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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

I love the relationship between John Cooper and Ben Sherman, and although in my head-canon it doesn't ever become romantic, Section 271 (4,200 words, no warnings) does a beautiful, totally in character, job of showing how that might happen.

Ugly Betty

Marc St. James is one of my favourite characters on Ugly Betty, and the finale of the show saw him vowing to find true love, instead of an endless parade of boytoys. At the End of the Week (12,200 words, no warnings) sees him reconnect with ex-boyfriend Cliff St. Paul in a believable, sweet, and suitably sarcastic fashion. This is exactly where I wish the show would have taken Marc.

Mysterious Skin

Enjoying a fan renaissance because of the Inception steamroller, and JGL's performance as protagonist Neil McCormick, but it's lovely to see fic being written for a very dark and thematically difficult film. Life Among Aliens: Two Boys (6,100 words, references to child abuse, prostitution and rape) takes the reader beyond the end of Mysterious Skin and keeps Neil in his hometown. He and Brian form an uneasy friendship, and it's going to be a long time before life is puppies and sunshine for them, but it works. Hopeful.

Date: 2010-12-31 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shutterbug-12.livejournal.com
Aw, I think S60 is far better than Sports Night, and does many things well (thought Matt and Danny's friendship is the best). But, aww, *hugs* S60. I probably would have read this fic if there wasn't (as it seems from the header) Matt/Danny slash, because I just can't get behind it or really...believe it for those characters, which is a shame because there's so little fic out there for this fandom. *le sigh*

The S60 fic is really one of the only things that might suck me into Yuletide one day (which I've only never done because I write so few fandoms, and most of them aren't considered "small").

Date: 2010-12-31 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dipenates.livejournal.com
There were a lot of things that I liked about Studio 60. I loved 'Nevada Day', which I think was the show at its finest. I love Harriet, and her relationship with Matt. I love Tom and Simon, and all the sparkly banter. I loved the meta-ness of it all, and the Allison Janney episode, and her talking about Christine Lahti when Christine Lahti was in it, and The West Wing chat.

Two things I hated, which slightly besmirched the whole thing:

1. Danny and Jordan's relationship. He stalked her, embarrassing her with people she has a professional relationship, and then *takes control of her medical treatment* when she is conscious and able to do so herself. He is rewarded for this, not by a Mulberry tote in the head, but by her giving her child his name.

2. Jordan apologising to Hallie. (This thing was much smaller.) In real life, she would have crushed her like a bug. Jordan may have been snotty and condescending, but Hallie committed the professional equivalent of knifing her in the face. Jordan's your BOSS, crazy diamond.

(For reasons which I cannot reveal, as they will spoil the plot, the fic *might* work for you even if you don't dig Danny/Matt slash. Or not.)

Date: 2010-12-31 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shutterbug-12.livejournal.com
I...loved Danny and Jordan. Heh. To be fair, I think most people more or less stalk people they find themselves in love with at first. And, yeah, he embarrassed her and unknowingly and unintentionally compromised her, professionally. But he was told about it, and stopped. As to the medical treatment, there seemed to be some instances when she was not really able to take care of her medical treatment herself--once the surgery starts; she's never fully conscious or aware, according to the doctor, until we see her again. And, I don't know, I never saw Danny's behavior (the bad form with the whole "references" thing aside) as damaging, and struck me as pretty real in terms of the crazy things a lot of people do (and not unhealthily) when they fall in love. *shrug* I never found it offensive or bothersome in any kind of major way. But I know a lot of people don't like their whole...thing. The only complaint I really have about it is that I wish there had been more time for it, since I thought it was a bit rushed.

Totally on board with everything else you said, though. ;) Great thoughts, as always. You always have such well-thought-out things to say.

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