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I love you. Let's gather firewood.

We'll light a fire on the mountain.

Verdict: Age of Ultron
I don"t think this has spoilers, but I"ll put it behind a cut just in case.Collapse )

Have CDs, will listen.

What could it be?Collapse )

This post brought to you by the garage sales I went to this morning. I also got a bunch of lipsticks (unused, I swear) and sample-sized face products. And a spiffy pen, just 'cause.


I still say No Strings Attached was the best of the pre-millennial boy band albums though. 'N Sync all the way!!1!

Oh god. I'm currently a quarter of the way through A River Without Banks by Chryse, and it is kicking my ass like I can't believe. Has anybody on my flist read it? Hug me please?

This fic.

This fic.

I can't even think of any other fics to compare it to. It's so dark and it's so far outside my usual comfort zones and OMG THE WARNINGS ARE THERE FOR A REASON PEOPLE, but I don't even care because JFC THIS FIC. I read the first six chapters this morning, and when I was done I literally put my head down and hugged myself for a few minutes, just trying to reel myself back in a little bit.

Every once in a while I'll come across a fic that is so good it makes me realize all over again exactly how good fanfic can truly be. So far, this is one of those fics. However, I am only a quarter of the way through. Let's see what the next 150,000 words are like. I am vaguely terrified to read them, and yet there's no doubt that I'm going to.

I need one of those "My body is ready" gifs right about now. Ah, there's one.

reichenbach body is read
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This is what Sherlock looks like in my headCollapse )

So what do your headcanon versions of characters look like? It doesn't have to be just Sherlock either, tell me about any characters you want. And I don't know if I'll get any comments, things being so quiet around here lately, but does anyone want to guess what I changed and/or didn't change about Sherlock in making my headcanon picture? *shrugs* Could be fun. :)

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So apparently it's actually happening?

Welp. Guess I gotta eat that shoe I promised.

holding my breath / won't lose you again
There is a Reichenbach Fall / His Last Vow brainvid in my head right now. It's set to Haunted by Taylor Swift and it's been on mental repeat for like a week straight. I'm honestly not sure how embarrassed I should be by this.

But obviously not too embarrassed to post about it on the internet!

It's this very trauma-y, angsty Johnlock thing with John losing Sherlock (Reichenbach) and then having to relive it twice in different ways (Magnussen's office, the tarmac) and just not dealing with it (or anything else) very well. Also, Mary is the "he" in this song, because het song is het, and it's getting in the way of my slashy brainvid.

Come on, come on, don't leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Something's gone terribly wrong
Won't finish what you started
Come on, come on, don't leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Can't breathe whenever you're gone
Can't turn back now, I'm haunted


The cusp of huh?
I just saw this post on tumblr titled The Signs and How Problematic They Are. Now I give about .0001 iota of credence to astrology, but all the same, does anybody understand what this means, and can you explain it to me? Like, what is meant by "problematic" in this instance? And where are 80,000 tumblr users getting their ideas about star signs from? How are people coming to these conclusions?

I couldn't help but notice that my sign (Virgo) is listed as 5.6 times more "problematic" than the next most problematic sign.

If I am considered an astrological terror, I want to know so that I can own it.

Hence my curiosity.

The Woes of a Fanfic Reader
I'm reading this huge Sherlock AU right now, called Names for the Galaxy. It's set in the future, and Sherlock is one of a number of mysterious beings called "afters," who've been appearing on earth for decades, seemingly transported from another time, place, or dimension.

I've had a theory since chapter two (about 100K ago) about what the "afters" really are. I'm pretty sure I'm right, and I just want to flail at someone about it, but there isn't really a forum in which I can do that.

One of the frustrating things about fanfic is that it's something you can't talk about with (most) other people, because there are so many layers of context that a person has to understand before it will make any sense to them at all. My father, for example, reads tons of Sci-Fi novels, and he's always telling me about them, but I'm not really comfortable telling him about the fanfic I'm reading (even the non-explicit stuff), because he just doesn't get fanfic. He'd also probably find the whole Johnlock angle a bit laughable, which would inevitably aggravate me to no end.

Online book clubs can be good for discussing fic, but the problem there is that you have to spend a fair amount of time and effort pulling together your thoughts enough to compose a written comment. You can't just open your mouth and start talking, the way you would at a meatspace book club, or if you were discussing fanfic with a friend in RL.


But OMG, seriously, the "afters" are totally fanfic spoilerCollapse )

Yes, I confess, I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters yesterday.

It was...pretty much what I expected. I haven't read the book, but I've read enough commentary on the book that I had a pretty good idea the movie wasn't going to be my cup of tea. I went anyway, because I wanted to do something for Valentines Day, and seeing Fifty Shades seemed like an appropriate choice.

I think the thing which I find most inexplicable about the story is that Ana doesn't actually like S&M. It's unclear in the movie whether she gets pleasure from the bondage and submission aspects of what they do together, but it's very clear that she dislikes being hurt or punished. That's something I knew going into the movie, but which I didn't discover until shortly after I purchased my advanced ticket. And, I mean, it's kind of a deal breaker. Like, it's no surprise to me that sometimes hot stories are problematic. I've read enough problematic-yet-super-hot fanfic to understand that sometimes the two can go hand in hand. So a lot of the talk I'd heard about how problematic Ana and Christian's relationship is did not cause me to automatically presume the story could not possibly be hot or romantic, in it's own problematic, YMMV kind of way.

But the fact that Ana doesn't like the kinky stuff Christian does to her, or wants to do to her, really does make the whole story tremendously un-hot. Off-putting, yes of course, but I actually found it hard to care all that deeply about the problematic shit going on because the story never really got a hook in me to begin with. It lost me at hello. It lost me at the fact that Christian is just not sexually compatible with Ana. He needs BDSM in his sexual relationships in order to feel satisfied, and she doesn't even really want BDSM in hers.

What Fifty Shades really left me wondering was why the author made that writing choice in the first place. If a story is meant to be sexy and romantic, why choose to make it about one person who needs to engage in BDSM and another person who just wants loving sex of the non-kinky variety? That seems to be a deeply counter-intuitive storytelling decision.
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Headcanon Post
Holy shit, I just thought: What if John's blog gets so popular that he starts making money off of all the hits it's getting? Like, there are fashion bloggers, and food bloggers, and home-sense bloggers, and then there's John, who blogs about crimes and adventures and deduction and Sherlock.

I can't believe I've never seen this suggested before. I can't believe I've never read a single fic where this happens.

One of the things that's always bugged me about John's part in canon (the original ACD canon as well as BBC canon) is that he does all of this work helping Sherlock and yet he never gets any kind of compensation that is specifically his. Sherlock gets paid, and perhaps he puts it towards practical things which they both benefit from, but that's not the same as John getting paid. I know he only goes along because he likes it, but still, he ought to be paid, damn it. But at the same time I doubt he'd be comfortable accepting money from clients. He'd probably feel it was still ultimately Sherlock's money, and that Sherlock was just letting him have it.

But he could make money off of his blog, secure in the knowledge that it was his own thing and nobody else's. So it's kind of the perfect solution to that problem.

Up until yesterday when it occurred to me that John could make money off of his blog, I'd always cherish the headcanon that eventually publishing companies start sending John letters, asking him to put together an anthology of his "Sherlock Holmes stories." And at first John's like, "No thanks. I'm really not a writer, and also, they're not 'stories,' they actually happened." But then he mentions it to a couple of people, thinking they'll have a laugh about it, and instead everyone ends up encouraging him to do it. Even Sherlock seems not to mind. And thus John becomes a published author, as well as a part time doctor and detective's assistant.

Truthfully, I think I still like the idea of John being published more than I like the idea of John making money off of his blog. Mainly because it's more...I don't know, romantic(?) for him to have his writing published; it resonates better. There's something lovely and timeless about it. But the blog idea seems more realistic in a modern day context, and really plays into the whole modernization concept that served as the initial inspiration for the series.

Though I suppose there's no reason John can't do both. It stands to reason that the more hits John's blog gets, the more likely he is to land on a publishing company's radar. So maybe John ends up being a popular blogger and a published author. Not like a best-selling celebrity author or anything - just successful enough that the publishing company is interested in doing another compilation or two of his 'stories' in the future.
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