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here are two incredibly rambling comments I have left on blogs this evening, both of which in a roundabout way address issues of television and fandom:

On The Perks of Being Adapted into a Film at Thought Catalog:

It's not just with marginalized groups, necessarily--look at the way nerdy Americans react when the US adapts British TV, or the way Comic Book People react to pretty much any comic book news. It's partially because whenever people like things that aren't mainstream popular, they become a member of a different "ingroup" called "people who are cool enough to agree with me on this thing," because we're social creatures and need to feel like part of some sort of pack, and obviously our pack is "better" because we're in it. It extends to the atmosphere of online fandom--low-rated shows (which generally stay on the air because of they have critical acclaim or award nominations, so tha might be a mitigating factor) feel like awesome houseparties (i.e. Community), whereas the fans of hugely popular shows (Glee) feel like nightclubs, where there are way too many people and you can't hear anything but it's hypothetically still fun. (But then, there are those that prefer nightclubs IRL... and there are also people who watched Coupling on NBC and Desperate Housewives is still on the air...) Basically, this is what "hipster" means.

More to the point I think this movie will not go _all_ that mainstream, so there will be those like you and I who will scoff at the n00bs and be like "I read this book in the 8th grade," but those n00bs will push it on people all "Oh my god, you've never seen Perks? The book is pretty great too" and look down on their new friends the same way we do them.

On Why More Women Should Write Comedy: A Mathematical But Not Boring Study at Splitsider:

The more I think about it, the more I realize that basically they basically gender segment television into dramas for girls (lifetime, most shows with hospitals in) and comedies for boys (comedy central, adult swim). But then all the "good" dramas like Mad Men and the Wire are about hyper-masculine shit like being a violent criminal or Don Draper. Also I'm noticing that most competitive reality shows are marketed primarily at dudes (except, like, project runway) and "passive" reality shows at chicks (except, like, pawn stars). Basically what I'm saying is, I'm sick of ads for guys on all the shows I watch (but then I wouldn't be satisfied with ads for ladies either, as Target: Women taught us).

Conspiracy theories (and interior design) aside, this article was in fact inspiring and I am going to make a conscious effort to remember funny ideas I have and try to write something about them.
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Here is a list of fanvids I want to/am going to make over winter break:

  • Short Skirt Long Jacket - Cake

    • a tribute to Sarah Walker from Chuck, as a) theme song! and b) about awesome chicks!

  • Code Monkey - Jonathan Coulton

    • Jim/Pam, from the Office. Because it's about right, for the second season.

  • Being Alive - John Barrowman / Stephen Sondheim

    • Captain Jack is immortal, and the actor who plays him sings this. Come ON.

  • either The Future Soon, I Crush Everything, or Skullcrusher Mountain - Jonathan Coulton

    • Doctor Horrible. One of these will fit perfectly, I just know it.

  • One of the Doctor Horrible songs

    • something else, maybe Doctor Who. You could probably shoehorn a Master/Doctor thing into "My Eyes."

  • (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

    • Doctor Who.

Here is a list of TV shows I need to get around to watching, probably over winter break:

  • Mad Men

  • The Wire, Season 2 on

  • Gossip Girl

  • the rest of this season of Dexter (I fell behind because it's too creepy to watch alone in my room)

Here is a list of things I need to do before I have a winter break:

  • Econ exam

  • Psychology lit review

  • Move (across the street)

  • Pack to move back home (farther than that)

  • Get Some Sleep.

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In my travails around the world of talking about stuff on the internet, I’ve noticed this song popping up again and again in fanvids. It’s an reasonable choice, as it 1) was written for a movie; b) has nonsense lyrics, which allow a more free-form approach to vidding; and lastly) says “I’m in love” over and over, just to drive your support of this One True Pairing home. Some YouTubers (those kids today) have even pointed out the overuse in their “descriptions”: “Yeah, I know the song is totally overused, but the beat fit so well!

Here are some examples I hand-picked for YOU:

# Legolas/Gimli (LOtR), because if there’s one thing the internet is good at, it’s dwarf!sex;

# Ron/Hermione (Harry Potter), featuring clips from the early movies when they were too young to fall in love accidentally or otherwise;

# Harry/Hermione (Harry Potter), poor misguided kid;

# Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles (Supernatural/Real Life), double creepy because a) RPF and b) they play brothers on the show;

# Han/Leia (Star Wars Old Skool), a classic example of the titular phenomenon;

# Mario/Peach (Nintendo), to which I say “must we?”;

# Mohinder/Sylar & Nathan/Peter (Heroes/The Murderer &or Incest Lover Club);
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# Dana/Alice (The L Word), another true Accident;
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# and of course Jim/Pam (The Office US).


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