tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
Also - because I forgot to post it - an excellent short fic from a few Yuletides ago, crossing Narnia with the US cooking show "Kitchen Confidential". I've actually never seen the latter, but it doesn't matter - if you like cooking, you'll probably enjoy No Reservations, by Edonohana.
tree_and_leaf: Text icon: Anglican Socialist Weirdo (Anglican socialist weirdo)
Title: Careers Advice, or, Marx was a Friend of Narnia.
Characters: Edmund, Eustace, Lucy.
Summary: Edmund and Eustace have a discussion about careers and politics. They still don’t see eye to eye.
Rating: PG
Words: 715.
Content: Gen. Politics (including ones Lewis would have disliked).

I should note that I’m not happy with this fic at all, but I’m stuck on the Barchester Towers thing (am currently wondering if it can be turned into a sketch for the college review), and I’d like to post some fic and break my duck...

I'll take a king who recognises his responsibility to his people over a foreign imperialist slave-holder any day, thank you very much. )

*sigh*

Jun. 24th, 2010 08:23 am
tree_and_leaf: Photo of CS Lewis, caption "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." (cs lewis)
On a trip to London yesterday (where I saw some old friends, and British Library sandwiches and rather excellent tapas were consumed*), I finally remembered to take both a notebook and a pencil for fic writing purposes. I intended to write Narnia fic, in which Jill joins her local Guide company and - well, unfortunately, that's as far as I've got - but instead have half a ficlet where Edmund and Eustace argue about politics.

*head-desk*


* Not during the same meal.
tree_and_leaf: Harriet and Peter at a party: caption "Frivoling" (frivoling)
I'm awfully behind the curve on this, but you were supposed to list 15 OTPs amd draw conclusions from them. Or were you supposed to let your flist do so? IDK.

Anyway, my conclusions are (i) I have a great tendency just to follow canon (though the fact that a pairing is canonical doesn't mean I'll necessarily be interested in it)
(ii) I like my romantic heroes, by and large, to be intellectual, but also to know one end of a sword from each other (metaphorically speaking)
(iii) I may also have a thing about older men and younger women (though this is not reflected in my own romantic history, such as it is). Although to an extent this may just reflect that in older fiction the men are always older than the women.
(iv) there are friendships which I find fascinating but that I don't see as sexual, so I made a separate heading for them.

Ten ships, and five friendships )
tree_and_leaf: Photo of CS Lewis, caption "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." (cs lewis)
Title: And After Darkness, Light.
Fandom: The Chronicles of Narnia; immediately pre- and then post The Last Battle. Susan, Lucy, Aslan (sort of), OCs
Words: 7222
Warnings: Spoilers for The Last Battle, obviously. Character death as per canon (off stage); some fairly graphic violence (in the context of a dream, but still). The author thinks she has got everyone a plausible age, given that Lewis’ chronology is vague and he never really specifies how old anyone is (TLB has to be set after the nationalisation of the railways, in 1948, given Eustace's reference to 'British Railways'; LW&W could, as [profile] adaes pointed out, be set any where between 1939 and 1944; VOTD seems to be post war, but other than that, everything's up for grabs), so I have gone with what suited me best. Lots of theology, which is par for the course in this sort of fic.
Disclaimer: No infringement of copyright intended; not for profit; I don’t think I need to point out that I’m not C.S. Lewis. I’m not Julian of Norwich, either, though the Voice in the Dark is temporarily on loan from her. I doubt she’d mind, particularly as mediaeval people just wouldn’t get ‘intellectual property’ as a concept.

There is no wrath in God: Julian of Norwich.

She dreamed, that night and for several nights after, of lions that pursued her endlessly through barren hills. )
tree_and_leaf: Photo of spire of Freiburg Minster (14th C broached gothic) silhouetted against sunset. (Schönste Turm)
I've had this kicking about on my hard-drive for a while, not sure why I haven't posted them. Two more vignettes in my Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe AU set in Nazi Germany.

PG, 2610 words. References to anti-Semitism; contains naiveté about abhominable organisations.

Part one is here

I don't think Daddy likes the H.J. Last time he was home on leave his face got all twisted up when he looked at you in your uniforms. )
tree_and_leaf: HMS Surprise sailing away over calm sea, caption "Sail away" (Sail away)
I keep thinking I would like to watch some fanvids, because I can see how there's great potential there for saying funny or clever things about (media) sources, but I have no idea where to start. Luckily, I have a flist...

So: does anyone have recs for brilliant vids? You know my fandoms, more or less (and if you don't, my interests reveal them).
tree_and_leaf: Harriet and Peter at a party: caption "Frivoling" (frivoling)
I found this on an ancient 'three things' meme I am afraid I never finished... But I think it works well as a drabble. Susan, just before The Last Battle



Her family thought that she was running wild, but she was utterly sick of having to be the responsible, grown-up one. All she wanted was a normal, carefree girlhood, with parties and friends and nice clothes and dancing. She never much cared about men. The attention was exciting and some of them were charming, but the thought of actually marrying, or even being alone with them made her feel shut-in and frightened. She wasn't sure why, but it had something to do with a dream she once had, about being trapped in a house in a hot, dusty city.
tree_and_leaf: Peter Davison in Five's cricket gear, leaning on wall with nose in book, looking a bit like Peter Wimsey. (Books)
If you've not been following the femgenficathon (and if you haven't you've been missing out), then you may not have come across a delightful account of Lucy Pevensie and the strange tricks time plays, moving between England and Narnia, Fragments, by [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland. Sad at times, beautiful, and always feeling absolutely as if that is Lucy as we know her from the books (even if - or, oddly, perhaps because, there is one detail that I don't think Lewis would have considered writing about...)

Meme sheep

Sep. 30th, 2008 01:11 pm
tree_and_leaf: Autumnal sycamore leaf, text reads: "In heaven, it is always autumn - Donne" (autumn)
Why not - this is a deserving classic. Courtesy, this time round, of [livejournal.com profile] dolorous_ett

Name a character from one of my fandoms, and I'll give you either:

(a) three facts about them from my personal canon/fanon,
(b) a reason he/she sucks,
(c) a reason he/she is awesomecakes,
(d) five things that never happened to that character, or
(e) five people that character never fell in love with and why.


For the purposes of this exercise, my fandoms can be defined as Doctor Who (including SJA but not including Torchwood), Harry Potter, Narnia, the Wimseyverse, "Master and Commander", Arthur Ransome, Star Trek: TOS and DS9, John Buchan, Dalziel and Pascoe (bookverse only, unless you count my belief that the TV characters have been gradually replaced by pod people) and Wolfram von Eschenbach (just to be pretentious). I also tentatively append the Vorkosiverse, as I haven't read all of canon yet. I would like to add Hermann Kant's "Die Aula", but I think I am in a fandom of one on that count (though one day I might crack and reveal my theory as to why canon as it stands doesn't stack up, and what conclusions we might draw from this - other than that our viewpoint character is charming, but ultimately a self-centred idiot, if not something worse).
tree_and_leaf: Text icon: sarcastic interpretations of commonly used phrases in scholarship. (terms commonly used in academia)
Powerpoint is annoying me; I can't work out why it won't let me add a JPEG slide (it may be that the file's too large, I suppose; even if I dump the jpeg in Firefoz and try to cut and paste from that, all that it pastes is the directory path to the file).

Also: do any of you more presentation minded people out there know if there are any projectors/ beamers on the market that can't be hooked up to Macs to run PP presentations- or what cable do you need to do so? (My contact at Freiburg claims that I won't be able to use my own mac to run the presentation; I find this hard to believe, and would rather not have to deal with the inevitable problems with special characters if I ported it to a PC, but I am not entirely sure of my ground on PCs)

Arguably my real problem, though, is that I have just been bitten by the plot bunny for a (depressing) Narnia AU, in which the Pevensies are German, in more or less the same time frame, or possibly either slightly earlier, or more towards the end of the war†. Edmund would be angry with his older siblings because they had begun to question the stuff they have had shoved down their throats in the HJ, and with Lucy because she is too young to really understand what is going on, but inclined to take the side of the others; the parents, who are of course off-stage, would be uncomfortable with the regime, though not in any particularly active way. (This bit is inspired by the Scholl family, where the parents - good Catholics - were passively anti-Nazi, but the older children were initially enthusiastic members of the HJ, before slowly spotting the massive moral problems).... and I certainly shouldn't be thinking about this when I should either be getting on with the paper or making dinner.


† No, I don't know what my obsession with Really Depressing AUs is, either. Morbid streak a mile wide, apparently.
tree_and_leaf: Spock looking horrifed; caption "Illogical!" (illogical)
I did, indeed, write the Caspian-writes-science-fiction fic (though thanks to Edmund's canonical enthusiasm for detective fiction, Raymond Chandler ended up being an influence). It ended up being rather more serious than I intended, though in a wry sort of way.

Title: Fly me to the Moon
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tree_and_leaf
Fandom: Narnia (bookverse, but not actually incompatible with the movies)
Spoilers: Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Set post VODT; (also, if you've read The Magician's Nephew, you'll see that Caspian has an overly optimistic view of a certain character from Narnia's past)
Ratings/ warnings: PG; may be triggering for people who are afraid of astrophysics, cockroaches, nuclear war or trying to construct proper plots.
Characters: Caspian, Ramandu's daughter and, in flashback, Edmund, Eustace and Lucy.
Words: 2473
Summary: In which Caspian attempts to become Narnia's first author of hard-boiled detective fiction and science fiction (at the same time), and broods.
Disclaimer: I think it's moderately obvious that I'm not C.S. Lewis. Contains reference to Raymond Chandler (who would have recognised Caspian's strategy for moving the plot on). The science fiction element probably owes something very, very vague to Out of the Silent Planet.

What he had really wanted to know was the little details. Lots of little details, and the others hadn’t thought to tell him any of that. So he’d resorted to making them up. )
tree_and_leaf: M. Renoir is shocked - shocked! (Shocked!)
After a somewhat unplanned weekend out of range of the internet, I have discovered that my email account is on the blink and I can't get at anything :( Will postpone trying to sort it till tomorrow, in the hope it will sort itself...

In the meantime, I wrote a Narnia drabble. It's not what I set out to write, but there you are; it's the first Narnian thing I've written. It's also as shippy as I generally get, which is to say not really by normal fandom standards....

Voyage of the Dawn Treader, sort of Caspian/ Lucy, U )
tree_and_leaf: Peter Davison in Five's cricket gear, leaning on wall with nose in book, looking a bit like Peter Wimsey. (Books)
I enjoyed it quite a lot, although

Cut for spoilers and rambling reactions, though I bet you've seen the film already )

In summary: Ben Barnes is hot, Edmund is fantastic, and eagles are shockingly overused in modern fantasy films.
tree_and_leaf: Ten slumped against the TARDIS, tie askew, smiling slightly (Tenth Doctor)
I can't believe that icanhaztardis, or whatever it's called, doesn't allow non-member commenting. How paranoid is that?

Not that I had anything vital to say - I was just rather baffled by the person on a thread comparing Narnia and Doctor Who, who suggested that Mickey= Eustace.




Yeah, that was my reaction, too. They may both start out as annoying wet blankets and end up rather awesome - but they're annoying in diametrically oppposed ways. Actually, I can't think of any Dcotor Who characters who resemble either reformed or unreformed Eustace - except perhaps Adric?
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
Two curious parallels that have struck me in the Narnia film, one puzzling, the other a bit 'Say what?'

here )
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
I may well be the last person on LJ who lists Lewis as an interest to see the film, but I finally got round to it yesterday...

Spoilerish review here )

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