Fear by Sleeps With CoyotesPairing:
Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/well...um...somethingAuthor on LJ: ciceqiAuthor Website: Blood, Love & RhetoricWhy this must be read:
Imagine the full horror and abomination of the Alien
universe. Add two Jedi knights and their powers of telepathy and mind-control. Then take the disturbing sexual undertone which seems to have increased with every new Alien
movie and dial it up to max. What you end up with might look something like this.Fear
is a gruesome story, and you need to consider the warnings very seriously before you start reading, but it is not, contrary to what the warnings might make you think, in any way a sensationalist story. It contains extreme horror, yes, as well as sexual acts that even the most seasoned reader may find repulsive, but these aspects are there only as necessary parts of what amounts to one of the most well-conceived crossovers ever written. Because there is a reason why putting a Jedi face to face with the monsters of Alien
is a brilliant idea, and that reason is fear.
"Fear is the path to the dark side," Yoda tells Anakin in The Phantom Menace
. "Fear leads to anger... anger leads to hate...hate leads to suffering." This is one of the most fundamental tenets of the Jedi philosophy and one of the crucial concepts upon which the whole Star Wars universe rests. But what happens when the terror you are forced to confront is so inconceivably vast that the only response possible is fear? When you find yourself in a waking nightmare where fear and anger are the only things left to keep you alive? What are you supposed to do then? What can
you do, and how will you be able to bear it? This story puts those questions front and centre, directly confronting the problems inherent in the "fear leads to the dark side" philosophy in a way that I've never seen anywhere else.
And apart from all that, Fear
is also an incredibly exciting action story, fast-paced and heart-stopping, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. I've never come across a fic that really brings home the excellence of the Jedi as warriors quite like this, and the Qui-Gon here, driven by fear for his captive Obi-Wan, kicks ass to a degree that had me alternately cheering, awe-struck and afraid for his sanity if his efforts to save his Padawan should turn out to be in vain - an outcome that the unique nature of this story makes entirely posssible. You don't know what will happen as you make your way through, and that's one of the reasons why I find this fic so amazing. I honestly can't recommend it highly enough.Fear