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07 July 2004 @ 07:20 pm
Slashy Nominations 63: Great Fics from Little Fandoms Flow  
(I apologize for the title, especially if you've now got the source of it stuck in your head. I'm not a big fan of the poem, either - actually, it sort of makes me gag - but it was all I could think of. If you've got an idea for a better title, I'd love to hear about it.)

Today I have for you stories from small fandoms. Tiny fandoms. You may not actually read all of these fandoms. You may not read any of these fandoms, or even believe there's fic in these fandoms. But you should read these stories anyway, because when someone writes a story for a small, small fandom, it's like divine madness overtakes her. There's inspiration, and then there's Inspiration, and it turns out you find the latter most often in stories from canons you've never even imagined fan fiction for.

Best FF That Features a Cookbook I'm Now Entirely Sure Is in Existence, Even If Pratchett Is Too Polite to Mention It: Concurrence, by debchan. Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Rincewind/Greebo. (Note: you will probably need to know the Discworld series in order to comprehend this story. But if you haven't read the early Discworld stuff, be ashamed. And then go buy them immediately. For this story, you'll want The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic, and Wyrd Sisters, at minimum, but you should also get Guards, Guards. Because that one is the best one ever. And if someone reads Guards, Guards and decides to slash Carrot and the Patrician, I will be forever sickeningly grateful. Or maybe I mean sickened, but grateful. Whichever.) When I first saw the pairing on this story, I decided debchan was clinically insane. I'm not entirely convinced I was wrong. But it is a delightful insanity, one that could a) conclude that a wizard having sex with a cat even though the two never once appeared in the same novel was a good idea, and then b) make that concept work. We should all be lucky enough to be crazy in this way.

Best FF That Proves That Publishers Should Check the Internet Prior to Paying Authors to Destroy Noble Canons, and If You Don't Know What I Mean by This, You Are Very, Very Lucky: Ring Out, Wild Bells, To The Wild Sky, by keswindhover. Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey series, Harriet Vane/Lord Peter Wimsey. It's...het. It's canon het. It's non-explicit canon het. I feel so dirty, recommending this. But here's the thing. It's good, good, good. This story healed the injury that Jill Paton Walsh's horrible Sayers pastiche (I only read the one, although I understand there are others) left on my soul. Think I'm exaggerating? Clearly you've never read the book in question. In any case, this story is a masterpiece. I believe in this outcome for Harriet and Lord Peter and St. George; for me, forever, this will be what they did during WWII. I have to thank Genibee (who does not have a LJ, but should) for making me read this story. I couldn't have faced it without her firm recommendation. Because this is the kind of thing that can only be perfect or abominable. And, hey, guess what? It's perfect. Imagine my surprise.

Best FF Featuring the World's Sexiest Use of Mathematics: Written Proofs, by shrift. Ultimate Fantastic Four, Victor Van Damme/Reed Richards. Here is my proof that I can actually recommend stories from small fandoms that aren't small book fandoms. Yes, because this is...a small comic book fandom. Well, look, any English teacher on this planet will tell you that there is a world of difference between a novel and a graphic novel. In any case, there's oodles of tension between Reed and Victor in the canon, and we all know how that leads to excellent slash. Beyond that...look, it's superhero porn. There's nothing better than superhero porn, unless it is superhero porn that contains sexy science, and sexy science obsession. And nothing says "sexy science obsession" like Reed/Victor. I hope I have made a sufficient case for reading this story. I also hope I haven't, um, scared away the people who don't find chemistry humor hysterical. Come back, y'all! A science-free rec follows!

Best FF That Reads Exactly Like a Newly-Discovered Missing Chapter from the Canon: The Dancer from the Dance, by daegaer. The Persian Boy (by Mary Renault), Bagoas. Again, you'll need to know the book to read the story, but again - if you haven't read this book, why not? And you call yourself a slash fan! The Persian Boy is RPS in book format, and it's canon RPS, if I can call it that. You will definitely want to read TPB before Oliver Stone's atrocity Alexander comes out, and if you doubt that it will be an atrocity, just watch the trailer. It had me muttering and ranting for days. So, you know, getting back to this story, let me just say that it is perfect and I love it and it is so right for Bagoas. And I also think that Mary Renault would love it. And probably Alexander and Bagoas would, too. And so will you.

Best FF Featuring a White-Haired Entity of Unknown Origin Engaging in an Extremely Human Behavior. And That Behavior Is Not Smutty. Though I Wish It Was.: Peace.keep.er, by Mooncalf, aka tsukikoushi. Xenosaga: Der Wille Zur Macht, Chaos-oriented gen or possibly slash, in which case the slash would be Chaos/Tony. And those of you who have played the game will right now be wondering why I'm capitalizing Chaos. Well, I thought it would save confusion, especially for those who have not played the game, who might end up thinking that this is a story about the force of entropy and disarray. (And they would not be entirely wrong, would they?) This is a Special Bonus Nomination, included because it will be of interest only to people who have actually played the sprawling, delightful insanity that is the video game Xenosaga, and I'm guessing that's just me and my Best Beloved. This is about one of my favorite dang characters from said video game. Who I really hope will be better explained in the subsequent installments of this game, because there's a lot about him that's not entirely clear. Like his species, his origin, his purpose, his...well, everything. Mooncalf clearly understands him, though. Maybe she should write the next episode of Xenosaga.
 
 
 
Imaginary Researcher: Rosehannahrorlove on July 7th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the Discworld and UFF recommendations. Both were highly entertaining.

Two notes:
1. That cookbook Nanny Ogg uses is mentioned in Maskerade, one of the later books. It's called "The Joye of Snacks." Unsurprisingly, it became the first best-seller on the Disc.
2. I wrote a small Discworld piece that you might find amusing, especially since I cross it over with what might be the most obscure movie ever.

Again, thanks for the recs.
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on July 8th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
You mean the cookbook really exists?

Wow. Terry Pratchett is more twisted than I thought he could be. Um. Wow. Maybe I could break my whole Never Again vow that I have with the Discworld series (because, really, it was my favorite series ever and then he just kind of - lost his edge) just for one book.

Maybe not.

(Thanks for the rec! And, um, that is an obscure movie. And those screenshots are hysterical.)
(Anonymous) on July 8th, 2004 07:11 am (UTC)
No livejournal!
I'm over at Diaryland - for whatever reason, I'm not a huge fan of the LiveJournal format (uh-oh, am I about to be tarred and feathered?) My home on the web is http://genibee.diaryland.com, aka Andare, Partire, Tornare.

Yay, Discworld fic!
tried to eat the safe banana: potcpornthefourthvine on July 8th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
But, see, if you're here, then it's easier to be a fangirl!

Wait. Do you consider being a fangirl a good thing? It is, you know. Come. Join us in the Nation of Fangirlia, Capitol City: Squeeeee, Population: Probably something involving a lot of 1s. Join us. Join us.

(I held out on the whole LJ thing a long, long time, for reasons that included the World's Most Terrible LJ-Inspired Flame War, Parts I and II, which destroyed a message board I really liked. And then I thought, hey, I can get one and not even post or anything, just for the flist, and it will be fine, right? And then I was over on FT and I had a Sudden Inspiration on the FF thread, and, well...all I'm saying is, you never know why you will need a LJ. But you do.)
Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on July 8th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
And we, your squeeing fangirlia, are eternally grateful that you did.
(Anonymous) on July 10th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
Doesn't LJ require a code, or something like that, in order to get an account without paying for it? (I pay over on Diaryland - not much, but some, and I'd rather not double-up.) I'm not exactly sure how the whole thing works.

Wait...am I agreeing to this? How did that happen? Must..stiffen...resistance...

The LordPeter mods read your email commentary I forwarded to them, and the universal consensus was that I should at least take another stab at recruiting you to the list, because they all loved your take on Harriet and Talboys. Plus, they like having a strong, articulate poster with contrary opinions who can rile up the list from time to time *g*
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on July 10th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
You don't need a code now; you can just sign up for a free account, which is what I did. Go to the front page and it will show you how. Become one of us!

It seems to me that a trade is in order - you join LJ, which we all know you SHOULD do, and I will join the LordPeter list, which we all know I *want* to do. Query, though: how high-volume is it? That will determine which email account I use, which is pretty much why I've been putting it off. Indecision is my middle name.

Oh, and did I send you the email about Parker? I can't remember if I wrote it and saved it for later or wrote it and actually sent it. Because, tragically, my brain does not work.
Sienamystic: girl with red fruitsienamystic on July 13th, 2004 06:50 am (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
Ok, ok, damnit. I am now livejournaled! It'll be nice not to have to be anonymous anymore, so I suppose it's all for the best *g*

The list isn't all that high-volume (for me, anyway - if you go the digest route, which is 25 emails per digest, you usually don't get more than two digests a day, and I would say that's rare, even.) Right now, being the summer doldrums, things are burbling along very quietly indeed, which reminds me - I need to go make a post to stir things up a bit.

Woot!
Sienamystic: girl with red fruitsienamystic on July 13th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
Oh, damn - forgot to say that yes, you did send me the email about Parker, and I enjoyed it a great deal, because I was feeling down about having a favorite character being labled "unimaginative." An insult to a favorite character is an insult to me! Pistols at dawn!

Uh, and sorry for cluttering up your comments - I probably should have just emailed this, but I'm testing out my new toy *g*
tried to eat the safe banana: thefourthvinethefourthvine on July 13th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
Re: No livejournal!
Clutter all you want. It just says to the world: I've got a LJ, and I'm not afraid to use it. And may I say how deeply impressed I am that you have an icon already? I had this journal for weeks and weeks before I had any icons at all, and I'll still be moping in the icon loser doldrums if it wasn't for the kindness of norah.

So, now time for me to do battle with Yahoo! Groups on the subject of Lord Peter, no?

*pulls out sword of wrathful internet vengeance and goes marching off to war*
I have tactile telecuntnesis.: Bart-wha? by papercraneszeelee_penguin on July 8th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh, damn. I saw an Ult. FF rec and got all excited and then realized that I'd already read it. *sigh*

Why must this be a small fandom? Whyyyyyy?!

(Written Proofs is *excellent*, btw. I <3 geeksex.)
tried to eat the safe banana: sexmmwdthefourthvine on July 9th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC)
I don't know why UFF is a small fandom, except maybe that there are so many comic books and comic book characters that it's impossible for all of them to get the attention they deserve.

(Dear god, have I just constructed an argument for a bigger fannish community? Ignore me. Clearly I have lost my mind.)

At least UFF is still in its early days. If it survives for a while, and if they keep the kind of writers they've been having recently, and if people keep aggressively pimping it, then maybe we'll see more of this stuff.

And, in the meantime, at least what is out there in this fandom is good.
 I'm not familiar with the thing I'm seeinglite_bright on July 8th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
I'm so with you on the Carrot and Ventari slash...thing...idea...painful topic. It is frightening, but oh so nice. Kind of like fiction based on H.P. Lovecraft. Scary, but redeeming.

/end useless comment.