1. I spent several days avoiding spoilers for Doctor Who; now that I've seen the most recent episode I'm not sure it was all that worth waiting for. Capaldi acted brilliantly again; the writers gave almost an overdose of clever, effective internal and external cultural refs and nudges; there was a seriously engaging look at the bitterness of the loss of the memory of a beloved as well as of the living presence*; there was an upbeat ending. But I don't think it worked as a whole, or as a culmination of a season; it conspicuously ducked the hard work of constructing logical, working coherence, in either plot or world-building, and I think it really undercut the main emotional impact of 'Face the Raven'.
In toto - disappointing, given the serious talent involved
*The last shot of the Doctor's Tardis, with the ashes of the past blowing away - that was punchy.
2. There's a three-sentence fiction going on on LJ right now - I'm lagging badly in it - partly because I'm a bit short of energy right now, but also because I am so not in touch with most of the fandoms. :( I should at least steep myself in Greek myth before the next one of these events. I looked at one or two classical mythology prompts, but ...no, I know too little. I didn't know, for example, (and was delighted to find out) that there's a genuine (late-)classical mythology about a naiad from the River Ganges. Her name is Anaxibia, and all I can see on the internet about her is that she had to hide, with Artemis' help, to get away from Helios' hot (I suppose) pursuit.
3. This article, which I saw linked on someone else's DW journal, but I've doltishly lost whose, is an interesting attempt (in the Chinese movie sphere) to tap fan writers via a 'come-all-ye' competition, as a cheap source to replace professional writers.
“I don’t want you to write screenplays, but stories,” Mr. Xu said, adding that contestants “will be kicked out as if it was a game of elimination.” He said the final winner would be awarded a large sum of money as well, according to a transcript of the seminar confirmed by the company.
Of course, that model would be simultaneously be a way to market research what fans wanted as well - two birds with one handy stone - and I suppose entry to the competition would involve ceding the intellectual property rights to each entry, so there's a useful other side-benefit for the movie company.4. I really, really liked the story of "You ain't no Muslim, bruv". (video, a bit more than a minute and a half, with some violence and arrest of attacker - the relevant bit's at 1:29ish)
I like it because it's the real East London voice; I like it because it cuts down the attacker to being nothing more than an aggro wannabe. I like it whether the man who shouted it is Muslim or not; if he's Muslim, he's refusing to let the attacker use his faith to wedge him out of the surrounding (very strong) culture; if he's not, he's beautifully acknowledging the best of Islam as a religion of peace and compassion.