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30 November 2004 @ 06:03 am
Elricest Fic Pimping  
I threatened to do this.

Last night anax posted the epilogue to his story "By Sightless Lightning" in the elricest community. The story is now complete.

For those of you who do not know what elricest is (and who have not been in various fandoms long enough simply to guess), it is a slash pairing involving the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric. Does the idea of that gross you out? That's okay, it totally squicks me out too. But that doesn't make "By Sightless Lightning" anything less then a phenomenally interesting, heartrending read.

What would happen if Ed was able to return Al to a human body? Will Ed ever be able to return Al to his body? These are questions that ought to have "SPOILER" stamped all over them, but fortunately I can sidestep this issue. anax started writing "By Sightless Lightning" well before the answers to these questions could even be adequately guessed at, and therefore the fic seems to be mostly safe for people to read (although there is a certain significant event that happens sometime after 20 or 30 episodes have been released that is obliquely referenced in the last full chapter). True spoiler purists are advised to wait until they've seen the full series, but I'd rate this story as pretty "safe," even for a newbie.

Although the story may be "safe" from a plot-spoiler POV, "By Sightless Lightning" is completely explicit. I'd easily give it an NC-17 rating for sex, sexual situations, language, adult themes, adult situations, and general squirminess. anax has never been one to write comfortable, easy stories.

So what happens? That would be telling, of course. But if you want to see a speculative response to the questions raised a couple paragraphs up, this is your story. If you have always felt that Ed and Al have had a complex, emotionally intricate relationship, this is your story. If you are a champion of Ed just as himself, this is your story. If you adore angst, this is your story. But if you think Elricest is disgusting and all FMA fanfic to be questionable bastardizations of an already complete story that doesn't need any fan "help" to be better then it is... well, this may also be your story, too. anax is a writer, and a damn fine one at that. If character, suspense, and plot are your bag.... definitely give this story a try.

If you'd like to read "By Sightless Lightning," go to the last chapter here. All of the previous chapters are linked in that post. After you've done that you can finish up with the epilogue, which is posted here. This is a complete story, and as far as I know there is no sequel planned. anax will, of course, continue to write FMA fanfic.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'll mention that anax is a very good friend, and that I've worked to beta this fic from the beginning. But I wouldn't bother pimping this story if I didn't think it surpassed even his usual standards of storytelling. Others who have read the fic are welcome to refute or support my recommendation... this is an open post, and I will not be freezing or deleting any comments, regardless of what is said. I feel quite strongly that people who love FMA should give this story are try, not for my sake or for anax's ego, but because it is really, truly good. See for yourself.
josefphe on November 30th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
" If you have always felt that Ed and Al have had a complex, emotionally intricate relationship, this is your story."

Oh, I believe they have a relationship like that, but I find that sort of pairing quite lame, because they are brothers on a quest to regain a life, and not to.... ermm.. you know.. I just feel that takes them way too lightly. But anyways, that's not to say I wouldnt consider reading this anyways.
ACacdragonmaster on November 30th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
Really, all siblings who have any sort of decent relationship tend to have such a complex one. And I would agree that it "takes them too lightly", though I think that is understating it... while a lot of pairings in fandom are at least tolerable if well-written, I can't see the idea of 'Elricest' as anything but incredibly derogatory and really almost abusive towards the characters. I don't think that the characters of Ed and Al, were they to somehow breach the fourth wall and hear of such fiction about them, would be anything remotely resembling happy with it...

And yes, it *is* possible for a story to be very well-written while containing controversial content, but at the risk of sparking something by posting a personal opinion, I think that there are some lines that should never be crossed. If in some cases for no other reason than it's just too disrespectful towards the characters.
Number One Spoonherongale on November 30th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
Ooh-hoo. I'm not touching this. At all.
ACacdragonmaster on November 30th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
>_> Wise choice, probably. I normally avoid even getting into such discussions at all because of how easily they become volatile, but... let's just say that sometimes there's things that are worth protecting, no matter what the cost.
Number One Spoonherongale on November 30th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
Admirable sentiment. Optimus Prime would certainly agree with you!
ACacdragonmaster on November 30th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Oh man... I haven't really watched Transformers since I was like in elementary school, used to watch it as much as I could back then, though. ^_^;;

(and incidently, if for some reason you are curious as to what motivated my posting comments here, you can feel free to IM me or something, I just prefer not to make a fuss if I don't have to...)