violetrose1922: (bluebonnets)
No one likely cares, but the Friday Night Lights finale was just about perfect. It made me realize how rare it is that a good show hits its ending exactly right. Rambling thoughts on the show )

But even loving FNL, I admit I didn't watch it religiously like I do SPN. But it stayed good and true to itself in a way I think SPN has lost. That makes me sad. I wish I had faith that SPN could end on such a high note, and I also own up to not wanting it to end, because even with the flaws that so often disappoint me now, I still love those Winchester boys and want to know more of their story.

As for Harry Potter, I haven't seen the last movie. I am very torn by the movies because I loved the books so much that the movies always disappoint. I like the cast, I think they are well done for the most part. But they just are empty shadows of the books for me. So I never get excited for them and can easily wait for a week or so, and sometimes even for the DVD.

I miss the excitement over a new HP book coming out though. Those I did get in the middle of the night and had to force myself not to read in one setting--just to make them last a little bit longer. And I still miss having a new book to read that I was looking forward to that much.
violetrose1922: (Default)
Tomorrow is the 8th grade dance at my school. I love my kids (well, it's May, so I love most of them) and I can't say no when they ask me to chaperone. And one of my good friends/colleagues is in charge of it all, so I also owe her some loyalty. But on the night of the 2 HOUR season finale? Really?

Result: my DVR better work. Last year when I was in Chicago for a few days, I made my friend go back to the hotel to watch the finale.

It is interesting that although I still love the show and the guys, in past years I would have said no to the Dance.
violetrose1922: (J2 Spain Con Ole)
I am very excited for tonight's Supernatural. I suspect I will either love it or intensely dislike it. I tend to love Ben Edlund's episodes so I am really hoping for loving it. I can't wait to hear what everyone else thinks about it.

A lovely Friday with a new Supernatural to anticipate makes me very happy.
violetrose1922: (Default)
Counting down to the new (finally) episode of Supernatural. Am excited to see the boys again, and rumor has it that tonight There Be Dragons!

And I have spend part of my Snow Day watching Sherlock, and I love it. How do people in England stand waiting so long for the next season of episodes?
violetrose1922: (Default)
As always, I am anxiously awaiting tonight's new episode. I just re-watched Family Matters from last week and I just have very mixed feelings. Not sure how much I liked it. I know I didn't hate it, and still maintain that this season overall is stronger than last year. I think I have to see how tonight furthers the story to decide about last week. Hoping, as always for shirtless boys, or at least some good Dean/Sam scenes.
violetrose1922: (Default)
I can't believe how late I am to this party, but I am now addicted to soundtracks that go with my fave stories. I guess it started when I began downloading fics to my Kindle, and then could read anywhere often while listening to my Ipod. So... a request: What are the best story soundtracks? Or which ones do you love and recommend? I have found several, I am currently in love with the music for Apocalypse Z. I love humor, and also when the music really adds to the story. So any suggestions?
violetrose1922: (SPN profile)
On a totally boring and mundane note, I fixed my couch this morning! My demon dog broke two legs off months ago and I have been irritated by the rocking unsteady couch. Also the dog could move it since it was unsteady. She loves to jump on it (or on anything) and slide it around. I tried a few times to fix it, but this morning I succeeded. So working, sit-able, lie-down-able couch and less irritating dog activity. Win! Now if I could only train my dog-or myself with the dog-better, all would be good in pet land.

I am not sure what I think about last night's Supernatural. I was really looking forward to it, I have read the Twilight books (since almost every student I teach has been into them for years now) and the first one was good (remember, I teach 13-14 year olds) but they got progressively worse. I find the movies unwatchable. I cannot stand the male casting, and have found Kristen Stewart so irritating in her omnipresence that I can't watch her either. So making fun of that-awesome. But....
Vampires who are REALLY hot don't need sparkles-Spoilers )

I am really happy with Season 6 so far. There is lots of interesting stuff going on and they seem to be better at integrating an overall mystery/story into all the episodes so far. Last season seemed inconsistent-like the story stopped and started too much, no flow. So far they have avoided that, IMO. Looking forward to next week, and always hoping for more shirtless Sam, or Dean.
violetrose1922: (sam smile)
It should be a rule that there must be at least 3 minutes of shirtless Sam in every episode. It is criminal to hide that all the time. And I am loving cold, mysterious Sam. Jared is rocking this Sam. Just Wow.
violetrose1922: (Default)
This always makes me happy, but I just found a SPN fanfic written by one of my old favorite Highlander fanfic authors. I have already noticed that there is an obvious crossover in the two fandoms, and some really great HL writers also write great SPN stories. But every time it happens it is like running into an old friend. :-)
violetrose1922: (Default)
Is it crazy that I have been in a good mood all day in anticipation of the new Supernatural episode tonight?
violetrose1922: (dean wtf)
I am getting excited about the new TV season in general and although there are lots of possible spoilers floating around for Supernatural, I am anxiously waiting for season 6. I am in no way a spoiler-phobe. I am the person who reads the end of a book first. Perhaps because of this, some would say bad habit, I am almost never put off of something I like because of things I hear about it before hand.

That being said, I am surprised that some people are trashing the show before a single episode airs based on these so-called spoilers. I say so-called because a tiny bit of information may look very different when seen in the context of an entire episode or over several episodes. Also, like any good story-I always think of Supernatural as a novel or series of novels-characters have to change to stay interesting. There is always a risk that I might not love the change, but if I love the characters I have to at least give them a chance. I have always admired the show for being willing to have Sam and Dean not be cookie cutter characters and do things I might not like, while still keeping me loyal to them. I think Jensen and Jared have a lot to do with this.

There are a few things that worry me, mostly that the writing was spotty last year and I am afraid that it is not going to get better. And I think that they had serious continuity problems and worry that more changes behind the scenes will add to this problem. It is a problem for a show that has built a mythology that encourages reading of minute details when the writers/showrunners can't seem to bother to be as invested as the fans. But still, none of that makes me less excited to get back together with Sam and Dean.
violetrose1922: (J2 JIB Con)
The Sting Symphonicity Tour is really good. The music with the Philharmonic was great, we totally loved the conductor. My favorite (it was all good) was Moon over Bourbon Street...we had a great full moon overhead during the song. It was surprisingly pleasant outside for late June...the one advantage of having been rainy for a week. The lawn was a mud pit, but since we are old, we rented chairs and it was all good.

We ate at a South African restaurant before-in honor of the World Cup, loved the spicy food with great fruit coleslaw to cut the spices. So for all my moaning about it, it was a fun evening. But I got home late for me--I am old. Then have to stay up late enough for my dogs to have play time, so was very late going to sleep. Thank goodness for lazy Saturdays.

While waiting for the USA game to come on, I think I will read some of the new Big Bangs, or maybe even some old ones. I am way too happy that they are soon back to filming for the new season. Even though I have some worries about what they might be planning, I am happy that things are underway. I am also happy that Jensen is getting a chance to direct. I can't want September to hurry because then I would miss my summer break, but starting in August, I will be counting the days. For now, will have to make due with my DVDs. I always intend to watch in order, but never have the discipline...I jump around. Maybe I will try and watch the episodes I usually skip (there aren't really many of those though). I am afraid watching the early seasons will make me even more nervous about what they may be planning for the boys this year....
violetrose1922: (SPN car)
Initially I really liked this episode but needed a second viewing to decide how much and why. I liked the set-up here for the finale, and liked the continuation of last week’s episode. I had problems with the last episode, and was glad that this one addressed several of my issues. It also made me wish that they occasionally did 2 hour episodes…I actually know that the reason is money, but this seemed very much to me like a continuous story and it would have worked much better as one show with a single writer or writing team tying it together. My thoughts on the story, and some on the season so far, and the performances )

I am very excited about next week, but also am dreading the long hellatus. How great would it be if they released DVDs at the end of the season? I really want to watch this one without the long breaks and see if I like it better.
violetrose1922: (J2 onstage look)
I have no real thoughts on “Hammer of the Gods.” Overall I enjoyed the episode, but it was almost destined to be a let down for me because I so loved the one before. I liked the idea of finally recognizing that there are more religions in the world than those based on Judeo-Christian beliefs, but I thought the execution was sloppy. This would have been better earlier in the season with a different mood or something. I liked Lucifer; he always adds depth, feeling, and menace to the show. I loved his scene with Gabriel. Yea, Gabe finally stood up to his brother. I did not think that powerful scene was particularly well served by the beginning of the episode and the almost silly simplification of other religious beliefs. I will miss Trickster/Gabriel, he was a great character really well executed by Richard.

I have been thinking a lot lately about Sam and Dean and Jared and Jensen. I am a total sap for the chemistry that exists between the actors and, therefore, between the characters. When I read various fan sites and message boards I am somewhat dismayed by the competition between fans of one or the other (real guy or fictional character). My bias is that the brother (and actor) dynamic is what makes the show. I love them together much more than I do either one separately; I really liked “The End,” but I usually don’t love the episodes that heavily feature one or the other as much as the ones together.

As for Sam and Dean: Sam was at first (season 1-2) slightly more appealing to me, but not because I did not like Dean. Then Dean grew on me. Maybe he started being written more sympathetically or maybe it is just me, but they equaled out for me by season 3. Now I love them both and if I was zapped into their fictional world my first choice would be to enjoy them together (Not like that!—well, maybe a bit like that) and I would have a hard time choosing if I had to pick only one to spend time with. I am way more like Sam and would have more to talk about with him, but that also makes me drawn to Dean because he is so different from me. (OK, magic genie can you give me that choice-and can we maybe not spend the time talking ;) )

I actually would prefer that the genie zap me to that fictional world. I really like Jared and Jensen from what I have seen in vids and read from others’ accounts of meeting them. But I have never been drawn to celebrity. I have never really wanted to meet famous people, and when I have encountered them in real life I have never tried to talk to them (unless in an elevator or something and then both times the celebrity spoke to me first). Partly because I know I would act embarrassed and dorky and weird, but partly because I know that I am not and never will be part of their world. They will never be my friend. So meeting them in a contrived setting seems artificial to me. I can totally see how attending a con would be fun and exciting. Sharing a mutual love of something with other fans would be great, as would getting to see them actually perform in person (and I think this is what they do during panels). But attending a con to get to “meet” the actors is just not for me.

That being said, I have been thinking about the actors this last week. I read reviews and others views on the show and some of the message boards. To my non-Supernatural loving friends, I am a pretty intense fangirl. But I am constantly amazed by the intensity of others. For what it is worth, this is my take on that:

Jared and Jensen: I love them together. One of the things that made me go from just watching the show to ridiculous fangirl is watching videos of them interacting with each other. I hope I will always like and admire them and will follow their hopefully very successful after-Supernatural careers. But I think I will always love them most together. (I am not making any assumptions about there relationship here) If I had to choose, I guess I am most drawn to Jensen for some of the same reasons I was initially drawn to Sam. I am most like him (or how he portrays himself)- reserved, quieter, slightly uncomfortable at being the center of attention, etc. (I know he is an actor but performing is different than people focusing on you as a person.) He is also one of the best looking men I have ever seen. (tastes vary, this is just me) Jared though seems like he brings the sun into every room he enters. That is very appealing, but for someone like me it can also a bit intimidating. He is also incredibly hot and sexy for his not-perfect, more interesting looks. By almost every account he is also nice and puts people at ease. He just seems to shine and good feelings seem to radiate from him somehow.

I hate the idea among some people that one must prefer one over the other, and if you say something slightly uncomplimentary about one then you are somehow really just a fan of the other. For some people the opposite seems true; if you compliment one you must be dissing the other. I do not think that this is true for most fans. But we are quieter than the louder Sam and Dean girls. I enjoy talking and reading about both the show and the actors. I just wish the conversations were a bit more rational and well…nice.
violetrose1922: (SPN profile)
My main thoughts on the 100th episode were Wow, Yea, Yippee, and other words of fangirl glee. I loved it. Point of No Return more detailed thoughts ) I totally appreciate the amazing season ending cliff hangers they have written before-and will likely appreciate something similar this year. But right now I keep wanting some more happy.
violetrose1922: (SPN profile)
I am way too excited for this episode.  I have not loved this season (but think I might like it more when watched on the DVDs without the long breaks) but have been happy all day today to watch tonight.  Can't wait to see what they do with it, and I fully expect it to be emotionally draining.  How much do I hope the brothers can somehow come out of it together.   30 more minutes  Yea!  :)  
violetrose1922: (J2 onstage look)
I have never, even for a moment, considered spending the money to go to a fan convention for anything.  There is nothing about them that really sounds fun to me; with the possible exception of chatting with some fellow fans since my RL friends are not Supernatural followers.  I hate crowds, the screaming over the boys just seems embarrassing, especially when some of those screaming are way old enough to not be screaming.  (I teach middle school and try and avoid adults who act like the kids I teach)  The silly questions people ask all of the actors would make me want to die of second hand embarrassment.  And I couldn't spend that much money anyway.

However, this weekend a small part of me still wants to know what is going on at the LA Con.   The videos of the Js interacting are so engaging and even though I really have no desire to have my pic taken with them or have them sign something, I still feel this need to know how cute they are today and what interesting things they are talking about.  Hopefully enough video will get out that my curiosity can be satisfied.  And the video does actually satisfy me.  

I admit to being fangirly enough that if I ever had a chance to sit down with Jensen and Jared (or either one) and really be able to talk to them, I would love the opportunity.  But "meeting them" as part of a convention- when they are acting, because that is what actors do when they play a role, does not really appeal to me.  I also am somewhat amazed at that some fans seem to think that these convention breakfasts, photo ops, etc. are somehow really meeting the boys.  Now clearly lots of fans know exactly what they are getting at a convention and are happy with that.  I assume that those are the fans that are really able to enjoy the conventions.

Some people also think there is something excessive about how much the actors get paid for attending conventions.  This also seems odd to me.  Conventions are work for them.  Spending the day with really enthusiastic fans is probably hard work.  They are still "on" and having to perform.  When other professionals are asked to speak to or appear at conventions, they are compensated.  So of course actors would be also.  Again, the complaints seem to be from people who think that Jensen and Jared (and all the other actors who appear) are there just because they love hanging with their fans.  That seems crazy to me.   They seem to make very little effort to put themselves into the spotlight outside of doing their jobs.  So making themselves available at conventions seems very reasonable to me.  But it is still work.  It helps keep/make their show popular so some self-interest is also involved.  But it seems to me that they should clearly get paid, and get paid what the market shows they are worth.  The price of tickets to cons and the fact that they sell out indicates, to me, that they are not asking too high a price.

So enough of my ranting on conventions-and who knows, maybe someday I will decide I can't help myself and go to one.  I just hope some one gets good videos of this one to satisfy my fangirl need to see the boys interact cutely.
violetrose1922: (J2 onstage look)
I have never, even for a moment, considered spending the money to go to a fan convention for anything.  There is nothing about them that really sounds fun to me; with the possible exception of chatting with some fellow fans since my RL friends are not Supernatural followers.  I hate crowds, the screaming over the boys just seems embarassing, especially when some of those screaming are way old enough to not be screaming.  (I teach middle school and try and avoid adults who act like the kids I teach)  The silly questions people ask all of the actors would make me want to die of second hand embarassment.  And I couldn't spend that much money anyway.

However, this weekend a small part of me still wants to know what is going on at the LA Con.   The videos of the Js interacting are so engaging and even though I really have no desire to have my pic taken with them or having them sign something, I still feel this need to know how cute they are today and what interesting things they are talking about.  Hopefully enough video will get out that my curiosity can be satisfied.  And the video does actually satisfy me.  

I admit to being fangirly enough that if I ever had a chance to sit down with Jensen and Jared (or either one) and really be able to talk to them, I would love the opportunity.  But "meeting them" as part of a convention- when they are acting, because that is what actors do when they play a role, does not really appeal to me.  I also am somewhat amazed at that some fans seem to think that these convention breakfasts, photo ops, etc. are somehow really meeting the boys.  Now clearly lots of fans know exactly what they are getting at a convention and are happy with that.  I assume that those are the fans that are really able to enjoy the conventions.

Some people also think there is something excessive about how much the actors get paid for attending conventions.  This also seems odd to me.  Conventions are work for them.  Spending the day with really enthusiastic fans is probably hard work.  They are still "on" and having to perform.  When other professionals are asked to speak to or appear at conventions, they are compensated.  So of course actors would be also.  Again, the complaints seem to be from people who think that Jensen and Jared (and all the other actors who appear) are there just because they love hanging with their fans.  That seems crazy to me.   They seem to make very little effort to put themselves into the spotlight outside of doing their jobs.  So making themselves available at conventions seems very reasonable to me.  But it is still work.  It helps keep/make their show popular so some self-interest is also involved.  But it seems to me that they should clearly get paid, and get paid what the market shows they are worth.  The price of tickets to cons and the fact that they sell out indicates, to me, that they are not asking too high a price.

So enough of my ranting on conventions-and who knows, maybe someday I will decide I can't help myself and go to one.  I just hope some one gets good videos of this one to satisfy my fangirl need to see the boys interact cutely.
violetrose1922: (SPN profile)
 I was so excited to have new Supernatural episodes back this week.  There is something new with me and this season though; I often do not love the episodes when I watch them live.  In previous seasons I almost always really enjoyed them live and also upon repeated viewings.  With a few exceptions this year ("The End," "Changing Channels," MBV) I have not loved the shows live.  This most recent episode actually disappointed me as I watched and immediately afterward.  Maybe it was because the wait was just too long between episodes this time.  I really think that the long breaks are hurting the show this season.

I thought MBV was really good.  I also loved the end of that one and think it was very weak storytelling that this episode just seemed to ignore the one before it.  There may have been some slight acknowledgment in the scene where they discuss the horsemen, but what about Sam detoxing in the safe room and Dean's heartfelt plea for help?   Sam just got better suddenly?   I did read somewhere that this was actually originally to be shown before MBV (no idea if that is true or not) and I could sort of see that...   Did they decide that since we were going to have such a long stupid hiatus that they needed a better show to break with?  Maybe, but it is still bad storytelling to not acknowledge the huge issues from the last episodes.  That may be the best the showrunners could do when the network mandated the longer hiatus, but it still sucked for me as a viewer.

Upon re-watching there were some things that I did like.  I do like Bobby, and was glad to see him as the center of a story.  I sort of liked the zombies too.  I think the recurring themes of wanting loved ones back from the dead--and how that does not usually work out so well--is interesting.  But then I am disappointed that it was not dealt with in a more direct way.  I think that as always, Jensen and Jared were really good.  I also felt that this episode gave Jared slightly more nuance to play with.  I have felt (maybe wrongly upon more continuous re-watching with DVDs) that Sam just hasn't been that interesting this season. I love evil Sam, so MBV was great, but often Sam has  been sort of a mopey foil.   I liked that they both played strong and well off of each other in this one.   The clever interchanges and the acting just by looking was also in evidence.    

I guess that part of my problem is that I love this show so much I want it to be exceptional every week.  That is somewhat unreasonable, but still what I want.  The Js never let me down--their acting is always superb, as are most of the supporting players.   But I don't  think the writers have done that good a job with the apocalypse.  The stopping and starting of this year's schedule is probably adding to (or helping to highlight) those weaknesses.  

For the first time since I started watching this show, I am worried that they will let me down with the end of this season.  I know I need to have more faith, they have come through 4 times before.  But still... kick it up a notch-please. 
violetrose1922: (Washington waterfall)
 I have been on Spring Break all week and have spend entirely too much time on my Supernatural obsession.  Reading fanfic, watching season 2 of Dark Angel, reading gossip, etc.  Loved some of the stories I read, and can I say how much I love that I can send my favorite stories to my Kindle?  Awesome!  I also wondered how in the world Jensen Ackles had not appeared on my radar of pretty men until Supernatural.  He is almost unbelievably beautiful in Dark Angel.  Not sure I love the show, I think he is good, but nowhere near Dean good in it.  But oh, the eye candy.

The gossip reading has been amusing, but I always find something (or lots of somethings) that bugs me and on which I feel compelled to state an opinion.  This time it is the idea that celebrities are lying if they do not tell all the truth all the time.  Now I actually think that no one tells all the truth all the time.  Stories change sometimes because of the audience, sometimes because of our own memories, sometimes because we just hold things back.  There is the famous law school experiment (I assume every first year law student has participated in this) where an "event" is staged in class, then everyone writes down what happened...descriptions, etc.  Of course all the stories are different.  Then you wait and do it again a bit later, guess what?  Your own story is different--especially if you have compared stories with the others in the room.  So when fans complain that things are told differently over a period of a year or two, and somehow think that is evidence of lying...well I just cannot agree.

I also think that celebrities have a perfect right to prevaricate if they want to keep parts of their private lives private.  I wish people did not have to do that, but in the days of the internet, I think it can sometimes be forgiven.  If  they can shade things to make people think slightly differently then maybe that is OK.  Maybe it means some piece of personal information I really would like to know remains unavailable to me.  But really, some of the things fans want to know about celebrities, I do not even want to know about my friends.

I will say though, that Jensen and Jared have done some strange things that are not easily understood to the not-so-casual observer.  And what is unfortunate, in my opinion, is that this just makes fans more curious and determined to find out more information.  I am certainly in this "guilty group."  Sure I want to know if they were ever together...I think it is not a crazy assumption based on their own behavior.  But the weirder the stories and actions from them are, the more I really really want to know.  Because now it is a game and I want to understand the weird behavior, not just have my "hunch" confirmed or refuted.   And I think lots of non-crazy fans fall into this same category.  I have no vested interest in the outcome, just want the so-called mystery solved.

Now, there are plenty of people who would say that if they get married that does solve the "mystery."  I just know too many gay people who have gotten married for lots of different reasons.  Sometimes to just fit into prescribed societal roles, sometimes to hide to themselves, sometimes for more clear-cut business type reasons.  I know from experience that lots of professions prefer men to be married and even better to have a kid.  So the idea that talented, successful actors who want to be even more successful would decide that being married was important makes sense to me.  So does marrying for love, and I think that is just about equally plausible for the J's.  

I just find my obsession with all of this somewhat unsettling, harmless, but weird.  I also find this fandom so entertaining and interesting I just can't seem to help myself from wanting to read more and more.  Fiction and gossip--and sometimes I think it is impossible to tell the difference between the two.

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