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ETA: MORE PRETTY PICTURES!  I'm incorrigible. Sue me.

*** infinitewhale has posted a short but provocative meta about Buffy's dream in "Dead Things" and her own self-identification within the dream, briefly touching on the late-season Buffy & Willow parallels, and how Tara protects both women in OAFA. Hits my (bitter)sweet spot on about nine different levels. He was worried no one would want to read it, or that he couldn't write about the subject properly as a man. To which I say - nonsense, on both counts. If this fandom has reminded me of anything, it's that our shared humanity trumps gender differences unless we allow those differences to stand in our way.  Also, meta like his allows me to talk about subjects of great interest to me, while still preserving my commitment to focus on the ladies here on my journal. (I'm sneaky that way.) ETA: rebcake informed me this meta is f'locked. Oops. Sorry. Ask nicely to friend him and don't please embarrass me, kids (because I can manage that on my own just fine, thank you.)



[Oh of course there's more. Need you ask?]
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*** fray_adjacent12 was inspired by recent conversations between myself and kikimay re: the Summers sisters and the women of the 'verse, to create a new set of female-centric icons, including the scene from "Family" that I've grabbed, lots of lovely Tara-centric icons, Dawn, Faith, Buffy in S7. kikimay confessed that the phrase "not in blood but in bond" comes from Thor/Loki movie fandom. a track by composer Hans Zimmerman for the Sherlock Holmes movie soundtrack. (Ugh) Too late, kiddo, it belongs to OUR fandom now. The Buffyverse's chosen families rule everything.




Off-topic but I feel like saying it anyway: Amber is such a gorgeous woman, isn't she? Every time I watch her in the show I think it's too bad no one in the costume department knew what to do with the body of a goddess, damn it.  (There, I said it.)



Fray has also posted her very first poll (yay!) in the service of Buffyverse evangelism: "If you were trying to introduce someone to BtVS and only had 2-3 episodes to show them, what would you choose?" Personally, I went with option #1 - start with WTTH and proceed chronologically. Not that I'd try to influence your answer or anything.

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*** Speaking of Tara, polls, and OAFA (yes, I did; weren't you paying attention?) mcjulie posted her OAFA episode poll.  Two things to keep in mind: Tara, in all her gentle AND badass glory, and...Clem! Everybody in fandom loves Clem! Love the comics, hate the comics, early-seasons fan, late-seasons lover, what-have-you: he's the one thing in the 'verse that we can all happily agree upon. World peace is at hand. You're welcome.
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*** eilowyn is wondering if anyone would be interested in a meta she's working on re: Buffy and trauma. I say HELL YES - but that's just me. The post is f'locked btw but if you're not friends with her ask nicely, because she's worth getting to know.



Latest news! The expression "Not in Blood but in Bond" doesn't even belong to the Thor fandom (Even if it's freaking perfect for Thor and Loki and nobody can't say differently) but it's the title of a Hans Zimmer's track. Here you can listen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTTHMHq3JMU I did my research! :D

Amber is such a gorgeous woman, isn't she? Every time I watch her in the show I think it's too bad no one in the costume department knew what to do with a real woman's curves.


RIGHT? But maybe it was for the character. I mean, I think that Tara, especially in her pre-Willow period, wasn't really aware of her own sexyness and so she dressed that way. But, yes, mostly costume department. *glares at the OMWF dress*
Hooray for research! Ironic that it's from a movie I haven't and never would go to see in a million years. Unless you paid me and asked nicely, which obviously isn't going to happen.

I mean, I think that Tara, especially in her pre-Willow period, wasn't really aware of her own sexyness and so she dressed that way.

Well there are a lot of contradictions to Tara; fandom calls her "shy", which she is, but she's the one who pursues Willow, not the other way around. I've always assumed she's already been with at least one woman or like me, had an early awareness of sexual orientation that preceded actual sexual experience. Maybe she's like many lesbians who kissed their best girlfriend, who then denied it ever happened afterwards. We don't know.

Point is, I think that many times her clothes are more flattering in S4 than in S5. She looks lovely in Who are you; if anything her clothes seem to get worse - could they have come up with an uglier hairstyle and outfit than the one she has for most of Tabula Rasa? And she looks ok in OAFA, until she turns around and you see the back of her blouse and it doesn't even fit properly - it's hugging her torso too tightly. Ugh.

*glares at the OMWF dress*

I actually kind of - I don't know if I want to say "like it", but it reminds me of a dress my sweetie had, that pseudo-medieval sort that was in vogue in the 90's for a while; (Tara's is actually much nicer than my sweetie's was). I shouldn't have looked good on my partner but it showed off her breasts in that just-right way. And I have a thing for historical clothing, so I like the bodice.

Mainly though I think it suits the mood of the episode at that point - all lightness and fantasy until the walls come crumbling down; it has a satirical effect, and "Under your spell" is a satire of Disney cartoon musical numbers (and old-school movie musicals), with a terrible, dark underbelly. Tara still has an idealized ideal of Willow, which Willow is trying to maintain.

And I think the colors of the dress slightly echo the outfit she wears in the first part of Buffy's dream in Restless "Be back before Dawn"? I'd have to double check.
Well, phooey! How can I read infinitewhale's "short but provocative" meta if it's locked! Durn it all! I was excite!
How can I read infinitewhale's "short but provocative" meta if it's locked!

Oh I didn't even notice sorry! I'm a mutual friend so (your Dr Horrible Icon is extremely distracting btw - it's making me giggle, you fiend.) I'm assuming there's no bad blood between y'all so I would thinking asking to friend him would do the trick?
Aw, thanks for the signal boost! And for helping me find new people to friend! And the picspam!! :D
You're very welcome, sweetie! I'm more than happy to return the favor.

Notice how the icons are smaller in this template though? Grrr...

BTW, which ep is that Dawn icon from?
Oh. I guess this also means Israel and Palestine won't be laying down arms anytime soon? Eh, Can't have everything, can we?

Tell me Wisenheimer - if not Clem then who?
- (Anonymous)