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07 January 2014 @ 11:15 am
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Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Okay, I'm going with recs because yesterday I reread Komarr in the Vorkasigan series for the who knows what time and that sent me back to a fanfic I'd read, and I really wanted to rec it but most of the rec sites I'm part of are Buffyverse or Jossverse.

So, recs, and not because it's the easiest option!

A Night Vale fic, How I Survived My Summer Vacation, by Tamika Flynn, Age 12 3/4, which has come recommended to me from multiple sources.
The first book on Tamika Flynn's Summer Reading Program Sticker Chart is Lord of the Flies.

She doesn't really like it. Between the stupid boys (all boys, she notes with distaste) who don't even think to eat a pig's head before resorting to cannibalism, and the frustratingly coy descriptions of the cannibalism itself, it mostly annoys her.

Alive in your blood now, in the Vorkasigan saga, is the one I had to run off and read last night.
When the role call comes to “Vorkosigan,” Helen Natalia smiles, throws back her head, and casts her vote.

The Housemates series crosses Thor, Being Human (UK), and The Avengers.
After falling from the Bifrost, Loki landed in the back garden of a small house in Bristol, England, and was taken in by the occupants-- supernatural creatures who know a thing or two about what it feels like to think you are a monster.

Now that he's no longer all alone, or entirely an outcast, Loki just wants a peaceful life. However, when you're the God of Mischief (even if you're technically an alien, and not a god at all) adventures just seem to find you...

A Story Told in Kisses an Avengers AU where Captain America is female.
Perhaps the story begins earlier, when Stevie was trapped in the burning warehouse, or even earlier than that, when the God of Chaos had pulled the cowl off her head and seen her face for the very first time, but the first kiss comes later, and this is a story told in kisses.

I rec'ed this recently. The Immigrant Problem crosses the Lensman series with Battlestar Galactica.
Lensman fanfic! That's just so cool!
Summary: The Cylons finally found Earth. That was their big mistake...

And apparently I'm also giving you some BtVS because here come the fanvids
Giles/Ethan and The Masochism Tango
Robot Girlfriend
And I'm going to expand the definition of fanfic dramatically to give you the version of A Christmas Carol where Alistair Sim plays Scrooge, because it is totally the best version and I'm currently working on a short story set in this verse.
velvetwhip: applause velvetwhip on January 7th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
Just went and watched The Masochism Tango and it was so, so pefect!

Dragon's Phoenix: i have no mouth and i must squee dragonyphoenix on January 7th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
It really is perfect! ;-)
Danielle: Kahlan analise010 on January 7th, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
I super LOVED "A Night Vale fic, How I Survived My Summer Vacation." The story felt like a real version of what could have happened in the library. (The podfic of it is pretty great too. :D)
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine bliss face dragonyphoenix on January 7th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
I know. Awesome, right? I only read it recently because I'm a newcomer to Night Vale and haven't listened as far along as the podcast this story references. It didn't seem to make a difference to my enjoyment of the story, but I'll have to give it a reread once I'm caught up on the Night Vale podcasts.
baudown baudown on January 7th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
Masochism Tango -- excellent rec, especially since you've got me on a Giles/Ethan kick of late.
Dragon's Phoenix: spander coffin dragonyphoenix on January 8th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Thanks. I think that one is just perfect for them.

I don't know what it is about Giles/Ethan lately but I think they're my favorite pairing now.
red_satin_doll red_satin_doll on January 9th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
OMG Masochism Tango is PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT (except maybe the image of Giles pulling the rose off the door - all I can think about is Jenny *sniffle*)

Have you thought about rec'ing it (maybe mixed with some Ethan Giles fics at buffyverse top 5? (because if you don't I MIGHT have one more vid rec list in me. *evil cackle*)

Robot Girlfriend was - like the situtation on the show, very very creepy beneath the funny, esp once they included Katrina in the maid's costume. All three "girlfriends" end up destroyed/dead so it's a testament to the vidder that they were able to keep that from going too dark but still having that undercurrent.

(I'm supposed to find it creepy, right?)
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angel dragonyphoenix on January 9th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the image with the rose is I think too closely tied to Jenny but it's probably the only rose image there to work with to go along with that line.

I doubt I have enough 2013 Giles/Ethan recs to make a go of it. Just getting together the one rec list I did was a bit of work. My old computer (the Toshiba that has always given me problems) is crawling at a snail's pace at the moment, and my newer laptop just doesn't have the links. I think it'd be great if you rec'd it. I totally think more people should see Masochism Tango.

Yeah, I think Robot Girlfriend is creepy. I always feel sad at the end since it's on the scene where the one's power runs out.
red_satin_doll red_satin_doll on January 9th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think the problem was that it holds that shot far too long, so I had too much time to think about Jenny. Cutting away and distracting me back to Ethan/Giles would solve that.

But I have so much sympathy and respect for folks who vid. Editing is an art as well as a craft and there's both endless variables in certain aspects (the music one can use, which could be anything) and a limited amount of raw material (pre-existing footage.)

<>i>My old computer (the Toshiba that has always given me problems) is crawling at a snail's pace at the moment, and my newer laptop just doesn't have the links.</i>

Here's a hug, sweetie because computer issues are not fun. This past year with the fire we lost the '08 iMac and thus I lost HUNDREDS of bookmark links for stuff in this fandom alone, not to mention thousands of other subjects; I tried to rebuild some on the laptop, which I never was allowed to use before the fire; now I'm trying to transfer onto the new iMac....

...Whew. I need an aspirin just thinking about it. I'm especially sad that I lost a link to an "AU Tara" video on YouTube (about Tara's childhood; it used clips from Practical Magic and other films, and done in b/w) and I CANNOT find it, on YouTube or in any of my existing bookmarks. UGH

I always feel sad at the end since it's on the scene where the one's power runs out.

i was expecting the usual: a robot runs down and the voice gets slowly disorted, gets deeper, twitches etc (as in S2's Ted and most depictions of that I remember from a lot of tv or movies when I was growing up.) And this scene avoids that...her voice simply slows down, as if she were a human being dying and struggling to find the right words.

And Buffy's kindness towards her, consoling her, staying with her through April's death, her speech about how "proud" Warren is of her, "he didn't mean to hurt you" is so poignant because in that moment she can relate to this "girl" beyond "superstrength"- every word of that dialogue describes Buffy's pain re: Riley. She takes her own pain and turns it around to comfort April, even if she's a machine.

And then comes home to find Joyce's body; ends the season dead and broken herself; then Buffybot (Buffy's "I'm fine" mask) is torn apart right after Buffy is resurrected. And then it's Dawn who discovers both of them and and Dawn's turn to "bear witness"; to stay with the 'bot at her death just as the 'bot tenatively achieves something resembling a "sense of selfhood"; to talk Buffy down from potentially committing suicide a second time.

The whole subject is just SO rich and rewarding.

punch_kicker15 rec'd an April-Pov fic "The Sun Won't Rise" by Mreeb on Buffyverse Top 5 have you read it?

Dragon's Phoenix dragonyphoenix on January 9th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
The Toshiba died at one point and I lost a bunch of links then. Also did when my old laptop died. That's one of the reasons I like AO3; links to favorites are built into the website.

I'd forgotten when Buffy finds Joyce. I'm rewatching that season now. It's a lot better than I tend to think it is. I tend to recall how annoying Glory is and how annoying the Knights of Byzantium are but so much in this season other than that is very brilliant.

Yep, that is a good story.
red_satin_doll: Family red_satin_doll on January 9th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
I tend to rewatch the S5 eps AFTER Riley leaves but there's so much good stuff the entire season. (In the parts of fandom I've hung out in, so much attention is on Spike to the exclusion of much else, but when I watched the season the first time, it seemed the most feminine of any season with it's focus on Buffy, Joyce, Dawn, Willow and Tara. THAT'S what the season is largely about.

I actually enjoyed Glory when I watched, although I can see why other people wouldn't. I think maybe she's better on paper? Th season that focuses on the women also has the first female Big Bad, who is a ramped-up version of early seasons Cordy or pre-SD Buffy, with a bit of Faith's "want, take, have" and a pre-cursor in some respects to Illyria.

I am sometimes uncomfortable with the connection the show makes to women and "madness" , but this season has fabulous parallels between Joyce's brain tumor and symptoms post-surgery (Listening to Fear), Glory's headaches as a symptom of her increasing "madness", the discomfort in this human form and the split with "Ben" that's leads to an increasing personality disintergration; mind-wiping Tara and taking away her memories; the monks stuffing memories into everyone's heads in the creation of Dawn; Buffy's mental breakdown, Willow entering her mind for positive purposes foreshadowing her intrusion into Glory's brain to steal Tara's mind back; which gives her the confidence to bring Buffy back in a much bigger way; leading to mind-wipe spells later....and Willow going black-eyed in vengeance against Glory foreshadowing Dark Willow.

Buffy and Giles' disagreement in The Gift re: Dawn's fate leads directly to Buffy closing the door on him in LMPTM.

That season is SO RICH without even talking about Spike. (I'm not saying he isn't important, just that he's hardly the most important thing either.)

Edited at 2014-01-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
Dragon's Phoenix dragonyphoenix on January 9th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm actually finding myself not minding Riley this time through. He's portrayed as being a really sweet and thoughtful boyfriend (i.e. covering Dawn with his own jacket while Joyce is having her brain scanned).

Having never been a girly-girl I just look at Glory and think "really?". I shouldn't mind her temper tantrums since that I can relate to but they also bug me.

I am sometimes uncomfortable with the connection the show makes to women and "madness"
. Oh, good point. I hadn't thought about that.

the monks stuffing memories into everyone's heads in the creation of Dawn, which is related to why I'm rewatching this season. kwritten had made the point that Dawn has no core, that she's never had a chance to choose anything for herself. Even her favorite color was preset by the monks. I'm having trouble wrapping my head around that, hence the rewatch.