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23 September 2005 @ 08:59 pm
Title: This Won't Be a Sad Song
Author: Allison Jackson
Rating: PG/PG-13
Pairing: G/P, slight
Word Count: 526
Summary: George has tried everything so far.
Challenge: Model your fabble after the theme "give peace a chance."
Author's Notes: Okay, so it's not 250 words, but I liked it so I went with it. I really wish I could write a real, longet than 1000 words Beatles-Slash. I'm working on it. No, seriously.

When George was a kid, he was used to getting yelled at. It wasn't that he was a bad kid; most of the time he kept to himself, quietly doing his schoolwork in the corner, eating dinner silently and politely, being a good boy. Of course, this meant whenever he actually did something it was "bad" or "wrong" or "too boyish." But really, it wasn't his fault. He was just being himself.

When George was a teenager, he was used to being disappointed in himself. It wasn't that he was stupid, he just stopped caring about schoolwork. He met his best friend Paulie and got into music, and finally everything made sense, even if his parents and teachers hated him from then on. But really, learning about biology or whatever the fuck they were teaching was nothing compared to the feel of his fingers sliding across those guitar strings.

When George was a Beatle, he was used to being in the background. It wasn't that he didn't like them; it was just easier that way. John wanted to be in control of the group, Paul wanted to be the genius of the group, and Ringo wanted to be acknowledged every once in awhile. And George, well, George just wanted to play his guitar and feel. But really, he liked it that way. Really.

When George was married to Pattie, he was used to trying very hard. It wasn't like she was demanding, it was just that he never felt like he was good enough for her. She was so beautiful and perfect and all, and sometimes he had a problem enjoying himself. He loved her, he did. But really, sometimes, he decided, love was a headache.

When George wasn't a Beatle anymore, he was used to the constant headache and reminders. It wasn't like he regretted being a Beatle, it was just that sometimes he wanted to be plain old George. And it worked, for awhile, being himself, releasing albums on his own, enjoying life with a wife. And then losing his wife. And then gaining Olivia. And he loved his life, he loved being a musician and being able to sometimes just sit back and feel. But really, sometimes he wondered.

When George was getting used to living in a world without John Lennon, he was used to constantly questioning life. It wasn't like he wasn't happy with his life, because he had the perfect life. A loving wife. A new son. Music. And then, finally, one day, Paul called. And George couldn't really remember later exactly how it happened, but they ended up at Paul's house, crying and playing their guitars, and then they were kissing before he had the time to get used to the idea of being friends again. It made sense, of course, because all of his life always made sense when he really thought about it. He had given everything else a chance, being quiet, being in the background, being a good husband, being a good musician, being a good friend. But really, he thought it was time to give something else a chance.
deviantverbatim: harrisondeviantverbatim on September 24th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
This format is very interesting. And I like the pairing; I haven't read too much George/Paul before. What I have read wasn't very good. :)
smearedink on September 24th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
So I'm assuming I did it okay if you didn't like other Paul/George and you liked this? haha

And thanks ©
Arielle: George // _starletdreamsaylaranzz on September 24th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
I really liked the format of this. I read very little G/P and I have to say this is one of the better ones I have read.
banburytalebanburytale on September 24th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to read a fic wherein George has self-image problems, or problems with his family being unsupportive. I've just never really seen him in that light--to me he seems very self-assured in his own way, like he's got a good handle on his own mind and heart. And I've always heard that his family encouraged his music when he was a teenager.
This fic, besides being very well-written, has made me think. I'm not sure I'll necessarily agree with this interpretation of George, but I definitely want to run it through my brain a few times. Well done!
smearedink on September 24th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it made you think, and also that you think it was well-written, because I think I try harder when I write Beatles slash because I know the caliber of writing people here are used to. Also, this makes me think of how my old AP US History teacher talked about how when he was in college, he wrote a paper and his professor gave him an A and wrote at the top that she didn't agree with the thesis, but it was very well written. He said that he wanted to do History the rest of his life because where else could you write something, people disagree with you but you get an A? And yeah, so thanks for doing something like that with me, because it is such a big compliment.

And something I forgot to say was that this one shouldn't be taken necissarily as my point of view of what happened, but what I imagine his point of view could have been, you know?

Whoa, sorry for getting way-babbly on you, haha.
banburytalebanburytale on September 24th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Babbly? Are you kidding? This is fun! ;)
I love it when I can have an intelligent conversation with someone, especially when they see something I don't. The fact that you were able to imagine George's POV in this way is awesome.
smearedink on September 25th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
haha, I am notorious for leaving really lengthy comments. My best friend even goes "I miss Lizz-babble" when we haven't called each other in awhile. So I guess I'm, um, wordy? haha.

Well it's just because I can see George being somewhat egocentric and self-centered, especially before Hinduism. And don't get me wrong, George is without a doubt my favorite Beatle. I just think a little clueless, self-centeredness is key to how I see him, erego this fic.

I love to write in first-person limited point of view, because I think my favorite part of writing is getting into a character's head, and also reading others' interpretation of the same characters. I also think that, when used effectively, it can be the most powerful because it also makes you think "what is missing from the other characters? What can I interpret?" So I kind of try to make my writing effective in that way. I kind of take writing seriously, but in the way where it's supposed to be fun art. I like seeing what I can do. That's why I felt so sad when the recent quibbling broke out here, because I just kept on wondering when somebody was going to remember that this is something we do in our free time for fun.
banburytalebanburytale on September 25th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
Yay, another George fan! He's my favorite too!

I like the third-person limited POV myself. Whenever I'm writing first-person I feel like an intruder, like I have no right whatsoever to pretend to be them, even for the length of a little story. The third-person POV gives me enough distance that I am comfortable writing them, but limiting it gives me the ability to ground the story in a character's thoughts and feelings, if that makes any sense.

I missed all of the drama on the site, and I'm really glad, because reading through it kind of made me mad, and I might have been impolite had I been in the thick of things. :P As it is, I agree with you; fanfics are for fun, and for writing practice, and it's awfully insulting to imply that a fun fic is inferior, or that a writer is bad because one of their stories wasn't on a professional writing level. One of the best things about this site is watching people's writing improve while they're enjoying themselves.

And I guess you're not the only long-winded one here! :P
smearedink on September 25th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
I love George the most. This is mostly because my sister and I used to dance in her room to "Here Comes the Sun" when I was seven, she was twelve and she hadn't yet realized that it wasn't cool to hang out with your younger sister. That's why "Here Comes the Sun" is my favorite, and then I started liking the rest of George's songs the best, and then he just became a sexy, very cool beast. <- A story for the ages. Totally.

And now I feel like a huge dork because omg, I totally meant third person limited. I swear, because I am of the opinion that writing first person? Only, like, two people can do it well and not make it sound like it's the first fan fiction they've ever written. Yeah, third person limited. And I'm sure that now I have cleared that up, my rambling about it makes more sense. Let's blame my mistake on the fact that I had just gotten up after a nap. Also, I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said about third person limited. The only thing is, sometimes I worry that I can't write any other point of view well because I never try!

I am so glad the drama is over. And the thing is, nobody starts out being the bestest writer omg. I read things I wrote even six months ago and say "what crack was I on? Why did I do that?" And I'm sure I'll do the same thing in six months. This is supposed to make us better, and to share our ideas with those who will appreciate it, you know? I know it helps me, anyway.

haha, yay for long-windedness! © It's nice to, you know, ramble.
banburytalebanburytale on September 25th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
George has been my fave since I was first turned-on to the Beatles in 10th grade. I had three friends who were Beatles fans, and when we "divvied up" our faves I went for him instantly (and would you believe that some of them had the temerity to say that he looks like a creepy rat with one long eyebrow? They're singing a different tune now, he he). It was like...love at first sight or something. He just cute-ed me to death when I heard him sing Roll Over Beethoven. Cute-ed. To death. What a guy! *sigh*

I figure that with the POVs, it's good to be able to write in a variety of them, but there's nothing wrong with specializing and perfecting one particular type. Like...there's no point in doing something if you don't try to do it well. And fanfics are a great place to practice! And speaking of naps, it's time for all good banburytales to stop blabbing and hit the sack. Mmmm...sleep. Let's chat again sometime! This is fun!