Breathe, Diva. Breathe.
Okay. So Scaramouche is pretty much THE reason I became obsessed with Destiel fanfic. First podfic? Scaramouche. First AU that I actually liked? Scaramouche. First and ONLY tentacle fic that makes me squee with joy? Yup–Scaramouche. And, even though she didn’t mention it below, “What Has Eight Tentacles and Isn’t Allowed to Eat Pie?“, proves to me she can write anything, and I’ll like it.
“octo dean” by anubis admire
As you read through her work, you will find her writing style is superb, attention to detail, astounding and she isn’t afraid to experiment in canon or AU, making her writing versatile while keeping our favorite boys in perfect characterization. The answers below to my 5 questions are familiar and personal, reminding me why I support (and am in awe of) the transformative community.
xoxo The Collectiva Diva
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1.) What/Who inspired you to write fanfiction?
There wasn’t a specific moment where I went, “Aha! I shall now write fanfic!” In part this was because I didn’t know that “fanfic” even was until the internet kicked off and I eased into the digital world of fannish creative expression and found other like-minded people. Before that happened, I’d say the first media to inspire to me to write would’ve been the Sweet Valley books. They were terribly contraband for schoolkid me back in the 90s (along with such scandalous media like Beverly Hills 90210) but those fictional worlds were vivid enough that I found myself writing short stories, sometimes set in the Sweet Valley world and sometimes inspired by it, though I did not have the vocabulary at the time to know what this was.Then the internet came along, and I found wonderful, meaty fan-written stories that blew my mind. Fans actually wrote this? For fun? They somehow managed to capture the tone and voice of the world, and are sharing it freely with other fans? If this is possible, then anything is possible! The first fandoms to open that world up to me were Labyrinth, the 1980s fantasy movie that’s haunted me for years, and The Secret of NIMH, the 1980s animated Don Bluth film that generated an expansive mind-blowing epic fan novel that I printed out on my poor parents’ computer printer so I could read it like a paperback and still have filed away in a cabinet.
It was in seeing what other fans managed to do that I felt that hey, maybe I could do that, too! I started out rocky, as most writers do, but the first fic I submitted to an archive was a sequel for Disney’s Mulan. The website’s long gone by now, but that was a formative little bump, especially in figuring out how to deal with submissions, feedback, and the self-consciousness of posting to a public forum. Signing up to ff.net came soon after that.
Last night, I received a frantic text message from a friend, telling me that he had something I needed to see. That ‘something’ turned out to be two minutes of pure heart palpitations.
Yes, the long-awaited trailer for the second Avengers film–which wasn’t supposed to be released until next week–quickly made its way across the interwebs, soon finding itself on twitter and Facebook. Marvel quickly caught on to the leak, and posted this apropos response on their official Twitter account.
Within hours, Marvel officially released the trailer on their Youtube channel, and it is now up to over 3 million hits. Holy Hulking Bruce Banner, that’s a lot for six hours! When my heart recovered, I watched the trailer again. And again. And again. If you’ve been reading our blog, you know I’m a Marvel girl, and yeah, I’m gonna have a bit of geek out now. No apologies needed or warranted.
If you don’t want to know anything about Ultron or the Scarlet Witch, I suggest closing this tab on your browser, because spoilers. Continue reading
Title: we can watch the white doves go Author: xylodemon
Pairings: Dean Winchester/Castiel Word Count: 2690
Warnings for sexy times (NSFW)
I had originally planned to rec something entirely different, but on my morning scroll through Tumblr I came across this fic and I fell in love. Hard. Spoilers for Supernatural 10×03.
This fic picks up right after the conversation between Dean and Castiel at the end of “Soul Survivor.” Xylodemon asks that favourite fanfic question “what if?” and gives us what could have happened after the conversation. Cas is prepared to return to Heaven after he knows Dean will be okay, but is Dean willing to let the angel go?
So far, I’m having good feelings about season 10, but I do miss the interaction between the Winchesters and Cas. What we did get was sparing, and I just wanted more, which xylodemon gives to us. This writer is incredible because 1) she wrote this mere hours after the episode aired 2) it’s smoothly and eloquently written (would that I wrote so well and so fast!) and 3) it adds to the characters.
Also, the sex is hot.
This is why I read and write fanfiction: to really be able to sink my teeth into a character and get a taste of who and what they are. The writers of the show can only give us so much, and xylodemon? Well, she can give us everything else.
Read this if you ship Destiel, like coda fics, or you just need a well-written SPN fic.
Happy reading, shippers.
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Episode 10×03 or “The Worst Game of Hide-and-Seek Ever”
So far this season: Dean’s a demon; Crowley’s his BFF; Cas is losing his grace; and Sam has captured Dean one-handedly. Pun intended.
*Spoilers ahead, darling* Continue reading
Thor #1 Cover
The Mighty Thor, one of Marvel’s best known characters, is immensely strong, brings an ancient chivalry to the Avengers, and wields a mythical hammer. Based on the Norse God of the same name, Thor is the embodiment of a warrior, a “man’s man” if you will. We all know what he looks like.
Character sketch by Russell Dauterman
Or do we?
As announced back in July, Marvel has taken the story of Thor and turned it upside down in the new Thor #1. To the surprise of many, Thor is now a woman. The new comic was released on October 1st, and of course I immediately downloaded it on the Marvel App to see what author Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman had done to my favorite Avenger. As a woman invested in equality, I was particularly intrigued to see their treatment of a female superhero who is best known the world over for being a man.