rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I watched the first five episodes of Elementary a few days ago. It's good! I often have trouble getting along with procedurals, but Elementary has genuinely interesting mysteries of the week, which strikes me as unusual. I loved The Mentalist, but I never really cared much about the case of the week; I just enjoyed the characters enough to carry me through it. With Elementary, I'm not hugely invested in the characters yet, but they have potential, and the mysteries are interesting enough to keep me watching until that potential is (hopefully) fulfilled.

I'm also seeing potential for Holmes and Watson to have a really interesting claustrophobic, codependent relationship, but I think Watson might be too well-adjusted for that. Alas!

I've just discovered Koethe Koethe's Life Is Strange fan songs, and they're ridiculously impressive. 'Price', 'Storm' and 'Better Then' are some of my favourites (if you discount 'The Beans Song', which is so good it's unfair to make the other songs compete against it), but they're all pretty great: so well produced, and they all sound like songs that could actually appear in the game. I usually get second-hand embarrassment from fan songs with lyrics, but these really work. They sort of make me want to play it again.

Bit of a disconcerting change from all the Linkin Park I've been listening to lately, though (whoops).

Danganronpa V3, having previously been listed for a June release, now apparently isn't coming out in English until the end of September. Another seven months of dodging spoilers, I suppose!

I love these games so much. I love how well-crafted and interesting most of the murder mysteries are; I love the characters, this collection of weak, flawed, frightened people making horrible mistakes.

I first experienced Dangan Ronpa through orenronen's fan translations, which got up to halfway through the second game before the games were licensed for release in English, so I've only actually played half a game unspoiled. And, as much as I enjoyed reading it in Let's Play form (and as fiddly as some of the minigames are), actually playing it was a much better experience. The trials guide you gently from logical conclusion to logical conclusion, and that process - gradually piecing together what happened yourself, the dawning sense of dread as you realise who the murderer was - works so well.

I'm so excited to play an entire Dangan Ronpa game without knowing what to expect. I just have to make sure I don't run into spoilers!

For... for seven months. And, going by the fact that there are almost four hundred works on AO3 less than two months after the Japanese release, I'd guess that there are plenty of fan translations floating around. This is the sort of series where an entire case or an entire game can be spoiled by a single piece of fanart. Wish me luck.
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
I don't often post audience participation entries these days, simply because there's not much of an audience left to participate; Livejournal and Dreamwidth are very quiet places! But I'm fretting about various things at the moment (nothing insurmountable, things are probably going to be fine), and I could do with a distraction, so it's worth a try:

Ask any fictional character you think I might be able to manage a question, and I'll reply in-character as them with an answer (or possibly reply as myself going 'WHAT THE HELL, I CAN'T DO THIS'). Feel free to ask either as yourself or as another character.

You may, if you wish, ask multiple questions (perhaps of multiple characters) or attempt to engage the characters in extended conversation. I've attempted to answer as real people in the past, but I'm specifying fictional characters this time, I'm afraid!

(Alternatively, or in addition: name a canon you know I have at some point enjoyed, and I'll dig up and post an extract from the unfinished fanfiction I've almost certainly got lying around.)

Feel free to comment even if we haven't talked in six years! If you're not sure of my fandoms (I have approximately a billion fandoms), my tag list should give you an idea. Although for some reason I have a 'buffy' tag? Don't ask for Buffy; I've seen about four episodes and you'll be disappointed.

To avoid duplicates on the 'unfinished fanfiction' question, below are links to the different versions of this entry (and the list of fandoms I've thus far posted snippets for in each one):

Livejournal: The Mentalist, My Little Pony, Harry Potter
Dreamwidth: The Last of Us, Uncharted, Top Gear, Assassin's Creed, The World Ends With You, Dangan Ronpa, Ghost Trick, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Prison Break
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
Back in 2011, I made an entry on The Mentalist in which I said the following about Lisbon's niece, Annie:

She's so sneaky and manipulative and mischievous and confident; she has the sort of cocky charm that you often see in male characters but rarely in female. I think she should leap from The Mentalist over to Supernatural and become a hunter; she'd love it.

How did nobody tell me that there is a Supernatural episode ('Adventures in Babysitting') in which Annie's actress plays a fourteen-year-old hunter? (Not that I am actually complaining about not having been told, because it was such a great surprise.) Thank you, reality; this was not a dream I expected to have fulfilled!

(She reminded me at times of Ellie from The Last of Us, which is no bad thing. Has anyone written fanfiction about Ellie as a hunter? Perhaps someone should. A rare instance in which a hunter AU would be slightly less depressing than canon.)

And some more notes on the first half of the seventh season of Supernatural. Spoilers up to 'Death's Door'. )

I'm really enjoying the seventh season so far! I didn't think I'd ever really get back into Supernatural; I'm very glad I was wrong.
rionaleonhart: red dead redemption: john marston reloads sexily (debatable). (just gonna reload while talkin' to you)
Nobody has ever loved anyone as much as Dean Winchester loves his brother. He's heartbroken when Sam, in 'Shadow', makes it clear that he's planning on going back to college rather than spending his life desecrating graves by Dean's side, and coincidentally so am I.

There are so many tiny moments between the Winchesters that make me press my hand over my heart: the telephone conversation in 'Scarecrow', Dean's desperation to find Sam in 'The Benders'. At the end of 'Something Wicked', Sam wishes his childhood hadn't been so screwed up. Dean wishes the same thing: not that his own childhood hadn't been so screwed up, but that Sam's hadn't. Their relationship is such a mess, but it's a mess I adore.

Dean's love for the Impala, of course, is also intense and beautiful. When Dean loves, he loves so fiercely.

Even though I really like most of the recurring characters we'll meet later in this rewatch (Bobby! Ellen and Jo! Ruby! Bela! Castiel! Crowley!), I think there's a part of me that'll be quite sad when the cast expands and the overarching plot becomes more complicated and it's no longer just about these brothers and their damaged-but-unbreakable bond. There's something rather lovely about the small, very personal scale of early Supernatural.

On a non-Winchester-related note, Supernatural is rather good at creating interesting, memorable one-off characters. I love The Mentalist, but its single-episode characters almost never make an impression on me. In Supernatural, though, characters like Layla in 'Faith', the policewoman in 'The Benders', the kid in 'Something Wicked': these are characters I remember. Even if, you know, I don't necessarily remember them by name.

I suppose perhaps it's unfair to compare The Mentalist to Supernatural on this front. The Mentalist has to introduce an entire little cast for each episode, because the episodes are mostly self-contained murder mysteries; you need more than one or two suspects. Supernatural doesn't have that requirement, so it can have fewer one-off characters and give them more time to develop on the screen. It generally works very well.

Finally: Sam's teeth are really unsettlingly radiantly white. Something supernatural is clearly going on there.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
The sixth-season finale of The Mentalist didn't really sit well with me, sadly, for a number of reasons.

The Mentalist: 'Blue Bird'. )

For all this, though, there was one scene I absolutely adored: the one where Lisbon storms off and Jane gets miserably drunk and completely forgets that he set up an elaborate trap for a killer and is incredibly confused when people start showing up with guns. PERFECT.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: jane grins at you, evidently having just come up with a plan lisbon will hate. (let's go)
I doubt anyone remembers this, but I am working my way through a self-imposed challenge ('write a ficlet for each letter of the alphabet, each concerning two characters whose names begin with that letter') at a hilariously glacial pace. Previous instalments are here and here. I was joking when I said I'd have these finished in 2015; now I'm starting to wonder whether that prediction might have been a bit too optimistic.

Here are five more ficlets! I've only actually managed four more letters, but it's five ficlets because for some reason I wrote two for J. Fandoms represented are Uncharted, Tangled, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Free!, The Mentalist, Red Dead Redemption and Community.

Same-letter alphabet ficsnippets: E, F, H, J and, er, J. )

According to the emerging pattern, I'll probably be posting the next instalment a year from now. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these!
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: sora, riku and kairi having a friendly chat. (and they returned home)
I've been watching far too much Community. I walked into the pub to meet some friends on Saturday evening, saw a man who looked a bit like Pierce Hawthorne, and my immediate instinct was to go over there and join him because evidently that was where my study group was sitting. It took me a moment to remember that I am not, in fact, friends with Jeff and the gang, to my simultaneous disappointment and relief.

I can't believe my instinct on seeing 'Pierce' wasn't to run away.

Jeff: You want a nice little taste of what you're missing in a relationship with six nutcases?

Jeff: Abed, it's called chemistry. I have it with everybody.

Jeff's text message to the group on Valentine's Day: It might not shock you guys to hear the real reason we had a fight today. Caring about a person can be scary. Caring about six people can be a horrifying, embarrassing nightmare, at least for me. But if I can't say it today, when can I say it? I love you guys.

Oh, dear. The concept of Jeff/the entire study group appears to have settled firmly down in my affections and started building a little nest. Because he's right; he does have chemistry with everyone.

Slightly odd to realise there are now two characters I 'ship with five people simultaneously. The other is, of course, Patrick Jane from The Mentalist. It's five instead of four with Jane because I include Hightower; it's five instead of six with Jeff because I refuse to 'ship Pierce with anyone.

(EDIT: Although I do 'ship Jeff quite a lot with himself. Does that count as a sixth person?)

(Some notes I scribbled down on Jeff/everyone a couple of days ago: Jeff/everyone is a little more complicated than Jane/everyone, because Jeff's relationships with others in the group can be sexual. But to what extent? How do his relationships with individual members of the group differ from each other? On the whole, I don't think he's sexually attracted to men. Does he only have sex with the women, although he's at least a little in love with everyone? Shirley's beliefs might complicate things. Only with Annie and Britta? Only with Britta? I'm actually leaning towards the last for now. Annie is too young and too fucked-up and he wouldn't feel good about himself.

I'd quite like to write fanfiction about this, but it's proving difficult.)

Jeff/Annie is still by far the pairing I'm most invested in, though. Community keeps exploiting that investment in order to play games with my heart, and I'm becoming steadily less able to cope. Episode 3.02, 'Geography of Global Conflict', had a particularly painful scene which I really hope doesn't mark the end of the weird possibly-romantic tension between them. DON'T MAKE PROMISES YOU CAN'T KEEP, UNEXPECTED MUSICAL NUMBER AT THE START OF SEASON THREE.

I realise this sentiment conflicts slightly with my 'Annie is too young and too fucked-up and he wouldn't feel good about himself' note above. I never claimed that my taste in pairings made sense.

(I haven't seen anything beyond 'Geography of Global Conflict'; please don't tell me anything about future events!)
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: jane grins at you, evidently having just come up with a plan lisbon will hate. (let's go)
Well, the Mentalist episode 'Red John' (6.08) just aired over here. Here is a very spoilery entry about it.

The Mentalist: 'Red John'. )

In conclusion, I have no idea what to say in conclusion and I beg you to stop looking at me like that.
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
Whoops, went quiet for a month and a half there. I'm still around! Not a lot's happened, though; I've mostly just been working. I hope there are still people here.

To my surprise as much as yours, I finally finished the answers to that character-number meme: the one where I picked fifteen characters and you asked questions like 'would Six and Eleven make a good couple?' without knowing which character corresponded to which number. The one I posted more than a year ago. That one. Whoops.

Previous answer instalments are here and here. Fandoms represented below the cut are My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Uncharted, The Mentalist, Red Dead Redemption, Phineas and Ferb, Portal, Peep Show, Silent Hill and Pokémon.

I was going to say 'It's stupid crossover time!' before remembering that, in this journal, every time is stupid crossover time. )

rionaleonhart: the mentalist: jane grins at you, evidently having just come up with a plan lisbon will hate. (let's go)
I could marry the fifth series of The Mentalist. Only five episodes in and it's already everything I ever wanted. I think I squeaked with excitement when I realised what 'Red Dawn' was dealing with. (AND WE GOT THE COUCH'S ORIGIN STORY, AMAZING.)

I tend to drift away from American television around the fourth or fifth series - American series are just so long, and I find they often start to feel like they're exhausting themselves by that point - so I'm thrilled that The Mentalist is still holding my interest so strongly. I suppose it doesn't hurt that Jane and Lisbon are two of my favourite characters of all time. Slightly worried about where The Mentalist might end up - the more it delves into Patrick Jane's considerable dark side, the less certain I become about just how deep that dark side goes; without his love for the team to keep him human, who knows what he would be by now? He's already gone terrifyingly far even with the anchor of his attachment to the team - but I'm certainly going to enjoy seeing it get there.

More Final Fantasy XIII-2! The plot of this game is completely incoherent and ridiculous. Normal time travel stories deal with the concept that changing the past changes the future; Final Fantasy XIII-2 insists that IF YOU CHANGE THE FUTURE, YOU CHANGE THE PAST.

It took me a while to warm up to Noel the first time I played, so it's nice to play through the early scenes again with a better appreciation of his character. He doesn't have much understanding of social norms, because he comes from a time when you'll probably be eaten by a monster before you're thirty and therefore have more important things to worry about than avoiding embarrassment in polite society, and he resents people who leave others to fend for themselves and he makes terrible jokes and he's fundamentally the ultimate Hufflepuff (not that that's a surprise, because every male party member in the Final Fantasy XIII universe - Sazh, Snow, Hope, Noel - is Hufflepuff through and through). The problem with liking Noel now (and with my fondness for the Noel-Serah friendship) is that I get really conflicted over which Live Trigger options to choose. I want to see all the possible dialogue! Stop restricting me to one option of four!

I sort of want to write Hope/Serah (when Hope is in his twenties, not when he's fourteen), because they would be adorable, but I can't because both the characters and I would feel too bad about Snow. Snow left and hasn't been seen for years, yes, but that's not exactly going to alleviate Serah's guilt; he left to find Lightning, because he was the only one who believed Serah when she insisted that Lightning was still alive. And obviously Snow and Hope have had a very strong connection ever since they got over that, you know, attempted murder thing.

You can't write Hope/Serah. It would be like that scene in (the original) Bedazzled where both the woman and her lover spend their entire tryst in tears, sobbing about how wonderful her husband is. Which is a shame, because Hope and Serah would be such a cute couple if they didn't have all that guilt to deal with.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xiii: lightning pays intense attention to you. (speak carefully)
Found myself inexplicably struck by the urge to replay Final Fantasy XIII-2, so I've started up a new game on that. I keep 'awww'ing whenever Serah and Noel interact. XIII-2 may not be as strong on character as its predecessor, but I do really like the friendship between the two leads.

I've mentioned it before, but I love that this game is about a really close male-female friendship without a hint of romance. It's not a 'will they, won't they' dynamic; it's a pretty unambiguous 'they won't'. But their relationship is never portrayed as in any way unimportant or lesser for being 'just' friendship.

(Not that there's anything wrong with 'shipping them! 'Shipping them is entirely fine. It's just refreshing that their relationship in canon is affectionate in a way devoid of romantic implication.)

Something I'd never seen before: I was in the Bresha Ruins pre-Atlas defeat, when it's pouring with rain. Whilst I spoke to one of those guards who are rendered completely unintelligible by their stupid helmets, Noel ran under an archway to get out of the rain and sat down against the wall. I found this completely adorable for some reason. It's rather nice that the character you're not controlling will sometimes wander around and do their own thing; party member behaviour has come a long way since the PERFECT ORDERLY SINGLE FILE of Final Fantasy VIII.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to recruit an Albino Lobo today (gotta catch 'em all!). One practically threw itself at me the first time I played, so I hadn't realised how rare they were. They're fantastically ugly things, but I had to have one on my team; Hendrick the Albino Lobo stayed with me throughout the entire game on my first playthrough and served me extremely well. Eventually, just when I was about to abandon my search, a pair of Albino Lobos took pity on me and tried to bite my face off. Welcome to the team, Fenrir!

The Mentalist returned to UK television a few weeks ago - we're up to 'Blood Feud' - and I am loving this series. Some people use flowers; Jane expresses his love by, well, doing that alarming thing he did for Rigsby in 'Blood Feud'. I don't know whether I want to coo adoringly or hide underneath a table whenever he's on the screen.

I had a dream, shortly before the fifth series started over here, that Jane occasionally worked on cases with a teenage girl and got upset when people mistook her for his daughter. Given 'Devil's Cherry', this seems oddly prescient. I have to wonder whether the dream I had shortly afterwards, in which Jane attempted to prevent Red John from leaving by kissing him, will also somehow manifest itself in canon. Or the one in which Jane suspected me of murder. I hope that one doesn't come true.

(The title of this entry comes from Jane. Something else that delights me about Jane: when he wants Van Pelt to zoom in on a digital image, he asks, 'Can you grow that? Can you - can you biggify?' He is absolutely useless with computers and I love it.)
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)
SOMEONE ANONYMOUSLY BOUGHT ME PAID LIVEJOURNAL TIME. Who are you, mysterious person? Whoever you are, I think you're absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much!

I mentioned to [ profile] th_esaurus (who is now my housemate!) that someone had bought me paid time. She pointed out that this was probably because I am, in fact, the only person who still uses Livejournal. It's true, alas.

Do I have anything to offer you, anonymous benefactor? It's difficult to choose something when I don't know who you are! Here are some snippets of unfinished fanfiction, anyway; I hope you find something you like in here. (I also hope you find something you like if you are not my anonymous benefactor, of course.)

My Little Pony/Merlin: Lancelass, the sequel to Marelin. )

The Mentalist: Lisbon becomes psychic. )

Peep Show/Harry Potter: Mark and Jeremy meet on the Hogwarts Express )

Thank you again!

Unrelatedly: last week, I had a conversation with some friends on the subject of bad stories for Disney to adapt. We came up with Disney's A Clockwork Orange, Disney's Saw and Disney's The Human Centipede. The Human Centipede would have an actual centipede as a cute talking animal sidekick.

Further thoughts on the subject would be very welcome.
rionaleonhart: top gear: the start button on a bugatti veyron. (going down tonight)
Back in 2010, I attempted a self-imposed challenge: alphabet ficsnippets (A to M, M to Z). The idea was that the first snippet concerned one character whose name began with A and one whose name began with B, the second a B and a C, the third a C and a D and so on. As I had so much fun with them, I thought I'd attempt another type of alphabet challenge: snippets for each letter of the alphabet, each concerning two characters whose names begin with that letter.

As my snippets seem to be a bit longer this time, I'm probably going to post these in more than two instalments. This entry contains six: A, L, M, O, P and X, because I don't have the discipline to write them in alphabetical order. Also, I cheat outrageously in the very first ficlet by never actually having one of the characters appear or indeed be mentioned.

Fandoms represented in here are Glee, Final Fantasy XIII, The Mentalist, Death Note, Mulan, Red Dead Redemption, Dangan Ronpa, Phineas and Ferb, Kingdom Hearts and X-Men: First Class. Enjoy!

Same-letter alphabet ficsnippets: A, L, M, O, P, X. )

And that's all for the moment!

The fabulously-named Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair, if you're curious, is a game about a group of students who have been trapped in a prestigious school; the only way to escape is to kill someone without anyone else finding out you did it. It's never been released in English, but it's being translated with screenshots over here; there are links to the entire story so far in the first post. If you're anything like me, you will become super high-school level attached to almost every character and then get really distressed both when murders are committed and when you realise who the murderer is. I read through the second chapter yesterday and ended up all teary.

(EDIT: Should probably mention that the Let's Play link leads to the Something Awful forums, which have a rather idiosyncratic profanity filter. For 'gently caress', read 'fuck'; for 'poo poo', read 'shit'. I think 'fucking' becomes 'loving' as well. Mondo Oowada's speech becomes very weird if you're not aware of this. (Mondo, incidentally, is my favourite and I love him.))

I actually started reading Dangan Ronpa because someone said that Touko Fukawa, the 'Super High-school Level Literary Girl', was me. This was, I have come to realise, rather an uncharitable thing to say.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I have now seen 'The Crimson Hat', the fourth-series finale of The Mentalist! Here are my thoughts. This entry also contains spoilers for 'Red Rover, Red Rover', the preceding episode.

The Mentalist: 'The Crimson Hat'. )

And now the series is over! I'll miss you, The Mentalist. Looking forward to your return already.

(Maybe I should try to write more Mentalist fanfiction in the meantime. I really haven't written enough Jane/everyone. Of course it's impossible to write enough Jane/everyone, but I should at least have a crack at it.)
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
It is time for a game! Here is the premise:

- Come up with a good, or at least workable, concept for a work of fanfiction.
- Make it into a terrible idea by changing one word.

For example:

Jane wakes in unfamiliar surroundings. Red John is tired of the games. Extremely dark.

Jane wakes in unfamiliar surroundings. Red John is tired of the games. Extremely fluffy.

One of the l'Cie has been captured. Lightning mounts a rescue.

One of the l'Cie has been captured. Lightning awaits a rescue.

A love story about two souls displaced in time. Serah/Noel. Contains explicit scenes.

A love story about two souls displaced in time. Serah/Mog. Contains explicit scenes.

A series of ficlets in which various Waterloo Road pupils, struggling with personal issues, confide in the head.

A series of ficlets in which various Waterloo Road pupils, struggling with personal issues, confide in Pyramid Head.

YOUR TURN. Any fandom is welcome. I suppose you can try to write a snippet if you're really brave.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: jane grins at you, evidently having just come up with a plan lisbon will hate. (let's go)
I have just watched 'Red Rover, Red Rover', episode 4.23 of The Mentalist. Here is my reaction! [ profile] amy_wolf is not allowed to read this until she has watched the episode.

The Mentalist: 'Red Rover, Red Rover'. )

I haven't yet seen the fourth-series finale; please don't tell me anything about it!
rionaleonhart: final fantasy viii: found a draw point! no one can draw... (you're a terrible artist)
It's been months since the first instalment of the character-number questions, but I have not forgotten about them! I'm just really slow.

Here is the second instalment! Fandoms represented are, as before, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Peep Show, Phineas and Ferb, Red Dead Redemption, Portal, Uncharted and The Mentalist, with the inevitable mentions of Silent Hill and Pokémon.

Some day I'll just have 'a delicious piece of cake' as the ninth character. )

There are yet more answers to come! Goodness knows how long it'll take me to get to them, though.
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: jane grins at you, evidently having just come up with a plan lisbon will hate. (let's go)
I posted Don't Look Back (my Waterloo Road/Silent Hill crossover) to and it got two reviews, both of which conclude with 'please update soon'. I - I don't think I have the heart to say 'er, sorry, that's actually the end, he's presumably trapped in his own head for ever, have a nice day.' (One of them wasn't logged in, so I don't even have the means to say it.)

The main reason for this entry: I just watched episode 4.17 of The Mentalist, 'Cheap Burgundy', and I'm quite excited about it. Thoughts!

The Mentalist: 'Cheap Burgundy'. )

New episode of Waterloo Road tonight! ♥! ...WELL, I CARE. BBC One at eight, if you've absolutely nothing better to do. I just want more people to watch this terribrilliant programme.

I don't suppose I've really sold it with all my 'THIS IS SO BAD, SO BAD, I LOVE IT' entries. Erm. The characters are engaging? The plots are invariably stupid, but the characters and the relationships between them are genuinely engaging. I think so, anyway.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
Just over a week ago, [ profile] culf posted an entry speculating on how some of her favourite characters would fare in the Hunger Games. I found this idea interesting, and so I used a random number generator and a numbered list of characters from various fandoms to generate a set of tributes. The results:

Madeleine Hightower (The Mentalist)
Rin Tezuka (Katawa Shoujo)
Candace Flynn (Phineas and Ferb)
Teresa Lisbon (The Mentalist)
Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Grace Van Pelt (The Mentalist)
Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII)
Applejack (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
Mulan (Disney's Mulan)
Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)
Allison Cameron (House)

Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
Jeremy Usborne (Peep Show)
Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)
Sam Tyler (Life on Mars)
Professor Layton (Professor Layton)
Finn Sharkey (Waterloo Road)
The Master (Doctor Who, John Simm incarnation)
Brett Aspinall (Waterloo Road)
Dr Perry Cox (Scrubs)
Bobby Singer (Supernatural)
Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Josh Stevenson (Waterloo Road)

(One of the characters the random number generator fell on was actually the Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. I didn't include it. Those things are hardy; nobody else would have stood a chance!)

I'm going to envision the arena here as the actual arena in The Hunger Games. Characters are stripped of any special abilities they might have (the Final Fantasy characters can't use magic, for example, and Iroh can't Firebend). Below the cut are some thoughts on what might transpire. [ profile] culf detailed how and in what order everyone would die. I haven't done that here; there are some vague thoughts on who would kill whom, but these are really just scattered ideas about how each character would cope.

The 74th Fandom Hunger Games. )

I've just realised that I haven't mentioned Applejack or Rainbow Dash at all. I JUST CAN'T PUT THE BRIGHTLY-COLOURED TALKING PONIES INTO THE HUNGER GAMES ARENA. I CAN'T DO IT. I don't want them to be killed. I thought at first that perhaps they could kick the Master to death, but I don't want that either. It's just wrong. They do not belong in the Hunger Games world.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (i'm here now)
Regarding The Mentalist: I had no idea how much I 'shipped Cho/Summer until the end of 'At First Blush'. TURNS OUT I 'SHIP CHO/SUMMER QUITE A LOT.

I like Summer! I think she could be Santana Lopez's cousin; they have very similar faces, expressions and attitudes. After her first episode, I actually tried to find out whether Summer was played by Naya Rivera. You can't trust me on these matters, though; I'm terrible at telling faces apart. There was one point when I thought more or less every actor in North America was Neil Patrick Harris. It's entirely possible that they look absolutely nothing alike and I am a lunatic.

I thought I'd try rewatching Waterloo Road from the beginning, but it turns out that I find the early episodes really difficult to endure because I'm so distressed by what an awful person Tom is in series one and two. NOOOO TOM I'M SUPPOSED TO LOVE YOU.

So I rewatched Josh's coming-out story instead and spent the entire time brimming over with love for Josh's relationship with his father. I love it when they tease each other, and I love that, no matter how difficult Tom finds a situation, he will try to fight through it and do what's best for Josh. He doesn't always succeed, but he always tries.

I'd forgotten how jealous Finn is when Josh gets a boyfriend. 'Look, I don't care that he's gay. He can go out with every lad in the school for all I care; it's just... when you like girls, it's different 'cause you have your mate and then you have your girlfriend. If he's with another lad, then he's gonna be like his new best mate. Where do I fit in?' Bless you, Finn.

I must have completely missed this before, but Josh mentions Chlo! When Tom is reluctant to allow Nate to stay the night, Josh points out that he probably didn't make a fuss when Chlo wanted to have boyfriends over. Tom must have told Josh about her! Maybe they've met! I DEMAND FANFICTION ABOUT THEIR FIRST MEETING.

And then Tom gets over himself and goes 'yes, of course he can stay, why not?' and I just love their relationship so much, you guys. It's by no means perfect, and they both slip up sometimes, but they try so hard.

Favourite father-son duo ever. ♥!

I'm so pleased that Josh has let his curls grow back. Josh's hair is my favourite character.

I love Waterloo Road so much. It's quite possibly my favourite thing on television in all its ridiculous, melodramatic glory, and it's so strange to think I'd never have discovered it had I not, finding myself alone and without Internet access one night, turned on the television at exactly the right moment for it to catch my interest. Seriously, had I switched it on sixty seconds earlier or later, you probably wouldn't be suffering all my endless entries about it now. Sorry about that. Nobody else is posting about it! I feel the need to make up for the deficit!

(The person who has been cast as the Doctor's next companion was in Waterloo Road, incidentally. Excellent. I am going to take this as an invitation for stupid crossovers.)