film

For today I am a writer

Day off today, and I am absolutely thrilled about it. There are lots of writing-related projects and ideas in my head right now, too many to keep up with, but I’m doing my best. Here’s what I’m currently focusing on:

Wavesongs: Plotting, plotting, plotting. And after that I need to do research, and more plotting. I’m really looking forward to the actual writing, but I won’t get ahead of myself this time.

Entertaining the Sombrevilles: I need to do something with it, because it’s basically finished. Still pondering this.

Erotic short stories: I have a lot of these by now. What to do about them?

I’m totally absorbed by books and words right now, and I love it. Working on a story, or reading a great book, is the best feeling in the world.

On another note, I watched Crimson Peak recently and oh my God, Tom Hiddleston. ❤ I haven’t given him much thought before but boy, is he amazing. And handsome. Very handsome. Why aren’t there more movies like that? I’m so, so weak for anything gothic. I’d love to write gothic gay fiction stories because that combination would be simply divine.

Gay love recs: Movies

There are so many great LGBTQ movies out there. Here are a few that I would recommend to anyone looking for a touching and interesting m/m love story:

  1. Weekend (2011) – This is an amazing, tender portrayal of two men and their growing feelings for each other during one intense weekend. Absolutely beautiful.
  2. Maurice (1987) – A classic gay movie based on E. M. Forster’s novel, featuring Hugh Grant, James Wilby and Rupert Graves. Sweet and romantic and perfectly British.
  3. Beautiful Thing (1996) – Love between two working class boys in a British suburb. Awfully cute story that will make you smile.
  4. Ai no Kotodama (2008) – A Japanese movie about two boys who face trouble in their relationship when one of them has to deal with jealousy. Not the best movie ever, quality-wise, but the boys are cute.

There are, of course, lots of others – most gay-themed movies seem to have sad endings, though, and there’s always lots of death and drugs and misery. Which is sad, and I hope there will be less angst and more happily-ever-afters for on-screen LGBTQ couples/characters in the future.

I really want to watch Tel Aviv (Out in the Dark) (2012), but I’m afraid it’s going to be sad and angsty and make me feel bad after I’ve watched it… Does anyone know what it’s like?

International Women’s Day: Best Female Character?

Saw this poll and had a hard time choosing between so many great characters (not that any of my faves are on there, but I didn’t really expect them to be either). Characters are and always have been very important to me – creating huge verses with lots and lots of people is a weakness of mine, and I love thinking about the psychology of a character and his/her relationships with other people.

“Strong female characters” is a tiresome stereotype that I have a great dislike for – that’s the kind of women Steven Moffat creates, all sass and legs and random martial arts skills. A female character, or any character for that matter, isn’t automatically good or interesting just because she has a lot of lines and does cool things. On the contrary – the best Doctor Who companion ever, Donna, did a lot of cool stuff in her episodes but what made her great was how real and genuine she came across. She had a messy life, no real job, a mother who was always nagging her, and she could be rude and loud at times – while also being a truly warm and empathetic person. She’s a character a lot of people can probably relate to and I really wish there could have been more episodes with her and the Doctor.

Some other great female characters I love are Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Annie Wilkes (Misery), Jane Eyre, and of course Elsa (Frozen). Scarlett because she is amazing and dresses like a Southern goddess, Annie Wilkes because of her realness, Jane Eyre because she is strong in the good sense of the word, and Elsa – I can’t even describe my feelings for this character. ‘Love’ is too weak a word for it.

Do you have any favourite female characters?

Bästa helgen

Nu är jag på resande fot och sitter på typ världens finaste bibliotek, i världens skönaste fåtölj dessutom (ordentliga läsfåtöljer med stöd för nacken, oh how I love them). Kan det bli bättre? 

Ja, det kan ju det, för så snart Camilla har jobbat klart ska vi hem till henne, äta gudomlig glass från ett visst amerikanskt företag, och titta på Magic Mike. Är så jävla pepp för detta alltså. Hur kan jag INTE ha sett den filmen tidigare, egentligen? 

Funderar även allvarligt på att återuppta True Blood, även om jag hade väldigt goda skäl att sluta titta (typ efter säsong fem, tror jag? Hur många har det gått egentligen?). Det är en så jäkla mysig serie i botten alltså men som alla amerikanska serier så går de alldeles för länge utan att egentligen ha mer att berätta, och så blir det urvattnat och dåligt och man flyr det sjunkande skeppet med en unken eftersmak i munnen. Finns så många serier som började så bra men som jag till slut inte stod ut med längre (jag tittar på er, Glee och Gossip Girl). Tråkigt!

Men som sagt, TB har ju faktiskt sina kvaliteter. *host* Joe Manganiello *host*

Kommer bli en bra kväll, detta. 😉