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Bad Influence

I just watched Bad Influence with Rob Lowe and James Spader.

First thought: Damn, Rob Lowe is hot when he's evil.

Second thought: Surely there is a good House/Wilson fic out there with a similar plot.

Because seriously? Spader's character Michael is a well-liked pushover boy wonder, about to remarry, who is encouraged to get in touch with his inner bad boy by a charismatic, assertive, omnisexual, and, it turns out, completely amoral stalker.

Now, I'm not saying that House is amoral - just that a fic that played on his occasionally disturbing obsession with Wilson as well as his ability to get the other man to give in to his playful, irresponsible side could be very compelling. Bonus points if, like the film, it is both erotic and dark.

Any recs? Barring that, any takers? ;)


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Oct. 14th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
I gotta watch that movie again. Now that you've mentioned the House-Wilson thing I think I'll see it in a whole new way.
Oct. 14th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm sure that the parallel with the POTW's boyfriend (not to mention the red meat analogy) from Monday's episode inspired this idea.

Also, your icon is *perfect* for this post.
Oct. 14th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
It's been so long since I watched that film, I thought Spader was the bad one. He does evil so good.

The way you explain the story, it would make an ideal House and Wilson fic.
Oct. 14th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Having only seen Lowe in (basically) sympathetic parts before, I was quite impressed by his ability to be evil. I can definitely understand your confusing the roles!

I can totally see House rescuing Wilson in a bar fight, insinuating himself into Wilson's life, screwing with Wilson by convincing him that he'd engaged in unconscionable acts while drunk, etc.
Oct. 14th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
James Spader used to be so hot. That definitely sounds like a great H/W fic. Write it!
Oct. 14th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
*smile* I'd like to. If only it were so easy!
Oct. 14th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't see the film, but now I definitely find it.
Sounds like a good plot for a fic. May be you'll be the one who will take the courage and write it?
Oct. 14th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
*smile* I'm definitely intrigued by the idea. I think the tough part would be coming up with an ending that's in-character for House and Wilson. The one from the movie wouldn't be appropriate.
Oct. 14th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well, you could always kill them off in an accident if nothing interesting comes up for the final part.
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
I hope it won't come to that!
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
by the way, it's Halloween soon... a good time for dark fiction!
Oct. 14th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Like justjuly4 I haven't seen the film either...but now I really want to...and to read a House/Wilson fic like that.
Oct. 14th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
It's well done - very creepy. I don't think I'd want to read a H/W fic that got quite as dark as the movie, but the idea intrigues me.
Oct. 14th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Never having seen the movie, I don't know how it ends, but as a story I could see it ending with House getting what he wants in some way.

Could even see House doing something to cause the fiancee to break off the engagement before she marries Wilson, since Wilson, at that point, would feel like he had to go through with the marriage and would still be lying to himself that he was really truly in love and wanted this.
Oct. 14th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)


As a matter of fact, one of the most famous (or infamous) scenes in the movie involves what the House-like character does to cause the fiancee to break off the engagement. There was even an eerie parallel to Lowe's real-life media escapades around that time.

The difficulty is that the movie doesn't end with the House-like character getting what he wants... unless what he wants is to be dead at the hands of his victim. I could, actually, buy House wanting to be dead, but I can't buy Wilson killing him (except as an act of mercy). In any event, it's hard for me to imagine a happy ending in which the two of them remain (ambiguous) friends, even if I diverged from the storyline before the House-like character reveals himself to be irredeemable. But it might make for some interesting metacommentary on the relationship in the meantime.
Oct. 14th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
So what if you keep the seed of the idea, but don't make House as horrid as the character in the movie?

It would be fun to play with how underhanded and awful it is, what House did re: the fiancee, and whether his completely immoral actions resulted in Wilson being a happier, even healthier individual.

IDK, just tossing ideas around and I haven't even had my coffee, so this can probably be safely disregarded.
Oct. 14th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wouldn't be able to make House as horrid as the character in the movie. But keeping the seed of the idea, as you say, could be a lot of fun.

What the Wilson-like character learns from his association with the House-like character eventually gives him the strength he needs to say no and end their relationship when things go too far. His life as he knew it is ruined, and yet, we do get the sense that he has finally taken charge of it and admitted the truth about his own nature, which should be better for him in the long run.

So that's the real question for me: does House pass through Wilson's life, leaving him a changed man, or does their relationship survive Wilson's transformation (or is it left ambiguous)? To put it another way, just how AU are we talking about here? ;)
Oct. 14th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Weeeeelll, that's up to you, isn't it?

Personally, if House is in-character here, I can't see him ever leaving Wilson's life unless Wilson actually manages to leave and leave no trace -- basically going into his own form of witness protection. Or unless House dies. As long as House is alive, he's going to want Wilson for himself, in some way. It's one of the absolutes of his character.
Oct. 14th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree, and that's basically how it is in the film, which is why it can only be resolved with the House character's death.

I don't make decisions when I write so much as I let the solutions occur to me. Hopefully that will happen in this case ;).
Oct. 14th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I've never seen this movie, but I did recently see St. Elmo's Fire - and for some reason, I thought of you ;)
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Hee! I have to say that St. Elmo's Fire is my least favorite Rob Lowe film so far. I watched it with friends in high school and didn't have a clue what was going on, and now I do, but I still don't get the appeal, with the exception of a couple of cute lines.

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