yahtzee: made by avictoriangirl (Erik and Charles)
5 characters or couples you wish could have gotten a happy/happier ending.

1) Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, most X-Men canons -- given the fluidity of comic book canon/alternate timelines/etc., it seems just possible those crazy kids might work it out eventually, at least in some dimension or another, but by then they will have done their time tearing each other apart while simultaneously yearning to be on the same page. Also the same bed.

2) Jack Bristow and Irina Derevko, "Alias" -- who make Charles and Erik's story look SUPER HAPPY by comparison. So much angst, so much hotness, so many contract negotiations with Lena Olin getting in the way. Still the alpha couple for my personal bulletproof kink, "Hot Angry Old People."

3) Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" -- You know, I never even saw the last movie. But so far as I can tell, they get married after 15 years of the most anemic courtship ever? And are destined maybe to get divorced? Beverly, I like you and all, but I would've jumped Jean-Luc Picard no later than "The Big Goodbye." Canon has yet to provide one compelling reason for all the damn delaying, and I'd believe their romance had a better shot if Beverly hadn't been so inexplicably reluctant for so long. Maybe this is a case where I'm wishing for a happier ending, or rather a happier beginning.

4) Jadzia Dax and Worf, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" -- Now, this is more like it. Jadzia started flirting with Worf about 90 seconds after she laid eyes on him, and unlike virtually any other Trek couple, they pretty much just went for it. Seriously refreshing. And then Terry Farrell didn't re-up her contract, and -- alas. (For the record, I was fine with Ezri Dax not taking up with Worf in her turn -- they had zero chemistry -- but the same could be said of Ezri and Julian, which was just ... you know, it made oatmeal look enthralling.)

5) Josephine March and Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence, "Little Women" -- you know, in the 1995 film version, I can just buy Jo/Bhaer. Gabriel Byrne turns Bhaer from an almost farcical father figure into a guy worth the wanting; his advice feels more judicious and heartfelt, less censorious. But Laurie/Amy? COME ON FOR SERIOUS. One of the most painful parts of this is that Jo's initial refusal only makes sense if you read it as her rejecting marriage itself, and the limitations on her freedom she might realistically have dreaded in that era, despite Laurie's optimistic promises that they could choose how they wanted to live. But when she marries Bhaer instead, she accepts lectures and corrections ... instead of the guy who wanted her to travel and write and take just as big a bite of life as she'd ever dreamed. As I think of it I am making grumpy face.

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For such as may be interested, I have written a story for "Tangled" -- "A Princess And A Guy Like Me." As the title indicates, I may have imprinted strongly on princess/ruffian relationships circa 1977.

Also, here lies the latest XMFC story: "In Shadow and Silence."
yahtzee: (Ugly Betty)
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Yuletide recs coming up soon!
yahtzee: (Irina -- vast and shattered)
5 characters that don't (or wouldn't if it existed in their universe) celebrate Christmas.

1) Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr. First of all, he's Jewish. Second of all, my personal take on the guy is that religious faith of any sort is in his rear-view window any time after his parents' death. I personally read him as having decided to identify as a mutant, first and foremost, and all other cultural/social considerations are very distant by comparison. While I don't think he'd be openly hostile towards Christmas celebrations by those around him, I don't think he'd have much use for them either.

2) Spock. Atheist from another planet. Survey says "No." That said, a pure gift exchange, however illogical, might be borne or even participated in, but only if he felt he had little choice in the matter, and it would be more like a sociology study for him than an actual celebration.

3) Irina Derevko. Also likely to be an atheist; if she has a God, his name is probably Milo Rambaldi. Growing up in the Soviet Union, she might well not have any specific holiday traditions. No doubt she did all the Christmas stuff while pretending to be Laura, but I'm guessing those memories would make it likely that she never celebrated on her own again.

4) Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne. Christmas is for the weak, bitches. Since her father died, she hasn't wrapped one present or sung one carol. Hasn't hung an ornament on the tree. This year she will be giving Victoria the gift of boiling hot vengeance.

5) Emperor Palpatine. Did his Imperial guards not do their dangedest to prevent Chewbacca from getting back to Kashyyk in time for Life Day? He spits on Life Day. The only Christmas figure he felt any personal sympathy with would be Cold Miser. Brrrrrr.

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In other news, Fringe Fest story is out to beta for tomorrow's last-minute posting. I went to an awesome Christmas party tonight, and my face actually hurts from smiling. The guest list for the party is climbing, but another friend who is co-hosting is stepping in with appetizers of her own. Only six episodes to go in the 1992 animated X-Men series on Netflix, so I has a sad; it's honestly my favorite X-canon.

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