John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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In which I am a big nerd

I do not think Fran Kuzui's idea to reboot the Buffy franchise is a very good one. I'm not one of those fans who believes Joss can do no wrong, but I do think it was his vision and guidance that made the franchise what it is. On the other hand, I think the odds are low that it will ever get made -- I don't think Vertigo Entertainment is exactly an industry powerhouse -- so I'm not going to spend much time worrying about it.

Speaking of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I'm on a bit of a fanfic kick right now, and while historically I haven't been particularly interested in Buffy fics, I do enjoy Buffy/Harry Potter crossovers. Most of them are mediocre or worse, but I did read one the other day that really impressed me: Dead Trouble by Marcus Rowland. What did I like about it? Well, it's very well written, with an imaginative plot and several very funny moments. It features an intersection point that is interesting and unique. And it respects the established time lines of both series, which is probably more important to me than to most people. (And really, it's not that important even to me; another of my favorite HP/BtVS crossovers, Harry Potter and the Key of Dagon by Don Sample, takes place post-Order of the Phoenix and post-"Chosen," which obviously is impossible. Wait, I know, a wizard did it!) Rowland accomplished this by the simple expedient of setting the story post-Deathly Hallow (but pre-epilogue) and post-Season Eight.

Speaking of Harry Potter, did you know that in addition to being the brightest witch of her age, Hermione Granger is also a Pirate Queen? It's in the books, it's canon! Or so says Tom Smith in his song, "Hey, It's Can(n)on". Definitely worth a listen. There's probably a fic based on this song out there somewhere, but I don't feel inclined to look for it right now. If I feel like reading about characters from the Harry Potter universe on the high seas, I'll re-read Plantagenet by HiBob, in which Harry travels to a parallel world and becomes a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Yes, really.

Speaking of fanfic, Rich Morris's epic Doctor Who comic The Ten Doctors has come to an end after two years and 247 pages. He's made the whole thing available in one easy-to download collection. (Or, if you prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, you can start on page one and work your way forward.) I enjoyed it immensely, and it's well worth the time to read.

And apropos of nothing preceding, how did I never realize until just now that Broots from The Pretender and Laslo from Real Genius were played by the same person?

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