Jan. 11th, 2017

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In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Jeez, this is a tough one. I haven't gone into fanfic tropes, like, ever.

But I guess I can talk about a trope that I've found that's kind of a pattern in my stories and in the stories I read, and that's emo-porn/emo-kink (thank you, Fanlore). I think the first time I realized I liked it was in stories that I read as a kid, stuff like The Odyssey (yeah, I read that book when I was a kid. Cliff's Notes actually helped me) when I was just reading about the sheer crap Odysseus went through just to get home. (Seriously, talk about The Chew Toy!) And from there I just went on to find some really strong emotion in stories and in fics. I think the thing about emo-kink/emo-porn is that when it's done really, really right, you feel like you're right there with the characters, feeling what they feel, experiencing what they're experiencing. And I guess that's what I want my readers to experience; I want them to experience that whole come-with-me feeling, I want them to laugh, cry, I want them to care about the characters. And I think when you just get that sweet spot that emo-porn/kink has, you've really done something right.

In terms of recs:

Star Wars: Tempest by lupinskitten. Does a beautiful job at getting into Kylo Ren's head at a pretty pivotal moment in TFA.

Echoes in Eternity by coldthermistor. Not gonna lie, this one gives me a lot of feels regarding the Revan and Malak friendship that was drastically mishandled, IMHO, in canon.

Talen by HeCallsMeHisChild. Just a pretty gutwrenching backstory for Ursula the sea witch, and really gets into her head very well.

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In which Snoke continues his infiltration, and Ben has some insecurity issues.

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: Not gonna lie, I can't write kids very well. So Ben's voice was pretty difficult. Hope you enjoy nonetheless!

You won't have my son. )
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Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

One of my favorites is EsmeAmelia. I mean, her characterization is probably her biggest strength here, especially her characterization of Han, in my opinion (I mean, I struggle with Han quite a bit, so her portrayal of him is just really good. Inner monologue, dialogue -- especially since I worry about making Han sound like he swallowed the dictionary -- just about everything, honestly) is one of my favorite characterizations in fanfiction. And her other characterizations, such as Anakin (she writes him with a lot of sensitivity and grace, IMHO), Leia, Ben, and many others are just really well-done. (She writes tiny Ben too with a lot of sensitivity and grace, and an understanding of how kids act. He's written so endearingly that I really didn't want anything bad to happen to him, even if what happens to Ben Solo is very much a foregone conclusion) And she also writes about characters that don't get much attention as well -- C-3PO actually gets his own piece during the mindwipe in ROTS and it's actually really sad.

And now for the recs!

A Baby Changes Everything -- Just a really adorable holiday fic. The interactions between Han, Leia and Ben are really cute, the reflection on Leia's childhood Christmases (or fetes) on Alderaan prior to its destruction were a nice bittersweet touch (EsmeAmelia's look at how Alderaan's affected Leia is actually very realistic, and wrenching), and baby Ben is just adorable.

What Winning Means -- Ben's characterization is just golden here. From his funnier moments, such as splashing water on Han to wake him up (and later splashing Leia just to stop the two from fighting) to his more serious (for his age) moments such as his guilt over an action he takes on Han and Leia's behalf to help them win, Ben is a very well-rounded younger character.

101 Moments -- Because this really displays her skill with characterization. From character to character, everyone is smoothly portrayed, well-rounded, and handled with empathy. Her Anakin bits are the highlights and, believe it or not, actually feel like they could fit into canon really smoothly, but every story is wonderful to read.

Mind Wiped -- Turns a moment from canon that's not often touched on into a really disturbing, heartbreaking story. The backwards chronology really adds to the poignancy of the whole thing.

And these are just a few. Seriously, go check her stories out! She is an amazing writer.

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