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12 Days of Cliche: Day 2 - Mpreg and Kidfic Recommendations

As soon as Hope's "12 Days of Cliché" idea was expanded from being a fiction fest to something more multimedia, we started throwing around ideas for types of fanworks we like to make.

I don't usually think of recommendations as a fanwork -- not in the same way as fiction or art. But you know what occurred to me during that brainstorming session? They sure are a lot of work! And I only go to the effort because I'm a fan. I would guesstimate that if you squashed all the time I spend making recs back-to-back... it would take up maybe two or three weeks a year. (crack_van alone takes up a week: the best part of a day for each set.)

That's really quite a lot! So, after that rather stunning realisation, I decided to celebrate both all that work, and the love of fanworks that drives me to make all those recs.

In keeping with our fest theme of "clichés," the result is a set of favourites about born and unborn children, or mpreg and kidfic in our evocative fannish vernacular. :)

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.


Musing on Mpreg
Male pregnancy and stories about couples, especially slash couples, suddenly getting landed with kids are fandom staples, and I love them almost as much as I love to hate them.

The thing is, women are pretty fantastic, right? And in real life they manage to become pregnant and raise kids all the time, and usually do it pretty well. So there's something fundamentally problematic with setting up male characters to be huge drama queens over this, especially in the stories where they end up doing it so much better than women do. The feminist within me rebels!

That said, I'm also fascinated by these stories, and what the authors encode about pregnancy and raising children once the usually problematic gender politics of het romances are transformed to the differently problematic politics of slash.

In the following rec set, I've gone through my archive of bookmarked Torchwood mpreg and kidfic fanworks and chosen twelve of my all time favourites. These are stories that made me happy; that made me think; that are cracked-out fun; and as an added bonus, there's a songvid that's made of win.


Stories



Leading up to happily ever after...


Title: Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive
Author: dsudis
Fandom: Torchwood and Doctor Who
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: R
Why this is awesome: This is the ultimate Torchwood story in this genre: it's gorgeously written, long, plotty, angsty, includes exotic devices and time travel and true love not running smoothly. It's one of the very first stories I read in this fandom, and it hooked me but good. What I love about the mpreg and kidfic angle is that the author takes Jack's immortality and unspools that in combination with the pregnancy plot in a wonderful way. Children of Earth Jossed one aspect of the plot's premise, but nonetheless, this is a fantastic read.


Title: Throughout Time and Space
Author: bassair
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: NC-17
Why this is awesome: This is one of the newest epics in the genre. It's an enjoyable post-Children of Earth adventure, which has Jack and Ianto going on a galactic chase. The mpreg in this has an interesting twist, which I won't spoil, but I like that it takes the road less travelled.


Title: And You Will Know Her
Author: [personal profile] james/gilascave
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-15
Why this is awesome: Now this story is entirely for fun! It's not doing anything new with the cliché, but it's a the kind of frothy confection James is so good at, with just enough angst to ramp up the tension. In addition to the mpreg, there's a timey-wimey plot that charms me -- I'm such a sucker for time travel romances -- and with kids in the mix, you never know quite what might happen next!


Title: Paradoxes, Pashing and Parenthood
Author: misswinterhill
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-15
Why this is awesome: Along with "Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive" this is probably the best known mpreg story in Torchwood fandom. And for good reason. It takes one of the central mysteries of Jack's backstory and turns it to glorious, funny, timey-wimey use. There's nothing like a time paradox to muck up your contraceptives!


Title: Something Like Hope
Author: amazonqueenkate
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: R
Why this is awesome: To round out the "happily ever after" section, this story intertwines an interesting subplot of alien biology with the main plot of mpreg. Normally this kind of deus ex machina is a throwaway, which allows for the pregnancy to happen and then is never mentioned again. So this story is a pleasant change of pace, bringing action, tension, and a psychological cat and mouse game into the mix.


Crack and angst...


Title: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cardiff
Author: 9
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Why this is awesome: I've called this section "crack and angst" because they often seem to go together with mpreg. This story is a brilliant case in point. It seems to be all light, cracky fun, making jokes about Jack's expanding waistline and Ianto's commitment issues. And then the ending comes, and BAM! It's like being hit by a freight train, but once you stop being surprised, it's actually the perfect ending for Jack and Ianto in this situation.


Title: W-Section
Author: basingstoke
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: None
Rating: PG-15 (or, as the author says, "unspeakable")
Why this is awesome: basingstoke has made a name for writing surreal stories that somehow not only work, but leave you feeling like you've been punched in the gut. This one solves the age-old problem of where Weevils come from. I think I speak for us all when I say, "Oh. My. God." It's gruesome. It's hilarious. It's so worth reading.


Title: Five children that weren't... and one that was
Author: amand_r
Fandom: Torchwood and Doctor Who
Pairing: Ten/Rose, Jack/John Hart, Jack/Ianto, various others implied
Rating: PG-13
Warning:: Death, abortion, depression.
Why this is awesome: One of amand_r's many strengths as a writer is going to the uncomfortable places that other writers rarely tackle. This series of vignettes captures the dark side of the Whoniverse, which all too often fucks people up and leaves them with limited choices. I kind of love visiting these sad moments, though. They tell me something new about the characters, and that is always a pleasure.


Title: White Sand That Melts into Spring
Author: [personal profile] james/gilascave
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Why this is awesome: In a collection of recs focused on the way we use clichés, this story had to be included. It was written for the "idfic challenge" on [community profile] flashfic_hub, and James was deliberately toying with reader expectations about what "idfic" actually is. The story starts out so bubbly and fluffy and silly -- just as you'd expect, given the challenge -- and then it takes a turn, and keeps right on turning, until the only thing left to say is: "Bloody Torchwood."


Temporary adoption...


Title: Gift from Above
Author: kuzibah
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Why this is awesome: This story is so hot off the keyboard, I've only just finished reading it (and just so you know, it's technically the sequel to another story, but this stands alone -- just read the author's note at the start for background). The premise is one I've longed to see done well: a sentient alien child is stranded on Earth, and the Torchwood team need to find a way to care for it while the search is on for its people. This story not only tackles that theme, but does it with style, taking into account both Ianto's penchant for caretaking, and Jack's galactic experience. It's a brave story in some ways, exploring new territory and not always choosing the easy path. And I kind of adore kuzibah for giving us that.


Title: Brrt!
Author: misswinterhill
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-15
Why this is awesome: I think this is, quite possibly, my favourite kidfic of all time. It's just so damn cute, and every time I re-read it I fall in love all over again. I can't even hate myself for it: misswinterhill is just that good.



Songvid



Constructed mpreg (un)reality...


Title: Papa Don't Preach (download size: 36MB)
Author: fan_eunice and trelkez
Fandom: Torchwood and Doctor Who
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Why this is awesome: I love, love, love constructed reality songvids, and in this one, well, to paraphrase Madonna... Jack's having his baby, dammit! Hahaha. God, this songvid is glorious. It cracks me up every time I watch it. It's a fandom benchmark for good reason: fan_eunice and trelkez were inspired.

This entry was originally posted at http://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/334499.html.
Tags: 12-days-of-cliche, recs, torchwood
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