anghraine: watercolour of jane austen; text: intj (jane austen (was an intj))
I didn't sign up for [community profile] month_of_meta , but I did want to do something, preferably several somethings, as they occurred to me. A lot of this is probably familiar to my f-list (I originally did it on Tumblr), but I think it's worth repeating a few dozen times :)

disclaimer: it doesn’t mean your fic is terrible badwrong if you don’t do these things or that nobody likes it or that your fic is even not good or that I am a perfect Georgian-period Austen fanwriter who has followed this to the letter from seventeen onwards, it’s just stuff that makes me (and most of my friends, but don’t worry, I’m not a BNF), more likely to read. Also, I tried to list things that are helpful for fic based on any of the novels, but the examples are from P&P since that’s like 95% of the fandom.

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anghraine: watercolour of jane austen; text: intj (jane austen (was an intj))
[personal profile] wyncatastrophe  prompted me to write a fic about one of my anti-ships, and I don't think I anti-ship much more fervently than this one - inspired by a recent debate I peripherally participated in, but I've always hated this ship:

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (catherine darcy)
I clearly do not have an essay on Eliza Haywood to write. La!

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Title: First Impressions (10/13, 11/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: awkward meeting is awkward, the Gardiner-Darcy mutual admiration society is formed, and apparently I am super ambiguous about Henry's opinion of Catherine.

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Chapter Ten )

Chapter Eleven )

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Title: Through A Glass, Darkly

Fanverse: The Quality of Mercy; Through A Glass, Darkly; Revenge of the Jedi, sort of

Blurb: Leia gets her chance to deal with her heritage. In baby-steps.

Pairings/warnings: No pairings; original character; so AU of my AU (Revenge of the Jedi) that it's canon-compliant; a challenge to myself to get two characters who, properly, could never, ever meet into the same scene.

Length: one-shot/double-drabble, kinda (272 words)

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anghraine: leia in the death star cell; text: distressing damsel (distressing damsel)
Okay, maybe not quite afternoon. Anyway.

Oh! There was an interesting essay on Slave Leia here. I pretty much agree on the in-story level, and completely disagree on the meta-level; I think it's gratuitous fanservice, its use of valuable screentime shortchanges other plotlines (most notably the Vader-Luke one which is kind of the main point), the blatant male gaze-iness makes it uncomfortable for me to even watch, and Carrie Fisher's forced weight loss makes it still worse. And ... well, I won't bother recapping, since I covered all my feelings on it in this essay. So I do think Fangirl gave the men who came up with that sequence way too much credit.

Back to meming!

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ship meme

Dec. 16th, 2009 09:04 pm
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I've never really been into memes, but I stumbled across this at [personal profile] sixbeforelunch 's dw, and thought "huh, why not?"  So - yeah, here goes:

six pairings I love:

(1)  Darcy/Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice (book only)

(2)  Booth/Brennan, Bones

(3)  Anne/Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables

(4)  Cor/Aravis, Narnia

(5)  Harry/Luna, Harry Potter

(6)  Eric/Ariel, The Little Mermaid

three pairings I like:

(7)  William the Conqueror/Matilda of Flanders, RL

(8)  Colonel Fitzwilliam/Mary Crawford, Pride and Prejudice/Mansfield Park

(9)  James/Lily, Harry Potter

three pairings I never liked:

(10)  Ginny/Harry, Harry Potter

(11)  Marianne/Brandon, Sense and Sensibility

(12)  Georgiana/Colonel Fitzwilliam, Pride and Prejudice

two pairings that piqued my interest:

(13)  Mary Lennox/Colin Craven, The Secret Garden

(14)  Georgiana/the earl's heir, Pride and Prejudice


20 questions (actually eighteen?) )

anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
During one of my periodic longings for nice, long, Darcy/Elizabeth fluff, I decided to sit down and write some.  This - a sort of sequel to Left to Follow - is what came out.

 

anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (pastrylove)
I cannot say how many times I have heard certain fanon "facts" about appearance repeated over and over - and they're not just popular and prevalent, like a good deal of fanon, either.  With appearance, people will actually insist that they're what Austen/the book says.  e.g., Jane is listed under the TV Tropes entry "Hair of Gold," with this explanation:

Following the frequent book descriptions as 'fair-haired', in the two most recent film adaptations of Pride And Prejudice, the prettiest (and most innocent) daughter, Jane, is a blonde 

It's stretched far beyond purely Internet fanon, too:  Colin Firth's hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were actually dyed for the 1995 P&P; blonde Jennifer Ehle wore a dark wig for Elizabeth and even Susannah Harker's naturally blonde hair was lightened.  Mary got spots, and Mr Collins grease.  The 2005 P&P likewise gave Keira Knightley a wig much darker than her naturally light brown/dark blonde hair, and Matthew Macfadyen insisted that he wasn't dark enough to physically resemble Austen's Darcy.

So, given the rampant assumptions and clichés, I decided to track down what canon actually tells (or more often, doesn't tell) us about what the characters look like.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)

[reposted from wordpress]

It’s a common fiction that Elizabeth Bennet is the narrator of Pride and Prejudice, or that the story is told solely from her perspective.  Those arguing for a nicer, gentler Darcy (or, alternatively, a crueller and less virtuous one), often invoke the argument – e.g., “we only see what Elizabeth sees,” or “we only see him through Elizabeth’s eyes” – ignoring the many occasions when we see his thoughts – or Bingley’s, Mrs Bennet’s, Lydia’s, Jane’s, Georgiana’s, Mrs Gardiner’s, Mr Bennet’s, Caroline’s, etc etc.

Of course, Pride and Prejudice is not told (or seen through the eyes of) any one of these people.  It has – in common with all the Austen novels – an omniscient narrator.  She relates the story – events, thoughts, perceptions – usually as the characters themselves would see/think/perceive them.  Sometimes, however, she reverts to her Voice of God authority, speaking as herself and saying This Is So.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (warning)
Back at HG, there used to be regular drabblefests; of course, when the supernatural one came around, I couldn't help but leap on the opportunity to mix Austen and magic.  Here are the first two.



Sword and Sorcery! )


Shades of Pemberley )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (muse)

[reposted from wordpress]

Awhile ago, I got enmeshed in a rather infuriating Georgiana discussion, and while I had no interest in continuing to beat my head against a brick wall, I’ve heard the comparison so often, in so many places, without the slightest trace of irony – ever – that I decided this deserves its own bit of space.

Austen all but whacks us over the head with the parallels between the two girls.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (intj)
[reposted from wordpress]

Usually, Austen takes painstaking care to fit the pieces of her puzzles together seamlessly. Pride and Prejudice, in particular, is a miracle of internal consistency. To all appearances, the cast of over twenty differing personalities achieve a suspiciously neat conclusion by acting, and being, perfectly “in-character” as they pursue their own ends. On the surface, it looks merely fortuitous; any attempt to deconstruct the shiny, sparkly, straightforward plot quickly demonstrates otherwise. It is put together very, very well.

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