Yesss!

Jun. 25th, 2017 03:13 am
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I wondered if there'd be any Equestria Girls stuff this year since there's the theatrical Pony movie coming out, and I was thrilled to learn of a three-episode mini-series in the summer! I desperately hoped that it wouldn't be like the camp movie, which is the only one of the movies I'm not crazy about.

The first episode aired in the U.S. this past day, and I am thrilled! It's back to the lovely formula of the first three movies: urban setting and the girls seem to be normal, i.e., no permanent powers like the camp movie made it look like they'd have! It was a great little slice-of-life story and it brought back some of the Crystal Prep girls, and in a much better way than I think the book handled them last year. If it wasn't that the Canterlot High girls were trying to raise money to repair the camp, I'd think that the mini-series happened instead of the camp movie.

Slightly torn now on my opinion of Sour Sweet, as she didn't seem to be much like herself once she started acting nice, as opposed to Sugarcoat, who was able to adapt her usual personality to being a nicer person. That would admittedly be hard to do with Sour Sweet, since her keynote trait is basically being two-faced and having a super bad attitude despite acting sweet to your face. I've been pondering on whether there would be a way for her to give her trademark two different opinions on things while being nice. I think that would be difficult to pull off, and probably in the end, it's better for her to get out of that rut ... even though then I'm not sure her name makes much sense anymore, LOL. But it was lovely to see the Crystal Prep girls finally shape up regardless, and I hope that if they appear further, more can be done with Sour Sweet. She is basically just genuinely sweet as a good guy and I could really get to like her that way. (And possibly further regret not getting that doll when Wal-Mart had her for $4. I didn't get her because I did not like her, and then when I thought maybe I should for that price, all the dolls of her had vanished, sigh.) Maybe part of me is having a hard time believing that she could have turned so completely around that she doesn't have that key personality trait or deep-seated bad attitude anymore, especially since we haven't focused much on her as a character to see what's really going on in her head, and my real issue with her now is waiting for the other shoe to drop. But I did really like how she and Rarity seemed to be hitting it off! That was nice to see.

Finished the crossover fic and have moved on to the fic it directly led into. I was so anxious to write the climax that I wrote it out first, LOL. Now I'm trying to go back and write the beginning, but part of me is torn still wanting to write some other scenes out of order. Maybe partially because I don't have as many ideas for the opening scene.... But very excited about this fic regardless!
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So there's been some contention at the Pony forum again. This one person still tends to only say anything positive on Rainbow Dash episodes. They're silent on most others, but I think any time they've said something about an episode featuring someone else, they say how awful it is. (Except possibly one time, and that surprised me.) It's like Rainbow Dash is the only reason they watch. I can understand only watching a show for a favorite character, but putting down any episode without them seriously makes me roll my eyes. I've never been able to decide whether they're a troll or whether they're just obsessed with Rainbow Dash. They seem to think she can do no wrong. Although it does seem like once they acknowledged that she didn't always make the best decisions, but it certainly made the episodes interesting.

Well, the other day I was reading the discussion post for a Rainbow Dash episode that aired a few weeks ago. The person posted, of course, and this time got mad saying that Rainbow Dash is so unfairly hated on the forum while Starlight Glimmer is so praised. Actually, there's other people who like Rainbow and hate Starlight, but that did get me pondering, because I too would usually rather watch a Starlight episode than a Rainbow one. However, I won't just blindly dismiss any Rainbow episode as bad just because I don't like her. It just ends up that most of them ... really aren't very good. (And that may be how the other person honestly feels about the episodes that don't focus on her.) But there have been exceptions and I've liked her better in said exceptions.

Of course, there's absolutely no argument that what Starlight did was infinitely worse than anything Rainbow did. But I think for me and maybe others, the problem stems back to something I tried to explain before, that when a character is inherently a "good guy", i.e., has never been a bad guy, I tend to hold them to a higher standard. Naturally I don't want a perfect character who never does anything wrong, but if one sees the flaws more than the good side, I tend to get very irritated and not like the character. That's often the case with Rainbow Dash. She's so full of herself and rude and can be so selfish that it's often the driving force behind her episodes. She has improved somewhat, but depending on the writing, sometimes she backslides even worse.

Then with Starlight Glimmer, she was a bad guy who has been trying to reform. And I'm a sucker for repenting bad guys. I love seeing her journey and how she's trying to be good. I tend to be a little more forgiving of some stumbling (within reason) with a character who has already walked a dark path, because they're trying to turn their life around and naturally it won't happen overnight. Starlight is not a supreme favorite character like Sunset Shimmer is, but she is a similar character in the fact of being a repentant bad guy under Twilight's tutelage. I am still a little skeptical of having her reform, honestly, after what a disturbing and obsessed villain she was, but since I love showing a bad guy character's journey to changing their life, I was willing to give her a chance and I do basically like how they've handled her as good.

Now, is it right to have this distinction? I don't know. But at least they're both female characters this time, heh. For me personally, Rainbow Dash tends to tick me off way more than the reformed Starlight Glimmer, except on certain occasions. I definitely didn't like when Starlight used the spell on Twilight's friends when she was panicked about not being able to get everything done that she was supposed to. And if she did stuff like that a lot, I'd probably like her less than Rainbow Dash. But she really is trying and seems to learn from her mistakes, instead of constantly repeating them like Rainbow Dash does.

Conversely, there were some people who actually liked that Starlight used the spell in that episode, and I believe their reasoning was that they liked that she wasn't completely good. Maybe things like that were what made the Rainbow Dash fan mad. The only thing I really liked about that episode was that she learned she screwed up big time. And she hasn't repeated any such mind-controlling antics since, to my memory.

In the end, if Rainbow Dash really fully abandoned her obnoxious behavior and could be more humble, I'd probably enjoy her journey as well. But since she keeps reverting back, it makes it very difficult for me. I also find it hard to fully connect with the 87 Donatello because he's rather arrogant, unlike other Donatellos. (Also because I'm not used to so many Donatello inventions failing, heh.) At least with Donatello, though, his arrogance isn't constantly in your face like it usually is with Rainbow Dash.

Then there's the issue that, well, 87 Baxter and Barney both believe themselves to be pretty awesome scientists and yet I like them. Baxter I felt deserved redemption after his life turned upsidedown, and then I wanted to redeem Barney after I wrote him into the position I did. But here's the thing with them: we don't even see much of them in canon, and not much at all of Baxter when he's stable and trying to be good. Even after he becomes more unstable and goes with Shredder, he only makes a comment now and then about his genius. As with Donatello, it's not constantly in your face. Then he says it a lot more after Shredder abuses him one time too many and he snaps and leaves, but that was in one episode and Shredder really had been treating him rotten. We don't really see much of what he'd be like had things not gone so downhill for him. Suppose he had been redeemed and was an ally, but there were many episodes focused on him being arrogant and he never seemed to learn much of anything from it. I think that would miff me a lot. I don't tend to focus much on his arrogance in my stories; mostly he's been humbled. And with Barney, as I fleshed him out it seemed that a lot of his arrogance was a mask; he hates himself.

With any fandom, I usually end up writing one or two characters with some traits that I have, when I feel they fit the characters. (Either that or I'll latch onto a character with some traits that I have. Or both.) I am both Baxter and Barney, albeit I think Barney has more of my traits than Baxter does. Luckily I've never hated anyone the way he started out hating Baxter, but I know other aspects of that anger, that frustration. I know what it's like to be so upset by someone's stupidity that you're mad at them because you love them and you don't want them hurt. I know what it's like to be blunt, to say things that probably shouldn't be said. I know what it's like to have an extreme self-hatred because of things you've done wrong. Of course, nothing I did compares to what Barney did, but I've hated myself for anything I've done that's hurt someone. I struggled with it for years before I could finally start forgiving myself, and sometimes I can still get upset. I know what it's like to abhor feeling vulnerable and to not want it. Not to cry in front of anyone (and often not when alone, either, although I've certainly worn down on that in recent years). To be so shaken by something that the only thing I can say is something not directly about the scene. To try not to show I'm shaken or feel bad and probably succeed.

But I am also shy. I have been a doormat. I often take things until I just can't anymore. I can be gentle and quiet and do stupid things.

I am both of them.
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Dreamwidth reminds me a lot of how LJ used to be, back when they actually seemed to care about their users and made an effort to make the site fun. I remember how staff members used to write those cute, silly mysteries with the sites' mascots in newsletters. I loved that. Then they apparently lost interest and turned it over exclusively to the users to write. I think a couple of them made a brief effort, but it quickly died out then. I haven't thought about those cute story snippets in newsletters for a long time, but I was really sad when they stopped. I don't even know if anything goes on with the LJ mascots at all anymore. The site has seemed so cold and impersonal for years now. They used to do that Writer's Block feature too, and then that stopped. They did a community version for a while, but I think it died. And the formatting is all off because of those stupid "glitch" ads. I do wish DW was more active on the community scene, but maybe that will start to happen with this latest mass migration. Who knows. It's not like LJ has been very active with communities for ages either, except for the U.N.C.L.E. ones and a few other semi-exceptions here and there.

I'll probably make a short LJ post after this to see whether a couple of the people who still read my LJ have accounts here. It's a dilemma with wanting to post where they are, yet really getting fed up with LJ, possibly for good this time. I may decide to crosspost entries from here to LJ, at least for a while, so they can see. I don't know.

And my weird recurrent locations dreams strike again, with another creepy house dream set in that three-story house with ghosts. As usual in those dreams, I got stuck wandering in the eerie parts of the house. This time, I absolutely could not seem to find my way back to the normal parts. In past dreams, I always manage to eventually. And I met some of the ghosts. Two were fairly friendly and helpful, even though they said in life they murdered somebody (!). Yikes. Then there were a lot of evil ghosts who just plain liked to hurt people. Their ringleader seemed to be a ghost who had lost a loved one and was taking it out on everyone. There was definite danger that seemed to be coming to a head and there was the possibility that we were going to have to vacate the house immediately. I was wandering all over and still struggling to find the way back to the livable parts of the house, even with the helpful ghosts' assistance. And I got cornered by the bad ones and was desperately trying to escape while the Big Bad chased me with a forklift. (Yeah, I know.) But the dream ended with a glimmer of hope, as the loved one was graduating to becoming an angel and was coming to try to help her parent. So it ended looking like maybe we wouldn't have to leave.

That was such an intense and interesting dream, I might want to try adapting it into a story. I love when I can do that. Some of my favorite stories started out as dreams.

And speaking of glimmers (heh), I loved the two Pony episodes yesterday, which both starred Starlight Glimmer. It's really interesting seeing how far she's come and what she still needs to learn. She's a reforming bad guy and we're actually seeing her journey, as we also see with Sunset Shimmer in the movies. I love it!

Sweet.

Apr. 16th, 2017 05:18 am
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I've gotta say, I am absolutely loving how quiet this site is. Livejournal has been acting up and gobbling memory for months on end because of all the extra ads that aren't supposed to be there and that they claim are glitches, which they mysteriously don't fix. I've barely been on LJ for months, in part because of this.

A friend was telling me about her ideas for an alternate dimension she wants to write a story about. That, plus my aggravation over the movie Only Angels Have Wings, seem to have combined to cause me to have a dream about Baxter Stockman and Irma Langinstein from the 1987 Ninja Turtles series working for Baloo and Wildcat on TaleSpin. WTH. It seemed to be pre-series, so no Rebecca, Kit, or Molly. Irma was the secretary and ... I'm not sure what Baxter was doing. It was a world where humans and animals coexisted quite happily.

Telling my friend about it ended up causing me to wonder what would happen if Baxter and Barney somehow wandered into the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic verse for a couple of hours. If they did, though, they would remain human and not be turned into animals. Oh no. Never. It would be like this way cute Stargate/Pony crossover story I found where the Stargate characters found their way to the Pony world but stayed human while there. Maybe I'll tinker with the idea in a blurb or maybe not. I've got plenty of actual story ideas to write! I'm on story #39 of my Turtles series.

It's kind of nice to be at this quiet, content stage. Sometimes I'm longing to buy a lot of things and trying to figure out how to divide my money to get the most possible out of it. Right now, there's nothing I seriously want and I'm enjoying just being happy with my Turtles DVDs and figures and Baxter plushie and my stories. And the Knight Rider complete series set I bought at Wal-Mart for $25. Squeee.

I do wish I could get the Mega Bloks Technodrome, though. Especially since it's the only way to get a Splinter figure right now. But it's highly unlikely I will ever be able to get that. Even on sale, it's $148, and that is ... kind of a ridiculous price to spend on one single item, let alone a toy. Sigh.

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