beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
Distance Between (11678 words) by thingswithwings
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Hero Complex, Therapy, samfeels
Summary:  Sam's doing paperwork when aliens come through a rift in space and start attacking New York.

This is one of the BEST Sam fics I've seen.  It does a great job of capturing the inner complexities of how his history, his job, and his own issues affect him and make him the man he is.
beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
This is an AWESOME metacommentary on the MCU, set to Regina Spektor' Us.  Go watch it, now!

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Music: Us by Regina Spektor
Length: 04:53
Content notes: blood, medical equipment

Spoilers for: Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD (Season one)

Summary: Steve Rogers has a complicated relationship with the legacy of Captain America
Alternative Summary: It is Supersoldiers all the way down.

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
I'll build a house inside of you (19199 words) by magdaliny
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Natasha Romanov, Kate Bishop/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Kate Bishop, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Growing Up, standard Winter Soldier trauma umbrella, violence committed by children upon children (mostly offscreen), Epilepsy, Amnesia, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Red Room, Fluff
Summary:

Natalia is stacking blocks very carefully when the adults come into the room. None of them look at her, because they're all looking at her father. He's wearing combat gear, and the hair on the left side of his head is slicked back with blood. He smells like smoke and something unnameable, sweet and dark and a little sickly in her nose.

Father is saying, “Don't be ridiculous. The only thing children are good at is disobeying.”

Remix Recs

Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:40 pm
beatrice_otter: Emma and Henry reading the book of fairy tales (Once Upon a Time)
Fic written for me:
Turn and Face the Changes (1384 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Remix Redux
Summary: Two Armsmen's daughter break with tradition, each in her own way.


Other recs:

Always Another One (The Robin Recruitment Remix) (1821 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batman (Comics), DCU (Comics), Gotham Central
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, Jim Gordon, Maggie Sawyer, Josie MacDonald, Crispus Allen, Romy Chandler, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Robin (DCU)
Additional Tags: Dead Robins, Harm to Children, Remix
Summary:

There have been Robins in Gotham City for almost twenty years. The detectives of the M.C.U. have opinions about that.

books, nooks, and crooks (keep your eyes open remix) (1524 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Digory Kirke, Mrs. Macready, Original Characters
Summary:

His role was not to interfere with the Adventures, and therefore, neither was the housekeeper.


A Factual Account of the Important Details of Eustace Scrubb's First Visit to Narnia (1052 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Puddleglum, Reepicheep
Additional Tags: Friendship, Loss, Animal Transformations, dragon - Freeform, remembering, Remix
Summary:

So Eustace recounted the facts of his previous adventures in Narnia, beginning in the middle with the dragon.

Men of Few Words (1027 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
Additional Tags: Remix
Summary:

Aliens or teenaged daughters; it’s all in a day’s work for the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.


The Peculiar Case Of The Man With The Missing Soul (the Turn! Turn! Turn! remix) (8651 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character
Summary:

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.
Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Joan Watson, and Ms. Hudson, Acolyte of the Bastard, are on the case.



Lighthouse (The Lost in the Fog Extended Mix) (1146 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joan Watson & Mary Watson (Elementary)
Characters: Joan Watson, Mary Watson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Remix, Relapse, Season/Series 03 Spoilers
Summary:

People who are in grief come to Mary Watson like birds to a lighthouse. Joan is no exception.


Like No Business I Know (the Climbing Uphill Remix) (3802 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gwen DeMarco/Jason Nesmith
Characters: Gwen DeMarco, Jason Nesmith, Alexander Dane
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Sexism, Sexist Language, Sexual Harassment, just so much sexist crap, Show Business, Angst and Humor, Mentions of Stalking
Summary: At the time she read for Galaxy Quest, all Gwen had was a bunch of background credits and two national shampoo commercials, so she wasn't feeling very optimistic about this one.

“Don't get your hopes up, honey,” her agent had said, coughing around the Lucky Strike dangling from her lip. Then she tapped the ash from her cigarette into the coffee mug on her desk and looked Gwen straight in the breasts. “Wear a low-cut top.”

Five years in the life of Gwen DeMarco.


Suppression Systems (the Boardroom Boogaloo remix) (2882 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov
Summary: Four days in the hospital, waiting, have been more than enough, as far as Pepper is concerned. Her vital signs are stable. Her blood work is as normal as it’s going to get. She's going to have to learn to live with the effects of Extremis eventually.
In the meantime, Stark Industries is beginning to implode from the rumors circulating about her condition.
Pepper needs to go back to work.

[set post-Iron Man 3]

Under Your Shield (1350 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Sif (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Post-Thor: The Dark World, Friendly Sparring
Summary: Sif might be tall, proud, and beautiful, but she is also terribly lonely. Natasha can relate.


Embrace the World in Gray (The La Cosetta Nostra remix) (6363 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alison Choi, Stacker Pentecost, Mako Mori, Hermann Gottlieb, Kaidonovsky, Hannibal Chau, Tendo Choi
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Black Markets, Remix, Dad Sweaters
Summary:

Alison may run a thingy mafia, but she's not sure where the Marshall got the idea that it qualified her to negotiate with a mafia mafia.

As Food to Life (6024 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: 5 Times, Canon Character of Color, POV Sam Wilson, Food, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interracial Relationship, Bisexual Male Character, Gay Male Character, Travel, Grief/Mourning, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Relationship Negotiation, Fluff, Dick Jokes, Up all night to get Bucky
Summary: Or: Five meals Sam Wilson shares with Steve Rogers


Victory Conditions (The Rashomon Remix) (8655 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kostolitz, Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril
Additional Tags: Remix, Hijinks & Shenanigans
Summary:

Ivan always looked like an actor playing a model cadet in a training vid. This impressed the hell out of Kostolitz when Miles first introduced them, but he'd since amended the comparison to 'an actor in a training vid, who's perpetually on a break between shoots, and is eager to get back to a party – to which common folk are not invited -- going on in his trailer.'
Miles looked like, well, Miles. That had taken some getting used to with the way Kostolitz had been raised. But Miles strategized like he was two meters tall and plasma-arc proof, and that fit Kostolitz's idea of a Barrayaran officer just fine.

And four other perspectives

beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
The Odd Couple (8367 words) by tielan
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Maria Hill & Wanda Maximoff, Steve Rogers & Vision, Maria Hill & Vision, Wanda Maximoff/Vision, Steve Rogers & Wanda Maximoff
Characters: Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Vision, Wanda Maximoff, James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Additional Tags: Friendship, Attraction, Developing Relationship, Friendship/Love, Post-Movie(s), Post-Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie), Angst, love isn't easy, Falling In Love
Summary:

He's fast and she's weird.

beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
patron saint of shiners and showgirls (8526 words) by sevenfoxes
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers/Original Female Character(s), James "Bucky" Barnes/Original Female Character(s), Steve Rogers/USO Tour Dancers, James "Bucky" Barnes/USO Tour Dancers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Peggy Carter, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Howard Stark
Additional Tags: au where the uso girls are the howling commandos, AU, Threesome - F/F/M, not canon compliant in some significant ways, Awesome Ladies, idk the uso girls are just badass in this, it legit bums me out that the howling commandos aren't girls now, oh peggy is also one of the HC, BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

Summary:

The newsreels hit the US a few weeks later.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS TAKE ANOTHER NAZI STRONGHOLD NEAR TURIN! AMERICAN BEAUTY MEETS NAZI-KILLING BRAWN AS THE COMMANDOS TAKE DOWN NEARLY A HUNDRED MEN.

Every few weeks, they send a news crew out to film them when they come back to camp, muddied and bruised, but always victorious. Phillips seems to loathe it even more than the Howling Commandos do, surly as he stomps around their outpost, muttering under his breath that, the front ain’t Gone with the fucking Wind.

“That’s real nice,” the slimy director tells them later that afternoon, looking over the list of shots they’ve taken today. “But I’d like to see the old uniform. The boys need a little something to look at. You know, get excited over?”

Margot’s perfectly shaped eyebrows don’t raise a single inch as she says, “Well, I guess we can see if Kitty kept Steve’s old skintight red, white and blue number,” and Bucky laughs and laughs and laughs until he cries.

--

The USO girls are Steve's Howling Commandos. Bucky's died and gone to Heaven.


I DID NOT KNOW I WANTED THIS, BUT OH, IT IS AWESOME!
beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
Hypothetically (1116 words) by scribblemyname
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Maria Hill
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Friendship, Pre-Relationship, Flirting
Summary:  Stark's people expect Maria Hill to kick up a fuss when Steve Rogers brings back the Winter Soldier and so do most of the Avengers. In SHIELD, this would've been history repeating itself.

This is sweet and fun and so in character, I love it!
beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
If you haven't been reading the fic from the MCU Ladies Ficathon (aka Marvel Halfamoon) you should go do it immediately, because I don't know if I've ever participated in a ficathon where the quality of work was that high.  Almost all the stories are well-written and entertaining, and most of them are awesome in one way or another.  I've been working my way through them and squeeing the whole time because there are so many fics that I have to double-check that it wasn't written for me because it is absolutely exactly what I wanted and requested in one way or another.  Even the ones that covered territory that lots of ficcers have covered gave new and interesting (and usually thoughtful) twists.

Here are some of my favorites:

Agent Carter to Agents of SHIELD, Iron Man to Avengers, and everything in between )

 

beatrice_otter: Plot Bunny Princess (Plot Bunny Princess)
If you mean “a short fic of less than 1000 words” you can say “ficlet” or “vignette,” but a drabble, properly speaking, is 100 words.  Anyone who doesn’t think you can do anything worthwhile with 100 words should go read “By the Water Cooler" by [personal profile] tielan .  It is hilarious and true to the characters and 100 words is exactly the right length.  (Captain America, post-TWS, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers)

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
[tumblr.com profile] historicallyaccuratesteve reblogged this post about Sam Wilson reccing Steve all these songs about Captain America to give him a pop-culture feel for what people think of when they think of him.

And part of it was this:
Oh god oh god oh god, imagine no one telling Steve about Isaiah Bradley until Sam recommends a song to him and he researches what it’s about and is suddenly breaking down all the doors in the US government because why the fuck do I have a Smithsonian exhibit and Isaiah Bradley doesn’t even have an official biography???


And now I WANT THAT FIC.  I want it like burning.  YOWZA!

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
I have a problem with always-a-girl genderswap AUs of Captain America.  Not because I dislike genderswap--in fact, I love a good genderswap.  Because of the name.  I know the genderswap convention is to just feminize the name (Tony becomes Toni, Steven becomes Stephanie, James becomes Jamie, etc.).  And there's a reason to do it that way; it's immediately obvious who the character is a genderswap of.

But the thing is, when people name babies, they generally don't have one name and then choose the female form or male form when they find out if it's a boy or a girl.  With some names, such as Anthony (Tony) vs. Antonia (Toni), they're both relatively popular names, and at that point I don't mind it.  But for Steven/Stephanie, well, let's take a look at some hard numbers, shall we?

I get my numbers from SSA.gov, which has name frequency rates for the top thousand names used for American babies since 1896 available on its website.  Pulling up "Top Names of the 1910s," which includes Steve Rogers' year of birth, we find that Steve is 116 on the list, with 9,639 boys born in that decade named Steve.  Not the most common name, but not terribly unusual, either.  (James, by the way, was number three, with 275,079 boys in that decade named James, which may be why he went by "Bucky" instead.)  If we go over to the girl's side of the list, the name in the 116th slot is "Cora."  "Stephen" (spelled differently, but basically the same name) is 89 on the list, with 13,502 boys in that decade born with the name of Stephen.  (The corresponding girls' name is "Ellen").  If we take Steve and Stephen as basically the same name and add the numbers of boys with those names together, we get 23,141 boys born in that decade with a name variant of Steve's name, which would put us up in the mid-50s on the list, between Chester and Herman (corresponding girls' names being Bessie and Pearl).

Where is Stephanie on this list of common American names in the decade of Steve's birth? It's not even on the list.  See, the bottom names on the list are the 200th most common names, and those are Bert and Lela, respectively.  Where was Stephanie?  Well, if we pull up the popularity of the name "Stephanie" from the same site, (here's the search page but I can't find a way to link the specific search) we find out that in 1918, Stephanie was the 333rd most popular girls' name.  In that decade, it varied between 423 and 302--hardly a name one would expect to see very often.  In the mid-40s, it began creeping up, until from 1960-2007 it was always higher-up than 100 on the list.  It peaked from 84-87, when it hovered at 6th most popular name.  People my age are named Stephanie, not people my grandparents age.

Now we should consider Steve's family background (after all, in his day, children were a lot more likely to be named unusual names if they were family/ethnic names.  It's not like today where couples get baby name books looking for exotic names they like.  There had to be a reason to name a child something unusual).  Well, Steve was a working-class Irish Catholic.  Stephanie is not a working-class Irish Catholic name; it's French.  The only reason I can think of for an Irish Catholic working-class family in 1918 naming their daughter "Stephanie" is if they were naming her after St. Stephen, but usually you do that if the child was born or baptized on the feast day of that saint, and St. Stephen's feast-day is December 26th.  And he's the patron saint of martyrs and stone-masons, so not necessarily the guy you'd choose to set up as the patron saint of your baby girl.  If Steve's father were named Steve, I can see "Stephanie" in honor of him after his death, but his name was Joseph.

So what can we call always-a-girl!Steve that would be more period appropriate than Stephanie?  Well, you could go with Cora, Ellen, Bessie, or Pearl (which were as popular as the variations of "Steve"), or you could go with something that sounds similar and is on the list of popular names.  Stella, for example, is at #64 out of 200 on the "Popular Names of the 1910s" page, and Estelle is at #125.  Those sound similar to Steve's name so it would be easy for the audience to remember, and they are actual period names that she might realistically have been called.

(Also, both Stella and Estelle mean "star."  Which makes me chortle gleefully, to have a Captain America whose actual honest-to-God name means "star".)

(xposted to [community profile] cap_chronism )

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
YOU GUYS.  THERE IS MORE THAN ONE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM.


I realize that in the movie they just said "the Smithsonian", as if it was all one museum.  But, in fact, the Smithsonian Institute is a large organization with sixteen museums in DC (plus the National Zoo and a sculpture garden and regular gardens and the castle which houses admin stuff) and another two museums in New York City.  (If you're curious, the list is here.)  The most famous are the Air and Space Museum (i.e. the one with the moon rock), the Natural History Museum (i.e. the one with the dinosaurs), and the American History Museum (the one with the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz).  Many of these museums are close together; there's a whole cluster of them ringing the Mall, which is the big huge grassy area in DC with the White House at one end and the reflecting pool and all the monuments (The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Viet Nam Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, etc.).  There's maps here.  The Mall is frickin' huge.  (Google tells me it's almost 150 acres; two miles long, and 1500 feet wide at its widest.)  The museums that are there are pretty spread out, and there are always LOTS OF PEOPLE.  (Well, except at night, but then, the museums aren't open at night.)

Now, when we see people walk in to "The Smithsonian" in the movie, they are walking under all kinds of planes and spaceships, which is the Air and Space Museum.  (Duh.)  But I can't imagine why the Captain America exhibit would be there; it makes much better sense to have it in the Museum of American History, which is a ways down and on the other side of the park.  Having been there, it takes at least twenty minutes to get from one to the other by walking.  I'm trying to handwave this.

But.  Please, for the love of God, ficcers, the place is huge and there are many Smithsonian museums.

(By the way, if you don't know the history of the Smithsonian, it's fascinating.  There's a great book about it, The Stranger and the Statesman.  Basically, Smithson was a rich Englishman who resented England because his birth (he was a bastard) denied him lots of opportunity.  So he left his money to America, which he'd never visited even once, to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  The government dithered about what that might mean--a university? a museum? What sort of university or museum?--and eventually created a museum that was basically a place to send any (hopefully interesting) piece of junk anyone gave to the government.  It eventually became the behemoth it is now.)
beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
Question: if they had made a Captain America movie in 1949, who would you have cast in it?
Cap?
Agent Carter?
Howard Stark?
General Philips?
Doctor Erskine?
Dum Dum Dugan?
The rest of the Howling Commandoes?

For myself, hm.

How about:

Captain America--Van Johnson


Bucky--Tyrone Power


Agent Carter--Susan Hayward


Doctor Erskine--Claude Rains

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