skygiants: an enthusiastic puppy glomps the head of Tamaki from Ouran (eat your head (with love!))
This is something I wonder about a lot: what are people's favorite ways to watch things socially? If I sit down with friends and we're like 'let's watch a thing!' my inclination is always to suggest something that I've seen that other people in the group haven't, because I really enjoy watching people watch things for the first time while staring creepily at them out of the corner of my eye to make sure they're laughing at all the good parts. And the first time that I see anything that I super like, my IMMEDIATE next step is to scheme how I can get as many people to watch it with me, as soon as possible. (See: Princess Tutu, and the approximate TEN TIMES with TEN DIFFERENT PEOPLE I watched it all the way through in 2009.)

...then if I do that repeatedly I feel selfish because I assume that is other people's favorite way to watch things too, But perhaps it isn't! Obviously I enjoy socially watching things in many ways, but I'm curious about people's preferences. So I made a poll!

Poll #15811 Watching Stuff Socially
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 78


My favorite way to watch things socially is ....

View Answers

Showing something I've seen and like to somebody else who hasn't seen it
21 (26.9%)

Getting somebody else to show me something they've seen and liked
6 (7.7%)

Rewatching something that the whole group has seen and liked and shouting out all the best quotes in unison
6 (7.7%)

Watching something totally new to all of us. A voyage of discovery!
15 (19.2%)

You dingus, why should I pick a favorite, they're all great!
21 (26.9%)

You dingus, why should you assume that my favorite way to watch things socially involves stuff I LIKE?
3 (3.8%)

UGH, I HATE WATCHING THINGS SOCIALLY.
4 (5.1%)

UGH, I HATE WATCHING THINGS, PERIOD.
2 (2.6%)

skygiants: fairy tale illustration of a girl climbing a steep flight of stairs (mother i climbed)
Today I reread Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Perilous Gard!

(I got through most of it while waiting for the bus to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan, which should tell you what you need to know about NYC public transit right now.)

BUT IT WAS OKAY BECAUSE I REALLY LOVE THE PERILOUS GARD. This was an incredibly formative book for me. It's a Tudor-era take on Tam Lin, starring sensible Kate Sutton, whose sister has accidentally pissed off Queen Mary and gotten Kate banished to a mysterious manor inhabited by a nice middle-aged knight and his younger brother, Emo Lord Drama King Christopher Heron.

CHRISTOPHER HERON: I don't really want to talk to you, but since you are here, and I enoy self-flagellation, let me tell you all about my terrible self and that time I destroyed everything I loved so you understand what an awful person I am!
KATE SUTTON: Well, that was an interesting story, but I have to say the geography of it doesn't make any sense.
CHRISTOPHER HERON: . . . you just heard me bare my WHOLE ANGSTY SOUL to you, and you are asking me about geography?
KATE SUTTON: It's relevant!
CHRISTOPHER HERON: Clearly there is no talking to you! I am off to brood in my leper's cave on a cold bed of stone. FOREVER.
KATE SUTTON: Oh yes, that's extremely productive.

Basically: Kate Sutton has no TIME for your manpain. KATE SUTTON IS THE GREATEST.

And this book is the greatest; it has all the sense of the eerie, the strange and the numinous that you could want from a story about the teind and the Fair Folk and the mysterious beauty underground, but at its heart it's very much about the things that matter because they're real, and wonderful because they're real. Kate is a heroine who saves the day -- and it's not a spoiler to tell you that she's a heroine who saves the day; after all, this is a Tam Lin story -- because she values reality more than fantasy, and control over her own mind more than her dreams. She's a heroine because, when you're building a fantasy manor, she's the one who will point out that building an extra door wherever you feel like it is going to get awfully pricey.

(To be fair, I also love Christopher, with his drama king flair and his secret passion for DRAINS AND DITCHING.)

I have mentioned I think that this book was incredibly formative for me. The legend of Tam Lin, in general, was incredibly formative for me; I spent a lot of my childhood collecting retellings, and there was a time when I could recite the whole ballad from memory, or at least a version of the whole ballad, though I think that time has possibly passed. And it's not like you needed to search for an origin of my thing for ladies saying "hey, don't worry, distressed dude in peril, I got this one," because that is just objectively awesome, but if you were to go looking, you'd probably find it here.

Which means it is time for a poll that I can't actually vote in! GREATEST TAM LIN. TAM LINS BATTLE TO THE DEATH. GO.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


My favorite Tam Lin is . . .

View Answers

. . . the ballad . . .?
3 (9.4%)

lit-nerd-paradise college Tam Lin!
10 (31.2%)

sensible Elizabethan Tam Lin!
7 (21.9%)

deeply and confusingly meta Diana Wynne Jones Tam Lin!
11 (34.4%)

hilarious 1970s movie Tam Lin about THE DRUGS and THE DRINK!
0 (0.0%)

some other Tam Lin you have somehow failed to collect!
1 (3.1%)

skygiants: Enjolras from Les Mis shouting revolution-tastically (la resistance lives on)
The back cover of Marie Lu's Legend informed me that the author "was first inspired to write Legend while watching Les Miserables one afternoon, and wondered how the relationship between a famous criminal vs. a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story."

It is not Marie Lu's fault that this somehow explicitly led me to expect a genderswapped steampunk Javert/Valjean fanfic about an obsessive police officer with a black-and-white morality and the escaped prisoner she pursues over the course of three or four decades . . . but apparently somehow this is something that my soul desperately craves, because I was unfairly disappointed not to get it.

Not that Legend is not good! Legend is a perfectly enjoyable dystopian YA novel about two SUPER TEEN PRODIGIES, one who is accelerating within the system (but only because she doesn't know all the terrible things the system does) and one who works outside the system (and is accused of terrible crimes, but has only ever committed the non-murderous ones), and how she's sent to bring him in because she thinks he killed her brother, and it's all very dramatic and interestingly world-built and involves government plague conspiracies and that's fine, I will totally be willing to read the sequel and see where it goes! I did wish that there was more of a clash of legitimately opposed ideologies, as opposed to the heroine realizing that everything she believes in is wrong. Spoilers. )

Anyway, it all worked out, because now that I've realized the tragic scarcity of YA novels with the EPIC MELODRAMA of Javert/Valjean slash fiction at their heart, I have simply decided that someday I am going to have to write my own, except with lesbians. (Working title: YOU KNOW NOTHING OF JAVERTINA.) You're welcome, world!

This also however begs the question of which OTHER famous musical nemeses should be updated into steampunk dystopian YA novels. I have provided some options for you, so please feel free to vote for your favorite! I will almost certainly not write it for you but YOU NEVER KNOW.

Poll #10656 THE YA OF THE FUTURE
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 38


Which of these FAMOUS MUSICAL NEMESES would you most like to see as the romantic leads of a YA novel?

View Answers

The Phantom/Raoul! HE's a foppish aristocrat! HE lives under the gladiatorial opera house where people compete in a singing competition to the death! Wacky circumstances force them to raise a baby together! (See Love Never Dies.)
8 (21.1%)

Velma Kelly/Roxie Hart! Both of them are showgirls arrested for spectacular tabloid crimes, but what Velma doesn't know is that Roxie's got an extra card up her sleeve: she's a RENEGADE ROBOT showgirl.
17 (44.7%)

Mark Cohen/Benjamin Coffin III! HE's a member of the secret BOHEME group that's spreading revolutionary viral videos . . . and HE'S the angry landlord who just got accidentally implicated in the conspiracy! NOW THEY'RE ON THE RUN TOGETHER.
5 (13.2%)

Sweeney Todd/Mrs. Lovett! Trapped in an oppressive society, they decided to rebel against the system by becoming cannibals and -- actually you wouldn't really even need to change the plot here. BUT WITH STEAMPUNK!
1 (2.6%)

Elphaba/Galinda! . . . is already a YA novel. BUT IT COULD ALWAYS BE ANOTHER ONE. This time with actual lesbians!
7 (18.4%)



The depressing secret of my life is that I would one hundred percent read all of these. (But especially Velma/Robot Roxie.)

PLEASE ALSO SUGGEST YOUR OWN.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
A couple years ago [personal profile] schiarire recommended me Susan Choi's The Foreign Student, which both she and I really liked, but Ji bounced hard off Susan Choi's other books.

"But The Foreign Student was so good!" I said. "And the one about Patti Hearst actually sounded pretty interesting?"

"Well, you should read it and tell me what you think," said Ji. "Maybe you will like it after all!"

So I went and picked up A Person of Interest, except ten or fifteen pages in it turned out that I had made a terrible mistake; A Person of Interest is not the one about Patti Hearst but the one about a professor having a late-life crisis and meditating on his past horrible treatment of his family, and if there is a genre of book that fills me with the most ennui in the world it is books about professors having late-life crises and meditating on their past horrible treatments of their family.

It's something of a compulsion with me to finish books once I've started them (and besides I did not have anything else with me to read on the subway that day), so I read it, but I can't really review it fairly because it is full of things in which I have zero interest. I mean, there is a plot in there that could be theoretically interesting - when the university is bombed, isolated Professor Lee attracts suspicion and feels an urge to clear his name! - except that all gets wrapped up in Professor Lee's old affairs and horrible treatment of his wives and feelings of jealousy towards other professors and inability to connect with anybody in any kind of way and I'm sorry, I don't care. I had no interest in spending three hundred pages in this man's head waiting for him to come to an epiphany.

This is almost certainly the book I've read over the past year (maybe more) that I've gotten the least enjoyment from - because really terrible books I often get a large degree of enjoyment in reading. I compose mocking LJ entries in my head and have myself a blast. Even books I vehemently, actively hate, there's a certain enjoyment in going through and hating them profoundly. But this book was perfectly fine, reasonably well-written with nothing outwardly terrible about it, and in a way that made it much more dull. It's the first book in a long, long while that I've really felt tempted to put down after twenty pages.

So what about you guys, what happens when you start a book with which you seem to be totally incompatible?

Tell me over on LJ!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
A rough transcription of a conversation that happened last week in California:

[personal profile] skygiants: I think as a follow-up to The Borgias there needs to be a terrible sleazy Showtime series about the Romantics! It would be kind of like this comic! Seriously, I have been waiting for this for years.
[personal profile] pseudo_tsuga: Well, I don't know about that, but I did find an ARC recently of a YA novel about the dramatic lives of Byron, Keats and Shelley . . . in a US high school.
[livejournal.com profile] aamalie and [personal profile] allchildren, sensibly: HAHAHA that sounds ridiculous!
[personal profile] skygiants: HAHAHA that sounds ridiculous . . . and I must acquire and read it immediately!

So the path before me seemed to have been prepared! HOWEVER, then on Friday I was lurking in the YA section of the bookstore waiting for [personal profile] shati, and I discovered, in addition to So Shelly . . .

1. Jane: Jane Eyre is saving money for Sarah Lawrence and Rochester is a rock star!
2. Withering Tights: performing art school on the eerie Yorkshire moors! This may not be an actual high school AU of Wuthering Heights but between the title and the oft-mentioned 'eerie similarity' of the moors I think it's close enough to count
3. Falling for Hamlet: High School AU's Ophelia's life is not only dominated by Prince Hamlet's family drama . . . but also by high school drama and paparazzi!
4. Another Pan: Not only is Peter Pan now a sexy supernatural high school student gang leader at an elite private school who is leading astray nice young Wendy Darling . . . but he's searching for the lost Egyptian secrets of eternal youth!

And now, guys, I don't even know what to do. I feel like I have to read at least one of these, but I really don't think I have the time or fortitude to tackle all of them! Therefore, I turn to the internet for assistance!

You can vote at the LJ crosspost, because I do not have enough account at DW to do polls here.

PS I have already read the AU in which Jane Eyre is a cyborg.
skygiants: (wife of bath)
Last time, the polls went to Sachiko, who finally pulled out a win with her fabulous array of feathers, sparkles and polka dots:



As you may or may not know, this takes us to THE FINAL EPISODE. And we have some tough decisions before us! And not only costume-related decisions. As you may have noticed, I have been enjoying myself a little too much with this costume polling. And now that we're out of Capital Scandal, I have been deciding whether or not I want to maybe continue this polls with another show? Would you guys have fun with that? PLEASE REGISTER YOUR OPINIONS.

First, though, let's get back to sending off Capital Scandal with a bang! (Or . . . several bangs, if we're being literal. Looots of guns in this episode. Great accessories for suits.)

Top five episode sixteen costumes under the cut! )

To vote on this and on POTENTIAL FUTURE FASHION POLLS, please go to the the LJ crosspost!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
Okay, I am going to do my best to remain straightfaced and unspoilery for the rest of the costume poll, but let me just say upfront and get it out of the way: THIS EPISODE WAS REALLY HARD TO DO.

But first let's go back to the joy of last week's victor:



This is going to be one of my benchmarks for cunning disguises going forward. The dapper fake moustache! The glass-less glasses! Never change, Woo Wan. Never change.

Top five episode 15 costumes under the cut! )

To pick your favorite, go vote over at the LJ crosspost!
skygiants: (wife of bath)
I was waffling about how to deal with the polls thing over here, and then I realized that I don't yet have a paid dreamwidth account and so I can't create a poll on DW anyway. So, all voting happens on LJ, PROBLEM SOLVED.

Anyway, last episode Se Gi revealed that his relatively drab showing over the past few episodes was all saving up for . . . THE NEON FLORAL HAT.



Which quite rightly swept the polls, defeating even Woo Wan's array of dazzlingly eye-burning suits. I'm not sure anything in this episode can quite live up to that magnificence, but then, what could.

Top five episode 13 costumes under the cut! )

To vote on the ULTIMATE MOST FABULOUS costume of episode 13, head over to the LJ version of this post, linked below!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (kdrama punch!!!!)
It's been a while since we had one of these, but don't worry: the show has been saving up some awesome in anticipation. >:D

Last time, Cha Song Joo cleaned up for the third time in a row with this amazingly dramatic ensemble:



Blindfolds and visual analogies are in for the well-dressed revolutionary this year!

HOWEVER, this week the dudes are making a comeback with a vengeance.

Top five episode twelve costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1722412]
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal in a swing pose (got that swing)
Last week, Cha Song Joo rocked the polls with a fantastically gorgeous (and coordinated!) outfit:



That makes this her second in a row; just one more and she will be challenging Se Gi's record of three straight wins. And she is bringing some strong wardrobe contenders this week, but she is not the only one.

Top five episode eleven costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1711926]
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal taking aim at each other (baby shot you down)
Last week, Cha Song Joo carried the polls pretty much by sheer force of badassery:



And this week I will admit just up front is pretty Cha Song Joo dominated. I CAN'T HELP IT IF SHE'S ALWAYS FABULOUS.

Top five episode ten costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1680100]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (barrel of a gun)
Okay, so before I start in on this week's poll, truth in advertising I guess: if I'm going to be commenting on other people's fashion choices, I should probably admit that today I am wearing super-glittery tiger-striped stockings to work. AND IT'S AWESOME.

. . . anyway. Last week's winner was, once again, Woo Wan rocking a pattern that would better belong on a ten-year-old's pajamas:



We're now over halfway through these things, by the way! Will Woo Wan tone down his sartorial choices as he gets more entangled in the revolution? Will the costume department grow less ambitious and start to reuse some of their outfits? With how many different weapons will Cha Song Joo accessorize? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

Top five episode nine costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1677147]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (kdrama punch!!!!)
So episode seven gave us another landslide victory, as Mr. Sun Woo Wan and his expert deployment of gingham swept the polls:



Which is kind of funny, because in my opinion, the gingham cannot EVEN COMPARE to the suit Woo Wan is rocking in episode eight.

Top five episode eight costumes under the cut! )

[Poll #1670436]
skygiants: Hikaru from Ouran walking straight into Tamaki's hand (talk to the hand)
First, a notice: after today I will probably be pretty much incommunicado the rest of this week, due to Big Work Conference of Epicness Etc. By Friday I confidently expect to have little-to-no brain or energy or polite professional socialface left, so it's fortunate that I have Friday and the weekend mostly free for once to do nothing except lounge on the couch and marathon television.

HOWEVER. There is a flaw in my genius plan, namely: there is a ton of stuff I have been meaning to watch or rewatch, and I know that by the time Friday rolls around I will be completely disinclined to make any decisions at all except the premeditated decision to loll around on the couch and do nothing. Therefore: GUIDE ME, INTERNET. I solemnly swear I will follow the majority decision, and post about it later (which may or may not be an incentive depending on whether you enjoy my long and rambly posts clogging up your flist, but.)

[Poll #1623644]
skygiants: Sheska from Fullmetal Alchemist with her head on a pile of books (ded from book)
First, an OFFICIAL-TYPE ANNOUNCEMENT for [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest types: [livejournal.com profile] genarti reminds me that we are halfway through the writing period, and probably should make mention of this! And thefore I would like to take a moment to remind people that there are two weeks left to finish (or start) your brilliant assignments and send them in to us. A few people have already sent stuff in; Gen and I are united in thinking that these people are AWESOME and also being a little bit terrified of them. (But, you say, as mods, surely you guys should already have your fics done and betaed well in advance and be prepared to dive into the process of being responsible and organizational! I think we would also be united in responding to you with hollow laughter.)

Something in which Gen and I are not united: our reading habits. Every few months Gen and I have the same discussion, and it goes something like this:

BECCA: Well, I will read this book that you recommend to me next time I have a slot for it in my reading quota system, which should be . . . hmmm, approximately four book from now.
GEN: I find your reading quota system strange and lolarious.
BECCA: See, if I did not mentally schedule my reading, I would pretty much just always read YA fantasy and never read nonfiction at all. And I want to read nonfiction, because learning things is useful and interesting, but it has less immediate appeal to me when I am grabbing the first book to catch my eye.
GEN: I do not understand this problem of yours. Nonfiction catches my eye all the time, it is enormously appealing! It is much more guaranteed to be interesting than fiction.
BECCA: But . . . plot! And characters! Make things much easier to read! Boring nonfiction is a lot harder to get through than boring fiction.
GEN: But if a novel is boring or frustrating, then it's just pointless and I don't care. At least in nonfiction you are guaranteed to learn some facts!
BECCA: BUT WHAT IF THEY'RE BORING FACTS, GEN. WHAT THEN.

Despite giving myself the last word in this fictionalized version of our debate, I think Gen probably has the moral high ground in this argument. But I stand by my position all the same.

As a partial result of these differing literary worldviews, pretty much every time Gen and I see each other, I foist some fantasy off on her and she foists some nonfiction off on me. The most recent trade ended up in me reading Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition. Fortunately this is not the kind of nonfiction book that is full of boring facts! The first half is pretty 101 on The Middle Ages, These Were Women's Roles, They Were More Interesting Than you Might Think; the second half is more specific, and traces the documented lives of some actual ladies, ranging from politically powerful noblewomen to guildswomen suing their employers to upwardly mobile merchant's wives defending their lands from siege by their neighbors. I wouldn't recommend it to the medievalists on here, but for someone who doesn't know that much about the era - or would just like a better idea of some of the scope available for a lady at that time period - it's pretty interesting. I don't really have that much more to say about it, though, so, instead: a poll!

[Poll #1622741]
skygiants: Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing holding up a finger and looking comically sage (explaining the logics)
So I seem to vaguely remember from the last time one of those 100 Great Books/Classics/Randomly Chosen Pieces of Literature memes went out seeing a lot of Dickens hate around my reading list. And I kind of hunched my head over and felt awkward and lonely, because, while I totally get it . . . I kind of love Dickens? In that way where you love things that were written by middle-class dead white guys who were paid by the word, but also in that way where you love things that are built on a mixture of hilarious satire and hilarious sentimentality and memorable characters and people occasionally bursting spontaneously into flames.

For all my love, though, it has been a while since I've actually read any Dickens! And I actually missed out completely on A Tale of Two Cities in my youth, and it seemed to be the focal point of a lot of dislike at the time, so last week I decided to regress to high school and pick it back up.

A Tale of Two Cities is kind of weird, because the half that is set in London is pretty typical Dickens - satiric, witty, lots of banker and lawyer jokes - and the half that is set in Paris is all DOOM DOOM BLOOD DOOM TRAGEDY BLOOD MELODRAMA DID I MENTION DOOM. Some more thoughts, with mild spoilers. )

But okay, while I am on the topic of Dickens, I am kind of curious here, so:

[Poll #1604945]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (ablaze)
Yes, a week later I am still thinking about the FMA finale. WHO IS SURPRISED?

Anyway, something has been puzzling me that I would like to discuss with people. (I promise it has nothing to do with anyone's personal grooming and facial hair decisions.)


EXTREMELY SPOILERY questions are under the cut! )
skygiants: Drosselmeyer's old pages from Princess Tutu, with text 'rocks fall, everyone dies, the end' (endings are heartless)
Sometimes, people have inexplicably terrible taste.

Sometimes, um . . . sometimes those people are me.

This story starts - as so many regrettable stories do - at tvtropes.org, where I was wandering idly a few weeks ago and stumbled over the page for Terry Brooks' Shannara series. Of course I read it. I read the whole thing. And suddenly I found myself on NOSTALGIA ALERT.

For those of you unfamiliar: the Shannara series begins with The Sword of Shannara, which has the distinction of being the most unabashed Lord of the Rings ripoff ever to make it onto the New York Times Bestseller list. (Our plucky band of hobbits Valemen, elves, dwarves, dispossessed princes, and one mysterious wizard Druid travel through marshes and mountains and halls of the dead while chased by wraiths! Seriously, you can compare the plots point-by-point, and it is hilarious.) At age 11, I found this enormous tome buried somewhere in a pile of my dad's old sff novels from the seventies, ate the whole thing up with a spoon, and went looking for more. There are two slightly more original sequels in the first trilogy; the books I really loved, however, were the Heritage of Shannara series. These were set three hundred years after the original book and followed some super-distant descendants of our original Plucky Valeman, as they all simultaneously went out on quests for Magical MacGuffins to save the land from the evils of democracy the evil subjugating and magic-suppressing Federation. I loved these books so much I tried to write myself into them. You are probably thinking "Mary Sues!" here, but no, no; I was not yet that fannishly far advanced. My version was much simpler: I just sat down at a computer and started retyping it out with myself inserted. "They had arrived in Varfleet two weeks earlier, Coll and Par and Becca." IT WAS VERY SATISFYING. (I WAS TWELVE. STOP JUDGING ME. ;_;)

ANYWAY. I am now twice the age I was then and had not thought about Terry Brooks in many years . . . until that fateful day on TVTropes, when all of a sudden I found myself thinking about the Heritage of Shannara books, and to make a long story short, NOSTALGIA REREAD AHOY. Spoiler: I still totally love the books. )

And now, a poll, because as always I am curious about other people's formative childhood influences:

[Poll #1511148]
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (find the light)
A while back, [livejournal.com profile] avariel_wings mailed me a copy of Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy all the way from England (which is dedication) and after a shamefully long time I have finally gotten around to reading it!

I should be honest: I tried to read The Crystal Cave a few times a kid and I never could get through the beginning few chapters of Merlin-as-a-kid. Once I got to the parts about Ambrosius, though, the story really picked up for me, and I think the second half of The Crystal Cave and the Baby Arthur parts of The Hollow Hills have been my favorite parts of the series so far. (Kate also sent me The Wicked Day, which I think is the finale of the series, so I will be reading that at some point too.) I really like some of the ways that Mary Stewart pieces together the myths, and re-interprets them, and I like how she is careful to show how stories spread. All that is very cool! I like less the focus on Arthur in the last book to the exclusion of much of the other characters of the legend (I am sorry, I just could not love this Arthur as much as T.H. White's Arthur - he was formative for me!) and how unambiguously evil Morgause and to a certain extent Morgan are, because Ladies' Power Means Using Sexuality For Evil, Duh.

I am not quite sure how I feel about this Merlin; Merlin has never been the most interesting part of the story for me. Sometimes I think I quite like him, especially when he is young and kind of arrogant and being sarcastic and clever! Other times I am frustrated by him and how content he is to give up agency to Divine Power and how little he morally questions that. (Other times I just want him to stop going on about how pretty the hillside is because sometimes my attention span is short.)

Anyway, pretty much everyone knows the Arthur stories and everyone sees them in a different way, and I am very curious about everybody's favorite Arthurs. I asked this question before when I reread The Once and Future King, but it is different now because there are new people on my flist! Also, because it is in the form of a POLL, and that makes it officially shinier.

[Poll #1469901]
skygiants: Sokka from Avatar: the Last Airbender peers through an eyeglass (*peers*)
Okay, hands up everyone who watches Psych! I had a conversation earlier that made me curious and now I have a question for you all.

[Poll #1462077]

Further discussion welcome in the comments!

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