Aralias

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Name: Aralias
Alias(es): Polkat (early alias, used almost exclusively on Fanfiction.net), Katy (RL first name)
Type: fan writer, podficcer
Fandoms: primarily Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Blake's 7
Communities: Very active on Best_enemies; founded More Politics, Podtor Who, Unconventional Courtship, and BlakeFest; helped moderate B_E, Trope Bingo, Henrietta Street (Eighth Doctor Adventures comm) and Who Daily
Other:
URL: on DW, on LJ, on AO3, on Teaspoon
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Aralias is a fanfiction writer and podficcer, currently (as of 2013) primarily in Blake's 7 and (now to a lesser extent) Doctor Who fandom. Before Who, she was in Harry Potter fandom where she largely wrote Remus/Sirius fic. She is, and always has been, almost exclusively based on Dreamwidth/Livejournal and now also Archive of our Own.

She began writing Doctor Who fic in 2007, Blake's 7 fic in 2013, and began podficcing in 2010. She is in the process of building up a personal zine library and writing reviews, which are mostly posted to Fanlore. Several examples can be found at Fire & Ice.

Her screen name has been taken from the name of a "psychopathic elf, harbouring an unhealthy obsession with his own sister" OC created for a Lord of the Rings roleplay[1].

Fanfiction

She was relatively influential in Classic Doctor/Master fandom and helped mod Best_enemies, one of the main Livejournal communities for the pairing. She also wrote gen for Doctor Who, although roughly half of her output was D/M fic. In Blake's 7 fandom, her fic is mostly Blake/Avon, although again there is some gen and other pairings, particularly prompted by her Non-B/A Christmas events.

Her fic is mostly hopeful and frequently features happy endings. In 2013 Neveralarch created an "idfic" bingo card for Aralias.[2], which aimed to include as many of Aralias's favourite tropes as possible. Aralias described the card (which featured tropes such as power dynamics/power struggles, displays of expertise/talent, consent play, pretending to be married, actually being married and rubbish facial hair) as "pretty brilliant, actually"[3].

She often collaborates with her IRL girlfriend x_los, who is also often her beta.

Fandom Involvement

Aralias has stated that her unofficial motto is 'be the fandom that i wish to be in'.[4] For this reason, she has founded numerous fests. These include More Politics, Podtor Who, Unconventional Courtship and BlakeFest. She has also helped moderate various other fests and communities, including Trope Bingo, Henrietta Street and Who Daily. She also organised the import of The Blake's 7 Library to Archive of Our Own (assisted by Judith Proctor, burntcandlemas, Elviaprose and x_los).

In 2015 she published the Blake's 7 zine Pride and Prejudice

She works (very infrequently) for Archive of our Own as a tester and tag wrangler.

Fiction Reviews

In 2013, Aralias and another fan created Katy and Molly's 77+ Favourite A/B and A-B Stories.

Aralias has also written many Blake's 7 fiction reviews, many of which are posted and linked on Fanlore.

In 2013, when a fan who'd read a review of her own story asked "Isn't it embarrassing doing reviews when you know the authors are around?," Aralias replied:
i am a bit [embarrassed], obviously - well, a lot, but i've started down this dark road of reviewing now and there's not much i can do except stop, and i'm quite enjoying the reviewing process - plus, i think it's useful to me as a person who wants to write their own fic. writing vengefully about how i disagree with something is often a good way of finding out what i do think... and then hopefully that will help me write something that i wouldn't want to verbally savage if i'd paid £20 to read it. i'd be terribly embarrassed to find out that the authors of the novel-length fics i ripped apart for thousands of pages were reading what i'd said... but since i linked to them from fanlore i am trying to adapt to that possibility (because the only reviews of 'long way back' etc i could find pre-reading it said it was the most wonderful thing ever, and i strongly felt it wasn't and the people of the future needed to know). [5]

Example Fanworks

Fanfiction

Doctor Who

  • Familiarity - Ten/Simm!Master fic set on the Valiant. Aralias's first Doctor Who fic.
  • Waterloo - Five/Ainley!Master snifflefic, also includes aliens who look like otters and love Abba. Aralias's first Classic Who fic.
  • Wonderwall and The Masterplan - Five/Ainley!Master, Eight/Jacobi!Master fics that spin off from 'Planet of Fire', mostly set during the Time War (one of Aralias's primary concerns). x_los wrote on Best_Enemies: aralias is a writer whose strength increases with length... This story is a bit of a classic at this point (perhaps it's a waste of time to rec something so foundational, but then again, perhaps newer people haven't read it), and beautiful.[6]
  • A List of the Lost - gen five things fic about the fifth Doctor and his companions. Dbskyler wrote on Calufrax: Taken individually, the vignettes are a wonderful series of character studies; added together, they are a study on the Doctor himself, and an insightful look into the Doctor/companion relationship.[7]
  • When We Were Six - gen fic about the sixth Doctor meeting Donna Noble. Lost Spook wrote on Calufrax: The interactions between the two (and Peri) are lovely, with the voices spot on, as are Wilfred’s proud grandfatherly reactions at the end.[8]

Blake's 7

  • Something Borrowed - gen in which Avon and Vila have to pretend to be married. Aralias's first B7 fic.
  • Make War, Not Love - Blake/Avon, PGP fic based on the plot mcguffin from 'Death Watch'. Elviaprose wrote in a rec list... she shares with Aralias: far from feeling like a retreading of old ground, this story is one of the most fresh and original you'll find in the fandom. Katy is stunningly good at taking a scenario and figuring out how to spin it out to its full comic or dramatic potential.[9]
  • An Apple Cleft In Two - Blake/Avon, PGP curtain fic in which Tarrant has to pretend to be Blake to prevent a diplomatic incident. Elviaprose wrote: You couldn't ask for a lovelier, more finely drawn portrait of Blake and his relationship with Avon. A comedy plot that packs an emotional punch. Exquisitely detailed, with great prose.[10]

Podfic

Doctor Who

  • When We Were Six - gen, see above. One of Aralias's first podfics.[11]
  • The Crane Wife written by x_los - Five/Ainley, AU!Slave fic. Originally posted on Dreamwidth[12]
  • Failure Rate by x_los, polyvocal podfic recorded with x_los - Seven/Ainley!Master, crackfic based on 'Survival'

Blake's 7

Meta, Reviews & Other

Blake's 7

General

References

  1. Aralias posting on Dreamwidth in 2009
  2. 'idfic bingo' post on Dreamwidth 28 May 2013
  3. Ibid
  4. Review of Big Finish's Liberator Chronicles on Dreamwidth 03 September 2013]
  5. at from aralias' review of Stuff and Nonsense, or L'Austen Space on her Dreamwidth journal; reference link
  6. x_los posting on Best Enemies
  7. Dybskyler posting on Calufrax
  8. Lost Spook posting on Calufrax
  9. Katy and Molly's 77+ Favourite A/B and A-B Stories on Dreamwidth
  10. Katy and Molly's 77+ Favourite A/B and A-B Stories on Dreamwidth
  11. Post on Dreamwidth in 2010
  12. Post on Dreamwidth in November 2010