caliente_uk: (Default)
There are some wonderful fandom posts/discussions happening on LJ at the moment. Although I haven't been participating in them as such (I find I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said) I'm enjoying them immensely. They remind me of times gone by and the discussions (not usually quite as friendly as the most recent ones) that used to take place while the show was still on the air.

You can find the most recent posts/discussions at [personal profile] shapinglight's LJ here and [profile] shadowkat67's LJ here and here.

Warning: These posts discuss the AR from "Seeing Red", so probably best to avoid if this subject is a triggery one for you.

I have my own thoughts on the bathroom scene and how it made me feel when I first saw it (on Sky One, complete with ad break), but I don't think there's anything I could say now that hasn't already been said at one time or another over the years.
caliente_uk: (Default)
As most of you who know me are aware I'm far from being a fan of the Buffy comics. However, it appears that something good has come out of them - Spike/Buffy "fire escape!fic". This is fic which uses the Spike and Buffy scene on the fire escape of Dawn and Xander's apartment as a jumping off point for new stories involving our favourite couple. [personal profile] slaymesoftly posts about it here and includes a list of all the stories available so far.

So today, not only have I found myself reading Spike/Buffy fanfic (something I hadn't done for well over a year), but I've also found myself reading post-S8 Spike/Buffy fanfic. And what's even more surprising is that I'm really enjoying it! It's fresh, exciting, and brings something new to the table that I think was very much needed.

I'd come to the point in my fanfic reading life where I think I'd read pretty much every Spike/Buffy scenario possible, and as much as I still loved those stories, I no longer felt as compelled to read them as I once had. But now, with the emergence of S8 (and S9) there are even more possibilities open to us. No, I don't like the source material, but I love how certain authors are using that material to create a whole new genre of Spike/Buffy stories for us to enjoy.

You know, I think there may just be some life left in this old fandom after all. :)


Aug. 6th, 2011 02:31 am
caliente_uk: (Default)
I'm trying to take my mind off a RL drama that's unfolding right now, so thought I might as well post about a few things that have been going on fandom wise recently.

Firstly - I've managed to get an account on Pottermore! Yay! I've never really been active in the HP fandom, but I'm a huge fan of the books and the movies, so there was no way I was going to miss out on a chance to gain early access to this. And if I find it isn't for me? Well, my daughter will get a huge kick out of it, so yay all round! :D

Secondly - I have to admit that my heart sank when I heard that Seasonal Spuffy was moving to DW, but that was mainly because I knew how upset some of the Spuffy fandom on LJ were going to be (and I understand that, I really do). But there's no way the move will make me abandon one of the best Spuffy communities around, so I'm planning on adding the RSS feed to my LJ flist (as there's no way I'll remember to check DW every day!) and reading the contributions as I always do. :)

Thirdly - I refuse to be made to abandon LJ because of the DDoS attacks. I have accounts on DW and Google+ as well as LJ (and am loving them all), but my homebase is still LJ. But that doesn't mean that I won't be posting elsewhere - all it means is that I won't be leaving LJ. I think there's room enough for them all. :)

Fourthly - I've been watching a fair bit of TV lately, but that can be shared in a post all of its own. Just one question: I know of at least one person on my flist who watches it, but has anyone else been watching The Hour on the BBC? Dominic West from The Wire is in it - and I love it! I eagerly await each new episode every week. It's just a pity there are only six episodes.

And that's it for now. :)
caliente_uk: (desmond contemplate)
Snagged from [ profile] shipperx

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, if they're so inclined:

* Spike (BtVS)
* Desmond Hume (Lost)
* Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
* Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
* Buffy Summers (BtVS)
* Fox Mulder (The X Files)
* Eric Northman (True Blood)
* Erica Strange (Being Erica)
* Dean Winchester (SPN)
* Walter Bishop (Fringe)
* John Crichton (Farscape)
* James 'Sawyer' Ford (Lost)
* Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
* Ten (Doctor Who)
* Mitchell (Being Human)
caliente_uk: (Happy Sookie)
Snagged from [ profile] unbridled_b

1 - List your top 10 celebrity crushes.
2 - Put all of them IN ORDER of your lust for them.(10 to 1, 1 being your number one fixation)
3 - Say which movie/show/thing it was that hooked you.
4 - Supply photos of said people
5 - Tag five people. (I'm not doing this part. If you want to play along, feel free.)

I'm not really into 'celebrity crushes' as such, so most of my choices here are influenced by the characters they've played on TV or in movies, rather than by their dazzling RL personalities. I do find them all attractive though... ;)

My Top Ten )
caliente_uk: (spuffystory)
I first posted this in 2008, but felt the time was right to post a much needed reminder of why I love Spike and Buffy and the Spuffy relationship as much as I do.

Thanks For The Memory
Original music and lyrics by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
All additional lyrics written by me

Contains images not suitable for minors.

Thanks For The Memory )
caliente_uk: (Snowflake)
It's -7 outside and it doesn't feel much warmer inside. I have a feeling it's going to be a long winter.

LJ seems very quiet today. The Buffyverse fandom isn't the fun place it used to be at the moment, which is a shame. *sigh*

Not got much else to say right now...
caliente_uk: (spuffystory)
Not so long ago I would have been devastated by this news...but now? *shrugs* Not so much. I think I've finally (after all these years) made my peace with the end of the show.

Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I've fallen out of love with BtVS the show or the Spike/Buffy relationship. It's that any remake or reboot isn't going to be the Buffy the Vampire Slayer I know and love. And without the Scoobies, or Spike, or Angel, I have zero interest in whatever it is they decide to come up with. I love the TV show with all of my heart, but time moves on and things change, and I think it's inevitable that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise will move on with it.

And...I'm okay with that.

I never thought the time would come when I would ever say that, but...I really am okay with it.

I'm certainly not against a reboot if it's done well (although I think it's way too soon to be honest), and I hope the resulting movie is a good one. But what made Buffy the Vampire Slayer such a great show for me was its characters, and without them? It just won't be my Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But if you're a new fan seeing Buffy for the very first time, and have no idea just how wonderfully rich and complex the original show and its characters were (are)? Then maybe, just maybe, it will work for you.

And I'll be happy for all those new fans who will be discovering Buffy for the very first time, and not a little envious of those who will go on to discover the TV show for the very first time, seeing with fresh eyes all the things that made Buffy the Vampire Slayer such an iconic show in the first place.

So I genuinely hope the rebooted movie does well. But as for me? I'll be sticking with the TV show and fanfic, thank you very much. And fondly remembering how fandom used to be in the good old days, before it slowly started to slip away and the time grew ever closer for the porch lights to finally go out.
caliente_uk: (spuffystory)
I wasn't sure whether I should post about this or not, but as a long time Spuffy shipper I thought I'd say a little bit about how I feel about the comics.

I still love Spuffy with a fiery burning passion. I can't help it, I just do. And as much as I love The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, no other show or characters have ever made me feel the way I do about Spike and Buffy, and I doubt they ever will. Spike and Buffy (and the Spuffy ship) were special, and somehow seemed to take on a life of their own that transcended anything I'd ever seen before or since.

I've been in love with Spuffy for more than a decade, but for me canon ended with Chosen/Not Fade Away. I have read the comics (including the preview pages), so I'm not saying this without knowing the full story. But the Spuffy of the comics isn't my Spuffy. They're not recognisable as the Spike and Buffy I fell in love with on the show, so they don't meet my own personal expectations of where I hoped they would be (and where I felt they were heading) after the show ended. And I'm not going to lie, I'm disappointed in what the comics have shown me of my ship. I never expected a happy ending in canon, but somehow I found myself expecting...more.

Read more... )

My only consolation is that this fandom has been through many stormy waters before, and has always come out the other side stronger than it was before. Maybe this time will be the same? :)
caliente_uk: (Bill angry)
The discrimination that people with disabilities have to put up with in this world upsets and angers me more than I can say.

Most of you know that my daughter is a full time wheelchair user, so this sort of attitude isn't new to me. But every time it happens it still feels like a punch to the gut.

Link to [ profile] vom_marlowe's LJ:

Disability, fandom, and me: Here's your place, live in it, or the VVC storm

This has got to be one of the worst cases of discrimination I have ever had the misfortune to come across in fandom, and believe me when I say I've come across quite a few in my time.

Isn't it about time this sort of thing stopped happening?

ETA: And just so you know, this isn't the first time I've posted about disability and fandom. The sad thing is, I can't see things changing any time soon. *sigh*


Apr. 1st, 2010 01:21 am
caliente_uk: (eric promo)
I've just finished watching Up for the umpteenth time.

This movie just about kills me every. single. time.

I love it. The whole movie is wonderful, but it's worth watching for the first fifteen minutes alone.

And watching it on blu-ray is pure perfection.

And that's coming from someone who usually finds blu-ray completely over-rated.

Movies like this are what blu-ray was made for. :)

On a completely different note...

I have to accept the fact that I'm starting to become fannish about True Blood. I'm ridiculously excited about the first previews/promos of season 3, and I haven't felt like that about a show for a long time. I mean, I love Supernatural, Being Human, Caprica (and not just for JM) and Lost, etc...but I don't pay much attention to them until just before thay start to air. But with True Blood, I'm squeeing at the slightest sign of Eric bit of news, and I can't wait until June 13th when S3 starts to air. And I know for a fact that I'll be waiting up half the night just so I can see the episodes as soon as possible - just like I did when S2 aired.

And you know what? It's a good feeling! It's so nice to have something to look forward to again. :)

But don't worry, I still love BtVS, Spike and Spuffy. Like that's ever going to change! :D
caliente_uk: (cute and shy DT)
I've just finished reading Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby, and the following is a quote that stood out to me.

contains a spoiler for the musings on fan obsession )

Being a fan of anything can be a great experience, as long as you keep a grip on reality. I know I love getting together with other fans, and enjoying a few hours in the company of a celebrity I admire. But I also know that at the end of the day/weekend I'll be going home to my real life - and they'll be going home to theirs.

And what they do with it is no concern of mine. :)
caliente_uk: (Spike -atf comic)
Chris Ryall (from IDW) answers questions on the S8 debacle over here on Whedonesque.

Oh dear...

Jan. 12th, 2010 01:28 am
caliente_uk: (Spike -atf comic)
This is so much more interesting than the comics themselves! :D

[ profile] sueworld2003 keeps us updated (expect spoilers for S8):

And there's more...

Love them or loathe them, the comics have definitely got people talking about the Buffyverse again!
caliente_uk: (vamp spike)
Do you know what amuses me most about the latest spoiler from the BtVS S8 comics?

So many people (and I include myself in this) keep on saying that they 'really don't care what happens', that they're 'not interested' and that they 'don't count what happens in the comics as canon', and yet...when something happens that they really don't like (or really do like - it works both ways!)? They can't help but post about it, expressing their displeasure (or amusement *g*) at the latest development!

So it strikes me that they care about what happens so much more than they like to admit!

And that's understandable.

Spoilers for S8 )

But putting the comics to one side for a moment...

I've been thinking about fandom lately, and how other people see those of us who are involved in one. Without naming any names, I've been dabbling in a few other fandoms lately (but mainly on the outside looking in)...and I haven't really liked what I've seen. There are some seriously weird people out there! And I have to wonder - is that how other people see us? Do we come across like that to them?


*looks up*

*reads own post*

I guess that answers that one then! *g*
caliente_uk: (Eric Amused)
Snagged from [ profile] hils

Your main fandom of the year?

In my heart it's still BtVS, but in actuality my main fandoms this year have been True Blood and James Marsters.

Your favourite film watched this year?

I found this one difficult to answer, as I couldn't actually think of any at first. So I just went with the two films I enjoyed most this year - Star Trek and Up.

Read more... )

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Caprica (JM!!), Being Human (*happy sigh*), Lost (final season!), True Blood S3 (more Eric, Jason et al! *g*) and Doctor Who (Eleven!!).

Spike Talk

Aug. 29th, 2009 12:17 pm
caliente_uk: (Ever Changing Spike by kazzy_cee)
There have been some fascinating discussions about Spike taking place on LJ over the last couple of days. People seem to interpret the show (and Spike) in so many different ways. It's almost as if some people were watching a completely different show to the one I saw! As I said - fascinating. ETA: A discussion is also only a discussion if people are allowed to express opposing viewpoints. That's what makes fandom discussions so fascinating in the first place!

But one thing remains consistent throughout these discussions - and that's our interest and fascination in Spike. That's some accomplishment, when you think about it. It's been more than a decade since Spike first burst on to our screens, knocking down the 'Welcome to Sunnydale' sign...and stealing many of our hearts in the process. Our opinions may differ, but that's okay. Fandom would be a boring place if we always agreed on everything - and Spike would never have held our attention for so long if he was Mr Perfect.

Read more... )

Yes, Spike is definitely a complex and interesting character, and I suspect he will continue to be the focus of many fandom discussions for a long time to come.

And after more than a decade, that truly is a remarkable accomplishment. :)
caliente_uk: (Default)
Isn't it funny how quickly things can change?

In my LJ post about fandom (flocked) last week, I talked about my everlasting love of the Buffyverse and Spike, and how no other character or show could ever move me in the same way. And while that is still largely true (Spike and the Buffyverse will always be my number one), I have since watched the first nine episodes of S2 of True Blood. Now I loved S1 - it was cracktastic TV at its best - but S2 has completely blown it out of the water. And the unexpected has happened: a new character love has been born. I wasn't expecting it, and I didn't particularly want it. It just happened.

Read more... )

I have so much going on in my fandom life right now. I have my enduring love of the Buffyverse and Spike. I have my very new love of Eric and True Blood (I can't believe there are only 3 eps of S2 left!), which is quickly becoming my second favourite fandom. Then in September Supernatural will be back (oh boys, how I've missed you!), which will most likely mean a change of LJ/DW header to go with the new season. *g* I also have Doctor Who, Being Human, Lost, Dexter, House, Grey's Anatomy and Dollhouse to look forward to (Dollhouse started off weak, but I came to love it by the end of the season - and Epitaph One blew me away!). And hopefully, I'll also have new Torchwood at some point in the future *fingers crossed*.

Ooh...and last but not least, I'll also have Lie To Me and Caprica for my JM fix! *squee*

OMG, I really am turning into a fandom whore! :D

But seriously...

No, my fandom life couldn't get any better than it is right now. And I'm happier with it than I've been in a long time. Maybe because I'm happier in RL too? *ponders*

But yes, it really is a funny old world, isn't it? :)
caliente_uk: (fangirl moment made by kazzy_cee)
A few people who answered my poll commented that James Marsters is their primary fandom, not the Buffyverse or SPN or Torchwood, etc. However, I hadn't even thought about the JM fandom being an option when I posted my poll, as I was thinking more about TV fandoms and was interested in finding out where the TV fandom interests of my flist lie these days. I probably should have been more specific in my original post about what I really meant. :)

I don't know why, but I think of TV fandom and JM (insert actor/actress of your choice here) fandom as completely separate from each other. I have my fannish interests involving TV and my (bigger) fannish interests involving JM. Spike, of course, fits into both categories, as without JM he would never have become the character we know and love. :)

Outside of TV, my primary fandom is without a doubt James Marsters. I actively participate in the JM fandom more than I ever have in any other fandom I've been a part of. I go to concerts, events and conventions specifically to see him. I've never done that with ANY other celebrity I've ever been interested in. If I meet someone once, I very rarely feel the need to meet them again. With JM, I'm always happy and squeeful when I get the opportunity to meet/see him again. I also enjoy the company of other JM fans, and meeting up with them is a huge part of why I'm still so involved in the JM fandom even after all these years.

I'm eagerly awaiting The Hub 3 and Hallowhedon conventions in October this year, where JM is a guest at both. I'll enjoy meeting/seeing the other guests of course, but JM is the main reason why I'm going. :)

What can I say? I'm a JM fangirl at heart! *g*

There isn't any reason for this post, other than to express my love for JM and the JM fandom. Long may it continue! :D

caliente_uk: (vamp spike)
I hope everyone who's going to Coventry has a wonderful time this weekend, and look forward to reading all about it! :)

I have a busy weekend coming up, as my husband and his family are throwing a joint 70th birthday party for his Mum and Dad on Saturday. It should say the least, as family occasions so often turn out to be. But I'm also hoping there will be a lot of fun to be had too! *g*

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post (I'll respond to individual comments later), and also to those of you who took the poll. It's good to see that there are still quite a few of us left in the Byffyverse fandom, even if some of us are also enjoying our new and shiny fandoms. And it turns out that Spike is still the number one character for most of you. Yay! :D

I can't see any other character ever taking the number one spot from Spike for me. *hearts him*

Although...I do have to admit that I'm finding Eric from True Blood incredibly sexy intriguing this season. He didn't have much of an impact on me in S1, but his new look and more involved storylines are blowing Angel Bill Compton out of the water this year! I'm definitely going to be drooling over him looking forward to seeing more of him as the series progresses. *g*
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