My Sadly Late Quick Takes

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Apologies are in order: I’m sorry this is late, but as I’ve said before, school work takes precedence. College seniors are busy people. Sometimes I don’t know how I manage to get everything done! And this quick takes will probably be rather quick, as I’ve got a paper on Mary’s Perpetual Virginity that I need to work on this weekend.

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I really do enjoy playing board games. Scrabble is fun–my mom usually wins because she rakes in the points even with some of the simplest words. Clue is another of my favorites; I used to absolutely love Cranium, though I never usually found enough people to play it with; and through my decrepit Milton Bradley Boardgames PC game I discovered Parcheesi. I haven’t played that in a while–I need to find it!

I don’t know if any of those qualify as strategy games. I’ve never considered myself any good at strategy games–Stratego is fun but I think I’ve won maybe one game of it my life–so I was extremely surprised and delighted when I played Settlers of Catan for the first time in my life last night. I ended up winning. If you haven’t played it, and you’re into strategy, and building settlements and trying to sabotage other people building stuff, then you might enjoy it.

I’m just hoping next time I play it I have more than beginner’s luck.

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Though I am a poor broke college student, I am dying to go see Thor: The Dark World. It has a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I know it’s not art-house cinema, but I could use a good superhero flick right about now. Which is probably why I’m going to watch Iron Man 3 tonight.

I ramble too much: look what internet surfing does to me! I go to look for Thor 2’s score on Rotten Tomatoes, and I find they’ve made a movie of The Book Thief. It’s an interesting book by Markus Zusak set during WWII. I need to read it again–I think I read it when I was too young to really appreciate it.

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And I’m rather excited about this.

 Of course I won’t see it for a while (if ever). I’ll have to look up spoilers once it’s actually out. The only mildly sad thing about it is that it will make the Levi fanfiction I’m trying to write more drastically AU than it already is.

And in searching for his age, I’ve found that from what Isayama has let slip Levi is somewhere in his thirties. Which is about where I had pegged him, thankfully. If it turns out he’s much older than that I won’t believe it.

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Some of the comments on the above article are people saying they think Eren has more character depth than Levi. I’m really rather skeptical of that. Eren acts pretty predictably and he seems to be defined mostly by his rage at the Titans and his extreme determination. As I’ve already discussed, he is compassionate, though with a  psychopathic tendency. Also, he seems emotionally weaker than other characters, as he recklessly goes to fight a Titan by himself when’s he fresh from the Training Corps, and because he won’t fight Annie at first because she’s his friend. His lack of control over his emotions is one of the reasons he fights so ferociously in Titan form. So Eren has depth, but he doesn’t (to me) have the most interesting personality in the show because he’s extremely easy to read and we understand his choices.

Levi, on the other hand, is extremely controlled and Stoic-faced. We still see his emotions, but he has enough control over them that they don’t affect his actions: after his whole squad dies, he doesn’t have a meltdown. He mourns them on the inside and does what he has to do–rescue Eren and get everyone the heck out of that forest. He hates the government, and so he probably has an anger that nearly matches Eren’s at the Titans. He just lets it out in snark instead of yelling and recklessness. We don’t completely understand his choices, which makes him more mysterious: why is he working within a government system which he hates? Why does he trust Erwin so much? Why is he so cold and snarky when he obviously cares? Why did he become an expert fighter if he hates senseless killing?

I don’t think either character lacks depth–I just think one is easier to understand than the other.

I’d venture to say Levi has more depth, but I am biased.

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More fandom gloriousness/craziness: SHERLOCK WHY CAN’T YOU COME OUT SOONER?!?!?!?!

Well, I guess I’ll just pray for a snow day early next semester so I can marathon some Sherlock and watch the premiere.

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Did I just say next semester? Where did this semester go? Not that I’m not happy to be closing in on graduation, but….but….

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