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Hi, everybody!

There's nothing particularly urgent going on here, but I've been wanting to say thanks for the love I got over at the Valentine's Day Game.

I've been reading some good stuff recently. I finished The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss the other day, which I would absolutely recommend. And I had dinner tonight with the lovely [personal profile] alizarin_nyc, and we got to talk about Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series, which I love to pieces (though the last book gets a lot less of my love), mostly because MILDMAY is amazing.

Hmmm, what else? I finally caught up with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and have fallen totally under their spell. The three sisters are perfectly cast, as were Charlotte, Bing, and Wickham (also, I find Bing hella hot). I'm less sold on Ricky Collins, in part because David Bamber was crazy good in that role in the P&P everyone remembers, and is in fact my favorite part of that whole shebang, even trumping Darcy and Lizzie, as good as Firth and Ehle were. I'm also a little on the fence about the guy playing Darcy in LBD, but he's had a couple of REALLY great moments (particularly his face when Lizzie rests her hand on his shoulder to get by him to close the door). Man, this series is really making me want to write my Persuasion-by-way-of-Sherlock fic, in which Sherlock is Anne and John (in his greatcoat!) is Wentworth, though much less of a drama-queen dick. Just for the joy of adapting, you know?

But that fic is third or fourth in the queue, as I need to finish the very big fic I've been working on (the end is in sight!) and also whatever I end up writing for [community profile] sherlock_remix and maybe that Cabin Pressure story I've been kicking around for months (which [personal profile] alizarin_nyc promised to beta for me, which means she needs to listen to the source material). Oh! Also, [personal profile] alizarin_nyc told me about an idea she and a friend had for a really great fannish project, which I'm noting here only so I can remind her about it when the time comes.

Hmmm, what else? I've got a new story - a birthday fic - posting tomorrow (if I can stay up for another hour and a half, tonight). What's shaking with all of you?

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I love being namechecked! Woot!

MILDMAY. The end.

I plenty of media I think to get me through the plane rides and shit-kickin' on the Kibbutz. Maybe I won't have to have Asi keep driving me to the bookstore in Tiberius with it's teensy English section!

That thing would make a REALLY GREAT FANNISH PROJECT. Vidders would be tasked to make trailers and stuff. It bears thinking on, yes!


BRITTA!!!!!!! She is the greatest!

Yes, I think between The Virtu and The Mirador (MILDMAY MILDMAY MILDMAY) and 25 eps of Cabin Pressure, you should be set for a good while. Email me if you need more stuff, or links to fics, etc.

Do not forget the signal John can beam into the sky! Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-FOXMAN! (Also, vidders would be excellent recruits!)

I love all the Community peeps, even the ones I don't like a.k.a Pierce. Fred Willard would be much better.

I like how I dropped a word in my comment... but YES, mucho media.

John... beaming his silver fox signal into the night sky. FOR THE WIN!!!

I used to love Pierce when he was after Shirley and clearly wanted to be Jeff's BFF, but the stuff he pulled around the time of the D&D ep was just too much. And I adore Fred Willard - for his turn on Pushing Daisies as well as the Christopher Guest movies - but can't see him being as much of a dick as Pierce has needed to be.

Seriously, you MUST organize a fic/vid/art fest around your idea!

Man, this series is really making me want to write my Persuasion-by-way-of-Sherlock fic, in which Sherlock is Anne and John (in his greatcoat!) is Wentworth, though much less of a drama-queen dick.


I really will, I swear! It's just that there are things that *must* be written first. But greatcoated John is too delicious an image to ignore!

Though Sherlock is the least Anne Anne I could possibly imagine.

I know, but . . . maybe an Anne who retreats into scientific experiments rather than into her own head?

I'm just imagining him being summoned by his sibling to listen to her/him complain about her/his illness and sitting and taking it. I imagine that lasting about thirty seconds before he bursts. I mean, Anne's whole virtue is that she's dutiful and without complaint. Sherlock would just wreck that whole image...delightfully.

HA! I have to admit that I'm a little uncertain still about how the rest of the characters match up. Mycroft could be Lady Russell or Elizabeth. Molly could be Henrietta, Louisa, or Mary. Lestrade should be Benwick, unless he's Harville. Mrs. Hudson could be Sir Walter. Ooh, but who could be William Walter Elliot? Harry and Donovan should also make appearances, I think. Hmmm. Will think more on this later, unless you have any ideas?

Hey, so, I've made a start on this and hope to have it drafted in the next few weeks. Would you be up for betaing it? (Feel free to say no, obviously - there will be absolutely no hard feelings.)

How long is it? I am interested in beta'ing, but I'm moving in May, so it will be highly dependent on timing.

I'm going to spend this long weekend writing - can I get back to you on Sunday with an approximate word count?

Also, how exciting that you're moving! Boston, right?

It's at a little over 8K now, and John and Sherlock have just met again (after eight years), so I'm thinking it will probably be about 20K all told. I didn't think I'd write so much, and I'm not sure when I'll finish - it would be great if I could get it done by mid-April, but I'll have to let you know as that date grows closer. What do you think?

Sorry it's taken me a bit to get back to you--I've been sick all week. I'm still interested, again, dependent on timing.

Cool, thank you - I'll ping you when the draft is done, and if the timing works out, I'll send it your way! Get better soon!

I wish I'd been there for your Doctrine of Labyrinths convo! I love them, too (except, like you, the last one), and I've just been re-reading The Mirador. So much love for Mildmay!

I listened to about half of the The Black Count before I had to return the audiobook to the library--I enjoyed it a lot, maybe I should go back and finish it. I truly hope someone has optioned it for a movie--what a story!

I am curious about LBD--how does one watch it?

Speaking of austeniana, have you heard about this?

We really should work on a way to beam you in for fangirl dinners so we can have these conversations in person! MILDMAY is the greatest - as I was saying to alizarin_nyc, he's the John to Felix's Sherlock, the Dean to Felix's Sam, and therefore the one that I go for: the one who can be amazing but is fine with being viewed merely as the sidekick.

I'm curious about how The Black Count would come across as an audiobook, because one of the best bits was the footnotes, which were fascinating and witty and basically offered starting points for SO MUCH HISTORICAL FIC. I hadn't thought about it, but you're totally right that it should be made into a movie - or miniseries, considering how much happens.

You can watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries here. It is insanely addictive. I hadn't heard about the servants' PoV retelling of P&P - but I have to admit my hackles were raised by the way the whole idea of considering the servants' perspective was presented as a breakthrough innovation. READ SOME ACADEMIC JOURNALS, LADY.

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Right?!? Lydia always grated on my nerves (though not, I have to admit, as much as Amy March from Little Women, since we're confessing dislikes), but the way the actress here plays her - so authentically young and convinced she's special and comfortable knowing that her sisters are looking out for her - manages to be true to the book and yet refreshing.

(Also, for your blog, for Sherlock: http://kottke.org/13/02/the-chemistry-of-snowflakes)

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Aw, I saw the video being linked - glad you enjoyed it!

Yeah, Lydia in the book seems not just young but really thoughtless, given not only how she dominates Kitty and then is so pleased with herself for being the first married. Whereas the way they handled her situation in LBD seems more appropriate to the loud, exuberant, but still essentially loving person she is in the series.

So many people are raving over LBD, but I tried the first episode and hated it so much! I feel like I'm missing something, some key to enjoying it, but I haven't a clue what! Anyway, glad you're enjoying it, and finding good books too.

It took me a few eps at least to get into things - I wasn't quite sure what they were trying to do, or if I'd be on board. But once they leapt over a few of the early hurdles, I committed to the ride, and I've really enjoyed it. If you've got some time, maybe give it another whirl?

Yes, I might well do that - it wouldn't be the first time I disliked a pilot, but gave a show a second chance and ended up loving it.

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