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18 May 2007 @ 04:37 pm
Discovering "Smarm"  
Not the obsequious kind, either.

Yesterday, wandering through metafandom, I happened on a discussion of "smarm" fic. thelana is probably laughing her butt off right about now...

When is Slash considered Gen? :0Collapse )

So, thanks to the time wasted on the story in the cut zone above, I never did get out to exercise yesterday. :( Which means that today, I had legs and then some! In other words:

Cycling: 34 miles for speed today! Whoo! Plus a couple more to warm down. I did nearly get hit by a van, making a U-turn right into the bike lane where I was progressing, and she stopped right in front of me. I was pissed. I smacked one of her back windows with my fist and came around to discuss this with her, but she was already stumbling through an apology and was honestly so horrified with herself that I relented, and thanked her for apologizing. Yikes!

No interesting animals today-- not even the pygmy goats were out! Earlier this week, along this same route (the office, not the bike path), I caused a mini cattle-stampede. \o/ On the plus side, the roadkill count is still down.

Got a drabble to post this weekend for bluesister, if I can force it to be 100 words and not keep creeping up. Almost there...



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klangley56klangley56 on May 22nd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
"Now my slashy little heart wants to go and read that story, even though it sounds painfully over the top in terms of... something. Laughability? Manufactured drama?"

Here's my take on the series, from a list post I wrote when it began:

>>I never miss an installment. But not, I fear, because I find this story universe to be well-written, believable, or recognizably-characterized. If I could draw, the GDP stories would inspire a cartoon in me: Big Hulking Jim, stalking down the corridor (arms outstretched in front of him, ala the Frankenstein Monster), laser beams shooting forth from his Eyes of Death, in search of the Vile Miscreant who looked cross-eyed at His Guide (who, incidentally, is clinging to Jim's powerful frame like a back pack, trembling and overcome from the crossed-eyes of the Universe).>>

Rates very highly on my negative entertainment meter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Big Hulking Jim, stalking down the corridor... His Guide clinging to Jim's powerful frame like a back pack, trembling and overcome from the crossed-eyes of the Universe...

I excerpted to form that summary, because... I've read that story. ;)

It's a Star Trek novel with a Kirk and a cloneKirk, the latter manufactured by a steel-muscled giant who wants to keep Kirk allll to himself against the intrusions of Spock, and carries cloneKirk around like a doll and beats him up and then rubs healing cream all over him and ...

I could go on, but I do remember that book being one that suggests slash very strongly (cheesy, but yet I still have it) and has some of that laughable setup going on. I mean, when you stand back and really look at it, it does sound like a cartoon.

Ah, trainwreck-fiction... where would we be without it?

Helen W.wneleh on May 22nd, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
The "Phoenix" novels! I loved the first one when I was a certain age (must check publication date - I'm thinking ~13 or 14, but that might be impossible).

- Helen
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 22nd, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
:D I see you remember them too. ;)

I even remember that the giant's name was Omni (though I forgot to mention that). The Romulan commander always seemed like a bit of a beard...

I first found those around age 15-16, I think, though they weren't new at the time. We're of similar ages, though-- I'm 43.
klangley56klangley56 on May 22nd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Heh--I still have that book too
PRICE OF THE PHOENIX, by Marshak and Culbreath--from the ranks of fandom, who would have assured you that they were *not* writing "that kind of story." Pro Trek novels were still quite new at the time (this was only the third one published), and fans (both the ones who liked it and the ones who didn't) did notice the "fan fiction feel" of the story.

The Big Bad in the book was called Black Omne. I remember when my friend Jean and I saw "Star Wars" for the first time (it came out the year after this Trek novel was published), and Darth Vader came on the screen, we looked at each other and said, "Black Omne!" :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 30th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh--I still have that book too
who would have assured you that they were *not* writing "that kind of story."
Hahahahaha!

Deniers. ;)

Omne's suggestion that Spock kiss the Sleeping Beauty Kirk awake, the deep mind-melds, the need for Omne to dominate Kirk and pet him and hold him and make Kirk his alone-- oh, please! Like we can't all read that subtext. Hell, why do they think I held onto the books as long as I did? It wasn't for the stellar characterization, that's for damn sure. ;)
klangley56klangley56 on June 4th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
Re: Heh--I still have that book too
Well, consider us even for you having lost a weekend reading the GDP series, because now I have the strongest urge to read PRICE OF THE PHOENIX again . . .

:-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Heh--I still have that book too
Mwah-ha-haaaaahhh!

The revenge, it is somehow fitting. ;)

Kissy-Spock! Mind-meld pseudo-sex! Romulan beards!