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?"

selenak: (Team Bessie by Kathyh)
( Nov. 13th, 2013 11:03 am)
Alas I'm on the road again, which means no internationally broadcast Richard II for me tonight. It also means a lot of time in trains, which is why you get fanfic recs from the recent DW_Remix ficathon.

Bright Shadows (The Don't Be Alone Remix): gives us Madame Vastra and her reaction when the Doctor shows up sans Companions in that interval before The Snowmen. It's a lovely fleshing out of Vastra and her relationship with the Doctor.

News from Santiago (The Keeping Up With the Jones' Remix): this delightful story takes Jo's grandson Santiago, who showed up with Jo (that would be Jo Grant that was, aka one of my favourite Companions) in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode Death of the Doctor, and lets him report the SJA events to various family members. Which makes it sound like a recap, but the story is anything but: you get a portrait of the various familiy members, of the family dynamics, and of course of the SJA characters. It's just a joy to read all around.

Howthe Doctor Cooks (The Eleventh Time Lucky Remix): uses the MacGuffin of the Doctor trying to cook (err, none too successfully most of the time) to give us incredibly enjoyable portraits of eleven Doctor-and-Companion(s) combinations. It's a love declaration to the entire show, basically.


Consanguinitas (The Immortal Perspective) is a remix of my own story, Consanguinitas, which was about Alice Carter's relationship with her father, Jack Harkness, from her point of view. My remixer gave us Jack's point of view, and I was especially thrilled by the way she handled a spoilery for both stories thing. ) Considering Alice and Jack's relationship with her has a deep impact on my own remix, I was doubly pleased my remixer chose to write this particular tale.
On the road again, and thus no Elementary yet, but I did find some Marie-centric fanfiction when checking out whether the Breaking Bad finale might have born some fictional fruit. Two stories, one set pre-show, one after, both with a lovely vivid Marie voice:

Between Me and My Sister (910 words) by mrstater
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Breaking Bad
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Skyler White/Walter White, Marie Schrader & Skyler White, Hank Schrader/Marie Schrader
Characters: Marie Schrader, Skyler White, Walter White
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Sisters
Summary:

Marie’s got a date with a cop, but it’s Skyler who investigates.



A very plausible take on the relationship between the sisters pre canon. The other story's description is spoilery for the last season and thus must be hidden under a cut. )

Again, vivid Marie voice, her love for Hank, her nephew and niece come across intensely, and I hope things play out for her this way post show.
selenak: (LondoGkar)
( Sep. 9th, 2013 09:04 am)
I just saw that TV Tropes also does fanfic recs, and was both pleased and amused that a story of mine made the cut, to wit, In the Pale Moonlight, which got recced in the Babylon 5 section, subsection shipper fic. (Um, I suppose you could call it that? In a unrequited type mindmessing type of way? Since it's about Cartagia and Londo.) The reccer spotted my shameless theft of one of Oscar Wilde's aphorisms for Londo's dialogue, and gratifyingly declares this to be IC for Londo.

Anyway, the great thing about discovering a whole new set of fanfic recs is of course following said recs, which is how I found a short, intense and sublime Once Upon A Time story about what it was like for Henry to grow up in Storybrooke:

Growing Pains (1152 words) by Malteaser
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Henry Mills, Evil Queen | Regina Mills, Jiminy Cricket | Archibald 'Archie' Hopper
Additional Tags: Family, Dysfunctional Family, Family Secrets, Angst, Growing Up
Summary:

Henry Mills grows up in Storybrooke. He's the only one.



Comes in particularly handy when you think, as I admit I sometimes did during originally watching s1 (but not upon rewatching with the whole of canon in mind!) that Henry gives Regina a hard time during the first season. He had reason. Did he ever.


Not courtesy of TV Tropes but spotted by yours truly on the net yesterday were these two gems:


X-Men Movieverse:

Repentance (4526 words) by zandperl
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men (Movieverse), X-Men (Movies), X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr
Additional Tags: Introspection
Summary:

Post-Cure Erik Lehnsherr alternates days playing chess in Central Park and doing chores, except for on the Sabbath. When he makes a new friend who reminds him of an old friend, he realizes the meaning of the Ten Days.



XMFC brought an onslaught of new Charles/Erik stories, but not only did these tend to be more and more AUs with ever more unrecognizable characterisation, they made me miss stories about the older versions of these characters, the Stewart and McKellen shaped ones who first won my heart. So I was very happy to find this one, which manages to use all the movieverse canon and also explores Erik Lehnsherr's Jewish heritage beyond the Holocaust.

Babylon 5:

Drink Deep (3194 words) by Amatara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: G'Kar/Londo Mollari
Characters: Londo Mollari, G'Kar, Vir Cotto
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Drunkenness, Awkward Conversations
Summary:

G'Kar struggles with his sudden status as a religious icon, and Londo realizes he can take some lessons from Vir in how to handle melancholy drunks. Missing scene for the season 5 episode "The Ragged Edge".



There are too few stories exploring G'Kar dealing with both the realisation his religous icon status separated him from his people, the long term effects of the Centauri Occuspation and with what happened to Na'Toth, not to mention what his relationship with Londo turned into. This story tackles it in a short but poignant manner.
In cheerier "actors and the social media" news, the West Wing actors just invented the Walk and Tweet. :)

(Incidentally, the first time I tried to watch The West Wing, the Bush years had just started and I couldn't continue because the gap between reality and fiction was just too big. Then years later I marathoned it at the close of the Bush age, back when not just the US had a lot of hope in change. Which turned out to be the ideal time, because I don't think I could stand to watch The West Wing for the first time right now without feeling sick at that gap again, this time without any hope it will ever change.)

As mentioned, the Being Human rewatch made me check whether anything new by way of fanfiction has been written since the immediate aftermath of the show. Luckily for my working schedule, it turned out there wasn't much that was of interest to me (though there was some, which you'll find below the cut, as I loved reading it). Lots of crossovers with a show called The Almighty Johnsons, in which Mitchell is paired with some of the cast, it seems. I assume this has something to do with the actors - is Aidan Turner in it, or has he acted with some of the actors in it elsewhere? Anyway, I don't know the show, my interest in Mitchell pairings is zero, so, not for me. Then there are crossovers involving Loki (Marvel Cinema Universe version) which do not as if they're about confronting Loki with his victims, so, no. Filtering these out and some that also didn't look promising to me from their summaries and tagging, I finally hit the jackpot with a couple of stories by a single author.

Being Human stories by Zoicite below the cut )
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
( Jul. 29th, 2013 06:41 pm)
Elementary:


Death Before Dusk: usually I don't read stories in which the relationship between Sherlock and Joan turns sexual, but this one is by [profile] yahtzee63, so I gave it a go, and am glad I did. It's a story in which the world is awaiting a meteor strike that will end humanity in three months, which means clearing up murders is not exactly a priority anymore. But Holmes and Watson are on the case anyway. And yes, there is end-of-the-world sex in between, but it's not the main point of the story, and doesn't result in them having sudden epiphanies about the nature of their relationship. A good case story, a clever take on an apocalypse-on-the-horizon genre, and Bell, Gregson and Moriarty (!) all have great appearances.


A Place of Greater Safety/ French Revolution History:

Bonsoir chère maman: this one doesn't announce itself as a crossover, but in a way, you could almost count it as one, between Hilary Mantel's novel about the French Revolution, A Place of Greater Safety, and Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Or you could count it as historical fiction. A vignette about Annette Duplessis, Camille Desmoulins' mother-in-law (after she'd been other things to him) who outlived so many and saw much, experiencing the revolution of 1832. Short, and yet a brilliant character portrait of Annette, who for me was one of the most vibrant characters of Mantel's novel.


Les Porcelets; or, an Afternoon in Arcis : also a vignette: Camille and Danton during that time Danton took Camille and Lucile to meet his family in Acis. Has the novel's wit, emotion and UST.
selenak: (Money by Distempera)
( May. 30th, 2013 05:19 pm)
There is one cinema in Munich which occasionally shows those National Theatre productions from Britain which otherwise we continental Europeans are (legally) deprived of. Considering the RSC is getting into the transmission business with David Tennannt in Richard II, I was already hoping said Munich cinema gets a contract with the Stratford crowd as well, when, lo and behold, I stumbled across this great bit of news: The National Theatre will broadcast a Macbeth starrting Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston! This makes me exceedingly happy, not only because the NT as mentioned is an option here in Munich, but because this is dream casting. With one exception - Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in the 1970s - all the Macbeths, both on screen and on stage, which I've seen had the problem that either Lady M or Macbeth was great, but not both. However, Alex "River Song" Kingston as Lady M and Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth should ensure this problem is solved, and I'm a very happy theatre addict over here.

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Elementary meta by [profile] abigail_n: Watson, I Need You: Thoughts on Elementary's First Season

And a couple of fanfic links:

Iron Man: Show me your true colors Amusing missing scenes Rhodey-centric friendship tale set around IM2 and IM3. The banter between Rhodey and Tony is dead on.


Once More Into The Fray: another good entry of Pepper dealing with the spoilery thing from IM3 subgenre which uses Natasha and the rest of the gang well.


Breaking Bad:


A matter of time: Future fic, terse and heartbreakingly to the point, featuring Skyler and Jesse.
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