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Hello fellow homoerotic subtext fans! I've actually learned quite a bit from this place, so perhaps it is only proper that I shall share something of my own. I present C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series. It follows the life and times of the title character, as he takes to the seas in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic years. It's basically a story about a bunch of men on a boat. While this has its own connotations, the author decided to go above and beyond the call of duty to give our hero a love interest best friend, William Bush, to do...you know, manly friendly things with. While the whole series has plenty of touching manly moments, I'm going to focus on the manliest ones from the manliest book, Lieutenant Hornblower. To be honest, "Almost Canon" may be a bit of an understatement.

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So uh, that's it. But not really. There are about 10 more books, not that I'm going to detail all of them. There was a miniseries too, it's worth checking out, as it has some subtexty moments of its own.
I'm almost finished reading War and Peace (about 180 pages left, of 1400...). It seems to me that there must have been a few almost-canon moments here and there in the book, but nothing major -- except this little exchange, which stood out to me, and reminded me of this community:

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Looks like somebody just had his first boy-crush. ;)

Also -- those who haven't read it may be surprised that there's a scene in War and Peace in which a guy realizes, for the first time, that he's in love with a certain girl -- because he sees her crossdressed in men's clothes and wearing a mustache. She simultaneously falls more in love with him than ever, because he's also crossdressed, and wearing crinoline. It's not slash, but it's almost-canon... something, at any rate...

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Nov. 24th, 2008

Well, I've been meaning to do this for a long time. My favourite book; one of the most canon pairings ever. 

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Two Hamlet stories, if you'll have them:

Title: Thoughts
Fandom: Hamlet
Characters/Pairing: Ophelia, Hamlet/Horatio implied
Rating: PG-13
Notes: I've always been fascinated by the tendency for directors to have Ophelia go off on Horatio during the "By Gis and by Saint Charity/Alack, and fie for shame/Young men will do't, if they come to't/By cock, they are to blame" part of her song in the madness scene. If directorial decisions - enacted, picked up, and endlessly replicated - so easily enter popular canon, then it is only fitting to ask why.
Summary: Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.

(For I am more than half sick of shadows, having become a shadow myself.)


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Title: At This Chance
Pairing: Obscured until the end, I fear. Bear with me!
Rating: PG-13
Notes: I wrote this in the wake of seeing the English Touring Theatre production of the play in November 2005. Ed Stoppard did an intriguing (if not brilliant) job as the prince, and the actor playing Horatio, whose name I now forget, was wonderful. In any case, this story owes to their performances and also to that of the cast of Shakespeare on the Common's summer 2005 production. I've never seen their likes.
Summary: Even this ending may chance to be more than it seems.

(The king comes to breakfast at half past ten, and not a moment sooner.)
How long ago did I say I'd do this?

There is plenty of justification for Stephen/Cranly, and I think I lean more towards that pairing, but Stephen/Davin is perfectly justifiable and damned adorable.

1. Davin calls Stephen "Stevie." Everyone else-- including Cranly-- calls him "Dedalus." Davin addresses Stephen more intimately than anyone else. Actually, even Stephen's own siblings call him "Stephen" instead of by a diminuative form.
a. This GREAT sensual quote about this: "The homely version of his christian name on the lips of his friend had touched Stephen pleasantly when first heard for he was as formal in speech with others as they were with him."

2. Stephen calls Davin his "little tame goose." In public, too; not even trying to hide his affection.

3. The relationship is an interesting one. Stephen seems to be more intelligent and Davin simpler, but Davin isn't unintelligent, really; more naive and idealistic; Stephen is cynical and disillusioned. Davin is the Estragon to Stephen's Vladimir. Davin is ardently nationalistic, while Stephen struggles with being Irish in the same way that Quentin Compson struggles with being Southern. (Why is there no Quentin/Shreve here yet?) Davin is a constant reminder to Stephen of his ancestry and identity; he wants to escape it, but he can't; he can't help but be Irish and he can't help but love Davin.

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Andrew/Milo from "Sleuth"

Perhaps I'm insane and absolutely destroying the masterpiece film, "Sleuth", starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, but I can't help but feel there was an underlying sexual attraction between the two men which serves as the foundation for a possible relationship. 

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

In Hellboy 2, there is a scene in which Hellboy and Abe Sapien are drinking beer and listening to love songs. Can't Smile Without You comes on and they begin to sing it. Getting really close and looking at each other almost longingly. Oh my God guys, it's true! Secret-Man-Crush between the two foils. I need say no more.

C-3PO/R2D2 (heh)

My first non-Shakespearean pairing to post, and it's *flourish* C-3PO/R2D2!  

Jeeves And Wooster

I hope that a few of you have heard of this at least. I've found a lot of people haven't, lately.
This was a series written by PG Wodehouse, in the 1930s. It was then turned into a radio series, and then later on, a tv series starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. There have also been a few musicals and plays and whatnot as well. It's why the stereotypical name for a butler is "Jeeves".
What is it? It is the story of Bertie Wooster, a friendly and cheerful young man, who is rich, and who has never had a job in his life. He also has many friends. And he constantly gets into various 'scrapes', with the law, with his aunts, with women, with friends, etc. And Jeeves is his trusty, dignified, valet, who gets him out of trouble all the time. Though Jeeves is indeed an employee of Bertie, and therefore has to do what he says, he also takes pride in it, and is very selective about his employers. He sees Berties flaws, in fact, is very annoyed by several of them, but stays around anyway, knowing that Bertie is a good man, and, to shape him into something that is better. He also has a tendency, occasionally, to manipulate situations and Bertie for his own ends, or will put Bertie in bad situations, for the greater good.
The stories are told from Berties point of view, and so you just have to pick things up about Jeeves.
There are many reasons why they're almost canon. Well. Possibly without them knowing it, if I'm being completely sensible about the situation and not full on slashy and thinking they're actually at it behind the scenes. Bertie usually anyway, wants to be a bachelor forever. He doesn't like women very much, except occasionally, and then, it's usually for some reason like, he wants children. It's pretty much implied that the two of them will be together forever.
They're such a great pair. You can tell that though Jeeves is annoyed by Bertie's constantly light heartedness and folly, he also would miss it and is quite fond of it. And Bertie is so appreciative of Jeeves.

The tv series starts with Bertie, in court, drunk, and being fined the sum of five pounds for stealing a policeman's helmet. You then see him crashed out on the bed, in his very messy London apartment. The doorbell rings. He eventually gets up and answers the door, and on the doorstep, is Jeeves. "I was sent by the Agency, sir. I was given to understand you required a valet." and he, within five minutes (it's almost mary poppins ish, Bertie is in another room and goes into his bedroom, and it's perfectly clean), makes him a hangover cure, and Bertie says that he can stay. "I say!... I SAY!... You're engaged!" "Thank you sir. My name is Jeeves."

One of the things that Jeeves is *hugely* bothered by, that Bertie does, is his tendency to wear unsuitable clothes. I mean to say. The wrong suit while riding a train?? Goodness me! He's very disapproving of it, it's hilarious. Sometimes it's to the point where Jeeves actually feels physically ill by what Bertie, or someone else, is wearing.

He's also very disapproving of his frivolous music.
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But something that I find really hilariously slashy, is the bit at the start of the book I have, Very Good, Jeeves.

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