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Interests meme

Snagged from boy_named_susie:

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

boy_named_susie gave me:

Anime (Japanese animation): Sailor Moon was one of my daughter's first huge fandoms (after the Oz books). I went searching for stuff relating to that anime, and before you know it she and I got sucked into the whole anime craze. She's moved on now (a few times!) so I don't follow it as much as I did, but I'm still fascinated by how seriously the Japanese take their animation (and manga, the graphic novel equivilant), and by how adult much of it is.

Architecture: Actually, my interest from an art standpoint is only casual, but I study it from a firefighting standpoing. A famous New York City fire chief once said "The (burning) building is your enemy; know your enemy."

Clem: Clem is a loose skinned, dog-like demon who was in several episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". I write in the BTVS fandom and particularly enjoy putting minor characters into my fanfics; Clem is so eager to please and perpetually optimistic that he's fun to work with.

Gilmore Girls: I like the snappy dialogue and off-kilter characters on this CW show. Plus, the GG's are hot; so's Lane.

Glinda the Good: Everybody knows her, right? But as a long-time Oz fan I prefer the Glinda from the L. Frank Baum's Oz books: More serious, much more powerful, loyal and mysterious.

Nome King: Again from the Oz books, he's the nemesis of Ozma, the ruler of Oz, and tries to take over her kingdom several times. He's a fun villian, the ruler of a powerful army who's also an evil plotter and sometimes silly, all at the same time.

The Wizard of Oz: Well, I loved the movie -- I have three copies of it. Still, to me the books are the thing, and in the books the humbug returns to Oz, gains Ozma's confidence, and eventually becomes a real and powerful wizard. Rather an odd rags to riches story, and being a former con man, now a human in a magical world, makes him an interesting character.



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Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
If you'd like to pick some of my interests, feel free... :)
I have a somewhat special relationship with film version of The Wizard of Oz (I read the books in Junior High but I suspect most of it went over my head at the time). When I was little, I forced my parents to call me Dorothy for about 6 months (I was surprisingly persistant for a 4 year old), and literally refused respond to any other name. I recently watched the movie again for the first time in about 6 years and was struck by how incredibly bizarre it is. Truly. That is a cracky film. Did you ever see the mediocre movie versions they made of the Oz books?

On another note, Clem was hideous but he always seemed like he could be an excellent boyfriend.

On yet another note, following the Gilmore Girls (for me at least) is like trying listen to an Alvin and the Chipmunks album while having an epileptic seizure. GG's style of banter-on-speed makes me want to rip my hair out. But so many people like them, I'm starting to wonder if I'm just stupid.

I'm sure you really wanted to know all that. :/
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: If you'd like to pick some of my interests, feel free... :)
*loves your userpic*
Art is fun for you ... - ozma914 - Oct. 4th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Art is fun for you ... - strangexgirl - Oct. 4th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Art is fun for you ... - ozma914 - Oct. 5th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Art is fun for you ... - strangexgirl - Oct. 5th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
userpic - ozma914 - Oct. 4th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Loved the Oz books, not so much the movie. I think I've seen it 200 times, though, because my little brother was OBSESSED with it. I plan on paying him back by getting his daughter hooked on the most annoying thing I can find.

Architecture: I love buildings. Mostly houses, though; something about the place where you keep your life being really functional appeals to me.
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
I always enjoy looking around buildings, especially very large ones and unsued ones. But the experience is ruined for me, because I'm always looking at it from a firefighting standpoint.

To me the Oz books and the 1939 are simply too different animals. I like the movie -- it was a huge part of my childhood -- but to me, the *real* Oz is the book Oz.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Heh, Sailor Moon. I had a friend in high school obsessed with it, and she gave me updates on the storylines they weren't showing on the WB. If only I read Japanese.
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
Sailor Moon
My youngest and I were both obsessed with it, for awhile! We'd still love to see the last season translated into English and released here in America, but apparently it's a bit too intense for a "cartoon". as far as American distributors are concerned.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Sure. I'll give this a bash.

You know, I didn't even know there were Wizard of Oz books. I kind of remember the movie, but I was young at the time.

The only anime I know is the movie Spirited away, and I'm not even sure if that's anime.

Clem rocked. I love in the shooting script of Lessons there is an unaired scene where Dawn says that her best friend is a demon called Clem.
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Yes, "Spirited Away" is considered anime, because anime simply means "cartoon". But from a non-Japanese standpoint, anime refers to any animated tv shows or films done in the Japanese art style. And "Spirited Away" is definitely created in the anime style, as the director is Miyazaki, a famous Japanese cartoonist, almost as famous as Disney himself.
(no subject) - ozma914 - Oct. 4th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - vilajunkie - Oct. 4th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Oct. 4th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
L. Frank Baum wrote 14 Oz books, then a series of other writers took over -- there have been over 40 official books at this point, although as a kid all I had were the Famous Fourteen.

Spirited Away is, indeed, an anime -- and a very good example!

I didn't know about that unaired scene, but it makes sense; Clem may have been just what Dawn needed, at the time! Please tell me no one's doing them as a ship ...

Let's see:

1. 1812
2. emotional resonance
3. galaxy quest
4. outlines
5. spin-offs
6. x5-494
7. strange luck
(no subject) - roonblah - Oct. 4th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ozma914 - Oct. 5th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
sign me up!
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
here we go:
1. blaqk audio
2. joy division
3. road trips
4. she wants revenge
5. sloppy meateaters
6. afi
7. neil gaiman
Re: here we go: - strangexgirl - Oct. 4th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: here we go: - ozma914 - Oct. 5th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: here we go: - strangexgirl - Oct. 5th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
OOH! OOH! Pick me! Pick me! I'm ever so good and I'm folding my hands ever so politely.

Ugh, I'm not a big enough fan of BtVS to know any of the demons. The only ones I can remember are the hyena demons, and I think they had their own special name.

I wish I lived near ...crap, I can't remember the name. But I'm thinking of the GG's hometown. I wouldn't want to live in it because imagine the looks and gossip from Pattie and Babette.
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
folding your hands politely? Yes, I can see by your icon!

The Buffy demons were fun, because there was always a new one available for any plot purpose -- it got to the point where it was hard to believe the general public didn't notice all those odd looking guys wandering around!

Star's Hollow! One of those places where all the people are fun to watch, but would drive you crazy in person. ;-)

1. bakemono
2. cephalopods
3. echinoderms
4. heraldry
5. john r. neill
6. rider-waite deck
7. the number thirteen
Oct. 6th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Anime kinda freaks me out. I think it might be because I had this kid in all my French classes at college who looked just like an anime character. And he wanted everyone to call him Meeshee. Not really sure why.
Oct. 6th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
He *looked* like an anime character? Yeah, I can see how that would freak you out!
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