I just thought of this right now and... I think... I think I might really be onto something here.

Spoilers for 'The Time of Angels', 'Flesh and Stone', etc. )

Obviously the details are sketchy here, as I have no idea of the circumstances involved. But I do feel pretty confident about the underlying premise. It seems to fit well with everything we know so far -- though I'm willing to be corrected on this point by people with better memories than I have.

What say you, fellow Whofen?
And all of them are of a Doctor Who nature. How very neat and topical!

First, my result on the Companion Quiz:

I could not be happier with this, personally )

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Then there is the Dalek Pumpkin, which has to be one of the best ideas ever. Once you've looked at the design specs, make sure to watch the YouTube video of it trundling around the kitchen. I want one RIGHT NOW.

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Finally, a conversation in [livejournal.com profile] calapine's journal inspired me with a highly amusing new theory regarding Rose. Unfortunately, it kind of depends on the Big Finish audios being canon, but that's not too much of a stretch really, is it? Especially with BF stories being adapted for New Who, and all those canonical actors doing the voices.

Anyway, I hereby propose that Rose is Nine's subconscious attempt to find a substitute for Charley.

Explanation, with spoilers for 'Scherzo' and all three seasons of New Who )

Seriously, though, it makes at least as much sense as some of the other theories I've seen out there. I like it. *nods emphatically*
I just watched both parts of "Eye of the Gorgon" back to back for the first time, and I just have to know...

Am I the only person who thought this bit of spoilery speculation )?

Perhaps I should just go and have a bit of a lie-down.
People are asking me what I thought of Deathly Hallows, and I don't want to disappoint them, but the fact is, I feel like I need to re-read it to decide how I ultimately feel about it. Yet I have no desire to re-read it any time soon, so that makes me feel like I'd better just keep my mouth shut. In the meantime I'm afraid you'll have to put me down as "ambivalent".

I will say, however, that I am pleased and surprised that in my Snapefic "If We Survive" (which is SO NOT CANON otherwise, alas) I anticipated by more than five years the idea of SPOILER )

I was also right about MOAR SPOILERS PLS )

And with regard to the deaths in general: Spoilers -- O RLY? )

Finally, some things I really did love: Guess what's under here? )

So there, some thoughts. Not a full review, but better than nothing, right?
Before you click on the cut below, I don't wish to sound all arrogant-like, but I did totally call one of the biggest shockers of Book 6 two days before the novel came out. So even though this is pure speculation on my part, and not based on any inside knowledge or even rumor about the contents of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you might want to steer clear if you're hoping to be surprised.

I wanted to write this up in a more sophisticated, essay-like form, with references and whatnot to back up my ideas, but I don't have time for that right now. So I am afraid you will have to put up with a condensed version of a very informal chat I had with [livejournal.com profile] cesario instead, for which I do apologize.

My predictions for HP Book 7, including the real reason Snape is so hard on Harry, the meaning of the gleam of triumph in Dumbledore's eye, and what we're seeing on the cover of the American version, among other things that could very possibly turn out to be SPOILERS )

Now I am going to go and re-read books 1-6 and cry, thanks.
I just thought of another piece of evidence for the spoilery ) theory. It's stated on this page at the official Harold Saxon site that Lucy studied Italian at university.

Italian. Italy. Rome.

Seriously, if Lucy is not that girl ), then RTD & Co. are deliberately messing with the Old Skool fen just for kicks. In which case they are SO MEEN and need to be smacked. Stop getting our hopes up, people!
In certain sectors of Doctor Who fandom there is a crack-brained theory with which I happen to agree completely that Spoilers for 'The Sound of Drums' )

But anyway, all this cracktastic theorizing has made me decide that what the fandom really needs is an awesomely bad vid of this ) set to Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's "The Girl is Mine".

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

And on a more serious note, on my way to the SCBWI conference I figured out the plot of HP Book 7, or at least the most important bits Snape parts. I'm not kidding, either: I think I really did, in much the same way I figured out that Snape would *mumble Mumbledore* two days before Book 6 came out. But I'll save the details for a later post.
I am now all out of spoilers, so these are based on nothing but speculation and gut instinct. However, I feel confident that in the last two episodes of S3 we will see at least one, probably more, of the following:

Enter at your own risk )

How likely do you think it is that I've got at least three of the above right? I'm thinking the odds are pretty good.

Now it's your turn. What are your predictions?
I just thought of something in regard to Peter. Some spoilers for recent episodes, with speculation about the future )

My brain is all hurty now.
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Want to hear my cracked-out Heroes theory?

It's about Mr. Muggles! )

In other news: spent two hours lying in bed. Couldn't sleep. Still feel like crud. Going to have a shower now.
THEY NAME-CHECKED RAMSEY LAKE. IN SUDBURY.

(Only they got it slightly wrong and called it "Lake Ramsey", but since the guy saying it wasn't local, it's a reasonable mistake.)

I am in awe. I actually had to pause the episode and spend a few seconds babbling and pointing at the screen while my husband nodded and smiled tolerantly.

A few very slightly spoilery remarks about various cast members, and some wacky theorizing based on this week's episode )

Ramsey Lake. Dude. Between that reference and this and my own plans to use a close facsimile of the city in my own SF novel, it's like Sudbury is the new SF black.

Also, I have no HEROES icons. Why is this? *goes looking*
So there I was getting the baby ready for bed tonight, not thinking about anything in particular, tra la la, when all of a sudden I was mugged by two humongous HP plot bunnies. Did you think I'd pretty much forgotten about HP for the time being and was just sitting here waiting for Book 7? I bet you did. I know I did.

The premise of the first and lesser bunny )

However, the second one really freaked me out when I thought of it, and the more I thought about it from various angles the more fearfully plausible it became, until I began to think that if JKR doesn't do something along these lines in Book 7 I won't just be disappointed, I'll actually be surprised. I ran it past [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and [livejournal.com profile] cesario and they agreed that it was definitely worth posting for public consumption, so here it is, the plot bunny that ate the fandom )

So there you have it. Fire away.

<<< BOOM >>>

Feb. 8th, 2006 01:08 pm
rj_anderson: (Severus Snape D&L Lies)
That sound you heard just now? It was my mind blowing. And it's all [livejournal.com profile] sinick's fault.

This is why.

Get out your black handkerchiefs, Snapefans. I think she's on to something here.
I just watched this again to see if it was as eyebuggingly, earwormingly horrific as I remembered, and yes, yes it was. I think the cracked-out dancing girls may actually be the worst bit, because dude, the choreography. Anyway, the only way I could make the pain go away was to share it, once more, with the rest of you:

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

In other and completely unrelated news (unless you think that Leonard Nimoy reminds you of Snape, which is possible in a random sort of way), I have actually started writing a post-HBP Snape/Maud fic, to serve as a more canonical alternative to the now-AU If We Survive.

I've been moving toward a less romanticized portrayal of Snape for a while -- you can see it in "Cold Water" and "Bewitching the Mind, Ensnaring the Senses", both of which were written after OotP. But the "Spinner's End" chapter of HBP was, in a strange way, comforting and confirming to me: it showed that I hadn't been that far off the mark in guessing what Snape might be like, how he might converse, in a situation where he was on reasonably civil terms with the others present and his hatred of James Potter & Co. wasn't uppermost on his mind. (Plus, so totally Snape pulling the wool over Bellatrix's eyes and manipulating the situation to play out with his and Dumbledore's planned endgame, but I digress.) So while Snape is certainly not any normal person's idea of a good date, and I can no longer imagine him in a situation like the one I wrote in IWS Ch. 3 (pity, as I rather liked that crimson turtleneck), I still don't think he is hopelessly screwed up when it comes to all human relationships.

Anyway, the fic. Don't worry, it's short -- I have not completely parted ways with sanity. But the challenge of writing Snape again, given what we now know of his personality, was too tempting to resist. [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and [livejournal.com profile] cesario have seen the little bits I've written so far and seem to think they're all right, so I shall continue as time and responsibilities permit, and hope to have something to post here soon.

Alias 5x01

Sep. 30th, 2005 07:10 pm
rj_anderson: (Irina Bible Study)
Okay, I know I've been complaining since midway through S2 that I didn't really care that much for or about Vaughn after he stopped being a CIA desk jockey and turned into Super!SpyKen. I thought his character worked much better when Sydney was the brawn and he was the brains, so to speak, and I disliked the apparent lack of continuity with the Vaughn who seemed so out of his depth and shaken by having to kill someone in "The Box".

After S3 it got even worse, as I found that I couldn't really identify with Vaughn or relate to him the way I once had -- the whole Sydney's-dead-so-I'll-marry-Lauren thing, so rushed and poorly explained, just put me off. Plus, by then I'd decided Syd/Weiss would be so much cooler and generally healthier than Syd/Vaughn. I didn't watch much of S4, but none of the plot developments seemed likely to restore my interest in or sympathy with Vaughn's character -- it seemed to me that the more mysterious and dangerous and complex the writers tried to make him, the less truly human and interesting he became.

All that being said, however...

Spoilery Reaction to Alias 5x01 )

Anyway, good episode.
Well, [livejournal.com profile] lizbee, Melanie a.k.a. DrummerGirl, and anyone else I've forgotten who attempted without success to persuade me of the virtues (or at least the plausibility) of a certain ship over the years... I repent in sackcloth and ashes.

Reactions to Part III of the TLC/MuggleNet Interview )

And now that I have impressed you all with my maturity, I shall wander off and work some more on my fic.
What did I say in comments the other day about not putting too much stock in anything JKR does or doesn't say about Snape? Here she goes again -- the left hand giveth and the right hand taketh away. In a conversation about wacky fan theories:

Spoilers from Part Two of the Leaky Cauldron/MuggleNet interview with JKR )
Or, in other words, the refined version of the theories I've been expounding on for the past week or so, in one handy linkable place (for those of you who've been asking if they could link). Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions, objections, and questions for me to answer -- the idea has been much improved and refined in the process.

The [Hor]crux of the Matter: An Essay With Many Spoilers )
So back in 1998, Jo Rowling claims that as a child she would read and re-read the Narnia books and that "even now, if I was in a room with one of the Narnia books I would pick it up like a shot and re-read it." There are numerous other interviews from the early years of HP in which Rowling claims to be a fan of Lewis and makes specific references to things like the Wardrobe and Eustace as having inspired her for ideas in the HP books.

Now, within the space of two days, we have the Time interview and the interview with the cub reporters, both of which claim (and in the latter, it's said as a direct quote from JKR) that she wasn't that taken by Narnia and in fact never even finished the last book (though that apparently doesn't keep her from talking nonsense about it in Time, but I shall reserve my rant about the whole "poor Susan was banished from Narnia because she grew up and discovered sex" rubbish for another opportunity).
Dear Jo: I'm not sure I quite get this concept. Were you lying back in 1998 (and 1999, and 2001) to make antsy readers and critics feel better about your inspirations, or did Philip Pullman just hit you with Obliviate? Yours in bewilderment, RJA.
But to continue on a happier note, in the CBBC Newsround cub reporter interview Jo says this:
Another very good question. [Petunia] overheard a conversation, that is all I am going to say. She overheard conversation. The answer is in the beginning of Phoenix, she said she overheard Lily being told about them basically. ... [but] there is more to it than that. As I think you suspect. Correctly, but I don't want to say what else there is because it relates to book 7.
I KNEW IT!!! "That dreadful boy" Petunia overheard warning Lily about the Dementors etc. wasn't James, it was Snape. Ha ha! *dances*
I'm still working on refining the ideas stated in the previous post and tying in various bits of data as people remind me of them, including spoilers ), so hopefully nobody will mistake the ideas I've stated so far for a proper systematic essay on the subject.

When I have time I hope to set things down more clearly and answer the various questions people have raised, so it might be a good idea to wait until I've made that post before linking to it (as several folks have asked if they could do).

However, if you want to go ahead and link now, that's fine as well -- just so anyone coming here realizes that what they're looking at is basically me thinking out loud and working my way through the evidence in bits and pieces, as opposed to a well-rounded and coherent argument of the sort I hope to present later.

Thanks to everybody's who's thrown in their questions, additions, agreements and objections so far! I haven't had so much fun in HP fandom for a long time.

And now I shall be gone all day, so those waiting for more info will have to wait until Monday, I'm afraid. Sorry!

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