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another girl’s paradise (nancy/ned, nc-17)

Title: another girl’s paradise
Author: ndnickerson
Universe: Nancy Drew, post-Files
Pairing/Characters: Nancy/Ned, Frank/Callie
Word Count: ~10,000
Rating: NC-17
Summary/Prompt: Written for celvanas’s (belated) birthday! Ned takes Nancy on what he hopes will be a romantic vacation—but, almost immediately, they run into her old friend Frank Hardy.
Spoilers: Vague for Files 24.
Warnings: Language, sex, drama.

part 1 at my writing journal
part 2 at my writing journal

entire story at AO3

for those still wondering

ndnickerson:

yes, fanfiction.net’s Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew section STILL needs to be split because it’s infuriating.

what would be so wrong with just making stories with nancy and frank and/or joe crossovers? nothing, that’s what. and then i could safely read a Nancy Drew story without a Hardy popping up, if the author posted it correctly. (and for those so inclined to read a Hardy story that doesn’t involve Nancy, bam, there we are.)

fun (non-scientific) statistics

total (all ratings) stories in the HB/ND section: ~1500
number of stories which include Nancy but NOT Frank or Joe as a tagged character: 236
number of stories which do NOT include Nancy as a tagged character: 936

no wonder it is so damned hard to find the kind of stories i want to read there

for those still wondering

yes, fanfiction.net’s Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew section STILL needs to be split because it’s infuriating.

what would be so wrong with just making stories with nancy and frank and/or joe crossovers? nothing, that’s what. and then i could safely read a Nancy Drew story without a Hardy popping up, if the author posted it correctly. (and for those so inclined to read a Hardy story that doesn’t involve Nancy, bam, there we are.)

On Fanfiction

rainbowrites:

unreconstructedfangirl:

roachpatrol:

valnon:

shadesofmauve:

I was cruising through the net, following the cold trail of one of the periodic “Is or is not Fanfic the Ultimate Literary Evil?” arguments that crop up regularly, and I’m now bursting to make a point that I never see made by fic defenders.

We’re all familiar with the normal defenses of fic: it’s done out of love, it’s training, it’s for fun. Those are all good and valid defenses!

But they miss something. They damn with faint praise. Because the thing is, when you commit this particular Ultimate Literary Evil you’ve now told a story. And stories are powerful. The fact that it wasn’t in an original world or with original characters doesn’t necessarily make it less powerful to any given reader.

I would never have made this argument a few years ago. A few years ago I hadn’t received messages from people who were deeply touched by something I wrote in fanfic. So what if it’s only two or three or four people, and I used someone else’s world and characters? For those two or three or four people, I wrote something fucking important. You cannot tell me that isn’t a valid use of my time and expect me to feel chastened. I don’t buy it. I won’t feel ashamed. I will laugh when you call something that touches other people ‘literary masturbation.’ Apparently you’re not too up on your sex terminology.

Someone could argue that if I’d managed the same thing with original characters in an original world, it could’ve touched more people. They might be right! On the other hand, it might never have been accepted for publication, or found a market if self published, and more importantly I would never have written it because I didn’t realize I could write. The story wouldn’t have happened. Instead, thanks to fanfic being a thing, it did. And for two or three or four people it mattered. When we talk about defending fanfic, can we occasionally talk about that?

I once had an active serviceman who told me that my FF7 and FF8 fic helped get him through the war. That’ll humble you. People have told me my fanfic helped get them through long nights, through grief, through hard times. It was a solace to people who needed solace. And because it was fanfic, it was easier to reach the people who needed it. They knew those people already. That world was dear to them already. They were being comforted by friends, not strangers.

Stories are like swords. Even if you’ve borrowed the sword, even if you didn’t forge it yourself from ore and fire, it’s still your body and your skill that makes use of it. It can still draw blood, it can strike down things that attack you, it can still defend something you hold dear. Don’t get me wrong, a sword you’ve made yourself is powerful. You know it down to its very molecules, are intimate with its heft and its reach. It is part of your own arm. But that can make you hesitate to use it sometimes, if you’re afraid that swinging it too recklessly will notch the blade. Is it strong enough, you think. Will it stand this? I worked so hard to make it. A blade you snatched up because you needed a weapon in your hand is not prey to such fears. You will use it to beat against your foes until it either saves you or it shatters.

But whether you made that sword yourself or picked it up from someone who fell on the field, the fight you fight with it is always yours.

Literary critics who sneer at fanfic are so infuriatingly shortsighted, because they all totally ignore how their precious literature, as in individual stories that are created, disseminated, and protected as commercial products, are a totally modern industrial capitalist thing and honestly not how humans have ever done it before like a couple centuries ago. Plus like, who benefits most from literature? Same dudes who benefit most from capitalism: the people in power, the people with privilege. There’s a reason literary canon is composed of fucking white straight dudes who write about white straight dudes fucking. 

Fanfiction is a modern expression of the oral tradition—for the rest of us, by the rest of us, about the rest of us—and I think that’s fucking wonderful and speaks to a need that absolutely isn’t being met by the publishing industry. The need to come together as a close community, I think, and take the characters of our mythology and tell them getting drunk and married and tricked and left behind and sent to war and comforted and found again and learning the lessons that every generation learns over and over. It’s wonderful. I love it. I’m always going to love it. 

:-)

stories matter, all kinds of stories. We learn how to write and we learn ho to see ourselves in stories and worlds that usually don’t seem to want us.

when i have fics posted in a fandom i’m no longer really involved in, part of me just wants to orphan them so they’re still out there for people to enjoy, but partially also so i am never asked if i’ll write any more.

but, eh.

red label: speakeasy (nancy/ned, nc-17)

nedxnancy:

Title: red label: speakeasy
Author: ndnickerson
Universe: red label
Pairing/Characters: Nancy/Ned and their family
Word Count: 7700
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Summary/Prompt: Clue Crew ficathon prompt “opportunities.” Ned’s disappointed when Nancy calls off their plans.
Spoilers: Entire series to this point, basically.
Warnings: Language, sex, mild s&m.

story at my writing journal
story at AO3

Again, this story is explicit, so please read responsibly.

Palate cleanser! :D

so i wonder

if anyone ever recommends souhait accordé to someone else

and once person B starts reading it, person A thinks, oh boy you’re in for it

(we’re working on cycle 5.5 right now actually)