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muchabstracted ([personal profile] muchabstracted) wrote2010-09-12 05:52 pm

Memes

No update for you!

Actually, it's more that there is little to update you on. My life is much the same; though I do now have an office again at work. This makes it easier to do therapy with people. It also means that the three years worth of collected Stuff For Work that I have, that was residing in my house, is now out of my house. YAY! The most important thing of the last three months or so is that I have finally consented to let myself use the awesome Bread and Badger octopus soap dispenser in my bathtub.

The woman behind Bread and Badger said that she was working on a steampunk design. I am all about that. As soon as that comes out, I'm getting a steampunk spice shaker and a moustached spice shaker. I will have So Much Fun pretending that scary steampunk things are coming out of the steampunk spice shaker. Like, um, victorian engine poison. I don't know, it seems cool in my head. Fortunately for my wallet, I think it'll be a while before she completes it.

Okay, Meme. Comment and I give you four fandoms. You repost and list your favorite character from each, with explanation. Just in case you are wondering whether or not you want to click, there will be no surprises here. Only not-surprises and rambling. [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose gave me Harry Potter, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dark is Rising.

Harry Potter: I have to choose between Remus and Sirius again? Remus is easier to justify: he's bookish, intelligent, wants to be a good person, a charismatic teacher, and a person of sense. Sirius, on the other hand, is an overly attractive near-genius who spent half of his life in jail because he was framed and also because he was a jerk.

From the distance of years of reading Sirius/Remus fanfic, and then years of not reading Sirius/Remus fanfic, it currently strikes me as easier to love Remus. Therefore, I prefer Sirius. At the moment. But mainly because I want to be difficult.

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy. He's a good friend, he's grumpy, he's loyal, he tells off anyone who he thinks is wrong (while paying some attention for appropriate time and place, unlike certain others I could mention), and he's really, really good at caring for people. He acts on his opinions. He's an actual adult. I couldn't possibly tell you what I mean by "He's an actual adult," but I vaguely feel that this is a rare situation in TV and Movie characters.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack Sparrow. I don't have much of an explanation for this, other than that he is Captain Jack Sparrow and brilliantly conceived and acted; and in fact, suspect that I would have a different answer if I saw the movies again or had thought about them more to begin with, just to have a more interesting answer.

Dark is Rising: Bran. As evidenced by my deep love for McCoy, I have a thing for characters who are difficult on the outside but full of strength and caring. (Hopefully [livejournal.com profile] rymenhild will not kill me for reducing Bran's character to one sentence. He's more complicated than that! But that is why I like him best.) Bran is not, in fact, an actual adult, but given that he is supposed to be an adolescent at the time of the books, this does not bother me. He's an adolescent in wonderful and interesting ways.
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-12 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
As evidenced by my deep love for McCoy, I have a thing for characters who are difficult on the outside but full of strength and caring.

Have you read Carol Kendall's The Gammage Cup (1959)?

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I haven't. I will put The Gammage Cup on my to read list.
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-12 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I will put The Gammage Cup on my to read list.

It's a children's novel; it has problems, but it does some unusual things and you might like my favorite character. He has awesome powers of cranky.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 10:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I think I have heard the name before. You know, I can see cranky being a pattern of yours, too, what with Snape and Boober.

And, four fandoms for you, should you choose to meme about them! Slings & Arrows, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Iliad, and The Lady's Not For Burning.

Unrelatedly, you know Theatre@First is doing The Lady's Not for Burning in February?
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-12 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
And, four fandoms for you, should you choose to meme about them! Slings & Arrows, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Iliad, and The Lady's Not For Burning.

Thank you! Will try.

Unrelatedly, you know Theatre@First is doing The Lady's Not for Burning in February?

Yes! I want to see it so much.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
The anticipation is kind of annoying, actually. I usually enjoy anticipation more, but I just want to see the play now.
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[identity profile] ayelle.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
LOL :)
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[personal profile] gilana 2010-09-13 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
We had a reading of it today. What a great play! I'm getting really psyched for it now.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-14 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
:D :D :D Seriously, I'm really excited. I nearly did my thesis on this play, and only didn't because I didn't like any of Christopher Fry's other plays nearly as much.
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-15 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
I nearly did my thesis on this play, and only didn't because I didn't like any of Christopher Fry's other plays nearly as much.

With the exception of The Boy with a Cart (1938), all of my non-Lady Christopher Fry is in boxes, but I have good memories of A Sleep of Prisoners (1951), which is a sort of dream-quest mystery play, and The Firstborn (1948), with a no longer quite human, God-demented Moses.
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-14 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
I usually enjoy anticipation more, but I just want to see the play now.

Understandable. I was thirteen when my grandparents took me to see a production at the Theater at Monmouth in Maine; I loved it instantly and ever since. It was one of the first plays I ever bought.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-14 11:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha! I thought you might be someone who knew of the play first-hand, rather than by reading Pamela Dean's Tam Lin.
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-15 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
I thought you might be someone who knew of the play first-hand, rather than by reading Pamela Dean's Tam Lin.

I give Tam Lin points for including it, though. Also The Revenger's Tragedy.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-15 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
Clearly Theatre@First needs to do that one next.
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[personal profile] sovay 2010-09-15 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
Clearly Theatre@First needs to do that one next.

If you know who to call . . .

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-15 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
If I had such powers, they would have done The Lady's Not for Burning years ago.
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[personal profile] sovay 2012-06-14 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
Clearly Theatre@First needs to do that one next.

Don't ask how I found myself looking at this post a year and a half on, but the director of The Lady's Not for Burning actually said a few months ago that she's thought of directing The Revenger's Tragedy. I made incoherently enthusiastic noises. So much want.
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[identity profile] rymenhild.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
I will not kill you! I will ask you for fandoms. (But for the sake of producing interesting answers... try not to give me questions whose answers are Bran, Fakir or Lyra.)

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay fandoms! I can handle that restriction.

Hmmm. Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, Mabinogion, Orphan's Tales, Avatar: The Last Airbender

That was difficult, given the number of additional fandoms I have rejected by dint of already knowing enough of your answer for them.
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[identity profile] rymenhild.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Well played. I think the only one I actually can pin down to a clear favorite off the top of my head is Orphan's Tales, and even there I have a close second choice. I shall ponder.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I assumed Orphan's Tales would be Sigrid or Dunarzad -- that was the only reason it made it on the list.
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[identity profile] rymenhild.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Dinarzad's my second choice. The first choice is technically a Sigrid, but not the one you meant.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-12 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Excellent! I'm glad I included it, then.
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[personal profile] gilana 2010-09-13 12:50 am (UTC)(link)
I love Amanda's stuff! I have a Jolly Roger soap dispenser in the kitchen. I really need to get a mustache mug, as well.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-13 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
...A Jolly Roger in the kitchen is pretty intimidating. I'm picturing the Pirate Booty pirates, saying to each other, "THAR BE POISON."

I am so grateful to Magpie for introducing me to her work.
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[personal profile] gilana 2010-09-13 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, it's soap! You don't want to eat it!

I first saw her stuff at ArtBeat, back when she was still in the area. I couldn't the little robots, bought a votive holder with one.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-13 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I love the robots. Something about the multi-sized eyes.

...Unrelatedly, did you know that Lush is selling little bath bombs in the shape of robots?
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[personal profile] gilana 2010-09-13 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
No! I'll have to check those out. I wonder what they smell like? Motor oil?

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-13 01:09 am (UTC)(link)
Heh. I think I'm glad they don't. Though I would be impressed if Lush went there.

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-13 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
Less unrelatedly, I've been assuming you don't want to participate in the meme, but I am happy to supply fandoms from which to choose favorite characters if you do.
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[personal profile] gilana 2010-09-13 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
Oh. Um. If you're curious, you're welcome to give me some, but I don't promise to have anything interesting to say about them!

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-14 02:07 am (UTC)(link)
In that case, I will leave you with one: Slings & Arrows.
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[personal profile] gilana 2010-09-15 02:23 am (UTC)(link)
Well, Geoffrey, of course, both because, duh, Paul Gross, plus, OMG I want him as my director! But aside from him, I have to admit I love Maria. Especially when she goes off on what selfish whiny babies actors are :)

[identity profile] muchabstracted.livejournal.com 2010-09-17 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
Dude, I want him as a director, and I don't want to act!

That was a great scene, where Maria goes off at the party. It was more fun upon realizing that she was the stage manager, which I somehow didn't figure out for a while.