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25 August 2011 @ 07:32 pm
TOP 5 ME! Meme  
Stolen from badboy_fangirl.

TOP 5 ME! Books, art, culture, politics, music, fandom stuff, movies, television, etc. Ask as many as you'd like. Be vague. Be specific. I don't care if it's mundane or off the wall.

I may or may not go beyond a list. Depending on how verbose I feel. :)

ETA: I do have all of the other ones chosen, I just need to do the write-up and formatting because you know me, if I can make it more work for myself with these kinds of posts, I will, LOL!
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: doctor who ♦ ten + donnadollsome on August 25th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)

+ Top five current favourite ships
+ Top five books
+ Top five period piece movies
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on August 26th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
+ Top five current favourite ships
+ Top five current favourite ships

1. Damon/Elena | Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries, which I still encourage everyone and their brother to give a chance. Get past the at first glance not so awesome first three episodes, and it starts to get very good, then great, then amazing and pretty much doesn't let up.) -- Fantastic chemistry, fascinating yin/yang, good/bad dichotomy, great story, awesome moments, we do need to start seeing some actual movement, but overall, SO MUCH LOVE!

2. Ian Somerhalder/Nina Dobrev ... Yes, real couple, I don't care. I ship them like breathing. They're just so darn cute and adorable and PRETTY! And they walk around arm-in-arm with their moms in Paris. So cute!

3. Stefan/Caroline | Paul Wesley & Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries) -- No shot at coupledom right now, but they have such adorable, sparkly chemistry and every scene with them is pretty much PURE gold. I can see them slowly developing over the next few seasons into something potentially real and AWESOME!

4. Jeff/Annie | Joel McHale & Alison Brie (Community) -- Alas, I genuinely believe that they will always be just a tease with a few (albeit massive) crumbs thrown our way now and then.

5. Sheldon/Penny | Jim Parsons & Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) -- Sadly, I've COMPLETELY abandoned all hope at all, in any way, shape or form for the pairing. Waste of fantastic chemistry. Ah well.

Edited at 2011-08-26 02:12 am (UTC)
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+ Top five book - arabian on August 26th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
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+ Top five period piece movies - arabian on August 26th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
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sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon seeing Elena FDbadboy_fangirl on August 26th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Top five Damon/Elena moments!

Top five books (turnabout)!
Arabian: Damon & Elena12arabian on August 26th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
+ Top five Damon/Elena moments
Hah! I already did top 5 books above. ^

+ Top five Damon/Elena moments

These are not in order of favorite, but rather chronological. Scene descriptors link to youtube clips.

1. 01.03 - "Friday Night Bites" ("You lost her too," the first kitchen scene) -- For me, this was the truly the beginning of Damon and Elena. Here he was laying the seeds of discontent with his Katherine talk, and Elena in all of her empathetic glory just bypassed that and saw his pain, and read between the lines because she's a smart little cookie. His look when she pierced straight to the heart of him (hah, see what I did there? "Pierce"d.) with such quick insight was just like whoah! This was the first teeny step that Damon Salvatore took through the door of falling in love with Elena Gilbert.

2. 01.11 - "Bloodlines" ("I saved your life," car ride home) -- I chose this as my favorite happy scene from The Vampire Diaries, and I'm just going to quote that to explain my pick for it here. For me, this is the only time we've ever seen Damon and Elena completely at ease, comfortable, happy-smiley with one another (okay, without alcohol in the picture -- as it was earlier in the episode). There was just the slightest mention of Stefan (a Damon taunt that only received a smile from Elena), or Damon's wicked, wicked ways. They were just two individuals having a conversation, revealing bits about themselves, connected in the aftermath of a traumatic event in which they'd both lived through, and in Elena's case, triumphed. And the kicker was Damon's repeated "You're not the worst company, Elena," that was just filled with such a quiet happiness, as well as a tinge of realization that he really liked this girl. Just for her. Not because of Katherine, or because it would piss Stefan off, but just because he liked Elena. And Elena just kept on smiling.

3. 01.14 - "Fool Me Once" ("I wanted it to be real," Damon puts her necklace back on) -- *Sigh* Can I just leave it at that? Okay fine. Elena shows such complete faith and trust in him by taking off her necklace, and Damon shows that complete faith and trust back by putting it right back on her. Like the scene in "Friday Night Bites," this is one of those pivotal scenes in the journey of Damon and Elena's love story. Plus, WHOO!BOY! that chemistry. Damn, when he puts the necklace back on her and he's close, and her eyes are on his face, on his lips, on his eyes and the tension is so like a third character in the scene it is so very palpable.

4. 01.19 - "Miss Mystic Falls" (The dance) -- I get butterflies, squeeful feelings and just a deep contentment every time I watch this scene. It's so beautifully done in terms of the characters, the moment is so tense and yet light. Seeing these two completely lose themselves in the moment and the music was just damn lovely as a fan of the pair. It doesn't hurt that the Somerhalder/Dobrev chemistry was on fire, and they are both so DARN PRETTY!

5. 02.22 - "As I Lay Dying" (Just the way you are," aka the kiss) -- Oh boy. I just loved this scene so much. The sincerity, the honesty, the genuineness, the uber-focus on Damon from Elena, the full acceptance of Damon from Elena, Damon showing that he has learned something the last two years (or whatever the freaking timeline is, LOL), the parallels to so much that was said and done in the premiere. The cuddling in bed, the "I like you now. Just the way you are." The kiss. The "thank you." Elena's little smile. The snarky interruption by Katherine. Elena's guilt. The WTF? looks exchanged at the end. The song. Gawd, I just love it ALL!
Re: + Top five Damon/Elena moments - badboy_fangirl on August 26th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Dulcedecorumestdulcedeusex on August 26th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Top 5 fanfic recs of all time.
Top 5 albums.
Top 5 male characters (on TV)
Top 5 female movie characters.
Top 5 TVD characters.
Arabian: Damon02arabian on August 27th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
+ Top 5 TVD characters (Part 1)
I'm working on the others, but I know that TVD is going to take at least one comment (possibly -- probably two, LOL!), so I'm just doing that one first. (Parts of what I wrote are cribbed from an earlier post I did (pre-season two) about my five favorite characters. All five are still there, just a different arrangement for two of them.

Okay, these I did in order because I very much knew what order my love flowed. :) (This will be longer than any other entry. SHOCKING!)

1. Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) -- I do tend to gravitate towards the bad boys and Damon is definitely a bad boy. However, there is so much more to him than that, which we get courtesy of great acting and writing. Partly it is because of how well Ian Somerhalder &hearts plays the role, and upon my many rewatches, it's evident just how much the awesome of Damon is because of how fantastically Somerhalder plays him. Delivery of those snarky lines reveal (often enough that it's clearly not a fluke) that as great as the dialogue for Damon is, a good number of his lines aren't actually brilliant bon mots of snark, but rather given that zing due to the style with which Somerhalder delivers them. (I mean, I ADORE his "Lie." to Katherine in "The House Guest." It's ONE FREAKING WORD. Clearly not the script there, it's all about the delivery, baby!) And it's not just the vocal delivery, his body language, facial expressions, over-the-top eyebrow/wide eyes usage -- which is so deliberately Damon putting on a show, I know some hate it, but I don't care, I love it, it fits Damon, works for me -- is just fantastic. And then he turns around and goes all subtle on us.

It didn't happen much in the first season, but as we've seen a Damon discovering his humanity in season two, we've gotten scenes that show us the softer, more sensitive Damon, and those moments are just as real as the dastardly Damon at play. (The bed scenes in "As I Lay Dying" were the softest, sweetest, most sincere we'd ever seen Damon and they were beautiful.) Heck, even in the midst of some of those over-the-top scenes, there are flashes and glimpses of the humanity and heart, the conflict and the confusion lying underneath the surface. That is due to both the actor, and the fantastic writing. Yup, as awesome as Somerhalder is, I don't want to discount the writing because the writers have managed to create a fully three-dimensional character, one who has gone through the gamut of every emotion, more than any other character on the show. We've literally seen every emotional side in this character, and -- back to the actor -- Somerhalder has brilliantly, and seamlessly, shown us every side with believability.

So how can I not adore this character? He's witty, emotional, bitter, bruising, hilarious, serious, snarky, sexy, caring, ambivalent, scary, in love, in lust, in like, filled with brotherly love and sibling rivalry (and partly why I love "The Return" so much is that we actually saw every single one of these on display in the episode). You name it, Damon is it and there is simply never a dull moment. Even with the woobier Damon that we see more now. Basically, Damon gives me every thing that I love about a character wrapped in the deliciously-shaped-Ian-Somerhalder package. What's not to love?
Re: + Top 5 TVD characters (Part 1) - dulcedeusex on August 27th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
+ Top 5 TVD characters (Part 2) - arabian on August 27th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
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+ Top 5 TVD characters (Part 3) - arabian on August 27th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
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+ Top 5 fanfic recs of all time - arabian on August 27th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
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+ Top 5 albums - arabian on August 27th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
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+ Top 5 male characters (on TV) - arabian on August 28th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
+ Top 5 female movie characters - arabian on August 28th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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False gods are just as good, y'know.: toulouse paintshionthekid on August 26th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Five favorite cartoons - childhood, all-time, movies, or saturday morning, whichever =)
Arabian: Caroline01arabian on August 26th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
+ Top five cartoons

I went fully with cartoons, meaning I didn't count Pixar stuff, or any other type of non-traditional 2D-animation. :)

1. The Emperor's New Groove -- Probably my single favorite cartoon for comedy. LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's just hysterical, and the characters are (mostly) 3-dimensional. I love the bromance, I love Kronk. Just ... LOVE!

2. Hercules -- I admit that I'm not a fan of the harshly angular animation, but I absolutely ADORE the story, the characters, the love story. The songs are good, if not great -- but for "I'm Not In Love" -- which is one of my fave Disney songs ever -- but the story, my goodness, the depth and beauty of this story is SOOO wonderfully done. I wish so much that it had been drawn in the same style of animation as Beauty and the Beast, it would probably be one of my all-time favorite movies period, but I love the story so much, that I can put aside my uber-dislike of the angular animation-style.

3. The Secret of NIHM -- If I was doing this in order, I'd probably have this one at number one. Fantastic story (based on a book), fantastic voice acting, great emotions, depth, and just about everything.

4. Sleeping Beauty -- I know! I actually grabbed an old-school Disney flick. This to me is the most gloriously romantic a Disney cartoon has ever been. I believed the 'love at first sight.' I loved Aurora, her three "mothers," even dopey Prince Philip was adorable. And has there ever been a better Disney villain than Maleficent? I do not think so.

5. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut -- Aside from the utter hilarity of it, aside from my love of Brian Boitano and how the SP boys seem to utterly worship him and it shows in every joke that includes him ("What Would Brian Boitano Do?"), this film is a BRILLIANT satire on censorship in America. I love it.

Edited at 2011-08-27 06:43 am (UTC)
Myramidnightblack07 on August 26th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
ohh awesome meme!!
I'll go with top 5 favorite TV shows (ever) =)
Arabian: Zhaanarabian on August 28th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
+ Top 5 Favorite TV Shows
Top 5 Favorite TV Shows

1. Farscape -- The best television show in its entirety I have ever watched. Others I've preferred certain seasons, I've had greater ships, and greater character loves, but no show from beginning to end has stayed excellent and consistent like Farscape. In four seasons worth, there is literally only ONE EPISODE that I consider bad. The others range from very good (a small minority) to great (a bigger minority) to AWESOME! (the majority). Even the post-season four wrap-up -- which had flaws -- was still amazing considering that they managed to shove 22 episodes worth of stuff into four-hours and it STILL came out great. In fact, I'm beginning another rewatch today.

2. Star Trek: Voyager -- It had flaws, no question. Of the nine main characters, I wasn't particularly fond of three of them overall. A new character was introduced mid-season who was awesome, but who also took over the freaking show in a very irritating way. I don't care. Of the remaining six characters, four of them are four of my all-time favorite characters. My sixth favorite ship of all time (Paris/Torres) was on this show. Several episodes made me tear up. I love Star Trek, but no series of this show was as character-driven as this one and I am SUCH a character-girl. I love this show.

3. The Vampire Diaries -- This could change. This could either take over the number one spot (it has Farscape beat, in that two seasons, there's honestly not one episode I'd call bad), or it could plummet. I'll admit it here and now, if Damon/Elena are not endgame, it will plummet. The writing of Damon, Stefan, Elena, and Stefan/Elena and Damon/Elena is too 'Damon/Elena must be endgame' for it to all make sense in my mind. If they don't end up together, it will make so much of what has happened (in the first two seasons at least) not make sense, and so much of what I considered great in this show (since those are the three main characters, the two main ships) wouldn't work in retrospect.

However, if they are endgame (as I do truly think they are), and the show stays at this incredibly awesome pace of brilliant storytelling and characterization, this will be my favorite tv show of all time. After two seasons only, it's probably number two already. I love it. LOTS. Of the ten main characters per season (season one: same nine plus Vicki, season two: same nine plus Alaric), I love seven of them, the other three I like. That's a damn good ratio. I uber-ship three couples on this show (Damon/Elena, Stefan/Caroline, Elijah/Katherine), and I mini-uber-ship two others (Jeremy/Bonnie, and to a lesser degree, Stefan/Katherine -- yes, I multi-ship on this show! MY GOD! That is so not me!). I really, really, really, REALLY love this show. Please don't ever disappoint. Pretty please.

4. The West Wing -- Even though the fifth season had uber-problems with the new writers trying to find their footing after Aaron Sorkin left, and even if the last two seasons weren't as strong as the first four written by Sorkin, overall, this was an excellent show. Well-written, fantastically-acted, well-paced and just damn good.

5. The X-Files -- Whatever didn't work at times, however confusing it could be, even if the final two seasons weren't as strong, I don't care. I will always love The X-Files. It will always be on my top five tv shows ever. Always. If you watched it and loved it, you understand why. Period.

Edited at 2011-08-28 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: + Top 5 Favorite TV Shows - vanimy on August 29th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
hiddeneloise: ClownOff/The Officehiddeneloise on August 26th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Top 5 artists (painters, sculptors, etc.). Simply because we never talked about that, and I am curious. :)
Arabian: TARDISarabian on August 26th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
+ Top five artists
+ Top five favourite artists

I am not, by any stetch of the imagination, an afficianado on this subject. I get awesome techniques and what-not (go Picasso), but I like pretty paintings (An eye in place of a mouth, Picasso?), and am pretty pedestrian that way. So no off-the-wall choices here. (Presented in alphabetical order, each artist represented by my favorite work by them.)

1. Leonardo Da Vinci -- Come on, could I be more obvious? Yeah, look at number 4 (LOL!). But the thing is, dude, really is a frickin' genius. I mean, Mona Lisa isn't all that pretty, really, but there is such detail and STUFF there. You sense so much going on beyond the mere dabbles of paint on canvas. She's real. There's such life and passion. His work leaves me in awe. And, overall, again, dude was just a frickin' genius! (Art: La Scapigliata)

2. Thomas Gainsborough -- I love the romantic, yet realism of his work. His to me looks the closest to photographs done in oil, and I love the beauty he finds in all of his subjects. (Art: Lady Georgiana Cavendish)

3. Claude Monet -- His stuff is just so beautiful, so light and it makes me smile. His pastoral scenes are lovely, his images evoke contentment in me. (Art: Water Lilies (The Clouds))

4. Michaelangelo -- The Sistine Chapel pretty much nails up this bad boy. I mean, WOW! Just ... wow. Is there a more iconic image in art than Adam receiving the spark of life from God's finger? I don't think so. (Art: The Pieta)

5. Auguste Rodin -- I know he's done other stuff but his "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" are two of my favorite pieces of art like EVER! When I first read your top 5 choice, Rodin's "The Thinker" is immediately what popped into my head. How one manages to evoke so much passion in pieces of rock is mind-blowing, but boy, does he ever! (Art: The Kiss)
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Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on August 26th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Top 5 superheroes

AND.... this is out of context, but I just couldn't help myself. So here goes:

If you could cast Ian Somerhalder as a SUPERHERO, who or what kind of a superhero would you cast him as? ;-)
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder05arabian on August 26th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
+ Top five superheroes

I'm really not a superhero/comic-book fan so this isn't that far out there choice-wise. (Presented in alphabetical order.)

1. Cyclops -- All X-Men choices are from the movies because I read a few comics post-movies, but my love of the characters is derived from how they were portrayed on screen by the specific actors. In this case, James Marsden's Cyclops/Scott Summers. I love how Scott is a good guy, a boy scout basically, but he's not boring. I don't know if that was the writing or what Marsden (whom I admittedly love) brought to the role, but I loved Cyclops. A LOT.

2. Iron Man -- Again, based on the movie and Robert Downey Jr's performance. He's awesome, thus his Iron Man/Tony Stark. He's brash, snarky, rude, damaged, funny, sweet, an angsty character and just fucking bad-ass!

3. Rogue -- Movie-based, and based on Anna Paquin's wonderful Rogue/Marie. I loved the character, I loved the vulnerability paired with strength and her interaction with Wolverine (yup, I shipped the hell out of them). She was awesome. Of the comics that I did read, Rogue was definitely different in those, but I thought comic-incarnation Rogue was pretty dang awesome too.

4. Wolverine -- Again, movie-based. Ah, Hugh Jackman. SO GORGEOUS. Such a good actor. SO CHARISMATIC. So kick-ass. Love his Logan, love his portrayal, love how he showed tenderness and vulnerability amid Wolverine's utter badassery.

5. Wonder Woman -- I will always have fond memories of Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman. She was awesome, a wonderful female role model, and the best female superhero ever, in my opinion.

If you could cast Ian Somerhalder as a SUPERHERO, who or what kind of a superhero would you cast him as? ;-)

If they did an X-Men reboot of the main characters (as in Wolverine, Rogue, Jean Grey, Cyclops, etc.), Ian as Wolverine. I never would have thought it before this picture --

But dayum, I can't look at this picture and not see him channeling Wolverine. And for once, his height of 5"9' would actually be closer to canon (Wolvie's 5"4', I believe) than Hugh Jackman's 6"2'. We know he can do the bad-assery, snark and vulnerability that is all inherent in the character of Wolverine. (He'd, of course, have his NATURAL dark brown hair as opposed to that icky, obviously dyed fake black hair color.)

Edited at 2011-08-26 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Heather-Annlinsell_farm on August 26th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
People who influenced you
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on August 26th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Honestly? I can't think of anyone who's influenced me. There are people (both historical, famous, in real life) who I've admired and looked up to, but actively influenced me in my life's decisions? No one. I make -- and I always have -- all of my own decisions based on my thought process. I take in advice and guidance, but actually influence? No, not really.
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distant_autumn: Bonnie - Into the woods by snaggingdistant_autumn on August 26th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Hmm, how about top 5 quotes? And if you wanna do more than one, top 5 songs and top 5 shippy moments ever.
Arabian: Lincolnarabian on August 27th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
+ Top five quotes

1. "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." (Abraham Lincoln) -- I had to have my main man, Abraham Lincoln, on here. Such a seemingly simple statement, but so very true and will NEVER not apply to humanity.

2. "I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow. If I fail, if I succeed at least I'll live as I believe. No matter what they take from me, they can't take away my dignity." (Michael Masser/Linda Creed, "The Greatest Love of All") -- Two songwriters, so I don't know which one (or if both) gets credit for that line. I just know that from the moment I heard that song, I tried to make that my mantra for life.

3. "After all, tomorrow is another day." (Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind) -- There's a reason this has been my LJ title since about as long as I've had an LJ. So known now that I think the kick of it gets lost, but it really is a beautifully optimistic phrase that is true. No matter how craptastic life can be, don't give up, because ... after all, tomorrow is another day. You do have another chance for things to get better.

4. "I do believe in killing the messenger. You know why? Cuz it sends a message." (Caroline Dries/Brian Young, The Vampire Diaries, Season 01, Episode 21) - Two people wrote the script, so again I don't know which one gets credit. Whoever came up with that gem is a genius, though. I mean, the whole "don't kill the messenger" is such a sound, well-known piece of advice, but here, there's an equally good opposing point of view. If you kill the messenger, it sends a REALLY powerful message back. Not literally, of course. Of course.

5. "I've always dreamed that love would be effortless, like a petal fallin' to the ground, a dreamer following his dream." Kelly Clarkson/Kara DioGuardi/Chantal Kreviazuk, "Where is Your Heart?"). Again, don't know who to credit, but I ADORE this line so much. Remember above when I said that "Tomorrow is another day" has almost always been my LJ title? That almost would be because for the first month or so this was the journal title. I just love what it represents, have since I first heard it.

+ Top five songs

1. "Against All Odds" (Phil Collins) -- Probably my second favorite song ever. It always hits me in the gut, especially when the "all" of the title finally comes into play. Man.

2. Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson) -- I'm a HUGE Kelly fan and have all of her stuff, when this first leaked, I listened to it a few times, but was unimpressed. This happened during moving and I actually didn't hear the song again until two months later and THEN I fell madly in love with it. I drove my roommates insane because if we played a CD with this song burned on to it (and we played music a lot and 9.9/10 it was a mix of Kelly and Justin Guarini songs), I would put this one song on repeat. I still adore it now. It's my ringtone. :)

3. "Everybody Hurts" (R.E.M.) -- This song breaks my heart, but lifts me up at the same time. It's so damn true, and so inspiring to just ... hold on. The emotion and THERE-ness in Michael Stipe's voice just gets to my soul.

4. "Hello" (Lionel Ritchie) -- THIS is my all-time favorite song. Forever. Nothing else comes close. Ever.

5. "Love on the Rocks" (Neil Diamond) -- Heartbreaking and just gets me every time.

I'm going to pass on shippy moments because I couldn't even remotely begin to distill that to five. Sorry. :(

Edited at 2011-08-27 12:04 am (UTC)
(no subject) - distant_autumn on August 27th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
vanimy: TVDvanimy on August 26th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Mmh... How about...

- top five ships of all time?
- top five tv shows of all time?
- top five political figures??
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on August 28th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Someone asked top tv shows above. I'm gonna do that one next. (Alphabetical here.)

Top 5 ships of all time

1. Danny/Michelle (Paul Anthony Stewart/Joie Lenz* (known now as Bethany Galeotti), Guiding Light -- Possibly the most chemical pair of actors I've ever seen. If not number one, definitely in the top five. Their story was brilliant the first six months, then pretty much devolved into crap, but when they were good ... WOW!

* ONLY Lenz, no other version of Michelle need apply. :)

2. Katie/Simon (Terri Conn/Paul Leyden), As the World Turns -- HILARIOUS, unique, awesome, outstanding. Alas, like the above couple, only had about a year worth of good storytelling before it pretty much went downhill, but when they were good ... OMG! (Still, best wedding ever of any couple I've had. See?

3. Lucy/Alan-Michael (Sonia Satra/Rick Hearst), Guiding Light -- Even though Alan-Michael was my favorite character of the pair, I always wanted them both to get each other (for different reasons). Alan-Michael truly needed someone like Lucy at his side. Someone not so serious, who saw him as the best thing since sliced bread and fully believed in him because he'd never, ever had that. Whereas with Lucy, she just wanted him so badly. She basically fell for the guy right away, and with him she found a confidence that she hadn't really had before. They just were so very right for each other, and I wanted them together because they really were the perfect fit. It didn't happen right away. They actually moved pretty much completely away from them, trying the two characters out in other pairings, but there were small scenes here and there that kept the dream alive, until they went the dreaded way of raping the female character. It was terrible. Lucy was a virgin, it was date-rape, but the story that came out of it was genuinely fantastically done with heartfelt emotion, this amazingly beautiful love story developing out of it that didn't have the victim/savior aspect to it because we already had a two-year foundation in their relationship where there was back and forth and where Lucy had emotionally saved him a time or two. Satra, grew beautifully; Hearst was his usual awesome self, and crazy, insane twists and turns that were rooted in psychological causes came to light.

Eventually, they married, but eventually both actors left the show, and the characters went offscreen. They brought back A-M having divorced Lucy, yeah, right! They had one of the strongest, most believable relationships on soaps and other than the actors/characters leaving, them bringing one back without the other and completely ignoring the history of their relationship, they'd never break-up, so in my mind they lived happily ever after. And had both actors stuck around, I think that despite the typical bumps along the way (being on a soap and all), that's exactly what would have happened.

Both actors were fantastic, looked fantastic together and had some of THE finest chemistry I've ever seen between two people. (I'd easily place them in my top five ... at #4 to be precise.) They were fun, flirty, with some really light-hearted awesome stuff, they also had great depth, and a wonderfully rich element to their story. Some of the most beautifully tense scenes I've ever watched were with them, as well as some of the hottest, and most emotionally moving. They just lit up the screen together, and I really, really, REALLY wish I had their entire story to watch over again. Ah well, I have my memories.
Top 5 Ships of all time (Part 2) - arabian on August 28th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Top 5 Ships of all time (Part 2) - vanimy on August 28th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)