ext_1656 ([identity profile] patchworkdragon.livejournal.com) wrote in [community profile] crack_van2003-12-31 01:04 pm
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The Book of Secrets by Rhys (R)

Fandom: Popslash *NSYNC
Pairing: JC/Chris
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rhyssj
Author Website:
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<b>Fandom:</b> Popslash *NSYNC
<b>Pairing:</b> JC/Chris
<b>Author on LJ:</b> <user site="livejournal.com" user="rhyssj">
<b>Author Website:</b> <a http://www.illuminations.nu/experimentv/">Experiment V</a>
<b>Why this must be read:</b> Can you tell I'm a sucker for fantasy AUs? Is it obvious yet?

This one is not so much fantasy as historical romance, one of my guilty pleasures. The feel of the times is here: the living conditions, the religious climate, the class divisions. But it's the question of gender identity that keeps me coming back to this story.

And I can't really think of anything else to say about it without spoiling the premise, so I'll cut-tag.

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The idea of a person raised as the opposite sex is not new, it's been used as a fictional device all the way back to mythology. But this story, with the reactions of the various characters involved, explores it more thoroughly than any I've read. What does it mean to be confronted with the fact that you are not the person you thought you were, in a literal, biological sense? Especially living in a time when men and women were not equal in society, and when homosexuality was not just unusual but unthinkable.

<a href="http://www.illuminations.nu/experimentv/bos.html">The Book of Secrets</a>