April 6th, 2016

Consider the hands that write this letter by Watermellonsmellinfellon (NC-17)

Title: Consider the Hands That Write This Letter
Fandom: Hannibal
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Categories/Genres: Dark, Canon Divergence
Length: 20193
Warnings: Major Character Death (Not Will or Hannibal)

Author/Artist on AO3: Watermelonsmellinfellon

Summary: Hannibal had written a letter to Will and Alana decided not to have it sent. In a misguided notion of mercy, she decides that Will doesn't need to know that Hannibal is trying to contact him and lies to Hannibal, telling him that Will has threatened to leave should Hannibal persist. She decides to just have the letters shredded.

Hannibal realizes the opportunity for what it is and chooses to continue writing to Will, pouring his heart into those words and using his Memory Palace Will to pretend that everything is right with the world. He can confess his adoration and Will would never know. Hannibal would never have to face rejection and Will wouldn't know his feelings.

But there is a small issue. One of the orderlies doesn't like Alana's decision and secrets away the letters, sending them to Will Graham anyway.

Hannibal bares his soul, Will falls in love and sheds his fears, and Alana is unaware of it all.
Oh, the drama that shall unfold.

Review: The Hannibal fandom is a tricky business and I deeply admire the people that try to write for this pairing. I feel that is mainly because their main characters are so pure in their incompatibility. Hannibal isn’t hannibal without killing and Will isn’t Will if he wasn’t always tormented with the desire to be better than that.

In this fic the writer compromises by making each character meet halfway. Hannibal is more protective and less damaging to Will and Will is more willing to join the dark. So while the characters are a little ooc as they have to be, the story is fantastic and keeps you on your toes about where it is going.

The tension is kept up as these two genius’ try to out-smart each other. In the end if it wasn’t for the intervention of smaller characters these two would never have communicated at all. And above all else this fic keeps in mind my number one rule I have when reading Hannibal fics and that is that Will must be safe and unharmed. As beautiful as the show is, I could never handle the constant threat that was a kitten like Will being placed in a shark tank like that and watching all the other characters try their very best to tear chunks off of him. I have never had the desire to pull a character through a screen to keep them safe before but for this show it was something I felt every episode.

Consider the Hands That Write This Letter
3x3 eyes yakumo

Darkness, Darkness and Gray Goes Black by Gwynneth (unrated)

Title: Darkness, Darkness and Gray Goes Black
Fandom: Miracles
Pairing: gen
Categories: vid, recruiter vid, dark, horror, character study
Length: vid, 4mins and 3min12
Warnings: blood, whump, gore, violence, disturbing imagery. There is a physical triggers warning on Gray Goes Black.

Author on Livejournal: gwyn_r
Author Website: Chez Vids (Gwyneth's vid site)

Summary:
Gray Goes Black The blood we're sinking in.
Darkness, Darkness God is now here, or God is nowhere -- it's hard to tell in the nightmarish world of Paul Callan.

Review: Gwyneth's amazing Miracles vids serve as the best advertisement there is out there for this (small, sadly very prematurely cancelled) fandom which explored supernatural tales that were... generally a bit less pulled out of a genre writer's ass than more successful shows like SPN and X-Files. The vids are beautiful even if you've never seen the fandom, and y'know, introducing the amazing whump-magnet that is Paul Callan (played by Skeet Ulrich), who I think made it through, what, one episode of this show's thirteen without being injured?

Darkness, Darkness was my own introduction to the show, a surreal, grim character study with contrasting innocent and bloodsoaked imagery, from the gorgeously filmed car/train collision to the rain of blood to the ghost children that seem to follow Paul around. It encapsulates mostly the pilot episode with a few clips from other early episodes and is an older vid, a little slower in pacing. That may be part of what allows it to have a coherent narrative even in absence of knowledge of the show. Certainly I was watching this one on repeat even before I'd ever seen an episode.

Gray Goes Black is Gwyneth's updated take on the show made some years later, incorporating the whole series, in all its creepy, grim glory, moving at a much quicker pace with a broader focus on Paul and Alva and the cases that they investigate.

Both vids really hit home how stunningly beautiful and freakin' creepy this show was, and it may be a product of the fandom being so small, but for me they're so integral within it that it's impossible to think of the fandom without thinking of these vids. I can't split them apart for reccing purposes: Darkness, Darkness is the vid that I'll always remember which drew me into this fandom, Gray Goes Black is faster paced and just as incredible, and may be more appealing to updated audiences, over a decade on.

Darkness, Darkness and Gray Goes Black
[Downloads for both are on this page.]