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14 September 2004 @ 10:53 pm
Slashy Nominations 82: Travel Is a Part of Experience  
I used to call this category car sex, and I considered it a tribute to my younger, wilder days. And then I realized that there's so much more to getting around than just automobiles. So now it's about all the ways of moving from point A to point B, ideally stopping off to suck some cock somewhere along the way. (And it's, yes, still a tribute to my younger days, because that was my younger days. There's nothing quite as beautiful as leaving your teen years behind, is there?)

Best FF That Taught Me What GTO Stands for, Because I Honestly Did Not Know for the Longest Time, and I'm Ashamed of That, Yes, but This Theme Tends to Bring out the Shameful Confessions, and I'm Starting with Something Easy: Modes, by pearl_o. Due South, gen. Yes, you heard me. Gen. But this is the story that had to start this recs set, because it's all about transportation, and I'm not talking about the Australia thing, either. Is it any surprise that Ray Kowalski's life can be summed up through vehicles - taking this bus, driving this car, getting on that train? Kowalski's in motion, baby. And, even though this is gen, I think you'll like where he ends up. This is one of those stories that leaves me wanting more to the point where I go searching for stories that can serve as unofficial, unintentional, and totally spurious sequels. Which explains the next rec, in a way that will probably piss off both authors. Angering all sides is, after all, an honored fannish tradition.

Best FF That Makes Insomnia Something Sweet and Slashy, Instead of Pathetic and Irritating, Which, Trust Me, Is What It Actually Is: Stay, by Estrella, aka estrella30. Due South, Ray Kowalski/Benton Fraser. Yes, two dS stories today, because I really don't irritate everyone enough with the obsessive Southiness (rhymes with mouthiness, and for a reason, people) as it is. And because I understand that there are people who go into stark raving withdrawal if their due South doesn't end with a Canadian shack, or actually, I understand that there is just one such person. Or, OK, three. But I fear those people, except for the one that is me. So, as a chaser to the excellent genish work of "Modes," we have the excellent and slightly more slashy "Stay." Because, you know, everyone stops moving sooner or later. And I think we all know that Kowalski stops in Canada, with snow and Fraser and sex, and if the sex doesn't exactly happen on the page here, well, I'm sure Estrella would've worked it in somewhere if she possibly could've, and I forgive her. Mostly.

Best FF That Almost Turns LAX into a Place You'd Like to Spend Some Time, as Opposed to the Suspected Portal Straight to Hell by Way of O'Hare That It Actually Is: Leaving on a Jet Plane, by musesfool. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oz Osbourne/Xander Harris. This one is for everyone who has spent too much time in LAX, which, judging by the last time I went there, is everyone in the world. (And, I suspect, some people from other worlds, planes, and times. I swear there was an Anasazi trying to make a direct connection to Chaco Canyon in line behind me in Terminal One a few years back.) So it's no surprise that Oz and Xander would end up having a drink in one of the appalling non-service bars selling bad overpriced booze for your in-transit convenience; the only surprising thing is that the amazing, excellent, and wonderful kiss in this story isn't interrupted by 18 Sassofovic demons asking for donations to a spurious charity supposedly helping homeless impspawn back in their home dimension. (And the intercom - this is absolutely true - would then announce that giving money to con artists in strange nurse/nun hybrid outfits is totally optional. Because LA is the city of freedom, folks, and you can be cheated however you choose.)

Best FF That Brings Back Poignant Memories That, Embarrassingly Enough, Involve Both River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves: Idaho, by Punk, aka runpunkrun. My Own Private Idaho, Mike Waters/Scott Favor, sort of. Well. This is definitely a kick in the gut from my past; in retrospect, I should've known from my inexplicable fondness for this movie - inexplicable because, you know, I like my endings to be happy, or at least tolerable - that I was destined for slash. And this story is more of the same, more of the killer pain and sadness that hits at the end of this movie. It left me all sniffly and muttering, "Like, I really wanna kiss you, man" in a choked tone of voice. And, my friends, when a movie starring Keanu Reeves makes you sniffly a decade and a half after it was released, you know a) that's a seriously sad movie b) it nailed you right on your then-undiscovered weaknesses or c) you should've stopped with the sex and drugs and angsty sadness a wee bit earlier. Or, in my case, all three.

Best FF That Will Make You Feel Like an Intellectual and a Respected Pillar of the Community Because You Only Read Slash: Junk Novels, by Punk, aka runpunkrun, and Sabine, aka iamsab. Sports Night, Dan Rydell/Casey McCall. And here we have the flip side of Punk; apparently she and Sabine, when united, form some kind of uberhumor goddess, and I for one am totally prepared to worship whatever altar the goddess decrees. I love this story with a passion both intense and strange - strange because there is no sex in it, with the exception of some vague references to het, and I think once you've read the story you'll agree that it's a good thing those references stayed vague. I mean, really, are Punk and Sabine telling the truth here? Do junk novels like this actually exist? Because if they do, well, I don't see how anyone can give us shit about reading quality smut online. At least we don't have mothers having sex with their son's best (underage) friend. Well, not in my fandoms, anyway, and if that happens anywhere in HP, no one tell me about it. A Mrs. Black/James Potter story would kill me, or at least make me return to my unfortunate black-wearing, cemetery-hanging, moody-whining teenage self, and really, death would be better than that.
 
 
 
the opposite of batmanpearl_o on September 14th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
*waves vaguely*

Modes was actually written by me, I'm afraid. But, um, thank you for the rec! Heh.
tried to eat the safe banana: Draw - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 14th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
Arg. Sorry. I have it misattributed in my database. Or I did.

(But, wow. When I said I'd manage to piss off both sides, I didn't for a moment think there'd actually be three sides to make cross. That's impressive, albeit in a totally undesirable way.)

Fixed it now. And I apologize abjectly.
plus one skeletondelurker on September 15th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
Do people really write novels like that?
I mean, really, are Punk and Sabine telling the truth here? Do junk novels like this actually exist?

The sad truth of the matter is yes, yes they do. And I think that people even *pay* them for it, which is, clearly, completely and utterly wrong. Strangely enough, it seems that this kind of junk novel is particularly prevalent in the kind of historical western romance involving Indians, especially called 'Hawke' (because of course Indians would name themselves with an English word, as they have done for thousands of years...).
For a while I thought it was just the one bad novel with a wildly optimistic print run, but sadly it's the same mistake repeating. And so I find myself identifying with this story, at least in a very small way.

Because if they do, well, I don't see how anyone can give us shit about reading quality smut online.
I don't either, unless maybe they found a Mary-Sue who was adopted by unicorns and so left the world of fanfic, forever scarred by the experience.
Iphiginia Saberhagen: From makesmewannadie and thefourthvinefanofall on September 15th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
Two due South stories plus a SportsNight rec AND Buffy.

EEEEE!!! OMGWTFBBQFANGIRL!!!!!11!11!1!!1!1!

(psst. Oz's first name is Daniel. And I would have put it in the little small font but I don't know how to do that.)
tried to eat the safe banana: what big eyes I have - wanderlustloverthefourthvine on September 15th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
His first name is DANIEL? Arg. I cannot keep up with the cursed Jossverse, I really cannot. Daniel "Oz" Osbourne, then?

And, yes, thanks to you am I now the most pathetic TV fangirl who ever lived. This is not an accomplishment of which you should be proud, either. It is pure, pure evil.

Though fun. But, yes, totally evil. I take comfort, however, in the thought that you must have nearly run the gamut of your potential evil TV conversions. Soon my precious remaining shreds of innocence will be safe. Right? Right?
Iphiginia Saberhagen: Lexfanofall on September 15th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
Umm....

*whistles innocently, and goes off to find The West Wing slash*
Pouncer: OC OTPthepouncer on September 15th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Daniel "Oz" Osbourne, werewolf extraordinaire. I think that we didn't find out his full name until after he left Sunnydale, though. I have a memory of Willow calling the registration office or a professor or something to ask about him.

I still want to know Faith's last name. The curiousity, it burns.

I take comfort, however, in the thought that you must have nearly run the gamut of your potential evil TV conversions.

Have you heard of The O.C.? Pretty boys, fights, angst, humour? The first season comes out on DVD Real Soon Now . . .
peeps wanna see peeps boink: xandermusesfool on September 15th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
the only surprising thing is that the amazing, excellent, and wonderful kiss in this story isn't interrupted by 18 Sassofovic demons asking for donations to a spurious charity supposedly helping homeless impspawn back in their home dimension.

Hee!

Thank you! I'm so happy you liked it. Xander/Oz is sort of my comfort pairing now. Just so warm and soft, like your favorite old sweater that you can't throw out because you'll never find another like it.
tried to eat the safe banana: universal fandom green - MMWDthefourthvine on September 15th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
Huh. O/X is your comfort pairing? That's...interesting, though I can sort of see it. They're such a safe pair, compared to, for example, anything at all involving Angel or Spike. Or, god forbid, Angelus AND Spike.

My comfort pairing is in another fandom entirely, of course, but I'm growing to love the O/X, and the way you write them, well. Let's just say I'm always ready for another comfort pairing.
peeps wanna see peeps boinkmusesfool on September 16th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
O/X is your comfort pairing? That's...interesting, though I can sort of see it. They're such a safe pair,

Yes. Very low on the angst. And Oz's zen cool is comforting, Xander's grown into maturity very nicely... they're a very warm, no drama kind of pairing.
BUT HARRY STYLES: rayk EASY MONEYestrella30 on September 15th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
And I think we all know that Kowalski stops in Canada, with snow and Fraser and sex, and if the sex doesn't exactly happen on the page here, well, I'm sure Estrella would've worked it in somewhere if she possibly could've, and I forgive her. Mostly.

Hee! Yes, this was *very* slashy in my head. In my head the go at it like animals for like - days after this. In my head-

Oh - wait. Not helping, huh?

*g*

(And as always, thanks for the rec! *smooch*)
the opposite of batmanpearl_o on September 15th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
*grins* Dude, in my head, *my* story has the slashy fucking right behind the scenes, too. Maybe we should work on actually, uh, writing that stuff.
tried to eat the safe banana: universal fandom white - MMWDthefourthvine on September 15th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
OK. That's it. You two are being difficult and tempting and mean. I believe I speak for smut-fanciers everywhere when I say get down to it, ladies. Porn! Write porn! Now!

Fraser and snow and sex. It's not a difficult concept, and clearly you both have it down. You're just denying your readers for some reason, and whatever reason that is, it is not good enough.

Porn. Involving Kowalski and Fraser and transportation. (Bonus points for including the phrase "Really, I'm entirely comfortable in the driver's seat" or "I drive stick, Fraser." Wait, no. No no no. Just - F/K, NC-17, travel, and joy in the morning.) I will brook no more of these wibbly remarks about how it happens, yes, but only in your minds. It does me no good in your minds. Tippity-type!
Iphiginia Saberhagen: Procurator Generalfanofall on September 16th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
"I drive stick, Fraser." Snerk. I totally agree. More Fraser/Kowalski porn for EVERYONE!!!
pollitt on October 21st, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh my, My Own Private Idaho...your experience mirrors my own. I couldn't watch the movie for a while after River Phoenix died because, if the movie made me cry when he was alive, his death+that ending. Oh I'd be a messy mess.

Sorry, just had to share ;)