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Script rec: The Social Network

The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin (drama, 162 pages, click to download)
You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.

i downloaded this script several months ago and never got around to reading the whole thing, because too many flashbacks in scripts give me headaches. when i realised that the movie is being released tomorrow, however, i decided to bite the bullet and finish the script, because i want to enjoy it without being influenced by the movie.

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Fic rec: The Gates of Horn and Ivory

The Gates of Horn and Ivory by jibrailis
Arthur/Eames, Inception, 6k, NC-17
Summary: Arthur wakes.

guys, i really can't deal with how great inception fandom is. it's just, we have so many amazing writers and they keep pushing out increasingly amazing work and everything is just so amazing. jibrailis is another one of my favourite inception writers, and, IMO, this fic is her best work to date. it's stunning.

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Fic rec: In the Space Between Them

In the Space Between Them by linckia_blue
Arthur/Eames, Inception, 5k, PG-13
Summary: Ariadne watches Arthur and Eames. There is something there in the way they watch each other, in the way the lines of Arthur's back tense beneath his pinstriped suit when Eames flicks him, but she doesn’t know what she’s looking for.

i went to see inception again last night, and it was even better than it was the first time. now i want to see it a third time. someone needs to add a disclaimer before that movie: warning: may cause inception. do not watch if you want to think about anything else for the next month.

anyway, it sent me on a second frenzied inception fic search, during which i discovered this gem.

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Fic rec: too much like the world we're stuck in

too much like the world we're stuck in by anowlinsunshine
Arthur/Eames, Inception, 4k, soft R
Summary: The first thing Eames does when he wakes up on the shore of Limbo is squint a bit at the crumbling city skyline. [Or, the one where Arthur and Eames go to Limbo and Grow as People.]

i don't know if you guys have heard, but there's this little movie called inception that's been making waves recently. well, i saw it, and i loved it. therefore, consider this review my official coming out as a hardcore inception fan. also, there's this really great person, anowlinsunshine, whose merlin fics i've stanned for quite a while (see my review of "under the wild oak"). we recently discovered that we are pretty much fandom twins. somewhere in the midst of our squeeing over this revelation, i joked that she should write about arthur and eames getting stuck in limbo. well, guess what?


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Fic rec: The Student Prince

The Student Prince by pandarus
Merlin/Arthur, Merlin, 35 chapters, NC-17
Summary: A Merlin modern-day AU set at St Andrews University

where do i even start? first of all, it's right up there with Drastically Redefining Protocol, Accidental Memory in the Case of Death, Defenders of the Realm, and We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup in the epic fic category. it harks back to the days when people posted longass chaptered fics on fiction archives rather than novellas in parts on their livejournals.

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Fic rec: Siamese Fighting Fish

Siamese Fighting Fish by tyrannicides
Johnny Weir/Evan Lysacek, figure skating, 4k, NC-17
Summary: Set just after 2007 U.S. Nationals

To be honest, I wasn't sure if I would like figure skating fandom. I knew it'd depend on the quality of the first fic I read (kind of like Sherlock Holmes, which I kind of steered away from after the first fic I read turned me off from the fandom). Luckily, I chose this fic.

This is one of the best stories I've ever come across in any fandom. It's twisted, edgy, and subtly creative. The premise is that Johnny leaves Evan tied up and goes shopping. The rest is technically PWP, but it's so much more than that. The author captures the boys' real life relationship so perfectly. There's the desperate need to one-up each another, but there's also the grudging respect, and all of it comes out in their confusion and anger. I'm usually not a fan of powerplay, but she writes it believably, and I found myself catching my breath more than once. The ending is beautiful -- heartbreaking, for sure, but in all the right ways. I actually found myself tearing up when I read the last few lines (mostly because I didn't want the story to end, though).

If anyone's looking to break into the fandom, this is the perfect fic to ease your passage. But make sure you read this article about Evan and Johnny's rivalry first.
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Fic rec: Under the Wild Oak

Under the Wild Oak by anowlinsunshine
Merlin/Arthur, NC-17, 29.5k
Summary: In which Merlin searches for a solution and instead finds a way to reconcile the difference between what he wants and what he gets.

There are some things in life I will never understand. Why is the sky blue? Why are there tornadoes and thunderstorms in Los Angeles right now? Why does the bathroom in my London flat not have any outlets? And why does an amazing fic like "Under the Wild Oak" only have 36 reviews, half of which are the author's very gracious responses?

I discovered anowlinsunshine after the camelotsolstice reveals went up and I found out she'd written one of my favourite fics from the fest, you have a one-track mind like me. When I checked her fic masterlist and saw that she'd written a reel_merlin fic, I stopped for a moment to thank the god of fandom before I started reading it, despite knowing I have to wake up early tomorrow morning. In retrospect, I'm not sure if it was a good decision to read it tonight, but I sure as hell don't regret doing it.

This fic is incredible, guys. It's based on The Fountain, which is apparently one of the most heartwrenching movies ever made. Make no mistake: this fic will break you. It's the most realistic, honest depiction of death I've ever read. My heart ached so much for both Merlin and Arthur, and for the strength and stubbornness and constant devotion to each other they maintained throughout the story. The best part is the author weaves Arthurian legend (Morgana's uprising, the legend of the Holy Grail, etc.) into the story seamlessly. anowlinsunshine has such a lovely writing style: dense, but not overly so; understated and natural, yet more emotive than poetry. The flow of her language is wonderful, and her descriptions are gorgeous. She imbues the simplest scenes with so much grief and hope. It's not light reading by any means, but if you're feeling pensive and have enough time on your hands, read this. It's one of those fics that I won't stop thinking about for a long time.
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new year, new fandom

t'was the evening of christmas; i had nothing to do
so i met up with friends to see a movie or two
we chose sherlock holmes over up in the air
(george clooney firing people... who really cares?)
the movie was, frankly, all i'd hoped for and more
with action and humour and flirting galore
but the flirting was not the heterosexual sort
and for once, there was nothing for me to distort
for the banter between holmes and watson was clearly
irrefutable proof that they loved each other dearly
they shared a dog and a house and sometimes a mind
theirs was truly a bromance of the very best kind
there's no other way to put it: it was innocuous porn
and so, on christmas day, a new fandom was born

read this: discombobulate (or the unnatural gay shenanigans of sherlock holmes and his dear watson) by lastling. it's hilarious, and holmes' and watson's voices are both spot on. i love that so many of my favourite merlin writers are catching on to the potential for gay sexytimes in this shiny new fandom :D :D :D

by the way, happy new year, flist! ♥