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Travis ([personal profile] torachan) wrote2011-12-29 21:29

Fic reviews: Yuletide 2011 part 1

I was lazy and used the AO3 rec formatting, which I don't particularly like and also makes every entry way long (also I quoted a lot!), so they're going behind a cut. So far I've really only read by recs, so these have probably been mentioned quite a bit already, but whatevs. I enjoyed them!

Rilla of Toronto (1215 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] verity Rec
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rilla Blythe/Kenneth Ford, Jem Blythe/Faith Meredith, Walter Blythe/Una Meredith
Characters: Rilla Blythe, Una Meredith, Kenneth Ford
Summary: rilla1986: there's always eharmony if I get really desperate
rilla1986: faith and jem are just, you know, sickening
rilla1986: like I'm happy for them but I get that feeling
rilla1986: like when you open a west elm catalogue and know you're going to be stuck with shitty coffee tables from ikea forever
unadostres: You are so not over Ken Ford.

I've made the mistake of reading Anne of Green Gables fic in the past because omg nostalgia, but just ended up feeling horribly confused because I don't really remember anything except that I loved these books a lot. So I don't know why I clicked on this, except that the idea of a current day AU was intriguing, and even though I remember even less about the later books than I do the first ones, I enjoyed this quite a bit. In fact, since I had to go to wikipedia and refresh my memory on who all these people were, it made me want to reread the books, so I downloaded copies and now have them on my ipod. :D Anyway, I feel like this ended a bit abruptly, but it's still cute.

Hen Party (4192 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] perryvic Rec+
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Tiffany Aching, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, Magrat Garlick, Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, Nac Mac Feegle
Summary: Tiffany was beginning to regret ever asking Nanny Ogg to be involved in preparations for her impending marriage to Preston.

Really spot-on Pratchett voice and a situation I could totally see happening. I had downloaded this to my ipod and was reading it in ibooks, so sometimes I really forgot I was reading fanfic. Also yay for the reappearance of sexy!Greebo! :D

The Case Of The Fat Goose With A Stone In (1881 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolevalan Rec+
Fandom: Hark! A Vagrant
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Stupid Watson
Summary: Watson attempts his hand at a bit of editing, with mixed results.

Oh, poor Watson! This is done in the form of a manuscript written (or "written") by Stupid Watson, with Original Watson's edits and comments included and it is just perfect.
Melons only burst when they're dropped, says I, but she still won't let me have as many mince pies [as I'd like]. But Holmes let me keep my jam I found, so I have that until it's gone. [I'm very fond of jam.]

This last sentence is a condensation; the author wrote the word 'jam' approximately three dozen times without context. I believe he was simply distracted, and I omitted the repetition for reasons that hardly require elaboration, writing the new sentence to convey his probable meaning.
The Adventure of the Watson League (2996 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Marks Rec
Fandom: Hark! A Vagrant, Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms, Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Summary: What happens when Watson meets Watsons.

This was hilarious and Stupid Watson was so awesome, but I really didn't like the ending, which basically went against everything I love about the Watsons. In the end, it turns out that all the other Watsons are just actors hired by Holmes in order to test Original Watson's loyalty, but I really love the surrealness of the comics and there just being random Watsons because there are random Watsons. I don't want them all to be fake! (Especially not Stupid Watson! I love Stupid Watson!)

Please, please, please... (1721 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] AdaptationDecay
Fandom: John Lewis Christmas Adverts
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: Lewis knows exactly what he wants for Christmas.

Someone on my flist linked to this along with the commercial it's based on. The commercial is adorable, so I figured I'd give the fic a go. I was...not that impressed with the fic, to be honest. And also rather confused by the fact that it seems to be writing out everything that happened in the commercial, as if it's that particular Christmas, but then the boy is said to be eleven, when he is clearly much younger than that in the commercial, so idek. But the ending is awesome. I don't know if I would have been as squeeful if it had just been any random Harry Potter-related character, but the fact that it's Dudley's son! I have a huge soft spot for Dursleyfic (mainly Petunia and Dudley) and especially love "Dudley's kids are wizards" stuff. I wish I could say I loved the rest of the fic as much as the ending... -_-

Owned (12218 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] winterhill Rec+
Fandom: Michael Fassbender with Pugs (Tumblr)
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Michael Fassbender, A Pug, James McAvoy
Summary: It was quite unusual, really, that Pugsley had made a Tumblr in the first place. What came after that was just downright weird.

Okay, I admit I totally side-eyed this fandom when I saw it was nominated, assuming that it was just someone trying to shoehorn in their favorite currently-popular fandom into Yuletide, and that any fic would probably be Fassbender/McAvoy slash about them owning a pug or something. Instead it's about the person behind the Tumblr, or rather, the dog behind the Tumblr, because if you couldn't guess from the name Pugsley, the owner of Michael Fassbender with Pugs is, in fact, a pug. Who is obsessed with Michael Fassbender. XD And Michael Fassbender is himself a character in this fic, as is James McAvoy, but it really is about Pugsley, and while I quote this bit below because it's hilarious, I enjoyed the Pugsley POV sections far more. I highly recommend this to everyone who likes humor, even if you're not a fan of Michael Fassbender. I'm not. I only know of his existence because he is currently one of those actors who is all over my flist. I had heard of the Tumblr previously, but even that is explained perfectly well within the fic. There was a bit of stuff I felt like was going over my head because I didn't know all the fannish in-jokes about Fassbender and McAvoy, but it didn't detract. I should also note that I usually dislike animal POV stuff that anthropomorphises them, and yet I loved this fic, so idek. The writing is snappy and great and the whole thing is just fun.
The pug wall, looked at critically, was sort of horrifying. He and James stood in front of it, and James's eyes were like saucers — presumably trying to work out if Michael was about to either a) stab him, b) ask him to dress in a pug suit and bend over, or c) start crying and have some sort of psychotic break.

It was James who broke the awkward silence, walking up close to check out some of the printouts.

"All right, I take back everything reassuring that I said. Are you going Method? That's a serial killer wall of death."

"A what?" asked Michael.

James gave him a long-suffering look. "Cops see them all the time."

"You're not a cop."

"I've played one. That's a dead-set, 100%, serial killer wall of death. It means you're about to go apeshit and murder a lot of innocent people." He paused. "Or else you might hold the key to vital information to save the world, if anyone can decipher your wall-scrawlings."

"Which would you prefer?" asked Michael.

"I'd really like to see you save the world, but I think option A is the more likely," said James.
Yo, Bro-friend (2966 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] screamlet
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt, Tom Haverford/Jean-Ralphio Saperstein
Characters: Ron Swanson, Jerry Gergich
Summary: "Oh, that's Jean-Ralphio," Tom says. "He's my bro-friend -- like a boyfriend, but not gay or anything."

I wanted to love this fic. I mean, first of all, it's a fic about Tom and Jean-Ralphio. It's also a fic about how maybe not everyone in the Pawnee Parks Department is as 100% heterosexual as they seem, which is right up my alley (I especially loved Leslie getting her mind opened and then pondering a threesome with Ben and Ann). But eh. I just wasn't feeling the writing. *sadface*

What to Expect When Expecting (1058 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lexie Rec+
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Andy Dwyer/April Ludgate, Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt, Tom Haverford/Lucy (Parks and Recreation)
Characters: Leslie Knope, April Ludgate, Andy Dwyer, Tom Haverford, Donna Meagle, Jerry Gergich, Ann Perkins, Ron Swanson, Ben Wyatt, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Lucy (Parks and Recreation)
Summary: "So we're going to have a kid or whatever," April says, and the entire office comes to a standstill.

This was so cute! I was definitely feeling the characters' voices here and I could totally see this happening in canon. There were also lots of "talking to the camera" bits, which really made it feel like watching the show. I think this was my favorite bit. Oh, Andy! XD
There is a murmur of a question.

She shoots a blank look behind the camera. "Whatever, it'll be fine," she says. "Like it's hard to raise a kid."

"A kid of awesome!" Andy agrees, and April laughs this time as he lightly shakes her. "His middle name is going to be Mouserat!"

"No, it's not."

"No it's not," Andy agrees seriously, without skipping a beat.