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I was talking with thalialunacy a while back about Karl's characterization being pretty different in Lotrips than it is in STRPS, and thought I might post about it in hopes that there are other Lotrips fans that want to compare notes. Because I'm really curious to know if it's just my impression, or the particular fics I was reading, or if other people think similar things.
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So I’m curious to know what other fans think. Is that how you saw him in Lotrips too, or am I only remembering the fics that played into this image of him that I liked so much? I think I had serious D/s goggles on while reading him in Lotrips, so I don’t trust myself to say for sure that’s how he was universally portrayed. I’d be very interested to read examples of different characterizations. You know, for research. ;D
I'm hoping that the Star Trek Reboot cast and franchise will continue on for several movies and grow to that level of emotional connection and history. I'm thinking that they will because the actors already seem to be very connected and the huge Trek fan base and franchise can support many more movies. While nothing can replace the LotR experience, I want Trek to be just as cherished in my memories when this is all over.
24/7 by 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 arieltachna and 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 arieltachna and 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 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 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 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 fabledfigment
There's fighting, talking, and sex, then Jayne's never letting go of River.
I was recently reminded of how much I LOVE the Convergence 'verse by shaenie (fic) and I felt the need to rec it for posterity. It is my favorite lotrips fic hands down, and some of my favorite fic of all time. In it Billy and Dom get together and then include Elijah. NC-17, pretty heavy BDSM and D/s, gorgeous relationship development with lots of tension followed by excellent sex. She's a skilled writer that imbues the BDSM with love and intimacy, and throws in the angst to really hit your heart. This is a threesome fic and it's probably the best one I've read. Usually threesomes have a feel of "the more the merrier" to me. It doesn't feel real to me, it feels like porn. That's fine (no problems with porn ;) I just don't get very emotional about them usually. But in this one the three of them need to be together, it's not a plot device to turn me on, it feels natural and real. The same with the BDSM. It's not done for kink, it's what they need. She has a way of writing that makes it so real to me, I get emotionally moved, not just turned on. It makes Elijah's journey of discovery so breathtaking. I can't urge you enough to read it.
Here is what I wrote to her in my feedback for the latest installment: "I don't even have the words to tell you how much this fic gets to me. I LOVE the intensity of emotion, from lust, passion, tenderness, love and being overwhelmed by them all. That's what makes all the pain and struggle for dominance and angst so damn good for me. Somehow everything you write them doing emphasizes their emotions and motivations, distilling them down to their pure essence. One of the other commenters said that you get a feeling of there being more than just what's on the page, somehow more to the characters and motivations. I liked that, it's so true. It's like the relationship is actually real, it feels so *right*. The way you reveal what you choose to show us excites and fulfills me, yet leaves me hungry for more. It is a profoundly satisfying mix, and it ensures that I will be rereading these for years."
You can read the series at the AO3 Here all at once, or at her LJ with the following links:
The order (more or less - they were not written in this order ) :
Cusp: Part One, Two, Three
Sacrifice by Josephine Darcy. BSG fic (original series), R, Starbuck/Apollo: Lots of kissing.
Plot: Starbuck and Apollo have to pretend to be married to trade for the fuel that the fleet so desperately needs. It's a beautiful fic, sweet and tender. I loved it, all of it. I love the kissing, it was hot and romantic and tender all rolled up together. I love the way Starbuck recognizes his feelings for Apollo through his physical actions, in a way that his rational brain never allowed him to realize. I think all the handholding and hugging is very romantic. I love the way Apollo craves Starbuck's touch, even a simple touch on the cheek or his hand in his hair. Her descriptions of him in their more tender moments were so beautiful. I have to admit that I am only familiar with the new show so I see in her descriptions of Apollo, but they fit Jamie perfectly to me. It's all about opening up to love and how sweet that can be. Even if you don't watch Battlestar Galactica you can read it. The author gives enough back-story about the characters that the relationship will still be meaningful to you.
Snow On The Sahara by absrip. SPN vid R (also on YouTube here):
"This is a vid about the aftermath of evil!Sam, told from Dean's POV. " It is officially the vid that will make me watch Supernatural. I have resisted so far because I don't do horror(I scare way too easily and the show has been a bit intense for me) but this is so beautiful I have to see more of the relationship. Plus Jensen is hot as fuck - that may be my real reason. There is hurt and angst and kissing and hugging - the vidder uses several manips and they are so good I really couldn't tell if they were manips or part of the show. Absolutely gorgeous. I usually don't do vid slash because fic can be so much more graphic (thus so much more fun :) and I'm not really into Wincest, but this one was done so well it just melted my heart.
So Snow was the straw that broke the camel's back, but strippedpink's J2 fics have been buttering me up for the fall. Particularly her New OTP 'Verse. NC-17. It's amazingly sexy. It's Smallville-era!Jensen and Gilmore Girls-era!Jared and how they get together before the show. It's got really sexy dialog and it's hot and dirty and just so good.
I recently heard my first podfic. It was Rebuilding Babel by fiercelydreamed, read by wintercreek. SGA McKay/Sheppard, R:
Rodney is injured and looses the ability to understand language, and to speak it. John helps him learn to use an ancient tool to communicate in a very unusual way. She utterly breaks Rodney down to his very core and exposes his soul, and then gives him John to rebuild himself around. It's so beautiful in a heartwrenching way. Brilliant concept, and so well written. Dramatic with lots of angst, but also the occasional funny part to lighten the mood. Very well read, the reader lends an urgency to the story that is spot on. I loved it and stayed up way too late to finish it.
Dog Tag Porn by xela_fic - SGA fic McKay/Sheppard NC-17:
Major submission by Rodney, heavy BDSM and an unusual collar. I love the way the author gets inside their heads. Rodney's submission feels real and makes *me* feel like flying, and John's so perfect as the top who knows how to push all of Rodney's buttons, as the one in charge. So so good.
Submission Games By R. Cooper - CSI fic NC-17 Nick/Greg: Greg comes home early and Nick is surprised by some things, namely Greg in a skirt and collar. Crossdressing, kink, first time for Nick, minor D/s issues. I really love the way this one is written. Nick is shocked to find out about this side of Greg, and the shock and later anticipation just comes through so well in the writing. It feels exhilarating to read about Nick discovering how much he responds to Greg.
You can find more of the fic that I love at my delicious account, and check out my 5star tag for my absolute favorites.