Billy Elliot

Jul. 29th, 2016 | 01:31 am

Just watched a local performance of Billy Elliot yesterday. The 13-y.o. playing Billy is Philipp Mergener, and he’s been doing ballet since he was four.

I love some of the additions the musical made (compared to the movie):
- The mum’s letter
- Grandma’s song
- Dream dance sequence with older Billy
[SPOILERS kinda]
- What his dad decided to do after he confronted the dance teacher and went “He’s my son. He’s my responsibility.”

“No one can give what I can give him.” *is slayed*

I don’t like musical!Michael as much as movie!Michael. Also, nothing can beat movie!Billy’s angry dance. The musical angry dance feels contrived and therefore doesn’t have as much impact…

This local performance doesn’t employ enough pauses to build anticipation. But I guess they already clock at 2 hrs 30 minutes and didn’t want to make it longer?

In closing, Elliott Hanna performing “Electricity” in Billy Elliott the Musical Live.
Ickle!Tom Holland* and two other Billys performing “Electricity” together.

* Tom Holland was one of the West End Billy Elliots from September 2008 to May 2010. He trained for 2.5 years before taking on the role.

#aw geez I love Billy's dad so much #Jackie Elliott

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Dear F-list, please rec me someone to follow

Jul. 20th, 2015 | 10:23 pm

Consider it this year's birthday present =D

Someone on LJ, DW...or even Tumblr*.

I haven't been present online for the last two years (more like three) =/, and I miss the human connection.
(I feel that Tumblr is even worse than Facebook** for human connection/ease of communication, but ugh. Needs must.)

I wish I'm still in Merlin fandom because they're just so sweet. And even nowadays I'd get random kudos for the few Merlin fic I put up on AO3.

Am not in Teen Wolf fandom anymore (still have one WiP though). I was reading a lot of Dean/Castiel*** there for awhile, then got sidetracked with some Steve/Bucky and Steve/Tony. asdDSnjdsgkjaskncmca this fic (WiP) is so epic and so tragic:
Born from the Earth by venusm
Tony Stark's born an omega in a world where that means he's supposed to follow certain social rules. He becomes Iron Man anyway: Fuck biology.
If only his biology (and the world) would quit fucking him back.

The worldbuilding is insane awe-inducing.

And also this time travel Steve/Tony fic: The Twice-Told Tale by arysteia.

And this Tony Stark fandvid: Oh No by lilly_the_kid
The song choice is just so appropriate for Tony ;_; <333

I kinda want to be in the Avengers fandom but feel intimidated because I haven't read any of the comics. (I find the X-men fandom even more intimidating for the same reason.)

* I can't bring myself to type it in lowercase >__>
** Not that I have a Facebook.

*** The first one that made me cry was Appoggiatura by ceeainthereforthat.
Castiel leaves the religious commune of Heaven Farms to study classical piano after winning a full scholarship paid for by the Deanna Campbell Memorial Foundation, and answers an ad in the campus newspaper: 1 bedroom to let. Meals provided. 50mb wifi, quiet odd music student preferred.

Anyway! Leave your birthday wishes here =) and rec me someone (or two, or three) to follow, please.

Either way, *hugs* I hope everyone's doing fine.

birthday, fandom, me,

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03 • 05 • There can never be too many remixes

May. 13th, 2012 | 01:44 pm

Remix a fic picked by someone else, and/or prompt your own fic to be remixed!

Can't help but participate because this (theoretically) combines my two great fandom loves: drabbles* and remixes.

I'm at a bit of a loose end, fandom writing-wise. I have this HP!Fusion X-M:FC plotbunny that I'm not comfortable starting, since I haven't even written a single X-M:FC drabble. My first Merlin fic was a [community profile] merlin100 drabble, where I won all these fuzzy feelings and paid LJ besides (Thanks [personal profile] oconel and [personal profile] nefernat). I feel that if I can’t even write a drabble for a fandom, I have no business writing in that fandom =/

*Theoretically, because one DW comment can hold 1K~ words.

03/50 fandom moment ✿ 05/100 moments in 100 words exactly

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Mutants: Second Generation "Playlist"

Feb. 16th, 2012 | 12:43 pm

Or, Things Quasi-related to Writing This Fic

(A tad spoilerific, so read the fic first if you would: DW | AO3 )

※ Thanks to [ profile] symetric, the fic isn't titled "(52 Days of) Arthur and Merlin" =P

♬ The titles of the parts, "Have no story to be told" and "Making a home down there," are from Adele's Rolling in the Deep, which is my ChErik anthem because of this fabulous, fabulous fanvid by [personal profile] arefadedaway. <--Totally worth the download!
(I played that fanvid so often my mom got interested in Adele. Bought her the album for Christmas.)

※ I wanted more screentime for Lancelot, but can't justify having him appear in Part Two.
※ I wish Gwen had interacted more with the other characters, but always thought it weird for X-M:FC's Moira to be so involved (esp. staying in the mansion during training).

♬ Book rec: Jim Grimsley's Comfort and Joy (1999). Gay fiction with a hemophiliac main character. AFAIK it's out of print, but your library might have it. It's atmospheric and ends with a happy/hopeful tone. Warning: allusions to childhood trauma/abuse.
Winter Birds (1997) is the prequel, which tells the story of Danny Crell's childhood. I didn't read WB because traumatic childhood = meep.

※ Pizza Guy is played by Caleb Landry Jones ;-)

[ profile] Closer's Pizza and a Movie (Suits, Harvey/Mike, AU PizzaDeliveryGuy!Mike, 30 K) was one of the fics I read when writing this story.
My fav. of her Suits fics so far is The New Deal (Gen, Harvey adopts teenage Mike as a brother, 33 K)

Gwaine's actor was an Abercrombie & Fitch model.

※ I didn't know "meet violent" isn't a term that cross fandoms until my beta [ profile] lovely_dusk goes "??"
Is there seriously no "meet violent" couples outside Smallville? (I suppose unless you have superhuman powers you'll die if you get hit by a car, but still.)

♬ But wait. There was that awesome ChErik fic with a "meet violent" beginning!
A Curious Carriage of Crystal and Cold by [ profile] Etharei (Erik/Charles, AU sci-fi fairytale, 114 K)

※ I wanted to use Japanese archery principles/philosophy for Merlin's pep talk advice friendly instruction to Arthur, but ended up finding inspiration in yoga and Buddhism instead. At least it's not Yoda. Yeah don't think about it too hard.

※ "Mutants: Second Generation" is 200+ words longer than my longest Harry Potter fic. \o/ <--is easily pleased. (When I finish my m/m origific *knocks on wood*, it'll be three times as long.)

Camelot First Class characters and their Marvel parallel (if any)

★☆ Mutants Read more... )

☆★ Humans Read more... )

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He also had a cowboy hat that he had purchased at the Calgary Stampede that caused

Aug. 31st, 2011 | 12:42 pm

virtually everyone he met to assume he was an American.

1. Suits. I haven't watched the show but I did read the fic that [personal profile] copperbadge recced and the other one written by the same author where Mike is a natural sub and Harvey is the dommiest dom that doms. X-D (Where had the cover art disappeared to though? Boo.)

2. Why I sometimes avoid watching TV shows even though I read the fanfic: Neal Caffrey is prettier than I could've expected, but Harvey Specter is not as hot as I pictured him to be. Boo.
2 a. Actually, the Wikipedia picture makes me think of Sexy!GrownUp!Privileged!Pureblood!Neville and...Peter Parker. Neville and Spiderman. Together, they fight crime! Weird, I tell you.

3. Sexy!GrownUp!Privileged!Pureblood!Neville is a fun fic premise though. Neville is raised by purebloods who're almost as snobby as the Malfoys! Except they're classier about it! (And did not support the Dark Lord, at least not publicly)

4. I have a Lancelot/Gwen, Morgana/Gwen-ish drabble idea that I haven't fleshed out/written down.

5. I wonder if there are any good Hook/Peter Pan (1993 movie with Jason Isaacs) or Caspian/Edmund fic out there that I haven't read yet...
5 a. Skandar Keynes!111 I shall miss you T_T And Lucy too ;_;
The Eustace actor has potential, but nobody can ever be as pretty as Skandar *wails*

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I've been listening to Boys' Love drama CDs on YouTube and telling myself that

May. 9th, 2011 | 10:19 pm

I'm practicing my Japanese listening comprehension.

Random things from Boys' Love land:

1. Yoo Ha Jin's Totally Captivated -- the first BL manhwa that I actually like. I'm meh about the art because manhwa art = manhwa art and manga art = manga art, but I LOVE the storyline and the shamelessness of Ewon Jung >=D
Am sick of the typical in-denial uke =P
1 a. Don't miss the TC doujinshi: Totally Spying on Them

2 a. Speaking of doujinshi by the original mangaka/manhwaka(?), read Antique Bakery doujinshi if you haven't! (scroll down)
Antique Bakery manga = shoujo publisher, but the doujinshi = yaoi all the wayyy~

Poor Ono and his eternal one-sided love T_T
I support Tachibana/adult!Deko =P

2 b. I finally watched Antique, the Korean movie adaptation of Antique Bakery. If viewed as a movie it's kinda spastic, but think of it as a two-hour fanvid of Antique Bakery and you will LOVE IT. You can't ask for Moar Ghei. For srs.

The actors' feel & heights = perfect for their parts. My only complaint would be Eiji not being obnoxious-yet-endearing enough. They don't look tall in the movie because three of them are ridiculously tall (models-turned-actors), but when they stand up next to an average Korean guy they are TALL.

3. This Sex Pistols AMV: Years of Lies (WARNING: bare chests, non-sexual hair-pulling, will cause viewer to obsessively check for OVA 2's arrival)

3a. Why do I always prefer the side pairing in Boys' Love?
Yonekuni x Shiro > Kunimasa x Norio
Junjou Egoist > Junjou Terrorist > Junjou Romantica

4. I vastly prefer the manga + drama CD combo over plain Boys' Love anime.
It feels less cheesy and less embarassing. Anime portrayal of penetration is...idk. It has improved a lot over the years but it's still not there for me. Junjou Romantica anime = ♥ because less is more =P

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Things That Made [personal profile] lilian_cho (Almost) Cry: An Eclectic Rec list

Oct. 9th, 2010 | 10:53 pm

1. Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane
His beauty...oh gods, it was so unfair. The children were singing in the streets about a beast, but he was beautiful enough to eclipse the sun. How could a creature who walked like a man and spoke like a man and had the head and fur-covered body of a beast achieve beauty, whereas I, who was supposedly a man, could only wallow in my own beastliness? I glared at my mud spot again and tried not to let my throat grow thick with a boy's aching disappointment.

My short review and links )

1 a. Sorta related: K.A. Mitchell's Life, Over Easy Read more... )

2. Other novel and novella that I like by Amy Lane:
2 a. Keeping Promise Rock. Bad things keep on happening, interspersed with uplifting moments. I loved every second of the emotional torture journey.
2 b. If I Must, 66 pages. Sweet =)

3. Counterpoint: Dylan's Story by Ruth Sims
3 a. I immediately followed that up with The Phoenix.

Don't read two Ruth Sims in a row. I should've taken a few days' breather in between. (Fanfic angst is more bearable than origific angst, because I can immediately self-medicate with happy happy fluff funny fanfic.)

Counterpoint is more w00bie, The Phoenix is more hurt/comfort, but light on the comfort part.
Those who want warnings, ask me in the comments.

4. Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle.
I kept on biting my tongue so I didn't cry when reading this children's book (I was in the middle of a bookstore.) Nubs ;_;

5. Gwen-centric Merlin/Arthur/Gwen fanvid:
Make Something Good by [ profile] sweetestdrain

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With a soft gasp from Aaron, the soundtrack in Joey's head started again.

Sep. 18th, 2010 | 09:13 pm

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"I mean," Jamie said, and swallowed, "how interesting and not at all creepy! Please go on!"

Sep. 13th, 2010 | 03:15 pm

1. Author taglines, inspired by [ profile] erastes' contest:
- William Shakespeare: most acclaimed and prolific fanfic writer.
- C.S. Lewis: should have steered clear from sci-fi.
- Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken, UR Not Getting It.
- Billy Collins: Poetry can make you laugh too.
- Hans Christian Andersen: Must have had an angsty childhood.
- Oscar Wilde: should stick with witty plays.
- Jane Austen: sekkritly hates the masses.
- Georgette Heyer: UR stealing mah Regency words. Dat's okay. Half of 'em are made up.

1 a. Add your own taglines over at my [community profile] sounis entry, or here =)

1 b. My fav. Megan Whalen Turner tagline is by [ profile] lylassandra: MWT: Her characters will steal your heart, and anything else you have on.

2. Seen at [ profile] darkestnight12: Supernatural: The Animation trailer
The artwork is like Cowboy Bebop and Witch Hunter Robin. Sam has Spike hair except he's hotter \o/
I've only watched 4.2 eps of SPN, but I think I'll like this anime because I did enjoy the animation for Batman.

2 a. Soo...there's an SPN character named Crowley?

3. "Misused or Abused Words and Phrases" by Arnell Engstrom
☆ ★ “begs the question” =/= ‘raises’ or ‘implies’ the question.
“begs the question” = to assume as fact what is in dispute.

★ ☆ “sour grapes” is based on the Aesop's fable of the fox & the grapes
“sour grapes” =/= whiner/complainer

☆ ★ “aftermath” = a second happening, usually a disaster, following and caused by the first event.

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His eyes creased up behind his glasses when he smiled, until they were nothing

Aug. 23rd, 2010 | 05:59 pm

but gleams of vivid blue.

It was Dad's smile, and Alan used it to the same effect Dad always had.

Pictures found here @ [ profile] more_is_more via [ profile] why_me_why_not's LJ
1. 2. 3. 4.
5. 6. 7. 8.

2) is by Michael Perlov photography, 3) is by Stacy Magallon
Please tell me which one(s) you're taking. Credit = <3

Truth & Lies meme

* Make a list of 10 statements about yourself.
* Two of the 10 statements must be LIES
* Post your list and have people guess which two are lies!

Truth and Lies meme )

No peeking at the comments!

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"He only shot one person," Nick remarked. "But the night is young."

Jul. 18th, 2010 | 02:29 pm

1. Please fill out this multi-fandom/original drabble tree poll.
The drabble tree will be hosted at [ profile] mukashi2, so the drabbles have to be based (however loosely) on a fairy tale, folklore, fable, myth or legend.
Read: Merlin drabbles in and of themselves are not enough, you have to include an additional fairy tale/folklore/etc.

2. Voting for Challenge 3 is now open @ [ profile] summerpornathon.

3. On Friday I repeatedly logged in & posted to dozens of empty/currently inactive journals, just in case it'll get purged in August @_@ I was too late for one account, haha.
...and I suspect I'm forgetting some accounts.
More info @ [personal profile] copperbadge here.

4. Didn't realize that LJ gives the option to downgrade to Basic account* again. That's nice.
* A Basic account is ad-free while viewing your LJ, your friends page, other basic accounts and of course paid accounts. DIE Plus accounts DIE

5. Random dresses from Bebe:
Cutout banded dress -- out of stock
Strapless Stitched Ruffle Party Dress -- Wedding cake X-D Not smth I'd ever own/wear, but it looks great on this model.

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"one of my sons went to prison and the other has been shot, has killed a man,

Jun. 11th, 2009 | 03:12 pm

and is currently running for his life," Ethan said, and now his voice was so incongruously pleasant as to be grotesque.

Star Trek XI recs:

1. [ profile] midnight_city's [fanart] - star trek stuff

It's cute like a v. v. cute, LOLarious thing X-D
Guess the movies! (Hint: both by Pixar =3)
Kid!Spock in a Starfleet summer camp get-up is the BEST THING EVARR <333

2. [ profile] hollycomb's Sulu/Chekov fics, which I'm totally all over, once I get over the reflexive tic of "Hikaru no Go! Touya Akira!" whenever I read Chekov calling Sulu "Hikaru" ^^;;
2a. Trouble Sleeping (Sulu/Chekov, R)
Summary: Sulu and Chekov sleep in the same bed, but they're never in it at the same time.
How they got together in the end. Sulu PINING. V. sweet <3

2b. Space Sickness (Sulu/Chekov, NC-17)
Summary: Chekov is sick, Sulu is lost on an alien planet, Kirk is a cockblock.
Established relationship. Sweet and h/c and atmospheric and just right *_*

2c. Theoretically (Sulu/Chekov, NC-17)
Summary: Sulu makes Chekov watch the classic American Terminator movies. Chekov has some thoughts.
I wanna watch the new Terminator movie because Anton Yelchin's in it, but apparently it's even more awful than T3? ^^;;

2d. If I Didn't Care (Sulu/Chekov, NC-17)
Summary: Kirk and Chekov have a harrowing experience together on a dangerous planet, and Sulu is definitely not jealous.

If you only have time to read two, read the first two. If you only have time to read one, read "Space Sickness."

Sulu pining *_* Chekov seducing Sulu >=D

3. [personal profile] rageprufrock's new WIP: Discourses in Management (Lab), pt 1/? (PG-13, for language)
Summary: “How’s it going?” the instructor asks, her voice a harmony, hovering nearby. / "Futilely,” Spock volunteers at the same time Jim says, “Shitty.”

In other news, even though Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) is a cheap, loli-shota knock-off of Kaori Yuki's Count Cain, I did enjoy the Bengali Prince arc, because no manga is complete without SURPRIZE appearance of South Asian/Middle Eastern/teeny European Kingdom royalty.

Also, can't help but be amused by the American chef (An American chef in a British household? lololol).

Okay, I lie, my fav. character is still the Bengali prince's servant.

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Fandom meme & [community profile] writing_game pimp

Jun. 4th, 2009 | 08:18 pm

[community profile] writing_game pimp in the words of the ever estimable [ profile] benebu:
Come and play, write us a one sentence, 100 words drabble (Prompt for letter Z);
live dangerously and Stain the Dangerous Adonis' shirt (Player's Choice, Box A);
take a Hike with your Intern, and (un)Button him (Player's Choice, Box D),
or simply Play That Funky Music over and over again (Songs table).
Any fandom or original verse is welcome.

I'm gearing myself up to write a Merlin reincarnation* fic. Well, the first three sentences, at any rate.
And, because I have a Fixation With The Age of Fifteen**, Merlin's 15 and Arthur's 18.

* I'm undecided on whether reincarnation fic = AU or not, but I'm writing it anyway.
** I lived in Interesting Times when I was 15. I recognize that other people don't necessarily have their Interesting Times coincide with their 15th year =P

Fandom meme: Comment and I'll stalk you to find (up to) THREE FANDOMS you apparently love. And then you answer these questions about them!
01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

Here are my answers for the fandoms [personal profile] sophinisba gave me:

[ Harry Potter ] Read more... )

[ Good Omens ] Read more... )

[ Merlin ] Read more... )

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Skinny Boys Love

May. 5th, 2009 | 10:38 pm
mood: Eh. Eh.

Best Malfoy Legs Since the 1800s (Scorpius, implied AS/S, PG-13 for crossdressing)
Warning: skinny boy in a skirt
A/N: Won the Golden Squid for Truth In Advertising at hp_april_fools *g*
If someone has advice on how to turn sketches into linearts, I'm all ears.

( Draco muses that it's karma for making Crabbe and Goyle polyjuice as little girls. Lucius thinks his legs look better when he was younger. Narcissa just wants a cup of tea. )

1. This is the picture that, two months back, I was sketching and thinking, "You know who's skinny? Merlin!"
I want a modern-day!AU where Merlin's an underwear/swimsuit model and Arthur's a photographer, and it's for a borderline soft pr0n magazine. And Arthur's giving Merlin half-breathy directions, and Merlin's getting turned on and his eyes gleamed gold.
Whoops, didn't mean to go the anthropomorphic dragon route there.

2. Why is it that I'm so much more shameless when it comes to Merlin/Arthur pr0n? It's not that the fandom's kinkier than HP. Is there even a kinkier fandom than HP?
Not to mention completely shameless about Bradley/Colin too. Huh.

3. I think I've pinpointed why I'm uninterested with Merlin RP games. Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Gwen...they're all main characters. In HP, I can RP as obscure characters (Padma, Terry, Al, Scorpius), only-exist-in-notes characters (Su Li), my own OFC (Jade Malfoy)...even Draco's not a main character in canon except for HBP.

With Merlin, I can't help but be more judgmental and going "OoC! OoC!" when an RP-er's interpretation of the character significantly differs from mine.

* Speaking of RP-ing, May 15th is Blog Like It Isn't You Day.
...I can blog as a random magic user sentenced to death in Camelot? =P

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