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Vid Title: Here I Love You
Vidder: Bendtothesun & Warkitten
Fandom: White Collar
Summary: Somehow, they ended up in love.
Reccer's Comments: This is a gorgeous vid and the vidders put a ton of work into the coloring, fades, overlays, and other visual effects. It's 1st season Neal, Peter, and El. The song is Melodies and Desires by Lykke Li and it is used to great effect. "Love is the harmony, Desire is the key, Love is the melody, Now sing it with me." A great, dreamy, visually compelling OT3 vid without any of the later ::ahem:: baggage.
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Vid Title: Hoping Machine
Vidder:Eunice
Fandom:Harry Potter
Summary:"To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." JKR (Sorcerer's Stone)
Reccer's Comments:Some of my best loved vids took me several listens before I really latched on. The song was written by Woody Guthrie and is sung by Jay Farrar. I think giving it a few listens before watching the vid can help if you're not familiar with it. But, again like my most favorite vids, the song just seems to be written for the images Eunice chose. The phrase "let your plans come out of mistakes, These are the plans and nothing can tear down, Made out of things that have already been torn down" is everything that is tragic and uplifting about Harry Potter, both the character and the story.
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I've been reading a lot of Hobbit fic and it strikes me that I've not seen fic where Thorin (Dis, their people, etc) sees the possible loss of Fili and Kili as a loss the royal family is simply required to bear. In other words, the obligation of the royal family to its people.

I find Tolkien's love of noble people who are simply better than the rest of us problematic in lots of ways, but it is part and parcel of his world and a large part of the mythologies, legends, and histories he was drawing upon. The obligations of the ruler to the ruled are explicit in this ideal world and I can't see how Thorin would even think to himself that his heirs wouldn't participate.

Thorin's storyline involves a lot of lust after material possessions, but it springs out of a noble desire to fulfill his duty to his people, to provide for them and by returning them to their home. And that duty belongs to Fili and Kili, too. I think Thorin and Dis are very aware this may end in death and that they both were raised to believe that their lives and that of their children belong to their people. But the overwhelming trend in fics that I see is Thorin and/or Dis acting more like modern parents, afraid of losing the boys, angsting over their involvement. It just doesn't fit how I see Tolkien's warrior kings of old.

So, of course, the exception that proves the rule
Sons of Durin by Inkling
http://archiveofourown.org/works/595550
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I'm trying to be better about reccing works that I really like. I read so much that most of it gets lost in the flood. And beyond that, stories with summaries that could be awful tend to be overlooked and I want to help them stand out a bit.

This Hobbit fandom fic is a short retelling of the Hobbit with a female Bilbo. Short is important because too many fics retell the story when it doesn't add anything and often drags the story down. It also focuses on Briar (Bilbo) and her relationships with her family, Shirefolk, and Thorin and this Thorin's character development acknowledges that finding love along the way to Erebor would change him, at least a little.

Silly Trinkets by The Feels Whale (miscellea)
http://archiveofourown.org/series/35687
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Kings was a great show with epic potential and I highly recommend it if you can catch it. This story by lc2l focuses on a single night between David and Jack and is vivid and personal and real, but doesn't forget the epic quality of canon.

We're concentrating on falling apart by lc2l
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/599982

Vid recs

Jan. 12th, 2013 01:41 pm
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Hmm, I think this is working out to one post a year....

Harry Potter "You Are Not Alone in This" by Hanna

She also did the Marchin' On vid that I believe the whole world has seen. The title explains it all: Harry isn't alone in this. Pretty song and touching vid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4nOZ2PsrnE


Harry Potter "Hoping Machine" by Eunice
I watched this vid several times, thinking I didn't like it. The song didn't seem to work for me, but I'd put it in my top 5 now. The song is too upbeat to be passionately melancholy and too downbeat to pick me up. In a way, that's HP all over. No matter how bad it is, it's never a wallow in sorrow. But listen to the lyrics and let their great suitability for the HP verse take over. Eunice also did some of my all time favorite vids for China Beach, Mother Mary. http://fan-eunice.com/

Gawker

Feb. 8th, 2011 08:44 pm
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I hate the new Gawker layout. I checked Jezebel and io9 daily and like to drop in at Lifehacker from time to time and now they're all off my list. Maybe I'll get used to it, but right now it is the opposite of what I dropped by those sites to do - skim.

Also, it is *freezing*. -1 F.

Almost forgot! New vid. Battlestar Galactica, Wretches and Kings by jarrow.
http://jarrow272.inverteddungeon.com/videos.html

It's a blood pumping look at the laboring classes and disparities in BSG. The visual hook is a radio and the music begins with a voice over that seems to be broadcast to the fleet. It's a hip hop/consciousness raising beat.

I stopped watching BSG in the 3rd season and don't regret it and I doubt I'll ever watch the end. But there was some amazing stuff among the dross and vids are a great way of getting to that. So go see the gold Jarrow found.

Inception

Jan. 15th, 2011 08:50 am
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Two recs for Inception fic:

The Delphini Trials by atomicskull http://atomicskull.livejournal.com/24766.html#cutid1
Moment of Inertia by knowmydark http://knowmydark.livejournal.com/40371.html#cutid1

Both are about the end of the team in their own way. The first is how dreamsharing goes public and how that affects the team and is told through Philippa's eyes. The second is the government finally cracking down without the public exposure. Both are dark and will probably leave you feeling like you've been gut-punched. But, as much as I love the fluffy fics, badly is the only way it can end for them.

They're not bad people, but they do terrible things to others and the inevitable karmic and practical consequences of what they do as though it were just another job catch up to them. It's inevitable and maybe even just, but it's still tragic. The people they love are just as hurt by loss and suffering of the team as the people who loved their victims. Great stories.

Vid recs

Jan. 9th, 2011 10:50 pm
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HP Unforgivable by Keely http://keewick.livejournal.com/260924.html
It's a slow start, but give it a minute and let yourself be pulled in. I tend to be impatient and want an immediate musical high like Fever or something by the Black Eyed Peas. But the build is completely worth it. It's the brutality of the world, casual and passed back and forth from one person to another. It's Luna and her ability to be open and loving even so.


HP Death Eaters are on the Road to Awe by JMor27 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcSYWG2TZi0
It's on youtube but I couldn't find an LJ or DW page to comment on. It's an amazing casting of the young DE's and the Black sisters and just stuns you with the stupidity and vicious hate that led them down a hole they can't get out of and the helpless, fear, and regret that is ruining their lives forever after. Again, give yourself a little time to get into it. It pays off.

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