Author has written 39 stories for Goonies, Inuyasha, Misc. Movies, Stand By Me, Indiana Jones, Chronicles of Narnia, Swing Kids, Newsies, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, To Kill a Mockingbird, Family Guy, Les Miserables, Don Quixote, Lion King, Nancy Drew series, Starsky and Hutch, and Dead Poets Society.
Name: Zoe-- with a zillion nicknames in tow
Commeth from Chicago. Currently, I live somewhere in Indiana.
My heart is stuck in the 40's and my mind in the 70's. I'm not sure whether I love singing or writing more, but I'm a vocal performance and philosophy double major at the moment. Also, I read something and my mind needs more information to envelop it, for I hate naked ideas--awkward metaphor, I know--but anyway,dying of curiosity is never fun. I do extensive historical and philosophical research, which may or my not include planning and writing arbitrary theses. (Proud nerd.) Since I've started this account, I've improved somewhat as a writer, so don't read what I wrote four years ago. I'm finishing up those stories right now but only to kill my guilty conscience. Anyhow, don't be put off by some of this stream-of-consciousness stuff. I'm not interesting; I'm interested. Perpetually. Which is why I'm always leaving reviews.
What I Write: currently stuff for the Starsky and Hutch, Nancy Drew, and Les Miserables fandoms.
When I Write: (especially important) I am a college student. Ergo, I am busy. Things take a while sometimes. Sorry!
I used OCs extensively in my earlier fics, but I try to avoid them now. If there are new OCs in new fics, then they've got a lot of thought put into them. (Furthermore--If you want quality writing, read my more recent fics. My creative ability has matured since I was thirteen, at least I hope.)
It's The Mileage, Ferris Bueller's Day In, To No One Goes The Spoils - on hiatus
The Distressing Chronicles of Jaken, Weaponless Warrior - discontinued
Goonies: Our Last Adventure? - in progress
POSSIBLY COMING SOON IN ORDER OF LIKELIHOOD...
Painted Wings and Giant Rings- twenty years into purgatory, Susan sings her child to sleep. Family/angst.
Gull and Gullibility- when Starsky's incessant singing starts to annoy others in the squad room, they plot their revenge. Humor.
Beyond the Line of Duty- “We thought we could, and damn it, we gave it our best shot!” Starsky said in the closest to raw emotion Hutch had seen him use that day. “Didn’t make a damned difference in the end. For once, our best wasn’t good enough.” What’s left unsaid in Targets Without A Badge 1, 2, and 3. Drama/angst.
But No Cigar- Matt and Kyler's wedding. Matt/Kyler, Nancy and Kit friendship. Romance.
That It Should Come To This-instead of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Welton puts on Hamlet. And instead of Puck, Neil gets the role of Laertes. Angst.
Les Miserables: The High School version- adapted musical lyrics. What are Mizzies like if put in modern-day high school rather than 19th century France? Read to find out! Musical verse, of course. Humor/parody.
The Gamine and the Bourgeois- a Jondrette girl once took a begging letter to Monsieur Leblanc. What had she told him that convinced him to help her family? Drama/friendship.
Of Edmund and Sea Serpents- a fic explaining King Edmund's great fear of sea serpents. Movie verse, of course. Humor.
Relevant literary information:
Favorite novels of all time:
1. Les Miserables
2. Kite Runner
3. Of Mice and Men
4. The Red Badge of Courage
6. War and Peace
7. The Scarlet Letter
8. Brave New World
9. East of Eden
10. The Bell Jar
Other favorites (and favorite nonfiction works/plays): The Pearl, Stargirl, On Revolution, A Raisin In The Sun, The Crucible, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Metroland, Little Women, Winter, A Separate Peace, The Great Gatsby, The Prince, One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Night, To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm, Kidnapped!, Dandelion Wine, The Things They Carried, Don Quixote, Tevye the Dairyman stories, The Last Valley, Lost Horizon, Ivanhoe, The Misanthrope, Timaeus, Symposium
Favorite poets: John Keats, Robert Burns, Lord Alfred Tennyson, John Donne, Victor Hugo, Thomas Hardy, Walt Whitman, W. H. Auden, Wilfred Owen, and Sappho
Relevant fanfiction information:
Les Miserables: Eponine/Enjolras, some of Eponine/Montparnasse, a little of Eponine/Marius, Cosette/Montparnasse, Jehan/Feuilly, Combeferre/Courfeyrac.
Phantom of the Opera (also serves for Love Never Dies): Erik/Christine, Erik/Antoinette, Raoul playing with himself HAHAHAHAHA I'm so mean.
Narnia series: Ramandu's daughter/Peter, Peter/Caspian, Edmund/Caspian, Corin/Lucy, Jill/Eustace.
Harry Potter: Harry/Draco, Lily/Severus, Lily/James, Ron/Hermione
Dead Poets Society: Charlie/Knox, Knox/Chris, Neil/Todd, Charlie/Cameron, tie between Charlie/Todd and Charlie/Neil (threesome?)
Nancy Drew: Nancy/Sonny
Favorite authors: John Steinbeck, Jerry Spinelli, John Knowles, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, Edna Ferber, Sylvia Plath, Khaled Houssini, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Llewelyn, William Shakespeare, James Hilton, Sir Walter Scott, Moliere
...and Samuel Clemens and François-Marie Arouet, of course. Brownie points if you know these guys. :P
And now: capricious facts, I salute you. Read at your own risk.
OK. So since I've been writing a lot of Nancy Drew stuff, I guess I had better talk about my experience with the series. My first game was Message in a Haunted Mansion, so that one will always be dear to my heart. When I started playing, Blackmoor was the new game, so I've been playing for about ten years (since late 2004). Nancy Drew made up a large part of my childhood. I'm fond of it not only in its own right but because I played most of the games with my sister, and I've got really fond memories of that. Eventually she went to college, then I went to college, so we stopped playing all of the games for the first time together. However, we have played all of the games right up to 2/3 of the way through Shattered Medallion (soon I'll be going to visit her to finish). I've also read all 56 books of the original series and all 58 books in the original Hardy Boys series, which I liked a lot better. Why? Because I never cared too much for Nancy's character in the books... she seemed too lifeless and Sue-ish. The Hardy brothers, on the other hand, had flavor, as did their friends They were seen to be fallible while Nancy wasn't. (The most concrete example I remember of this is when Joe left an envelope containing money on the fireplace mantle, from where it was stolen. I can't remember which book that was. Also--Frank and Joe returning stolen property, after which Fenton told them that it would have been better for them to leave it and see if the thief came back for it. That one's from Short Wave Mystery.) Back to the games though: my favorite until very recently was Secret of the Scarlet Hand. Its information about the Ancient Maya was fascinating, which provided for intelligent dialogue and an intriguing plot. The games that touch upon history are definitely my favorites since they take real-life events and issues--such as stolen artifacts and faked provenance documents in SSH--and add to them just a dash of the fantastical for flavor, just enough for a reasonable suspension of disbelief. Not to mention that the ending was one of the highest-stake endings (I think the highest) that Nancy has faced in any game. Plus, SONNY JOON. C'mon. Like I said, suitable grounds for favorite status, but this has changed within the last year. Silent Spy is now my favorite game. For once we get to see Nancy develop significantly as a character. Granted, her character changes after being provided with new insights after each case, but the development in this game has more gravity because the situation is so personal. Other characters were compelling. The plot had high stakes. The ending dialogue was beautiful and significant. (I've just used that word twice haven't I? Ah well.) So that's my favorite.
As a matter of fact, all of the games of late have been of high caliber. Nancy Drew has really been hitting its stride for the past two years now. Before that, the games had a lighter flavor, never dealing with many of the deeper issues in life. No one died, and the culprits always got the retribution they deserved. In fact, the ending of Deadly Device says that the givers will always be remembered over the takers, good over evil, which simply isn't true (however I wish it were). Bad guys win a lot of the time. There was a certain amount of risk in the early Nancy Drew games, when Nancy nearly dies during a case, for example, but these risks always seemed to stop short of the grittiest symptoms of reality. I noticed this change in Deadly Device, which was the first game wherein Nancy is called in on a murder investigation since Secrets Can Kill. That game held a distinctly darker tone than the ones that preceded it. (Just ignore the givers/takers ending statement that is indicative of a sentiment that prevailed in the earlier games.) Next game: Ghost of Thornton Hall. I appreciate the fact that this game deals with mental illness and trauma as part of those “darker issues” of which the earlier games were lacking (as I mentioned before). Hard to top this game… but HER did it with Silent Spy which is by far Nancy’s most personal case. When we see Nancy's cases through Nancy's eyes, what is important to her is important to us. And this is more important to her than any of the cases covered in previous games. Hard for HER to top this one too. I suspect that’s why they pulled the Sonny card for the subsequent game… and man, did it pay off. Silent Spy is still my favorite, but Shattered Medallion managed to take a literally out-of-this-world theory and make it worth our time. And also the villain didn't really get the justice (s)he deserved--yay realism! It balanced fantasy and reality in a way that didn’t take out the mystery and didn’t seem too far-fetched. Is this the Golden Age for Nancy Drew games? If so, I look forward to the next case!
Having said all that, here's my list of favorites (and yet another testament to the fact that I've got wayyyyyy too much time on my hands):
1. The Silent Spy
2. Secret of the Scarlet Hand
3. Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
4. The Final Scene
5. Ransom of the Seven Ships and Tomb of the Lost Queen, tied
By background information/subplot:
1. Secret of the Scarlet Hand
2. The Shattered Medallion
3. Ghost of Thornton Hall
4. Alibi in Ashes
5. Danger By Design
--Curse of Blackmoor Manor honorable mention for scope of backstory (all quite fascinating)
1. Haunting of Castle Malloy
2. Alibi in Ashes
3. Shadow at the Water's Edge
4. Tomb of the Lost Queen
5. The Haunted Carousel
By amount of replays (approximate):
1. Secret of the Scarlet Hand
2. Warnings at Waverly Academy
3. Secret of the Old Clock
4. Ransom of the Seven Ships
5. Alibi in Ashes
By villain (game names given, not perp names. no spoilers; don't worry!):
1. Shadow at the Water's Edge
2. Trail of the Twister
3. Tomb of the Lost Queen
4. The Final Scene
5. The Haunted Carousel
--The Captive Curse gets honorable mention because I love that villain, as well
1. The Shattered Medallion
2. Curse of Blackmoor Manor
3. Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
4. Labyrinth of Lies
5. Danger By Design
--Danger on Deception Island and Secret of the Old Clock get honorable mention--love the jauntiness of those
--I would have counted Warnings at Waverly Academy for Mel's cello music if I could--I love the Bach Suites--but that's not actually part of the soundtrack
1. Sonny Joon (obviously), MED
2. Alexei Markovik, ASH
3. Jamila El-Dine, TMB
4.Nick Falcone, TFS
5. Henrik Van Der Hune, SSH
6. Deirdre Shannon, ASH
7. Colton Birchfield, GTH
8. Harper Thornton, GTH
9. Dexter Egan, TRT
10. Patrick Dowsett, MED
--Lillian Weiss (STFD), Mel Corbalis (WAV), Ryan Kilpatrick (TDD), and Zoe Wolfe (SPY) are honorably mentioned because I love them! More because I love them and less because they're well-rounded characters--that's why they didn't make the list.
Difficult to explain why HAU is my favorite game for characters and none of them turn up here while two from ASH do. In regards to HAU, the characters form well as a collective that effectively drive the story forward. This is a list for favorite individual characters, though, hence the inclusion of Deirdre and Alexei at the expense of Kit, Kyler, and Donal.
...and this is what happens when I've got way too much time on my hands.
NOW on to Les Mis:
Marius is dead to me, and here is why:
I strongly dislike him because he's ignorant. The fact that he knows three languages doesn't seem to help him in constructive political arguments if he compares Napoleon to every Greek god there is (I exaggerate, but surely you get my point) and gives a multiple-page rant that is deflected by three words by Combeferre. He has a poet's mind; that's fine. However, he shouldn't be shooting his mouth off when he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. At least Jehan is lovable because he only talks within his areas of expertise (which are plentiful) instead of being pretentious about things outside of them. Also, I hate how he pines over Cosette for six months. Cosette eventually did put him to the back of her mind while going on with her life. Above there is an Eponine/Marius pairing; I only really like this for the musical fandom, where Marius' idiocy is a little more lovable. I will give Marius this: he is brave, even if he is of the reckless sort (more like Eponine than perhaps he would like to consider), and it's admirable indeed that he didn't except his grandfather's money when making a new life for himself. Let's debate!
Favorite movies of all time:
1. Stand By Me (1986)
2. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
3. The Last Valley (1970)
4. To Sir, With Love (1968)
5. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
6. Ordinary People (1980)
7. The Great Dictator (1940)
8. The King's Speech (2010)
9. Empire of the Sun (1987)
10. Mosquito Coast (1986)
Additional note: Schindler's List is the best move I have ever seen, but it's not really my favorite movie for obvious reasons that concern excessive consumption of tissues (and tree-killing).
1. Show Boat
2. Fiddler on the Roof
3. Les Miserables
5. Little Shop of Horrors/Porgy and Bess
Favorite television: Soap, Starsky & Hutch, Mork & Mindy, The Honeymooners, Dick Van Dyke Show, Brady Bunch, Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, M.D., Family Guy, American Dad!, How I Met Your Mother, Kings, Taxi, Third Rock From The Sun, The Big Bang Theory
Favorite general quotes:
"You will know that you have not lived and died for nothing, because you will have become part of the great tradition of those who have responded to the amount of pain and suffering in the universe by trying to make the world a better place." Peter Singer
"The meaning of life is from within us, it is not bestowed from without, and it far exceeds in both its beauty and permanence any heaven of which men have ever dreamed or yearned for." Richard Taylor
"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo
"Freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed." Hannah Arendt
"We do not measure a culture by its output of undisguised trivialities but by what it claims as significant." Neil Postman
"War kills people and destroys human creation; but as though mocking war’s devastation, flowers inevitably bloom through its ruins." David W. Blight
"Some interruptions are worth having if they create a space for something to work in the fertile unconscious." Hanif Kureishi
"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery." Aldous Huxley/Mustapha Mond, Brave New World
"Brevity is the soul of wit." William Shakespeare
"War has its own peculiar sounds. They are not really very much different from sounds in the world of peace. But they clothe themselves in an unforgettable fierceness, just because born in danger and death." Ernie Pyle
"Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge." Mark Twain
"It is action, not rest, that constitutes our pleasure." John Adams
"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain." Mark Twain
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." Mark Twain
"Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable." Daniel Webster
"A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils." Daniel Webster
“A statesman is a successful politician who is dead.” Thomas Brackett Reed
"I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far." Neil Simon
"Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.' The stranger is a theologian." Denis Diderot
"'Ease, luxury, and repose were invented for soft courtiers; but labor, unease, and arms alone were designed and made for those whom the world calls knights errant, of whose number, though unworthy, I am the very least.'" Don Quixote de la Mancha/Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
"'It is a wise man's duty to save himself for tomorrow, and not risk everything on one day.'" Sancho Panza/Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
“Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished ‘shooting,’ my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy.” Jimmy Stewart
“If music be the food of love, play on.” William Shakespeare
“If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.” Frank Zappa
"I think The Force is in you. Force yourself." Harrison Ford
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." Thomas Jefferson
"We are taught to consume. And that's what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it's just a mindset, that it's just an addiction, then we wouldn't be out there stepping on people's hands climbing the corporate ladder of success." River Phoenix
“The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.” Mahatma Gandhi
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
"To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy." David Brooks
"When real music comes to me - the music of the spheres, the music that surpasseth understanding - that has nothing to do with me, 'cause I'm just the channel. The only joy for me is for it to be given to me, and to transcribe it like a medium...those moments are what I live for." John Lennon
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." Mahatma Gandhi
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." James Dean
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi
"One of the things most quickly learned in theatrical work is that people as a whole get satisfaction from seeing the rich get the worst of things. The reason for this, of course, lies in the fact that nine tenths of the people in the world are poor, and secretly resent the wealth of the other tenth." Charlie Chaplin
Favorite movie/media quotes:
"Yeah, but so what? Everybody's weird." - Chris Chambers, Stand By Me
"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?" - Gordie Lachance, Stand By Me
"Gentlemen, we're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did." - Rufus T. Firefly, Duck Soup
"Accomplice? I'm going to tell them the whole thing was your idea." Bruce Wayne, Dark Knight
"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Harvey Dent, Dark Knight
"You thought we could be decent men at an indecent time. But you were wrong; the world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased. Unprejudiced. Fair." Two Face, Dark Knight
"The last time I saw a face like that, somebody was wiping it with toliet paper." Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion (the radio show)
"We starve look at one another short of breath, walking proudly in our winter coats, wearing smells from laboratories facing a dying nation." Gerome Ragni/James Rado, Hair
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