firthgal: (daniel betty - new beginning)
Title: For the First Time
Fandom: Ugly Betty
Pairing: Daniel/Betty
Rating: PG13
Words: 1,143
Summary: A few firsts for Daniel and Betty.
Author's Note: Written for the Betty in June challenge over on [livejournal.com profile] daniel_betty. I haven't written anything for these two in ages, and this was kind of thrown together rather hastily since I scrapped two other fics that I had started last week, so, I apologize for being a little rusty. But it's kind of fun creating a whole new chapter in Daniel and Betty's life that can't be pooped on by canon.

The first time that Betty realized that she liked Daniel (like, like liked) happened after they had been eating dinner together almost every night. )
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... )
firthgal: (john lloyd - smile)


WIN. Oh, John Lloyd, I ♥ you forever. Even when you're dancing.

So, I managed to watch In My Life earlier today, and man did it make me cry. I had no idea that it was such a tearjerker, especially since it started out being pretty comical. But anyway, John Lloyd was brilliant. Brilliant! I so, so loved his relationship with Mark's mother, and how he was so darn lovable but she was so darn stubborn and refused to see his lovableness until her heart broke for him when she accidentally caught him crying (no one can resist that boy's tears. NO ONE. I do not lie when I say that John Lloyd's tears are contagious), and then they end up confiding so many things to each other and both grow because of their experiences with each other, and it was both beautiful and heartbreaking, because even though she started to love him, she still resented him and it hurt. As for the Mark/Noel relationship, it was very sweet, but I kind of agree with the reviews that said that John Lloyd and Luis Manzano were a little awkward with each other (or, well, I was feeling the love from John Lloyd, but Luis Manzano took some getting used to, I guess? I don't know, but they were more natural with each other during the emotional moments as opposed to the cute moments). But anyway, the film was definitely successful in showing that Noel loved Mark very deeply, and towards the end of the film you can finally see how much Mark loves Noel, so in the long run the team-up worked, but the heart of this film was definitely the Noel/Shirley relationship, and it was sort of an unconventional love story in its own right. The Mark/Shirley relationship was just plain heartbreaking, gah, that scene in the park where they really talk each other. *cries* Anyway, absolutely brilliant performances from John Lloyd Cruz and Vilma Santos in this film.



The 30 Day TV Meme
Day 27 - Best pilot episode

Hmm... in all honesty, if we're talking a pilot ep that made me 100% like a show right from the get-go, that would be Ugly Betty. It was damn near perfect, and I thought it was selling me a rom-com about a lovable frumpy girl who eventually wins the heart of her playboy boss and achieves her dreams, but, you know, it kind of mislead us simply because Silvio Horta didn't really have a clue what he wanted the show to be beyond ep 13. But the pilot was so, so good, and I'm pretty sure it was the wonderfulness of that pilot that kept me hanging on for so damn long. I trusted its lies, damn it! And that was before I even knew about the previous versions, so I had absolutely no preconceived notions about the show beforehand in regards to the Betty/Daniel romance. But, you know, I thought it was obvious that that's what the show was going to be about. Oh, how wrong I was. *sigh* But anyway, that pilot was lovely.

Runner-up goes to Monk for pretty similar reasons. It was just so delightful and it appealed to me in pretty much every way, and I honestly thought that Monk and Sharona were going to end up together. I just thought it was a certainty the way the pilot ep focused so much on Monk interfering with Sharona's personal life and him saying things to her like "I'll never forget you," in the sweetest voice ever and her looking at him with this sad look and saying, "You never forget anything." It just got me. (sadly, this was another ship that ended up crushing my soul)

Day 28 - First t.v show obsession

Ha! How convenient. That would be Monk, if we're talking first show that got me into fandom. Otherwise, probably either Mork and Mindy or The Nanny. I think I was more obsessed with Robin Williams than Mork and Mindy itself, so I suppose I should just say The Nanny. I looked forward to it so very much every week and I pretty much lived for those little moments between Miss Fine and Mr. Scheffield. Had I known about fandom back then, I would have been writing Fine/Scheffield fanfic up the wazoo. I was madly in love with them, to the point where I even started taping the eps so that I could watch them over and over again (little did I know that UPN would play the show every single day after the series ended, so I even got to rewatch the series at least five times on UPN and relive my excitement. And now it's on Nick at Nite!).

the days )

The 30 Day Film Meme
Day 11 - Favourite black-and-white film

Laural and Hardy's Way Out West.



That's been my favorite since I was 4 years old and to this day I still laugh like a loony whenever I watch it (The Music Box is my favorite short of theirs).

Day 12 - A film that permanently altered your point-of-view

...
...

I have no idea. I don't exactly go for deep movies. Uh... The Cove? Which is that documentary about killing dolphins. I'm not sure if it changed my viewpoint on anything, because who the heck would be pro-killing dolphins? But it made me care more than I would have had I not seen the film.

the days )
firthgal: (john lloyd - smile)


WIN. Oh, John Lloyd, I ♥ you forever. Even when you're dancing.

So, I managed to watch In My Life earlier today, and man did it make me cry. I had no idea that it was such a tearjerker, especially since it started out being pretty comical. But anyway, John Lloyd was brilliant. Brilliant! I so, so loved his relationship with Mark's mother, and how he was so darn lovable but she was so darn stubborn and refused to see his lovableness until her heart broke for him when she accidentally caught him crying (no one can resist that boy's tears. NO ONE. I do not lie when I say that John Lloyd's tears are contagious), and then they end up confiding so many things to each other and both grow because of their experiences with each other, and it was both beautiful and heartbreaking, because even though she started to love him, she still resented him and it hurt. As for the Mark/Noel relationship, it was very sweet, but I kind of agree with the reviews that said that John Lloyd and Luis Manzano were a little awkward with each other (or, well, I was feeling the love from John Lloyd, but Luis Manzano took some getting used to, I guess? I don't know, but they were more natural with each other during the emotional moments as opposed to the cute moments). But anyway, the film was definitely successful in showing that Noel loved Mark very deeply, and towards the end of the film you can finally see how much Mark loves Noel, so in the long run the team-up worked, but the heart of this film was definitely the Noel/Shirley relationship, and it was sort of an unconventional love story in its own right. The Mark/Shirley relationship was just plain heartbreaking, gah, that scene in the park where they really talk each other. *cries* Anyway, absolutely brilliant performances from John Lloyd Cruz and Vilma Santos in this film.



The 30 Day TV Meme
Day 27 - Best pilot episode

Hmm... in all honesty, if we're talking a pilot ep that made me 100% like a show right from the get-go, that would be Ugly Betty. It was damn near perfect, and I thought it was selling me a rom-com about a lovable frumpy girl who eventually wins the heart of her playboy boss and achieves her dreams, but, you know, it kind of mislead us simply because Silvio Horta didn't really have a clue what he wanted the show to be beyond ep 13. But the pilot was so, so good, and I'm pretty sure it was the wonderfulness of that pilot that kept me hanging on for so damn long. I trusted its lies, damn it! And that was before I even knew about the previous versions, so I had absolutely no preconceived notions about the show beforehand in regards to the Betty/Daniel romance. But, you know, I thought it was obvious that that's what the show was going to be about. Oh, how wrong I was. *sigh* But anyway, that pilot was lovely.

Runner-up goes to Monk for pretty similar reasons. It was just so delightful and it appealed to me in pretty much every way, and I honestly thought that Monk and Sharona were going to end up together. I just thought it was a certainty the way the pilot ep focused so much on Monk interfering with Sharona's personal life and him saying things to her like "I'll never forget you," in the sweetest voice ever and her looking at him with this sad look and saying, "You never forget anything." It just got me. (sadly, this was another ship that ended up crushing my soul)

Day 28 - First t.v show obsession

Ha! How convenient. That would be Monk, if we're talking first show that got me into fandom. Otherwise, probably either Mork and Mindy or The Nanny. I think I was more obsessed with Robin Williams than Mork and Mindy itself, so I suppose I should just say The Nanny. I looked forward to it so very much every week and I pretty much lived for those little moments between Miss Fine and Mr. Scheffield. Had I known about fandom back then, I would have been writing Fine/Scheffield fanfic up the wazoo. I was madly in love with them, to the point where I even started taping the eps so that I could watch them over and over again (little did I know that UPN would play the show every single day after the series ended, so I even got to rewatch the series at least five times on UPN and relive my excitement. And now it's on Nick at Nite!).

the days )

The 30 Day Film Meme
Day 11 - Favourite black-and-white film

Laural and Hardy's Way Out West.



That's been my favorite since I was 4 years old and to this day I still laugh like a loony whenever I watch it (The Music Box is my favorite short of theirs).

Day 12 - A film that permanently altered your point-of-view

...
...

I have no idea. I don't exactly go for deep movies. Uh... The Cove? Which is that documentary about killing dolphins. I'm not sure if it changed my viewpoint on anything, because who the heck would be pro-killing dolphins? But it made me care more than I would have had I not seen the film.

the days )

Hotness.

Jun. 4th, 2010 10:20 pm
firthgal: (john lloyd and bea - looking)
OMG OMG, JOHN LLOYD AND BEA + ADORABLENESS + SHOWER SEX = MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN EXISTENCE.



*flaily hands*

Also, that song is played so often throughout the show that it has been stuck in my head on a non-stop loop for the entire week, but the only words I actually understand are "Mahal kita/pagka't mahal kita" and "Mahal kita maging sino ka man," so everything else is just a whole lot of mumbling in my head.

I watched Dreamboy today, which is the first thing of Bea's that I've ever watched where she wasn't paired with John Lloyd, and... well, sad to say that it just didn't do it for me. I think it was more the writing than the actors' chemistry, but, you know, Bea just doesn't spark with anyone else the way she does with John Lloyd. I gave it a shot! But yeah, clearly I only enjoy Bea when she's with John Lloyd, whereas I can enjoy John Lloyd with other ladies (and men *ahem*). With this film it was just that the dude they picked was so typically handsome and buff and I'm more used to seeing her with the-boy-next-door-with-a-little-bit-of-pudge kind of handsome and I just can't picture her with anyone else? I don't know. But I already know that I don't like her paired with Sam Milby either (although in the two things I've seen with them paired together she ends up with John Lloyd, but still, she just seems awkward with Milby, but I suppose I should give And I Love You So a shot anyway, because I am somehow convinced that Milby will grow on me one of these days). But, yeah, the magic just wasn't there for this film, and the actual falling in love part was terribly rushed and I just wasn't feeling the romance (but I am certain that I would have had she been paired with John Lloyd, because yes, they can sell any romance, no matter how badly it's written). The best part of the film was definitely at the end of the credits when John Lloyd showed up to audition for the part of "Dreamboy" and they threw him out. His face!



I ♥ that face.



The 30 Day TV Meme
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

Well, I have been planning on watching Vampire Diaries for awhile now, but I still haven't gotten to it. I've been planning for years to watch Ashes to Ashes and yet I keep putting that one off too (although I did watch the very first ep a year or so ago). Also, I want to finish watching Human Target, which got sidetracked by my insane John Lloyd/Bea obsession. And clearly I plan on (and will) watch the last couple soap operas that John Lloyd and Bea have done (actually, I think all I have left is It Might Be You, which I started watching awhile back but it was a little too serious for me so I had switched to Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, but I definitely will go back to it since it was the first soap opera they did where the entire story was centered around them. But there's also Book 2 of Maging Sino Ka Man, which I am nervous about watching since I know that it breaks up Jackie and Eli yet again and I'm not sure if my heart can take that angst, especially after seeing them so happy). Er... how did I turn this back into a discussion about John Lloyd and Bea? One track mind, apparently.

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

If that means OMG WTF in a bad way, that would be season 2 of Ugly Betty, simply because it was so predictable and ridiculously boring and it basically proved that the entirety of season 2 was a complete waste of time. It did not leave me excited for season 3 in any way, shape, or form, and honestly, season 3 was even more lame than season 2 was. *sigh* But at least the season 3 finale was awesome. More recently, this could apply to the 30 Rock season 4 finale, because I just do not care about Jack's love life one bit and I do not care to see him have a baby with someone who is not Liz and I was just shocked that they're tying down the character like that. And why the heck does he get rewarded for stringing two women along? Ugh. I was angry at that finale. I'm still angry at that finale.

the days )

The 30 Day Film Meme
Day 09 - The best soundtrack/score to a film

Soundtrack-wise, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King have always been favorites of mine. Not sure if anything will ever beat those. Pocahontas, Mulan (this song kind of makes me a little flaily over Donny Osmond, which is just plain wrong), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are also often played, but not as often as the first three (holy crap, I don't think I realized how full of lust that Hunchback song was when I was 12).

Score-wise, there are so many films that I could name, but I think I'll go with Gettysburg, which is weird considering the fact that I haven't actually watched the entirety of that film since it's so freaking long, but my oldest brother went through a phase where he was obsessed with the Civil War and he bought that soundtrack and he used to play it on the main stereo ALL THE TIME because he had broken his own boombox, and I guess it grew on me? So, yeah, Gettysburg. I also want to say The Untouchables, namely the end title score, because it's amazing (and, not surprisingly, The Oscars are fond of playing it during their various movie montages and I get weirdly excited whenever they do that).

Day 10 - Favourite classic film

Pretty sure my answer here is My Fair Lady, but I was also thinking Taxi Driver and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. MFL is my most watched classic, though. Although my cassette of Pete's Dragon is pretty worn out, too.

the days )

Hotness.

Jun. 4th, 2010 10:20 pm
firthgal: (john lloyd and bea - looking)
OMG OMG, JOHN LLOYD AND BEA + ADORABLENESS + SHOWER SEX = MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN EXISTENCE.



*flaily hands*

Also, that song is played so often throughout the show that it has been stuck in my head on a non-stop loop for the entire week, but the only words I actually understand are "Mahal kita/pagka't mahal kita" and "Mahal kita maging sino ka man," so everything else is just a whole lot of mumbling in my head.

I watched Dreamboy today, which is the first thing of Bea's that I've ever watched where she wasn't paired with John Lloyd, and... well, sad to say that it just didn't do it for me. I think it was more the writing than the actors' chemistry, but, you know, Bea just doesn't spark with anyone else the way she does with John Lloyd. I gave it a shot! But yeah, clearly I only enjoy Bea when she's with John Lloyd, whereas I can enjoy John Lloyd with other ladies (and men *ahem*). With this film it was just that the dude they picked was so typically handsome and buff and I'm more used to seeing her with the-boy-next-door-with-a-little-bit-of-pudge kind of handsome and I just can't picture her with anyone else? I don't know. But I already know that I don't like her paired with Sam Milby either (although in the two things I've seen with them paired together she ends up with John Lloyd, but still, she just seems awkward with Milby, but I suppose I should give And I Love You So a shot anyway, because I am somehow convinced that Milby will grow on me one of these days). But, yeah, the magic just wasn't there for this film, and the actual falling in love part was terribly rushed and I just wasn't feeling the romance (but I am certain that I would have had she been paired with John Lloyd, because yes, they can sell any romance, no matter how badly it's written). The best part of the film was definitely at the end of the credits when John Lloyd showed up to audition for the part of "Dreamboy" and they threw him out. His face!



I ♥ that face.



The 30 Day TV Meme
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

Well, I have been planning on watching Vampire Diaries for awhile now, but I still haven't gotten to it. I've been planning for years to watch Ashes to Ashes and yet I keep putting that one off too (although I did watch the very first ep a year or so ago). Also, I want to finish watching Human Target, which got sidetracked by my insane John Lloyd/Bea obsession. And clearly I plan on (and will) watch the last couple soap operas that John Lloyd and Bea have done (actually, I think all I have left is It Might Be You, which I started watching awhile back but it was a little too serious for me so I had switched to Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, but I definitely will go back to it since it was the first soap opera they did where the entire story was centered around them. But there's also Book 2 of Maging Sino Ka Man, which I am nervous about watching since I know that it breaks up Jackie and Eli yet again and I'm not sure if my heart can take that angst, especially after seeing them so happy). Er... how did I turn this back into a discussion about John Lloyd and Bea? One track mind, apparently.

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

If that means OMG WTF in a bad way, that would be season 2 of Ugly Betty, simply because it was so predictable and ridiculously boring and it basically proved that the entirety of season 2 was a complete waste of time. It did not leave me excited for season 3 in any way, shape, or form, and honestly, season 3 was even more lame than season 2 was. *sigh* But at least the season 3 finale was awesome. More recently, this could apply to the 30 Rock season 4 finale, because I just do not care about Jack's love life one bit and I do not care to see him have a baby with someone who is not Liz and I was just shocked that they're tying down the character like that. And why the heck does he get rewarded for stringing two women along? Ugh. I was angry at that finale. I'm still angry at that finale.

the days )

The 30 Day Film Meme
Day 09 - The best soundtrack/score to a film

Soundtrack-wise, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King have always been favorites of mine. Not sure if anything will ever beat those. Pocahontas, Mulan (this song kind of makes me a little flaily over Donny Osmond, which is just plain wrong), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are also often played, but not as often as the first three (holy crap, I don't think I realized how full of lust that Hunchback song was when I was 12).

Score-wise, there are so many films that I could name, but I think I'll go with Gettysburg, which is weird considering the fact that I haven't actually watched the entirety of that film since it's so freaking long, but my oldest brother went through a phase where he was obsessed with the Civil War and he bought that soundtrack and he used to play it on the main stereo ALL THE TIME because he had broken his own boombox, and I guess it grew on me? So, yeah, Gettysburg. I also want to say The Untouchables, namely the end title score, because it's amazing (and, not surprisingly, The Oscars are fond of playing it during their various movie montages and I get weirdly excited whenever they do that).

Day 10 - Favourite classic film

Pretty sure my answer here is My Fair Lady, but I was also thinking Taxi Driver and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. MFL is my most watched classic, though. Although my cassette of Pete's Dragon is pretty worn out, too.

the days )
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff 2)
I feel like I've been away from LJ forever, but in actuality it's only been 2 or 3 days. Hm. But anyway, I have a backlog of comments and PMs to answer, which I will! Eventually! Now that I've finished watching I ♥ Betty la Fea (and yes, I feel just as empty now as when I finished the original version. *sigh*)

But anyway, before I get to Ugly Betty talk, here are my Thursday Night TV reactions:

1. Community - HELL YES. JEFF/ANNIE 4EVR!!!1!1!1!! ♥ ♥ ♥ No, but seriously, they were on fire tonight. I LOVE THEM SO VERY MUCH! And Troy with his natural plumbing talents! And Senor Chang with his keytar aspirations! And Abed with his accidentally offensive movie quotes! And Pierce! Oh, this show, I love it. Especially when Jeff and Annie make googly eyes at each other and then blush.

2. Parks and Rec - Loved it, as usual. Ron was my favorite, as usual. April and Andy were adorable yet dense, as usual. *sigh* Rob Lowe dazzled me with his pearly white smile, as usual (he's like a Ken doll!). I am enjoying Leslie's new man, even though I still 100% believe that Ron and Leslie were made for each other. Ann made me giggle! She so rarely gets to be the goofy one. So, basically, I enjoyed this ep, and I am especially loving the April/Andy angst that manages to be rather subtle but still pretty obvious (and kind of heartbreaking).

3. The Office - Andy! ANDY!!!!!!!! Oh, you guys, my Andy is so back. ♥ Er... that's pretty much all I have to say about the ep. It made me laugh! A lot! So, that was good.

4. 30 Rock - Meh. I am enjoying this show a lot less without my Jack/Liz enthusiasm. However, I still found the ep funny, just, you know, it bugs me so much when Jack and Liz are trying so hard to find "the one" when all evidence points to the fact that they are each other's "one," especially since that passage that Liz was reading at the wedding shouted "THAT'S JACK AND LIZ" at me, and then Liz proceeds to stall the wedding simply because Jack asked her to in text form. She didn't even think about it, she just did it! And if that's not love, then I don't know what is. Not only that, but she just freaking lit up when she realized he was there. THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHER, SHOW. WHY CAN'T YOU FIGURE THIS OUT ALREADY? Liz can't find the right dude because none of them are Jack. You know it, I know it, Hong Kong knows it, so, COME THE FREAK ON. I... I really didn't mean to rant. I enjoyed the episode! I did! Especially Dennis! And Wesley! But you know how I feel about my Jack/Liz. I miss the show focusing on their awesomeness.



Okay, so, as I mentioned earlier, I've finished the Filipino version of Ugly Betty. It was INSANE, but I enjoyed it immensely. What I loved about this version so much is that the romance between Betty and Armando was genuine throughout the whole show. They started as boss and employee, and Armando actually resented Betty at first since his father made him hire her (probably an homage to the American version, as was Betty walking into the plate glass window), and a lot of the first few eps happened a lot like the original, except this Betty wasn't so naive, and while she was a little scared in the beginning, she started to stand up for herself and make Armando realize what a jerk he was, and their dynamic really reminded me of the American version, especially once they started getting closer. They really did become good friends, but Armando was kind of clueless (again, he really reminded me of the American version of the character once he got out of his jerky stage). And the more time Armando spent with Betty, the more he realized that they click with each other on every level. When she wasn't with him, he felt incomplete, and that was before his feelings even started getting romantic. I loved how, when he was on vacation with Marcela and feeling trapped, he opened his computer and watched the video Betty had given him, and he gets this warm look on his face and then just bursts out laughing during the part where she's laughing, and for this one moment he feels free, but then thoughts of Marcela come into his mind and he starts crying. GUH! And I like how it took certain moments from the original and completely changed their context, like the handkerchief moment, or Betty's botched makeover (which was intentionally bad in this version because she thought that Armando's feelings weren't real). Basically, what I loved the most about this version is that it took the same story but looked at it from a legitimate point of view rather than having the romance be deceptive, so instead of Betty and Armando's problems arising out of betrayal, the problems they faced were about people looking down on them for their romance/people thinking they were mismatched/people thinking that Betty was the waitress or the maid instead of Armando's girlfriend. And ooooooooh were they adorable together. The courtship was well-paced and beautiful and the show knew when to focus solely on them. But then the bad stuff started happening, and then Armando did a really, really stupid thing that broke my Betty's heart, and it was a long, long road to recovery, some of which I enjoyed immensely, but also some of which I thought went on for too long (which was mainly the bit where they were separated for so many episodes, but I actually think the separation was a lot shorter than the Colombian and Russian versions).

So, while I really, really enjoyed the romance, to the point where I maybe even loved them more than the original Betty/Armando (maybe), the show went wrong in a lot of places. Namely, all the scheming. My god, I always thought that the American version had too much scheming going on, but it was nothing compared to this one. Nothing. I got so sick of Daniela's schemes that I just wanted to reach into my computer and strangle her. Especially since she kept blaming all of her family's problems on Betty, which was so insanely ridiculous. And Armando's father was such a jackass, I freaking hated him, but then he became sympathetic, but then he turned into a jackass again, and the dude just had the poorest judgment in the world for trusting Daniela even after she destroyed the company, and he has the nerve to treat Betty like dirt after she restored the company to its full glory, and just... ugh. Tragedy upon tragedy fell on Betty's family (and her romance with Armando) because of Daniela's scheming and Roberto's stupidity, and in the end they all get forgiven like nothing happened. UGH. So, yeah, the show stretched itself too thin with the soap opera theatrics, but at least they kept the romance perfect. What I loved about the original was that even though it was a soap opera, it really didn't feel like a soap opera since the problems the characters faced were realistic, and the show made every single character so very human. This version failed in that, but I don't think it ever set out to do that. Anyway, it kept the romance very real and sweet and heartbreaking and adorable, and it kept the Pengson family moments very real (most of which made me cry like crazy), so, I enjoyed this version very, very much, even though quality-wise it really pales in comparison to the original.

And now I'm sad since I'm out of versions to watch. I still want to see the German version. WHY IS IT NOT ON YOUTUBE, DAMN IT?
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff 2)
I feel like I've been away from LJ forever, but in actuality it's only been 2 or 3 days. Hm. But anyway, I have a backlog of comments and PMs to answer, which I will! Eventually! Now that I've finished watching I ♥ Betty la Fea (and yes, I feel just as empty now as when I finished the original version. *sigh*)

But anyway, before I get to Ugly Betty talk, here are my Thursday Night TV reactions:

1. Community - HELL YES. JEFF/ANNIE 4EVR!!!1!1!1!! ♥ ♥ ♥ No, but seriously, they were on fire tonight. I LOVE THEM SO VERY MUCH! And Troy with his natural plumbing talents! And Senor Chang with his keytar aspirations! And Abed with his accidentally offensive movie quotes! And Pierce! Oh, this show, I love it. Especially when Jeff and Annie make googly eyes at each other and then blush.

2. Parks and Rec - Loved it, as usual. Ron was my favorite, as usual. April and Andy were adorable yet dense, as usual. *sigh* Rob Lowe dazzled me with his pearly white smile, as usual (he's like a Ken doll!). I am enjoying Leslie's new man, even though I still 100% believe that Ron and Leslie were made for each other. Ann made me giggle! She so rarely gets to be the goofy one. So, basically, I enjoyed this ep, and I am especially loving the April/Andy angst that manages to be rather subtle but still pretty obvious (and kind of heartbreaking).

3. The Office - Andy! ANDY!!!!!!!! Oh, you guys, my Andy is so back. ♥ Er... that's pretty much all I have to say about the ep. It made me laugh! A lot! So, that was good.

4. 30 Rock - Meh. I am enjoying this show a lot less without my Jack/Liz enthusiasm. However, I still found the ep funny, just, you know, it bugs me so much when Jack and Liz are trying so hard to find "the one" when all evidence points to the fact that they are each other's "one," especially since that passage that Liz was reading at the wedding shouted "THAT'S JACK AND LIZ" at me, and then Liz proceeds to stall the wedding simply because Jack asked her to in text form. She didn't even think about it, she just did it! And if that's not love, then I don't know what is. Not only that, but she just freaking lit up when she realized he was there. THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHER, SHOW. WHY CAN'T YOU FIGURE THIS OUT ALREADY? Liz can't find the right dude because none of them are Jack. You know it, I know it, Hong Kong knows it, so, COME THE FREAK ON. I... I really didn't mean to rant. I enjoyed the episode! I did! Especially Dennis! And Wesley! But you know how I feel about my Jack/Liz. I miss the show focusing on their awesomeness.



Okay, so, as I mentioned earlier, I've finished the Filipino version of Ugly Betty. It was INSANE, but I enjoyed it immensely. What I loved about this version so much is that the romance between Betty and Armando was genuine throughout the whole show. They started as boss and employee, and Armando actually resented Betty at first since his father made him hire her (probably an homage to the American version, as was Betty walking into the plate glass window), and a lot of the first few eps happened a lot like the original, except this Betty wasn't so naive, and while she was a little scared in the beginning, she started to stand up for herself and make Armando realize what a jerk he was, and their dynamic really reminded me of the American version, especially once they started getting closer. They really did become good friends, but Armando was kind of clueless (again, he really reminded me of the American version of the character once he got out of his jerky stage). And the more time Armando spent with Betty, the more he realized that they click with each other on every level. When she wasn't with him, he felt incomplete, and that was before his feelings even started getting romantic. I loved how, when he was on vacation with Marcela and feeling trapped, he opened his computer and watched the video Betty had given him, and he gets this warm look on his face and then just bursts out laughing during the part where she's laughing, and for this one moment he feels free, but then thoughts of Marcela come into his mind and he starts crying. GUH! And I like how it took certain moments from the original and completely changed their context, like the handkerchief moment, or Betty's botched makeover (which was intentionally bad in this version because she thought that Armando's feelings weren't real). Basically, what I loved the most about this version is that it took the same story but looked at it from a legitimate point of view rather than having the romance be deceptive, so instead of Betty and Armando's problems arising out of betrayal, the problems they faced were about people looking down on them for their romance/people thinking they were mismatched/people thinking that Betty was the waitress or the maid instead of Armando's girlfriend. And ooooooooh were they adorable together. The courtship was well-paced and beautiful and the show knew when to focus solely on them. But then the bad stuff started happening, and then Armando did a really, really stupid thing that broke my Betty's heart, and it was a long, long road to recovery, some of which I enjoyed immensely, but also some of which I thought went on for too long (which was mainly the bit where they were separated for so many episodes, but I actually think the separation was a lot shorter than the Colombian and Russian versions).

So, while I really, really enjoyed the romance, to the point where I maybe even loved them more than the original Betty/Armando (maybe), the show went wrong in a lot of places. Namely, all the scheming. My god, I always thought that the American version had too much scheming going on, but it was nothing compared to this one. Nothing. I got so sick of Daniela's schemes that I just wanted to reach into my computer and strangle her. Especially since she kept blaming all of her family's problems on Betty, which was so insanely ridiculous. And Armando's father was such a jackass, I freaking hated him, but then he became sympathetic, but then he turned into a jackass again, and the dude just had the poorest judgment in the world for trusting Daniela even after she destroyed the company, and he has the nerve to treat Betty like dirt after she restored the company to its full glory, and just... ugh. Tragedy upon tragedy fell on Betty's family (and her romance with Armando) because of Daniela's scheming and Roberto's stupidity, and in the end they all get forgiven like nothing happened. UGH. So, yeah, the show stretched itself too thin with the soap opera theatrics, but at least they kept the romance perfect. What I loved about the original was that even though it was a soap opera, it really didn't feel like a soap opera since the problems the characters faced were realistic, and the show made every single character so very human. This version failed in that, but I don't think it ever set out to do that. Anyway, it kept the romance very real and sweet and heartbreaking and adorable, and it kept the Pengson family moments very real (most of which made me cry like crazy), so, I enjoyed this version very, very much, even though quality-wise it really pales in comparison to the original.

And now I'm sad since I'm out of versions to watch. I still want to see the German version. WHY IS IT NOT ON YOUTUBE, DAMN IT?

*dies*

May. 10th, 2010 02:40 am
firthgal: (daniel betty - hug)
So uh... you know the Filipino version of Ugly Betty that I've been talking about all weekend? I finally got to the romance, and I was right, it was totally legit, no deviance whatsoever! IT'S PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING I WANTED THE AMERICAN VERSION TO BE. But I've now hit the heartbreak, where Betty thinks he did it for the business, but in actuality he had totally fallen in love with her long before he had started romancing her. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE, YOU GUYS. But now they are both in pain for no damn reason! Ugh, it's killing me! Stupid Mario. Stupid, stupid Mario.

ETA: Okay, they are already back to their adorable hair-smelling selves! OMG, I LOVE THEM. But you know that Daniella and Marcela will soon destroy their happiness, because that's just how they roll.

*dies*

May. 10th, 2010 02:40 am
firthgal: (daniel betty - hug)
So uh... you know the Filipino version of Ugly Betty that I've been talking about all weekend? I finally got to the romance, and I was right, it was totally legit, no deviance whatsoever! IT'S PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING I WANTED THE AMERICAN VERSION TO BE. But I've now hit the heartbreak, where Betty thinks he did it for the business, but in actuality he had totally fallen in love with her long before he had started romancing her. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE, YOU GUYS. But now they are both in pain for no damn reason! Ugh, it's killing me! Stupid Mario. Stupid, stupid Mario.

ETA: Okay, they are already back to their adorable hair-smelling selves! OMG, I LOVE THEM. But you know that Daniella and Marcela will soon destroy their happiness, because that's just how they roll.
firthgal: (daniel betty - the end)
Dear Ugly Betty,

THANK YOU.

With much renewed love,
Me

Dear Anti-Daniel/Betty Shippers,

Ha!
Ha!
HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Suck it,
Me

I AM ALLOWED TO BE PETTY! I AM SO, SO ALLOWED! OMG, THANK YOU, UGLY BETTY! THANK YOU! I will still gripe about how wrong you went, but it's only because I love you. At least you ended in a completely fantastic way that was the exact right amount of subtle that I had always imagined. And you made great use of callbacks from the pilot, which won me over because I am a sucker for such things (especially the ending!!! I knew that look was important. I KNEW IT!) *siiiiiigh* Also, I love that even the villains get happy endings on this show. Wilhelmina's ending was the most satisfying, oddly. I think because it sort of redeemed her and she actually learned something in the process. Oh, Willie, I think I might miss you the most. *cries*
firthgal: (daniel betty - the end)
Dear Ugly Betty,

THANK YOU.

With much renewed love,
Me

Dear Anti-Daniel/Betty Shippers,

Ha!
Ha!
HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Suck it,
Me

I AM ALLOWED TO BE PETTY! I AM SO, SO ALLOWED! OMG, THANK YOU, UGLY BETTY! THANK YOU! I will still gripe about how wrong you went, but it's only because I love you. At least you ended in a completely fantastic way that was the exact right amount of subtle that I had always imagined. And you made great use of callbacks from the pilot, which won me over because I am a sucker for such things (especially the ending!!! I knew that look was important. I KNEW IT!) *siiiiiigh* Also, I love that even the villains get happy endings on this show. Wilhelmina's ending was the most satisfying, oddly. I think because it sort of redeemed her and she actually learned something in the process. Oh, Willie, I think I might miss you the most. *cries*
firthgal: (betty armando - arm in arm)
It is taking every ounce of willpower that I have to not read all the spoilers for the Ugly Betty finale. It sounds like most critics hated it, but then again, most critics are anti-Detty, so perhaps this is a good thing? I AM WAY TOO EXCITED FOR THIS DAMN FINALE. Which means I will probably be disappointed. Or not, because I'm not really expecting anything as awesome as a kiss. Simply a hint of something happening in the future will probably suffice for me (though that doesn't stop me from wanting a kiss). I've been trying to catch up on all the TWoP posts and the blog posts, and man, I have psyched myself up for this ep way too much. Now that a week has gone by, it is still shocking how much the anti-Detty sentiment of the fandom has disappeared. It's still there, just... not as fierce? And what's weird is that I keep seeing the anti-shippers talking about themselves as if they are an oppressed minority, and I'm just like, "WHUT?" Did they miss the Henry days when the D/B shippers were ripped to shreds by all the Betty/Henry shippers? Did they miss the 75 pages or so Daniel/Betty thread where the shippers just kept getting attacked and had to defend their views anytime they expressed excitement over a D/B scene? Did they miss the media calling anyone who shipped them delusional morons? The only place where Daniel/Betty shippers have dominated is the fanfic, and even there we pretty much disappeared during season 3. We're not exactly a domineering shipping faction, and the people who think we are must be hanging around different places than I do (which is very possible). I admit that there are a few people who make me roll my eyes every time I see a post from them, but even they aren't that bad, they just kind of make us look stupid, and we're not, it's just that the D/B shippers seem to have trouble writing coherently sometimes, which I think is an "English as a second language" thing more than anything else. I don't know.

Anyway, I've been coming across quite a lot of comments that paint Yo Soy Betty, La Fea as some kind of crime against humanity, which... I don't get. And most of the people painting it this way haven't even seen the damn thing, they've just been basing it off of random comments from other people (who probably never watched it). Now, I do agree with a lot of the feminist views, how it's ridiculous that Armando gets forgiven for all of the heartless acts that he commits while Marcela gets painted as annoying and unforgivable by the very man who made her that way, how it's chauvinistic that Betty is so in love and devoted to a man that treats her so awful, how it's not fair that Betty takes him back in the end. But you know what? The romance was so very much about how Betty perceived herself. In the beginning, Betty felt that she was powerless, hence her taking a job that was so far below her abilities. She felt like she wasn't worthy of being treated better than she was, hence her being perfectly fine with being shut into that tiny little office/closet. She wanted to be treated better, she wanted the desk that Patricia got, but she didn't fight for it because she didn't really perceive herself as being worthy of it. When she started working for Armando, she was fiercely loyal to him before the crush started. She wanted to prove herself worthy of the job, and she more than accomplished that. It wasn't until Armando made her feel important that she started to have a crush on him. She was perfectly aware of his flaws, but he made her feel needed. This was important. The crush wasn't necessarily about Armando, it was about the power that he gave her. The more responsibility he gave her, the more power she held, the more attention he gave her, the more important she felt. Armando was despicable, utterly despicable, but he had these moments where he was so genuinely affectionate with her, and outside of her family, he was the only person who treated her with such reverence. But he also shouted at her all the time, and she kind of just nodded and took it with a smile, and it's important to note that her father treated her the same way (but her father also loved her fiercely, but Betty was used to being treated this way, and in fact found it pretty normal, so that cancels out the whole "she's stupid for falling for a man like that" argument. The show made it a point to illustrate Armando and Hermes as being very similar men, it's just that Hermes had morals and respect for other people, whereas Armando did not). Now, once the actual romance starts, again, it's about empowering Betty. She's never been wanted before, and here's the man she's been fantasizing about for months saying that she's his obsession. He pursues her relentlessly and makes her feel beautiful and loved and wanted, all things that she never felt she deserved. He makes her realize that she does deserve all of that, she is just as worthy of happiness as anyone else. And when that state of happiness gets crushed, when she learns what a bastard he is, she becomes aware of just how much power she holds over him, and she uses it, and it's glorious. But she still loves him. She's woken up from the dream and sees him for what he truly is, but she still loves the bastard, because no one's ever made her feel as happy as he made her feel, and no one ever will again, and this kills her, and it kills her that she hates seeing him in pain, because she wants to cause him pain, she wants him to suffer the way that he made her suffer. It's not pretty, and it never tries to be, but at the same time, it's utterly beautiful. It's just something that you have to watch for yourself in order to understand it. It's messed up, yes, but it's also wonderfully entertaining and utterly heartbreaking to watch as it all unfolds, and I just don't think people should deem it unworthy of the American version, because really? The quality of the American version can't even hold a candle to the original. I LOVED season 1 of Ugly Betty, and I will forever defend it, but the show went so wrong after that. The Colombian version is all kinds of dysfunctional, but it was beautifully written.

Speaking of Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, I've fallen deeply, deeply in love with the Russian version. At first I was a little detached, but once the show hit the romance, you could really see the differences between Katya/Andrey and Betty/Armando. Katya and Andrey are so much more tender with each other, to the point where a lot of their moments make me cry, because they both are just in so much pain and they can't stand it. Betty and Armando were all passion and fire and desperateness and Betty took so much pleasure out of her revenge, but with Katya, the revenge is hurting her just as much as it's hurting Andrey. This moment in particular gets me (starts at about 5:47, it's when he's asking her to make the fake balance sheet and she kept holding off on it to torture him, and he talks about his life being in her hands and whatnot (at least, in the Colombian version that's what he says, not sure what's being said here, but it's beautiful. God, I so love that piano instrumental):



Colombian version of same scene )

I love that in the Russian one, it's Katya rushing to him for the hug. You really see her struggle going on there, how she's always been the one to comfort him and she can't resist in this moment, and Andrey just rushes into her arms. In the Colombian one, Armando is so desperate and you can see how much Betty has suffered from all of his head games, and he's the one that initiated the contact. God, they are both so heart-wrenching in their own ways. But I love how the Russian one is different in that it treats the dramatic moments as actual drama rather than the over the top melodrama (which I also love, but it's nice seeing it from a completely serious stand-point).

Their goodbye hug also gets me (starts at about 1:45):



Colombian version of same scene, starts at 5:40 )

Once again, the Russian one is so, so tender, and Katya reciprocates the hug. I so love that they chose to extend this scene where the Colombian version cut off, most especially the bit where Kiera walked in. It shows how lost in each other Andrey and Katya are, how much they don't want to part but know they have to, whereas Betty and Armando are super guilty looking and Betty just wants to get the hell away from him and he's so, so desperate to tell her his side of the story. What's heartbreaking about the Russian version is how mean he is to Kiera there (and many other scenes, because she is way more sympathetic than Marcela was, and before Katya came along, Andrey was actually somewhat decent to Kiera, but, you know, he still cheated on her constantly, because he's a douche).

Oh, oh! I must also include their taxi moment, which actually happened before both of those clips (starts at about 5:30. This one really made me cry):



Colombian version of same scene )

Guuuuuuuuuh! See, the contrast between the couples is really shown there. Same exact plot, totally different love story simply because of the differences in their interactions. Plus, in the Colombian one, they are making out in like every other scene, and with the Russian one, they barely ever kiss on the lips. IT'S REALLY FRUSTRATING. But at the same time, it makes their big kisses all the more climactic, most especially the second time they sleep together. That bit was like one big glorious explosion of repressed passion. *dreamy sigh* The sad part is that I keep imagining these scenes with the American Daniel and Betty, and how awesome they would have been together, and then I get depressed. I hope someday that either Canada or the UK buys the rights to Yo Soy Betty, La Fea and does an actual adaption so that this story can exist in the English language (although, it might not go over too well seeing as how it's a gigantic case of sexual harassment and we don't exactly have any social classes that we respect more than others, so... hmm. You know, really, I just wanted Ugly Betty to go the "best friends falling in love" route, and I wanted them to do it right instead of shoving it into the two very last episodes, but whatever. If I get my Daniel/Betty ending, I will probably be happy).

Er... in non Ugly Betty related news, I loved Glee last night. They pretty much corrected everything that I hated about the show. Also, I am now so totally on the Rachel/Finn train (though, you know, Will/Rachel and Finn/Kurt still own me). Also, The Big Bang Theory was magnificent on Monday.
firthgal: (betty armando - arm in arm)
It is taking every ounce of willpower that I have to not read all the spoilers for the Ugly Betty finale. It sounds like most critics hated it, but then again, most critics are anti-Detty, so perhaps this is a good thing? I AM WAY TOO EXCITED FOR THIS DAMN FINALE. Which means I will probably be disappointed. Or not, because I'm not really expecting anything as awesome as a kiss. Simply a hint of something happening in the future will probably suffice for me (though that doesn't stop me from wanting a kiss). I've been trying to catch up on all the TWoP posts and the blog posts, and man, I have psyched myself up for this ep way too much. Now that a week has gone by, it is still shocking how much the anti-Detty sentiment of the fandom has disappeared. It's still there, just... not as fierce? And what's weird is that I keep seeing the anti-shippers talking about themselves as if they are an oppressed minority, and I'm just like, "WHUT?" Did they miss the Henry days when the D/B shippers were ripped to shreds by all the Betty/Henry shippers? Did they miss the 75 pages or so Daniel/Betty thread where the shippers just kept getting attacked and had to defend their views anytime they expressed excitement over a D/B scene? Did they miss the media calling anyone who shipped them delusional morons? The only place where Daniel/Betty shippers have dominated is the fanfic, and even there we pretty much disappeared during season 3. We're not exactly a domineering shipping faction, and the people who think we are must be hanging around different places than I do (which is very possible). I admit that there are a few people who make me roll my eyes every time I see a post from them, but even they aren't that bad, they just kind of make us look stupid, and we're not, it's just that the D/B shippers seem to have trouble writing coherently sometimes, which I think is an "English as a second language" thing more than anything else. I don't know.

Anyway, I've been coming across quite a lot of comments that paint Yo Soy Betty, La Fea as some kind of crime against humanity, which... I don't get. And most of the people painting it this way haven't even seen the damn thing, they've just been basing it off of random comments from other people (who probably never watched it). Now, I do agree with a lot of the feminist views, how it's ridiculous that Armando gets forgiven for all of the heartless acts that he commits while Marcela gets painted as annoying and unforgivable by the very man who made her that way, how it's chauvinistic that Betty is so in love and devoted to a man that treats her so awful, how it's not fair that Betty takes him back in the end. But you know what? The romance was so very much about how Betty perceived herself. In the beginning, Betty felt that she was powerless, hence her taking a job that was so far below her abilities. She felt like she wasn't worthy of being treated better than she was, hence her being perfectly fine with being shut into that tiny little office/closet. She wanted to be treated better, she wanted the desk that Patricia got, but she didn't fight for it because she didn't really perceive herself as being worthy of it. When she started working for Armando, she was fiercely loyal to him before the crush started. She wanted to prove herself worthy of the job, and she more than accomplished that. It wasn't until Armando made her feel important that she started to have a crush on him. She was perfectly aware of his flaws, but he made her feel needed. This was important. The crush wasn't necessarily about Armando, it was about the power that he gave her. The more responsibility he gave her, the more power she held, the more attention he gave her, the more important she felt. Armando was despicable, utterly despicable, but he had these moments where he was so genuinely affectionate with her, and outside of her family, he was the only person who treated her with such reverence. But he also shouted at her all the time, and she kind of just nodded and took it with a smile, and it's important to note that her father treated her the same way (but her father also loved her fiercely, but Betty was used to being treated this way, and in fact found it pretty normal, so that cancels out the whole "she's stupid for falling for a man like that" argument. The show made it a point to illustrate Armando and Hermes as being very similar men, it's just that Hermes had morals and respect for other people, whereas Armando did not). Now, once the actual romance starts, again, it's about empowering Betty. She's never been wanted before, and here's the man she's been fantasizing about for months saying that she's his obsession. He pursues her relentlessly and makes her feel beautiful and loved and wanted, all things that she never felt she deserved. He makes her realize that she does deserve all of that, she is just as worthy of happiness as anyone else. And when that state of happiness gets crushed, when she learns what a bastard he is, she becomes aware of just how much power she holds over him, and she uses it, and it's glorious. But she still loves him. She's woken up from the dream and sees him for what he truly is, but she still loves the bastard, because no one's ever made her feel as happy as he made her feel, and no one ever will again, and this kills her, and it kills her that she hates seeing him in pain, because she wants to cause him pain, she wants him to suffer the way that he made her suffer. It's not pretty, and it never tries to be, but at the same time, it's utterly beautiful. It's just something that you have to watch for yourself in order to understand it. It's messed up, yes, but it's also wonderfully entertaining and utterly heartbreaking to watch as it all unfolds, and I just don't think people should deem it unworthy of the American version, because really? The quality of the American version can't even hold a candle to the original. I LOVED season 1 of Ugly Betty, and I will forever defend it, but the show went so wrong after that. The Colombian version is all kinds of dysfunctional, but it was beautifully written.

Speaking of Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, I've fallen deeply, deeply in love with the Russian version. At first I was a little detached, but once the show hit the romance, you could really see the differences between Katya/Andrey and Betty/Armando. Katya and Andrey are so much more tender with each other, to the point where a lot of their moments make me cry, because they both are just in so much pain and they can't stand it. Betty and Armando were all passion and fire and desperateness and Betty took so much pleasure out of her revenge, but with Katya, the revenge is hurting her just as much as it's hurting Andrey. This moment in particular gets me (starts at about 5:47, it's when he's asking her to make the fake balance sheet and she kept holding off on it to torture him, and he talks about his life being in her hands and whatnot (at least, in the Colombian version that's what he says, not sure what's being said here, but it's beautiful. God, I so love that piano instrumental):



Colombian version of same scene )

I love that in the Russian one, it's Katya rushing to him for the hug. You really see her struggle going on there, how she's always been the one to comfort him and she can't resist in this moment, and Andrey just rushes into her arms. In the Colombian one, Armando is so desperate and you can see how much Betty has suffered from all of his head games, and he's the one that initiated the contact. God, they are both so heart-wrenching in their own ways. But I love how the Russian one is different in that it treats the dramatic moments as actual drama rather than the over the top melodrama (which I also love, but it's nice seeing it from a completely serious stand-point).

Their goodbye hug also gets me (starts at about 1:45):



Colombian version of same scene, starts at 5:40 )

Once again, the Russian one is so, so tender, and Katya reciprocates the hug. I so love that they chose to extend this scene where the Colombian version cut off, most especially the bit where Kiera walked in. It shows how lost in each other Andrey and Katya are, how much they don't want to part but know they have to, whereas Betty and Armando are super guilty looking and Betty just wants to get the hell away from him and he's so, so desperate to tell her his side of the story. What's heartbreaking about the Russian version is how mean he is to Kiera there (and many other scenes, because she is way more sympathetic than Marcela was, and before Katya came along, Andrey was actually somewhat decent to Kiera, but, you know, he still cheated on her constantly, because he's a douche).

Oh, oh! I must also include their taxi moment, which actually happened before both of those clips (starts at about 5:30. This one really made me cry):



Colombian version of same scene )

Guuuuuuuuuh! See, the contrast between the couples is really shown there. Same exact plot, totally different love story simply because of the differences in their interactions. Plus, in the Colombian one, they are making out in like every other scene, and with the Russian one, they barely ever kiss on the lips. IT'S REALLY FRUSTRATING. But at the same time, it makes their big kisses all the more climactic, most especially the second time they sleep together. That bit was like one big glorious explosion of repressed passion. *dreamy sigh* The sad part is that I keep imagining these scenes with the American Daniel and Betty, and how awesome they would have been together, and then I get depressed. I hope someday that either Canada or the UK buys the rights to Yo Soy Betty, La Fea and does an actual adaption so that this story can exist in the English language (although, it might not go over too well seeing as how it's a gigantic case of sexual harassment and we don't exactly have any social classes that we respect more than others, so... hmm. You know, really, I just wanted Ugly Betty to go the "best friends falling in love" route, and I wanted them to do it right instead of shoving it into the two very last episodes, but whatever. If I get my Daniel/Betty ending, I will probably be happy).

Er... in non Ugly Betty related news, I loved Glee last night. They pretty much corrected everything that I hated about the show. Also, I am now so totally on the Rachel/Finn train (though, you know, Will/Rachel and Finn/Kurt still own me). Also, The Big Bang Theory was magnificent on Monday.

*facepalm*

Apr. 9th, 2010 02:14 am
firthgal: (daniel betty - arm in arm)
I am lame. So, so lame. SO lame. I spent most of my day obsessing over Daniel/Betty, which included being glued to TWoP, watching last night's ep a billion times, writing half a fic, coming up with a cheesetastic fanvid idea, and, lastly, making a ridiculously horrible Daniel/Betty header at 2:00 in the morning. OMG, I AM FINALLY REMEMBERING WHY I WAS SO DAMN IN LOVE WITH THIS SHIP. *dreamy sigh*

ETA: Oh, also, I just wanted to note the utter anviliciousness of the songs that were being played last night during Betty and Daniel's dance(s):

the first one (that featured everyone): "I want a little something more. I want a love that will last." HELLO, DANIEL'S FEELINGS. And, okay, really it was about Justin's coming out in that beautifully subtle way that he did, but still, it made a point of showing all the lasting loves that were on the dance floor, and Daniel/Betty were featured pretty prominently there.

second one (which was entirely D/B): "I would cross a stormy ocean if I could be with you." FORESHADOW ALERT.

*facepalm*

Apr. 9th, 2010 02:14 am
firthgal: (daniel betty - arm in arm)
I am lame. So, so lame. SO lame. I spent most of my day obsessing over Daniel/Betty, which included being glued to TWoP, watching last night's ep a billion times, writing half a fic, coming up with a cheesetastic fanvid idea, and, lastly, making a ridiculously horrible Daniel/Betty header at 2:00 in the morning. OMG, I AM FINALLY REMEMBERING WHY I WAS SO DAMN IN LOVE WITH THIS SHIP. *dreamy sigh*

ETA: Oh, also, I just wanted to note the utter anviliciousness of the songs that were being played last night during Betty and Daniel's dance(s):

the first one (that featured everyone): "I want a little something more. I want a love that will last." HELLO, DANIEL'S FEELINGS. And, okay, really it was about Justin's coming out in that beautifully subtle way that he did, but still, it made a point of showing all the lasting loves that were on the dance floor, and Daniel/Betty were featured pretty prominently there.

second one (which was entirely D/B): "I would cross a stormy ocean if I could be with you." FORESHADOW ALERT.
firthgal: (daniel betty - hug)
I FORGIVE YOU, UGLY BETTY! DAMN IT, I FORGIVE YOU!

Spoilers, and whole lot of EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! )

In other news, I have had a ridiculous influx of reviews on my Daniel/Betty fics. Clearly the general population wants Daniel and Betty to get together in the finale. Clearly.

ETA: TWOP IS BEING FREAKISHLY POSITIVE ABOUT DANIEL/BETTY! This pleases me more than it should. Seriously. Only one negative comment so far, everyone else is like, "Whatevs, it's the finale! Bring it on!"

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