kindkit: Text: Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than to curse than darkness. (Discworld: light a flamethrower)
My job is making me literally sick with rage and frustration right now. I could really use recs for long (like, novel-length or more) fanfics or for escapist TV. For fanfics I'd really like m/m slash, strong characterization, decent writing, and a happy ending. I don't care if I know the fandom so long as I can make sense of the story without canon knowledge. For TV, I'd like either canon m/m or lots of m/m subtext (the pairing as a plausible endgame would be nice), and preferably but not necessarily a genre story like sff or mystery. No rape scenes, nothing too depressing.

Sorry if that's an obnoxious list of requirements, but I am running very low on cope and I don't watch to watch anything that will make me feel worse.

All recs greatly appreciated. ETA: Please don't hesitate to self-rec if you've written something that fits the bill.

And I'm not looking for advice. I'm doing what practical things I can to make the situation better, and that's not what I need at the moment.
kindkit: A blurred, ominious image of Hannibal Lecter under a tree. (Hannibal: Hannibal red)
I have, reluctantly, gotten a Tumblr. Hannibal is entirely to blame for this; it's the first fandom I've ever been in that seems to happen mostly on Tumblr, and that quickly wore down my resistance. I'm gavestonsfrolic over there; I don't know how much I'll post because DW/LJ is still very much my preferred format. Tumblr does not make intuitive sense to me and the image-heaviness hurts both my (old, slow) computer and my brain.

If you use Tumblr, can you rec me cool stuff, fannish or not? And do let me know what your own Tumblr is (unless it duplicates stuff you already post here, in which case I'd rather read you here).
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
We're at the start of a nasty winter storm here. It's snowing more or less horizontally due to the wind, which is also howling around corners and occasionally rattling the windowframes. I have actually turned the heat on, which I try to avoid because it's not cheap, and I'm currently wearing five layers and am still rather cold. It's supposed to stay bad for about twenty-four hours, but fortunately I don't have to go anywhere. I did go to work today, but only from 7-noon and I was home long before things got ugly.

(Sunday morning ETA: All the really bad weather has missed my area so far. There's just a dusting of snow here, with another inch or two expected today. But east and south of here, it's very bad. If you're there, I hope you're indoors, safe, and warm.)

I had a mellow Christmas, consistently mostly of cheese and movies. I watched Mr. Holmes, which is very good if (I think) not quite as non-heterosexual as people assured me it was; anyway, the performances are excellent, especially Ian McKellen, of course, but also Laura Linney, who disappeared so completely into the role of Mrs. Munro that until I checked IMDB just now I had assumed Munro was played by a British actor, and Milo Parker in one of the best performances by a child actor I've ever seen. After Mr. Holmes and as an antidote to its seriousness, I watched Despicable Me, which I'm probably the last person on earth to see. It was fun! And funny! I liked it best before it started to become heartwarming, but I didn't even mind the heartwarming parts too much--perhaps because I have chosen to interpret them as a story about a single gay man starting a family, and be damned to what apparently happens in the sequel.

Then of course there was Yuletide. I got four lovely fics, thanks to the generosity of writers currently unknown. List and links under the cut )

I've been reading other Yuletide fics a bit, but Yuletide Fatigue set in unusually early for me this year and I'm finding it hard to want to read even things that I would normally be over the moon about.

I do have three recs so far, in the fandoms Rejseholdet, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, here at the top of my AO3 bookmarks list.
kindkit: Hot dog walking hand in hand with mustard but thinking of ketchup. (Fandomless: Hot dog/ketchup OTP)
A few more recs from my not-very-comprehensive reading of Yuletide.

King Rat, Lynes & Mathey, Peter Pan, Pride, Rivers of London )
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Last year I said that every year it seems I know fewer Yuletide fandoms, and this year it was more of the same. Here are a few things I've really liked from the end of the alphabet (and there are a couple of longer fics that I haven't read yet because I prefer to read long fics on my ebook reader).

4 recs: Raffles, Rivers of London, Talented Mr. Ripley )
kindkit: Two British officers sitting by a river; one rests his head on the other's shoulder. (Fandomless: officers by a river)
I got three, THREE fics for Yuletide this year, yay!! And they're all wonderful, yay!!!!

At Shingle Street (33494 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cloudburst at Shingle Street - Thomas Dolby (Song)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Additional Tags: World War II, Post-World War I, World War I, Gay, Male Homosexuality, Hurt/Comfort, Nursing, Getting to Know Each Other, Period Typical Attitudes, Oral Sex, Tenderness, Survivor Guilt, Falling In Love, Age Difference, Loneliness, Additional Warnings Apply
Summary: It is July, 1940. German invasion of the British Isles seems imminent, and rumours of attacks and attempts and secret weapons abound. For Hugh Wakefield, WW1 veteran searching for a point in life, and Werner Schultheiss, nineteen-year-old, unwilling German Army recruit, this may be the summer where everything changes, and everyone bursts free.

This is a completely amazing, novella-length fic based on the request I thought no one would write. It uses the song brilliantly but with twists I never expected. The nature of the fandom meant the characters had to be OCs, but please don't be put off by that. The author does a fantastic job with them: they're distinct, three-dimensional, appealing, flawed, and I cared very deeply about them, very quickly. They and the world of the story are so fully developed, so real and moving, that this could be a stand-alone novel that would inspire fanfic of its own. If you like (anti-)war stories or unconventional love stories, you should read this.

Defences (3261 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cloudburst at Shingle Street - Thomas Dolby (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Original Characters
Summary: He hasn't been back to Shingle Street for twenty years.

Another great fic for the request I thought no one would write. This one is a love story, possibly a ghost story, and definitely a story about place and what it means. Shingle Street is a real place, and although I've never been there, I feel I know it now. There's something luminous about this story, and the prose is precise and beautiful.

The Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg Gotha (1406 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: First World War RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Wilhelm II of Germany (WW1 RPF)/Prince 'Eddy' Albert Victor
Characters: Wilhelm II of Germany (WW1 RPF), Prince 'Eddy' Albert Victor, Prince Heinrich, King George V
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Cousin Incest, Fluff, Domestic Fluff
Summary: It's 1916, the world is at peace, the Olympics are being held in Berlin and, far away, two men are reading all about it.

And still another great story, this one for a different request I thought no one would write: cousincest prevents WWI! This is a hugely charming alternate history. I especially love what the author does with Wilhelm: he's still recognizably himself, with flashes of arrogance and a deep love of military pageantry, but some plausible changes in his background have left him happier, less aggressive, and the world is better for it.

Thank you so much, mystery authors! I've received an embarrassment of riches this Yuletide and I couldn't be more delighted.
kindkit: Man sitting on top of a huge tower of books, reading. (Fandomless--book tower)
Help me, internets, you're my only hope! I have a cold and all I want to do is lie in bed reading good fanfic, or at least something id-y, with queer men who love each other and also save the world, or take over the world, or fight crime, or something. Even male/male subtext would be okay! I'll take subtext if it's a non-fanfic story and it's not actively homophobic.

I've tried [community profile] fancake, but my tastes (and my fandoms) don't often seem to mesh with those of the folks who rec there.

Please rec me things! Fandom doesn't matter too much--in this mood I'll read things for fandoms I don't know--but there are some fandoms that won't work for me. Some that spring to mind are Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Bandom/Popslash, and sports RPF. Recs for professionally published things are welcome too, though it would help if they're available as e-books.

So bored, so bored, oh god please help.

Relatedly: are Margery Allingham's Campion books really terrible in the sense of being racist/sexist/antisemitic/homophobic? I've been watching a few episodes of the TV series with Peter Davison and it seems like the novels could be fun. But even one of the TV eps was pretty homophobic, so I'm nervous.
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
As usual, I haven't gotten all the way through the fandoms I wanted to read before the reveal. And I'm too tired and irritable to read any more fics tonight. But here are two last recs.

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

The Purple Jug (5826 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale
Characters: Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale, Lesley May
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Undercover as a Couple, Sex Pollen
Summary: Nightingale and Peter on a case at a gay bar. Set before Broken Homes, no spoilers.

"Undercover in a gay bar" and "sex pollen" are not my favorite tropes, but they're not unfitting for this fandom and the author does a great job of keeping them in character. Good Peter voice and good Nightingale characterization, too.

Folly To Be Wise (6661 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant, Lesley May
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Ghosts, World War II, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Ettersberg
Summary: Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

This is a casefic about a haunted room in an old house, but it's much more than that. I especially like the Nightingale and Peter characterization here, and the way Peter cares for Nightingale and is protective of him even while looking up to him as a mentor.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Every year it seems like there are fewer Yuletide fandoms I know. Anyway, have some recs. These are in addition to the stories written for me, which I mentioned earlier.

20th Century CE RPF

A Super Mouse in Time (1809 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 20th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nikita Khrushchev, Walt Disney
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Disneyland, Cold War Era

In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited America. He saw its president, its Senate, its Hollywood stars, its housing projects. Per his security team’s instructions, he did not, the media reported, see Disneyland.

But you can’t believe everything you read.

I really like the way the serious and the kitschy interconnect in this story, and it's charmingly written.

The Charioteer

The science and practice of surgery (1328 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid
Characters: Alec Deacon, Sandy Reid
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Codependency
Summary: Alec and Sandy in 1941.

This understatedly heartbreaking look at Alec and Sandy's relationship rings painfully true.

Liberty (1239 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aunt Olive (The Charioteer), Ralph Lanyon
Additional Tags: London
Summary: Of Aunt Olive and her pilgrimages to London.

I almost back-buttoned when I saw this was written in first person, but I'm glad I didn't. It's a gorgeously detailed, atmospheric look at Aunt Olive's life and personality, which are both so much more complicated than Laurie knows.

Eldritch, betentacled Bridstow (1408 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ralph Lanyon/Laurie Odell, Bunny/Ralph Lanyon, Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid, Alec Deacon & Ralph Lanyon
Characters: Ralph Lanyon, Laurie Odell, Alec Deacon, Bunny (The Charioteer), Sandy Reid
Additional Tags: Angst, AU - Tentacles, Body Horror, Body Modification, Eventual Fluff, Medical Experimentation, Self Harm, Thinly Veiled Allegory, Tentacles, World War II
Summary: The Charioteer. Now with added tentacles.

Yes, this is The Charioteer plus tentacles. No, it's not crack. It's lovely and moving and also, there are tentacles. Just trust me and read it.

The Dispossessed/The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin

The Color of Shadow (5751 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ong Tot Oppong, OFC
Additional Tags: shifgrethor, First Contact, Original anarcho-syndicalist character, Original Annaresti character, Original lesbian character, why yes those three are all the same OC
Summary: Two first investigators come to Gethen. And bring and their baggage.

This very LeGuin-like story subtly explores both the pain and the possibilities of living in a new culture.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
I haven't had problems with insomnia in quite a while, but tonight, after going to bed earlyish because I have to be at work at 6 am, I woke up at a little before midnight and could not get back to sleep. I could quite happily sleep now, at 3:30 in the morning, but there's the whole work at 6 thing. Not good.

It did give me time to work on my post for today, so there's that. Thanks, insomnia?

As requested by [personal profile] likeadeuce, today's topic is: some characteristics of my favorite fanfics.

Narrowing down "my favorite fanfics" is really hard! Especially as I've been reading fanfic for over ten years. I've pulled up my old Delicious account so this won't just be stories I've read recently, but I keep second-guessing myself. Yes, this is a great story, I think, but is it one of my favorites ever? So let's just call this "some characteristics of fanfics I really like."

Here are some, in no particular order.

Great character voices: If I can mentally hear the characters, or in book fandoms if they have the right speech patterns, I'm sold. Example: Wait Wait Don't Eat Me, by Nestra (National Public Radio RPF with zombies).

Subversion: I love it when a story calls into question, in a non-preachy way, the assumptions underlying a canonical situation or a fanfic trope. It's a feeling of revelation and insight. Two examples: Modern Love, by Penknife (Discworld, explores the implications of dwarf gender norms, and how they're affected by contact with humans, in bolder ways than Pratchett); We'll Burn Like Falling Stars Tonight by Challengeaccepted (Sherlock, Moriarty/Moran, destabilizes and denaturalizes the alpha/beta/omega trope and as such is the only a/b/o story I've ever read that I've liked).

Stretching the limits of form: Although I enjoy conventional narrative, I also love it when stories push the envelope with non-linearity, multiple narrative voices, documents, graphics, and so on. Unconventional narration doesn't have to mean a "difficult" story, although I don't mind when it does. This example is extremely readable as well as being a brilliant use of form and metanarrative: The Kids Aren't All Right by Samdonne (Iron Man).

The perfect detail: I'm a fan of details generally, because I love worldbuilding and closely-examined characters. And in particular, I love details that are more than the sum of their parts, that encapsulate important things about the world or the characters. My example story, [personal profile] halotolerant's A Sweet and Proper Thing (War Horse, Jim Nicholls/Jamie Stewart) includes one of my favorites sentences in a fanfic ever: "His parents, who had met each other during a demonstration about the Transvaal, believed in socialism, atheism and carbolic soap, in more or less that order." It's a whole history in 26 words.

New perspectives: This can be as simple as focusing on a minor character whose view of events differs from the main characters, or as extreme as offering a "secret history" inside the canon. It's different from subversion because there's not usually an element of critique, just finding the new in the familiar. Example: The Anatomist by Rosa_acicularis (Sherlock, Molly Hooper; this has been jossed by subsequent canon developments but is still a hell of a story).

Metaphorical intensity: It's hard to explain what I mean by this, but I'm thinking of stories where a metaphor or image is explored to the limit, so that it becomes central and even structural. Example: The Space Between Opposites by Storyseller (Doctor Who, Tenth Doctor/Simm!Master), which is about the Gallifreyan language and what can and cannot be said in it, and also about the Doctor and the Master, and what they are/cannot be/must be to each other.

This isn't (can't be) a comprehensive list, and I'm not entirely sure it's even a representative one, by which I mean that these aren't, by any means, the only kinds of stories I enjoy. They're exceptional stories that have stuck in my memory as special, long after the initial pleasure of reading them. Still, it pains me to think of all the fantastic stories I haven't mentioned.

cool thing

Aug. 1st, 2013 02:00 pm
kindkit: Two cups of green tea. (Fandomless: Green tea)
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti has a project showcasing grandmothers from around the world and their cooking. Each woman is photographed with the ingredients for her special dish, and then there's a photo of the finished dish. And there are recipes (click on "More Info" below each photo). In true grandmother tradition, the recipes often don't give quantities, and sometimes ingredient names are untranslated and (to me) unfamiliar, but I'd certainly like to try cooking some of these. (I must admit to a particular fondness for Grace Estibero, of Mumbai, India, who suggests buying a premade masala for her chicken vindaloo: "Just buy it! Extremely easy, isn't it?")

Delicatessen with love.
kindkit: Images of Mycroft's tie, eyes, and cane. (Sherlock: Mycroft is proper)
I finally got around to watching The King's Speech and enjoyed it a lot. Colin Firth is very good, good enough that I forgave him for being too old for the role and noticeably older than Guy Pearce, who is supposed to be Firth's elder brother. I'm not a Geoffrey Rush fan, but he was less annoying here than usual.

It's a good story, although as I quickly found out on Wikipedia, the real history of Bertie's work with Lionel Logue is less dramatic. I particularly enjoyed the skewering of the vapid, Nazi-sympathizing Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, whose relationship is nauseatingly over-romanticized in most other stories about this period.

Does anybody have fanfic recommendations? I've looked on AO3 but there's nothing there that works for me. I'm interested in Bertie-centric gen, Bertie/Lionel slash or friendship fic so long as the author can make it emotionally convincing and not just go straight for the porn, or anything that follows up on what I thought were some pretty obvious hints of incestuous something between Bertie and David.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Default)
I saw the Hobbit movie a couple of weeks ago and it didn't do much for me, but I did find myself motivated to read the book, which I liked much better.

So does anybody have recommendations for good bookverse fic? I'm particularly interested in character studies (especially but not exclusively Bilbo-focused), or outside views of the events (e.g. from the people in the lake town), or anything sharing Tolkien's notable if intermittent skepticism about the whole "heroic revenge quest" business.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (XKCD: Erotic fiction)
Four more recs. I feel bad that it's so few, but there just aren't a lot of Yuletide fandoms that appeal to me this year.

Aubrey/Maturin, Black Books, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Lewis )
kindkit: Horatio (Nicholas Farrell) reads Hamlet's letter, text: Hamlet faxed me a soliloquy! (Hamlet: Horatio gets a fax)
These are for fandoms from M-Z. As always, I've read in a pretty scattered way, only dipping into the fandoms that most appeal to me.

Eight recs under the cut (Macbeth, Magic for Beginners, Measure for Measure, Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists!, Regeneration, Twelfth Night).

click here to read )

Let me also reiterate my strong recommendation of How Many Strawberries Grow in the Sea? (the Wooden Horse series, rated explicit). This was written for me in a fandom so small it's hardly even a fandom, but you do NOT need to know the books to enjoy the story. It's gotten rave reviews from people who aren't me and don't know the fandom at all.
kindkit: Images of Mycroft's tie, eyes, and cane. (Sherlock: Mycroft is proper)
So, anybody have any Skyfall fic recs? I'm up for a variety of things: M or M-and-Bond gen, Eve gen (preferably acknowledging that (skip spoiler) missing one extraordinarily difficult shot does not mean she's not good enough to be a field agent), Bond/Q, Bond/Mallory, baddirtywrong Bond/Silva, the story of Bond's (skip spoiler) first time with a man, other Bond backstory, Silva backstory, and so on.


Jun. 15th, 2012 10:45 am
kindkit: Text icon: "British officers do not cuddle each other. (Not when there are people watching, anyway.") ('Allo 'Allo: British officers do not cud)
You may recall that I did not care for the film War Horse; my feelings about it are well summed up by this parody poster.

My loathing for the film did not impede my enjoyment of [ profile] halotolerant's wonderful story "A Sweet and Proper Thing," however. Nor should not having seen the film be a problem, if you are among those more fortunate than me who have been spared the experience of swelling music and technicolor sunsets.

It's not about the damn horse. The horse is barely in it. Halo focuses on two human characters we meet only briefy, Jim Nicholls (the officer who buys the horse, played by Tom Hiddleston) and his friend Jamie Stewart (Benedict Cumberbatch). She gives them personalities, histories, aspirations, lives. Also, to my particular delight, she gives Jamie a set of cricketing whites. And what's not to love about a story that includes the phrase, "His parents . . . believed in socialism, atheism and carbolic soap, in more or less that order"?

A Sweet and Proper Thing (16948 words) by faviconhalotolerant
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: War Horse (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jim Nicholls/Jamie Stewart
Characters: Jim Nicholls, Jamie Stewart, Topthorn

"Jamie, taking a deep, shuddering breath and then sipping his tea, gave him a slight smile. And now Jim felt warm, warm through and through, and awake, somehow, as if at long last suddenly roused from hibernation and stumbling into the light."

In which Jim and Jamie meet, fail at introductions, read too much science fiction, get together, mess up, fail to appreciate the importance of the Agadir crisis, buy horses, try their best and fight a war along the way, and most definitely nobody dies *g*

kindkit: Text icon: "British officers do not cuddle each other. (Not when there are people watching, anyway.") ('Allo 'Allo: British officers do not cud)
. . . but war stories are awesome.

Not inevitably awesome--Sturgeon's Law applies here as everywhere--but the good ones are.

At the moment I feel like I'm having a second childhood, reading and watching all the things I absolutely craved as a tween and adolescent but had no access to. And although it's a second childhood, it's also in a sense a first boyhood, because the last time around I was somewhat ashamed of my interest in this kind of thing and eventually suppressed it, aware that it was seen as inappropriate for a girl and not aware that it was possible I might not be a girl. (Those sorts of gendered distinctions are stupid bullshit anyway, it's just that in my case the gender wasn't even correct.)

Anyway, I'm enjoying the uniforms and airplanes and comradeship and amazing feats of survival and love in the face of death. (And because I'm mostly not watching/reading utter crap, there's also grief and fear, trauma, emotional damage, pain and disability, class distinctions, moral grey areas, and precious little glory or honor. None of which is properly speaking fun, but it makes for damn good stories.)

Still taking recs for homoerotic war stories if anyone has any. I can now recommend the 1977-78 BBC series Wings (with two caveats: first that besides the usually good war stuff, there's a deadly dull soap-operaish home front storyline [the better writers play it down, but unfortunately the series creator and main writer is not among them], and second that I haven't seen the last few episodes yet).

I'm still trying to lure more people into watching the POW drama Colditz, which is extremely well-written and well-acted, is not in any way jingoistic, pro-war, or morally simple, and also for most of its run features a beautiful often-shirtless young man. Beautiful young man has a deeply intimate friendship with another man, which is not a plot point and seldom even a matter of dialogue, but which is omnipresent in the performances once you start to look for it. (And I'm not just talking about "OMG they're standing next to each other!" tinhattery, although I'm more than capable of that, but about things like them discreetly holding each other's hands in one scene.) Let me give you an extra incentive: if you watch the show, you can read the two wonderful stories [ profile] halotolerant has written in the fandom. (I suppose you could read them anyway, but you'll like them better if you know the characters.)

The first series of Secret Army is also good, although bleak as hell; I found the second series less interesting (plus it starts a long slide into tedious anti-communist propaganda) and have for the moment given up watching about 5 episodes into S2.

*hopes for more recs*

It occurred to me recently to wonder why, given that male/male romance is a thriving subgenre now, its typology is so very narrow. It's all either about vampires/werewolves/elves, or about rich New York executives or Hollywood actors, or cowboys or pirates or private detectives, or occasionally it's about Regency or Victorian aristos who fall for their stable boys. War--any war--provides ample opportunity to write about love between men with all the angst anyone could ever want, and yet there don't seem to be a lot of male/male love stories set in wartime.

(NB: It is possible that I'm wrong about this. I don't actually care for romance as a genre, even when it is about two men, and I've only ever read a few male/male romances. But the impression that I get from seeing other people's posts about m/m romances, and also from a quick glance at the Torquere Press website just now, is that war stories are surprisingly few and far between. Go figure. If there were decently written, properly researched m/m love stories--I hesitate to say "romances" because of generic implications I don't care for--like that, I might well read them.)
kindkit: Text icon: "British officers do not cuddle each other. (Not when there are people watching, anyway.") ('Allo 'Allo: British officers do not cud)
I've always had a bit of a thing for war stories (when I was but an ickle!Kit I may possibly have slashed Snoopy and the Red Baron [4th paragraph down] in my mind, not in a sexual way exactly because I WAS ONLY A SMALL CHILD, but slashed them nevertheless), in large part because of the homosocial/homoerotic element. At the moment I seem to have returned to that primal fandom and am happily exploring it.

Rec me things? Fiction or nonfiction, any medium. I'm primarily interested in the two world wars, but I can be flexible on that. Primarily interested in texts from Britain, or at least anywhere other than the US, but I can be flexible on that too. A reasonably important m/m homosocial or homoerotic element is a must (or, in nonfiction, a reasonable discussion of queer issues); actual queer characters or queer focus would delight me to no end.

Here are some things I'm already familiar with:
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Charioteer (Mary Renault)
Coming Out Under Fire (Alan Berubé)
Danger UXB (yes, it is homoerotic, at least if you're me)
George Manville Fenn's novels
The Grand Illusion
The Great War and Modern Memory (Paul Fussell)
How Many Miles to Babylon (Jennifer Johnston)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (book and film)
Prisoners of War (J. R. Ackerley)
Privates on Parade
Regeneration trilogy (Pat Barker)
Secret Army (not actually homoerotic but listing it anyway)
Strange Meeting (Susan Hill--this is an amazing book BTW)
Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and other queer WWI poets
Wings (watch this film, you guys! It has the first known m/m kiss in cinema history; if you guessed that one of the characters is dying, you know your war movie tropes)

All suggestions are appreciated. Can anyone tell me if the Biggles books are worth reading?


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