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While looking through my folders, I found this. I have a very vague memory of staying up late one night two years ago, half-asleep but wanting to write something about Susan, but I don't actually remember writing this. Still, a quick Google search didn't reveal this story as already existing, so I'm going to assume I did write it and forgot about it. XD It's about Susan's reactions to finding the chess piece by the well at the beginning of Prince Caspian.

Chess Piece (because I fail at titles)

Disclaimer: Narnia belongs to CS Lewis, and all dialogue between the Pevensies is lifted from Prince Caspian.

There's a minor bit of internalised sexism at one point, when Susan thinks that as a queen she was selfish for not giving birth to an heir. That does not reflect my views in any way.



AO3 link here.


OTP Meme

Jan. 10th, 2013 10:06 pm
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[From Tumblr] Ten Ships

Pick ten of your ships without looking at the questions.

1. Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man [Avengers, all canons]

2. Aziraphale and Anthony J Crowley [Good Omens]

3. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black [Harry Potter]

4. Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy [Harry Potter]

5. Michael and Gabriel [… Bible and derived works]

6. Peter Pevensie and Caspian X [The Chronicles of Narnia, movie-verse only for this ship]

7. Lily Evans and James Potter [Harry Potter]

8. Lucifer Morningstar and Mazikeen of the Lilim [Sandman and Lucifer]

9. Bruce Wayne/Batman and Wonder Woman/Diana Prince [Justice League cartoons]

10. Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy [Harry Potter]

OTP questions :D )


sivaroobini: (Narnia)

This is a gift for [ profile] shadows_wolf06, who is the mysterious benefactor who gifted me with extra icon space. I've spent most of today gleefully filling that space. :D

Unfortunately I can't think of a title for this, so any suggestions you guys could provide would be very welcome!

Disclaimer: Narnia and these characters are the property of Clive Staples Lewis.
A/N: This is set post-VDT, and after my other Narnia fics.  Dedicated to the lovely [ profile] shadows_wolf06
 It was hard to see the stars in London... )


Reviews (and title suggestions) would be lovely! ♥

Fandom meme

Sep. 4th, 2011 03:25 pm
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)
Meme taken from both [ profile] steadfast and [ profile] sunflower_mynah.

1. List 10 or more fandoms you like;
2. Your f-list will guess your favourite characters in each.

1. Harry Potter (4) - Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
2. Tolkien (6, only because it's been more than six years since I read The Silmarillion and cannot remember one of Feanor's sons I liked) - Aragorn,
3. The Sandman comics (5) - Death, Morpheus, Delirium,
4. Discworld (10) - Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, DEATH, Susan Sto Helit, the Death of Rats, Rob Anybody Feegle, Tiffany Aching, and the Librarian.
5. Good Omens (4) - Aziraphale and Crowley,
6. The Chronicles of Narnia (5) - Edmund Pevensie,
7. The Lucifer comics (5) - Mazikeen,
8. The Dresden Files (4) - Michael Carpenter, Harry Dresden, Bob the Skull,
9. Disney (like the font isn't a clue XD) (4)- Simba,
10. Supernatural (3) - Gabriel,
sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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Definitely Harry Potter! My kids will be as familiar with The Tales of Beedle The Bard as with Cinderella and Snow White. :D And Hogwarts will be another home for them, as it was for me. They'll also watch the movies over and over with me. <3

I'd also read or recommend to them the Narnia books, and The Hobbit (and we shall watch the Lord of the Rings movies together too; I'll let them read LotR when they think they're old enough). I have loved these books since my own childhood and they're definitely classics for children. I also loved Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist from the age of seven or eight, and I'd start them off on abridged versions and then let them read the unabridged ones when they want to. Also, I grew up reading loads of Enid Blyton. I think the Famous Five series was my favourite; I had the entire set. My kids will grow up on those too, and The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers and Dog, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, and her Rewards short story collections.

And, of course, mythology. I grew up reading loads of Norse, Greek and Egyptian myths, as well as Hindu myths. Obviously, as a child I only had access to the censored versions; therefore I believed that the part of Osiris's body that Isis could not find was his leg, only finding out years later that it was his, ahem, phallus. XD

Some gorgeous Potter-related graphics that sum up my feelings perfectly:

^ There are a couple of typos, but I still think it's gorgeous.

^ I thought that was the most beautiful scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie: when all the students and teachers of Hogwarts, standing by Dumbledore's body, raise their wands together, and the light from all their wands dispels the Dark Mark in the sky.

And that is the sort of thing I want my children, nieces, nephews and godchildren to read. Books that teach them to believe in magic and the impossible. Books that teach them the importance of friendship and family and bravery and loyalty and faith and love and forgiveness and ideals, that provide strength and show them that you can use your brains to get yourself out of sticky situations (I <3 Odysseus, even if he is a bit of a dickhead at times). Stuff that instils in them a sense of awe and love for the ancient civilisations. Stories that develop a love for adventure and nature.

One of the reasons I am so fond of Potter is all the references Rowling makes to creatures and legends from all over the world; it led me on a merry treasure hunt to find all these things, like manticores and divination methods and alchemy and etymological roots and so on, and I learned so much. (It's also one of the reasons I <3 The Dresden Files - the way Jim Butcher makes use of so much fantasy lore - but it's hardly for children.) The series isn't perfect, of course, but if you asked me what I would read to my children, it's the first thing that comes to mind.
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

I've been on a cleaning/organisational frenzy at home since my job contract ended, and clearly it's extending to LJ. I thought I should try to collect all my fics (the ones I'll admit to, anyway) together in one place. I suck at ratings, so if you think something should be rated differently, please comment saying so. :)

Bear in mind that the earliest stories are most likely not all that good; I started writing fanfic in 2005 and I was only 12 going on 13 then. And that there is a fair amount of slash (male/male pairings: the pairings are stated clearly, so if it offends you, please don't read), and some of the role-play entries may be friends-locked (however, if you add my RP accounts as friends to read them, I will add you back ASAP).

Harry Potter fanfiction  )

The Chronicles of Narnia fanfiction ) . Autumn reminds Susan and Lucy of Narnia.

Perfumes of Narnia - Pevensies, Peter-centric, PG13, 2010. Peter is a man in a boy's body.

Constellations and Promises - Susan and Lucy, Lucy-centric, PG, 2011. It was hard to see the stars in London. [Titled Promise on FanFiction.Net]

The Black Magician Trilogy fanfiction )

Good Omens fanfiction )

The Sandman fanfiction )

Miscellaneous fanfiction )

Role-Play and Original Fiction )

Hopefully I remember to update this thing. :D
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

Today I returned home from another awesome day out (I rarely spend my days off at home these days, it seems; friends and family are all clamouring for my time. I feel loved.) and was placing my necklace and earrings back in one of the tiny drawers I keep my [numerous] accessories in, when I noticed something that most of the contents seemed to have in common.

I was wearing that long necklace of polished garnet chips, those red-and-brass earrings, and that red-and-beige wooden bead bracelet with a red tartan hair scrunchie and glittery red hairband, a figure-hugging red blouse, a long ochre skirt with a few flowers embroidered in red and green thread and with red tartan on the hem, and very dark red shoes. And even my pottu was dark red and gold. GUESS WHAT MY FAVOURITE COLOUR IS. XD

So, in the morning I met Vatchala, an old friend of mine (she's seven years older than I am and used to be one of my mum's favourite students years ago; she became a family friend :D) for some delicious brunch and catching up. Awesome food, awesome company. <3 We need to meet up more often! :D

Later I went to Gena's house so we could work on our appeal letters for the universities together. We only got a little bit done, though. >_> Then we packed up and went to another friend's (Liying) house. Gena and Liying are singing at some charity performance to raise funds for dyslexic kids, so they were practising; they're really good singers. Alvie joined us later and we had lots of fun. :D

On to the book meme!

16. Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version? )

17. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? )

18. Your favourite book series & your favourite book out of that series )

19. Your favourite picture, junior fiction and Young Adult books )

20. Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise )

Now to read some fanfiction [ profile] minselding  has sent me. :D
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From [ profile] vnfan !

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Note that the wording is "will always stick with you" which I'm going to say does not mean favorite, which we've done before. It could, in theory, be something horrible that you hated, but can't shake off.

As far as I'm concerned, comics/graphic novels count as books. Especially if they're by Neil Gaiman or Mike Carey. Also, I cheated by putting quite a lot of series there. XD

1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
2. Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by CS Lewis
6. River God by Wilbur Smith
7. I don't remember the title of this very very thin yellow volume for young readers, but it was about the Norse myth of Loki and Baldur.
8. The Sandman (series) by Neil Gaiman
9. The Famous Five (series) by Enid Blyton
10. Everworld: Discover the Destroyer by KA Applegate (I think. It has been years since I looked at that book)
11. What Katy Did (series) by Susan Coolidge
12. Little Women (series) by Louisa May Alcott
13. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
14. Ramses (series) by Christian Jacq
15. Lucifer (series) by Mike Carey

It's really hard to cut myself off at 15 minutes because I have a huge bookworm and I will freely admit that I like showing off my reading list. I'm always glad to see someone else with similar lists and will gladly talk books with them. If you've read this, I'd like to see your list. Consider yourself tagged! :D

Regarding 7 - I found that book in a cupboard together with my audiobooks (as a kid, I had a lot of those book-plus-cassette combos) when I was very small (preschool, I think, or maybe kindergarten). The book was REALLY thin, a very simplified version, but none of the emotion was lost and I found myself weeping for Baldur and absolutely HATING Loki for killing him, and the old woman who refused to weep for him. (Later on I came across versions in which it was either Loki or Hel pretending to be the old woman, but I don't remember whether or not this book just had the old woman as a separate character or not. Since I remember wishing that I could make the old woman cry, it probably stopped there.) I suppose Loki was the first character I truly hated as a child. XD

Regarding 10 - That book is on there because it stays with me, but NOT because I like it. In retrospect, and with the help of Google, I think that had I discovered it in the past couple of years, I would have liked it. As a very young child, however, I was probably a little too young for it. I found myself drawn in by it, but at the same time I was rather uncomfortable with a lot of it. I found it in a bookshelf and it was probably my brother's, but I had found it in my parents' room, so perhaps it had been confiscated from him.

It was certainly a lot darker than the usual things I read at that time - I believe it started with the main characters having their hearts taken away, pulled out of their chests, and replaced by rubies by Nidhoggr - and while I recognised the names of Loki and Huitzilopochtli and a few others, and the satyrs and nymphs, at the time I had not yet read enough to catch all the mythological references like Nidhoggr himself, or the Celtic fairies and the cauldron of the Daghda. Years later, as I read more mythology, I wondered why these names sounded familiar before realising that I had indeed read about them before. But as I said, when I read Everworld: Discover the Destroyer at that age, I was unable to catch all the references, and things like David's obsession with Senna, and Chris's jokes, and a lot of other things about the young adult (I think) characters, made me feel slightly uneasy. At the same time, as I said, I was strangely drawn in by the book and read it a few times over some years, but it was a sort of love/hate relationship. I think I gave it away later. I know some of you are not fans of the 'you're too young for this book' idea, but I honestly think I was too young for that book, at that time, and I wish I could have discovered it now instead.


Feb. 13th, 2010 01:30 am
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[ profile] steadfast , [ profile] starspiritgate  and I love torturing our RP characters,[ profile] stillnotfallen  (Aziraphale), [ profile] angelofawesome  (Michael), [ profile] misterbkeele  (Baraq) and  [ profile] cattygabriel  (Gabriel). Recently, we did some crack RP via AIM chat.

Gabriel's walking in the basement, trying to find one of his cats, when he hears Michael's voice coming from the floor. A trapdoor tilts and throws him in with Michael, who is being attacked by beavers (Yes. I kid you not). The beavers gnaw through the floor and they fall down the rabbit hole and land on Baraq, who got there via a tunnel in the Manor grounds he was exploring. Aziraphale, also exploring, falls after them on Mchael's head.

They find themselves in Wonderland, and talk to the Cheshire Cat, before drinking a shrinking potion and going through a tiny door. They then find themselves in Narnia, during the Hundred-Year Winter. xD And they're confronted by a prophecy which says that the two Sons and two Daughters of God will save Narnia. Yes, two daughters. XD Gabriel and Aziraphale were none too happy about that, especially since every Narnian they meet insists on calling them, "my Lady".

So basically C.S. Lewis would be turning in his grave at the things we've done to Narnia. Aziraphale in particular has completely ruined the original storyline. When we finally finish it I will post it at Gabriel's LJ and link it here. :D

Aziraphale and Baraq cuddling
by ~Sivaroobini on deviantART

The above drawing is of one scene in it; Jadis claims Baraq, since all demons are by nature traitors as they have betrayed God and Fallen. Aslan offers himself, as you know. Unfortunately our heroes are also fully aware of it as they have read the books. xD so Baraq is far from happy at the thought of Aslan sacrificing himself for him. Aziraphale tries to cheer him up by cuddling him. :D

More details: 

Closeups! )
sivaroobini: (Narnia)


The GO/HP crossover for [ profile] nevermore_1106 is STILL in the throes of the editing process; my beta and I have found one seemingly minor point that might necessitate changing about a quarter of it. :S

Meanwhile, though, I have a Narnia story for you all! It's a gift for billie the fourth sage on FFN, who was the author of the WONDERFUL fic I received as my Christmas gift in the Good Omens Exchange 2009.

Disclaimer: Narnia, its inhabitants and its rulers belong to CS Lewis.

 Perfumes of Narnia


Peter is a man in a boy's body )




A/N: The title is a reference to the famous line uttered by Lady Macbeth.

And really, am I the only person who seems to be bothered by the fact that these are CHILDREN KILLING PEOPLE? O.o

I hope you like it, Billie!

sivaroobini: (Booty Cat)
Check out my AWESOME new The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian animated mood theme!

Thanks to [ profile] daughterofeve47 for making this lovely mood theme, and to [ profile] euterpeslullaby for the clear instructions on uploading it!

I can't decide whether to use bouncy or grateful. I'll be grabbing every excuse to use odd moods now. 8D

Hmm. I'll go with excited.
sivaroobini: (Aziraphale Crowley snow)
Stolen from [personal profile] apocryphal_muse 's LJ.


"The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any* pairing/character of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level. If you absolutely can't write, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to offer drawings or icons or something instead. Last bit ain't mandatory."

It would be helpful if the pairing was from a fandom that I, you know, actually knew of. xD No need to repost this if you don't like. I just want some practice.

Hit me with your best shot!
sivaroobini: (Narnia)

I AM LEAVING FOR AMERICA ON THURSDAY!!! XP First we're going to San Francisco to visit relatives, then we'll go to Las Vegas and stay in the Luxor! :DDD Unfortunately, my camera charger is missing. :(

Anyway, the other day my sister and I were watching Prince Caspian and my sister accidentally said, "Crince Paspian,", which I found hilarious, and my sister also found his line, "I am Prince Caspian," both sexy and funny, and almosy every time he appeared onscreen, she'd imitate his, "I am Prince Caspian," driving me nuts. She also finds Reepicheep's name hilarious but admits that he's adorable.

I wrote this piece of fanfiction in August but then forgot about it. Here it is! BTW, it's about the Pevensies and set post-VDT.

Not Home )



Reviews would be much loved. XP
sivaroobini: (Narnia)

I finished reading Jane Austen's Mansfield Park yesterday and LOVED it! Pride and Prejudice will remain my favourite among her works (I grew up with that beautiful book) but I like Mansfield Park as much as Sense and Sensibility. Sadly, I'm still hunting down Persuasion, Emma and Northanger Abbey.

A couple of Sundays ago (I know, slow reading for me, but I had exams that just ended last week and thus couldn't read as much as I wanted to) my aunt, uncle and cousins came over. My aunt, who's the sort of fashion-conscious aunt who tries in vain to makeover her nerdy niece [me], saw Mansfield Park lying on the coffee table and picked it up, and the conversation went like this.

Aunt: Oh my God, Mansfield Park! So boring! Who's reading this?!
Me: I am. Jane Austen is nice! [defensively]
I don't think she heard that last bit because she was handing the book to my uncle.
Aunt [to uncle]: Mansfield Park! The most boring book ever!
My uncle flipped through, with me hoping fervently that he wouldn't open the book so wide the spine would be creased, and handed it back.
Aunt: You actually like it?
Me: Yeah, it's nice. 
Aunt: Well, I suppose you have to like it, if you do it for Literature...
I was confused; I didn't know she thought it was my set text for my Literature class.
Me: *blink* Literature? Why would I do it for Literature?
Aunt: My God! You mean you read this for pleasure?!
She couldn't have looked or sounded more shocked if I said I'd just opted to stay home and read while my family went off to Las Vegas or Disneyland or somewhere (not that I'd do that; I love travelling too). My dad was guffawing behind her.
Me: Yeah... I like Jane Austen...

Honestly, the look on her face was priceless!

But why would anyone be so shocked at someone reading Jane Austen? Especially someone who's known to be a bookworm?

I wish the classics, like the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespheare were more respected these days. I mean, everyone knows Jodi Picoult but no-one knows who I mean when I mention, say, Charlotte Bronte (I LOVE her Jane Eyre). I'm not saying Jodi Picoult is a bad writer, because, not having read any of her books, I can't comment. At the same time I'm not, like, against modern fiction. Mainly I love reading fantasy, like Tolkien, Lewis, Rowling, Pratchett, Meyer and so on. And Stephenie Meyer is definitey modern, as are JK Rowling and Terry Pratchett. But I also love the classics.

I went through what I now refer to as my 'chick lit phase' when I was fourteen. I obsessively read all the chick lit I could find in the library, and now when I look back at that period I sigh and think of all that wasted time.

Fluffy unrealistic romance, silly gratuitious rubbish full of women wearing branded stuff and getting drunk with girl pals and complaining about work and guys and sleeping around with so many guys and thinking nothing of it, people trying to be all 'deep' with commentary on society and stuff but just sounding ridiculous, high school drama with stereotyped teenagers (the popular b*tchy cheerleader, the nerd who turns out to be hot, the brace-wearing foreign musical genius, the hot guy - who's every girl's crush - who asks the heroine out only to be mean or try to go too far, the guy pal who's always there for the heroine, just waiting for her to realise that she loves him back, the best friend who's always hyper and into shopping...); I read them all. Why? I have no idea. That was also around the time I was trying to fit in, although I've since realised that I'm fine with myself and if others have a problem with that, too bad.

I did find a couple of good authors, though; Cecilia Ahern's Where Rainbows End and P.S., I Love You, and Preethi Nair's The Colour of Love, along with My Best Friend's Girl (I forgot the author of this one but it was GOOD) all reduced me to tears.

They don't just focus on the boy-girl thing; Preethi Nair also beautifully captured the way modern Indian society still restricts women, the way art is viewed, the struggles - internal and external - artists face, the way beautiful friendships can be formed and so on. I think that, being an Indian girl with an unconventional dream (author and archaeologist) it really resonated with me because of that.

Where Raindows End was unique in the sense that except for the epilogue, the entire story was told through notes, e-mail, IM and so on. Their friendship/love thing had me alternately going all gooey and yelling at them for being so oblivious, and the way the pattern was repeated with the female protagonists's daughter was so cute. As for P.S., I Love You, it's been made into a movie, so I don't think I need to summarise the plot. But all those sweet things Gerry did for Holly, like the advance booking of the trip before he died, had me reaching for Kleenex.

In My Best Friend's Girl, the title actually refers to the daughter of the [black] protagonist's best friend, and if I tried to summarise anything else I'd end up giving the plot away, but it's beautiful. I came across it when a classmate asked me to help her return it to the library, complaining that she didn't like it because it didn't contain gratuitious explicit sex like her normal chick lit. *eye roll* My classmates can be so freaking shallow. Doesn't anyone value plot or character development these days?

So anyway... for those of you who are Narnia fans, you'll probably remember my Narnia oneshot, Just King, which focuses on Edmund (click on the 'narnia' tag to find it). Edmund Pevensie is one of my favourite characters from The Chronicles of Narnia. Edmund is also the name of the cousin and love interest (Edmund Bertram) of the Mansfield Park heroine, Fanny Price. There was one scene, on page 213 in my edition, where Fanny and a friend, Mary Crawford, who also happens to like Edmund, are discussing him (ok, this sounds like some girl talk session, but Mary has no idea of Fanny's feelings and she and Edmund are almost engaged anyway) and Mary Crawford wishes Edmund wasn't just Mr Bertram, but Sir Edmund or something, and she complains that Edmund sounds very younger-brotherish (Edmund's elder brother, Tom, will be Sir Thomas soon). Fanny's reply made me laugh out loud, as it immediately brought to mind Narnia's King Edmund the Just. Here's the quote.

"... But there is nobleness in the name of Edmund. It is a name of heroism and renown; of kings, princes and knights; and seems to breathe the spirit of chivalry and warm affections."

A name of kings indeed. BTW, talking of Edmund, does anyone know how old Skandar Keynes (he plays Edmund Pevensie in the movie adaptations) is? If he's not 16 yet I'm going to feel extremely guilty. I mean, I don't like him the way I admire Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson, but there is no denying he's grown up, and in terms of character in the Prince Caspian movie, he was way cooler than Peter and Caspian (he freaking handles his torch the way Aragorn handles his sword!). But I disliked the way they tried to commercialise it by casting a good-looking older fake-Spanish guy to play a golden-haired, blue-eyed boy who was supposed to be younger than Lucy (If movie-Caspian is ten as the book says, I don't know what the Telmarines are putting in the water). And the whole Susan/Caspian thing... Gah.

I should stop ranting now...
sivaroobini: (Narnia)
I wrote this at 1AM yesterday - or rather, today. It's entitled Just King.

Inspired by the scene in the Prince Caspian movie, when Miraz addressed Edmund as Prince Edmund and Edmund corrects him, "It's King Edmund, actually. Just King, though. Peter's the High King." I was all, "Hey, Edmund's just as much a King as Peter, if not more! This is my first Narnia fanfic, though by no means my first fanfic. No flames, please.

Disclaimer: Narnia was created by Clive Staples Lewis and Aslan, not me.

Just King )

How is my first foray into Narnia? Until I wrote this, I always thought the noun form of 'just' was 'justice'; but when I wrote this, the word 'justness' was what came out. Does it even exist? Somehow, 'justice' doesn't quite fit in there. o_0

Edmund is so freaking cool in this movie! When Peter's acting all macho in the first bit, ripping his shirt to make a torch, Edmund is all cool as he casually pulls out a torch. And the way he handles that torch later, during the raid on Miraz's castle; he freaking handles that torch the way Aragorn handles his sword! Wow. And when he smashes up the White Witch's ice, again all cool, "I know. You had it sorted." Or when he fixes Peter's arm, "Save it for later." Tell me I'm not the only one who noticed this!

~ Sivaroobini


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