May 30th, 2008

Loz Cola


Today was a really good day.

We had a great literacy lesson. We showed our awesome "u" artwork at assembly. We had a fun and productive numeracy lesson (or rather, series of lessons.) We played softball and then we got to use the school's new instruments! It was awesome.
Loz Cola

Your regularly scheduled rant...

Thing that pisses me off;

When people say "there's not a lot of good Life on Mars fic". I've seen this a few times, and it generally enrages me.

Um. Okay. See, I tend to think that's not exactly true.

What there might not be is a whole lot of fic of a certain sort. But that doesn't mean there's not a lot of good LoM fic. It means there isn't a lot that suits your tastes, or hits your kinks, or speaks to your perceptions of what a 'good LoM fic' entails. (Which could be anything? Really? I mean, the show kind of says different things to different people. It says different things to me.)

You know what? There's not necessarily a lot of Life on Mars fiction that mirrors trends in other fandoms. There's not. There are really good reasons for that. Whilst it's infinitely ficcable, it's also infinitely hard to fic.

Just think about it for a moment. Canon of 16 episodes, almost entirely shown from one character's point of view, with reality and unreality converging --- difficult characters to write, because they are really very complex on some levels and caricatures on the other, not to mention Mancunian, in 1973; all meshed together with relatively simple crime plots and existential pondering that gives all kinds of potential negative messages about what life's all about.

Oh, yeah. That's... fun. Do you deal with these implications, or do you ignore them? If you deal with them, which tack do you take? If you ignore them, aren't you taking the easy way out? There's character voice, and plot balancing, and historical detail to contend with.

See, when people say this, I think what they actually mean is, "there isn't a lot of mindblowing, earth-shatteringly brilliant 'Life on Mars' fiction". Which may be true, but is true for all fandoms.

So, if you want to say that in the future? Either put your money where your mouth is and write your own damn fic. Or... accept that there isn't a whole lot of good fan fiction (that suits your tastes, or hits your kinks, or speaks to your perceptions of what a 'good fic' entails) at all.
Loz Cola

This may sound like gibberish to you, but I think I'm in a tragedy...

Why has no one recommended Stranger than Fiction to me before now?

This film is delightful. And my kind of film, in every way. The narration! The meta! The pretentious yet clever conceit! The tinge of darkness surrounded by hilarity and sweetness! It's visually appealing. It has an awesome soundtrack. It's well acted. I mean... this film was made for me. I love it to teeny-tiny pieces.

Was I hiding under a rock when this film was released? I do not remember hearing anything about it until the other day, when someone mentioned it was a role where Will Ferrell did not make them want to gouge out their eyes. (And? I wholeheartedly concur. He's really very good in this. Why is it I only like certain comedic actors when they're playing against type? See also; Jim Carrey, Jack Black.)