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Children of Time: Torchwood reviews

From miscellaneous Torchwood categories:

Title: Personality: friendly :)
Author: Marginaliana
Category: Torchwood - Crossover
Review: Great Top Gear crossover. Highly amusing. Captures all characters involved in a fun and fluid style. Terrific use of Ianto.

Title: Out of the Closet
Author: Wykling
Category: Humour
Review: All-dialogue Jack/Ianto fic. Cliched situation. Little originality. Not particularly funny, but harmless.

Title: Frost
Author: The Doctors Dance
Category: Torchwood - Toshiko Sato, Fluff, Ficlet
Review: Decent short fic. No brilliant or original insights into Tosh, but the characterisation is accurate. Marred by a jarring Americanism midway through and a distracting tense switch in the final line.

Title: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Author: Teachwriteslash
Category: Torchwood - Jack/Ianto, Alternate Universe /Parallel Worlds
Review: Massively long, loosely plotted, full of cliches and abysmal punctuation. For those who enjoy AU Jack/Ianto with cardboard characterisation and an awkward writing style.

Title: The Love Philosophy of Oods
Author: Kayliemalinza
Category: Torchwood - Genfic, Ficlet
Review: Original and thoughtful, with a nice writing style. Great if slightly gory imagery. Good insight into Jack, in particular. Doesn't seem to belong in the Genfic category, since the story has a pairing (Jack/Tosh) that is a significant part of the story. A contender for best ficlet, however.

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adina_atl
May. 20th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Regarding Jack/Tosh and genfic: unfortunately a lot of people interpret "gen" as "not slash" rather than "neither slash nor het." It says rather regretable things about attitudes towards homosexuality.
bedawyn
May. 21st, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
True, but there's also a lot of people who interpret "gen" as "not noticeably different from canon." I don't know whether the author meant this story as het or gen since, unfortunately, a lot of people also think any story about a relationship has to use the oblique (i.e., labeling it Jack/Tosh instead of Jack & Tosh or Jack-Tosh). But either way, I have no problem reading it as gen, because the pairing (as a romantic pairing, not just an intimate relationship) is not the point of the story, the kiss can easily be read as platonic, and it's told entirely from Jack's POV -- and I think it's a reasonable interpretation of canon that Jack feels some love and attraction for all his team. Now, if they'd been snogging out right, or if it had been Tosh thinking similar things about Jack, then it would definitely have been het. But this, this just comes across to me as Tosh being sweet and affectionate and Jack being Jack -- and if that counts as het, then I'm not sure it's even possible to have a gen story with Jack anywhere around. :-)
stagiary
May. 22nd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
IMO, at best it's a borderline case and the story should have been placed in a category where it clearly qualified.

The author specifies "pairing: Jack/Toshiko" in her headers rather than using the gen convention of "Characters: Jack, Toshiko". In several other stories by her that I glanced over, she specifies "pairing" when there is a clear romantic relationship in the fic but does not say "pairing" when such a relationship is not in a particular story. So signs certainly point to the author's intention of Love Philosophy being a het story rather than a "friendship kiss" sort of genfic. Also, even if she did not have this intention, I feel like the fic can easily be read as het.

It's a very good story, but I don't like its placement in the genfic category and it won't get my vote there.
bedawyn
May. 23rd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh, it's certainly debatable, I don't argue that. I wouldn't mind it being classed as gen or het. I just meant that there's no need to assume homophobia as the cause for it being in Genfic. There's still enough homophobia elsewhere in fandom that we don't need to see it where it might not be.
stagiary
May. 22nd, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I sincerely hope that no one involved in the nominating process was thinking along those lines. :( It's really not possible to tell.
nonelvis
May. 20th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, your link for Frost is b0rked -- looks like there's some kind of line break character in the middle of "sid" that's causing LJ to interpret it as text? Weird.
stagiary
May. 22nd, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
A careless mistake on my part. Fixed now. Thank you for pointing it out.
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