The relationship between a podficcer and author can be totally hands off, completely collaborative or anything in between. There are a lot of ways podficcers and authors can help each other, check out pod_aware on LJ or DW for more information.
And, well, I suppose that today I could talk a bit about pod_together, and how awesome it was to work with keerawa to produce Three Days On The Rack (seriously, such a great experience). But, I pretty much talked about that already when we first posted the story and podfic.
Instead, I'd like to talk a little bit about the author/podficcer relationship I have with pprfaith. Because, seriously, she's pretty fantastic.
See, once upon a time, I was a bitty baby podficcer with only twenty minutes or so of podfic under my belt. And one day, I read this superfantasticawesomesauce story, Myself In You, and sent this really flaily-dorky message off to the author. The author, one pprfaith (or, faithunbreakable over at Twisting The Hellmouth where I first read her work....and somehow, it's still her name in my head) was superduper nice, and gave me free reign to not only record the story I'd asked for, but whatever else I felt like recording as well. I've been making my way slowly but surely through her entire back catalogue ever since that fateful day. (Also, I may or may not be connected to the root of this magnificent piece of literature, thanks in part to some conversations between pprfaith and myself describing all the wonderful ways that Charles'n'Raven'n'Erik could rule the world. Just saying.)
Anyway. Since she was one of my first podficcing-fandom-friends, and is an author of much awesomeness, I figured that posting yet another pprfaith's stories as a podfic (Now With Added Cover Art!) would be an appropriate response for today's Podfic Awareness Week entry. Right? Right.
Play a Game of Make Believe is a completely-hurty-in-all-the-right ways Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supernatural 'real family' fic. As in, 25 minutes of a Buffy Summers who was actually born Buffy Winchester, and a Dean who is subjected to years of emotional trauma. See, everyone has dreams, right? The things they want but can't have, the things they think about achieving but never really follow through with. And for the Winchesters, it makes sense that those dreams might be a little bit skewed from norm. Dean's dreams, in particular, seem so very much within his grasp....and yet, in order for his siblings to pursue their own dreams, his get pushed to the wayside, And then, when he finally gets what he's been wanted the whole time, it's not nearly what he actually wanted.
Oh! And, the art! I tried to be all introspective or symbolic or whatever as I made it. See, there's this one line that caught my attention: "Buffy dreams in red and flame. Always has." And that made me think of the picture of Buffy in the red shirt (where she looks all fierce-yet-sexy). And then, there's the red stripes on Sam's shirt....'cause the two of them are the ones who leave Dean behind, so they get that unifying element of matching colors, along with the 'fading away from Dean' aspect (look, you can see the forest through their faces! It's very thought-provoking). And then, of course, there's Dean's dream: "Deep down, you never let go of that image. Dad in front, Sammy on your right, Buffy on your left. The Winchesters. Hunting together." So, Buffy's in the left corner, and Sam's on the right side of their triangle....but Dean's still not quite in line with them. And of course, the dark and misty trees represents the anguish of Dean's soul. Duh. (The intro/outro music for this podfic is Sleeping With Ghosts, as performed by Placebo. I thought the general mood of the song fit with my rendition of ...Make Believe, and that the lyrics ("what good's religion/ when it's each other we despise") fit in with Dean's melancholy throughout the story.)
One thing that particularly resonated with me while reading this story was the intense love for his family that pprfaith writes for Dean. I know that I'm never going to have quite so severe a set of circumstances as the Winchesters to prove my own familial fealty, but the undercurrent of "Family comes first" in Dean's every sentence rang true to my own heart. pprfaith's Dean is my favorite flavor of Dean, and the way Buffy's Slayerdom is integrated into his worldview made me ache for them both. Just... all of ...Make Believe is the best thing ever, okay? So, listen, enjoy, and thank pprfaith for being so nice to a stranger once upon a time when you're done ('cause, seriously, without her go-ahead for that particular podfic, and the resulting snowball effect, I doubt I would have worked up the steam to be as podficularly proficient as I am today ^___^).
You can download the mp3 of Play a Game of Make Believe right over here (thanks for hosting me, paraka!), or you can stream the story by clicking below: