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plotty slash recs

February 19th, 2012 (05:06 pm)
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OK, continuing the gen meta: one reason I prefer gen and am grumpied by the ever-increasing amount of slash is that I want more from my story than most slash stories give me. I have a lot of least favorite kind of stories, but one of them is the story in which characters have issues that are caused/summed up by the fact that they are not fucking, and then there is a lot of YEARNING and FEELINGS, and then there is fucking and everyone is happy. Too often, the answer to the question, "why didn't they just get to the fucking earlier?" is "because then we couldn't have the YEARNING and FEELINGS."

So give me some recs of slash that doesn't do that! Plotty slash, in particular.

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: February 19th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Sherlock and Lestrade

Hmm, I tend to either write gen or feelings :D but I might have some stories that meet this? Maybe? I don't usually bookmark stories I've read, so I can't do much in the way of recs outside my own work.

He Could Argue Still (665 words) by faviconMara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Lestrade (Inspector)
Summary:

There's very little that can daunt John and Sherlock.



Nothing Human Is Alien to Me (3710 words) by faviconMara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Torchwood
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lestrade (Inspector)/Jack Harkness
Characters: Lestrade (Inspector), Jack Harkness, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Summary:

Jack Harkness needs the help of Sherlock Holmes, but when Sherlock turns him away, he ends up with a certain detective inspector.



From Others to Take an Example (7669 words) by faviconMara
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Torchwood
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lestrade (Inspector)/Ianto Jones/Jack Harkness
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Lestrade (Inspector), Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Gwen Cooper
Summary:

Lestrade can't decide if the trip to Cardiff is a reward or a punishment.



Old Friends, Old Enemies, Same Thing (939 words) by faviconMara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Smallville, DCU - Comicverse
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bruce Wayne/Lex Luthor
Summary:

Why has Bruce come to Smallville to visit Lex?




This one does kind of *end* with feelings so it might not qualify:

If I Forget Thee (3017 words) by faviconMara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blood-Smoke Series - Huff
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tony Foster/Lee Nicholas
Characters: Tony Foster, Lee Nicholas, Chester Bane, Henry Fitzroy
Summary:

Lee only left the studio for two hours. How much trouble could happen in that time?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)

Fandoms I either do not like or know nothing about. I SUSPECT YOU OF TRICKERY, MARA.

*reads*

(Thankee!)

Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)

You should *always* suspect me of trickery ;)

Seriously, I looked at the slash I'd written in the fandoms I know we share and it was full of feelings. I think you'd probably rather gnaw your own arm off than read "Finding Hozho" or my World's Finest Tim/Kon series. And I understand, really.

Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: February 20th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)

I don't read much slash at all except when I just want to read outright porn. Are you looking for something like what Te (thete1) writes?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)

I AM BASICALLY LOOKING FOR THE OPPOSITE OF TE HERE THANKS

Te and I had this running gag for a long time that she was not allowed to try to write stories for me, because she would start with the best intentions and it would invariably turn into Tim implanting a cybernetic eye on his dong. :) She has done stuff that worked for me, though. Sometimes *really surprisingly.* I actually find a lot of Te's stuff very hard to read and keep oriented, because she is so much about disrupted partial thoughts and emotions. But then she wrote a fic with a car chase, and her style worked AMAZINGLY well for that. So I immediately badgered her. "Write moar car chases! You write awesome car chases!"

(She did not write moar car chases.)

Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)

Ah, sorry. Didn't realize there was history there. Like I said, I don't read much slash. Most of it is so very obviously written by women who have no clue how men think or (a lot of times) how men's sexuality works.
I've never really gotten the appeal of taking canonically straight characters and making them gay. I understand that it does appeal to some folks, but for me it's just, "Meh, why bother?"

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 25th, 2012 07:53 am (UTC)

It's not history as such -- Te is one of my old friends in fandom! It's just that she and I are basically wired as completely different fancreatures.

Posted by: Myranda Sarro (nagaina_ryuuoh)
Posted at: February 20th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)

I wasn't going to do this but...

Survivors is technically a slash fic inasmuch as I intend for it to develop romance at some point, but what it's got right now more than anything else is plot:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3394554/1/Survivors

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I will look.

...I know nothing about this fandom. At all.

Posted by: Myranda Sarro (nagaina_ryuuoh)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)

I thought that might be the case. :P

I will, however, provide an introductory primer if you wish.

Posted by: boogieshoes (boogieshoes)
Posted at: February 20th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)

since i just reread it, i'm going to recommend some Magnificent 7 (TV Series) fanfic:

The Big Score, by Charlotte C Hill and Maygra
http://dnf.slashcity.org/viewstory.php?sid=242&ageconsent=ok&warning=5

Waiting Games, by Charlotte and Maygra
http://dnf.slashcity.org/viewstory.php?sid=563

What Counts as a Win, also Charlotte (but Maygra had left for another fandom by this time, darnit)
http://dnf.slashcity.org/viewstory.php?sid=569&ageconsent=ok&warning=5

Things you should be prepared for (listed because I don't know how familiar you are with Mag7 fandom):

Mag7 runs to a lot of AUs, the most popular being a setting where the guys are ATF agents. This one is an AU where the guys are modern-day bounty hunters based out of Atlanta.

These three stories are a trilogy, and total 300,000 words, more or less. It'll take a while.

Slash in this fandom tends to be protected by age statements, due to one of the series' actors indicating discomfort with the possibility of minors finding the stories. At the archive above, you can just put up with the annoyance (I do), or create an account and use that. The account's free, but I believe it will circumvent the age-stmt thing.

On a personal note - I happen to think these 3 stories could easily be read as original fiction by someone completely unfamiliar with the Magnificent 7 TV series. In fact, if you only know the movie with Yul Brynner, I'd suggest approaching this as original fiction, since the TV series characters are fairly different than the classic movie characters.

frankly, these stories are a favorite re-read of mine, and i can't recommend them enough.

-bs

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the rec!

I wonder what the mix of porn to plotty is in older fandoms. Suspect it's not as high as in new fandoms...

Posted by: boogieshoes (boogieshoes)
Posted at: February 21st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)

i wouldn't be too sure of that. nothing generates porn so well as UST, and older fandoms have plenty of UST. i suspect they have more PWP porn than newer fandoms, in fact, for the simple fact that older shows dealt with more cultural homophobia when scripting their characters.

i admit i could be wrong, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if i was right. uh, not to sound egotistical or anything!

anyway, if you like the Skip Trace novels, i can make a general recommendation for both Maygra and Charlotte as writers in general. i know Maygra's written in Highlander and i believe The Sentinel, and she's done other things. i'm not sure where she's active now, but she's a true gem, a master at the craft of writing. Charlotte gets similar praise from me, and she also writes in several other fandoms. i don't know if your fandoms and their fandoms are the same, but it's worth a look-see.

-bs

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