hyperconformist: Screencap of chalky white from boardwalk empire. (chalky white)

So...Fandom: I've started watching Hannibal, It's OK so far. I like the dogs. I'll form an opinion once I've seen the whole of season 1. Scott and Bailey is still good. Thorki is still my OTP and I've been letting my webcomic reading slide. Bah.

I'm getting a new therapist, been on a waiting list since February. It's more CBT but perhaps I'll be able to make use of it this time. At least I'm now pretty much a veteran of NHS psych care and I'm mature, medicated and pissed off enough to demand actual helpful treatment this time around.

I'm applying for a job as a learning support assistant at a local college. Seems I just can't keep away from education, even when I'm not in education. Still refusing to become a teacher, though.

It's my parents' 40th (40th!) wedding anniversary next month. I managed to scan some of their faded wedding photos and I've tweaked them and got them re-printed. Not sure what else to get them though....

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random story generator
It's an android app, it generates random story prompts! Sometimes they're funny, if like me you laugh at anachronism stew. I'm always looking for suggestions of charas and places to add to it, so let me know if you think of anything. :)
Also, there's a web-based version, so fear not if you're not on android. Really, you have no excuse not to check it out.

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It's too sunny for my pallid, nocturnal carcass to be outside painting fences like I ought to be. So I've been making good use of my time, working out my anxieties about the upcoming BBC TV adaptation of one of my favourite books. I'm not convinced they're going to do justice to Susanna Clarke's charming, magical and rather epic book, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (Just look at how they fucked up Gormenghast. :shudder:)
I kinda hope they'll cast unknown actors and save the budget for getting the atmosphere and the sets right. I have no idea how they're going to cram such a massive story into 7 episodes. I guess we'll just have to wait and see when it airs next year.

Until then, I've joined in with the fantasy-casting. With helpful pictures, because like I say, I'm using my time productively. You'll have to imagine some use of wigs, make-up, contact lenses, etc, of course. 

Jonathan Strange
Needs to be charismatic, tall and not too attractive. Jason Flemyng or Michael Fassbender work for me. Facially, I think Ben Miller could be right. Or Laurence Fox or Shawn Evans...Fassy is my first choice though.
Jonathan Strange

Mr Norrell
I bet we get Ian Holm but I'd like to see Terence Stamp (playing against type but I bet he'd be awesome). Failing that, Sylvester Mcoy. Any dessicated, feeble old geezer with a hidden reserve of steel when his reputation or books are threatened. Anton Lesser perhaps?
Mr Norrell

Arabella Strange
Alice Lowe, Suranne Jones, Kelly McDonald, Tuppence Middleton. None of them fit my headcannon exactly but they're good actresses. 
Mrs Strange

Lady Pole
MyAnna Buring, Antonia Cambell-Hughes, Andrea Riseborough.
Lady Pole

John Childermass
I struggled with this one. Julian Rhind-Tutt in a wig. Aidan Turner? Ben Crompton? Gratuitous T-Hiddz? Tennant?

Stephen Black
When I first read the book this guy was my headcannon, so he's my only suggestion for the role now. Paterson Joseph. No one else will do.

David Dawson gets my vote, but I'd settle for Alan Cummings (too old?) or Anatol Yusef.  Or if you're feeling adventurous, why not Reece Shearsmith?

Benedict Cumberbatch or Steve Coogan and both do self-interested, haughty and slightly menacing well. I see Alexander Armstrong being good in this roll, too. Or Maybe Robert Webb.

Here's a leftfield suggestion for you - John Simm. Or Phil Davis. 

The Raven King
Another tough call. Robert Carlisle please. If not him...I suppose Peter Capaldi is a bit too old...Hhmmm. Richard Armitage? Mark Strong? Or Ben Barnes? Oh look, it's Aiden Turner again...
raven king

The Gentleman with Thistledown Hair
Either Tilda Swinton or Ben Whishaw - both are fey and otherworldly enough. 

As for Mrs Delgado? Fuck it, I want to see Maggie Smith eating a dead bird. 
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OK, DW... I'm looking for my next shiny new fandom. The slashier the better. :D
I don't watch much TV and when I do its usually months after all the other fans have moved on. The same with cinema. 
I download a ton of samples to my kindle but I don't fall in love with a lot of books. I haven't committed to a serialised manga for years. I kinda get the feeling there are always a bunch of exciting fandoms out there that are just passing me by. 

So...I've just had a look at BBC America's Copper. 2 episodes in and I'm not feeling it. Especially after Boardwalk & Ripper Street. Should I stick with it? 

I just re-watched the 1990's TV version of Neverwhere. Liked it - might have a go at the book, as a Gaiman noob is it a good place to start?
Lately I've just been reading science and history books. I need some fancy word craft and outlandish tales to balance all that education.

As for anime...I was into Hyakujitsu No Bara and to my eternal shame I followed Kuroshitsuji for a bit. Should I try Drrr! or Baccano again? If something doesn't make me care in the first ep I tend to get distracted...

Come on DW, it's gonna be a long wait for Thor 2 and Boardwalk Empire s4, so recc me up!
hyperconformist: i donut care. (donut)
The ultimate in pointless, self-indulgent blogging: A list of all my fandoms. Subject to update at any time. 

Being Human (UK)
Boardwalk Empire
Blake's 7
Arne Dahl
Ripper Street
Person of Interest
Brideshead Revisited
Twin Peaks
South Park

Pretty much all Coen Bros films
The Dark Knight trilogy

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Ronald Firbank
Michael Moorcock
Steve Aylett
Wicked Gentlemen - Ginn Hale
Lovecraft & the wider Cthulhu Mythos.
Hal Duncan

Animu and Mango
Yuki Kaori's works - Especially Godchild and Angel Sanctuary
Minekura Kazuya's works - Especially Saiyuuki
Maki Kusumoto
Moto Hagio
Keiko Takemiya
Cowboy Beebop
Ergo Proxy

Baritrarian Boy

hyperconformist: cap of michael stuhlbarg in boardwalk empire. Series 2, I think. (AR)
My fandom obsessions are few and far between these days but I'm currently hung up on Boardwalk Empire. It's got everything, scenery porn, historical fact mixed deftly with fiction, amazing acting and a ton of compelling characters. Not to mention more than enough gratuitous sex and violence to make me feel pretty awkward when I watch it with my mother. Oh well.

I've just finished watching season 3. (Actually I watched it twice and then skipped back through seasons 1 & 2 as well).Anyway, wow, what a rollercoaster that was. I've just about formulated some thoughts about it.... 
Allow me to gush. With spoilers:- )


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