selenak: (Peggy and Jarvis by Asthenie_VD)
( Jan. 10th, 2016 09:57 am)
The second season will start soon (yay!), and fanfiction is a great way to get in the mood for more canon:

The Sound of Silence: well plotted and -researched backstory for Anna and Edwin Jarvis. (Co-starring Howard Stark.) I'm looking forward to meeting Anna on screen in season 2, especially since she's going to be played by Lotte Verbeek aka Giulia Farnese in The Borgias, but until then, this is firmly my headcanon on who she is and what happened in Budapest. Also: fanfiction that really manages to give a sense of place and era is rare, but this is a point in case.

Pack up your troubles: Peggy doesn't need Howard to cheer her up. Not at all. No, really. Great little vignette of Peggy and Howard friendship, post war.

A married man: in canon, I never ever want Peggy/Jarvis to happen, because I adore their crime fighting bffness. In fanfiction, I'm not looking for it, either. However, occasionally when on the lookout for Peggy and Jarvis stories I come across a gem like this one, which slips under my radar. It's all unspoken, because Jarvis wouldn't cheat; however, IF he developed non-platonic feelings for Peggy, this is something I could see happening in his head and heart.

Au revoir: Highlander crossover in which Amanda meets Peggy Carter and Howard Stark in the 1940s, and then again and again through the decades. Naturally, they hit it off. (Seriously, as soon as I saw the summary I thought, OF COURSE.)
selenak: (Omar by Monanotlisa)
( Dec. 27th, 2015 02:40 pm)
Gone Girl: Pick in the Ice: vicious and elegant. A possible future for Amy; Rhonda pov.

The Last Unicorn: Iron Bars: there are several great takes on the Harpy this year, and I like them all, but this one is my favourite, not least because of the mind games Mammy Fortuna and the Harpy play with each other.

Lawrence of Arabia: The Lusitania Variation: what is it with me and historical AUs this year? In this one, Churchill's letter re: drawing the US into WWI becomes public, with the result that British funding for the revolt in the desert suddenly is gone. And what then? Ali pov, great voices for him and Lawrence (their movie versions, that is), and best of all: co-starring Gertrude Bell!


Mabinogion Myth: All that's best and bright: Arianrhod in her own words.

Watership Down: The story of the doe who hid her kittens Beautiful and heartbreaking Efrafa tale (in both senses of the word), with Hyzanthlay as the teller.

Far Far Away: fantastic take on Silverweed.

The Wire: Upside down Kingdom: of all the various gangster & cop combinations the show did, Bodie and Carver scenes were perhaps my favourites. This story is a great example of why.
selenak: (Young Elizabeth by Misbegotten)
( Dec. 26th, 2015 06:56 pm)
State of my own stories: assignment: recipient hasn't commented yet, but nearly everyone else vocal in the tiny online fandom has, so I'm pleased as punch. Treat: recipient loves it, but not many other people seem to have read it so far. We'll see. Consider the invitation to guess and get a drabble on the subject of your choice if guessing correctly my cunning plan to get more readers. :)

On to stories I loved as a reader:

Fairy Tales/History: The Last Dancing Queen of England: in which the story of the twelve dancing princesses is applied to the wives of Henry VIII, and somehow fits marvellously.

Being Human: return back to your grave: fantastic take on the tense relationship between Nina and Mitchell, and a great character exploration of both.

Better Call Saul: if you ever ever learn you never show it: Jimmy and Chuck, growing up. Superb take on a layered sibling relationship.

Crusade: Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make: Dureena and Max, trapped together. Will they manage to figure out how to rescue themselves before irritating each other to death? No, seriously, this story is so much fun and depicts one of my favourite Crusade relationships.

Dragonlance: Our Journey Winds On, Still: talk about messed up siblingn relationships. Raistlin and Caramon Majore in their co-dependent glory, in a "what if?" that explores what would have happened if Caramon had followed Raistlin into darkness.

Elementary: The Case of the Anonymous Benefector: in which Kitty Winter solves a case familiar to ACD readers, and ensemble goodness is had to boot. I miss the season 3 set up of Elementary, and this story is a great bandage on that open wound.

Matthew Shardlake Novels Agnus Dei: Guy, Tamasin, Matthew and Jack strive to deal with the events from the end of Lamentation. Brief, elegant and to the point, and breaking my heart in the process (in a good way).

Rivers of London: Not a tame tiger: sparring, verbal (and otherwise?) between Varvara and Nightingale. Bring on the war generation magical interaction, I say!

Troubling the Water: whereas this is adorable silliness between Lesley and Peter, and I love it, too.


Penny Dreadful: Behind the Wallpaper: dozens of AUs and yet not. All that could have happened/did happen/who knows? when Evelyn Poole opened a door in the s2 finale.

A Place of Greater Safety: Tick Tock: in which the mysterious author actually pulls off an alternate way the French Revolution could have gone, based on my favourite Hilary Mantel novel's interpretation of its chief figures. I'll say no more - find out how yourself!


Many more to come, but this is my first installment
....I checked out the state of the fanfiction, and lo and behold, found various ones suited to my tasts.

give me a bullet; i'll show you a gun (4643 words) by redonthefly
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Agent Carter (TV), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter & Howard Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: World War II, Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter References, Angst and Humor, peggy and howard are bros, Canon-Typical Violence
Summary:

Margaret Carter, who was called Peggy Carter by most everyone except her mother, and who was Pegs to a few close friends, did indeed find something interesting to do, because she was cleverer than most and sharp witted and also exceeding stubborn.

This is Peggy Carter's war story.



What the summary says. Peggy during WWII. My not so secretly favourite passages are those dealing with the Peggy 'n Howard friendship, which brings me to:


Breathless (2276 words) by atrata
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Howard Stark
Characters: Peggy Carter, Howard Stark
Summary:

Peggy needs Howard's help to get into a ball and stop a nefarious scheme. Meanwhile, Harold Spark finds himself indebted to Betty Carver.



Tagged Peggy/Howard, but really Peggy & Howard, and hilarious, not least because of the Captain America Radio Programm passages which Howard just bought the rights to, with, err, interesting results.

Much as I enjoy Peggy & Howard, the m & f friendship even closer to my heart is Peggy & Jarvis, which is why the next two stories are featuring him in central focus:


The Spy and the Butler (3348 words) by fayedartmouth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter & Edwin Jarvis
Characters: Peggy Carter, Edwin Jarvis
Additional Tags: Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Bonding
Summary:

She’ll prove Howard Stark is innocent, and she’ll prove her worth in the meantime. And if she needs a butler from time to time, then that’s a necessary means to an end.



Aka Peggy's opinion of Jarvis changes through season 1 as their partnership developes.

Columbia (1667 words) by CourtneyCourtney
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mentioned Anna Jarvis/Edwin Jarvis, Past Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers - Relationship, Peggy Carter & Edwin Jarvis, Edwin Jarvis & Howard Stark
Characters: Edwin Jarvis, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Past Character Death, Character Study
Summary:

Edwin Jarvis learns to navigate in the wake of Steve Rogers.


(Slight spoilers for episodes 1.06 and 1.07)




Poor Jarvis has to deal with everyone's emotional baggage re: the late Steve Rogers, but luckily, he's up for it.
selenak: (LondoGkar)
( Nov. 7th, 2015 08:41 am)
Babylon 5:

A Good Death: G'Kar and Londo, after. It reminds me how much I love the two of them in the best way. (Time shall not wither, etc.; just because I don't talk much about B5 these days doesn't mean I adore it and its characters any less.)


MCU:

Wolf Like Me: Natasha character vid using all her appearances in the MCU to draw a fantastic portrait.


And to finish this round of links with something hilarious:

The Hunger Games:

The Hunger Games Trilogy if Percy Jackson had named the chapters: you don't have to be familiar with the Percy Jackson series (I wasn't) to find this a riot. (Hunger Games movie only people, otoh, should probably stay away from the last third of chapter titles, since even in their parodied form, they contain spoilers.)
selenak: (Sternennacht - Lefaym)
( Oct. 7th, 2015 06:28 pm)
One good thing about less than good movies (going by who directed them, I have admittedly no intention of watching this one): they inspire interesting essays. Stonewall being a case in point. There are three essays up already at the excellent website "A Historian goes to the movies", dealing both with the movie and the actual Stonewall Riots, from various angles:


A Butch Too Far: about the movie itself, compared to the historical events.

Saturday Night is all right for fighting: about the five other riot nights the movie skips over, and why they're important.

There's got to be a morning after: what followed the Stonewall Riots.


And some short fanfiction in various fandoms:

Black Sails:

Caution: in which Admiral Hennessey and Alfred Hamilton have a little chat. Great missing scene.

Star Wars

Reasonable Sacrifice: meta-story which offers both good Anakin characterisation and a good explanation for force ghost Anakin's switching appearances in the various editions of Return of the Jedi.

Agent Carter or Captain America or MCU in general:

Loneliness and his friends: in between missions conversation between Howard Stark and Steve Rogers, with Peggy the main subject, well written for what Howard doesn't say as much as for what he does in the light of Agent Carter's season 1 finale.
If you should happen to be in or near Los Angeles during the next week, if you're interested in a) German literature, b) exiles, c) Judaism, or d) all of the above, why not check out this conference? A great many of the presentations and debates will be in English. I'll be attending as well, which means I'll be in LA from Thursday till Sunday (then it's back to Europe).

Meanwhile, have some fanfic recs:


The Hobbit:


Three Adventures Belladonna Took Never Went On : great, endearing portrait of Bilbo's famous mother Belladonna. Her relationship with Gandalf reminds me a bit of Amy Pond and the Eleventh Doctor here. (You'll see what I mean when you read it.) And, something I haven't seen in fanfiction, there's a dead-on take on the narrator voice Tolkien employed in The Hobbit.


Richard III, Shakespeare version:

Under a Hog: darkly hilarious American politics AU of Shakespeare's play from the pov of Richard's campaign workers. Bonus point for not needing Henry Tudor at all and making Lizzie Woodville his rival instead, campaigning for her dead husband's seat.


York Tetralogy: and history:

The Daisy Queen: what formed Marguerite d'Anjou. The author superbly uses actual French history, most of all Marguerite's hardcore grandmother Queen Yolande.
selenak: (Kitty Winter)
( Sep. 1st, 2015 01:46 pm)
Both set after season 3, and thus commenting on them means spoilers for the events and the finale of that season, which means:

Recs beneath the cut )
selenak: (Equations by Such_Heights)
( Aug. 30th, 2015 07:39 pm)
I was on the road the entire day, but some delightful fanworks were awaiting:

Doctor Who:

Pompeii: fantastic vid about Clara and Twelve. This last season clicked for me in a way no other Moffat season has done, and the relationship between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara is a big part way, along with Clara (present day Clara) coming into focus for me and gong from generic Companion to highly individual unmistakable CLARA. This vid captures a lot about Clara and the Doctor, and why I'm looking forward to the new season starting in a few weeks!

Once upon a Time/Once upon a Time in Wonderland:

The White Queen's Quest: what really happened with Will and Ana post -Wonderland and during the fourth season of OuaT. The way Will was (not) used and there was zilch explanation about Ana, when their story had been my favourite storyline of the spin-offs one season, wasn't my only issue with s4 of OuaT, not by far. But it's one fanfiction can fix, and this is a great example.

(BTW, I've aquired the third season of OuaT on dvd and am looking forward to a rewatch. Because I still love the first three seasons, and am curious to find out whether the third season, which during broadcast I thought was best and should have been the conclusion, still feels that way going back.)

Black Sails:

The Sundering Sea: novel-length, amazing fanfiction which can't be described in an unspoilerly for season 2 way, since it's set afterwards. Spoiler cut. )
selenak: (Romans by Kathyh)
( Aug. 23rd, 2015 07:56 pm)
Two stories by the same author, different fandoms:

Rome (and history):

Blood on the coliseum floor: never mind the title, the story itself avoids the coliseum anachronism (it wasn't around yet for a few decades more, being a Flavian building). This is a sharp, unforgettable Octavian/Augustus portrait. Not a character easily rendered in fiction, but this is an utterly convincing portrait both of the Rome version and of what I know of the actual man.

Buffy:

White on White: and here we have a Spike portrait, just as sharply drawn, emphasizing his relationships with Dru, Angel and Darla, which is one but not the only reason why I was so drawn into it.
selenak: (Katniss by Monanotlisa)
( Jul. 9th, 2015 07:42 am)
Had a couple of stressful (though in a good way) days. These short, excellet portrait type stories were good to relax with:

Mad Max: Fury Road.

the green place (1745 words) by OwlinAMinor
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mad Max Series (Movies), Mad Max: Fury Road
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Furiosa (Mad Max), Imperator Furiosa
Additional Tags: Character Study, Post-Movie, Rebuilding
Summary:


I live again.




The Hunger Games:

Prep (835 words) by flyingcarpet
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Haymitch Abernathy, Peeta Mellark
Additional Tags: Canon Compliant
Summary:

Haymitch learned interview strategy the hard way.

selenak: (Darla by Kathyh)
( Jul. 1st, 2015 06:50 am)
I'm currently in Prague again (as enchanting as in April, though as then, I'm not here for sightseeing), so have little time, but did manage to browse throught this year's remixes. Here are some I especially enjoyed:

Buffy:

Letters never sent (The Crumbled Sheets Remix

Xander, trying to tell Jesse's parents what happened in the BTVS pilot. It's a story entirely composed of letter attempts, terse, gutwrenching and all too likely.

Fairy Tales:

Feathers and Nettles (The Sibling Remix)

Based on Anderson's tale of the six swans, a story about the youngest brother and his sister. Bittersweet.

Galaxy Quest:

Like no business I know (The Climbing Uphill Remix)

How Gwen experienced the show. Loved it.

MCU:

Magic Boxes (The What Remains Remix):

Howard builds magic boxes and out of them come weapons. Tony is his greatest creation and his worst nightmare.

Takes the various versions of Howard movies and Agent Carter have presented and creates a coherent whole. It also includes the encounter between Peggy and Vision I never knew I wanted until I read it!
selenak: (Peggy and Jarvis by Asthenie_VD)
( Jun. 26th, 2015 10:42 am)
RL business makes for haste:

Amusing especially if you know your Elizabethan history:

21 Things only kids who grew up in the 1590s will understand



Agent Carter:


hey good looking, what's cooking (12363 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter & Angie Martinelli
Characters: Peggy Carter, Angie Martinelli, Edwin Jarvis, Anna Jarvis, Jack Thompson, Daniel Sousa
Additional Tags: Female-Centric, Feminist Themes, Period-Typical Sexism, Undercover, Bechdel Test Pass, Espionage, Domestic
Summary:

Dottie Underwood has been spotted again. Now they just have to find her.



Case fic! With Jarvis in it! And Anna! At last! (Not that I'm against case fics involving Peggy and the SRR team solely, but to really love it, I need my Jarvis(es) included.


The Hunger Games:

Vid: In the 99 (48 words) by cosmic_llin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hunger Games (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katniss Everdeen & Effie Trinket
Characters: Effie Trinket, Katniss Everdeen
Additional Tags: Video, Fanvids, Social Justice, Inequality, Female Friendship, Epiphanies
Summary:

Effie, Katniss, the Districts and the Capitol.




Coulld also be called "The Education of Effie Trinket". The movies, both due to Elizabeth Banks' performance and the script giving her more to do and to react to than the novels, made Effie from comic relief/symbol of Capitol glamorization of the Games into someone I really care about. Here in this vid, the contrast between Effie doing the reading of names at the start of the story and Effie reading Katniss' one and a half movies later is especially startling.


Harry Potter
:


So there will be a prequel theatre play about James and Lily Potter? More about the Lily-Petunia relationship sounds promising, and otoh I just know this will restart dozens of fannish wars....
selenak: (Alex (Being Human)  - Arctic Flower)
( Jun. 3rd, 2015 11:28 am)
Mad Max: Fury Road:

...is rapidly gaining fanfiction, and a considerable part of it imagines the backstories of the "wives". I was impressed by this version:


Hope In A Handful Of Dust (3515 words) by FayJay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mention of Toast/OFC. This isn't a shippy fic, but reference is made to past relationships & future ones
Characters: Toast the Knowing, The Splendid Angharad, Capable, Cheedo the Fragile, The Dag, Furiosa
Additional Tags: Canon Compliant, Prequel, Backstory
Summary:

When the Traders come in sight of the Citadel, Toast feels hope for the first time since she heard the screams begin, and it feels like claws in her chest. Even across the miles of yellow sand, with the heat-haze shivering the horizon, she can see the shocking smear of green atop the rocks. Life.


“Do you see what I see?” breathes The Dag, pressing her face closer to the tinted window. Her voice is hoarse, and her too-pale skin has scorched an ugly red where she has sat too close to the glass. They are none of them ready for this topside life, not in any respect; nothing in the teachings of Squirrel or Miriam or The Magdalen prepared them for this.


“Mirage,” says Toast, crushing the seeds of hope in her heart. “It isn’t real.”


“Water,” says Cheedo, following their gaze. Bruising mottles her face with vivid purple and green. She hasn’t spoken in three days.


“It’s nothing,” Toast snarls, because it is better to be numb than to feel hope here at the end of the world.


Angharad frowns at her, and cards long fingers through Cheedo’s dusty hair.


“It’s water,” she says.



(Toast-centric backstory for the wives.)





Being Human:

For all the early Spike & Dru indebted-ness, Daisy and Ivan were very much their own characters, and I was sorry we never saw Daisy again post season 2, so I was thrilled by this great "missing scene" set in very early s3:


The Lilies of the Field (1744 words) by goldfinch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Being Human (UK)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Daisy Hannigan-Spiteri/John Mitchell, Daisy Hannigan-Spiteri/Ivan (Being Human UK), the vaguest most unsatisfactory John Mitchell/Annie Sawyer
Characters: Daisy Hannigan-Spiteri, John Mitchell, Anthony Michael McNair, Nina Pickering
Summary:

She goes to Barry, once, after Ivan. After everything.

And in today's entry of "Links for people who didn't hate Age of Ultron":



Earth's Mightiest Monsters: thoughtful meta on the movie.



Fanfiction:

on second thought, better to use a spoilers for the movie cut )
This trailer for an upcoming Supergirl tv show (which I hadn't known was upcoming) awoke powerful Lois & Clark nostalgia in me - a DC tv show which doesn't go for grimdark but for joy and dorkiness in its characters? Bring it on! This looks delightful.


Better Call Saul:

Eleven (13432 words) by AddioKira
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Better Call Saul (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Saul Goodman | Jimmy McGill/Kim Wexler
Characters: Kim Wexler, Jimmy McGill, Howard Hamlin, Burt, Ernie, Mrs. Nguyen, Mrs. Landry, Daniel
Additional Tags: Anxiety, friends or more than friends?, Sex Dreams, car theft, Flashbacks
Summary:

Kim waits outside of Judge Murray's courtroom for Jimmy to arrive.



Kim and her relationship with Jimmy before, during, after the show, not in linear fashion. Fantastic Kim and Jimmy characterisation. Dammit, show, why did you manage to make me care so much?

BtVS/AtS:

In Imbolic (1617 words) by duh_i_write
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Angel: the Series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drusilla/Spike
Characters: Darla (AtS), Spike (BtVS), Drusilla (BtVS)
Additional Tags: Vampire Family, Canon-Typical Violence, Paganism, Non-Graphic Violence, Background Relationships, Episode Related
Summary:

If China taught Darla nothing, it was that a little sentiment remained in her, like the last mouthful of blood that remained stubbornly in the vein, thick and bitter.



The time after Angel(us) had left and before Darla, Drusilla and Spike parted ways has always intrigued me but rarely gets written about in fanfic, or it did the last time I looked. This story addresses this lack beautifully. Darla, you're still my favourite vampire of them all.
Rewatched Age of Ultron with friends who saw it for the first time, still liked what I had liked during the first watching, warmed up to the twins to the degree that when I went looking for fanfic afterward, a great deal of what I read was about Wanda, and generally enjoyed the fannish experience of being with people who just plain loved it. Which can be incredibly relaxing.

Since the couple of post-movie tales I found and liked are spoileryfor the movie by descriptions, all my recs shall be hidden under a cut.

Read more... )
Some Pottery tales, if you're in the mood for fanfiction:


Academic Pursuits: a great Snape portrait offering several aspects, and while covering all his life manages, rare in Snape stories that include his relatonship with Lily, to focus on the friendship they shared when young rather than on the later pining (sidenote: I always thought making it a MUTUAL childhood friendship before things went sour was really important in canon).
In a name more Lily and Snape friendship, same author

Respite: in which McGonnagall, just before the final battle at Hogwarts, finds out a few things from Dumbledore's portrait in the headmaster's study. Great Minerva throughout, and a killer punchline.

Censorship: a look at Hermione with her parents between school terms. The way she must have self edited increasingly as her life at Hogwarts grew ever more dangerous. Oh, Hermione.

Circatrix: the three Black sisters, Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa. Beautiful and subtle.

The sleeper awakes: how Percy went from supporting the Ministry to joining the resistance in the year of DH. I especially appreciate there isn't just one Eureka moment for Percy, but a gradual process.
..in reverse order.

Call the Midwife: don't have much to say other than it was lovely as usual. I'm a bit torn on Avril doing something spoilery ) This was the first episode where we see old Jenny, whose voiceover was the narrative voice throughout and apparantly is here to stay, but I'm not sure whether the framing scenes with Vanessa Redgrave had any other point than to ressure us of this, given that young Jenny has left the show and it is now later seasons Blake's 7. :) Not that it wasn't nice to see her, of course. As to the rest of the gang, everyone was as endearing as always. Cynthia doing something spoilery ) This is still my comfort show, and the way it treats not just one but a myriad of choices women make as valid is a great part of why.

Now, as to Yuletide. I'm trying not to let the usual Yuletide angst get to me (i.e. repeating the "self, the recipient and a few others liked your stories on the first day, you can't expect more with small-even-for-Yuletide fandoms and no one having recced them elsewhere so far" mantra). Here are a few more stories I loved reading:

Euripides: Bacchae

Agave in Illyria: Half poetry, half prose, gorgeously creepy and cruel in its take on two sisters who went through some of the most gruesome fates Greek myths have in store.


Benjamin January Mysteries:

Escargots: casefic! With Rose as the leading detective, co-starring Olympe and Augustus Mayerling. Set while Ben is off in Washington, and immensely enjoyable to read.

Where there's a will: lovely missing scene about Chloe and Dominique making the transition to the friends we see them be in the last few novels.


The Musketeers:

Knife to a musket fight: in which Porthos gives Constance more self defense lessons. Fantastic friendship story, and the last line packs a punch.


Hilary Mantel: A place of greater safety:

Our wars will be our own: because if Camille, Lucille and Danton didn't have a threesome, they ought to have had.

Pride:

Step into Christmas (the admission is free): Steph spends Christmas with Gethin and Jonathan mid movie; the story has the great characterisation and warmth the film did, and is lovely to read.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:

Start with the first ten: in which John Henry becomes. John Henry, Savannah, Catherine Weaver and James Ellison were the other family in SCC, and I'm always thrilled to discover fic dealing with that. This one manages to come up with a John Henry perspective which feels plausibly A.I., and specifically an A.I. which developes as radically as John Henry does. I loved it.

Watership Down:

The Mercy of Frith: The story of Blackavar, one of the most intriguing minor characters in the novel. Intense and marvellously written.

The Wire:

Whereever you go, there you are: Randy and Carver, years post show. Heartbreaking, yet also hopeful.
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
( Dec. 26th, 2014 10:40 am)
Just a first bunch, I still have so much more to read.


Breaking Bad:

These lifeless things: Skyler post show, looking back, trying to find a forward, with an emphasis on the Skyler and Marie relationship: as devastatingly intense as the show itself.

Dune: (Or rather, the tv version)

In the first days: Irulan and the twins. I've always had a soft spot for Irulan, one character I thought the tv version did do better by than the books, and here we see how the twins, and what happens with Leto in God Emperor of Dune, affect her.

Galaxy Quest:

Galaxy Gals : in which Gwen and Leilari give an interview, and it's not about their uniforms. As with all the Gwen centric GQ fanfiction posted in Yuletides past and present, this is great, and I love the look we get at how Leilari adapts to Earth. (And the art of lying acting.)

Historical Fiction:

Come the good peasant to cheer: AU. Edward the Black Prince--now Edward IV of England--has been king for four years. Now the peasants have rebelled, the Black Prince wants to declare war on them all, and his stubborn, determined queen, Joan of Kent, is desperately trying to prevent utter disaster. Great AU, and extremely entertaining historical fiction.

Hallowmas, or Shortest of Days: Richard II.'s second queen, Isabelle, was a child (something Shakespeare's play ignores); here she meets the ghost of her predecessor, Anne of Bohemia, and the result is amazingly endearing.


Penny Dreadful:

Aside from the stories I received, which I already recced:

Teranga: Sembene! This is the backstory of Sembene which the show hasn't given us (yet). Fantastic world building, and it's awe-inspiringly good.

A breath to notice: the unfolding Ethan and Vanessa friendship. Which I guess will become a romance in season 2, because I recognize set up when I see it, but in the meantime, I can enjoy them as platonic friends as in this story.


Twin Peaks:

Through the woods and far away: in which Audrey Horne rescues Agent Cooper from the Black Lodge. This is so my headcanon now.


West Side Story:

If it's sewing, she sews: Maria puts her life together, stitch by stitch. I love stories about grief and yet moving on, I tell you, and this is a fine one, taking full advantage of the fact that Maria, unlike her predecessor Juliet, doesn't die.
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