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From classics_lover, like most of my memes.

Okay, here's how this is going to work. You comment with a fandom question. I answer it and then ask you a question that has some thematic relevance to the question you asked me and so on and so forth until we tire of asking and answering!

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classics_lover
Jan. 21st, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
What is your preferred canon for Hector/Helen? Is it purely the Iliad or do you look at modern interpretations, too?
doreyg
Jan. 21st, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, good question! The Iliad is generally my base go-to version, but I will be honest and say that I'm pretty fond of most other versions too. I actually did a whole module on the various presentations of Helen last year, and that added some good ones! Erm... Ovid's poems featuring her are quite good (though contain minute amounts of Hector, and the creepiest Paris ever). And Ellen Mclaughlin's Helen again contains very little Hector, but comes perhaps the closest to showing what the Helen in my head acts like.

As for stuff that I don't regard as canon... It's odd, because I'm very fond of Euripides, but I can't really regard his version of Helen as canonical. Maybe it's just the whole "she was a phantom!" Thing that happens in a few of his plays, I dunno.

And as for a linked question... Hm. Favourite book, Iliad or Odyssey? :DD
classics_lover
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ovid's Amores or Metamorphoses? Or something else? I can't remember coming across Helen when I did Ovid before.

Odyssey all the way. Odysseus is just such a fun character, he's really Irish in the best "cute hoor" way (clever bastard would probably be the best way to translate that bit of Hiberno-English^^) and for all his shagging 'round the Med ways his love for Penelope makes my shippy heart go all fuzzy :D

Favourite non-Classics book?
doreyg
Jan. 22nd, 2015 09:24 am (UTC)
His Heroides, actually! Which I didn't even know existed until that module. As I said, his Paris is the most creeptastic thing EVER (all the girls in the class were united in this, it was great) but his Helen is really quite a lot of fun. Although, as ever, far too good for either Paris or Menelaus. :P

Yessssss. :DDDD I totally agree! I like The Iliad well enough, but I read the Odyssey first and it still has a special place in my heart. I'm friends with a few people who don't like Odysseus all that much, and usually I'm just sitting there going, "Yes, I know, BUT JUST LOOK AT HIS ADORABLENESS!"

And Circe, can't forget Circe. ;)

OH GOD. Uh, that is a hard one. I'm going to cheat a little, and go for two? One is Wolf Island by Darren Shan, and is my favourite book of my favourite series so kind of has to be up there. But my favourite stand-alone book has got to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read it for the first time when I was 13 or so, and have loved it ever since then. And Jane is totally up there with Beatrice and Circe in the "female figures I have based a surprising amount of my life decisions on" stakes. ^^

Favourite TV show?
classics_lover
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'd heard of the Heroides, but never got around to reading them. *plots next trip to bookshop*

It's hard to decide because I love so many tv shows :P

Probably The Simpsons as the show I'd take to a desert island, because of the laughs and quotability, and it never gets too old (let's not talk about the wilderness years ten through twenty ok?) or else Star Trek - encompassing all the different series, because I'd never be bored rewatching ;)
Either that or The Crystal Maze- the Richard O'Brien years :P

Same question :D
doreyg
Jan. 24th, 2015 10:13 am (UTC)
Sorry for the delayed reply! I had a... Kind of hellish few days, unfortunately. <<

Oooooh! Both very good choices! :DDD I haven't watched the Simpsons in a while, but it's always good to have on in the background and I still remember it fondly. And Star Trek! We're watching through it at the moment, and when it is good HOLY FUCK is it good.

Hm... Again, I'm going to have to go for two. Doctor Who is my forever show, as in one if my earliest memories is watching Sarah Jane get picked up by a robot, and also very much my stress relief show. If I'm ever having a bad brain day I can just throw it on and immediately feel a bit better. Saying that, though, it has been going for 50+ years and so can sometimes be a bit variable in quality. Large chunks of the seventh Doctor make me want to claw my eyes out, for instance. And while RTD's era is technically of a higher quality - and paints no babies green - I can't enjoy it much because I just disagree with it so fundamentally (even his good episodes are kind of tainted because they tend to be the first part of three parters and he tends to mess up the end so badly and what the hell John Simm could've been a great master why did he screw it up so badly and I WILL STOP RANTING ABOUT DOCTOR WHO NOW).

So, equal to Doctor Who is Avatar: the Last Airbender. Which has a really tight plot, amazing characters, great worldbuilding and only one not so good episode. I haven't watched it as much as Doctor Who, largely because my
SO introduced me to it only last year and this cemented my affections for life, but it is honestly fabulous and a show that I will probably keep coming back to for years in the future.

UM. Favourite Simpsons episode?
classics_lover
Jan. 24th, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
I hope it wasn't anything too serious/stressful. *hugs*

You are not the first person to recommend (reccommend? both look wrong there) A:tlA to me. I must see if I can track it down somewhere (when I have money, ugh, poor broke student again, uuuuuuuhg!)

YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF THE EVIL QUESTIONS!
Ok. I think the one that I will always laugh the whole way through is Homer vs THe City of New York. It's jam-packed with so many different jokes and references and gags that there is always something to laugh at. Except that since September 11th Sky keeps cutting out the Twin Towers bit, which was hilarious and would have me crying with laughter. The other favourite I will have is probably the Lady Gaga one, for similar reasons, and also because it gets to explore Lisa's inner demons and insecurities and helps her to work through some of them.

Favourite Doctor?
doreyg
Jan. 26th, 2015 11:35 am (UTC)
It's fine now, though was kind of sucky at the time. Thank you! *Hugs*

IT'S SO GOOD. Really, really good. :DDDD I'd also recommend the series that comes after it, Legend of Korra. It's very different, and has a few more wobbly patches due to network meddling, but is really great despite that and has a kickass main character. Basically everything set in that universe is great!

Ooooh, yes, both of those are great! :D I remember Homer vs The City of New York so well. I just loved how the rest of them were having such a good time and then it just keeps cutting back to Homer getting steadily more annoyed at the universe. XD

Oh! Two, most definitely. He's just so adorable and wise and has really interesting dynamics with his companions. It's just a pity that so much of his is missing. :(

Least favourite doctor?
classics_lover
Jan. 26th, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, poor Homer XD
I want to go to NYC and talk about all the famous places like Fourth Avenue!

And another EVIL QUESTION, you. I only got into DW from RTD's 2005 ressurrection, so I only know Nine through Twelve (or is it Thirteen?). And I loved many different things about all of them. If I had to pick a least favourite out of them it would probably be Ten for the whole Ten/Rose saga which was sweet but got very old, and then Ten mistreated Martha on the back of it, like the worst ever rebound romance ever.

Favourite companion?
hearts_blood
Jan. 24th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
What is the attraction of Iago/Desdemona?
doreyg
Jan. 24th, 2015 09:58 am (UTC)
Oooooh, very good question! :D Hm. Partially it's because it gives Iago a bit more of a motive (though, to be honest, I quite like his motiveless state), partially it's because it gives Desdemona a bit more to do... But I think it's mainly because I just like their dynamic. She's very good, he's very not - and I've always been interested in characters who rub up against each other like that. Who have largely opposing morals, but are still drawn together nonetheless. I just like the hint of darkness there, the dynamic of a pair who know that they shpuldn't be doing what they're doing but just can't stop.

Ahhhh, I'm not sure how much sense that makes. It is quite early here. XD Favourite Shakespeare couple?
hearts_blood
Jan. 24th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
Favorite Shakespeare couple is, without a doubt, Benedick and Beatrice. Probably because "Much Ado About Nothing" was the first Shakespeare comedy I was introduced to, and I saw the Branagh-Thompson film at the same time, so that's pretty much permanently embedded in my brain as THE Ben & Bea. I love how snarky and bitchy they are to each other, but I also like that there's a hint of some past history between them ("You always end with a jade's trick/I know you of old"), which makes the idea of them being punk'd into falling in love... not really that out of the question. Like, there are already some feels there, just waiting to be exploited.

I mean, I just, I can't--




Favorite post-Shakespeare-play headcanon?
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