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My first animated icon!

So I finally figured out how to make a simple animated icon, which of course is a very simple process, but for some reason I had to scour the internet and get books out of the library to figure out it.

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Mar. 15th, 2015

Musicians I have discovered due to fanvids:

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And that's just the ones I wasn't familiar with before, not the musicians I developed a fresh appreciation for because of fandom, another long list which includes the Rolling Stones and the Bravery.

In other news, my mother claims my childhood obsessions went something like this:

Dinosaurs -> Armadillos -> Cerberus -> Walruses

I have no memory of the armadillos phase. I think she's making it up.

Personal

I'm taking some time off from fandom for mental health reasons (again!). I hope everyone is having lots of fun. I will be back at some indeterminate time in the future.

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Brief thoughts on Jack/Owen

In the past, people have said that Jack has familial relationships with, specifically, Gwen and Owen, and therefore couldn’t have romantic relationships with them. This post is about why I don’t think that applies to Owen (I don’t think that applies to Gwen, either, but that’s not the subject of this post).

I do think familial comparisons are actually appropriate in Torchwood, to an extent. I mean, Owen obviously has this whole daddy issues thing going with Jack, and Jack sees Owen as his wayward little brother, to some extent (Although—right there. You notice that? The familial relationship is different from Owen’s point of view than from Jack’s.). And Jack sees the team in general as his children, to varying degrees. But, that doesn’t mean they are his children. Jack is not Owen’s father, and Owen is not his little brother. There are elements of that in their relationship, but it is not the sum of their relationship. Which is to say, Jack and Owen have a platonic relationship in canon with familial elements, but the familial elements are not great enough to keep the relationship platonic (the Owen in my head is actually very straight, hence the platonicness, but that could just be me). It’s just not. They are not related. They don’t perceive themselves as related. They don’t even act like they’re related, most of the time. It’s just once in awhile, Owen gets his daddy issues into the relationship, and Jack gets his I-lost-my-little-brother issues into the relationship. Those issues might make having sex awkward, but they might not. It’s hard to judge. People are more complicated than that.

(Although…who gets forgiveness and a hug at the end of Season 1? And who gets forgiveness and a hug at the end of Season 2?)

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Spike and Demons

If the writers wanted to make Spike in S5-S6 seem evil without putting Buffy in a position where she was forced to kill him, they could have had him be mean to demons. Instead, we have this exchange between Spike and demon collecting gambling debts (“Tabula Rasa”):

SHARK DEMON: You're an odd duck, Mister Spike. Fighting your own kind ... palling around with a Slayer. (Spike turns to face him) And whoa, that suit! Chutzpah must be your middle name. (chuckles weakly) Uh, hey, look, um ... about our little debt problem, it's okay, I don't need the kittens.

Spike grabs the demon by the front of his suit, pulls him close.

SPIKE: You'll get paid. I'm no welsher.
SHARK DEMON: Right, sure. (Spike lets him go) You're good for it, I know that. I'm just going to, uh ... yeah.

Why is it that he steals from Anya in “All the Way”, but won’t welsh on demon bets?

And then there’s the friendship with Clem, who is Mr. Sweetheart.

I actually think the way Spike treats demons is a better argument that he was good in S5-S6 then anything about his interactions with humans. After all, Spike can hurt demons, and yet he doesn't. Maybe there’s an element of self-preservation to it—we saw him get beat up by demons in S4, so maybe he’s trying to keep that from happening again—but it’s still a fairly decent argument. Yet it’s not one I’ve ever heard anyone but me make.

The argument I’ve heard is, “He watched Dawn faithfully!” To which I say, “Well, Spike was a devoted boyfriend in ‘School Hard’, remember? Back when he killed people for fun? Not convinced here!” I believe Spike loved Buffy, as much as a soulless vampire is capable of loving. But how does that make him good? I mean, I suppose it depends on how you define good, but how does that prove that he has any conscience? That he won’t go out and hurt non-Buffy people if given the chance? That he won’t hurt Buffy if she tries to leave him? It doesn’t.

And it’s odd because the people who defend Spike the most intensely are the ones complain about how the show favors the Scoobies over the non-human characters. They complain that the Scoobies are prejudiced against demons. But when they defend Spike, they only talk about how he treats human characters, not how he treats demon characters. What’s up with that?

Although it occurred to me…maybe Spike does get in fights with demons a lot. Wasn’t that implied in “Life Serial”? Maybe that would explain everyone’s non-reaction to Spike’s bruises in “Older and Far Away”. Maybe it happens a lot? Except we never see Spike with bruises any other time.

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SPN Fic: Not Just Some Murderer

Title: Not Just Some Murderer

Author: itsnotmymind

Warnings: Reference to the killing of people and consuming of their pituitary glands

Summary: Amy Pond's history of killing people

Author notes: My inexplicable obsession with Supernatural's Amy Pond continues. This fic came to me in a dream. Some of it contradicts my past fanon about Amy Pond, but that's okay. I can believe in multiple contradicting bits of fanon all at the same time.

Word Count: ~1037

Disclaimer: Somebody who isn't me owns Amy Pond.

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Angel the Series Icons

23 AtS icons beneath the cut, mostly from season 5.

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It’s kind of amusing how much I like Russell T. Davies’ writing, given in his fondness for relationships with enormous power imbalances, and my…lack of fondness for the same. It occurred to me that this is why I don’t really ship Jack Harkness with anyone: All his relationships are too unbalanced in his favor, except for his relationship with the Doctor, which is too unbalanced in the Doctor’s favor.

I briefly shipped Jack with Martha, after watching her on Torchwood and on the Season 3 finale of Doctor Who, but after watching the rest of Season 3, I realized she was younger and more…young than I’d given her credit for, and the relationship started seeming too unbalanced for me.

Someone online was complaining that they overdid Martha-is-wonderful in her guest appearances on Torchwood, trying to compensate for her sometimes questionable treatment on DW. I wasn’t sure about her in my first watching of Reset, because, as the person pointed out, everyone seemed to just love her, but the second time around, I believed it. Jack obviously loved her, and if Jack loved her, the others would fall in line.

And note, the one character who doesn’t seem taken by Martha: Toshiko Sato. This is probably because the writers had already chosen her backstory, and knew she had issues with UNIT, but it fits with what I’ve noticed: Tosh isn’t as taken in by Jack as the others. She’s not going to love someone just because Jack does, whereas for Gwen, Owen, and Ianto, Jack’s feelings are enough.

And if you think Owen’s flirting with Martha had nothing to do with Jack’s adoration for her, just remember what he did the last time Jack brought a new woman into Torchwood and displayed obvious favoritism for her. Season 1 Owen was much rougher around the edges, and his treatment of Gwen was less like flirting and more like sexual harassment, but he obviously wanted her in bed, and I’m quite sure he wanted her in bed because she was Jack’s golden girl. His argument with Ianto in Death in the Death (where he says that Ianto has “won” because he goes out in the field now, and is “shagging Jack”) makes it clear that he considers having sex with someone as a way to get status, and Owen is nothing if not focused on status. Gwen was very much Jack’s golden girl in Season 1 (and still to a lesser extent in Season 2), and I’m sure that’s a large part of why Owen wanted to sleep with her. Also why he had no interest in Tosh—Owen perceived her as being below him in status, and therefore something to be avoided. Also, she’s a blatant geek, and Owen is a closet geek who associates geekiness with weakness, and will do just about anything to avoid both.

Buffy's attitude towards Spike in early S7

This post is part defense of Buffy’s attitude towards Spike in early S7, and part explanation of her point of view (which is not, itself, a defense). I’m not sure if there are any fans who still feel that Buffy was too harsh on Spike in early S7—it’s not a complaint I’ve read recently—but I know there were at one time, and this bugs me, so on with the defense/explanation.

I’ve already discussed Buffy’s decision not to tell the Scoobies about her mistreatment of Spike here. This is more general about Buffy’s behavior in early S7.

*Warning for discussion of rape and abuse*

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