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OKAY. So, I have spent the past two weeks flailing about John McClane/Matt Farrell from the very awesome Live Free or Die Hard. I've been a fan of the original Die Hard (and Bruce Willis) since I was a little kid watching action movies with my dad, but I had never seen the fourth installment until I watched it in chat with a bunch of flailing fangirls and sklfgjlksjfg IT IS SO MUCH FUN YOU GUYS OMG.

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Their first meeting is full of flirting disguised as snark.

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It is adorable.

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Oh, and also, Matt gazes lovingly at John's crotch and says, "that actually looks pretty good." FOR REAL.

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Their first scene together establishes a recurring theme for the film: John shoots all the things. Matt spazzes out all over the place. GET USED TO THIS BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA SEE IT A LOT.

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They've got the whole clashing personalities thing, complete with political and generational differences, which certainly isn't a new dynamic, but these two play off each other really well. Justin Long does an awesome job as the adorably geeky pain in the ass who never shuts up, and Bruce Willis can do John McClane in his sleep. OH YEAH AND ALSO CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THEIR AGES. They don't explicitly state how old they are, but the actors are 23 years apart, which is certainly believable in the context of the film, and there are canonical references to John being old enough to be Matt's dad. IF YOUR BRAIN DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY GO TO DADDY KINK THEN THERE IS NO HOPE FOR YOU OKAY.

There is also size kink.

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There is John using his entire body to protect Matt. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS A LOT.

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There is John asking Matt if he thinks his wounds are sexy, and Matt doing an absolutely terrible job of denying it.

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They basically spend the entire movie together, going on roadtrips and helicopter rides and outrunning massive explosions in an extremely realistic way, all while keeping up an endless stream of charming banter.

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The movie had me clapping my hands and giggling gleefully the whole way through. A lot of shit gets blown up, Matt spazzes out all over the place in a completely adorable fashion, and John McClane reaches new levels of ridiculous awesomeness as he takes down a helicopter, a jet, and all the bad guys, proving once and for all that he really is the biggest badass of them all. OH YEAH AND THEY FALL IN LOVE.

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AND YOU KNOW IT'S FOR REAL BECAUSE BACKLIT BY THE SUNSHINE IS HOLLYWOOD FOR HAPPILY EVER AFTER ♥

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Anyway! The first thing you should do is watch this movie, because it really is a lot of fun. I am always always ALWAYS up for a campfire watch party, during which I will capslock at you all over the place about the sheer ridiculousness that is this movie. AND THEN YOU TOO WILL SEE THE UNDENIABLE LOVE BETWEEN JOHN AND MATT ♥

The thing about this fandom is that it is teeny tiny. As far as I can tell (and from all that I've heard from people who have been around) it was never very big to begin with, and now that the movie is four years old, it has very little activity. If you're perfectly happy with Inception or Merlin or bandom or whatever it is that is taking up all your time these days, you don't have to worry about LFDH taking you away from that because there just isn't very much there. But I think it really is the perfect tiny little fandom vacation :D

As for fic, you can check out the pairing tag at AO3. There is also [livejournal.com profile] hard4brains, which is the terribly named John McClane/Matt Farrell LJ comm. I have a John McClane/Matt Farrell tag on my Pinboard, but I am still working on filling it up. Here are some of my absolute favorites:

+ Life, Mid-Crisis by [personal profile] lamardeuse, followed by sequels From a Rut to a Groove and Interlude No. 1, or In-Laws in D Flat Major. 25k for all three, NC-17. You should read all of her Die Hard fic, but those three in particular are what completed my inception into the pairing. If you've read any of [personal profile] lamardeuse's fics in other fandoms, then you know exactly what to expect: awesome dialogue, spot on characterizations, and a wonderfully readable style that all adds up to really enjoyable stories.

+ National Pastime by [livejournal.com profile] dsudis, 13k, NC-17. John takes Matt to a baseball game, and then he takes him home. I love this fic so much. It has this sort of easy, languid pacing, and is just really lovely.

+ Die Hard 4.5: I'll Be Hard for Christmas by Aja, 15k, NC-17. This is just a really fun fic that had me grinning so hard all the way through. Plus, Aja understands me all the way down to my soul, as evidenced by this: I want you to hold me down and fuck me ♥♥

Those are all nice and long, but if you're not sure you're ready to commit to that just yet, these are absolutely delightful:

+ The One You're With by [livejournal.com profile] dsudis, 1400 words, PG-13. This fic had me squeaking out loud in glee at the end ♥

+ WPM by [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs, 1000 words, NC-17. Idk what it is about established relationship domesticity with these two, but I cannot resist it, and this little fic is the perfect example of why.

SO YEAH. This movie is not deeply profound or insightful, but it is a lot of fun*. The action sequences are outrageously unrealistic in the very best way, Matt Farrell is so geekily adorable I want to keep him forever, and John McClane just keeps getting sexier. You should totally watch the movie, read all the fic, then come write me fic in which John bends Matt over his knee and spanks him while Matt just begs for it harder PLEASE AND THANK YOU :D

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*Just as a warning, the movie contains some casual misogyny that is definitely not awesome. I still think it's a really fun movie, but I did want to point that out.
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Date: 2012-01-03 06:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anatsuno
and and and and, they are so gorgeous, both, omg. I love looking at them so much, ngh. and at Thomas Gabriel (you rly should watch Justified, btw. *g*)

Date: 2012-01-03 06:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookshop

yayyyyyyy omg i love this post!!!! thank you for the rec of my fic, haha, i am so so glad you enjoyed it!!! ALSO i have to add that while there is a lot of awful casual misogyny, it's the first movie where one of the terrorists is a woman and she gets to have a super-badass fight! which is not actually an amelioration, i just think it's kinda cool.

THAT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD.

Date: 2012-01-03 06:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wldcatsprstr_14
IF YOUR BRAIN DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY GO TO DADDY KINK THEN THERE IS NO HOPE FOR YOU OKAY.

YES. NO HOPE AT ALL.

I loved this movie so much even though I missed like half cuz my mom was spazzing. Which totally means that we have an excuse to watch again.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] puckling
Dude, I remember watching that movie and just being absolutely ASTONISHED how slashy it was. Like, seriously, it was barely even subtext yo.

Date: 2012-01-04 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beachlass
Conversely, Bruce Willis could put me over his knee for a spanking. I mean, I'd take that one for the team.

Date: 2012-01-04 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] dancewithoutyou
I can't I can't I can't. I can't even finish this post until I let go some of my glee at you posting a mini-manifesto of them. I love you. Okay.

Date: 2012-01-04 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] dancewithoutyou
You think there's mysogyny? I never look for that kind of stuff, but I thought McClane's daughter was portrayed wonderfully. Especially when she told John how many people were left. I mean, it was honest to God hot the way she basically told the bad guys to go fuck themselves.

Anyway, omggggggggggggg you did a mini-manifesto! UGH.

The fandom is small, but still somewhat active, actually. In fact, despite having purchased this movie for my dad as a birthday present when it came out on DVD, I didn't start shipping them until I became active in this community: [community profile] zombie_fest Or well, it was active.

Date: 2012-01-03 05:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lamardeuse.livejournal.com
Heeeee! I love that somehow I managed to complete your inception. That is a HUGE COMPLIMENT. ♥

Awesome picspam, though let us not forget the moment when Matt GETS IN THE DAMN CAR. I remember watching it for the first time and thinking, "fuck it, if he gets in the car I'm writing it," AND THEN HE DID AND IT WAS AWESOME.

Have you seen the interview where Justin Long swears a lot and says, "The only time he says 'yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker' is when he's inside me"? I just tried to look for it but I don't think I ever had it bookmarked, which is a fucking tragedy. If you haven't seen it, I'll try to find the link!

And when are we getting fic from you, hm? :)

Date: 2012-01-03 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
YOU TOTALLY DID. Part one of my inception was watching the movie for the first time with a bunch of people who had already seen it and were gleefully pointing out all the slashy bits, and part two was waking up the next morning and spending the whole day reading all of your fics. I RECOMMEND THIS METHOD TO EVERYONE :D

dflkgjflds WHAT OMG NO I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT BUT NOW I DESPERATELY NEED IT IN MY LIFE.

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Date: 2012-01-03 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] elizaria.livejournal.com
PS: in my Die Hard Pinboard tags (http://pinboard.in/u:elizaria/t:Fandom:DieHard4.0/) there are these reclists

http://severina2001.livejournal.com/338034.html
http://viciouscats.wordpress.com/category/master-lists/die-hard-master-lists/
and
http://del.icio.us/k8andrewz/fic:livefreeordiehard

I've only tried teh last one though, as it was brand new when I started in this fandom and the one I went by :)

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Date: 2012-01-03 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seussian.livejournal.com
The "Connectivity" series by Posiontaster is one of my favorites of this pairing:

http://panoptic.vaportraces.com/viewstory.php?sid=8&ageconsent=ok&warning=1

LOVE THE PICSPAM! Their love more epic than killing a helicopter with a car.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
OH YES. I have read those fics!

I CANNOT EVEN HANDLE HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM ♥

Date: 2012-01-03 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ampliflyer.livejournal.com
LJ is *clearly* missing "LIKE" button. I'd press it right about now like I've never pressed anything.


Ffffff. My heart. ♥

Date: 2012-01-03 07:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
Do you see? DO YOU SEE?? It's like okay John McClane is awesome as usual and this kid is kind of adorable la la la and then BOOM. INCEPTED ♥♥♥

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Date: 2012-01-03 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravurian
Not at all relevant to this post, I'm afraid, (though yes, great film), but I had to share this link, because, while that has to be a fake pic of Tom Hardy (no tats), as the blogger says, it might just be old... LOL.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
Well now that would be amazing if it was real!

Date: 2012-01-03 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verselle.livejournal.com
it's seriously unbelievable that there isn't 100000 daddykink fics with them. NEED.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
HOW IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE. SO MUCH TEASING ABOUT IT. DADDYKINK IS PRACTICALLY CANON.

Date: 2012-01-03 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] omglawdork.livejournal.com
A++++++. Always so excited to see more people loving on this movie, as it is AWESOME.

Date: 2012-01-03 11:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
It really REALLY is! So much fun :D

Date: 2012-01-03 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmonkatiekatie.livejournal.com
I don't know why this makes me so happy, but it does! I want to read all the things. All of them.

Date: 2012-01-03 11:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
I am happy that you're happy :D

I have been reading all the things, and all I want is MORE THINGS OMG.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faeryqueen07.livejournal.com
Hahaha. I just watched this movie (six times) because of you!! Yeah, I have no idea what I was thinking when I refused to watch it previously. :( I am shaking my head at myself. And I would totally do a movie night to let you capslock and flail at me, but weekend nights are my only free nights, what with being 2 (or 3?) hours behind you and having a child. :(

Date: 2012-01-03 11:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
Ahaha AWESOME. Isn't it just so much fun? We've started movies at all different times/days. Let me know what time and day would work for you!

Date: 2012-01-03 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agenttrojie.livejournal.com
I have been convinced since I saw it that Die Hard 4 is basically the pinnacle of cinematic achievement (WHAT CAN I SAY, I LIKE TO WATCH BRUCE WILLIS BLOW SHIT UP. ALSO JUSTIN LONG IS SERIOUSLY CUTE AND ENTIRELY MY TYPE) but I never really considered slashing those two (TREY/THOMAS GABRIEL FTW WHY IS THERE NO FIC FOR IT?)

BUT I DO NOW? WHOOPS.

... we seriously need a promptfest for it, Bina, we doooooo. *pleading face*

Date: 2012-01-03 11:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
IT IS SO AMAZING OMG. I totally love Trey, and Thomas Gabriel is seriously the hottest villain ever. In chat, people were talking about Thomas/Lucy, and I could totally get behind that.

sfihidjsh WE TOTALLY DO, DON'T WE hmmmmmm.

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Date: 2012-01-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chaoticallyclev.livejournal.com
You getting into this movie is so great for me. HI WONDERFUL PICTURES. HI MORE FIC RECS. I swear, this is always my fallback fandom whenever I'm just all, I dunno, weird and not feeling like any of my usual fandoms. because this one is so good to me. ♥

Date: 2012-01-04 03:28 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
It's just such a warm and fuzzy pairing, which seems totally incongruous with the film. AND YET ♥

Date: 2012-01-03 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oaktree89.livejournal.com
OH OK I GUESS I'M GOING TO GO WATCH THIS NOW. Seriously I have such a thing for Justin Long's geeky adorableness, and then size kink and banter and snark and REALLY BIG GUNS- basically, you have convinced me, THE END *__*

Date: 2012-01-04 03:28 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
dflkgjfd YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM TO HEAR THAT :D :D :D

So ridiculous, but so much fun. And I can't wait to hear what you think!

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Date: 2012-01-03 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellifer-fic.livejournal.com
I skirted the edges of this fandom, basically reading what people I know wrote and honestly, even though nostalgically I adore the first movie, this one is my favorite in the franchise.

I never actually wrote fic for it but I actually wrote Matt running into Jack McClane's boyfriend (http://kellifer-fic.livejournal.com/223345.html#cutid1) accidentally after he and John have been together for a while.

I think [livejournal.com profile] hackthis wrote some amazing fics for this pairing but I'd need to find the links when I'm not at work. :D

Date: 2012-01-04 03:30 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
The first will always have a special place in my heart, but the fourth one is the one that makes me happiest :D And yay, more fic to read!

Date: 2012-01-03 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eleanor-lavish.livejournal.com
I LOVE THIS AND YOU AND ALSO THIS.

All those stories are GREAT and I think I will reread them all THIS WEEK, omg yes.

Daddy kink! Size kink! Kink where Matt keeps talking in bed and John LIKES it! Kink where John teaches Matt to shoot a gun! Complete non-kinky pining because they both don't see why the other one would LOVE THEM, omfg! Ugh, all the stories ever, yes.

Also, what this fandom needs is honest-to-god post-apocolyptic fic where they save Lucy but not the world, and the McClanes + Matt end up leading a band of survivors or something insane. IDEK, I WANT THEM SHOOTING BAD GUYS SIDE-BY-SIDE.

Date: 2012-01-04 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynnmonster.livejournal.com
There's at LEAST three zombie apocafics...

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Date: 2012-01-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tabaqui.livejournal.com
I love this movie. I love the fic - well, the fic i've found. I love that you've got a pinboard of it and there are recs and links and squee all over this post. Wheeeeeee!

*twirls you*

Date: 2012-01-04 03:32 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
YAY! It's just so much fun. AND I LOVE TWIRLING :D

Date: 2012-01-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winter-rogue.livejournal.com
I wasn't a huge fan when this came out in theatres but I just rewatched it with my slashy goggles on and OMG ... flailing all over the place at the awesome adorableness

Date: 2012-01-04 03:32 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
Once you see it, it's impossible to unsee. ADORABLENESS EVERYWHERE ♥

Date: 2012-01-03 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cthonical.livejournal.com
Bina I spent a whole day last week reading heaps of John/Matt fic on my kindle and it is ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT. And KT's. BUT STILL. I shouldn't even like this at all because it's ridiculous and I don't really care about this kind of story, but somehow you're right, it's a silly fun vacation. BRB READING MORE FIC.

Date: 2012-01-04 03:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cherrybina.livejournal.com
I WILL HAPPILY ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY :D :D :D

It's one of those pairings that just works, and I don't really know why, but it just DOES. WE CAN HAVE A TINY LITTLE VACATION AND FLAIL TOGETHER AND IT WILL BE SO MUCH FUN

Date: 2012-01-04 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amuly.livejournal.com
...and outrunning massive explosions in an extremely realistic way...

You are a ridiculous person and I LOVE YOU. :DD

Date: 2012-01-04 03:34 am (UTC)
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