So I recently discovered that Naomi Novik (author of the Temeraire series) presented to congress about the importance of the fair use exemption, to foster creativity. Go her!
Since I was at work when I discovered this, I read the written testimony rather than watched the video, and narrowly avoided bouncing around like a crazy woman.
Anyway… it made me want to post another set of fanfic recommendations.
After my last fanfic post of massively-long stories, I’m back to recommending some short fun fics:
by Elizabeth Hoot
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Summary: I’ve always wondered what exactly went on when Lady Catherine told Darcy about her meeting with Elizabeth. There are a lot of versions of that scene, but none hit quite right. Mostly, they took a serious approach to a scene I’d always imagined as absolutely hysterical. So, with no further ado…
Why I like it: It cracks me up. Just, she really highlights the ludicrous nature of the situation. In a romance with all the serious emotional development and fraught revelations of Pride & Prejudice, this story looks at one of the off-screen scenes and shows just how hilarious it must have been. Hee.
Fandom: BBC’s Sherlock.
Summary: Mike knew what would happen if he introduced John Watson to Sherlock Holmes. He knew exactly what would happen, and he did it anyway.
Why I like it: First, because it’s wonderful. More specifically, though, it takes a minor character who essentially fulfills a plot point and then never appears again and makes him a full character. That is always a wonderful thing. Even more wonderful, though, is the character, who is shown to be wickedly funny and well aware of what he’s doing.
Because Superman Is Not Evil
by Brown Betty
Fandom: Superman with a bit of Batman
No summary, but the first line is: Clark spent, perhaps, seventeen minutes when he was fourteen thinking super hearing was a cool power.
Why I like it: For those of us who are not big Superman fans, one of the primary reasons is that Superman comes across as just too perfect and good and serious in his virtue and it just not particularly sympathetic. This take on Superman, though, makes me grin. He’s still a good and virtuous person, but he’s still a person. And possibly he has his own issues with his reputation for virtue.
A Good Fight
Fandom: Marvel movies/comic books. Mostly Captain America and Avengers.
Summary: “You remember that pub in London?” Steve went on, and Tony thought that someone should have made a note in the SSR records on Captain America. Something like, ‘Subject is a brawler. Do not, under any circumstances, take him to a bar unless you’re carrying brass knuckles and possibly an RPG.’
Why I like it: This highlights a side of Captain America that is often ignored. He tends to be shown as straight-laced and obedient to authority, with a side order of naive farmboy thrown in, even though his actual backstory has him growing up poor but scrappy, in very urban Brooklyn, during the Great Depression and Prohibition. His first military action (to save Bucky) was completely rogue action on his part. He was (and is) scrappy as anything. Sure, he has a strong moral compass, but that just meant he got into more fights than he might otherwise. This is a celebration of the good guy, Steve Rogers, who also just likes to brawl sometimes.
Warning: It’s a sad state of affairs that I need to warn about a homosexual relationship, but such it is. While there’s nothing too graphic in this story, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes are most definitely in a relationship. (In addition, while being gay was illegal at the time of their youth, it wasn’t exactly uncommon, and they actually grew up in pretty much the center of gay Brooklyn. I would say it’s extremely unlikely that wasn’t intentional by the original creators.)
I’d read the first three before and really enjoyed all three, so I took this as a reminder to read them again and enjoyed them all over again. I also enjoyed the fourth one about Captain America and Bucky, but have a slight bone to pick: I totally get the idea of them being a couple but I do think it would actually be quite out of character for Steve Rogers, at least, to behave overtly sexually in front of other people (not due to any sort of shame or anything, but just out of strict 40s good manners, which wouldn’t allow much open PDA at all, I think).
I LOVE, however, that it is pretty clear that the creators of Captain America must have at the very least been gay-friendly and intentionally made their character as gay-friendly as they could probably get away with at the time.
One of the things I really enjoy about fanfiction is that you can get so many different characterizations that are all more-or-less canon-compliant, but that vary wildly from each other. At some point I’ll need to do a post focusing just on variations of the same thing. In the meantime, though, I stumbled across another Tony-takes-Steve-and-Bucky-to-a-bar story:
A Night on the Town
summary: Tony Stark takes Steve and Bucky out for a night on the town. Possibly he regrets this.