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13 May 2003 @ 11:41 pm
yeahokayfineyougotme  
Man, having to change your mind sucks. Especially if there are two sides to something, and you hold one opinion, then gravitate to the other, so that by the end of it all, everyone has an opportunity to resent you! Yay!

Don't hate me, but I think I'm starting to like American QAF. I'd print that in the small font of shame, but eh. It doesn't mean I don't like the British series. They don't have to be *opposed* in some holy battle against each other, like forces in the Revolutionary War...right?

I watched the initial US eps and it was grating and painful and baaaad. And then I saw some recent ep the other night and thought hmmm, and decided to rent the second tape, episodes 4-7, and that's when the show really started to come into its own, apparently. Around episode 6, I realized I wasn't on top of the slope anymore--up where one tries to view a show with casual detachment--but that I'd sort of half-skiied, half-tumbled down, and I was all covered in snow and shivering a bit. It made me cry, then it made me laugh, and anyone who mocks me? I will gnaw your head!

Brian is a hottie and an asshole of the first order, and I love his assholery and his growing, quiet obsession with Justin, and his utter twatlike manipulation of Michael, who has stopped annoying me quite so much even though he's still whiny and dumb as a brick, and I sense that David is not long for this world, which is a fucking shame because he's the Best. Boyfriend. Ever. Jesus! Those hands! That manhandling! And I love Michael's mom and Justin's mom, and Ted and Emmet are growing on me hard, man, and the lesbians are cute as puppies and ohfuckme, I think I have a new side fandom.

During this awkward transitioning period, I will give off a sheepish air and pretend to be grumpy, and must be handled like the delicate flower I am. Hmmph.


 
 
 
flaming june_flaming_june_ on May 14th, 2003 05:29 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. Liking the show as much as I did really surprised me, but there you have it. Keep watching Season 1, it just gets better.
in search of a clever byline: wicked10zlaine on May 14th, 2003 06:05 am (UTC)
yeahokayfinewhatevah

What, you don't believe Herself and me!? It does get better; you can't help but be sucked in...Brian is just a fantastic, compelling character. The S1 ends with a great bang, and they really do get into their own in S2 and S3. Hey, it sure beats alot of shit on the tube.

Plus, they experiment with even more nudity in the following seasons!
Anna S.eliade on May 15th, 2003 04:37 pm (UTC)
What, you don't believe Herself and me!?

I am The Mulder. I Trust No One.

Plus, they experiment with even more nudity in the following seasons!

Jesus. It's like the Nude Capades already. How can you *get* more naked, unless you're flayed, and that's just ewwww, I went to the Warren place. Coming back now.
in search of a clever byline: wicked10zlaine on May 15th, 2003 08:38 pm (UTC)
How can you *get* more naked?

Camera-wise--Longer and a wee bit closer shots of more dangly bits.

Which somehow seems more exciting on a gay show.
Pet: Lancebasicapetslife on May 14th, 2003 07:28 am (UTC)
Heh.

I was kind of an instant convert, myself, and (gasp! heresy!) actually prefer the US version to the UK, when pressed to choose. Mostly because I'm shallow as hell and the US boys are far prettier, in my opinion.

But yeah. Brian Kinney's like a gateway drug. You notice the huge gorgeous eyes, the long neck, the sinful mouth, the clever big hands, the complete lack of anything resembling give-a-fuck, and oh yeah, the nudity, and next thing you know you're searching the 'net for spoilers and reading bad fanfiction. Not to mention mooning over little Justin and his adorable princesseyness, squealing with delight at Emmett, and longing to get ahold of whoever dresses Michael and give them a quick smack.

There *is* good fanfiction out there, though. It's just a little hard to find.

Welcome to the madness! *grin*
Anna S.eliade on May 15th, 2003 04:38 pm (UTC)
But yeah. Brian Kinney's like a gateway drug.

Well said. {g}

Welcome to the madness! *grin*

::still pretending to grumble, but actually grinning::
Angel: indyvalarltd on May 14th, 2003 08:09 am (UTC)
::Pets eliade like the delicate flower she is::

You'll do fine, honey. Wait until David's party. It's just super. And the Pride Parade. Those are both huge high points of the series for me.

Me, I like Debi. She's who I want to be when I grow up. (At the moment, I'm doing the Lindsey thing.)


dioica on May 14th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
And here I've been thinking I'm the only one who finds David hot as hell. *Another hopeful look*.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on May 14th, 2003 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're seeing the light. US QaF made the mistake of using the exact same story line and nearly the same scripts, so of course it suffered by comparison with the original. But when they veered off--around the time that Ted and Emmett became real fleshed out characters and Ted didn't die of his overdose (which his counterpart character on the UK show did)--it turned into its own thing.

The writing on it frankly sucks most of the time. It's anvilly and predictable. But by God the actors all act the fuck out of it, they're all charming and enthusiastic, and lo it works. So by time, in season 3, Justin tells Daphne that he dreamed that Brian could levitate and was fucking him in mid-air, your eyes will just roll back in your head and you'll be gone.

I for one don't want to read fanfic for this show. But then, reality-based shows (as opposed to ones set in fantasy worlds like Buffy or Star Trek) don't bring up that urge for me.
Destinadestina on May 14th, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)
So by time, in season 3, Justin tells Daphne that he dreamed that Brian could levitate and was fucking him in mid-air, your eyes will just roll back in your head and you'll be gone.

Totally. Yes. Guh. On a separate point, there's dick-all to read in terms of fan fiction, so I'm glad I don't really have the urge, either. The show seems to be enough for me. Possibly because it's pure brain candy. Mmmm.
Essene: chainsessene on May 14th, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It definitely grows on you. I rented Disk one (of season 2 'cause my video store is dumb) initially just to see what all the hub-bub was about and then couldn't stop thinking about it. Didn't even know there was a UK version (but aren't there always when it's a GOOD show?). And then I couldn't stop thinking about it. So last weekend rented 2 and 3 and watched all night Sat--was up till 7 am.

I definitely have a new side fandom. And Brian Kinney? A complete and total babe. I want to be a gay male.
Jack Pridejack_pride on May 14th, 2003 07:34 pm (UTC)
They don't have to be *opposed* in some holy battle against each other, like forces in the Revolutionary War...right?

Right. I think.

I'm coming straight from the North American version (and I call it that because one of the biggest complaints against the show is that it looks *nothing* like the gay scene in Pittsburgh but rather accurately depicts that of Toronto... where it just happens to be filmed) but I've read a fair bit about the UK version. I suspect that I would be very Stuart/Vince were I to see it, whereas I'm very much Brian/Justin with this version.

Justin is not being groomed to take over Brian's position on Liberty Avenue. Amusingly enough, I think that it was partly by mistake that he was put into a position to fit into Brian's world - the Americans messed up the private/public school thing and the end result is a well-educated and well-off Justin with the kind of social polish that would make him an excellent ad exec's wife. ;)
Destinadestina on May 14th, 2003 09:57 pm (UTC)
Brian is a hottie and an asshole of the first order, and I love his assholery and his growing, quiet obsession with Justin

Mmm, re Brian and Justin, and Brian's quiet obsession...how shall I say this without spoiling you?...there is so much goodness ahead, in the last episode of the first season, and then the first six eps of the second season; I am still not recovered from it all. Also, there are hot boyfriends, and charming boyfriends, and in fact all sorts of boyfriends for your viewing pleasure, coming up. *g* I only wish the writing on the show was a bit better.
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2003 12:50 am (UTC)
Ohohoh!! Don't forget the Buffy tie-in: Fab Fillipo (Scott Hope from ep. "Faith, Hope, & Trick) as a naked gay guy!

Anna, are you watching any of the new eps of QaF? Just wondering because I was watching Sunday night's ep and kept thinking "I hope Anna's seeing this!" Especially the last scene that I just had to lovehatelovehate.

Kenya
Anna S.eliade on May 15th, 2003 10:07 am (UTC)
Hmm. For all I know that was the ep I saw that got me to go back and rent some more of season one. Give me a scene clues without major spoilers.... ("I can name that song in *two* notes!")