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It’s Vividcon time again! I had another party again this year, though it was a little smaller than last year with way less food – I just ordered pizza this time. Having a baby means I have a lot less time for stuff like that. But I was excited to still have the party! I’m not linking each vid title to the vid post this year, instead click on the link for the vid show and if a download link is available you can get it there. Also, I watched Club Vivid and Premiers last. By the time I got to those shows I was pressed for time so I didn’t make as many notes for the vids I liked. I just didn’t have time to be as comprehensive as last time. There are lots more great vids shown than I’ve recorded here.

You can see all the vids shown at this year’s con, and all years, here: http://vividcon.info/
+Denotes vids shown at my party.
*Denotes vids that I’m really excited about
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New Frontier by here’s luck | Firefly
Beautiful use of motion, good look at Mal and River through the series.


Auction: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/260/

/Boom, Bang, Bang by banbury | Fast and Furious movies
Nice use of clips of Brien fixing the car to the lyrics “You’re going to get it tonight.” Fun vid.


Wish You Were Here: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/269/

Touch the Sky by Llin | Multi fandom
Lovely look at girls doing things and having adventures. Great diversity also.

Our Version of Events by silly cleo | Pride and Rent
Very moving. I haven’t seen either movie but I should.

/Firework by happydork | The Gymnast
Beautifully edited, beautiful footage. I want to see this movie now.

Workin’ It by Broken Mnemonic | Magic Mike
Hot! Great editing for the action and dancing.

*Dance Apocalyptic by eruthros and thingswithwings | Multi
Fun multifandom vid. Interesting combo, dancing and the end of status quo/civilization.

+*Supernova Girl by shinyjenni | Multi
Ladies! Lots of fun.

+You Told the Drunks I Knew Karate by beccatoria | Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Awwwww! So cute and so much fun! Excellent vid for Finn and the three of them.


No Source? No Problem: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/267/

Bloody Shirt by unfinishedidea | Welcome to Night Vale
Woah, Night Vale is way more violent than I thought if this vid is a good representation!

The Scorpio Races by Tifa | The Scorpio Races
Beautiful footage and vid.

The Name of the Wind Trailer by jumboskittles | The Name of the Wind
Interesting fantasy story. This book is on my To Read list and I’d be interested to rewatch the vid after reading the book to see how the vidder did.

/Trailer for Drastically Redefining Protocol by Zoetrope | Merlin
Great trailer for rageprufrock’s story! I loved the use of RL paparazzi footage for the “fictional footage” of the story. And the newspaper and TV manips were brilliant!

Grisha Trilogy by CarolynOnUTube | The Grisha Trilogy
I’m very intrigued about the story now. Very sharp and beautiful vid.

Written By The Victors – Vid by zulu | Stargate Atlantis
An excellent vid for an amazing fic by Speranza, a fic I still occasionally re-read.

+The Marauders by fakescottishaccent | Harry Potter
I don’t really know anything about Marauder era HP, but this vid made me really curious about it.

Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles || The Future Will Destroy You (FAN-BOOK TRAILER) by Rinoa | The Lunar Chronicles
That looked really cool, and it’s a book I already want to read.

+“Ancillary Justice” book trailer by bironic | Imperial Radch trilogy (multi)
I can’t tell it it’s all footage from the same movie, it’s edited that seamlessly. It’s a book that’s already been picked by my book club to read and now I’m REALLY curious to view it again after reading the book.

+[FanVid]Good Omens by YunJi Jung | Good Omens
Cute vid for the book.


Keys to the Kingdom: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/263/

+After the day’s work is done by stardust rain | Marvel Cinematic Universe
Excellent Fury vid, looking at him running Shield and that power, as well as a bit about the Avengers. You don’t get too many vids about Director Fury.

Supremacy by rhoboat | James Bond
Excellent editing. I like that it focused on M and her time in power, and how she handled it.

Monster by awkwardlyary | Empire
I still haven’t seen Empire, but this vid was amazing.

Empty Nest by sweetestdrain | Kings
Another show that I keep seeing amazing vids for at Vividcon and I want to watch.

All the Rowboats by Jetpack Monkey | The Godfather
Interesting song choice for the Godfather, but it works well.


Express Yourself: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/271/

+Oh No! by AbsoluteDestiny | Purple Rain
Cool vid for the movie.


Persistence of Memory: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/268/

+King and Lionheart by violace | Pacific Rim
Lovely and moving.


Fandom Life: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/272/

+Happy by RealTDragon | Cosplay
So much fun!

+Wrong in All The Right Ways by Little Heaven | Duran Duran
This one made one of the ladies smile!

+Pressure by California Crew | Meta and Vidding
A vid about old school VCR vidding. It was really cool to see what the process used to be like.

/True Love by Molly & Sim | Sherlock BBC
I love this JohnLock vid! It’s so cute that they filmed themselves as John and Sherlock, and the vid was entertaining.


Challenge: Descent: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/261/

+Taiga by hollywoodgrrl | Interstellar
Beautiful editing, very emotional.

The Edge of Glory by jmtorres | Leverage
Fun!


Spoken Audio In Vids: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/262/

Dean “daddy’s blunt little instrument” [to Virginia] by Alina0405video | Supernatural
The Dean feels! Oh man, punch to the gut.

*Filmography 2013 by Gen Ip | Multi
Amazing editing of many of the movies of 2013.


Premiers: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/259/

+Blue Ridge Mountains by Trelkez | Star Wars

+Free by Butterfly | White Collar
OT3! I still don’t like how the show ended, but this makes it a little sweeter.

+Never Wake Me Up by Kitty/Winterevanesce | Multi
Kids and their dreams. <3

+Cool for the Summer by kiki_miserychic | Spy
Fun!

*+Pompeii by Milly | The Martian
Great epic song choice for the movie, a great vid.

Aphrodesiac by hollywoodgrrl | Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Nearly New: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/258/

Epic Loki is Epic by mranderson71 | Thor
Great choreography and song choice.

+Wasp Nest by Gwyneth | Marvel Cinematic Universe
Natasha and her strengths.


Lord King Bad: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/12/
Somehow I watched this whole show even though it was shown in 2006? They must have had it streaming for ‘history’ or something.

All My Myself by T. Jonesy | Star Trek TOS
Surprisingly touching and sad. Also, it’s sad there is no download link to it.


Club Vivid: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/257/

*+Star Work by Grammarwoman | Star Wars
Great vid for the ladies of Star Wars. Also a great dance vid.

+Raspberry Swirl by ohvienna | Outlander

+Ex’s and Oh’s by Roarkshop | Supernatural
All of Dean’s exes, including Sam lol. A fun vid.

+Pep Rally by Hollywoodgrrl | Game of Thrones
Unusual song choice, but it was a great Club Vivid vid.

+Say Hey (I Love You) by SDWolfpup | The Obamas
This has always been a favorite of mine.

+Wild One by sisabet | Channing Tatum
A fun look at his movies.

+Timber by bessyboo | Star Wars

+You Dropped a Bomb on Me by GhostTownExit | Dr. Strangelove/The Atomic Café
Picked randomly because my husband loves this song. He thought the choice of movies was interesting.

+Shatner of the Mount by Fall on Your Sword | Star Trek: William Shatner
Silly little vid that always makes me smile.

+Larger Than Life by Deejay and Mister Anderson | Pacific Rim
A fun song choice for the movie.

+It’s Tricky by bradcpu & milly | DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

 
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[Note: I wrote this up at the beginning of 2012 but didn't post it then. It felt too... self-indulgent, and way too TMI. I felt too raw to put this out there. Now, 8 months later, I'm feeling a lot better about the state of my life, so it doesn't feel so difficult, or like such an enormous mistake.]

There are times when I’m in an emotional funk, when it feels like the wheels are spinning but I’m going nowhere. At those times I look to fic as an escape. Sometimes I want something darker to read, something with some bite to it. Something to kick me out of my funk - or maybe to heighten it, it’s hard to tell. Either way, the fluff and romance and rainbows just isn’t cutting it when I’m in that mood. That’s when I look for Hurt/Comfort, or heavy angst. Sometimes I look for comfort, or at least angst that's heavy on the comfort part, but most of my comfort fics have already been recced elsewhere in my journal, so I won’t re-rec them. So that means this list is heavy on the hurt and angst.

I’m starting each section out with the fics that pack the biggest emotional punch for me, which mostly means the really hurty ones, and ending with more comfort. There is comfort in most of these (especially those towards the end of the list), but a hell of a lot of hurt, too. There's also probably TMI for my general emotional state over the last year or so, but I tried to keep it from being too bad.


 
The Hurt )

My Father Before Me by [livejournal.com profile] telleer: SGA, McKay/Sheppard, R, major character death (in the past), kid!fic
Summary: Even after twenty years, Rodney still has no idea how to raise children. Futurefic.
Author's notes: In all the kidfic I have ever read, Rodney and John are the perfect parents. At some point in February, I got bored with the concept and decided to put my own spin on it.

This has the distinction of being top of the list of fics that absolutely wrecked me. It’s future kid!fic in which everything has gone wrong for Rodney. It’s raw and hurtful, and I sobbed after reading it - I literally cried myself to sleep. It’s like telleer took my most persistent fears about raising children and wrapped them up with my OTP and delivered them to me with a bow on top. This one is pretty much for those times I just need to cry.


In For Repairs by [livejournal.com profile] shinychimera and [livejournal.com profile] yeomanrand (LJ, AO3): Star Trek: AOS, Kirk/McCoy, NC-17 (sex, violence, and filthy mouths)
Warning(s): MAY BE TRIGGERY, please read warnings carefully! Some violent and bloody scenes, including assault and self-harm. Short descriptions of outright rape, other gradations of dubious consent. Discussions of child abuse. Cutting and scarification. Unhealthy pain play, evolving toward something better. (Masochism in a trusting BDSM context is a lovely thing. Pathological self-destructiveness isn't. This hurt/comfort story hits various parts of the continuum in between, but we don't mean to imply that they're the same thing.) Explicit sex. Oh, and lots and lots of profanity.
Summary
: Young Jim Kirk is unstable and self-destructive, Leonard McCoy is withdrawn and wary, and the obstacles to surviving their first term at Starfleet Academy are not easy to overcome. A dark and brutal tale of the tangled borders between healing and hurting, where hard choices between emotions and ethics have far-reaching consequences; dealing with abuse and alcoholism, affection and neglect, piercings and bar fights, hot and cold sex, complicated questions of consent, and loyalty and love between people who aren't comfortable with either. A whole new spin on "I want my pain, I need my pain."

I wasn't prepared for the way this fic knocked me on my ass when I read it. I don't self harm, but I know exactly what it's like to feel trapped inside your head by whirling emotions (I think of it as an emotional storm), and needing desperately a diversion to get away from yourself. As it happened, Jim was going through something similar in this fic, though taken to an extreme I've never gone to. Nevertheless, I identified with him. Jim's journey through the fic was deeply emotional and it was cathartic for me to read. It's a sledgehammer of a fic, and yet I think the relationship and trust between Jim and Bones was developed carefully and beautifully. I was very moved by the end of the fic at the lengths Bones went to help Jim heal. Plus, this takes my desire to whump Jim to a whole new level.


The Harder They Fall and For All the Right Reasons by [livejournal.com profile] mijan (also on AO3): Star Trek: AOS, NC-17
Warnings: Intense, hardcore, and potentially triggery. Mind-fuck. If you want spoilers to decide if it's something you can read, feel free to ping me with questions.
Summary: Jim is having trouble coping with his first failure of the Kobayashi Maru. His bigger problem might lie in the fact that he wants to try it again.

The Harder They Fall was another fic that completely knocked me out of my head by putting the characters into extreme physical conditions. It was somehow cathartic for me to read, despite never having been in any similar situation myself. It contains graphic and intense violence, and it seriously is a mind fuck.

For All The Right Reasons is written as an explanation for Fall. Mijan actually does a good job of fitting such an extreme story into the larger story arc she's telling. If you want to lessen the impact of Fall a little bit, read it first. Both are part of Mijan's Academy Series (which is epic and outstanding), and familiarity with that will probably help you understand For all the Right Reasons a little better.


The Price That Life Exacts by [personal profile] cathalin : SGA, McKay/Sheppard, NC-17, Kid!fic, angst
Summary: When John disappears without a trace during a routine mission, people in a beleaguered Atlantis eventually have to try to move on. Rodney never completely gives up hope of finding John, and though he soldiers on to help Atlantis, a year later he still lives every day with his grief. The story opens with a shocking discovery that may help Rodney come to terms with some truths about himself and his relationship with John, and will have consequences beyond what anyone might predict.
Warnings: I've placed warnings for this story in the Notes at the bottom, as they are somewhat spoilery for the fic. Please scroll down and read the warnings if there are things you need to avoid reading about.

Another kid!fic, but this one has a lot more going on than the kid. The angst, for one thing - so much angst. Mildly spoilery bit: John is so, so damaged in this, and the way Rodney brings him back is very touching. Also, there is music that is used in an amazing way.


Losing Touch by [livejournal.com profile] cards_slash: Star Trek:AOS, McCoy/Jocelyn, Spock, Kirk
Summary: McCoy wakes up one day, on earth, still married to his wife, who thinks he's insane, when he starts talking about star ships and someone named Jim Kirk.

The life Bones might have had. This one is beautifully written, and heartbreaking. I was all "Oh god I need a hug!" by the end of it.


The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me by [livejournal.com profile] thalialunacy: Star Trek: AOS RPF, Karl/Chris, R
Summary: Chris' birthday sucks. Until it doesn't anymore.

A simple little fic in which Chris despairs of making anything of his life. I love the way Thalia writes emotion into the smallest thing. Also, I love Karl in this. It's like balm for the soul <3








 
The Comfort )

As expected, it's short, but many of the fics and podfics I've already recced here in my journal are also comfort fics for me.

The Horshoe Nails Series by Dyce: Firefly/Serenity, River/Jayne is the primary romance but it's really an ensemble series, Teen, some violence, discussions of mental and emotional trauma, and romance
Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on FF.net.
Summary for Two Gorram Days (part 1): Jayne is left all alone with a bad leg and a crazy girl for two days. It doesn't go as badly as it could.

Dyce does an amazing job of developing the whole crew, but especially River and Jayne, into sympathetic and whole characters. She takes the small amount of info about the Academy we are given in cannon and really delves into its impact on River's mind and life, and then guides River out of the darkness and into a real life with the crew. She takes Jayne, a character commonly portrayed as dumb, uncouth and self-serving in cannon, and makes him into a surprisingly sensitive and loyal partner for River, all in a way that feels very organic and IC to me. Her portrayal of Simon is also fantastic. There is romance, humor, fighting for one's life, and an ending to the Big Damn Movie that is more satisfying than the movie itself. It seems that Part 5 is not actually finished, which is a crying shame. It hasn't been updated since 2008 so I don't know how much hope there is for it. However, I think the whole thing is worth reading anyway.

This has been my number one comfort fic (series, whatever) over the last year or so. I can't even tell you how many times I've read it. There were days where I finished the last story and started right back over again with the first story. It's also my favorite Firefly fic of all time, River/Jayne or otherwise. River's journey through the series is very inspiring to me. Like Jayne says in one of the parts, I respect her fight, and reading along with it never gets old to me.


Found Your Writing On My Wall by [livejournal.com profile] thalialunacy: Star Trek: AOS RPF, Karl/Chris, NC-17, Mary Sue fic!
Summary: He shouldn't call her. He knows he shouldn't. It goes against his upbringing and his personal morals to call a girl just because her accent makes him miss a possession that was never really his. He picks up his phone anyway.

There is a lot of angst in this one, but it's overwhelmingly a comfort fic for me. The snark, the longing, the dialog, and my boys - it's a perfect Urbine. Plus, it has the best Mary Sue in a fic you'll ever read.

ETA:  OMG, I totally forgot that Thalia recorded this as a podfic here.  It's a fantastic read, I really enjoyed it.
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Most of the submissions from Ship Olympics Event 3 are posted, but this one made me double over laughing.  I was going to wait to look at them all at once today, but it caught my eye last night and I couldn't resist.  (Comment here if you like)





And in the way of all the best internet ramblings I stumbled across something new to me on youtube: Kinetic Typography Animation.  The first one I saw was for Firefly, which I LOVED, but it seems there are all kinds out there.




AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!  *smishes them*


*Note: LJ hates me today and I can't get my LJ cuts to work with my embeds properly.  But I'm out of time to fiddle with it anymore.  So, until I can make my cuts work, there are Kinetic Typography videos for Firefly, Trek XI and First Contact, LotR, Ocean's 11, Braveheart, Monty Python, President Obama, The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man, and Star Wars under the cut.  Yeah, I was really on a roll today!  :D*


More Firefly )
Trek XI and First Contact )

Some LotR ones:
LotR )


Some Ocean's 11:
Ocean's 11 )


And some random ones:
misc... )


And now I'm done procrastinating!
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The interesting thing about coming to a fandom through vids is that you learn about the source in fractured pieces. You see glimpses of scenes both important and mundane, but you can't always intuit their meaning just from the vids. It's like looking at individual puzzle pieces: you can get the gist of the picture, without really knowing the full context and structure of the whole picture. You still have to watch the source to really understand the significance of the clips. So even if you are spoiled by seeing an action in a vid, you still have the pleasure of watching the source and gaining a full understanding of that moment in its proper context.

I'm thinking of Firefly in particular. I watched quite a few vids before I ever saw the show. All the shots of River fighting, the scenes with the needle in the forehead, her popping up from the box, none of it made sense until I watched the show. The vids were intriguing enough to hook my attention, but not enough to really spoil my discovery of the show while watching it.

It's a different experience from fic. You can gather a lot about the source from fic. A surprising amount. I'm thinking of Stargate Atlantis here. I read a huge amount of fic for SGA before ever watching the show. While there were still plot points that either no one had mentioned, or I just hadn't remembered, I knew these characters. It was like revisiting old friends, even though I hadn't seen the show yet. (Though I had seen a few vids) I knew their backstory, knew their personalities, knew their quirks of habit. It was like a revelation seeing it unfold onscreen, just like I had imagined it in my head. Some things were made clearer by watching the show, like John's hair and his laconic smirk, and Rodney's slanting mouth and look of vulnerability. But for the most part it was just like the writers had described. Or at least, there was enough of what the writers had described so that I could see what I wanted.

In my experience, most vids reward a strong understanding of the source with a very rich and layered experience while viewing. Most fic includes enough dialogue and internal thoughts that someone new to the fandom can follow along fairly well. The two firefly vids that got me thinking about this are Must Be Dreaming by corn_child (I’ve lost the link now, but it's an amazing vid. PM me if you want a copy. Or tell me if you have a link :) and Serenity by [livejournal.com profile] luminosity  . 
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I've been reading a lot of long fics lately, both slash and het.

24/7
by [info]xanthestories, also on the AO3 here:  X-Files, Skinner/Mulder, NC-17.  Slave fic with very heavy BDSM, kink and D/s
This one is very long and very intense in every way.  Mulder signs a slavery contract with a Master without even knowing his identity.  The master turns out to be Skinner, and he sets out to train Mulder right away.  It starts out as a physical need for Mulder, but he grows to realize that the relationship means so much more to him than that.  If any of the warnings above squick you in the least don't read at all, it's really that intense.  It has some of the most amazing BDSM scenes I've ever read, both private scenes between Skinner and Mulder and group scenes with their friends.  It's intensely emotional through most of it, both the despair / anger and love / joy type of emotions.  And after a bit Skinner and Mulder even relax enough to play;  there is a lot of roleplay and dressing up.  The slave aspect is heavily accented and very well carried out.  Even though slave fic isn't one of my biggest kinks it was so beautifully written here that I began to love what it did for Mulder.  I don't watch the X-Files, but I recommend this fic for anyone who enjoys their sex downright intense.

Le Vertu abandonnée (Virtue Forsaken)
by [info]arieltachna and [info]sileyascribbles:   Lotrips, NC-17, Orlando/Viggo with a little Bean/Orlando and Karl/Bean
Rich and bored aristocrats in pre-revolutionary France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal.  This one is pure romance.  Orlando seeks to seduce Viggo, but finds more than he bargained for.  It's very sweet, and so worth reading. 

Der Falke (The Falcon)
by [info]arieltachna and [info]sileyascribbles:  Lotrips, Karl/Bean, NC-17 BDSM Sequel to Virtue Forsaken. 
Having suffered ruination in French society, Marquis Sean Bean opens a new chapter of his life by traveling to Germany with Prince Karl-Heinz von Urban, in the fashion of what he thinks of as a trained body servant. But he discovers their relationship is far, far more complex.  I love Karl and Sean together and they are written so well here.  Sean struggles to figure out how to make Karl keep him, while Karl tries to show Sean how to stay.  This one has a fair bit of angst with a lot of rough, possessive, kinky sex.  Both of these fics made me sigh and grin like crazy over the characters.


Real forever if by [info]astolat:  American Idol, Cook/Archuleta, Mature, 'bonding' Archuleta spontaneously 'bonds' to Cook. 
American Idol fic!  This is actually the first AI fic I've read, but I knew even while watching that David Cook is just perfectly slashable.  He has some unquantifiable sensuousness that just oozes out of him and screams "Slash me!"  I wasn't too sure about Archie, but astolat made his sweetness work perfectly with the story.  It's sweet and hot and it made my heart clench up for them at the end.  I've gotta find more, maybe even some rough Cook/Simon...


Lately I've been really into Firefly fic, River/Jayne in particular.  I don't usually do het in fic, but the hard, dangerous fierceness of both characters is very attractive.  They can do both rough or sweet equally.

Thoughts colored Ugly by [info]lit_gal  NC-17, Rayne, slavefic, bdsm
Jayne's thinking too hard, and River shows up, making him face parts of himself that he doesn't really want to face.  Jayne winds up getting himself sold into slavery for trying to avoid the issue.  River's really persistent and dangerous, though not quite sane, and Jayne's really introspective.  The dialog and sex are excellent, and there is some fantastic fighting and rough handling between them that you don't usually get in het.  Lit_gal also got the submissive part of Jayne down pat, it's a joy to read their relationship as it develops.

The Broken series by Mik109  NC-17, Rayne, rough sex
Jayne and River have sex as a way to save River from a cult that wants her virginity. Then River must find a way to fix Jayne since the experience 'broke' him.  There is a lot of angst in the beginning that leads to very hot sex and a very possessive Jayne.  This one's fantastic, I really love Jayne possessive and hopelessly in love with River and defending them against the rest of the crew.  "Morning After" Jayne is superb.

Partner Ship by [info]fabledfigment
Jayne and River court for two weeks after they realize they have feelings for each other. Long, very sweet and romantic.

Serious Games
by [info]fabledfigment
There's fighting, talking, and sex, then Jayne's never letting go of River.

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