"Damn it, Javier!" Laine began to retort, but stopped when she heard footsteps coming up the stairs. Just great. Now she'd never persuade Javier. She glared at the vampire who entered the attic.What's New? In January, fkfic-l saw three new stories by three authors. ( list with links )
"Vachon..." Nick's voice faltered as he caught sight of Vachon's guest. "Who...?" Doubt, hope, denial. All of them were visible on his face. "I know you. Don't I?"
I like to tell myself -- and sometimes other people, so stop me if you've heard this one -- that what I'm looking for in fanfiction is a good story. Not necessarily gen or romance, straight or slash, just good storytelling however it comes. Of course it's more complicated than that. I'm a canon junkie, for starters. (Mmmmmm, canon.) I prefer G and PG tales to R and NC-17 ones. I fall all over accurate historical fiction. (Mmmmmm, history.) I won't touch RPF with a twenty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole. And then let's define "good," never forget. ;-) But generally? A good story in any genre.
Other people, wonderful people I know and love, must have one particular subgenre or another to fully engage their fannish hearts. And yes, they're correct that FK doesn't overwhelm with canonical possibilities those who love slash best, but who are not UFers. I submit that FK is not a wasteland for them, either, though. Bring your own scenarios. Elisabeth, this is for you: ( Lists )
|Natalie:||"Do you ever think that our lives would be a lot simpler if we just gave up on the secrecy and published the truth in the Enquirer, Nick?"|
|Nick:||"I don't need my life simplified that much."|
What's new? In October, fkfic-l saw one new story, a one-parter titled "Hallowe'en" by Walt D. (Yea, Walt!) November, by comparison, has gotten off to a sprinter's start, with three stories by three authors already!
The original screenshots for many of these come from Nancy T.'s Knight Watchman; others come from Kristen's Knight Vision; and a few have actually been on my hard drive since the series was still on the air (uh, successive hard drives, that is ~g~). I believe the FK logo GIF with the red letters was created by Nancy K.
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This is not a crossover. It's a parody. But it has a smattering of parallel spoilers for the third season of the revived Doctor Who, because I inflicted on Nick and his Professor When show all the spoilers I was unable to duck in real life.
Our beloved brick is so good for this kind of humor, isn't he? I had almost forgotten!
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L on August 30, 2007|
|•||Summary:||It seems everyone has seen the new season of Nick's favorite show -- except him.|
|•||Characters:||Nick, Lacroix, Schanke, Janette, Merlin, Natalie, Others|
|•||Quotation:||"Nick sighed. Putting away killers to atone for his sordid past was all fine and good, but no one should have to work on premiere night."|
My meta-parody "Grievances" is one of those few pieces that have never yet made it to fkfic-l. I archived it on Bright Knight in 2001, but as far as I knew, no one read it until tv_elf recommended it on her LJ two years ago, when several people kindly commented on it.
It was my first attempt at comedy (well, since my contributions to the My Parental Units Invaded Earth and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt FK/DS/XF humor zine, anyway).
|•||Summary:||Canonical characters organize to protest the working conditions in fanfiction.|
|•||Setting:||Where characters await stories|
|•||Characters:||Vachon, Fleur, Janette, Lacroix, Schanke, Cohen, Stonetree, Nick, Natalie, Others|
|•||Quotation:||"Bad day on the fic list? Let me guess -- you spent an entire shift making love to Tracy Vetter for no emotionally established reason in no logically explained manner, and you need an aspirin and a shower?"|
Putting this fanfiction retrospective back on chronological track, the next story up is "England's Rose." It seems peculiar now, over a decade later, on this side of 9/11 and war and all the rest, the volume of grief lavished on Princess Diana's loss. But at that time, much of a generation saw a mirror crack, and felt their reflection shatter. Natalie is part of that generation.
FK's timeline warps to accommodate this story. "Nobody dies, nobody ever dies," so that the entire cast can register reactions.
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L in September 1997|
|•||Summary:||Princess Diana's death distresses Natalie and reminds Nick of Queen Caroline.|
|•||Setting:||August 31 and September 6, 1997; Flashbacks 1981 and 1783|
|•||Characters:||Natalie, Sara, Grace, Schanke, Nick, Janette, Lacroix, Urs, Vachon, Screed, Tracy, Cohen|
|•||Quotation:||"Natalie had turned nineteen the summer of the royal wedding, and there had been something inescapably exciting about watching this girl, her own age, walk onto the world stage."|
Fluff. Utter, unremitting fluff. My first fiction response to "Last Knight" was apparently thoroughgoing denial wrapped in sappiness and sprinkled with humor. Eeep! A few years on, this would have been satire, but at the time, I meant it just as it is.
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L in June 1996|
|•||Summary:||Natalie and Nick chat about friends and family, happily ever after.|
|•||Setting:||"Nobody Dies; Nobody Ever Dies"|
|•||Characters:||Natalie, Nick, references to everyone else (that's right: everyone!)|
|•||Quotation:||"How about you, Natalie Lambert Knight, love of my eight hundred and four years? Are you happy?"|