elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
Yuletide 2012 is up.

I have one rec for this year: Red Flowers (Eddings' Belgariad series)
Summary: Long ago, in Cthol Murgos, Polgara fell in love. 8522 words. Polgara/OFC

It's bitter-sweet and would slide so easily and perfectly into canon, because everything fits!

If only canon weren't so stiflingly hetero-ubiquitous. So this story is for anyone who needs the breathing space as badly as I do. I'm even tempted to print it out and stick it in among the back pages of my book copy of Polgara the Sorceress, as an appendix.

As they say, "the Golden Age of sci-fi is twelve", so I'll always like the Belgariad for sentimental reasons. But it's emblematic of my wider problems with the speculative fiction genre: it's still a genre dominated by other people's fantasies in which I don't exist. I can live with that, because what's the alternative? But it's still depressing to know that the vast majority of people writing out their fantasy worlds, fantasise about worlds in which you don't exist. And I happen to like existing.

I don't like to say it out loud, because I think people would judge me for it, but every time someone recommends me a book I want to ask them two questions:
1) Is there any rape or sexual assault in it? Because I cannot deal with reading that.
2) Are there any characters who are something other than straight? Because I just want to exist.

So if you know what I'm talking about, go read that fic and take a breath.
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter)
This whole entry will be Harry Potter related. Feel free to skip if you're not interested.



Who else is loving the new pictures at [livejournal.com profile] hbpmoviepics? *_* So many interesting new pictures. It's looking like it'll be a good movie. Much better than the book. ^^;;

Also, I am so glad I have [livejournal.com profile] wizrocklopedia on my FList; now I don't need to check it every day. I love syndicated blogs!

And finally, I need to rec a fic: Reparations by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl.

Harry is a trainee Healer and Draco works for St. Mungo's in their drug rehabilitation department, where Harry's rotation inevitably takes him. As Harry learns about drug addiction and rehabilitation and the people who benefit from the program at St. Mungo's, a new drug is flooding the streets, creating dozens of new addicts, and the Aurors (including Ron) are working to discover its source. Meanwhile Harry has to deal with the new feelings he's developing for his former rival.

I love the world this writer has created around the characters, including all their patients, friends, and lives beyond their jobs. I love the Friday night Polyjuice outings. I love Ron's constant match-making attempts and his irritating partner. I love Harry's fellow trainees and their Thursday flapjack competitions as to who's had the worst day (I have friends who are nurses and who play games like pin-the-foetus-on-the-placenta and who-can-put-the-table-next-to-us-off-their-food, so this sounds exactly like something trainee Healers would do). I love the characterisations and characters, both canon and original characters; they are all so believable. And I love how clearly Harry's infatuation develops, his awareness, baffled but ultimately accepting, and how vivid the writing makes it.

There's also a sequel being written, called Foundations which is just as true to the medical profession:

The morning has been insanely busy, as most Monday mornings are; for some reason, many witches and wizards are loath to admit themselves to St Mungo’s on a Saturday or Sunday, and opt to suffer through the weekend and turn up first thing Monday morning, often significantly unhealthier as a result than they would have been.

As someone who works in the Health field, can I just say: Hell yes! That is SO TRUE! XD (Not that our practice is open on the weekends but Mondays and Tuesdays are by far the busiest and I have enough experience with our local Medical Centre to know that that statement holds up, and people really, really do tend to put off getting help until they're too acute to ignore, rather than getting help early which, yes, would be much easier to treat.)

Anyway, normally I don't read WIPs but I'm making an exception for this one because I'm so impressed with this woman's writing.
elfinblaze: (Default)
Dear self,

Hey, moron? Next time you wonder why you haven't heard of something yet, it might help to read your own friends list before you read other peoples'. You know those communities you joined so that you'd hear about all the new stuff happening? Yeah, you joined them for a reason.

Love,
Regi

And now I have another Harry Potter fic rec, this one femslash.

Matching-Muff Matrimony, by [livejournal.com profile] eloiselovelace.
Rating: NC-17/NWS for explicit descriptions and depictions of sex. [Although, Regi couldn't resist and read it at work anyway]
Pairing(s): Ginny/Pansy, passing mention of canonical het pairings, developing Harry/Draco.
Author's Summary: It was a comfortable marriage of inconvenience, really, given how much they hated each other.

Regi's comments: So, this is my new favourite fic, as well as my all-time-favourite marriage fic, or in this case, uncivil union fic.

It's the story I've been planning to write with Ginny and Pansy getting together, but it's done so much better than I could have written it. It's quite camp and silly and light-hearted, and even though you can see the ending coming a mile away it makes getting there a lot of fun. I was sitting at work shaking with silent laughter as I read, trying not to scare the patients by grinning like a loon.

In this story Pansy's decided she needs to get married in order to gain her inheritance and she recruites/bribes Ginny to go along with her scam, and since same-sex unions have recently become legal for British Muggles, Pansy decides to take advantage of the situation.

There's so much I like about this fic. This is the Ginny I want to read about, the not-so-squeaky-clean, unrepentant little sister of Freg&George who was so much fun in Order of the Phoenix and then became almost as dull as Tonks in Half-Blood Prince. I don't want to read about "nice" characters. I want to read about interesting characters.

Plus, I always wanted someone to write a fic where Pansy and Draco were so close at school because they were both gay; it's such a simple premise, but so underused. I also like the parallels between the Harry/Draco relationship being reflected in Ginny/Pansy, except that the girls are a little brighter and figure things out a little faster. And now I'm forever going to be chuckling over Harry's Half-Blood Prince obsession with the tattoo Draco was hiding under his robes. XD

Honestly, there's nothing deep or meaningful involved here; it's just a heck of a lot of fun. There needs to be more novella-length femslash out there.
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter)
I'm sure everyone's read it already, but in case you can't read J. K. Rowling's handwriting (or are - like me - too far away from your monitor to be able to read it clearly) here is a typed up version of the short story she wrote for Waterstone's. It's short fluff, and nice to see James was actually alive at one point. I mean, we know that, obviously, but it makes a difference seeing him walking and talking and breathing in your imagination, like, making him a real person in that universe.

Secondly, I am loving seeing all these new pictures coming out for Half-Blood Prince. ^_^

And thirdly, another HP fic rec: Read more... )
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter)
James Marsters is awesome.

TV Guide: What was it like on the Torchwood set? More high-brow than the usual Yank sets?
Marsters: [Laughs] To the uninitiated, it can be a bit of a shock. It's a sexually charged show, so there are a lot of sexual jokes and a lot of double entendres in the air, but none of it is serious. After the first four days, I was saying stuff that made John [Barrowman] start to blush. I told him, "Dude, you shouldn't have unleashed it. I told you I was nastier than you."

Also, I'm actually getting exciting about the Half Blood Prince movie after reading this. Which is odd because it's my least favourite book and I'm trying not to expect too much. XD I like the darker books better. *_* Not surprisingly, Order of the Phoenix is my favourite; Harry's world just becomes so small and oppressive in that book, and he's constantly being cut off at every turn. Every time I read it I can almost hear him banging his fists on the walls all around him, and feel his anger and frustration. Half Blood Prince was far too light for my tastes. :p But that write-up made me go all "yay".

I was going to rec my favourites from the [livejournal.com profile] hd_worldcup, but I can't be bothered just now. So, instead, I'm going to rec a fic from [livejournal.com profile] hds_beltane.

Lost Roses )

And now I need to go get ready for my last day of work tomorrow before my holidays begin! \^o^/

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