Career Goal: Goth mom who embarrasses her children by showing too much cleavage at the Renaissance Faire and openly displaying her collection of mildly erotic, high fantasy resin statues of fairies and mermaids.
Impostor Syndromeby renaissance, Mature, 61k At some point, most people with a childhood crush will imagine meeting their idol, and might even pretend that they’re dating. This is the story of how Yuuri Katsuki meets his childhood crush, and how they pretend that they’re dating. LOVE!
A Katsudon for Two by koi_ling, Teen, 8.6k (WIP) Yuuri wakes up with a headache and a new boyfriend. (an AU in which Yuuri and Victor pretend to be dating because Yuuri’s mom is too worried about her son staying solo for his whole life) This is SO good so far, hoping for more!
Looking for a rhythm like you by Cesare, Teen, 12k (WIP) “I know we only really met yesterday, and this may be skipping ahead a lot,” says Victor, “but would it be all right if we told people we’re dating?” Thumbs up!
The Power of Love by kiaronna, Teen, 19k (WIP) Yuuko and Yuuri dominate the singles skating competition as Japan’s power couple—except they aren’t a couple, and when their old skating idol stumbles into their personal life, everything rapidly goes downhill. SUCH a good fic!
The nostalgic feeling of the familiar by myoue, Gen, 11k Yuuri’s the one who suggested being fake engaged in the first place, tugging Victor along on such a convoluted plan at the start of cherry blossom season. This is great!
It Doesn’t Have to be a Lie by Recesskup, Not Rated, 54k (WIP) Yuuri is not outgoing. That’s why when Phichit supplies Viktor as his fake boyfriend he’s bringing home for Christmas he nearly dies on the spot. And in all Honesty, he’s not quite sure how he managed to convince Viktor Nikiforov to play the role of his pretend boyfriend. And he’s even more at a loss for words when he remembers he has to go along with this for two weeks. Highly recommend!
locker room talk by thehibiscusthief, Teen, 1.3k “Yuuri, I… I really like you! Will you go out with me?” Kenjirou cried. Yuuri froze. The reporters surrounding them fell silent, cameras trained on Yuuri’s shocked expression. “Um…” he began. “I can’t, because…” His eyes desperately darted around the room, searching for an acceptable answer. “Because I’m already in a relationship! With someone very special. Um.” Kenjirou’s face fell. “Who is it?” he demanded. His bottom lip was quivering, tears pooling in his eyes. “Viktor,” he blurted. “I’m dating Viktor.” Cute one-shot!
Hide the Mistletoe by cosmicthief, Teen, 10k (WIP) Yuuri has a problem. Maybe more than one.1. He just got broken up with. 2. There are five days until Christmas. 3. His mom’s expecting a date at their celebration. Awesome fic, hoping that there will be more!
It Was Simple Until It Wasn’t by marihy, Teen, 7.3k (WIP) It was simple really. Yuuri wanted revenge on his cheating ex, and Victor needed someone on his arm to appease his parents. The solution to both of their problems was a fake relationship. Nice and simple. But of course, these things rarely stay simple. Great fic!
Rent A Date!by Y3Melisa, Gen, 3.8k (WIP) Yuuri ‘rents’ a fake boyfriend to bring home so that Minako-sensei will stop trying to hook him up with her ballet class students. Victor, the most popular bachelor on the site, gets chosen. I really like this fic so far!
you are the best thing that’s ever been mine by JMonCheri, Mature, 13k (WIP) Wherein famous actors Yuuri Katsuki and Viktor Nikiforov are forced to fake a relationship for mere reasons such as fame, money, and for teenage girls to make thesis long rants about them on Tumblr. Rec’d by a follower!
never could be sweeter than with you by nihonlove, Teen, 13k (WIP) Back in highschool, Yuuri Katsuki was basically every stereotype of an unpopular nerd rolled into one. Since then, he likes to think his life has improved in miles. But when an invitation to his highschool reunion arrives, it forces him to take a longer look at his life and his relationships. Particularly with one certain friend he’s been in love with for years and who now wants to help Yuuri through his reunion by pretending to be his boyfriend… Really good!
apparently people are still saying viktor is manipulative? okay, to those of you who know me, you’ll know that i have incredibly strong opinions about viktor nikiforov, and one such opinion is the opposite of this. well-meaning but clueless? yes. careless with other people’s feelings? absolutely. but manipulative? disagree. so, let’s do this. let’s talk about viktor.
the main argument for viktor being manipulative boils down to this: he uses ultimatums to get what he wants. arguable, because the first time we see him do something like this of his own volition (no, onsen on ice doesn’t count, that was yurio’s idea) is in the infamous carpark scene. this is cruel and painfully misguided, but i would not call it typically manipulative. not once does viktor try to trick yuuri into doing something viktor wants. the carpark scene is pretty straightforward in how it’s framed in the narrative: viktor doesn’t know how to be a coach. his main experience of coaching is from yakov. yakov is a big practitioner of tough love. viktor gives that method a try with yuuri. it does not work.
the other big “evidence” for manipulative viktor is episode 12. “aw, i really wanted to kiss a gold medal!” by this point, yuuri knows what to expect from viktor, but that doesn’t mean that viktor’s in the right to tease yuuri like this. still, it’s not like he’s out only for himself? every time viktor does something like this, he’s almost embarrassingly well-intentioned. usually he screws up, but it’s clear to me that he wants the best for yuuri—success, happiness, a long figure skating career, whatever—but yuuri’s wants and/or needs are often quite at odds with viktor’s.
this comes down to the biggest problem in their relationship: communication. neither viktor nor yuuri are people who talk about what’s on their mind in any cohesive terms. this is why the beach conversation in episode 4 is such a big deal. it’s one of the only moments in the show when they speak plainly to each other. every other time, viktor talks in pretty vagaries, and yuuri skirts around issues. it’s never addressed in canon, but imo one of yoi’s weaknesses is that it leaves a lot to the imagination, which is where we come in and fill the gaps with meta. and there is a lot of meta about how bad their communication is, so i won’t go into that here.
what i do want to get into is where the misconception that viktor is manipulative comes from. it’s been around since the first days of the fandom, back when we only had a few episodes and, for all intents and purposes, viktor’s actions did seem quite selfish. but this is the mastery of episode 10, and this is how yoi turns all this around: knowing that viktor has had yuuri at the forefront of his mind all this time, and that he essentially came to hasetsu on yuuri’s request (which is absolutely how viktor would see it), paints a very different picture. instead of the viktor who is manipulating yuuri with a sexy routine and threats to leave him, we now have viktor who is genuinely very attracted to yuuri, hasn’t really been so happy in anyone’s company since he was a kid, and is trying so damn hard to be the best coach possible. he’s just. not very good at it.
let’s come back to episode 12. viktor has ostensibly grown and learnt since the carpark scene, but now he’s back to his old tricks. i want to put this in the context of what’s just occurred, the very night before. “let’s end this.” viktor says yuuri is acting selfishly, and yuuri agrees. yuuri hasn’t consulted viktor about this decision, even though viktor is his coach and, y’know, boyfriend. (see also: bad communication skills.) it’s ultimately yuuri’s decision whether or not to retire, and it’s not something he’d ever need to ask permission for from viktor, but it’s also his onus to do it in a way so that he doesn’t hurt anyone he cares about. remember what viktor said? he thought yuuri needed him. they weren’t on the same page, and whatever yuuri’s decision was going to be, he definitely could’ve communicated it better.
because yuuri hasn’t communicated anything about why he wants to retire, it seems obvious to me that viktor would make the assumption that yuuri doesn’t really know himself why he wants to retire. that certainly comes across in the anime. his decision doesn’t come out of nowhere, but it’s never really explained as anything other than something that yuuri has decided, and that’s that. so perhaps viktor picks up on that, and he wants yuuri to know, it doesn’t need to be this way. if viktor had teased and prodded yuuri and yuuri still wanted to retire, he would’ve known that yuuri was certain. because that’s viktor’s way of communicating. he’s being selfish too, but in context, it makes perfect sense that he would.
he is in love, after all, and love makes fools of us all, or whatever.
that would’ve made a really good place to end this meta, but i want to say one other thing: i think it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of yuuri as pure and sweet and all that sort of thing that one can forget he’s a flawed character too. viktor did come off overbearing and, yes, maybe a little manipulative, before the episode 10 revelation, and yuuri is the protagonist, so it’s very easy to be biased towards him. i adore yuuri, but he’s impulsive, inconsiderate, and he is the one who screwed up with “let’s end this.” he set the tone for the rest of the interactions stemming from that decision. i’m not surprised that viktor would respond in kind.
like…… who DOESNT get half naked and sit poised over your friend while they lie under you in bed in a similar state of undress, pointing a knife at you so if you get tired and fall it stabs you, and just stare into each others eyes unblinking, expressionless, for hours on end, ‘platonically’,
The Renaissance was much more diverse than I think most of us, having just taken high school history or whatever, [remember],” she says. “Shakespeare in the 1500s is writing about an interracial marriage in Othello and Giovanni de Medici is the ruler of Florence and he’s a biracial man. And you’re talking about all these cultures along the Mediterranean who have been trading with the Arab world and the African world and by the Renaissance they’re starting to trade with Asia. This was not a white world, really. You may remember whatever artwork or whatever you want to but I think in reality this is a more diverse world than people think — and on top of that, we just cast the best actor for every role.
Heather Mitchell, showrunner of Shondaland’s Still Star-Crossed, to Jean Bentley for The Hollywood Reporter
So we always have modern-day Greek gods but come on, imagine them in other periods of history please like there is so much potential
Apollo as a renaissance artist in Venice, painting watercolors of the sun, crafting songs and harmonies, visiting the sick with his work that always seems to help them recover, sketching women more beautiful than a summer’s day.
Artemis as a huntress in Celtic Ireland, war paint and bow, axes and spears, running through glens and marshes, hiding in the undergrowth dressed in animal pelts.
Ares as a medieval knight in England, seeking glory in jousts and tourneys, mastering pike and sword and lance and flail, clothed in steel and blood.
Athena as a World War Two commander in Bletchley, calling the shots as she scours maps, planning out blitz raids and spy operations, typing at machines and decoding foreign enigmas.
Hephaestus as a factory worker in the British industrial revolution, face lined with ash, stinking of iron and smoke, watching chimneys pump the skies grey.
Hermes as a Colonial settler in the Americas, atop the ship’s mast with spyglass and pistol, bartering with natives, swindling and travelling, scouting out the New World and bringing communication to the old one.
Hestia as a World War One housewife in Britain, growing vegetables and making her own clothes to keep up the war effort, sending telegrams to shellshocked soldiers in the trenches, keeping children safe in her house by the fireside.
I mean, come on. Historically diverse Greek mythology. Let’s make it happen.
Here it is, at long last! I’m self-publishing The Prince and the Rose through the Amazon Kindle store! It’s set to drop on the same day as My Fair Baron, so if you pre-order both, you’ll get TWO books from me on the same day!
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Diversity is sadly not something that comes to mind when we think of Renaissance drama but the creative team behind “Still Star-Crossed” is on a mission to change that.
Based on a young adult novel of the same name, “Still Star-Crossed” takes place in the aftermath of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic deaths and focuses on Rosaline Capulet (Lashana Lynch) who is forced to marry Benvolio Montague (Wade Briggs). The Betrothal is arranged by Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman) who hopes that the two young people’s matrimony will put an end to their families’ bitter feud.
Although the series’ narrative is not exceptionally original and it has received some criticism for being inconsistent with Shakespeare’s work, it nevertheless succeeds in winning us over with its diverse cast - something very unusual for the vast majority of period pieces. Indeed, it is truly refreshing to see an actress of colour as the protagonist of a Shakespearean drama, especially since such a scenario is not nearly as unlikely as we are might have been led to believe.
“Renaissance was much more diverse than I think most of us, having just taken high school history or whatever, [remember],” explains series creator Heather Mitchell. “Shakespeare in the 1500s is writing about an interracial marriage in Othello – and Giovanni de Medici is the ruler of Florence, and he’s a biracial man.”
Viewers seem to love "Still Star-Crossed’"s diversity - despite receiving lukewarm comments from the critics, the series has already generated a solid fanbase with many Tumblr accounts devoted to its protagonists. We really hope that the drama’s success among young viewers will lead the way for many more racially diverse historical films and TV series.
"Still Star-Crossed” premiered on 29th May and airs on the ABC network every Monday.