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July 17th, 2020

Given the fact that Yahoo/Geocities, in their infinite wisdom (*choke*, *splutter*, *cough*), have elected to delete all free websites from their webhosting service, I am posting the content of my two websites to my livejournal.

Regarding the recommendations pages, please note the following. If we have an email address for an author, we will post it with the thought that feedback is a nice thing for authors and we like to do what we can to encourage it. If however you see your email listed here and would prefer NOT to have us post it, just drop us a line (soleiltropiques@gmail.com) and we'll remove it. Thank you! (Please feel free to drop us a line if you have anything else you would like us to change with regards to a fic you have written. We simply wish to pay tribute to the fanfiction authors mentioned herein and we would certainly not go against anyone's wishes!)
Coucher de Soleil"s fanfic and Fanfic Favorites (formerly Geocities websites) can be found here...Collapse )

July 31st, 2015

Interesting Links -part two (2/2)

NB: Fandoms are listed alphabetically along with their corresponding resources. A separate section follows, with links to several useful fandom resources. Titles accompanied by an asterisk (i.e. *) are series where Bea and Angela liked the beginning, but weren’t so sure about the ending. (You were warned –LOL!)

  • Harry Potter

    • Harry Potter novels
      IMDB summary (first film): Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    • Harry Potter films

      • IMDB page for film #1. IMDB page for the first film in the series: ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’. (Also known as ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’)
      • IMDB page for film #2. IMDB page for the second film in the series: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.
      • IMDB page for film #3. IMDB page for the third film in the series : ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.
      • IMDB page for film #4. IMDB page for the fourth film in the series : ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’.
      • IMDB page for film #5. IMDB page for the fifth film in the series : ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’.
      • IMDB page for film #6. IMDB page for the sixth film in the series : ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.
      • IMDB page for film #7. IMDB page for the seventh film in the series : ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –Part 1’.
      • IMDB page for film #8. IMDB page for eighth/final film in the series: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’.

    • Harry Potter fanfiction archives

  • Haven
    (NB: This is a Canada-USA co-production) IMDB summary: A shrewd FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to solve the murder of a local ex-con only to discover that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural powers that holds a lot of secrets, including to her own past.

  • Helix
    IMDB summary: A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak.

  • Heroes*
    (Rough) summary: Many humans begin manifesting unusual powers. A secret government agency tries to control them.

  • Hex
    (NB: This is a UK show) IMDB summary: Cassie is a shy college girl who wants to be accepted by others, but is only truly loved by her best friend Thelma. Cassie later discovers that she possesses dangerous powers, and is being drawn into a world thats far beyond her control. And the man that she should fear the most manages to find a way into her heart.

  • Highlander (The television series)
    IMDB summary: Duncan MacLeod is Immortal, and must live in modern society, concealing his true nature while fighting other Immortals.

  • Host (The)
    (Film) IMDB summary: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

  • Hunger Games (The)
    (Film) IMDB summary: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place.

  • Intelligence*
    IMDB summary: A drama centered on a high-tech intelligence operative who is enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain, and the director of the elite government cyber-security agency who supports him.

  • Jeremiah
    IMDB summary: In a post-apocalyptic future, a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity. The only ones who survived, were those who hadn't yet reached puberty. Now a decade has gone by, and a man called Jeremiah is set on a quest to find a mysterious place his father spoke of, a place called Valhalla.

  • Jericho
    IMDB summary: A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

  • Killjoys
    (NB: This is another Canadian show.) IMDB summary: In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants.

  • Kindred: the Embraced
    IMDB summary : Julian Luna, prince of several disparate vampire, or kindred, clans in San Francisco, has his job cut out for him as he must try to keep a tenuous peace among them while not being afraid to apply ruthless justice against those who would break kindred rules. Infractions that merit "final death" include the taking of human life and changing humans into vampires who have not volunteered for the transformation.

  • Last Ship (The)
    IMDB summary: The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth's population.

  • Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit (SVU)
    IMDB summary: This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

  • Leverage
    IMDB summary: Former insurance agency investigator Nathan Ford heads a team of former top-criminals. They handle 'unorthodox' cases of people unlikely to get their dues through regular channels and legal procedures. That often involves stinging or otherwise scamming criminals. Nate's team is altered at times, and his professional as well as personal past repeatedly seems to catch up.

  • Longmire
    IMDB summary: Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.
    (NB: Note that while A&E cancelled the show after three seasons, a fourth season will be produced and aired by Netflix.)

  • Lost*
    IMDB summary: The survivors of a plane crash are forced to live with each other on a remote island, a dangerous new world that poses unique threats of its own.

  • Lost Girl
    Rough summary: Lost Girl is a Canadian series about a young woman who has suddenly discovered that she is not human: she is in fact a succubus! At the beginning of the show she finds herself caught in the middle of an epic struggle between the Light and Dark Fae. Very cool show! Also, this show is now on Syfy in the U.S. and is also available in the U.K.

  • Major Crimes (i.e. 'The Closer’ spinoff): Please see 'The Closer' section on page one.

  • Marvel universe (i.e. films and television series based on Marvel comics)

    • Agent Carter (TV series spinoff from the first ‘Captain America’ film, centering on the character of Agent Peggy Carter)
      IMDB summary: In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV series)
      IMDB summary: The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

    • Avengers (The) (movie series, refers to the films featuring The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye)

      • IMDB page for film #1. IMDB page for the film ‘The Avengers’ (i.e. film #1 in the series). IMDB summary: Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
      • Official website for film #2 . IMDB summary: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

    • Captain America (movie series)

      • IMDB page for film #1 (2011). IMDB summary: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending USA ideals.
      • Marvel’s page for film #2. IMDB summary: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

    • Guardians of the Galaxy (movie)

      • Film IMDB page. IMDB summary: A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

    • Iron Man (movie series)

      • IMDB page for film #1 (2008). IMDB summary: When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.
      • IMDB page for film #2 (2010). IMDB summary: With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.
      • IMDB page for film #3 (2013). IMDB summary: When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

    • Thor (movie series)

      • IMDB page for film #1 (2011). IMDB summary: The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
      • IMDB page for film #2 (2013). IMDB summary: When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

  • Millenium (i.e. spinoff series of ‘The X-Files’)*
    IMDB summary: A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group.

  • Misfits (The) (NB: This is a UK show)
    IMDB summary: A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (Bea: Very very cool show.)

  • Night Shift (The)
    IMDB summary: A group of Army doctors return to work on the night shift at a hospital in San Antonio.

  • No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (The)
    (NB: This is a UK, USA, South Africa, Botswana co-production.) IMDB summary: A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.

  • O.C. (The)
    IMDB summary: A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

  • Originals (The) (‘The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff series –see also the section for ‘The Vampire Diaries below)
    IMDB summary: A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.

  • Once Upon A Time
    IMDB summary (abbreviated): For Emma Swan, when she's reunited with Henry - the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago - on the night of her 28th birthday, everything changes. The now 10-year-old Henry is in desperate need of Emma's help because he believes that she's the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - who sent her away from the Enchanted Forest to be protected from a curse that was enacted by the Evil Queen. Emma initially refuses to believe a word of Henry's story but soon finds that his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine is more than it seems.

  • Orphan Black
    (NB: Canada-USA co-production) IMDB summary: A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

  • Outlander
    IMDB summary: (NB: This series is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.) Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

  • Penny Dreadful
    IMDB summary: Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. (NB: This is a US-Ireland-UK co-production.)

  • Pretender (The)
    IMDB summary: Jarod is a pretender, a very intelligent person with the ability to slide into somebody else's personality. For that purpose, he has been taken from his family as a child in order to work for a secret agency called The Centre. But recently, he escaped. Jarod's new mission in life is to help people in need with his gift, and to find out what really happened to his allegedly dead parents. Only, Miss Parker and her team are out to get him...

  • Prison Break*
    IMDB summary: Due to a political conspiracy an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out from the inside out.

  • Profiler
    IMDB summary: Ally Walker stars as Dr. Sam Waters, a detective with the Violent Crimes Task Force, a federal agency which often works with the FBI, ATF, and other crime-solving agencies. The VCTF investigates and solves such crimes, and continually chases the elusive man known anonymously as Jack, who has haunted Dr. Waters for years.

  • Revolution
    IMDB summary: A group of revolutionaries confronts an authoritarian regime 15 years after an instantaneous global shutdown of all electrical devices known as the Blackout.

  • Rizzoli & Isles
    IMDB summary: Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

  • Roswell
    IMDB summary: Living among the citizens of the New Mexico city of Roswell are some who are there to follow a destiny given to them by the members of their dying race, a race that they are someday destined to save. The four main characters are teenage humans with extraordinary gifts - gifts that are "not-of-this-earth". They are human/alien hybrids, sent here to complete their destiny.

    • Series IMDB page.
    • The Crashdown. This is a good site for news about Roswell and for fanfic. They also have a comprehensive listing of sites, as well as transcripts and photos.

  • Saving Hope
    (NB: This is another neat Canadian show!) When Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid, in a state of shock. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris wanders the halls of Hope-Zee in spirit form, not sure if hes a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients.

  • Sleepy Hollow
    IMDB summary: Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

  • Smallville
    IMDB summary: A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville.

  • Spartacus
    Bea’s comments and rough summary: An awesome retelling of the story of this historical character (i.e. one of the former slave leaders in the Third Servile War against the Roman Republic. (NB: Warnings for graphic violence and sexual content.)

  • Stargate

    • Atlantis (i.e. SG1 spinoff series, 2004-2009)

      • Stargate Atlantis on IMDB. IMDB summary: With the Ancients' city of Atlantis discovered in the Pegasus Galaxy by Stargate Command, Dr. Elizabeth Weir and Major Sheppard lead a scientific expedition to the ancient abandoned city. Once there the team not only find themselves unable to contact Earth, but their explorations unexpectedly reawaken the Ancients' deadly enemies, The Wraith, who hunger for this new prey. Now with the help of newfound local allies like Teyla Emmagan, the Atlantis Team sets about to uncover their new home's secrets even as their war of survival against the Wraith begins.

    • SG1

      • Stargate SG1 on IMDB. IMDB summary: A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates (i.e. ancient alien technology discovered on several planets including earth).

    • Universe (i.e. SG1 spinoff series, 2009-2011)

      • Stargate Universe on IMDB. The Previously unknown purpose of the "Ninth Chevron" is revealed, and ends up taking a team to an Ancient ship "Destiny", a ship built millions of years ago by the Ancients, used to seed distant galaxies with Stargates. This team, led by Dr. Nicolas Rush and Colonel Everett Young, is trapped on the ship, unable to change its programmed mission. The team encounters new races, new technology and new enemies as the runaway ship travels to the far ends of the Universe.

  • Star Trek

    • No particular series or multiple series

      • Trekiverse. The Trekiverse Archive is an archive of Star Trek Fanfiction originally posted to various newsgroups: alt.startrek.creative, alt.startrek.creative.all-ages, alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated and occasional submissions. It was established in 1991 as the Alt.StarTrek.Creative Archive.
      • Ad Astra - Star Trek Fanfiction Archive. This is a pretty large archive for all Star Trek fandoms.

    • Deep Space Nine/DS9 (i.e. second spinoff series starring Avery Brooks, 1993-1999)

      • Series IMDB page. IMDB summary: Orbiting the liberated planet of Bajor, a Federation space station guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the Galaxy.

    • Enterprise (i.e. fourth spinoff series, 2001-2005)

      • Star Trek Enterprise on IMDB. IMDB summary: A prequel series, set 100 years before the original Star Trek series, which focuses on the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the formation of the Federation and the Earth-Romulan Wars. The series is set aboard the Earth ship Enterprise NX-01, captained by Jonathan Archer.

    • The Next Generation (i.e. spinoff series starring Patrick Stewart, 1987-1998)

      • Series IMDB page. IMDB summary: Set decades after Captain James T. Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers in a new Enterprise set off on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

    • The Original Series (TOS, or the original series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, 1966-1969)

      • Series IMDB page. IMDB summary: Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the Galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.
      • ScoTpress. This is an archive of Star Trek stories taken from fanzines published through STAG, ScoTpress and IDIC between 1975 and 1996. Mostly TOS but has some TNG fic.
      • The Kirk/Spock fanfiction archive. This is an archive for fanfiction centering on the relationship between these two characters. Please note that many works on this site are adult in nature and therefore not appropriate for minors (and contain male/male slash). Also, fic at this archive deals with these characters either in TOS or the reboot movie universe (AOS).

    • Reboot Universe (i.e. the universe of the new films starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto)
      (These films are a retelling of the original Star Trek series, starring a new set of actors. In this version, things turned out differently as a result of vast changes in the timeline of events. The first film came out in 2009 and the second in 2013.)

      • IMDB page for the first film. IMDB page for the first film in the series. IMDB summary: The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
      • IMDB page for ‘Into Darkness’. IMDB page for the second film in the series. IMDB summary: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
      • The Kirk/Spock fanfiction archive. This is an archive for fanfiction centering on the relationship between these two characters. Please note that many works on this site are adult in nature and therefore not appropriate for minors (and contain male/male slash). Also, fic at this archive deals with these characters either in TOS or the reboot movie universe (AOS).

    • Voyager (i.e. third spinoff series, 1995-2001)

      • Series IMDB Page. IMDB summary: Pulled to the far side of the Galaxy, where the Federation is 75 years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

  • State of Affairs
    IMDB summary: A CIA officer plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.

  • Strain (The)
    IMDB summary: A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

  • Supernatural
    IMDB summary: Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

  • Teen Wolf
    IMDB summary: A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse itself, as well as the enemies that come with it. (NB: This show has recently been Angela’s guilty pleasure.)

  • Terminator: The Sarrah Connor Chronicles
    IMDB summary: Set after the events in 'Terminator 2' Sarah Connor and her son John try to stay under-the-radar from the government as they plot to destroy the computer network Skynet in hopes of preventing Armageddon.

  • Terra Nova
    IMDB summary: Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

  • Threshold
    IMDB summary: A team of experts are assembled after the U.S. Navy discovers an extra-terrestrial object briefly appeared near a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Tomorrow People (The)
    IMDB summary: Evolved humans with amazing abilities (Teleportation, Telekinesis, Telepathy) are being hunted down by agents of Ultra.

  • Torchwood (Doctor Who spinoff series –for ‘Doctor Who’ series please see the section for the original series above)
    IMDB summary: The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

  • Touch*
    IMDB summary (modified): A widower struggling to raise his autistic son discovers that his son can predict events before they happen.

  • True Blood
    IMDB summary: Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

  • Twilight (book series and film series)
    IMDB summary (film #1): A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.

  • Vampire Diaries (The) (NB: For the spinoff series, please see the section for ‘The Originals’ above)
    IMDB summary: A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers.

  • Veritas: The Quest
    IMDB summary: It follows a rebellious but intelligent teenager, Nikko Zond, discovering that his father Solomon's profession is much more mystical and adventurous than he previously thought...

  • Veronica Mars
    IMDB summary: After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

  • Walking Dead (The)
    IMDB summary: Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.

  • Warehouse 13
    IMDB summary: After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.

  • White Collar
    Summary: A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter and racketeer.

  • Witchblade
    IMDB summary: Based on the comic with the same title, this series follows the adventures of police detective Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the Witchblade. The Witchblade is a powerful gauntlet-like weapon with a will of its own. Existing since the dawn of time it chooses each time the right person to be merged with, and Sara is the chosen one of this generation.

  • Women’s Murder Club
    IMDB summary: A homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter and a young assistant district attorney work together to solve homicide investigations.

  • X-Files (The)
    IMDB summary (original TV series): Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (NB: There is a new miniseries in the works, featuring the original actors!)

  • Xena: Warrior Princess
    IMDB summary: Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.

  • Zorro (many television shows and films)

    Other useful ressources:

  • Fanfiction Indexes, Archives, and Recommendations

    • The Fan Fiction Directory. Another large collection of links to various fandoms, and lots of other things.
    • www.fanfiction.net. An absolutely huge archive of fanfic from every imaginable fandom.
    • Adult Fanfiction.net. This site was created when it seemed that fanfiction.net might no longer accept adult/mature fanfiction. NB: This site contains adult material and is not appropriate for minors.
    • Archive of Our Own. A very large multifandom fanfiction archive.
    • Epic Recs. Dedicated to recommendations from innumerable fandoms.
    • Multifandom Het Recs. A site dedicated to fanfic centering on male/female pairings.
    • Multi-fandom Slash Recs. A site dedicated to slash fanfic recs. (NB: m/m slash recs only.)

  • Baen books (a publishing company)

    • Baen Free Library. Baen books has put together a small library that is added to monthly of entire books from Baen authors. For example David Weber's 'On Basilisk Station' (ie. the first novel in the Honor Harrington series) is available in various formats.

  • Online Books Page

    • The Online Books Page. A great site which has links to a lot of online versions of great works of literature.

  • Episode Listings for various fandoms

  • Godawful Fanfiction Page

    • The Godawful Fanfiction Page. A site which gives hilarious reviews of truly awful fanfiction from a variety of fandoms.
      NB: Please note that, (1) several reviews on this site are of adult fiction and this site is therefore not suitable for minors, (2) Bea would advise reading the reviews at your own risk: she found some of the more recent reviews to be disturbing for several reasons. Find out what Bea had to say on this topic here. The site itself is located here.

  • Known Plagiarists

    • Stop Plagiarism. A livejournal community dedicated to the problem of people who plagiarize other peoples' fanfic.

Interesting Links -part two (2/2)

July 20th, 2015

I just stumbled on someone (sicgurrl seems to be their lj handle) posting an unrelated comment to another community, who had once memorably posted to ontd_political... and still has the following in their livejournal PROFILE:

"ontd_political is a racist, bigoted community that allows intolerance toward a certain group of people. The mods are bullies and racist. I had a falling out with them but if you follow the whole story you will see how they allow people to instigate other people and won't step in until it's too late anyway. I took it to the mods and they did nothing but call ME a racist, no matter what I said or asked, then they misquoted a comment I made, leaving the misquotation up where everyone can see, and when I Emailed them about it I received this response in return- You are a raging racist and no1curr about your butthurt. Bye.
It sounds funny, and actually it is, but it is also extremely frustrating that Live Journal is allowing a community to not only exist but to be featured as a spotlight community when it allows extreme hate and intolerance against a certain race. I made my mistakes in the original post (dated February 21 if you want to look for it) and inside my journal you will see the final letter I sent them about it (under the tag "issues"), but my bad actions does not excuse the bad actions of others. It was my very first comment at the community and I made a huge mistake by saying something I never should have and then got caught up in retaliating. But that doesn't mean I should be singled out as the racist. Shame on ONTD for allowing such bad mods to mod over a community and shame on LJ for allowing the racist hate talk to exist in a community they sponsor. (For example, someone accused me of having "white girl issues" and was called a "dumb f*ck" but when I responded with "... go wallow in your "I'm a black woman" puddle", (in response to someone thinking they had to convince me they were an oppressed black woman) I got called the racist.) If I AM a racist, I don't want to be and I'm going to work on not being one. Maybe the mods at ONTD_P will follow my example."

The original comments to ontd_political which resulted in this person being banned can be read here (scroll down to the comments below the article) . But beware, I would suggest arming yourself with brain bleach, because I don't think this person understand the meaning of the term 'racism'. In other words, their comments can be very triggering and were horribly racist.

Basically, I'm just rather staggered that this person is still on lj and hasn't crawled under the internet version of a rock in shame for their past behavior!

June 13th, 2015

And MORE recs!!!...

Yep, I had more recs to post.

Fandoms are listed in alphabetical order, as are stories within a particular fandom. Also, for all our recs just go to the topmost post above.

Criminal Minds
-Father's Day, Better Late than Never, and The Friendship Suggestion, by blythechild. Rated PG-13 to NC-17 (Reid/Prentisss). Recommended by Bea.
Spencer Reid had a wife and daughter that he kept from the team for seven years.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.
-Morally Indefensible, by blythechild. NC-17 (Reid/Hotchner slash). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: In this alternate version of present day, Reid is a disgraced, former FBI agent from the White Collar Crime division who has been wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of his partner, Elle Greenaway. Sent to a federal penitentiary and thrown in amongst other killers, he doesn't expect to survive too long until he catches the attention of a mercurial thief and gang leader named Hotch. Hotch offers Reid protection but he expects much in return, and ropes Reid into a paranoid plan to oust the prison warden. The more Reid sees of Hotch, the less he trusts him, and the more he realizes that his life is no longer his to control. Who do you trust when everyone is out for themselves, and how far will you go to ensure your own survival?
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.
-One Cup, No Waiting, by blythechild. PG/G (Reid/Prentiss). Recommended by Bea.
An alternate take on how Spencer Reid and Emily Prentiss could have met.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.
-Outward in the Same Direction, part 1, part 2, part 3, by dialectheart. NC-17 (Prentiss/Reid). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: It's an oddly quiet, sweet thing that shouldn't work but does, and she tries not to analyse it any further than the fact that he makes her happier than she's been in years.
NB: More fic by this author can be found on their livejournal.

Hunger Games (The)
-Twenty Four Victors, Twenty Four Tributes: Meet Your Quarter Quell Contestants, by aimmyarrowshigh. NC-17 (please note this is quite a DARK fic). Recommended by Bea.
Who were the twenty four Quarter Quell contestants? What were their stories?
Bea's comments: This is another fic that is so believable that you would think it was written by the author of the original novels.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Star Trek: reboot universe (i.e. 2009 movie universe)
-Coming Home, by awarrington. NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Set a few months into their first mission, the Enterprise is ordered to pick up a Vulcan Healer and transport him to the new colony. Once there they are sheduled to remain and assist with the early stages of setting up the colony. Kirk's liaison is his 'old friend' Ambassador Spock, now known as Elder Sepak, who takes the opportunity to help Kirk and Spock get better acquainted.
NB: More fic by this author can be found at their livejournal as well as here and here.
-Eyes Like an Impossible Storm, by waldorph. Rated PG/G (a tiny bit of Kirk/Spock). Recommended by Bea.
James T. Kirk's complicated relationship with his mother.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Star Trek: Voyager
-Twisted, by Scott Martin. PG-13. Recommended by Bea.
Bea: Basically, a hilarious parody of this TV show. It had me ROTFL.

May 25th, 2015

A list of new fanfic recommendations -fandoms are in alphabetical order, as are fics within fandoms.


Criminal Minds

*How to Fight Loneliness, by MadLori (madlorific). R/NC-17 (Emily Prentiss/Spencer Reid). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Spencer Reid and Emily Prentiss have been married for about a year when an old friend pulls the team into a case in Dallas, Texas that will test their mettle and put them through the wringer.

Bea's comments: Truly lovely fic - I wasn't sure about seeing these two characters being married and still working at the BAU together, but this author actually makes it WORK. All of the characters are spot on.

*Mistaken, by blythechild. NC-17 (Prentiss/Reid). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Everyone has assumptions about Spencer Reid. It's all anyone has because he's notoriously hard to categorize. Prentiss decides to delve deeper but isn't prepared for the confusing character that she discovers benear his twitches and quiks - it's almost as if he's two different people. Since all of her assumptions appear to be wrong, it's hard to trust her instincts, especially when her instincts tell her that she's becoming fascinated by someone who may be incapable of becoming fascinated in return.
Bea's comments: Another really lovely fic. Lovely and humorous and faithful to the characters all at the same time.
NB: More of blythechild's fic can be found here


*Three Parts Dead, by lolableu. NC-17 (Tris Pryor/Four). Recommended by Bea.
Deals with post-Insurgent events and Tris' fear of intimacy.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Hunger Games (The)

*Their Last Night of Love: A Special Verity Presentation, Exclusively for Preferred Customers, by Yahtzee. NC-17 (Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark). Recommended by Bea.
Author summary: Amid the media circus of the Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta try to create something real.
NB: More fic by Yahtzee is recced in these pages (see BtVS and Angel the Series sections, in particular) and can also be found here.

Pride and Prejudice
*Happenstance, by Abby B. Rated R/NC-17ish (Darcy/Elizabeth). Recommended by Bea.
Bea's summary: Based on the book as well as, apparently, the 1995 miniseries, this fic diverges from the novel when a rumour begins whereupon Mr. Darcy is said to have compromised Elizabeth. (Of course no such thing has happened, but was merely a misunderstanding arising from them being seen together.)

Star Trek (crossover between ST:TNG and Voyager)
*Passing Ships, by Ym. PG/G (crossover with ST:Voyager, with a tiny bit of Janeway/Chakotay).Recommended by Bea.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard's friendship with two generations of Janeway admirals. NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Star Trek: Reboot Universe (i.e. 2009 movie universe)

*Lunch and Other Obscenities, by rheanna27. PG-13 (a tiny bit of Uhura/Spock). Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Nyota liked her roommate just fine until she met her. Bea:Gaila was Uhura's Orion roommate in the first reboot universe film. NB: More fic by this author can be found recced on this page (see the Battlestar Galactica and the BtVS/Angel the series sections), and is also here.

*Still Life, by garryowen/dogpoet. NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash).Recommmended by Bea. Author's summary: Traumatized by his experience on Tarsus IV, Jim Kirk runs away to Vulcan to undergo kolinahr. Bea: This is a reboot universe AU. Tarsus IV has not been mentioned in the reboot universe, but was briefly dealt with in the original Star Trek series: see here for more information on this (in the event you're as clueless as I was, LOL). NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Star Trek: Voyager

*Realm of Hope (The), by Mizvoy. PG-13 (Janeway/Chakotay). Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Kathryn Janeway's life experiences have taught her to give up hope for her personal dreams. That's when a friend steps in to help her see that the future can be the realm of hope. NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

*Road Less Traveled (The), by elem. NC-17 (Janeway/Chakotay). Recommended by Bea. After going through the Borg transwarp hub (which in the final season of the TV show is what leads them home) this fic diverges by having events take a different path.


*Twist and Shout, by gabriel and standbyme. NC-17 (Dean/Castiel slash). Recommended by Bea. Authors' summary: What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea. Bea's comments: It is true that this majorly AU fic is not entirely faithful to the characters (a criticism I mention because I've seen many discuss this fic online). It is however a *beautiful* love story and entirely worth reading, IMHO. NB: More fic by these authors can be found here and here.

March 24th, 2015

Now, thankfully TV doesn't always inspire in me the level of RAGE that the most recent episode of NBC's medical drama, 'The Night Shift' inspired in me last night (March 23rd, 2015, episode titled: 'Don't Shift Where You Eat'). 'Cause otherwise I'd needing serious therapy. (PS: This discussion can be followed even if you have never seen the show -please do weigh if you wish to since this post is more about the portrayal of women in popular culture in general than any one specific show.)

A brief summary of the episode in question is here.

To summarize though, here is a brief summary of the plot point I am referring to.

Essentially, a female intern (i.e. young physician in training) has been 'hooking up' (term used during the episode in question) with a young male nurse. During the episode we are treated to the growing attraction between the aforementioned female intern and a male surgeon who has supervised said female intern on many occasions. As for the young male nurse, he was initially shown to be quite content as a nurse (i.e. rather than wanting to become a physician) yet another (male) character suggests that he seems unhappy and needs to figure out what is bothering him (my read of this scene was that this 'unhappiness' may refer to not having a more committed relationship OR it may refer to his 'only' being a nurse). Someone (male) during the episode asks someone else whether they have ever seen a successful relationship between a MALE nurse and a FEMALE physician. The episode ends with our young male nurse being witness to a passionate kiss between the young woman he has been seeing and the previously mentioned surgeon.

Question: Why did this make me so angry?

The answer: The answer lies in the power dynamics accepted in heterosexual romantic relationships. In other words this episode crystallized something for me which had been niggling at me when I watched other TV shows, namely that partnerships between equals are (sometimes!) popularly accepted, as are partnerships where an imbalance exists but the balance of power lies in the hand of the MAN (always accepted!). Yet to depict a relationship where the imbalance favors the WOMAN seems anathema.

In other words, still think we live in a 'post sexism' world? Why then is it impossible to have a sensitive and realistic portrayal of a relationship between a male nurse and a female intern (or fully-fledged physician, for that matter) on a show like 'The Night Shift'?

Furthermore, why then was it apparently impossible for the producers and writers of Star Trek: Voyager (see also here for more info on this show) to give Captain Kathryn Janeway a long-term relationship (a potential partner who was hinted at early in the show was actually her first (and male) first officer)? Instead, the male first officer was paired with a female character whose hierarchical status was lower than his. "It is very possible that the J/C romance wasn't developed because it made the male producers and writers uncomfortable. At the end of the series, in a move which was essentially the antithesis of fanfic, Chakotay [(i.e. the aforementioned first officer)] is paired with the younger, larger breasted, lower-ranked Seven." (Excerpt is from the article, Somogyi V. Complexity of desire: Janeway/Chakotay Fan Fiction. Journal of American & Comparative Cultures 2002; vol. 25 (issues 3-4): pp.399-404.)

Finally, why are there so many problematic aspects to the relationship between Claire and Jamie Fraser in 'The Outlander' book series written by Diana Gabaldon (and apparently also in the associated Starz television series)? To recap: the relationship starts with a certain power imbalance, partly due to the fact that Claire is slightly older and more experienced than Jamie is about certain aspects of life (in particular, about sex and relationships). Claire is also (at this point anyways) depicted as a very strong woman who knows her own mind. She is also considerably more educated than Jamie (she is in fact a twentieth century nurse in the 1740s!), at the time these two characters marry. In other words, at this point the power imbalance is in Claire's favour. In relatively short order however, Claire 'misbehaves' (such details aren't entirely germane to the discussion at hand, but for those who care, she runs away to try to return to her time but of course cannot explain this to anyone, including her new husband) and is 'punished' by her new husband by being beaten "within an inch of her life" (!!). Days later, Jamie further enforces a changed power dynamic by raping Claire. (For further details on how problematic this show and the books are, go to my previous post here.)

Misogyny forges on.

PS: My use of the expression "'only' a nurse" in the text above uses quotes around the word 'only' because I am referring to the apparent attitude of the characters in show regarding nurses. This in NO WAY reflects my personal feelings towards the wonderful and courageous people who work as nurses all over the world. (NOT an easy job!)

October 23rd, 2014

I admit it, I'm a *huge* fan of the 'Outlander' series which is now in its first season on Starz (airs on Showcase in Canada), LOL.

The TV series is based on the book series written by author Diana Gabaldon, of which I read the first two books or so a few years ago before losing interest. I'll openly admit that I prefer the TV show's take on the material -for some reason I find it more romantic, despite the fact that they're being pretty faithful to the books. Odd of me perhaps, but there it is.

Something that has been niggling at me lately was how the series would handle certain issues.

Issue #1 or domestic violence perpetrated by the so-called 'romantic hero': there is a scene where Jamie BEATS his wife. Quoting from a blog called 'Persephone Magazine' which says it very well:

"When she ditches the Scottish clan she’s hanging out with to get back to the magic stones that worked as a portal, she gets herself and the Scotsmen into some trouble. Jamie Fraser, the new husband she didn’t ask for, and who unfortunately the reader has probably fallen for by that point, decides he has to punish her for this.

Claire says he can’t beat her. Jamie says, “Did I want to break your arm, or feed ye naught but bread and water, or lock ye in a closet for days–and think ye don’t tempt me, either–I could do that…”

You’re swooning, aren’t you? I’ll give you a moment.

She says she’ll scream, he basically says, “Ha, ha, you sure will,” and he reaches for a belt. When Claire accuses him of being a sadist, he thinks that’s funny, too. “I said I would have to punish you. I did not say I wasna going to enjoy it.” This ends with Claire, as she describes it, “Half smothered in the greasy quilts with a knee in my back, being beaten within an inch of my life.”"
(I'd also encourage all and sundry to read the full post at Persephone Magazine, as I heartily agree with their comments on this.)

Surely I can't be the only one who is really disturbed by all this, as well as by the fact that some readers AND NOW SEVERAL VIEWERS AS WELL are defending this.


Issue #2 or rape perpetrated by same so-called 'romantic hero': In a later scene, Jamie RAPES Claire. Yep.

Quoting from another blog:

"Claire and Jaime get into an argument.  Unable to comprehend or accept Claire’s autonomy, Jaime responds with sexual violence, stating that she is his woman and he’ll have her whenever he damn pleases.  And then he rapes her.  Brutally.  As Gabaldon takes you through the graphic rape, I get the feeling that I’m supposed to be turned on.  But instead my feminist insides were raging in a putrid turmoil.  I felt sick.

The next morning the couple wakes up cute and happy.  Apparently it had been some great sex, despite the pain, bleeding, and bruises.  Then Jaime wants to have sex again, and Claire responds “No way, I’m way too sore.”  His response? Too bad. And then he rapes her again.  But he is gentler than usual, so apparently, it’s okay.  And after all this violence and rape, Claire finally realizes that she loves him. So much so that presented with the chance to return to her own time (spoiler alert) she chooses to stay with Jaime, her lover, her protector, and her rapist.  WTF?"  (Again, the full post is here and is definitely worth reading -it discusses how this book/TV series is basically yet another example of rape culture. Here is another discussion of this, also really worth reading.)

I was, until recently, wondering what Starz' take on this problematic material would be. Especially given the fact that Ronal Moore is at the helm of the series and I was a HUGE fan of the recent incarnation of Battlestar Galactica.

Now that I have an answer as to how the TV series will handle this, I'm really rethinking my decision to follow this series. Here is the answer (SPOILERS for episode #9 of the series are ahead), from Ms. Gabaldon herself:

"So, for example, in the book, there’s a scene where Jamie beats Claire, right, in the first Outlander book?

DG: Well, he doesn’t exactly beat her. He’s not punching her in the mouth or throwing her against the wall. He spanks her with his sword belt because she did something incredibly dangerous and nearly got them all killed. This was basically what the Highland justice was like. If you screwed up, you got punished for it, and then you were back in the good graces of the clan. That’s what he’s doing; it’s his duty as her husband basically to correct her, set her on the right path, and mind you, she doesn’t like it because she’s a twentieth-century woman. She’s very affronted that he’s hurting her.

But do you think that will be portrayed in the TV show the same way it was in the book?

DG: I know it will. I’ve seen it."

And Ms. Gabaldon's further comments on people's objections:

"What sort of reaction do you think that that will get from viewers?

DG: There will undoubtedly be a certain amount of knee-jerk feminism from very young women. Anybody over the age of thirty-five will appreciate both the cultural conflict in that scene—it’s one of my favorite scenes, in fact, because each person in it is completely right according to his or her own view of the situation, and yet, in this untenable situation, they aren’t both going to get their way. When push comes to shove, he outweighs her by eighty pounds. Most people, as I say, above a certain age will appreciate it for the inherent ironies and also for the considerable humor in the situation." (This is quoted from here. You can also see parts of the interview here.)

I am just raging right now, about the 'knee-jerk feminism' comment, as well as the fact that she also minimizes what the beating for one thing, by referring to it as a 'spanking'. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not comfortable with labeling a scene where a woman gets beaten 'within an inch of her life' with a belt in this way, as 'spanking' is a term rather reminiscent of consensual bedplay, for example.

For the record, I am not a 'very young woman'. Neither am I given, I think, to 'knee-jerk feminism'. To wit, the fact that I am going to reserve final judgement until I watch the show's take on this. (I already know that I agree with those commenting on the problematic nature of the books' take on it.)

Anyone else bothered by this? Anyone? (NB: Note my 'quixotic' humor choice below, since evidently with regards to mass media and popular culture thinks this is all A-OK, apparently.)

But what am I talking about, OF COURSE people think this is fine and dandy! 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was the #1 bestselling book of 2012. Silly me!

October 7th, 2014

Want to see someone (a mod, no less) make incomprehensible arguments (which they never took the time to clarify further afterwards, I noted) in response to what I meant as a legitimate comment?

As a side note, apparently the meaning of 'derailing' has gotten pretty large/broad with regards to this group. Because it is apparently derailing to ask a question which directly relates to a post. (The derailing comment was never clarified either, such that I'm starting to wonder whether I was the one derailing the conversation, to be honest.)

But here is the link, so you (i.e. assuming anyone reads this little journal) can make your own mind.

I think I'm starting to realize why ontd_political seems to be going down the tubes lately.

ETA: In a related note, I won't be posting there again. It just isn't worth it if this is the level of response one can expect.

September 19th, 2014

There certainly isn't a dearth of these to choose from.

So far I've done the following:

(1) Kevin Sorbo

(2) Charlize Theron

(3) Mark Wahlberg

(4) music legend James Brown

(5) Eric Clapton

(6) Motley Crue's lead singer Vince Neil

(7) Sean Penn

(8) Donald Trump

See the post here. Yikes.

September 10th, 2014

On being poor

As a person with limited financial means (things have REALLY been tight lately, in particular), here are some thoughts.

(1) ALL wages should be indexed to the cost of living (or be subject to regular increase in some other way). Otherwise, you are essentially getting a very gradual yet inexorable downgrade in your wages, which may well impact your standard of living and indeed your ability to live your life.

...Well, perhaps I would exclude the wages of Hollywood sports stars (as well as some others), who can negotiate pay issues quite well on their own, than you very much.

(2) Minimum wage is not only necessary, IT SHOULD ALSO BE INDEXED TO THE COST OF LIVING.

This SHOULD be a no-brainer, yet it seems to be regularly disputed throughout the world.

Go figure.

(3) The services sector is the largest sector of the world's economy. As such (i.e. it represented almots two thirds of the world's GDP in the 1990s), it is UNACCEPTABLE that such a large proportion of lower-rung workers in this sector be paid 'minimum wages' which differ substantially from that accepted as the minimum for everyone else.

This brings me to sub-point 3.1: The concept of TIPPING should either be abolished or tipping (or receiving tips) should be considered an occasional luxury, rather than a portion of an employee's salary.

This, again, should be a no-brainer, yet it is also disputed. (For instance, the province of Quebec, Canada, has a minimum wage of 10.90$/hour yet has a separate minimum wage of 8.90$/hour for employees receiving tips).

(4) Inflation is measured in many countries using the Consumer Price Index or CPI (link is to Canada's version). This index "(...) is obtained by comparing, over time, the cost of a fixed basket of goods and services purchased by consumers. Since the basket contains goods and services of unchanging or equivalent quantity and quality, the index reflects only pure price change".

This index has been criticized (see also here), with good reason, IMHO.

One interesting note is that the prices for certain items have fluctuated more than those for other types of items. For instance, food prices have reportedly far outstripped all other items with regards to price increases/inflation. Another note is that in many cases producers have maintained the same price for a portion size (e.g. a package of cheese) while reducing the actual package size as an alternative price increase tactic. (See for example here.)

The point is that we need a control of prices for essential items such as food and medicine. One reason being that if your salary is indexed to the CPI you could still have difficulty buying food if it increases at a disproportionate rate with regards to other items.

This, again, seems like a no-brainer. Go figure.

More to come soon, because I have a lot of thoughts on this.
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