11 August 2017 @ 11:51 am
Small Fandoms!  
Nominations are closed, the queue has been emptied and corrections have been made (if you spot any ongoing issues, your nomination hasn't appeared in the tagset, you have an opinion on the remaining unclarified Wonder Woman crossover pairings or other issues raised previously, please head over to the last wrangling post and let us know), and now we're just waiting for sign-ups to start.

So it's the perfect time to pitch your small fandoms and rare pairs to everyone!

Tell us why you love it, show us pretty pictures of your favs, link us to the canon (legal options only please), and make your best case for why someone should consider adding your fandom to their requests or offers list.

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[personal profile] wolffyluna on August 11th, 2017 12:08 pm (UTC)
The Expanse
The Expanse is great, but a little hard to describe. If I had to try and describe it in a phrase, I would describe it as a densely plotted sci fi intrigue thing.

Mars and Earth are locked in a cold war that's set to go hot at any moment, and the Asteroid Belt is stuck in between them. Belters live under the thumb of the major planets and megacorps, eking out existences without enough water or air as the Belt is exploited for it's resources. A too-noir-for-his-own-good cop is sent to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire's daughter. Mars improves it's stealth ship technology, and shifts to a war footing. Rebellion brews in the belt. The UN Undersecretary general tries to stay one step ahead of the Belt and Mars (using torture, because she and Earth are terrible). The ice hauler 'Canterbury' responds to a distress call. While a small team from the Canterbury investigate the distress call, a stealth ship destroys the Canterbury. Shit gets real fast.

One of the things I love about the Expanse is how densely plotted it is. It's a show where a lot happens, and where there's plenty of gratifying twists. It runs three parallel plot lines, without any of them feeling slowed down or poorly paced. And when those plotlines converge at the end of season 1, man is it satisfying.

Also, the Expanse tries to have some good representation. I don't want to overstate it, it tries but doesn't always succeed, but it's worth a look if that's something you look for in TV series.

You can find it online at the SyFy channel's website, and it is also on Australian Netflix (I imagine it is on American Netflix also, but I can't confirm that.)

Onto the faves, in order of how easy it is to talk about them without spoilers.

Naomi Nagata

One of the main characters, and survivors of the Cant. She's hypercompetent, both as an engineer and dealing with her fragmented team. (Honestly, she should be the leader instead of Holden. She has made far less terrible decisions.) She's the glue that holds the team together and makes sure it achieves things instead of just panicking/arguing/being suicidally reckless.She's grounded compared to a lot of the other characters. She's also the moral centre of the group, but in a tough, no nonsense way. Also, she has an interesting backstory, which I can't talk about because spoilers.) She is my overall favourite character. Also, has some awesome chemistry with Drummer in season 2.

Chrisjen Avasarala

UN Undersecretary general, and someone who should be at best an antihero, but it is too hard to not root for her. She makes politcs exciting by her sheer force of personality. She's a gutsy master manipulator who will do what it takes to help Earth/get what she wants and nothing will stop her. She has the best lines in all the show. Is also the costume departments fashion plate.

My other two faves, Drummer and Bobbie Draper, are hard to talk about without spoilers, because they are introduced/become major players in season 2. Drummer is the second command of Tycho Station, and works for the Outer Planets Alliance (a rebel group in the belt.) Has some great chemistry with Naomi, and had a scene with her that when I first watched I thought was a date (I was disappointed to find I was wrong.) Bobbie Draper is a Martian marine who wants a) Mars to have an Ocean and b) to fight Earth. Bloodthirsty, and one of the characters who is a badass through her physical prowess. It's very hard to explain why I love her without spoilers. She has depth! Conflict! That I can't describe because spoilers! She's also one half of the most popular f/f pairing in the fandom.
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Isis[personal profile] isis on August 11th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
Oh, THAT'S who Drummer is. I didn't know what her name was! She has such an interesting face. I...also thought that was a date.
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[personal profile] wolffyluna on August 12th, 2017 01:02 am (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
I admit I had to look up what her name was. (I also managed to not know Miller's name until after season 2.)

I'm glad to know I wasn't the only person who thought that was a date!
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nenya_kanadka: BTTF 1.21 gigawatts![personal profile] nenya_kanadka on August 12th, 2017 05:13 am (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
Oh my GOD. From your description at least, it's like someone filmed one of CJ Cherryh's belter adventures/proto-Alliance/Union books. Damn! I definitely have to check this out. It sounds like it was made for me. ❤ I'm not Venus sure if I'm doing FemslashEx this year, but it really sounds like I need to see this.

Also, those two pics are damn hot.
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[personal profile] wolffyluna on August 12th, 2017 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
Yay, potential convert! :D

I should probably check out CJ Cherryh's belter books at some point, they sound like they could be good.

Naomi and Chrisjen are hot, not gonna lie.

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nenya_kanadka: CJC man'chi[personal profile] nenya_kanadka on August 12th, 2017 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
(Idk what the "Venus" was doing in my comment; maybe autocorrect chose a topical replacement for "even"? :P)

Cherryh is all, like, intense interpersonal politics, epic wider political situations, young male woobies out the wazoo (often alongside morally ambiguous older powerful women), SPACE, detailed cultural worldbuilding that's not just "20th c America with rayguns", lots of themes of identity/family/ingroup-outgroup, alienated stranger finds a place to stand, class-based oppression, etc etc. It's quite possible you'd like her stuff. :D

The two books set in the Sol system asteroid belt are Heavy Time and Hellburner, and they feature asteroid miners, big megacorps, Mars and Earth politics, ramp ups to war, resistance, mysteries, etc. Reminded me a lot of your summary!

I think I shall add The Expanse to my watch list after the Orphan Black finale airs. Very different kinds of scifi of course, but I'm going to be in withdrawal and it's been far too long since I had a spaceships-and-politics kinda show. I'd heard the name kicking around but hadn't investigated, so thank you for your awesome writeup!

(Also thanks for saying it has/tries to have diversity, and then telling us what it's ABOUT. I definitely want lesbians/people of colour/people with disabilities etc in my canons, but "watch this it has three queer people in it" isn't enough information! "Nonbinary rebels in space" or whatever sure does though. :D)

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[personal profile] wolffyluna on August 13th, 2017 06:05 am (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
Cherryh's books and the Expanse sound really similar. Though there's not much 'alienated stranger finds place' in the Expanse. I'll have to add them to the book backlog, they sound like the sort of thing I'd like!

(I admit I find 'this has representation!' without any explanation of what the story is about annoying. Representation is a selling point, but it's not enough to make me enjoy, say, a depressing novel set in the 1930s. Plus, I've seen a fair few examples of people reccomending something because it has representation without saying whether it was good or not, and sometimes it ends up weird. Like 'watch the Crying Game, it has representation!' levels of weird.)
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(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2017 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
Add me to the 'I thought it was a date' club. I was actually waiting for something to happen, silly me.

My experience with The Expanse was that I became very confused in S01 regarding 'Whose ship is this again? How did all of this start again?', and very conflicted regarding Chrisjen, like, trusting/rooting for her one minute then hating her the next, but that along with the other characters and overall mystery kept me intrigued.

In S02, however, I felt like the plot became tighter and the pace was way smoother, and Chrisjen probably had the best character unfolding/development I've seen in recent years. (Is she my favorite? I thought Bobbie was my favorite. I need to rewatch /o\)

She has the best lines in all the show. Completely agree. Oh, actually I agree with your whole description about her. What I also like about her is how she makes me doubt everything she says and does, even after all the good things she already did.

I'd definitely rec this show for its female characters if not for 'great space show'.
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[personal profile] wolffyluna on August 13th, 2017 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: The Expanse
Yay, more people in the date club!

I didn't mind the messiness of S1, but I did find S2 way tighter. (There was some plot stuff, especing re:Holden, in s1 that I found unintentionally hilarious. There wasn't as much of that in s2.)

One of the things I love is she's a manipulative antihero, but you can't help but root for her? That type of character is admittedly a wish fulfillment archetype for me, but you also don't get to see female characters like that often.
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Star of Heaven: ❋ Pansy[personal profile] rubylily on August 12th, 2017 02:25 am (UTC)
I'm still trying to narrow down my requests, but it's never too early to pitch my fandoms! If you're looking for new femslashy anime to watch, I've got some recs! (And for the interest in not spamming, I'll keep it to one comment.)

Day Break Illusion!
A dark magical girl series inspired by the Major Arcana. The protagonist Akari is one of my favorite characters, and I loved her relationships with the other girls. She bonds quickly with Ginka and Luna, and Luna eventually falls in love with Akari, while her relationship with Seira starts as antagonistic but they soon come to respect each other's beliefs. The series is 13 episodes and can be watched on Crunchyroll.

El Cazador de la Bruja!
About a bounty hunter and a young witch on a journey to discover the mysteries of the witch's past. From the creators of Noir and Madlax, this is probably the most femslashy of Bee Train's girls-with-guns series. The first half of the series is mostly episode, focusing on the misadventures of Nadie and Ellis, while the second half is more plot-heavy and tests their deepening bond. The series is 26 episodes and can be watched on Funimation.

Hinako Note!
About a shy girl who moves from the countryside to the big city in hopes of joining her high school theater club and overcoming her shyness. It's a cute, sweet series, and Hinako has an especially adorable relationship with fellow clubmate Yua. Yua, with her crush on Hinako's friend Chiaki, is a bit of a tsundere and is initially jealous of Hinako, but soon comes to respect Hinako too and pretty much falls for her too. The series is 12 episodes and can be watched on Crunchyroll.

Izetta: The Last Witch!
Takes place in an alternate history version of Europe and follows the titular witch as she fights to protect her country and her beloved archduchess Finé. They met as children, and after Finé saves her life, Izetta devotes herself entirely to Finé. Their bond is the central element of the series, and they grow closer and closer as the war intensifies, and Izetta remains loyal to Finé above all else. The series is 12 episodes and the sub can be watched on Crunchyroll and the dub on Funimation.

Sunday Without God!
This series follows a young gravekeeper named Ai who lives in world without true death and no more new life. She sets out on a journey to save the world God has supposedly abandoned, and the setting is very beautiful while being both melancholy and hopeful. She bonds quickly with other female characters, like Ulla, the princess of a city of deceased and the Idol of Murder, and Tanya, a girl trapped at a school for students with special abilities, and Dee, a mysterious girl with the form of a ghost. The series is 12 episodes and can be watched on Crunchyroll.

Valkyrie Drive!
Otherwise known as "Soul Eater with lesbians." In this fanservice-packed action series, girls transform into weapons and are wielded by their girlfriends. Mamori lands on the artificial island Mermaid with no knowledge of her abilities, but luckily the cool Mirei comes to her rescue and becomes her protector. Another dynamic pair of lovers are Rain and Lady J, known together as Lady Lady, and they too fight to survive on Mermaid Island. The series is 12 episodes and the broadcast version can be watched on Funimation and the uncensored version is available on home video.
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wildfireblossom[personal profile] wildfireblossom on August 12th, 2017 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: Anime!
Even though Daisuki will be gone in a few months (after this round of the exchange on October 31st, for anyone wondering), I noticed that Valkyrie Drive! is also there. It's probably the broadcast version as well. Describing it as "Soul Eater with lesbians" on an island piques my interest even more in picking it up, haha.

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Star of Heaven: ❋ Iris[personal profile] rubylily on August 12th, 2017 04:02 am (UTC)
Re: Anime!
I keep forgetting about Daisuki, so I can't comment on video quality or whatnot. The censorship in the broadcast version isn't too distracting, but it's rather inconsistent as well. It is very, very, very fanservice-heavy, as one might expect from the premise of girls transforming their girlfriends into weapons through sexual arousal. It's definitely a silly series, but also fun with some great action.
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sirvalkyrie[personal profile] sirvalkyrie on August 12th, 2017 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: Anime!
If I liked Yurikuma, Hypedimension Neptunia, and Vividred Operation do you think I'd be fine with the fanservice level in Valkyrie Drive?
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Star of Heaven: ❋ Lavender[personal profile] rubylily on August 12th, 2017 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: Anime!
That's rather hard to say. It's definitely way more fanservice-heavy than Vividred Operation or Neptunia, and the censorship in the broadcast version is way more obvious. Like, Vividred used the bright light censorship thing at points, but nowhere near as noticeably as Valkyrie Drive. It's without a doubt the most fanservice-y anime I've watched, and nothing else I've seen really compares.

The broadcast version is watchable and tones down some of the fanservice, but it's still basically twelve episodes of boobs everywhere and sexual innuendo.
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el_staplador: breeches[personal profile] el_staplador on August 14th, 2017 03:27 pm (UTC)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Le Comte de Monte Cristo) - Alexandre Dumas
This is possibly my favourite book of all time. It has everything. It has hidden treasure and revenge and swashbuckling.

Most relevantly to this exchange, it has Eugénie and Louise. Eugénie is the daughter of a millionaire and is expected to marry very well. She has musical talent and other ideas. Louise is her school friend and singing teacher.

And - remarkably for 1844 - they get away with it. I'm being vague, because a 150 year old novel can still be spoiled, but they get away with it, and for that I'll love them forever.

It is long, but it is free. It's available on Project Gutenberg here.
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el_staplador: madame c[personal profile] el_staplador on August 14th, 2017 03:57 pm (UTC)
The Comfortable Courtesan
A recently concluded web serial, being the memoirs of a very exclusive courtesan in Regency London. I and half my read list have been hooked for the past two years.

There is a wealth of canon femslash ships - Miss A- the actress and her patron Lady J-; Miss L- the pianist and Miss McK- the singer; Madame C- herself and Mrs F-, wife of one of her patrons; just to be going on with - and a few that aren't canon but could easily be shipped regardless.

It's all at [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan, with ebooks of the main story linked at the top. Alternatively, the first episode is here.
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Brenna[personal profile] philosapphic on August 14th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
Songcatcher (2000 movie)
MOVIE: Songcatcher

PAIRING: Eleanor "Elna" Penleric/Harriet Tolliver

THE PITCH: Anyone besides me into period lesbians? 1907 lesbians? Somebody else out there has to be into period lesbians! Particularly these ones, because they are nerdy activists who moved to Appalachia to found a school together and they write essays protesting child labor and most certainly do many other wonderful things that are not shown on-screen because they are, tragically, a subplot in this movie. But they deserve their own story and a happy ending and fic can supply those things! Seriously, for the amount of time they get in the movie (which is not tiny, but also not major; it's a prominent subplot) I think they are so beautifully characterized, with little details that suggest so much, and are ripe for deepening and expanding in fic. I love them.

IMDB SUMMARY OF THE MOVIE: "After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas of the mountains to collect the songs and finds herself increasingly enchanted - not only by the rugged purity of the music, but also by the raw courage and endurance of the local people as they carve out meaningful lives against the harshest conditions. It is not, however, until she meets Tom - a handsome, hardened war veteran and talented musician - that she's forced to examine her motivations. Is the "songcatcher," as Tom insists, no better than the men who exploit the people and extort their land?"

1. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LAaHZsEG1s
2. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songcatcher (NOTE: Major spoilers in the summary; if you're spoiler-averse you probably don't want to read the summary past the second paragraph)
3. IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210299/
4. Netflix rental: dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Songcatcher/60003759?lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=1661868655_0_0&strackid=47b7ef02a2313a0c_0_srl&personid=20005969&trkid=222336 (NOTE: I'm not 100% sure this link is current and even if it is I don't know if you can follow it because I had to log in to find it. If you have to find it yourself, log into Netflix and then, in the search bar at top right, type in "Janet McTeer", NOT "Songcatcher". When last I checked it seemed that Netflix wouldn't pull it up if you put in Songcatcher, but if you searched on Janet McTeer it would come up in her filmography.)

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Lilith: book love - shared experience[personal profile] reflectedeve on August 15th, 2017 02:45 am (UTC)
SFF novels!
I'm basically reposting this from last year because I'm stuck without my computer on vacation, but trust me. It's all still from the heart. ;)

Do you like fantasy novels with an intriguingly fresh take on magical systems, POC protagonists (most of whom are women), queer and trans characters, and tons of femslash potential?

How about a science fiction universe populated with people living very everyday lives that just happen to span galaxies and alien species? One which features serious found family feels, humanity as a very small player in a broad interplanetary society, and a canonical human/alien lesbian relationship? Not to mention explorations of personhood, relationships and life from an A.I. perspective?

It sounds to me like you might want to check out The Craft Sequence (Max Gladstone) and/or Wayfarers (Becky Chambers). As you totally should! Here's a more detailed write-up from last year on my Tumblr. (Note that it doesn't cover the fantastic second Wayfarers book, A Closed and Common Orbit, which I highly, HIGHLY recommend and will perhaps ramble about later this week.)
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