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20 June 2004 @ 09:35 pm
Slashy Nominations 57: Blurred by Slight Intoxication  
Alcohol might not be much on its own, but combine it with fan fiction and we do indeed see how sweet life can be. Of course, there's not so much of the slight here; for the most part, these stories contain some serious intoxication. But don't worry about alcohol poisoning and don't bother ordering blood levels; in fan fiction, drunkenness is just a classic way of getting two people horizontal. Or, you know, into other assorted positions.

To put it another way: yay, drunkfics!

Best FF That Proves That Everything Is Better with Wombats: Vombatus poeticus, by damned_colonial. Master & Commander, Stephen Maturin/Jack Aubrey (ish). I'm dedicating this rec to norah, who understands that wombats do indeed make everything better. Wombats can even help with unrequited love, which is pretty much we've got here. This is an itty-bitty fic, and g-rated, so it's really fairly astonishing that damned_colonial managed to fit so many of my favorite things into it: wombats, Latin, good poetry (on this occasion by Catullus), Stephen Maturin. It's like I was born just to provide this story with its ideal audience. Plus, it helps fill the world's gaping need for wombatfic. Writers, what have you done for wombatfic today? Remember: fandoms need wombats.

Best FF in a Fandom I Am Absolutely Not Reading, Not Not Not: Vaguely Gay, by miriam_heddy. Sports Night, Dan/Casey McCall. Let me just repeat that: this is not one of my fandoms, people. I don't even know what the show is about (though I'm thinking sports probably come into it somewhere), and I am not getting involved in another damn TV fandom. They're too difficult. It's just - the title of this story really appealed to me, because that's what the guys we slash so often are; there's just something, you know, vaguely gay about the way they interact with their supposedly-straight, supposedly-platonic best friends. So I read the story, and it proved to be good, and so here we are. Of course I can't be sure that this is in-character or canon-appropriate or anything, as this is - did I mention this? - not my fandom. Not! My! Fandom!

Best FF That Scarred Me Forever with a Casual Mention of a Former President of the United States: Scotch Courage, by Kellie Matthews. Due South, Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski. Come for the intoxicated Ray. Stay for the unintoxicated sex. And please, please, somebody tell me that the whole comment about our former President doesn't mean what I think it means, because if it does, the resultant mental images will torment me to the grave. In fact, they may torment me into my grave, so please, say it ain't so. (Sorry, folks. Wish I could provide a better summary. But every time I read or even think of this story, my brain fixates on that one horrible implied-but-please-god-not-true President thing, and it just locks up. Ew.)

Best FF Featuring a Sex Scene That Could Cause Impressionable Readers to Begin Singing "Giles of the Nine and a Half Fingers and the Xander of Doom," Which Is Grounds for Murder in Nine States: Four Dicks, by The Spike, aka spike21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander/Giles. Can I just say right now that I hate alcoholic-Giles stories? Because I like my Giles shiny and idealistic, and I like him snarky and careworn, but I don't like him passed out. He cannot snark when he's passed out, people. But...I still like this story. It's set in a time when Giles and Xander were both disenfranchised, feeling lost and out of it and wondering what the hell came next; this is a solution way better than the one Joss thought of. And Xander is perfectly in character here, using humor as a cover and a shield. So, you know, even though I don't like stories like this, well, I like this.

Best FF That Makes You Want to Snuggle up to a Warm Fuzzy Evil Demon Monster of Your Very Own: Untitled, by wiseacress. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike/Xander. This is a bonus story, right here, because it's more of a scene, and anyway I try not to repeat fandoms in one set. But this is so worth reading, because it showcases something too many BtVS FF writers forget. I mean, we hear so much about the Ultimate Sexy of Spike that sometimes I wish Buffy'd staked him in season two. And there's almost as much FF talk about Spike's odd, soul-free humanity. There's just not so much focusing on Spike's evident caretaking need. But it's there, folks. He took care of Dru for a hundred years, even though she spent 99% of that time getting a direct feed from Planet Crazy. I understand he also took good care of Dawn, although I myself have not experienced what we might call the Dawn Season of Buffy (also known as the Sunset Season of Buffy, for an entirely different reason). Here, he's taking care of Xander, and he's clearly enjoying himself, and no, you perverts, it's not what you think. It's shmoop, which so clearly should not work with a BtVS-style vampire, except that it...does. And if that's not enough reason to read this, well, let me up the ante. It contains the phrase "make me your pirate bride." Thought that'd get you. Sure got me; I'll be working that phrase into nearly everything I say from now on.
 
 
 
Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on June 20th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
YOU MUST READ SPORTS NIGHT.

Even better, you must WATCH Sports Night. It's one of those rare slash fandoms for whom the show is So. Damn. GOOD.

I'll even loan you the DVDs.

You know you want to.... :-)
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 20th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
I do NOT want to! I do NOT! Do not tempt me, fearsome maiden. (I mean, really, do you want to spend the next month explaining SN to me? No, I didn't think so.)

Speaking of which, I owe you an email. So we can argue about this there.

(What is SN about? Not that I'm interested! I'm not! Not my fandom!)
(no subject) - fanofall on June 20th, 2004 11:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Ardent: Dirty talk eyeardent_muses on June 20th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)
Kellie's one of my fave writers, and that was the first story of hers that I got to beta. Whee!

And yes, it was big news at the time when that former president went on record in a Playboy magazine interview, saying he'd never been unfaithful but he'd had lust in his heart. Which, frankly, squicks me a lot less than anything W might have in *his* alleged heart. *G* Still, I understand that Ray and Fraser smut does not normally lend itself to images of politicians having sex. :)
Kellie Matthews: fantasykelliem on June 20th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yup, that was the one. I was specifically referring to the fact that he not only said he had experienced lust in his heart (implication being that it was for someone other than his wife), but that he felt that having lust in your heart was no different from having actually carried through and done the deed physically. It was quite a controversial comment. Guess I should have footnoted it for those younger than me. :)

And thanks for the rec! :)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 20th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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"I don't care how delicious he is, he's EVIL!": vaguely gayshrift on June 21st, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
The Dan and Casey love in Sports Night is more text than sub. But I love the show more than reason, so I'm incredibly biased, and yes, Danny is *canonically* called "vaguely gay."
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 04:53 am (UTC)
Is there a Sports Night cult or something? I mean, I sort of expected peer support for my decision not to acquire yet another bewildering TV fandom. And instead I get a zillion comments from people telling me that I will never attain true happiness unless I embrace Sports Night.

It's sort of scary.

Love the icon, though. That expression on the guy's face? Very geeky and yet strangely cute. And anything that features canonical suggestions of homosexuality, no matter how nebulous, can't be all bad.
(no subject) - shrift on June 22nd, 2004 06:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
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kassrachel on June 21st, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)
Oh, man, Sports Night is so good. They only made 2 seasons, and the eps are 26 minutes apiece, so it's easy to watch quickly -- and though there's not a ton of SN fiction out there, an surprisingly high proportion of what's out there is good -- it seems to appeal to some of the best fanwriters I know. :-)

Mmm. Sports Night.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
Huh. Usually I find that the highest percentages of quality FF are from small book fandoms - there are ones where almost every fic is good. Whereas TV fandoms tend to have FF that's rather thick on the ground, but that usually requires a bit more, um, sorting. There's still a lot that's good - often more than in the small book fandoms - but it's a smaller percentage of the total avilable fic.

So it's interesting to me that Sports Night might be more like a non-TV fandom. Huh.

(Side query: is the girl in your icon looking *out* of a porthole or *in* to a washing machine? I look at her looking at me and feel vaguely worried that the spin cycle might start soon.)
flyingtapes: pete by track32flyingtapes on June 21st, 2004 09:05 am (UTC)
Aw, but Sports Night is a great little fandom. Very low-key, pretty Dan/Casey centric. There's a fab primer, and some really stellar fic.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the primer link. But I am not picking up a new fandom. Not. Not!

Well, probably not.

I'm serious about what I said to shrift above, though; I keep expecting a commenter to show up in here saying "Sports Night is love, and love is Sports Night."

And the sad part is, I would probably still end up reading some SN FF. I'm pathetic. And I'm forced to wonder if LA has an inpatient rehab for FF addiction yet; if so, I should probably make reservations now. Would save my Best Beloved a lot of trouble.
The Black Kitten: Nobility - Sacrifice - Chocolate: having a pint by foxglove_iconslaylah on June 21st, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
Your recs fill me with glee.

That is all.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 05:01 am (UTC)
Yay! I am a distributer of glee! That sounds so much better than "purveyor of smu"t or "procurer of porn."

Glee provider. I could get into that.

(Love the icon, by the way.)
nestra on June 21st, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what the show is about (though I'm thinking sports probably come into it somewhere),

Except they don't. Not really.

Plus, only two seasons! Out on DVD! You can devour them like candy!
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)
But...but...two seasons is a lot. I've seen less than a full season's worth of Buffy eps - spread out over four seasons, though - and it's taken me months!

And more to the point, if there's anyone on this planet who does not need another fandom, that person would be me.

(Or, OK, maybe you. But I would be second!)

You people are ennabling my FF addiction, that's what you're doing. And tempting me. And just generally behaving like - well, actually, like fans, now that I think about it.

And the pathetic part is that I'm looking at these comments and telling myself that, really, it's a small fandom, so it won't take much time for me to get up to speed, surely, and it's not one of those huge, time-sucking fandoms like due South, where you can spend the rest of your life just getting to grips with the PWP written in August 2000, never mind an actual comprehensive survey of the entire body of available work.

And then I realize what I'm doing: I'm rationalizing the acquisition of another fandom, when I'm still chewing on my previous new fandom and digesting the one before that. (Warning: do not carry this metaphor to its logical conclusion. If you do, you will regret it. And so will I.)

God help me. I'm doomed. So, so doomed.
(no subject) - nestra on June 22nd, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on June 22nd, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
No! Don't go into the light! You can't go into a new fandom, 'cause then I have to get into a new fandom to read the stories you recommend and you already got me three more then I had. It's all your fault really, do you know how long that I've been trying not to get into the Buffyverse? It's almost as bad as getting into Harry Potter. I'll never get any work done. *sighs and wonders off to find more Xander/Spike*
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but it's too late. I've been converted by the Sports Night Overmind. And if I possibly can, I will lure you in, too.

Really, it's for your own good. You will be happy with more fandoms! Only with multiple fandoms can you find true love and joy and unity. And once you have passed the forty-fandom mark, you will attain a higher level of being that we call uberfensch. Excelsior!

(Anonymous) on June 22nd, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
thank you
excellent journal. really really good taste, and some very funny recs. a pleasure. i guess it takes a lot of effort to keep it going, so i just wanted to let you know that these efforts are very much appreciated. great job.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you
I am so glad to hear that you like it! It does take a lot of time and effort to do this, so it's very, very nice to hear that people are enjoying it.

Thank you!
(Anonymous) on June 22nd, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
Sports Night is Love. Love is Sports Night. Step into the glow.

Sorry. Wandered in from Fametracker a while back and had to emerge from lurking to share the Sports Night love. Only 22 minutes per episode...a nice little break in whatever you're doing...and in discussing canon slashiness, let's not forget that Dan and Casey once spent a large chunk of an episode in their underwear, discussing their mutual lack of pants.

OK, back into hiding. Or rather, back into Due South, which is all your fault - my first fandom where I'm completely canon-innocent.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 22nd, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
Do not hide from us. We are the uberfensch, and we will assimilate you.

Or rather, back into Due South, which is all your fault - my first fandom where I'm completely canon-innocent.

Don't let ardent_muses hear you say that. (And now I must do my happy dance, for I have converted another person to the joys of canon-free fan fiction! Oh, joy a thousand times repaid!)

...let's not forget that Dan and Casey once spent a large chunk of an episode in their underwear, discussing their mutual lack of pants.

This is absolutely something we should not forget. I wish to hear more. Details! I need details! (Why did no one think to mention this to me before now?)
(Anonymous) on June 22nd, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
I love this lj. It's my first stop when I'm either a) procrastinating or b) actually finished my work. Guess which is more common? ;)

Sports Night is a great little fandom... and the sixth or seventh fandom I started reading in without knowing canon. The DVDs are on my netflix list, which happens to be 300+ titles long. I'll get to it eventually, I supposed. In the meantime, fic!

If I may make a suggestion for a future category... my special slash weakness are "complete" AUs (where the characters are in a completely different job/life situation than canon, rather then a different "what if" for the canon). *looks up innocently* feeding an addiction is the healthiest way to cope, right?

One last time for emphasis: I love your recs.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on June 23rd, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oooo. You are a truly skilled multi-fandom non-canon FF reader. Clearly, you need your own LJ, so you can start rec'ing things for me. I promise I will be a regular, enthusiastic reader if you do, because we MFNCFFRs need to stick together. (We also need to do some work on that acronym.)

Complete AUs, hmmm?

*thoughtful inspection of database*

Not quite there yet, because AUs of all kinds work for me in some fandoms way more than others, so I've got a bunch in one or two fandoms and...well, that's about it. But I will start collecting now. Lord only knows when I'll actually be able to do a set on them, though.

I will do my best. I'm all for feeding the addiction.
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