firthgal: (skks - yong ha)
1. Finally got around to watching the latest ep of Vampire Diaries. HOLY CRAP. <--My reaction to every episode.

Spoilers )

2. Just watched ep 18 of Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and it was not nearly as tragic as I thought it would be, though the ending angered me greatly.

Spoilers )

Anywho, favorite moment:



Heeeeeeeeee. ♥

3. MERLIN. Fact: Merlin is 20 times more awesome whenever Gwaine shows up. CAN HE BE A REGULAR, PLEASE? Especially since he gives Merlin the love that Arthur never will. Merlin deserves to have a friend that actually appreciates him. While I've enjoyed Merlin/Lancelot in the past, it seemed like Lancelot's true loyalty lied with Arthur, so it's nice that Merlin gets to have a friend who is loyal to him and doesn't give a fig about Arthur. And is it just me, or did Gwaine look totally envious of Arthur in the end? Like he was depressed that he couldn't travel around with Merlin forever and ever while Arthur gets to have Merlin all to himself 24/7. No? Just me projecting, then? Okay. Seriously, you have no idea how much I wanted Merlin to turn around and follow Gwaine, but silly Merlin will always only have eyes for Arthur. This kind of kills my soul a little, because this season has pretty much stomped all over my OTPs for this show, and suddenly I find myself OTPing the heck out of Merlin/Gwaine even though Gwaine is just a recurring character. *sigh*

I haven't spoken much about this, but lately I am really not enjoying Arthur/Gwen. I didn't mind them when we only got a moment here and there, but now it's like every single episode has to shove in a reminder of their EPIC LOVE for each other and it's kind of annoying. Not so annoying that it will deter from my enjoyment of an episode, but just annoying enough that it makes me sigh wearily whenever they have a scene together. I think my main problem is that Arthur is the one that is supposed to be hopelessly in love with Gwen, and yet I simply don't feel it from his end. Not one bit. Their scenes just end up being awkward because of that. Angel is doing her best to sell it, but Bradley is just... not great at romance, apparently. He almost seems bored with it, you know? Or I guess I'm just projecting again, I don't know, but the dude who plays Lancelot manages to sell the crap out of the Lancelot/Gwen romance and they've only had two episodes of development, while Arthur and Gwen have had an entire season and a half of development and I am still not feeling it. I think I felt it more last season than I am this one. As for Arthur/Merlin, I am still loving their banter and unintentionally suggestive scenes, but I am bummed at how emotionally distant they seem to be, lately. Merlin used to be Arthur's best friend, his emotional other half, but now he's just... that smart-mouthed serving boy who occasionally has moments of useful insight. I MISS THEIR BROMANTIC LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. They still flirt like they've always done, but a lot of the emotion seems to be missing this season. Bah.

"Evil" Morgana is starting to get on my nerves. I wish they wouldn't make her so one-note. I don't get why she was allowed to be morally ambiguous when she was one of the good guys, but now that she is on the bad side she has to be eeeeeeeeeevil, smirky, I-want-to-kill-everyone-just-because-I-can Morgana. IT MAKES NO SENSE. Like, I get her need/want to kill Uther, I think that's deserved. But getting such pleasure out of the thought of killing Arthur? Her own brother who has done absolutely nothing awful to her whatsoever? Just... can't she at least be briefly troubled by the idea of killing Arthur? Can't she have a moment here and there to stop and remember that she used to love these people? Couldn't she be on Morgause's side but still be good at heart? I just hate that they've completely changed everything about what Morgana used to stand for. She had her idea of what a just world should be, and she did everything in her power to accomplish that. Why couldn't the show use this as her motivation in going against Camelot? Right now it just looks like a lust for power and a need to please Morgause. Augh, I hate what they've done to her. Luckily she wasn't in much of this ep, though, since it was all about Gwaine's love for Merlin.

4. Did anyone else catch that Daily Show/Colbert Report Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear? My oldest brother actually went to it and invited me to come along, but I didn't want to drive up there all on my own, so I didn't go (plus, I bet the Metro was super crowded and a total pain to ride today). I did manage to catch the last hour or so on Comedy Central though. It... wasn't that good, so I'm kind of happy that I declined the invitation. I did quite enjoy Stephen getting angry at Jon for wearing the same American flag pull over fleece sweater, though, and their song about who was more American. Also, I loved Jon's speech at the end of the show. I am not a big Jon Stewart fan (I'm a Colbert gal through and through), but when he's being serious and trying to get a non-partisan point across, he does it really well.

5. K-dramas I've watched over the past month:

Snow White - This one was so-so. Good for mindless entertainment, I suppose. No joke, I originally only watched this because the lead girl looked like she had a bit of an Ugly Betty thing happening, and I was like, "Hmm... wonder if that's true?" Well, it was nothing like Ugly Betty, but it was still a cute show. I was really, really enjoying it in the beginning, but then it started lagging in the middle and I just wanted to get to the end. I think the show made a huge mistake by making the best friend eventually fall in love with her, because it completely changed their dynamic and I was seriously missing the relationship that they had prior to that (plus, that guy was really likable and it was just sad to see him end up with no one). Also, it took me ages to figure out that the main guy was the same one from Tree of Heaven. He is so completely different in this that it just shocked me that it was the same guy. During the first episode I had a fleeting thought that it was him, but then I was like, "Nah, I only think that because I just watched Tree of Heaven." But, no, it was totally him. (speaking of Tree of Heaven, I still can't bring myself to go back to that show. I've watched the first three eps and just cannot take anymore of that heartbreak. But I want to know what happens! But it's so damn sad. But their love is epic! But it hurrrrrrts to watch that show. *sigh* I am not good with angsty melodramas, apparently) Anyway, Snow White was enjoyable, but nothing about it really stood out to me.

The Vineyard Man - I seem to enjoy Yoon Eun Hye's dramas without fail, and this was the only one [where she's the main star] that I hadn't watched, so I gave it a try. It was adorable, but not as good as good as Goong, Coffee Prince, or Take Care of the Young Lady. Actually, it might be on par with TCotYL, but I enjoyed the pacing of TCotYL much more than I did The Vineyard Man. It took two (or maybe three) episodes to get the characters to the vineyard, and then I got a little frustrated with how long it took the characters to get together, but the fact that it took them so long and contained so much pining kind of made the payoff so very good. Plus, I just really enjoyed the supporting characters on this show and the scenery was beautiful, and it really made me want to be a farmer even though I would be horrible at doing hard labor, especially in the dead of summer, but dramas like this always make me long to live in places where the entire neighborhood is like one big family, and people are actually outside conversing with each other for fun instead of watching TV or playing on the computer. THAT LIFESTYLE IS SO FOREIGN TO ME. And, really, if you were to throw me into that lifestyle right now I would probably be completely miserable, but it looks so wonderful on TV! Anyway, this drama was super cute (as are all of Yoon Eun Hye's dramas), and it's one of the few dramas that actually gives us a completely satisfying ending, so, I enjoyed it.

Also, I finished watching I am Sam for a third time. I JUST CAN'T STOP WATCHING IT. My favorite bits of it, anyway. I'm pretty sure that it really is my favorite romance ever, even though it isn't epic by any means and we never get a kiss. But guuuuuh, they are such adorably bickering soulmates that it is so damn beautiful when Jang finally admits to himself that his feelings for Eun Byul are of a romantic nature. I just love how completely lost he is without her, how his life falls apart and has no real meaning after they're kept apart the first time, and then the second time he is just depressed and going through the motions, trying to get used to living life without her (but then he runs away with her because he can't bear the thought of losing her for good and it's so utterly beautiful how they are still them, only slightly more intimate, allowing themselves the hand touches and them rough housing with each other in the water and him giving her a piggy back ride and them holding hands as they fall asleep and GUH, I LOVE THEM SO FREAKING MUCH). I still find the ending a little far-fetched though. These are two people who couldn't deal with one day of not seeing each other (and this was before they both realized that they were in love), so now I'm supposed to believe that they went FOUR YEARS without even contacting each other? Psh. But then again, he did wait for her for four years without really knowing if their love meant the same thing to her as it did to him, so... I guess that makes their romance kind of epic? Anyway, they are super adorable and their romance is full of bickering and manipulation and repressed emotions and inappropriateness, so, it's really not a surprise that I am so very addicted to Eun Byul/Teacher Jang.
firthgal: (skks - yong ha)
1. Finally got around to watching the latest ep of Vampire Diaries. HOLY CRAP. <--My reaction to every episode.

Spoilers )

2. Just watched ep 18 of Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and it was not nearly as tragic as I thought it would be, though the ending angered me greatly.

Spoilers )

Anywho, favorite moment:



Heeeeeeeeee. ♥

3. MERLIN. Fact: Merlin is 20 times more awesome whenever Gwaine shows up. CAN HE BE A REGULAR, PLEASE? Especially since he gives Merlin the love that Arthur never will. Merlin deserves to have a friend that actually appreciates him. While I've enjoyed Merlin/Lancelot in the past, it seemed like Lancelot's true loyalty lied with Arthur, so it's nice that Merlin gets to have a friend who is loyal to him and doesn't give a fig about Arthur. And is it just me, or did Gwaine look totally envious of Arthur in the end? Like he was depressed that he couldn't travel around with Merlin forever and ever while Arthur gets to have Merlin all to himself 24/7. No? Just me projecting, then? Okay. Seriously, you have no idea how much I wanted Merlin to turn around and follow Gwaine, but silly Merlin will always only have eyes for Arthur. This kind of kills my soul a little, because this season has pretty much stomped all over my OTPs for this show, and suddenly I find myself OTPing the heck out of Merlin/Gwaine even though Gwaine is just a recurring character. *sigh*

I haven't spoken much about this, but lately I am really not enjoying Arthur/Gwen. I didn't mind them when we only got a moment here and there, but now it's like every single episode has to shove in a reminder of their EPIC LOVE for each other and it's kind of annoying. Not so annoying that it will deter from my enjoyment of an episode, but just annoying enough that it makes me sigh wearily whenever they have a scene together. I think my main problem is that Arthur is the one that is supposed to be hopelessly in love with Gwen, and yet I simply don't feel it from his end. Not one bit. Their scenes just end up being awkward because of that. Angel is doing her best to sell it, but Bradley is just... not great at romance, apparently. He almost seems bored with it, you know? Or I guess I'm just projecting again, I don't know, but the dude who plays Lancelot manages to sell the crap out of the Lancelot/Gwen romance and they've only had two episodes of development, while Arthur and Gwen have had an entire season and a half of development and I am still not feeling it. I think I felt it more last season than I am this one. As for Arthur/Merlin, I am still loving their banter and unintentionally suggestive scenes, but I am bummed at how emotionally distant they seem to be, lately. Merlin used to be Arthur's best friend, his emotional other half, but now he's just... that smart-mouthed serving boy who occasionally has moments of useful insight. I MISS THEIR BROMANTIC LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. They still flirt like they've always done, but a lot of the emotion seems to be missing this season. Bah.

"Evil" Morgana is starting to get on my nerves. I wish they wouldn't make her so one-note. I don't get why she was allowed to be morally ambiguous when she was one of the good guys, but now that she is on the bad side she has to be eeeeeeeeeevil, smirky, I-want-to-kill-everyone-just-because-I-can Morgana. IT MAKES NO SENSE. Like, I get her need/want to kill Uther, I think that's deserved. But getting such pleasure out of the thought of killing Arthur? Her own brother who has done absolutely nothing awful to her whatsoever? Just... can't she at least be briefly troubled by the idea of killing Arthur? Can't she have a moment here and there to stop and remember that she used to love these people? Couldn't she be on Morgause's side but still be good at heart? I just hate that they've completely changed everything about what Morgana used to stand for. She had her idea of what a just world should be, and she did everything in her power to accomplish that. Why couldn't the show use this as her motivation in going against Camelot? Right now it just looks like a lust for power and a need to please Morgause. Augh, I hate what they've done to her. Luckily she wasn't in much of this ep, though, since it was all about Gwaine's love for Merlin.

4. Did anyone else catch that Daily Show/Colbert Report Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear? My oldest brother actually went to it and invited me to come along, but I didn't want to drive up there all on my own, so I didn't go (plus, I bet the Metro was super crowded and a total pain to ride today). I did manage to catch the last hour or so on Comedy Central though. It... wasn't that good, so I'm kind of happy that I declined the invitation. I did quite enjoy Stephen getting angry at Jon for wearing the same American flag pull over fleece sweater, though, and their song about who was more American. Also, I loved Jon's speech at the end of the show. I am not a big Jon Stewart fan (I'm a Colbert gal through and through), but when he's being serious and trying to get a non-partisan point across, he does it really well.

5. K-dramas I've watched over the past month:

Snow White - This one was so-so. Good for mindless entertainment, I suppose. No joke, I originally only watched this because the lead girl looked like she had a bit of an Ugly Betty thing happening, and I was like, "Hmm... wonder if that's true?" Well, it was nothing like Ugly Betty, but it was still a cute show. I was really, really enjoying it in the beginning, but then it started lagging in the middle and I just wanted to get to the end. I think the show made a huge mistake by making the best friend eventually fall in love with her, because it completely changed their dynamic and I was seriously missing the relationship that they had prior to that (plus, that guy was really likable and it was just sad to see him end up with no one). Also, it took me ages to figure out that the main guy was the same one from Tree of Heaven. He is so completely different in this that it just shocked me that it was the same guy. During the first episode I had a fleeting thought that it was him, but then I was like, "Nah, I only think that because I just watched Tree of Heaven." But, no, it was totally him. (speaking of Tree of Heaven, I still can't bring myself to go back to that show. I've watched the first three eps and just cannot take anymore of that heartbreak. But I want to know what happens! But it's so damn sad. But their love is epic! But it hurrrrrrts to watch that show. *sigh* I am not good with angsty melodramas, apparently) Anyway, Snow White was enjoyable, but nothing about it really stood out to me.

The Vineyard Man - I seem to enjoy Yoon Eun Hye's dramas without fail, and this was the only one [where she's the main star] that I hadn't watched, so I gave it a try. It was adorable, but not as good as good as Goong, Coffee Prince, or Take Care of the Young Lady. Actually, it might be on par with TCotYL, but I enjoyed the pacing of TCotYL much more than I did The Vineyard Man. It took two (or maybe three) episodes to get the characters to the vineyard, and then I got a little frustrated with how long it took the characters to get together, but the fact that it took them so long and contained so much pining kind of made the payoff so very good. Plus, I just really enjoyed the supporting characters on this show and the scenery was beautiful, and it really made me want to be a farmer even though I would be horrible at doing hard labor, especially in the dead of summer, but dramas like this always make me long to live in places where the entire neighborhood is like one big family, and people are actually outside conversing with each other for fun instead of watching TV or playing on the computer. THAT LIFESTYLE IS SO FOREIGN TO ME. And, really, if you were to throw me into that lifestyle right now I would probably be completely miserable, but it looks so wonderful on TV! Anyway, this drama was super cute (as are all of Yoon Eun Hye's dramas), and it's one of the few dramas that actually gives us a completely satisfying ending, so, I enjoyed it.

Also, I finished watching I am Sam for a third time. I JUST CAN'T STOP WATCHING IT. My favorite bits of it, anyway. I'm pretty sure that it really is my favorite romance ever, even though it isn't epic by any means and we never get a kiss. But guuuuuh, they are such adorably bickering soulmates that it is so damn beautiful when Jang finally admits to himself that his feelings for Eun Byul are of a romantic nature. I just love how completely lost he is without her, how his life falls apart and has no real meaning after they're kept apart the first time, and then the second time he is just depressed and going through the motions, trying to get used to living life without her (but then he runs away with her because he can't bear the thought of losing her for good and it's so utterly beautiful how they are still them, only slightly more intimate, allowing themselves the hand touches and them rough housing with each other in the water and him giving her a piggy back ride and them holding hands as they fall asleep and GUH, I LOVE THEM SO FREAKING MUCH). I still find the ending a little far-fetched though. These are two people who couldn't deal with one day of not seeing each other (and this was before they both realized that they were in love), so now I'm supposed to believe that they went FOUR YEARS without even contacting each other? Psh. But then again, he did wait for her for four years without really knowing if their love meant the same thing to her as it did to him, so... I guess that makes their romance kind of epic? Anyway, they are super adorable and their romance is full of bickering and manipulation and repressed emotions and inappropriateness, so, it's really not a surprise that I am so very addicted to Eun Byul/Teacher Jang.
firthgal: (true blood - bill)
ANDY'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME ASDHJKLFHJASDH;KLJ!!!! As if I couldn't love that boy more than I already do. Is it sad that I knew what his costume was long before the explanation? Also, JIM AND PAM AND THEIR DORKY SELVES. ♥ ♥ ♥ I have no idea what Kelly was (either time, though possibly the second costume was Katy Perry? Maybe?) Don't know what Ryan was either. And I love Michael for being my lame comedy soulmate, because he was FREAKING MACGRUBER, OMG I LOVE HIM. I am disappointed that he never said, "Let's go pound some Cunth," though. WHAT UP, MICHAEL SCOTT? Gabe was super adorable, but sadly not as epic as Dean Pelton's take on Lady Gaga. My favorite part of the ep, though? The cold open (especially the Kevin/Phyllis switch out). I LOVE YOU STANLEY THE MANLY.

Community was entertaining, but I think I'm starting to get tired of their high concept episodes. I did love that this one got to focus on Troy and Troy/Abed, and the surprise hookup that happened in this ep had me laughing like crazy, but I kind of hate how characterization seems to fly out the window this season (especially with this ep and the Apollo 13 ep). I don't know, I am just feeling a strange disconnect from the characters of Community this year, and that never once happened last year whether I liked the episode or not. Meh, that being said, this episode was really funny and well done, but once again it left me feeling an emotional disconnect from everyone except for Troy and Abed. Also, I am not a horror/monster movie fan, so I didn't understand any of the references at all (which probably explains why I didn't enjoy this one as much as Modern Warfare or Contemporary American Poultry). Heck, even with Modern Warfare I didn't particularly like what happened character-wise, but I felt that the show pulled off the action/apocalypse parody within its own universe so beautifully, whereas this ep felt a little less natural (same with Contemporary American Poultry vs the Apollo 13 ep, though with CAP I loved how it was both a parody episode and a great character/ensemble episode). Bah, in short, season 2 is still not doing much for me, though I still find this show 20 times funnier than most everything that's on TV right now. (seriously, if this show gets canceled because of the utter crap that is Outsourced, I will be so freaking angry. I've tried watching Outsourced, several times, but ugh, I cannot stand it one bit. Offensive, condescending to both its characters and the audience, and simply NOT FUNNY. Am I alone in this??? Because I really feel like I am. It's nice that the show brings some diversity to American television, but it sucks that the writing comes across as so very racist and NOT FUNNY)

The Big Bang Theory was pretty funny tonight. Especially Sheldon and his text-based computer game from the 1980s. &hearts &hearts &hearts Ha, actually, it so reminded me of when my oldest brother used to make us play Dungeons and Dragons with him and it was pretty much just really stupid stuff like:

Him: (in a ridiculously serious voice) You're walking in a cave and come to a door, what do you do?
Me: Uh... open it.
Him: You can't, it's locked!
Me: I find the key and open it.
Him: You can't find the key! There is no key!
Me: Okay, fine, I turn around and go back.
Him: You can't! All pathways are blocked except for the locked door!
Me: This is stupid.
Him: No it's not. You just don't have any imagination.
Me: *sigh* Alright, I cast a spell on the door and it opened.
Him: You can't do that! No spell can break its lock!
Me: I blew the door up with a spell.
Him: Can't do that!
Me: Why?
Him: Magic won't work on this door!
Me: OH MY GOD, I HATE THIS GAME, YOU ARE JUST MAKING STUFF UP. I'M LEAVING, NERD.
Him: It's not my fault that you aren't smart enough to figure out how to play this game.
Me: OH MY GOD, I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it went. To this day I still don't understand the basic rules of Dungeons and Dragons.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was pretty good tonight, too.

Spoilers. What? Spoilers? For this show? Oh yes. )
firthgal: (true blood - bill)
ANDY'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME ASDHJKLFHJASDH;KLJ!!!! As if I couldn't love that boy more than I already do. Is it sad that I knew what his costume was long before the explanation? Also, JIM AND PAM AND THEIR DORKY SELVES. ♥ ♥ ♥ I have no idea what Kelly was (either time, though possibly the second costume was Katy Perry? Maybe?) Don't know what Ryan was either. And I love Michael for being my lame comedy soulmate, because he was FREAKING MACGRUBER, OMG I LOVE HIM. I am disappointed that he never said, "Let's go pound some Cunth," though. WHAT UP, MICHAEL SCOTT? Gabe was super adorable, but sadly not as epic as Dean Pelton's take on Lady Gaga. My favorite part of the ep, though? The cold open (especially the Kevin/Phyllis switch out). I LOVE YOU STANLEY THE MANLY.

Community was entertaining, but I think I'm starting to get tired of their high concept episodes. I did love that this one got to focus on Troy and Troy/Abed, and the surprise hookup that happened in this ep had me laughing like crazy, but I kind of hate how characterization seems to fly out the window this season (especially with this ep and the Apollo 13 ep). I don't know, I am just feeling a strange disconnect from the characters of Community this year, and that never once happened last year whether I liked the episode or not. Meh, that being said, this episode was really funny and well done, but once again it left me feeling an emotional disconnect from everyone except for Troy and Abed. Also, I am not a horror/monster movie fan, so I didn't understand any of the references at all (which probably explains why I didn't enjoy this one as much as Modern Warfare or Contemporary American Poultry). Heck, even with Modern Warfare I didn't particularly like what happened character-wise, but I felt that the show pulled off the action/apocalypse parody within its own universe so beautifully, whereas this ep felt a little less natural (same with Contemporary American Poultry vs the Apollo 13 ep, though with CAP I loved how it was both a parody episode and a great character/ensemble episode). Bah, in short, season 2 is still not doing much for me, though I still find this show 20 times funnier than most everything that's on TV right now. (seriously, if this show gets canceled because of the utter crap that is Outsourced, I will be so freaking angry. I've tried watching Outsourced, several times, but ugh, I cannot stand it one bit. Offensive, condescending to both its characters and the audience, and simply NOT FUNNY. Am I alone in this??? Because I really feel like I am. It's nice that the show brings some diversity to American television, but it sucks that the writing comes across as so very racist and NOT FUNNY)

The Big Bang Theory was pretty funny tonight. Especially Sheldon and his text-based computer game from the 1980s. &hearts &hearts &hearts Ha, actually, it so reminded me of when my oldest brother used to make us play Dungeons and Dragons with him and it was pretty much just really stupid stuff like:

Him: (in a ridiculously serious voice) You're walking in a cave and come to a door, what do you do?
Me: Uh... open it.
Him: You can't, it's locked!
Me: I find the key and open it.
Him: You can't find the key! There is no key!
Me: Okay, fine, I turn around and go back.
Him: You can't! All pathways are blocked except for the locked door!
Me: This is stupid.
Him: No it's not. You just don't have any imagination.
Me: *sigh* Alright, I cast a spell on the door and it opened.
Him: You can't do that! No spell can break its lock!
Me: I blew the door up with a spell.
Him: Can't do that!
Me: Why?
Him: Magic won't work on this door!
Me: OH MY GOD, I HATE THIS GAME, YOU ARE JUST MAKING STUFF UP. I'M LEAVING, NERD.
Him: It's not my fault that you aren't smart enough to figure out how to play this game.
Me: OH MY GOD, I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it went. To this day I still don't understand the basic rules of Dungeons and Dragons.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was pretty good tonight, too.

Spoilers. What? Spoilers? For this show? Oh yes. )
firthgal: (vampire diaries - damon's lovely torso)
Question. Why is it so damn hard to find OT3 icons of Stefan/Elena/Damon? Heck, just finding good Stefan and Stefan/Elena icons is wicked hard. Clearly the fandom preference is Damon/Elena (but the Damon/Elena comm really seems to hate Stefan, and just... I wouldn't be able to take that, so I didn't join, though I may crack soon if I want to read Damon/Elena fic). I only have three eps left of Vampire Diaries, by the way. *cries* This show is so fantastically good that I cannot quite believe it. Every episode is like one big thrill ride and I cannot get enough. I like that it goes for more of a horror/thriller style than a comedy style, gives it a very different feel from shows like Buffy and True Blood (though it still has its fair share of comedy, which is lovely), and the execution of the plot is beyond amazing (I am so not used to that with vampire shows). The further into the show I get, the more I OT3 the heck out of Stefan, Elena, and Damon. I just can't see how you can ship one without the other, it just can't be done (or, it can, judging from the very insistent Damon/Elena comm), but, you know, Elena can't be in a relationship with Stefan without Damon being boyfriendly with her too, and, well, Elena isn't crazy enough to go off and have a relationship with Damon and completely forget about Stefan. Just not going to happen (and, despite Damon's careless demeanor, he really can't live without his baby brother). I must say though that the later eps of season 1 have me really falling for Damon/Elena. I think the moment that sold me was Damon looking into Elena's eyes and desperately telling her that he couldn't protect her and rescue Stefan if she went in with him, and he did this little hair stroke that seemed to comfort her, and it was beautiful and amazing and so very human and even Saltzman could see that Damon has very real feelings for Elena. And as if that wasn't enough, they made me positively swoon during their dance at the Miss Mystic Falls thingy, so, yeah, I'm sold on them, definitely. I wasn't sure if I could be swayed for awhile there since Damon was so genuinely in love with Katherine (which made me think he only had a superficial interest in Elena), but after the tomb episode, it became clear that Damon really does have this weird, trusting relationship with her where she truly has become important to him, and somehow it seems so natural that Elena seems equally protective over Damon even though she knows he kills people without a second thought. So, definitely an interesting relationship there. And clearly Elena's love is with Stefan, but she's got this whole other thing with Damon that is becoming as equally intense and somehow he's been more dependable for her than Stefan has, which is just insanity. I don't know, I don't know. I guess I lean more towards Elena/Damon shipping-wise, but at the same time, Stefan and Elena have that epic love thing happening for them, and unlike most vampire love stories, this one is actually kind of healthy? Or at least it was until Stefan got addicted to human blood again... I don't know. OT3 FOREVER, BECAUSE I SIMPLY CANNOT CHOOSE. And because Damon and Stefan's relationship is quite epic in its own right, therefore it cannot just be pushed aside in the name of romance. OT3!

Anywho, it's kind of interesting how this fandom and the True Blood fandom are so very against the broody reformed vampire (and even the Buffy fandom is to an extent, though Angel is far more popular than Bill and Stefan, but the Buffy generation seems to have convinced the younger generation that it's cool to fall for the ridiculously violent yet charmingly snarky badboy vampires while it's just so totally lame to like the broody ones. Because UGH, who wants to be around a buzz kill like that, am I right? And yet millions and millions of young girls cream their pants over Edward Cullen, the lamest of the lame broody vampires. Had there been an Eric or a Damon or a Spike in that series, Edward would be far less popular than he is. His only competition (from my understanding) is that Jacob werewolf fellow, who seems as equally lame as Edward is, so I'm not surprised that they seem to have an equal amount of fans). But... yeah, in the case of Vampire Diaries, I have so totally fallen for the ridiculously violent snarky badboy vampire, but only because he is utterly delightful and beautiful beyond words. Lookswise, Stefan just doesn't appeal to me, so... that might be part of it. Shallowness prevails! But I still ♥ Stefan and his (mostly) steadfast determination to live without hurting any humans. He tries so hard, and he's all gentlemanly and sweet and lovely and understanding, but he's also got this serious badass in him that he keeps hidden away and I freaking love him. But Damon... oh do I love Damon and his wicked, wicked ways. But I think what really makes Damon a sympathetic character is that we get these tiny glimpses into his humanity, and he's so... fragile when he actually feels things. Guh, I love him.

I am in love with The Vampire Diaries, is what I'm trying to say.

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?

I think this one goes to House/Cuddy. No matter how hard I've tried in the past to see its appeal, I just don't get it. My f-list loves them, and, you know, on paper they are pretty much everything I love in a ship, but I just don't feel the chemistry at all, and more often than not their behavior towards each other offends me rather than excites me. For many seasons I saw nothing there but House wanting to get into her pants and being obscene about it, and Cuddy very intelligently refusing his advances, but somewhere along the way Cuddy got giggly over him and House suddenly had deep-seated emotions for her and the shoddy writing just made me want to puke. I just... I DON'T GET IT. I've tried so hard, I've read my f-list's lovely picspams and manifestos and what have you, I've watched their vids, and yet... House/Cuddy still fails to make sense to me. I think it will forever fail, mostly because the show has tried to make them out as the epic love story but had to retcon the first two seasons in order to do it, and when shows do that, it never sits well with me. But I think it mainly comes down to chemistry, and chemistry is such a subjective thing that I can't say that they don't have it, it's just that they lack the chemistry that appeals to me.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )

The 30 Day Community Meme
Day 07 - Least favorite episode

1x22 - The Art of Discourse

To begin with, Jeff/Britta and Pierce/Shirley are my least favorite team-ups on this show, and this ep focused heavily on both. Secondly, even the Troy/Abed stuff fell flat for me, and that never happens, so, that bummed me out. Mostly though, I abhorred that stupid duh-off scene in the cafeteria. Hated it with a burning passion, worst thing this show has ever done. Just... ugh, I really hated this ep. It was very disjointed and the jokes were tiring and it didn't have enough ensemble scenes. This show just doesn't work right if you split up the ensemble like that. Worst offense of all? There was barely any Annie. So, two thumbs down to this stinking episode.

next up on the curriculum... )

Another meme! I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay

If you’ve been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.

What song are you currently addicted to?



Which, naturally, reminds me of Jeff/Annie, because I am currently obsessed with them. No, but really, I have had this master plan for awhile now to make a Jeff/Annie drabble fanmix (you know, where you write a drabble for each song on the fanmix), and this idea was mostly perpetuated by this song, but, you know, I fail at following through with things, so I doubt that said drabble fanmix will ever be completed, but one can dream, right? (pfft, no one would like my mix anyway since I would stubbornly make it mostly country songs)

What's your favourite season?

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firthgal: (vampire diaries - damon's lovely torso)
Question. Why is it so damn hard to find OT3 icons of Stefan/Elena/Damon? Heck, just finding good Stefan and Stefan/Elena icons is wicked hard. Clearly the fandom preference is Damon/Elena (but the Damon/Elena comm really seems to hate Stefan, and just... I wouldn't be able to take that, so I didn't join, though I may crack soon if I want to read Damon/Elena fic). I only have three eps left of Vampire Diaries, by the way. *cries* This show is so fantastically good that I cannot quite believe it. Every episode is like one big thrill ride and I cannot get enough. I like that it goes for more of a horror/thriller style than a comedy style, gives it a very different feel from shows like Buffy and True Blood (though it still has its fair share of comedy, which is lovely), and the execution of the plot is beyond amazing (I am so not used to that with vampire shows). The further into the show I get, the more I OT3 the heck out of Stefan, Elena, and Damon. I just can't see how you can ship one without the other, it just can't be done (or, it can, judging from the very insistent Damon/Elena comm), but, you know, Elena can't be in a relationship with Stefan without Damon being boyfriendly with her too, and, well, Elena isn't crazy enough to go off and have a relationship with Damon and completely forget about Stefan. Just not going to happen (and, despite Damon's careless demeanor, he really can't live without his baby brother). I must say though that the later eps of season 1 have me really falling for Damon/Elena. I think the moment that sold me was Damon looking into Elena's eyes and desperately telling her that he couldn't protect her and rescue Stefan if she went in with him, and he did this little hair stroke that seemed to comfort her, and it was beautiful and amazing and so very human and even Saltzman could see that Damon has very real feelings for Elena. And as if that wasn't enough, they made me positively swoon during their dance at the Miss Mystic Falls thingy, so, yeah, I'm sold on them, definitely. I wasn't sure if I could be swayed for awhile there since Damon was so genuinely in love with Katherine (which made me think he only had a superficial interest in Elena), but after the tomb episode, it became clear that Damon really does have this weird, trusting relationship with her where she truly has become important to him, and somehow it seems so natural that Elena seems equally protective over Damon even though she knows he kills people without a second thought. So, definitely an interesting relationship there. And clearly Elena's love is with Stefan, but she's got this whole other thing with Damon that is becoming as equally intense and somehow he's been more dependable for her than Stefan has, which is just insanity. I don't know, I don't know. I guess I lean more towards Elena/Damon shipping-wise, but at the same time, Stefan and Elena have that epic love thing happening for them, and unlike most vampire love stories, this one is actually kind of healthy? Or at least it was until Stefan got addicted to human blood again... I don't know. OT3 FOREVER, BECAUSE I SIMPLY CANNOT CHOOSE. And because Damon and Stefan's relationship is quite epic in its own right, therefore it cannot just be pushed aside in the name of romance. OT3!

Anywho, it's kind of interesting how this fandom and the True Blood fandom are so very against the broody reformed vampire (and even the Buffy fandom is to an extent, though Angel is far more popular than Bill and Stefan, but the Buffy generation seems to have convinced the younger generation that it's cool to fall for the ridiculously violent yet charmingly snarky badboy vampires while it's just so totally lame to like the broody ones. Because UGH, who wants to be around a buzz kill like that, am I right? And yet millions and millions of young girls cream their pants over Edward Cullen, the lamest of the lame broody vampires. Had there been an Eric or a Damon or a Spike in that series, Edward would be far less popular than he is. His only competition (from my understanding) is that Jacob werewolf fellow, who seems as equally lame as Edward is, so I'm not surprised that they seem to have an equal amount of fans). But... yeah, in the case of Vampire Diaries, I have so totally fallen for the ridiculously violent snarky badboy vampire, but only because he is utterly delightful and beautiful beyond words. Lookswise, Stefan just doesn't appeal to me, so... that might be part of it. Shallowness prevails! But I still ♥ Stefan and his (mostly) steadfast determination to live without hurting any humans. He tries so hard, and he's all gentlemanly and sweet and lovely and understanding, but he's also got this serious badass in him that he keeps hidden away and I freaking love him. But Damon... oh do I love Damon and his wicked, wicked ways. But I think what really makes Damon a sympathetic character is that we get these tiny glimpses into his humanity, and he's so... fragile when he actually feels things. Guh, I love him.

I am in love with The Vampire Diaries, is what I'm trying to say.

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?

I think this one goes to House/Cuddy. No matter how hard I've tried in the past to see its appeal, I just don't get it. My f-list loves them, and, you know, on paper they are pretty much everything I love in a ship, but I just don't feel the chemistry at all, and more often than not their behavior towards each other offends me rather than excites me. For many seasons I saw nothing there but House wanting to get into her pants and being obscene about it, and Cuddy very intelligently refusing his advances, but somewhere along the way Cuddy got giggly over him and House suddenly had deep-seated emotions for her and the shoddy writing just made me want to puke. I just... I DON'T GET IT. I've tried so hard, I've read my f-list's lovely picspams and manifestos and what have you, I've watched their vids, and yet... House/Cuddy still fails to make sense to me. I think it will forever fail, mostly because the show has tried to make them out as the epic love story but had to retcon the first two seasons in order to do it, and when shows do that, it never sits well with me. But I think it mainly comes down to chemistry, and chemistry is such a subjective thing that I can't say that they don't have it, it's just that they lack the chemistry that appeals to me.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )

The 30 Day Community Meme
Day 07 - Least favorite episode

1x22 - The Art of Discourse

To begin with, Jeff/Britta and Pierce/Shirley are my least favorite team-ups on this show, and this ep focused heavily on both. Secondly, even the Troy/Abed stuff fell flat for me, and that never happens, so, that bummed me out. Mostly though, I abhorred that stupid duh-off scene in the cafeteria. Hated it with a burning passion, worst thing this show has ever done. Just... ugh, I really hated this ep. It was very disjointed and the jokes were tiring and it didn't have enough ensemble scenes. This show just doesn't work right if you split up the ensemble like that. Worst offense of all? There was barely any Annie. So, two thumbs down to this stinking episode.

next up on the curriculum... )

Another meme! I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay

If you’ve been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.

What song are you currently addicted to?



Which, naturally, reminds me of Jeff/Annie, because I am currently obsessed with them. No, but really, I have had this master plan for awhile now to make a Jeff/Annie drabble fanmix (you know, where you write a drabble for each song on the fanmix), and this idea was mostly perpetuated by this song, but, you know, I fail at following through with things, so I doubt that said drabble fanmix will ever be completed, but one can dream, right? (pfft, no one would like my mix anyway since I would stubbornly make it mostly country songs)

What's your favourite season?

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firthgal: (daniel betty - the end)
Whose brilliant idea was it to send the kids back to school in the beginning of August? WHO WAS IT? BECAUSE I KIND OF WANT TO STRANGLE THEM RIGHT NOW. OMG, August is our hottest summer month, and of course this is the hottest summer in recorded history, and of course this is the year that they choose to send the kids back so extremely early, and OMG WHAT IS THE SCHOOL BOARD SMOKING? AUGH. I was sweating buckets today just waiting for my nephew at his bus stop. Just imagine how much worse it is for the kids stuck on that non-air-conditioned bus.

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?

Honestly, I'd have to say that my cutest ship is Ron/Leslie from Parks & Rec. They are just so adorable and fluffy and they never fail to have the sweetest feel-good moments of anyone ever. They just make me smile like a loon, always.



DO YOU SEE THEIR ADORABLENESS? I love that they genuinely care about each other even though they're just co-workers. These are two people who will do anything it takes to protect each other, to make each other happy, to do what's best for the other person. They've both made sacrifices for each other on several occasions, they've both grown as people for having known each other, they eat breakfast together for dinner, they tease each other, they nag each other, she packs him bacon for long trips, and... THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING AT EACH OTHER LOVINGLY. I'M SORRY, BUT THEY'RE ADORABLE. Leslie manages to turn Ron Freaking Swanson into one of the sappiest dudes in existence, so, you know, I can't resist them. I just can't.

Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?

There are several, but I think I'll go with Daniel/Betty from Ugly Betty for this one, because I was pretty much shipping them simply from reading the premise of the show. And after watching the pilot, I just thought that it was a given that Betty and Daniel were supposed to end up together, because 1) they were the focus of the show (at that time), 2) they were super adorable, and 3) they brought about the most character growth in each other than anyone else did (which pretty much stayed true throughout the run of the series).



Even when the show was awful, even when Daniel and Betty were relegated to having less than a few throwaway scenes here and there and nothing more, even when Silvio Horta said it would never happen, even when I convinced myself that it would never happen, I was still rooting for them. I was still watching the show purely for them, and even though we didn't get the great payoff that we should have gotten there, at least we got something. Daniel/Betty will always be special for me precisely because I was with them from the very beginning and stuck it out all the way to the end, no matter how rocky the journey was (there were several times where I just wanted to throw in the towel, but they kept pulling me back in).

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (daniel betty - the end)
Whose brilliant idea was it to send the kids back to school in the beginning of August? WHO WAS IT? BECAUSE I KIND OF WANT TO STRANGLE THEM RIGHT NOW. OMG, August is our hottest summer month, and of course this is the hottest summer in recorded history, and of course this is the year that they choose to send the kids back so extremely early, and OMG WHAT IS THE SCHOOL BOARD SMOKING? AUGH. I was sweating buckets today just waiting for my nephew at his bus stop. Just imagine how much worse it is for the kids stuck on that non-air-conditioned bus.

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?

Honestly, I'd have to say that my cutest ship is Ron/Leslie from Parks & Rec. They are just so adorable and fluffy and they never fail to have the sweetest feel-good moments of anyone ever. They just make me smile like a loon, always.



DO YOU SEE THEIR ADORABLENESS? I love that they genuinely care about each other even though they're just co-workers. These are two people who will do anything it takes to protect each other, to make each other happy, to do what's best for the other person. They've both made sacrifices for each other on several occasions, they've both grown as people for having known each other, they eat breakfast together for dinner, they tease each other, they nag each other, she packs him bacon for long trips, and... THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING AT EACH OTHER LOVINGLY. I'M SORRY, BUT THEY'RE ADORABLE. Leslie manages to turn Ron Freaking Swanson into one of the sappiest dudes in existence, so, you know, I can't resist them. I just can't.

Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?

There are several, but I think I'll go with Daniel/Betty from Ugly Betty for this one, because I was pretty much shipping them simply from reading the premise of the show. And after watching the pilot, I just thought that it was a given that Betty and Daniel were supposed to end up together, because 1) they were the focus of the show (at that time), 2) they were super adorable, and 3) they brought about the most character growth in each other than anyone else did (which pretty much stayed true throughout the run of the series).



Even when the show was awful, even when Daniel and Betty were relegated to having less than a few throwaway scenes here and there and nothing more, even when Silvio Horta said it would never happen, even when I convinced myself that it would never happen, I was still rooting for them. I was still watching the show purely for them, and even though we didn't get the great payoff that we should have gotten there, at least we got something. Daniel/Betty will always be special for me precisely because I was with them from the very beginning and stuck it out all the way to the end, no matter how rocky the journey was (there were several times where I just wanted to throw in the towel, but they kept pulling me back in).

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (true blood - bill sookie)
So, you know those two escaped convicts that they keep showing on the news? My dad can't keep from giggling every time they say, "It is believed that [insert woman's name], the cousin and fiance of [insert convict's name], aided in his escape." I'll admit it, I too laugh every time. Oh, incest! How hilarious! *sigh*

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life movie pairing?

I pretty much covered my favorite real life ship on Day 10, and this meme shamefully neglects films, so, it had to be changed! Now, my favorite movie pairing. I think I'll go with the one that has pretty much been the basis of my entire shipping history:



Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. This is probably my favorite scene in the entire film. This is the closest they ever get to pouring their hearts out to each other and they can't even do this without fighting. Henry is so friggin' emotionally stunted that he simply can't just admit that Eliza means something to him (beyond her being his plaything). Eliza is finally standing up to him and trying to express what she feels for him, and it's clumsy and defensive and not romantic in the least, but that's kind of their thing, and Henry just... he plays with her head, but at the same time, he is being genuine through a lot of this scene, and it's those genuine moments that have always won Eliza over, but she's not falling for it this time! No sir! And this breaks his heart, because he's terribly lost without her and he doesn't even know how it happened. I so, so love how he immediately calls his mother after Eliza leaves him and he sounds like a confused child as he says, "She's gone." And of course this scene is followed up with the "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face" scene, where he's storming back to his house and is mad jealous of Freddy and wishes Eliza and Freddy nothing but misery, and he switches between this fantasy and realizing that his own life without Eliza will be empty and meaningless, and even though the song itself is not the most romantic sentiment in the world, it's huge for Henry. That he let this woman get under his skin, that he suddenly depends on someone else to make his life complete, this baffles and scares him, but he's finally come to accept it. And the first thing he does when he goes into his (very empty even though he has a billion servants) house? He turns on the recording of Eliza's voice and listens to it with a fond/sorrowful smile. AND THEN ELIZA SHOWS UP. AND HE TELLS HER TO GET HIS SLIPPERS. And in Henry speak this means, "I love you, never leave me again," and it somehow ends up being the sweetest ending ever, even though it's kind of not, BUT IT TOTALLY IS.

Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?

At one point in time, Betty/Henry from Ugly Betty was the bane of my existence. They just... ugh, they bugged the crap out of me with their syrupy sweetness and manufactured angst. I just couldn't take it anymore. It's not that they didn't have chemistry, because out of the plethora of love interests that Betty had, Henry was the only one where I ever felt any real chemistry between the actors (besides Daniel/Betty, of course, which was a different kind of chemistry, one that I liked, you see). But yeah, Betty/Henry was responsible for making me kind of hate Ugly Betty. But you know what? The show went on to do things that were 20 times worse than Betty/Henry, and somewhere along the way I completely forgave that ship and had even longed for the days when Betty/Henry was still a thing.

The only other ships that I have despised as equally are Shawn/Juliet from Psych and Paul/Echo from Dollhouse. They both elicit misery and nausea from me. I utterly hate what the Shawn/Juliet romance did to both of those characters. They just bring out the worst in each other and I hate that, especially since they are both pretty awesome characters when they're not angsting over each other (thank god the current season seems to have drifted away from them for a bit). Paul/Echo was just UGH. Ugh ugh UGH. They still make me shudder with their UGHness.

Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?

I'm going to say Bill/Sookie from True Blood, because originally I never really thought that I'd love them, but then somewhere along the way they stole my heart. It's just your typical Lady That all the Dudes Want to Screw/Broody Vampire pairing that seems to be all the rage these days (and is quite reminiscent of Buffy/Angel), but there's just something about these two that draws me in. I can roll my eyes at them and balk at their lunacy and giggle at their ridiculousness and still somehow take them seriously, possibly because the show acknowledges that their romance is rather creepy. What really won me over though is how Sookie can always manage to get Bill into a flustered, perplexed anger that is just so not intimidating that it's freaking hilarious (and Sookie finds him totally adorable when he's in this state, as do I). But beyond that, Sookie fights tooth and nail for her love for Bill. She will go to the ends of the earth to save him, she will risk her life like an idiot to find him even when he tells her it's over, she'll knock some sense into him whenever he tries to tell her he's not good for her, and she'll forgive him even when he comes thisclose to killing her (which, yes, is insane, but it was part of her doing anything it takes to save him). As for Bill, he loves her forever and always. Even when he tries to push the love away, he simply can't. She's a part of him and he'll always be listening for her, watching out for her, wanting to be near her, wishing he could give her a normal life. She's his reason for living. Er... I mean... she's his reason for undeading? I don't know. But anyway, I just love his intensity and his seemingly noble intentions (even though, you know, his intentions may not be so noble after all. But heck, even if he's had ulterior motives this entire time, I still believe that he truly fell in love with her. DON'T PROVE ME WRONG, SHOW).



ALSO, THEY'RE KIND OF PRETTY.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (true blood - bill sookie)
So, you know those two escaped convicts that they keep showing on the news? My dad can't keep from giggling every time they say, "It is believed that [insert woman's name], the cousin and fiance of [insert convict's name], aided in his escape." I'll admit it, I too laugh every time. Oh, incest! How hilarious! *sigh*

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life movie pairing?

I pretty much covered my favorite real life ship on Day 10, and this meme shamefully neglects films, so, it had to be changed! Now, my favorite movie pairing. I think I'll go with the one that has pretty much been the basis of my entire shipping history:



Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. This is probably my favorite scene in the entire film. This is the closest they ever get to pouring their hearts out to each other and they can't even do this without fighting. Henry is so friggin' emotionally stunted that he simply can't just admit that Eliza means something to him (beyond her being his plaything). Eliza is finally standing up to him and trying to express what she feels for him, and it's clumsy and defensive and not romantic in the least, but that's kind of their thing, and Henry just... he plays with her head, but at the same time, he is being genuine through a lot of this scene, and it's those genuine moments that have always won Eliza over, but she's not falling for it this time! No sir! And this breaks his heart, because he's terribly lost without her and he doesn't even know how it happened. I so, so love how he immediately calls his mother after Eliza leaves him and he sounds like a confused child as he says, "She's gone." And of course this scene is followed up with the "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face" scene, where he's storming back to his house and is mad jealous of Freddy and wishes Eliza and Freddy nothing but misery, and he switches between this fantasy and realizing that his own life without Eliza will be empty and meaningless, and even though the song itself is not the most romantic sentiment in the world, it's huge for Henry. That he let this woman get under his skin, that he suddenly depends on someone else to make his life complete, this baffles and scares him, but he's finally come to accept it. And the first thing he does when he goes into his (very empty even though he has a billion servants) house? He turns on the recording of Eliza's voice and listens to it with a fond/sorrowful smile. AND THEN ELIZA SHOWS UP. AND HE TELLS HER TO GET HIS SLIPPERS. And in Henry speak this means, "I love you, never leave me again," and it somehow ends up being the sweetest ending ever, even though it's kind of not, BUT IT TOTALLY IS.

Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?

At one point in time, Betty/Henry from Ugly Betty was the bane of my existence. They just... ugh, they bugged the crap out of me with their syrupy sweetness and manufactured angst. I just couldn't take it anymore. It's not that they didn't have chemistry, because out of the plethora of love interests that Betty had, Henry was the only one where I ever felt any real chemistry between the actors (besides Daniel/Betty, of course, which was a different kind of chemistry, one that I liked, you see). But yeah, Betty/Henry was responsible for making me kind of hate Ugly Betty. But you know what? The show went on to do things that were 20 times worse than Betty/Henry, and somewhere along the way I completely forgave that ship and had even longed for the days when Betty/Henry was still a thing.

The only other ships that I have despised as equally are Shawn/Juliet from Psych and Paul/Echo from Dollhouse. They both elicit misery and nausea from me. I utterly hate what the Shawn/Juliet romance did to both of those characters. They just bring out the worst in each other and I hate that, especially since they are both pretty awesome characters when they're not angsting over each other (thank god the current season seems to have drifted away from them for a bit). Paul/Echo was just UGH. Ugh ugh UGH. They still make me shudder with their UGHness.

Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?

I'm going to say Bill/Sookie from True Blood, because originally I never really thought that I'd love them, but then somewhere along the way they stole my heart. It's just your typical Lady That all the Dudes Want to Screw/Broody Vampire pairing that seems to be all the rage these days (and is quite reminiscent of Buffy/Angel), but there's just something about these two that draws me in. I can roll my eyes at them and balk at their lunacy and giggle at their ridiculousness and still somehow take them seriously, possibly because the show acknowledges that their romance is rather creepy. What really won me over though is how Sookie can always manage to get Bill into a flustered, perplexed anger that is just so not intimidating that it's freaking hilarious (and Sookie finds him totally adorable when he's in this state, as do I). But beyond that, Sookie fights tooth and nail for her love for Bill. She will go to the ends of the earth to save him, she will risk her life like an idiot to find him even when he tells her it's over, she'll knock some sense into him whenever he tries to tell her he's not good for her, and she'll forgive him even when he comes thisclose to killing her (which, yes, is insane, but it was part of her doing anything it takes to save him). As for Bill, he loves her forever and always. Even when he tries to push the love away, he simply can't. She's a part of him and he'll always be listening for her, watching out for her, wanting to be near her, wishing he could give her a normal life. She's his reason for living. Er... I mean... she's his reason for undeading? I don't know. But anyway, I just love his intensity and his seemingly noble intentions (even though, you know, his intentions may not be so noble after all. But heck, even if he's had ulterior motives this entire time, I still believe that he truly fell in love with her. DON'T PROVE ME WRONG, SHOW).



ALSO, THEY'RE KIND OF PRETTY.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )

BACON!

Aug. 6th, 2010 10:12 pm
firthgal: (comm - annie badass)
1. I love my parents. Why, you ask? Well, because 1) they're awesome (but shhhh, don't tell them I said that!), 2) they're unintentionally hilarious (which they pride themselves on, I think), and 3) they take me along with them to fancy-ass restaurants and treat me to a little class when they really don't have to. HOW MANY PARENTS DO THAT? I don't know, but I ♥ them. I also ♥ my insanely expensive rack of lamb (which consisted of three little bones. Rack my foot, but ooooooooh was it good! As was my risotto, which was my first course. And the wine was good too. AND I HAD CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON FOR DESSERT! Well, it was part of my dessert anyway, and it's been my dream for a long, long time to try chocolate covered bacon, because it's my two favorite things all in one package, AND OMG, MY MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN. I loved it. Loved it! They also served it with part of a chocolate waffle and some vanilla ice cream, which... meh, I would have just preferred a whole plate of bacon. Heart attack waiting to happen, yes, but wouldn't it be a great way to go? Death by bacon, mmmmmm).

2. I am ridiculous. Why, you ask? Well, because 1) I am making a Jeff/Annie fanvid set to "Something There" from Beauty and the Beast for a person on [livejournal.com profile] milady_milord and I am having way too much fun making it (though I am depressed that I have no clue how to get a pretty Disney-like filter on there, or, you know, something that would make the video more vibrant in color to give it that Disney feel. But oh well, hopefully this person will be satisfied with a fairly simple yet kind of ironic use of clips sort of vid), and 2) I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] schmoop_bingo even though I haven't written a real fic in forever. Though, that was pretty much my reasoning for it. I need something to push me into writing again, because I really miss it, and I've been a little stressed lately with all my job searching (and rejection), and fic has always been my escape from that kind of stuff (no matter how awful the fic is). So, here's hoping I get some schmoop written! I suspect I'll write all the kid/baby fic prompts first, because I am lame like that (it amuses me to no end that most people were like, "Ick! Baby fic prompts, get those away from me!" whereas I'm all, "Hell to the yeah! BABIES!!!" Anyway, here's my bingo card:

That's a BINGO! )

3. I love my f-list. Just thought you should know.

4. BABIES! I LOVES 'EM!

5. This fanvid is quite superb:



Oh, Jeff/Annie shippers, NEVER STOP BEING AWESOME!

6. Meme!

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?

That would be Inspector William Monk and Hester Latterly from Anne Perry's Inspector Monk series. They are absolutely everything that attracts me to a ship. Bickering of the highest caliber, this subtle air of unrequitedness (mostly on Hester's side, but then much later in the series Monk starts pining for Hester big time), JEALOUSY, perplexed attraction, repressed emotions, begrudging respect, getting to the point where they seek out each other's opinion on every little detail of anything (which inevitably leads to hurt feelings because they are both terribly blunt characters who are also pretty sensitive), thinking about each other when they're with other people, LOVE TRIANGLE (which, I will not lie, I tend to picture Monk as whatever celebrity I'm currently into (though more often than not he's played by Colin Firth in my head), while Rathbone is either Hugh Grant or James Spader), age gap (though Monk actually thinks of Hester as an old maid even though she's more than ten years younger than him), kickass female heroine who is just as deeply flawed as the hero (and who is just as important to saving the day as Monk is), and basically, when you get down to it, even though she's a nurse and he's a detective, they're partners through and through. Monk is a better detective with Hester by his side, and Hester receives the excitement and job fulfillment that she's always looked for in the past whenever she helps Monk. And, really, sometimes it feels like Hester is actually the one doing all the dirty work, because she's the one that gets close to the family that's being investigated and she takes risks to get information that Monk repeatedly tells her not to, and she's the one that looks beyond evidence and delves into people's humanity (or non-humanity, as the case may be), and Monk needs this. He needs her for all of that, and he's impressed by her for all of that, and he's proud to call himself her friend for all of that, and even though she bugs the bejesus out of him, he falls madly, deeply in love with her for all of that. She is the exact opposite of everything that he's always thought he's wanted in a woman, and yet no other woman can quite measure up to her for him. She's opinionated and brash and plain-looking and old (in his mind), but throughout the course of the series, he comes to love these aspects about her. He loves that she seems to understand him on a level that no one else can, he loves that he can discuss things with her that he can't with anyone else, he loves that she's awesome in every way, and Hester loves him for pretty much the same reasons (though, technically, Monk is not quite as awesome as Hester is in my eyes).

Next time on firthgal's journal... )

BACON!

Aug. 6th, 2010 10:12 pm
firthgal: (comm - annie badass)
1. I love my parents. Why, you ask? Well, because 1) they're awesome (but shhhh, don't tell them I said that!), 2) they're unintentionally hilarious (which they pride themselves on, I think), and 3) they take me along with them to fancy-ass restaurants and treat me to a little class when they really don't have to. HOW MANY PARENTS DO THAT? I don't know, but I ♥ them. I also ♥ my insanely expensive rack of lamb (which consisted of three little bones. Rack my foot, but ooooooooh was it good! As was my risotto, which was my first course. And the wine was good too. AND I HAD CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON FOR DESSERT! Well, it was part of my dessert anyway, and it's been my dream for a long, long time to try chocolate covered bacon, because it's my two favorite things all in one package, AND OMG, MY MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN. I loved it. Loved it! They also served it with part of a chocolate waffle and some vanilla ice cream, which... meh, I would have just preferred a whole plate of bacon. Heart attack waiting to happen, yes, but wouldn't it be a great way to go? Death by bacon, mmmmmm).

2. I am ridiculous. Why, you ask? Well, because 1) I am making a Jeff/Annie fanvid set to "Something There" from Beauty and the Beast for a person on [livejournal.com profile] milady_milord and I am having way too much fun making it (though I am depressed that I have no clue how to get a pretty Disney-like filter on there, or, you know, something that would make the video more vibrant in color to give it that Disney feel. But oh well, hopefully this person will be satisfied with a fairly simple yet kind of ironic use of clips sort of vid), and 2) I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] schmoop_bingo even though I haven't written a real fic in forever. Though, that was pretty much my reasoning for it. I need something to push me into writing again, because I really miss it, and I've been a little stressed lately with all my job searching (and rejection), and fic has always been my escape from that kind of stuff (no matter how awful the fic is). So, here's hoping I get some schmoop written! I suspect I'll write all the kid/baby fic prompts first, because I am lame like that (it amuses me to no end that most people were like, "Ick! Baby fic prompts, get those away from me!" whereas I'm all, "Hell to the yeah! BABIES!!!" Anyway, here's my bingo card:

That's a BINGO! )

3. I love my f-list. Just thought you should know.

4. BABIES! I LOVES 'EM!

5. This fanvid is quite superb:



Oh, Jeff/Annie shippers, NEVER STOP BEING AWESOME!

6. Meme!

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?

That would be Inspector William Monk and Hester Latterly from Anne Perry's Inspector Monk series. They are absolutely everything that attracts me to a ship. Bickering of the highest caliber, this subtle air of unrequitedness (mostly on Hester's side, but then much later in the series Monk starts pining for Hester big time), JEALOUSY, perplexed attraction, repressed emotions, begrudging respect, getting to the point where they seek out each other's opinion on every little detail of anything (which inevitably leads to hurt feelings because they are both terribly blunt characters who are also pretty sensitive), thinking about each other when they're with other people, LOVE TRIANGLE (which, I will not lie, I tend to picture Monk as whatever celebrity I'm currently into (though more often than not he's played by Colin Firth in my head), while Rathbone is either Hugh Grant or James Spader), age gap (though Monk actually thinks of Hester as an old maid even though she's more than ten years younger than him), kickass female heroine who is just as deeply flawed as the hero (and who is just as important to saving the day as Monk is), and basically, when you get down to it, even though she's a nurse and he's a detective, they're partners through and through. Monk is a better detective with Hester by his side, and Hester receives the excitement and job fulfillment that she's always looked for in the past whenever she helps Monk. And, really, sometimes it feels like Hester is actually the one doing all the dirty work, because she's the one that gets close to the family that's being investigated and she takes risks to get information that Monk repeatedly tells her not to, and she's the one that looks beyond evidence and delves into people's humanity (or non-humanity, as the case may be), and Monk needs this. He needs her for all of that, and he's impressed by her for all of that, and he's proud to call himself her friend for all of that, and even though she bugs the bejesus out of him, he falls madly, deeply in love with her for all of that. She is the exact opposite of everything that he's always thought he's wanted in a woman, and yet no other woman can quite measure up to her for him. She's opinionated and brash and plain-looking and old (in his mind), but throughout the course of the series, he comes to love these aspects about her. He loves that she seems to understand him on a level that no one else can, he loves that he can discuss things with her that he can't with anyone else, he loves that she's awesome in every way, and Hester loves him for pretty much the same reasons (though, technically, Monk is not quite as awesome as Hester is in my eyes).

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (warehouse 13 - all)
1. For the first time ever I was actually shipping Pete/Myka and Claudia/Artie on Warehouse 13. WHAT NONSENSE IS THIS? But then by the end I was back to shipping Artie/Myka like crazy, so... the world was only backwards for the first 40 minutes or so. But seriously, I will never get tired of watching Myka and Artie hug so lovingly. NEVER. She hugged him the longest, and I think she hugged him twice, didn't she? So, clearly, the most love going on in that group is between Myka and Artie. But I also enjoyed the Artie/Claudia awkwardness in this one, and the Pete/Myka fluff of epic proportions. I usually turn my nose up at the idea of a Pete/Myka romance, but this ep sort of sold them for me if the show ever does go there. They're just so darn sweet! But yeah, my silly heart is still clinging to Myka/Artie.

2. Covert Affairs was way more entertaining this week than it was last week. Of course, last week I was at the beach, therefore I was exhausted, so that might have accounted for why I fell asleep during the episode, but I really did find last week's ep pretty boring. This week's was wicked awesome. You know why? Because Annie finally got to save herself in a sticky situation rather than having some mysterious dude pop out of nowhere to save her. I get that she's a rookie and the fact that she needs saving sometimes makes it more realistic, but BAH, it's just annoying when a kickass female lead continuously gets saved by dudes. It would be more interesting if she'd be saved by a veteran female agent or something. Er... anyway, I highly enjoyed this ep.

3. My nephew dived off the back of the sofa and shot right into my back with his freaking knees, and OMG does my back ache now. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT CHILD? ARGH. He's lucky he's cute, that's all I've got to say about that.
firthgal: (warehouse 13 - all)
1. For the first time ever I was actually shipping Pete/Myka and Claudia/Artie on Warehouse 13. WHAT NONSENSE IS THIS? But then by the end I was back to shipping Artie/Myka like crazy, so... the world was only backwards for the first 40 minutes or so. But seriously, I will never get tired of watching Myka and Artie hug so lovingly. NEVER. She hugged him the longest, and I think she hugged him twice, didn't she? So, clearly, the most love going on in that group is between Myka and Artie. But I also enjoyed the Artie/Claudia awkwardness in this one, and the Pete/Myka fluff of epic proportions. I usually turn my nose up at the idea of a Pete/Myka romance, but this ep sort of sold them for me if the show ever does go there. They're just so darn sweet! But yeah, my silly heart is still clinging to Myka/Artie.

2. Covert Affairs was way more entertaining this week than it was last week. Of course, last week I was at the beach, therefore I was exhausted, so that might have accounted for why I fell asleep during the episode, but I really did find last week's ep pretty boring. This week's was wicked awesome. You know why? Because Annie finally got to save herself in a sticky situation rather than having some mysterious dude pop out of nowhere to save her. I get that she's a rookie and the fact that she needs saving sometimes makes it more realistic, but BAH, it's just annoying when a kickass female lead continuously gets saved by dudes. It would be more interesting if she'd be saved by a veteran female agent or something. Er... anyway, I highly enjoyed this ep.

3. My nephew dived off the back of the sofa and shot right into my back with his freaking knees, and OMG does my back ache now. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT CHILD? ARGH. He's lucky he's cute, that's all I've got to say about that.
firthgal: (john lloyd and bea - models)
Well, I've had a lovely two day reprieve from my niece and nephew, but they're coming back tonight since the new baby will be born tomorrow morning (yay! Let's hope that all goes well this time), so, I'm doing my meme now, because I probably won't have time to do much of anything tonight but sleep. Which is what I'm supposed to do at night...

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?

Um... can I choose ALL of my ships? Okay, okay, I guess I'm going to go with Jackie and Eli from Maging Sino Ka Man. Basically, anything that John Lloyd and Bea do together contains the greatest chemistry ever, but I think they really outdid themselves with that teleserye. They got the bickery adorableness down pat right from the start, and the unrequitedness at various points in the story was so magnificently well done, and their UST/sexual chemistry was kind of mind-blowing, and they were frustrating and tragic and beautiful and delightful all at the same time. They rocked my world, is what I'm saying. A couple of my favorite clips:

Just some background, Eli is super poor and he has had a giant crush on Jackie for a long time, Jackie is super rich, their first couple meetings don't go too well (he thinks she's stuck up, she thinks he's grumpy), then later Jackie gets amnesia from a car accident after Eli's brother kidnaps her and his brother tells Eli to take care of her and hide her so that his accomplices don't kill her, and while Jackie and Eli are away they live as a married couple (it was Eli's cover story, and since Jackie wakes up with amnesia, she thinks it's true). They fall in mad love after many trials and tribulations, but then, just when everything is going peachy, Jackie gets conked on the head again and forgets her time with Eli and takes a bus back home. Eli is extremely heartbroken even though he had prepared himself for it, and he goes back to his old life and more misfortunes happen and he gets entangled with Jackie again and falls in love all over again (as does she, which is mightily confusing to her), but she's engaged to JB, who he is indebted to, and it's all so tragic (yet his scenes with Jackie are super adorable, especially whenever she gets jealous of him and his friend that's a girl), and he's still angry that she can't even remember a time that was so very special to him, and that's where this clip picks up:

Epic love confession II

And then this next clip comes after much mistreatment and bitterness and the destruction of both of their families at each other's hands. Both characters have been through so much tragedy because of each other, and yet they managed to fall in love for a third time, and this is them finally getting to genuinely enjoy their love without a trace of deception, and it's so, so lovely:

Cute cute cuuuuuuuuute!

*dreamy sigh*

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (john lloyd and bea - models)
Well, I've had a lovely two day reprieve from my niece and nephew, but they're coming back tonight since the new baby will be born tomorrow morning (yay! Let's hope that all goes well this time), so, I'm doing my meme now, because I probably won't have time to do much of anything tonight but sleep. Which is what I'm supposed to do at night...

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?

Um... can I choose ALL of my ships? Okay, okay, I guess I'm going to go with Jackie and Eli from Maging Sino Ka Man. Basically, anything that John Lloyd and Bea do together contains the greatest chemistry ever, but I think they really outdid themselves with that teleserye. They got the bickery adorableness down pat right from the start, and the unrequitedness at various points in the story was so magnificently well done, and their UST/sexual chemistry was kind of mind-blowing, and they were frustrating and tragic and beautiful and delightful all at the same time. They rocked my world, is what I'm saying. A couple of my favorite clips:

Just some background, Eli is super poor and he has had a giant crush on Jackie for a long time, Jackie is super rich, their first couple meetings don't go too well (he thinks she's stuck up, she thinks he's grumpy), then later Jackie gets amnesia from a car accident after Eli's brother kidnaps her and his brother tells Eli to take care of her and hide her so that his accomplices don't kill her, and while Jackie and Eli are away they live as a married couple (it was Eli's cover story, and since Jackie wakes up with amnesia, she thinks it's true). They fall in mad love after many trials and tribulations, but then, just when everything is going peachy, Jackie gets conked on the head again and forgets her time with Eli and takes a bus back home. Eli is extremely heartbroken even though he had prepared himself for it, and he goes back to his old life and more misfortunes happen and he gets entangled with Jackie again and falls in love all over again (as does she, which is mightily confusing to her), but she's engaged to JB, who he is indebted to, and it's all so tragic (yet his scenes with Jackie are super adorable, especially whenever she gets jealous of him and his friend that's a girl), and he's still angry that she can't even remember a time that was so very special to him, and that's where this clip picks up:

Epic love confession II

And then this next clip comes after much mistreatment and bitterness and the destruction of both of their families at each other's hands. Both characters have been through so much tragedy because of each other, and yet they managed to fall in love for a third time, and this is them finally getting to genuinely enjoy their love without a trace of deception, and it's so, so lovely:

Cute cute cuuuuuuuuute!

*dreamy sigh*

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff hug kiss)
There's nothing better than a really out of style reference to a Budweiser commercial, am I right? I think I remember this being all the rage when I was in middle school, and yet I still apply it to every day life, particularly when I am talking/pretend talking to my nephew on the phone. Technically though, it's kind of hard to resist when he answers the phone with "What's up?" I'm sorry, it's just impossible.

Anyway, I am back from vacation, though I doubt that anyone noticed I was gone. I've been sporadically MIA all summer anyway (as has most of my f-list. LJ has never been so quiet in the past three (four?) years that I've been using it). Anywho, my brother's family is finally moving into their new house and out of ours, so I will soon regain a peaceful living space! They're not completely moving out until the new baby is born though since I have to watch the kids while their mom is in the hospital (so, hopefully, if all goes well, they'll be out of here after next weekend). Not that I don't love them and all, but it'll be nice to walk around the house and not feel a shooting pain in my foot as I step on a particularly pointy toy that makes me jump up and down while shouting curse words. And oh how lovely it'll be to not wake up to the sound of my nephew screaming. And my bathroom will go back to being mine! Mine mine mine! That's what I miss the most. I knew I would, and going on vacation just made me used to having my own bathroom again. When we got back, of course there was someone else in my bathroom at the exact moment that I needed it! *huff* The house will be eerily quiet without those little buggers though. I do enjoy them when they're giggling and being little angels and saying/doing the most adorable things ever, so I'm sure I'll miss that. But... it'll be nice to have the house go back to normal.





LOOK AT THAT DASHING GENTLEMAN! ♥



So, before vacation, I managed to finish watching You're Beautiful, and it was absolutely delightful. It was certainly no Coffee Prince, but OH did I enjoy it. I even enjoyed the totally cheesy Korean boyband music! One thing I particularly loved about this one was that it sort of celebrated the craziness that is fandom, particularly in episode 14 where they play out a fanfic of the three boys being in an incredibly dramatic yet completely hilarious love triangle, and the boys' reaction to it made it even more awesome (especially Jeremy being delighted that he got his man in the fic, and Tae Kyung being excited about what the fans would write about his little airport escapade with Go Mi Nam). Anyway, this one was super adorable and pretty darn hilarious, and since I enjoyed both this and My Girl, I've decided that Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang will be my next drama since it's written by the same people.

Now, during vacation, I downloaded City Hall to keep me occupied, and OH MY GOD is this one brilliant. So, so incredibly hilarious and well-written and well-acted, and while it definitely brought the hilarity, it still had these beautifully poignant moments that just got you right in the gut, and the romance was adorable yet kind of messed up and sort of heartbreaking at moments, and the characters were just wonderful to watch. Of the main characters, I loved them all, even the ones that were kind of evil. What really surprised me though was how good of a commentary it was on politics. I'm not a political person, and quite frankly, I don't even know who the mayor of my city is, or any of the surrounding cities for that matter, and no one really cares about local government all that much, and this show points out how easy it is for politicians to take advantage of this, and it also showed how superficial the voters are, with no one really caring about the policies but being more into judging the personal lives of the politicians. I love how the show starts with Shin Mi Rae being a person who's afraid to choose. She's afraid to have an opinion, basically, because she just doesn't want to get involved in politics (even when it comes to choosing lunch), but right from the start she is a person who will fight tooth and nail to get benefits for the people who need them. She's always helping out her neighbors and her friends even at the expense of herself. The people she works with think she's a pushover and they look down on her because she couldn't afford the same education that they got, but Shin Mi Rae knows her talents and she knows how to get what she wants. And then she meets the Deputy Mayor and hits on him constantly and hilarity ensues, and she manages to get accepted into a beauty pageant despite the fact that she's 36 and some shady dealings were happening between the mayor and the governer and Shin Mi Rae didn't get the money she supposedly won and Shin Mi Rae inquires about it and gets fired, and this is when she finally takes a stand. And when Shin Mi Rae takes a stand, she does not back down. It starts out as revenge but ends up being about what is right the more she learns about what the mayor has been doing for the past 7 years. And as the show goes on, Shin Mi Rae gains more and more confidence, mostly from her relationship with the Deputy Mayor, who starts out trying to take advantage of her and ends up learning from her instead.

Basically, Shin Mi Rae is the single most inspiring character I have ever come across, and yet she's still your everyday woman. She worked so freaking hard to prove that she was capable, and this is eventually what won everyone over (even the people who had literally thrown her out of the building and pushed her down repeatedly). I love her to death, by far my favorite female character ever. I definitely rec this drama to everyone simply because of Shin Mi Rae (played by Kim Sun Ah, who also played Sam-Soon. She pretty much rules at being awesome). Oh, also? This show contained quite a few references to Boys Over Flowers, so I was quite pleased that I had seen that one before I watched this one (but obviously it's not required, it just made it easier to understand those jokes).



And now, another 30 day meme, because it's pretty much the only thing that will keep me posting regularly at the moment:

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 01 - What is your current favourite ship?



JEFF/ANNIE!!!!! So much so that I am even in the process of making a super cheesy fanvid for them (that will probably never see the light of day, because the vids for this fandom are pretty amazing (see above) while mine... isn't. It's just really, really cheesy. I'll probably give up halfway through). But anyway, I love these two because they just make each other better people without even really having to try. Jeff does things for Annie because he genuinely cares about her. He gets involved in her life, something that he is very expressly against doing for anyone else. She guides him into being a decent person rather than telling him what he needs to do to be a better person. She doesn't judge him, she accepts what he is and what she knows he can be. With Annie, for as much as Jeff tries to deny her adulthood, he's one of the few people who actually does treat her like an adult (unless it's more convenient for him to treat her like a child, of course). Just as she guides him into being a less self-centered person, he guides her into being a more relaxed person. He allows her to step out of her comfort zone and helps her to realize who she is beneath her uptight exterior. On the surface they are complete opposites, but when you really delve into their characters, they're both in the same place in their lives, and they get each other more than they get anyone else in the group for this very reason. They've both lost the lives that they had envisioned for themselves. They're both quite selfish and manipulative when they really want something, and yet they're both genuinely good people at heart. But at the same time, Jeff is completely jaded while Annie still gets excited about life, and that excitement rubs off on Jeff (as much as he tries to resist it). Jeff is irresponsible while Annie is so responsible that she worries too much about things, and they seem to even each other out here. For as much as people complain about the age gap, there are plenty of canon examples that show how equal Jeff and Annie really are. They're relationship has been give and take from ep 6, and they just work. Annie is exactly what Jeff needs, and vice versa. Of course, they both still have a lot of growing to do, and we don't really know if they'll still be what each other needs in 3 years, but OH how I'm hoping they will be.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff hug kiss)
There's nothing better than a really out of style reference to a Budweiser commercial, am I right? I think I remember this being all the rage when I was in middle school, and yet I still apply it to every day life, particularly when I am talking/pretend talking to my nephew on the phone. Technically though, it's kind of hard to resist when he answers the phone with "What's up?" I'm sorry, it's just impossible.

Anyway, I am back from vacation, though I doubt that anyone noticed I was gone. I've been sporadically MIA all summer anyway (as has most of my f-list. LJ has never been so quiet in the past three (four?) years that I've been using it). Anywho, my brother's family is finally moving into their new house and out of ours, so I will soon regain a peaceful living space! They're not completely moving out until the new baby is born though since I have to watch the kids while their mom is in the hospital (so, hopefully, if all goes well, they'll be out of here after next weekend). Not that I don't love them and all, but it'll be nice to walk around the house and not feel a shooting pain in my foot as I step on a particularly pointy toy that makes me jump up and down while shouting curse words. And oh how lovely it'll be to not wake up to the sound of my nephew screaming. And my bathroom will go back to being mine! Mine mine mine! That's what I miss the most. I knew I would, and going on vacation just made me used to having my own bathroom again. When we got back, of course there was someone else in my bathroom at the exact moment that I needed it! *huff* The house will be eerily quiet without those little buggers though. I do enjoy them when they're giggling and being little angels and saying/doing the most adorable things ever, so I'm sure I'll miss that. But... it'll be nice to have the house go back to normal.





LOOK AT THAT DASHING GENTLEMAN! ♥



So, before vacation, I managed to finish watching You're Beautiful, and it was absolutely delightful. It was certainly no Coffee Prince, but OH did I enjoy it. I even enjoyed the totally cheesy Korean boyband music! One thing I particularly loved about this one was that it sort of celebrated the craziness that is fandom, particularly in episode 14 where they play out a fanfic of the three boys being in an incredibly dramatic yet completely hilarious love triangle, and the boys' reaction to it made it even more awesome (especially Jeremy being delighted that he got his man in the fic, and Tae Kyung being excited about what the fans would write about his little airport escapade with Go Mi Nam). Anyway, this one was super adorable and pretty darn hilarious, and since I enjoyed both this and My Girl, I've decided that Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang will be my next drama since it's written by the same people.

Now, during vacation, I downloaded City Hall to keep me occupied, and OH MY GOD is this one brilliant. So, so incredibly hilarious and well-written and well-acted, and while it definitely brought the hilarity, it still had these beautifully poignant moments that just got you right in the gut, and the romance was adorable yet kind of messed up and sort of heartbreaking at moments, and the characters were just wonderful to watch. Of the main characters, I loved them all, even the ones that were kind of evil. What really surprised me though was how good of a commentary it was on politics. I'm not a political person, and quite frankly, I don't even know who the mayor of my city is, or any of the surrounding cities for that matter, and no one really cares about local government all that much, and this show points out how easy it is for politicians to take advantage of this, and it also showed how superficial the voters are, with no one really caring about the policies but being more into judging the personal lives of the politicians. I love how the show starts with Shin Mi Rae being a person who's afraid to choose. She's afraid to have an opinion, basically, because she just doesn't want to get involved in politics (even when it comes to choosing lunch), but right from the start she is a person who will fight tooth and nail to get benefits for the people who need them. She's always helping out her neighbors and her friends even at the expense of herself. The people she works with think she's a pushover and they look down on her because she couldn't afford the same education that they got, but Shin Mi Rae knows her talents and she knows how to get what she wants. And then she meets the Deputy Mayor and hits on him constantly and hilarity ensues, and she manages to get accepted into a beauty pageant despite the fact that she's 36 and some shady dealings were happening between the mayor and the governer and Shin Mi Rae didn't get the money she supposedly won and Shin Mi Rae inquires about it and gets fired, and this is when she finally takes a stand. And when Shin Mi Rae takes a stand, she does not back down. It starts out as revenge but ends up being about what is right the more she learns about what the mayor has been doing for the past 7 years. And as the show goes on, Shin Mi Rae gains more and more confidence, mostly from her relationship with the Deputy Mayor, who starts out trying to take advantage of her and ends up learning from her instead.

Basically, Shin Mi Rae is the single most inspiring character I have ever come across, and yet she's still your everyday woman. She worked so freaking hard to prove that she was capable, and this is eventually what won everyone over (even the people who had literally thrown her out of the building and pushed her down repeatedly). I love her to death, by far my favorite female character ever. I definitely rec this drama to everyone simply because of Shin Mi Rae (played by Kim Sun Ah, who also played Sam-Soon. She pretty much rules at being awesome). Oh, also? This show contained quite a few references to Boys Over Flowers, so I was quite pleased that I had seen that one before I watched this one (but obviously it's not required, it just made it easier to understand those jokes).



And now, another 30 day meme, because it's pretty much the only thing that will keep me posting regularly at the moment:

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 01 - What is your current favourite ship?



JEFF/ANNIE!!!!! So much so that I am even in the process of making a super cheesy fanvid for them (that will probably never see the light of day, because the vids for this fandom are pretty amazing (see above) while mine... isn't. It's just really, really cheesy. I'll probably give up halfway through). But anyway, I love these two because they just make each other better people without even really having to try. Jeff does things for Annie because he genuinely cares about her. He gets involved in her life, something that he is very expressly against doing for anyone else. She guides him into being a decent person rather than telling him what he needs to do to be a better person. She doesn't judge him, she accepts what he is and what she knows he can be. With Annie, for as much as Jeff tries to deny her adulthood, he's one of the few people who actually does treat her like an adult (unless it's more convenient for him to treat her like a child, of course). Just as she guides him into being a less self-centered person, he guides her into being a more relaxed person. He allows her to step out of her comfort zone and helps her to realize who she is beneath her uptight exterior. On the surface they are complete opposites, but when you really delve into their characters, they're both in the same place in their lives, and they get each other more than they get anyone else in the group for this very reason. They've both lost the lives that they had envisioned for themselves. They're both quite selfish and manipulative when they really want something, and yet they're both genuinely good people at heart. But at the same time, Jeff is completely jaded while Annie still gets excited about life, and that excitement rubs off on Jeff (as much as he tries to resist it). Jeff is irresponsible while Annie is so responsible that she worries too much about things, and they seem to even each other out here. For as much as people complain about the age gap, there are plenty of canon examples that show how equal Jeff and Annie really are. They're relationship has been give and take from ep 6, and they just work. Annie is exactly what Jeff needs, and vice versa. Of course, they both still have a lot of growing to do, and we don't really know if they'll still be what each other needs in 3 years, but OH how I'm hoping they will be.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (warehouse 13 - all)
1. I caught the Warehouse 13 season 2 premiere last night, and it was delightful (as it usually is). And for the first time ever Claudia did not bug me! Like, I legitimately loved her as a character! I don't know if it's just that the actress suddenly got better during the hiatus, or if the writers finally figured out that she doesn't have to act like a 13 year old when she's nearly 20, but I hope that this improvement stays, because Claudia was pretty much the only thing about the show that ever bugged me (but, judging by the fandom, I think I was the only one who did not love Claudia). Also, I am still shipping Artie/Myka and Claudia/Pete like crazy, and I can't help but think that when it comes to shipping for this show, I AM DOING IT WRONG. Oh, and the MacPherson storyline? Seeing as how he was supposed to be this gigantic threat throughout much of season 1, his ending was a bit... lackluster. I think it just proved that the show isn't great with ongoing storylines, but, you know, this is a show that I watch for the characters (and their corny quips) more than the story, so it's never really bothered me. Anywho, I did highly enjoy the ep for what it was, and it felt so good to have this show back in my life again. I forgot how much it had worked its way into my heart last summer.

2. I know that I've been reading too much Jeff/Annie fanfic when this song immediately reminds me of them. I mean, really? Really? It relates to their canon interactions in no way whatsoever, but in my "all my ships get a happily ever after" brain, that song is totally them.

3. My nephew keeps randomly making a face at me that looks exactly like The Scream, only without the hands. IT FREAKS THE CRAP OUT OF ME. But at the same time, it makes me giggle like crazy. I need to get him to make that face at the camera so that I can do a comparison shot. SERIOUSLY, IT'S SO FREAKY.

4. I haven't been saying much about True Blood lately, mostly because there's not a lot to say. It's been pretty uneventful so far, you know, other than Bill having freaky hate sex with his maker where he twisted her head backwards. *shudders* Bill is still my favorite, by the way. He is so unintentionally hilarious that he just keeps working his way into my heart (although, honestly, he's been in my heart pretty much from episode 1x03 or something like that). But this season especially seems to have moments where the actor is just terribly over the top that I crack up laughing, and somehow, somehow, this adds to Bill's charm. My love for Eric, however, seems to have decreased this season. I think I am just not a big fan of Eric/Sookie scenes. I don't dislike them, I think I just find Eric more interesting when he's playing off of other characters (especially Bill. Because I'm kind of in love with that dude. As if this entire paragraph hadn't already tipped you off to that fact). And I am still shipping Andy/Jason. The show just makes it impossible not to when Andy says things to Jason like that he's prettier than most of the women Jason has one night stands with. And their dire need to protect each other is just the best, especially considering that during season 1 Andy wanted nothing more than to keep Jason Stackhouse behind bars.

5. I am still watching cheesy Korean dramas, because they are kind of the greatest guilty pleasure I've ever partaken in. A couple weeks ago I watched Boys Before Flowers, because I've already seen its Japanese and Taiwanese counterparts, and I am nothing if not a completist, so, I had to watch it. Especially since I was curious to see the same story with the Korean conventions that I seem to have fallen in love with. And you know what? The Korean version is by far my favorite. I liked Meteor Garden simply because it was the very first Asian drama I had decided to watch and the main relationship was such a train wreck that I just could not stop watching, but it went on for far too long and the two main characters became so unlikable after a certain point that it just bugged me and I actually ended up enjoying one of the side stories more than the main story, but I did enjoy it. I enjoyed Hana Yori Dango because it was much more comical than Meteor Garden and the main characters were more loving towards each other and the pacing was nice and fast since there were far less episodes, but it still contained quite a bit of over the top ridiculousness that took me out of the story, but for the most part, I enjoyed it. However, Boys Before Flowers? It took the best of those versions and fused them together while correcting a lot of where the other two versions went wrong. What I liked the most about the Korean version is that I actually understood why these two characters fell for each other. I always had trouble figuring out why the heck the female character in the other two versions even cared for the male characters, but with the Korean version, the male character put his whole heart into wooing her and he was romantic and, yeah, they bickered 90% of the time much like the other two versions, but at the same time, with every interaction, you could feel an underlying affection for each other. It also helps that the male character in this one was a far more decent person than in the other two versions, but obviously he still failed at social niceties. Also, I really, really loved that this version had Ji Hoo genuinely fall in love with Jan Di and made it clear to the audience (as opposed to the other versions where you never know what the heck that character is thinking/feeling), because it added this unique dimension that made that utterly beautiful friendship so completely tragic. He was her soulmate, so completely, he comforted her when she was sad, he understood her when no one else could, he was her hero whenever she needed saving and didn't quite know it, he was her sunshine, and she was all those things for him too, but in the end, she loved another man. A man who infuriated her at every turn but who also loved her so deeply that it got to her. A man who could match her temperament and got her passion flowing. And less than midway through the series I understood completely why she fell in love with Jun Pyo, and even though my heart constantly ached for poor Ji Hoo, and even though Jan Di's life would be so much easier if she and Ji Hoo had gotten together, I was still rooting for Jan Di/Jun Pyo through the whole thing, because they just didn't fit with anyone else. And I loved that Ji Hoo's feelings for Jan Di never got in the way of him being a friend to either Jan Di or Jun Pyo, which was actually kind of unique for "the other man" in a Korean drama. I was so ridiculously happy that he never became angsty, and I was even more ecstatic that he got his own storyline with his tragic past and long lost grandfather and whatnot. Ji Hoo and his grandfather had me crying quite a bit. Oh, also, the love story with Jan Di's best friend? I was SO HAPPY that they got to have their happy ending in this version. I was so stupidly invested in them during Meteor Garden and they just went and broke my heart, so, this version made up for that.

After that, I got engrossed in 9 End 2 Outs, which was a much needed rom-com drama about adults (because Boys Before Flowers, despite its wonderfulness, tired me out on the teenage angst front). This one was about best friends falling in love, so you know I enjoyed it. There was unrequitedness and repressed feelings and jealousy and the forced-to-live-together cliche and career angst and immaturity and adorableness, and basically, I loved this one.

And just now I finished watching Sweet 18, which was super adorable. I am kind of a sucker for the arranged marriage cliche, especially when there's an age gap, so, naturally, I had to watch this one. It was pretty good up until about the last three eps, where it lagged, but the main couple was so delightful to watch that I didn't even care.

Ack, I am way too addicted to these things. It reminds me of the summer when I got insanely addicted to trashy romance novels. In fact, now that I think about it, Korean rom-com dramas are basically G-rated romance novels (only with better story telling, thank goodness).
firthgal: (warehouse 13 - all)
1. I caught the Warehouse 13 season 2 premiere last night, and it was delightful (as it usually is). And for the first time ever Claudia did not bug me! Like, I legitimately loved her as a character! I don't know if it's just that the actress suddenly got better during the hiatus, or if the writers finally figured out that she doesn't have to act like a 13 year old when she's nearly 20, but I hope that this improvement stays, because Claudia was pretty much the only thing about the show that ever bugged me (but, judging by the fandom, I think I was the only one who did not love Claudia). Also, I am still shipping Artie/Myka and Claudia/Pete like crazy, and I can't help but think that when it comes to shipping for this show, I AM DOING IT WRONG. Oh, and the MacPherson storyline? Seeing as how he was supposed to be this gigantic threat throughout much of season 1, his ending was a bit... lackluster. I think it just proved that the show isn't great with ongoing storylines, but, you know, this is a show that I watch for the characters (and their corny quips) more than the story, so it's never really bothered me. Anywho, I did highly enjoy the ep for what it was, and it felt so good to have this show back in my life again. I forgot how much it had worked its way into my heart last summer.

2. I know that I've been reading too much Jeff/Annie fanfic when this song immediately reminds me of them. I mean, really? Really? It relates to their canon interactions in no way whatsoever, but in my "all my ships get a happily ever after" brain, that song is totally them.

3. My nephew keeps randomly making a face at me that looks exactly like The Scream, only without the hands. IT FREAKS THE CRAP OUT OF ME. But at the same time, it makes me giggle like crazy. I need to get him to make that face at the camera so that I can do a comparison shot. SERIOUSLY, IT'S SO FREAKY.

4. I haven't been saying much about True Blood lately, mostly because there's not a lot to say. It's been pretty uneventful so far, you know, other than Bill having freaky hate sex with his maker where he twisted her head backwards. *shudders* Bill is still my favorite, by the way. He is so unintentionally hilarious that he just keeps working his way into my heart (although, honestly, he's been in my heart pretty much from episode 1x03 or something like that). But this season especially seems to have moments where the actor is just terribly over the top that I crack up laughing, and somehow, somehow, this adds to Bill's charm. My love for Eric, however, seems to have decreased this season. I think I am just not a big fan of Eric/Sookie scenes. I don't dislike them, I think I just find Eric more interesting when he's playing off of other characters (especially Bill. Because I'm kind of in love with that dude. As if this entire paragraph hadn't already tipped you off to that fact). And I am still shipping Andy/Jason. The show just makes it impossible not to when Andy says things to Jason like that he's prettier than most of the women Jason has one night stands with. And their dire need to protect each other is just the best, especially considering that during season 1 Andy wanted nothing more than to keep Jason Stackhouse behind bars.

5. I am still watching cheesy Korean dramas, because they are kind of the greatest guilty pleasure I've ever partaken in. A couple weeks ago I watched Boys Before Flowers, because I've already seen its Japanese and Taiwanese counterparts, and I am nothing if not a completist, so, I had to watch it. Especially since I was curious to see the same story with the Korean conventions that I seem to have fallen in love with. And you know what? The Korean version is by far my favorite. I liked Meteor Garden simply because it was the very first Asian drama I had decided to watch and the main relationship was such a train wreck that I just could not stop watching, but it went on for far too long and the two main characters became so unlikable after a certain point that it just bugged me and I actually ended up enjoying one of the side stories more than the main story, but I did enjoy it. I enjoyed Hana Yori Dango because it was much more comical than Meteor Garden and the main characters were more loving towards each other and the pacing was nice and fast since there were far less episodes, but it still contained quite a bit of over the top ridiculousness that took me out of the story, but for the most part, I enjoyed it. However, Boys Before Flowers? It took the best of those versions and fused them together while correcting a lot of where the other two versions went wrong. What I liked the most about the Korean version is that I actually understood why these two characters fell for each other. I always had trouble figuring out why the heck the female character in the other two versions even cared for the male characters, but with the Korean version, the male character put his whole heart into wooing her and he was romantic and, yeah, they bickered 90% of the time much like the other two versions, but at the same time, with every interaction, you could feel an underlying affection for each other. It also helps that the male character in this one was a far more decent person than in the other two versions, but obviously he still failed at social niceties. Also, I really, really loved that this version had Ji Hoo genuinely fall in love with Jan Di and made it clear to the audience (as opposed to the other versions where you never know what the heck that character is thinking/feeling), because it added this unique dimension that made that utterly beautiful friendship so completely tragic. He was her soulmate, so completely, he comforted her when she was sad, he understood her when no one else could, he was her hero whenever she needed saving and didn't quite know it, he was her sunshine, and she was all those things for him too, but in the end, she loved another man. A man who infuriated her at every turn but who also loved her so deeply that it got to her. A man who could match her temperament and got her passion flowing. And less than midway through the series I understood completely why she fell in love with Jun Pyo, and even though my heart constantly ached for poor Ji Hoo, and even though Jan Di's life would be so much easier if she and Ji Hoo had gotten together, I was still rooting for Jan Di/Jun Pyo through the whole thing, because they just didn't fit with anyone else. And I loved that Ji Hoo's feelings for Jan Di never got in the way of him being a friend to either Jan Di or Jun Pyo, which was actually kind of unique for "the other man" in a Korean drama. I was so ridiculously happy that he never became angsty, and I was even more ecstatic that he got his own storyline with his tragic past and long lost grandfather and whatnot. Ji Hoo and his grandfather had me crying quite a bit. Oh, also, the love story with Jan Di's best friend? I was SO HAPPY that they got to have their happy ending in this version. I was so stupidly invested in them during Meteor Garden and they just went and broke my heart, so, this version made up for that.

After that, I got engrossed in 9 End 2 Outs, which was a much needed rom-com drama about adults (because Boys Before Flowers, despite its wonderfulness, tired me out on the teenage angst front). This one was about best friends falling in love, so you know I enjoyed it. There was unrequitedness and repressed feelings and jealousy and the forced-to-live-together cliche and career angst and immaturity and adorableness, and basically, I loved this one.

And just now I finished watching Sweet 18, which was super adorable. I am kind of a sucker for the arranged marriage cliche, especially when there's an age gap, so, naturally, I had to watch this one. It was pretty good up until about the last three eps, where it lagged, but the main couple was so delightful to watch that I didn't even care.

Ack, I am way too addicted to these things. It reminds me of the summer when I got insanely addicted to trashy romance novels. In fact, now that I think about it, Korean rom-com dramas are basically G-rated romance novels (only with better story telling, thank goodness).

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