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CURRENT TALLY OF COMPLETED FIC WORDAGE: 417,978
All Star Trek stories are Kirk/McCoy unless otherwise stated.
All Avengers stories are Steve/Tony unless otherwise stated.
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So I'm reading The Fellowship by Phillip and Carol Zaleski, which is a pretty massive biography of the Inklings. It's good, but I'm getting tired how all of the women--or at least everyone but Mrs. Moore, who possibly was the lover of CS Lewis--are always offstage having babies and doing gods know what, while the homosocial literary meetings just happen. So I've decided to pretend that while the Inklings are having their meetings, Edith Tolkien is running an unnamed group where all the ladies share their fics. And that Lewis's apocryphal "Oh God, not another Elf!" comment refers to Edith's 400,000 word response to The Silmarillion that's really just all about polyamorous Elves.
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Spoiler alert, just so you're aware--Smaug is actually Khan.

But seriously, folks )

In conclusion, I LIKED IT A LOT AND I HAVE FEELINGS.

ETA: Signalboosting The World Hobbit Project, a massive fan study about response to PJ's films. Please take 10-20 minutes to help academics really get what makes fans tick!
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If there isn't a full essay on this in the inevitable volume on Hobbit fanworks, I will cry.



I particularly like how it's a "Who's Who" of popular fandoms in 2014: Hobbit, Marvel (esp. Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Captain America), Batman, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and Sailor Moon.
caitri: (Eomer)
I loved it. Of course I loved it. Was there ever gonna be any doubt? I will say I thought its pacing was greatly improved from the first film; everything flows together really well. I also like Smaug; I really, REALLY like Smaug, and my reaction to him (much like the funky birds in Avatar) was that we are SO READY for a Dragonriders of Pern movie*.

*Minus the creepy rapiness,please and thank you.

Anyways. Last year I saw the first film in both 2d and 3d; this year it was 3d, and I think we got the fancy filmstock version that's hyperfast and hyper-real. It takes some getting used to; in some places people move so fast while talking that I almost wonder if they were dubbed as the fluidity of their movements do not seem to line up with the measuredness of their words.

Before I continue my review under the cut, I'm also going to admit that I've never finished reading The Hobbit (though I've read and reread LOTR a couple times). I tried as both a child and an adult and could just never stand his writing-for-children style; it made me grit my teeth. So all of the notes that follow are from the perspective of someone who likes the films and who has a fair bit of extra-textual knowledge from scholarship and other sources. So.

So. Many. Spoilers. )
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Also I'm ridiculously fond of that rock riff of "Misty Mountains."

E-yup

Nov. 18th, 2012 05:24 pm
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How much do I love this? By a lot!

Sidewaysedly, with [livejournal.com profile] ithiliana's feedback I submitted the following paper proposal to the Tolkien area at Kalamazoo for next year:

Constructing Lothίriel: Rewriting and Rescuing the Women of Middle Earth from the Margins

Scholars of fan studies believe that fanfiction can be seen as an interpretive and analytical act that gives insight into the reception of a text by its audience. This paper will examine the depiction of Tolkien’s female characters in The Lord of the Rings and related works through the lens of fanfiction: How do Tolkien’s most loving and devoted readers, his fans, view the women of Middle-Earth? In the case of significant characters like Éowyn and Arwen, quite a bit is known and thus fan-writers have various resources to work with as source references, including the texts as well as the earlier drafts of the novels as published in The History of The Lord of the Rings. In the case of other characters such as Lothíriel, their presence is little more than (quite literally) a footnote. As a genre of literature, fanfiction functions both as derivative work (in that some writers conscientiously choose to ascribe to Tolkien’s canonical texts and display a wealth of knowledge of these texts, linguistically and historically) and as transformative work as writers choose to select, ignore, or rewrite those aspects of Tolkien’s work they find problematic. In the body of scholarly work on Tolkien and fanfiction thus far, little attention has been paid attention to how writers have chosen to characterize the women characters, or what stories, genres, and tropes have been used in these stories. By reading the poems, short stories, and even novels that fans have written inspired by these characters, a new picture of the women of Middle Earth emerges: one in which women aren’t always fabulously beautiful or amazingly brave, but take their place alongside the male denizens of Tolkien’s universe all the same. This paper will contain several case studies of how various fan-writers have adopted and adapted Tolkien’s creations to tell their own stories of these characters.


I'm not sure when I'll find out whether it's accepted or not, but I have my fingers crossed!!

Eeeeee!

Apr. 23rd, 2011 11:19 pm
caitri: (Eomer)
So tonight there was a screening of the original Clash of the Titans, which was made awesomer because the gang of folks behind us were world class MST3K snarkers. Afterwards there was a raffle, and my friend and colleague Melissa won several things, including a copy of the LOTR The Two Towers Movie Companion and Ringers, a documentary on LOTR fandom, which she then passed onto me because I am such a geek. Someone in the audience snarked, "She jumped on that quick enough!" and I hollered back "ROHIRRIM!" *grins madly*
caitri: (Eomer)
I found an interesing blogpost on Rereading the LOTR appendices. I always found it about equally fascinating and annoying that Tolkien put so much of the actual STORY in the appendices: ALL of Aragorn and Arwen's love story, for instance, most of the real background and ending stuff...yeah. (And of course, per usual, Rohan gets ROBBED. *grump*)

My friend Anton also got me a copy of the audiobook of The Silmarillion which I started listening to last night. I listened to the first chapter and yeah, I agree that it really has to be listen to rather than read, plus all the Elvish is just so much more lovely and alive when vocalized. Looking forward to hearing more!!
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Title: All That Is, Was, Could Be
Author: caitri
Rating: NC-17 (Language, Sex)
Pairings: Kirk/Éomer, background Kirk/McCoy pre-slash
Word Count: 1,393
Summary: X-over with LOTR, takes place during That Which They Defend. A missing porn scene, written for [livejournal.com profile] suddenlyswept.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Paramount or Bad Robot. Just so you know. With apologies also to J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, and Karl Urban while I’m at it.

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caitri: (Eomer)
So [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins linked this vid:



Only I'm hypnotized, cos I'm on sudafed and tired and also I'm easily entertained, and basically OMG PWNIES.

The bookish one is called TWILIGHT SPARKLE.

Anyhow, I started wondering what Eomer would think, because this is how my brain works. I'm sorry.

ETA ALL my friends uniform reaction appears to be:



And that just cracks me up more.
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Title: Witan Day
Author: caitri
Rating: PG (Some violence)
Word Count: 507
Summary: Éomer as a new King. Written for [livejournal.com profile] anutty1.
Disclaimer: With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, and Karl Urban while I’m at it.

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