06 May 2010 @ 03:27 pm
(via [livejournal.com profile] dragonaph and [personal profile] lian.)

Diana Gabaldon ranted about fanficton in her blog and the fandom couldn't help but respond. And sometimes in a most awesome ways, like [personal profile] bookshop did saying she's done explaining to people why fanfic is okay.
I can understand people not liking fanfiction, especially about their own characters. T. for examples does not like it, saying that she mixes up canon and fanon too easily and that she wants to read only what the original author wrote about their characters. I can understand that, but I don't share T's oponion because I myself have always been someone who reads a lot of things into various texts. And therefore it was a real revelation for me when I discovered that I was not alone. (And began to read fanfictions like crazy. I haven't stopped until now and I don't think I ever will.)
Anyway, the discussion brought some interesting insights, at least to me who is fairly new to all the meta stuff, and especially [personal profile] bookshop had some interesting points to raise.

Fans are most amazing and I would be flattered that people write about characters I invented. I might not read fanfiction about my own works, but I'd surely encourage it. (I am sure that it would be most amazing to see the pairings people come up with and how I would laugh about them, because in my head it my head character A and character B do not work together at all... ;D Or I might gain new insights into my own world and the ambiguity of some ideas, I was not able to see on my own.)

Fine, no problem... but surely you can accept that not everyone is like you, and that being different from you is not necessarily the same as being *wrong*?

The Internet in a Nutshell ;D
Oh the wonders of wank ♥!! (from here.)
status: dorky
27 November 2009 @ 09:22 pm
[subject: catchy tune, nothing more.]

Breath of Fire

Awww, they look just like a good band of adventurers, don’t they?

Ah, the nostalgia! The graphics, the music, the dragon shrines & most of all Ryu &hearts,!
It's fun although I have to say that I am lost here and there. The people in the various towns don't say much about where I should go sometimes, so searching the world map for possible destinations is part of the game. I absolutely adore that there's day and night and that you can hunt with Bo. The abilities of the different characters are nifty, too, but you have to figure out what you can do (and of course that there's something to do) on your own. Mum told that it took her ages to get into Agua tower, because she hadn't figured out Bo's ability... Breath of Fire is much fun and for a game 'that old' there are many features that are simply amazing! I was so happy that the character who are not in my current party still get their share of EXP and that there was no need to level up characters like Gobi, Ox or Bleu. I like them, but to have rather weak characters in your party is tedious.
What I extremely liked was one woman in Auria, I guess, actually said to me: "What are you doing in my house?" It made me so happy because when I was a child I always wondered why the hell people let me into their houses (and t steal stuff, too) and were so nice to feed me with vital information as to where to go next in order to save the world.
I wonder how the GBA version is different from the SNES one, if at all. But I don’t remember many details of the SNES version, after all it’s been a while and the last time I played the game on the SNES I didn’t finish it because I kept on putting off fishing. I hate fishing and had forgot that in BoF fishing is so easy and you do it in wells where you can get the items you’re fishing for with only one try most of the time.
And every game with a good bitch fight is just made of awesome. (Tunlan ♥!)
I’d love to have more character interaction to see Nina and Bleu argue more (“I’m not THAT obnoxious!”) and also because Karn and Bo are really cool and they’d deserve some more spotlight. (Ryu too, the almost silent protagonist that he is.)
The soundtrack is very nice too. Yoko Shimomura and all ♥!

Ryu and Nina I understand, but why the random character selection of Bo and Ox? What have they what the others don’t?

But I do listen to something other while playing at the moment and that would be the ‘new’ album of Regina Spektor, namely Far and it is made of awesome. (Who would have thought, huh?)

Blue lips, blue veins
Blue, the color of our planet
From far, far away
Blue lips, blue veins
Blue, the color of our planet
From far, far away

& just because the cover is beautiful: