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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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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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[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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the last post by rheanna
Meta [creepifying]
Epic weird, wonderful and very creepy.

the tragedy of fidelia and mordecai by pitseleh
Doctrine of Labyrinths
Mildmay, Cardenio
The Mildmay voice is perfect, and the relationship between the two friends is lovely. The snippets of Melusine you get to see all ring true.

a life in knives by paxlux
Supernatural [outsider pov]
OC, Sam, Dean
Ruthie is the only survivor of a werewolf attack, she insiste Sam and Dean take her with them and learns to becom a hunter. Awesome outside pov on Sam and Dean. Ruthie's a great character, the good kind of OC, believable and layered and fitting very neatly into the canon.

love cuts like a knife by waketosleep
Hawaii Five-0 [crossover-fusion] with Dexter [emotional kick]
Short and packs quite a punch. Perfect ending

all in by arsenicjade
Suits
Harvey/Mike [slave!fic]
Harvey wins Mike in a poker game. Now he just has to figure out what to do with him.
Nice and long, some classic slave!fic cliches, but done very well. Canon knowledge isn't needed.

shell by cissasghost
Underworld
Selene
Very in character-- her disgust and fear and confusion at being thrown into a world she doesn't understand.

in-needed metaphors by preromantics
Community
Abed/Troy [intoxicated!fic] [yummy happy] [pitch perfect]
Abed's mental voice is perfect. The whole thing is very sweet and fluffy. Abed is deliciously dense.

winner takes all by toestastegood
Fright Night
Jerry/Charley [non-con]
Very very hot, not so keen on the non-con aspect, but the build up and domination is so hot.

make whole what has been smashed by Charli J
Sherlock/John [au] [interesting idea]
The one where Sherlock lives backwards. Complex, twisty and very satisfying. I was in a short-attention span mood, flicking through a whole load of fics, but this, despite its length and need for the reader to focus, managed to grab me and suck me right in. Engrossing and very well written.

performance in a leading role by mad_lori
Sherlock/John [au] [long!fic]
Where they're both actors. I'm not one for established relationships or talking about feelings, so I ended up skipping a chunks from after they got together, but the lead up was great. I love the insider-feel to the setting. The whole thing is meticulously researched. The first part, with the filming, was all wonderful, and the later press related parts are great as well. I got very choked up when reading all the touching 'being true to yourself' bits about them and their relationship. The characterisation is very well done, still recogniseable and there are some wonderful lines. I love the minor characters as well, Harry, Sally, Clara, but especially Irene.

by any other word by loranna
Downton Abbey
Thomas/William
Dreamy and bittersweet.

play by doveheart
Downton Abbey
Thomas/William
Love that piano playing is a Thomas/William cliche. I love the emotional detail in William's POV, the backstory and the way he feels now, all very seamless.

resonances by LadySilver
Teen Wolf
Derek/Jackson
Just beautiful. Dreamy and emotional, interesting idea. there needs to be more Derek/Jackson

the runaround by ferretbaby
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek
I LOVE Derek's utter confusion here, it's adorable.

what are we building here by piper
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek
Pack dynamics and Stiles/Derek dynamics, very warm and yummy

winter over by downjune
STXI
Sulu/Jim
Absolutely gorgeous. It feels very Wintry. The world is so well researched and detailed. The cast is lovely, but Sulu is especially brilliant, calm and competent and very real.

once upon a time by igrockspock
STXI
Gaila + Chapel, Nyota
This is gorgeous, most especially the last paragraph, really touching. I love Chapel's character, and I love that Nyota and Gaila connect more easily.

stiff upper lip by pyreneeees
Harry Potter
Augusta Longbottom [crying now]
This is utterly gorgeous. It had me tearing up. The Augusta pov is perfect, unbending, prickly and standoffish but so supportive and loving underneath. And the outsider look on the metamorphosis of Neville Longbottom from child to man is just brilliant.

les jours tristes by anon
Harry Potter
Luna, Narcissa
Luna interviews Narcissa post war. Gorgeous character study of them both. POV perfectly catches Luna's mindset and mental voice.

AVENGERS

magnetic by boombangbing
Steve/Pepper/Tony [yummy happy] [fuck yeah]
Classic epic believable long Avengers fic. I love these and hope people keep on writing them. Part one is adorable UST and Steve being adorkable and sweet. Wanting so much and trying to untangle exactly what it is he wants, TOny being Tony. And Pepper organising everything in that awesome way. Part two is more Pepper being awesome. Very awesome. And part three, despite being Tony POV is very 'Go Team!'

stockholm syndrome and other drugs by alchemy alice
Coulson [yummy happy]
Coulson love! Yes please! Lovely Coulson voice, dry and long-suffering and sweet.

falling like a flip of a coin by paxlux
Loki/Thor [incest]
Lovely snatches of their memories showing through, love the inexorable build of their relationship, all passionately violent and violently passionate. Love Loki/Lock and his sharp tongue. The ending makes it though, delightfully heratbreaking.

under ether by Lunik
Darcy/Loki
Lovely Loki characterisation hot and ocd and slightly terrifying. Darcy is, of course, wonderful.

kink meme made them do it by lunik_the_bard
Darcy/Loki (eventually) WIP [fuck yeah], [pitch perfect]

oh god, she’s in high school. This is high school all over again, and guys as hot as Loki don’t want the girl who wears glasses and has dumb hair. This is just like high school, except with more potential to get murdered.

I try not to rec WIPs but this is just perfect. The voices, the dynamic. Yummy and funny and hot. And the whole kink-meme meta aspect is spot on.

feathering the nest by Lunik
Loki
OH LOKI. You are adorable.

BLADE TRINITY

the lies you live by alyse
Blade Trinity
Abby/King [long!fic] [intense] [ust] [hurt/comfort]
Hurt/comfort-ish but not exactly. The opening scene is lovely and tense, the pace calms for the gradual progress from enemy to friend, and then picks up again as the plot starts to twist. Nice fast pacing towards the end, kept me up late readong. Lots of lovely character/relationship manouvering throughout - trust vs betrayal. Really nice work on the main three of Abby/King/Frank. Lovely slow build of the relationship, with lots of UST and very hot, sparky, sex.

while we have oceans by alyse
Abby/King
Great characterisation, nice quiet interlude but with an undertone of tension.

spiralling by alyse
Abby/King
Hot hot hot. Undercover in the queue for a nightclub.

Check out all of alyse's Blade fic. She's got a great hold on Abby and King's characterisation.

a little less conversation by ginandironic
King/Dean [crossover]
Very hot little crossover. I like King, cocky and in control. Seeing a less in control Dean is unusual.

claim by MidKnight2501
King/Drake [intoxicated!fic] [dub con]

chains that bind by Kris
King/Drake [concealed!identity!fic] (kinda)
I like the insiduous way Drake takes control of King.

legacy of the fallen by Kris
King/Drake, King, Deacon, Drake, Blade [insanity] [non-con] [dub-con]
noncon/dub con depending on how you look at it. Not a happy King/Drake fic. Nice and long and plotty. I like the craziness in King's head.

blood magic and a shade of infinite by manic_intent
King/Drake [au] where King is still a vamp.
Good banter from King, very sexy blood/desire elements. Solid characterisation.

the morning after/the night before by sangga
King [pitch perfect]
The disjointed structure, out of chronological order, emphasises how King felt after getting the cure as well as the time after the Daystar, both game changing moments with a weird re-ordering of priorities following after. This catches the atmosphere very well.


VIDS

glittering cloud by TxlSplash
BSG
Boomer
"Don't blame me, I can't help what I am... (Lord knows I've tried to)
BOOOOOMMEEEEERRRRR! Perfect, lyric matching to scenes. Very epic and heartbreaking. OH GOD BOOMER. WHY SO TRAGIC.

sorrow by greensilver
Captain America
Steve
OH STEVE. Very clearly articulated vid showing everything Steve's lost. Very sad, very poignant. I really love the way the vid is structured, the build up for each of his losses, the framing through use of fade to blacks and then the final repetition of black and white scenes to really bring it home.

to the dogs or whoever by greensilver
Once Upon a Time
Charming/Snow White
I'm not all that invested in their relationship in the show. It's sweet and fun but it hasn't hit me. This vid however... SO SWEET. I love how vids can do that, cut out all the blather and give a pure emotional hit

Harry Potter feat. Glitch Mob by Grable 424
Harry Potter
I always thought HP would go well to Glitch mob, all those laser-like fight scenes. I'm not 100% won over by the canon audio used in the vid, but it's not that it's badly done, just not a technique I'm keen on. The vid itself is very slick; jerky and sharp and perfect to the music.
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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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