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25 March 2004 @ 10:37 am
Slashy Nominations 9: When the Title Itself Is a Story  
A title can make me predisposed to like a story. A really great title can make me read a story I would normally never read (see below). A fantastic title can keep a story in my mind for longer than almost anything (except a perfect ending or a truly hysterical line). And sometimes the title can practically be a story all by itself, especially when it's longer than some entire fics. Today, I salute the long titles of the fan fiction world.

Best FF Title That Led Me to Expect Something Other Than This Story: Heard Through the Walls of the Victory Motel, by Gemma. L.A. Confidential, Bud White/Ed Exley. See, when I read that title, I thought there'd be eavesdropping in the story. I still kind of expect there to be eavesdropping, but the only thing that really gets heard through the walls is a song. Still, I like the title a lot. And the story's perfect L.A. Confidential FF - it's gritty, powerful, and it fixes the canon ending.

Best Title That Is Also (EEEEK!) a Song Reference: All That You Can't Leave Behind, by Mary Borsellino. Lord of the Rings movieverse, and in my opinion this is gen. Go ahead, ask what U2 has to do with LotR. You'll be missing the point, though. This is a perfect little canon interlude that helps elucidate why some people could survive the ring. And some people couldn't. Warning: this story could really use some proofreading. It has errors in things like basic capitalization. And, you know what? It was good enough that I'd still recommend it, although it'd be even better if someone fixed it.

Best Title That Is Also (YAY!) a Literary Reference: Color of Fire, Color of Ashes. X-Men movieverse, Jean/Scott, Jean/Logan. I know, I know; het infidelity fic involving Jean (gag) Grey. Don't care. It's still good, and it has the added benefit of making Jean seem like a person instead of a, you know, shapely hole in the background. But I would never have read it (Jean! Gag! Grey!) if I hadn't been drawn in, totally against my will, and fighting all the way, by the title.

Best Title That Sucked Me into Reading the FF Even Though I Knew Better, Lord, I Knew Better: Everything's Not Lost. Just Most Things, by Annakovsky. Real Person Slash, Dominic Monaghan/Billy Boyd. I cannot stand that I'm nominating this. I can't even stand that I read this. But it's a good story and it has a great title, albeit one with a period where there should clearly be a comma. I have just one teeny little question: why in the name of all that is still sane and good in the world is this RPS? The story would work just as well, or even better, with original characters. RPS relies on our knowledge of the celebrities or of their public personae. This story totally does not; I think it'd work just as well, maybe better, if the reader didn't even recognize the names. (Or maybe I'm just bitter because I can see the bottom of the slippery slope o' slash from here, and I'm already descending at terminal velocity.)
(Anonymous) on March 31st, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
Everything's Not Lost. Just Most Things,

Link is broken.
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on March 31st, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Try it now. Seems that annakovsky's website is broken, at least for the moment, so I directed the link to her livejournal instead.
contrariwisecontrariwise on April 14th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's my Jean (gag) Grey infidelity fic! Cool. And you liked the title--even cooler. Titles are usually my bane. :D
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on April 15th, 2004 12:43 am (UTC)
Titles are usually my bane.

No, no, phrase it this way: "Titles are my kryptonite." Because anyone who can make Jean (gag) Grey into a sympathetic character is obviously some kind of superhero, and as such must have a super-weakness, not a bane.

And, frankly, if this is a sample of your entitling ability (that sounds wrong, I know, but work with me), I think you'll have to start looking for a new weakness. (May I suggest something like, "compelled to post new stories daily?")
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z_rayne on January 19th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)