Sunday, 26 June 2011

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A conversation that has been building for several days.

First, [personal profile] oliviacirce wrote the really excellent Don't Try This At Home, creepy X-Men mindwhammy fic where, in her words, "Charles incepts Erik into being a supervillain." Except I am easily distracted by small things and have this little compulsive itch to TIE EVERYTHING TOGETHER and the story contains the following:

And that—that is the most frightening thing, because Erik isn't here to play parent to a ragged band of mutant children, he isn't here to make friends. He's here because he needs an army to battle Schmidt, because sometimes even vengeance needs back-up. Erik knows what drives him, and he doesn't have time for anything else.


Which... made me think of that episode of This American Life where they basically play five solid minutes of people from different reality tv shows announcing that they're not here to make friends. Because I'm a bad person, I made Olivia listen to it as well.

Which leads us to the phone conversation Olivia and I had yesterday:

epershand: Now what I really want is the X-Men AU that is Real World: Arlington. You've got a bunch of people from strikingly different backgrounds gathered together to live in a large concrete structure, and the government has a job that they all need to team up and do. And everyone's trying to figure out who the gay one is, and the producers are prodding the asshole psychic and the intense holocaust survivor to get into bigger and bigger fights?

oliviacirce: You don't want Real World: Westchester? There's a SECRET MANSION in it!

epershand: No, that's a later season. They bring back the most dramatic guy from RW: Arlington to run the house.

oliviacirce: Oh, you're right, it has a whole new cast.

epershand: But yeah, they bring back Charles, just like they brought back Puck from RW: San Francisco over and over and over again.

oliviacirce: ...

epershand: WHAT I WATCHED A LOT OF MTV IN THE 90S OK? BACK WHEN I WASN'T IN BACKSTREET BOYS FANDOM /o\

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