do action movies know they can have more than one female character
Someone should make an action movie with all girls except for one guy and have no explanation or mention of it in the movie and then pay all of the actors to act surprised like they’d never noticed when they get the inevitable storm of questions.
So we’re now in the point in the filming season where the crew had been eating crafty for months and months and its about to be summer so everyone is doing random push ups like it’ll magically give you a six pack.
Also I decided to take tomorrow off even
though its irresponsible which means I drank copiously tonight. Behold I am drunk.
And I went to a bar to get copiously drunk even though I never go to bars and I made friends with a puppy and his owner who gave me her card. I don’t like dating so I’m not going to actually do anything with this card, but its nice to make a lady friend.
if you were up to date your computer was probably running windows 95
there was no standard word processing application (I used Word Perfect, who remembers that one?)
“the internet” was usually synonymous with “AOL” (although some folks used Prodigy or Compuserve)
AOL had a lot of content, including message boards, chat rooms, IM, etc.
fandom existed primarily on newsgroups, mailing lists, and message boards
if you were on AOL, you might find fellow fans by SEARCHING THE PROFILES OF ALL AOL USERS FOR INTEREST IN YOUR FANDOM AND THEN RANDOMLY IMING THEM CAN YOU BELIEVE WE USED TO DO THAT AND IT WORKED JFC
chatting for non-aol users was accomplished with IRC and ICQ (uh oh!)
the best web browser was Netscape Navigator
you paid for internet BY THE MINUTE and it was a great day when AOL changed to a flat monthly fee for unlimited access
you didn’t use the internet for too long at a time anyway because you were tying up your phone line. Or, you got a second line for your computer.
websites involved lots of tiled backgrounds, flashing text, and marquees. Most had a single banner image because graphics took forever to load.
the word “blog” did not exist
fanfiction was hosted on your own personal website or on an archive website someone in your fandom set up. You might have fic in multiple archives.
to share fanfic with people IRL you either had to save to a floppy for them or print it out.
the bulk of mailing lists were on egroups which later was purchased by yahoo and turned into yahoo groups
website hosting services included GeoCities, angelfire, Xoom, and others I feel like I’m forgetting right now
web search was ineffective and fairly useless. You had to search multiple providers (yahoo, alta vista, lycos) which would each give vastly different results, until metasearch came along and consolidated them for you
to find sites in your fandom you would go to one site and see which webrings they were a member of, then look through the webrings. Some people wouldn’t let you into their webring if they didn’t think you were cool enough.
every website with fanfic had layers and layers of disclaimers and if applicable adult content warnings you had to click through to get to the content
we have come a long way in the past 20 years (also jfc I’m old)
Also if you were in some kind of media fandom you often had to rely on the kindness of fellow fans to send you video tapes compiling hard-to-find material
BOOKS ABOUT JERKS WHO MAKE OUT WITH EACH OTHER for people who enjoy awful babies and/or reconsidering their association with me
the queen’s thief series which i am contractually obligated by god to put on every rec list i do but also DO YOU LIKE FLIRTY THREATS, ROMANCE THAT CONFUSES EVERYONE WHO BEHOLDS IT, & CAREFUL TENDERNESS??? YEAH U DO.
chronicles of prydain for some ORIGINAL JERKS, jerks who inspired the masses, also read westmark to get even ~jerkier (tw: war violence for westmark)
i actually JUST read cruel beauty which was excellent mostly in that 95% of it was like, JERK BICKERING LAUGHING MAKEOUT COMBOS and then literally like “well we’re both awful at society but we can still be love” :’)
melina marchetta’s jellicoe road AND lumatere chronicles both heavily feature cute romances between rude confused dorks (exception: evanjalin, all-knowing manipulative jerk) (tw: rape for lumatere)
devil’s cub by georgette heyer i think she shoots him within like five minutes of their first meeting cute stuff
slice of cherry like MURDEROUS TEENAGE SISTERS. BOYS WHO LOVE THEM. delightfully bizarre courtships. (tw: gore, mention of child sexual abuse)
pamela dean’s tam lin LITERALLY ONE ENORMOUS EXERCISE IN ENGLISH MAJORS BEING SELF IMPRESSED DOUCHEBAGS AND THEN KISSING like read it
blood and chocolate is about monster girl monster girl monster girl yessssssssss (tw: rape culture & sexual threats)
the knife of never letting go is like also scifi dystopia political whatever but really we’re all here for viola and todd who nearly destroy everything (tw: war violence)
swordspoint by ellen kushner which i often describe as amoral harry/draco because i have a problem but don’t hold it against ellen kushner
the only alien on the planet LITERALLY MORE PEOPLE PLZ READ THIS BOOK + TALK TO ME ABOUT THE GINNY/MICHAEL LIFESTYLE (tw: child abuse)
sixth grade secrets HAS ANYONE ELSE READ THIS BOOK?????? IT TRAUMATIZED ME. CHECK IT OUT.
fingersmith i had real human friends be v suspicious of me after reading it like i know it’s victorian lesbians but anna they are bad people u know this right YES FRIENDS. I KNOW. GLORY IN IT. COME TO ME. (tw: institutionalizing)
unraveled by courtney milan which SUCKER is the third?? book in the series so you’ll have to read all of it (tw: childhood abuse)
this duchess of mine by eloise james is the sixth?? book in its series, got you again, THEY’RE ALL GOOD
p much ALL romances in demon’s lexicon & unspoken but demon’s surrender has my favorite forever into the stars, liars in love :o
the perilous gard i feel like i’ve been talking about this a lot lately and that’s because it’s so softly enthralling GOD, KATE
a hundred thousand kingdoms is not-secretly about a threesome in which everyone’s an asshole & i love them. (tw: slavery, torture, rape)
melusine hahahahahahahahaahaha kathleen they are all jerks though (tw: rape, incest)
the changeover by margaret mahy is basically a girl turning into a witch and also high school dorks learning how 2 kiss (tw: sexual harassment)
the hollow kingdom is like hades/persephone but they’re jerks and he’s a SUPER UGLY GOBLIN KING and i’m. really into that.
speaking of really ugly i’m sure you’ve read the summoning etc by kelley armstrong but like. ugh. AM I GROSS FOR SHIPPING THIS, you will cry to yourself and darling you are so exquisite. (tw: institutionalizing, mental illnesses)
also re: ugly and confused, read valiant by holly black, i have a problem, maybe this should be a separate list, too late
eta: COLD MAGIC, i can’t believe i forgot kate elliott’s COLD MAGIC, the greatest asshole couple ever, i am fired from being myself, goodbye forever
" LITERALLY ONE ENORMOUS EXERCISE IN ENGLISH MAJORS BEING SELF IMPRESSED DOUCHEBAGS AND THEN KISSING"
SO TRUE and so great.
I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS LIST OF JERKS WHO KISS LEFT OFF HOLLY BLACK’S CURSE WORKERS. BOY ARE THEY JERKS.