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WHITE COLLAR
Neal/Peter
Blind/Dates by ~Captanddeastar
* Charming, Adorable, Flawless, Lovely Etc.
* Rom-comy without being annoying about it.
* Peter is Captain Oblivious, and yes, I've met people like that who are brilliant but wouldn't know you were flirting with them if you hit them on the nose with your undies.
* Neal is the Ambassador of Sexy and Elizabeth is as epic as always.
* OT3 forever, bb.

PINTO
Chris/Zach
A Lot of Walking by ~Ewinfic
* So I read the A/N about the Big Gay Freakout and thought it was gonna be a combo of funny and heartbreaking-- well, it was crack on top of crack on top of more crack.
* John was awesome as Gay (But really Heterosexual) Zen Master.
* Their "Sexy" conversation is too graphic to be passionate, imo, so again? Crack.

SPN
Sam/Dean
You have one saved Message by ~Killabeez
* Well-written, but just a smidgen too sappy for me. I need more restraint in my fics, or something. IDEK.


CW RPS

Lady and the Tramp by Joanna Johnen
Flaws upon your sleeve by ~Glassy Skies
Jensen/Misha

* This fic is amazeballs.
* I'm telling you, it's amazeballs.
* This fic? It has Sebastian Roche. A Sebastian Roche, who is like Misha's very own Fairy Godfather. He is completely wonderful and completely believable, and it's amazing that he is because sometimes completely wonderful is not very believable. For serious. I used to enjoy him, but after this fic? I ADORE HIM.
* Misha...how to describe it. He's in London, and somehow-- have you guys ever read "Washington Square"? I think they're giving it on cable these days, I haven't seen it 'cause I read the novella when I was a teenager (for my English class I think it was) and it was SO FREAKING PAINFUL TO ME ((everything is like a gazillion times more first-and-second-hand-embarrassing when you're a teenager)) but anyways-- He's a bit like Catherine, except that he's awkwardly exquisite and not just exquisitely awkward.
* GS's Jensen? What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo Jensen sober.
* I wanted to read "The JP Untitled Project" because I always read P&P during the Holidays and I was thinking I could compare the two, and then I was reading this fic and I noticed that once again-- the talk of $$$ came up. Because in Jane Austen there's no talk of love without talk of money and yet it doesn't feel mercenary, but people are painfully aware of their station in life and how it relates to other people's station. And I don't see that in Americanfic that often, and yet it's right there in Austen's work and in TJPUP (written by a Brit, I believe) and here it is again.
* &
He can’t breathe in here.

He wants to go home. (But not home, never home.)

He needs to get away.

The air outside is warm and damp on his skin, but it feels like freedom. He’s out. He escaped.

I am never going back.

* & also:
“Good would be an understatement.” Jensen is back with him again, cameras away. “You’re very cute. Bet you broke someone’s heart comin’ over here.”

My mother’s? He forces himself not to say that. Stupid. Jensen means a girlfriend, of course. And Misha swallows around how awkward that makes him. His first instinct is to tilt his chin and look away, make some excuse and walk.

To Hell with instinct. Let’s act. Let’s pretend you’re someone called Misha who is happy to talk, who is glad to share stories, who has the funniest life to tell people about.

“No,” Misha says through gritted teeth, “no one’s heart’s breaking over me.” He tries for a self-deprecating smile.

* And also, so many other quotes. So many. but this one too:
“I can leave you alone if you want. But I know you’re not that kind, are you? You ain’t going to live your whole life by yourself. You were made…” He doesn’t say whatever he’s going to, because he starts kissing Misha instead.

He just holds Misha still and kisses him, so warm and steady and sure.

Between the tangle of soft, hesitant tongue and the worry of boozy breath, Misha imagines, hopes, that Jensen wants to say made for me. He doubts it. But Misha is in the business of telling stories.

He likes the quietness of a good lie, someone else’s love story, resting in his mouth. He allows himself to hold onto it just long enough that he thinks maybe it’s not all lies. Maybe this is my story.

* So in conclusion read this fic, read this fic, read this fic, or suffer my pity. For serious. Yes, it's a WIP. Still. Read it.

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Date: 2011-12-18 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drunkcascookies.livejournal.com
I read the white collar one before and ah it's so great and funny and Peter being so himself with the obliviousness but staying smart and Neal always ending up charming the wrong sorts of women. Since you rec-ed it, I reread it and much thanks for having me rediscover good fics. :D

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Date: 2011-12-18 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com
i just love fics like this, where they take this ridiculous fucking premise of SURPRISE GAY DATING and somehow they make it believable and lovely and romcomy (in a good way). and charming, mostly charming. the way great stuff is charming, like coffee with french vanilla charming, and dark chocolate charming, and rainy days and awesome movies in cozy sofas are charming.

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Date: 2011-12-19 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drunkcascookies.livejournal.com
Yes, charming like curling up on a sofa with a good book and a fluffy blanket. Such good stuff.

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Date: 2011-12-18 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glassyskies.livejournal.com
♥__♥ You've put hearts in my eyes and I don't know what to say. (Still, I manage to find PLENTY to ramble about, obviously!)

Except I'm really interested you picked up on the money thing! I think perhaps money/class is a pretty British thing to fixate on in some respects... when I was in Vancouver, a lot of people I spoke to seemed surprised by how rampantly class focused the UK still is, and how some (but not all) of that is tied up with your finances.

Or perhaps it's just a poor person thing to fixate on ;)

Also, I'm just glad you like it thus far. I may be a little in love with writing Sebastian, ngl.

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Date: 2011-12-18 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com
Yeah, I was poor (like, dirt poor) and was always surrounded by people who were really well off. So they'd make plans and invite me to places and I always had to grin and bear it, when I had to pretend I didn't want to go somewhere or I'd cross my fingers and grab my stash and see if I could maybe eat some Ramen's for a month or two and sell my cat's body (:D:D:D:D) and then -- but always that thing of not wanting to make people uncomfortable and at the same time trying to make them conscious that, no, I wasn't a spoilsport/hermit/antisocial asshole (though I'm grumpy as all fuck sometimes) but that I didn't have enough money to live like they did.

I mean, it was hilarious for a while, because I used to be rail skinny right? And I dressed in old baggy shit, style Le Clean Hobo and then my friends kept asking me where I bought stuff, because their Abercrombie didn't look as good/authentic as my stuff. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

but yes, I've noticed it's more of a Brit thing to actually TALK about it like it's anything (which it is). if Americans talk about it it's usually to wave it off like it's nothing. Brits seem to agonize more -- because it can become very much like Destiny. and there will be people who will appoint themselves yr very K. Dick's Adjustment Team to make you feel your place.

i adore that fic, and i adore Seb and Misha and Jensen and yes. i started reading with the idea that if you wrote it i'd like it, like I know I'll like any Greta Garbo movie ever just because she's in it, but now it's actual total adoration -- like Greta Garbo in Camille.
Edited Date: 2011-12-18 05:27 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2011-12-18 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glassyskies.livejournal.com
We may be the same person. I grew up really poor and in quite weird circumstances, only got to university thanks to a relative leaving some money. So I guess I do tend to be more interested than a lot of my friends (who call themselves "middle class". I don't know what I am. Lower working class? Except I've never worked... Screw it, I'll be my own class!)

IDK, it's on my mind a lot.

I started writing that fic partly thinking of you, as you mentioned fancying some Jensen/Misha ages and ages ago.

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Date: 2011-12-19 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com
omg you started that fic thinking of me? -_- I don't quite know how what where omg what do I say to that? I don't even--- just thank you, thank you thank you. It's quite quite perfect. I'm so freaking lucky that I send some random wish into the world and there you are to receive it and make something so gorgeous out of it. A lovely holiday gift. Just. Wow.

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Date: 2011-12-19 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glassyskies.livejournal.com
You were the person who made me even consider writing this pairing in the first place!

On that note, if you ever want me to write something especially for you, you have only to ask. I am slow, slow, slow, but I do take requests and I love giving words. Especially around Christmas, my most favourite time of year :)

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Date: 2011-12-20 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com


*preens*

really? wow. I'll have to come up with something worthy, though.

it's fine to be slow. i've noticed that 99.9% of the writers i adore are slow as hell and that the ones i love that happen to write fast-- do so cyclically and are bipolar (i'm not being funny about this-- it's just something i've noticed, that people who are bipolar tend to write REALLY fast for a few months and then spend the next few months writing a page).

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Date: 2011-12-20 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glassyskies.livejournal.com
^_^ I don't know WHAT is wrong with me, writing or life wise. I used to be more consistent all over, now I do seem to do things in bursts. Months of easy optimism and creativity followed by months of optimism that's NOT so easy and an almost total lack of creativity.

My problem being that when the writing is hard work, I tend to just ignore it until I'm in a better head space! :)

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Date: 2011-12-20 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com
i actually think that's a great way to do it. writing in fandom is a hobby, so you should do it when you're in the headspace for it because it should replenish you. not drain you.

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Date: 2011-12-20 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glassyskies.livejournal.com
Exactly. It's just for fun :)

This is the first year I've really tried to make a ~career~ of writing, and I'm finding it fairly... challenging, at times!

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Date: 2011-12-20 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com
it is just for fun, but fun can be really magical, and enriching and life-changing and life-affirming and a whole load of stuff.

it's like this paradox of not taking one's self too seriously, while taking the writing as seriously as you can-- if yr really good, that is.

i'm glad you're trying to make a career out of it and i send you all my good intentions ("This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions." The Joy Luck Club)

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Date: 2011-12-19 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secretsolitaire.livejournal.com
I loved that White Collar fic -- thank you! :-)

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Date: 2011-12-19 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-bite.livejournal.com
You're welcome! :D.

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