tevere: Kobe Bryant in a ridiculous white hood (Kobe)
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I am not a team player. The thought of team sports makes me break out in hives. In the thirteen years I've been with The Boy, I've managed to remain completely, blissfully, ignorant about the sport around which his family revolves. And yet when [personal profile] thefourthvine suggested this Nike advertisement as a potential Yuletide source earlier in the year, I somehow couldn't resist. POC protagonists! Rivalry! Jealousy! Extreme competence! It's only a minute long, but somehow contains an entire world:

As [personal profile] thefourthvine correctly guessed (and I think [personal profile] toft suspected), my story was:

Winning is everything (because without it there's nothing) (9852 words) by Tevere
Fandom: This Is Where It Starts Commercial
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ben Watkins/Meng Ling
Summary: "It's a commercial, not a competition," Meng says. "The only person who cares how you play is you." He laughs. "Our job is just to look good. Can you do that, or are you too busy hating me?"

My Yuletide lesson this year was that one-minute fandoms are hard, yo. I couldn't really put my finger on the problem until I read this brilliantly insightful post on narrative tension (highly recommended!!) by [livejournal.com profile] supacat aka [livejournal.com profile] freece, whom you may know as the author of the utterly absorbing Captive Prince series. I'm so used to having complex, lengthy sources to leverage off as a source of narrative tension, not to mention characters that have distinct personalities. Squashing character development and something of a relationship into 10,000 words was... challenging, to say the least. To make it even more difficult there was also the whole basketball thing, Christ. Despite The Boy's best efforts, I still have no idea what a pick-and-roll actually looks like. On the other hand, I do now have strong opinions on the size of Dwight Howard's head in relation to his shoulders, Blake Griffin's performance at Jenga, whether or not Shane Battier could win Jeopardy!, if Dwyane Wade is the best-dressed man in the NBA, and if Kobe's Death Stare was the final nail in Mike Brown's coffin. -- Oh, and did I mention that this fandom takes place TWENTY YEARS IN THE FUTURE? I mean, sports science fiction, I can't even.

Anyway, given the time constraints of working around a screaming three month old baby, I'm tolerably satisfied with how it turned out. Thank you so much to [livejournal.com profile] supacat for her structural superpowers, [personal profile] isilya for sports-fandom cheerleading, [personal profile] kaneko for moral support, and [personal profile] the_grynne for expert advice on future!China. And, of course, to The Boy for endless technical advice, sending me all the best gossip links, and sharing fannish squee with me for the first time ever.

Date: 2013-01-01 10:38 pm (UTC)
toft: graphic design for the moon europa (Default)
From: [personal profile] toft

Date: 2013-01-02 12:49 am (UTC)
cyphomandra: vale from brotown celebrating (woo hoo!)
From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
Aha! I was going to leave a comment on this one rather than a kudos, but could not manage to phrase "I have no interest in basketball or RPF [I didn't realise the characters were fictional until I read this entry, actually] but *love* all your setting details, the worldbuilding and the food, and would cheerfully read another 10000 words of that" without sounding more than a little odd. I should have remembered your Inspector Chen story :)

Date: 2013-01-02 08:48 am (UTC)
vi: (umbrellas)
From: [personal profile] vi
I left kudos also for the same reason as the commenter above -- I wouldn't have read this if you hadn't posted about it because sport just goes over my head. :D The characterisation and the worldbuilding are amazing! I felt I was right there.

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