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LJ Interests meme - The Phantom Librarian
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LJ Interests meme
Yanked from jesspallas, and put under a cut because it's long.

LJ Interests meme results



  1. beatles:
    I love them, yeah, yeah, yeah.

    Seriously, I blame this squarely on my mother. She was a Beatlemaniac as a teen (her favorite was George Harrison; mine is and always will be Sir Paul), and since we couldn't afford a lot of new records and toys, I mostly played with her records on the little plastic turntable she got me. The big LPs and the new-fangled 8-tracks were downstairs--those included musicals and folk and duelling pianos--but the 45s were in my power, and they were things like "P.S. I Love You" and "We Can Work It Out" and "Love Me Do." This group had solid harmony, catchy tunes, and occasionally just broke into quality poetry, as in "Elanor Rigby," with her face that she keeps in a jar by the door. Nice use of language and rhythm as well as harmony, and good with the double entendre (as opposed to contemporary single-entendre).
  2. buffy:
    Buffy rocks.

    It's odd. It was a show I wanted to get into, and never quite seemed to catch the schedule on the first run. The only one I saw (before season 7, when I finally realized when it was on) was the musical. When I saw that FX was running back to back episodes every day of the week, I jumped for joy and happily gave in to my incipient Buffy fandom. I think what separates Buffy people from non-Buffy people is that Buffy people get the joke right off. My cousin's wife once said, after watching two or three episodes with me, "This is a cleverly written show. I wonder why they gave her such a silly name... I never would have thought to watch it!" Buffy's name, of course, is part of the weird humor of the show--WTF? A petite blonde girl named Buffy is the hero of the piece? Uh-huh. I also really like the supporting cast.
  3. darth vader:
    Ah, yes. Vader. He's fascinated me since I was thirteen and saw him redeemed. I liked him before that, but that's the point when I said, a-HA. That's what makes this series tick... it's this guy, Anakin/Vader. Which of course got me wondering what made him tick. Which led, eventually, to a great deal of fanfic and the basis of whatever reputation I have in SW fandom.
  4. ghost stories:
    Give me a vanishing hitchhiker or a story of some misty form in a cemetery, and I'm quite happy. I love "helpful ghost" stories within other kinds of stories as well. The Haunting of Hill House is lovely, because what exactly is holding Theo's hand? And...

    Well, they're ghost stories. I can't conceive of not getting into them. :)
  5. intj:
    INTJ is my Myers-Briggs personality type. Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking Judger. There are descriptions here and here.
  6. libraries:
    I've been a library rat my whole life. Millions of books, free for the borrowing. What could be better? Nevertheless, I took forever to decide that yes, I really did mean to become a librarian. It's nowhere near as glamorous as being a full time writer. But even if I weren't a librarian, I'd be an inveterate fan--libraries, like schools, are the great equalizers of society, the places where everyone has the same access. When I take kids through ours, I remind them that anyone who lives here can be a member of the library--rich or poor, young or old, anyone. They can all work in marble lined rooms and enjoy a lovely courtyard and see priceless art FOR FREE. The place was designed as a "palace for the people," to give everyone access to what only noblemen had access to before. I am naturally less than thrilled at libraries that are built like warehouses and have the philosophy that they only need to stock paperback Westerns because people who use this library don't need no high-falutin' stuff.
  7. myers-briggs:
    See INTJ. Myers-Briggs is a great way to engage in astrology--INTJs are quite a lot like Leos ;). No, of course, it's personality measurement, based on four aspects of personality, coming up with sixteen different basic types that occur in varying numbers in the human population. TypeLogic is one of many places to get a breakdown. I don't know how useful it is. It's just fun.
  8. psychology:
    I believe firmly that writers should take psych. General psych, developmental psych, and abnormal psych. Read it, absorb it, then throw out the textbooks and never look at them again.

    Huh? What?

    No, I'm serious about that. It's important to learn about how the brain works--at least as far as we know about it--but knowing general trends says nothing at all about any individual, and since all characters are individuals, the best you can do is have a solid idea of what's reasonable, but have no opinion whatsoever about how "a thirteen year old girl" thinks or what "a bereaved man" feels like. There's just no such thing as universal psychology, just one psyche after another. Keep checking the textbooks after you've gotten the point, and you end up sounding like Hermione, diagnosing everyone in sight based on what's expected, so that a young woman worried about the man she loves becomes a victim of "survivor's guilt." (I love Hermione, and I smiled at that because I did that all the time when I was first reading psych books. Trust me, it's not a character slam; it's an endearing quirk about her, as far as I'm concerned.)
  9. remus/tonks:
    In life, May/December romances don't appeal to me, but this one just jumped off the page for me in OotP. They balance each other so nicely, and are both such nice people--it strikes me as the kind of ship that would mature into what I want most: a stable, content marriage between two people who complement each other.
  10. sugarquill:
    When I first got into Harry Potter, I immediately looked at fanfic, as I was active in the SW fanfic community and liked it a great deal. I clicked on three random Potter fanfics at FFN.

    This sent me screaming away from HP fandom for a very long time.

    Finally, on a SW board, I mentioned this, and someone said, "Hey, try the Quill. It's canon-compliant, has lots of genfic, and is generally high quality stuff." I went over and read for about three days straight, then joined the forums, and several months later became a mod. It's definitely my HP home online.


Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.





Huh, bummer. It selected eleven and I wrote eleven, including spending a long time on the eleventh ("Western New York"), and it cut it entirely. Wonder why the coding asked for it!
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daisan From: daisan Date: September 21st, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mine gave me 11 and then only posted 10, too, but I was determined to get it up there since I'd spent time on it, so I added it to the code.

Beating the system, heh heh. :)

Loved your description of a library. That's so how I feel to. It's almost magical to walk into one and think of how many great minds contributed to the body of work within.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, I failed to copy-paste what I wrote. ;)
austenrowling From: austenrowling Date: September 21st, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would like this meme better if it gave you 5 interests instead of 10, every time I've tried starting it, I could think of anything to say for some of my interests, so I quit.

Unlike me, you seem to have a lot to say about most of your interests.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'll blather on forever about given topics. No problems there. ;)
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point, though I class myself more as late-July. Actually, Remus is around our age in canon, and Tonks is around our age when you figure in the time displacement (she'd have been born in 1973), so they both work nicely as identification points. :)
jennnlee From: jennnlee Date: September 21st, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I share your love of Western New York (in-laws there, got married there) and ghost stories. Just finished My First Novel, soon to be rejected by agents everywhere, and it's a ghost story. Doing research for it only made me more hooked on them.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, yay! Good luck. I've thought about trying my hand at one, but haven't come up with an original hook yet.
jennnlee From: jennnlee Date: September 21st, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've wanted to write the Great American Novel since I was 12, so it only took me twenty-one years to at least write a novel. ;-) And this one took me a good almost-four-years. A lot damn harder than the fanfic I wrote!!

And to answer your other question, my inlaws are in Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Forestville. Got married at the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTB, whereabouts in WNY? I'm was born in Buffalo and raised in Perry.
From: arwencordelia Date: September 21st, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

INTJ!

Me too :-) And I've always resented the "J" part (*I* don't think I'm judgmental!), but it's probably accurate...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: INTJ!

Well, there's a difference between making judgments and "being judgmental." Though personally, I'm both. I'm a judgmental bitca from hell. ;)
mmeubiquitous From: mmeubiquitous Date: September 21st, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I like remus/tonks because, really, I want Remus. But if I can't have him (alas!) then what better character to live my vicarious werewolf romance through than Tonks? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a lot more like Remus than I am like Tonks, personally. Does that mean I'm looking for a guy like Tonks? :P
stephantom From: stephantom Date: September 21st, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love myers-briggs personality types too! I'm an INFP myself.
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