Author has written 156 stories for Doctor Who, Angel, Red Dwarf, LXG, Terminator, Harry Potter, Friends, Incredible Hulk, Buffy X-overs, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Spider-Man, Movie X-overs, Sherlock Holmes, Power Rangers, Charmed, Quantum Leap, Stargate: SG-1, Heroes, Firefly, Stargate: Atlantis, Bones, Merlin, X-Men: The Movie, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Supernatural, Dracula, Hunger Games, Underworld, Star Wars, Avengers, Pokémon, Flash, Logan, Kim Possible, How to Train Your Dragon, Smallville, Mask of Zorro/Legend of Zorro, Snow White and the Huntsman, X-overs, What If...?, Ocean's 11, The Mask, Daredevil, Torchwood, Twilight, Sarah Jane Adventures, Castle, Princess Series, Jim C. Hines, Aliens/Predator, Matrix, Avatar, 100, Pet Sematary, Robocop, Chronicle, Battlestar Galactica: 2003, Sleepy Hollow, Worst Witch, Misc. Movies, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Death Becomes Her, Frozen, and Brightburn.
I was born in Edinburgh and have lived there for much of my life. I developed a habit for reading in nursery, and was known to go under the piano with a book at times. I got into Doctor Who after watching the first two parts of The Curse of Fatal Death, and rented the Paul McGann TV movie from his local video shop later on to find out a bit more about it. Some while after, I first discovered Doctor Who on UK Gold, and watched the Peter Davison episode Mawdryn Undead, beginning a fascination with the show that has only developed further with the airing of the new series. Having read the Eighth Doctor novel Vanishing Point by Stephen Cole, I was inspired to write my first major story (Which has unfortunately been lost due to my computer catching a virus and needing a new hard drive), and my skills have simply progressed from there.
After that discovery, I then got a bit more interested in Buffy and Angel books- but I mostly favour the crossover novels rather than a book featuring just one or the other-, and from there, having discovered this web site, my writing interest has just snowballed onwards into all kinds of movie, book and TV show genres , although some attract more interest than others; I prefer crossover Lord of the Rings fan fiction, for example (Although I'll read the occasional fanfic if it looks interesting enough), I'll avoid any Twilight fanfics where they're all human as otherwise it just seems like the writers were being too lazy to come up with their own characters for a plot- the vampire angle is part and parcel of the whole CONCEPT of that series-, and I've never read any Stephen King because I just can't imagine anything being better than what the man wrote himself. My favourite fantasy film is the special extended Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition trilogy, while for sci-fi I incline towards The Matrix trilogy. For superheroes, my unquestionable favourite film is Avengers and the preceding films in the series, although Nolan's Dark Knight series is also exceptional. In my spare time, when not writing, I enjoy reading, walking or cycling, checking out some DVDs, and working on job-related issues (The economy is really difficult right now).
Regarding couples in some of my favourite Books, TV Shows and Movies, I am a particular fan of the following pairings
Andromeda: Dylan/Beka (I know Rommie's the preferred choice, but I just don't think she and Dylan quite work as a couple, where he and Beka have better chemistry overall in my view; I've seen Dylan and Beka share quite a few moments- such as Beka's nearly-jealous reaction to the idea of Dylan bringing Sarah back to the future with him, or Dylan's willingness to risk his life to save Beka from the Abyss- that seem to have more meaning behind them than is initially apparent)
Angel/ Buffy: Angel/Buffy (As someone- I think it was Cordelia- once said, 'they've got the whole ultimate forbidden love thing going down'. I think it SHOULD work out, quite frankly; after all, when you get down to it, the curse was the real reason that they broke up, whereas Buffy's subsequent relationships ended because Riley felt inadequate and Spike... well, they had issues (to say nothing of Angel being willing to make any sacrifice necessary to save Buffy, particularly his humanity, when Buffy will never know about it, even if he slips up during that 'Twilight' mess in Season 8))
Animorphs: Rachel/Tobias (Come on, a girl and a boy dating when the guy spends most of his time with wings and feathers? What is NOT to find touching about that? (Besides, after the way Tobias basically abandoned humanity after Rachel's death I think it's pretty clear that she meant a great deal to him; it's really a tragedy that the two never really got a chance to be more than what they were)
Arrowverse: Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance (She was the thing that kept Oliver going for five years; it's frankly ridiculous that they never gave their relationship a legitimate shot)
Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl/Holly Short (So long as the writer acknowledges the difficulties that the two of them would have making it work, it has potential; I may like the pairing, but you have to be realistic, given the double-age-difference- Holly being (Apparently) younger physically while Artemis is younger chronologically- and the fact that Artemis is NOT the most emotionally aware of people)
Battlestar Galactica (2003): Karl 'Helo' Agathon/Sharon 'Athena' Valerii (She defied her programming, purpose and species for him, while he went against the beliefs of practically every one of his friends and allies to love her; what is NOT cool about that?)
Bones: Seeley Booth/Temperance 'Bones' Brennan (It might be frustrating how often they DON'T take the hints available to them- this latest example with Brennan rejecting Booth because she 'doesn't think she can be what he wants' being the most frustrating bit (He's known her for five years and he still wants to be with her; I THINK you can trust him to know what he wants!), and I remain certain that his thing with Hannah was just him pushing himself so far because he wanted to 'prove' to himself that he's over Brennan because he didn't think she could ever feel that way about him (The events of "Doctor in the Photo" were a BIT frustrating, but after getting hurt the last time he thought she'd be receptive to anything I can see Booth being reluctant to commit himself to anything even if he OBVIOUSLY still loves her)-, but the chemistry was evident on more than one occasion before Season Six concluded; if they'd just gotten past their fear and stupidity when it comes to their relationship earlier, these two would have always been great together (And to anyone offended at Booth's somewhat inconsiderate treatment of Brennan at the start of Season Six, while I'm not saying it justifies it, considering how often Brennan's kicked him in the teeth emotionally- never REALLY showing grief over his 'death', dating his brother and apparently believing that he was a loser, running away after the brain tumour incident, rejecting him after his first confession of his feelings- it's not like she didn't deserve SOME degree of 'retribution' for all the times she's made HIM feel like crap).
Castle: Richard Castle/Kate Beckett (They might take their time for various reasons, but the chemistry was obvious even before the Season Four finale made it official (Although I will confess that, ever since reading stories such as "Someone Like You" and "Of Finding Innocence", I've had a greater appreciation for stories featuring this pair that also explore Kate as a mother, either just assuming that role for Alexis or having a child before meeting Castle; it's really rather cute if handled properly))
Charmed: Piper/Leo (After all they've been through, I think it's pretty much a guarantee that they're meant for each other, wouldn't you say?)
Danny Phantom: Danny/Sam (Admittedly, my experience of this show in general is kind of limited, but what I've read and seen is definitely... intriguing, to say the least. Maybe it's the names reminding me of my 'Stargate' favourite pairing- Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson-, maybe Agent-G's Spider-X series- with Rogue of the X-Men: Evolution cast having a relationship with Peter Parker/Spider-Man- gave me a fondness for goths getting the guy, maybe I think their pre-existing connection translated well into a closer bond... either way, I think this one works best, so long as the accompanying story is also well-written)
Dexter: Dexter Morgan/Debra Morgan (Considering how close they've been for years, it seems like an almost natural evolution, even if the actual show basically cut the potential short after the sixth season)
Digimon: (Childish, I know, but there's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes) Tai/Sora (They had some excellent chemistry in the original series- as much as a primarily kid's show would allow them to have, at any rate- and they were already close to each other even BEFORE entering the Digital World; I don't know what happened to incline Sora towards Matt in the intervening four years, but I'm nevertheless confident that the relationship between those two would NOT last with a history like Tai and Sora's 'competing' against it)
Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor/Martha (I liked Rose as a character and a companion, don't get me wrong, but I think Martha works better as the Doctor's romantic interest; if nothing else, she was significantly more independent than Rose was (Rose seemed to need the Doctor to encourage her when things got particularly bad and kept on wanting to go back and visit her mother, but Martha was known to take long-term independent action by herself; given what the Doctor deals with, an ability to think on their feet would be an essential quality for the woman he loved))
Farscape: Crichton/Aeryn (You know how it is; some couples, you just know it's going to work out, even if they had to deal with everything from drastically different backgrounds to that whole mess with John being 'twinned' and all)
Firefly: Mal Reynolds/River Tam (I have no idea why I think these two would work together, so don't ask; they just... seem to fit, I guess. Age is an issue, of course, but if a two hundred and forty-four year old vampire can fall for a sixteen-year-old girl- or a time-travelling alien over a thousand years old can fall for a nineteen-year-old girl (Just because I don't agree with it doesn't mean I don't acknowledge it happened)- than who cares about a gap of a few years? Besides, that fight scene in the bar got me thinking; why, after knocking out and/or killing everyone else in the bar- including Jayne, whom she also knew-, as well as later attacking Simon of her own accord, did River actually stop when she nearly shot Mal of all people? Something about him got through to her more than anyone else, perhaps? (Check out "What The Eyes See" for a story that provides more information about this theory))
Friends: Ross/Rachel (Eh, it's destiny; sometimes, predictable is good)
Grimm: No major favourites, but I liked Nick/Juliette before she went insane, and I still think it has potential (I just don't get why the show's attracted so much slash fanfic; I can't recall a SINGLE moment that could be interpreted as Nick being anything more than good friends with Monroe and a tentative ally of Renard)
Harry Potter: Harry/Ginny (In the immortal words of Andrew Lloyd Webber, 'My first love was my true love, and it should have been my last'. Sometimes, it's good to see stories where that phrase manages to come to pass, as Ginny's childish infatuation grows into genuine romance. Plus, hey; Lily and James reborn, right? (And to anyone who thinks that this pairing points to Harry having a Oedipus complex, he never even knew what his mother LOOKED like until he was eleven; how can he have a complex when he only learned what she even looked like at that point in his life?))
Heroes: Peter/Claire (Hey, when Peter thought he was about to die, Claire was the final thing to cross his mind; just because her power was what he needed right then hardly changes the fact that she was nearly the last thing he thought of. I know that the age difference- to say nothing of the fact that they're related- is a major issue, but, as I mentioned when discussing Mal/River, age isn't a major issue for me, and as for the 'related' thing... eh, there's always AUs where Nathan ISN'T Claire's father, and even in real continuity, it's not like they're that closely related, and they only met when Claire was in her last year of high school, and didn't THINK of each other as their relatives, so I feel comfortable enough ignoring that. Besides, it adds to the tragedy of the relationship by giving it the 'forbidden love', angle, and in the end, who really cares what they do together; it's their choice, and, so long as they're not hurting anybody and they're happy, does it matter that much?)
Hunger Games: No specific favourites, but I generally think Katniss/Peeta works the best; he might lack her strength, but at least he had the nerve to say how he felt and make her think, whereas I just can't believe that she ever saw Gale as anything more than a brother/cousin no matter how she tried (And that's before you consider Gale's more violent approach to revolution)
How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup/Astrid (What can I say? There's something appealing about the stories where the intellectual outcast gets the girl)
Invisible Man: Darien/Claire (I haven't seen many episodes of the series, but I just find what I have seen of it kinda cute, I guess. Plus, Claire violated direct orders and risked her job for Darien's sanity in the final episode; her willingness to go to such extreme lengths for him has to mean something, in my opinion)
Kick-Ass: Kick-Ass(Dave)/Hit-Girl(Mindy) (They may have gone into the game for different reasons, but they were still there from the start; so long as there's not an excessive focus on Dave being 'fascinated' by Mindy's combat skills to the point where his focus on the blood spewing around is SLIGHTLY disturbing, and the writer acknowledges the age gap and the risks thereof, it can be rather good)
Kim Possible: Kim Possible/Ron Stoppable (It's a bit cliche, I know, but as I always say, sometimes cliches became that way because they work; why change a winning formula, particularly when the couple have such effective chemistry if written properly?)
Lost Girl: No DEFINITE favourites, but I prefer Bo/Dyson to Bo/Lauren and Bo/Tamsin, considering that Tamsin's goals were ambiguous at best when she was introduced (Dyson's motives were questionable at times but we never doubted that he wanted Bo safe) and Lauren failed to tell anyone about Nadia until someone else brought the issue up where Dyson has at least always been honest about whatever issues he might have about entering into a relationship with someone once he was aware that they were issues (Him not mentioning his deal with the Norn to Ciara doesn't count because he had no reason to believe that the deal was an issue until he learned about the fact that it took his love from him completely, and his initial distance from Bo can be attributed to the mystery about her own knowledge of her background rather than a flaw on his part exclusively)
LXG: Sawyer/Mina (The most Extraordinary member of the team, paired up with the 'least'? Add in the obvious on-screen chemistry they had in the movie- particularly in that deleted scene on the conning tower where Mina almost seemed to be encouraging Sawyer not to give up his attempts at flirting with her-, and it just seems... RIGHT to me)
Matrix: Neo/Trinity (Like some other couples, these guys need only one explanation for why they make a good pair; they belong together, and that's the end of the matter as far as I'm concerned)
Merlin: Merlin/Morgana (Things between them took a downturn in the later series, but that just makes it more tragic; they had great POTENTIAL as a couple, but it could never happen because Morgana was driven to take another path while Merlin was left in the unenviable position of having to oppose her even as a part of him wished for a sign that she's still the person he knew)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Philip Swift/Syrena (There's something kind of sweet about their relationship, really; it's a shame that the only good story I've read with them as a couple is "Armada of the Damned")
Pokemon: (Another case where I feel the importance of childishness is underestimated) Ash/Misty (No matter how many other girls Ash travels with, only Misty was there for him when he was finding his way and really needed somebody that he could rely on to help him and give him advice while he was trying to find his way in his new world. Besides, not only was Misty the only travelling companion who left Ash through necessity rather than choice- she had to 'save' the Cerulean Gym where everyone else just decided to travel somewhere other than where Ash was going- but Ash still carries around a memento of Misty in the form of her special lure even after she's been away from him for so long, when the only memento we've seen of his other female companions is that half-ribbon he won with May after they drew in a contest which he would also be interested in keeping for 'professional' reasons; suggestive about his feelings for Misty in comparision to the others, no?)
Power Rangers (See above for my opinions on anyone who calls me childish for this): Tommy/Kimberly (Hey; it was the first EVER Ranger couple; it should NOT be ignored just because they broke up for reasons that were never fully explained in the show)
Rizzoli & Isles: Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles (There's definite chemistry between the two of them, although I'd prefer to read stories where they recognise that the other is the one person they'd be that way inclined for rather than stories where they were already aware of their homosexuality; aside from the fact that they're canonically established as straight in the series, I think it makes it more meaningful if the story explores them realising how they feel and gives them time to get used to it before they 'dive in')
Star Trek: Most of the canonically-established couples in the series- Picard/Crusher, Riker/Troi, Paris/Torres, Janeway/Chakotay and Kira/Odo- are fine, but I also enjoy a good Archer/T'Pol or Data/Tasha Yar fic if it's properly explored, and I'll accept stories featuring Seven of Nine with either the Doctor or Janeway (They had an interesting connection if it's handled properly) so long as Chakotay doesn't come across as the bad guy in his and Seven's relationship (Assuming anyone looks at that rather than the story being an AU where they never got together; I just felt that plot twist came a bit out of the blue, particularly given how quickly it ended in the novels after they got back to Earth)
Stargate SG-1: Samantha Carter/Daniel Jackson (Well, they look better together than her and Jack; don't ask me to define exactly WHY I think that, I just think it works better. Maybe them being closer intellectually has something to do with it, to say nothing of the fact that they often end up working side-by-side to crack the mysteries they find themselves dealing with on their trips through the 'gate... and, of course, there's Daniel's little query in 'Fallen' when he'd TOTALLY lost his memory and yet almost instantly asked Sam if there was ever anything between them. Suggestive of feelings he had for her that he'd never admitted in the past because he didn't want to get in Jack's way, perhaps? (Plus, having read MaureenT's fantastic story "Alliances of the Heart", I found it hard to be anything other than a Daniel/Sam fan; the portrayal of their relatiuonship there is INCREDIBLE...))
Supernatural: Dean Winchester/Bela Talbot (I don't really get why people disliked Bela when she was in the show; consdering what we learned about her past and the reasons she got into the supernatural in the first place, I feel like she got the short end of the stick and deserves another chance at redemption, to say nothing of her being a rather interesting character with a unique- albeit somewhat warped- perspective on the supernatural the Winchesters face)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Donatello/April O'Neill (With the age gap removed, this pairing has potential, considering that the only real 'advantage' Casey has over Donatello is species, when some things should be more important than that)
Terminator: John Connor/Cameron (The irony of this pairing isn't lost on me- the future leader of humanity against the machines falling in love with a machine?-, but I think it works if handled properly)
The 100: Clarke Griffin/Anya (Unusual, I know, but I found a couple of good stories with this pairing listed, and on reflection, I think they could work; they're each strong-willed leaders, but their contrasting backgrounds mean that each would genuinely bring something to a relationship that the other needs to survive in their new worlds)
Twilight: Bella/Edward (The relationship had its problems in canon- Bella being overly dependent on Edward, Edward being overly controlling-, but I think the 'vampire-in-love-with-a-human' idea has potential to be more interesting in the right kind of AU; making them human takes away the fundamental essence of the whole series, but stories that give their relationship more depth than the "If you loved me you'd turn me" argument/ultimatum can be interesting, such as in the AU fic "Bonne Foi")
Underworld: Michael/Selene (You think otherwise? Did you even SEE the movie, people? You could have cut the sexual tension with a freakin' CHAINSAW, and that's before they got down and jiggy with it in Evolution, to say nothing of Eve's existence in Awakening)
And, as long as we're on the subject of pairings, I dislike the following couples:
Andromeda: Dylan/Rommie (OK, so they've got good chemistry, but given the rather disturbing example of what happened to Pax Magellanic after the avatar and the captain became involved- the ship went whacko and blew up the planet that her captain was on, in case nobody knows what episode I'm talking about-, I somehow doubt that Dylan and Rommie would EVER be willing to risk crossing the boundaries of their relationship and put Rommie in a similar position)
Angel/ Buffy: Angel/Faith (He was her mentor, her saviour, the only person who never gave up on her even when she gave him every reason to do so, but her lover? Angel wouldn't do that to Faith after she's spent so long apparently feeling like she's only really good for sex and slaying; she's his daughter if she's anything intimate to him)
Arrowverse: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak (It had some potential in the earlier seasons, but from the fourth season onwards this relationship has gone downhill in my view; Felicity started out helping to act as Oliver's moral compass and engage him in heroics beyond just crossing names off the list, but these days she seems to believe it's her duty to criticise and belittle every decision Oliver makes simply because she doesn't agree with it (to say nothing of the hypocrisy of not mentioning her new relationship to Oliver or not telling her current paramour about her 'real' job after getting at Oliver for keeping secrets))
Bones: Doctor Temperance 'Bones' Brennan/OFC (I only encountered a couple of these, but the simple concept doesn't make sense; given how long it took Brennan to even come CLOSE to 'accepting' (Even if she was still scared of it up until the end of Season Six) that she has feelings for Booth, it would take a RIDICULOUS amount of time for her to accept that she feels that way about a woman with her whole thing about how love is just a set of natural chemical impulses in the brain (And that's not intended to imply that I consider homosexuality 'unnatural'; I just meant that Brennan would only focus on male partners for sex because the male and female bodies are 'designed' to 'come together' in that manner, so the amount of time it would take for her to consider a woman as anything more than a friend makes it utterly impractical in my view))
Doctor Who: Doctor/River Song (The more I see of this woman, the more I dislike her; she's just RIDICULOUSLY arrogant, talking like she knows more about piloting the TARDIS and potential temporal paradoxes than the Doctor despite his FAR superior experience at both- he's over thirteen hundred by this point and River's human; who's more experienced?-, to say nothing of how 'certain' she was in "Silence in the Library" that she'd contacted a Doctor who knew her when she should know that there are at least NINE Doctors she CANNOT meet...
Firefly: Mal Reynolds/Inara Serra (Mal may have chemistry with Inara, but I just don't think they'd manage to actually LAST in a relationship; if nothing else, I don't think Inara could ever love Serenity the way Mal does, so she'd always be at least slightly jealous of a spaceship, to say nothing of Mal's inability to accept her profession)
Friends: Joey/Rachel (Good as friends, but Ross and Rachel have so much history that it's hard for me to imagine Joey and Rachel really making it work)
Frozen: Hans/Anyone (The man tried to kill Elsa and left Anna to die; why would anyone WANT to give him a second chance to the point of trusting him in a relationship, even if some dire situation forces them to work with him for some reason?)
Harry Potter: Draco Malfoy/Anyone in Gryffindor (The man is a bastard who was involved in various schemes against the Light- no matter how indirect his invovlement was- who is also fundamentally opposed to what the Gryffindors stand for and always will be; his inability to kill Dumbledore at the final moment because he lacked the killer instinct and his subsequent decision to not confirm Harry's identity don't change the fact that he'll always consider muggle-borns to be generally inferior to him and only stepped back when things became too 'real')
Heroes: Sylar/ANYBODY (The many is a brain-stealing psychopath, people; anything that was REMOTELY attractive in him KIND of gets overruled by that little detail (Plus, I think his actions during "Villains"- such as when he killed Elle even after she clearly saw past the people he'd killed- make it clear that he has serious relationship issues at best; the idea of him WANTING to move on after experiencing what he's missing as Nathan I can just about accept, but he is nowhere near mentally capable to manage a relationship with ANYONE- particularly not Claire, despite what some may think; even if he ever 'redeems' himself it's hard to get past what he did to her- in the foreseeable future)!)
How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup/Toothless (Even if the writer assumes that Toothless is female, I don't think it works; even if they weren't completely different species, their relationship works best as close friends as far as I'm concerned)
Justice League: Superman/Wonder Woman (It's a bit too predictable, and I feel that the contrast doesn't work given her royal background and his simpler one; besides, I think that Superman generally works better if he has a partner that helps him connect to the modern world and humanity as a whole, and a relationship with Wonder Woman would just encourage him to keep his distance from it)
LXG: Jekyll/Mina (They have some potentially decent chemistry, I admit, and I'll tolerate a story where they're a secondary factor behind a more central plot- such as their role in "Invisibility", where the main plot was some of the Phantom's old forces using the invisibility process- but I wouldn't read a story looking exclusively at them as a pairing; when you get down to it, Hyde's existence makes everything a bit too... uncertain, in my opinion)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow/Elizabeth Swann (Jack's the type of guy Elizabeth's type of girl have the brief wild passionate fling with just to get it out of their system; they would SUCK if they tried to have a real relationship)
Pitch Black/Riddick: Riddick/JackKyra (Iman expressly stated in Chronicles that Jack saw Riddick as an older BROTHER; were people not paying attention at that bit or something?)
Pokemon: Ash/May (When it comes to this pairing, my views aren't as straightforward as you'd think; I have nothing specifically against the idea of them as a couple, but anything I read just doesn't feel right to me when it comes to the issue of explaining why Misty, who followed Ash around for almost four years, would get over him after just a short while away from him, or how Ash could just get over Misty after being clearly jealous of characters like Danny and Rudy even before he realises how HE'S feeling. Put it simply, I don't dislike the pairing; I dislike what else would have to happen for the pairing to take effect)
Smallvile: Clark Kent/Lana Lang (The fact of the matter is that Lana just doesn't have the kind of personality necessary to cope with the kind of stuff Clark tackles on a daily basis; he may have loved her since he was old enough to think of girls in that sense, but when you get down to it, I think he's admired a dream for so long the reality- particularly after she married Lex and spent two weeks with Bizarro of all people without realising what he really was- will just be a disappointment.
Stargate SG-1: Samantha Carter/Jack O'Neill (It's like my initial thoughts on Angel/Cordelia really; looks good on paper, but their drastically conflicting personalities mean that I just don't think it would really work in reality. Opposites attract is all well and good, but they need at least some things in common, and that is NOT happening here; I just can't really see them having enough interest in each other's leisure activities to make such a relationship work)
Star Trek 2009: Spock/Uhura (They managed perfectly well with these two as only friends in the original series; why are so many people interested in seeing more of a relationship that- for me- fundamentally destroys the central essence of Spock's character by having him easily show THAT much emotion- relatively speaking- before his friendship with Kirk encouraged progress?)
Star Wars: Rey/Kylo RenBen Solo (I can see how they have a strange connection, but the whole 'tortured by inner conflict' bit can only give Kylo Ren so much slack when he wants the worst part of himself to win his inner struggle and actively resists any attempt to redeem him, to say nothing of the fact that everything we've seen so far suggests that Kylo Ren has no clear plan for what he'll do once he's achieved the power he craves. Basically, he proved he was beyond redemption in my book when he killed his father; Anakin/Vader killing Obi-Wan in a fight is one thing, but Ren killed Han when the guy was actively trying to reach him and ask him to be a better person, which says it all about the hold the Dark Side has on him in my view. I can accept their strange connection in Rise of Skywalker, but their final kiss only worked because Ben Solo was dying when they shared that moment; after so long as opposing forces, Ben Solo would never be forgiven by others, so it's best that his last act of good was to selflessly give his life for Rey's, simultaneously redeeming himself and affirming his habit of running away from his mistakes)
The 100: Clarke Griffin/Bellamy Blake (They may have gotten past their initial tension, but I think they're just too similar in some areas to really find a balance needed for a closer relationship)
Torchwood: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones (I KNOW that it's part of continuty, I won't ignore stories that have this so long as they don't go into too much detail about what they do in private and the rest of the plot's engaging, and I'm NOT objecting because of the slash aspect- hell, I found Ianto's death scene in Children of Earth to be HIGHLY moving-; I just don't entirely get how Ianto can have gone from wanting to shoot Jack for killing Lisa in "Cyberwoman" to having- in the words of DemonChildeKyra- "hott, sweaty man-sex" in Jack's office while forgetting to lock the door behind them just a few episodes later)
Twilight: Bella/Jacob (The guy cannot seem to accept Bella's relationship with Edward, seemed to be constantly waiting for the chance to tear him to pieces at the SLIGHTEST 'infraction' of the treaty that they go out of their way to remind the Cullens of despite the complete lack of evidence that they're interested in even trying to bend it, and never passed up an opportunity to insult Edward, whereas Edward at least made an effort to TOLERATE Jacob for Bella's sake, which reflects a significant lack of maturity in Jacob; Edward may have been controlling, but at least he wasn't rude to his rival for the sake of it)
X-Men: Cyclops/Emma Frost (Look at the facts here, people; Emma participated in the 'Dark Phoenix' saga, she constantly seems to undermine Scott's authority, she seduced him away from Jean just because he was having a bit of a rough patch, she uses her mental abilities with seemingly little regard for anyone's individual rights, and she has the nerve to say that Scott's not a good leader when he once commanded a mass group of heroes that included leaders like Doctor Strange and Luke Cage into battle? I don't care how it's portrayed; I just don't think it makes sense for Scott to trust Emma that much, even if he might accept her as an ally)
Wicked: Elphaba/Fiyero (I found them OK as characters, but it just feels as though Fiyero attracted Glinda and Elphaba's interest more because he was the most interesting male in their age bracket in the storyline, rather than anything being particularly interesting about him as an individual, and I've yet to see a story with this pairing as a central element that really grabbed me)
Yu-Gi-Oh: Yugi/Atem (Another case where I feel like making my distaste for this M/M pairing clear; like Angel and Spike, Yugi and Atem are more like BROTHERS than LOVERS as far as I'm concerned)
Crossover Pairings I'm Against:
Superman (Clark Kent)/Power GirlDazzler (Allison Blaire): Even if recent chapters of the Last Son series have clarified that her successful part-Kryptonian genome is because of genetic engineering by HYDRA and Mister Sinister rather than natural genetics, the fact remains that the woman's too perfect to be believable; while the rest of the story is great- particularly Mark's 'upgrade' to Brainiac 5 and the last fight against Zod- as far as I'm concerned, the sooner the writer kills Allison off, the sooner Clark can get on with meeting up with Lois Lane and getting involved with the person he's MEANT to be with
My 'Do' and 'Don't' List
My opinion on slash is varied; I will read stories featuring characters who are clearly established as gay, but I'm less comfortable with slash fics looking at characters who have been established as straight (So, for example, Willow Rosenberg/Tara MacClay would work, but Daniel Jackson/Jack O'Neill is DEFINITELY out).
MPreg stuff is just stupid; where is the POINT in violating the laws of nature in such a manner?
As much as I enjoy action, I like it when writers take their time to establish the situations facing their characters; dive into a crisis too quickly, introduce the villain too soon, etc., and it just all feels rushed, like you just want to show off your idea rather than take the time to explore what you're doing.
When reading AU fics- based around changing a single event in the history of the show without including any crossover elements; when crossovers are involved, as far as I'm concerned, the vast majority of bets are off-, I prefer stories that operate on a "Butterfly Effect" principle, looking at the effects that the initial change would have had on the events in the show without altering anything else that wouldn't have been affected by it (Such as, for example, having Buffy get pregnant after "Surprise"/"Innocence" and she runs into a non-W&H Lindsey after running away; the two events could have had NO impact on each other so it just doesn't work for me)
I REALLY don't like reading stuff which blatantly favours specific characters while outright insulting other characters (Particularly when the characters were essentially good people who just made a few mistakes); for example, Buffy fics that feature extensive Buffy-bashing and generally portray her as being utterly incompetent as a Slayer and a leader while making Xander out to be some kind of demon-busting machine, Smallville stories which focus solely on Clark's mistakes with Lana without focusing on his positive actions, Twilight fics criticising the Cullens for their attitude towards their human-drinking associates, or Harry Potter fics where ALL of his closest friends- or at least Dumbledore and the entire Weasley family- are merely using him for their own ends rather than actually caring about him as a person.
While I recognise that we all have different views on how characters reacted to events that took place, I find it annoying when certain writers go on about how their stories explore what the characters 'should' have done when faced with that situation; just because THEY didn't like what happened in the original story doesn't mean that other people didn't, and they should just focus on presenting an interesting alternative course of events for fans to read rather than imply that other readers are stupid if they liked what originally took place
I'll tolerate character death if it's not too early in the plot and it serves a clear purpose, but don't kill people off just to replace them with someone you like better or something like that; like when I chose who would die in Back from the Past, the death has to mean something and come at an appropriate time, or it just seems like you're trying to get rid of characters you can't be bothered with.
Pairing-wise, I've found a couple of interesting threesome fics that I felt had potential in terms of plot and how they explored the resulting dynamic, but anything more than three and I feel that the writer's just trying to explore their own fantasies; the logistics of four or more in a RELATIONSHIP are just a bit too complicated (To say nothing of it turning certain characters- the writer in question may know what I'm talking about if they're reading this- into Casanovas when they were just awkward around women at best in canon); again, less is more, and putting too many people in one relationship just seems like you're trying to explore a bizarre fantasy rather than create any kind of realism (Get to a certain number and the logistics alone are ridiculous).
I generally prefer longer fics- 60 000 words or over- with good characterisation, a clear writing style, and engaging plot developments; I'll vary my opinion on writing style if the plot and characterisation are still good, and I'll check out the occasional shorter story if it has a particular pairing I really like, but in cases like Supernatural- where my only real 'rule' is that I won't read Wincest or slash fiction as I have no specific favourite pairing beyond that- length and an engaging plot are the first things I look for.
When reading Supernatural fics focusing on Castiel as a character- by which I mean he has a distinctive role as an individual rather than him appearing in the plot as the Winchesters' angelic back-up- I prefer stories that acknowledge the fact that Jimmy Novak is in Castiel's body as well as Castiel (Such as "It's All in The Details", where Castiel goes back to change history by 'buying' Dean's soul himself; not only does the writer include some conversations between Castiel and his vessel, but Castiel lets Jimmy re-take control at one point to talk to his younger self); after everything that Jimmy sacrificed to let Castiel continue to operate on Earth, it just frustrates me that the series has gone this long with the only subsequent reference to Jimmy since Castiel was temporarily forced out of him being that time when Famine caused Castiel to succumb to Jimmy's hunger for red meat.
Authors writing stories which have the characters making elaborate speeches to criticise the actions of others, such as- for example- Harry Potter stories which have Harry coming to such conclusions as Dumbledore's treatment of him being a 'nature VS nurture' thing (According to the writer, Dumbledore was 'proving' that Voldemort would always have gone evil by setting things up so Harry had a similar environment to Voldemort), Buffy stories featuring Buffy rejecting the Scoobies for their actions towards the end of Season Seven, or Smallville stories featuring Clark and Lois being forced to 'face' what they did in their past relationships; the points the characters make in their speeches about where they screwed up might be valid if the evidence is interpreted in the right manner- the Scoobies were panicking but they DID kick Buffy out, Clark's focus on Lana WAS ridiculous at times, that kind of thing- but seriously, not even trained psychologists could be that CLINICAL towards their own lives, even WITHOUT the fact that the writers are focusing excessively heavily on the characters' negative qualities while completely ignoring what they did RIGHT!
When reading crossovers, I greatly prefer it when BOTH sides are able to make a positive contribution to the crisis that drew them together, rather than one of the two sides completely overwhelming the other; whether it be something like the crew of Serenity providing the Enterprise-D with local information ("Lost in the Woods"), SG-1 joining forces with the Scooby Gang to stop a Goa'uld who's acquired an amy of demons ("The Scarab"), or the Winchesters protecting Harry Potter from demons who want to sacrifice Harry as a Seal (The 'Demented!Verse' series), the important thing is that each side has something that the other one needs to get the job done, rather than have someone new just coming into a situation to tell the other characters that they've been dealing with this threat the wrong way and take over while treating the others like idiots.
I REALLY hate it when people introduce an OC or make some other change to canon- someone shows up five minutes early and stops someone else being murdered, something like that- and then everything subsequent proceeds in a FAR better manner than it did in original continuity. As far as the OC goes, original characters are fine if handled properly, but if we (for example) have the Doctor discover another surviving Time Lord who had some pre-War history with him which has NEVER been mentioned in the show, or the Winchesters start travelling with another Hunter who's so close to Bobby that he basically says he'd chose her over the Winchesters if it came down to it (The man wouldn't turn his back on Sam when Sam was tricked into releasing Lucifer, and an argument's meant to make him turn his back on his boys?), I feel that the writer's trying too hard to say 'This is how great my character is' rather than relying on them to appeal on their own merits.
Torchwood-wise, I'd prefer fics that don't focus excessively on the Jack/Ianto element; they're both good characters, but could people write something where the person Jack's having sex with isn't a major part? He's omnisexual, but that doesn't mean he's ALWAYS thinking about sex!
Talking of Harry Potter fanfics, my "Dislike" topics for that series deserves a section all of their own;
For Twilight, I prefer AUs which retain the vampire elements of the plot- such as this one plot where Edward was turned by Victoria before Carlisle could meet him and was abandoned immediately afterwards, subsequently killing humans because he didn't know any other way to live until he met Bella at college in the present-; the whole ESSENCE of Twilight is the fact that it's a vampire in love with a human, and therefore any 'Human AU' stories completely ignore the most essential part of the original series, with making them human serving no real purpose other than allowing you to write an essentially original fic without having to bother too much about details like creating names or in-depth backgrounds for your characters.
In Avengers fics, I'm not a big fan of Loki-centric fiction; the guy may have had some SERIOUS family and identity issues, but that doesn't excuse him trying to conquer an entire PLANET just to basically stick it to his brother (I might check out some stories where Loki redeems himself if I think the plots look interesting, but I DEFINITELY won't read something pairing him up with one of the Avengers; forgiving him is one thing, falling for him is something else).
Buffy-wise, I strongly dislike those stories that portray Xander as some kind of demon butt-kitting machine who could tackle stuff that gives even Slayers trouble (The Paladin Project by KColl2003 serving as a particular example of that kind of story). Xander's the guy who keeps the Scoobies connected to reality amid the chaos, he's the guy they turn to when they need their mood lightened after a particularly grim battle, but a tactical genius and an expert fighter capable of going up against century-old vampires on his own and walking away the winner? NO WAY! (And I really hate those stories which say that him not mentioning Willow's attempt to re-curse Angelus in Becoming was just because he didn't want Buffy not to be focused on killing Angelus. That may have been a factor, but as far as I'm concerned, his main reason was the jealous resentment of a teenage boy for the guy who 'stole' the woman he had a thing for and that's it; he just wanted Angel dead and wasn't mature enough at that point to think of another reason as being more important)
In terms of Kim Possible fics, while I like the idea of Ron learning to stand on his own, I DON'T like it when it results in/happens as a result of Kim losing her own status or making dumb relationship/work/whatever decisions; she's good at what she does, and that should be acknowledged (So, in other words, nothing where Kim's failures mean Ron succeeds, or where Kim dumps/is cheating on Ron and then he grows into his own after they break up; they had a great relationship which worked because they drove and encouraged each other rather than one of them holding the other back, and I really don't see them ending a lifetime's worth of friendship because a closer relationship didn't work (Zaratan's "Bonnie's Curse" series mainly works because, while Ron develops as a person and a hero, it's due to Kim being in a coma rather than making dumb judgement calls, so his own improvements don't come about as a result of her suffering from shortcomings))
HP FanFic 'Rules': I'll read Harry/Luna, but only if there's some other central plot (Such as in the story 'Wizards, Heroes and Jackalopes' where the main plot is the fact that Harry's new guardians are Green Arrow and his partners; I don't REALLY see Luna as Harry's type in a stand-alone story, although they have a promising friendship)
Favourite Crossover Pairings:
Angel/Chloe Sullivan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Smallville): Slightly odd idea even without some of the implications about how they might have a distant relationship in later chapters (Although these were proven to be false), but the portrayal of these two as a couple in "SuperSlayerVille" was fairly effective in the first two stories (Although the series as a whole lost points because of some of the other character twists; Clark becoming Kal and nobody even trying to help him get over it felt wrong on several levels, and Buffy/Giles is just EW!)
Bruce Banner/Elsa (Avengers/Frozen): Unexpected, but it works; having established the Disney kingdoms as parts of the modern world that disdain modern technology in favour of a simpler life, the writer has Elsa give Bruce some vital lessons in self-control prior to his arrival in India during their first meeting ("Let the Storm Rage On"), followed by Bruce, Tony and Clint travelling to Arendelle to investigate a worldwide snowstorm that will reveal the origin of Elsa's powers ("Return of the Snow Queen"), as well as giving them a chance to connect with the one person they've met who truly understands the dangers of their powers...
Clark Kent/Prue Halliwell (Smallville/Charmed): The age gap might be a bit of a surprise, but the pairing in "Red Pride" is generally very good, as two people, burdened by a power and destiny they never asked for, find a partner who can accept them for everything they are, each one capable of protecting themselves while also willing to aid them against their foes)
Daniel Jackson/Tara Maclay (Stargate/Buffy the Vampire Slayer): Having Tara involved with a guy might defy most expectations of her in canon, but when you consider that they met while Daniel was Ascended- thus making gender a relatively academic matter given that we're talking about beings of pure energy here-, their relationship in "Fine Lines" makes sense, as their respective compassion and willingness to fight for what they believe in comes together to create an effective bond between them
Dean Winchester/Leah Clearwater (Supernatural/Twilight): I'd never really thought much of Leah in the past, but "Attack of the Newborns" made excellent use of her while giving her an excellent relationship with Dean, made all the more tragically appealing by the fact that his deal is counting down so that he can't stick around to explore what they might have in more detail (However, the main tragedy is that this writer hasn't written a sequel yet; such a story would have EXCELLENT potential)
Dean Winchester/Sydney Bristow (Supernatural/Alias): They might have different M.O.s and focuses- Dean's a street-trained Hunter who targets demons across America while Sydney's a trained martial artist and globe-trotting CIA agent-, but with their similar burden of greater destinies and fathers who were distant but willing to do anything for them, the pairing in "Crossed Wires" is excellent (To say nothing of such moments as Sydney's first meeting with Castiel)
Eleventh Doctor/Hermione Granger (Doctor Who/Harry Potter): "Hermione's Song" might be based around the premise that Hermione is River Song's younger self, but even without that the two make an excellent couple, Hermione's thirst for knowledge being further inspired by the Doctor's desire to explore the universe around him and fight evil wherever he finds it
Harry Potter/Dawn Summers (Harry Potter/Buffy the Vampire Slayer): "Harry Potter and the Key of Dagon"? One absolutely INCREDIBLE piece of work, in my opinion; an engaging plot, good teamwork between the two sides, dramatic final showdown between Harry and Voldemort, and a very new, believeable-looking relationship between the Boy Who Lived and the former Key of Dagon. Quite frankly, I feel this relationship had great potential; two people, forced to be something they never wanted to be thanks to circumstances beyond their control, find love in each other
Harry Potter/River Tam (Harry Potter/Firefly): It may not have been quite developed the way I'd have liked to see it develop in "Browncoat, Green Eyes"- it suffered from a bit of a lack of screen time, when you get down to it-, but what I saw was very good. It's like Harry and Dawn, really; neither of them asked to become what they became, but when it happened, they managed to learn how to use the powers they'd acquired against the people who made them what they were that fateful day
Hiccup Haddock/Elsa (How to Train Your Dragon/Frozen: An interesting possibility, but only so long as Astrid's dead before they meet; Hiccup choosing Elsa over Astrid doesn't feel right to me considering their long history, but Elsa 'helping' him get over Astrid's death has potential if played properly
Ironhide/Dawn Summers (Transformers (2007 film)/Buffy the Vampire Slayer): It takes 'weird' to a WHOLE new level, I know, but Dementa's "Shape and Form" makes it hard not to like the idea; Ironhide gets the chance to really make a connection with a human, and Dawn FINALLY has a friend who spends time with her because he likes her, not because he's friends with Buffy and she's just part of the 'package' (Plus, there's something really amusing about the idea of Dawn 'outdoing' Buffy in terms of the 'weird boyfriend' aspect; after all, at least Buffy's boyfriends were all from this PLANET)
Jack O'Neill/Faith Lehane (Stargate SG-1/Buffy the Vampire Slayer): "Worth Fighting For"? Brilliant story that- if you ask me- is DEFINITELY becoming a BRILLIANT series as more stories are written. Two people, scarred by love and life in ways that have left them practically incapable of commitment, each find what they've been looking for in each other, and the differences (Age, background, lifestyle choices, relationship with their families, Jack fighting aliens while Faith kicks demon butt) be damned
J'onn J'onnz/Mystique (Justice League/X-Men: Evolution): The Last Son series by The Writer With No Name may have created many interesting bonds between the heroes of two of fiction's most famous superhero teams, but the implied relationship between these two- beginning in chapter 30 of "The Last Son Book Two: Reckonings"- is unquestionably my favourite idea so far. After all, both of them may come from drastically different backgrounds, but when you get down to it, they have one crucial thing in common; they would do anything for their children (There's the shape-shifting thing too, of course, but that just guarantees their different appearances won't be an issue rather than having anything to do with why I think a relationship would work)
Merlin/Morgana/Bo (Merlin/Lost Girl): A rarity in that it's a threesome pairing that shows promise as more than just being hot reading; the actual relationship hasn't started yet, but the pairing concept in "Lost in Camelot"- where Bo and Kenzi are sent back in time from the present to Camelot early Season Two- should definitely be interesting when it's established, Bo reflecting both Morgana's distaste for the establishment and Merlin's desire to protect the innocent while allowing them both to find a middle ground that will make such a pairing work (To say nothing of the obvious advantage that, unlike Bo's triangle in the present, Merlin and Morgana like each other where Dyson and Lauren barely tolerate the other)
Peter Parker/Rogue (Spider-Man/X-Men: Evolution): Trust me, Agent-G knew what he was doing when he wrote "Spider-X" and paired Peter up with Rogue; two superheroes, always slightly awkward around others due to their powers (Rogue)/intellect (Peter) and secrets (Both of them), find love in each other amid the chaos of their ever-changing world, and vow to never let it go regardless of the challenges life hits them with (And with Venom and Black Cat both interested in Rogue's head, to say nothing of Peter's new enemies in the Brotherhood such as Electro, that is a LOT of challenges, believe me)
Peter Petrelli/Bella Swan (Heroes/Twilight): Might seem like a strange pairing at first, but when you get past that thought when first reading "Resurgence", the two work out very well; Bella provides Peter with someone who totally believes in him regardless of any doubts he might have, and Bella's finally in a relationship with a guy who respects her as an equal no matter how capable he is of protecting her himself.
Sirius Black/Dawn Summers (Harry Potter/Buffy the Vampire Slayer: With the age difference having been erased- in Anoron's story "The Key to Marauding" Dawn arrives in Hogwarts while the Marauders are only fifteen-, I was surprised to find that these two made a pretty good pairing; Dawn helps to provide Sirius with somebody ELSE who thinks his family's got some extremely large sticks up their asses, and Sirius provides Dawn with somebody who can really make her laugh despite what she's gone through
Bruce Wayne/Faith (Batman/Buffy the Vampire Slayer; father/daughter): Their relationship in "Faith Wayne" has its ups and downs- ranging from Faith's natural anger at the father who 'abandoned' her to Bruce's guilt over the fact that he was never there for her-, but the dynamic between them is definitely explored in a highly effective manner, beginning with their discovery of each other's true natures after Bane tries to attack Faith and progressing from there
Buffy Summers/Adama family (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Battlestar Galactica; family): The circumstances of them becoming family might be both cliche and complicated- during the Season Five finale, Buffy and Dawn fall through the portal and find themselves 're-invented' into life on Caprica as William Adama's daughters, with only Buffy remembering her past-, but "The Summers Effect" is still very well-written, creating an interesting look at Dawn's new vulnerability as she's stuck on Galactica with her 'father' and 'brother', completely unable to help, while Buffy fights for survival back on Caprica
Buffy Summers/Anakin Skywalker (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Star Wars; adopted siblings): Quite frankly, the bond that Naitch03 created in his crossover series works out brilliantly; Anakin provides Buffy with someone who just treats her like a sister and expects nothing more than to be seen as a brother in return- Dawn initially seemed to want to prove herself Buffy's equal when she needed to establish herself as her own person- and Buffy provided Anakin with someone who understood the pressures of being 'Chosen' and could help him keep his feet on the ground
Cyclops (Scott Summers)/Buffy Summers (X-Men/Buffy the Vampire Slayer; cousins): There's been a few versions of this family tie- it is rather obvious, given their shared surname- but my favourite example of it is "A Family of Heroes" where Scott visits Buffy after her 'death' in Season One; it really takes a VERY interesting look at their relationship as Scott learns about Buffy's Slayer heritage and Buffy learns about her cousin's abilities
Daniel Jackson/Dawn Summers (Stargate SG-1/Buffy the Vampire Slayer; father/daughter): Daniel might think that Dawn's only his daughter indirectly in "Scattered Hearts"- in this reality Buffy was Daniel's daughter conceived when he was involved with an older girl in his teens, but he doesn't know that Dawn's thus technically his biological daughter as well due to the whole 'Key' thing-, but the bond between them so far is EXCELLENT; I whole-heartedly look forward to seeing how it progresses
Tenth Doctor/Luna Lovegood (Father/adopted daughter): The Doctor might have adopted Luna because she's part-Time Lord (Her mother was apparently using a chameleon arch but died before she could 'lift' it), but they create a very interesting family dynamic in "Moonrise" regardless, their occasionally 'weird' behaviour contrasting neatly with their resolve to do whatever it takes to protect others, even when faced with such threats as the Master wanting Luna for himself (Just to raise her and shape the future of the Time Lords, I stress; the Master is many things, but a paedophile he is NOT) and a mysterious woman who trapped Luna at Hogwarts while claiming that the Doctor abducted her..
Eleventh Doctor/Ginny Weasley (Doctor Who/Harry Potter; father/daughter): There might be some slight crossover-related ambiguity given that this relationship is based on the idea that 'Ginny' is just a regenerated Jenny ("The Doctor's Daughter"), but "Hermione's Song" does a very interesting job in bringing these two together, as the Doctor is given a new chance with the daughter he lost and Ginny/Jenny is given a new chance to spend time with her father.
Dominique 'Demona' Destine/Willow 'Wisp' Rosenberg (Gargoyles/Buffy the Vampire Slayer; mother/daughter (Technically)): The time was that I couldn't see Demona as anything other than a monster (If I thought of her at all; I liked Gargoyles as a kid but it's been ages since I saw an episode of it), but having read "Willow Destine"- before it was taken off the site anyway-, I think the idea of Demona 'adopting' Willow should work well; Willow provides Demona with a fresh perspective on the humans she once vowed to destroy, and Demona helps Willow learn how to make a more active physical contribution to the fight to defend the Hellmouth than she was once capable of (Plus, who's to say what magic Demona could end up teaching Willow over time?)
Faith Lehane/Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; father/adopted daughter): It's not a crossover, I know, but this family bond in KColl2003's SUPERB AU take on BtVS- "Faith: The Series", an AU where Faith's Chosen instead of Buffy and is thus adopted by Giles in Boston-, is so incredible I felt it deserved an 'honourable mention'. After all, here we have the Slayer with the troubled past and the Watcher with the (In all fairness to Giles) rather poor people skills and an (In his own way) equally troubled past, coming together to provide each other with the stable families and lives that they themselves never really seemed to have before they met each other
Faith Lehane/Dean & Sam Winchester (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supernatural; adopted siblings): "What Makes a Slayer" is one of those gems where you're left amazed it hasn't occurred to more people; while still travelling with their father, Dean and Sam discover Faith after her mother's been killed by one of their latest hunts- an elderly ghost trying to protect children from abusers-, and, without any knowledge of her destiny as the Slayer, take her in as one of the Winchester family, giving her people who she know love her for herself, rather than leaving her in a life where she'll fixate on her Slayer-ness as the only thing that really matters to anyone else
Harry Potter/Jean Grey (Harry Potter/X-Men; nephew/aunt, later adopted son/mother): The portrayal of the wizarding world might be excessively negative at times- I just don't really believe that their discovery by muggles is as 'inevitable' as the writer speculated-, but "Mutant Storm" does do an interesting job of exploring how Harry copes when Jean Grey, his mother's long-lost near-twin sister comes back into his life- Jean and Lily were both mutants and witches simultaneously and were contacted by Dumbledore and Xavier at the same time, but since Jean's magic was less powerful and Lilly's mutant talent was fairly weak, they were 'allocated' according to their strengths and a faulty memory charm blocked Jean's memories of her family for some time-, Jean providing Harry with the unconditional acceptance and support that he had been lacking for so long as the X-Men decide to tackle Voldemort their way
Harry Potter/Willow Rosenberg (Harry Potter/Buffy the Vampire Slayer; brother/sister): Buffy may be the more traditional choice for the long-lost sibling of the Boy-Who-Lived, but when SoJoGoGo wrote "Rise Against The Dark Tide" and made WILLOW Harry's sister, I was almost amazed that it hadn't occurred to somebody earlier. After all, they're around the same age, they're both powerful magic-wielders, and, based on what descriptions we have of Lily, Willow DOES look a bit like her (I just hope it's continued sooner rather than later; I can't WAIT to see what happens when the two of them finally meet face-to-face)
Harry Pottery/Dean & Sam Winchester (Harry Potter/Supernatural; close friends): Not a 'family' dynamic, but Sam and Dean clearly form a close friendship with Harry and his associates in the 'Demented!Verse' series- starting with Dean and Sam learning that Harry is a Seal while he's helping to find a way to protect them from Dementors and going on to explore them teaching wizards how to stop demons- that deserves an honourable mention here
Jack Harkness/Harry Potter (Torchwood/Harry Potter; unofficial older-brother-figure): After so many stories portray Jack as willing to automatically sleep with everyone, it's a refreshing change to see a story where he forms a purely platonic bond with someone, and his gradually-assumed role as Harry's 'older' brother (Despite having been de-aged so that he looks like he's two years younger than Harry) in "The Magic of Torchwood" is an excellent reflection of that, Harry's essential innocence but fundamentally good nature providing an interesting contrast to the darker, whatever-it-takes attitude of Captain Jack
Jack O'Neill/Xander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Stargate SG-1; father/son): In many ways, the idea of Jack being Xander's father in Tassos' "Bridges" not only made a certain amount of sense from a physical perspective- they DO look rather alike, when you think about it- but it even works on a personal level; both of them are normal people who've suffered great tragedy, but rose above it to deal with a nightmare beyond anything they could have once imagined existed (Plus there's their similar senses of humour to take into account)
John Connor/Kara Thrace (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles/Battlestar Galactica; unofficial siblings): It's not official- and the time-travel factor makes it REALLY weird as Kara's spent time with John's future self before meeting him here-, but the gradual sibling-esque bond they develop in "An Angel With No Fate" is very effective, as Kara works with a leader who she can respect as a close friend (Adama was more of a father-figure) while John meets someone who's willing to listen to some of his more 'outlandish' ideas (Such as regarding his relationship with Cameron) without rejecting them while contributing her own perspective to the goal of keeping him safe
John Sheppard/Harry Potter, AKA Jason Sheppard (Stargate Atlantis/Harry Potter; adopted brothers): Even with Harry's- or Jason's, to use his new name- views on life and magic significantly different from his canon views in "Harry Potter and the Ancient's Bane", the bond between these two definitely works. John provides Jason with somebody who he knows will always be there to protect him, no questions asked and no possibility of an ulterior motive, and Jason provides John with somebody with whom he can definitely be nothing more than himself with, even amid the chaos surounding life in Atlantis
John Sheppard/Tara Maclay (Stargate Atlantis/Buffy the Vampire Slayer; half-siblings): I'm not wild about some of the later plot developments in "Tara Sheppard", but the relationship between John and Tara has been very well-developed, as John saves Tara from her near-death through Warren's missed shot and goes on to help the team defeat Warren for good, followed by Tara learning more about her brother's real work as the SGC offer their assistance to the Scoobies in the campaign against the First
Max Guevara/ Winchesters (Dark Angel/Supernatural; adopted family): Things might have developed further with Dean- even if the two of them deny it at first because they're scared-, but Max's familial bond with John and Sam in "When It Changes" is superb, giving the Winchesters a plausible addition to their family that they would do anything to protect, providing something for her 'father' and 'brothers' to relate to outside of their own skills and mission (Even if I hope Dean and Sam learn about her true history sooner rather than later)
Peter Parker/Wanda Maximoff (Marvel Cinematic Universe; 'siblings'): I admit that I'm not against these two as a couple, but I've greatly enjoyed more than a few fics where they basically adopt each other as siblings under various circumstances, with Peter reminding Wanda of Pietro due to their similar sense of humour and Peter working to give Wanda emotional support.
Peter Parker (Spider-Man)/Laura (X-23) (Spider-Man/X-Men; father/adopted daughter): It may seem like a strange family connection- although it's only an adopted one, I assure you; Laura's still Wolverine's female clone who broke away from her creators-, but Agent-G's "The New Teacher" really makes it work; X-23, a young woman horribly scarred by life through no fault of her own, is taken in by a man who has been through his own kind of Hell, and yet still manages to laugh regardless of the hardships that he's gone through
SerenityDemetrius crews (Firefly/Battlestar Galactica; bond of equals): Another story where there isn't an explicit 'family dynamic'- it's more of a bond formed by people thrown together by a sheer fluke-, but the relationship created in "Through the Looking Glass" when the crew of Serenity rescue a few lost survivors of the Colonial Fleet is very effective, each side helping the other as the Colonials learn what happened to Earth while Serenity's crew make new friends before a crucial mission, as well as each side learning a new definition of humanity...
Trinity/Harry Potter (The Matrix/Harry Potter; mother/adopted son): It's too bad that the writer takes a long time to update "Know Thyself" between chapters; the character development in that story is excellent. A woman whose entire life is almost exclusive to war finds a damaged boy who needs someone to love him and will one day have the fate of the world on his shoulders, and the two bring each other the one thing they need to be truly complete as people (Plus, when you think about it, it's a very interesting twist on the idea of Trinity loving the person who will be the One; she does still love him, it's just that she loves him as a son rather than as a lover)
My Crossover Pairings:
Angel/Paige Matthews (Angel/Charmed) (Sent to the Witch series): In many ways, I see in Paige that certain kind of woman whose acceptance of Angel will allow him to better accept himself; a woman who, in many ways, personifies good, but is nevertheless able to see past the horrific crimes of Angelus to see and appreciate the good, heroic soul of Angel. After all, if she can accept who he was, maybe Angel can come to accept it as well...
Harry Potter/Kim Possible (Harry Potter/Kim Possible) (Future project; will begin once I've finished a few of my current stories): Admittedly, I had to kill off Ginny Weasley and Ron Stoppable for the two of them to end up together- the characters are just too perfect together for me to write a convincing break-up, so getting them killed was the only option-, but I thought the pairing worked; both of them are, when you get down to it, average teenagers (Although Harry's in his twenties when they meet in the story), with all the angst and drama that involves, and yet they come together to save the world when they're needed and nobody else could have succeeded
Spike/Vala Mal Doran (Angel/Stargate SG-1) (The Ghost in the Team): Both of them have a less-than-decent past and a desire to make up for what they did, as well as having some relationship issues to deal with (Spike's last love interest never cared for him that way and Vala's daughter is trying to conquer the galaxy; I'd say that counts as 'issues'); I think they'd fit well together
These stories are dedicated to the beautiful Ravens who became my muses in youth; no matter what paths our lives take, they shall always be in my heart
Regarding my LXG stories, they should be read in this order (Excluding 'The Fellowship of Extraordinary Men', for obvious reasons):
Their powers were legendary...
A Spy... a Scientist... a Teacher... a Thief... a Beast... a Machine... a Vampire
They were THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and this is their story
For my 'Coven of Reformed Supernaturals' stories, there are only three, but more may come with popular demand and inspiration
A Champion... A Redeemed... A God...A Warrior... A Healer... A Demon... A Hybrid... An Exorcist... An Assassin... A Dark Knight...
They are THE COVEN OF REFORMED SUPERNATURALS, and these are their stories
In my series, 'Harry Potter/Granger' (Where Harry is adopted by the Grangers when he's six), I have only one story, but I intend to write more in the future; pairings will be primarily Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione, with a Harry/Hermione sibling relationship. The first three books should be primarily the same as the originals (Although 'Chamber' will be more of a detective story than the original one was), with more major changes occurring around the middle of the fourth year and going along from there
My latest series 'Sent to the Witch' (Featuring Angel from 'BtVS' being sent to help Paige Matthews of 'Charmed' become a witch rather than help Buffy Summers become a Slayer) will feature five novel-length stories, each one looking at a season of 'Charmed' and incorporating variations on Angel's own storyline, as well as how his presence would have affected some of the pivotal events in the series (His role in the future where Wyatt went evil, that sort of thing). Pairings are predominately Angel/Paige and Piper/Leo, with Cole/Phoebe at first and then having Phoebe's relationships developing in a similar manner to how things went in the show
Having made the decision to make it a series, my story "The Phantom of Atlantis" looks set to progress further than it has already; in an AU where Colonel Sumner remains military commander of Atlantis and John Sheppard was never a member of the expedition, Elizabeth Weir finds herself drawn into the mystery of the masked figure who dwells within the city of the Ancients, known to the galaxy as 'the Phantom'... but known to her, first and foremost, as John.
My newest idea for a series, "The Twilight Storm" is a Doctor Who/Twilight crossover where the Doctor finds himself in Forks just as Bella Swan tries a spot of cliff-diving, resulting in her being invited to join him as his new companion and subsequently gaining an all-new perspective on herself and the rest of the universe...
TV Tropes Page:
Fellow author Michael Weyer has created TV Tropes pages for some of my fics, as listed below;