Mar. 26th, 2016

The Riordan books remind me of the Babysitters Club. You know in the start of that series Jessie and Mallory are two of their clients? Or more accurately their parents are - Jessie and Mallory are only 10, so they get babysat. Then they turn 11 and whoo, now you can trust them with your babies! Of course they're only junior members - you have to be 12 or 13 to be a full member. And of course there's the book later on where some 16 year olds set up the Babysitters Association but they're terrible people who put out their cigarettes on people's furniture and invite their boyfriends over while they're working. This is why you should trust 11 year olds - they're too young to date.

Anyway, this was always something I noticed in Riordan's books, the characters often start out about 10-12 years old. But it really struck me when I was watching the start of the Sea of Monsters movie and realised they'd changed the prophecy. Rather than referring to a child of the three eldest gods reaching their 16th birthday, it was now their 20th. (Fun fact: Annabeth was played by Alexandra Daddario, who also played Kate in White Collar. Kate was probably in her late 20s and mostly appeared in season one, aired in 2009. Sea of Monsters was released in 2013. Uhhhhh!) It makes me wonder who made the decision to age them up when you consider how many film adaptions do not: Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Narnia movies, etc etc.

I'd largely managed to suspend my disbelief of the age thing in the first book of the Kane Chronicles too - Carter is 14 and Sadie is all of 12 - until right at the end when their custodial adult family member decides to take a "holiday" to get some magical healing done for a while and leaves the children to their own devices in the family mansion with a baboon for a servant. Another adult turns up to be their chaperone for subsequent adventures, but not until after they've been left alone. Can you get a magical sense of responsibility implant?

Mar. 25th, 2016

I did a lot of reading yesterday, and I have thoughts about age and also romance in the Riordan books but that's still fulminating, so for now I'm gonna muse about comics, because comics yay.

a) I re-read the second lot where Maya turns up, Daredevil vol 2 #51-55, all in full-screen so I could really see the detail. Those five comics have so much imagery in them, like,

I don't think Maya's at all Christian, and really that's the only explicit Christian symbolism - most of it she's thinking of him as an animal spirit. That small picture of the sign for "wolf" shows up over and over when he's on the page and other signs are scattered around everywhere as well. Sometimes words that reinforce the text, sometimes the letter signs spelling something out. The art is all done in quick rough sketches and often the same picture is repeated several times with variations. It's just so expressive of her style, the way she thinks and tells stories through movement and art. I really wish I was a better artist because there's an idea in my head based off this story Logan tells her about the two dogs fighting (which it turns out came originally from her father) and how in the illustrations the mean dog's skeleton is visible. Like, placed on top, and it's repeated with Logan and then razorblades for adamantium. I can see Maya doing a piece based off that, with thick paint for the dogs and then intricately realistic skeleton drawn on paper and pasted on top of the mean dog.

(After Weatherbrooke - during which is Maya's birthday, lol, she's gonna semi-miss it - she might end up doing another vision quest, too.)

b) I was futzing with the quotes on my current character list and went to look up X-23 quotes for a better one than I had and found a reference to an appearance in Black Widow! vol 5 #11, Femmes Fatales. There's no context as to how they met up or why they're working together, it's just this snapshot of them rescuing a friend of Natasha's who's being held on the top floor of a casino and Laura calls her "Nat" and takes off her shoes and hoop earrings before going in to slaughter a whole bunch of guards while dressed in like this fancy white pantsuit and then there's a bomb and she slashes a hole in the floor so they can drop down crouched on a segment of cement to escape the blast and I have hearts for eyes now. The synopsis on Marvel Unlimited says "in the wake of Wolverine's death" and Natasha tells her that she needed someone angrier than she was and that Logan wanted her to look out for Laura. I just love the idea of her realising she needs to plan a rescue and thinking to swing by and get Laura so they can punch things together, and the way they work really smoothly, splitting up to do things they're suited for and then joining together again.

Mar. 21st, 2016

Reading update: Finished Heroes of Olympus. Current cool characters:

Bianca di Angelo
Silena Beauregard
Piper McLean (held by Lena)
Leo Valdez (we have so many guys who make stuff, omg)
Calypso (I have two clothing makers and I'm about to have a farmer, that's too much overlap)
Zoe Nightshade
Thalia Grace

It looks like there's only the one Norse book out so far so I might as well read that as well, plus I have the Kane Chronicles and you know I just happen to know a professional Egyptologist that I could consult if needed... Yeah. I read a lot. >.> I still have season three of Hemlock Grove to watch, and Daredevil season two is out now, but pffft. Books first.

Mar. 13th, 2016

Finished the main Percy Jackson series, going to start on Heroes of Olympus next.

Characters I might like to play currently stands:
Bianca di Angelo
Selina Beauregard
Zoe Nightshade
Thalia Grace

I have been really blah on tv this week with the finale of Teen Wolf and what happened on The 100 last week. I should probably watch the new ep anyway but I'm still all "f uuuuuuuu".

Still have about half my TVTropes memes to write but I've put the completed ones in my CDJ and updated my character roster.

Oct. 21st, 2014

"She had suddenly realised something about people like this - whether they were businessmen, policemen, civil servants, hotel proprietors, landlords, or what: it was that they didn't mean what they said. They never told the truth. What they seemed to be doing - catching criminals, buying and selling, banking, administering, making things - wasn't the real business of their lives at all. It was a cover. They were only playing at it, and they didn't even do it well, because they didn't believe in it. The real, secret business of their lives lay in keeping power for people like themselves. That was all they really cared about, and they were desperately serious about it, because the thought of losing the little power they had was terrifying to them; and they didn't mind what damage they did to truth or honesty or justice in the struggle to hang on to it."

From Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman

May. 4th, 2014

Goddamn guys. [info]estreen is taken but unused which means if I app Cassie I need to actually think of a CREATIVE username.

I was vaguely aware that K.A. Applegate had another series but I've actually managed to get hold of it now in a collection of YA books on my e-reader. It's called Remnants and it's kind of fun. Basically it starts in a near-future (2011, but with OOH TECHNOLOGY) when NASA finds out that a really fucking massive space rock is going to hit Earth so they shove a bunch of experimental technology on a shuttle and basically hand out tickets to whoever has the most influence or knows about it - lots of NASA staff and contractors and their family. So 80 people go into status on this ship that's just sort of aimed "away from Earth, not into the sun" in the hopes that at some point they might reach something and that the status pods will keep some people alive until then. And then the Earth blows up quite spectacularly. Then the rest of it is set after the survivors come out of status in this very weird surreal place and start figuring out what the fuck is going on. Obviously the writing is comparable to that in Animorphs, so not high literature, but the story is pretty good so far.

Jan. 15th, 2009

So true, Marianne. So very, very true.

"Perhaps," said Elinor, "thirty-five and seventeen had better not have any thing to do with matrimony together. But if there should by any chance happen to be a woman who is single at seven and twenty, I should not think Colonel Brandon's being thirty-give any objection to his marrying HER."

"A woman of seven and twenty," said Marianne, after pausing a moment, "can never hope to feel or inspire affection again, and if her home be uncomfortable, or her fortune small, I can suppose that she might bring herself to submit to the offices of a nurse, for the sake of the provision and security of a wife. In his marrying such a woman therefore there would be nothing unsuitable. It would be a compact of convenience, and the world would be satisfied. In my eyes it would be no marriage at all, but that would be nothing. To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other."

Jan. 12th, 2009

How shocking and unexpected

According to the 4-grid Sorting Hat Test people are taking I'm Ravenclaw (at 63% Orderly, 35% Moral) and Pepper is Slytherclaw (53/19). The "which Weasley do you identify with the most" question was really hard to answer, both for myself and for Pepper.

I've just finished the iconning for the second part of Sense and Sensibility so tomorrow I'll sort the caps for the final part and have a go at finishing some of the sets. Oddly, of the four people I'm iconning from the miniseries, three of them are men and one is a preteen. (Well. In the book Margaret Dashwood is thirteen*, though I'd have picked her as more like 11-12 from both the Emma Thompson movie version and the miniseries.) Dominic Cooper I wasn't intending to icon at all but his face is really interesting, so I added him in, then realised he actually doesn't make any expressions. But I'm iconning him anyway. He's really well-cast as Willoughby, IMO, because he's capable of looking like a complete and utter twat.

* I finished reading Mansfield Park and started S&S and yes, I'm still a Henry/Fanny girl. Incidentally, in the Bertram house on Sims, the Crawfords stopped by and Henry and Fanny had two very short attempts at conversation (apparently she likes desks and he doesn't) before running off to have a water balloon fight. Someone needs to learn to cook well so I can get Fanny and Julia into private school.

Jan. 11th, 2009

Mansfield Park meta

Though I'm only up to Henry attempting to convince Fanny to marry him, I... am getting such a different feeling from the book than any film production. (Yes, I know, seeing the movie before reading the book. >.>) Edmund/Fanny actually strikes me as sort of an unhealthy relationship, with her not only depending on him for her happiness, but the things about him forming her mind and thoughts, and essentially telling her how she feels, it seems sort of... co-dependant.

And honestly, if it wasn't for her obsession/love for Edmund, I think Henry/Fanny would be kind of cute. She'd be a good influence on him. He talks to Mary about her morality being so admirable, and it feels as though from the narrative that if he had that good example he could actually learn to subtly change his behaviour for the better. And he seems intense enough that he actually would do his best to make her happy.

*goes to read the rest and probably be proven wrong now that she's said things publically*