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New The X-Files trailer.... (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!)





New Star Wars trailer... (fskdskljfasklfj)





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Title: The Suit Makes the Woman
Author: MistressKat / [personal profile] kat_lair 
Fandom: The X-Files
Pairing: Mulder/Scully implied
Rating: PG
Word count: 404
Disclaimer: Not mine, only playing

Summary: “Now that’s what I call making an effort.”

Author notes: Written for randomly selected fandom and prompt (cross-dressing)

The Suit Makes the Woman )

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Hello my wonderful flist. I have managed to finish one lecture so I'm giving myself a few days off for Christmas. There has been a lot of cooking and baking and hanging out with mum, and it has all been very therapeutic.

Unfortunately, I still can't squeeze out any creativity for fics or art, or even pretty photos (I have some cat ones, yay?) for Christmas. So instead of something original, I present and gift to you (see what I did there?)...

Three Days of Christmas Kat's Fic Recs

3 days, 20 fic recs per day, variety of fandoms = something to treat yourself with after the holiday activities and socialising gets too much.

Happy Christmas. Stay awesome.

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Three Days of Christmas Kat's Fic Recs - Day One

Battle Creek

at last, we see each other plain - Russ/Milt. I'm very fond of this show which is so very obvious in its slasher baiting. The fic is a classic take on the 'something from the past comes back to haunt them' trope, with added hurt/comfort and slowly dawning realisation.

Caught with Your Glasses On - Russ/Milt. Glasses porn. Well, glasses making out. Still, pretty cute.


Daredevil (TV)

Down to the Bone - Matt/Foggy, daemon AU. All the goodness of 'from bffs to lovers' and intense feelings but with addead daemons, plust daemon touching at the end of course. Adorable.


Grimm

Cohabitation and Eventual Domestication - Nick/Monroe. From housemates to something more with a lot of sweetness and ust. This is such an easy, sweet read, really enjoyable.

It's Not a Revolution - Nick/Monroe. When Nick moves in some things change and some don't. I like '5+1' fics and this is lovely and domestic.


The Musketeers (BBC)

In Our Wonder And Astonishment - Richeliu/de Treville, bdsm AU. Look, okay, so I tried watching the show and just couldn't get into it. My memories of French history are vague. I never read Alexander Dumas all the way through. I have no idea about even what the actors playing these parts look like. None of that matters, because this a long (97k), glorious bdsm AU and those are like delicious edible gold dust to me. The world building is excellent, and the sheer intrigue of politicking in Louis XIII's court with added bdsm dynamics would've kept me hooked quite apart for the lovely 'pretend relationship turning to a real one' aspect of the story. Highly recced.


Person of Interest

less bigger than the least begin - Finch/Reese. Finch's former employee is in trouble. Reese is having a lot of conflicted feelings about helping him. Great OMC, angst and misunderstandings and oh, oh Reese and his presumedly unrequited feelings and their conversation at the end *clutches heart* Also delicious, subtle power dynamics because John loves Harold showing and telling him what to do, and oh, oh I was back to clutching my heart for the sex scene. Gorgeous fic.

Stripped (down to the bone) - Finch/Reese, aob AU. John thought he was too old to get into heat again. Turns out he was was wrong about that. This is 11k of John descending into a beautifully needy, desperate state and how Harold is there for him, even if he doesn't think it's such a good idea.

The Most Important Meal of the Day - Finch/Reese. Finch and Reese start sharing baked goods for breakfast. The whole thing sounds unbearably sweet and it is that, but there's also slashes of bitterness and pain, but it is Reese's want, deep and desperate, that is the most delicious thing about this.

The Water - Finch/Reese. To help his injuries and pain, Harold takes up swimming again. This time John is there to help. If only Harold would let him... Sensual, deeply caring, and very well captures both erotic and healing potential of water.


Stargate Atlantis

A Secret Island in Your Mind - McKay/Zelenka. For such smart guys, it sure takes Rodney and Radek a while to get on the same wavelenght. Author describes this as 'romantic dramedy' which is pretty accurate :D Lots of pining and jealousy even afte they get together. One of my favourite pairings for this fandom and it was so great to read a proper long (25k) fic for them. Remember to check out the lovely fanart too!

Connection - McKay/Zelenka. This will resonate with every non-native English speaker, or really anyone who has had to adjust to a new language/culture. Loved it.


Star Trek (AOS)

En Promenade - Kirk/McCoy. Holy crap, why hadn't I read this before? This is an excellent, long Academy era fic of Jim and Bones moving from friends to lovers. Don't be thrown by the detailed references to things that happened before, there isn't currently a prequel (I checked, though I could also be wrong) and it confused me a bit but just seems like something the author was putting in place for a potential prequel... Anyway, back to the story. Fuck, the ust in this is fantastic. There is a lot of dancing and surprise competency which always works for me. The scene at the club with the suits... Oh Christ, I can't remember the last time a fic made my toes literally curl because the sexual tension was just scorching. This kept me interested all the way to the end, even when the fic moves to established relationship. There's also a sequel which I haven't read yet but probably will. Really, very highly recced.

Ooooo, Doctor Bones - Kirk/McCoy. Bones is a goddamn superstar in his own field. Hits my competency kink just right.

Water's Edge - Kirk/McCoy, merpeople AU. There's something Bones has been keeping from Jim.. Something that's about to come and bite them both on the ass. The alien culture and planet are nicely alien, the angst is delicious, and who doesn't like the idea of mer!McCoy?


Star Trek (multi)

Things - Kira/Odo, mostly gen with ensemble cast, daemon AU. This fic requires you to have at least medium level familiarity of TNG, Voyager and particularly DS9 where it takes place. If you have that, and you enjoy strong characterisation and daemon AUs then run, don't walk, and read this now. This centres around Odo, his lack of Daemon, and how fluid is the concept of a soul. Excellent fic that trusts the reader.


The X-Files

the furthest constellations - Mulder/Scully, daemon AU. This is essentially a retelling of key moments of the first two seasons of the show, but with daemons, and with Mulder and Scully actually acting on their feelings in the end rather than internalising them for several more years of angst. What with the new six episode season around the corner (I saw a poster in town the other day and made a noise that made even my past 15-year-old self cringe) I've been returning to the fandom a bit for the fics, so this was really lovely way to visit some of those moments that made me squeal and melt and gasp when I was a teenager :D


X-Men: First Class

An Act Too Often Neglected- Charles/Erik, Logan. Hilarious outsider pov fic. Logan sure as hell didn't plan on being the gift Erik drops at Charles' feet like a dog presenting a rabbit to his master, but here he is, witnessing their awkward attempts of conciliation whether he wants to or not (hint: he really doesn't).

No Matter What - Armando Munoz/Alex Summers, bdsm AU. This is an offshoot of a longer verse but works really well on its own. The world building is great, and I would love to read more about all the original character/pairings we meet briefly at the start when the soulmate search journey ends in a juvenile detention centre...

Time to Grow - Charles/Erik, alternate fix it ending. Charles and Erik play chess and have a lot of not dates. Somewhere along the line they also actually talk about things. Characterisation is excellent and it doesn't shy away from the difficult topics like Erik's 'kill first, consider ethics later' habit. Relationship development is lovely, but the moral philosophy discussions are almost better.


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Oh fandom of my heart. My One True Fandom. The first love, the one that started it all... This is a bit like seeing your ex and knowing that you WILL fall back into bed with them, but not being at all sure yet if it will be brilliant, bittersweet, disappointing or a massive mistake...



*flails*

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OH GOD, why did I not know this existed?



*wipes tears and desperately crosses legs*

OH FANDOM OF MY HEART, OH INTERNET <3

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The fact that I’m getting to this whilst it’s still January is a win.

Fics posted in 2013. Includes fics not actually written in 2013, and as usual the Secret Santa 2013 fic though that was technically posted this year. Excludes a lot of stuff written in 2013 but not posted anywhere yet. Whatever, just roll with it.


Fics by Fandom:

Bandom
A Kiss of Shadows ([livejournal.com profile] unmarked_place ‘verse, Gerard/Lindsey, PG-13, 1,031 words) – only on LJ
i know i’m bad news (implied Patrick/Pete, R, 448 words) – on LJ, on AO3
my smile is not a lie (it’s all teeth) (implied Patrick/Pete, R, 389 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Redress ([livejournal.com profile] unmarked_place ‘verse, Patrick/Pete, NC-17, 1,820 words) – only on LJ
Storm Rising (implied Gerard/Mikey, PG, 251 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Great British Bake Off
Jammy Dodgers Are Not the Only Fruit (implied Mel/Sue, PG, 379 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Harry Potter
Manifold (Draco/Harry, NC-17, 5,334 words) – on LJ, on AO3
what rough beast, its hour come around at last (crossover with Supernatural, Lucius Malfoy, implied Dean /Sam, R, 3,048 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Hawaii Five-0
A Hard Day’s Night (pre-Danny/Steve, G, 500 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Ready to Rock, Ready to Roll (Danny/Steve, PG-13, 1,565 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Lewis
is not the past all shadow (Gen, PG, 1,615 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Life's Sweetest Reward (Hathaway/Lewis, PG-13, 10,974 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Prophesy in Part (Lewis & Williams (OMC), PG-13, 1,479 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Masterchef (UK)
and eat it too (co-authored with [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666, John Torode/Gregg Wallace, PG-13, 4,808 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Supernatural
between the sentries of the heart (Dean/Sam, PG-13, 600 words) – on LJ, on AO3
ring the bells that still can ring (Gen, PG, 833 words) – on LJ, on AO3
swifter than a weaver's shuttle (Dean & Sam, Gen, PG-13, 1,168 words ) – on LJ, on AO3
the plains of your back remain untravelled (Dean/Sam, R, 1,040 words) – on LJ, on AO3
what rough beast, its hour come around at last (crossover with Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy, implied Dean /Sam, R, 3,048 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Telephone
these rocks don't lose their shape (Beyoncé/Lady Gaga, R, 457 words) – on LJ, on AO3

(The) X-Files
AS GODS (The Eves, PG-13, 222 words) – on LJ, on AO3
Summer of ’73 (Fox & Samantha Mulder, PG, 582 words) – on LJ, on AO3

Non-fic things:
Art for I See A Man (Lewis, for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang) – on LJ, on AO3
FOB icons – only on LJ

Questions under the cut )


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Something old...



Oh man, The X-Files/Kat = OTP. My first true fandom love. Twenty years on. God, I remember being 14/15 watching that first episode alone at home in the dark, and I had to pause the tape (I'd taped it on VHS because for some reason I couldn't watch it on the day it had actually shown) because it creeped me out so much. The music, the atmosphere, the mock-documentary feel of it, aliensssssss... and Mulder/Scully remains the OTP of my heart and probably the root cause of all my 'from BFFs to lovers' feelings. "Sorry, nobody here but the FBI's most unwanted." ~ "Agent Mulder. My name is Dana Scully. I've been assigned to work with you." ~ "Oh isn't nice to be suddenly so highly regarded..."

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Something new...



Part 6 of the Young Blood Chronicles. Jesus fuck but bloody dirty monster Patrick pushes so many of my buttons. Hard. The word on the interwebs is that this video series won't have a happy ending and I'm actually really glad to hear that. Because yes, darker, scarier, bloodier, more monstrous... Bring it. Also, the look on Pete's ickle faaaaaaaaaaaaace when Patrick turns again. Ugh, my heart.


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Something borrowed...

Jensen Ackles on how Supernatural could end (source) (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] frikatilhi for bringing this to my attention)

I had a dream a few weeks ago and I dreamed the end of the series. And I am not sure this is they way I would want it to go but… Sam had died. And because Dean couldn't get him back, because all the tools that he wanted to use like angels or a deal with Crowley or any kind of deal were unavailable to him. All of that was gone so there was no way he was getting Sam back.

So in my dream – I can still see it, it was so vivid – there was a long, long stretch of highway, with nothing but fields. And Dean gets out of the Impala, and hands the keys to a stranger. And the guy hands him a set of keys. And we don't know for what.

And the guy gets in the Impala and takes off. And the camera turns around to Dean's got a motorcycle. And he gets on and its super sad because its "I don't have my brother, what do I need room for a passenger for?" So he gets on the single seater motorcycle and heads off down the highway.


I'm so behind on Supernatural that it's not even funny. However, this... I can see this ending, I feel this ending would actually be worthy of the show.


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Something blue...

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Oh Benedict, your gifts are always so thoughtful... Now, just hold out your wrists... Benedict's blue eyes totally count for the blue category, okay.

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Title: Summer of ‘73
Author: Mistress Kat / [livejournal.com profile] kat_lair
Fandom: The X-Files
Characters: Samantha Mulder, Fox Mulder
Genre: Gen, pre-series
Rating: PG
Word count: 582
Disclaimer: Not mine, only playing

Summary: It’s not like Sam’s that bothered about playing baseball but at least it would get her out of the house for a few hours.

Author notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 as a fill for her prompt in the ‘Sugar and Spice’ female-centric fanworksathon. Her prompt was: Samantha Mulder, gen, pre-series, "Fox, how come you never let me play baseball with you and your friends?" This is un-betaed.


Summer of ‘73 )

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Title: AS GODS
Author: Mistress Kat / [livejournal.com profile] kat_lair
Fandom: The X-Files
Characters: The Eves
Genre: Experimental (it’s a genre, alright?)
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 222 (including the quotes)
Disclaimer: Not mine, only playing

Summary: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. ~ Genesis 3:5

Author notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 as a fill for her prompt in the ‘Sugar and Spice’ female-centric fanworksathon. Her prompt was: The Eves, gen, any time period, hivemind. This is un-betaed.

AS GODS )


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Greetings!

My beloved Finngirls are meeting this weekend but due to being in the wrong country at the wrong time I cannot physically be there for fangirl shenanigans *sadface* One of the traditions of the fanmeets has always been watching fanvids together, so I thought I would contribute to the cause by timing my planned vid rec posts accordingly. So, prepare yourself for 4 days of vid recs! Links are a mix of LJ, AO3 and youtube, and vids are a mix of old and new.

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Kat Recs All The Vids - Day 1

Disarm - Harry Potter, Draco character study (Draco/Harry). This is a gorgeous character study vid that draws some striking parallels between Draco and Harry, particularly in the context of family ties. There is something almost fragile about this vid, and the editing makes excellent use of symbolism.

High Voltage - Stargate (all shows), Ancients. Wow. I mean, wow, you always kind of knew that the Ancients weren't the benevolent gods they liked to play but this vid manages to condense just how scary and power-crazy they actually were. Great use of clips form all three Stargate series and the song choice does an excellent job at conveying the relentless drive for more, everything, now that the Ancients have.

If It Be Your Will - Lewis, Hathaway character study. In the interest of full disclosure I'll confess that this vid was made for me, from my prompt and song choice. However. However, it is about a hundred times more awesome than anything I pictured in my tiny head. Couple Leonard Cohen with Hathaway's struggle with his faith and you're left with something that hurts in all the best ways. The use of gaze and the matching of clips and lyrics is amazing, and the ending is the only possible ending a vid like this could have had.

Matches to Paper Dolls - The X Files, Scully/Mulder. Dana Scully, my hero. This is a wonderful character portrait, capturing Scully's strength and persistence as well as her relationship with Mulder, which was as destructive as it was powerful. The vid uses some unusual clips and that match between those and the lyrics is layered enough to surprise me even after several viewings.

Rolling in the Deep - X-Men Movie Series, Charles/Erik. When 'First Class' came out, everyone was all over this pairing. And yet, for me, it was the stellar (and sadly underused) performances of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen that really portrayed the painful and complicated relationship between them. This vid does an excellent job at showing the continuity and development of the two complex individuals and their relationship. Some excellent use of overlaying of images.

Take Me Home - Multi, femslash. Awesome ladies being awesome together. This is a great look at some of most intense female relationships on tv, with a nice dose of antagonism as well. The song choice gives me severe nostalgia.

The Glass - Multi, meta. I've seen this recced far and wide and deservedly so. This uses a powerful and beautifully carried visual metaphor of queer subtext, its representation in the media and how fandom breaks through it. This is some truly moving stuff right here. I was fine until it got to the Primeval clip (you'll know what I mean) and then I almost started bawling.

There! Right There! - X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik. The most burning question at the X-Men mansion is whether Erik is gay or just... European? Oh godddddd, the crack is priceless, the song choice (from Legally Blonde the musical) exquisite, and the resulting hilarity may cause peeing in pants.

Tonight - McFly, Dougie/Harry. Right, firstly, you do not need to be in the fandom, know anything about the band or even like their music to enjoy this vid. Secondly, if you are even a little bit interested in watching power dynamics in action then run, don't walk, to watch this right now. The d/s vibe in this is amazing, all the wall pushing and restraining and bossing around... This is one of the best and sexiest rps vids I've seen, with great editing and song choice.

We Go Together - Multi, watersports! Yes, you read that right. This is a vid about watersports (and no, I'm not talking about surfing or sailing here...) and 'lo it is awesome and hilarious and even almost a little sexy at times. The sources are fantastic and the song choice too. Plus, dolphins! *cackles*

kat_lair: (XF - partners)
Apparently the rumours are true and Kim Manners passed away from lung cancer yesterday. The X-Files was my first Fandom and Kim's direction was always stellar. I was thrilled to learn that he'd moved on to Supernatural, where his talent was was equally appreciated by the fans. Rest in peace Kim, you will be sadly missed by fans everywhere.
kat_lair: (XF - partners)
Apparently the rumours are true and Kim Manners passed away from lung cancer yesterday. The X-Files was my first Fandom and Kim's direction was always stellar. I was thrilled to learn that he'd moved on to Supernatural, where his talent was was equally appreciated by the fans. Rest in peace Kim, you will be sadly missed by fans everywhere.
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It’s that time again folks. The time to relax, and let the amazing power of fanvids crest over you mind and seduce you into whole new fandoms. Oh what wonders await you just a few mouse-taps away. Just click that download button and be ready fall in love…

Listen to me good now people. Every single one of these of videos is fucking brilliant. Do not continue your existence without seeing them. You owe it to the fandom. You owe it to yourself.

ZOMG Watch Mah Show! Part 2

REMEMBER TO LEAVE FEEDBACK TO THE VIDDERS!

Vid: Feeling Good
Vidder:

[personal profile] jenavira
Fandom: Life on Mars
Genre/pairing: Season 1 overview, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: Because it’s just so pretty. Well, it is. The video is incredibly slick and professional looking. It could be an official promo video for the show, if it wasn’t better than anything I can imagine the BBC putting together. The song is just perfect for Sam Tyler and the show in general. If I wanted to seduce people into watching Life on Mars (which, um, I do) this is the video I would show to convince them of the brilliance of the show. The video gives you a chronological overview of the first season, with excellent clip choices and editing. Do yourself a favour and download it immediately.
Download link and info: From the vidder's original LJ post.

Vid: Two Words
Vidder:

[personal profile] sisabet
Fandom: Angel the Series
Genre/pairing: Show overview, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: The music choice here will make you blink for all of two seconds, after which it becomes stupefyingly clear that despite all laws of the universe, the song works with the source material so amazingly well I’m half-way convinced it was written for the sole purpose of the video. The editing here is something else, giving brilliant clip-lyric matching, but never losing the beat and feel of the underlying music. Every viewing of the video, another clip opens up and I’m awed anew by the detail and talent with which it is put together. More than that, there is a distinctive tightness in my chest every time I watch this vid. It is, in a word, epic. It’s about the constant struggle, fighting even when you’ll never win, the friends you gain and lose as a consequence. If you’re familiar with the canon, you’ll most likely cry. If you’re not, you might anyway.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s original LJ post.

Vid: Right Here Right Now
Vidder: Hollywood aka

[personal profile] hollywoodgrrl
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Genre/pairing: Show overview, Action, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: You’re looking at the title and thinking “Fatboy Slim wtf?” – a perfectly understandable first reaction. But oh my god does it work ever. This is hands down one of my top ten SGA fanvids of all time. You need to watch this vid several times to appreciate the full brilliance of it, because guaranteed the first few times you’ll be too busy just gaping with your mouth open. I know nothing of the technical side of vidding, but that thing with repetitions? Awesome. That other thing with fast forwards and quick rewinds? Also awesome. And the fast cuts, and the clip choices, and how the editing keeps to the rhythm of the music exactly? Awesome, awesome, and awesome. The bit with the machine gun (you’ll know what I mean) probably qualifies as divine inspiration. The Wraith sequence gives me chills. And the ending? Just… I can’t even. If you only watch one SGA vid in your entire life, let it be this one. If you know nothing about the show and hate it on the principle, watch the vid anyway. It really is just that good.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s original LJ post.

Vid: Sweetest Perfection
Vidder: Hope aka

[personal profile] angstslashhope
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre/pairing: Season 1 overview, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: You may have noticed that instrumental pieces lend themselves well for these types of “show overview” vids. I’ve mentioned before my affection for lyrics, so for me to rec all these vids with minimum reliance on them, should tell you something already. Anyway, this video right here? I’m running out of adjectives, but ‘amazing’ comes to mind. Writing these reviews I usually split the screen so that the word file is on one side, while the vid plays on the other, so I can jot down notes while I watch. That approach simply doesn’t work for this one, because I’m always completely drawn in, barely breathing and incapable of multitasking. Never mind that I’ve seen it maybe two dozen times before. The editing and clip choices are first-grade, and doubled with the music, the video is like a runaway train, going faster and faster, and even when you know where it’s going to stop, it doesn’t make the end any less shattering.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s original LJ post.

Vid: Injection
Vidder: Fox Estacado
Fandom: The X-Files
Genre/pairing: Myth-arc overview, some Mulder/Scully moments
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: If it wasn’t for The X-Files, I wouldn’t be here, neck-deep in fannish things, reccing you these vids. This was the show that introduced me to fandom, and I haven’t looked back since. This video… I don’t think I can do it justice with words. Firstly, using dialogue in a fanvid almost never works well. Even if it does, it rarely adds anything to the experience. This video here does both, and the end result is devastating. This is epic at its best, just like the show at its best was. It captures that feel of inevitability, of destiny, when the world is burning and you can do nothing but try to outrun the flames. It was always the main strength of the show: two extraordinary ordinary people clinging to each other when everything else fell apart. I loved this show so much it hurt. Still do, thanks to vids like this.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s website.



REMEMBER TO LEAVE FEEDBACK TO THE VIDDERS!


kat_lair: (Default)

It’s that time again folks. The time to relax, and let the amazing power of fanvids crest over you mind and seduce you into whole new fandoms. Oh what wonders await you just a few mouse-taps away. Just click that download button and be ready fall in love…

Listen to me good now people. Every single one of these of videos is fucking brilliant. Do not continue your existence without seeing them. You owe it to the fandom. You owe it to yourself.


ZOMG Watch Mah Show! Part 2


REMEMBER TO LEAVE FEEDBACK TO THE VIDDERS!

Vid: Feeling Good
Vidder: [personal profile] jenavira
Fandom: Life on Mars
Genre/pairing: Season 1 overview, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: Because it’s just so pretty. Well, it is. The video is incredibly slick and professional looking. It could be an official promo video for the show, if it wasn’t better than anything I can imagine the BBC putting together. The song is just perfect for Sam Tyler and the show in general. If I wanted to seduce people into watching Life on Mars (which, um, I do) this is the video I would show to convince them of the brilliance of the show. The video gives you a chronological overview of the first season, with excellent clip choices and editing. Do yourself a favour and download it immediately.
Download link and info: From the vidder's original LJ post.

 

Vid: Two Words
Vidder: [personal profile] sisabet
Fandom: Angel the Series
Genre/pairing: Show overview, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: The music choice here will make you blink for all of two seconds, after which it becomes stupefyingly clear that despite all laws of the universe, the song works with the source material so amazingly well I’m half-way convinced it was written for the sole purpose of the video. The editing here is something else, giving brilliant clip-lyric matching, but never losing the beat and feel of the underlying music. Every viewing of the video, another clip opens up and I’m awed anew by the detail and talent with which it is put together. More than that, there is a distinctive tightness in my chest every time I watch this vid. It is, in a word, epic. It’s about the constant struggle, fighting even when you’ll never win, the friends you gain and lose as a consequence. If you’re familiar with the canon, you’ll most likely cry. If you’re not, you might anyway.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s original LJ post.

 

Vid: Right Here Right Now
Vidder: Hollywood aka [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Genre/pairing: Show overview, Action, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: You’re looking at the title and thinking “Fatboy Slim wtf?” – a perfectly understandable first reaction. But oh my god does it work ever. This is hands down one of my top ten SGA fanvids of all time. You need to watch this vid several times to appreciate the full brilliance of it, because guaranteed the first few times you’ll be too busy just gaping with your mouth open. I know nothing of the technical side of vidding, but that thing with repetitions? Awesome. That other thing with fast forwards and quick rewinds? Also awesome. And the fast cuts, and the clip choices, and how the editing keeps to the rhythm of the music exactly? Awesome, awesome, and awesome. The bit with the machine gun (you’ll know what I mean) probably qualifies as divine inspiration. The Wraith sequence gives me chills. And the ending? Just… I can’t even. If you only watch one SGA vid in your entire life, let it be this one. If you know nothing about the show and hate it on the principle, watch the vid anyway. It really is just that good.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s original LJ post.

 

Vid: Sweetest Perfection
Vidder: Hope aka [personal profile] angstslashhope
Fandom: Supernatural
Genre/pairing: Season 1 overview, Gen
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: You may have noticed that instrumental pieces lend themselves well for these types of “show overview” vids. I’ve mentioned before my affection for lyrics, so for me to rec all these vids with minimum reliance on them, should tell you something already. Anyway, this video right here? I’m running out of adjectives, but ‘amazing’ comes to mind. Writing these reviews I usually split the screen so that the word file is on one side, while the vid plays on the other, so I can jot down notes while I watch. That approach simply doesn’t work for this one, because I’m always completely drawn in, barely breathing and incapable of multitasking. Never mind that I’ve seen it maybe two dozen times before. The editing and clip choices are first-grade, and doubled with the music, the video is like a runaway train, going faster and faster, and even when you know where it’s going to stop, it doesn’t make the end any less shattering.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s original LJ post.

 

Vid: Injection
Vidder: Fox Estacado
Fandom: The X-Files
Genre/pairing: Myth-arc overview, some Mulder/Scully moments
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: If it wasn’t for The X-Files, I wouldn’t be here, neck-deep in fannish things, reccing you these vids. This was the show that introduced me to fandom, and I haven’t looked back since. This video… I don’t think I can do it justice with words. Firstly, using dialogue in a fanvid almost never works well. Even if it does, it rarely adds anything to the experience. This video here does both, and the end result is devastating. This is epic at its best, just like the show at its best was. It captures that feel of inevitability, of destiny, when the world is burning and you can do nothing but try to outrun the flames. It was always the main strength of the show: two extraordinary ordinary people clinging to each other when everything else fell apart. I loved this show so much it hurt. Still do, thanks to vids like this.
Download link and info: From the vidder’s website.



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kat_lair: (Default)

Okay people, as promised here is the first of (hopefully) many vid rec sets to come. Thank you to everyone who gave me their opinions on what to rec. I was pleased with the spread of fandoms you wanted represented but frankly disturbed by the fact that everyone asked for angst, woe and sobbing (uh, seriously F-list? Are you quite okay? Is there perhaps something you want to talk about?).

I have two angst folders when it comes to my fanvids: One is for those heartbreakingly delicate vids that make you cry your eyes out and the other is full of hard-hitting raw angst that has you reaching for the nearest shotgun/wraith tazer/stake/sword/etc. rather than a tissue.

I’ve gone for the weep-your-heart-out kind here and have decided to do the other type later. I couldn’t quite include all the fandoms you asked for but don’t worry, they will crop up at some point. I’ve also restricted myself to five vids per set because I think that’s a maximum you can take at a time, especially considering the theme.

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Five Fanvids That Make Kat Cry


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Vid: How to Save a Life
Vidder: [info]obfreak
Fandom:
Stargate Atlantis
Genre/pairing:
Carson character study
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
Oh Carson. I originally watched this before Sunday aired and had a wobbly bottom lip. And now that I’ve seen the episode, this video makes me cry into my pillow. One of the appeals of Beckett’s character was the fact that he wasn’t perfect; he had questionable medical ethics, made wrong decisions, and got scared. But his heart was in the right place, tied to his work and to the people around him. This video showcases Carson the doctor, and Carson the healer, in all the imperfect, broken glory, and does so with excellent editing and clip choices, leaving a smooth, professional looking finish.
Download link and info:
From vidder's website here. Scroll down the page, the vid is sixth from the top.


Vid: Set the Fire to the Third Bar
Vidder: SE
Fandom: Torchwood
Genre/pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: This may be heresy to some, but Jack/Ianto doesn’t really set my heart on fire. I mean, I like the pairing well enough, but… that’s it. No great OTP passion there, no real emotional attachment. And yet. Yet. This video hit me where it hurts and it made me just ache for them both. By the time I got to the we’d share each other like an island/until exhausted close our eyelids part I was struggling to breathe. The feelings of isolation and helplessness in the face of circumstances come through clear, and the matching of clips to the lyrics is nothing sort of genius. 
Download link and info: From vidder's website: On this page


Vid: Wake Up
Vidder: [info]sacrilicious
Fandom:
Supernatural
Genre/pairing:
Episode-centric, Sam/Dean according to the vidder (though not explicit and could perhaps be interpreted as intense brotherly love)
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
To my knowledge, In Your Time of Dying was an episode that left the whole SPN fandom feeling fragile and teary-eyed for weeks. I, being rather weak when it comes to spoilers, watched this before seeing the episode and promptly fell to pieces. Nothing delivers the angst quite like SPN. This video brings home just how close to losing everything that matters Sam came. Oh boys.
Download link and info:
The original LJ post and d/l link here.


Vid: Cannonball
Vidder: [info]ancastar
Fandom:
The Professionals
Genre/pairing:
Relationship-vid, Bodie/Doyle
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
I should probably take this opportunity to tell you that I tend to like the more literal lyric-clip interpretation in videos. This means that when the lyrics life taught me to die are matched with a scene of Doyle being shot and lyrics your weakness are accompanied by a clip of Bodie giving the most wicked come hither smile to some woman, I’m so fucking sold that it’s not even funny. That said, this is a wonderfully delicate love-video in the truest meaning of the word. The vidder has managed to capture every significant look and smile and touch between the two men. This vid requires no canon-knowledge whatsoever and you should watch this for the sheer beauty of two men in love.
Download link and info:
LJ post with d/l link here about half-way through the page


Vid: Not Only Human
Vidders: [info]killabeez and [info]laurashapiro
Fandom: The X-Files
Genre/pairing: Scully character study, includes some Mulder/Scully moments (but really, the show was one long Mulder/Scully moment anyway)
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
As well as being in my will-make-you-weep folder, I’d also classified this video into the folder titled “Larger Than Life” which is for vids so wide-reaching and deep that they leave you awed from the sheer scope of them. Not Only Human traces Scully’s character-arch through the seasons, tying it into the mythology of the show. Scully was many things, but she was a scientists first. And yet, one the central themes of The X-Files was how science and faith, science and supernatural, did not cancel each other out, but when brought together formed something even more powerful. In Scully it was a credo made flesh in the most literal sense possible, and the video shows the strength, fragility and dedication that made her arguably the most interesting female character in recent TV history. While the video is beautiful in its own right, knowledge of canon and X-Files mythology are required for the full impact.
Download link and info:
Killa’s vids are unfortunately no longer online. Laura’s can be found here. The site is password protected but that is easy to get, just e-mail Laura according to the instructions on the page.




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*wipes brow, blows nose*

Darling F-list, you do realise that to write these recs I had to watch all these videos repeatedly, over and over again, until I was a quivering, weepy mess of broken emotions? You understand that, right? Right? *rocks back and forth whilst clutching a pillow*

So uh, you’ll get more angst later but the next set is going to be themed Humour and Crack, and all vids will come from my “The Funneh” folder, okay? This is to save my own sanity. And, by proxy, yours.

kat_lair: (Default)

Okay people, as promised here is the first of (hopefully) many vid rec sets to come. Thank you to everyone who gave me their opinions on what to rec. I was pleased with the spread of fandoms you wanted represented but frankly disturbed by the fact that everyone asked for angst, woe and sobbing (uh, seriously F-list? Are you quite okay? Is there perhaps something you want to talk about?).

I have two angst folders when it comes to my fanvids: One is for those heartbreakingly delicate vids that make you cry your eyes out and the other is full of hard-hitting raw angst that has you reaching for the nearest shotgun/wraith tazer/stake/sword/etc. rather than a tissue.

I’ve gone for the weep-your-heart-out kind here and have decided to do the other type later. I couldn’t quite include all the fandoms you asked for but don’t worry, they will crop up at some point. I’ve also restricted myself to five vids per set because I think that’s a maximum you can take at a time, especially considering the theme.

***

Five Fanvids That Make Kat Cry


REMEMBER TO LEAVE FEEDBACK TO THE VIDDERS!


Vid: How to Save a Life
Vidder: [info]obfreak
Fandom:
Stargate Atlantis
Genre/pairing:
Carson character study
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
Oh Carson. I originally watched this before Sunday aired and had a wobbly bottom lip. And now that I’ve seen the episode, this video makes me cry into my pillow. One of the appeals of Beckett’s character was the fact that he wasn’t perfect; he had questionable medical ethics, made wrong decisions, and got scared. But his heart was in the right place, tied to his work and to the people around him. This video showcases Carson the doctor, and Carson the healer, in all the imperfect, broken glory, and does so with excellent editing and clip choices, leaving a smooth, professional looking finish.
Download link and info:
From vidder's website here. Scroll down the page, the vid is sixth from the top.


Vid: Set the Fire to the Third Bar
Vidder: SE
Fandom: Torchwood
Genre/pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid: This may be heresy to some, but Jack/Ianto doesn’t really set my heart on fire. I mean, I like the pairing well enough, but… that’s it. No great OTP passion there, no real emotional attachment. And yet. Yet. This video hit me where it hurts and it made me just ache for them both. By the time I got to the we’d share each other like an island/until exhausted close our eyelids part I was struggling to breathe. The feelings of isolation and helplessness in the face of circumstances come through clear, and the matching of clips to the lyrics is nothing sort of genius. 
Download link and info: From vidder's website: On this page


Vid: Wake Up
Vidder: [info]sacrilicious
Fandom:
Supernatural
Genre/pairing:
Episode-centric, Sam/Dean according to the vidder (though not explicit and could perhaps be interpreted as intense brotherly love)
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
To my knowledge, In Your Time of Dying was an episode that left the whole SPN fandom feeling fragile and teary-eyed for weeks. I, being rather weak when it comes to spoilers, watched this before seeing the episode and promptly fell to pieces. Nothing delivers the angst quite like SPN. This video brings home just how close to losing everything that matters Sam came. Oh boys.
Download link and info:
The original LJ post and d/l link here.


Vid: Cannonball
Vidder: [info]ancastar
Fandom:
The Professionals
Genre/pairing:
Relationship-vid, Bodie/Doyle
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
I should probably take this opportunity to tell you that I tend to like the more literal lyric-clip interpretation in videos. This means that when the lyrics life taught me to die are matched with a scene of Doyle being shot and lyrics your weakness are accompanied by a clip of Bodie giving the most wicked come hither smile to some woman, I’m so fucking sold that it’s not even funny. That said, this is a wonderfully delicate love-video in the truest meaning of the word. The vidder has managed to capture every significant look and smile and touch between the two men. This vid requires no canon-knowledge whatsoever and you should watch this for the sheer beauty of two men in love.
Download link and info:
LJ post with d/l link here about half-way through the page


Vid: Not Only Human
Vidders: [info]killabeez and [info]laurashapiro
Fandom: The X-Files
Genre/pairing: Scully character study, includes some Mulder/Scully moments (but really, the show was one long Mulder/Scully moment anyway)
Rambling reason why you should watch this vid:
As well as being in my will-make-you-weep folder, I’d also classified this video into the folder titled “Larger Than Life” which is for vids so wide-reaching and deep that they leave you awed from the sheer scope of them. Not Only Human traces Scully’s character-arch through the seasons, tying it into the mythology of the show. Scully was many things, but she was a scientists first. And yet, one the central themes of The X-Files was how science and faith, science and supernatural, did not cancel each other out, but when brought together formed something even more powerful. In Scully it was a credo made flesh in the most literal sense possible, and the video shows the strength, fragility and dedication that made her arguably the most interesting female character in recent TV history. While the video is beautiful in its own right, knowledge of canon and X-Files mythology are required for the full impact.
Download link and info:
Killa’s vids are unfortunately no longer online. Laura’s can be found here. The site is password protected but that is easy to get, just e-mail Laura according to the instructions on the page.




REMEMBER TO LEAVE FEEDBACK TO THE VIDDERS!

***

*wipes brow, blows nose*

Darling F-list, you do realise that to write these recs I had to watch all these videos repeatedly, over and over again, until I was a quivering, weepy mess of broken emotions? You understand that, right? Right? *rocks back and forth whilst clutching a pillow*

So uh, you’ll get more angst later but the next set is going to be themed Humour and Crack, and all vids will come from my “The Funneh” folder, okay? This is to save my own sanity. And, by proxy, yours.

kat_lair: (X-Files default)
Hee! Just noticed that the Living TV is airing The X-Files, starting with the Pilot in ten minutes! I shall be watching, wallowing in nostalgia and quoting the dialogue all the way... Yes, I was just that obsessed.

NOBODY DOWN HERE BUT THE FBI'S MOST UNWANTED!
*fangirl glee*

PS. Why don't I have an X-Files icon? I should totally have one, never mind that I don't have any room, because X-FILES DUDES!
And now I do! Several, though unfortunately I can only use one at a time. Thank you to [profile] hullfire for pointing me in the right place.
kat_lair: (X-Files default)
Hee! Just noticed that the Living TV is airing The X-Files, starting with the Pilot in ten minutes! I shall be watching, wallowing in nostalgia and quoting the dialogue all the way... Yes, I was just that obsessed.

NOBODY DOWN HERE BUT THE FBI'S MOST UNWANTED!
*fangirl glee*

PS. Why don't I have an X-Files icon? I should totally have one, never mind that I don't have any room, because X-FILES DUDES!
And now I do! Several, though unfortunately I can only use one at a time. Thank you to [profile] hullfire for pointing me in the right place.

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