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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2012-02-18 11:00 am

Days of Love 5

Annnnnnd it's another pair of recs. I can't help myself. But, okay, here's the thing. For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I have a strong interest in soulbonding right now. I admit that for a few weeks of the specific soulbonding project of doom, I spent a lot of time reading soulbond stories and saying, "That's not how it works." Because, you know, this is fandom, where I will fight for my right to be incredibly dogmatic and dictatorial about a completely imaginary concept.

But then I started actively seeking out all the different depictions of soulbonding in fan fiction, trying to figure out what the key elements of a soulbond are. (Yes, I have a list. It is a short list. Soulbonds are mysterious and mutable, is what they are.) And I found some fantastic stories in the process.

#BOOM!, by [ profile] 26miledrive. Hockey RPF, Ryan Kesler/Andrew Ladd. (Helpful pairing primer featuring everything you need know to read this story. Although to be honest you don't even need to know who the guys are.)

Okay, so, first, I just need to say that this hockey thing has gotten out of hand. I know this because of two interactions with Best Beloved.

Scene 1: I am watching old hockey videos on YouTube, which I suspect is just about the worst way there is to watch hockey, but, whatever, it's what I can do. I am absolutely not yelling at the screen, no matter what BB says. BB is taking a bath.

BB, from bathtub: *laughter*
Me, assuming her book is amusing: What's funny?
BB: You. What happened?
BB: *further laughter*
Me: It was! They are!
BB: I just can't believe you have opinions about this.
Me, sulkily: That isn't an opinion. It's a fact, and everyone knows it.1
BB: *laughs hard enough to displace a significant amount of water*

1 Yes, I said this even though I did not know it until very recently, and had to be taught by J. (Name redacted to protect the relatively innocent.) Thanks, J!

Scene 2: Dinner. I am breathlessly relating some hockey facts I have learned.

BB: Is the hockey season on right now?
Me: Yes! Of course!
BB: When does it end?
Me: Regular season ends in April. Why?
BB: Find out if there's tickets. Or whatever.
Me: But why?
BB: I can sense it coming. You're going to want to go to one. You might as well be prepared.
Me: Don't be ridiculous. I'm not going to a hockey game.

[Some days pass.]

BB: You want to go to a hockey game, don't you?
Me: ...Yeah, I kind of do.
BB: *does not say anything, but radiates smugness from every pore*

My point is, there has to be an end to this, and quickly, before I end up at a hockey game with no idea what is going on. (Keep in mind that I do not do well in crowds, do not like loud noises, do not process visual information all that splendidly, and have no idea what attending a hockey game might be like. I am basically the last person who should ever go to a hockey game. With luck I'll be able to hold out until April. If not - has anyone out there ever been to one? Any tips?)

But it isn't my fault I'm like this! Hockey fandom is just so great, is all, and this story - yes, we're back to the story now - is proof. Because, okay, I suspect that hockey doesn't actually, in real actual fact, have evil fairy godmothers nicknamed Biz Nasty. (Seriously. The man tweets as BizNasty2point0. On the one hand - if you were nicknamed Biz Nasty, wouldn't you try to pretend you didn't know? On the other hand, man, I wish every evil fairy ever invited to a christening was named Biz Nasty. That right there would improve most fairy tales by at least 50%.) And I also suspect that Mr. Nasty can't actually forcibly soulbond people to make them work out their differences. (Through hatesex. I mean. How else are you going to work out your differences? It's hockey.)

But, oh, it's so much fun to imagine a world where hockey does, and he can. And this story is where that happens. It's the comedy of the soulbonding world, filled with bad behavior in Vegas and poorly-chosen helicopter tours and some really, really questionable decisions made by your friend and mine, Bad Fairy Biz Nasty.

Read it for the giggles, my friends. Read it for the giggles.

Apres moi le deluge, by [ profile] beyond_belief. Generation Kill, Brad Colbert/Nate Fick.

And then, when you're done laughing, read this one for the quiet beauty and totally fascinating soulbond. (Sorry. I am basically the world's foremost soulbond scientist at this point. I cannot help categorizing these things; it is just my way. Look for my upcoming monograph, The Unbroken Thread: A Taxonomy of Soulbonds and Related Fantastical Connections, available wherever really boring books are sold.)

I love this one because - okay, if you're going to give two people a soulbond, hockey players who play for different teams and hate each other are actually a better choice than Nate and Brad. Usually, in fan fiction, we're writing about soulbonds between two people who spend, like, 18 hours a day together. (Oh, god, I just thought of a key and important question: Did anyone ever write a soulbond story in Sentinel fandom? I mean, they must have, right? Except it would actually be sort of pointless since it's basically canon. Still. If it's out there, I need to read it. I can't believe I never have.) Nate is off in Harvard, engaging in serious study and working to Make Our Nation Better! Brad is off in England, trying to drown Royal Marines! They have lives, is my point.

(And, yes, I did actually have a really long digression here about the worst fannish characters to have in a soulbond. I deleted it for the good of the recommendation, and I want you to know it was very hard to do. But if you have any opinions, feel free to weigh in. I mean, Methos? Buffy? Mycroft? So many possibilities!)

But in this story, in addition to lives, they also have a soulbond, and it's fabulous. I love how they fight it, how they learn to adapt to it, how they learn to deal with each other. And mostly I just love this story. I keep re-reading it, because it's one of those ones I just never feel finished with, you know? I'll be wandering around picking up toys and trying to persuade the child that there is a limit on the number of muffins we can make in one day, and suddenly I'll realize I need to go read that story. Again. And then I will spend the rest of the day thinking about the story while I pick up toys and make muffins.

Really, my only complaint here is that I want at least 50,000 more words of this. At least.
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[personal profile] umbo 2012-02-18 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Hockey games are awesome! Although I admit I've only been to one NHL game, when the Stars and the Wings played many years ago and [personal profile] rusty76 and I went up to Dallas to see it and it was FABULOUS. And I've been to a couple minor league games. But I'd love to go to more. Especially Red Wings games. But you knew that.

They are loud and chaotic, though. That's true. Maybe you might want to watch a few games, like, live on television before you attempt going to a game. Just a suggestion :-)

Also, OMG, you know how I feel about that Brad/Nate soulbonding story. I, um, actually have a few thousand words of sequel written, and more of it plotted, because I just HAD TO. The story wouldn't let me go.
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[personal profile] musesfool 2012-02-18 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Hockey is the BEST SPORT to see live! IT IS SO AWESOME. Ahem. But it is very fast-paced and loud, though much easier to follow in person than on tv. Of course, I learned to follow hockey on radio, so um, I think it's pretty easy on TV because hey, you don't have to imagine what's going on in your head and keep a visual of the ice at MSG in your head at all times! But yes. HOCKEY. IT IS THE BEST.
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[personal profile] musesfool 2012-02-18 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, this was 1. back before we had cable and 2. back before they showed hockey on tv except for the playoffs (so, like, the early 80s; I became a hockey fan in 1979 - the Rangers made the Stanley Cup Finals! and lost - and the 1980 gold medal win just cemented my affections). But the sound of Marv Albert and Sal "Red Light" Messina calling Rangers games will forever be one of my favorite things because I spent years following the Rangers that way.
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[personal profile] lemon_badgeress 2012-02-18 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, if it's actually INTENDED to be sports commentary without accompanying visuals they talk a lot more and are generally saying more useful things.

That said, I prefer visuals. I like yelling at people after seeing them be thugs with my EYES.
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[personal profile] katarin 2012-02-18 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
A lot of Hawks fans actually grew up listening to hockey on the radio, cause the old Hawks owner "Dollar Bill" Wirtz refused to allow home games to be broadcast in the city of Chicago, unless they were picked up by a national broadcast. Like, literally, you couldn't watch Hawks games in Chicago until 2007, because Dollar Bill wanted to force people to have to come to Hawks games and figured they would if they couldn't see them any other way.

So it sounds crazy, but any older Hawks fan (obvs that doesn't include me) literally grew up with hockey on the radio as half their hockey experience.
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[personal profile] katarin 2012-02-18 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
What's worse is that he was a complete cheapskate, unwilling to shell out the kind of money that would mean the team the Hawks iced was any good. So there really was NO REASON for anyone to go to those games.

The joke about Hawks fans is that we're all bandwagoners and even for a lot of old school fans, it's kind of true because a lot of people had a breaking point where they just refused to give money to an owner that was basically giving the finger to the fanbase. He traded away amazing players, like Jeremy Roenick and Chicago-native Chris Chelios, he chased Bobby Hull out of Chicago and even the diehard Stan Mikita, who spent his whole life toiling away for Dollar Bill eventually stopped dealing with the franchise. And a lot of older fans I've been lucky to talk to havebeenmoney able to point to moments where they just stopped being willing to pay money to that franchise, no matter how much they loved the Hawks.

It's sort of amazing what his son Rocky Sorts was able to do, in only a few years. Not just bottom-of-the-league to Stanley Cup in 3 seasons, but worst-in-attendance and total apathy to tickets to the UC being stupid expensive and season tickets selling out within minutes. And Rocky himself, when asked what his dad would say about it, were he alive, point-blank said "we wouldn't have won anything if he were alive".

Lol, the ridiculous lyric opera of the Blackhawks.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)
There is a lot, quite a lot, of fic involving Methos and soulbonds. In fact there was a whole subset of the fandom, back in the day, that derived itself from that one scene in canon (which is never explained nor mentioned again) where Methos and Mac have a spontaneous glowy conduit between them through which they share souls.

Buffy + various vampires has her own set of soulbonds, too. And there was at least one really highly rec'ced Sherlock fic (which I haven't read yet) where Sherlock, I believe, was Mycroft's soul, or something like that.

Most of those stories use the soulbond to change the characters, or at least fundamentally change the way they relate, though. It's sort of a shorthand for forcing characters into settled relationships and lives when they otherwise wouldn't, and it can be amazingly idtastically good that way.

On the other hand though what I loved so much about the Generation Kill story you rec'ced is that it doesn't do that - Nate and Brad don't have to change their lives, they just keep doing what they're doing, and add this one little wonderful secret to it. I want there to be more soulbond stories like that.

(I also really liked Eccentric Isolated Instances, which was rec'd to me on [community profile] kink_finders, and is MCR RPS. If you want to discuss inappropriate people to get soulbonded to, how about your brother's boyfriend?)

...I have to admit that it my private shipping my favorite soulbond pairings are the ones that are incredibly doomed no matter what, where the relationship is so broken that you can tell that even a soulbond won't fix things. Doctor/Master is my favorite - you can write a reasonable canon story that has them having been soulbonded all through canon and it really, really doesn't make anything better.

Similarly: Xavier/Magneto. XMFC fandom has come out with some stories where a soulbond fixes them, but there are at least as many where they were soulbonded all along and it didn't change canon, it just made their dreams less lonely in the decades when they were enemies.

(I also still want to write the XF story where the Cigarette Smoking Man and Mulder's Mom got accidentally soulbonded as a result of that time when he healed her stroke, and that their soulbond was the direct cause of her subsequently committing suicide and him hiding out in the Arctic and engaging in dangerous experimental brain surgery on himself, etc., because, um, that would explain a lot, but I am never going to actually write it, because it would also be horrendously depressing.)
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[personal profile] kitewithfish 2012-02-18 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, I kind of love the brokenness of certain soulbonds- though with X-men and telepaths, it seems like it's a expansion of an aspect of canon that just makes things so much more deliciously complicated.

I recommend film TiMER as the closest I've seen mainstream film to get to the idea of soulbonds. A person has the option of getting fitted with a TiMER, a small digital device that counts down to the moment you will meet your One True Love, and it will zero out and BEEEEEEP to let you know that you've found him. In a tiny spoiler, the brother of the main character meets the daughter of the family's new Mexican housekeeper when they are both fourteen, and BEEEEEP. Everyone tries to be really happy about it, but damn! it's a whole new awkward.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Really, a lot of fandoms where I like the soulbonds are the ones where there's a really obvious way in for canon. I mean I love reading the fic regardless, and often in fic, the crackier the mechanism the better - I just read #boom and it is awesome while having a deeply random soulbond mechanism - but when I think about stories I myself want to write, or where I think about ships in those terms, it's in the canons where they have canon soulbonds, or have something that's close enough for government work.

(Can I admit here that I ship Reboot Kirk/Spock as one of those deeply and inevitably broken soulbonds? Because I do.)
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
>>Uh, what now? X-Files canon is CONFUSING AS FUCK. much XF canon do you know? Basically, Bill Mulder, Teena Mulder, and the Cigarette Smoking Man, in a polyamorous world, would have made the MOST ADORABLE TRIAD EVER and raised their part-alien psychic kids in a beautiful happy family. But this was in the middle of a political conspiracy in the 1960s America so instead they fell apart in a miasma of spousal abuse, infidelity, secrets, resentment, despair and assassinations.

It is unclear whether Bill or CSM was the bio-father of either or both of the Mulder kids, and also unclear as to whether we ever learned CSM's real name. Teena and Bill eventually get divorced after their daughter was abducted by aliens but then (apparently?) raised by CSM's family with or without their knowledge, CSM goes all cold and hard and scary-powerful, Bill gets murdered probably on CSM's orders, and Teena, who is at this point a frail white-haired old lady, has tried to leave all this behind her, and is the only person who can stand up to CSM unscathed, and gets in shouting matches with him whenever somebody tries to drag her back in. (He pines over her! Pines. Though possibly partly because he can't let himself acknowledge his feelings re: Bill.)

Then everything goes even farther to shit and the stuff I mentioned with the stroke that CSM forces the aliens to cure and the arctic cabin of wtf and the suicide and the brain surgery and so on happens but this is about the point where XF canon stops making any sense AT ALL. :D, I'd forgotten how much I was passionate about the XF parental generation.

ETA: Also you can probably tell but I also find talking about soulbonds to be VERY INTERESTING!
Edited 2012-02-18 22:46 (UTC)
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[personal profile] aris_tgd 2012-02-19 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, I have to know, was the Sherlock one the daemon/HDM AU where Sherlock is Mycroft's daemon? Because if it's not, I want to read the one you're talking about.
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 11:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Mmm broken soulbonds! I used to read myself sick on those in HP fandom (you can soulbond Snape with everyone!).
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-19 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
....I feel like there probably is a fic out there where Snape is soulbonded to everyone. He feels the pain of the whole world! Literally!
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[personal profile] qem_chibati 2012-02-18 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
If it's like national rugby lead, then.... My suggestion would be: Start of with a non finals/ finals qualifying match, with a team you like. Get someone who likes hockey and is ok chatting mid-game to go with you and have lots of snacks and find a seat with a good view of the game and the display for ref decisions.
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
I would go to Fangirls at the Ice Day SO HARD. I would be ALL OVER THAT.

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[personal profile] kimboo_york 2012-02-19 02:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry to pile on, but had to say: I read this as "Fangirls on Ice" and...well yeah. I'm okay with that. :D

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[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2012-02-18 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
If not - has anyone out there ever been to one? Any tips?

I'd recommend going to see a local league play just to see if you like it in person. It's usually not all that crowded as it's usually just friends and family of the players. It will be loud. There is no avoiding that. Earplugs? It's not a game where you need to hear announcers. I can't remember if I had to pay or not the last time I went to a local game. I'm thinking that I didn't. If that is the case, if you discover you can't handle it anymore, then you won't feel like you just wasted a lot of money on something by leaving early.
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[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2012-02-19 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
Try calling around to some ice rinks. They'll know.
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahahahaha the world needs more Paul Bissonnette, evil fairy godmother or no.
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Me: (shows the bit about Bissonnette to husband)
Him: are you sure he only soulbonds people through hatesex in slash? Are you sure he doesn't do it in real life?
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, am I remembering right that you're in/near LA? Because the Kings have a home game vs the Bruins in March. Just sayin'
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-19 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
If you don't do well in crowds or with loudness, I would pick ...

Well, here are some axes to look at:
Who is cheaper (you will not feel as bad leaving if you need to)
Who has lower attendance (will likely be quieter)
Who has the worst record (more likely to lose, therefore less cheering)

I have season tix for the Pens, so I can tell you what NHL games tend to be like, if you want.

[personal profile] eight_demands 2012-02-18 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I think you need to tell us your list, because I am deeply curious. I adore soulbond fics, so: please!
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[personal profile] ceares 2012-02-19 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
That monograph needs to exist and so does Fangirl Press damn it! Since TS soulbond is pretty much canon, there is a ton of soulbonding fic in a lot of different permutations. Saraid's Dirty Little Secret series and her Panther and Chief series and Francesca's Nature series come to mind for darker versions, Several of Legion's stories--my favorites are Unsung and Storm Signs, but yeah soulbond as a side effect of the Sentinel/Guide thing are thick upon the ground.
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[personal profile] cesy 2012-02-19 09:53 am (UTC)(link)
You could use the OTW's Symposium blog as fangirl press, or even see if they'd accept it in the TWC journal? *ducks and runs*

*still wants to read the monograph*
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[personal profile] marina 2012-02-18 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
WOMAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING. I now know 34546476% more about hockey than I ever wanted to, because of you!

...oh my god those wrestling matches on ice *___________*
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[personal profile] shihadchick 2012-02-18 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm actually going to encourage you to go to a live game as soon as you conveniently can, because honestly, I think (and this is coming from a person who spent most of her life going LOL, NO, SPORT) that hockey's one of the easier sports to be able to grasp when you watch it live, and while knowing rules and understanding stategies and plays helps, it's really not at all compulsory to being able to seriously enjoy it. I saw a live game before I'd ever seen anything on tv (excepting Mighty Ducks as a child, probably) and I got totally hooked that way. They're SO much fun, seriously.

(And I can tell you from my own investigations that as of about a month ago both the Ducks and Kings -- who I think are your two closest teams? -- have seats available still for some of their games.) Alternately, if you want to get a taste for watching the game without having to worry about being able to clearly see dudes you may wind up reading porn about, check out some of the AHL or other league games -- those are just as much fun to watch but also mean you can get to sit a lot closer for a lot less money.


And, uh, less word-blurt-y, I'm loving your recs -- thank you for sharing!
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[personal profile] shihadchick 2012-02-18 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, that sucks. Hrm. I've only been to either venue (so far) for concerts rather than hockey -- I have tickets for April when the Oilers (<3) are in town -- so I can't give you perspective from experience there yet, although I'm sure someone else in your comments can, but I'd also be torn between "tickets at Staples seem slightly cheaper overall" and "tickets to see the Ducks might be easier to get". Although the Ducks have been improving a lot lately.

Honestly, I'd pick based on a day that would work for you which has tickets available and is against an opposing team you're more interested in also seeing so you can get more bang for your buck that way. And if traffic's going to be sort of equally bad either way, I'd also vote for whatever you're more comfortable dealing with.

The Ducks might be more entertaining/easier to jump into the narrative for, though, since they're trying to make a playoff push at almost-the-last-moment for the second year in a row (and they pulled it off last year.) Plus, if the hockey thing sticks really long term I suspect it might be really cool for past!you to look back and go "omg, I got to see TEEMU!" :D
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[personal profile] go_gentle 2012-02-18 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
A Ducks game might also be more exciting to watch, since they're about in the middle of the league in scoring, and the Kings are the lowest scoring team in the entire league, if, like me, you are bad at watching hockey and more into the 'goal! big save! fight! cheering! loud noises!' part of live hockey.

There's also more porn about the Ducks, if that matters.
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[personal profile] katarin 2012-02-19 01:03 am (UTC)(link)
just don't go see the Ducks play a REALLY good team, because then they'll get killed and look terrible while doing it. idky I picked a Ducks/Canucks game to go to when I was back home. Even I knew they were gonna get massacred. :(
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[personal profile] toft 2012-02-18 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone has surely, surely written Sentinel soulbond fic. I can't believe it doesn't exist. And yet I can't think of any right now. Maybe because ALL Sentinel fic is essentially soulbonding fic, since, as you say, it's canon.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I was trying to remember an old Sentinel bonding story I read ages ago so I posted on [community profile] storyfinders about it, and in less than an hour people have come up with three different novel-length-or-more Jim/Blair dystopian slavefic soulbonding AUs to my description. I think Sentinel soulbonding fic is one of those cases where one can't see the trees for the forest.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, I was asking specifically for dystopian slavefic novels, so my results were slanted. I think if there's any specific type of story you want, TS can come up with multiple soulbond stories on the topic.

But "Sentinel and Guide" bonding stories from TS are enough of a thing that they're a common soulbond AU in completely different fandoms. It has a fanlore entry! ...with no fic links. It does seem like more-recent Sentinel fandom is kind of trying to forget that time period, or something, as someone who's never really been part of the community there does seem to be a sort of half-joking low-level shame about the days where every story involved spirit animals and psychic bonds and 'we're not gay, we just have a destined mystic link that means we have to make out a lot', and a lot of the recent recs list I've stumbled on concentrate on "more realistic" fic. Much to everyone's loss, really!
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[personal profile] ladysorka 2012-02-19 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
But can't I have realistic takes on spirit animals and psychic bonds and that time their spirit animals merged and that other time Jim went on a vision quest and saw Blair's face? I mean, come on!
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[personal profile] toft 2012-02-19 02:54 pm (UTC)(link)
The problem really is how you apply the word 'realism' to the Sentinel.
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[personal profile] kathmandu 2012-02-18 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
My opinion is that you should take the really long digression about the worst characters to have in a soulbond, and do it as a separate post.

[personal profile] tevere 2012-02-18 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I know absolutely nothing about ice hockey-- come on, I live in Australia! the snow we have here is confined to, like, four mountain towns with a combined population of 5,000!-- but oh my gosh, I would be all over a story about these two cohabiting hockey dudes like white on rice: SO MARRIED. I totally dig the ages and dynamic, too.
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[personal profile] paxpinnae 2012-02-18 11:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Giroux and Briere broke up! Giroux moved out, and Briere adopted another rookie who's even younger than Claude. I guess "I'm the team big brother/I may have a thing for jailbait" is a better media story than "I'm totally married to my team captain, have you met our adorable French-Canadian children?"

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(This new information has suddenly turned the story from Most Adorable Thing Ever into Possibly Faintly Creepy!)
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[personal profile] sockich 2012-02-19 12:20 am (UTC)(link)
*jumps in*

Noooo, Danny isn't creepy. :(

Obviously they "broke up" because of the whole "HBO will be filming us, there's no way we could pretend successfully" thing, so Claude moved out and Danny got another rookie, because this way it seems like adopting rookies is just a thing! that he does! and takes the heat away from him and Claude (and Claude's new apartment is totally convenient for when they want some alone time even though Claude has a roommate, too).

Alternatively, miscommunication leading to moving out and then pinning from separate homes works, too. :D

...I can't believe I just delurked for the sole purpose of tinhatting Danny Briere and Claude Giroux. HOCKEY FANDOM WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?! *facepalm of shame*

Um, sorry for spilling that all over you? Have this fic I really like? Only An Easy Game :D?


[personal profile] tevere 2012-02-19 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
Obviously they "broke up" because of the whole "HBO will be filming us, there's no way we could pretend successfully" thing, so Claude moved out and Danny got another rookie, because this way it seems like adopting rookies is just a thing! that he does! and takes the heat away from him and Claude (and Claude's new apartment is totally convenient for when they want some alone time

Ahahahaha, I totally prefer this explanation. But I'm also 100% behind pining! Pining is one of my favourite fic tropes ever *g*.

And thanks for the rec!
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[personal profile] bingeling 2012-02-18 10:59 pm (UTC)(link)
SOULBONDING! I think Mark and Eduardo from The Social Network make for great soulbonding fic. That's why I'm sad that apparently there's so little of it, I only remember reading two (although there are several that go in this direction without labeling it as such). But they are so perfect for it! Eduardo who has all the feelings and Mark who strives to have no such things. And then there's of course the part where they hate each other and live halfway around the world from each other, that complicates things. All in all it's so perfect, I could read a hundred stories about it. Even though this one got it pretty much right on first try.
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[personal profile] altri_uccelli 2012-02-19 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
Dude, you made me have EXACTLY the same conversation with my poor befuddled partner today as I was watching vid of a Caps/Pens game.
Me: (loud enough to be heard in the next room) Fucking Ovechkin!
Partner: (pokes head in room, looks alarmed) Um, er, what?
Me: Fucking Ovechkin! That was so illegal.
P: Um.
Me: We are never going to a Caps game, all right? Never. Unless we can go and watch Ovechkin get crushed. When Sid comes back, we'll go then.

Context is the fact that I never gave one fleeting thought to the NHL until your Danny/Claude post. I hope you're satisfied. ;)
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
... fellow Penguins fan? *hopeful face*
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[personal profile] altri_uccelli 2012-02-19 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
Well, I'm just a n00b. I feel like I don't really get to call myself a fan yet since to date I've spent more hours on fanfic than watching games, but when I do watch, it's either the Penguins or the Blackhawks. It'd be a dream to see either of them live. It's just a bummer for me that I'll likely have to go to the Verizon Center to do so. >:(

Hey, I see from a few comments down that you're from Minnesota? I'm from Rochester. If only I'd paid more attention as a teenager to all the excellent hockey surrounding me, I wouldn't be having to look up things like PK now. :)
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Hah, I'm a Penguins fan because my family is from just outside Pittsburgh. Don't be ashamed of being a noob. I like to think of fanfic as an odd outcropping of hockey fannish-ness, as opposed an entirely different thing.

HI. *waves frantically south-wards* Gah, now I really want a fandom meet up in MN. We should have like, a fancy fannish tea party or something. (AND TALK ABOUT HOCKEY, NOM NOM NOM.)
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
... *reads downthread* Oh, except you're apparently in Baltimore now. Oh well. *still waves*
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-19 05:37 am (UTC)(link)
Oven. Chicken.

(I admit that now and then I have been known to say to caps fans "'s that #1 pick working out for you? #2 is doing well for us!"). (Evgeni Malkin was the #2 draft pick the year Oven Chicken was #1.)
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[personal profile] altri_uccelli 2012-02-19 06:21 am (UTC)(link)
I am so bummed out that the Caps are my semi-home-team (I'm in Baltimore). I just can't seem to like them.

Oven chicken, LOLOL.

Geno's awesome. I have, however, spent more hours at this point reading fanfic about him than watching vid of him, so I don't want to pose as a real fan or anything, but I think he's an exciting player on the ice and I like watching him.

[personal profile] annaalamode 2012-02-19 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
What is not to like about soulbonds? I aks you this. Also, live sporting events are awesome. Have you considered going to an NCAA game before tackling an NHL experience? As long as you don't live in like Minnesota, an NCAA game would be a lot less noise than an NHL game. It might be a gentle way to introduce you to going to games. And would be cheaper!

PS Or, just to put that out there, have you considered going to a baseball game instead of a hockey game? Just, for, you know research. Into the atmosphere of sporting events. Or something!
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
*laughs so much about MN* We are rather fond of our hockey. Going to a women's game over a men's might help too, if going to college games. Women tend to have smaller crowds, and although some of the rules are a bit different, and the play is different, it'd still be a good test case.
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[personal profile] kateshort 2012-02-19 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
I only ever went to one Capitals game when I was, like, eight or nine? But I guess it was fun. I got a hat out of it and wore it ALL THE TIME. One of those red and blue winter knit caps...

anyway. There may indeed be some local high-school or community games. See if there's a local ice skating rink-- they may be able to tell you about any local teams or organizations and where they play.

If it's a smaller local thing, it may even be appropriate for a kiddo or two. I know that's pretty iffy, so even watching on tv with him might be fun in terms of the questions he might ask about *how* the teams are playing and what answers you will need to come up with. [See also: my 4-year-old asking questions about the Super Bowl, the first football game she's ever watched, including "who is the boy in the black and white" (the ref) and "where are the girls?" (um... yeah.)]

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[personal profile] alethia 2012-02-19 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
Apres moi le deluge

LOVE that story! LOVE! I maintain that there should be a sequel where sex breaks the soulbond because, hey, let's torture them some more.

Too awesome for words, that story, srsly.
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[personal profile] giglet 2012-02-19 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
The one game I went to in the Bad Old Days (that would be the 1970s) was loud, yes, smelly (there were *so many* substances being smoked in the arena) and kinda fun.

Except that I Could Not See the Puck.

Couldn't see it. It was too small and moved too fast, and we were in the nosebleed seats.

It made the game a lot more like incomprehensible performance art than something that actually made sense. I mean the fights -- which broke out and mostly dissolved incredibly quickly too -- were at least understandable. I could see the players and even their sticks, when they weren't moving too fast.
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[personal profile] paxpinnae 2012-02-19 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooo! I got into hockey about five minutes ago, but baseball (particularly night baseball, and night Little League with three blown lights) has given me a lot of practice with tracking the flow of a game when you can't actually see the ball. The trick is to watch the players. All their attention will be focused at one point, which is almost always where the puck/ball will be. In hockey particularly, the player with the puck will move very differently from players without the pluck, because of the stick handling required to keep the puck moving in the correct direction at the correct speed.
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[personal profile] aderam 2012-02-19 02:29 am (UTC)(link)
Yay Hockey! I would also suggest watching a game on the TV before paying to see a live game - especially if there is no AHL level hockey in your area. - because when it's on TV the commentators usually tell you what's going on. Which is important. Even after playing hockey since I was eight, I often have to rely on the commentators to tell me what's happening, but that might be related to the amount of beer I've drank and how much attention I'm paying to the game.

You should be able to pay for a single game of either the Ducks or Kings through NHL game centre (from the team websites) for a reasonable price (it's about $3 CDN up here for Canucks games) with high quality streaming. And there are several illegal options, although generally the picture quality is poor and sometimes hard to understand even if you do know what's going on.

In the debate of Ducks vs Kings (which I saw in some of your earlier comments). I hate the Kings less than the Ducks. Admittedly not much of a recommendation, but still. Also the Kings are better this year. My uncle used to work for the Ducks, but left because the organization was not good people. I have respect for the Kings even though I personally don't like them that much.
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[personal profile] inkbug 2012-02-19 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
I love love love when you don't even need to know who the people are because, yeah, irrelevant, but then it's so good you want to know who they are. This fandom thing is getting completely out of control without more to add to it. *panics*
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[personal profile] aka_rat 2012-02-19 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
I went to my first game a couple weeks ago and it was so fun. It was loud but it was an ECHL game so the crowds weren't a problem at all. I had no clue about the rules, and it didn't matter one bit, still enjoyed it! You should definitely go to a game, it's a million times better than watching hockey on a computer screen.

(And speaking of Paul Bissonette, my local team is the Wheeling Nailers, where BizNasty got his start and also made a really really terrible music video with his teammates, back in 2007. :D)
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[personal profile] delurker 2012-02-19 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
Hockey! I would suggest, based on the two very small games I have been to (I live in Australia, so):
- Dress warmly. It's an ice sport! Which means the arena will be cold. So obvious, but just in case. (idk, maybe your arena will be warmer, but I have my doubts. Everyone in the crowd always seems to be rugged up in their coats.)
- Enjoy the opportunity to kind of shout randomly. While generally discouraged on the streets, it's quite a lot of fun.
- Try and work out some of the referee's signals before you go, because there are a lot of them and it's hard to work out what they all mean. (I assumed I'd be able to work it out from how everyone else reacted, but - no.) In particular, there's the washout signal, which basically means you might have thought that was icing or a goal, but you were wrong. Everyone responds to this signal by continuing on as they were, which makes it particularly confusing if you don't know what it means. It's the one where they look like they're imitating a scarecrow.
- Try and get your head around icing and the offside rule.*
- Even after having done the latter two steps, give up any hope of knowing wtf is going on.

*(Icing: Intentionally shooting the puck from behind the centre red line over your opponent's goal line. The play is halted and a face-off taken on the side of the infraction, nearest the goal line in the defending team's end.

Off-Side: When a player precedes the puck into the attacking zone i.e. crosses the opponents blue line without the puck. The play is halted and restarted with a face-off outside of the attacking zone.)
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
If you have the option (dunno where you are geographically), I'd suggest finding a college hockey team and going to one of their games first. It gives you a chance to see a game live and, depending on what colleges you have around you, gives you a chance to see and deal with a smaller, less intense crowd.

For instance, at my university's hockey games, it's family and boyfriends/girlfriends only generally. But at the State University, there's big crowds and they play in the same places our NHL team plays because it's The State Of Hockey up here,and we tend to be fannish about our hockey. (on the other hand, *I've* played in some of the arenas our NHL team plays in.)

I have to admit, I *love* going to NHL games. I think the fans can be great, and hockey is seriously the best live sport, in my opinion.
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[personal profile] pineapplechild 2012-02-19 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
Also, go with someone who knows what's going on, and doesn't mind explaining.
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[personal profile] dzurlady 2012-02-19 09:01 am (UTC)(link)
There are lots of good game watching suggestions the comments! But there's one thing I found very useful to learn as a newbie sports fan, which is: sometimes you will have no idea what just happened. This is ok! It's still fun even if you're not quite sure what just happened/is happening/is about to happen (and sometimes all three at once).

I say this based on my experience of becoming a sporting fan, where I was initially concerned about my ignorance. (Last season I decided to start going to a-league (the Australian professional football/soccer league) games after a lifetime of sporting indifference.) Football is a bit more straightforward than ice hockey and I previously played field hockey, which is a similar sport to football, but still the were (and still are) times where the ref blew his whistle and I had no idea what happened, and at first I was a bit concerned, but then I realised that I was still having fun so what did it matter if I wasn't always on top of things?

I've also been to some of the Australian ice hockey league's games, and even when I've been baffled at what they were doing (I even went to two games by myself and had no-one to ask) it was fun.

The nice thing about sport is that, at its very essence, it is quite simple. The team with more points than the other team wins. Conveniently, they keep track of this for you on the scoreboard, so you can always be up to date on the essential part of the game. The other bits are enjoyable, sure, but even if you don't quite get them all you can always be up with the key happenings.
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[personal profile] dzurlady 2012-02-19 09:31 am (UTC)(link)
Also I forgot to say, I love that GK fic - the swapping of clothing is a beautiful concept. And this post needs more GK love, to go with all the happy hockey love. ♥
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[personal profile] leroux 2012-02-19 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
I have been to lots of hockey games! I FEEL LIKE AN EXPERT. THIS IS GREAT.

1) Hockey games are fun to watch even if you aren't an expert. All you really need to know is which goalie is your goalie, and cheer when the puck is far away from your goalie. Everything else is icing on the cake (heh, icing). I actually think I enjoy hockey games less now that I can critique my team's performance, but that also may have something to do with age. And the fact that the Canucks have rarely won when I've watched them at Rogers. My record is 1-4-1. :|

2) I'm not so good with crowds but am fine with hockey games because the crowd is quite organized. Much closer to "busy day at the library" than "Stanley Cup riot". Don't know if that is relevant for you, but thought I'd share. Also, the lower bowl is often less rowdy than the upper, particularly at the top of the lower bowl (which also has the best sightlines, in my opinion).

3) I've never been to the Staples Center but I have been to Honda, and it was quite nice. The Ducks would get my vote for team to see anyway, because they can actually put pucks in the net and they're on a desperate playoff push that should get quite exciting. Also Teemu Selanne is a legend and in his 40s, and everyone with an opportunity to see him play should take it while they can. He's amazing.

4) If crowds are really really not your thing I recommend a regular season game over a playoff game, both because crowds always pick up during the playoffs and because regular season tickets will be cheaper and thus less of a loss if you end up needing to excuse yourself or just not enjoying it.

5) It will be quite loud. Bring earplugs. Many people do. Also bring a sweater, scarf, and possibly mitts. It's not quite cold but it isn't warm, either, and you'll be in there for three hours.
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[personal profile] katarin 2012-02-19 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Also Teemu Selanne is a legend and in his 40s, and everyone with an opportunity to see him play should take it while they can. He's amazing.


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