alixtii: Mary Magdalene washing the face of Jesus of Nazareth, from the film production of Jesus Christ Superstar. (religion)

There's six pairings that Ari wasn't able to (or at least hasn't yet) guess in last week's meme. They're from two book fandoms, a comics fandom, a TV fandom, a theatre fandom, and a movie fandom, although I can think of at least one pairing which arguably fits into more than one of those categories. New parts of clues are underlined; the parts of the old clues I took out to still make 15 words are in strikethrough. Two are 0T3's/rival OTP's (e.g., Wesley/Fred/Lilah).

3. Sentences flow together and genome shared, as do selves in bodies stripped bare to red-headed clones travel  through infinite times, possibilities. Hook shop? Got myth?> [Robert A. Heinlein's World-as-Myth -- Lapus Lazuli Long/Lorelai Lee Long -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

5. Complements, conqueror and nurturer Talk about smart kids: all the world, save one brother, falls at their feet, via computer. [Ender's Game -- Peter/Valentine -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] seriousfic]

10. A madwoman, irresistible; and her caretaker, now awake: the future which manipulates them underestimates their love. [The 4400 -- Tess/Kevin -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

12. New canon (boo! invented in his mind) wrecks old OTP, gives new one. No need for Ursine ingestion? No thanks, though. [X-Men Movieverse -- Bobby/Rogue/Kitty -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

13. Cooler than Tryst with cat no rival for red-haired true love beauty--'til David's star arrives in school Queens? [Ultimate Marvel -- Peter/MJ/Kitty -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

14. Age Epoch too young for chaos theory, girl pupil too young to dance waltz; her absence breeds madness.

[Arcadia -- Thomasina/Septimus -- guessed (with major clue-giving from me) by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

Meme x 15

Jan. 25th, 2009 08:40 pm
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (Narnia)
Pick up to 15 OTPs.
Describe them in 15 words or less.
Have your flist guess the OTP.


1. Pedal photography with an exhibition at the Tate; better bring a book. [RPF -- Joss/Summer -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
2. Nativity's transposition, two forked roads, meets again with money and mathematics. Jealousy ebbs, equilibrium restored. [Veronica Mars -- Mac/Madison -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
3. Sentences flow together, as do selves in bodies stripped bare to times, possibilities. Hook shop?
4. With harboring metal, OT3. Innocence heals old wounds, restores faith, likes to frak. [Firefly -- Mal/Kaylee(/Serenity) -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
5. Complements, conqueror and nurturer: all the world, save one brother, falls at their feet.
6. Omnipotence and omniscience, innocence and experience, cape and chair: both can self-destruct quite well. [DC Comics -- Supergirl/Oracle -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
7. Out of poetry fashioned she him; he remade himself; forever is a long time. [Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- Spike/Drusilla -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
8. Man and metal, not brother or sister, but still 'cesty enough for me. [Sarah Connor Chronicles -- John/Cameron -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
9. She'd do anything for her, but she's not alone. Never partner, just quirky assistant, alas. [Veronica Mars -- Veronica/Mac -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
10. A madwoman, irresistable, and her caretaker. The future underestimates their love.
11. Former hostage, employed: trusted to watch, kill on betrayal (but doesn't, out of spite). [Astonishing X-Men -- Kitty/Emma -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
12. New canon (boo!) wrecks old OTP, gives new one. No need for ursine ingestion, though.
13. Cooler than red-haired true love, but just a fling--'til David's star arrives in school?
14. Age too young for chaos, girl too young to dance; absence breeds madness.
15. School visit leads to playing hooky, and a return to brother's bed, broken. [Firefly -- Simon/River -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
Consider a Box, T, intersecting a Circle, O Heinlein's World-as-Myth multiverse. I don't want to spoil the crossover if you can't figure it out from the title--although I will say I positively squeed when I realized who Lib was talking to--but even before the crossover happens this is a wonderful piece, with a great use of the canonical voices and characters, the fun self-indulgence of Heinlein's later work, biting satire, and delicious meta. It helps that the author grounds it in the Cambridge, Mass. of our world or a close analogue--it's the little details that really make the story.

Cartograpy, A Little Princess. A missing scene from Ram Dass's POV which does many things--fills in backstory, provides insight into the perspective of a minor character (and a character of color) from the story, and evokes a wonderfully appropriate mood--but does everything naturally and organically.

Silver Bells and Cockle Shells, The Secret Garden. Mary/Dickon. Some beautiful imagery: Her Garden. Dickon. They are linked for Mary, just like the secret room and Colin, the nursery and Martha, long strands of pearls and her mother's fading face. Mary is associative by nature; she remembers in pairs, in groups, and Dickon cannot be separated by her dotted landscapes, cannot be removed from crocus bulbs and the smell of freshly turned earth.

If Only for Today, Ultimate Spider-Man. Jessica and Peter spend Christmas together. Remember how I've been wanting a fic like this ever since I read Ultimate Clone Saga? Nice supporting roles from May, MJ, and clone!Gwen too.

I'll take it, it'll do, Arcadia. Preserving the Thomasina/Septimus OTP is really all that's needed for me to fall in love with an Arcadia fic, but this has a premise I haven't seen before which lets the author go to new places with the characters. And now I'm envisioning a Thomasina played by Amanda Seyfried, and there's no bad there.

Warmth out of the Cold, Matilda, Matilda/Miss Honey. Brief but sweet.

just one look and now you'll be seeing double, High School Musical RPF. Zac E./Vanessa H./Ashley T. I've never seen HSM, and I only have the vaguest notion of who these people are (I gave last initials because I'm not positive what their last names are); if you gave a photo of all three of them I think I could tell you which is which, because if I'm not mistaken one is a blonde, one is a brunette, and one is a boy. But young love and a m/f/f threesome is never bad.

Sapphism is Catching, The Importance of Being Earnest. A very brief treat, but the prose is perfect for the fandom.
alixtii: Kara Zor-El stands over a fallen Kara Zor-L. Cropped so that Powergirl's chest and Supergirl's midriff are in frame. (Supergirl)
(N.B.: Portions of this letter have been lifted from last year's letter.)

Thank you for signing up to write a story for me! You're one of 7 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Tom Sawyer, one of 9 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for The Secret Garden musicalverse, one of 9 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Heinlein's multiverse, and/or one of 9 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, and I love you for that alone.

If you check out my userinfo, you'll find a 'thon policy which implores that you be true first and foremost to the prompt and your muse, and to consider whether I'd like a story as, at most, a secondary concern. I stand by that, but I also recognize there is a sense that a [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story is explicitly a gift in a way which most 'thon fics aren't, so feel free to surf through this journal to get a feel for me, and here's a little bit more, if you are interested, to help you understand how I relate to the specific texts and characters in the fandoms I've requested and what I might like.

I'm drawn to what I call will-to-poweriness, the adolescent fantasy, the desire to exceed oneself that also draws me to things like superhero comics (one of my fandoms is, indeed, X-Men) and fantasy shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is my main fandom). My especial kink is children and teenagers who prove themselves to be the equals (or betters) to adults because they are just that awesome. All of this comes through in my requests, I think, although not quite so much as in years past. There is a clear will-to-poweriness in Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, most of all in Carmen herself, of course, beyond good and evil, doing whatever she wants whenever she wants because she can, stealing things for no good reason except as an expression of her superiority, the former ACME agent engaged in a perpetual game of cat and mouse. But also, on one level, in Zach and Ivy, the young (!!) ACME agents who pursue her, and on another level, in Player, just as much a teenager, radically empowered within the world of the game she plays and manipulates, Carmen's eternal antagonist.

Likewise, Laz and Lor always get the better of their elders. Mary Lennox is one of my paradigm cases of a radically autonomous female child. And what is the appeal of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn if not as part of just this type of fantasy?

This, actually, is where my interest in incest comes from: with these radically autonomized figures no real problematization of consent is possible, an argument I make more fully in this post from 2006. But don't feel like you have to write incest if you've matched up with me on Heinlein or Twain; I'd much prefer experiencing the characters as you see them behaving in-character as you see them than twisted out of shape to force them into bed with each other. The most important thing is to preserve the canon dynamics--I have my trusty 'cest goggles for everything else. Although if you throw me a bone in making it subtexty, that's wonderful too.

Although, really, Laz/Lor is pretty much canon, no? But there is a way in (my corners of, I don't know whence you hail) fandom that we use sex as a metaphor for emotional intimacy, so that twincest becomes the deepest, strongest type of interpersonal communion imaginable--and this is the dynamic I'm looking for with Tom/Mary and Laz/Lor and even Mary/Neville, the way their strongest bond is to each other, and if you feel most comfortable providing that bond in a non-sexual way that's still absolutely wonderful.

more on where on earth is carmen sandiego )

more on tom sawyer )

more on secret garden musicalverse )

very little about r.a.h. )

Thank you again for writing a story for me. Be true to your own muse, and I'm sure I'll love the result!

Yours in La Mancha,

Episkopos Reverend Alixtii O'Krul V, TRL
Church of St. Jesu the Heretic, Discordian
alixtii: Mal and Kaylee, from Serenity the Movie. Text: "I Love My Captain." (Mal/Kaylee)
Temptations and Sins, Big Love. Nikki/Sarah. So hot.

The Teenage Queen, the Loaded Gun, Runaways. I was never a huge fan of Chase or Chase/Gert (except insofar as I like Gert and want her to be happy) in canon, but this is just heartbreaking.

Document 32 from the Russel Collection, on loan from the Franklin Institute, Have Spacesuit--Will Travel. An older, professional Peewee writes a letter to Kip. Awesome and sad at the same time, but a great extrapolation from canon.

He did what?, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Some of RAH's attempts at worldbuilding are better than others; Mistress is clearly one of the better ones, and the story builds with that well here, extrapolating and expanding the universe in a fragmented attempt on the part of Mannie and the Loonies to reconstruct Prof's life story.

Some Origins of the Fire, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Wyoh's story--and a perspective on Heinlein's universe RAH would never have been able to provide.

Where the Air is Clear, Mary Poppins. Sweet and sad and with a sense of wonder, drawing on canon but giving it a twist.
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
This year, I got for Christmas Brilliant Beyond Brilliant, the Parent Trap fic I've been talking about wanting for so long. Annie/Hallie, with them going off the college and then getting mad at each other and then--I won't spoil the rest. But it's wonderfully evocative and feels like the writer went to the movie and kidnapped all the characters to put in her fic.

Somebody wrote incest for me! Incest! For me! *uses incest icon* Oh, Hallie and Annie, you two are so sisters in love. Squee.

And then I have A hook shop, over a pool hall, mostly dialogue--which most scenes become in canon when Laz and Lor show up; I don't think we've ever seen anything from their POV, but Laz and Lor talk enough they take over any scene they're in--in which the two women discuss their secret mission (presumably working for the Time Agency) in which they act as heterae,the occupation they always promised (threatened?) Lazarus they would take up one day. Relentlessly cheerful but with their own mischievous streak, as Laz and Lor always are.

So, two of my favorite pairs of twins, all wrapped up in a shiny (virtual) bow for me for Christmas!

Merry Christmas, flist. There really is nothing like waking up to [livejournal.com profile] yuletide to put one in a good mood, is there? Well, enjoy your holiday if you celebrate, and I love you all.

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 
alixtii: Avril Lavigne, wearing glasses, from the liner notes of "Let Go." Text: "Geek." (geek)
The comments to Scalzi's post on OTW actually turned intelligent again (thank the Lord!) after that hetero/sexist detour I posted about previously, and have well and truly broken the 500-comment mark at this point. (I can count on one hand the number of times I've broken the 50-comment mark and have had my threads collapse.) But I've seen, here and there, references to a post about Heinlein where the comments were also nearing the 500-comment mark, and being the huge fan of Heinlein that I am, I went over to read. It's here.

I haven't read the comments yet, but the post itself is fantastic. I don't always agree with it;Scalzi seems (at best) ambivalent as to whether Heinlein was a sexist (and other things), and I can't really accept that, although I'll concede that trying to construct the author-function based solely on the published fiction is a more difficult prospect than it seems, because one quite quickly finds oneself coming up against a wall of unreliability: yes, a lot of his point-of-view characters sound alike (hardly a bad thing, IMHO, since the voice is so engaging) and it's tempting to assume they're all mouthpieces for Heinlein, but the fact of the matter is that Maureen Johnson and Lazarus Long hold differing positions (assuming one can trust them to be espousing the positions they actually believe in, which is always iffy with Lazarus) on any number of issues, and Heinlein undermines his narrators' reliability in other ways as well.

None of this means that Heinlein wasn't a sexist bastard. (I think other accusations, such as heterosexism and racism, are fair but more subtle-- he embraced his sexism wholeheartedly.) Just that texts don't speak with moral voices, as I might have mentioned before in this journal?

(If you have an hour, I'll give you my reading of Atlas Shrugged as advocating Rortian liberalism.)

Anyway, read Scalzi's post. It's intelligent and powerful--just like Heinlein at his best.

ETA: Note also that my favorite Heinlein books are the later ones--Time Enough for Love through To Sail Beyond the Sunset. I asked for Laz/Lor for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. And I like the Starship Troopers film too--but then, you already know I'm not a purist.
alixtii: The groupies from Dr. Horrible. (meta)
Thank you for signing up to write a story for me! You're one of 12 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for The Parent Trap, one of 7 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Heinlein's multiverse, and/or one of 9 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, and I love you for that alone.

If you check out my userinfo, you'll find a 'thon policy which implores that you be true first and foremost to the prompt and your muse, and to consider whether I'd like a story as, at most, a secondary concern. I stand by that, but I also recognize there is a sense that a [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story is explicitly a gift in a way which most 'thon fics aren't, so feel free to surf through this journal to get a feel for me (let me note that  is my incest tag), and here's a little bit more, if you are interested, to help you understand how I relate to the specific texts and characters in the fandoms I've requested and what I might like.

I'm drawn to what I call will-to-poweriness, the adolescent fantasy, the desire to exceed oneself that also draws me to things like superhero comics (one of my fandoms is, indeed, X-Men) and fantasy shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is my main fandom). My especial kink is children and teenagers who prove themselves to be the equals (or betters) to adults because they are just that awesome. All of this comes through in my requests, I think. There is a clear will-to-poweriness in Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, most of all in Carmen herself, of course, beyond good and evil, doing whatever she wants whenever she wants because she can, stealing things for no good reason except as an expression of her superiority, the former ACME agent engaged in a perpetual game of cat and mouse. But also, on one level, in Zach and Ivy, the young (!!) ACME agents who pursue her, and on another level, in Player, just as much a teenager, radically empowered within the world of the game she plays and manipulates, Carmen's eternal antagonist. And likewise in The Parent Trap with Annie and Hallie and in Heinlein's novels with Laz and Lor; both sets of twins are constantly getting the better of the adults who surround them, setting up their own "parent traps" so to speak.

This, actually, is where my interest in incest comes from: with these radically autonomized figures no real problematization of consent is possible, an argument I make more fully in this post from 2006. But don't feel like you have to write incest if you've matched up with me on Heinlein or on The Parent Trap; I'd much prefer experiencing the characters as you see them behaving in-character as you see them than twisted out of shape to force them into bed with each other. The most important thing is to preserve the canon dynamics--I have my trusty 'cest goggles for everything else. Although if you throw me a bone in making it subtexty, that's wonderful too. (Finding a way too insert gratuitous nudity or close touching into The Parent Trap shouldn't be too difficult. Getting Laz and Lor to wear any clothes at all might be.)

Although, really, Laz/Lor is pretty much canon, no? But there is a way in (my corners of, I don't know whence you hail) fandom that we use sex as a metaphor for emotional intimacy, so that twincest becomes the deepest, strongest type of interpersonal communion imaginable--and this is the dynamic I'm looking for with Annie/Hallie and Laz/Lor, the way their strongest bond is to each other, and if you feel most comfortable providing that bond in a non-sexual way that's still absolutely wonderful.

more on the parent trap )

more on where on earth is carmen sandiego )

very little about r.a.h. )

Thank you again for writing a story for me. Be true to your own muse, and I'm sure I'll love the result!

Yours in La Mancha,

Episkopos Reverend Alixtii O'Krul V, TRL
Church of St. Jesu the Heretic, Discordian
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
I signed up for Yuletide this morning. Three hours it took me, partly because I listed characters for all but like two of the fandoms I offered to write, and I offered a huge number of fandoms. And of the course the characters I offered to write probably aren't the ones most likely to be requested.

I mean, I want to stretch myself to write more male characters and more m/m, to challenge myself, but I don't think Yuletide is the best place to do it.

No one nominated A Little Princess this year? What is up with that? That was the most-offered fandom last year (although I believe it pulled in very few requests?), wasn't it?

Anyway, I went ahead and requested Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (Carmen/Player), The Parent Trap (Annie/Hallie), and Robert A. Heinlein's multiverse (Laz/Lor). (I was the one who came up with "World-as-Myth multiverse" last year as a name to label the threads I wanted, and l'm glad that people apparently understand what that means as people are offering to write it.) Which means that while last year 3/4 of my requests involved sibcest, this year it's down to 2/3 (as I didn't ask for Peter/Valentine on account of receiving it last year; other than that my requests are about the same), both being twincest of the f/f variety. Which means, since I asked for a female Player in my first request, that all three of my requests this year are femslash.
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
1. Orson Scott Card -- Ender's Game series. This is the fandom in which the story written for me last year was written, so I'm not sure if I want to request it again. But then I loved that fic so much, and I love Peter and Val so much. But probably not (in which I'd probably go with #6?)

2. The Parent Trap (1998). So I can request Annie/Hallie, of course. Will-to-powery twincest for the win! I nominated and requested this last year as well.

3. Robert A. Heinlein -- World-as-Myth multiverse. With an eye to request Laz/Lor. Also a repeat from last year.

4. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Yet another repeat, this time hoping to request Carmen/Player, which was the only non-'cesty request I made last year--and depending on whether I decide to request Ender's Game again, it may be again. But, really! Carmen/Player!

5. I already forget what this one was. I think I nominated George Bernard Shaw -- Pygmalion again, maybe? Last year I nominated it thinking that I might request Eliza/Clara, but then I didn't.

6. Unable to think of anything else, I made a sixth nomination, a fandom none of you would ever be able to guess, and certainly not Ari. (Last year I think I nominated My Summer of Love in this slot?)
alixtii: Summer pulling off the strap to her dress, in a very glitzy and model-y image. (River)

Title: Incurable (The "All You Zombies" Remix)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alixtii
Summary: She knows there is only one person who can find, and save, her.
Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Firefly/Harry Potter
Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Rupert Giles/River Tam, Winifred Burkle/Kaywinnit Lee Frye
Rating: Work Safe
Original story: Incurable by Ari (!!).

il miglior fabbro.

Incurable (The "All You Zombies" Remix) )

alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Consider some texts, all of which count as fannish on my flist (if nowhere else):
  • Veronica Mars: A sixteen-year-old girl defies parental authority in many ways including, but not limited to, having sexual relations with three different individuals. (Admittedly this behavior led to her death, but the show consistently portrayed Lilly Kane in a mostly positive light.) After her death, her best friend defies parental and civil authorities by engaging in a series of investigations bringing many things to light. Ultimately, these authorities learn that the best course of action is to let Veronica run her course: upon finding his daughter in a coat closet, Keith remarks, "Yep, that's mine," and upon her graduation Van Clemens admits that he doesn't know if her absence will make his life easier or harder.
  • Matilda: A six-year-old (in bookverse) girl defies parental authority by playing a series of practical jokes on her parents and, when they are forced to flee the country, convincing them to sign over guardianship to a Miss Jennifer Honey, with whom in movieverse Matilda has a relationship of equals.
  • The Secret Garden: Defying the parental authority of her uncle and guardian Archibald Craven, as well as his surrogates Mrs. Medlock and Dr. Craven, Mary Lennox enters a forbidden girl garden and carries on a secret relationship with her cousin Colin, effecting his cure in the process.
  • A Little Princess: Even before Sarah Crewe is forced to withstand the authority of Miss Minchin, the text takes pains to underscore the girl's adult nature and the egalitarian character of her relationship with her father, who treats her as a miniature adult. It also uses the word "queer" a lot.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Four children defy the authority of the parental surrogates by hiding in a wardrobe, where they wage a war against the evil witch Jadis and save a magical world, becoming Kings and Queens in the process.
  • The Parent Trap: Two twin eleven-year-old girls defy parental authority by secretly switching places and living each others' lives. In the process, they manipulate their parents into meeting and falling in love again.
  • As You Like It: Two cousins defy parental and civil authority when they enter the forest to escape the rule of the evil Duke Frederick.
  • Harry Potter: Not that I've ever read the books, but a twelve-year-old boy defies the parental authority of his aunt and uncle by becoming a wizard. At the school of wizardry, three children operate outside of the school authority, continually disobeying the explicit directives of their professors, and in the process triumph again and again, presumably culminating in the defeat of the Dark Lord. While what the professors were thinking is debated, one theory is that it was their plan from the beginning to let these children run loose, recognizing they would be able to succeed where adults would fail. In any event, the disobedience of these children is celebrated by the professors as the children win the House Cup year after year.
  • Robert A. Heinlein: Where to begin? From Podkayne to Peewee to Laz and Lor, this is a multiverse chock full of supercompetent teenagers who either operate outside the bounds of, or are forced to defy, parental authority.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Another case of "Do I really need to say anything here?"
All of these texts act out a specific type of wish-fulfillment fantasy: the usurpation of parental authority by a child who is revealed to be more intellectually mature than her adult counterparts. It is a fantasy that pings powerfully for me (as well as many others), even now that I am no longer quite a teenager. It is an especially potent expression of the will to power, being beyond all authorities because one is just that good, ubermensch.

It is no coincidence that Sunnydale and Neptune each has one good parent, Joyce Summers and Keith Mars respectively. (Actually Neptune, while including a huge number of bad parents, isn't quite so bad as Sunnydale. Both Wallace and Jackie have parents who all, in the whole, good parents, and the Mackenzies and Sinclairs are not really bad parents despite their inability to meaningfully engage their respective [adopted] daughters.) Parents in this type of fantasy are like governments: King Log is to be preferred to King Stork, and the parent who parents least parents best.

This is the context in which fictional incest thrives. While "in the real world" (how I loathe that phrase!) incest, cross-gen, and mentor/teacher relationships all are problematic due to issues of consent, these difficulties disappear in the face of the radically autonomous children of the adolescent fantasy. Of course Lilly, Veronica, Matilda, Mary, Sara, Susan, Annie, Hallie, Rosalind, Celia, Hermione, Podkayne, Peewee, Laz, Lor, Dawn, and all the rest are capable of consent--the very nature of the fantastic world in which they exist assures they are capable of anything.

Keith/Veronica, Matilda/Jenny, Mary/Neville, Crewecest, Peter/Susan, Annie/Hallie, Rosalind/Celia, Hermione/McGonagall, Laz/Lor, Dawn/Giles: these are not pairings that Ari and I invented in our minds. For me (I won't speak for anyone else), the sexualization of these relationships is a response to--and a reaffirmation of--the fantastic element which attracted me to these texts in the first place: the radical autonomy of the pre/teen characters.

*

And I really should finish that "Buffy as Nietzschean Ubermensch" essay.
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
Since everyone else is doing it (at least [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce and [livejournal.com profile] penknife), I will too. There are two things which are almost certainly on the list:

X. The novels of Robert A. Heinlein (so I can request Lapuz Lazuli Long/Lorelai Lee Long twincest, probably, although there's plenty of other interesting pairings, as the multiverse is so rich).

X. The Parent Trap (1999), Hallie Parker/Annie James twincest. (And, hee!)

[ETA: The really sad thing is that, in my head, Laz and Lor are played by Lindsay Lohan.]

I don't really know how [livejournal.com profile] yuletide requests work. How specific a prompt does one provide? It couldn't be too specific, obviously, since just matching up fandoms is so much of a chore that they need to make computers do it. . . .

So, what else? (I'm assuming the fandom in my icon doesn't count as "rare," or else I'd try to get some more Rosalind/Celia. Which is definitely being put in my LJ interests, stat.)

X. The Truman Show, Truman/Sylvia.
X. My Summer of Love?
X. FHB? Previously years have had some really nice Little Princess and Secret Garden fics.
X. Shaw? I dunno, Violet/Anna or something? Or, I know--Eliza/Clara!
X. Stoppard? I need to reread Arcadia.
X. I really don't know!

ETA: And to keep a list of any new ideas )
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence (or more) from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favourite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else -- this is merelyto whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).

Captains Courageous )

To Live in Hearts )

Africana Seductrix )

Untitled Sequel to 'Permutations' )

Untitled Narnia RPF/BtVS crossover )

Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce (who actually dreamt it up, if I'm not mistaken, because she felt evil and wanted to mislead) and then from [livejournal.com profile] buffyannotater (whose poll this one resembles more), see if you can guess the following.

1) Shakespeare Play
2) Non-Shakespeare Play
3) Playwright
4) TV show
5) Novel
6) Musical
7) Movie
8) Screenwriter
9) Actress
10) Season of Angel

Also, ask me for top five lists, and I will provide you with the top things in the category you requested. Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight.

Two Bards

May. 28th, 2006 01:49 am
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
It is ungodly hot and I cannot sleep.

To me, Robert A. Heinlein's appeal has been located primarily in the characteristics associated with his later work, which is for all intents and purposes professionally published fanfic, even down to the "fanfic aesthetic" that [livejournal.com profile] cathexys sometimes likes to talk about. There's the adolescent fantasy and the will to power, the constant emphasis on sex, the so-called "id vortex" being close to the surface, the incest, everything. Mix with a healthy helping of didacticism and philosophizing, and you pretty much have my ideal work of fiction, fan or professional. So it isn't surprising that Heinlein's my favorite writer.

But Heinlein knows how to wrench one's heart, too, when he wants to. Perhaps the best example is the novella "The Tale of the Adopted Daughter" contained within the novel Time Enough for Love, which just happens to be my favorite book. But another is "The Green Hills of Earth," the tale of Rhysling, the blind bard of the Spaceways. Heinlein really recreates a sense of the longing for Earth in the heart of his reader, and the recounting of simple heroism really touched my heart and brought a tear to my eye.

Most recently, when I took my evening walk for exercise. (On second thought, that tear might have been sweat--my eyes were stinging from the salt water.) I was listening to a dramatic recreation of "The Green Hills of Earth" by X Minus One (whomever they are, but they do a decent job) and I thought I would share it with you all now. I really recommend listening to it.

You can download it using any of the following links:

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=AD6853E5191A1E29
http://www.sendspace.com/file/v1wb27
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QXAZ5UQ4
http://up-file.com/download/3151cc873985/Heinlein,-Robert-A---Green-Hills-of-Earth.mp3.html

I also watched the Liz Taylor Taming of the Shrew--it was one of the free movies on On Demand. I had never seen the play before, and I suppose there are a lot of things to say about it. Out of all them, I suppose that's the one I most want to say--that there are a lot of things to say about it. It's just so incredibly rich. As I watched it, I was struck by how many different ways it could be interpreted, how the lines the actors were speaking could have been played in a complete different way. There are just so many different ways that Kate can be played or understood, ways that her motives could be constructed, that there isn't really anything at all that one can say definitive about the play, because the face it shows is so radically different when viewed from different angles. It really is pretty amazing. (Of course, this is in part a result of elements of the play not making any sense. Somehow Shakespeare gets away with having this be a part of his genius and not a sign of his inability.)

In its way, every performance of a play (well, unless it's a Beckett play) is like its own fanfic, filling in the gaps in canon, making some things clear that weren't originally, shifting the emphasis. And of course movie versions often even add in the extra sex during those gaps, so in that way they're exactly like fanfics. (Although they tend to be boring OTPs like Hamlet/Ophelia or Romeo/Juliet. Where's the onscreen Rosalind/Celia? (Then again, I don't think I've ever seen a movie version--or, for that matter, even seen it on the stage--of AYLI, so maybe there would be onscreen Rosalind/Celia. Everyone agrees that play is the gay, after all.))

And since there's no way one could possibly turn a Shakespeare play into a movie without some massive cutting, I now have my Riverside Shakespeare open on my bed. It's not at all because I'm entertaining thoughts of Kate/Bianca incest femslash. No, not at all.

Anybody who can point me to already written Kate/Bianca wins a billion points. I'd even take 10 Things I Hate About You Kate/Bianca, because, hey, Julia Stiles and Larissa Oleynik are hot. (Not that that is all that relevant in fanfic, but hey.)
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
Changed my journal name from "Postmodern Crisis" to "The Tradescan Codex" in honor of my favourite leitmotif/macguffin, that prophetic text that seems to affect every aspect of the Scoobies' lives in my Watcher!verse (and even some of my non-Watcher!verse fics). I love it, for the damned book brings them all so much pain, yet none of them can bring themselves to stop reading, knowing they need to prepare for the next tragedy. Hopefuly my journal won't be like that for you.

[livejournal.com profile] iluvmycaptain seems to be in business *knock on wood*, steady but surely. I know there's not a huge output of Mal/Kaylee or a huge number of Mal/Kaylee shippers, but those who existed seem to know about and be using the comm as a resource, and that makes me happy. Mal/Kaylee now has an entrenched position on the web and, if I may be egotistical for a second, it's all because of me.

I've certainly been busy this weekend. For those who didn't notice, I've joined [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 with Lydia from Buffy as my character. I love seeing her name up there next to the main characters and the major recurring characters, as if she had been in more than two episodes. Anyway, I've reclassified Shopping on Oxford Street and Watcher's Burden as part of what I've already begun to call The Watcher's Diary of Lydia Chalmers.

I've already begun to cannibalize my Drusilla WIP Windows of My Soul to create a couple of Lydia ficlets: The End of an Age and Critique of Judgment I. The former of these made it onto [livejournal.com profile] su_herald without my self-pimping it; I don't know what that means (probably nothing), but it made me smile.

Speaking of cannibalizing Windows of My Soul (it'll be stronger for it in the end, I promise!) I also posted A History of Violence, a Spike/Dru piece set in 1942 Germany, after Spike leaves the submarine from "Why We Fight." The fic seems to have been very warmly received--who could complain about these especially warm reviews over at the Slayer's Fanfic Archive?

I feel better for "wasting" my weekend online. I've been feeling listless lately, overcome by paralyzing fear as regards both my academic work and even more so my graduate applications. So I haven't been able to write fic, but somehow I now feel even more directionless without fanfiction. You guys might just be keeping me sane right now, and I joined [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 with that in mind. Hopefully the next round of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis will center on a character I can actually write.

And I didn't spend my entire weekend online, I went to see 12 Monkeys with the campus philosophy club. It took me almost an hour afterwards to explain why there is no logical error involved in the concept of a causality loop (the "T1" scenario). The causality loop itself is uncaused (or rather caused by itself), but all of its component elements are causally co-determined; it's a feature of the universe. And I'm sure I don't need to explain my reasoning to y'all, many of whom are hardly science fiction neophytes, but it annoyed me that we ended up getting so caught up in what to me seems so elementary. I've revised my notion that discussion of causal loops isn't "real" philosophy--there are a lot of metaphysical assumptions that inevitably come into play--but still, there were other philosophical places we could have went, like the epistemological issues. (It's difficult for a movie to raise real metaphysical issues. Movies like The Matrix and The Truman Show gesture in the direction, but they can't really problematize reality itself--because one cannot cinematically show non-reality. What they can do, however, and do well is problematize our knowledge of reality, without ever really managing to challenge our conviction that some type of noumenal or "objective" reality undergirds it all.) Or I could throw out some real temporal paradoxes, instead of the pseudoparadox presented by a causality loop. Equally, there's no reason "why" temporal paradoxes don't exist--why we don't kill our grandparents--but we can tell from the fact that we exist that they don't. It's simply a feature of the universe.

And speaking of causality loops, if any of my flisters haven't read Robert A. Heinlein's "--All You Zombies--" do so. Now. There's an online version at the link. Not exactly easy on the eyes, but it's so worth it. All hail the dean of science fiction.

Trust me. And if one needs it, or even if one doesn't (it's cool) there's an explanatory graphic "timeline" here.

ETA: Okay, whoever transcribed that story? Really needs to learn how to use quotation marks. *shudder* This story is just as good as the second time I read it (nothing ever competes with the first), but reading it through slash goggles is amusing. I mean, come on, it's time-travelling mpreg! (Well, not really.)

But this line?: He had a lethal style of infighting, like a female cop - reason I wanted him. Not the only one. Slashtastic.

Yeah. He has the hots for spoiler )
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Firefly)
Title: Adventure
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alixtii
Fandom: Robert A. Heinlein's World-as-Myth
Characters: Laz/Lor/Dora

Adventure )

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