Vid recs for them what have watched Person of Interest through 2×22

1) My previous rec set included one vid which properly belongs with today’s recs: When I Ruled the World by astolat
This vid vies with the next one for my favorite F/R vid. Do read the lyrics.

2) Lucky You by sisabet
The other best F/R vid. This song is… not my favorite song by this band, but sisabet’s interpretation of Reese is painfully accurate.

3) Lights by talitha78
This one is about Reese and the mission and F/R. It has a particular F/R moment that makes me giggle and kick my feet.

4) Some Nights by flummery

The team, and what they stand for.

5) Poiesis by lim
Machine POV. This is a weird weird vid, as Machine POV should be. Link goes to youtube; vid can be downloaded from

6) Follow My Feet by catnap332
This vidder has chosen a joyful-sounding song to depict Reese’s road to redemption.

7) God’s Gonna Cut You Down by astolat
Before seeing this vid, I had enjoyed a Dean Winchester vid to the same song, and because the song works so well for Dean, I can’t quite accept it for John Reese. Despite this reservation, I’m reccing it. I really really like what astolat did with the “talkin to a man from Galilee” verse.

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Recs n Links: 03 Jan through 15 Oct

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POI recs

7 stories for a friend who’s seen Person of Interest up to 2×03, and 1 more because I can’t help it. And at the end, a vid rec.

7 stories. As usual, these are listed in no particular order:

1) Catch a Boat to England, Baby (Maybe to Spain) (4343 words) by leupagus
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harold Finch, Nathan Ingram, John Reese
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe: Early Meeting


The car door opens and one of the soldiers slides in, almost braining Harold with the butt of his gun. “Sorry, sir,” the soldier says, breathless, “I thought you were in the other car — but you weren’t — so I had to jump out and—”

“Who are you?” Harold says, but the soldier’s familiar; the tall one who’d looked embarrassed.

And who still looks embarrassed. “Oh. Sorry, sir. Um. John Harris. Private Harris? I’m your um, assigned unit. Sir.” He sticks out a hand.


2) Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder (1894 words) by infiniteeight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harold Finch, John Reese
Additional Tags: POV Original Character, Original Female Character – Freeform, POV Third Person, Unreliable Narrator


Dee Dee has been working at this diner for three years, and she likes to make up little stories about her regulars.

Alternately, The progression of Reese and Finch’s relationship from the perspective of a waitress at the diner where they meet in “Judgment” (1×05).


3) Penetration Testing (8886 words) by Toft
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: John Reese, Harold Finch, Kara Stanton, Mark Snow
Additional Tags: Seduction, Undercover, Suicidal Thoughts, Implied/Referenced Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, abusive working environment


The CIA wants to know what Harold Wren is building for Nathan Ingram, so they set a honey trap. They bait it with John Reese.

Recommender’s Note: I would have also tagged this as Alternate Universe


4) on admin error {execute contingency plan} (3200 words) by Jedi Buttercup
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joss Carter, The Machine (Person of Interest), Lionel Fusco
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2012, Implied Character Death, Character of Color, Artificial Intelligence, Wordcount: 1.000-5.000


Joss had always known, since the very first time she’d engaged with the Man in the Suit instead of just chasing him, how things would eventually come to an end.

Recommender’s Note: The future, as imagined in the early seasons of the show.


5) Flock Together (1153 words) by galaxysoup
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Reese, Harold Finch, Bear (Person of Interest), Joss Carter, Lionel Fusco
Additional Tags: Crack, Humor, Fluff, Podfic Available


Reese has Finch. It’s only fair that Bear gets someone too.

Recommender’s Note: This is cuteness.


6) Chapter Six: Harold Helps Out (1043 words) by leupagus
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Bear (Person of Interest), Harold Finch, John Reese
Additional Tags: Reading Aloud, Comfort Reading, Insomnia, Late at Night, Late Night Conversations


John takes walks, and Harold does the voices.

Recommender’s Note: This is also cuteness.


7) Technical Support (13651 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harold Finch, John Reese, Joss Carter
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, IT Guy, First Time, Office Romance, Meme of Interest


The IFT Plaza security team wasn’t what John would have called the brightest stars in the firmament. (Written for the tech support AU prompt.)


And one story that I’m reccing even though it requires an AO3 login:

Losing Control (7052 words) (author name not included in this rec bc fic is locked)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Canon-Typical Violence, Dubcon kissing
Characters: Harold Finch, John Rees
Additional Tags: Non-Consensual Drug Use, Sex Pollen


“It’s got to be some messed-up new designer drug,” Carter said.

Recommender’s Note: So there’s a sort of near-miss sex pollen incident, but that’s not the entire story. I have a soft spot for the bit where Finch mentors the young software dudes. (This story isn’t any more spoilery than the stories above.)

[VID] When I Ruled The World (415 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harold Finch, John Reese, Nathan Ingram, Kara Stanton, Jessica Arndt
Additional Tags: Video, Fanvids, Artist: Coldplay, Viva La Vida, Vividcon, Vividcon Premieres 2013


Be my mirror, my sword and shield.

Recommender’s Note: A bit more spoilery than the stories above.

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Recs n Links: 21 Aug through 09 Dec

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Recs n Links: 20 Jun through 27 Jul

Links from last summer.

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Recs n Links: 17 Apr through 17 Jun

Some bookmarks from this year’s reading.

  • kroki_refur: Proved by Your Conviction 1/1:

    Sam Winchester walks out of Martin Wyatt’s classroom one day late in 1997 and never walks back in again.

    That’s not true, though – not the whole truth. Sam does come back, twelve years later. Things haven’t changed – the kids are still wearing ridiculous clothes, still chewing gum and groaning at homework and getting through as best they can, and Martin is still grading papers in the same classroom, still flying high on the good days and reminding himself why he wanted this job in the first place on the bad. Things haven’t changed, but Sam has.

    17 Jun: supernatural gen fanfic sfw author.kroki_refur rec.all_fanfic

  • The Wonder of Each Hour by Destina:

    Summary: Five contacts in Dean's phone. (These are actual names on his phone in the season 1 episode Scarecrow.)

    16 Jun: supernatural fanfic gen sfw author.destina rec.all_fanfic

  • missyjack: Failure of the heart:

    Summary: Another missing scene fic from “Faith”.

    Dean knew his heart was damaged, but he didn’t feel any pain.

    15 Jun: supernatural gen fanfic sfw author.missyjack rec.all_fanfic

  • gwendolyngrace: “Pass the Pork-Barrel Salt”:

    [A grateful senator sends Sam and Dean to the White House to ask for aid on Big Block of Cheese Day. -L]

    09 Jun: supernatural west_wing crossover gen fanfic sfw author.gwendolyngrace rec.all_fanfic

  • The Book of Enoch:

    Title: Fandom Wank Report: The Book of Enoch
    Author: gigglingkat
    Rating: PG
    Pairing/Characters: The Angelic Hosts (Supernatural Fandom)
    Author's Notes: Much of the bible is kinda wanky.  I noticed.

    [This is a mockup screenshot of fandom_wank. -L]

    09 Jun: supernatural fanfic gen sfw author.gigglingkat rec.all_fanfic

  • iseult_variante: Fic – the gods might offer gifts (American Gods/Supernatural):

    Title: the gods might offer gifts
    Fandoms: American Gods and Supernatural
    Rating/Pairings: Gen, none
    Summary: Dean remembers the week that Sammy came down with the croup, remembers Czernobog and the Zorya.

    In the old places, in the old times, when they were turned away from the hearth, heroes could seek the temples and shrines and sacred places, and sometimes the gods would come to them. For service or caprice, the gods might offer gifts – magical arms or animal-tongues, prophecy or enchanted shields. But in a land where the gods are made selfish by their own waning, what gifts can heroes hope for on the hard road?

    05 Jun: supernatural american_gods fanfic gen sfw crossover author.iseult_variante rec.all_fanfic

  • thirstyrobot: [SPN] Fic: I’ll Buy You Tall Tall Trees and All the Waters In the Seas:

    Title: I'll Buy You Tall Tall Trees and All the Waters In the Seas
    Rating: PG for language and kissing and some very tame sexual references
    Words: ~5500
    Pairing/Characters: Emmanuel!Castiel/Daphne, Dean/Castiel
    Warnings: If you hate Daphne and her very existence, you probably will not enjoy this. Also, in case you didn't get it the first two times, 7×17 SPOILERS!
    Summary: He doesn't feel chosen or gifted, and he doesn't remember.
    Notes: Basically my brain's version of 7×17, the super-extended but not-as-porny-as-I-hoped edition.

    31 May: supernatural fanfic het slash sfw dean_winchester.castiel castiel.daphne author:thirstyrobot rec.all_fanfic

  • bardicvoice: Questions to ask at conventions …:

    Okay: the purpose of this post is simply to collect questions for Supernatural folk that I would love to hear answered. Some of these were mine, some I snagged from others. If you're going to a con, want to ask a non-stupid, non-repetitive question, and can't think of one, feel free to snag and ask one of these! The only thing I would ask is, if you do, please come back and let me know the answer. :)

    I'm leaving this as a sticky post, so I'll add to it over time and cross out ones that have been answered.

    21 Apr: supernatural

  • Aaron Bass: Schrödinger’s Gay:

    Through Aaron Bass, Supernatural does something that is quite rare in television or film.  Aaron is a character with ambiguous sexual orientation and, without turning him into a joke or requiring clarification of his sexuality; he is presented as a complicated human character who rises to be a hero.  Additionally, through his character, heteronormative assumptions are subverted, mocked and rendered irrelevant.

    [I really, really dislike the use of “gay” to mean “gay person”, and of course ambiguous characters are not the same thing as unambiguous queer representation, but I think this is an interesting essay and there is value in having some characters whose sexuality is not easily defined. -L]

    18 Apr: supernatural meta.any_fandom author.lookatthesefreakinghipsters

  • lettered: The Chuck Writes Story: An Unathorized Fandom Biography:


    I’m about to link this on bad_penny.

    Remember chuck_writes? Wank All Star that lord_kripke and the other Super Gnats took down with a wrecking ball? That chuck_writes?

    Turns out that chuck_writes was actually a sock for Carver Edlund (which was actually a pseud for his real name, Chuck Shurley. No wonder he used a pseud). You read that right. chuck_writes is THE Carver Edlund—author of Supernatural books, beloved by the masses, worshipped by lord_kripke and the SPN Super Nats—that Carver Edlund.

    Break out the popcorn.gif; here we go:

    [OH MY GOD this is great; also a total mindfuck. What is reality, and how can I restore my grip on it, pls? -L]

    Alternate URL:

    17 Apr: supernatural fanfic gen metafiction author.lettered rec.all_fanfic

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Recs n Links: 11 Jan through 08 Apr

Links from 2013.

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Recs n Links: 01 Jan through 09 Jan

Links from 2013.

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Recs n Links: 29 Nov through 27 Dec

These are from the great recs backlog of 2012.

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Recs n Links: 29 Oct through 25 Nov

*cough* This has been sitting in my drafts folder since 2011.

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Recs n Links: 21 Sep through 16 Oct

*cough* These recs are actually from 2012.

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Recs n Links: 05 May through 03 Sep

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Recs n Links: 31 Mar through 05 May

  • Piecework – by Lindensphinx – fandom Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins [Archive of Our Own]:

    Author Summary:
    Cinna makes the best decision of his career. Or the worst, if you ask President Snow.

    01 Apr: hunger_games book_canon fanfic author.Lindensphinx rec.all_fanfic rec.flawless

  • Once More, With Mutants – by so_shhy – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
    Raven: Every single day, the same position,
    Fighting for supremacy.
    Thought that I could say I’d found my mission,
    And I would be free,
    But this isn’t me.
    I thought leaving home would make me grown up
    But I should have known
    That it would still be a deception
    My life’s a façade,
    Homesickness keeps catching me off-guard.

    [In the background Erik tap-dances across the shot. Raven jerks a thumb gloomily towards him.]

    Raven: Once I used to think that his magnetic
    Powers made him just my type,
    Now I kinda feel he’s just pathetic,
    Not worth all the hype,
    Angel: All he does is gripe,
    Raven: Wanna take a swipe.

    31 Mar: x-men fanfic author.so_shhy rec.all_fanfic

  • Wisely, I Say, I Am A Bachelor – by Mithrigil – fandom Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins [Archive of Our Own]:

    Author’s Summary:
    How Cinna became a revolutionary, and other stories; most notably, how he deconstructed Finnick Odair.

    02 Apr: hunger_games fanfic slash nsfw author.Mithrigil rec.all_fanfic

  • postcardmystery: that ever i was born to set it right:
    Oliver blinks and a truck roars past him; Geoffrey gets arrested again when the cops come after a noise complaint; Ellen goes home and cries.

    In another world, Geoffrey Tennant is a man haunted. No, wait. In another world, Geoffrey Tennant is haunted by a very specific ghost.

    This Geoffrey Tennant sticks to generalities, thanks.

    01 Apr: slings_and_arrows fanfic slash nsfw author.postcardmystery rec.all_fanfic

  • Tigers Need Pockets Too – by PragmaticHominid – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]:

    Alternative Title: Raven’s Breasts Destroy Mutant Society.

    The one where life in the Brotherhood becomes basically one endless naked orgy, and Erik is just in the corner feeling really uncomfortable and wondering what he did to deserve all this.

    His solution? Talk Raven back into wearing clothing, so the Brotherhood can get back to the serious business of Mutant liberation.

    07 Apr: x-men fanfic sfw author.PragmaticHominid rec.all_fanfic

  • copperbadge: 1602:
    …here’s what you need to know about 1602.

    So, Marvel 1602 was basically an alternate universe where a bunch of Marvel characters were plopped down in the late Elizabethan era; it is really most famous for being written by Neil Gaiman. Nick Fury is a spy for the Queen, along with his apprentice Peter Parquaghhackghhahak — sorry.

    09 Apr: none

  • Nickel Content – by Unforgotten – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
    He’s not expecting anyone else to still be up, so it’s a surprise in more ways than one when he stumbles into what he expects to be an empty room to find that Erik is already – or is it still? – there, with a mostly empty tumbler in his hand and several rather large and decidedly empty bottles on the end table next to him.

    There’s something dangerous in the atmosphere here, and Charles has just decided to leave Erik to it when he’s spotted.

    [Chilling. -L]

    09 Apr: x-men fanfic gen sfw author.Unforgotten rec.all_fanfic rec.flawless

  • Waking. – by quigonejinn – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:Summary:

    Question: how many people did you kill to get to Shaw? Answer: you don’t know, because you didn’t see fit to count.

    08 Apr: x-men fanfic gen sfw author.quigonejinn rec.all_fanfic rec.flawless pov.2nd

  • Lion Eyes. – by quigonejinn – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
    Raven is sorted into Hufflepuff.

    08 Apr: x-men harry_potter crossover fanfic gen author.quigonejinn rec.all_fanfic

  • glockart: TUTORIAL: Drawing Characters of Colour:
    FYI #1: there is no quick fix when it comes to any character design/visualization This is not a how-to.

    FYI #2: you must want to want to draw characters of colour. No obligation, no desultory “oh right, diversity quotient fill”, no afterthought (unless that afterthought then takes time, of course! :D). This is not a reprimand that YOU MUST DRAW CHARACTERS OF COLOUR ALL THE TIME, I WILL BE MONITORING YOUR ART OUTPUT. You do what you want. If you want to draw characters of colour without feeling guilt-ridden or like this is a challenge or judgement on your art, then please read on.

    08 Apr: none

  • zombieboyband: the piano’s been drinking, not me:
    The conversation of their days echoed their nighttime struggle, all push-pull-challenge-desire, disguised–shallowly–in teasing smiles and sometimes stinging banter.

    They have been equals, always, and that inflames Erik yet shocks him still.

    [In which Erik has some sexist notions. -L]

    08 Apr: x-men fanfic slash nsfw charles/erik author.zombieboyband rec.all_fanfic

  • crack_van: Fandom Overview: Marvel Comics Update December 2011 (XM: FC, The Avengers):
    08 Apr: x-men avengers
  • A Measure of Peace – by arcapelago (arcanewinter) – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
    Erik’s nightmares are formidable, and Charles’ proximity is the only apparent cure.

    08 Apr: x-men fanfic slash nsfw charles/erik author.arcapelago rec.all_fanfic rec.flawless

  • I’ll Do Anything – by helens78 – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:

    Charles has been in this collar ever since Kurt got Charles’s status changed from “free” to “slave”. He’d do anything to get out of it, including being sold to the highest bidder.

    08 Apr: x-men fanfic sfw charles/erik alternate_universe author.helens78 rec.all_fanfic

  • The Waste Land – Chapter 1 – by nekosmuse – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men (Comicverse) [Archive of Our Own]:
    [In a post-apocalyptic landscape, two mutant nations have battled for years. On one side, the Shadow King and Emma Frost. On the other, the telepaths of Genosha. In a final ploy, the Genoshans send Charles Xavier to breach the Shadow King’s defenses.

    Long, well-plotted, and tense. -L]

    08 Apr: x-men fanfic sfw charles/erik author.nekosmuse rec.all_fanfic

  • Irene Adler (Destiny) | Dimestore Dames:
    There are a lot of things I find awkward about Destiny. Like her soul-crushingly creepy alien-head mask, for one. And the fact that X-Men writers have never tried to smooth out her timeline, so she still officially met Mystique as an adult in the late nineteenth century, making her at least over a century old when she died in battle in 1989. Major props for being one of the only elderly women supervillains, though. …

    What’s not awkward: that Irene serves as half of one of the longest lasting couples in the Marvel universe. The fact she and Raven are both women makes their deep, emotionally intense romance all the more poignant, considering the lengths it took to establish them as lovers. At the time, the Comic Code Authority didn’t allow overt references to homosexuality, and in response editor-in-chief Jim Shooter became a homophobic Scarlet Witch, whispering, “No more gay people” and making them all disappear from Marvel. Chris Claremont went to a lot of effort to hint at the romance at just the right pitch that readers might tilt their head a little but an editor wouldn’t immediately red-pen the lines. By the time they could be officially deemed a couple, it was considered one of the worst kept secrets in comics.

    …one of the coolest things about Destiny is that she was technically only alive and active in comics for about a decade, but she’s one of the most important mutants to ever live.

    05 May: x-men

  • MEANWHILE IN AUSTRALIA (wacky animal pics):
    03 May: none
  • Not Ready For Prime Time (Fandoms): Frequently Asked Questions – Updated 1/1/12:
    …otherwise known as Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms. … Basically? This is for the fandoms that are no longer eligible for Yuletide but are not megafandoms.

    Not Prime Time was inspired by Yuletide (the obscure or rarely written fandoms project) and much of the format and rules are based off that exchange. …

    Anyone who has an Archive of Our Own (otherwise known as AO3) account can sign up. If you don’t have an AO3 account, please let us know ahead of time so we can get you an invite. There will be a post in npt_admin offering AO3 invites as well. …

    01 May: none

  • pyrrhiccomedy: Mornington Crescent:
    America could not remember the last time he had wanted to bomb something this much.

    “Look,” Austria sighed, “I thought we had agreed to pre-1908 Tottenham Court Road Rules.”

    “What did I do now?” he asked warily. A printed out map of the London Underground was splayed across his knees, covered in dense annotations.

    29 Apr: fanfic gen hetalia author.pyrrhiccomedy rec.all_fanfic

  • pyrrhiccomedy: How You Say: some thoughts on finding a character’s voice.:
    Here’s the rule I made for myself as a writer: You should be able to tell which of your characters is speaking just from reading a few lines of their dialogue…even if you strip out all their verbal tics, and make them all talk about the same thing.

    Just like artists, who want to give their characters different heights, weights, builds, musculature, skeletal structures, and so on in order to make them visually distinct and interesting, we want to make the underlying structure of how our characters speak distinctive and compelling. I’ve categorized a bunch of different structural distinctions below…


    29 Apr: writing

  • pyrrhiccomedy: Nothing Seemed To Stop Them (World War I):
    I’d like to say that Villers-Bretonneux held out under siege under impossible odds and remained free thanks to the fighting pluck of the Entente and pure-hearted derring-do, but nope. It fell into German hands on April 24th. The Germans broke through the 8th Division, making a three mile wide gap in the British lines. British High Command was like “oh balls, balls balls balls balls balls balls, fuck the Americans, fuck the French, fuck the Germans twice before breakfast, can somebody hike up that fucking hill and retake that ratspit village before we are all punked to Betsy.”

    Were you aware that there were Australians in France?

    There were Australians in France. And the Australian attack to recapture Villers-Bretonneux was quite possibly the greatest individual feat of the war.

    29 Apr: history

  • pyrrhiccomedy: Dieu T’Aidera:
    [Characters/Pairings: France/muddy ditch OTP. Also, Joan of Arc.]

    This ditch is like me, France reflected. Shallow, and full of trash.

    He lay on his back, in the mud, beside a road that hurried through an empty little blight of nowhere. There were trees, and travelers, sometimes. England hadn’t burned this bit down, which told France that there was nothing important in it. So it was a good place for a ditch, and a good place for France to be. Cold slurry ran off the cobbles and splashed over his leg whenever a horse trundled by. Sometimes, the horses stopped, and what splashed over him was warm, not cold, and he thought: yes. This is my life.

    29 Apr: fanfic gen hetalia author.pyrrhiccomedy rec.all_fanfic

  • If You Liked The Book, You’ll Hate The Movie – Chapter 1 – by paperclipbitch – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
    “What have you done this week?” Mr Lehnsherr asks, looking bored. The desk is covered in staples today; Hank doesn’t ask. “Decided to develop a cocaine habit?”

    “No, sir,” Hank tells him. “I’ve done nothing this week.”

    Mr Lehnsherr nods; Hank can’t work out if this is good or bad, but he suspects that Mr Lehnsherr enjoys keeping his students guessing.

    “Well then,” he says, reaching for a box file and looking inside, “I can give you a questionnaire on self-harming, or a quiz to test your drug knowledge while subtly trying to brainwash you into believing that all drugs will lead you to die homeless and celibate under a bridge.”

    Hank considers his options and then says: “you’re mentoring Alex Summers.”

    [No powers, high school AU, Erik is a guidance counselor. Everyone is horribly dysfunctional and it’s played for LOLs; I enjoyed it a lot but ymmv. Five chapters, five different viewpoint characters. -L]

    15 Apr: x-men fanfic slash het author.paperclipbitch rec.all_fanfic

  • arduinna: Fandom 1994-2000-ish, part 1:
    Archives were a spotty proposition in the very early days. The earliest archives were FTP sites, where stories sent to Usenet or mailing lists would get stored for people to download. You’d get the login information from your list information message, and use your FTP client to go to the ftp site and grab as much fiction as you could at a time – completely blind. You had no idea what you were getting. (You could also get to the ftp site via your browser, but you still didn’t know what you were getting, and you would have to download stories one by one by clicking links, rather than grabbing a bunch at a time.)

    11 Apr: fandom

  • franzeska: The Usenet Generation:
    …asked a question about generation gaps in fandom, and everyone agreed that they aren’t usually primarily based on age. Years in fandom and what part of online or offline fandom you joined first have a much more significant effect. A number of other people mentioned usenet; it prompted me to think again about my own entry into fandom.

    I still remember the title of the first fanfic I read. It was Mason, a casefic about Mulder and Scully having to go undercover as the parents of a child witness who looked like both of them. The second fic I read, I didn’t remember the title of, but I remembered it being some madcap adventure on Halloween that ended with Mulder/Scully porn. More recently, I looked up Mason on Gossamer and found it was listed as 1997 or something, which felt far too late. Google groups is a bitch to search, but newly inspired, I decided to track down some actual dates to back up my hazy memories.

    Why would I do this? (Aside from being an obsessive nerd, I mean.) Because I’ve recently gotten into zines, and the dominant narrative in zine fandom of how fandom transitioned from offline to online spaces just doesn’t match my experiences. It’s so far off that I have trouble even forming a coherent objection. People are describing real experiences, and I don’t think they have their facts or dates wrong, but something just doesn’t feel right in the discussions I see on Zinelist or the quotes I read on Fanlore. I’d like to have a more useful response than “BUT BUT BUT!” This paean to usenet is it.

    11 Apr: fandom

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Recs n Links: 12 Mar through 30 Mar

Fanfic recs (and a vid rec)

X-Men meta & art/fanart & picspam

Hunger Games & Catching Fire book recaps – I’ve decided that movieverse Hunger Games stuff falls into “six degrees of X-Men” but bookverse does not.

  • What…Just Happened: An Afternoon With The Hunger Games:
    Me, 11:15 AM: Oh, I’ll just read a couple pages.
    Me, 11:35 AM: Oh, I’ll just read a couple more pages.
    Me, 11:57 AM: Goddamn it I, I have shit to do today. I’ll go buy coffee. I will put this book down. My resolve is strong.
    Me, 12:15 PM: My resolve is so not strong. My resolve is the opposite of strong. What is resolve? Do they have it in Panem?

    So join me, tumblr, on an ~exciting recap~ of my journey through this life-killer of a novel. You will laugh! You will…no, you’ll probably just laugh. At me. I don’t care; I must get it out of my brain before I like, break from sanity and buy the next two on my computer and end up bleeding out my eyes trying to finish them as rapidly as possible. I just. Hunger Games, what even are you.

    16 Mar: hunger_games

  • Dear God, Why: An Evening With Catching Fire:
    Me: Okay, I finished The Hunger Games, and now I’m going to go about my business like a normal person and pick up the next book when I have time.
    Catching Fire: ~Welcome to the Hotel California~
    Me: What?
    Catching Fire: ~Last thing I remember, I was running for the door~
    Me: Dude, what the hell. You skipped the rest of the chorus.
    Catching Fire: ~I had to find the passage to the place I was before~
    Me: Okay, I get it. You’re really cute. Shut up now.
    Catching Fire: ~Relax, said the nightman, we are programmed to receive~
    Catching Fire: ~You can check out any time you like, but you can never leaaaaaaaaave~
    Me: If you weren’t an ebook, I would set you on fire.
    Catching Fire: Speaking of which, Ray Bradbury called. He wants his dystopian future back.A word of advice, guys: any book whose siren song is Hotel California is a book you want to avoid. These novels aren’t Tiffany twisted; they’re just twisted. TWISTED AND EVIL AND AFTER MY SOUL. With that said, please feel free to enjoy the follow-up to my Hunger Games recap…
    16 Mar: hunger_games

Other stuff

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Recs n Links: 26 Feb through 11 Mar

Far more X-Men meta than fic recs in this linkspam, y’all. If you haven’t seen it yet, do not miss the one about the Origins: Magneto script! Also, interesting Sherlock meta.

I haven’t been pinboard-ing all of the posts that I “liked” on tumblr, but if you’re interested in screencaps and fanart mostly of a Fassavoy nature, there’s the link.

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Recs n Links: 18 Feb through 26 Feb

So it turns out I lied about not posting to Tumblr… but for the convenience of non-Tumblrers, I’ll bring stuff back here via Pinboard.

Things I said on Tumblr:

  • McAvoy pic and Charles/Erik snippet:
    While this is indeed quite hot and RTMI, for me this pic is all about Steve McBride. In my headcanon for his adventures after series 2 of Shameless, he still sometimes puts on respectable middle-class drag and tells people he’s a salesman.
    24 Feb: x-men shameless meta
  • Fashion-inspired X-Men plot bunnies:
    26 Feb: none
  • James McAvoy pic:
    Steve McBride, post-canon. Am I the only one shipping him with Brandon Sullivan?
    25 Feb: shame shameless
  • [X-Men vol. 2 #96] Magneto is willing to kill eleven mutants…:
    Jack Harkness has done worse.
    24 Feb: x-men torchwood
  • Meta: I, too, want angry-rugby-bamf!Charles…:
    But X-Men: Second Class would be an excellent time to have Charles & co rescue the Brotherhood. It’s not easy, but underneath the veneer of optimism Charles has a bitter streak and he’s going to show up his ex-boyfriend if it’s the last thing he does. End the second movie with the two teams as uneasy allies.

    X-Men: Third Class starts with Charles and Erik both teaching at the school and working together on various projects. But their differences have been taking a slow toll, and Erik still secretly resents Charles’s high-handed decisions in XM2C. When they face the new crisis (I’m sure the third movie will have to have some plot other than Charles and Erik’s relationship, but whatever), all the suppressed conflicts come boiling out. Ultimately, it ends in another tragic divorce, setting things up to lead into the original X-Men movie.

    And then maybe they can do the post-original-trilogy movie in which it becomes canon that the Scarlet Witch was responsible for the events of The Last Stand.

    24 Feb: x-men meta

And now some recs and other links:

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Recs n Links: 29 Jan through 04 Feb

  • Enjoying an Indifferent Domesticity – by sinuous_curve – fandom X-Men – All Media Types, X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:

    Erik touches the tips of his fingers to his bottom lip. "Would you have me as your little wife, Charles?" he asks, in that deceptively light tone that shatters Charles. It's so careless, and he only uses it when they're caught up in moments where they are so deeply clawed into each other that separation seems like a nightmare. "I'm not particularly obedient."

    "I don't want obedience."

    "Liar," Erik says, leaning forward in his chair. He rests his elbows on his knees and looks at Charles with the fondness of a predator circling in for the kill.

    04 Feb: x-men fanfic slash nsfw charles/erik author.sinuous_curve rec.all_fanfic

  • Live Life Like I Bleed (Too Much) – by lady_krysis – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:

    Author's Summary:
    Alex is never sent to prison, so instead, he finds a fight club. Modern-day AU.

    He'd done some time but not nearly enough, and he'd stayed too low key in the joint and earned an early release.

    His face is throbbing, and the room upstairs feels like a maze he has to navigate just to find a door and eventually, some fresh air. It's still dark out, which Alex takes as another good sign as he looks left and right. His vision's blurred, but he can see well enough to watch the row of street lights that aren't busted flicker. The crap lighting isn't a surprise. It's not like the city's going to put money into a dive.

    Alex turns his head and spits to add to the rundown atmosphere. It's not enough moisture to get rid of the cotton-dry feeling in his mouth or the taste of blood when he licks his lips. He can feel the blood crusted on his face, and he uses the back of his hand to half-heartedly make himself appear decent enough to catch a cab, maybe the bus if he can manage to walk that far.

    "Name's Darwin," someone says to his left.

    [I don't even read this pairing, but… -L]

    02 Feb: x-men fanfic slash sfw darwin/havok author.lady_krysis rec.all_fanfic

  • seussian: Genderswap Project #3: X-Men: First Class!:

    31 Jan: picspam

  • seussian: Genderswap Project #6: The Avengers!:

    31 Jan: picspam

  • Many Kinds Of Man, Many Kinds Of Body Wash – by helens78 – fandom Old Spice Commericals [Archive of Our Own]:

    Certainly the scent of Old Spice body wash wafting past my nose calls to a certain idealized image of man, but in fact there are many ladies out there whose noses might ask, nay, demand Old Spice body wash to call their very own.

    And I see no reason those women shouldn't have what they ask for. Some ladies have been known to walk past me, scent of Old Spice tantalizing each and every iota of my being, and when they find me near a dark alley, suddenly I'm not on my horse, I'm under their spell, moved by strong hands and strong arms and pushed against a brick wall. The brick wall shatters beneath the power of the lady's intentions and desire, and we tumble past it into a bed of flower petals, strewn there in hopes of pleasing her.

    [Pegging with D/s overtones. -L]

    31 Jan: fanfic het nsfw author.helens78 rec.all_fanfic rec.funny

  • cesare: in re the telepathy of charles francis xavier, phd phd phd phd phd:

    …whether Charles Xavier should be pitied because he's asked not to read the minds of the people close to him. Turtletotem makes the point that this depends a lot on how you perceive the nature of Charles's ability. Is his telepathy a "sixth sense" that's always active unless he works to block out others' thoughts? Or is it a power that he has to exert in order to perceive others' thoughts?

    …The people around him aren't obligated to sacrifice their privacy for Charles's comfort. But Raven is angry that Charles fails to hear her after she told him to cover his ears.

    29 Jan: x-men meta

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Recs n Links: 01 Jan through 26 Jan

Oh, and I got a tumbler, but I’m not posting anything there; it’s just for liking stuff and for stalking helens78 and Cesare’s Bound & Determined ‘verse.

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Recs n Links: 17 Dec through 1 Jan

Backlogged recs are backlogged.

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