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zarabithia: (batwoman: kate)
A. HI, FLIST! My Yuletide fic is going to be finished by Wednesday-ish, and I am going to need a beta. I can't reveal the fandom (you can PM me if you need to know before signing on to beta) but will reveal it is m/m slash. It's PG-13 and doesn't have any real kinks or triggers. 

Comment or PM me if you are up for beta duties?

B. via [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: 5 fandom-related things you are thankful for.

Cut because I am wordy )
zarabithia: (kory awesome solo)
:) I am still writing the Texts From Last Night Meme Drabbles. Unsurprisingly, some of them got away from me and are no longer drabbles. Currently, it is Faith's fault. But while I take a break from Faith having sexy times with Neal Caffrey, I thought I would squee a little about the DC Relaunch.

I've been pretty happy with most of the books I've gotten so far, but this week was particularly awesome.

Supergirl )
Nightwing )

Wonder Woman )

Catwoman )

Birds of Prey )

Red Hood and the Outlaws )

At the end of the day,  I am taking the relaunch as an opportunity to get to know old friends again, and I do not expect them to show up looking the same. Many of them have changed, and in my case, I like most of those changes for the better (and some I don't. I weep for you, Mr. Terrific.)

I am so excited to read the next issues of BOP and Wonder Woman and do you know how long it's been since the last time I could say that?  A long, long time.

One sentence reactions to other things I read this week:

Blue Beetle: I've missed Jaime, but I feel like I've already read the story (probably because I have)
Captain America: I've already read this story 6000000000000 times, Brubaker.
Avengers: Children's Crusade:  To paraphrase Willow Rosenberg: oh, Eli, you really do need every square inch of your ass kicked.

In other news, Young Justice was awesome! New Young Justice, HORRAY! Also, Conner and M'gann are very cute and M'gann haters need every square inch of their asses kicked too.





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zarabithia: (dick/roy partners)
From an interview with Scott Lobdell, re: Jason:

"I don't think he hates them. I think he finds their methods to be, well, stupid and self-limiting. But as far as hate? I think he is more likely to hide in the bushes at Wayne Manor on Thanksgiving Day and look at everyone eating turkey dinner by a roaring fireplace and wondering why he isn't inside with the others -- wondering if maybe he couldn't have made different choices. But I don't think that's hate."

FUCK YES. I SO CAN'T WAIT FOR RED HOOD AND THE GINGERS.

This is so much better than Winick's "lol, he hates Dick and Tim."

And by better, I mean more in keeping with my view of the batfamily.

In other news, I am still working on fic. I feel like it has been seven million years since I've posted any.

zarabithia: (superman)

"Look, I like gritty. I write gritty. There is a time and a place for gritty. I’ll take my Batman gritty, thank you, and I will acknowledge that such a portrayal means that my 11 year old has to wait before he sees The Dark Knight. But if Hollywood turns out a Superman movie that I can’t take him to? They’ve done something wrong. Superman is many, many things. Gritty he is not, something that Richard Donner certainly understood.

(Pet peeve time: for the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s so unrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.)

This is not an argument of era or audience sophistication. Sophistication does not negate sincerity, nor does it even deny it, as the Captain America movie proves. Sophistication demands better storytelling, clearer motivation, purer intention. “Gritty” is an apologist word in this sense, used in the place of “realism.” We don’t go to the movies for “realism.” This is why documentaries aren’t the major product in the theaters. Sophistication does not demand realism; it demands smart."


- Greg Rucka

Pretty much, yes.

The entire last paragraph, you could take out "movies" and substitute "comics," and you would have my thought process on much of the current storytelling process in comics.

In addition to summing up my feelings on Clark and Diana and Barry this is also a  perfect rebuttal to everyone who thinks Ultimates Steve is anything other than terrible somehow better because he is more "realistic."  :)  It's also why I found Steph's Batgirl such a refreshing breath of air and why I prefer the Young Avengers to the current crop of Teen Titans.


Blech

Aug. 24th, 2011 07:14 pm
zarabithia: (barry: with bart)
So today I was working on my [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang and took a well-deserved break. I said to myself, "Self, you deserve to read some fic." So I did. And oh, wow, did I regret it. Because I ran into a part of fandom that I have never understood:

Bashing fic.

Now, look, we all know that there are characters who I don't like very much. I frequently bitch about them and their actions on LJ/DW/tumblr, etc.  There are a lot of characters I don't like. I'm sure most of fandom can guess who they are.

And you know what? When I think someone is an asshole or that a pairing sucks ... I just don't write about them. Instead, I write about pairings and characters I do like!

Why is this so hard?

People cry and cry about Mary Sue fics, but I think someone who writes a Mary Sue fic is 100x more mature than the asshole who writes a bashing fic.

On a very related note, some awesome panels from Kid Flash Lost, let me show you them:

THIS is how you write a superhero family )

I haven't liked Bart much since they brought him back, but this made me love him all over again. :)  This is the Bart I remember and love. And he's awesome and fantastic. 

And so is his Grandpa.  Haters gonna act like children hate.

P.S.,  there is an awesome wip over on the [livejournal.com profile] capkinkmeme that has really put me in a slave fic kind of mood, so if you have any recs for that genre for any fandom, I would eat them like candy.
zarabithia: (trek: old spock)
I really like this article about the reboot. :) Mostly because it has the most sensible comment I've read yet about the reboot:

"When 52 comes out," added Marz, "you guys get to vote with your dollars from day one. Nobody is going into this saying, 'Let's screw with the fan boys!' Everyone is saying 'Let's do something really cool that people are going to really get behind.'"

If I wasn't already buying Voodoo, I would for that comment alone. I can't wait for the indignant Tumblr rage to hit about it.  

Also, good to see that the JSA are going to show up again. Maybe we can quit pretending that everyone who doesn't headline a book in September is going to be erased from existence?

30 Day Fanfic Meme, The End )
zarabithia: (Default)

A. So these pics from the Avengers set make me very happy, mostly because spoilers )



B. So, it's been a while since I've talked about the DCU reboot!: Snip )


C. 30 Day Fanfic Meme, Day 4: Snip  )

zarabithia: (connor hawke solo)
Recently, [livejournal.com profile] cero_ate and I were discussing the reboot and hoping against DC's lack of logic that it would bring Connor Hawke back, safe, sound and archer-like.

This naturally led us to the discussion of porn I'd like to write, wherein Cero tried to veto all my options for Connor to get laid.

Which brings us to a poll.

[Poll #1762129]
zarabithia: (Jaime: adorable)
1. [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest is having an Amnesty Week. THAT IS AWESOME. You should go participate, because anyone can, and there are no word limits during Amnesty Week.  And now I will get to finish my [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest fics, horray!

2. [livejournal.com profile] femslash_today is taking prompts for their porn battle. Someone requested Kate Bishop/Sharon Carter. Um, yes, please? I like how people obviously want me to ship Kate Bishop with almost everyone in existence.

3. Ugh, I would rather never see Cass or Steph again if the alternative is Gail Simone writing them. Ick.

4. Jaime, why does DC hate you so much? I will still be buying it, to support Jaime Reyes, but damn. That book is going to be like shoving hot pokers into my eyes. And my soul.

5. While I am bitter about Jaime's new awful writer,  I am not quite ridiculous enough to go to a protest about it. At a con. I'm just saying. If I was, though, I would totally wear a costumed designed on Tim Drake's new feathers.  

6. OMG, there is something in the water on tumblr, making almost everyone full fledged, off the wall ridiculous. Dear flist, never change and please don't spontaneously become ridiculous.

7. CLINT AND KATE THIS WEEK. I will ship Kate Bishop with almost anyone, but damn those two in that one page were more entertaining than any of Kate's canon ships. Which isn't new, really. And the less said of Clint's current canon love life, the better.

8. This week has been super stressful. In the spirit of the week that is giving me migraines, two memes to choose from (shhh, distractions are good) :

A. Pick a character and a subject and I'll tell you my headcanon for it. Can be anything from their favorite color to their daily routine to things of a very TMI nature. (feel free to pick multiple characters)

B. Alternately, toss three characters at me for a game of Marry, Shag, Cliff.  (for those of you that are new, I am fond of all genders.) I'll toss you three in return.

C. Alternately, do both.
zarabithia: (jason: the goddamn red hood)

So, in news that proves that DC have lost their minds, DC announced today that the following titles are going to be launched:

lol, wtf )



BUT FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY!!!! DC proves that they might secretly love me. Because the writer (Scott Lobdell) of Red Hood and the Ginger Outlaws is clearly an awesome human being who should feel awesome, because he said the following about Jason Todd and His Ginger Snaps:

Choice Quotes That Make Me Happy )

And if you don't care about any of that, have a bit of this awesome news story that I stole the link from a post on CBR where someone compared it to Roy beating up people with dead cats.:  The victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" Police said the attacker said, "It's not a weasel, it's a martin," then punched him in the nose and fled.







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zarabithia: (tim: they were his colors)
Well, this is weird.

But hey, Tim survived! So did Cassie? )





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zarabithia: (stephanie as robin)
So. Today instead of working on freelance projects, I have been frantically refreshing CBR, IGN & DC's Source Blog. My laziness has been richly rewarded!

So! Things that make me happy:

Lots of YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY.  )

Things I am cautiously optimistic about:

Mm, meh?  )

Things that I expected to be more rageful about than I am:

*sigh.* )


I totally understand why  people are upset about the last one, and I am not pleased either, but man oh man. The other news just makes me so excited. I get Dick! And Roy! And Kate Kane! And Jason! And Kory!  Kory in pants! I cannot be unhappy at DC for those things. 

I don't know. It's just like, DC has been on a different track than me for a long time, but all of these solicits are making me pretty happy (except Batgirl) and they are drawing me back in.
 





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zarabithia: (diana/clark)
So many rumors. I continue to love it and continue to be excited. :)

Some rumors I hope are true:

Snip )

Some legacy characters that people are worried about who I think will be just fine:

Snip )

People I am worried about:

Snip )

Also, May Fic Writing Round-Up:

Fics I Wrote In May )

Fannish 5

May. 6th, 2011 09:36 pm
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 Five least satisfying conclusions (end of a tv series, movie, book - any media.) I'll be fair and just go with endings that were unsatisfying and not endings that caused me endless amounts of RAGE.

Cut for length )

Also, I've been looking at old [community profile] fannish5 and have decided to go back and answer some of them. We'll start at the very beginning! From 8/15/2003: (apparently, they had a different format back then! Five questions for each day, which is weird!)

Question #1: What are your top five LEAST favorite television characters? )

Question #2: Who are the best Superheros? )

Question #3: What are the five slashiest movies (it doesn't matter if the film is any good or not)? )

Question #4: What are your favorite pairings (slash, het or multiples, doesn't matter)? )

Question #5: Who are your favorite character actor/actresses? )





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zarabithia: (babs)
Day Twenty-Seven: A female character you have extensive personal canon for

Hmm. I have a lot of personal canon that has no other purpose than to completely erase the bits of canon that I do not care for. :) But I feel like maybe that's not what this question is aiming for. So in terms of personal canon that fills in the gaps instead of taking a magical eraser to the bad parts, I have to go with Sarah Rogers. We know very little about her, other than she was the most important influence of Steve's life,that she encouraged his art geek ways, and that she died young. Oh, and just probably that she liked baseball a lot. :)

But there's such a story there, waiting to be told about that woman. The kind of morals she must have had, the kind of beliefs she must have shared, the kind of strength she must have possessed -  all those things must be true in order for Steve to have turned out the way he did. And they all exist inside my head. :)

Day Twenty-Eight: Favorite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.)

Marjorie Liu is to comics what everyone tries to pretend Gail Simone is, in terms of awesome female characters. Except without the gratuitous slut shaming and bizarre ignoring of characters' histories that Simone does.

The very best example of Liu's awesome will always be Black Widow, for the 6 issues she was on it. Her Natasha was utterly fantastic and smart and so much more than the fetish fuel many of Natasha’s male writers have made her over the years. Liu’s Natasha was complicated and cunning, and fought against Elektra just hours after her stomach had been sliced open. Yet, there was still mutual respect there, between them, so it wasn’t cat-fighty, the way many female-female fights in comics tend to go.  It made me want a Liu-written Elektra series, to be honest. And also, a Liu-written Birds of Prey. I really, really would kill for a Liu written Birds of Prey. It would be the best of all things ever.

And while Black Widow was my introduction to Liu’s awesomeness, she’s also written other stuff. From her website: “Hi. I write books about women warriors covered in demonic tattoos, and men who can shape-shift into tigers. If a merman or gargoyle shows up, all the better! I also write comics for Marvel. To learn more about me, please visit www.marjoriemliu.com.”

Day Twenty-Nine: A female-centric fic rec

Just one? LOL. Have five:

Silence {Young Justice | M'Gann | G} Megan is given a great deal of advice on how to deal with Wally. All it does is remind her of the fact that nobody on Earth speaks like she does, and that her body is not her own.

The Many Waves of Princess Ariel { Little Mermaid | Ariel/many | NC-17} "But Ariel knew there were many kinds of waves. There were small trickling ones that kept marching one after another; there were ones that slammed against the rocks of the shore as if in fury; there were ones that came unexpectedly and forced you under, tumbling and bruising you before spitting you back to the surface; there were ones you didn’t see as much as feel, ones that moved below the surface with a will. And she wanted to dip her newfound feet in every one of them."

That Old Game {She-Ra | Adora/Catra | R}  Catra takes a captive. Adora finds something that was lost.

Two Birds in a Bar { Harry Potter/DC Comics |  Tim Drake & Minerva McGonagall | PG} "At least that's a proper boy's name. Not like that Bat fellow."

Threads That Are Golden Don't Break Easy {Torchwood/Narnia | Susan & Jack & everyone | PG-13}  Susan meets Captain Harkness at various points in her life. Redeems Susan and melds awesome with Torchwood. 





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zarabithia: (shayera)
Holy Completely Behind On This Meme, Batman! Sorry, flist, I have been busy writing/working/being exhausted/spamming tumblr.

Catch-up times!


Day Twenty-Three: Favorite female platonic relationship

Jessica Jones + Young Avengers )

Day Twenty-Four: Favorite female romantic relationship

John and Shayera )

Day Twenty-Five: Favorite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship

Joyce, Buffy & Dawn )

Day Twenty-Six: Favorite classical female character (from pre-20th century literature or mythology or the like)

Athena )




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zarabithia: (trek: idic)
Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon

Aha. I think it's time for another top five list. Because really, just one? In my fandoms? Not likely.

Comics:

5. Cassandra Cain: We all know that story. While I am enjoying Stephanie's story as it unfolds very much, DC's continual Cassandra issues are making me very frustrated.

4. Lian Harper. Hi, there, classic example of fridging. But, hey, Roy and Ollie are such more interesting characters with her dead, really. So clearly, she served her purpose. /sarcasm.

3. All of the Amazons, ever: Funny how they keep getting blown up, erased from history, turned evil, etc. And I'm sorry, but I judge the hell out of anyone who had the bad taste to like Amazons Attack. Bees and misogyny, my god.

2. Sue Dibny & Jean Loring: Jean's actions were completely ridiculous and made no damn sense. Sue's fate was horrifying and so obviously written by clueless assholes who embody the worst of fanboy culture. I have no idea which one to say was worse. They are both pretty awful, so they can tie at number 2.

1. Wanda Maximoff. If she isn't womb crazy in the 616, she's being put into a degrading incestuous relationship with her brother in the Ultimates verse. Either way, there's very little sign of the strong female character who used to be. I mean, if your teenage son has to save you because you're too weak to do it yourself, there are problems. But I like to think that real!Wanda and real!Jan are hanging out together somewhere not dead and plotting a way to break through the 4th wall and punch Bendis in the kidneys.

NOT Comics:

Cut because I got wordy )





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zarabithia: (shayera)

Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character

My favorite is the JLU version of Hawkgirl. While I never cared one way or the other about comics Hawkgirl, I fell hard for Shayera in the toon verse. I loved her whether she was trying to figure out her relationship with John, trying to figure out where her allegiance should lie, or giving Hawkman a good punch (a long time coming!) I loved her "fall" and her determination to rise back up again. She never stopped being strong, even when she was at her weakest. So many people who want to write "vulnerable" female characters should take a look at her portrayal. This is how you do it without being offensive about it.

Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist

I am tempted to say Faith, but that feels like cheating, since I already used her for a different answer. So I'll go with Azula. 

I think that the end of the show is a little bit of a cheat. All of the sudden, her evilness is because she has mental problems, when there was no sign of that prior in the show.

BUT. I loved that she was able to be a female antagonist who kept her powers til the very end. I've spent too long in comics fandoms, where women are unable to control their powers, or lose control of their powers, especially when they go evil. But Azula was powerful and smart and knew how to use her powers very well, thank you very much.







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