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Hello there! I'm [livejournal.com profile] becky_monster and you are an awesome person as you are (I hope!) going to be writing for me as part of the 2015 round of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

Before I get onto the nitty gritty of requests etc, I just want to say one thing. Ahem...

All I ask is that you have fun writing your story. If you had fun, then it will show and I will love it. That's a promise. As much as I love getting fic written in fandoms that I love, for Yuletide, I love the creation aspect just as much as getting more fic to read. If that's the same for you - we're going to be aokay.

If you are here because you're a pinch-hitting superstar or something I've said urged you into writing a treat then - you are utterly AWESOME and I hope that you gets lots of kudos for that.

Now I've said that - I've asked for:

Sunshine (2007)

The Matrix (Movies)

Solar System (Anthropomorphic) and

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Before I get into the business of why I love each of my nominations, a word from our sponsors regarding things I like and Do Not Like. I'll start with the Do Not Like list - it's shorter.

Do Not Like - Character death, kink, humiliation, partner betrayal, character bashing (especially women characters) porn minus plot, dark themes. Fluffy monster is so *fluffy* you're gonna die (Despicable Me quote ftw!)

Now for the Likes list - Plot, character-led stories, friendships, alternative realities where one thing changes, different povs, hugs/cuddling, women characters being awesome and competent, teams equaling families, happy(ish) endings, conversations, films, kisses, laughter, humour, science, Space, exploration, nerdiness, teamwork, adventures, slice of life, dancing, joy, life...

I would say to have a look around my LJ but it's been one of *those* years when I have been anywhere but here. Even so, still have a nosey - I ain't changed that much;) also the following might be helpful:

AO3 - Beckymonster

Twitter - becky_monster

Tumblr - Movie-Watching-Monster (mainly because somebody beat me to 'Beckymonster' or variants of;))

So on with the show!

The Matrix (movies)
Characters - Trinity, Morpheus, The Oracle, Neo/Thomas Anderson
I utterly adore this film and (unpopular opinion ahoy!) love the sequels too. As the character list chosen reflects the first film, please feel free to concentrate on that, oh most awesome writer, if that's your heart's desire. If you'd like to bring in the sequels too - go right ahead! I won't say no;)

I've loved this movie since I first saw it in 1999 - I saw it again at the cinema last year (2014) and it still is utterly wonderful. I adore the Wachowskis (although I haven't had a chance to watch Sense8 yet), and love their way of looking at things.

Okay - ideas! Is now a good time to note that Trinity is one of my all-time favourite lady characters ever? Yes? Good! So long as Trinity is front and centre, I'm good;)

Ideas for considering - what if Trinity was 'The One' instead of Neo? How would have the film played out instead? Meetings between her and the Oracle (who was always awesome, in either body) perhaps? Her relationship with Morpheus - she tells Neo (towards the end of the first film) that he means more to her than he does to Neo, I've always seen this as non-romantic but there are ties that bind these two. What was her life like while she was still plugged into the Matrix?
What was her training like with Morpheus once she was freed?

Or conversely - throw all of that out of a window and go with some world building. Why did the Machines choose the end of the 20th Century? Do something with the idea of 'residual self image'...

In short - as Morpheus would say 'free your mind'!


Sunshine (2007)
Characters - Robert Capa, Corazon, Cassie, Mace
This is my perenial request - I ask for it now for two reasons. One - I'm too bloody minded to give up. Two - I live in hope that this might be *the* year I finally get fic about this wonderful film!

So - I would lovelovelove to see Corazon and Cassie being awesome and good friends as well as having a Bechdel Test passing conversation. There were at least two opportunities where this could have happened but didn’t.

I also adore Capa and Mace – we shall not discuss the crush the size of a small *moon* that I have on Cillian Murphy, nor that I’ll quite happily watch Chris Evans in nearly *anything* and have done. Ditto Michelle Yeoh, who I have loved since she wiped the floor with the bad guys back in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Other ideas - How do they deal with things like touch hunger and lonliness and being a long way from home? What are their coping mechanisms?

Or give me a what if - what if they hadn't found the Icarus I - completed their mission and returned home. They've saved the solar system - now what? How do they adjust to real life and to the fact that they're (regarded by everybody else as) heroes?
If you'd like to draw correlations between these guys and the astronauts of the Apollo missions, knock yourself out. I'm a bit of space nerd, so it would be quite wonderful to read.

As I have already stated - I love this little film and would love to read all the fix-its and 'happy-ish endings' for Icarus II's crew.

Or again - if you want to go off on a real tanget - what if the Icarus II was sentient?


Solar System (Anthropomorphic)
Characters - Earth, Pluto, New Horizons, Charon

Cards on the table - this is one of those fandoms that I always looked at in the tags list and would go 'Really?!' before thinking that it would be both awesome to write and read crack of the highest order about the little system we call home. This is my first year of asking for fic for this fandom as the New Horizons mission and it's results are just too good to pass up...

Poor Pluto - how must it feel to be 'kicked' out of the 'family' by that SOB Earth... only for Earth to send New Horizons out to see it as it did this year. How does Pluto feel about this?

And what about the names Earth has given it? It gets all the doom and gloom (mostly) while Charon gets the nerdy ones (see - io9 - We're Actively Creating the Geekiest World in the Universe) - what's their opinions on this?

Honestly, that two of the greatest lady characters in Film SF (Princess Leia and Ellen Ripley) are being used to (possibly) name parts of Charon is one of the best things I've heard all year.

In short - go nuts;) Be as mad as you like here. It's the one fandom that practically begs for it!


Some Like It Hot (1959)
Characters - Osgood Fielding III, Jerry 'Daphne'

Let me preface by saying that this film is one of my all time favourite films EVAR! It's up there with Star Wars, Beauty and The Beast ('91), Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. as being one of my knock 'em down favourites. So, whatever you do is good.

Needless to say, that last line is one of the best (if not the best) closing lines in film.

And yet... what happens next? What happens to Osgood and Jerry/Daphne? Do they go they try to make something of what they had? After all, they seemed to be having a fine ol' time on their date - so there is a spark. So what do they do with it? If they do make something of it - how does it pan out? I'd like to think that they'd make it but what do I know?

Also - if you want to talk more about that date - please feel free. Dancing is always a good thing in my book. Go - have fun with this one.


And there you have it! The main thing to keep in mind, dear yuletide writer, is have fun and enjoy crafting your story. Whatever it is, I'm sure I'm going to have fun reading it!
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A nice, friendly reminder from the Pan Pacific Defence Corp, helpfully pinched from Tumblr...

shouldn't you be...

Answers on a postcard as to how he makes tweed look as sexy as all get out...

*ded*

Oct. 29th, 2013 05:51 pm
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The use John Murphy's 'Sunshine' (Adagio in D Minor) as one of the pieces to soundtrack this is on a par with Lux Aeterna for the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Needless to say, that's as coherent as I've managed to be where this trailer has been concerned. I've been stoked for this film since the first *big* casting news was announced but this was like being given a very big cake with a large side order of Ben and Jerry's. We're talking Pacific Rim/ Prometheus levels of flail.

So say it with me now... IS IT MAY YET?! HOW ABOUT NOW!

*Flail*

Oct. 24th, 2013 07:36 pm
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer.

Not only that, but also...

Vine snippet of X-Men: Days of Future Past over which there has already been wank *facepalm

If you were to ask me which one I'm more excited about... it would have to be the mutants BUT the Captain is giving them a good run for their money.

All together now... IS IT SPRING YET?! HOW ABOUT NOW?!

\o/

Oct. 14th, 2013 08:16 pm
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Okay, the icon has nothing to do with the content other than - yay! BUT!!!

First draft of my [livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang fic is DONE!

It weighs in at 16,432 words (the qualifying limit is 10,000 words) and while it needs all the work - I have good ideas as to what needs to be nipped, tucked and polished, so I'm hopeful of good things.

We won't talk about the fact that I haven't got an artist and the claims post has been up for 10 days now.... At least I'm not the only one this time

Carry on!
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Guillermero Del Toro directs the opening titles for this year's 'Treehouse of Horror' episode for The Simpsons and it's a nerd's delight

I lasted all of three seconds before I was squeeing over some of the references in this ('top left corner of the Springfield panorama' is all I'm saying on the matter!) but others are just sublime - Chief Wiggum and Mr Burns especially.

If you're not quite sure you saw what you think you saw... let Empire give you a hand

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In other news - the first cold of the year is early. I'd normally expect it in about a week's time but no... it's here now. Bah. I have things to do! Students to teach! Films to watch! Rangers to get laid!... so yeah - same stuff, different year!
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So, I, er, fell off the planet for a few days... Same stuff, different week.

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Welcome To Night Vale has piqued my curiosity. I'm still ploughing through the podcasts (I think my last one was 'A Story About You') and it gets both a recommendation and thumbs up from me.

I don't know so much 'All Hail The Glowing Cloud' but all hail [livejournal.com profile] nialla42 as she only ever recommends the good stuff.

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In other news - my family is 'growing'. Sibling Unit 3 is getting married and we've been 'adopted' by a stray (not feral) cat, who has the bossiest meow going and will happily eat zie's own body weight in wet food given half a chance. The family are calling zie 'Midnight' - I think 'Noisy Hoover' would be better... even though that makes zie sound like a Jaeger.

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It's the start of the new academic year tomorrow. Let it be better than the last in some ways please!

And in 'Other Signs That It's Autumn/Fall' - here is the schedule and opening gambits for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. Now begins the 'oh gawd - what am I going to *ask* for this year' angst. Other than Sunshine (2007) - because I always ask for that and ONE YEAR I WILL GET MY FIC!!!.

*ahem*. Carry on!

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That's me - how are you guys?
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Yes, I'm as surprised as you are!

To help get over the shock - Signal Boost: Channel 4 (in the UK) have purchased Agents Of SHIELD. Not much is known right now but this is a Good Thing and above all... COULSON LIVES!

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Every year, London Zoo weighs it's animals - here - have photos. My favourite has to be Tammy the Anteater #TeamBringIt.

And at the other end of the spectrum - James Cameron says that it's 'inevitable' that all entertainment will be in 3D ahahahaha! no.

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Next entry into the annals of 'Things I have looked up for Fan Fic' - Bulldogs, The Aussie Air Force, advice for dogs flying on planes. Yes, they are all related.

As is this -

The Pacific Rim theme played on Chinese instruments - well worth a listen!

On the same (ish!) subject.... I should have fic to share soon! Torchwood fic! Or to be more precise *crossover*. It's written and it's gone to beta, so with luck... I might actually have (gosh, shock HORROR) proper content!

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I've downloaded the first episode of Welcome To Night Vale. Will report back when I've listened to it.

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So... how are you guys?
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Pacific Rim Wondercon Trailer.

If you can form a coherent sentence after watching that, congratulations! I simply flailed gleefully. Worldbuilding! History! Connection through Memory! Honking Great Big Robots! Idris Elba in dress blues! GIMME!!

I freely admit that I was jonesying for this film the moment it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro's next project was going to involve giant robots fighting monsters. Okay, the more 'highbrow' cinema going audience may sniff at such things but this cinenerd? Flailed like a loon at the first trailer.

I am fully aware that it could still fall to pieces, just like his take on the The Hobbit did but I am quietly hopeful that this is going to be everything I've hoped for and a bag of crisps.

So in conclusion - Is It July yet?!
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So - yes, still here, just not posting as much as I used to - who is? but wanted to share this with y'all. Especially the USians...

Oblivion (2013) came out in the UK weekend just gone. I had read all manner of reviews beforehand, some hated it, others thought it was good and so on. Folks whose opinions run closest to mine thought it was excellent... which was heartening.

Especially as they were right! The movie is directed and written by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and yes, it shares the gorgeous aesthetics of that film. Truly, your eyeballs are going to love this! And your ears too - the soundtrack by M83 is a thing of beauty.

There has been a lot of talk in the reviews as to the film using ideas that have appeared in other Sci-Fi films. I won't go into details but if you've made up your mind to go see - try not to read the reviews lest the surprises are spoiled for you. The thing is, even the films that Oblivion has riffed on, have taken ideas from others - there are no new ideas in SF. Just recycled ones either done badly or well.

With Oblivion, I thought they were done well - and for the 2nd time this year, I want to see a new release again at the cinema. (The first one was the wonderful Trance). Which from me is high praise indeed. That and I think I may either ask for or proffer this as a fandom for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year.

Did I mention it passes (in my understanding anyhow) the Bechdel Test - more than once?!

Yes, it's that good. So, go, see, on the best screen possible!

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In other news, reading the following today made me incredibly *happy* Now Filming: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', directed by Bryan Singer and 'Jupiter Ascending' directed by the Wachowskis

So, that's me - how are you guys?
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To honour of one of the hoopiest froods ever - Mr Douglas Adams, who would have been 61 today. Whereever you are, have a Pan Galactic Gargleblaster on all of us.
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So, the thing I thought I was 'supposed' to be doing (that is posting my [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang fic) yesterday? *Should* be happening on 1st February instead. Which is a good thing as I've just gone and added another 1,100 words to it.

Oops.

So, yeah - I now have to throw myself at the mercy of my beta reader to read through it before bolting it onto the other 36,000 odd words. Again, no typos - the story is really *that* long!

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In happier news - as I am sure *everyone* knows right now: Doctor Who returns on Easter Saturday/30th March.

Which is right and good because just like Christmas brings a new episode - Easter brings the new series. Now, the next question is, will there be a mass gathering of fans to watch the new episode in London this year?!

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I really will get around to posting about the films I'm looking forward to this year, at some point. When I do - chances are, this one will be on the list - Teaser Poster for Trance, the new film by Danny Boyle and it's due out at the end of March too!
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I was supposed to be writing 3,000 in that month - overachieved much?! But it's taken me this long to post - which kind of balances everything out;) I will be sharing the 'fruits' of those labours over the next couple of days... so consider that fair warning!
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For those of you who celebrate - have a good one! For those of you who don't, have a great Tuesday!

And yes, I have *all* the things to talk about and share;)
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Star Trek Into Darkness (2012) 'Announcement' trailer. Inital verdict? ooOOOOOOOoooooo!

Captain! There be SPECULATION (and a possibly more spoilery trailer too) here! )

In short - Is It May Yet?! Now About Now?!
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So - picture the scene...

Our brave heroine, who is writing like it's going out of fashion to make her words for [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo for the day. It also helps that these words will get her to the 'good bits' of her [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang story. Denouments and all that jazz...

She goes to her friends page to find the relevant entry and sees the following...

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart to star in X-Men: Days of Future Past alongside Michael Fassbender and James MacAvoy.

Our heroine's first thought? 'Naaaaahhhh,' then upon reading Bryan Singer's confirmatory tweets - ZOMGSQUEEEEEEEEEEE! FLAIL!

So yeah - there went me getting anymore writing done this evening! I have committed 493 words so far, which is a good number but I really wanted more but... this! be still my fangirl glee!

I was looking forward to this movie - although I've never read the original comics, when Matthew Vaughn left, I was nervous, perfectly understandable as we could have ended up with another Brett Ratner (pitoo!) but then Bryan Singer stepped in and I was much pleased. And no this.... eeeeee! Although - I will give £5 to Stonewall if Sir Ian makes a reference to this movie in interviews because you know he will, although I can vouch that he's done something similar in the name of Art too and daymn Mystique is one lucky lady. So's her brother.

So... Is It Summer 2014 yet?! How About Now?!
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I shall be very disapoint! - Yes, it's the 'prequel' to the DW Christmas episode!

small spoilers below. I think I need to do some research... )

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And yes, the great [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo trudge continues!
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To: The United States of America

From: The Rest of the World

Subject: Congratulations

Thanks for choosing wisely in so many ways. We still love you.

PS - Go see Skyfall this weekend as it's awesome
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