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The Weight of the World and Its Heaven (22598 words) by Petronia
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Hannibal (TV), Hannibal Lecter Series - All Media Types, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter, Will Graham & Clarice Starling, Hannibal Lecter & Clarice Starling, Alana Bloom/Hannibal Lecter, Bedelia Du Maurier & Hannibal Lecter
Characters: Clarice Starling, Will Graham, Alana Bloom, Eldon Stammets, Ardelia Mapp, Hannibal Lecter, Bedelia Du Maurier, Jack Crawford, Dr. Frederick Chilton, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Future Fic, think of it as Season 5 plus setup, Backstory, Contemporary Art, Catholic Iconography, Migratory Birds, POV Multiple, Original Dogs, canon compliant Hannigram, canon compliant pretentious dialogue, canon compliant art murder, Dream Sequences, Post-Canon, Clarice has just about had it with you crazy SOBs, Implied/Referenced Torture, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Harris/Fuller/Mann/Demme/etc. extended deep house megamix, Physarum polycephalum, Paris Catacombs, Teatro Colón, Salomé - Richard Strauss
Series: Part 1 of The Weight of the World and Its Heaven
Summary: Bedelia took a sip of wine. "We all die, Hannibal," she said, "often before we cease to breathe. I suggest only that you give full consideration to what comes afterward."

Past the Cordon of Night (830 words) by Petronia
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hannibal (TV), Hannibal Lecter Series - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter
Additional Tags: Post-Season/Series 02, Easter, Mind Palace
Series: Part 2 of The Weight of the World and Its Heaven
Summary: "The church across the street is filled," Will said. "Every pew."
He still hadn't turned. Hannibal made himself look away, and went to the counter to pour himself a glass of water. His hand was steady, and the muscle of his heart – he knew it was, but felt its stutter like a phantom.

Amourette (3558 words) by Petronia
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hannibal (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter
Characters: Freddie Lounds, Jack Crawford
Additional Tags: Cannibalism, Accidental Sex, not even a pseudo-clinical description of Kundalini syndrome, I mean it
Summary: "I don't understand," Will said, "how a Yogi ended up in this way. You'd think the enlightened wouldn't be rude."

Don't Let Yourself Grow Hungry Now (594 words) by Petronia
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hannibal (TV), Hannibal Lecter Series - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Freddie Lounds/Margot Verger
Additional Tags: Post-Season/Series 02, Flash Fic
Summary: “You can show me, you know,” Freddie Lounds says, from your bed. “It’s all right. I don’t judge.”


One more (short, comedic) piece to go, then I'm closing up shop until season 3. I am supposed to be writing original fiction for the writing group, from now until July. XD

(The Weight of the World is basically a novel, scope-wise. Having written the 23k word version of the story I can see how one would write the 80k word version. Maybe that should be the modus operandi, going forward.)
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 I've been posting these over at Tumblr since that's where people actually are, but Tumblr is zero good at archiving and I'm not entrusting this much text to Google.

Hannibal and wine (nerd exegesis 1)

Coherency of the TV narrative arc vs the books w/r/t the treatment of women (a follow-up to the whole fridging controversy)

Hannibal characters and perfume (nerd exegesis 2. Ever since I was at the Osmothèque in Versailles I've given this way too much thought. There was also a follow-up discussion whereby someone said Hannibal identified Bella's perfume as JAR Bolt of Lightning, which sets the bar way high. I have yet to rewatch the episode in question and uhh didn't understand Mads Mikkelsen's accent the first time, so. XD;;)

Pappademas' writeup in Grantland, queerbaiting (TL;DR version: the show totally is, but what is it going to do, make them get together 4 real? That would mean EVIL WINS :P)

Coherency of the TV narrative arc vs the books w/r/t the characters' sexuality (major spoilers for S1-S2 and all the books to date)

aaaaand A FANMIX: The Weight of the World and its Heaven (8tracks)

...Good thing I decided to do this since I'd already forgotten I wrote some of these posts. :P

I said this show reminded me of Tokyo Babylon halfway through S1, so when S1 ended I was like "yes ok sacrificial young woman tickybox" and thought that was that. Of course, S2 just charged ahead and did X:1999. In conclusion [personal profile] canis_m noped right out like "no way am I doing the 'animal-loving nice boy falls in love with total raving psycho' trope again" and she was prescient to do so. XD;;;
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Haven't posted on DW for a while! (Did make a couple of posts on LJ.)

Not holding myself to this on a weekly basis, clearly, but it's still a useful exercise when there's something to report.


* Close to finishing The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot. This was my main reading during the holiday season -- an Indigo staff pick obtained on a whim while buying presents. ("Oh, this is Glen's pick," said the cashier. "I want to read Glen's pick!" "Is Glen very outdoorsy?" I asked. "Well, he's one of our managers and a bit of a hippie.") Highly recommended, though if you're as sedentary as I am it will make you feel like pre-Adventure Bilbo Baggins. In fact it makes one realize Tolkien didn't just make up all that mysticism of the road going on and on, he was writing a value set he would have expected his original readers (adult, if not child) to be able to contexualize easily... Tezuka Kunimitsu would enjoy this book.

* Read Red Dragon, since I've never watched either of the film adaptations. Actually, I've never read any of the Thomas Harris novels. )

I will probably read Silence of the Lambs after? I did watch the movie, but I never felt like I got it. Like there seems to be some "holy shit" thing that people get from this story or character interaction that never struck me. Regular people treat this canon in a really fannish way, yanno?


* Her. This is one of those movies where you will quite likely watch a different movie from the person who accompanied you into the theatre, depending on your respective attitudes toward gender relations, technology, alternate visions of LA that look more like Shanghai (+commuter trains -black people), and so forth. I will say that a full decade after Lost In Translation, one finally feels like one has both sides of the Spike Jonze-Sofia Coppola marriage story.

* Sherlock S3. Cut for vague spoiler. )

* Hannibal, earlier in the month, obviously. I keep thinking, maybe once they finish season 2 or whatever they'll publish a cookbook. XD;;; Someone on Douban wrote one of those insta-classic reviews that was just a massive cookery treatise on the preparation and consumption of the longpig, in traditional Chinese. (Rather, classical references are to the "two-legged goat". #themoreyoulearn)
petronia: (postcards from Italy)
1) Other than wrapping "20/20", I uploaded the rest of my Prince of Tennis fic to AO3, reorganizing them somewhat in the process. The first of the lot is fully 10 years old. Good grief. I was 23 writing stories about what it might feel like to be 33. Now I am nearly 33, but it's less help than you might think since I've had a very different life from what I envisaged for the characters, who meanwhile in the ever ongoing manga are probably still about 15 (behaving in most respects like 18-20, but still).

2) Saw Catching Fire, American Hustle, and The Desolation of Smaug when they respectively came out, but little else in the way of new movies over the holidays. (Links are to Tumblr reviews.) Watched Steve McQueen's Hunger and a bunch of Netflix randomosity while catsitting for my sister.

3) Caught up on Hannibal-the-TV-series; will probably be done with the first season by tonight. It still operates with a weird believability gap, for me -- too many OTT serial killers for realism (or Baltimore), too much psychiatry and forensic work for outright phantamasgoria -- but if I give Bret Easton Ellis a pass as horror-fantasy this certainly deserves the same. I suspect I would be more comfortable if the series were supernatural, like if the evil deer were a shikigami, Sakurazukamori-style, rather than a metaphor/Victorian brain fever. Then I would know where I was at. XD;;

...CLAMP, eh. In retrospect, few people have written as fine a sociopathic serial killer story as Tokyo Babylon, if you choose to take that perspective on it. Young ladies and ultra-violence etc.

4) Sororial unit did a wizard thing with Chrome add-ons and Apple TV so we could hack into the iPlayer, and have accordingly watched S3E1 of Sherlock. Enjoyed it with the usual quibbles, spoiler cutting all other commentary as I know what's good for me. XD )

5) Watched the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which makes me only drastically behind rather than unutterably behind. Enjoyed but thought it worked better as setup for upcoming plot than as fan-service candyfloss, which is what multi-Doctor stories are supposed to be IMO. Furthermore it was awkwardly obvious that this was envisaged with Nine as part of the story (imagine how much better Billie's role would have worked). Must confess I do not umm actually understand how *spoiler* is supposed to differ from the status quo delineated in Ten's last couple of seasons, but agree that this is the right time in the arc of NuWho-as-a-whole to do *spoiler* regardless of what the nonsense explanation is. Now watch Moffat not actually delve into the obvious plot in S8 just to spite me. I maaaay cover off S7 if I find the time.


Oct. 28th, 2013 08:29 pm
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Aeon Flux season 3, Deleuze/Guattari's Mille Plateaux. Possibly these are the same things! For extra credit I'll listen to a Knife record.

I think I may never have seen Aeon Flux season 3. I have no memory of it. I have no memory of, uh, this stuff containing dialogue or a semblance of linear narrative. Google is not doing well at coughing up pretentious cultural studies essays other ppl must have written in the 1990s. I don't mean like Freud 101, I mean like explain why you should cry tears of sadness that George Bataille didn't live to watch late-night MTV. Geocities is dead, yo, repost that shiz.

Other TV: watching Agents of SHIELD -- it has the same mystery plot as my dumb fanfiction, but less sex pollen. Watched a few eps of Elementary S1, a few eps of Attack on Titan, and a couple of eps of Adventure Time just so I know what is what.

Movies: Gravity was very good. Wanted to see Prisoners but it fell through. Going to see The Counselor tomorrow.

Also picking up Pilgrim at Tinker Creek again, since the seasons have turned.
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Look, this month I've... )

My point is, there has been no reading. My books are in boxes. I have been writing in snippets, with the goal of posting the new chapter before I take off. I went to see Now You See Me, which is basically a meta Vegas magic show, and fantastically entertaining as long as you go in 1) unspoiled, and 2) in the same frame of mind you'd bring to a Vegas magic show, meta or not. The script becomes terrible as soon as it ventures into "dialogue" or "characterization." Cut for mild spoilers. )

Also watched three episodes of Hannibal. The storytelling is weird? Eg. sense of time is farked -- I couldn't tell if two days or two months has passed between episodes 1 and 2. Supporting characters and antagonists are not intro-ed in the way you'd expect of a procedural, somehow, even a mystical and impressionistic one. And so forth.

Further initial thoughts. )
petronia: (obey the DJ)
The less said of work this week the better, but at least everything got pulled together on time, no project went careening into disaster, the right ppl were impressed and so far no major cabbages have fallen out of the basket (although if one had I wouldn't remember it, by definition XD;). I've also managed MUTEK every night since Wednesday, without collapse. It helps to get the physical activity in; and let's be honest, I stay up regularly on weeknights for far worse reasons. I subscribe to Villalobos' vision of the "club" as a sunny, 24/7, urban outdoors public utility, like a sandbox playground XD basically a fairy mushroom ring of speakers with noise cancelling technology on the perimeter. You step in, dance until you've de-stressed, then leave whenever you feel like it. (I've always thought he derived the idea from Piknic.)

It's a sexless concept of the thing, but then "the club" comme tel is a multi-use space, and for this particular purpose it's currently inefficient... there are different crowds as everyone knows and Sherlock (a total fascist-aesthete) will turn out for the stuff Schuldig is bored by. Basically. XD; It turns out he majorly digs Echospace. IDEK. But at one point I was at the barrier and turned around and there wasn't a single person with an alcoholic drink for rows. Dub techno: socially validated autistic stimming for four hours at a stretch.

Meanwhile, as I left the Plastikman show last night I overheard some bleary hipsters threaten Richie Hawtin with sexual violence. NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FACT. It's gotta be the hair, I refuse to believe the fanboys were creepers like that in the 90s.

And then there was ~*MODESELEKTOR NIGHT*~ XD [ profile] credoimprobus would be amused to know that we've gotten to the point where we just give them a whole night to curate. I couldn't stay for their whole set, ironically, due to ummm sororial unit's convocation ceremony the next morning (good on law school, it was over in a sweet 90 minutes), but the lineup was flawless.


[ profile] readerofasaph reminds me that I had two thoughts about Glee S2 (it's not me, it's sororial unit):

1) You know that one TezuFuji doujinshika that Cfandom in particular was wild about? We used to swap the book, even. And one of her series was about Fuji quitting Seigaku and going to Hyoutei? What was her name?

2) The alternate reality in which fandom musical Harry Potter is on prime-time US TV kissing a boy... it's been said, I know.
petronia: (would you like some tea)
Is this episode actually called A Christmas Carol: WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE POISSON )

TRON Legacy: picture the Dude from The Big Lebowski wandering through the music video of Can't Get You Out Of My Head while dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, in IMAX 3D )

** People my age who were in the US public school system in the 80s: there was this book catalogue. What was that? It came something like biannually, and listed all the Newberys and Victorian classics. Beverly Cleary. George MacDonald. You ticked off the books that looked interesting, your parents wrote a cheque (I assume; I never saw this part), and the books just appeared after that. I don't even remember if they came to the school or the apartment. No memory of a limit on the number of books, or reading level. If I ever heard the words reading level while in elementary school it was spoken by adults above my head.
petronia: (so not awake yet)
Finally I have watched Inception! There are two questions for ppl in this fandom after the cut. )

I also watched Merlin S03E01... I swear I've only seen scraps and minutes of this series here and there, but between osmotic fan production and mountain ranges of historical interpretation (nearly all the "new" fandoms are like that nowadays, aren't they), I just don't feel like I've missed any continuity. I've got a very short decision flow chart in my head: IS MORGAUSE STILL HOT -> YES -> KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON THEN
petronia: (tamaki)
I haven't seen Inception yet. I don't think this would have been on my radar at all if it weren't for the cross-board raving, so I don't know anything about it other than it has something to do with Leonardo DiCaprio and lucid dreaming. Spoiler me and die. XD

I have seen the new BBC Sherlock, I just went and started a meta discussion on the value of kink memes rather than post viewing notes. XD;; I adored the first ep and thought the second one was meh, so will wait for the third before rendering judgment - tbh, since the installments seem to be written by three separate people, the already-aired bits probably mapped out the high and low extremes of the concept's potential. Classic, unmodernized spoiler cut. )

** I'll admit, there is a part of me that would have found this epically hilarious.
petronia: (another one of those days)
Okay, I have given up doing these in any kind of order. XD; These three are complete in the way of notes, I guess.

The Pyramids of Mars, which doesn't even take place on Mars idgi )

Four to Doomsday, in which I don't talk about the plot )

Burger King's Subservient Robot )
petronia: (tea or coffee?)
This stuff is really easy to watch, which is rare. I think because the episodes are so short? I finish a serial and write a paragraph of notes on the outfits. The entry's long enough to need splitting up. XD; I've stuck them in chronological order, although I certainly don't watch in any sort of chronological order - skipping around, semi-intentionally avoiding huge continuity fests.

Spearhead from Space - I spared a thought for JoJo, so sue me )

Terror of the Autons - plastic dudes redux )

The Mind of Evil - Equity transparently short on Mandarin speakers )

** Suspect the Doctor actually goes to China all the time - there's a First Doctor serial with Marco Polo I would've wanted to watch, if it hadn't been one of the annoyingly lost ones. During my teenaged Douglas Adams period I wrote a short story where Marco Polo gets taken off-planet by an alien who crash-lands in the canal outside his house. He becomes a film producer (interstellar equivalent) and comes back to Earth centuries later in order to scout location shoots in Venice.
petronia: (tea or coffee?)
Donna )

Martha, Redux )

Jack )

The Master, who is not a Companion I KNOW )

Mmn one more post or rather I'll keep adding to this one. XD
petronia: (fine time)
Proper S4 ending plus specials, I have been cutting this DOWN XD srsly afraid of running a wordcount on these last few posts )

In conclusion re: Eleventh Doctor, redheaded Companion = I am onboard, never claimed not to be cheap. (Also I have Theories, but not to wave about in advance; just to watch and chortle to myself. XD)
petronia: (cowbelling to revolution)
And then we watched all the specials, five hours** straight through. XDD Tomorrow I rejoin the real world!

** Plus fifteen minutes of awesome megalomaniacal self-indulgence
petronia: (plugging away)
Posting incrementally so avoid scenarios of power shorting out etc.

Doctor Who S04E07 to S04E13 )

S4 > S1 > S3 > S2, but not a fair comparison as S4 relies so much on buildup from previous seasons (and spinoffs). Also the music for S4 has been quite good as opposed to overblown and actively terrible as I thought it was for a good deal of S3, Spoiler's lulzsome taste aside. ILE turns out to be full of Moffat stans (what other discoveries lie in wait if I just type something into board search that is not the name of a band??), confirming me in my suspicion that Moffat's core contingent is analogous to the ILE sort of intelli-sausagefest rather than RTD's rabid shipper-trolling.

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