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 I just finished rereading a couple of old "lost in a snowstorm/must huddle for warmth" types of stories, and it made realize just how much fondness I have for those tropes. 

Now, I'm curious to hear what types of hurt/comfort plots other people like?
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 Spoilers and rant ahead!

Let me tell you about a character in Archie Comics named Kevin Keller. He is my favorite Archie Comics character of all time, with Reggie and Betty tying for a close second. Introduced in 2010 as Archie Comics' first gay character, Kevin was welcomed to Riverdale with open arms, quickly becoming close friends with both Jughead and Veronica. He quickly became president of his class, and one of his first acts was to build a 9/11 memorial on the school grounds. A military brat who'd travelled around the world, Kevin was interested in journalism and comic books, ran track, frequently engaged in eating contests with Jughead, entered a Jeopardy-like game show on national television, worked as a lifeguard, and counselled a former bully of his who was going through a rough time at home.

Very few of his stories focused on being gay, with even fewer centered on homophobia; his sexuality was acknowledged and 99.5% of the time simply accepted without second thought. No one significant really thought it was any big deal that Kevin Keller liked boys. In Afterlife With Archie (the zombie apocalypse AU), while Kevin does endure some homophobia from Reggie, he's also a badass archer who routinely takes out zombies with just a bow and arrow.

That is to say, the Kevin Keller of the comics is a far cry from the catty gay stereotype who appears on Riverdale for the sole purpose of being the gay BFFs with whatever female character is standing nearby.


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 Several months ago, when looking for podcasts about nostalgic cartoons, I stumbled upon this podcast about G.I. Joe. Despite knowing nothing about the franchise beyond the Channing Tatum movie, I decided to give the series a shot, and I'm definitely glad I did.

What is G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero? Preppies of the Apocalypse put it best in her review of the episode of “The Gamesmaster”:


“Usually at this point in one of these analyses, I’d take a bit of a detour to give everyone some background info about the show, maybe a broad overview of the plot, perhaps a quick rundown of the primary characters. I’m not going to bother with that this time, because… look, it’s a cartoon designed to sell action figures to small children. There are no subtle plot nuances that are going to be too tricky for G.I. Joe novices to follow. Here’s all you need to know: The bad guys are the members of the terrorist organization Cobra, led by the power-mad yet totally incompetent Cobra Commander, and the good guys are the Joes, members of an elite military organization dedicated to taking down Cobra. It has a huge cast of surprisingly well-developed characters (more characters = more action figures), and while jingoistic American exceptionalism always makes me a little queasy, particularly when packaged as entertainment for kids, the show is a hoot.”


Before I go on, some links:

Knowing is Half the Podcast (newer episodes)

Knowing is Half the Podcast (older episode archive)

Preppies of the Apocalypse: "Skeletons in the Closet" Episode Review

The 10 Most Bizarre
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Episodes

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
: The Five Most Insane Episodes


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 Some fans complain about certains cliches, calling them overdone, annoying, or simply a sign of bad writing. And yet, I still have a few I simply adore and will never get tired of, and I'm sure many others have their own favorites.

Harry Potter

- Draco is suddenly a ~misunderstood and sensitive~ soul, often with a tragic past and/or an abusive background. The realization of who Draco "really is" is the catalyst for Draco to be invited to join the Light/Order of the Phoenix/Dumbledore's Army and/or for Ron, Hermione and Harry to befriend him.

- Draco's eyes are now "silver" rather than their canon gray.

- Draco is part veela, or entirely a male veela.


The Lord of the Rings

- Legolas is revealed to have a dark secret of a tragic past that is revealed to the other Walkers during the question to destroy the one ring.

- Legolas gets hurt and then has to hide his injuries from the group because he doesn't want to delay the mission.


Criminal Minds


- Reid is revealed to have a dark/tragic past (noticing a pattern here?) that is revealed to the team through a case.

- Reid's dad resurfaces, and Reid or other gets to tell him off in epic fashion.


That's me. Does anyone else have some favorite fanfic cliches?
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As Yuletide is set to begin later this week, what are you planning on nominating? What are you hoping to see nominated? What characters and pairings do you want to write, and what characters and pairings do you want to see written?

Personally, I want to geek out with people over Trixie Belden, and I also am interested in seeing what happens with comics this year. What about you?
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 Observations:

1) At the end of the movie, Harley Quinn is reading some racy romance novel-- a harlequin romance novel.

2) I still love the scene when Batman rescues Harley from the water-- but what in the world was up with Bat's CPR methods? It doesn't look like rescue breathing-- it just looks like he was kissing her. The camera angle created some obscurity, though, so I can't help but wonder if Harley took a page from The Sandlot and pulled him into a kiss just for the lulz.

3) The chemical wedding scene was beautifully shot and had an excellent song with a unique arrangement-- "Gangsta" by Kehlani, Suicide Squad OST-- to accompany it. The music can also be heard in an earlier scene, where Joker is surrounded by knives.


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 Let's be clear: the script definitely had some questionable dialogue choices. But honestly, in terms of plot, I really don't think this movie is any weaker than Thor or The Avengers. In fact, the more familiar you are with Amanda Waller's character, the more the plot makes sense.

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 I walked into this movie not expecting to like it very much, so I was surprised to find the movie fun and engaging, though certainly not flawless.

To begin, here are two of my favorite Harley moments from the Batman cartoon, both from "Harley's Holiday."

Harley's day out.

Harley's return to Arkham.

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