Seriously? I mean...Really?
Sunday, July 8, 2007

Wow. So...any of you on LJ who follow thecortex community know it's the notice-board comm for Firefly fanfic. When I first entered fandom, I was happy to get mentioned on it, 'cause I figured it mean people were reading.

The stuff they mention lately, though, makes me vomit in my mouth.

browncoat2X2 and I had a discussion about our cattiness or lack thereof regarding quality in fic. I staunchly believe that if I'm being catty saying that 50 percent or more of stuff being circulated on that comm is CRAP, then...rowr. I'll be the fecking cat.

I hate to link to specific fics...but check out the issue from today:

And try and find the fic that references this: Binky! The color red! Slashy death!

And then please, please tell me I'm being catty, because I will give you one long, slow blink. And then I'll ignore you.

I'm starting to see Mal4Prez's point about the smutathons...gah. It makes me itch to write better fic. Please shoot me if I ever write anything like When the Cold Comes In, or any of my PWP stories again.

In other news...I'm thinking of starting a ficathon that BSR people AND LJ people can contribute to. I'll set up an archive and everything. It's basic premise is the Secret Past-athon: People contribute prompts for secret pasts of any of Serenity's members, and then people pick three prompts they'd want to do, I assign them one, and they get to writing!

Book's secret past as a Watcher...or a fry cook! Duh-duhn...I knew him and Wash had some significant look-age going on.

Inara's secret past as a nun! Bwaha...or Kaylee's as an assassin. OOOH.

Whaddya think? Anyone in the mood for inspiration? And if anyone mentions blinky...I'll kill 'em worse than Jayne did Mal.


Friday, July 13, 2007 7:54 PM


Normally, I would be all moderate about the supposedly crap nature of some of the stuff being posted in places like The Cortex or even here on occasion...but I will admit there's stuff that is basically tripe that only got it's flanfic credentials because it uses our BDHs to satisfy someone's odd fantasy or plot scenarios.


Monday, July 9, 2007 3:06 AM


Uhhhh... Not sure if I found the one you're point to, but what I found was just... um.... never mind.

So, here's the series we have going: [Mal/River] [River/Jayne] [Mal/River] [Jayne/River] [Jayne/River]


Monday, July 9, 2007 2:24 AM


Yeah. just checked it out. Oh, dear lord.

Someone's been mixing their Firefly dvds and badly made porn collections again....

Monday, July 9, 2007 2:09 AM


In response to Binky and red and... yeah: What the Fck?! I think my eyes are bleeding.

Sunday, July 8, 2007 6:09 PM


I'm delurking to comment. I also subscribe to the Cortex even though my favorite pairing, Mal/Inara, are in the minority in the stories posted there. So, anytime I see those names together I'll give the fic a try. In this case, I feel like I was tricked into reading the thing because the pairing said Mal/Inara and, even though it also said Mal/Jayne I read it just to get a little taste of my favorite couple. BIG MISTAKE!

Oh my god... That fic (I wouldn't even call it a fic just a jumble of words) was beyond horrendous. I don't understand this kind of stuff - not the slash, which I also don't get into, but the gruesomeness of it. Do these people not understand what Firefly is all about? Why bother regurgitating tripe like this and call it Firefly fic? Yuck, yuck, yuck!!

BTW, I really enjoy your fics! Also, love the secret past-athon idea.

Sunday, July 8, 2007 5:23 PM


I don't follow that community but I know what you mean. Mal4Prez and I have discussed similar things.

I might contribute to your ficathon, though what little time I have to write lately has been to finish up the sequel to a story posted here already. So I really want to get that done first before I commit to anything.

Plus, I've just gotten REAL picky about fic. I just find it too difficult to write something that I feel would be out of character for these people and so many of these ficathons are just started to put Firefly characters into someone's fantasy scenario.

But anyway, I'll keep an eye out for your ficathon. So much has been real crap lately. I'd like to read some good stuff!

But then 'good' is always in the eye of the reader . . . :)


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