Category: dan x amy

casliyn: The cutest™️ Continuing the pattern -…

casliyn:

The cutest™️

Continuing the pattern – the navy in Amy’s dress matches Dan’s suit, but look how covered up she is.  There’s no chance of anyone accidentally brushing against her skin.  The geometric print and the size of the dress (looking at where the shoulder seam is sitting, I think it may be too big) obscure the shape of her body – possibly dressing to conceal a very early stage baby bump?

Reid Scott’s eyebrows in this pic really remind me of Spock for some reason.

Inspired by casliyn’s lovely instagram …

Inspired by casliyn’s lovely instagram edit I’d like to request a prompt where Amy tells Dan about the baby and then proceeds to completely blank him out and frustrate and torture Dan to no extent…I really do love your take on them and it would be lovely to read your thoughts on this

Dear anon – see here: I’ve Been Ignored by Prettier Women Than You

This won’t be a one-chapter fic… I think it’ll stretch to at least three, maybe four.  It won’t be anywhere near as long as You Were Always On My Mind, that’s for sure, but it will be a lot lighter in tone.  (I have only so many pitch-black weepfests in me).

If anyone’s curious, I believe this is the instagram edit the anon was referring to.  It won’t exactly fit what @casliyn set up, but I think it will be fun all the same.

hey i was being a little bit stalkery and goin…

hey i was being a little bit stalkery and going through your veep tags and just love that you notice dan and amys height difference as well- i thought you would be entertained to know that in 4×08 when gary comes to bribe dan and amy that theres a literal shot where amy is about the height of dans shoulder, positively shorter- they dont even show dan's head in the shot its just amy and dans shoulder (IN CASUALS MIGHT I ADD) this has been a psa thank you

I’m just glad the tags are useful! Though I admit my use of them may be somewhat… idiosyncratic. (I wish there was a way to tag asks as I answer them, because I’d probably be more consistent if I wasn’t always adding them retrospectively).

I think Veep has kind of an odd thing where, because we largely see the cast in suits/professional wear, them showing up in casual clothing has the same impact on the audience as, in another show, it does when someone wears a tuxedo.

I think – though I could well be wrong – that that is one of the only scenes we get where the height difference between them is really emphasised for a positive reason. As in, usually they give us shots of ‘huge Dan’ versus ‘tiny Amy’ to make Amy look vulnerable and Dan more intimidating (notice that in season six, when Dan is slowly insinuating his way back into Amy’s life, they’re always shot when sitting down, minimising the height difference – right up until Amy tells him about the pregnancy, at which point they go right back to emphasising Dan’s height as much as possible).

Whereas in this scene, if anything, I think they’re using it to indicate a level of comfort on Amy’s part. As in, we usually see her in tight pencil skirts and sky-high heels, but in this scene she’s wearing jeans, flat shoes and a loose fitting jumper. In the past, Amy had worked hard to project a certain kind of image – and especially around Dan – but here she’s letting go of all of that and allowing herself to be truly comfortable around him.

She’s relaxed in a way we very rarely see her be – and I think it’s notable that the shot that really shows us how much taller Dan is, has him standing BEHIND her. When they want him to look intimidating (see in 5.03, 6.10 and even a little bit in 5.02 in the door scene) they put him in front of Amy, kind of looming over her, overwhelming her in the shot, so that Dan’s body takes up the majority of the screen, crowding Amy into the corners. Whereas here, he’s behind Amy – she’s still the centre of the shot, but Dan takes up the entire background – he is, quite literally, able to catch her if she falls.

Not that Amy is in need of rescuing, necessarily, but Dan is playing that kind of supportive role in her life at this point of the show – unaware of it though they both may be. They’re also extremely well coordinated in this scene – the navy blue of Dan’s hoodie matching the lace on Amy’s jumper, and both wearing jeans – they really do look like a couple out for the afternoon. As much as everything about Gary’s involvement in the scheme is ridiculous (Ben really couldn’t find ANYONE else?) that he jumped to Dan and Amy as parents as the cover story is understandable given how they’re dressed (just how many lines about the two of them as parents have there BEEN over the course of the show?)

On a side note, I love how much of a DICK Dan is to Gary all through this scene – and the way Amy nods along all the way through. I think Anna Chlumsky once said that Dan often says or does things that Amy wants to but can’t, and I think that really shows here. (I’m so curious about the photos Gary sent Dan – of what? And why? And how is Gary surprised that Dan didn’t reply/doesn’t care?)

dannyegan: Let’s discuss: I think the writing…

dannyegan:

Let’s discuss: I think the writing on the front says ‘Dan is coming around.’ Am I crazy?? Alternate theories welcome @thebookofmaev

That’s what I read.

What I wonder is if the first episode is building up towards Dan deciding to be there for Amy and the kid…only to get the shock of his life when she turns him down. It’s a very Veep kind of story structure and it would get them set up for their final plot very neatly. And, as an additional plus, it would flip the power dynamic between them in the way people (or at least me) have been wanting for a while now.

If it’s reading at 42.10 right now, there’s probably a LOT that needs to be cut – though actors are always slower on their first time through dialogue.

Heyy, I love your fics especially the ones in …

Heyy, I love your fics especially the ones in What Might Have Been, and I don't know if you take prompts or even where this would fit, but I'd love to reed a veep fic based on the parks and rec episode "the fight". Only because I'm convinced that if this happened, Dan and Amy would spend half the night fighting and then making out on the bathroom lol

Dear anon,

Better late than never, as I always say.  It took me a while to figure out a way this could actually work, but behold – Chapter Nine: Once Bitten, in which, after being made Campaign Manager in 3.05, Dan decides to go to the bar with everyone else.

I hope this lives up to what you had in mind!

Regular

thebookofmaev:

Behind the Scenes *masterpost*

Just in case you wanted to read the whole thing in chronological order.  Obviously, it hasn’t been written in order, so hear and there details will slip (and there’s an egregious mistake in Chapter Four, where I have Amy realising about the text message screw-up much later than she did in canon… but I think it still rings true emotionally).  Sometimes the stories overlap in time, but I’ve tried to stick with what I think is the most sensible reading order. I will try to keep this updated with new chapters, as and when I write them.

Pre-Show

1. Chapter Nine: Three Dates

2. Chapter Two: Thinking of You

3. Chapter Seventeen: All Grown Up

4. Chapter Twenty-Two: Belle of the Ball

Season One:

5. Chapter Six: Listening is Gold

6. Chapter One: Baby-Daddy

Season Two:

7. Chapter Five: While You Were Sleeping

8. Chapter Thirteen: The Wrong Remedy

9. Chapter Seven: Little Black Dress

10. Chapter Fourteen: Set Fire to My Tie

Season Three:

11. Chapter Ten: Comrades in Arms

Season Four:

12. Chapter Eight: Amish Prom

13. NEW Chapter Twenty Four: Accept No Substitutes

Season Five:

14. Chapter Twenty-Three: Too Tired to Lie

15. Chapter Eleven: Nightcap?

16. Chapter Three: Three Times (though technically, this is a “What If?” and so doesn’t fall within the timeline)

17. Chapter Twenty: Ignorance is Bliss

18. Chapter Twelve: Love’s Opposite

19. Chapter Four: The Girl Who Came in From the Cold

20. Chapter Fifteen: And Then There Was One

Season 6:

21. Chapter Sixteen: What Doesn’t Kill You

22. Chapter Eighteen: The Appetite Alters

23. Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Her Shell

24. Chapter Nineteen: Where We Stop Nobody Knows

So everyone knows where the newest chapter fits: 3.08-3.09 – Amy helps Dan through his breakdown and takes on the mantle of Campaign Manager.

An AU where buddy isn’t horrible, Amy st…

An AU where buddy isn’t horrible, Amy stays on and Dan doesn’t get the girl

Dear anon.

This probably isn’t exactly what you had in mind – but behold… What Might Have Been, Chapter Eight.

Summary: In Nevada, Amy meets (and eventually marries) Buddy Calhoun, political rockstar. AU starting from 5.02.

(This may get a bit more…emo than my usual fic, but hopefully it still works). 

Regular

thebookofmaev:

Behind the Scenes *masterpost*

Just in case you wanted to read the whole thing in chronological order.  Obviously, it hasn’t been written in order, so hear and there details will slip (and there’s an egregious mistake in Chapter Four, where I have Amy realising about the text message screw-up much later than she did in canon… but I think it still rings true emotionally).  Sometimes the stories overlap in time, but I’ve tried to stick with what I think is the most sensible reading order. I will try to keep this updated with new chapters, as and when I write them.

Pre-Show

1. Chapter Nine: Three Dates

2. Chapter Two: Thinking of You

3. Chapter Seventeen: All Grown Up

4. Chapter Twenty-Two: Belle of the Ball

Season One:

5. Chapter Six: Listening is Gold

6. Chapter One: Baby-Daddy

Season Two:

7. Chapter Five: While You Were Sleeping

8. Chapter Thirteen: The Wrong Remedy

9. Chapter Seven: Little Black Dress

10. Chapter Fourteen: Set Fire to My Tie

Season Three:

11. Chapter Ten: Comrades in Arms

Season Four:

12. Chapter Eight: Amish Prom

Season Five:

13. NEW Chapter Twenty-Three: Too Tired to Lie

14. Chapter Eleven: Nightcap?

15. Chapter Three: Three Times (though technically, this is a “What If?” and so doesn’t fall within the timeline)

16. Chapter Twenty: Ignorance is Bliss

17. Chapter Twelve: Love’s Opposite

18. Chapter Four: The Girl Who Came in From the Cold

19. Chapter Fifteen: And Then There Was One

Season 6:

20. Chapter Sixteen: What Doesn’t Kill You

21. Chapter Eighteen: The Appetite Alters

22. Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Her Shell

23. Chapter Nineteen: Where We Stop Nobody Knows

Updated, with a chapter on the first time Dan and Amy spoke in season 5.  Which was requested by @stephen-colbert, oh, many moons ago!  I swear I never forget / delete prompts.

m-queen-of-space: Behind the Scenes – by fionn…

m-queen-of-space:

Behind the Scenesby fionnabhair

/ @thebookofmaev

Snippets of Amy and Dan, behind and around the show.

The very last of @m-queen-of-space’s beautiful edits.  I wanted to save it for when I updated with a new chapter.

Behind the Scenes: Bell of the Ball

Pre-Show. Amy goes to her first Inaugural Ball.

Can we hope for another chapter of what might …

Can we hope for another chapter of what might have been anytime soon?

Dear anon:
Chapter Seven: AU starting from 5.09 (I guess). Amy doesn’t get pregnant the first time.

I think this will be the last of the What Might Have Been’s for a while, for the simple reason that I can’t think of any others.  

Well, there’s the ‘what if they never met before the show’ one, but that would be so enormous I simply don’t have time to write it now.  And there’s the ‘what if’ Amy’s messages got to Dan in 5.02 (in which case he almost certainly wouldn’t have seen them until after he’d finished with Sophie…) but I don’t see that scenario ending well at all.

Anyway – enjoy!