December 27th, 2009

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Yuletide Recs

I was moping about, being generally unimpressed with life, and then checked wycynic's journal and realized that I had forgotten about yuletide!  There was indeed quite a bit of not very good stuff, but then there were the astonishing things.  And thus, recs:

Astonishing:

Fandom: I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
The Account Book – Perfect, and full of so many precise gorgeous details. It feels like you’re back in that world.  I didn't realize how much I missed it until I got to the bit about Topaz...

Fandom: In This House of Brede, Rumer Godden
Journeys – I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this. I loved the book, and the tale told is in that same slow contemplative productive vein. It was beautiful.

Cute:

Fandom: Howl’s Moving Castle Series, Diana Wynne Jones
Five Domestic Moments - Cute.  I always felt that Sophie and Howl were such an improbable couple.  They remain improbable in this.

Cave Canem - Lovely.  The last line makes it.  The vision of the adult Charmaine is so much like me, and it's important not to be bullied by people who don't understand books.

Fandom: Imagine Me & You
Dandelion – I started this and was like, “oh! Good, someone else has written the pair to my Red Poppies, which I never got around to.” But it was better. The author has gotten Rachel, and her slightly apologetic selfishness, perfectly right. The end of the movie was shmoopy and romantic, but there was a tangled web of pain and misery that still needed to be dealt with. This one makes it cute.

All canon ships!  How odd!  If you can really call them ships, since the only one that's really romantic is Dandelion, and that's rather the least of the bunch.

I feel like drowning in a bit of Dodie Smith or Rumer Godden for a while.  *sighs*