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Happy Apocalypse Year 2012, everybody!

-The traditional thing for this time of year would do some new year’s resolutions, but I’m currently going through such a self-examination/existential crisis in RL, any post I made would come off as incredibly navel-gazing and/or whiny. So I’m keeping it brief and simple:
RL goals: Get out of current rut/achieve complete and radical status quo changes by the summer at the latest. Oh, and quit smoking and go the gym more, obviously.

Fandom goals: Comment more and write that crackfic I promised [personal profile] ariadneelda under the influence of much tequila (which, as far as “questionable decisions I’ve made under the influence of tequila”, isn’t even in the top 20)

-At the rate my “to read” bookmark folder is growing, I might have caught up with all the fest by the year 2018, or something. Why so many fandoms, self? I was hoping to do most of my Yuletide recs before the reveal, but now see this was a pipe dream.

First off, some HP recs:

On License by Anonymous Harry/Draco, Draco/Astoria, Harry/Ginny (NC-17, ~57,000 words)

An unusual premise, involving Draco being placed under a new program under the supervision of Auror Harry Potter after being released from Azkaban. The details Draco’s crime are very gradually and grudgingly revealed, by a Draco that’s at his most distrustful and bitter, contrasted with Harry’s maturity and competence (though the impulsive streak is still there!). The rest of the cast are brilliant as well, and Scorpius is particular is a delight!

Riches and Wonders by Anonymous Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Draco/Astoria (NC-17, ~9000 words)

So this story pretty much encapsulates why I adore infidelity!fic. You won’t find any justifications, romanticizing, or vilification of spouses here-neither Harry or Draco are particularly torn up over their actions. In fact, I found Harry’s attitude in equal parts fascinating and offputting at times (which of course made it even hotter).

The Boy Who Only Lived Twice by Anonymous Harry/Draco (NC-17, ~56,000 words)

This was so much fun to read! I love the idea of Harry as an Unspeakable (and completely agree with this story’s take that regardless of what he claims to want, deep down he’s an adrenaline junkie who’d never be satisfied with a normal life), and the secret identities, conspiracy-filled plots and general feel of a fast-paced, witty spy novel.

Take the Air by Anonymous Harry/Draco (NC-17, ~50,000 words)

My personal favourite. Aurors Harry and Draco are forced to cooperate on a case, and definitely start off on the wrong foot. And yes, the premise is hardly unique to H/D fic, but the execution is flawless. I couldn’t even begin to list all the things I loved about this fic: the gradually changing dynamic between the pair, attention to detail when it comes to magic, the equally well-portrayed background canon character (Narcissa is brilliant in this!) and engaging OCs, just…everything about it.

An Inconvenient Wedding by Anonymous Draco/Hermione, Scorpius/Lily (NC-17, ~19,000 words)

Probably the best take on the pairing I’ve read in ages. The unexpected engagement of Scorpius and Lily throws a wrench into Draco and Hermione’s illicit affair. This story’s got it all: a well-handled infidelity plot (this year has been good for one of my favourite tropes), a fantastic portrayal of both Draco and Hermione and the rest of the cast (I loved Rose in this), and sex that feels completely real while being scorchingly hot.

Yuletide fic:

Once Upon A Time, The Good Wife, The Wire, The Borgias )
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Game of Thrones

They Seem Wild But They Are So Tame In which Sansa has actual dancing lessons with Syrio Forel. There's some definite UST, but more than anything, this is a wonderful character portrait of Sansa around season 1, with all her flaws as well as hints of the potential for future development.

Said the Spider to the Fly Varys and Petyr, in all their scheming glory. The ending was especially satisfying.

Desideratum Another Sansa character portrait, though one with a lot more teeth. Sansa's feelings on the Lannisters, her sisters and the Lady incident.

How I met Your Mother

Five Times Marshall Didn't Slap Barney Pretty much what it says on the tin, though the result is a lot more touching and full of insight into the characters than you'd expect.

Lost In Austen

The Elizabeth Bennet Experience Because Lizzie Bennet transplanted in the 21st century would totally get an lj. Funny, full of sharp commentary and a spot-on Lizzie voice.

Young Avengers

Grab A Blanket, Brother Tommy Shepperd moving in with the Kaplans, mostly focusing on the brothers but doing an equally great job on the Kaplans and the rest of the Young Avengers, and bonus Avengers appearances.
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 Ok, so most people have probably already seen this, but I had to share:

Wank by [personal profile] faithwood  (HP/LJ crossover, Harry/Draco, very NSFW)

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I’ve been having a problem for a while from videos fro YT, VM and the like-when I try to go full-screen, I get a wide screen, regardless of whether the video is embedded or at the main site, and with all my browsers. Does anybody have any idea why that may be?

Meta rec: Neoliberal Holmes, or, Everything I Know About Modern Life I Learned from Sherlock by [personal profile] magnetic_pole I watch BBC’s Sherlock, but have been both unable to truly enjoy it and growing increasingly uncomfortable with fandom’s over-the-top reaction to it. This post shines an unforgiving light on every issue with the show I had, plus a few I hadn’t before reading it. Beyond its brilliant breakdown of Sherlock, there’s something to the core of the message that can be applied to fandom in general. At any rate, brilliant and thought-provoking.

Vividcon vid recs:
Things have changed by [personal profile] trelkez Ats The compelling tragedy that is Wesley’s story.

Around the Bend by [personal profile] danegen Multi Shiny fun of women behind the wheel.

Bad Romance by [personal profile] sisabet Smallville Even before watching I was “yay!”, because [personal profile] sisabet and Lady Gaga! What’s not to like? What I didn’t expect was going through a rollercoaster of emotions and left in a daze, unsure whether to cheer, cry or desperately read hunt down every single fic I ever loved when I was SV-obsessed.

Prowl by [personal profile] sisabet and [personal profile] sweetestdrain Multi There’s a reason this has been recced all over the place and generating all that discussion. Very clever look at fandom, in message and in delivery. ETA: The vidders chose not to warn, but that doesn't mean the video has no triggery content. Proceed with caution

Tandemonium by [personal profile] jarrow BSG If you’re even a little disappointed by how BSG’s final seasons went, this is guaranteed to have you standing up and going ‘fuck, yes!’.

For Your Entertainment by [personal profile] dualbunny BSG The song might seem like an odd fit for Tyrol, but it’s no more bizarre than the way his arc went. I still don’t know what the writers were going for, but this vid brilliantly highlights what they actually did.
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Given that I’m not a writer, there’s not really a lot I can contribute to the current debate, but some of the behaviour displayed has left a really bad taste in my mouth. Yes, we all can do/write whatever we want in our spaces, blah-blah specialsnowflakecakes, but at the same time, people wouldn’t be too surprised if they got jumped on by posting huge uncut spoilers or NWS pics in their lj. And I’m in no way comparing that to the experience of being traumatized or triggered by something we read, I’m just wondering when the hell common courtesy and a sense of community became such a novel concept in fandom (especially when it comes to not further harming rape/abuse/other serious trauma surirvivors-GOD!)

My long-overdue answers to the interview meme:

[personal profile] blnchflr’s questions:

Read more... )

[personal profile] anehan’s questions:

Read more... )

If you want me to interview you, leave a comment saying, "Interview me", then post the answers in your journal.

The obligatory ST XI recs )


Jun. 4th, 2009 12:23 pm
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yahtzee63 wrote the epic Spock/Uhura fic to end all Spock/Uhura fics: Break part 1 part 2 and part 3. Her portrayal of both characters is nothing short of masterful, the slow evolution of their relationship leaves you full of anticipation and there is a general fantastic rich and vivid portrayal of the verse, the Academy and all other characters (I could write an ode to her Gaila alone). Seriously, if you only read only one story with this pairing, let this be it.
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-I’m trying to talk myself out of buying a paid DW account for a few more months, if only because my PERMANENT IJ account currently gathering dust has taught me not to rush into those things. But…icons!

-Does anybody the approximate date for Merlin S2? I’m going through shiny teevee withdrawal.

-Two memes in a row might be bad form, but what the hell:

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post or comment about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, religious leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, hairstyles, sports, etc.

Recs, 5 Trek and 1 BSG )
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cut for anyone who still hasn’t seen it )
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I haven’t posted for a while because of crazy RL stuff, but you know a new Whedon show would bring me out of hiding!

Dollhouse 101-Ghost )

In other TV news, I’ve become hooked on both Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and, embarrassingly enough, Skins (never mind that I’m twice the age of the cast). Since practically nobody on the flist watches them though, I’ll spare you my ramblings.

Some not-so-new and long overdue unrelated recs:

All Merlin )

Rec dump

Jan. 6th, 2009 02:51 am
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It’s been ages since I made a rec post, so most of those aren’t new, but on the off chance some of you haven’t read them already:

Mostly Merlin, 1 HP, 1BSG )


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