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Title: War Without End
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Characters/Pairings: Raven, Charles, [Erik, Angel, Emma, Brotherhood]
Rating/Warnings: PG, allusions to assault, discussions of extreme poverty
Written for: N/A
Wordcount: ~600
A/N: This is, essentially, a story about privilege. As some of it is about the kinds I have (not quite to the degree portrayed, but sort of), please let me know if there's anything offensive here. I promise not to start a shitstorm.

It took her years to stop stealing rolls. )
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Title: The View From Up Here
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Characters/Pairings: Charles, Erik, Angel, Raven, Sean, Alex, Armando [Skip] Implied Charles/Erik, Raven/Angel, and Alex/Armando.
Ratings/Warnings:
G, barring lots of exceedingly foul language.
Written for: At the encouragement of [livejournal.com profile] gyzym  and [livejournal.com profile] littledust after a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] gyzym  about this picture.
Wordcount: 1900
A/N: ...well, this is a hell of a way to start on a new fandom. I don't even know, you guys. This is ridiculous crack (except it has bits that aren't.) AU wherein everyone lives and remains on the same side, and I do not apologize for that element, but I do apologize for everything else.

Charles's sympathy is slightly diminished by the fact that he is in a tree. )
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Dialogue from the family on X-Men: First Class:

My youngest brother: All the superhero girls in that movie were evil or turned evil, though!

This was after five minutes of gushing, but the dude is ten - if he's having that thought process at that age, I'm keeping him.

Further thoughts on the movie include that it could have been a truly incredible story about oppression and intersectionality and how a lack of privilege in one area does not mean you can't be a total asshole in other areas, particularly by combining the mutant stuff with the real-world stuff and making the gay text, so you'd have the mutants and the presence or absence of visibility and also being gay or Jewish or non-white or female or any and many combinations of all of it, which sounds really dull on paper but could just HURT SO GOOD on screen. It'd be about both those moments when someone says "I understand" and you know they don't and can't, and those moments when someone tells you their story and you love them incredibly in that moment because you've felt the exact same thing and finally someone else does, and most of all about the incongruity of having both of those moments with the same person.

And I'm not sure that that sounds any more interesting because it's a hard thing to sum up, but if the movie had gone there and been that story I would be flapping my hands and shouting "MY BOOOYYYSS, MY GIIIIRLS" for about six months. As it isn't, I really want someone to write fic about that, one that leads up and builds up to a satisfactory conclusion where they all understand as much as they can and grasp that some things they can't understand and everybody builds the school all together all at once and a lot of people get married.

For those who don't feel like reading or writing an epic novel but got annoyed by Charles's smarmy arrogance and its general acceptance by everyone who wasn't a villain, have Strategy by [livejournal.com profile] apiphile, which dives into those, explores it, and ends up quite terrifying.
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By which I mean: Tonight I saw X-Men: First Class.

To the surprise of nobody, I have thoughts!

Spoilers... )

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