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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 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 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 rheanna27 and 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 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 lim is the vid for that fic by 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 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 aesc and 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 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 readbystarlight that I remember going something like this:
the cookies?!!! YES.
Oh my god. With the- graphic sex scene.
And the marshmallow, and the... *trails off, looking traumatised*
(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 pentapus I discovered 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 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.
"Sheppard is so much more fucked up than McKay."
I present recs.
The Difference Engine by copperbadge
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 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 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 isagel
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.
...and some miscellaneous recs to justify this post:
Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, it exists. Joyous word geekery from the Oxford University Press.
An instruction to scarf tying. There are diagrams.
Josh Groban at Michael Bublé's Concert They're geeks and have fun with music. [This could be the most ridiculously fuzzy RPF slash ever. (The Canadian Politics RPF thing, it has done something to me. I'm sorry.)] It's adorable. In spite of years of lingering rage at the months of inescapable overplay of You Raise Me Up I find myself repeatedly, unexpectedly and unwillingly charmed by Josh Groban. (He knows how to make fun of himself, okay?) Bublé is pretty damn cute in this and the fangirls are amazing. In summary: Geeks!
For Your Entertainment - the music video that proves that Adam Lambert is the cutest little puppy ever. There's snakes and a garden and it's all very sexual and completely unsubtle. There is BDSM and implied glitter. [There is totally implied glitter. Things are ridiculously shiny and apparently after his AMA performance (which can be found on vimeo) his keyboardist tweeted a Velvet Goldmine quote. Implied Glitter.] Also: he has an eyebrow.
Vogue by sockkpuppett
Gorgeous and hilarious. An appreciation/viewing of the movie is not necessary for this vid. It's magazine-shiny. It really is. It answers the question of why there are so many shirtless and pantless men wearing capes in this film. The use of colour in this vid is fantastic. (Additionally, the red/white/blue lens thing coupled with the ridiculous Greco-Roman costume drama is glorious from a French/American political/historical/cultural perspective.)
(Song: Vogue by Madonna)
Here It Goes Again by sisabet
This vid is so much fun. It's set to a gloriously fun song and it matches it. It's filled with magnificent faces and jokes. It's the epic and true story of John's love for Rodney. It is amazing.
(Song: Here It Goes Again by OK Go)
Star Trek Reboot
This is glorious and addresses a very real issue in our media: "not enough ladies, too many mans". Hilarious and biting social commentary.
(Song: Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor by Flight of the Conchords)
Mister Nero's Neighbourhood by wyomingnot
Star Trek Reboot
Nero's torture, destruction, and general evilness set to a light, bouncy tune for children - serves to highlight Nero's general fail at interacting with others in an acceptable fashion. Brilliant, funny, and a little dark.
(Song: Won't You Be My Neighbour by Fred M. Rogers)
My Self Esteem's Not Low Enough to Date You by Garfunkel and Oates
The subtext of this song is essentially: "fuck off". I can not tell you how satisfying this is; it's an incredibly entertaining rejection song. The vid is of a live performance, but the sound quality is good and the audience response is great.
Rumble by astolat and cesperanza
It's West Side Story and Atlantis and McShep. Brilliant, hilarious, and devestatingly well-executed. You need to go watch this now. (It also exists here.)
(Music: West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein)
Stargate Atlantis: the video game by starrylizard
I would play this game. Riffs nicely off of SGA and some of the mechanics of Sci Fi in general, and is incredibly amusing. The player interaction with the game - all of the little choices and notifications that one gets are present here; it's brilliant.
(Music by Nintendo)
[Side note of complete unrelatedness: I have dreamwidth invite codes - does anyone want them?]
Men of Devotion by chayiana
I hadn't heard this song before and it's wonderfully bouncy and cute(, though, admittedly, like any great song of Romance a sane person might consider a restraining order). It makes the world a better place. It's sort of like a wonderfully in character crack!fic in some ways in that it's full of humour, warmth, and the boys being the boys.
Plot: he's going to get his man.
(Song: Man of Devotion by Fools Garden)
The Universe is Awesome, yo by _kiden
This might be the most adorably cute fic ever. ...and yes, there's a bit of crack. It's full of the sort of wonderful lines that you feel the urge to parrot at anyone unfortunate enough to be in your vicinity; it's awesome... yo.
april eighteenth by sardonicsmiley
In the Highschool Heroes series John's parents are amazing. This story is wonderful fluff in that it's not weighed down with the issues and epicness that the rest of the series is (though, yes, the rest of the series is good). It's about Rodney's Birthday.
Shenanigans by sheafrotherdon
Complete fluff. Rodney is not impressed that John thinks he's undestructable. Also: you know how Flannigan's said that McKay's pretty much Sheppard's girlfriend on the show? Yeah, he is
I am temporarily abandoning my journal and all of fandom. Mostly it's that I have decided that there are not enough books in my life.
Fandom: I still love you, I just need space. This is not a break up, I just, I just can't be with you right now, and, I know: rubbish lines, all of them, but all true, and I'll add one more: it's not you, it's me. (Really.)
So, in the mean time: please feel free to comment spam me with things: like recs for fic, and macro, and vids, and odes to David Tennant's hair. (or something) ...because I still care, really, and I'll go and sift through it all on my return. Don't worry about length, or spammage, or comment sick if you do this: I quite like letters and stuff, so is all non-issue.
( leaving recs )
This is amazing . Remember Hewlett rapping? It's kind of like that, only crossed over with adorable kittens, that are high on catnip. It has some wonderful, wonderful lines.
The Universe is Not Enough by trinityofone
Rodney is an intergalactic spy. Canadian stereotypes are rampant. It's completely and utterly gorgeous, and I kind of have this strange desire to see Hewlett play Bond now. (Also: newkidfanhas made coverart. *dies*)
Over the hills and far away by flambeau
The Atlantis expedition is highly discriminatory towards a certain peoples. It's slightly odd and disturbing.
Breaking Up is Hard to do by amireal
So, aliens drug and kidnap them. Rodney's high as a kite and there's math, and penguins, and stuff. They're kind of.. really adorable (John and Rodney - not the penguins),
Absurdity Theory by Julad
OK, so there's quacking (and honking) and mysticism and conspiracy theories and pornish bits. It's one of those things that you look at and think to yourself, "what were you on?"
ETA: You know that thing about Hewlett as Bond? Can I just say that I was so, so right about that and it's amazing? rodneysgirlhas made a vid (Atlantis Royale) and it is made of win.
I guess it's just because it's so wonderfully ridiculous and fun and Rodney-esque - which really should explain everything, now, shouldn't it? I watched Treed Murray a few weekends ago. Which, you know, kind of contrived (also: my reception was kind of crappy) and I think that I'm in the process of developping a deep aversion to the portrayl of teens in film and television. That said, all reviews I've stumbled on since have been pretty positive.
I've had another imdb brit-shock experience (only way I can think to describe it: running into the edge of a community - finding similarities between actors and the like, getting a sense of the interconnectedness of an acting community) and part of that was watching Much Ado About Nothing (2005) and going "Don looks a bit like McKay... Derek Riddell was Sir Robert in Tooth and Claw. Hee!"
I'm kind of reminded of something I read in a Watterson collection, actually. Having it put to him that Calvin was in a lot of ways not like a six year old he said something to the effect of never having himself felt childish. Because we tend to put all of these thoughts and ideas into them, which is to say that we don't: we don't see children as real people. The kids in the film weren't real to me: and that's my issue. (I've been having trouble figuring that out properly.)
...anyway: you'll have caught on to the link between these paragraphs: I think it's some kind of disease.
It's Four Years by fabella
Summary by vidder: Four years of John loving Rodney, and Rodney is... oblivious?
It's really freaking pretty and none of the clip transitions make me angry. The song's Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf and it's really good. (As opposed to fanvids with songs that make me want to shoot something.) It's not forced, any of it. (Sorry, I've seen some really shitty vids and this is so decidedly not one of them that I'm in little paroxysms of glee.)
It's something to be watched again and then possibly again, etc.