. It seemed appropriate. There may or may not have been a drinking game involving Odin's terribleness as a parent and as a human being, but the mead disappeared long before we got to the end of the movie. Which was just as well, really, since that last scene between Loki, Odin, and Thor would probably have required the drinking of a whole bottle.

So, it was an excellent vacation. Unfortunately for me, it was followed by getting seriously ill (I had two ear infections, a sinus infection, and bronchitis all at once), so that was no fun.

And most recently, I had some car drama, the long and the short of which was that I now have a new car, because the cost of fixing the old one was more than the car itself was worth. This is not as awful as it could have been, because I've known for a while that I would need a new car, and was already saving up.

Anyway, that concludes this ho hum report of my activities. Next post will be much more interesting: Shakespeare!
fialleril: [a sword age, a wolf age] (wolf)
Yes, more Norse myth stuff.

I have started a series of short fics about each of Loki's three monster children, taking a metaphorical look at them and riffing on Tolkien's riddles from The Hobbit. It started with this one, when I realized that this riddle fit Fenrir quite well, and its answer gave me a whole new way of understanding the all-devouring wolf and his meaning and importance in the mythology.

There will eventually be a riddle fic for Jormungand and Hel as well, and most likely a bonus one for Loki too. (Go ahead, guess which riddle from The Hobbit he is. I think it's actually pretty easy.)

Title: this thing all things devours
Characters: Fenrir
Rating: PG
Word Count: 570
Summary: Fenrir remembers everything.
Warnings: references to canon torture
Notes: Yes, all the verb tenses are deliberate. This was loads of fun.

this thing all things devours )
fialleril: [Na-Ekkreth the trickster] (Anakin)
Or, step one in my evil plan to convince my Star Wars nerds they should get on this Norse myth thing already.

So, some clever soul over on tumblr has already posted a link to the "Luke Skywalker as a take on Loki (who was called the Skywalker)" meta. (Yes, Loki was a Skywalker first. I have a cross-mythos theory that he stole Hermes' winged sandals once, and - that's a story for another day.)

Thus:

i was reading this and the comment that luke skywalker was "luke s. - lucas" caught my eye because i always thought that luke skywalker was a take on loki sky-traveler, the norse god of mischief who was born to an evil giant farbauti ("cruel striker") and was associated with magic (the force) and had tried on several occasions to overthrow the aesir (evil empire) by forming an alliance with the giants (who had been previously overthrown and condemned by the aesir and would be analogous to the rebel alliance) in norse mythology he was also directly responsible for the death of balder, the god of light (death star?) who was completely impervious to everything as a result of the other gods making everything in existence promise never to harm him, save one plant, the mistletoe. loki then tricked one of the other gods into throwing a mistletoe dart directly into balder's heart thus killing him. this is somewhat similar to luke having to fire his missile into exactly the right spot in the death star which caused it to explode.

the only difference being, while loki was then caught and tortured for the rest of eternity, luke lived happily ever after.

(source)


Rambly thoughts on Loki and the Skywalkers of Star Wars under here. )

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: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)

The Wedding Preparations
by ~Hellanim on deviantART

Perfect depiction of this myth, yes. Thor is so disgruntled! Also, Loki, tone yourself down, lady! You are outshining the bride!

I love this artist so much. They did the pic in my icon as well. If you have not already checked out their DA, you should do so!

some things

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 05:23 pm
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
So I have finally gotten around to joining the Archive Of Our Own (AO3), after lurking and reading fic there for ages. I love their tagging system.

I've only uploaded my most recent stuff and the older stuff that I like best, but here is my page over there. I'm Fialleril, as always. (Why mess with a thing that works, right?)

Also, on a totally unrelated note, this shirt is the most perfect and accurate summary of Norse mythology ever:



Make Loki fix it is the answer to all the problems.

(I...I kind of want this shirt. Someone stop me. I mean, where would I even wear it?)
fialleril: [someday perhaps I will write that AU about warrior!Sif and fosteredJotunPrince!Loki] (Sif/Loki)
Welp I finally saw that Thor movie. And I'mma talk to you about it, but first, there are some things you should probably know about me. 'Cause if you're expecting a balanced account of this movie, well I'm sorry, but you're going to be disappointed. Be warned: you are gonna hear a lot about Norse mythology, as well as the Marvel characters. I'm sorry; I just can't help myself.

So the first thing you should probably know is that I love mythological Loki the most. I know I've mentioned this before, but you don't even understand, internet. If I had to narrow all of the most foundational narratives in my life down to two - two narratives that have been with me for as long as I can remember, that I keep coming back to always, that have pretty much shaped who I am as a person - they would be these two characters/narratives: Persephone, and Loki. I met Loki as a kid, long before I knew words like genderqueer or ambiguity or even trickster, but he caught my imagination instantly. He knew all about the power of stories, and he had a quick tongue and a sense of fun and adventure and he could get out of anything. Loki's defining characteristic is this: when presented with an either/or choice and told that he has to choose, Loki says no. Both hero and villain, both Jotun and one of the Aesir, both man and woman, both mother and father, both human and horse and fly and seal and whatever the hell else Loki wants to be. For a kid who saw herself as fundamentally non-gendered, but who was constantly being pressured to be female (and to be female in a certain way), Loki's ambiguous, gender-fluid narrative was ridiculously powerful. Still is.

What this means, among many other things, is that I can and will love all versions of Loki I come across, regardless of mythological accuracy or actual portrayal of ambiguity. There are more than enough narratives out there that portray him as flatly evil, but whatever, I just reinsert the ambiguity myself.

So pretty much what I'm saying is that this review is gonna be all about Loki. Also possibly about how Odin is the worst ever. Seriously. I once held a contest for myself to see whether Zeus or Odin was the greatest tool of all time ever, and it was a close thing, but Odin won.

So, you know, just clearing up expectations. By this point you know whether you want to read this or not.

Probably some spoilers under here. Also lots of feelings. )
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
So hey there internet! Uh...long time no see? Yeah, sorry about that.

Someday soon (really!) I will make a legit, f-locked tighter than Alcatraz post about the incredible hornet's nest of ridiculousness that has been my life in the last couple of months, but right now I do not have the emotional energy to do that, so we'll just say that the semester is over and graduation was yesterday and today and I gave the invocation at yesterday's ceremony so that was good.

Anyway there will be more later but for right now I want to talk to you about Thor.

I have not actually seen Thor yet. In fact I'm still unspoiled about it at this point, and my knowledge of the comics is pretty minimal, so. BUT. I am totally going to see it soon, and I am definitely going in with some expectations, because I love mythologies the most (THE MOST, OKAY), and I have so many feelings about mythology of all kinds, but especially Greek and Norse.

So this post is gonna be a rambling list of my expectations going into this movie, and all my feelings about Norse mythology. You can already tell the kind of rambling this is going to be, so I'm just gonna make a cut here and you can skip this nonsense if you want!

all kinds of feelings under here )
fialleril: [I kind of want to be this man when I grow up] (J.M. Barrie)
I love J.M. Barrie. "Yes, Fia," you say, "we know." But here's the thing. I am always more interested in an author's work than in the author themselves. Sometimes I do not care about the author at all. This is even more true in film media, where actors and directors are just...not at all interesting to me.

But. Then there is Barrie. As much as I like his work, I am actually more interested in the man himself. And just. What is up with that? I mean, I don't even know.

But then he goes and does amazing things like writing self-insert fanfic for Sherlock Holmes.

Yes. Really. And because said fic is in the public domain, and also pretty short, I will share it with you as proof!

asdakjdkadopjklpaj Barrie stop being so awesome )

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: [vulnerable to our suddenly bare history] (of an emptied world)
So, you all remember how I had the sudden revelation that the desire of my heart is to see a genderbent version of Sherlock Holmes starring Freema Agyeman as Holmes?

Here are some further thoughts on that subject! With pictures!

casting behind this cut )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Megamind)
First off, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] dagor_hamster. Hope the day has been a great one!

Today my co-worker/boss Jordan set up his brand new iMac. It is a thing of beauty and shinyness. I've been sitting here coveting it all day.

Someday, when I make actual money, I am going to invest in a Mac.

And in other news, the upcoming season looks to be a potentially good one for animated movies. Observe:

trailers and semi-snarky commentary beneath this cut )

icon meme

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 10:56 pm
fialleril: [a friendship so epic George couldn't bear to tell it] (BFFs)
Stolen from quite a few people!

1. How do you feel right now?



the rest under here )

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