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10 December 2009 @ 05:58 pm
Happy Birthday __tiana__!  
I hope it's been a wonderful day for you, with good celebrating and the decadent dessert of your choice!

If you'd like a drabble for your birthday, please leave me a comment below. I can do SPN Gen or Sam/Dean, to a flavor of your liking. :)

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I haven't forgotten about my other drabbles, of course. Still working on one for killabeez, and I have a couple of pending ones (sorry tyrical's is taking so long, but I'm having trouble coming up with a good John/Matt scenario for that one). I really enjoyed stretching myself with that 10-character/15-word fic meme, though, and got sidelined by that for a bit.

Bookwise, I finished Three To Get Deadly yesterday, which is a Stephanie Plum book. I know some of you really love those, and I'm still... evaluating. I find the main character to be kind of a weak echo of the Kinsey Milhone character (the "A Is For Alibi" series), but the author seems to be aiming for a different flavor of character anyway. The flavor I'm getting is along the lines of "buffoon," though, which I hope is intentional. What I really love about the two novels that I've read are the colorful secondary characters of Grandma Mazur (what a pistol!) and Lulu (the reformed hooker now file-clerk). Lulu is a typical "sassy black woman" archetype, but she also exemplifies why that archetype is popular. She's snappy, she's funny, and she's damn sharp. In this last novel, she really seems much quicker and savvier at putting ideas together than the main character. And whichever other novel I read (with funeral home murders) went to town with Grandma Mazur, who is wily and incorrigably curious.

HalfshellHusband and I talked about this a little last night, and about how sometimes this same situation is true for TV shows and other books. I can't stand the Gary Sue psychologist in Jonathan Kellerman's books, but I love his gay cop friend Milo. That fic meme I mentioned above was revealing too- I like both Olivia and Eliot on Law&Order:SVU, but Fin is my favorite character. I like Michael and Fi on Burn Notice, but I love Sam. And I adore Olivia on Fringe, but Walter is the real reason I watch that show. On Scrubs, the Janitor was my go-to guy.

Actually this reminds me of that "We're Not Watching The Same Show, And That's Okay" essay (which I can't find a link to, darnit!) The author thought of ST:Voyager as the "Kes is cute as a button show" and I thought of it as the Holodoc show, while TPTB thought it was the Janeway show. But in the case of those Stephanie Plum novels, I wonder whether the author's intent was to make the secondary characters more fun and more compelling than the main character? Or mine simply an isolated reaction to those books?

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mercurybard on December 11th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm a Stephanie Plum fan! Come for Grandma Mazur and Lula and stay for everybody else in the extended cast. Stephanie tends to rocket back and forth between frighteningly competent and buffoonish (at one point shooting someone trying to kill her five times in the heart...without ever taking her gun out of her purse) and eventually becomes sort of Zen about the rolling-in-garbage thing.

I don't know if it's Evanovich's intention to make her secondary characters so much more interesting than her main, but she also comes from a romance-writing background, so the main characters tend to be slightly quirky Every Women.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
but she also comes from a romance-writing background, so the main characters tend to be slightly quirky Every Women.
God forbid. :0

The shopping, the impulsive buying, the obsessing over hair and clothes, etc., etc. Which I would probably notice less if that kind of woman weren't so different from me!

Though I must say, she finds her own peace in the train wreck of her actual life vs. her parents' expectations, which I like.

Hey, this fic meme I teased you with is finished, and it features Walter in one of the stories! *pleads*
mercurybard on December 11th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Not saying it was a good description, but then again, I have very little in common with most of the main characters in romance novels.

Family dinners at the Plum house--and the guests Stephanie Shanghais into them--are some of the best parts of the books. Wait until you meet the sister.

And I will have to go read. My life's been a bit of a train wreck lately (no...I've been a bit of a train wreck, life has been doing what it normally does) and I've missed a lot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Family dinners at the Plum house--and the guests Stephanie Shanghais into them--are some of the best parts of the books. Wait until you meet the sister.

:D I haven't met the sister yet, and what I've seen at the family dinners is Stephanie's parents/grandmother inviting all sorts of inappropriate men over as potential suitors. :0

Wish our library would stock more of those in paperback, because that's what I like best. I can read them at the gym!
Tiana: (SPN) coveting thy brother's ass__tiana__ on December 11th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Whee! Thanks for the birthday wishes and the offer for a drabble, dear! I'd love that. :)

How about Sam/Dean, Sam teaching Dean how to do something? Anything! I just like the idea that Dean has probably taught Sam things his whole life, and that Sam could be the one teaching. It can be naughty or not, your choice! ;)

Thanks!!!! ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on December 13th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
This may not have turned out the way you were expecting, but I hope you like it anyway. I can take a shot at something schmoopy instead, if you'd rather.

Drabble in which Dean once more is an uncooperative student...

Many happy returns!
jumpuphigh on December 11th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
ST:V is the Chakotay and Paris unresolved sexual tension show. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Haha! I ran across that in fanfiction, and that totally worked for me! It was more interesting than the actual show by far.

Except for the Tuvix episode, which I kind of liked, and some of the creepier Borg episodes. :0
jumpuphigh on December 11th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
What's interesting is that we, the viewers, were not imagining it. Chakotay was originally written to be bisexual and Robert Beltran said that he always imagined that there was something that happened between Tom and Chakotay when they were in the Maquis together which is why there was so much tension between the two of them on the show.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Too bad the show never took that anywhere interesting! But the Star Trek PTB were always chickenshit about that-- lesbian titillation was fine (especially during Sweeps!) but god forbid there should be any hint of M/M action.

Chakotay/Paris was the only thing that ever made Paris tolerable for me, actually. ;)