[identity profile] iamshunpike.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] terrapinshell
Fandom: Skins
Subject: Franlo, A.K.A. Alo Creevey/Franky Fitzgerald. Because I ship it. Hard.
Title: Close Your Eyes and I'll Close Mine
Warnings: None.
Notes: I ship almost every ship imaginable in Skins Gen 3, so unlike a lot of fans, there's a big chance I won't be disappointed with the ships the writers choose to make canon in Series 6. But out of every couple on the show, whether canon or fanon, the one I ship above all others, my honest-to-God OTP, is Alo/Franky. They are one of the least shipped as far as I am aware. Hell, Mini and Alo get more love. *feels bitter, shrugs it off* I think Alo and Franky would be adorable together. Therefore, I made this fan mix. I am proud of it.
Also, this is, very predictably, the first and only Alo/Franky fan mix online. I searched. In addition, it might actually be the first and only fanwork of them in existence. IN EXISTENCE. (A simple search says "yes." Deeper digging would probably agree, but who knows? Maybe on some tiny forum in buttfuck nowhere, something else for A/F really has been posted. But I wouldn't bet on it.) Why do I only make fanmixes for under-loved pairings? WHY?
Anyway, on to the mix.

01. ok go - before the earth was round ()
Everything was war, but everyone knew love
And every contradiction was true

02. голландия - дом №2 (gollandiya — dom #2) ()
(I don't speak Russian, so I couldn't choose lyrics from this one.
If you DO, you can read them HERE at the band's website.

03. the beatles - good night ()
Dream sweet dreams for me, dream sweet dreams for you

04. nina simone - tomorrow is my turn ()
Tomorrow is my turn, when my luck is returning
All these years I've been learning to save fingers from burning
Tomorrow is my turn to receive without giving,
Make life worth living, now it's my life I'm living
And my only concern for tomorrow is my turn

05. warrant - train, train ()
Well, train, train
Lord, take me on out of this town
That woman I'm in love with
She's got to go

06. kim lenz & the jaguars - zombie for your love ()
Have you I must, you know I'm just a zombie for your love!
I crave your flesh, you know I'm just a
Zombie for your love

07. neutral milk hotel - ghost ()
I know that she will live for ever
She won't ever die
She goes, and now she knows she'll never be afraid

08. thomas newman - hurricane herman ()
(This song is instrumental.)

09. jasmon - funky flamenco ()
(This song is instrumental.)

10. eurythmics - satellite of love ()
Satellite's gone up to the skies
Things like that drive me
out of my mind
I watched it for a little while
Oh-oh, satellite of love

ETA: Apparently the entire mix got reposted to a Russian Skins fansite (skinstv.ru). I checked and AFAIK it's one of just a few fanmixes reposted to the site. I just find this really odd. The site sources back to this blog's main page, but still. I find this really weird. Their post [HERE] was made just two days after I posted this here.
IDK. I just find it odd. I was just looking for Skins fansites to get photos from (for graphics) when I found the page. Über odd. :/
ETA 2: Alo/Franky's official ship name is now "Franlo".

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] fanmix and [livejournal.com profile] skinsfans.

Date: 2011-08-28 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youtoxic.livejournal.com
Dawww. ♥

This is a couple that never really occurred to me before. Idk why because I'm such a multi-shipper (I cross-ship Nick Levan and Katie Fucking Fitch ffs!) But looking at these pictures makes me realise just how adorable they'd be together.

Btw, I know what it's like to love an underrated ship. Especially in Skins. Which reminds me...are you interested in Rich/Mini at all? They're kind of a guilty ship of mine and I'd LOVE to see something for them.

Anyway, back on topic. This is brilliant, and oh so cute. <3

Date: 2011-08-28 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youtoxic.livejournal.com
PS: That Anna/Georgie mix is also wonderful. ♥

Date: 2011-08-28 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youtoxic.livejournal.com
But the thing is, I have trouble shipping Mini with guys.

Completely understandable. She certainly does have more chemistry with the girls tbh. Actually, I ship Rich/Mini for the same reason you can see Mini/Matty happening (hostility breeds sexual tension, that sort of thing) though it's probably less obvious with the two of them. That one scene where she says "fuck off back to Valhalla, weirdo" sold it for me. I think they'd have amazing banter that could lead to something more? Also the Rich/Grace factor and Mini/Grace's friendship could create some delicious angst. This would all be better explored in fanfic than the show imo. Skins has a reputation for creating unnecessary angst sometimes.

Tbqh, I hardly ever ship het unless the pairing ~grabs me somehow. In this gen (as the previous one) I tend to prefer m/m or f/f. Though I'm less passionate about Minky now than when I first started.

I'm following this comm, which is how I found this mix. Again, thanks so much for introducing me to this ship. Oh and kudos for the use of Nina Simone. I think I used one of her songs for a old mix of mine.

Nice to see you out and about. :)

Date: 2011-08-29 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youtoxic.livejournal.com
Ah, yes! I see what you mean about 5x04. And IA. I wasn't entirely sold on Mini's character at that point and was kind of weirded out when everyone in fandom was all *~FLAWLESS HBIC~* 1!11!2. But I think that's because I was a bit bitter (and in some ways, still am) that it took two seasons for people to come around to Katie Fitch, who is my personal favourite head bitch/jerkass woobie character in Skins, to date. Mini did grow on me during the latter half of S5, though.

Anyway, I went off topic a bit. What I meant was, yes, I had the same reaction as Rich in that scene as well. I think of all the guys, he's the one most likely to see through the BS facade she puts up and make her act like a normal human being, which is why even a friendship between them would be interesting.

I love Minky too. Or like. I think my relationship with the couple changed from "love" to "like" over time for a number of reasons. And I see what you mean about the Matty hate. It seems that Gen 3 fandom has decided that Matty and Liv should be the most disliked characters this series, which isn't fair but at the same time not surprising. I didn't mind Matty myself, though he did turn out to be quite different to how I originally perceived him before the series started. I honestly thought he would be the token gay boy of Gen 3 and was disappointed when the show didn't go that way.

I think the hate though, has a lot to do with shipping. The Minky vs Fratty vs Malo vs whatever-crackship-people-come-up-with wars are endless and tiresome and can easily drive people away from fandom. None of the characters are deserving of the hate imo, not even the poorly developed ones. Especially since this is Skins where they're all so complex and realistic. I was surprised at how much Nick grew on me after his episode, and Mini, and Rich too. I think Alo is the only one who has stayed consistently awesome throughout. That's no surprise, because he's ~flawless.

All of these characters do stupid things/act like twats but they're still just teens and teens make all kinds of dumb life-choices. So IA definitely. And don't get me started on some fans who act like Minky is Naomily v2. I knew a few fans who were really great to talk to back in G2, who turned into complete rabid raging fangirls after S5 and now I want nothing to do with them. To be honest, I have very little to do with Skins fandom nowadays because of all the wank and trolling that goes on. It's sad, but fandom is prone to it quite a bit.

I think once more people see this mix, more people will be open to the idea of Alo/Franky. Who knows? Maybe you could start a trend?
From: [identity profile] youtoxic.livejournal.com
Another long fandom comment coming up. ;)

You've be surprised at how quickly word spreads about ships, especially in this fandom.

I see what you mean about a gen feeling like a family of sorts. I have my favourites and least favourites as well. But rabid hatred for a fictional character, who could easily be like someone you know irl seems a bit unhealthy to me, and frankly, a waste of time. I have to admit though, it's probably going to take a lot for me to come around to Grace for example, but I think alot of that has to do with Jessica's weak acting, respectfully. And...idk, I guess I find the way she talks and some of her habits and quirks a little annoying. But I certainly don't spend my time bitching about her online or w/e.
From: [identity profile] youtoxic.livejournal.com
The shipper wars and some of the wank in Skins fandom has caused me to remove [livejournal.com profile] skinsfans from my watch list, I'm afraid. And there was a time when I thought about leaving the fandom altogether. But there's so much creativity that comes out of Skins fandom it would be sad to leave. I tend to focus on the positive though, and try to ignore all the wank. Sometimes that calls for the ability to stay away from certain comms and websites that you know will generate a lot of wank. Also...I don't know if you've noticed this. But Skins fandom tends to be quite shallow. A lot of the criticism that Gen 3 got in the beginning was that they were all ~uglier than previous gens. That opinion has obviously changed over time, but I still see the odd comment every now and again, which is upsetting because you know that the cast can see all of it, and it probably makes them feel bad. Personally, I don't see the difference, or how one gen is "prettier" than the other. They're all good in their own way. Gen 2 is my personal favourite, but I think that has a lot to do with my love for the characters themselves, rather than what they look like. And a character will become attractive to you even if they're not conventionally good looking per se, as was the case with Alo and Nick (for me). Though, I think Nick would be considered conventionally good looking wouldn't he?

Can I point out that a lot of their hate is coming from fans who only want angsty-yet-adorable white lesbians as replacement for/clones of their own stereotyped perception of Naomily?

Ugh. Totally agree with you there. Actually, I have to admit. I'd lost my enthusiasm for Naomily the same way I did Minky because of the fans. :P

Liv seems to be getting more love now, after the series has ended. I think a lot of the hate has to do with the way she treated Franky. Other than that, she seems like a fun, likeable and realistic character. I don't mind her myself. I'm sort of...strangely attracted to her tbh haha. I use the word "strangely" because she's not the type of girl I'd usually go for. But watching 5x03 and 5x04, I can see why boys like her. ;)

As for Matty. I think we'll just have to wait and see. He and Nick are great together I have to say. Levancest is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.

I've seen that blog and those Rich/Mini fics/gifs. It's what started my interest in the couple in the first place.

Re Mini: Yeah, Idk. When I first watched S5 I was almost entirely convinced she was a full-on closeted HOMO. Now, I'm sort of questioning it in a way? And I'm wondering whether the direction that they're taking Minky in is done purely for fan-service. ANNDD...there's also Franky, who at this stage doesn't seem to be showing any genuine interest in Mini (or anyone else for that matter) that can be interpreted as anything more than platonic. :P

I have to admit, I honestly don't GET Franky at times, I'm afraid. Unlike most of the characters who are pretty much what-you-see-is-what-you-get, she still remains a mystery to me even now. I don't think the show has helped very much either. I LOVED her scene with Nick though, the one on the swings. Nick/Franky is also another guilty pleasure ship I adore, which from the looks of it, is quite popular on tumblr. I hope in future I start to understand her more...and perhaps get a bit more info on who she is and why she was bullied so bad back at her old school. I get the impression that whatever we're going to see of her past is going to be quite dark, and DARK doesn't usually go hand-in-hand with Skins, as S4 has taught me (S2 was dark, but didn't fail as hard imo). I'm hoping things will turn out well for everyone by S6. But I've still got my tissues and bag ready just in case the season fucks up and induces the urge for me to cry and vomit at the same time /TMI.

Date: 2011-08-29 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lettersandliars.livejournal.com

Lovely mix!

Date: 2011-08-30 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lettersandliars.livejournal.com
Nope, definitely meant to comment on this one :) but now I suppose I'll have to go check out your Anna/Georgie mix, too! Which, I do ship them but I don't think I've ever written them before.

To be quite honest my otp is Franky/everyone, I can't even. I know Franky/Mini is apparently the law of fandom, and I'm down with them, too, but Franky has this weird awkward chemistry with absolutely everyone she interacts with and I LOVE IT. I love her and Alo's bro dynamic and how he is so unfazed by her genderqueerness and how he's one of the first friends she really makes and I just have a lot of feelings, okay.

Date: 2011-08-31 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodrivendream.livejournal.com
I just tried to pinpoint what about Grace/either of the Levans is off putting. For one, both of them are bad boyfriends and I can't see Grace being impressed.
Yeah, I multi-ship. I feel more strongly about some than others. And ship some of them in an exclusively AU sort of way. But I multi-ship.

I don't think Franky has been shown to be definitely genderqueer but I don't think she has been shown to solidly identify as female either.

Date: 2011-08-30 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trivialidades.livejournal.com
OMG, such a lovely work! I haven't really thought on Alo/Franky as a pairing, but now... I think I kinda like it.

I think Franky needs to relax and enjoy more about life, also, she needs to have someone who can support her and make her have fun. Alo, on the other hand needs some stablity and Franky is a very responsable person, also, she cares a lot about the people she loves. I think they could make
From: [identity profile] bloodrivendream.livejournal.com
Alo's slowly come to a place where, to me, he seems almost the MOST stable of all the crew
I think so too. He is a slacker. And he was immature but we have seen him mature over time. In episode 8 we see that he can definitely be responsible. Even as early as Rich's episode he seems to be fairly well grounded.

Can I just point out my love for the friendship(s)/OT4 that these guys make up? Because it's adorable.
It really, really is. I loved that pool moment and I think it is a large part of what hooked me on gen 3. I'm relatively new to Skins as well, though I had seen several episodes before, I had never followed it carefully.

Date: 2011-08-31 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starrlit-eyes.livejournal.com
I ship them, too. I don't know why, other than Skins characters just being so ship-able as a group. I think they'd be adorable :)


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