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Title: Ain’t No Replacing This Feeling
Author: CorruptedSmile
Fandom: Fast & Furious (2009)
Pairing: Brian/Dom
Spoilers: Definitely
Disclaimer: I probably don’t own anything you recognise, I probably do own everything you don’t recognise and I’m not making any money from this.
A/N: The title is a line from “Ridin’ By” by Natalia as I felt this went perfectly with this particular pairing. I hope you enjoy reading my rant about this subject. I know I enjoyed writing it.


The Film:

“New Model. Original Parts.”

Released in 2009, the fourth instalment of this franchise was meant to be another switch-off-your-brain-and-simply-enjoy film. Viewers who wanted to see a decent plot or convincing dialogue would be let down, but those who came to see hot girls, fast cars and tough guys performing crazy stunts in said cars were not disappointed.

Drooling over all the pretty eye candy in this film (ranging from cars to actors) was to be expected, but the true appeal of the fourth film for some viewers was the irrefutable chemistry seen between the two male leads, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). Because as Vin Diesel himself said about working together with Paul Walker: “For some reason there is a chemistry that really, really, really helps to tell the story of these archetypes.”

The Characters:

At first sight Dom seemed to have the possibility to change his life around for the better after the first film ended with him getting away in Brian’s ten-second car. Okay, so it would have been a life built with money that hadn’t been honestly gained and yes, he had to run and leave behind a dead Jesse, an injured Vince, his sister Mia and his Brian, but he still had Letty with him. Where Leon went? No one knows and in all honesty, he’s not important to this essay, so I’m letting it go.

The minute "Fast & Furious" starts, we see the first parallel with the 2001 film “The Fast and The Furious”: Dom is still a thrill-seeker; someone who keeps searching for bigger, better and more dangerous kicks to make him feel alive {and possibly to make him forget about what—or rather Brian who who—he left behind in L.A.}. What he does? Convoy heists with his new ragtag team in the Dominican Republic, of course. Kind of a no-brainer.

Back in L.A. we’re treated to the sight of Brian O’Conner following a suspect over roofs, over fences, through a market and finally in and out through the windows of a flat and on a car where he then proceeds to ask the suspect for a name. We later find out that Brian’s an F.B.I. agent {what happened to that garage with Rome?!} who's working on a case to bring down a heroin importer by the name of Braga. Or as we know him for most of the film: Campos.

Back in the Dominican Republic we see Dom saying goodbye to a sleeping Letty after their too-close brush with death during their last heist.

Fast-forward to Dom getting a call from Mia who tells him that Letty was murdered. So of course Dom goes back instead of staying the hell away from L.A. as he should have been doing, seeing as he’s still a wanted fugitive in America. His code demands he takes action, though, so out goes thinking with the big brain.

At the cemetery, during Letty's funeral, we see Dom and Brian making their first—admittedly long-distance—contact in five years: Dom looks down at the cemetery, Brian unerringly zooms in on him and their eyes meet from across the distance. Okay, so we can’t exactly see their eyes meet, but that particular scene doesn’t exactly make it difficult for us to imagine the sparks flying between them when their eyes meet. Because how else could the creepy scene, where Brian just knows where Dom is, be explained away?

By the way, have you noticed how I haven’t talked about Brian and Mia being in a relationship yet? Well, there’s a simple explanation for that: Brian and Mia never even had any contact until Dom came back to L.A.; let alone a full-fledged romantic—or simply sexual—relationship.

Now why is it that Brian and Mia never went back to the blossoming relationship we saw in the first film? I hear some of you thinking: that would be, because everything they had was based on a lie. To this I say: a) she had five years to get over that grudge, b) he let her brother go at the end, c) he avenged Jesse’s death by killing Johnny Tran and d) he saved Vince’s life by making a simple phone call.

So they don’t have any contact at all during those five years. Yet practically the minute Dom blows back into town, they get together again as if nothing had ever happened. I don’t buy it. The only reason Brian goes back to Mia is to be close to her brother. The exact same thing happened five years earlier. Huh, go figure . . .

Mia: “Dom’s like . . . He’s, he’s like gravity, you know? Everything just gets pulled to him. Even you.”

Even after five years of no contact, Dom and Brian get pulled together again like magnets. We all heard the saying “opposites attract” and I think that I speak for everyone who’s ever seen the first and/or fourth film when I say that Dom and Brian are a study in opposites. Yet it’s undeniable that they have chemistry between them.

Dom is the controlled, responsible and mature one {aside from his talent for high-jacking and his illegal street racing, of course} while Brian breezes through life at the speed of a tuned car as if he has nothing to lose and everything to gain {a dare-devil to the extreme}.

The colours of the lights used in “Fast & Furious” would have us believe the opposite, though. Brian is often seen backlit by cool colours such as blues while Dom is often radiating in warm (read: hot) colours such as reds.

Not only their characters are total opposites; their looks couldn’t be further away from each other if they tried either. On the one hand we have Dom who is stocky and heavily-muscled, has a shaved head and brown eyes. On the other hand we have Brian who is lean and lightly-muscled, has brown, curly hair and blue eyes.

The Subtext:

Dom: “I'm a boy who appreciates a good body, regardless of the make.”

From the moment their eyes meet across the cemetery From the minute Brian gets an eyeful of Dom’s jeans-encased bottom in David Park’s flat, the film is filled with longing looks, phallic symbols, sex scenes fight scenes and dialogue that has so many double meanings that you almost have to wonder if it’s even possible to write more double entendres in one film.

Once again there's someone in the film who makes astute remarks that only serve to showcase Dom and Brian's relationship. This time that’s Gisele Harabo instead of Mia. We all remember this particular dialogue between Dom and Gisele, right?

Dom: “It starts with the eyes. She's gotta have those kind of eyes that can look right through the bullshit, to the good in someone. 20% angel, 80% devil. Down to earth. Ain't afraid to get a little engine grease under her fingernails.”
Gisele: “That doesn’t sound anything like me.”
Dom: “It ain’t.”


That doesn’t sound anything like you, Gisele? You don’t say . . . Who is he talking about then? The obvious answer: Letty. The not-so-obvious answer (except when you’re a slash fan): Brian. Because yes, if it weren’t for the fact that the script writers felt the need to use the words “she” and “her”, that piece of dialogue could have been written about him.

You don’t believe me? You should. And here’s why:

I think I can safely say that Brian has the kind of eyes that look right through the bullshit, to the good in someone {he routinely calls Dom on his bullshit and he plans to get Dom off that prison bus}. He’s definitely more devil than angel {or have you forgotten that he grabbed Fenix’s leg so Dom could run him over?}. He’s down-to-earth {why else would he make a back-up plan in the form of getting Dom off that prison bus?} and not afraid to get a little engine grease under his finger nails {we all remember the Dodge Charger scenes, right?}.

Dom: “What’s to stop someone from telling them you’re a cop?”
Brian: “The same thing that’s keeping me from telling them why you’re really here.”


That’s when another parallel with “The Fast and The Furious” comes in: once again it’s not Mia who inspires Brian to the kind of loyalty and respect that he needs to help kill someone, to nearly get killed himself in a high-speed chase through tunnels and to throw his entire career away without a second thought. Nope, it’s Dom who commands that kind of dedication from Brian.

During the film we also see that Brian has several opportunities to arrest Dom, if he was so inclined {which he obviously isn’t as he lets Dom get on with his life every time}. In return for not being arrested at every turn, Dom keeps the fact that Brian is an undercover cop to himself and he lets Brian get closer to him again. Dom only shows his anger, fear and need for revenge to Brian; not even Mia really knows what’s going on inside her brother or what he’s planning. He has complete faith in Brian, though, and shares everything with him.

At one point during the film Dom finds out that Brian was helping Letty with her undercover job. He’s furious for all of, um, thirty seconds and a big fight breaks out between him and Brian {one of those sexually-charged ones I talked about earlier}. After that he goes back to trusting Brian with everything; ignoring the fact that Brian—not willingly, but still—had a hand in getting his long-time girlfriend killed.

Brian: “I’m coming with you.”
Dom: “I ain’t coming back.”
Brian: “I know.”


This time Dom and Brian pull together to get vengeance for Letty; vengeance in the form of killing the one who killed her, Fenix. As I said before: they’re both willing to die for each other and the cause (killing Fenix), if necessary.

The old good-cop-and-bad-con theme has been thoroughly mangled in this film; almost to the point of no recognition. What started out as a simple tale, one that didn’t need a lot of working brain cells to understand, became a tale of defying the accepted social standards by putting in an unconventional relationship: the one between Dom and Brian.

Dom: “I ain't running anymore.”

In one of Brian’s last scenes we see him trying to convince Dom to get out before the cops come. We also see the fond look in Dom’s eyes when he looks at an by then injured Brian and refuses the offer, deciding to stop running once and for all. Yes, you read it correctly: Dom didn’t stop running from the law when he was with Letty, but for Brian, he’ll take his chances at being thrown in prison for the rest of his life.

In the final scene of the film we see Brian driving up to the prison bus that Dom’s on in what we presume to be the Dodge Charger we all thought to be dead and buried in the collapsed tunnels {or else Brian got himself a “Dom” car and well, we all know that in this particular case a car is worth a thousand words}. We see Dom smirking at the sound of the Dodge Charger, a knowing look in his eyes. The look in his eyes tells us that he knows that it’s Brian who’s driving the car {because who else would?}. We also see Brian looking straight into the camera as if daring the viewers to think he’s making the wrong choice.

And funnily enough, that’s another parallel with “The Fast and The Furious”. In fact, the entire “Fast & Furious” reminds me of “The Fast and The Furious” in more ways than I can count. It’s almost enough to make us believe that the scriptwriters are trying to tell us something . . .

Recommended:

This list will consist of links to fan fiction sites, recommendation sites, stories and yahoo!groups. Please keep in mind that this is in no way a complete list of “Fast & Furious” Brian/Dom fan fiction. There are plenty of authors out there who have also written Fast & Furious fan fiction too who haven’t been mentioned. Me included. Definitely check the following websites for more “Fast & Furious” Brian/Dom slash: FanFiction.Net, AdultFanFiction.Net, WWOMB, The Art of Vin Diesel and Archive of Our Own.

Khaleesian: http://www.khaleesian.com/nastyandcurious.html
Maygra: http://assignations.org/maygra/speed/mainindex.html
Creed Cascade: http://insaneasylum.slashfanfiction.com/fastfurious.htm
M’lyn: http://mlyn.net/fic/ficindex.html
Jennifer Steinberg: http://www.freewebs.com/theultimatebriananddomfansite/
C.Roxane: http://movies.adultfanfiction.net/authors.php?no=1296831351
Bone: http://www.mrks.org/~bone/fastfurious/index.html
Cuda: http://cuda.dreamwidth.org/tag/fandom:+tfatf

LJ Community:
http://community.livejournal.com/quarter_mile
LJ Community:
http://community.livejournal.com/beforeyouwrite/tag/fast%20and%20the%20furious
LJ Community:
http://community.livejournal.com/crack_van/tag/the%20fast%20and%20the%20furious

Yahoo!Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheFastandtheFuriousSlash/
Yahoo!Group: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/FastandFuriousSlash/

Graceandfire’s “Curves and Curses”:
http://graceandfire.livejournal.com/10054.html

Niciasus’s “The Heart of the Matter”:
http://niciasus.com/fiction/2007/12/02/heart-matter/

Dawn’s “Gravity”:
http://shockingpink.compromisingpositions.net/tfatf/gravity.html

Gwyneth’s “Ciudad de Estrellas”:
http://gwyneth.drizzlehosting.com/stories/ciudad1.html

This is also not in any way a complete overview of the “Fast & Furious” film. I simply lifted out a couple of elements that supported my rant. Trust me when I say that if I had wanted to, I could have used more moments from the epic gay love story that is “Fast & Furious”.

Comments

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crye4me
Mar. 2nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
LOL AWSOME
It didn't change TOO much since the last time I read it. Its just awsome the UST between these HOT BOYS.
corruptedsmile
Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: LOL AWSOME
Well, I never meant for it to change too much. I liked it pretty well the first time. It's just that I think that this version reads even better. *grins*

Thanks for commenting, Crye. Glad you enjoyed my take on this particular subject.
crye4me
Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: LOL AWSOME
Cheesy grin
corruptedsmile
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Re: LOL AWSOME
Your answer to everything, isn't it? LOL
huehuetecti
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Epic gay love story, huh?
You know I haven't seen any of the movies, but from reading this and the rant you sent me about the first film I can only conclude that they really just don't bother much with the plot... even the scenes are recycled. But then again, no one's watching it for the plot :P
corruptedsmile
Mar. 2nd, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Epic gay love story, huh?
Correction: I happen to watch these films for the cars, the plot and the great acting.

Oh, who am I kidding, right? The plot and the great acting is practically non-existent and while the cars are in fact really pretty, I'm watching for other eye candy. *cheeky grin*
khaleesian
Mar. 3rd, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
May I link to this from my essay on ship_manifesto? It's a great follow up!
corruptedsmile
Mar. 3rd, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Sure. Go right ahead. Don't mind at all.

I remember reading your essay a couple of years ago. I loved it, so I'm quite pleased that you think my rant is good enough to be considered a good follow-up.

Would you like me to put in a link to your essay too? Wouldn't mind doing that at all.
coldryuuza
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
ooooh, i love me some excellent metas :DDDD

thank you for proving the links~
corruptedsmile
Mar. 6th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC)
Well, I call it my rant-with-a-point, but meta is a good word too. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading it and that you like my recs. ^_^
thepuppeteer
Mar. 11th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Haha that was excellent! You included a lot of my own thoughts in this :)
In fact, your post made me wonder further why there haven't been more fanfics posted after the release of the forth Fast and Furious movie. It's been two years and the fandom seems to be so small nowadays :( It makes me sad.
Do you have any relatively recent fanfic recommendations? 'd be grateful.
corruptedsmile
Mar. 11th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's an amazing compliment to get. Especially since I originally wrote it as just a bit of fun for me and my friends. Glad to hear that I touched on a lot of things you thought about too when you saw the film.

The most recent fan fiction is probably found at the LJ community quarter_mile. Plenty of F&F authors (if not most) find their way there at some point.

The category of "Fast & Furious" fan fiction at Twisting the Hellmouth (mostly a crossover site) gets updates relatively often too. The last pure Brian/Dom-centred fic that was posted there happens to be my birthday fic.

And last but not least: I've written a few things too, but most of it hasn't been posted yet. I only really started writing last year. I've only posted one Brian/Dom story (three drabbles) so far and that one happens to be set in the first film.

If you're interested in getting updates about my own stories, I suggest you either friend me here (in which case I solemnly promise not to use my LJ as a mere storage area for my stuff) or join my Yahoo!Group (in which case I say: forget sanity and welcome to the madness). I have to admit that most of my updates have been going through my Yahoo!Group as I started that earlier than my LJ and I've been reaching more people at the same time there.

The links to quarter_mile, Twisting the Hellmouth and my Yahoo!Group can be found at the top of my LJ. My own pen name is CorruptedSmile in case you're interested.

Let me know, if you want more information or something. When it comes to Brian/Dom, I'm a fountain of knowledge. Wonder why that is . . . ^_^
tftf_recs
Apr. 24th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I like the first movie but I admit it was mainly SEX & Action..MORE SEX(or I should say it implies many things of a sexual nature). Though I'm usually not attracted by this type of flim..this movie came out before the movie scene was saturated with crappy sex & action(and NO plot) movies. So I wasn't so quick to dismiss it, I was one of first people the fandom. A Lot has changed since then but i still love the pairing and I'm enjoying the direction the F&F fandom is taking .

anyway i really likes reading your take on this fandom/movies thanks for sharing. :)


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tftf_recs
Apr. 24th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry i meant (liked reading)
corruptedsmile
Apr. 24th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
It's pretty difficult not to see that the Fast & Furious franchise consists of some pretty gay films. Especially when you're a slash fan (although even film critics noticed the "homoeroticism" as one of them called it). ^_^

I only saw the first film years after it had come out and I had already found the joy of slash fan fiction by then, so I never saw any of the films without my slash-coloured glasses on. *grins*

I like the films for a few reasons:

- I've got the need for speed and fast cars are definitely my thing. Bikes too, but to a lesser extent.
- The male eye candy is not to be dismissed. One is allowed to appreciate the gorgeous bodies of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. *cheeky grin*
- Sometimes I just want to see a film that doesn't need a lot of working brain cells to understand. Unless I use my slash-addled brain to come up with "deleted" Brian/Dom slash scenes, of course.

All this to say: thank you for reading, liking and recommending my essay (and my stories).
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