2010 Secret Santa Swap!!

The Dolly Mixtures forum is once again doing a Secret Santa Swap! ^.^ And I'm running it this yr.! :D

So sign up if you're interested! Just click the big link below.

2010 Secret Santa Swap

Please be sure to read ALL the rules and info before signing up! Also, be certain you can definitely participate and follow through!

The deadline to sign up is Monday, November 22nd so if you're interested in participating, please sign up ASAP!!!

They're also doing just a Christmas card swap, too, if you're interested in that.

Writer's Block: Twilight is nearing

How do you feel about the upcoming Twilight film? Are you a fan or a critical bystander?


I think those who actually put up w/my elitist bullshit on Twitter and Facebook and even here on LJ will know my feelings on the Twilight series.

I actually gave a group of teenagers wearing Eclipse t-shirts the snarky eye yesterday, right to their faces, as Chris and I walked by them in the mall. It was awesome.

For me, it really goes beyond just being annoyed w/the franchise b/c it's popular and I don't like it. It's funny to me b/c I dislike it so very, very much and yet I feel like I know a bit about it. But the reason I know is that I've researched and found reasons why I dislike it. And therefore I feel much more justified in my hatred than if it was just blind hatred. At least I've done a little homework on it.

My reasons for disliking it? Well, I read a review (via herroyaldemones  who retweeted it today) that I felt really just hit the nail on the head. I don't know that I could have said it better myself. So I won't bore you all w/my thoughts and feelings and rants and stupidity. Instead, I'll just quote this review of the Eclipse movie. The whole review can be found here.

Here's where I have a problem.  I don't care if they get married or not, because in this film, "get married" is just code for "now we can do it."  Their marriage isn't about building something together or creating a family.  Their marriage isn't about time they've spent together and time they want to spend together.  It's all hormonal.  It's all impulse.  Bella Swan is defined as a character purely by who she wants to sleep with, and I don't care if she actually consummates the act or not.  This movie is driven from start to finish by the real estate between her legs, and if that sounds blunt or harsh, good.  I want it to sound ugly, because I think it is ugly.  Deeply ugly.  She's the weakest, most dependent lead in a film that I can imagine.  There is nothing interesting about Bella aside from her desire for these two boys.  It is a narcissistic teenage fantasy taken to a disturbing depth.  Nothing in the world of these movies matters beyond the resolution of whether or not Bella is going to bone Edward.  And when.  And how.  And whether she's going to bone Jacob as well.

There is talk of love, but there is nothing like love in these movies.  These are not stories about love.  They are stories about infatuation, temporary teenage madness.  And, hey, man... I may be ancient at this point, but I remember what it's like when you're a teenager and everything feels so important, and I've seen films that get that frenzy just right and they still manage to feature real character work and stories that are interesting and actual events.  You can make a great movie about the rush of teenage love.  You can use it as a backdrop for all sorts of stories.  But for that to be the thing that holds us as an audience, we have to believe that there's something behind it.  I have yet to see anything in any of these movies that would connect these characters beyond narrative convenience.

Bella doesn't love these men because of things they have done together.  Instead, everything they do together is because they "love" Bella.  It's a pissing contest.  And both of the guys are just as poorly defined and as grotesque as Bella in what they represent.  Edward is her "dream man," and as depicted in the films, he's basically a control freak who treats her like an object to possess.  He lies to her.  He manipulates her.  He is unable to tolerate her interacting with anyone else.  Ladies... if you have a chance to marry a man who acts like Edward while you're dating, do it.  And then you can look forward to broken bones and mysterious bruises and a slow and methodical separation from friends and family until you exist only for him.  Which is obviously what you're looking for, right?  Ooooh, romantic.

Or if Edward's love isn't the right kind for you, then maybe you can get lucky and earn yourself a Jacob.  A guy who is hot enough that he knows you will love him, and if you don't, then it's just a matter of time.  After all, look at his abs.  He doesn't offer anything more substantial than Edward in terms of emotion or support, but he does have those abs.  He's also got body heat, so obviously he is a better choice for Bella.  He has one scene where he actually tells her that he has not imprinted on her as a mate, as is the way with his kind, but that doesn't matter.  We're still supposed to believe that this is important, that this struggle over this pathetic, empty dishrag means something.

I love women.  I love all sorts of women.  And because I love real women, actual flesh and blood human being that happen to have a slightly different arrangement of chromosomes than I do, I despise these movies.  I hate them for what they offer up as a value system.  I hate them because there are girls who mistake their own chemical response to the male leads in the movie as an actual affection for the story that's being told.  They invest on the surface level, and in the meantime, there is this poisonous cancer, this vile insidious message that's being sold to them underneath.  I hate these movies because they tell girls that this is their value in the world.  Who you bang defines you.  You are worth your vagina and nothing more.  You are who your man is.  That is all.

And, yes... it matters.  It matters precisely because these are giant blockbusters that will be seen by many, many people.  It matters because much of the target audience is young and has very little experience with sussing out the subtext of what they're watching.  We teach audiences to just sit and passively let experiences happen to them.  Don't think about what you're watching... not really.  We do not teach our students to really process the media they watch, and so when I see something as philosophically corrupt as this, and as sneaky about it, it angers me.  It is true that this is slicker than the last film, but if anything, that bothers me more, because now people will think even less about what they're actually seeing.  There's more action in this film than in "New Moon," but I think Meyer's lousy handle on horror tropes makes it all terribly uninteresting.  Big phony CGI werewolves bounce around a meadow while sparkly vampires throw football tackles at each other and break like marble.  That's the big action scene.  That's what the entire film builds to, and it's pretty much over as soon as it begins.  And it's all diversion anyway, since the real climax of the film consists of Bryce Dallas Howard wrasslin' with Robert Pattinson in the snow a bit.  Because she's mad that he took away the dude who bones her.  Another woman defined in this film entirely by who her man is or was.  And what weapon does she use to try to build her vampire army?

I promise to make my posts about this few and far between. I just feel that crap like Twilight is just one of those big evils of the world (I hate to give it that much credit, but a lot of impressionable young 'uns go see this crap) and if I can turn even one person off it w/my crazy ranting and complaining, then I'm happy. I don't expect that to happen, really, but I can try. I just think that teenage girls have it hard enough in the world these days. A lot of them lack parental guidance whether it's in the form of an absent parent or some other component to make a stable home life. I know. I've been there. Frankly, w/the daddy issues I know I have and all that I sometimes wonder how I didn't end up pregnant at 15 and/or a stripper and/or a prostitute! (might have something to do w/the fact that I spent so much of my tween and teenage yrs. watching cartoons and playing video games, lol) And this sort of thing can be so damaging for girls at that crazy, delicate, hormonal age. I think Stephanie Meyers and all her "people" and publicists and the bookstores should feel shame for putting this stuff out there like they have and making such a fuss over it. But they're all too busy raking in the money to give a shit.

Books Read: 2009 - The List

I'm going to do this again in 2009. I have no real goals as to how many books I want to have read this yr. I just like keeping track of it. :p I'll try to be better about sharing my opinions on what I've read, but I make no promises.

Totals for 2008:
Books - 9
Manga - 64

Well, I read 10 books last yr., but I didn't finish "Dark Lord of Derkholm" last yr. so I can't count that. :p I'm still working on it.

Also, feel free to leave me suggestions as to what I should read. :)

Blue = manga book
= comics
Italics = reading in progress
Strikeout = unfinished

1. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

2. Ouran High School Host Club vol. 11
3. Solanin
4. Nana vol. 14
5. Love*Com vol. 10
6. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 1
7. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 2
8. Hana Yori Dango vol. 34
9. Mushishi vol. 6
10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
11. 20th Century Boys vol. 1
12. Bleach vol. 25
13. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 3
14. Nana vol. 15
15. Love*Com vol. 11
16. Penguin Revolution vol. 6
17. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 4
18. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 5
19. Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
20. Scott Pilgrim vol. 1
21. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
22. Scott Pilgrim vol. 2
23. Hana Yori Dango vol. 35
24. Nana vol. 16
25. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 6
26. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 7
27. Sugar Sugar Rune vol. 8
28. Bleach vol. 26
29. Love*Com vol. 12
30. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
31. 20th Century Boys vol. 2
32. 20th Century Boys vol. 3
33. Mushishi vol. 7
34. Parasyte vol. 1
35. Parasyte vol. 2
36. Parasyte vol. 3
37. Parasyte vol. 4
38. Parasyte vol. 5
39. Parasyte vol. 6
40. Parasyte vol. 7
41. Peony in Love by Lisa See
42. Love*Com vol. 13
43. The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
44. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
45. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
46. Penguin Revolution vol. 7
47. Bleach vol. 27
48. Hana Yori Dango vol. 36
49. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
50. Ouran High School Host Club vol. 12
51. Eyeshield 21 vol. 23
52. Eyeshield 21 vol. 24
53. Eyeshield 21 vol. 25
54. Love*Com vol. 14
55. Nana vol. 18
56. Eyeshield 21 vol. 26
57. Eyeshield 21 vol. 27
58. Parasyte vol. 8
59. 20th Century Boys vol. 4
60. 20th Century Boys vol. 5
61. Eyeshield 21 vol. 28
62. Fairy Tail vol. 1
63. Nana vol. 19

Writer's Block: I May Be Crazy

What does this Rorschach blot look like to you?
To me this looks like a big, scary archangel w/it's wings spread open and it's hands stretched upward. It looks like it has its back turned and is ascending to heaven, as opposed to descending towards Earth.
I have also made an entry about the My Little Ponies I am selling. If you would like to see that, click here.


-I have plenty of eBay feedback as well as feedback on a couple of forums I go to as a buyer and a little as a seller. Let me know if you need or want to see any of that. Also, please check out my Dolly Market feedback thread here.
-Please comment with the number and price of what you want.
-If you have any questions, please e-mail me at sasamikawaii (at) yahoo (dot) com or comment here.
-I need the money to help pay for a BJD I am buying so I am not interested in trades at this time.
-I will be posting this to a couple of forums as well so all items are first come first serve!

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Writer's Block: Conchordance

Who is cuter: Bret or Jemaine?
Augh! Difficult choice!

I think I have to say I find Bret cuter physically, but I find Jemaine more attractive overall.

I'm much more attracted to his personality. I love his character on the show. And there's something about his goofy looks that's just much more appealing. I think he has a little more character overall. I dig guys like that. But that's not to say Bret doesn't have any character. He's still incredibly adorable. XD

And in honor of the FotC boys, here's a video of their biggest fan: Mel. She is the epitome of fangirls. I love her to death! I saw this video a while back and have been wanting to post it in my LJ. XD

"That One"


more cat pictures

I should print this and put in on the fridge. XD


Stop-motion chalkboard

Risa-chan (Love*Com)

Found that on YouTube and thought it was awesome enough to share.


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