amatara: (yuletide tree)
So, I actually really shouldn't be posting right now, because OW RIGHT WRIST TENDINITIS OW and I need to get back to work tomorrow and hopefully still be able to type on a keyboard, but oh, well - it's been too long, flist! How have you all been?  Here, have a meme:

Pick a character I've written and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

Did I mention my main Yuletide fic is off being beta'ed this very moment, and I've written two treats as well, tendinitis be damned? I'm actually feeling pretty accomplished right now. :)
amatara: (SGA Elizabeth)

But first, let's talk New Year's resolutions. )

New Year's time is meme time, so here goes:

Your main fandom of the year? 2011 was a very mixed bag. Not a very productive year, fic-wise, but still a year in which I fell head over heels for some new fandoms and rediscovered my love for old ones. I don't think there was a 'main' fandom that jumped out, though. I've always been multifannish, this year just more so than usual. My writing, too, has been all over the place.

Your favorite film watched this year? A tie between Deathly Hallows Part II and X-Men First Class. Neither of which I would call the best film I've seen this year, but they were definitely favorites, each for their own reason. DH because I went into the theater with pretty huge expectations that I never expected to be met, and walked out feeling entirely satisfied; XMFC for the opposite reason, in that I hardly knew the fandom and had no idea what to expect, and found the film a glorious and hugely entertaining surprise.

Your favorite book read this year? Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett. For a long time I just wasn't into Discworld at all, having read one of the books (in an admittedly crappy Dutch translation) several years ago and being fairly underwhelmed by it. I gave it another try this year and picked up Night Watch at the library - and was very impressed. I've been steadily working my way through the series for the better part of this year now.

Your favorite TV show of the year? Merlin, which turned out to be just the mix of charm, wit and moral dilemmas that I needed, sort of like what Stargate: Atlantis was for me last year. Thanks, [personal profile] selenak, for tempting me into it!

Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year? Discovering the abundance of B5 comms at Tumblr was a very pleasant surprise, as was the [community profile] twinpeaks comm at DW, new since this year.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year? Tumblr. Even though I barely post myself, it's fun to watch all the fannish stuff roll by!

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? A colleague recommended Stargate: Universe to me, but so far I'm pretty 'meh' about it. Some of the characters have potential, but in all honestly I'm finding it all rather dark and tedious and a bit depressing; also, it doesn't feel much like Stargate to me. Unless that's just the early episodes and I should just press on to where it gets better?

Your fandom boyfriend of the year? I'm more or less over him now, but I'd have to say Charles Xavier. I had it pretty bad for him. :)

Your fandom girlfriend of the year? Gwen from Merlin or Gwen from Torchwood, depending on what mood you caught me in.

Your biggest squee moment of the year? This exchange between Gwen and Jack in TW: Miracle Day. "I'll kill you if it means saving my daughter." "I'll kill you if it means saving my life." Brutal honesty and perfect understanding, and I loved how this showcased Jack and Gwen as equals in a way they've never been before.

The most missed of your old fandoms? In retrospect, I wish 2011 had had more Star Trek in it. I didn't even write any fic in the fandom! But we have Sci-Fi channel now, and they're going to be showing Enterprise, which I'm actually looking forward to. I know it's not the most popular of Treks, but I figure it will still be a nice reunion with the fandom.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? I'd love to get more into Santuary. I've caught a few errant episodes, but they were rather generic ones that didn't really pull me in. Lots of my flisties seem to love the show, though, so I really want to try to get invested. If only because Amanda Tapping seems amazing in the role!

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? I'm really looking forward to seeing The Hobbit. Not an original answer, I know. Also, I really hope I'll be able to go a convention this year. It's been some time since my last one, and the lineup for Fedcon in Germany is starting to look quite tempting, so... *ponders*
amatara: (Tribble terror)
(Entirely meme-unrelated thought first: I now have finished drafts for TWO Yuletide treats, yay! Both of which are comfortably over the 1000-word mark, so maybe I should have signed up anyway. Dang. No reason to be glum, though, I'm sure I'll enjoy all of the lovely fic written for others just as much! *counts the days longingly*)

Now, as for the meme (via [ profile] selenak, among others):

Tell me a fandom and I will tell you my

Favorite character:
Least Favorite character:
5 Favorite ships (canon or non-canon):
Character I find most attractive:
Character I would marry:
Character I would be best friends with:
A random thought:
An unpopular opinion:
Canon OTP:
Non-canon OTP:
Most badass character:
Pairing I am not a fan of:
Character I feel the writers screwed up (in one way or another):
Favourite friendship:
Character I want to adopt or be adopted by:

amatara: (Tribble terror)
Why, yes, it is narcissistic - but I've never done this particular meme before, and seeing as I'm still not managing any writing at the moment, this would do both my spirits and my ego a world of good:

If you'd like, please quote a bit of my writing at me. Find that one story of mine that you really like, find a sentence or a paragraph that presses your prose-buttons in the right way, and comment here with it. In return I'll do the same for you!

Also, any news on the fannish front? Recs, fics, anything worth taking a peek at? If so: yes, please! *craves*
amatara: (Timov and Londo)
Too little time to spare for fannish stuff these days, and what time there is I'm trying to divide between writing my Babylon 5 story for [ profile] help_japan and continuing to squee over X-Men: First Class, but a meme is always fun! I probably won't be able to do this properly, being one day at a time, but we'll see.

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

Strictly speaking, I was writing fanfic before I even knew what fandom was. I was thirteen or so, quite fond of sci-fi but not exceptionally so, owning and loving the Star Wars movies and trying to catch ST: TNG when I had the chance... which was when I discovered the Star Trek movies and fell like a brick for the old TOS crew. From then on, I was a fan in the true sense of the word: I started collecting everything Trek-related that I could get my hands on (which wasn't spectacular: magazine clippings mostly, plus the occasional novel I bought in the single specilaized sci-fi and comics store in my country that I knew of and that I got to visit once or twice a year), got a subscription to a Trek fanzine... and wrote the obligatory horrid Mary Sue story, which was my official first foray into fanfiction. That was long before we had Internet, and because I was too young to actually become a member of a fanclub and go to meetings, fandom, to me, was just that single sci-fi bookstore along with a pen-pal whom I found by putting out an ad somewhere.

By the time we finally did get internet at home, I was seventeen and far more interested in my real-life teenage friends than in anything else, so I didn't have the reflex then to acquaint myself with online fandom. That only happened a few years ago, when I bought the box set of Babylon 5 on Amazon for no other reason than that it was cheap and seemed fun, and fell head over heels in love with the show. This time I did go scouring the web for resources, and, lo and behold, people had been writing fic in this fandom! There were comms about this fandom! People were actually doing this as a hobby! It felt like I'd just had a revelation: yes, yes, I want this too! I think I spent a few weeks lurking, on LJ and elsewhere, and then I wrote the first fanfiction I wrote since my teenage days: Changes of Heart. I still remember emailing[ profile] selenak, one of the authors whose fanfic I'd been devouring, to spout a cartload of squee about her writing and finally, feeling nervous as all hell, asking her to beta my story. She said yes. And so, as they say on Babylon 5, it begins... :)

As for why this particular fandom pulled me in: it was partly coincidence, I think, just a matter of finding the right kind of show at the right time. B5 was the first show ever that I saw on DVD in its entirety, and the storyarc really did grip me from beginning to end; that, and a certain Centauri named Londo Mollari. *g* If it seems funny that a middle-aged, overweight character with a ridiculous hairdo might have been what eventually pulled me into fandom, well, it probably is. I can only say: it happens to the best of us. *winks*

2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Like everyone else, I'll just copy from my list of works on AO3.

Babylon 5 (14)
Twin Peaks (13)
Lost (4)
Star Trek: The Original Series (2)
Despicable Me (2010) (1)
Star Trek (2009) (1)
Torchwood (1)
X-Men: First Class (2011) (1)
Stargate Atlantis (1)

Not too impressive, compared to what some other produce, but given that English isn't my first language meaning it takes me quite some time to put a story together, and I'm a perfectionist to the point of obsessiveness, and I'm no longer a grad student with time to write during working hours, I have to say I'm pretty happy with my output. If this list makes one thing clear, it's that I don't stray out of my comfort zone very often: I generally write in the same limited set of fandoms, except very occasionally for a fic exchange or auction where I make a conscious attempt to try something else. Except for those few fics that were a one-time event, like, say, Despicable Me and possibly Torchwood and SGA, I definitely see myself writing in all of these fandoms again.

The rest of the days )
amatara: (Yuletide)

... in two parts, just like last year (now with links to AO3):

First lines of each of the fics I wrote this year )

That other meme with the self-promotion-inducing questions )


That’s 21 fics, guys! That’s two per month, which, for me, really is a lot! *feels accomplished*

And let me just say a heartfelt thank you to all of you reading and/or commenting here - all interaction, discussion and squee is adored, and I am just so lucky with you guys. Here's to another year just as productive, and just as fun.

amatara: (Uhura - fangirl)
(gacked from [ profile] ingridmatthews)

Because it's been raining for three weeks straight now; and my holiday starts tomorrow afternoon and IT WILL STILL BE RAINING TOMORROW AND THE REST OF THE COMING WEEK; and because some ego-stroking is always good for deluge-induced feelings of depression, not to mention the soul *g*:

the that's my favorite! meme

♚ comment with your username, writing comm/journal, and the fandoms you write for.
♚ people will comment telling you what their favorite things are about your writing--their favorite lines by you, their favorite character you write, their favorite story by you, etc.
♚ pimp it it to your journal and/or writing comms.

My thread, here.

Join in, why don't you? Let me tell you why I love you and/or your fic! You know you want to!
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It may sound weird, given the tempo at which I've been producing fic (which, for me, is fast as hell) but I seem to be hitting a bit of a dry spell right now. I am writing (ST: TOS fic! My sweet old beloved fandom! *hugs show*) but progress isn't as fast as I hoped, so I'm going to try something to kick myself back into it. I've never done this meme, and I'd love to give it a try, so please, ask away:

If you've ever watched your favorite dvds, and then found yourself eager to hear exactly what the actors, directors, writers and even production designers thought about making the episode, the movie, or whatever - you'll know sometimes the best parts of dvds are hearing the commentaries. Getting into an actor's feelings about the character they play, getting the background behind a writer's plans and metaphors, even just getting the stupid anecdotal stuff that makes you laugh, it's all good.

Ask me about any story, and I'll do a DVD commentary for it! Satisfy your curiosity!


I recently, and wholly by coincidence, bumped into this great piece of meta, now several years old but not less great for it. It discusses text and subtext in fics, specifically in slash fics but not only in those, and how different fen have different expectations of what should be made textual, or kept subtextual. Basically, the author distinguishes between two kinds of fen, "Cold Pricklies" and "Warm Fuzzies", who don't always find it easy to communicate.

Quoting: "The Cold Pricklies want to get gooey feelings of love and eternal devotion from their slash as much as anyone. But their melt-worthy goo has to be delivered mostly on the canonical/subtextual level of emotionality - meat you chew yourself, not pre-chewed. The Warm Fuzzies, on the other hand, appreciate subtext and 'manly handshake' moments in slash just as much as the Cold Pricklies-- after all, they appreciate them in canon-- but their warm fuzzies have to be delivered on the textual level, alongside the sexuality. They don't like having to chew down through the surface of a story to get to the yummy bits." Don't you just love that description? As for me, I'm most definitely the "Cold Prickly" kind, which I suspect will surprise no one. :)


Have I ever mentioned how much I love Television Without Pity and its reviews? Well, all right, I can't generalize - of all shows I've seen the past years, I've only ever looked up a handful on TWOP - but what reviews I read there, I loved. Not that I always agree with them, but I adore the wit, and the mix of unabashed criticism and untempered squee. So every once in a while, I find myself looking up the reviews for a favorite show from the past.

Which I did for Twin Peaks, and it brought me to revisit one particular scene: the one where Albert Rosenfield comes back bearing news of Windom Earle, and in less than two minutes screentime gets more physical with both Harry Truman and Dale Cooper than he's ever gotten in the rest of the series combined. Just to make sure, I'm talking about the scene starting from the 6:05 minute mark of this Youtube clip. The TWOP review of this scene (the rest of which can be found here) had me grinning like you can't believe. And strongly suspecting the reviewer loves Albert about as much as I do. :)

"Doing his tired rebel swagger thing out the door of the interrogation room, Bobby walks by Albert "The Only Thrill" Rosenfield, who immediately reclaims the show and the planet as his own, calling after a departing Bobby, "Get a life, punk!" Heh. Albert shares a huge hug with Truman, which would be vaguely gay if not for the vigorous, manly slapping of the other's back. Actually, it's vaguely gay anyway. After the intros, Albert announces that he was given his "invite back to Twin Peaks," and pulls a document out of his silver briefcase that should be the Nielsen figures showing Twin Peaks has now fallen behind several late-night shows on the UPN, a netlet suffering from the obvious programming detriment of not being in existence yet, but still killing in this timeslot nonetheless. But, according to Albert, that's not why he's back.

The document turns out to be a glossy eight and-a-half by eleven of Windom Earle, wearing a fedora and sporting a Hitler-esque moustache. No wonder they've been unable to track down the man's whereabouts, using as they are this outdated photo of Windom Earle snapped at the "You Can Be A Rat Pack Member" costume photo booth inside the Excalibur. Albert tells Cooper and Truman that he's back as per Gordon Cole's request, "as he so succinctly put it, 'I'M WORRIED ABOUT COOP!'" Albert is so proud of his imitation he almost bows. Giggles everywhere. Even here. That was so Miguel's idea, overruling the director's suggestion that instead of imitating Cole, Albert should speak the words backwards and in German, all the while wearing a clown suit and crabwalking around the room through a giant pool of grape Jell-O. Because she's real arty like that. Albert unfolds a map of the U.S. on the table, pointing at a black half-circle drawn in marker straight through the middle of the country. Is that supposed to be a "C" for Cooper? That man really holds a grudge, y'all. (...)

Some really unnecessarily lush strings kick up abruptly (I'm sorry, is this Brahms: Runaway Videos or am I missing something?) as Cooper has a private moment by the window. Albert walks up behind him, putting a hand on Cooper's shoulder (is there one overarching stage direction for "vaguely gay," or did they have to stipulate a specific set of actions each time?) and tells him, "He's making his move, most definitely." So are you, friend. Or so it seems. Or so it vaguely seems. Albert then changes the subject to the topic of clothes (natch), deadpanning out of nowhere, "About the uniform... Replacing the quiet elegance of the dark suit and tie with the casual indifference of these muted earth tones, it's a form of fashion suicide. But call me crazy. On you it works." He tugs at Cooper's collar. Wow. I take back everything I said earlier. Well, the "vaguely" part, anyway."

Hee! Incidentally - this was the scene that convinced me, once and for all, of my personal fanon's Albert's love for Cooper, so I can't say I contest the "vaguely gay" interpretation. *g* Taking Truman in a bear hug, and following that up by a far-too-forced handshake with Coop? Hmmm. Cooper's face when Albert pats his shoulder? Hmmmmmmm... Yes, definitely something going on there, this fangirl says. (Though I'll grant, one could just as well interpret that hug with Truman as implying something. ;) Ah, well - the beauty of fandom. *g*)
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Not sure how good I am at this sort of thing, but it sounds like fun!

Ask me for five things about a particular character, and I will respond with a list or ficlet. (You know the drill: "Five times Vir Cotto put his foot in his mouth" or "Five pies Dale Cooper didn't
like", or "Five times Dr McCoy was actually glad to use the transporter.")

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Phew, this has been a while, hasn't it? Holiday in Austria was lovely - lots of snow and skiing enjoyment, no falls or accidents to speak of, and much relaxing - and I'm ever so happy to see the shortest of the winter days finally seem to be behind us! Also: jeez, those snow storms in the US are really something, aren't they? *peers anxiously at flist pictures of heaps and heaps of snow* Hope y'all managed to stock up in time before getting stuck in your houses... *sends you many virtual blankets*

Meme time! I actually wanted to do these in December, which is when nearly anyone else did, but Yuletide and other writerly stuff kept me busy. Still, seeing as 2009 was my first year of writing fic, I'd say it deserves some kind of mention on here. :)

Year in Fic #1: First Lines meme )

Year in Fic #2: Tough Questions meme )

Overall Thoughts on this Year's Fic:
- Not too bad at all for a first year, if I may say so myself *g*. 11 fics and 3 more on the way, which is lots more than I would have guessed when I jumped into this past June.
- My best stories are generally the ones written in response to a prompt. It's by far my favorite way of writing, so I'm repeating previous statements made in this respect: requests are always much appreciated! B5 is still very welcome, of course, but so are more Twin Peaks suggestions, or requests for ST: TOS gen, which I'd be happy to try my hand at.
- I suck at titles. I generally spend more time worrying about titles than I do about any other part of the fic. Any hints on that one (apart from the tried-and-true "ask your beta" :) ) would be lovely.
- While I've gotten better at writing sex or sexual situations, I'm still made of complete fail when it comes to writing any kind of happy sex. I have no idea how to remedy that, though.

In short: thank you all for making my first year on LJ such a lovely one. *snuggles you all* Here's to 2010 - may it bring you lots of fannish joy, and even more of the real-life kind!
amatara: (starstuff)
(gacked from [ profile] penknife and [ profile] kangeiko)

Gah - I tried not to give in to this, but it's been too long since I posted, and, well... even a newbie writer is entitled to some kind of ego to be stroked, no? *g*

Darn you, LJ. You've won.


And... who knows, that horde of lurkers I didn't know existed might suddenly decide to delurk? *wishful thinks wishfully and without realism*

Hi, other writers - join in, too, will you? Make me feel a little less self-conscious? *wibbles*


ETA on Which Series to Watch poll: have succumbed and ordered New Who S3 as well. No resilience, I told you. A third into Lost S5 by now; no love triangles and lots of Ben making me a happy camper!

Farscape I think may be next on the list.


Also, my assigned Yuletide fic is eating up my evenings and my nerves, but I adore it all the more for doing that! I tried to blackmail myself into finishing it early (mostly to give myself some time for that after-beta-tweaking thing) and, lo and behold, I am succeeding! The ending is causing me a bit of a headache, though. *Needs cookies and Glühwein to fire up brain. Yes.*

(Also, I feel the need to buy a Christmas tree.)
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So, I finally crushed my doubt underfoot, took the plunge and signed up for Yuletide!

Still quaking a bit with excitement - it's my first big ficathon complete with deadlines and secrecy! - but honestly, I think it'll be a great experience. Apart from that one fic I'm working on (don't worry, [ profile] maspalio, your Lyta & G'Kar is in the making!) I've been a bit stumped for inspiration lately, so I figured I needed a kick in the, ah, shins, in order to maybe write in a different fandom for once! Of course, I still requested and offered Babylon 5, too. *g*

(Question: are there any other multifandom fic exchanges that are not restricted to rare fandoms, and don't focus on crossovers? I'd love to write some Trek or maybe Stargate or something else, but I'm thinking I'll need a kick in the shins for that, too.)

Anyway, this reminded me of this meme-ish thing I picked up from [ profile] mithen, which involves listing one's Cool Bits (aka things you love in fic) in one's journal. And what better occasion to post this list than as a prelude to a Dear Yuletide Author letter? I had fun coming up with my list, so please, y'all tell me yours!

Amatara's Cool Bits )
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Judging from the response, it seems I should do silly memes like this more often! *g*

Okay, here goes. I'm not sure how this is supposed to be played, but I'm assuming the main motivation should be attraction (or lack of it), and arguments like "I really don't want to shag character X, but he's suffered enough during the course of show Y that throwing him off a cliff would be cruel, so I'll shag him anyway and chuck down sexy evil character Z instead, even though what I reaaally want is to... etc." should not apply here. :)

vjs2259 gave me John Sheridan, Vir Cotto, and G'Kar (B5) )

mithen came up with Obi-Wan Kenobi (SW), Severius Snape (HP), and Faramir (LOTR) )

thebunnybag asked about Dukhat (B5), Sirius Black (HP), and Leonard McCoy (ST:TOS) )

selenak was curious about Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and Severus Snape (HP) )

maspalio went for the Ninth Doctor (New Who), Luke Skywalker (SW), and Gimli (LOTR) )
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Busy, busy first half of the week-end, but a lovely relaxing Sunday to even the score. Husband and I got married exactly one year ago today, which is a peculiar sensation, to say the least; receiving cards from parents and family members saying "happy anniversary" invariably invokes thoughts of ancient married couples, and is making me feel suddenly older than I am...

Speaking of old married couples: we went to see Pixar's new one, "Up!", today. Well, yes, I realize in the rest of the civilized world it's not all that new anymore, but Belgium is often a bit behind on the movie front, especially when it comes to kids' movies. Maybe the fact that those have to be dubbed and subtitled in Dutch and French has something to do with it, or else we're just a bit backward, I don't know. In any case, the movie (pun intended) simply blew me away; if I had any doubt that Disney's taking over Pixar would affect the quality of their productions, that doubt has now vanished completely. As with their previous films, I was very much impressed by how they manage to infuse their stories with a quite deep message - deep for a children's movie, at least - without being at all preachy about it, and without making their endings so "Disney-ishly" happy it stops being realistic. Comparing it to my other favorites 'The Incredibles' ("It's okay to be ordinary, but it's just as okay to be special") and 'Ratatouille' ("Criticizing is easy, it's doing something that's hard, and even if the result is not great, the attempt in itself is always worthwhile"), I'd say I'm finding 'Up!' the best one yet. Testimony to that is the fact it made me - me, the person who never sheds a tear over anything on the screen, who is physically incapable of crying in a theatre! - blubber like a baby during the entire first twenty minutes and most of the last ten of the film. Which was, actually, somewhat embarrassing, given that there was a ten-year old girl next to me who didn't bat an eyelash the entire time. *g* I don't know why, but it seems that the older I'm getting, the more themes like aging and losing a partner and so on are affecting me - which is a bit scary, knowing that I haven't even reached thirty yet...

On the fannish front: I actually wanted to start up some kind of meta-ish meme thing about relationships and intimacy in fanfic, but alas, it's late and my brain is pretty much fried due to the wine I had during our anniversary dinner... So the meme will have to wait until later this week or next week-end. The reason I'd like to do it, is, that my attempt to experiment with various genres of fic has now taken me to the stage where I'm trying to write a story with explicit sex. That's to say, the story features the act of sex, but not an explicit description of the sex itself, which makes it less than pr0n but probably more than PG-13. *g* And it's hard - unexpectedly so - but also a lovely thing to be writing, and it made me start asking myself all kinds of questions about writing and reading fics involving relationships, which I'd love to discuss with y'all. So - stay tuned for that meme! 

As a small prelude to it - I've been wanting for ages to do that other meme that's been doing the rounds on and off around here, being the "shag, marry, cliff" one. In case there's still anyone who doesn't know it: the bottom line is you get three fictional characters, and you have to choose which of the three you want to marry, shag, or chuck off a cliff. So, here goes:

  • Name 3 or more  - male - fictional characters from any of my fandoms (Babylon 5, Star Trek, Stargate SG-1, New Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR, ... all qualify). If you list more than 3 names, add a fourth, fifth, etc. option next to the marry/shag/cliff ones. I'll then discuss my choices in a next post. 
  • If you wanna join in the silliness, leave a comment telling me your fandoms (and, if relevant, whether you want male and/or female characters listed) and I'll give you characters to choose from!
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Oh, hard, hard. Because this is the ur-slash-shipping fandom, and there aren't that many het pairings in there.
I'm going to include the TOS movieverse too, if you don't mind, just to make it a little easier on myself.

+ OTP:  Spock/Saavik, how they were presented in the novels. Not in a "predestined" or "I couldn't see Spock with anyone else" OTP kind of way, but they are a gorgeous couple: rational enough to still be Vulcan, yet with that base of respect and yes, love. And I adore how Saavik can match Spock in anything: wit, intelligence, and sheer strength of character. Also, platonic Kirk/Spock/McCoy: because those scenes where one of the three is either dead or dying, and the other two grieve or care for him just make me swoon. And in a somewhat different category: Kirk/Enterprise. Because this man really does love his lady. :)
+ Runner-up:  Sarek/Amanda; Spock/that female Romulan captain from "The Enterprise Incident" he seduces in order to get to her cloaking device (if that doesn't suggest a double meaning, I don't know what does *g*) because the UST was just dripping of the screen. Yep, I do have it in for the Vulcanoids. Also Kirk/Edith Keeler from "City of the Edge of Forever" since it's Kirk's only romance from the three-year run that made a lasting impression on me and felt as if it could've been something profound.
+ Honorable mention(s): Kirk/Janice Rand. Didn't always like how it was handled, but a nice bit of continuity and they really had their moments of being hot together.
+ Crack pairing(s): Scotty/Uhura. Because, no matter how much I disliked Star Trek V, the idea of these two having a thing for each other simply melted my heart into a puddle, and made an odd kind of sense too.   
+ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't: Non-platonic Kirk/Spock/McCoy in any combination. Because the sex doesn't push my buttons in this case, but also because I need all three for the dynamic to be complete, and slashing them would involve moving one of them to the sideline. Unless you'd go for the entire threesome, but non-platonic threesomes are generally a bit too kinky for my tastes. *g*


Aug. 2nd, 2009 06:54 pm
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Never did a meme before, but this sounded like so much fun I had to give it a go. Started with B5, then couldn't help myself and went on to do ST:TOS also!

Choose your genre show, answer the questions using episode titles from that show--if possible, don't repeat any.

Babylon 5 )

Star Trek TOS )

Other fannish news:

(1) Holiday started this weekend, and will last for the whole of two weeks - yay! For the first time since our student days, we haven't planned to go anywhere, which means I will be spending the next two weeks shortening the laundry list of hobbyish/fannish stuff I've been dragging along for ages.

Things I want to do: finish the New Zealand vid from our honeymoon (now almost a year ago); tweak and order the photos from our last five trips and put them in the album; finish my Timov/Londo fic for [ profile] matrithon, which is (frighteningly) growing faster in my head than on paper; finish the B5 vid I started on this week (on pure impulse; I never fanvidded before) as my contribution for September's "B5 love month" at [ profile] babylon5_love; finish another fic, Londo & Vir this time, that I almost finished half a year ago and then semi-forgot about; watch the first seasons of DS9 and Dr. Who and anything else I can get my hands on really; and...

Well, let's say that suddenly two weeks doesn't sound like such a long time after all. *g* But if anyone has a request for anything (fic, meta, you name it), now is probably still a better time than ever!

(2) Just bought the first season of New Who, and watched the first ep ("Rose") on Friday evening. First impression: swell! And very, very British, which for some reason makes me unbelievably happy. Love the Doctor's dry humor; love even more the fact that neither of the two main characters could in any way be considered stereotypically beautiful! A series that doesn't take itself too seriously, and has actors that look like you and me: yeah, I like. Muchly.

(3) Went for a re-watch of "Half-Blood Prince" yesterday, and appreciated it significantly more than the first time. However, I still would've liked some action at the end, between two of the most spoilery scenes of the movie ). I wanted a fight, darn you, just like in the book; I wanted some of those filthy DEs to get their a** kicked; and most of all, I wanted some kind of emotional payoff to compensate for all that angst and sadness we'd just been put through. Ah well, you can't have it all, I guess.


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