Really, I can't tell you how often I've told myself that I ought to use this journal more often for posting, rather than just occasionally lurking about for updates from my f-list. I think it's lovely the way that the average LJ-er shares whatever strikes her fancy, or at least what's newly absorbing her in fandom/life/whatever. This is the funnest bit of the internets, and I really shouldn't let myself be intimidated out of doing a bit of it myself, just because I haven't quite managed to overcome the last vestiges of my childhood shyness! ...Not that I can guarantee that I'll be turning a new leaf, but, well, for the moment, anyway, I'd like to try. ^^
So, what's new in my fannish realm? Geek & Sundry
, for one thing, which I'm finding amusing as an occasional time-waster. For the most part, I enjoy Felicia Day's blog--known as "The Flog"-- very much, though I must warn that that sweet little pixie of a girl can get pretty vulgar sometimes. My other favorite segment is "Table Top," with Wil Wheaton (STTNG's Wesley Crusher) and various guest stars playing a wide assortment of board games, card games, etc. It's fun to watch people having fun! ^^Epbot
is my favorite blog of all time, though, and I highly recommend it for its consistently friendly, encouraging, geekly voice and content. Jen Yates, who writes with occasional help from her hubby John, is a big fan of all things sci fi, steampunk, and Disney, and she shares lots of convention pics, Etsy finds, craft projects, and even some inspiring stories. Love it!!
...And then there's my new TV fandom, suggested to me by my eldest daughter--Sherlock
. Apparently, I'm in for an excessively long wait for new episodes, but I agree with my girl that the six episodes available thus far are good enough to keep a willing fan going for quite a while on re-watches and speculation. The actors and their chemistry are top-notch, and although the writing has Steven Moffat's signature style all over it (with plot consistency and credibility taking a back seat--possibly the very last seat on the whole bus--to dramatic tension, sentiment, and really engaging characters), I've enjoyed both seasons (yup, three episodes per season. Crazy!) immensely, and I've already found an online starting point for my fannish enjoyment of the hiatus at Violin and Watch
, an LJ comm for Sherlock and other Holmsian fanfic that's all low-rated gen and het.
I'm glad I gave the series a try--it really is right up my alley. The quirkiest, most socially challenged of geniuses + a wonderfully down-to-earth, caring, daring friend = a totally unlikely yet perfectly believable and deeply attached friendship. Sound familiar, SGA fans? lol! I love the concept, too, of placing Holmes and Watson into modern-day London, and I very much like the way the episodes each harken back in numerous ways to the Doyle canon, yet depart from it liberally and unashamedly, too. Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock is exactly what you'd expect in a modern re-interpretation of the role: edgier, more egotistical, far more broken and antisocial and out of sync with "ordinary" humanity. I'm sure some sort of comparison between him and House is called for at this point, but I can't say I know that series well enough. I am glad that the original Holmes' cocaine/morphine addiction hasn't surfaced yet in the new series--perhaps I have House to thank for that? Anyway, I like Cumberbatch's Sherlock because he's brilliantly played, and because John Watson is utterly perfect as played by Martin Freeman, and I couldn't possibly fail to care about someone he's so devoted to. <3 Yup, they've found all the good buttons in this show, and they've been madly pressing them, and I'm good and hooked. ^^ And as an extra, added bonus, they've even left out all of the graphic sex and violence that a modern crime drama could easily have. God bless them!!