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25 October 2016 @ 04:16 pm
Somewhat Unexpectedly (This and that and OuaT’s Hyde plus a Harry Potter fanfic rec)  

Some of you already know that I spent the last couple of weeks recovering from knee surgery (ruptured meniscus, long story, don’t ask ;)). So far, the knee has been healing nicely, just as it ought to, and I’m glad to report that with each day I am feeling more and more like my usual self again.

Probably the weirdest after-effect: I never would have thought that I would be so fucking happy about being able to empty the dishwasher on my own again.

Also, my fannish mojo is coming back. Even though I’m not quite sure what to contribute at the moment, I’m quite happy to read along and enjoy what others are posting! :)

A good deal of my own fannish thoughts are still circling around OuaT 's Jekyll and Hyde plot, by the way. Representations of duality, repression, denial and most of all how Sam Witwer’s Hyde in “Strange Case” struck me as so much more straightforward and in tune with himself and his surroundings than his counterpart Jekyll could ever be.

There is this one brief moment when the newly-created Hyde is seeing himself in the mirror for the very first time shortly before entering the ballroom, that is full of self-realisation, recognition and amazement. I just love the way in which, throughout the following scenes, the particular combination of setting and writing plus various acting and directing choices, is transforming Hyde from villain into romantic anti-hero, without sacrificing one bit of the character’s inherent ruthlessness.

Well done, show! But now, if you could only please devote as much care and attention to your major story arcs as you are paying attention to the details… ;)

As for the afore mentioned Harry Potter rec:

More or less on a whim, Cavendish and I rewatched the first three Harry Potter movies (all of them have aged suprisingly well, though the Alfonso Cuarón one still rules), which led to me searching the AO3 for a bit of HP fanfic. And look what I have found thanks to the archive’s advanced filtering options and a little bit of beginner’s luck:

The Nicest Word There Is…  by Droupy48
Summary: A story about the kids who felt safe in the library.
Word count: 2161
Rating: G
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger

A beautifully written, quiet character piece providing great insights into each character. However, on a more abstract and serious level, this story is as much a story about young McGonagall, Lupin and Hermione Granger as it is a story about the different faces of discrimination and the power of reading.

This entry was originally posted at http://bimo.dreamwidth.org/75385.html. Comment there or here, as you like. I'd be glad to reply to your comments over on DW.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Bimo: Cornelius_Fudgebimo on October 28th, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :)

As for lack of fannish spark: I went through a period like that a while ago and found myself completely surprised when one day it had gone, just as quietly and secretly as it had come upon me.

(I'm suspecting though, that revisiting some older source materials might have something to do with it. Following your example, Cavendish and I recently started rewatching Highlander, btw., and we both were really astonished how well the show has aged.)
Kathyh: Kathyh clankathyh on October 28th, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
It really has stood up well. I was surprised at how good even the first series was, which I don't remember being particularly fond of at the time. Tessa was such a great character and even Richie wasn't quite as annoying as I remembered him being. We're proceeding very slowly through the fourth series now and the episodes are just getting stronger and stronger. I just wish I had more time to watch them!

I expect the fannish spark will come back one day, though in some ways it is more comfortable being without it and all the angst of whether your favourite show will end in a way you love or hate. Live fandom is so stressful :)