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10 August 2004 @ 02:15 am
Slashy Nominations 74: The Elements So Mix'd  
Some noms sets just do not want to come together, and I've spent the last two days casually poking at one that is more snarly and resistant than a whole passel of teenagers. Werewolf teenagers.

Well, when in doubt (or severely bitten), run away. And what could be further removed from my usual orbits than the delightful weirdness of crossovers? With luck, a few seasons of this sort of strangeness should enable me to get the Grouchy Teenaged Lycanthrope Recs Set under control - consistency plus love plus a bullwhip is the key, I'm thinking - and if not, well, we'll always have crossovers.

Best FF That Shows That Love of Sharp, Pointy Objects Brings People Together, or at Any Rate Helps People Reconcile the Seemingly Disparate: The Gargantuan Garden, by yahtzee63*; can anyone tell me what name she uses? The Series of Unfortunate Events x Edward Scissorhands, gen. Yes, The Series of Unfortunate Events x Edward Scissorhands. I am not kidding. Neither is Yahtzee, no matter how much she takes the piss out of everything from LJ to Lemony Snicket to the distressed clothing fad. And, really, this almost makes a certain twisted sense. I mean, if you think about it, the Baudelaire siblings and Edward Scissorhands have a lot in common. They're orphans, they're surrounded by hostile people, their lives are filled with the strange and terrible devices of insane men (Daniel Handler and Tim Burton, respectively). And if there's one positive thing that can be said of The Series of Unfortunate Events, it's that it shows you that, really, there are lots of things worse than moving in with a strange stranger who has an apparent fixation on sharp, sharp blades (which should make anyone due to head off to college feel a lot better about the whole dorm situation). You'll need to have read at least one of Lemony Snicket's books to get the tone of this story, I'm thinking, but no big deal; we're talking about a few hours of your time. More than worth it to appreciate this story, people. And you don't need to have seen Edward Scissorhands; at least, I haven't. Although I spent so much of my adolescence with goths that I could probably test out of the movie at this point.

Best FF That Shows Us How Alligators Can Be Skilled Matchmakers Even Long After They've Ceased, Technically, to Be Alligators: Nice Boots, by Gloria Mundi, aka viva_gloria, who is probably even now working on a book called Better Writing Through Clinical Insanity. And the thing is, when she finishes it, I'll head out and buy it, and be grateful for the opportunity to do so. Peter Pan x Pirates of the Caribbean (because there's nothing Gloria can't cross with PotC), Captain Hook/Captain Jack Sparrow. Again, we've got characters who have a previously unsuspected amount in common: piracy, madness, travels with British runaway girls, persecution by annoyingly twee and pretty boys. The thing about this story is, by the time I finished it, I was sort of surprised Disney hadn't thought of it, which just shows that you can catch madness from writing if the author is talented enough. (You'll be relieved to hear that eventually I did recover a portion of my senses. However, I'm still searching for my disbelief, which has gone AWOL again.)

Best FF That Shows Us Just How Fortunate We Are That Joss Whedon's Universe Isn't Contagious: Satan Is No Gentleman, by afrai. Good Omens x Buffy the Vampire Slayer, either gen or Adam/Pepper; I'll entertain arguments either way. I think you'd need to have read Good Omens to appreciate this, but you only need to know the basic premise of Buffy. So. Pepper's a Slayer, and that right there tells you everything you need to know about this story. Except how good it is, and how amazingly right this look at the teenaged Them is, and how perfectly Afrai has got the tone of Good Omens down. And you'll learn those things when you read the story, which you might as well do now. It's only 500 words long (it's a response to Jae Gecko's Secrets Challenge). Yes, Afrai not only did a perfect GO x BtVs, she did it in less words than it would take me to say everything I want to say about her story. Which is why I'm shutting up now; I may not know much, but I know when to yield to my superiors. (My Best Beloved is ordered to stop snickering immediately. I didn't say I did yield, just that I know when I should.)

Best FF That Offers Hope to All Those Living in Tragic, Paralyzing Fear of Takeout Rice Containers: The Watchman, by madmadharri. The Dark Is Rising x Harry Potter, Will Stanton/Harry Potter, other pairings suggested. This, now, this is one of those crossovers that actually makes a lick of intuitive sense. Which isn't to say I could write one like this, or even imagine one; it's just that I didn't spend thirty seconds staring blankly at the screen when I read the fandom list. So. The war is over. And Harry has a severe case of what we might call magical shellshock. Fortunately, Will Stanton is on the case. Grown up, Will is exactly the kind of man we knew he'd become, if only because he was pretty much already like that at 11. I love, in particular, the way the author builds on Will's canon ability to sidle into difficult situations and take care of them without taking over or taking anything away from anyone. And, yes, I expect the prize for "Most Uses of 'Take' in a Really Unfortunate Sentence" will be on my doorstep tomorrow morning. So I think we can all see that crossovers render me more than usually incoherent, and, really, it's probably better if I move on while I still have some limited control of my verbs and nouns.

-Footnote-

*Thanks, untrue_accounts!
 
 
 
A Certain Ms Uneslemslempike on August 10th, 2004 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I think I've become addicted to Good Omens fic. 'sall your fault you know. Bloody brilliant recs making me stop even pretending to work.

"Are you going in to be a Catholic?" he said weakly.

Hee! And argh for bloody fics that are as good as that and yet so damn short.
tried to eat the safe banana: word whore  - MMWDthefourthvine on August 10th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
Good Omens fic is lovely and funny and I'd be addicted to it if there was only more of it. But it must be damned difficult to write, so I won't whine about what we don't have; I'll just be grateful we do have Afrai and her ilk.

I love Crowley in this story, too. Marvelous.
The Divine Goatthedivinegoat on August 10th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Best FF That Shows Us Just How Fortunate We Are That Joss Whedon's Universe Isn't Contagious

I love that fic, it really is the best of both worlds.

I take it you've seen the ithurtsmybrain community?
tried to eat the safe banana: OH MY GOD - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on August 10th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
I have indeed seen ithurtsmybrain. Rarely have I seen a better-named community. It scares us, precious.

Which isn't, of course, to say that I don't love it. It's just that I have to limit the time I spend there, 'cause when I stare at those lists for too long (anything over thirty seconds, basically) I start thinking worrying thoughts. Like that Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)/Ethan Rayne (BtVS) just makes all kinds of sense. I mean, an early encounter with Ethan could explain a lot about Travis.

And then I run away. I know enough about the side effects of neuroleptic drugs to be quite, quite sure that I don't want to have to take them.
The Divine Goat: Hitchensthedivinegoat on August 10th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
Like that Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)/Ethan Rayne (BtVS) just makes all kinds of sense. I mean, an early encounter with Ethan could explain a lot about Travis.

And then I run away. I know enough about the side effects of neuroleptic drugs to be quite, quite sure that I don't want to have to take them.


You know that teasing people is mean? ;-)
tried to eat the safe banana: Kiss - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on August 10th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
Teasing? I would never tease!

(Um, no. Actually, I would. Within a certain circle, I'm mildly infamous for it. But how am I teasing in this case?)
thuvia ptarththuviaptarth on August 10th, 2004 04:27 am (UTC)
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on August 10th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have updated the entry accordingly.
The Black Kitten: Nobility - Sacrifice - Chocolatelaylah on August 10th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
Hooray for an absolutely fabulous recs set! I knew enough about *all* these fandoms to read the stories, for once, and they had just the flavor one hopes for in crossovers -- all those little moments of delight, going "Oh! Of course that makes sense together!"
tried to eat the safe banana: Love reading - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on August 10th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
I knew enough about *all* these fandoms to read the stories

The intervention is scheduled for next Friday, hon.

they had just the flavor one hopes for in crossovers -- all those little moments of delight, going "Oh! Of course that makes sense together!"

Yes! That's it exactly. That's the kind of crossover I was listing here. (I have another set, still under construction, of crossovers that blend together so well that they're really all about the story. Those are longer fics, obviously.)