Friday 3 March 2023

Friday Fics Fix - A Freaking Behemoth of a FrostIron Fanfic

'“How am I supposed to help if you’re off in the land of the God-Complex?”

Loki’s lips thinned, but any glare was lost on Stark who had his back to him.'

Title: Fics Fix! Background: purple with a white lightning bolt shape

I'm a fan of novel-length fics, I'm a fan of FrostIron. Put the two together?

Oh boy, do I have a treat for you.

(Fandom notes: 

FrostIron is a romantic and/or sexual relationship between Marvel's Tony Stark and Loki. It weirdly works, just trust me on this.)

This is not just a novel-length fanfic, this is a doorstopper novel-length fanfic, this is a freaking behemoth of a fanfic.

On my e-reader, it came in at a little over 1000 (yes, 1k) pages.

Now - not all of that is story, fanfic being what it is means there are author's notes here and there, mostly at the beginning of chapters.

And the fic author decided to present two versions of some chapters - one with the sex scenes, and a 'clean' version without the sex scenes. 

But... we were already over 400 pages in before the sex scenes even started.

This is a huge fic.

And it took the fic author seven years to complete.

Seven years.

That is dedication to fanfiction! Right there!

Now, on account of the length of time this work took to complete, it kind of starts off as canon compliant circa Thor 2, and then very quickly becomes AU.

So the Hel in this fic is very different to the Hela in Thor 3, for example - she has an entirely different relationship with Asgard, an entirely different backstory, an entirely different set of skills and objectives. 

She's also terrifyingly awesome in an entirely different way to Thor 3's Hela.

(Fandom notes:

Canon is the 'official' stuff in the book/film/TV series/whatever.

AU is an Alternate Universe. It is a Universe that is Alternate.)

Loki, yelling: Tell me!
Via Giphy

So, the basic premise here is:

Tony's in his sad place because of an argument with the other Avengers and SHIELD.

While wallowing in said sad place, Loki - who's been pardoned due to the prevailing fanon of him not being to blame for the events of Avengers 1 - pops up in his tower, trying to convince him to Make Nice with the other heroic types on account of Thanos being a thing that will happen.

Tony doesn't want to - and instead suggests that Loki and he form an alliance, albeit an untrusting, bound-by-magical-contract one.


(Fandom notes:

Fanon is a fan theory that's been so widely accepted that it's now accepted as canon within many fandom spaces.)

What follows is so much tropey fake-dating (to own the Homophobes, natch.) enemies-to-friends-to-lovers...

But it doesn't feel stale. Which is awesome.

It manages to not feel stale despite the ginormous length - which is even awesomer. (Though I feel like the way the Thanos situation is dealt with will lead some people to flip their tables over with anger, just a heads up!)

Tony Stark: I'm a piping hot mess
Via Giphy

Oh, and Thor is really Homophobic in this fic.

Like, a lot of Avengers characters are Bad here for plot purposes, but Thor is outright, ruin-your-brother's-goddamn-life, irredeemable.

Thor here is very much not the Lesbian icon of the Marvel movies (no, I'm being 100% serious, Thor is a Lesbian icon, Google the memes if you don't believe me,) but instead a stand-in for bigotted family members everywhere.

...And it's OK if that's a dealbreaker for you and this fic.

The Content Warnings for this fic, my dearest darling nerdlets:

- general violence

- Homophobia

- weapons dealing

- family issues, because Loki

- sexy-times (often skippable)

- animal experimentation (Not graphic.)

References to:

- suicide/suicidal thoughts

- torture

- PTSD-like symptoms

- human experimentation

- false imprisonment always, I may have forgotten something (especially over the course of 1000 pages,) so be careful!

This week's fic, then, is:

Sharpen Your Teeth by STARSdidathing

Have you ever read a fic this long?

Could you imagine having the dedication to keep writing a piece of fanfiction for seven years?

Talk to me! 😅💬

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  1. Woah, someone get this person a publisher! What a fabulous dedication to the craft of writing, and I can imagine the writer was bamboozled by all the MCU content that came out in the time it took to write.

    1. Yeah, their author notes are like (to paraphrase) 'I'm not changing the plot so just deal!' Lol.


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