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A Big Bang rec: Splintering in Slow Motion, a J2 fic by cyndrarae with art by milly_gal ♥. Mind the warnings. The author linked to an article on high-functioning depression. An extract from the article:
Cantopher believes that it is the strongest people who suffer from depression. "Give a set of stresses to someone who is weak, cynical or lazy and he will quickly give up, so he will never get stressed enough to become ill," he writes. "A strong person, on the other hand, will react to these pressures by trying to overcome them." In other words, he keeps pushing himself to do more, to achieve more, to be that high-functioning individual, because nothing is worse than being a disappointment (whether to himself or to others).
It's time we stopped trying to make people with mental illness fit the mold. Or, perhaps, consider that the mold is a whole lot different than what we thought.
I've enjoyed the last two episodes very much. In lieu of a reaction I'm going to link to the NY Times review of the finale. It's got spoilers for everything, but here's a non-spoilery bit I happen to completely agree with:
...it does make me consider how the sense of mystery will likely begin to dissipate from “Game of Thrones,” as longtime theories are confirmed and we pivot toward the final clashes. It’s unavoidable as the story begins to contract toward its conclusion. But I’m already feeling a little melancholy about the show becoming more about big battles and resolution and less about uncovering new pieces of this captivating world.
Isn't this the problem with most shows that have crossed 3+ seasons? I didn't think any of GoT was predictable, but that's probably because I don't read GoT fic or fan speculations. As for the argument that shows ~must get predictable about certain things once the end is near: for now, I'm sticking to my belief that the ways in which stories are told are way more important than the actual plot. In other words: show, don't tell. Setting up a showdown between two major characters may be inevitable, but the way in which it happens needn't be.
Calling all Jack Davenport fans! We’re going to rewatch/discuss a bunch of Jack’s stuff, starting with Ultraviolet, The Talented Mr Ripley, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Okay, now this is just unfair.