fluff

Apr. 17th, 2007 07:09 pm
It has come to my attention that my recs tend to be on the (for lack of a better word) heavy side. Yes, I love drama and angst and pr0n, but I also love the fluff. So if you know of any great fluffy fic (it counts if you wrote it), please point me in the right direction. It's fluffy time!!

Of course, I may just have a very odd definition of what constitutes fluff, so here's an example:

First Date by Seana James is a Xena uber, PG-13. No sex, no violence, barely any plot, just great characterization, dialog, and perfect pacing.

Is that fluff? Does the absence of teh sex0r make it fluff? Or is it more complicated than that? Then again, if there's no sex is it really slash? If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to slash it...

Of course there's always [livejournal.com profile] femslash_fluff...hmmm, guess it's time to make my way through that comm. When I'm finished grading...who am I kidding. Fluff first, grading...whenever I get around to it.

HP

Sep. 30th, 2005 04:13 pm
[livejournal.com profile] inell issued the Girls Just Want to Have Fun (With Each Other) challenge and the very fine results are rolling in to [livejournal.com profile] hp_girlslash. I'm currently reading, enjoying like crazy, and collecting recs, but I thought I'd share the love.

remember, feedback=love so leave it if you feel it for these fine writers.

hmmm, femslash challenge...
"the discovery channel has koala bears..."

when the world is too much, there's always fluff and the HP fandom has some of the best:

Summer Ghosts by [livejournal.com profile] rubykate. (Ginny/Luna), PG. During the war, Ginny and Luna are left at home to fend for themselves. I really can't say enough about this fic. It's beautifully written, sweet without syrup, and has a really light sort of dreamy touch (kind of like Luna) despite the heavy events surrounding it. If this fic were a girl and we were both in high school, I would totally be in love with her. I'd probably even ask her to prom.

all of [livejournal.com profile] rubykate's HP fic is sort of breathless and breathtaking. Girl Weasley (Ginny/Cho), or Love Letter (Pansy/Hermione) -- they're all irresistibly charming and wonderfully written and I recommend them all, especially if you're in need of some sunlight.


Bracelets by paranoidkitten. (Ginny/Luna)PG-13. Another sweet ficlet. This one assumes a childhood friendship between Ginny and Luna that is strained when they reach Hogwarts.

eta to clarify: I call this fic fluff, but that's not nearly accurate and for some reason, it feels almost derogatory. because there's definitely something substantial to each one of these pieces. they're so full of real emotion and longing, important issues that get left out of the majority of what we call literature... but that's the issue at the heart of femslash isn't it? because it deals too often w/emotions (not to mention lesbian sex which is a mythical beast to most), it's considered insubstantial or sentimental. so when I use the term fluff, I mean it in the girlslash sense -- I'm reclaiming it to be descriptive of fic with emotional resonance and depth, particularly fic that isn't overly sexual (in descriptive terms) or violent. It may touch on these subjects, but they're not the central themes. they're typically the framework or catalyst for emotional exploration...and I'm walking into another potential minefield here so, I'm outtie.
So I promised fluff, but I'm too lazy to look for said fluff myself. Instead I offer you [personal profile] thelastgoodname's pretty, shiny recs for The Babysitter's Club

So cute and fluffy you'll want them for your very own.

Holla Back

May. 8th, 2005 01:57 pm
I figure it's about time I give something back to femslash, so here it is, the first of several installments.

Novel length

Terra Firma by Tulipp. BTVS, Willow/Tara -- Tulipp can write people! A Tara resurrection story. Tara returns to Sunnydale and it's up to the Scoobies to figure out how and why. Beautifully done. Julie/Tulipp was the writer who made me go, "holy shit, you can do that with fanfiction?!?" It's that good.

Campus by Anik LeChev. über 7/Janeaway. Set in the cutthroat, high octane world of...academia. Actually, it's so über, it's..definitely a different universe entirely. I've never even watched Voyager, but this came highly recommended and it's worth it. It's a fascinating story by someone who obviously knows their way around universities, not to mention the English language. A cast of well-drawn original characters rounds out a truly amazing piece of fic. Ms. LeChev is also responsible for Game's End(J/7) a really remarkable answer to End Game, the final ep of Voyager. Characterization is just pitch perfect.

Cooking on High by Creme Brulee is Xena uber. Again, not my fandom, but god this is funny and complex and hot. Set in the cutthroat, backstabbing world of...haute cuisine. Xena (French) is a crazy chef with a checkered past and Gabrielle is the hapless waitress who complicates everything.

novella
Monique Bartok is one of my new favorites. Sere Nere (L&O/SVU Alex/Olivia) is a realistic and haunting look at what might have happened if Alex had returned to NYC. Realistic because they don't just fall into each other's arms and make nice. It's awkward and uncomfortable and lovely. Also, Crash and Yearn (CSI Catherine/Sarah) takes one of my least favorite shows and pairings and does something remarkable with it. Mad props to Ms. Bartok.

Fluff

Third Time's the Charm by Jennifer Oksana. BTVS/Angel, Willow/Fred. Ms. O can write sweetness too. And damn her dialogue's good!

The Unbearable Weirdness of Being by klynkey. (Gilmore Girls, Paris/Rory). Spot on characterization and LOL funny/cute because how could it not be?


PWP
Final Exam (links to Lesbo Street Cred, tommo's site) by Tommo. BTVS, W/T. It's enormous, but every chapter is essentially a PWP based loosely around a different S3 ep. The premise: Tara comes to Sunnydale High and meets Willow. A smut classic in the W/T ship. But don't just read it for the smut, Tommo's characterization and writing is truly inspired and her sense of humor will have you howling out loud. Her take on Gingerbread (Cookie Monsters in the Final Exam[verse) is just laugh out loud stuff, but with a bittersweet twist. Willow is burned at the stake because she's gay, not because of witchcraft. The only drawback, they're only available as .doc downloads. Well worth it though.

Pseudoscience by Jennifer Oksana the master of PWP. BTVSxAngel, Willow/Fred. Jennifer O is one wonderfully sick girl and she can write like an angel. It doesn't hurt that I really like the W/F pairing and she just nails the characterization. Also, if you're into het or slash, Ms. O has tons of it on her site.

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