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January so far has been a weird month. It started with a week of respite from my mother's crazy alcoholic friend, who finally agreed to go into detox on January 1st. She's out now, but so far she hasn't relapsed. Also, my daily dose of bupropion has been doubled and it's starting to work, kind of. I have more of a drive than before but unfortunately no interesting things to do. I guess I'll have to start tidying up soon. I already managed to read four books and if I continue like this, I'll be through my unread book pile soon(ish).

One of these books I'd like to rec: Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. I really liked it and it spoke to something in me - most likely because I know what being a failure feels like. The first person POV takes a bit getting used to, but it's amazing how unreliable all the narrators are and in the end, you have no idea what is truth and what imagination. The novel is also based on a real life murder case, which was why I initially bought it. Well, that and the fact that I already read Out by the same author and liked it. Her books are focused on women in Japan, or more precisely why it sucks to be a woman in Japan.

Fandom-wise, I have been reading a lot of Hobbit genfic (and started a lot more that were labelled gen but turned out not to be gen at all), mostly about the family of Thorin, Fili and Kili. When did my id decide that fluffy family fic was it for me? I have no idea, but there you go. I've been thinking about writing some myself, but a) I don't have any specific ideas and b) I would have a lot of trouble writing Fili. I know the actors of all three dwarves from other series, but most of their roles don't cause any confusion. Dean O'Gorman, on the other hand, plays Anders/Bragi in The Almighty Johnsons and is just so awesome at that, it left quite an impression. For some reason I think I wouldn't write Fili as Fili but as Bragi, and I don't think Fili would be quite in character as a womanizing jerk.

Date: 2013-01-18 07:19 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lian
lian: Klavier Gavin, golden boy (Default)
Yeah, I'm...really confused that from my (limited) experience, authors on AO3 tag anything that doesn't feature explicit sex as gen, and also in variations of "F/M + gen" or "M/M + gen".

I know, I know, "what is gen" is one of those always-on discussions, like "why slash". Which I don't get because "no focus on romance" isn't that hard a concept to grasp...? ?? shipfic + gen: mutually exclusive. And nope, you don't need to warn for background pairings, which I suppose the intention is.

haha, I suppose this is my flabbergasted "ur tagging it wrong" rant.

Date: 2013-01-18 07:47 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lian
lian: Klavier Gavin, golden boy (Default)
yeah, I get that it's sometimes a contentuous issue (i.e. non-canon bg pairing -> still gen? will probably never be resolved), but I'm talking actualfax shipfic here, viz. "wedding between Bilbo and Thorin" style. In which universe is that gen? :(

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