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20 February 2012 @ 11:31 am
Days of Love 7  
Last Day of Love! I mean, I will still love you all tomorrow, but I won't be posting a recommendation. Which I am sure we can all be grateful for.

So once I thought about it, it was fairly obvious how I had to finish this series. I had to recommend a vid that can only be recommended on its own, because it is in a class by itself. (And that class would be, like, the 2011 graduating class of Arkham Asylum.)

I Swear, by dualbunny, [dreamwidth.org profile] greensilver, [dreamwidth.org profile] pipsqueaky, and sweetestdrain, all of whom should definitely win something for this, although I suspect that something is maaaaaaaaybe a free psychological evaluation. Smallville, Clark Kent/Lex Luthor, and also vidders/crack.

This vid is insane. I just want to make that clear up front. I saw it at VVC last year, and I will never forget the crowd's reaction. Because, okay, this was shown anonymously (although the vidders did come out later), and I think I was probably not the only person in the room who was a trifle worried about this song and this fandom and this setup. And then the vid builds. And builds. And just when you think it cannot get any better - look, I'm not going to tell you what happens, and also you should avoid reading the notes on the download page (basically, don't scroll down past the lyrics), just so that you can go into this as untouched and virginal as Clark when Lex tenderly presses him to the white satin sheets on their wedding night and says - no. No. See, this is exactly the problem with this vid. You watch it too many times and it restructures your brain.

But your new brain is a place where Kryptonite unicorns and gay weddings co-exist, so I'm not saying this is a bad thing. I'm just saying - after you watch this one, you'll read every crackfic ever written for the rest of time and say, "This isn't that unrealistic." And that won't be true. It's just that your standards will have been recalibrated.

Basically, this vid started out giving me flashbacks to Smallville fandom, which was an impressive feat because I pretty much missed its heyday. And it finished by causing me to laugh so hard I risked rupturing key organs. So I'm not saying it isn't dangerous. I'm saying you need to watch it anyway. This kind of fannish masterwork doesn't come along every day.

And if you've already watched it - many people have! And survived! - you should definitely take this time to watch it again. Every time you view it, you see something new. (Uh, usually something that tests your grip on reality. But that is perfectly okay, because it substitutes a better reality.)

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
keerawakeerawa on February 20th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on February 20th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on February 20th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind being brainwashed if all the brainwashing would do me as good as this. I was in that room too, hunched in a chair because I couldn't see around people, so I was watching at an angle with my head in the aisle, in basic hysterics, complete with tears in my eyes. It was like a religious experience.
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on February 20th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I remember you saying that! In the discussion! And, actually, even as I was watching, I was thinking, "I hope madelyn is somewhere in this room. THIS VID IS HER LIFE."
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on February 20th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't even remember talking in there; I was that overcome.
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tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on February 20th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
"Greensilver: She Vidded MPreg. Twice."

I would like to point out that probably the only way to avoid this would be to vid MPreg THREE times.

I would also like to point out that no one has vidded pregnant Sherlock yet.

She gets away with so much on her birthday.

...Can we make every day her birthday?
ngaio on February 20th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was at two friends' handfasting with subsequent vid-show (this is what happens with fandom friends I have discovered) and basically went: vid, schmoopy, cheesy ... actually very well edited ... WHAT THE HELL?!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on February 21st, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
No matter how often you watch this vid, you will never figure out what the hell. BUT THAT IS PERFECTLY OKAY. (Also, awwww, fannish handfasting!)
betzzbetzz on February 20th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
OH... MY....GOD.

THIS!!! ... wow.

(could someone put a "don't drink while watching" sign up? My screen needs a serious wiping now...)

... and now... I'll watch it again... and again.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on February 21st, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE. See? The vid is already re-writing your brain!
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tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on February 21st, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Everyone needs to see this. EVERYONE. (And now picture seeing this in a roomful of people, all of whom are seeing it for the first time. IMAGINE. It was glorious.)
jenna_mariannejenna_marianne on February 20th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
That was AMAZING. I laughed so hard there are tears in my eyes!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on February 21st, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Mara: Chloe/Brucemarag on February 20th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh thank you, I needed that :D
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on February 21st, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Is it not fantastic? My basic philosophy of life these days is that there are only two moods: Joyful, and Not Enough Catbaby.
Clever Mankaclevermanka on February 20th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine a better way to close out your Days of Love entries. Thank you so much for this.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV Katamari Damacythefourthvine on February 21st, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
It really, truly had to end this way. It just DID.
celliacellia on February 21st, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
kitten!!! :D
innocentsmith on February 21st, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
OMG. WUT. WUT?! I... *brain explodes*

I love this FOREVER. Just as Lex loves Clark. And Cat-El. FOREVER. (Is the cat-baby going to become the new Robin?! You could write a whole fic series!)

...The really disturbing thing is, since I gave up on Smallville around season 4, I have no idea how much of this actually happened. If the Krytonite unicorns or mpreg actually took place, I would be...not actually surprised.
plus one skeletondelurker on February 21st, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
THEIR CHILD IS A KITTEN OMG. Dying of laughter, brb.

(Are - are the unicorns canonical? Because I am genuinely unsure, now.)
JackieKjonojackiekjono on February 21st, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Nope. Those were from an entirely different film.

Then, they added green.

Becasue they are that insane.
JackieKjonojackiekjono on February 21st, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. I recently sent the Maru-U2 vid out to some of my co-workers as a reward for finding a tutorial on Atomic Learning.

One of them has become addicted to vids

Now he is expecting a vid treat every time he does something good.

He is worse than George.
impatient_dreamimpatient_dream on February 22nd, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Have you seen this? Is it sad that I keep thinking that there should be more in the same vein?