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Hey, remember when I used to update this journal with new fics?

Me too. *is nostalgic*

Tried to watch HP Deathly Hallows part 1 yesterday. Fifteen minutes into it and I wondered when these books stopped being YA...or, on the flipside, when did YA become so dark?

It's possible it was always this dark and I just never knew.

I'm not a fan, didn't read the books or have even a mild interest (apart from the pretty-but-doomed Cedric Diggory)in the movies, but I have to say, you can practically TASTE the epic in these last two installments. My heart was in my throat when that snake...well, never mind.



I love Cordelia Chase. I don't know if I've said that lately. I love her character. Not just because she was so good with the comebacks and putdowns, and not just because she's so goddamned beautiful and funny, and loyal and brave. Not just because she didn't stay the high school caricature she started out as, but grew into a flesh and blood girl with good and bad points. I also love her because there wasn't one decision she made in the course of two shows that I disagreed with. I've liked other characters despite some of their choices (Buffy, Giles) and I've disliked still others for their choices (Xander, Willow), but Cordelia is the ONLY character whose choices I not only agreed with, but could see myself making those same choices.

When she snapped at Marcie for butting into her conversation with her friends, I found myself nodding along. This may seem harsh, but I don't agree with the idea that you have to be nice all the time to everyone. Marcie jumped into a conversation she was clearly not a part of, and Cordy called her on it. Do you know how many times I wished I could do the same in real life?

When Cordelia called Jesse her stalker, I don't think she was being anything other than truthful. Jesse is seen as a nerd who is stomped on by a popular girl, but it was clear to me that he had made a habit of nosing around Cordy, and comments like she could cry on his shoulder were crossing boundaries she clearly had in place. I've been there. Not often. But there have been times when a guy or two would try to force a connection where there wasn't any. I always wished I could be as clear as Cordelia was, but I'd been taught to be nice when rejecting someone - even if it was the same someone over and over again.

Cordelia being mean to Xander post breakup? I would have been far harsher. I enjoyed the way she put him down, because not only was it a clear indicator of the depth of her hurt and anger, but because he deserved every bit of it for all the slut shaming he heaped on her, both before and after their hook up.

Choosing to become a Higher Being? After seeing all the pain in the world in TSILA, and feeling every victim's terror whether Angel saved them or not, she wouldn't have chosen to put her own happiness with Angel when she was told she could help humanity even more as a Higher Power. It's only hubris if there was arrogance in the mix, and there wasn't. She wanted to help, plain and simple.

Cordelia completely shutting Wesley out of her life after he abducted Angel's baby? Agreed again. Wesley gave up a lot when he decided to kidnap Connor, one of those things should have been Cordelia's friendship and trust. If she had given him even the smallest validation in the form of "Why?", I would have thought that was out of character. When Xander broke her trust, she shut him completely out of her heart. Of course she'd do the same to Wesley, who did something far, far worse, and with much more lasting damage.

In conclusion, Cordelia Chase is awesome.

Date: 2011-05-26 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistress-mab.livejournal.com
For fuck's sake, read the Harry Potter books. Geez.

Date: 2011-05-26 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samsom.livejournal.com
At this point? It'd be like trying to figure out the best spot to take a bite out of the world's largest hamburger. The HPverse is HUGE.

That said, I do have the first book, which I intended for my daughter. I suppose one day, I could start with that. :D

Date: 2011-05-26 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chorelle.livejournal.com
Basically just here to say ^THIS. Cordelia Chase is my hero.

Date: 2011-05-26 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samsom.livejournal.com
WORD. There are days when I'm not sure if I want to be her, or sleep with her. I'm straight, but I'd totally be her champion if I could. If only to get the view Gunn seems to be enjoying in your gif thar.

Or, you know, this view:

Image

Date: 2011-05-26 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chorelle.livejournal.com
God I just love Angel's face. I crack up Every. Single. Time!

Date: 2011-05-27 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samsom.livejournal.com
It's like he's having another epiphany, isn't it? LOL

And Cordy's like, "lalala, that's right, THIS is what you were ignoring chasing Darla all over creation." :D:D:D

Date: 2011-05-26 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahk-63.livejournal.com
Agrees with you about Cordelia Chase.

Am beginning to feel about Supernatural, the way you feel about Harry Potter except that maybe SPN is becoming such a disappointment to watch.

I may find myself, going back to fandoms that I actually enjoy and the Whedonverse is high on my list.

love from me, sarahk_63

Date: 2011-05-27 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samsom.livejournal.com
We'd love to have you back. :)

Sorry about Supernatural. :/

Date: 2011-05-27 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahk-63.livejournal.com
I never really left ;D

it's okay, I can admit it in public, jensen and jared are particularly droolworthy and have my attention for as long as they are on screen (I probably couldn't tell you what's happened during S7 because I tend to switch off when other characters come onto the screen) which is not very fair, but I'm old and I like my eye candy and I get caught up in Bones occasionally and then loose interest again because they keep changing the character's basic make up and make me want to slap the writers in the face with a dead trout. I don't think I've been truly interested in Bones since Brennan did that awful crying jag in the car with Booth, lamenting she had missed her chance.

*wanted to shoot her with a gun* that's not the feisty, intelligent woman I'd grown to love, it was awful I couldn't believe the words coming out of her mouth. David BoringAss his acting on Angel was okay (we're not even going to mention his terrible irish accent) and I still miss Cordy, but I can never like Fred, I got so angry when they bought her into the show, fat lot of good it did me, her character progresses and Cordelia dies...where's the sense in that?

Oops got carried away....maybe I should start writing again, maybe it will stop these incredibly long winded replies.

tc, sarahk_63

Date: 2011-05-26 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damnskippytoo.livejournal.com
I loved HP for the first 4 books. I haven't read the last 3. They, as you said, stopped being YA and turned so dark I couldn't find the pleasure in them anymore. But I do have the last 3 and may, someday, attempt to read them.

I still waffle back and forth about Wesley, but I'm leaning more toward your view right now. When I think of it terms of her thinking Wesley got her pseudo-son killed, I can see cutting him off completely.

In any case, ITA with your conclusion. CC is completely awesome (as is your post)!

Date: 2011-05-27 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samsom.livejournal.com
When I think of it terms of her thinking Wesley got her pseudo-son killed, I can see cutting him off completely.

:)

I'm not sure when fandom got the idea that Cordelia was required to be fair in a situation like that, allowing Wesley a chance to explain his side of things. She fed and bathed and rocked that baby. Angel handed her Connor in the hospital, and she was right there with Angel and Connor on that bed, drowsily discussing college funds and chipmunk robots on ice. Wesley stole that from her too. I mean, this is definitely Angel's loss, to be sure, and he reacted (by trying to smother Wesley) as any parent would have. But Cordy lost an almost-son, and I don't think that should have been minimized or pushed aside for Wesley's self-inflicted fuck up.

Date: 2011-05-29 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melissa-pbfan.livejournal.com
In conclusion, Cordelia Chase is awesome.

QUOTED FOR TRUTH.

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