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Welcome to the Small Fandom and Rare Pairing/Rarely-Written Character Promote-a-thon!

You know the glow of, "I never knew I needed fic for that, but now I do and there it is and this is awesome!" you get from Yuletide? Or the sweet, sweet triumph of finally finding something for that insanely rare pairing on page fifty-four of the Google results for their names?

This meme aims to amplify that, and, for writers/vidders/artists, take away that sad, lonely feeling you get when you realize there's nowhere to post your creation for a tiny fandom besides your own journal.

Here's How This Is Gonna Work

Comment here with links to any rare fandoms/characters/pairings you've created stuff for and want to pimp! This is not just for fanfic; vids, art, even, I don't know, embroidery or cake decorating or things like that are welcome. If you made it and it's rare, link to it.

As a general guideline for "rare," I would say something is rare if there are fewer than 50ish works out on the intarwebs, but I don't want to be the police here, so use your best judgment. If it's something you've hunted for to the bitter end of a search engine's results, or you've read everything three times now, go for it. Long or short, old or new, G or NC-17, single fandom or crossover, all are welcome.

Though this meme emphasizes works that haven't been posted all over or received a lot of attention, if you want to promote a Yuletide fic you wrote or something similar, that's perfectly fine.

And if you find that fic or vid or art of your dreams, I also encourage you to give the creator some feedback!


Requests for rare things you'd like to see are welcome too! If you're dying for, say, The Phantom Tollbooth fic and don't know where to find it, comment with "Request: The Phantom Tollbooth" in your subject line.


Please link to this meme! I would love to see as many tiny fandoms and rarepairs/rarely-written characters on here as possible. And come on, you know you're hoping this reaches that one person who wrote fic for that Squonk Opera show you saw years ago.



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Oct. 16th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Cupid, Northern Exposure, Astaire/Rogers films
I'll go first!

Cupid (1998 TV version)
That Old Olympian Magic - Trevor is incorrigible. Trevor and Claire banter wittily. Frank Sinatra included at no extra charge.

Lovers and Madmen (and also Canadians) - Crossover with due South. Trevor Hale faces one of his greatest matchmaking challenges when he attempts to match up our favorite Mounties. Fraser/Thatcher ship, Claire/Trevor UST.

Northern Exposure
A Field Guide to North American Songbirds - A story about the birdhouse Joel Fleischman built in his soul.

Mud is a Many-Splendored Thing - Fluffy Maggie/Joel-centric tag for "Mud and Blood."

In Our Own Time, With Our Own Hands - A Maggie- and Joel-centric vid to Rosie Thomas's "Red Rover."

Astaire/Rogers films

Shall We Dance
We Were Very Tired, We Were Very Married - There's not much room on a ferry, but Peter and Linda dance anyway. (You know how Fred and Ginger never danced to "They Can't Take That Away From Me" in the movie? This is my attempt at rectification.)

Constantly Risking Absurdity - After the movie ends, Linda and Peter still have some loose ends to tie up.

Flying Down to Rio
All We Know for Truth - "She was not drunk enough for this conversation. 'I was starting to think you didn't like girls.' Oops. Actually, maybe she was too drunk for this conversation." (A Fred and Ginger movie where they don't end up together at the end? UNPOSSIBLE! Thus, post-credits shippiness. And drunkeness.)

Unchoreographed - "At sixteen, Lizzie Gatz had bright blue eyes and a winsome smile, and Huck Haines couldn't have been more in love with her if he'd tried." 'Cause I always wondered how they became childhood sweethearts.

Happiness - Fred and Ginger dancing make me happy. This song makes me happy. Put them together, and you have joy squared! I hope it makes you happy too. (The Weepies, "Happiness")

A Love that Won't Sit Still - In almost all of their movies, Fred's character spells bad news for Ginger's, at least for a time--he gets her fired, he ruins her auditions, he screws up her engagements, etc. You just want to tell her to run far, far away as soon as he enters the scene. But then, of course, she would never fall in love with him, and there would be no film, and that would be no fun. Besides, he always manages to charm her in the end... (Vienna Teng, "Stray Italian Greyhound")

Can't Take a HintAs I was making the vid above, a collection of Astaire characters tapped me on the shoulder and insisted there be a vid from their POV. Fearing strangulation by white tie, I obliged. So here is a vid about how crazy they are about Ginger's characters. Emphasis on the "crazy," because, let's face it, his character is KIND OF A STALKER in most of these movies. ;) (The Las, "There She Goes")
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Rare Pairs: Babylon 5, Ivnaova/Delenn and Ivanova/Garibaldi
Two rare pairs for the price of one! Although Ivanova is my little black dress of fandom and I will ship her with practically anyone, these are my very favorite pairings with her.

The Heart's Compass - Moments from the universe where Delenn chose Susan as the other half of her soul.
Later Stars of Dawn - A year after the events of "Sleeping in Light," Delenn takes Susan stargazing. As always, she has an ulterior motive.

Closet Idealism AU - A collection of nine stories, in varying lengths, with the potential for an apparently infinite number of additions (thanks, muse). All stem from the title story, which is about a one-night stand in season three that turns into a hell of a lot more. This links to the timeline/master list in my LJ; you can also read them as a series at the AO3.
Friends Like These - G'Kar decides that since they're friends now, it's his duty to give Garibaldi advice.
Exercises in Obfuscation - Ivanova and Garibaldi are terrible at misdirection, much to the amusement of their friends.
Two Parts Vodka, One Part Vermouth (A Love Story) - Twelve times Susan and Michael share a drink and one time they don't.
Morning in Three Movements - "When he wakes up next to Susan Ivanova for the third morning in a row, Michael Garibaldi realizes that they have a thing." Fluffy.
Five Things that Never Happened to Susan Ivanova - The last one is Ivanova/Garibaldi
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wizard of Oz (Baum et al); Narbonic
I Suppose This Means They Read the Fanfic - Fanfic for Kim Possible isn't particularly rare; OTOH, fic for Shaenon Garrity's Webcomic Narbonic is, and this crossover ended up with rather more Narbonic in it than I'd initially anticipated.

Wizard of Oz (Baum et al)
By itself, Oz-based fanfic is probably not quite obscure enough to be counted "rare", precisely; that said, I offer these two stories -- both written for Yuletide -- because both of them focus on characters not often spotlighted in the stories one does find.

The Solitary Sorceress of Oz - An innocent question from Trot leads to an invitation from Glinda the Good -- and a surprising revelation.

Four Views of General Jinjur - Little is known of the woman who once conquered the Emerald City.
Oct. 16th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Wizard of Oz (Baum et al); Narbonic
I've never read the Oz books, but the idea of "[a] woman who once conquered the Emerald City" intrigued me. And your fic was really cool! I think I liked the pickle farmer's view the best. Jinjur sounds nifty.
Re: Wizard of Oz (Baum et al); Narbonic - graycardinal - Oct. 16th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Oct. 16th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Babylon 5 rare pairings
Lochley/Delenn! How did I not think of this?! Bwahaha, that was perfect!

Also, I was just browsing your master list, and I DID NOT KNOW I NEEDED ROMANA/SUSAN IN MY LIFE, BUT I MOST DEFINITELY DID. Off to read!
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Oct. 16th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Crusade
I think I responded to this somewhere else--FFNet?--but I still love it. Max and Dureena are my "It would be a total trainwreck, but I CANNOT HELP MYSELF" pairing. Somehow, I just love them.
Re: Crusade - twilight2000 - Oct. 17th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 16th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Babylon 5 rare pairings
And in the End, a Beginning - Susan Ivanova/Stephen Franklin. They've been through a lot together. Short ficlets set during (and beyond) the show.

Enemy of My Enemy (My Friend) - Susan Ivanova/Lyta Alexander. Ivanova gets a visit from an old friend.
Oct. 16th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
The X-Files rare pairings
Like a Red Red Rose - Monica Reyes/Brad Follmer. Follmer visits Reyes at the hospital after "Audrey Pauley".
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Re: The X-Files rare pairings
Sweet! I'm a dripper, but I have a weakness for Monica/Brad. Thanks!!
Oct. 16th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
James Bond (book canon)
All Cats Are Grey - Ageing James Bond reconnects with old friends during a mission. Gen.

Edited at 2010-10-16 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Request: Corner Gas
Anyone know of a secret stash of Corner Gas fic hidden away on the intarwebs? I've read everything at the AO3 and fanfiction.net, but could definitely use more Wanda, or more Karen and Davis (my ship of choice for this show).
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Amazing Grace [film], Casualty 1900s [tv series]
Amazing Grace

Toils and Snares, or Five Sins That William Wilberforce Committed - William Wilberforce/William Pitt the Younger: abolitionism, angst, and undergraduate groping.

Casualty 1900s

These Burning Fits But Meteors Be - Ethel Bennett/Laura Goodley - queer Edwardian nurses, poetry, hymns, self-denial.

(These were both written for yuletide, but even in that context the fandoms are absolutely tiny!)

Edited at 2010-10-17 02:28 am (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Fanart: Fingersmith and Buffy (Faith/Robin Wood)
Hello! This seemed like the sort of thing that welcomed random strangers so I hope it's cool me popping in. Looking through my stuff, my oddball pairing works were all posted to general comms for those fandoms and mostly got a moderate amount of attention, but I have two pieces of fanart for canon-but-rare pairings that I didn't really post anywhere: (both entirely sfw)


Dancing Sue and Maud dance. Sue/Maud fanart

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Faith and Robin Wood Faith and Robin during a brief moment of peace. Faith/Robin fanart. This should not be a rare pairing but it is!

Edited at 2010-10-17 02:36 am (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: Fanart: Fingersmith and Buffy (Faith/Robin Wood)
Hello! This is definitely the sort of thing that welcomes anyone and everyone. Thanks for adding your stuff! :)
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Recs for stuff where I went "Finally! Someone made something for this!"

Lord of the Rings

They Say of the Elves by Brancher Very in character Gimli/Legolas.

Mansfield Park

As the Starling Said by Minerva McTabby Mary/Maria after the affair with Henry.

Twelfth Night

Yule Morning, or, Malvolio's Revenge Sequel to Twelfth Night. In verse! Antonia/Sebastian and Viola/Orsino/Olivia.


Dykes to Watch out For

Welcome to Fandom Janis and little J.R. discuss Harry Potter.
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: Recs for stuff where I went "Finally! Someone made something for this!"
I remember Yule Morning from Yuletide, with enormous pleasure. It's impressive on a lot of levels...and really deserves a stage production somewhere down the line.
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Cupid (TV 1998), Jake 2.0, Lois & Clark
Cupid (rare show and rare pairing! bonus points, y/y?)
Heroes, Tights and Archetypes - Claire/Alex, PG13. "Alex may be a goober, but he doesn't have to like it."

First Night - Claire/Alex, NC17. Random moving-day porn.

Jake 2.0
Reparation - Jake/Diane, PG, post-ep for "Last Man Standing"

Requisition - Jake/Diane, silly G-rated flashficlet.

Lois & Clark, rare character
Thaw - Mayson Drake. Genfic. Lois and Mayson end up spending New Year's Eve together, and they're not happy about it.
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: Cupid (TV 1998), Jake 2.0, Lois & Clark
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Request: Gosford Park: Mary & Parks
Any love for Mary Macreachran and Robert Parks?

Here are the stories I've written, but I would love love love to find more.

Edited at 2010-10-17 05:41 am (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Communities of interest, Fairy Tales, Cal Leandros, Night World, Forbidden Games, and subject is out
Communities of Interest

fandom_of_one runs a lovely small fandoms newsletter. Needs more people dropping links though.

smallfandomfest runs a prompt-and-claim challenge a couple of times a year for small fandoms.

Fairy Tales

Breath Rupenzel: I'll have to find another tower somewhere / And keep away from the windows.

Nothing is Right (The It's Time to Stop Remix): 12 Dancing Princess: How does life go on now that the dancing is done? (And don't forget to read The Right Sort (of Nothing) which is the fic being remixed.)

The Forbidden Game

In darkness and light: Jenny/Zach, Four years on and things have changed.

Alice in Wonderland

Splatter, Drip, and Pull: Alice/White Queen, painting the white roses red.

Night World

A Twist of Stardust: Iliana/Keller(/Galen, but he's off screen), chair sex.

Cal Leandros

Schara: Cal, with some Cal/Delilah and off screen George; A scar results from the biologic process of wound repair, thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process. Not all wounds are physical, but they all form scars.

Appreciation, Sincerity, and Meaning: Cal, Niko, Robin; Dinner with friends.

Definitive Proof of Ownership: Niko; He knows it's not Cal.

This is a change from the previous recommendation: Robin; If Robin was smart he'd have left New York months ago.

Dresden Files

Cracks in the Bedrock: Murphy; Sometimes Karrin thinks that she made the wrong choice giving up the sword.

(A)Typical Night In: Thomas/Butters; Thomas and Butters, stuck together at the end of the world.


Five Moments in the Life of Emily Hu: Emily Hu; Five moments in the life of Emily Hu that changed her forever. There is femslash in this one with an OFC.

We have a chance to find the sunshine: Nick, Cassie; Division isn't chasing them, but there are still issues to deal with.

Sapphire and Steel

Turning, Turning, Letting Go: Sapphire, Steel, original character; How do you let go when all you want is to hang on?

Shattered Reflections: Sapphire, Steel, original characters; Can you make somebody stay when they want to leave?


Pray for us sinners: Devil, Zeke, with some Devil/Zeke stuff; Lighting candles. A conversation in a church. How does one achieve forgiveness?
Oct. 17th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Communities of interest, Fairy Tales, Cal Leandros, Night World, Forbidden Games, and subject is
Murphy!fic! Yay!

And thank you for the community links. I had no idea those existed. Off to drop a link to this at fandom_of_one.
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