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I don't actually think the new terms of service are necessarily concerning (the fact that the Russian language TOS controls is not a problem in and of itself; in any legal document, one language has to control; I'd have to look at the actual Russian laws cited to form a real opinion though and I'm too lazy to do so) but everyone seems to be jumping ship so I guess this means I have to dust off my Dreamwidth account.  I've been doing baby steps - today, I finished adding everyone on Dreamwidth who (1) is a mutual friend here and (2) has a username on Dreamwidth that is identical to Livejournal.  If you have a different name on Dreamwidth and I haven't added you, let me know!  I guess next steps will be adding everyone else I want to follow, importing my journal and then figuring out crossposting at some point ...

TL;DR: If I haven't added you on Dreamwidth yet, let me know your username in the comments!
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I will keep this short because most of my thoughts on reread are not particular insightful.
Spoilers Through The Hanging Tree )
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I'm not dead! And I haven't left Livejournal yet, I'm still checking my flist religiously, I promise, even if I'm entirely lurking.

At some point, I'm probably going to need to log into my Dreamwidth account for the first time in ages and figure out who everyone is on Dreamwidth and how to add them since it seems like people who held out on LJ through everything else have been evacuating one by one. I'm a pro at procrastinating, though, so I'll do that later ...

So anyways, I've vaguely formed a New Year's Resolution (formed in February, so let's call it a CNY Resolution) that since I read an awful lot of books (I read over 400 last year!), I should really write up reviews of them, especially the ones I like, especially since a good 60-70% of my reading list comes from recommendations from others. (If you write up book recs on your LJ, I add them to my list of books to read!) (I especially keep on meaning to write up reviews for the books I read for the #WOCinRomanceBookClub since I SUPER SUPER LOVED some of them.) Unfortunately, I'm a pro at procrastinating, so this hasn't happened yet, but since I recently read The Hanging Tree and then read some snatches of meta on tumblr, I've started a reread of all the Rivers of London books and have ~thoughts~ and figured what better way to jumpstart my attempt to write more reviews (I think I'm going to try to write 12 reviews this year, averaging one a month) by doing a thoughtdump on my reread.

My Thoughts On Rereading Midnight Riot, Spoilers Through The Hanging Tree )
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While I am aware that I am far from an active poster in livejournal, I am still here!  I have not abandoned LJ for tumblr, I promise! And I still check my flist everyday! And, apparently, sometimes I get enough inspiration to finish the fic snippets I started years and years ago. Even though law school sucked all my fic-writing inspiration out of me, I have finally regained enough to complete the below offering!

Fandom: Iron Man/Good Omens
Title: il n'y a de nouveau que ce qui est oublié
Characters/Rating: Pepper Potts, Adam Young, G
Summary: Before she was Pepper Potts, her name was Virginia. And before she was Virginia, she lived in Lower Tadfield.

Read it here.  It's posted to AO3 and not duplicated below because it already took me way too long to do a half-assed job checking my formatting there; I didn't want to do it all over again.  Thanks very much to [livejournal.com profile] darklightluna for the beta!
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Wow, I haven't posted in a while ...

Anyways, tonight, I rewatched the two Big Block of Cheese episodes and was reminded of who much I love The West Wing, despite all the times I may have shouted objections at the screen on any number of things.

Spoilers )
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I have been catching up with Skip Beat (Heel fakecest sexytimes ahoy) and rereading old Skip Beat fanfic, and now I have a craving for Ren/Kyoko/Moko threesome and/or OT3 fic, but of course it would be Ren/Kyoko and Kyoko/Moko, so maybe it would be more of an OTV? Either way, I feel like Skip Beat fandom is probably too small for me to ever get this ... :(
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Wow, I haven't updated in ages ... I promise, I still read my flist religiously, I guess I'm just too lurker-y to actually comment most of the time, and don't have interesting enough things to say to post ...

However, that has changed! Recently I have read a lot, because I have had much time on my hands and also a library card for checking out physical books and sneakily TWO library cards for checking out ebooks.

Most of what I have read is a large quantity of mediocre-to-terrible romance novels. I started following Victoria Dahl on tumblr, and because she is interesting, I checked out everything she has at my local library. I was quickly reminded of the fact that I cannot abide contemporary romance novels. I like historical romance novels (and paranormal/fantasy romances, for much the same reason) because the romantic leads face obstacles to their romance that I have find believably insurmountable. Contemporary romance novels, on the other hand - generally speaking, most of the leads' problems would be solved if they just talked to each other and/or stopped making stupid decision, so I have less patience for them. Which is to say that I enjoyed Victoria Dahl's historical romances (though not as much as Courtney Milan's), but my library mostly only had her contemporaries, which were not my cup of tea.

I also completely caught up on Michelle Sagara West's Chronicles of Elantra series, and have determined that as usual, I OTP Kaylin/Severn, I despise Nightshade (if Kaylin ends up with Nightshade in a later book I may very well throw the book against the wall and never pick up the series again), and I am pleasantly surprised by the increasing numbers of female/female friendships and conversations. The books have the same flaws as they do in earlier books (I'm not a huge fan of the hyperbolic literalisms in the writing; I made up that term just now and am not certain that it's a real thing but basically I'm a bit tired of "Kaylin was afraid Sergeant Marcus would rip her throat out because he's a Leontine and Leontines often do that; no really"), but they also have the same strengths as they do in earlier books (I love Kaylin, I like Severn, and even if the plots never make any sense to me, they keep me on the edge of my seat and satisfy my id and that is all I ask of a book).

As a side note: I'm 99% sure that Kaylin is supposed to be a woman of color. I'm not good at picking up race cues from books, so I base this in large part on the fact that the woman on the cover of the Elantra books doesn't look white to me. I think there might also be textual evidence as well; I may look for this on a later reread.

And now, finally! An actual review!

I finished reading Tamora Pierce's newest book, Battle Magic, today! )
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It's tragic when you read through your old WIPs and get really caught up and then suddenly it ends on a cliffhanger and you want to know what happens next but you didn't write any more.
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Okay, so ... ages ago, when Ensign Sue Must Die first came out, I read and greatly enjoyed the comic, and had it recommended to me more than once. It was short, clever, and cute.

I recently learned that there is a sequel up called Ensign Two: Wrath of Sue. I read through what's up right now, and I gather that Kirk, Spock, the Doctor, and Sherlock travel through multiple dimensions and will (at some point?) capture different Mary Sues in different universe via Pokeballs.

While I understand that this set-up is to maximize the different universes and jokes the webcomic creators can use, I ... feel like there is an interesting (read: unfortunate) implication underlying the fact that the writers/artists are choosing to have four male characters travel through multiple universes to systematically eliminate all the female characters*, when it's likely that Mary Sues were originally written in fandoms like Star Trek precisely because there were so few female characters on the show -- writers wanted to add in more female characters that were like themselves.**

There's still a lot of potential for the webcomic creators to not fail on this front (especially since there are only 7 pages out, and they haven't even started on their dimension-hopping adventures yet), but ... yeah.***




*While Uhura showed up in Ensign Sue Must Die, neither she nor any other non-Sue female character has showed up in Ensign Two.

**Okay, I entirely made up this origin but it's plausible. If Mary Sues originated in Star Trek fandom (well, the term did, at least), Star Trek does tend to be characterized by a "Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor" vibe, and I can easily see how female fans wanted more people like themselves on the show, and so would write fanfics featuring author avatars -- because it was the closest they would get.

***It's really late at night, and I have to wake up early tomorrow, so "But ... yeah" is about as eloquent as I'm going to get.
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So I have intermittently attempted to write "review" posts (more like love letters) where I gush about my favorite books of all time. It is impossible for me to talk about favorite books, however, without talking about one of my first favorite books: Anne of Green Gables.

My Childhood )
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Finally checked it out from the library yesterday, finished reading it today, and now I have thoughts.

Cut for Spoilers, of course )
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So I think the difference between shipping an OTP and accepting a ship is that when you accept a ship, you are willing and maybe even interested in reading fanfic that features that ship (provided it is done well). When you ship an OTP, however, you are willing to read a fanfic with no real plot and no real purpose other than that OTP. (Compare to accepting a ship, where you willing to read plot-less fic of the ship, i.e. PWP, but your motivation is the porn rather than the ship.] Even if it's a short romantic drabble whose where the main character's names could be interchanged with almost any other from any other universe, shipping an OTP means you are excited just that there is fic of this ship. You will even sometimes read fanfic that is mediocre, as long as it provides you that rush from reading about your OTP.

(That's why it is possible to ship numerous OTPs -- because you're willing to read fanfic about all of them to satisfy your craving(s).)

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