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29 October 2004 @ 10:12 pm
Slashy Nominations 93: Submit to the Present Evil  
Halloween is a great holiday. For kids, it means free candy and socially acceptable dress-up; for adults, it means fun without the emotional burden and enforced togetherness of certain other holidays that shall remain nameless. Plus, vampires roam the streets, tripping over their capes. How could it get better?

To celebrate this fine holiday, I have - well, scary recs. Or, more to the point, evil recs. Here we have bad people doing bad things, and, for a change, good people doing bad things. Very bad things. It's tricks and treats! Ready to hand over your peanut butter cups yet?

(Note: I'm not listing pairings here. In some of these stories it would be - well - complicated. And in all of them, the pairings aren't the point. The point is evil. So instead I've noted the main character, the person who is getting down with his dark self; if you can handle the character badness, you can surely handle the deluxe sex assortment, so I'm not worried about sending you people off unarmed into the Fan Fiction Wilderness or anything.)

Best FF That Proves That Yes, It's Better to Give Than Receive, but Sometimes It's Best to Do Neither. Divine Possession, by The Spike, aka spike21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ethan Rayne. (Yes, there's vague slashiness. But that is so not what this is about, and it's pretty much canon anyway, so don't avoid this (or seek it out) because of slash.) I really don't think I should tell you too much about this story; I've told you it features evil, and now you know it's about Ethan Rayne, so it's a given that the evil is chaotic, powerful, and in touch with some very disturbing gods. Here, Ethan has an Evil Plan, which should send shivers up your spine; the man is lethal enough when he's just playing. But when he actually wants to do something and has a plan of action? Run for the hills, Ma, because the Hellmouth's starting to look tame. I mean, at least the thing isn't intelligent. (Probably.) I think this story amply proves that there's nothing more fearsome than a Bad Man with a Bad Plan. Well, besides clowns. And mimes. And - ew - miming clowns.

Best FF That Proves That, Really, FF Isn't All That Perverted, Especially When You Compare It to Really Disturbing and Explicit Works. Like, for Example, the Bible. Brotherly Love, by daegaer. The Bible, Jonadeb. If you're cringing about the whole concept of Bible fan fiction, don't. This is 100% canon (yes, I checked); she's just focusing on a particular moment in the story and viewing it from an unusual angle. But somehow that only makes it worse, at least for me; knowing that this actually happened in the canon is worse than thinking it just came from a FF writer's mind. Jonadeb is another Bad Man with a Bad Plan, and, really, I'm beginning to think that's what we all ought to go as next Halloween. I mean, hell, if you meet a vampire, things could work out fine. He might have a soul, or he might be so busy being angsty and pretty and gay that he doesn't want to bite you, or he might just want some hot sex. But if your life in any way intersects with that of a Bad Man with a Bad Plan, you are screwed. All you can hope is that he'll eventually get bored. Which won't necessarily improve matters.

Best FF That Features an Assortment of Pairings Both F/F and F/M and Yet Is Completely Unsmutty. Sex Isn't Always Sexy, Folks. Because, by Te, aka thete1. X-Men, Rogue. (Warning: This features assorted canon character deaths.) If you've only seen the movies, you can still read this, but you should know in advance that Rogue was originally a baddie. (Her name makes even more sense that way, yes?) And in this story (which is in fact an AU, but it's only shifted about two universes over), she never stopped. One of the interesting things about the Marvel universe is that being good is the greatest limitation on most superheroes. The good guys are so powerful that if they ever let their scruples drop, everyone else would be royally fucked. Charles Xavier, anyone? The man could do so much more than making you do or say or think or believe anything he chooses; mind control would just be the beginning of the madness. I think 1984 drove home the horror of not being able to call your thoughts your own, but if you haven't read it, just consider what it'd be like to have a bad Xavier around. (And now you want a dorky Magneto helmet, don't you?) So, getting back to this story, here we have Rogue, who is bad just - because. Because she can be. Because no one can stop her. And when she has no scruples and no limits, she's terrifying. And yet she's still very Rogue. For her, it's never been about morality or issues or saving the world; it's always been about surviving her own power. And this is one way. A bad one.

Best FF That Shows Us That in the D.C. Universe, Homosexuality Isn't Even Close to the Most Shocking Secret You Can Learn About Your Friends and Loved Ones. Bloodline, by Sarah T., aka harriet_spy. D.C. Universe (Batfolk), gen. The first time I read this story, my jaw hit the floor. I was inarticulate with awe, and it's quite rare that I am rendered speechless by anything. I was so amazed that I insisted that my Best Beloved drop everything and immediately come read this fabulous story, and, really, I never do that. (What, never? Well, hardly ever.) But in this case, I had to, because this story is just so right. It makes so much sense. Here we have an alternate explanation for the canon that works better than the real one, and how impressive is that? And I really can't say anymore about this story because I'm afraid I'll spoil it for you. Instead, I'll just say: if you aren't deeply impressed by this, re-read it. It's possible you've not quite grasped the wondrous beauty of it all. Or, hell, maybe I'm the only one in love with this story. (I'm certainly the only one reduced to incoherent babbling by it, but then, lots of things make me incoherent and babbly.) If that's the case, though, this world sucks; everyone should love this. And I'm really afraid that this inarticulate lovefest is going to make you hate the story before you even read it, so I'm going to stop right now.
I have tactile telecuntnesis.: Rogue-kick your ass by karabouzeelee_penguin on October 29th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
*gapes at Because*

Jesus. Rogue's vampiric qualities are absolutely one of the most fascinating things about her for me. How the hell did I miss this story??

Thank you for reccing it, anyway. I think. *shivers*
tried to eat the safe banana: Black Canarythefourthvine on October 30th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)
I think Rogue's vampiric qualities are her most fascinating, but they're also way underused; in the movies, she only uses them in moments of extreme adversity, which they explain (pretty well) with her youth and her reluctance to rent out headspace to every villain on the planet. But in the comics, there'd be whole issues where she never did anything but fly and fight, even in extremis, and in the comics she was much older.

Still, we did get the fantastic "Rogue loses it" series in the comics - seeing her roam through the detritus of her mind (which, I forget - was it after a rape?) was fascinating. An ex-boyfriend use that series to introduce me to comic books, and Rogue remained my favorite character for quite a while.
Iphiginia Saberhagen: From makesmewannadie and thefourthvinefanofall on October 29th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)

And talking. Woot!

How are you? How are things? E-mail back up and running again?
tried to eat the safe banana: Elektra is angrythefourthvine on October 30th, 2004 11:56 pm (UTC)
My email is evil. Seriously evil. I'm not sure they even intend to fix it. And I've got a gmail invitation, but for some reason it's conflicting with my browser or my proxy or something, so I've been struggling to get gmail and my browser to acknowledge each other. You should, in fact, have a short email from me on this very topic; if you don't get it, let me know.

(And then there's the flu, about which the less said, the better.)

But I have indeed risen again, only there's no need to stake me or anything. Yay!
kassrachel on October 30th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
Oh my God. Bloodline. Holy wow.
tried to eat the safe banana: Suspicious owlthefourthvine on October 30th, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that someone else is as impressed by "Bloodline" as I am. It's one of those stories I re-read when I'm feeling down on FF. (But not when I'm feeling down on life, because that could have truly disastrous results.) It's just - well, holy wow is actually a great term for it. So I'll borrow that.

Holy wow.