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: Two stuffed bears looking at a star chart. (M&C: Stars)
Title: Interludes in the Dark
Fandom: Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian (Jack & Stephen)
Rating/contents: Teen (Contains: injury and claustrophobia)
Word Count: 700
Notes: Written for [personal profile] esteven. Thank you to Nenya for beta reading.
Summary: Jack didn't remember falling.
muccamukk: Close up of Mako holding a quarter staff and looking ready to hit someone. (Pac Rim: I will hit you with a stick)
When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

  1. "Always good to see you this time of the month," Sasha said wryly. She wiggled around in the narrow bed, letting Mako rest her head on her shoulder, and put a hand on her hair, not stroking, just resting it there.

  2. "I was showing you the sea caves, the wondrous assortment of Alcidae—of auks and guillemots, if you will—and cormorants as well, but, I'm sorry, Jack, the rock has come down behind us."

  3. Gunner didn't look up. He knew that Sinbad had that infuriating smile plastered across his face. He didn't need to see it to remember how much it made him want to kiss the stupid out of Sinbad. Or throw him overboard.
muccamukk: Two stuffed bears looking at a star chart. (M&C: Stars)
Have pulled a list of [community profile] fandom_stockings to fill, but have two other projects on the go. Mostly write last-minute anyway.

I've been reading O'Brian again, well again for the first time. I only ever got up to Treason's Harbour the first time I was reading the books, so I picked back up there. It's one of those series where I should have all kinds of problems with, say, imperialism, but wow I really just love these books and everything about them. They're just so charming

So finished Treason's Harbour, making Nenya read all the funny bits, and started Far Side of the World. The thing with that book is that my brother got it for me for Christmas the year the movie came out, thinking it was the first in the series, and I gamely slogged through it, not having a clue what was going on, and concerned that there seemed to be no plot whatsoever, and further perplexed by things like ten-page digressions on the workings of the 19th-century whaling industry, and wait, what do you mean there isn't an ending? and generally going, wtf even is this book? Now, having caught up to it again, I'm back to completely charmed, even by the whaling digression.

Made Nenya watch the movie, which she'd seen before but hadn't known about the Royal Navy or heard of the books. May have traumatised her.

We're also watching Doctor Who "The Web of Fear" which has Two, Jamie and Victoria, and introduces the Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart (soon to be the Brig). They also fight robot Yeti in the London Underground. We're four episodes in, and, man, Nick Courtney was a dish when he was thirty eight. He doesn't quite have the voice yet, though. I hope they find Episode 3, but the reconstruction isn't bad.

There's a trailer up for the new series of The Musketeers all is well with the world.

Oh, finally finished listening to Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, as read by David Hyde Pierce (Niles from Fraser, among other things). That was a lot of cranky-pants conservatism to wade through for moments of brilliant parody and some decent fantasy world-building (though I can't tell if it's aforementioned conservatism, a lack of imagination or it just being 1726 that led pretty much every culture to have exactly the same political structure and gender norms).

David Hyde Pierce did a decent job of livening the story up with amusing amounts of pompous windbaggery, but even so the chapters and chapters of What's Wrong With Kids and Women These Centuries really rather dragged. On the other hand, there were some great moments poking fun at scientific explanations (especially on the floating island), and an amusingly petty grudge against the Dutch, plus a surprisingly on the nose thrust at colonialism right at the end. So, had it's moments, glad that's over with.

Though I've got to say, and I'm not cutting spoilers for a book published almost three hundred years ago, I think there's an interesting counter narrative to be told of the last book in the novel. Gulliver just seems to lose it when he's with the Houyhnhnms. He's always been cranky about how England was run, but there he grows to hate his homeland and species, and is cheerfully making sails out of the skins of children by the end of five years there. It doesn't seem like living with benevolent horse gods would be enough to do that on its own (even if he may have showed signs of falling for another culture after Brobdingnag). It's possible that Swift was just growing more grumpy by the time he got to that book, or that he just wanted to tear down his own book into absurdity, taking the rest of travel narratives with it (I'm sure that I could find any number of discussions of this), but the creepy implications are compelling. We're only hearing his words, and he seems to be an increasingly unreliable narrator. What happened to him on that island?
muccamukk: Storm laughs in the thunder and rain. (Marvel: Exultant)
Day Fifteen: In your own space, share a favourite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone.

I've had so many wonderful times staying with friends I met through fandom. The earliest was [personal profile] rohan_lady, who I met in a romance roleplay board on Tolkien Online. Our characters dated for years, but never got past first base. She turned out to be this wonderful, effervescent Aussie chick, who came to visit me here and we roadtripped across the province. It was amazing. I remember hanging out at this Hostel in Jasper and sweet-talking this English guy and a Kiwi (who hadn't met before either) into driving us down the Icefield Parkway, and just spending the day all four of us going Holy Fuck! Mountains!

My first about six months on LJ, I was into Master & Commander fandom pretty seriously. I had seen the film but was just starting to read the books and like [personal profile] cruisedirector, [personal profile] esteven, [personal profile] seascribe and [personal profile] sparowe were about my only friends (and we're still friends!) The only one gone of that crowd is Bronzelionel, who I still miss fiercely. I used to enter in the drabble challenges over at [ profile] mandc100, I think Pullings was my favourite character, so I used to award all my rum to him (you got a virtual shot of rum for every drabble that fit the prompt), and everyone was so friendly and lovely even when I hadn't read the books at all.

I stayed with [personal profile] esteven and saw windmill museums and the Wall and ancient churches full of modern art, and watched Starsky & Hutch and The Professionals

Later, I was hovering at the edges of SGA fandom and [personal profile] svmadelyn hosted the Summary Ficathon: The SV and SGA Version, where people wrote terrible, terrible summaries then other people wrote stories for them. I didn't even get a story but I still had a fantastic time. I hadn't written anything in an age, and my story wasn't even very good by crack standards, but people liked it, and I loved reading all the other stories.

Immediately hitting it off with [ profile] artemis_rain at a party because we both loved Ianto in that TW ep where he thought he was a serial killer, and then dating her for eight months and staying friends to this day.

I spent a week with [personal profile] linaelyn and her beautiful family, and we went to the Computer History Museum to watch a working model of Babbage's Difference Engine, ate wonderful food, and watched Iron Man.

Then there was comics fandom. Man, that's been my fannish life for years now. I remember the excitement of writing again, writing because I loved it, Sea Stars taking shape under my fingers as I inhaled canon and altered as I went. Getting and leaving reviews and reading all the fic I could find. Deciding to step up as co-mod of the ship comm and meeting two wonderful friends in my sister mods. Having to stretch myself as I learned to run challenges and moderate a quickly growing community of fellow fans. Still wanting to write and read all the fic imaginable.

I visited [personal profile] culurien and [personal profile] marinarusalka and went on tall ships, and lighthouses and city tours, and had more amazing food and watched SPN and read comics and lost at Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit.

Going to WisCon, stayed with [personal profile] garrideb, my first convention ever, and the amazing feeling of wow, this is my species. Here's a conference of a thousand fannish women and men, who I can talk to and who want to hear what I have to say and who think so many fascinating shiny things. We stayed up too late and got up too early every day, and being absolutely exhausted by the end. We read piles of comics and watched Buffy and... god, I don't even remember. STUFF! It was amazing. I ate so much fried cheese and drank so much local beer. Wisconsin is AMAZING.

And of course I met Nenya through fandom. Oddly neither of us remember which one. Possible The Lord of the Rings, through the PPC. She's sitting across from me reading Doctor Who/B5 crack fic, and I love her very much.

Thank you, fandom.
muccamukk: Luke Cage laughing brokenly. (Marvel: Laugh or Cry)
Day Six: Rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) and that you ended up loving.

Title: Admiration
Author: [personal profile] cruisedirector and [personal profile] ashinae
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Words: 7,600
Rating: Mature
Summary: Stephen tells Jack the truth; how could Jack be other than honest in return?
Notes: I was a wee young fan, and I'd just come out of The Lord of the Rings fandom. I'd certainly run into slash there, but it had mostly been Aragorn/Legolas staring Legolas: The Prince of Woobies, which, as a book fan, I found rather off putting. I actually marked my gen fic NOT SLASH. I know. I was wee. I'm sorry. So I saw this film and loved it, but I found that reading gen wasn't getting me very far. There's a couple old archives by book fans, and the Pit of Voles, and since I was just finding LJ at the time, that was kind of it. The choices were: start reading slash or run out of fic. So I read this, not really expecting to like it, and suddenly thought, oh, I get it.

Title: Bell Curve, or, Ladies Night at the Boom Boom Room
Author: [personal profile] rageprufrock
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Words: 44,000
Rating: Explicit
Summary: In his rational mind, Rodney knew that following a girl who'd just dumped you into a strip club was really, really pathetic.
Notes: Okay, so a couple years later, I was down with slash, but I wasn't too sure about stripper AUs. However, I was having a shitty day at school, sat down in the lab, thought whatever, opened the tab and read the thing through in one go. I think I missed Psychology 204 that day. And I broke Lent because I'd theoretically given up fic. I regret nothing.

Title: Dutch Courage
Author: [personal profile] jazzypom
Fandom: Marvel Comics (The Ultimates)
Words: 6,000
Rating: Mature
Summary: Tony's secret is revealed, Steve is at a loose end and well... they make out?
Notes: I wasn't new in this fandom, but I still wasn't really that caught up with my comics. I had heard, repeatedly, from multiple sources, that Ultimate Marvel was a rotten no good very bad universe that ought to be avoided at all costs. However, I in the flush of new fandom and was pretty much reading all the fic (not that there was a hell of a lot back then). So I shrugged and read the thing. It blew me away. If this was the evil universe, I didn't want to know what the good one looked like. Cheers to Jazz for getting me into good comics.

Day 7: In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

I don't think I'm afraid to ask for much, but here's three things that I really want.

Luke/Danny or Misty/Colleen: Gloriously over the top h/c, preferably long, preferably plotty. I would like it to be full of clichés like I Thought You Were Dead, and On the Run From the Law, and oh, you know, just like canon but with more slash. I would like there to be hope in the face of despair. I would like there to be angst.I would like there to be hugging. I would like there to be proclamations of undying loyalty.

Steve/Tony: I want the fic where one is in love with the other but the other is straight/ace/not interested, and in the end they stay best friends forever, but they don't have a romantic relationship. I don't care which way around it goes. I would like pining, but I would not like the person in love to be a Nice Guy dick about it.

Rip and Booster, or Jaime and the Peacemaker: I would like mentor and student h/c where feelings are talked about. Alternately, I would like mentor and student h/c where feelings are not talked about but are implied heavily. I want the issues left hanging by the comics resolved, and I want the characters to be happy, or at least at peace.
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: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Marvel: Happy Steve)
Write a comment with "Five Words" in it, and I'll list five things I associate with you. You must then go on about them at length in your own journal.

[personal profile] jazzypom gave me:

Comics:Read more... )

Steve Rogers:Read more... )

Stargate SG-1:Read more... )

Writing:Read more... )

WIP (your current work in progress):Read more... )
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: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Muccamukk, your pirate name is
First Mate Francis the Cutthroat

What is YOUR pirate name?

Thank you [ profile] ltlj for the following. Here is John Sheppard barefoot, riding a horse down a beach. Here is John Sheppard waving and blowing kisses (and many people admiring his ass)!

For those who like Teyla in that last, [ profile] ileliberte has drawn her looking epic and entirely hot. [ profile] steammmpunk, on the other hand, has drawn Teyla like an image from one of my favourite Rilke poems.

From Smart Bitches: take this naughty American history quiz (every time you get a question right, the teacher takes off another piece of clothing. Not Work Safe, Obviously.

From [ profile] naewinter: 6Apart would like to mine you for information. Doesn't that sound like fun?

From [ profile] nenya_kanadka (for [ profile] rohan_lady): Quenya Lapseparma the Elvish Baby Name Book.

Good day, got about a third of my to-do list done, which is good as I'm here for three days -g-

I'm trying to decide if I should buy a one-volume edition of The Lord of the Rings to lug to Uganda (and leave there, probably). I only have The Ionian Mission for fun reading, but there should be books there. I also have quite a lot of sci fi/fantasy, which I am really hoping whoever I'm sharing my tent with will at least tolerate.
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 [ profile] monkeycrackmary's (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: Two stuffed bears looking at a star chart. (M&C: Stars)
Okay, new layout which is pretty and home like.

Also, following in [ 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.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Decendent of Trees)
Gacked from somewhere or other

Post 15 of your favourite shows/books/movies/plays/whatevers.
Have your friends list guess your favourite character from each.
When guessed, strike out the fandom, mark in your favourite character and who guessed it.

In alphabetical order:
  1. Babylon 5 Susan Ivanova [ profile] culurien
  2. Battlestar Galactica Laura Roslin [ profile] culurien
  3. Doctor Who The Doctor [ profile] rohan_lady
  4. Due South
  5. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Jason of the Argonauts [ profile] culurien
  6. Horatio Hornblower Lt. William Bush [ profile] bronzelionel
  7. The Lord of the Rings Boromir [ profile] culurien
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean James Norrington [ profile] bronzelionel
  9. The Sentinel
  10. Stargate: Atlantis Teyla Emmagan [ profile] culurien
  11. Stargate: SG-1
  12. Star Trek: The Next Generation Geordi LaForge [ profile] culurien
  13. Supernatural Dean Winchester [ profile] culurien
  14. The Three Musketeers Athos [ profile] culurien
  15. Torchwood Captain Jack Harkness [ profile] culurien

Note: characters that exist in my head occasionally do not match those in the original text.

ETA: And looking at my interests in my profile is totally cheating -g-

ETA: I'm avoiding really obscure stuff (Slings and Arrows, Starhunter and so on) and texts where I don't have a favourite (such as Aubery/Maturin and Sherlock Holmes).
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Decendent of Trees)
Finally started retro posting my journals from Egg Island, which I will post links to as I finish a day. In copying, I have fixed grammar, tweaked structure, added pictures and captions, and removed names.

Those who got letters will probably recognise observations, phrases and events from the period I wrote.

Day One: Transit, Arrival, First Impressions (Pictures)

This is going to take me friggin forever, isn't it?

Oh, and here's my reading list, which I wrote on the inside of the covers:

Egg Island Reading List - in order finished - with stars! )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Speculative)
Just finished The Surgeon's Mate so I may as well do both at once.

By the time Britain and America to to war, Jack and Stephen have known each other for ten years. They know where each other may be counted on for anything, and will cover weaknesses without thought or mention. If Stephen Tells Jack that he will be okay when his arm's falling off, believe it even if Stephen himself does not. The reverse is of course true in matters relating to ships and their workings. They have a shared interesting in music and defeating Napoleon, but otherwise they each pretty much have their own areas and are content with that.

Except for Stephen's intelligence work. Jack may not understand much of that, but he knows enough that it scares the hell out of him, always has. At first, I think, he felt a little afraid of Stephen. Jack's a naturally open person, and if a man he had thought a fried and close confidant could hide a whole part of himself for so long, what else could he hide? Plus this was around the time they had that awful fight over Diana. After Mahon, for the most part, that changed to being afraid for Stephen. It's not that Jack doesn't trust him, he really does, but he's seen what can happen and has no assurance that disaster will not strike again. Nothing Stephen could possibly say would change this. Neither can Jack say anything himself, so he must wait and worry in silence. I don't suppose that he realises how much like Sophie he is in this.

The Fortunes of War )

The Surgeon's Mate )

muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Decendent of Trees)
Slightly modified -g-

List 10 Fictional Couples (or Groups) You Think Need to Get Together (or Stay Together!) and Shag
  • House - Cuddy/House/Wilson. They should get together and have babies and raise them in great snark and intelligence.
  • Doctor Who - The Doctor/Rose/Jack. The incredibly hot time travelling adventures. I'm pretty sure this is in the stay together category, since, really, it's canon.
  • Aubery/Maturin - See title. These two have lasted battle, greivious injury, and marriage, they would and have sailed to the ends of the earth for each other. The end.
  • Supernatural - Sam/Sarah. She's one of maybe four women that I've liked in the show. Sam needs to pick someone who can keep up with him and knows what's going on. I have every confidence that this ballsy Jewish art dealer can and would. They had real chemistry, and she didn't take shit from Dean, who liked her. All this would be post killing the demon, of course. The last thing I want is to see her go up in flames.
  • Battlestar Galactica - Adama/Roslin. If there is just one thing that this show got right, this is it. I have noted that I'm not exactly thrilled with the way people fall in love on TV, but this one is based on intelligence and respect and devotion and attraction. It was a slow courtship over many trials, but finally made it. It's epic, beautiful and probably going to die next season -sighs-
  • Stargate: Atlantis - Team. McKay because of his brilliance and passion. Sheppard because of his determination and curiosity. Teyla because of her generosity and strength. Ronon, because, well, look at the guy, plus he's balance. All together because they each need something that one alone can't give. Not to mention -fans self-
  • Ultraviolet - Angie/Vaughan. They would just balance out so nicely, him providing stability and emotional support (in a tall, dark and silent manner), and her bringing passion and vulnerability. They could mother each other, it would be great. She just needs to wake up and smell the roses.
  • Sherlock Holmes - Holmes/Watson. The great historical romance.
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice/Benedict. I love how even four hundred years ago, they stood in awe and terror of each other as equals in wit and creativity. They had to get together, as they would have driven any other partner mad. Now they can unite against the world, though an observer might never know it.
  • Firefly - Zoe/Wash. -sniff-
I seem to be shipping a lot of het these days, hmmm.

Fic Ramble

Apr. 11th, 2006 07:40 pm
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
The following, of course, pertains to my own reading preferences, YMMV.

I have decided that, along with fic where they introduce cute babies for the purpose of making everyone love them so that they may be killed off and make everyone sad, I do not like fic where in the author takes a not unhappy group of people, spends the entire fic torturing them and then does not provide a happy ending, or even a hope that they will ever even be in as good shape as they started (wow, long sentence). An especially frustrating variation of this is the one where the reader can see how everything can be fixed, only it never quite is. The fact that the characters love each other (in any sense) is ultimately not enough, nor are the good intentions of anyone involved. Now I'm not saying that everything has to be wrapped up neatly and okay dokey fine by the end, but I would like there to be at least a hope that they will be in the (preferable near) future.

I remember a reviewer talking about BSG and saying he hated seeing people caged, trapped emotionally and spiritually (as many are in that show a good deal of the time). I don't like seeing people broken, stuck.

Admittedly, this does not apply to movies, I have no objection to sad, unrequited love stories like Remains of the Day or Brokeback Mountain, or to books in hard copy, in that I sobbed my way through Of Mice and Men then immediately read it again. However, I read fic for the same reason my flatmate watches chicky movies, to feel better. I love angst, but only angst with a hope of redemption, a sort of example that one can recover from anything with a bit of help, and that everyone is ultimately loved.

Furthermore, dystopia only goes so far. A. S. Byatt once justified giving her emotionally draining but inspiring quartet a relatively happy ening by commenting that everyone being unhappy at the end was just as unrealistic, if not more so, than everyone being happy at the end. I've always thought she was right. How many groups of people do you know where everyone's unhappy? The real world has happy endings, people recover, lovers find forgiveness, long lost friends are reunited. It happens.

If I wanted to fixate on tragedy, I'd read the news.

ETA: Now that I think on it more, there are exceptions, notably [ profile] seascribe's "XXIX," but they are almost exclusively short and poignant, not two hundred pages of angst that ends in misery.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Decendent of Trees)
I mark all my fic (not that I've written anything of late) in my memories, along with some favourites by others (though only from this past year, I didn't backtrack that much) and a bunch of other shit. Recently, I decided to tag everything according to whether it was slash, het, gen or crack, largely to warn any RL people who know about this journal. This involved going through a bunch of stuff that I don't really remember writing.

I really miss the Master and Commander fandom. Most of my stories were there and that's where I ran into my core group of flisters. I know there was wank and hurt for some that I really care about, but it's my fannish home on LJ. I can go see the first comments from [ profile] seascribe, [ profile] sparowe, [ profile] esteven, [ profile] cruisedirector, [ profile] acaciaonnastik, [ profile] bronzelionel, [ profile] cionaudha, and [ profile] silverysnow, who have all been in my life for so long now that I don't even remember meeting them. I also connected with the rest of my original flist through them or that fandom (though I've met some lovely SGA people on my own lately). I wish they'd make another movie just to get things back in gear.

Anther thing is the distinction between the categories. How does one tell which is what. I'm not even talking about the extremely blurred line between gen and slash with canon like M&C, but rather how one decides how much romance there has to be in something to call it that. For example, I called my own Pirates of the Caribbean story, "One Last Time" gen rather than het, even though Norrington's unrequited love for Elizabeth (and her upcoming marriage to Will) was important to the story. On the other hand, I called "The World at Large," [ profile] cherryice's story about Ford, slash because it had a Sheppard/McKay relationship in the background. I suppose this has something to say about how heteronormal even my queer little world is. If two men are in romantically involved, it has to be slash, but for it to be het, there has to be actual sex in the story. If you mark it otherwise, you upset expectations. Hell with it, I'm changing "One Last Time" to Het.

Everyone should go read my stories recs and be squeeful.

I miss writing, am going to try to get back to it this summer.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Rosie)
So I went into Bygone Books to get a Spanish dictionary (the literacy place only had 301 Spanish Verbs [which I also got]). I walked out with the Larousse Pocket Dictionary (which would by no means fit in any pocket I own), Desolation Island, The Surgeon's Mate and The Ionian Mission. That was totally more money than I planned on spending today (especially since I also couldn't resist picking up Janis Ian's Between the Lines at Fascinating Rhythm). On the other hand, Patrick O'Brian!

Oh, and I'm actually rather embarrassed about this because of my previous positions on such issues, but [ profile] meyerlemon wrote me Mary Sue fic! I mean, my main objection to Mary Sue fic is that it tends to involve excruciating prose and all the regular cast going wildly OOC, so I'm claiming this doesn't count. Because this has lighthouses and Lee Adama and the ocean and archaic codes and goats and stuff. -is very happy- -preens-

ETA: I realised earlier today that I haven't made a non-fandom post in over a week. So if you're just joining the this Lightkeeper's Log, what you see is what you get -g-


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