Friday 6 August 2021

Friday Fics Fix - Loki, Gender, and The TVA (Fandom Is Here For It)


‘But as the days wore on in the TVA, blending together as they did, Loki realized that what they missed was magic.

And the freedom that came with it’


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

I mean… it’s probably no surprise that I’ve been absorbing large amounts of Loki fanfiction as if I can somehow merge them with my DNA.

(Which… I feel like there’s probs a fic out there somewhere that’s based on just that scenario, but I’m too scared to look. Because I’ll find it. 😅)

But if you’re new around here: I’m Marvel trash, btw.

And of the many specific types of Marvel trash that I am – being part of Loki’s Army is right up there.

(Fandom notes:

Loki’s Army is a name for the Loki fandom. As in Loki’s ‘I have an army’ line from Avengers Assembled.)

And the acknowledgement of Loki’s (long comics-canon) Queer identities (yes, plural Queer IDs: gender and sexuality,) in the Disney+ show, has given fandom a gift.

Fandom can create entire Queer back-stories out of one or two lingering glances – so explicit representation is like Christmas at the ice-cream shop when you’re six years old, y’know?

And while Loki’s Gender-Fluid identity wasn’t explored in the show – a brief look at his TVA file will show that he’s marked ‘Sex: Fluid.’ 

And yes, the Queer nerds noticed – and it is canon.

(Fandom notes:

Canon is the ‘official’ stuff in the book/film/comics/whatever.)

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) clapping and celebrating at a bar
Via Giphy

So this week’s fic is one in the steadily growing pile in the uber-specific trope of:

‘Loki working at the TVA, struggling with Gender Dysphoria, and having to find a way to feel more comfortable.’

Fandom will give the people what they want, OK?

(Fandom notes:

A trope is difficult to explain, but it’s kind of half-way between a theme and a metaphor. Sort of like metaphor-lite.)

So this is one of the best I’ve come across so far.

Well-written, good characterisation, really emotive without being melodramatic – what more could you ask for?

This fic is also #OwnVoices for Gender-Fluid rep, and uses They/Them pronouns for Loki.

...All of which we love to see, ofc.

There are some very, very, mild SPOILERS in this fic.

Also Content Warnings are limited here, but this fic does include gender dysphoria, and a brief instance of misgendering.

This week's fic, then, is:

anytime. always. by burlesquecomposer

Do you think the Loki series should tackle his gender ID more?
Any fave Loki fics?
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  1. I do think that the Loki series has barely scratched the surface as to Loki's gender identity. Yes, we have a female Loki, but I would love to see more non-binary Loki's, trans Loki's, and countless others. Gender is very much a massive spectrum, and I hope the tv show will explore that more. I mean, we have an alligator Loki, for heaven's sakes!! They could definitely do more gender-wise.

    1. (Alligator Loki 4 life! Lol.)

      Yes! I would also love to see it explored with 'our' Loki - really firm up the rep! Like, they're doing better than we feared, but less than we hoped, y'know? <3

  2. " like Christmas at the ice-cream shop when you’re six years old" lol right?

    I love the sound of this.

    1. YES! Lol.

      And the Loki fanfiction game is strong right now, and I'm loving it :) lol <3


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