Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given, if you want.
. By accident, actually, but who am I to pass up a chance to talk about myself.
1. Marry/ F*ck/Kill and other polls
I started doing MFK because I'm crap at updating regularly, and as a weekly fixture, it keeps from getting distracted from posting for week-long periods. It's turned into one of those wicked indulgences you only find in fandom, or at really good parties: who we gonna kill today, and how? Also, you know, polls are fantastic way to ask incredibly silly questions.
2. Ron Weasley
If not for Severus Snape (Snape + schmevil
4eva), Ron would be my favourite Harry Potter character. He's sweet, but a bit of a jerk; a true everyman. He's capable of fierce devotion and jealousy, has mood swings that could bowl over a giant, and is stubborn enough, and dumb enough, to cut off his nose to spite his face, nine times out of ten. He's the friend who offers to rough up people that make you cry. The guy who rarely lives up to his potential, unless you drag him kicking and screaming into achievement. But he's the guy who, when times are desperate, has your back and will lay down his life to save yours.
And please, the sweaters? The dress robes? Weasley Is Our King?
3. Newspaper Funnies
Two of my favourite webcomics are The Nietzsche Family Circus
and Garfield Minus Garfield
. Not just for the lolarious irony, but because I have a deep affection for comic strips. I read the funnies about three times a week, and make time on the weekend to read the comics insert, over a cup of coffee. Newspaper strips were my first exposure to comics. When I was a kid, my dad would lie on the floor, my brother and I on either side of him, and we'd read them together. He explained the jokes when we didn't get them, as many times as was necessary. Now, when we get a chance to spend a morning together, we'll read the comics separately, and then force our favourites on each other. (SherMan's Lagoon ftw, people).
I've been a mod of this list or that board almost as long as I've been in fandom. Much though I'm loath to admit it, this is probably a sign that I'm just a take-charge control freak at heart. Fear my modly power!
Zombies. My all time favourite movie monster. When I was a kid, there was a video store down the street that had one of the largest collections of genre movies that I've ever seen. They stocked everything from Texas Chainsaw Massacre Three, to 7 Golden Vampires. We'd watch upwards of six movies a week, all of them badly dubbed kung fu or horror. At ten years old I knew Nightmare On Elm Street backwards and forwards. Zombies though, are my horror true love. They at once fascinate and, quite literally, horrify me.
Zombies are complicated. No, really. They're an interesting philosophical problem. An undead, ravenous vessel for the expression of a seething mass of cultural anxieties - metaphor for consumerism? infection? sin? capitalism? human nature? Ask ten people what zombies 'are about' and you'll get ten different answers. While you're busy hashing out what zombies mean, your loved ones are disintegrating before your eyes, pulling themselves out of their graves, and deciding you're what's for dinner. Unlike a lot of old school zombie fans, I'm not a purist. Shambler or runner, magical or diseased - I'll take 'em all. Even kung fu zombies
. For me, the appeal is in the idea of zombies, and their uniformly revolting appearance.
And hey, the side benefit of a childhood wasted on kung fu and horror movies is that nothing is too gory for my iron constitution