pronker (pronker) wrote in m_a_recs,

Daffy December

The title of this post uses the word "daffy" in that it is a tribute to the myriad interpretations of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's relationship in settings from Temple-familiar to completely AR (Alternate Reality). Included are eleven stories, ranging from horrific to parodyish to completely out of the GFFA, all written with downright Masterly talent. The ride starts here:

Turn by Boots is one parody using the saga's three hottest males (sorry, Master Yoda, Luke and Han!) using Obi-Wan, Anakin and Qui-Gon (mentioned only) and their interconnected emotions playing very nicely in an unusual way to stop the unimaginable Turning of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. This does happen, for the good of the Galaxy, and the good of our funnybones. Warnings for glitter and for an unbeta'd fic.

Family Over Fate by Bren Antrim is an mpreg story. Yes. Babies are generated by the least likely of beings, feelings are hurt, jealousies rage as both Padme and Obi-Wan deliver their younglings. All is well at the end. The tone is mostly light, some surprising seriousness, though not too much, given the theme. The mechanics of it all are fascinating, as anyone could imagine. Obi-Wan's youngling is blessedly healthy, considering all the trouble it had getting out.  

Coming Out by Emma Grant is part of the Queer As Jedi universe, written by Grant as well as others in an entertaining series on MA as well as on other sites. Using many of Jude Watson's characters (and it naturally helps that the reader is familiar with them, but isn't necessary) there is lots of hotness, steamy encounters, raunchy settings. Warnings for WIP and a great deal of OOCness, though this entire post is made up of varying degrees of that.  

Z.P. Florian's Gilded Cage has the unusual setting of a dollhouse, with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon doll-like captives. If you steer away from imprisonment fics, you'd perhaps skip this one. It's interesting and way out in Imaginationland. It is quite long and though I haven't any action figures outside of Burger King's Yoda and Jar-Jar, with enough thinking I can imagine getting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon dollies and making them ... do stuff.

The Pirate and the Padawan by Briony is the first of two lengthy, completely AR stories (both WIP) set in vaguely British settings. This one is reminiscent of 17th or 18th century Britain, perhaps set near the Scottish border on the coast (yes, to me it's that specific) and features Qui-Gon as the dialect-speaking Pirate, complete with space-pirate ship and fluctuating alliances and Obi-Wan as a courtesan who is highly-trained in seduction. Obi-Wan wears makeup and is proud of his ability to do the tea ceremony properly.

The Tales of Two by Pumpkin and Lilith Sedai, two highly-prolific and recommended authors, blows the mind with its tale of Obi-Wan, severely ascetic and monkish, being sent to bodyguard Prince Qui-Gon, a wastrel learning how to be Kingly. The authors' notes tell of the ambition for the story to be excitingly serial-like, with cliffhangers and lots of action. All the action is well-described, with horses' hoofs pounding and many duels. This is the setting that is most Earth-like, sort of late medieval, complete with castles and ducal fealties in question. Qui-Gon's sexually voracious and spoiled, Obi-Wan is earnest in the best, most-repressed fashion one can think of. WIP, lengthiest of all these, sends the reader far into the AR.  

For the Love of God, Montresor by MrsHamill, its title taken from Poe's "Cask of Amontillado" horror story, shocks and is gruesome and I like it a lot. It takes the idea of midichlorians a step further than Lucas could think of. It's short and it's so nightmarish that I hope that young Anakin never read it. This dream would not pass in time.  Warnings for dialect, sort of Hamlet-gravedigger type that takes some thinking.  

Failure of Desire by 'chelle swings around to the comic edge of a great parody of the situations used in slash Qui/Obi stories, from the 'romantic waterfall in the woods' to the 'hurt 'em and love it' approach to the 'Qui-Gon goes to SM clubs on his nights off' plot device. In this story, Obi-Wan has no desire for Qui-Gon and is appropriately helped by a Soul Healer to regain a proper perspective.

The Room of Woopsies by Alaric is a short, very funny piece taking Qui-Gon to task for his failure to observe the Rule of Non-Interference (woopsie, that's from Star Trek fandoms' terms). Qui-Gon takes many, many species from their natural habitats and can't quite find them proper homes afterwards. He makes a home for all of them together when he gets tired of them. Self-indulgent Qui-Gon, bad boy.  

The Night Before Xmas by Lilith Sedai is a poem, so warnings for that. It has grossness, so warnings for that. It is an account of a slash writer's visit to the MA archive in a dream, so warnings for that, too.  

The Book of Sins by Cynthia Martin contains so many of Jude Watson's characters in a Temple story of intrigue and blackmail that it might seem unreadable to anyone not familiar with her work, but the header information and the general Temple setting allow such a person to figure all the characters as friend or villain by their actions. This wasn't easy to write, I suppose, but the action plumbs the depths of the archaic Temple so very well that I recommend it.

Happy 2008! 
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