Monday, June 25, 2012

Another TID rant because feels

I think I'm convincing myself that Brother Zachariah is not Will.
I mean, the similarities in physical description are so obvious that it makes me think it's some of the "intentionally misleading information" she told us about. And maybe Brother Z. looks like Will because he's a Herondale. Because he's Stephen Herondale.
And the two people he would have done anything for, she wants us to think they're Jem and Tessa, but they're actually Amatis and Jace. Because "in his heart, he was true to Amatis" or whatever.

But then... does this make me happy? I don't know.
It makes me happy because it means Will isn't a Silent Brother! Will can't be a Silent Brother, with the sewn eyes and mouth and the weird creepy mental talking and the complete lack of humor/sarcasm/general Will-ness.
But it also worries me because if he's not a Silent Brother, what happens to him? "I've known parabatai so close they were almost the same person. Do you know what happens, when one of them dies, to the one that's left?" So either Will dies, and Jem's the one that's left, or Jem dies, and something bad happens to Will because of it. I can't.

Sometimes I worry that I make it seem like the only character I care about is Will, but he's not. I swear.
Honestly I was unsure about Tessa as a main character at first. I didn't understand how she could grow up in a small apartment in New York City and then have an air of entitlement the minute she got to London. I didn't like her attitude.
But then I grew to love her attitude. Tessa has spunk-- but not the Clary kind of spunk where she does whatever she wants no matter what anyone tells her not to do. Tessa's spunk more involves her words and her beliefs, which I love. Girlfriend is excellent at telling people off. And then she finds herself torn between Will and Jem, and instead of burdening Will with the knowledge that she loves him but can't do anything about it, she keeps the burden for herself. She burns herself with a fire poker because it's an external release for the internal pressure she's voluntarily facing. All so that Will doesn't have to face that pressure too.
Additionally, Tessa treats Sophie with the kind of respect that servants in that era didn't usually receive. Granted Sophie is a Shadowhunter servant and everyone respects her to some extent, but Tessa sees her as a friend. She actively roots for what's best for Sophie, even if Sophie herself doesn't think she can get it. And then there are Charlotte and Henry, both of whom I love, and to whom Tessa is completely loyal even though she is not a Shadowhunter and doesn't really belong at the Institute.

And Jem. I care about Jem almost as much as I care about Will. Almost. It's just that with him, I've always assumed he was going to die, because everyone in the books has always assumed he was going to die. Because he's dying. He is literally addicted to a drug that is literally killing him. I'm not saying his death is inevitable, because hello, we're talking about Cassie Clare here, but I've tried not to let myself get that attached to Jem. Even when I was reading Clockwork Angel and was unsure about exactly how much I liked Will, and I knew for sure that I liked Jem, I told myself that I shouldn't love him because he'd either turn out to be evil or he'd die. After the Blackfriars Bridge scene, I remember thinking to myself, "Dang. Not evil. Well, how is this going to work?"

And I'm still asking myself that question.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

30-Day shipping challenge in 1 day

I decided to do this 30-day challenge in addition to the Friday Night Lights one (which I've kind of been neglecting), because it looked like the kind of thing that might rip my heart out and dance on it... in a fun way.
I'm kind of cheating because I hate having the responsibility of being required to come back and add something every day, so I'm doing all the days at once.

Day 1: What is your current favorite ship? 
I don't really know what you mean by "favorite," but I'll go with the S.S. Nick & Jess.

Day 2: What was your very first ship?
Either Cory & Topanga or Ross & Rachel.

Day 3: A pairing that needs to happen now. 
I'm good. I tend to be weary of making my ships happen "right now" because then they might not be done right.

Day 4: The pairing with the most chemistry. 
It's hard to say because not many of them are actually together yet haha. Maybe I'll go with FourTris.

Day 5: The pairing with the least chemistry. 
It breaks my heart to say this, but Booth & Bones. What happened?

Day 6: The best kiss. 
I'm not one for judging that kind of thing. I'm going to say Mara and Noah because it left me wondering if they actually had even kissed. 

Day 7: The most heartbreaking scene. 
Tessa had begun to tremble. This is what she had always wanted someone to say. What she had always, in the darkest corner of her heart, wanted Will to say. Will, the boy who loved the same books she did, the same poetry she did, who made her laugh even when she was furious. And here he was standing in front of her, telling her he loved the words of her heart, the shape of her soul. Telling her something she had never imagined anyone would ever tell her. Telling her something she would never be told again, not in this way. And not by him.
And it did not matter.
Day 8: The pairing with the most baggage.
Will and Tessa. I mean, I do not think you get much more baggage than "I'm engaged to your blood brother who is dying" and "I spent the last 5 years pushing everyone, including you, away because I thought I was CURSED BY A DEMON."

Day 9: The most believable relationship. 
Coach and Mrs. Coach. (aka Eric and Tami Taylor) !!

Day 10: Why aren’t these two married? 
They are...

Day 11: What is your dream pairing? 
Isn't that the same as my favorite ship? If I have to pick a different one, let me go with Frankie and Alpha from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks... those two are totes m2b.

Day 12: Who had the best wedding?
I wasn't actually at any of their weddings.

Day 13: What is your favorite movie pairing? 
I honestly have no clue.

Day 14: What is your favorite book pairing?
Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster.

Day 15: What is your favorite real life pairing?
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.

Day 16: What is the absolute worst pairing? 
Booth and Cam... it skeeves me out just thinking about it.

Day 17: A pairing you never thought would work, but did. 
Bev and Colby in The Disenchantments. I really didn't think they were going anywhere (figuratively).

Day 18: What is the cutest pairing? 
LOLA NOLAN AND CRICKET BELL. You do not get much more adorable than Cricket Bell.

Day 19: A pairing you’ve rooted for since the beginning. 
Luke and Lorelai

Day 20: The can’t-stand-the-sexual-tension pairing.
Pre-baby Booth and Bones.

Day 21: A pairing you like and no one else understands why. 
Yeah, I don't really have any of those. My ships always make sense.

Day 22: A pairing you hate and no one understands why. 
Well, I wouldn't say nobody understands this, but Lena and Julian. I just... even if Alex were actually dead, I would hate it. Julian has the personality of a rice cake.

Day 23: A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great.
Uhh, this one is hard because I haven't really found one of these yet. Maybe Michael/Em/Kaleb in the Hourglass series, because it didn't actually turn into a love triangle like you'd expect.

Day 24: A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly.
Lol, Lucas/Helen/Orion in the Dreamless series. Because, you know, they all became blood brothers and started a war with the gods. Ooops.

Day 25: A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out. 
Jem and Tessa. I'm sorry. It can't work out because 1) Jem is dying, 2) Jem's best friend and his fiance are in love with each other, and 3) It JUST CAN'T. Poor Jem.

Day 26: A pairing that you hated and ended up loving.
Helen and Orion... I mean, I don't ship them, but I like Orion a lot. Which says something, because I usually can't stand the guy who intrudes on my ship (coughJuliancough).

Day 27: A pairing that you loved and ended up hating. 
Ethan and Clem in Unbreak My Heart. They had a good thing going, and then he had to go and be a jerk when his girlfriend found out LOL.

Day 28: A pairing that you will never understand. 
Lorelai/Christopher or Rory/Logan. HOW CAN ANYONE SHIP THOSE?

Day 29: What ship had the best proposal? 
Again, not many of my ships are actually married. Jim and Pam. Highway gas stations FTW!

Day 30: Your favorite pairing forever and ever and ever!
This is hard. Katniss and Peeta (Everlark) or Rory and Jess (Literati).

Sunday, June 3, 2012

FNL 30-Day Challenge

I needed a new 30-day challenge to do. So here's one for Friday Night Lights.

Day 1: Top 5 favorite characters
1. Matt Saracen
2. Coach Taylor
3. Landry Clarke and Tim Riggins (sorry, I cannot choose one)
4. Luke Cafferty
5. Tami Taylor
(I can't help but notice that when I read other people's lists, Julie Taylor is not on any of them. I also can't help but think it's not because she's a bad character in general, but because she's a bad character when Matt Saracen is not around. Which just tells you how great Matt Saracen is.)
Day 2: Favorite male character
Matt Saracen. I know, shocking, right?
Day 3: Favorite female character
Obviously Tami Taylor even though she annoys the crap out of me sometimes. Other than her, I'd say probably Jess Merriweather.
Day 4: Least favorite male character
Pick a McCoy, any McCoy.
Day 5: Least favorite female character
Season Two Julie Taylor. AKA Devilspawn.
Day 6: Favorite episode
How about top 4, in chronological order? "It Ain't Easy Being J.D. McCoy," "The Son," "Stay" and "Always."

Friday, June 1, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)


Update: Okay, first of all, there's also a new paperback cover for The Name of the Star which matches this one. Why does the hardcover of the sequel only match the paperback of the first one?!?! This drives me INSANE. I need my series to MATCH. So now I have to answer myself the question: do I sell my hardcover and get the paperback to match this, or do I want hardcovers for all three? Or maybe they'll make a hardcover version with the paperback cover? (That would be best. Do that, please.)
Secondly, the excerpt at (why in the world are they talking about MJ at MTV? This is not right.) has Rory saying that she's not allowed to contact Stephen, Boo and Callum anymore. This better be temporary, because I totally ship Rory and Stephen, even though there is not much in TNotS to indicate I should ship them. Whateva whateva I do what I want.