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22 March 2009 @ 06:44 pm
Yet another bitsy post  
Dear LJ, please do not eat half of my posts. Thank you. OK, trying that again ...

Happy birthday romaine24 ! sorry I am late, you rock!

* New 'president' of Madagascar? Looks 12.

* Saw some High School Musical today. I know I am not the target audience, but I'm afraid I hated every second of it. And I generally enjoy both musicals and dodgy American teen movies. When it was first released it came with PR kits out to all the mags saying 'The blockbluster international sensation that's broken records everywhere!'. Being me, I rang the publicist to ask how she could say this when the film had not yet been released in the US, let alone elsewhere. 'It will be,' she promised me.

Ah Disney, gay-friendly policies aside, you really are Cyberdyne.

* This post was far better the first time I typed it, but now it's late and so I am skipping half the points, save to say ---

* Are you following hp10k_showcase  yet? Here's another reason why you should – libby_drew 's The Thread Measurer's Apprentice. I know that middle age is unfashionable in fandom, but this is a wonderful story with fortysomething Harry and Draco. They've not seen each other for years at the beginning of the tale, but Draco receives a note warning that Scorpius will die if he flies that afternoon, a warning that turns out both to be true (don't worry, forewarned is forearmed and Scorpius is saved) and in Harry's handwriting. On going to investigate, he finds a Potter who is haunted by ghosts, past and to come.

Sansa's writing is, as always, tremendously human and involving. From Ginny Potter's expanded hips to Draco's wonder at discovering a new passion, this is a story where everyone seems like a real person, one whose fate you care about. There is a character death in the story, but it is neither a major character nor one you expect to survive. For all that, I found it happy and hopeful. In addition, it's an imaginative feat that will make you happy you read in this fandom.

You should check out pir8fancier  and marguerite_26 's work, too, I'll be reccing them tomorrow wwhen I have more time to write coherently!

Leochileochi on March 22nd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this rec, BB. I rarely read fanfic these days, but this story was a million times worth it!

Edited at 2009-03-22 01:42 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 22nd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
It's great, isn;t it? And thank you for commenting! It's how I learned LJ ate half my post. Evil LJ!
Leochileochi on March 22nd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, LJ is been doing funny things lately. :(
It did the same thing to me, yesterday a few times.
Snape's Angelangela_snape on March 22nd, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
I generally enjoy both musicals and dodgy American teen movies

Me too... but I've avoided HSM so far. My daughter isn't old enough to be into it yet.

Thanks for the rec... I haven't read anything at HP10K yet, but I have my eye on a few of them.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 22nd, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
It's a great story! And yes, HSM was just bad. I actually felt sorry for the kids they had acting in it. Hopefully by the time your daughter is old enough, there will be something better occupying that part of the popular culture sphere.
Bubba: Cloud of Unknowingabsynthedrinker on March 22nd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ah yes but a soulful twelve.

Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on March 22nd, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
"You should check out pir8fancier and marguerite_26 's work, too, I'll be reccing them tomorrow when I have more time to write coherently!"

The hp10k_showcase is really unfair. There is so much fabulous material coming out all at once. Sansa's story was fantastic and so curious without being twee. Potter reminded me of a faun.

I'm glad someone has the cojones to admit liking musicals and dodgy American movies. I'm a great fan of the latter, I'm afraid. But they have to be smart-stupid. Not American Pie, not Dumb and Dumber. More like Old School or Zoolander or Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Or 10 Things I Hate About You. I have avoided High School Musical successfully as a phenomenon and your post confirms my prejudices. I'm sure it will be a smash hit internationally, if only in the publicist's mind.
uminohikariuminohikari on March 22nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Aww, why didn't you like HSM? I thought it was cute in a really, really, really cheesy way :(