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Long Live by Llin
Summary: Long live all the magic we made.

All the Star Treks, half a century of story, the torch passed down generation after generation. United by the bonds of friendship and family and optimism about the future. And I love what the first comment has to say.

It ticks me off when I hear people defending grimdark fiction with "because realism". The daily news supplies plenty of realism already. I know about the horrors and injustices that exist. If grimdark fiction mimics reality, then this is a failure of the imagination. Because you know what? Everything great and good that humankind has ever achieved, came from someone looking at the world and thinking, "It doesn't have to be this way." You put a black woman officer on a starship, against the dictates of reality, and you are already changing the future. You have to imagine it before you can make it real.

This is what Star Trek does. It shows us that humankind can make a future, a better future, where we can be our best selves. And that there is a place in it for all of us, whoever we may be, there is a place for us in that future, there is a place on the bridge of the goddamn Enterprise.

Yeah, I have a lot of feelings about this.

I call myself a Star Trek fan, but for me, Star Trek is beyond a fandom. Things like this vid remind me why.

Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
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I don't even want to think ahout how many thousands of words of fic I have read in this fandom in the past few months. It would put War and Peace to shame.

Vid recs

Born This Way by The Warp Zone
If you have ever thought that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" would be the perfect mutant anthem, well, so did this guy, who donned his Magneto costume, picked up his guitar, and recorded this parody. A music video also exists.

There! Right There! by TIzumis
"Is he gay, or European?" The eternal paradox of Erik Lehnsherr, via Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Charles Xavier in Charge by Psychi
Possibly only amusing if you like '80s sitcoms starring Scott Baio. (Which I do. Unashamedly.)

X-Ponies: First Class by JHaller2
The "My Little Pony" version of the XMFC trailer, aka "Pinkamina's School for Gifted Fillies".

Fic recs

No Yesterdays On the Road by pocky_slash
Charles is kidnapped. Erik and Moira are forced to work together to find him. Cue road trip. Or as the author describes it: "Erik and Moira Drive Across the Country and Talk About Their Feelings." Lovely, long, and plotty, with some great character interactions. Erik trying to be a substitute leader to the children is just awww, and Moira shines the way she should have in the movie, insightful and unflinching and awesome.

Of kittens and teacups and love by Ren
College AU in which Charles and Erik are flatmates. The author says: "The first thing I said after watching the movie was BUT WHY COULDN'T THEY STAY FRIENDS AND LIVE TOGETHER HAPPILY AND ADOPT KITTENS." If you thought the same thing, then you will probably like this story.

i guess i should say thanks or some shit by zarathuse
Modern AU in which, as the author says, "Charles and Erik douche it up in Amsterdam". Charles "what drinking problem" Xavier uses his telepathy to avoid parking fines. Erik "not really stealing" Lehnsherr sucks at being a bartender. They are rather engaging despite being kind of morally dubious slackers.

Perfection by orange_crushed
The author describes this as: "Erik, Charles, literature and existence. But really: obligatory will-they-won't-they mansion fic." Subtle and beautiful.

The best things in life are blue by oddegg
Calvin and Hobbes fusion! Raven lives with her stuffed animal best friend, Hank, and her two long-suffering dads, Charles and Erik. Just as warm and fuzzy as it sounds.

La Habana by Clocks
The summary is: "In Old Havana, a helmet sits in the display window of an antique shop." The story of a legend.
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I would just like to say what a delight it is to be part of a giant exploding fandom, where there is an unstoppable avalanche of fic and other happy things to greet each new day.

I'm going to need an icon, aren't I?

Vid rec

Eric's Song by [livejournal.com profile] butterfly
Because it's Vienna Teng. And it's Eric's Song. And it's gorgeous and haunting and poignant, exploring the connection between Erik and Charles, and how well they fit together - and yet. Lots of lovely moments, from "like a phoenix you rise from the ashes" to "ambitions like ribbons worn bright on my sleeve".

Fic recs

Humane Society by smilebackwards
Written for the prompt: "Basically, mutant supremacist Erik gets transfigured into a kitten, human Charles takes him in, and Erik really can't help falling in love." It sounds like it should be pure crack. And much of it is hilarious and adorable. But it is also heartbreaking, because Charles is so *lonely*, as Erik comes to realise, and he loves his kitten *so much*, and there was one scene that literally made me cry. So yeah, this story melted me into a puddle of goo. In a really good way.

The Most Important Meal of the Day by renata_kedavra
Charles tries to cook breakfast for everyone. Erik steps in to save the day with his awesome omelette skills. Very cute. You know, all my life I thought I wanted stories about heroes and dragons and spaceships, but it wasn't till fandom started turning out curtain!fic that I realised how much I needed it.

This Is the First Day of My Life by waketosleep
X-Men, Memento style. Oh, Charles. Rip out my heart, why don't you?

Try, Try Again by and_backagain
X-Men, Groundhog Day style. Because every fandom needs one. Erik keeps reliving the day of the beach.
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I am not sure how this has happened. I am a long time X-Men fan. I enjoyed this movie. It turned out better than I had expected. This does not explain why I have spent the past few weeks burning through the archives reading every Charles/Erik fic there is.

Though it seems like I am far from the only one struck by sudden obsession. Even E! Online, in the article Magneto and Professor X Had Sex at the Movies This Summer - Did You See It?, notes that:

It's pretty clear that the primary story arc of the summer blockbuster is how much Erik and Charles are madly in love, and how it all goes horribly wrong due to a combination of external forces and internal character flaws.

and:

No, seriously, "playing chess" is obviously PG-13 movie code for "And then Magneto and Professor X did it... again."

Also, I love that "bromance world tour" and "beach divorce" have become part of the fandom vocabulary. Not to mention "satellite of love".

Vid rec

Rolling in the Deep by [livejournal.com profile] arefadedaway
I have rewatched this vid a ridiculous number of times. The vidder notes that she considered naming it "ALL THE FEELINGS", and it totally *is*. It sums up everything about Charles and Erik and the decades of their relationship, and it makes me want to point at it and say, "THIS. THIS." It's so epic it's breathtaking, and so personal it's heartbreaking, and the line "we could have had it all" is just, yes. That *is* their epic doomed love story. Which is tragic enough when you just watch First Class, but this vid goes on into the future and takes it to the end of the line. Oh, my heart.

Fic recs

From the waters and the wild by linaerys
They don't even make it off the boat before it happens. The electricity between them is just. Wow.

Not Half As Blinding by keire_ke
An AU where Charles dies, and comes back to life, and there is *angst*, because of all the months that Erik thought that Charles was dead, and that he was responsible, and did I mention the *angst*?

Charm Offensive by Andraste
The summary says it best: "Charles starts seducing Erik's recruits away from him. Literally." Hilariously funny.

The Emperor's New Clothes by ignipes
Another one where the summary says it all: "It's remarkably difficult to entice new soldiers to their just and righteous cause of mutant supremacy when the only thing the potential recruits can think throughout the course of the conversation is, 'I'm just not sure I can follow somebody who wears a silly cape - oh, shit, I hope the telepath didn't hear that.'" The Brotherhood of Mutants tries to fix Erik's sartorial choices.

First Class Facebook by casey_sms
Another great summary: "In which Magneto storms Facebook HQ and holds Mark hostage because he wants Charles's Facebook account details." My favorite line: "I can make him friend you but it would defeat the purpose of the whole idea since it's not being his friend you want but him wanting to be your friend." Aww.

But The Cat Came Back by twelve_pastels
The one where Charles is turned into a cat, and Erik takes in this stray without realising. Crossover with Sherlock.
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Phoenix Wright fic rec:

Legally Blind by Alorian

Court battle! Surprising revelations! Slight slashiness. No spoilers.

Smallville vid rec:

Bad Romance by sisabet

Clark! Lex! Doomed love! Destined archrivalry! It's been years since I've watched Smallville, but oh, once it was my big massive fandom of joy. This vid is everything I loved about the show and everything I wished it could be, like watching futurefic come to life. And the incorporation of material from the comic and cartoon and movie *works*, amazingly, and makes it feel so much more epic. Because it is.
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The story I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] escalove was:

Title: Making Memories
Fandom: The Vision of Escaflowne
Rating: G
Summary: Van visits Hitomi on Earth.

Thank you again to [livejournal.com profile] kenazfiction for the gorgeous Bright Are the Stars Upon the Margin of the World.

And if you haven't already seen the vid One-Night Fandoms: A Tribute to Yuletide by [livejournal.com profile] eruthros and [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings, you should probably check it out. It features an astounding 191 sources in its footage, which is an impressive chunk of the 1010 fandoms covered in Yuletide. Watching it is a little like browsing the archive on fast forward, producing that same burst of delight at glimpsing an old and beloved fandom.
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Two Step by Luminosity
Song: 'Two Step' by the Dave Matthews Band
Spoilers: to 2x14 'Born Under a Bad Sign'

This vid has been described as Romance with a capital R - that is, not in the modern sense of hearts and flowers, but in the classic sense of epic story. It's about the shadow of doom hanging over the brothers, and the fleeting moments of happiness snatched in between. They don't know if it will all end in tragedy, but they're taking life one day at a time - and somehow, that's hopeful and affirming even in the face of implacable destiny.

Turn You Inside Out by sisabet
Song: 'Turn You Inside Out' by R.E.M.
Spoilers: to 2x14 'Born Under a Bad Sign'

This vid is all about the Winchesters - Sam and Dean and John - and their complicated family relationship. It's an absorbing psychological portrait of what they mean to each other, how they hurt each other, and how they save each other.

Invincible by Wolfpup
Song: 'Invincible' by Pat Benatar
Spoilers: to 1x22 'Devil's Trap'

I mean, it's *Pat Benatar*, peoples! A great action vid - Sam and Dean, fighting the good fight, often bloodied but never bowed, their own lost innocence fuelling their determination to face down evil whenever it rises.

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Big Mama G
Song: 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' by The Proclaimers
Spoilers: to 2x17 'Heart'

Who does not love this song? WHO DOES NOT LOVE THIS SONG? This vid makes me gloriously happy - every time I watch it, I end up with a huge silly grin on my face. It's funny and clever and uplifting, and Dean is so the man who would go a thousand miles for Sam.
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Until the Day I Die (I'll Spill My Heart For You) by Jules
Song: 'Until the Day I Die' by Story of the Year
Spoilers: to 2x10 'Hunted'

As years go by
I race the clock with you
But if you die right now
You know that I'd die too


Oh, Dean. Your devotion to Sam just breaks my heart. Yeah, this vid was on replay a lot, why do you ask?

Welcome to My Life by Jules
Song: 'Welcome to My Life' by Simple Plan
Spoilers: to 2x03 'Bloodlust'

I love that this song is pretty much one huge melodramatic teenage angstfest, and yet it fits Dean Winchester perfectly. Because some days, it really does suck to be him.

I Woke Up in a Car by Ringwench
Song: 'I Woke Up in a Car' by Something Corporate
Spoilers: to 1x22 'Devil's Trap'

Originally a tribute to the Metallicar, but also life on the road, and how a car can come to mean home. Also shows Sam's journey over the course of Season One, from reluctant passenger to equal driver in their quest. A great song, and a great road trip vid, and what I love most about it is the sheer *joy* that shines through it.

Shuffle Your Feet by Luminosity
Song: 'Shuffle Your Feet' by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Spoilers: to 2x08 'Crossroad Blues'

One of the reasons I'm hooked on vids is because they keep introducing me to cool new music. And this song, with its infectious melody and foreboding lyrics, is the perfect accompaniment to a mytharc vid with a strong undercurrent of doom. It's Season Two, the dark is closing in on the boys, and like the song keeps asking, "Who knows if I'll see you again?"
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Bricks by Luminosity
Song: 'Enter Aretha Mashup' by Rolf Schraa
Spoilers: to 2x01 'In My Time of Dying'

I swear this would make a great promotional video for the show. Well, given that it contains spoilers, that is. But it's stuffed full of action scenes and dramatic moments (including *that* shot from 'Dead in the Water') and it makes me go, whoa, that's pretty damn cool.

A Brother's Love by Jules
Song: 'The Special Two' by Missy Higgins
Spoilers: to 1x22 'Devil's Trap', but mostly for 1x18 'Something Wicked'

This vid says so much about why I love this show. It takes a song about one kind of betrayal and an episode about another kind of betrayal, and fuses them into a paean about brotherhood and everything it means. Which is to say, watch this and you'll understand a bit more about why this show is my new obsession.

Fun With Slapstick! by Ringwench
Song: 'Benny Hill' theme
Spoilers: none

It's not all angst all the time. A lighthearted look at the boys and their antics.

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