March 24th, 2012

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Books, TV and Movie Trailer, oh my!

[001] Am quarter of the way through my 2012 reading challenge: 25 out of 100 books - gotta love Good Reads for making it so easy to keep track of novels <3

[002] While I tend to lean towards male protagonist novels, I did post a pinterest board for Female Protagonist Fantasy Novels for my sis (if anyone's interested) - also, if y'all would like invites to the site, just drop me a line.

[003]Recent stuff enjoyed:
  • Legend of Korra pilot: the new Avatar series is fantabulous. I especially love how they introduced the newer elements to the world [like...](Republic city, metal benders. Iman etc. and particularly the musical score - I want to get my hands on all that wonderful music, oh god. I admit I'm hoping we get to see old!Toph at some point in the future XD [korra seems to have...] Korra seems to have definite elements of Sokka with a bit of Toph's kick ass awesome too.

    The weakest link: I felt the voice actress for Korra could have had more nuance - her delivery of several lines through the pilot felt rather flat.However, the same applied to the original show too, and everyone improved as the series went on :D Still, can't help but wonder how it might have sounded if someone like Azula's VA or Mary Jane's VA (from the Amazing Spider-man cartoon) had the lead role instead... *runs off to watch episode 2*

  • The Whitefire Crossing: it was barely a hop, skip and a jump to end up slashing Dev/Kiran through the novel. And Dev being a hot POC character has me all \o\o/o/

  • Cinder: excellent world building and I'm intertested in seeing if and how Kai and Cinder's relationship progresses through the books - though I do get that it's more Cinder's journey and growth that's the focus really XD I absolutely adore original adaptations of myths and fairytales and this novel does it brilliantly. Can't wait for the sequel!

  • Trailers: Amazing Spider-man | Prometheus | The Avengers | Snow White & The Huntsman | Jack the Giant Killer

  • Have mostly caught up with the Naruto manga and I adored the development with the Nine Tails, Minato and Kushina's backstory (the anime episodes had me crying and smiling and crying from the awesome) and Sasuke and Itachi lately...

  • The second Sherlock movie was super fun but I found myself far more shippy with the second season of the Sherlock TV series. It's Benedict Cumberbatch's fault. I do want fanfic recs now but have no idea where to start ;_;
[004] Why is it that Dan looks more like Harry than ever in these photos here for a non-HP movie? The blond is not really my Draco but the scene definitely gives me happy shipper vibes mwhahaha

[005] Season 3 of Community is a bit of a mixed bag for me - Britta definitely has her shining moments but I'm not getting enough Annie and the latest twist with Troy and Abed has me worried >_>

[006] Next month has the potential to be FABULOUS since two things are scheduled to go up: my gen art commish from pokefreak of Zuko and Toph (and Iroh) and my H/D livelongnmarry high fantasy H/D fic from femmequixotic (which y'all might remember from the commish done by samurai-pet here)

still want futuristic!Draco-on-a-hovercraft fic someday tho *grabby hands*
* WIN - toph

Avatar: Legend of Korra thoughts

[Ep 1 & 2 + initial characterization of our new golden trio hahahaha]Episode 1: adored the musical score and the introduction of new elements like Republic City, metal bender police (and no one being above the law, including the Avatar) and the issues between non benders and benders. Benders being able to form mafia-like gangs and non benders trying to stage a revolution (Amon's people) offers the potential for very interesting storylines. I'm extremely interested in Toph and her Chief Bei Fong's history and how her daughter ended up enforcing the law when her mother is probably the symbol of rebellion hahahaha

Episode 2: Korra's Voice actress is much better in this episode and I like the way Bolin and Mako are introduced. I continue to be charmed by Tenzin (especially when he ends up cheering the Fire Ferret's win). I find it interesting that despite the wins, Mako is NOT happy so I wonder if there are other forces pressuring him to compete and win the tournament. Pro-wrestling bending is a great way to get Korra to ante up and improve on team work and fighting skills though.

Initial Characterization

I have to admit I saw elements of characters from the first series in our new cast: Korra seems like a blend of Toph and Sokka for instance - she's capable and headstrong but with a definite streak of rebellion and humor. Also, she's willing to say it like it is, whether its necessarily to her benefit or not.

For the brothers, I'm still not really sure yet but....I saw strains of Mai in Mako, in regards to discipline and deadpan humor. He does have a bit of emo-ness which hasn't been explained so right now that is sort of reminiscent of Zuko but that could change. Hard to remember others in their emo-ness as much as Zuko haha.

Bolin might be a blend of Sokka's bad flirting methods and humor (which sorts of explains why he meshes well with Korra) and perhaps Tai Lee ("the avatar!")... still, not sure about that with just one episode to go on...

Sokka's humor was one of the big reason's the first series worked so well, not to mention Toph's kick ass awesomeness and Zuko's emo. Mako's deadpan lines feel like they wanted to bring Mai's strain of humor in too, without the coolness in attitude per se. Can't help think that they noticed what worked previously and brought those bits back in LoK. There's no telling how these characters will develop and in what direction they're headed though - that at least is entirely original and makes for very awesome possibilities...
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