thuviaptarth: a hand lighting a candle set in a grooved surface (origin stories)
[livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss has additional commentary here.

I've been so happy and excited about the responses to "Origin Stories," I can't even tell you. One of the best parts has been people making interpretations or extending the critique in ways I never imagined, but which nevertheless seem validated by both the vid and its source texts--people starting with [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss, but not ending there. So this isn't an "explanation" of the vid, which for better or worse has to explain itself, and it isn't meant as a definitive guide to interpretation (I don't believe in definitive interpretations); as long as it is, it isn't even everything I could say about what I meant or what I wanted or what I love about the vid [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss made.

And, as GK says, none of this is meant to override or take the place of any other interpretations, and it's not meant to be necessary to understand the vid. It is more a concession to my vanity than anything else. Feel free to skip over it.

1. The story of the coat )

2. The story of the vid )

3. The story of the title )
thuviaptarth: a hand lighting a candle set in a grooved surface (origin stories)
[livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss has additional commentary here.

I've been so happy and excited about the responses to "Origin Stories," I can't even tell you. One of the best parts has been people making interpretations or extending the critique in ways I never imagined, but which nevertheless seem validated by both the vid and its source texts--people starting with [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss, but not ending there. So this isn't an "explanation" of the vid, which for better or worse has to explain itself, and it isn't meant as a definitive guide to interpretation (I don't believe in definitive interpretations); as long as it is, it isn't even everything I could say about what I meant or what I wanted or what I love about the vid [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss made.

And, as GK says, none of this is meant to override or take the place of any other interpretations, and it's not meant to be necessary to understand the vid. It is more a concession to my vanity than anything else. Feel free to skip over it.

1. The story of the coat )

2. The story of the vid )

3. The story of the title )
thuviaptarth: a hand lighting a candle set in a grooved surface (origin stories)
Vid Title: Origin Stories
Song: "Coffee" by Aesop Rock feat. John Darnielle
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel

Summary: It's Nikki Wood's fucking coat.

Download/streaming information at GK's lj.

Notes: Storyboard and editing by [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss.
Commissioned and conceived by [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth for Sweet Charity.
Beta by [livejournal.com profile] counteragent, [livejournal.com profile] boniblithe, [livejournal.com profile] sol_se, [livejournal.com profile] etothey, and [livejournal.com profile] springgreen.

Lyrics )

I gave [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss a song, a summary line, two very long emails about the conceptual basis of the vid, four or five lyric matching suggestions, and a ton of headaches during the beta process. She made a vid that did everything I wanted but even better. It was like all the fun parts of writing a story without any of the hard parts, and she never once complained about the Sweet Charity story I owed her, already three months overdue. It was AWESOME.

I am being all quiet and restrained because I love the vid so much I'm almost exploding with it. But what I want to say most is: GO WATCH IT NOW NOW NOW. PLEASE.

Crossovers

Nov. 23rd, 2006 04:07 pm
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I have been thinking about [livejournal.com profile] vaznetti's post on crossovers; I haven't made it through all the comments and it's entirely possible what I've been thinking has already been said there better. I find crossovers inherently unlikely, tending to the self-indulgent, easy to fantasize and difficult to write: which probably says more about me and how I configure the relationships between writing and self-indulgence than it does about fanfiction.

What makes crossovers hard for me is the world-building: both the logistics (Buffy and Supernatural have mutually inconsistent species of vampires) and the symbolism and story-patterns. I need the symbolic structures of the universes to mesh and if they don't, I need to spend a lot of time working out how they could. Gravitation and Saiyuki just don't mesh; there are some character overlaps, but the stories are such different genres and have such different systems of symbolism (for example, Saiyuki has a system of symbol and metaphor, and Gravitation doesn't) that I couldn't even write a story, just a joke, and even the joke had to take place in a third place that wasn't either series' base universe. Crossing over X and Yami no Matsuei was unexpectedly easy not because of the characters but because both series featured cherry blossoms, ponds, liminal spaces in dreams and water, fire, earthquake, hidden and/or unholy desire, self-sacrifice, self-destructiveness, and serial killers who are inexplicably fond of cherry trees.*

Anyway, I've been thinking about crossovers because people keep bringing up the Supernatural/Buffy comparisons and it makes my head hurt. I mean, I can see the elements the shows supposedly have in common (and also Dean is Buffy! when he isn't Faith!), but the underlying schemas are just so different. Not even the cosmology, really, but the rules of narrative. In Buffy the Winchesters would be villains** and in Angel they'd be psychopaths. In Angel, now that I think about it, John Winchester would be Daniel Holtz.

... I think that's why Sam/Connor at Stanford doesn't exactly work for me. Too incestuous.***

* The other X/Yami no Matsuei crossover I thought about writing is the one where Hisoka enrolls undercover in the CLAMP Academy when trying to track down a murderer who's been killing pretty young teens under the sakura in Ueno Park, only to discover that it's Seishirou rather than Muraki. I'm telling you this because I have decided it is way too depressing for me to write. Though I do sometimes think wistfully of the very dysfunctional and very hot sex Hisoka and Kamui were going to have.

** Remember that werewolf hunter in S2? That's what the Winchesters would be. To certain extent, that's what they are; that's why one of the painful things about SPN is the extent to which it returns to generic conventions about the horror of Otherness that BtVS so thoroughly overturned. Which is why BtVS felt like fantasy (not all Otherness is horrific and triumph is not a return to the status quo) and why SPN may need to become less horror-like and more fantasy-like as it establishes a broader fictional universe. But maybe I just think so because I'm not very sympathetic to horror.

*** For fullest irony, I should follow up this post with a list of Sam/Dean stories I have liked, but I am too lazy at the moment.

Crossovers

Nov. 23rd, 2006 04:07 pm
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I have been thinking about [livejournal.com profile] vaznetti's post on crossovers; I haven't made it through all the comments and it's entirely possible what I've been thinking has already been said there better. I find crossovers inherently unlikely, tending to the self-indulgent, easy to fantasize and difficult to write: which probably says more about me and how I configure the relationships between writing and self-indulgence than it does about fanfiction.

What makes crossovers hard for me is the world-building: both the logistics (Buffy and Supernatural have mutually inconsistent species of vampires) and the symbolism and story-patterns. I need the symbolic structures of the universes to mesh and if they don't, I need to spend a lot of time working out how they could. Gravitation and Saiyuki just don't mesh; there are some character overlaps, but the stories are such different genres and have such different systems of symbolism (for example, Saiyuki has a system of symbol and metaphor, and Gravitation doesn't) that I couldn't even write a story, just a joke, and even the joke had to take place in a third place that wasn't either series' base universe. Crossing over X and Yami no Matsuei was unexpectedly easy not because of the characters but because both series featured cherry blossoms, ponds, liminal spaces in dreams and water, fire, earthquake, hidden and/or unholy desire, self-sacrifice, self-destructiveness, and serial killers who are inexplicably fond of cherry trees.*

Anyway, I've been thinking about crossovers because people keep bringing up the Supernatural/Buffy comparisons and it makes my head hurt. I mean, I can see the elements the shows supposedly have in common (and also Dean is Buffy! when he isn't Faith!), but the underlying schemas are just so different. Not even the cosmology, really, but the rules of narrative. In Buffy the Winchesters would be villains** and in Angel they'd be psychopaths. In Angel, now that I think about it, John Winchester would be Daniel Holtz.

... I think that's why Sam/Connor at Stanford doesn't exactly work for me. Too incestuous.***

* The other X/Yami no Matsuei crossover I thought about writing is the one where Hisoka enrolls undercover in the CLAMP Academy when trying to track down a murderer who's been killing pretty young teens under the sakura in Ueno Park, only to discover that it's Seishirou rather than Muraki. I'm telling you this because I have decided it is way too depressing for me to write. Though I do sometimes think wistfully of the very dysfunctional and very hot sex Hisoka and Kamui were going to have.

** Remember that werewolf hunter in S2? That's what the Winchesters would be. To certain extent, that's what they are; that's why one of the painful things about SPN is the extent to which it returns to generic conventions about the horror of Otherness that BtVS so thoroughly overturned. Which is why BtVS felt like fantasy (not all Otherness is horrific and triumph is not a return to the status quo) and why SPN may need to become less horror-like and more fantasy-like as it establishes a broader fictional universe. But maybe I just think so because I'm not very sympathetic to horror.

*** For fullest irony, I should follow up this post with a list of Sam/Dean stories I have liked, but I am too lazy at the moment.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I found out today that Wicked Amp had a new Faith vid--well, new to me, anyway; she put it up in February. Like all her live-action vids, it's got the really unusual look of anime techniques applied to live action: odd frames and image cut-out; heavy effects; an unusual focus on internal action and movement; color-tinting, negatives, and breaks to static for emotional effect; probably more and shorter cuts than usual (although not necessarily, compared to, say, [livejournal.com profile] sisabet).

My favorite of her vids remains "Break Me Off A Switch," which is probably where you should start if you haven't tried her work before. "Slot A" isn't entirely successful; there are multiple parts where I wish someone had taken away her effects toolbox, and either cut out the effects or made her use a smaller subset of them, because some of the choices look downright silly. But where the vid works, it really works.

And I don't often see new Faith vids which don't feel like they're covering ground I've seen covered before and better.

Her Angel/Buffy vids are here and her anime vids are here. People who got the 2003 Vividcon discs may have already seen one of the latter, "One Million Miles," a Read or Die vid, which back then I found incomprehensible but fascinating.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I found out today that Wicked Amp had a new Faith vid--well, new to me, anyway; she put it up in February. Like all her live-action vids, it's got the really unusual look of anime techniques applied to live action: odd frames and image cut-out; heavy effects; an unusual focus on internal action and movement; color-tinting, negatives, and breaks to static for emotional effect; probably more and shorter cuts than usual (although not necessarily, compared to, say, [livejournal.com profile] sisabet).

My favorite of her vids remains "Break Me Off A Switch," which is probably where you should start if you haven't tried her work before. "Slot A" isn't entirely successful; there are multiple parts where I wish someone had taken away her effects toolbox, and either cut out the effects or made her use a smaller subset of them, because some of the choices look downright silly. But where the vid works, it really works.

And I don't often see new Faith vids which don't feel like they're covering ground I've seen covered before and better.

Her Angel/Buffy vids are here and her anime vids are here. People who got the 2003 Vividcon discs may have already seen one of the latter, "One Million Miles," a Read or Die vid, which back then I found incomprehensible but fascinating.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
A/U after "Orpheus" (4x15). This was supposed to be Wes/Faith for [livejournal.com profile] iocaste, and then it just ... didn't want to go there. Sorry. So: Wes & Faith. Hope that'll do.

Sunlight )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
A/U after "Orpheus" (4x15). This was supposed to be Wes/Faith for [livejournal.com profile] iocaste, and then it just ... didn't want to go there. Sorry. So: Wes & Faith. Hope that'll do.

Sunlight )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: Remembering Amnesia
Fandom: Angel
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary:Wesley, post-"Lineage." He doesn't think car, freeway, north any more than a bird fleeing winter thinks of longitude and latitude.

Notes: [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm and [livejournal.com profile] mimesere beta-read an earlier version of this; remaining flaws are entirely my own fault. All feedback welcome.

Remembering Amnesia )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: Remembering Amnesia
Fandom: Angel
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary:Wesley, post-"Lineage." He doesn't think car, freeway, north any more than a bird fleeing winter thinks of longitude and latitude.

Notes: [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm and [livejournal.com profile] mimesere beta-read an earlier version of this; remaining flaws are entirely my own fault. All feedback welcome.

Remembering Amnesia )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I'm very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] double_helix for putting together [livejournal.com profile] femslash04; I've enjoyed a lot of the stories (see below), and look forward to reading the rest. 

Femslash recs )

February X Files recs )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I'm very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] double_helix for putting together [livejournal.com profile] femslash04; I've enjoyed a lot of the stories (see below), and look forward to reading the rest. 

Femslash recs )

February X Files recs )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: No Oceans Left
Spoilers: "Deep Down" (4x01)
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary:

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
(Leonard Cohen, "A Thousand Kisses Deep")

Notes:  For Victoria P.'s Remix Redux challenge. 
Jennifer-Oksana's Forty Days of One-Night Stands: The Feels Like a Kiss Remix.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: No Oceans Left
Spoilers: "Deep Down" (4x01)
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary:

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
(Leonard Cohen, "A Thousand Kisses Deep")

Notes:  For Victoria P.'s Remix Redux challenge. 
Jennifer-Oksana's Forty Days of One-Night Stands: The Feels Like a Kiss Remix.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: Maternity
Spoilers: Lullaby (S3)
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary: Navel-gazing.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: Maternity
Spoilers: Lullaby (S3)
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary: Navel-gazing.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Title: Phoenix to Ash
Spoilers: Flooded/Carpe Noctem
Rating: R
Disclaimer: No more mine than usual

Summary: Required Buffy/Angel shipper post-resurrection missing scene reunion fic #2,013

I can't sleep, she says )

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