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27 May 2013 @ 11:41 am
Here's a linked list to my significant writing from 2016 onward. Older pieces are still tagged and in the archives. I generally like to write reviews, essays, opinion pieces, and the occasional fan fic.

As far as tags go, you can find a specific subject, series, or character, under tags that start with "subject: x," "character: x," "series: x," etc. There's also "bemused's fan fiction" and "bemused's review" more broadly.

Notable warnings won't be put in the tags but will instead be written at the top of the post should any apply.

This master post won't include general updates and thoughts since those probably won't be substantial enough to need an extra link. To find those look under the tag "bemused's post."

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Current Mood: artisticartistic
14 April 2016 @ 01:10 pm
I finished the series. I actually really loved the final season but the final episode is one I have more mixed feelings towards. I sort of wish it hadn't acknowledged there wouldn't be another season so much. And while it was nice that Annie and Abed are moving on it did feel a bit sad. I suppose that isn't surprising; it's similar to how real life friends so often move away from each other.

Also, I never had any real interest in Jeff and Annie's almost relationship and sort of wish that hadn't been included even though it was also acknowledged it would never happen.

If there is a movie (and I really hope there is) I'd definitely be interested in seeing what happened to Annie and Abed in particular. They sort of became the new duo after Troy left (previously something of a trio with them) and I really enjoyed their interactions. I just wish there had been more of them and that the season could have been longer.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
12 April 2016 @ 03:25 pm
Community just had a line that really spoke to me: "Annie and Abed are from the generation where adulthood starts at 30." And that seems to sum up my generation pretty well. It was obviously meant in a humorous manner but moving out and setting off on your own are harder in a lot of areas nowadays. But it's not just that. I think that it's becoming more acceptable to like "silly" things as adults such as video games and roleplaying and I think that's awesome.
Current Mood: happyhappy
05 April 2016 @ 03:54 pm
So far the best part of this episode is Betty White nearly killing Jeff....

Why is the plot with Jeff and Britta so agonizing?
Current Mood: exasperated
05 April 2016 @ 02:11 pm
I check out many books from the library when really I should probably read all the ones on my personal bookshelves first. Perhaps after getting through this round I'll start focusing on my own some more. Hopefully...
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
03 April 2016 @ 01:42 pm
This was a beautiful novel that manages to be both bleak and hopeful. The writing was sublime and had a rich quality to it; it brought everything to life and provided great detail while also maintaining a surreal vision of the universe. Throughout the whole book you can't help but wonder what is real, what's false, and whether they'll ever really find out what happened to Severin Unck.

The basic premise is that every planet in our solar system has human life and is inhabited by humans. While this obviously isn't an actual possibility it is an idea that I wish we could see more often. What if these inhospitable planets were filled with life? And what if we had travelled to them?

If this book is anything to go by, it wouldn't be an easy settlement. All the planets (and the moon and pluto) all rely heavily on callowmilk, which comes from callowhales. These creatures--or are they plants?--live in the oceans but no one has ever seen what a whole callwhale looks like. They're too immense, to mysterious. Great scientific debates are held about them. They turn out to be one of most important bits of the book in many ways and the more I learned about them the more intrigued I became. I especially liked the resolution of the callowhales and how it tied in with Severin although it seems equally likely none of it happened at all. After all, film and the imagination are wonderful things.

The characters are all really interesting as well and there's quite a few of them. You hear about Severin and her father, Percival, the most. The book revolves around the movies they made and Percival's last attempt to make a movie to honor his daughter when she goes missing. Severin was quite a character. She was raised being recorded at all times and while her own films differed from her father's it's obvious how much she was influenced by the film industry. Her adventurous and daring approach to life are commendable and it does feel like she lived life as though she herself were a protagonist in a film.

But all the characters, especially Erasmo and Anchises, get development and you begin to feel as though you knew Severin albeit through the eyes of others and through the eye of film. Erasmo was obviously very close to her and devastated by her loss and Anchises had a fascinating childhood surrounded by callowhales and an unusual ability.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a fondness of vintage movies and sci-fi, character drama, unusual shifts in storytelling, and suspense.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
01 April 2016 @ 11:55 am
I've often felt that WTNV has been a little hit and miss lately. Nothing too extreme and I love the series to bits. But this episode was one of the really good ones.

The Faceless Old Woman is one of my absolute favorite characters on the podcast and her narration was probably my favorite bit of this episode as well. I'm only disappointed it was such a short segment; I'd really like to know if that demon is taken care of and what ever did happen to Chad? What did he do at that store? Clearly something that opened some kind of portal between this world and another but still.

Michelle and Steve Carlsburg were enjoyable too. Steve is trying to talk "reason" about mountains and the like once more (the poor, deluded thing) and Michelle seems to be having some trouble.

This episode was obviously a callback to "The September Monologues." I'd like to see this setup a bit more often; it helps listeners become more familiar with the other residents of Night Vale and shows how others view the odd things that happen there. Cecil is extremely accepting of everything and even becomes upset when people (Steve) try to question how things are done. He's been shifting in this lately but it seems even the more unusual residents of Night Vale have been more questioning of their surroundings. I've often wondered if there's something about the Station itself that causes things to seem "normal" when they aren't.

On a final note, Cecil's narration in between each segment was great. It's a bit eerie how he always seems to know exactly what is happening to everyone in the city without ever bothering to investigate. Sometimes he seems to be the city itself and at other times he's completely befuddled. It's an interesting mix and I hope we get more hints about it in the future.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
30 March 2016 @ 06:21 pm
I loved this episode absolutely. There was only one thing that sort of irked me a bit: Britta and Jeff getting together. Frankly the whole point of their relationship on the show, to me, was that she was his friend. She made him a better person but there wasn't truly anything else going on there.

Furthermore, Jeff just really gets on my nerves. I don't know why, but the show is determined that he is the "leader" and everyone listens to him no matter and he gets his way all the time because of his charm. Personally, I don't think he's charming so much as arrogant. This wouldn't be a problem except that no one else seems to care except Britta and then they had her get with him of all things.

At any rate, aside from this criticism and my ongoing irritation with Jeff, I'd say this episode was absolutely wonderful. The humor was top notch; Chang's intro into the battle was phenomenal. It  as both over the top and hilarious thus fitting the character very well.

Abed and Troy were a great team as usual and I'm a little surprised they weren't the ones who won. Perhaps that would have been too obvious?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
24 March 2016 @ 07:33 pm
I started watching Community yesterday and this is proving to be a terribly addictive show. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it. In the pilot episode Jeff was so incredibly unlikable to me that I had some doubts. I still think he is insufferable at times but he's also proven to be amusing in his jerkitude.

All that being said, this episode, "Advanced Criminal Law," was a thing of beauty. The "court scene" in the pool was amazing. Chang and Duncan's developing rivalry is fantastic and the dean is looking to be a very promising character. Chang in particular is the kind of crazy that I love to see on television. His idea of teaching is absurd and he is seriously a loose canon. Duncan balances him out very well although he isn't without his quirks.

I'm definitely looking forward to more of this show! The premise of a community college is definitely one I can relate to and some of the absurdities in it feel somewhat realistic at times too.
Current Mood: amusedamused
23 March 2016 @ 02:36 pm
This is a really fantastic album; definitely worth checking out!

New Moon by Beth Quist

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Beth Quist