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If you haven't seen Avatar: the Last Airbender or Avatar: The Legend of Korra what are you doing? Don't stay here looking at this post. Go forth, buy, borrow, download. AtLA and Korra are among the most interesting, nuanced, fascinatingly constructed genre television programming I have ever watched, with superbly etched out characters and outstanding world-building, and has introduced one of the most interesting character arcs I have ever seen, in a show for children or for adults. Also, and as a fan of colour, it was an amazing experience to see chromatic characters on my screen, mainstream, front and centre, good and bad, black, white and grey (characterization not race) and general \o/. So unsurprising then that the meta that fandom wrote on this show was both expansive and engaging.

But there have been some posts on tumblr lately, that have me, and other fans like me going wtf? The post in question:
ETA TO MAKE READING EASIER: http://swatkat.dreamwidth.org/315909.html?thread=2100997#cmt2100997

So zorana84, swatkat24 and I spent about an hour ranting and then another hour trying to put together a coherent response.

Why Korra gets my vote as an Awesome LadyCollapse )

Apparently I should be ashamed of this, but I am not: I LOVE MUSICAL THEATRE! I really really do. I've been to at least 6 musicals in my short stint in London (ok, some of them were shite). I shamelessly pimp musical theatre to unsuspecting and captive friends. I sing Defying Gravity in the shower, I am that person!
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So let’s talk about the not so recent trend across fandoms for Alpha/Omega fics heavily featuring knotting, heats and more likely than not mpreg. The trend started, as kink trends so often do in the SPN fandom (take a bow, guys) and now seem pervasive in several other fandoms, particularly in the XMFC fandom. And I will admit to enjoying the kink. It takes the D/S dynamics that I have loved in fic for years to the next level, often leads to excellent character and world building and deals with many issues of preassigned sexual and gender roles, often in fascinating subversive ways. But, with a number of fics popping up on my flist and dash over the last few weeks, I have had a couple of thinky thoughts. Actually, one major thinky thought, and one fic idea/plot bunny that I offer to fandom as my gift for reading through this drivel.

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Thanks for reading and a very good evening. Back to the porn now

Can you, YES YOU, guess my Ship?

Since apparently I haven't met a meme I didn't like, snagged from sabrina_il
These are all (well mostly) hugely popular fandom, and so should be a cinch to guess. zorana84 will know all of them, because I can't stop talking about them

1. Think of up to 20 ships you support.
2. List them using descriptions of the characters involved rather than their names.
3. Have your audience guess as many of the ships as they can.
4. Fandom hints will be given if asked in the comments.

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I don't think there are enough people on my flist to play this game with, but what the hell.

Fake TV: Trials and Tribulations

Another TV show that I have done make up. This cast list is courtesy the lovely hiddencait who has been more than patient, since I took absolute ages to get around to it (P.S. If you like FakeTV btw, check out every single thing she's done, it's all genius). Hope you like this bb

WARNING: If you have a problem with terrible no-good mangling of biblical concepts, leave now. No really, run away, it is the worst kind of revisionism.


Pestilence, War, Famine and Death… The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of the last divine judgment, bringing Doom and Tribulation in their wake. Everyone knows the legend! Or do they?

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I love X-Men! I have loved it since I was 8... I watched both the cartoons, collected comic books, and yes, watched the movies, including the execrable X-3... I was wary, very wary indeed about X Men: First Class... but amazingly it was actually a lot of fun.. Some very strong performances, a strong if somewhat truncated narrative, excellent action sequences, fantastically quaint 1960s setting! But as always, I came away grumpy! X-Men has historically had some of the strongest, most engaging female characters of any comic book canon (The originals like Storm and Mystique, later additions like Rogue, Wanda etc), and XMFC was a bit of a letdown in its depiction of women... So I did what one does, when one feels the need for moar awesome ladies... I genderswapped... With the help of the lovely manderkitty I picked the men and women that I'd have chosen for XMFC had the genders been reversed
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All the mutant ladies and gentsCollapse )
Tell me who I left out and who I should add and if you have any other suggestions that would suit. ENJOY THE PICSPAM!
Snagged from across the interwebz. Since I lurk on the LJs of about a 100,000 people, I saw this marvellous meme which involved prompting of seven actors and then making up a TV show about them with a blurb and character descriptions. I basically seal-clapped as leupagus; robanybody; and seren_ccd among others made up fabulous, brilliant, inventive shows, and then poked seren_ccd until she gave me one of my own. So what to write I thuoght. well, of the many things I love, I love two things most of all - awesome women and historical drama. So without further ado I give you
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Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

Let's talk Privilege

Two rants in a month?  I'm on a roll.  But I believe that I genuinely have something to say about the recent outrage regarding a certain fic set in Haiti in the spn_j2_bigbang.  Again, it's something that's been intensely discussed and fantastic points about privilege, racism and ignorance have been highlighted, but as a FoC there are responses from the enlightened part of fandom that I just don't understand, and I think they need to be queried.
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Now I am not usually a ranter. Hell, if you look at my LJ history, I'm not even much of a poster. But sometimes things come up that force you to speak. Even if virtually everyone you know has already spoken about it, and usually infinitely more eloquently than you even could. But the events of Wincon 2008, and the various responses that followed got me thinking. And here are the results.
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