Anyway, here is fic! A bunch of the fics in this list were ones I couldn't believe I hadn't recced before, like surely I had? But I hadn't?? But better late than never. And then there's some brand new stuff as well.
( Pens fic )
( Other team fic )
First of all, "What's Love Got to with It" and "Proud Mary" are definitely making it in, 100% guaranteed.
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This is what the mermaid looks like. (She's the one on the right, and in this scene she has legs.) She's pretty, and pretty typical for a teenager/young woman.
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This is what the mermaid looks like on the DVD cover.
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Like, in comparison, Nancy Goldstone's Four Queens talks about all four sisters as they were involved in marriages across Western Europe and caused intersecting points of interest, while her Catherine & Marguerite combined biography was done so to highlight the conflict between mother and daughter. Fox's book could very well have chosen to talk about all five of Isabella and Ferdinand's kids, giving a wider scope to the Spanish relationships, but she picked Juana and Katherine, who weren't that close and weren't even involved in direct conflict with each other because....?
Maybe it's to highlight their differing experiences as queens, which then turned to similarity as they suffered under the men who had power of them. There is something interesting in that -- I did like the portions pointing out that despite Juana being a queen regnant, she was treated very, absurdly differently from Katherine, who was "merely" a queen consort. But although I very much enjoyed reading about these women, I couldn't quite figure out what the book was trying to do by putting their stories side by side.
That said, the stuff I did like was the book's pushing into the forefront Juana and Katherine's upbringing under their passionate and driven parents, and how it would've influenced their choices as queen (seemingly Katherine more than Juana, which made for reading the later drama with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn some freshness), plus its defense of Juana against her reputation as Juana the Mad. Good stuff, and only mildly perplexing.
These are a bunch of timestamps of my Rogue One fic A Single Monk in Good Standing Must be in Want of Bro arranged in chronological order, instead of posting order.
( Timestamp #1: Missing scene between atelier convo and Foss Day. )
( Timestamp #2: Mystery of the starbird charm. )
( Timestamp #3: At the open door gathering. )
( Timestamp #4: Futurefic, a moment up on the wall. )
If you're planning to fill out the poll on LJ or have already done so, please ignore this post!
I want to participate in the 23rd Round of Seasonal Spuffy by:
Making shiny new stuff (fic, art, vids, etc.).
Posting something I happen to have lying around the crypt.
Commenting like a boss.
Something else. I'll tell you my idea in the comments.
What type of round would you like to see?
A short round commemorating School Hard.
An appetizer of School Hard, followed by a regular round.
A standard round with a School Hard theme.
A standard round with another theme, tbd.
Another thing entirely. See comments.
The best time for me to post is:
Maybe in a couple of weeks...
Late October or early November.
A winter holiday round sounds good to me.
Let's wait for Spring, shall we?
I'd prefer to post my Seasonal Spuffy work for this round on...
Archive of Our Own
Some other site which I'll explain in the comments.
Before I make my nominations, I check the fanfic landscape over on AO3, to see if the fandom qualifies and what sort of fic is common and if, perhaps, the fic I want has already been written but I missed it. AND! In the case of John Wick, the fic I want HAS been written, and it's WONDERFUL and HIT ALL MY BUTTONS that it might as well be an early Yuletide gift to myself. T_T
John Wick - Fourteen by x_art - John Wick/Winston - Not Rated* - 12,000+ words
Summary: They were wrong about him. His life had never been a before and after. It just was, and that’s the way it always would be, whether he liked it or not.
*I'd personally rate it T for mild, non-graphic violence.
The fic itself follows in snapshots John and Winston over the years, from John's initial interest in Winston rebuffed, through John's service to Viggo and the rise of his bogeyman reputation, through Helen, through the events of the two films, to afterward. The prose is sparse but that enables it to be hella brisk, moving over the various events and checkpoints efficiently.
Multiple times I was worried that the fic would end before I could get my satisfaction, but it didn't, and just kept going on (that wonderful Child's Play fic I got my first year in Yuletide did something similar, I LOVE IT) so my itch is firmly, wonderfully scratched. FICWRITERS ARE WONDERFUL, BLESS Y'ALL.
There's very little hard history about the Colosseum, so the book explores more of the cultural and social history that has been retained from antiquity to modern times, with a healthy dose of the Victorian romanticism of the building, plus (more cool for me!) the "rediscovery" of the Colosseum during the Renaissance... It's just so fascinating that there was a whole stretch of time where people forgot what the Colosseum was even for, i.e. how common memory works, even for something as huge and distinctively Roman as the great amphitheatre.
Also, Hopkins and Beard talk a lot about current tourism around the Colosseum (rather critically, to my surprise), plus Ridley Scott's Gladiator (I still find it hilarious), and even namecheck THAT Beyonce/Pink/Britney Pepsi ad, among the Colosseum's many examples of cultural impact. Overall, it's a fun, light little book for easy reading, and really funny throughout.
As a follow-up, I'm currently watching Beard's BBC documentary Meet the Romans which is my first time I've heard her speak. She's such a delight, and I think afterward I'm going to rewatch Gladiator while imagining her watching it and commentating throughout.