Willow Rosenberg and Slytherin (And Much More): A Study of Ambition
Adorable Willow
A few weeks ago, I queried whether it was ethical/polite to argue with a Tumblr post on LJ. After hearing a resounding "It's kosher", I thought I'd take a stab. I had some rage at this Original Post putting Willow in Slytherin and actually MEGA BLINDING RAGE at the tags below where xlivvielockex agreed and described why.

However, I was a little stymied on how to argue with conclusory, bare-faced insults in tag form. Do I really want to write long essay of meta to a tag line only several evolutionary steps removed from "Willow SUX!"? I will say the following bullets in brief before moving onto the essay that I'm more excited about. I have lots of BtVS thoughts and some general Harry Potter, Mad Men, Breaking Bad thoughts mixed in in this here hot mess.

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BtVS Bad Girls review
I posted a review of Bad Girls on BuffyForums. I am posting an LJ version.

Bad Girls is one of my favorite eps. Top 5 for S3. This ep features a number of power struggles- most prominently a Watcher power struggle, a Slayer power struggle and a villain power struggle in this ep. Introducing a villain diva-off between the Mayor and Balthezar is actually hilarious in a season that features a slayer-diva off between Buffy and Faith and a Watcher diva-off between Giles and Wes. However the result of these power struggles is to firmly state that the main protagonists/antagonists (Buffy, Giles, The Mayor) inarguably deserve their status.


Mad Men Characters Sorted Into Hogwarts Houses
Fired Up Betty
I've seen a lot of "Sort characters into Hogwarts Houses" for genre shows, obv. I'm gonna go non-genre and sort the Mad Men Characters!

Don Draper: SUCH A SLYTHERIN. Don's two most important qualities are his ambition and his sneakiness/dishonesty to sate his wants. He can be an incredibly helpful, wonderful ally- but as only if he needs or wants to have you around. That's a spectrum that ranges from the short-term girlfriend to Anna who he always practically needed her good graces and emotionally needed her blessing to live as Don Draper.

Mind you, Don's beyond easy fit into Slytherin doesn't take anything away from Don's complexity and utter excellence as a TV character. His distant runner-up House was Ravenclaw because Don is extremely smart. However, Don's defining intelligence is a Slytherin-cunning about how to manipulate and read people. Now, in Don's defense, he displayed other kinds of intelligence. He's a reader and pop culture enthusiast who reads off-beat stuff and thinks deeply about it. (Meditations on an Emergency, Exodus). Even when he's on vacation, he takes an interest in people and new topics like the souped up car repair guys in California.

Now slip me snug about your ears,I've never yet been wrong, I'll have a look inside your mind. And tell where you belong!Collapse )

New Character Meme!
My White House
Since I just about finished my past character meme (except Rust from True Detective who I have writers block on), I decided to bring back a new (old) character meme to play.

Pick a character from one of my fandoms and I'll answer the following questions:

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?

LOL at Gentiles Trying Jewish Food
My White House
In honor of Rosh Hashanah, Buzzfeed had a bunch of non-Jews who never tasted Jewish food, taste a bunch of the Ashkenazi Jewish standards. Matzoh ball soup, chopped liver, kugel, Manichevitz wine, gefilte fish, rugelach cookies. The rest was hilarity.

I really like my heritage's food- but I rate it under Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Spanish, Indian, Argentinian, Peruvian, and probably French. And I think Israeli or Sephardic food may be better than Ashkenazi food- even though I'm 100 percent Ashkenazi. In other news, I like food.....a lot....I think I'd rate Jewish food with Greek and Vietnamese food- which I love too.

Although, I don't think Buzzfeed showed off Ashenazi food off well. Matzoh ball soup should have carrots and celery and noodles and pieces of chicken. And I like small multiple matzoh balls instead of just one giant ball. The gefilte fish should have been presented with a choice of white or red horseraddish. They should have gotten a MOTHERFUCKING BAGEL OR PIECE OF CHALLAH (heavenly bread gateway drugs for Jewish food) to put the chopped liver on so it didn't look like a lump of brown grossness to foreign eyes. Although, that guy that figured out that it was pate-like was onto something. Yup, better tasting, far more humanely prepared, less expensive pate. Pretty damn awesome.

I get that the video needed to limit the dishes- but the tasters missed on knishes, blintzes, kippurs, whitefish, challah, tsimus and on and on.

Jesse Pinkman: Character Meme
My White House
pickamix asked me to do my Character Meme for Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman. I told her that I'd hold off until I finished Breaking Bad. Well, DUNZO!!! So, I'm doing the meme. It's a little surprising that my first true BB meta is about Jesse. I liked Jesse OK- but he wasn't a fave of mine. My top four characters on the show were Walt, Hank, Skylar, and Gus and those four constantly rotated in the top four places.

YEAH BITCH!!! MAGNETS!!!!Collapse )

30 Days of West Wing Days 2-4
My White House
Continuing my 30 Days of West Wing Challenge

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30 Days of BtVS: Favorite Female Character
My White House
I've already written quite a bit about Willow. I had a longer meta written this afternoon when I posted my Jed Bartlet post but I thought it was getting a little too sappy and unfocused. I was shy about sharing it. Can't vouch that this any better...I'm pretty tired.

To go to a minor point, I adore how Willow scrapes and works for all of her information and power. I LOVE THAT WILLOW IS POWER-HUNGRY. SUCK IT HATERS. There's a wonderful lack of glamor to how Willow learns and gains power that set her apart from the trained Watchers or the gifted Slayers or the educated grad student physicist.

Mm, sage. I love that smell. And marnox root. You know, a smidge of this mixed with a virgin's saliva... (gets a look from Giles) Does something I know nothing about.Collapse )

30 Days of West Wing: Favorite Character
My White House
I'm noncommittally starting the 30 Days challenge for West Wing and BtVS. Don't know if I have the discipline to finish. But let's just say, I really wanted to tackle the Favorite Character for both memes to talk a little Jed Bartlet and Willow Rosenberg. Because I love my cuter than a box of puppies genuii who can veer between "I'm full of mirth" and "The 52nd Airbourne works for me." I'm covering Jed Bartlet in this post. I'll post my essay on Willow a little later.

CJ and Jed are my two favorite TWW characters. Although, Jed pulls ahead to #1 a little more frequently. Really, it makes sense that those are my two faves. I think TWW did the public/private dichotomy really well and Jed and CJ are the two characters that have to reconcile their public face with their private actions the most.

What plaid flannel-wearing, cheese-eating, yahoo of a milkman governor signed that idiot bill into state law?....It was me, wasn't it?Collapse )

Wacky Cross-Over Question Meme: Part II
My White House
So, I really liked the wacky cross-over question meme that I did last week with The West Wing, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Gilmore Girls, and Seinfeld.

I decided to do it again with a new crop of shows. I ended up accidentally repeating Dollhouse but that's it. I'm doing the meme with:

1. Firefly
2. Dollhouse
3. Glee
4. Sex and the City
5. Mad Men
6. Rome
7. Frasier
8. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
9. The Good Wife
10. Homeland

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