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: text: "Scientia Potestas Est (Science Protests too Much)" (RoL: Science Protests too Much)
This is my stocking.

My stocking is full of wonderful things, like a Kate/Renee ficlet with hugging and empathy, shareable Rivers of London text icons, a ficlet about Jason and Alcmene getting together, a slightly meta ficlet about Sinclair and Catherine with reincarnation and time travel, and the Jeff/Michael story that I always, always, always, always wanted to read. Plus a lovely assortment of banners and good wishes.

My eyes look like ♥.♥ right now. I should probably see a doctor.

You should go to my stocking and read all the things. Also the icons are aces. Then you should comment and praise the people who gave me things.

Seriously, this is how Eustace turned into a dragon.

I have also written things, for those interested.

Title: The Memory Book (stocking link)
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Quantum Leap (Al, Sam/Donna)
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 1,500
Notes: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, [personal profile] winterjameson! Fic is set in the first season, and assumes episodes took place in production order ("Genesis," "Double Identity," "The Right Hand of God," "Star-Crossed," "How the Tess Was Won," "Play It Again, Seymour," "The Color of Truth," "Camikazi Kid") rather than order aired. Some dialogue taken from episodes, some blatantly ad libbed.
Summary: Sam keeps forgetting, but Al is making long-term plans.

Title: Five Times Charissa Sosa Realised She Was Dating the Whole Damn A-Team (stocking link)
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: The A-Team 2010 (Face/Sosa, Team)
Rating/warnings: Explicit (sex, profanity, canon ableist language)
Word Count: 4,700
Notes: Happy darkest, coldest part of the year to [personal profile] a_q! I hope you had a great holiday, and that you enjoy this fic. Huge thank you to [personal profile] king_touchy for the beta.
Summary: "You heard I was a player, you wanted to play, then I got serious and you freaked!" "Oh, I freaked? I did not freak!"

Title: Another Time, I Would Have Cried (stocking link)
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Babylon 5 (Susan/Talia)
Rating (warnings): PG-13 (Unbearably schmoopy, and set in an already Fixed future AU).
Word Count: 1,200
Notes: Happy darkest, coldest part of the year to [personal profile] amyfortuna! Title from Girlyman's "Nothing Left."
Summary: Injured and unsure of her memory, Susan searches for something to hold onto.

Title: On the Slopes of Mount Wundagore (stocking link)
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel Comics: 616 Universe (Carol Danvers/Wanda Maximoff, other canon pairings)
Rating/warnings: PG-13 (spoilers for Disassembled through the first issue of AvX)
Word Count: 1,800
Notes: Happy January to [personal profile] sanguineheavens! I hope you had a great holiday, and that you enjoy this fic. Based on a [community profile] fic_promptly prompt from approximately one million years ago. I sadly no longer remember where it was or who made it. Thanks to Nenya for the speedy beta.
Summary: Or, Five Times Carol Searched for Wanda (And One Time She Found Her)

Title: That Night on Deck (stocking link)
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Sinbad Sky1 (Sinbad/Gunnar)
Rating/warnings: PG-13 (none)
Word Count: 1,400
Notes: Happy January to [personal profile] papryka! I hope you had a great holiday, and that you enjoy this fic. Thanks to Nenya for the last minute beta.
Summary: Following "Eye of the Tiger," Sinbad wants to know why Gunnar keeps watching him.
muccamukk: Boromir and Faramir grinning and hugging. (LotR: Squee!)
Day Ten: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

I'll talk about two creators, I think. One of fan works and the other who gets paid money for this shit.

Paid money one first. I will read just about anything written by Marjorie M. Liu.Read more... )



My favourite fan creator is unfortunately no longer with us in the fandom sense (alive and well so far as I know, but no longer writing fic). This is a fact that I regret daily.

ltlj (or Martha Wilson, Randi DuMois and Victoria Custer) was one of those authors who I would do a little happy dance every time she posted a new story. She wrote consecutively in Star Wars (original flavour), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Stargate: Atlantis, and in all of those fandoms she absolutely captured everything I loved about canon and made it more so.Read more... )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (H:TLJ: Romance)
Pick 15 of your ships and write down a quote for each of them. Let your f-list guess. Looking them up on IMDb or Google is cheating.

Read more... )
muccamukk: Creedy and Quinn reenacting a lightsaber battle. Text: "Bedtime Stories" (Reign of Fire: Stories)
First and most importantly: Thank you so amazingly much for writing me a story. I am currently feeling warmth and fuzziness towards you. I hope my prompts are helpful, and you are currently being nibbled to death by bunnies.

Here's a bit of info about me and my fandoms, in case you're looking for ideas. If not, please ignore me and carry on writing.

I love: Read more... )

I'm not a fan of: Read more... )



Babylon A.D. (Sister Rebeka)Read more... )



Captain America (comic) (Bucky Barnes/Rikki Barnes)Read more... )



Captain Britain and MI:13 (Faiza Hussain aka Excalibur)Read more... )



Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Hercules/Iolaus/Nebula)Read more... )



Most importantly, thank you for being so awesome and writing me a story. I'm sure that I will love it, whatever it turns out to be about.

Love,

[personal profile] muccamukk
muccamukk: Three fists bumping. Text: "Done, did!" (Psych: Done Did!)
Title: Reunion
Author: [livejournal.com profile] intravenusann
Fandom: Marvel Comics (X-Factor)
Words: 5,200
Rating: NC-17
Summary: A smutty follow up to however they're going to stop Cortex and save Jamie and Layla from the future (assuming they do).
Notes: I've been reading this pairing a lot lately. It has dynamics that really hit my character kinks. This piece really nails why I love this pairing, and the sex scenes is hot and in character. I'm looking forward to her follow up.

Title: You can't tell me Seuss wasn't a pervert!
Author: [livejournal.com profile] breakswalls
Fandom: Marvel Comics (Cable and Deadpool)
Words: 800
Rating: R
Summary: Prompt: Cable/Deadpool meets Dr Seuss.
Notes: Result: Deadpool/Your Childhood. Non-con. You have been warned.

Swing
Vidder: [personal profile] marycrawford
Song: "Swing" by Club des Belugas
Clips from: All three seasons of Star Trek the Original Series.
Notes: Theme: outtakes from the Captain's Log, carefully collated and edited by the Senior Communications Officer for the annual staff party. This is, very sharply edited and a huge amount of fun.

Don't Stop Believing
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] arefadedaway
Song: "Don't Stop Believing" by the cast of Glee
Clips from: The 2009 Star Trek film.
Notes: I'm sure everyone's already seen this, but it makes it no less fun for that. The editing is very snappy and works with the song, which is totally right for these characters. No pairing, really, but an emphasis on Kirk and Spock.

The Case of Two Watsons by [livejournal.com profile] beatonna
This is an adorable comic about Holmes/Watson and why I am very fond of Canon and the BBC radio plays and less fond of a number of film adaptations.

I have mentioned before that I believe the following will happen when the movie comes out. A hoard of screaming fan girls will tear down a previously quiet street. The residents will huddle on the porch with shotguns and yell at the fan girls to get off their lawn. The fan girls will ignore this, and turn the lawn into a mud wrestling pit. Some of them will attempt to crawl up on the porch, which will cause the mud to spread. Some of the people on the porch will realise that the mud wrestling really is quite a bit of fun, and come down to join in (ME!). Eventually, the fan girls will realise that RDJ and Jude Law are staring in something else, and most of them will run screaming in the direction of that fandom (where upon my fellow mods and I at Cap_Ironman will repost the rules and prepare to defend them). At the end of all this, there will be quite a lot of mud everywhere, but there will also be a god number of new people on the porch, who are prepared to stay for the long haul.
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Title: Down Hill [gen]
Author: [livejournal.com profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Spoilers: None
Rating: PG
Number of Words: 1,100
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] tamingthemuse Prompt 116 - Rolling Stone Crushes Toes. No beta on this one.
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.




It wasn't every day that Iolaus had to fight off vicious attack boulders. He had not, for example, had to fight them off yesterday, nor the day before. )
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
As far a fic goes, this is totally the best time of year. All of this year's small fandom gift exchange fics went up on Christmas Day, and I've been reading loads of them ever since.

I'm not sure how to describe the following list. I liked almost everything I read, and I only really read fandoms/pairings/character pieces that caught my attention at the time. These are the ones that I liked most, for whatever reason, but y'all really should go over and browse for yourselves.

Alphabetical List of Twenty-five Fics that I Really Liked )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Amusement)
Now that I've actually seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or some of it anyway, I'm rereading [livejournal.com profile] ltlj and Kimberley Rector's crossover with Hercules: The Legendary Journeys When Hellmouths Collide, which was hysterically funny (and full of ploty goodness) when I hadn't seen Buffy and is even better now. That story just doesn't get old, and I'm on time four or something.

Also, what may be my favourite line in anything ever, though I don't know why:
"Kiwi and Clydesdales. In ancient Greece," Giles said wearily to himself. "Of course."
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Doom)
Funny how I enjoy watching wank, right up until the moment that it shows up on my own flist. People frequently suck, and hey, it's hilarious to point and laugh at them in their worst moments. Then they do something that hurts someone close, and it's not funny any more. Also, jumping to conclusions does far more harm than it ever does good. Which is all I have to say on that topic for now. ETA: Except that there's a certain satisfaction to be had in watching the offender publicly eviscerated, so really, I'm probably just a bad person.


I was moving files over to Teyla the Laptop, and looking at names in the stories folder and thinking, "Wow, I have absolutely no idea what that is."

Often I would open it and find only a couple of lines and some research notes. For your amusement, or not, snippets from the depths that have received no editing, and which I will probably never finish, or even start properly. I will also spare you the really horrible romance I outlined when I was fifteen.


Pirates of the Caribbean

"Beginning Again"

He had never expected to see her again.In fact, he had journeyed halfway around the world to ensure that he never would. Contrary to popular opinion, James Norrington did not enjoy suffering.

But here she was. He knew her instantly, even after ten years, even with her back turned on the other side of a crowded room. He stared, catching glimpses of her though the milling guests, straining to hear a snatch of her voice over the music and chatter. He could feel his muscles tense, as though in expectation of battle.


Sherlock Holmes

Terai Tea )


Stargate: Atlantis

"Environment"

The Jenevi were in fact very polite and entirely courteous, nor had Lorne been exaggerating when he said that Jenev was a “closed society.” However, as a Jenevi politely and courteously hosed him down with scalding not-water, John reflected that he wouldn't have minded too much if this particular race had stuck with wanting nothing to do with the 'Lantians.


"Everett"

Colonel Everett staggered into the embarkation room soaked to the skin, a spear tip embedded in his calf and an archaeologist slung over his shoulder.


Supernatural

Mamawawa (Season One Spoilers) )


Nightmare (Spoilers for the Episode of the Same Name) )


Hercules: The Legendary Journeys/Andromeda

Underworld )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (H:TLJ: Romance)
I find that I am particularly sensitive on some points of characterisation. It's funny, I used to feel a little superior to the OTP crowd. Then I realised that I'm just as bad if not worse in some of my older fandoms. I really can't handle breaking up some of my established pairings, or portraying them as unloving or unhappy. It the members mutually decide for polyamorous relationships in addition to the original pair, I'm fine with that, but the core must remain. For the record, my OTP ships:
  • LotR: Arwen/Aragorn, Éowyn/Faramir (and Éowyn was a hero, and was generally happy in her post-war life, and these points are so beyond non-negotiable)
  • PotC: Elizabeth Swann/Will Turner
  • Firefly: Zoe/Wash
  • Star Trek: Voyager: B'Elanna Torres/Tom Paris (in later seasons, anyway)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Jason/Alcmene
Yeah, all canon het. I know, I know.

I think a lot of my defence of these pairings is backlash against people who feel that they are ill matched, or that one half is not good enough for the other (since when has that had anything to do with love?). This is especially strong when the female half of the pairing is written off so the man can go bang his boytoy. (And no, killing them off is not better than breaking them up).

Part of it is my firm belief in the existence of functional long-term relationships (it's not my fault, I blame my parents). In fact, not only do they exist, but they can be interesting. They need not be broken up or plagued with incessant bickering just for there to be a story. Seriously, this is what did me in with BSG: that one bar scene where Lee Adama and Galen Tyrol are sitting together bitching about their marriages.

There is lots of conflict to be had, lots of couples facing problems, but you know what? Having them all bickering, sleeping around, breaking up, and being unhappy? That's about as realistic as stories that pair off every single character in an entire universe and make them live happily ever after, no questions asked. (Granted, the members of several of my listed couples did bicker quite a lot, and it's partly the TV writers that this is aimed at).

I suppose I should add that -- given that my first two pairings only have a couple of paragraphs of canon backing them -- my choice of which relationships get to be the together and functional ones is a bit on the arbitrary side.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
The following may come off as bitchy and unreasonable, but it's my journal and I can post what I want. I'm not cutting it for the same reason. This is not directed at anyone on my flist in particular, and I don't mean to offend any of you (except for you over there -points and laughs-).

Some of you may have noticed that I'm getting more twitchy in relation to fandom of late. The reason for this is that I'm changing my outlooks on life, have been over the last few years, and fandom is not changing with me, and I'm suffering separation anxiety of sorts. My problem with fandom is that I'm tired of men, but I don't know how to get rid of them. Wow, that came out really '70s feminist, which is good and bad. I'm not a man-hater. I can and do relate to male characters. It's not that I want to get rid of men in fandom all together. I just want to read more about women, for a change.

I find it very frustrating that the part of fandom that I participate in is written by women and for women and about men. Yes, you can blame canon. The women on sci fi and fantasy shows tend to be less detailed, more inconsistent, and somewhat overshadowed a lot of the time. However, I've been noticing more and more that shows respond at least somewhat to fanish demands. TPTB what to give us what we want, because then we'll keep watching. I don't think that fandom wants more strong women. They don't.

Case point, Andromeda: the cast has an equal number of men and women, with a range of personalities. The women are generally as well written as the men. Basically the entire fandom concentrates on one male character. Except for a little het (which is still about that male character, really). All women are resoundingly ignored.

Case point, Ginny Weasley is a slut.

Then there's the whole issue of Mary Sues. Now I know I've rallied against them in the past (though more the sueification of canon characters), and I still don't like a lot of the bad writing that often goes with them, but the more I think about it, the more I'm in favour of them in principle. If for no other reason than it adds women to male driven canon or fanon. Shooting them down is beginning to seem more like attacking women than bad characters.

I remember reading a female fan commenting of Supernatural that she liked her shows to be a "sausage fest," and thinking, "Wow... freedom of opinion and all... but how can any woman say that?" I avoid more male populated areas of the 'Net like boards, but there seems to be this alarming patriarchal slant to even woman-dominated LJ.

I haven't talked about this a lot before because it makes me look like such a hypocrite. I mean, I look over my own sad few stories, and it's Aragorn and Denethor, Holmes and Watson, Jack and Stephen, Captain Jack Harkness, Commodore James Norrington, Bors and Lancelot, Logan's POV on Marie, and a OFC's POV on Dean and Sam. The last perhaps being the more woman-centric of the lot, and the most recent. And even if I changed that, I don't write much fiction. I'm lousy at meta. I watch shows like Hercules: TLJ and Supernatural, which are pretty much entirely about men. I'm not about to start a super awesome website like [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary's Girl-Wonder.org (which is great to read and always makes me feel somewhat better, but isn't really about one of my fandoms). So it's not like I'm making a huge contribution to the feminist revolution here.

Put up or shut up, right?

The option of just deciding not to read things that are going to piss me off, and leaving fandom (though not LJ, of course) altogether, is beginning to seem like a good one. It seems like quitting, but I'm not sure what else to do.

It's just that keep hearing V -- of all people -- saying, "The truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country," and it won't let me be.

Posting this publicly, because it'll be fair warning for any poor shmuck who stumbles in.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Gay Porn)
So a few days ago, [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary posted a bit of meta called "Why Joey and Ross could hug Chandler after Chandler got engaged to Monica": the making-safe of male intimacy in a heteronormative television, using Supernatural as a primary example. (which one should be warned references incest, but is very insightful and well worth reading). It's a bit depressing though, especially after watching all the Het, Het, and Here, Have Some More Het in BSG this week. (really, I'm fine with het, but it's not the only option out there you know, and Moore and Eick are hypocrites for not acknowledging it).

Today [livejournal.com profile] marycrawford (yeah, my flist is beginning to look like the Bible what with all these Marys -g-) posted I'd Like to Take You to a Gay Barn, which includes a copy of the most wondrously gay piece of television ever aired in the United States at prime time. See this icon, the one I've tagged "Gay Porn" -- she made that from that scene. Seriously, go watch!. It will put a smile on your face on this grey Monday morning. There's hope yet, I tell you!

Also,
Egg Island Day Eighteen: Brother's Post, There Be Whales Here, Gardening, and the Tale of Two Nipples.
Egg Island Day Nineteen: Ye Old Tractor, Saint Mark, and Pictures.
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
Well... um...

Anyone who was in the Hercules: TLJ fandom may have had a very familiar - and possibly warm and tingly - feeling that the writers were all on drugs, and it might be best if this viewing was experienced in a similar state. This episode surely had that catapulting-kiwi-fruit-at-a-giant-chicken vibe to it.

I'm actually fine with this. More than fine really. I'm trying to figure out how many Batman references there were, and the answer is probably quite a lot.

I like serious stories too, but there is a time and a place for canon crack, and this feels like it.
muccamukk: Jan flying. Text: "Watch out where you swing that hammer, Golden Boy! There's a lady present!" (Marvel: Feminism)
Note the First: Lookit! [livejournal.com profile] linaelyn fixed my icon!

Note the Second: Fact: It is usually warmer inside in Canada in the winter than it is outside in Canada in the summer.

Note the Third: I just got out of the last class I will take until at least fall 2008. I find that deeply terrifying.

Note the Forth: [livejournal.com profile] sparowe is writing angsty House fic. Go read and offer praise!

Note the Fifth: Dad just sent me Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album, and it has made me happy.

ETA2: Note the Sixth: There's a new(ish) Kavan Smith interview up over at The SciFi World. Go read and enjoy!

Ramble: [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock just wrote a post about characterisation that reminded me of a topic I've been meaning to post on for a while now. Her main point (though you all really should read her rant as she is all articulate and stuff) is that she hates authors sprucing up McKay and making him super competent and smooth in fic. What she loves about him is that he is so utterly awkward in every situation that involves actual real people (and even those that have him talking to imaginary people). He's a dork. That's not going to change. He knows it. He's largely fine with it. Everyone else should be too.

This reminded me of a several things that had been on my mind of late.
1. My ramble from this spring about the problems of having a story with too many Chosen Ones and not enough people to do the actual work (also known as that Cracked Supernatural/The Lord of the Rings Thing).
2. That H:TLJ fic I read wherein the author gave Iolaus some godlike powers, and the point of the fic didn't seem to be How Would Iolaus Feel About That, but more to the effect of Now He's Finally Equal to Hercules YAY!
3. The alarmingly large part of the The Sentinel fandom that seems to feel that to be counted as a worthy companion to Jim, Blair has to come by some sort of awesome "gift" himself.

I inevitably feel like going for the Herculean approach to diplomacy and throwing up my hands and shouting, "What is wrong with you people?"

I think it's some sort of Mary Sue thing wherein the author identifies with the "weaker" character and wants to make them outshine everyone so that s/he can bask in vicarious glory.

The problem is that Rodney is fine with being socially inept. So are all of his friends. Blair seems pretty happy the way he is, and Jim has enough trouble with his own abilities without having to deal with a pimped up Blair (that came out horribly wrong, but oh well). Hercules loves Iolaus more because he's mortal and sticks by him anyway (though he wishes his friend would lay off the whole dying thing). Iolaus on his own part turned down offers of special abilities at least once - and all creators of Sue!Iolaus would do well to watch "The Apple" again to see what their fantasies really look like.

Instead of doing the character of the favour of showing how awesome they are, these authors seem to be insulting them by saying that the simply are not good enough as is and need to be "improved" drastically to be worthy of attention.

I know that is far from the intention of the authors, but by saying that the socially inept dorks are not worthy is alienating a hell of a lot of fandom. Saying that even brilliant and beautiful souls need magical powers to count is alienating pretty much all of the human race.

ETA: This is not an anti-AU rant. I'm all for turning the entire cast of SG-1 into fluffy pink unicorns if that's what floats your boat, but please do it because you want to explore the trials and tribullations of Unicorn Life, not because you feel that fluffy pink unicorns are inherently supperior to humans, and therefore your favourite character deserves to be one.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics)
Probably not the most productive reaction to seeing An Inconvenient Truth: Man, I'm glad that Iolaus isn't here, because he would be really pissed that we're killing the planet after everything he went through.

Yeah, I have another resident in my head, it seems.

However, y'all should go see the movie because it's very clearly put together and interesting. It also has cartoons, so Yay.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Gay Porn)
Kevin Sorbo [Hercules] on his relationship with Michael Hurst [Iolaus]: "I'm a little jealous of Mike because he's the one who gets to play those other characters and gets to dress up all the time in different clothes. I'm begging to do that, too, but the studio won't let me."
--From Starlog Issue 238, May 1997.

Now this could just be referring to Hurst also playing Charon the Ferryman and Iolaus' identical second cousin the King of Attica, but I think that the timing of the interview could just be squeezed to cover early production of "...And Fancy Free" (wherein Hurst portrayed the flamboyant dance teacher, the Widow Twanky).

[livejournal.com profile] marycrawford made this icon. I like it quite a lot.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Reading)
Snow day, so I'll take the time that I would have given to falling asleep in economics over to writing this up.

Title: Home Is Where the Heart Is
Author: Martha Wilson ([livejournal.com profile] ltlj) and Kimberley Rector
Fandom: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Rating: PG-13, mature themes, violence, nudity (?)
Season/spoilers: Up to 514 "Just Passing Through" (thereafter it goes AU)
Word Count: About 44,000 (and several very fine illustrations)
Summary: Hercules has a problem: Iolaus is dead and Hercules can't find his shade in the Underworld. Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer also appear briefly in this story.

Quote: Hercules regarded him a moment in silence. "The last stranger I trusted used me to steal something that gave him godlike powers, knocked me unconscious, and then sacrificed my best friend to a dark god."

Kheper's brows lifted. "Ah. I see I've caught you at a bad time."


Notes: There are stories that I read when I'm feeling down and need a laugh to cheer me up. Some stories, I go back to because I need something hopeful and empowering to shore up my faith. Others, I read because I'm feeling a bit lonely and need to remember true family, loyalty and devotion. On a rare occasion, I'll find something that I read over and over again because it contains a intricate and beautiful world that I discover something new in every time. Finally, there's the ones that I can do nothing but stare at and think, "Wow... that's purdy...."

"Home Is Where the Heart Is" is all of those things and more. There are times when I go to a really sappy, vaguely-out-of-character angst story to get one or more of those fixes, and it works for a while, but that kind of satisfaction never seems to last because one can only suspend disbelief for so long. This story is set in a fictionalised Ancient Egypt with characters from a pop-culture version of Ancient Greece, and death, rebirth, magic and monsters, but damn if it doesn't feel real. I never had a moment where I had to stop and think, "Well that wouldn't happen, but never mind, it's just a story, author's freedom of invention and all that."

This is because of three things. First, the canon characters not only stay in character, but seem more like the characters than the people on the actual show. That's not to dis the show, which I wholeheartedly adore, but Wilson and Rector's stories always end up including qualities that I always felt were between the lines, things that I not just wanted to happen but that I felt were happening, just not on screen somehow. (No, this is not a slash story.) The story centres on Hercules especially, and he breaks my heart every time (and puts it back together at the end too). He shows his inability to deal with a world that doesn't have Iolaus in it both explicitly by basically saying that but also more painfully in little actions and thoughts. A lot of people can do woe is me explicit angst; very few can capture grief like this. Secondary characters like Salmoneus, Iphicles and Autolycus get their share of love too, and I adore this Jason to itty bitty pieces.

Second, it fixes a broken season full of broken people. It does this with care, plausibility and a good deal of love (and possibly some degree of irritation -g-). For this I would like to hug them both quite a lot. Also, this launches an Alternate Universe on which the rest of the stories on this site are based, every single one of which is well worth reading.

Finally, The world the authors have created feels right. The level of detail clearly results from a Hell of a lot of research and brains most likely a lot more cleaver and creative than mine, but doesn't bog the plot down. Rather, it moves it forward and new and unexpected ways, which are cool -g- As for the original characters, I will say that they are made of AWESOME and leave it at that.

After all that, I feel that I might be overselling this just a tad which doesn't seem possible to me. If I am, it's just because "Home Is Where the Heart Is" hits almost every single one of my kinks dead on.

ETA: Of the eight people on my flist that admit to this fandom, one wrote it, and I know that two have read it several times. However, even if you are not in this fandom, even if you have never seen an episode of this show in your life, give it a try anyway.
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Okay, new layout which is pretty and home like.

Also, following in [livejournal.com profile] kitakatzz's footsteps once again here, after a fashion. I'm trying to determine when I go blithering on about fanish things, how many people understand me, so this is not a poll about which fandoms you belong to, but rather, about which of these books/shows/movies you have read/seen at least some of and not disliked and wanted to scrub your brain.

[Poll #868834]

I'm not including obscure Canadian stuff, because, really, what's the point, or The Lord of the Rings which I sort of assume most people have read or at least seen (and if you haven't, you should have).

ETA: Oops, I forgot Firefly somehow, and Andromeda. Oh well.

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