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Dear Yuletide Writer Letter [Oct. 29th, 2019|11:54 pm]
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A03 name: Alley_Skywalker

Dear Yuletide Writer,

First, I would like to say thank you for the time and effort that you are willing to put into writing for me! Length of fandom sections or the order the fandoms are in is no indication of how much I want fic for any given fandom; I would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to receive fic in any of the fandoms I asked for. Optional details are optional, but if you're like me and like to have lots of info to work with, I've tried to provide some details on the sorts of things I like (and don't) and give prompts for each of my fandoms.

GENERAL STUFF

Pairings/Sex/Ratings:
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Genres/Themes (and such):
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FANDOMS

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Have fun! Happy Yuletide!
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Shipping Angst [Oct. 17th, 2019|11:25 pm]
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Just once I’d like to come out of consuming a piece of media with all three conditions being met:

1) Being really invested in a ship.

2) That ship being the most popular one/one of the most popular ones (assuming there are 2+ ships with somewhat similar levels of popularity.

3) It’s a (fairly) large (or at least very active) fandom.
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Compare [Oct. 17th, 2019|10:57 pm]
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"L'affronte" from Giulietta e Romeo: Serious business with accusations of unreasonableness and violence.

Any version of RetJ's "Le Duel":
Only childish insults allowed; we die like kindergartners.
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Is there really a Romeo and Juliet musical? [Sep. 18th, 2019|12:24 am]
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Yes, there is. It was originally a French musical that came out in 2001 called Romeo et Juliette. It’s been translated into a bunch of different languages and different countries have put on their own productions. It was also revived in France in 2010. There’s a bunch of different productions. For example, the Hungarian is quite different (in costuming/staging/design) from the others but absolutely excellent. (And we are blessed with both a proshot and subtitles.) The most recent is the Italian (proshot; boot - missing some of the dialogues and obv. video quality concerns but the Romeo casting is much better and it makes a lot of other things better tbh.) The Italian has canon gay :D The Russian is really fun (though, bootleg quality video and no subs) and the Austrian is super cute. (BN: version with no subs but also without text that takes up half the screen xD) Mexican version (I think a few of the songs are missing…) There are def other ones but finding video/audio for them can be really hard. Like there’s only an audio boot of the London one. (And good luck with any cast recordings that aren’t the French or Russian ones lol.)

The characterizations (and some plot points) vary between the musical(s) and Shakespeare canon as well as between the various musical productions themselves. Like, musical!Romeo is kind of a party boy who’s been with girls before, apparently, but just has never found the one to really go crazy about (until Juliet, supposedly). In contrast to Shakes!Romeo who is a quiet, moody dork who falls in love hard every time but just can’t seem to get a girl to like him back (until Juliet). Mercutio in the various productions runs the spectrum from spunky, flouncy gay (Hungarian) to lovable little shit (Russian) to really fucking Extra (French revival) to wtf this guy def has issues (Italian). Tybalt also spans the range from goon to Kylo Ren-eque woobie (Hungarian). 

And while no one asked, my favorite production is the Hungarian. But it’s also quite unique in its feel and approach to the other ones. The original French is, well, the original, but oddly enough, it’s probably one of my least favorite ones.

Anyway, yea, it’s a lot. But it can be fun too. The fandom is its own story.
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WSS vs R&J [Jul. 25th, 2019|12:22 am]
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I don’t know why I chose to spend my evening watching West Side Story (instead of Zoli in Elizabeth as was my initial plan lol) but I did. I knew/was expecting it to be a pretty close parallel to Romeo and Juliet. (Although in some ways it really fails in that – mainly the main conceit and shift in themes to address racial tensions changes the tone of some things. Like, in R&J both families were equally being dumbasses about their feud but in WSS the Jets inevitably gain racist overtones which makes them less sympathetic and make the Sharks look more like victims who are just defending themselves from the racist white kids. Especially since we never really see the gangs do anything…gang-y outside of fighting each other.) But, anyway, what I actually wanted to say was that there was one part that was parallel to R&J but done a little differently and it made a lot of emotional difference to me (in favor of WSS).

In R&J I’m always kinda annoyed at Juliet for basically immediately forgiving Romeo for killing Tybalt and taking his side before she even has a chance to see him. Like, it always felt…fake to me. I mean, I’m not big on the romance in that play anyway, but even if we take it super seriously and all, it’s still really hard to disregard the fact that THEY JUST MET. So, when Juliet’s initial reaction to the news is to go “omg! Turns out this person I just met is an asshole!” it feels kinda rewarding in the sense that yea hello. You just met him, you know almost nothing about him, unpleasant surprises may very well abound – it’s almost a criticism of the whole idea that you’re just going to know that someone is right for you the second you meet. Of course, we know Romeo’s a good guy, so we want her to forgive him. But Juliet doesn’t know. She’s just been shown exactly how much she might not know. And yet she immediately assumes, with no evidence, that it was Tybalt’s fault and that Romeo couldn’t be to blame and he was prob just defending himself. (Her evidence being that he’s too good looking which OMG STOP.) 

And, yea, Maria also forgives Tony in like five seconds. But at least it’s played differently. She sees him and her first reaction is rage, but he’s there and she doesn’t just assume things. What she does is gives him a minute to explain, in which he rambles off how he tried to stop the fight, how he never meant for it to happen, about Riff. And only then does she forgive him, because she’s heard his side of the story and since she loves him she believes him. It’s a subtle difference but it’s a pretty big one to me. Juliet takes Romeo’s side because she can’t fathom that someone she’s in love with can be to blame. Maria forgives Tony because she’s heard and can see his side of the situation (her feelings making it easier for her to empathize with him).

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a bit on Catherine and Peter's relationsihp in Ekaterina/Catherine (2014) [Jul. 18th, 2019|06:36 pm]
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I got this ask on Tumblr:

"Why was Pyotr such so antagonistic towards Ekaterina when she tried so hard to love him? She clearly went above and behind to understand him and make him happy when she didn't have to since marriages were loveless at the time. But Elizoveta does the exact same things her predecessor does and he's besotted? He didn't deserve Ekaterina at all."


Not 100% sure, but it seemed like they were asking about Ekaterina. So, naturally, I had a lot to say in disagreement.

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Helen's "affair" with Dolokhov [Jul. 3rd, 2019|11:38 pm]
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I was asked on Tumblr about whether I thought Helene was actually having an affair with Dolokhov or if Dolokhov was just trying to "make everyone, especially Pierre" believe that. So here are my thoughts on that account.

So, first, I don’t think Dolokhov was trying to make anyone believe anything. We have no indication of that. He was definitely trolling Pierre at the club, but this sounded far more like him taking advantage of things other people had already done (i.e. spread rumors) and kinda shrugging and turning them to his advantage. It was all very “wink-wink nudge-nudge” not like he was seriously trying to make Pierre believe or not believe anything.

As for whether or not they actually had a n affair. Ha. See, I think it’s completely wide open in canon. I don’t think there’s actually any “canonically right” answer here. (And part of me thinks this is almost an intentional authorial choice.) I don’t think the text supports anything other than maybe a flirtation. (But is open enough that it could have happened.) If I had to choose just one scenario to headcanon that I personally believed was most likely, I would say there was a flirtation but nothing more, no actual affair.

 

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Dear Rare Male Slash Author Letter [May. 27th, 2019|04:00 am]
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A03 name: Alley_Skywalker

Dear Rare Male Slash Author,

First, I would like to say thank you for the time and effort that you are willing to put into writing for me! Length of fandom sections or the order the fandoms are in is no indication of how much I want fic for any given fandom; I would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to receive fic in any of the fandoms I asked for. Optional details are optional, but if you're like me and like to have lots of info to work with, I've tried to provide some details on the sorts of things I like (and don't) and give prompts for each of my fandoms/ships.


GENERAL STUFF'

Pairings/Sex/Ratings:
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Genres/Themes (and such):
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FANDOMS

A Song of Ice and FireCollapse )



Harry PotterCollapse )



War and PeaceCollapse )


Catherine (2014)Collapse )



Original WorkCollapse )
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GoT Finale [May. 21st, 2019|01:20 am]
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Well damn. You know, I have people on my dash and RL circle whose opinions vary on the finale. Some hate it some are satisfied with it. It had the same pacing issues of the second half of the season, maybe even the entire season. Really, there should have been 9 seasons not 8. But I also heard so much crap about this episode that I expected some complete other level of badness from it. And actually…..I enjoyed it. It wasn’t amazing or anything but I felt really satisfied at the end of it. I came away from 8.5 feeling kind of underwhelmed and like I really needed time to process but this episode…. given that one ep was all we were going to get to wrap things up? It worked for me in the large strokes.
 

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Ekaterina/Catherine (2014) S5 trailer [May. 16th, 2019|01:18 am]
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Some (not particularly deep) thoughts on the S3 Ekaterina trailer

  • Pretttyyyy <3 (This show always has been.) (Someone please make gifs lol)
  • Where. Is. Paul??? I know he’s in this season. Although, some of the S2 trailers didn’t really include him either so maybe it’s ok. (Like, can we just have a Paul spin-off or something, esp. if there’s no s4?)
  • Wait. I don’t understand. Are they trying to imply that Alexei Orlov is also going to be in love with Catherine? Or something? What. (Could be a total misdirection but I also wouldn’t be surprised. They would totally retcon S2 for this.)
  • At least Catherine looks like she’s going to be equally obnoxiously awful this time as she was last season. At least that’s consistent xD
  • I actually feel like this season could be more exciting that last season. I don’t really understand why they couldn’t have included the pretender plots in S2 and stretched out the romance stuff over two seasons? (And, like, you know, actually handled Paul’s first marriage with some grace. Jeez.)
  • “Which European monarch does this benefit?” I’m gonna lol irl if the answer is Frederick the Great xD (I really wouldn’t put anything past this show as much as I love it.)
  • It’s hilarious (and accurate) how Pugachev looks absolutely nothing like Peter. (And yet, when that young-sounding guy was all like “our sovereign father Pyotr Fyodorovich, emperor Peter III” my heart grew 2.5 sizes.)
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