selenak: (Ace by Kathyh)
( Jul. 26th, 2014 05:53 pm)
Darth Real Life is after me again, keeping me busy. I hear the first episode of Capaldi!Doctor is going to be shown in cinemas the way the big anniversary episode was, and while Munich is bound to be among the cinemas in question, I shan't be there on the 28th of August; I'll be in Bamberg with the Aged Parents and thus confined to the small screen experience, alas.

Listing to all the Seventh Doctor audios recently put me in the mood for the Doctor and Ace again, and so I'm glad a commenter pointed me towards a fantastic story in which the Eleventh Doctor and Ace have an adventure together: Dragons of the Mind. It's based on tv canon only, uses the bit we hear about Ace and the other former Companions in a certain Sarah Jane Adventures episode and presents a plausible version of an older Ace, who is more mature but still very much herself.

Moving over to X-Men: The Consequence of Faith is a lovely exploration of just what may have motivated Mystique to perform a Logan-related action near the end of the movie, and touches on her relationship with Charles, always one of my favourite things about the prequels.

And lastly, not a fanfic, but it might as well be: The email Tom Hiddleston wrote to Joss Whedon upon first reading the Avengers script. Damm it, Hiddleston. You will not draw me into your cult, no matter how adorable and enthusiastic you are. It. will. not. work. I shall resist by thinking of how you are to blame for the Loki woobification. But damm, you're making it haaaaaard!
selenak: (Berowne by Cheesygirl)
( Jun. 15th, 2014 07:37 pm)
Watching the Tennant Richard II and rewatching some Hollow Crown stuff put me in the mood for Shakespearean Histories fanfiction. Chances are all the stories listed below are already known to anyone interested, but just in case they aren't, or you'd like to do some rereading:

Here is what I enjoyed reading most )
selenak: (Hank McCoy by Stacyx)
( May. 27th, 2014 11:05 am)
More X-recs, and an apology for being late with comment replies, I'm on the road again with only intermittent internet access. So:

Agenda (977 words) by Unforgotten
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Charles Xavier, Raven Darkholme
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary:

A year and a half post-DoFP, Raven shows up at the mansion, but she didn't come just to catch up with Charles.



Which is the type of siblings post movie story I've been looking for.

A Moment in Time (1078 words) by Shanynde
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hank McCoy/Raven | Mystique
Characters: Hank McCoy, Raven | Mystique, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr
Summary:

Scene after DOFP. So spoilers. After the White House "Incident" Hank reminisces, thinks and sees an old friend.



Very plausible Hank and his perspective on Raven.

smacked upside of the head by the harsh daylight (2595 words) by paperclipbitch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men (Movies), X-Men - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pietro Maximoff/Wanda Maximoff
Characters: Pietro Maximoff, Wanda Maximoff, Charles Xavier
Additional Tags: Community: cottoncandy_bingo, only really incest if you squint, like they could be really close if you wanted them to be, i know wanda wasn't in the movie, shut up, i don't know why the movie renamed him peter either, what's up with that, no attempt to make the seventies look like the seventies, idk it's after one am let's have all the tags, i just love pietro and wanda sfm
Summary:

[set during Days of Future Past]

“Bad idea,” Wanda sing-songs.

“I haven’t had a good one since nineteen sixty-three,” Peter replies.



Actually the internet tells me one of the production people mentioned there was a line in the script establishing Wanda (as a twin, not a younger sister) does exist in the movieverse, she just wasn't on camera. This fanfiction comes up with a plausible movieverse Wanda and missing scenes for the Maximoff twins.
selenak: (First Class by Hidden Colours)
( May. 24th, 2014 05:49 pm)
Having seen the movie again at a matineee this morning, I'm as happy a fangirl as ever, which means ) being on the lookout for fellow squeeful reactions, and b) for movie inspired fanfiction. The former is supplied by Andraste's review. Here are some of the results of my quest looking for the later:



Shed My Skin: To put it unspoilery, Hank and Charles pre-Days of Future Past.


Spring: Charles post-movie, with a heavy focus on the friendship with Hank.


X number of moves: this, otoh, are Charles and Erik on the plane in their intense dysfunctional glory.


Alas, no Mystique tales yet to rec; well, there was one but it isn't finished yet. Off I go to scout elsewhere for more!
selenak: (Puppet Angel - Kathyh)
( May. 14th, 2014 10:12 am)
State of the [personal profile] selenak: was terribly busy yesterday, which included visiting several breathtakingly lovely towns in the Elsass/Alsace (German and French name for the province respectively, I don't know the English name, I'm afraid.) I made some great photos which I'll try to upload as soon as I have wi fi again. Did check on my mail in between, which brought me several nice comments on my Rarewomen story about Harmony, which made me happy, but so far the only people who liked my Remix story, which is one of those ambitous "I poured my heart and soul into this!" things, seem to have been my remixee and the beta reader. Never mind reviews, there aren't even other kudos. (Cue inner "but WHY?" wail of despair every time I check my mail.) This makes me profoundly depressed and in danger of getting whiny, so I shall stop and instead present some recs of other stories:

Breaking Bad:

Five Gifts for Holly White (and one she gave)

A great future fic giving us a plausible Holly growing up, which offers great glimpses at Skyler, Marie, Flynn and Gretchen as well.

Narcissa Through the Looking Glass

a Harry Potter/Game of Thrones crossover which not only pulls that premise of but does so in the backstory era for both sagas. Narcissa Not-yet-Malfoy but Black accidentally ends up with the Tully sisters, Catelyn and Lysa, and the result is eminently entertaining to read.
The other day I came across about a great post about Tiana from Disney's "Princess and the Frog. Among the newer Disney heroines (i.e. last decade or so), Tiana is still my favourite, and that article made me go and rent the dvd to rewatch her movie. Yes, still my favourite. And still so unusual in its genre, if you ask me. You've got herones wanting freedom (either for themselves or for their family/country), you've got heroines who want romance, but Tiana's ambition - to have her own restaurant - doesn't owe anything to either romance or fantasy. Ambition as a trait is so often treated with suspicion in YA fiction, unless it comes in a tomboyish form (i.e. heroine living in vaguely medieval, sexist fantasy world wants to live like a man) , and here it's treated as a sympathetic key motivation of the heroine. I'll always love that spoilers for Disney under the cut. )Incidentally, for all that so much was made about Frozen putting a relationship between sisters in its centre, rewatching The Princess and the Frog reminded me that actually all of the most recent Disney heroines have meaningful relationships with other female characters in their narratives, and as opposed to Frozen, there are more than two important female character around in Tiana's case - her mother, her friend Charlotte and Mama Odie, all of whom are important to her and the story. (Post Princess and Frog, we got Tangled which had a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship in its centre and Merida with a mother and daughter relationship in need of repair at its center, and the witch who is key to the transformation as a third important female character. Disney products have their problems, but all of the more recent ones are actually doing pretty well in including important relationships between women.)

Avengers and the actors who play them:

- a nice profile of Mark Ruffalo, talking about politics and acting


- RDJ tweeting a photo of the cast and Joss having lunch while shooting Avengers II

Post-Cap 2 fanfiction:

The Favored Sons of History (1570 words) by zeen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alexander Pierce & The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury & Alexander Pierce
Characters: Alexander Pierce, Nick Fury, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Abuse of Authority, Parallels, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Seventies Robert Redford
Summary:

Alexander Pierce and his justifications.



I'd been hoping someone would tackle Pierce (and his relationship with Nick Fury), so was delighted to see this.



Problem Solving (4544 words) by persiflet
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man (Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bruce Banner/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Pepper Potts & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Maria Hill, James Rhodes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Background Relationship, Neuroatypical Characters, Moral Dilemmas, Female Friendship, Panic Attacks
Summary:

Spoilery stuff happens )

. Pepper Potts deals with the aftermath.



By now there are a lot of "other Avengers and friends reacting to Cap 2 events" stories. This one puts Pepper Potts in the spot light, remembers her backstory with Natasha from Iron Man 2, doesn't forget Rhodey exists - something that used to happen a lot though less so after Iron Man 3; hopefully Sam Wilson won't suffer the same fate -, and assumes an established three way relationship between her, Tony and Bruce which is so my headcanon until we're explicitly told otherwise. It also falls under the rare category of story that doesn't assume everyone is best buddies post Avengers. I've seen a lot of people wondering why there is no Watsonian reason given for Steve and Natasha not contacting Tony during The Winter Soldier, which I didn't have a problem with. I mean, I like the stories written pre Cap 2 in which everyone became friends and moved into the tower as much as the next fan, but: what we actually know is that Tony kept contact with Bruce, not with any of the others, and that Steve kept contact (and work with) Natasha and Nick Fury, not any of the others. In The Winter Soldier, it's noticable that while Steve refers to Howard Stark as "Howard" in dialogue, Tony Stark still is "Stark" (in both a Steve-Fury and a Steve-Natasha conversation), so chances are that MCU Steve at this point still thinks of Tony as "my friend Howard's annoying son who turned out to be a good comrade in arms when we were busy saving earth but who otherwise gets on my nerves", not as a friend in his own right. Moreover, spoilery arguments ensue. ) As for Natasha, Natasha who was SHIELD's mole in Stark Industries during Iron Man 2 has better reason than anyone to be aware of the likelihood Stark Industries may still be infiltrated, which means a phonecall to Tony in the middle of the Cap 2 events would alert far more people than Tony. (In fact, given that Nick Fury in Cap 2 admits to spoilery things ), I'm 100% sure Natasha had a successor as a mole at Stark Industries.) In conclusion: not calling Tony Stark during Cap 2 made Watsonian sense to me. Doesn't mean he's going to be happy about it, which the story also deals with.


Once upon a Time:

Once in Purpose: bugging your friends about stories they need to write so pays off, she says smugly. This one deals with, to put it as unspoilery as possible, Rumplestilskin's mental situation at a certain point in s3.


Harry Potter

The Journey of a Thousand Miles (7069 words) by igrockspock
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Luna Lovegood, Xenophilius Lovegood, Severus Snape
Summary:

After the end of the war, Luna makes two surprising discoveries: her father attempted to give Harry to Lord Voldemort, and Severus Snape is alive.



This is both a beautiful Luna character exploration and a story featuring a surviving Snape which manages to avoid the most popular clichés, i.e. pairing him up with one of his former students and/or ignore he really is a pain to live with.
selenak: (Black Widow by Endlessdeep)
( Apr. 17th, 2014 09:18 am)
Having arrived at the APs for the holidays, I'm having a busy time as always. Here are a few links collected over the last week or so:

Remember me praising Adrian Lester in Red Velvet, a play about Ira Aldridge, first black Othello on the London stage and Shakespearean theatre star with a heavy price to play for his 19th century stardom? Here he is performing a scene from said play, albeit not in costume.

You know, I haven't read a biography of Benjamin Franklin yet, I only know him from fictional presentations (he's a main character in on of Lion Feuchtwanger's novels, and of course features heavily in anything about the American Revolution), but one of these days, I really must get around to that. Check out his advice to a young man as to why it makes more sense to take an older mistress than to take a younger one!

And now for a few Cap 2 inspired tales, the descriptions of which are all spoilery, so they must go under a cut.

Spoilery Fanfic awaits )
I'm at a conference right now, but I just have to share these marvellous stories. Tolkienverse fanfiction (can be read by bookverse purists or movieverse friendly readers)


The Mercy of the Fallen: in which Elrond (and his twin brother Elros) have a complicated childhood. (It involves being raised by the men who killed their family.)

In the Service of the Elven King: In which a young Aragorn is introduced to Thranduil by Gandalf, and three quite different perspectives clash - and meld.
selenak: (Bruce and Tony by Corelite)
( Mar. 21st, 2014 03:35 pm)
On the road again, and thus parted from tv. I feel weird about my [profile] rarewomen assignment this year, not in a bad way, it's just that the recipient & I were matched in three fandoms, and I'm just not used to having that much of a choice? Also I may have to revisit some old canon to get the voices right, but that's okay, I love the fandoms in question.

Meanwhile, have some recs in several fandoms:

Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit:

Wounds (1820 words) by Ias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hobbit (Jackson movies), The Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Éowyn & Tauriel
Characters: Tauriel, Éowyn
Additional Tags: Past Kili/Tauriel, Grief/Mourning, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

She had sat by many bedsides. She did not know why she thought of him now, with this golden-haired woman lying still and cold as death beside her.



In which Tauriel from The Hobbit movieverse pays a visit to Eowyn when the later is in the House of Healing. Lovely to read, and good voices for Eowyn and Tauriel both.

Avengers:

The Art of Convincing (4085 words) by zarabithia
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (2012), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Bruce Banner/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Bruce Banner/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Summary:

Pepper doesn't plan on falling in love with Bruce. Tony probably doesn't mean to, either.



In the wake of Avengers and of Iron Man 3, I've read several charming stories in which Pepper, Tony and Bruce come to a three way arrangement, but these (at least the ones I read, which I realise may not be representative) were usually from Tony's or Bruce's pov. This story, by contrast, is from Pepper's and takes the trouble of letting her to get to know Bruce first (since on screen they haven't interacted yet) and shows what the attraction of such a constellation would be for her. (I mean, I do appreciate it in other stories, too, when the canon girlfriend isn't just declared invalid, evil or killed off to make way for the slash pairing but a threesome sometimes gives you the impression it's only there so one or both male partners don't have to feel bad about cheating, not because the author is really interested in the female partner. So I'm extra thrilled to find a story where the female partner is the focus!)

When You Go That Way (Four Times Bruce And Tony Never Met, One They Did) (2384 words) by seularen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bruce Banner/Tony Stark
Characters: Bruce Banner, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Pre-Relationship, Mentions of attempted suicide
Summary:

Tony Stark?”

“The same.” As if there'd been another. Kinsella shakes his head. “They won every year he was enrolled. Wasn’t even a competition. That kid was unstoppable.”

I could’ve stopped him,’ Bruce thinks, looking down at the floor, saying nothing. 'Or at least, it would have been fun trying.'



What the title says. Witty and sharp.
selenak: (Clint and Natasha by Corelite)
( Mar. 6th, 2014 09:34 am)
When [personal profile] thalia_seawood visited last week, we chatted on the (cinematic) Marvelverse (and watched some), which sent me on a reading binge. Or rather, a looking-for-stories binge, since I'm not into several of the most popular pairings and was in the mood for gen more than romance anyway, but luckily, the fandom is so large that you can find what you're looking with some patience. Or with lucky, when there happens to be a ficathon at the same time.



The Sky and I (6706 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Thor
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Thor The Dark World Compliant, Iron Man 3 Compliant, Captain America the Winter Soldier Compliant, (as much as it can be with the film not being out yet), Recovery, Developing Friendships, Introspection, New York, Not Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Compliant, Thor Is Not Stupid
Summary:

If this is going to work, Clint needs to remember that Thor is not his brother.



This is not only one of those rare stories where Clint gets to deal with what Loki did to him in Avengers without the story leading up to hurt/comfort sex, but also a rare story that uses Thor in ways other than make fish-out-of-water jokes and/or pair him up with Loki. It makes sense that Clint would be wary at first around another Asgardian, but team-building stories post Avengers rarely tackle that, either. In short, it's a gem all around, and while Clint and Thor are the main focus, all the other Avengers are well written, too, and I loved reading it.


Queen of the Mountain (1397 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov
Summary:

Remix fic, Avengers Remix Round 2


Tony needs some help, some advice on heroing. He gets a little more than anticipated.



Also a rarity: Tony and Natasha bonding (again, without leading uip to a pairing). This one is set post Iron Man 3, and executes its "Tony learns from Natasha" premise very well indeed in a short space.


Once Around the Park (1896 words) by AnonEhouse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies), Iron Man (Comic), Iron Man - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Happy Hogan & Tony Stark
Characters: Happy Hogan, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Crack Treated Seriously, Fluff and Crack, First Meetings
Summary:

A totally non-canonical version of how Tony and Happy met.

(Although it's entirely possible that Marvel simply refused to tell the truth. I've read at least 2 different versions in the comics.)



Iron Man 3 left me craving more stories about Happy Hogan, and while there still aren't many, there are now at least some, including this delightful "first meeting" tale.
A Light In Shadows (2026 words) by icarus_chained
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings (Movies), The Hobbit (Jackson movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins & Elrond
Characters: Elrond, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Isildur, Thorin Oakenshield, The Fellowship of the Ring
Additional Tags: Prompt Fic, Friendship, Temptation, Strength, Betrayal, Pain, Hope, history, War, Survival
Summary:

After the Fellowship have set out, Elrond and Bilbo discuss rings, and kings, and things that are more important than treasures, no matter how wicked and lovely and persuasive they may be.



I still remember how, when I watched Fellowship for the first time, the flashback with Isildur and Elrond at Mount Doom brought home an emotional history to me in a way the books hadn't, possibly because I had been much younger when reading them. This lovely gem of a story uses that emotional history for Elrond, and Bilbo's history with Thorin, and gives them a wonderfull missing scene discussion at Rivendell.


Of Spiders and other Menaces: set between novels/films, this story sees Arwen and her grandfather Celeborn visit Thranduil's court. Arwen's reactions to the Silvan elves, her trying to figure out what it means to her to be an elf and part human, all makes for a great character sketch and I love the grace and wit of the dialogues.

From such great heighs: Gandalf and Galadriel in ye olde days. Because Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen have awesome chemistry and the characters really need more fanfiction. This is golden.
selenak: (Elizabeth - shadows in shadows by Poison)
( Jan. 27th, 2014 08:02 am)
Festivids went live, and there is much to watch. Now, I don't rate The Tudors much as a show, but it did have the occasional good performance, and of course it provides good visual. (Other than Jonathan Rhys Meyer as an ever thin Henry, which, well, enough said.) Vids, however, can do amazing things with flawed sources, and this year there are two good ones using The Tudors. One of them takes the wives and makes the point Abigail Nussbaum eloquently made in her review of Hilary Mantel's Cromwell novels:

One of the reasons that the story of Henry VIII is retold so often is how versatile it is. It encompasses family, politics and religion, and has so many interesting movers and shakers, that you could tell it from almost any perspective and in almost any way--tragedy, romance, soap opera, political intrigue, farce--and end up with a good story. But to me, the story is, at its heart, about women. It would be hard to come up with a better illustration of how patriarchy screws women over, of the zero-sum game they're made to play with other women, of the chutes and ladders a woman must traverse when she sets out to parlay her biology into power, of the inescapable trap that is the virgin-whore dichotomy, than the six wives of Henry VIII. You can play by Catherine's rules, tolerating disrespect and infidelity so long as you get to keep the titles of wife and queen, only to be told that you have to relinquish them, discovering that the protection you thought they offered you has disappeared. You can play by Anne's rules (or rather The Rules), playing the harlot but refusing to give up the goods except for a ring and a crown, but these won't make you any safer than your predecessor, and the power you amassed when your demands for respect were enticing and sexy will melt away as soon as these become grating. If you're unfaithful, you die; if you're faithful, you still die. If you can't bear a male heir, you die; if you do bear a male heir, you still die. And best of all, at no point during this decades-long process will anyone around you stop to consider that maybe the problem here isn't with the women, but with the man who, directly or indirectly, caused the deaths of four out of his six wives. (Actually, the real best part is the surprise twist ending, the fact that all that desperate, bloody scrambling after a male heir results only in the brief, inconsequential reign of Edward VI, while the seemingly unimportant daughter of the ignominiously dispatched Anne Boleyn becomes one of England's most famous monarchs, but most of the characters in Mantel's books will never have the historical perspective necessary to get that joke.)



This vid tells exactly this story



Call the Midwife has an ensemble of endearing characters; I was delighted to find this year's Festivids presents one of them, Shelagh/Sister Bernadette. This vid is a beautiful character portrait of her arc.

And lastly, a Doctor Who fanfic rec, with an awesome Jackie Tyler voice:


Demeter Walks (2395 words) by kaffyrutsky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackie Tyler/Pete Tyler, Jackie Tyler & Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler & the Doctor
Characters: Jackie Tyler
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Character Study, POV First Person
Summary:

I walk a lot these days. And I owe it to Rose and himself.

Jackie Tyler talks about love, loss and learning.
selenak: (Thorin by Meathiel)
( Jan. 20th, 2014 08:13 am)
Nominations for the Rarewomen ficathon are discussed here; I wonder whether one can still nominate Judi Dench's M, or whether the fact her letter, if not herself shows upon the juggernaut of Bond/Q stories means she doesn't qualify as a rare woman anymore?

On to some fanfic recs:

Harry Potter:

One of the most fascinating aspects of the last HP novel was to me the backstory about Dumbledore (and relations); one of the more overlooked characters in the fannish HPverse, as far as an occasional visitor like myself can tell, is Horace Slughorn. (Despite the fact that, Phineas Nigellus the portrait aside, he's the one adult Slytherin character who as far as we know never at any point in his life went Dark Side and who consistently fights against Voldemort.) (I suppose it's the lack of sexiness?) So I was very glad to come across this little gem featuring Slughorn, Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore during events of Half-Blood Prince; you need to know the Deathly Hallows revealed backstory about the Dumbledores to understand what's going on between the brothers, but we're in Slughorn's pov, and it's a lovely character piece about three people - and a Christmas story to boot!

The Messenger


The Hobbit:

If you haven't read the novel and only know the movies, this one contains spoilers for the likely events of the third movie based on the book. It's a terrific Thorin character portrait.

but oh, my heart was flawed (7042 words) by lacking
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Hobbit (Jackson movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Characters: Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins, Durin Family - Character, Dís, Frerin, Fíli, Kíli, Balin, Dwalin, Thranduil, Bard of Laketown, Galadriel
Additional Tags: Character Study, Canonical Character Death, Non-Chronological, Gold Sickness
Summary:

Thorin hopes the story of his life will not be told as a tragedy. And as he looks back on it all, watching for glimpses of sky through the swaying flap of his tent, it’s finally become clear to him that there was never another way for this to end.



Breaking Bad:

Jesse between seasons 2 and 3, in recovery. Or not.

12 Steps/2 Planes/1 Day at a Time (3373 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Breaking Bad
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Jane Margolis/Jesse Pinkman
Characters: Jesse Pinkman, Walter White
Additional Tags: Canon Compliant, Drug Withdrawal, Recovery
Summary:

Jesse spends 45 days coming to terms with who he is and what he's done.

selenak: (Naomie Harris by Lady Turner)
( Jan. 9th, 2014 10:03 am)
Treasure Island:

A Man of Substance (4103 words) by the_alchemist
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Long John Silver/Mrs Silver
Characters: Long John Silver, Mrs Silver
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Trust, Falling In Love, Developing Relationship
Summary:

"Silver is a man of substance; I know of my own knowledge that he has a banker's account, which has never been overdrawn. He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and ... she is a woman of colour ..."

From the few glimpses we get of her, Mrs Silver sounds awesome, and so does their marriage: it seems as though that's the one sphere of life where John is reliable and trustworthy. This is my version of how such a marriage might have come about.


***
I've read (published) prequels and sequels to Treasure Island, and one or two do something with Silver's marriage, but none brings his wife alive as a character in her own right, with her own story, the way this fanfiction does. (In my head, she looks like Naomie Harris, hence icon.) If you've never read Treasure Island or seen an adaption thereof, you can still read this story as a charming, spiky 18th century romance. Highly recommended.

And since I'm in a romantic vein:

The Hobbit (movieverse:

To Turn the Tide of Heaven (9794 words) by LittleBigSpoon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Hobbit (Jackson movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kíli/Tauriel
Characters: Aulë, Tauriel, Kíli
Additional Tags: Greek Mythology - Freeform, Orpheus and Eurydice Myth
Summary:

Kili dies in the Battle of the Five Armies. Tauriel refuses to let it end there.

(Based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice)



***
Very clever use of both Tolkien's mythology (adapted to movieverse purposes) and the Greek one. Until we see what Jackson does with Kili and Tauriel in the third movie, this is my future headcanon.
selenak: (Borgias by Andrivete)
( Dec. 31st, 2013 08:37 am)
One last bunch of Yuletide recs while we're all still anoymous, and also: happy new year to everyone! May 2014 treat you well.

recs for The Borgias, Historical RPF, Lord of the Flies, Puss-in-Boots, Here Be Dragons, The Third Man and The Wire )
selenak: (Skyler by next_to_normal)
( Dec. 28th, 2013 06:55 am)
More Yuletide. Incidentally, I haven't had the chance to watch either of the Christmas specials I want to watch yet - Doctor Who and Call The Midwife, that is - and might not get the chance until after New Year. Being with the family is tricky that way. But it does offer the occasional time to read! And thus, without further ado:

Recs for Breaking Bad, Dexter, Galaxy Quest, The Last Unicorn, Psycho, Robot Series by Isaac Asimov, Sarah Jane Adventures and Watership Down )
selenak: (Alex (Being Human)  - Arctic Flower)
( Dec. 27th, 2013 05:19 am)
Part of the Yuletide experience is also the fretting about one's own stories. I was fretting A LOT until literally an hour ago when I got the lovely feedback from my main recipient which assured me she liked my Yuletide story. (Given she's someone I highly respect in another fandom than the one we were matched, I was mightily relieved.) With that burden off my chest, I can proceed to the reccing stage. :) A first bunch of recs, to be followed by many more, under the cut.

Recs for Being Human, Elementary, Broadchurch, Emma, Coriolanus, Historical RPF, A Place of Greater Safety, Orphan Black )
selenak: (Default)
( Dec. 15th, 2013 11:36 am)
Today's meme post is about a DS9 subject and I'll probably ramble on at some length, but I also have two fanfic recs, hence the extra entry:

Breaking Bad:

The Cleaners
The first time and the last time Walt and Jesse clean up dead bodies together.

Showcases the changes they went through from who they were at the start and who they were near the end of the show in a poignant, intense way.

The Multitude of Thy Mercies (2266 words) by queenofthorns
Chapters: 1/5
Fandom: The Hollow Crown (2012), Richard II - Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 1 - Shakespeare
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Henry IV of England, Henry V of England, John of Gaunt, Richard II of England
Additional Tags: Father-Son Relationship
Summary:

Fathers and sons, House of Lancaster style, complete with willful misunderstanding, and the ways people who love each other can be one another's "dearest enemies"



My favourite thing about this is that it has a sympathetic John of Gaunt (who nonetheless manages to screw up future relations of his son and grandson by observing on a similarity between Hal and Richard II), but even that aside, it's a good Bolingbroke/ future Henry IV exploration.
Ask, and ye shall be given. I did, and artaxastra wrote lovely, lovely Gandalf/Galadriel fanfiction:

By the Falls of Imladris


Meanwhile, Time Magazine did a little story on Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (currently busy promoting their two Broadway plays), and they demonstrate again why no one needs to write RPF for these two, because what could match dialogue like this:

'The first time I saw Ian, he was playing Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing," Stewart remembers. 'Good lord," says McKellen - that was in 1965, and he was a relatively small fry in the stellar Franco Zeffirelli production.
"I was instantly envious of his extraordinary good looks, not to say beauty," says Stewart. "He had a glamour about him."
McKellen: "You sure it wasn't Derek Jacobi?"
selenak: (Thorin by Meathiel)
( Nov. 28th, 2013 08:18 pm)
Breaking Bad:

One of the most thoughtful and touching post-show fics imagining what happens to Jesse:


Yonder Stands Your Orphan (18814 words) by falafelfiction
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Breaking Bad
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Jesse Pinkman, Other(s)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

Post Felina fic. Jesse is desperate to leave his life of crime behind him and yet crime is the only means of survival that he knows. What will it take for Jesse to break free from the person he has been?




The Hobbit (and Lord of the Rings):

I'm still going through the latest from Middleearth that has accumulated since last year, but so far, I find I like Mithen's stories best: you find them all here, but for individual picks, here are two of my favourites. Both are short. The first one is actually set during Return of the King; Dwalin and the other surviving dwarves come to bid their old friend Bilbo farewell before he leaves Middle Earth. It's a lovely missing scene.


The Last Guardian (1340 words) by mithen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hobbit (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Characters: Bilbo Baggins, Dwalin, Elrond
Additional Tags: Farewells, Aging
Series: Part 11 of Slumbers Deep and Dreams of Gold
Summary:

Dwalin and the remaining members of Thorin's Company travel to Rivendell to bid farewell to their burglar.




The other is set post-Hobbit but pre-Lord of the Rings and is a neat example of why subtext often works better than open declarations.

The Lost Treasure (754 words) by mithen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hobbit (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Characters: Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins
Additional Tags: Past major events follow book canon, Angst, POV Outsider
Series: Part 1 of Slumbers Deep and Dreams of Gold
Summary:

"Why have you never married, Cousin Bilbo?"

.

Profile

selenak: (Default)
selenak

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags