Artsy - these fics contain experimental form, extra intertextuality, or other literary delusions of grandeur.

Obviously what is "experimental" is very much a judgement call. I've tried to reserve this tag mainly for stuff I think is Really Wacky in terms of form or textual reference--you know, above and beyond my usual rambling sentences, prose-poem phrasing, and general pretentiousness. Second person? Check. Quoting and non-fandom references? Check. Time-jumping and narrative collage? Attempts to write "original-flavor" Utena fic? Sheer surreality? All check. Meta-fic?

...you know, I should fix that someday.

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Arcana Viscera
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Would you like a blindfold, Mr. Tucker?"

  [ Shou Tucker, in the Fifth Lab, in search of the Gate ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 37
  Beta - Mattador of the Hot Pants
  For - Demidevi's Gen & Squick Contest; winner in both categories
  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 artsy
 gen
 horror
 violence
200516,440 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Ghosts of a Self
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"I am the fragmented self, spread across years and continents"

  [ a thought experiment: who is enough like Anthy to serve her purpose? ]

  Spoilers - through end of series
  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 abuse
 artsy
 m/m
 softcore
20044,345 w.Canonlit. Y 
 A Half a Conquest
Harry Potter

"The locket's hinge is broken and the painting is empty. Tom Marvolo Riddle throws it into the lake without a backwards glance as he leaves Hogwarts."

  [ Tom, finding inspiration of sorts in Dumbledore ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6

Subjects:
 abuse
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2003975 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Impossible
Harry Potter

"Sunday: you are playing out the conversation that will never happen."

  [ Percy, being hypothetical ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5
  For - Cedar, for her birthday

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 hardcore
 m/m
20031,598 w.Canonlit. N 
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choice
Need (Illegitimate)
Torchwood

"You come with a kiss, go for days, come back all needy and looking like you've been starved, you sure they're treating you right, Gwen, I think you should talk to whoever does the personnel over there..."

  [ Gwen, very lost ]

  Spoilers - through season 1
  Canon - written before season 2 aired
  Beta - Lily
  For - the June challenge, runes, on dwliterotica
  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 hardcore
 m/f
20074,962 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Of Disguises and Hearts
Harry Potter

"Magic runs in wizarding veins. It is not a mere by-product; it suffuses a wizard's life, plays a role in everything he does, from the mundane to the sublime, from the pedantic to the erotic."

  [ Snape/Harry surreality ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5 and assuming Snarry-tinted lenses
  For - Icarus' ficdrive for Cybele

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2003759 w.Canonlit. N 
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choice
Red Bird Roulette
Cowboy Bebop

"Spike, breathing curls of gray-white, brushed Vicious' hair away to bare his face and ran a thumb down the narrow scars that creased their ways out from his eyes."

  [ the Russian kind, of course: a six-bullet slice of Spike and Vicious, before the Bebop, before Julia, with weaponsex ]

  Spoilers - slight for ep. 26
  Beta - Switchknife

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 hardcore
 m/m
 violence
20032,318 w.Canonlit. N 
 Thirty-Five Owls
Harry Potter

"Go teach your children, eat your candy, preen your bird and bury me. But we were brilliant together, Albus, and not even you can change history."

  [ a correspondence between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald ]

  Spoilers - bk. 7
  Beta - Mattador of the Hot Pants
  For - Blogathon 2007, to benefit Heifer Project International
  Ref. - author's notes - art by Black Adder

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2007 - 200811,371 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Uncertain Juri
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"Cold Juri she still was, cold and uncertain, because none of his touches had ever stirred her; something was missing, something had not yet awoken."

  [ an exercise in imagination - what happens if you remove one character from canon? ]

  Canon - AU from before beginning of series
  For - the body-snatchers challenge on utenadrabble

Subjects:
 artsy
 f/f
 softcore
2004433 w.Canonlit. Y 
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choice
The Unreality of Blue
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"Miki was still for one frozen moment, as if a red rose had fallen from nowhere upon the keys, then lifted his head to see Touga standing in the corner."

  [ in which Touga takes Miki to Akio ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 31
  Beta - WhiteOwl

Subjects:
 abuse
 artsy
 horror
 m/m
 softcore
20045,815 w.Canonlit. Y 
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