rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (leia)
One of the many rights of passage for a Harry Potter superfan is Sorting. In the early 2000s when the movies started filming, I came across a few Sorting Hat quizzes online, and almost always wound up in Ravenclaw. So, over time, despite not having joined the official site, I just got used to thinking of myself as a Ravenclaw. All my friends, both online and in meat space, expressed very little surprise when I told them this. "Yeah, that suits you," or "Well of course you are," were oft-repeated phrases. And once, from a beta reader, "Either that or Slytherin, obviously," which . . . I'll come back to.


GIF of Harry under the Sorting Hat muttering “Not Slytherin”


So imagine my surprise when the official, J. K. Rowling-approved Pottermore site put me in Gryffindor. "B-but I'm a Ravenclaw!" I sputtered at the screen in disbelief. Why did this bother me so much, and what does it have to do with The Chamber of Secrets?

Well. . .

I Was Wondering If You Put Me In the Right House )
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Possibly the most significant pop culture phenomenon that I watched unfold in real time is the Harry Potter franchise. This coming June marks the 20th anniversary of the first book coming out through Scholastic. And good lord, how was 1997 twenty whole years ago? So of course I had to do a retrospective. I hopped on the Hogwarts Express during what fandom calls the "Three Year Summer" - that painfully long stretch of time between the fourth and fifth books. During that time I started college, created an online handle that I still use to this day, and Warner Brothers began work on the movies, the first two of which I saw in theaters before the next book finally came out. So I was a little older than the target audience base in that first generation, but not by much. We early Millennials grew up with these characters, much like Generation X before us grew up with Star Wars.



You’re a Wizard, Harry! )
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Fangirl Me: You know what I should do?

Rational Me: Is this going to be one of those "blog series" you get super excited about for like three weeks and then ghost on? Because you know how that--

Fangirl Me: A Harry Potter Retrospective!!!!!!!

Rational Me: Well, that answers that question.

Fangirl Me: I mean, it's the 20th anniversary of the first book coming out through Scholastic, and we have been rereading the series and just finished the first one again.

Rational Me: Okaaaaaay, but last time you decided to reread the books, you got stuck on Goblet of Fire.

Fangirl Me: I could even do something on the blog for the library!

Rational Me: You got distracted by X-Files or Penny Dreadful or one of your other eleventy-million fandoms.

Fangirl Me: I could do a Horror Tie-In about Daniel Radcliffe's increasingly bizarre and freaky post-Potter career choices!!!!

Rational Me: You still haven't finished those two multi-chapter fanfics you decided to post on Ao3, and have been drafting three others that are also unfinished.

Fangirl Me: Does Amazon have the "extended" cuts of the movies? I only got the theatrical cuts with the deleted scenes on another disc. I really should update my video library.

Rational Me: You still don't have The Deathly Hallows on DVD, in ANY format. Part 1 OR Part 2.

Fangirl Me: YES! I AM SO DOING THIS! IT'S GONNA BE AWESOOOOME!!!!!

Rational Me: We're doomed....
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
My fellow Millennials. There are dark times ahead. I guess you can tell by now I've been rewatching / rereading Harry Potter. It is alarming how true some of this story is ringing right now. Our collective Auntie Jo is not perfect, but she raised us right. She gave me something to talk about with the other college freshmen who had never been away from home before. She gave me a sense of identity and belonging even if I didn't wind up in the "Heroes" House. (Ravenclaw Represent!) She reminded me that your true friends are the ones who show up when you ask for help, and they will be there all the way to the end.

There's a lot of pressure around to be all things to all people right now. We all have limits. Remember, the kids who joined Dumbledore's Army didn't all show up to the Department of Mysteries. But the ones who did made a difference. No one person has to do everything. But any one person can do something, and they all matter. We all matter.

So be like Neville. Stand up to your friends when they fall short, and stand up in their places when they fail.

Be like Luna. Befriend the one person brave enough to tell the truth, and let them know you believe them.

Be like Hermione. Know all the rules and regulations backwards, so you can call out the authorities when you see them shifting the goal posts on you. And then break them when they become inescapably corrupt.

Be like Seamus. Swallow your pride and own your mistakes, and face the person you wronged to let them know you messed up.

Be like Fred and George. Give people something to laugh about when everything seems dark and hopeless.

Be like Harry. Trust your memory and your eyes, and stick to that truth even when people try to convince you it's wrong.

I have a couple of senators to write to in the morning. I trust my city and state to do the right thing. I don't have it in me to do another march. Not for a while anyway. I hate phones and I don't trust myself not to stammer over my own tongue when I'm upset--not without practice. But dammit, I can write.

Here's what else I'm gonna try to do, and I'm sticking a new tag to it: Weekly Morale Booster. We all need a reminder of what's worth saving in this bizarre Twilight Zone universe we're suddenly living in. I'll do what I can to keep that going.
rhoda_rants: (bucky)

Behold! Rhoda’s First Post of 2017!!



Welcome, new friends! Fellow LJ migrants! DW veterans! Ficcers, shippers, and meta posters! Movie buffs and streaming bingers!



I, uh, watched a lot of movies last year. SO for my first official post of 2017, I’m doing a MASSIVE breakdown of the stuff I actually caught in theaters. Since this is my first DreamWidth post, I’m still working on getting all the photos ported over here, so anything that links to Glitter n Gore is going to the LJ account until I get it fixed. Bear with me; I’ll make it work eventually. Meanwhile--movies! Let’s talk about those.

Capsule reviews below! )

What were some of YOUR favorite movie experiences from 2016?
rhoda_rants: (doctor who)
As promised. :) Enjoy!

Icons:

10 Things I Hate About You--1
Benny & Joon--1
Harry Potter--4
The Crow--2
The Princess Bride--3
Romeo + Juliet--3
Lord of the Rings--2
Sleepy Hollow--4
Sweeney Todd--3
The Woman in Black--2
X-Men--4
Sandman--3
My Chemical Romance--3
Hanson--7
Emma Watson--3
Hyde--6


Friends Only Banners:

Hanson--1
Hyde--1
Lord of the Rings--2
My Chemical Romance--2
Sweeney Todd--1


Preview:


All Under Here! )

All the usual rules apply--want, take, have, give credit.
rhoda_rants: (jackson rathbone)
Ah, nothing like summer to pimp my local library for all it's worth! (And nothing like an economic recession to point me towards the library rather than the bookstore for a change. Saving is good!)

Just finished: Charlaine Harris's Dead and Gone, the latest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire novels. It actually came out two months ago, but I didn't get around to reading it right away because A) no money, no time, etc. and B) it's been so long since I read the preceeding books, I decided to do a reread of the whole series before picking it up. I was not impressed. There's way too many fairies in this "vampire" book for my liking, and it still left me wanting Moar Eric. I may be ready to throw in the towel on this series for good.

HOWEVER, I have more plans for the reading I feel I should do this year.

The list thus far: )

Of course, on top of all this is my constant rereading and editing of my novel; my work on various other stories in various states of completion, including fanfiction; my quest for a library school not too far from home that will both accept me and teaches in-class, rather than by computer; and of course my existing chores, debts, and full-time work stuff. Wish me luck!

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