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[personal profile] shanaqui   Apr. 27th, 2010 11:09 am
Kicking things off with my mini-essay about my favourite overlooked fandom, as per this post. You don't have to do it the same way as me, but if you're stuck for what to do, take this as an example!

My personal love affair with The Dark is Rising sequence, by Susan Cooper, started when I heard the radio adaptation. It's certainly an adaptation: characters and plots missed out and truncated, details changed to suit the format. But the voices of the characters in my head are still the ones given to them in this adaptation, for the most part. Especially Merriman. If anyone wants to listen to it, send me a PM and I shall arrange it if possible.

I didn't read the books until I was sixteen or so. Oh, I think I came across them, maybe even read one of the five, but I didn't sit down and read them in order until then. Over Sea, Under Stone was okay: an Arthurian Enid Blyton story, almost. The real love affair started with Will Stanton's story, The Dark is Rising. I was fascinated by the myth and magic and history that Cooper wove together. I was fascinated by Will himself, both an ancient creature and a young boy, all at once. I loved his quest, and I loved his family. I loved the feeling I got, even at sixteen, that I should probably crawl into the safety of my bed.

Greenwitch draws together characters from both of the preceding books, and here again was realism -- antagonism between the young characters, jealous belligerence -- and magic, all at once, and here was Will, on another quest.

The Grey King is probably my favourite, though. The Arthurian elements of the series kick up another notch, and Will finds himself manoeuvred into Wales. The morality isn't black and white: the most truly good character is not one of the Light, the supposed good, but a human being. The Light is revealed as cold and cruel, in a way, despite the way it does everything for the best. And my favourite character joins the series, Bran Davies, with his pride and arrogance and pain and -- I admit this is a big attraction to him for me -- his Welshness. There's a level of this story which the child reader will not necessarily understand or relate to, of pain and difficulty, in the figure of Bran's father, Owen Davies.

Silver on the Tree brings everything together -- all the characters, all the magic, all the little hints from the other books. Each of the characters has a part to play in the fight, even the human ones. And again, there's very adult pain and betrayal. One of my favourite quotes comes from this final book:

"For Drake is no longer in his hammock, children, nor is Arthur somewhere sleeping, and you may not lie idly expecting the second coming of anybody now, because the world is yours and it is up to you."


The fandom is small to non-existent. There's fic, but not a steady supply of new stuff. I write fairly actively for it, but for so many people, it's a series they read as children, with young characters, that they wouldn't think of making their actual fandom. But there's so much here to play with, so many lovely character dynamics -- some which are more explored than others in canon, and others which could be explored further. There are so many amazing characters, even the minor ones -- Stephen Stanton! John Rowlands! -- that deserve attention. There's so many heartbreaking angles to what might happen to Will after the events of the final book. There's so much growing up the characters still have to do.

(Personally, I'm probably an oddball. The main pairing I've seen in fic is Will/Bran, which I do adore, but I also like Bran/Barney and Simon/Will and Will/Jane and Bran/Jane and...)

A fic rec, to coax people in: The Ascent, by Annakovsky. Gen, plotty, a bit of a fix-it to a part of the end that people often don't like.

You can find my more detailed reviews of each book here: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, Silver on the Tree.
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[personal profile] shanaqui   Apr. 26th, 2010 05:20 pm
In honour of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, this comm is going to open up a little and be a bit different. This will only last for the three weeks, but I want to encourage content and participation.

So, the idea is that over the next three weeks, you don't have to claim something to get involved. You don't have to be a fic writer, or an artist. Just post an entry, preferably over three hundred words long (but I won't be checking), telling the comm about your favourite overlooked fandom/character/pairing. You define overlooked (although if you try to say Supernatural is an overlooked fandom, I'll give you some odd looks).

Tell us about your tiny fandom of one. About your deep and abiding love for Missouri Mosely's character. If you're the only one in the world who ships, say, Lucifer/Jo, then go ahead. Tell us why.

Remember to use LJ cuts if it gets long, and especially if you include screenshots or spoilers.

But! That's not all. As with the other comm I mod, [community profile] relevant_productivity, everyone who posts something to this comm will have their names entered into a draw. It doesn't matter if you post fic for your claim, or if you post meta about your favourite overlooked fandom/pairing/character. Multiple posts will mean multiple entries into the draw. The two people I randomly pull out at the end will get a month's paid time paid for by me.

The content does not have to be kept solely on Dreamwidth for you to be entered into the draw. I know that [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is about generating new and exciting content for Dreamwidth, so it's preferred, but it's also about getting people to join in, and find new awesome things on DW. I'm not going to say you can't join in the fun if you're not committed to DW.

Any questions?
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[personal profile] birgitriddle   Apr. 13th, 2010 09:02 pm
Title: Breaking the Ice
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Claim: Hojo/Lucrecia
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: I, #01 Beginnings
Rating: G
Warnings: For depicting Hojo as actually having human feelings.

Summary: Hojo is interested in the woman he works beside, but cannot bring himself to talk to her and Lucrecia likes mysteries.
Author's Notes: Canon used for this fic only includes the original game except for the use of Lucrecia's last name.

Hojo didn't particularly care for people...
glinda: text: you can't second-guess ineffability, I always say (good omens)
[personal profile] glinda   Apr. 9th, 2010 11:30 am
Title: Once Bitten
Word Count: 2101
Fandom: Neverwhere
Claim: Neverwhere
Specific characters/pairings: Mr Croup/Mr Vandemar, Hunter
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: IV & 10. Bite
Rating: M
Warnings: No standard warnings apply (though Croup and Vandemar probably need warned for in their own right).
Summary: The Old Firm have history, lots and lots of it.

obstacles obliterated, nuisances eradicated, bothersome limbs removed and tutelary dentistry undertaken
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[personal profile] glinda   Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:51 pm
Title: Giving Themselves Away
Word Count: 1263
Fandom: Stardust
Claim: Stardust
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Captain Shakespeare, Yvaine (background Tristan/Yvaine)
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: III & 7. Opportunity
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: Both Yvaine and Captain Shakespeare have grown used to hiding parts of who they are, and treasure kindred spirits all the more for it.

In these tired and troubled times, its easy to feel alone
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[personal profile] kaelanti   Apr. 1st, 2010 12:15 pm
Title: A Simple Bath
Word Count: 1099
Fandom: The Lincoln Rhyme Series
Claim: Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: IV - 8. Peace
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Heterosexual sex
Summary: There are some things that are better now than they ever were before the accident.

It had taken a while for Lincoln to accept Amelia's help in ways other than crime scene work...
glinda: text: you can't second-guess ineffability, I always say (good omens)
[personal profile] glinda   Feb. 27th, 2010 01:47 pm
Title: Ladies of War (Not Only Angels Fall)
Word Count: 1191
Fandom: Neverwhere
Claim: Neverwhere
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Serpentine/Hunter, Richard/Door
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: IV & 7. Loss
Rating: PG
Warnings: Character Death
Summary: Hunter returns to Serpentine one last time.

I can't understand myself anymore, but I'm still feeling lonely, feeling so unholy
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[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Jan. 18th, 2010 04:00 am
Title: Never a Regret
Word Count: 100
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #10: Regret)
Rating: PG
Warnings: AU to Fast and Furious's major plot point concerning Letty
Summary: Settled, and happy about it...

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Completed Table Here
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[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Jan. 18th, 2010 03:59 am
Title: Idiot Boys
Word Count: 156
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Dom, Brian, Rome in tangled forms
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #9: Happiness)
Rating: PG
Warnings: AU to Fast and Furious's major plot point concerning Letty
Summary: Letty Thinks the boys are idiots and she's lucky

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sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Jan. 18th, 2010 03:55 am
Title: One Hot Moment
Word Count: 119
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #8: Lust)
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: AU to Fast and Furious's major plot point concerning Letty
Summary: Sometimes, it's all about the feeling

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sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Jan. 17th, 2010 04:55 pm
Title: Can't Lose Sight
Word Count: 206
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #7: Loneliness)
Rating: PG
Warnings: AU to Fast and Furious's major plot point concerning Letty
Summary: Sometimes Mia gets lonely

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sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Oct. 23rd, 2009 02:42 pm
Title: Some Anniversaries
Word Count: 192
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #6: Grief)
Rating: PG
Warnings: References the canon 'death' that is the big part of the AU here
Summary: No one else wants to notice the date; Mia can't help it
sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:35 pm
Title: Other Half
Word Count: 222
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #5: Need)
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: Stalemate ended
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[personal profile] zombie   Sep. 25th, 2009 10:04 am

Title: The Bad Touch
Fandom: Devil May Cry
Characters: Dante, Vergil
Word Count: 644
Theme: Table IV, #6 - Fancy Free
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Dante enters stage right in nothing but a tiara and a smile. Vergil pretty much nearly dies of horror. And a kitty decides parts of Dante's anatomy make fine cat toys.

sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Sep. 17th, 2009 06:20 pm
Title: On The Couch
Word Count: 154
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #4: Pride)
Rating: PG
Warnings: A swear word
Summary: Mia's mad, and Letty's...
sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Aug. 31st, 2009 09:51 am
Title: One Time, All it Takes
Word Count: 249
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Brian and Rome cameos
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #3 : Anger)
Rating: PG
Warnings: AU
Summary: It was just going to be one run...
sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Aug. 18th, 2009 05:01 am
Title: Early Mornings
Word Count: 232
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Letty/Mia, Dom
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #2: Hate)
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: Back together, but on the run, and Letty doesn't like it
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[personal profile] ellnyx   Aug. 15th, 2009 10:06 pm
Fandom: The History of the Runestaff (Michael Moorcock)
Claim & Characters: Dorian Hawkmoon and Huillam D'Averc
Theme set & Theme number: Set I, #1, Beginnings.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1400
Content: Minor spoilers (Book 4), D'Averc's backstory, friendship.
Summary: Hawkmoon pauses in his quest for long enough to provoke D'Averc to talk about his architectural past.

it would have brought you to your knees )
sharpest_asp: Michelle and Jordana together (Actress: Michelle and Jordana)
[personal profile] sharpest_asp   Aug. 11th, 2009 07:55 pm
Title: Ash and Flame
Word Count: 382
Continuity: Set in Letty'Verse which is AU to the fourth movie.

Fandom: Fast And Furious
Claim: Letty/Mia
Specific characters/pairings (if different):
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Theme Set II (Prompt #1 : Love)
Rating: PG
Warnings: AU
Summary: Mia's thoughts about being reunited
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[personal profile] darkdanc3r   Jun. 17th, 2009 07:47 pm
Fandom: The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels Trilogy Continuation)
Claim: Cassidy/Gray
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Just Cassidy this time
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: III: #9 - Time
Rating: G
Word Count: 184
Warnings: Set after The Shadow Queen, so may be spoilery to anyone who hasn't read it.
Disclaimer: The Black Jewels Trilogy and its sequels belong to Anne Bishop, not to me.
Summary: Cassidy reflects on how the first 6 months of her Contract with Dena Nehele have gone.

6 months can be a long time, whether you're having fun or miserable
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