muccamukk: Milady with her chin on her hand, looking pensive. (Musketeers: Thinking)
In a new post, list ten fic that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

I picked this up from an excellent and thoughtful list by [personal profile] intrigueing, and when I first started to think about this, I joked in their comments, "I mentally tried to do this list and MORE OR LESS came up with a list that was wall to wall smarm and h/c tropes. I think we all already know that about me, so..."

But then I started thinking of the list I'd done off the top of my head, and how it was actually kind of an odd result.

They're all or almost all fic that I read when I was in college or in the period closely surrounding. They're almost all fic I read before I myself got serious at writing, or at least good at writing. Maybe it's because I started thinking of one of those stories and then that led to associations from the same period, but I tried to think of fic that I sort of had the same feelings about from more recent fandom years and more or less drew a blank. Which is weird, because it's not like I don't still love fic, but maybe leaving an impression needs someone more impressionable? It's possible I'm doing this wrong.

So the following is a list of ten fic that left an impression on me probably in terms of the way I think and feel about fic both in relation to canon and in relation to my own writing. They're stories that helped me sketch out the boundaries of what fic could do, or at least what I wanted it to do, and what I wanted to do.

The list is also almost entirely gen centring on male friendships. Largely because that's what I was reading at the time, though I was reading and writing m/m slash and some het as well, so idk. I think part of it is that my discussion of my tastes in explicit fic is a whole other post, and that post is not one I'm like to actually write. But I guess a lot of these also cut to interactions I like in a way that fic that make those interactions sexual do not. Or something?

The list is posted in the order that I thought of them. The links go to AO3 where I can find them, rather than to where I originally read them. I have not reread the stories in order to make this list because I wanted to catch how I felt about them then, without my current PoV complicating my feelings.

It's also not entirely a positive list. All of the stories on it are well written, but a couple of them crystallised for me what I did not want, or stayed with me because they really bothered me. This is probably not a done thing, but eh. It's all old news by now. It's not a rec list, in any case, as much as a reflection on fic.

There will be discussion of depression and sexual violence. I'm going to cut the longer posts for those just want to see the titles.

1. Phoenix Burning by Yahtzee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy/Angel)Read more... )

2. Outside these Walls by Jael Lyn (The Sentinel, Jim & Blair)Read more... )

3. Lovely by Martha (The Sentinel/Stargate: SG-1/Cthulhu Mythos - Lovecraft, Jim & Blair, Jack & Daniel)Read more... )

4. Home is Where the Heart is by Kimberley Rector and Martha Wilson (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Hercules & Iolaus)Read more... )

5. The World at Large by Cherry Ice (Stargate: Atlantis, Aiden Ford, background McKay/Sheppard)Read more... )

6. Monsters by March Hare (Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle/Cthulhu Mythos - Lovecraft, Holmes & Watson)Read more... )

7. The Captain and the King (AO3) by plasticChevy (The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkein, Boromir & Aragorn)Read more... )

8. Invasion by Astolat (Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian, Jack/Stephen)Read more... )

9. Postscript by Rebelcat (Starsky & Hutch, Starsky & Hutch, Starsky/OFC, Hutch/OFC)Read more... )

10. Written by the Victors by Speranza (Stargate: Atlantis, McKay/Sheppard)Read more... )
muccamukk: Mei-Ling and Duncan sitting by the fire. (HL: Conversation)
First off, the Space Girl is live! That's the vid I was talking about last post. Go. Watch. Admire. Comment.

And on Sunday we slept. I wanted to go to the one about body language online, but neither of us got up in time, so instead we had crapes and went shopping and I bought a deeply awesome red dress.

Our first panel of the day was "World Building as a Spectator Sport" which was hilarious. Five writers on a panel, twenty people in the audience, and a stack of Ian's Pizza boxes (used) combined to build a solar system from the molecular level up, and then outlined a story set in it. We some how got into "Erotophysics" and it all got rather silly after that. The rule was if you made the person writing things down laugh too hard to write, you had to take over. I believe there's an mp3 of all this around somewhere. I'll post pictures of the pizza boxes later.

I took a pile of notes for "Outside the Hero's Journey," so I'll write that up later. I mostly liked it, though it seemed a little too western focused.

"Where Is the Indigenous American Fantasy?" was pretty interesting. Key points seemed to be that the US (which was the area under discussion) is incredibly diverse, and writing set there shouldn't need to stick to Celtic and Norse tradition, when a) there are so many other immigrants, b) there are so many other home grown traditions, c) there are those people who were here before the Celtic and Norse wandered over. Which led to talking about appropriation and Doing Research Right. A first nations woman in the audience said that lit was readily available, and basically everyone in a nation would help out because they so wanted to be included and portrayed accurately. A few shout outs to Orson Scott Card as Doing It Wrong, nice list of good books for doing it right. I then went and bought Andrea Hairston's Redwood and Wildfire. The panel also discussed gate keepers and the difficulty in publishing fiction that has character types people (agents and editors?) are not used to seeing.

Then we went home and had leftovers, and I realised that the rain had combined with my strappy high-heeled sandals to make blisters, so I switched to shoes. These did not go nearly as well with my frankly fantastic red dress, but I was none the less pleased with how I looked.

A lot of people had dressed up for the dessert salon, which was excellent, and we all queued and admired each other. Which, you know, total vanity, but I loved the variety in what people were wearing.

Someone was doing pretty decent captioning for the speeches, which comprised of a long and tearful tribute to Joanna Russ, Nisi Shawl's Guest of Honour Speech, and various housekeeping things for Tiptree Awards and Carl Brandon Society. Also singing.

We then swung by the parties to see what was about for food and highlights, and hit photo booth (I'll post 'em when I get 'em). The Whedonistas launch party had a sing along showing of "Once More, With Feeling" and we ended up not getting home until one in the morning.

And then very virtuously getting up early enough to go to first panels.

"The Immigrant Experience in Science Fiction and Fantasy" was one of those panels that I started taking notes on, but then got so interesting that I got too caught up to stay with. They talked a fair bit about different kinds of immigrants (and I'd love to see a full write up of this panel, as it came with a long rec list), and how the differences in power structures where they came from and where they ended up altered the narrative. Also about the difference between refugees and intentional immigration. Mark Rich talked about an anthology called Belonging which was themed on characters caught between two worlds (literally and metaphorically, I think). He asked the rest of the panel if they thought that that part of the reward of reading sci fi was findign clues to where you belong. Ibi Aanu Zoboi said that she connected so strongly with sci fi because it dealt so strongly with themes of connecting with the other, noting that she would often connect with the aliens more than the human characters. Everyone took a moment to pause and admire Ursula K LeGuin. Maria Valazquez quoted Octavia E Butler about writing her life experiences into first contact situations. The panel talked about second and third generation immigrants and assimilation, and the pressure to give up their family's culture. A variety of recs about rediscovering parental culture.

I was then on the least diverse "Diversity in Superhero Comics" panel in the history of the world. For all that, I think it went well. We covered what was going on with race, sexuality and religion in Marvel and to some extent DC, so yay?

After a nap, we walked four miles or so to a picnic area and had a party with smores and cheese and mead. It was good. I smelled like a camp fire and was very tired though.

More sleeping. On Tuesday, we went hiking in Devil's Lake State Park and had frozen custard.

Then I flew back to Canada today. I seem to have picked up a new and exciting cold.

Vid Recs

Dec. 17th, 2008 08:10 pm
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Sharp: Hell Yeah)
Starsky and Hutch

If I Had a Million Dollars
Vidder: Moon
Song: The Bare Naked Ladies - "If I Had a Million Dollars"
Clips from: All four seasons.
Notes: Bouncy, slash, sappy fun in silly outfits. I love this show so very dearly and this is why.

Doctor Who

Vidders: Seah and Margie
Song: Flobots - "Handlebars"
Clips from: Series Two through Four
Notes: This vid is astonishing. I know the file's kind of huge, but go watch it immediately. It starts out like the show does, mostly fun, but then starts showing the places Ten has gone. Then it gets scary. I adore every little clip of it. Quite possibly the best Doctor Who vid I've ever seen.

Shut Up and Drive
Vidder: [ profile] laurashapiro
Song: Rhianna - "Shut Up and Drive"
Clips from: Everything Martha Jones has been in?
Notes: Martha > You. This is a woman who didn't initially get treated that well by the writers, and yet she still managed to be made of awesome. This vid puts that front in centre. Martha rules the world, and everyone else loves her for it. The way it should be.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Five on the Dime
Vidder: [ profile] shati
Song: Noe Venable - "Five on the Dime"
Clips from: Seasons 1-6
Notes: Aside from being a really neat song, I really like what this vid says about the choices Buffy, and a few others, have made over the run. These aren't even my life for the world type things, though some times they are; they're my life or hers, or her life or his. It hurts, a lot.
muccamukk: Han Solo, Leia Organa, C-3PO, Chewbacca watch from the bushes. (SW: We're Watching You!)
List the first ten series that come to mind. Your friends will comment with the character from each series that they think you are most like. Remember this is who I'm most like, not necessarily my favourites!

1. Doctor Who (New Series)
2. Torchwood
3. Stargate: SG-1
4. Stargate: Atlantis
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
6. The Lord of the Rings
7. Firefly
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Harry Potter
10. Star Wars (Original Trilogy)

I think I picked series that I know that other people reading this are familiar with, and ones with big casts, rather than my favourites.

Of course, only answer the series that you know! :-)
muccamukk: Lt Bush looking incredibly sceptical. Text: "Oh, you have to be kidding me." (HH: You Have to Be Kidding me)
So I got side-tracked on TV Tropes, and have come up to realise that everything I believe about the world is horribly wrong. For example, a list of characters hated by most if not all fans:

Dawn Summers, Rose Tyler, River Song, Jenny, Gwen Cooper, Dylan Hunt, Sage/Tessa, and Abby Lockhart.

I'm also supposed to hate some of my favourite story lines.

I feel like I missed a poll somewhere.
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
The one who seduced you and fucked you over and broke your heart in a million pieces and laughed about it: Battlestar Galactica

The old flame you don't see very often any more but whom you still really enjoy getting together with for a few drinks and maybe a pleasant nostalgic romp in the sheets: Stargate

The mysterious dark gothy one whom you used to sit up with talking until 3 a.m. at weird coffee houses and with whom you were quite smitten until you realized ze really was fucking crazy: The Sentinel

The one you spent a whole weekend in bed with and who drank up all your liquor, and whom you'd still really like to fuck again although you're relieved ze doesn't actually live in town: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The steady: Currently single in fandom.

The one you repeatedly cheat on your steady with: See above, but currently Starsky & Hutch

The one you find yourself too tongue-tied to do anything but stare at adoringly, clinging to hir every word: The Middleman

The alluring stranger whom you've flirted with at parties but have never gotten really serious with: Harry Potter

The one you hang out with and have vague fantasies about maybe having a thing with but ultimately you're just good buddies 'cause the friendship is there but the chemistry ain't: Doctor Who

The one your friends keep introducing you to and who seems like a hell of a cool peep except it's never really gone anywhere: Farscape

The one you slept with on the rebound who still smiles at you, yet you have no interest in any more: Bones

The one who's slept with all your friends, and you keep looking at hir and thinking, "Hir? How the hell did ze land all these cool babes?": Heroes

The one your friend has fallen for like a ton of bricks and whom ze keeps babbling to you about on the phone for hours, and you'd be happy for hir except you just know it's going to end badly: Lost
muccamukk: Vala lying listlessly in the middle of a ruin. Text: "Bored Now." (SG-1: Bored Now)
I would rather read a story with nothing but Riley and Dawn sitting in a blank room talking about ice cream, than I would any kind of story at all involving Spike.

And I don't particularity care for Riley OR Dawn.
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
Title: What You Think It Means [gen]
Author: [ profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series
Spoilers: Vague spoilers for all seasons, and none for the comics, as far as I know
Rating: PG
Number of Words: 1,300
Notes: Written for the [ profile] tamingthemuse Prompt 117 – Claddagh. No beta on this one. I'm sorry; I really couldn't resist, this fandom seems to bring out the crack writer in me.
Disclaimer: I realise that the recognisable persons, places and things in the following story are not mine. As I am making no money from this, I respectfully request that no one sue me.

Ten years after Sunnydale, a happily-married Buffy can't quite understand why Angel has shown up on her doorstep. Then she gets even more confused. )
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
I remember a while ago that I fic meme was going around wherein some would write a popular pairing like Sam Carter/Jack O'Neill from Stargate, only crossing over fandoms, so it would be Sam Winchester/Jack Harkness or something equally silly. The idea amused me greatly at the time, and though I never actually did it. I've been mentally compiling a list of names.

It's possible that I have too much time on my hands. Not that I'm avoiding dishes, or anything.

Here's what I could think of off the top of my head. )
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
[ profile] culurien and I were chatting about the vid "Origin Stories" (which I recced at some point) and how uncool it was that Spike continued to wear a trophy he took from a Slayer he murdered as a symbol of his identity and coolness, even after he had a soul and should know better. Which lead to the following:

[ profile] muccamukk: I do kind of wish that Spike had stopped wearing the coat when he got a soul. Or at least when Dana took it from him.
[ profile] culurien: I think some people working on the show were too taken with how cool he looked, or just didn't think about the history as much as they should have.
[ profile] muccamukk: But then they had episodes about his history.
[ profile] culurien: Right. But I don't know how much they thought about what the coat represented, or just didn't care :P
[ profile] muccamukk: I mean, I can see not thinking coat = bad karma right off, but when they have a whole character who hates him for killing his mother and recognises him because of it...
[ profile] culurien: Well, yeah.
[ profile] muccamukk: I think it would have been neat to have him trying to reinvent himself at the beginning of season seven. Kind of like the Doctor. Or wandering around trying on different looks and getting laughed at by Xander, then being all defensive. And have Buffy patting him on the head, and being all "No, dear, you look fine." And in the end coming out with some outrageous mishmash of periods like he had on in Torchwood.

I really could have got behind that.

ETA: And, on a somewhat related note, apparently TPB of Live Journal are being horrible again. God. I don't even care any more. It's too much effort to move, and I don't want everyone to scatter.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

Origin Stories
Vidders: [ profile] giandujakiss and [ profile] untrue_accounts
Music: "Coffee" by Aesop Rock featuring John Darnielle
Clips from: all of Buffy and season five of Angel
Notes: "It's Nikki Wood's fucking coat." I love these shows, for the most part. I even love Spike, but as I've mentioned before, the story telling can be somewhat problematic. I've talked about women and how Joss treats them before, but I haven't touched on race very much. This vid does both and does it very well indeed.
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Doctor Who
Your Time Is Now, Martha Jones
Vidder: Kate
Music: "Butterflies and Herricanes" by Muse
Clips from: Series Three.
Notes: Martha/Being Awesome. This is the best Martha vid ever! Unfortunately, I've lost the link to it. If you see it around, please let me know where it is.

Life on Mars
Club Foot
Vidder: [ profile] charmax
Music: "Club Foot" by Kasabian
Clips from: the first series.
Notes: Sam/Going Crazy. Sam/Gene (sort of). [ profile] rohan_lady wanted a kick ass, fast-paced vid for this series. Here it is. Lots of hitting things and running about.

I Enjoy Being a Girl
Vidder: [ profile] absolutedestiny
Music: "I Enjoy Being a Girl" by Sandra Allen
Clips from: all ofBuffy and Firefly, first two seasons of BSG, some stuff from Veronica Mars and Alias (not my shows).
Notes: Women/Kicking Ass. Now with more irony. Kara, Buffy, Sydney, Zoe and Veronica enjoy just being girls sometimes. They have a different interpretation of what that means than Rogers and Hammerstien originally did.

Stargate: Atlantis
Teyla's Party (about seven down)
Vidder: [ profile] chayiana
Music: "Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson
Clips from: first three seasons.
Notes: Teyla/Everyone. Teyla/Hitting Things with Sticks. Our girl having a remarkably good time. I love Teyla vids. SGA goes disturbingly well with country music, which leads us to...

Coming to Your City (near the bottom)
Vidder: Miruku Koohii
Music: "Coming to Your City" by Big n Rich
Clips from: first three seasons.
Notes: Team/Mass Destruction of Random Things. Sheppard/Everyone. Dear Pegasus Galaxy: Be afraid. Be very, very afraid!

In These Shoes
Vidder: [ profile] un4scene
Music: "In These Shoes" by Kirsty MacColl
Clips from: 201 "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
Notes: Jack/Everyone. John/Himself. Self described as hilarious and wrong, which about sums it up. The editing is a bit slow in a few places, but it's a great song, and a great interpretation!

Vidder: [ profile] hollywoodgrrl
Music: "Ava Adore" by the Smashing Pumpkins
Clips from: Torchwood up to 201 "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." Doctor Who 311 to 313 (though not particularly spoilery).
Notes: Team/Jack. John/Jack. Jack/Doctor/TARDIS. One of the many things I love about this show is that it is inarguably So Very Pretty. This vid really shows that off with smooth editing, a catch song and a good dose of angst. I've watched it ten times today and still find it oddly hypnotic.


Jan. 25th, 2008 03:07 pm
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
Five most seriously OMG YAY moments in TV history:

1. Doctor Who, "The Parting of the Ways" - "I Am the Bad Wolf" And then I gave the soul of my hypothetical first born to RTD, which I have since come to regret, but I will always and forever love the power of that moment.

2. Horatio Hornblower, "Retribution" - The cliff jump, I don't know why, but it always makes me squeeful.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Checkpoint" - Buffy talking to the Council of Watchers about power, because I'd been waiting for her to see that all season. (Close runner up, Buffy and the rocket launcher from "Innocence").

4. Battlestar Galactica, the Mini Series - Starbuck bringing in the cat (aka Apollo) in the final battle. Remember when that show used to be fun?

5. Babylon 5, "War Without End, Part II" - What eventually happened to Jeff Sinclair, other than being really nice to see him again, it was on of my first experiences with how truly awesome arc shows could get.
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Major Revelation of the Day: Hellboy = Dawn Summers. Now that I've thought of it, I don't know if that will ever stop being funny. I want to write fic.

No matter how much they fuck her up on the show, [ profile] ileliberte's Teyla will always be awesome.

I think I'm going to have to start watching Torchwood again. This link contains Spoilers for an early season-two episode. And the first two-minutes of the season opener are fucking hilarious.

Oh, watched I'm Not There, which aside from begging the question, "Why in the world would anyone ever let Richard Gere play Bob Dylan (or Billy the Kid)?" was pretty good. Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan was remarkably hot. She totally made that movie.

Went to P. S. I Love You... some time this week anyway... and adored every second of it. I especially liked the mother and daughter dynamics, the way the relationship between Holly and Daniel worked out, and the general hotness of all the actors (speaking of all things Buffy...).
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
So watching Angel and I'm up to 4.13 "Salvage" and I know it's sort of a low point, but let's just talk about the story lines so far:

Spoilers )
muccamukk: Jan flying. Text: "Watch out where you swing that hammer, Golden Boy! There's a lady present!" (Marvel: Feminism)
Most of you in SPN fandom have probably seen Luminosity and Sisabet's Women's Work by now, but if you haven't you really, really should.

Remember that essay that [ profile] monkeycrackmary wrote a while ago? Yeah, that didn't actually hugely change in season two. I have some hope for season three though.

I need to go watch Buffy slay things and scrub my brain for a while now.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Reading)
So not too long ago I found Twisting the Hellmouth, a site for Buffyverse crossovers with basically every other fandom in existence. That was a lot like giving me a lifetime supply of candy, and I have been enjoying it immensely ever since. Of course there are quite a few pretty awful stories in there, but here are a few that I really enjoyed.

Read more... )
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Title: Father Goose and the Black Knight
Author: litmouse
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Law and Order: SVU
Words: 81,327
Rating: FR18
Summary: The SVU crew find that Cleveland: Not that dull, after all. Mysterious abductions. Suspicious one-eyed men living with underage girls. Evil wizards. Xander annoys Stabler. Faith learns to waltz. X/F, maybe.

Notes: Which is a rather whimsical description of that much plotty goodness with character development like woah! The overall writing is funny, expressive, and generally gripping. If there was ever the slightest doubt that there could be a female anti-hero to rival Batman and Wolverine, I think this version of Faith would pretty much kill it dead. She is fucked up, beautiful of heart, unbelievably sexy, and crazy as hell. This says everything I've ever wanted to say about Faith and her relationships, and then some, and it doesn't make her nice and neat, and it doesn't excuse her, but it makes you (and Xander) want to love her for all that. Xander is also pretty amazing, and there are many well developed original characters too. I think I've seen all of one episode of SVU, but that cast was also well laid out and sympathetic for those who don't know them. I haven't read the rest of the series, but I mean to very soon.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
First season Angel has again reminded me of how few protagonists have happy, functional families in canon, and how fewer still grew up with two parents who were not divorced, absent, abusive, neglectful or dead. (This is in no way meant to imply that children from single-parent/blended/whatever homes cannot be as happy or happier than two-parent birth families. I'm just saying that since the cultural ideal seems to lean that way, it's interesting that so few characters from that background.) Thinking about it, these are the only ones I can come up with.
  • Kaylee Frye - Firefly (I think)
  • Hermione Granger - Harry Potter
  • Dylan Hunt - Andromeda (I think)
  • Harry Kim - Star Trek: Voyager
  • Cameron Mitchell - Stargate: SG-1
  • John Sheridan - Babylon 5
  • The Weasley Children - Harry Potter
Everyone else I can think of either has family issues, or their families were never brought up in canon. I'm not sure about modern statistics on these issues, but that seems a little disproportionate to me.
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That man isn't very bright, is he?


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