Friday 6 November 2020

Friday Fics Fix - The Good Trash, Because Its 2020 and I Need It

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'Mac slides the rest of the way out, rolling to his knees. Sweat is pouring down his face, stinging his eyes, and when he lifts his hand to wipe it away, he finds his fingers trembling. He stares at them, fascinated.'


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I'm a big fan of the MacGyver reboot TV series.

I mean, it's often trash - but it's good trash. And I love good trash.

Trash with a genius who can use science to save the world is my kinda trash. (And lead actor Lucas Till is pretty easy on the eyes. It don't hurt. #JustSaying)

The current version of MacGyver started in 2016, with 4 series to date, and contains much less questionable hairstyles than the original 1980s series.

So, because 2020 is a rollercoaster and self-care is most definitely a necessity right now, I've been reading a butt-tonne of modern MacGyver fanfiction. 

...Mainly of the Hurt/Comfort whump variety.

I like H/C ok??? Get off my back! 😅

(Fangirling notes: 

Hurt/Comfort, aka H/C, is a genre of fanfiction where a character gets hurt - either physically, mentally, or emotionally - and is comforted and/or taken care of by one or more other characters. 

It pretty much does what it says on the tin.

Whump is when a character is continually being injured/having really bad luck, piled on and/or emphasised gratuitously for the 'oh no! I must hug this precious bean!' effect by the fic author, and pretty common in H/C, as you might expect.)

I'm a fan of H/C - especially when the fic author manages to somehow make it so that it's not too melodramatic.*

Again, it's often trash. But, like MacGyver, it's the good trash.

*Do you think I could pass all this off as research for my own writing? 😅

But, y'know what? H/C also has good life lessons:

  • it's OK to ask for help
  • having problems is not a moral or character weakness
  • taking care of yourself is important
  • even heroes need a helping hand
  • minimising your problems doesn't make them go away
...I could go on, but I think you get my point. H/C might be trash, but it's not just trash. #DeeperThanYouThink

Lucas Till as MacGyver
...See? Not too difficult to look at! 😅

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So, this week's fic is a simple affair where Mac, during his days on the bomb squad in Afghanistan, before he became a spy-dude, ends up with heat exhaustion.

Luckily, partner and 'overwatch' (bodyguard-type army-dude... I think...) Jack Dalton is there to stop the dude from dropping dead and/or accidentally blowing them up while he tries to disarm a bomb.

(See? Not asking for help can literally blow up in your face dammit! #LifeLessons)

(...I realise I used the word 'dude' like 100 times just now, but I'm too tired to change it.)

Content Warnings for this week's fic:

- heat exhaustion (oddly enough)

- throwing up

- war/conflict

- bombs

- guns

This week's fic, then, is:

Heat + Exhaustion by Captain_Kieran

Are you a MacGyver fan?

What's your fave 'good trash'?

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  1. I used to love Lucas Till as a kid because he was in the Hannah Montana movie. So I completely agree that he is easy on the eyes XD

    My favourite good trash is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It can be so cheesy at times, but it's got a pretty diverse cast and I can't help but love it.

    1. (You were a kid when the Hannah Montana movie came out? I feel old.)

      Yes, he is! Plus he played the way too under-utilised Alex Summers/Havoc in X-Men.

      I've heard good things about that series, but I grew up with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so that's the version I love! <3


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