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A bed of thorns by nym
Once Upon a Time
belle/rumpelstiltskin [long!fic] WIP
Belle is a refreshing mix of common sense, innocence and a firm belief in the good side of humanity. Nym neatly sidesteps those stupid miscommunication errors you often get in romance fics. There is a lot of sex that's quite tied into character and relationship, so mostly unskipppable, (I realise that's probably only an issue for me). SLOW build.

Going native by
BSG/Star Trek TNG
Gaeta, ensemble [crossover]
Great crossover, no OOC blurting of secrets. They may share a goal, that of safety for everyone, but they're got different angles on how it should work and there are lots and lots of tensions tying in cylons and the religious issue and the fact that all the BSG people are stressed and exhausted to the point of collapse. The focus is on Gaeta which is great because he's great! Lots of fleshing out of character relationships, really brilliant explanation for the cylons, and clever explanation for all the religious themes. In general, ties all the BSG plot thread togetrher reallyt well,. Familiarity wth tng not so important. Helps to know who the named character are and what the Borg is but memory alpha should provide you with enough if fannish osmosis hasn't. At one point you may think it'll fall in the trap of bashing but it mostly escapes it (ok, if Gaius is your absolute favourite darling, this may not be for you, though he's not in it much.) There is also an abdanoned? wip sequel.

elliptical orbit by croik
Batman/Iron Man [crossover]
Bruce/Tony
Deconstructive rich white boys squared. It's a traincrash of epic proportions and tragic and beautiful at the same time.

Red window frames by magog_83
Merlin
Merlin/Arthur [AU] [kid!fic] [adorkable]
ADORABLE. And very on the ball child-thinking and quotes.


Common Law

the last bridge by regann
Alex/OC, Travis/Wes [outsider POV]
Deals well with the emotional fallout that would come even well after the divorce. Alex's POV on Wes/Travis.

right in the stunner by pyrodynamo
Travis/Wes [crossover-fusion], [yummy happy]
HP fusion. This is utterly adorable. Will deffo leave you smiling.

follow your heart and nothing else by korynnvictoria
Travis/Wes [angst] [ust]
Lots of angst, lots of unspoken feelings and tension and DRAMA. Wes is basically a giant ball of issues, and Travis knows it.


Les Miserables

God and Chance by Beth Winter
Les Miserables
Fantine/Valjean
Little snapshots into what would have been.

Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) by zamwessell (greencarnation)
Les Miserables
Valjean/Javert, Cosette/Marius
Wonderfully written fix it fic. Great prose, very fitting. Everything done with a light touch, despite the depth of feeling between the both of them.


Teen Wolf

Possibly I like the Thrill of Under me you by haynnes
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek [au] [ust] [yummy happy]
Painter!Stiles and Librarian/Writer!Derek. Adults but still awkward and adorable. This fic is just so full of colour and life and wonderfulness. Full of glee and sexy UST.

You know what I mean by haynnes
Teen Wolf
Alison, Stiles/Derek
Alison POV, slowly trying to get her life and friendships back together over the Summer. There should be more Alison + Stiles in the world.

que lastima pero adios fic by magneticwave
Teen Wolf [character study]
Erica
I pretty much love EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. It's the Erica fic you didn't know you needed, But you DID, just trust me. Stop whatever you're doing and read this. Thank me later.

An Algorithm for Mistakes by fleete
Teen Wolf [character study]
Lydia
And this is the one about Lydia. Fragile, unsure Lydia in the process of finding herself.


Harry Potter

origins by ivyblossom.
Harry/Draco
Tense and awful to read in that way angsty fics are. You know, so painful you almost can't bear it. And ivyblossom's prose is fucking gorgeous. Some of her descriptions, smells and sights, that entire starting section about the swimming. MY GOD.

fall on your knees by ivyblossom
Millicent [character study]
Sharp and painful

[Superpowered!character] Harry
Harry Potter

His Own Man by crunchysunrises
Unfinished WIP
Dumbledore bashing. Harry goes back in time and does things differently style. Slytherin Harry, Malfoys as friends. Nice worldbuilding in terms of the people Harry becomes friends with as well as the money issues and legal issues he explores.

Harry Potter and the wastelands of time by Joe6991
Harry/Fleur, (Harry/Tonks)
It's very 'Indiana Jones' which I really enjoyed. The myffic stuff was fun and the mystery revealed in tantalising pieces. However the final reveals weren't as satisfying as I'd hoped and in fact the majority of plot is left undone to be dealt with in the sequel which I found frustrating enough to refuse to read it on principle. Overall the world building is clever, but the plot is too long drawn out. The relationship I didn't particularly care for, but I think that's down to my personal shipping preferences. Harry is clearly a Mary Sue with superpowers and quippy arrogance and so on, but he's self-mocking enough and at a loss enough times to save himself from being obnoxious.

Jamie Evans and Fate's Fool by the mad mad reviewer
An unusual twist in that Harry ends up in the girl-who-lived's body. Sort of interesting way of dealing with the gender change in that Harry is male and I think narratively male except when addressed by others despite the external gender of his body,. I think because the author wanted that discord, is why there's no way of gender changing in the wizarding world. In any case, the gender swap isn't actually a major part of the plot. Some fun 'Harry takes care of all the bad things', BAMFing around the place. But I did get bored towards the end and in fact gave up with a couple of chapters to go (most things had been resolved by then). Dumbledore bashing ish?


Avengers

Off the Record by Hella
Tony/Loki
Absolutely fantastic. So many twists and backstabs on Loki's part, so much emotional gut punching inflicted on Tony. Just great. Also really hot.

The Underwater Basket-Weaving Society of America by thisiswhatthewatergaveme
Tony/Loki
Starts a little shaky, the Avengers, and Tony are quick to forgive, and Loki'a a little too open to rehabilitation, but it hits its groove, the plot itself is fun and the slow burn between Tony and Loki really amps up.

darkness flooded in light by galaxysoup
Loki
Sad and painful and lovely. Lots of trauma, lots of exploration of parent/child relationships.
This one manages to do Midgardian OCs really well, it can be a bit hit and miss sometimes. But these guys are lovely without being so picture perfect that they're unreal.


Long [PTSD] or [Hurt/Comfort] fics
A couple of these might be repeat recs, all are heavier on the hurt section than the comfort:

How to Tame a God (The Saga of Hug Fortress) by theorytale
Avengers, WIP
Loki, Tony
Loki is super traumatised at the start of this and is basically triggered into a breakdown/flashback moment.

through the glass by dentalfloss
Avengers
Clint, Coulson (preslash)
The one where Clint is brainwashed into being loyal to SHIELD from the start, but unable to tell anyone. Has the most painful/angsty/heartbreaking/tense reveal.

slow growth investment by arsenic
Hooker!fic
Avengers
Clint/Coulson
But seeing as this is arsenic, it's the most h/c version of hookerfic you could EVER HAVE. Starts with Clint having been beaten to within an inch of his life, just to set the tone.

like an arrow through a flock of doves by arsenic
Avengers/White Collar
Clint/Coulson, Peter, Neal, Elizabeth
The one where Clint is in prison with Neal. More of that awesome - Clint doesn't know how to live in society, fucked up ness.

O my enemy by jane carnall
McGyver
McGyver/Murdoc
The amazing amnesia fic where Murdoc doesn't know who he is but McGyver really does. Murdoc pov and he spends the whole thing in this delicious hyper-scared state.

Missin persons by dirasudis
Numbers
Charlie/Don
Kidnapping fic, slightly stockholm-y, very mentally fucked up ness. Plus consent and incest issues.

toys by litgal
Buffy
Spike/Xander
Stockholm syndrome style. Lots of powerplay and a bit of humiliation kink at first. BDSM and slave kink later. Lots of sex

Broken glass by motsureru
Heroes
Mohinder/Sylar
Manipulation and mindfuckery on Sylar's part. Perfect serial killer/hero 'ship.



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Festivids Recs

children's work by lithiumdoll
Life [character study]
Reese character study and Reese/Charlie relationship study. I've been watching verius female led cop shows recently, but this just makes it clear, none of them had a patch on Dani Reese.

breakable by killabeez
Catch and Release [yummy happy]
Lovely sum-up of the movie. Feelings and love and friendship and YUM.

so bohemian like you by proofpudding
Clueless
Perfect song choice, lovely cuts, especially in the first half, great clip matching to lyrics. Guaranteed to put a smile on your fave.

hot in herre by sweetestdrain
Cabaret
Oh this is good, the change-over is very well done.

blue lips by vesperregina
The Fall
Utterly gorgeous. Dreamy and epic, just like the film.

firework by dogstar
Whip It
Great song choice.

new in town by bop_radar
Whip It
Fun, bouncy, (skate-y) vid.

fixing a hole by legoline
The King's Speech
Great editing - on the beat cuts and well chosen clips. Clever song choice.

ooh la la by purplefringe
Moulin Rouge
Lovely editing, lots of movement and colour

I'm still here by dragonchic
How to Train Your Dragon
Very fast paced, basically a love-letter to flying, lots of fun.

the fear by laura shapiro
Misfits [character study]
Alicia character study, lyrics very neatly tied into the narrative.

what a man by sisabet
Pride and Prejudice (BBC 1995)
HAHA, omg the bit at 1.12? Slayed me. Funny, lighthearted Darcy/Lizzie vid.

friendship and courage and whatever by dogstar
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
I haven't seen the movie, but I figured the source was fun and shiny enough that watching a vid would still be fun, and it definitely was, lots of sharp cuts, on the beat lots of movement, lots of colour.

everything comes and goes by greensilver
Tangled
Absolutely gorgeous - all that glowing golden hair and magic.

shine by fan_eunice
Thelma and Louise
Utterly epic. Wonderful, heartbreaking. The best, most tragic friendship ever. Very neatly narrates the snowballing way everything happens in the film.

silver moon, black dog by thingswithwings
Discworld live action
Susan Sto Helit
Susan is the BEST. Also her hair.

contracts by genusshrike
Wanted
Fast, fun, actioner vid. Quite intense and angsty towards the end, good pacing.
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HP
the hero of her own story by igrockspock
[character study]
Great portrait of Narcissa after Voldemort's fall, scrambling to save her family without losing face.

in loco parentis by dolores_crane
Hermione/Harry, Harry/Snape, Tonks/Hestia (Hermione centric)
Absolutely amazing. Very detailed, well thought out look at the wizarding world, muggle/wizarding tensions, the reality of living in a claustraphobic little boarding school within a claustraphobic little society. And the balancing act Hermione has to play between conflicting interests: being part of the war, school life, growing up, the changing dynamics between the trio, dealing with her family and just generally her place in the world.

TSN
M.A.D mutually assured destruction by antistar_e
Mark/Eduardo, serial killers [au] [creepifying]
Very creepy, very skin-crawling in places, particularly Alice's murder scene. But it still has that sort of heartbreaking-ness of the movie.

sweet on you by moogle62
Mark/Eduardo [au] [yummy happy] [ust]
Bakery AU. The most adorable yummy romantical thing ever. OMG. Sweet like chocolate.

doors always open by blackeyedgirl
Mark, Eduardo, Chris, Dustin [yummy happy]
Grinning all the way through this. Just adorable.

to the beat of my automatic heart by addandsubtract
Mark/Eduardo Cyberpunk [au] [interesting idea]
Awesome worldbuilding, love the way the boys are recogniseable but at the same time well integrated into the au premise.

for cause by beyond_belief
Mark, Marylin, Eduardo [pulling on the heartstrings]
Ouch, that ending. This is like the anti-fix it fic. Very painful. I like the Marylin/Mark dynamic.

the devil if it suits you by beyond_belief
Tyler/Cameron, Divya [twin!cest] [intense]
Very intense, angsty. Really pulls out the empty, frustration line that the Winklevi and Divya had in the movie. I like the insights, through Tyler, into Cameron. And Tyler was an engaging narrator as well. There's something about the dynamic between those three that is weridly endearing despite all the angst, and the writer has really nailed that.

SGA
girls of st mary's by toft_froggy
Sheppard/McKay [genderswitch] [au]
Epic atlantis genderswap boarding school au, with lesbian separatist sequel.

JUSTIFIED
detente by merry_gentry
Raylan/Boyd
Starts shaky, but gets better. Writing out the accents mostly works well. In general the voices sound pretty true to the show. Bit too fluffy and happy to fit neatly into canon. But, well, getting Raylan and Boyd into bed together is always going to ask for some selective reading of their canon characters.

STXI
graduate vulcan for fun and profit
Ensemble, gen
“[Amanda Grayson is] in her late forties, a beautiful woman still. She lives with her husband, the ambassador to Earth, on Vulcan. She has multiple PhDs -- one in education, one in computer programming, and a third in xenolinguistics -- and did major work on the Universal Translator. Also, somewhat bizarrely, she's a contributing consultant and sometimes guest star on Starship Sesame Street. Jim squints at the picture. Yes, that is Miss Amanda, who appeared to talk about how we all need talk to each other, no matter how we do it, on Starship Sesame Street when he was growing up. Jim may or may not have wished that Miss Amanda was his mommy, or at least his auntie, or possibly to marry her, when he was five. God.”

HAHA yes. This is just lovely. I enjoy fics that deal with Tarsus, and the way it shaped Jim. And I absolutely adore these extended family network style fics. Love the idea of the Kelvin crew 'adopting' Jim. (Um, excerpt may be misleaeding, Amanda is not main charac, I just thought it was funny. It's actually Vulcan OC and Jim POV).

LOTS
within my heart there is another heart by scurvyknavery
Cara/Kahlan [kid!fic]
Very adorable. The Kahlan Pov works, but I especially like the view of Cara we get, she's very much herself. I can see her face, all trying to be impassive, but letting a smile slip through despite herself.

CROSSOVERS
as you wish by kisforkurama
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with the Princess Bride [mixed media]
EPIC. JUST EPIC. Mixed media. Hilarious and gorgeous. Love some of those screencap choices.

an ever fixed mark by imperfectcircle
Merlin/Ursula le Guin
Merlin/Arthur/Morgana/Gwen [crossover-fusion] [interesting idea]
So utterly full of squee and happiness. Knowledge of Ursula le Guin not necessary.
"Right," Arthur said approvingly. "Good."
"Right," Morgana mimicked. "Good."
"So," Gwen said, loud enough for all of them to hear. "What are we going to do about it?"
"We already got married," Morgana said, "so that's out."


paper chase by sam_storyteller
Sherlock/White Collar
Very well executed. One of those seamless crossovers that just works Love the characterisation. Sherlock and Neal are fantastic.


VIDS

STXI
we go together by such_heights
Ensemble [yummy happy]
AW This is adorable. And fun. And sticks in your head. AND IT'S FROM GREASE. GUYS. EPIC WIN.

V
truth is in the dirt by charmax
I don't even watch V, but this was totally awesome. Neatly playing the two women against eachother, quality vidding in terms of technique, clip choice etc. A vid this good, familiarity with the source isn't necessary, the vid tells all.

LOTS
if I had you by dualbunny.
Richard/Rahl [fuck yeah] [ust] [powerless!kink]
This is my latest 'rewatch to death' vid. It keeps making me grin. The opening section, muscles, “working my strut.” Love the editing at about 1.00-1.05. And more grins at “girls in stripper heels.” All that writhing naked in the underworld, mmmmm. 2.38 onwards with Rahl in that hooded cloak, closeness, Rahl's O face, apple, almost kiss. Death by slash, basically. And then ending with the boxes of Orden and hitting my powerless!kink dead on, twice over. With the last time being the bad guy winning? Seriously. This vid UNDOES ME.

Cara & Kahlan kick ass and take names by theagonyofblank
Cara/Kahlan [fuck yeah]
Makes me smile. That was basically the reason I started watching the show; femslash + fighting.

come out and play with me by oltha_heri
Cara/Kahlan [yummy happy]
Very happy/bouncy.

JUSTIFIED
just south of heaven by lot45mondayeyes
Weird, creepy feeling to this. I quite like it, makes the show seem more ominous than it is, nice use of intro and promo footage. Unfortunately the 'story' of the vid isn't cohesive enough, later section feels like random clips put together, but I do like the tone in the first part, so, semi rec?

ART

The fuckyeah phenomenon [hotness]:
sherlock (BBC)
TSN
prison break
inception
justified
real men wear suits (not really fandom-related, but pretty!)

and, very useful, searchable database thingy: is it a fuck yeah?
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((Not festvids))

dot dot dot by silviakundera
TVD
Stefan/Damon
He's not a boy that you can change
OH GOD DAMON ILU. Also Sincest is canon, guys, don't deny.

don't call me baby by silviakundera
TVD
Ensemble
Possibly recced before. Female agency in TVD. Makes me really miss Anna and Pearl. Also I like how the show has so many women only tangentially related and sometimes not at all related to the epic Salvatore/Elena/Katherine threesome angstfest. You say TVD, you think threesome angstfest, but NO, the show is SO MUCH MORE.

ain't born typical by musing_11
MISFITS
ensemble
Fun, sharply edited vid. Yay for bonus invisible-Simon-with-lollipop in the locker room at the end. Song's a bit of an earworm.

I want to destroy something beautiful by obsessive24
MISFITS
Simon [character study] [creepifying]
Series one Simon, so none of that future!Simon/becoming 'normal' through love,/could be a hero, stuff. This is the Simon I fell in love with. Creepy fucking psycho in training pervert nutjob... Sometimes, I worry. Great changes in pacing with the music and the clip length and clip content. Showing both his loneliness and desire, as well as his violence and consent issues. Definitely shows that pitiable, human side of him as well. Also, I love the part starting from 1.00 with insane!Tony and laughing!Sally. It's utterly creepifying.

deeper and deeper
LOTS
Awesome look at violence and gender in Lots. Read the vidders note. Brings out some of the terribly fucked-upness of the show's sexual politics, and the Kahlan/confessor/'make you want it' section is just WIN. And if you haven't yet, follow that link to 'Doll Parts' as well.

gift by bisclaveret
BTVS
The Slayers [fuck yeah]
This is fucking BRILLIANT. The song is absolutely perfect, (and yes same song as in the previously recced SPN Jo+Ellen vid. But it works perfectly for both.) The clip choices are epic, love the matching with 'gift'/'price'. Really, really awesome, drawing the links between all the slayers all the fighting and the wonder and sacrifice. GORGEOUS.

wretches and kings by jarrow
BSG Chief
Slow Down Ghandi, as narrated by Chief xD Okay no, I lie, it's more than that. I love the opening section with everyone listening to the radio. All the disaffected and the powerless. There's a gorgeous energy to it, due to all the movement, especially in the instrumental sections. But it's not just the movement in the clips, the whole vid is about movement, change, revolution, it really really comes through. Brilliant meshing of technique/song/source/theme. The whole lip-syncing/speech parts are wonderful.And oh wow, that final scene and the alternate story it creates.

Jolene by nicole_anelle
BSG
Cally Cally/Tyrol Tyrol/Cylons [emotional kick]
This is absolutely amazing. Cally's POV is really well articulated, very convincing. Bringing it together here says it a lot more clearly than canon ever managed to. (I love how vids can do that, turn the story into this one magic emotional punch.) I love the repeated touching motif. (song is another earworm)

on the road by loki
SPN
Sam and Dean
It's a vid that's basically made up of show-audio voiceovers. My pet hate, yet it works very well! There are some really good lines. Makes me so nostalgic for season one. I miss SAM'S HAIR. I really do. I've realised I'm looking out for oldhair!Sam clips in all SPN vids I watch. Um, but in a less shallow way... It's got the whole, epic family thing going on, the hunters on the road, just us two against the world. I think it works well. Not just as a freeze-frame capture of the way it began. But also as a 'realtime' look back, No matter how much (Dean) they want it, it's never going to be the same, they can't go back. The two against the world, became three and then two and one etc. etc. and it's all broken *cries* ... *goes to watch again*

poker face by maidensuit
SPN
Ruby (/Sam)
Ruby being manipulative and totally awesome. Whoa. I have to go find Ruby fic now... I'll, uh, be in my bunk.

the boy king by jmtorres
SPN
[pretty damn funny]
AW MAN. THIS. I CAN'T EVEN. I AM CRACKING UP.

need by newkidfan
MERLIN
Merlin/Arthur [hotness]
Very trippy, dreamy and sexy, love all the blurring and the way it's saturated in gold.
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VIDS

MULTI
chaos theory by balistik94
[fuck yeah]
Hardcore violence apocalypse epic vid. I like how it showcases the similarities across these types of movies. The track choice is perfect, all jerky and frenetic. Great matching to lyrics as well.

awesome themed vidrec list with meta (violence+women) by sqbr
Wooh! Look at me being a lazy reccer linking other people's recs xD

BRICK
for the restless by lithiumdoll
[pitch perfect] [character study]
GOD, this is gorgeous. Wonderful vid, great mood. Love the disjointed editing, really brings out the whole sleepless/insomniac relentless insanity that Brendan has in the movie. Good pacing. Lovely use of colour, with the bright, saturated flashback scenes.

TRON
dream within a dream by humansrsuperior
I love the use of original Tron footage at the beginning. And I've been seduced by Glitch Mob since watching the Apple Tree. Very slick, very awesome. Very short.

SPN
rabbit hearted girl by ancastar
Jo and Ellen [character study] [emotional kick] [pulling on the heartstrings]
May have recced before, but it's worth reccing again, definitely. Lovely, gorgeous vid, heartbreaking, epic look at the Harvelle women.


META


handcuffs (and how to escape them) by goldenmeme
Useful stuff, kiddies ;D

drawing characters of colour by glockgal
Also possibly recced before. Useful info, should think it works for any level of competence (i.e. not just beginners)

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