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I'm home sick today, so this seems like a good time to pull out all of these miscellaneous plot bunnies into a post. As usual, these are things I'm not going to write. If anyone else wants to write them, please do! (And link me to them so I can read them.)

Hawaii Five-0

There should be a story where Danny refuses to move in with Steve because his house is too dangerous and he won't let Grace live there.


There are enough of these to put behind a cut. )


Kind of a lot of these too. )

Star Trek/Sherlock RPF

Just one, but it's long. )

Teen Wolf

There should totally be a story where Stiles is feeling kind of sad and left out about Scott and Allison and asks Derek if werewolves mate for life like some other species of wolf. Derek says yes, and then when Stiles is even more sad, he says, "But they don't always mate with just one person," and then things happen and eventually Scott, Stiles, and Allison live happily ever after in a poly V relationship.

Stupid Commercial

I kind of want to write fic about this Verizon Droid Razr ad that explains why it takes two people to carry two phones out to the showroom.
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I promise this is the last one of these entries for now, but I have some thoughts that didn't quite fit into either of the previous two, one more it is. Again, this entry involves pop culture critique along political lines, and if that's not your thing, you should skip it.

You may remember when I said that I would probably only watch Prime Suspect episodes when I was in the mood for a cop show. That hasn't been my actual approach. I have, instead, watched every episode. I still don't care about it as a cop show; I find their cases very uninteresting. But I find everything else that happens around the edges of the show fascinating. There are two particular points I want to talk about in comparison to my previous two entries.

First, the approach to cultural practices. Spoilers for Prime Suspect and H50 )

Second, although she was very much in the background, this show had a neutrally presented fat woman. Details/Minor Spoilers )
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I have been so unsatisfied with this season, with the exception of episodes eight and nine, which returned to the original formula. [ profile] eleanor_lavish made a long and excellent post (friends locked) about many of the things that are wrong with it. I added a few more things in my comment to her, which I am reposting here (and also one more thing I forgot in the heat of the commenting moment) both so those of you who don't have her friended can read it and because I worry that, like the person whose comment sparked her entry, you might not have seen any critique of this season:

Spoilers )
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Reduced Information Intake
I'm greatly reducing the things I read. I pruned my friends list, stopped reading fueledbygossip and Bandom TFLN (to the extent that I deleted them from my history so they wouldn't show up and tempt me when I start typing into the location bar), and stopped following Nathan Fillion and the majority of TAI's hangers-on and ex-bandmembers on Twitter. I was annoyed with Facebook's declining usefulness, but I guess it'll keep me from spending too much time there. Delicious has been similarly helpful. I'm only reading Sociological Images sporadically (I think I'm going to try once a week). I'm not clicking on every link that appears in my Twitter feed or email. (This is hard for me. I never want to miss anything, but I just need to remind myself that it's okay. I don't have to read/watch/listen to everything.) I'm trying to step away from the internet and go read a paper book when I'm feeling overwhelmed. This all sounds more dramatic than it actually is. I go through this kind of media pruning every once in a while when I'm either feeling like the internet is too much (which I have been for most of this month) or when I'm trying to cut out things that aren't my core priorities (which I'm starting to do since it's starting to be fall, which is when I have a lot more energy).

The last two movies I saw in theaters (unless there was something else in there I'm forgetting) were Colombiana, which I wanted to like more than I did, and Attack The Block, which I very much liked. Attack The Block was fun and funny, and the experience had the bonus points of (a) introducing [ profile] norwich36 to our local art house theater and (b) running into a friend I'd just been thinking about but hadn't seen in years. A win all around!

I've had my Netflix account on hold for a while (and will probably keep it that way into the foreseeable future - again with technology helping me stay productive by being less and less useful), so I've been checking out DVDs from the library. I've seen some very bad movies. Two of those are Diane Keaton movies. I was looking to see what else Gabriel Macht had been in, and one of the things is Because I Said So, which was already on my Netflix queue (because Piper Perabo is in it; she's beautiful as always but the movie gives her nothing to do), and which my library owns. It's not a good movie, and yet I still cried. I'm so easily emotionally manipulated. But because the movie is all about a mother-daughter relationship (Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore), it reminded me of another movie that also has an interesting mother-daughter relationship: The Family Stone. It's possible that The Family Stone is even worse than Because I Said So, and I'd seen it before so I really should have known better. It does have one absolutely lovely moment between the mother and one of her daughters (Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams) when they open presents.

I also watched The Edge of Love. Wikipedia quotes a review that says, "tonally it's all over the map," and isn't that the truth. I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be good when it was a Keira Knightley movie I'd never even heard of, but I didn't quite expect the part where it didn't know what kind of movie it was trying to be. Fun fact: my library actually owns two copies. According the catalog, there's a third one at another branch. Now I'm very curious about who makes DVD purchasing decisions for the system.

YA Unrec
I read Jennifer Hubbard's The Secret Year last week. It's not horrible, but it's very flat and it doesn't seem to have much purpose. It also has a surprising amount of talk about sex and people having sex (off screen) without ever actually being sexy. The best parts are the family parts. She should have stuck to that story.

I heard Patrick Stump's "This City" (featuring Lupe Fiasco) on the radio yesterday. The radio! I had no idea it had made it off the internet.

New TV Shows I Have Watched One or More Episodes Of
It's not a coincidence that all of these have female protagonists.

Revenge: Ohhhh, I like this one. Soapy but not in a particularly ridiculous way, more in a way that draws you in. This is the new show I'm most impatient to watch the next episode of.

Ringer: This is not a great show, but it gets a few more episodes. If I decide I'm watching too much TV, this will probably be on the chopping block. I do appreciate that Sarah Michelle Gellar is managing to make Bridget, Siobhan, and Bridget-as-Siobhan three separate characters. Minor spoilers if you haven't watched to the end of the pilot. )

Charlie's Angels: Do not watch this show. It's terrible in nearly every way. You know how the Drew Barrymore-Lucy Liu-Cameron Diaz movies were fun? This is not. It's also not really a drama. They seem to be stuck somewhere in a middle ground where they don't know what tone to take, so it all falls a little flat. They don't even manage to make the fight scenes look good. Charlie being a voice on a speaker phone is creepy instead of the joke it probably should be. And then there's the race fail. I was going to leave the entirety of this warning outside of a cut, but once I wrote it all out, I realized how terrible and offensive it really is, so the description is behind the cut in case you'd rather not deal with it. Spoilers and race fail. )

Prime Suspect: I wasn't necessarily going to watch this, but then [ profile] norwich36 said I should let her know if I made it past the first fifteen minutes, so I watched it so I could talk to her about it. The sexism is pretty outrageous, and neither one of us or my mother (who I also talked to about it) believed the blatant nature of it. I'm hoping that was just a setup and that now that they have the attitude established, it can be more realistic and subtle. What's most interesting about the show, and what I didn't know from the one ad I kept seeing at the movie theater, is that she's partnered. (It's probably not a good thing that I can't remember the names of either Maria Bello's character or the partner.) Before you get too excited by my choice of terminology, the partner is male. Their relationship is very interesting, and it's what's going to make me watch at least one more episode. What I really want is for someone on YouTube to cut together reels of just those interactions for each episode. I would watch all of those. As it is, this is likely to be one of those shows where I watch an episode here and there when I'm in the mood for a cop show.

The Secret Circle: I wasn't sure about this show. [ profile] siryn99 suggested it, and [ profile] eleanor_lavish didn't think much of it. I gave it two episodes because the first one was painfully establishing, but two episodes is all it's getting. I might remember to read some brief recaps in a couple of months to see what happens, but it's not worth watching. A few miscellaneous thoughts: Never before have I so clearly seen the use of magic as a metaphor for sex. It's suffering in the transition from page to screen, particularly in the pilot where I could practically see the inner monologue. Somewhere there is a problem in the logic of there being six people to complete the circle when all twelve of the current six's parents seem to have been in the previous one. I would much rather watch a whole show about Faye than Cassie. It really makes me want to watch The Craft, which is an urge I get often enough that I might just buy it.

Returning and Ongoing Shows I'm Watching
In addition to the things below, I'll also be watching Leverage and Rizzoli & Isles when we get to the second half of their split seasons.

Haven: I was looking for things to watch, and [ profile] norwich36 sent me a link to a thread of shows to catch up on over the summer that have strong female characters. This was on it, so I watched my way through the first season. What surprised me most were how many people I know replied to me when I tweeted about watching it. Who else is watching this show I'd never even heard of but love? (I have more to say about Haven, but it's going in a separate entry.)

Hawaii Five-0: This show continues to be absolutely ridiculous, and yet fun. Minor Spoilers )

Nikita: I love this show. I'm completely captivated by the story and the relationships. Spoilers )
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My original plot bunny was this: H50/Leverage. Steve and Eliot know each other. Danny has heard of Parker. Chin is not snowed by Sophie. Kono and Hardison geek out together, but she doesn't get too close because she gets there's something between him and Parker. And poor Nate is like, "Hey, this is my team."

I would still very much like someone to write that version, complete with case and humor, but instead of being the person to write it, I wrote nine hundred words of competency porn.

Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for the H50 season one finale, including probably incorrect/disagreed upon by others projections about the future stemming from it. No Leverage spoilers.

Not A Real Thing )
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I had a lovely lunch with [ profile] norwich36 yesterday where we spent an entire hour talking about Hawaii Five-0. (We might have spent longer, but then we were off to see Priest, which has one really good moment but is otherwise not very good. It's kind of too bad, because I would see a sequel anyway.) In talking with her about H50 fic, I was finally able to really articulate something I don't like about it.

H50 has a somewhat old-school fandom. ([ profile] icanbreakthesky said, "It's like The Sentinel for the new generation: better hair and explosions!") That means that a lot of the fic falls into those old-school patterns, which is probably why I find that most of the things where the writing is bad/mediocre are also incredibly boring in concept. But it also means that a lot of fic falls into that traditional slash model of one guy who is open/in touch with his emotions, and one guy who is not. I'm generally not a big fan of this dynamic; I like relationships between equals, and often between equals who are also adults who own their own emotional stuff. Closed off guy/open guy is often not that. Closed off guy/open guy also plays into that old staple that all the stoic guy needs is the right woman (to do all the emotional work) where the part of the woman is played by the open guy, and that's not a model I'm fond of either.

The problem with this as a pattern for Steve/Danny fic is that that's not what's happening on the show. Sure, in the pilot Steve's a little closed off. His dad has just been murdered and he's holding it together while he finds the guy who did it and learns to work with someone new. But halfway through the ep, he and Danny are drinking beer on the beach and having a relatively intimate conversation for strangers. (I like to think of this as their first date. In the epic story I hope someone writes where they're hooking up the whole time, this is the point where one of them says, "Don't punch me if I'm reading this wrong. Wanna fuck?") By the end of the second ep, he's referring to his team as his family. As Nora pointed out, just because Danny says things about Steve only being a softie when kids and their fathers are involved doesn't mean that it's actually true. I think this is part of why I prefer fic from Danny's pov: I'm not interested in and don't buy the pov of a closed off Steve. H50 is not a show where one guy thinks they're married and the other one is oblivious. It's a show where Steve and Danny are married to each other - they're both in this together. That's the kind of fic I want to read.

The most stoic, closed off character on the show is actually Chin (except sometimes with Kono, who could definitely fit the younger sidekick exception role), and in a world where the show and the fandom didn't put the white guys first, all that closed off guy/open guy fic would be about him and Steve.
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I am now entirely caught up on Hawaii Five-0. Yes, that's right, in a mere eight days of watching every spare moment, I have zoomed through twenty-three episodes. Let's talk about that last one.

Spoilers for 1x23 )

Also, I don't know why I'm reading fan fic when the show basically does all the work for you. I fully expect next season to include an actual undercover in a gay bar episode.

Three stories I want:

1. Whatever the het version of smarm is (is there a term for that?) about Chin and Kono. Cuddling, people, I want cuddling and hugs and possibly comfort food and/or surfing.

2. A story where Steve and Danny start sleeping together from the very start and don't realize they're in a relationship until much later.

3. Somewhat spoilery )
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I've been thinking recently that Empires' lyrics are interesting in how few of them are gender specific. "Hayley" is about a girl, and "My Poor Lover" uses "she," but the pronouns in pretty much everything else stick to first and second person. Then, recently, there's "Darko" which is possibly (but probably not) about kinky bisexual exhibitionist sex with strangers: "Mystery man, will you watch my back / while I breathe her deep through the evening cracks" and "Man, oh man, if you watch my back / I will breathe you deep through the evening cracks." And now there's "Hell's Heroes," which starts with "My first love / he went away." Even though I liked their gender neutrality, I'm surprised by an actual male first love.

Several of my friends are into Hawaii Five-0. I watched two eps and got why fangirls like it but didn't care. [ profile] norwich36 keeps telling me about the fic, though, and then she sent me some links, so I read some fic. And then I read some more fic. And then I started to run out of easily findable fic that was good. (There's a lot, but some of it, even some of the high hit count things at AO3, is not good.) So then I started watching the show from the beginning, and now I care about it. The thing is that I'm used to fan fic, where we take tiny things and blow them up into something much bigger. This is not a fandom where that's happening. All the things I assumed were tiny things that happened once or were fannish invention are, instead, actual plot points from the show. Steve and Danny are basically dating from the first ep. People involved in their cases start asking them how long they've been married in episode four. I expected them to hold hands and the end of episode eight. Danny starts calling Steve "babe" in episode ten. I'm also finding it fascinating in how it's not so much homoerotic as homodomestic - Steve and Danny's interaction is less sexual and more domestically familiar.


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