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Dilema. Pls halp.

I have a fic bunny that I need to exorcise.

And I don't really have time for this, but it's a bunny that's been treating my brain like its own personal hutch for quite some time. It's not a particularly troublesome tenant but it refuses to leave. And at this point I just want it out.

But there's just enough apathy in me that I can't quite justify getting into the fic, especially since it's a fairly elastic idea and could conceivably balloon out to several involved chapters. And also, I have to admit that I would partly be doing it because the movie that's behind this idea was less than stellar, on several levels ... and that seems a leetle bit hateful. But at the same time, if others find the idea at least a little intriguing, that would be worth playing it out, I think. It's just one of those things that I'm not quite interested in enough to do solely for myself, yanno?

(If it helps you any to click on the cut and then give me your opinion, it's Eliot Spencer-related.)

So it's an Eliot Spencer backstory fic, post-Moreau and pre-Leverage. That stage where he's discovered how low he can go, which will inevitably put at least parts of this on the darker end of my spectrum. And while Eliot!angst might decide some people right there, that's not the whole story. Because, if you recall, I did mention a movie.

Like most dedicated little fangirls, having discovered my enjoyment of Christian Kane in Angel was easily sustained and surpassed in Leverage, I went on a brief spree of watching other stuff with him in it. I got bored pretty quickly, but not before I watched Her Minor Thing. Which was a mistake, because as soon as I finished I thought: That would have been so much better if it actually were Eliot ... and he was kind of on a break, recuperating, and he was just doing it to get that chick past her boyfriend as a favour to a friend, all zany chick-flick style, only it's Eliot, so ... not so very much chick flick.

And I have those kinds of ideas relatively frequently, but this one I'm genuinely interested in. Just not motivated enough by. And it's an intriguing mix of romantic comedy-type formula with the melancholy of a somewhat destroyed man, with the added challenge of keeping it all basically canon with the movie. I don't even know if the combo would work without a lot of dark and probably inappropriate humour. And I don't really want to go down the sappy route of Eliot starting with a con and ending up falling in love, because frankly I can't see that chick being someone who Eliot Spencer would fall for. She was kind of vapid and shallow.

Anyway. That's my dilema. Should I give it a go? Or is it best left alone? Has anyone else even seen the movie? What do you think?


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Jun. 8th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Interesting. I've never seen the movie, but I do love Eliot ...

OH I KNOW! You can write that Eliot + JVdB sequel instead. *nodnod*
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Yuh, because I'm SO KEEN to dive down that rabbit hole again. I couldn't think straight for WEEKS. Besides, you haven't given me any fuel.

And the movie is just kind of annoyingly mediocre. Or maybe I should say the actress/character was just too blondely bland. *shrug*
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)

*scampers off to Plot Great Evil*
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)

*has the Wolf hose you down*

... It's probably the hose of virtue.
Jun. 9th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, do it. I loved CK in Her Minor Thing. He was the best thing about the movie and the only thing better than him in it would be him as Eliot in it. This is so logical, I don't know why I didn't think of it. :)

So, yes, goodness yes, I would read that. In between reading Goodnight Moon and playing "Where's Lil'Bit?" I would definitely, definitely read it.
Jun. 9th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
You know, I had a sense that you would weigh in on this one! :)

Him being the best thing in the movie is rather my problem, though. Because I have a feeling that I wouldn't be able to keep a quite cynical voice out of the treatment of the story – or at least, I don't want to be mean, and I suspect I might get that way on occasion. It's a difficult line to walk. At the very least it will have to be pretty snarky. Is that acceptable? What do you think?

Thanks for the encouragement, though. I'm definitely leaning toward giving it a go at this point :)
Jun. 10th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
Hmmm, do you mean because she's so vacuous and utterly uninteresting? Because I think you can totally work with her without being too snarky. At first, Eliot would enjoy her because it would be like a beach vacation and allow him to relax and not think too much about things. After awhile though it'd be clear to him that she's more Ms. Right Now than Ms. Right. Also, compared to her ex-bf, she's as deep as the ocean and as worthy as a Nobel Peace Laureate.

I see a lot of scope for nuanced commentary on values, what one values, and how you develop and stick to a value system. Eliot could eventually let her down gently, having taught her that she deserves better than a vain jackass. Also, I like the juxtaposition of her thinking the worst thing in the world is all of Sacramento knowing she's a virgin while Eliot knows that's high school stuff compared to all the true evil in the world.

I'd be so happy to beta, bounce ideas, or help out in any way if you decide to go for this one. :) I'm so glad I managed to check my flist! just knowing this idea exists makes me happy.
Jun. 10th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
so vacuous and utterly uninteresting

:D:D Pretty much, YES. I was trying to avoid putting it so bluntly, but THIS. Because my goodness.

I'd be so happy to beta, bounce ideas, or help out in any way if you decide to go for this one. :)

\o/ You are ON. PM pending. :):)
Aug. 4th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
*considers* I haven't seen the movie in question but, having just finished reading your 'Princess Bride Job', I'd have to say that I believe you definitely have the chops to make the story work. I was amazed at how you were able to mesh the book with the team and keep everything so true to form. Whether you should do it is, of course, up to you but I certainly have faith that it's something you can do (and brilliantly so). I would read it.
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
I think I just need the time and the energy at this point. Which RL is not making easy! It's percolating though. I think it'll eventually work through. It won't be nearly as frothy and fun as PB, though :)
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