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the internet is my prosthetic brain - Another random question
What are the first appearances of soulbonds* in SF/F?

Because I'm pretty sure fandom didn't invent this trope.
nf  meta  soulbonds  books  meta:fic_genres  fandom 
august 2010 by esther_a
Fanfic Symposium: The Death of Smarm
What, you ask, is "smarm?" Well, maybe you don’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway. "Smarm" is a particular variety of genfic which centers around (or at least heavily emphasizes) the intense friendship between the main characters. It usually involves verbal expressions of love and/or affection, and sometimes involves physical expressions of those feelings (this is called "glomming"). How exactly it got the name "smarm" is a source of some debate – I suspect at one time, the name had a kind of "nudge, nudge, wink, wink, yeah we know this is over the top" quality. It has since lost that, and become a genuine jargon term, much like "slash."
nf  meta  meta:fic_genres  f:Sentinel  fandom 
june 2010 by esther_a
brownbetty | Somehow, he knew that the dark-haired man did not trust easily.
Here is a crossover I invariably love, except when I don't:

Take two canons, two groups of people (one from each). One group should be people who are accustomed to keeping a secret or concealing things from the world at large; Buffy, Angel, Leverage, Psych, Supernatural, Batverse, Torchwood, Sarah Connor Chronicles, you get the picture. The other group should be a group dedicated to figuring out mysteries; any CSI, cop show, Torchwood (yes), Psych (again), Batverse, Supernatural, Criminal Minds, X-Files, The Mentalist, etc. The Figure-Outers should come across the Secret-Keepers and work to understand them.
nf  crossover  meta  meta:fic_genres  id:brown_betty  fandom 
march 2010 by esther_a
jonquil | What if...
If the consequence of one altered battle is loving descriptions of more altered battles, I'm out. Cusps based on individual people are more obviously labile, though; the consequences of one battle can be immediately undone by another, but the life or death of one person due to one event may indeed be a unique opportunity.
nf  meta  SF  AU  meta:fic_genres  fandom 
january 2010 by esther_a
walkingshadow: How To Tell If Your Pain is ~Manpain~
How To Tell If Your Pain is ~Manpain~ in flowchart form.
graphics  meta  humor  nf  meta:fic_genres  fandom 
november 2009 by esther_a
shared_wisdom - Crossovers [by Jane Davitt]
C is for 'crossover' -- or for creativity, conflation and chaotic confusion, if it's not done well.
crossover  meta  meta:fic_genres  nf  fandom 
june 2008 by esther_a

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