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Hastily, before reveals this afternoon! There are heaps of things I haven't even looked at, stuff I probably didn't bookmark, some of these I might not yet have commented on, but let's have a look before we all cease to be anonymous.

(And, of course, not forgetting my wonderful gifts, all recced here - Chalet School, Miss Marple & Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Uncovered.)


Cold Comfort Farm
The Untidy Lot (2838 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cold Comfort Farm - All Media Types, The World's End (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Flora Poste, charles fairborn, Seth Starkadder, Amos Starkadder
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Robots, Hollywood
Summary:

American moviegoers are swooning for Seth Starkadder. But there's something unnerving about life on the Hollywood backlots. They're only after one thing: your blood. Your breath. Your life. Which is why Seth is ever so glad when Flora Poste drops in for a studio tour.



I don't have a clue about the other crossover involved, but the Cold Comfort side is absolutely brilliant. It's glorious, completely glorious, one of my absolute favourite things this Yuletide. You can probably read it even if you don't know Cold Comfort, because it's so entertaining. It's better if you do, of course, but still.

Dead Like Me
Leap Before You Look (1199 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dead Like Me
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rube Sofer, Betty Rhomer
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2013
Summary:

Listening to other people’s warnings is like looking before she leaps: she didn’t do it when she was alive, and she’s not about to start now that she’s dead.



Wonderful, so-in-keeping portrait of Betty.

Emma - Jane Austen
#knemma (6329 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Emma - Jane Austen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: George Knightley/Emma Woodhouse
Characters: George Knightley, Emma Woodhouse
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fans & Fandom, Chatlogs, follows the plot of the novel, Female Character of Color
Summary:

Emma W
you know, you set really high standards
for the men in my life
GK
What?
Emma W
I guess this is how Tom Hiddleston’s little sister feels
if he has one.
GK
I guess.



A loving and brilliant update of Emma via fandom and a chatlog.

Georgette Heyer - Various
(Lumping these together, because there were a whole heap of them, mostly all great, so for ease here...)

The Aftermath of the Abduction (1518 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Miles Calverleigh/Abigail Wendover
Characters: Miles Calverleigh, Abigail Wendover
Summary:

After an abduction, there must be a gloomy house in the countryside filled with sinister retainers. Abby has no intention of letting it stay that way, and, all in all, she has high hopes of this abduction turning out rather better than any trashy romance one might do.



Nicely fun look at what happened immediately after the ending of Black Sheep...

A Night to Remember (1287 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen
Characters: Freddy Standen, Kitty Charing
Additional Tags: Wedding Night, Fluff
Summary:

The story of Freddy and Kitty's wedding night, which does not go as expected.



Delightful Kitty/Freddy fluff. ♥ (Cotillion's one of my favourites!)

The Birds and the Bees (4280 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen
Characters: Kitty Charing, Freddy Standen, Lord Legerwood, Lady Legerwood
Additional Tags: Humor, Regency Romance
Summary:

In which Lord Legerwood has a conversation with his son, with predictable results, and Kitty provides Freddy with enlightenment.



Longer, humorous piece in which Lord Legerwood wonders if there's something he may need to explain to his eldest son before the wedding night...


Maid In Waiting (1004 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lady Hester Theale
Additional Tags: Character Study
Summary:

Lady Hester Theale had a dream, once...



Lovely, fairy-tale(ish) little look at Hester from Sprig Muslin.

Ghost Soup Infidel Blue
The Very Secret Diaries of Mary_Suep – Ghost Soup BNF (and grade-A cowbag) (6153 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ghost Soup Infidel Blue, Fandom - Fandom
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary:

Amaresu –


I really hope this doesn’t cause wank, but if Mary_Suep had been talking like this about me behind MY back, I would want to know. I really hope this doesn’t Ruin Yuletide for you, or anything. You know that if she HAS made a mockery of your request, or failed to post a completed fic, you can report her to the mods, right?


*big hugs*


A concerned nonnie and fellow REAL Ghost Soup fangirl



Ghost Soup, if you haven't already gathered, is a made-up example fandom for Yuletide that's now a sort of real fandom that's used to parody fandom, because that's the kind of thing that happens in fandom. This is just brilliant - sort of Mary Sue, Fangirl, Bridget Jones style, and the level of detail the author's put in - whole anon threads and journals - is amazing. And it's very, very funny...

The Good Life | Good Neighbors
Darling, Let's Not Go To Guildford... (4247 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Life, The Good Life | Good Neighbors
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barbara Good/Tom Good, Jerry Leadbetter/Margo Leadbetter
Characters: Tom Good, Margo Leadbetter, Jerry Leadbetter, Barbara Good
Additional Tags: Friendship, Male-Female Friendship, Snow, Snowed In, Christmas, Silly, Comedy, Christmas Presents, Drinking
Summary:

The chickens are sure there's snow coming, but Margo's heard otherwise, and is determined that Christmas will go just exactly as planned this year. Of course it doesn't, and, as ever, it's lucky she and Jerry have the best neighbours one could hope for...and a well-stocked cocktail cabinet...

Please forgive any snow-based inaccuracies/impossibilities - it's Christmas!



Oh, this one is as if someone kindly made an extra Christmas special for us all. Perfect. ♥

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Of Five Adventures That Occurred During The Reign Of The Raven Barista. (1224 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: William of Lanchester & The Raven King
Characters: The Raven King, William of Lanchester, Catherine of Winchester, Gilbert Norrell, John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Emma Pole, Thomas of Dundale, Jonathan Strange, Martin Pale
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2013, Yuletide Treat, Crack Fic, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shop, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern: Still Have Powers, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, 5 Things, Magic, english magic, William Of Lanchester Is So Done With Your Bullshit, Espresso Is The Spell John Uskglass Is Doing, #Yuletide Chat Challenge 2013, Snorkels
Summary:

Cracky coffee shop AU with magic!



As it says, it's a Jonathan Strange coffee-shop AU. It's delightful and clever and funny. (I don't know what the best bit is - probably Mr Norrell, who comes early to not drink coffee, or Jonathan's not-very-anonymous blog posts, or what, but it's one of those things that should never work and does. Marvellous.) (There are other fics for this I haven't even looked at, but I'm willing to bet, this being Yuletide, that they're good.)


Love, Actually (2003) (crossover with It's A Wonderful Life, Good Omens, and Mary Poppins).
Holiday Help (6594 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Love Actually (2003), Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Mary Poppins (1964)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: David/Natalie (Love Actually), Harry/Karen, Mia/Harry, Sam/Joanna (Love Actually)
Characters: Rufus (Love Actually), Mia (Love Actually), David (Love Actually), Natalie (Love Actually), Alex (Love Actually), The President (Love Actually), Harry (Love Actually), Sarah (Love Actually), Daniel (Love Actually), Sam (Love Actually), Aziraphale, Crowley (Good Omens), Hastur (Good Omens), Ligur, Clarence Oddbody, Mary Poppins
Additional Tags: Crack Crossover
Summary:

It's the holiday season, and this year Heaven and Hell have decided to adopt the Earthly tradition of temporarily doubling down on staff. Follow the adventures of the angel Rufus as he tries to do good alongside his new colleagues, Aziraphale, Clarence Oddbody, and Mary Poppins, opposite their rivals Mia, Crowley, Hastur, and Ligur. Between them stand a frustratingly passive new Prime Minister, his inconveniently alluring tea lady, a US President for whom Hell bears precious little responsibility yet claims as a success, and a handful of other people being messed around.



If you know the film well (like, er, me *looks around shiftily*), you'll know that Rowan Atkinson's character is, in fact, supposed to be an angel. This crossover takes that aspect and runs away with it, which is great.

The Mummy Series
On The Same Page (3040 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Mummy Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Evy Carnahan/Rick O'Connell
Characters: Evy Carnahan, Rick O'Connell, Jonathan Carnahan
Summary:

Evelyn wants to make sure her adventuring, treasure-hunting fiancé is on board with the quieter, less exciting aspects of a librarian's life. But life, as usual, doesn't exactly go according to plan.



Rick/Evy and trouble - what more can you ask for from a Mummy fic?

North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell | UK TV
En Voyage (1093 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell | UK TV
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Margaret Hale/John Thornton
Characters: Margaret Hale, John Thornton
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Implied/Referenced Suicide
Summary:

There is a while to go until the train reaches Milton, and some small words left to say.



Delightful short piece that covers the rest of that train journey home.

Wiser Today (2926 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell | UK TV
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Margaret Hale/John Thornton
Characters: Margaret Hale, John Thornton, Nicholas Higgins, Hannah Thornton
Additional Tags: Holidays, Established Relationship, Married People in Love
Summary:

Someday, John is going to learn how to say no to his wife.

Today is not that day.



Margaret and John's life is never going to be quiet, and it still involves a lot of other people - I love this glimpse into their married life, complete with more Higgins and Mrs Thornton, and the changes Margaret will make.

(Actually, this is another fandom where everything was good - there's another fic and Madness fic, too, I think, so do stop to look.)

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey of Marin (8675 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Catherine Morland/Henry Tilney
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2013, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

No one who saw Catherine Moreland as a little girl could have supposed she was to be a heroine.

Fortunately, she'd discovered the wonder that was teen romances. Fortunately, she'd read Twilight.



Another updated Jane Austen - this time Northanger Abbey with Catherine and Isabella as fans of Twilight rather than Mrs Radcliffe, which fits...

Red Dwarf
Time Pockets (5089 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rimmer/Lister
Characters: Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer, Kryten (Red Dwarf), The Cat (Red Dwarf)
Additional Tags: Humor, Science Fiction
Summary:

The Red Dwarf crew are having a hard time with... well... time. While Lister is trying to get a GELF device which literally saves time working, Rimmer finds himself in mortal - as it were - peril from another time-related problem. Meanwhile, Kryten fusses and Cat hunts metaphors.



Pitch perfect Red Dwarf! (If you don't know Red Dwarf, there's no explaining; if you do, I need say no more, need I?)

The Sarah Jane Adventures
Goldenrods (1583 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gita Chandra, Sarah Jane Smith
Summary:

After the events of ‘Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith,’ Gita stops by for tea.



Lovely, quiet look at Gita and Sarah.

Virgin Births (647 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Sky Smith, Luke Smith
Additional Tags: Misunderstanding About Christmas, Holidays
Summary:

"The Baby Jesus died so Father Christmas breaks into your house?"



Hugely fun little fic about Sarah explaining Christmas to Sky (and Luke), with some inevitable confusion (and Sky's plans to get everyone to celebrate her birth next, too).

A Lovely Bloom (1237 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gita Chandra, Sarah Jane Smith
Summary:

Gita might have just what Sarah is looking for.



Great fic in which Gita unknowingly saves the day and is awesome again.

(There was quite a bit of SJA fic, and I haven't even read the rest of it yet - you might want to look at the rest. :-D)

The Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Identified
Fewer Than Ten Scenes From the Second Coming of Richard III (5542 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Identified (Blog Post)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Henry II / Rosamund Clifford, Richard III / Ricardians (unrequited)
Characters: Assorted OCs, Plantagenet Ancestors, Unconvincing Osteologist, The Daily Mail
Additional Tags: Ableist Language, Slurs Used By A Ghost, Ghosts, Woodvilles, Disregard for Laws of Physics, Time Travel, poorly prepared spies, Spies & Secret Agents, kind of silly, Fake Science, maryland chicken, ghosts can't eat, I Don't Even Know, ableist Tudor propaganda, The Wars of the Roses, history sort of, Leicester City, ineffective ASBO, Television Watching, party spoiled by ghosts, Inspired by Real Events, Ripped From the Headlines, evidence tampering, Yuletide
Summary:

The discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester brings a number of visitors to the city, most of them dead. Tourism may suffer. A handful of vignettes from this critical turning point in English history.



This one is funny, poignant, clever and sets up a whole AU world from the Blog post that could quite easily become a brilliant novel.

Tudor Spies and Perfidy (744 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Identified (Blog Post), Academia RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Lin Foxhall, Kevin Schürer
Summary:

A meeting of the University of Leicester excavation team.



Ficlet from the Madness collection - it's great, very funny!

(But, really, all the fic from this 'fandom' is worth a look - I'm so glad we ended up with such delightful ficcage out of it!)

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
How Life Does Turn Out (2594 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Callaghan/Lucy Moderatz
Characters: Lucy Moderatz, Jack Callaghan, Midge Callaghan, Ox Callaghan, Mary Callaghan, Peter Callaghan
Summary:

Life doesn't always turn out the way you plan.... Sometimes, it's better.



I liked all the fics for this (I think there were two or three), and while this one just about wins, if you like the film, you should check out the rest. Anyway, this is perfectly in tone and a satisfying additional look at the ending. (And, shh, this is one of my handful of romantic comedies I really, really like. Unlike an awful lot of them, it actually manages to be romantic and a comedy. And it has the leaning thing. So. ;-p)


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persiflage_1
Jan. 1st, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
Wait! Rowan Atkinson's character in Love Actually is an angel?!

Wow!

I did not know that, but that ties in with something I was wittering about on Tumblr last week (or possibly the week before).

Sorry, sorry...

Um, yes - lovely recs - I shall have to find time to read some of them (when I'm not madly writing 2 different fics at the same time!)
lost_spook
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes - I don't know if you have the DVD? If you do, I really recommend listening to the commentary and watching the deleted scenes (also with the commentary) - unlike a lot of commentaries and stuff for films, it's really interesting (and the film commentary is pretty entertaining, because Hugh Grant spends most of it claiming that Colin Firth's jumper is a better actor than him...) and it explains why and what got cut that means it's not clear from the film itself. But, yes, his character is an angel (something one of my friends said at the time, and I scoffed at her - wrongly). That's why he turns up randomly at the moments he does.

:-)
persiflage_1
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh thank you! I have a terrible tendency to mostly not bother listening to commentaries - which I know is wrong of me, but I do. However, I will definitely make an exception and grab the DVD at the weekend for a watch & listen combined.

This is what I actually wrote, when reblogging someone's LA gifset on Tumblr last week:

Also, I have this half-baked theory that Rowan Atkinson's character knows that Alan Rickman's character isn't anxious because he fears his wife is going to come along and see the gift he's purchasing, but RA's character knows it's because the gift *isn't* for his wife. Don't ask me how he'd know that (I did say it was a half-baked theory!) - he just does - and that's why he's taking an inordinately long time to gift wrap that expensive necklace...

So it turns out my theory was NOT half-baked but actually bloody smart! Go me! The fact he's an angel also explains his crucial intervention at the airport, allowing Thomas Sangster's character to run after the girl he loves.

YAY!

Thank you so much for telling me this, it makes me ridiculously happy!
lost_spook
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, most film commentaries are really dull! I used to listen to them more, because DW and Red Dwarf commentaries led me to believe that commentaries were fun. However, the one for Love, Actually is both fun and interesting. And the deleted scenes show more connections and extra stories that got cut because it was all starting to get too labyrinthine with them in (but one of them is about Emma Thompson's character and her son, and that includes people speculating about angels and things).

And, yes - you're totally right! Not in the least half-baked! :-)

persiflage_1
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I will definitely have a watch - perhaps on Saturday 'cos I'll enjoy it after 4.5 hours of my boss driving me insane!

*grins* I feel quite clever for working it out without the commentary/missing scenes.
lost_spook
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
You are very clever indeed, but then I've known that for ages! ;-p
persiflage_1
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks.
pedanther
Jan. 11th, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
Well, as lost_spook said, a lot of DVD commentaries are dull, or otherwise a waste of time, especially if they've only been done because There Must Be A Commentary and none of the people involved really have anything to contribute, but there are some gems. (I've actually listened to enough to have developed a formal three-point test for good commentaries. I should blog about that some time.)

My two most favourite DVD commentaries, which are both informative and entertaining, are - in case you're interested in either movie - the director's commentary for The Fugitive and the writers' commentary for Dead Again. (The latter I found particularly interesting as a case study of possibly the only Hollywood movie ever to have been improved by being test-screened to within an inch of its life.)
liadtbunny
Jan. 1st, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Red Dwarf rec that had passed me by when I was scanned the list of fandoms. I've been reading the RIII fics and have been amused. I'd quite like a historial, time travelleing Randall & Hopkirk style spin-off. Oh and there's a R&H fic too.
lost_spook
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
It's impossible to take in all the fandoms, even on several goes - I'm always doing a double take at Yuletide on finding something cool I missed. Enjoy! :-)
akashasheiress
Jan. 1st, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Only just saw this, and it cheered me up! *goes to read*

Always did find Love, Actually a bit overrated/boring, though. ;)

Edited at 2014-01-01 06:54 pm (UTC)
lost_spook
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
Heh, have fun reading! :-)
akashasheiress
Jan. 1st, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
No offence meant, btw, I just like expressing disdain for those type of films. ;D
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