|Gelfling 'fic recs
||[Apr. 9th, 2006|05:53 pm]
KK and Kristin's Naruto Recs!
|||||Yoko Kanno- Ring (Please Save My Earth)||]|
Wow, after months of not being active, I've finally gotten back into a state where I actually feel like updating this.
So...here's the Gelfling post. We'll see if I get to posting any other authors today--I'm hoping to, but I can't guarantee anything.
I absolutely adore this author—her writing is very raw, very dark, very emotional, and her prose is gorgeous beyond words. She also writes very psychological works that deal with the character’s emotions in such a way that—regardless what the subject matter is—it seems reasonable, in character, and gives reasons for everything. I can’t rec her enough. As a note, I haven’t read any of her longer works, so I’m not going to rec those. I’m planning on reading them at some point, it’s just a matter of finding the time.
Title: You’re Not Right
Comments: Stop looking at me like that. :p I normally wouldn’t touch this pairing with a ten-foot pole, but I somehow stumbled across it and decided to give it a chance. And I can’t express how glad I am that I did. This is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces of prose I’ve ever found—anywhere—and the writing all flows together in a way that’s downright poetic, and raw, and painful. I’m not ashamed to admit I was both depressed and inspired for almost a whole day after reading it. Anyway, couldn’t get much more lovely than this. Just keep in mind—it is Yondaime/Kakashi (but it is, arguably at least, in character) and it is rated R. Don’t give me those shocked looks when things happen.
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, man!
Comments: Ahhh, this is such a wonderful fanfic! I remember being really transfixed by it. It’s an odd fanfic in that it’s both hilarious and painful and dreamlike and…lovely. I’m pretty sure what happens in it is that Sasuke is has to watch over Naruto while he’s sick, and Sasuke ends up going a bit…insane…while doing that. Probably one of my favorite SasuNaru fanfics I’ve read. It’s wonderfully written—done partly through Naruto’s perspective, but with no loss of Gelfling’s usual gorgeous prose in addition to remaining in character. I like how…blurry this fanfic is. It doesn’t try to be hard-defined and clear on what the characters are feeling exactly—it has a sort of fuzziness in the way it’s told that reminds me of real human emotion.
Character/Pairing: A study on Itachi and Sasuke’s relationship, but not quite ItaSasu.
Comments: Just a short investigation of the way Sasuke and Itachi view each other and how that affects Sasuke’s life. It’s done in this really interesting, almost minimal style, but it tells what it needs to tell and does it well. I think I remember being slightly confused while reading that, but then again…eh, I don’t remember. I read this quite a while ago, along with most of the fanfics in this rec, so if I mess up in my comments, that’s why. Anyway, an interesting read. I always love reading anything studying Sasuke’s psyche—he’s a really complex character.
Title: It’s Not So Bad
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, YondaKaka, KakaNaru (I know—weird. Stop looking at me like that. :p)
Comments: Short drabble on how Naruto reminds Kakashi of Yondaime, who Kakashi was in love with. I…can’t really describe this one. It’s short, so it doesn’t delve as much as a lot of her fanfics do (or maybe it’s just that I’m not sold on the whole YondaKaka thing), but it’s interesting nonetheless. An entirely different spin on KakaNaru than…what I’d guess is the norm? I don’t know—I don’t read KakaNaru ever. Anyway, it’s good and bittersweet and interesting. I like it.
Title: Now You Know
Character/Pairing: ShikaTema (See? Didn’t I tell you there’d be ShikaTema?)
Comments: Ahaha, this is fun. Shikamaru deals with the fact that his love interest comes from a psycho family, Temari walks in on Shikamaru in the shower, and things are good (AKA much yelling is had). A nice, light, fun read. I love Shikamaru and Temari’s interactions in this fanfic. They’re rather amusing. The only thing I don’t get is why Gaara is hanging out with a child…?
Character/Pairing: The Sand sibs
Comments: I don’t read a lot about the Sand kids, but I really enjoy this drabble. It’s short, cute, and to the point, but…well…it rings so true. What a dysfunctional family these three are! I don’t know, it’s a scenario I can totally see happening, and I like what it reveals about their interactions.