persuna: (HP Trio)
Since SPN isn't on this weekend *grumble* here are three other things I've watched recently that are awesome!

Nikita- I felt disloyal to Alias at first, but I cannot resist the lure of a show where a feisty and angsty woman can kick everybody else's arse whenever they feel like it, especially if there are spies and revenge involved. I am glad I gave it a go, because Nikita has action, cool and improbable spy stuff, a few twists I only sort of saw coming, an unusual and interesting relationship between two of the main characters, several strong female characters and much less semi-nudity than I thought there would be based on the first few scenes of the first episode. It also relies not at all on shoehorned in supernatural elements that are never properly explained *coughRambaldicough*.

The Fashion Show- I felt disloyal to Project Runway at first, but once again, betrayal tastes good! Besides, PR betrayed me first by letting Gretched take the prize over Mondo. There is a lot going on that differentiates TFS from PR! A fashion house set up where there are two rival "fashion houses", actual fashion shows with an audience each week where they have the chance to control the staging, lighting and choreography, prizes like extra time when you win a challenge and Iman, who is an incredibly.... feisty presenter. This is only a slight exaggeration of her presenting style. I have devoured the first three episodes this week and I LOVE IT. There is drama and discussable clothing and interesting changing dynamics. What more could you want?

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows- I laughed, I cried (a lot), I enjoyed this more than any Harry Potter movie to date. All three main kids acted better than they ever have, and it didn't feel like a fragmented series of unconnected scenes. It felt like a cohesive film! I think getting out of Hogwarts helped immensely. It was depressing and doom laden as hell, too horrific for children at some points and occasionally genuinely scary, but that's exactly as it should be. There were so many lovely friendship (and more than friendship) moments between all combinations of Harry, Ron and Hermione that my heart was swelling with love even through the insurmountable odds, general bloodbath and displays of human cruelty. ILU HP!
persuna: (HP Trio)
This is totally ridiculous and I watch everything on my computer not my TV but I WANT ONE. It makes watching TV fun! Or changing channels and adjusting the volume fun, but that's the less fun part anyway.

As close to a functioning magic wand as you will ever get.

YOU COULD USE IT WHEN WATCHING HARRY POTTER DVDS.
persuna: (HP Trio)
How on earth did the next Harry Potter movie get so close without me realising? I saw a poster today and actually looked at the date and BLOODY HELL NEXT WEEKEND. It's probably good I didn't realise till now because I always get ridiculously excited, even though I am sometimes a little disappointed. BUT. This time has the potential to be extra amazing. I have only read DH a couple of times (as compared to the fifty thousand I have read all the others) and not read it at all in the past few years. I’ve hardly read any post DH fic that could have cemented plot details in my mind . All in all I am as close to not knowing what will happen as I can ever get without traumatic brain injury. This will likely greatly enhance my viewing pleasure. Stoking the excitement even more is the prospect of all the outside world action. As much as I do love the Hogwarts sets, I am immensely excited about everyone not being at school. There is going to be London! HP does London so well. Not to mention tents and woods and other things I can't recall because that is how little I remember the plot, seriously. Best of all, Harry, Hermione and Ron will be travelling together and battling alone against the world, which will please my fannish heart. Even though I read Harry/anyone H/R/Hr was totally my secret favourite.

If any awesome HP fic springs to anyone's mind, feel free to tell me! Anything from post-DH gen written last week to classic H/D slash that you last read years ago, I am up for anything Harry is in.
persuna: (Sam says "You ate my pony?")
So this week was meant to be when I got my laptop back, but I phoned the Apple store yesterday and they said that the parts hadn't even ARRIVED yet. D: They don't know why, and they agree it is taking a surprisingly long time, but can only wait. Oh, and it may take another two to four (four!) weeks after they receive the parts to fit them. This is all taking us dangerously close to me MISSING THE SUPERNATURAL PREMIERE.

Ugh. This is like when I was in Libya, possibly the one place in the world that doesn't sell Harry Potter books, when Deathly Hallows was released.

*pout*

In other news, the new job is still going well! And I finally caved and got a bus pass, which makes me disproportionately happy. Travel freedom! It has been so long. I may use it mainly to travel to Internet cafes. I have also become slightly obsessed with cooking things in a Thermos with boiling water. You're limited to grains and quick cooking dried things like lentils, but it's surprisingly yummy and you have 8 hours to decide when you want to eat it. This stops me from doing that thing where I put off making dinner all evening and end up eating dry toast at 11.00.
persuna: (HP Trio)
I went to see Harry Potter a couple of days ago at a ridiculously early hour (well, 10.00am, I didn't know cinemas even opened that early) because my friend and I both had to go to work in the afternoon and evening when normal people go... and I really enjoyed it! Even though we missed the first something minutes for no good reason. You see, there was a performance at 9.45 and a performance at 10.15 and we arrived at 10.00 and asked for tickets to Harry Potter... and didn't realise until we walked into our screen that we were sold tickets for the 9.45. Which for some reason did not have the standard 20-30 minutes of ads and previews but was already at Slughorn's. And now I wish we'd gone and asked for new tickets, but at the time we just scrambled into seats. Damn it. I suppose the cashier did let me use my money off voucher, even though it was two days expired, so maybe I just lost my 70p worth of movie. Ah well. I shall see it again at some point, and there's probably a cam copy online I can peek at. Cut for rambling and film/book spoilers. )

I've even been catching up some HP fics that were WIPs when I drifted away from fandom, or checking to see if my old favourite authors have done new stuff, and enjoying it in a hiatusy way. Overall I think the fic in SPN fandom is better (or maybe it's more that the average quality is higher since the audience is smaller and older and that the general tone is more adult, grounded in a grittier version of reality than the quirky Victorian fantasy of HP? And I now spend more time on lj and less time on specific fic sites?), but I do miss the endless possibilities of magic as a plot device and the comforting familiarity of the wizarding world and British spelling/locations/vocabulary. And the huge variety of pairings. And girls. And so many stories involving my favourite character as the main focus without me ending up feeling guilty for marginalizing my second favourite character. I even sort of miss the formulaic school structure. SPN has its own formulas of course, but they're slightly less entrenched. I might have to reread DH too. I realised the other day that a scene I could have sworn happened was from a fanfic that I read more times than the book. Oh dear.

Also, Leverage = AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. It's one of those shows where watching it alone is actually frustrating because I feel the constant need to nudge someone else so we can wink at each other and acknowledge the awesomeness and how we both get it (making us maybe 1% as awesome as the writers and actors, but that's still 1% we didn't have before).

Harper's Island. I did not see that coming. Tell me you did and I may call you a liar.

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