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I really only have one thing to say about this ep:

Spoilery caps )
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Legend of Korra Premieres Early

YES.
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Legend of Korra delayed to 2013

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :(

(On the plus side, comics! Wherein everyone is happy to be back having adventures except Zuko and his epic eyeroll. Of course, he's never happy.)

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 5: Character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).

When I was eleven, on the first day of summer vacation between fifth and sixth grade, I tripped over a curb and broke my arm. Since I couldn't go swimming at the pool, my mom took me to the bookstore to buy me some new books to help occupy myself, and I stumbled across (literally, it was on a pile on the floor) Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. It had everything I wanted in a book (awesome heroine! adventure!), and more (magic! camping! baby dragons!); even better, Daine (the aforementioned awesome heroine) had brown hair and blue-gray eyes just like me. Amazing! Granted, it was unlikely, but I too had a chance at becoming the protagonist of an epic fantasy series, despite not being a spunky youngster with red hair (or a blonde princess)! I devoured the rest of Pierce's books and eagerly awaited the conclusion of Daine's story, set to come out that winter, and incidentally sealed my fate in becoming a huge fantasy geek.

(Of course, in the last book 16-year-old Daine ends up hooking up with her teacher, which I identified waaaaaaaaaaaaay less with (DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME) and my love of Pierce's books cooled somewhat. Fortunately, I later discovered that all of Tolkien's coolest characters had dark hair and gray eyes. I mean, they don't have baby dragons, but you have to admit that the elves and the Numenoreans are kind of badass.)

That's just looks, of course. I didn't realize it at the time, because fish don't notice their water, but one of the reasons I enjoyed so happily the snark, battles of wits, bitching, and cheerful scorn heaped upon one another by characters in The Belgariad was that it basically reflected every one of my family gatherings ever. Because seriously, I would never make it through an epic quest without baiting my friends and complaining about the weather either.
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EXCITE
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Book Meme! )

First look at the eponymous Avatar: The Legend of Korra! She will punch you in the face with FIRE. )
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Notice anything important missing from this picture?

The Last Failbender display at B&N )
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...that's just me.

More stuff on Avatar: The Legend of Korra. OMG I THINK SHE FIGHTS CRIME YOU GUYS.

"We were drawing inspiration from Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s and Hong Kong and even Western cities like Manhattan and even location-wise cities like Vancouver..."

EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE VANCOUVER.
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New Avatar series!!!!!

Set in the future! Probably with a waterbending girl Avatar! By the same people!

Normally I'd be concerned that this wouldn't live up to the original, but let's face it: I even liked "The Great Divide". The same production team could write an entire series about Avatar Korra and her battle against pocket lint, and I would probably love it. The original series is its own, awesome entity, and all the subsequent fail in the world ::cough:: cannot make it less awesome; ergo, a chance to repeat the awesome with MOAR = SUPER EXCITEDNESS.

:D :D :D
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While adventuring with my friends/going to Feeney's bridal shower, I have seen the following things:

- line-dancing to Lady Gaga
- leopard-print stairs

I believe my life is complete now.

So, what's better than Avatar: the Last Airbender and Discworld? Avatar and Discworld together! This is what happens when you sit in airports for too long.

Five Noble Families )

Gently Push Over the Forces of Repression! )

The Silver Horde )

ARGH! )
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In case you haven't heard, there was a terrible earthquake in Haiti. Donate to the Red Cross by text message.

My parents flew out this morning to Hawaii (incidentally hiding my car keys before they went). Bitter? A tad.

Anyways, I started rereading the Earthsea books!

Come and listen to a story about a man named Ged / A powerful mage, who went and tried to raise the dead, / A pissing contest to soothe his wounded pride, / But out through the veil, something from the other side. / Gebbeth, that is! Black wraith, shadow of death. )

Gender!FAIL aside, I definitely still like the first book. It reminded me a lot of Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster Trilogy (well, technically it would be the other way around), which I definitely recommend for reasons of less gender!FAIL, and also, AWESOME.

I'll leave you with this quote. Lulz were had. :D

"Sparkweed," said Jasper. "They grow where the wind dropped the ashes of burning Ilien, when Erreth-Akbe defended the Inward Isles from the Firelord" (43).
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You know what would be a good use of time? Making more MST3K/Avatar macros.

Is it an odor? )

MST3K! From Monster a-Go-Go )
shadydave: (It stinks!)
Did you know that macros are a kind of transformative art, recontextualizing media to shed light on their underlying socio-cultural messages?

Ok, fine, you can stop laughing now.

Oh, excuse ME, sexless man-woman. )
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So, casting for the upcoming Avatar movie has basically been a whole load of white-washing racial FAIL headdeskery. Which is why it is SO. AWESOME. that Jessie McCartney (yes, the teenybopper singer, SEE WHAT I MEAN?!) is DROPPING OUT and being replaced by DEV PATEL, most famous for being TOTALLY AWESOME in Slumdog Millionaire.

Of course, now we have the problem that the main antagonist is so far the only person of color in the cast, which is obviously a whole 'nother area of racial FAIL headdeskery.

But it's a tiny bit of progress, and so if M. Night Shyamalan can keep from going more crazy and they stop failing so hard at casting, this movie might possibly have a chance at being awesome. Maybe. A bit, anyway.

BUT YAY DEV PATEL. AT LEAST WE CAN HAVE AWESOME ZUKO.

ETA: MORE FAIL. GOOD GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE.

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