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my happy is a cuddly and pornographic apolcalypse
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On a topic completely unrelated to any current or near-current past events, it just occurred to me while pondering my reading is that Merlin has a very low proportion of uberangst. I mean, there is angst, but not like, the kind where you leave a story wanting to slit your own wrists in the bathtub afterward because, woe, the world is dark and all is doomed to love and despair, and even brownies soaked in chocolate fudge isn't going to help this.

...granted, this is because our (multiple) source ending is angsty as anything, so really, we're rebels and totally subverting the paradigm to synergize a new and exciting appropriation of the end game. I would like to encourage continuation of this trend.

I'd like to know if you are impressed with that sentence, too. I learned those words recently at an office meeting. I also learned you can't will yourself to death no matter how long you hold your breath. Odd, that.

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our (multiple) source ending is angsty as anything, so really, we're rebels and totally subverting the paradigm to synergize a new and exciting appropriation of the end game

I think this sentence needs to be on a bookmark.

It took me several tries to give it that special incomprehensible oomph.

Just you wait, this happened in Phantom Menace, for a while it was all "HAHA LUCAS, YOU LOSE." But then some people get bored of that, and they crave death and destruction and THE END OF THE UNIVERSE *eyes you warily*. And get this, they end the tail in UBER TRAGEDY that's not even IN canon.

...and then we get amnesia fic.

I was honestly a little concerned when I started reading in the fandom, since the end of the standard mytharc IS so very very bleak. Then I realized the whole show and the fans and fanwriters were pretty much giving the finger to that in every way possible, and FELL IN LOVE.

Seriously. Seriously, there's nothing that makes me happier than a hopeful-ending Merlin/Arthur story, because for so damn long that story has been SO TRAGICAL, and it's so freaking cool that fandom's turning that on its head!

YES THIS. HAPPY ENDING. I mean, end the world, sure, but add a happy ending, you know? Happy.

I'd never really thought about that, but you're right. I approve.

(I'd approve even more if people were posting new fics tonight. I need something to distract me from the schoolwork I should be doing!)

I would approve of this as well. *stares at the Merlin authors out there*

'paradigm' is so last century. ;)

I would be perfectly happy for Merlin to be a fandom of fluff. And porn. Or at least fic where the angst happens and then Arthur kills it with his sword (either one).

Also, I have found that having two pens or pencils works best at meetings, because you can contemplate sticking one up each nostril and headbutting the desk.

So, no psychopathic mass murdering galaxy-conquering MFEO Merlin/Arthur?

That kind of thing *can* be happy, you know!

*whistles innocently*

Now did I ever exclude serial killing mass murdering OTPs from happy? No, I did not. *innocent*

Heh! Yes this! I like being in on a the awesome stories that everyone in fandom is talking about because hey, they've got actual happy and stuff in them and I can read them without having to click out halfway through! (confession: I have a very low tolerance for angst so... yeah :))

And since I'm here and I've been pimping this out to everyone Merlin: The First and Last

*goes back into semi-lurkerdom*

...granted, this is because our (multiple) source ending is angsty as anything, so really, we're rebels and totally subverting the paradigm to synergize a new and exciting appropriation of the end game.

*puts on shades to shield eyes from shininess of sentence*

I also learned you can't will yourself to death no matter how long you hold your breath. Odd, that.

Was this learned during your office meeting too? I find that's when I try to will myself to death...well, that or to porn land. But going to porn land in the middle of the office never turns out well.


I think this is why I have yet to be able to write Merlin, because I really like for it to have a happy ending in Merlin and ... I fail at that a lot. And I want like everyone to be happy and have (big-eared, magic) babies and flowers and hold hands and for some kind of Narnia arrangement where Arthur gets to be king and essentially have three queens and magic sparkles. The Mists of Avalon may actually have used up all my Arthur-related angst.

I'm unable to write Merlin fic for that same reason. And I have been trying. Don't get me wrong. I'm in love with all the fluffy fiction that's being produced, but.

But nothing. I love all the fluffy fiction that's being produced.

Being a fan of happy endings, I'm now worried people are going to take this as a challenge... plz keeping subverting the Arthurian paradigm fans! It's a legend--obviously they got the names all mixed up anyway (or Merlin spent most of his post-teens shapeshifting like crazy... or some other fluffy events involving adorable dragons kittens)!

I did find this on the angsty side, but I think the bbc show lends itself much more easily to goofy humor than high tragedy.

What amireal said. First there was angst in The Phantom Menace! So much, so very much of it! And I admit it - I loved it! Loved the angst.

Then there was uberangst and suddenly there were dead puppies and life, the universe and everything went to hell in a handbasket.

Alas, now that you've brought up the uberangst, we'll be inundated by it in Merlin fandom, inundated I say! :(

We must resist and write about fluffy unicorns and Merlin and Arthur going off into the sunset, happy and healthy and living forever.

ahahaah that sentence is pretty fantastic.

re: your last bit about not dying, there's a fantastic sentence that i love in sky full of that i was like whoa, yes, i was totally like this too:

When she was very young, Jeannie was terribly in love with the idea of death. She used to lie still and silent and hold her breath--but instead of going pale and lovely and frozen like paintings of ravished maidens and Roman women, she went red and gasping for breath. Death was romantic to her.

Merlin is my happy, shiny place, and I hope to gods it does not go uberangst on me because I'll have to break up with it and I don't have the energy nor the inclination to go looking for a new affair right now.

Okay, going by the amount of Merlin-apocalyptothon prompts, I would say there is certainly a need to blow things up, but looking at the nature of them, the fandom is still happy-fluffy about killing most of the planet - Merlin and Arthur are apparently like cockroaches that way.

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