kungfuwaynewho: (got jaime brienne)

Title: A Room in Harrenhal
Specs: Game of Thrones, Jaime/Brienne, 2200 words
Rating: PG

He had already seen all there was to see, and she would not pretend to be ashamed. )
kungfuwaynewho: (community)
Herein are twenty 100-110 word drabbles for [livejournal.com profile] fandomverse!  Cut tags on sections that short don't really work, and I don't really feel like frakking with twenty cut tags anyway, so the following fandoms are represented:

Farscape, The Lord of the Rings, Fringe, Babylon 5, Inglourious Basterds, A Song of Ice and Fire, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Rome, Miranda, Jane Eyre, The Walking Dead, Community, Parks and Recreation, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica.

"Now he rained down fire and death, and there would be no picnics this year." )
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 john smiles)
I really need to get caught up on A Song of Ice and Fire so I can start reading fic.  One chapter, and I'm already shipping Brienne/Jaime like crazy.  I could read Dany/Jorah, too, though I feel like I'm already being set up for Dany/Robb.  (I just started A Storm of Swords - no spoilers please!)  I've heard that Sansa/Sandor is a big deal in the fandom, but I so don't see that at all.  He may save her life here and there, but he's always a total prick to her.  Plus, she's like...really way younger than him.

I think watching Battlestar Galactica helped prepare me for this series, though.  I kept reading people, in that "oh I'm so special I have already read/watched what you are now reading/watching, that makes me ~fancy, let me spoil you without actually spoiling you" way, talk about how dark! horrible! painful! it was, but I'm like...eh.  I mean, yeah, bad things happen, but I haven't thrown the book away yet.  Or put it in the freezer.

kungfuwaynewho: (lotr arwen)
I've been greatly enjoying the new HBO show Game of Thrones.  It's a fantasy series, for those of you not familiar with it, though it's definitely very grounded in real, nitty-gritty human interaction and politics, something non-genre aficionados don't always realize.  Anyway, on Friday I was reading the TWoP thread on the latest episode, as one does; when I finished that, I moved on to the other threads.

I finally came to the thread on Racism and Misogyny in the show.  A valid discussion, obviously.  What I found interesting were the defenses of the show, which I didn't always disagree with.  Namely, that epic fantasy is usually set in a kind of medieval European setting, which means that the roles of women are going to be fairly strictly circumscribed, and that there will be conflict between "knights" and "savages."  I don't think that putting a fantasy world inside that very prototypical Tolkien-esque environment necessarily means you have to write female characters who do nothing but have babies and enemies who are ambiguous brown people who just aren't that civilized - even Tolkien himself wrote Eowyn, for starters.  So even though I ended up deciding that Game of Thrones isn't really better or worse than most of television on those scores, the conversation did make me think.

It made me think about why fantasy always does seem to be set in that quasi-European dark ages?  Why is there always a backdrop of knights and castles and chivalry, and dragons and quests?  Could someone write a fantasy with a different setting?  Different rules?  Would it still be fantasy? 

Aaaaaaaaand now I've spent three days pondering an idea for a novel - a NOVEL, for Christ's sake - and wrote 3000 words on it today.  Why.

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