Crystal Blue Persuasion (Starsky & Hutch story)

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Title: Crystal Blue Persuasion
Author(s): Flamingo
Date(s): 1997 (print)
Genre: slash
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch
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Crystal Blue Persuasion is a Starsky/Hutch story by Flamingo.

The cover by of the zine the story was in was by Suzan Lovett and was the inspiration for Flamingo's story.

It was published in Crystal Blue Persuasion and now online.

It won a Huggy Award at Zcon and a STIFfie, both in 1997.

According to the author's note this was Flamingo's first Starsky & Hutch story and it was inspired by the illo "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Suzan Lovett. An author's note: "I saw it at a friend's house and asked Suzan where the story was that inspired it. She told me there was no story...yet. The illo became the cover of the zine by the same name." [1]

Some 2000 Comments by the Author Regarding Canon and Fanon

"Actually, I can see both sides of this issue, especially when you're dealing with a show as canon-heavy as SH has always been. Many fans writing now don't have the priviledge of having a library of uncut tapes from which to do their own research. And some things in SH *are* considered a given by fandom at large. We've all sat in fandom gatherings were stories were criticized because some critical issue in fanon wasn't used when the story called out for it, and it interfered with the believability of the story. I wrote my first SH story, Crystal Blue Persuasion, after having seen about 6 episodes (one of them the Shootout, from which the story takes off). My first readers had some problems with the story because of all the things I *didn't* know. I was able to edit it better with a few more episodes under my belt, so that it agreed more with canon and was more believable. (I'd come from Miami Vice fandom which didn't give a damn about canon.) However, my ending proposed a chain of events that would have been negated by canon. At that point, in spite of fan protests, I ignored the canon and kept my ending. Some people like the ending, some argue that it doesn't mesh with canon. I don't like canon to be a trap that doesn't allow us any writing freedom, however, a certain familiarity with canon or fanon (what fans assume canon implies) can help ground a story in verisimilitude. Stories that start with Starsky cooking gourmet meals and Hutch eating cold pizza and rootbeer for breakfast can make it hard to recognize the characters. But, if these changes in character evolve logically in the course of the story, that's different.


Of course, I totally agree with Suz re: not yielding to general fan belief if it doesn't suit you. I am a huge proponent of writing whatever it is you damned please, canon be damned, anyone's opinion be damned -- as long as you can make us BELIEVE it, and that is the major critical issue here." [2]

Reactions and Reviews

Starsky and Hutch's relationship is tested almost to the breaking point as they come to realize they're in love with each other, and my heart ached for them while I watched them try to keep from losing everything. The author doesn't ignore the implications of two men who've always identified as straight moving into a homosexual relationship. [3]
I love Flamingo's writing and this is one of my favorites. A terrific follow up to Shootout.[4]
"Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Flamingo -- My favorite MV writer and one of my favorite writers in all of fandom has decided to come in from the Siberia of fandom into a realm where other people are actually *writing*!  :-) As would be expected, it's a solid story filled with angst and hot sex. This particular story is set not long after the episode "Shootout" (the one where Starsky gets shot in the Italian restaurant) and has Starsky trying to make Hutch face up to the fears the incident brought by making him return to the, as it were, scene of the crime. The second longest story in the zine, it's a strong closer for the zine. [5]


  1. Flamingo. Crystal Blue Persuasion: Author's note (Accessed 04 October 2009)
  2. Flamingo: comments at a January 2000 post at The Pits, now offline, quoted on Fanlore with Flamingo's permission
  3. from Recommendations, accessed 1.9.2012
  4. Starsky & Hutch slash rec at Many Roads, comment by Annie, September 22, 2009
  5. In 1997, Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is quoted on Fanlore with Michelle's permission.