So the holidays are finally over, and I have time for fandom again! Well, not that I could stay away completely, but it's mostly been constrained to checking the meme and Fandom Secrets.
Not that I can complain, though, since I've been able to drag friends to the cinema to see Skyfall a couple of times, in between working and celebrating (and managing to forget how affected I am by champagne).
I've also read A Memory of Light, and I loved it. I mean, not that it didn't have its problems (though Sanderson has improved the female characters a lot
), but I actually thought it was really good. Including the ending. Also, despite hearing that Sanderson is supposed to be homophobic (I haven't read anything else by him, so I wouldn't know), he managed to do better than most fantasy writers by having an offhand mentioned about two different (sympathetic, respected, and in trusted positions) male characters preferring men.
Considering that Jordan only managed the slightly iffy "pillow friends" (which to me left the impression that it was more an effect of lack of men than actually falling in love with another woman) with the female Aes Sedai, I was pleased. Sure, it's only a minor thing, but a clear improvement from the fantasy worlds where homo- and bisexuality seems completely non-existent. ( Spoilers for A Memory of Light )
Well, it's nice when an ending really works.
I've also watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, which was awesome (and not just because a same-sex AU canon Holmes/Watson pairing), and a bunch of old Bond films (which I've all seen before, but it was a long time ago, so I've forgotten much of what happens in them), which has been... an experience. Thinking about trying my hand at a Craig era Bond/Q ship manifesto, but... it's just so much work. *is lazy*