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22 December 2005 @ 01:42 pm
Slashy Nominations 135: I Like My Body When It Is With Your Body  
So. We've all finished our Yuletide stories. The archive isn't open yet. Most of us have had way too much candy. (Especially me. My Yuletide writing experience was almost entirely catered by maygra, who apparently just knew I would need pecans and sugar in mass quantities this year.) It's obviously time for a recs set. And I have chosen...


You know, there was a time when I did not understand the allure of bodyswaps, but that was before an email from janne_d Opened My Eyes. And, see, I have a specific way of coming by my themed categories (and, yes, there are still occasional new ones added, and you guys still haven't seen all the ones I started with, which is just - really disturbing, so let's not think about it, okay?), but that email led to an exception: I made a new category at someone else's suggestion. That hardly ever happens, and not because I'm ornery (...not just because I'm ornery); it's because usually suggested categories in some way overlap one that already exists. (Not that that should ever stop anyone from making a suggestion, because I love them.) Bodyswaps kind of overlapped (how I love the crack and cliche category; anything goes in there), but I started thinking about it, and I realized bodyswaps are special. And interesting. I began, in short, to ponder. And once I start pondering, a recommendations post is almost inevitable. (Best not to get me started, really; there we go, that's today's valuable take-home lesson. You can relax now.)

I will spare you the nine paragraphs of meta that originally occupied this space. (And the 13,000 parentheses that would have died to make those nine paragraphs are very thankful.) I will just say that if I had to do it again, genderswitch and bodyswap would share a category, because they both explore the same space: what is me and what is mine. In other words, if I'm not in the same body, am I still the same person? Which is a (and I hesitate to use this word, because ick, but it is, so I have no choice) profound question, and one that I am in no way equipped to explore, hence the much-meta-deletion. Instead, I offer you these stories; their authors did a much better job than I could at the thinkiness. Plus, they included a lot of sex, which meta is generally sadly lacking.

Note, though, that this category is actually bodyswitch. I have, as it turns out, developed a deep love for not-quite-bodyswaps, so what you'll find here is a variety of stories about people wearing things that don't belong to them.

Best FF That Gave Me a Brief Bout of Longing for Sports Night Vampire FF, but Fortunately I Regained My Senses Before I Did Anything Rash. The Cheese Does Not Wear Me, by Annie, aka out_there. Sports Night, Dan Rydell/Casey McCall. In the author's summary, Annie says, "Every fandom needs at least one bodyswapping fic," and frankly that's a statement I think Certain Fandoms could take to heart. I mean, no one can fault the stargate-related fandoms for their dedication to bodyswitching. I'm sure Harry Potter has just thousands, although I actually haven't seen any of them, so if anyone else has, a link would not come amiss. But where is the bodyswap FF for The Sentinel? Come on - tell me you don't want to see how Blair copes with those senses and how Jim copes with that hair. Where is the X-Men bodyswapping, where the team has to get used to their new powers before Magneto realizes he has Xavier's? (I'd whine about Buffy and Angel, too, except that I have read bodyswitch stories in those fandoms. I just can't find them. Apparently, I have completion issues when it comes to recording bodyswap FF in my database.) Did I just miss all these? Because these things should exist, dammit, and no one can tell me otherwise. But, um. I have to say that Sports Night would not have made my list of "fandoms that need a bodyswap story." Which is why I was stunned and delighted by this piece, in which Dan and Casey cope with bodyswapping with amazing aplomb and not much more than a thirty-second speech at rundown. Because, when you think about it? The people who work with Dan and Casey generally don't understand them. It's expected. And there's always work to be done despite the Danny and Casey weirdness, so they all just deal with the weirdness. And that, in a nutshell, is why I love this story. And this fandom, come to think of it.

Best FF That Gives the Best Explanation for the Existence of Fanny Packs That I've Ever Heard. Although, Believe Me, There Are Still a Number of Unanswered Questions on That Score. First Impressions, by kormantic. Stargate: SG1, Jack O'Neill/Daniel Jackson. Okay. So I was very good and started this set with a traditional bodyswap. But now it is time for a bodyswitch. In this story, an encounter with aliens (god how I love the aliens of the SG universe: ready, willing, and able, the lot of them) leaves Daniel in a bar of soap. And Jack in Daniel's body. And his own. Frankly, Jack O'Neill probably should not be the first person on your list of potential temporary custodians of your body, given that in this one he uses Daniel's to eat revolting foodstuffs and watch Weekend at Bernie's II, which is probably against the law on more civilized planets. But that's why I love the concept of Jack in Daniel's body. I mean, you know, his personality in Daniel's - you know what, let's just move on and forget I ever started that sentence. This story contains a line that should be the basis of a whole challenge: "Are you saying I gave him my cooties?" Because, seriously. Tell me a fandom that sentence doesn't belong in, and I will tell you about a sad, sad fandom. But what I love most about this is how everyone reacts to Jack-as-Daniel; the scene in which Sam asks that Jack a version she wouldn't ask the real Jack just says volumes about that philosophical conundrum (look at all the big words I know!) I mentioned in the intro. So there's thinkiness in here, and gambling, and sex, and I just don't see how it could get any better than that.

Best FF That Proves That the Scariest Sex Toy Is One Mass-Produced by a Military Society Heavily Invested in Leather. Or, Wait. Is Scary the Word I'm Looking for There? Scientist, Astronaut, and Nymphomaniac: The Nine Lives of John Crichton, by Feldman, aka rubberneck. Farscape, John Crichton/Aeryn Sun. This story really makes it clear (to me) why I like John Crichton and Aeryn Sun so much that I'm actually afraid to watch Farscape. I love John's attitude toward being in Aeryn's body: a blend of "Toys! For me!" with "I am so going to pay for this later, so I'd better really enjoy it now" with "If a body's worth doing, it's worth doing well." And I love Aeryn's attitude toward John in her body. Ninety percent of female characters would have a fit in this scenario: "Don't you be touching that, you pervy thing!" Not Aeryn. No. She's amused, and she's more than willing to provide expert consultation (plus the aforementioned scary sex toy). And she has fun with the whole situation - as much as Crichton, and probably more, because she's not encumbered by, you know, ethical dilemmas and so on. Plus, she takes it about eight levels higher than John even imagined, leading to what must have been the most difficult sex scene ever to write, at least when it comes to pronouns. And, see, that's just - that's good, people. This is the approach I like to see from my bodyswapped characters: thoughtful experimentation and careful note-taking, followed by totally throwing caution to the winds. I mean, hey. What are the chances you'll ever be in this body again? (Stargate fandoms only: 40%.)

Best FF That Clearly Demonstrates the Undisputable Connection Between Cookies and True Love. Switch: A Comedy of Terrors, by rivkat. Smallville, Lex Luthor/Clark Kent. I adore this story because it makes me roll my eyes and say, "Oh, Clark," in the tone of voice I normally use only on people I really love when they're being really stupid, albeit maybe in a kind of adorable way. Because only Clark Kent (Smallville edition) could possibly hope to keep secrets about his body from someone who is currently occupying it. And that goes double - no, to the power of ten - if the person in it is Lex. Anyone else would throw in the towel. Clark just stutters his way through the lamest excuses ever uttered on the planet earth. It is just - so very like him, and so very adorable, and it leaves me loving him even though I want to smack some sense into his great big stupid head. But I have to be grateful for his bone-headedness; without it, we could never have stories like this one, in which Lex test-drives Clark Kent and Clark gets more than a taste of Lex. (And, no, really. It's not possible to talk about those two without using trashy double entendres; I have tried. Some things are just beyond the scope of human endeavor.) The best part of this story, though, is the way it makes it so very obvious that Clark and Lex belong together. And, yes, okay, like 80% of SV FF does that, but this is special; how often do people make such a great team that they actually do better in each other's bodies than in their own?

Best FF That Leaves Me Wondering About the AU in Which They Didn't Separate, and the Entire Pegasus Galaxy Was Terrorized by the Real McShep: Two Guys, One Body, Thirty Thousand Times the Trouble. Double Occupancy, by isiscolo. Stargate: Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. This is yet another SGA story in the everyone's-read-them category, but I had to rec it. Because, okay, first, I have a sick affection for the trapped-together stories (you know: they can't let each other out of sight, or if they get more than three feet from each other they fall to the ground in fits, stuff like that) - sick because that is pretty much my idea of hell. I mean, I'm happily married, and have been so for a really long time, and we spend loads of time together. But if we couldn't get away from each other, not ever, not at all? I would be insane and frothing within an hour. Seriously. Best Beloved will totally back me up on this, probably with a lot of emphatic wincing and nodding. So, you know, this story hits that kink of mine, plus the bodyswapping kink, and obviously I'm going to love it. But I wanted to be sure I recommended this now because - people who were interested in the Style Post That Will Never Be? Read this story closely. You will totally see what I mean about prior fandoms affecting the way people write SGA; this is one of my top twenty examples of that. It doesn't make the story better or worse (which, I mean, the story is good enough on its own, for sure), just noticeably, fascinatingly different. And so there's a weird meta element to this for me; it's a story about experiencing life through a different lens, and it's written through a different lens, and I just...I love that. This story is a total writing kinkfest, TFV style. (Thank god it's not also a sexual kinkfest, TFV style; I mean, if I had a sex-in-front-of-a-mirror kink, I would probably die from reading this. Consider that your warning label, mirrorsex people.)
Katie M.katie_m on December 22nd, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
(I'd whine about Buffy and Angel, too, except that I have read bodyswitch stories in those fandoms. I just can't find them. Apparently, I have completion issues when it comes to recording bodyswap FF in my database.)

I know rheanna27 has one--Cordelia and Angel, I think? So not so much slash, I suppose.
tried to eat the safe banana: The world is my fandomthefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Slash is in no way required! Het is perfectly fine, particularly if it involves Cordelia in Angel's body, which is an insanely terrifying concept. I would also, weird and unfannish as this sounds, very much welcome gen bodyswap; I don't think I've ever read any, and surely there's a wealth of possibility there.
(no subject) - katie_m on December 22nd, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
kbkkbk on December 22nd, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thaaaaaaaaaaank you. I realise it was totally coincidental but I needed this right now. And bodyswap is like yay.

And it is actually canon in Farscape. Which is somewhat brain-breaking.
tried to eat the safe banana: Fan servicethefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome. I felt a strong need to write a recs set today (or, okay, finish one), so apparently we're in very similar places right now. It's the pre-Yuletide lull!

And it is actually canon in Farscape. Which is somewhat brain-breaking.

Red Dwarf, too. And Smallville has a bodyswap episode as well, doesn't it? You know, I kind of love it when the creators write the crack for us.
(no subject) - cofax7 on December 22nd, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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nestra on December 22nd, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
This story really makes it clear (to me) why I like John Crichton and Aeryn Sun so much that I'm actually afraid to watch Farscape.

The thing is? They really are pretty much like that on the actual show.
tried to eat the safe banana: Compassthefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
But that's the whole problem, because - I've seen the pilot. I liked John. I liked Aeryn. I liked D'Argo. And I'm afraid that things can't, or at any rate won't, turn out well for them; they can't all get what they want. When I'm very fond of characters, I have a strong need for a happy ending for them. Or at least the possibility of a happy ending. Or, hey, no ending at all. (This is one of the many millions of reasons I like FF so much; no narrative is authoritative - it's all exploration and extrapolation - which helps me accept the unhappy endings. And in any case, when the characters are living through bunches of new adventures every day, well, it doesn't feel much like there's been an ending.)

*wibbles incoherently with worry about the Farscape crew*
(no subject) - nestra on December 22nd, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - out_there on December 22nd, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Cristin Anneladysorka on December 22nd, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Farscape actually has a canonical bodyswap episode. In which we see JohnAsAeryn opening Aeryn's shirt, looking down, and jiggling. A lot.
tried to eat the safe banana: Tree housethefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, first, your icon gave me a fit of the giggles. I'm not even sure why. It's just something about the Santa hat in that context.

In which we see JohnAsAeryn opening Aeryn's shirt, looking down, and jiggling. A lot.

True fact: Best Beloved and I watched FS vids long before we'd seen any of the canon or knew anything about it. And that shot appears in, well, a lot of them. And it was totally mysterious. We didn't know the context, and without the context? It's, um. Weird. Because, you know, you see the Famous Aeryn Intro (in which she beats the shit out of John, thus establishing a relationship pattern that I am frankly far too comfortable with), and then in the next shot she's clearly saying, "Boobies! Look, I have boobies!" It does not compute.

Of course, once we learned that it was John doing that, it suddenly made an incredible amount of sense.
kassrachel on December 22nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
OK, first of all, your ee cummings subject header cracks me up.

Secondly, have you read the Fire and the Rose? It's Snape/Hermione bodyswap, and I adore it. It's in 40 chapters, so definitely not brief -- but it's one of my absolute favorites of the genre. :-)
tried to eat the safe banana: Come to earth for evil?thefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
OK, first of all, your ee cummings subject header cracks me up.

Sometimes I have to ponder what subject header I'll use. Sometimes I even have to resort to secondary sources. (Like with threesomes. I used up every quote I could think of for that theme long ago, and I'm now reduced to trolling Bartlett's for anything involving threes.) But not with bodyswap; I knew the instant I started this post exactly what it would be called.

So thank you for being amused by it. I certainly was.

Secondly, have you read the Fire and the Rose?

Oh my god. A forty chapter bodyswap story? Involving Snape and Hermione? Eeeee!

*incoherent squeaking, following by the distinctive sound of a mouse pointing and clicking*

You know, it's a good thing it's the pre-Yuletide lull. And that I didn't post this set (and thus get this rec) two days ago, because if I had, my story would probably not be finished.

In short: Yay! Bodyswap! (To paraphrase an earlier commenter.)
Wyoming Knott: sgawyomingnot on December 22nd, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
I saw that you had posted a rec list and was all "yay!". And bodyswapping? Double Yay.

I've been reading sga for two (three?) weeks now. Already read Double Occupancy. Knew it'd be on this list. Somehow. Though I did vaguely hope that it wouldn't be, so that I'd have another outstanding bodyswap sga story to read. Alas.

(Okay, though now I'm wondering how I came upon that story. I thought the only rec pages I was combing through were your sga memories and luthien's page. Hm.)(And yes, it's your sga recs I started with.)(Thank you)
tried to eat the safe banana: SGA infinitythefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I am sick with envy. If you've only been reading SGA for two or three weeks, you have loads of fabulous stories ahead of you. I feel a sudden urge to cut-and-paste my entire set of SGA stories with pointers and the occasional incoherent remark. ("Read OMG read now! And also, SPAM!" Like that, only probably with italics and parentheses.)

Already read Double Occupancy. Knew it'd be on this list.

Yeah, it pretty much had to be. And the thing is, I can't call to mind another SGA bodyswapping fic. Which is a total tragedy, because oh how I would love to see a team bodyswap: mixing up John, Rodney, Ronon, and Teyla is comedy gold, in my opinion.

Ronon-in-Rodney: Well, at least I can still eat the same amounts. So it's not all bad.

Rodney-in-John: Oh, don't even. It's a fantastic body! You have an epi-pen on you at all times, right? And I warned you about citrus? Because I'm very attached to that body. And I think this one is draining my intelligence.

John-in-Teyla: I don't want to hear any complaints from anyone who isn't stuck wearing a really embarrassing shirt. And I'm not even going to talk about all the extra maintenance this thing needs - the leg shaving, the hair, the -

Teyla-in-Ronon: Thank you, that will be quite enough of that. And please do not think you have challenging hair. I have spent eleven hours in the shower so far, and I still do not feel I have managed to wash all of this.

Rodney-in-John, resentfully: Don't talk to me about hair.

Ronon-in-Rodney: No one will. You don't have any. [gestures bitterly at own head] I feel naked.

John-in-Teyla: You feel naked?

Etc. (Only, you know, written by someone else. And ideally with less discussion of hair.)
(no subject) - wyomingnot on December 22nd, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - diluvian on December 23rd, 2005 08:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
janne_djanne_d on December 22nd, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! *runs off to read*

I know I've seen Buffy/Angel bodyswaps too, and I can't find them either. Hmmph. There are definitely some Buffy/Faith ones. Obviously, since it is canonical.
tried to eat the safe banana: The world is my fandomthefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Good lord. I'd completely forgotten about the canonical Buffy-Faith swap.

And I know I've read a Spike-Xander swap somewhere. More than one, I think.

*prods recs database sadly*
(no subject) - janne_d on December 31st, 2005 07:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
for you I'd bleed myself dryboniblithe on December 22nd, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
OMG my favorite subject! And the Clex bodyswap, one of my favorite fics :) YAY!
tried to eat the safe banana: Tree housethefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oooo. Do you have any recs? I've got a few more on my list - plus the placeholders for the MIA BtVS and AtS stories - but a fellow bodyswap aficionado probably has many links to ones I haven't discovered. And recs will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes for this theme to come up again, so everybody wins!

*hopeful eyes*
Divya: ds-Odds by rullaroo_divya_ on December 22nd, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you put Double Occupancy on the list, since I only lurk around the edges of SGA, so I hadn't seen it. ::bookmarks for later::

Okay, also? Have you not seen china_shop's The Sweet Hereafter? It's due South, F/K, 269K, and it's got story notes and deleted scenes. The swap is between Fraser and his dad, whee! Summary: Aside from the lack of communication, now that I’ve had a chance to experience death I find it not so very different from living in Canada.

I see that you've never recced china_shop before, so if you're new to her and want to read more (because she's really a great writer), do heed her story warnings. Not always happy. She loves the angst, but the bodyswap... you'll be fine. Eventually.
tried to eat the safe banana: Compassthefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD I forgot The Sweet Hereafter! How did that not get categorized under bodyswap?

You know, this set has really revealed to me the weaknesses in my db.

*pokes db with a fork*

*tries to figure out why db dislikes bodyswap so much*

*send db to therapy for to work out deep-seated bodyswap issues*

(And, huh. I thought I had rec'd china_shop before, but if I haven't, I most certainly will. And you are so fucking right about heeding the warnings; she's one of the handful of dS writers who knows how to rip my heart right out. Not that she's not worth it, and not that she always does it, but yikes. When she's sad, she is really really sad.)
(no subject) - _divya_ on December 22nd, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aliquid stat pro aliquomaygra on December 22nd, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
You can never have too much sugar or too many pecans at this time of year.

I'd have sent you ambrosia but it's best homemade -- the jar kind kind of sucks.

:::hunts for ingredients and recipe to mail:::
tried to eat the safe banana: Flowerthefourthvine on December 22nd, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
You can never have too much sugar or too many pecans at this time of year.

You are absolutely right. But this is not a thing I knew prior to getting your care package, so it was news to me. This could be why there's a history of holiday-related insanity in my family, now I think about it.

I'd have sent you ambrosia but it's best homemade -- the jar kind kind of sucks.

Ambrosia. Isn't that a kind of fudge? How do you put fudge in a jar?

Okay, no. I see quite clearly how you'd get fudge into a jar; how do you get it out again?

(And you got my letter of incoherent thanks, right? I was sort of deep in Yuletide Angst at that point, so I have no idea what I said, but I'm pretty sure I remembered to click send.)
(no subject) - maygra on December 22nd, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
cathexyscathexys on December 22nd, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
i have a deep love for bodyswaps (together with a host of other plot kinks that as far as I'm concerned hit similar issues of identity for me like time travel and AR visits and swaps and...), so I'm very much looking fwd to the ones in fandoms I haven't read.

One question about Isis's though: would you mind expanding a bit on your previous fandom refernce? i'm facinated by how fandoms shape writers, how writers change their writing in new fandoms and affect and are affected by it stylistically (i have this entire theory on the debt all of fandom has to popslash, for example :-). So, I guess I'm asking for a taste of the Stylepost that will never be :-)
Isis: gildyisiscolo on December 22nd, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Needless to say, I would love to see this as well. Because I'm agog with curiosity, particularly in as how this apparently applies to my writing. And if there's one thing I love talking about, it's me. Um.

Thanks heaps for the rec!
(no subject) - cathexys on December 22nd, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Isis: wingsisiscolo on December 22nd, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm also a big fan of bodyswap and bodyswitch stories. (I've written one in HP as well). There are a few other Sheppard/McKay takes on Duet out there, but the only other SGA bodyswitch story that interests me is kylielee1000's Beckett/McKay WIP Taking One for the Team.

I should point out that I haven't actually read this story, because I don't read WsIP until they're finished, because I have the memory of a gnat and will have to re-read the whole damn thing from the beginning every time a new chapter comes out. But the premise is an intriguing AU: what if McKay was trapped in Cadman's body, rather than the other way around? And Kylie Lee's a good writer, so I have high hopes for this one.
harrimadmadmadharri on December 22nd, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
omg, eeee! how can you be posting recs when i'm supposed to be wrapping and putting on ribbons? i love you anyway.

*flees ribbons to read*
out_there on December 22nd, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
The Cheese Does Not Wear Me, by Annie S.

*beams* But, um, dude? Where the heck did the "S." come from? *blinks*

Also, I love that both SGA and Farscape *did* the bodyswitch thing in canon. (I have no idea if SG1 has done it or not, but I wouldn't be surprised.) It also makes me vaguely wonder if the Farscape fic was written before or after the author saw that ep, because, honestly? John-in-Aeryn's-body jumping up and down and looking down hir top to watch the boobs move? Is one of the funniest Farscape moments ever. (Especially when Aeryn interupts him, and is all, "If you're quite finished...?" and he's all "I can't help it. I'm a guy.")

*dashes off to read the story*
Mari: mad scientistmarici on December 23rd, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
I thought it might be a portmanteau with Anna S., you know, eliade. *deletes obvious 'shipping joke*
Portdesertport on December 22nd, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hiya! I've always kind of wanted to tell you how much fun your posts are, and now I have my chance to do so and actually rec something back atcha. So,

1) Your recs are fun! Thanks for hours of good reading.

and 2) Do you read/watch Without a Trace? Even if you don't, this is essential (just in case: premise of the show is FBI agents search for missing people, with lots of Danny/Martin subtext): It's Alive by aesc

Funny you mentioned the essentialness of bodyswapping, too. It made me remember maybe six years ago when I started a Transformers Beast Wars bodyswap fic. It's the one I always wish I had finished....