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Your main fandom of the year? That would really have to be The Big Bang Theory. It's hard to believe that I hadn't seen a single episode this time last year! But it's true. I rapidly cycled through complete love to intense disappointment to a more balanced critical approach, which is where I am now with the show.

Your favorite film watched this year? This is incredibly difficult to answer, considering I watched the following films this year: Hamlet (RSC, Tennant/Stewart), Moon, How to Train Your Dragon The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, and The Secret of Kells. So. Yes.

Your favorite book read this year? This is also incredibly difficult to answer, considering I read Feed by Mira Grant, the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, The Demon's Lexicon & The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan, the first Flora Segunda novel by Ysabeau Wilce, Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and several other awesome books. So. Yes.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year? This is the year I discovered Lady Gaga, and spent an inordinate amount of time listening to The Fame and The Fame Monster.

Your favorite TV show of the year? Doctor Who, True Blood, The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, The Guild, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Sherlock, and The Venture Brothers. I think that's all. Maybe. Oh, no! Community, as well.

Your favorite DW community of the year? Alas, I didn't spend a lot of time on DW this year. If we switch the question to LJ, however, I would say [profile] bigbang_land.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year? For most of the year, this belongs primarily to The Big Bang Theory, before life and fandom-funk caught up with me in the fourth quarter. The year is ending with a burgeoning obsession with The Hunger Games.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Lost. I can't even remember the good times, the five years of fannish glee and theorizing, because of the complete awfulness of the resolution.

Your TV boyfriend of the year? Oh, yes. That would be Alexander Skarsgard as Eric in True Blood, with a side of Ian Somerholder as Damon in The Vampire Diaries. Possibly some Misha Collins as Castiel in Supernatural as a dessert.

Your TV girlfriend of the year? Felicia Day, all the way! And a little bit Allison Scagliotti as Claudia from Warehouse 13 as well.

Your biggest squee moment of the year? There aren't many specifics leaping to mind right at this moment, but I'm sure most of them were contained in the latest season of Doctor Who. Oh! And then there was the porch kiss from The Vampire Diaries.

The most missed of your old fandoms? Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Not that the brilliance of the show and related fandom has gone anywhere; it's just that this is the year I decided to catch up on the so-called S8 comics, which I have formally struck from canon (although I haven't yet talked about that here).

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? Fringe! I keep hearing such good things about this show - I can't wait to actually watch it. I'm also interested in finally getting on board with Inception, and doing more than avidly reading in The Hunger Games fandom.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? New Doctor Who! Finally catching up with S2 of The Vampire Diaries! Seeing where the hell this surprisingly riveting season of Supernatural is going! A Game of Thrones!

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I had to undergo four hours in the dentist's chair last Tuesday, which have left me rather sad in the mouth-department. Also much lighter in the pocket, ugh. It was all incredibly necessary work and involved a tooth extraction, so I've spent the week loving ice packs, soft foods, and vicodin. I also have major issues with my temporomandibular joint, which have no doubt complicated the recovery process.

I think this calls for distraction! So how about a drabble meme?

The first FIVE people to comment in this post get to request ~something~ of any pairing/character* of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal.** If you absolutely can't write, you can offer drawings or icons or something instead (meta? picspams? reasons why that character/pairing rocks/doesn't rock?).

* Note the first: Below, you will find a list of fandoms in which I'm reasonably to well conversant.

** Note the second: I actually don't care if you post this in your journal; you don't have to. If you do, though, let me know where so I can come and request something of you!

Fandom List! )

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I've been thinking about doing the 30 Days of Me meme for a little while now, but then [ profile] enna_xor went and posted her first entry in the 30 Days of TV, which promises an interesting daily reflection on viewing habits and preferences. I find these sorts of informative memes to be interesting, so it's time to give one a try.

I'd love to engage with y'all in the comments - even if you don't pursue the entire meme in your own spaces, tell me your answers in mine.

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled.

Four shows immediately spring to mind: Firefly, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me1, and Carnivale. Firefly was cut down in its prime and was a show that made me fall in love with it within two or three episodes; however, in retrospect, I can admit that it had some problematic aspects in its worldbuilding and execution.2 Pushing Daisies is my heart's true whimsy-love, but it was episodic enough that I don't feel a bone-deep ache of loss over its cancellation. Dead Like Me's cancellation affected me very strongly at the time, as I felt an intense connection to its story and characters in the midst of watching it; since then, though, I feel more distance from it, and don't feel as terribly.

But, oh, Carnivale.

Carnivale was brilliant and dark and gritty and, most importantly, it was fully planned out. More aggravatingly, the creator refuses to tell the story in any way except through film, how he originally envisioned it. At least Pushing Daisies and Firefly either have had or are planning sequential art continuations of their stories.3 And Firefly and Dead Like Me got feature films.4

So, that's my answer: Carnivale most emphatically should never have been canceled. I first watched this show five years ago, post-cancellation, and I still haven't finished mourning that loss. Discovering that HBO offered not to cancel it if the producers would limit expenses per episode to 2M and that he refused to compromise at all further complicates my feelings.5 I just want to finish watching this remarkable story unfold.

And, for fun, here's my husband's answer: Star Trek.

He doesn't feel this needs elaboration, considering the cancellation of the original show to be one of the most tragic assassinations in the history of television. Although, he did unpack it a bit further to remark that even one more season of Star Trek would more than likely have made science fiction a viable television enterprise thirty years before it finally became one thanks to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Sin of sins, I myself actually haven't seen a full episode of Star Trek (the original series) beyond "Space Seed." One of our summer television projects therefore has been set.

1. Yeah, I have a thing for series created by Bryan Fuller: I almost put Wonderfalls on that list as well.

2. The Companion element being one of the most glaring that wasn't working out as it should have at the beginning.

3. See: Serenity: Those Left Behind and Serenity: Better Days. As a side note, there's also been some additions to Firefly canon in the recently released Firefly: Still Flying. Pushing Daisies had one short comic that was a Comic-Con goodie, but this news article shows there's plans for more (although those plans keep getting pushed back, it's still apparently in production).

4. See: Serenity and Life After Death. (The collector's edition of the Serenity DVD includes the River Tam sessions, which are a must-have.)

5. See the Wikipedia article's section on the cancellation.

30 Days of TV: The List )

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Right now, I'm four pages deep in a paper that should probably be ten and is due in (a self-imposed) less than two hours. (Prof said to have it in on Wednesday; I figured 5 PM was a good deadline. Hah.) As a result, you get a meme.

I think I'd seen this massive Harry Potter / Sorting Hat personality test around before, but I found it again recently while perusing toolazytowork's LJ upon following her home after some hilarious Joseph Campbell snark on the Supernatural community.

For the tl;dr crowd: I'm a Ravenclaw. This does not surprise me, as I've been saying for years that I'd likely end up in Ravenclaw unless the Sorting Hat listened to my pleas à la Harry Potter and put me in Gryffindor.

See how I measured up regarding the other Houses! )

Appending a Percy Jackson note here: if I wound up at Camp Halfblood, I'm pretty sure I'd be in Athena's house... but as a creative and not a strategist.

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