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08 December 2011 @ 12:28 pm
Five things about me!!!!  
From sternflammenden: Five things associated with me:


I am more of a Science Fiction fan, but I also love Fantasy. There is something about the current decade: there isn't too much of new Science Fiction. Strange phenomena, but true. This decade seems to be The Decade of Fantasy Fiction. And I love it!

-House Greyjoy

I love an underdog in fiction. Take, for example, "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I like Starks as much as any other person, but with Starks, there seems to be SO MANY people out there loving them, discussing every single aspect of their personalities in great detail. So by now I am, frankly speaking, a little bored.

The other problem with a popular House like Starks is that because it has so many followers, it inevitably eventually attracts the attention of two segments of fans whose opinions and posts I like the least of all : 1) posts trying to prove to me how various members of House of Starks are somehow morally superior to everyone else. 2) Posts describing to me in OTT graphic detail how the posters like to have sex with Robb Stark, with naming of the parts they feel the tingling in at the mentioning of his name. My sensibilities are too delicate for this. Plus Robb Stark is 14 in the books and 17-18 in the TV series.

Why am I talking about Starks? Off the high horse, and back to Greyjoys! What I notice is that I am always drawn to underdogs like Greyjoys in fiction, and particular, in fandom. For some reason, here in LJ , the fans of the House Greyjoy seem to be a jolly sane, non-judgmental, open-minded and happy bunch. And the same goes for Sansa/Sandor shippers, but this is definitely digressing. It must be the salt of Greyjoys. :D Back to Greyjoys, I love the opinions and the company of Greyjoy fans and this must add to my general interest in Greyjoys, the craziest (aka the most entertaining) House in "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.

Disclaimer: I am not saying that all posts of the House Stark fans are bad, it is just unfortunately in big fandom segments you are more likely to get someone who posts something crazy or OTT, and for some reason the fans that post crazy things seem to be the "loudest" (somehow the loudness seems to go hand-in-hand with craziness and OTT). But I do love my Starks too.

To show you all how serious I am about the House of Greyjoy, this is a sock I recently purchased for my Android phone:

Asian cinema

I have always been a fan of Asian cinema, but for someone who is not familiar with it I can say one thing of recommendation: Ladies and Gentlemen, Asian cinema is the place where everything is happening nowdays: new ideas, innovative graphics, fabulous actors. One statistical thing: I don't know a single re-make of a Western film in Asia (there must be some, but they are rare). On the other hand, there are so many remakes of Asian movies made in Hollywood that I can count you 10 without thinking hard. One of the re-makes, "The Departed", has even won an Oscar.


I tend to rattle about this: my job is related to Technology. I am a Systems Analyst which is just another name for the mind-boggling profession of Computer Programmer, or according to Urban Dictionary "Computer Programmer: a) An organism capable of converting caffeine into code. b) Semi-sentient being who inexplicably survives an extremely unhealthy lifestyle. Usually found in confined spaces with low lighting, at a computer terminal. C) This makes attracting females difficult, which can easily be fixed by meeting women through an online service."

I am an atypical programmer, though, because I: a) don't drink too much coffee. I like it, but it makes me too hyper so I don't drink it often, and if I do, I only like "proper" coffee! To clarify, Starbucks coffee is NOT "proper" coffee, and I am not even talking about instant coffee varieties. b) I try to maintain a semi-healthy lifestyle, exercising 2 times a week and trying to eat well, c) I AM a female.

Consequently, I have a loving relationship with technology in general. I am quite lazy by nature which stops me from buying too many new gadgets, but I am never afraid of computers/gadgets/new things and seem to be always capable of harnessing them, given enough time. All these things are my friends, unless they are made by Apple (in which case they are instruments of brainwashing). The only things I am less of a friend with are mechanical devices like printers, they are just less trust-worthy.

To add, my most notable achievement is that my 12-year old daughter still thinks I am cool.


Daughters are GREAT. To tell you the truth, I didn't really enjoy giving birth, and neither did I really enjoy the baby period. But now, when my daughter is 12 and we can talk as equals? I am loving it! She is fabulous and cute and I love her so much I definitely know I will do anything for her.

I am in a real worry at the moment because my daughter has her first boyfriend. He seems to be nice but you know, I WORRY! What if he ends up hurting her?
blueocean80blueocean80 on December 8th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
LOL True.

Oh I'm still a completist, mind you. It's that...I know this sounds silly, but until a few years ago, I didn't want to be laughed at and that happened every single time I was reading scifi. So I gave it up. What can I say, I was young and stupid. Now I don't give a damn if I'm mocked. I'll read what I like whenever I want.

IKR! When I saw that they've remade Footloose AND 21 Jump Street, I was disappointed. But not surprised
Alexandra Leavingalexandral on December 8th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
OH! Someone was laughing because you like Sci-fi???????????????? Why???? But yes, I also generally don't worry when I am mocked. I always was "atypical", from the word go. :D but I was really good at school and always tried to help the others, so usually my classmates respected me. And I met some friends with similar interests quite early in life.

lol. I think it just must cost less money to make a re-make? And also the sponsors are already familiar with the subject so they sponsor more easily.
blueocean80blueocean80 on December 8th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Some consider scifi or heck even fantasy as a...IDK, sort of like...IDK, think of fiction as movies, okay? Scifi, for many ppl, would fall into the b-movies category JUST because the stories are set in unfamiliar locations and regardless of the quality of the writing and the subject matter. IDK, whenever I'm reading, say, space opera, my sis lols because "oh look, there are starships! And aliens! It's Silly! Why are you reading this?" It's the same reaction harlequin novels' readers get when they reveal what they're reading. "It's all about bodice ripping and stereotypes. Why are you reading this?" Same thing. I guess it's all aobut prejudices?

I think they're running out of ideas and it's just easier to go with something that was a popular hit in the past.
Alexandra Leavingalexandral on December 8th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. I think I am may be really immersed into the computer geekery world because as far as I remember Sci-Fie has always been cool. My husband doesn't like Sci Fi, but he is not the type to be saying anything about anyone's tastes anyways. I did go through Harlequin novels stage at some point, though, but I wasn't really ashamed or anything. I used to hide the front pages though, but they ARE so "not decent".