Anyway. Reading fanfic, naturally, because it's the best thing to do at nearly-to-three in the morning when you should be asleep, and because there's always that possibility you'll find something that isn't so horrible you want to gouge your eyes out with a rusty nail. And really, I honestly do not know why I didn't read or even consider reading this one before now.
You know sometimes when you find a fic that's so utterly, utterly perfect you just want to laugh with joy? When everything in it is just so perfectly rendered that it makes up for every single badfic ever written? When the characters are more in-character than even the original writers could make them, and when their inner thoughts fit, and all the language usage is right, and even the most far-fetched of plots just works because the writer knows how to make it convincing? When you can just see it, and hear it, and smell it? When it's so utterly perfect that even the tiniest mistake - which rarely occurs - can be overlooked, because in the scheme of the greater good, it really doesn't matter? This is one of those fics. The kind that make you dance, and grin, and jump up and down and want to hug the author for being wonderful. The kind that you really wish had been an actual episode, and not just because it's wish fulfilment, but because it's accurate and believable.
This is the kind of fic - the kind of story in general - that everyone aspires to write. No matter how good you may think you are, there is always - always - someone much better than you. (Luckily, to counter that, there's usually about ten people who are worse...) Somewhere out there, there's a writer who is completely perfect. And even that writer probably aspires to greater things.
Naturally, this also means there's a writer out there who needs to be shot into the sun for crimes against humanity, but let's not dwell on that. It's entirely too terrifying.
Oh, wow. I think I'm in heaven. It's definitely fodder for my defence of the genre, anyway. There are days when I completely understand why some people hate fanfiction so much; and then there are moments, like this, when I want to put all the fantastic writers into a room and feed them chocolate, and point to all the anti-fic people, and say "See? See? You were wrong! Fanfiction can be beautiful, dammit!"
Ah. Back to the wonderfulness. I might stop squealing with joy at some point before 5am. It's very very tempting to miss the lecture, but... I missed the one two weeks ago, and that would just be bad.