gothrockrulz: (peggy)
A lot of great things happened in this week's Hannibal episode, but all I can think about now is poor Margot. Way to go, writing team, you managed to make me feel sympathetic trauma and violation on Margot's behalf, on the same scale I would have felt if I had to witness a rape scene, without actually witnessing a rape scene. AFTER I was ALREADY squirming and cringing because we didn't escape allusions to the things Mason did to children. I was really, really hoping that would get left out, or referenced so quickly, you'd miss it if you blinked. But, noooo, we had to watch the freakin' tear-jerker scene with the little boy (and watch it replayed with Margot), AND listen to Mason bragging in a few words that were still WAY TOO MANY to Hannibal. It was difficult enough to read it in the book--it's a whole different ballgame to watch it on TV. For entertainment.

To say I feel betrayed in a vague yet still personal way is an understatement. Maybe it's just because I'm really, really sensitive about pregnant women and children in general. Probably it's not.

Somebody tear Mason Verger to shreds. Please and thank you. Now I'm off to go watch something therapeutic.

ETA: Oh, look, Alana GIFs that explain perfectly how I feel.

gothrockrulz: (j2)
You clearly are very desperate to launch a spin-off series. What is this, the third time you've introduced a bunch of fresh young faces in the hope that fans will latch onto them? I remember the werewolf kids and the mini-shorts hunter girl, but barely, because they were NOT compelling at all. This week's trial protagonist was much better, I'll grant you that--but still? You want to recreate the same addictive dynamic that Sam and Dean bring to the show? You need actors that can carry the same weight as Jared and Jensen.

Maybe, if you hadn't killed Kevin off, he could have starred in his own rogue prophet series. The fandom already loves Osric Chau to bits. Haven't you noticed how great he is on Twitter? Speaking of greatness and Twitter, Misha could easily hold his own in a Castiel-focused spin-off. What if you set the timeline as pre-Team Free Will, showing all the events that molded Castiel into the angel that placed his bets on the Winchesters? What if you threw Gabriel and Balthazar into the mix? I'll bet the fangirls would go wild.

Ranting and dreaming aside, next week's episode looks awesome. :)

ETA: Yikes, on second thought, maybe I shouldn't be so harsh. Still . . . it's frustrating. I felt like I was watching The Vampire Diaries set in the Supernatural universe, and I'm really not into that show at all.
gothrockrulz: (ARMAND)
Don't mind me, I'm just sitting here, impatiently waiting for my Hydra CD to come in the mail. YouTube is not enough right now. I kinda miss the old style Within Temptation. "Truth Beneath the Rose" and "Hand of Sorrow" and "Ice Queen" are the first things that strike me when I think of my favorite band. But at the same time, I love how their current musical style is a strong tribute to the rock style of the 80's. I want to be able to write books in multiple genres, so I guess I can't blame them for experimenting with different styles, too. :)

And don't get me started on G's upcoming single. I'm super excited, but more and more, I'm worried I'll be a little disappointed. For me (and quite a few other fans), his masterpiece will always be Last Song. But since G himself wants this song to carry his memory, to be his defining song, in a way . . . I don't know. I don't know. I think, as we say on Tumblr, I have too many feelz. (Yes, that's feelz with the z. It's more emotive. LOL.)

To bring up the subject of writing again, I'm not happy where I'm at with my main WIP. The story has gotten ridiculously long and complex, and I originally decided to split it into two books. But there's just too much material. I'm afraid I'm looking at a trilogy--a very disjointed trilogy that's taken almost four years of my life, on and off. And I feel like it'll take four more years to get it up to snuff. But I'm determined to try to finish it this year, if only so I can move on to another project. It's just not easy to do so while juggling two jobs.

Interestingly, this recurring customer at work, whom I always forget, always remembers me and asks about my writing. (Actually, there may be more than one. Like I say, I forget them easily.) I don't know whether to call that sweet or scary. I can't quite read her, so I have no idea how to react, and I just smile and say thanks. I don't like feeling completely unable to gauge people, because it makes me feel vulnerable. Ah, well.
gothrockrulz: (sephiroth)
Now that you've finally joined Pinterest, get off that brand-new account and STAY OFF. You are already addicted to Tumblr on top of LJ, you do not need more opportunity to waste time. I really mean it--ZOMG, is that another picture set of eyeliner styles just begging to be tried out?

This could get complicated.
gothrockrulz: (purgatory dean)
In what universe is Castiel right now? Because I haven't seen him in this one at all! I lost count of how many episodes it's been since his last appearance. :(

In what universe is a familiar being her master's literal b----, twice over, something good? I'm not exactly a feminist, but that got on my nerves. She had no identity apart from him, though he did from her. Did you really think this would please your fanbase?

Finally, in what universe is this season going to end happily? All these flashbacks and tributes to the early seasons are beautiful, but it seems as if you're saying, "See how we put the Winchesters and you all through the wringer time and again and again and again? WELL, YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET."
gothrockrulz: (dean branches)
Happy 200th Anniversary to one of my favorite novels of all time! Congratulations, Miss Austen. Your work is still very much appreciated, even after all these years. If we fanatics have anything to say about it, we'll keep on reading and discussing and admiring for another two hundred years as well. And another two hundred after that.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Those words are immortal, and also one of the best and briefest proofs that Pride and Prejudice is not simply another mushy romance novel. The opening line is not about twu wuv, or how lonely hearts are destined to find each other some day, or some similar drivel. If Elizabeth Bennet's story was a romance, the first words would reflect that. They would promise sugar and spice and everything nice, drowned in saccharine feelings. Instead, Miss Austen provides us with a wry spin on life's quirks. If anything, it's a (somewhat gentle) parody of romance. She gives us the promise of a witty caper in manners, social commentary, and the way impressions and perceptions alter over time.

One more point, and I'll give it a rest. The title is Pride and Prejudice, not Love and Romance.
gothrockrulz: (yuki versailles)
To the many online dating websites out there . . . I cordially hate all your ads in all mediums. Especially those of Christian Mingle. Not preacher's wife material, sorry--I'm cynical and anti-social, at best. If I want to go hunting for a man, I'll do it my own way, thanks. (And that's putting it mildly.) Leave me alone.

On a more positive note, I had a fun conversation with a customer at work about Hinduism, Sarah Brightman, writing, and photography--especially sunset photos. I found out she's won a lot of contests and has been featured on the local public TV station. I hope I didn't talk her ear off--once I get comfortable talking, I can't shut up. LOL. Little chats like that make working retail a little less of a pain. :)
gothrockrulz: (nuada)
A trend of thought seems to have emerged in The Hunger Games fandom. When people think Katniss Everdeen, they think of a strong, powerful heroine. Katniss has basically become the symbol of young girl without a single weakness.

Why do so many people assume Katniss Everdeen has no weakness? Where does Suzanne Collins states or implies in her Hunger Games trilogy that her heroine has no weakness?


So what gave people that idea? )
gothrockrulz: (reid)
Apparently, the latest insult against dead literary giants that can't defend their own works anymore is. . . revamping classics so they read like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Yeah, you read that right.

And I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was infuriating. That's got NOTHING on this. I'm not sure whether to shoot myself or go on a killing spree.


Or just stick to fanfiction, at the very least. Do NOT tamper with the original work, written in blood and sweat and tears, of writers to whom you can't even begin to compare. Show some respect, even if you have no restraint or dignity.

Sorry if you can't hear me over my screams of "SACRILEGE!" Jane Austen is my hero, and has been for years, and I can't stand it when people trample her work because they're too stupid or too lazy to appreciate its wit and subtlety. I've just been reading a compiled work of her letters, and feeling more in awe of her than ever.

I shall try to say something more upbeat and happy.

Is it confirmed that Versailles (Philharmonic Quintet) is disbanding? I need more bad fandom news; I really do.
gothrockrulz: (nuada)
The rant:

I was talking to a new hire at the retail store today. She's a sweet girl, nervous about her modeling gig directly after her shift at the store, and I did my best to encourage her. Then she said the gig was for a Victoria's Secret ad. The girl couldn't be older than 16, and looked like 13 or 14--and she was scared stiff of modeling underwear. That really upset me. Am I the only one disturbed by the idea of a girl under 18 posing for pictures in lingerie? Or am I just a prude? (I think I'm a prude, regardless. I wouldn't pose in lingerie at any age. It's one of the reasons why I'm not a model myself in the first place--though, naturally, I can't say THAT to people who urge me to be a model.)

The rave:


My brothers are always going to this concert and that with friends, because they all are fans of bands that actually come through town frequently. (It's the only thing I regret about being a fan of foreign bands--makes it harder to see them live.) FINALLY, one of my bands is coming!

I don't know what to do with myself, I'm so excited! I can't begin to say how much I admire Simone Simons as a vocalist. She's incredible! How early should I buy tickets? Should I request just that day off at work, or should I request several, because I'll be too excited to work? Gah, decisions, decisions.

All I know is, right now, I need more party!GIFS. :D
gothrockrulz: (nuada)
Yes, you read that right. B-O-N-N-E-T.

In this ONTD post about disappointing authors, [ profile] boomstick disses Jane Austen in a way that I really can't wrap my mind around. As a huge Jane Austen fan, I'm seriously displeased. (Virtual cookies for anybody who can tell me which Jane Austen character I just quoted.) I'm not a member of the LJ community, so I can't comment. I'm not too keen on joining, so I'll post my thoughts here instead.

On to the ranting )
gothrockrulz: (don't make em)
Thanks to [ profile] iron_kat for the heads-up about this newest addition to the horror show that included SOPA and PIPA.

Say hello to CISPA, yet another bill out to steal our internet rights.

I think I want to wear my Hunger Games Mockingjay pin 24/7 now.
gothrockrulz: (sephiroth)
SOPA/PIPA hasn't even been made law yet . . . and already, toes are being tread on. Or rather, pulverized.

Here is an article detailing the shutdown of Megaupload and the seizure of its two co-founders--and also 50 million dollars.

50. Million. Dollars.

That's what it's all about. Forget that it isn't the actual founders of the site that are responsible for all the alleged illegal file-sharing. There's 50 million dollars up for grabs, people! Open season! Tally ho!

And I know this is going to sound cliche, but I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
gothrockrulz: (Default)
Have I ever mentioned politics here? Nope. To put my political beliefs in a nutshell, politics depresses me to no end, so I do my best to avoid it, especially when there are fandoms calling my name.

But my fandoms, at least with regard to other fans on the internet, might actually fall silent. Thanks to SOPA and PIPA.

If you haven't heard of the U.S. government's latest attempt to seize power from its people, feel free to read this article. Also, you might want to check out this article, which reports that TV news apparently doesn't think we should care.

But a lot of us do. Here follow my specific reasons to care . . . )
gothrockrulz: (morticia)
Note: very long, GIF-peppered rant in progress.

Over and over and over, I get asked the same question in various forms as I'm working as a cashier in retail.

"Where'd you get the cute accent?"

"So where are you from?"

"Are you British?"

Over and over and over, my answer is also pretty much the same. I'm an American girl, and I've never been out of the U.S. I've lived all my life in the same Southwest, same state, same county, same town. I've even lived in the same house for over 15 years.

But NOBODY believes me.


[GIF from severaldancingwampas at tumblr]

More ranting through this portal . . . )
gothrockrulz: (morticia)
Know what I hate? Times when embarrassing things happen, and somebody decides to call attention to it, instead of pretending it didn't happen. Times like this morning. I'm busy ringing up merchandise at the register, and the customer (who, naturally, HAS to be a guy) starts mumbling about my bra strap slipping down my arm, trying not to smile. Ha, ha. Very cute and funny. Thankshaveagooddaygetoutofmysight.
gothrockrulz: (don't make em)
I am not amused by this politically-fueled DDoS attack. Why do people with problems seem to think the way to resolve their problems is to create problems for others?

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