Story: Carry That Weight
Author: hedgerose, polarbearutopia
Fandom: Glee/American Idol
Genre: Fusion, Drama, AU
Pairing/Character: Klaine (Kurt/Blaine)
Summary: When Blaine's friend Susan drags him to an American Idol audition, he's not even trying to get past the first round-- much less into the top ten. And after getting through Disco Week, avoiding the media, and dealing with his very absent parents, Blaine's not sure he even wants to win-- although falling in love might make up for a lot of that. And maybe, just maybe, he can win this thing.
Squeeing: I do not read RPF. It's one of the few lines I have left... and then something like this comes across, and my lines blur. It's not true RPF, since the focus is the Glee cast using the Idol universe as a setting. It sounds ridiculous on the surface, but the writers manage to pull together an amazing universe that walks the line perfectly. The amount of detail in building this world is astounding - so much thought is put into it that the world breathes
. There's also some amazing work done on social media, so it's a very current look at fandom and the interaction with reality tv while using the characters from my (current) favorite fictional show. The piece is a sensitive work that explores the complexity of our society as it is right now, and Blaine and Kurt's relationship manages to develop in a fascinating way. Just a stunning achievement that made me decide I needed to start reccing again after a year and a half of being AWOL.
Excerpt: Blaine hadn't expected to make to Hollywood Week, much less through it, so now that he's made it to the semi-finals he's completely flummoxed. There are plenty of songs he can sing-- song choice isn't a problem, not with three years in the Warblers, two of them leading-- but he hadn't really thought about the prospect of being one of thirty-six people singing live on television to millions of viewers. Now that he actually could get somewhere-- now that he might get a record contract-- he's not really sure what to do.