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Previous generations have reached an age, often an old age, where all their friends and close ones began to die off. "It seems," one would say, "that every other week you put on your best black dress and go to a funeral." Some less lucky generations had to go through it at a much younger age, with war harvesting the young and promising among them. Others succumbed to plagues en masse.

But has any other generation before ours faced the death of heroes and legends in such a large number?

Children's tales often involved the death of a much-hated villain, that much is true. Today's media - popular books, television shows, movies - seem to delight in massacring some much-loved characters, finding joy, it appears, in eliciting emotional agony among fans and casual viewers alike.

At first, perhaps, it was a counter-reaction to the golden rule of drama in olden times: "Never Kill The Hero (Or His Girlfriend)". Shows would kill the hero, or, more often, his girlfriend, in order to shock, to stand out. Highlander caused some grief among its fans, Dragonlance offed a major player. That was all nice and well, but lately it seems the trend is to just kill off characters left and right, treat "happy end" as if it's a dirty, evil word, which must not be spoken in polite company.

Characters I have loved since a child were slaughtered one by one. Drama? That's not drama, it's cheap plot devices. From Joss Whedon to Eureka and Supernatural, heroes we cared about dropped off at an alarming rate. We do not need to be told Death Is Sad, we know that, even as children we know it. We do not need it crammed down our throats twice per finale. The melodramatic, almost operatic crescendo and sudden, swift demise of a fictional person we have loved does not give us an emotional high, it makes us callous on the ten-billionth time it's done, overdone, chewed, spat out, and paraded once more in the guise of originality.

We - children, teens, young adults, adults, old adults - are tired of being force fed all this drama and death. Not that we want a return of the fake, pseudo-cheerful, plastic, pasted-on Happy End of the more mundane Hollywood years; that is not what I call for. But the indiscriminate deaths littering our screens - that really must stop. It's tired. It's as believable as presidential speeches. It only shows that writers stopped caring about their humanoid creations, and only care about the gasps and shock. Please, give us, the audience, more credit than that. We are capable of emotion; we do not need to be hit with it in the face like a shovel between the eyes of a minor, negligible character.


In addition to my earlier rant, regarding the callous, careless deaths in the media:
ETA, possible trigger; CSI )

Discussion found here.
sparklebutch: (Default)
Fannish Friday 5:
What five things are you afraid will happen in canon? Or, for a closed canon, what five things are you glad never happened in canon?

Cut for very vague spoilers to something that happened near a year ago. )
sparklebutch: (Default)
Okay, I do not get.

Paid account expired. Okay.

But I still have "Extra Userpics: 632 days"?

Which I do not get?

Unless I pay them *more*?
sparklebutch: (emotional maturity)

Strange fun adventures and fantasy concepts,
Bright coloured mod boys and tweed Jazzy poets,
Howard and Vincey all tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Fishmen in tutus and coconuts singing,
Goth girls and Goth boys, bananas with things in,
Saturn and bright Moon exchanging their rings*,
These are a few of my favourite things

When the fen bite, when Real Life's shite, when I'm feeling sad
I think of the Boosh and how Mighty they are, and then I don't feel so bad!

[*yes, I know it's not in canon.... yet]
[Vague blame: [ profile] accio_arse]

The next one is unrelated, it's a personal bit I wrote this morning, after I got an email: )


ETA - [estimated time of arrival of my brain, about five minutes after the post is made]:

Also there is art. Well, macros, it's almost the same. )
sparklebutch: (Default)
In the weeks since I heard about [event from Buffy s8], I've been writing quite a bit around that, but did not post. Not planning to, either.

I also wrote other things. Some of which won't be posted, but a few will, because some were for the Porn Battle [thanks [ profile] oxoniensis], which means they'll be over there, so why not here, and while I'm at it, I'll add a couple more to the mix. That will include Mighty Boosh fic. None of you will read it, but I still find it better than having to join one of their comms and admitting I'm "in fandom". For several reasons. Which I won't disclose here.

I will disclose that I was planning to steer clear of the fandom's OTP and only write rarities, but that didn't work out too well. I wrote a first-time fic for them, no less. Very unlike me. I also wrote young!Xander [of legal age], in another fic, which is also unlike me. And Buffy naked and getting some, which also, yeah, unlike me.

Re the Porn [again], I try to write what inspires me and not "for" people, but I will share with you what I prompted/requested, just in case you like. I recommend you'll check everyone's prompts though because that's just fun.

List of things [ profile] ceruleancat and [ profile] sparklebutch thought of:

Under here. )

I am posting this on LJ. Why? Because I'm tired of telling you people that LJ is a curse and you're all idiots. I tried IJ. If there are half a dozen people reading this, there's about two reading there. I'll take my chances here.

Re RL. France, yeah. I was trying to write a post - I am trying, just not very hard anymore. So if you have any specific questions, more specific than "whatever happened to you in the past six months or so", please comment here.

Oh, and I still do owe replies. Lots of them.

Did I miss anything?
sparklebutch: (Default)
If you've never listened to me before. If you have and I was right. Listen now:

Squidge dot org. Your best bet for your journaling/fandom future.



Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:02 am
sparklebutch: (adam the obscure)
Can people please stop saying "I'm an obscure unknown little fan, I only get about 30 feedback comments per fic"? It's really, really annoying.

ETA after several hours of sleep: now I feel a bit guilty for posting this, because while it's not aimed at one particular person (I've seen too many with this complaint), it seems more people read this entry than I thought would!


Jul. 4th, 2007 08:45 pm
sparklebutch: (teeth by ratcreature)
Not getting most comments in my email, and probably most other non-lj email as well. I tried tracking back everything I've been doing lately but that's not working too well.

Just FYI.

I feel so disconnected.

ETA: stuff starts pouring back in.
sparklebutch: (einstein dug slash)
Incan bones found in Norway. And I'm the only one going "did you just say two older men and a baby?"

PS and unrelated, I posted those bad fics you told me to. The finished ones anyway, not the random snippets.


Jun. 13th, 2007 08:49 am
sparklebutch: (tea)
Much bad writing done today. Methinks me will just scrap the whole lot and start again tomorrow, or whenever I get some good sleep.


Some pretty art done though.
sparklebutch: (i link)
More on livejournal and fandom in general:

YES! What she said.

Also what they are saying, except I have been saying the same thing over and over again since about 2002 at the very least (which is when I was dragged kicking and screaming... but that's another story).

I suspect you all already saw this and its brother.

LJ had an issue with me for days, in the sense that posting, commenting, uploading and everything else didn't go. It was angry with me or just sad. I don't like hurting the feelings of inanimate objects and of concepts. People, I'm okay with.

ETA: If nothing else, at least on lj I learned to make icons. People get very creative in 100x100 pixel format.

On a similar but unrelated "we get screwed" business: [ profile] life_wo_fanlib.

fuck that.

Jun. 3rd, 2007 02:20 am
sparklebutch: (Default)
It's not going to change.

Please. If I just wanted to journal, I could do it on my own damn site. I want to be a part of you people, in fandom, reading and living.

But "here" was always a problem and it's getting worse.


Jun. 1st, 2007 04:54 pm
sparklebutch: (Default)
can't post
comments only on ie
can't do icons
sparklebutch: (adam the obscure)
I want to leave LJ.

But. Where will I read fic? Where will you read my fic? Where will the news happen? Where will the talking happen, other than with the small group that knows where I chat?

And why greatestjournal?


I'm so glad and, dare I use the word, empowered, that we as a group have such a political power and weight. It's fun. Sort of makes me wanna take over the world demand rights, visibility and acceptance.

Of course it also makes me wish we had better structure and basis and place to play. But I've been saying it since I joined LJ many years ago and really, the "we" never quite looks up to *me*. What can I do.


I was very anti-LJ from before I joined, and all along. But I feel vaguely disloyal bitching about them now. They fucked up, yes. Everybody fucks up. That's not why I have called all along for a move. I called for a move - lonely voice in the darkness that I am - because LJ, or any other journaling type, is just not a good fandom tool. It makes things more about the personal people than the stories/art/etc. It makes publishing for the audience almost impossible. It makes things much more niche-y without supplying larger "community" spaces. It allows for news to travel through individuals, which is great and obviously worked very well in some cases, but then it makes it rely on individuals, and there I have a problem. It makes things messy.

I'm not making myself clear. I feel dizzy from all the political activity.

ETA: )

From [ profile] meret, who got Haiku:

I am, of course, none other than blank verse.
I don't know where I'm going, yes, quite right;
And when I get there (if I ever do)
I might not recognise it. So? Your point?
Why should I have a destination set?
I'm relatively happy as I am,
And wouldn't want to be forever aimed
Towards some future path or special goal.
It's not to do with laziness, as such.
It's just that one the whole I'd rather not
Be bothered - so I drift contentedly;
An underrated way of life, I find.
What Poetry Form Are You?


May. 26th, 2007 03:49 pm
sparklebutch: (Default)
I'm going to sulk now.
I don't usually, but I think I earned the right.
sparklebutch: (intellectual masturbation)
"Perhaps the distinction between Highlander and Lowlander has not been very rigidly kept, but that need not trouble none but the pedants, who are notoriously lacking in the sense of humour, and by that token ought not be peeping into these pages."

~19th Century disclaimer: an introduction to In the Highlands

Dude. That's classic: "Oh, we didn't bother with research, but if that bugs you, then you suck and are no fun".
sparklebutch: (teeth by ratcreature)
My interests collage, and what I've been writing about collage.

Image heavy. )


Feb. 14th, 2007 09:15 am
sparklebutch: (grumpy old man)
From [ profile] cyberducks:

For Valentine's Day. I needed this. Now I want these for other holidays.

I especially liked this one and this one.


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