I found thepouncer
's discussion about deviations from canon interesting, and the replies insightful as to people's preferences on the matter. The following essay/recs have been percolating in my mind for a few months, but I haven't felt the time right to table my thoughts. Until now! I don't usually fic rec, nor meta but this is my attempt to do so in an articulate and thoughtful manner. Forgive me if it isn't.How Much Canon? Lindsey Novak and Those Weird Pairings (mainly Lindsey Novak/Rodney McKay)fic recs include drabbles by isiscolo, wabbitseason, trinityofone, aella_irene and a vignette by kellifer_fic
How much canon do you need to find a story as delightful, entertaining and hot as any John/Rodney or John/Elizabeth or *insert main het/slash pairing of choice here* stories out there?
One of the many reasons I love Atlantis is because of all the secondary characters in the show. More characters mean more pairing possibilities! There are those who are stringent OTPers, but even they probably have several growing-to-be-OTPs that don’t conflict with their Main OTP.
Last December, I started oddball_sga
because I enjoyed reading those lesser seen pairings, and wanted to have a place that people could convene and share their Lorne/Weir, Ronon/Kate or Beckett/Grodin stories (among, omfg, so many more
. Someone’s even written Kavanagh/Simpson, but for the life of me I can’t even remember who Simpson is and I don’t know if that makes me a bad fan.
I started a drabble challenge and the first pairing the challenge featured was Novak/McKay. You can read the +10 drabbles here
. The drabbles range from the cracktastic to the sweet and even plausible scenarios (in my mind) that would bring those two together or even become friends. I’ll highlight some of the drabbles I favored and give a brief explanation as to why.isiscolo
’s drabble( Thoughts on isiscolo's drabble )( Thoughts on wabbitseason’s drabble. )
Other Novak/McKay drabbles I enjoyed from the challenge:
’s obligatory drunk sex drabble
that includes the oh-so-endearing holiday angle
The next pairing in my scope is Lorne/Novak. We have no reason to believe that they’ve met each other since we haven’t seen it on screen, but Novak is an engineer of sorts aboard the Daedalus and Lorne appeared at the beginning of season 2, when the Daedalus arrived. It’s not impossible to say they ran into each other during the 3 month trip.kellifer_fic
has written one of my favorite Lorne/Novak stories, called Moved to Distraction( Thoughts on Moved to Distraction. )
In the end how much canon do you need to support a pairing? Lorne/Parrish seems to have a fairly strong following and I was so confused that I had to look Parrish up in order to put a face to a name – they’re together in one episode for like, what, 3 minutes? Not enough canon for me, but for many it is. Another pairing that seems to have exploded in the corner of weird pairings is Lorne/Novak. In fact, lorne_novak
’s community title is: Lack of Canon Does Not Impede the Creative Process.
Do you think that’s true? Does it take away from the enjoyment of a story if they’ve never formally met on screen? By using secondary characters but still staying within the realms of what we’ve seen in canon is very tough in my mind and the author who can accomplish so much with so little earns my appreciation and respect.