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01 March 2014 @ 02:39 am
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Name: Martha
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Age: 21
Location: Malta
Occupation: Student

All About You

1. Describe your ideal house/home. Please go into as much detail as possible, and be sure to include your ideal geographical location in the description!. Having lived for the entirety of my life this far on a tiny Mediterranean island, I have always had somewhat of an idealised view of mainland Europe and Britain (being a recovering Anglophile), as erroneous as that view might be. The small bit of travelling I've done in Europe made me understand that I don't see myself as a city-dweller, but I would rather live in a less busy town/city. My favourite city I have visited so far has to be Nuremberg, in the southern Bavarian region of Germany. Nuremberg is probably the model of a city I'd love to live in. Not as busy as, say, Munich, but still a sizeable city with a vast array of things to see and experience. I do see myself living in a moderatory sized apartment there. I am lucky enough to live in a large-ish house with my family, so something smaller seems to me a rather pleasant change. My ideal apartment would have ample space for shelving, good wi-fi connectivity and possibly an outdoor area where to have a small garden or some potted plants.

2. Imagine you’re given the classic opportunity: a genie granting you three wishes. What would you wish for? Please be as elaborate as you can. Wishing for more wishes is not permitted!
i. Unlimited money. Honestly, who wouldn't wish this? Money doesn't grant happiness, but it sure helps. I'd probably use quite a lot for travelling. Seeing all the great things there is to see. All the art and all the natural beauties, that is not to mention all the shows and concerts.

ii. Confidence . I have missed so many opportunities by lacking confidence in myself, and have a low self-esteem, that I would really think it would make a great difference to my life if I did have it.

iii. Motivation. Because I find it rather hard to look forward to my future and not shudder slightly.

3. In your life so far, what accomplishment are you the most proud of? Why? You can list more than one if you have trouble deciding. ;) Probably overcoming past difficulties and getting to university. Early in my life, I did terribly at anything school-related, due to bad teachers as well as family problems. For the longest time I thought I wouldn't really amount to anything. But then I slowly discovered literature, and that developed into a more all-encompassing interest in the arts. I am now in my final year of a B.A. in History of Art.

4. Which of the following is most important to you: Love, Money, Knowledge, Family, Friendship, Adventure, or Pleasure? Which is the least important to you? Please explain why for each choice. This isn't difficult at all. I think one needs a degree of each in life. But because I have to answer the question I'd say the most important for me is Love, and by that I don't just mean romantic love (sadly rather lacking where I'm coming from), but merely knowing that in the end of the day there are people who love you. I guess this would be connected to Family in my case, as I rely heavily on them, mostly my mother and sister, with whom I live. Probably the least important to me would be adventure, as in the obvious sense of the word. Frankly, I would rather stay in and watch documentaries.

5. What's one quote (or passage, song lyric, etc.) that effectively describes you and your values? Explain. “You'll never be a first-class human being or a first-class woman, until you've learned to have some regard for human frailty.” - Cary Grant as C.K. Dexter Haven in the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story. I don't really have anything to add to that, just that I love Cary Grant (but that's beside the point). And let's be honest, it's better than the obvious Oscar Wilde or Siddhartha Gautama quote.

6. How do you manage your money? On that note, how important is money/financial security to you? Go into as much detail as you can. Not very well, to put it blankly. When I do have some money in hand I tend to spend it rather quickly on various things, like clothes, shoes, sushi, drinks and so on. When I do not have money I cope. I do still live with my mum, so I guess that helps, although I don't really depend on her financially. But of course it helps that I don't have to pay bills. Despite what I wished for, money isn't all that important to me. We were never truly well-off, so I got used to sort of coping and adjusting to circumstances early on.

7. Name (and elaborate on) some of your hobbies. What are your favorite things to do outside of school/the office? Well, I spend most of my time on my laptop, watching stuff, and things. Shows, films, documentaries, kind of crap British panel shows, and what have you. I love to compile mixtapes and just browse tumblr for hours and hours. Outside of the internet I enjoy going for sushi, the occasional play, and because of my line of study I go to quite a number of exhibition openings (mostly for the free wine, but also for the art of course).

8. Name three things you are afraid of. Explain.
i. Being judged. I absolutely despise being put in a position where I am being judged or put under scrutiny. So I try my best to avoid activities that involve public speaking, as I always get very nervous and shaky when I have to give a presentation or the like.

ii. Rejection. I am a total people pleaser and find it rather hard to speak or act my mind when scared of being judged and rejected for what I've done or said, so I often just suffer in silence.

iii. The future. Do I really need to explain myself? I mean, I am (hopefully) going to graduate with a B.A. next year. So...what then?

9. Name (and elaborate on) your top three BEST and top three WORST qualities (personality-related, not physical). Please answer as fully as you can, as this is an important question.

Best (As you can see in the length of these, I found this rather hard):
i. Compassionate. I do take pride in being a good listener and caring for people, while trying to be as supportive as possible. Also, it's quite a good tool to have for roleplaying.

ii. Open-minded. I'm pretty much open to discuss anything and everything, and I owe this to my wide range of interests. I can really blab on about anything. I think everyone has a right to speak their mind, as long as they're not hurting anyone.

iii. Funny. At least that's what people tell me. Oftentimes I use comedy to diffuse tension or change the subject. The best (and saddest) jokes are always about myself. I don't really know what that says about me.

i. Laziness. This is really problematic when it comes to assignments and exams. I am one of those of people who leaves everything to the very last minute. I study for most of my exams the day/night before (and yet still do reasonably well most times). This is probably tied to my lack of motivation problem. I find it rather hard to close my laptop and sit down and work. The fact that I still have time to work on the task at hand some other time keeps nagging at me and I end up not doing anything. Every time.

ii. Anxious. Especially when I keep lazying about and procrastinating on things. I also get terribly anxious before meetings and in crowds. I'm terrible at interacting with other people when in a group. I'm fine when it's a one-to-one interaction, but get me in a group and I pretty much cave in on myself.

iii. Insecure. This goes hand-in-hand with the anxiousness.

A Song of Ice and Fire Related

1.How many books from the series have you completed? All five.

2.Who are your favorite three characters in the series? Why?

i. Sansa Stark. Where to start? I actually wasn't much of a fan of Sansa in the first book, as many others weren't. But I quickly grew enamored of her. Martin develops her character so well, that you can see her grow and mature from chapter to chapter. And I find that in the Eyrie, under Littlefinger's guidance (putting aside the dark, but rather fascinating to me, underbelly of that relationship), she is truly flowering as a player of the game, something we've only seen hints of for now.

ii. Petyr Baelish. Because I always fall for the evil ones. I adore the pure anarchy that is this character. There is a degree of admiration in the way he scaled the ladder, from an insignificant minor house to Lord Protector of the Vale, through sheer cleverness and cunning. He's the one figure in the King's small council that I always looked forward to reading about, and laughing at his cheeky quips at Eddard and others. His character dynamics with Sansa are also a source of fascination to me. Yes, there's the fact that he might have been instrumental in her father's death, and that his interest in her is beyond platonic and stems for his infatuation with Catelyn. However, I realized that the two characters had a number of similarities in their development. From what we know, both Sansa and Petyr began as rather naive (Petyr's duel against Branden) and grew into players of the game. We've already seen how Sansa seems to be Petyr's weakness, and I hope that will develop further, as I would love to see Petyr be bested by Sansa, beaten at his own game (more about that in the last question).

ii. Samwell Tarly. A hugely underrated character, I think. Unlike any other character in the books. I love how he's an unlikely hero, without even knowing so, being the most unlikely candidate for a hero in the context of the books. I'm really looking forward to see how his storyline develops in the coming books.

Honorable mentions: Olenna Tyrell, Asha Greyjoy, Roose Bolton, Stannis Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Fat Walda, Myranda Royce (fuck yes, minor characters).

3.Who are your least favorite three characters in the series? Why?

i. Daenerys Targaryen. I don't really know why, but I was never drawn to her storyline.

ii. Walder Frey. Just nasty. And not even in an entertaining way.

iii. The Sandsnakes. This is probably another rather unpopular opinion, but I never really got the appeal.

Dishonorable mentions: Victarion Greyjoy, Euron Greyjoy, Randyll Tarly.

4.#1 Favorite moment in all of ASOIAF so far? Why?
Probably the purple wedding. It was all so finely staged. with all the lavish courses and entertainment (and the whole Tyrion debacle), I felt rather tired after reading all that, until the shock came and I was left staring open-mouthedly at the page. Who was expecting that? I mean, really. And then I went back and read it twice and thrice over.

5. In your dream-world, how would you like to see the series end, and why?
Oh, Christ. Can it not end?
In the first place, I definitely don't want Sansa to die. But I want her to reconquer the North, by Harrold Hardyng's side (who hopefully turns out to not be a jerk).
I don't really know what should happen with the Iron Throne. I don't really want or think Dany will reach Westeros.
(Yeah, sorry, I'm not very good at this. Frankly, I'm not really interested in what I wish would happen in the story, being neither the creator of the world and character nor a master storyteller.)

Gehayi: martell (saejima)gehayi on March 3rd, 2014 07:23 am (UTC)
With your appreciation for money and comfort, your loyalty toward and love for your family, and your appreciation of intrigue, you strike me as a Tyrell through and through.
Sammymissyquill on March 3rd, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
I think you might do well as a Stark because you come across as strong and resilient and can live and cope without creature comforts. Your love for Sansa makes me think you're a direwolf too.

And Petyr ftw! <3
guad: Dany Dragsguad on March 3rd, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
louise danger: ff x: lulu so happy you could diealethiometric on March 3rd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)

Ooh, this one is tough! I got the Stark here and there throughout, but I think the Starks are by and large not unmotivated or procrastinators. I can see hints of Lannister in your ambition, but your other answers sort of negate it. I think, though, the strongest thread in your app is your sort of slow-burn or marathon approach to things, combined with your strong sense of familial bond and your love of the finer things (unrelated: WOO ART HISTORY YEAHHHHH what's your focus?), as well as your anxiety. If that last weren't there, I'd plop you right into Martell. As it is, though (and using your favorite/least favorite characters as a sort of tiebreaker), I see an Edmure-type of wartrout, someone who can be capable and who can see what needs to be done and does it. I'm gonna say TULLY for you, I think. :)
marthappants: Fry - booksmarthappants on March 3rd, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well, my thesis is medieval-oriented, but we study pretty much every period and style, so there are only a few styles which I don't care much for (i'm looking at you, impressionism and minimalism).
louise dangeralethiometric on March 3rd, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oh awesome! I work at an art museum (and have a degree in animation), so I was curious :)
Bay Alexisonbay115 on March 3rd, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
I too feel you fit Tully the most, mainly your mention of your family and art history.
Linndechir: baratheon2linndechir on March 3rd, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
Her Hamsternesshamsterwoman on March 3rd, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
I also think Lannister is the best fit, although I can see where the Stark votes are coming from.
wintergreen: actress; gwynethwintergreen126 on March 3rd, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm going with Tully.
Not the one: loras balconyteshara on March 3rd, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)

I'm so torn, but the mention of art openings makes me tip my hand to Tyrell.

Edited at 2014-03-03 10:08 pm (UTC)
phoebe: game of thrones 》 brienne // honorrebel on March 3rd, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
Rebsbekistanoik on March 3rd, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
There are times I considered Lannister, but I think your anxiety, difficulties with self confidence, and lack of interest in adventure turns me away from that.

Therefore, I sort you as Tyrell because you'd appreciate money, like to travel, and want to stay comfortable in a sort of metropolitan way. ;)

Also high five to another petyr baelish fan

(apologies at all the comments, I kept messing up)
marthappants: baelish flower crownmarthappants on March 3rd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
cheers. always nice to know there are other mockingbird fans. ;)
Kayikel89 on March 4th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
I have trouble deciding, but going with Lannister for now.
'sup brendonmauvais_pli on March 4th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
I feel Stark
Canary In A Coal Mine: ASOIAF - A Mind Needs Bookscoaldustcanary on March 4th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'm going to say Lannister but I expect your votes will continue to be all over the map. I think I could make an argument for Stark, Tully or Tyrell, too. But your wishes, fears, and strengths/weaknesses answers to me suggest Lannister most.
kylathelurker on March 5th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Definitely getting Stark vibes here so hard. To be honest your remarks and such kind of have Sansa feels to them ^^

and for the record its nice to see another fan of Sansa and Samwell!! *high5* and a little relieved to know I'm not the only one who doesn't think Dany is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Kitkitrinlu on March 5th, 2014 06:32 am (UTC)
ms_geekette: fuums_geekette on March 5th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, this one was pretty tough and I'm still waffling, but you could make a case for most of the houses with you, I think. So, I basically focused on your fears, which seem uber Lannister, narrowed down the houses that would probably value Petyr's chaos (from the sidelines, of course)[Lannister, smidge of Martell, and Tyrell], and used the going to art openings for the wine as a combo breaker XD, and yeah, I think I've talked myself into an early!Tyrion, perhaps the tiniest bit of Cersei-style LANNISTER for you, but more early!Tyrion, for sure. At this point, he might not be against Sansa being happy with someone else (she certainly doesn't deserve him as he is now), but alas, there's that whole Winterfell issue.

And for some reason, since I listed the Red Wedding as my "favorite" scene in my app, and you listed the Purple as yours, I feel like the Lannister vote makes more sense to me, even though I really want to give you about 4 different houses.
Ruler of the Planet Omicron Persei VIIIinabsentialuci on March 5th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Kim: pierdeeplyunhip on March 6th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
Tyrell, though I think Lannister would make a lot of sense, too.
Alenkaalenky_cveto4ek on March 6th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'll go with Tyrell even though I wouldn't say I'm getting one definite House from this app.
novindalfnovindalf on March 6th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
I kept changing my mind so many times while reading this, but I'm going to go with my gut feeling and say Tyrell
Vaidahalorarose on March 6th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
My mother and grandmother went to Malta a bunch of years ago and my mother never stops talking about it, she loved it that much.

As for your app!! Uhm. I'm thinking Stark due to the insecurity and the importance of love and family.
Stern Mistress of Tenderness: Ned & Catsigune on March 6th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm going to go with my first impression and say Lannister.
Carlykibethsbark on March 6th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
I can see where all of these votes are coming from, and I've been waffling between Tully and Lannister for a while now, but I think I'll just go with my first reaction rather than continuing to over-think this!
curses to this mirage!: ASOIAF--Life Is Not a Songembossedsilver on March 7th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm rather torn between Tyrell and Lannister. I think the Tyrells would appreciate Sansa and Petyr more, and a lot of this kind screams the sort of urbane vibe I get from the Tyrells. On the other hand, your best and worst qualities kinda seen Lannister to me, as your fears certainly do. However, ultimately your love of family makes me say Tyrell (as much as I want you in my house!)
Alenkaalenky_cveto4ek on March 7th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
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