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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 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is so much more than I ever expected and was absolutely wonderful! I was pleasantly surprised to see that you opted for John/Teyla as a pairing - I know I listed a huge variety and was curious to see what my Santa was going to go for. Wonderful to see John/Teyla.

There is so much I really, truly loved about this. I love that despite this being a Mensa!au, the characters themselves are still recognizable. John is still utterly clueless and reticent when it comes to his feelings. Teyla is still silent and strong. John and Rodney are still BFFs and Ronon is well... Ronon. Teyla's little Coven of women is an awesome addition. I love how they threaten John in order to make sure he treats Teyla right - despite his utter cluelessness. Great use of Keller and Kanaan. Love the nod to Nancy as well.

Teyla's idea of courtship is terrific. I love that you hit on the Pegasus culture thing and how different it is from Earth. I love Sumner and his knitting fad, and how John is consistently called a girl, and yet, he seems to have such reverence from them and their capabilities. Love that he finally gives in to Teyla teaching him how to fight, and the will and his feud with Zelenka. And you use Eldon! The subplot with Ronon/Melena/Keller is fascinating. I like that John is aware that something is going on with Teyla, but that he just doesn't know who to ask to get the answers he needs. His jealousy of Kanaan is fantastic. The apology from Teyla and his apology to her are fabulous.

Everything works just so well together. I adore the humor you inject in this and how you switch back and forth between the present and the past, telling us Teyla's story and John's and their interactions with each other and Atlantis and what is driving them.

Thank you so much for this wonderful, wonderful fic.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Funnily enough, of all the pairings you listed, John/Teyla was the only one I felt comfortable writing, especially since I've never seen the later seasons of SG-1. That, plus I noticed you're a member of mensa_au, basically gave me the concept. I'm so glad that you liked it!


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