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15 September 2009 @ 03:48 pm
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I am going to post on vid chat hosting next, PROMISE. Meantime, a reminder that any and all suggestions for topics of vid chats are welcome any time here. Non-vidders are also welcome to leave topic suggestions--it'd be great to have some viewer-centric chats too, I think!

Work is kicking my ass and I am chatty so short break to post about random new favourite things:
1. Blue streaks in my hair. So fun! (More subtle than they sound, promise: they're on underlayers and just peak out sometimes.)
2. Bollywood classes. We're learning a routine to Chaliya Chaliya from Tashan (except thankfully not in bikinis)
3. A book that made me cry! First one in years. The Knife of Never Letting Go... it's young adult fiction but it has 'fuck off, kidlets!' marketing for a reason. Very, very dark, but very cool. Don't read it in public, as I did. I'm a little nervous to start the second book in case a) it's anywhere near as tense or b) it's a letdown.

In other news, I've flunked another fandom... So, I've fallen off the Eric bandwagon. I was on it when Godric was alive, but now Eric is boring to me again. :( Clearly I've flunked the prerequisite for being in this fandom... particularly as I continue to be confused by the Bill hate. I mean, he's a limited character and he has faults, but it's not like he, oh I don't know, keeps people chained in a basement. And he just saved the entire town and was a total romantic sweetheart to Sookie. And yet he STILL gets hate?! o.O I loved that he was all giggly when they were dancing. Bill giggles are cute! I could have smacked Sookie for not saying yes, but she did have a few awesome moments in this episode (with Maryanne). I'm officially not ok with a Season 3 that will no doubt be built around various plot reasons preventing the marriage long enough for Eric to get his talons into Sookie. If I watch it, I'll keep my pain to myself as clearly no one else watches the show the way I do. Bill's basically the only character I still find halfway decent (and I do only find him halfway since he still, you know, kills people). Jason just shot someone. Tara's an emotional cripple. Sam did finally grow a bit of a backbone (note: after a nudge from Bill) and they don't give Lafayette enough plot. I do like Hoyt but I don't like Jessica/Hoyt angst. I want only Jessica/Hoyt joy! They were cute for three eps. Now they frustrate me. :( Though Hoyt telling his mother to go to hell was probably the most pleasing part of the episode for me. Sigh. I miss Godric! *goes back to vidding him*

I watched the first eps of Twilight Vampire Diaries and Glee and I have these things to say... Vampire Diaries didn't really do anything for me, though supacat is trying to convince me to stick around for the LULZ. But ... too much stalking. Seriously I'd like one vampire show that did not use stalking as a romantic plot device. Is that too much to ask? Clearly yes.

Glee... hmm... just hasn't really clicked with me. It does not make me laugh. Somehow it's not cheesy in a way I like. Probably the fact I don't like any of the characters is holding me back. Also I'm not a big fan of that musical theatre/choir girl style of singing. The lead chick has a great voice, but it does nothing for me. So I guess that's that.

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Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on September 15th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
From reading this I think I watch the show the same way you do. Or at least in a similar way. I really don't get the Eric love and Bill hate either. I don't hate Eric at all - in fact I think he has potential to be quite interesting but I don't get the ... utter fascination.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on September 15th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't hate Eric. He's ok, I just don't find him the World's Hottest Vampire Ever, you know? Also I still enjoy him around the male characters a lot more than around Sookie (since that particular het ship dynamic does nothing for me).
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood: Anne | Ooops!chickadilly on September 15th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Oh, sorry, I should have worded that better. I didn't mean that I thought you hated him at all. I just thought that perhaps what i was saying sounded as if I hated him when I don't. Like you I just don't think he's the World's Hottest Vampire Ever and I also don't ship Eric/Sookie. Also like you their dynamic doesn't do much for me.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on September 15th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Oh no, it's cool! *makes reassuring hands* I know exactly what you mean... any time I express less than ABSOLUTE SLAVE-LIKE DEVOTION to Eric, I feel like I fail as a True Blood fan! I never really watched True Blood for the shippiness... more for the ensemble cast, but I found season 2 a bit of a drag and a lot of the subtelties I enjoyed have been lost or got eclipsed by the meanad plot. Meanwhile the shipping seems to have really taken off, especially Eric/Sookie-wise, and that's not my scene.
Balistik: meta-baronbalistik94 on September 15th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
I like Bill (we have the same first name so that helps) and I'm not a big fan of Eric I mean he was cool when Godric was around but now he's like the queen's pet. I started watching the show because of Godric and kept watching to see that bi... meanad die. Also for Jason, Sam, Hoyt and Andy.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Billbop_radar on September 15th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
:) Godric was the best! I definitely wanted to see Maryanne dead and gone, so yay for that (could have happened sooner though!) and I did think Jason and Andy were a blast as a team in the last few eps. The faked 'God who comes' was a highlight. Good to know there are some other non-Eric-absolute-fanatics out there. ;)
random_seriousrandom_serious on September 15th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
And yet he STILL gets hate?!

For me, Bill gets the cold shoulder because, inexplicably, he comes across as dishonest. I can't help but hink that he's got an angle. Crazy, I know because he has been kind to Sookie, and yes, unlike Eric, does not imprison people.

Jason just shot someone.

I also I have a enduring dislike of Jason. I think he was mean and unpleasant to Sookie and prtty much everyone n S1, a cad, a misogynist, a douche. S2 was marginally better, and jason involvement with the church was ingenius I thought.

Tara's an emotional cripple. Sam did finally grow a bit of a backbone

The more I see tara's mother, the less I like her. I think Tara's overcome a lot quite admirably, but I do think Tara's character comes across as cliche-y. I don't know, maybe that's just me.

I want only Jessica/Hoyt joy!

Oh, me too, those kids are so great. And Hoyt and Jessica both deserve happiness, as their families treated them so horribly, and IMO, stole their lves from them.

Also, I feel S2 was very good, and mostly due to Maryann (Yes, unpopular opinion). OK, I love Michelle Forbes in anything so I maybe biasd but I had hoped that maryann would get a win of some sort.
Fleegull: Stamp My Assfleegull on September 15th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Also, I feel S2 was very good, and mostly due to Maryann (Yes, unpopular opinion). OK, I love Michelle Forbes in anything so I maybe biasd but I had hoped that maryann would get a win of some sort.

If that's an unpopular opinion I don't want to be popular, as far as I'm concerned, Mayrann was the second season.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: The Fallbop_radar on September 15th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Dishonest? Huh. Hmm. He's had moments of dishonesty... mostly hiding his vampire-y impulses around Sookie, but I don't see him as being inherently dishonest. Perhaps I'm just charmed by the actor.

Jason is undeniably despicable</b> but I find the character acting to be so wonderful that I really enjoy him onscreen despite that. And he does make good LOLZ. Still, when Jason does really unlikeable things, he's not a character I can feel a lot of empathy for.

I used to think Tara wasn't a cliche, because in Season 1 she had more moments of subtelty, but they've totally evaporated and just as she was getting some emotional growth, Maryanne stunted her again so now we're back with the whole alcoholic-mum-made-good plot again. *eyeroll* Now she's one of my least favourite characters. She better get some actual character growth in season 3 or I'll be mad.

their families treated them so horribly, and IMO, stole their lves from them.
Agreed!

I'm glad you enjoyed season 2. I love Michelle Forbes and her performance was great fun but I just wish she'd been a morally grey rather than black character because I found the fact that she was a straight-up villain made for a boring plot. :(
Call Me OneTrack: lafayette dancingcallmeonetrack on September 15th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh I have the sequel to the Knife book. I picked up the galley at a publishing conference on a whim last year. I shall have to seek out the first one then! (I hate starting in the middle.)

I think you might be pleasantly surprised with True Blood. Alan Ball has indicated that he sees no value in the Eric/Sookie pairing of the books and is pretty dedicated to keeping it Bill/Sookie. Personally, I am less than interested in all three of them (though I was more intrigued with Eric this year when he was showing other emotions via the Godric storyline). Overall, season two was a bit lackluster for me. (Glad that Eggs is out of the picture!)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on September 15th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
DO NOT read the second book without reading the first!!! I have no idea if they'll be your taste as I know our reading likes are a little different but if you do like them you'll want to read in order. And I hope you will.. I found it a very powerful reading experience, though emotional.

Hee! Yeah, Godric gave Eric range! :p And Season 2 was a bit of a loss to me... I really didn't enjoy Tara losing her characterisation. I think I need to lower my expectations for Season 3 but I hope what you say is true.
Call Me OneTrack: Good Huntingcallmeonetrack on September 16th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I think I might like it. Sounds intriguing and it's been likened to my beloved Hunger Games series (have you read those by the way? SO GOOD.) Plus Candlewick Press publishes it here in the US and they have good taste! Quality product from them.

I'm really hoping that this season was mostly an aberration and that Tara (and Lafayette) will be more like themselves next season. I'm a litle worried that we're going to have to sit through endless agonizing over Eggs' demise though. But at least it will bring the secondary characters interacting with each other again (Jason and Tara at least) rather than all being off doing their own thing. I'm intrigued by what Sam will find with the birth parents also. Though I hope it doesn't take him too far afield from Bon Temps for too long.

Edited at 2009-09-16 02:52 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: books!!bop_radar on September 16th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hunger Games, huh? I will check 'em out! :D The more I think about it the better I found the Knife... it was so tense and so original!

And yes, I'm sick of the main cast being all split up. :( Sam better come back to Bon Temps fast! And Tara better do her grieving in the hiatus. :p
crazybluebirdcrazybluebird on September 15th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm so jealous of the blue streaks! I have always wanted to do that, but never had the guts to do it.

I also watched the first episode of Vampire Diaries, and found it very lame. I find Ian Somerholder/Damien (or however you spell his name) quite campy in an entertaining way. Is it me or does he look cross-eyed?

As for the whole Bill hate, I just don't get it either. In fact, I like the whole Bill/Sookie/Eric thingy happening. I miss Godric, too!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on September 15th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
But you have blue in your name! :) I recommend the blue sooo highly! It cheers me up every time I get a glimpse of it in a mirror. I've never been so vain! I just get the hairdresser to pick out two or three spots to do a clump of foils. They want to do other colours but I'm all noooo, bluuuuue!

Ian IS cross-eyed, I swear! Or is that his eyes are just too close together? I'm confused by that but he was definitely the campy highlight.
ProgGrrl: TB why don't you 2 just fuckproggrrl on September 15th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I continue to be confused by the Bill hate. I mean, he's a limited character and he has faults, but it's not like he, oh I don't know, keeps people chained in a basement. And he just saved the entire town and was a total romantic sweetheart to Sookie. And yet he STILL gets hate?!

I am so with you RE Bill. Btw, have you seen this? --> http://www.ericnorthman.net/?p=1122

Actively hating on characters is pretty juvenille, IMO. I mean, unless it's a nazi, or a rapist, or a serial killer who is NOT immortal and therefore knows the value of individual human lives... ;-) Yet feeling hate at he TV can certainly be cathartic, eh.

Seriously I'd like one vampire show that did not use stalking as a romantic plot device. Is that too much to ask?

LOL sad but true. Then again, if I had super strength, super hearing, mind reading capabilities, lived forever, and/or could fly...I would probably stalk hot people to see what they were up to as well. (Till it got boring. Then I might stalk Presidents and the powerful for a bit. Then that would get REALLY boring, and I'd be back to the sexing. Cuz even immortals like the sexing. Right? LOL)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Stephanie Meyer sucksbop_radar on September 15th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Heee! Oh, was that what the Eric/Sookie fans were stirred up about? I'm so with Ball on that... though I think he's being a little coy because he has been seeding Eric/Sookie with dream sequences.

Yet feeling hate at he TV can certainly be cathartic, eh.
Hee, oh totally. I have my cathartic character hates too. I'm just baffled by the Bill hate because most of the accusations are levelled by Eric fans and are just as or more accurate for Eric!

I would probably stalk hot people to see what they were up to as well.
HAAA. Yeah, but I'd stalk hot interesting people, not schoolgirls. Schoolgirls are boring. :p
Fleegull: Bonkersfleegull on September 15th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
The whole thing about True Blood for me is the so called "secondary characters". I could care less about Eric, Bill and Sookie. I'm far more invested in the town as a whole, it's been a long time since a show bothered to have blue collar, Southern characters shown as something other than "the stupid hick" and that's a good thing. The show needs more Lafayette and I will miss Maryann like whoah.

Hon, I do not get the Glee love at all, I got through half of the first episode before I had to turn it off. I don't care for the musical theater style of singing unless it's actually done in a theater.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on September 15th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
I so agree about the 'secondary characters'. There's some beautiful character work among them and that's what's kept me coming back for more and more... I really wish that Lafayette had a bigger role though, he's still my fave (Tara having been shunted sideways somewhat thanks to being zombie-fied for most of Season 2). I enjoyed Michelle so much but I found the actual plot structure for Maryann boring. Still, if there's going to be a Big Bad for every season, they'll find it hard to top her.

unless it's actually done in a theater.
Hahaha, so true! In a theatre I'm fine with it. On TV? No thanks.
the sundance kid: True Blood - Chow time!mresundance on September 16th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I don't get Bill hate, but I think Eric is more . . . dynamic?

In season 1, Bill was totally teh shit because he was this mysterious and dangerous vampire but with a heart of gold. :P He was dynamic because he had a lot of mystery and an edge of danger still.

In season 2 I think the writers screwed Bill over and made him Sookie's doormat, rather than remembering he's totally awesome and badass in his own right. In the last few eps he was more like old Bill, but mostly he's been kinda . . . too much of a goody two shoes. He lost a lot of his aura of danger and mystery, which is partially what makes vampires interesting and sexy on some levels. (Methinks.)

Meanwhile, Eric, with his enormous flaws, is highly entertaining because he is a character of such sharp contrasts. He does awful things and yet is incredibly charismatic. I find it hard not to like him, even when he's talking about eating kids. :P

Eric is more interesting to me because he's more dynamic and unpredictable as a character. He'd be terrifying to actually know, though. Because you'd never be sure where you stood with him. Unless you were like Sookie (he wants to bed you, duh).

Can't wait to see where they take both of these guys next season. I hope there is totally more Godric, though, especially Godric/Eric, because that relationship really opened Eric's character up and added a new dimension to him which was really fascinating.

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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on September 16th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
I'll pay dynamic! He's definitely entertaining, Bill is more of a straight man. They play in contrast to each other pretty wonderfully which is partly why I find the Bill hate weird. Who wouldn't want to watch those two snark at each other? I'm glad Eric got more screentime in Season 2 and the Godric plot was by FAR the best material for him, imo. Until then I felt like Eric really didn't care about anything and I find it hard to get into characters like that ... I'm really not into his interest in Sookie at all so I'll be very sad if he gets limited to that plot. Hopefully not though! Bad guys aren't really my thing, but he's fun to have around and if there was more Eric/Godric I'd be very happy. :D
the sundance kid: true blood - something on your shirtmresundance on September 16th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Heh. I like Bill, I do, and I don't care if people have preferences between Bill and Eric. Like whatever!

I am interested in Sookie/Eric. I dunno why, except I'm interested to see how they can create a plausible relationship between them. The books that I've read do a great job of creating sexual tension between the two of them, which is definitely the appeal for me. Eric wants Sookie (and he's not always sure why he's so drawn to her); but Sookie flat out wants Eric just for the fact that he's attractive to her, especially at the start. I don't know why I find that chemistry interesting, except, yeah, sometimes in life, there are people who find so insanely attractive you just want to boink their brains out. Even if they are the most morally objectionable person evah (like Eric is to Sookie).

I think in the series now she is definitely strongly attracted to Eric, just on the level of lust, but is obviously devoted to Bill. And that too is interesting to me. The girl's got a lot on her plate, as always. :P
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on September 16th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I'd be far more into the ship if Sookie seemed like she wanted to screw Eric senseless. She makes squicked face a little too much for me to be into it... (I've never read the books so I'm going by the TV series). Clearly (judging from her dreams) the squick is only at the conscious level but I'd find it more fun if she'd admit to herself she had the hots for him. But I'm not sure they'll ever be my ship. I like the way you describe it though. That's by far the most fun description of Eric/Sookie I've heard (though not the one I've really seen on the show which has read more like Eric stalking and Sookie resisting to me).
Alexandra Leaving: True Blood - Eric : come hitheralexandral on September 16th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
particularly as I continue to be confused by the Bill hate. I mean, he's a limited character and he has faults, but it's not like he, oh I don't know, keeps people chained in a basement. And he just saved the entire town and was a total romantic sweetheart to Sookie. And yet he STILL gets hate?!

My problem with Bill is that I know how his character progresses in the books. ** no more spoilers ** . I don't hate him, but sort of softly despise him. I imagine things can be changed in the TV show, but there are already too many changes for my liking. I will still remember.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I sense a lot of projected hate from people who have read the books. I hope there will be more changes (sorry!) and he won't become horrible. I do respect that for people that have read the books it can be upsetting to have things changed in the TV series but personally it's all I know.
hoolia goolia: SPN - Dean says reading is sexyboom_queen on September 16th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh I LOVED the Knife of Letting Go!!! It was rec'd to me by sundancekid, who doesn't usually like dystopian sci-fi but knows that I often do, and it had a huge impact on both of us. I love the premise alone--a world completely without privacy and where you are deafened by the sensory input of everyone around you!--but the emotional roller coaster and escape/chase of the boy and girl is what really got me.

Plus the dog! omg I'm convinced that that is pretty much what my dogs would sound like too (or some combination of Manchee + Dug--the dog from Up!). Boppy, there were SO MANY tears over the dog.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 16th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Huge impact is right!! That book left me REELING. The premise is so awesome! :) And I love the gender dynamic too. It's so surprisingly feminist! \o/

And OH MY LORD the dog! *heartthud* I cried and cried... (yup that's the bit I cried at). I adored the characterisation and I didn't think I could keep reading after that but then the plot tugged me onwards... but wow, have not been so moved by anything in ages.
Cris: Being Humanduskwillow on September 16th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Blue streaks in the hair sound neat. :)

Can I interest you in some proper vampires? There's a little British show called Being Human. Only 6 episodes in season 1, and season 2 will start in January. It's about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together in Bristol. It's not as lame or silly as it sounds, I promise. It's really lovely, and cool, and they use their conditions as metaphors. It's kinda Buffy in spirit. Cast is great, characters are wonderful, plot is good. I think you might like it.
*takes her pimp hat off*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Empire Records leanbop_radar on September 16th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I think I saw the pre-air of that a long time ago! :) Then I heard the cast changed and I felt deflated... but new cast is good?! I trust your taste! I remember I did find the premise very fun and it was less vampire cliche than a lot of the recent American shows.
Cris: Being Human - Mitchell - all about youduskwillow on September 16th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
New cast is excellent. They changed the character of Mitchell a bit, made him a bit more dark, so the re-cast works. Hard to explain, but you can feel the subtle difference when you're watching. And new Annie is even more charming. :)
I was crushed over the re-cast, I loved the original cast, but I fell for all of the new guys by the end of episode 2.

That's new Mitchell in my icon btw. :)
Naomi0mindthegap0 on September 17th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
One word of warning about the blue streaks: of all the colours of the rainbow, blue pigment has the hardest time 'bonding' to human hair. It'll still look awesome most of the time, but it'll probably fade quicklier than other semipermanent colours, and possibly go a greyish tone if they bleached to platinum first? Which, uh, would be advisable to optimum brightness even if you're naturally blonde.

I really do love blue, and my girl did it for about a year before getting fed up, but the quick fading time got to be too annoying to bother with. I've done blue without bleaching for a blue-black tone before too, but at least there wasn't any damage leftover when the colour bled out bizarrely quickly.

Why yes, I am into recreational hair dying. Colours are fun. : D And if this is a more casual one off venture for you then I'll leave you alone now. : )
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair yelloqbop_radar on September 17th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
HEE. Actually I've had them before... I was just getting them done again. And maybe I was lucky but they stayed really well, though they kind of morphed purplish by the end. Although I think the blue has to be left on a fair long time by the hairdresser for it to stay, and I'm worried the chick doing it this time didn't leave it long enough. And yeah I do get it bleached first. Maybe it's the brand of dyes? Because my blue last time lasted 3 months. By which time my curls are badly needing seen to anyway.
Naomi0mindthegap0 on September 17th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
....wow. o.O Three months is far more impressive than anything I've encountered - if you don't mind saying what brand that was I might want to pimp it out later. There are definitely a few interested parties who would like to know. : )

I've never had hair dyed 'properly' at a salon, but yeah, you definitely want to leave them on for a lot longer than most brands advertise on the packaging. It's a bit worrying to be paying someone money and then get stuck with a girl who doesn't leave it on long enough. : /
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on September 18th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
It's a Redken salon so I'm guessing they're Redken dyes? Getting my hair done professionally is my one beauty indulgence. It's a) because I'm a spaz at doing it myself and b) because it's a treat. I have tricky hair that needs to be cut well to not look like a mop and I don't spend any money on other beauty products: no make up, no goop. So I can just about justify it. ;) I'll see how it goes this time... I may be worrying over nothing, and if the blue washes out, next time I'll let them know. They're very good usually because they like that I let them play with the colour... most people are very anally retentive about what they want apparently. Which seems a bit daft since every colour job turns out slightly differently I find. And I've found trusting them is best because they know better than me what will blend with what I had before/my overall colour, etc.