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In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two. Make a recs list, link to their archives or master lists or websites, maybe create a Fanlore page for them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The challenge says if you feel uncomfortable about a thing not to do it, and I think I feel uncomfortable about this one. It's almost impossible to narrow it down to one, and for another, isn't fandom about how we all watch and (if we're in the fandom, one trusts) love the same thing, and then interpret it and celebrate it in our own unique ways? In purely practical terms, there are a lot of people just on my flist that I friended in the first place because I was reading nearly everything they wrote... So: narrowing it down would be a nightmare even before I throw in other types of fanworks. Also, having said that, I kind of accidentally did this already for Day 2, didn't I? :lol:

Moving on, then, to the next day!

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Even more impossible! I'm a multi-fannish sort with my primary fandom being Doctor Who - all 50 years of it. However, I thought for a bit and realised there was a post about a piece of canon I wanted to make anyway, so here it is:

I'm relistening to the BBC Radio LoTR at the moment and busy falling in love with it all over again. (I was worried I wouldn't enjoy it so much the second time, but it's great and my fears were groundless.) Anyway, if you weren't around when I was going on about it in 2011, there is in fact another full dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings, and it's also wonderful in its own way. (It was made in 1981 and has Ian Holm as Frodo, Bill Nighy as Sam, Sir Michael Hordern as Gandalf, Robert Stephens as Aragorn, and John Le Mesurier as Bilbo.)

The thing I want to say this time is how much I love the music. It was composed by Stephen Oliver and, for a BBC production like this, it's an amazing amount of music, and lovely in itself. It's not the beautiful, big cinematic score of the films, of course, but it has a low-key, pleasingly right feel for Middle Earth - and also it's used very inventively to cover the limitations of the format. All the big battle set-pieces are done using the music, and each done differently. And then there's all the songs in the narrative, sung by the actors in context, often unaccompanied...

Here are some of my favourite tracks (you can follow the links for more, if you wish):

The Lord of the Rings - Main Theme
Seek For the Sword That Was Broken (the theme used for Aragorn)

And, best of all the in-character moments for me, Bill Nighy as Sam, singing in sheer desperation in Mordor: In Western Lands Beneath the Sun.

Anyway, I like it very much.

Not really relevant, but: Searching for the links in this post explained why Michael Hordern was so immediately my Gandalf as soon as I heard him - he was apparently also Badger in The Wind in the Willows. There are some things not even Ian McKellen can compete with, and being Badger in that particular Willows is one of them... *amused*
lost_spook: (OUaT - red)
Skipping ahead a day or so again, because I'm tired and I wanted to do this today:

In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Well, here are a couple of specific things that I'll never find on my own, so let's see if someone can help!

1. I'm relistening to the BBC's Radio LOTR and I'm sure at the end I'll be wanting what I did last time - which is I'd love to read some Legolas and Gimli friendship fic.

Which there must be somewhere, mustn't there? But there's so much LOTR stuff and much of it in unfamiliar archives that I just run away. (Well, after pausing to giggle at summaries involving Legolas, because the writers were picturing Orlando, but I'm thinking of David Collings and such things amuse me.)

Shorter is best for me, if possible, but if it's long (and I somehow suspect length is a thing in Tolkien fandom), I can bookmark it for later (or print it off even) and I don't mind when it's set, although bonus points if anyone knows fic that is post-Return and also involves Merry and/or Pippin as well. (I love it when those four are together, and the Radio version, same as the film, cuts out some of their sections when needing to lose something.)

Anyway, any Legolas and Gimli fic you know would be lovely.

2. Once Upon a Time! I finished S1 and I very much enjoyed it and it's definitely the sort of thing I can see myself being fannish about as well as liking. But S2 is well under way and I want to avoid spoilers, so I can't go look for things myself!

a) good series 1 vids. ♥

b) any good shorter (non-explicit) fic. Really! I am here, liking it all, and not even having a clue about ships and things I would like - I'd just like a reasonable taster of what's out there, if that's possible. If I like a thing, I tend to like it all, and good fic is good fic, anyway, so...

Er. That does seem a bit specific and fussy, doesn't it? Anyway, I'd love recs for either of those things. Self-recs are fine. I know well by now how talented my flist are. ;-)
lost_spook: (be - laura/brittas (eek))
Meme found in the wild: Make a list of all the characters in your icons. (Although you may have more than one icon of a single character, they only go on the list once.) Alphabetize it. Take the first two people on the list; that's your first pairing. Second two people; second pairing, etc. Treat us to some commentary once you're done.

I thought it'd be fun... I hadn't quite realised what a weird jumble of characters I have - some of them are there more for the action in the icon than the character. So, in most cases, let's say that instead of a commentary, a horrified silence might be more appropriate?

(Actually, it turned out better than I expected. For the first half of the alphabet, anyway.)

38 random pairings and an odd man out )
lost_spook: (LOTR - all sleep with Legolas)
A bundle of odd recs (mostly not fics, because we all need a lie down first after Yuletide. Probably. I do actually have some Yuletide recs, but now the reveal has happened, there's not exactly any rush). Hopefully, some things with which to temporarily beat the January blues!

1. So there is a use for the animated LOTR after all. Or a link where you can find some hilarious LOTR icons from the animated film. Just a warning, as some of the text is fairly crude in places, but overall worth a look for the LOLs, even if you don't want to snag them all. (Strangely, they satisfied my Tolkien icon deficiency suitably. And the one I've used here I feel obscurely sums up my somewhat surprising new approach to fanfic, even though I prefer to think of it as Let's all have mind!sex with Silver, but anyway... :-p)

2. Two marvellous DW vids under the cut! )

3. A couple more sober ones now: For Those In Peril On the Sea by [livejournal.com profile] lilypeters
I've been lurking about an original fic-writing comm called [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales for ages now (mostly because their prompt tables are amazing), but picked up on this series. I have no idea what's going on mostly, but these ficlets are snippets of fic (from someone's novel in progress, I think) set before, during and after WWI, and each one I've read so far is utterly gorgeous and comprehensible as a thing in itself. (So, it's fic. But only tiny fic. You can read one at a time.)

4. [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle has been having a Shakespeare discussion lately. That reminded me of this fanvid I stumbled over during the hols - a multi-Shakespeare vid that's pretty cool. (Warning: they're all tragedies, so blood, spoilers, tears, death etc.)

In Our Stars )

Also, random is random: whilst away, I found this scholarly article on fanfic that, um, includes mention of my story (and yes, wait for it, which of my stories does it use to make its serious point - in amongst words like ludoistic and things?) Five Times Sarah Lied to the Doctor About Harry. *collapses into giggles* This was a quite hastily written fic done from a prompt-I-would-never-write from [livejournal.com profile] akashasheiress.

I quote:
Vvj5's "Five Times Sarah Lied to the Doctor about Harry" (2010), for example, illustrates how companions can be centralized and provided a romantic tension that was entirely lacking in their presentation within the original textual world. Perhaps for fan writers such as Vvj5 the best way to embrace the classic Doctor Who with a romantic plotline is to bypass the nonsexualized main character altogether and focus on less defined characters whose sexuality has not been categorically wiped clean from the textual world in advance. The very notion intimated in this title, that romantic interest would have to be clandestinely kept from the Doctor, is a powerful hint that such themes were subversive within this version of the textual universe.

Whereas in fact, it was entirely written as joke, and I will quite happily ship the Doctor. When I feel like it &, admittedly, people might not notice as my shippy fic is always getting classified as gen by people. Ah, well, can't spoil an academic's fun, can you?

It does, though, have some praise for Teaspoon as an archive, which is nice. (Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] john_elliott, it also mentions 'Samantha's Turn'. None of the rest of you seem to be as privileged. You probably shipped the Doctor or disproved a point. ;-D)
lost_spook: (charlton heston richelieu)
Since a lot of my flist seem to have listened to the R4 LOTR adaptation, or, um, have now been inspired to do so, I thought the following might be of interest: (You know, if anyone ever feels the need to defriend me for my unreasonable tendency to gush about obscure British productions that are at least 30 years old, I will understand.)

Anyway, I found at this blog, some lovely scans from the appropriate 1981 edition of the Radio Times, including two cast photos, one of which is Bill Nighy and Ian Holm in studio with what is presumably Peter Woodthorpe. (I thought that one might be of interest).

Also, randomly, I came across a LOTR forum which was having a rewatch/discussion thread. Why do I mention this? Only because Brian Sibley, one of the two writers responsible for the dramatisation joined in the discussion at episode two, & attempts to answer any queries or criticisms as best as he can for the rest of it! (You do need to pay some attention, as they don't seem to have any way of distinguishing quoting the last comment from the new comment. Possibly it's archived or something).

Naturally, my favourite bit (of what I've read - it's a long thread, and I stopped at the episode I've got up to) was this: Brian Sibley, on which cast members were (unlike Michael Hordern!), familiar with the book: I'm trying to remember... Ian Holm, I think, had already read the book and certainly read it in close detail while preparing for the role. David Collings (Legolas) was a devoted fan of the book and knew it well which was a great help in the Fellowship scenes. I'm sure some of the others had read it or seen the truncated Bakshi version. The time available and the fees paid would probably not have induced many who hadn't read the book..." ♥ (I can't remember what it was now, but there was something during Fellowship that made me think he'd probably read it, but I thought maybe that was just me being biased.)

(Also for the attributed quote to John Le Mesurier who'd written to a friend to say he was playing Bilbo, didn't understand a word of it, but was having a lovely time along with Michael Hordern, who also didn't understand a word of it. :lol:)

(The icon bears no relation to the post, except for expressing my feeling of how this production continues to rise and rise in my estimation.)


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