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2013-01-02 03:15 pm

Extremely belated Kaleidoscope reveals

This is embarrassingly belated! I forgot to post my reveals for 2011, so have that as well as the belated stories for 2012.

2011

The Ballad of Natty Cooper was written for [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity. It's based on the (afaik) nonexistent fandom of Stephen Graham Jones' book The Bird Is Gone, but mostly on a few appendix entries. This was incredibly difficult to write, since I did that "omg what was I thinking?!" exchange thing of writing for a source I didn't sign up for! And also hadn't read prior to that! On the other hand, the appendix entries were so compelling! And I really don't regret it, since without the challenge, the book would probably still be on my tbr list. Anyway, there is some extremely thinly disguised RPF here, as well as a Neil Armstrong cameo, a lot of very unreliable narrators, a lot of very unreliable narratives, a lot of very unreliable information sources, and I have my own version of what I think happened.

whole is a teeny Hwang Jin-yi drabble for [archiveofourown.org profile] troisroyaumes. It feels a bit silly to write commentary on it, when it would probably be longer than the piece itself....

2012

Yeol, Han (열, 한) is a Capital Scandal fic written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Gramarye. It has a few spoilers up through the first five episodes or so, and it mainly focuses on Cha Song Ju and Na Yeo Kyeong. And apparently AO3 won't let me edit it for notes, so: thanks very much to [personal profile] troisroyaumes for the quick and excellent beta and for the help with the title! 열 (yeol) roughly means "heat," and 한 (han) roughly means "coldness." While I love the outfits and the ridiculous plot of Capital Scandal, I wanted to write something that acknowledged more of the realities of Japanese occupation and what it meant and cost to simply live under that, and what it meant and cost to the people who resisted it.

Searching for Scheherazade is a One Thousand and One Nights pinch hit written for [archiveofourown.org profile] fresne. Gah! What was I thinking, to pick up a pinch hit when I hadn't even started my original fic! Such are the ways of fic exchanges!

I grew up reading a translation of One Thousand and One Nights and idolized Morgiana, who pours boiling oil over the heads of thieves. But I have so many qualms about why OTON is popular in Western culture and why Wiki lists more Western adaptations of it than Arabic-source adaptations (I am hoping it is merely because Wiki people lack knowledge of a lot of the Arabic-language adaptations, but don't actually know). The translation history of OTON is also incredibly tangly and really gross at certain points, and then I kept reading that OTON is more respected in translation than in its original language, since it was seen as mere oral storytelling by Arabic literature people. I took that with many grains of salt, because hey, Wiki and Western self congratulation.

I wanted something about translations and cultural appropriation and what happens when you find out your important stories are actually betrayals fed to you by those who have sanitized them and oral traditions and how stories must and do change and unattributed female storytellers that would hopefully still read as a story and not as a credo, though of course, I am the last person who can judge if I succeeded or not.
springgreen: (Peking Opera Blues: Tsao Wen broody poet)
2012-12-21 04:16 pm

Kaleidoscope recs!

Sigh. I wanted to get these up before the reveal went live. FWIW, these are my recs pre-reveal? And then I wanted to get it up, period. So here, have some excellent fanworks in tiny fandoms before Yuletide brings down AO3!

First, I got Many faces of Tsao Wen, an awesome, awesome icon set from [archiveofourown.org profile] sinngrace for Dòu máah dáan | 刀馬旦 | Peking Opera Blues! Thank you so much OMG! I am just so excited someone created a fan work for this movie! And not just that, but Brigitte Lin as Tsao Wen being hot like whoa! I still can't pick a favorite outfit or pose because I keep changing my mind! Oh man. I wish she were in Takarazuka, wahahaha.

[archiveofourown.org profile] dhobikikutti, Henson and Ootah's GR8 Adventurs (Arctic Expeditions RPF/Texts from Cephalopods fic) - Um. I have no words people. You may need a passing familiarity with the persons of Arctic Expeditions RPF or Texts from Cephalopods, and other than that, this is sheer crack. I just. PEOPLE. HENSON AND OOTAH ARE CEPHALOPODS.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Carmarthen, A Branch in the Wind Cannot Find Peace (Dí Rénjié | 狄仁傑之通天帝國 | Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame fic) - Whoo! Wu Zetian's POV, and she is scary and icy and touching and full of regret. I love that sense of passion and emotion under fierce restraint, the kind where every tiny gesture is laden with meaning. Spoilers for the movie.

[archiveofourown.org profile] reapingfolk, Jezebel (Gyeongseong Scandal | Capital Scandal vid) - Cha Song Joo vid!!!! Basically, Cha Song Joo is awesome. Love how the vid shows her relationship with Wan and Yeo Kyeong and Geun Deok and Young Ran as well as with Su Hyeon. Warning: SPOILERS LIKE WHOA.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Izilen, Shining Bright (Hourou Musuko | Wandering Son icon set) - Really lovely and vibrant icons from Hourou Musuko. I've only read a single volume, but I like the art style a lot.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Qem, Hourou Musuko Icons - These are hazy and watercolored, in comparison to the above icon set, and it works equally well. The feel of it reminds me a bit of the Honey and Clover anime.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Rhi, A Day (Week Month Year) in the Life (Scott Pilgrim icon set) - This is so cool! So I don't know Scott Pilgrim much at all, but I just love that it takes recontextualized scenes from outside sources and scenes from the movie and the comics to tell a story via icon set! I don't think I have ever seen that before.

[archiveofourown.org profile] DoubleCorncake, Knives Chau and the Paradise Kiss Makeover (Scott Pilgrim/Paradise Kiss art) - I am totally biased, because I had some amount of input in this, but best crossover ever! I love the colors and how recognizable all the Paradise Kiss characters are, even in Scott Pilgrim style, and I am especially happy that Knives Chau gets her own happy ending, complete with awesome clothes.

[archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity, Talk Don't Matter (Smoke Signals vid) - I really really really need to watch the source now! I love the developing relationship between Thomas and Victor, and I really need to get a hold of the song now.

[archiveofourown.org profile] ambyr, Women's Words (Sun Sword fic) - This has everything I loved from the Annagar parts of the series. Diora is so careful, so subtle, as she always has been, and yet, there are the most minute of changes. And the Serras continue to write their letters that are beneath the notice of others and game changing all the same.

And okay, this wasn't for Kaleidoscope, but it does fit the collection criteria:

[archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah, Five Times Kyoko Did Not Expect Fannish Shipping Explosions (Skip Beat! fic) - Kyoko stars in adaptations of various popular fanworks (Ex. Magical Boy Wizard Harry and I am not spoiling the rest for you). Kyoko is affronted by fan reactions. I nearly die laughing. I am not sure which adaptation is my favorite, because they are all so wonderfully perfect, but I think for now I'll go with #3 and #5.
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2012-09-15 06:39 pm

Dear Doer of Darkness

Hi! I love you, you are awesome! The following details are really only if a) you enjoy reading other people's Doer of Darkness letters or b) you want inspiration of some sort. Honestly, all the fandoms in Kaleidoscope are so teeny weeny and have so few fanworks that I heart you already for just volunteering to do stuff with it.

General likes and dislikes )

Italicized stuff from my request. (You can so tell how I am running out of time and ideas by the end...)

Fandom specific )
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2011-12-29 03:46 pm

Kaleidoscope and Yuletide recs

Er, better late than never, one hopes?

Fandoms: Effluent Engine, Journey to the West, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Coffee Prince, Sultana's Dream, Pacifics, Chak De! India, Saving Face, Capital Scandal, Half World, Detective Di, Red Cliff, 20th Century Boys

Read more... )
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2011-10-07 10:33 am

Dear Doer of Darkness

Hi!

Yay and thank you both for doing something for me and for participating in the challenge! I am super excited and really really hope Kaleidoscope goes on, so I have a lot of vested interest in this!

Please to be ignoring if you want! )
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2011-09-27 08:11 am

Kaleidoscope!

Eeeeeee!!!!! Sign ups for Kaleidoscope are now open!!!!!!

Now I much obsessively mull over all the fandoms and whittle them down to three and then think of prompts.....