March 9th, 2005

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Fanfic Authors Appreciation Week Pick #4

Today I am rec'ing yahtzee63, based on two amazing Lost fics, Claire's War and Making Do.
The way she is able to juggle a large cast of characters should be a lesson to the show itself. The characterizations are dead on and the group and individual dynamics also ring completely true. We get so many different non-sexual interactions we never get on the show, like Sawyer-Claire in Claire's War or Kate-Boone in Making Do. It's like finding water in the desert.

I had read Claire's War ages ago and loved it. The concept is nuts, a series of drabbles based on titles of Babylon 5 episodes, of all things(!) but it plays out so wonderfully, with all the Lostaways banding together to rescue Claire. This is what should have happened on the show!

Making Do has just become one of my favorite Lost fics ever. I missed it when it was posted back in November. Beautifully written, it's a heartbreakingly realistic look at how the island's residents have paired off and whether those pairings will last. It's mostly Jack-Boone and I heartily recommend even if you don't like that pairing. Because it's so done so well, you can believe it's the story of "an obviously straight man and his obviously gay boyfriend." After Kate chooses Sawyer, Boone is there for Jack. They bond over their bad fathers and it goes on from there. But later on, when Kate and Sawyer seem on the verge of breaking up, what will happen with Jack and Boone?

yahtzee63 seems to be writing mostly Alias fic lately (hmmm, Jack/Will!) and I look forward to reading those, too.
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Fandom question

So Lost is my first fandom I've *really* gotten online and obsessed over. Yeah, I *discussed* Buffy, Angel and LOTR, but Lost is the first one I've read or written fic for. So I haven't seen how fic changes in response to a show's canon before. It's probably that initial non-canon pairings (like Jack/Boone, Sawyer/Shannon) get less and less as the canon starts to go in different directions. Like now there's a lot of Locke/Boone stuff because they're inseparable on the show. And I had given up on Sawyer/Shannon before there was even Shannon/Sayid so I doubt I would go back there.

Obviously some people are going to stubbornly stick to their OTPs, like Sawyer/Sayid, and just ignore the show or pick and choose what elements they want to be faithful to. For example, what jaye_voy is doing with "Consideration," where Sawyer went on his boar hunt, but it's still Sayid who comes around to his tent later, not Kate.

But, for those of you who've been doing this a little longer, on previous shows (or books), do some pairings just fall out of favor, never to be revived again? Do other fans hate it when a more or less out-of-date pairing is still being written? And what are your thoughts? Do you prefer fics to keep pace with the changes on a show/book or would you rather flog your OTP and the canon be damned?

Just curious. Thanks!
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