Sebastian seems to be the name people use to refer to: 'past, slightly predatory lover.' Literally, I keep coming across OCs called Sebastian who fit that role. To the point where, when I came across it last, I did a double take, thinking it was an actual character from the show - 'that ex-Sebastian' as opposed to an OC the writer just made up.
I now feel bad for all people named Sebastian everywhere. It's a perfectly nice name, why the evilness? Is it the sibilance?
I have often bemoaned the lack of fic finders. But. Actually. They seem to be everywhere. Clearly I am an idiot. Non exhaustive list of links at the fanlore entry
and more links compiled by lothy here
. (Plus, those links were compiled ages
ago, so. Yeah. Idiot.)
Kage Baker - Could have sworn I already recced Anvil of the World
and House of the Stag
? But I can't find it, so maybe I imagined it. I found her through snarp
's recs here
Baker very much had her own writing style, think Terry Pratchett, you'd know his writing anywhere, right? Same with Baker. Also, talking similarities, it's all very humorous and ironic fantasy. (Well, fantasy and scifi, but I read Anvil
before starting the Company
series, so.) But she's a lot sharper than Pratchett. Also, no footnotes.
In general, I like the characters, banter and narrative style. The plots are maybe a bit... fast? Not very detailed? There's a 'broad brush-strokes' sort of feel, if that makes any sense at all? IDK. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes you don't want thick, heavy, Gormenghast
The reason I like Sherlock/John is the reason I like Miranda/Andy (Devil Wears Prada). Also Snape/Harry, Draco/Harry, Gabriel/Sam... um, there's more, I'm sure. It's the: "One person with all the cards//the naif without any." Which is, yes, is simply an extension of the powerless!kink. Because I'm nothing if not predictable. (Also my Elijah/Damon fic totally fits here).
Not every fic with that pairing has that dynamic, obvs people interpret characters differently, but it crops up.
Specifically, I like fics narrated by the naif, where the 'person with the cards' is very inscrutable and impossible to read - to the naif,
but not to the reader, who of course knows there's a ship there.
I actually think a lot of White Collar OT3 fic is like this. No, Neal isn't exactly a naif, but when it comes to relationships, he's not all that great, and when it comes to emotional honesty... he's totally pwned by Peter and El. So in that situation, Peter and El, either working as a team, or sometimes El in particular, are the card-holding characters, and Neal is all unsure and freaked out by being unsure. Yum.
Recs anyone? I'm sure there are more pairings that fit, it's not exactly an unheard of ship dynamic.
Also, I have a total kink for Miranda doing the pursed lip thing she does in the movie. In fact non-verbal communication of any sort, with Andy totally understanding her. I need that. I love DWP fandom.
Why have I not raved about it before? I lose. DWP fandom is basically my femslash fandom girlfriend. We have this casual relationship, we see other people, but keep coming back. It's been going on for years.
I'm going to stop talking now.