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Nov. 27th, 2012

Lucius Big Bang

So, I neglected to mention that I was participating in the Lucius Big Bang fest, I think, but my piece went up today.

It's here, if anyone is interested.

The story's based on one of my older H/D stories, and contains two rather overdone tropes, but I think putting Lucius as the main character really changed things a lot.

Nov. 6th, 2012

Election & Nanowrimo

Despite everything, I really was worried Romney would win, but he did not, thank god. I'm so relieved, it left me crying when I saw Obama's victory tweet.

But Washington's election was huge this year, too. Governor (still to be decided, but currently Dem winning), Senator & Congressmen stayed about the same, but then we had a ton of ballot issues. Some of these things (including the Governor above) are too close to call right now, and we do an all mail-in ballot here in Washington, so it may be some time before they're determined.

* Marriage Equality Passed.
* Marijuana Legalization Passed (and won't that be interesting to see how that works out...?).
* Charter Schools is neck and neck. I personally want this as far from my state as it can get. The Seattle school system sucks, but taking money away from it for schools that won't help inner city kids will not help.

So I'm holding my breath on the Governor and the Charter schools bill, but other than that, it has been a very good night.

Got 1800+ words today. But I'm very behind on posts, so I'll just start where I am, I think. Currently at 14364, but very happy with where I'm going. Have a whole little slang dictionary I've been writing up as I go to reference when I need to reuse words.

Latest favorite quote: They settled on either side of the double bed in the room, and Gabriel found his thoughts turning to unpleasant thoughts which made his stomach churn. He was so distracted that he half jumped from his skin when Ethan spoke.

"I didn't mean to upset you tonight. I just…find myself curious. I'm sure I'd never have pulled off that getup well at all. You looked…perfect," he said softly.

Gabriel looked over Ethan, really letting himself look for the first time since they'd met. Aside from Ethan's swathy skin and rough appearance, the only thing he could see that might work against Ethan trying the same were his shoulders. "I don't know…the right blouse, and I'm sure you could manage. With a proper clean-up, that is."

Ethan snorted, then shook his head. "No, thank you," he said. "I don't fancy being a doxie."

Gabriel felt his cheeks heat. "Is that what you thought I was? A doxie?"

Alarmed, Ethan shook his head. "What? No, I just meant...well, that's what I would look like, if I tried."

Gabriel looked away. Everything felt all jumbled together right now. Why did Tinely have to insist Ethan come with them, anyway? It was too confusing. And annoying.

Nov. 4th, 2012

Nano Day 3

First Line: She nodded, patting his hand.

Last Line: "Shouldn't we already be there by now?" he asked Tinely.

Favorite Line: For the first time since leaving England, he felt the excitement he'd felt when first planning this trip.

Word Count: 7949

So far, so good. Still over 2k a day, which makes me very happy. I'm hoping to get to ten by tomorrow, if not better. Wish me luck!

Nov. 2nd, 2012

Nano Day 2

Wordcount: 5471

First Sentence: Before Gabriel could tug it free, there was a hand on his arm.

Last Sentence: Let alone…that I would be able to explain it. (that one looks very odd out of context...probably not a good thing.)

Favorite Sentence: It feels rather like I imagine riding in a cloud would feel: soft and quiet, unlike a train which is always so loud.

Nano Update + Fic translation

So [info]tahy offered to translate my fic Giving Ground (Harry/Draco, NC-17) into Russian. So for those interested (and able to read Russian), here's the link.

Also, [info]kabal42 stole this from Copperbadge (aka [info]sams_cafe over here in IJ land), and I love the idea, so I think I'll do this, too.

Yesterday's wordcount: 3232

First Line: The crowds surrounding the AS Harmony were loud, and the party atmosphere was almost too much for Gabriel to take.

Last Line: He stood to find his bag, which was nestled between his trunk and Priscilla's, and tugged to try to get it down, but the strap appeared to be caught on something.

Favorite Line: Tinely's eyes were growing colder as he spoke, and usually Gabriel was smart enough not to know when to push, but this had been a very trying day, and he had been hoping for at least some respite on this initial leg of their journey, only to find he was stuck in this ridiculous garb, and now he had to deal with a buffoon who probably had less than two pennies to his name, and he refused to stand for it any longer.

Update on Me and NaNoWriMo

I know I've been pretty silent this year. Here's what's been going on.

* Still no job, but I've been slowly selling off my Magic cards, which has helped somewhat.

* Parents moved in with my sister and her family into a huge place in Eastern Seattle right next to the Arboretum in Montlake, if you know the Seattle Area. It's a gorgeous house. Mom and dad have a nice little downstairs apartment that's about the size of their old house's main floor, and tons of storage space for everyone, so they're not really missing the downstairs at all. Even better, Mom has an elevator so she no longer has to deal with stairs, which was becoming an increasingly difficult issue, so we're all glad of that. Sis is now working on getting her to stop driving, as the MS is slowly getting worse, and it's taking her longer and longer to get to the car. We've started bi-weekly dinners, which has been nice. More time with all of them, which I am bad about, so it's a perfect excuse to see them all and stay updated. Sis and the family will be heading down to brother-in-law's family for Thanksgiving, which is their norm, so I'm going to help mom and dad with thanksgiving in the main house, and I'm going to try to make mashed potatoes in sis's crock pot. Wish me luck...

* Also in family news, my grandmother passed away this summer. She was my last living grandparent, and I will miss her, but I was never as close to her as I was to my other grandmother who died in 2010. We had a lovely service at their church in Bellevue, and her pastor, who was just about to retire, was able to do the service. It ended up being the last she did at the church, so it made it doubly special. I did a slideshow of pictures of grandma's life, which was wonderful, and everyone wanted copies, so I'm doing slideshows of all the grandparents for the family for Christmas. Except that every time I see the shots of my grandfather who died in 91, I start crying. Makes it hard to go through the photos. But I'm getting there.

* I am not a business person, and don't know how to sell myself, so despite posting some signs, I have yet to get a bite on my genealogy business. If anyone has some extra money laying around, and are curious about their family history, I'd certainly love to help. Comment below, and we can talk. :)

* I have, however, gotten a couple of nibbles from the folks in my building about cat-sitting. For those who don't know, I have two cats, and have lived with cats since my junior year of high school. I love them. It's one reason we moved into the building, that it was cat friendly. Apparently the manager has been watching people's cats (and a few other small animals) for free, but it's driving her up the wall, especially with how picky some people are, so she asked me to help, then suggested I offer a service. Some people are still taking advantage of her and saying they can't pay, but...well, at least this way, she's got someone to shove them at now. So I have one job over the Thanksgiving week watching two cats who are very sweet (well, once's sweet and one's feral, so doesn't get on with anyone but her owner), and then another around Christmas. Feeling pretty good about all this. Not a *ton* of money, but might be enough to round out to my rent at the end of the month, especially if I sell off a few more cards.

* The current TV season has been a bit depressing. No more Eureka, Fringe is ending, way too many reality tv shows, and the one hope I had for the season, Revolution, is kind of a bust... Sci Fi has one show I might try, but that doesn't start until next year. And...Elementary is not working for me. So...it's all left me kind of meh. And then, of course, we have Who (Gaaah!), Downton (*sobs*), and Misfits (not sure about that season opener...), which have at least been more interesting than the American TV shows this season. Oh, and Merlin, which is also as depressing...It's frankly been hard to watch, though Mordred is pretty, at least.

* On the other hand, I have been watching Buffy season 4 (my favorite) and Angel season 1 with Foodie, which has been great fun. So many great episodes this season...we just watched Hush last week. All time best ever. I can't wait to see what she thinks when Oz returns...Or what she'll think of Lorne, but I guess he doesn't show until next season. I've definitely missed him in this one. I think it could have used his charm.

* And in other TV news...I've been watching Supernatural. I'm still not *hooked* hooked, but I am enjoying it. My description to others is that it feels sort of like the Hardy Boys to Buffy's Nancy Drew. :) And I came across a comment on Tumblr that I quite agree with today: "It's nothing like I expected, but exactly as described." Heh.

* Oh, yes, and Nano. I'm doing another original piece this year, so it's not been posted anywhere online. I wouldn't mind feedback, though, if people are interested. I've got two people I'm emailing the story as I go, section by section. The story is a Steampunk world adventure using archetypes I'm familiar with, which is to say, based on favorite characters/RP characters. There's more to it than that, of course. If you're not sure, but curious, my profile is here, and I've posted a snippet and blurb about the story.

* Fanfic is now on the back burner, because life is just too stressful at the moment. I stopped at D_D sometime earlier this year, but I do have a story I'm about to send in for K_K this year, and I also have a story for the Lucius Big Bang that should be going up sometime this month, so keep your eyes out for those. Otherwise, I'm trying to focus on job-hunting and original writing, so...wish me luck.

Sep. 9th, 2012

Rant on my least-liked fandom opinion

A Note: I know that not everyone hates Joss, I just had an epiphany, and needed to get this out. Comments are most definitely welcome, because I know I'm not the best at stating my opinion, and I know others can and will state it better, but I will cut comments if I feel they are being abusive/missing the point.

I've seen rants about Joss Whedon and feminism before. Specifically how some think he's not as feminist as fans seem to think he is. )

Jul. 12th, 2012

Magic card interest, anyone? (signal boost requested)

So, back in the golden days of Yore, in the early days of my marriage, my husband and I collected Magic the Gathering Cards. We even played them, too. But we stopped because they kept changing the rules and the cards and...it was just too expensive a hobby to keep up.

So these cards have been sitting in boxes and card-protectors since about the mid-nineties, gathering dust. My ex let me keep the cards in our split of our things, so I've been working on getting them sorted so I could sell them. I also used a bunch of price guides and cheat-sheets to determine exactly what it was that I had.

I have the equivalent of about four long boxes full of cards, all loose, plus a few other random things. And while I was going through them, I remembered how much I used to love creating themed decks out of the cards. I made a dragon deck, and an Elfquest deck among others.

So I was wondering if there was any interest out there in purchasing a pre-made deck out of my cards. I'm thinking 60 cards, and would be willing to gear them to a fannish theme based on what I have.

I have been selling a few on Ebay (expensive cards that I've pulled from the dross), but I still have several hundred more, so if there's something specific you want, just let me know. I would prefer these to go to folks I know, and would certainly be more interested in getting rid of groups of cards at once than trying to deal with them all separately. The Ebay sales are currently over, so I need to set those up again, but feel free to drop me a line to ask me what I have. I'm working on typing up a (very long) database of everything, so hopefully I will be able to answer any questions needed, and I can always skim through what I have if people have specific requests.

Whether you're interested in single decks, random cards, specific cards...whatever, I'd love to sell these, so any interest would be greatly appreciated.

Even if you're not interested, if you could please signal-boost this to your own Flists? I really want to get this out to as many fannish gaming-interested people as possible, as this is currently what is keeping a roof over my head at the moment.
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Jun. 30th, 2012

June 2012 Fic

ABCs, as recited by Draco Malfoy, age 8, Draco, Gen - G

Free of Guilt or Shame, Rodolphus/Draco, Slash - NC-17

Jun. 27th, 2012

Arthurian Things post #7 - Guenevere

So every little girl is supposed to grow up wanting to be Guenevere, right? She's the fairy-tale princess of the story, after all. She gets her newly-crowned king, her father is the one who gives him the round table, and she even gets to fall in love with the second most eligible man in the land, and have him love her back. What's not to like? Everyone loves her. But I never did.

I loved Vanessa Redgrave in Camelot. She was wonderful, but that was to be expected. She was from one of the great acting families of England. How could she not be perfect? And I love Angel Colby in Merlin, too. She's sweet, and when they let her be, she really adds something to the story. Too bad the writers don't know how to do a long-term plot without selling their characters short.

But for me? Neither of them get past my dislike of the character's part in the stories overall. In fact, Vanessa played right to them, and Merlin's Gwen is falling into the same trap. I've always had a dislike for the character, but it took me until college to really realize why. She's glorified in every Arthurian story as this beautiful (usually golden-haired) perfect match for Arthur. She's the most beautiful woman in the land, so with no other reason, she must be his wife, right? What does it matter what she does after that, because that's after happily ever after?

It bugs me. Because Lancelot's not her only conquest. she's always flirting with the other knights. The movies less so than the stories, but it's there. Yes, Lancelot is her "other" "true love," but that doesn't stop her from denigrating the knights who don't adore her and wait on her hand and foot to curry favour with her. And it certainly doesn't stop her from flirting with as many of them as she can.

In college, I read one of the Lays of Marie de France. A story called Lanval. Lanval is a young knight who comes to Arthur's court, and when the Queen tries to flirt with him, he avoids her passes, making her angrier and angrier. And when she learns he's in love with a faerie, she finds a way to come between them, nearly parting them forever. Now this is a story written by a nun, but even so, it shows a medieval view of the queen and at least part of how they saw her at the time. As someone who craved the attention of men.

If it were only one conquest, I might look on her more favourably, but it's not. Time and time again, Guenevere is shown as unfaithful to Arthur. In some of the earlier tales, Mordred is not Arthur's son, but Guenevere's lover, who then abducts her to try to steal England from Arthur. It is Guenevere who suggests Gawain be forced to marry the lothly lady, in order to curtail his flirting with the ladies of the court. Yes, this one can be seen in a more positive light, but when you read the texts, invariably, Guenevere comes off as sounding rather annoyed or jealous, and not at all interested in protecting any other women so much as punishing Gawain.

In short stories or long, and even in the movies, whether it is only Lancelot or others she focuses on, she's the one seeking out this attention. She wants it. She craves it. And she will do anything to have it. And with Lancelot, she's cast in the role of Eve, and her bite of the apple destroys Camelot. See that how you will, and a case can be made for that being the medieval view of the day--that no woman can be a positive influence, but at least Morgana, even in the depths of her malice, stands up for herself and her people. Guenevere seems to stand for the type of woman who thinks she deserves whatever she wants, and damn the cost. That or the spoiled little rich girl who doesn't know any better and goes about her innocent and merry way, destroying all she touches because she refuses to see the result of her actions.

I was so excited to see such a different sort of Guenevere at the beginning of the Merlin series. Here was a girl who wouldn't be playing the spoiled princess, right? But I was wrong. With each season, my expectations have been crushed just a little bit more. Especially the past two.

I worry about this coming season of Merlin because the writers seem to be forgetting the premise of this show, and they've completely taken all obstacles out of the way for Arthur and Gwen. They didn't have to fight to get past them. They're just gone. One wonders if they'll just bring back Nimueh at the end of the season and let her trap Merlin in the Crystal Cave, and rename the show...because they seem to slowly be forgetting why the bromance between Merlin and Arthur was even there, and are slowly replacing that with Arthur and Gwen. And I worry that Gwen will become the very embodiment of everything I have always hated about the character, more focused on herself than on the girl I know she could be, if she'd been written right this time.

It's really too bad, too, because I love these actors, and when the story is on point, it's amazing. But sometimes, it's just really hard to watch.

So yeah, that's my rant about Guenevere. What do you think of the character? Do you prefer her or Morgana, or another female character from the stories entirely?

Jun. 13th, 2012

Fic: Free of Guilt or Shame, Rodolphus/Draco, NC-17

Title: Free of Guilt or Shame
Author: [info]elfflame
Characters/Pairings: Rodolphus/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: Dirty talk, aggressive partners arousal from being pursued/pursuing aggressively or aggressive behavior in bed
Other Warnings: cross-gen relationship, dub-con, semi-incestuous, mention of possible blood-play, but only in passing.
Word Count: ~1300
Summary/Description: Draco tries not to think when he's with his uncle. But Rodolphus makes that very difficult to do.
Author's Notes: Seems dark, but it's not. The dub-con is more that Ro won't take no for an answer, if Draco could even manage the word. ;) For my sweet Kit, without whom this wouldn't have been possible. Much love to you, sweetie. Title paraphrased from the cut text, which is from The Whole Shebang by Grant Lee Buffalo from Velvet Goldmine.

Free your heart of guilt and shame/Come and claim what's yours/The whole shebang – Grant Lee Buffalo )

Jun. 5th, 2012

Fic: ABCs, as recited by Draco Malfoy, age 8 (G)

Title: ABCs, as recited by Draco Malfoy, age 8
Author: [info]elfflame
Rating: G
Summary: Draco says his ABCs. (maybe next time he should do them in Latin)
A/N: Not much for my muse's birthday, but I wanted to post something for him...

Now I know my ABCs, next time won't you sing with me... )

May. 31st, 2012

May 2012 Fics

Giving Ground - Harry/Draco - NC-17

May. 26th, 2012

Fandom Loss

For those who haven't heard yet, [info]leni_jess passed away this past Thursday. Her family posted a note on her journal here.

I never got the chance to meet her, but I always admired her writing, and the fact that she was constantly on the move. She definitely lived a full life. The fandom will be a bit quieter with her gone.

May. 13th, 2012

Fic: Giving Ground - Harry/Draco, NC-17

Title: Giving Ground
Author: [info]elfflame
Characters/Pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: mild NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: agnophilia—struggling for dominance between partners
Other Warnings: None immediately come to mind…
Word Count: 1935
Summary/Description: Harry and Draco have a thing.
Author's Notes: For [info]kabal42, a little late for your birthday, but I hope you enjoy it. I know it's not Steve and Tony, but I couldn't resist. Thank you to [info]wolfish_cat as always for the help.

I will not play at tug o' war/I'd rather play at hug o' war,/Where everyone hugs/Instead of tugs/Where everyone giggles/And rolls on the rug,/Where everyone kisses/And everyone grins/And everyone cuddles/And everyone wins. – Shel Silverstein, Hug O' War )

Apr. 30th, 2012

Arthurian Things post #6 - Morgana le Fae

I can't recall where, exactly, my love for Morgana came from. It was definitely before I was aware of Mists of Avalon, because I remember playing with others in the SCA, and when we played at being in Camelot, I always wanted to be Morgana. Part of it was the fact that evil characters are just more interesting. All Guenivere did was sit around and eat bonbons or need to be rescued. Or macked on any Knight who let her... :P

Mists of Avalon only increased my love for her, and made it difficult for me to watch things like Excalibur, where she's so unrepentantly evil with no obvious reason other than peevishness. Which isn't to say I didn't love her in Excalibur (hell, how can you not love Helen Mirren?), it's just that her reasoning leaves a lot to be desired. Plus, a Morgana without dark hair just seems wrong.

Then there was Helena's Morgana. I only watched the Merlin Mini-series once. She was a kind of freak (not surprising, given it was Helena), so that made her difficult to watch as well. Even though I was ready to love her version to the ends of the earth.

I was quite glad when the Mists Mini-series finally made it to TV, though it really didn't do justice to the story. The book has so many little details, it would have been hard to get them all in. Juliana Margoles was all right, but I'm not a fan, and this didn't make me one, either. It was just a lackluster version of a great book.

So it wasn't until BBC's Merlin came on the air that I finally saw the Morgana I truly loved: Katie McGrath. Katie brings everything to the table--looks, style, grace, and a seeming understanding of a lady and how she would hold herself. No, the show's not perfectly medieval, but I adored her. I only wished the writers had been willing to more slowly develop her evil, instead of forcing it the way they did and making it seem almost comical.

Even so, Katie manages to shine, when Morgana is truly feeling things, as opposed to plotting or leering evilly. You can see her heartbreak at losing Gwen, or her anger at Uther for what he's done to her and others. Her confusion over her powers in the second season was especially well-acted, and if they'd moved slower at the end of that season, I could easily see her sink into vengeance and madness.

There is one honorable mention here, too. Eva Green's Morgan in the Stars series, Camelot. Though she was unrepentant in her evil, we could not only see her suffering, but her reasoning, even if it was flawed. I had high hopes for her character. Too bad the series was cancelled in the first season...

I think the reason I prefer Morgana over others is that as a character, there's so much to draw from. Depending on the legends you choose, she can have up to nine (yes, nine, there is a mention in a legend or two) sisters, not to mention her brother. And Mordred, whether nephew or son, is always an excellent ally. Not to mention her sister's other sons (of which Gawain is my particular favorite).

But most of all? I love the incestuousness between she and Arthur (when it's there--I tend to gravitate toward those stories that have it). I love the angst, danger, and evil inherent because of that liaison, which is why I tend to prefer her as Mordred's mother over Morgause. And, deep down, I believe that Morgana both hates and loves Arthur, and it is that confusion that drives her to fight against him time and again.

So...who's your favorite Arthurian Character, and why?

April 2012 fic

Extracarricular - Kingsley/Harry - NC-17

Home--the Goldilocks Remix - Harry/Draco - PG12

Apr. 29th, 2012

Arthurian Things post #5 - Favorite Arthurian book pt 2

So yesterday, I covered the Mabinogion, which is the best-remaining source for early Welsh Celtic folklore. Today I'm going to cover my other favorite (semi-)Arthurian book, the Celtic Heroic Age.

This one is unfortunately not available online except to buy, but I do highly recommend it. There are several editions, so there's no need to buy this version, which is now out of print, but I linked to my version of the book here.

When I finally made it to the UW, I knew I wanted to do an English degree, though I considered a few things before I settled on it for sure. One of the earliest classes I took outside my degree was a Celtic History class. This was one of many books I bought for the class. It's a source of translations of original historic documents detailing the Celts, starting with a couple ancient Celtic transcriptions, and working its way through what we could consider post-Arthurian Britain, if you believe that there was truly a man who became the legend that is King Arthur.

This book was one of my first experiences with secondary sources, and is as close as I have been able to get to primary sources on Arthurian history, given I do not read or write the languages the early tales were all written in.

In truth, the book has very little to do with Arthur, but there are a few passages about him in the Gododdin, which was an elegaic poem set in Northern England in the post-Roman age. It details the losses of a fight between the Britons and the Saxons in the kingdom of Strathclyde, apparently in or near the modern-day city of Glasgow. It is one of the few texts that reveals Arthur's name in a possible historical context. He is mentioned only in passing: "[Gorddur] used to bring black crows down in front of the wall/of the fortified town--though he was not Arthur--/amongst men mighty in feats/in the front of the barrier of alder wood..." He is used more as a descriptor than anything else, someone to compare the fallen man to. But there nevertheless.

There are other random passages in other sections of the book as well, and having such early record (all the sources in the book are pre-medieval, even if the translations are not) of Arthur only gives credence to those of us who think he may well be based in fact.

The book itself holds a cherished place in my library, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Celtic people. There's a ton of fascinating stuff in it.

Anyone else have any good non-fiction Arthurian sources?

Apr. 28th, 2012

Arthurian Things post #4 - Favorite Arthurian book pt 1

So [info]kabal42 suggested I do a post on my favorite Arthurian books. I have two, though both are only tangential to Arthurian lit. I'll do one today and one (hopefully) tomorrow (I do keep forgetting to do these posts...bad girl).

So the first I'll cover is the Mabinogoin (pronunciation for those interested: Mah-bin-oh-gee-in).

This is my copy, though there are at least as many versions of it as there are Arthurian legends. I've linked it to an online version, for those who are interested in reading it, though I'm not sure how long the link will be good for.

The Mabinogoin is a collection of Celtic (mostly) Welsh tales from the ages before and around the early Medieval period. Because of the timing of these tales, King Arthur is often mentioned, because by the Norman conquest of England, he was a popular folk hero in a dark time, so minstrels would connect their stories to him in order to make them feel more heroic, and in some ways, more real.

I remember getting copies of some version of these tales when we went to England when I was in 5th grade. I have no clue where they went, or if my parents still have them, but I remember coming home and just devouring them like candy. I think these and the English Fairy Tales and More English Fairy Tales books are the beginning of my love affair for Fairy Tales, but the Arthurian connection in the Mabinogoin always lingered in my mind as well.

The various editions generally cover 11 tales (some adding other Welsh tales, some taking out others) that focus on Celtic heroes and romances from ancient Britain. The texts were likely originally transcribed by welsh or English monks who had heard them as youths, though no one is entirely sure of their true origins, as with most myth and legend.

Of the legends generally included are two particular tales:  Culhwch and Olwen, and The Dream of Rhoabwy, both of which mention Arthur, though neither focuses on him as a character. Rather, they focus on others in the time of Arthur, who have some tangential connection to him.

Tomorrow, I'll cover a more historical work: The Celtic Heroic Age.

But for now, I'll leave with a question: What's your favorite Arthurian work? Or works, if you have more than one.

Apr. 23rd, 2012

Arthurian Things post #3 - Favorite Arthurian Movies part 1: Sword in the Stone

This movie is one of those "always been there" things for me, which makes sense, because it was released several years before I was born. I'm pretty sure it's one of the major origins of my Arthurian knowledge. I know it is for a lot of my generation, though far from the only source.

For me, this is one of the top 5 Arthurian movies out there (I'll be covering the others in later posts). This one's great because there's really no romance in it, and because it' simple for anyone to watch. Of course, it doesn't really get into the central stories of Camelot and the Knights of the Round table, but for several generations now, it's been introducing kids to the young Arthur, and thereby continuing the interest in Camelot into a new generation.

For me, the story itself always makes me smile. Wart's innocence, Merlin's excitement about learning, and Archemedes' crochetiness. Not to mention the creatures they become and meet, and the Wizard War with Madam Mim ...

I'll cover it more in a later post, but this is one of two movies based on one of the seminal modern Arthurian classic books: The Once and Future King by T.H. White, which has lent as much to the legends these days as Mallory or Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Given that the only other possible Arthurian story that would have made a good kid's movie (Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone) wasn't written for a few more years after this movie came out, I think this was the best choice for a Disney Arthurian story that they could have made, especially given the darkness of some of the stories.

There have been other attempts to do Arthurian stories for kids since, but really, none are quite as enjoyable as Sword in the Stone. At least, not for me.

So what about you? Like or hate Sword in the Stone? Do you have another kid's movie you prefer?