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).
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 wisdomeagle]
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 seriousfic]
10. A madwoman, irresistible;
and her caretaker, now awake: the future which manipulates them underestimates their love. [The 4400 -- Tess/Kevin -- guessed by 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 wisdomeagle]
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 wisdomeagle]
Age Epoch too young for chaos theory, girl pupil too young to dance waltz; her absence breeds madness.
Describe them in 15 words or less.
Have your flist guess the OTP.
3. Sentences flow together, as do selves in bodies stripped bare to times, possibilities. Hook shop?
5. Complements, conqueror and nurturer: all the world, save one brother, falls at their feet.
10. A madwoman, irresistable, and her caretaker. The future underestimates their love.
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.
Fandom: The 4400
Characters: Maia, Diana
Summary:Maia is somber as she prepares for her date, which Diana supposes is a bad sign.
Rating: Totally WS. (Again, assuming you can read fic at work at all.)
A/N: Written for Yuletide 2008. The Yuletide version (with corresponding comments) is here.
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Yuletide treats included Proof, a short exchange between Thomasina and Septimus from Stoppard's play Arcadia. It's mostly dialogue, perhaps because I wrote it immediately after rereading the play, and is mostly about grammar and logic. OMG, OTP.
Also I wrote The State of Nature, which is the Pam/Nikki Bourne Identity fic I said I wanted to have immediately after seeing Ultimatum. This is mostly born from the question of what Pam does after that movie; my answer is the university lecture circuit. It reminds me of the structure I might use for a femslash_minis fic--setting it up, bringing the characters together, sex, thematic resolution. Here, sex acts as political science.
Fandom: The 4400
Characters/Pairings: Maia, Kevin/Tess
Summary: The war for the future will be fought in the past, but there is one thing the future failed to take into account--and the thing about one thing is, it usually leads to another.
A/N: Thanks to globalfruitbat for the beta. Written for the 2007 yuletide; the original version, with the corresponding comments, can be found here.
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Joss Whedon (RPF)
River Tam (Firefly)
April Skouris (The 4400)
Amy Madison (Buffy)
Annie James (The Parent Trap)
Prof. James Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)
Bobby Drake (X-Men movieverse)
Stepford Cuckoos (X-Men comicsverse)
Tina Majorino (RPF)
Madison Sinclair (Veronica Mars)
The Bridal Path, The Addams Family (movieverse), Wednesday/Joel. Wednesday. Wednesday. This captures her, and the feel of the series, perfectly--comedic and dark and will-to-powery all at the same time--and it's Wednesday Addams.
The Longed-For Moment, The History Boys, Dakin/Posner. The author replicates the genius of Bennet's dialogue and the feel of the play without a wrong note, e.g. "I was lying there, and all I could think was I may be a Jew, I may be small, I may be homosexual, and no one from my supervisor to my bedder will let me forget I'm from Sheffield. But at least I'm about to get fucked." This fic is as much fun to read as the play was to watch, and no less intelligent either.
All that is overdue, Arcadia, Hannah & Septimus. I love Thomasina (it didn't hurt that the freshman who played her in the British Drama presentation at Colgate was really hot), and this is a fitting memorial--Septimus and Hannah in the library, divided by time but having something in common nonetheless. Sparse but beautiful prose.
Behavioural Software, The Bourne Identity (movieverse), Nicky(/Jason). Nicky after Treadstone, with Jason always there, watching. Superbly written, and develops her character quite nicely.
Coming Soon. . . recs for fandoms C-Z!
X. Summer-and-Alan recreation of the dinosaur scene at DragonCon (I've previously link to thenyxie's verbal description of this): here and here.
X. There-For-You. The 4400 vid, Tess Doerner to "There-For-You" by Flyleaf.
X. The Ballad of Kevin and Tess. The 4400 vid, Kevin/Tess to "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie. They are such an adorable pairing.
X. Just a Little Silence. The 4400 vid, Kevin/Tess to "Juste un Peu de Silence" by Calegero. The lyrics are in French, but from what I could figure out they seemed to fit fairly well.
Oh, Summer. Guh.
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( And things I might be interested based on my 'rarer' interests )
According to this script, my "rarer" interests include: time enough for love, motifs, liberal catholicism, naomi wildman, roger wyndam-pryce, kaylee/mal, canon whores, world-as-myth, third order irony, froplay, edwardian literature, eris discordia, watchers' council, interdisciplinarity, mesektet, liberal theology, theories of truth, recurring characters, metafic, noumena, futurefic, german idealism, intentional fallacy, death of the author, tess doerner, paratextuality, transcendental idealism, mac/madison, philosophy in literature, the immortal, dawn/giles, socialist literature, quentin travers, metatheatricality, post-"chosen", fictional incest, social construction, ethan/dawn, the emh, antifoundationalism, metapoetics, metatextuality, antirealism.
1. Dawn Summers (Michelle Trachtenbeg) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Fred Burkle (Amy Acker) from Angel
Bonus! Drusilla (Juliet Landau) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
3. River Tam (Summer Glau) from Firefly
Is there really anything else to be said about the above?
4. Player (Justin Shenkarow, Jeffrey Tucker, Joanie Pleasant) from Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? ( Commentary )
5. Dr. Olga Vukavitch (Justina Vail) from Seven Days ( Commentary )
6. Morgan Matthews (Lily Nicksay, Lindsay Ridgeway) from Boy Meets World ( Commentary )
7. Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) from Star Trek: Voyager ( Commentary )
8. Cindy Mackenzie (Tina Majorino) from Veronica Mars ( Commentary )
9. President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis) in Commander-in-Chief( Commentary )
10. Donna Moss (Janel Moloney) from The West Wing ( Commentary )
11A. Tess Doerner (Summer Glau) from The 4400 ( Commentary )
11B. Maia Skouris née Rutlidge (Conchita Campbell) from The 4400 ( Commentary )
12. Clarissa Darling (Melissa Joan Hart) from Clarissa Explains It All ( Commentary )
13. Alex Mack (Larissa Oleynik) from The Secret World of Alex Mack ( Commentary )
14. Fred Rogers (Himself) from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood ( Commentary )
15. Nona Mecklenberg (Michelle Trachtenberg) from The Adventures of Pete and Pete ( Commentary )
16. Rogue (Lenora Zann) from X-Men (90's cartoon) ( Commentary )
17. Kitty Pryde (Maggie Blue O'Hara) from X-Men Evolution ( Commentary )
18. Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) from The Brady Bunch ( Commentary )
19. Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family ( Commentary )
20. The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant) from Doctor Who ( Commentary )
21. Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelly) from Star Trek: The Original Series ( Commentary )
22. Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan) from Battlestar Galactica (2003) ( Commentary )
23. Rita Repulsa (Barbara Goodson, Carla Pérez, Machiko Soga) from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers ( Commentary )
24. Ezri Dax (Nicole de Boer) from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ( Commentary )
25. Rory Gilmore (Alexis Beidel) from Gilmore Girls ( Commentary )
Ari wondered what it meant that she guessed that most of my favorites were female. It means that she knows me well, because most of my favorites--all but four, plus the ambiguously-gendered Player--are female. Which is interesting, because many of these relate to early childhood, when my heterosexuality wouldn't have been a factor (right?). I'm not sure what it says that I've always found it easier to identify with (or at least be interested in) female characters than male ones, but I think it's pretty clearly true.
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Also. anon love meme.
But don't think for a moment that I'm immune to the pleasure of inhaling an entire chaptered fic or season on TV. There's something wonderful about being so caught up in a fictional universe that one loses track of the soi-disant "real world" (which makes me think about how it has been way too long since I've read a novel, especially a long one).
Of course, the simple truth is that for the most part, the only practical mechanism for producing such detailed worldbuilding and depth of story is a serial one. So we have a paradox; we must embrace seriality in order to eschew it.
Which is a (characteristically, for me) long-winded way of saying that I've spent the last week or so mainlining episodes of The 4400. I watched season 1 (such as it is) last Saturday, and watched season 2 (again, such as it is) Thursday and Friday.
The 4400, while excellently done science-fiction, isn't nearly will-to-powery enough (which is one of its strengths, actually) for it to earn the sort of love I have for Buffy or Veronica Mars. (When they start the spin-off series Tess of the 4400, on the other hand....) But I think it'll settle in comfortably with my other minor fandoms.
( Vaguely spoilerish? )