Yahtzee

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Name: Yahtzee
Alias(es): XFScully, yahtzee63
Type: fan writer
Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel the Series, Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, Harry Potter, Joan of Arcadia, X-Men, Alias, Lost, The X-Files
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URL: website: Insect Reflection
on LJ, at AO3, at ff.net
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Yahtzee is a celebrated author in many fandoms. She's probably best known for her Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel novels, and more recently for her Alias works. She writes a substantial amount of gen and het, but occasionally writes slash.

In her own words: I have written stories for several different universes, ranging from plot-driven epics, NC-17-rated love stories, and crossovers that can only be called bizarre. My philosophy as a fan author: above all, stay true to character.[1]

Early fandoms

Yahtzee was active in fandom in the mid-1990s. Her earliest fandoms include The X-Files, the classic Star Wars trilogy and Star Trek: The Original Series.[2]

Her first slash fanfic was written for The Phantom Menace. In her own words, "during Qui-Gon's final scene; when he ran his finger down Obi-Wan's cheek, I thought, "Hmm. Bet the slashers have a field day with this." [After seeing it again] I resisted it for a couple of weeks, [but] the change in my brain became undeniable -- I was becoming one of "the slashers." And yes, actually, I WAS going to have a field day with this."[3]

Buffy and Angel Fanfiction

Yahtzee was a prolific and highly popular writer in the BtVS/AtS fandom in the early 2000s. Her BtVS AU novel Phoenix Burning won several awards and is among the most frequently recommended works in the fandom. Her AtS AU novel As Time Goes By was also widely recommended. She also co-wrote two popular AtS novels with Rheanna. Yahtzee was still publishing Buffyverse stories in 2004, but has subsequently left this fandom.

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Alias Fanfiction

In late 2003, Yahtzee began writing Alias fanfiction. Her first Alias story was The Thought That Counts. This story established some of Yahtzee's key interests in Alias fandom, namely, the complex web of relationships between the members of the show's central family: Jack Bristow, a CIA agent, his daughter Sydney Bristow, also a CIA agent, and his ex-wife Irina Derevko, initially a Russian agent but later a power-broker with her own agenda. In later seasons of the show, the 'SpyFam' would grow to include Irina's sisters, Elena Derevko and Katya Derevko, and Nadia Santos, Irina's daughter by Arvin Sloane. These characters, along with Sydney's fellow agent and lover Michael Vaughn, would be the core group on which many of Yahtzee's stories focused.

Although the show was primarily driven by the conventions of the spy thriller (double agents, disguises, missions, hi-tech gadgetry), it also utilised a strong SF/fantasy element through the inclusion of Milo Rambaldi, an inventor/genius strongly modelled on Leonardo Da Vinci. In Alias' reality, Rambaldi was responsible for creating a number of inventions far in advance not just of Renaissance science but of modern day technology as well. Acquisition of Rambaldi objects and knowledge was a frequently used plot device, and coincidentally also provided a useful mechanism for introducing science fictional elements into stories. Yahtzee's Alias fan novels The Prophet's Right Hand[1] and Irenicon[2] are both excellent examples of this, using (respectively) time travel and immortality as key plot elements.

From 2004 onwards, Yahtzee began to write prolifically in Alias fandom, her output ranging from fan novels to numerous ficlets and drabbles on the Alias 500 LJ community. Her longer Alias stories include AUs (The Prophet's Right Hand), canon-based stories (The Thought that Counts[3]), humour (Jack Bristow at the Edge of Reason[4], an Alias/Bridget Jones' Diary crossover), darker fic (What Julia Knew[5]), 'Five Things' fic (The Twelfth of Never[6]) and lighter adventures (Bristow's 11[7], a heist fic loosely based on Ocean's 11). The most common pairings in Yahtzee's Alias fics are Jack/Irina, Sydney/Vaughn, Sydney/Weiss; after the introduction of Nadia Santos' character, Yahtzee wrote a number of fics, including Evergreen[8] around the "WowWrongBadHot" pairing Jack/Nadia. The strained but deep father/daughter bond between Jack and Sydney Bristow is also at the heart of almost all Yahtzee's Alias stories; writing in the point of view of Jack Bristow, a character for whom a moment of huge emotional expression will typically involve giving a small nod, presents a particular set of challenges to the fan writer.

Yahtzee continued to write Alias fanfiction up to and beyond the show's cancellation at the end of its fifth season in 2006.

Other Fandoms

Since 2003, Yahtzee has branched out into writing in several other fandoms, including Harry Potter, Joan of Arcadia, Lost, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ugly Betty and X-Men. She has also written popular stories across numerous small fandoms, including I, Claudius, Jeeves and Wooster, Lemony Snicket, Rear Window, Remington Steele, Sense and Sensibility and Twin Peaks.

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Notable works

References

  1. Fanfiction.net: Yahtzee (accessed 9 February 2012)
  2. Yahtzee: Thought Brackets (accessed 9 February 2012)
  3. Yahtzee: Gotterdammerung (accessed 9 February 2012)
  4. Katta's Fanfic Recs (accessed 9 February 2012)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Polyamorous Recommendations (accessed 9 February 2012)
  6. Espresso Recommendations: Angel/Buffy (accessed 9 February 2012)
  7. Chandler's Field: Fan Fiction Recs by LJC (accessed 9 February 2012)
  8. Television Without Pity Forums: Fan Fiction (accessed 9 February 2012)
  9. Katspace: Yahtzee (accessed 9 February 2012)
  10. thefourthvine@dreamwidth: 217: Popular Fiction (accessed 9 February 2012)
  11. it would have been nice to have had unicorns (accessed 23 July 2013)
  12. Rec by PhoenixFalls at 221B-Recs on LiveJournal, posted 23 May 2014.
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