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Ok, so, I owe my College BFF presents for, like, three birthdays and a Christmas (I know; I suck), but she always gets awesome presents for me, so I've decided I want to try to write fic for her.  Problem: she is exclusively into femslash, and I've not had the occasion to read much of it, much less write any.  Her OTPs are Kaylee/Inara from Firefly and Emily/JJ from Criminal Minds, and I know there is a ton of fic out there for both pairings, but I don't know where to start.  If any of you can recommend me some for either pairing -- or, hell, any really rockin' femslash -- I'd greatly appreciate it.  Her birthday's in August, so I've got some time -- but I'd still better start soon, knowing me.

Day 12: A book you used to love but don't anymoreThe Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

Okay, some clarification, because I couldn’t think of anything that really fit this category perfectly: it’s not that I don’t like this book.  Obviously I have great affection for it, since it’s where I got my username.   It’s that, when I reread it as an adult, I was shocked at how little of what I remembered about it was actually in the text.  Perhaps that actually speaks to Lewis’s ability to create a world that can live and breathe on its own.  And I do adore his Space Trilogy – Perelandra narrowly lost out on the “favorite book of all time,” which I will get to on Day 30.  The point is, when I picked the book up again, I realized it was not the text itself to which I was so attached, but the world of Narnia as interpreted by my imagination as well as other incarnations (plays, movies, etc.).

Day 13: Favorite writer – John Irving

Yes, Irving uses a lot of the same themes over and over again, but somehow his books (and his writing) always manage to suck me in.  What I love about Irving is his sense that the tragic and comedic are inseparable – life really is like that, and he captures it beautifully.  Even if the plot is not the most fascinating thing ever, I find his prose to be consistently compelling – even if I don’t love the book, I know I’m going to enjoy reading it.  Does that make sense?

It’s kind of funny – Irving’s writing often gets described as “Dickensian”… and I friggin’ hate Dickens.  Random aside: my sister once referred to him as "Darles Chickens" and ever since, if I have to say his name out loud, I have to stop myself for a second and make sure it comes out "Charles Dickens."  I get it right on the first try about 75% of the time.

Day 14: Favorite book from favorite writerA Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

Not exactly an obscure choice, but it's his most-read (well, possibly other than The World According to Garp) for a reason.  I desperately need to read this again, because it’s a perfect example of Irving’s style paired with one of his best plots and most memorable characters.  It's both his funniest and most tragic, which again, is why I love his stuff so much.

Date: 2012-05-14 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] therumjournals.livejournal.com
"Darles Chickens"....dammit! pretty sure i will not be able to unsee. unhear? unsay?

I love the John Irving books I've read (though I don't remember if I've read the two you mentioned...doh). I love all the details he puts in...whenever I read his books, I'm like "how does he think to do that? i should remember to do that!"

Date: 2012-05-15 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
AHAHAHA! I have spread the Darles Chickens to yet another victim!

Date: 2012-05-14 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tikra.livejournal.com
i've always meant to read irving... hnn... which of his books would be the best one to start with?

Date: 2012-05-15 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Owen Meany and Cider House Rules are probably his most popular and good ones to start with. If you wanted to go on the quirkier side, The World According to Garp and A Widow for One Year are both awesome. His very early stuff is good, though I probably wouldn't start there, and I'm sorry to say I haven't read his latest two yet!

Date: 2012-05-22 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tikra.livejournal.com
aye cheers! i just got 'the world according to garp' from the library so i shall tell you later what i think of it :)

Date: 2012-05-14 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lousy-science.livejournal.com
azephirin is always good for some rocking femslash.

Date: 2012-05-15 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Thanks for the rec!

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