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.

~*~

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.

~*~


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: (Puppy Dog Eyes - Mulder from The X-Files)
After finally seeing the new X-Files movie (stupid, boring plot but good Mulder/Scully character and relationship development, so I'll grudgingly call it a win) I've been sucked back into the XF fandom like I haven't been since the early years. Oh, don't get me wrong, I've never really left the fandom... I've always gone back and reread my favourite stories, as well as a few exceptional and highly recommended new ones, not too mention all the crossovers that pop up in my other fandoms. But it's been well over a decade since I've immersed my self so deeply into the X-Files groove.

You know what? It's surprising how little things have actually changed! Some of the authors I read back in the 90s are even still around. Oh, many of them seem to have done the same as me and moved on to other fandoms for a few years in between, but there are so many familiar names writing right now that it almost feels like I never left. (And a few of them -- Vickie Mosely, for one -- seem never to have left at all!)

I'm just feeling the biggest nostalgia for this old classic show right now. It was the fandom that got me started, the first show I ever read or wrote fanfic for. Heck, it was the very reason I got out on the internet in the first place! My family got our first internet connection in the mid-1990s, but except for a few chatroom sessions (including one especially nasty argument over which country was better, Canada vs USA) which were mostly driven by my sister at that, I wasn't really interested in the computer until I discovered there were other X-Philes out there, and OMG, they were writing stories about my favourite show!

Within weeks, I'd become entrenched in my first fandom, and even started sending feedback to authors of the stories I'd especially liked. Luckily for me, one of the authors I met in those early months would become one of the best and most influential (Hi, [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz!) friends of my life. Someone who would not only get me started in the realm of fandom, but who would stick by me ever since -- something not even anyone in real life (family notwithstanding) has ever managed.

Now, I'm feeling such a sense of nostalgia I'm back to feeling like the giddy, foolish little girl I was when I first discovered the world of fanfiction at my fingertips. I've been rewatching my old favourite episodes, and seeing a few from the later Doggett-years for the first time. And I've been steadily working my way backwards (by date) through the Gossamer archives for fic. There's so much I've missed! So much that's brand new to me (even if it's years old now) that I feel like I could do this for weeks and not tire of it.

God, could I have really forgotten how much I loved this show? Those characters? How I would never miss sitting in front of a TV every Friday night (at 9pm!) no matter what other events were planned? God, I even remember the big hullabaloo there was over the show's damn timeslot. Friday nights used to be one of the worst nights for television there was, being a big "date night" when most people went out instead of staying home. But the X-Files blew the competition out of the water, attracting record audiences and starting the trend of TGIF ratings-winners. Man, it really was a landmark show, wasn't it?

But now I get to relive that excitement and investment all over again. Rediscover what it is that made me fall in love with Mulder and Scully and Skinner and all their adventures. Recapture the passion and joy that sucked me in so inescapably that I'm still going strong even over a decade later.

And I gotta say, I'm having a lot of FUN doing it! :D

I drew this logo onto a black binder back in highschool and I still have it today!



P.S. Special thank you to Red Wolf, for taking me by the proverbial hand and welcoming me into the world of fandom way back in 1996. I owe so much to you because of your kindness and generosity with a young, impressionable teenager all those years ago. Especially since I, like the foolish newbie I was, forced you to put with my very own regrettable Mary-Sue. (Sorry about that, btw!) Thinking back, your patience and forbearance in dealing with my first tentative forays are what gave me the courage to continue, starting me down the path I've been happily loving for 12 years and counting. I can't thank you enough for what you first did, and have continued to do for me ever since. Thank you! ::slobbers you with kisses::

P.P.S. Handkerchief? :)
moonbeamsfanfic: (Moon's Secret Lair (designed by Red Wolf)
I'm not sure I really like this one. It didn't follow the plan at all. :(

In fact, I debated about posting it all, but then decided you guys were more likely to hit me for no story at all as opposed to a bad one. And I'm afraid of you -- you're all crazy. ;P

Beam Me Up, Scotty )

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