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these are the times that try a fangirls' soul
children of dune - leto 1
So like the bulletproof kink, I have the vid-equivalent of bulletproof music; there are some songs that no matter how crappy the vid, I will watch them to the bitter end because the song or performers speak so well that for me, the vid has no choice but to be meaningful, which can end with me watching a lot of AMVs of obscure anime tearfully finding meaning in long shots of unnaturally beautiful, expressionless characters whose names I can't even pronounce, but I feel it okay?

Then sometimes, just sometimes, a vid defines the perfect way the song should be vidded and no other vid can ever ever ever match it and I am so fucked, because that song is now off-limits and I want to ban anyone from ever using it again. And yet, i keep trying, which is why I have watched no less than twenty vids set to How to Save a Life and hate all of them, because they'll never be as awesome as that one FMA one, dammit. Even if, you know, some of them are amazing.

It's also been taken down because youtube is evil, and thank God I officially download anything I like immediately.

My sulking is very fandom-oriented.


There comes a time in every parent's life in which they feel the universe seem to expand before them, timespace opening like the petals of a flower in the sun and eternity residing deep within.

My son asked me for fanfic recs.

I had five minutes and a fucked up internet connection, and he requested in two fandoms: SGA and Torchwood. And I said, oh.

For Torchwood:

I gave him [personal profile] dira's Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive: I wanted a clean intro to Jack/Ianto fanfiction and an introduction to mpreg that won't traumatize him, and something well-plotted and well-executed and long enough to hold his attention. It also has a kid, and Child loves kids like whoa. This one seemed perfect, as it's one of my favorites.

For SGA:

The Retrograde Series by ltlj: this is the fic of my dreams, the Stargate Atlantis I wanted and everything about my fandom I love. To be more, to be better, to fight because you can't afford not to lose.

Qui Habitat by miss porcupine: this is the fic of my mind, politically complex combined religious fanaticism, rebellion and the unending and inexplicable hope that Stargate Atlantis is, and the complexity and well-plotted arcs it should have been. To be all and everything that you are, to fight because winning may not be certain, but losing would mean the end of everything.

Written by the Victors by [personal profile] cesperanza: this is the fic of my heart, what Stargate Atlantis could have been, secession and creating something new on the battered remains of what was. To be more than you thought you were, to fight because it's the right thing to do.

Your Cowboy Days Are Over by samdonne: this is the fic of my soul. It shook me and stole sleep and changed not only how I saw Atlantis, but how I saw the fandom that grew around it. To fight, to sacrifice until there's nothing left to lose, to bend and break and still get up again, because that's who you are and will always be.

I wanted to offer him the best of what media fandom in LJ has been and is and will be, livejournal's media culture and the house styles, the underpinnings of slash fandom, the writers who I felt encompassed so much of what makes fandom such a huge part of my life, the stories that could only be written in the fandom they were in and redefined them for me; it's a pretty good start.

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"Get Loved..." was my comfort fic after I watched Children of Earth.

Ooh, I've only read one of your SGA recs ("Written by the Victors") -- new stories for me! *gleefully rubs hands*

That is such a lovely moment. It's the fandom heritage!

Oh, lovely. I think I'll read this....

if you don't mind me asking, how old is your son? Cuz when you say 'child' my mind conjures up a 5 year old reading fanfiction O_o

*bites lip* Fourteen, but I've been on LJ since he was five and in fandom since he was two, so it--stuck.

no that is totally cool. That's definitely one way to ensure that the future generations are open minded ;)

I'm assuming Child is familiar with LOLcats - he therefore might also appreciate copperbadge's extremely funny Trying to Communicate


Ooh, you are awesome. *bookmarks*

All of these stories are miles better than what I was reading online as a teenager. In fact, I think it's time for a reread. Thanks for the reminder. =)

These are some excellent recs! On the SGA side, I would also add Synecdochic's "Freedom's Just Another Word..." and the sequel, "And the Band's Playing "Hail to the Chief"", Skoosiepants' "Once Upon A Furry Octopus", and Astolat's "A Beautiful Lifetime Event".

On the Torchwood side, I'd include Copperbadge's "The Rules of Torchwood Three", and its sequels, which are linked in the header, and his "The Theory of Two Centres". Actually, just have him read all of Copperbadge's stuff. He's fucking brilliant. Also Joonscribble's "Last One Out".

And if you'd like to introduce the crossover concept, Leah's SGA/Torchwood cross "Like a Dream in the Morning".

Oh, yes--thanks for these recs! I almost forgot about astolat's fic--that is one of the ONLY mpreg-that's-really-not-mpreg fics that I will read. With exception to rageprufrock's, of course ^_^

"A Beautiful Lifetime Event" is unique and changed how I looked at SGA.

I have a rule about Retrograde: when it is named anywhere, I reread it. Thanks for the reminder!

Also, the only thing I didn't recognize was Your Cowboy Days Are Over so I clicked on over. Then I started it, recognized it as 'that depressing-yet-hopeful triumph of the Sheppard spirit' and clicked away fast. I am not in the right frame of mind to read that T_T

Would love to have this discussion over on http://vidsongs.livejournal.com/profile !

(Stuff like this was one of the reasons the community was created.)

Is this the vid? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdq3Q6xP9bQ

Never mind, I found the original link I had saved and yeah, it's gone.

If not, could I bother you for a copy? I adored that vid but need to get into the habit of saving everything I like.

Edited at 2011-04-25 03:05 pm (UTC)

Get Loved - this is the one that when referenced by either Friend or I in work emails we refer to as "19%mp" because back when I first read it (and even now) I could never remember the title, but I introduced it to Friend as the one that was 19% mpreg and the name stuck. And you don't want to be talking about mpreg on work email. That's just... no. *g*

Qui Habitat - Didn't read at the time because it was a WiP (and still is?) and keep putting off reading it now because I have this impression (rightly or wrongly) that it's in bits and pieces all over her LJ and finding all the bits would be hard. And it's crazy because this is the kind of fic that I love and adore.

Cowboy Days - I have the impression that this is terribly angsty and/or heartbreaking, which I usually read like, but that it doesn't have my OTP, which I rely on to get me thru the angst etc. Again, I suspect that I would love this fic, but I've never been able to get past my first impression.

I totally second Freedom. Aside from the usual awesome stuff, I love and absolutely adore the way McKay teaches in this. It hits my button so goddamned hard.

Edited at 2011-04-25 05:08 pm (UTC)

Thank for this! The first 4 you chose for SGA recs are also some of my top 10. The worlds created by these authors speak to my heart, mind, & soul and still resonate with me after all these years. If I could only bring one author with me on a kindle to a deserted island, it would be a tough choice. Great picks! I hope he enjoys them as much as we did ^_^

Since the cancellation of SGA & the subsequent loss of all hope for a movie follow-up, I sometimes catch myself actually believing that the events in Retrograde or Written are canon. I still feel the pang of loss, but it brings a smile to my face.

You are kind of amazing! I have always loved fanfiction but SGA really brought home the fact that we were not just "fixing" canon or playing with characters, but we'd inherited this great tradition of building, fleshing out, and making our own, stories that other people told.

That we all could actually interact with the material past just being fed a lifeless tale we had been spoon-fed and forgot about as soon as the story ended and to do so was worthwhile, sorta like being Shakespeare.

And all your recs (and zoniduck's) are my tops favs! Well, and Iowa Verse: http://sheafrotherdon.livejournal.com/tag/fandom%3Asga%3Aiowa%20verse (my html is borking, sorry)

Aww man... I just read Cowboys and Get Loved and I just spend the entire time sobbing my eyes out but in the good way.

FYI - I clicked on the link for Cowboys and got this alarming message:

Reported Attack Page!

This web page at www.butcheredart.net has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.

Dunno why I got this and other folks didn't, but I'm not going to risk it.

Someone else got it and when i tested it from work, I got it too. Then it went away.

It was weird.

My browser keeps telling me that the website hosting "Cowboy Days" is a known attack site. Do you know if there is an alternate search or if perhaps my security settings are too high? I'd love to read that, my google-fu didn't turn up an alternate link.

Friending you to get updated mmkay?

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