Star Trek: Classic Fanzine Fics and Much Much More
Orion Press Orion has been around since the late seventies publishing everything from fiction, interviews, lost crips, fanart and so much more.
Scotpress A UK fanzine started in the mid seventies and has gone through a few incarnations but this website is an archive of fics from all three zines.
TrekTales A site deticated to collecting fanfiction from classic fanzines. As well as housing fics from a more recent time period.
Gloria’s Fanfiction Started writing trek fic in the 1980′s. Her Kirk and Spock fics are amazing. They’re friendship/brotherhood but can be read as slash.
A Trekkies Tale Where the term Mary Sue came from. A parody work.
KS Commentary on TOS Funny review of various episodes with K/S goggles on. Enjoyable even for those who don’t subscribe to that pairing.
Ad Astra Founded in 2009 and houses almost 2000 star trek tales.
Djiin’s Lair Started in 2004, has a wide range of different fics with pairings and gen.
K/S Archive Self explanatory. The grand daddies of Slash Fiction. Houses more than 8000 K/S fics.
Ster J’s Fics Mostly slash but some gems in there too.
Nesabj Their site is down but some fics are now on FF
Great Trek Novel Recs
You can find lots at your local second hand bookstore or just borrow them from the library! But if you like star trek books, read them!
• Any/All of the Movie Novels. Especially the Motion Picture which is by Roddenberry himself and I quite liked the one from the Voyage Home. You get to learn a bit more of the character’s inner lives post Khan.
• Collision Course. Yes it’s by Shatner, yes you should read it. Come on, teenage Kirk and Spock? Space Detective times? And wtf is going on with Sarek?
• Sand and Stars By Diane Duane. It’s two books in one but two books you should definitely read, especially if you like Vulcan and Spock.
• Mind Shadow and Black Fire Both Spock centric but very good.
• The First Adventure There was a discussion about this recently on tumblr. A novel where Spock rides a flying horse. Also features a monkey in a starfleet uniform and cat people. Its set during, well the Enterprise’s first adventure. Kirk has to escort a circus trope across the Stars. Features most if not all of the classic crew members. And we learn a bit more about those we don’t see often.
• Uhura’s Song An Uhura centric novel with some of the most amazing world building I’ve read. One of the character’s is a bit Mary Sueish but it works, especially in the end.
• Anything by Vonda N Mcintyre
• The Log Entries There are about 10 in the series and the are adaptions on animated episodes. By Alan Dean Foster.
• Essentials Stories anyone and everyone should read: (x)
There is so much more but many sites are now down. I found most of these back in days when I first got into the fandom and searched them out for you guys to enjoy. And enjoy them while you can, many might not be around for much longer.
Fandom: Star Wars, Victor Hugo
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Warnings
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Additional Tags: Digressions, Florid prose, Fantastic racism, Classism, Sexism, Kidnapping, Implied human/sentient experimentation, Minor character death, Other additional tags to be added
Summary: Being an account, in pastiche style, of a boy whose story may or may not be the embodiment of the hero’s journey, and who therefore encounters a call to adventure, a wise advisor, a mystical weapon, a road of trials, a rogue, a princess, and a villain (in that order); and who, over the course of fighting an evil empire, finds himself attaining his goals, both symbolic and literal. In space.
I LAUGHED I CRIED I LEARNED ABOUT TATTOOINE’S WATER CYCLE
This may be the single greatest cross-fandom pastiche I have ever seen. How you’ve kept up Hugo’s voice SO well while keeping the story and characters so distinct to SW I have no idea, but you totally do it, and it’s amazing!
Aaah I’m so glad I got to find this again; it’s still one of the best pieces on Eponine, Azelma, their mom, and what might be going on with those “silly romances” I’ve ever come across. Very recommended for anyone interested in more of the cultural context around Eponine and her family!
(standard Thenardier Family warnings apply: discussion of abuse, sexism, etc.)
As a preface to this post, a couple things should be noted: I am definitely NOT the most organized, well-put-together, or successful person. I struggle with a lot of things, and a LOT of coping mechanisms are necessary to make up for that. However, some of the systems I’ve been forced to come up with because of my difficulty do help, and lately, I’ve thought I might share some of these tips with others who have some of the same problems.
One of the biggest difficulties I have with keeping track of my life is memory. I can’t remember anything I’m doing for jack shit, if you’ll pardon my French. I can remind myself a thousand times, but there is no way I’ll remember anything I’m supposed to be doing or thinking of unless it’s right there in front of me, in big black letters.
So, one of the most helpful things I’ve ever done for myself is: put it right there in front of me, in big black letters!
Basically, one of the best tips I can give anyone who struggles with remembering things is to quite literally put it right in front of your face. How do I do this? It’s a combination of Post-It notes, taped-up papers, and, my personal favorite, WHITE-BOARDS. (I am not kidding. White boards are a literal savior. Why are white boards so great, you ask? Because they’re stark, easy to write on, completely simple to alter or erase and change, come in all different sizes and shapes, and aren’t problematic to hang.)
Read on for some examples of my organizational solutions for an ADHD-er or Executive Dysfunction-er’s home.
What a great question, and thank you for asking!
So in college I took this class called Gays and Lesbians in Film, better known as Spot the Gay. The class was structured entirely around watching movies and pointing out the queer characters, then we wrote papers explaining why we thought they were gay.
The idea of queer coding is that censorship laws dictated homosexuality couldn’t be portrayed in movies, and thus filmmakers had to sneak it in with hints of characters so that the gay audience could see them (but no one else could). This gives the notion of “coding” dual meaning: it refers to The Code (what they called the censorship laws), as well as creating a kind of language between the films and the gay audience. This is why I don’t buy into “gay interpretation” or the idea of “subtext” because often this coding is put in intentionally, to be read overtly, as actual text.
They did this by using stereotypes. The primary gay stereotype in the Star Wars universe is C3PO, who is the perfect portrayal of The Sissy, or the flamboyant/effeminate gay man who functions in the plot as the comedic relief.
Obi-Wan in the original trilogy is more subtly coded though, because his stereotype is generally portrayed by women. The Spinster character is usually reserved for lesbians, women who have been betrayed by those they love and opt to live in solitude. We generally meet Spinsters post-trauma, and they’re nearly always emotionally dissonant. Spinster stories tend to end one of two ways depending on their function in the plot: they find A Man and change their lesbian ways, or they get to die the way they lived—really fucking gay.
But the prequel trilogy has much more nuance for Obi-Wan to be queer coded because 1. he has more screen time and 2. the prequels defy most action movie storytelling conventions by introducing more complicated plots generally reserved for other mediums.
In TPM, Obi-Wan’s relationship with his Master Qui-Gon mirrors Greco-Roman pederasty, which is further supported by the epic Roman historic narrative of the prequels. And if that doesn’t convince you, there’s this:
I always lump together AotC and RotS because they essentially function as one story. In these, we see the relationship of Obi-Wan and Anakin. Regardless of whether or not Obi-Wan’s feelings for Anakin reflect his feelings for Qui-Gon, there are still clear indications of gay coding, namely The Metrosexual. Think, “So uncivilized,” and his high-strung nature that is so often associated with gay men.
Think, too, his articulate and sharp criticisms, his emotional reservation, his dry wit—all common stereotypes of gay men, all frequently used in the history of film to code queerness. Even his disdain for flying could be symbolic of being afraid to get one’s hands dirty, one of the most anti-masculine traits a character could be given.
And as you mention, anon, “I loved you.” There is so, so much in those three words. Even if they were said bereft of romanticism, they are still said. They are said by a man with courage and conviction enough to say them. To dig straight to my point: a heterosexual man does not normally tell another heterosexual man, “I loved you” in film. It just doesn’t happen. They say anything but. They show affection with violence and bloodshed, and Anakin does that. Over and over, he shows that his only true touch is a violent one.
But Obi-Wan? He stops the fight. “I have the high ground,” he says. He ends the heteronormative trope of fighting over love, and he comes right out and says it. “I loved you.” He has the guts to say that, and that alone does not make him straight.
And for two hyper-violent white guys in a multi-million dollar commercial media production, they make a surprisingly feminist duo when coupled with my theory of Anakin as a female coded character (in a similar way to Obi-Wan being queer coded).
But now we’re back to the original trilogy, where, after seeing the prequels, we understand where Obi-Wan has come from. To put it bluntly, Obi-Wan has been scorned. By a man. The betrayal of a man he once loved destroys his entire life, which not only cements his Spinster status, but subverts him entirely as a masculine (read: straight) action hero. Action heroes (aside from Bi AF Steve Rogers) don’t usually get to be scorned by men. They don’t spend their lives pining, agonizing over their mistakes and their losses. Masculine characters don’t get to grieve, and they certainly don’t get to spend most of their lives doing it.
If you just watched the original trilogy, you would see Obi-Wan as the simple mentor sacrifice, little more than a plot device. But the prequels, as much as they’re loathed, create a (gay) nuanced, (gay) tragic (gay) character in (gay) Obi-Wan who defies the bounds of his static archetype.
tl;dr OBI-WAN KENOBI IS RLY GAY
A total of 28 times folks! I have no reason for making this list besides a love for cats, les mis, a desire to avoid studying for finals and probably writing about animal imagery as it pertains to god and justice but that’s for later.
Here’s a tally of when actual cats are mentioned, cats are used as a metaphor, or people are associated with cats! See the full list below the cut, I’ve bolded my favorites.
- Valjean’s nephew: 1
- Valjean: 1
- The Police: 3
- Weird politics: 2
- The Thenardiers: 2
- Cosette (some overlap with Eponine and Azelma): 8
- Grandpapa: 1
- Marius’s Aunt: 1
- There are no cats: 1
- Ladys talk about cats: 2
- Joly mentions cats: 5
- Courfeyrac: 1
thank you for making this very important contribution to Les Mis scholarship!:D
Actually, the more I think about it the more I think the @sortinghatchats system is a better model for sorting the amis than the single-house system. This is interesting; I don’t feel this way about all domains; I have friends who are more neatly modelled by single houses, for example, and I’m way more convinced of my basic Ravenclawness than of my Primary/Secondary assignment. However, it not only sorts the amis well, it also accounts for some of the perennial sources of confusion eg:
- How to account for their differences despite the fact that organising an armed rebellion is a pretty damned Gryffindor thing to do (although one of the things I personally like is the implication that you don’t have to be a Gryffindor to do this, but hey)
- What the fuck is up with Grantaire
Sortings under a cut because it got a bit long. I am always up for debate on these points! Few things are more soothing than a long conversation about how to map fictional characters to a fictional system.
As always, I Don’t Even Go Here, but I really love these descriptions of the characters! Especially Bossuet and Marius.
But wouldn’t Eponine be some sort of burned House, given that canonically she’s had to change her basic nature (the dove into the osprey)?
This is the first part of a guide aimed at clearing up plot/story/character confusion for people who’ve only seen the 2012 movie adaptation of Les Mis (which is often the easiest version to catch, after all!). I’m answering questions people have asked me directly, or mentioned having after seeing the film. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, let me know and I’ll add the answers later!
Some of the questions I’ve heard come from changes between the stage musical and the movie, some from changes between the book and the musical, and some are just matters of (often pretty obscure!) history. I’ve drawn from non-movie sources to answer questions when relevant or necessary, but this is NOT a point-by-point comparison of the stage musical and the movie, or the book and the musical. This isn’t even an analysis of symbolism or characters.
This is just trying to fill in details for the movie as its own story ! Maybe think of it like DVD commentary? You might not need it, but hey, maybe it will add some points of interest! And if there’s any question you’d like to see answered here, let me know?
Below the cut, notes for Act One! It covers everything from Valjean’s release from prison right up to the 1832 title card after Russell Crowe’s Stars.
Sharing this with everyone else in the Les Miserables community who might find such resources useful, and who has not yet encountered this book. 😉 I mean, hey, this book was published in 1837. It has descriptions of places, prices of things, routes, statistics, faculties, subjects and lecturers at the schools and academies…
Go nuts, you guys.