Previous Entry | Next Entry

Title: Marry Me A Little
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Harlequin, Marriage of Convenience, Fake Relationship, Coming Out, First Time, Miscommunication, Romance, Family, Fluff, Angst, Drama, Friendship, Domestic
Length: Super Epic (154814 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo, [livejournal.com profile] thisissirius
Author Website: bessyboo, thisissirius


Summary:

When NHL star Patrick Kane's off-ice antics finally get him into trouble for the last time, captain and best friend Jonathan Toews has one final trump card to keep him from being traded: marriage...to each other. But between being the first openly gay hockey players, facing down a lockout, and the fact that Patrick has been in love with Jonny for years, will these two ever be able to work past their miscommunication to realize that their marriage may not be as much of a sham as they think it is?

Review:

First things first, a disclaimer: I am very new to hockey fandom. As such, I consider myself utterly unqualified to review the authors' characterization of the people appearing in this fic. I'll be reccing this almost as an original work.

But if you're fine with that, and if you love the fake relationship trope and all that it entails, then Marry Me A Little is the fic for you. It features such timeless classics as 'I've been in love with you since we first met', tooootally platonic sleep cuddling, emotional constipation, 'all our friends/family are surprisingly unsurprised by our relationship', fear of exposing one's unrequited feelings, the angstful suppression of said feelings for the sake of the fake relationship, running hot and cold in the attempt to suppress said feelings, and more communication failure than you can shake a hockey stick at. And let's not forget the dramatic reveal of fully requited feelings and the ensuing Happily Ever After.

But seriously, folks. So much communication failure. So much communication failure that multiple side characters in the fic make a point to tell the two of them to pull their heads out of their asses and actually communicate about important things. In fact, my only serious gripe with the fic is how bafflingly resistant Patrick and Jonny are to calmly talking things out. They go through multiple cycles of conflict and resolution throughout the fic, but with so little genuine discussion going on, the resolutions to their issues feel superficial and incomplete, provided that they're resolved at all.

What makes up for it is the sense that other characters notice and have opinions on the miscommunication roller coaster that is Jonny and Patrick's marriage. bessyboo and thisissirius don't just make the rest of the cast silent or blindly supportive bystanders. The vast majority of the people that appear in this fic have their own observations and opinions on the marriage, and though they're all supportive of the relationship, that doesn't stop some of them from expressing reservations about this or that consequence of the two of them being married and out while still being prominent hockey players. That level of detail and consideration creates a wondrously complex narrative that keeps the fic from becoming hyperfocused on Jonny and Patrick and their respective emotional struggles.

But that attention to detail isn't restricted to the people that appear in the fic. Even various news outlets offer their two cents on the relationship through a series of mock articles. Personally, I doubt that the media would be as kind to the first out and married hockey players in the league as they are in the fic, (which is probably why there's no mock FOX News article), but hey, this is fanfiction. We're only required to abide by reality as much as is necessary for the purposes of the story.

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this fic to every hockey RPF fan out there, because obviously YKINMK and I won't assume that everyone is a fan of the fake relationship trope. But if you are, and you've been hesitating to read this because of reasons that may or may not include its prodigious length, then I would definitely say to take the leap. Don't worry, I won't chirp you (much) for taking more than four days to finish it.

Marry Me A Little

Comments

ext_3245: (HL Duncan porn stache and whip)
[identity profile] rheasilvia.livejournal.com wrote:
Mar. 29th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
I love the fake relationship trope, and I loved very many things about this story - but I stopped reading partway through because the incredible lack of communication got to me.

When the entire plot of an angst-filled epic rests on incredibly unnecessary misunderstandings due to a level of non-communication and emotional blindness normally only found in earthworms, it tends to wear me down until I am too damn annoyed to read on. ;-)

However, I've been meaning to pick this fic up again forever, because I really did like many things about it. It's not encouraging to hear that the problem persists, but to be honest I'd expected it to.

Thanks for the rec! :-)
[identity profile] sheepnamedpig.livejournal.com wrote:
Mar. 29th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
I strongly suspect the authors were trying to stall for time, to drag the angst out until a certain point in the season, rather than a logical point in the relationship. (Namely because their reasons for not communicating toward the end felt more like cowardice than anything with actual reasons.)

But if you wanna skip to the dramatic reveal of feeeelings, go to the halfway point of Chapter 6 (Part 5). The first half of the chapter is mostly just them fighting and everyone telling them to just talk to each other already, so nothing you can't scroll past. If they're already having sex, you just missed it, so scroll up until they're having an argument about Sharpy and Erica.
alassenya: Mallorn leaf with Alassenya in Tengwar (Default)
[personal profile] alassenya wrote:
Apr. 4th, 2015 10:40 am (UTC)
If this is the one I think it is (because honestly there are so many Kane/Toews fake marriage fics I get them mixed up) I keep it around for the fake Deadspin articles.

Profile

epic_recs: (Default)
[community profile] epic_recs
Epic Recs

Length Guidelines

Short: under 2,000 words
Medium: 2,000-15,000 words
Long: 15,000-40,000 words
Epic: 40,000-100,000 words
Super Epic: 100,000+ words

Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios
Designed by [personal profile] chasethestars