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As of this moment,

  • 34 people are offering to write Tamora Pierce - Tortall series or The Fifth Element fics
  • 33 are offering Eureka (tv)
  • 32 are offering Anne McCaffrey - Dragonriders of Pern, Frances Hodgson Burnett - Secret Garden, The Middleman (tv), or Sandman (comic)
  • 31 are offering Diana Wynne Jones - Castle series aka Howl series or The Mummy series (movie)

Hmmm. I would consider myself middling competent to write four of those (Pern, Secret Garden, Sandman, Howl), have experienced one additional one (5th Element), and have never seen/read a bit of any of the others.

I'm fascinated that Burnett's enjoyable but rather didactic children's story is as popular as any of these more recent items ... .



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Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
"Diana Wynne Jones - Castle series aka Howl series or The Mummy series (movie)"
I didn't know Diana Wynne Jones was involved with The Mummy series (movie). Which one is that?
Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)


You're just teasing, right? Those are meant to be two different items, just like the first bullet is two different items and the third bullet ("32 are offering ...") is four different items.

Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
ah, Got it. Thanks :)
now, that you pointed out, my question didn't make sense - (run and hide in the corner. My brain must have gone awol for a moment!)
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
(Yuletide mash-up)


No worries!

Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
The only one I could do an okay job with is The Fifth Element. That's it. And only if it were about Leelu.
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)

Sandman would be a bit scary - it has the largest body of work, really, when you think of all the info conveyed by the pictures. I'd have to re-read Howl, but that would be no big hardship. I don't think I'd really want to do Pern, but I would be OK at it. Secret Garden might be fun - it's an old favorite and a comfort read.

All I remember from Fifth Element is lots of visual snippets and a sense of amazed wonder!

Nov. 5th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
I've watched that movie so many times, you have no idea...
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...at the same time, though, you could probably squeak by on Sandman with minimal rereading of the canon if you did a story that didn't focus on the Endless or other canon characters, and instead did something focused on original characters where the canon characters are pulling strings or otherwise involved in the background, but don't appear directly onstage for more than a brief scene or two. It wouldn't even look like cheating, since so many of the canon stories had that sort of structure!
Nov. 6th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)

Well, you can only do that if the requester has indicated "any" for the characters. If someone really wants a story involving Desire, for example, it's no good relegating that one to the sidelines ... and Lord, that just gave me a sicko yen for a crossover involving Desire and Kanzeon Bosatsu ... .

Nov. 4th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Ha, I'll offer to write DWJ Howl, but sekritly hope that someone requests the movie characters, instead. :) (I know, blasphemy!)
Nov. 5th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Howl for Yuletide

The movie gets its own entry, Howls Moving Castle (movie), and currently 31 people are offering to write for it, and 4 people are requesting stories from it.

(Hey, Jedi-san, you ought to sign up!)

Nov. 5th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Howl for Yuletide
I'll do it... I just haven't even gone through the entire fandom list yet, or prepared my requests. :)
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Howl for Yuletide


I have a list I've been working on ... I think I'll break down and make myself commit it tonight.

Nov. 4th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
I think you might enjoy the Mummy films, actually -- oh, they're about as deep as paint, but they've got a grand rollicking retro-pulp adventure feel, are fairly well-paced, and don't take themselves too seriously. I haven't seen the latest one yet, but the earlier installments were very fun little popcorn movies. Brendan Fraser has a very overgrown-boy-scout sort of charm, and Rachel Weisz makes a fabulous adventure-loving geek girl who is not interested in staying home to knit while the boys go have all the fun investigating ancient ruins and battling undead monsters -- they've got very decent chemistry together, and the second film is rather fun in that they're shown as an established married couple and young parents who still strike sparks. There are lots of fun, quirky supporting characters too (particularly Oded Fehr, who is just too damn gorgeous for words, especially if you like 'em tall, dark, and long-haired...)
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)

Oh ... my ... >stares at pix some more<

Yes, he definitely has all my ancestral hormones kicking in! (Hell, I even like Adrian Brody ... .)

I might well like the Mummy films, but you know me and movies ... anyway, I was just noting what a weird selection of stuff was popular for those writing. A lot of it is not particularly fannish, at least not the way I use the word.

Nov. 6th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Isn't he absolutely distracting? XD (But there are people who DON'T think Adrian Brody is hot? o_O Do they need their eyes checked or something?)

The first two Mummy flicks seem to show up on cable quite often at this point -- if nobody in the house has seen 'em you could maybe have the Mr. add it to the record list for some time when you're all in the mood for a popcorn movie but nothing on the big screen sounds good. Meanwhile, here's three minutes of pure distilled swashbuckling eye candy:

Droolbib not included. ;)
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
(Gorgeous Guys with Sizeable Schnozzes)

Fehr's very decorative in that, but I like martial arts stuff in movies well enough (including sword fights) that I got annoyed at the constant cutting/clipping (mostly on the part of the YouTube creator, not the original film maker) so that I couldn't really see how the fights went.

The folks who don't think Brody is hot probably like the Brad Pitt type. I'm glad he keeps Angelina happy, but he just doesn't do it for me ... .

Nov. 9th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: (Gorgeous Guys with Sizeable Schnozzes)
Uninterrupted clips are probably easy enough to find -- I went for an AMV because it was the fastest way to get a representative sampling of good bits from both movies, with minimal plot-spoilering. :)

(And hee, the Brad Pitts of the world have never done much for me either. Not that I'd kick Dokugakuji out of bed for eating crackers, but in general I like 'em much much better long and lean rather than beefy, and dark rather than blondish.)
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: (Gorgeous Guys with Sizeable Schnozzes)

The Dokugakuji from the live musical version is not beefy enough! I always thought I liked a long, lean, dark one too ... but look what I ended up with! (Of course, he used to be thinner - but we've both always tended to be square and muscular. The Yound Lady didn't have much of a chance to be anything else ... .)

Nov. 9th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
(Adrian Brody pix)

(Heh, gorgeous Brody pix by a pro fashion/celeb photographer, Patrick Hoelck, here and here ... !)

Nov. 9th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: (Adrian Brody pix)
Mmmmmmmmm. He really is almost built like a Minekura boy come to life, isn't he? ;)
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: (Adrian Brody pix)

LOL! I thought the same, except he's fuzzier than a Minekura boy - not something that worries me, but very rare in a manga drawing. (Somewhere, someone was talking about a couple of B&W drawings where you could see that Gojyo had leg hair ... .)

(BTW, did you see the posted draft of the big story?)

Nov. 5th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
I was excited to see that people are offering Pern!
Nov. 5th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)

I have such mixed feelings about Pern! The first two Menolly books were a huge part of my late teen years, and I still ennoy re-reading them. But by the time I was in my mid-20s, I felt the other books were mostly pretty bad - the writing is awkward a lot of the time, and some of the interpersonal stuff is very squicky for me.

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