starlady: Charles/Erik: "Are you ready for this?" "Let's find out." (we are together at last though far apart)
[personal profile] starlady
Having spent way too much time this weekend trawling through the kink meme(s), it's fascinating to me how you can basically track the infiltration of the alpha/beta/omega trope (but usually in its "pure" alpha/omega form) into XMFC fandom via which prompts on the meme get filled over time. (Someone could totally do a fascinating longitudinal study on the infiltration/cross-pollination of phrases and motifs in XMFC fic over time, incidentally.)

I'd never heard of this trope before, but in light of it going around my various r-lists in various shades of raised eyebrows recently, I thought I'd share this rather consciously revisionist take on the whole idea:

The Omegaist Mystique (2754 words) by faviconPookaseraph
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, David Haller, Angel Salvadore
Summary: Erik meets Charles at a local Omegaist chapter and slowly gets to know the man; they discuss Omegaist philosophy, single parenthood, and life. Erik slowly finds himself falling for the unassuming beta, and wishing they could have more.

Apparently the alpha/omega trope is often associated with werewolves. I rec the following because it offers a (I think) quite interesting take on embodiment and the construction of gender roles in the context of werewolves without going anywhere near alpha/omega territory:

Skin Deep (29412 words) by faviconmanic_intent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Emma Frost/Sebastian Shaw
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, Hank McCoy, Angel Salvadore, Sean Cassidy, Alex Summers
Summary: Written for the kmeme, Everyone-is-a-werewolf AU. Erik happens upon a seemingly abandoned mansion in Westchester during a full moon and finds an insanely clueless werewolf living in isolation.

Do read the sequel, In Escrow.

Note to interested readers: Neither of these stories have significant Jewish content.

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Date: 2012-02-07 04:08 (UTC)
sasha_feather: John and Rodney from Stargate: Atlantis (love of your life)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Thank you for the recs! I'd never heard of this trope until X Men FC either.

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Date: 2012-02-07 04:27 (UTC)
seekingferret: Word balloon says "So I said to the guy: you never read the book yet you go online and talk about it as if--" (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
Thanks for the tip. ;)

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Date: 2012-02-07 04:35 (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
Via the wiki entry: for ages I thought "knotting" meant something like macrame, and couldn't figure out why it was a kink, but figured that maybe lots of fans were into it as a craft and so liked to write it in. Like knitting! Oops.

I like BDSM-verse but have avoided alpha/beta/omega due to being squicked by mpreg. Do these stories have mpreg in them?

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Date: 2012-02-07 04:55 (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Fishes: I do not see why the sex)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
Thanks! I will check them out. I don't mind the discussion of mrpeg, just actual onstage mpreg.

ETA: Mr. Peg! Like Tipping the Velvet's Monsieur Dildo. I am totally fine with onstage pegging. ;)
Edited (hilarious typo) Date: 2012-02-07 05:16 (UTC)

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Date: 2012-02-07 07:39 (UTC)
torachan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] torachan
I assumed it was some sort of rope bondage when I first saw people talking about fic with knotting kink.

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Date: 2012-02-07 16:24 (UTC)
troisroyaumes: Painting of a duck, with the hanzi for "summer" in the top left (Default)
From: [personal profile] troisroyaumes
Me too!

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Date: 2012-02-07 05:09 (UTC)
mrkinch: vampire Viggo (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrkinch
(Someone could totally do a fascinating longitudinal study on the infiltration/cross-pollination of phrases and motifs in XMFC fic over time, incidentally.)
I would love to see this! My focus is smaller, on words and phrases, but I imagine that the mechanisms and flow would be similar.

I've read a few of these fills, at various levels of appeal (to me) and writing ability. Pookaseraph's fic is making my happy just knowing that I have it waiting for a time (soon) when I am in desperate need of something good to read.

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Date: 2012-02-07 05:32 (UTC)
mrkinch: James, in dark red shirt and jeans jacket, has his right hand tucked under his chin (James too)
From: [personal profile] mrkinch
In your copious free time, of course.^^

I've particularly noticed the diffusion of specific, incorrect usages. My theory is that they spread because they are fresh, to which meaning is secondary. But that could be sheer grumpiness.

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Date: 2012-02-07 06:04 (UTC)
kindkit: Erik Lehnsherr wearing an awesome suit and hat (XMFC: Erik has an awesome hat)
From: [personal profile] kindkit
I was definitely a strong shade of raised eyebrows about this trope, but that was about the un-revisionist, un-thoughtful version of it. I don't know if I'll read the fic, for several reasons, but I do like the idea of a metafic that's critical of the gendered assumptions behind the trope.

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Date: 2012-02-07 11:42 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] noldo
Yeah, I have seen the trope around my readinglist and been a bit '...' at it -- you're not the only one with the raised eyebrows, definitely.

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Date: 2012-02-07 16:03 (UTC)
recessional: bare-footed person in jeans walks on log (Default)
From: [personal profile] recessional
You would think I had no eyebrows, for lo, they're so far up they're lost in my hair.

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Date: 2012-02-07 17:47 (UTC)
megaptera: Megaptera novaeangliae (Default)
From: [personal profile] megaptera
I've never heard of this stuff outside of furry/lycan type stories. I mean... with canine characters it makes at least a little sense because real life canines have this feature. It can leave them in helpless, embarrassed situations if they're interrupted during mating. But we're talking about human/oid naughty bits that do this?


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