Title: Need Not Apply
Word Count: ~500?
Summary: Mr. Derek Hale,
I would like to officially submit myself for consideration as your mate within the Hale Pack of Beacon Hills, CA. While I am inexperienced in many areas the jobs description calls for, I strongly believe that I have the ability to turn that into an opportunity for growth and success for all parties, due to my eagerness to learn and immense flexibility.
Attached is my resume. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best, Stiles Stilinski
Why you should read this: Really, do I need to explain why?
Title: Sunshine (Walking On)
Word Count: ~4600
Summary: Derek Hale has a good day. (There is ice cream.)
Why you should read this: Basically this is the Teen Wolf equivalent of this picture by gingerhaze:
Seriously. Sometimes it’s just important for Derek to have nice things in life OKAY? And I know once things reach this point usually it means the story is over or something but you know what, let’s consider this a filler episode or something.
And honestly, you know deep down you just want this to happen too.
Do you write fanfic? Do you want us to read it? Do you want to meet Jeff Davis and tell him what a gift he is? Reblog this, help us get the world out and get to writing!
Full rules here: http://on.mtv.com/Nmj1tF
Great step for MTV, but I’d read the rules carefully and maybe see if OTW, the good folk who run AO3, have anything to say about it. (They recently released a statement about a similar fanfic contest run by a different company, cautioning people about the rules.)
I’m not an expert at legalese but this is slightly concerning:
In the event of a dispute over who submitted a winning entry the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account used to
participate in this Contest at the actual time of entry, will be deemed to be the entrant.
In the next paragraph the entrant is supposed to agree that they have all the rights to the contents of the fic, but how would MTV handle plagiarism? There is nothing here (at least, nothing obvious to me) that says an entry cannot already be published online, which is worrying because then fic writers don’t have that safeguard to protect their fic from being submitted.
Entrant retains copyright of the fic as well, but they are also granting Viacom (who owns MTV) the right to use their material any way they want “for one year from the last day of the contest period which shall be September 8, 2013. And this happens “without any payment to the undersigned or any third party.”
That isn’t too bad, actually, it just says they get to use the fic for any purpose they want for one year — it’s okay (I think) because there’s a limit to how long they can use it for, and the writer retains copyright.
And because Viacom is a corporation, there are obviously things (many of which are unsurprising to me) you’re not allowed to include in your fic, but this one:
Any other content, display, materials and/or images that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion
is vague and would need clarification. It’s a way for companies to protect their asses later. What I’d want to know is what topics might be considered inappropriate — would slash? We should ask MTV now, know ahead of time. They’ve been very open about it on Tumblr, but I think an open acknowledgment of that would be an awesome step in the right direction.
Word Count: ~30,000
Summary: "Today is Scott’s first day of kindergarten and Derek is terrified."
Why you should read this: Oh. My. God. I don’t think I need to rec this anymore (over 2500 kudos and 250 comments and it was only uploaded August 16!) but seriously, I need to rec this. Because it’s worth it, it’s overflowing with so much cuteness and adorableness and is a perfect, perfect fic to read over the weekend, I promise.
There’s not much else you need to know about the premise except for this: Derek is the pseudo-parent to Jackson and Scott, and Stiles is Scott’s kindergarten teacher. It is everything you would have imagined that story would go, and more. I picked this up for a quick lunch read thinking it was only over 3K long and seriously had to tear myself away when I realized it wasn’t. And even then, this is the sort of fic that I just wanted to savor. In fact, I just re-read it last Sunday.
What’s so great about this too is that it doesn’t overdo anyone’s characterizations. You realize just how perfect Jackson and Scott are as children because they’re spot-on voice-wise. Nothing is written gratuitously (no overly childish behavior to milk the gimmick for all its worth; everything the kids do just feel so genuine) and I think having this written from Derek’s point of view was a stroke of genius. He’s a little more mellowed here, for obvious reasons (he doesn’t exactly have the manpain backstory that he has to deal with in canon), and Stiles is fantastic.
Title: Good Intentions
Word Count: ~2600
Summary: ”Yeah,” Derek says.
Why you should read this: It’s a pity this remains to be Helenish’s only fic in the Teen Wolf fandom, because I would love to read more of her stuff.
Derek runs into Sheriff Stilinski at the grocery, and things kind of take off from there. People get the wrong ideas, those ideas may not be entirely wrong… honestly, what shines in this fic is the voices of the three main characters, and that is all you need. It’s one of those fics that is greatly constructed, the writing is pretty tight, and it just leaves you with the warm and fuzzies afterward.
Word Count: ~2500
Summary: When Stiles adopts a vampire kitten, no one really believes him.
"It’s like the vampire abyss stared into the werewolf abyss and decided they need to be bros,” Stiles whispers, horrified.
Why you should read this: If you’re not familiar with 1001cranes yet, you should be! I’m in the process of reading everything she’s written and granted, I don’t think this kind of crack is part of her usual fare, but help me god if it isn’t precious. Everybody likes kittens, so here’s to get you through humpday!
And Scott is just super annoyed because jfc how many betas does one BNF have to HAVE? But really it’s not that Derek needs him— Boyd and Erica and Isaac find all his grammar errors and plot inconsistencies well enough— he just. He thinks Scott is the best way to get to know his gif-maker BFF Stiles okay?
*guiltily looks at barely-started meta fic*
I should probably really get around to writing that.
Word Count: ~3500
Summary: Self-indulgent hurt/comfort snuggle fic where they’re all real, actual wolves.
Stiles hates Scott so much. This is all Scott’s fault, Scott is the only reason that Stiles is going to get eaten by a bear.
Why you should read this: Okay, this one is billed as hurt/comfort but it’s WOLVES. LICKING. EACH. OTHER. There is never going to be anything you can tell me that’ll convince me that’s not outright adorable and cute. Because it is, and that is why if you haven’t yet, you must read this fic immediately.
And you’ve got to read the next part in the series as well, because GAH.
Apparently anthropomorphism is a thing now.
For some reason I want to go out and graffiti some walls, saying
WE ARE STEREK’S FURY
I may still be entirely pissed off at EW for their bullshit excuse of “an actual will-they-or-won’t-they story line on the show”. Plus the AE article basically praising queerbaiting because that’s all we are allowed to ask for. How the actual fuck is the world ever going to change if we don’t push?
THIS THIS THIS.
Obviously it’s not like AE can help what EW does, and this is their way of pandering to the fandom at large, but I don’t get the fandom enthusiasm for this.
It’s not about winning a category on some website. It’s not about proving we’re the “most die-hard fanbase”. It’s not about showing how much more dominant Sterek is over the other ships.
It’s about being acknowledged. It’s about being included. It’s about getting a mass media outlet like Entertainment Weekly, and not a niche site like AfterElton.com, to say “Hey, we see you. We hear you. You’re part of this too.”
We don’t want to be the kings of our own little pond of others. Why couldn’t we play with the so-called mainstream? We have the numbers. We had the votes. Why weren’t we given the forewarning that all ships had to follow a strict will-they-or-won’t-they storyline, and even then, how can you argue that Sterek didn’t have one? That any of the other ignored slash ships didn’t? Whose interpretation of subtext is valid if, by the very definition subtext, nothing is ever explicitly stated?
We don’t want to be separated from the straight choices.
We don’t want to be considered different from the norm.
We don’t want to be ignored or, when we protest (loudly, vehemently, righteously so), we don’t want to be patronized.
We don’t want to be given consolation prize.
Especially not if the only thing that does is shut us up. (Again, I’m sure this isn’t AE’s intention, but in all honesty, it feels like that is what is happening. EW no longer has a problem because AE took care of us?)
I know, I know. It’s just stupid little ticky boxes on the intarwebs.
But the reason I’m invested in Sterek is not because I love this ship as much as I do— jfc hell no, I love a thousand other ships so much more than Sterek. No.
The reason I’m invested in Sterek is because this is supposed to be the ship that will eventually conquer the heteronormative seas and sail on to a land of legitimacy, where we can acknowledge that sexuality is fluid and you can fall in love with anyone.
We have the premise of a non-heteronormative society, the existence of an untoken gay character, the subtext of bisexuality.
We have a supportive producer, an open-minded cast, a network that caters to a much more progressive way of thinking.
This is fucking lightning in a bottle, and when shit like EW happens, we can’t just stifle it, shut it off, forget it’s there. They do enough of that.
When we get lightning in a bottle, and it gets brushed away, dismissed like EW did?
We have to fucking unleash it.
Title: The Outline
Rating: Teen and Up
Word Count: ~5700
Summary: ”Your taste in music leaves a lot to be desired,” Derek says dryly, still skimming over The Outline. (Stiles has capitalized it in his head, because if it’s capitalized, then it means Doom, which is, technically, exactly what it means.)
Why you should read this: Kicking off my one-fic-rec-a-day mission with Fluff Week. Consider yourselves forewarned.
Look, if there’s anything we can say Teen Wolf and its fandom is good at, it’s GIVING US ALL THE FEELS. And I don’t mean in the warm and fuzzy way either, oh no. I’m talking JEFF DAVIS WHY ARE YOU SO INTENT ON RUINING OUR LIVES feels, compounded by a superbly talented fandom that can draw it out even more with long angst-ridden slow builds and emotionally moving material that just. Slays. You. Every time.
And JFC but that is a LOT of feels to handle. We love it, of course we do, we wouldn’t be fandom without it, but maaaaaaan a break would be nice now and then, yanno? Kind of like that hat trick at the lacrosse game (did Stiles get a hat trick? I’m pretty sure he got a hat trick), but without the disappearing act in the end.
Which is where The Outline comes in. It’s not saccharine— I really wouldn’t call it fluff, to be honest, if we were in any other fandom, but considering this is Teen Wolf? Yeah, it’s probably a little fluffy. Stiles and Derek are as close to normal as they can get, boyfriends but not the star-crossed, lost-in-each-others’-eyes-with-a-lot-of-meaningful-soulful-gazing sort. They’re just going on a road trip to find Stiles’ college. (It’s the fic equivalent of a movie where Sean Bean has a nice day and things go well.)
It’s a palette cleanser. The boys are as close to normal as they can get without tipping over too much into melodrama or caricature, and sometimes, that’s just what you need.
So I bought the first season DVD and it arrived last week.
Can we talk about the cover a little? Primarily about how I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE FUCK THAT LADY IS. IS SHE SUPPOSED TO BE ALLISON BECAUSE THAT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE CRYSTAL REED. NOTHING.
WHO ARE YOU?
I’ve been meaning to write this up for a long time, but what I wanted to accomplish by writing it is already currently happening in the Sterek fandom. And yet, I’m going to write it anyway to supplement the turning tide. If you’re a Sterek shipper, I implore you to read it. It’s not canon meta or anything like that, but it is a slight commentary on fandom, where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the push for a battle plan to get where we want to go. Warning: it’s gonna be a long Debbie Downer before it gets to the end.
So, I think the resurgence of Sterek doubt is a good thing. What’s troubling is the soothsaying and reaffirming that’s happening in response to that doubt.
I think the most dangerous thing for us to hear, for us to tell ourselves, for us to tell each other, is that Sterek WILL HAPPEN.
We cannot get complacent. We cannot get cocky. Especially when we have absolutely no reason to. Listen, I’m not saying we lose all hope and wallow in our doubts, but we need to look at the facts and not be so blindly optimistic sometimes (as good as it makes us feel). I’ll get to all the positive things we’ve seen through the last two months, but let’s first go back to early June for a moment, to Jeff’s first real addressing of the possibility of Sterek.
Jeff Davis (via ericaalbright-isabitch)
Dear Jeff: I reject your reality and insert my own. BROT3 will rise to victory.
Now I want an Scott/Isaac/Stiles sandwich. My mind should not have gone there… should it?