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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2012-05-15 11:57 am

Hypothetical crossovers meme

[personal profile] ellen_fremedon has started a meme, which is terribly dangerous but too tempting for me to ignore, so here:

Let's play the Hypothetical Crossover game! Name any two (or more) fandoms you know I'm familiar with*, and I will tell you how I would, hypothetically**, cross them over!

Take the meme, spread the meme, do the meme, love the meme.


*Fandoms I'm familiar with: written on AO3 (expand full list), tagged on DW (under fandoms: , though note my DW tags are a mess atm); marked 'read' on LT: SF and YA, comics (and art), everything. (If you want to be particularly evil, you can give me two fiction fandoms + a nonfiction book and I will mash all three.)

**I thought about saying that you can't name a pair of fandoms about which you know I have already a) written, b) hypothetically discussed, or c) declared I am not writing, but nah. Just, if you give me one of those, you deserve what you get in return!
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[personal profile] marginaliana 2012-05-16 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
OMG, I love this. I mean, you had me at So Barrayar is not a planet that has a thriving stand-up comedy scene. to be honest, but then Vorfry and Laurie! Duv Mitchell! And of course Gregor laughs. Marvelous.
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[personal profile] zlabya 2012-05-16 12:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"Do something to stop them" may include "having Simon recruit them for ImpSec" = brilliant!
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
It accidentally becomes wildly popular, with bootlegs of the monthly episodes being distributed across the planet and showing up on the 'nets, somehow, within hours of final edits.

Aral's trolling the Empire again, I see. ;)
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Well, see, the problem is, SIMON ILLYAN CAN'T UNSEE THINGS. Which means he's the world's worst content-consumer ever. He always needs new things! And things with depth, so he can spend more time on them! The really flimsy propoganda just does not do it for him. HE NEEDS DEPTH. HE NEEDS COMPLEX HUMOR. The imported Betan stuff is just so tame. There's no overwhelming terror at getting caught. Everything is toothless. You don't get biting humor unless there's risk involved. Barrayarans have skin in the game, because they might lose their skin. Simon just wants an awesome fandom. If he has to goddamn distribute it himself, so be it.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
SIMON ILLYAN CAN'T UNSEE THINGS sounds like it should be the title of a fic challenge.

IT SHOULD.


And Illyan's guards! They are these young impressionable but pretty much overtrained for the job. They are expecting people to come at him with, like, energy weapons or steel daggers. And their training says, "okay, and here's subversion and other stuff!" And they're like "we're guarding the goddamn batman, no one is going to subvert him, they're going to fucking shoot him." So whatever.

And then those young impressionable just-the-right-age-for-the-target-audience are basically forced to watch this stuff FOR THEIR JOB. And on the one hand, Simon Illyan is in the audience, oh noes. But on the other hand, hey, he's brining in more fans!

Cordelia's helping distribute this off-world. Komarr hearts it very much.

And then one night at the comedy club, Duv Galeni shows up. And sees Illyan.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, Simon. Cursed with the overcompetance of his underlings. They fail a bit too well.

And Duv has studied propoganda techniques in the past as part of his disserattion and he has Thoughts on how much they sucked and how transparent they were. So he sits down and tries to write better ones. And he is very good at bitter, biting sarcasm, which translates well.

So the propoganda ends up being even more subversive, because no one's trying to be. They overcorrect into What Do You Mean Stephen Colbert At The Correspondant's Dinner.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
:D :D :D

And I have a sneaking suspicion Steve Rogers is involved in this somehow. ;)

And the Cetagandans are all confused because art, goddammit. Art.

And the Betan government wonders if they should be funding this. There's totally Betan funded Radio Free Barrayar going on. "No, we're not bankrolling this." "?? Who is??" "Uh, it seems like it's their security service." "... ... ... ???!!!" "We think it's because this way it's easier to keep an eye on the threat." "They're the ones *creating* the threat." "We know. We're hoping they don't." "Damn, this is an amazing Xanatos gambit."
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
A hundred years or so later, an elderly Cordelia forgoes a memoir and instead just publishes an annotated version of the declassified Betan analysts' reports from the period, which becomes an instant comedy classic in its own way. :)

Ha ha ha yes. The marginalia there would be amazing. I imagine "you're overthinking this" showed up a lot.

Barrayar: even more confusing when they're not trying to be. Aral thought X was painfully transparent? TOO BAD, the Betans thought he was faking them out. And the Cetagandans thought he was mocking them. Which, yeah, he probably was.

I think the Regency confused the hell out of everyone. The Butcher of Komarr... steps down? Voluntarily? On a planet that thinks peaceful transitions of power is a kind of candybar? o.O?
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[personal profile] beatrice_otter 2012-05-16 01:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahahaha! Plz to write this! The annotated report or especially the comedy stuff! Either of you, it would be awesome!
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-16 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
All I know is, one of them is named Stephen Vorbert. You don't even need to change the character definition: well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot.

"I don't see class. People tell me I'm Vor and I'm believe them because I own a handgun."
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[personal profile] marginaliana 2012-05-17 11:42 am (UTC)(link)
an annotated version of the declassified Betan analysts' reports from the period, which becomes an instant comedy classic

Ahaha, OMG, yes!
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[personal profile] synecdochic 2012-05-17 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
I am laughing at this entire thread so much that I can't breathe.
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2012-05-17 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
This entire thread is brilliant, and I am almost laughing too hard to nitpick, but I don't think Duv could have been in ImpSec yet during the Regency. ISTR him being a ten-year veteran and in his mid-thirties in Brothers in Arms, which would have him entering the Academy right around the time of Gregor's majority.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2012-05-17 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
This is true. No matter how much my timeline really wants to have to Duv overlap with Gregor at the academy, Duv didn't enter until Aral was Prime Minister. Then there was however long hte Academy lasts, and then he was grabbed up by ImpSec.

OTOH, if Duv isn't ImpSec and is undergrad/grad at this time, it works. ;)
Edited 2012-05-17 15:45 (UTC)