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I Constantly Thank God For George Lucas by [personal profile] twentysomething
Bandom/Glee RPF
Rating: PG-13; 6,000 words; Chris Colfer/Ian Crawford; ableist language: "lamest"
Summary: "Check it out, I think you've found a nerd soulmate," Mark whispers loudly, especially for a dude who was home-schooled and likes to bird watch. But Chris obligingly looks across the aisle to the opposing gate and holy crap- there's a Yoda backpack leaning up against the leg of a skinny redhead."
This story is such a fun romp. It's full of texts and tweets and twitpics and youtube links and other graphics. There's this budding long distance romance between Chris and Ian that is gloriously fuzzy and all of these really wonderful bits and pieces with their band and cast mates being ridiculous running throughout the piece. It's really joyful and full of humour and adorable wee shenanigans, essentially.

Making Other Plans by [archiveofourown.org profile] skoosiepants
Bandom/Disney RPF
Rating: PG-13; 7,380 words; Kevin Jonas/Mike Carden
Summary: Kevin quits showbiz, gets a divorce, goes to college, starts a band, and gets adopted by crazy people.
Kevin brought this on himself, though, he can admit that. He could have said no to the band and the house and the roommates and the mentally challenged cat. Kevin has made his bed, and now he must lie in it.
I love stories like this. There's this somewhat awkward fumbling romance between Kevin and Mike that's delightful, but not really the point of or the main focus of the story; it's about Kevin essentially growing into himself after JONAS. It's really wonderful and there are all of these little details in this that make the universe that it depicts real. It's a futurefic wherein Selena Gomez and Kevin Jonas start up a band and keep their real identities incredibly badly concealed while making enchantingly adorable music. It's incredibly charming and fun

Outside the Rules by [archiveofourown.org profile] bexless
Bandom/American Idol RPF
Rating: PG; 1,600 words; Frank Iero/Gerard Way, Adam Lambert
Summary: MCR/Adam high school au crossover fic where they go LARPing.
“I don’t understand why I shouldn’t have a cloak,” Adam said for the fifth time.
Gerard and Adam are geeky queer teenaged outsiders at each other and they bond - that's what this story is. It's fantastic. Adam and Gerard are snippy and earnest and caring at each other. It's funny and adorable.

Cat Recs

May. 16th, 2011 03:26 pm
kiki_eng: Totoro holds purple umbrella and sits with child on hill, apparently observing clouds.  Cursive text: "perfect" (perfect)
This is a post about cats. Cats make me happy. Cats, cats, cats, cats, cats. (This is generally my reaction to cat fic, or art, or- someone should make a vid. I am trying to get it out of my system before I get to the recs.) I have not done a set of cat recs in some time. So. Cats, cats, cats, cats, cats.

And I Say It's All Right by [livejournal.com profile] skoosiepants
Bandom/Disney RPF
Rating: PG; 2,500 words; Kevin/Mike
The day after his divorce is finalized, Kevin stretches out of a depressed stupor masquerading as sleep and realizes he has a tail.
I really love this, not least because if I could turn into a cat when I was having a bad time I totally would. The details of being a cat in here are right, the gestures and processes are accurate; it's good characterisation. I really like the journey that Kevin makes in here and his interactions with the outside world. There are some wonderful little off-hand bits and lines in this and it's just a really comfortable and satisfying read.

Cat!Panic by [livejournal.com profile] aredblush
Bandom
Rating: G; art; Brendon/Spencer
This is amazing. [livejournal.com profile] aredblush draws Brendon and Spencer as cats and they remain completely and utterly themselves. The faces and posturing and the clarity of and just how much is gotten across is seriously impressive. It's an amusing and adorable piece.

Felis Catus by [livejournal.com profile] fermine
Inception
Rating: PG-13; 6,088 words; Arthur/Eames; Warning: attempted rape by an OC
It wasn't too bad, being a cat, and except for the size he was rendered in, it wasn't that much of a problem.
When Arthur is accidentally turned into a cat by Yusuf he is entrusted into Eames' care. Arthur's pretty interesting in this fic just for how little the characterisation of him changes when he becomes a cat and how he struggles with some of the technical repercussions of that transformation. Eames is kind of gloriously oblivious to things in this and their interactions are a bit amusing for that.

Keep to Catch, Catch to Keep by [personal profile] akavertigo
American Idol RPF
Rating: PG; 4,400 words; Adam/Kris
When Allison has her first hunt Kris sulks throughout the whole night.
There aren't actually any cats in this fic; Kris and Adam are a fox and wolf, respectively. It's cleaned up commentfic and still bearing a few marks from that, but it is completely and utterly adorable. The prompt upon which this story is based was also written by [personal profile] akavertigo and is sweet and amusing back-story from Adam's POV. The main story is about Kris being a fox and finding a place for himself with a wolf pack. It's joyously fuzzy and chin-hands cute.

Schrodinger's Cat by [archiveofourown.org profile] VerboseWordsmith
Bandom
Rating: PG; 1, 908 words; Annie/Laena
"I can try? If you can power Curiosity down, I'll take a look at the schematics and we can open her up."
This is a Eureka AU and it's shiny and fun. There are these wonderful little side details that slot everyone into this world beautifully. There's geeky social dynamics and competitiveness and a kind of sideways romantic beginning. It's really cute and amusing and just generally this happy little thing and awesome peek at a universe full of a lot of potential.
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
[personal profile] calvinahobbes expressed interest in a recs post, and so gets (mostly) cheery Dreamwidth slash and femslash and het and gen.

five (of many) times the stargate ladies were awesome by [personal profile] thingswithwings
Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: PG-13; 2,100 words
She was doing something real, something important: writing code to make the city habitable again, to defend her people against invading Wraith armies, to refine the little tricorders to detect life and energy and food. These pursuits took up all of her time and much of her passion, but there was no moment at which she would've given it up and gone home, not even one.
This is a piece that is exactly what it says on the tin. The women that [personal profile] thingswithwings writes about are awesome. They're brave and clever and funny and resourceful and real. It's excellent. The stories are a little bit about facing something down, how there are different ways to be awesome, and how that awesomeness builds off of itself and grows.

No Regrets, Just Love by [personal profile] twentysomething
Glee
Rating: PG-13; 2,500 words; Kurt/Blaine
It doesn't help that Kurt is totally Blaine's type. Wes and David, who have been through Steven, Eric and Rory, with little more than a running treasure box of designer scarves stolen from former loves, both stare at Blaine skeptically.
While there are bits of this that have been Jossed the characterisation of Blaine in this is something that jives neatly with the show. It is also wonderful and hilarious, as are Wes and David. Blaine is this amazing dork, Wes and David are scathing and fabulous, and Kurt is Kurt at his best. It's an incredibly fun read.

Falling Is Like This by [personal profile] such_heights
Imagine Me & You
This is a joyously happy wee little vidlet that was made for yuletide fandom recruitment purposes. (Imagine Me & You is this wonderful British romcom starring Lena Headey and Piper Perabo - f/f ftw!) There's this great build in it and I'm incredibly fond of the way in which the film's climax has been used. It's a narrative vid and it's just really warm and good.
(Song: Falling Is Like This by Ani DiFranco)

These Words About A Girl by [personal profile] twentysomething
Bandom/Disney RPF
Rating: PG-13; 3,200 words; Kevin/Mike
It's more or less forgotten until the VMAs- when Bill- fucking Bill- appears at Mike's elbow and goes, "Michael, I've mentioned Demi to you before, haven't I? Oh, and this is her bosom companion, Miss Katherine Jonas."
Kevin is Katherine in this and the entire thing is pretty much adorable. Bill meddles, Mike's bandmates give him shit, Katie's brothers are protective of her, and it is excellent. Mike's reaction to Katie and his relationship with her is sweet and a little funny. It is this cute and fuzzy romance, as much Kevin/Mike fic is, and it is joyous. Joyous, I tell you. There is mild social confusion and everything is made of rainbows*.

Fall Stories by [personal profile] thingswithwings
Leverage
Rating: PG; 3,500 words; Alice/Peggy, Parker/Sophie
Out on the sidewalk, Peggy takes Alice's hand (nails filed carefully so that she can pick locks easily, little calluses along her palm from nylon ropes) in her hand (smooth palms, little papercuts on her index finger) and they walk down the street like that. Parker doesn't think she's ever held hands while walking down a street before, but probably Alice has. Probably it's something that Alice gets to do all the time.
Parker's a fascinating character and this is a really interesting exploration of her and the dynamics of her relationships with other people. Hardison and Eliot have a fun little cameo in this and Parker's voice is fun (as it is) and very recognisable. It's a neat character exploration and romance story of sorts.

*There was an actualfax rainbow outside, just a bit ago. It was most excellent, and may be responsible for any tonal shifts you pick up in this. ...and also the title of this post, which is not terribly related to the content, but amuses me on a number of levels.
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
I have acquired a Demi Lovato CD. Temporarily. As one does. This is kind of a big deal for me. I think it should be remixed as an electro-dance thing with Nintendo music, and like, spoon bits thrown in, or, ooh, thrash. It is not my thing - that is about the kindest I can be - and I suspected that this would be the case, but picked it up and listened to all of it anyway. [I'm in three other musical fandoms and haven't done this for any of them. (I have a better chance of actually liking that music, too.)] Twice.

I also watched Camp Rock the other night, also for Demi Lovato. (The Jonas Brothers were a bonus.)

The Jonas Brothers, along with Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez and (I suspect) a host of other people that I haven't properly run into yet, are all part of the Disney RPF fandom, which is apparently* something that interests me these days. They are shiny and adorable, so there's a fair bit to be interested by, I think.

Demi and Selena apparently have this amazing love-fest going on, and there's all kinds of awesome fic and other stuff about it in existence. I shall start with the explanatory bits:

Demi Picspam (or, this is why she's hot) ft. selena gomez by [livejournal.com profile] tamaraface
This is extraordinarily happy and features some wonderful Robin Sparkles-esque photos and this hilarious and adorably fuzzy femslash narrative. There are hugs(!) and pretty dresses and funny faces and plaid and vests and things. It's a pretty good introduction to the shiny.

Demi/Selena Primer, As Told Over AIM by [livejournal.com profile] pirateygoodness
This is really good for details and as a kind of outline of where the shipping is coming from - salient plot points, if you will. There are some really fun photos and a fair bit of embedded video in this for explanatory purposes. (I am quite partial to the photos of Selena on a skateboard.) It is explanatory and kind of casually awesome.

Selena and Demi: Their Epic Relationship in Their Own Words by [livejournal.com profile] tvwizard
(You need to join the comm to view this post, but that is easy.) This is a manifesto, pretty much. There are all kinds of pictures and gifs of them all over each other and all of these (regrettably unsourced) ridiculous quotes that essentially boil down to My love, my forever girl, I WILL WRITE YOU THIS SONG with a side of haters to the left. Their relationship is apparently one of epic love and BFF-ness; it's a pretty fantastic post.

See? See? The shiny is copious, and there is fic:

To Face Unafraid The Plans That We've Made by [livejournal.com profile] amathela
Rating: PG-13
"So," Demi says. "There's a dance."
I really like the Demi in this, who's kind of awkward and scared, a little bit violent in her friendship and a bit of a sop. There's fumbling romance and people being clueless. Joe is pretty awesome and the whole thing is generally happy-making.

i would add up what you mean to me, but by [livejournal.com profile] scurvyknavery
Rating: PG-13
The day before their first day of high school, Selena bikes over to Demi's house and they sit in her backyard, barefoot and holding hands.
I love the evolution of their relationship in this; it's bumpy and sweet and convincingly teenaged. I love how prickly and defensive Demi sometimes is and the odd social dances and kind of flaily communication that people engage in whilst being incredibly earnest. ([livejournal.com profile] amathela's fic is set in this universe, so there's a bit of overlap; each is a wonderful high school AU.)

*I'm always a little bewildered when I end up with a new fandom; I tend to go into things with little or no knowledge of the canon and that contributes to the feeling, I think.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
kiki_eng: Totoro holds purple umbrella and sits with child on hill, apparently observing clouds.  Cursive text: "perfect" (perfect)
NINJA by [livejournal.com profile] skoosiepants
Bandom/Disney RPF
Rating: PG-13
*We are your losers, your loud weirdoes, your science stars, your shy, retiring band geeks*, Kevin thinks, and sets off for the stage.
I love this fic, because, in part, I think it hits on one of the fundamental truths of high school, that you'll probably spend most of it convinced you're a loser or a freak. I also love that line, Kevin's interior monologue as he goes on stage, because it is awesome and defiant and it has stuck with me over, actually, a couple of months at this point. The fic is about Mike Carden of The Academy Is... and Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, and, well, pretty much all of bandom. It's an AU wherein Kevin and a number of other people are part of a wee little group in high school that have a secret music blog and a secret band. It's pretty wonderful. It's this fantastically detailed little universe and there are actual blog entries provided, complete with set-lists and blogger snarking. There's all of this awesome teenaged flailing that doesn't trip my embarrassment squick. It's fantastic.

The Call by [livejournal.com profile] mistokitt
Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: PG
The realization hit him fairly quickly at that point, he was sitting with the outcasts. The loners who weren't quite loners, but were never going to be a part of the clumps and groups and easily labeled segments of their peers. Sheppard smiled to himself. He was sitting with the future leaders of Atlantis.
I've been fond of this story for years at this point. It's this fantastic little alternate universe wherein Atlantis was discovered and fought over generations before the SGA gang arrived in canon and is now an uber military base/research facility/university. I love the amount of detail fleshed out in this, how the author explains so much of the mechanics of the 'verse and where the characters slot into it. The Atlantis depicted in here reminds me a little bit of the Battle School in Ender's Game in some ways, partially because of John's role as outsider and the relationship that he has to Atlantis. There's some excellent depiction of Sheppard's particular brand of neuroses in this meshed with his being a teenager. It's also this wonderful typically sideways John and Rodney love story. It's cute and original.

She's A Warm Body by [livejournal.com profile] weyrdchic
Glee
Rating: R
"Heart on your sleeve" is such an easy cliche to throw around. Lauren wears her heart on her belly and her biceps and on the tip of her acid-barbed tongue, because if you're going to assume all kinds of shit when she walks around the corner anyway, then why shouldn't she fucking own it?
I love the Lauren in this story, for how perfectly she fleshes out the girl that we see onscreen and for how incredibly kick-ass she is. I love her for her confidence, her cynicism, her anger, and her put-on indifference; she's this amazing teenager and fantastic person. This fic is about her and how she becomes part of the glee club. I love that for all that she's sometimes an observer in this fic she never ceases to be uniquely herself, is never a device through which other people's stories are told. There's some Lauren/Puck action in here and some other canon pairings as well but the story is essentially a fantastically executed character study. It's all the things that the Lauren depicted in it is; it's wonderful.

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