quinara: Anya drinking whiskey. (Anya whiskey)
[personal profile] quinara
I love Darla and I love AtS S2 - though sometimes I fear not for the reasons that were intended. (Anyone who has the (mis?)fortune to watch Redefinition with me can attest to the hysterics I descend into when watching Angel chat about how he 'isn't ready' and do his silly little pull ups...) There are, however, certain things that irk me - the end of The Trial for one, when Darla might as well be playing Angel's wank fantasy of a saved maiden. That's not the story I see at all!

And so I mixed it up a bit.

Too Hot for Drumstep.

Warnings for quick flashing images and pushing Angel's 15 rating quite hard - sex, violence and combinations of the two; issues of suicide.

"I thought, if I could save you, I'd somehow save myself."

Fuck that.

[AtS + Wondawulf (vs. Ella Fitzgerald) 'Too Hot for Drumstep']
[Hi-Def Stream and download link - see it shinier!]

Wondawulf, BTW, is a DJ/producer from Budapest, who is fab - check him out on Soundcloud!

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Date: 10/09/2010 23:42 (UTC)
evilawyer: young black-tailed prairie dog at SF Zoo (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilawyer
I don't usually watch vids (my attention span isn't long enough or something), but this was a great pairing of clips to the music. It fit Darla perfectly!

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Date: 10/09/2010 23:49 (UTC)
evilawyer: young black-tailed prairie dog at SF Zoo (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilawyer
Luck or whatever, it was hand-in-glove, I tell you.

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Date: 13/09/2010 00:37 (UTC)
stultiloquentia: Campbells condensed primordial soup (Default)
From: [personal profile] stultiloquentia
Oh, yeah! Get out of my story, asshole. Go be your own protagonist.

I love your whipcracky, staccato clipping. And the business from ~0:47 to 1:02, with Darla slowly turning and going, "waitafuckin'minute." And Darla's entrance.

What a brilliant song! So-much-cooler-than-you'll-ever-be '50s jazz mashed with hyper-modern, uh, mashing. Perfect for Darla, the collision of eras. I've been thinking a little bit, lately, about how much I enjoy remixes as vid soundtracks. They please me for meta-viddish reasons.

You know what else I really love? Your little italicized summaries. They're awesome.

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Date: 14/09/2010 00:38 (UTC)
stultiloquentia: Campbells condensed primordial soup (Default)
From: [personal profile] stultiloquentia
A propos of nothing, I found a person for you: [personal profile] fulselden. She's been nattering about epics vs. romances as mappable onto contemporary t.v -- Avatar, mostly, but I brought up Buffy in the comments. I read and immediately squealed, "I have to drag Quin over here!" And then she went and wrote a ficcish meditation on Victorian vibrators, inspired by Marie de France's "The Nightingale" (!), and a villanelle based on Disney's The Little Mermaid. Srsly, Quin, srsly.

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Date: 13/09/2010 02:43 (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (BUF-Temptation-aom-leiconz)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
That's not the story I see at all!

And thank heavens for that! Darla was always too interesting for that. I liked the song choice for this, too.

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Date: 14/09/2010 06:26 (UTC)
srevans: (Default)
From: [personal profile] srevans
What a perfect song. I haven't thought about Darla's s2 character arc much, but now that I do, wow she got a raw deal.

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Date: 14/09/2010 12:24 (UTC)
srevans: Buffy and Faith surveying their golden future (btvs: slayers)
From: [personal profile] srevans
You can have Partner To The Protagonist stories that are both serve the protagonists' stories and have internal, non-degrading- characterization-integrity consistency. Like when Angel and Spike were great all on their own! "I write strong female characters" grumble grumble.
Edited Date: 14/09/2010 12:26 (UTC)

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Date: 18/01/2011 21:02 (UTC)
laeria: Implied-Parisian lamp post, Eiffel tower, people embracing, all meshed together and looking golden-autumny, um. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laeria
Oh, Darla. Brilliant music choice, brilliant narration. I don't get Darla, except in pieces, but I love the statements I think you made about her self-image: that it's a consciously-build deeply cynical tool that works (not like Spike and Dru's hearty hipsterness, nor Angel's clueless clinging to being Broody) which has little to do with expressing herself except in the sense that she's drawn to beauty and understands its power and makes herself beautiful so she could be more powerful. So, you pegged that. Also, the hilariously horrible tendency of men to use her as a tugging-rope, a mirror, trophy, whatever - something she's mildly irked by, I think - but I'm not sure. How do you think she relates to the fact?

So. I really love that this shows the pragmatic self-building side of her but also the temporically-dislocated (damn, your music choice rocks) "who even am I?" side. Probably more sides, but these are the ones I could grasp. Definitely an awesome vid I'll be revisiting as I make my way through Angel S3.

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Date: 19/01/2011 11:49 (UTC)
laeria: Implied-Parisian lamp post, Eiffel tower, people embracing, all meshed together and looking golden-autumny, um. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laeria
I found Darla as a foil to Buffy on BtVS interesting but also mildly annoying. At the very beginning of the first ep, Darla's used to make the statement that "this is not the show where tiny blondes are helpless", which is awesome. But later it becomes clear that, while they're both tiny blondes, Buffy uses honourable, hale male tools to achieve her goals (violence and strategy and cleverness), Darla uses female tools like lying, looking sexy/innocent and, egads, guns. And of course Darla's the villain and of course her death is used to prove that Angel is a Good Guy After All.

But, on Angel, there's no more clear hero/villain division, thank god, and, like you said, we're shown a glimpse of the real Darla. And of Angelus, who ~got~ her, treated her like the sadist she is rather than the damsel she looks like - and Angel just doesn't, just sees her as a prop, like all men do (not to sex, but to salvation, but I doubt it matters to her) and it is very sad. Especially since, because he does know her, she can't just treat him like she did Lindsey (and actually, her no-makeup-overlarge-sweatshirt manipulation of Lindsey really delighted me).

Ekh, this was all over the place. All I meant was: yep, Darla rocks, and I hope you'll be exploring her some more.

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Date: 19/01/2011 23:32 (UTC)
laeria: Implied-Parisian lamp post, Eiffel tower, people embracing, all meshed together and looking golden-autumny, um. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laeria
I always take the talk about Buffy's power being routed in masculinity with a pinch of salt, ... [b]ut when she's set against Darla, then the masculine/feminine divide definitely comes out, because they're technically physical equals.

Oh, I'm so relieved you got that. I generally dislike assertations that Buffy's storyline is male, because there's nothing 'innately male' about getting to make quips, having broody love interests and sacrificing oneself to save the world a lot. The main reason, I think, that more men than women seem to get that kind of story is tradition.

Now, it's also tradition to cast women as temtpresses, backstabbers, bringers of corruption (which is Darla's basic job description on BtVS), but it also reflects a widespread social paranoia. Most women get accused of being manipulative at some point, I think. So her story IS more 'innately female', in a sense, and it's she's the very person women are told they must abhor while simultaneously being prompted to try to become. (You know, "good girls never use sex for anything" vs "7 Ways to Get Your Hubby to Do What You Want".)

And I love AtS forever for making Darla a sympathetic (though still evil) character rather than a caricature of maligned feminity created just so Buffy could fight it. (And ultimately not beat, interestingly. I still think that killing Darla was one of the creepiest things Angel ever did, circumstances nonwithstanding. Not wrong or out-of-character necessarily, just chilling, and probably somewhat messed up on a thematical level.)


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