Jan. 28th, 2012

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
Out of morbid curiosity, I tried Lucinda Brant's Noble Satyr, driven by the fact that a lot of irate reviewers said it was a blatant rip-off of Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, one of my favorite books.

Short version - yes, it's a rip-off. But that is not even the crime here, the crime is that it is so deadly dull. The sole advantage, such as it is, over TOS, is that TOS, written in 1926, does not have sex scenes, and NS does. I'd trade every sex scene in existence, however, for a sense of humor, character development, and protagonists I care about.

TOS, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is one of the earliest novels of Georgette Heyer, the founder and patron saint of Regency romance. (Though TOS is actually set in France in 1750s, i.e., Georgian era). It created a lot of tropes that are still used, but nonetheless reads very fresh. There is cross-dressing, chases, revenge, murder attempts, family secrets, and the good old (though I suppose not so old back then) 'rake redeemed by a love of a woman' set-up. Our hero, the Duke of Avon, who has a well-earned awful reputation and is 40 without any desire to settle or slow down, comes across our heroine, Leonie, when she is dressed as a boy, "Leon." Intrigued by her resemblance to his long-standing enemy, he decides to hire her as his page. And the story goes from there...

So, why do I love TOS so and found NS a horrible bore?

1. This is such a funny, witty, biting novel. I literally laughed out loud repeatedly.
2. Leonie is probably one of my favorite Heyer heroines (and 'pig person' is an insult I adopted :P) She's hot-tempered, impatient, brave, unconventional, blunt and reminds me freakishly of Chiana from Farscape, minus Chiana's love of sexual experimentation.
3. Most 'hardened rake reformed by a love of a good woman' stories either bore me, leave me incredulous, or both, but here it actually works. For one, because Leonie is not a 'good woman' by a standard definition, being prone to rages, fully cognizant of Avon's reputation and being fine with it, and at one point lamenting to Avon that he didn't kill her father but should have :) She puts him on a pedestal and he actually ends up working to be worthy of it. For another, Heyer is great at character development and the biggest delight of the book to me is watching the slow change in their relationship - it starts with her adoration of him for being rescued from the slums and his indifference, progresses to his being fond and amused by her, and by the end, she's the one who's winding him around her finger. I always thought it was pretty symbolic that they start with her kneeling to him (as his page) and end with him kneeling to her. They are a very unconventional couple, but it works. Oh, and the age difference is addressed (and doesn't bother me in 1750s upper class anyway).
4. Secondary characters crack me up.
5. Cross-dressing!

I always wished they made a movie out of it...

Not related,, but I looooove this fanvid of Farscape, that concentrates on John's insanity...

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
Out of morbid curiosity, I tried Lucinda Brant's Noble Satyr, driven by the fact that a lot of irate reviewers said it was a blatant rip-off of Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, one of my favorite books.

Short version - yes, it's a rip-off. But that is not even the crime here, the crime is that it is so deadly dull. The sole advantage, such as it is, over TOS, is that TOS, written in 1926, does not have sex scenes, and NS does. I'd trade every sex scene in existence, however, for a sense of humor, character development, and protagonists I care about.

TOS, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is one of the earliest novels of Georgette Heyer, the founder and patron saint of Regency romance. (Though TOS is actually set in France in 1750s, i.e., Georgian era). It created a lot of tropes that are still used, but nonetheless reads very fresh. There is cross-dressing, chases, revenge, murder attempts, family secrets, and the good old (though I suppose not so old back then) 'rake redeemed by a love of a woman' set-up. Our hero, the Duke of Avon, who has a well-earned awful reputation and is 40 without any desire to settle or slow down, comes across our heroine, Leonie, when she is dressed as a boy, "Leon." Intrigued by her resemblance to his long-standing enemy, he decides to hire her as his page. And the story goes from there...

So, why do I love TOS so and found NS a horrible bore?

1. This is such a funny, witty, biting novel. I literally laughed out loud repeatedly.
2. Leonie is probably one of my favorite Heyer heroines (and 'pig person' is an insult I adopted :P) She's hot-tempered, impatient, brave, unconventional, blunt and reminds me freakishly of Chiana from Farscape, minus Chiana's love of sexual experimentation.
3. Most 'hardened rake reformed by a love of a good woman' stories either bore me, leave me incredulous, or both, but here it actually works. For one, because Leonie is not a 'good woman' by a standard definition, being prone to rages, fully cognizant of Avon's reputation and being fine with it, and at one point lamenting to Avon that he didn't kill her father but should have :) She puts him on a pedestal and he actually ends up working to be worthy of it. For another, Heyer is great at character development and the biggest delight of the book to me is watching the slow change in their relationship - it starts with her adoration of him for being rescued from the slums and his indifference, progresses to his being fond and amused by her, and by the end, she's the one who's winding him around her finger. I always thought it was pretty symbolic that they start with her kneeling to him (as his page) and end with him kneeling to her. They are a very unconventional couple, but it works. Oh, and the age difference is addressed (and doesn't bother me in 1750s upper class anyway).
4. Secondary characters crack me up.
5. Cross-dressing!

I always wished they made a movie out of it...

Not related,, but I looooove this fanvid of Farscape, that concentrates on John's insanity...

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
Out of morbid curiosity, I tried Lucinda Brant's Noble Satyr, driven by the fact that a lot of irate reviewers said it was a blatant rip-off of Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, one of my favorite books.

Short version - yes, it's a rip-off. But that is not even the crime here, the crime is that it is so deadly dull. The sole advantage, such as it is, over TOS, is that TOS, written in 1926, does not have sex scenes, and NS does. I'd trade every sex scene in existence, however, for a sense of humor, character development, and protagonists I care about.

TOS, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is one of the earliest novels of Georgette Heyer, the founder and patron saint of Regency romance. (Though TOS is actually set in France in 1750s, i.e., Georgian era). It created a lot of tropes that are still used, but nonetheless reads very fresh. There is cross-dressing, chases, revenge, murder attempts, family secrets, and the good old (though I suppose not so old back then) 'rake redeemed by a love of a woman' set-up. Our hero, the Duke of Avon, who has a well-earned awful reputation and is 40 without any desire to settle or slow down, comes across our heroine, Leonie, when she is dressed as a boy, "Leon." Intrigued by her resemblance to his long-standing enemy, he decides to hire her as his page. And the story goes from there...

So, why do I love TOS so and found NS a horrible bore?

1. This is such a funny, witty, biting novel. I literally laughed out loud repeatedly.
2. Leonie is probably one of my favorite Heyer heroines (and 'pig person' is an insult I adopted :P) She's hot-tempered, impatient, brave, unconventional, blunt and reminds me freakishly of Chiana from Farscape, minus Chiana's love of sexual experimentation.
3. Most 'hardened rake reformed by a love of a good woman' stories either bore me, leave me incredulous, or both, but here it actually works. For one, because Leonie is not a 'good woman' by a standard definition, being prone to rages, fully cognizant of Avon's reputation and being fine with it, and at one point lamenting to Avon that he didn't kill her father but should have :) She puts him on a pedestal and he actually ends up working to be worthy of it. For another, Heyer is great at character development and the biggest delight of the book to me is watching the slow change in their relationship - it starts with her adoration of him for being rescued from the slums and his indifference, progresses to his being fond and amused by her, and by the end, she's the one who's winding him around her finger. I always thought it was pretty symbolic that they start with her kneeling to him (as his page) and end with him kneeling to her. They are a very unconventional couple, but it works. Oh, and the age difference is addressed (and doesn't bother me in 1750s upper class anyway).
4. Secondary characters crack me up.
5. Cross-dressing!

I always wished they made a movie out of it...

Not related,, but I looooove this fanvid of Farscape, that concentrates on John's insanity...

TV recs

Jan. 28th, 2012 04:48 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
Is Chuck worth watching? How about Lost Girl?

TV recs

Jan. 28th, 2012 04:48 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
Is Chuck worth watching? How about Lost Girl?

TV recs

Jan. 28th, 2012 04:48 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
Is Chuck worth watching? How about Lost Girl?
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
One of the pleasures of my rewatch is that Mr. Mousie is as much of a fan as I am, so we do it together :)



Now, on to the ep. JQ is one of my favorite episodes, because the 'John is in a made-up world, created to fuck with him' is a favorite thing of mine (I prefer both 'A Human Reaction' and the brilliantly insane 'Won't Get Fooled Again' but JQ is still wonderful).

This time around what struck me was that TPTB were both insane and brave and take huge risks - this episode is entirely off-kilter and would make no sense to anyone who is not a long-time FS watcher (I actually remember seeing the scene with Chiana and John in the parking lot before I ever watched FS and thinking that whatever this was, was done under influence of drugs and I didn't want to watch it. Now I love it).

The candy-colored 'game' world is fascinating and funny as hell (but with a cruel, cruel bite as anything in FS. It's probably the darkest show I've watched), but the sequences that always get me are when Crichton thinks he's back on Moya and the end.

The sequence on Moya just showcases how full of nightmares John's world is, how his imagination is truly a funhouse of horrors - this is really his worst fear made flesh, isn't it? All his friends captured and enslaved because of him, Aeryn working with Scorpius and mentally enslaved by him and betraying Crichton, and he in a cell, writing wormhole equations in his own blood.

I think that this is the episode that finally pushed Crichton into trying to distance himself from Aeryn by any means possible (and being Crichton, he can only control his feelings and his longing through the emotion-numbing lakka drug, and as we see later, even that fails). Because that game shows him in sharp relief how Aeryn is his one fatal vulnerability - he automatically assumes she is the princess he needs to kiss to escape the game so she clouds his head, but it's not even that. It makes him realize unequivocally that his being who he is put Aeryn and her unborn child in danger, how easily Scorpius can use them if he ever realize just how 'beyond hope' for her he is. That nightmare scenario sets in sharp relief what can happen if he doesn't let go. She is his greatest weakness, but he is her greatest threat. (And how right he is proven to be - he offers wormholes to Scorpius to save her in Constellation of Doubt in probably the darkest he's ever been, in my favorite scene. And she gets tortured because of him in Prayer).

Oh, and how I miss Zhaan. Seeing her here briefly brings it all back...

Have an appropriate MV...



ETA: Thinking more about this ep, two more things come to mind - John's fuck-you impatience with yet another mindfuck and his recklessness about his own life are very present - he just jumps off the top of the tower without knowing it would reset everything. And Zhaan's question as to whether he wasted her sacrifice and he should find out what he's doing with his life 'before more innocents die for the love of you' hits square in his guilt-ridden/self-loathing psyche and I am sure is part of what drives him to try to distance himself from Aeryn (though a small part of it must be a desperate desire to just stop feeling, stop hurting).
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
One of the pleasures of my rewatch is that Mr. Mousie is as much of a fan as I am, so we do it together :)



Now, on to the ep. JQ is one of my favorite episodes, because the 'John is in a made-up world, created to fuck with him' is a favorite thing of mine (I prefer both 'A Human Reaction' and the brilliantly insane 'Won't Get Fooled Again' but JQ is still wonderful).

This time around what struck me was that TPTB were both insane and brave and take huge risks - this episode is entirely off-kilter and would make no sense to anyone who is not a long-time FS watcher (I actually remember seeing the scene with Chiana and John in the parking lot before I ever watched FS and thinking that whatever this was, was done under influence of drugs and I didn't want to watch it. Now I love it).

The candy-colored 'game' world is fascinating and funny as hell (but with a cruel, cruel bite as anything in FS. It's probably the darkest show I've watched), but the sequences that always get me are when Crichton thinks he's back on Moya and the end.

The sequence on Moya just showcases how full of nightmares John's world is, how his imagination is truly a funhouse of horrors - this is really his worst fear made flesh, isn't it? All his friends captured and enslaved because of him, Aeryn working with Scorpius and mentally enslaved by him and betraying Crichton, and he in a cell, writing wormhole equations in his own blood.

I think that this is the episode that finally pushed Crichton into trying to distance himself from Aeryn by any means possible (and being Crichton, he can only control his feelings and his longing through the emotion-numbing lakka drug, and as we see later, even that fails). Because that game shows him in sharp relief how Aeryn is his one fatal vulnerability - he automatically assumes she is the princess he needs to kiss to escape the game so she clouds his head, but it's not even that. It makes him realize unequivocally that his being who he is put Aeryn and her unborn child in danger, how easily Scorpius can use them if he ever realize just how 'beyond hope' for her he is. That nightmare scenario sets in sharp relief what can happen if he doesn't let go. She is his greatest weakness, but he is her greatest threat. (And how right he is proven to be - he offers wormholes to Scorpius to save her in Constellation of Doubt in probably the darkest he's ever been, in my favorite scene. And she gets tortured because of him in Prayer).

Oh, and how I miss Zhaan. Seeing her here briefly brings it all back...

Have an appropriate MV...



ETA: Thinking more about this ep, two more things come to mind - John's fuck-you impatience with yet another mindfuck and his recklessness about his own life are very present - he just jumps off the top of the tower without knowing it would reset everything. And Zhaan's question as to whether he wasted her sacrifice and he should find out what he's doing with his life 'before more innocents die for the love of you' hits square in his guilt-ridden/self-loathing psyche and I am sure is part of what drives him to try to distance himself from Aeryn (though a small part of it must be a desperate desire to just stop feeling, stop hurting).
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
One of the pleasures of my rewatch is that Mr. Mousie is as much of a fan as I am, so we do it together :)



Now, on to the ep. JQ is one of my favorite episodes, because the 'John is in a made-up world, created to fuck with him' is a favorite thing of mine (I prefer both 'A Human Reaction' and the brilliantly insane 'Won't Get Fooled Again' but JQ is still wonderful).

This time around what struck me was that TPTB were both insane and brave and take huge risks - this episode is entirely off-kilter and would make no sense to anyone who is not a long-time FS watcher (I actually remember seeing the scene with Chiana and John in the parking lot before I ever watched FS and thinking that whatever this was, was done under influence of drugs and I didn't want to watch it. Now I love it).

The candy-colored 'game' world is fascinating and funny as hell (but with a cruel, cruel bite as anything in FS. It's probably the darkest show I've watched), but the sequences that always get me are when Crichton thinks he's back on Moya and the end.

The sequence on Moya just showcases how full of nightmares John's world is, how his imagination is truly a funhouse of horrors - this is really his worst fear made flesh, isn't it? All his friends captured and enslaved because of him, Aeryn working with Scorpius and mentally enslaved by him and betraying Crichton, and he in a cell, writing wormhole equations in his own blood.

I think that this is the episode that finally pushed Crichton into trying to distance himself from Aeryn by any means possible (and being Crichton, he can only control his feelings and his longing through the emotion-numbing lakka drug, and as we see later, even that fails). Because that game shows him in sharp relief how Aeryn is his one fatal vulnerability - he automatically assumes she is the princess he needs to kiss to escape the game so she clouds his head, but it's not even that. It makes him realize unequivocally that his being who he is put Aeryn and her unborn child in danger, how easily Scorpius can use them if he ever realize just how 'beyond hope' for her he is. That nightmare scenario sets in sharp relief what can happen if he doesn't let go. She is his greatest weakness, but he is her greatest threat. (And how right he is proven to be - he offers wormholes to Scorpius to save her in Constellation of Doubt in probably the darkest he's ever been, in my favorite scene. And she gets tortured because of him in Prayer).

Oh, and how I miss Zhaan. Seeing her here briefly brings it all back...

Have an appropriate MV...



ETA: Thinking more about this ep, two more things come to mind - John's fuck-you impatience with yet another mindfuck and his recklessness about his own life are very present - he just jumps off the top of the tower without knowing it would reset everything. And Zhaan's question as to whether he wasted her sacrifice and he should find out what he's doing with his life 'before more innocents die for the love of you' hits square in his guilt-ridden/self-loathing psyche and I am sure is part of what drives him to try to distance himself from Aeryn (though a small part of it must be a desperate desire to just stop feeling, stop hurting).
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
1. Chuck. Sometimes I like light and cooky, and seeing clips and vids on youtube made me think I may like it.

2. Warehouse 13. Mr. Mousie is a fan and I like scifi...

3. Fringe. I was sold by parallel universes. Also, apparently there is shippiness, if the mv below is any indication.



4. Haven. I am most excited by this one! First off, Mr. Mousie loves it, and since we are both fans of Firefly and Farscape and Buffy and Dr Who and a billion other things, we have similar tastes. Plus, I was digging around on youtube, and it triggered my memory that this is a show where one of the characters is a guy who cannot feel a single thing except - the only thing he can feel is heroine's touch. Sold. Have a MV for them...



I am skipping Lost Girl, because it seems to me to be a bit too Laurel K. Hamilton for my tastes.

Oh, and apparently the first season of First Wave is on DVD! Guess who just bought it? I used to love that show 10+ yrs ago - nothing like hot people fighting an alien conspiracy while being hunted by the government. Plus, mmmm, Sebastian Spence.

On a final note, I realized I never watched Babylon 5. The horror! Not only is it Mr. Mousie's all-time favorite show, it's a scifi classic. Luckily, I just bought the entire series on DVD for Mr. Mousie for Valentine's Day, so I know what we are watching in February :)

Oh, and just finished Farscape 4.08, I Shrink, Therefore I Am. It's not an ep for which I have a lot of meta, but I do like the Crichton has to take almost constant hits of the drug to be able to function clear-headedly and not get overwhelmed with 'Aeryn is in danger Aeryn Aeryn Aeryn!' And I love how the show mocks technobabble. Plus, Rygel being unselfish and Crichton snarking on Scorpy are always great.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
1. Chuck. Sometimes I like light and cooky, and seeing clips and vids on youtube made me think I may like it.

2. Warehouse 13. Mr. Mousie is a fan and I like scifi...

3. Fringe. I was sold by parallel universes. Also, apparently there is shippiness, if the mv below is any indication.



4. Haven. I am most excited by this one! First off, Mr. Mousie loves it, and since we are both fans of Firefly and Farscape and Buffy and Dr Who and a billion other things, we have similar tastes. Plus, I was digging around on youtube, and it triggered my memory that this is a show where one of the characters is a guy who cannot feel a single thing except - the only thing he can feel is heroine's touch. Sold. Have a MV for them...



I am skipping Lost Girl, because it seems to me to be a bit too Laurel K. Hamilton for my tastes.

Oh, and apparently the first season of First Wave is on DVD! Guess who just bought it? I used to love that show 10+ yrs ago - nothing like hot people fighting an alien conspiracy while being hunted by the government. Plus, mmmm, Sebastian Spence.

On a final note, I realized I never watched Babylon 5. The horror! Not only is it Mr. Mousie's all-time favorite show, it's a scifi classic. Luckily, I just bought the entire series on DVD for Mr. Mousie for Valentine's Day, so I know what we are watching in February :)

Oh, and just finished Farscape 4.08, I Shrink, Therefore I Am. It's not an ep for which I have a lot of meta, but I do like the Crichton has to take almost constant hits of the drug to be able to function clear-headedly and not get overwhelmed with 'Aeryn is in danger Aeryn Aeryn Aeryn!' And I love how the show mocks technobabble. Plus, Rygel being unselfish and Crichton snarking on Scorpy are always great.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
1. Chuck. Sometimes I like light and cooky, and seeing clips and vids on youtube made me think I may like it.

2. Warehouse 13. Mr. Mousie is a fan and I like scifi...

3. Fringe. I was sold by parallel universes. Also, apparently there is shippiness, if the mv below is any indication.



4. Haven. I am most excited by this one! First off, Mr. Mousie loves it, and since we are both fans of Firefly and Farscape and Buffy and Dr Who and a billion other things, we have similar tastes. Plus, I was digging around on youtube, and it triggered my memory that this is a show where one of the characters is a guy who cannot feel a single thing except - the only thing he can feel is heroine's touch. Sold. Have a MV for them...



I am skipping Lost Girl, because it seems to me to be a bit too Laurel K. Hamilton for my tastes.

Oh, and apparently the first season of First Wave is on DVD! Guess who just bought it? I used to love that show 10+ yrs ago - nothing like hot people fighting an alien conspiracy while being hunted by the government. Plus, mmmm, Sebastian Spence.

On a final note, I realized I never watched Babylon 5. The horror! Not only is it Mr. Mousie's all-time favorite show, it's a scifi classic. Luckily, I just bought the entire series on DVD for Mr. Mousie for Valentine's Day, so I know what we are watching in February :)

Oh, and just finished Farscape 4.08, I Shrink, Therefore I Am. It's not an ep for which I have a lot of meta, but I do like the Crichton has to take almost constant hits of the drug to be able to function clear-headedly and not get overwhelmed with 'Aeryn is in danger Aeryn Aeryn Aeryn!' And I love how the show mocks technobabble. Plus, Rygel being unselfish and Crichton snarking on Scorpy are always great.

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