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16th-Dec-2011 10:49 am "Addictions" by thinkatory (Mature)
Fandom: Musical Theater / Rent
Pairing: Mark/Roger, Mark/Maureen, Roger/April, Roger/OFCs
Length: <2K words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thinkatory
Author Website: At AO3

Why this must be read: Mark/Roger doesn't technically exist in Rent canon, and it lacks much of the subtext-rapidly-becoming-text of, say, Magneto and Professor X. Yet Mark/Roger is probably the dominant pairing in the fandom. And in spite of the fact that both characters spend the entire show pining after women (Roger/Mimi is really the main plot), it works. In "Addictions," [livejournal.com profile] thinkatorypaints a rich picture of the layered relationship between our boho boys. Vaguely dark and sex-ridden without being explicit, this fic builds a plausible bridge between canon and fanon. It's frank and raw, and the bits of filmmaking jargon go a long way.

Roger is destroying himself with heroin, yet drinks Diet Coke. Mark finds it funny. )

Addictions
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15th-Dec-2011 10:59 am "Reality in 21st Century Bohemia" by PythonFan (T)
Happy Crossover Day!

Fandom: Musical Theater / Rent crossover with The West Wing
Pairing: Gen (background Josh/Donna)
Length: One-shot
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: At FFN

Why this must be read: Roger Davis and Josh Lyman walk into a bar. Is that not reason enough?

Seriously, though, this one-shot is actually a fairly worthy look at the gap between the good-hearted, well-intentioned D.C. types (I promise, they do exist outside of fiction) and the people they mean to help but never quite do. PythonFan has an intimate knowledge of both fandoms, and it shows. Roger is right on the money here--rife with potential and apathy--and if Josh seems a little nicer than usual, we can chalk it up to the influence of his Midwestern spouse. This fic was written well before most people had heard the name Barack Obama, but the author even manages to bring the clear (and partially intentional) parallels betwene our President and Matt Santos to bear.

Mark was out running around somewhere with his camera, trying get film of Santos for some nefarious purpose. )

Reality in 21st Century Bohemia
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13th-Dec-2011 10:54 am "Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor" by thinkatory (Teen and Up)
Fandom: Musical Theater / Rent
Pairing: Mark/Maureen, Roger/April, Benny/Alison
Length: <4K words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thinkatory
Author Website: At AO3

Why this must be read: Rent is an amazing show, and the world and characters it builds feel real, whole, and complete. But because of that, and because the show only documents a year in their lives, there are so many unanswered questions about what came before.  How did they get here? In "Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor," [livejournal.com profile] thinkatoryconcocts what's more or less my headcanon, starting with April's suicide and following our boho boys (and Maureen) as things start to unravel and set the stage for Mark's deciding, "From here on in, I shoot without a script." The characterizations are spot-on, from Maureen's larger-than-life presence, to Collins' role as the lone adult in the room, to Benny's fading out. And the Mark-Roger (though not Mark/Roger, in this story) relationship is every bit as unyielding and intact as it needs to be for Roger to muddle through the hell of addiction, withdrawal, and recovery. The story isn't always pretty, but it may as well be true.

He set up the reel. He turned the projector on. )
Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
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1st-Dec-2011 08:50 am Fandom Overview: Musical Theater
 (Mods, we need some serious musical theater tags!)

If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere!Musical theater fandom is an interesting animal. Like any entertainment genre, its topics and themes are as varied as human experience. What’s curious, though, is that Broadway nerds like me often tend to just enjoy musical theater, period, whether it’s the Gothic gore of Sweeney Todd, the feel-good brightness of Hairspray, or the madcap history lesson of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Despite a range of musical styles and diverse modes of storytelling, musical theater somehow lends itself to a comprehensive fandom of sorts.

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15th-Jun-2008 05:56 pm Cup O' Noodles, by yeats, Rated PG
Fandom: Rent
Pairing: Mark/Roger
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] yeats
Why this must be read: This was written for the contralemorte three scene challenge. One of the things I like most about this fic is how well [livejournal.com profile] yeats got into the different characters minds. Angel sees things in terms of light and dark. Mark sees things as a filmmaker. He sees the details, while still looking at the larger picture. Very sweet and well-written, and gorgeous characterizations.
Cup O’ Noodles
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8th-Jun-2008 05:31 pm Some Life That We’ve Chosen by das-kabinett (PG-13)
Fandom: Rent
Pairing: Mentions of Benny/Allison, pre-Roger/April, Maureen/random chick.
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] das_kabinett
Why this must be read: Set two years before Rent begins. Back when Benny, Collins, Mark, and Roger all lived in the loft, before Maureen, April, and Benny becoming an ass. Basically, Mark has to go back home for his sister’s wedding. The main reason I love this story is because of the well-written relationships. There’s flawless banter that makes me laugh each time I read it. You can see Mark, Roger, Benny, and Collins' friendship, even though there are hints of what’s to come. They're roommates who steal each other's food and borrow clothes without asking.
Excerpt )
Some Life That We’ve Chosen
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8th-Jun-2008 03:43 pm Love Alone by wmmhija (R)
Hi! I'm [livejournal.com profile] notapoet and I'll be bringing you Rent fic this month! It's a fandom very near and dear to me, and I'll try to do it justice :)

Fandom: Rent
Pairing: Gen
Length: About 6000
Author Website: Profile on FF.Net
Why this must be read: I’m reccing this first for several reasons. First of all, this was the first Rent fic I read, so it has a bit of sentimental value. Second, it’s a fabulous fic. It is inspired by the poetry of Paul Monette. More specifically, the poetry he wrote following the death of his lover, Roger. The story itself is Mark watching as Roger gets sicker, and Roger watching Mark. It captures their friendship so well, and is a heartbreaking depiction of Roger's downward spiral.
Love Alone
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