ladylarkrune: (Harley Grinning)

Have I mentioned how much I love Young Justice? I totally do. I love it. When I break out into actual vocal squeeing they must be doing something right.

The story is over arching and complex. They have a very good vocal cast, including your favorite con-bunny Crispin Freeman. They make serious continuity nods all the time. And it's done by the man who brought you Gargoyles and David Xanatos.

I love the character development in this as well. The characters are three dimensional with hopes, fears, foibles, and desires. They have their quirks that make them really bloody interesting and even the villains get these. It's not just meant for kids. Although it is enjoyable by kids. But the plots, the grey areas, and motivations really are adult fare. And trust me they get some serious crap by the radar.

And then there are the canon ships. And I have to admit it, I am a big fan of one of them. Seriously big fan of it. It gives me a happy to see them together. Especially since he knows all of her secrets and she knows all of his. Yeah there's some weirdness to it, but it's a super hero romance, what do you expect?

No real reason for this post other than the first season just finished and it was awesome. Watch it people. If you liked the DC Animated Universe, you will like this. If you liked Teen Titans, you will like this. If you liked Gargoyles, you will like this. Seriously, it may be a cartoon. But it is a good one.
ladylarkrune: (Skirt)
My reading box is getting way too full again. On top of the stories I am following on boolprop I have enough reading material to keep me entertained for a month if I don't do anything else.

So if I have not commented on your story/updates yet this is why.

I am trying to catch up. I just managed to leave comments on three stories/four updates. Since I woke up. But I am having a serious need for organizing my story telling folder again. There are shots I didn't use because they didn't fit last time around and I only want to do one more chapter and an epilogue on the asylum.

I am shooting to get this done by the end of the year. Then I need to finish on of my fanfics that has been languishing since April without an update.

I also need to go giftmas shopping.
ladylarkrune: (Spike: Let me rest)
I few days ago in the judging forum for the Max Challenge another Judge and I were talking about gender crossing fics and how to judge them and what categories they would fall into. Ultimately a pretty boring conversation but a necessary one. But the convo got me yearning to reread some of my old favorites. Particularly Ranma 1/2. I find it funny how in general I hate Ranma with any of the girls in the series but like him with several of the boys. Call me odd.

Anyway, I've reread Genma's Daughter by Deborah Goldsmith more recently, so I decided to seek out other fics. I've just finished rereading "Thy Outward Part" by Richard Lawson. It is still good, but I can definitely see the Gary Stu characteristics in it. I also noticed that some of the writing wasn't as tight and the dialogue got a bit stilted in certain parts. Strange, when I used to consider it among the best of the best out there. Either I've become jaded or the writing wasn't that good and I was too stupid to notice back then. The sad thing is that it is still one of the best Ranma fanfics I have read. Kinda sad when I can honestly say that I've read about half or more of the Ranma fics on Mediaminer and on

I've also been thinking a lot about my stories. I think I need to make a decision about the ones that I have unfinished. I want to complete "Plotting to Win" and "Journey of Illumination" but I don't think any of the others are going to happen. I've seriously thought about it and I haven't touched them seriously in 5 years so it is time to let them go.

Five years. I can't believe that in a little over a month will mark 7 years of my writing fanfic. I've been prereading for over 12 years starting with MASN by Joseph Kohle. It's amazing how much has changed. The whole philosophy of fanfic has changed. Back when I started in the community C&C was something freely given and sought after. The more people ripped you apart and nitpicked the better you felt. It was strange. Even when I started writing fanfic, the whole reviewing mentality was different. The demographics were very different too. When I started in the fandom there were a small amount of female writers and very few writers under the age of 18. The reason for that I think had to do with connectivity and availiblity of the internet. I remember when the demographic switched and it was shock to me.

I remember watching the first Anime Central Fanfic panel and listening attentively, the authors were amzing (Zen, Ryan Matthews, Richard Lawson and others I can't remember.) The Audience loved them and I remember sitting next to the man who wrote as Ucchan. Things are very different now and there is an obvious schism in the fanfic community. When I sat in the audience two years ago, I realized that I was looking at authors who hadn't published anything in several years or if they had it was continuations of their massive epics and they only wrote in obscure fandoms (and when did Bubblegum Crisis and Ah! My Goddess become obscure!!!!) Most of the panelists still had the FFML mentality which is different than the mentality. It just boggles my mind. I remember looking around the audience - over half of whom were still in high school and I could see that they didn't understand what the panelists were talking about. Many of them asked questions, good legit questions about Mary-sues and how not to make them. How to write romance well? And the difference between Flames and Constructive Criticism. The panelists didn't get it. And when I looked them up later I learned why. They didn't publish their works on any of the major multi-fandom archives. They probably don't see the drek published nowadays. I know know one of them for certain didn't, they stated outright that they don't read fanfiction anymore. THE HELL!!! Their back up panelist of Catwho seemed to be as frustrated as I was, but she wasn't on the panel.

Take that to now, and I can see the separation in the fanfic community grow. There are the Old Fogeys, of which I am one, who butt heads with the Newbies. Then there are the people in the middle who came in about 5 years ago when the whole thing was changing. They remember some of the "good Old days" but are more familiar with the current climate. It's a little strange. I've tried to keep up to date on current fanfic trends, but I have to admit that I get tired of reading the same cliched plots that I ran into 10 years ago. There is still good fic to be found. But I am getting tired of the male lead/Harem fics, the Everyone's gay fics, the AU High School stories, the wangst fests, and the like. Finding a good story is getting harder and harder.

I still love fanfiction. I still like alternate and canon pairings I am willing to read anything if it is well written and well plotted. But when I sit down at my computer to write, I keep seeing the pages of drek that has come before me and I am afraid that I am going to join them. I don't want to be known as a mediocre author. I don't want to be known as a person who never finished fics. However I sure as hell don't want to be a BNF. I think what I want is for me to find my niche in the fanfic community.

And I am not totally sure where that is.
ladylarkrune: (B5: OTP Delenn & Sheridan)
With the writer's strike - which I will admit I haven't noticed that much since I don't watch a whole lot of T.V. to begin with and the fact that I need to do something else other than just play the Sims2 and read fanfic - I broke out my Babylon 5 unopened boxsets. I had never really seen much of the first season. An episode here, a snippet there. I wasn't all that fond of Sinclair and I think that colored my viewing pleasure. And I skipped most of the fifth season - without a few key characters it just wasn't the same.

So I am watching it now. The first season was better than I expected. Sinclair wasn't bad I just like Sheridan a lot more. I like looking back at it and seeing all of the set up for the later seasons. JMS really knew what he was doing and I have to really respect that. The Second Season was really strong but the third season just blew that all out of the water. That season really is the pinnacle of the series -which is really sad considering that there are two seasons to go. I am about a fourth of the way through the fourth season and I can feel my heart dropping. I know what is going to happen to a few characters and I am not looking forward to watching that.

But I look at Babylon 5 and think that this is really how Television should be. Strong with over-arching plots but not so interconnected that you have to watch from the beginning or be lost. I feel that way about Heroes and Lost that at this point I would like to watch the shows but every time I try I feel lost - where as with B5 I came in late in the second season as a real fan and I still didn't feel confused. I did the same with Buffy. The other thing about B5 is that it is massively quotable. For Example: "It's like I've always said, 'You get more with a kind word and a a two by four, than just a kind word.'" and "If you value your lives; be somewhere else!" Excellent! Sorry smiling gleefully just remembering those scenes.

The other thing I like about B5 were that some of the non-arc episodes are really true gems. For example: "Passing through Gethesemene" is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of television out there - right up there with "The Body" from Buffy. It makes me cry every time I watch it. And most of the episode focusses on a one-off character. It is just lovely.

B5 also had two romantic arcs in it that captured my attention - one joyful and the other tragic. It is the tragic one that makes me so upset and is part of the reason why I am dreading the end of season four. But I still love the pairing in my Icon enough that I read a lot of fanfic for it in my time. There are also a few homoerotic pairing potentials in there - to the point that even the actors make commentary on it. I like it. ^_^

Anyway. Back to my B5-a-thon.
ladylarkrune: (Romance)
I don't know why, but seeing anime/manga mentioned in such mainstream magazines as Time gives me a little thrill. This week's issue has a little 3/4 page blurb about the rise of shojo manga and specifically mentions Fruits Basket and Fushigi Yuugi. And I just got so happy to see Tohru holding Yuki & Kyo in the table of contents that I just had to tell my roommate.

I love that anime is slowly becoming more mainstream and accepted. I cheered when Spirited Away won the Oscar. I shrieked when I heard of the Anime Network. I crowed when CN announced Bebop on Adult Swim. Heck I loved that Matthew Sweet used anime for "girlfriend" I'm not upset that anime is attracting new fans and "destroying the purity" of it. I would love to see the day when people didn't feel the need for fansubs or digisubs because the anime would be readily availible.

Kinda unrealistic, huh? But I can hope. After all, it wasn't that long ago when the only anime you could find was Akira and Urotsokudoji. ^_^

BTW to my friends in the industry, I just want to say "thank you!" for giving me the little things in life that make me smile.
ladylarkrune: (Lunch!)
Ok I'm watching Justice League and while this show is known for hiding Adult themes this one had me going "Holy Shit I am surprised that they were able to slip this past the Censors." Wonder Woman's and the Princess had a night of fun. Culminating in Wonder Woman saving the princess from herself complete with tender face touches and hair strokes.

Alicia's response was "I can just see the fanfic!"

And I had to laugh.

But um yeah -- this show is not for kids


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