skieswideopen: John Sheppard & Cameron Mitchell making guns with their hands (SG: John/Cam handguns)
I know many of you have been hard at work on your [livejournal.com profile] sga_guide. I, on the other hand, have been terribly derelict in my duties. So in the interest of setting a good example, I'm working with [livejournal.com profile] somehowunbroken to get the John Sheppard/Cameron Mitchell page done.

Once we have a draft of the full page ready, we're going to post it over at [community profile] sg_flyboys & [livejournal.com profile] sg_flyboys and ask for feedback. Before we get that far, however, I'd like to get some fanworks recs so that we can be sure our list of recs reflects the general consensus of John/Cam fans and not just our personal tastes. Since I know I have a lot of John/Cam fans on my flist, I thought I'd start here. (Anyone not on my flist who stumbles across this post is also welcome to leave recs! It's a public post for a reason.)

So consider this a call for recs! For those of you not participating in the guide, the kinds of things we're looking for are:
  • Touchstone works: works that everyone who cares about this character or relationship has read, or at least knows about
  • Works that do a great job of exemplifying a popular trope
  • Works that do a great job of countering a popular trope
  • Works that people who like this character or relationship all seem to love (regardless of your perception of the quality of the work)
  • Works that do a great job of exemplifying a trope that's popular in fandom, even if it's not common for this character or relationship
  • Works that highlight a particular author who writes this character/relationship a lot
  • Works that do something interesting or unusual or that strike you as particularly well-written
  • Works that you personally really, really like

That list is roughly in descending order of important, but you're welcome to contribute recs to any or all of those categories. Art and vid recs are welcome too. I'd appreciate it if you could leave a line about why you're recommending a particular piece, even if it's just copying and pasting one of the reasons from the list above, and maybe customizing it (e.g., which trope).

The final page will include between ten and twenty-five recs, so I don't guarantee that everything that gets mentioned here will show up. The more times a piece is mentioned, the more likely it is to make the list, so feel free to recommend things you think others will have already covered.

If you have other suggestions (common tropes, a link to a John/Cam fic rec page, etc.), please include those too!

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skieswideopen: Teyla, John, Rodney, and Ronon standing in front of an off-world stargate (SG: SGA team)
The community is now live! Head over to [livejournal.com profile] sga_guide for all future discussion.

If you're interested in writing a guide, let me know here.

If you don't want to take the lead on a guide, but would like to help out in other ways, leave a comment here. Even if you don't know an area well enough to write a guide, it will still be very useful to have people who are willing to offer feedback on the various community posts, and the guides as they start to come out. And we have other things that need done too.

Membership is moderated, but I'm letting in anyone who expresses interest--it's not meant as a way of keeping people out so much as a way of making sure people know what they're getting into if they join. So leave a comment and apply for membership (or just apply...at this point I'll assume you know what you're getting into), and come join the discussion!

And of course, if you just want to watch and wait for the guides to start coming out, you're welcome to do that too!
skieswideopen: Teyla, John, Rodney, and Ronon standing in front of an off-world stargate (SG: SGA team)
Conversation seems to have died down, so on to the next step. (If you feel like you're not being given time to participate because of the speed with which this is happening, I'm sorry. I'm trying to maintain momentum here, so once I feel like a consensus has been reached--or as close to a consensus as we're going to get--I move on. But feel free to keep bringing up stuff from previous posts if you feel strongly about it. I haven't even created the community yet, so things can still change. And if you're not on my flist and are having trouble keeping up with the new entries, just track the 'alternative guide to sga' tag.)

First off, I want to clarify the purpose of this project. What I envision is for this project to serve as a guide for people who are interested in a particular character or pairing/poly relationship. A starting point. It's not meant to list every possible fic or fanwork in an area; just to tell people where to start looking. And it's meant to fill a gap. As far as I know, there are no beginner's guides for pairings/poly relationships other than McShep, and I'd really like to see one so that people who are drawn into the fandom by characters like Elizabeth or Teyla have some idea of where to begin, and people who are curious about new pairings/poly relationship have a place to start. We are, as several of you have put it, the [livejournal.com profile] non_mcsmooch to the various [livejournal.com profile] mcsmooch-type guides out there.

More details and discussion. )

(If you're reading this on DW, I really recommend coming over to LJ for the discussion, because that seems to be where everyone is, and it's easier to keep it in one location.)

The community has been created! Come over to [livejournal.com profile] sga_guide and join in the fun there!

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