REC POST: NBC Hannibal

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:10 pm
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An enchanting look in the baroque & gothic universe the characters of Hannibal inhabit.

VID:

Alternate World by catou121

FIC:

Donor by berlynn_wohl (“Susan was telling me that your motility and morphology are pretty outstanding.”)
When can I see Will again? He often thought by berlynn_wohl (Hannibal wants to be friends with Will and he has all sorts of feelings about it.) ♥
where there is smoke, there is fire by chaparral_crown (A child of Pennsylvania miners, Georgia sees in Dr. Lecter a man that is seeking his lode. From the hospital room down the hall, Will digs for him without thought of how to get back.)
Hannibal Lecter's Weakness by berlynn_wohl (Will had always been able to feel Hannibal's conviction that everything he did was right and good. If he was being so resistant to Hannibal's resolve, how was it that he was continuously making Hannibal so happy?)
The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing by 50mg (When they fall, Hannibal and Will are wrapped around one another. When Hannibal surfaces he is alone.)

More HANNIBAL: Fics: I (under 5k), II (under 10k), III (under 20k), IV (killer AUs), V (under 20k), VI (supernatural AUs), VII (overview), VIII (under 25k), IX (short variations s1-s3), X (short variations post-s3), XI (science fiction double feature), XII (memory loss), XIII (crime & mystery AUs), XIV (infatuation & elopement); Vids: Smooth, Jolly, Mesmerizing, Loose, Meditative, Gourmet, Someone Help Will Graham, Abigail Hobbs, Alana Bloom, Matthew Brown, Devil & Control, See & Evolve, Escalating, Psychoanalyzing & Becoming, Will's Nightmares, Frederick Chilton, Bedelia DuMaurier, Saucy, Ready or Not, Slow & Personal (Dr Lecter), Multilingual, Love & Change (Graham & Lecter)

FIC: Aesthetic

Aug. 18th, 2017 01:30 pm
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Title: Aesthetic [on AO3]
Fandom: The Man from UNCLE (2015)
Relationship: team dynamics (Napoleon Solo, Gaby Teller, Illya Kuryakin), character introspection + a Solo/Kuryakin twist
Story notes: Spies & Secret Agents, 1960s, Action/Adventure, Undercover, Seduction, Art History, THRUSH, Canon-Typical Violence, Ambiguous Relationships
Summary: A mission requires infiltration and convincing a mark into giving them access, and uncharacteristically, Kuryakin does it. With his art history knowledge. Solo has thoughts about this. (aka Napoleon Solo's aesthetic sensibilities are severely affected by his profession and temperament.)
Notes: Built on the bones of meme fills. Betaed and vastly improved by [personal profile] vaysh11. Contains much character study, references, and vagueness.
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Dear [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange Creator, thank you very much in advance for making something for me. This is my first time participating in this fest and I am brimming with excitement. I am sure I will love everything that you generously choose to make. Thank you so much for offering to write/draw something in one of these fandoms.

I have made some prompts & suggestions, but please feel free to take things in whatever direction you like and/or include other characters. My DNWs are gratuitous violence, abuse and lack of consent (physical, social, sexual, etc.), any sexual situations for characters not of age, on or off-screen. Realism, magical realism & surrealism are all fine. I strongly prefer art with lower ratings; as for fic, wherever the muse takes you.

The Fugitives - Rosemary Sutcliff
Any characters: Lucian, Centurion, Fugitive, Pilus Prior, Marcipor, Syrius the dog, etc.

I love this short story for its huge potential; the premise could be turned into so many different romance tales and I'm curious about all the variations. What's the story of the young and dashing Centurion? What's in the Fugitive's past, and what are the immediate consequences of his choice? Or does he change his mind and not follow through on surrender? Did he have a more personal relationship with the Centurion looking for him? What about Pilus Prior and his body-slave Marcipor, do they live in each other's pockets like a married couple? Very interested in ten years (or more) later stories, when Lucian grows up: who does he become, what is his profession of choice, if any, and what is he like as a person? I believe there is a huge interest in shipping Centurion/Lucian or Fugitive/Lucian or Centurion/Fugitive in the future, with added richness of character development and events.

Knight's Fee - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Perhaps a backstory for Herluin and his relationship with Sir Everard?

The Rider of the White Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

What's the deal with Black Tom Fairfax, really?

The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Adventures in Constantinople, mystery or whodunit, werewolves or vampires, everything's great. Prosper and Faelinn's torrid romance? What about Cynan ap Clydno's fate? What's his version of the events?

Sword Song - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

The Truce of the Games - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Warrior Scarlet - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

How can Vortix, Drem and Blai navigate a relationship with all of them involved and live happy, fulfilling lives? Also, prehistoric adventures.

Dawn Wind - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Perhaps - What happens to Lilla after Owain? Does Lilla ever meet Regina? And what about Vadir?

Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff
Alexios Flavius Aquila & Hilarion, Alexios Flavius Aquila/Cunorix, Cunorix/Shula, Hilarion/Lucius and any additional character combinations.

I love all these pairings, though I'd have liked things to have worked out for Cunorix (and also everyone not dying, including Lucius); a canon development or changed events can be equally fascinating. If you write Shula, I am particularly interested in the AU where she was the heiress/chieftain of the tribe, and the potential divergence in the political situation, the attack, and the social and romantic relationships of others. Post-canon fics with the Wolves in Belgica etc. are great, especially if there's Alexios/Hilarion. (Maybe one grieving for Cunorix, another for Lucius? Or Lucius is alive and there is an unexpected Alexios/Hilarion/Lucius love triangle!)

Banter and bickering or push-and-shove, secret pining or awkward matchmaking, anything goes. Any character-centric story is fine, as long as they are ultimately happy (not even necessarily with each other, because it's Sutcliff). I like strong, heartfelt relationships, love for friends, family, life companions, taking care of other people, loyalty, kindness, doing the good thing and/or the right thing, etc. Themes like quests, journeys, transition, and liminal spaces. Reflection, self-improvement, love, generosity. Whether they end up undercover pretending to be married in Gallia Comata or time-travel to prevent an assasination attempt on Emperor Septimius Severus, I just want them to be okay.

and finally, my one non-Sutcliff request:
Assassins (1995)

Miguel Bain/Robert Rath - what happens after and is Miguel really dead? Did Robert not-kill him on purpose? Really interested in 5 or 10 years later stories, who is back in business and how, and what other business can there be? Does Electra move on to a different, high-tech life of espionage given the rise of computer technologies and leave Robert with Pearl? More chess. More sympathetic, tired, hypercompetent Stallone. More sociopathic, validation-seeking, emotional Banderas. Learning and bridging the gap. Perhaps there's a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it.

Book-a-day: Day Sixteen

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:00 am
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16. Can't believe more people haven't read
I am tempted to repeat my entry for Day Five, Perhaps the wind shall carry us to infinity, which happens to be Awesome Serious Literature with Spies, Shape-shifting and Identity Porn by a Great Nobel Prize Nominee, but on the other hand, I understand why it is not very widely read despite Ballester's fame. (But it is the kind of book that amazes with its existence, go read!)


Image from here

Instead, I am going with Malpertuis by Raymundus Joannes Maria de Kremer aka Jean Ray. This Flemish novelist is an icon of noir fantasy and modern gothic horror and all such things, and Malpertuis is the source code that a huge chunk of contemporary popular culture & fiction tropes rest on. For example, Neil Gaiman's American Gods and similar tales. People are widely aware of the whole 'old gods dormant in disguise' thing, and the idea has been hiveminded and frequently done in novels and shows, pulp fiction and visual references. However, few are tracing its current incarnation back to the 1943 novel, Malpertuis, even though the author is a key figure in 20th century fantastic literature, published internationally during his lifetime - including in the Weird Tales in the 1930s, like all the cool guys. (He was also imprisoned over his involvement in smuggling booze to the US during the Prohibition; but that is by-the-by. He did use it to boost his own myth and wow factor after getting out and writing twice as hard for a living!) Of course, there is a lovely Malpertuis film with Orson Welles (1971), which increases the novel's visibility, but the novel is darker, scarier, foggier...

It is very (post-)modern, composed of multiple narratives (supposedly texts with different authors) that come together as a jigsaw puzzle of black metaphor, contemplation of futility, despair, pettiness, etc. There's the juxtaposition of the grand and mythic with the bourgeois and ordinary. The strangeness creeps up slowly, seeping through the cracks in a trivial inheritance plot with taxidermist cousins, spooky extinguished lamps and infatuated goddesses. Most of the action takes place in 19th century Flanders. It's a multiple POV, unreliable narrator(s) tale of how a dying warlock Cassave has ensnared the ageing and depowered gods of Olympus in his crumbling castle, Malpertuis. The gods are trapped in the bodies of regular Flemish citizens: Zeus (Eisengott), Hera (Mother Groulle), Hephaestus (M. Griboin), Aphrodite (Griboin's wife), Apollo (Mathias Krook), a Titan (Tchiek), the Erinyes (the Cormelon sisters) and one of the three Gorgons (Euryale), as well as Prometheus (Lampernisse). There's also Jean-Jacques Grandsire, technically Cassave's descendant. He's just your regular blond melancholic cutie who finds himself in this story of a two-hundred year old warlock, his testament, a bunch of angry mind-addled deities, and liminal spaces beyond time and death. (You can probably guess that the likes of Jean-Jacques are not likely to emerge from this unscathed. Dude is a Gorgon/Erynie/human women magnet. You're too pretty for your own good, Jean-Jacques.) The story has carnivalesque and surrealist themes, and murder by the bucketload. You could read it as a murder mystery, all the people hoping to meet the terms of Cassave's testament and seize his fortune die like flies; you never know who is next and will any of your faves survive to the end. I wonder if this is where Game of Thrones gets it from?

Let's just say that if you ever wanted to read a story where Apollo is a paint store manager, Malpertuis is the book for you.

Book-a-day: Day Fifteen

Aug. 16th, 2017 02:00 am
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15. Favourite fictional father

How is that a thing? IDEK. And have you actually encountered many functional father figures in literature? They're fifty shades of noir at best, like Prospero in The Tempest or Batman. Allegedly 'good' fathers are dysfunctional absentees like Mr Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. Usually, if a character is all right, he may just happen to be somebody's father, but off-page or to little narrative importance.

I am going with Moominpappa from the Moomin books by Tove Jansson (see Day One entry). Moomin Papa is a pretty zen troll in a top hat. He is an orphan brought up in an orphanage, he was restless and wandered a bit in his youth, and now he's settled down and has a family of his own. He is determined to be responsible, and he doesn't always get it right, but he's making an effort: he is a loving father and husband who also has his own hobbies & pursuits, he does stuff for his family and is an active member of the community. Moomin Papa is all right. Here he is doing a pretty good job of conducting a choir:

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Book-a-day: Day Fourteen

Aug. 15th, 2017 01:10 am
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14. An old favourite

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The Widow from Valencia / La viuda valenciana is a 17th century Spanish cloak and dagger play by Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio. If you've ever glanced at my "Dear Creator" letters or rec lists, you know that THIS IS MY JAM!!! because the play revolves around the INVISIBLE MISTRESS PLOT. (Which is inverted Eros & Psyche – the man's curiosity leads him to the veiled/masked/hidden in the dark woman.) Secret identity shenanigans. This is CLASSIC, okay. It is Elevated and Sophisticated. Hardly if ever have I encountered such intense identity porn as in this play. It is possibly the Ur-source of my narrative kink or something.

Lope de Vega is not the author of the trope or the trend of the trope – like Shakespeare, he nicked the cutting edge trend from Italians (Masuccio and Bandello flaunted the Invisible Mistress shtick earlier). But he does it so well! As is frequently the case with cloak and dagger stuff, and baroque-type stuff in general, the woman spurs the action. In this case, it is a young, rich, beautiful widow Leonarda, who is normally beset with suitors, pious pursuits, intellectual company, and boredom, until she sees a hot young piece of ass and immediately wants a helping of it. However, much as she wants a steamy clandestine affair with the handsome fella, her reputation is also important, so with the help of her servant, she does it incognito. Seriously, they like put a sack on the guy's head and inform him of the circumstances more or less and he just goes along with it because he is a young stud thinking with his dick (Leonarda does not want Camilo for his brain, exactly) and they have these trysts where he doesn't really see her. There are shenanigans. Leonarda has three other, perfectly respectable, older suitors who bring her expensive paintings and stuff – they also engage in some secret identity shenanigans and disguise themselves as merchants before advertising their own assets. (Four for you, Leonarda. You go, Leonarda.) Not to spoil it much, she eventually decides she has enough gold and good name in her own right and just wants some vigorous dick and pretty face in her life now.

The sub-title of the play is El arte de nadar y guardar la ropa, or The Art of Swimming and Keeping Your Clothes On; basically, it's a story of Leonarda eating her cake and having it – she has a torrid secret affair and a stellar pious reputation, money and good looks, gets herself the ridiculously hot young man she set her eyes on and everybody loves her in the end.

Here is a version of the play with Aitana Sánchez Gijón as Leonarda & Fran Perea as Camilo for your viewing pleasure.

Book-a-day: Day Thirteen

Aug. 14th, 2017 12:05 pm
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13. Makes me laugh

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While it is not particularly 'funny', The Red House Mystery by Alan A.Milne (of Winnie the Pooh fame) is a hilarious locked room whodunit. It is very upstairs-downstairs, Gosford Park, Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple, English mystery Downton Abbey oh la la. If you like that sort of thing. There is a house party and unexpected murder! The cast of characters includes the host and their long-lost brother from Australia, a widow and her marriageable daughter, a retired major, a wilful actress, a young man about town and his friend with an investigative mind just dropping for a visit. Ahem.

This is Milne's only mystery novel. It is very playful. Not only is it exceptionally English, it is also quite queer. It is a 'Forster & Vaugh do understated Wodehouse comedy mystery' kind of story. While there is much talk and much ado about opposite-sex marriage and courtship, a great deal of characters (especially upper class and ambiguously almost upper class) read as gleefully and obliquely bisexual. There are so many undercurrents of same-sex flirting it reads like a slashy Yuletide genfic most of the time. Apparently, this was the norm for 1922. I don't want to give away spoilers because the plot is as muddled as milky English tea, and the flirty tidbits are the hilarity best served as a surprise, but I recommend it as a light read. Let's make it a Yuletide fandom!

REC POST: White Collar (OT3)

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:55 pm
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VID:

Jerk It Out by luckybiatch
DNA by maimedea
Do Your Thing by joeyclauk
You're a Con, It's All You'll Ever Be by joeyclauk
Right Where You Wanted Me by chinashopnz
Till You Come Back by chinashopnz

FIC:

And anyone who's ever had a heart by Liviapenn (Before seeing the picture, she'd just slotted Neal Caffrey in as one more thing Peter's brain couldn't let go of, and amusing yourself while your spouse hunted down the greatest international art thief of the age was certainly classier than being a football widow.)
Perfect Beautiful Good by OnYourMark (Neal Caffrey doesn't know it, but he's probably the best thing that ever happened to Peter and Elizabeth's sex life.)
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Con Men by OnYourMark (There are six rules every con should obey. Neal's going to break them all.)
The Nine Magic Tricks by OnYourMark (All magic tricks can be sorted into nine essential forms: Appearance, Disappearance, Escape, Transformation, Restoration, Teleportation, Levitation, Penetration, and Prediction.)
The Right Direction (is everything) by shaenie (They’re in a box, Neal half-straddling Peter, in the basement apartment of a counterfeiter, when Peter starts to buy a clue.)
If You're Gone by sahiya (What do you do when the people who've become your Pole Star move three thousand miles away? Neal Caffrey is about to find out.)
Third Date by lightgetsin ("That's our man," El said. They looked at each other, mutually startled. El breathed in and reached out her hand; Peter grabbed it and held tight. "Peter," she said. "Peter, I'm falling really hard, here.")
give us this day by sinead (Ten things about cohabitation.)
The Hired Man by copperbadge (Peter Burke, ex-FBI agent, met Neal Caffrey, thief, during a bar fight. Peter was in need of a job, and Neal was in need of a bodyguard. Everything was going fine until this art-restorer named Elizabeth hired them to steal a statue...)
Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl by lightgetsin (Summer, 1998. Neal Caffrey robs the gallery where Elizabeth O'Dell is working late, and comes away with a lot more than art. Agent Burke has no idea what's about to hit him.)
Both Sides of the Conversation by OnYourMark (While investigating a gallery theft, rookie FBI agent Peter Burke meets assistant manager Elizabeth Beale and her appraiser, Neal Caffrey. They're about to be the strangest thing that ever happened to him, but he can't say he minds.)
Biconvex by Fahye ("Welcome to the world of honest work, Caffrey," Peter drawled, his mood already on the rise again. "Enjoy your stay.")

More like this: Spy Mysteries | Mr Robot | White Collar Part 1, Part 2 | Inception | Kingsman | Major Grom | Fast and Furious | Luther | Stranger Things | | Man from UNCLE (TV) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Man from UNCLE (2015) Part 1, Part 2 | Suits Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 | Person of Interest Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9

REC POST: Superman/Batman

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:55 pm
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10 fics about Clark & Bruce and love and longing (and sex).

FIC:

The Farthest Shore by manic_intent (Bruce had never had patience for illusions.)
command me to be well by figure8 (Superman comes back a little broken, Bruce involuntarily adopts a bunch of superpowered individuals, and alien invasions bring people closer together.)
A Week of Rain by mithen (Clark Kent seeks out Bruce Wayne when he is resurrected, but he has no memory of his time as Superman and no powers. Bruce has to deal with an unexpected visitor to his lake house--and his own grief, guilt, and attraction.)
Five Times Batman Got It Wrong (and one time Brucie didn't) by irrelevant (Clark makes his point and Bruce makes an ass of himself.)
Be true as these by petra (Bruce and Clark make a concerted effort to find each other, but are not always certain whom they have found.)
A Uniform Intermittent Rotary Motion by ren_makoto (A powerless Clark Kent falls into bed with Bruce Wayne.)
More Than Silhouettes by steals_thyme (Clark knew they needed information from their suspect. He just didn't anticipate that Bruce would sleep with her to get it.)
Vogue Le Magazine by tkodami (Bruce buys the gossip rags so he can read about how unsavory they think he is. Part of him is repulsed but another part of him gets off on it)
Kryptomycota by flirtygaybrit (Clark needs Bruce's help.)
Between Dreams by steals_thyme (Bruce doesn't sleep well. Clark can hear him tossing and turning from miles away.)

More DC fic: Grayson/Midnighter, Grayson/Batman, Grayson/Todd, Batman/Green Lantern, Batman/misc, Superman & Batman (misc), Superman & Batman: Novelty AUs (misc), Superman & Batman: deluxe trope mix (misc), Superman & Batman (misc), Superman & Batman: secret identity trope (misc)

REC POST: Dick Grayson/Jason Todd

Aug. 10th, 2017 12:20 am
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I am just skulking in Gotham's Fic Alley at this point. Lots of Nightwing and Red Hood here, aka ex-Robins.

FIC:

Do What You Like (Just Don't Do It Here) by DevilDoll (Having sex with Jason is such a terrible idea that Bruce can't believe Dick is doing exactly that. Having sex with Dick is such a terrible idea that Bruce isn't surprised at all Jason is doing exactly that.)
Dark Alley Love Song by musesfool (Jason's not really good at saying thanks, but Dick's got a hell of a way of saying you're welcome.)
People In Masks Cannot Be Trusted by musesfool (If Jason is Westley, Dick doesn't want to know who Buttercup is.)
I'll Tell You My Sins And You Can Sharpen Your Knife by geckoholic (Sometimes Jason forgets that there's an old wound on Dick in a similar shape. That Jason left for a faraway land once before and didn't come back.)
I'm Just a Problem That Doesn't Wanna Be Solved by geckoholic (Certain contingency plans seem like a good idea.)
That Promised Land by geckoholic (Soulmates AU: The person Dick carries on his skin isn't Jason.)
Jockin' Mike D. to My Desmay by musesfool (Four times Dick and Jason got cockblocked by crime, and one time they didn't.)
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc by musesfool (Dick convinces Jason to give up killing people through the power of hugs. No, seriously.)
Rumour, Rumour by ratkinzluver33 (If there's one thing that Gotham as a whole can agree on, it's that Nightwing and the Red Hood are obviously hopelessly in love.)
Take the Heat Out of Me by quipquipquip (Lost Days!Jason trolls Officer Grayson!Dick in Blüdhaven. Dick counter-trolls with the power of love. It's super effective.)

More DC fic: Superman & Batman (misc), Superman & Batman: secret identity trope (misc), Superman & Batman (misc), Superman & Batman: Novelty AUs (misc), Superman & Batman: deluxe trope mix (misc), Batman/misc, Batman/Green Lantern, Grayson/Batman, Grayson/Midnighter

Book-a-day: Day Twelve

Aug. 8th, 2017 12:01 am
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12. I pretend to have read it

There are some books where I do not so much pretend to have read them as I do not have a clear memory of reading them, or finishing them, or not skipping chunks; clues suggest I have read them, and yet I am not sure. I think it will be funny to mention one book, though:

Frontier Wolf by Rosemary Sutcliff. I am very fannish about this book. I have been reading it several times. I have read nearly all the fanfic there is about this book. I have written fanfic about this book! I have a pretty clear grasp of all the events and characterizations in this book. Really, you wouldn't know I haven't 'read' it. There are books I have actually read as it should be that I recall worse than Frontier Wolf. And yet I have never properly read it from start to finish. It was all fits and starts, skim-reading, different chunks here and there. And a lot of fanon. Really, at this point I am very hesitant about giving this book a proper linear (re)read in one sitting I never gave it, because I figure it might kill the magic in my head.

It's a very cool book to be fannish about. Maturing, learning from mistakes, falling in love, duty, friendship, bonding, killing your friends with your own hands, being pursued, lightning strikes twice, failing people you are responsible for, people dying. Classic Sutcliff, in other words. Pretty nature. So much fondness, so much angst. Occasionally cathartic, occasionally a great catalyst for fix-it writing.

Book-a-day: Day Ten & Day Eleven

Aug. 7th, 2017 01:30 pm
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10. Reminds me of someone I love

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series books remind me of the fandom community. ♥

11. Secondhand bookshop gem

Can Jane Eyre be happy?, John Sutherland's collection of essays about English literature. It's a sequel to his cult classic Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, where Sutherland similarly uses his magic powers of Text Analysis and Superior Knowledge of English Laws, Society, and Larger Historical Context to solve puzzles in classic fiction. I recommend it as an excellent read, the title essay especially as historically accurate exploration of exactly how Rochester is a scheming douche with sneaking wife-killing ways. (And it really makes you feel for Bertha all over again, and want to punch her brother, too.)

The book is FABULOUS and includes answers to questions you always wanted to ask but didn't know there could be an answer, like:

Is Daniel Deronda circumcised??
Is Black Beauty gelded??
Where does Fanny Hill keep her contraceptives??
Who gets what in Heathcliff's will??
And who is Tom Jones' father??

All the relevant questions here. Solid gold.
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