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It's been a very long time since I last recced here, but I'm trying to take off the dust-covers and open a few windows. I'd like to do a bit of a tag system overhaul, but the size of the project is fairly daunting. Anyway, here's a meagre selection of recs, read over the past two years.

Harry Potter
The Never-ending Road by laventadorn
Harriet/Snape [WIP] [pitch-perfect] [long-fic] [genderswitch]
Does really well with the girl bits - the stress about being short tying into stress about not having breasts. The slowly developing interest in boys. The giggling with the girls and teasing guys over crushes, Ron pulling away and coming back because he thinks he should have guy friends. Just in general the change in dynamic of the trio because two are girls and the change in how Harry reacts to things as a girl is well observed.

D.S.S. Requirement by esama
[WIP]
The HP crew discover the space ship and begin to systematically work through the benefits of having access to superior technology. They don't just pass over the utter coolness of the spaceship and instantly use it for war/plot reasons. It hits my worldbuilding/exploring kink. It's WIP, but possibly abandoned, so while the war starts to come in, there's no actual fighting.

Crossover
Mad House by MissE
NCIS/Buffy [crossover]
Crossover done right - it's v short, but secrets are kept and while the reader can work out what's going on, the characters don't give it away.

Island of Fire by esama
Temeraire/Harry Potter [crossover-fusion]
There's no Temeraire characters directly involved. The focus is really just on the HP crew learning how to survive on a desert island and the enjoyment of their magical worldbuilding

MacGyver
O My Enemy by jane carnall
Murdoc/MacGyver, [amnesia!fic], [angst] [intense] [emotional kick] [ust] [hurt/comfort] [powerless!kink] [foe-yay] [long!fic]
This is in the mode of arsenicjade's hurt/comfort. It's really heavy on the hurt. Has that intensity where the character is so stressed and in such a heightened, fearful state, they no longer know what normal rules of society are or how to function normally. Plus it has all the drama of being both an amnesia fic and foe-yay. Hits a lot of my spots, basically. Plus it's long.

Avengers
make one dream come true (you only live twice) by beardsley
Steve/Bucky, [hotness] [ust]
While the author mentions in the note that this is a nod to James Bond and ridiculous spy movies, it makes me think of Shadow of the Templar, I think because they both kick off with a fake identities, ballroom party, ridiculously smexy type scene. (Which is admittedly a spy movie cliche). Anyway, Steve is so earnest, and the UST is sparkling hot.

Life of Crime by neveralarch
Clint/Natasha/Bucky, Clint/Carol [AU] [pretty damn funny]
I love that it incorporates Clint's deafness into the storyline. I also love the whole right side of the wrong line, not really bad guys but not really good guys thing it has going on. As the author's note says, it definitely draws on the Aja/Fraction comics and has that whole, Clint's just a human, he's out of his league drama. The tone is great, lots of quips, dry humour. A fun read and a good length.




The link is on the left, but I do have some more recent recs over at AO3. I don't give much info with each rec I'm afraid, just a sentence to help me remember them better, which can sometimes mean spoilers.

And I'll point you in the direction of [community profile] kink_finders , where I've made a few posts and left a few recs over the years.
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VidUKon vid recs

Cancelling the Apocalypse (vidukon Intro Vid) by such_heights
Multifandom
[fuck yeah] [crying now]
THIS IS SO GREAT. Everything about it is just fannish and fun. I love how it brings in source from all over and you get that shock of recognition and then the satisfaction when you agree with the vidder. YES. THEY ARE DRIFT COMPATIBLE. VERY MUCH GOOD. I challenge you not to tear up watching this.

Equinox by condnsdmlk
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo,
[intense]
Really great fit of music to subject matter, really nice matching of video to the song's pace changes, and later matching of subject matter as well, which worked great since I'm not familiar with the source, (but it looks craaa-zy and psychedelic.) Great dramatic build. Definitely a vid that grew on me after repeat viewings. Very frenetic and fast. (Warning: stuttery cuts and bright lights.)

L.O.V.E. by purplefringe
Much Ado about Nothing,
Beatrice/benedick
[adorkable] [pretty damn funny]
I really want to watch this movie now. Very much captured the adorable, romantic feel. Really well done use of talky face. Lots of reliance on facial expressions - vidder really made the source work. Very funny, espec the instrumental break and all the slapstick.

Problem by Talitha78
Captin America: Winter Solider
Steve/Bucky
[hotness] [pretty damn funny]
Very tongue in cheek, pretty hilarious in places. But there's also some great emotion and lovely shippiness. Wish the DVD would come out adlready so we could get some HD footage.

Counting Stars by beccatoria
Wonder Woman
[fuck yeah] [pulling on the heartstrings] [emotional kick]
There were a lot of really great Wonder Woman vids at the con, but this one really grabbed me. There's a really great build- matching the music to the footage, that just catches you up in her story. I don't know the source very well, so it was great to have the vid pull me in so smoothly. You can't help but root for and feel for Wonder Woman in this. WHERE IS OUR MOVIE?

Do My Thing by laura shapiro
The Heat
[pretty damn funny] [fuck yeah] [yummy happy]
Upbeat, quick tempo happy making vid. Lots of fun and comedy. I really like the swapping of POV, and the way the two vocals fit the two characters.

ABC by llin
Sister Act I and II
I love Whoopie's face! The expressions she pulls at the beginning, and then all the smiling at the end. Guaranteed to make you want to sing by the end. Very smoothly put together the two movies. Some really nice matching of song to clip in a couple of places.

Baby I'm A Star by Franzeska
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Carlton
A monument to Carlton dancing. I'm so glad this exists in the world!

Everywhere by Frayadjacent
Really nice work with cutting and in-clip motion to combat the static camera work of the show. Lots of emotion. OH THESE TWO. This is coming right in the middle of my epic Xena rewatch, so I have all the feels.

Close to Home by shinyjenni
Orphan Black
[pitch perfect]
Quite haunting. The ending is very bittersweet, sad because of the events of the finale and what they found out. But most of the vid is happier, showing them all finding each other and finding themselves in each other, Really like all the mirroring towards the beginning.

Oh Mama No by chaila
Wonder Woman
This one has a very different tone to the previous vid. And as you can see, a different focus as well, which distanced it as well from the other WW vids in the con which tended to be more straightforward - WW, FUCK YEAH! Kind of vids. I really like how this, despite using more sources (?) than the other, manages to really root it in her backstory. Very dreamy and flowing.

Flyweight Love by such heights
Thor 1 and 2
Thor/Jane
[omfg cuteness]
Made me ship them more then the movies did. (God, she is tiny). Whole vid is very flowy and dreamy, each clip seems to move seamlessly into the next. Romantic and adorable. While the lyrics work nicely, I find I'm not focusing on them so much, instead the vid seems to work well as a cohesive whole.

Goodnight New York
Bunheads
Spot on song choice. Lots of entering and leaving spaces/lives. Great repetition of motifs for the doors and her expressions of hope and then despair!

America by Benjamin
Mulitfandom
I'm in two minds about this vid. On the pros - The vid is technically great, as I'd expect from a Creaspace vid. The colouring is gorgeous, the cutting is slick on the beat. It showcases really well the whole gangster style it's going for, the slick luxury and the money, the sudden cut to colour and violence. All the sharp suits and dancing girls and cars and clothes and everything is completely glamorised in a completely self aware way.

I just really don't like the singer cut in there. Her singing looks like a bad dub. IDK if it is actually off? I doubt it since everything else is technically so sharp, but something about it doesn't work for me.

Falling Earth by Faith
Multifandom
Epic apocalypse vid. This is basically the best version of the vid I wanted to make but probably never will now. Very smoothly draws parallels from all the apoca movies in such a way as to make it a single constructed reality vid. Lots and lots of fire.

Unbroken by Faith
Multifandom
Sad robots. Again a constructed reality from multiple sources. Anti-robot hate and oppressed/homeless cyborgs. Protests, riots, police brutality. Uses a couple of characters to maintain an emiotional thread within the wider story. Very elegantly contructed narrative (Warning for violence)

Stardust by Ufets
BSG
Kara Thrace
Oh Starbuck you massive mess. A strong action vid, that also focuses on Starbuck and how awful her life is, just killing and flying and killing and constant death and war. Even the tiny snatches of happiness just serve to emphasise how awful everything else is.

Chapter Twelve by wprrytra1n
The Fountain
Lots of very seamless moving back and forth between the storylines. Nice mirroring and repetition.

Like a Stone by SDWolfpup
Prison Break
Michael/Mahone [intense] [ust]
I'm never sure which I like better, this vid of Paralyzer. Certainly they are the definitive Prison Break vids for me. All the shippy feels. All the intense crazy cat and mouse, double crossing, drug addicted, crazy intelligent shippy feels. And that knife scene, that goddam scene. UNF. I think Paralyzer is more shippy, but I do love the mirroring in the beginning of this vid, with Mahone all trying to get into Michael's head.

Come out and Play by Gianduja Kiss
Multifandom
Great multifandom mash up of foe yay.

Disarm by obsessive24
Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy
Weirdly, despite being a massive H/D shipper, I saw this less as shippy,a nd more a platonic obsession. I guess, there's a limit to how shippy you can be with child-footage. But the vid works as a Draco character study as much as anything, and the lyrics work really well to emphasise that. The POV is really strong the whole way through, even with the clever mirroring betweek their two lives and choices.

Superstar by here's luck
Buffy
Faith/Buffy
The classic vid for the ship. I like how well the lyrics work, and the mirroring at the end, using the dream footage to make it seem out of time, gives it almost a constructed reality feel, like maybe things don't have to go the same way.

Learn to Crawl by jarrow
BSG
Kara/Cat
If only Cat had stuck around and they show had been all about their epic love rivalry. At least we have this intense vid to tide us over. Lots of back and forth between them, well chosen expressions and eyeflicks. Great use of in-clip motion to the music.

Karaoke Soul by chaila
Luther
John/Alice
Very creepy. I don't know the canon beyond some bare bones. But there's clearly some fucked up drama going on here. I reallly like the pace changes to the music, bringing it right down and intense when the singer starts whispering. (Warning for violence)

What goes around by Fabella
Heroes
But the vid links all seem to be dead for that one. And I can't rec specifics without rewatching. So all I can tell you is I starred it during the vid show!

Gorgeous by cupidsbow
Hugh Jackman [hotness] [pretty damn funny] [adorkable]
What is this absurd man? How does he even exist? I can't even.

Kneel before the queen by Dogstar
Snow white and the huntsman [epic]
I recced this on my Festivids list as well. I really like how epic and stirring this vid is. I get really caught up in Snow White's journey and her magical royal aura and all that jazz. The song works really well, but I get so caught up in the narrative I never notice anything technical!

Big City Life by Lithiumdoll
Dark Angel
Max (Transgenics)
Oh Dark Angel. You were so great. Site is down, so again, no specifics. But I may have recced this before? Or if not, I've loved it since forever and it's awesome.

How Does It Make You Feel? by condnsdmlk
BSG
Kara Thrace/Leoben
Very very creepy. Which is what you expect from a pairing like that. I think the dual POV works really well. Really nails both of them, but still keeping the main focus on Kara and what the relationship has done to her. I think the creepy Leoben-voice works, but I can see how it might not for everyone. But certainly I think the slow, dreaminess of the song, combined with the on-the-point lyrics and the violent/abusive footage is a great contrast. (Warning for abuse and violence. I actually found this harder to watch the second time, because I knew what was coming, I think and I knew how explicitly this vid exposes the relationship to the viewer.)

I'll run (out of time) by beccatoria
Revolutionary Girl Utena
I don't know the source, so a lot of this went over my head. But technically, I thought the use of fades as transitions was really amazing. A stellar example of how to vid to a very slow song without losing any momentum, but also keeping the video very in tune with the audio. I think every line end/breath was on a fade to black, and every transition a fade, just of varying lengths. There's also some nice masking going on.

Starkville by fray_adjacent
Xena
Xena/Gabrielle
Nice colours in this, great work touching up the footage. Again clever ways of making the static footage work, like in the last Xena vid - here lots of overlays. Again, all the feels. These two. Gotta love 'em.

Ladies of Lost Girl by tallulah71
Lost Girl
Ladies (and Vex)
Sexy and fighty and fun. Just like the show. Nice flashes of humour. You can't watch it without grinning.

The Adventure by trelkez
Harry Potter
Neville [adorkable]
I must have recced this before. Nice bait and switch at the start. I love everything about this, how it neatly charts Neville's growth. How it pics out ickle baby neville in his pyjamas, It's all very stirring and adorable

Deep in the Throes by loki/secretlytodream
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Constructed reality vid. Just goers to show, Stan chooses ultra depressing stuff where he cries a lot and looks pretty. Nice use of show audio, but this, plus the sudden song change makes it feel a bit more like a Cap 3 trailer, not that that's a bad thing. I would watch that movie. (And that last line? Fucking slays me).

Party in the Midlands by milly
Legend of the Seeker [pretty damn funny]
Basically the only way you could ever vid LotS. I love the comic book caption/panel conceit. Richard is Jay Z and Cara is Britney. Yes. Yes please.

Big Beat Repeat by Thewlis Rox
Harry Potter [pretty damn funny]
The Rom-Com version of Harry Potter you never knew you wanted.
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[Part 2 of 'Toast' was meant to be Yuletide, but I'm never going to get round to reading all that I'd meant to, so I gave up on it and recced all the random things I have been reading. There are some Yuletide recs at the end.]


momentum by thingswithwings
Communuty
Troy/Abed/Annie, [yummy happy], [threesome]
Abed's voice is perfect for this. Calm and slightly distanced. The fic is warm and lovely. It's a hug in fic form. There's no dialogue, only a little reported. It's all entirely through Abed's eyes.

wait it out by rawthorne
Game of Thrones
Dany/Arya [au]
THIS IS ALL THE THINGS I WANT. An AU where Dany was kept at King's landing as an example. Sparse and atmospheric. Lots of tension, uncertainty and unspoken things, good, scary political edge to the whole fic.

the space between us by ils_mutant
BSG
Alt season 4.5 [warning: character death], [au], [pulling on the heartstrings], [intense]
This starts off almost hopeful and then just piles on the angst until you think you're about going to die. The focus is mainly on Gaeta and some minor characters, as well as the final five. Not as Adama/Kara/Roslin-centric as the show itself. I only wish Caprica had been given her own POV. Deals really well with all the various issues: Cylons and humans, love, humanity, forgiveness, parenthood. Made me want to cry a billion times over.

force over distance by CleanWhiteRoom
SGU
Young/Rush [long!fic], [ust], [intense] [mindbond!fic], [epic], [pulling at the heartstrings], [hurt/comfort] Warning: Deals extensively with the Gloria/cancer plotline.

Rush is forced into the chair and into a mental link with Destiny, Young mind-bonds with Rush in a bid to save him from becoming entirely one with the ship. It's long and it's plotty and wonderful. I love the whole AI consciousness question, Destiny and the AI are characters in their own right. In general the characterisations are very good -- We get a deepening understanding of Rush that follows Young's own progress in-fic, it all rings very true. It answers the problem of how Rush's genius works (why he needs Eli to solve the 9th chevron and yet he solved all the others). The plot develops like the relationship, a nice slow build towards understanding, gradually becoming more complex and revealing more sides to the characters. Young POV and his desperate tiredeness is perfect. The focus on Rush and the insight into his fractured psyche is wonderful, and it also gives us a delicious look at Telford: villaneous and comples and at times downright creepy. The side characters are well done too, especially Greer and TJ and the way they relate to both Rush and Young. It starts slow, but is definitely worth sticking with. Also check out the one shots that are meant to be read alongside the main fic.

The premise and first few chapters are deceptively slow/starightforward, the whole fic gets progressively darker, angstier and more tense. Delicious h/c and plenty of mental trauma.

part 3 and 4 of Bridges 'verse by tassos
BtVS
'One girl' in all the world became 'many girls' became 'one boy'.
Parts 3 and 4 are about Tyler, dealing with being chosen and dealing with training. It's Xander pov and Tyler pov. They can standalone without the rest of the series. Parts 1 and 2 are a SG1/Buffy [crossover] where Jack is Xander's father. They're also pretty fun, the writing isn't all that polished at first, but the crossover is interesting and the secret keeping is well dealt with on both sides.

tell me a story by igrockspock
BtVS
Faith, Dawn
Slightly heartbreaking, but a wonderful snapshot of the two, it captures the characters well and is a nice look at a young Dawn.

waiting games by nutkin
Supernatural
Sam/Dean [incest]
Set in the early seasons, Sam starts getting visions of him and Dean together. The story is a slow, dreamy progress over the months, cases, motel rooms, diners and roads. The pace is steady but relaxed, and the tension mounts only through Sam's thoughts about the visions. The characterisation and the delving into their relationship that Sam attempts are all written really well, very IC. The main reason I'm reccing however, is that the writing is really, really good. Sparse and dreamy with some gorgeous turns of phrase. It's a pleasure to read.

"Sometimes he tries to put his life into words, so he'll be able to remember it better. It was always hard to explain things to Jess and Zach and Becky and all of his friends at school. He'd try to talk about Dad and Dean, or his childhood, and everything would seem too vast and thin and empty. So now he tries to remember, as if by rolling concepts around in his mind he can make them more permanent.

Being sunburnt and having motel pool water run down his arms. The too-cold feeling of an air conditioner at four in the morning. Vinyl under his hands, thick and slippery and catching his skin when he sweats. The blur of heat coming off the cement in San Clemens, Nevada. Truck stop eggs with Tabasco, scalding so hot that his coffee is harsh on his raw throat. Gun metal going warm in his hand from body heat. Early spring skies in the midwest, bright and the color of nickels. Girls smiling like sunrises because their fathers, their children, are safe."


if you liked the book you'll hate the movie by paperclipbitch
XMFC, Hank/Alex, Charles/Erik [highschool!au], [pretty damn funny]
This, seriously, this. I can't even explain, it's not what you expect. It's fun, but it becomes Brilliant around Alex's pov, when the Charles/Erik not!flirting steps up, and the dysfunctional!family aspect kicks in. It's like crack except perfect. And I haven't the words. Just read it, it's have you in stitches.

red, red, gold by pprfaith
Avengers
[genderswap] Tony. [intense]
Perfect and vicious. The kind of genderswap that makes you wish it were canon. Tasha is so fucked up and broken in all the same ways Tony is, but there's something brighter and sharper about her.

calving diamonds by jane_potter
Thor
Laufey [mpreg], [emotional kick]
This is amazing. The WORLDBUILDING! The ancestry tattoos and the D/s negotiations in sexual intercourse (and the times it's only mock-fighting to allow for physical changes like injury or pregnancy.) UNF. Can worldbuilding be sexy? It totally can, right? And it's all tied into the fic so effortlessly, for example, the sex scene that serves to illustrate so much about the world and the characters, while still remaining scorching hot!

I love the way canon is turned on its head with regards to the first part: the famine and Midgard, and Odin. And with canon Thor knowledge the ending is all so desperately tragic. This fic broke me.

concession by obsession_inc
Iron Man
Christine Everhart
The structure is lovely: pieces gradually coming together through Christines's research and interviews. It's a wonderful sharp portraint of Christine. Very creepy look at Pepper and Tony, more so because it's something that you could very easily see happening, it takes all the scary possessive, paranoid sapects of Tony's personality and follows them to their logical conclusion. Read in conjuction with Deejay's Handlebars vid.

seven sunday mother-daughter mornings by hradzka
T:SCC
Catherine, Susannah [creepifying]
Deliciously creepy. Catherine Weaver being a mother, and all the creepiness that entails.

home before midnight by fyre
Once Upon a Time
Rumpelstiltskin/Belle
The voices are awesome, the entire fic is that perfect mix of sharp and sweet. This is exactly how I want the plot to turn out.

blood magic by Gatewaygirl
Harry Potter
Harry, Snape
Snape is Harry's father, plot happens. It deals with changing relationships, family, growing up, Voldermort, blood politics and werewolves. This is a fandom classic that I couldn't get into back when I first encountered it. I decided to give it a go recently figuring my tastes might have changed, and apparently they have because not only did I love it, I was completely hooked as well, it kept me up way past my bedtime! Snape has a deliciously Sherlock-ish character, rather more mature and emotionally controlled than in other fics, and while the past is important, he's less obsessed with it than he is in canon. It features a mature!Harry, which is a characterisation that not everyone like, but I happen to love. I enjoyed the worldbuilding: the details of school life and magical theory, and the characterisation, once you accept it as not-quite-canon, is internally consistent and a lot of fun, it's interesting to see how the relationships change over the course of the fic. It also quite satisfyingly nails the volatile nature of the Golden Trio's friendship. (When are they not fighting?) Could do with a Brit-pick, but that's just a minor quibble.

could you be a little less brighdig
Harry Potter
Ensemble fem characters
This is very clever. Definitely makes you want to hit things. It's spot on and painful - A quick excerpt from Rita Skeeter's society/gossip coloumn.

wondair and extraorder by cest_what
Harry Potter/Mitford sisters RPF, [crossover-fusion]
Really well done, captures each of their characters perfectly and ties HP and the real life political parallels of the Mitfords together very well.

Christopher and Elinor by Mercy
Sense and Sensibility
Col. Brandon/Elinor [au] [epistolary!fic]
I don't normally like epistolary fic, but thanks to Elinor's diary, Mercy manages to keep everything feeling very immediate, so you didn't feel too separate from the action. The period detail is lovely, everything is pitch-perfect, and honestly this is how I always wanted the book to turn out.

Miss de Bourgh in Bath by swordswallower17
Pride and Prejudice
Anne/OMC [unreliable narrator]
What I really liked about this was the way it absouletly nailed Anne's shyness. The God-awful hideousness of being at a party full of strangers, not knowing how to initiate conversation and stuck watching all these people who are chatting so easily and laughing and having a great time and they're all so completely incomprehensible it's like they're a whole other species.

There's also a delicious unreliable narrator element, not just because the reader is likely to know how a romance format works and so can guess who will end up with who, whereas Anne is stuck living it, but also because the reader can see through Anne's pretentousness as well as her ignorance to the real picture of what's happening underneath.

It's all very well done: solid characterisation and a good job with the research and Regency details. In all satisfying Regency romance with an unlikely and occasionally unlikeable sort of heroine.

[APM? site is currently down and I forgot to note title and author]
Pride and Prejudice [AU]
AU where Lizzie accepted Darcy's first proposal. Very in character, and very, realistically, painfully angsty:

"Darcy excused himself. He said he would come by the next morning for her letters, and in bidding her farewell, he reached for her hand and raised it to his lips. He then bowed slightly, and left the room.

Elizabeth wondered whether he had noticed how she had flinched at his touch."


OOF.

Sharpe's dragon (or how Richard Sharpe was gazetted into the wrong service) and part two by blackdisa
Sharpe/Temeraire [crossover] [pitch perfect]
First listen to the Sharpe theme to get you in the mood. (OH SHOW.) This fic made me start reading Temeraire, and now I wish Sharpe would turn up in canon. Everything fits very smoothly, the universes mesh very easily and the characters all interact in realistic ways. Canon knowledge or period knowledge not necessary, though I did know Sharpe going in, but I think even not knowing him would be fine. Lots of excitement, adventure and a lovely Sharpe POV.

the ivy crown by briar_pipe
Merlin
Morgana, Morgana/Gwen
This is the series I'd like to watch. Arthur and Merlin are exiled, Morgana steps up. I love the first part - Morgana's trying to take Arthur's place, trying to hide her mourning for him and not wanting to see Uther growing old. She's trying so hard not to fail, so sure she's not measuring up and You just want to shake her and tell her she's wonderful. Lots of lovely political drama with all the nights and all the history - so much of the pre-series sorcery revolves around powerful women and the choices they made.

stranger at the gate by bendingsignpost
Sherlock
Sherlock/John [vampire!au]
Wonderful plotty vampire AU, stellar worldbuilding and great characterisation. Very, very angsty. WIP, but ends at a good stopping point.

an avalanche of detour signs by gyzym
Molly/Lestrade, past Molly/Jim, unrequited Molly/Sherlock, [pitch perfect]
This is the Molly fic you didn't know you needed. BUT YOU DO. YOU DO NEED IT. IT'S WONDERFUL.

" “I, um. Good to see you and all, but what are you doing here, exactly?”
“Um,” says Greg.
“Um?”
“Look, it’s...embarrassing.”
“Right,” Molly says, “well, okay, so here’s the thing: normally I’d leave it at that, but seeing as this is a morgue I’m fairly certain I...can’t, actually? As, you know, a professional.” Greg looks at her blankly, and she sighs. “I want you to think, for a minute, about the kinds of things that might be classified as ‘embarrassing’ in the context of corpses. I’ll wait.”"


I love the way it absolutely nails the skin crawling creepiness of Jim. The entire section dealing with their relationship is heart-breaking and wawful and just makes you love Molly even more. I love that Molly's sensible and clever in this, it doesn't treat her like some brainless little assistant, She's an intelligent woman who's studied hard and knows her shit, plus she's competent and in charge in her job and okay so Sherlock flusters the hell out of her, but she's a normal human being, we all have weak spots. There's a tendency to dumb down everyone not Sherlock or John in Sherlock fic, and I like how this doesn't at all fall into the trap, these people (Lestrade included) are good at their jobs, and they can read people or be good listeners as well.


[kid!fic] recs taken from kink_finders

the deepest secret nobody knows by sciosophia
Past Sally/Sherlock [kidfic]
Wonderfully written. Sally has a kid by Sherlock. Sherlock never visits. A difficult story to pull off, but it's dealt with perfectly. Real and very sad. Gets you right in Sally's POV, you feel all her anger and frustration. The ending will make you cry.

friends? I'd say family by mockturtletale
Harvey/Mike [yummy happy] [kidfic]
While the Sherlock fic above would break the rule, most kidfics are adorably sweet. This is one of those. Absolutely gorgeous and schmoopy, with some lovely slashy romance as well.


Yuletide:

sequence by v_greyson
Hitman
Mike/47 [hotness]
Post movie. Lovely punch hit of lust when 47 comes out of the shower

Jane Eyre has a posse by bow
Jane Austen Fight Club
OH MY GOD. This starts clever, a good intriguing idea, well written, pitch perfect for the time, with the odd humerous deliberate anachronism. And then it builds and we have PLOT. An Austen cahracters/ Bronte chracters face-off, and then they go to the moors, AND THEN THE LIZZIE JANE. OH HOLY FUCK. I was squeaking with joy. IT'S JUST SO CLEVER. IT'S A REALLY CLEVER FIC. ALSO AWEOMSE.

even the stars hide away by thingswithwings
Community
Abed/Troy
Gorgeous. Quite a steady sort of fic, not the usual banter filled, fast paced Community fic. Keeping it tightly in Troy's POV and the focus tight on the relationship gives it an entirely different tone. It's very sweet, a nice gradual build, and the last line got me all choked up. May make you want to hug everything after reading.

heat possessed by kitty desade
Merry Gentry, Rhys/Sholto [hotness]
I love that LKH wrote actual canon tentacle porn into her series. This is definitely hot, but it deals nicely with Sholto's issues as well.

a little sunshine by lise
Black Jewels
Wilhemina, Jaenelle
Wilhemina definitely doesn't get enough love in canon. A nice little fic.

healing by edenfalling
Wilhemina, Jaenelle
Very sweet, a but more heartstring pulling than the first, set during Jaenelle's recovery.

passings by ChokolatteJedi
Aladdin
The Genie [interesting idea]
A look at all the masters the Genie has served over the ages.

the hunt for man-yu-el by cimorene
Aladdine
Jasmine [interesting idea]
The ending cracked me right up. Nicely done, a beliveable look into Agrabah. To my shame it took me 3/4 of the fic to get the naming conceit.


VIDS

sail by catnap332
The Fall
Gorgeous vid, lots of motion and colour, perfect editing on the beats, solid emotional hit towards the end.


I don't know by humansrsuperior
Sherlock (s2)
OH MY GOD. This is utterly wonderful. The song choice is perfect. the use of speaky face is inspired and as a summary of season two it works so well. It's all so on the beat and slick and funny, yet creepy and OHMYGOD.
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fair ball by snuffnyc
Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoli/Isles
Part two of a series, but I like the banter in this part best.

no competition by fialka
Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoli/Isles
Good voices. Funny

like a fish needs a bicycle by netgirl_y2k
Morgana, Arthur
Morgana and her sexuality, Morgana and her relationship with Arthur. Very well written, sparse with lots of meaning in the bits left unsaid. I've been a bit weird here and recced the DVD commentary instead of the fic, I still think it works, provided you don't mind mixing a bit of meta in with your storytelling, I like the extra insight it gives you.

open the door by renay
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek [oblivious!fic]
Great Stiles voice, not at all overdone. He's nice and oblivious as well, which is always fun.

the politician's wifeby pir8fancier
Harry Potter
Hermione/Draco
I love these middle-aged, life not going as expected, boring marriage, whirlwind affair type future fics. They're both recognisable in their adult counterparts, Hermione's still ethical and somewhat stodgy, and Draco's clever and ruthless. A nice 'Englishness' to Hermione's POV. Occasionally slim on the description, but very good banter.

lab rats and tin soldiers by dancinbutterfly
X-Men FC/Avengers
Steve/Bucky, Erik, Peggy, Howard [pulling on the heartstrings]
Nice steady pacing. Focus mostly on Erik, though Steve and Bucky have some to themselves at the beginning of part two. Lovely characterisation throughout, especially Peggy through Erik's eyes.

"It takes Erik a moment to respond because Peggy Carter is radiant to the point of distraction ... He would take any test she set in front of him and fight for every question just for her approval."

Despite the fact all the emotional punches follow canon and are therefore not 'surprising,' they're really well written -- gathering up all your heartstrings and delivering a sharp tug.

SUITS
(all [long!fics])

grande soy triple dirty chai by friskaz
Harvey/Mike [Coffee!shop!au]
Best kind of Barista fic, fluffy and yummy and full of coffee and cakes

my brother's keeper by closer
Harvey/Mike
Donna and Harvey are siblings AU. Where their younger brother is played by Matt Bomer. MMMM. Plus Harvey and Mike are first deliciously oblivious then deliciously angsty for a very long time.

imprimatur by Closer
Harvey/Mike [soulbonding!fic]
Oh the lovely oblivious fools. I love the safety of soul-bonding fics. The way they can let go and love completely because they'll never fall out of love. It's the definition of magical.

pizza and a movie by Closer, also Donna's POV and Harvey's POV
Harvey/Mike
Pizza boy AU. Yummy, yummy banter. Lots of different things brought out through the different POVs. Despite being the same storyline 3 times over, the differing angles keep it fresh.

the new deal by Closer
Harvey, Mike
Teenage runaway AU -- both of them recognisable, but very young. It's adorable. (Not slash)

floor 37 by Closer
Mike, OMC, Harvey [secret!identity!fic]
The one where Mike accidentally works for the boss. I love me some mistaken identity fic. Nice Michael characterisation, very hard-working and earnest.

a series of covert disasters by Closer
Mike/Harvey
The one where Mike & co get hit with a string of disasters. Solid falling in love shippy fic. Nice slow build

** You may notice most of these are written by Closer. That's a hint. (Translation: go read everything Closer's written).

ghostlight by norgbelulah
Justified/SPN [crossover]
Neat meshing of worlds, rings true. The Boyd/Raylan dynamic is perfect, a good blend of antagonism and friendship. I love that Loretta and Raylan hang out.

dallased by lorax
Community [pretty damn funny]
OH GOD THIS IS AWESOME. The Firefly one just killed all my Firefly love (Chang as Wash? Make it stop) but Troy WOULD cry at the ending. HIS EMOTIONS. I need to find more Community fic. When the voices are right, they're the bestest, funniest things ever, and this fic is SPOT ON.

you'll find the bright places by blackeyedgirl
Avengers
Coulson [kid!fic]
The one where all the Avengers get de-aged and Coulson is awesome. Guys. Coulson is THE SHIT. I don't think this can be said enough. THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH COULSON FIC IN THE WORLD.

to the victor the spoil by annakovsky
Hunger Games
Katniss/Haymitch [crying now]
This is horrible, really, grind you down into tiny pieces, sad-making. A brilliant, depressing, realistic look at how things would play out had they not gone the way of the book. There is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Übermorgen hol ich mir der Königin ihr Kind by waldorph
Once Upon a Time
Rumpelstiltskin, OC
Can this just be canon please? Can we have a positive representation of adoptive parents on this show please? His daughter runs the risk of sounding Mary Sue-ish, but I think she comes off as plain awesome.

condonare by etirabys
XMFC/Hannibal Rising
Charles/Hannibal/Erik [creepifying]
Shivery, creepy, awesome, but then anything with Hannibal would be. He's really great in this. Fucked up and focused. And Charles stuck in the middle, trying to understand them both and wanting Hannibal despite everything. Not so keen on the final line, but everything else is pitch perfect.

WHIP IT

searching for something that makes hearts move by mazily
Pash/Maggie
Pash's voice really works here, an outsider enough that the audience connects, but not too much, so the characterisation all rings true with what we saw in the movie. I really like her reaction to Smashley. Mostly though, I love Maggie, actually fell in love with her over the course of the fic. Somewhat abrupt ending.

it's a conversation by sprat
Maven/Bliss
OH HOT. I love Maven through Bliss' eyes, in a similar way to the rec above, the POV is pitch perfect, and through Bliss' POV we get to fall for Maven. Though it's a lot sharper and more lust-filled, which makes sense considering the object of affection in question!

the first time by elementalv
Bliss/Pash
Good Bliss POV: unsure and nervy, trying to work out what she wants, or more, knowing what she wants and working up the nerve to go for it.


VID

Rizzoli and Isles
skinny genes by charmax
Adorable friendly, funny, shippy vid


META

why Cara was awesome by trobadora
Legend of the Seeker
All very true, they took the 'evil badass, joins the scoobies' character, and played her exactly right. Plus they didn't screw up her bisexuality. WIN ALL ROUND.

meta on reccing by kiki_eng
Very interesting look into recs as fanworks and where reccing might fit in fandom.
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TSN

a little joy tomorrow by blackeyedgirl
Mark/Eduardo [fix-it!fic]
YESSSSSSSSSSS! Fix-it fic. This was exactly what I needed after watching.

game on by novembersmith
Mark/Eduardo
HAHAHAHA POKES IRL.

a favour by anon
Mark/Eduardo
Really hot, yes, but Mark's voice during the put down is spot on

the farther I fall I'm beside you by therealw
Mark/Eduardo [yummy happy]
Mark wordlessly gets two beers from the fridge, opens them and hands one to Eduardo. He looks inordinately stunned, keeps glancing from Mark to the bottle and back again until he unfreezes and takes it. Mark suspects he's missing something significant here, but has no idea what.
YES Mark! You've grown! Even if you don't realise it! Also I really like the opening section with Marylin, they have good banter. And the ending is just gorgeous. I really like it when fics for this pairing end on something fluffy and happy, there's so much angsting in the movie as it is.

and leave you to mend the fence by therealw
Dustin, Chris, Mark/Erica, Mark/Eduardo
I've said before, I'm a sucker for mixed media type stuff. THIS FANDOM, IT REPRESENTS. And I heartily approve the adoption of Chris and Dustin by fandom as well. It's all sort of angsty slow burn... and then the ending oh foreshadowing of doom.

just a love to endure by hydrafancies [intense]
Mark/Eduardo
Wow, this is intense. Lots of emotion and Eduardo's nerves come through loud and clear.

a sentimental jury by stickyvalentine
Mark/Eduardo [pulling on the heartstrings]
Very awkward, angsty and heartbreaking

and we can burn by slippery_fish
Sean/Eduardo [intense] [pulling on the heartstrings] [crying now]
AH GOD THIS IS JUST. EVIL. AND HEARTBREAKING. AND HOT. AND EVIL. You're right in there, in Sean's head and it's terrible because it's so seductive and breaking Eduardo must be so much fun. except. NOO. EVIL. It's about fucking Eduardo, and fucking with Eduardo and messing him up in every way Sean possibly can and OMG. SERIOUSLY. STOP BEFORE I DIE. (and then there's this undertone of emotion to the whole thing and Sean's not entirely heartless but he's so very close it just makes it all the more painful. Because he's fucking everything by doing this. And that's just what he does. OH GOD. And OH GOD. CLOSING THE ACCOUNT. So many more levels than canon. And Sean seeing what an EPIC BAD MOVE that was and yeah. Read this.

the rules of endogamy (or, four times somebody's daemon surprised erica albright) by antistar_e
Erica POV, ensemble. [crossover-fusion] with His Dark Materials
Fantastic idea, love the thought that's gone into matching up the daemons. I love Erica here perceptive but still young and a bit awkward.

a fellowship to call your own
Mark/Eduardo, ensemble [crossover-fusion] with HP
It's got that great mix of hilarious, absurd and dark that I tend to associate with post-war Hogwarts fics. War torn, but still a school after all. Like in the above HDM cross, the characters are seamlessly tied into the world. I love the moment when Mark realises the depth of Eduardo's feelings for him. And I like the open ended ending. I'm reading it as happy. NO LAWSUITS EVER.

drive all night by fairy_tale_echo
Mark/Eduardo [pretty damn funny]
I love that this fandom's baseline is to do fic via texts or emails or... facebook status updates. Also tht car is the freakiest thing ever.

there's more than flesh and bones by b0nes
Cameron/Tyler, Divya [incest]
It’s not like he had many opportunities to swallow down alcohol, at least nothing harder than a beer or maybe a bottle or two of rum with all the studying and the rowing and the sleeping and the ‘trying to hide to fact that he sometimes kissed his brother and oh yeah they’re both werewolves’).

Little bit in love with all the asides in this fic. Love the characterisation, the twin dynamic, and Divya's dry, sardonic twist.

PUSH

I need love, love to ease my mind, part one and part two by ohladybegood
Nick/Cassie
Nice light style, good banter.


VIDS

PUSH
I gave you all by proofpudding Cassie/Nick
Gorgeous and slow, really great clip choices, lots of longing and love. Really like the final section, lovely emotion to it.
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK

social network fic fest hosted by thisissirius

write it on the skyline by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [emotional kick] [intense]
Whoo boy, this is seriously emotional. Intense, really puts you thorugh the wringer. Love the way you're very much in Mark's head.

facebook reveal by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo, Dustin/Chris
This fandom is made to be crackily meta-ed

the secrets you don't show by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with Spiderman
Cool idea, love Eduardo POV, wanting to hate Mark but not really managing it.

on the wings of complete and utter inconvenience by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [wing!fic] [hotness]
Mark gets (very contrary) wings. I love the whole wings are an erogenous zone x 100 type cliche. Nice mix of absurd and adorable. And hot. Really, really hot

these things get louder by fledmusic
Mark/Eduardo
Lovely yummy UST. I like the idea of Mark being oblivious.

world enough and time
by fledmusic
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with Time Traveler's Wife, [interesting idea]
Spoilers for TTW in the fic and in comments.
Great idea, Mark's less prickly and asshole-ish than in other fics, but that works with the fusion.

speaking in tongues by marycontraire
Mark/Eduardo
Painful and hot.

doing it right by cimorene
Mark/Eduardo [hotness]
Very hot, love the possessive Mark POV, very well written.

kiss with a fist by marycontraire
Mark/Eduardo fic following from that hallway scene. Hotness. Violent hotness.

never marry for money (you can borrow it cheaper) by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [accidental marriage!fic]
Unfortunately still WIP, but absolutely epic and long and very worth reading even if you don't usually go for WIPs. I really like the way Eduardo's POV is all oblivious, not just to Mark, but to how he himself is feeling under all that anger.

been at this far too long Lake (beyond_belief)
Mark/Eduardo
Really good characterisation, really, really good. In general I love fics that attempt some sort of mixed media thing - texts/emails. This fic makes very good use of them.

old roads I go down by yellowteddysuit
Mark/Eduardo [amnesia!fic], [intense]
Mark hits his head and gets amnesia. Intense, angsty Eduardo POV

reciprocal actions by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [pwp]
Sex in the library!

endothermic reactions by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [hypothermia!kink] [yummy happy]
I have a total kink for these, snuggle or freeze! type fics, but even so, this is utterly ADORABLE.

the (metaphorical) parent trap by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo
I kinda love how Dustin has been adopted by the fandom at large. HE IS FUN-NY, GUYS

secret video diary of a billionaire by sturmundwank
Mark/Eduardo [interesting idea]
Technically a WIP, but works as a standalone, albeit angsty. Written in script format. The Social Network, the sequel! With angsty ust slash! Very cool idea, and I like the thought that's clearly gone into making it. Mark's dickishness in the meeting is perfect.

kink meme fic by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo [fuck yeah]
The one where THE KISS makes everyone cheer. Seriously. Me as well. Out loud. Got some seriously weird looks for that...

let's get together by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo [pretty damn funny]
The Dustin voice is just epic.

kissing on the subway by anon
Mark/Eduardo [hotness]
Super short, super hot.

the line between by grim_lupin
Cameron/Tyler [creepifying] [intense] [twin!cest]
Very fucked up.


GOSSIP GIRL

Daniel in the lion's den by black_eyedgirl
Dan/Chuck/Nate [hotness]
Short and hot. I really like the possessiveness to Chuck.

menage a trois and sequel by artemis_sparks
Dan/Chuck/Blair [hotness] [pwp]
Gorgeous hot threesome.

for a second there I thought you disappeared by artemis_sparks
Dan/Nate [omfg cuteness]
So adorable

it's all wrong, it's all right by artemis_sparks
Dan/Nate [omfg cuteness], [kid!fic]
No wait, this is even more adorable. And maybe I should just rethink my position on kidfic, because it can be very awesome and domestic.


CROSSOVER

breaking the laws of classical aerodynamics by black_eyedgirl
GOSSIP GIRL/X-MEN
Dan/Chuck [crossover-fusion]
Very neatly fused together, makes sense, I love the matching up of powers. Like the different ways they all deal with their mutations.


VIDS

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

amnseia
Perfect song choice, lovely stop-start jerkiness to it.

BOOK OF ELI

o death Book of Eli
Haunting and very very gorgeous. So the film is, IDK, something about the bible? And has Gary Oldman looking vaguley demonic?? I'm head-canoning it into Supernatural now, JSYK.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

ain't no easy way by danegen
Great motion/energy, lovely fast pacing.

EDDIE IZZARD

do you want to by danegen
OMFG hilarious. HIS FACE. THE WAY HE FLOPS ABOUT THE STAGE.

HACKERS

walk the walk by Miss Breese
HACKERS! Rollerblades! Terrible 90s clothing choices! Shaggy with pigtails! Angelina Jolie with a pixie cut! THIS FILM. MAN.

ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

serpent charmer by sol_se
God the atmosphere to this. So brooding and building and tense. All those gorgeous shots of their faces, all those shots of the backs of people's heads. Mimicked actions between James and Ford. The COLOURS. All black white and gold. Utterly gorgeous. Some wonderful lyric/clip matches.

ghost of a shark by sol_se
Gorgeous and dreamy. I like how Ford isn't intriduced at first. Lovely use of light and smoke. Lots of eyefucking/intense staring

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

devil's spoke by thisismycalling - Awesome Jimmy vid. Has spoilers. Like the sepia-except-for-red. Good pacing, gathering momentum towards the end.

THE O.C.

sleepwalker by wistful_fever
Seth/Ryan
Very well articulated. I'm not familiar with later seasons' footage, but the vid brought it all together. I had no idea this show could be so angsty!


META

anachronistic references in historical/AU settings
Interesting stuff about word choice when writing. First comment very well written – considers accuracy vs reader assumptions.
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PRISON BREAK

I've been half asleep by cerebel
Michael/Mahone [hotness] [intense]
Gorgeous and sparking hot. Got that shivery intensity this pairing has.

The Second (And Last) Love Song of Alexander Mahone by cerebel
Michael/Mahone
Love the Mahone POV. He's so awesome.

form, not meaning by out_there
Michael/Mahone
Nice and long. Love the in-their-headsness. I like how Mahone is the one with the upper hand here. Very hot, very intense.

How to sin successfully by out_there
Michael/Sara/Mahone [future fic]
I love thinky threesomes, where the needs and desires of each character is considered, it's not just -- jump into bed together. That's not to say it doesn't end in sex ;)

remember you have chance and possibility by out_there
Michael/Mahone [au] [pulling on the heartstrings]
Awesome and heartbreaking. I love how this is, one the one hand, totally AU, but at the same time, it still works really well. I can totally buy into these characters. pre-Fox River Michael could have been this person. And Mahone without his skeletons would have been this. Then comes the second part and the tension rackets up. OH BOYS.

similar creatures and impossible things
Michael/Mahone [au] [epic] [longfic] [hooker!au]
Totally awesome hooker!au. Great characterisation. I love living in Alex's headspace. Love the way he almost ends up screwing things up for himself. The way he overthinks and can't find the words. Love Michael's quietness and impenetrableness and the way they both read each other despite that.

find yourself smiling by out_there
Sara/Michael, Michael/Mahone
I love how this threesome just works. I haven't seen S4 yet, but this ship is totally going to be edited into my view of canon as much as I can. And scroll down to read isagel's comment and out_there's reply 'cos there's totally a love letter for the OT3 in there.

your new twin sized bed by out_there
Michael/Sara/Mahone or Sara/Michael, Michael/Mahone [future fic]
OH MY GOD. THIS. I love them together. Really. I like the way there's a sexual bond between Michael/Sara and Michael/Alex. But the love bond goes through all of them. I love the way all their insecurities and fears are brought up and dealt with, abandonment issues and self-hatred. And then the way that they all want each other to be happy more than anything. They're so adorable!

the ill-advised backpack by out_there
Michael/Mahone [au] [yummy happy]
This is just SO SWEET. It's adorable. I think I have a thing for PB AUs now. Or maybe just a thing for out_there's writing.

lightning strikes (not once, but twice) by alazysod
T-Bag/Michael [creepifying]
T-Bag just is damn creepy. And there's a very claustraphobic feel to this, with them both stuck in the motel room and stuck together on top of it.

run like a villain by alazysod
Michael/Mahone [shivery intense]
Really captures the intense/crazy Mahone has. Again the writing has that sharp, close feel to it. I like how Michael's such an enigma.

a good plan by flurblewig
Michael/Mahone [hotness] [tattoo!kink]
Basically pwp, Very, very hot. Some nice tattoo!kink in there as well. Not the sharpest in terms of characterisation.

five times fernando sucre pretended to have sex with michael scofield by thinswithwings
Sucre/Michael [hotness]
Very Season one, very, very hot. Love Sucre's POV. Characterisation is spot on.

prison break the short version, part two and part three by upon plains
Gen [pretty damn funny]
Crack recap style. This pretty much just killed me.
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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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TVD

steady as it goes by silviakundera
Caroline, Damon, Stefan [future fic]
I read this as a lot more hopeful than maybe other people did. This is the healthy threesome, as oppose to the Elena angstfest, and Katherine painfest. Caroline's got a great bounce-back-ability to her. That said there is an undertone of sadness at her leaving behind her human life. Unable to stop thinking about and remembering it, even while she tries to move on.

all the same to me by silviakundera
Damon/Elena/Stefan [pretty damn funny]
Stefan POV, as a sort of bemused narrator to the insanity that is Damon Salvatore. That is Damon Salvatore rail-roading him into an incest 'ship. That is Damon Salvatore rail-roading him into a threesome with Elena. That is Damon Salvatore running for Mayor at the same time. Brazilian stripper orgies would make more sense. Epic, wonderful crack.

much more complicated by iphignia939
Damon/Alaric [fuck yeah]
Hilarious Alaric POV. Love their violent/sexy/insane relationship. I like the outsider look on what Stefan is like as well.


SPN

dictionary for a dead language by britomart_is and Loki's vid for the fic.
Sam/Dean [epic] [pulling on the heartstrings] [long fic]
It's a big bang, got that lovely grand, epic feel to it. Very angsty painful. Really, take your heart apart and put it back together. I have a thing for characters growing old and dealing with that, settling into their bodies and recognising the differences. It's especially poignant for ex-hunter types as they have often lost more through injuries, and have more to lose, since they really used their bodies. So older!Dean here, is just wonderful.

a man with his insides out and his outsides off by brotomart_is
Dean/Sam [crying now] [timetravel]
Unf. Killed me, little bit. So heartbreaking and inevitable. Sam 'Moore' is one sad, broken, compelling guy. And poor Dean, all naive and trying to fix it and save everyone and so very Dean in doing all of that.

moths on the mirror by fleshflutter
Sam/Dean, Dean/OMC [non-con] [insanity]
Creepy, veeeery creepy. Good and confusing at first, with Dean all crazy and Sam not there.

heroes for ghosts
Sam, Dean [timetravel] [long fic]
Love the details of the 1800s, get to feel all of Dean's childish glee at being back there, being a gunslinger. Just very good atmosphere to the whole thing, feels very wild west. I love Zeke, love the whole demon/gate plot. Very tense, action-filled fic, there's just something damn cool about riding in on your horse, guns blazing. Big damn heroes. Lots of brilliant hurt in this. Old-timey medicine was harsh. I love the complexity of the brother's relationship as well, The moments we get inside Sam and Dean's heads.

strangers in gilead by corvus_imbrifer
Sam, Dean [timetravel] [long fic]
Yeah I was on a bit of a wild west/cowboy au kick. This ones just brilliant as well, nice ambiguity at the beginning and sustained by the awesome outsider POV. Love all the OCs. Again, loving all the details about how the boys dress. the whole into sequence is basically a love story to Dean's eyes and lips and body and everything. UNF.

coming clean by queenklu
Sam/Dean [hotness]
HOT this is fucking hot. Oh wow yeah.


The O.C.

a shadow across by sdlucly
Ryan/Seth [au] [long fic]
I think I recced this back when it was a WIP. but it's complete now. Wonderful AU. Great characterisation, lovely slow build up 'ship, Seth all adorable and persistent. Ryan all broken and afraid. Deals extensively with grief and loss (character death, not Ryan or Seth).

boy meets boy by mackerel sky
Seth/Ryan Ryan/Marissa [ust]
Totally overcame my gag reflex to the pit. Lots of lovely UST sparkiness. definitely good ;)

some days those maps collide by k
Ryan/Seth
established relationship, not normally my thing, but I like the details here. And jealous/petty Seth is kinda adorable. Some interesting things about being gay and coming out tied into it as well.

a bruised road by k
Ryan/Seth [pulling on the heartstrings]
God, I love Ryan's thought processes in this, the way he connects love and violence over and over. The way he's totally hurting and just flying blind, but keeps coming back to Seth as his anchor even though he doesn't quite realise it and can't quite trust it, a bit heartbreaking. Lots of Seth-funny in his rambling, particularly the over-45 thing.

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