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5 questions meme:
- Comment with "JACKPOT"''
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1) Who is your favorite Beatle? (I saw them in your interests, so I think this is fair. :D)

Haaaaa, hmm. LET ME SEE. I really love Paul McCartney's ridiculousness and happy love songs and overly sweet, mushy music, so he would have been the first one to pop into my mind! HOWEVER, I really prefer Lennon's style, musically and find his activism and post-Beatles life hugely interesting, though I'm not as fond of his personality. What I mean to say, I guess my favourite is George Harrison. I love the songs he did (They're my favourite) and he just seems SO NICE. I don't like how he is often overlooked in favour of Lennon and McCartney! (Though, ha, watch me overlook Ringo. Whoops. He's the funniest?!)

2) What kind of couple are you most likely to ship?

The easy answer is PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE. All I want to see is a couple of people who genuinely care for each other and just REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER in that way that is hard to deny and harder to miss and then just blind you with OTP! You stand there and go: HOW SO OTP?? That kind of pairing.

The longer answer that you might have been looking for is preceded by a IT DEPENDS. It depends very much on the character and the source. I have shipped things based on a couple of lines on an appendix (Éomer/Lothíriel) and an excerpt of a philosophical conversation in a complimentary source (Andreth/Aegnor). I have shipped kids who are not yet in love but who are SUCH GOOD FRIENDS OMG (Inda/Tdor), stuff like Katara/Aang where the shippiness is all over the source, and ships like Roy/Riza where it doesn't have as many neon signs pointing to it. I have shipped characters who've just met and chracters who have known each other their whole lives. I don't think there is a PATTERN, not really, but there are a few things that make it more likely that I'll ship (or OTP) something.

Possibly the number one of these things is that the characters be friends, that they get along and trust each other and communicate (ideally). Another thing is when couples make SUCH AN EXCELLENT TEAM, when they honestly bring out the best of each other and do things better together than apart. A kink of mine is OMG DOMESTICITY and, you know, just characters living in each other's space SHARING EVERYDAY THINGS, extraordinary things and the ups and downs of life. (There are some couples that are just SO MARRIED that they make my eyes turn into hearts and stars, for example) Sometimes couples are just plain FUN together, or NERDY together and I DIG THAT SO HARD. See my shipping Isaac and Miria or Ariana/Luther! Another thing is really really really like is DORKY DUDE/AWESOME LADY. Several of the ones I've mentioned already and OTHER BESIDES are this. Ladies are welcome to be dorky too.

ALSO, sometimes I ship things based on POTENTIAL. Many of the pairings I ship are basically fact, but others...are not quite?! IN THAT CASE, I really like it when the prospective couple make a lot of eyehearts at each other and are nice to each other and hang out around each other. I also like it when it promises to be interesting (interesting to me that is). Like Mai/Zuko which I shipped very early on based on their obvious childhood attachment and because I found it, well, interesting to think about! what was Mai's life like? What was Zuko like? How adorbs, exactly, would they be together?! So on and so forth. NOW, it doesn't mean I'm likely to ship people who haven't even met and have no real connection and there's no implication, in the text, that there will be a pairing or could be a pairing. (I have only shipped something like that once, Hakoda/Ursa. I have no excuses for myself).

Whether I ship something also has a lot to do with how much I like the characters. If I'm not invested in them, I'm not likely to care about their relationship, am I? Exceptions to this are when the RELATIONSHIP is quite excellent and part of the reason I care at all about the chars, and when there isn't much KNOWN about the relationship or the chracters-in-the-relationship and it turns into speculation. (This is where a genuinely good fandom with the good kind of fanon would be useful)

Basically: people who are in love, people who are friends and make eye hearts, people who are or would be excellent life partners, people who are awesome or fun or dorky together, people who I enjoy!

3) What do you like best about Doctor Who?

I watched Doctor Who first because it made me laugh. My first episode was the one where the Earth explodes to Britney Spear's Toxic and nobody notices because they're too busy with the evil plans of a human trampoline. Honestly, I could NOT TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY. I was quite delighted. I think Doctor Who is very good at having ridiculous premises and playing them so that you can both laugh about them and enjoy and think about the more serious moments. Its humour is my favourite thing, but I don't think I would have watched it for that only! I watch it too because of the awesome characters, the TIMETRAVELLING and a storyline that eventually caught my eye. Sure, it goes the monster of the week way quite often, but I like how it all comes back together in the finales. Sometimes (COUGH COUGH) the show takes itself a bit too seriously. I like it best when it can laugh at itself. I like it because it's FUN.

4) What's your favorite part of history to learn about? Can be time period, class, etc.

Omg. I DON'T KNOW. I've always had a soft spot for the Greeks and the Romans but now that I'm older and better read I wonder if that wasn't because it's what I was taught about, because it was they that were presented as amazing and wonderful civilizations. Now I find myself interested in more overlooked things, like Asian history and Mesopotamia and my own South America though my love for the classical civilizations hasn't waned. Usually, I will like anything that you throw at me as long and it's sufficiently different and sufficiently familiar. What I really like is figuring out what people were like, how they lived, what they thought, what the period looked like, how it was represented, how people relate to one another. It's like going to a whole new world, and yet everyone's quite human, and I like seeing that. I'm amazed at the diversity and richness of human expression!

I find it fascinating to think also about how things happened and why they happened. How historical events relate to each other and to the present. How they relate to the sciences and the arts. It all goes back to the people, though. The cities they built, how they governed their towns, or countries, or empires, what they believed. Seen this way, it's no wonder I like the idea of time travel in stories. What would it be like to go back, and see what ordinary and extraordinary people did in their lives?

Also, HISTORY IS LIKE A STORY. The word in Spanish is the same for both (Historia), which I feel is quite telling. I love stories. It's only fitting I should love the one we've lived.

UH, BUT NOW I REALIZE that is probably more "What is your favourite thing about History" rather than what is my favourite part to learn about. Uh, that would probably be the little details, and how they relate to the whole.

5) What's your favorite piece of clothing?


Oh, that's a hard question. Some of my favourites are bras and socks. I don't really personally like pants, though they are comfy and I will forever and ever wear jeans. I have an absurd fondness for FLOWY STUFF, though. Long coats, long scarves, capes, AND ALSO SKIRTS, probably my favourite garment to wear. I like them short and long and medium and in denim or cotton or anything.

IN OTHER PEOPLE. Huuh. FLOWY COATS. I wish people still wore cravats. Menswear in the 1820s was quite excellent. I'm also super fond of RENAISSANCE CLOTHES OMG, both the women's dresses and the men's pants showing the calves and those shirt things with poofy sleeves, etc. *___*
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