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I went a little overboard again this year, which led to things like sitting up in bed at 3am and writing furiously because I'd just had an idea for a Yuletide treat and gone temporarily insane. In order of writing, then.

Roses in Vancouver (Pat/Hilary, May Binnie - Pat of Silver Bush)
Of Pat, and places left behind her. )

noli me tangere (Anne Boleyn, Henry Percy, George Boleyn - Historical RPF)
Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am/And wild for to hold, though I seem tame. )

A Gentleman of Taste (Freddy/Kitty - Cotillion)
Five trials that the Honourable Frederick Standen endured with sang-froid and savoir-faire, or would have if he'd spoken a word of French. )

The Princess and the Duck (Ahiru/Rue - Princess Tutu)
Some fairy-tales have happy endings. Some don't. )

I Corinthians 13 (Richard/Alec - Swordspoint)
Richard and Alec are not exactly what you'd call ideal. )

jeté en avant (Sebastian/Veronica - Sadlers Wells)
Sebastian's irritated, Fiona's on the rampage and Veronica is mostly resigned to it all. A happy Scott family Christmas. )

The Sweets of Pillage (Bunny/Raffles - Raffles)
Three things which may or may not have happened to Harry Manders. )

Gender Roles and Other Negotiable Territory (Tommy/Tuppence - Agatha Christie's Beresford books)
Someone has to clean the flat. It's not going to be Tuppence. )

Status: Undelivered (Wilfred Owen - Historical RPF)
Letter written Saturday 2nd November 1918. Author unidentified. )

Tree of Life (Ogden/Murdoch - Murdoch Mysteries)
Why is there foliage on my desk, Detective Murdoch? )

Variations on a Friday Afternoon (Todd/Lovett, Judge/prostitute, Anthony/Johanna - Sweeney Todd)
Three ways to spend a Friday afternoon. )

Well, um, that was lengthy. If you've read this far, thank you for bearing with me.
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I'm reading Stephanie Laurens's novel On a Wicked Dawn, which promises to be hilariously bad (Smart Bitches review here), and they have thoughtfully printed a family tree of the Bar Cynsters (O HAI I SEE WAT U DID THAR). I have counted no less than three individuals (four if you count the oddly-named Scandal) with soubriquets related to Satan. Devil, Demon and Lucifer (all cousins, by the way, which surely indicates some genetic penchant for drama) will join the hallowed halls shared by Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon (Satanas), Dominic Alastair, Lord Vidal (Devil's Cub) and Sebastian, Marquess of Dain (Beelzebub). One wonders if the denizens of Regency London ever got confused.

Points for originality go to their cousins Rupert and Bartholomew, however. Rupert is apparently called "Gabriel", which automatically renders his own novel (A Secret Love) ten times more interesting to me. Bartholomew, meanwhile, is just labelled as "Tolly", which gives me hope that he might be a hero in the style of Freddy Standen from Georgette Heyer's Cotillion.

(Freddy Standen? My favourite romance novel hero ever, omg. No one will ever take his place in my heart. Not for Freddy the outlandish gestures, the sneering pleasure at the defloration of a fresh young virgin. Freddy thinks those fellows are most uncouth and would rather pick out curtains or something equally peaceful.)

At some point I will write a post about all the Georgette Heyer novels I have read and how they compare to Cotillion. The answer is (spoiler!) badly. Not because any of them are in the slightest bit boring, I might add. Cotillion is just that good.

In the meantime, I'll talk about the Julia Quinn novels I've read recently.

The Duke and I )

The Viscount Who Loved Me )

When He Was Wicked )

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever )
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i. I'm going to uni to get out of the kitchen, aren't I? How did I end up in catering?

ii. Hamlet was awesome, not least because I saw it with [livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan. *waves* Just to show you how much of a dork I am, I posted about it on the anonmeme the moment I got home.

iii. [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: What are your five favourite book cover designs or book cover illustrations? Book covers are weirdly important to me, though they're not the be-all and end-all. I was put off reading romance (still am, a bit) because of the horrible, horrible clinch covers. I can't tell you how many fantasy novels I've prevaricated over buying because the covers were so boring and generic.

1. Paul Kidby's anything, but especially Night Watch and Thud! I truly hope Paul Kidby carries out his threat of redesigning the covers of all the Discworld books, because I'd love to see what he makes of them. Terry Pratchett's not had much luck with covers (Josh Kirby's bizarre, weird-looking people, the boring American ones, the even more boring UK black covers) but he's struck gold in Paul Kidby.

2. The Worlds of Chrestomanci covers. They always have a centrepiece, usually Chrestomanci, and around him the world swirls. I don't care for the art so much as the idea behind it, though. And they've been redesigned, too, so now they look horrible and brightly-coloured and boring.

3. I really like the new Georgette Heyer covers. They all have a single unified theme - a painting of Regency women, with cursive handwriting spelling out the title. I suppose they could look a bit alike, and I see how it could get confusing...but they're so classy and neat and clean and it's clear that what you see is what you get.

4. Wicked! I think everyone knows this one - I like it because it takes the run-of-the-mill picture-of-protagonist fantasy novel cover and turns it into something not new, but different. I love the contrast of colours and how it suggests the contrast between Glinda and Elphaba.

5. The Handmaid's Tale. This is creepily effective (I thought I'd have nightmares after seeing it the first time, and I was so glad it wasn't the cover of my copy), and symbolic of the book's major preoccupation (a woman with her mouth sewn shut). That said, look at the latest cover. Yes, they did make The Handmaid's Tale look like your average supermarket quirky romance novel. I know.

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I can't believe I just spent an entire evening writing a TV Tropes article on Georgette Heyer. I haven't even read some of the books (Wikipedia is my friend). Everyone on my flist who likes Heyer, go and contribute! If there's Wiki Magic, I may not feel so pathetic.

Yuletide

Jan. 12th, 2008 10:12 pm
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I forgot to do a round-up of the Yuletide fics I wrote:

Snow White and Rose Red (What Katy Did | Clover/Rose Red)
"O, my luve is like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June." Clover and Rose Red are living a dream.

Spider's Web (Greco-Roman mythology | Odysseus/Penelope)
Odysseus thinks that it was all his own idea. Penelope knows better.

Adore Our Own Athena (The Odyssey | Odysseus/Penelope, implied Odysseus/Athena/Penelope)
Penelope takes comfort in religion. Athena fulfils her promises.

call no man happy until he is dead (Count Cain | gen, implied Riff/Cain)
At this moment, Cain is happy.

The Truth of Others (A Song of Ice and Fire | Rhaegar/Lyanna)
All people know about Rhaegar and Lyanna is what suits their purposes.

The Cub's First Cub (Devil's Cub | Vidal/Mary)
Vidal awaited the birth of his first child with characteristic patience; that is to say, none.

Some Justice (Discworld - Night Watch | Carcer, Death)
A long drop and a short stop and Carcer's always got a plan. Pity it doesn't work.

Cry for Yesterday (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter)
Susan finds it hard to cope with normal life. Lucy just doesn't want to.

A Splendid Orgy (Venetia | Damerel/Venetia)
The aftermath of a frankly magnificent orgy.

Something Less Than Ideal (Arthurian legend | Galahad, implied pairings)
Galahad's vow of chastity doesn't stop him wanting. Even if he wants to.

do not take thy flight (Emily of New Moon | Dean/Emily)
During their engagement, Dean is free to indulge in some adoration.

Claustrophobia (Swordspoint | Alec/Richard)
After the events of Swordspoint, Alec lies awake.

Mistletoe and Wine (Eight Days of Luke | Luke/David)
Luke comes home for Christmas.

the physicians of a mind diseased (The Secret History | Francis, Francis/Charles)
Francis loves words. He just wishes they worked for him.

Like David and Jonathan (The Bible - Old Testament | David/Jonathan)
"Like David and Jonathan". But what does that actually mean?

Turnabout (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Rosalie/Mordecai)
During TLoCC, Rosalie and Mordecai have a short, but quite important, conversation.

The Time For Parting Come (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Millie/Christopher)
Millie is going away to school again. Christopher sulks.

Duologue For Would-Be Lovers (Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet | Romeo/Mercutio)
Romeo pines. Mercutio taunts him, to his own ultimate detriment.

The Wandering Jamie (The Homeward Bounders | Jamie, implied Jamie/Helen)
Jamie moves on.

Persuasion (The Prisoner of Zenda | Rupert of Hentzau/Count of Luzau-Rischenheim)
The Count of Luzau-Rischenheim, I am sorry to say, was entirely under Rupert's thumb.

Out of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy)
Lucy, not feeling very valiant at all.
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It feels so weird, reading BtVS/Angel slash. When I was into the fandom, I was deeply, deeply into the het side of things and a little part of me still rebels against Buffy/Faith or Angel/Lindsey. Especially when they mention Buffy in an Angel fic, because my automatic reaction is still, "true love forever! OTP!!!!!1"

Actually, now I think about it, I could really go for some Willow/Oz. Pre-fourth season or post-series, if anyone's got recs (I love Tara, too, and I was never good at love triangles where I liked all three equally). Unless it's Willow/Tara/Oz.

I have books! Two Georgette Heyer: Frederica and Penhallow, though I'm not sure why, since I hate Frederica. Alverstoke makes me grit my teeth and I want to smack half the characters. If I could transplant the other half of the cast into one of her other books, that'd be fine (I have nothing against Frederica herself, Felix or Jessamy. Mr Moreton can go with them, minor as he is.)

Also, Philippa Gregory, whom I cannot stop reading although she commits crimes against some of my favourite historical personages. Elizabeth ftw, Gregory, she is not an idiot (as per The Virgin's Lover where apparently everyone but her figured out that killing Amy Robsart? Not a good idea). Also, Anne Boleyn? Really didn't have sex with her brother (although, thank you for the mental image of Natalie Portman and Jim Sturgess in the forthcoming film. No, really, thank you).
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I'm looking at the Yuletide fandoms now and being sad that no one requested three of my favourites (The Prisoner of Zenda, A Little Princess and Psmith). Especially A Little Princess, where about 60 people offered to write it and not a single person requested it.

Oh, well. Next year I'll be 18!

I finished John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Georgette Heyer's A Civil Contract today.

huge spoilers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy )

There is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy fanfiction! Misc. Papers, Haydon Family, BL Accession No. CQ8421183a from Yuletide.

spoilers for A Civil Contract )

Still, that ending really was crying out for fanfic. I looked around, but there doesn't seem to be any for that particular novel. *sigh*

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