November 2nd, 2005

Fanfic 100 - by twisted_badger

Pardon me while I think out loud.

What I really need to do is print my BDT out, scribble thought-notes all over it, and hang it on my wall. But in lieu of that, you get to see my notes instead. *g*

Ends. I think this is going to be that Vir-and-Morden-during-Into-the-Fire story idea
Friends. Vir and Lennier. Not Londo, as much as I love him. Maybe the amusement park crack bunny I've had for forever?
Enemies. Vir and Shiv'kala. Maybe from Shiv'kala's perspective?
Lovers. Vir/Mariel before the enchantment, possibly from Mariel's perspective.
Family. Second half of second season, Vir's family visits on Londo's invitation. That's a missing scene that should be written in full.
Strangers. Vir and Lyndisty and how Vir's uncle and Lyndisty's mother made their deal.
Teammates. Vir and the LoF.
Parents. Vir and his uncle, early fourth season.
Children. Sprogfic?
Diamond. Galen and Vir. Mind training. LoF.
Fire. Minbar. Creating Abrahamo Lincolni.
Who? That Londo amnesia bunny, which actually has a title now: "Things Best Forgotten"
Birthday. Soul Mates.

Do you know what's frightening about this preliminary list? A lot of these ideas require semi-long (5 - 30 pages) short stories, not ficlets. Eep.

ETA: Actually, I've changed my mind on something.

Children. Vir and the new lidara. Because you know the Drakh would never have allowed a new group to be raised after killing Turhan's. (And yes, selenak will get credit and praise for coming up with that brilliant bit of fanon. *g*)
Summer. This will be the fic featuring Vir's own daughter.

There we go.
londovir- by iamsab

So what was Londo thinking?

For some reason, I've been mulling over Londo's motivations at the end of There All the Honor Lies. Whatever possessed Londo to invite Vir's family to Babylon 5? (Assuming that he wasn't just kidding, which I suppose is a possible interpretation, though a less interesting one.) Did Londo even hear what Vir said?

Well. I think Londo did hear and did sincerely sympathize to a certain extent, but the full implications didn't penetrate. Because while the relationship Londo had with his family obviously wasn't without its troubles, the kinds of arguments he did have with his family - which can basically be boiled down to girls, curfew, and career, I think - were the sorts you can only have if you're a pretty secure - and pretty spoiled - adolescent. Have you ever heard a victim of genuine abuse or neglect complain that his parents don't "understand" him or won't let him do what he wants? I haven't, and in my personal life, I'm in a position to know.

To wit, just as selenak suggests in my favorite story, Lost in Translation, Londo's family didn't often tell him "no" early in life. And he never had to question, on a fundamental level, whether they even loved him. Thus, as he got older, he felt comfortable pushing the envelope a little bit because he had been conditioned to believe his charm would ultimately get him forgiveness - and perhaps a little something of what he wanted in the first place.

Granted, by the time we get to There All the Honor Lies, the spoiled brat in Londo has been told "no" more than once. But he hasn't learned the full lesson yet. He's still relatively deaf to the word, especially when he really, really wants something (*cough*G'Kar*cough*). And by the end of TAtHL, he really, really wants to make things right with Vir, because Vir is basically the only friend he has left at this point, and Londo is a man who needs friends like he needs air to breathe.

So. In typical fashion, Londo comes up with one of his heroically futile ideas: He's going to make things right between Vir and his family through sheer charisma. But here, also in typical fashion, he suffers from a failure of imagination. Because he was so doted upon by his own family, he can't conceive of a family without love. He hears "they just wanted me away" as "they don't understand me," and really, all he needs to do to fix that is arrange it so Vir's family can spend more quality time with the boy and thus get to know him better.

He was probably pretty shocked when he was confronted with the reality.
Thick and Thin- by saava

I guess it's pretty clear I'm doing "Family" next for fanfic100...

... seeing as I managed to go on about Londo and his Mr. Fix-It Hat (something he only deploys for his friends and not, tragically, for himself) for several paragraphs earlier today. Beyond that, I now have a title for the fic in question: "Blood Is Thicker." And yes, that's meant to be sarcastic.

I'm looking at this bunny with a little bit of fear, though, because Londo is sitting in my head insisting that the story be written in first person and that he be the POV character. Yipes! selenak, count your muses! I think one has escaped.

In the meantime, I'm going to go ice my swollen knee (OW) and ruminate some more.