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Who would you cast as an adult Pansy Parkinson? I'm thinking maybe Christina Ricci, but I'm not sure. And what about Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn? Someone blonde and fun. *wonders*
I was thinking about AUs last night, and why, for me, they only worked in certain fandoms. And by certain fandoms, I really mean fandom; SGA. I can't put my finger on why I love McShep AUs so much. I've never been a big fan of AU Clex, for starters. What I mean by AU, right now, is a story in which the characters are in a totally different setting than the one they normally are. For this post, I wouldn't consider lanning
's Identical Series an AU. toomuchplor
's Omiai is clearly one, though.
So, yeah. I can count the Clex AUs I loved on one hand. Three comes to mind right now: scribblinlenore
's You Can Call Me Al, fromward
's hospital one and, of course, toomuchplor
's Omiai. There might be more but they're the ones that come to mind at this moment. Only three. When I think about SGA AUs I like I can think of...well a lot more. A Farm In Iowa, A Supermarket in California, Bell Curve, Ring Out Wild Bells, Small Primes and Square Roots, John as a dance teacher, Rodney as a pianist, Rodney as a chef, John as a hooker in vegas...
And now I realize that the reason I like Clex, is not only for the characters, but also for what they are
. Wow, that doesn't make sense. What I mean is, I like their history, I like that they're both a little screwed up. I like Clark's powers and his worries about his future, and Lex' wealth and sophistication. I love their universe as it is. I love future fics. Future Clex is my favourite kind of Clex. Stayed friends, stayed lovers, were friends became lovers, were ennemies became friends, were ennemies became lovers...at this point, variety is good. But what they all have in common is they grew up, they met, they were friends. After that point, write anything and I'm with you. They have a story together, and I rarely like when people mess with it too much. That's why AUs don't usually appeal to me.
When it comes to John and Rodney, I'm more in love with the characters then the setting. Oh, I love Atlantis and the fairytale like beginning of the show, but transform the city into a hairsalon, a restaurant, a record company or anything and I won't even whine a little. They don't have the epic storyline that Clark and Lex have, so it's easier, to me anyway, to believe and enjoy any settings authors put them in. As long as they're John and Rodney, I'm there.
Er, I didn't mean for this to be longer than a paragraph...go see some funny AU Clex doodles