shanaqui: Raijin and Fujin from Final Fantasy VIII. Text: got your back. ((RaijinFujin) Got your back)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 14th, 2011 09:48 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Claim: the fandom in general
Specific characters: Seifer, Raijin, Fujin
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #1, Things I'll never say
Rating: G
Warnings: N/a
Summary: The posse, reunited.

The Three of Us )
shanaqui: Squall from Final Fantasy VIII. ((Squall) Jacket)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 12th, 2011 10:06 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Claim: the fandom in general
Specific characters/pairings: Squall, Irvine (Squall/Irvine)
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #2, Touch
Rating: PG
Warnings: N/a
Summary: Irvine doesn't ask for anything, even if he did just have some of the best sex of his life.

If You Ask )
shanaqui: Zell from Final Fantasy VIII, not looking so good. ((Zell) Urk)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 12th, 2011 07:13 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Claim: the fandom in general
Specific characters: Squall, Zell
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #9, Change
Rating: G
Warnings: N/a
Summary: Zell offers himself up as a sparring partner.

Substitute )
shanaqui: Selphie from Final Fantasy VIII. Text: we've no time for later now. ((Selphie) No time)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 8th, 2011 11:36 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Claim: the fandom in general
Specific characters/pairings: Irvine, Selphie (Irvine/Selphie)
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #8 Home
Rating: PG
Warnings: Sap
Summary: Reminiscing on a lazy morning.
Notes: It's the getting-back-into-fic-and-this-fandom deal again. A doodle with words, more than anything.

Where the Heart Is )
shanaqui: Seifer from Final Fantasy VIII. Text: burn. ((Seifer) Burn)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 7th, 2011 08:39 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Claim: the fandom in general
Specific characters: Seifer, Squall
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #10, Always this way
Rating: G
Warnings: N/a
Summary: When it's all over, Squall goes to the usual place, just like always, to meet Seifer.
Notes: As I said before, feeling my way back into a) fanfic and b) this fandom. So this'd be more along the lines of a doodle than a polished work of art, if it were fanart.

The More Things Change )
shanaqui: Squall from Final Fantasy VIII. ((Squall) Jacket)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 3rd, 2011 09:17 pm
Fandom: Final Fantasy VIII
Claim: the fandom in general
Specific characters/pairings: Squall, Rinoa (Squall/Rinoa)
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #3, Breathing
Rating: G
Warnings: Squall and his attendant issues.
Summary: Squall lies awake at night
Notes: Feeling my way back into a) fanfic and b) this particular fandom. So this is... it'd be more along the lines of a doodle than a polished work of art, if it were fanart.

Dreamless )
shanaqui: Akihiko from Persona 3, punch. ((Akihiko) Smack a bitch)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 1st, 2010 04:20 pm
Fandom: Hills and Rivers Remain
Claim: Hills and Rivers Remain
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Alan, Dean, Viola
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: I, #2, By my side
Rating: G
Warnings: N/a
Summary: The seeds are here, even here, and they don't know it.

Young Apples )
shanaqui: River from Firefly. ((River) I walk alone)
[personal profile] shanaqui   Apr. 30th, 2010 05:56 pm
Fandom: Hills and Rivers Remain
Claim: Hills and Rivers Remain
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Alan, Viola, reference to Zelgius
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set I, #7, Letting go
Rating: G
Warnings: N/a
Summary: A man and a woman stand in the midst of the destruction, ready to begin again.

Out of Ashes )
shanaqui: Aeris from Final Fantasy VII. ((Aeris) Breeze)
[personal profile] shanaqui   Apr. 30th, 2010 03:12 pm
The Fionavar Tapestry is a trilogy of books by Guy Gavriel Kay: The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road. It draws on a lot of different mythology, and I think it was probably influenced by a great deal of other fantasy writing, but it also creates something new and beautiful. I was sent the first book by a friend who warned me that my first reaction would be to scream "Lord of the Rings self-inserts!", which was entirely true, but he also told me that if I stuck with it, I would adore it -- also true.

I don't think there's a series of books that have ever made me cry as often as these. The characters all became very dear to me the first time, and more so in each subsequent reading. All of them have their flaws, but all of them change and grow. All of them have their pain to deal with, too. The books are very emotionally intense. Here is a little extract from early in the first book, one of my favourite parts:

"You idiot!" Paul shouted, his chest heaving. "You scared the hell out of me!"

Kevin blinked, then the too, too much boiled over. "You shut up! I scared you? What do you think you've been doing to me since Rachel died?"

Paul, utterly unprepared, was shocked silent. Trembling with emotion and adrenaline afterburn, Kevin spoke again, his voice raw. "I mean it, Paul. When I was waiting at the bottom, I didn't think you were going to make it down. And, Paul, I wasn't sure you cared."

Their heads were close together, for the words to be heard. Schafer's pupils were enormous. In the reflected moonlight his face was so white as to be almost inhuman.

"That isn't quite true," he said, finally.

"But it isn't far wrong. Not far enough. Oh, Paul, you have to bend a little. If you can't talk, can't you cry at least? She deserves your tears. Can't you cry for her?"

At that, Paul Schafer laughed. The sound chilled Kevin to the core, there was such wildness in it. "I can't," Paul said. "That's the whole problem, Kev. I really, really can't."

"Then you're going to break," Kevin rasped.

"I might," Schafer replied, scarcely audible. "I'm trying hard not to, believe me. Kev, I know you care. It matters to me, very much. If... if I do decide to go, I'll... say goodbye. I promise you'll know."


That is the sound of my heart breaking all over again!

It's epic fantasy, with lots of very Tolkien-ish aspects -- this is true. It's undoubtedly somewhat derivative. But the writing is beautiful and the characters are wonderful and everything is so very hard won -- no slinging magic around painlessly here.

There's so much in the way of potential ships. Even most of the canon ships are not properly explored. So much in the way of friendships to be explored, too.

I, obviously, think it's wonderful. Most of Guy Gavriel Kay's writing is.

(I actually have two Fionavar Tapestry fic claims in this comm!)
shanaqui: Arthur from BBC Merlin, riding a horse. ((Arthur) Once and future prat)
[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.
shanaqui: My Habitican mod avatar, featuring me and a pile of books bigger than me. ((Akihiko) Mmhmm)
[personal profile] shanaqui   Jun. 8th, 2009 01:34 am
Fandom: The Fionavar Tapestry
Claim: Aileron dan Ailell and Kimberly Ford
Specific characters/pairings: Aileron/Kim
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set I, #5, Control.
Rating: G
Warnings: Kind of AU.
Summary: It's always the quiet ones.

What You Want )
shanaqui: Gippal from Final Fantasy X-2. Text: I walk from my machine deaf dumb and dirty. ((Gippal) Deaf and Dumb)
[personal profile] shanaqui   Jun. 7th, 2009 04:02 pm
Fandom: The Fionavar Tapestry
Claim: Diarmuid dan Ailell and Coll of Taerlindel
Specific characters/pairings: Aileron dan Ailell
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #1, Things I'll never say.
Rating: G
Warnings: Death (as in canon)
Summary: Old bitterness can't always be laid to rest.

Never Forget )
shanaqui: Shido from GetBackers. Text: full moon sway. ((Shido) Full moon)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 19th, 2009 11:08 am
Fandom: The Fionavar Tapestry
Claim: Diarmuid dan Ailell and Coll of Taerlindel
Specific characters/pairings: Diarmuid/Coll
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set V, #2, Touch.
Rating: PG
Warnings: Crossdressing (as in canon)
Summary: Nothing about Diarmuid should surprise Coll.

Oceans To Drown )
shanaqui: My Habitican mod avatar, featuring me and a pile of books bigger than me. ((Gippal) Keeping calm)
[personal profile] shanaqui   May. 19th, 2009 10:39 am
Fandom: The Fionavar Tapestry
Claim: Aileron dan Ailell and Kimberly Ford
Specific characters/pairings: References to Ailell, Diarmuid, Dave, Ysanne
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set I, #8, Don't say anything.
Rating: G
Warnings: Angst.
Summary: Perhaps only Diarmuid would have known.

To Stay Or Go )
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