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Title: Heteronormativity, Gender Construction, and Non-Verbal Signalling in Intercultural Communication Situations (A Comedy)
Author: mad_maudlin
Recipient: vipersweb
Pairing: John/Teyla, various others
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~35,000
Spoilers: Through early S4
Warning: Mensa AU
Summary: In which Teyla may be plotting something, Keller may be delusional, Ronon may be cheating and John may in fact be the girl. No pudding cups were injured in the production of this fanfic.

A/N: This was the FIC THAT WILL NOT END so, Vipersweb, I hope you don't mind the length. Special thanks go out to C, my beta; M, my idea-off-bouncer; and L, who is many things, but most relevantly here, my source for all things Mobile Suit Gundam-related. All my information about MRE menus is from MREinfo.com.

Heteronormativity, Gender Construction, and Non-Verbal Signalling in Intercultural Communication Situations (A Comedy)

Please note, due to the length of this story, it is being hosted offsite.


Dec. 21st, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
This is genius! I loved this so much! Please, please write more in this AU. The characterizations were dead-on. I love how no matter how different things were in this AU, the essential character of each person was still the same. Teyla was reserved and yet fierce. John was snarky and emotionally inept; Ronon was still so Ronon. Lorne, Sumner (the knitting was hilarious), everyone. Incredible job fleshing out the characterizations. John's cluelessness and inability to talk about emotions or general "never see it coming" was perfect. I adored his POV, every bit of it. His terrorizing of Eldon and his other assistant, his indulging of his geeky and dorky side (shout out to his Nintendo DS Lite addiction even), the running feud with "pigeon perv" Zelenka (LOL!!!!!!!), his wandering gypsy childhood, his loving to fly all seem perfectly John despite being so different. You've devised so many fascinating, thoughtful and original possible scenarios for this AU: the Athosians as imperialists (30 colonies-WHOA), the gender role reversals, Satendans and polyamory (Keller's reaction was so her), Sumner's knitting obsession (threatening John with the needle over the fun fur comment-LOL!), John trying to be cool, Katie and Rod's sexless relationship (he can't get any in any reality), Teyla as Runner, the Sex, blood, bombs and the city gang (LOL AGAIN)....ALL of it. Possibly one of the funniest stories I've read in the fandom. The comic timing was perfect. I had way too many favorite parts to list but feeding John and his MRE collection, the running tave java joke, Teyla's version of footsie, the old yawn and drop the arm move, John as the girl, his video will, the Mensa society, Lorne teasing John over having all his roleplaying characters being girls (John is very comfortable with powerful females), restraining order Nancy, the I never game with Katie and Sam, John being convinced Teyla was trying to kill him, the Athosians helping the special ed earthlings... all of it. Please, please, please write more in this wonderful world you've created. I can't praise it and you enough.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! I don't know if I'll ever revisit this 'verse, but you never know...I never did get Teyla's POV on most of this.

About the Athosians--I didn't mean to imply that they were necessarily imperialist, but that spreading their people across many worlds was a survival strategy against the Wraith. Since the Athosians we see in canon seem to be down to just Teyla's village (what's left of it) I thought it would be an interesting reversal to have them as a large and influential society on whom the expedition is dependent instead of vice-versa.


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