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22 August 2013 @ 09:40 pm
30 Days of Blogging - Day 2. In celebration of crack van.  
I've found so many great fics over the years thanks to crack_van and it's become my go-to place when I'm curious about a fandom and looking for recs. Sometimes a rec makes a fic so compelling that I'll go read it, even if I have no idea about the fandom. Once or twice it's led to me actively searching out more fics by the same author, or in the same fandom. Vid night (the 28th?) is especially fun.

In huge fandoms, crack_van is invaluable if the reccer is on their game. Fandoms like Harry Potter and Sherlock or The Avengers can be awful places to try and find something decent to read, but the recs on LJ make it a lot easier. If something looks interesting but I don't have time to read it straight away, I'll use Read It Later (now Pocket?) to keep it where I'll find it again. Often I'll park stuff there for a couple of weeks then upload it all to my kindle at once.

If I could only choose one comm on LJ to join, it would have to be crack_van.
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Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on August 22nd, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)

I'm a huge fan of crack_van too and have been a reccer there a few times.

I know a lot of people filter CV so they only see the recs in their fandoms but I don't as, like you, I like to see what's going on in other fandoms and have followed the link a few times to stories I don't normally read in.
miwahni: Pros Cuppamiwahni on August 22nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
I've found some fabulous stuff outside of my fandoms through crack van - Due South wingfic for example, and a wonderful cracky little tale about an alien at Torchwood that spoke LOLCAT, long before I'd watched an episode of the show. I'd have missed those if I filtered.
moonlightmead on August 23rd, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Trying to Communicate! I love that fic! I didn't know it had been on the crackvan, but it qualifies in every possible sense, being both a great example of the fandom and... well, crack :)
miwahni: Torchwood j i tendermiwahni on August 23rd, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm almost positive that's where I found it. And it doesn't matter how many times I read it, it always makes me giggle.
moonlightmead on August 23rd, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hello! Hope it's okay to fly in and litter the place with comments! I love the crackvan too. I am subscribed but filter it so that I get notification of Pros entries as they arrive; but when I have time and interest, I go and select other fandoms or read all the previous week's. Just in case something grabs me.

There are some reccers who really do a good job explaining the context of the stories or vids and they get me all interested just for the historical context, sometimes! (flamingoslim's S&H recs are a great example - I know nothing whatsoever about S&H, but she gives so much background in them that I have a much clearer idea of it all after reading them.)
miwahni: S&H Tomatomiwahni on August 23rd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
No fines for littering here so please go right ahead! *g*

Some reccers are better than others but I'm just so grateful that someone elects to take the keys to the van that I will not criticize, ever. Flamingo is brilliant; she follows up her rec with a slightly more indepth rundown on the S&H lj comm as well. And she's no slouch with the pen, either; she's been an active author in S&H for years and is best known for this epic, Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Thanks for stopping by!
moonlightmead on August 23rd, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh goodie. *drops seeds instead of litter*

Yeah, agreed on the variability: and yeah, I see it definitely as a comm for celebrating good stuff rather than criticising other people's choice of good stuff. Although I am occasionally tempted to criticise other people picking it before I can :) - I am up for the crackvan in November (for Pros, natch) and hoping that the September and October people don't select a couple I am really hoping to rave about - I want to do them!

Thanks for the note about the S&H comm; as soon as I have time I shall go over and have a look for these more indepth rundowns.

Total Eclipse of the Heart is the first S&H fic I remember reading, and only quite recently. I'm sure I must have given a couple of short fics a go at some stage, just because several of my friends list write in S&H and I like to see what else friends write.

But Total Eclipse was mentioned as a 'are there more like this?' example over on kinkfinders on DW - http://kink-finders.dreamwidth.org/69303.html - and I liked the sound of the 'this' the questioner was asking for and whizzed off to read it. And I loved it. (I also loved the Sentinel stories that someone recs in that discussion.) When I saw flamingo's rec for Murder on San Carmelitas, mentioning that that had inspired Total Eclipse, I had to go and read Murder On.. immediately as well :)
miwahni: S&H Mean Streetsmiwahni on August 24th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm that glad to know you're driving the crack van in November - I'd hate to see Pros drop off the regular rotation again.

Total Eclipse is epic. I have to admit I haven't yet read Murder, although I did score a second-hand copy of the zine recently. It's on my waiting-to-be-read pile atm. I didn't know it was the inspiration for TEOTH though; I might have to move it closer to the top of the pile in that case.

Funny you should mention The Sentinel in the same sentence - I had never even seen an episode of The Sentinel when I first found the fanfic, courtesy of a S&H story that suggested Starsky was Blair's father. That got me interested in reading more about Blair and Jim. At that time it wasn't available on DVD; it was about a year later that the first season was released and I was surprised to find that the fanfic was SO much better than the episodes.
moonlightmead on August 24th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, I met The Sentinel via crossovers with Pros. I am totally with you on the question of source/fanworks there. Ouch.