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.
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 have fallen pretty hard for Friday Night Lights, and would definitely commend it to anyone who hasn't already found out they don't like it. 

I am a huge fan of stylised, clever writing a la Joss Whedon or Aaron Sorkin, but the naturalism of dialogue in Friday Night Lights completely blew me away. I loved The Wire, and the way that it constructed a sprawling, complex, completely believable world. FNL, while being a completely different programme, has hit that same button. I've only watched one season and the show has created a dense, emotionally rich landscape with fabulous characters and heroism and amazing women.

There is a bit of a dearth of fic, but there seems to be a very high awesome:other stuff ratio. Like this: 

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To celebrate the fact that [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest  (a multi-fandom fest that focuses on the experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) prompts are open for claiming, I've pulled together a few recs for my favourite fic that deals with transition or gender identity.

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I got two great stories in my holiday stocking this year. I don't know which was the main gift, and which was the treat, so, in no particular order:

Lush Notes of Sherry
by[livejournal.com profile] rumidha  (How I Met Your Mother)

Funny and snarky look at Barney floundering around trying to win Robin's heart, and somewhat missing the point.

Robin took a deep breath. “Barney, just think of me as a friend that you have monogamous sex with. Because my friend Barney? That’s the guy I want back. That guy who flew to San Francisco to bring Lily home, that guy who stole every girl who hit on Marshall so that Lily and Marshall could survive, that guy who made Stella jealous when she ran into Ted. That guy who was a shoulder for me to cry on when I was feeling like everything just really sucked. I want that Barney. I don’t want the Barney who’s a womanizing son of a bitch that makes me wonder why we even bother. You’re better than that.”

The Devil You Know by [livejournal.com profile] phoebesmum  (Sports Night) 

A gorgeous fic with an exceptionally accurate portrayal of  Natalie, meddling because she loves her friends, and bruising Danny in the process.      

So now they're sitting around the bullpen, drinking very good wine from very cheap mugs, and Danny has a bruised, beaten look about him, his eyes wide and stunned, and he laughs like he's sobbing, and when he hugs her she can feel he's shaking, and all in all it's like –

It's like someone chewed up his heart and spat it out, and danced on the remains in her six-inch spiked heels.

Way to go, Natalie. You saved him from stumbling. Then you shoved him off a cliff.

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