charamei: (Merlin: Sidelong Gwen)
Being Human is one of those shows that I find endlessly fascinating, rather than truly enjoyable. The writers have this knack of reaching up for something great, grazing past it, and crashing down into that special kind of mediocrity that you only get when you can see how amazing something could have been.

And, you know... that bugs me.

I think they're getting better: S01 was dire, and the only reason I watched past S01E01 at all was that I was a bored student and it was iPlayer or homework. But I struggle to think of an episode that hasn't had that grazed-past-greatness element to it, and some patterns are starting to emerge here.

Some spoilers for S03, up to E03. )
charamei: Doctor Who: Mine goes up to Eleven (DW11: Up to Eleven)
I enjoy the Eleventh Doctor, I really do. I laugh at his jokes, I've appreciated plenty of the plots he's been given and I'm rapidly falling in love with one of his companions.

But I don't love the Eleventh Doctor. I'm not fannish about him. He's ephemeral to me: I watch the show and enjoy it, and I then forget about it to such an extent that if asked to give a blow-by-blow description of the most recent episode twenty-four hours later I'd usually struggle to remember what the alien of the week was. Certainly every week thus far when I've sat down in front of iPlayer to watch the new episode, I've found myself wondering what happened last week.

By contrast, I listened to Wreck of the Titan over a week ago and could probably still give you a pretty good description of events, maybe even quote some dialogue. This despite the fact that it's twice as long and I listened to it in a fairly noisy office, while doing my paid job* and being interrupted constantly by real life.

*Which is basically copy-pasting. If I needed to use my brain, I wouldn't be listening to Who... probably ;)

I don't know why Eleven doesn't touch my heart. That bugs me, but I can't really answer it. There are some things that are probably related, though.

Arc plots, reactivity and Amy Pond. SPOILERS for all S05 )
charamei: Doctor Who: Mine goes up to Eleven (DW11: Up to Eleven)
But first, a sign of the times:
Ubuntu's weather app says: 15 degrees centigrade, volcanic ash, clear sky.

So by episode three, we should be all settled down, accustomed to the new Doctor, and able to start making some comment about trends in the series.

Which means that by episode three, I have to say... I'm actually still not settled.

SPOILERS beyond this point. )
Hm... I might sit next episode out, at least for reviewing. I hate River Song, and although I agree that Blink is excellent, the weeping angels don't exactly terrify me. So if I review it, be it good or bad, I'm likely to just end up wanking about it. And believe me, you don't want to see an asexual wank...
charamei: (NaNoWriMo08: Book Learnin')
Because somebody on the Internets asked for it, and because my diploma finally arrived, here's my MA dissertation.

The title: Tropologising Myth: interpreting the megatext of myth through the vernacular of modern shared narrative systems
Which means in English: How all classical myth and literature is basically fanfiction

(You see why we had to give it a poncy title.)

This is changed in only one significant way from the original: the addition of a Creative Commons license. Please note that this means my name and college are in the header, not the title, as that's where I put them for handing essays in to school.

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Tropologising Myth: interpreting the megatext of myth through the vernacular of modern shared narrative systems by Catherine Russell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
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And just to warn anyone wanting to use this for serious academia: it's not very good. I scraped a pass, due partly to laziness and partly to my family life falling down around my ears last year when I was meant to be doing this. Please be careful to critique it thoroughly.
charamei: Tenth Doctor, looking confused: "Dear Diary. Questioning own sexuality - think I may have one!" (DW10: Not asexual)
I keep trying to work out how to get this into a review of the 2009 Christmas trilogy without driving it off-course, and I can't; but I feel a need to document it somewhere, because it's important (to me, at least). Therefore, here, have one giant meta wank with a bit of TMI thrown in.

On why the Doctor's asexuality matters so much to me. )

Now hopefully I can write the damn review without getting my wank mixed up with a more objective discussion of the trilogy.

(In happier news, massive props to Big Finish for once again handling the same issue with tact and intelligence. The 'And you have a son... how did you manage that?' exchange in An Earthly Child made my day.)


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