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11 November 2012 @ 04:49 pm
So I made some icons. They are all from 3x01 and they're not very good, but I figured I'd post them anyway. Take, edit, enjoy, whatever.

Hawaii Five-0 3x01: 1-19

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I've seen a lot of comments and entries lately that allude to a divide in H50 fandom regarding sexism and character bashing. I think a lot of it is due to misconceptions and miscommunication, and I don't want anyone on my flist to have misconceptions about how I feel about these topics. For example, I keep seeing "I was accused of sexism last season because I hated Lori" all over fandom, and maybe it's paranoia getting to me, but every time I see it I think that person is talking about me, even if I don't know them. >.< I'M A PARANOID PERSON OK. So, this post is not to stir shit up, it's to clarify some things I think need to be clarified.

I'm putting it all under a cut so that no one has to read it if they don't want to. (For the record, this post is not about Lori, because no, I don't want to talk about that anymore either.)

[Trigger warning for mentions of sexual assault, violence, sexism, and trans/homophobia]

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[Warning that this post talks about disturbing "information" and opinions about rape and women's health]

This article basically sums up my feelings about how hard this week can go fuck itself.

I'm trying to process and react to a veritable blizzard of ignorant, rape-related bullshit flowing unabated from the mouths of conservative lawmakers in America. Reading story after story of how, say, a cranky old coot of a doctor peddling medically dangerous misinformation has somehow informed half of the American public's views on women's health care, or how, say, another dude — always a fucking dude — is saying that he doesn't think that pregnancy from statutory rape or incest is really A Thing since he personally doesn't know any pregnant kids or how, say, the GOP is condemning this sort of Wingnut Real Talk while quietly inserting a mandatory ultrasound hat tip/constitutional amendment that would force all rape victims to carry their assailant's child to term into their official party platform has worn me down.

I am at full rape capacity. I am officially in the throes of rape fatigue.


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Basically, can we just have a group hug? Like, right now in this post. Here, I'll go first.

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Probably a lot of people have heard about Bret Easton Ellis's douchebag tweets about how Matt Bomer is "too gay" to play Christian Gray in the 50 Shades of Gray movie.

"Matt Bomer is NOT about discrimination. It's about an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele." | "Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He's great for other roles but this is too big a game." | "I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar."

Ignoring for a moment that I hope to god Matt isn't actually considering it, it's obviously a really dumb thing to say, for reasons that probably don't even bear repeating. But I was just reading this article slamming him, and it's nothing extraordinary but I thought this was worth sharing:

Understanding Ellis’ reaction is important to appreciating the hypocrisy when the on-screen sexual orientation scenario is reversed: Was Tom Hanks less believable playing a gay man in Philadelphia because the audience couldn’t resolve the role with his real-life marriage to Rita Wilson? Ditto for Sean Penn in Milk? Colin Firth in A Single Man? Greg Kinnear in As Good as it Gets? Perhaps the reason they were accepted in prominent gay roles and generously honored for doing so is because, deep down, there’s homophobic residue that exists in even the most enlightened dude’s psyche that is reassured by the reality that those actors are “just pretending” to be gay. It gives these males the opportunity to have it both ways — no pun intended. They can admire the “courageous” performance but sleep easy knowing that the actor is, really, just like them.


It made me think of when Brokeback Mountain came out and Ian McKellen said, "It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality. And even more difficult for a woman if she's lesbian." Well, yeah, because apparently Matt Bomer can't even be counted on to overcome his overwhelming gayness long enough to fake being attracted to a person of the opposite sex, even though it's my understanding that his job as an actor is to fake a lot of things he probably isn't feeling at the time. But obviously this movie is "too big a game" to take a chance on his questionable acting skills! I mean, what if the audience thinks he's faking his erection?? NON-OSCAR WINNERS NEED NOT APPLY.

Of course straight actors never have a problem landing gay roles. Hollywood fawns all over straight men who play gay characters, and beautiful women who play unattractive characters (i.e. Charlize Theron in Monster), as if the most artistically challenging thing a beautiful woman could do is make herself ugly, and the bravest thing a man could do is kiss another man, because what woman wants to look unattractive and what man wants to risk others questioning his masculinity?

It makes me wonder, had they hired gay actors to play those roles in Brokeback Mountain, if those men would have received all the praise that Jake and Heath did, even if they were just as good. I'm trying really hard to imagine anyone calling Matt Bomer "brave" if he (god forbid) signed on to play Christian Gray. I'm pretty sure 99% of the responses would be like Bret Easton Ellis's, wondering if he can pull off playing a straight dude. And if he did pull it off and had everyone convinced that he wanted Ana to suck his popsicle, would he get an Oscar nomination for it? Obviously not, given the movie, but when's the last time a gay man was so highly praised for playing straight that he got nominated for any award? Never, because straight is "normal" so everyone should be able to do that. It's shouldn't be hard for any man to act like he's attracted to a woman, even if he's gay. Basically, Matt Bomer is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

It also makes me wonder if Brokeback Mountain would have been nearly as popular if the leads had been played by gay men. Everyone in the theater knew (or assumed) that Heath and Jake weren't gay, especially with Jake and Heath being asked every five minutes if it was hard or awkward to kiss a guy. [Ian McKellen: "I got very upset when one of the actors (Jake Gyllenhaal) said it was the most terrifying job he’d ever had because it involved him kissing another man. Imagine how rude that is. Suppose I’d said the most appalling thing I ever had to do was kiss Helen Mirren!"] But if the audience had known they were watching two gay men make out, have sex, and stare passionately into one another's eyes, it would have made a lot of people uncomfortable. Because, you know, those guys do that in real life! It's not even acting, what they're doing up there! They're really kissing and having sex!

Meanwhile, the idea of Matt Bomer having sex with a woman is interrupting Bret Easton Ellis's boner.
 
 
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26 July 2012 @ 01:45 pm
Okay, can I just LOSE MY SHIT for a minute? I've already spewed my excitement all over twitter, so I'm sorry to be super obnoxious about it, but it just really made my day and OH MY GOD.

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That's Peter Lenkov, the executive producer of H50 who is basically in charge of everything ever, tweeting a link to the H50 season 1 fan trailer I made last year!

I have always secretly wondered what he would think about it if he saw it, since I was so proud of that vid, but I was also kind of afraid of him ever finding it since I'm using copyrighted clips from the show. So to see him tweeting it and calling it amazing is just laskjd;askld If you all could have seen me literally flailing at my desk earlier, I swear to god.

Then I replied to him and said thank you, and he replied/retweeted me and said, "Great work!!!"

I apologize in advance if this is all I talk about for the next 75 years.

Also, here's a link to the vid in question, while I'm being shameless: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEAMztU-Iiw
 
 
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♦ Pregnant!Jane, either accidentally (pre!Jane/Maura) or on purpose. Jane would be so whiny and restless, Angela would be beside herself with glee that she's finally getting a grandchild, Korsak would be all worried and paternal, and Frost and Frankie would be extremely amused by everything. And Maura would be fluttering around taking care of her, buying $3k baby strollers and spouting facts about vitamin deficiencies, and then maybe there is some hot pregnancy sex in the bed they always sleep in together. Why no, I am not writing this of course not why do you ask.

♦ Matchmakers Bass and/or Jo Friday. Come on, tell me that would not be the cutest fucking thing ever, I dare you.

♦ Jane has to tortoise-sit Bass while Maura is out of town. They have lots of deep conversations, and Jane drunkenly informs him that she's in love with Maura.

♦ Jane wonders why Maura keeps breaking up with guys by telling them she and Jane are dating.

♦ Jane gets kidnapped and Maura has to go all BAMF and save the day.

♦ More shooting lessons! More bed sharing! And clothes sharing! And lesbian innuendos! And Jane playing baseball!

♦ OH MY GOD. YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Where Maura and Jane meet on a lesbian dating site and exchange lots of emails without realizing the other's identity. Holy shit, I want this so badly.

*****

I've only just finished 2x05, and didn't get to watch 2x04 because the disc was scratched, so I will probably have more to add to this list later. Also, everyone needs to rec me fics please, preferably with some hot porn but I'm not picky.

Oh, and I said this on twitter, but I love how Maura doesn't even want to bother with going on an actual date, she just wants to get laid. ♥
 
 
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31 May 2012 @ 04:46 pm
A few gen fic recs while I am thinking of them! I have so much fic to catch up on this weekend.

不甘寂寞 (buganjimo) by perpsi (Steve and Mary, 1300 words)
Mary spams Steve with instagrams from her flight-attendant travels.

This gave me so many Steve and Mary feelings. ♥ So perfect.

Secrets of the Game by brilligspoons (Danny and Kono, PG, 1400 words)
Written for the prompt: Danny and Kono are both bisexual. When they go out, they point out people they find attractive. It's a silly game, but Kono just appreciates that she can let her guard down with him.

Great Danny and Kono friendship fic! This is why I love them together. :)

Snow White Furball by bluflamingo (Steve and Danny, 1800 words)
Steve finds a box of kittens in his truck.

Can't remember if I've ever recced this on my journal, but if not then here you go. Steve adopts a kitten, and there are hugs. Enough said. ♥
 
 
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23 May 2012 @ 03:09 pm
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17 May 2012 @ 12:53 pm
So I reblogged this on tumblr, but I thought I'd repost it here because I found it really interesting and helpful. I've been stuck on a few scenes of a story I'm working on, and this helped me realize why I was stuck and how to fix it. This is about script writing, but I think it's applicable to any kind of storytelling.

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