Aug. 7th, 2017

chelseagirl: (Wentworth writing)
I'm still on my revisiting old fandoms kick, or actually, trying to figure out why that one show inspired me to write so much. Especially because it wasn't actually my favorite show at the time -- it was something from the past that I was discovering and enjoying the heck out of, thanks to fannish networks, but this was at the time when the greatest show in the history of television was actually airing. Buffy. What else could I possibly mean?

Unlike many of you, I never felt the need to write Buffy, though. I did one Spike/Dru story and something silly about Harmony, and that was pretty much it. I was satisfied watching things unfold as they happened, and though I read some fic, and was interested in venues for conversation about the show, I never really felt like I needed to intervene with canon.

Because of the structure of ASJ, it allowed for a lot more fannish intervention -- since it was about two guys with prices on their heads travelling around and trying to stay out of trouble long enough for their amnesty to come through (because of course they were good bad guys, who only robbed, didn't kill), storylines were pretty much wide open. And episodic television, as opposed to arc television, doesn't leave everything you've written becoming invalidated the next season. (Plus canon had been closed for like 25 years by then, while at the same time, there was an audience.) One of the reasons I'm unlikely to dig up my old Forever Knight or Life on Mars fic to post on A03 is because most of it's gotten joss'ed; when I reread it, I see the situations I was responding to and how the fic was very much of that particular moment. It was my way of being part of the conversation about what was going on in my fandoms in real time.

I've also been thinking about it because I recently went to the first signing event for a friend who began as a fan writer, subsequently did her MFA, and just released the first book of a historical fiction trilogy with Harper!

As for me, I want Peggy Carter back on our screens like burning, in whatever format, but the fact that Agent Carter in its current format is finished makes it a lot easier to fic. Please please PLEASE have her heading up SHIELD during Captain Marvel. Have Steve use the time stone to bring her back in Infinity Wars. Somehow, somewhere, Marvel Studios, please give me more Peggy & Howard founding SHIELD, and yes, please have Daniel Sousa be the mysterious husband from The Winter Soldier. But meanwhile, I can occasionally feel a fic coming on . . . I'll never have time like I did when I was in grad school and single and could steal away an entire day or two here and there for writing. But once in awhile . . .
chelseagirl: (Peggy Carter)
. . . and that (my previous post) makes me think of fannish trauma, which is I guess what I need to call it.

I 'ship the hell out of Peggysous -- Peggy Carter + Daniel Sousa forever, as far as I'm concerned. And yet, it rips my heart out every time I watch the end of Captain America: First Avenger and see Peggy and Steve saying goodbye and then seeing him wake up decades later. The love that could have been.

(It's also interesting that Chris Evans thinks they never got to, you know, but Haley Atwell has suggested they were at it during odd moments all over Europe. The hopeless romantic viewpoint versus the more pragmatic "they were soulmates, it was wartime, of course they did".)

And every subsequent Cap or Avengers film where Peggy is referenced. Tears me up, every single time. Because even though I love Peggy and Daniel, I mourn for Peggy and Steve. I'm a sap like that.

Meanwhile, I just rewatched Jessica Jones (for, um, the fourth time) prior to The Defenders coming out soon. And Jessica/Luke just rips my heart out, especially those final episodes where he's been Kilgraved and she thinks it's real. Where while he's unconscious, she says she never saw a future with anyone, but she could have seen a future with him, and she would have liked that future.

And then in Luke Cage, they paired him with Claire Temple, whom I adore. I have loved Claire in every one of the Netflix-Marvel shows, and she was nearly the only thing that made Iron Fist bearable for me. (Jeri Hogarth's cameos helped, too.) And Defenders previews make it clear that when Luke gets out of prison, he and Claire are back together. (Claire using his catchphrase "Sweet Christmas!" during IF also kinda made it clear they were keeping in close touch while he was away.)

Claire is so much more emotionally stable than Jessica, and she was smart enough to walk away from Matt Murdock because she saw the darkness in him. Claire is quite literally the best. BUT . . . of course there is a but.

I'm not a comics reader, and the only thing I knew about Jessica Jones going in (besides that I've always liked Krysten Ritter) was that she was Luke Cage's wife and that they had a child together. And Ritter and Mike Colter had chemistry that just burned up the screen. So when they ended up apart at the end of the series, I wasn't too worried. Heck, Claire even seemed to be shipping them, in her cameo appearance.

Except for the case of Steve Rogers and the Carters. Because (and don't laugh too much at me, if you're Marvel-literate and you're reading this), I do know that in the comics, Steve is with Sharon Carter. And that when the MCU pushed that in the last movie, it did not really seem to take for a lot people, including me. Now there are rumors about that Comic Con reel and whether Steve will try to use one of the infinity stones to bring Peggy back somehow.

But the comics' Peggy was blonde and American, not brunette and British. And she ended up with a Howling Commando, not an SSR officer. She's kind of not entirely the same character.

Which is me trying to differentiate. Because I need Jessica/Luke to be the endgame. But I don't know comics Jessica at all, and if she's less messed up than tv Jessica by the time she and Luke become a thing. I cannot imagine Ritter's Jessica as the mother of a child, at least not until a lot more character development and emotional healing happens. I do know that Luke is with Claire in the comics at one point and she leaves him because . . . well, for similar reasons to why she never hooked up with Matt. So maybe if the shows continue long enough . . . but I'm rarely the kind of 'shipper who gets this invested. What is it about Jessica/Luke for me?

The other thing I loved rewatching is the friendships. Especially Jessica and Trish. I was surprised to see there were more Jessica/Trish stories on AO3 than Jessica/Luke, because I love them so much as a friendship, complicated but so deep, and sex makes it almost cliched. (I was really disturbed to see how much Jessica/Kilgrave has been written, by the by . . . ) Also Jessica and Malcolm's friendship and how the caretaking roles reverse as Malcolm's true self emerges. So glad to see Eka Darville's name in the cast list for The Defenders; wish I'd seen Rachael Taylor's there, too, but maybe we'll get a Trish Talk cameo or something . . .

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