kiki_eng: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Holly Golightly - Audrey Hepburn (woman in evening wear & sunglasses stands before shop window) (breakfast at tiffany's)
I am returning to my social bookmarking-less past until Maciej sorts it so that exports are functional and I can actually move to pinboard (yes, I was still with delicious, yes, I should have moved years ago) - for now, a link dump wherein I reread nothing while releasing a bunch of fandom tabs I have on my browser:

Boom Clap (The Sound of My Heart) by [archiveofourown.org profile] femmequixotic and [archiveofourown.org profile] noe
Harry Potter | Rating: NC-17 | 39, 547 words | Harry/Draco
Summary: Post-war Hogwarts has been energized by its new teaching fellows program. Where once bitter enmity divided the wizarding community, Malfoy and Potter chummily patrol hallways together whilst Granger and Zabini seek lost parts of the castle at McGonagall’s behest and Chang supervises Quidditch when not lecturing in Charms. It’s a veritable wizarding utopia and life is predictable for the first time in years. Which is, of course, when everything blows apart as the result of a drunken dare and Malfoy’s life is ruined beyond his capacity to repair it. Ever. In a million years.
One of my joys this past year has been a slight resurgence in Harry/Draco works - they weren't one of my pairings in the sort of height or golden age of that fandom and pairing, but it was a lot of fun to be discovering the dynamic through new works something like a decade later. I have zero memory of this fic scanning through it, but that means nothing - I often have to get, like, a page into a work before I can tell whether or not I've read it before.

A better man might by [archiveofourown.org profile] lowriseflare and [archiveofourown.org profile] threeguesses
Pitch | Rating: NC-17 | 9,397 words | Ginny/Mike
Summary: The day Mike realizes he’s actively looking for Baker’s ass in the dugout is the day he decides he should probably stop slapping it.
This is like, age gap, and sports culture and gender, and sex and kink, a little. (I think a lot of shit is inherently kinky - from G to NC-17 - and am not using that word as code for BDSM; I can't remember the specifics of any sex scenes in this but I do know that I really liked this fic and I think the sex is pretty integral.)

places to be by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sixthlight
Rivers of London | Rating: PG-13 | 6,314 words | Beverley/Peter, Beverley/Peter/Thomas
Summary: Tolstoy was wrong: every happy family is happy in its own way.
Accidental co-parenting and kidfic with a poly bent. Sixthlight tends to write themes that I care about and write really well; I remember this fic as a delight.

the slow pace of geologic time by [archiveofourown.org profile] westerrnredcedar
Check Please! | Rating: PG-13 | 4,258 words | Alicia, Bitty
Jack looks at her and then puts her luggage down and leans in, grabs her into a full-body hug, right there on the sidewalk, holding her so close. She can’t remember when he last hugged her this hard. “He told his parents. About being gay. About us,” he says into her shoulder. “They were awful.”
It's about that, about Jack calling his mom for help, after, and her supporting her son and his partner, being there for Bitty, physically, and her reflecting on parenthood and time, a bit. It's pretty great.

Pants on Fire by [archiveofourown.org profile] Helenish
Inception | Rating: NC-17 | 15,169 words | Arthur/Eames
"Ah," Yusuf says, lifting a reproving hand, "are we calling less than 24 hours of memory loss amnesia now?"
Excellent use of tropes - there's almost a secret identity component with the amnesia - and character and relationship exploration.

Easy Open by [archiveofourown.org profile] Helenish
Mission Impossible | Rating: R | 6,262 words | Benji/Ethan
"So you and Hunt are a package deal these days,” Bryson says.
“Uh,” Benji says, jerking his head up from his computer, ballpoint in his mouth.

I did not expect to like this and buy this pairing but this story was compelling for me.

Desperado by [archiveofourown.org profile] fightingarrival
Star Wars | 3:06 | Poe/Finn/Rey
Summary: There ain’t nothing here for me anymore, but I don’t want to be alone. (A WisCon 41 premiere)
I'm not anywhere near finished processing this vid, so I have nothing on this.

Of Hangovers and Coffee by [archiveofourown.org profile] Madlyie
Les Miserables | Rating: G | 1,514 words | Enjorlas/Grantaire
Summary: prompt: “accidentally broke into your apartment because i was drunk AU”; You would actually expect Grantaire to wake up in an unknown apartment but things don’t always happen like expected.
I don't know that I actually finished reading this, I think I got about a paragraph in and went No! This is not the BNL song AU that I need in my heart of hearts and kind of want to write now and I need to hold onto this fic because it has inspired me.

be yourself my ally by [archiveofourown.org profile] imperfectcircle
Wonder Woman | Rating: G | 15,531 words | Etta/Diana
Summary: “That’s all very flattering,” Etta says when Diana has finally run out of steam, “but surely you have more qualified candidates than me?”
“You are of the world of men.” Diana looks a little embarrassed. “But not a man.”

-- Diana and Etta go back to Themyscira.
I think there's a thing, sort of, where we are, all of us, Darcy Lewis. I think we are also all Etta Candy, and, you know, that's a pretty fantastic vicarious experience in this fic. There's a a fake relationship in this fic. There are rituals and festivities. A+ I mean, there's also some world building if you're into that kind of thing, but I am basically entirely *chinhands* about Etta and Diana dating and the tropes here. (There are kittens in this! There are, like, alien shenanigans. It is fantastic.)

Resource Sharing by [archiveofourown.org profile] rsadelle
James Bond | Rating: NC-17 | 3,476 words | Q/Alec/James, Q/Alec, Q/James
Summary: Q experiences what it means when James says he and Alec share everything.
I remember this basically as filthy porn. Tags include d/s and double penetration.

World Ain't Ready by [archiveofourown.org profile] idiopathicsmile
Les Miserables | Rating: PG-13 | 185,796 words | Enjorlas/Grantaire
Summary: Enjolras presses his lips together. He already looks pained, and Grantaire hasn't even opened his mouth yet. That's got to be a record, even for them.
"I need a favor," he says at last.
"With what?" says Grantaire. "Ooh, are you forming a cult? Can I join? I'd be awesome at cults, I just know it." He ticks off his qualifications on his fingers. "I love chanting, I look great in robes—"

(High school AU. Grantaire the disaffected stoner is pulled into a cause bigger than himself. Or: in which there are pretend boyfriends for great justice.)
Yeah. It's exactly what it sounds like. The really long high school fake dating AU with pining and miscommunication and all of the teenaged things, basically. Solid supporting cast business with other story lines.

Penetration Testing by [archiveofourown.org profile] Toft
Person of Interest | Rating: NC-17 | 8,886 words | Harold/John
Summary: The CIA wants to know what Harold Wren is building for Nathan Ingram, so they set a honey trap. They bait it with John Reese.
God, this fic is basically what I love about John Reese as a character, and makes me want to write meta about kink, and here I definitely mean with reference to d/s. He's like the murder sub? And he just wants to be taken care of and loved and challenged?

The Real Thing by [archiveofourown.org profile] sevenfists
Hockey RPF | Rating: NC-17 | 34,892 words | Evgeni/Sid
Sitting at the table was Sid: Sid as Zhenya had first known him, almost a decade before: dorky, long-haired Sid, his cheeks round with baby fat. He couldn’t have been older than twenty, and even that was generous.
“Wow,” baby Sid said. “Are you
Evgeni Malkin?”
I think the thing that got me with this fic - it's a pretty typical set-up and hockeyrpf loves themselves some age-regression - was the relationships that the present day Sid and Geno have with the time traveler. There's some tension, and a very real vulnerability that the younger Sid has because of his age that's I think really present in his relationship with Geno at this time and adds another layer to their interactions, as well as the interactions that Sid has with his younger self; I think it's a really interesting exploration of the sort of vulnerability of youth in this fic, and also power dynamics in relationships to some extent, and the dynamics of relationships in general and the tensions that exist in them, even when you are on even footing.

Under Yellow Moons by [archiveofourown.org profile] skoosiepants
Teen Wolf | Rating: PG-13 | 17,127 words | Derek/Stiles
Summary: They stare at each other, half-grinning, and Derek knows it’s definitely the absolute wrong time for this, but he wants. He wants to grin at Stiles over dinner every day for the rest of his life, baffled over yams and Moon Pie Day, and, god, crap, goddamn, when the fuck did he have time to fall in love?
Or
The life and times of Deputy Stiles and Supernatural Foster Dad Derek Hale
Some day I need to talk about how much I love skoosiepants, like, coding those italics just then made me so happy, and there's a kind of bandom style to her work, which is just fun - I've been enjoying this adult human Stilinski-Hale business she's been getting up to lately.

So that's my tabs cleared out, and, like step one in catch-up - I owe a few people some things I need to finish sorting.
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01. Your Mother by [personal profile] ghost_lingering
Saga | R | 1:27 | Alana & Hazel
Audio: If I Should Have A Daughter by Sarah Kay

This is a really engaging comics vid that packs a really strong emotional punch. The source is a still medium and it's set to spoken word, and it moves and pulls you in, and just might make you cry. It's about love and strength and unrelenting optimism in the face of terrible things.

02. L.E.S. Artistes by [livejournal.com profile] cherryice
Terminator Movies | R | 3:30 | Sarah Connor
Summary: Sarah Connor. To tell it straight, I'm trying to build a wall.
Music: L.E.S. Artistes - Santigold

The story of the Terminator films, about Sarah's voyage, fighting the darkness with all you have, and hammering yourself into a weapon in the fire. This vid hurts a bit - there's a kind of rawness to it, well-executed.

03. Hammerhead by [personal profile] such_heights
Doctor Who | PG | 3:34 | Martha Jones
Summary: Prove 'em wrong, girl.
Music: A Brand

A vid about Martha fighting, and shining, and winning. I love Martha so much, and this reminds me why, with her facing down everyone's shit, and always carving her path and making friends. Martha Jones talks to people and she listens and she fights, and she saves the world, and herself. This vid captures her perfectly.

04. Rescue by [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries | PG | 3:46 | Phrynne, Dot
Summary: We don't need no rescuing, we're ok.
Song: Rescue by Yuna

Phrynne faces the world fearlessly and Dot faces her fears; it's a vid about them and all the women of the Phyrnne Fisher verse facing things down and being there to support each other as they do, in good and bad times. This is such an uplifting vid.


(This post is for [community profile] snowflake_challenge. Details about the fifth day are here.)

she moves

Feb. 2nd, 2016 10:04 pm
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Firework by Dogstar
Whip It | 3:48 | Song: "Firework" by Katy Perry
Summary: "Come on, let your colors burst".

Bliss taking on life and derby and making like a firework. I apparently have a lot of Bliss feels because nothing bad happens here, but this vid almost made me cry twice today.


Revolution by [personal profile] trelkez
A League of Their Own | 3:07 | Song: "Revolution" by The Veronicas
Summary: I'll blow your mind.

Ladies playing baseball. If you haven't seen this movie you really need to (because, like me, you need a crush on Geena Davis, obviously); it's about women and gender and baseball and it's funny and heart-wrenching and everything. There's actually some m/f in this vid, but I so completely do not care about it that I feel fine reccing this in my female relationships only month; it's pretty incidental. It's a vid about women being awesome together. It's glorious.


Do My Thing by [personal profile] such_heights
Bend It Like Beckham | 3:30 | Song: "Do My Thing" by Estelle ft. Janelle Monáe
Summary: Jess knows just where she's going.

I'm pretty sure if I were an animated character I would have heart-eyes, watching this vid; it is everything that I could want it to be. I love it. It's about Jess doing her thing and is perfectly femslashy. The femslash narrative in this vid is great.
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[personal profile] calvinahobbes prompted me with this after I'd put people talking to me about femslashy things on my wishlist for [community profile] snowflake_challenge. February is coming, which means that, as I have for the last six years, the only fanworks that I'll be consuming or creating are female-centric ones, and since I'm a shipper there's a lot of femslash in that - Femslash February.

I tend to read more slash than anything else during the rest of the year. I like reading a lot of variations of the same story told over, and over. There's more slash so there are more variations available to me there and the size of slash fandom makes it easier to find works. I have deep roots there and I realised back in 2010 that it was really easy for me to read slash, but that I wanted to read more stories about women. Cutting male-centric fanworks out of my life completely was the easiest way, for me, to make sure that I consume fanworks about women. So, I sort of live in my own self-created fannish lesbian utopia for a month. Since I've started doing that the amount of fanworks I read about women has gone up in the other months, too; it's been a success for me, and I've made some really cool discoveries because of it. It's led me to all kinds of canons and there are all kinds of awesome femslash fanworks.

I need stories about women in my life. I need stories about queer women in my life. I am a woman, and I am queer. Those stories can be like water. Sometimes I'll run into a queer woman who will say something like, "It's a piece of shit, but it's got lesbians in it, so I'll be watching it." ...and, oh man. There's a Star Wars gif going around tumblr of Rey abruptly stopping when a ship is blown up in front of her, saying "the garbage will do" and abruptly turning and heading toward the Millenium Falcon; it's captioned with something like "when you have read all the good fic about your OTP." ...and that's it, it's that feeling, only I feel like very few of us have ever gotten used to consistently good content, we just want to see queer ladies represented and we don't have a whole lot of choices. I have watched some terrible, terrible media because of this.

Representation is so important. There's a quote by José Esteban Muñoz: "Heteronormative culture makes queers think that both past and future do not belong to them. All we are allowed to imagine is barely surviving in the present.” Stories are how we tell each other about our past and our future. Erasing queers from histories, from stories, can make it feel like we're not supposed to be here at all.

More. )
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[personal profile] sinesofinsanity prompted me to write on this, and since she's a genfic person I went looking for stuff to rec her.

I didn't find a lot of female friendship fanworks when I went looking through my bookmarks. Part of this has to do with how female friendships are represented in the media. Too often there is no female character at all. Sometimes there is one female character. Female friendship doesn't get depicted where women do not exist. We live in a world where the Bechdel, or Bechdel-Wallace Test exists, where two women existing, talking to each other, about something other than a man, is actually remarkable.

This got long )
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*pfft* Was I ever in HP? I wrote about this for yesterday's post and I was super amused when I got [personal profile] readbystarlight's prompt comment thing that the whole thing in its entirety was basically her asking and answering her own questions in question format; I love you, starwire. So, yeah, just doing recs today. A playlist.

Here. )
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([personal profile] lucifuge5 said "kinks" over at today's snowflake challenge post and this is really not what they meant, there were qualifiers around that, but this is where my head went, so yeah, have some good old-fashioned vidded canon heterosexual D/s kink.)

What Is Love by [livejournal.com profile] milly
Fifty Shades of Grey
Christian/Anastasia | Rating NC-17 | Length 2:49 | Song: What Is Love by Haddaway
Description: Baby don't hurt me.

[livejournal.com profile] milly writes "I know what I did. I'm sorry. I think." I feel that you already have all the information you need about this vid, basically. There's something brilliant about making this vid to "that song from A Night at the Roxbury"; cliches and kink and kinky cliches, it feels like everything I could possibly have wanted out of that film condensed to an enjoyable two minutes and forty-nine seconds including slightly pointed ending note, instead of whatever the canon was.

The New Pollution by [livejournal.com profile] meiou_set
Secretary
Edward/Lee | Rating R | Length 3:38 | Song: The New Pollution by Beck
Summary: She's got a hand on a wheel of pain.
Warning: cutting/self-harm

I love this vid, it is a joy. It is bright. It is fun. It is breezy and cheeky and I am filled with warm fuzzies as I watch it. [livejournal.com profile] meiou_set has done an excellent job of capturing so much of what makes Secretary good - this is in fact the vid that made me watch that film. I love how much of this is about Lee and Edward's reaction face, and if I continue writing about this it's just going to devolve into me writing "pretty" over and over and some smiley faces.

where i end (and you begin) by [personal profile] penthesilea
Verfolgt (2006)
Elsa/Jan | Rating NC-17 | Length 2:55 | Song: Caramel by Suzanne Vega
Summary: There's a gap in between / There's a gap where we meet / Where I end and you begin

Femdom! Age gap! Age gap with an older woman! (Some of us are pretty excited about that kind of thing.) There's an older woman putting a young man on his knees and spanking him set to Suzanne Vega, in black and white. (There are other things.) [personal profile] penthesilea does a really good job of capturing sensuality and conflict in this, especially inner conflict; it's lovely.

I lived!

Nov. 26th, 2015 09:20 pm
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An Avalanche Of Detour Signs by [archiveofourown.org profile] gyzym
Sherlock
Rating: NC-17| 56,053 words | Molly Hooper/Greg Lestrade
Summary: In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.

This is a really great character piece that fleshes out Molly and makes her and her experiences real. It's about Molly living her life, and there are high points and low points. I really love the phases that her relationship with Lestrade goes through and how slow the development is; it feels very genuine.

I lived by [personal profile] flummery
Marvel
Rating: PG-13 | 3:38 | Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers | Song: I Lived by One Republic
Summary: Life goes on.

This is a vid about Peggy Carter & Steve Rogers, about the places where their paths intersect and where the lives that they live separated by time parallel each other. It's a vid that can reconcile the viewer with their story. Steve and Peggy don't get the future together that they might have imagined but they live, with everything that that verb entails - and that's pretty great.

Disentanglement by [archiveofourown.org profile] rageprufrock
The Social Network
Rating: PG-13 | 18,184 words | Eduardo Saverin
Summary: After the abject shitshow of Palo Alto, Eduardo's plans are to stop proving his father right about all his life decisions, shut up, graduate, and keep abusing the slow-healing wound from Mark's knife in the back until all the scar tissue is numb from dead nerve endings.

When Eduardo Saverin gets pushed out of Facebook he gets on with his life. There are some really great, real-feeling original characters in this. There's a little bit of snark in this; it's entertaining. It's the story of Eduardo truly getting over what happened with Mark and also recent college grads facing down adulthood (always hilarious) and settling into a career.
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Psych | Motown Philly by [livejournal.com profile] jarrow
Summary: Not too hard, not too soft.
[personal profile] jarrow writes in the notes for this vid about it being about physical comedy "combined with the feel of ♥ Shawn! ♥ Gus! ♥ Shawn & Gus! ♥ ♥ ♥" - that's it; that's the vid, and it is a delight.
(Song: Motown Philly by Boyz II Men)

Leverage | Parachute by [personal profile] thingswithwings
Summary: I don't need a parachute, baby, if I've got you.
It's an Alec/Eliot/Parker OT3 vid about them navigating their feelings and being vulnerable and being badasses and being fantastic together and being there for each other. It feels a lot like a shipping manifesto, because I want to point at this vid and say, this, this is why, this is my OT3. I love this vid, because it's sweet and vulnerable and soft and full of love, and it's about that tentative love turning sure, and it's Leverage and team and found family.
(Song: Parachute by Ingrid Michaelson)

Agents of SHIELD | Feeling Good by [personal profile] mithborien
Summary: "You're really just asking me to drive the bus?" An Agent Melinda May character study.
I watched the first episode of SHIELD but that's been it, so I am missing nuances with this vid, but I love it a lot anyway. It's about a somewhat stoic female pilot who literally kicks ass and has a fantastic skeptical face and small smile and rolls her eyes at Coulson; I don't know what's going on here entirely but she seems awesome. It's also set to Feeling Good by Muse, which is basically smooth as fuck, and the way that rhythm and that vocal track gets used make this vid very cool.
(Song: Feeling Good by Muse)

Marx Brothers Films | A Night Like This by [personal profile] thirdblindmouse
Summary: Starring Margaret Dumont, the Marx Brothers, and other beasts of the wild.
It's this absolutely lovely showcase of Margaret Dumont's role in those films and a fun romp through them. I have been in love with these films for a long time and after watching this vid I am more in love with Margaret then ever. I keep watching it over and over, endlessly charmed.
(Song: A Night Like This by Caro Emerald)

Bend It Like Beckham | Do My Thing by [personal profile] such_heights
Summary: Jess knows just where she's going.
It's a vid about Jess dreaming and practicing and going after what she wants and being awesome and true to herself even when it makes her life difficult. The vid's got a bit of a Jess/Jules bent, so it is basically everything that I loved about the movie. It's like a defiant victory march.
(Song: Do My Thing by Estelle ft. Janelle Monáe)
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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.

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