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[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please see [my policy post].

Once upon a time, a long time ago, [livejournal.com profile] vibrantharmony bought my rec set services for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti. I was given the following prompt:
begin quote Could I get a multifandom rec list? I'm into Merlin, Psych, and SGA (and Smallville and Doctor Who, from your minor list), so any combination from those fandoms would be awesome. As for a prompt, I love funny fics, not crackfic necessarily but more just amusing things or unusual situations. end quote

And here, only an age later, is that rec set. I have at least a few recs in all of the listed fandoms and I threw in some crossovers for good measure. This is mostly fic with the occasional podfic. I am very very sorry that this has taken this long to be finished! I hope you find some new friends in this batch! Thank you for your donation!

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Doctor Who, which also includes Torchwood and Captain Jack Harkness**: 3 fics, 1 podfic
**I treat him as his own fandom because, well, it seemed to make sense at the time :)

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Merlin (BBC): 3 fics

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Psych: 4 fics

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SGA: 2 fics, 1 podfic, 2 illustrated fics

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Smallville: 4 fics (including 1 associated podfic), 1 fic with occasional illustrations

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Crossovers solely among the given fandoms: 4 fics

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Crossovers which include other fandoms: 4 fics.
The other fandoms: Fandom RPF, Discworld, NCIS

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Podfics: [Highly Classified And Very Hush Hush (mp3)] (14.1 MB, 11:44) // [Strictly on a Need to Know Basis (mp3)] (11.5 MB, 9:36), read by [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins (added 4 May 2011)

Author Recs

Three authors. I wanted to rec many more things by these authors than I possibly could, so I'll call them out specifically. )

As always, if anyone spots any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works (e.g., podfics, commentaries), please let me know.
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please see [my policy post].

This is a post of odds and ends of recs which had been laying about my journal.

Reposting of OTW bribery recs
details! )

Haven't you always wanted to read a Star Wars/Icelandic Saga fusion?
details! )

Finally reposted the last of my old recs (NB: these aren't included in the tags for this post)
details! )

As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please do let me know.
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Here's a bit of meta on the topic of RPF and some fic recs.

RPF (real person fanfiction) kind of freaks me out. I know that the stories are fake, made up, pretend. That they're based off of the public persona and then filtered through the author's brain. I know all of this. It doesn't stop it from being really weird for me to read RPF-- the back of my brain is screaming the whole time: this is a real person. I suppose it's related to the part of my brain that had issues with me initially reading fanfic written in universes with actors (I've never had issues with fanfic where the canon is solely textual-- they're the canon author's mental playthings and now they're ours because we've read the books too. Regardless of if we write about them, we were going to be thinking about them anyways, so may as well put the words on the page. *derails this discussion* nb: this is not discussing the *legal* complexities of fanwork)-- because actors actually exist! And one of the things that can squick me out when reading fanfic based on live-action canon is too-true physical description (especially in a sexual context... When CharacterA is lusting after CharacterB's wrists or elbows or whatnot, there's the voice in the back of my brain going 'ummm, real person!')-- it simply feels like an invasion of privacy to me. So generally I've steered clear of RPF. But as I'm sure you know, even if you are avoiding reading something in fandom, you'll run across it eventually and then just sort of randomly read it.

But I have discovered that there's a few ways I can read RPF and not be squicked out by it:

  1. If I have no idea who the real people are, this bothers me less-- because then (as far as my mind knows) this is simply a fictional story with fictional people set in the present-day. (But then I do the canon-osmosis thing and then it sometimes starts being weird again.)
    1. The story has to stand entirely on it's own without knowing the 'canon'.
  2. If the rating is somewhere around PG-13-- keep the sex off-screen and keep the laudatory physical descriptors minimal-to-nil-- because then it feels less voyeuristic.
    1. If there is explicit-ness in the story, I'll likely skim over it or skip it entirely, so it cannot be crucial to plot.
  3. It's a cross-over into something clearly not of the real world-- Buffy/Angel, Farscape, Stargate, etc., etc., etc., because then it's clearer to my brain that the entire thing is fiction and thus I can treat the RP as fictional people. (Oh is there an RPF/Valdemar or Pern crossover anywhere? Because the reactions of the RP could be awesome!)
  4. If it uses a plot device that I love. Because I'm willing to venture into scary RPF-land for the sake of a damn good trope. (Some day I might well list the plot devices I love, but this entry is long enough already.)

Hmm, *ponders* evidently this translates roughly to 'I'm okay with RPF when I can pretend it's original fiction'.

To my surprise, I've come across RPF fics that I can read without hitting the back button. I haven't really been looking for them, so I don't know how exactly I've found these, but all's well that ends well! And if you know of other good RPF fics that you think might meet some of these criteria, then let me know :)

RPF fics I like despite being wigged out by RPF:

SGA RPF/SGA crossover, 1 fic/podfic )

Supernatural RPF, 1 fic )

6 American Idol RPF fics, including 1 podfic and 1 cross-over with Merlin )

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 6 March 2009.
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
These are all wonderfully done fics. They are also all some level of sad/depressing/heartbreak (more in the lines of 'character death' than 'abuse'). Personally, right now I'm not really in the mood to read these. But kind of like poking a sore tooth to see if it's still sore, I'm contemplating reading them. Umm, yes, I make no sense.

N.B.: Unlike what I said [in my policy post], I am not cautioning for content in this particular rec set.

So, fic recs, in case you'd like something to cry about (all are SGA):

Author: [livejournal.com profile] vain_glorious
Story: Unmanifest Destiny
Notes: Gen, PG-13, 8200 words. This is also an entry on my 'bait and switch' rec list (which I'm still compiling) even though it might not be technically b&s. Definitely click through to the second part to get the full story of what's happening.

Author: [livejournal.com profile] vain_glorious
Story: Where The Ways Divide
Notes: Gen, 1000 words, (as far as rating goes, G aside from the part where it punches you in the heart). on SGA_flashfic for the role reversal challenge. I do kind of wish for more stories in this universe.
Sequels: The author has written more in the verse, which makes me incredibly happy. They are all interlinked, or you can find them at the end of [this fic masterlist]. (And now that there's sequels, I'd move the series to the second half of the list, to 'sad-but-not-too-sad', or possibly off of the 'sad' list altogether.)

Author: [livejournal.com profile] busaikko
Story: Building Bombs. Original post on LJ or on her website.
Podfic (read by the author): mp3 format or m4b (audiobook) format
DVD Commentary by the author: on LJ or on her website
Notes: 11400 words, R for violence and adult subject matter, McKay/Sheppard (sort of). I actually listened to the podfic first, where she does not give the warnings for fear of spoilers but directs you to the text file of the story if you wish to know. It's on this rec list, so it's not happy (well, parts are), but have that as your warning and don't read the spoiler-warning is my recommendation. I made the mistake of listening to it at work shortly after a friend of mine had died and I ended up crying for a bit. I haven't read her DVD commentary yet (I only just found out about it when looking for the story).

Author: [livejournal.com profile] auburnnothenna (auburn)
Story: Legion the Things I Would Give to Oblivion
Podfic (read by [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur): mp3 format or m4b (audiobook) format
DVD Commentary: by lunarwolfik
Notes: Gen, Rated R, 11600 words. This is another one where I've only listed to the podfic. I listened to it a day or so after "Building Bombs" and this time managed not to cry (but I did decide that perhaps it was a good time to re-listen to all of Maya's stuff before forging blindly onward into new fics...)

Slightly happier than the above but still sad:

Author: [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27
Story: The Hard Prayer. On LJ in three parts or on her website (on one page)
Notes: Apocafic but with a happy ending! She said, "I never intended to write a downbeat ending; the setting of the story is grim enough without it." But happy ending! (And believably so!). This fic gives new meaning to the 'pan' part of 'pandemic'. (So apocafic=>this rec set, hopeful/happy ending=> this portion of the rec set.) PG-13, McKay/Sheppard, 30300 words.
Podfic (read by the author):[mp3] and [m4b], 3:10:44

Author: [livejournal.com profile] explodedpen
Series: Snapshots of survival
Stories: Not Dead Yet and Bedtime Stories
Notes: There's a note of hope to these, which is why they got put in this section, but they're still not warm and fuzzy. I actually read them out of order (because I found the second one first when I was browsing through [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic), which I think might work better. The combined word count is 2500, gen, PG or PG-13.

As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please let me know.

([Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 28 Jan 2009)

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