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Twilight Fic Recs [Jun. 27th, 2016|10:14 pm]
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I know, I know. I hate Twilight with a burning passion. So it amazes me that I enjoy the fanfic as much as I do. Just about everything is post-canon, so I've divided up differently than I normally do: basically kittens and sunshine versus screaming horror.

Post-finale - optimistic:

Friday's Child by Lisse - A series of moments of Renesme growing up.
The absolute best possible future for Renesme, where she loves her vampire family, but has much more healthy ideas and attitudes. She's an incredibly human character and I love her to bits. Complete.

Season of the She-Wolf by Vivenne67 - When the hybrid Nahuel returns to Forks with terrible news, Leah's life undergoes yet another upheaval.
A Leah-centric fic, this fic uses the best aspects of the Twilight novels and discards the worst. It focuses on actual interesting characters like Jacob and Leah while gently nudging blank slates like Bella into the background (without being cruel about it, no less). And while imprinting is used as a vehicle for romance, the writer doesn't shy away from demonstrating how horrifically wrong it can go. Features some great world-building and a uproarously entertaining commentary from Leah's jaded perspective.

She hates me by HM Grayson - Nessie growing up, seven to seventeen.
Shows Nessie figuring out that intellectual intelligence doesn't equal emotional intelligence. Basically growing up and making a mess of things, but fixing them anyway.

Post-finale - pessimistic:

Moves in mysterious ways by Lisse - A beautiful, mysterious girl starts at the local high school and a boy is severely creeped out.
Set an undisclosed length of time after the end of Breaking Dawn. This investigates the idea there are always outliers in the gene pool, so theoretically there should be people that are immune to vampire charm. The anti-Twilight in a lot of ways, as it deconstructs Bella's behaviour and implies less-than-happy-endings for the characters after the finale. Complete.

Eighteen by Estora - Renesme ruminates on the implications of age and imprinting.
This is no longer available on the net, but if you can find a copy, it's like a kick to the stomach. Possibly the darkest Twilight fic I've ever read, and conversely the most empowering. Be warned, it has very disturbing themes, particulary its tackling of child grooming. Complete.

Be Careful What You Wish For by The Necroposter - If Breaking Dawn wasn't a Mary-Sue fantasy but had actual charater development and actions with consequences.
When I mentioned screaming horror, this is what I was talking about. Bella doesn't get away with anyhing - not turning, not giving birth to Renesme, and definitely not pissing off the Volturi. Oddly enough, one of her most sympathetic portrayals. Incomplete.

Post-finale - clever:

The Wise Man and the Fool by Dasmervin - If you thought Aro had given up just because he retreated, you're sorely mistaken.
Demonstrates the sheer intellectual badassery of Aro and why he managed to rule unchallenged for so long. Complete.

Alternate Universe:

Luminosity by Alicorn - If Bella had been a tad more analytical and logical about the whole vampire thing...
Could be considered a re-telling or a for-want-of-a-nail, depending on how you look at it. Very long and very dark in places.

Famous Last Words by Miz Turwaithiel - When Bella's transformation goes wrong, Jacob and Edward go looking for her together.
One of the rare quality Jacob/Edward slash fics I've been able to find. Complete. 
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Disney Descendants - Fic Recs [Jun. 26th, 2016|11:13 pm]
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Disney's Descendants is the definition of guilty pleasure - so cheesy, yet somehow addictive. And with odd moments of brilliance that suggest with more budget and effort, this could have been as epic as Wicked.

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to by screaminginternally - A great look at Jane's perspective in the movie and why, for such a pretty girl, she has so many issues about her appearance.
(Gen, Complete)

let the shadows fall behind you by sweetbriar15 - When Mal fails to get the wand from Malificent, events take a much darker turn. Be warned - contains implied rape, so it may not be your cup of tea.
(Gen, Incomplete).
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Stargate Fic Recs - Crossovers [Jun. 18th, 2016|11:27 pm]
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Stargate/Star Wars:

A Star to Steer By  by dogmatix & norcumi - Jack O'Neil encounters Obi-Wan from the Clone Wars and both sides must struggle with a sizeable cultural misunderstanding. Incomplete.
This is really interesting because it's as much a fusion as a crossover. The Jedi here are a species of g'ould, not a religious order, and it makes a surprising amount of sense. If their species depends on symbiotic fusion with other sentient races, suddenly all their rules about selflessness aren't so unreasonable, nor their tendancy to eliminate members that fail their standards of behaviour.

Stargate/Avatar the Last Airbender:

The Dragon King's Temple by Kryal - Sam and Janet encounter two strange, violent children in an escape from a g'ould base. Complete.
Very long and very well-written crossover that offers some interesting theories about the origins of the g'ould and the world of the cartoon. Not canon compliant with Korra, but fits in well with Avatar.

Stargate/Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

The Scarab by bktheirregular - A g'ould is going to regret attacking the Slayer on her territory, and SG1 is going to learn a lot they didn't want to. Complete.
An oldie but a goodie. Jumps straight into the action and doesn't stop.
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Arrow (2012) Fic Recs [Jun. 10th, 2016|06:27 pm]
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Oliver/Slade/Shado OT3:

Soft Like a Hand Not Touching by storiesfortravellers - Oliver has a sexual relationship with Slade, Slade has one with Shado, and Shado has one with Oliver. Oliver wonders why it's never the three of them together.
A really well-written exploration of polyamory negotations, dealing with a signficant step in intimacy. Complete.

Fire In the Blood by Misachan - Slade starts getting sick, and Oliver and Shado must find a cure.
Set between Oliver's first and second year on the island, in the brief gap of peace before Ivo. While the focus is on keeping Slade alive, the strength is in the relationships between the three. Like all fics in this vein, it's rather heartbreaking knowing what's coming.

Soothe my Soul by Misachan - Slade has nightmares. Oliver and Shado help him rest.

Perchance to Dream - In a world where a different person dies on the island, Slade and Shado comfort Oliver. Sort of.
This is another one of mine; an AU fic where things went better, but still nothing went right.

Gen (No Pairing):

Honeytraps by desree_d - Slade's perspective of Oliver after he brings back the herbs from Yao Fei's cave.
An interesting character study of Slade's reasoning behind letting Oliver live back when they first met and his thoughts on Oliver's progress towards something approaching useful. Complete. Gen (no pairing).

Slade/Oliver:

Earning It by Skalidra - When Slade takes Oliver in, Oliver's expected to earn his keep.
Severely dubious consent, I can't emphasise it enough. The sex is hot though and doesn't gloss over the power imbalance or Oliver's reasons for complying.

Failure to Communicate by storiesfortravellers - In which Slade can't quite get Oliver to understand he intends to destroy him, not date him.
Played for laughs. Slade's frustrations are hilarious, particularly when it's his own actions that aren't make any sense. Parody.
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Arrow (2012) Fic Recs - Alternate Universe [Jun. 7th, 2016|10:24 pm]
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What happens in Vegas... by Jules_Ink - AU Olicity. In which Oliver and Felicity meet just prior to the Island and make a drunken mistake. Years later Oliver returns intent on taking down those destoying Starling City, only to discover that little drunken mistake had consquences he never dreamed.
Very, very well-written 'for want of a nail' fic. Every character is well rounded and treated wtih compassion, and even the OC's are nicely fleshed out. Cannot recommend it enough.

Everyone's a Gossip by ferryboats - AU Slade/Oliver. Slade and Oliver were lovers back on the island, only the lack of lube meant some accidental scarring. Fast-forward five years and Oliver's doctors discretely inform Moira that her son was sexually assaulted on the island. When this secret leaks to those closest to him, an oblivious Oliver is confused as to why everyone's treating him with kid-gloves.
Tear-jerking, heartwarming and oddly amusing. The first instalment is complete, but the second remains incomplete.

Pyrite by JustaBluebird - Slade tortured Oliver nearly to death in revenge for Shado. But Ivo, facing the end, decides to throw one last ugly truth in Slade's face: Oliver's innocent.
A very unhappy story, in which Slade must live with the consequences of his actions. Part of the tragedy is that he's still not quite sane, so one gets the feeling he doesn't quite grasp the unforgiveableness of what he did.
"...this isn't so bad yeah? You'll get better, start bothering me like you always do. Bet you're gonna whine like hell."

Entangled by ferryboats - Both Slade and Oliver make different decisions. Slade doesn't kill Moira and Oliver doesn't hand him over to ARGUS.
These two characters still resent each other and have a tonne of issues, but aren't completely beyond reconciliation like they are in canon. Slash, but very slow build. Rape is discussed as a past event. Incomplete. 
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The Hobbit Fic Recs - Gender Bender [Jun. 5th, 2016|05:45 pm]
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Gender-bender Hobbit fics are a guilty pleasure of mine, particularly those about Bilbo. Partly because there's not a lot of female charcters in Tolkien's work and Bilbo has qualities I tend to associate with women. He's not as physically powerful and depends on his wits to get him through. Despite being derided for this lack, he doesn't earn respect by changing to suit what's expected of him. He succeeds simply by being who he is and is comfortable with it.

Which is a pretty good lesson regardless of what gender you are.

Beneath the Ever-Bending Sky by leupagus - A humerous, heart-warming and dramatic story about Thorin and fem!Bilbo, who survive the movie and get married. Unfortunately inter-racial pregnancies aren't all smooth sailing and the One Ring is still in play. Ends on a faintly ominoous note, as a new quest hovers on the horizon. Complete. Last in a series, but you don't need to read any of the others to understand.

Distances Both Physical and Emotional by miscellea - A well-written gender bender series written in two parts; one from Bilbo's perspective and one from Thorin's. Filled with cultural misunderstandings. Complete.

The Mediator by mynuet - A nice long meaty series that takes its time showing how Bilbo's gender would impact the story and her relationships with the dwarves. Arguably OC in places, and more based in book-canon than movie-canon, but still good. Complete.

Other Treasures To Be Had by Author376 - A kink-meme fill wherein a massive cultural misunderstanding occurs. Thorin takes it for granted that they are betrothed and is terribly hurt and angered by Bilbo's seeming rejection at the end of the third movie. Once Gandalf takes pains to explain the situation from Bilbo's perspective, there's nothing to be done but run back to the shire and fetch her. Complete.

Too Late for You and Your White Horse by waldorph - A slightly more cynical take on the gender bender. Here Bilbo wrote the book of her journey, but changed a few key details (ie, her gender, Thorin's survival) to protect herself. A bitter-sweet little story, but one that shows Bilbo's strength. Complete. 
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Daredevil Fic Recs - Matt Murdoch centric [May. 31st, 2016|09:38 pm]
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True Colours by Beguile - Set in season 2. Frank Castle stumbles across a Matt Murdoch who's been in sensory deprivation. Well-written and has a great Punisher point of view; pessimistic, unyielding but not without a sense of compassion. Complete.

Look the Devil in the Face by prettybirdy979 - Crossover with the Avengers. Wherein, through a series of misunderstandings, the Avengers become convinced that Daredevil is the actual devil. Very funny. Complete.

Training Buddies by Fyre - Another crossover with the Avengers. Matt encounters Bucky Barnes and strikes up a friendship. Incomplete, not Civil War compliant.

The Echo You Create by GoodAtBeingUncomfortable - Not for the faint of heart. Fisk and Vanessa follow Matt home after the art gallery. Well-written, but very definitely rape. I prefer the sequel which shows the aftermath but doesn't have quite the same level of brutality. Incomplete.

Learn to Live With the Unimaginable by prettybird979 - Elektra and Matt are deaged, and as Frank is the only responsible adult in the vicinity (for a given value of responsible) he has to take care of them. Elektra and Matt aren't your average kids though and Frank reacts in a typically Frank manner to kids who've been trained as soldiers. Humour, angst and heart-warming, all in one fic. Complete.

Foggy the Miracle Worker by zelofheda-B - Another Avengers crossover. During a battle, Daredevil loses his hearing and the Avengers have to figure out how to calm him down and get him medical treatement. At times humerous, but mostly focuses on the difficulties of communicating with someone who's disoriented and lacking two primary senses. Complete.

It Takes a Village by beguile - Set post-Season 2. Matt's hurt in a fight and, having driven off everyone else, Frank Castle is the one to take care of him. Not the gentle kind of hurt/comfort - in fact there's yet to be much 'comfort' at all. The writer doesn't pull any punches with Frank. He's a good guy, but not a nice one. 
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Daredevil Fic Recs - Claire Temple centric [May. 31st, 2016|08:41 pm]
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Becaues Claire Temple is awesome. No other explanation required.

3rd Shift in Hell's Kitchen by monroesherlock - A really sweet speculative fic following the end of Season 2, wherein Claire somehow becomes the go-to medical care for superheroes. Not Civil War compliant. Complete.

Tensegrity by Saathi1013 - A fic for a very rare OT3, but an oddly compelling one. Natasha Romanov/Matt Murdoch/Claire Temple. So far incomplete, but great for Claire's dry, practical point of view. Sadly incomplete.

Claire Temple's Home for Wayward Superheroes by words-writ-in-starlight - similar concept to 3rd Shift in Hell's Kitchen, but longer and incomplete.

Catholicon by underoriginal - Claire has superpowers. Really terrifying superpowers. I'm a real sucker for anything where a seemingly ordinary person turns out to have awesome abilities and this was executed very well. Incomplete. 
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Young Justice Fic Recs [May. 30th, 2016|09:37 pm]
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Crossover:

They're Us by Goldenbrook15 - A Justice League/Young Justice crossover. A funny concept treated more or less seriously, in which the Young Justice team fall into the Justice League universe. What with various misunderstandings, the JL mistake the team for their younger selves and are horrified at what their world must be like to have forced them to form so early. Incomplete.

Fixations by Mathismagic - Another Justice League/Young Justice crossover. Very heartwarming. Here, the JL Wally is the YJ Wally who was transported by the speed force into another dimension and became that dimension's Flash. Both teams' relationships with their speedster are examined. Complete.

Brave New World by dyaoka - Damian Wayne falls into the YJ world. Complete.

Collide and the sequel Convergence by LaLaCat1 - Jason Todd falls into the YJ world and just can't deal with a Dick Grayson who's now thirteen and a Batman who's actually good at expressing feelings.

Luthor Family Values by nev_longbottom - More a fusion than a true crossover. In which Luthor (Smallville's Luthor) finds out that his father has created him a clone that has fallen into the hands of the Justice League and sues for custody.

Alternate Universe:

New Kid on the Block by itsxandy - Wherein Wally's transformation into a speedster isn't immediately discovered and he becomes Central City's best thief. Very interesting fic, at times very funny, but also comes with a large dose of angst. This Wally is decidely less hopeful and a lot more cynical than canon, though he never quite loses his heart of gold. Incomplete.

Somehow I'm the Mother of the Year by Katty008 - Talia rejects her father's plans and marries Bruce Wayne, ensuring that Dick is going to have a very... interesting mother figure. Hilarious and heart-warming, just what you need for some feels. Single chapter, complete.

Caged Bird by velkynkarma - Dick Grayson isn't adopted by Bruce Wayne and grows up on the streets of Gotham. Really interesting to see how Dick's relationships/attitudes change accordingly. Written in response to a kink meme, so the formatting's a little odd. Complete.

Gender-Bender:

Blondes Really Do Have More Fun by anonymous - The YJ team are transformed into the opposite gender. Most of them are horrified, at least one is indifferent, and one finds something they didn't know they were looking for. Not a comedy fic, whatever the title suggests. The real tragedy is the character's inability to recognise or articulate what they're feeling, when we as readers can see it as plain as day. Complete (or at least stops in a place that could be considered complete...?)

Other:

Kryptonian soul-bonding by anonymous - Based on the concept introduced in the classic fic Biopsychology that Kryptonians telepathically link to loved ones, but humans can't reciprocate properly. The author uses it to simultantously explain a lot of Superman's behaviour toward Superboy and explore the idea of alien psychology trying to function within human ways of thinking. Complete.

A silent ringing in your skull by radioactivepiss - The same concept as above, just shorter. Complete.

Contact by anonymous - Another kink-meme fill. Robin reads some research about the need for positive physical contact for healthy childhood devleopment, and the team decides to hug Superboy because he is technically a few months old. Very cute and heart-warming. Complete.

Kid Stuff by calenchamien - Superboy is deaged and, without any other babysitters available, given over to Superman's reluctant care. There's several fics out there with this concept, but this is my favourite because it doesn't dismiss Superman's feelings in the matter. He might not be reacting like a saint to Superboy's existance, but there are good solid reasons for him to feel ambiguous about his clone and the steps in their relationship are all the more gratifying for it. 
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Agents of Shield Fic Recs [May. 29th, 2016|07:51 pm]
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Where is the good Agents of Shield fic? Seriously. All I want is some well-written fic exploring existing issues in new ways, ideally considering the context of the larger marvel cinematic universe. (While I'm at it, I should also wish for a unicorn and a million dollar lottery ticket.)

Your hands did this by notcaycepollard - This is the stuff I'm talking about. It's an AU take on what if the team got Hive!Daisy back a different way and at a different cost. It's told from the outsider perspective of Steve Rogers, but manages to draw parrallels of loss and guilt to his own experience. Be warned, it's intended as Coulson/Daisy which is a major squick for me, but it's subtle enough that you can infer whatever kind of relationship you prefer.

Hypnopompia by Four Gun Lily - Strictly speaking this isn't AoS fic, but it does have AoS references and works within the framework of the show's mythology. After the fall of Hydra, an injured Bucky Barnes stumbles across a secret railroad for Gifted and reluctantly accepts help.
What's nice about this is seeing Barnes make a place for himself that isn't defined by his past with Hydra or Steve, though it makes you wish that canon!Bucky had the same luck. Be warned, it involves an OC female but I'd hesitate to call her a Mary Sue. She serves the story being told, rather than the story revolving around her, and so far their relationship has remained unromantic.

Dig their Upward Grave by walutahanga - This is one of mine I thought I'd throw in here. In this continuity Whitehall survives long enough for Jiaying to take her revenge and a few days later a youthful Peggy Carter wakes up in an Inhuman compound. It covers Peggy discovering what happened to her and coming to terms with her new form of existence.

A pleasant game of chess by zauberer_sirin - A friendly game of chess between a former Director of Shield and a future Inhuman Leader. 
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