Friday 1 October 2021

Friday Fics Fix - Trope Stew With SamBucky (You Know You Love It!)


'Bucky’s knife skills are like a well-choreographed dance, smooth and dangerous and beautiful. He moves like water, the knife a true extension of his arm, and it’s all Sam can do not to let his mouth drop open like a goddamn cartoon character.'

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


To the surprise of probably no-one by this point, I'm here to rec you some more The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (TFATWS) - specifically, more SamBucky.

(Look, the inside of my head is essentially a big ball of tangled spaghetti, the confusion of which is relieved by the presence of various fictional characters, who have taken their spots rent-free, and who fight each other for dominance. 

Right now, Sam and Bucky are winning. 😅)

(Fandom Notes: 

SamBucky is a romantic and/or sexual relationship between Sam and Bucky. Hence the name, lol.)

This week, I have for your humble consideration, a well-written road-trip fic with slow burn romance, pining, and a dash of angst

- and if that trope stew ain't enough for you, then I will also add a healthy helping of schmoop and fluff as Sam introduces Bucky to the everyday wonders of The Big Wide World™. 

And this time, said wide world isn't trying to kill him - which is refreshing.

(Fandom Notes:

Slow burn romance - romance that takes a while to actually become a romance, a relationship that amps up slowly

Pining - characters making puppy dog eyes at each other on account of how much they wanna be together.

Angst - dramatic and/or emotional stuff, typically struggling with the heavy sh**.

Tropes - kind of half-way between a theme and a stereotype.

Schmoop - adorableness, typically along the lines of characters bonding in a wholesome way

Fluff - light-hearted stuff; like sunshine and rainbows to Angst's clouds and thunder.

...I need to start using less fandom terminology 😅 ...maybe. 😎 )

Captain America's shield slamming into a tree trunk. The words 'I need this' are super-imposed on top of the shield
Via Giphy

It was super-enjoyable, with enough light-n-shade to keep yours truly's little goblin spaghetti brain happy.

And that's an excellent tribute, if ever there was one 😉 ('s been a long week. I regret nothing. 😅 )

It also doesn't shy away from mental health issues and trauma and the sh** that these two have been through - but neither does it overly-dwell, managing to keep the balance without trivialising the issues.

This picks up directly after TFATWS series, with a relatively flimsy bureaucratic plot device to give Sam and Bucky some time off.

As such, it's also filled to the brim with SPOILERS - SPOILERS EVERYWHERE! OK? OK.

A couple of warnings for this one:

- references to:

   - racism

   - trauma

   - mental health issues

   - death

   - terrorism

   - torture

   - general violence

- knives used in a training/workout capacity

- affects of trauma and torture

- grief

- overwhelm

- everyday affects of mental health issues

- sexy-times

This week's fic, then, is:

maybe together, we can get somewhere by faintlystrange

Does this sound like your kind of trope-combo?

Are you a fan of angsty moments in lighter plots?

Talk to me! 😈💬😅

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  1. Oh boy this looks great! Thanks for the rec!

  2. I think angsty moments in lighter plot is a good thing! It's great when writers are able to provide a good balance between serious and happy. Of course, life isn't always butterflies and rainbows!

    1. Ha, I wish it could be! But yeah, including a few darker moments keeps things juicy ;)


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