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 anymore – The 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.).
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.
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.