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State of the Media - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Aug. 6th, 2013 11:11 pm
State of the Media

Things I am currently watching:

I'm still following Friday Night Lights and The West Wing on Mark Watches, and I really wish I could find more time to comment on episodes, because these are both great shows and worth discussing. I am keeping up with watching and reading Mark's posts (and reading a selection of comments), but, alas, I just can't keep up with leaving comments. I'm going to try to do better, but I can't commit to commenting on every episode. That said....

Mark has also added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to his slate, and I am SO DELIGHTED. Starting with Wednesday's review, I'm really trying to put in the extra effort to respond to every episode. He'll be at episode 11 as of Wednesday, and through the month of August he's only posting reviews of it on alternate days (due to traveling), so if you are not on board with this series yet, there *is* time to catch up. I would be so incredibly happy to have some friends from LJ come join the wonderful, beautiful, PAINFUL party that is Mark Watches FMA:B. Obviously for me this is a re-watch, so I'm mostly laughing at Mark's unpreparedness. If you've seen FMA:B before, come laugh with me. If you haven't, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It's an awesome show, and YOU ARE NOT PREPARED.

The following is a beautiful fan-made trailer for the series that someone posted in the comments to one of Mark's reviews. It hints at some spoilers--and at least one rather big spoiler---so spoilerphobes beware. But the big spoiler goes by quick enough that you might blink and miss it, so...if watching it might encourage you to check the series out, I say go ahead and watch! Edit: I should also add that if you've seen the 2003 version of FMA, then the big spoiler I'm referring to is not a spoiler for you.



The Newsroom - The HBO series is back on for the summer and four episodes in to the second season (if my count is right). I'm really enjoying it, especially since my little pattern-finding brain loves to find ways to relate it two other stories I'm enjoying/have recently enjoyed: The West Wing (because Sorkin) and Newslflesh (because the News is Serious Business).

Veronica Mars - I've been re-watching, but have stalled out mid-season three, which is--say it with me, class--just not as good as the others. I'm debating whether to try finishing it this summer, or to just wait to watch the rest when Mark Watches gets to it (some time after FMA:B is finished).

Things I've read recently:

ATLA: The Search (comics) - I'm just "meh" on this so far. Ask me if you want a more detailed opinion.

The Neverending Story (audiobook) - What a great book! Did you know that the movie, while quite faithful, only covers the first half of the book? (I know the film had sequels, but I don't think they quite matched the second half of the book, although if my memory is right, they borrowed a few elements here and there.)

Newsflesh novella: How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea (in progress) - Australia and zombie kangaroos. It's pretty good, but I can't seem to get myself to finish it. My reading time is just too limited, and there are too many other things distracting me. But thanks to reading this around the same time The Newsroom started back up again, I now have Dev Patel = Mahir firmly planted in my mind.

Planned reading:

Toby Daye series re-read - Since I listened to this first on audiobooks, I'd really like to re-read (as in, actually read) the series before the new book comes out in September, but I doubt I'll have time to get all the way through before the book's release date. Alas. That said, I'm going to try anyway.

InCryptid, another Seanan McGuire series (audiobooks) - I have Discount Armageddon, the first book in the series, loaded on my cell phone and just waiting for me. I just finished listening to The Neverending Story today, so I'm planning to start this tomorrow. Yay!

Joie

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eternitat
eternitat
Scandia Dream
Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)

I read The Neverending Story during a flight back in 2010. I did remember noticing that the movie only covered part of the book.

During a subsequent flight, I also read The Last Unicorn. Worth reading as well.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)

I love The Last Unicorn, too.


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connielane
connielane
Black Mamba
Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)

Glad you're still keeping up with TWW. I've weirdly become more obsessed with it than I ever was when I was watching it live.

I watched the first couple of episodes of FMA:B and want to catch up once I get caught up on Breaking Bad (which will hopefully be this week, since the last batch of new episodes start Sunday). It's funny to see the TWW and FNL banner on his page, when the FMA:B posts are so much more of the action is right now. :P


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)

Of course you're more obsessed with it! That's what fandom is for--to magnify obsession. :)

I don't know if you've had a chance to watch any of The Newsroom, but thanks to people at MW pointing out how much Sorkin likes to recycle plots and bits of dialogue, it's been really fun for me to look out for "Sorkinisms" in both shows. The most recent episode of The Newsroom had a subplot where a male character tried to fix his desk chair with FAIL-tastic results. <3

It's funny to see the TWW and FNL banner on his page, when the FMA:B posts are so much more of the action is right now. :P

Hee. I didn't even notice that, but you've got a point. There will probably be some attrition as the shiny newness wears off. (I seem to recall both TWW and FNL averaging more comments in their first season than they do now.) That said, FMA is one of the biggest anime fandoms of recent years, so it's not surprising that it's brought a surge of activity to the site.


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mrs_bombadil
mrs_bombadil
Mrs. B.
Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)

I am interested in your opinion on ATLA comics.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)

Have you read them yet? I'm not sure if you're looking for low-spoiler comments or not, so I'm going to default to low-spoiler just in case. Let me know if you want me to get more specific w/ spoilers.

I liked the first story arc (The Promise) pretty well--I think I've already talked about that in a previous entry. But the current one (The Search--about Zuko's quest to find his mother) has a major plot twist that may be problematic in that it undercuts some of the themes and characterization from the original series, IMO. That said, it's hard to say how it's going to play out at this point, since there is one installment left in the story arc, which comes out in November. It's possible that things are not as they appear.

I've seen a lot of fans bashing on the comics in general, and I don't really agree with the heavy backlash. I think the comics are generally in tune with the characters and the general tone of the original series, for the most part--rather like a well-written fanfic. However, this particular plot twist feels off to me.


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mrs_bombadil
mrs_bombadil
Mrs. B.
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)

I have read them and I know what twist you speak of. I don't love it if it's true either, but I think it's a red herring.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)

A few years ago I read a manga series called Sand Chronicles in which there was a similar twist.

[Spoiler (click to open)]Basically, a character discovers clues he may be illegitimate, which presumably explains certain family dynamics. But later the twist re-twists, and it turns out his sister is the illegitimate child and he's the legitimate child. Anyway, the situation in ATLA is a bit different, but as soon as I read it, I found myself wondering if the twist was going to re-twist, perhaps in a similar way. Personally, I think it would be a pretty amazing twist if it turned out there was a misunderstanding and it's really Azula who is not Ozai's child.

But, yeah. If it's not some kind of red herring, color me not impressed.


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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)

I really need to get over to Mark Watches and follow him through FMA:B, since it's one of my favorite anime. I was aware that he is watching it, but haven't had time to check it out. I'd love to re-watch it, and this might be a good time.

I have read the Newsflesh series, but not the novella; it's on my "to read" list, however. And I do have a copy of Discount Armageddon, but haven't got to it yet.

Have you considered watching Orphan Black? It's available on On Demand right now, and it's excellent.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)

FMA! Royai! EdWin! And lots of wonderful, heartbreaking stuff! <333 If you do end up joining in the fun, here's my profile if you want to follow my comments: http://intensedebate.com/profiles/hymnia/

Yeah, I've seen the Orphan Black promos on HBO, and it looks interesting, although the promos are vague enough that I can't really tell what it's about. I'll try to check it out some time--if I can wrest the TV away from my dad. ;)

Okay, so before posting this comment I decided to check if I should capitalize the A in Royai, and I ended up looking at fanart and gifs for...um, a really long time.


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umadoshi
umadoshi
Ysabet
Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)

Verity! Yay! *^^*

I keep wanting to check in with Mark Watches, but he's way ahead of where C and I are with FNL (which is to say, we're not very far at all), and even though I've seen FMA:B, the sheer number of comments is kinda daunting. O_O And with his Newsflesh read-through, at least, the comments were half of the experience.

(And Gale's right--Orphan Black is astonishingly good. Tatiana Maslany may literally be the best actor I've ever seen, and even if that's not technically true, she's way, way up there.)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Aug. 8th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)

...and even though I've seen FMA:B, the sheer number of comments is kinda daunting. O_O And with his Newsflesh read-through, at least, the comments were half of the experience.

Yeah, the comments definitely are an important part of the experience. And most of the Mark Watches projects have more activity than the Newsflesh posts did, so I can see how it would be daunting. But as I said in a comment above, there seems to be a certain amount of attrition once the newness of a series wears off, so I doubt the FMA posts will keep going to three pages of comments throughout the series. That said, I find that I personally can't commit to reading *all* the comments on every post, so I try to compromise by just reading a reasonable selection of comments. I look out for certain commenters that I like (you can "follow" a commenter by clicking their profile and clicking "follow", which will then cause a different color header to appear on all their comments so they're easier to find), and I also look for posts that stand out to me in some way--for example, I tend to gravitate to posts that talk about comparisons to the 2003 anime series. And since I've often been late with my own comments, I have a thing for making sure I read at least a few comments (often picked at random) from page 2 and beyond, so I can give at least some of the late commenters a chance to be "heard".


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