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Close Your Eyes by [ profile] sonofabiscuit77. SPN, Sam/Dean AU, NC-17, 52,000 words.

Summary: There are some relationships so taboo they’re irresistible...

So, okay, this fic came with a lot of warnings, but the one thing that jumped out at me was this - the OMC in question is basically Alan Rickman, and I was like omg, Dean and an OMC who's Alan Rickman. That, together with all the other warnings, and I knew right away that this was going to be a train-wreck. And it is, in an emotionally-gripping, heart-breaking, totally GOOD and satisfying way. In other words, fasten your seat-belt. Tight.

Date: 2012-06-13 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's based on the movie "Close Your Eyes" with Alan Rickman, but in the movie it's his young wife rather than a young husband. Still, check it out if you can find it! I haven't read the story yet but will probably get to it today or tomorrow.

Date: 2012-06-14 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cheating and infidelity aren't actually my cup of tea but I do read ( and love! ) the fanfics when it involves my favourite men. This one was a bit different though, as I like the OMC as much as I like the boys, so yeah, it was painful reading in parts but still a good one because the author wrote is so well!

ETA: I wonder very much if I'd feel the same way about the OMC if Alan Rickman wasn't in my head the entire time.
Edited Date: 2012-06-14 01:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-06-14 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
To be honest, I've started reading it and I'm not crazy about the way Sam and Dean are written. The OC definitely wouldn't appeal to me if he weren't played by Alan Rickman, but it's the same situation in the movie.

I also have issues with infidelity, but in this case it's more acceptable, for some reason.

Another good Rickman movie to look for, if you haven't seen it yet, is Dark Harbor. It's more in the suspense genre, and I found it fascinating.

Date: 2012-06-13 08:37 pm (UTC)
ext_35214: (alec_seductivesmirk)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, I just read the entire thing from start to finish and... I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was very well written. *nods* Definitely. And I certainly got all twisted up inside just like Sam... Dean is still an enigma, though. Probably intentional, of course. I think I'm going to watch the film now.

Date: 2012-06-14 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know what you mean. I'm thinking, on my part, Alan Rickman being Lester played a large part in what I felt about Lester and Dean. I mean, he loves Dean, that's clear, and it's hard not to root for him when, on the surface at least, he seems like a good guy.

I thought the ending was a bit ... abrupt. Dean saying yes to Sam was so sudden, and my impression was that he didn't know what was right anymore, it was like the decision was taken out of his hands. I found myself somewhat wishing that Dean would say no to Sam and leave Lester, be his own person.

But he did say yes to Sam and ... I don't see Lester just accepting that meekly. I've a feeling that that guy is ruthless when it comes to the things/people that he loves, his possesions. Sam and Dean's lives in NY won't be plain sailing at all!

Date: 2012-06-14 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the movie, which doesn't end there!

Date: 2012-06-14 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ok, I just read about it on Wikipedia. I might just go look for the movie, if only to see how Alan Rickman play Sinclair!

Date: 2012-06-14 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very sweet. In the movie I liked his character and was rooting for him.

Date: 2012-06-14 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
On wikipedia, it said that the movie ended will all three of them walking off into the sunset together, meaning a threesome???

I could see Lester in the fic, or Sam, suggesting that they share Dean between them, but I don't think I'm going to like that.

Date: 2012-06-14 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think it actually ends with Natalia and Richard walking off together. I didn't get the implication of a threesome, more of a man resigned to the fact that his *much* younger wife isn't happy with the marriage and wants out.

ETA: I feel like I should add the disclaimer that I saw the movie once, maybe 10+ years ago, so my memory may not be entirely accurate.
Edited Date: 2012-06-14 03:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-06-14 04:17 am (UTC)
ext_35214: (boys_foryou)
From: [identity profile]
I wish it was on Netflix. Gotta find another way to watch it now. *lol*

Date: 2012-06-14 04:17 am (UTC)
ext_35214: (alec_introspective)
From: [identity profile]
I think I felt that Dean's perspective was missing. I know I don't like switching POVs in fics but it felt a bit incomplete because we got glimpses of Dean, but only through Sam's eyes, and I always felt that his perspective was clouded.

Being able to hear Alan Rickman doing all of Lester's dialog really helped. I could even see his mannerisms coming through. He seemed a little defeated in the end, because he was prepared for Dean leaving him. There was a bit of desperation in his love for Dean, yeah? It was interesting to feel that.

I was surprised that Dean said yes. I know it was probably unintentional but Dean ended up doing what someone else wanted all the way to the end - first Dad, then Lester, and Sam.... Even modeling seemed to be something he fell into and just did to please others. You never get the sense that he's making a decision for himself. You're right. Perhaps he needed to go off on his own for a bit (and eventually come back to Sam, right? because that seemed to be what made him happy.) :D

Date: 2012-06-14 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, Dean the good son, the good husband, the good brother. I'm thinking that Lester was the one who got him his modelling gigs. Even that decision of Dean going to college seemed like he was doing what Sam suggest him to do.

Date: 2012-06-14 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*Waves* hello! Thanks for the rec and I'm very happy you liked the fic... though, not sure that liked is the right word??? Anyway, thank you kindly!

Just on the comments about the ending of the fic vs. the film. My ending was quite different from what I saw in the film, personally, I have no idea what's going to happen to all three characters in the film despite having watched it about 6 times ;-) I couldn't say whether the wife was going to end up staying with the husband, go off with her brother or be on her own, though my bet would be on her staying with her husband as I definitely got the impression that the siblings' relationship had run its course and "been purged" as the husband says.

In the fic, I wanted to end it with Dean choosing Sam, but that it wouldn't be a completely happy, 100% positive choice. Both boys by this point are emotionally exhausted and floundering and the choice is made out of desperation more than anything and Dean's sense of guilt and need for a change. Obviously, this doesn't at all constitute a normal happy-ever-after but I did feel that such an ending wouldn't be "earned" here and it wouldn't fit the tone of the story. So, I guess in the end, it's up to whoever's reading to make their minds up as to whether Dean and Sam made it work or ended up crashing and burning. I tend to think that they would make things work because they're not going to be happy apart (just like canon!!!) and both do complement each other. Dean's neediness and desire to care-take mixed with Sam's strong will and tenacity would see them through.

Anyway, thank you for the rec again and stirring up so many thoughts in me! I've been blown away by how strong people's reactions have been to the story.

Date: 2012-06-15 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I do like the story! I totally won't be reccing it if I didn't. It's thought-provoking and it gets people talking. It's not a story that I'm going to forget easily. And you should be very proud of it. Congratulations on a job well-done!!! \o/


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