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30 August 2012 @ 12:17 am
Yuletide Fandom: I'm on Fire  
Sometimes you see something and think, "I want more of this. So much more." And so you make it a Yuletide fandom. And sometimes you see a thing and think, "There is more to this story, and I want to know what it is," and so you make it a Yuletide fandom. This is both of those things. Go ahead, watch. It's better unspoiled, and it's three minutes long.

It's the video for Camille Harp's cover of "I'm on Fire."

Okay, so you've seen it now, right? So, like, there's an obvious narrative here, but what I love is that it doesn't quite work; it doesn't explain everything that we're seeing. THERE ARE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. (And unanswered questions are what a Yuletide fandom needs to thrive! Or at least to get to a thousand words of story.) What does she say to the dude over the phone? It can't be what we're hearing. What exactly does the dude think when he gets there? He's not pissed off and rageful, more rueful, like, well, crap, she got me. Might as well drink some of this alcohol she left for me and study the photo she partly burned and ponder this story that all three of us know so much better than the viewer. And what is this woman? She's wearing a tank top on a cold night and yet is obviously not cold, and also she seems sort of - strange. My own theory is some kind of supernatural deal, here (succubus for ladies?), but there are so many possibilities.

And then there's also the possibility for hot femslash. Which, you know, I am bang alongside. Basically, this is a no-lose Yuletide fandom.

(And even if you aren't interested in Yuletide, still click through so you do not miss the awesome genderswitched cover of "I'm on Fire." You can't tell me that isn't relevant to your interests.)

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je suis marxiste, tendance Groucho: sg1 sam listenshinealightonme on August 30th, 2012 07:55 am (UTC)
Added the song to my spotify, so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

I agree that there is a lot we don't know about this story that could be fascinating if pondered in a fic, but you left out the most important question of all: who the heck still uses rotary phones? I wanna ready 1000 words about that nonsense right there.
SnarkyLlamallamabitchyo on August 30th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
I think the rotary phone helps support some sort of supernatural explanation (somewhat along the lines of the Dresden Files). Maybe she shorts out more high-tech phone options, and then she's obviously drinking in a supernatural-friendly bar.
Imaginary Researcher: Bob Dylan - thedeadparrothannahrorlove on August 30th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
What impresses more than anything in the video is that the song's lyrics in the first verse are the same - without the video, it could well be one woman singing to another.
jeanniewaljeanniewal on August 31st, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
I assumed she had got the boyfriend/husband (ring gets taken off) by mistake, and thought she was singing to the woman... whatever actually happened it's a beautiful version of that song.

And the phone answers a big question from my childhood! Here in SA we used to sometimes get Archie comics, and on the back were all these cool things you could buy, or numbers to call, and they always went something along the lines of 262-CRYSTAL. This was way way before cell phones, and I was hugely puzzled as to how Americans could dial in letters :) Now I've seen that phone, and I know! Childhood question answered, thank you Camilla Harp.
wsarnakwsarnak on October 6th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
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