June 3rd, 2006

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Veronica wins, hands down.

Saw "X-Men 3" yesterday afternoon. BLEH. Some of the little things were so stupid as to be insulting (well, so were some of the big things). For example, I would never have remembered where, exactly, Xavier's school was supposed to be. But they made absolutely sure to linger on the address plate on the gates, which made absolutely sure to list the state -- so there's a point when you ask yourself, "Wait. How did that person get to this climactic location in the specified time frame?" You wouldn't have had to ask that otherwise. They went out of their way to make it a problem. Extra stupidity, just for fun!

On the other hand, timprov and I are watching Season 1 Veronica Mars on DVD for the first time*, and it's a joy, because if you poke it with your brain, it pokes back rather than falling apart. The big plotty things, obviously, but little stupid things, too -- like Veronica knowing how to do a million things with her hair to make herself look different. You can look at that and think, "Of course a girl who was best friends with someone like Lilly Kane would know that kind of thing." The characterization fits. The places where it doesn't make sense are places where people don't make sense -- why is a basically decent, if boring and spoiled and pouty, kid like Duncan Kane friends with a waste of oxygen like Logan Eccles? Well, there were always guys like that in high school, "popular" kids where one was pretty decent, if willing to let his friend go too far, and the other was a total shit. (Girls, too, but the dynamic is different.) And then, as if that wasn't enough, they know how to humanize the waste of space while still leaving him a waste of space.

This is why I get annoyed when people say, "It's only a movie/TV show." Certainly it is; it's not a cure for cancer or an end to poverty or etc. etc. etc. But movies and TV shows are art forms, too, and they can do things well when they bother. And there's really no point to insulting entire art forms just to justify one example that didn't do very well.

*So please do not post plot spoilers in the comments to this post. This is a very plotty show. For the most part, I don't mind spoilers much, but this time I really want to see how they feed the information out over the different installments. I can skip posts in other people's journals, whether or not they use cut-tags. But please leave plot points out of mine.
reading

Week of May 28-June 3

Four rejections this week. They all came between midnight and noon on Wednesday: quick! So we can say we replied in May! or something like that.

I have a problem with my library list. Specifically, it is five closely handwritten pages, and it is not sorted. (And that five-page figure does not include, for example, the two yhlee-recommended books I just added to the file of things to look up on the library's online catalog when I get the chance.) So when I'm in the mood for something specific -- mysteries, say, or YA mainstream, or popular science writing -- there's absolutely no telling where on the list the relevant listings will be. And somehow, sitting down and organizing the library list -- and rewriting it, uff da -- has not made the priority list recently. (Complaining about the problem on lj, apparently, is of a much higher priority.)

Also -- and this is a problem that goes beyond my immediate laziness -- there are some books whose category is not clear to me, or possibly never was. I wrote, "G.K. Chesterton -- The Man Who Was Thursday -- Hilary -- Mys C42," very clearly. Did I write it down as a mystery or as some other category of thing? I don't know. It's good to know whether mechaieh or wshaffer was the source of a recommendation, but it's not always as informative a tag as I would like.

(What I really want, now that I've gone through all the Dorothy Dunnetts and also all the Patrick O'Brians and also all the Sharon Kay Penmans, is historical novels -- preferably chewy juicy thick ones -- wherein the author has done a ton of research, and I can't pick out what specific books the author has or, more to the point, hasn't read, and also wherein the author does not think that the period and location are exotic. Interesting, sure. Exciting, sure. But exotic, no, no thank you. And that's not just about Chinoiserie and its related diseases, either -- it also applies to the historical writers who are just breathless about the idea that someone might have a farthingale, my goodness, imagine!)

Also -- this part isn't a problem at all -- I can tell how long some things have been on my library list, because there's a line beyond which the tag stops being rysmiel and starts being [rysmiel's real first name], and one when mkille stops being "M.Kille" and starts being "O.Mark" (short for "Other Mark," when he became definitively the other Mark I would refer to and any other other Marks would require additional tags). "P.Dean" means that pameladean mentioned something positively in her lj or one of her books, before she was just the Pamela to me. This is fine as a personal historical artifact, but then I look at it and think, gosh, I really have a lot of reading I haven't gotten to. I did get to the former oldest item on the list, which I could date precisely because skzbrust only came to do a reading at my college once, and then I didn't speak to him again until the Minicon after we moved home. Now I don't know what the oldest item on the library list is. But it's less recent than the fall of '98, I do know that much!

Maybe I should have gone to the library before it closed.
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Quick PSA

missista is not my lj. missista is an lj to which all three typing members of my household have posting privileges. If you are reading missista for a line on my thoughts and only my thoughts from the perspective of the dog, you will be misattributing your quotes at least a third of the time and possibly more. It is entirely possible that you will be attributing things to me that I have not even had a chance to read, given that -- contrary to occasional appearances -- I do actually do things away from my lj.