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So I did as I threatened and wrote up a commentary for this story I wrote, which may be entirely narcissistic and self-indulgent but you know, whatever! Here's the first half of the fic with bonus commentary. I might do the next half later.

Obviously, don't read this if you haven't read the original story.

PART ONE

Welcome to Merton, new exchange students! )

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1. So, we had an election! Another one, I mean. Unfortunately the dude I didn't want to get elected got elected, instead of the awesome progressive dude (yeah, they're all dudes) who said stuff about how he supported equal rights for LGBT people, women and racial minorities and also spoke out against the Internal Security Act. Well I guess that's... life? I stayed up till 1.30 AM or something RIDICULOUS last night, but they were recounting the votes (it was a really thin margin) and the result only came out at 3.

I mean, given that Singapore runs on the British parliamentary system electing a President is basically sort of like electing a figurehead monarch, but still. I would enjoy a figurehead monarch who says stuff about how he would have "no discrimination". >:(

2. I watched the new Doctor Who! and basically mostly didn't like it. )

3. I realise this will not be a super big deal to those of you who churn out 100,000 word epics on a regular basis, but the Oxford AU is currently at 27,000 words and thus not just one of the longest things I've ever written, but the longest thing, period. It's been... interesting. Admittedly a lot of that story is "banter and they do some stuff, idk, and are really busy and also I try to fit in lots of random people including Matt Smith and Karen Gillan" which results in me not really being able to control the timeline as much as I'd like, but! [livejournal.com profile] oddishly has been a BRILLIANT cheerleader and a brilliant beta and lets me email her with stuff like, "tense changes augh" and "yay 23,000 words!!!" She is PRETTY GREAT, if you didn't know.

4. Other fannish shenanigans I've been getting up to lately: notficced about a Jesse/Andrew/Emma threesome. Sadly, I'm probably not going to be able to write it out to my satisfaction, but like I said here, I kind of really enjoy thinking about the private-public intersection of a poly relationship, especially given that they're all famous. How would you even present or hide that from the world? etc.

5. Also, I just bookmarked this interview of Emma Stone, which is really interesting and also essential, I find, in the sense that when you enter a given fandom it's always really hard to find a stock narrative for female characters, especially in RPF. I mean, Jesse Eisenberg is obviously "neurotic cat lady trapped in a Hollywood actor's body", A. Garfield (much love to him) is, "manic dude who is socially capable yet somehow in love with Jesse", and Emma is... "bright and chirpy and also hilarious". ??? I don't know. Anyway:

“Do you know Jesse Eisenberg and I both had our first panic attack at 8?” she says. “We found that out on ‘Zombieland’ and bonded immediately. But yeah, I had separation anxiety, I worried my house was going to burn down, I was wringing my hands all the time, and so my parents took me to a therapist. And so I was figuring things out and something happened where I just thought, okay, all right, I want to act.”


6. I also just got an iPhone! I kind of need ideas for what kinds of Apps I should have - my mother wants me to get Viber, and I have a vague inkling that Whatsapp is The thing to have, but beyond that I have absolutely no idea. Does anyone feel like sharing?

7. I have not been reading, or reviewing, books to any degree of consistency lately. Have a couple of rushed reviews:

Weetzie Bat,
Witch Baby,
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys,
Missing Angel Juan, &
Baby Be-Bop, by Francesca Lia Block
.

mostly positive! )

Bloomability, by Sharon Creech | Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall In Love, by Maryrose Wood | High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby | Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, by Leslie T. Chang | The Boy Next Door, by Irene Sabatini | Singapore Shifting Boundaries: Social Change in the 21st Century, edited by William S.W. Lim, Sharon Siddique, & Tan Dan Feng | The Frenzy, by Francesca Lia Block | Goodnight Mister Tom, by Michelle Magorian | The Spirit Catches You And Then You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman | Saraswati Park, by Anjali Joseph | Eston, by Stella Kon | Rape: A Love Story, by Joyce Carol Oates | Rice Bowl, by Suchen Christine Lim | The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell | Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics, edited by Kenneth Paul Tan | Miss Seetoh in the World, by Catherine Lim | Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee | Jointly & Severably, by Eleanor Wong | Wills & Secession, by Eleanor Wong | Mergers & Accusations, by Eleanor Wong | GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singaporean Poetry & Prose, edited by Ng Yi-Sheng | Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier | Gone Case, by Dave Chua | Sex and the City, by Candace Bushnell | The Waters & the Wild, by Francesca Lia Block | Growing Up: Getting Along in the Sixties, by Tisa Ng | Oreo, by Fran Ross | Caucasia, by Danzy Senna | Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, by Owen Jones | Racism: A Very Short Introduction | Modern China: A Very Short Introduction, by Rana Mitter | Feminism: A Very Short Introduction, by Margaret Waters | A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin | Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean | Sons of the Yellow Emperor, by Lynn Pan | Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People, by Katharine Quarmby | Tipping The Velvet, by Sarah Waters | Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro | The Lantern Bearers, by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Silver Branch, by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli | Brick Lane, by Monica Ali | The Savage Detectives, by Robert Bolano | Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell | Cat On A Hot-Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams | Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, by Joshua Zeitz | Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson | The Moon By Night, by Madeleine L'Engle | To Live, by Yu Hua | Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer | The Next Competitor, by K.P. Kincaid | Raffles Place Ragtime, by Phillip Jeyaretnam | Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, by Frances Mayes | Mao's Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin | Marie, Dancing, by Carolyn Meyer | Man Walks Into A Room, by Nicole Krauss | How To Be Good, by Nick Hornby
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I'll be honest: those pictures of Andrew & Emma out on a date at Nobu (Tumblr link, cos I'm lazy) make me so uncomfortable not just for the way they look really sad but also the way Emma's walking behind him all the time. I mean, I realise that they're looking as awkward as they do at least partially because they are getting their picture taken by paps? But I just... feel really really uncomfortable. Also I dislike scruff. /o\

So, the story I want now: warning: badfic? also angst. )

In case it was not already totally obvious: I love badficcy premises and angst. I will almost certainly never stop loving badficcy premises and angst.
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So I'm writing an AU where Andrew Garfield attends Oxford and Jesse Eisenberg is an exchange student there. This is... an outtake of that universe, if you will. It was a cool writing exercise to do! But really I wanted an excuse to write "lesbian bros in love".

Cool as water & grunge as Seattle

Ellen Page/Kristen Stewart, ~350 words

lesbian bros in love )
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Page & Stewart: lesbian bros in love.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane was just posting about A. Garfield's RIDICULOUS vocal tics, and it made me keysmash in joy because just yesterday (in between having a writing freakout at her) I was telling [livejournal.com profile] forochel about the reasons I love Andrew Garfield:

I hated school, I hated school. And I didn’t realize why. I thought I was…I was, I thought there was something wrong with me for hating school, for not being able to deal with school. At the time it was ingrained in me that school was: if you’re not successful in school you’re not going to be successful in life. And the hierarchy with the subjects at school, like the arts are given no credence. And if they are, it’s false credence. So, I look back on it and and I’m angry. I’m angry about it because, you know, there might be a brilliant ballerina somewhere in school who’s being forced to do maths, and she sees it difficult. But if she’s just allowed to express whatever gifts she has to offer then she would be happy and then she could make hundreds of thousands of other people joyous for a couple of hours per night. - source


Because now all I have is an endless string of questions such as a) God, how does that one A. Garfield know that repetition is one of those vocal tics that make me shiver? b) "I hated school, I hated school" - oh Andrew. Who didn't? c) and here he is triply determined to mess up my ovaries by using the words "false credence", which is nearly as great as d) "sees it difficult" (!!!)

This is exactly like the first time I stumbled across the therapy session quote and reblogged it to Tumblr with (I shit you not) "I have no idea who you are, Andrew Garfield, but I like you!" or something like that. Oh how times change. ... the having an idea of who he is, I mean. Not the other part.

Because another thing that always has and always will get me is a well-timed "fuck you". \o/
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… aka, the once in a blue moon fannish post.

So I always thought bandom had ruined me forever for fpf - you know, the fanfiction involving actual fictional people instead of real people and their quasi-fictional media constructs - but yesterday I read this TSN story and its commentary, and what do you know, actual stirring interest in a fictional fandom again!

I guess here's the part where I should insert several shameful confessions: such as the fact that I secretly actually really love issuefic, like no I mean I really do LOVE it when it's done well, and some tropes (like genderswap) are actually really hard for me to get into if the stories they're embedded in aren't to some extent issuefic. Or: I am literally too sensitive to live, because when I first watched The Social Network (I tried - back in the day when it first came out, I tried), I had to stop watching halfway because of the misogyny in it - I didn't feel like it was being pointed out as particularly problematic, although I definitely don't know enough about Sorkin's work to say either way (another shameful confession ™: I've never watched The West Wing).

Also another shameful confession: I've not been able to get into FPF because I feel like the narratives engendered by real life are more interesting for some reason or another, at least in terms of the flexibility given to readers and writers.

But anyway, the point is, I really liked that one fic! Usually what it takes for me to get into fandom is I read that one meaty story that pretty much forms the basis of how I feel about the characters in question/the general narrative, so maybe this is it. I'm not making any promises, though. Are there any more stories similar to that? i.e. meaty character-driven canon-heavy exploratory issue-heavy stories. The porn can come later.

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On the rpf side of things… omg so this is the most self-indulgent thing ever, but lately I have been obsessed with a story where Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone are visiting students at a college in Oxford, where Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan (does he have a closer female bff? well, anyway, Carey's my favorite so) go. There are many Oxonian adventures and ill-advised hookups, and Jesse is like super nervous about new people and also kind of dry and reticent, and Andrew is that crazy fey guy whom Jesse can't take his eyes off, and… akjd;jal;dfjld;kjf; you can stop reading here, okay. Mainly I am obsessed about how it doesn't exist yet.

Also, if it were set in the UK, Keira Knightley could be involved. :3

vitally important ETA am I alone in finding Kid Cudi SUPER HOT? I just can't even. *fans self*
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I am back in the UK! Back in my regular room, and one hundred percent unpacked for once. This is a Rare Feeling. I even have all my postcards and photos up on my notice board, and have gone grocery shopping. I have - get this - decanted my (uncooked) pasta and rice into separate tupperware containers. This is an indication of how organised I intend to be this coming term. Also of the fact that I have Visitors coming tomorrow - well, just one, [livejournal.com profile] forochel, who wants to visit Tolkien's grave here in Oxford, the geek. We will be frolicking around for three days, and then I am going to follow her back to London to meet [livejournal.com profile] laiqualaurelote and also see [livejournal.com profile] kickingrad's art show! Then another friend is coming down to visit me again, and we will do the whole frolicking thing all over again. Think picnics.

Not unrelatedly, I had cause to link to Bowie's Sweet Thing on youtube just a couple of minutes ago, which means that I had to listen to it, which of course means that I had to listen to the whole album. Man, that is a good album. I had nearly forgotten.

It's nice to be back in the UK after three weeks' holiday, even if I had a moment this evening when I didn't quite know what to do with only myself for company. I suspect I used to read fic.

Also, in conversation with [livejournal.com profile] forochel:

[4/13/11 PM 09:01:41] [livejournal.com profile] extemporally: although right
[4/13/11 PM 09:01:45] [livejournal.com profile] extemporally: you know what i would so read
[4/13/11 PM 09:01:52] [livejournal.com profile] extemporally: I WOULD SO READ AN ANDREW-NARRATED FIC
[4/13/11 PM 09:01:59] [livejournal.com profile] extemporally: where he is all precious and earnest about things
[4/13/11 PM 09:02:24] [livejournal.com profile] extemporally: because like i definitely identify with jesse eisenberg and the 'lol not a real person' feelings, in terms of social maladjustment
[4/13/11 PM 09:02:36] [livejournal.com profile] extemporally: BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I OVERWHELMINGLY OVERIDENTIFY WITH. FEELINGS ;_____;

... I realise on rereading this that that doesn't quite make sense. I MEAN, overwhelming, unabashed, sentiment! As narrated by Andrew Garfield! Does such a fic exist. :|

Mostly, though, this evening is all about slow conversations and slow washing up, and also chilling in my room feeling good about life.
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So through sheer - well, not sheer boredom, sheer, uh, excess of HOLIDAY I have been reading some TSN RPF lately, including the epic and gorgeous carry it in my heart, and already I am like. Guys. Guys. Andrew Garfield is so lovely, and Jesse Eisenberg so... Jesse, and I don't exactly see myself getting invested in this fandom (that's what they always say, I know, but!), but already - although this is one of the reasons I don't see myself getting invested - I want the kind of huge ensemble story that doesn't seem to get written very much in the fandom, probably because there isn't any basis for it in real life: the story where basically Andrew Garfield & Jesse Eisenberg's collective actorly credits get used as an excuse to pull in EVERY SINGLE BRITISH AND AMERICAN ACTOR I HAVE A CRUSH ON*. I mean, Carey Mulligan gets mentioned in fic sometimes, and that is great, because Carey Mulligan is fucking adorable, but c'mon, you guys. I know nothing about this Jesse Eisenberg dude beyond the fact that he is awkward and neurotic and therefore a canvas for socially maladjusted people (not excluding myself from this category, btw) to project the hell onto, but even I know he was opposite Kristen Stewart in Adventureland.

I MEAN. Kristen Stewart. Can we pause and appreciate? (Also, every time I think about The Runaways, I lol and lol about the fact that in the movie Dakota Fanning's haircut was self-administered, and there was this bit at the back which isn't quite as feathered as the rest of it, and it looks so awkward.) And then just today I was on Andrew Garfield's wiki page, and I find out that he was in that Annie Leibovitz fairytale recreation photoshoot as Hansel with Lily Cole's Gretel, and I have had a crush on Lily Cole since like... 2007.

I mean, seriously, what the fuck, Internet. Have we not established? YOU HAVE TO TELL ME THESE THINGS.

*So I still remember - and I was talking about this to [livejournal.com profile] jocondite and [livejournal.com profile] summertea yesterday - when it was 2006 and I was still a teenie lurker, and one of the LJs I used to follow for Harry Potter fandom wrote, alarmingly enough, David Thewlis RPF which also involved Natalia Tena as this kickass hardcore person who was really unsympathetic about the former's bouts of self-pity. Then that same fangirl pulled out the fact that Natalia Tena'd been to school with Lily Allen, and my brain exploded with the awesome. The point is. People need to start writing stories like that again, only with added Carey Mulligan and Lily Cole.

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