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five stories in four fandoms
children of dune - leto 1
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Gakked from cathexys who gakked from brown_betty - 5 stories you'd recommend to a someone outside of fandom.

Well. Cool. Five stories I read in fandoms I have never been a part of.

Goodnight, Moon by Yahtzee. Joan of Arcadia/The Day After Tomorrow. I ended up emailing this one to a friend who isn't fannish to explain the crying. Let's not talk about the crying. More, let's talk about the hope. This is one show that I vague, vaguely knew the premise of, and one movie that at the time I had never seen. And it's still one of the most powerful stories I've read in my life, and every time I read it is just like the first time. I won't say theme or universal struggle or you know, tone. I'll say that it explores one of my favorite things in stories, why I read--what makes us human. What makes a family. And the sacrifices we make to keep those things.

A Hundred Years Ago by trifles. Wendy and Peter. This one I printed out and gave to my mom. It's the story of the boy before he became Captain Hook. It's rich and stylish and atmospheric and utterly, utterly breathtaking. It broke my heart. It gave the story of Peter Pan something more, something deeper and darker and sadder. And I love it every time I re-read.

Iolokus by MustangSally and RivkaT. X-Files. Link to the first. I love this series. I mean, I just--I sit down and re-read the entire thing every so often. It's plotty with fantastic character. It's *very* plotty with fantastic character. It's--did I mention plot? I cannot emphasize enough, plot. A fantastic, X-Filey, twisty, amazing plot through five novels. I can't even begin to count how much I love this story and everything in it. It's magnificent. It's huge and sprawling and almost a week of reading and it's everything that X-Files was and could have been and a part of me wishes it could have been. Amazing.

Nightblooming Heartsease by julad. Harry Potter. I broke my own heart reading it and re-read it every so often to just--wallow in it. It's breathtaking and painful and hopeful. It's (somewhat) contradicted by current Harry Potter canon, but it stands the test of time in the characters, the world she built for them, around them, the war they fought with Voldemort. I have to space out my re-reads, but it's always worth the ache after. Always.

The Tale of the Shining Price by illuferret. Harry Potter. I--hmm. I can't explain this one. It's thick and heavy and very, very rigid stylistically. It's not quite Harry Potter, less vivid, and more intense. Almost four years ago after reading it I said I'd remember this story when I forgot what I'd written that year. It's true. I don't even remember what fandom I was in when I read this, but I remember reading this, and loving it, and hurting with it, too.


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And I remember reading your reading of Tale and falling in love with your *reading* (I was already in love with the story!)

Cool twist on the 5 outsider things (I often wonder whether outsiders or casual readers are indeed better reaccers of strange fandoms than deep lovers...like I think I give good WW recs even though I was never in the fandom etc)

Hmm. I've wondered that, too. How much a non-participant of the fandom gets out of a story compared to someone who's already seeped in it, knows the canon, the popular fanon, the unpopular fanon, the flame wars about the fanon, the people who wear foil so the fanon doesn't get them....


Yes!!!

Did I ever let you see the essay where I cited you (it never came out...long story). It's all about context and knowledge and the things you were discussing. B/c that was one smart post!!!!! :D

*grins* I think so? I think you sent me a link and I read it--*blank*. Or I imagined I did.

I jsut went to find the post I did. God, I remember when I wrote that. I'm trying to think if it still holds true today.

Hmm. Illuferret seems to have taken down her site.

Bugger. I'll try to find an alternative somewhere.

You rock like a rocking thing.

Ah yes. A friend pointed out that this could be used to retrieve some embarrasing fiction I wrote back in college. Logically, it can also be used to retrieve fiction folks have long since taken down.

It's become fairly useless for most things posted in the last few years, b/c most web sites have learned to put up spider/robot blocks, but it's great for older fic! [The other way to get recently taken down sites is to use the google cache if you have a line or whatever...]

With you all the way on Goodnight, Moon. I'm usually in fandom for the button-pushing slash (well-written or no), but Goodnight, Moon is awesome no matter what. Will definitely check out the others I haven't read as well. Thanks!

You're welcome! And I hope you enjoy!

A Hundred Years Ago makes me tear up every time I run across it.

*sighs* Yeah. It really does.

Ah Iolokus, the fic that forever marked the standard of what het fic could do for me :)

Goodnight Moon just broke me.
Thank you so much for the link, I'll definitely check out the other fics later. But now I have to stop crying so I can at least try to concentrate on the art history class I have in an hour *cries*

The instant I saw this I hoped you'd recommend some X-Files. I want to dip my toe in that fandom, but it scares me.

The Tale of the Shining Price by illuferret. Harry Potter. I--hmm. I can't explain this one. It's thick and heavy and very, very rigid stylistically. It's not quite Harry Potter, less vivid, and more intense. Almost four years ago after reading it I said I'd remember this story when I forgot what I'd written that year. It's true.

Wow. Thanks for the rec! I don't know if you know this, since you said you'd read it years ago, but there are three sequels to it. They can all be found here: http://web.archive.org/web/20060103144534/http://seacouver.slashcity.net/illuferret/index.html

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