such_heights: gwen/morgana kissing art (m: gwen/morgana [pentapus])
Day 1 - A vid that made you start watching a brand new show
Day 2 - A male character study vid you love
Day 3 - A female character study vid you love
Day 4 - An ensemble vid you love

Day 5 - A vid everyone should see at least once

Women's Work by Luminosity and sisabet (Supernatural)

Okay, my 'everyone' here is very caveated - if you have triggers related to graphic, sexualised violence against women, then this is not the vid for you.

I find this vid profoundly disturbing to watch. I'm also very, very glad that it exists. It's a damming portrayal of some of the worst of Supernatural, but the worst thing is that it's so easy to imagine many other sources that have more than enough material to make similar vids. The issues about representation of women that this vid raises are ones I feel very strongly about, and so this presents a visceral argument that I'd like a great many people to see. I generally subscribe to the notion of 'comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable', and this certainly accomplishes the latter - well, it's disturbing all around, really. It's also a really excellent example of how much vidding is capable of.

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On a totally different and much lighter note, I realise that is Femslash Day and unfortunately I have nothing to offer at the moment! This ought to be rectified.

Give me some ladyslash pairings and I will attempt to write ficlets, or rec some things, or flail about why they're awesome, or similar. No guarantees I'll get to everything, but have at it!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: gwen [shining])
Here is a reclist of the year, of sorts. Below are a selection of fanworks that made me laugh, cry, flail, think, ache, rejoice and love over the course of the year. Below are romances, character studies, sweeping epics, AUs, meta, dance numbers, transitions, friendships, monsters, politics, zombies, and of course, robots. (There are always robots.)

Some of them are very famous, some only have a handful of comments. I love them all, because they all define what the past year in fandom was for me. There are a dozen fandoms represented here, and hopefully there's something for everyone. It's also worth noting that this list is defined by what's not included almost as much as what is - there were so many things I couldn't fit in! A lot of the time, I just couldn't pick only one story by a favourite author to include. (In one case, a certain author's best story is still sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to finish my beta.) My point is, this is in no way definitive, or even really a 'best of'. Just, here are some stories and some vids that I liked. Enjoy!

20 stories! )

13 vids! )

Thank you to all the authors, vidders, beta readers and cheerleaders that made the above possible, and here's to the stories to come in 2010. ♥

miscellany

Nov. 4th, 2009 01:23 am
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: writing woes [wrisomifu])
+ Signal boost: [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna is stranded far from home without funds. More details here.

+ Some stories I enjoyed recently:

Twitterpated by [livejournal.com profile] fled_music [Supernatural, slight Dean/Castiel, Sam]
Castiel insists that Dean and Sam start using twitter as a means of communication (seriously).

I clicked on a whim and was totally charmed!

A Cautionary Tale About Tomatoes (and zombies) by [livejournal.com profile] netgirl_y2k [Merlin, team Camelot, gen]
Armed with two swords, a slightly dented helmet and a wooden spoon, our heroes fight zombies.

Hee, this is delightful and brilliant! Not to mention exactly how a zombie invasion would go down on the show.

The Assist by [livejournal.com profile] 51stcenturyfox [Torchwood, Rhys/Gwen/Ianto, R]
Three adorable Welsh people have sex.

The summary nails it, really - this is sweet and fun and well-characterised, and reads like a breath of fresh air.

+ Ahahahahaha. Ha. Um. So I just did a stupid thing, namely count up approximately how much writing (academic, fannish and otherwise) I have to do over the next month or so by word count. And, well. Let us just say that frankly, I might as well be doing NaNo based on how it breaks down for words per day. D:
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
Ahahahaha, oh man. I need to stop this unscheduled three hours napping! I will be awake half the night catching up on all the laundry and email-answering and homework I should have done at a sensible hour. *facepalm*

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Further reading for Coming Out Day:
There's no big moment where you scream "By all the gods on Olympus, I'm queer!" or something to that effect, and the whole world hears it and treats you accordingly. Every person you meet is someone else who has absolutely no idea, unless you meet them in the context of being queer in some way. People make assumptions, and coming out is jut as much about correcting assumptions as it is about expressing yourself.

-- National Coming Out Day, [personal profile] iambickilometer

here's my deal: I don't believe in coming out. I don't believe that I should have to. I hate the idea that queerness has to be announced - and therefore that heteronormativity is assumed/default. I hate the idea that being any kind of queer is like giving someone a surprise party, where you jump up out of a darkened space and then they say, wow, I didn't expect that! I hate it. I like to say: I don't believe in coming out - I believe in being out.

-- so, it's national coming out day?, [personal profile] thingswithwings

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Recs:

those isles of yours that wait for me by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve [SGA/Firefly fusion, Teyla/Zoe, PG-13]

The world is now a better place because this pairing exists, for real.

Club Wales by [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash [Torchwood, Ianto, Gwen, PG-13]

This is long (19k!) and absolutely wonderful. I fell in love with the characters all over again and it's a beautiful look at Gwen and Ianto's friendship.

How Ianto Jones Quits His Job and Decides to Take Over the World (Without the Help of a Kangaroo Army) by [livejournal.com profile] sparky77 [Torchwood/SPN/Leverage, Dean/Alec/Ianto and combinations, PG]

The crack is strong with this one! It's glorious.

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We are laying down some anon love? I'm down with that.

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I'm SO WIRED, you guys. I will never sleep again! :D :D :D

... D:
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: gay as in adorable [visualwit])
I keep deciding that I will sit down and write out some recs for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest, but then my tabs keep multiplying as everyone keeps posting wonderful stuff. \o/ Clearly I'll be doing in this batches, here's the first lot. I've only had time to read the transgendered stuff so far, so here's ome of the things I've read there already and loved, on something of a theme:

Discworld

Modern Love, by [livejournal.com profile] penknife
Discworld ensemble ; PG-13
It's amazing how the world rarely gets less complicated.

[livejournal.com profile] penknife takes on issues of queerness and gender presentation in the dwarf community and brings a thoroughly enjoyable story to life with her usual lightness of touch.

Iron Man

Walking in these Shoes, by [livejournal.com profile] redfiona99
Pepper/Tony ; PG ; spoilers for the film
Pepper Potts is the woman she'd always wanted to be. It's probably not all Tony's fault that her well-ordered life has just been blown to pieces. But it's definitely mostly his fault.

Not only is this a thoughtful and kick-ass study of Pepper, it also features explosions. That's all you really need to make me a happy reader.

Supernatural

Now You're a Man, by [livejournal.com profile] cho_malfoy
Dean ; PG ; spoilers for 4x01
Dean completed a journey in the body he was born with, but just because he's started a new journey doesn't mean he's likely to forget the last one.

I love Dean in this, I love the style, and I love the twist on the fourth season presented here: I know it's one I'd loved to have watched.

Turn The Page, by [livejournal.com profile] messageredacted
Sam/Dean ; NC-17 ; AU of the pilot
Sam hasn’t seen his sister in four years. A lot more has changed than he ever imagined.

Sam/Dean is not particularly my thing, but this is a very good story. The retelling of the pilot is very nicely done, and there's a lot of detail and pitch-perfect interaction here.

Torchwood

What He Should Have Been, by [livejournal.com profile] sunnyrea
Ianto, Ianto/Lisa, Ianto/Jack ; PG-13
When Ianto was a little girl all he wanted was to be able to wear his father's suits. Now he does, but his family doesn't want anything to do with him.

This story's got a lot of heart to it, and it makes me smile. Oh, Ianto.

Also, not connected to the fest but nonetheless a great story - Little Sister by [livejournal.com profile] invisible_lift, a beautifully-written family history for Tosh.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (tw: tosh blue)
I keep deciding that I will sit down and write out some recs for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest, but then my tabs keep multiplying as everyone keeps posting wonderful stuff. \o/ Clearly I'll be doing in this batches, here's the first lot. I've only had time to read the transgendered stuff so far, so here's ome of the things I've read there already and loved, on something of a theme:

Discworld

Modern Love, by [livejournal.com profile] penknife
Discworld ensemble ; PG-13
It's amazing how the world rarely gets less complicated.

[livejournal.com profile] penknife takes on issues of queerness and gender presentation in the dwarf community and brings a thoroughly enjoyable story to life with her usual lightness of touch.

Iron Man

Walking in these Shoes, by [livejournal.com profile] redfiona99
Pepper/Tony ; PG ; spoilers for the film
Pepper Potts is the woman she'd always wanted to be. It's probably not all Tony's fault that her well-ordered life has just been blown to pieces. But it's definitely mostly his fault.

Not only is this a thoughtful and kick-ass study of Pepper, it also features explosions. That's all you really need to make me a happy reader.

Supernatural

Now You're a Man, by [livejournal.com profile] cho_malfoy
Dean ; PG ; spoilers for 4x01
Dean completed a journey in the body he was born with, but just because he's started a new journey doesn't mean he's likely to forget the last one.

I love Dean in this, I love the style, and I love the twist on the fourth season presented here: I know it's one I'd loved to have watched.

Turn The Page, by [livejournal.com profile] messageredacted
Sam/Dean ; NC-17 ; AU of the pilot
Sam hasn’t seen his sister in four years. A lot more has changed than he ever imagined.

Sam/Dean is not particularly my thing, but this is a very good story. The retelling of the pilot is very nicely done, and there's a lot of detail and pitch-perfect interaction here.

Torchwood

What He Should Have Been, by [livejournal.com profile] sunnyrea
Ianto, Ianto/Lisa, Ianto/Jack ; PG-13
When Ianto was a little girl all he wanted was to be able to wear his father's suits. Now he does, but his family doesn't want anything to do with him.

This story's got a lot of heart to it, and it makes me smile. Oh, Ianto.

Also, not connected to the fest but nonetheless a great story - Little Sister by [livejournal.com profile] invisible_lift, a beautifully-written family history for Tosh.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (other: woodland snow)
It occurred to me, whilst replying to comments for a flame in two cupped hands the other day, that I have written stories about Sirius at Christmas three years in a row for holiday exchanges, and they all run on something of a theme, namely that Sirius loves his friends, his makeshift family, so very much. That's probably one of the things that makes me fall the very hardest for characters, that complete, fierce love and devotion, even when it's ill-expressed. See also: Jack Harkness, Lyra & Will, Kaylee Frye, John Sheppard, Luna Lovegood, Dean Winchester, etc.

I like seasonal-themed fic, any time of year, and all the wintry and Christmas stories at the moment are delighting me. I have [livejournal.com profile] teand's A Midnight Clear (Supernatural) open in tabs which looks great already. Also there is [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge's The Gift Of The Mad Guy (Doctor Who) which is entirely wacky and fun. Should the Christmas special on Thursday not thrill me, I shall simply imagine that this was on my TV instead.

Speaking of the Christmas special, I'm not actually all that excited about it. I mean, I will sit down and watch it on time, obviously, and no doubt enjoy it, but I will miss my companions! And I'm so hugely looking forward to a new regeneration that I'm probably not appreciating Tennant's last hours in the role, heh. Still! Cybermen in the snow, that should be entertaining. (Oh, as a note: I haven't watched any of the preview clips and very few of the trailers, so please don't spoil me!)

Anyway, I now return to working on the charming tale of a very Torchwood Christmas, in which there are in-laws, and Rhys has a run-in with alien tentacles. (Not that sort of run-in, you'll be relieved to hear.) Hopefully that will be posted this evening, timing being of the essence and all that.

Oh, and lastly, for neatness: [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon had a SGA cold!fest the other day which resulted in the following little comment!fic - That Time When The Team Had To Snuggle For Warmth. Teeeeam! :D

And I didn't even mention Merlin once, I am so proud. Mostly because this entry is garnering enough tags as it is.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (spn: dean)
So I think my thoughts on Supernatural thus far can be summed up as following:

spoilers through 4x02 )

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Just to check you've all seen the following: [livejournal.com profile] fleshflutter rewrites 4x01 as a Star Wars fusion and it is made of win.

A disturbing lack of faith by [livejournal.com profile] fleshflutter
A Jedi, a wookiee and a pilot walk into a bar...

The cross-casting and use of Star Wars canon is just inspired, plus it retells the story of the episode beautifully. The force is strong with this one!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (pd: the pie hole)
Fun multi-fandom activity: [livejournal.com profile] buckle_berry is hosting a Valentines Cardathon, whereby you list some pairings, and then send in-character Valentines cards to each other, as imaginatively as you like. I think this is entirely made of win myself, so if you agree, hop-to! Sign-ups end at the end of tomorrow, full details and sign-up information here.

And now, some things I have very much enjoyed reading recently:

Nineteen Years Later: A Short Rock Opera
by [livejournal.com profile] furiosity

Title pretty much says it all, really. Featuring characters such as the International Chorus of Pedantic Fanficcers, this is both mad and hilarious.


The Seduction of Sirius Black
by anonymous at [livejournal.com profile] hp_holidaygen
PG-13, Sirius, James, Marlene, Lily, Remus, Peter, others
I hope to Merlin that everyone's collective wisdom was very wrong and that neither Sirius Black nor James Potter has been the death of me – try though they may have to have been so.

I've been terrible at reading [livejournal.com profile] hp_holidaygen, which I really should rectify over the rest of the week because there's all kinds of amazing stuff there, however. I am so, so glad I clicked on this one. This has pretty much everything that I most enjoy reading in First War fic, all rolled into one story! Featuring James and Sirius getting into pub brawls, international wizarding politics, Polyjuice high jinks and a take on the Order that I really, really like, this is seriously fantastic work.


Baking for the Dead
by [livejournal.com profile] trolllogicfics
Supernatural/Pushing Daisies
PG, Ned, Chuck, Sam, Dean
In which the girl called Chuck and the Pie Maker runs across the brothers Winchester and a soul stealing demon.

MADE OF WIN. Can this be the Supernatural finale, please? The Narrator talking about the Winchesters is a joy to read, oh my.

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And now to try to one of the things I've been trying to write actually finished, good grief.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Sonorus)
Ah, I've read some good stuff today. So, recs! Do leave feedback for the authors if you enjoy =)

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The Open Sea and the Sky
by an anonymous writer at [livejournal.com profile] springtime_gen.
Summary: "The first ever Atlantic broom crossing [was] by Jocunda Sykes in 1935" (Kennilworthy Whisp, Quidditch Through The Ages). Jocunda tells the story in her own words.

This is a magnificent piece of work. It reads wonderfully, and is a great example of really good, involving gen. Like an explorer's account, this blends HP canon and Muggle history to fabulous effect. Highly recommended!

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Also, two things that made me giggle manically.

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How the Brazilian Boa Constrictor Did Not Help Harry Potter Defeat Voldemort
by [livejournal.com profile] marauderthesn
Summary: Hermione's given Harry an idea for how to finally defeat Voldemort, but the Brazilian boa constrictor, a necessary component of the plan, has other ideas.

Short and very funny - go on, give yourself a laugh!

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Yo-Ho-Ho And A Bottle Of Rum
by [livejournal.com profile] nekare
Summary: Um, crack? Sam and Dean, pirates extraordinaire!

Anyone that's got at least a passing understanding of Supernatural, go forth! Snarky and cackle inducing and all round wonderful.

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Note: Said Supernatural rec does not mean I am getting involved in the SPN fandom in any way. I do not have time! Though the programme is so shiny and obsessiveness-inducing and argh. But no, I repeat. No! Why I thought it would be a good idea to start watching it in the first place, heaven only knows. But eeeee, it's great! Ack *headdesk* I am torn.

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