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11 April 2008 @ 09:48 pm
Pegasus Literature 101 (Pass/Fail Remix) [SGA; McKay/Sheppard]  
Title: Pegasus Literature 101 (Pass/Fail Remix)
Author: busaikko (and beta by liseuse)
Summary: Atlantis reads the Great Books. . . of Pegasus.
Rating: PG
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Original story: The John Sheppard Book Club by krabapple
Disclaimer: I own none of these characters. damn.
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winter_elf: McShep kiss b&wwinter_elf on April 21st, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Wow - Wonderful. I love the look at what books would be in Pegasus and discussions on them

The whole last paragraph - just *guh* but this - just says it all. That was a good chapter, and later tonight (hopefully) they'd write another, bodies translating each other and without words finding truth, hope, beauty, meaning, trust.
busaikko on April 27th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! I now want to *read* Pegasus lit... wish there was some!
ceitieceitie on April 21st, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
This is terrific and painful and perfect, and now I want a hundred more stories about the literature of the Pegasus galaxy.
KRIM: brains?bitter_crimson on April 21st, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
This is so cool. I wish we'd get to see more of this kind of side of Pegasus culture in the show.

Edited at 2008-04-21 07:37 am (UTC)
I sing you to mebyandby on April 21st, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
This was very, very neat. I liked how you expressed what a person can get from a book - how it can affect a person.
Ozsaur: John and Rodney Sepia Tonesozsaur on April 21st, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
I loved the world building and all the glimpses into Pegasus culture. I felt so bad for John when they "fixed" the translation device. Enjoyed this very much!
Nicparanoidangel42 on April 21st, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of them all reading Satedan and Athosian literature and discussing it afterwards. And Rodney being jealous of their discussions, and it eventually brings John and Rodney together.
See the blazing you'll be sorry...: Ronon 1darsynia on April 21st, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I really, really like the addendum at the end! It sort of... completes the story, in the way that discussions in class have a contemporary flavor to them and relate to real life, like in the body of the story, but the 'study questions' and the like are more concentrated.

Very creative work, I love all the background and the oft-ignored concept of pegasus galaxy literature.
Zulu: j and w - love lightzulu on April 22nd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
This is so very, very good. I love what it says about storytelling, about books transcending culture, about the way endings can trick us and make us think (Ptar's betrayal, the betrayal of Ptar). It's such a great complement to the original story, turning it around and making it even more about team and family and SGA, because it's about the lives that they live *together*. I like to think they read all the books, in both stories.
lilyfarfalla: sga atlantislilyfarfalla on April 22nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
This is so amazing and beautiful! That you created this whole world of literature and thought, full of heartbreaking moments and truths and lighthearted stories and just, so full!

I kind of desperately want to read Ptar's story, and if I were feeling very brave, Day sounds amazing.

As if he'd been asked questions for which there were no good answers; as if he'd realized that for every person he saved, someone -- a whole village- or planetful, maybe -- was left behind.
That's just about John's worst nightmare isn't it? I love that it's a book that can bring it home to him.

"We get to write a story that will survive," Sheppard said. I love this as an ending. It's not happy, but it's real, and true, and strives for something more--which is really the awesome that is SGA.
Know when to walk away: teylabriar_pipe on April 24th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I loved the original - it made me actually feel smarter after reading a fic - but I also love the way you took this and spun it around. Brilliant idea, and the execution was breath-taking.

The part about Ptar was very intriguing. I had originally taken "The Betrayal of" to mean that she was the one betrayed, but I think that's from reading too many classical sources, where "The Rape of" is such a common title and the woman is always a victim. So in many ways, that was the connotation I brought to the Sep story. What turned it on its head for me was Ptar's choice (the fact that she could choose, and what she decided). Comparing John to Ptar in the end broke my heart but was so incredibly perfect I couldn't look away.

Thank you for fleshing out the Pegasus Galaxy in such rich and believable detail. This is going in my personal canon. *saves*
dossierdossier on April 26th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
An unexpected and very welcome look at the Pegasus galaxy's civilization and their literature. Fantastic exploration of the reading room dynamic set up in the original story.
all right, so you're nonchalant: readingrunpunkrun on April 30th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Great remix. I love how you switched from Earth literature to Pegasus literature and gave just enough background that the stories felt real, but focused mainly on people's reactions to the stories. Because of that I found it believable that Sheppard could be so deeply affected by a novel from another world.
Kirininkirinin on January 22nd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
I can't believe I didn't comment on this fic! Well, this must be at least the second time I've read it, so you're more than due.

I remain convinced that this fic is one of the most beautiful in the fandom. Each story-within-a-story sounds amazing, and I would probably be excited to read any of them - even 'Day', although I know I might need awhile in order to recover, afterwards.

It's hard for me to believe that, with all the pain and hard-won joy that living under the threat of the Wraith must engender, the Pegasus people haven't developed some amazing art... but so far you're the only one I know who's referred to it. Generally, the attitude towards the Pegasus cultures is the same as those of the writers on the show: other cultures are backwards, hostile, or both...

But you hit my Pegasus culture buttons, and my language buttons, and my subtle-romance buttons all at once with this one. <3


busaikko on May 16th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry that I haven't replied to you yet! Your comment makes me very happy (and it was posted on my birthday, so I am considering it a present *g*). As far as I know, the only art from Pegasus on the show were the pieces Weir collected. While I'm sure that people fleeing for their lives might leave the statuary behind, literature is portable (it can even be memorised), and it provides a way of communicating a culture's core values to members of that society as well as to people from other worlds. I like to think that Pegasus had a thriving literary tradition... why not? Glad you enjoyed the story, and again apologies for being late *winces*
(no subject) - kirinin on May 18th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
secret welfare poetsecondsilk on February 8th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
This is completely awesome. I love made up literary works and literary history.
The Satedan poetry, too, was brilliant.
busaikko on May 16th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to be late in replying to you! I'm glad you liked the Pegasus literature: I had a lot of fun thinking it up *g* Thank you for reading!
ext_185613 on May 16th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)

Books! Pegasus cultures having books and mythology and everything! AND THE SYLLABUS.

My day is better now, thank you :)
busaikko on May 16th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
*g* I am a firm believer in Pegasus culture, glad you enjoyed! Thank you for reading!