I have been awoken
from a deep and dreamless sleep deprivation known as academia
(read: FINALS ARE THIS WEEK D:)
so of course I shall drown myself in fandom instead. thanks, peridexis, for the TOTALLY LEGIT questions :D
1. post the rules
2. answer the questions the tagger set for you and then make 11 new ones
3. tag 11 people and link them to your post
4. let them know you’ve tagged them
1. your favorite tv show and why
gah, how am I supposed to pick? despite my obsessively singleminded tendencies, I really have quite a multifandom background. I probably still have a ridiculous soft spot for Star Trek TNG, though, so I’m claiming nostalgia-addlement and putting that even above Doctor Who, Merlin, Sherlock and Criminal Minds, which is my most recent drug. It’s a show that gave me an entire new framework to see the world through, that made me want to go outside at night and look at the sky, that made me think of the future as full of infinite possibilities. It literally was the show that made me learn about quantum mechanics and the fact that warp drive is really possible and the Drake equation for probability of alien life and try learning Vulcan and decide that Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations meant that all things, even seemingly impossible ones, have the tiniest possibility of occurring, and all things actually DO happen in multiverse theory and
…and I am such a nerd, it’s unfixable /o\
2. your favorite book series and why
oh, damn. this past semester I’ve been reminded of a lot of book series I loved - the Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper, the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan, the Time Master books by Louise Cooper…but the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane still holds a preeminent place. I don’t think anything can knock it. I mean, for one, I started reading it at the point in my life when I started getting all ~philosophical like above, and the teen angst combined with that to make THE WHOLE WORLD FULL OF MEANING. and Young Wizards writes this whole world just like ours, but puts a different spin on everything from science to magic and makes it all REAL. like, if wizardry made scientific sense at all it had a possibility of existing, and if it was really just HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, well, how cool is that? and it wrote about kids like me, doing eternally significant things, and love and death and the meaning of life. and computers that could transport you across the galaxy. and alien friendships. and redemption and there being no such thing as good and evil, light and dark and life and death not being polarized. it’s fucking beautiful.
3. your favorite fanfic and why
jesus christ, are you serious? I CAN’T DO THAT. MY BRAIN HAS LIKE TEN THOUSAND OF THEM IN MEMORY STORAGE. Fandom is the security blanket I wrap myself in through high and low and, like Linus, I’m NEVER LETTING IT GO. because when there’s so much community and creativity and friendship built around common interests and passions, well, great things come out of it.
but. If you’re making me pick one, stele3’s Underground Earthquakes/Second Circle fic holds a special place in my heart. I can always flail about it. I read the entire thing without much of a break during a particularly low emotional point, and it strikes at some of the deepest parts of humanity and brings them out into the light. it’s about friendship and darkness and fear and attachment and carefree laughter and profound connection and childhood protectiveness and forgiveness and memories that won’t let go and people you don’t want to, about change and fear thereof and people who will always be there. that said, it (mostly Second Circle, as Underground Earthquakes kind of sets the scene and the atmosphere and the relationship behind it all) addresses a LOT of issues, and you may not be able to or want to deal with them - it kind of centers itself around darkness to find the human connection beneath. It’s gripping, beautifully written, brilliantly plotted, and there are all these MOMENTS of revelation that leave you not just able to face the world, but able to see the profundity in every moment. and it’s probably a major contributor to why the relationship between Ryan Ross and Spencer Smith is one of my kryptonites.
aaand now that I have fanboyed myself into a faster heartbeat and pretentiously deep turns of phrase, well
4. pick a ship you like and briefly explain why
THIS WAS ON PURPOSE WASN’T IT
I can’t pick Spencer and Ryan. Not allowed. I mean, it’s probably the basic friendship between those two that gets me, anyway, and pairing them is just an extension of that that sometimes works.
no, actually, I’m picking Gabe Saporta and Pete Wentz. and I’m picking them because they’re brothers, and they’ll tell you so themselves. Pete Wentz kind of has a tendency to pull out my heart and be like YOU KNOW HOW YOU FEEL? I’LL TELL YOU. IT HURTS. LIKE THIS. and he has this incredibly self-aware self-dismissal thing going on, so Gabe will call him on his bullshit but only because Pete already KNOWS it’s bullshit, but needs someone to acknowledge it, and also acknowledge when he’s just in emotional need and fly across the country to hang out and be understated best mates.
and Gabe has had so many things happen in his life, and he’s like unofficial pop-punk idol of Midtown and then that all goes to hell and Pete’s like HEY COME ON YOU CAN DO THIS and Gabe’s like FUCK IT ALL I’M MAKING PARTY MUSIC and who knows how that break affects him, but he’s got this simultaneous I DON’T TAKE ANYTHING SERIOUSLY and DUDE YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF LIFE IS IN SERVING PEOPLE thing going on, I mean, seriously. and so they hang out and laugh at themselves and really just want to make the world a better place. and I love them.
5. if you had to fight to the death with one of these characters if both of you are armed only with a knife, which would you choose: Jack Merridew, Roger from Lord of the Flies, Odysseus, or Leela of the Sevateem?
ahahaha English class, here we come. I think maybe Odysseus, mostly out of process of elimination: Jack and Roger both want to kill too much, and their bloodlust is kind of scary; I don’t really want to kill Leela but also she’d probably be too competent for me to beat. (at first I read this question as who I’d want on my side, which would totally be Leela.) Odysseus is, well, he’s a PARAGON OF HEROISM but he’s an ancient Greek epic paragon of heroism which means he actually angsts a lot more about honor and glory, and I could probably play on that. LOOK, ODYSSEUS, I AM MUCH SMALLER AND WEAKER THAN YOU AND THIS IS NOT A FAIR FIGHT. LET’S SET SOME RULES. and then I break them! :D
6. pick two (or more) of these characters to ship together: Luna Lovegood, Simon from Lord of the Flies, Dean Winchester, the TARDIS, Amy Pond, Sherlock Holmes, Gwen (from Merlin), and the Yellow Teletubby
OH MY GOD THE YELLOW TELETUBBY SCREW YOU
I’m actually really tempted to ship Luna and the TARDIS, because come on. Luna has that ~spiritual connection with everything she sees and touches and understands more possibilities than even a magical world acknowledges. She would understand something like the TARDIS having a consciousness and be enamored with it just like she’s enamored with anything else, not see anything strange in it. It would be so good for them.
7. favorite character from a book written more that twenty years ago
*checks if Young Wizards started more than 20 years ago*
\o/ any of the first three books, okay.
but now I don’t know who to pick. the Lone Power? Ed(rashtekaseret? I haven’t even looked at it in months, so if I got that even vaguely right I will be very impressed with myself). Tom and Carl? (but they’re inseparable). I really want to pick the Lone Power because I’m always a sucker for the supposed-villains, but also Ed. The poor guy who’s just been alive so much longer than he wanted to and (SPOILER ALERT) sacrifices himself for other people’s lives ;_____; and he’s got so much wisdom and too many years, and it hurts. Yeah, it’s probably Ed. For now.
8. first character you can think of that has unnaturally colored hair
define unnatural! IT’S ALL NATURAL :D okay. Gerard Way probably doesn’t count as a character, um. Tonks? does that count as unnatural? cause she’s actually a shapeshifter-type person, so that’s currently her natural hair color. why am I analyzing this so hard? /o\ I think at some point Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds might have had pink in her hair? SHE IS AWESOME AND EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HER.
9. if you had 20 minutes to put up a defense in your house against an advancing group of 5 armed soldiers, what would you do?
RUN. come on, I’m a Doctor Who fan. I’d take my computer and my ipod, and…actually I’d probably freak out. and call 911. Something horrendously practical, because I can’t think of anything guaranteed to be clever or effective enough /o\
10. if you could only go out of your house for one day and you were locked in for the rest of your life, what would you do in that day?
PANIC. also I would go to a concert. and walk the streets and talk to people. and basically take advantage of every opportunity I could see. and PANIC. and run, and sing, and play guitar badly because I have an excuse, and go for a swim in the ocean. and try to meet people I’ve never met irl. and sing kumbayah in a protest song circle. and look at the stars and sleep outside by a fire. and spend most of that in line for a concert because music high. and panic some more. because that’s a scary thought.
11. if you had to choose between being born and dying on your 3rd birthday or never being born at all, which would you pick?
definitely being born. three years of life is better than no years of life! you can definitely experience human connection and the joys of doing things when you’re under 3, and I want that. I think you can be quite philosophical-minded as a kid, in that way, because everything’s in the moment and everything’s “why” and everything’s important.
so now that we’ve established I think too much, eleven questions for you! answer with one word, two pages, whatever. just have fun.
1. what’s the last song that got stuck in your head? (for inclusiveness to any deaf people, which I apologize for not being skilled at: what’s the last creative thing you couldn’t look away from/kept coming back to?)
2. name a fictional character you identify with. why?
3. if you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do with your life?
4. explain any philosophical ~epiphany you’ve ever had.
5. talk about a band/tv show/movie/book/fandom you love. why?
6. what gets you high? (chemical or not, as you wish)
7. would you rather die in a day or live forever? why?
8. if you could create an ideal nation/political system, what would it be like?
9. what’s your favorite story (in any form - book, tv, fanfic, storytelling, comics, song, anything)?
10. if you have any tattoos, and/or if you were to get any tattoos, what are they?
11. if you could go forward/back in time to any year, when would you go to and what would you do? (you have the option to come back.)
tagged people are in the tags.
okay, just so you know, I
was am sorely fucking tempted to tag dduane because 1) I have still not gotten over Diane Duane finding me on tumblr and 2) YOU WOULD APPRECIATE IT RIGHT but -1) I actually rambled on about YW here and /o\
scratch that, it’s worth a try. CAUTION TO THE WIND BECAUSE IT’S FANDOM. do it or not as you wish! just have fun, y’know :D