nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
…not for the first time, and probably not for the last. So, one of the XME episodes that I re-watched recently was "Shadow Dance," which has long been among my favorites.

you won't like what you see up close )


Dec. 28th, 2013 05:32 pm
nevanna: ([X-Men] building something better)
The first stories that I ever wrote in the X-Men universe (most of which I never posted anywhere, though a few of them contain characters and ideas that eventually appeared in my more visible projects) were so painfully awkward that I wouldn't even want to try MST-ing them. I'm not just talking about silly plots, awkward writing, or shabby characterization (though, yes to all of the above); I'm talking about stories that missed the point of the source material and its characters so completely that they bordered on the offensive. I was going for "subversive," I think, but I ended up in kind of a hateful place, and I'm really glad that I didn't stay there.

Also, the phrase "the greater good" turned up a lot in those stories - usually sarcastically or derisively, but it still cracks me up now.
nevanna: ([X-Men] no fury)
My sister, regarding Quicksilver: "So, super-speed, and... daddy issues are his other super-power?"

...Pretty much.
nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
I originally took the list you'll see below from an online conversation with a friend. I posted it on LJ, took it down because there are no fandom brainweasels like these fandom brainweasels, and am reposting it, between working on my paper and heading out to work at the bookstore, partly as a way to stick out my tongue at said weasels. And partly because this seemed like the day to do it.

little fifteen-year-old Neva had very limited feelings about mutants )
nevanna: ([X-Men] building something better)
I am thinking of holding an X-Men: Evolution commentfic fest here in my journal. It would most likely happen in a few weeks, when schoolwork is no longer an issue, but right now I'm trying to assess people's interest levels. Would anybody be interested in participating in and/or signal-boosting such a thing?

Also, the gang and I watched "Joyride" last night. While I recognize now that there are many troubling elements of Lance and Kitty's relationship, given what happened when they met, that episode still makes my inner sixteen-year-old 'shipper grin like a fool. And I am still grateful that this show did not tie Lance's redemption arc to his finding a permanent place with the X-Men.
nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
Part of me wonders why I'm having X-Men: Evolution fic-bunnies all of a sudden. On one level, the answer is obvious (that answer being, "because I recently watched a whole bunch of episodes and really want to watch more, a lot"). Also, I have realized that, in general, it is a lot harder for me to outgrow some fandoms than others. My levels of investment in any given story wax and wane, of course, and I'm capable of looking critically at things that I used to love unreservedly (and often enjoy doing so), and other interests will often fall temporarily by the wayside when a New Shiny comes along. I can think of a couple of fandom obsessions that flared bright and burned out, such as Heroes, which lost me after the first season or so, and Death Note, which I have never reread or rewatched. I tend not to include either on my list of "fandoms I'm willing to write" when taking requests - not because I'm embarrassed to have liked them, but because once I was done, I was done. Other fandoms, however, seem to be relevant to my interests no matter what age I am or how much I've (hopefully) changed since I first encountered them.

I don't think any of this makes me pathetic or immature or unable to let go and move on; different people interact with stories in different ways. That said, although I'm not going to say that I never thought that I'd be engaging with XME again in any way, I was somewhat surprised that I had any feelings about this show left, or anything else to say.

Finally, although I no longer use or much care for the term "anti-Xavier," and give the side-eye to some of the perspectives and writing choices that were once attached to it (including my own)... I am not-so-secretly happy to have been watching XME with a group of people who readily point out when Charles is being a creepy creepster. Make of that what you will.
nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
Some thoughts on the end of X-Men: Evolution's first season, a week after re-watching (and a dozen years after my first viewing). Sadly, I'm not sure how much more I'll be able to watch, due to my work schedule for the next few weeks.

it's hard enough just being normal )
nevanna: ([SKU] mad scientist lurve)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries and X-Men: First Class
Characters: Damon and Charles
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: "I thought that I knew exactly what you were. Now, I'm not so sure."
Words: c. 550
Notes: This is set before the events of XMFC. Thanks to Elle for the encouragement and the TVD timeline spot-check! <3

*** )
nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
My cartoon-watching group has started watching X-Men: Evolution, and... if you've been following along, you're well aware of how I feel about that show. You know how some cartoons make us go "OMG my childhood?" This one is completely "OMG my awkward high school years!"

Between schoolwork and my rotating schedule at the bookstore, I cannot guarantee that I'll be able to watch every week. Still, I was glad to be able to catch the first few episodes, because they include "The X-Impulse," which was not the first episode I saw, but definitely the one that got me interested in the show when it was first airing. Because... because Lance and Kitty, you guys. Despite being much more critical of Lance's behavior in their introductory adventure than I was when I was a starry-eyed sixteen-year-old shipper, I remember why I was so invested in them as a couple, and I remember really liking the course that their relationship took, and his redemption arc in general.

I could say more about those two - in fact, I have - but it is time to wash some dishes and get ready for work.
nevanna: ([X-Men] building something better)
Fandom: Scott Pilgrim and X-Men
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: Ramona visits the site of Scott's daydreams, and wonders if some people ever really change.
Words: c. 585
Written for: [ profile] sandoz_iscariot
Notes: Thanks to my friends D. and Ben for helping me come up with an offscreen character's mutant power. :)

*** )
nevanna: ([X-Men] building something better)
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: He’s nearly ready to shed Erik Lehnsherr like a snakeskin and recreate himself completely.
Words: c. 320
Written for: [ profile] beccadg
Notes: "The Miraculous Magneto" is from the very first issue of X-Men, published in 1963. Oh, Silver Age.

*** )
nevanna: ([SKU] mad scientist lurve)
Fandoms: Sherlock and X-Men movieverse
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: There’s “unusual,” and then there’s “science fiction,” and, until today, John would have placed “telepathic mutants who have hacked into my brain while we investigate the murder of another mutant” firmly in the latter category.
Words: c. 925
Written for: [ profile] hanasaseru, who asked for (as one option) Charles Xavier and John Watson.
Notes: Elle was my first reader and made sure that this piece made at least some amount of coherent sense, which I greatly appreciate.

*** )
nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
Fandoms: Scott Pilgrim (comicverse) and X-Men: First Class
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: Ramona knows that any rescue that seems too good to be true, probably is.
Words: c. 820
Written for: [ profile] sandoz_iscariot, who asked for Ramona and Charles, with the prompt, "Evil Exes."

*** )
nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
A conversation about Jim Moriarty and Sebastian Moran, in response to Elle saying that she 'shipped Jim "with Sebastian AND nice suits."

Me: Seb/Jim/Westwood = OT3!
Elle: YES. I bet he has trouble getting Seb into suits. But not out of them.

The whole Sebastian Moran thing kind of fascinates me, actually. He's a character from the original Holmes stories who's never even appeared in the recent BBC series, and yet the idea of him as Moriarty's right-hand man (and possibly more, depending on your point of view) has so much potential - especially as a dark mirror of Holmes and Watson - that it is now accepted fanon.

Though I'm sure that it's happened in other fandoms, I think that the only other character I've ever seen fans incorporate into a series so unanimously, based entirely or almost entirely upon his presence in other versions of canon, was Gambit in X-Men: Evolution. And that didn't really take off until his very brief appearance in the second season finale, even though he wasn't named or given any lines until a few episodes later. I mean, fanwriters shamelessly adapting characters from the comics into the X-Men movie and cartoon universes is a long and mostly honorable tradition (god knows I've done it, too), but I feel like Gambit might have been the most popular case, at least in Evo.

Anyway. Nostalgic tangent over. The point is, while I can take or leave the idea of John and Sherlock as anything more than platonic friends and comrades-in-arms (that is, I'll read about them as a couple if it's well-written and in character, but I don't insist on it), I'm willing to fly my Jim/Sebastian "theirloveissoevil" flag for all to see.
nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
Fandoms: X-Men: First Class and Harry Potter
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: “There’s a lot happening under the skin of this city, and I intend to find out what it is.”
Words: c. 330
Written for: [ profile] thesilentpoet, who asked for Raven and Neville.

*** )
nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
"Other Battles." Doctor Who/X-Men: First Class, 225 words. For [ profile] beccadg, who asked for Erik and the Ninth Doctor.

*** )
nevanna: ([X-Men] building something better)
"Long Winter." X-Men: First Class, Emma Frost, 100 words. Written for the [ profile] firstclass100 "cold" challenge.

*** )
nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
"Plenty of Revolutions Left." Revolutionary Girl Utena/X-Men: First Class, 1270 words. For [ profile] sandoz_iscariot, who asked for Charles and Utena.

*** )
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I am not terribly fond of Goliath/Elisa. I am fine with Goliath on his own, I really like Elisa on her own, and I loved their friendship, but I kind of wish that the subtext hadn't become text.

However, as is probably obvious by now, I do like many things about this show, including the intricate story lines, well-executed action scenes, a whole batch of awesome characters, and the way that the series uses mythology. (The world tour that took up most of Season 2 may have had its problems, but I really appreciated how it not only included but respected non-European myths and folktales.) However, my absolute favorite element of the story has to be the entire extended Xanatos family, including spoilery character identities ), and their completely believable arc. I may have some related fic kicking about in my head.


Belated rec is belated, but I remain very pleased to see more fic in this fandom! To Be King is a fabulous Hyde's-eye view of the world, set early in the series.

On a somewhat related note, if you are at all interested in the phenomenon of teen paranormal romance (even if your interest extends only as far as extreme mockery, which is completely understandable, as some of it is extremely mockable), you should go have a look at this article: Sexy Teenaged Werewolves in Love. It starts by examining the recent MTV remake/spinoff of a 1980s werewolf movie (neither of which I've seen), and diverts into some of the trends in YA supernatural romance and how they could be applied to non-lycanthropic, non-bloodsucking movie monsters. Hilarious, clever, and also... potentially inspiring? (And, yes, it really is somewhat related. Read through to the end.)


[ profile] xmenbigbang.

...Tell me that this is a bad idea?

Misc. Writing

That aside, I am leaning heavily toward doing Camp NaNoWriMo in August rather than July, though this Friday may bring a surprise burst of inspiration.
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[ profile] sandoz_iscariot came up with my favorite X-Men: First Class fixit yet: spoilers adapt to survive. )

While we're on the subject of XMFC, Lindsay "Nostalgia Chick" Ellis, and her adorable sidekick Nella, discuss the movie in this (spoilery) video. While I disagreed with them on the subject of James McAvoy (I thought he was perfect as young Xavier, and if he doesn't always read as someone who will grow up to be Patrick Stewart, it's because he wasn't always supposed to), I definitely agreed with most of what they said about the movie, especially about the really high highs and really low lows, the race mess, the gratuitously scantily clad ladies, and the rushed ending. "He was just Bacon-ing all over the place! BACON EVERYWHERE!" made me snort with laughter, and now I can't get the image of Michael Fassbender in feathers and sequins out of my head. And they also made a good point about the featured characters being a surprise: By changing the lineup of the "first class," the writers reaffirmed the movies in general and this one in particular as a separate continuity, allowing fans a bit of distance from their comics-based expectations and encouraging them to view this story on its own terms.

But, as much as anything else, I really identify and sympathize with Lindsay's experience as a fan.

"I am a recovering X-Men fan... It's kind of like Catholicism; you never really escape it. It's always with you, even if you are a lapsed X-Men fan."

...Yep. I can't speak to the Catholicism part, but as for the X-Men side of things... I don't know if this was everybody's experience, but it was apparently hers and it was definitely mine. Even when I'm not writing fic (except by request) or following the comics or mulling over the characters, I still acknowledge this as one of my fandoms because I know that I can slip back into it. It meant so much to me for so long, inspired more of my writing than any fictional universe has before or since, helped solidify some of my pet tropes and themes, and even, to a degree, influenced how I understand and process other stories that I love. (I could also say the same for Utena, but that's about it.) And I will never deny the possibility that a well-told story in this universe, or an intriguing character, could reawaken my interest. I don't know if it will happen now, but it's definitely happened before.

But enough of my fannish navel-gazing over here. Has this happened to the rest of you? Have you ever considered yourself a fan of something despite lack of active participation, and/or been drawn back into a dormant fannish obsession - not just X-Men, but anything - that you thought you'd left behind?


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