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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: List your 5 favorite unrequited love stories.

My favourite unrequited love stories tend to end up requited, because my heart can't take it otherwise. I hate love triangles with a passion. Still, let's see:

1. Dean ----> Emily, Emily of New Moon. So Dean is highly disturbing in just about every respect to a modern reader: he was best friends with her father, he first encounters Emily when she's prepubescent and expresses interest in her straight away, he's controlling and goes out of his way to destroy her career ambitions because he wants all of her attention for himself. Daddy-Long-Legs has nothing on Dean. But I do like Dean, and he has the advantage over Teddy in that he manages a strong presence in all three books. This seems to be a theme in L. M. Montgomery's books: the romantic interest is absent for a while - Montreal for choice - which gives the heroine time to realise she loves him. I think the only series where this works really well is Anne, because Gilbert is only out of Anne's sphere for half of Anne of the Island and gets mentioned in every chapter anyway.

Dean is so sad when Emily breaks the engagement. I think that's it.

2. Sebastian ----> Charles, Brideshead Revisited. This is the part of the novel which interests me most - I can't stand Julia and I don't know why. I don't think I'm alone on the former, since I can remember reading critics who say the novel goes downhill after Sebastian and Charles separate (in all fairness, I suspect that I'm thinking of Christopher Hitchens, who would say that). Sebastian excites all my maternal instincts, that's what.

3. Basil ----> Dorian, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Basil is another character who makes me feel protective. I over-empathise with him, because being in unrequited love is bad enough, but being in unrequited love with someone who won't hesitate to use you and throw you away when they're done is ten times worse.

4. Martha ----> Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who. I'm kind of batshit about this one. I wouldn't necessarily count it as my favourite unrequited love story; I have too many issues with it (some of them to do with race and Rose, some of them with the writing). But I ship it. I ship it platonically, too. (Technically, I do that with all of these, but I'm not above quarrelling about this one.)

5. Brienne ----> Jaime, A Song of Ice and Fire. Brienne! Who's so loyal and kind and stalwart, and Jaime, who's...well, he's loyal. Up to a point. (That point would be when his idol sleeps with Lancel, Ser Osmund and Moon Boy, too, for all he knows.) And Jaime's learning to be kind, sometimes, when he feels like it.

My Book-a-Day project has already fallen behind, so I'm reading two today to make up for it. First, The Romanovs by Oliver Thomson )

I also read The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling )

Today, I watched Dickens's Secret Lover )
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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 has a cold. *sniffle*

[livejournal.com profile] fannish5:  Five reasons your OTP/a favorite pairing belong together.

Who do I choose? I won't choose.

Anne/Gilbert )

Anthony/Johanna )

Maedhros/Fingon )

I'm writing Doctor Who vampire hunter AU. DW is a fandom largely without crack-filled AU like that, because anything you can think of is plausible within canon (and probably has been done within canon, too). And yet. Next it'll be high school AU.

List three stories you think I will never ever write, and I will attempt to write a snippet of one of them.
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Well, it'll be interesting to see the how the results for that exam come out...

I didn't sleep last night, mostly due to a fucked-up sleep cycle, and for some reason didn't use that extra time to reread 1984, one of the exam texts. So I went into the exam room not firing on all cylinders, you might say.

But that's not really what I wanted to talk about!

Someone posted on Yahoo asking how to make a bomb out of chapatti flour. Answers?

"i give this 2 minutes before someone on yahoo police picks this up..."

"i dunno, try self-raising?"

I've just had the best idea for an Anne of Green Gables Zombie Apocalypse fic.

Also, meme:

Give me any character from one of my fandoms and I will give you three facts from my personal canon about them.
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List 12 characters from different fandoms first. (No cheating!) Then answer the questions under the cut.

1. Mel Beeby (Angels Unlimited)
2. Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
3. Amon (Witch Hunter Robin)
4. Curio (Romeo x Juliet)
5. Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
6. Tony Stark (Iron Man - film canon)
7. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
8. Robin Sena (Witch Hunter Robin)
9. Emily Byrd Starr (Emily of New Moon)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
11. Cain Hargreaves (Count Cain)
12. Donna Noble (Doctor Who)

fun for all the family! )

Eh, how about the DVD commentary meme? Comment here with a story of mine you'd like to see me talk about. If there are any. :-s
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Five Most Painful Fictional Break-Ups:

1. Buffy and Angel, "The Prom". Look, at heart I am a squishy, gooey B/A shipper, okay? Four years after their break-up and a year after he last saw her, Angel still thinks of her when he's truly happy. Her first reaction to seeing him is to kiss him. It's all the sweet, destined, star-crossed, tragic love I could hope for in a ship (without them being as downright idiotic as Romeo and Juliet), while containing some seriously screwed-up elements. I can has it both ways?

2. Anne and Gilbert, Anne of the Island. Okay, it's not exactly a break-up, as such. That is to say, it's a break-up of their BFF relationship, because of Gilbert's proposal and Anne's refusal. I don't care; it counts. I still can't read that chapter because they're both so upset and arrgghh. And then the reader is deprived of Anne/Gilbert BFFness for most of the rest of the novel. (I don't mean the lilies at Convocation or the walk down Lovers' Lane after Diana's wedding, that's romantic stuff. I mean the hanging out in the woods or Hester Gray's garden, just chatting.)

3. Leon and D, Petshop of Horrors. D pushes Leon off the ship! ;_; And then D disappears and Leon's left in the hospital going, "I will find you, D!" And you know Leon's only searching for D so he can bitch him out and then force-feed him cake. (And in Petshop of Horrors: Tokyo Drift, there's that one story where D discovers that Leon knows his whereabouts in Berlin and instantly kicks his customers out and starts packing. Meanwhile, Leon's so completely lost he's hanging around Berlin Zoo.)

4. Seishirou and Subaru, Tokyo Babylon. And X, to a certain extent. Is it really a break-up if one of them dies? Anyway, Tokyo Babylon. Seishirou, in his charming I-am-a-cute-vet-lookit-my-baby-animals-oops-one-of-them-is-dead-wonder-how-that-happened persona, steps in between Subaru and a madwoman with a knife and gets stabbed in the eye for his trouble. (Was this the earliest example of CLAMP's eye fetish? Or does Wish predate it?) Subaru spends the entirety of Volume 6 trying to swallow his guilt over this and also finally accepts that Seishirou loves him and that he, for better or for worse, loves Seishirou. Unfortunately, the moment he voices this sentiment, matters rapidly become worse. Seishirou declares himself a sociopathic killer who thinks of Subaru as nothing more than a soon-to-be-broken toy; Subaru ends up catatonic with grief. And then Seishirou kills Subaru's sister, Hokuto. Frankly, I think Subaru deserves a round of applause for not slitting his wrists then and there.

5. Satine and Christian, Moulin Rouge! "I am the courtesan. And I choose the maharajah." Waaaaaaaah. Another scene I can't watch, when it comes down to it. I love "The Show Must Go On", Christian trying to drink himself to death and shouting at Toulouse is an excellent scene, but the actual rejection? No. I'm one of those people that switches the film off when the curtain comes down on their triumph, too. SATINE DOESN'T DIE. She and Christian go and live high up in the mountains somewhere for her health; he writes pastoral plays and she stars in the sanatorium's productions. This is what happens. I must believe this.
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Today's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:

In what five fictional locations would you love to live?

1. Narnia. Because visitors to Narnia from another world are always righteous in what they do, and it would be nice to be righteous for once. Only, I'm working-class. I suspect that working-class people don't have the same luxury of being Always Right that upper-middle-class people do. (The Telmarines were pirates, right? Good enough.)

2. The Discworld. Because I am good at narrativium, having read a lot of books, and should therefore hopefully survive longer than five minutes.

3. London Below. Not to live, but to visit, with Warrior!Richard as my guide. I want to find out what the other place names mean, damn it.

4. Rainbow Bridge - the Norse one, not the Japanese one. I think it would be pretty. I could take photographs and then Thor would probably smash my skull in with Mjollnir, because taking photos is strictly forbidden. (It makes the colours fade. Delicate material.) The Asgardians take their "no heels, no shouting, no photos" policy really seriously.

5. Prince Edward Island. Avonlea. Though, truly, it would almost certainly drive me insane. I fail at small towns, which is why I'm going to Aberystwyth, pop. 12,000 or so.

But not Arda, I think. Valinor would bore me and Middle-Earth would scare me shitless. The Noldor were made of stern stuff.
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Five Things Anne Never Imagined
Anne of Green Gables
870 words. Anne/Diana, Anne/Roy, Anne/Gilbert.

five things anne never imagined )
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i. So, I was thinking - wouldn't a Tim Burton adaptation of Count Cain be the best thing ever? (I mean, apart from all the other things I have declared the best ever.) I'd love to see an anime, but I wonder if the level of brain-breakage inherent in the story is why it doesn't get adapted.

ii. Victoriana makes me grin so hard it hurts my face.

iii. I have been re-reading Count Cain. This may be fairly clear from the first two points.

iv. And now for something completely different - an article on Anne of Green Gables written by Margaret Atwood (it's like a dream come true!).
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Full disclosure: I love this book. If you put a gun to my head and forced me to choose my favourite book in the entire world, I would - well, I would cry and beg and whine at you not to make me choose until you gave up, but in the event that you proved inexorable, I might very well pick this one.

gosh, a review of a book that's almost a century old. If you're at risk of spoilers, I'm not sure we can ever be friends again. Okay, no, I'm not that crazy about it. But nearly. )

I think being critical of these books has hurt my soul a little. Clearly [livejournal.com profile] bibliophages will destroy my childhood far more effectively than [livejournal.com profile] rarelitslash ever could. :)

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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Does anyone know anything about this L. M. Montgomery musical? It's called Anne and Gilbert and I'm hankering to see it now. Unfortunately, it only seems to be playing in Canada.

I've found the official site: http://www.anneandgilbert.com/

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