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24 November 2011 @ 06:41 pm
Bring out yer curtain!fics  
Hey, babies...I'm looking at writing a slice of life/curtain!fic ditty for my "lucky" *ahem* recipient for spn_j2_xmas and I need some examples of your faves curtain!fics, and why they appeal to you. Angst and action, I get...but warm and cozy? That's tough for me.

So thanks in advance, and Happy Turkey Day, mah feller Amurrcans!
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a gateway drugobstinatrix on November 24th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)

this is the best one ever.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Excellent! I've not read that before. What makes for a great curtain!fic to you?
a gateway drugobstinatrix on November 25th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
That is an excellent question! The most important thing for me is that the characterisation be good, lots of little details, a real sense of how unusual this is for the boys. I really love de_nugis's Sam/Dean and Sam&Dean for this, as well. A great curtain fic, to me, is the basic 'boys roll into town, maybe one of them is injured, they settle down, they don't mean to stay but somehow they end up fitting in here despite their best efforts', but really it's more about the Sam&Dean sense of it than the actual plot.

I also really love the opportunities you get in curtain fic for the trope 'people think they are a couple and they aren't' and its non-gen companion, 'people think they are a couple and they aren't at first but then they are' .
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you, love buttons! That's actually super-helpful. (I enjoy de_nugis's stuff too, as well as ratherastory and roque_clasique.) Just wanted to hear what makes curtain!fic work. I've read some that left me flat.
Goodnight monsters, everywherehoneylocusttree on November 25th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)

Sorry, the only one I paid any attention to is Dean/Alastair, shopping for curtains in Hell. Kinda not what you're looking for.

Er, good luck anyway!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)

I love you anyway.
Goodnight monsters, everywherehoneylocusttree on November 25th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
cordelia_gray: Brotherscordelia_gray on November 25th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
A few of my faves:

http://de-nugis.livejournal.com/29252.html (fair warning - this one was a birthday!fic for me)

Um, these are all Sam/Dean and kind of angsty, but hopefully it helps?
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Thank you muchly! Now, expound: what makes a curtain!fic enjoyable to you? (I'm such a needy twit, aren't I? :D )
cordelia_gray: Brotherscordelia_gray on November 25th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)

I like my curtain!fic pretty angsty, I guess. I don't like things (with S/D, anyway) to be too fluffy. Just a sense that it doesn't have to end bloody or sad, you know? Trying to figure out what Winchester domesticity would look like, and you know it's going to be kind of messy, and there will be Devil's Traps under the rugs, and they'll fight about stupid shit, or really important shit, but at the end of the day they do have each other, and that's not so bad.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
Excellent! And I thank you again, ma'am!
harriganharrigan on November 25th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
You've probably noticed this from the recs that you're getting, but curtain!fic often seems most appealing when they have to retire from hunting due to something like a permanent disability. And at the same time, I think (well, I guess all this is just personal opinion!) that it's better when the disability doesn't preclude banter and snark - there's not overwhelming neediness, and even the disabled or injured brother still frets about the other one and worries and antagonizes him. (For example, fusion!verse works so well because both boys are handicapped in some way. If Sam was that broken mentally and Dean just took care of him, it would't be nearly as satisfying. But because each of them is concerned about the other's welfare and their disabilities can hinder them from taking care of the other - it works!)

Of course, I love curtain!fic when only one party is hurt so badly that he has to stop hunting - at least for a long while; it doesn't have to be both of them. But it's important not to make the hurt brother too much a victim, i.e. in those fics recs above, both brothers still remain determined and decisive.

So - what makes it so enjoyable to me? It's like the ultimate in h/c - as long as the brothers are still in character. The minutiae is fun, too -- seeing them try to settle into a life we're more familiar with than they are, and seeing them struggle with that. It can be fun to read OCs or even outsider POV in a curtain!fic, too.

(And if we're confessing to being needy twits -- I hope you're planning a gen fic! But I know Sam/Dean is more popular, and I don't know what the recipient wants...)

Have fun!

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
What a thoughtful reply! But then I can allllways count on your for those. You're irreplaceable. You gave me LOTS to consider!

My giftee could go either way; my proclivities are gen but we'll just have to see where the story meanders. Gencest, ftw! :D
Amberamberdreams on November 25th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
I actually wrote one, and now you've got me thinking why I wanted to write it...and why I like reading the good ones....
I think it is looking for a kind of justice for them, something that gives them the song's promise of rest when they are done. Though I admit, I also like a curtain fic that takes them out guns blazing.

It doesn't have to be warm and cozy, and definitely shouldn't be sentimental or soppy because that is not the Winchester way. As others have said de_nugis has written some lovely ones!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'mma gonna pop right over there and read! I think you're spot-on: we hunger to see that "peace when your are done." And selfishly, I want to see retirement become canon so that when the series wraps, we might get an actual SPN movie. They did it with X-Files after all, and hope springs eternal... :D
Amberamberdreams on November 25th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE an SPN movie. Fingers crossed...
de_nugisde_nugis on November 25th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)

I like that one because it has an active retirement and plenty of lingering angst.


A classic. I guess I like it because it combines the deliberate fairy tale ending with the mundane settled relationship between people who still have a great capacity for pissing each other off.


I love gencest for the indulgence, sure, but I also like the idea of curtain!fic as a chance to see how Sam and Dean's relationship remains strange and hard to define, even when you take away the outward supernatural weirdness.


I bask in h/c, but I also like that the sense of place in this one feels authentic and specific.


Yeah, sometimes what I want out of curtain!fic is some shameless Sam h/c. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on November 25th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I love your curtain!fics too, so these recs and comments are particularly salient. I've got me some reading to do today...

Thanks muchly!