NO KILL I (glockgal) wrote,

fic (omg fic!): the beatles. a collab with bossymarmalade

run for yer life by bossymarmalade & glockgal
the beatles

warnings: murder, drug use
disclaimer: we've cocked up some of the beatles history, but to be fair, none of this is real anyhow.
bossymarmalade sez: i think this story has been working its way to the surface for fifteen years, only neither of us realized it.
glockgal sez: i am the mccartney to her lennon. without all the pizza and fairytales. (well, maybe a little)

summary: you don't get to the toppermost of the poppermost without a little sacrifice.
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Tags: beatles, fanfic, sister
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Loved this!
Hurrah, thank you!
Wow, that was amazing. Dark, and the art, omg. Wow.
Eeeeeee thank you so so very much, I'm so glad you read and enjoyed it omg! <3
I don't know anything about the Beatles but of course I had to read this, and I'm so glad I did. This story was amazing and creepy and wonderful, and the art is perfect. Every story needs to be illustrated like this.
Hurrah! It's so HUGELY gratifying that even people who aren't Beatleheads are liking the story, I can't even tell you! Of course, the art goes a long way towards that. *g* Thank you so much for the feedback, bb!

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I just want to read this feedback over and over and roll around in it! I'm delighted that we managed to make their personalities come across strong (with self-indulgent fic, it does get worrisome that none of it will translate outside of the creative duo), and omg this:

a camaraderie and loathing that bound them all together

-- makes me all shivery because that's EXACTLY what we were aiming for -- best friends even when you all loathe each other. *g* Thank you a million times over for such wonderful, thoughtful feedback!!
fucking hell, this is AWESOME! i just know that this is one of those fics that will stay in my head for ages, and at some point in a few years i'll be asking someone, "remember that beatles fic where they kept topping people who got in their way? and george was really sinister? and they kind of disliked each other and didn't trust each other but couldn't really do anything else? and it had that great fanart?" yeah. GOOD TIMES!

also, i still love ringo. oh, ringo. <333
OH DUDE. Thank you so insanely much for this comment -- it's everything we could have asked for, and I'm so glad you liked it! Especially Ringo, blessed, dear Ringo! We ♥ him so much too!

Thank you thank you!


8 years ago

this is the love-child of pure genius. it's fascinating to read and see and grok.
hee hee! What a marvellous comment, thank you so much and I'm so very glad you enjoyed it!!
...I think you've broken me. I am stunned by the voices in this, but more importantly, the psychosis. I have no words, I've been trying for days. Incredible, and I don't just mean the art. Wow. And Damn You. I totes shipped John/Stu.
It kills me to know that you enjoyed this, kills me. You know there are some people you have in the back of your mind when you create something and you hope that they not only take a look, but they actually enjoy it? And once they do, then all other feedback from other people, it's just icing on the cake?



8 years ago

Spec. Tacular.
I'm delighted that you enjoyed it, thank you!
This is an awesome work of art, both the words and the pictures. I love it and it creeps me out *hard.*
eeee, thank you so much! Creepifying love is exactly what we were aiming for. *g*


March 2 2010, 04:31:14 UTC 8 years ago Edited:  March 2 2010, 04:32:46 UTC

You guys, you guys. I keep trying to think of what to say. This is stunning. This could be true! Okay, maybe not the serial killers part, but everything else is exactly the way it was, I'm sure.

Your language is perfect, and it's like a missing scene from A Hard Day's Night or Help, only creepier, but more real.

You captured John's aggression and his vulnerability, Paul's care for the group more than the people in it, George's resentment of it all, and Ringo just needing to be there.

And so much more, of course.

The art is stunning, too, just gorgeous and evocative and really, as someone who has been absorbing Beatle lore and facts and history practically all my life, and who was actually there for a lot of it, because I am just that old, I'm, um, stunned is the only word I can come up with.
I hardly know how to respond and I asked Ris to reply with thanks but this--

You captured John's aggression and his vulnerability, Paul's care for the group more than the people in it, George's resentment of it all, and Ringo just needing to be there.

THIS. This gives me so much joy that, like, you are such a Beatles fan and you got this from the fic/art; which means we did something right! PARTICULARLY PAUL. I never could quite describe his loyalty/determination, but you pegged it perfectly - his care and love was for the band more than the people. AUGH. BLESS HIM. So perfectly said and I am SO HAPPY you thought this part of his personality was captured in our fic.

Bwaaaaaaa - it's always nice to get feedback but it's EXTRA BONUS helping of gratitude when the feedback is from someone so well-versed in the canon. Like you! Thank you thank you thank you!


8 years ago


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8 years ago

Oh, I just found this, and it's remarkable. The storytelling, the style, the way the 'origin story' somehow lends itself to this slightly creepy, coldblooded, charming spin, in which the boys are off-balance and unpredictable sociopaths together, vulnerable and at the same time alarmingly callous - wow, it rings so true! Which is startling without being at all disrespectful, because the flippancy, the sharp edges, the shifting loyalties, the Four Musketeers united front and snippy, sniping, squabbling, druggy, unmoored-from-reality backstage dynamics still bear a heart-tugging resemblance to the way things played out for them. That sense of the four of them against the world, and yet with the destabilizing presence of blood in the water.

And their personalities are so distinct here. I can't do better than to point upward to withdiamonds and agree heartily: what she said!

Also, the language: bossymarmalade, you are amazing with words. So succinct, traveling so much ground in so small a space, and making every sentence glitter or slant with unexpected stylish leaps while never losing sight of the Beatles' voices. There are insights sprinkled all the way through, little character digs. And OMG, I admit it, your George makes the hair rise on the back of my neck!

glockgal, your art is always amazing. I love the different styles you've used here (eee, George's lip-curl while listening to Astrid scream, John unable to make up his mind whether or not to bully Ringo, Paul's petulant, decadent, "shut your gob" pout. But especially that final portrait - it makes my Beatles-loving heart swell up with wonderful nostalgia.

In short (which my comment is not): this is utterly fab.
eeeeee, EEEEEEEEE! Thank you so, so very much for this; unexpected feedback is the very best sometimes. *g*

startling without being at all disrespectful

It makes me extraordinarily happy that you say this in particular, because we love the Beatles HUGELY and while we wanted to play around with them, we didn't want to make them unrelentingly ugly and awful, y'know? So I'm delighted that our portrayal still seems loving and respectful; as we've gotten older, the meaner squabbly sides of them don't distress us the way they did when we were starry-eyed girls, heh.

I must clarify that glockgal did quite a bit of the writing, too! She has a puckish turn of phrase sometimes that I quite envy, because I didn't get ANY of the artistic talent. NOT FAIR. *g*

Thank you again, bushels and bobs, for such kind, incisive, thoughtful feedback the likes of which lucky recipients like us re-read over and over and OVER and still squee about. I appreciate it more than I can say!
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