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10 May 2004 @ 03:56 pm
Slashy Nominations 39: Revenge of the Small Fandoms  
I dedicate this Slashy set to Isaac Asimov. I'm re-reading I, Robot (because I want to have some happy memories to carry me through the horror that will be the movie), and I've realized that Mike Donovan and Gregory Powell were the very first slashy pairing I ever recognized, back when I was 10 and innocent and had never even heard of fan fiction. That makes I, Robot my original small fandom. It's nice to know where all the madness started.

Best FF That Provides More Comprehensible Backstory in 5,000 Words Than the Entire Video Game It's Based on: The First Book of the URTV, by Mooncalf. Xenosaga Episode 1: Der Wille zer Macht, gen. I've played Xenosaga. It's a fantastic game. It's also really fucking confusing; I can completely understand why it's going to take five more games to explain everything and tie up all the loose ends. So don't worry if you've never played the game; you can still read this story and be almost as up on what's going on as those of us who did. And this story is coherent in a way that the game never, ever was, which is one reason why I love it. Another reason is that it makes Rubedo human and sympathetic, instead of repulsive, juvenile, and irritating, as in the game. The story also fills in a lot of the history of Gaignun (aka Nigredo), a rich and sarcastic good guy, and Albedo, an androgynous villain with great hair, an evil laugh, and a mission to be slashy.

Best Slash FF That Has a Lower Rating and Less Gay Sex Than the Canon on Which It Is Based: Pleasantly Surprised, by shrift. Velvet Goldmine, Curt Wild/Arthur Stuart. You really do need to have seen the movie to read this story, but I assume everyone who is reading this blog has seen it. You mean you're a slash reader who hasn't seen the Only Movie There's No Reason to Slash (Not That That Will Stop Us)? Go rent it at once. After you're done watching it, you can read this story and be, well, pleasantly surprised that Curt Wild, the quintessential insane rock star, could grow up to be reasonably sane and reasonably happy.

Best FF in Which Someone Finds a BBC TV Movie More Interesting Than an Unknown Universe Outside His Door, Thus Proving That People Who Can Wear Superhero Costumes Really Do Have Taste Deficiencies: Still, by Jane St. Clair, aka 3jane. The Authority, Apollo/Midnighter. This is another gay-in-canon couple. Makes you wonder why these are small fandoms, doesn't it? Well, one possible answer is that canon authors apparently really enjoy tormenting their gay characters; though you don't need to have read the comic books to read this story, you do need to know that, in the canon, Apollo was badly beaten and probably raped after losing a fight. But, no matter what your knowledge of the canon, read this and be impressed; Jane does an excellent job here of showing us a realistic long-term relationship. And she manages some post-hurt comfort that actually makes sense. And that's rare enough that maybe I should've called this nominations set "Endangered Slash Species."

Best FF That Reminds Us Just How Irritating It Is to Have a Friend Who Insists on Being the Best at Everything: The Ghosts of Women, by Miro (sorry, no link for her). GoldenEye, James Bond/Alec Trevelyan. Let us all take a moment to remember that Sean Bean is the patron saint of slash. This story really gets to the heart of why. We can believe that James Bond has lots of women. We can believe that Alec Trevelyan has lots of men. And we can believe that Bond would switch teams for Trevelyan. (And, as so many writers have pointed out, Bond would be more than a bit of jerk about that.) Be thankful, then, for Sean Bean, who makes every role just the right combination of slutty, slashy, and morally ambiguous. It's a recipe more actors could stand to follow.
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 11th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
You are an angel and a marvelous human being and my love for you knows no bounds. (Although I doubt there's a better iconer than you; my spiffy icon has been much admired by all in my (admittedly mildly demented, but still quite discriminating and tasteful) circle.) Is there anything I can offer you in reciprocation for your general wonderfulness and your excellent Icon Loser bearding?
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tried to eat the safe banana: potcpornthefourthvine on May 12th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
You are a wonderful human being. I love my icons, and I feel remarkably cool. (Which, yes, is pathetic. But it's better than high school, where I could be wearing the right clothes and on the best drugs and at the right concert, hanging out with people so cool they'd been expelled and I still felt like a total dork. I think the secret to happiness is actually aging.)

Is there any specific Slashy theme or fandom you'd like to see done? I want to do something nice for you, and my talents are, well, limited. To pretty much writing. About fan fiction. With excessive use of italics. Hmmm. That doesn't sound so good. But, still, if you'd like to make a special request, you have only to mention it.

And thank you. I'm Queen of the Icons! [/cheesy Titanic reference]
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tried to eat the safe banana: stitchbrathefourthvine on May 12th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
I have no shame about my pr0n.

We are the few. The proud. The totally shameless. And lord are we having fun.

I like the "worst best" idea; I will begin sorting stories immediately. (Although that does not, unfortunately, mean I will be posting them any time soon. Sometimes it takes a while for a set to come together.)
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
That's what your Stitch icon has, BTW. Great glee. Evil great glee.

And that's one reason why I love it. (Another one is that Stitch is the only, um, entity I've ever seen who doesn't look dorky in a cape. Which is doubly impressive given the whole bra-on-head thing. Superman could learn a lot from Stitch.)
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 11th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yup; crossover Slashies are in the works, and I have a little list of them waiting patiently for an opportune moment. But if you have any favorite Xover stories, I would love to hear about them. Every little helps!

And I'm glad you're enjoying my LJ. Thanks, and hi back at you!
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC)
Ooo. Thanks for the recs. I couldn't actually watch Hard Core Logo, because it reminded me way too much of an old friend (who essentially is Joe Dick), but I will gladly read the FF anyway; god knows I do not hesitate to embrace strange fandoms. (Yes, go ahead, say it: fandom slut.) Two questions that might help me a bit with these stories, though:

1. What is Iron Chef?

2. When you say Tales of the City, I assume you mean Armistead Maupin's series of books set in a sort of slightly AU San Fransisco during the '70s and '80s? Because my brain is reeling at the thought of combining Mouse et al with Fraser et al.

Though, come to think of it, the Due South universe and the Tales of the City universe have a lot in common. I'm sort of starting to see how it could work.

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tried to eat the safe banana: potcpornthefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
(I in no way intended to imply that fandom sluttishness was a bad thing. Hey, I write this LJ in hopes of bringing more people into the fanslut fold, so you know I'm for it.)

Actually, I don't know the ending of HCL. I'm never going to be able to watch it anyway, so would you mind, um, spoiling it for me? I know it's a bad bad thing to want, but now I'm curious.

Iron Chef sounds amazingly wonderful, and suddenly I ache to see it, but there's no way. It doesn't look like it's been released on DVD, even. Still - that sounds like an insanely entertaining show.

And I had no idea they'd made a miniseries out of the Maupin books! Those were one of my first literary encounters with gay characters that did something besides cry and die, and I will forever be grateful to Maupin, even though he hasn't written anything even half decent since the fifth book of the City series.

But I can't figure out who Gross played; it sort of sounds like Brian, but Brian didn't have a teenage daughter. (Brian was a lawyer before the series starts, but he quit to be a waiter and to, like, live a free life and have great sex and not be all tied down and adult. Apparently this kind of thing made sense in the '70s. Anyway, he ends up with Mary Ann Singleton; they get married (and, in the last book, divorced) and adopt a baby who is about 5, I think, when the series ends.) It would sort of make sense in terms of casting, though; Brian is described as being good-looking, dark-haired, tall, and built, and that's pretty much how Fraser is described, too.

And the IMDb is completely thrashed and running like it's under a DOS attack (though I don't think it actually is), so I can't even look it up. Well, this is going to bug me.

So. Is the miniseries of Tales worth seeing?
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 15th, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I am now so, so, so glad that I didn't finish watching that movie. Because I could not have handled seeing that character, of all people, shoot himself; he's...it's...eeek. Thanks for telling me.

That makes sense, actually; there's a clear implication at the end of the last Tales book that Brian's sort of re-doing his life, and I can easily see him returning to the legal fold. Interesting. Must read this fic now.

And I must also take a deep breath and borrow the Tales mini from the library. I can't believe anyone would ever make a miniseries out of the book - I don't even see how they could - so I'm interested to see how to came out. Scared, but curious.

Story of my life, actually.

And thanks for the help!
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 16th, 2004 02:42 am (UTC)
No, I didn't know that. I watched a very small portion of HCL with my Best Beloved, until we both concluded that a) Joe Dick was that friend I mentioned and b) we could not cope at all with a movie about Friend. So I'm very glad you told me about those things.

Um, though, now I'm wondering why there's so much Joe/Billy slash. 'Cause that sounds, you know, like a fairly unhappy relationship there. With the rape and all.

God help me. I'm really curious about the movie now. I want to know why he kills himself, and the deal with Joe and Billy and...but I can't watch it! I can't! Even if I screwed my courage to the sticking point, I couldn't watch a movie in which a clone of Friend kills himself.

*brain tries to find solution to insoluble dilemma*

*brain explodes*
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 15th, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I meant to ask - who is that in your icon? (I'm so bad at iconage. I never recognize anyone.)
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tried to eat the safe banana: stitchbrathefourthvine on May 15th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
Um. Actually? I wouldn't know Callum Keith Rennie if he walked up and bit me; he'd have to hand me a resume or something for me to know who he was. I have this, um, near total inability to recognize faces. So I wasn't kidding when I said I was bad at iconage; I spend a lot of time looking at people's icons and wishing I knew who they were. Though I'm comforted somewhat by the knowledge that if the guy I was asking about was Secor, there's no reason I should've recognized him.
the girl with the world in her eyescoconutswirl on May 11th, 2004 05:25 am (UTC)
Is VG such a small fandom? I thought it caught a lot of SW: TPM and Moulin Rouge residue? Or perhaps I just surround myself with too many VG fanatics (if there is such a thing as "too many"?)
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 11th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
It is logically impossible for any sentence containing the phrases "fan fiction" and "too many" to make sense. In other words, no, there ain't no such thing.

And I do think VG is a small fandom, although I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise. And it's not as small as some of the truly miniscule ones, but, yeah, still smallish. You're right, though, that Ewan McGregor should essentially be considered one fandom. I've already identified the Patron Saint of Slash, but McGregor is, like, the Slashiest of Them All. Or something.
color is the new dangermmeguilotn on May 11th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Just a note to say, hi, I'm friending you. I hang out in the fanfic forum over on Fametracker, so I'm sure I'll see you around.
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 11th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, cool. And I'm delighted to be friended.

Do you have the same name on FT?
color is the new dangermmeguilotn on May 11th, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
I do in the new forum incarnation. I used to be bms227, but I have reinvented myself.