Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

12 Mar 2010, 10:52 a.m.

Fanfic Recommendations

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2010 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Some fics I've liked:

Erin Ptah's Colbert Report archive includes "The Thing With Feathers", the fifth time Jon terrified Stephen, and "In Time".
"Theories About Nuclear Winter" by hollycomb (continued in Part II), the best Calvin and Hobbes Susie/Calvin fic ever. The end still makes me cry.
"Second Verse (Same as the First)" by Friendshipper/Sholio. "The Marines call it the Planet of the Willing Virgins, you know." I don't know much about Stargate but this still kicked me in the gut (here's a warm-fuzzy chaser).

And recently I've tried out some Psych fic, most of my favorites centering on the relationship between Lassiter and O'Hara:

Elisa, these two reminded me of your discussion of useful vagueness in sex scenes, which reminded me of this analysis (caution, includes shoulder-biting).
Flirting. Possibly my favorite of all the tension-on-the-job stories.
Carlton almost majored in theater.
Someone has nothing to do on Christmas.
Buzz/Carlton? Sure.
There's a lot of schmoopy they-know-each-other-so-well fic. Exhibits A, B, C, D, E.
Do they comfort each other after trauma? Sure do!


13 Mar 2010, 11:39 a.m.

Oooh, thanks for introducing me to reseda!

15 Mar 2010, 13:37 p.m.

Thanks for pointing me to the Calvin/Susie fic! sniff

...and the link labeled "this analysis" kind of drives me crazy. Sure, the craft of that scene is impeccable -- down to how the author very deftly raises and then casts aside the possibility that the scene is a rape fantasy and then valorizes a man who doesn't hear the word "no" in bed. Maybe there's mitigating context, but even if so I feel like any worthwhile analysis of a scene that plays with consent needs at least to acknowledge it.

I know, I'm such a wet blanket...

Sumana Harihareswara
15 Mar 2010, 16:10 p.m.

Dan, you make a strong point. It may be that one reason the author hasn't hurried to put those analyses back on the web (I had to find it in is because she does want to address that.

15 Mar 2010, 18:44 p.m.

Oh, good point -- I totally missed that it was an link, and I'm inclined to cut a large amount of slack on that account.