( spoilers go out of the woods )
Meme! Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).
Heathers (Can I list Heathers three times? It influenced my fashion choices as well as my overall outlook on life.)
The Cutting Edge (Yes, I am a sap.)
The Princess Bride (Among other things, useful shibboleths!)
Serenity (Still not over it.)
Aliens (It’s the only way to be sure.)
Terminator 2 (Pull-ups. I actually wrote my college thesis on women in 80s sf/action movies.)
Speed (Underpromise and overdeliver.)
Real Genius (My image of geekery.)
Holiday (The lesser-known Hepburn/Grant collaboration, which probably does say a lot about me.)
Wargames (The only winning move is not to play.)
Revenge: ( when did the building fall down? )
Delightful new SV story from nicnac, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, which I am calling Clark/Lex though that is perhaps optimistic.
Oh, iTunes. Queued: The Magnetic Fields, I Wish I Had an Evil Twin; next up, Lauren Hoffman, My Evil Twin.
Other random links:
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens: a Kickstarter for a documentary about the spectrum of gender performance.
Enjoyable language rant.
Russian priest uses internet memes to fight slash.
Austin Grossman, Professor Incognito Apologizes: the flavor of this short story can be captured by this quote:
There have been a hundred moments when I was on the brink of telling you. I tried to say the words out loud. I knew you were a physics major and all, but I didn’t think you’d be into it—power and wrongdoing—it was too strange. And I admit, a part of me worries that if I told you about it, the secret part of me would disappear.
And it’s too complicated now. If I’d just told you at the very start, maybe you could have understood, but now? After the diggings and archenemies and sea planes . . . If I started now I’d have to explain why I came to I speak Mandarin and what happened to my original eyes. It’s gone a little far.
In Ascension, By Descent (14742 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Political Animals
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Thomas "T. J." Hammond/Original Male Character(s), Douglas Hammond/Original Female Character(s), Thomas "T.J." Hammond/Original Female Character(s), Douglas Hammond/Anne Ogami
Characters: Douglas Hammond, Thomas "T. J." Hammond, Bud Hammond, Elaine Barrish, Margaret Barrish, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Mallory
The pattern of Doug and T.J.'s lives were set even before they set foot in the White House. Somewhere along the way, things changed.This Yuletide story does a great job of bringing backstory to the brothers’ complicated relationship. “T.J. gets it. He can be the queer son, but not the screw-up. He doesn't get to be both.” The "underage" is not explicit; the most explicit bit is canonical.
The Mirrorverse Doppelganger Visitation (9522 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Middleman (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tyler Ford/Wendy Watson, The Middleman/Lacey Thornfield
Characters: Wendy Watson, Lacey Thornfield, The Middleman, Tyler Ford
"What a crazy, random happenstance."Someone from the mirror universe drops in for a visit. “Friendship is Magic, Dubbie!” This fandom is the gift that keeps on giving; this story feels very much like a filmed episode.
Cartes Postales (21631 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Blossom Culp Series - Richard Peck
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Blossom Culp/Alexander Armsworth
Characters: Blossom Culp, Alexander Armsworth
Alexander discovers that not all postcards are meant to be mailed, and Blossom acknowledges that some curses may be averted but others only embraced.Blossom Culp! I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed her until I read this novella with its happily ever after.
Gone with the Wendigo, by bellatemple: "You know that being a purple unicorn doesn't actually invalidate everything I say, right?" Gen SPN/My Little Ponies crossover with real Sam&Dean character work and dialogue you can hear. Go now; enjoy.
Aww, Eureka ( spoilers blow things up on a weekly basis )
When there were only 500 bookstores in the US, or, some context for complaints about the internet decreasing the quality of writing and reading.
( Memorizing everything, Muslim world history, rhetoric of peer-to-peer filesharing )
( Material abundance in the Vietnam War )
A Softer World: this could work for so many of my fandoms!
Rec: Pairing Pendragon/Merlin: Meta, really, in which BBC Merlin characters are Starz Camelot fans. I have rarely felt more directly hailed by a text! (As Sady Doyle once said, this must be what guys feel like all the time.) The embarrassing stuff is there, along with the love.
Interesting article on Foreign Policy’s gender issue (pun, sadly, intended).
( space opera and Stephen King's daddy issues )
Epilogue, which I was privileged to beta. NC-17, Dean/2014Cas/Castiel, and permutations thereupon. Warnings: 'The End'-verse, and all that entails. Lucifer sends Cas back.
Second, malkingrey's Elsinore, SPN/ Hamlet fusion. It’s like it was written just for me! Demons! Winchester family drama! Sam with powers! Hamlet and Horatio as scholar-buddies! Murder most foul, as in the best it is! Also, best Sam and Dean aliases ever, which I’m now so tempted to appropriate for a story set in our time!
( Lauren Beukes, Tanya Huff )
Matt Stoller on foreclosure abuses:
Of course, like a good Capitol Hill staffer receiving an incredibly important piece of evidence on a multi-trillion dollar scandal, I was like “this guy is crazy” and quickly got back to working on regulatory reform and surfing the internet. (Unofficial motto of Dodd-Frank: Hey, um, regulators, why don’t you make all the rules and we’ll check out Twitter? Mkay. Also your budget is cut!)Great article on the new monopolies and how they harm everyone but the richest.
FYFF once again knows my soul: “you’re not a real writer.” (helens78 has a counterpoint that I, being comfortable with contradiction, also find quite compelling!)
( Short stories: gay encounters, horror, Sarah Monette, Neil Gaiman; also Ted Naifeh and supernatural YA )
A couple of other things:
Mutant Rights, Marvel arguing that X-Men are monsters and not humans for tax purposes.
Sweet Eureka episodic goodness, Pterosaurs for All.
Haven, Duke Ex Machina, equally sweet in its own way.
The Middleman, The Infernal Celibacy Rededication. Roxy Wasserman! The Booty Chest!
Fannish freecycle: I now have an extra copy of The Hunger Games. Comment or email me at rivkat at gmail if you want it. Ties broken by randomness.
weimar27 recorded a podfic of Full Service Firm (J2 AU)!
Also, thanks so much to everyone who works on the AO3, including Systems, Tag Wranglers, Support, ADT and the rest of the crew, as well as to the Yuletide mods. For Yuletide, I’m the proud recipient of one of the few extant Tower Prep stories, Any Given Tuesday, which has our heroes trying to figure out one of the more mundane mysteries of Tower Prep.
Then, for Yuletide Madness, I got Thick as Thieves, an Alphas story showing the delicate negotiations between Nina, Cameron and Rachel, and Undercover Alpha, in which Gary from Alphas wakes up at Tower Prep and reacts exactly as you think he would.
Other recs: surfing the Revenge tag (now I know my first subscription when the fandom subscription feeds roll out on AO3!):
Living by Antecedents, by vegarin: As gen as it can get, Nolan-centric but with interesting Amanda (she’s always Amanda to Nolan) and great Jack
First and Last, by anonymous: Nolan and Amanda backstory.
Nolan Ross’ Bedtime Stories, by anonymous: Nolan retells the story in classic fairytale terms. It works!
Elementary Murder Mystery Analysis, by anonymous. Community: The voices are excellent.
Semaphore, by devildoll. Avengers etc., Tony/Steve. Full of witty asides and ridiculous concepts that just work, like Cupcake Avalanche. Excerpt:
"Not at all,” Tony says. As painful as this conversation is, it almost feels good to get it out in the open. “Look, I already had one person I was pining after who wouldn’t sleep with me, and I didn't really have the time to fit in another one, so I had to cut you loose. It's nothing personal, it was just a time management issue." …
Steve looks over his shoulder at the busted remains of the Hot Topic door, then turns back toward Tony. "You really wanted...?"
"Yes," Tony repeats, this time a little grumpily. God, this is torture. It's like he keeps ripping off the band-aid only to find another band-aid.
And finally, some non-fic notes:
Bob Dole and my favorite joke form: An apocryphal Washington exchange. Gingrich: “Why do people take such an instant dislike to me?” Dole: “Because it saves them time.”
Abigail Nussbaum on Homeland (so very spoilery but great analysis if you’ve seen it). Nussbaum is Mikey from that commercial: she likes it (mostly)! She doesn’t like anything!
Casey's the only smart one in the bed. I love Casey’s distinction between his partners’ types of stupidity.
The Opposite of Swarb, Connie Willis--Bellwether
Delightful fandom meta in great Connie Willis voice. The puns alone are enough to make the story fun! Now I kind of want to write a Five Cage Fights … fic.
( Chris Hedges on why America sucks, with bonus fat phobia )
( more on the financial crisis, Henry Jenkins on emotion in pop culture, David Rakoff essays, film music, cheapness )
( Pretty Little Liars, the book )
T: Would you like anything else?
R: ... [even more specific request]
T: Sure! Also, would it be okay if there was [other sex scene]?
R: Is that a trick question?
The full results are up, and I am greatly pleased. Blood Moon or on author's website. tryfanstone says:
Warnings: Hmmm. Dub con. But I'll warn you I've had long discussions about dub con/non con, and if you start to feel uncomfortable, please stop.