Once again, it’s been a while. I believe these slower updates will be the norm now that things are slowing down so much in the fandom. I may even do some updates just for single stories at some point in the future, we’ll see. But today, I do have an assortment of stories to get to that I’ve been having a lot of fun with. So let’s see what we can find after the jump…
A funny thing I’ve noticed in doing these reviews, a number of my very favorite stories are based on older movies, books or TV shows. With Christmas coming I’m sure I’ll be re-reading “A Chuckmas Carol” by Mikki13. Other favorite Chuck mash-ups would be “Chuck vs The Sound of Music” by Quistie64, and “Chuck vs The Good, Normal and Wonderful Life” by ersk4 (its probably not what you think!). Well now another very strong entry joins this list; its “Chuck vs The Charade” by somedeepmystery. The donor movie is the classic Carey Grant/Audrey Hepburn vehicle “Charade”. The original is typically classified a romantic comedy, but it has far more suspense and serious drama than we normally expect from the genre. So that makes it a pretty good fit for a Chuck story. And like the show itself, we get a role reversal; Chuck gets Audrey Hepburn’s part, and Sarah gets to be Carey Grant. And I don’t mean that in a weird way…
“Chuck vs the Charade” is fun and well written. It takes enough liberties with the original that its not entirely obvious what some of the twists will be. And it gets bonus points for a few scenes lifted almost straight from Chuck! Funny how easily they can be made to serve a different story. So far, we’re only five chapters in, but updates have been coming rapidly and the writer says the story is already outlined and will be finished. The part already written could be read in about an hour and would be rated PG.
Regular commenter at this site Anthropocene has previously finished a post series story (“Chuck vs What Happens in Vegas“) and is now bringing us a sequel, “Chuck vs the C G I“. This story has Chuck and Sarah investigating a bit of industrial espionage at a Pixar-like movie studio. Like the previous story, we get a nice blend of humor and excitement. Its too early to know much about where all this might go; but I trust we can expect good things from Anthropocene, including fairly rapid updates to a tightly told story. It might be intense enough to rate a PG-13, and could be read in less than an hour so far.
I’m not going to do a one-shot this time; but I will mention an interesting project that is also a fast read. This is “Slices of Life” by dettiot. With 12 chapters and less than 10K words, this is a drabble collection. Apparently dettiot has been taking suggests via tumblr, and is writing little vignettes on those suggestions. The best of these chapters are seriously fun! Obviously nothing is very deeply developed, but the title says it all. Every chapter is self contained and gives us a different glimpse of Chuck and Sarah’s life together. Everything so far would be rated PG and could be read in 30 minutes. I don’t know how long this will go, hopefully we’ll see many more slices of life.
Other works continue. Marc Vun Kannon is still working his way through an alternate season three. His latest is a very AU version of Fake Name. Marc’s style is fast and easy to read. Anyone interested in starting should check out his author’s page for the complete listing of stories in order.
Angus McNab is an excellent story teller and “Sarah vs The Farm” is an ongoing, very enjoyable and intense read.
And Uplink’s massive “Chuck vs Life, Love, & Lies” is nearing a very exciting climax. He promises another chapter by Christmas, I know I’m looking forward to it!
Quistie64 is taking December off from her on-going “Chuck vs The Sound of Music II“, but it should be back in January. She left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger, but this story is mostly a relaxed and sweet family adventure. As always it gets my very highest recommendation.
So even with things slowing down, there remains plenty of new material to read! I am planning on doing a couple of posts on season three AUs when we get to that season on our series re-watch in a couple months. I’m not sure if I’ll get another of these more general posts out before then. But I always look forward to everyone’s contributions and discoveries.