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What is with the privileging of fic in this question? This is minority fanwork erasure! Why so fic-centric, meme? Why so prosenormative?

Day Twenty-Nine: A female-centric fic fanwork rec #FIXED THAT FOR YOU

Twisted Princess: Belle art by Jeffrey Thomas, Aliens Ripley meta by Genevieve Valentine, Women in Star Wars critique by After Hours, "Choir Girl" song cover by Katie Noonan

So, okay, I don't read a whole lot of fic, ultimately. I want to, and occasionally I try, but I'm waaahayhay too picky about the canons I love, and I don't tend to care enough about the canons I don't, to usually enjoy it very much. Which leaves a goldilocks zone of idle curiosity, and that ... fluctuates. A lot. And, honestly, I cannot remember a single fic I would classify "female-centric", assuming that means more than just a female POV or something.

Twisted Princess: Belle by Jeffrey Thomas

All the Twisted Princesses this guy does are pretty damn great, and I would read the hell out of fic about any of them, despite not liking animation generally and Disney a whooooole lot less than that. But this was his first, and my favourite. Not just for the simplicity and balance of the design, which is incredibly effective, but also for being everything I want from Beauty and the Beast dynamic. I, uh. I'm not saying that's healthy or anything.

Aliens Ripley meta by Genevieve Valentine
Aliens trilogy – looking at teh awesome of the trilogy, Weyland-Yutani as villains, and Ripley's role opposing them.
Alien Resurrection – analysing teh much less awesome (and Whedon), except for Sigourney Weaver who rocks, and lots and lots of pictures and very insightful, funny running commentary.

Uh ... these are great? As are pretty much all of her reviews. Go read them.

Women in Star Wars critique by After Hours

Honestly, I can't say I care that much about the subject, although I love that it was Mike who brought it up. Mike.

"Choir Girl" by Cold Chisel, cover by Katie Noonan
Lookin' like a choir girl / She's cryin' like a refugee....

I know, I know, it's a "transformative" work rather than a strictly derivative one or whatever, but as I'm already rebelling, nyah, basically. Besides, all due respect to Barnes and the boys (who I'm given no choice in nostalgically loving, it's a patriotic duty) and '70s pub rock ballads and getting it under the radar and everything, and I actually do love the original, but damn. This is the way to sing about a girl getting an abortion.

I mostly love Katie Noonan when she unleashes her full operatic power or when she gets her groove on; when she does ballads, she can veer far too breathy for my taste, but other times, like this, she keeps a lid on it and goes purely, achingly delicate. I don't really know many songs on this subject (Ben Folds' "Brick" is the only other one I can think of off the top of my head), but it somehow strikes me as a male thing to write, and her interpretation here both protects and gives expression to the female voice of the story.

bonus non-fanwork rec: "Esther" by Katie Noonan off the album Fierce Hearts: The Music of Love-Song-Circus, exploring the stories of female convict settlers in Australia

I stole two piece of lace, it was a short fall from grace / 15 years old, a child sent away / A child I was, but a mother to be as well / Newgate Gaol walls my babies’s first home
New South Wales bound on the Lady Penryhn we were / Below the water line, 100 women, my daughter and I / 16,000 miles, 8 months this dark, dank hole / Starvation and disease knocking at our door

This is a woman’s story in a man’s time
This is a gentle face in a brute world

Then I saw your eyes, kind and fair, fair blue / A Lieutenant above the decks but by Cape Town our love was true / But the sadness in this land it runs so deep / In this penal hell hole I strive to make my home
But as the corpses pile high, our blessings are many / 7 children, a home and a farm / Though charged with mutiny, here I am free / And almost 30 years since we met, I finally marry thee

This is a woman’s story in a man’s time
This is a gentle face in a brute world

Sorry about the myspace, it was the only place I could find the songs. grrrrrrrrrrrrr


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Jul. 2nd, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
What is with the privileging of fic in this question? This is minority fanwork erasure! Why so fic-centric, meme? Why so prosenormative?

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Jul. 3rd, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)

I adore you. :)
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