- marinarusalka: Thoughts on Black Widow’s characterization in Avengers:
…it’s not at all surprising that Natasha’s characterization comes in for a lot of scrutiny. When you have a superhero team movie with only one woman on the team, that one woman is going to have a whole lot of metatextual baggage attached, and people who care about the portrayal of women in superhero movies are going to feel the impulse to dissect every possible aspect of her character to inspect for signs of a sexist portrayal (Here’s a hint for the future, Marvel: you can fix that problem, or at least alleviate it a lot, by having multiple women on the team.)
What comes up a lot in the dissection of Natasha’s character is that she has several moments of emotional vulnerability during the movie. And the argument I’m seeing made is that even though she’s shown skillfully using that aspect of herself to manipulate bad guys by getting them to underestimate her, it’s still somehow sexist to portray her this way, because she’s the only Avenger who shows this “weakness.” And honestly, I think this argument has a lot more to do with people’s expectations of what women in superhero movies are supposed to be than with who Natasha actually is.
First of all, Natasha is nowhere near the only Avenger to show emotional vulnerability. …
- Alphas, Betas, Omegas: A Primer – by norabombay – fandom Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]:
A brief primer on the concept of Alpha/Beta/Omega Universes. aka That thing showing up in your fandom that doesn’t make any sense.
- A Man of Light Virtue – by cygnaut – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
[My summary: Erik has plans. Charles helps.]
Erik stands indecisively in the street, weighing whether it’s worth his trouble to wait. He wants further confirmation of Schmidt’s location, but maybe the banker can’t give him that. He has other leads, clues he’s neglecting by following the banker here […]
“There’s no point in haggling when I’ve already made up my mind,” Erik answers, his own accent sounding harsh in comparison. “We can flirt on the way to your room if you like.” […]
“I’m Erik.” He says it too loudly and Charles looks over his shoulder at him, smiling like he already knew.
- Have You Met Uncle Charles? – by winterhill – fandom The Avengers (2012), X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Tony Stark has known Charles Xavier since Tony was eight and Xavier was his Uncle Charles. Now that Tony’s all grown up, Charles vets his dates. Well, most of them. Except for the ones where Charles brings someone who should really be in jail, not a fancy restaurant.
- c_elisa: Conjugal Visit – 2003-03-28:
“What sort of visit?”
“It was the only way they’d let me in to see you,” Xavier explains patiently. “By the way, do you remember calling me naive for saying it might someday be possible to come out?”
- Powers and Abilities – by castles – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Nobody would ever revel and take as much interest in Erik’s power as Shaw and Charles had. The most obvious qualitative difference in those two men’s interests being that only one of them extended the interest to Erik, the person.
That same day, Charles told Erik about one of his very own tricks. About how he’d badly twisted his ankle one winter, when he really, really wanted to skate. So he did. Through another kid. He hadn’t made the kid skate and then picked up on what the kid was feeling, oh no. Charles’ mind was in there, seeing through the kid’s eyes, dictating the action.
It was a lengthy, awkward silence, the one that fell after Charles finished that story.
“So you can wear people like suits,” Erik finally said.
[Doesn’t really have an ending, but intriguing characterization and use of telepathy, and it’s short. -L]
- The Education of Steve Rogers – by sabinelagrande – fandom The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
How to corrupt a superhero without really trying.
Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers/Thor, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Steve Rogers/Clint Barton
- an odd carriage – by lalaietha – fandom Historical RPF [Archive of Our Own]:
Author’s Summary: This is what happens when you read too much Discworld, and then read a certain famous poem. And are me.
- Everything About It Is a Love Song – by pocky_slash – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik’s spent fifty years being a figurehead and he’s ready to leave that behind. Luckily, so is Charles.
(aka Old Retired Dudes in Love)
- stephantom: Ocean of Violence (X-Men vid):
05 May: x-men rec.all_vids
- Thanks, Biology – by Unforgotten – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles snarls, a primal sort of snarl, an I-mean-business sort of snarl, a don’t-you-fuck-with-me sort of snarl, the sort of snarl that makes alphas’ blood freeze in their veins.
Erik suddenly looks from side-to-side, faux casual, as though he hasn’t taken any interest in Charles at all and certainly didn’t hear him snarl.
- Zweiundachtzig – by Dow – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Modern AU. Erik M. Lehnsherr is a private man, a jeweler that’s just looking for a studio to work in. But floorspace in New York is limited, so he ends up sharing a space with a beautiful mutant painter named Raven. Above them is a huge furry blue physicist, i.e. Mad scientist, and a glassblower that breaks half of what he makes when he starts laughing.
Drawn into their intricacies, Erik finds himself not only with friends but something that’s starting to frighteningly resemble a family. Then enter one, Charles Xavier; geneticist, lecturer, telepath, and mutant rights activist. Suddenly Erik is faced with dealing with a past he’s trying to forget and feelings he’s never had before.
- the sea, the sea – by disenchanted – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
They were in Maine, and the water was cold, and the air was cold, and they raced to the rocks of the winter-black coast, and they slowed, then, when the ocean was in sight. They breathed long, and they breathed deep; Erik bent, rested his hands on his knees, and Charles could see the way that his back rose and fell, could see the condensation from his panting breaths. Erik lifted his head, then, and smiled, and a wave broke behind him—dashed itself against the rock, scattered itself into sea-foam and the hush of falling water.
[Mutant-recruiting road trip, told in atmospheric style.]
- Strobelight Serenade – by panicandstartariot – fandom The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
The Avengers get shanghaied into chaperoning a high school prom. In Steve’s opinion, things go downhill from there, but Tony’s determined to save the night. With the Macarena.
- 645 Riverside Drive – by smilebackwards – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik never leaves so much as a drop of coffee behind afterwards. Frankly, he would do a lot more than drink sixteen ounces of disgusting, hot, burnt-tasting liquid to have Charles smile at him.
- Black Widow saved the world. Everyone else was Ewoks | Cesare:
Husband: Hey, the Cracked summary of The Avengers is pretty funny, check it out.
Me: Ha, this IS pretty funny.
Cracked: “BLACK WIDOW: You’re going to need a strong female character down there. My boobs will hold her position open until she arrives, and I can use my pistol, which will be of absolutely no use whatsoever, I don’t even know why I’m bringing it.”
Me: *from zero to FUCK YOU in 6 nanoseconds*
And that is the real reason Avengers made a billion dollars in nineteen days.
18 May: none
- liviapenn: big list of Avengers reaction posts:
The reviews are mostly squee/positive, and some squee with a little bit of criticism. (Probably the people who were not going to enjoy it so much also haven’t seen it yet, or won’t see it, I guess? Or else the backlash just hasn’t started yet. *G*) I tried to link mostly longer posts, but I also linked some shorter ones with lots of discussion in the comments.
- Glee: Gender, performativity and neediness « Letters from Titan:
The other central tool of gendering on Glee is about neediness. Narratively needy characters are feminine; self-suficient characters are masculine. This is why Blaine’s a girl in Glee‘s lexicon, but Kurt hasn’t been for a long time. This is why Rachel is “man hands” Berry; Santana is more traditionally-femininely portrayed than Brittany; and why Quinn never seems to stop being punished for her gender. It’s why Puck was fantastic with Lauren; Finn struggles constantly with ideas of leadership and being a man; Sam’s sex-work stint actually earns him the respect of the other dudes; and Artie is often the Glee club’s most clearly masculine member and Sugar Motta is its most feminine (because, what isn’t she performing?).
Ultimately, as much as Glee‘s structure and unsettling humor relies on clear gender dichotomies, accusations and misunderstandings, and as much as Glee is often about terrible people who say terrible things in a terrible place, the show is, on a subtextual level, deeply generous about gender in the degree to which it actually rejects the stereotypes that drive its setting. Glee lets us know people are complex mixtures of things, not just boys or girls, and not just combinations with stark lines drawn down their centers (as Kurt is in “Le Jazz Hot”).
But for all that subtle progressiveness, Glee is still sure of one thing: that being a girl, regardless of the gender you were assigned at birth, is a terrible thing. It will get you beat up, bullied, pregnant, uncertain about your future, and nursing a wounded heart.
People on Glee talk about becoming men, because that’s a positive goal, but never about becoming women, because that isn’t — at least not in Lima, OH. …
13 May: meta
- marina: So, a while ago I watched the second X Men movie for Erik/Charles continuity insights. I am here to bring you my (delicious) findings!:
Wow, I have to hand it to First Class, they went ABOVE AND BEYOND in preserving the continuity in this verse in terms of Charles and Erik’s characterizations. I mean the later movies are a JOY to watch if you’re only there for those two guys and the in jokes and symbolism and so on of their later relationship.
-One thing where this is manifested is in how one of Erik’s greatest joys in life is to be a giant troll. No, really, THAT IS WHAT HE DOES FOR FUN. …
I think chess between two telepaths is the perfect metaphor and the perfect teaching aid. Because chess is a long, arduous game, where people are constantly thinking up strategy, and for a telepath to be able to play it and not cheat once takes stamina and perseverance and self control. Because cheating would be easy, but then there’s no point in playing the game.
- raven: Rule number one: MASH primer:
In other news, it has come to my attention that not everyone in the world has seen M*A*S*H. I mean, I knew it was a small fandom – okay, I admit that at one point it was a small fandom consisting entirely of me and my friends – but I did rather think that everyone had dabbled, or at least seen a couple of episdoes, or at least understood the significance of a tongue depressor.
Apparently this isn’t the case. …
Okay, so. The show is a sitcom set at a field hospital a few miles from the front lines of the Korean War. The characters are the doctors, nurses and enlisted personnel who’ve been drafted to work there, mostly very much against their will. Every day or week or few hours helicopters come in, bringing wounded soldiers from the front, and the unit’s job is to return them to the front, if they can, or send them on to Seoul and onwards to the States, if they can’t. …
It’s a warm, totally hilarious show in a lot of ways, and very upsetting in a lot of others, often in the same minute.
13 May: meta
- Luceat – by Dira Sudis (dsudis) – fandom The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
They were reunited a few days later in a hallway in SHIELD headquarters, outside an otherwise nondescript door that said Philip J. Coulson.
- Sky High Heels – by toestastegood – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik wears a pair of high heels for Charles. Heels and nothing else.
- Don’t Try This At Home – by oliviacirce – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
I like to think of this as the story in which Charles incepts Erik into a supervillain.
- Not Proper (Chinese Boxes remix) – by Penknife – fandom Peter Pan – Barrie [Archive of Our Own]:
Once upon a time there was a man named George Darling. He worried a great deal about what the neighbors thought of him, but most of them envied him, because he knew such a lot about stocks and shares, and had such a distinguished peppering of gray at his temples that it seemed he must have grown it there on purpose. He had a beautiful wife, with a romantic mind and a sweet mocking mouth and a mind like tiny boxes nesting one inside the other, and three fine children. His own mind was like a bank-vault with a door so sturdy that it must be filled up with all kinds of respectable things, though to be sure, no one ever saw all the way inside.
- Bells Are Ringing – by Basingstoke – fandom Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]:
“Oh bloody fucking DAMN!” Sherlock shouted, apropos of nothing. John nearly dropped his tea.
John turned and found Sherlock shaking his passport. “Mycroft made me French!”
- cluegirl: On Sentiment:
…upon second watching, I noticed an even more beautiful pattern to Joss’s use of that word in other places. Sentiment. It’s not a two dollar word, really, is it? You don’t lay even odds on getting to hear it on any given day, because it’s not an everyday word, or notion — unless you own or work in a gift shop that specializes in engraving.
But that word is used in the Avengers four times. And each time it’s spoken with scorn about something the speaker is trying to disprove…
- August – Chapter 1 – by Red – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
[The one where you will worry about whether Erik will lose the baby. -L.]
- Other Crabs Cannot Be Trusted – by groovyphilia – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik is a hermit crab and proud. He is also stalking a shore crab named Charles.
In which everybody in XMFC is a crab.
- Curve Fitting – by kianspo – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles likes to pick up strays. His mother cites non-existing allergies and never allows him to keep the abandoned kittens or puppies, instead making the servants take them to an animal shelter. Charles visits them regularly and is torn between happiness and sadness when someone adopts his former charges.
However, one day he drags in not another street cat, but a shivering, frightened Raven. She’s dirty and hungry and still wearing bruises her drunk of a father left on her arms and back. Sharon Xavier isn’t thrilled, but then she wasn’t thrilled even when she gave birth to her own child, so it’s not something that can be held against her.
A year later, Charles stumbles over Erik, who’s trying to survive on the street.
- Betan Therapy – by avanti_90 – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
On a world that had the dubious distinction of being renowned for its therapists, Doctor Indrani Mehta was the therapist.
[Brilliant reinterpretation of Shards of Honor. -L]
- sparky77: Being Human Fic: Self-Empowerment for the Modern Ghost:
Annie was never one for philosophy. She doesn’t care about the sound of one hand clapping or a tree falling in the forest, but she can’t help but wonder: if a ghost haunts a house and nobody sees it, is she still real?
She hates being needy and she hates being afraid, but she’s not ready to go, and she needs them. But they don’t need her. It’s not fair, but it’s not like there’s a place for ghosts to register complaints, and if there was, she’s positive it’s no place she wants to go.
- Passing-bells – by LithiumDoll – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
Nina’s impending motherhood has a lot of question marks over it – some are annoying her more than others.
- Stray – by packmentality – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
There is a cat in the house.
Not only is there a cat in the house, which is inexplicable in itself as both Annie and Mitchell swear up and down they weren’t the one to let it in, but Mitchell seems to find the fact that there is a cat in the house extremely hilarious.
Or, more likely, what Mitchell finds hilarious is the fact that, while the cat doesn’t seem at all bothered by the likes of any of them, George is utterly terrified.
- In Recovery – by WiliQueen – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
He sat down and dug into the cereal, explaining around mouthfuls, “I tried to learn once, but I maybe possibly accidentally set fire to Josie’s kitchen.”
She suspected there were any number of things he had tried once. For someone who was theoretically going to live forever, he didn’t have much of an attention span sometimes. Still, the one thing he kept trying, despite a growing catalog of failures, was the one that really mattered. She had to respect that.
He’d left the newspaper she’d bought at the center of the table, and Nina considered a moment before sliding it toward him. “There’s a list of names in there. From the train.”
- beinghuman_fans: Pile o’ meta:
Mitchell has never been honest to the rest of the group about how the vampire world really works. …
Basically, what Michell has is vampire privilege. He’s a member of the ruling class. And he hangs out with a ghost and a werewolf. This is the equivalent of a billionaire hanging out with a couple of hobos. Except he’s convinced them he’s a hobo too. It’s the three of them against the world!
- ghostinsweats: fic: sleeper, i dream of houses in the sky:
If you want to get poetic about it, he comes in killing.
It’s rather an illogical notion, a quaint one, that somehow children kill their mothers this way, during the difficult births–if you’d like to regard it as some kind of an omen you’re welcome to, but it was common back then, especially with the poor and he doesn’t see it that way and he doesn’t see much order in anything, anyway.
They cut her open, eventually, slice through the skin and he comes out screaming and the priest is praying for his mother’s soul and he is a blessing, they tell his father, he is a gift. That he lives is a sign of mercy.
- ghostinsweats: “A really pissed off badger?”:
For Mitchell, I think, whatever is happening right this moment is indicative of everything that has ever been or ever will be. In real life terms, he’s the guy who fails a test and concludes that he always has been and always will be an idiot. It’s a very young reaction, very much like a teenager and I’ll admit on some level I find it endearing, even. What disappoints me, a little, about the writers is that they seem to take his myopia at face value.
- catchester: Why Mitchell sucked as a recovering addict.:
Mitchell is both a two stepper and a 13th stepper.
- Snapshots – by laceymcbain – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
After that, the notebook was always around. It wasn’t that they talked less, but that there were things no one wanted to say.
- A Ghost Should Be So Practical – by elise_509 – fandom X-Men (Movies), The Avengers (2012), Captain America (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Logan doesn’t hear what happened to Steve until they find him in the ice 70 years later.
By then, Steve’s just Captain America to him, and Captain America doesn’t mean a thing to Wolverine.
- even the cake was in tiers – by kellifer_fic – fandom The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
Tony doesn’t want Steve accusing him of having a concussion again, so he sits quietly and watches a bizarre meeting unfold where the Avengers discuss things that did not happen.
Tony is starting to suspect that either;
A. He’s the victim of a very elaborate prank which involved Steve nudity which, well done guys, did not see that coming or
B. He really does have a concussion.
- Film Studies, or, Four Films About Captain America and One By Him – by copperbadge – fandom The Avengers (2012), Avengers (Marvel) – All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]:
“So I have to ask,” Tony said, swiping at his beard with a napkin, catching hummus off the edge of his mouth, “did they show you the Captain America movie yet?”
They’d been quiet while they ate, weary from battle (and, for some, absorbed in an exciting new foodstuff) but Steve should have known Tony would be the one to start them talking again.
“I made a couple,” Steve ventured. “I saw most of them.”
“No, the one they made post-Capsicle,” Tony said.
“1949 or 2008?” Bruce asked.
Steve had experienced a lot of Stop, tell me that again? moments after waking up, but this might be the strangest.
- lo0o0ony_lauren: climb the wall to make the sun rise in time, but the night had already begun.:
He wondered when it was going to be a good time to mention that he needed glasses and he’d left them somewhere, or that they didn’t know each other, or that he had, in fact, spent the previous night running round in a forest, mauling things, and Mitchell appeared to have forgotten that. In fact, he was right in the midst of this thought process when Mitchell said, “I’m a vampire, by the way.”
- lozenger8: watch your life slide out of view:
“Come on, let’s get groovy,” Mitchell says with a self-mocking purr. He stands, grabs hold of George’s shirtsleeve, gestures at Annie, and starts walking to the dancefloor.
George really can’t dance. He has no co-ordination, very little timing. He feels awkward and foolish and undeniably disenfranchised from the wider clubbing scene. And judging from the way he’s shuffling from foot to foot, Mitchell’s much the same.
- In a Field of Stone – by pearl_o – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik is called to help deal with a changeling, but when things go badly, he makes a harsh realization.
- Hug Therapy – by astolat – fandom The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
“I am hugging you,” Thor explained. “That you may know I love you, despite your madness.”
[Seriously, fandom, stop it, I do not want this pairing, but oh the the excellent Thor-centric crackfic that y’all are writing…
Case in point. Here we have noncon hugging and dubcon sex. And ALL THE FUNNY. -L]
- the bite that binds; the gift that gives – by ozmissage – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
He’ll be coming for them soon. He’ll be coming for George. (AU from 2×07.)
- Into Your Tar, Honey – Chapter 1 – by tomato_greens – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
08 Jul: x-men fanfic slash het sfw author.tomato_greens rec.all_fanfic
- In the Attic – by sophinisba – fandom Being Human, Jewish Folklore [Archive of Our Own]:
So, are you dead too then? Vampire? Werewolf? It’s all right, you know, nothing to be embarrassed about! Not with this group.
[Sort of sweet and creepy/haunting? Also, the sequel is a Torchwood crossover. -L]
- The Constant – by tokenblkgirl – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
Mitchell eyes the DVDs in his hand, going back and forth between Vertigo and My Fair Lady for movie night while letting George’s statement go unacknowledged. Not because he doesn’t care, he just knows there’s more on the way. George has never been one for brevity or dramatic pauses.
“We’ve had every single combination of toppings and sauces known to man delivered to our door—not once, but three times in the past month Mitchell, and I can’t do it anymore, I just can’t. No man should ingest that much cheese in one lifetime, it’s not natural.”
[Annie = awesome. Also, Audrey Hepburn. -L]
- Birds of a Feather – by Aramley – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
George and Mitchell’s first meeting.
[Some missing scenes. This got jossed, but is basically… no, *exactly* what I wish had happened in canon. -L]
- xahra99: In God’s Country:
It was six days, two months and twenty-two years since Mitchell had died, some ninety miles south of the Flanders fields in which he now found himself. The landscape was far prettier than he recalled. It was all a world away from the marshy shell-scarred craters of the Somme.
The war felt the same.
- distraction16: Fic: The Damage Done (Being Human):
The first time Mitchell tried to go clean, he crawled back to Herrick after just five days.
- A Very Special Episode – by winterhill – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik Lehnsherr is surprisingly ordinary when he’s not douching it up at an awards night or spilling spoilers to Youtube. He offers me a scotch, and then stretches out on the couch to talk. There’s no sign of a PA or hangers-on anywhere; Lehnsherr infamously refuses to employ assistants unless he’s on a film set, and even then he does so reluctantly.
“I prefer to do things myself,” he says. “And what I don’t want to do, Emma does.”
He’s talking about Emma Frost, his agent and long-time friend. Erik and Emma have been romantically linked dozens of times across his career, a claim which Lehnsherr vehemently rejects.
“I’m gay,” he reminds me. “While I appreciate that Emma has fantastic tits, she’s missing other vital parts of anatomy. Total deal-breaker.”
“You choose very action-oriented roles, and you’ve never brought a boyfriend to anything,” I tell him. “Do you think that’s why people match you with women?”
“I don’t want to play what Hollywood thinks is gay,” says Lehnsherr. “Then I’d have a choice of dying of AIDS; being ashamed of my sexuality until I just find the right guy; or being someone’s sassy best friend. I’d prefer to shoot aliens and bring down terrorists. Fuck you. You want me to bring a boyfriend somewhere? Fine. You’re my date to the Oscars.”
“Done,” I reply, hoping I won’t have to put out. He looks like a biter.
“I could,” he says, leaning forward. “I could do something all about sexuality, but it would have to be the right thing.”
“I hear Hasbro is looking for guests for their new run of My Little Pony,” I tell him, mostly to watch him explode.
He doesn’t disappoint.
“Oh for fuck’s sake. I will work for Hasbro the moment the Sparkly Hooves pony comes out of the closet. Until then, give me a break.”
Hank McCoy, “Fuck You, I’m Erik Lehnsherr,” Rolling Stone, January 2012
- Hollow Minds and Dead Souls – by helens78 – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
When Charles and Erik take a portable version of Cerebro out to New Mexico as part of their mutant recruiting trip, they aren’t expecting to find out the town’s falling victim to an epidemic. But things are far worse than they seem, because this is no ordinary virus. Will Charles and Erik find their way home in time to help save the world… from zombies?
- Took Me By Surprise and Then – by thehoyden – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
After the second surgery in New York, Charles doesn’t anticipate anyone keeping vigil by his bedside. He’s instructed Alex and Sean to stay with Hank in Westchester. Erik and Raven are likely halfway around the world, and even if they had been nearby, he doesn’t expect either of them to come and hold his hand.
The only person he expects less is the one actually there, folded into the hard chair like he’s completely comfortable, all of his attention on a pad of graphing paper propped up against his knee as he sketches something with precise strokes of a pen.
“Tony?” Charles croaks.
Tony Stark’s eyes flick over, and he smiles at Charles, and oh — it’s the same smile, like they’re still ten and going to sneak off from one of their parents’ parties to do something phenomenally stupid that will probably result in property damage. “Hey there,” Tony says softly. “You don’t call, you don’t write—”
- aprivatelibrary: Fanfic: Once a Year, Every Year – Being Human (PG13):
Summary: Living is full of sacrifices for Fleur in the wake of Bernie’s new life; lessons are hard learnt and the most terrible acts are those of survival. One-shot, creepy monologuish POV piece. 1500 words.
Spoilers: Up to 1.04
- lo0o0ony_lauren: something to ponder.:
Once, in the late nineteen-thirties, Mitchell expressed to Herrick his shock that mankind could be so abominably stupid – so stupid, in fact, that the generation of young men he himself had been sent to hell and back with could grow up, get old and fat and forget, and send a whole new generation of young men to their muddy graves. He did so thusly: “That fucking idiotic bunch of cunts!”
Herrick was sat across the room, on the other bed; the two of them were, at this time, renting rooms in Marylebone, close to the Queen’s Hall. Herrick liked the music, listening with his eyes closed and a look of intense concentration on his face, and Mitchell liked the people. Or something of theirs, anyway. It was about a quarter past eleven, they had the curtains closed, and the second world war had just been announced over the wireless.
Smiling his inscrutable smile, Herrick withdrew a cigarette from the packet in his pocket, lit it, and inhaled. He licked the corner of his mouth. “How charming it is,” he said, voice low, “That you still find their innate dull-mindedness surprising.”
- strangeumbrella: Fic: Many (Many, Many) Happy Returns (George/Mitchell):
“Relax,” says Mitchell. “Seriously. I don’t really like cake.”
“What is wrong with you?” says George, caught somewhere between genuine distress and shock.
“Have you got an hour?”
- angelgazing: fic: the adventure starts here – being human – pg:
George is always shaking the night before; trembling, when the moon is looming close, the way addicts do, when the next hit isn’t near enough.
Mitchell’s on the floor, next to him, because George needs room, but he doesn’t need space. Mitchell waves off another cup of tea for him, but catches her sleeve before she can get too far away.
She’s stopped being surprised that they can touch her, but she hasn’t stopped appreciating it.
- there are no haunted places – by ozmissage – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
Each in their own way, they all must begin the slow, unenviable task of moving on.
[Picks up where season 3 left off. Jossed. -L]
- Rule of Three – by valderys – fandom Being Human [Archive of Our Own]:
Once upon a time a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost went out into the world to seek their fortune. Fairytales are simplistic, but it doesn’t make them *wrong*.
[A bit cracky, but fun.]
- The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco – Chapter 1 – by fengirl88 – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
“You’re out of touch, Charles,” Erik says. “Folk music is the in thing these days. It’s practically groovy.”
Charles is beginning to wish he’d never heard the word.
“I got a lead on our man,” he says hastily.
“Good,” Erik says, looking sharkishly pleased. “Almost makes the last hour worthwhile.”
“I thought you fitted in rather well.” He knows he sounds jealous and that makes it even worse.
“I’m sure you could pass for a hep cat,” Erik teases him, “especially if you keep stealing my clothes.”
“That won’t happen again,” Charles says stiffly. He can feel that he’s blushing again, which is seriously annoying. This is officially the worst recruiting expedition ever.
- not language but a map: why i want bisexual stiles (in 4,000 words or less):
There is some stuff going on in the discussion about the potential of Stiles being bi that is…unsettling me, let’s say. Making me worry that we may, as fans, be losing the forest for the trees. So what I’m going to talk about below, in a handy-dandy listed format, is some stuff I’ve seen in the ongoing discussion about the whole the-people-running-Teen-Wolf-are-visibly-flirting-with-this-concept thing, and why that stuff is making me nervous. Okay? Okay. …
If you’re arguing that they should make Stiles bi because of Sterek shipping reasons, I don’t blame you and I don’t judge you but I encourage you to step back and look at the bigger issue. If you’re arguing that they shouldn’t make Stiles bi because of Sterek shipping reasons, I don’t blame you and I don’t judge you but I encourage you to step back and look at the bigger issue. Because the bigger issue is a LOT BIGGER, guys. Like, a lot bigger. Like, so much bigger that it’s kind of staggering, honestly.
Making Stiles bi isn’t about Sterek. Making Stiles bi is about bi representation in media, representation in media in general, and the power that we, as viewers discontent with the largely unfair and non-representative media currently being produced, have to affect change. …the fact that this discussion is being framed as a Sterek argument first and a bi-Stiles argument second scares me. …
See, okay, here’s the thing is about representation in media: it’s a fight for power happening between the group of people who currently control the decisions, and thus have the power, and the group of people dissatisfied with their use of that control, who want to redefine that power and how its used. It’s a power struggle between two big-ass groups of humans: uh, guys? That’s a war. It’s a war for the status quo, or, to be more accurate, for what the average depiction of the status quo should look like, and it’s being passively won by people who believe in the very idea of the status quo they are being fed. Like, for real, you guys: the war for fair representation in media is currently being won for the Powers That Be by the frighteningly large part of their audience that has nooooo idea this war is going down. By the frightening large part of their audience that’s still watching the same stories about the same people because those are the only kinds of stories they’ve ever been exposed to. Because they’ve got literally no clue that there are alternative options, or because, when presented with alternative options, they recoil and react like horribly wads of dick because that status quo has taught them to fear the unfamiliar. Chew on that for a second; it’s okay. I know. It sucks a lot.
But! In a lucky break! It’s not actually a hopeless war, because we have, uh, reality on our side. The world doesn’t look the way mainstream media would have us believe, at all, and, in the most globalized age in the history of this planet, that is becoming more apparent to more people all the time.
02 Aug: meta
- Disney Princesses Re-imagined As Women Of Color | The Mary Sue:
30 Jul: none
- Adorable Children Cosplay At Comic-Con 2012 | The Mary Sue:
30 Jul: none
- Genderswap And Other Alternative Cosplay From Comic-Con 2012 | The Mary Sue:
30 Jul: none
- Bifurcation – Chapter 1 – by spicedpiano – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
[Erik is a pathologist who destroys dangerously sloppy doctors. Charles is a heart surgeon with a dead patient.
This story convinced me (incorrectly) that the author actually is a medical doctor.]
- ::: grammarie.net ::::
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28 Jul: none
- it’s like one of us woke up – by kaydeefalls – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men – All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]:
[Charles and Erik find Shaw in Russia. Longish and plotty. Includes a brilliant (and chilling) explanation of where Shaw’s helmet came from. -L]
- Review: Amazing Adventures #1-8 – Fuck Yeah, Black Widow:
Natasha’s Amazing Adventures feature takes place in the earliest gasps of the Bronze Age, an era that brought Social Relevancy to the funny pages. Harry Osborn on drugs! Roy Harper on drugs! Lois Lane: Black Lady! All this, and a new breed of superheroine trotting out some funny Women’s Lib business. But unlike her later appearances in Daredevil, in Amazing Adventures, Black Widow’s central thesis wasn’t her gender. It was class.
Black Widow was, briefly, the Marvel flipside of Green Arrow, a super-rich person punching other rich people on behalf of the poor. She had her Rolls driven down to Spanish Harlem and she did not forget about the forgotten and the downtrodden. Natasha fought corrupt politicians taxing the poor to the hilt, or cultish gang leaders drawing impoverished youths into lives they did not want. And more than that, she acted as a facilitator— using her wealth and connections to give a voice to the people she still employed as servants. The comic was not sophisticated enough to be aware of its hypocrisies, to really mine the irony of a former Soviet (shh!) celebutante buying her way out of other people’s poverty. But it had a tone, and a message, and when Gene Colan came on with issue #3, an artist uniquely suited to depicting urban splendor.
22 Jul: meta
- halcyon_shift: Vid: Home:
Pray for tomorrow, but for today, all I want is to be home
Music: “Home” – Foo Fighters
Characters: George, Annie & Mitchell-centric
Warning: All three seasons, so spoilerific if you’re not up to date :)
- Despicably Yours – by Cesare, majorangecat – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
- thefourthvine: Fannish Psychological Testing:
I’m sorry, but people who already have problems should not be subjected to lengthy tests that are roughly as interesting as an eight-part documentary on dryer lint. I could not help it; I was compelled to write some more fannishly oriented questions. So, here you go:
The Fannish Relationship Survey
If I were transported to another universe, I would immediately try to find my partner’s analogue. (T/F)
If it was an evil mirror universe, I would still try to find my partner’s analogue. (T/F)
I would also expect my partner’s analogue to find me, even if said analogue had no way of knowing I was there. (T/F)
My partner and I are capable of having complete conversations using only eyebrows, shoulder punches, or awkward, shuffling silences. (T/F) …
03 Sep: funny
- Amnesia Doesn’t Make You Gay – by Grey_Bard, jmtorres – fandom Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]:
“If it could be easily induced and temporary, I might quite like having amnesia,” Sherlock mused. “What a challenge! What a mystery! Pity it’s wasted on you, John.”
(Contains absolutely no dub-con)
- my heart pumps yet the poison – by coloredink – fandom Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms [Archive of Our Own]:
“Hit me.” Sherlock cocked his head at John and gave him a thin, devilish smile. “We’ve been through this once already. Don’t tell me you don’t want to.”
- indeedsir: It’s a gay, gay, gay New York:
…an unreserved recommendation for the book Gay New York by George Chauncey to anyone interested in what the gay scene would’ve been like in the 1920s and 1930s (which is, happily, the era the book spends the most time on).
Before reading it, I had a vague idea that anyone who was gay before Stonewall had to live in secrecy and fear. I was wrong. Totally wrong. I was floored to find an era where gay men would carry around things like this: …
[More information from the book in the comments.]
24 Aug: history
- Confessions of an Unfortunate Fan:
I have mixed feelings about the story overall, though. It was fun to write this Charles, but I also consider him the most broken out of all the ones I’ve written — this Charles has no moral compass, and he doesn’t care about making his kills messy (the blood-splattered jeans) and spectacular. Also, I have become… quite uncomfortable, I guess, with fandom’s valorisation of certain, traditionally “masculine” qualities. A character is considered BAMF when they punch someone in the face or shoot guns, but not when they put in the hard work to build a school, or choose the hard way so they could live with themselves and their principles.
17 Aug: meta
- Handle with Care – by pocky_slash – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Moira thinks Erik Lehnsherr is a liability despite his skills and knowledge, but she’s not above using Charles Xavier to keep him in check.
- Fortunate Son – by beardsley – fandom Captain America (2011), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
Bucky wakes up in the future to a world that needs Captain America; meanwhile, a Cold War-era supersoldier assassin emerges.
- Ashes, Ashes – by winterhill – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Post-apocalyptic AU — When the bombs fall, and mutually assured destruction occurs, it turns out that Shaw was right and radiation does enhance mutant powers. Snapshots of the XMFC main ensemble in the time after the bombs: Erik decides to stay, Moira thinks she might be the only human left, Raven is having trouble sleeping, and Charles is losing his mind.
- you’re my only home – by pocky_slash – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
It’s not love. It’s fascination, maybe, and respect. Erik’s done nothing to earn love from Ororo; she doesn’t know him nearly well enough to give him that.
(Or, four times Ororo hugged Erik and one time Erik hugged Ororo.)
- First Aid – by Philomytha – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
“He’s been there almost five hours, sir,” Briggs said. “He refuses to move, he refuses to let my men take him anywhere else, he won’t even accept a coat and it’s been raining all night. The last time I tried to talk to him, he pulled out a nerve disruptor and said he’d shoot the next ImpSec bastard who bothered him. And I know we’re not supposed to upset him, but that was an hour and a half ago, sir. We can’t go on like this.”
Simon could picture it all too clearly. “And where are you?” he asked.
“Well, that’s the thing. We’re in Turnpike Street, just past the monorail bridge.”
A five-minute walk from Simon’s apartment. He could see where this was going.
“And you want me to come and see if I can talk some sense into him?”
“Well, sir…” Briggs sounded timid, as if asking a tremendous favour. But then, he could have no way of knowing that it wasn’t even a question: when Aral needed him, Simon would go, day or night, on duty or off.