AU meme

Aug. 8th, 2011 09:13 am
kaydeefalls: The Last Unicorn by Samantha Darko (i write the bestest stories)
Some possible stories from the AU meme!

Torched Wood Saloon
From [personal profile] tardis_stowaway: Torchwood, wild west AU. Because Stetsons are cool.
So I haven't actually seen the movie yet, but this is basically Cowboys vs. Aliens, right? Anyway. Miz Gwen Cooper, a fierce gun-totin' rancher gal, sees mysterious lights in the sky over her ranch one night. Heading out to investigate, she stumbles across mysterious stranger Captain Jack Harkness lying stark naked (of course) in the pasture. And then plot happens. Also features Owen as the town doctor, Tosh as the barmaid at the local saloon, and Ianto as Gwen's clever young ranchhand. (Dude, I don't know, I've seen High Noon and The Searchers, but that's about the extent of my knowledge of Westerns, it's not really my genre.)

Avatar: the Last Airship
From [personal profile] troisroyaumes: Avatar: the Last Airbender, space opera AU
I have actually read an AtLA/Firefly fusion, and remember thinking it was a really nifty idea, though of course now I will never be able to find it again. But yeah, all space opera AUs just turn into Firefly fusions in my head. Katara and Sokka are siblings in joint command of a small smuggling ship, Appa; Toph is their wiseass mechanic. They pick up hotshot young pilot Aang on a border moon. His entire colony was wiped out in the War of Unification, and he's got a secret to hide. A secret big enough that they find themselves being chased all across the known 'verse by an Alliance vessel -- which is commanded by the exiled young Lord Zuko...

The Importance of Being Nixon, IDEK.
From [personal profile] newredshoes: The Easy Company Oscar Wilde AU
HA, so basically Nix is already Algernon from The Importance of Being Earnest, y/y? Okay. The hard-drinking, idle gentleman bachelor Lewis Nixon is approached by his dear friend Dick Winters on a matter of the heart. It seems that Dr. Eugene Roe, an up-and-coming young physician at Dick's prestigious hospital, has fallen in love with a humble village nurse, Renee. The social barrier between the gentleman and the lady is far too great for Roe's parents to even consider the match, of course. But perhaps with the influence of the Nixon family name behind her -- and Nix's irascible uncle, Lord Sink, they could fabricate a story of a long-lost inheritance and convince the Roes that Renee is actually a highborn heiress... Wacky misunderstandings and hijinks ensue, and of course it turns out that Eugene was misplaced as a baby and is in fact the son of a humble village preacher, so he and Renee are in fact of the same social position and there are no barriers to their nuptial bliss. Also Harry Welsh and Kitty Grogan are there being snarky somehow, and Kitty and Renee trade tips on how to manage their menfolk. And Nix drinks a lot while Dick fondly indulges him and they trade many witticisms. WHAT. (Look, there is a distinct lack of marriageable ladies in this fandom, okay?)

The Twelve Gods of Olympus Washington
From [personal profile] lutamira: The West Wing as greek mythology
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON. Okay, obviously Jed = Zeus and Abbey = Hera. Maybe CJ as Athena? Sam as Apollo? I kind of like Toby as Hephaestus, IDK why. Charlie as Hermes. Josh as Ares, waging war on Congress. Donna as Artemis? No idea who Poseidon is. Lord John Marbury is Dionysus, obviously. Where the hell does Leo fit in? I DON'T EVEN KNOW.


These are fun! Any more? Hit me up!

Last night I checked the word count on the actual AU I'm writing, and saw that it was at 52k. Then I laughed hysterically for a little while. Seriously, I have officially written to the end of the part I'd plotted out from the beginning, but there's all this STUFF that still needs to HAPPEN and now I'm just flying blind here, oh my god, this story will NEVER END.

goddamn.

Apr. 16th, 2011 04:29 pm
kaydeefalls: TARDIS parked outside Millennium Centre (aliens in cardiff)
So I finally managed to finish a fic! That's something, right? It's a well overdue Tosh gen fic for [livejournal.com profile] tw_unpaired, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be my last fic in the Torchwood fandom. Although I reserve the right to change my mind later, if the mood ever strikes me again. (I always hate when I move on from a well-loved fandom. There are always a handful of half-finished WIPs that I wind up leaving behind.)

Anyone willing to give this thing a quick beta? 3700 words, post-"Cyberwoman" Toshiko gen. Nothing special, but it's nice to finish something, and this is the first fic I've managed to write in nearly four months.

Completely unrelatedly, the production videos from beginning of "The Hobbit" filming? OH MY HEART. I didn't realize just how much I missed LotR. OLD FANDOM, REUNITE!
kaydeefalls: walking across the bridge, lincoln memorial at night (back to work)
It definitely took me more than a month to get through this.


Day 30 - Saddest character death

If you know my fannish preferences, you probably think I'd go with Ianto Jones. This is not actually true. He's high on my list, yes. I sobbed my eyes out when it happened. And the shock of it -- the first Whoniverse character death I hadn't been spoiled for in advance -- was a big part of my reaction.

So, okay, Ianto is clearly a runner-up. As is Jack Harkness's first death in "Parting of the Ways", for me -- that actually makes me ache so much in rewatching, because it's a good death, the death that should've taken but didn't, and Rose's blessing wound up being just as much of a curse. And don't even get me started on the Lone Gunmen in the penultimate episode of the X-Files, JESUS CHRIST.

But the saddest?

This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, "Hey you. Can you help me out?" The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, "Father, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. "Hey, Joe, it's me can you help me out?" And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here." The friend says, "Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out."


leo


LEO MCGARRY, guys. Oh, Leo. Taken alone as scripted, it would be sad enough -- I mean, this is Leo, Chief of Staff of the White House for 5+ seasons of West Wing, the President's best friend and closest adviser. It's patently impossible not to love Leo. And then Josh recruits him for the VP slot on the Santos ticket. And then on the very night they win the election -- augh. AUGH.

But of course, the reason it's written that way is to account for the tragic death of the actor, John Spencer, during the final season's filming. Which, just, oh god. Oh, Leo. You were sorely missed.

(True fact: the original plan for the final season had Santos losing the election to Vinick, the Republican candidate. After Spencer's passing, the second half of the season was rewritten because the writers thought it would be too depressing.)

If we're going to walk into walls I want us running into them full speed. We're going to lose some of these battles, and we might even lose the White House, but we're not going to be threatened by issues. We're going to bring 'em front and center. We're going to raise the level of public debate in this country, and let that be our legacy.
kaydeefalls: kim&jeremy&dana running sports night (control room)
I'm bored. I mean, I am eternally grateful that for a short space of time I have had ACTUAL WEEKENDS, and I'm sure I'll be kicking myself this time next week when I realize yup, they're going away again for another few months. But I have no particular fannish projects holding my attention at the moment (still in post-Big Bang slump, though it still needs another round of editing once my betas have had a chance to slog through it) and nothing much to DO. I've watched another disc of True Blood, which finishes the first season. There are other shows I'm vaguely interested in, but none enough to seek out for download. And while I would love to curl up with my laptop and read good fic, I'm still in a Jack/Ianto frame of mind and I've spent the past month rereading just about every halfway decent fic for the pairing, and I want to read NEW fic. But that fandom's taken a bit of a hit since CoE, and even the CoE fix-it phase of fandom seems to have died down, at least for the moment.

And there is no new Doctor Who today. TRAGIC.

So instead I'll knock out a few more of the TV meme, since I am terminally incapable of posting on anything resembling a regular basis.


Day 19 - Best TV show cast

I freaking LOVE ensemble shows. TEAMS! The biggest downfall of Doctor Who, for my particular tastes, is that it focuses too tightly on the Doctor and the Companion. This is why I get so bloody excited about multiple companions, like Nine & Rose & Jack, or Eleven & Amy & Rory, and why for all of the many pitfalls of "Journey's End", I will love it forever for giving us all of those awesome people flying the TARDIS together. The TEAM! element of Torchwood is vastly more important to me than my shipping Jack/Ianto, and my biggest problem with CoE. But I digress, clearly. So: Whoniverse, basically out for this one.

THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ENSEMBLE SHOWS, guys! I clearly cannot pick just one! Here, have a celebratory picspam of AWESOME TEAMS BEING AWESOME. ensembles FTW! )


Day 20 - Favorite kiss

I was going to say, there is no way I can narrow this down. And then maybe try to picspam you again. Because there's Mulder/Scully in "Millennium", and Nine/Rose in "Parting of the Ways", and Simon/Kaylee MAKING THE FUCK OUT FINALLY in "Serenity" (yes I know that's the movie, but it's just an extension of the show and it totally counts), and Stuart/Vince at Vince's birthday party, and and and...

But no. Look, I have a ship for every show, and every kiss is awesome. But I do play favorites occasionally. yeah, that one. )

Look, this is the scene that made me start watching the Whoniverse as a whole. I had seen nothing, and then I saw this scene on YouTube, and then I downloaded the first episode of new!Who and went for it in order to eventually see this in context. That is one damn important kiss in my fannish life.

Also, NNGK.


Day 21 - Favorite ship

DO WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN.

Picspams take a freaking long time. I'm going to be lazy now.

Torchwood - Jack/Ianto. Doctor Who - Doctor/Rose, Amy/Rory(/Doctor). West Wing - CJ/Danny. Firefly - Zoe/Wash. QAF UK - Vince/Stuart. X-Files - Mulder/Scully. All of these are ships for which I will trawl the internet for quite literally weeks or months on end, to varying degrees of success. Every show has its own ship, but those are the ones that are still my bulletproof kinks. I am not shippy to the exclusion of other pairings, nor to the point of hating any pairings involving just one of my ship. But yeah.


Day 22 - Favorite series finale

...hmm. Most series tend to drift by the end; there are very few series finales that leave me satisfied. I'm definitely not counting miniseries here, because they're written to be one complete story -- otherwise "Points" for Band of Brothers would be an automatic win.

Toss-up: "West Wing" ended VERY well, given how long the show ran; the final episode is a bit sentimental, but god knows it earned it. And I love love LOVE Josh in the Oval Office with Santos -- "What's next?" BIG SPARKLY HEARTS.

But also? Queer as Folk UK. Now there was one show Russell T Davies showed out with style. Everyone gets their own freaking awesome epilogue -- Hazel gets married (for tax reasons)! Bernard becomes a porn baron! Nathan becomes king of the world! -- and, most importantly: There are many rumours about Stuart and Vince -- all of them true. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

GIRLS.

Jun. 25th, 2010 09:53 pm
kaydeefalls: CJ looking fabulous in sexy red dress (CJ love)
To complement yesterday's picspam:

Day 15 - Favorite female character

THIS WAS EVEN HARDER TO NARROW DOWN THAN BOYS. Shows: BSG - Doctor Who - Firefly - HIMYM - Life - Merlin - QAF UK - Sports Night - Torchwood - True Blood - West Wing - X-Files.

GIRLS ARE AWESOME )

BOYS.

Jun. 24th, 2010 10:25 pm
kaydeefalls: s1ep1 ianto looks like he's twelve, jfc (ianto looks so goddamn young)
What I planned to do this evening: finish the last remaining scenes in my Big Bang fic. (Seriously, there are, like, three scenes I still haven't properly written. And I have failed to finish them ALL WEEK.)

What I did instead: TV MEME!

This is not a big picspam, but I couldn't resist. Shows: Band of Brothers - BSG - Doctor Who - Dollhouse - Firefly - HIMYM - QAF UK - Sports Night - Torchwood - True Blood - West Wing - X-Files.

Day 14 - Favorite male character

Even narrowing it down to one per show -- and not including ALL of the shows I like -- THIS WAS HARD.

BOYS! )

oh, ianto.

Jun. 11th, 2010 08:09 pm
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (smirk!)
Rewatching That Scene in "They Keep Killing Suzie" for fic purposes -- legitimately, for a change; I couldn't remember what the dialogue was right at the beginning of it. And I cannot get over it. IANTO'S LITTLE SMIRK, OH MY GOD. I can't stop flailing! Jack's "...what?" face is entirely appropriate. AHAHAHA IANTO YOU ARE SO WEIRD AND I LOVE YOU.

Still the strangest proposition for sex ever, by the by.
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
So. Torchwood.

cut on the off chance any speculation on the future of Torchwood is considered spoilery )

And on a TV-related note, shit, I've already fallen behind in the TV meme. But it's not like I've got a real deadline, so I'll just pick up where I left off:


Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

I AM PHYSICALLY INCAPABLE OF ANSWERING THIS QUESTION. Favorite to watch right now? Doctor Who. Favorite to participate in fandom (which, yes, has a lot to do with my enjoyment of a TV show)? Torchwood. Favorite to rewatch with new people a billion times? Firefly. Favorite comedy? Coupling. Favorite in that I think it's technically the best? West Wing.

But I'm going to interpret "favorite ever" as the show that I loved the longest, that still makes me giddy with nostalgic glee, that I can still happily revisit -- read fic, rewatch episodes, reread meta -- and it puts me in a sheer unadulterated happy place. The X-Files. I started watching it at age eleven, right in the middle of season 4; I devoured earlier seasons in reruns, dove into the internet to try to piece together the chronology of the mythology. It was my first fandom, my first fanfic to read and write, my first OTP (Mulder/Scully). I stuck through it all the way until the bitter end (and, yeah, the last couple of seasons were kind of shit, but I still loved it unconditionally). That show, more than anything else, shaped the person I am today. It gave me Dana Scully, a short, beautiful, fiercely intelligent, deeply loyal, ass-kicking female role model. And oh, god, even with cheesy 90s effects and the ridiculously convoluted mytharc and the inevitable downward spiral, I still love it to bits.

x-files

The truth is out there, dammit.

OH KIDS

May. 28th, 2010 07:58 pm
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (smirk!)
I tend to be in fandoms for the fandom rather than the source. I'll reread fics far, far more often than I'll rewatch TV episodes. But oh MAN, I've probably said this before and will probably say it again -- "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is one of my favorite episodes of any TV show, ever. Blowfish in a sports car! "Bloody Torchwood!" Captain John Hart! Ianto legitimately having things to do! The date conversation! Stopwatch! Barrowman's eyebrows! It's just a genuinely well-written, engaging, campy piece of television, and it makes me gleeful every time.

Also, when one is writing an absurdly long fic, it does help to revisit the source every now and again. I'm starting to veer too far in the fanon!Ianto direction; reminding myself who canon!Ianto is helps a lot.

God, I miss THIS show. Tosh and Owen and Ianto and the freaking Hub, guys, seriously.

art!

Mar. 30th, 2010 06:30 pm
kaydeefalls: jack grins about stopwatches (stopwatch time)
Guys! [livejournal.com profile] laurab1 made the most gorgeous cover art for my Jack fic, The Myth of Fingerprints. Seriously, it's so lovely. Thank you, Laura!

...yeah, that's all I've got. I'm really, really tired. Tonight is my last evening off before we go into tech, and the show opens next week. Which is great and all, but there is a grievous lack of sleep in my life lately. I'm probably going to crash by 9pm. And that's okay.
kaydeefalls: stuart kissing vince: "good enough for me" (stuart loves vince)
You know, without ever giving it any serious amount of thought, it is 100% my personal canon that at some point in the 1990s, Jack Harkness shagged Stuart Alan Jones. This is just kind of a given to me, in the sense that it vaguely baffles me that other people might not assume it to be obvious.

I've had a long meta post brewing in my head for a while, about Queer As Folk and Torchwood, and the many, MANY ways in which the Jack/Ianto relationship is set up to directly parallel or reflect Stuart/Vince (though I'm undecided as to whether Russell T Davies did that deliberately or whether it's just a series of connected tropes he keeps unconsciously repeating). At some point I'll organize it into a comparative essay of some sort, but seriously. The Stuart & Jack parallels are pretty straightforward, though obviously their backstories are VERY different; and don't even get me started on how Ianto is really just Vince v.2.0 -- honestly, I think Vince is more or less exactly what Ianto would have become if he hadn't been recruited into Torchwood London. (And for the longest time, when I started watching Torchwood, I was really thrown off by how deep Ianto's voice was, because I kept expecting to hear Vince instead; yeah, I dunno either.)

And a large part of my frustration with the end of Children of Earth comes from how completely the parallel arc of those relationships was subverted. Yes, I realize Torchwood is an entirely different show tackling completely different topics and with a completely different tone; but it's the brainchild of the same creator, and subconsciously, that's been informing my experience with Torchwood throughout. QaF ended on a note of absolute escapism and sheer joy; CoE inverted that in the darkest mirror possible, but still absolutely paralleling: spoilers for both )

So this is where my CoE fix-it fic comes in -- because I want to restore the parallel arc to its original form. Because, goddamn it, I want to give Jack and Ianto the ending RTD gave Stuart and Vince. Because that would be so fucking beautiful --

There are many rumours about Jack and Ianto -- all of them true.


...I really need to actually write up the full meta I have on this at some point.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (smirk!)
I've been rewatching a lot of S1 Torchwood, for the first time -- actually, most episodes of the show as a whole, I'd only watched once up until quite recently. (Ironic, I guess, that I've reread a lot of my favorite TW fics a hell of a lot more often than I've rewatched my favorite episodes.) But anyway. Tonight it was "They Keep Killing Suzie", and oh MAN, that last scene is way more ominous and foreshadowy if you take into account the fact that Ianto was originally supposed to get the zombie plotline instead of Owen. That was a bit creepifying.

a dollop of Jack/Ianto meta while we're at it, because it's THAT scene )

and some fic blather )

Man, it's nice to get a day entirely to myself every now and then. I should do this again sometime. Ah, well.
kaydeefalls: s1ep1 ianto looks like he's twelve, jfc (ianto looks so goddamn young)
Oh, my gosh, I can't get over how freaking young Ianto looks in the beginning of season one. LOOK AT THAT FACE. (See icon.) I'd forgotten how much people's facial features change and mature in their early-to-mid twenties. The rest of the team mostly looks the same -- okay, so Jack in season one of Doctor Who does look a bit younger than he does in CoE, but it's not particularly dramatic. But IANTO, holy shit, he really grew up over the past couple of years.

I badly want to ruffle his hair in "Everything Changes", you have no idea.

Um, yeah, renewed Torchwood kick shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, although I'm mainly focusing on finishing up my Merlin vid right now. But anyway. Oh, show.

(Icon keywords: ianto looks so goddamn young. SERIOUSLY. LOOK AT HIM.)

day five.

Jul. 11th, 2009 03:54 am
kaydeefalls: TARDIS parked outside Millennium Centre (aliens in cardiff)
spoilers )

NNGK.

May. 27th, 2009 08:39 pm
kaydeefalls: ianto/jack snogging (my fandom has canon slash)
HOLY CANON SLASH, BATMAN. That would be a link to an article about Jack/Ianto, my friends, with one of the hottest pictures of Ianto I have ever, ever seen. (Totally PG-rated and nonsexual, incidentally.) Also, some spoilers for Torchwood series 3, so, that. This show cannot happen soon enough.

WE WANTS IT, PRECIOUS.

On a different fandom note, have a spot-on hilarious Star Trek: Reboot parody.

ETA: I totally didn't realize that comm was locked. Whoops. Links to the individual article/pics in comments instead.
kaydeefalls: rose logs in to v-chat with all her whoniverse buddies (whoniverse)
Oh, fandom.

Exhibit A: Sherlock Holmes trailer. I mainlined the Holmes stories last summer on my Italy trip, so this is really excellent timing. Also, jesus christ, like I didn't ship Holmes/Watson hard enough ALREADY. *fans self*

Exhibit B: Dollhouse renewed, apparently. Excellent. Let's see if Whedon can push it past intriguing into full-blown awesomeness in its second season.

Exhibit C: finally downloaded and listened to "Lost Souls" radio play, which brought my Torchwood love back HARD. Good timing, given BigBang fic.

And I spent all weekend vidding instead of writing BigBang, which, okay, sorta fail on my part. The problem with vid bunnies is that they're IMPOSSIBLE to ignore. You know how irritating it is getting a song stuck in your head? Yeah, well, having a vid bunny is having one particular song stuck in your head on constant loop UNTIL YOU FINISH THE DAMN VID. Try ignoring that for a while without losing your mind.

Real life is kind of too anxiety-inducing right now to think about. OH LOOK SHINY FANDOM.

NOW PLEASE.

Feb. 5th, 2009 07:07 pm
kaydeefalls: ianto/jack snogging (my fandom has canon slash)
OMFG Torchwood: Children of Earth trailer.

I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. EVEN IN ONE-MINUTE LONG TRAILER FORM.

oh, god.

Nov. 22nd, 2008 03:37 am
kaydeefalls: ianto/jack snogging (my fandom has canon slash)
Did not plan on staying up until nearly 4am to finish watching Torchwood.

Did, in fact, stay up until nearly 4am to finish watching Torchwood.

spoilers up to and including Exit Wounds )

next!

Nov. 9th, 2008 09:24 pm
kaydeefalls: ianto/jack snogging (my fandom has canon slash)
Well, looks like it's time to switch back over to Doctor Who. About time I met Martha properly, anyway.

Fun side effect of being spoiled for basically everything ever in Who/Torchwood: instead of thinking "ooh, look, 1940s dance hall," I'm all "OMFG VOTE SAXON." These shows really are top-notch at the foreshadowing game, seriously -- see Who season 1, re: Bad Wolf and, well, Torchwood.

Also! Bonus points to "End of Days" for both X-Files and House references. Hee!

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