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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?

Sep. 25th, 2011

Yesssssssss!

Mine is an evil laugh. I think this had to do with the colours I picked for my answers, but I honestly wasn't trying to get her. I just hoped I would. :D

You're Morgana!
You're Morgana!
Take What character from "Merlin" are you? today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You have a strong sense of pride, and because you put on a brave front, people don't tend to realise when you've been hurt.

You are ambitious and prefer to plan carefully. You're probably someone who makes lists.

You enjoy having nice things around you. You are great at putting people at their ease and people naturally warm to you.

You have a great sense of style and colour and enjoy expressing that through clothes and interior design.

Jul. 24th, 2011

My Muses

So I did another set of posts on Tumblr--the RP characters I have that stand out more than the rest (and/or feed me stories).  Thought I'd cut and paste them here as well.

Harry Potter Muses:
HP Muses )

Merlin Muses:
Merlin Muses )

Narnia Muse:
Narnia Muse )

These are just the ones who speak to me most often.  I have tons more who I play/have played/written, but nearly always in conjunction to at least one of the above.

Mar. 25th, 2011

Fic: What Is Lost - Morgana/Gwen, PG13

Title: What Is Lost
Author: [info]elfflame
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Pairing: Morgana/Gwen
Rating: PG13
Warning: Spoilers for Season 3 of Merlin
Promts: You speak of treachery like you have nothing to lose (used as opening line), not a secret any more, "I'll make you feel better".
A/N: So…Polyvore has constant contests to make sets, and the latest Merlin one was a Gwen set. The first thing that came to mind was Morgana and Gwen's relationship, and how much it changed this past year. So I made this. And while searching for pictures, Morgana got louder and louder, so I had to ask [info]ceria to help me with a prompt so she would shut up again. And here's the result.


You speak of treachery like you have nothing to lose. )

Dec. 28th, 2010

Fic year in review 2010

Not going to be around enough on Friday, so I decided to distract myself from unpleasant things by posting my fic year in review today.

stats )

Questions )

And only one fest fic this year.  For daily deviant's Kinky Kristmas.  Feel free to guess if you don't know because of prior knowledge.  Drabble to the person who guesses right first.

Dec. 6th, 2010

Photospam: Mah Bichez

I've got a group of characters whom I adore that all fit into a certain mold but which still have a great deal of variation in between, and since female characters never get enough love, I felt the need to share them today, because seeing a photo of one of them just made me grin, almost manically.

I call them "mah bichez" affectionately, of course.  Every single one of them has a dark edge to them, and most are the "bad guys" in their universe, or at least one.

Bad Girls behind the cut )

Of course, those are just the ones who came to mind today, and definitely the ones at the top of my list.  Who would you add?

Nov. 30th, 2010

Fic: The Ruined Throne - Morgana/Gwen, NC-17

Title: The Ruined Throne
Author: [info]elfflame
Pairing: Morgana/Gwen
Rating: NC-17
Summary: She is hers. And has been. Forever.
Word Count: 601
Author's Notes: From this prompt—Gwaine or Morgana or Gwen, time travel, throne room, lap dance, gloves. In an attempt to improve my smut-writing abilities. :) I hope folks enjoy.


For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. – Ralph Waldo Emerson )

Nov. 23rd, 2010

[No Subject]

Time for another happypost.

Dan Radcliffe fesses up to the truth.

Brian: ...Then you turned around.. and you smiled.. and that's when I knew why Debbie calls you sunshine. (QAF, season 2)
No one can ever tell me he hadn't already loved him from the end of season one.  With poetry like this...he never *needed* to say the words.

Phelps Twins
Just cause

This Post.

Bill/Harry! (DH1 spoilers!)

I may be a diehard Arthur/Merlin shipper now, but this post makes me tear up.

This series of pictures still (Merlin season 3 finale spoilers) (And OMG, look in Arthur's hand... *sighs*)

This beautiful man (who has since been dubbed Cygnus :D)

Oct. 3rd, 2010

Fandom 30 Day Meme part 3

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Elfquest: Well, I did mostly OC's, but the ones I tended to pull from the main group were Winnowill, Cutter, and Scouter, if I recall... (did I mention I had a thing for evil characters? ;) )

Voyager: Janeway, and to a lesser extent, Chakotay and B'Elanna. I think Tom was all Foodie, really...

LotR: The fic I found myself writing focused on Frodo. Never finished it, though.

Harry Potter: Say it with me folks... Draco. Yeah...anyone who got that wrong needs to start at the beginning of my journal and work their way forwards. ;) Also Harry comes to me a lot, and Severus, Remus, Blaise, and Regulus. And sometimes George. Oh, and Lucius, and sometimes Kingsley. And I'm probably forgetting a half-dozen more, too.

Buffy: Haven't written a whole lot, but...Willow. :)

Firefly: Again, I think I've written maybe three drabbles? Plus, the group's so small, it's hard to have favorites. But I suppose if I chose, it would be Inara, Kaylee, Mal or Zoe.

Youkko Nitta: Magira. Again, I haven't quite written enough to be sure, but I do love he and Carlos... :DD

Merlin: Despite RPing Merlin to [info]kabal42's Arthur, I have to say that my first answer here is Morgana. Then Arthur, I think, and then Merlin. I suppose I'll find out more in November, huh? ;D

Jun. 15th, 2010

Movie Meme

15 - A  character who you can relate to the most

Recipe for one Elf:
A teaspoon of Eleanore Dashwood's family sensibilities,
A pinch of Malfoy pride and stubbornness.
A cup of Tracy Turnblad for body-image and love of music,
A teaspoon of Sarah from Labyrinth for that touch of day-dreams,
And a sprinkle of Kat Stratton for brains.
Add a dash of Abby from The Truth About Cats and Dogs for self-image.
Mix it all together, then sprinkle liberally with Luna Lovegood for strangeness and just a dash of Morgana le Fae for wickedness.
Bake for four or so decades, and voila: Elfflame.

Mar. 22nd, 2010

Meme!

Comment and I'll give you a letter, then you have to list ten people/places/things you love that begin with that letter. Afterwards, post it on your journal and fill out letters of your own.
(Though you're free to comment without asking for a letter--if you don't want to play, you definitely aren't required to. :) )

[info]kabal42 gave me A.

Arthurian legend.  Two of my four favorite classes in Uni focused on Arthurian legend.  But even before then, Arthurian legend had been a large part of my life.  Morgana le Fae was one of my favorite characters even before I ever heard of Mists of Avalon, and I remember reading the Mabingoin after coming back from England because I thought it was fascinating (I was in 5th grade at the time, so about 10-11).  It's one of those things that has just been with me forever, and I couldn't even begin to remember where it started, though it likely has its roots in the SCA, which my parents were a part of from the time I was an infant until my Senior year in high school.  Knights and princesses and quests and magic...it's the basis of everything I love in fantasy.  The world would be a poorer place without it.

Adam and the Ants.  Flashback to my teen years, and the grand old days of MTV, where that actually meant "Music" and not "Miscellanious."  I fell in love with Adam Ant the first time I saw "Desperate But Not Serious."  Seriously, how could I not love a video with a vampire in it?  But so many of their songs had themes that were close to my heart--Puss In Boots, Prince Charming, Strip...And Adam's costumes?  Gaaah!  Gorgeous looking man, really.  Just my type. :D  Dark, lithe, and handsome.

Artichokes.  One of the few "scary" vegetables that I can cook.  Course, I can only cook it one way--steamed with sauce for dipping--but dang, it's good. :D

Amethyst!  My favorite gemstone, even though it's not my birthstone, because it's purple.  My wedding ring has an amethyst in it.  One of the few times I've been glad my birthstone's so expensive. ;)

Ancestors.  I believe I've mentioned it here, but if I haven't, I'm my family's genealogist.  I have the immediate family (through my great-grandparents, and down through all my first cousins)  mapped out, and quite a large amount of the more distant family mapped out as well.  I love working on my tree, and I especially love it when I find ancestors we hadn't had records for before.  I've recently found the names of one of my grandmothers' grandparents.  No better feeling than that, let me tell you. :D  I sometimes think the ancestral-worship religions make the most sense to me because I feel so close to my ancestors when I work on my tree.

Autumn.  My favorite season of the year.  Spring flowers are lovely, but I prefer the autumn rains, and the colour and smell of leaves as they change and fall....  And I love the scent of wood smoke, and Halloween...  It's really the best time of year.

Androgyny.  Seriously.  Boys who look like girls, or girls who look like boys, or anything in between....  I wish more people were androgynous.  I really do not get people who don't like it.  No, men don't have to be "manly" to be men.  They just are men.  What does it matter how they act or look, so long as they're happy that way?  It's not like it hurts you at all.  Same is true of girls.  It's their choice, not yours.  So lay off.

Ancient History.  I'm a history nut, but I've always found the earliest histories the most interesting.  Especially the ones that are right on the edge of pre-history.  Celtic, Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, etc.  Particularly the way history and myth intertwine in those early cultures.  That was their history, since they had no better way to keep it.  People who poo-poo legends as having no basis in fact need to realize that our way of storing history is relatively recent.  Even in the middle ages in Europe, that was the more common form of history.

Abyssinian.  Love cats in general, but Abyssinians are one of my favorite breeds.  So gorgeous...  I love the shape of their head, and their body structure, and the fact that they're one of the most ancient breeds.  They're just gorgeous.

Atlantis.  This sort of goes along with Ancient history, but it's also its own thing.  I've found I can no longer watch shows that are supposed to be about the "history" of Atlantis, because they always make sure to show how it can't possibly be true, and completely ignore the actual historical evidence that proves there actually was something, we just don't know what.  Probably wasn't actually called Atlantis.  Probably was quite different from the tales Plato left us.  But that doesn't mean that there wasn't an ancient culture that managed to connect Europe and Africa with the Americas in ancient times before Greece.  And we'll never know for sure.  At least, not unless someone invents a working Time Machine.

Jan. 18th, 2010

More sims blather, this time with pictures!

So, I thought I'd post pictures of how everyone turned out...  There will be minor slash, behind the cut.

Sims 2 fannish sims, Elfflame style, latest version )

Dec. 13th, 2009

....

Just watched Fires of Idirsholas... (spoilers behind the cut) )

Dec. 6th, 2009

large post of grarg!

Two things today:

Thing one--Merlin.
spoilers for The Witch's Quickening )

Thing two--Sims 3.

Since Sims 2, my first and most-important cheat mod is the same-sex pregnancy patch.  Easy enough to find.  One of the earliest patches to come into existence.  However, there is, no shock, a group of modders/players who don't like that mod, or think it worthy of attention.

One of the new sets of mods this time around is facial sliders and body sliders to make for more extreme modding of the way the sims look.  Which is great.  Right?  Except that the first patch hasn't been updated since the game has been patched to 1.3.  Their reason?  There's a "great mod" out there that does it instead.  Except this mod?  (The Awesomemod, in case you're wondering)  Mods a *TON* of things.  Sure, you can configure *some* of the mod.  But it's a global mod.  Which means if you have any other mods that affect overall gameplay?  It makes them not work.  Like a same-sex patch.  And the one request I saw to have them add a same-sex pregnancy component was met with an extremely rude reaction.  So no help there.

So....my choice has basically become either live without kids for same sex couples, which I refuse to do, or live without the sliders, which at this point annoys me *almost* as much.

*Is a VERY unhappy elf*

Oct. 24th, 2009

Addendum

Don't you hate it when the thing stopping you is always the simplest thing?  It's figured out.

Still stressed, but less so.  Would really like nothing else to explode on me today.  Or the next week or so even...

No Love

So, after trying and failing to install a mood theme, I'm giving up after three days.

I'm really upset about it, because it was the first time I'd really tried, and I was really looking forward to having my own Katie McGrath mood theme.

I already had all sorts of plans for making my own, too, because I disagreed with the maker's choices on many of the moods.  And maybe another for Arthur/Merlin with [info]kabal42.

So, yeah, really not in a good place right now.



I'm going to go hide over there ====>
At least, until the latest Merlin episode is available and [info]kabal42 is on.

Oct. 17th, 2009

NaNoWriMo update!

So, this year, I am planning something different. But I'm so addicted to the automatic feedback I've gotten in the past from my other Nano attempts, that I have decided to create a separate locked journal just for Nano.

I haven't made it yet, because I wanted to gauge the interest.

The story I'm writing this year is Arthurian, and set in modern-day, with Morgana as the main character. Except that she won't be a she, but a he. There will be a slashy romance (it will pretty much be obvious from the get-go, but I'll keep mum for now), and a few sex scenes, though probably not much above an R rating, if that.

This will not be Merlin-verse, but my own take on the characters, but I think those interested in Merlin or Arthurian stories (particularly slashy ones) might enjoy it.

The only two requests I have of those who ask to friend this journal are as follows:
1 - Do not copy and paste or save the story anywhere on the net, even if the place you do so is locked only to you. I intend to try to get this published in the end, and if it is posted anywhere, I won't be able to do so.
2 - I ask that you put your critical hats on. This doesn't mean that you can't say "wow, great chapter," but that if you do see any flaws, you point them out. Particularly when it comes to the overall flow of the story. No, I'm not asking that every comment you make be of that sort, just that you read it with a critical eye to giving feedback, if anything relevant pops up. I certainly don't mind having people there just to read. :)

So...are there people interested? If so, let me know here, and when I've made the journal, I will nudge you with it. :)

Aug. 15th, 2009

Morgana Icons!

So the [info]merlin_icontest winners were announced the other day, so I thought I'd post all the versions I made. Feel free to take, but please credit?

#5 tied for first place with [info]kabal42, and #1 got second place. :D  Thank you to everyone who voted!

icons under the cut )