January 1st, 2013

@ winter wonderland

Luckiest yuletider

I saw my request go out on the pinch hit list right before the default and I was a little nervous because I still didn't have a story until just before the very last pinch hit deadline... when four, FOUR full length stories appeared within a few minutes of each other.

And what is even better than getting multiple fics? Getting multiple incredibly well done fics. These authors all did a really extraordinary job of taking my prompts and writing stories that I really wanted to see in these fandoms. One in Mad Men and three in Snow White and the Huntsman. (Yes, all of the Snow/Ravenna fics written for yultide were for me. As I said, luckiest yuletider...)

the heart a hollow plane
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Ravenna/Snow White
Rating: Explicit
Words: 2785
Snow adapts the corruption Ravenna implanted into vices befitting a queen.

This fic follows the progression of the movie, but expands on the layers of the relationship between Ravenna and Snow. The dynamic is explicit here, but the characterization is so good that it feels like a natural extension of the movie. The writing is wonderful and matches the movie's tone so well. It's also hot, and conflicted and everything you (if you are like me) felt like the movie was heading toward.

Darkness Falls
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012),
Ravenna/Snow White, Snow White/The Huntsman
Rating: Teen
Words: 2785
Snow thinks she's in love but in the end love doesn't matter. She needs more strength than that.

Set after the movie, this fic deals with how Snow rebuilds her kingdom and shapes herself in the process. There's a neat thread of connection between the landscape and the buildings that shape Snow's past and her attempts at moving the kingdom forward. This contrasts really well with how Ravenna lingers in her mind and in some of her decisions.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Ravenna/Snow White
Rating: Explicit
Words: 2785
Bathed in blood, all birds are of a feather.

Ravenna's self reflection on her past and how her relationship with Snow fits within it. I am trying very hard to resist just quoting the entire thing at you, because the writing is phenomenal and so, so very Ravenna. The author captured her exacting but also incredibly skewed and bitter self-awareness painfully well.

the seas will split
Mad Men
Betty Draper, Joan Holloway
Rating: Gen
Words: 1081
Like mother, like daughter.

The snippets of backstory this fic provides for both Joan and Betty fit so well with each woman's character development and personality that I've completely adopted them as head!canon. The author also capitalizes beautifully and subtley on all the potential held in a chance encounter between these two very distinct female characters. Joan's reaction to Betty is so in character and the voices are absolutely perfect. This fic is an excellent example of how quietly charged and telling interactions
between these women could be and it fills what's always been a big hole in canon for me.

The stories were all so smart and well written that I felt like I needed to hold it together and give actual details in their thank yous and these recs, but it was hard.
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