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11 October 2003 @ 08:30 pm
Holy mother of god.  
rubywisp recommended the Spike/Wes story Other Victorians and Jesus, it's so good I'm left vividly green. All that literate and authentic detail and gorgeously English character building triggers the worst of my thumb-sucking little-girl fears of being found out as a complete fake as a writer. I could never write this, thus I am utter crap. Gah.

Which is a terribly backhanded way of reccing such a brilliant story, but I am tragically self-absorbed.

I used to have a list of five or six stories with which to justify the existence of fan-fiction. Not that you should need to on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes you'll come across supremely irritating people who just Don't Get It and you want to shove some text in their faces and say: "Here. Look, you dozy twat. This is the point." Trying to pimp people into fan-fiction who've never read it before--that might call for another, different list of stories, possibly one tailored to the individual. And the Justification List isn't necessarily all of my favorite stories because I could list dozens and dozens of those. They're more like the stories that you'd have to be utterly stupid, a pinhead, a thick git of infinite thickness not to see the value of even outside the context of fandom. I could use the dirty L-word I suppose and just say literature, I guess. But it's weird labeling stuff, because it implies this huge hierarchary of stories and that makes everyone including myself twitchy.

But anyway. I am long-winded at trying to say that I think this particular story makes the short list of things that wow me and leave me stupid.

I'd tell you the rest of the list but I've forgotten. *g* Yes, right, the point of the list would seem to be stories that are unforgettable. But the pudding in my head tires so easily...oh, except that one of the other stories was "Book of Daniel," by the same author, Glossolalia (glossing), which I see when I click to the main story index. Unsurprising coincidence.

My inferiority complex needs a drink. And my fucking pager just went off! Sons of bitches. On a Saturday night.
 
 
 
diva_stardust on October 11th, 2003 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love "Other Victorians"! I read it a few weeks ago when I suddenly had an urge to read all the Spike/Wes fics over at All About Spike. I think I need to read some more Spike/Wes now. Tis a very addictive pairing...
when regiment is gone: pretty ethankindkit on October 11th, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree with you about both "Other Victorians" and "Book of Daniel." No one who's read them would ever say that fanfiction is crap.

Speaking of justifying fanfiction, I was looking at nerve.com the other day and saw that both fanfiction and LiveJournal have been declared "unsexy." To which I say: they obviously haven't been reading the right things.

All that literate and authentic detail and gorgeously English character building triggers the worst of my thumb-sucking little-girl fears of being found out as a complete fake as a writer. I could never write this, thus I am utter crap.

It comforts me inexplicable to know I'm not the only one who reacts that way to other people's brilliant work.
when regiment is gone: pretty ethankindkit on October 11th, 2003 09:27 pm (UTC)
Er, that should be "inexplicably." Not illiterate, just type badly on the laptop.
gwynnega: Little Savage _green_gwynnega on October 11th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
All that literate and authentic detail and gorgeously English character building triggers the worst of my thumb-sucking little-girl fears of being found out as a complete fake as a writer. I could never write this, thus I am utter crap.

I don't know if it'll help you to know that your writing sometimes triggers that exact response in me! (As does glossing's too, come to think of it...)
Brassy Hagmiggy on October 11th, 2003 11:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it'll help you to know that your writing sometimes triggers that exact response in me!

Thinking the exact. Same. Thing.
yonmei on October 12th, 2003 01:51 am (UTC)
Is the story spoiler/free?
Anna S.eliade on October 12th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
It's an older story, not sure how old, but nothing at all to do with this season--set in S2, actually. :)
yonmei on October 12th, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
Not bad. Not bad at all...
the trout are really torpedos: scintillateflowery_twat on October 12th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC)
I could never write this, thus I am utter crap. Gah.

Well there is pretty much no other concievable reaction to Gloss fic.
Even if it's untrue in your case.

If I was trying to teach creative writing I'd assign her work as necessary reading. She makes me think of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce (esp. Dubliners) and John Donne, in terms of elegance, intricateness, subtlety, scary perceptiveness, unfliching willingness to face the darkness and gloriously imaginative juxtapositions that leave you breathless with recognition.

She's been doing some incredible things with Lindsey/Oz in her lj lately - twisty, achy, pour-salt-in-my-wounds-and-lick-it-better stuff. In particular her Cloud Forest drabble for evil_hands left me gasping for air like a fish out of water. No words.

I kind of love her a lot.
I saw you eating ice cream, pal!: Lyleglossing on October 13th, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)
Gave myself a couple days to try to formulate a response that might convey a tenth of my gratitude, but I've failed. Miserably. So may I just say 'thank you' and assume we both know that the phrase is entirely lame and inadequate?

Thank you.