kiddie gen

Feb. 27th, 2016 11:04 am
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The Dragon's Treasure by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Elizabeth | G | 2,295 words
Summary: Elizabeth goes home. Various things happen. (Also contains moderate doses of floppy shoes, tennis rackets, bums and a treasure.)

This is very simple and Munsch-like and kind of wonderful.


At Tilde by [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
Matilda by Roald Dahl | Marvel
Matilda | G | 1,247 words
Summary: Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.

There's something tremendously satisfying about people telling Xavier "no". I love this; Matilda is wonderfully herself and the path that she chooses is realistic.


a home for every season by [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis | The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Susan | G | 4,042 words
Summary: Susan Pevensie goes to Middle Earth
Let’s talk about a Susan who never moved on, who buried her family in English soil and spent the rest of her life trying to find her way home. She did not believe lions were kind, but she always remembered a bow in her schoolgirl hands.She looked in every old wardrobe she came across. It was casual, everyday– the first day in a new lecture hall, she checked the back of the coat closet. Friends had her over for Christmas dinner and she excused herself to go the bathroom, checked every cabinet and closet, and then headed back in for pudding. She went home with a cute boy she met in a smoky little pub and she checked his wardrobe before she headed home the next morning, heels in hand.

Part agonising, part defiant, part hopeful.


Realistic Painting of Mai by [deviantart.com profile] missbennet
Mai | G | one image

Pretty. Rich - lovely colours and texturing.
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Stargate: Atlantis debuted 10 years ago today, which is weird thinking about. That date roughly matches up with when I joined fandom as a lurker, though I didn't really get into SGA fandom for a couple of years, when I met [personal profile] readbystarlight and she gave me recs and so introduced me to fandom on LJ.

I'm not in SGA fandom anymore, not really, but there's a lot of feelings bound up in those three letters for me. SGA was and is really important to me. I still think about it sometimes.

I think about face of joe a fair bit these days, since I've joined tumblr, because there are a lot of things that tumblr is not particularly good at and things that I consider deficiencies in that platform, but face of joe would have done so well there; it fits tumblr formatting perfectly. face of joe was a delight, and I miss it a little, sometimes; I miss seeing Joe Flannigan's ridiculous face come up when I'm scrolling down, reading the accompaniment, and snorfling to myself.

The Difference Engine by [personal profile] copperbadge was and is such a good story for me; I almost feel like I love it disproportionately, not because it's not a great story, but because there are just so many great SGA stories. I think part of the reason that it's stuck is that I don't, at least in comparison to people who do, read a lot of science fiction stories; often, when I think about robots, I think about this story. I think about that bullet that John's body takes in and about trying to figure out how to be a person, what being a person means. I also think about [personal profile] copperbadge's formatting and style choices, how that story is written, because there are a number of elements that aren't typical of fanfiction in there. Most of the fic that I read doesn't have chapters and it doesn't have preface quotes and it's basically a much more straight-forward writing style, so this feels much more delicately woven, for all that it is obviously part of the same tradition. I think about this fic, sometimes, when I think about writing fic.

Fear of the Dark by [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27 and [livejournal.com profile] astridv must have been one of the first comics I read in fandom and I'm fond of it, still. That image of Jennifer sitting with her father on a bench has really stuck with me, and I think about that, and about ladies being there for ladies, and about Jennifer bringing Teyla home. Jennifer bringing Teyla home is just an action that carries a lot of emotional weight - because there's Teyla being there for Jennifer, and mornings in her father's kitchen, and Jennifer sharing that with her; there's love and trust and intimacy there. This comic got to a place in my heart and then stayed there, basically.

Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Lose by [personal profile] synecdochic. I have read this fic once, years ago, and the title alone packs more punch for me than many a scene meant to be gut-wrenching. Like, okay, it doesn't even have to be the full title, you can ask me if I remember Freedom and I'll be stricken and on the verge of tears. I don't quite remember Freedom, actually. It has been years since I have read it and there are a lot of details that aren't really sharp for me. I remember loss, and I remember Rodney living with that and building/creating/becoming something in the aftermath of that, because it doesn't stop. ...and now I am on the verge of tears and blowing my nose. That is a thing that is actually happening as I write this. I first heard the song that this fic takes it's title from this year, a few months ago; it came on the radio and I stopped and went, oh, and had to sort of shake my head out and go back to what I was doing. I will, probably, reread this story this summer, because I have forgotten a lot of this story that I love and remember as being well-crafted in addition to being incredibly powerful emotionally, and it has been ten years since SGA and fandom started for me, and probably around eight years since I read this, and then after I've read it I will probably view the next item on this largely disordered list a few times and then go for a walk, probably, to try to get over it, because there is a reason that I haven't yet read this fic again.

This is How it Works by [personal profile] lim is the vid for that fic by [personal profile] synecdochic, which- basically all I need to do is think of to be destroyed. This I have watched over and over, in part because it's just really different from other vids. Much of it is very stark white and it uses a series of changing numbers to follow the beat of the song. There's a lot of text that flies together and then apart and that's in the style of something roughly and laboriously hand-printed rather than a font - the other text that gets used is in a cursive style; these words help to tie the vid to the fic and reduce some viewers to tears, probably. The whole thing is beautifully put together and showcases a lot of technical skill while also appearing simple, I think, because of that deliberate starkness and roughness in places. It's gorgeous and devastating.

Bell Curve, or, Ladies Night at the Boom Boom Room by [profile] rageprufock I never actually think of this story as Bell Curve - it's always Ladies Night at the Boom Boom Room to me, because that's hilarious, and, when I think about this story it tends to be in terms of ...you know what I want... I want, like, a really, really indulgent stripper or sex worker fic where someone's really flaily and there's a lot of snark and they fall in love somewhat hilariously. (I want that in all the fandoms, basically.) That's what this fic is, and it is just so, so good for me. This fic is a delight and the type of fic I love to read.

A Farm in Iowa by [archiveofourown.org profile] aesc and [archiveofourown.org profile] sheafrotherdon There are 44 works in this series and over 160,000 words, including some that got published today, which I've not yet read. This SGA AU 'verse is sort of the SGA AU 'verse for me; in my head John and Rodney are still out there in Iowa, sitting at the kitchen table after their kids have gone to bed, wondering to each other how this became their lives and at how very weird their kids are, before one of them cracks a joke and they go to bed themselves, probably. A Farm in Iowa is a verse that's drenched in love and family and domesticity; it's got a special place in my heart because of that. In my head John and Rodney are still living out all sorts of AU verses that people have written that I have read, but this one is sun-drenched; I love it. I have a postcard, actually, of a farm in Iowa, and it's really not that great a postcard, but whenever I see it I smile, and I think about this 'verse.

The Epic Tale of Rodney & John, Two Girl Scout Cookies in Love [The Pix or it Didn't Happen Remix] by [livejournal.com profile] bitter_crimson I saw this come up on the fic tag on pinboard a few months ago and burst into laughter; the bookmarker was pretty traumatised and I remember reading this years ago and being traumatised. I had a conversation afterwards with [personal profile] readbystarlight that I remember going something like this:

o.O Did you read that story with-
the cookies?!!! YES.
Oh my god. With the- graphic sex scene.
And the marshmallow, and the... *trails off, looking traumatised*
*anguished* Yes.
(They stare at each other in shared horror.)

It's a pretty glourious fanwork. It's funny, and I have a lot of affection for it and that bookmarker and my younger self, a little. I love that it's a multimedia work; the visuals are great. This is SGA crack!fic at its finest.

SGA icons: Teyla, cute chibi pairing icons by [livejournal.com profile] pentapus I discovered [livejournal.com profile] pentapus' art through SGA and fell in love with it, especially her chibi icons, which I still see around now and again. Her art's expressive and fun and sometimes funny and I like her coloured and black and white stuff equally well. One of the things that I love about her SGA stuff was that she didn't really focus on one particular character or pairing - there was just such variety in her subjects. Of the set I've linked 6, I think, is my favorite, because of the expressions on their faces, mostly; they're incredibly happy-making.

United States of Hysteria by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone. So, occasionally, I think about this story, and I make this frustrated sound and suck in my breath through my teeth or sigh, because it's a WIP and part 1 was written in 2008 and, look, it just seems really unlikely that this is a thing that is going to get finished. There's an oppressive government in the U.S.A. and John and Rodney are strangers who get married so that John can be safe in Canada, and you know how that genre of fic goes, how there's tentativeness and then the couple finds common ground and they figure out that they want to be together for more than just convenience's sake and they figure out their relationship? That doesn't happen; it's a WIP. They meet and they're awkward and tentative and then there's just... no more fic. I've accidentally read what feels like a lot of WIPs and a fair number that haven't been finished, and I think the reason that I think about this one more than those other WIPs is that the part that's there was so good, so my despair is that much greater. I really hate WIPs. This one is lovely - it's just, you know, a WIP.

I love you fandom, and SGA - I love you still.
kiki_eng: Totoro holds purple umbrella and sits with child on hill, apparently observing clouds.  Cursive text: "perfect" (perfect)
In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So, I had to think about this a lot, but Hayao Miyazaki's work has meant a lot for me. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | Spirited Away (2001) isn't really my favorite of his films, but it's the one that's maybe gotten to me the most. One of the things that I love about Miyazaki's films is the way that he writes good and evil. (There's a really lovely comic about this here by saphhiresky1410.)

I don't really believe in that depiction of a clear-cut good vs. evil conflict that's so prevalent. It's just... not how I experience the world, not how I see the world. I would get so frustrated when I was younger and trying to fix conflicts because I could see both sides, and I get so frustrated today when I see people just... not getting things. (Like, say, starting a sentence with "I'm not racist, but..." and somehow missing the part where they're being racist and that racism is harmful.)

I haven't seen Spirited Away in a long time (it's not my favourite) but there's this scene after she's taken the train away, where the two beings who've caused the most harm are just sitting in a kitchen and they've been taken out of a situation that was toxic for them or they've had this terribleness stripped away and they're not harming anyone any more. They're different than how they were before, and that is sort of the most amazing fairy tale I have ever seen. It's a scene that's left an impression upon me, that speaks to something sort of fundamental in me.

I love that solution to conflict, that no one dies, that no one is basically condemned for the evil they've committed. I think that's great, because it is a better solution to conflict than the one that so often gets modeled where there's an opponent who has to be defeated, who's seen more as a caricature than a person. It's better writing, I think, when characters are fully fleshed out, and it's a really lovely story, that people's behaviours can change and people can be changed.

Spirited Away wasn't this earth-shattering film for me. It changed my life in the same way that a lot of the media I consume does - by making it just a little bit better.
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I woke up to that news that Saturday morning (over a week ago now) and all of these sad garment-rending type posts on my reading list and network. (This is my sad garment-rending type post.)

My Chemical Romance was my favourite active bandom band. They're an important part of bandom for me, and an important part of my fannish history. Bandom's not my first RPF fandom but it's my first serious RPF fandom; I'm a lot more attached to it and the people that it focuses on than I have been with previous RPF fandoms, which is something that I've been processing as I move through bandom.

[personal profile] sinesofinsanity and I do this thing occasionally where we hang out in a kitchen and cook and/or drink tea and talk fandom. We don't tend to share fandoms or read the same fic in fandoms we do share; we're pretty different fannishly. For the past however long I've been talking to her about bandom, which has translated into a lot of talking about MCR (They went LARPing in the desert with Grant Morrison for a couple music videos.* Gerard writes comic books.** One of their music videos is a fanvid; they found a couple of a fanperson's vids, liked her stuff, and paid her to make their music video.***) and about RPF. There's been a lot of processing of where the lines are for me and what being a fan of someone more for their media persona than their work means for me. My becoming a fan of MCR and working to process my relationship with RPF have been really intertwined things for me.

*Killjoys 'verse: Na Na Na, SING
**wiki: The Umbrella Academy
***vidder's lj entry: The Kids From Yesterday


MCR is important to me. I have a lot of feelings about MCR. MCR is "art is the weapon". MCR is "trying to change the world". MCR is "gonna find the way on my own". MCR is "be yourself and don't take anybody's fucking shit".

When I was in high school I was pretty far left on the political spectrum. I am pretty far left on the political spectrum, and there's this narrative about how leftists grow up and stop being leftists. There's this note somewhere that I wrote to Friend A that goes something like, I don't ever want to do that. I don't ever want to accept the status fucking quo. I don't ever want to accept this racist, misogynistic, homophobic bullshit. I don't ever want to stop caring about that shit. I don't ever want to stop fighting. I am terrified of that; I think that the day I stop fighting, stop caring, is the day that something incredibly important dies.

MCR's a fighting band; MCR is a band fighting that fight; they're not perfect, but they're fighting. That's a lot of what MCR has meant to me, and I'm sad that they broke up; I wanted them to grow old and write a children's album together. I didn't want the band to end, but it's okay that they did; things end. Life goes forward and there are new adventures.

(Thank you and best wishes, MCR.)

I have been basically writing around I find MCR inspirational. I liked their message; it's something that I need in my life and something that I occasionally turn around in my head like a favourite old book. It's still there, after they've broken up, and the fandom is still here, too.

The fandom, for those reading this who are unaware, is awesome. Those themes that make me love MCR are all wrapped up in the fandom - geekery and art and meaning and recovery and... it's glorious.

Recs and love )

Obedience

Aug. 31st, 2012 08:12 pm
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masters, doms, slaves & subs: mysterious ways by [personal profile] tree
Mysterious Ways (U2 song); Rating: G; Art: cross-stitch
The "on your knees, boy" cross-stitch is such a great kink piece. I love how it lifts that lyric from the song and highlights that kink that wouldn't necessarily be noticed by listeners; I think there's a lot of kink - purposeful and not - in music that not everyone picks up on; it's easy not to think about lyrics, so I love how this puts it on display. Of course, the cross-stitch is also removing the lyric from the context of the song; it's not something that someone's likely to look at and identify as a U2 lyric - it's not something that's unique to being a U2 lyric.
"On your knees, boy" is an order. On your knees is a less defensible, more submissive position. A boy is someone with less authority than an adult. Everything about that phrase is kind of screaming "do as I say"; it's incredibly kinky. The part where it's gilt-framed text makes me think of all the other framed orders I've been around in terms of kink, which is pretty fun.
As a cross-stitch piece it's really great to think of in relation to other word cross-stitch pieces; I'm used to seeing sayings that are valued in that house or things that serve as affirmations or reminders and thinking of [personal profile] tree's piece that way is really wonderful.

A Beginner's Guide to Vulcan Sexual Practice, by Captain James T. Kirk by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings
Star Trek; Rating: NC-17; 4,621 words; James T. Kirk/Spock
"It is tradition," Spock says blandly. "Surely you would not ask me to abandon Vulcan tradition." "Uh," Jim replies.
This is a fic that was written, as its notes say, in response to a comm that was set up as a place for fic featuring kink-free sex. It had this long list of all of the kinks that weren't welcome in the comm that the Kel-Toth that Spock follows in this fic is based on. The Kel-Toth and how Kirk and Spock interact with it are such excellent manifestations of obedience kink. The Kel-Toth is this long document full of rules, so many rules, about how Vulcans should have sex; it is pretty inherently kinky.
I really like this story for everything that it does with the obedience kink: it's got straight-up obedience, a look at the wrong/forbidden that rules create as well as the opportunity for the perversion of those rules. Spock's adherence to the rules comes with a fair amount of sorting out what he can and can not do; the Kel-Toth highlights kink. Kirk reacts to the rules by diving into the material head on, obeying the rules, and then finding all of the loop-holes and things not forbidden by them. It's fun. The story's an interesting exploration of obedience kink and kink in general.

stones to turn and stare at by [archiveofourown.org profile] summerstorm
Teen Wolf; Rating: NC-17; 4,126 words; Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
The window clicks shut as Derek turns around and says, "What?" His face is—hilarious, actually, but if Stiles is going to go through with this he can't allow himself to crack this early, let alone crack up. Cracking up is not something you come back from. So he repeats, "Sit down," widening his eyes to let Derek know that this is really freaking easy to figure out if Derek just puts his mind to it.
This is such a wonderful first time obedience kink story. I love that it's Stiles giving the orders in this, and that that's something that Derek wants and has asked for; it's a really interesting and enjoyable story, characterisation-wise. I really love thinking of this story in relationship to Derek's history with Kate; I think that this story is all kinds of hopeful and positive in relation to that.
It's a great expermentation fic. There's conversation and communication; the fic touches on the negotiation and discussion that Derek and Stiles had about this and details all of Stiles' thought processes and strategising as he feels out how to give orders and what sort of orders to give. There's uncertainty and awkwardness in it, which are both pretty fantastic in a first time fic. There's cooperation between the two of them. It's a really great fic about them exploring the kink together.

Pull Your Tangles Out by [livejournal.com profile] boweryd
Bandom: Panic at the Disco; Rating: NC-17; 9,000 words; Brendon Urie/Spencer Smith
If this is like a thing you two do.
This is another sort of first time story; it's an accidental kinksters or kink discovery fic, where someone doesn't realise that what they're doing is kinky or kind of falls into a kink. Spencer doesn't realise that the dynamic that he and Brendon have, where Brendon does what Spencer tells him to, is kind of kinky until its pointed out to him and then he thinks about it. Spencer processing, experimenting, and ultimately falling into the kink is all really fantastic; there's this lovely repetition of If this is like a thing you two do with Spencer turning that phrase over and figuring out what it means, what those obedience and submission kinks mean for himself and Brendon. It's a really wonderful progression.

New Message by [archiveofourown.org profile] jedusaur
Bandom: Fall Out Boy/My Chemical Romance; Rating: PG; 1,320 words; Pete Wentz/Mikey Way
Mikey's ringtone is a single half-second chime, because if it were anything more obnoxious than that, no one would spend any amount of time with Pete without throwing his phone out a window.
This fic contains an incredibly interesting expression of non-sexual obedience kink. Mikey takes on making a lot of the small decisions in Pete's life for him, making those orders. The way those little decisions tie them together and the level of knowledge and involvement that Mikey has with the minutiae of Pete's life because of them is neat. The orders are pretty simple on the surface, but what they mean isn't. There's that level of knowledge, to start with. There's also how connected Mikey and Pete are and the way they carry each other around and interact via text all day; they're very much a part of each other's lives. The way that chime is a connection and something grounding for Pete is very powerful. I love the way it's a kind of Hey, I'm here. Here's this little thing that you don't have to worry about anymore.
The obedience kink is this fic is really interesting to me in how firmly it's rooted in care-taking on Mikey's part. I think that care-taking in fic with a D/s slant shows up more commonly as aftercare or an aspect of play, so the amount focus there is on it here is remarkable.

This rec set was made for the obedience square of my [community profile] kink_bingo card. It is more than 500 words long. :)
kiki_eng: Totoro holds purple umbrella and sits with child on hill, apparently observing clouds.  Cursive text: "perfect" (perfect)
Dear Dinosaurs,

You're awesome.

I don't know a lot about you, really, but I really like the way you go "rar!" and sometimes eat people in fiction. I am also a fan of the majestic peaceful herbivore thing; while I think that you have to admit that that is a less action-y dinosaur role and easy to overlook it's something that you carry off with great aplomb.

I really liked you in Calvin and Hobbes, Fantasia, Jurassic Park, Sliders, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and Primeval. I kept watching Primeval a lot longer than I maybe should have because you were in it, and, maybe a little embarrassingly, The Lost World is the only Conan Doyle I've read.

I loved the pterodactyl in Torchwood and the one in Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec.

I am pretty sure that the best tumblr ever is Michael Buble Being Stalked By A Velociraptor and it makes me extraordinarily happy that there's an alternate history theme park where dinosaurs fought in the civil war, that Dinosaur Comics is a thing that exists, there are occasional xkcd comics about dinosaurs and an internet quiz entitled "What Kind of Dinosaur Would You Be?"

You make me really happy. I love that there's fanwork about you.

They Want More by [livejournal.com profile] bironic
Jurassic Park
I really love the perspective flip in this vid, that it's Jurassic Park from the perspective of the dinosaurs. It's dark and hilarious. The song that it's set to is a really brilliant match, a little camp and over the top. It's incredibly satisfying and just generally great and a lot of fun.
(Song: I Want More by Elton John)

And now for something very silly. by [livejournal.com profile] pentapus
Jurassic Park
SFW
Art featuring dinosaurs in love; it is amazing and adorable. I love the style of this, how cute the dinosaurs are, and then the line that [livejournal.com profile] pentapus has included with this; it's stuck with me for a long time and continues to make me grin happily to myself.

RAR! by [archiveofourown.org profile] mtgat
Jurassic Park, Titanic
Rating: PG; 307 words; Velociraptor
Summary: Velociraptor has an advice column.
This is a really fun piece of epistolary fiction wherein Velociraptor solves problems and has a catch phrase. It's a really excellent catch phrase.


You fill me with a kind of terrible childish glee and wonder. I love that you being in a story about humans often involves time travel or science fiction, so that a story with you in it becomes this really wonderful combination of things.

I love that you're made of science and history and imagination. You make stories better. Thank you for that.



(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 - and also a little for [personal profile] calvinahobbes, who expressed interest in a post about dinosaurs a while back.)
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Sunflowers, Bubbles, & Ryan Ross by [livejournal.com profile] ordinaryink
SFW; Art: Ryan Ross
I love the kind of folksy bent that all of the thatching lends in this and how Ryan's limbs are out of proportion. Those limbs make him look a lot like a doll I had as a kid, made of cloth and wooden blocks. I love how surreal and folksy this universe is.

Interlinked by [archiveofourown.org profile] doctor_jasley
Rating: PG-13; 12,784 words; Brendon/Spencer
Summary: A story about finding yourself in the most unusual way and new beginnings. Or conversely, a mildly steampunkish fic where Spencer doesn’t realize he’s dating Brendon.
It's this really adorable AU with magic in it. There aren't any epic quests in this and everything's pretty firmly grounded in the ordinary, or this universe's ordinary, anyway. There are marriage customs and apprenticeships, wire birds and a mechanical kitten. It's this really lovely mix of elements.

Waiting For The Opportune Moment by [archiveofourown.org profile] TheWrongKindOfPC
Rating: PG; 4,576 words; Z/Tennessee
Summary: In which there are tearful kisses, firearms, and blue drinks with lots of umbrellas. The Like in space, essentially.
I love how the kind of stylistic choices that a band makes are transferred to space piracy, here, how bits of The Like canon have been transferred over. The characters in this are a little flaily and adorable and hilarious in this. It's a lot of fun.

(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: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
Sailor Saturn by LimKis
I really like the layering in this piece, its flow and the sweeping circular thing that's happening. There's such an ethereal quality to it; it looks like magic.

.uranus and neptune by iamacoyfish
Michiru seems so amused at Haruka and being carried bridal-style; it's fun. I like the colours in this piece; they're far from bright and have a kind of Art Nouveau vibe.

twirl by taffygiraffe
Despite the white dress and the title that goes with it, I can not think of the person pictured here as anything but Usagi. She's twirling in it; it's delightful.
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
Mulan: Avalanche by suthnmeh
Art; SFW
The colour scheme of this piece results in a distinct background and foreground sweeping together a little and works to establish the chaos of the avalanche that Mulan and Khan are caught in. I love Mulan's expression in this, that she does have these really wide eyes and how very clearly "oh shit" is written on her face.

The River Serpent by [archiveofourown.org profile] valmora
Rating: PG-13; 1, 235 words; Warning: graphic depictions of violence, major character death
Even six months after the Mandate of Heaven fell upon another, the river runs foul all its length, no matter how they dredge it for corpses, or poison.
I love this story. I love its tags, that it's a story with Chinese dragons and hydropolitics and sexism and regime changes and zombies in the form of reanimated flesh. I love that it has that darkness about it. I love how very much a story it is; I love how it's crafted.

Bloom in Adversity by [personal profile] leanwellback
Summary: "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all."
This vid follows the story of the film, Mulan's story, and condenses it and distills it and it's gorgeous and deadly. It's set to this perfect instrumental piece that has this sweeping quality and that's what the vid does - sweeps through moments and emotions. It's lovely.
(Song: Color the Sky by Two Steps From Hell)
kiki_eng: two bats investigating plants against the night sky (bats in the night)
Batgirl jump by urdsama
I really love the motion that's captured in this piece and the faint smile that she has around her lips; it's Batgirl in action. I like her boots and the absence of a cape here. Her shadow is also really awesome; I like its colour and the contrast that that creates as well as how the shadow works to establish the sense of movement.

Babs and Stephanie by giaaeron
This portrait is really neat in that it's the sort of image that you could capture if you were doing a casual sitting with two women who were really comfortable with each other; that seems to be what the reference photo used for this work is. It's a very digital work in terms of its lines and shading. For all that it's a very organic pose the picture itself doesn't have that same feel; it's an interesting contrast.

Park Bench by KrystalBeisick
I like the content of this piece, Dinah's hair caught up in an autumn wind, the weight she's putting on her palms as she leans back a little, the sense of being that's captured in that and Barbara's sharp delight at her. I also really like, having gone through a lot of pieces featuring Barbara Gordon as Batgirl and not nearly as many of her as Oracle, that though Barbara is sitting on a bench with Dinah her chair is still depicted here - it's nice.

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