Fanworks

10 Sherlock Fics Sadder than “Alone on the Water”

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

So, I read a lot of fanfiction. I’ve been reading it since the seventh grade. One time in high school I tried to read it while driving. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience (and therefore a lot of fic recs) under my belt. Some time ago, I was venting on Tumblr about what is usually considered the epitome of Sherlock angst fic, a oneshot called “Alone on the Water” by Mad_Lori. Sherlock gets cancer, his mind deteriorates, John’s there when he dies. It is widely known //

Fiction With a Telescope: The Harry Potter Universe Before the Statute of Secrecy

June 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

A beautiful witch holds a cup of wine in the dark woods
In the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s some subtle yet telling character placement. Seraphina Picquery, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and Tina Goldstein, the disgraced but competent Auror, are women. So what? Big deal. As contemporary European or North American audiences, it’s easy to have a casual reaction to women in positions of power. It’s not so simple though when you put it into historical context. //

The Last Outpost of All That Is by gekizetsu

March 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

You could look at anyone or anything and know immediately whether it was alive or not, without waiting to see if the chest would expand with air again. The vibration of everything that lived was louder in its absence than in its full, unfurled hysteria. It was subtle from a distance, but terribly obvious all the same. The world, at first glance, was dead. The Last Outpost of All That Is by gekizetsu is a post-apocalyptic fanfiction that follows Supernatural brothers Sam and Dean Winchester //

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

There’s a moment when you realize how deeply embedded the Harry Potter series lies within your soul. That moment when your words cannot express how much the fictional wizarding world – its characters, settings, moods – means to you. It is a moment of reverence, of joy, of love. It is, no doubt, sacred. What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? This is the question Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile attempt to answer in their podcast Harry Potter and the //

Our Bodies, Possessed by Light by obstinatrix

December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Surely, Sam would be more agitated if he knew – really knew – what Castiel was thinking. But Sam only smiles, gentles Castiel’s anxiety with a flicker of something warm and reassuring. They learned this soon and easily, the non-verbal communication, little touches to each other’s minds. Castiel wants nothing more than to let himself be gentled, but he is afraid. God help him, but he is afraid. After purging Jimmy Novak’s broken body of millions of soul-sucking Leviathans, //

Bring Up the Deep by beenghosting

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The marks on his back shine red against his sickly pale skin. They look dark and angry, deeper than Dean thought possible with blunt fingernails. The whole cottage smells of fish, and it’s not until Dean’s coming to stand next to Cas that he realizes his hands and arms are streaked with blood, his feet and legs covered in sand. “What the hell did you do?” he asks. Cas blinks at him, slow. “I—” he tries, his voice shaking. “I don’t know.” As a native of Nova Scotia, the ocean //

Fan Activism: The Harry Potter Alliance

September 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

It’s no secret that fan culture is a gathering place for individuals from diverse walks of life. Fan texts, particularly fanfiction, often house complex and rich concepts about representation: gender, sexuality, race, ability, and identity. Fan writers not only explore these issues through character and narrative, but often write academic theories, current gender debates, and feminist ideology into their fictional stories. These types of fics make contemporary debates about representation //

All Our Secrets Laid Bare by firethesound

August 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Draco slipped his hand into his pocket and closed his fist around the bottle cap, running the pad of his thumb over the ridged edge. It was foolish and sentimental and utterly unlike him, but Draco thought that he’d keep it as a reminder of the night he decided he was serious about Harry Potter. It’s six years after the Battle of Hogwarts and Draco Malfoy is working as an Auror. But the stigma of his Dark Mark still lingers as he is only trusted with the most menial, low-level Magical Law //

BattlestarCentral: Ten Years of Galactica Fanfic

May 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

In December 2003, the Sci-Fi Channel presented Ronald Moore’s re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica to fans with a three-hour miniseries. A weekly series followed, first airing in the United States in early 2005. The series received wide acclaim from science fiction fans and garnered positive reviews from mainstream publications including Time and Rolling Stone magazines. As with most popular television series, a portion of Battlestar Galactica‘s fans expressed their love for the //

Right Hand Red by lumosed_quill

May 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Harry felt Malfoy’s breath on his lips as they came together over the bottle, hands firmly planted on the floor as though they each needed their familiar soil, refusing to cross into enemy territory. Except that Malfoy no longer felt like his enemy. Malfoy felt inevitable. Fanfics that feature the Party Games trope get a bad rap. The plots of these fics usually rely on games like Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever, or Spin the Bottle to advance the narrative and quickly drum up sexual tension. //