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A riveting and intelligent thesis on the quintessential female Transformer. As a child I assumed her name was RC, as in 'Remote Controlled,' which, even at the time seemed a rather reprehensible and anti-feminist title for the only distaff Transformer in the Movie, while more recently I have heard it argued that her name was supposed to stand for Race Car. It's rare that I learn anything new about G1 Transformers, but in reading this article I discovered that Arcee's name was in fact supposed to be a contraction in homage to Artoo-Deetoo and Cee-Threepio from Star Wars. This essay by Velvet Glove is a truly enlightening look at Arcee's relationships, character, colour, physicality... and what it might be like to have a teenage boy in one's head.
An instant classic: just when it seemed like every aspect of the Transformers' origins had been covered, Velvet Glove comes up with *Pygmalion*, a new take on an old myth. This is a three-dimensional story, miraculously constructed with what were previously only two-dimensional cartoon characters (A3, Beta, the Quintessons and Guardian robots). A philosophical look at gender, society and what it means to be alive in the Transformers' world and our own, *Pygmalion* is one of the shining lights of fanfiction that makes all that trawling through not-so satisfying fanfics finally seem worth it.
This bulky novella won a bronze medal in the “Best Fanfic Story of the Year” category of the 2001 Trannies, in which it came equal third. Equal to such luminaries as Don Figuera and Simon-frigging-Furman, the team now responsible for the much praised *War Within* comic. Equal to James Roberts, the writer of the first full-length Transformers novel. And you don’t have to pay for *this* story, it’s absolutely free. You’re obviously here on Lexicon to read some good Transformers fanfiction, so stop right here and pull up a chair. There *is* no better fanfic than this. *Absolute Zero* scores an absolute ten.
‘Measuring Up’ is the story of Overload, a Micromaster who looks a bit like Optimus Prime, but whose life seems to come up somewhat short in every other way. A street fighter from the Dead End of Cybertron, for whom a penitentiary is like a five-star hotel, and an orphanage is like. . . well, an orphanage, Overload gives us a never-before-seen look at how the other half of Autobots live. After declining to renew his commission as a thoroughly-bored transporter for the Autobot army, Overload finds a job with Countdown, the most famous Micromaster of them all, and there our tale really begins.
Enjoyable both on its own and as another layer in the complex (and delicious) many-tiered cake that is Merytneith’s fanfiction, ‘Measuring Up’ is an ingenious expose of a depressingly inverse relationship between fame and intelligence, the power of the media and the many ways in which being a ghost writer can drive you insane. ‘Measuring Up’ truly lives up to its name before going much, much further.
A story which shows us that behind every good Autobot, there's a better one.
*Means of Persuasion* is perfect. *Everyone* has had life experiences that are so painful that they make you wish you could just switch off your emotions. This is a universal tale about a robot who could, and did, and the consequences of his decision. Yes, this is a story where Prowl does some stuff and learns some things. ;-) And, just because it deserves to be on Lexicon *somewhere*, here’s one of my very favourite lines from *Means of Persuasion* that didn’t make the final cut: “…and if there was ever an Autobot who showed more loyalty, or more friendship, or more courage today, it must have been *me*.” (Sunstreaker [of course] re: Prowl.). Heh heh. :-) 10 out of 10.
I love this picture. Predominately black and white; two of my very favourite Transformers toys and you can just feel Hoist thinking, “damn, it’s raining. I must be stuck in a quasi-Frank Miller homage again.” ;-)
There\'s something truly amazing and surreal about this image