Firstly:Le Donne di Llangollen
(1398 words) by El Staplador
Fandom: 18th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor Butler/Sarah Ponsonby
Characters: Eleanor Butler, Sarah Ponsonby, Original Characters
Additional Tags: opera - Freeform, Community: ladiesbingo, opera synopsis, Worldbuilding, Stealth Crossover, AU - no homophobia
Series: Part 2 of Opera Over The Rainbow
With Le Donne di Llangollen Rossini returned to the theme of young love outwitting familial opposition that had served him so well with Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He may perhaps have been recalling Beethoven's advice to him never to write anything but opera buffa. Hoping to capitalise on the success that Donizetti had enjoyed with operas set in the British Isles, and that of his own La Donna del Lago, he and Gaetano Rossi borrowed the details of a noted scandal. So noted, in fact, that nobody ever questions the fact that the Ladies never reach Llangollen within the action of the opera. It doesn't matter. We all know how it ends.
Same concept as La Forza dell'Amore
, although with no reference to Yuri!!! on Ice
. I have been having fun with these, and can think of a couple I might add. Both are based on real-world operas, however. There's Violetta
, which is La Traviata
but with hanahaki disease instead of TB (not much difference, I suspect). Oh, bloody hell, imagine Moulin Rouge
. And of course Lohengrin
is implied to exist in YOI. (You don't have a dark past
!) How different does it look? This would take some work, as Wagner is not one of my strong points, and I think it would be difficult to outsnark George Martin on the original:Throughout, they sing the bridal chorus. (Wagner, wherever he is, must get a laugh out of middle-class Christian America, which has taken his march to the bridal bed, with its constant reference to the joys of the body, as a suitable accompaniment for a march to the bridal altar, with its connotations of the bonds of the spirit; and the reference to the faithless Elsa is, of course, wildly inappropriate.)
There are some assumptions there that I do not share, but still, it's pretty good snark, offering ample opportunity for extra bonus meta snark. (Marriage: what even is it? We just don't know!)
But all that's beside the point. The point is, I am down to two prompts on ladiesbingo
I have decided that I am not going to get The Fall of Strelsau
finished in March/without
constant reassurance picowrimo
and have moved it to the back burner. It's sitting at just under 7,000 words, and probably needs twice as much again, plus some plot that hasn't even occurred to me yet, and it's not going to happen. I'll return to it in June.
This has freed my brain sufficiently to produce several ideas for both Silver and Gold
and The Writing on the Wall
, any of which should get wrapped up in a couple of thousand words. It is going to happen!
After that I shall perhaps refrain from setting myself challenges involving writing many different stories to difficult deadlines, which inevitably end up happening in tiny fandoms that nobody reads. Perhaps.