I've hugely enjoyed the last couple of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
episodes ('Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim?' and 'Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?'). In particular, I'm loving the Nathaniel storyline. He could be Jeff Winger's evil (well, more
evil) brother; there's a definite physical resemblance, and half his lines sound like they could easily be coming out of Jeff's mouth. They're also both lawyers with father issues, come to think of it. (Plus, hey, Jeff canonically has an evil double.)
I don't love Nathaniel half as much as I love Jeff Winger, but he's fun. He also had a pretty incredible song
in 'Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?' (warning for weight-shaming, because Nathaniel is the worst
I'm horrendously predictable when it comes to this character type.Fiction:
Hey, this guy's an arsehole!Riona:
Wow, what an arsehole!Fiction:
He occasionally shows glimpses of having feelings, though.Riona:
What's this? Is he attracted to a young woman who he thinks of as off-limits?Riona:
Don't do this to me.Fiction:
He tries to resist! But he can't stop glancing over at her!Riona:
I wouldn't say I 'ship
him with Rebecca, exactly. I definitely don't want them to be together. (I don't really want Rebecca to be in a romantic relationship with anyone; romantic relationships aren't good for her.) But I do want them to have lots of uncomfortable sexual tension and possibly make out sometimes.
Given Life Is Strange
, Until Dawn
and now Oxenfree
, I seem to have fallen heavily into the Bad Teen Decisions Simulator genre of videogame. (Come to think of it, Dangan Ronpa
is also a series of games about bad teen decisions, although it doesn't let you make those bad decisions yourself.)
This is a great genre because it lends itself so well to one of my favourite fanfiction themes: characters undergo traumatic experiences, and then the story focuses on them talking about them, or refusing to talk about them, or not having anyone to talk about them with. The entire concept of these games is 'a handful of people go through horrendous experiences that nobody else will ever understand or believe'. They're perfect.
I didn't actually realise I had such a fondness for this until I looked back at all the one-shots I posted in 2016. There are fifteen, and this theme crops up in no fewer than seven of them. Whoops.
At one point in Oxenfree
, I accidentally chose a dialogue option that made Alex say she exercised a lot every morning. I was very annoyed with myself. No, I've made it canon that she's disciplined and she exercises and now I can't relate to her any more! (Alex is still great.)
I've suddenly remembered one of my all-time favourite YouTube videos, and I thought I'd link to it in case anyone hasn't seen it yet. It's two men dancing to Moulin Rouge
's 'El Tango de Roxanne' in the street. The video itself is low-quality, sadly, but the intensity of the dance comes through so clearly that it barely matters (and the intensity of the song doesn't hurt). You can watch it over here!