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Stolen from [personal profile] selenak, the End of Year Fannish Meme!

1. Your main fandom of the year? Old Star Trek: DS9 and ENT. I had a huge personal loss and massive life-change this year, as well as some resulting depression, and the combination sent me scrambling for comfort in the form of both the familiar and long-beloved (DS9) and the familiar-but-slightly-new (ENT).

2. Your favourite film watched this year? I'm terrible at picking only one favorite, so instead I'll list a few: Arrival, Moana, and Hail, Caesar! come to the top of my mind.

3. Your favourite book read this year? Again, terrible at picking only one, but I developed a passion for Georgette Heyer this year, and probably my favorite of her books is either Arabella or Frederica.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year? I'm going to go with "favorite new to this year," so that would be the short-lived but marvelously underrated BrainDead. Seriously, check this out if you missed it, it's hilarious, has a marvelous cast, and is perfectly delightful.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year? Meh, I have honestly not been that terribly involved in online fandom this year, apart from individually with a few friends. Mostly I love that there are still fans of the old stuff floating around putting up occasional new things.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year? Uh... The Force Awakens taught me that sometimes I really like Star Wars?

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Uhhhhhhhhhh... does the ENT finale count? Because wow, that was a piece of shit. I was prepared, and I was still horrified.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year? 2016 shall go down in my fandom history as the year that I coped with my messed up life by falling head over heels for Commander Shran, and Jeffrey Combs in general.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year? Hmm, let's say Mary Elizabeth Winstead, because I loved her character in BrainDead and was thrilled to see her doing something better than Scott Pilgrim.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year? Seeing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Globe Theater in London, and then watching the same production several months later when its final performance was streamed by the BBC. That was fucking fantastic.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms? The most missed would probably be Babylon 5, which I've been somewhat restraining myself from (just the thought of the DVD menus is enough to keep me from pulling them out, even though I'd love to rewatch some of my favorite episodes, and I'm a little afraid of falling face-first back into all that madness) and whose online camaraderie I really missed from the old days of LJ.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to? Hmm, dunno. We've been trying Leverage, but it's not really clicking yet? I know, that doesn't totally count. Uhhhh... I might watch Rogue One once it's on Apple TV? I'm afraid it'll be too Saving Private Ryan for me.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? American Gods and Star Trek: Discovery. I suspect the former will surpass my usual levels of accepted violence/gore and the latter will disappoint me in some way, but I am still ridiculously excited for both and will do my best to stick them out regardless. Also looking forward to the as-yet-untitled (as far as I know) spin-off from The Good Wife, because damn but I miss that show. Oh, and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Man am I excited for that game.
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Saw "Eclipse" last night. It was better than the previous two, thank god. They seem to have figured out somewhat how to do makeup (ie, no more bits of skin showing behind Pattinson's ears and under his jawline), but still cannot find a lipstick that doesn't clash with everything and make him look like he's been slobbering all over a raspberry Danish between takes. Kristen whatshername and Pattinson still have the absolute least chemistry of any pair of actors ever. "Twilight with Cheeseburgers" still infinitely more entertaining, but at least this time movie was seen with booze (I had a sangria, and it was lovely).

Also, for the record: In all my life as a Seattle-ite, I have seen the kind of rain they showed at the beginning of the movie exactly once - in a summer downfall about seven years ago that shocked the living hell out of everyone I knew. That kind of rain is not normal Seattle rain. That kind of rain is, in my humble experience, an instant summer downpour, usually found somewhere like New Hampshire (sure as hell where I found it) and it lasts about five minutes and then vanishes.

And why do they say vampires turn to dust, when it is clear that they actually turn into plaster? These are the mysteries that filled my mind throughout the movie. As well as "why am I here?" and "is it actually possible for people to find it attractive that these people look so completely uninterested in kissing each other? And what are the odds that the vampires are all built like the anatomically-challenged Ken dolls they otherwise resemble?"

...Oh, and that's the damned ugliest engagement ring I have ever seen. [livejournal.com profile] tavern_wench1 rightly called it a jewel-encrusted cockroach. [livejournal.com profile] nightsinger pointed out that it would be impossible to wear a wedding band with it. I just thought of Tiffany's selling a reproduction to all the goggle-eyed Twihards who will be making their fiances (who are already encouraged to stick their hands in the fridge before touching them) buy said reproduction. And then I shuddered a little. Well. A lot.

Now, it is quite hot again (still) in my apartment, so I am going to get dressed, find my netbook's cord, and run away to a cafe for a good part of the day, because I think that's the only way I'm actually going to get anything done.
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Just a quick FYI - I'm alive, and, with many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] narsilion, [livejournal.com profile] tavern_wench1, [livejournal.com profile] nightsinger, [livejournal.com profile] ratzeo, and [livejournal.com profile] irishninja, we have moved out of the old place and into the shiny new apartment on the 12th floor. It is lovely and quiet (yay for not being able to hear the drunken morons walking by on the street at night!) and darker, and we have a dishwasher and a garbage disposal and actual counter space in the kitchen, and a room for an office (which is currently full of boxes), and we have a hilariously good view of some of the rooms of the Sorrento, which is a really old luxury hotel a few blocks away from us. Saturday night there was a wedding party on the top floor, and it was sort of adorable. Cats are settled and have only puked a little bit from the stress of moving. Fish are very happy in their freshly-cleaned tank in their new location. All is good.

Bad sides: Bathroom may possibly be even smaller, and has tile floor which is absurdly cold first thing in the morning, and one of the cabinets in the kitchen does not quite fit and consequently has to be yanked in order for it to open. Whatever. Also, we've moved from an apartment where the heat was inexplicably difficult to turn off to one where it seems inexplicably difficult to turn on. Or possibly it's just that it's been off for a while? Further investigation must be done. I am fine with this (as I explained to a shivering Boy last night, I actually like cold sheets - don't worry, he's already told me I'm weird), but it contributes to the afore-mentioned cold tiles in the bathroom. I may need to buy slippers, which I look forward to.

I have not: Done any writing, Done my taxes (...oops, must fix that very soon), Seen the latest Doctor Who, Found half of my belongings (they're in boxes somewhere...), done my reading or assignments for class (oops), or actually managed to take the stairs up to my new place yet. I have a feeling this last will take some time to work up to.

For your amusement: Clash of the Titans in 15 Minutes The Boy and I were going to see it last week but decided not to on the basis that... we didn't really want to encourage them. Having read this, I'm pretty pleased with that decision.

If I've missed anything important, please let me know! Qwest claims we will have internet at home tonight, but I'm not sure I really believe them.
rivendellrose: (city girl)
So, The Boy and I decided that seeing Alice in Wonderland would be a good use of our Thursday date-night tonight. It was. It was very nice getting out of the house and out to a movie.

That said, it was not the most brilliant movie we've seen, by a long stretch.

It was very pretty, but I can't shake the feeling it went terribly wrong somewhere. *Spoilers* abound! )

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