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July 4th, 2015

Big Damn List o' Fic @ 03:17 pm


Elspethdixon's Big Damn Fanfic List

Being an index to every piece of extant-on-the-web fic by Elspethdixon since her freshman year of college, including the clichéd badfic, the abandoned WiPs, the one that turned up on McTabby’s Summary Executions, and the one with the word “orbs” in it. From Harry Potter to Pirates of the Caribbean, and beyond. Hopefully, the quality improves as ones moves down the page.

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Forward-dated to go at the top of my journal. Warnings are present in the headers on all multichapter fics. Warnings for ficlets will be provided upon request. All multichapter fics contain some degree of hurt/comfort.

April 13th, 2014

March 24th, 2014

(no subject) @ 11:32 am

Spoilers for later Musketeers episode have me torn between "Ha, yes, confirmation that The Vicomte de Bragelonne/Man in the Iron Mask never happens in this universe! Suck it, depressing canon ending!" and fridge-horror internal cringing at the prospect that they might.

(But what if they did? What if they did and it was his own kid all those years later?*)

*The painful thing is that, much as I love him, I can see him knowing that and yet still coming up with the whole plan like a good evil Jesuit who thinks he's acting in France's best interests. Sorry, spawn 1 and spawn 2, but that's how tragic 19th century novel figures who become the thing they used to hate roll.

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March 22nd, 2014

Musketeers episode 4 @ 08:44 pm

Wherein we meet Aramis's ex-boyfriend.

Give up, ex-boyfriend. Aramis doesn't need you anymore. He's found new, better boyfriends who would never run off and desert him* (and the entire rest of the regiment).

Also, Constance deserves some kind of sainthood for putting up with these idiots, and the carved wooden ceiling in the room where de Tréville and the Cardinal were arguing about Savoy is probably the sexiest thing in the entire episode. Even sexier than angsty disheveled Aramis or last episode's injured, shirtless Porthos.

*Seanchai has pointed out that they're never gonna give him up or let him down, either.

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March 19th, 2014

(no subject) @ 09:17 pm

Apparently, the shocking character death on Teen Wolf did not involve Stiles dying tragically after making out with and declaring his eternal love for Derek Hale.

This saddens me, because that would have been the most epic one-two punch of brilliant, brilliant wank fodder imaginable. The fall-out from the actual episode won't be nearly as much fun to read about in f-fa threads.

Just imagine it - Stiles expiring super-dramatically in Derek's arms, immediately after their dramatic kiss, much like in the movie Camille. Stiles would cough blood on Derek's face (an aesthetically pleasing little splatter that highlighted Hoechlin's cheekbone) before suddenly slumping over dead in Derek's embrace, and Derek would fall to his knees, still holding Stiles's body, and yell "Nooooo!" The scene would be shot from overhead, and it would be raining.

Scott fans would have to decide whether they were pleased that Stiles was no longer around to steal Scott's screen time, or angry that Sterek was canon. Sterek fans would have to decide whether they were pleased that Sterek was canon, or angry that Stiles was dead. Fans would tweet O'Brien's mother offering sympathy. Very Angry Scott Fans would write long blog posts full of grudgewank which would then inexplicably be linked on metanews.

It could have been beautiful.

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March 11th, 2014

Musketeers episode 3 @ 11:43 am

Was a beautiful thing of shippy glory. Oh my God, Aramis, why don't you just stitch your initials into Porthos's shoulder and have done with it? (I'm not sure whether Aramis is reminding me more of Turk and JD from Scrubs, or Franken Stein from Soul Eater with the needlework thing, honestly)

Also, Capaldi's Cardinal is pretty close to my platonic ideal of Richelieu.

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February 25th, 2014

Okay, I'm sold @ 09:19 pm

Current Mood: squeeful

We are approximately 5 minutes in the Musketeers pilot. Porthos is currently dueling a guy with a fork (Porthos has a fork. The guy has a sword, and is, I presume, about to lose humiliatingly).

Prior to the fork duel, there was an extended "Athos gets ready in the morning" clothing porn scene.

I'm officially sold.

(Porthos has goofy waxed moustaches and is showboating allover the place <3 <3 <3 I haven't seen Aramis yet, but since he's played by Santiago Cabrera he ought to be almost as pretty as he's supposed to be.)

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February 3rd, 2014

LOLs Made Flesh @ 03:35 pm

f_fa is talking about the Black Jewels series again.

Watching people who have no prior experience with the OMGWTFBBQ that is those books get introduced to them is one of the recurring pleasures of fandom.

(Someone on the meme described Anne Bishop's aesthetic as "Lisa Frank sex dungeon." I am never going to stop laughing)

Why are there zillions of A/B/O AUs and yet no Black Jewels AUs?* There are so many elements of Bishop's cracked-out worldbuilding that would be either amazing or hilarious when applied to various canons. X-Men Black Jewels AUs where Phoenix=Witch and the various male X-Men are all Jean's harem first circle. Skyfall fandom AUs where MI6 are all female!M's court and Q is a young prince who's a natural black widow (OMG the only male one ever other than Damon Sadi, he's so special!) who gets drawn into a forbidden relationship with a Warlord Prince of Queen M's first circle. Etc. Etc.

*Other than that one SGA Weir/Ronon one I read once.

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December 13th, 2013

A Question for Les Miserables Fandom: @ 06:44 pm


About ace!Enjolras…

I get why so many fans are invested in the idea of Enjolras being asexual/aromantic. While I somewhat doubt that Hugo intended that “his mistress is ‘patria’” line to be an indicator of asexuality/aromanticism in the way that some of the Classical allusions Hugo makes in reference to Grantaire are most likely meant indicate homosexuality, simply because the Victorians didn’t have a concept of aromantic aces in the same way that they did “Greek Love,” I also somewhat doubt that Tolkien actually intended Legolas and Gimli to get gay-married at the end of LotR, but will nevertheless argue until my dying breath that they totally, totally do and that said marriage is 100% supported-by-text canon whether Tolkien did it on purpose or not, so, you know, each to his own.

The thing I do wonder, however, is this: Why is Enjolras the only character fannish consensus has chosen to make asexual/aromantic? Why don't the middle-aged French virgins get any of the lack-of-love?Collapse )

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October 8th, 2013

NYCC Plans @ 02:12 pm

There is a post on cap_ironman about con meet-ups if anyone is interested.

I'll be there Saturday and Sunday, possibly with Seanchai-in-Karkat-cosplay, possibly without.

Sadly, my brilliant Carol Danvers costume idea* is not going to materialize in time for this weekend (my sister won't be able to send me the stuff I need for it in time). Which means it's either my old Ms. Marvel costume, or, depending on how ambitious I feel and whether I can work it around the booth-sitting schedule** and figure out how to make the horns stay in place properly, my Gamzee Makara costume (quick "can't work the face/body paint" back-up plan: wear a green t-shirt and the horn headband and say I'm Andrew Hussie).

*One of Sarah's old flight suits + fake patches with Carol's name on them = comfortable, non-revealing fighter-pilot!Carol costume. Which can then be modified into a Hal Jordan costume or a Gate-verse SGC or SGA costume simply by changing the fake patches. I feel amazingly stupid for only thinking of this last week - my sister and I used to use our Dad's old spare ones for everything from Halloween costumes to home-made snowsuits.

**Once the non-water soluble body paint goes on, it's not coming off without a shower and copious amounts of rubbing alcohol - even skipping that part and just doing the facepaint with greasepaint means I'm committed to Gamzee-face for the rest of the day. And I'm not sitting at a booth dressed like the bastard love child of the DCU's Trickster and a Juggalo.

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September 14th, 2013

(no subject) @ 10:52 pm

So, my (a week late) new year's resolution this fall is to try and meet fannish obligations better.

Sorry, person whose fic I'm supposed to be betaing - I'll try to finish it this weekend.

Sorry, person whose ask I haven't answered - I'll do it tomorrow.

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September 8th, 2013

Apparently, the path to getting attention on tumblr is through mocking Clint Barton @ 03:51 pm

Post meta to tumblr: crickets

Respond to other people's meta on tumblr: crickets

Post pictures of baby Kaiju on tumblr: crickets

Post Bronze Age comics scan making fun of Clint Barton: get 20 reblogs and an asking demanding that you "Leave Britney Clint alone!"

*eyes collection of Volume 1, Volume 3, and West Coast Avengers comics*

I have more goofy-looking scans of Clint, tumblr. Many, many more.

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September 7th, 2013

Appropriate icon is appropriate @ 04:05 am

I opened up the Brooklyn Public Library's website and right there, front and center on the "new arrivals" page was one of the most hideous book covers I have ever seen. The guy looks like he's choking the heroine while levitating in midair (and possibly humping her as well) and either he's a hunchback, or his head isn't actually attached to his shoulders. Meanwhile, the badly-made-up heroine in the ugly dress is grasping his wrist, desperately trying to save herself from being throttled.

The book itself sounds unimaginably terrible, so perhaps it's fitting.

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August 24th, 2013

Thoughts on OTPs (“In the end, There Can Be Only One… true pairing”) @ 12:15 am

I originally typed all this ridiculously long meta in response to a post I was reblogging on tumblr, but then in retrospect going on and on in someone else’s reblog thread seemed kind of obnoxious, so here are My Thoughts On Yaoi OTPs as a stand-alone.

I’ve had OTPs since I first joined fandom nine years ago. I suspect I always will. It’s a part of how I am fannish, as integral to the way I interact with characters and source texts as my hurt/comfort kink (back when I was nine, I had the pages in Sword of Shanara where people got hurt memorized, and could tell you whether a given scene was printed on the left-hand page or the right). The OTPing goes back almost as far, too — I OTPed Gambit/Rogue back when I was a wee eleven-year-old who didn’t know fanfiction existed.

When I have an OTP, a true, hardcore, honest OTP rather than just a ship I like a lot, I ship only that pairing for those characters, to the exclusion of all others. OTP technically stands for “One True Pairing,” and for me, in the handful of cases where I have one, that’s pretty much literally what it is. “ I don’t always OTP when I ship - sometimes I just like the idea of a relationship between A/B and/or find A/B’s relationship interesting, something that’s sometimes accompanied by wanting to read or write fic for the pairing, and sometimes not. When I do OTP, though, A/B is a permanent, immutable part of my headcanon, something that is not up for negotiation. Character A and Character B love each other. Forever and ever, world without end, amen. I might be able to read gen about them, or other ship fic that doesn’t negate the OTP, like A/B/C threesome fic, or fic about C and D’s epic love where A and B are minor background characters and we never hear anything about their love lives/sex lives at all, but fic that negates A/B (either by stressing repeatedly how they’re just platonic friends, or by having them in love with other people) is a major DO NOT WANT.

And now, because I’ve typed up half-finished meta posts about this every time a discussion of OTPs vs. multishipping has gone around for the past five years, I’m going to share my unified field theory of OTPing.

(Yes, I know; you’re all super eager to read it)

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August 16th, 2013

The millions of tiny dramas implied by facebook relationship statuses @ 05:48 pm

I really liked this poem, found via desperately searching through the tumblr "meta" tag for something vaguely fandom-discussion related, especially the clever final stanza. Here's my not-as-good (because I suck at free veerse andam only good at iambic pentameter) response poem:

Cut because no one wants to read emo LJ poetryCollapse )

(But even though no one wants to read emo LJ poetry, the poem linked above is still, I swear, worth checking out.)

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