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hradzka ([personal profile] hradzka) wrote2012-02-19 05:06 pm

plotty slash recs

OK, continuing the gen meta: one reason I prefer gen and am grumpied by the ever-increasing amount of slash is that I want more from my story than most slash stories give me. I have a lot of least favorite kind of stories, but one of them is the story in which characters have issues that are caused/summed up by the fact that they are not fucking, and then there is a lot of YEARNING and FEELINGS, and then there is fucking and everyone is happy. Too often, the answer to the question, "why didn't they just get to the fucking earlier?" is "because then we couldn't have the YEARNING and FEELINGS."

So give me some recs of slash that doesn't do that! Plotty slash, in particular.
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[personal profile] elanya 2012-02-19 04:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Before I slap down any recs - are you using 'slash' to refer to specifically same-sex stuff or just in reference to anything shippy/not gen? And are you looking for recs of things you might theoretically like or *just* of things that don't fit that pattern? Because there is all kinds of stuff out there where there are FEELINGS (if not yearnings) on either side of the sex, and I am under the impression these are not things you would care for, either way!
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[personal profile] elanya 2012-02-19 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Well I found some that are suitable regardless, but I can probably turn up others, depending on what you are looking for:

Bakcheios (9755 words) by faviconemilyenrose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bacchae - Euripides
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Pentheus/Dionysus, Pentheus/Actaeon
Characters: Pentheus, Dionysus, Actaeon, Cadmus, Agave, Autonoe, Ino

When I was a very small child my Aunt Semele was struck by lightning and died.

--Horror mythology slash. Plotty (as follows the myth)

The Diplomat (14376 words) by faviconearis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alexander the Great/Hephaistion
Characters: Alexander the Great, Hephaistion

Hephaistion builds a bridge across the Euphrates. For Yuletide 2011.

--Totally plotty and political, opens with gay sex and the relationship is the driving force behind the plot.


Akratophoros (9243 words) by faviconSineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF, Highlander: The Series
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julius Caesar/Methos
Characters: Julius Caesar, Methos

What does it take to cross the Rubicon?

--I suppose this miiiight fall more in line with the pattern you were describing, but it is definitely more plotty, and the resolution is really not about the sex.

Two of Swords (3168 words) by faviconLoligo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fafhrd/The Grey Mouser

In which idols are stolen, monsters are slain, and the more things change, they more they stay the same.

--I'm throwing this one in here just to see where you stand on it. First of all - its tagged rated Gen, but it is definitely shippy. You might argue that it fit the above pattern... but at the same time, it is a plotty adventure friendship fic. I'd be curious to see what you think!