dolorosa_12: (Default)
Thank you for writing for me!

I'm pretty easygoing about what type of fic you want to write for me. I read fic of any rating, and would be equally happy with plotty genfic or something very shippy. I read gen, femslash, het and slash, although I have a slight preference towards femslash, het, and gen that focuses on female characters. I mainly read fic to find out what happens to characters after the final page has turned or the credits have rolled, so I would particularly love to have futurefic of some kind. Feel free to have a look around my Ao3 profile if you want a clearer idea of the sorts of things I like. Don't feel you have to limit yourself to the characters I specifically mention — I'm happy with others being included if they fit with the story you want to tell.

General likes include
  • feminism (and women's stories more broadly)

  • found families

  • people with very different perspectives and/or life experiences coming together (either romantically, as friends, or as reluctant allies)

  • human/non-human pairings, or relationships with power imbalances

  • dispossession and exile, and place and the way it shapes people


  • Major dislikes and squicks: AUs, fusions and crossovers, excessive descriptions of bodily fluids, Mpreg, incest. I am only interested in shipfic if it focuses on the pairings I specifically mention in my prompts.

    Fandom-specific prompts behind the cut )

    Don't feel you have to stick rigidly within the bounds of my prompts. As long as your fic is focused on the characters or relationships I requested, I will be thrilled to receive anything you write for me, as these really are some of my most beloved fandoms of the heart, and the existence of any fic for them will make me extremely happy.
    dolorosa_12: (le guin)
    This is just a brief post to mention that I have (finally) dusted off my Wordpress blog to write a review of a few books that I've enjoyed recently. The review covers The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh, Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow, and The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon. It's spoiler-free, but given that two of the books reviewed are not the first in their respective series, it does touch on events in earlier books. The review can be found here, and I'm happy to respond to comments either on the original post, or here on LJ/Dreamwidth.

    I'm gearing up to nominate some fandoms and characters for Night on Fic Mountain, one of my favourite multi-fandom fic exchanges. It's an exchange for small fandoms (similar to Yuletide, although normally on a slightly smaller scale), and I thoroughly enjoyed it last year when I participated for the first time. I highly recommend it to those of you who participate in fic exchanges. Nominations are currently open, and will be until 31st March. There are more details about the schedule for the exchange here.
    dolorosa_12: (sister finland)
    I am very much Not Coping (with, well, take your pick of the conga line of political horrors parading their way around the world), which has made posting (and indeed, being online at all) very difficult. As such, this is going to be brief.

    You may have seen this already on your own Dreamwidth feeds, but [personal profile] inkstone has set up a bullet journalling comm, [community profile] bujo, if anyone's interested. I've started using a bullet journal this year; I've always been a dedicated planner, and I'm combining bullet journal use with the online management tool Trello, as well a standard weekly planner, because one form of organiser is never enough!

    I also have a question for those of you who regularly participate in fic exchanges. Last year I had a kind of vaguely defined goal to participate in more exchanges than Yuletide, and ended up doing both Night On Fic Mountain, and My Old Fandom (as well as Yuletide). I enjoyed both immensely, and if they run again, I'll definitely be signing up. In fact, I enjoyed writing for those exchanges so much that I'm completely hooked, and want to participate in even more! That's where you come in. I'm asking for recs for fic exchanges that you particularly enjoyed. It probably helps a bit to know more about what I liked about the exchanges in which I've participated thus far:

  • They were for small fandoms (not big megafandoms) and not fandom-specific

  • Participants could write gen or shipfic (I think I'd be happy to participate in a gen-only exchange, but to be honest I prefer the flexibility)

  • The lower word-count limits were low - 1000 words is fine, but a 5000-word lower limit would probably be difficult for me

  • They weren't happening at the same time as Yuletide, or immediately before or after


  • Based on those preferences, are there any exchanges you'd particular recommend? I like writing fic that centres on female characters (M/F, F/F, or female character-centric gen), if that helps.
    dolorosa_12: (epic internet)
    This is the follow up to yesterday's post-reveals post — a bunch of fic from Yuletide 2016 that I really enjoyed. I want to take the opportunity to plug my gift fic again, as it was absolutely amazing.

    Tell me in the glance of a hand by [archiveofourown.org profile] antediluvian
    Rating: Mature
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 6270
    Characters: Mae Crawford, Nicholas "Nick" Ryves | Hnikarr
    Summary: “This is fine," Nick said. "It’s defensible.”

    “Ah yes,” Mae said. “That was obviously top of my list of qualities for a first date.”


    The other recs are in alphabetical order according to fandom.

    10 Things I Hate About Reunions by [archiveofourown.org profile] BryroseA
    Fandom: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    Rating: Teen and Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 17278
    Characters: Bianca Stratford, Kat Stratford, Patrick Verona
    Summary: Is there anyone less likely than Katerina Stratford to go to their high school reunion? Well...maybe there is one person.

    sweet to mouth and low to sigh by [archiveofourown.org profile] blindmadness
    Fandom: The Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
    Rating: Teen and Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 9815
    Characters: Cynthia "Sin" Davies, Mae Crawford, Alan Ryves, Nicholas "Nick" Ryves | Hnikarr, James "Jamie" Crawford, Lydie Davies, Matthias (The Demon's Lexicon), Sebastian "Seb" McFarlane, Toby Davies, Jonathan (The Demon's Lexicon)
    Summary: Sin and Mae, seven years later, at a Market that will change their lives (and of six Markets in between).

    The Minnow and the Dragon by [archiveofourown.org profile] raspberryhunter
    Fandom: Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 3100
    Characters: Yarrow (Earthsea), Vetch (Earthsea)
    Summary: Vetch and Yarrow: an afternoon together, a short journey, and what they find at the end of it.

    The Greatest City in the World by [archiveofourown.org profile] Isis
    Fandom: The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: General Audiences
    Word Count: 2748
    Characters: Ahmad (The Golem and the Jinni), Chava (The Golem and the Jinni)
    Summary: The Golem and the Jinni, over the years.

    The Big Picture by [archiveofourown.org profile] Pugglemuggle
    Fandom: Sense8
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 3781
    Characters: Hernando (Sense8), Amanita (Sense8), Felix Brenner, Daniela Velasquez, Jela (Sense8)
    Summary: The Normals get together to make a special gift for the cluster's birthday. The Sensates can't exactly plan their own surprises, now can they?

    Living Wild As Nature Intended by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sixthlight
    Fandom: What We Do In The Shadows
    Rating: Teen and Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 4263
    Characters: Stu (What We Do in the Shadows), Nick (What We Do In the Shadows), Viago (What We Do in the Shadows)
    Summary: Viago wants to see a kiwi, Nick wants to improve Wellington’s craft beer, and Stu just wants to get through the evening without any fatalities. One out of three isn’t bad, right?

    I hope everyone had a great Yuletide. If you have any other fics from the collection that you particularly enjoyed, feel free to link them in the comments!
    dolorosa_12: (sokka)
    I was planning to do a combined reveals and recs post, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather, and I think I'll leave the recs until tomorrow, when I'm feeling better and more able to write coherent recs.

    I wrote four fics this year. I had always been intending to write at least one treat on top of my assignment, as one of my goals for 2016 had been to push myself a bit more with my writing. All the four fics seem to have been well received, and overall I feel I had a great Yuletide.

    My assignment was for [archiveofourown.org profile] neuxue, and we matched on Robin McKinley's Sunshine. The following fic is the result:

    Dappled Light by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolorosa
    Fandom: Sunshine - Robin McKinley
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 2709
    Characters: Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, Mel (Sunshine), Original Characters
    Summary: In the wake of her confrontation with Bo and unsettling alliance with Con, Sunshine needs time to come to terms with her newer, darker powers, and her fears for the future. She finds help in an unexpected quarter. This story takes place shortly after the events of Sunshine.

    I also wrote the other Sunshine fic this Yuletide, as a treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] corbae.

    Like Bitter Chocolate by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolorosa
    Fandom: Sunshine - Robin McKinley
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 4354
    Characters: Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, Mel (Sunshine), Constantine (Sunshine), Charlie Seddon, Aimil (Sunshine), Yolande (Sunshine), Pat (Sunshine)
    Summary: Five times Sunshine stuck to the recipe, and one time she didn't. Post-Sunshine.

    As soon as I noticed that someone had requested The Pagan Chronicles who wasn't me, I knew I had to write for them. It really is one of my most beloved fandoms of the heart, and it's always miraculous to find a fellow fan, especially someone who likes it enough to want fic, so I was really happy to be able to write a treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] Chocolatepot. I ended up writing a short, canon-divergent AU, and I enjoyed writing it so much that I'm considering continuing the story in a new fic or series of fics.

    Shells on the Road by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolorosa
    Fandom: Pagan Chronicles - Catherine Jinks
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 1217
    Characters: Pagan Kidrouk, Isidore Orbus, Babylonne Kidrouk
    Summary: Pagan and Isidore have rescued Babylonne from a lifetime of drudgery and terrible relatives. Now the trio are on the run, heading west towards the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela. Babylonne is dubious about the benefits of horse-riding, Pagan is relishing every opportunity for an argument, and Isidore is longing for a return to a life of bookish, peaceful contemplation.

    It seems to have become something of a tradition for me to write Wise Child fic during Yuletide — I've been participating now for three years, and for the first two years I was assigned to write a gift in this fandom. This year, I decided not to offer it, but [archiveofourown.org profile] Merriman's prompt grabbed me, and I ended up writing the longest fic I have ever written. It's based very loosely on the medieval Irish tale Tochmarc Étaíne ('The Wooing of Étaín'), and I absolutely loved writing it. (In my head it sort of exists in the same universe as the other two fics I've written for this fandom — both mention Trewyn going to Ireland and doing doran work for kings there — but all three are self-contained and make sense if read in isolation.)

    On the Boundary Walls by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolorosa
    Fandom: Wise Child Series - Monica Furlong
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 8009
    Characters: Trewyn (Wise Child Series), Juniper (Wise Child Series), Angharad of the West (Wise Child Series)
    Summary: After several years spent roaming around Britain together, Juniper and Trewyn part ways. Trewyn's journey takes her to Ireland, where she travels strange paths. This story occurs between the events of Juniper and Wise Child.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention my absolutely marvellous gift, written for me by [archiveofourown.org profile] antediluvian, which made me ridiculously happy. I've been requesting Demon's Lexicon fic for several exchanges without luck, and had actually given up on nominating or requesting it. It wasn't in my original list of requests, but as I was editing my sign-up, I noticed the fandom in the list of nominated fandoms, and added it into my request on a whim. The fic I received was perfect — my author managed to include all of my prompts, and really got why I loved this canon in the first place. I'm planning to spend the rest of the afternoon going through their other fic and seeing if they've written anything else I like.

    Tell me in the glance of a hand by [archiveofourown.org profile] antediluvian
    Rating: Mature
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 6270
    Characters: Mae Crawford, Nicholas "Nick" Ryves | Hnikarr
    Summary: “This is fine," Nick said. "It’s defensible.”

    “Ah yes,” Mae said. “That was obviously top of my list of qualities for a first date.”


    I hope those of you who did Yuletide this year had as great a Yuletide as I did!
    dolorosa_12: (teen wolf)
    I've been cycling through despair, fury and anxiety since the EU referendum results last week, but let's put that aside to talk about happier things.

    I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at a srafcon in London with [personal profile] bethankyou, M and S. We spent most of the time wandering around, hanging out in cafes and pubs, and browsing through the books at Forbidden Planet, but our visit also coincided with London Pride, and we managed to catch a bit of the parade.

    I've also just finished up a couple of fic exchanges, My Old Fandom and Night on Fic Mountain, both of which were tremendous fun. Now that reveals have happened for both of them, I can share the fic I wrote and received as gifts.

    For My Old Fandom, I wrote 'The Many's Gathered Choices', The Dark Is Rising gen featuring Simon Drew, Jane Drew, Barney Drew, Will Stanton and Bran Davies.

    For Night on Fic Mountain I wrote 'In the Wings', a Ballet Shoes-Code Name Verity crossover, featuring Petrova Fossil, Julie Beaufort-Stuart and Maddie Brodatt.

    By a strange quirk of fate, [archiveofourown.org profile] Morbane wrote both my gifts for the two exchanges.

    I received 'rebound' (Sunshine; Sunshine/Constantine) for My Old Fandom, and 'Find Someone Who's Turning' (Galax Arena; Presh/Allyman) for Night on Fic Mountain.

    I enjoyed both fics immensely, and had a great time participating in both exchanges, even if my assignments took me somewhat out of my comfort zone. There were lots of other great works that I found through the two exchanges, and I strongly encourage everyone to have a look through both collections and see if they find anything they like.
    dolorosa_12: (pagan kidrouk)
    Thank you for writing for me!

    I'm pretty easygoing about what type of fic you want to write for me. I read fic of any rating, and would be equally happy with plotty genfic or something very shippy. I read gen, femslash, het and slash, although I have a slight preference towards femslash, het, and gen that focuses on female characters. I mainly read fic to find out what happens to characters after the final page has turned or the credits have rolled, so I would particularly love to have futurefic of some kind. Don't feel you have to limit yourself to the characters I specifically mention — I'm happy with others being included if they fit with the story you want to tell.

    General likes include feminism (and women's stories more broadly), found families, people with very different perspectives and/or life experiences coming together (either romantically, as friends, or as reluctant allies), human/non-human pairings, relationships with power imbalances, and characters reflecting on power and/or the reasons for their own powerlessness. My other favourite themes are dispossession and exile, and place and the way it shapes people — what do particular characters understand by 'home'? Can they return to it? Is home a place for them, or is it an age, or is it particular other people? Feel free to have a look around at my Ao3 profile as it should give you a good idea of the types of things I like to read.

    Major dislikes and squicks: AUs (except in certain circumstances, which I will outline below), fusions and crossovers, excessive descriptions of bodily fluids, Mpreg, incest. I am only interested in shipfic if it focuses on the pairings I specifically mention in my prompts.

    Fandom specific prompts:

    The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon )

    Galax Arena series - Gillian Rubinstein )

    Pagan Chronicles - Catherine Jinks )

    Romanitas - Sophia McDougall )

    Don't feel you have to stick rigidly within the bounds of my prompts. As long as your fic is focused on the characters I requested, I will be thrilled to receive anything you write for me, as these really are some of my most beloved fandoms of the heart, and the existence of any fic for them will make me extremely happy.
    dolorosa_12: (emily hanna)
    Thank you for writing for me!

    I'm pretty easygoing about what type of fic you want to write for me. I read fic of any rating, and would be equally happy with plotty genfic or something very shippy. I read gen, femslash, het and slash, although I have a slight preference towards femslash, het, and gen that focuses on female characters. I mainly read fic to find out what happens to characters after the final page has turned or the credits have rolled, so I would particularly love to have futurefic of some kind. Don't feel you have to limit yourself to the characters I specifically mention — I'm happy with others being included if they fit with the story you want to tell.

    General likes include feminism (and women's stories more broadly), found families, people with very different perspectives and/or life experiences coming together (either romantically, as friends, or as reluctant allies), human/non-human pairings, relationships with power imbalances, and characters reflecting on power and/or the reasons for their own powerlessness. My other favourite themes are dispossession and exile, and place and the way it shapes people — what do particular characters understand by 'home'? Can they return to it? Is home a place for them, or is it an age, or is it particular other people? Feel free to have a look around at my Ao3 profile as it should give you a good idea of the types of things I like to read.

    Major dislikes and squicks: AUs (except in certain circumstances, which I will outline below), fusions and crossovers, excessive descriptions of bodily fluids, Mpreg, incest. I am only interested in shipfic if it focuses on the pairings I specifically mention in my prompts.



    Fandom specific prompts:

    Galax Arena series )

    Legendsong series )

    Sally Lockhart series )

    Space Demons trilogy )

    Sunshine )

    Don't feel you have to stick rigidly within the bounds of my prompts. As long as your fic is focused on the characters I requested, I will be thrilled to receive anything you write for me.
    dolorosa_12: (flight of the conchords)
    I just nominated some fandoms for this exchange, which sounds as if it's right up my alley (given that 95 per cent of my fannish feeling is directed at canons of the '90s and early 2000s).

    Participants can nominate up to eight fandoms, and up to twelve characters and/or relationships within those fandoms. (Due to the way Ao3 tagging works, it's impossible separate characters and relationships in an exchange of this nature, so if you want a particular relationship - pairing or platonic - you have to nominate it as if you were nominating a character, if that makes sense.) Eligible works are those with no new material produced between 31st December, 2005 and now.

    Participants will need to request between 3-6 fandoms, and offer 4-10. You can write fic or create fanart. For more information, go to Ao3 or the comms at [community profile] myoldfandom or [livejournal.com profile] myoldfandom.

    I'm not a mod for the exchange, but I always struggle to find out about exchanges at the point when nominations are open, and so I end up not participating. (For some reason, mods of exchanges seem to promote them after the tag set has closed, which I find baffling.) So for this reason, I'm posting about it in the hope that people who, like me, want to share the love for old, closed canons, can join the exchange and nominate stuff they want to write/draw and read.
    dolorosa_12: (flight of the conchords)
    I know it's a bit late, but I was in Germany without my laptop, and then flat out at work this week, so this is the first chance I've had to post a bunch of links to Yuletide fics. This was my first year participating, and it all went a lot better than I was expecting.

    [archiveofourown.org profile] kmo wrote Ouroboros (Wise Child series, Juniper and Wise Child, gen) for me.

    I wrote one gift fic and one treat, and both were well received, considering they were for very tiny fandoms.

    Beyond the Ninth Wave (Wise Child series, gen). After being driven from their home by Fillan Priest, Juniper and Wise Child adjust to a new life on Finbar's ship.

    Reverberations (Romanitas trilogy, gen). Several years after the events of Savage City, Una, Makaria and Noriko meet. All three feel the effects of the war and slave rebellion in different ways.

    I really enjoyed many of the fics in the collection this year. Here are some of my particular favourites:

    Far from the Blessed Isles by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miss_M (Greek Mythology; Penelope, Circe, Nausicaa, Calypso; T). The dead talked a lot among themselves, there being little else for them to do. Conversation tended to run along circular paths. I love this because it's absolutely unflinching in how it reveals what a raw deal women got in Greek mythology, but still allows these women a space to express their anger about the injustice they experienced.

    The Banishing of Winter by [archiveofourown.org profile] Skeiler (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell; John Uskglass; G). In 1202, The Raven King "quarreled with Winter, and banished it from his kingdom so that it enjoyed four years of continual Summer." This is that story. This is absolutely fabulous, managing to retain the whimsical, scholarly tone of the book while also perfectly capturing the spirit of a folk tale.

    The Price of Honor by [archiveofourown.org profile] keilexandra (The Lions of Al-Rassan; Rodrigo Belmonte/Jehane bet Ishak/Ammar ibn Khairan; M). Jehane and Ammar try to make a life for themselves in Muwardi-occupied Al-Rassan. Some things, a very few of them, may be more important than honor. What-if? AU. Warning for implied sexual violence. If this isn't what happened, this is what should have happened. I particularly appreciate that the author managed to resolve the love triangle in a way that still included Rodrigo's wife, Miranda.

    Robbing Peter by [archiveofourown.org profile] cantstoptemplarswillgetme (The Musketeers; d'Artagnan, Porthos, Athos, Aramis, Constance; T). There's no summary, but this is a very silly heist fic, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Somebody's Waiting for Someone by [archiveofourown.org profile] stellatundra (Peaky Blinders; Ada Shelby/Freddie Thorne; T). It might be Tommy he goes to France for, but it’s Ada he comes home for. A Freddie-centric fic examining his relationship with various Shelbys.

    I also loved almost all the Clarke/Bellamy/Raven fics for The 100 fandom.
    dolorosa_12: (matilda)
    I made a whirlwind trip to London on Friday, as I was attending a course on book conservation at this library. I really enjoyed it as it was hands-on, practical training. The organisers had damaged some books beforehand (all the librarians attending winced at this) and then taught us how to repair the various torn pages, broken spines and peeling covers. My favourite aspect of library work is the sense of making order out of chaos, of tidying things up into organised categories, so I think that book repair is going to suit me very well.

    It was an interesting bunch of people attending - I'm used to courses at Cambridge, where everyone works in academic libraries, but everyone on this course worked at museums, cathedral libraries, stately homes and so on. I was the only one who didn't manage a special collection in some way, although one of the three libraries in which I work does have a large number of rare books.

    I'd never been to Middle Temple before, but it's a pretty cool part of London, filled with odd little winding passageways and hidden old buildings. The library itself was very interesting, although there wasn't much time to explore it.

    On Saturday morning I actually managed to have a Skype session with all of my four sisters. Mim, the oldest, was visiting our father, stepmother and other three sisters, and we had set up the session so that I could see Maud, the newest sister, in person. As it turned out, our other two sisters, Kitty and Nell, popped in and out of the conversation as well. Maud herself is super cute (although she looks disturbingly like a shrunken version of my dad), and it's a real shame that I'm not going to be able to see her in person until at least September next year. That Skype conversation was the first time all of my sisters and I have been 'in the same place' since Nell's baptism in 2008. This is, I suppose, one of the unavoidable side effects of being an immigrant.

    There are a few fanworks and other pieces of writing making me very happy at the moment.

    This short story by Rachel Swirsky retells the early parts of the Iliad from Iphigenia's point of view. This is exactly the kind of Iliad I like - one that's all about the women and their relationships, is filled with anger at what the men around them do to them, and doesn't paint Achilles in a good light. You should definitely read it, although be aware that it includes depictions of violence, murder and an extremely misogynistic society.

    This story by [tumblr.com profile] notbecauseofvictories is basically the story I'm searching for every time I read: the interaction between human and non-human characters, in which each is overwhelmed and slightly unable to comprehend the other's nature. It's called 'Ten Things Gabriel Finds Fascinating About Humanity' and I highly recommend it.

    There are some great Vividcon vids starting to emerge. My favourites so far are 'Bones' (Luther) by [personal profile] gwyn and 'Fembots' (multifandom) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Grammarwoman.

    Also, I just noticed that someone finally wrote Romanitas fanfic, which makes me so unbelievably happy. It's by [archiveofourown.org profile] a_la_greque, and is Marcus-centric.

    I hope you are all having marvellous weekends.
    dolorosa_12: (epic internet)
    Recs behind the cut )

    For the history lovers out there, I've also got a couple of fascinating videos. The first is archival footage of my Cambridge college (and the wider university) during the 1940s.



    The second is something I encountered just today, and is truly amazing. It's a virtual map that traces the growth of London from Roman times to today, and is the best thing I've seen on the internet for a long time. I'm getting a very Troy Game vibe from it!



    Finally, I've noticed some people have been complaining about the latest changes to Livejournal. As far as I can tell, I've managed to avoid them because I never chose to have the 'new' friends page (if I wanted have to endure endless scrolling, I'll go to Tumblr), and I'm only seeing differences on the login page, and if I comment on other people's posts. However, I think there's a possible way to avoid them if you go to Display section of the Settings page, and select 'View all journals and communities in my own style' and 'View comment pages from my Friends page in my own style'. That may make things slightly better. The only other thing I can advise is to keep your friends page in the 'old style' as long as possible. I'm not going to change until it's forced on me.
    dolorosa_12: (Default)
    I always seem to find myself defending slash. I don't really know why. I don't write slash (I don't write fic of any kind). I read it extremely rarely. On first glance, I don't appear to have any horse in this race. But post like this one from Gav Reads never fail to rub me the wrong way. (To be fair to Gav, he wrote this post as part of an ongoing discussion he was having with [livejournal.com profile] sophiamcdougall and others at Eastercon, and I think it comes from a curious-trying-to-understand-slash rather than a this-stuff-is-icky-why-do-you-write-it position.) [livejournal.com profile] sophiamcdougall's response goes some way in explaining why this issue matters to me. In one of her comments, she sets out the argument in relation to slash at its most positive and socially responsible:

    But a lot of people find that it is liberating. I know queer people who have found enormous solace in slash as they go through the coming out process and beyond. (I kind of AM such people). And I know straight women who have found it a space to shed inhibitions and create for themselves something mainstream culture is not very interested in providing for them, and they have felt liberated by that. It's pretty presumptuous to say that they're wrong about they're own experience.

    Of course, people write slash for a variety of reasons, and I've often felt that some of the unease or disgust people feel with it is due to the fact that it is a form of writing mainly written by and for women (cf romance novels and chick-lit), and in particular as an expression of female sexuality. It's indefensible to criticise it (at least it alone) on grounds of implausibility, as a relationship between, say, Harry and Draco is equally as implausible as one between Draco and Ginny (or, indeed, a gen AU where Harry and Draco have traded places).

    Ultimately, I think the reason why I constantly leap to the defence of slash is because I am someone who has spent a lifetime engaging with the written word. Nothing gives me greater pleasure. My way of engaging with words is to analyse, discuss, review and study. If slash writers' way is to write m/m porny fanfic, who am I to stop them?
    dolorosa_12: (Default)
    I always seem to find myself defending slash. I don't really know why. I don't write slash (I don't write fic of any kind). I read it extremely rarely. On first glance, I don't appear to have any horse in this race. But post like this one from Gav Reads never fail to rub me the wrong way. (To be fair to Gav, he wrote this post as part of an ongoing discussion he was having with [livejournal.com profile] sophiamcdougall and others at Eastercon, and I think it comes from a curious-trying-to-understand-slash rather than a this-stuff-is-icky-why-do-you-write-it position.) [livejournal.com profile] sophiamcdougall's response goes some way in explaining why this issue matters to me. In one of her comments, she sets out the argument in relation to slash at its most positive and socially responsible:

    But a lot of people find that it is liberating. I know queer people who have found enormous solace in slash as they go through the coming out process and beyond. (I kind of AM such people). And I know straight women who have found it a space to shed inhibitions and create for themselves something mainstream culture is not very interested in providing for them, and they have felt liberated by that. It's pretty presumptuous to say that they're wrong about they're own experience.

    Of course, people write slash for a variety of reasons, and I've often felt that some of the unease or disgust people feel with it is due to the fact that it is a form of writing mainly written by and for women (cf romance novels and chick-lit), and in particular as an expression of female sexuality. It's indefensible to criticise it (at least it alone) on grounds of implausibility, as a relationship between, say, Harry and Draco is equally as implausible as one between Draco and Ginny (or, indeed, a gen AU where Harry and Draco have traded places).

    Ultimately, I think the reason why I constantly leap to the defence of slash is because I am someone who has spent a lifetime engaging with the written word. Nothing gives me greater pleasure. My way of engaging with words is to analyse, discuss, review and study. If slash writers' way is to write m/m porny fanfic, who am I to stop them?
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    I've pretty much said my piece over on Wordpress in relation to this issue, but I thought I'd leave you with a few final links about the whole issue. Please note that Diana Gabaldon has made a more conciliatory follow-up post, although she still doesn't seem to have apologised for the hyperbolic insults she threw at ficcers in the comments to the first post.

    A couple of professional authors have raised their heads above the parapets to make their own remarks about fanfic and their policies towards it. See John Scalzi, Charlie Stross, and, most significantly, [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales, here. I say 'most significantly', because Sarah Rees Brennan is a professional writer who started out writing Harry Potter fanfic. She's thus had writing experience from both sides - published and fanfic - and therefore, unlike most of the commenters on Gabaldon's blog, actually knows what she's talking about (the comments were HILARIOUS, mainly along the lines of 'eww, fanfic! I have only just discovered what it is, and I DON'T LIKE IT!').

    [livejournal.com profile] kate_nepveu's open letter is also worth a read.

    I've said it already on Wordpress, and I'll say it again: this whole problem is generational, and I don't mean in terms of age (although their is some correlation). You either come from a generation where the author's intention is supreme (and somehow knowable and completely communicable) and self-contained within the text, and reading is a passive activity, or you come from a generation where the culture is one of collaboration, remixing and mashups, and where a text means different things to different people. Each generation views the other as delusional, and I don't know how we're going to ever get past that.

    That's enough on fanfic from me. To all my UK friends and readers, please go out and vote today!
    dolorosa_12: (flight of the conchords)
    I've pretty much said my piece over on Wordpress in relation to this issue, but I thought I'd leave you with a few final links about the whole issue. Please note that Diana Gabaldon has made a more conciliatory follow-up post, although she still doesn't seem to have apologised for the hyperbolic insults she threw at ficcers in the comments to the first post.

    A couple of professional authors have raised their heads above the parapets to make their own remarks about fanfic and their policies towards it. See John Scalzi, Charlie Stross, and, most significantly, [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales, here. I say 'most significantly', because Sarah Rees Brennan is a professional writer who started out writing Harry Potter fanfic. She's thus had writing experience from both sides - published and fanfic - and therefore, unlike most of the commenters on Gabaldon's blog, actually knows what she's talking about (the comments were HILARIOUS, mainly along the lines of 'eww, fanfic! I have only just discovered what it is, and I DON'T LIKE IT!').

    [livejournal.com profile] kate_nepveu's open letter is also worth a read.

    I've said it already on Wordpress, and I'll say it again: this whole problem is generational, and I don't mean in terms of age (although their is some correlation). You either come from a generation where the author's intention is supreme (and somehow knowable and completely communicable) and self-contained within the text, and reading is a passive activity, or you come from a generation where the culture is one of collaboration, remixing and mashups, and where a text means different things to different people. Each generation views the other as delusional, and I don't know how we're going to ever get past that.

    That's enough on fanfic from me. To all my UK friends and readers, please go out and vote today!
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    Author Diana Gabaldon posts an angry post about fanfic. In the comments, she not only fails to grasp why most ficcers are writing, but also likens them to paedophiles, thieves and lynch mobs. Not Shakespeare responds.

    So do I.

    EDIT: More links.

    The Fandom Wank post.

    [livejournal.com profile] bookshop's hilarious rejoinder.

    An open letter by [livejournal.com profile] pinkfinity.

    Someone also linked to an old Making Light post about fanfic, which I think pretty much says it all.
    dolorosa_12: (Default)
    Author Diana Gabaldon posts an angry post about fanfic. In the comments, she not only fails to grasp why most ficcers are writing, but also likens them to paedophiles, thieves and lynch mobs. Not Shakespeare responds.

    So do I.

    EDIT: More links.

    The Fandom Wank post.

    [livejournal.com profile] bookshop's hilarious rejoinder.

    An open letter by [livejournal.com profile] pinkfinity.

    Someone also linked to an old Making Light post about fanfic, which I think pretty much says it all.
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    I wrote a yay! life! post over on Wordpress. I've also got the first of my (spoilerific) commentary posts for Romanitas. It's on the first chapter, 'Embalmed'.

    I've been reading a lot of post-Deathly Hallows, 'next generation' Harry Potter fanfic. Serious Harry Potter fans on my flist are probably horrified (one of them has been known to remark that since we don't know anything about Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione etc's children, writing fic about them is like writing about original characters). For me, that's part of the appeal, I suspect. I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things to do as a child was imagining what happened to characters after the last page was turned (Presh, Leeward, Allyman, Fenja, Eduardo and Mariam ended up working for Cirque du Soleil, dammit!), and that's exactly what the better next-gen fic-writers are doing.

    I like fanfic in such a qualified way. I can't read it for things that I truly adore ([livejournal.com profile] cereswunderkind aside, I'm incapable of reading HDM fanfic, and I wouldn't dream of reading Buffy or Firefly fic either), and I'm much more interested in reading longer, novel-length fic where the focus is less on pairings and more on the story itself. (That's not to say I'm anti-shipping, more that for me, the point of fic is the same as in any other storytelling medium - telling a story. I certainly don't say this out of any perceived superiority, just that it is a matter of taste, and my taste falls much more on the gen side of things.) Then again, I'd never want to read fic for something I don't care about at all. Harry Potter is one of the few texts that sits comfortably in the centre of the divide between 'I adore it without qualification' and 'I couldn't care less about it': I like HP more for what it symbolised than what it actually was, more for how it brought my friends and me together to talk about books than for what the books themselves actually said.

    We all have particular stories that we can hear told again and again, same same but different. (For me, it used to be a particularly Montague-and-Capulety across the barricades love story.) Next gen fic, with its emphasis on the Potter/Weasley and Malfoy offspring tends to appeal to a particular favourite story of mine: people who detest/fear one another being forced to work together despite mutual dislike. It's gone beyond any Romeo and Juliet trappings it once used to possess. I'm interested in compromises: who makes them, why, and what it does to them. That, for me, is the appeal of the best next-gen stuff. At the moment, I've been enjoying [livejournal.com profile] jenwryn_fic's novel-length story 'Black is the Colour'. I suspect it won't appeal to the Potter purists, but I like it quite a lot.

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