You can read on your mobile device, which is why I was the only blissfully happy person standing amidst a crowd of very disgruntled people for an hour and a half in the security line at La Guardia. So yes, I was basically reading what amounts to very light soft core lesbian erotica in a pack of strangers. Turns out that’s not as disconcerting as one would think.
I know this means you’ll be suspicious of what I’m reading whenever I have my phone out in your presence. As well you should be; I probably am. 🙂
Call me a juvenile goofball, but this email made me the teensiest bit giggly this afternoon:
Ahem – For your reading enjoyment: Fanfiction.net’s Rizzoli and Isles channel.
I haven’t read fan fiction in quite a few years because it was always so hard to hunt down good stuff and separate it from the crap. But I’ve been a long-time fan of Dorothy Snarker, and somehow I navigated from her site to fanfiction.net the other day. This site does a great job of aggregating fan fiction, sorting it out, and even encouraging group editing projects to improve people’s writing skills. There’s still a lot of bad stuff there, but it’s possible to navigate your way around it thusly: go to whatever category of stuff you like. Sort by characters you want to read about. Look for stories with tons and tons of reviews. These are the stories people really like because they bother to comment. Read some of them. Look at their authors, and the authors also have lists of their favorites stories and authors. Visit those. Repeat. This was an awesome distraction to the stress of going out of town on business this week (I suck at travel; indeedy I do).
(I have a similar method of finding cool stuff on Flickr by surfing the favorites of photographers I like. Hours of awesome.)
Here, let me highlight a couple of the steamier Rizzoli & Isles items for you:
Yeah, come back after you’ve read those and let me know what you think. 🙂
I have more stuff to link to, but I’ll hold off until I hear from you.
ADDENDUM: Of course, as soon as I posted this, I got email from the other other half of TNT’s dynamic duo:
Of course this whole post presupposes that you’ve actually seen the TNT show Rizzoli & Isles, which aired this summer and will be back next. If you haven’t you can catch it in reruns. It stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, along with a small dog, a tortoise and absolutely insane amounts of subtext and Totally Gratuitous Touching. Shame on you for missing it.
Just to reiterate, this time with photos:
Apropo of nothing, on the way to the restroom at work, this notion popped into my head:
“Hey, wasn’t Joan’s roommate Carol (played by Kate Norby in season 1 of Mad Men) a lesbian? They should write a scene where she meets Peggy’s new friend Joyce (played by Zosia Mamet, appearing in season 4) so they could hook up.”
Yes, I’m setting up fictional lesbians on television programs these days.
Okay, after laughing out loud about this site in my cube at work, I was then required to explain the concept of Slash Fan Fiction to one of my co-workers, a guy who’s worked in the technology field for 9+ years. Who the heck hasn’t heard of slash fiction? I know most people don’t READ it (most of it’s unreadable anyway!) but most web-saavy people at least know what it is.
Regardless, the site itself is the funniest idea for slash fiction I’ve ever seen. I ran across it because the political site Wonkette blogged about it.
Apparently, on the April 13th episode of Gilmore Girls, the “Spring Break: Gilmore Girls Gone Wild” episode, Rory and Paris kiss. Finally! How much fan fiction do people have to write before they figure out what everyone really wants to see?
Update: of course it was played off as an experiment that Paris was doing, and ended up being about the male gaze anyway.
MARY SUE (n.):
1. A variety of story, first identified in the fan fiction community, but quickly recognized as occurring elsewhere, in which normal story values are grossly subordinated to inadequately transformed personal wish-fulfillment fantasies, often involving heroic or romantic interactions with the cast of characters of some popular entertainment.
2. A distinctive type of character appearing in these stories who represents an idealized version of the author.
3. A cluster of tendencies and characteristics commonly found in Mary Sue-type stories.
4. A body of literary theory, originally generated by the fanfic community, which has since spread to other fields (f.i., professional SF publishing) because it’s so darn useful. The act of committing Mary Sue-ism is sometimes referred to as “self-insertion.”
Making Light’s lengthy article on the concept of “The Mary Sue” is well worth reading.
So, this weekend, I saw Minority Report on Friday with Dan and Doug, then went to the Metro softball diamond to watch the Mutual Friends softball game and hang out with Michelle, Deb, Lisa & the team. Then I went to Dan and Dougs and fell asleep watching Atlantis (very boring Disney movie).
I went to my dads on Saturday, and hung out with my family, then dropped by Sunil’s party. Met Barry’s new friend Alice; she seems nice (Hi Barry!). Talked to Joel and his wife and Jen.
On Sunday, I laid around the house and watered the lawn and basically did nothing but read a book. Although today, the guys are coming to fix the gutters, so I guess that’s progress. I did get some more of the entry window woodwork stripped, too. I think the next big investment project is going to be installing the water hook-up for the washer and dryer. Then I’ll worry about the living room. Because going to the laundry mat sucks. I’m thinking that I might want to have them installed upstairs in the back bedroom. There’s already pipes running up there through the kitchen, so it might not be as hard. Plus, then I wouldn’t have the running up and down the stairs issue. The only problem is that it would take up a lot of room in the back bedroom. I’ll have to think about it more closely.
Now here are some fun online fiction links. I may have posted some of them before, but a couple are brand new.
Fan Fiction on the Net.
Fan Fiction Links.
Fan Fiction by Sharon Bowers. — Sharon’s a pretty good writer.
Writers University. — Scholarly type site with legal info on online writing.
CABS: Citizens Against Bad Slash. — another scholarly type site to help people improve their writing.
Extra Flamey. — Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Slayer Pride. — Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Slayer’s Fanfic Archive. — Even more Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Homoeroticism Yay!. — This link is basically a fan club for people who like to fantasize about their favorite TV characters as being gay. Mostly, you just look through and see other fans websites; most of them have some fan fiction. I’m in there somewhere, although I haven’t written any Buffy fan fiction. Except in my head, of course.