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sometimes fandom is just too much

I must be one of the most laidback, hard-to-offend person cause DAMN. The rage/disgust/hate that I see on my tumblr dash -- and the people I follow are relatively sane (well, as sane as a fangirl can be) -- after a Glee episode astounds some times. I feel like I'm not watching the same show. Or is something wrong with me? Like, I saw the scenes everyone is raging over but they don't bother me. I mean, they bother me but (a) not to the same extent and/or (b) I think the scenes were suppose to bother me and (c) IT'S A TV SHOW. IDEK

And another unpopular opinion for my little corner of fandom -- as much as I love Klaine/Kurt/Blaine, I do not watch Glee solely for them. If the characters were written off, I would still watch the show. And I get that Blaine/Darren is super popular. I love the guy too but omg I hate the "BLEE" crap I see sometimes. Glee =/= Blaine. I do not want Glee to turn into the Blaine Show. It's an ENSEMBLE show. Yes, there are lead characters -- plural. The show doesn't revolve around a single character (as much Rachel would disagree).

One more rant while I'm at it. I also hate the passive-aggressive (I think that's the term) bragging that I see. You know those people, the ones who like to casually remind everyone how many times they've seen Darren and/or Chris. All the concerts/appearances they've been to. I mean, be excited about it and everything but how many times must you mention that you were at so-and-so event that happened months/over a year ago *rolls eyes*

I need to take a tumblr break. Especially with the crazy that will happen after next week's episode.

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I never understood shipping wars. Sure, I can understand not liking a certain pairing or wishing a character was paired up with someone else but see, isn't that what fanfiction/LJ/tumblr is for?

So, in Glee, there are many ships -- Klaine, Finchel, Wemma, Faberry, Britana, Puckleberry, Tike etc etc. I mean the list goes on and on. But there's no one crazier than the Kam (Kurt/Sam) shippers. Maybe when Sam was first created, he was intended to be Kurt's boyfriend but that obviously changed by the time filming came around and other than Kurt thinking Sam was a possible fellow gay in that one episode, there's been nothing. NOTHING. They can ship Kam all they want. Hate Blaine all they want. But I'm sorry, the chance of Sam waking up one day and deciding he's gay/bi and wants Kurt is practically non-existent (never going to say never because we all know how cracky Glee writers are). However, bombarding entertainment journalists/actors via twitter is not going help. And petitioning the Obama administration to ban Samcedes is just truly horrifying. *headdesk so hard* WHAT. THE. EVERLASTING. FUCK.

Fandom is fun. Just stay away from the scary sections.

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holiday points

~~ Had a low key weekend. Mom was hoping to host a family get together on Christmas Eve but the scheduling didn't work so it was just the family + grandparents. It was nice.

~~ Played mah jong with bro, SIL & mom and I'm really bad at it LOL We all started with $5 in chips and after 2 nights, I was down to $1.70 :( Fun was had though. Guess SIL always wanted to play but there was never enough people (you need 4) so she was happy.

~~ Saw The Tourist and yeah, not so good.

~~ Decided to go to Yorkdale Mall for Boxing Day. OMG. We left around 7:45am and the exit ramp from the highway to get onto the street that takes you into the mall? Backed up. Unbelievable! We decided to get off at the next exit and double back. Never made it into the Burberry or Michael Kors stores due to lineups. We were gone by noon and all I bought were a pair of arm warmers. Headed back downtown around dinner time so I decided to pop into the Eaton Centre. Considering it was about a hour before closing, the mall was still quite full! The Eaton's shoe department was a disaster zone. I feel sorry for whomever has to put back all those shoes.

~~ I want a Longchamps Le Pliage handbag. It comes in purple :)

~~ Watched the Doctor Who Christmas special. LOVED IT. Was a tad disappointed it wasn't about an escaped Egyptian goddess on the Orient Express. In space. :P Michael Gambon was brilliant. The way "A Christmas Carol" was used was so smart. Matt Smith continues to be brilliant with kids. Not enough Amy & Rory but their honeymoon "costumes"! LOL Nice that London gets a break from alien-invested Christmases though.

~~ Shopping spree on Amazon.com this morning. Purchased SPN S5, Chuck S3, HIMYM S5, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia S5, Kyle XY S3 & Legend of the Seeker S1. All $14.99 or less!! Score! Couldn't believe SPN, Chuck & HIMYM were so cheap. They're all still in the $30s up here. Too bad Doctor Who was still expensive and why no sale for Bones S5? Even with the exchange and shipping, it'll come to about $20/DVD which is awesome.

~~ Thanks faninohio for the virtual gift ♥♥

~~ The downside of a new fandom -- Klaine/Criss Colfer -- is the amount of bad fic and I've read some baaaaaad ones. And what is with all these depressing fics?! Hopefully rec lists will start popping up.

~~ I've decided that I want to replace my mish mash of paperbacks of classic literature with cloth covered hardcover versions (something like this). They're just so pretty! Unfortunately, no series has all the books I want so they will be some mixing but I can live with that. I've actually wanted to do this for a long while but since I already own these books, it felt wasteful. However, this time, a co-worker told me her sister is looking to beef up their collection with classics for their children which is perfect. I guess anything they don't want, I can always donate.

meme answer

faninohio asked this: What 5 characters do you dislike the most in your favorite fandoms?

Thinking of 5 was pretty hard. I'm the type of person where I tend to like everyone in my fandoms. If I disliked a character a lot, I simply stop watching the show (see: Meredith, Grey's Anatomy and Marisa, The O.C.).

1. Rose Tyler, Doctor Who. Perhaps I was expecting too much considering, at that time, all I read was how awesome and wonderful Rose was and Rose+Doctor=OTP4EVA!!!!! I also started in the DW fandom with Series 3 and I LOVED Martha but the constant comparison to Rose (in canon & fanon) and how no one could be as brilliant as Rose... UGH UGH UGH. But really, Rose grated on my nerves. I hated how she treated Mickey. I hated how cliquey the Doctor & her got, like they knew they were awesome and let us make you feel like an outsider with our cute little inside jokes and whatnot. And then fact that RTD just wouldn't let her go! I also don't get the appeal of Billie Piper. At all.

2. Castiel, Supernatural. This is more of a 'too much of a good thing'. I liked Castiel at first. But then he kept coming back, more and more frequently until he was made a series regular! But I think what got to me the most was the fandom. For a fandom that constantly harps on SPN for being misogynistic, it sure loves to hate 99.9% of the female characters -- "I don't want no stupid female to come between Dean & Sam!! This show is about brothers!" -- but introduce a good-looking male portrayed by an actor who enjoys playing up to the fandom, the chorus of "OMG Dean/Castiel is soooo hawt! Sam who? Get rid of Sam, we want our D/C!!!!" really annoyed me.

3. Uther Pendragon, Merlin. It said "your favourite fandoms" and Merlin is one of my faves. So, if I had choose someone, it would be Uther. His "all magic is evil and must be destroyed" stance is getting tired and old. There hasn't been a lot of growth/progression with this character over the last 2 seasons. Here's hoping for S3.

4. Rebecca, Oli/Christian fandom. This character is just plain annoying. Her insipid crush on Christian was stupid and lame. Most of the blame goes to the writers -- if one character falls in love with another character who is already in a relationship, then one would expect a storyline involving a love triangle or evil!third party trying to break up established couple or something. This is a soap opera after all. But none of those things happened with Rebecca. She just mooned over Christian for months on end. Booooooooring.

5. Kate, White Collar. We never found out much about Kate so I never understood why Neal would risk so much her. Why were they even in relationship? And then the show blew her up. Buh-bye.

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Something different from the preceding fandom rant-age. Have some happy, my fellow DOWs! Video of Zac's Details photoshoot:

hey hey

** I had no idea SPN was coming back last night so thanks to my f-list for being on the ball and your squee-age! Your squee = my gain =) Best part of the episode:





OH BOYS. <3333

** the dream of Jared in a loincloth is no more :( Jason Momoa of SGA has won the role.

** I know some people don't get the appeal of fanfiction. You know what I don't get? Fanmixes. I love music but I don't link songs to characters that way (unless the song was specifically used in the show/movie) and the desire to hear someone else's fanmix? No thanks. Any fandom things which you just don't get?

** Speaking of fanfiction, I read a lot of it but I've never had a problem separating the fanfic from the original source. Until now. In the Merlin fandom, there's a fic that uses Bradley & Colin in Persuasion. Bradley = Wentworth; Colin = Anne. Now that I'm finally reading Persuasion myself, I find that I'm mixing the two! Even though I'm reading about Frederick & Anne, in my mind, I see Bradley & Colin ;)

** Condo reno will commence this Monday! Finally. So tonight & tomorrow will be for emptying out the bathroom & kitchen. Force me to clean/purge.

** On March 26-28, there will be a Gays of Our Lives convention in NYC. The main guests are the actors in the gay storylines from the 3 German soap operas that I follow. I think I'm going to go as it's unlikely this will ever happen again. Only 1 or 2 of you on my f-list even watch these soaps but if anyone wants to join me in NYC for a weekend...? I'll definitely be taking in a Broadway show (I want to see Billy Elliot). Just putting it out there... :)

on the farm

A strawberry farm, to be exact.  Too bad I'm here at the beginning of the season, not the end.  Mmmmmm, strawberries.  My first farm client, kinda exciting, kinda not cause, well, it's work.  They hire migrant workers here -- mostly from Mexico and Trinidad -- and they're starting to come in.  I have a stack of Mexican passports on the desk where I'm working and I'm paranoid that I'm going knock them over or something.  I'm 2 hours south-west of Toronto, in Simcoe, ON.  Port Dover is about 20 minutes south of here and I'm hoping I can do a quick trip.  Don't think I've seen Lake Erie before. 

Ticket to the NKOTB summer tour was successfully purchased!! Woohoo!!  I was bummed at first cause I totally missed out on the 5/4* packages but thanks to my brother and his Amex card, I did the Front of the Line pre-sale and scored a Row G, centre section, seat!!  The one plus side of attending concerts by yourself -- you get awesome seats when you're just buying a single ticket. 

I've started reading fanfic again!!  \o/   Right now, it's Merlin/Arthur but yeah, if anyone has any recs, be it Merlin/Arthur, SPN (I don't mind Wincest), Doctor Who, Torchwood, Legend of the Seeker, Chuck, Castle, Robin Hood... bring it on!  Any length, as long as the writing is GOOD.  I haven't seriously read fanfic since my Brokeback days (where I'm still waiting for some WIPs to be finished, if the author doesn't think s/he'll finish it, that's fine, just let us know, that's all I ask).

I'm starting to cough and my throat is sore.  DO NOT WANT.

Back to work now.

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chuck vs terminator vs barney

Whoever decides on the tv lineups -- I HATE YOU. Why did you put 3 of my favourite shows ON AT THE SAME TIME????

The Monday 8-9 time slot has Chuck, Terminator & HIMYM. Plus, I also want to start watching The Big Bang Theory cause I've loved the bits & pieces that I have seen (Sheldon FTW). Thank goodness for timeshifting and downloading but still. Couldn't they spread the love a little?

Speaking of Chuck, I just watched the premiere ep (it was released to the internet a week early) and omg so good with some great funny moments.

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I've already lost interest in Fringe.  Downloaded the first 3 eps of True Blood and plan on watching them on the plane ride to Orlando FOR EYECON  EEEEEEEEE 2.5 DAYS TO GOOOOO TIL I GET TO SEE MY GIRLS AND JARED!!!!!!

In other news, the wank over Clay's coming out is in full force.  I alternated between laughing and cringing at some of the comments carried over to fandom_wank.  There's been flouncing, the hurt feelings over being OMG LIED TO, moral dilemmas etc but my favourite is the "don't judge me for being judgmental" crowd.  *eyeroll* 

green is the colour of the day

 
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Please feel free to ignore the self-indulgent whining that will begin... now.

I'm still disappointed over missing Dallas  =(  I usually go for a while without thinking about it but it's marked on the calendar so when I see it, I get all sad again.  There's also no way I can go to DragonCon cause we'll be in Wedding Countdown mode by then.  Comic Con is out cause that's when I'll be in Taiwan.  My brother's engagement/wedding is interfering with my fandom plans!!  Wahhhhhh!  

The main reason I looked into going to Dragon Con was because of Gareth David-Lloyd (of Torchwood) is scheduled to appear.  And I made my peace when I discovered the scheduling conflicts.  However, The Rift (a Torchwood convention) has just taken place over in the UK and reading all the reports... now I really want to go, thanks.  GDL was this nervous, shy guy at his first conventions, now he's charisma and lovely and totally giving what he knows the fangirls want to hear.  He said he's read Janto fanfiction!  And his answer to "Who would win in a fight over Captain Jack?  Captain John or Ianto?"  was he didn't think a fight would be necessary.  Instead, it'll be "two Captains with an Ianto-filling".  Oh, just go watch the video snippet here.  *loves*

So yes, this is me, sitting here being all jealous of all the people who will see Jared, Jensen, Gareth and a slew of other people that I would like to see but I can't.  *pouts*

Oh yea, I'm missing David Tennant as Hamlet, too!  And I missed John Barrowman's concerts and his huge list of other appearances on stage, etc!  *pouts harder* 

in the fandom minority

As most of you know, I love slash.  I still can't get into RPS but that's neither here nor there.  However, in most of my fandoms, I ship gen pairings.  Yes, it's true  =)  Where I'm all for the slash is usually when it's canon -- eg Jack/Ennis and Jack/Ianto (Torchwood).  The only time I've ever immediately spotted slash in the non-canon sense was The OC's Seth & Ryan.  I wasn't even into Spike/Angel.  I did wander into the Wincest fandom for a bit but I've lost interest in reading fanfics & such (still enjoy all the slashy bits the boys provide though cause damn, their chemistry is through the roof!).  Being a gen shipper can get frustrating in terms of finding good fic, especially for 2 fandoms in particular.

Firefly.  I was, and still am, all about Mal & Inara.  The sparring and UST and angst and Inara crying alone in Heart of Gold and Mal defending her honour in Shindig etc etc gives me the warm & fuzzies.  But in the fandom -- especially in regards to fanfiction -- it's all about the slash, mostly between Mal/Simon/Jayne in different combinations.  It's so difficult finding Mal/Inara fic.  I think I've found most of what is out there and it wasn't much.

Robin Hood.  I am only a few days old in this fandom and still working my way through the series 1 episodes.  What ship did I jump on?  Robin & Marian of course (parts of ep 7 killed me with the angst).  The Master/Manservant love between Robin & Much is very sweet and totally reminds me of Sam & Frodo.   Next step: search for fic and icons.  Lots of slash which didn't surprise me.  What did surprise me is that it appears the popular couple in the fandom is another gen pairing -- Sir Guy & Marian.  Finally, a popular gen pairing but it's not the one I like!  I can't win, lol.

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Reading update!  I stopped reading for about 2 months but I'm hoping for lots of reading during the summer.

The 158-pound Marriage, John Irving   9 / 50   2,631 / 15,000

My progress is so sad, lol.  I wonder if I can break 20 in # of books and 10,000 in # of pages?

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ETA:  Saw this on my f-list and how cute is this?Collapse )

the ballad of jensen and jared

In a bout of Saturday night boredom, I started browsing through people's f-lists and what did I find?  Probably the most awesome thing ever -- The Ballad of Jensen and Jared by seedyapartment.   First Plastic!Winchesters and now this.  I love this show.  I love this fandom.

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