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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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devoted by jerakeen
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek [UST]
Really great tense, get you in the gut, UST.

hide of a life war by etharei
Stiles, Sheriff Stilinski, (Stiles/Derek)
STILES IS A BAMF. KNOW IT. OWN IT. LOVE IT. 

but I'm not a soldier by idyll
Girl!Stiles/Derek [pitch perfect] [genderswitch]
Stiles is not the omega. It takes the pack (Derek) a while to realise this. Very awesome girl!Stiles is pitch perfect and wonderful.

men of a certain age by peroxidepest17
Teen Wolf
Chris, Sheriff
Adorable and bantery, great believable Sheriff voice. I like the random fannish references dotted here and there. 

you'll never leave Harlan (alive) by ghostrunner
Justified
Raylan/Boyd
zombie apocalypse [au] 
Great voices, great world-building, all rings true. Nice roundabout conversations, answering questions with questions, that sort of thing. 

second chance by arsenic
Avengers
Clint gets [de-aged]
past child abuse, traumatised Clint, team family stuff. All the feels.

living in the future by closer
Avengers AU (with some Peter Parker) [yummy happy]
Steve/Tony
Closer writes the best AUs, that should just be, a fandom law or something.


changing by elaiel
SGU
Chloe/Rush
Doesn't really require you to read the prequel: it's only mentioned once. Post s2 something activates alien DNA in Chloe... and then Rush. Nice steady build to a relationship which feels real. Draws together elements of Rush and Chloe's interaction throughout the show. It's a ship that has definitely built up a certain amount of canon basis. Their relationship is an interesting one and the way Rush relates to her is different to how he relates to anyone else in the crew.

Common Law
Travis/Wes

the friday night boys by pyrodynamo
Great Wes POV, all tense and full of conflict. Great writing as well, some lovely turns of phrase.

the wedding march by hito
[undercover couple]
Absolutely adorable pretend their a couple fic.

5 things Wes doesn't like because of Travis by Chaylay23
Aw this is adorable, the set up for each item and the way it ties back to Travis.

every time we touch by vampirepam
Because touching.


Yuletide

priceless by anon
10 things I hate about you/Bring it on
Kat/Missy [pitch perfect], [fuck yeah], [flangst]
Great voices for both of them, spot on. I really want to rewatch both movies now. Full of yay baby lesbians glee. You know what I mean? People finding out awesome things about themselves and other people, and entering the shiny scary world of girlfriends. Happy making, with a dash of drama and angst along the way.

the bar at the end of the fandom by anon
Meta
THIS IS PURE GOLD. Well observed, tongue in cheek, tagging meta. LOVE IT. (Also be ready to open tabs for ALL THE TAGS)


Vids

red right hand by signed-aislynn
Teen Wolf
Peter
Great Peter character study, surprisingly perfect lyrics, I'd never have guessed. Not so keen on the show audio, but the rest is great.

some boys by xandra_ptv
Teen Wolf
Ensemble
Really good use of lyrics, fun, on the beat ensemble vid, with a few emotional punches along the way. Lotta boys in this show guys, lotta hot hot boys.

how it ends by reunion84
HP
Harry/Snape (could be read as friendship)
Emotional, tragic. very atmospheric

we can work it out
by lamardeuse
Common law
WHY DID THEY KILL THIS SHOW? EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS WONDERFUL.
Slash, squee. fighting Love.

machine by yunuen
Tony Stark (Marvel movies)
Very clever lyric/clip matching.


Festivids

Stayin' Low by anon
Aliens movies
Fuck me Ripley is so hot

Man not a monster by anon
Attack the Block
I defy to watch this and not end up grinning. EEE! MOSES. Whatshisface the white dude. AW.

Step into your place by anon
Blackadder
So this will just make you cry.

Mowgli's road by anon
Brideshead Revisited
Summary: Catholic guilt revisited. Phew. Yeah, quite an emotional hit with this one, all the tension and the tragedy and, yes, the Catholic guilt. Painful. Great song choice though.

Face/off by anon
Face/off
Oh this movie. Oh Nic Cage. Who will make these kinds of movies once Cage stops acting. WHO? It takes a special kinda guy.

OMG by anon
Teen Wolf RPF
THEY'RE ACTUALLY PUPPIES. THE WHOLE CAST ARE JUST PUPPIES. ADORABLE, ADORABLE PUPPIES.


Meta

third gender books in sff, or what I've been reading lately by aedh
Alright, not exactly meta, but a useful little reclist.

a genderful analagy by kaz
Clever idea, gender as cities.

A cup of meta for your day by allisoned
Teen Wolf
Kate Argent character study.

sexism in gaming: a response to gabrielle toledano
What it says on the tin.

just shut up by gyzym
Beauty and the Beast
Critical analysis of the abuse-apologist narrative. Interesting how it parallels SO MANY woobie!characters on tv now.

once upon a time women were women and men were crickets by therienne
Once Upon a Time
Women centric storylines, female agency, female characters furthering the narrative. Reason 103 in why I should be watching this show.

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