Fic index

Mar. 14th, 2015 02:35 pm
This post is the index to all the fic in this journal. You can also find my fic at the Archive of Our Own, or at The Pit.

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Giant list of fic )
Title: Sing the Doldrums, Sharp and Bright
Fandom: Inception
Rating: R
Word Count: ~6,100
Characters: Eames/Arthur, Cobb, Ariadne, Yusuf
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: For Inception
Summary: Sometimes the hardest part was finding a way inside. A story about an arms dealer, a media magnate, and love.
Warning: Talks, in a non-explicit way about child abuse, which is perpetrated by the bad guys, and not by our heroes.
Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] i_reversebang , with huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] heavenly_rain, who made beautiful art and was lovely while doing it. With thanks to PK, the real-life beta. Any deficiencies in this fic are my own. Follows on from You Let Your Ladder Down For Those Who Really Shine, but it can stand completely alone.

Part two )
Title: Sing the Doldrums, Sharp and Bright
Fandom: Inception
Rating: R
Word Count: ~6,100
Characters: Eames/Arthur, Cobb, Ariadne, Yusuf
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: For Inception
Summary:
Sometimes the hardest part was finding a way inside. A story about an arms dealer, a media magnate, and love.
Warning: Talks, in a non-explicit way about child abuse, which is perpetrated by the bad guys, and not by our heroes.
Note: Written for
[info]i_reversebang , with huge thanks to [info]heavenly_rain, who made beautiful art and was lovely while doing it. With thanks to PK, the real-life beta. Any deficiencies in this fic are my own. Follows on from You Let Your Ladder Down For Those Who Really Shine, but it can stand completely alone.

Sing the Doldrums, Sharp and Bright )
Title: So Many Bright Lights to Cast a Shadow (1/1)
Fandom: BtVS/ (the merest smidgen of) Supernatural
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~3850
Characters: Faith / (an unnamed) Dean Winchester
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: Through 7.22 'Chosen' for BtVS / none for Supernatural 
Summary: A beer, a burger, some sex, and the inevitable downfall of the bad guy.
Warnings: None. 
Author's note:  Written for [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith .

(So Many Bright Lights to Cast a Shadow)
  1. I have been feeling both excited and guilty about the sheer plethora of awesomeness on offer at [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 . I haven't read enough Buffy fic this past while, and this offers an excellent chance to get caught up. I'm feeling full of love for [livejournal.com profile] drsquidlove  fic, Doritos on the Slippery Slope, which is funny and sweet Xander/Giles. For real.
  2. The season opener for Glee, which I have finally got around to watching, left me a little bit cold. They've ramped the autotune way, way up this season. I was also unimpressed that they'd given Santana a boob job (in the text, I have no clue as to whether the actor has also had surgery), and did a whole bit where Brittany was persuaded to falsely accuse the new football coach of molesting her.
  3. [livejournal.com profile] sound_of_bells  has some interesting thoughts on Inception being the ideal fandom. Her thesis is that Inception's awesome world-building, but insipid characterisation, provides the perfect sandbox for fangirls to play in.
  4. There's been a few f-listies talking about relationship problems in the last couple of weeks, and the advice they've received has universally included 'relationships take work'. It's given me some thoughts about the ways that obvious, clear relationship problems and solutions are ubiquitous in both scripted and non-scripted television, and what impact that might have on our collective expectations of how we relate to our partners. And, some follow-up thoughts about what a tremendous douchebag 'Dr' John Gray is, and yet how his Mars/Venus claptrap has permeated pop-psychological understandings of relationship dynamics.
  5. [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight  provides a whole bunch of recs for the [livejournal.com profile] no_tags  anonymous bandom fic exchange. Night writes beautiful, beautiful fic across a whole bunch of fandoms, and this persuaded me to give bandom a shot in the first place. Not that I'm blaming anyone, of course.
  1. I spent four hours reorganising my Delicious tags today. I have reached the limit of my ability to relax and now need to get back to work. Thankfully, this is happening tomorrow.
  2. [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  is a staggeringly prolific author. Thankfully for Buffy fandom, she is also really, really good. The piece of Oz/Xander smutty goodness she wrote for Secret Slasha, A Talent for Observation, is awesome sauce, and made me go 'Hee!'
  3. I'm liking the kudos function at AO3. It feels a little like the Facebook 'like' function; a low impact way of acknowledging a good fic that you might not otherwise have left a review on. (Disclosure: I don't review everything I read, which is almost certainly horribly rude.)
  4. I've always been a bit wavy on the ethics of writing and reading RPF, but have nonetheless read enough Bandom fic this holiday to sit down with Mikey Way's mother and have a decent chat about his life. Idek, but some of it is glorious.
  5. I'm thinking of writing Faith-meets-Dean-Winchester fic for [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith , and fear that this may just be because I want to meet Dean Winchester.
Title: After the Flood (The Beaten and the Damned Remix)
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: R
Word Count: ~6000 (total)
Characters: Dean and Sam, Dean and John (gen)
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: None.
Summary: Some kinds of ugliness take a long time to fade.
Warnings: Bad language. Show-type levels of violence, gore and murder. Violence against children, not perpetrated against, or by, any Winchesters.
Author's note: This fic is a remix of
After the Flood by [info]i_speak_tongue  for the Dean-focused h/c remix challenge at [info]hoodie_time . With huge thanks to [info]i_speak_tongue  for the liberties she's allowed me to take with her fic.

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Part three )

 

This year I wrote Studio 60 fic in the shape of The Bend of Her Hair (3,000 words, Jordan/Danny, with a little Matt/Harriet, no warnings). It's bittersweet, and probably more bitter than sweet, because of all the relationships on the show, whether friendships or romantic relationships, I found theirs the least explicable.

The process of writing 'The Bend of Her Hair', and reading the other Studio 60 fic produced for the challenge, has prompted some thoughts on the show.

Studio 60 was the only Sorkin show that I've ever watched completely as it aired, and some of it was timeshifted thanks to my PVR. I watched the first few seasons of The West Wing as it aired, but the way the broadcaster shifted it about the schedule in the UK, made it more sensible to get the boxsets. Ditto for Sports Night, which I watched over the space of a few days.

There's a lot to like in Studio 60. Sorkin writes male friendships incredibly well, and I think that Danny Tripp and Matt Albie work beautifully together. There's a fantastic ensemble of characters, and the fact that Sorkin was tracing the details of his relationship with Kristin Chenoweth, doesn't detract from the glory that is Harriet Hayes, who is funny, smart, and decent. There's a pale reprise of Dan Rydell's issues with Jacob Rydell in Tom Jeter's relationship with his own father, and an episode exploring masculinity and performance. There is a fantastic double-bill called 'Nevada Day' that covers off city vs country, religious satire, international trade, business integrity, honour and war, and manages to skirt just the funny side of all-out farce. The show says some moderately interesting things about representation and patriotism, and tries to answer the question 'What is America?'.

The things I liked less )
Meme from all over, but I copied/pasted from [livejournal.com profile] raedbard . 

Cheerio 2010 )
I've been away for the holidays, and have barely scratched the surface of Yuletide, but have a few recs in the fandoms I have read that I wanted to post before the reveal:

Sports Night

Firstly, I got two gorgeous Sports Night fics that feature Dan Rydell's pain front and centre, in Holiday Spirit (1,500 words, no warnings) and Pinch Hitter (1,300 words, no warnings). I could read about sad, broken Danny all day and all night, and these are excellent examples of their type, with supportive!Casey and a fantastic Isaac. As these were both pinch-hits, it's even more astounding that they are so very pretty.

Studio 60

After the prodigious outputs for Sports Night and The West Wing (and even The Social Network), the amount of fic suggests that this is the Aaron Sorkin show that has been least taken to fandom's heart. Best Man (~6000 words, discussion of consent issues/drug addiction) is a real gem though. The relationship between Matt Albie and Danny Tripp is one of the few things that the show does well, and this explores it beautifully, without glossing over the strain that addiction can place on a friendship. This left me nodding my head, and features a lovely Harriet Hayes.

Friday Night Lights

Considering the awesomeness of this show, and all of its characters, there is surprisingly little fic out there, so it's glorious to get so much of quality this Yuletide. My favourite is All About Me (1,500 words, no warnings), in which Jess Merriweather thinks about the fact that she wanted to be QB1 for the Dallas Cowboys, and how women fit in, or don't, to the world of Dillon football.

There is a little bit of fic out there exploring the ways that being gay might intersect with life in a socially conservative small town, and with the world of football. When the World Comes In (4,100 words, no warnings) explores a relationship between Luke Cafferty and Vince Howard, and what coming out means, and might mean, for them and the people they know. It's lovely, and hopeful, without handwaving away the attitudes of the people around them.

If Friday Night Lights has a tragic hero, then it's Tim Riggins. Visitation (2,200 words, no warnings) is a gem of a story about Coach Taylor visiting Tim in prison. I haven't seen any of season five yet, and if the show's writers found a way to make this happen, then I would be very happy.

Southland, Ugly Betty, Mysterious Skin )
I didn't expect to like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as much as I did. It's had dreadful reviews, and there's been quite a lot of Twitter snark about how boring it is. Contrarily, I think it might have been my favourite film so far.
  1. The pacing struggled a bit in some of the other films, because they were squeezing so much into each one. I thought the pacing very good in Part One, and I was completely gripped. I think it was very sensible to split DH into two, although it now feels like quite a long wait until July, and I think I'm going to have to re-read the book. 
  2. I love Harry, Hermione, and Ron together. I thought that the bits of romance there were, were the weakest part of the books, and it's lovely to see their friendship foregrounded.
  3. I love Hermione most of all. She's pleasingly bookish, competent, and brave.
  4. The design of the wizarding world is brilliant. I love all of the crooked old houses, full of gorgeous, interesting things. There were a few touches of European mid-century fascism in the design of the publications coming out of the Ministry of Magic, which worked well.
  5. Britain looked wild and beautiful, and pleasingly wintery.
A rec for those who came out of the film wanting fic. )
The feeling of Yuletide is excitement tinged with panic and fear, yes? I wasn't fully initiated into the mysteries of Yuletide last year, but all the 'Yuletide assignments are the event horizon of fannish awesomeness' posts are kicking up my sense of doom.
Apparently it's Fandom Love Day, and I ganked this celebratory meme from [livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander , despite the fact that I'm still not entirely sure whether I am, in fact, a shipper. 

Fave Ship: Dan Rydell / Casey McCall.

Canon Scene: My favorite moment between Casey and Danny, in a show absolutely full of Ho Yay, is the pause at the end of Dan's apology in 1.02 "Apology". Dan is forced by the show to apologise for a comment he made in a magazine interview, which suggested that he was not entirely in line with the policy behind the War on Drugs. He apologises to his brother Sam, who was killed while driving a car drunk and stoned, for the bad example he set in smoking so much dope.

After Dan finishes talking, Casey moves in, and reaches out to him, but then cuts himself off and goes back to talking about the Starland Vocal Band, which they had been discussing earlier. It's a tiny moment, but I like Casey's understanding that Dan couldn't bear his sympathy, or his touch, and the way that he metaphorically lets Dan lean on their banter as a way of making it through the next few minutes. (It is possible that I have overthought this.)

Read more... )
It is self-evident (textual, even) that Dollhouse can be read as an extended metaphor for, or is even a straight representation of, prostitution and trafficking. The way that the dollhouses work, in wiping the personalities of individuals and replacing them with synthesised, or actual personalities of other people, at the behest of clients who pay big money to have dolls 'be' other people, also brings forth a whole bunch of other issues around consent and choice. It's a regular ontological thought experiment.

What I do find disappointing, because I am unreasonable, is the amount of times the show misses the open goal of making any kind of point about gender and bodies being for sale. I've just started watching S2, and this disappointment has not been assuaged much by the first three eps.

Spoilers for 2.3 "Belle Chose". Also, contains details of Whedonverse plots and proposed plots that may be triggery around rape.  )
Dear Yuletide author

Thank you for offering to write one of my fandoms, and I'm extremely excited about what you're going to come up with.

I really hope that you find this letter useful, but if the thing that you want to write doesn't line up with it, then please do go with your instincts. Despite the length of this, I'm really pretty easy to please.

General things I like, and don't like )

Specific information for Southland, Friday Night Lights, and Sports Night )
  1. Barb ([livejournal.com profile] rahirah ) has hit upon the cunning wheeze of the Nertz to you, Joss Whedon! Ficathon. An act of fannish protest against the forces of the comics, and the way that they are separating people from the goodness of the Buffy-verse, participants are invited to rewrite things in S8 that really, really bug them. For those of us who have banished the little of S8 we read from our minds, Barb offers a handy list of prompts. Apparently the wacky Dawn-times did not end with her being turned into a giant. Who knew? (Except for most of my f-list.)
  2. I did not like The Kids are All Right. Everyone in it who was not the titular 'kids' was a total horror, and turning the husband in the world's most stereotypical heterosexual relationship into a woman, does not render a film's sexual politics unproblematic.
  3. A year ago, I thought that everyone flailing over Yuletide was acting in an entirely incomprehensible fashion. Today, I read one of those posts of Yuletide technobureaucracy, about fandoms and characters and some giant list of names of things, and felt so excited that I had a head-rush. Fandom has turned me into a flail-er. I don't think that this is an entirely bad thing.
  4. I had to stop reading [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants  because it made me too grumpy. I may need to stop reading [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets for the same reason.
  5. I only have three more episodes of Supernatural S5 to watch. I almost can't bear to do it, because then it will be over until the S6 boxset comes out. (On the plus side, I've just ordered Dollhouse S2, although S1 was pretty creep-tastic on the consent issues front. I'm not sure that I'm ready to be more disappointed in Joss Whedon.)
While you wait for Yuletide to kick into gear, or even if you're not waiting for Yuletide, [info]winter_of_faith  is open for signups today.



Eta: If there is anything that anyone would like me to write about Faith, then please do say so. Otherwise, I will come up with something depressing all by myself.
Title: Living Doll
Fandom: Veronica Mars
Rating: PG-13 
Word Count: ~1,100
Characters: Trina Echolls, Aaron Echolls, and a smudge of Logan Echolls.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: Through 1.19: "Hot Dogs".
Summary: Sometimes Trina doesn't feel like a real girl at all.
Warnings: A smidgen of the violence in "Hot Dogs" appears.
Author's note: Written for
[info]hyperemmalawlz , to one of her prompts, for the occasion of something that might not be in the public domain.

Living Doll )
Title: Everything Is Better Somewhere Else
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~2100
Characters: Sam and Dean (Gen)
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: Through 4.11: "Family Remains"
Summary:
Dean hadn't said a word since today's revelation. Post-ep for 4.11: "Family Remains".
Warnings: None.   

Everything Is Better Somewhere Else )

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