pitry: (individuals!)
This is the first Doctor Who episode I've seen since the 3 episodes I've seen from s6 - I have not seen the show regularly since The Big Bang. And y'know what? I felt like I've already seen this episode 3 times.

It's the law of diminishing returns. You see this in long television shows without an arc-plan where the same creative team stays on for years and years. I should know, I am/was a Stargate fan. There comes the time when the writers simply exhausted everything they had to say about a certain world, certain characters, certain situations. There are a lot of ways of countering it. Sometimes they add characters, kill old ones, make a radical change in setting... You see this in Doctor Who so much. Change the Doctor. Change the companion. Change the setting - is he stuck on Earth or having a setting? Are we doing episode of the week or is there an arc? Is the Doctor happy-go-lucky or PTSDed or bored or having a meltdown? That's why Doctor Who has been so incredibly successful even after years and years. It's so easy to change everything.

And there comes the time when even that isn't enough. There comes the time when the head writer needs to realise the problem isn't the format, or the characters, or the setting. It's him. There comes the time when the writer needs to be honest with himself and realise that he's said and done everything he ever had in mind for the show. And it is time for him to move on from it.

Because the show isn't bad. That's the thing. That's the most awful thing about it all. It's not bad. Steven Moffat has not driven it to the ground. It's not atrocious, or the acting ridiculous, or the setting boring, or the characters uninteresting (well, this was my first encounter with Clara and she came off as the a one-note Feisty Moffat Companion (TM), but let's focus on the Doctor here). It really isn't that. It's that he's not even trying anymore. There is something admirable in going for something completely ambitious and falling on your arse. But that's not what Moffat is doing. He's foregone ambitious. Now he's just telling the same old story, again and again and again. Using the same old tricks, again and again and again. The thing about using a formula is that you know that it works. But as long as you use the formula, you can't try anything else. You can't fail - but you can't shoot higher than what the formula allows you to. Steven Moffat comes off as a writer who is too afraid to fall on his arse. He's too afraid to shoot for something completely different and fail. He's being complacent.

The show isn't bad. It's just stagnant and mediocre. Which is worse than bad.

My opinion of Day of the Doctor? Dear Steven Moffat, it's time for you to leave Doctor Who and go pursue something completely different. Give the show to someone else. Someone with their own ideas and dreams, someone with their own ambitions, someone who will dare try, even if it means they might fail.
pitry: (tortoise)
So, I, uh, got roped in by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook to do trope bingo. Which is probably not completely clever seeing as I'm not here for half of the month (I'm going on the trip with Tsilhqot'in in two days!!!!! OMG OMG OMG and HORSES.) and the fact that the last time I wrote a fic was in January and since then I dropped out of [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship because I wasn't in the right mindset to write for the past two months. I think I need to re-read HP or something to get back into the mindset, but I don't have the time because at any given moment I have about 10 linguistics books and/or books about First Nations people and history and culture looking at me accusingly and telling me I need to go read them.

So this is probably unwise. But LOOK I HAVE A CARD. And it is PERFECT.


character in distress au: apocalypse au: fantasy kidfic handcuffed / bound together
trust and vows wingfic secret twin / doppelganger sharing a bed transformations
unexpected friendship bets / wagers FREE

SPACE
au: space deathfic
poor communication skills language and translation au: college / highschool coming out (of the closet) au: alternate gender norms
in vino veritas / drunkfic au: other au: mundane au: romance novel presumed dead


and looooooook at that first column. And then from that bottom square up in a diagonal line. Why hello there, Bruce/Selina who will probably be meeting Lois Lane and possibly Clark Kent down the line.

I need a Bruce/Selina icon. Sigh.
pitry: (manly muppet)
*cue jokes about lens flares and lightsabres*

Well, I actually enjoyed the Star Trek reboot (minus the lens flares) so this is good news.

I think.

....cue Star Trek/ Star Wars crossover jokes?
pitry: (tortoise)
UChicago gets a package for Indiana Jones.

♥ ♥ ♥ (and I love how no one knows WTF this is and where it came from).
pitry: (rat)
1. [livejournal.com profile] fic_rush is on this weekend! Join us to have ninja penguin-giraffes threaten to eat you unless you write fic.

2. On a different note... Thoughts on Jadzia Dax )

on another note, some amusing Worf vids: )

3. The new Pterry book. Pitry is displeased )

4. I have a new rat icon. I'm missing Spider-Rat now. :( Granted, Spider-Rat wasn't as adorable as Icon!Rat, but it was pretty cute. They're a vastly misunderstood species, rats are!
pitry: (tortoise)
A Five Questions meme from [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle...

If you want to join in the meme:

What are the three things that most attract you to a fandom?
Comment with an answer to the question above.
I’ll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
Post to your journal with the answers to the questions. Or if you want, post in the comments here. Or both!
Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

mah thingies )

the questions! (and answers) )
pitry: (philosophy)
So I took a look at VBS. The only thing that's still going on there is the Mind Game.

I kinda feel sad about that. Granted, I've walked out about 5 years ago, and have no intention of coming back (Yeah, I'll go back to a website run by Orson Scott Card when he stops being xenophobic and homophobic, i.e never). But that RPG was my first serious writing experience, and definitely the first one I got feedback on and the one that pushed me to actually write.

And now it's completely and utterly dead.

What Pitry learned about writing from Virtual Battle School. Warning: this is looooooong. )

Hmm. Sorry for this attack of nostalgia.
pitry: (Jim Keats)
12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

Nope. That sounds like it could have been an interesting exercise 10 years ago, but not really now.

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

Canon, absolutely. I have trouble with writing things that contradict canon too much. It;s a good example of what killed my SG1/SGA story before I ever managed to complete it - season 2 came along and since my premise was based too much on "what happens after season 1", it made it from "possible continuation" to "complete AU" and killed my ability to write it. Likewise Alternate Realities Are No Excuse (if I ever get to write that one) that originally was supposed to be a sequel to Time Crash, but that's not gonna happen now.

Most of the time I write on the faultlines. I don't directly contradict canon, and I do my best to make it plausible that my story actually sits somewhere inside canon. It can also work with AUs - that's how Reset works, for example, going through AUs until it reaches canon.

Likewise, fandom doesn't change my viewing of canon. The things that are open to interpretation are open to interpretation, the things that aren't... aren't. When it's open to interpretation I'm never stuck on one interpretation (I know that even my favourite explanation/ theory are just that, one of many) and when they aren't, well, that's not gonna change.
pitry: (Default)
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I... write fatalist time travel stories about people who are trying to fight their fate and lose, stories about traumatised people who are capable of functioning but never truly get over their trauma, and sometimes I write stories that include both (okay, elements of both).

Well, and sometimes I also write crack.

Where does the trauma that never truly heals come from I know, but I'm not quite sure about the fatalism.
pitry: (nice)
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?

The closest I get to write pairings is the one-sided "Jack is in love with the Doctor but knows it'll never happen" I write every once in a while. For any fandom. Sorry.

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

See #9.

rest of days )
pitry: (Vote Saxon!)
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I don't have anything against writing OCs. In fact, the two big fics that are right now under "in development" (but quite in advanced stages, whee!) are going to have a huge cast of OCs in them, and I've already tried a bit playing with OCs in What's Past is Prologue.

How do I make certain they're not Mary Sues? Well... I might be giving here the unpopular answer but... I don't.

It's simple. Take one of my favourite characters of all time, The Doctor, and put him through one of those Mary Sue litmus tests. He comes out the biggest Mary Sue that has ever been written. And he's a wonderful character.

It's not that Mary Sues are wonderful characters- they're often aren't. But let's admit it. None-Mary-Sues aren't always all that wonderful as characters, either. Over at [livejournal.com profile] pitry_rewatch I find myself talking about this a lot, but at the end of it, I think that the same thing that creates an interesting human character also stops your character from being a Mary Sue. To wit: make it as human as possible.

So I don't write my OCs as plot devices. Obviously, they're there to serve the plot, especially if my focus is canon characters. But they're people on their own. Which means that they should be allowed to do things that are not directly relevant to the plot, they should be allowed to have inane conversations or do silly things and even make it harder for everyone else, even if they're full of good intentions. They shouldn't have one trait.

That's what I tried to do with What's Past Is Prologue - my readers will have to tell me if I succeeded. But I tried to make sure that even though Marvin was my McGuffin and token bad guy, to show why he's not only "allowed" to hang out with the others but even wanted, why they consider him a friend. So I made him somewhat obnoxious and over-excited and happy to mess around with others and have some ridiculous arguments. Same with Noble - she was the leader but it was important to me that she's not limited to her function in the story, i.e to be a leader.

I think I succeeded, but that's one thing I can't actually judge.

rest of days under the cut )
pitry: (nice)
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Reading or writing? Since this is a writing meme, I'll assume writing. The answer is: not really, but in a way, possibly.

When The Eleventh Hour aired, I suspected Moffat wouldn't go with Amy in the directions I found interesting. And he didn't, unfortunately, and for that I complained a lot already.

But then through the weirdest conversation I found myself writing a small ridiculous ficlet about Owen Harper and Amy Pond meeting in the afterlife in Life on Mars' Railway Arms. I think I got Amy there quite well, if I can say so myself.

And it kinda allows me to live with her in peace. No, we're not going to see the most amazing conflicts that can be the result of both her suspicion and trust of the Doctor. But we can enjoy her attitude towards life nonetheless.

rest of days )
pitry: (Astronaut)
This time it was the universe that conspired against me...

5 – If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?
Sorry, that one gets a boring answer. I learned a long long time ago that if I don't know in advance where I'm going with a story, I would never get there. I don't always write a detailed outline, but I always have specific points I want to go. There isn't any room here for characters to get inside stories where they don't belong.

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

No particular preferences. It's how much I am interested in that character in canon that determines whether I want to write them, not their gender.

rest of days )
pitry: (minion)
Ho, LJ outage that does not allow me to continue with my memeish resolutions.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
SG1 - I think Daniel and Sam I'm most comfortable with. I adore all of them in canon, but I'm always feeling inadequate in writing Jack's lines (what can I do. I'm not as funny as RDA.). And then there's Teal'c... who I also feel inadequate to write because a lot of his comedy is physical.

SGA - Elizabeth. And Rodney. He rants a lot. But Elizabeth has got this cool calmness...

Doctor Who - the Doctor! The Tenth, specifically. He's sitting inside my head and chatters. And Jack, too, I'm enjoying. (If I'm already on Torchwood, Gwen I find easiest after Jack, as she's the POV character for the show and I tend to gravitate towards those).
Also, I've only written SJA's Gita once, but she was sheer joy.

Harry Potter - again, Harry, due to canon POV issues.

4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Sorry, no muse characters. I'm going with the story I want to tell... maybe the Doctor as I always end up writing about him, but I think that's more due to the fact he's the centre of DW.

rest of days )
pitry: (Chocolate)
Ironically, Harry Potter 7.5 is the first one since Goblet of Fire that I left the cinema *not* feeling like watching again in the cinema, and the only one I know for fact I will, again (next Saturday when I'm going with friends... what can I do, I had a free night and I didn't feel like sitting in the hostel!)

I was not pleased )

Much Ado, on the other hand, was complete bliss!
Who knew Shakespeare had so much slapstick? )

And tomorrow is my graduation and I get to wear silly gowns! Wahey.
pitry: (minion)
Hmm. I've missed doing those.

Spoilers! Beware of spoilers! )

Wheeeeeee Torchwood is back wheeeeeeee! Pitry is pleased.
pitry: (Kira)
I've decided to re-watch some shows. And I feel like rambling about TV, seeing as I don't actually watch new stuff these days and sort of dropped from all of my forums.

But I've also decided to spare y'all my favourite flist from my incoherent ramblings. So, in case you're actually interested in them, I'm watching Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and Doctor Who, over at [livejournal.com profile] pitry_rewatch. Expect long boring posts full of my long boring thoughts of science fiction shows.
pitry: (nice)
Day 2 - A song that reminds you of your most recent ex-boyfriend/girlfriend - yeah, get back to me when I've dealt with my commitment issues. Cough.

Day 3 - A song that reminds you of one/both of your parents - Anything by Elvis. And Jethro Tull TBH. Yeah, if the "cool" factor was mentioned earlier, the first gig I ever went to was Jethro Tull... with my dad. But I can't complain. Thanks to their tape (and later CD) collection I got to a) develop a good musical taste and b) not get broke in the process!

more to come )

On a different note, after being exposed to the (OMG SO HORRIBLE!!!) news that there's a 21 Jump Street movie in the works (WHY OH GAWD WHY), I got nostalgic and downloaded the first season.

Results:

1) One day I'll understand how American shows get green-lit after pilots. This one goes together with The Gathering into the "worst pilot ever made" category.
2) Okay, so they're busy being so educational and nice and "look we're a show for teenagers" and they well deserve mocking for that... but the fact that a lot of their plots are "kids screw up" actually allows them to not be TOO simplistic.
3) okay, so their plots were...well... it's a teenagers' show about cops in school for crying out loud! But wow, do these people know how to build characters properly. They get it. Banter is important. Humour is important. It makes your characters human! That's important. I love the way the characters interact, and that one holds up 24 years later(!!).

FBI guy: "blah blah blah need to know basis."
Fuller: "Get Ioki and Hanson in here, we need to fill them in."
Penhall: "Can we tell them everything or are they on a need to know basis?"
Fuller: "I can't tell you that."
:D
They actually ARE intentional action comedy!
pitry: (Frobisher)
I'm enjoying SJA this year much much more than I've enjoyed proper Doctor Who. The episodes are witty, pretty mature and generally good. Rejoice!

... or something. I know it's the show aimed at 8 eight year olds...
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