angelophile: (Shaun - Nice cup of tea)


Let's get LJ and Tumblr talking, shall we?

Leave me a celebrity or fictional character in my askbox and I'll give you my honest opinion about them.


Ask!



Suggest your celebs and characters on Tumblr and I'll crosspost the answers here. Cross-blog memage!

angelophile: (The Thinker)
Stolen, in my case, from [livejournal.com profile] wal_lace

Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really. And I will answer them all in a comment.

Go to!

angelophile: (Death's Head - Alien chums)
I feel like reviving an old meme. So, here goes:

Go to my userpics and choose:
a. Your favourite icon.
b. Your least favourite icon.
c. One that makes you think automatically about me.
d. One that you think I should use more often.
e. One that you: don't understand/ you need an explanation/ you have no idea why I have it.

angelophile: (Molly - Grumps)
As stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kirke_novak

a) everyone has dirty fandom secrets or guilty pleasures or unpopular opinions.
b) list five of yours.
c) get cries of OMG YOU TOO or WTF ARE YOU SMOKING
d) profit.


1. Alan Moore is hugely overrated.

Let's face it - if you're into comics, sooner or later someone will bring up Alan Moore and talk about him as the greatest comics creator ever. But, you know what? I'm entirely indifferent to him. Actually, I'd go so far as to say I actively dislike the guy who comes across in interviews, particularly whether the subject of movie adaptations come up. For a man who made a career of riffing and ripping off other people's creations, whether it's the Carlton characters for Watchmen, or the numerous literary characters he used in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Lost Girls, he's quick to toss about suggestions that his work should be treated with some kind of reverence. Me, I don't think it deserves that reverence and I take the view that anyone who can take a character from children's literature and show them fucking a crocodile is both someone who I wouldn't invite to dinner and a steaming hypocrite who deserves absolutely no reverence.

And, you know what? I actually enjoy the adaptations of his work as much as the original work itself. I love the V for Vendetta movie and the original graphic novel equally - I find them both trite. I think the League of Extraordinary movie is a load of fun and doesn't lend itself to being taken seriously and the original series is kinda fun, but nothing special.

So, Alan Moore? Not that great.

2. I actually think Willow going gay in Buffy was pretty crap.

I meet any claims that it was actually progressive by countering that it felt shoe-horned in just to show how progressive Joss Whedon actually was, rather than being genuinely so. Willow, in my (unpopular) opinion had far more chemistry with Oz than she ever did with Tara. A character I like, but who was introduced with only one purpose - to be Willow's girlfriend - and who lingered for two seasons, systematically victimized, tortured and eventually fridged. I can't see in what way this was progressive - it served to present a gay relationship on mainstream television and, I guess, maybe that was something new in the US.

But to me the claims from Whedon that Willow was always gay, the emphasis on her sexuality from that point on and many other considerations just made me feel that the move didn't work as a story. And it didn't work as progressive either - abrupt, heavy-handed, more like a straight-guy's fantasy and for all the writers' claims that they wanted to present Willow and Tara's sexuality as a non-issue, they made sure to pack the scripts with as many gay jokes as they could (although, considering how progressive Whedon supposedly was the Buffy scripts always seemed to lean towards the "hee hee, look at the funny gays! That guy thinks Xander's gay but he's not! hee hee" innuendo). At the end of the day the relationship seemed to exist to promote Whedon as an inclusive creator, more than serve the characters or same-sex couples.

And while we're at it:

3. Joss Whedon's not actually very funny.

People often excuse his dreadful plotting in Astonishing X-men by claiming that "at least the one-liners are great!" They're not. He basically has one joke - characters just saying or doing something random and unexpected for lols. Logan's random "I like beer". Emma's random "Needed to pee." Big bad vampire Spike liking daytime soaps. Practically any speech by The Master. And Dr. Horrible? Really not as funny as the premise suggests.

And don't get me started on his supposed feminist credentials.

4. Rose is nothing special.

Seriously, maybe those coming to Doctor Who for the first time loved Rose, but by the time the second series rolled around, Rose was becoming increasingly irritating. For a start, while she's supposed to be the every-man (or in this case, every-woman) character in Doctor Who, that has the end effect that Rose is actually rather bland. Still, in series one she was a good foil for Chris Eccleston. Come series two and the Tennant era, Rose was increasingly presented as a love interest to the Doctor, grew increasingly arrogant and cocky, whilst demonstrating a complete lack of regard for pretty much everyone they met, while also growing increasingly dependent on Ten. And smug. So goddam smug. It got so bad I was actually disappointed the character didn't die in the climax. And damn, what was worse was turning the Doctor into a lovesick puppy, enabling her. I hope we never see her again.

5. Lady Gaga is just awful

She's not "fresh, innovative and talented". She's not a unique snowflake. She's a bloody attention-seeking pillock who's less Mark Bolan and more Mud. God help us all. And, seriously, put some clothes on, luv.

angelophile: (Spiderman is watching you masturbate)


A roundup for those who might have missed the answers. The challenge:

Pick any of my fandoms (or, hell, even something that's not my fandom but you know I have a passing knowledge of) and I will answer the following:

* Favorite Character:
* Least Favorite Character:
* Character with the best hair:
* Character with the best eyes:
* Character I'd most want to kiss:
* Character I'd most likely screw:
* Character I'd make lunch:
* Character I'd go singing in the rain with:
* Character I'd go shopping with:
* Character I'd go dancing with:
* Character I'd take over the world with:
* Character I'd most want to cosplay as:
* Favorite M/M pairing:
* Favorite F/F pairing:


The answers:

Generation X )



Doctor Who )

Buffy The Vampire Slayer )

Nextwave )

Marvel Comic )

Meme time!

May. 7th, 2010 04:29 pm
angelophile: (Con Air - Bunny)
In a meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] fullmetal_cute, and because I'm feeling mostly human again:

Pick any of my fandoms (or, hell, even something that's not my fandom but you know I have a passing knowledge of) and I will answer the following:

* Favorite Character:
* Least Favorite Character:
* Character with the best hair:
* Character with the best eyes:
* Character I'd most want to kiss:
* Character I'd most likely screw:
* Character I'd make lunch:
* Character I'd go singing in the rain with:
* Character I'd go shopping with:
* Character I'd go dancing with:
* Character I'd take over the world with:
* Character I'd most want to cosplay as:
* Favorite M/M pairing:
* Favorite F/F pairing:
angelophile: (Lebowski - Got Milk?)
Meme rules:

List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
Tag seven people to do the same. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it" (I'm not going to nag anyone into this, so there. If you wanna do it, do it.)

1. I have a fondness for hats. I own a number of hats, including a couple of fedoras, a handmade Panama actually from Panama, a few baseball caps, a stetson, a rain hat, a flat cap, a couple of trapper hats and a few wooly hats. I don't own a bowler hat, but think I probably should.

2. My favourite word in the English language is "flange".

3. I dislike talking on the phone, especially to people I've spoken to before, if I have time to worry about it. Ring me out of the blue? No problem. If I'm going to ring someone and have time to think about it before hand, I tend to work myself up into a state of nervousness about it. I don't know why this is, or why I get nervous and babbily. Perhaps a moose landed on my head when I was on the phone in a previous life or something.

4. One joint on the little finger of my left hand is double jointed. This is entirely useless.

5. I have a phobia of heights. But not in the usual sense. I'm absolutely fine with being on top of a big building and looking down. No problems. What I am nervous about is standing ground level and looking up at something. Looking up at really high ceilings, for example, in cathedrals or similar, makes me terribly nervous. I could barely stand to look up in the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, the height of the dome made me brick myself. Presumably it's another roll over from that moose dropping onto me from above in a previous life.

6. I don't have a signature. I never got around to settling on one, so whenever I'm signing legal documents or signing anything like a credit card receipt queues can form after me while I write my name out in full. I'm now stuck with this, obviously.

7. I have a terrible attention span. I'm very flakey. I'm forever starting things and then not
angelophile: (Juno - Kraken)
A new music meme for you.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to. Feel free to snag if you like!

I'm on a bit of a nostalgic indie kick at the moment. Although not entirely.

The Wonder Stuff - Sleep Alone

From the classic "Never Loved Elvis" album, released in 1991. Damn I feel old. The soundtrack to my teenage years, though. RIP Rob "The Bass Thing" Jones and drummer Martin Gilks.

The Cardiacs - Is This The Life?

I can't remember whether I first heard this track on John Peel or Mark and Lard when they were on late night Radio 1. It was stuck on one of my radio-recorded compilations for years though. I still love how... out there it sounds.

Nirvana vs Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up

What?

Kirsty MacColl - There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis

A little before my time, really. I missed Kirsty's golden years. But I still miss her. She guested on a bunch of albums I did own, whether it was the Wonder Stuff, Billy Bragg, The Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Pogues. Her tragic death in 2000 was a terrible blow.

Weird Al Yankovic - Hardware Store

Yes, I'm obsessed with this song. Still.

Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down

Should I admit that I heard this for the first time a few months back in an Eastenders trailer? Probably not.

Carter USM - Do Re Me (So Far So Good)

Still appropriate, even if it's not 1992 any more. "Where are the songs about boozers and buildings,
banning the bomb and abusing the children?" Fruitbat's shorts and cycling hat, less appropriate.

angelophile: (Popgun Angel)
• Post fifteen of any pictures currently on your hard drive that you think are self-expressive.
NO CAPTIONS!!! It must be like we're speaking with images and we have to interpret your visual language just like we have to interpret your words.
They must ALREADY be on your hard drive - no googling or flickr! They have to have been saved to your folders sometime in the past. They must be something you've saved there because it resonated with you for some reason.
• You do NOT have to answer any questions about any of your pictures if you don't want to. (I'll answer questions!) You can make the pictures as mysterious as you like. Or you can explain them away as much as you like.


angelophile: (Yellow Submarine Glove)
Using ONLY SONG TITLES from ONE artist, answer these questions:

1. Are you a male or female: "Nowhere Man"

2. Describe yourself: "Here, There, and Everywhere"

3. How do you feel about yourself: "I'm a Loser" "I'm So Tired"

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend: "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation: "Tomorrow Never Knows"

6. Describe your current location: "We Can Work It Out"

7. Describe where you want to be: "I'm Only Sleeping"

8. Your best friends are: "Across the Universe"

9. Your favorite color is: "For You Blue"

10. You know that: "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"

11. What’s the weather like: "Rain"

13. What is life to you: "Getting Better"

14. What is the best advice you have to give: "Think for Yourself"

15. If you could change your name, what would it be: "I Am the Walrus"

Thanks John, Paul, George, Ringo, Fred and Jeremy Hillary Boob.

angelophile: (Katie Cook - Juggernaut)
[livejournal.com profile] kirke_novak suggested the X-men for the fandom meme, so here goes...



1. The first character I fell in love with:
"Fell in love with" is probably a strong term, but I think Kitty Pryde probably. When I started reading X-men comics with any regularity, she was off with Excalibur and so I didn't really know much about her until I started reading the collected Essential collections. So I was able to read the character from her first appearances. I think falling in love is a gradual process and I think that's what I had with Kitty - warming to her and then finally something clicking completely when I read the way Warren Ellis handled her in Excalibur. I miss her.

2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
Scott Summers. When I first started reading the X-men, I bought into the reputation of Scott as uptight, jerky and otherwise bland. To be fair, the late 80s and 90s weren't the best time for Scott - after Claremont left the book. Again, it was reading the Essential collections that revealed there was more to the character than the reputation might suggest and also Grant Morrison's run where something really clicked and I started to be fascinated by his character - flawed, noble and often brutally hard on himself.

3. The character everyone else loves that I don't:
Jean Grey. I wouldn't say I dislike so much as find her uninteresting. I find her terribly bland and the epitome of the character that has it all - power, looks, not just one, but two men (or three, or four) chasing after her - and is just a little too perfect. The one skeleton she has in her closet - Dark Phoenix - wasn't her at all and what's left is a rather flawless individual. I find the f***-ups like Scott far more interesting than the characters who seem to know it all without actually learning anything. And for all the bad reputation Scott gets (deservedly) for his flakiness with women, somehow Jean always survives unsullied, despite making damn sure Logan remained obsessed with her for years. If she'd actually come out and admitted she was cockteasing him I might actually warm to her as interestingly flawed, but keeping Logan on a leash whilst also being portrayed as near being so damn goodie-two shoes. Few things are more irritating to me than perfect characters.

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I better not ask for any other fandom suggestions. That took me entirely too long.

angelophile: (Sabretooth - Canhascheezeburger)
Comment with a fandom and I'll reply with answers to these!

1. The first character I fell in love with:
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't:
4. The character I love that everyone else hates:
5. The character I would shag anytime:
6. The character I'd want to be like:
7. The character I'd slap:
8. A pairing that I love:
9. A pairing that I despise:
10. Favourite character:
11. What are my three favourite things about the fandom.
12. What are my three least favourite things about the fandom.
13. Who are my three favourite characters.
14. Who are my three least favourite characters.
15. What are my three favourite pairings.
16. What are my three least favourite pairings.
17. Which character are you most like.
18. What is my deep, dark fandom secret.

angelophile: (Labyrinth - worm allo)
I'm not going to tag anyone else to do this. Just have a stab at it if it takes your fancy.

7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

1. I am of noble blood. Well, at least, one of my ancestors was Sergeant of the Buckhounds to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Queens Mary and Elizabeth I and on my mother's side, I am descended from French aristocracy who fled to England during the Revolution. Being part French is to my eternal shame.

Which leads me to:

2. My surname has its origins around the Old English meaning pyre/ash-heap/pile and most likely at the time of the Black Death, my family lived near one of the mass funeral pyres for burning the bodies of the infected and took their name from it.

3. I've probably read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory more times than any other book in my life. Runner up would be Wind in the Willows, and when I was a kid, I always used to skip the chapter in the book "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" where the god pan aids Rat and Mole to help find Otter's missing son. And still only have the vaguest idea what it's all about.

4. I once met Roy Castle, record breaker, Doctor Who companion (in the movies, anyway), dancer, singer, comedian, actor, television presenter, musician, agoraphobic and all round renaissance man. Lovely chap.

5. My favourite food is actually Toad in the Hole, although I have a love affair with all types of curry - somewhat surprisingly as, until my late teens, I never liked any kind of hot and spicy food.

6. I've never broken a bone or had a similar serious injury in my life. I do have a number of scars, though, for various reasons.

7. The top joint of the little finger on my left hand is double jointed.
angelophile: (Marvin - Quote)
Here goes.

Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.




1. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Probably the first epic novel I read - well above the reading levels of my friends at the time and it opened up the genre of fantasy to me.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I didn't read this until later in life but it's now one of my favourite books. There's nothing not to like in this tale of racial tension in 1930s Alabama.

3. The Bottoms - Joe R. Lansdale
Like the previous book, The Bottoms is the tale of a young boy in depression era rural America confronting racism, but in this case with the addition of a terrifying serial killer.

More books under the cut. )

 

angelophile: (Labyrinth - Favulous)
Since I've not done this one in a while:

Randomise your playlist. Write the artist and title of the first 15 songs that come up (no editing, no cheating).

1. The Kinks - Wonderboy
2. Lily Allen - I Could Say
3. Nick Cave - Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
4. Therapy? - Nowhere
5. The Who - Teenage Wasteland
6. Dire Straits - So Far Away
7. Generation X - Kiss Me Deadly
8. Nickelback - Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
9. Hayseed Dixie - Gin and Juice
10. Super Furry Animals - (Drawing) Rings Around the World
11. Kirsty MacColl - As Long As You Hold Me
12. John Hiatt - Ethylene
13. The Beautiful South - Dream A Little Dream
14. Scissor Sisters - Filthy and Gorgeous
15. Billy Joel - You're My Home

angelophile: (Shaun - That's just not cricket)
In the final part of my Top Five meme, [livejournal.com profile] kirke_novak asked for Top 5 Comic Books You Wish Never Existed.

Now, that's an open category. Are we talking series or individual issues? And in the days of online solicitations, I'm usually able to avoid books that look horrible.

And, let's face it, bad books are often easy to avoid. Or used to be. An issue of the X-men where the X-men encounter a villain that turns into ice cream? Easily dodged! Onslaught Returns? Did anyone even notice? So, to be truly a book that I wish never existed, it has to be something that was not just horrible in its own right, but by its existence screws up a bunch of other stuff that I actually care about too.

And, let's face it, not wanting to be a Yellow Hat, most of that's… um… well, let's just say we're talking last five years for my top picks.



But, for the record, I present my top five:

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angelophile: (Emma Scott - My hero)
[livejournal.com profile] uncanny_rman requested my Top Five Most Badass Cyclops Moments.

In actual fact, I had great difficultly trimming it down to five and there's a few (Cyclops shooting a giant squid in the face, about a dozen times he flattened Logan) that didn't make the cut. But hopefully something for everyone here.



Counting down from 5...

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angelophile: (Albert Steptoe Garn)
Posted this meme:

"Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them in a new post."

Only one response? Bah! I'm bored, give me something to do, people!

angelophile: (Martha the Brain - Happy)


Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] redscharlach

"Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them in a new post."

angelophile: (Leon Peekaboo)
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Wile E. Coyote.



See?
angelophile: (Daffy Duck shotgun)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] distractedone

Name: Matt or Matthew. Personally, I've always preferred to be called my full name, but whenever people ask "Do you prefer Matt or Matthew?" they always default to calling me Matt in about five minutes, so I've given up with that. The only people who call me Matthew are family.
Birthday: February 18th
Current Location: Sat at work, Bournemouth, England.
Hair Color: Brown.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius.
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