Aegnor in Mandos
…Ango. Ango, are you there?
I am here, as always.
Do you see? Ango, do you see?
Hearing rather than seeing. The silver fëa that is Lúthien is singing, her clear voice echoed throughout the Unending Halls. She sings of love, and of sorrow, and of two lovers sundered forever. One of the Eldar, the other of the Atani. If Aikanáro had eyes, he would weep. He feels Ango’s fëa close to his, surrounding him, attempting to soothe him. Their lights mingle, the only contact possible in this ethereal stare.
Aikanáro shakes Ango’s fëa away and rises in wrath and despair.
She is granted the Gift? We may be granted the Gift?
Oh wow. I really enjoyed this—both for the characters (spot-on :D) and how otherworldly it is, which is something that I think gets overlooked a lot. All-consuming mourning beyond all healing is not going to be pretty. It’s a torment to him and to everyone around him—I loved the meeting with Finrod.
(I’ve just been thinking ‘omg he was there with Lúthien’ too, so I really liked how you dealt with that. And that Mandos’ ‘you didn’t take the chance’ was—I mean, you can understand it, but at the same time it’s so awful in a very Vala-ish kind of way.)
And it was also really fun to read something that dealt with a lot of the issues mine does but in very much its own way!
Well, Darcy thinking that Jane is a Gold Digger is a driving force to the plot of P&P, so I guess that it makes more sense not only to Bingley be rich, but for Darcy to be so as well even in modern adaptations…
Well, I don’t think Darcy does think Jane is a gold-digger? He praises her pretty highly in the letter. IMO he just thinks that she’s being manipulated by Mrs Bennet.
But the thing is, it may be my heresy, but I don’t think the Bingley affair is terribly important in itself. Jane and Bingley do not exchange a word of dialogue in the entirety of P&P; Jane’s is with Elizabeth or the rest of her family, Bingley’s with his family and Darcy (and other Bennets, lol). The main effect is that (1) it influences Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship, and (2) the resolution gives each of them a happy ending. And I think moderns tend to stick too slavishly to that, as it’s a lot weirder today for a friend to be that invested in your love life and comes off as pretty creepy. I think it works better if Darcy just gives some bad advice that’s influenced by his arrogance.
Really, that’s kind of my issue—that even if the conflict is supposed to be in a different setting and Darcy’s arrogance is, you know, intellectual elitism or whatever, which could easily drive him to any number of ‘bad relationship advice’ scenarios, he still has to have money and be driven by having-money in the end.
I think movie!Aragorn’s characterization creeping into fanfic was one of the things about the movies that annoyed me most, because it Makes No Sense when he’s been Chieftain of the Northern Dunedain for decades and traveled the world and everything.
Yeah, me too (especially since the movies themselves kept his canonical age, ish). Nothing but ginger beards makes me back-button as fast as supposedly book!Aragorn angsting over ‘Isildur’s blood.’ He’s proud of Isildur’s blood. (As well he should, because Isildur was awesome.) The whole ‘becoming a man’ arc is completely bizarre to me, ngl.
So super-unpopular opinion here, but as far as I can tell the whole “LOL fanfic is srs bsnss” idea translates to “I want to be a dick and pretend I’m morally justified for it.” Because I can’t see why else you’d think it’s even sane to argue that something where people obviously care so passionately and invest so much of their lives isn’t serious business. Whether that’s fanfic or knitting or craft brewing or roller derby, you may think people are stupid for caring and feeling seriously about it, but your opinions on whether it shouldn’t be serious don’t negate the fact that for other people, it clearly is.
tips for (period) Austen fanfic
not quite meta, just a reaction to stuff I’ve noticed more than usual recently.
disclaimer: it doesn’t mean your fic is terrible badwrong if you don’t do these things or that nobody likes it or that your fic is even not good or that I am a perfect Georgian-period Austen fanwriter who has followed this to the letter from seventeen onwards, it’s just stuff that makes me (and most of my friends, but don’t worry, I’m not a BNF), more likely to read. Also, I tried to list things that are helpful for fic based on any of the novels, but the examples are from P&P since that’s like 95% of the fandom.
In some ways, fanfiction’s mode is nearer to academia and literary criticism than to typical fiction. The original work is a fanfic’s topic; familiarity with it is usually assumed. People sometimes use what is meant to be a response to the original text as a vehicle for discussions of other, unrelated things; this is often frowned upon. Fanfiction dialogues directly with the text, discarding authorial intent as often as not, and engaging with the discussion that has already grown up around it. Jenkins make the association explicit, describing fandom as “an institution of theory and criticism, a semistructured space where competing interpretations and evaluations of common texts are proposed, debated, and negotiated … Fans often display a close attention to the particularity of television narratives that puts academic critics to shame” (86). This sort of attention is par for the course among many fanwriters, who as the active interpreters bear the consequences if their narrative fails to make their argument.
#SCREAMING #CRYING #BLESS #BLESS UR COW #BLESS UR ANCESTORS
my ancestors thank you :)
I meta’d for a grade
I actually wrote this a few years ago (minus a few revisions). The Diana Gabaldon brouhaha was raging at the time, so I sat down and tapped out a few pages of furious meta, then decided it would be much more satisfying as Serious Academia That Is Serious (And Therefore Worthwhile). This is somewhat less work than actual meta, because then I don’t have to translate out of Pedantic into Merely Pretentious. I got an A, and my class loved it, so hurrah.
I used to say that fandom was ruining my GPA, but in the last three years or so, people being wrong on the Internet actually improvedmy grades. Anyway, this comes from a place of anger and was targeted at my (American) classmates, so it’s fairly US-centric, a bit incoherent and more than a bit hyperbolic, but I like to think that I harnessed my powers of getting-pissed-off for good instead of evil.