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18 May 2004 @ 07:37 pm
Slashy Nominations 42: Strange Bedfellows  
There are pairings we can all agree make sense: Magneto/Xavier, Aubrey/Maturin, Fraser/Kowalski, Jack Sparrow/Anyone At All. And there are pairings that aren't quite as intuitive. I find a lot more of the former, but I have a special love for the latter; a well done strange pairing story often lacks the "same sex, different day" feeling I sometimes get from FF, and it usually says more about the characters.

Best FF That Will Make You Stop Smearing Vitamin E on Your Surgery Scars: Scars, by Sonya, virtualinsomnia. X-Men movies, Nightcrawler/Wolverine pre-slash. I have a well-documented problem with visualizing blue people having sex (See also: Beast, Mystique, etc., and why are there so many blue people in the Marvel universe? Did they get a special deal on the ink?), but I really believe I'm making progress. This story, though, didn't trip my issues at all; it's completely non-explicit. It also sounds so wrong and yet makes such sense after you've read it. We value our scars because they're physical memories. Wolverine has lost so much of his memory; isn't it something of an unkind cut that he loses this kind, too? And Nightcrawler doesn't just have scars - he has intentional scars, scars that tell a story, at least to him. I can get the envy, and I can get the attraction. But I couldn't until Sonya pointed the way.

Best FF That Pairs a Brad Pitt Character with a Matt Damon Character and Yet Doesn't Make Me Vomit: Drive, by Jess. Ocean's 11, Rusty Ryan/Linus Caldwell. We interrupt this nominations set for some intensive whining: why is this fandom not larger? Why why whyeeeeee? In my world, there'd be, um, oceans of Ocean's 11 slash, and it would all be this good. This movie has it all: subtext! Homoeroticism! A lot of men! A totally unconvincing token female character! It's crying out for slash, people! Whine ends. See, I looked at this pairing, and I thought, no. Just - no. Rusty belongs with Danny; apart from anything else, George Clooney and Brad Pitt have so much sexual tension in this movie they might as well have taken out a Massachusetts marriage license. But then I read this story, and I realized that, once again, I had been narrow-minded, and a great FF story had cured me of it. (If this trend continues, I may become the first person to die of excessive open-mindedness. Or the first person ever to cause a matter/antimatter type explosion upon coming into contact with Jesse Helms.)

Best FF Featuring a Fraser Who Is Actually Quick on the Uptake and Yet Still Totally Canadian (No Offense Intended to Our Beloved Northern Friends): Volpe, by Te, thete1. Due South, Ray Kowalski/Andreas Volpe. (Note for those who haven't seen the series: Volpe is a real character; I think Te's intertwining this fic's plot with the plot of the episode "Asylum," though don't quote me on that.) Kowalski, yes, belongs with Benton Fraser. But isn't he entitled to more of a sexual history than just the Stella? I mean, come on; we've already got the classic one-woman history in Fraser, and I refuse to believe that Due South exists in a universe where men, on average, have 1.2 sexual partners in their lives. Vecchio's probably been married to more woman than Kowalski's had sex with. (And, tragically, Vecchio's probably been married more often than Fraser's had sex. Period.) That isn't fair at all, and I applaud Te for giving Kowalski a history, and for making it so believable. I also applaud her for not making Fraser clueless; given Victoria, you'd think he'd pick up on sexual, um, mistakes a lot faster than he mostly does in FF.

Best FF That Makes You Want Harry Potter Book Six to Feature a Campaign for Tighter Regulations on Teacher Malfeasance and Immorality, Most Likely Run by Hermione in Her Copious Spare Time: Perquisite and the companion piece Unnatural Acts, by Halrloprillalar, prillalar. Harry Potter, Percy/Snape. So. Um. If you like your Snape loving and sweet, or with a hidden heart of gold, or tormented by a secret love, you won't like this story. But, hey, give it a try anyway, 'cause this is excellent. I admit I'm biased - teacher/student pairings, especially the ones that end in true love, usually don't work for me; I can't suspend my disbelief far enough. So I like the way this goes. And I love the way Hal makes a human being of Percy, who is, like so many HP characters, totally two-dimensional in the canon. So read this. But don't expect romance. (This nomination sponsored by Slashers Against Romance and True Love and for Nice Pornographic Sex. I'm not a member, people, so don't complain to me.)
 
 
 
Virtual Insomnia: connor awesome (krysyuy)virtualinsomnia on May 18th, 2004 11:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks so much for both the rec and for friending me! I've, of course, friended you back. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. :)
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 19th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)
Do you happen to have a direct link to an archive of your FF? I'd love to read more, but for some reason, probably my peculiar browser configuration, I can't navigate your site or your blog.
Virtual Insomniavirtualinsomnia on May 19th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)
http://www.insomniac-supergirl.net/destiny/esfanfic.html

That's my personal fic archive and most of my stuff is also up at ff.net under the name "sonya" if you'd rather.

I have, currently, two fics not up anywhere other than my lj. The first is Firefly, with a focus on Simon and Book. And the second is a Smallville drabble (Clex). I can provide a direct link, if either interests you. Everything else is at either of the afforementioned sites. :)
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 19th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for the link; I will plunder the new fictrove with glee and giggles and occasional swigs of rum. And as I can now read your LJ - joy! - I don't need links to the two Special Stories.

Thanks again.
Virtual Insomnia: adam smile (oxoniensis)virtualinsomnia on May 19th, 2004 03:59 am (UTC)
Well, my LJ should be better now at any rate. I was getting so sick of all the dark colors and decided it was time for a change. :)
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on May 19th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
YAY! I can view your LJ now. I don't know what was up with the previous configuration, but it did not agree with my browser settings. Like the new header, too.