But it's Psych, so they made it believable. And they made it AWESOME. Seriously, best TV wedding ever. (As I said on Facebook at the time, I want all those men in my wedding. Including Woody in the swim trunks. My future husband will have no say in the matter -- those will be his groomsmen, and that's that.)
Anyway, getting back to LOST . . . Sun has become my second-favorite character (after Hurley, of course). I have a thing for the quiet, gentle, still-waters-run-deep types. That's probably why most Dickens heroines don't bug me the way they do many readers.
With the exception of Ruth in Martin Chuzzlewit. If I had been Dickens's friend, I'd have swiped his pen and refused to give it back until he promised to rewrite Ruth.
. . . From LOST to Psych to LOST to Dickens. I seem to be in a very rambly mood this morning.
Last night's Leverage got me thinking about this. With a little help from Wikipedia (though their list is by no means comprehensive), here are all my shows that have done some sort of takeoff on the movie:
Person of Interest
And I'm probably forgetting some. Plus a whole bunch of other shows that I haven't seen. (Maybe some of you have seen versions that I haven't?)
It's fascinating just how pervasive the "disabled person spies on a criminal" trope has become. It may just be our modern version of the "locked room mystery." And it's usually pretty well done, in my experience: White Collar's version, though part of a generally weak season, had some genuine laugh-out-loud moments, while PoI's version was my favorite episode of that show so far. (One could argue that the whole series is a version of Rear Window, but in this instance it was a neat twist having Reese be the disabled person, for a change.) And Leverage's Parker, last night, made a fantastic "Jeff Jeffries," although it's extremely difficult to believe that our acrobatic girl could have injured her leg in the first place!
All I know is, if I ever decide to commit a crime, I'm going to check the neighborhood very carefully first for people with wheelchairs or crutches!
I think this has become the best show on TV, I honestly do. Psych and Leverage are still awesome; White Collar isn't what it was, but it still has lots of great moments. But this one is just . . . JUST . . . WOW.
(Oh, and goldvermilion87? great_tales is totally getting a "Lion and Lamb" story based on this ep. The challenge might have been tailor-made for it.)
And now I have an almost uncontrollable urge to go hold a bunny.
And now look at me. I think it was the events of "Free Fall" and "Hard Sell" that did it -- pulled me in so deep it's probably too late to throw me a rope. I look at White Collar promo photos and obsess over what might be going on in them. I hunt for spoilers. I look for fanlistings to join. I want a Peter Burke of my very own (with a Neal Caffrey just to look at every once in a while). I want to write fanfiction.
I am in deep doo-doo here, people.
What is your LiveJournal username? How did you come up with it?
Litlover12. Stands for "literature lover," and the 12 stands for 1812, the year that Dickens, one of my three favorite authors, was born.
Funny thing is, when my best friend saw it, she thought it meant "a little over 12"! (For the record, I'm 34!)
Have you renamed before? If so, what were your old names? If you haven't renamed, what names would you want to rename to?
No. Maybe Dickensian or something else literary.
How much does your userinfo say about you?
How long have you been on LiveJournal?
Since March 24, 2009.
What is the longest amount of time you've gone without posting?
About a week and a half, I think.
On average, how many entries do you post per day? (Divide how many total entries you have by how many days you've been on LJ.)
You want me to do MATH? :-) If I did it right -- no guarantees -- every two days, on average.
What are your posts normally about?
Books, movies, TV shows, or music.
Is your LiveJournal friends only? Why or why not?
No. I don't post anything really private here, so it doesn't need to be.
Does your LiveJournal have an actual title or are you merely USER @ LiveJournal?
I wasn't creative enough to think of a title!
How long do you see yourself staying on LiveJournal?
I don't know . . . a while! I like it here. :-)
ABOUT YOUR FRIENDSLIST
How many people are on your friendslist, not counting private journals, media journals, etc?
Why do you choose to add a person to your friendslist?
If it looks like we have a lot in common.
Is your friendslist an actual list of people you consider friends, or more of a reading list?
I have some of each.
How often do you read your friendslist?
At least once or twice a day.
Do you use filters when viewing your friendslist?
How much do you talk to people on your friendslist off of LiveJournal?
Do you do friends cuts? Why or why not?
No. Never had reason to. I have left a community or two, though.
Do you regularly participate in friending memes? If not, how do you normally find people to friend?
No. I find them in comment sections at other people's journals and communities.
How often do you add new friends to your friendslist?
Every once in a while.
Do your friends have to have things in common with you?
ABOUT YOUR ICONS / USERPICS
How many userpics do you get maximum? How many of those slots do you actually use?
15. I use them all and wish I had room for more, but I like my free account too much!
Do you mostly use icons made by yourself or by others?
Mostly by others. I have no graphics skills at all. But occasionally I'll find a picture I like and just use it as an icon.
Do you have your own icon community? How often do you post in it?
What fandoms are most frequently seen in your userpics?
Currently, Little Dorrit, White Collar, and political.
How do you find icons to use?
I do an LJ topic search, or ask permission to use someone's that I really like, or I request one (usually here).
How often do you upload new icons to use in your userpics?
Whenever I find one I love, and can persuade myself to clear out some of the old ones to make room!
Which of your userpics do you use the most?
I'm not certain, but I think probably my M*A*S*H one, my Blackadder one, my Psych one, and of course my default one from Little Dorrit.
Which of your userpics do you like the most?
I can't decide! I love them all! :-)
The old minimum number of userpics was three. Could you see yourself "surviving" on three userpics now?
If I had to. But I'd hate it.
What do your userpics say about you?
The same thing as my journal, I think -- that I love good books, good movies, and good TV.
If she were a terrible actress hired strictly for her looks and dragging the show down, okay, I would get it. Been there, seen that, been driven up the wall by it. But this woman is a fully competent actress (can I get a witness, Middleman fans?) in a relatively small part. People have different tastes, it's true, but even if she were as bad as they say -- and that would take some doing; I doubt that even Tommy Wiseau could be as bad as that -- she still couldn't ruin the entire show. I think a few people are still mad that she replaced the actress from the pilot, whose name escapes me at the moment -- Marsha Something? -- but it's common knowledge that that actress had other commitments and left of her own accord. Same thing happened on Psych and lots of other shows. It's hardly Morales's fault.
The obvious explanation suggests itself to my mind -- the green-eyed monster, anyone? -- but I hesitate to believe it's something that silly and childish. Then again, "Agent Bug-Eyes" doesn't exactly scream maturity. Another possibility could be racism, I guess, but everyone seemed fine with Marsha Something, who's African-American, so that doesn't seem to make sense either.
I suppose I rattle on too much about a silly message board, and it's probably yet another sign that I need to get a life. But it's kind of sad, you know? There used to be such a great group of people on that board way back when, and we used to have such fun discussions. I don't know what happened to them all. I got away from posting there for a while, and now that I'm back, it's all "Monk + Natalie 4eva!!! DIE ALBRIGHT DIE!!!!!!!" on the one forum, and "Agent Bug-Eyes" on the other. At least the Psych forum seems to contain a few sane fans -- for now . . .
Actually, that's not strictly true. While Neal's surpassing gorgeousness is certainly an attraction (and Peter's not bad-looking either -- it's just his misfortune to have to stand next to a Greek god all the time), I enjoy the stories too. And the characters, and the relationships, and the dialogue, and the locations! And the fedora. It's not as good as Psych, but in many respects it's just the kind of show I like: fun and snappy and with just enough drama mixed in to keep things exciting. It's brain candy as well as eye candy. And sometimes -- especially now that most TV seems to be all about the angst -- a little candy is just what the doctor ordered.
(Using a Psych icon because I haven't yet found a White Collar icon that I really love.)
Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions
Here are tempestsarekind's questions and my answers:
1. Would you rather hang out with Shawn or with Gus?
I have to say Shawn. Now, I would feel safer with Gus, because he doesn't pull quite as many insane stunts (at least not without giving them careful thought beforehand). But life with Shawn would always be fun and exciting and never dull!
Also, if I hung out with Shawn, I could shake the stuffing out of him and yell, "What are you DOING with Abigail, you dolt?? Juliet is totally the girl for you!"
2. I have not yet seen any of the Sayers adaptations, but I've gathered that there are in fact two separate series. Which one should I watch?
If you watch only one, it should be the one with Ian Carmichael. I kind of hate to say that, because Harriet Walter is such a great Harriet Vane in the other series. However, Edward Petherbridge is too languid as Lord Peter. Carmichael gives him more energy and just plays him as a more multifaceted character in general. I always say that Petherbridge had the right look and Carmichael had the right personality for the role, so together they would have made the perfect Peter Wimsey. But if I have to choose just one, I choose the one with the right personality. And then, I think the Carmichael series is a little more faithful to the spirit of the books and the characters.
3. Related question: What is your favorite film/miniseries adaptation? It doesn't have to be the one that you think is most *successful* as an adaptation--just the one you love most.
That tends to change. Right now I think I love Little Dorrit most. Of course, I haven't seen nearly as many adaptations as most of my LJ friends, which makes me feel quite ignorant. But maybe I'll manage to catch up one of these days.
4. Who is your favorite female character in Dickens?
Miss Betsey Trotwood, because she is made of pure awesomeness. She's strong and kind and funny and she strikes back against the forces of evil, whether they happen to be represented by donkeys or Murdstones!
(Now, if I had to choose a favorite Dickens heroine, it would be Amy Dorrit. She has that core of strength under all her quietness, and she knows what she wants and holds onto it no matter what.)
5. Aside from 19th/early 20th-c. literature, do you have another favorite period?
Ah, there you have me. I gave that a lot of thought last night, and every time I thought, "Well, I like this group of authors," they all turned out to be from the 19th and 20th centuries. :-) I like isolated authors from different time periods (e.g., Dante, Shakespeare), and I like reading history from various periods (especially Tudor history), but as far as literature goes, it seems to be just the one period. However, some of my favorites do extend all the way into the mid-20th. Some members of the group that one of my professors called the Oxford Christian Writers -- Lewis, Sayers, Tolkien, et al. -- were writing well into the '50s. And I have a great fondness for many of the early New Yorker writers, especially Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, who also were still going in mid-century. So that's about the best I can say for myself on that front!
So if anyone wants to be asked five questions about yourself, leave a comment saying "Resistance is futile!"
Or maybe it's just the love interest making it seem long. I hate, hate, hate this guy. Jules, honey, stick with Shawn.