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13 May 2004 @ 02:40 pm
Slashy Nominations 40: Making Three Bites of a Cherry  
There's more to love-times-three than threesomes, even if a certain college boyfriend of mine would be astonished to hear it. So, in addition to the traditional three-bodies-in-a-bed story ('cause, hey, I'm all for tradition - well, this kind of tradition, that is), this set features lots of other ways three people can get tangled up together. Ah, human sexuality. It is lovely. And complicated.

Best FF in Which We Learn That Even Wizards Can't Resist Choosing the Bad Boy Instead of the Good Boy: Waterworld, by rhoddlet. Harry Potter, Harry/Ron and Harry/Draco. It's sort of sad to see Harry Potter doing something so regularly discussed in Cosmopolitan, but at the same time it proves that magic is no protection against human frailty. Or stupidity. The greatest thing about this story, though, is the way it's told. In FF, a relationship is usually seen through the eyes of one or both of the participants; Rhoddlet does a fantastic job of showing us everything we need to know (or want to know, in my case) through an uninvolved, though far from disinterested, party.

Best FF in Which We Learn That All Women Know Exactly How to Run a Threesome: Shameless, by penknife. Teen Titans, Dick/Donna/Kory. They're just ordinary teen-agers. With superpowers. Having a threesome. And issues. Which, provided you're willing to count world-beating moodiness as a superpower, really pretty much sums up adolescence, now that I think about it. The surprising thing about this story is that it's the guy who's hesitant about having a threesome with two girls. Although, really, given that the guy in question is Dick, maybe I'm not so surprised after all.

Best FF Featuring a Prison Setting That Does Not Involve Hot Male/Male Prisoner Sex: In Dreams, by Elizabeth*. X-Men movies, Rogue, Xavier/Magneto. This is almost gen, which is the only way I could handle this unusual threesome; I mean, I don't want to read explicit Xavier/Magneto!Rogue. Ew. But I do love stories that look at what it must be like for the movie Rogue to be Xavier's student and have Magneto's memories. 'Cause, lordy, that's the perfect way to work up a real head full of crazy, having a supervillain's memories of happy times with your headmaster and parental figure. And it's not like Rogue needs more craziness in that stripy head of hers.

Best FF That Could Inspire a Whole New Edition of "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned In Kindergarten": Six to Eight Months, by cherryice. Ocean's 11, Tess/Rusty, Tess/Danny, Danny/Rusty. Look, I didn't care for Tess much either. And I needed a lot of persuading, not to mention fortitude, to buy Tess/Rusty. But you know what? Cherry Ice sold me on it; it totally works. Oh, and the things you learned in kindergarten that are crucial in this story? Well, let's start with "sharing is good." Also important: "some things come in pairs, and it just doesn't work have one without the other" and "love me, love my friends." No, wait, sorry. That last one isn't something you learn in kindergarten; it's something you learn in Richard Curtis movies. Still, this is FF that incorporates a lot of moral lessons. But somehow I don't think it's going to make Robert Fulgham proud.


* Thanks for the link, kaelie!
gigletgiglet on May 13th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I'd love if you explored this theme some more in another entry.
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC)
The threesome theme in general? I'll certainly be returning to it sooner or later; it seems to be one of those recurring sets. But I've pretty much exhausted my current stock of things-in-threes for the moment, so it might take a while. (Although it also might not; it sure didn't take me long to build back up from the two earlier threesome sets.)
switchknife on May 13th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Eeee, Rhoddlet! I kiss her luminous feet.

Penknife writes HP too, you know? (I think you do, but I can't be sure...) Make sure to check him/her out as well.

Also--I've recently been glancing into the Due South fandom, thanks to the discovery of a jewel known as Speranza. Have ye any black wool slashy recs?
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
Penknife writes HP too, you know? (I think you do, but I can't be sure...) Make sure to check him/her out as well.

Yup. In fact, I would even revise that to say that Penknife writes excellent HP; she was one of the authors that got me reading HP.

Also--I've recently been glancing into the Due South fandom, thanks to the discovery of a jewel known as Speranza. Have ye any slashy recs?

You mean, aside from everything Speranza's ever written? Yes, indeed. Resonant is kind of the flip side to Speranza, in my opinion; Speranza gets Fraser better than anyone I've read and Resonant does the same with Ray K. (I dream of a dS story co-authored by Speranza and Resonant.) So in media Res is where I'd go next. Once you're done with those two, there are a lot of ways you can go. Do you like your F/K with a soupcon of angst, or do you prefer the dessert F/K? Plots with your smut, or just pure smut? Giggles or tears? And do you want to do Vecchio/Fraser or Ray/Ray as well as F/K? Rare pairings? Name your poison, and I'll provide it in a plain brown bottle. Because I am just way too into this fandom.
kassrachel on May 13th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, that XMM story is freaking spectacular. Thank you for that. Xavier/Magneto was my first pairing in that fandom, and I love them, but it's such a heartbreaking pairing that it's hard to read sometimes. *g* I'm also mighty fond of movie!Rogue. So this story does a lot for me...
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)
Magneto/Xavier produces such marvelous stories. I love that pairing. I mean, I've come to accept that in XMM St. John/Bobby or St. John/Bobby/Rogue can be really, really good, and I've read all manner of fascinating pairings from XMC, but I keep coming back to M/X, even though I'm usually more fond of pairings that have, you know, the slightest chance of ending happily.

I assume you've read C. Elisa's M/X stories? And Penknife's? 'Cause they're really remarkable, and apparently I'm going to keep talking about them until everyone on earth has read them. It's a compulsion or something.
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tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 14th, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, I love "Confidence Men." It is the ultimate slash story; I link people to that when I'm trying to get them to understand why I read explicit slash. I first saw it rec'd on the Fametracker Forums, and I've been rec'ing it compulsively ever since.

It always leaves me craving more Ocean's 11 FF, though, and you're right; there's just not enough FF in this fandom. And there should be so much more! It was the slashiest movie released that year, I think.
the obvious childdylant on May 16th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
Since you rec'd In Dreams, I was wondering if you'd read penknife's absolutely wonderful Gravity (which also riffs brilliantly on the fact that Magneto is still inside Rogue's head)?

Here (too lazy for linkin'):

the obvious childdylant on May 16th, 2004 11:45 pm (UTC)
entirely unrelated to most things, i was wondering if you'd taken a look at Empy's Hitchhiker fic Aspidistras Among the Orchids, which akesmewannadie just rec'd, and which I thoroughly loved.
I ain't no freakin' monument to justice!: cartoonkaeliekaelie on May 19th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
Elizabethis amazing, and her excellent work can be found here: Ficorama
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 19th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll update the entry and check out her page.