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Silverlake is fanfic crack. No, not crack...hash? Yes. Fanfic hash: Sweet, hazy-lazy, leads to the oddest inspirations, but also is addictive as all hell. It weakened my inhibitions and made me read Harry Potter fic. (Yes. I have no squicks at all regarding RPS, but HP slash? ::shudder:: Or so I thought.)
Last week, I read my first two HP stories, and they blew me away on two of the most important scales: stylistic and thematic.
1) In Love by Halrloprillalar. Marcus/Oliver, PG-13. Author's summary: "What's a boy in love supposed to do?"
Marcus is Slytherin, creepy and dumb as a post. Oliver is Gryffindor, Quiddith captain, good egg, and, if the movies are anything to go by, a lovely, lovely boy. One day, Marcus realizes seeing Oliver makes him feel different:
At first he wondered if he wanted to hit Oliver. But Marcus knew
exactly how he felt when he wanted to hit someone and this wasn't
it. This was ... itchy. And it worried him.
And so Marcus pursues his itch. It's a simple premise, twisted and pushed into outstanding, heart-rending territory by the choice to tell it solely through Marcus's squinty, dim eyes. He's not a thinker, nor a ponderer. He just goes after his heart.
I'm having trouble expressing just how amazing this story is, so just go read, please.
Pathetic Fallacy by victoria_p. Remus/Sirius, PG-13. Author's summary: "'I'll teach you whatever you want to know about werewolf mating habits.'"
I already rec'd this in my journal as superb snark-fic, and I have to stand by that. But it's also beautifully done, just a moment after the lovers' reunion, oscillating between restrained desire and the impulse to talk just a bit more.
Thematically, every reason to read it is in this passage:
"But, but--" Sirius said, pulling away. Remus bit back a
sigh. "I left you alone. You were without your mate."
"Being alone out here is much easier than being alone with
dementors--" Sirius's words sunk in. It was Remus's turn to
draw back. "My what?" he asked, incredulous.
I can't express just how utterly sick and tired I am of the mating trope in slash, and that feeling is based solely on Buffyverse slash. Vampire takes a human, claims him, and they're married. Usually Spike and Xander. Some of the worst Oz-fic centers around his wolf's claim on Willow (and if you want to tell me it's canon, I'd be happy to parse New Moon Rising with you). Like any theme, it can be done exceedingly well. But it's just about passed the point of exhaustion.
I think the Remus of "Pathetic Fallacy" would agree that canonical assumptions have nothing on fleshy experience.