selenak: (First Class by Hidden Colours)
Never having watched one of the Wolverine solo movies before, it was the trailer which made me watch this one, the trailer promising a) Charles Xavier as played by Patrick Stewart, b) Logan & young girl, which is the most appealing aspect of any incarnation of Wolverine, both in comics and on the screen, and c) road trip. Also, X-Men: Days of Future Past had actually made me a bit emotionally invested in the Logan-Charles relationship. So to the cinema I went, after doping myself with every cough and sneeze preventing chemical known to men, and lo, I did not regret it.

No more guns in the valley )
selenak: (First Class by Hidden Colours)
There's a scene in this movie where young Jean Grey, Scott Summers and Kurt Wagner have just watched Return of the Jedi and are discussing the Star Wars movies (I thought of [personal profile] penknife and [profile] amenirdis's old X-Men stories!), Kurt being pro Empire Strikes Back while Scott champions A New Hope, and Jean then concludes that at least they can agree that "the third one always is the worst". It's an obvious meta moment that just about gets away with it, and its charm embodies why despite this not really being a good movie I was entertained and glad as to where it left the characters.

more spoilery talk beneath the cut )
selenak: (First Class by Hidden Colours)
of X-Men: Apocalypse, completing the new trilogy of X-Men films.




I'm loving that Mystique is so prominent (Raven's arc through these movies is probably going to end up as my favourite, unless this one is radically different from the two previous ones; also, I love Jennifer Lawrence in the role), and that Moira is back.

Re: central plot indicated: not having read the Apocalypse-containing comics, my immediate thought upon watching the trailer was: so this was where Anne Rice got the Queen of the Dammed storyline from. :)
selenak: (Charles and Raven by Scribble My Name)
Courtesy of dvd releases and the extreme heat meaning lots of time in doors:

Aka the one with 30 additional minutes, of which those featuring Anna Paquin as Rogue are actually not that many. (It's still only a cameo appearance.) This said, there's some good additional character stuff in both time lines there. All of which is spoilery for DoFP. )

In conclusion: worth watching if you're a fan. There's also an audio commentary which I haven't listened to yet, and some more extras.
selenak: (Borgias by Andrivete)
From [personal profile] intrigueing and [personal profile] muccamukk:

In a new post, list ten fic that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

I'm sure I could come up with ten more, but these are the ones that came immediately to mind (and which I could find again online!):

1.) From Me To Q by Julia Houston (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Star Trek in its first three incarnations is one of my oldest fandoms, and the time when TNG and then DS9 were broadcast was when I started to get aquainted with fanfiction, first via fanzines and then via the earliest online archives. Finding this particular story was like striking gold. It's TNG; it's plotty, like a well written episode complete with ethical dilemmas; it's Picard/Q (which was what I was looking for when finding the story) but uses the entire TNG ensemble well; it takes the most reviled of fanfic clichés, the Mary Sue, and gives it a highly original twist. (Well, back then it was original, for all I know, it's been often imitated since.) Also, the dialogue sparkles. In short, I fell in love, so much so that I gave Voyager, which I had almost given up upon, another shot, simply because Julia Houston back then was also writing Voyager reviews and I adored her writing that much.


2.) Last Set Before Closing, by Kat Allison. (Highlander: The Series). HL was another early online fandom of mine, and this story left me shaken and breathless the first time I read it. On the surface, not much happens in this tale, which is set several years after the series ended; Joe Dawson is very old, not far from death, and his mind has started to wander; Duncan visits. Behind that simple description hides one of the best and most gutwrenching stories I've read in any fandom, which at once gives us the relationship between Joe and Duncan, and how both of them relate to Methos, about friendship, about mortals and immortals, and at the same time manages to say something very personal to anyone who has an older relative. (Until then, I don't think I had ever read fanfiction tackling a rl subject such as aging, its physical and mental decline, so unflinchingly, and with a beloved character, no less.) Another reason why I love it is this: at the time when it was first posted, its take on Methos was pretty much unique and went directly against how most fans then wrote him. (Probably still does.) And yet I find it entirely plausible.


3.) Changed Utterly by Parda (Highlander: The Series). Another HL story. Parda was a writer I interacted with a lot during my HL days, both as a reader and as a writer. This story is still my favourite of hers, and at the time it was first posted struck me as one of the best meditations onf grief and surviving I had read i nthe fandom. It's set about a year after the show ends, wherein Duncan is still dealing with Richie’s fate, when he sees Cassandra again. Not present in body but very much in thought are Methos, Connor and Richie. What to do when you’ve both done and experienced the unforgivable is a question with a dozen answers and none, and all the characters here are dealing with it. Poetic and profound.


4.) Father's Heart by Fernwithy ( Star Wars). Still my favourite Star Wars story, many years later (this was written shortly after The Phantom Menace was released). Set between trilogies, it pulls off something a lot of people tried since, and does so in a credible way: Vader and the child and later teenager Leia forming a tentative friendship, which falls apart with a vengeance as she grows older and experiences the Empire at its worst. In addition to a terrific take on Leia and Vader, Bail Organa and his wife (who in this version is one of the former handmaidens, Sabé) as well as some original characters are compellingly written. ( Not to mention it caters to two of my narrative soft spots: non-romantic intense relationship, relationship that breaks up because of politics and ethics (and rightly so). ) I was only ever at the periphery of SW fandom, not least because I happen to like the prequels, but this story made me search for and read a lot of SW fanfiction for a while. It was years before I found its match.


5.) Freefall by Penknife (X-Men movieverse). This is an X2 AU, ensemble story, Scott pov, and one of the earliest [personal profile] penknife stories I read. X2 had just been released. As after X1, I hunted for stories that weren't Wolverine/Rogue. Hard to imagine for current day fans, but back then it was actually difficult to find Magneto/Xavier stories, or stories that featured Mystique in a prominent role, or stories that featured Scott at all. Bingo, thought I, when I found this one, and little did I know I had also found a favourite writer in many fandoms more. Oh, and I think this was the first AU I really liked (the twist is that Scott realises a bit sooner what's going on during the prison visit at the start of the movie, with the result that he and Xavier end up as fugitives together with Magneto and Mystique; it's Jean who gets captured instead). Until then, I had avoided AUs. After reading it, I gave them a shot.

6.) Ten Thousand Candles by Andraste. This is another early story by a future favourite writer; Charles Xavier post X2, trying to cope with all that happened (read: spoiler for big X2 twist )). Back then, Charles Xavier centric stories were incredibly rare; stories in which he wasn't either the wise mentor type or trying to win Erik back were even rarer. What he experiences in X2 is pretty horrifying, and I loved finding a story which addressed that. Of course, Andraste turned out to be the biggest Xavier expert in the planet, but I didn't know that then. :)


7.) Bed of Bones by Roz Kaveney (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): I had spotted Roz on a couple of Buffy discussion mailing lists (remember those?), but this was the first BTVS or fanfiction in any fandom tale of hers that I had read, and it was sharp, poetic, and made the First Slayer(about whom at this point we only knew what Restless had mentioned) into a fascinating character. I was wowed. It also raised my standard of expectation re: fanfiction creating mythology in present day or futuristic fandoms to no end.

8.) Queen of Spades by Astolat (James Bond: Casino Royale): Ah, ye golden days when the Craig Casino Royale had been released and for the first time in my life I actually went and looked for Bond fanfiction, because Dench!M and Craig!Bond dynamic in that movie had gripped me in and fascinated me. (I had also loved Eva Green as Vesper and her relationship with Bond, but not in a way that made me look for fanfic.) And again, I hit gold. I think this probably was the first Bond/M story online. It set a most pleasing trend - for the next few years, you could rely on Yuletide including some great and sharp Bond and M fanfiction. (And then came Skyfall which brought the avalanche of Bond/Q and the Bond movies were no longer qualified for Yuletide, but that's another story.) Now, most combinations that have one character in a position of power over the other character are hard to sell to me as pairings, but there are exceptions, and Queen of Spades made me realize Dench!M and Craig!Bond were such an exception for me, because wow. (It also made me realise that I had a new story or rather old story archetype, not necessarily always as pairings, I love the gen variations, too, but: Morally ambiguous queens and their morally ambiguous battered knights, bring them on! Though only if the Queen is the older of the two. Read: Dany/Jorah does nothing fo rme.)


9: Working Order by Eatscissors (Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles). John/Cameron is a pairing that intrigues me but which I find more interesting on the actual show than in most of fanfiction, because, imo as often, fanfic tends to simplify and dispense with much that makes this particular relationship so layered, starting with the fact that Cameron is a machine, no matter what she looks like.Some spoilery ramblings about John and Cameron on the show ensue. ) Working Order, by contrast, addresses this and the other issues between them head-on while also being one of those stories where the explicit sex is part of the character exploration instead of reading as just being there for its own sake. For a reader like me who often finds sex scenes (both slash and het) reading like involuntarily funny gymnastic mannuals, with the participants interchangable to other fandoms and thus not very interesting, this was an eye opener. Really well written.

10.) Petrarchan Sonnets from the Vatican by Petra (The Borgias): I was and am grateful for all the stories I got in exchanges, and often loved them to bits, but this one will always remain special. Its just that awesome. It's a story in the guise of a fake article about the discovery of sonnets between L.B. (now who could that possibly be in Borgias fandom?) and person unknown, female and apparantly her tutor. Complete with the sonnets. And the commentary. Absolutely delightful, needless to say, poetic (my Yulewriter's ability to compose Petrarchan Sonnets with clever allusions to events from the show's first season still stuns me), and full of subtlety, and the wit and love for language that the characters in question display on the show as well (and did in history). (And now I'm grieved again that the Lucrezia and Guilia relationship post s1 fell by the wayside on the show, but never mind me.) If I could ensure that just one bit of Borgias fanfiction survives, this would be it.
selenak: (Charles and Raven by Scribble My Name)
Aka the siblings tale in the X-Men Movieverse I wanted to write for ages, for [profile] yetanothermask.


Longer than the road that stretches out ahead (5417 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raven | Mystique & Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr & Raven | Mystique
Characters: Raven | Mystique, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Sharon Xavier
Summary:

Raven and Charles: the ties that bind when you grow up together and still remember the past in two different ways.

selenak: (Raven and Charles by Scribble My Name)
Briefly, re: multifandom news:

1) New Twin Peaks: Do not want. Leave well enough alone, I say. The second season has been pretty shaky already, and although the ending was great (in a completely mean way, of course), I can't see what a follow up would achieve that would improve on it. I'd rather not know for sure one way or the ther whether SPOILER ever managed to get rid of SPOILER. Or whether SPOILER survived. And that's leaving aside that a lot of what made Twin Peaks so charming and original back in the 1990s has been copied, quoted etc. ad infinitum ever since.

...Otoh, what do I know? I'd have said "do not want" about a Shining sequel, too. And Doctor Sleep turned out to be Stephen King's best book in years (not least because he ditched the first person narration of the last few again), which I wouldn't wanted to have missed.

2.) MCU does Civil War rumor: I'll believe it if it's a bit more substantial than, well, rumor. For starters, the whole Civil War premise makes no sense in the current MCU as it is - only a few superheroes who, after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, had their identities revealed to all and sunder. And that's before we get to the part where the emotional content of Civil War depends on these people having been friends for eons, not being a couple of new aquaintances who just started to get over hostilities.

And a vid rec from the X-Men films: A beautiful portrait of Raven/Mystique!
selenak: (Hank McCoy by Stacyx)
So Days of Future Past came out on dvd, I rewatched (am still battling for time to write the Charles and Raven story I want to), was hit by the urge to check out what everyone else had written in the meantime that's relevant to my interests, and came across this fantastic and intense Hank McCoy portrait. This is MCU Hank, his massive issues, his loyalty, bravery and devotion, his smartness his love for Raven and Charles, from childhood till after the end of Days of Future Past.


the boy who blocked his own shot (12263 words) by primavera
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hank McCoy/Charles Xavier, Hank McCoy/Raven | Mystique, Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Hank McCoy, Charles Xavier, Raven | Mystique, Erik Lehnsherr, Sean Cassidy, Alex Summers
Additional Tags: Angst, Unrequited Love, Minor Character Death, Self-Esteem Issues, Self Confidence Issues, Self-Acceptance
Summary:

He doesn't look so terribly different from all the other boys. It's simply a stroke of dumb, genetic luck that he's asked to join Mensa when he's eleven years old.

selenak: (Ace by Kathyh)
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: (Eva Green)
Casting news (in one case older news for most people, I'm sure) that made me realise my priorities and double standards:

a) Bradley James is in the fourth season of Homeland. Sorry, Bradley James, I loved your Arthur Pendragon in Merlin, but there were a lot of reasons why I quit watching Homeland in early s3, among them loss of quality and questionable ideology, and I'm not going back.

b) Lucy Lawless is the the second season of Agents of SHIELD. Now this is a show I haven't watched so far; my flist/circle had about two third naysays, one third (all the more enthusiastic) yaysayers about it, there were so many other interesting shows to watch, and also I'm so fond of the MCU I didn't want to risk dampening the emotion by disgruntlement should I dislike AoS. However, Lucy Lawless in the Marvelverse? Must have! (Unless she's only in one episode, I should acertain that first.) (If you recognize where the quote titling this post comes from, you might feel similarly.)

Meanwhile, further news both on the Lewis & Tolkien and the solo Tolkien biopics in planning demonstrate someone's (be the publicity people, the reporters, or, heaven forfend, the scriptwriters) lack of actual knowledge re: Tolkien and Lewis, as is entertainingly pointed out here.

Penny Dreadful:

We have a Penny Dreadful vid! And a good one, covering the ensemble and the relationships between same - with one unfortunate exception. Which, sadly for me though not for the vidder and the vid, happens to be the relationship I'm most interested in. There is a complete lack of Malcolm in the vid (and hence also no Vanessa and Malcolm). Which reminds me that last week when someone at last posted Penny Dreadful icons, I was delighted...until I saw there were no Malcolm and no Vanessa and Malcolm icons. Alas. Anyway, back to the original point, which was: a shiny vid about a lovely twisted Victorian Gothic show:


A Shot for the Pain (11 words) by Franzeska
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Penny Dreadful (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Fanvids, ConStrict 2014


X-Men: Days of Future Past:

Missing scene type of fanfic covering how old Erik and old Charles reunited, which is just what I need when the angst elsewhere gets too much:

Rescue Me (2492 words) by Unforgotten
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier
Additional Tags: Pre-Movie(s), jailbreak, Reunions
Summary:

Against all hope, Charles and Erik reunite at the beginning of the Sentinel War.




And lastly, not completely unrelated to the beginning of this post, something only funny if a) you know German, b) have a vague idea about what the Bavarian dialect sounds like, and c) are familiar with a certain 1990s fantasy show made in New Zealand: Xena auf Bayrisch.
selenak: (Raven and Charles by Scribble My Name)
Doing some research for a Charles & Raven sibling story I'm writing for [profile] yetanothermask, I came across something that impressed and amused me in its attention to detail and implications, which I hadn't known before. If you've watched X-Men: First Class, you may or may not recall that right at the start of the sequence where child!Charles meets child!Raven, we see three photos next to young Charles Xavier's bedside. ( In X-Men: Days of Future Past these three photos are replaced by a single one, showing Raven herself.) Whom do these three pictures show? Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Hedy Lamarr.

Now the reasons why young Charles would hero worship Einstein and Darwin are obvious, and I had assumed Lamarr was there to indicate Charles' fondness for the pretty, since she was an actress famed for erotic glamour. (I associated her mainly with Delilah in Samson and Delilah by Cecil B. De Mille. Oh, and I also knew when she was still in Austria - she was Austrian-Jewish and left at the obvious time; her ashes were brought to the Wienerwald by her daughter, though - she became famous simulating an orgasm on screen.) Now, being thorough and not knowing much else about Hedy Lamarr, I googled her, and it turns out she was also an inventor. (Check out her wikipedia entry for starters.) Since I suppose I'm not the only person who didn't know Hedy Lamarr pioneered techniques that would eventually lead to wi fi, here's the section dealing with her contribution to science:

Avant garde composer George Antheil (died 1959), a son of German immigrants and a neighbor of Lamarr in California, had experimented with automated control of musical instruments, including his music for Ballet Mécanique, originally written for Fernand Léger's 1924 abstract film. This score involved multiple player pianos playing simultaneously.

During World War II, Antheil and Lamarr discussed the fact that radio-controlled torpedoes, while important in the naval war, could easily be jammed by broadcasting interference at the frequency of the control signal, causing the torpedo to go off course. Lamarr had learned something about torpedoes from Mandl. Antheil and Lamarr developed the idea of using frequency hopping to avoid jamming: using a piano roll to unpredictably change the signal sent between a control center and the torpedo at short bursts within a range of 88 frequencies in the radio-frequency spectrum (there are 88 black and white keys on a piano keyboard). The specific code for the sequence of frequencies would be held identically by the controlling ship and in the torpedo. It would be practically impossible for the enemy to scan and jam all 88 frequencies, as this would require too much power or complexity. The frequency-hopping sequence was controlled by a player-piano mechanism, which Antheill had earlier used to score his Ballet Mecanique.

On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and Hedy Kiesler Markey, Lamarr's married name at the time. This early version of frequency hopping, although novel, soon met with opposition from the U.S. Navy and was not adopted. The idea was not implemented in the US until 1962, when it was used by U.S. military ships during a blockade of Cuba after the patent had expired. Her work was honored in 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Lamarr a belated award for her contributions. In 1998, an Ottawa wireless technology developer, Wi-LAN Inc., acquired a 49% claim to the patent from Lamarr for an undisclosed amount of stock.

Lamarr's and Antheil's frequency-hopping idea serves as a basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology, such as Bluetooth, COFDM (used in Wi-Fi network connections), and CDMA (used in some cordless and wireless telephones). Blackwell, Martin, and Vernam's 1920 patent seems to lay the communications groundwork for Kiesler and Antheil's patent, which employed the techniques in the autonomous control of torpedoes.

Lamarr wanted to join the National Inventors Council but was reportedly told by NIC member Charles F. Kettering and others that she could better help the war effort by using her celebrity status to sell War Bonds.

Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2014.


That Hedy Lamarr's idea was used during the blockade in Cuba - without her getting the credit at the time - makes of course a great connection to what adult Charles & friends are doing in First Class. But even without that serendipity: doesn't she sound fascinating? No wonder young Charles crushed on her. Retrospectively now, so do I.
selenak: (BeastBrand by Stacyx)
Five Times Hank McCoy Tried To Propose To Abigail Brand (2916 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Astonishing X-Men, X-Men (Comicverse), Marvel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abigail Brand/Hank McCoy
Characters: Hank McCoy, Abigail Brand, Norman Osborn, Scott Summers, Emma Frost


Some years ago, I was getting heavily into X-Men comics for a while, and one of the reasons was Joss Whedon's run of Astonishing X-Men. (I still think it's the best thing he did post Buffy, at least until the Avengers). I also enjoyed Warren Ellis' ensuing run of AXM, tried to keep up with other X-comics (written at that point by Matt Fraction, I think), and with the Marvelverse at large (this was the aftermath of Civil War and the Skrull Invasion) and was thrilled my favourite Joss-invented character from AXM got her own brief spin-off series by Kieran Gillen. So naturally, I also wrote some fanfiction.

I can't swear to being the first, but I must have been one of the earliest online people to comment on the fact Hank "Beast" McCoy and Agent Abigail Brand (the above mentioned Joss contribution to the Marvelverse) increasingly seemed to have that kind of verbal sparring interaction that translates into shipping more often than not. And lo, I shipped them. They were an idealistic hero (Hank)/ ruthless morally ambiguous spy (Abigail Brand) type of pairing, which if done right (i.e. what the morally ambiguous person has done isn't overlooked, the idealist doesn't suddenly lose all his/her ethics) is extremely appealing to me. Mind you, Brand had been introduced as an antagonist who ends up an ally-by-necessity, and Hank was one of the original X-Men, i.e. a Marvelverse stalwart whom Joss presumably only had limited liberty with, so I wasn't sure this would actually go anywhere more than bickering on the page. But in the final issue of Joss' run, it did. And then Ellis and the other X-writers did not end the relation but continued it. Gillen even made it central to the shortlived S.W.O.R.D. spin-off. I was very happy indeed. Now it's been years since I've followed the X-comics, so I have no idea whether Beast/Brand are still an item, but back then they were, and it was one of the few times where I had all the shippery feelings about a couple - I was thrilled by every mention of them, grabbed every hint about Abigail B.'s mysterious backstory (she's an alien/human hybrid) and looked for fanfiction. I found one good author, and.... not much else, either good or bad. So this was definitely a minor pairing. And it grabbed me like nothing in the X-verse, comics or movies, had done since my original encounter with Xavier/Magneto in their Stewart/McKellen incarnations.

The rest of the days )
selenak: (JohnPaul by Jennymacca)
Briefly, I flirted with linking one of my meta-as-fanfiction stories here, as they usually happen when I have issues and/or am on a collision course with a sizable majority in fandom re: characters and issues. (Cases in point: Five in One in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Discordance in Merlin fandom.) However, I'd be blatantly lying if I said I write these kind of stories for myself. They're very much an attempt to reach out and communicate what's bothering/captivating me in an entertaining way. However, every now and then I indulge myself with silliness and crack fic that usually unites more than one of my interests, and that definitely was the case with the story below, which happened due to me having some crossover ideas that made me smile. It's so self indulgent that I never uploaded it to a fanfiction archive and just posted it on lj and dw.

...welll, okay, one bit of it is perhaps meant seriously. Because I've seen on lj various attempt to sort the Beatles into Hogwarts. Some people invariably sort John Lennon into Slytherin and Paul McCartney into Gryffindor. Those people are wrong.

Title: Magical Mystery Tours

Disclaimer: Harry Potter owned by J.K. Rowling, Buffy the Vampire Slayer owned by Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemies, X-Men owned by Marvel. Beatles owned by themselves, and certainly unrelated to their fictional counterparts here.

Summary: Three fictional universes the Beatles didn't end up in, or: how they fared at Hogwarts, who the Vampire Slayer of the 60s and 70s and her Watcher were and why Timothy Leary was so sure the Beatles were mutants.

Rating: PG 13 solely for swearing, discussed drug use and discussed adultery.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Maureen Starkey, Chris O'Dell and Brian Epstein.

Spoilers: Some for the Harry Potter books (and Dumbledore's backstory), basic ones for X-Men: First Class (the movie, not the comic), and only premise ones for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Author's note: Started out as a meme reply and got away from me. Considering the sheer silliness and gen-ness of the premise, I think even utter objecters to RPF are safe to read it.



The rest of the days )
selenak: (First Class by Hidden Colours)
I was travelling for nine hours today, and thus it was great to have a lengthy tale to read, to wit, this awesome fusion/crossover which manages to put the First Class X-Men into the Harry-Potter-verse, shortly after WWII, which means they are all teenagers. The story captures the atmosphere of the Potter books (and the joy of the early ones) and the HP characters who were at Hogwarts at that point - from Dumbledore to Moaning Myrtle, just recently dead and ghostified -, while doing full justice to the younger version of the mutants (and yes, that includes Erik's concentration camp backstory). (No spoilers for Days of Future Past. ) In conclusion, it's brilliant.

The Getting of Magic (64165 words) by lilacsigil
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Albus Dumbledore, Moira MacTaggert, Raven | Mystique, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Azazel (X-Men), Angel Salvadore, Filius Flitwick, Arcturus Black, Sean Cassidy, Armando Muñoz, Janos Quested, Alex Summers, Karl Lykos
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions
Summary:

It's September 1947 and Hogwarts is finally getting back to normal after the disruptions of the war against Grindelwald and the Muggle World War. Transfiguration teacher Albus Dumbledore has been searching for students who have missed out on starting at Hogwarts, such as Charles Xavier and his sister Raven who have been hiding in the US, and refugee Erik Lehnsherr. Grindelwald's supporters are still strong, though, and it's going to be a turbulent first year for Charles, Raven, Erik and their friends.

selenak: Made by <lj user="shadadukal"> (James Bond)
First, spotted while surfing around, a meme:

Who is your Doctor? Don't have a single one. It definitely isn't my first, because the first Doctor I ever saw was Tom Baker, whom younger me did not take to at all. Later, I became in varying degrees fond of most regenerations (still not keen on Four, though, but he has the majority of fandom to love him best, he doesn't need me). Which of them I prefer above the rest really depends on a) the mood I'm in and b) the medium (because, say, Six is so ill served on tv, and he certainly isn't a favourite there, but on audio Colin Baker rules, and so these days when I think of the Sixth Doctor I think of him in his audio incarnation).

Who is your Doctor's companion? Donna Noble. With close runner ups Ace and Jo for Old Who and Evelyn Smythe from the audios, but really, DONNA.

Who is your Batman? Michael Keaton. Though Christian Bale in "Batman Begins" is my Bruce Wayne. It's just that too much of the Nolan films ultimately ticks me off that has to do with the Batman worship.

Who is your Cat Woman? Anne Hathaway, wowing all naysayers and by far the best thing in the awful third Nolan movie.

Who is your Sherlock Holmes? Jeremy Brett, no question about it. If I'm limited to more recent incarnations, it's Johnny Lee Miller.

Who is your fictional female federal agent? (eg, Dana Scully, Audrey Parker, Olivia Dunham, etc) : Oh, how I loved Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. Then Hannibal happened. While I like all the tv ladies named as examples, I have to change agencies to answer the question for ongoing love, because: Sydney Bristow. Who is one of those characters who aren't my favourites, nor are they the ones immediately winning me over, but they are firm secondary loves and my affection never waves. And much as I have issues with the fifth Alias season on behalf of my favourites, I thought it did well with Sydney herself and gave her a good send-off. Encapsulated in the moment when Irina says you can't be a mother and a good spy, and Sydney replies "watch me".

If we also include comics, and again, branch out in agencies, then it's Agent Abigail Brand of SWORD.

Who is your Robin Hood? The fox one from the Disney movie. I imprinted on him! Runner-up: Sean Connery in Robin and Marian for autumnal grace and wit. (Well,the script is by James "Lion in Winter" Goldman.)

Who is your Maid Marian/Marion? Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian, definitely. See above, re: autumnal grace and wit.

Who is your Bond? Daniel Craig from his first outing onwards. Judi Dench is, of course, my M. But not until Craig came along did she have a Bond worthy of her. *verily, my Brosnan dislike runs deep*

Who is your fictional female assassin? (eg, Natasha Romanov, various incarnations of Nikita, etc): Natasha. Especially in her MCU incarnation. Tied with Mystique (definitely her cinematic incarnation).

And speaking of the X-verse, have another rec:

Running for Cover (3094 words) by RemoCon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men (Movies), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Peter Maximoff, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Hank McCoy, Alex Summers, Kurt Wagner, Raven | Mystique
Summary:

Peter wasn't really looking for more family.

selenak: (Hank McCoy by Stacyx)
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)
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: (Not from Nottingham by Calapine)
Via [personal profile] lonelywalker: Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page and Peter Dinklage get asked the "fuck, marry, kill" question about Wolverine, Charles Xavier and Beast/Hank McCoy. Their answers are golden, all of them. (Also not spoilery for the new movie, so you can watch, though if you're a European like me, you should employ Tunnelbear to trick the website into letting you). I'm very glad Patrick Stewart seems to agree with [personal profile] lonelywalker and myself about the Charles/Hank potential, sort of, but I have say, Peter Dinklage's final reply absolutey wins. In case the embedding doesn't work, the direct link is here.






This cheers me up greatly, and I did start my day with the first world problem downer of realising that a) getting to watch a new fannish movie early means you can't yet talk with many people about it, and b) I care about the characters, and the downside of this is that reading someone hate on them hurts. This is the advantage of following media like, say, Game of Thrones where I have no emotional investment and can read everyone else getting upset without feeling the slightest urge to defend anyone.
selenak: (Charles and Raven by Scribble My Name)
So, a certain movie has arrived in my part of the world. Above cut I can say: loved it, loved it, and also, loved it. Not least while, fond as I am of Magneto/Xavier individually and apart, one of the things I appreciated most about X-Men: First Class was that it made Mystique the McCoy to their Kirk and Spock, so to speak, the third in a central trio instead of the sidekick position she had in the previous X-movies. Well, this one goes one step further.

How? You'll have to get spoiled to find out )

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