liliaeth: (scira)

I feel i have a certain.. theme where some of my deeper ships are concerned.

Duncan/Methos

Buffy/Spike

Peter Parker/MJ Watson

Peter Parker/Matt Murdock

Angel/Spike

Scott/Derek

Scott/Allison

Scott/Isaac

Kieren/Simon

Kieren/Rick

Dean/Castiel

Sam/Dean (up to a point, though only in dark fics)

Steve/Tony

Jessica Jones/Luke Cage

This theme being ships were one of the two is hopeful, and the other isn’t. Where one tries to do the right thing, and the other learns from them and tries to become a better person. Even if only for this one person, and ends up as bettering themselves as a consequence.

It’s not always the same person who brings the same thing to the relationship, but that’s what makes them more fascinating to me.

I do ship other ships, usually involving one char in fandom whom I can ship with pretty much everyone, but these are the ones that have the most impact.

I mean, I love sweet cuddly ships like Scott/Kira, they’re adorable together. But though Kira supports Scott, and he her, neither of them needs any kind of redemption through the other. And there’s no real contrast between them in that matter.

And Sam/Steve is another fluff ship in a way, since they both support one another. But both are already good mostly optimistic people from the start. Same goes for Johnny Storm/Peter Parker, both good guys, one slightly more serious than the other, but both essentially good men.

This theme doesn’t always work, there are some ships that could fit the theme, but that for various reasons never called out to me. Usually because one of the chars in it, just doesn’t work for me. These I’ll read if they’re good enough, but I don’t generally go looking for them.

Say, Harry/Draco, Will/Hannibal (which can get interesting, cause it takes the theme and usually reverses it, with the darker person, dragging the lighter person into the abyss with them), …

Or ones I’ll avoid unless they’re extremely good and come incredibly highly reccommended, Loki/anyone. (sorry, but it takes a hell of a lot of effort to get me to believe that Loki is redeemable. And the moment the writer starts tearing down Thor, or even Odin to make Loki look better, they instantly lose my interest.

What really becomes interesting, is when people claim to have this theme for their pairing, and then you look at the pairing and start going? But these two don’t represent the theme in the slightest.

I mean, take Sterek, Stiles does NOT make Derek a better person, and Derek does not make Stiles more optimistic. (nor the other way around) They’re both cynics, who’d drag each other down with their angst, making  one another worse in the process.
It's like shipping bangel, only without any of the chemistry, (sub)text or even liking of one another.(sorry, complete crackship involving Teen Wolf's least interesting character, aka Stiles)

Yet, you still see sterek fans comparing their ship to ships like siren, destiel or stony. While they don’t even come close to it. It just makes you wonder what people think they’re shipping, when you look at canon vs fanon.
liliaeth: (scira)
Ultimate Fanfic Trope showdown

Taken from [livejournal.com profile] trobadora

My fave tropes from most to least favored

1 A/B/O
2 Hurt/Comfort
3 Sex Pollen
4 Royalty/Arranged Marriage
5 Soulmate Identifying Marks: Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc
6 Loyalty Kink
7 Magical Connection (telepathy, etc)
8 Vampires/Werewolves AU
9 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
10 Rivalmancy
11 Adopting/Raising a Baby
11 Found Families
11 Age Difference (possibly due to time travel)
14 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
15 Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
16 High School/Uni AU
17 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
17 Fake Out Make Out
19 Role Reversal AU
20 Amnesia
21 Friends to Lovers
22 Espionage AU
22 Incest
24 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Warp
24 Reincarnation/'25 Lives' AU
24 Trapped in an Elevator/Snowed-In Cabin/etc
24 Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)
28 Actually Unrequited Pining
liliaeth: (scira)
Title: The Forge

Writer: meus_venator

Artist liliaeth

Betas: fufaraw and maryjo24

Characters and/or pairings: Jensen/Jared

Genre: SPN RPS, AU, A/B/O

Rating: NC-17

Warnings, kinks & contents: AU, A/B/O, dark!fic, knotting, shifting, graphic depictions of torture and violence, branding, whipping, rape/non-con, Jensen whump, kidnap, alternate AU, dystopian AU, brief instance of switching, BAMF!Jensen, BAMF!Jared. Please do not read if any of these give you pause.

Length: 102k

Summary: Federal Marshal, werewolf hunter, and now, turned were, Jensen Ackles is on leave of absence from the Hunter Division, part of The Bureau of Werewolf Affairs. Struggling to reconcile the incompatible sides of his nature, the Hunter and the predator, he refuses to hunt those who are now his own kind. But before he can turn in his badge, he’s called in to hunt down a were. There are no easy solutions, and he will have to travel into the heart of darkness, the Hunters' Bureau itself, to discover who his enemies are, and what friends remain.


Fic: Masterpost can be found here









click for more pics )
liliaeth: (scira)
I used to really like the kink meme. Back in the day, I even tagged for the com. There were always loads of interesting prompts and most of the time you had a pretty good chance to get your prompts filled .

But the past few years, things changed. It wasn't just people moving away from lj. It started before that.

These days though, it's like over half the prompts are repeats from the past few years and most if not all of those tend to be bottomJared, or at the least were turned into bottomJared. And God help you if you post a bottomJensen prompt, because chances of getting one of those filled are getting smaller with every passing month *pouts*

I get that everyone has their preferences and all that, but I just can't in any way get into bottomJared. I just don't find Jared all that attractive, sorry, but I just don't. It's not just his size, it's the way he looks in general, his face, his attitude. There's just nothing vulnerable about him that appeals to me, to want to care about his emotions in the way I do about Jensen's.

And don't even get me started on bottom Sam, cause that's one of the most out of character things imaginable as far as I'm concerned. Sam is such a control freak and utter top, the idea of him bottoming pulls me right out of the story faster than pretty much anything. (short of bottomJohn, those are even worse)

Hell the only thing worse is top Dean or top Jensen, especially when they turn Dean or Jensen into an asshole, which is a quick way to get me to stop reading. I just need to care about Dean or Jensen to like the fic, and if you make the heart of the show unlikeable to me, then well... it won't matter whom you pair him with, I just won't be interested

I tried you know, tried to keep coming up with prompts, to keep people interested in bottomJensen. But it's hard to keep writing prompts when no one is filling them. And even when I tried the [livejournal.com profile] letskinkjensen community, practically no one but me seemed to post any prompts. It's just hard to keep putting up posts, when almost no one responds to them.

It's like this fandom is just getting less and less interesting to me, and I don't know how long I can keep my interest in the fandom or the kink meme, if things keep going as they are.

In the past when one fandom started losing my interest, I could always move on to a next one, but these days...

Teen Wolf fandom seems obsessed with the worst crack pairing possible, and it's all about the most boring character on the show. Cause honestly, I do not get the interest in Stiles, he's just a boring less well written version of Xander. And the more I see of him on the show, the less I want to see of him. He's just getting more and more annoying, yet somehow TW fandom seems to be hooked on the guy even though he's got pretty much nothing appealing about him.

And Scott fans are nice enough, but most of us seem to be so held down by the overflow of sterek, that it's hard to get inspired and just start writing and readin the kind of fics in this fandom.

I just can't think of any other fandom where the characters interest me enough to move on over to writing the fanfic for it. Cause sure, I like Grimm and IZombie, but somehow, awesome as those shows are, I don't seem to be as inspired to write about it.

In the Flesh works somewhat, but the fandom is just so small. And so much of it seems to be limited to one small portion of what made the fandom interesting in the first place.

Even crossovers are getting less and less interesting, and I really don't know what's left for me to do.

I know I don't want to move fandoms. Not while I've still got stories about Jensen and Dean inside of me. But it's hard to keep doing so, when it often seems like people are only interested in a version of the characters that has nothing in common with the chars I fell in love with.
liliaeth: (Default)
What is it about fandom, that even in a show with a strong female lead character that people still seem to prefer focusing on the male characters over the female lead?


Cut for length and very limited spoilers for the Hunger Games triology )

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