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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. )

Five Fics!

Jan. 1st, 2015 09:27 pm
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The Best Version of Yourself by [archiveofourown.org profile] wearemany
Suits
Rating: PG-13 | 4,391 words | Mike Ross/Harvey Specter
Summary: Tom Ford has five rules for the modern gentleman.
I love the structure of this fic, that each of its five parts covers one of those rules - in the same order they appeared in publication, no less - and at the same time there's this great Harvey/Mike story. It's delightful and funny. There's snark and Mike and Harvey challenging each others' views and Harvey wanting to keep Mike forever. It's very them.

Five medical issues Jennifer Keller is really, really sick of treating. by [livejournal.com profile] shaenie and [livejournal.com profile] fiercelydreamed
Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: PG-13 | ~1,100 words | Jennifer Keller
Some days it boggles the mind that this expedition consists of humanity's "best and brightest."
This is a fic that is what it says on the tin, which is pretty delightful in and of itself, but what makes me love this to pieces is just how incredibly human it is. There's the part where these are people that Jennifer is treating and so the things that show up within the infirmary are very much a part of that and then there's Jennifer's reaction to this, so that it's about both the Atlanteans in general and one in particular. It's funny and sad and amazing.

Figure It Out by [archiveofourown.org profile] lightgetsin
White Collar
Rating: NC-17 | 21,989 words | Elizabeth Burke/Peter Burke/Neal Caffrey | Ableist language: "crazy", "nuts", etc.
"You, upstairs," El said to Neal. He beamed, twirled on one foot, and trotted out. "And you need to stop making it so fun to mess with you," she added to Peter.
She surprised a look of such melting fondness on his face as he looked after Neal that her breath caught. "No," he said quietly. "I really don't."

This is delicious. It's White Collar OT3 so there's polyamory and power differentials and playfulness and it's five times Peter topped Neal, which is great. It's a fic about the development of their relationship, and it's everyone being ridiculously fond of/in love with each other and teasing each other, and Neal's simultaneous desire for both freedom and security. It's fun and funny and incredibly satisfying.

5 Games Jess Played In by [archiveofourown.org profile] grim_lupine
Bend It Like Beckham
Rating: G | 2,899 words |Jess Bhamra/Jules Paxton
Jess’s dad is the one who first put her on a broom, so long ago she can barely remember it. She must have loved it then, she knows, because she’s loved it every time since. There’s nothing like the feel of the wind screaming in your ears when you’re up in the air, you and your broom slicing the sky like a dart, the chill slapping color into your cheeks. *Nothing* like it.
This fic is such a delight. It's the Hogwarts AU where Jess and Jules are in love with quidditch, and it feels like the film. It does such a good job of capturing how much Jess loves this sport and the tension that she feels because that love doesn't mesh with her parents' expectations. It's about Jess growing up and into herself and it's wonderful and one of those fics that feels so short because of that - not unfinished in any way, but compact - this lovely AU spun out in less than three thousand words.

Five Times a Woman Became a Man: Five Versions of Mulan by [archiveofourown.org profile] storiesfortravellers
Huâ Mùlán | Mulan (2009)
Rating: PG-13 | 5,304 words | Fa Mulan
Summary: Five Alternate Universe versions of Mulan: canon AU, historical AUs, modern AU, sci-fi AU, with each highlighting a different aspect of the Mulan story.
Interesting and incredibly powerful, each of these AU versions of Mulan is wonderfully crafted and has a great final line. Reading through this fic - those five times arranged chronologically - is intense; it's five excellent exploratory universes that could stand alone and all have this starkness to them and all contain courage in the face of a harsh reality. It has weight.

(This rec set was orginally posted here for the Five Things challenge on [community profile] fan_flashworks.)
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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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I've had this collection of stories sitting together as a draft in my reccing box for more than two and a half years. This exact collection. Really. It's been staring me down with various degrees of intensity since the end of SGA, probably - which, yeah, all through when I was falling out of SGA and finding all kinds of new fandoms - and then another set of new fandoms, and then another - it has been sitting here, watching me, with the words "pain" and "angst" written in all caps in its first line, like a jilted and accusing lover.

...and now its one of those 14 Actors Acting segments in my head, all black and white emotion, scored by Owen Pallett. Excellent.

The thing is that I'm serious about that being the first line of my draft for years. It was part of one of those "the one where..." descriptors to remind me to pull that from my bookmarks.

The thing is that I like stories about kittens. Most of my rereads are comfort reads, joyful things, so a set of seven stories with serious emotional conflict and people being unhappy and various other things that do terrible twisty things to my insides is a little intimidating. I love these seven stories for that unhappy twisty feeling that they give me, though, for their ability to invoke that kind of strong emotional response, and I love how many differently authored sequels there are in this set and that there are this many (and more) stories that all deal with John and Rodney and children and unhappiness. I think that's awesome. I've also been putting off reading about fifty thousand words of variations on that theme again, because these aren't fics that make me happy. They're not meant to be.

So. Consider yourself warned and also be aware that a number of these fics come with warnings. This list is in chronological order, with the most recently published fic of this set last.

Nightmares by [personal profile] out_there
Rating: PG; ~1,500 words; Gen
Summary: Rodney's the type of kid that won't sleep from nightmares and won't tell anyone.
This is a story from late 2005 dealing with the ramifications of Rodney suddenly being a child on Atlantis. Rodney's vulnerability is depicted really well in this along John's attachment to him and the kind of social shift that happens because Rodney is a child, what that means for their relationship as well as others' perception of it. It's a neat exploratory story.

Find Your Way by [archiveofourown.org profile] Reccea
Rating: PG-13; 3,152 words; McKay/Sheppard
Summary: In the ten years since Rodney went back to Earth Elizabeth, John, Carson, and Radek have been trying to fill up the empty spaces he left and not one of them has managed it. There were gaps they didn't even know about until he came back.
This is a sequel to Nightmares. Wistful and romantic, it's full of lines that are those things. It reminds of old romances, actually, stuff like Jane Austen's Persuasion, or the experience of watching screen adaptations of that genre, just because it has these gorgeous lines in it and this whole waiting thing; it pushes a few of those same buttons. It has Rodney McKay in it, and John Sheppard, and it's SGA, so there's snark and them running around Atlantis together and their own particular brand of romance. It's pretty wonderful.


Misery to Man by [personal profile] trinityofone
Rating: R; ~1,500 words; McKay/Sheppard
Summary: “It’s science’s answer to reincarnation,” he said. “Well, alien technology’s, anyway.”
The story's stark, full of cuts between scenes and cutting sentences, devastating both for the scenario that it sketches out and everything that it doesn't, its possibilities and uncertainties. There's a reason there are sequels. It's a gripping story, with a terrible first line and a terrible last line. It starts They still sleep in the same bed, but now everyone knows. They think it’s sweet. and then it keeps going.

They Fuck You Up by [personal profile] toft
Rating: NC-17; ~1,400 words; McKay/Sheppard; Warning: suicide, incest, statutory rape.
"How much do you remember?" his father says in that flat, awful voice from the other side of the room.
Misery to Man suggests the possibility of terrible things in the future; They Fuck You Up is those things. It's an examination of what might happen if Rodney remembered. It reads like a stream of consciousness voyage to that dark place - dark places, really - and that style gives it power, it pulls you along to that place that it's going, dark and terrible.

Overlap by [livejournal.com profile] shusu
Rating: PG-13; ~2,100 words; McKay/Sheppard
He's used to it, the overlap, like folds of universes that catch on powered naquadah, but the reaction to his temper has always freaked him out.
The title here is spot-on; it's about layers and their overlap. The interplay between this new teenaged Rodney and the CSO that he was is really interesting. Like Misery to Man it's a story full of these hidden dark things, but its wounds are inflicted a little differently than Misery to Man's, a little more subtly. It's a dark story about choices and Rodney is kind of heartrendingly himself.


The Other Side of Grace by [livejournal.com profile] sardonicsmiley
Rating: PG-13; ~25,000 words; John, Rodney
Summary: Family pictures hadn't been a big part of Rodney's one photo album. If this is what Rodney looks like stripped of years and armor, John understands why he holds so tightly to his defenses.
It's about the person that Rodney McKay is at age six, the abusive childhood he's had up until that point, and John being and becoming a parent, making those choices. It's about building relationships. It's this long slow thing that's ultimately good and hopeful, this really nice gen fic about grief and rebuilding. It's quietly satisfying.

My Father Before Me by [livejournal.com profile] telleer
Rating: R; ~16,000 words; McKay/Sheppard, OCs
Summary: Even after twenty years, Rodney still has no idea how to raise children. Futurefic.
I love this story. It's a story about John's death and its effects. It's about Rodney's relationship with his university-age children and life. It's about trying and things and people not being perfect. The two original characters in this, Rodney's children, are incredibly well fleshed-out, realistic and human and likable. Its a brilliant story, wonderfully written.
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[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.
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So I'm doing what I inaccurately refer to as "Femslash February" again this year. It's a month where all of the fannish content I consume and produce is female-centric, either gen or femslash. I'm pretty excited for it this year, especially since it looks like this month is going to be a lot less hectic and various other things that turned my journal into a wasteland than it was last year; this year there's content!

So, Stargate: Atlantis art recs for Teyla:

Protector by [livejournal.com profile] ileliberte
I love how fierce Teyla looks in this, pregnant and holding a stick. This picture's a sharp contrast to how I'm used to seeing pregnant women depicted in art. I really like the perspective in this and how the background contributes to that. I love the background itself- trees and mist and sun.

Teyla by [personal profile] lim
It's this fantastic woodcut poster. A lot of my love for this has to do with being a complete sucker for Art Nouveau - that style of font will probably make me happy forever. The lines and the use of space here, Teyla's sticks and her hair, the creation of stairs - I love this. I love that the Teyla in this is in full warrior mode.

Teyla, Vampire Queen by [livejournal.com profile] pentapus
I love the colours in this. I love how Teyla's cape wanders off and becomes so much a suggestion of things that go bump in the night. I love the angles of Teyla's face and her eyes. There's a kind of understated deadliness to it - it's a prefect hallowe'en fill; I'm going to have to remember to use the wallpaper next October. It's gorgeous.

Teyla and the rocket ship by [livejournal.com profile] pentapus
[livejournal.com profile] pentapus tends to create ridiculously cute art, and this - the sky is pink - is in no way an exception to that in the way that the piece above is. It is epic, though, and made of adventure. I love the simplicity of this and how much Teyla's posture conveys. I love her wind-swept hair and the mood of this; it's happy.
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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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Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property by [livejournal.com profile] helenish
Harry Potter
Rating: NC-17
It’s this glorious Draco/Neville romance that reads like a really awesome romance novel; Malfoy is horribly abused by his mustache-twirling type father, is disgraced and marries to escape the abuse, and then proceeds to spend a lot of time baking and being insecure. It’s lovely, and there are all of these descriptions of food scattered throughout the piece, which makes me happy. I love how genuinely awkward people are in this when reacting to awkward situations; it scans as authentic. It’s this wonderful slow romance.

United States of Hysteria by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone
Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: PG
I love this story; it’s one of my favorites. It’s not a fandom must-read, and was written years ago as a birthday present with a little TBC as the recipient wishes tagged on at the end. It’s the beginning of a story that, as far as I know, has never been finished. It’s wry and funny and sweet, though, and the alternate universe in this is kind of fascinating and wonderful, though a little dark. It’s a Rodney-centric fic and there are a couple really nice scenes of Miller home life in it. Teyla is also a prominent character in this and she is very much herself. It’s lovely.

In Writing by [personal profile] astolat
American Idol RPF
Rating: NC-17
This fic falls under the “strange contractual obligations” section of the post title. It’s this fantastic little piece of crack wherein Kris is contractually obliged to sleep in Adam’s bed. Kris is kind of gloriously sullen about the whole thing; it’s adorable and also kind of hilarious.
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I’ve been watching Season Five of Stargate: Atlantis recently. I’ve never watched the show consistently before so it’s all kinds of different. One of the things that have surprised me is how interesting I’ve been finding Sheppard. So, a propos to that and a conversation I’ve had with [personal profile] readbystarlight once or twice, a part of which goes something like this:
"Sheppard is so much more fucked up than McKay."
"God, yes."
I present recs.

The Difference Engine by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge
Rating: R
I love this story; I think it’s a great piece of science fiction. It’s a story about John Sheppard as the clockwork man and there’s scientific ethics in it and all sorts of wonderful, wonderful questions that get asked.
This isn’t the only story wherein John Sheppard is a robot*, which I find fascinating because it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve found a story about any other character as a robot. I think it says things about his character that this has been the case.

The Temptation of John Sheppard by [personal profile] isagel
This for me is John Sheppard, his relationship with Rodney, and his ongoing quest to blow himself up. (He goes on a lot of suicide missions.) It's sad and funny in turns and has a song to match; there's geekery in the lyrics and a soulful violin.
(Song: The Temptation of Adam by Josh Ritter)

Fiddle and the Drum by [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic
This is a vid that I can watch over and over again, and, indeed, have. It’s John Sheppard and it’s dark and fascinating. "How did you come to trade the fiddle for the drum?"
(Song: The Fiddle and the Drum by A Perfect Circle)

Until Love Can Find Me by [personal profile] isagel
Rating: NC-17
This is a coda to Vegas and it has the same sort of vibe that that episode had, which pleases me immensely. John Sheppard doesn’t die in the desert, so, instead, there’s growing and evolving and living. It’s pretty awesome.

*They are listed on fanlore.

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