Things in Print Thursday :: and someone else’s list of top children’s historical fiction.

23 Oct

This is just based on the first 100 items on a list found on goodreads and I wanted to go through and see how much of it I had read.  Bolded titles are ones I have discussed before in this series.  Underlined titles are ones not about little girls.

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
Felicity: An American Girl
by Valerie Tripp
Samantha’s Boxed Set by Valerie Tripp
Kirsten’s Boxed Set by Janet Beeler Shaw
The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory
Molly: An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery
Kit’s Boxed Set by Valerie Tripp
Josefina: An American Girl
by Valerie Tripp
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Addie: An American Girl by Connie Rose Porter
Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
The Little House collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery

36 items or 36%, only 3% of which is not primarily about girls (and two of those items I didn’t read until later in life).

–your fangirl heroine.

ahaha no

Whimsy Wednesday :: in which Sailor Jupiter and also Rainbow Crystals, among other things.

22 Oct

Hell yes. I opened up Hulu to see that tonight was the first Sailor Jupiter episode and actually exclaimed that out loud. While Mercury is my forever princess, Jupiter was my first love on this show (probably because this was the first episode I ever saw, if I recall) and I’m excited about her. I was her for Halloween when I was a first grader. She’s awesome. Really far from any of my lasting tropes, but I still appreciate her a lot.

Yes! And this is the start of the Rainbow Crystals, too.

I really want to try taking pictures actually posing in the poses that the Sailor Scouts do.

Also Queen Beryl, who is currently awakening her Great Ruler, has fangs. I hadn’t noticed that before, I don’t think. They don’t usually close up on her mouth that… closely. Or something. Or usually I’m busy paying attention to her weird hand movements. Also the whites of her eyes are ivory.

And uh-oh Usagi ran into some burly dudes and here is Mako-chan to beat them up. She’s going to beat all of them up like a badass. “Be careful, okay?” Mako-chan says to Usagi-chan, and Usagi proceeds to… blush furiously and notice her earrings and stare after her. This is a very heterosexual show.

Ah yes, the Rainbow Crystals that are in people and make up the Silver Crystal and make the people be carriers for monsters. TIME TO USE THE DARK CRYSTAL TO FIND IT. oh yes, and Zoisite shouts “Zoi!” when finding crystals with the other crystal.

IT’S GAME MACHINE JOE.

“Story goes she was kicked out of her last school for fighting.” But Usagi wants to befriend her because her lunch looks cute and yummy. And therefore Usagi is like “Mako-chan!” and complimenting her for making her yummy lunch herself and befriending her anyway.

“Why aren’t you wearing our school uniform?” “This one suits me better.” Which I remember from the websites I frequented as a child was because the new school didn’t make uniforms that were large enough for Mako-chan because she was too tall. Mako-chan is 5’6”. I’m 5’6”.

“They say the more the argue, the closer you are.”

I really enjoy the fact that they make toys of the senshi.

Oh here they call him Joe the Crane Game Troll. That’s marginally less amusing than Game Machine Joe.

Oh no and Mako-chan’s observing that he looks like her old boyfriend. That was the line they used in the dub I grew up with. Here it wasn’t quite that way, but she used the word “senpai” which literally translates to “senior” and also has a strong association with being infatuated with authority figures and the like.

And here’s Mako to stop Zoisite from torturing Joe The Crane Game Troll by doing kicking and attacks. “How barbaric,” Zoisite observes, but then complains that “you scarred my precious face” when Mako scratches her with an earring. And Joe the Crane Game Troll is offended that the girls kept him from getting his ass kicked.

Luna felt an energy coming from Zoisite. Did she feel that energy from Zoisite’s ominous suit? I would think so. It looks like a Dark Kingdom suit.

“He is… exactly like the guy who broke my heart…” Mako says. And Usagi wishes her good luck in going to talk to Joe. Whose name is still Joe.

He’s up front about his supernatural power, though. Which is pretty directly telekinesis. “Nobody else can do this.” Well, probably. He says he has to make good use of his ability… by ripping off the crane game at the arcade. That makes sense.

Joe the Crane Game Troll is kind of a dick.

And Zoisite apparently says “Zoi” before doing… anything.

“Dammit!” shouts Mako-chan, before running after Joe the Crane Game Troll.

Conveniently they find the red Rainbow Crystal first.

Zoisite is easily the snazziest of the Four Kings of Heaven. And Gamecen is game-machine based despite just being a telekinetic. That’s convenient. Slash maybe why Joe gravitated toward arcade games?

Yes, Mako-chan is a senshi! “Jupiter, my guardian planet! Bring forth a storm, summon the clouds! Bring forth your thunder!” But because the monster was a human they have to use a new thing to defeat him because they can’t kill him. The Moon Stick, which does Moon Healing Escalation. And makes Joe shout “Refresh!” as he comes back to life.

“The Moon Stick is proof that you are the leader,” Luna says. Not, you know, the fact that she was discovered first or they’re looking for the princess of the Moon Kingdom or that the cat has a moon on her head.

“You’re exactly like the guy who broke my heart.” That’s I guess how they’re translating that line this time around. It doesn’t quite have the same ring as “he looks like my old boyfriend,” which I can still say in the exact inflection of the Sailor Jupiter from my youth, but it’ll do.

Oh right, I remember this one. They go to get the priest to make Naru-chan happy again and he has a monster. Also the intro added Jupiter, since she’s here.

Wistful foggy dreamscape of the Moon Kingdom, where Tuxedo Mask sees a shadowed figure of the Moon Princess telling him to find the Silver Crystal and her hair is exactly like Sailor Moon’s but he doesn’t put that together? Instead he goes out to look at the Tokyo skyline in his tank top.

Naru-chan has been skipping school because of her depression about her murdered monster boyfriend. Probably they should get Naru-chan some grief counseling, poor dear.

Mako-chan sounds more mature than the other girls.

Oh it’s time for Luna to tell the girls the story of the Rainbow Crystals and how they make up the Legendary Silver Crystal and contain monsters.

Rei is worried that Usagi will not live up to the Moon Stick, but Luna wants Usagi to take responsibility. Ami is willing to give her a chance but Rei pinches her until she waffles. Oh my gods Luna has starry eyes for Mako.

While Usagi and Naru and Umino are staring at a cemetery, because Naru is having feelings because Nephrite doesn’t even have a grave.

The priest that’s giving Naru advice carries the next crystal and Naru recognizes Zoisite from before when he murdered Nephrite. Such a dilemma.

And now Usagi is hearing the Moon Stick ding because there’s a Rainbow Crystal and that’s what the Moon Stick does. It really doesn’t sound as cool when it’s called the Moon Stick. I don’t remember what that was called in my dub, but Moon Stick sounds… kind of silly.

“Cease this violence!” the priest shouts as Zoisite and Naru scuffle. And Sailor Moon is perching on top of a tombstone.

And here’s the orange crystal, turning the pastor into a pink cloud of smoke that then gives way to a monster that’s a winged claw-footed boxing demon named Boxii. “I’m the champion! Wow!” he says. “Lovely Punch!” is his attack. “I’m the king of kings.”

“Please! Boxii, go back to being an ordinary pastor!” Naru implores. And then Boxii tries to punch her and Umino jumps in to save her. And Boxii tries to punch Sailor Moon out and Tuxedo Mask jumps in and catches her. “Boxers are gentlemen!” he says.

Also Tuxedo Mask just dropped the Moon Locket. I don’t know if they’re still going to call it that but that’s what it was in my dub.

Okay, so the Dark Kingdom got the red crystal, Tuxedo Mask has the orange crystal. And it showed him who he really is.

And now Naru and Umino are going to start being a thing.

–your fangirl heroine.

not nefarious at all

And Usagi is opening the locket and Mako and Luna are off in the distance talking about how Usagi does look out for her friends, which is a good quality of hers.

Television Tuesday :: Deadwood and relationships, part four.

21 Oct

Right now I would like to talk not about individual relationships but about leadership styles, namely the differences between Al’s (Ian McShane) and Cy’s (Powers Boothe).  Becuase that affects how they relate to other characters and to the camp.

The instances of smallpox are a good example of this: Cy’s reaction is to send his sick, Andy (Zach Grenier) into the woods to die, then send another man (Joey [Everette Wallin]) to get a cure without telling him that’s what he’s getting and without informing the rest of the camp.  Al’s reaction is to send for Doc (Brad Dourif) and call a meeting of the town’s influential folks.

Both of them are businessmen, but Cy lets his ego gets away from him.  He wants to be the important person.  Al cements himself as the important person by actually doing things.  And Al is not a sterling kind of guy.  He does a lot of terrible things, that’s not up for debate, but he also builds relationships.  His relationships with Dan (W. Earl Brown) and Johnny (Sean Bridgers) have definite notes of problematic and abusive behavior, but there’s also more loyalty there than he has toward others.  The relationships are developed.  It’s not just a vaguely distrustful business arrangement like Cy’s relationships with all of his people, where he doesn’t trust them and they don’t trust him and nobody gets much done.

Another point: Al and Trixie (Paula Malcomson) versus Cy and Joanie (Kim Dickens).  Both relationships are unhealthy, but the nature of the unhealthiness is different.  While Trixie doesn’t trust Al, Al trusts Trixie more than he will admit, treats her more like an equal than he would be willing to admit; Cy tries to be kind to Joanie but not often enough and instead winds up patronizing her and not treating her like an equal.

The two saloon keepers run very parallel, is the point.  And it’s an interesting study in contrasts.

–your fangirl heroine.

valid optimism

Music Monday :: my thoughts on Fumes

20 Oct

Oh, look.  I was lured in with the promise of Lily & Madeleine’s sister harmonies.  Here I am.

“Fumes.”  And oh they’re lovely harmonies indeed!  In that slow melancholy thoughtfully indie way, mm-hmm.  This sounds like taking a walk in the rain.  Conveniently, it has been on-off rainy where I am today, so I’m just sort of in that place mentally.

“Rabbit.”  Oh instrumental fading and suddenly this is a different kind of indie song and I’m so happy.  I do appreciate a good round of vocalizations on vowels.  And this is just so cute and it sounds like the kind of indie movie where someone wears a pageboy wig in an unnatural color at some point.

“Ride Away.”  And this kind of sounds to me like the music that a bunch of slightly bored Band-Aides would have made when they stole their rock band’s guitars and stuff in the hotel room and it’s kind of understated and sweetsy and not the sort of thing that they’re following but it’s of the time and they’re so cute in their floral dresses and their denim shorts and their sunglasses and stuff and they just have some stories of their own to tell but mostly they don’t need to when anyone is listening.

“Can’t Admit It.”  Mmm some shades of First Aid Kit here, which I was pretty much expecting when I clicked on this album stream, but I’m not complaining.  It’s just that I know what I like.  And what I like is lady harmonies.

“Cabin Fever.”  Oh my gosh this sounds like the 1960s and spies.  Women with giant round sunglasses and white lipstick, possibly.  And speedboats.  They have speedboats for sure.  This is the kind of song that bumps an album up higher on the list of ones I would like to buy.  It’s definitely my kind of jam and I would like to just roll around in it, please.

“The Wolf Is Free.”  Hm, and this is the nighttime B-side of the swinging spy movie jam, maybe.  There’s still a note of vintage and the crazy-beautiful harmonies but it’s much mellower than the last.  But like, this would be… the spy girls with white lipstick holding each other and slow-dancing on a beach in the dark.  While barefoot.

“Hold On To Now.”  This is a little more on the She & Him side of things, now.  And I’m just soaking it in and sighing a lot from how pretty it is.

“Lips & Hips.”   Oh, oh, wistful.  Wistful and thoughtful and gentle and amazingly careful in a way and “we still have our own ideas” and violins.  I’m falling backward into this and just staying there a while.

“Peppermint Candy.”  Aw, and now it’s back to the 1960s.  “Peppermint candy and a hand upon my gun, I keep it handy, I’ve never been the kind to run,” yes.  This is the most perfect movie about cute lady spies.  I’m so delighted.  “I reckon you are just a ghost now.”  This is adorable and lovely.

“Blue Blades.”  Mmmm yes and this is the suitable finale to that spy movie.  “I am vanishing, I am drifting, you’re so hard to find, you are shapeshifting.”  This is a very pretty, fully orchestrated kind of sound, though, and I really enjoy it.

–your fangirl heroine.

a bit of sideeye

Sundry Sunday :: 10 items around my bedroom that explain who I am.

19 Oct

Because sometimes physical objects are very telling and I’m feeling like being personally confessional.  Also these are all things that make me really, really happy and I like being surrounded by them, and positivity is important.

10. My chalkboard.
I installed it a few years ago on the wall above my bed (I used to have a giant collection of corkboard squares, but the adhesive sticking wore off and they’d always fall down, so those had to go) and after spending a few months with song lyrics scribbled on it, I erased that and drew on a giant copy of the bird painting that Priya does in Dollhouse.  And that has stayed there since.

9.  My backpack.
I didn’t used to care muc about my backpack.  It was a functional silver Jansport that I sewed a few patches on (a Serenity one, a sequined blue flower, a heart, a House Targaryen one).  Then I spilled nail polish on it and fixed that by covering it with a patch cut from a child’s t-shirt with a purple zebra wearing a flower crown on it.  That damn zebra is my Patronus and I love her.

8.  My stuffed animals.
Because I am the very mature adult who still buys, collects, and snuggles stuffed animals.  My current bed-buddies roster is my stuffed Cheer Bear from childhood, Ghost the direwolf, and an elephant from my graduate school’s bookstore who I named Ellsworth; I also have a whole other collection of Care Bears, a rainbow armadillo named Martha (after Spring Awakening), and two wolves respectively named Wu and San Francisco Cocksucker who live on one of my shelves.  Oh, and then there’s Topher the pig who’s a screen-cleaner/stuffed toy.

7.  My dragon paraphernalia.
Both my baby dragons from two Halloweens ago (still hanging in their cage) and my dragon egg (it’s Viserion’s).

6.  My fake wildflowers.
From many Halloweens ago, when we did Spring Awakening and I was Ilse.  These are in a vase.

5.  My paper umbrella.
It’s just solid blue, but I use it when doing Kaylee cosplay.

4.  My dolls.
A Sally the rag doll and the blonde porcelain doll I used for my Miss Edith many Halloweens ago.

3.  My action figures.
Who are currently as follows: Funko Pop figurines of Daenerys Targaryen and Pam Swynford de Beaufort, then two Black Widows, another Daenerys, a Dakota Block, and a Michonne.

2.  My art.
A painting one of my best friends did for me of Dakota Block, autographs from Summer Glau, Natalia Tena, and Kristin Bauer van Straten (I haven’t hung my Jewel Staite or Eliza Dushku or Clare Kramer or J. August Richards ones yet, mostly because I need to get more picture frames), a Dollhouse comics poster, two Buffy comics posters, fan art pieces of Betty-Peggy-Joan from Mad Men and Black Widow, more fan art of Jon Snow and Ghost, and a beautiful nouveau-ish fan art piece of the Sailor Senshi.

1.  My cowbell.
One of my friends brought this back for me when she went to Europe in high school.  It’s because of Rent, obviously.

–your fangirl heroine.

i will have every glasses picturei can

Sarcastic Saturday :: an introvert’s lament in haiku.

18 Oct

There’s a difference
Between shyness and being
An introvert.  Gosh.

I mean, I like to
Have friends and socialize some
But some is enough.

I am a chatty
Girl with many opinions
I am not so shy

But at the day’s end
My satisfaction does not
Come from outside me.

That’s introversion.
Too much people time can tire
Me out, I admit

No judgment against
Anyone, I just feel good
When I am alone.

–your fangirl heroine.

private smile

Fashion Friday :: the opportunity was dropped in my lap.

17 Oct

alma garret ellsworth (molly parker)

So I went out looking for pictures of Alma (Molly Parker) thinking I’d whip up some Upper East Side version of period-set mourning dress, but then I found this picture from later seasons and then I found…

archetype it up coat (modcloth)

And I just couldn’t stop myself.  Archetype It Up Coat, ModCloth.

timeless taste skirt in black (modcloth)

So I guess I’m still doing a kind of poshy-trendy version of this, because let’s be real, that’s how Alma would present.  But it’s not strictly mourning.  Timeless Taste Skirt in Black, ModCloth.

aspire to be hired top (modcloth)

Tuck this into the skirt and you’re golden.  Aspire to be Hired Top, ModCloth.

fresh footing heel (modcloth)

I love few things like a good pair of vaguely Victorian boots.  Fresh Footing Heel, ModCloth.

tights to behold (modcloth)

And very subtle black-on-black pattern mixing.  Tights to Behold, ModCloth.

cameo so adventurous bracelet (modcloth)

It’s practically necessary.  Cameo So Adventurous Bracelet, ModCloth.

just called to say i glove you gloves (modcloth)

And finally.  Just Called To Say I Love You Gloves, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

smartass

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