Friday 5 March 2021

Friday Fics Fix - In A Sense


'Bucky sucks in a crushed breath. Orange-black and pinned like butterfly wings.'

'Fics Fix!' with purple background and white lightning bolt shape

This fic is so beautifully written.

And you should all know by now that when I find a beautifully written fic, I'm gonna rec it!

This is a fic where Bucky Barnes (from the Marvel movies etc.) has synaesthesia.

And you can tell that the fic author also has synaesthesia (something they confirm in the end notes) because it's one of the few times I've seen synaesthesia being written well.

Synaesthesesia, in case you don't know, is a form of neurodiversity where one sense is linked with another - e.g. I taste words.

Sam to Bucky: What's going on in that cyborg brain of yours? Bucky to Sam: You don't wanna know
Via Giphy

Synaesthesia is exceptionally individual - it's literally specific to each person's brain - but I've definitely read some things which were written by non-synaesthetes which...

I can't even tell you exactly what was wrong. It just was. Like, we're still human, y'know?

I remember reading some stuff that wasn't physically possible - even for a synnie. Like, you can't see sounds from an entirely sound-proof room that you also can't see into. You just... can't. 

We're not from Krypton, dearest nerdlets. Although, obviously, that would be cool.

That's not to say non-synnie's can't get it right - just that they sometimes get it very wrong.

I don't know whether it's because it's synnie-written, or just a coincidence, but this fic is also delicious.

Like, I will be re-reading this fic just for the taste - just to feel it on my tongue. 

Even the quote at the top of this post is like reading rhythms of gourmet lexicality.

(I realise that was a weird sentence - even for me - but *shrugs*)

I love that Bucky's entirely bemused by Steve Rogers' neurotypical perception of the world here.

Like, it takes most of us a long time to realise that other people don't experience the world like this.

(In my defence, you all use phrases like 'the words left a bitter taste in his mouth' - how was I supposed to know you were being metaphorical?!)

This also M/M with Steve and Bucky

...but it's very much an on-the-side aspect of the fic, it's not the focus here.

(I also almost forgot to say this because I read so much Queer fanfiction that it's pretty much a given at this point!)

There are some mild SPOILERS for the Captain America films here, and some Content Warnings to be aware of:

- general violence

- war

- blood

- injury

- torture

- memory loss


This week's fic, then, is:

go back to red sky (where his voice cannot be heard) by glitterforplaster (ineffableangel)

Any fellow synnies out there?

Have you read any good fics (or anything else for that matter) which feature synaesthesia?

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  1. I can get it would be frustrating when non-synnies forget that you are still human. Although like you said, it would be cool to be from Krypton!

    1. Ha, but then I'd have laser vision and could fly and stuff too! :D


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