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I was thinking of a question as I drove home today, something that would be sort of fun to pose to the Torchwood fandom here on Tumblr. It seems that Ianto Jones has quite the fan club, and an overwhelming amount of fanfiction has been written about him over the last eight years. 

So my question is this: what HASN’T happened to Ianto in fanfiction? He had it bad enough in canon, from a childhood that was hinted at being rough, to Canary Wharf, losing Lisa twice, the cannibals, Jack running off, turning into a woman, turning invisible, the mind rape by Adam, Tosh and Owen’s deaths, the assassination bugs and who knows what else I’m missing from the novels/radio dramas.

The more fanfiction that I read, the more I think “Good Lord, how did he survive all this?” before reminding myself that it didn’t ALL happen to him, it’s just fanfiction. But boy do we like to whomp on Ianto Jones, don’t we?

So the question again is: what HASN’T been done yet? And if you’ve read something that someone else posts, give a link! Because we all love Ianto Jones—dead, alive, a ghost, a Timelord, an echo, a memory, an empath, a secret agent, an Avenger, a Tomorrow Person, a Fairy King, a singer, a guitar player, a rent boy, a dominant, a submissive, or the even Prime Minister.

Seriously—what are we missing??

johnbarrowmanblr:

John Scot Barrowman MBE. And family:) jb
View more John Barrowman on WhoSay 

Gorgeous and amazing! But I really want a full shot of the kilt!

johnbarrowmanblr:

John Scot Barrowman MBE. And family:) jb

View more John Barrowman on WhoSay

Gorgeous and amazing! But I really want a full shot of the kilt!

I never thought about that. Fascinating! 
Fanfiction???

I never thought about that. Fascinating! 

Fanfiction???

garethdavid-lloyd:

hifunctioningsociopath-wurnumber:

garethdavid-lloyd:

hmmm I find it weird because I never picture them in a monogomous relationship. With Jack’s view on relationships and Ianto’s past, I never saw them as “strictly one on one”. I always saw them as free individuals who choose to come together out of loneliness and a feeling of intense attraction and love. And Ianto knows Jack and wouldn’t dare to ask for a monogomous commitment, not because he fears rejection but because he wouldn’t want Jack to be anyone else but himself. Neither do I believe he wants a monogomous commitment. He’s already done that and it nearly killed him. I think - and this is just my opinion and pov - that Ianto never insisted on monogomy (neither did he want it) and the only thing he asks off Jack is that when he’s with him, he’s not thinking of anyone else. Their relationship never seemed traditional to me. In the way of domestic bliss. However, that does not mean that they don’t love each other or respect each other. Or that they’re not commited to each other. In contrary, I think the love and commitment between them is very strong, judging by how much faith they both had in the their partner and how loyal they both are to the other ie Ianto not believing he is just a parttime shag or Jack refusing to believe that Ianto killed someone. If there’s one thing Jack has taught me, it’s that love comes in different ways and as love as the intention is there and that there’s genuine care and love, then who cares what it’s labelled as. Feel free to disagree, but that’s just the way I view them as a couple.

That’s very interesting opinion you have there. Also very valid opinion. I do see Ianto as more of a traditional type of person when it comes to relationships however and I think he would like to be exclusive with Jack. But he knows Jack too well and therefore he doesn’t ask anything like this from him - he thinks Jack can’t give it to him. But on the other hand, Jack is the lover, he is the knight in the shining armour, he is a dashing hero who everyone loves. But! I think, when Jack really puts himself in some relationship, when he really give everything into some relationship, when he knows he loves that person, he is capable of doing it (like Estelle or the mother of Alice, though we unfortunately don’t know much about their relationship). When Jack really decides to give it to that other person, he gives really everything, because that’s what he has. He knows it won’t last forever but he also knows that there will be plenty of other “part time shags” for him in the future. But someone to hold to in the cold night, or someone to rely on when you feel alone and lonely, that’s just few times in a life (even in such long life as Jack had). So I think (and this is just my opinion too - opinion of young hopeless romantic) when Jack really loves someone he is capable of being faithful and loyal to just this one person - no matter the flirting - he will always flirt with others, but it won’t go any further. But I acknowledhe your opinion too. After all, love is love and if it suits both parts, the relationship can be arranged more ways. 

I love your addition about Jack. I’m totally on board with that. I think he would give the person he loves everything they wanted. 

I think the point of the confession is that in the context of a monogamous relationship, Ianto is a stronger man than he is often made out to be and would not be driven to some of the more ridiculous things seen in fanfiction by Jack cheating on him. Because we see him devastated and broken over Lisa’s death, it’s sometimes automatically assumed that his love for Jack and that Jack cheating on him would utterly destroy him as well. First of all, we don’t know if he loved Jack that much. We know he loved him, we know he was unflaggingly loyal to the end, but we don’t know the depth of his feelings. And what happened to Lisa was more than any person could bear, a horrific nightmare that can’t really be compared with infidelity. But more than anything, I think we see Ianto grow into himself, become a strong, confident member of the team, and I think that man would be angry and upset, but not a snotty, sniffling mess who decides to retcon himself to oblivion. I like a good retcon fic as much as the next person, but it needs a believable emotional context in both the execution of it and the consequences, and I prefer my Ianto Jones a lot stronger. 
And my Jack perfectly capable of monogamy, but that’s an altogether different discussion. :)

garethdavid-lloyd:

hifunctioningsociopath-wurnumber:

garethdavid-lloyd:

hmmm I find it weird because I never picture them in a monogomous relationship. With Jack’s view on relationships and Ianto’s past, I never saw them as “strictly one on one”. I always saw them as free individuals who choose to come together out of loneliness and a feeling of intense attraction and love. And Ianto knows Jack and wouldn’t dare to ask for a monogomous commitment, not because he fears rejection but because he wouldn’t want Jack to be anyone else but himself. Neither do I believe he wants a monogomous commitment. He’s already done that and it nearly killed him. I think - and this is just my opinion and pov - that Ianto never insisted on monogomy (neither did he want it) and the only thing he asks off Jack is that when he’s with him, he’s not thinking of anyone else. Their relationship never seemed traditional to me. In the way of domestic bliss. However, that does not mean that they don’t love each other or respect each other. Or that they’re not commited to each other. In contrary, I think the love and commitment between them is very strong, judging by how much faith they both had in the their partner and how loyal they both are to the other ie Ianto not believing he is just a parttime shag or Jack refusing to believe that Ianto killed someone. If there’s one thing Jack has taught me, it’s that love comes in different ways and as love as the intention is there and that there’s genuine care and love, then who cares what it’s labelled as. Feel free to disagree, but that’s just the way I view them as a couple.

That’s very interesting opinion you have there. Also very valid opinion. I do see Ianto as more of a traditional type of person when it comes to relationships however and I think he would like to be exclusive with Jack. But he knows Jack too well and therefore he doesn’t ask anything like this from him - he thinks Jack can’t give it to him. But on the other hand, Jack is the lover, he is the knight in the shining armour, he is a dashing hero who everyone loves. But! I think, when Jack really puts himself in some relationship, when he really give everything into some relationship, when he knows he loves that person, he is capable of doing it (like Estelle or the mother of Alice, though we unfortunately don’t know much about their relationship). When Jack really decides to give it to that other person, he gives really everything, because that’s what he has. He knows it won’t last forever but he also knows that there will be plenty of other “part time shags” for him in the future. But someone to hold to in the cold night, or someone to rely on when you feel alone and lonely, that’s just few times in a life (even in such long life as Jack had). So I think (and this is just my opinion too - opinion of young hopeless romantic) when Jack really loves someone he is capable of being faithful and loyal to just this one person - no matter the flirting - he will always flirt with others, but it won’t go any further. But I acknowledhe your opinion too. After all, love is love and if it suits both parts, the relationship can be arranged more ways. 

I love your addition about Jack. I’m totally on board with that. I think he would give the person he loves everything they wanted. 

I think the point of the confession is that in the context of a monogamous relationship, Ianto is a stronger man than he is often made out to be and would not be driven to some of the more ridiculous things seen in fanfiction by Jack cheating on him. Because we see him devastated and broken over Lisa’s death, it’s sometimes automatically assumed that his love for Jack and that Jack cheating on him would utterly destroy him as well. First of all, we don’t know if he loved Jack that much. We know he loved him, we know he was unflaggingly loyal to the end, but we don’t know the depth of his feelings. And what happened to Lisa was more than any person could bear, a horrific nightmare that can’t really be compared with infidelity. But more than anything, I think we see Ianto grow into himself, become a strong, confident member of the team, and I think that man would be angry and upset, but not a snotty, sniffling mess who decides to retcon himself to oblivion. I like a good retcon fic as much as the next person, but it needs a believable emotional context in both the execution of it and the consequences, and I prefer my Ianto Jones a lot stronger. 

And my Jack perfectly capable of monogamy, but that’s an altogether different discussion. :)

(Source: torchwoodian-confessions)

This needs to be a thing

So John Barrowman wears all sorts of gorgeous suits on Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn.

Gareth David-Lloyd wore all sorts of gorgeous suits on Torchwood as Ianto Jones.

Why are there no posts about this? Posts with pictures? Posts with pictures and manips and gifs of two gorgeous men wearing gorgeous suits and being gorgeous together??

Pretty please?

Oct 8

http://mia-zeklos.tumblr.com/post/99396336272/what-i-never-understand-about-gwen-bashing-in

mia-zeklos:

What I never understand about Gwen bashing in fanfics is why

I mean, why make everyone horrifically out of character just because you don’t like a character? Because literally every trope I’ve seen there is absolutely untrue by canon. Let’s see:

1. Gwen and Ianto hate each other: Wrong. They’re…

I think people see what they want to see, more than anything. I can personally see both: Ianto and Gwen could have very well been good friends, bonding over all sorts of things. I see this happening more after Jack left, and I’ve read many stories where their friendship is beautiful and fun. On the other hand, you could view the on-screen evidence as nothing more than a working relationship, and very easily veer into that grey area where Ianto and Gwen compete for Jack’s affection and are more distant. I think that’s unlikely after Tosh and Owen’s death, but still possible if supported in context.

Gwen is possibly the easiest character to take from one extreme to the other. Jack is Jack and there are some things I will never believe him capable of. Ianto is a mystery and that leaves a lot open, but given what we do know, there are still lines he won’t cross. Tosh and Owen also don’t offer as much room for interpretation. But Gwen does.You can look at her relationship with Jack and warp it all sorts of ways. More than anything, you can take her persistence and compassion and turn it against her, making it a liability more than an asset. And in the reality of the show, that did happen: look at how many times she messed up, how many times she refused to believe in anyone but herself, culminating with her stubborn insistence to be right in Adrift that only resulted in more heartbreak.

When I write Gwen, more often than note she turns out selfish because that’s what I see most. So much of what she does through series 1 and 2 is selfish, from her desire to question the cannibals to her affair with Owen to opening the Rift to get Rhys back to her constant questioning of Jack throughout series 2. She strikes me as someone who is a good policewoman, who is good with people, but sees things as too black and white for what Torchwood really is. And all too often forgets to do the same with the people on her own team that she would do for total strangers in the field. And that brings us back to Jack and Ianto. She may have been joking around with them by CoE, but who knows how it started. She very well could have been jealous and upset. I wonder if she wasn’t a bit clueless, to be honest - refusing to see what was really going on at first.

Of course, that assumes something serious was going on between Jack and Ianto, and you could definitely question that after Jack’s actions at Gwen’s wedding. But that’s another post, lol.

So yes. Gwen. She’s such a difficult character! I want to like her and I mostly do, but there are just some things I see and believe about her character that I can’t shake. 

Oct 6
Oh, we all know shit went down off screen. Just run through the Cyberwoman tag at Ao3 and you can get anything from fluff to angst. Ianto runs, Jack retcons him, Ianto tries to kill himself, Jack saves him, Jack kills himself instead, Ianto moves on, Ianto is hit with massive PTSD, Ianto packs all his stuff, Ianto is angry and pissed off and beats the crap out of Jack, Jack is angry and pissed off and beats the crap out of Ianto, or kisses him, or fucks him. And that’s just Jack and Ianto.Sometimes Owen checks on him and they become friends, sometimes Tosh, rarely Gwen. Sometimes Ianto goes to his family, sometimes he refuses to open his door to anyone, sometimes he leaves TW for Unit or the Tomorrow People or even leaves the planet. Basically, anything goes. But something happened to resolve things, and it’s not out of character for Jack to be forgiving of Ianto and move on. We’ve seen it time and again, starting with Day One when Gwen was the one who screwed up. Then Ianto, then Tosh, then Owen. That is just Jack’s character, because he knows what it is to fuck up, and because he was forgiven when he almost destroyed the world himself. So…craziest post-CW story you’ve read? I think for me it was one where Jack came thisclose to raping Ianto. It was hard. I’ve read loads of good ones, from the one where Ianto was sort of brain-washed by the Cyberman, to the one where he was sent to Flat Holm to work out his issues to the one where Ianto lined his tub for Jack to execute him. Share a good one too! Headcanon and fanfic tells us they dealt with it! :)

Oh, we all know shit went down off screen. Just run through the Cyberwoman tag at Ao3 and you can get anything from fluff to angst. Ianto runs, Jack retcons him, Ianto tries to kill himself, Jack saves him, Jack kills himself instead, Ianto moves on, Ianto is hit with massive PTSD, Ianto packs all his stuff, Ianto is angry and pissed off and beats the crap out of Jack, Jack is angry and pissed off and beats the crap out of Ianto, or kisses him, or fucks him. 
And that’s just Jack and Ianto.
Sometimes Owen checks on him and they become friends, sometimes Tosh, rarely Gwen. Sometimes Ianto goes to his family, sometimes he refuses to open his door to anyone, sometimes he leaves TW for Unit or the Tomorrow People or even leaves the planet. 
Basically, anything goes. But something happened to resolve things, and it’s not out of character for Jack to be forgiving of Ianto and move on. We’ve seen it time and again, starting with Day One when Gwen was the one who screwed up. Then Ianto, then Tosh, then Owen. That is just Jack’s character, because he knows what it is to fuck up, and because he was forgiven when he almost destroyed the world himself. 
So…craziest post-CW story you’ve read? I think for me it was one where Jack came thisclose to raping Ianto. It was hard. I’ve read loads of good ones, from the one where Ianto was sort of brain-washed by the Cyberman, to the one where he was sent to Flat Holm to work out his issues to the one where Ianto lined his tub for Jack to execute him. Share a good one too! Headcanon and fanfic tells us they dealt with it! :)

Oct 5

I love this scene! It makes a great gif set, too.

Now if only the show had explored the repercussions of Jack leaving them for the Doctor a bit more. :P

Oct 5

Did I reblog already? Ah well. Worth another. Too cute. ;)

Oct 3

25 years in the business today. Thanks all and here is to many many more:) jb

He is so adorable, there are just no words sometimes. Seriously. And I want his joie de vivre (amongst other things…) ;)

Congrats, John!!

Love it!!

dgct2:

John Barrowman singing the title track from Sunset Boulevard.

John does a fantastic job with this song. I got to see the Canadian production of this show in high school. At the time Rex Smith and Diahann Carroll were the lead singers. This is a great musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

I love all of his solos on The Sound of Musicals! This is a great one. I like Maria as well, and his duet with Ruthie Hensall is brilliant.

Plus in this one we get a tux and that short hair on top of great singing! I adore this man.

Part of Jack's World

ianto-jones-diary:

Look at Jack’s coat, isn’t it clean?
Sewn up and polished ‘til the buttons gleam
Looking so closely he’ll preen
"Yeah, you fixed everything!"

Yet I look at this coat, with stories untold
How many secrets does this fabric hold?
Look a bit closer, I’ll think
No… didn’t fix everything.

I’ve got…

I’m grinning and giggling madly. Kudos!

I love this! Thank you so much sharing it so those of us who came late to the fandom can see what was going on at the time. I just adore Gareth’s insights into his character. He seemed to really get it.

(Source: this-time-i-might-just-disappear)

remuslives23. Torchwood Big Bang: The Sum of Your Choices

This fic is amazing! Wow! One of the best I’ve read lately. It has everything: a strong plot, a good original character, great insight into Jack and Ianto’s character, snappy dialogue, some in context Gwen bashing (*smirk*), a strong, understanding, compassionate Ianto Jones (set post Meat), lots of angst, hurt, comfort, and even a bit of romance. Basically, it’s brilliant. I can’t stop thinking about it and highly recommend it. Details below - enjoy!

Title: The Sum of Your Choices
Author: remuslives23
Artist: misshapenmuse
Characters/Pairings: Team, OC’s; Jack/Ianto, mild Ianto/OMC
Contains: Language, mild sexual references, discussion of miscarriage and genetic manipulation
Rating: PG15
Word Count: 33086
Beta: dogsunderfoot 

Summary: Matthew Prentiss thinks he’s having a bad day when, after a close encounter with an alien device, he regains consciousness in a cell in the underground headquarters of Torchwood. He befriends Ianto Jones, who is having his own problems trying to sort out what he wants from his faltering relationship. Things go from bad to worse when the mystery of Matthew’s odd experience is unraveled, uninvited visitors arrive in the Hub, and Matthew is called upon to make a choice that will change his life.

Notes: Set after ‘A Day in the Death’ and references events in ‘Reset’ and ‘Meat’. Thanks to my beta, Di, for her cheerleading and constant support, to my artist for choosing my fic despite the horrible summary, and to my flist for shaking pompoms when I complained about how much easier it would be to write 15000 words of porn than it was to write actual plot.

Disclaimer: This fiction is based on characters and situations created and owned by Russell T Davies, the BBC, and affiliates. No money is being made and no offense is intended. Characters are of legal age for sexual situations.