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Top fives meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Top fives meme
From calixa
Ask me for "top five" lists of pretty much anything, and I will list for you my top five of that thing or things. Copy and give your own top fives.
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darkeyedwolf From: darkeyedwolf Date: September 2nd, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top five chapters of Shifts/Shades? :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
As in, of the OCs?

1. Daniel Morse (Hey, a student who loves Remus; what could be more in tune with me?)
2. Alan Garvey (Fannish people are people)
3. Alderman (I wasn't expecting him; he just showed up)
4. Sweet (You don't know her well, but she'll be around the story a lot)
5. Sanjiv McPherson (I just like him)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 2nd, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top five funny things teenage boys have said to you at the library.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm more of an eavesdropper than a conversant. So I'll include a couple of overheards.)

1. How come you're not wearing your hair like Dorothy? (A day after I'd worn my hair in braided pigtails)
2. (This was a girl, but I like it) You don't understand... it's an assignment. I'm not interested in it.
3. (Overheard) Hey! Anyone want to take on a nineteen-point troll?
4. And here I thought you grew a heart... (on me giving another computer extension, when he discovered it was only because conditions on the wait-list had changed)
5. (Overheard, while several kids were discussing ethnic differences, and a non-Asian kid had announced that Asians don't like peanuts. Another kid: "I like peanuts," followed by my favorite all time overheard quote): "You're not Asian. You're Asian with an H. You're Haitian."
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: September 2nd, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Five top peeves in human behaviour.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. AD HOMINEM ARGUMENTS. I hate these. And I'm such a good person that you simply must believe me when I say they're bad. ;)
2. Emotional manipulation, as in, "If you do this/don't do this, it will be proof that you hate me..."
3. DramaQueen and her loyal sidekick SoapBoxer. You, out of my gender.
4. The blame game. Nails on a blackboard. If there's a problem, fix it. Don't re-elect someone who's caused a problem, and certainlly rationally analyze better ways to handle things. But good G-d, it doesn't help anyone to escalate bad feelings.
5. Whining. See 2-4.
calixa From: calixa Date: September 2nd, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top Five Heros
Top Five Villians

And why?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The one that requires thought... I'll stick to the fictional ones, simply because they're always purer, and I like purity.

1. Luke Skywalker--I like Luke because when the time came, he understood what he needed to do, and what he needed to do was not be the Chosen One. That was a brave and compassionate choice.
2. Harry Potter--Harry would prefer not to be The Chosen One. He digs Quidditch and would like to spend more time thinking about frivolous things. He's not the world's most observant guy. But it would never, in a million years, occur to him that he could just say, "You know what? You all are the grown-ups. You take care of it, okay?" I respect that.
3. Buffy Summers--I've never gotten the anti-Buffy sentiment in BtVS fandom. She's innovative and clever most of the time, and she doesn't (at least until season 7) find it necessary to stop being a clothes-loving pretty girl in order to be a hero. She's to balance compassion in individual cases (Spike, Angel, even Dru to an extent, and certainly Faith) with the need to maintain a strong stance against evil, and that's no easy trick. (In fact, detractors call it "hypocrisy." I don't.)
4. Larry Underwood (The Stand). I liked Larry from the second he stumbled out of his beach house on a speed hangover. Larry believes the absolute worst about himself, but his mother is right--the catastrophe, rather than pushing him into the selfishness he most fears, brings out his inner hero, and he never so much as notices it, thinking of himself right to the end as someoen who just shouldn't be in the role and is likely to break.
5. Xena. Another tough chick, but what I really like about her is the redemption angle, the thought that she did horrible things and is doing her penance for them. She understands both how bad things were, and how strong she is. I stopped watching sometime shortly after the Hope arc because the show got too tangled up in her personal life, and I thought it detracted from the original concept.

Half and half
Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker--I couldn't make either list without him, but he's not really on either, is he?
Spike--Same boat

(I'm actually not big on the villains.)
1. Voldemort/Tom Riddle. A lot of people seem not to respect Tom, but I do. Granted, he has his weaknesses, but I find them reasonable weaknesses based on his egocentric character. A charismatic cult leader with his own agenda, separate (if not totally removed) from the agenda of his followers... he's very interesting to me.
2. Annie Wilkes. Fandom gone mad, of course, but what I liked about the book (and which the otherwise excellent movie left out) is that Annie is right about Paul's work. It made the conflict between the two much more complex than, "Oo, Annie wants to be a censor and stop Paul from doing his really good stuff!" No... Annie was mad as a hatter, but Paul had also been lying to himself and writing pretentious crap, and she called him on it.
3. Fenrir Greyback. Too much fun to write, really. Way over the top, the bogeyman of a child's nightmares. And genuinely frightening and disturbing, because he's so damned crazy that he honestly believes himself sane.
4. Palpatine. AKA, Mephistopheles, dealing with Faust. I'll make you a bargain...
5. Greg Stillson. Scarily convincing crazy politician, appealing to a mob with clownish techniques.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top five nonfiction authors.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to cheat and list two people who also write fiction, but I adore their nonfiction.

1. Stephen King--Danse Macabre was an absolutely terrific look at horror, and On Writing is one of the best overall writing books I've read... and I've read a lot.
2. Orson Scott Card--want solid, practical advice? Try How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy and Characters and Viewpoint. Really, really good stuff.
3. Neil Howe and Bill Strauss--American history from a perspective that looks at what generations people belong to. It's not perfect, but it's very interesting to consider that the world George Washignton and John Adams grew up in is rather different from the world Thomas Jefferson did... and it caused them to act differently on the historical stage.
4. Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners. This chick just makes me want to behave myself and write thank you letters. Funny, smart, and informative.
5. I can't think of a single fifth person--I read nonfic opportunistically, and often (much to my lack of credit) don't note the author's name. I read a lot of the conservative columnists' collections, and have been impressed by any number of books, but no one is just jumping to mind.
caitie From: caitie Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top Five "beauty" products. Facial, hair, skin, makeup, etc. Five things you wouldn't want to go without. And I mean specific brands.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I refuse to live without:
1. Pantene's volumizing shampoo. And conditioner. Separately. The combined stuff is for the birds if you have long hair.
2. Noxema. Plain, old-fashioned Noxema for face washing.
3. Clarifying shampoo. I've used Pantene and Neutrogena. The former is good for more frequent use, the latter once a year or so (it's stronger), but every now and then, conditioners and pollution build up, and you need to clarify.
4. Pressure barrettes, usually from Scruncë, the kind without the mechanical hinge (my fine hair always tangles in those bloody hinges). I wear a matched pair almost every day.
5. Olay body wash. Aveeno might talk me out of it, but God save me from ever using bar soap again.
From: mbs_bookworm Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


Top five vacation spots
Top five textbooks or reference books
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

Vacation spots (I'm not a big traveler, so I don't have a lot to choose from)
1. Letchworth State Park, New York (no place like home)
2. L.A.--yeah, I enjoyed La-La land. And that was while staying in a seedy hotel in Koreatown. Lots of weird and neat little pocket neighborhoods if you're a tourist, aka, someone who walks from place to place.
3. NYC--anything need to be said? I wouldn't want to live in New York (it's just not my scene), but I dig visiting it.
4. Disneyworld or Disneyland. I'm not picky, though the latter could be included in an L.A. trip. Fun, incorporated.
5. And again, with the nostalgia. Niagara Falls. I went there the day before we left WNY, and I wish I'd spent longer. I miss sitting on Goat Island and listening to the river go by.

Textbooks or reference books. Aaagh, too many to choose from!
1. Webster's Third, unabridged. I know, a proper dictionary-phile (lexiphile?) would list the OED, which is lovely, but multivolume and not as easy to lug over to the desk as my pretty Webster's. Dictionaries. Yum. Never skip the etymology!
2. Every atlas ever. I just can't narrow it down. Maps. Rivers and roads to trace. Borders to spot. Different themed maps with all kinds of easily accessible information. What's better? (Except dictionaries.)
3. Granger's Poetry Index. I like this one because it's a challenge to use, a kind of extended puzzle. First, you have to find your poem, then decode the collection initials, then check and see if the collection is available, then find the poem in it... Using Granger's makes me feel very competent.
4. The LC classification schedule. I have each letter classification and its breakdown printed out and in a binder, and it helps immensely in figuring out which sections of the collection move, and... er, that's going to be interesting only to people who do collection development and have access to circ figures. But if you just want an idea about the mysterious ways of the LC system and how it breaks down, it's as good a place to look as any.
5. Something About the Author. A handy collection of articles on authors of juvy and YA books, with nice, neat bibliographies with dates. Well put together.
marissa_214 From: marissa_214 Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Top Five Ways to Spend Money (i.e., things that you buy that give you the most satisfaction)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Clothes that fit perfectly.
2. No-occasion presents that I get for people just because I see them and think they might like them.
3. Nostalgia items (Schoolhouse Rock, Stand By Me)
4. Treats--dinner out, harcover books on opening night, movies, taxis, etc... stuff I know I don't need and shouldn't spend money on, but which I realize, "Hey... it's not a Mercedes Benz, but I can afford a few things now and then just because I want them."
5. (Weird but true) Office supplies.
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Between your "Jew by Choice" rant and the upcoming Labor Day extravaganza (I live in a Beach town) -- I'm curious to know your top five Holidays.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gabriella, what's that icon about? I've been fantasising about that dress ever since I saw your icon, even though my figure is *nothing* like the mannequin's...

olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your top five original fiction ideas you think might actually pan out (just a one-line description, of course, not the whole idea :D).

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lack of sustainable ideas is my problem with original fic, but these are ideas flitting around (opinions welcome):

1. Group of kids (children of potential colonists) are sent off during an emergency and crash land alone on a planet
2. Psychic researchers push research a step too far in the future, and the magical boundaries separating the magical and nonmagical worlds are breeched, releasing magic and dragons and monsters and so on into a technological world.
3. (My NaNo novel, which crashed and burned, but still gets under my skin sometimes.) A war criminal who died heroically saving someone from his evil lover's grip is brought back to life when she escapes her prison, and must deal both with defeating her and with the hatred of the populace, who isn't so ready to accept him as a hero alive
4. The older, but wrong-side-of-the-sheets daughter of a king decides upon his death that she should be the rightful ruler, and infiltrates the palace to figure out how to take over; in the course of it, she meets her younger siblings and realizes they are being misled by a bad minister, and has to decide whether to claim her birthright or help them
5. A city that sat at the center of cultural (but not political) empire is sacked by its enemies, who think to take over its wealth but are unable to use its power and it descends inot anarchy. One of the conquerers escapes the city and teams up with a band of its displaced citizens to figure out how to take it back.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

from Violet Azure

Your Top 5 Favorite Halloween costumes to dress up as.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: from Violet Azure

1. Gypsy
2. Princess Leia
3. Jedi
4. Genie
5. Ghost
sarah531 From: sarah531 Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, okay- top five favourite movies. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Star Wars saga (all six, though RotS a little less so than the others)
2. Stand By Me
3. The Sound of Music
4. The Goonies
5. The Shawshank Redemption
From: tunxeh Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top five pieces of architecture?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. This depends very greatly on where I've been and can remember. ;)

1. McKim building (Boston Public Library... not the Johnson side, which, ick)
2. Old Town Albuquerque (actually, the new part, which was built to look like an old Spanish town)
3. Shea's theater (Buffalo). Possibly not the best theater ever, but it was my first old fashioned, prettily built theater, so it has a special place for me.
4. Perry Public Library. Again, likely not to be one of the great buildings in history, but for a little teeny town, it was a lovely old Carnegie library, and very well laid out for its purposes. And it always smelled so BOOKY.
5. Los Angeles Public library, downtown. They have this great cascade of escalators under glass, going down for several stories, surrounded by glassed in departments. It's impressive.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was over at SQ just now, in the mood to read a good fic, so I clocked on one of yours that I didn't quite remember reading, "A Drift Of Azaleas". I had forgotten a lot of it... enough to get thoroughly creeped out and sucked in with each passing paragraph.

And then I came to that meeting with Kreacher.. and Kreacher says, "Murderer Master."

The line floored me, and I left a review saying as much. Then I started reading all the other reviews you got for that story.. and imagine my surprise when I came across one I myself had left more than a year ago:

You know what I liked best? Kreacher saying: "Murderer Master." Like he quite relishes it.
What an amazing story. I
love you, Fern.

Just goes to show, eh. What people like in stories doesn't change all that much.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neat that you noticed the same thing!
akilika From: akilika Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Top five presidents?

Or historical figures in general, if you'd prefer.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. John Adams (more as historical figure than president)
2. George Washington
3. Abraham Lincoln
4. Queen Elizabeth I
5. King David
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