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I've Broken Up With Torchwood

I managed to download all of Misfits, which I've been watching on and off. It's ridiculous and low-budget and over the top and has some seriously dodgy moments, but I'm sort of loving it anyway. Nathan is ridiculously entertaining, and I find Kelly and Alisha kind of unexpectedly winning and adorable. I started watching because I started using Robert Sheehan as a PB and wanted to see him actually IN something. I'm glad I didn't see it BEFORE I wrote up the character because the sheer ridiculousness of Nathan might have infused the process due to the faces he makes.

I'm used to the teenage-superhero narratives I've seen being sort of squeaky clean, so while sometimes the language/sex/etc. is so dense it makes me roll my eyes, it's also weirdly fun. It's pretty much Skins with superpowers. . . and I like Skins, so I guess I was an easy sell?

I also can't remember if I talked about it, but I somehow got sucked into Teen Wolf. Which I was NOT going to do because I was all bitchy and scornful about the unnecessary nature of a Teen Wolf update. But then there was a marathon on and I was entertained and then it was fun and no one wore shirts and people had crossbows. So there you go.

I maintain that there was NO REASON to call this Teen Wolf and hook it into the 80's movies that way. They have literally nothing in common, and I can't imagine there were many people tuning in due to nostalgia for Michael J. Fox with facial hair playing basketball. But that aside, it was not a bad show. For those in it for pretty, of which I was one, Derek never has a shirt on. Neither does Scott, but it was mainly Derek I was ogling.

Also the slashy best friend is fun, and I sort of fell hard for crazy Aunt Kate, and got to really like Allison. And adored Lydia. It's not the best written show out there, and though I think the actors improved as it went on, it wasn't the strongest cast, either. But it was pretty solidly entertaining.

So who can point me toward fic and kink memes for new things? I might need some icons too. *pokes around*

And I watched the TVD premiere, which I have surprisingly few thinky thoughts about. It was sort of slow, compared to last season's opener, and I kind of dislike Caroline being pushed into the Matt or Tyler love triangle, and didn't like the two seconds of Bonnie via phone. I LIKE Stefan more than I ever thought I would, and I do have interest in his story, but I'm also not into the idea of many episodes of him angsting over his killer nature.

Damon and Alaric's bromance continues to be awesome, and I wish they hadn't made his disposable glamored girlfriend ACTUALLY that disposable. It was inevitable, but meh.

It was just a bro-heavy episode with little of the ladies interacting with each other, which is a strength of the show that I don't want to see lost.

I still really, really want the problems of Stefan and Klaus and all of that to be solved by Elena, Caroline, and Bonnie and possibly an assist from Katherine, with the boys all fucking up and the girls fixing it, but I'm doubtful we'll get that.

Still my show, but I'm hoping it's a slow break from the gate and they pick it up in the stretch.

I can't even sort out my thoughts on Doctor Who save to say that I loved some things, didn't love other things, and have this disquieting feeling of dissatisfaction that I can't really map down where it stems from quite yet. I still love Eleven, and the Ponds, and River Song though.

And I finished Torchwood: Miracle Day. Oh my god, this show. THIS SHOW. I just. . . . what the hell happened? How did they map out TEN EPISODES of this plot arch and manage to pace it THIS BADLY, and give such RELENTLESSLY unlikable character additions?

AND THE END MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE. Rex bled out into the void of exposition. (Seriously, when the lady from the families was explaining the way the average death rate was the same as the world's, and gave us like THREE EXAMPLES of exact dates while saying the SAME DAMN THING, I wanted to punch something. THIS IS HOW NOT TO EXPOSITION.) He then lived. Jack died and healed instantly, as Jack does. If Rex was now LIKE JACK, then he would have healed right away too, and thus would have ALREADY KNOWN about it by the time he's shot at the end, since the sucking chest would would have healed. So it was a reveal for the sake of a reveal and a cliffhanger when it makes no sense.

It was just so badly done. All the problems I had with Children of Earth - which mainly boiled down to WTF, and PACING - were magnified and dragged out for ten episodes. I know some people loved COE, but I didn't, and this was bad enough that I thought COE was good by comparison.

I have never been a big Gwen fan, but she was pretty much the most tolerable part of Miracle Day. She was pretty awesome and fun. There were a few good moments sprinkled in, but not nearly enough to make it worthwhile for me.

I also thought all of the new characters were TEDIOUS. Rex was an ass that I did not care about. He was not a lovable ass or a likable ass or an interesting ass, he was just an ass. Esther was bland. The only ones I liked were Vera, who was killed off, and Kitzinger, who we didn't get enough of. Oswald was supposed to be fascinating, but he just bored me. Maybe with a different actor I would have bought into it, but not so much with the Pullman. I'm not unwilling to embrace new Torchwood people, but not THESE PEOPLE.

The best episodes had Jane Espensen listed as a writer, which I'm not surprised at, as I do usually like most of her stuff, but this whole miniseries is just a write off for me. I was furiously texting Stacey as soon as I finished to be irate at having watched.

On the other hand, when I have a bad day or a bad breakup with a TV show I have too much emotional involvement with, watching Top Gear build their own train out of caravans makes me much happier.

30 days of fanfic
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your story? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?
I like to have at least two sets of eyes looking things over, but I've never managed to get a regular beta reader, so I usually take what I can get. My most regular beta is my mom. Who I always have to tell to YES, IT'S OKAY TO TELL ME TO FIX THINGS because she gets worried about stifling my style or something. It's cute, a little.

No real horror stories, and probably what I felt was the best was when I got an off-the-cuff beta for my Jurassic Park story in the yuletide chat who proved to be fantastically helpful.

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your story? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
I usually have something playing if I'm on my own. If not, then my sister always has the TV on so it's very rarely quiet. I'm good about working with noise, but I can work without it, too.

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a story?
Medieval porn springs to mind. Though I have also tried to find dinosaur facts, stuff about bombs and explosions and heat (X-Men Pyro story), and obscure football rules and plays.

The porn was the funniest though because. . . well. Porn.

1 How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
2 Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3/4 Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the story isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse? (I accidentally combined two there. Ooops.)
5 If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a story, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?
6 When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7 Have you ever had a story change your opinion of a character?
8 Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
9 Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
10 Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?
11 Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12 Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" story of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
13 Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or
14 Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with
15 Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a story?
16 Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17 Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the story? Also, if you do chaptered story, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 Where do you get the most inspiration for your stories (aka "bunnies") from?
19 When you have bunnies ideas, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 Do you ever get bunnied inspired from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21 Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a story you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22 Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23 When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your story?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favorite story you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

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