moonbeamsfanfic: (Subtext What Subtext? - Big Wolf on Camp)
Over the years, I've become a lot more discerning about the quality of fiction I'll read. Despite working in a library, I rarely read books anymore because the quality of the writing for most pro-fic absolutely sucks in comparison to amateur fanfic authors who write because they love it, instead of just because they're paid for it.

Because of that, my standards for high-quality fic have risen drastically over the years. But one thing seems to have remained the same: my love for detailed world-building. Any author who can take a concept and develop it so thoroughly that I end up living and breathing it, seeing it as its own reality, even dreaming about it at night? Those are the stories I love the most, the ones I never forget, and keep going back to over and over again. They are stories which do more than just explore the characters or follow a cunning plot, they are stories that feel alive... rich and immense with detail, background, meaning and future possibilties. They are stories which have created a reality all their own, one which when done well, can often feel more real than canon.

There are several authors I can think of off the top of my head who do this with ease:

1. Macx (aka Gryph) with her undisputed Fire & Ice series in the Knight Rider fandom

2. James Walkswithwind (aka [livejournal.com profile] zortified) with her enormously popular 'Centaur AU That Eats Fandoms', to which the world-building was so rich I came to love a show I'd never even heard of just through reading it. (To this day, I've never seen an episode of Houston Knights despite reading several hundred fics for it.)

3. Nix (aka [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills) who continued the Centaur AU brilliantly into two new fandoms and gave it even more depth and richness.

4. Red Wolf (aka [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz) whose werewolves Wolf and Declan have been part of my personal life for so long I've claimed Dec as my own perfect mate. Alas, too bad he's ficitonal. ::pouts::

5. TenthMuse1 who seems to excel in world-builing, even if her most popular one is a world I don't particularly like.

6. Jennifer Lyon and Suzanne Bickerstaff with their classic, beloved fantasy X-Files novels, The Magician Trilogy (in four books).

7. Sam (aka [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge)'s better-than-canon Sirius and Remus raising Harry Potter AU.

8. Domenika Marzione (aka [livejournal.com profile] miss_porcupine) who has taken the flippant world of Stargate: Atlantis and given it's military a voice and believability, as well a host of characters the readers keep looking for every episode despite them not actually being canon.

9. Susan Foster's Sentinel GDP AU, which while often unpleasant, no can deny has a life of its own.

and of course,

10. The entire Magnificent Seven fandom, who cooperatively brought to life the ATF AU based off of one tiny little fic by Mog.

And now the newest name to add to my list, Sanjuno Shori Niko (aka [livejournal.com profile] sanjuno), who's taken the original G1 of Transformers and built an entire culture from the dregs of canon. A culture that revolves around my favourite characters, the sleek and gorgeous Seekers: Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp.

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The Nine Rings of Vos, A Transformers G1 Fanfic
by Sanjuno Shori Niko

Summary: The Seekers have a plan, one that spans the entire length of the war, and is now coming to fruition. Soundwave and the Cassettacons get caught up in the plot, and somehow cannot find it in their sparks to regret any of it. As for the Autobot and Decepticon factions, well, they are all just really, really confused.

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Link goes to the main timeline of series that span over 50 stories and millions of years. It's fun, full of humour and love, and best of all... builds a world I can't help but love.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Sperm Jumper by Tessa Rae)
Not because the show is clever or amazing or even all that good, because it and ALL OF ITS FANS are totally, completely, inescapably batshit insane -- we're like the Evil Blackhole of DOOOOM and there's not a goddamn thing anyone can do to get away from it! Mwuahahahahahaha! *eg*

What brought this up, you might ask. (Or not, but let's pretend... :P)

Sam the Storyteller (aka the brilliant [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge of Harry Potter and, more recently, Torchwood fame) finally got sick and tired off all annoying pokes and prods his massive and massively insane readership have thrown at him to give in to the lure and watch Stargate: Atlantis.

So he did.

Over about a three week period, Sam decided he was gonna bite the bullet and kick SGA's ass. He was gonna defeat that show -- he was gonna force himself to watch it and not break down crying from the pain. He was strong, he survived HBP and DH; if he could do that, he could do anything! Right? Right! So Sam screwed up his courage, sharpened his snark and rapier sarcastic wit, and practically built "whole disbelief mobiles in the quest to suspend it" and mainlined SGA like it was coke and the cops were busting down the door. And like the best crack it is... it fucked him up gooooood! ROFLMAO!

He HATES the show! Thinks it's stupid and stupidly plotted and stupidly acted and OMG the characters are just too stupid and slow and how do they possibly keep surviving*?!

*Slightly paraphrased from his brilliant and hilarious Sam's Three Things recap of all four seasons, which actually worked out to about 216 things and a rather large amount of lost sanity -- but with really pithy titles!) Go, read, snark and snicker now!

And then, and I have to quote because this is just too damned perfect:

"Wait, did I forget something? Oh yeah. I wrote fanfic. THE HELL WITH YOU ALL."

Sam wrote over 60,000 words of fanfiction for a show he doesn't even like in less than three weeks! And it's good! Not just good, but fricken AWESOME!

This?! This is why you just gotta love that fandom! Because even when the show is so stupid it burns, and the fan wankery is so annoying it makes you long for JK Rowling to write another goddamned book just so you don't poke your own eyes out, it can still cause something like this. It can inspire a guy -- a guy who strongly, categorically dislikes this show with every fibre of his being -- into writing beautiful, funny, angsty painful NOVELS that you just can't put down because they are too strangely, oddly compelling. No matter how horrible and wrong and OMGwhy they are.

Sam made a special comm entitled [livejournal.com profile] i_defeated_sga because, as he puts it, "he likes his irony blatant". ::snerk::

At the comm you can find:

Angles Thus And So: R. Weir/McKay (OH SO AWESOME AND INEVITABLE BAD AND WRONG), Sheppard/McKay. The city belongs to Sheppard and McKay, and the boys belong to Elizabeth -- especially Rodney. 4 chapters, 38,000 words.

Quis Custodies Ipsos Custodiet: PG, reasonably gen. Ianto neglected to introduce himself as he informed the Senior Staff Meeting that Atlantis was now under the jurisdiction of Torchwood, whatever Torchwood is. Obvs. crossover, based on my assertion that a team of reasonably intelligent fast-moving chimps could take Atlantis if they timed it right. One-off, 2,000 words.

The Difference Engine: R. Sheppard/McKay. John Sheppard died in Afghanistan, but as he's still walking around (thanks to a cybernetic brain and Rodney McKay's genius) he doesn't see a need to belabor the point. Could be considered AU, though I prefer to think of it as a series of missing scenes. 3 chapters plus epilogue, 20,000 words.


This fandom kills me, every time! ::is ded from the LOLs:: XD
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
Yay, finally... it's Jack-fic the Second! Supposedly written for the [livejournal.com profile] 10_inspirations challenge, although I obviously suck at being inspired since it took a convo with [livejournal.com profile] lyl_devil in a comment-thread of [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills's to get me to finish it. But hey, look, and it only took me nine months to write! Woot, I'm on a roll!


Title: Conference Call
Author: Moonbeam's Predilections
Genre: Stargate SG-1 (season 9, with elements of SGA season 1)/NCIS
Rating: G
Word count: 880
Prompt: Phrase #6 - Portals of discovery

One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy... )
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
Aha! Just found the link to this so now I can rec it properly! Because, OMG! This is the Funniest. Thing. Ever! Even if you're not a Stargate: Atlantis fan, the sheer mockery of this vid will knock your socks off. :D

Fanvid: Teenage Mutant Ninja Stargate
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] porthos1013
Link: Funniest. Thing. Ever. I swear!

Really, you'll laugh 'til you explode. I promise. :P

EDIT: She also has a Spongebob Squarepants SGA crack!vid that lots of people think is hilarious, but I like the first one better.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Simon says "GUH!")
OMG! Never, ever, ever would have guessed this pairing would work so well, but daaammmnnnn! So so hot! GUH!

Written for the Earthside Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic, authors [livejournal.com profile] tzi and [livejournal.com profile] zaganthi have surprised, amazed, and melted the spines of dozens of readers with their awesomely perfect and scorchingly hot Stargate: Atlantis and Supernatural crossover.

Click here for HOT GAY PORN!!

Seriously, I know what you're thinking. There's no way Rodney and Dean would ever get together, right? Yeah, well after reading this you can't imagine them not! OMG! Guh to the nth power!

And the CARS!?! ::lusts after the Impala:: GUH!

(Damn, if this story was that hot with Dean and Rodney? I shudder to think what it would have been like with Dean and John. They'd probably have set fire to the motel room by simple virtue of their overwhelming hotness... ::whimpers::)
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
Stargate: Atlantis authors liketheriver and Koschka --- for SLASH stories, see their combined works at likethekoschka or Wraithbait -- are the BESTEST, BRILLIANTEST, AND MOST GENEROUS-EST PEOPLES EVER!! ::throws roses at their feet::

They have tracked down anyone who has ever reviewed and recommended their fics and sent them a very special Christmas present -- a free, never-before-seen, unavailable anywhere else, for our eyes only, holiday Christmas story! SQUEE!

Now, I admit, I almost deleted the message as spam when I saw it was from "Rodney McKay", but curiousity got the better of me and I opened it instead. And I'm so glad I did! Oh, the story is beautiful! I would love so much to be able to share it with you, but alas I can not. It came with a caveat that it not be 'regifted' on acount that they plan on posting it later, after they finish their current in-progress fic.

So let me just take this moment to tell everyone, especially the SGA fans (and especially the John and Rodney snark fans!) to do yourselves a favor and go read River and Koschka's fics RIGHT NOW! Go shoo, read! They are hilarious as hell, I guarantee you won't regret it. :D

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Also, for my fellow Secret Lair denizens, [livejournal.com profile] reoune has finished her next Lair-fic called Just Where Is This?! that you must all read -- if only for the early warning it may give you. Deona's getting wily, and has decided to change her hunting plans. Really, you guys need to read this story... it's for your own safety! ;P

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