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21 January 2006 @ 09:17 am
How to detect your friendly neighbourhood fanfic author...  
From various people on my f-list, but I think I spotted it first at espresso_addict 's LJ ...

Top ten giveaways that you are reading a story by bimo:

1. If you don't happen to be friends with the author, chances are that you've discovered the story only by accident

2. You are puzzled by the rather absurd title, which only makes sense in retrospect once you are finished with reading

3. The text itself is quite short, roughly between 500-1500 words, and the plot description doesn't strike you as very helpful since there is very little actual plot

4. However, there's a surprisingly catchy opening sentence or paragraph

5. The author clearly prefers Microcosm to Macrocosm, the focus on details to the creation of earth-shattering epics. The characters' inner worlds are more important than their current surroundings

6. To a certain degree, the author's language and choice of words mimics that of her characters.

7. Lots of other 'Modernisms' as well. Open embrace of the present tense, free indirect discourse and interior monologue. Occasionally a slight tendency towards Imagism

8. One of the story's main themes is "Friendship and loyalty, or the lack thereof"

9. The author is utterly non-romantic and doesn't really believe in 'happily ever after'. Even the more hopeful endings bear traces of underlying dilemmas and impending doom

10. If you are involved in only one or two fandoms, it will be somewhat difficult for you to find other pieces by the same author. While Bimo has actually produced quite a lot of stories over the years, they were all written for different TV shows
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful, busy
Current Music: P.P. Arnold, The First Cut is the Deepest
Hmpfhmpf on January 21st, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
Let's hear it for present tense!
I like present tense. Apparently, it's a major turn-off for many people, though. Which I don't get at all.

Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on January 22nd, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: Let's hear it for present tense!
I like present tense. Apparently, it's a major turn-off for many people, though. Which I don't get at all.

I don't really get it, either. For me, the present tense has always felt like a perfectly legitimate writing tool that can be used and abused, just like about any other stylistic device on the planet.

What I like most about it is this feeling of immediate vicinity that it creates whenever it's employed wisely. It stresses the moment, the acuteness of a character's thoughts, experiences or actions.

I would not dream of writing anything in the present tense that involves larger shifts in time or space, but if the text is dealing with just one very definite situation, it's totally priceless.

Vashtanvashtan on January 21st, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Did this as well. :)
Think that about sums it up. :)
Bimobimo on January 22nd, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Did this as well. :)
Did this as well. :)

I just read your list and find your top ten characteristics of the original Vashtan story perfectly fitting :-)

You know the the 'Fleisch' thingie totally gives me the creeps every time I notice it. I'm perfectly aware it's an old trick. I know some words are magic words, but that doesn't stop me from getting goosebumps...Probably because your kind of magic is so very different from my own.

Oh, and so good to hear from you! Even if the news from the job/writing/private front all sound like rather mixed blessings, it was quite a relief to learn that you've re-joined the ranks of the living and the communicative ;-)
Vashtanvashtan on January 22nd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Did this as well. :)
*bows* I hope it was tongue in chek enough. I am aware of my automatic responses, but I can only write what I care about...

"Fleisch" is powerful, undoubtledly. And I guess I am just this shy of dark grey magic, as it were. Some responses to "Kettenhund" show how intense the book is to the reader. Some don`t get it, but that`s not my problem, really.

Yeah, I always vanish for a bit and deal with my issues. It`s usually over in 2-3 months, though. And I should really bugger off to a nice, tropical island during that time. I can`t say I enjoy those spells.
(Anonymous) on January 21st, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
witty and self-knowledgeable ;-)
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on January 22nd, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
witty and self-knowledgeable ;-)

Thank you :-)

You read my stories?
Cavendishcavendish on January 22nd, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
sorry to dissappoint you, but yes I do; and I simply forgot to log in ;-)

No mystery reader here, sorry ;-)

Cavendishcavendish on January 24th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
PS.: Who the f*** is P.P. Arnold, ?!

The First Cut is the Deepest, is, to my knowledge, a Cat stevens Song.

Has here been a Cover version lately?

Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on January 24th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
Re: ps.:
Well, not exactly lately, I think ;-)

Do you remember the "Lewis 501 Hits" CD that I have? The one with lots of old songs like "Piece of my Heart" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama"?

The P.P. Arnold version of "First Cut" happens to be on the very same CD.