Author’s note: Note this fic will be focusing on the mother of Tony Stark (Iron Man.) This will also be a racebending fic in that I’m portraying Maria Stark as of having Mexican descent and how this impacts her life and her son’s. We don’t see as much stories focusing on a mother’s legacy as we do a father’s and I wanted to rectify that. Especially since I always found Maria Stark a fascinating person to be able to handle a husband like Howard and a son like Tony. There must have been an edge to her. Pardon the grammatical errors and misspellings, this is a snippet of the first draft I’m coming up with. Also note that I’m writing these characters with my own perspective of being Tejano.
Papers usually had Maria’s name written as Maria Stark these days. Before that, it had been Maria Carbonell. Before that, Maria Collins. As if each husband she’d marry, she would be born again.
Born to be the sweet little brown wife that smiled and stood behind to support whatever gringo was her husband at the time.
They seldom ever printed what her name was when she was born and when they did, they reduced it as if they couldn’t fucking handle it like they couldn’t handle Maria..
Maria liked to wear an ice-blue silk velvet robe every morning, a cigarette held delicately between two fingers as she read the papers. Each time she saw them write that her name before all her marriages was Maria Alegria, she’d get a good laugh out of it. A laugh that came out hard and loud deep from whatever simmered harshly below her belly.
Maria Alegria was her ghost. As was Maria Collins. Maria Carbonell.
She had more ghosts, she thought than most people had sins.
And she sometimes wondered if her ghosts arose from her sins like cigarette smoke.
And she laugh that laugh and take a drag from her own cigarette.
The Inside Job (Teen Wolf)
Lydia wakes up as Alpha and takes to it like she takes to everything. Perfectly.
Most Teen Wolf fics tend to acknowledge that Lydia Martin is wonderful and in charge, but they usually sideline her after that or use her to facilitate two dudes getting together. This fic is all about how Lydia is in charge, and everyone is just going to have to get over it. She’s a natural leader (as stated in canon!) and she’s allowed to have ugly feelings and be vulnerable as well as being beautiful and strong.
Iron Man; Christine Everhart; PG-13 (language, implied violence); 28,000; AU after first movie.
Christine Everhart gets assigned the story the same day that the search for Tony Stark begins to focus on French Polynesia— if “focus” is a term that can even be used for an area encompassing approximately fifteen-hundred square miles— and she finds the parallels apt. Both have a certain needle-in-a-haystack feel to them, with a questionable probability of success that’s far outweighed by the public interest in the story. There’s pressure that goes along with that level of public interest, to have something timely to report even if accuracy is impacted. Christine hates that kind of pressure, and she’s well known for fighting with the editors about it, but she’s considered the resident expert on all things regarding Tony Stark, so she still gets the assignment.
There’s also an essay; ‘Subverting the canon in feminist fan fiction: “Concession”’ which analyzes feminist fanfiction through the story.
Doctor Who ; Donna, Rose/Martha ; PG-13 ; 3000 words ; ‘Journey’s End’ AU
Donna’s got a teleport, Rose has an aversion to beaches, and maybe Martha’s not quite as done with all of this as she thought. Next stop: everywhere.
In which three fabulous companions ditch the angsting tenth doctor and go off to see the world.
in the library!
The books, TV shows, and movies we love are created in a world and business that values certain men’s voices and stories more than those of the rest of us. As a result, some of them suck, leaving us with amazing stories that also induce social-justice rages.
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