May 13th, 2012


sundown now, we've built our place

Quite a few people on my flist are doing a meme that involves listing all the fics you're currently working on. I considered doing that, but since I'm saving all the challenge-writing I've signed up for until after Finals, and since they're pretty much the same ones as everyone elses' (whitecollar_bb, wcpairings, whitecollarhc, plus a whole pile of misc prompts I will eventually get through), so that post wouldn't really be terribly interesting.

Instead, I'm going to talk about some of the fics I'm not going to write.

-- The Criminal Minds zombie apocalypse AU. Okay, so Criminal Minds fic in general probably falls into this category. Love the show, can't deal with the fandom.

-- I always meant to write Stargate Universe fic with TJ/James. No, seriously, this was my ship, and I am going down with it :P

-- An epic-length Merlin AU where I try and make the show make sense. (For those who haven't watched it, the scripts make Stargate Atlantis look well-plotted. Nearly every single Danger Of The Week could be solved in five minutes if the characters would just talk to each other about it.)

If I did this it would partly focus around Morgana and the absolutely terrible way Gaius treated her, which amounts to institutionalised abuse. On discovering she had magic he decided that of course she shouldn't be told about it, because she would probably do something evil (based on no evidence whatsoever, and despite Gaius doting on Merlin and his magic). The solution: continue to lie to Morgana, let her think she's crazy, and keep her drugged/sedated whenever possible to try and stop her finding out the truth. And then, when she discovered that Gaius and Uther, the men who have power over her, have been lying to her all along, her anger/feelings of betrayal at this was apparently proof that she would have been 'evil' anyway. Someone remind me why Gaius is supposed to be the show's moral centre, please.

Anyway, in this theoretical AU Morgana would find out the truth early on, Gwen would support her, Merlin would be angstily torn between his mentor and Doing The Right Thing and Arthur would at first be loyal to his father and then dramatically realise that he was in the wrong. And then they would all team together (possibly with Morgouese) and rebel against Uther. And Morgana and Merlin would study magic together. (I don't know what part the Slash Dragon would play.)

-- The series helle_d and I have been expanding on for the last couple of terms, which can be summarised as "Alanna (from the Tortall books by Tamara Pierce) Travels The Multiverse And Fixes Things". There is also lots and lots of femslash. She can do this at different times in her life, so will always be the right age for shipping :D Included in this so far:
Merlin: This works out a bit like above, although set during the third season probably. Alanna goes to Camelot, wins a tournament, realises that Uther's a tyrant, knocks sense into Arthur, teams up with (and is shipped with) Morgana, and helps lead the revolution. Also shows how ridiculous the ban on magic is.

Legend of Korra: We haven't really developed a plot for this, using this 'verse maaaaay be a thinly-veiled excuse to ship Alanna/Lin. (We also ship Korra/Keladry.)

A Song of Ice and Fire: In which we ship both Alanna/Brienne and Sansa/Margery. Alanna gets Brienne to realise how awesome she is, and then the two of them fight to let Sansa and Margery rule Westeros together. Brienne is made Hand. Asha (Yara in show'verse) gets to be Queen in the North. (After five books, these are quite literally the only characters I still care about.)

(Alanna does all this stuff with George's knowledge, of course, because they have a communicative and open marriage. Line from helle_d: "I can't come to bed, George, someone is Wrong in the multiverse!")

Okay, I'm sure there are more but I can't remember them. So more revision now. (Revision with fic-writing breaks to keep me sane.)

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