May. 28th, 2016 05:50 pm
alianne82: (Klaine - BIOTA)
I forgot how much I hate listening to recordings of my own voice. I made myself listen to the Todaydreambelievers Glee podcast I did and OMG that is NOT how I usually sound like I DO NOT ALWAYS SOUND LIKE I HAVE A COLD and I also don't always sound like a complete moron and okay yes the accent is real, I do have a horrible German accent. Good thing I signed up for like three more of those, haha. I am looking forward to recording them, but HOLY CRAP what is my voice. But I don't get many chances to *speak* English so YAY I'm not going to pass up this opportunity!

On a less awkward topic, I hope you're all having a good weekend!
alianne82: (Default)
It just occurred to me that I've had my phone for more than ten years now. And it still works, which is kind of amazing. Still, I want a new one already, but I seriously just can't bring myself to buy one when there's really nothing wrong with the old one. I mean, it can't do ANYTHING, besides, you know, call people and text people and take crappy pictures (it's a camera phone, yes, but mostly the pictures come out as a blur of pretty colors rather than actual pictures of anything).

I think I really kind of want one of those awesome not so new anymore, I know that, shut up! phones that have internet and stuff. The problem is that there's really nothing wrong with my phone, except for the fact that it probably belongs in a museum by now. It works. And it's not like I haven't tried. I've dropped it from great heights over the past few years, I've accidentally stepped on it a few times... the only thing I haven't done is run it over with a car, but I'm sure it would survive even that. The damn thing's a frickin' miracle. Even the battery's still fine, it still lasts three to five days, which I think is perfectly okay. And even if it does give out, I have a spare one that ACTUALLY CAME WITH THE PHONE and hasn't been used yet. This is a problem.

I'm bored now and I should probably go to sleep. Me and my crappy old phone have to spend five hours on a bus without air conditioning tomorrow. Oh well. *wanders off to read something*
alianne82: (freeze ray)
One thing that never ceases to annoy the hell out of me? Reading a story in which one character feels the need to change who he or she is for someone else, and it's treated like the most romantic thing in the world.

Interpersonal relationships are a part of many - if not really almost all - stories. Books, movies, TV shows, fanfiction... whatever. Not always at the center, not always of the romantic kind, but always there. As human beings, we simply need them in our lives, because we need to interact with others. What always makes me turn away from a story, as good as it may otherwise be, though, is when those relationships - or, to be more specific, one particular relationship - is being singled out as one character's sole reason for living. That is just a very unhealthy way of looking at a relationship, and to me it always feels like it really diminishes the beauty of it all.

I simply cannot read a story in which one charatcer feels like he or she has to sacrifice part of his or her personality in order to keep another person around. If you ever feel like you have to change who you are in order to be with another person - well, there may be something wrong with your relationship.

Of course, certain adjustments are fine. Like, make them learn to chew with their mouth closed, or teach them to not leave dirty underwear lying around on the bedroom floor, or, if it really makes sense in the story, even let them give up their job and move to another town to be closer to someone, but that is already something that has to be handled very carefully.

But the very idea of 'I Live Only For You' is enough for me to close a book, turn off the TV or stop reading fanfiction, because... no. Just. No. Don't ever make one character live for another one. Don't have them give up their own hopes and dreams so that someone else can be happy. They will end up resenting each other for it, even if the part of the story that we get to see ends before that. A relationship is hard work, and even fictional characters deserve to go through that. It is much more romantic to have them explore how they can fit together as two separate people, and to make them reach their own compromises, and have them Stay Together Even Though They Might Want To Kill Each Other Sometimes.

Never define a character as one half of a couple. There's more to a human being than that.

Yes, it's great to read about how perfect two people are for each other. But it's even better to read about all their faults and the things they do that drive the other person up the wall, and how they still stay together.

Perfect people and perfect relationships are boring and unrealistic. It's their flaws and their imperfections that make fictional characters interesting. AND it's the potential for conflict that makes a fictional relationship interesting.

I have no problem with fluff. I love it. But even fluff should never be randomly exchanged romantic nonsense between two empty shells, or, even worse, one great character and one empty character shell. If it's just a small scene, fine, you can probably get away with that. But don't make it the point of a story. Just No.
alianne82: ((gg) reality)
Lately, I'm having a lot of those moments where I'm watching TV and suddenly something happens that reminds me of something I've read in fanfiction (it really should be the other way around, shouldn't it?). There are three possible explanations for this:

1) Our entire culture is focused on the same ever-recurring themes and issues. Pop-culture especially relies heavily on clich├ęs and stereotypes that are being endlessly reused and exploited.

2) It's all a big conspiracy. The People Who Make Television all read fanfiction and use the craziness of their fanbase to cater to their wishes in order to boost ratings, selling it all as their original thoughts.

3) I read way too much fanfiction and it has somehow destroyed my brain.

Conclusion: I should probably eat something. Kind of forgot about that today.
alianne82: ((gg) before eleven)
From the list of Things That Are Annoying: when you have a brilliant story idea, everything planned out perfectly in your head, and then you sit down at your desk, open a Word document (or, in my case, OpenOffice Writer because I'm weird like that) on your laptop, and your mind just goes blank. Then you end up staring at the wall for thirty minutes until you realize you really can't remember anything and decide to clean the apartment instead.

Anyways. My favorite word of the day: arachibutyrophobia. Yes, that's a word. For the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

Also, is there a funnier sound in the world than the sound of a person walking in flip-flops?
alianne82: (on purpose)
Nothing is happening today. Like, NOTHING. At all. I'm so incredibly bored, it's not funny.

Random fact: I really hate looking for roommates. No matter how many nice people you meet, the ones you get stuck with are always the ones you are afraid will axe-murder you in your sleep.

Another random fact: it's always a good idea to check whether your cell phone battery died before you bitch at someone for not calling back.

Did I mention that I have nothing to do? I'm actually so bored, I wrote fanfiction. Ahh. Which I have no intention of posting, don't worry. :P (It's Glee, specifically Klaine, and it's the result of what my brain does when I am bored and in the mood for mindless fluff.)

I really need to find something to do now.
alianne82: (Default)
Day didn't start off too bad. But then I got up. Argh. *headdesks repeatedly*

So here's the Happy Things Meme, for which I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] rory_elizabeth ages ago. Right now I just need some happy thoughts.

Rules are easy, just post 10 things that recently made you happy! Tag 10 people and force them to post this meme on their LJs.

1. London! Travelling and meeting flisters. It was awesome.
2. [livejournal.com profile] emily_sheppard coming over for a weekend at the beginning of semester break.
3. It started raining again. I love rain.
4. One afternoon in the city with my sisters.
5. Frozen Wocochino (Caramel) from World Coffee. Best thing ever.
6. Lots of wonderful shows coming back on TV.
7. Curling up on the couch with a book while it's raining outside.
8. Singing along to Broadway tunes at the top of my lungs while driving around in the car. There's nothing better.
9. A fic I wrote getting validated at svufiction and being favourit-ed three times when I signed on the next morning.
10. I'm gonna spend a week at the North Sea later this month.

Tagging all those of you who want it or need something happy.

I'm gonna go and try to survive this day now. Hugs for everyone.
alianne82: (eff bee eye)
It's raining. Raining, raining, raining. Lots of rain. Lots of water coming from the sky. There's also a lot of flooding. We have this tiny little river in my hometown. There's so little water in it that most of the year you don't even realize it's there. (Well, the bridges are something of a giveaway, but they're not really necessary. You could just drive through it without noticing. Theoretically.) Now, there's suddenly water in it. Lots of it.

Some of the streets in town are closed. The rain actually came through one of the walls in my room. The parking lot in front of the supermarket is gone and has been replaced by a two feet deep lake. Ducks are swimming there. They seem quite happy with the way the weather has decided to be.

Can we have this kind of weather all year, please? I love it so. And it will be even nicer when all the people who are here for sister's birthday will be gone again, because the house is kind of crowded right now and you can't really go outside. Well, you can. I do it all the time. But I actually like rain.

I think I need to move to some place of the world where it rains a lot. Suggestions, please?
alianne82: (Default)
Why was 'Crossing Jordan' cancelled? I miss it. I need to get myself some episodes. /random

I'm bored. Still have time before I have to go to work.

meme )
alianne82: (lorelai + coffee + car)
I have nothing to say. Isn't that sad? I think I seriously need to get a life so I have interesting things to report all the time. On the other hand, if I did get a life I'd probably not have time to hang out online for hours on end thinking about what I could put in my next livejournal post. Hm. *scratches head* This is too complicated for me.

On to other things. I really want to go to Scandinavia. Unfortunately, I don't have the time, I don't have the money, and I'm already going to London in about a month (LONDON!! SOON!! YAY!!). I want a job that makes me have to travel all the time. (Actually, I want any kind of job that isn't MY job, but I guess that's not so unusual.) Maybe I should quit university and become... something. What jobs do make you travel a lot? Suggestions? Come on, you can decide about my future here. *g*

Um. I already ran out of things to say. Told you. Well. I think I'm going to go looking for chocolate. Oh right. Am spending the weekend at my parents'. My sisters made me watch High School Musical. My cats love the rain because they're weird like that. And there's cake. Lots of it.

And because this post doesn't deserve its entire pointlessness, here's a meme )

And now I really need chocolate. And coffee.


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