shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
Title: I Awake
Fandom: DCU
Character/Pairing: Wonder Woman
Music: Sarah Blasko
Content notes: Some bright flashes, fast cuts and juddery movement
Summary: My heart is an adventurer.
Notes: For [personal profile] silly_cleo in [community profile] festivids 2015
Download: here (1.14 minutes, 55MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (wonder woman)
Title: The Light and the Sea
Fandom: DC Animated (Wonder Woman, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice)
Character: Wonder Woman
Music: Dar Williams
Content notes: None
Summary: "Keep faith. Trust to love. Fight with honour. But fight to win."
Notes: Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2014. Thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo for betaing and suggesting the song! ♥
Download: big (3:39 minutes, 164MB) | smaller (81MB) | subtitle .srt
Also posted at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: River Song in her cell, looking up from her diary (river)
*Avengers Assemble: Science Bros
Doctor Who: The Romance of Crime - Gareth Roberts
Ultimate Spider-Man: Cats and Kings
Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Six
Ultimate Spider-Man: Hollywood
*Science Fiction Audiences: Reading Doctor Who and Star Trek - John Tulloch and Henry Jenkins
*The Shell House - Linda Newbery
*Stormlord's Exile - Glenda Larke
*JLA: Golden Perfect
*Nightwing: Year One
*Robin: Unmasked
*Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Death and Return of Donna Troy
The True Meaning of Smekday - Adam Rex
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Sense and Sensibility: Diaries and Screenplay - Emma Thompson
Runaways: Dead Wrong
*The Wonder Woman Chronicles Vol 2
Geist - Philippa Balantine
Demon Knights: The Avalon Trap
*The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
The Travails of Jane Saint and Other Stories - Josephine Saxton
*Memoirs of a Spacewoman - Naomi Mitchison
Fear Itself: The Fearless
Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel
Blue Beetle: Reach for the Stars

Didn't finish: Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link. Given I have almost no patience with magical realism, I don't know why I thought I would like this. I mean, there was nothing actually wrong with it, it just wasn't for me.

I had a lot of things to say about 'The Lacuna' in particular )
shinyjenni: Steph carries Cass in her arms (she was my friend)
Off sick from work today, so contemplated postponing today's December talking meme topic until tomorrow, but am feeling a bit better now so here we go! (People I owe comments and emails to, I will respond at some point! ♥)

[personal profile] carawj asked "top 5 favourite comic characters and why!"

1) Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/Robin/Batgirl). PERFECT PURPLE PRINCESS OF MY HEART. I love her optimism, and how it's distinctly not naivety. I love her sense of humour. I love how hard she tries, whatever's thrown at her. She knows that she may not be the best crimefighter in the world, but she believes in what she's doing, and knows that she's capable of making a difference, even if only a small one, and how can she just sit at home, knowing that?

2) Cassandra Cain (Batgirl/Black Bat). Cass just gets me in my heart every time I read about her. She's so serious about her mission, so earnest in everything she does, but she also has an awesome sense of humour.

3) Oracle. My gateway comics character. I love how she refuses to let other people dictate or circumscribe what she can be. I love her mentor and partner relationships with other women (and that she messes up sometimes, and admits it). I love that she was the most powerful person in the DCU, and that she did it all with LIBRARY SCIENCE. ;D I love her determination (THIS PANEL, YOU GUYS), and her snarky sense of humour.

4) Wonder Woman. DIANAAAA! She has so much integrity, in what she says, what she does and in who she is. She can't be false. She's full of confidence and power, but not arrogance, and she's awe-inspiring without being aloof or cold. She can make the hard, pragmatic decisions if she has to, but she'd rather be forgiving and kind. And she's so aware of the fact that she's a role model, and that she has to live the world she wants to create.

5) Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel). I already talked about her this month! Update: I still love her. ♥

And hey, I actually managed to count to the right number this time! GO ME.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (wonder woman)
December posting meme! [personal profile] chaila asked "What were the first Diana comics you read, what got you into them, what have you read since then, etc. Your personal Wonder Woman history. Plus favourite Wonder Woman stories!"

DIANAAAAA! ♥ I can't actually remember why I started reading Wonder Woman. It was fairly early on in my comics reading adventures and I'd mostly been reading Gail Simone's stuff up to that point (plus Cass's Batgirl series. CASSSS) so possibly I was following her? It's also equally likely that I vaguely wanted to read some Wonder Woman and the Simone stuff was both recommended and in the library. (A lot of my comics reading choices are to do with what's in the library.) So I read the first trade, The Circle, and completely fell for Wondy when she said "I know exactly who I am, Toliphar. Vengeance is for those who do not." It just felt so refreshing to be reading about a hero, especially a female hero, with that level of self-knowledge, certainty and compassion. ♥

Here I have to explain something about my fandom habits. I don't tend to do the thing where I start to love something and must read all the things immediately, I'm quite happy to meander slowly through the canon, knowing I'll get there eventually. (I think this is because once I love something fannishly, I love it forever, more or less. My actual degree of interest and engagement may vary, but the love is still there.) So I ambled slowly through the rest of Gail Simone's run and then sort of... stopped. But by then I had read some of Greg Rucka's stuff, so I knew I wanted to read his Wonder Woman too, so eventually, mostly through dedicated ebay stalking, I read all of that. And I LOVED it, but it still took me over a year to read the whole thing.

Since then I've mostly been reading Perez's run, which I haven't finished yet, and also various other bits and pieces. I've read some of the early forties stuff, which has a sort of charming innocence to a lot of it (I was reading the first few issues when the news about what the New 52 had done to her origins hit and I kind of wanted to apologise to them. :/). It can also be pretty racist and sexist, though, and although Etta Candy is kind of amazing, it's full of references to how much she likes sweets, how much other people think she should lose weight, etc etc etc. :(

I also read and enjoyed Smallville's Wonder Woman arc recently. It's given her a somewhat different backstory, but it doesn't feel like it's been done in a mean spirited or sexist way: a lot of the elements are still there, but jumbled up and played around with. It feels more like it's taking it as read that her origin story is iconic and that we will recognise and ENJOY recognising bits of it when they reappear in slightly different contexts. (Parts of it are also SUPER CUTE.) Also, it's less loaded because it's Smallville, mucking around with stuff like that is just what they do. I love how the first time we see Wondy, she's saving another woman (Clark's mother, who is a senator now, because Smallville). ♥ (There's also a Lois related bit that I really like, but it's kind of a spoiler...)

Favourite stories! Well, obviously The Hiketeia is up there. It's so good, and I love how it really commits to telling a serious story about Wonder Woman, with no feeling that it needs to make excuses for the fact that it's a comic. It conveys Rucka's faith in Wonder Woman and her ability to carry a story about honour, compassion, duty and moral complexity. ♥

Generally, I also really like the beginning of all the runs I've read. Not because I thought they went downhill after that, but because it's really exciting to see a writer who really loves Wonder Woman setting out what they're going to do with her and what angle they're going to take. I especially love how in Down to Earth Rucka sets up Diana as a public figure, which is such an important theme in his run, and also the ambassadorial stuff is probably my favourite take on her. I love that we see her trying to fulfil her mission of peace to our world by modelling the kind of person we should aspire to be, and how that can be hard sometimes but it's so important to her. The Circle, as I've said, was where I fell in love with Wonder Woman and began to understand who she is and why she's great, so it will always have a special place in my heart for that reason. And with Gods and Mortals it was really great seeing how much care and effort was put into establishing Wonder Woman and setting up her supporting cast.

I also really love that one issue where Lois interviews Diana and we get to see how she appears through her eyes, and how she goes from kind of resenting her to understanding, respecting and liking her. ♥

That was a lot of words about Wonder Woman that didn't even really touch on what I like about her! But - spoiler - I'm planning to do that when I get to "Top five comics characters" day, because OBVIOUSLY Wondy has to be in there. :D
shinyjenni: Lynda and Spike drinking coffee (press gang)
First of all, thank you for making me a vid! I am sure I will love it. ♥ I've written a few things under the cuts below about what I like in vids, and about the fandoms I've requested (in some cases slightly expanded from my optional details), but feel free to ignore it all and just vid the vid you are happiest with! Basically more vids in any of these fandoms will make me happy.

vids in general )

requested fandoms: Babylon 5, Doctor Who (1996), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Press Gang, The Sapphires (2012), Swallows and Amazons (1974), Ultraviolet (TV), Wonder Woman (2009) )

I think that's all the things I wanted to/ought to say (though I might come back and try and say some more things about what I like about my fandoms, as on reading it back I don't appear to have said much that's particularly helpful, whoops). YAY FESTIVIDS!
shinyjenni: The Book Of The Still, a picture of a blue hardback book (the book of the still)
Avengers Academy: Second Semester
Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories
Midnight Never Come - Marie Brennan
Empress of the World - Sara Ryan
Crossfire - Nancy Kress
Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body - Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Black Heart - Holly Black
Lion of Senet - Jennifer Fallon
Avengers Assemble: An Oral History of Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Brian Michael Bendis
Wonder Woman: Mission's End
The Idea of Perfection - Kate Grenville
Daughter of the Empire - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
Doctor Who: Halflife - Mark Michalowski
The Madness Underneath - Maureen Johnson
Green Arrow: City Walls

Didn't finish:
- The Innocent Mage (Karen Miller) which wasn't exactly bad, but didn't look like it was going to do anything interesting enough to counterbalance the fact that I didn't really like the hero at all, or to make up for the irritating phonetic dialogue (not sure if Yorkshire or Mummerset).
- The Anvil of the World (Kage Baker) - I think I got my hopes up too high for this book, because people kept comparing it to Terry Pratchett, but it was not nearly as funny, plus I couldn't really get into the characters, and it did a few gender related things that made me grumpy, so... sorry, book, we were just not meant to be.

some of the things I DID finish )

(I am always vaguely sad when one of these posts ends on a rant, but oh well, it's too late to squeeze in a happier book experience now.)
shinyjenni: Cartoon drawing of Bernice Summerfield surrounded by butterflies and cake; text reads "in a happy place" (benny's happy place)
Dodger - Terry Pratchett
Justice League International Vol. 4
Newton's Wake - Ken MacLeod
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
Cold Days - Jim Butcher
Midnighter: Killing Machine
Avengers Academy: Permanent Record
Bernice Summerfield: Genius Loci - Ben Aaronovitch
Ultimate Spider-Man: Public Scrutiny
The Naming of the Beasts - Mike Carey
Bernice Summerfield: Collected Works
Wolverine and Jubilee: Curse of the Mutants
Avengers Academy: Will We Use This In The Real World?
Cetaganda - Lois McMaster Bujold
Running Through Corridors Volume 1 - Rob Shearman and Tony Hadoke
X-23/Daken: Collision
The Lost Books of the Odyssey - Zachary Mason
X-23: Don't Look Back

books )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (wonder woman)
1) Trailer for the animated Dark Knight Returns (part 1)! I wasn't exactly excited about this when I first heard about it, because I dimly remember not being that thrilled by The Dark Knight Returns when I read it about a decade ago, but this trailer has got me enthused by being mostly focused on Carrie Kelly. A girl Robin that Batman describes as "perfect"? YES PLEASE.

2) Some comics I have read recently:
  • Power Girl: Old Friends: I thought this series wasn't nearly as good after the Gray/Palmiotti/Conner team left, but it picked up a bit towards the end and I really liked the last two issues. (Also, I really loved the Gray/Palmiotti/Conner run, so "not as good as that" is not as damning as it sounds.) The penultimate issue was slightly obvious in its "yay girl power!" stuff, but its heart was in the right place, and I loved that there was a bit of diversity of body shape and ethnicity amongst the Power Girl cosplayers. And the scene where the main fangirl character got to the front of the queue and started off into a whole speech about what PG meant to her, only to get in a muddle and tail off with "...I forgot what I was going to say" was adorable. The last issue was a great showcase of what Power Girl can do, and I laughed a lot at this exchange between her and the villain: "Do you know what most vulnerable part of the body is?"/"...er, the heart?"/"No, you idiot, the back of the knee." *kicks* As closing lines go, "We have all the time in the world" is a bit clich├ęd, and it's not a patch on "it's only the end if you want it to be", but still, sadness. One thing I did really like about the art was how physically imposing Power Girl is; I've only seen scans of World's Finest, but that seems to be less the case there, which makes me sad.

  • Batman: Cataclysm was a bit of a slog, to be honest, though I did enjoy a) finding out that the Drakes apparently lived next door to Wayne Manor (!) and Tim had a secret tunnel to allow him to sneak out for Robining purposes (!!), and b) Dick Grayson running through Bludhaven, tearing his clothes off as he went, hee. I did feel it needed more hugs, overall. But I did enjoy the Huntress/Spoiler team-up, which is what I was reading it for, so that was ok. I liked that even in just one issue, there was space for their relationship to be fairly complicated - some things they had in common, some things they clashed over - and am now even sadder that neither character is around any more. :(

  • I've also been (slowly) catching up with Greg Rucka's run on Wonder Woman, which is just as amazing as I'd heard. I love Wonder Woman so much: her strength, her serenity, her clear-eyed compassion and her determination to do the right thing, whatever the personal cost. ♥


3) Still working on reading all the Booker and Orange prize winners. Had some trouble with 1999's Booker winner, Disgrace, since I entirely loathed the protagonist. I think I was meant to dislike him, but it's hard to read something when you just keep thinking "go away, go away, GO AWAY" at the point of view character. Amsterdam, the 1998 winner, I enjoyed a bit more, but it was let down by the preposterous ending. The closer I got to the end of the book, the more I thought "oh no, that can't be where this is going, that would just be TOO STUPID", but indeed it was where it was going. Shouldn't there be some kind of minimum plausibility standard for prize-winning realist fiction?

The 1998 Orange Prize winner, Larry's Party, was much better. It was full of warmth and affection, and it made all the characters seem like people in their own right, not just cut-outs orbiting the protagonist. It also helped that it didn't treat Larry's life as being Fraught With Special Meaning And Importance: his life is meaningful and important, yes, but only because everyone's is.

4) My things from the library pile includes a lot of Shakespeare-related books at the moment, inspired by reading James Shapiro's excellent Contested Will. The only one I've managed to read so far is The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street, which does a great job of taking a lot of small pieces of evidence and using them to build up a convincing picture of the milieu Shakespeare might have inhabited.
shinyjenni: Buffy smiling (buffy)
SUNSHINE. Yesterday was my afternoon off, and I spent a good chunk of it sitting in a deckchair in the garden reading a book. YES. Unfortunately, the book was Fearful Symmetry, the next in the DS9 relaunch series, and it had Issues. [this next bit has spoilers, also, trigger warning for discussion of rape] oh, as usual, dear )

In other "things I am grumpy about" news: here is a good post about the recent Wonder Woman developments. D: (I haven't been reading Wonder Woman, because I am too cheap to buy single issues and horror's not my thing, but I definitely won't be getting it now! Instead I ordered the first trade from Greg Rucka's run and am waiting impatiently for it to arrive.)

To end on a cheerier note, I watched the first two episodes of of The Legend of Korra yesterday, and loved it TREMENDOUSLY. ALL THE SQUEE IN THE WORLD. spoilers )
shinyjenni: River Song in her cell, looking up from her diary (river)
- "Let's Kill Hitler": well, that... happened. spoilers )

- Also yesterday evening I rewatched "Timelash", which I sort of love even though many aspects of it are basically a bit terrible. A particular highlight was not really spoilers )

- On a completely different note and from the department of "things I want", here is a Wonder Woman rucksack with built in cape. Possibly it is a good thing for my finances that they don't ship to the UK. BUILT IN CAPE.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (lovely two)
Here is a selection of things I have done since last I posted.

- Read a lovely Two and Jamie story by Helen Raynor ("All of Beyond", from Short Trips: Snapshots). It was sweet and kind, funny, hopeful and a little sad, just as a Second Doctor story should be. ♥

- Watched ALL the Warehouse 13 (well, except last night's episode). I don't know why it's taken me so long to get round to it, really, since if it were any further up my street it would be moving in with me. A lovely team who spend their time having steampunk adventures, caring about each other and making silly faces? DON'T MIND IF I DO. Now to get some icons...

- Been to London, twice, and seen many lovely people. ♥

- Read many many comics. Such as:
  • Batwoman: Elegy. SO GOOD. I was a little worried that the actual story wouldn't be my sort of thing, but I was completely sucked in by it. And the art is wonderful.

  • The first three Gotham Central collected editions: again, on the surface not really my thing, but still very enjoyable. Really well told stories with very dynamic art.

  • Batgirl Rising and The Flood: YES PLEASE ALL OF THIS. Absolutely adored both of these on pretty much every level: great characters, lovely development for Steph, really funny, and fundamentally optimistic.

  • Gail Simone's Wonder Woman run, up to Warkiller: I just love Wonder Woman's integrity, the way she will make her decisions and try to do what's right, and accept the consequences, whatever they are. Also, her team-up with Black Canary was just awesome.

- Almost finished knitting my Little Red Riding Hoodie (which is blue)! I am working on the attached i-cord edging and it is taking forever. I JUST WANT IT TO BE FINISHED. I have two other things I want to get on with, and I have also come down with a case of sock envy after seeing the pretty ones [livejournal.com profile] amicu made. WHY AREN'T YOU FINISHED YET, CARDIGAN?

- Watched lots more Voyager, and got rather squeeful at the end of "Blood Fever", both on its own merits and because it means spoilers )

I have also done/watched/read various other things which I do not feel moved to post about at this time.
shinyjenni: Five, Nyssa and Adric in a wood, the TARDIS is next to them at an angle, text reads "experiencing technical difficulties (technical difficulties)
- Approximate length of time between me installing my new wireless internet hub thing and it needing to be restarted for no readily apparent reason: twenty four hours. Approximate length of time between me installing my new wireless internet hub thing and me tripping over the cable, knocking it off the chest of drawers and breaking it, possibly irreparably: thirty six hours. In other words, there is an outside chance that I may not have any internets over the weekend, so if I am even rubbisher than usual about commenting/replying to comments... that is why.

- Caught up with Torchwood last night! Possibly it was because I was playing on the internet at the same time, but I wasn't entirely enthralled. mild spoilers )

- In comics news: Wonder Woman is going to have retractable trousers. (Also heels, ugh.) Just when I thought the whole trousers/no trousers question couldn't get any sillier...

- Alastair Reynolds is writing a new Third Doctor book, with Jo and the Master! There are many things about this news that make me happy: new Classic Who books! Alastair Reynolds writing one! JOOOO!

- Here are two vids I have enjoyed recently: Starlight, by [personal profile] calapine, a gorgeous Barbara vid, and I NEED A HERO, by [personal profile] beccatoria, a Wonder Woman vid that makes my heart THRILL WITH JOY. ♥
shinyjenni: Abby and Emily from Primeval, armed and in cocktail dresses; text reads "it is defended" (it is defended)
- Vid rec: Alive by [personal profile] fly_to_dawn: awesome celebration of Primeval's Emily Merchant: time traveller, dinosaur fighter, all round amazing person. :D

- Speaking of vids, I am sort of after your help with my fictional female scientists one again, o lovely flist! As I mentioned last time, I was thinking about including Buffy disguising herself as a scientist, mostly because I love Buffy tremendously. And then I thought, well, Rose disguises herself as a scientist too: maybe if I can think of one or two more, it could be A Thing and not just Me Cheating. :D? The problem of course is that I can't think of any more. (I could've sworn that Sydney Bristow sneaked into somewhere dressed as a scientist, but I found this gallery of her aliases and it doesn't look like it.) Does anyone have any suggestions?

- Lately I have been reading a lot of comics! The medium still hasn't quite clicked for me, but I have been enjoying them all the same. Here is some incoherent squeeing some of the things I have been reading:



Now I need to make some Wonder Woman icons before I take "The Circle" back to the library. And also decide whether I'm going to ILL the next Batgirl, Secret Six and Wonder Woman books, since my library doesn't have them, or buy them and then resell them on Amazon. Decisions, decisions.

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