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Mar. 1st, 2014 04:39 pm
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
Some random unrelated links I've collected and want share:

Final Hour - really lovely BtvS vid.

A wonderful rec list of SFF books by female authors.

An interesting post about sex in Colonial America.

An incredibly sad but true comic. It's hila-terrible!

The Uncharted Sea by Mahoni. Bandom (though I totally just read it as original fic), M (for violence/non-con), mostly gen (with subtext), 118k. Absolutely fantastic story. I love the worldbuilding in this- it's a mix of steampunk, sci-fi, and fantasy elements, which seems like it shouldn't work, but which really, really does, and is constructed and revealed in such an well-done way. The backstories and central mystery are given a slow-burn tension that's rare to see so well-done in fanfiction (like, I love fanfiction, but it does tend to specialize in shorter formats). It has many of my favorite tropes- found family, honorable criminals, desperate rescues. There's action and fight scenes and travel and it's just basically a fantastic novel.

Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) by zamwessell. Les Miserables, E, Javert/Valjean, 36k. Well, the subtitle really says it all, doesn't it? I haven't read much on the JVJ side of Les Mis fandom, but I'm so glad I read this one. It does a wonderful gradual build of affection and love between the two main characters, and the writing is lovely and in-character.
brigdh: (Hisoka will kick your ass)
Fandom Snowflake! Other people are doing it too! So could you!

Day Six: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

I have to go with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. BtVS and I go way back- I actually saw the original (not great) movie in theaters– and I started watching the show with the very first episode that aired. Looking back, it's not a perfect series by any means (the racial representation, the seventh season; a lot of people have problems with the final episode, though I personally don't), but it's still very important to me, and I'm so glad that I watched it when I did. BtVS was also my first internet fandom; I remember searching for Buffy shortly after we got internet in my house (not googling- this was back in the days before google was everyone's default search engine) and being very intrigued by the message boards that I found, and this fanfiction thing that people wrote.

It's endlessly navel-gazing-y to wonder about these sorts of things– would I be who I am if I wasn't who I am? Who can even answer that?– but I do wonder sometimes about how much watching Buffy when I did influenced who I grew up to be. I'm just about three years younger than the character of Buffy, so she was older enough that she was someone to look up to, but not so old that her life was utterly different from mine (other than the vampires). When I was in college, I never was afraid to walk by myself after dark, and in fact often walked other people (including guys) home from parties. Would I have done that without a show with a tiny girl as the monster hunter? I have never felt particularly restricted or defined by being a woman, and though I'm sure most of the credit for that goes to where and when I happened to be born and raised and my family, having Buffy as my favorite show as a teenage girl didn't hurt. I've never been particularly afraid to go where I want or do what I want, alone or with others. Maybe I would have been like this regardless of what I happened to watch on TV. But this was a show about facing horror and not backing down, about the strength in everyone, particularly the least likely, about self-confidence, about finding and making families, about the core of strength that's left even when everything exterior is taken away. And even though I don't much participate in the BtVS fandom these days, I will love it forever for that.
brigdh: (Buffy)
So, since I've been in India, I've been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer (well, re-watching for me; watching for the other two archaeologists and various other people involved). Because obviously, if one is in a place with no TV, no radio, no newspapers, and no internet, it's not a bad idea to pack lots of entertainment so one has something to do in the evening. Which, valid argument for the field! But we've continued to work our way through the show since returning to the cities, because BUFFY IS AWESOME, that's why.

Season 6 Thoughts )

Remix

May. 28th, 2010 05:05 pm
brigdh: (Old School BtVS)
First of all, I got basically the best Remix story ever: Love is Goodbye (The We Will Become Stars Remix) (Saiyuki, Goku/Sanzo). IT IS SO GOOD. I LOVE IT LIKE WHOA. You should go and read it right now. It is beautiful and heart-breaking and is my favorite thing ever. Yes.

But, you know, some other people wrote good stories too. I've only gotten about a third of the way through the fandoms I know, but I clearly am not going to finish before the reveal, so here's my favorites:

To Command the Sea (the King of Camelot Remix) Arthur/Merlin, all about what it means to have power.

Apple Princess (The Little Girls in Boxes Remix) Merlin/Firefly crossover. Morgana and River meet. Does not that make you want to read it RIGHT NOW?

A Cautionary Tale about Tomatoes (and Zombies) by Netgirl_y2k. Okay, so this isn't a remix. But you should read it because it is hilarious and awesome and did I mention hilarious? Camelot gets invaded by zombies.

Otherwise a Perfect Sky (the Crashing Down Remix) (Buffy, spoilers through the end of Season 6). Oh my god. This story is so well-written, which such a perfect Tara characterization, and then it goes and breaks my heart. Love it.

Believe It or Not (The Courtship of Rupert Giles Remix) (Buffy, no spoilers). If you know anything about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you MUST read this story. I don't normally like stories which about adult characters' childhoods, but this is so perfect, and makes absolute sense, and just. Gah. Buffy wasn't the first slayer Giles knew.

Also, as always, let's play the guessing game! If you can tell which story I wrote, I will write you a drabble!
brigdh: (predator)
Fire by Threewalls. (Yami no Matsuei, R, Watari/Tatsumi). An excellent, perfectly-crafted drabble. (And I prompted it, wheee!) Warning for candleplay.

Like the Dawn by [livejournal.com profile] slartibartfast. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn/Faith, R). Written for me as part of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis, yay! This is so good, dark and sharp and kinda painful and I just love it.

A Girl Made From Sky by [livejournal.com profile] doyle_sb4. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Sandman, Dawn, The Cheeseman, PG). This is an old story, but one I happened over recently, and oh my god it is so good. It's simply perfect, and lovely and absolutely right, I'm convinced. You all must read this story.

This Emptying Out of Everything, or: Ten Times We Met Maryann by [livejournal.com profile] posioninjest. (True Blood, R, ) The summary for this story is "We all go a little mad sometimes", and that's the best way I can think of to describe it. The madness of five different characters, each one unique, all beautiful writing. Highly recommended.

As Seen on Urban Dictionary by [livejournal.com profile] longsufferingly, (Sherlock Holmes, Holmes/Watson, R) An AU set in the modern day. What if Holmes and Watson were in Supernatural fandom? Yes, that is a totally ridiculous premise. But this story is fabulous and hilarious and you should totally read it.
brigdh: (I make arrogance look good)
Title: Team Spirit
Author: Brigdh
Ratings/Warnings: PG. Vague spoilers for early Season 5 of Angel.
Summary: "Can we hug now?"
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] slartibartfast in [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis, who requested Dawn/Harmony and "Adult (or vampire) Dawn, accidental flirting, roses". Alas, this turned out more gen than femslash.
You can also read this story on AO3 here, if you prefer that archive.


Team Spirit )
brigdh: (Old School BtVS)
It's time for Remix! WHOOOOOOOOOOO! I love remix. Sign-Ups are open, so come and sign up with me. You have until the 31st.

Other awesome news: [livejournal.com profile] ladyofthelog came to NYC and I got to meet her! And now I can confirm that she is very cool.

Rewatching Buffy news: We are up to "The Initiative" in Season 4. I find myself way, way disturbed by the Buffy/Riley relationship now that I am actually a TA. I keep thinking, "You can't date her! You graded her papers! And probably laughed at her wrong answers with the other TAs!" It is icky.

Two things

Mar. 17th, 2010 10:07 pm
brigdh: (I'll say it to his face. Swear to god.)
1. Deep Fanfic Thoughts, by Jack Handey by Vali. This story is awesome. I remember reading it years ago. I'm not sure how much sense it will make to those new to fandom, but I love it. "I don't think I'm alone when I say I'd like to see more and more planets fall under the ruthless domination of Prospect-L."

2. [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis: a mini-ficathon community with one week to write 500 words. The current challenge will be stories about Dawn. COME AND SIGN UP WITH ME, O BUFFY FANS.
brigdh: (She scythes names like herbs)
I am super busy right now, due to being in the run-ups for my comps (aka Quals/Orals/why does every school have a different name for this/too big test). But, having briefly surfaced, I have some things to share with you all:

A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc, or A Lullaby by Helen Keeble. OMG THIS STORY IS SO GOOD. It is 1800s mermaids! But it is also song and language and children and grief and gender and stories and Just. Best. Thing. Ever. Read this now, people, I demand it. This story makes me so completely happy, even though it also kind of makes me cry.

Speaking of wonderful things that make you cry, I have now finished Season Three of Buffy. Buffy winning the Class Protector award! The class throwing off their graduation robes to reveal weapons! Willow deciding to go to UC Sunnydale! Buffy/Faith prophecy dream (dude, come on, what other show can plan that far ahead?)! The Mayor and Faith's weird but sweet but creepy but awesome father/daughter thing! Also, of course, The Wish, which is basically my favorite thing ever.

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