Okay, this is pretty easy when it comes to ASoIaF recs, since the number of fics is limited, but the pool for Stargate fics is (as I’m sure you know) just a little larger. So I’m just going to pull some of my very, very favorites, and if you have any more specific requests, let me know. XD
Descant: My hands down favorite Jack/Daniel fic EVER. Basically an AU of the end of the series that works with how truly deep in denial Jack and Daniel are, as well as the way Jack is willing to hurt Sam because of his own asshole tendencies. I feel like it’s difficult to do a Jack/Daniel story that doesn’t address Jack’s treatment of Sam, and it’s done really well here.
Side Effects May Include: Good old-fashioned hurt/comfort. Which there is a ton of in this fandom, but I still can’t get enough.
Untitled Shroud Ficlet: Takes place after, you guessed it, the Shroud. And actually gives some hope for Jack/Daniel, which I appreciate.
Eudaimonia: Jack and Daniel find the secret to infinite happiness. Seriously, is there anyone who wouldn’t know I’d love this fic?
Cyclity: A little sharp and biting and painful, but the fact that I’m reccing it should assure you that, at the end, Daniel realizes right where home is.
As for ASoIaF/GoT recs, I have a small list of them collected here.
Ugh, I actually don’t like this question, and I’m not sure I feel comfortable answering it, really? Sorry, anon. It’s just… I hate determining whether people are ‘smart’ or not because I don’t think it really works that way? Like, the characters of ASoIaF, just like people irl, have various strengths and weaknesses. They’re good at some things and not so good at others. And I think that’s pretty realistic. For example, I have a knack for philosophy - or so I’ve been told - but I’m shit with numbers. I think there’s a very good chance someone in a math class with me would think me a total idiot - but I don’t really consider myself one.
To bring it back to ASoIaF characters, yeah, Tyrion’s got a head for politics, but ugh, sometimes his decisions are so terrible they’re actually laughable because his desire for love/acceptance clouds his judgement. Although Tyrion defines himself by the strength of his wit, ngl, he has some outrageously stupid moments. Catelyn too, is a really great political maneuverer, I think, but again, she has moments where she’s ruled by emotion (as do we all). I don’t think that makes her weak - actually, some decisions are best made under the influence of emotion, I’d argue. But that’s coming from me - a really emotional person.
Littlefinger’s plans are becoming less and less cohesive as the series progresses, I’d say, so I have to hesitate to comment on his intelligence. Also, there’s Sansa, who, like me, is shit at numbers but totally rules when it comes to intuiting social situations. Idk, but I just think calling any of these characters the most or least intelligent isn’t really fair to any of the others.
“the women are the strong ones” a blogger whispers as she simultaenously types a post about how GRRM is an anti-feminist author
I know I’ve been going on about this a lot - it’s a surprise I have any followers at all left, really - but I just have to say this and then I will try to leave the subject alone for a while. The idea that, because Tyrion is “beloved” by fandom at large, tumblrites are justified in ignoring his disability experience/purpose as a character and turning him into some stock misogynist baddie is a crock of shit. For two reasons:
1) This is the less important of the two reasons, so I’m getting it out of the way first, but that whole assertion just isn’t true. I ask anyone who knows of a place where I can go to find nuanced analysis of Tyrion’s character to point it out. Please. Drop by my ask. Give me a link. Because I really don’t think that place exists. Continuing to assert that Tyrion is a “fan favorite” and is given preferential treatment over other characters doesn’t make it true. Sorry. Tbh, I see far more people complaining about the favoritism/apologism Tyrion receives than I see people actually participating in that type of behavior.
2) Much more importantly, what the fuck difference does it make if Tyrion is a “fan favorite”? Actually, wouldn’t that be a good thing? I mean, how many prominently disabled characters are there that steal the spotlight in fandom? How many that even receive serious, well thought out treatment in fiction? I can answer that: not many. So how would Tyrion being a popular, well-received character at all justify your desire to reduce his narrative to that of “gross misogynist who represents everything that is wrong with Westeros”? Tyrion’s narrative is really fucking important - and I’m not just saying that as a Tyrion fan. I’m saying that as someone who thinks fully developed characters representing the full spectrum of human experience is essential to good media.
Yeah, Tyrion is a complicated character, and he’s kind of a mess. He can be an ass. He has misogynistic tendencies. He’s prone to drowning in self-pity. He’s selfish. But that’s what makes him human - and it’s also what makes his character so important. He isn’t a caricature. He’s very, very real.
So maybe next time you feel like dismissing Tyrion because he’s an ass or a self-pitier or a misogynist, you might choose instead to ask yourself why he is all of these things. You might consider that any one of these things does not encompass all Tyrion is. You might choose to look at his narrative from a different perspective and consider what it might be saying about something other than feminism/another issue of your choice. You might try to remember that there are other social issues outside of feminism at all.
In fact, you might even find that interrogating Tyrion’s narrative from only a feminist perspective is actually quite close-minded, and maybe even a little ignorant. Even if everyone else in fandom was taking notice of the importance of Tyrion’s narrative - which is so far from the truth it’s laughable - it wouldn’t mean you were justified in your erasure of his character’s struggles.
Sansa is also totally a defender of “cripples, bastards, and broken things,” right? (Think of Dontos and Lancel and even Sweetrobin.). Well, what if she and Tyrion work their marriage out and run around Westeros adopting all the unloved, broken children and in healing them, also learn to heal themselves? Sound good? OKAY.
So Merry just pointed out that both Tyrion and Sansa take on leadership roles during the Battle of the Blackwater. Can we just pretend that means something?