Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

*Mr. A
Mr. A's just fascinated me ever since I've heard of him, which I think was when [ profile] papajoemambo put up some splash pages, and the more I hear the more I love in an inappropriately ironic way. His status as one of the inspirations for Rorschach -- my favorite character in Watchmen -- is a part of it. That he's basically the Gary Stu mouthpiece for the second, lesser-known half of the team that created Spider-Man is another. It also helps that his stories are fucking insane but also TOTALLY SINCERE and convinced they are THE BEST THING EVER. I mean, that's actually kind of cute. The fact that Ditko's id unleashed is still quality enough that creators who think Objectivism is a big fat turd nevertheless draw inspiration from his work I think is testament to how oddly likable these stories are.

*Pink! (The color, not the...uh, singer)
I actually kind of like the singer. Not the early stuff, but "So What?" is fun to blare in the car. And I picked my color layouts for the purple, but since I was asked ... I actually quite like pink. I went through a phase where I was all, "Eww! Pink is for wussy girls, I'm not a wussy girl" but I grew out of it. I have a couple of pink shirts and I think I look good in the darker shades. Pink can be fun to kind of own in a semi-ironic way, too. This is why I have a pink Nintendo DS, a big pink carrying case, and a pink PURSE for my DS. Laugh all you want, the guy who sold me the last one was totally jealous. (This is true.)

Urusei Yatsura isn't something I watch all the time. (Mostly because it is EXPENSIVE and semi-out of print.) But I've always loved Lum. She's sexy, she's funny, she's mostly nice but she can kick your ass WITH FUCKING ELECTRIC SHOCKS. She's awesome! I like her so much I've showed UY stuff to my cousins who were probably not old enough for it and they loved her too. Yeah, she can play into the bimbo/sexy alien girl stereotype sometimes, but I think she subverts enough that you can just watch in joy. As my cousin (who later named one of her stuffed animals after Lum, DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THAR?) said, "She's pretty and she flies and she has a neat outfit and she has powers." She does indeed.

I like to write a lot. It was part of the profession I had up until ... oh, two days ago. (Shit.) I remember wanting to be a writer from when I was REALLY LITTLE because I liked stories so much, even if I never had the discipline to finish my stories until I started writing fanfic (which is kind of sad). While I've had my blocked periods, I can't imagine a life without writing, and when I can write, especially for fun, I feel a lot better in body and mind overall. It's just ... yeah. I don't want to say it's MY LIFE, because that is silly and too reductive and not what makes you a good writer anyway, but it's a major part of my life.

*Comic book meta
... Can I be meta about comic book meta? I feel like my brain might explode ... I don't know. I remember when I really got into the Internet fandom I always really liked reading people expounding on Spider-Man or whatever, even if it was goofy stuff like which Green Goblin was their favorite or something like that, so I guess I'm just sort of doing the same thing and adding my own spin. I spent a lot of time writing for Sequential Tart at one point, too. I don't know if I did a great job there, but it exposed me to a lot. Anyway, it's fun to expound on these things and figure out why characters do what they do and what creators might have been thinking. Kind of like fanfic, only more straightforward and the fetishes aren't as sexy.
Midori Days
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Touch Me, I'm Sick
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V for Vendetta
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I also read Interfaith Families, which I still have to mull over, and Mini-Marvels: Rock, Paper, Scissors, which was very cute. ("Arrow Man not Bill Cosby.")
Books: I've actually taken a bit of a dip in my reading. A Bunch of Middle Aged White Guys Eat, Drink and Bomb Around the English Countryside is fun, but it's more of an intriguing sort of fun than a "OMG YOU GUYS! I HAVE TO READ THIS ALL THE TIME!" type of fun. I think the book is going to be fun to review when I'm done, though. Especially because I found a Stan Lee-Jack Kirby/Steve Ditko parody in relation to the Charles Dickens/Robert Seymour controversy. I think this is the first time I've ever really CARED about Charles Dickens' illustrators.

Actually, I might do an Abridged Version. Sharing the story itself might be fun.

I'm also making my way through the second Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller and ... [sigh] Just ... [sigh]. I'm going to finish reading it because it's a classic and all but ... oy.

I read the first Midori Days too, still waiting for it to change into Me and My Fucking Cow of a Sister. [ profile] 47nite tells me to have faith.

Writing: I got two ideas I'm really excited about -- one for a young adult novel and one for a graphic novel, circulating in my head. Hopefully they'll both work out and I won't get discouraged in advance and not write. [crosses fingers]

I also gave up one of my long-standing ideas lately: this screenplay about one of Charles Dickens' daughters. I think the fact that I'm an American, not really that trustful of Hollywood, and Dickens' heirs still have a stake in his legacy and any writing about him would seem to step on their toes, I'd rather do something else.

Languages: I'm thinking very seriously about taking a trip to Israel this year. Yeah, I'm a little wary of the risk, however reduced (the tour wouldn't be going anywhere near the Palestinian territories), but there's something inside me that says its time.

So ... I'm trying to increase my proficiency in ... well, Hebrew, but also any of the three languages I have a familiarity with but no useful knowledge (ie. Spanish, Hebrew and Japanese). It's just ... I almost get annoyed at what little I know OF those languages, because they remind me of how deficient I am at learning languages.

So I bought four books (which don't really require actual sit-down reading, because I've made my plate far too big with that). The Spanish/English Dictionary I had in high school that I lost, a book of 100 Spanish verbs, a CD set of Hebrew words, and a Hebrew travel guide.

So far it is going ... not so well. The CD set would have probably been more useful if it had Spanish words, because it would have served as a nice refresher course. With Hebrew I feel like I'm trying to take in a bunch of stuff that I don't know how to use yet. (And I just learned Hebrew apparently has this bizarre deal where how you conjugate a verb or whatever changes depending on your sex and the sex of whom you're talking to and ... ack. Yeah.) Plus, it has the translations for "church," "cathedral," and "Merry Christmas" without translating anything related to Jewish culture/holidays and that makes me cross. The one thing I do like is trying to read along with the CDs, because I still remember some of the match-ups between the Latin (English) alphabet and the Hebrew letters. Although not enough.

Maybe I should just watch this on repeat.

Oh, but back to Spanish. Does anybody remember on my old journal how I said I wanted to translate a Harlequin novel into Spanish? No. Well, I did, but my grandpa told me the spanish love-slang may make it hard going, and that discouraged me.

But then I thought ... who needs Harlequin when I have ... Crepusculo!

It's my way to justify reading crap and yet having that crap still be enriching.

Lust: I kind of really want to read Wanted, more out of curiosity than a thought that it will actually be good. Given that Mark Millar's writing has that "HA! I AM SAYING FUCK LOOK AT ME SAY FUCK! AM I EDGY AND DO YOU LOVE ME NOW THAT I HAVE SAID FUCK? NOW HAVE SOME BATTERY AND INCEST!" quality to it.

OK, the Watchmen trailer got me. I actually have movie!Rorschach as my home desktop now, and thought of putting Silk Spectre II at work, but I'm still attached to my Heather-from-Silent-Hill-3 background. So ... yeah, excited.
Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
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Peter and Wendy/Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens/The Blot on Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
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The Promise by Chaim Potok
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Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine by Harold Bloom
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Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
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Magic Knight Rayearth (Omnibus) by CLAMP
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It seems as I get older I'm going to be hit more and more with "You dumb TEENAGER!" moments when I watch anime and read manga. I'm not talking about Sailor Moon when I say this. Usagi acts like a moron, but she's also part of a coming-of-age story. It doesn't really matter that she starts out as a crybaby, she's SUPPOSED to become better than she is. So I can accept that and it's not what I'm talking about.

What I am talking about is just those moments where a teenager ... well, makes one of those dumb teenager decisions because that's what teenagers do ... because they're teenagers.

Momoko from Peach Girl threatens to throw herself out the window because Touji won't listen to her ...
You dumb teenager!

"You know, I think I'll just leave my Mom in the lurch because I'd rather be the hand of some guy I'd never spoken to and is kind of a jerk to me but I find him FASCINATING."
You DUMB teenager!

The whole of Fushigi Yugi: Eidoken (I'm talking about Mayo, here. Not Miaka.)

And no, I'm not saying it's not realistic ... it just makes me not so much in these girls' corners.

And, on't look smug about yourself, American comics fans. Much as I like her, Nico from Runaways is pretty much the quintessential dumb teenager.
From here.

I got hooked by Death Note, for its great story and probably the understating dystopian elements. But. As always, guess I couldn't love it so much without those lovely yaoi fanfics and doujinshis that have made those manipulative, calculating boys more humane. Forget Misa the brat, LxLight is so HOT - deadly cat & mouse game, full of tensions, defiance and conflicts. So much to explore and so evil for my liking. Hehe, deal with it - I am ultimately a rotten yaoi/slash girl who doesn't give a damn to those annoying female characters in anime & manga (since you can't avoid them) and it's good to ignore them all and go pair some pretty boys up. What fun. I used to be ridiculously feminist and felt sympathic towards spoilt little girls, thinking they'd grow up one day, yet no more, after I encountered some real ones in life. It's in their genes.

Yes, same old fandom sexism -- but, PROGRESS! At least she's admitting that her marginalization isn't feminism.


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