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Fandom: inception
Title: i know (but i am not resigned)
Pairing/Character Focus: mallorie 'mal' cobb
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Skoll
What makes this a gem:

Dom thinks that they have woken. Mal knows better, and it terrifies her.


i know (but i am not resigned) is another 'mal was right' au, which looks at mal's point of view of being trapped in a dream because of fear, because of what once was love.

we see mal's quiet fear grow into a roar too loud to ignore as she watches dom cling to shadows while they wait for a train that never comes. until mal eventually decides to create her own form of inception, planting inside dom's mind a horror so great that he'll have no choice but to wake up.



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Fandom: Power Rangers (1993-97)

Title: End of the Rainbow

Pairing/Character Focus: None, background Tommy Oliver/Kimberly Hart and Adam Park/Tanya Sloane

Author: Jennifer Bigley ([personal profile] sailorzeo on LJ; dormant since 2008)

What makes this a gem: Power Rangers generally is a happy fandom; while you get your share of drama and angst, it's rare that there's a truly dark fic. "End of the Rainbow" probably comes closest, as it's a story of the Rangers perishing one by one until the original team -- Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack and Trini -- see no way out than following their fallen comrades into the Great Beyond. (Yes, that's a trigger warning for voluntary death!)

The story (series?) is set within "Power Rangers Turbo" and each chapter is dedicated to one particular Ranger, starting with the youngest and newest Ranger, Justin Stewart. The last character-specific chapter belongs to Tommy Oliver, who ended up being the longest-serving (if you include PR:Dino Thunder). The last two chapters tell of how the original Rangers end and how Zordon takes revenge for the destruction of his proteg├ęs. It's poignant and sad, quite unlike any other story I've read in the fandom, and wasn't well-known even back then.

Jennifer started a more optimistic sequel featuring the "Space" Rangers -- made possible because that was the first season where the whole cast of actors was changed yet still retained a connection to the previous series by keeping the setting in Angel Grove. Sadly, she abandoned that particular subverse after only two chapters. While EotR used to be posted to various PR archives in its day, Jen's own site, the now-defunct "Gridmaster's Castle", is the only place where it can be found nowadays -- and even that only via the WaybackMachine.

who can sing both high & low (G)

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:29 pm
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Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Title: who can sing both high and low
Pairing/Character Focus: Otabek Altin/Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri-centric)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] infiniteandsmall
What makes this a gem:
It’s startling to watch videos of his practices and see angles where he’d seen straight lines, broad shoulders where he’d seen a waist that had made him think sometimes, in a cool quick flash, girl.
Yuri on Ice takes place in a world without homophobia, and a couple fanwriters have taken that idea and run with it: why not consider it a world without transphobia as well? What if you tell a story about someone figuring out their gender, and the only difficulty they face is in finding the right version of themselves? This is that story for Yuri Plisetsky, who's now eighteen, a lot taller and broader, and starting to miss the days when he was encouraged to be pretty. The narrative voice is perfectly suited to the story; it's vivid and opinionated and gentle, all at once. And the compassion in Yuri's relationships with the important people in his life is like a balm to the soul. As a bonus, I really love this version of Otabek, who is warm and patient and wry and shows pictures of Yuri to his mom.

This is the second story in a series, but it stands alone pretty easily--you get all the context you need in the first couple paragraphs. That said, of course, the rest of the series is well worth reading too!

(Hi mods! Could I get an Otabek/Yuri tag for this post? Thanks!!)

Signups for round sixteen

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:05 pm
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Signups are open until Saturday, September 30th, at 11.59am UTC.

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Beta readers for round sixteen

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:48 pm
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If you're willing to beta read for other writers, please fill in this form. And if you need a beta reader, don't be shy about contacting people from this list. They signed up because they want to help.

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bystander by harklights [T]

Sep. 20th, 2017 03:55 pm
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Fandom: Haikyuu!!
Title: bystander
Pairing/Character Focus: Ennoshita Chikara/Futakuchi Kenji
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] harklights
What makes this a gem: You know when a fic leaves such a lasting impression on you that it gives you chills each time you reread it? This is one of those fics. Playing off Ennoshita's canonical interest in film, this fic takes it to the next level and makes him an art student and filmmaker, with Futakuchi simply someone who's wandered off the street and into his exhibition. The ensuing conversation between two people who've just met is one of the most powerful pieces of dialogue I've ever read, full stop. It's intelligent without being too academic, challenging without being overwhelming. Just... really clever writing.

FAQ 2.0

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:14 pm
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FAQ 2.0 )
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My apologies for missing the last two weeks; I was super busy with RL stuff. To make up for this, here's a truly epic series, comprising a total of forty-five (yes, 45!!!) fics.

Fandom: Power Rangers (MMPR 1993 - In Space 1998)

Title: Personality Conflicts. Also at Paladar or at Fanfiction.net (links go to the respective author pages, as not all archives have interlinked fics. I'd suggest using the first link to Jenga's Library, as everything is in proper reading order there.)

Pairing/Character Focus: The series starts with Tommy Oliver as the main character, but soon involves what feels like half the planet, including many OCs. ;-) Multiple characters get focus chapters eventually. Pairings ... honestly too many to count.

Author: Ellen Brand

Summary: A series of disturbing dreams have Tommy questioning his sanity. Is he losing it, or is there something more at work here? In desperation, he seeks out the help of a psychiatrist. Eventually, he has no choice but to reveal his secret identity as a Power Ranger to that person and Things Are Starting To Happen.

What makes this a gem: In its time, "Personality Conflicts" was one of the must-read fic series in the fandom. Epic as it already is, it's technically unfinished -- well, at least Ellen had plans to cast her net even wider than she already had by the final fic. (Just imagine what would've happened if Mulder and Scully of "The X-Files" had been drawn int the Power Rangers universe ... Sadly, that never came to pass.) This is pretty much the ultimate crossover -- not only of all seven Power Rangers series set in Angel Grove (Mighty Morphin' to In Space), but also Masked Rider, Big Bad Beetleborgs and VR Troopers (all series produced by Saban). Then throw in the original Ghostbusters, lots of OCs, stir well and see what drifts to the top ...

I know it sounds like a hot mess, but somehow it all works. There's romance, humor, action, character development, adventure ... and yes, some therapy, too. :-) It's also written well and suitable for younger readers.

sworn to lucidity by gloriaMundi [g]

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Fandom: inception
Title: sworn to lucidity
Pairing/Character Focus: mallorie 'mal' cobb
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] GloriaMundi
What makes this a gem:

"This is my dream journal. I must write the twists of every dream: I must write the details of every day. Now, more than ever before, it's vital I remind myself, minute to minute, of the fine lines between dream, memory and the waking world."
Mal is awake. Dom sleeps on.


sworn to lucidity is a 'mal was right' au, which examines the whole of inception as a dream from which dom needs to wake up from.

we watch as mal struggles to come to terms with the invasion of her mind by dom and the loss of her husband, because his desire to create is stronger than his will to live in a world so immalleable.

this fic examines and proposes answers to questions that a lot of viewers had in regards to the ending of inception. and the whole thing is so plausible, especially when you take into consideration the symmetry of the length of the film and the length of the kick song, "Non, je ne regrette rien".



Schedule

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Feedback was overwhelmingly in favour of leaving signups on Dreamwidth and moving posting to AO3. Thanks to everyone who replied last post! This means that you need an AO3 account to participate in got-exchange from now on. You don't necessarily need a DW account - I'm willing to let people sign up with anon comments or Open ID, as long as you provide an email address and your AO3 name.

I needed a little bit to figure out a schedule because I'm moving this month and the next weeks are therefore busy, but here it is:

Schedule:

Signups open: September 20th
Signups close: September 30th, 11.59am UTC
Assignments go out: October 3rd (at the latest)
Obligatory check-in post: November 3rd
Deadline: November 14th, 11.59pm UTC
Reveals: November 21st, 11.59pm UTC

Attention: Signups close on September 30th at noon UTC, which is early morning for those of you in the Americas. Please take that into consideration if you're in one of those timezones - you'll probably want to make sure you're signed up by the 29th. The posting deadline and reveals deadline will be at midnight UTC.

Signups will open next week. The signup form will pretty much stay the same as in the past. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Stairwell [E]

Sep. 14th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Title: Stairwell (part one of Vodka Tonic)
Pairing/Character Focus: Christophe Giacometti/Georgi Popovich
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] prillalar
What makes this a gem:
Georgi looks up. "Go fuck yourself," he says, more or less, in Russian. He lifts the bottle and takes a drink, chokes a little before he gets it down.

"If only I could." Christophe leans on the metal handrail. "If only we all could."
So hey, have you ever considered Chris/Georgi? If not, that's okay, neither had I; and neither has Georgi; and neither has Chris, until halfway through the Cup of China, when he happens across Georgi drinking and crying in a hotel stairwell and decides to take it as a challenge. This starts as a PWP of the can-this-ship-work variety, and then the characters turn out to be in such a complicated place that the story grows an emotional arc. And then the arc grows beyond the confines of one story! I like what this fic does on its own but I love what happens as it grows into a series. It turns out that the sex machine and the angst monster have some stuff to deal with, separately and together, and it's fascinating watching them both try to figure out what on earth they want and how to get it.
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