Anyway, Reign! The show about Mary, Queen of Scots via CW eyes, which I fully only started watching with the intention to check out how bad it is, but ended up following closely and regularly over four seasons to its finale. (And, uh... writing the summaries on wikipedia for every single ep.)
I loved it for its cheese, its YA sensibilities, its hyperfocus on its female characters, and it was at its very best when it was being all-out ridic and only vaguely brushing against historical fact. At its worst it was a hot mess of a rage-inducing show that tried to handle too many things to the point where it effectively handled nothing well, and I could list out all the ways that they messed up season 4, but I never felt like I was wasting time while watching it. I would've wanted one more season to wrap up the storylines that were dropped, plus to give Catherine actual closure, but perhaps this is for the best, and the actors get to move on.
Four seasons is longer than I expected for this show, and I can say that for all of its problems, I would love more of this kind of fun, indulgent loose retelling of history, though I have the feeling that Reign is one-time thing, and not all comparable to its adult counterparts The White Queen or The Tudors -- stop it, articles that are recommending the latter if you like the former, THEY'RE NOT TONALLY SIMILAR AT ALL. Reign is sugary glitz, teen soap poppyness, it's Lorde's Royal as background music of a royal party, it's a contemporary of The Vampire Diaries.
I'm glad it existed and I'm glad to have watched it, and I'm sad it's over.
Also, while I was frustrated with most of season 4 (and kinda wished they dropped England and/or France entirely so to give Mary & Scotland more its due, no matter how much I love Rachel and Megan), the final two minutes genuinely moved me, which was surprising. Reign had forgotten how to take its time for emotional beats, but at least they didn't miss that one.
Next up: finding out if Gallavants (not Disney) is as weird as I remember. Weirder, probably. The 80s, man.
(sex-pollen style explicit sex, and consequentially some (relatively light) consent issues. Also period-typical homophobia. Please let me know if you'd like details.)
Characters: Jack Aubrey/William Marshall, Stephen Maturin, James Dillon
Summary: In the heat of the battle Jack Aubrey did not feel the sting of what Stephen later told him would have been a very small stiletto.
A subtle French poison is making Jack feel things that are not appropriate for polite society, nor even for the often impolite society of his ship. This is either the best or the worst day of William Marshall's life.
A/N: I'm trying to clear a bunch of WIPs off my desktop and I found this, which I wrote by voice memo while driving cross-country almost exactly two years ago. I haven't read any O'Brian in also about two years, so let me apologize now for any errors in detail, dialogue, or tone. Otherwise I apologize for nothing, I read the first book and wanted a lake of Aubrey/Marshall to wallow in and AO3 totally let me down. Maybe there's a zine out there??
Read it on the AO3!
The author who claimed my WIPs and me agreed on our love for fairytales, minor characters and Fraction's Hawkeye, and this is what resulted.
Fandom: Captain America - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, The Hulk, Redwing, Lucky the Dog
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale, Rusalka, Folklore, Everyone should listen to Sam Wilson, Captain America Reverse Big Bang 2017
What? You want a story? What kind of story?
Hmm. Okay. You want to hear about how your Mama and Papa met?
No, she didn’t win me in a round of poker! Who told you that?
Hmpf. Well, that’s not how it happened.
You need the bathroom? Okay. You got your Teddy Bear? Of course, I’m sorry, Bucky Bear.
Okay, so here’s how it started. Long ago and far away.
It is the most hand-drawn illustrations I've done for a single fanwork unit and was a huge challenge. Then my babies were born right by the end and I sort of finished it in stages whenever I could, after that. I'm still super proud of my pieces for it and it was very cathartic to draw each of them. I got to do more MCU and do more collabs. :D