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06 April 2004 @ 07:39 pm
Slashy Nominations 18: There's Got to Be a Morning After (When You'll Probably Wish You Were Dead)  
Ah, the drunkfic - usually short on plot, often long on humor, nearly always featuring the classic drunken confession or drunken flirtation or drunken tryst. Why, reading a drunkfic is almost like being in high school again, only without the algebra, the awful lunches, or the irritating classmates, teachers, and other quasi-humans. So, not really very much like high school. And, fortunately, way more fun.

Best FF Featuring the Coolest Drinking Game Ever: The Literal Game, by Sam Vimes, also known as copperbadge. Harry Potter, Remus Lupin/James Potter. The first time I read this, I was so distracted by the game (for it is all manner of nifty, and I long to play it, though probably not with the results Remus got) that I totally missed the spot-on characterization (lots of people seem to miss the mark when writing teen-aged MWPP) and excellent dialog. Noticed the second time through, though, along with the best use of a quote from Kipling I've seen in FF to date.

FF Featuring the Best Four-Word Summary of the Bad Kind of Morning After: In Vodka Veritas, by Gloria Lancaster (don't have a link for her, sorry). The Sentinel, Jim/Blair. This is schmoopy, non-explicit drunkfic with some problems a good beta could've cleared up. But I still enjoy it; for some reason, it makes me laugh, perhaps because it brings back unfortunate college memories. And I love the four-word summary, which comes to us courtesy of Blair Sandburg: "I envy the dead." Also, this story, unlike many drunkfics, features realistic side effects and sequelae to excessive alcohol consumption.

Best FF Featuring Shakespeare Quoted for Lascivious Purposes: Hurricane Jack, by shrift. Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack/Will. Fine. OK? Fine. People out there just seem determined to write funny, good stories with this pairing, and how can I help reading those? And I have to admit this pairing was pretty much made for drunken sex. I mean, if there was ever a character crying out for some nice relaxing intoxication, Will is definitely one such. And Jack, of course, is sort of like a walking drunkfic, and in fact he probably comes with his own built-in wet bar*.

Best FF Featuring a Number of Novel Seduction Techniques, Including with Pie, with Pie and Ice Cream, with Accents, and with Weathergirl: Some Strange Prophecy, by Speranza. Due South, Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski. Well, it had to happen - this is a drunkfic with an actual plot; in fact, there may be too much other stuff in here for this to count as a true drunkfic, but hey, there's definitely drinking. I'm counting it. I don't know how people who loved the television show will take this - it's possible the Fraser here is out of character. He's certainly not being very, um, Canadian, though he's got an excellent excuse. But for those who have longed to read about drunken Mounties in rented Oldsmobiles touring the Southern U.S., this story will meet a number of needs. It should also make happy those who yearn for laidback Chicago cops acting lovestruck, worried, and jealous. The rest of you should give it a try, too.

* You have a dirty, dirty mind. Of course I didn't mean it like that.
Auburnauburnnothenna on April 7th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC)
Man, oh, man, I think I spend too much time reading fan fic, because two out of four recs I've already read. Happen to adore both of them. Really, you can almost get drunk just reading shrift's Jack.

So what am I going to do? I'm going to read the other two, of course.

I feel sure now that you are French, because you are only encouraging my depraved reading habits. Though I will forgive you because you do appreciate the inherent slashiness of all that is Sean Bean.
mspeel on April 7th, 2004 09:05 am (UTC)
Jack/Will fic! Suddenly, I have been bitten by the Orlando Bloom fangurl love so I have been hunting for any and all Jack/Will slash. Got any more recs?
gigs384 on April 7th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
Really enjoying all the recs, especially the latest HP and PotC ones. I get tired of wading through all the dreck in those fandoms, and greatly appreciate being able to go straight to the good stuff. I fear being pulled into The Sentinel, though. Can't handle many more addictions. :)

*friends you*

PS--Got here through Fametracker (where I'm e.clare). The fanfic manifestos that spawned this? Grade-A snark. Keep it up!