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10 August 2005 @ 01:31 pm
Slashy Nominations 125: And That Has Made All the Difference  
Um, hi.

Does anyone out there still remember me? Is anyone actually reading this? Has all of fandom been destroyed by the Third Wank War, complete with nuclear flames and epic kerfluffles and weapons of mass defriending, so that all that's left is post-apocalyptic fandom, with a few tragic, scarred survivors cowering in their bunkers, posting about the irritations of radiation zombie attacks and the way you kind of get to like spam after the first eight months?

If that's what's going on, someone should please tell me. I've been hiding - emerging only in the dead of night to search for safe, friendly smut - for, like, ever, so if anything really good or really bad happened, I missed it.

There were many reasons for this whole hiding gig, including the dreaded Real Life Work Thing (felon Nazis must die!), but the only one of even marginal interest here is that I broke my due South mojo but good, and my friends list is so delightfully full of things dS-y that I couldn't go near it for weeks. Seriously, worst mojo breakage ever - I tried re-reading all of cesperanza's stories, and then resonant8 and kassrachel - the safest spots in all of dSdom! - and nothing helped. When you're at the point that even "About a Dog" can't fix you, you know it's time to retreat for a bit. So I've been re-acquainting myself with Jim and Blair (thank you, Sentinel ficathon, for posting stories just when I needed them) and mooching around SGA, hoping for plot and porn and as much McKay as possible, and I think it's helped; soon I may be able to return to the fond embrace of Ray and the Mountie. (For the record, they are engaging in the fond embrace; I am admiring the embrace and slipping assorted unhealthful snacks to Diefenbaker.) If anyone knows of some nice fresh dS with some humor and a happy ending and maybe some porn, that would probably cement my recovery.

Not that I am begging for links or anything, y'all. I'm stronger than that.

But I can't wait for dS to be fixed before I rec anything. I mean, there's a limit to the amount of time I can stay away and still stay sane. (Note: said limit may already have been exceeded. Just, you know, FYI.) So, without further ado, I give you: the first recs set I've written for a while. (I thought that sentence was going to end on a slightly higher note that that; sorry.) It's AUs, and it is totally dS-free, because of my tragic condition. But! There's SGA and DCU and, oh, lots of good stuff. So you maybe want to read on anyway.

Best FF That Highlights the Critical Role Sugar Plays in Scientific Progress. Have You Hugged Something with an -Ose Suffix Today? Hindsight, by rageprufrock. Stargate: Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, John Sheppard/f. (ETA: I should probably note that there's some disturbing content in here, and there aren't any warnings on the story. It's a basically happy story, but if you're feeling sensitive, comment and I'll warn you in more detail.) So. We'll start with an easy one, because, you know, it's been a while. I don't want to sprain something. And this one is easy because 1) I'm pretty sure everyone in the known universe has already read this, 2) anyone who somehow missed it will have already stopped reading this and gone to read that, because just the author and the fandom is enough to persuade any reasonable fangirl that heaven is a place called Hindsight. Or something. (Hey. I said it had been a while. Don't get uppity with me.) Anyway, if you haven't read it - although, again, why are you still here? - this is just. Wow. I can rave, but I can't possibly rave enough. It's a pre-show AU that ends in, well, not quite the same place where the canon starts. But close. Close enough, anyway, that your imagination can take things from there, though I really hope Pru will take over on that point pretty damn soon. So my point is, this is an AU history, which is really not that easy, folks. And, and - I mean, this is perfectly John, with just one tiny (but important) difference, and also so totally Rodney that I was forced to make undignified noises when I first read it. (He's whining! And shouting! At FBI agents! After he defused the bomb in his own car! And also nearly got shot! And did I mention the whining and shouting?) I have so much love for this story that, seriously, my heart grew three sizes yesterday when I saw that Pru had finished this. (I have this McKay-type allergy to works in progress, so I had been waiting and hoping hoping hoping that it would be finished soon, and it was! It was totally a miracle in the Church of SGA, people. Pretty soon I'll find the outline of Sheppard's hair on a tortilla!)

Best FF That Highlights the Importance of Crack in Fictional Progress, and I Mean That in All Possible Senses of the Word "Crack." Never Mind the Magic, by hjcallipygian. Harry Potter, assorted pairings. Ish. You know how sometimes you'll be reading a story, and you'll figure out where it's going, and you'll realize that the author should have been confined for his safety some weeks ago? This story totally did that to me. I was saying, "Oh, my poor crack-ridden friend - fandom has finally broken you, and we will all be really really sad when we attend your funeral or commitment hearings or whatever" to the writer (not that he could hear me, what with my monitor not having any kind of voice broadcast capacity, and we should all thank god for that) by, like, the first paragraph. First sentence, pretty much. And then I read a little further, and I was totally cursing at said writer, because it made so much sense. And by the end, I wanted to marry him for his insane crack-ridden mind alone. Because, yes, band AUs have been done and done, but this, this is the perfect band AU, and also maybe the perfectest HP AU ever. Because - OMG. And also, oh my GOD, with sex and drugs and punk on top. I don't know why J. K. Rowling didn't think of doing this with these characters - wait, no, wait. I totally do. It's because she has enough money to pay for buckets of therapy. But this is the kind of AU that works because it's taking characters out of a place where they were meant to be and putting them into an entirely new place where, to the surprise of all, they fit even better. The plot here can be roughly summed up as "everything that ever happened in punk, plus Yoko Ono," but somehow that doesn't capture the magic. Also? Bonus: Joni. Fucking. Mitchell.

Best FF That Highlights the Importance of Mullets to Musical Progress. Or, No, Wait, I Tell a Lie - It's Mullet Shame That's So Important. Naqqadah, by radiotelescope. Stargate: SG-1, gen. Or, you know, OT4 music porn. Whatever. So. We had one band AU, and we're probably all still humming "Frigging in the Rigging" from that. (And, seriously, anyone who isn't - why the fuck not? Everyone in fandom needs to know that song by heart. All the versions of it. I'm really not kidding here.) And now I must link you to another band AU, because - because this one also works, in much the same gorgeous, insane way that makes you (or, OK, I'll be honest: it makes me) whine, "How come he, she, or it can get away with that? It's not faaaiiiiiiiir!" Which it isn't. But at least I get to read the results of it, so the universe is somewhat forgiven. This isn't precisely crack-ridden, mind you. Not exactly. It's just exactly what SG-1 would be if they were a band instead of, you know, a band of intrepid heroes and explorers. And you may be wondering how that concept could ever be other than completely crack-ridden, and you would be right to wonder, but I can only point you to the story and wave my hands around helplessly, because - look, just read it. The plot here is pretty much "There's these people that have this band, and they are so totally - like, dude," but, again, that doesn't capture it at all. Also? Bonus: Jack O'Neill with piercings. And I would so mention the mullet right here, except we're not allowed to talk about it, and who am I to taunt others for their unfortunate hair-related choices in the dim and distant past? (Jack and mullet, sitting in a tree, k-i...)

Best FF That Highlights the Importance of Illegal Drugs to Proper Socialization. Um. That Didn't Come out Right. Tell You What, How About I Get Back to You on This? Next Friend, by Sarah T., aka harriet_spy. D.C. Universe, Catspaw/Speedy. So. You're all reading cereta's Hanging Work series, yes? If not, start with Hanging Work, which is the foundation story, and also, I don't love you anymore. No, don't even try with the excuses. Won't work. Well, OK, except for you, and you, and also you - you three are excused. And anyone who just does not grok the DCU at all is likewise excused, although, seriously - you're missing out on the Big Buckets o' Gay in Tights, people, so please reconsider. But the rest of you, if you aren't reading this, well, you've lost all semblance of sanity. And I've lost that loving feeling. So, anyway, I spent some time trying to figure out which danged HW story to recommend; there's a bajillion, with more coming out from minute to minute, and they're all brilliant. That cereta, she has found her groove. Or got it. Or whatever it is one does to a groove these days; I can never keep up. Then I realized that there was another aspect of this AU that I wanted to highlight: it's open. People are apparently allowed to play in this sandbox, because Lucy is generous that way. So I decided I'd recommend Sarah's first (as far as I know) entry in this universe, because I have unhealthy amounts of love for it, and I want more people to take note of this lovely AU. And there's, like, drugs and stuff, and important life lessons are learned. And also, there's a fantastic Roy Harper, not that that should surprise anyone. And Catwoman. Have I mentioned how much I am in love with the Catwoman of this AU? Because I am, because she is just - you know what, go have a look-see for yourself, because I can't come close to summing up her wonderfulness.
Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: glittery dougdramaturgca on August 10th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
You're back!
Boy, have I missed you...
tried to eat the safe banana: OMG Weeee!thefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)

I was missed!

*is profoundly touched and flattered*

(no subject) - dramaturgca on August 10th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fanofall on August 10th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aliquid stat pro aliquomaygra on August 10th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)

I have missed you. I *have* despite me not bugging you with "are you dead?" emails, because in general, when I send you "are you dead?" emails, you inevitably aren't and so I was guessing my luck would hold.

but, yay! You are back! And YAY Too! You backhanded recced the good crack that cereta is dealing and that harriet_spy went and got addicted to.

Welcome back.
tried to eat the safe banana: Pimp?thefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
*pounces right back*

So, if you email me I'll try to avoid talking about the felon Nazis (although, seriously - even death is too good for them) and whining about life in general. Or, hey! I could email you!

*is awed by the stunning novelty of that thought*

And email you I will. A-yup.

And I have been a blatent consumer of NASCAR-related media in the past weeks, which will someday be known as the Dark Days of TFV's NASCAR Summer, when I am, you know, famous and all. I even have a NASCAR gift bag purchased for me by Best Beloved, who seems to be more amused by this whole racing phase than anything ever in living memory. (*I* have a NASCAR gift bag. I...seriously, I know I should be ashamed. Where has the shame gone?)
(no subject) - maygra on August 10th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
josephides: Batman Begins - Brucejosephides on August 10th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
But I'm so *enjoying* the Third Wank War... *clings to fandom*
tried to eat the safe banana: Patriotthefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
You mean there was a war? And I missed it? Damn.

And, huh. Turns out I totally miscounted. It's actually the 11,990th Wank War. And that's just since we reset the counter.

*clings to fandom also*

Oh, fandom, how I love thee, wankery and all.
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tried to eat the safe banana: SGA infinitythefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
My big fear, of course, is that I'll manage to break SGA before dS comes back. I mean, I've only ever broken one other fandom, so it isn't too likely, but...no. It's unthinkable. Just not happening. *clings tightly to the Atlantis fruit, nut, and caramel geek assortment*
(no subject) - elishavah on August 10th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - elishavah on August 10th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
HJ: mischief and mayhem - by killprettyxhjcallipygian on August 10th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're back. Glad to have you here. I am so flattered to be recc'ed I have not the words.
tried to eat the safe banana: Ivythefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm back. And you are insane, albeit wonderfully so.

But, you know, there was a point, early in that story, when I thought you were heading for HP x Peter Pan territory, with Wormtail playing Captain Hook, the Marauders playing the Lost Boys, and Harry Potter as the ticking crocodile.

...Ooo. Ouch. Bad bunny.

Possibly I should not be pointing fingers on the whole insane thing.
(no subject) - hjcallipygian on August 10th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Friendthefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Thank you for commenting.

I always like to hear when and why people friend me; I don't know a lot of the people on my flist, and while I totally welcome lurkers (this is a safe lurking zone!), I always wish I knew at least one thing about people. Just, you know, something to attach to the names.

So - hi! Thanks for friending me (my updates are so irregular that manually checking this space must be insanely annoying), and I'm glad you like the recs.
Logandilogandi on August 10th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recs -- all of them. I'm glad you're back.

tried to eat the safe banana: Namastethefourthvine on August 10th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
And thank you. Very glad to be back. I'd forgotten how nice this is - I read lovely stories, burble extensively about them (true fact: I often get to the middle of a story summary and have to read back to figure out how I got to that, given that my starting point was, you know, a story), and then get comments from people. It's the perfect form of interaction! (Well, you know. For me.)
I made this beat with my panflute and my keyboard: West Wingjanet_carter on August 10th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
You're back! Yay! I will treat this recs set as a personal birthday present, me being the center of the universe and all. Happy birthday to me!

Isn't Hindsight so so wonderful? I might have to go reread it as another birthday present to myself.

And, ooh, band AUs! *bounces with anticipation* Thank you!
tried to eat the safe banana: Balancethefourthvine on August 12th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday to you! And, yes, Hindsight is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Band AUs. You know, I never thought I'd like them. But. Well. It isn't *my* fault if people write good ones. I have *no choice* but to read them. I'm an innocent victim of other people's white-hot writing talent!


And I know this isn't as bad as it's going to get. Because probably even as I type this someone's out there writing a Sports Night Boy Band AU in which Dan and Casey are teen idols and Dana is their stressed-out manager and Natalie is their perky personal assistant and Jeremy is the head roadie and Isaac is the A&R guy. And it will probably be a good story, dammit. And I will rec it. And then I will weep for, you know, my lost dignity and stuff.

*wanders over to the SN archive*

*hits refresh*

*searches for "band AU"*
(no subject) - janet_carter on August 20th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
Raven: DSQUARED adraveninthewind on August 10th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
The only thing that would make me like Hindsight more would be actual injections of sex. But yes, that's a wonderful AU.

Hanging Work has me on tenterhooks for updates. Damn addictive WIPs to hell.
Lucy: wee!dickcereta on August 10th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Dude, we're up to daily here ;).
(no subject) - raveninthewind on August 10th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Iphiginia Saberhagen: Wombats Rule swiped from MMWDfanofall on August 10th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
I was LITERALLY just finishing up a reply to MMWD when I thought, "You know, I should ask her if she's talked to TFV in, you know, EVER, because that girl is beginning to worry me." AND HERE YOU ARE. It's like, FATE or something!

Erm. Yes. Now I will go actually READ your post. Hee.
tried to eat the safe banana: Wombatsthefourthvine on August 12th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)

Yay! You are here! You survived the various Dread Visitations! (Like the ghosts of Christmas, except scarier. And in the summer.) And you totally owe me email, which is not something I often get to say.

*embraces again*
(no subject) - fanofall on August 12th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sanjsanj on August 10th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
*welcome-back hug*
tried to eat the safe banana: Balancethefourthvine on August 12th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs back*
zvi LikesTV: Thoughtfulzvi_likes_tv on August 10th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hindsight is the best thing evah! But, also...
I do not know if you will want to know this, but tags with spaces in them do not work. However! Tags with periods in them where the spaces might go do work, and you can change tag names at http://www.livejournal.com/manage/tags.bml

Or, if you don't want to change the tag names, just change links you have made to tag info, you should replace the + in the URL with %20.

Or, you know, you can just ignore the broken tag functionality and wait for LJ to fix all.
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on August 11th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Re: Hindsight is the best thing evah! But, also...
In my browser, I can just put the spaces in manually and the hit enter, and it loads. Slightly irritating, since there's one more step involved, but not too bad.
Re: Hindsight is the best thing evah! But, also... - fanofall on August 12th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
grime and livestockcofax7 on August 10th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy to see other people reading, and reccing, Naqqadah. Because it's totally crack-brained and yet fantastic at the same time. I ::heart:: radiotelescope's brain. Also his music collection.
tried to eat the safe banana: Black gatethefourthvine on August 12th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't even heard radiotelescope's music collection, and I'm already filled with love and envy for it. I certainly love and envy his band AU. (And, thanks. Odds are good I got that rec from you.)
Lucy: batandwingcereta on August 10th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! And thank you thank you ;). I love harriet_spy's stories!
tried to eat the safe banana: DCU ducksthefourthvine on August 12th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
And thank *you* for, like, one of the most gripping AUs ever. I remember whining - publicly, in fact, probably when I rec'd the founding story - that each one of the Five Things should be a whole ongoing series. And now one of them is. I am deeply happy.

So. *hopeful look, blinky eyes, can-you-kick-this-puppy expression* Are you going to do an extended series of all of them now?
(no subject) - cereta on August 12th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
out_there on August 10th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Has all of fandom been destroyed by the Third Wank War, complete with nuclear flames and epic kerfluffles and weapons of mass defriending, so that all that's left is post-apocalyptic fandom, with a few tragic, scarred survivors cowering in their bunkers, posting about the irritations of radiation zombie attacks and the way you kind of get to like spam after the first eight months?

*tries not to giggles too loud*
tried to eat the safe banana: Created chaos?thefourthvine on August 12th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
Extracts from the Post-Apocalypse LJ, part I:

Hey, all. Just got back from a quick look-see upstairs - don't worry, I totally have this HAWTT new e-suit. Anyway. Bad news: world still seared and smoking, zombie packs still roaming, blah blah blah end of the world OMG! Good news: I found more spam! YAY SPAM! Also, some of the zombies are surprisingly talented.

Mood: perky
Music: "Nummy Nummy Fangirl" - The Radiation Zombies
(no subject) - out_there on August 14th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)