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Welcome to [community profile] xf_book_club, formerly [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club.

What we do

We discuss X-Files fanfiction. This is a group for readers. Lively debate is welcomed; in fact, it is encouraged. Just don't make it personal. We're here to talk about the quality of the work, not the personality of the writer--or the critic.

Who we are

Just as it was on LiveJournal, our membership is moderated. Anyone who was a member at [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club will be approved. If I know you, ditto. If you've changed your user name, send me a PM. If I don't know you, let's chat about it. Trust me, it is better to be safe than sorry. Anonymous comments are welcome but will be screened until approved by the moderator.

Make suggestions for discussion at the nomination post.

Comments on this post are screened. If you want to ask a question, this is the place.
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Hi, everyone. We have a problem. I was getting ready to post a new story when I discovered that commenting here is effectively broken for me. I use the same custom journal style for the community as I do for my personal journal, and I can't read comments here or there. While I assume live journal people can load comments by using using style=mine, no one from the outside can read comments or follow the discussion.

I have filed a support request and assume I will hear back eventually. If the problem is that the custom style is no longer being supported, we can do one of three things. I can try to get some help to fix what's wrong with this style from the person who made it for me. It may be something very simple for her to figure out and fix. Failing that, I can ask if she'll design something else for us with similar features, and keep the banner. I love our banner. As a last resort, we can move to Dreamwidth, where the community is being mirrored.

This is the support request: http://www.livejournal.com/support/see_request.bml?id=1910348

In addition, it appears that I can't preview new posts. Nice one. Previews are back.

EDIT: I did get an answer back from Support about the problem. The recent update broke commenting on many customized journal styles based on Flexible Squares. Supposedly, they're working on a fix.


Oct. 1st, 2014 04:27 pm
wendelah1: Mulder sitting behind his desk hiding his face behind his hand (facepalm)
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It has occurred to me—somewhat belatedly—that there may be people in this community interested in another community I'm helping out with during the month of October: [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love, aka The X-Files is Love Month.

We're...live. There are daily posts of fanworks by the members. We're rewatching all of season two, beginning today with Little Green Men.

There's a Halloween Candy Exchange and a new, Halloween-themed journal layout, custom-made by [livejournal.com profile] ruuger.

There's a Fanworks Wish List.

Halloween is a free-for-all posting day for all members of the community.

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[livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love

I'll be providing fanfic recs for the episode posts, where applicable. And I know several people who are writing new fanfic for their claimed days.

The Season Two Rewatch Schedule is here, if you're interested. Otherwise, you can watch or join the community to see the daily posts as they go up.

Sorry for the late notification. I need a BAD MOD icon.
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How about a game while I sort out what to say about Suture's fic and what to post next? This was posted at [livejournal.com profile] ropo and of course, Tumblr.

Some of the squares are easy: "Plotless Smut" and "Convenient Mistletoe." I can think of fics for those right off the top of my head. But you're going to have to help me out with a couple of them. What does "French" mean? Like, Mulder and Scully are...French? And how about, "Aah...ahhh!" Is that supposed to be a line of dialogue or what? I am assuming "Manhood" is a euphemism.

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Leave your suggestions and/or bingos in the comments.
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After a year's hiatus, The X-Files Secret Santa Community is reopened and sign-ups have begun. The gift exchange is open to fanfic, podfic, fanart, and fanvids; on the fic side, anything goes—all we ask for is a minimum word count of 750, that kinks are tagged, and warnings included. There is a new custom layout by [livejournal.com profile] scholarslayouts, so swing by and check it out.

[livejournal.com profile] xf_santa
The X-Files gift exchange for the holidays, signups end November 25!
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It took us nearly six years, but we made it. And for us to hit 300 members today, on The X-Files 20th anniversary, somehow it feels like it was meant to be. You know. "Oh, the usual — Destiny, Fate, how to throw a curve ball... the inextricable relationships in our lives that are neither accidental nor somehow in our control either."

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Some time ago, a member asked to have a more general post, so we could discuss our favorite genres, ships, tropes. This seems an opportune moment.

It's not a secret that I like gen fic best and PWP least. I love case files. I love humor. I love colonization stories. I love the kind of alternative universes that ask impossible questions. What if the real Fox Mulder wasn't returned during "Deep Throat"? What if after William's birth, Mulder didn't leave. What if he stuck around and bought a Volvo and then, before they had a chance to become a family, Scully was taken again. What if Scully had accepted the transfer to Salt Lake City? What if Mulder had been taken as was originally planned, and Samantha grows up and becomes an FBI agent?

So, what's your favorite kind of fanfic to read? To discuss? Is there a difference?

Is there a story you wish someone had written? If there is, please tell us and then go add it to the Wish List post at [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love. I can't make any promises, but maybe you'll get lucky.

Thanks to everyone who has participated over the years, to the people who keep showing up, story after story, and of course, to the wonderful XF fanfic writers who made it possible to have this discussion group in the first place. Much love to you all.
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We're having a month (and change) long celebration at [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love for The X-Files. In addition to the daily posts, we're having a mini-marathon re-watch, starting today with the pilot. I'm including a few fic recs with each of my episode posts, if that provides an incentive to check it out.

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This has been a public service announcement. I return you now to your original programming.
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[identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Our next fic, "How a Resurrection Really Feels" by [livejournal.com profile] idella, was written for the 2008 [livejournal.com profile] xf_santa gift exchange, and recced by [livejournal.com profile] newo_fic.

Idella did not write prolifically for the XF fandom, but the fics she wrote are written with an intriguing intensity that makes them a heady and memorable reading experience - especially "How a Resurrection Really Feels," which vividly and unflinchingly addresses the issue of Scully’s immortality. The warning containted in the headers is spoilery, but it’s a dark fic and it packs a real punch, so be sure not to skip the warning if you’re the sort to find such things as one warns for devastating.

Read "How a Resurrection Really Feels".

Also available on AO3.

On another note, I suppose it’s time for me to officially acknowledge my absence from the book club over the past several weeks: my participation has dwindled and I must announce that I’m no longer operating as a co-moderator for this wonderful and enduring community. However, I will not be disappearing irretrievably into the ether. In fact, [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 - who has diligently and proficiently moderated the community for several years, and continues to do so - has kindly agreed to allow me to continue posting recs, simply on a less regular basis. It’s been an honor, and a lot of fun, to co-mod for this community. I only wish that I’d gotten involved sooner and stayed longer.

To the many fanfic writers and fanfic commenters who have contributed to [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club, and to the innumerable fanfic writers and fanfic commenters in our truly epic fandom: You guys are the best.

Signing off,

wendelah1: (Wash and Zoe)
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Normally, I am not one to use this as a forum to promote another community's activities, but this is a special case.

It's the last round of the Shipper Cage Match at the [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers community. Having narrowly squeaked past Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in the fourth round, my beloved Mulder and Scully now find themselves facing the most popular het ship from the megafandom of the moment, The Avengers, Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton. Just as I expected, the 50 vote lead we enjoyed over the weekend has evaporated. As of this moment, Mulder and Scully are ahead by only a half a percentage point, a mere handful of votes.

I'm not here to bash another fandom's ship. I'm positive the Black Widow and Hawkeye have a lot to recommend them. Superheros are superheros for a reason, after all. But Mulder and Scully were FBI partners for seven years, working together on a daily basis to solve crimes, taking on cases no one else could--or would. They worked tirelessly to uncover a global conspiracy whose aim was nothing less than the destruction of human life on earth. They were abducted and tortured by their enemies and suffered terrible personal losses as a direct result of their work. Whether other fans are aware of it or not, we know The X-Files was the mothership of internet fandom. We know Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the reason fans call it "shipping."

I know, I'm preaching to the choir here. But if every person in this community heads over to the Cage Match and casts their vote for Mulder and Scully, Moose and Squirrel and The X-Files can still win this thing as I believe they deserve to do. (While you are there, if you have any het ships, you might like to check out the place. It's a fun, active LJ community). Voting closes October 30 at midnight EST.

EDIT: If you are not already a Live Journal member, please do not create a new journal for the sole purpose of voting. Use your Twitter account or your Facebook--whatever you use to follow this community should be okay, but don't create an empty journal. The mod has announced that those votes will be tossed out. If you have already voted with an empty journal, you could try PMing the mod and explaining who you are. Remember, we're all here to have fun.

The next post will be a fic discussion, and it will be soon, I promise.
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Since today is the fourth anniversary of the creation of [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club by our illustrious founder, [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore, I thought a brief post in its honor was in order. Yes, we will be returning you to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.


How about if we post our top five lists? Any top five lists you like...top five first times, top five smut muffins, top five angst fics, top five casefiles. Anything and everything goes.

Here is my list of top five stories to take to a desert island, the stories I can't live without. This is not necessarily a list of the best stories in this fandom, although I must say I think they are all very fine fics; instead, these are five stories I read and reread, because for various reasons they hit my pleasure center dead on.

On to the list )

If you don't want to post fic lists, you can just post messages of celebration! Thank you to all of our members for four years of great discussions and recs and love for The X-Files fanfiction. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] amyhit for her insightful comments and her co-moderating/co-maintainering awesomeness. Thank you to everyone who has helped out with posting when I couldn't.

I love this place. We are truly one of a kind in fandom.

Banner re-blogged from my favorite tumblr, shit.between.us. Probably. I get all of those tumblrs confused, don't you?
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[identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Recently we’ve had a couple of requests for a more reader-friendly filing system for the book club, something that would make the discussion pages for fics we’ve read in past years easier to find. The original suggestion was for us to tag each fic by author. Sadly, this would have been difficult to arrange. But I agree that we could use a more easily navigable filing system, so I’ve compiled a list of all the fics we’ve read in the past, and made links to each of the discussion pages corresponding with those fics. The links are in chronological order, not alphabetical order (I just wasn’t up to arranging them all alphabetically), but by using your ‘Find’ function you should be able to find your way quickly and easily to any of the 200+ fics we’ve read.

And, as new posts come in, you’ll be able to find this post under the “+fics discussed” tag at the top of the comm’s tags list.

A List of Fics Read At the Book Club and Links to Discussion Posts )

Happy reading everyone!
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Well, it only took us three and half years, but we have broken the 300 watcher barrier. Still, that's pretty good for a closed canon fandom. Normally, communities hold a celebration for meeting a milestone but I find I'm not in a festive mood just now.

In response to the tornadoes that cut a swatch of devastation across the southern United States, some fans have created [livejournal.com profile] helpthesouth. These tornadoes passed through a huge area that includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. One hundred thirty-seven tornadoes were reported that day and at least 300 persons have been found dead. Please consider joining and donating or bidding or both.

If you'd prefer to make an immediate contribution, here are some suggestions: American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Greater Birmingham Humane Society.


Returning you now to our regularly scheduled programming.

Happy News

Apr. 1st, 2011 11:50 am
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When this community was first started by [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore back in December of 2007, we took turns posting and choosing the stories. Over the years, as she has taken a less active role here, there have been other members who have stepped into the breech and helped keep this place running. [livejournal.com profile] dashakay, [livejournal.com profile] dictatorcari, [livejournal.com profile] counterphobe, and [livejournal.com profile] leucocrystal are the names that come to mind. If I have forgotten anyone, please tell me so I can correct this immediately.

Most recently, [livejournal.com profile] amyhit has been the one to step up, post the stories and lead discussions. She has been one of our most vocal and articulate contributors for sometime now. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her commitment to the community unwavering. To my delight and good fortune, she has graciously agreed to formalize her position and accept the post as co-moderator of [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club.
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If you've been following along, here at [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club, I post a new story every week (or two, or three). What this means is that we tend to focus on stories that take time to read and discuss--in other words, longer stories and novels.

However, there are some great vignettes and short-short stories in the X-Files fandom, which tend to be over-looked here.

[livejournal.com profile] amyhit were discussing the possibility of a Short Story Week, where we'll post and discuss a different short story every day. But first we'd like your suggestions! Back in 2008, we didn't put an upper limit on the word count, but this time, we'd like to try to keep the stories at 1000 words or less. Drabbles, vignettes, one-shots: anything goes, as long as it doesn't exceed 1000 words in length.

Please post suggestions in the comment here. If you have a link or somewhere you know it's archived, please post that as well.
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Today, on 10/13, we hit 200 members, 263 watchers, and I have no idea how many lurkers. Usually when communities hit a milestone, the mod offers up special treats to celebrate, but I'm afraid I have no such thing. I make bad icons, I can't write comment fic.

Recently at The X-Files Lost and Found Board, a community I mostly lurk at, someone suggested people tell their favorite quote from a fanfic. I thought it was a cool idea, so I'd thought I'd try to start it up here.

Mine is from "Synesthesia" by haphazard method, which you can read at Gossamer.

"I searched forever. Like a madman. And all I found was that a Ph.D and years of investigative training were completely useless. One day you simply reappeared in the hospital. The only thing I could do was sit by your bed and hope beyond reason that you heard me or felt me, and that you would come back to me."

Long story short, this is the quote that inspired me to start writing fanfiction.

Your turn.
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Do you love The X-Files? Do you love fanfiction? Of course you do! That's why you're here. The X-Files fandom needs drivers for [livejournal.com profile] crack_van starting in May. The minimum requirement for recs is one per week for four weeks, the maximum is twelve in total. Without drivers, our fandom will fall off the list of regulars, which would be a shame considering how many great stories and authors are still out there. Please consider giving it a try. Any questions? Feel free to PM me or leave a comment here. And if you haven't done so already, check out the community. This month, I'm driving the van.

Sign up Sheet and Posting Guidelines for [livejournal.com profile] crack_van.

The weekend is coming up, so don't forget to read and review "The Thirty-Sixth". (Sorry. I couldn't resist the opportunity to promote this story again.)
[identity profile] emily-shore.livejournal.com
Both of your moderators are taking their sweet time reading and discussing our current book club stories. In fact, they (the stories, not the mods) are so good that we thought it would be worth taking an extra week so that we could do them justice. We figure that we might not be the only ones having trouble keeping up.

So, please do jump in and help us talk about our two last selections...

Split the Lark


[identity profile] emily-shore.livejournal.com
Thanks to all of you who have provided great recommendations. Because of your help, we have not one week of short stories, but two. I've still had to do some picking and choosing, so hopefully I haven't left out anything that you loved dearly.

We'll be moving through the stories at the rate of one per day, but that doesn't mean that you have to stop discussing an old story just because a new one has been posted. If you come into the week halfway through, or even after it's all over, please feel free to participate when and as you wish. We're not strict about this!

FRIDAY: Confirmation by Bonetree

SATURDAY: Night Song by Zuffy

SUNDAY: Oil by Eodrakken Quicksilver

MONDAY: Snow in Alabama by [livejournal.com profile] tesla321

TUESDAY: Mixtape Biographies by [livejournal.com profile] winterbaby

WEDNESDAY: Table for Two by Analise

THURSDAY: This is Agamemnon by [livejournal.com profile] vaznetti

FRIDAY: Undone by August

SATURDAY: To Carthage Then I Came by [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky

SUNDAY: What's Left is Magic by Not Jenny

MONDAY: Never Enough by August

TUESDAY: Black Hole Season by Penumbra


[identity profile] emily-shore.livejournal.com
As you will know, at [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club we pick a new story every week (or so). What this means is that we tend to focus on stories that take a full week to read and discuss--in other words, longish stories.

Well, we think it's time for a change. There are lots of great vignettes and short pieces in the X-Files fandom, and they deserve their due as well.

So... we're planning something that for lack of a better term I'm calling Short Story Week. It will be a week (or so) where we discuss a different short story every day. But first we need your suggestions! Bring us drabbles, vignettes, one-shots, anything as long as it's the sort of manageable length that you can read in one easy sitting.
[identity profile] emily-shore.livejournal.com
Is there a story that you would like to discuss? Do you want to talk about some of the classics of the genre, like "Iolokus" or "Parabiosis"? Do you want to pick shorter stories, so that we can fit in more variety? Do you like casefiles? Character studies? The possibilities are endless.

Nominate your choices here, and support the nominations for other stories that interest you. Once we have a few suggestions, I'll try to draw up a schedule that suits everyone.


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