Diner AUs

Nov. 19th, 2015 08:53 pm
kiki_eng: Annie Monroe of The Like wearing sunglasses (bandom) (Annie wearing sunglasses)
How You Get The Girl by [archiveofourown.org profile] paperclipbitch
Young Avengers
Rating: PG-13 | 3,543 words | Kate Bishop/America Chavez
Summary: America has never pretended she can’t be hypocritical, but she’s also a hell of a lot better at subtlety than Teddy is. Which is why nobody’s plaguing her to ask out Weirdly Graceful Trust Fund Student.
I think that really all I want in a Young Avengers Diner AU is America being snarky and hooking up with Kate. This has that, the other Young Avengers tucked in well, pop culture references, and a lot of Marvel cameos in the form of those names you make up for people when you don't know what they call themselves. It's fun.

Waiting On by [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden
Inception
Rating: PG-13 | 2,173 words | Arthur/Eames
Summary: "French toast, pancakes, steak and eggs -- I could make you anything in the world, pet, but no. Egg-white omelette, morning after morning. It shows a distinct lack of imagination."
This is basically adorable. I love the kind of almost-domesticity that springs up with Eames taking care of Arthur each morning before Arthur's quite pulled himself together, and I love Eames' flirting and Arthur's reaction to it. It's charming.

Of Reddest Stolen Cherries by [personal profile] words_instead
American Idol RPF
Rating: PG-13 | ~26,000 words | Kris Allen/Adam Lambert
Summary: Kris owns an inter-dimensional cafe! Kris doesn't know he owns an inter-dimensional cafe.
Kris runs a cafe that is right on some kind of nexus between worlds so a good chunk of his staff and customers are fantastical beings and Kris dismisses any weirdness he detects as a result of it being in Los Angeles. Fairy tale fantasy crossed over with a bit of foodporn and the mundane. It is glorious, glorious fluff; it's joyous. Kris makes fantastic food and they take on the Wild Hunt. There's a pillow fort.
kiki_eng: black and white, a man in a suit stands in an office building at night, his back to the viewer (Torchwood) (Ianto in an office)
The Power of Myth by [livejournal.com profile] mosca
Gilmore Girls
Rating: PG-13; ~2,500 words; Paris/Rory
There is a different President today than there was yesterday. That alone makes it a good day to be Paris Geller. When interviewed, she will say that she didn't have much to do with it, because she was busy exhorting people to educate themselves about local candidates and campaigns.
This is future!fic that was posted back in 2005, before the final two seasons of the show aired. It is wonderful. Paris becomes a pundit and attends the 2012 Inaugural Ball. The future building is really interesting, because it is an AU, and we're not so many months off from that time now and the reality is different; there are things that have and haven't happened. Paris as a pundit is also this really perfect concept; I love where she and Rory end up and I love how things aren't perfect, how, just like the series finale, there wasn't that kind of neat ending. I love the reality of this piece and I love how Rory and Paris talk to each other. I love how they interact, how Joseph Campbell is this thing for them, I love them. I love how this fic brings them together.

The Wrath of The Whatever From High Atop The Thing by [livejournal.com profile] amazingly_me
Inception
Rating: PG-13; 8,230 words; Arthur/Eames
“Pictures of Dom tonight, Eames,” Yusuf replies from the doorway. “Pictures of the man who is actually running for president or I swear to you, I will point out to Arthur that he has a stalker with no shame and a thousand dollar camera.”
I love this fic. It's an Eames-centric work and the writing is perfectly in synch with that. It's funny. There are some amazing lines and sections in this. I love how the characters talk to each other in this; I love the banter in this. I love the kind of affection that there is in that kind of speech. I love the things that Eames does to make other people smile and I love how Eames falls ridiculously in love with Arthur. It's the story of that, that relationship, and also Dom's campaign and Mal. There are some fantastic feelings in this. Dom is Dom, running for president; the characters are excellent, it's an excellent alternate universe.

Quod Gratis Asseritur, Gratis Negatur by [archiveofourown.org profile] summerstorm
American Idol RPF
Rating: PG-13; 2,869 words; Adam/Kris
"I can't leave yet, can I?" Kris asked when Adam walked by his desk, voice dry and resigned. Adam was pretty sure it was just him and Kris left in a four-room radius, so it wasn't a strange way for Kris to react to seeing him there.
Adam is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Kris is his assistant. (I think that this is a pretty straight-up Josh/Donna West Wing AU; some day I may watch an episode of the show and know whether or not that is true.) It features an Adam that is kind of boisterous, unsubtle, and has a lot of affection for Kris. There are also long hours and general ridiculousness and inappropriate conversations. I love the argument that Adam and Kris have in this; they have an argument about their anniversary. It is kind of the most amazingly fluffy and squishable thing ever. There's also a fair amount going on in the background of the fic, so that the work feels like this really quick snapshot into this universe.

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.

Link Drop

Mar. 8th, 2011 06:12 am
kiki_eng: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Holly Golightly - Audrey Hepburn (woman in evening wear & sunglasses stands before shop window) (breakfast at tiffany's)
Frankenstein.
Okay, so there's a program called National Theatre Live where they essentially try to make theatre accessible by putting it into cinemas. They are doing this with Frankenstein. Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller are playing Victor and the Creature, and then, they are switching off. They're showing the two performances a week apart in Britain with the first one on the 17th. Recap: Frankenstein, Cumberbatch, Johnny, exchanging roles. (So. I have Saint Patrick's Day plans now.)

6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think
Important Educational Piece. (Like squirrels, these creatures need to be watched.)

This is Why I'll Never be an Adult
[personal profile] sinesofinsanity: this is where "CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!" comes from.

The Book Surgeon
Books! Defiled! Prettily. Brian Dettmar sculpts books, essentially. It's pretty fascinating.

Picspam: Costumes in Inception by [livejournal.com profile] bennet_7
If you're interested in costumes or fashion or Inception or movies you should read this. It is fantastically detailed. There are fabric close-ups in this and some really awesome discussion about the meaning of clothes.

French Canadians in Domestic Bliss: The Primer by [livejournal.com profile] quettaser
There are two Philadelphia Flyers (hockey) players who are charmingly cohabiting with three kids and a dog. It's adorable.

ETA: Oh, also: Equals (Daniel Craig cross dresses for great justice - Judi Dench narrates)
kiki_eng: text: "i ate ALL your bees" (Black Books) ("I ate all your bees.")
Editing. GRARGH. On the bright side, I've dealt with all of the canon stuff I need to for yuletide and can actually get into the research bits now. Those bits may be interesting; I get the feeling that I am going to be learning a lot of rather random things.

...and storytime-type recs:

IT IS AN OWL AND A PUSSYCAT. THEY ARE FRIENDS. FOR REAL.

25 Lives by [livejournal.com profile] s2b2
This is some really fantastic original art. The illustration style reminds me strongly of some Children's Reader's Digest Magazines from the 1960s that I've read through. The artist's concept is gorgeously executed.

ALIVE by [livejournal.com profile] desticex
This is bandom art that I have absolutely no context for. It is brilliant, though - dark and vibrant. It looks like it's made of rorschach blots, brown paper bags, lace, and the future. I'm really not doing it justice; it's awesome and fascinating, this wonderful, distinct, other world.

Dalek Cupcakes - shiny and evil-looking!

A Wizard of Tea by ursulav
This is original art, the subject of which is exactly what it says on the tin. It's childish and magic and wonderful. I love how the wizard wears her craft.

(A Cup of Proper Coffee) In a Copper Coffee Pot by [livejournal.com profile] edoraslass
Inception
Rating: G
She describes her setting as one "which appears to be a world of airships and magic, sailing ships and unspecified wars". It is the fic wherein Arthur is a coffee pot. It is fantastic. It's this glorious story. It's quiet and wonderful and adorable, quirky and happy-making.
kiki_eng: Bones and Jim on the shuttle, text: "you had me at 'I may throw up on you'" (Star Trek 2009) (you had me at "I may throw up on you")
Under the Sheets by [livejournal.com profile] almostgaby
I have been watching this vid off and on since I found it. It is an Arthur/Eames relationship piece that uses a bunch of different footage from stuff that Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been in; that is about all I can tell you about it because of how thoroughly distracted by all the shiny I am. Let me tell you about the shiny. Both of these men are exceptionally pretty; it is ridiculously distracting. Also: JGL’s title credit is to a shot of his ass; it is awesome. There is a gun cockily tucked into a waistband, and Eames in aviators, and architectural sketches, hot messes, skin, and explosions but mostly their pretty, pretty faces. You should go and gawk at it.
(Song: Under The Sheets by Ellie Goulding)

...and as long as I’m being kind of distracted by things that are not, strictly speaking, Inception:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing Bad Romance is awesome – the amount of fun he has with it is endearing.

Twilight (or how a strutting Leo would have made this movie more watchable-believable-tolerable-and-just-plain-gooder) Picspam by [livejournal.com profile] mediocrechic - the extent to which the film is improved by his presence is kind of ridiculous.

Smell Like A Monster is Sesame Street taking on Old Spice. Grover is awesome; this is not Inception related and I do not care.

My Little Inception Ponies by [livejournal.com profile] aredblush is what it says on the tin, and has left me with an unfulfilled desire to read My Little Pony Inception fic, especially Robert/Saito fic, but I am really not picky.

Eames’ Totem is a comic, the last panel of which is fantastic.

...there is too much fic to sort through right now. I will get to it later; now is for baking, so much baking, and also coffee.
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Okay. So I need to do an actual Inception rec set because it has kind of eaten my brain. (For now there's a general rec set with a fic rec.)

This Inception kink meme thread is why I love fandom; it is amazing. I got about halfway through the fills and then just pretty much broke down from awesome for a while. It was kind of hard to breathe under the weight of all this awesome, I tell you.

I love kink memes for their incredible enthusiasm. I love the comments in kink memes. There is so much capslocky and keyboard smash and general excitement. There are people making friends in this thread and geeking at each other and there is so much joy and fannishness in it. There is cover art for one of the anon stories; it is essentially a love note to the anon's anon awesomeness. Seriously.

I watched Sherlock in hopes that it'd give me another fandom and pairing to read, but, you know, it hasn't gone down like that. I watched the first episode, went, Fuck, yes, that was good for me, basked, metaed sexuality at/with [personal profile] readbystarlight, powered through the next two episodes, and the end result has been... a playlist of songs to grind to and a desire to read the original stuff, not fanfic. So. That failed. I do not particularly mind, though. [It was shiny. (There are undeniably some issues, especially with the second episode, though.)]

Also in the realm of things that are shiny is this - it's the official music video for Le bien qui fait mal from Mozart l'Opera Rock, so, yeah, there is an entire musical of this and I'm kind of ridiculously intrigued. I've been trawling youtube for clips from it and it looks amazing. (Mozart! Rock! Period-inspired costumes! Leather! Shiny things! Vocals!)

In kind of the same vein, as it is indeed interesting music is We Are The Robot Pirates. It's geeky and fantastic. I've kind of got a ridiculous affection for what I think of as "Hawking voice" and this has that. It's also got a really endearing combination of geek and pirate humour. It reminds me a bit of a Doctor Who episode that Douglas Adams wrote.

SolarBeat is something I'd put into the same sort of box as We Are The Robot Pirates, but it is more elegant. The Solar System! Made musical! It's a neat concept, something like an abstract modern update of a street organ or a music box.

The Tiger Beatdown Review of Titanic is hysterical and awesome. It's a really fun read. There's a really nice discussion of the villain of the piece that fills me with glee before the romance aspect of the story gets tackled, which is also, yes, glee-inducing.

There's some kind of interesting How I Met Your Mother meta from NPR on Ted Mosby. It's a nice piece. I think it's sometimes easy to forget that Ted's the narrator of the show, or easy to forget what that means. There's some nice examination of that in here.

Michael Buble Being Stalked By A Velociraptor is an utterly amazing tumblr. There are ridiculous publicity photos, screen shots, concert photos and so on made more awesome with photoshopping from a wide range of ability - it's kind of like a twisted and awesome version of Where's Waldo at times.

There's a neat duet with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Neil Hannon from Taratata, which is a really excellent French music show. There's a good chunk of material hosted at their website; there are some really fantastic performances.

(So, indeed, recs - my miscellany folder has been growing for a while. One day there will be a coherently organised recs post again.)

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