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29 January 2005 @ 03:25 am
Slashy Nominations 106: Mix It Up  
I'm going to be out of town for a few days, and I'm experiencing my usual pre-trip discombobulation as a result. (Actually, I'm mostly wondering why the hell I did this and what I was thinking and how I can avoid ever doing it again. I don't like traveling. Hell, in my ideal universe I wouldn't even have to leave my house.) I'm also doing the so-much-to-do-that-I-can't-do-any-of-it panic. What happens when you combine procrastination and panic and impending separation from the internet? Well, at least in these parts, recommendations sets. In this case, a crossover set, because I have a huge list of fantastic FF in this category that I've shamefully neglected lately. And also because slightly surreal stories are excellent preparation for this trip.

Best FF That Proves That There Are Things You Always Want to Remember, and Things You'd Love to Forget. And You Don't Know What Screwed Means Until You Have a Memory That Falls into Both Categories. The Complication of Memory, by Jennifer-Oksana, aka jennyo*. Angel x Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and you'll need to be at least somewhat familiar with both canons for this to work), Wesley Wyndham-Pryce/Lilah Morgan. Yes, het. Canon het. I'm not the least bit sorry. And neither will you be when you read this. That goes even for die-hard slashers, because the sex is so not the point here. The real draw of this story is - well, put it this way: this just may be the archetypal crossover vignette. It blends two universes that you'd think had nothing to say to each other, and does that without changing a thing about either of them. And it makes a point about both canons in the process. I suppose I should mention that this story is an overtaken-by-events AU; I think (I'm not sure, mind you, but wouldn't you be surprised if I was?) the events of the last episode of Angel rendered this story an impossibility. But, hey, who cares? Anyway, this road is probably the better way to go. Although maybe not for Wes.

Best FF That Will Burn into Your Brain a Number of Mental Images You'd Pay Good Money to Get Burned out Again. For Example, Rip Torn and Tommy Lee Jones Perving on Will Smith's Ass. See? Now You Want a Neuralyzer, Don't You? Well, You Won't Get One; I'm Not Going Through This Alone. Decoy, by Julian Lee, aka julianlee*. Men in Black x Smallville, J/K, Clark Kent/Lex Luthor. This crossover makes perfect sense, provided you've been keeping to a regular regime of Disbelief Suspension Mental Yoga, which is pretty much a mandatory practice for reading any crossover. Why does it make sense? Well, consider the facts. Clark Kent: alien! The Men in Black: cope with aliens! Lex Luthor: wears well-tailored suits! The Men in Black: also wear suits, although generally not purple ones! Smallville: regularly ravaged by mutant aggressive weirdos! The Men in Black: suspiciously fond of the oeuvre of Elvis Presley! So what could be more natural than a combination of the two? I mean, besides everything. Because - well, look back up at the pairing list. Yes, you're reading that right - this story involves J and K getting, well, together. And maybe I just failed my slash detection roll - highly unusual for me - but I've never, not even once, thought "they are so doing it" while watching Men in Black. And, frankly, the mere thought of K engaging in acts of...I'm sorry. I can't even write it. Nor can I bring myself to write about Zed, who can arrange an extraterrestrial anal probe at the drop of a hat, taking an unhealthy interest in J's...um. Fortunately for me, though, the sex isn't all that explicit, and in any case the story is amusing enough that it's well worth the occasional unavoidable thought of - you know. Those. Those things we won't discuss anymore, because I want to retain full use of my limited mental faculties, and I'm pretty sure my brain will opt out of further communication with me if I keep subjecting it to these sorts of thoughts.

Best FF That Proves Two Things: First, That Even in Gen No Intelligent Human Can Avoid Wondering About the Relationship Between Jim and Blair, and, Second, That There Actually Are a Few Bad Things That Haven't Yet Happened to Daniel Jackson. In the Canon, I Mean. Lovely, by Martha, aka saffronhouse. The Sentinel x Stargate SG-1, gen. There's a lot to love about this story. Lots and lots, and not just the plot and the characterization; this is definitely a case of god being in the details. I knew I was going to like this piece as soon as I saw how Martha handled the meeting of Daniel Jackson and Blair Sandburg. And I knew I was going to love it when the aliens showed up. (No, I don't need to tell you which aliens; you'll definitely know them when you meet them.) And then there's the whole crossover thing - this is another story in which both universes retain all their characteristics without sacrificing realism. And this is, for once, a Stargate crossover that really works. For some reason, that fandom is highly resistant to incursion from other canons; most crossovers involving SG-1 just feel forced. Or maybe unbalanced. But that's not true here, which proves that a) Martha is a great writer and b) Jim and Blair are very flexible and can easily slide in anywhere. (I know, bad pun, but it's true. Half the stories on my crossover list involve The Sentinel.)

Best FF That Proves That Guy Talk Is the Conversational Equivalent of Hilton Hotels: the Same Wherever You Go, and Not Especially Interesting or Fun Unless You Mix in a Lot of Sex. Ego Collision, by lynnmonster. Due South x Hard Core Logo, Billy Talent/Ray Kowalski/Joe Dick. lynnmonster has a scary superpower: she can write the unwriteable story. This woman has written great tentacle porn and mpreg wingfic and even feathercock, which last hideous mutant subgenre I had never even known existed until she wrote in it. In short, she is a menace to the sanity of the human race and we should all treasure her. But if you're also scared by her - in which case you're a lot smarter than I am, or a lot closer to the beginning of your Inevitable FF-Related Morals Decline - don't worry. This one isn't quite as improbable or disturbing as the ones I mentioned above; it's just, well, OK. A little weird, maybe. Because we're talking about sex between two characters played by the same actor (plus a third character played by an entirely different actor), for one thing, and then there's what I think of as the Unbearable Weirdness of Hard Core Logo, a film that features animal sacrifice and suicide and rape and yet is still a comedy. But despite all this strangeness, this story is not even slightly crackfic. I totally buy this aged-down version of Ray Kowalski, and the rest of the story is so realistic and right and in-character that...well, I'm not going into any more detail; I'll just say that if you've done your time in the scuzzier kind of club you'll feel right at home with this story, and if you've got knowledge of both canons, you'll feel right at home with the characters.

And that's it for this time. See you all on Wednesday. 'Til then, read a little extra FF for me, OK?

* Thanks, fraught and flambeau!
they can't touch us, or what we havefraught on January 29th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Jennifer-Oksana is jennyo. And thanks for the link to the SG/TS crossover; hadn't seen that one yet!
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on January 29th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)

And Martha's writing a slash sequel to Lovely. It's called Tatters, and you can find all the parts posted so far at her slash website; new chapters go up first on her LJ (saffronhouse. (And if you do read it, please let me know what you think; I've got a severe case of WiP-phobia, so I'm trying to hold off 'til it's finished.)
(no subject) - katie_m on January 29th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
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torchflambeau on January 29th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
That'd be jennyo and julianlee. :)
tried to eat the safe banana: Huh?thefourthvine on January 29th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh, lord. I don't so much blame myself for not getting jennyo's, but it's sort of embarrassing that I didn't get Julian Lee's, inasmuch as she is already on my friends list.

Can I plead late-night pre-trip jitters and sleeplessness? Um. Anyway. Thanks very much for being informative and refreshing my shockingly lax memory.
John Stamos Took It Too Far: fraser - nrrgh - shadebrooklinegirl on January 29th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
In short, she is a menace to the sanity of the human race and we should all treasure her.

*nodsnodsnods*! That's our lynnmonster! I swear to god, whenever conversations go weird places, there's always this moment of panic and someone says, "Oh my god - DON'T TELL THIS TO LYNN!" Which, of course, never works, and then there's feathercock, and Lynn always finds someone else to blame it on.

It's a talent, really.
Iphiginia Saberhagen: For thefourthvine from silverakirafanofall on January 29th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)
Yay Recs!

Have a good trip, my little wombat, and write when you get back!
Iphiginia Saberhagen: From makesmewannadie and thefourthvinefanofall on January 29th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
"...this story is an overtaken-by-events AU; I think (I'm not sure, mind you, but wouldn't you be surprised if I was?) the events of the last episode of Angel rendered this story an impossibility."

The term of art for this is Jossed. Usage: This story was written before the series finale, but it's been Jossed. OR, I want to write a post-ep for that, and I need to do it before my idea gets Jossed. Fr. Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, fandoms which experience Jossing on a regular basis.

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 I'm not familiar with the thing I'm seeinglite_bright on January 29th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
Ooh, you've found one of the few good Stargate crossovers. You'd think it'd be easy, what with the portal to different worlds and all, but no, it would seem not. Come on fandom, take advantage of your canon! Not in a bad way. Unless that's how your tastes run.

(If you've been intrigued by the TS/SG-1 in 'Lovely' there, can I reccommend Actualize This? It's also a TS/SG-1 crossover, with a little of The Invisible Man thrown in, and is much more lighthearted than 'Lovely.' I waxed...long on it over here. )
I made this beat with my panflute and my keyboardjanet_carter on January 29th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. It's not just a TS/SG crossover, it's TS/SG/Lovecraft. And a Lovecraft to which I have a special professional connection, at that. Awesome.
Martha: Soul- Chris Shy by Brighidsaffronhouse on January 30th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
A "special professional connection"? What, *what*? You're living in a gambrel-roofed apartment in witch-haunted Arkham while you study dubious and blasted higher mathemics?

Madly curious!
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(no subject) - saffronhouse on January 31st, 2005 08:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
thanks! - janet_carter on January 31st, 2005 08:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Imaginary Researcher: hmm - tvc15hannahrorlove on January 29th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
Should I ask, or just run away?
tried to eat the safe banana: Horsethefourthvine on February 17th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Run. Run, and never look back. Insane asylums are full of strong women who broke when faced with the improbable horror that is feathercock.

(Contrary suggestion: read Lynn's story. Because it's actually good. Just don't think about the existence of feathercock outside of that one story.)
Iphiginia Saberhagen: Cleo flying squirrel tacklefanofall on February 2nd, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Okay. (coughs)

I have been extremely patient. But you said you would be back Wednesday. It is now Wednesday. (checks calendar) You have to come back, my dear wombat, because I have to tell you about the Ray and the Fraser.

And the completely insane boss, but that's for e-mail. :-D

I hope you had an uneventful trip. I think you could use a little boredom at this point.
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(Anonymous) on February 4th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to find a Sentinel story that I *think* was reced here... blair is bad at paying his bills and gets into mad debt... jim helps and winds up taking out a loan from his dad to help pay for it all... if anyone has a clue, please share the wealth. thanx!
(Anonymous) on February 7th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
Re: help!
Try the_rec_room. That's what they're there for.
greenveggreenveg on March 27th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
The address for 'The Complication of Memory, by Jennifer-Oksana' has apparently changed and is now http://jennyo.imjustsayin.net/complicationofmemory.html if you'd like to change it. Cheers.