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I was discussing this theme on Twitter with [personal profile] loz  and said I had sufficient thoughts that I would write a blog post.  And then promptly didn't - in part because that was the day I then went to see Titus Andronicus, which isn't condusive to such thoughts.  But now it's come up again as the Trope for the Day on [community profile] ushobwri  and [personal profile] brumeier  has asked for our thoughts.  So no escape.

It's not a trope I'm that keen on, partly because two of the fandoms I belong to seem desperate to make it happen.  Yes, one is Sherlock (principally the BBC version) and also Lewis.  If that's the way you like things that's fine, I'm not saying it's wrong at all, just that it doesn't appeal to me.  I have come across too many fics where the writer has contrived to bring the two together and suddenly it's wonderful.  There are times when remaining as friends would be perfectly acceptable.

So where does that leave me, and my most written pairings?  Which isn't to say I don't write other pairings for gift fics or for friends, but here I'm concentrating on my favourites.

My first fandom was Life on Mars - the UK version.  And the classic Sam/Gene.  They snark, they argue, they get to know each other better, and the relationship begins.  Now it may be my age, or my outlook, but I don't see that the relationship has to immediately include sex, but this is more than just friends.

Onto BBC's Sherlock.  I don't see Sherlock/John.  John/Greg yes - they see each other in a professional context and realise they want to get to know each other better.  For me it's fairly quick.  I'm currently not writing this pairing.  Sherlock/Stanley Hopkins - again a professional interest moves on to something deeper quite quickly - of course, this is Hopkins of the Met River Police, entirely my own creation based on ACD's Hopkins.

ACD Sherlock Holmes - Nothing will ever take Mary Morstan/John Watson away from me.  This post-hiatus Holmes/Watson is one of my few real friends to lovers, but as the relationship is described only in the Sussex Retirement 'verse it all happened in the past, so doesn't really count as a trope.  Watson reflects on the relationship in the first in the series A Quiet Retirement.

So to Lewis.  I liked Laura Hobson/Robbie Lewis, until the series seemed to spoil it for me.  In Oxford Tales I have Lewis and Hathaway working together and then moving in together, but there's never any description of how it happens.

Two of my other fandoms are both rare pairs.  Adam Carter/Lucas North in Spooks - there's a spark between them from early on, it takes time to catch light because Lucas is mentally scarred, but it's more slow burn than friends to lovers (some might say I'm being pedantic, but they both know what's happening).  And Guy/Much in Robin Hood (BBC) - in my world there's an instant attraction, and since I'm the only one who writes it, I can claim it's the only interpretation ;)

So no, as a trope friends to lovers doesn't particularly appeal.  Friday's Trope of the Day on [community profile] ushobwri  is Established Relationships and I shall be sharing my thoughts there ;)
smallhobbit: (Edel Lion)
It's hot and I'm not feeling inspired, so have another meme, this one pinched from [livejournal.com profile] daria234

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!
Not necessarily my favourite, but 5. In alphabetical order for ease of something.

1. Lewis
2. Person of Interest
3. Robin Hood (BBC)
4. Sherlock (BBC)
5. Spooks (Series 7 to 9)


Who’s your favorite character in 2?
Difficult. Bear (the dog).

Who’s your least favorite character in 1?
Any of senior policemen who are incompetent.

What’s your favorite season of 5?
Series 7

What’s your favorite ship in 3?
I write Guy of Gisborne/Much, even though we never actually see them together. But I don't care.

Who is your anti-ship in 2?
Reese/Carter. Not because I dislike either character. And I'm quite happy with Reese & Carter.

How long have you watched 1?
I watched the first few series on and off, but from series 5 onwards I think.

How did you become interested in 3?
I watch everything Sam Troughton (Much) is in.

Who’s your favorite actor in 4?
Rupert Graves (Lestrade). Followed by Andrew Scott (Moriarty) who is a brilliant stage actor.

Which show do you prefer: 1, 2, or 5?
Person of Interest, although I haven't seen the final season yet.

Which show have you seen more episodes of: 1 or 3?
Lewis, because there are more than Robin Hood.

If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?
None of them, I'm not keen on the current characterisation of any of them. Possibly Mrs Hudson.

How would you kill off your favorite character in 2?
I am not killing Bear!

Give a random quote from 1.
"A walking Wikipedia" "Only more accurate"

Would a 3/4 crossover work?
Of course it would, although sorting the time dimension could be difficult.

Pair two characters in 1 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple.
Can't think of any.

Has 5 inspired you in any way?
I've written a lot of Lucas North hurt/comfort and angst.

Overall, which show has a better cast: 2 or 4?
Person of Interest. I know Sherlock has the bigger names, but I think the names have started to dominate.

Which has better theme music: 3 or 5?
Robin Hood
smallhobbit: (John Thornton)
About a month ago [livejournal.com profile] solosundance posted this meme (which she acquired from [livejournal.com profile] saintvic) it seemed fun, so let's see how we go!

The meme:
1. Go to this website: www.random.org/lists/
2. Pick 15 characters from any fandom or whatever you’re into, type them in, then get your randomized list and match to the entries below.
3. Tag five or more people - or, you know, have a go if you fancy it
4. Have fun!

The meme )
smallhobbit: (Guy)
It occurred to me it might be quite interesting to share the audio books I've been listening to on my journeys to and from work.  I don't listen all the time, if the traffic is flowing I tend to sing along with Classic FM, but in the more tedious hauls (generally on wet term days) I am very grateful for something to occupy my brain.  As ever, I shall be interested in hearing others thoughts and recommendations.  I know some of my flist aren't great audio book fans, so feel free to skip this post.

In approximate listening order:

Georgette Heyer's Venetia, Sylvester and The Convenient Marriage.  I enjoyed these - the plot never went quite as I expected, which was good.  Of course, the fact the narrator was Richard Armitage and I spent a significant amount of time imagining him as the brooding male hero has nothing at all to do with it.

Robin Hood (BBC), audio versions of the first four episodes of series one.  Basically rubbish.  But read by Guy of Gisborne.  No further comment needed.

Cabin Pressure - the first three series.  I listened to a few episodes each week, interspersing them with other books.  As entertaining as ever.

The Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark.  A sequel to John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids.  Narrated by Bill Mason's (the narrator of The Day) son David, played by Sam Troughton.  I'm not a great sci-fi fan, but I was taken with this - and especially driving home on a dark December evening seemed very appropriate.

Doctor Who: Dead Air read by David Tennant, and Ghosts of India read by David Troughton.  I enjoyed the latter more.  Both featured the Tenth Doctor, but the second also had Donna being awesome.

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, read by Rupert Graves.  One of those stories which I vaguely knew, but had never read.  This was an abridged version.  I enjoyed listening to it, but am glad it wasn't the full length book.

Hamlet - a BBC Radio 4 production.  With Jamie Parker as Hamlet, Tom Mison as Laertes and Carl Prekopp as Guildenstern.  It was interesting to listen to the play, rather than watch it.  I found I was considering rather more why the characters were acting as they did.

Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.  Unabridged version read by Jamie Parker.  JP's characters were great, the story far too long and wordy.  And bizarrely the breaks between CDs weren't structured, so the CD would end mid-scene and then, because that's what my car CD player does, go straight back to the beginning of the CD, leading to some very strange conversations.
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When I prodded [livejournal.com profile] vix_spes to give me a prompt, she gave me three alternatives.  Each one for fandoms and pairings I like writing, but not suggested by anyone else.  It seemed such a shame not to indulge in a little "Much/Guy - snuggling for warmth" so I wrote a ficlet.

Under the Hedgerow

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