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Meme from lilithnaamah:
How this works: Comment with your favorite color and I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better. Update your journal with the answers to the questions. Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1. What is one thing everyone should know about you?
I read a lot of books. I love words and things similar to that (calligraphy, languages, literary criticism, linguistics, etc.) If you get that, we'll probably get along swimmingly.

2. Red is the color of passion. Who is your biggest fictional crush?
I have so many. (I never deal well with favourite questions.) Mostly it's the hyper-competent and powerful characters. Take Carol Berg's Collegia Magica novels - I was meh with Dante (he was a pretty good wizard, twisted and tortured past, incredibly ripe for fandom h/c and whump) but h/c's never done much for me, so it was Ilario who was my absolute favourite. (I was so disappointed when the third book was narrated by Dante instead of Ilario! Aww.) He is a [spoiler for his character in the first and subsequent books]fantastic actor pretending to be a foppish useless brother to Queen Eugenie, but he's actually a phenomenal swordsman and maintains the disguise to help her. Also, characters like Hermione Granger and Bellatrix Lestrange for the same reason - they're both incredibly powerful and competent witches, especially Bellatrix, who has clearly proven herself to be good enough to stand as Voldemort's right hand - forget Lucius Malfoy. I mean, she's a horrible person who killed and tortured others mercilessly, was slavishly devoted to a man even worse than her, but. Well. Same goes for Melisande Shahrizai, who knows exactly what buttons to push to achieve exactly what she wants, and knows precisely how to manipulate people and events. Back in the duelling arena, Joscelin Verreuil and Bao both. Gwalchmai ap Lot (Sir Gawain) from Hawk of May. Also Obi-Wan Kenobi: I always fast-foward through the cringe-inducing Anakin/Padmé moments in The Attack of the Clones - and I ship them! in text form - and skip to where Obi-Wan is off adventuring. (Knighted for duelling and defeating the first Sith to appear for centuries, while still a Padawan! How could I resist?) And then the usual slew of suspects for impressionable young girls - Rhett Butler, Fitzwilliam Darcy, etc. But not Heathcliff, because I loathed every single character in that novel, up to and including Lockwood and Nelly Dean.

I don't always come out with OTPs, but I often do emerge from books with one true characters.

3. What is the worst movie you've ever seen?
I almost never watch movies unless someone makes me, so I have a pretty limited pool of movies. I suppose the worst is Revolutionary Road. I had to watch it in class, and just eurgh. I'm sure it has great value in some film-related capacity (and looking at the Wikipedia page, it looks like Winslet won a slew of awards and the movie was favourably received by critics), but man, I did not need to sit and watch a depressing film for two hours. The only consoling bit was the look on DiCaprio's face as he emerges from the hospital doors at the end - I have never seen such an obvious manifestation of someone looking completely and utterly shattered.

Also I accidentally went into the theatre too late, and saw the last half hour of the nearly universally-panned Green Lantern movie, but mostly that film just didn't make sense.

4. Going along with the memory theme, what is your favorite childhood memory?
Hm. One of my favourites is my dad teaching me how to skate. I used to live a couple blocks from my elementary school, and they had one of those outdoor rinks set up on their property - the kind where you spray water on the ground with a hose, and then shovel off the snow that accumulates. Anyway, at some point I'd learned to sort of skate on my own in a straight line, but I couldn't figure out how to turn. I asked my dad, who was next to me, and he said, basically, that "You have to feel it. Feel like you're going left" and couldn't explain further. It was really kind of confusing - I mean, what? - but it worked, and I didn't skate right off the rink!

(Now I know that you lean your weight and use the edge of your skates, but hey!)

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I like living where I live, but if I had to move, I want to live somewhere in Europe, probably either France or England owing to language. One of these days I really, really want to travel Europe by myself and indulge myself in visiting all those places I've learned about in history. I tried persuading my parents to go to historical places, but they weren't really interested; history's not really their thing, so we went to tourist attractions but not the places of historic significance. The Eiffel tower isn't very interesting, but I did want to go to la Place de la Concorde.


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Feb. 10th, 2013 06:17 am (UTC)
Shout out: calligraphy is awesome! :)

Also Obi-Wan Kenobi: I always fast-foward through the cringe-inducing Anakin/Padmé moments in The Attack of the Clones - and I ship them! in text form - and skip to where Obi-Wan is off adventuring. (Knighted for duelling and defeating the first Sith to appear for centuries, while still a Padawan! How could I resist?)

BRB, I'm just going to flair for an entire year. That's exactly how I feel about Obi-Wan! You're right about Anakin and Padmé being more interested in the written form. Good point!

Almost forgot to mention my favorite color is . . . pink. (Black and maroon make close seconds, though.)

Edited at 2013-02-10 06:19 am (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Yes! :D

I eat up all the prequel EU books with the Jedi quests/missions. They are my favourite ones, even the thin tiny ones that are written for readers aged 8-12 (Jude Watson did a good job with the size limitations, I thought).

1. Why do you like pink? :D
2. What's your favourite genre of media (movies, books, etc) and why?
3. What's an especially vivid memory you've got?
4. Last thing you read?
5. Do you have a favourite calligraphic hand?
Feb. 11th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Blue! :)

Melisande Sharizai is such a fabulously written HBIC! <33 I love it when villains have actual layers and depth, and can be sympathetic, while still doing wrong things. And I like how she did redeem herself a bit at the end through Imri.

And that sucks about your parents not being into history--whenever we travel we always hit up historic places and museums, we're on a similar wavelength. Though traveling in Europe alone can be fun too, pretty much all my travels while studying and teaching abroad (aside from trips with the program or a guided trip to Morocco) were alone.
Feb. 14th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
IKR?!? I would run away screaming in real life from a Melisande Shahrizai (well, maybe not screaming, because she might NOTICE ME), but in books, she is just amazing. <333 Imriel seems to be her one and only weak spot.

We went to museums (we went when I was I think 13? 14? for the first time, and oh my god, I had no idea that the Louvre was so large!) but I'd rather go to the places.

Blue! It's my favourite colour too :D
1. Blue is a cool colour. Do you think this reflects your personality?
2. Pick a couple icons and tell me why you picked them up in the first place!
3. Any vivid/favourite memories associated with blue?
4. What's your current fandom at the moment, and what's your favourite part of it right now?
5. What's the last ting you read, and what did you think?

(Man, lilithnaamah was right - it's really hard to make these questions, and that's why I kept procrastinating!)
Feb. 21st, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Heh, I never even got questions from her! ;)

And I finally answered your questions here:


Feb. 26th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
I think it was the questions that stumped her. Augh, it's hard! I'll never do one of those again! :p
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