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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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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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it fills my head up and gets louder by addandsubtract
Teen Wolf
Jackson/Stiles
Slightly towards the sweeter end of the spectrum. Still full of Jackson angst. Lots of wonderful werewolf training and some actual training action from Derek as well.

the doghouse screw by ahab2692
Teen Wolf
Jackson/Stiles
Lovely writing here, lots of great imagery. Poor Jackson's so full of self-hate.

useless, but not for long by queenitsy
Teen Wolf
Jackson/Stiles
This gets Jackson, it hust gets him, all his awful neuroses, his stress, his angst. It's wonderful and tense. The ending is maybe slightly too sweet, all loose ends hurriedly tied, but the build is lovely.

came home, like a stone (fell heavy into your arms) by queerly_it_is
Teen Wolf
Isaac/Scott
The first section, where Isaac is describing Scott is absolutely perfect. It nails what is so great about Scott. Yes he's occasionally boring and yes he's a complete and utter potato. But he's just so NICE. He's adorable. He really is.

sparkly pens 'verse by mm_coconut
Teen Wolf
Derek/Stiles
Mixed media awesomeness. Sterek doodles hearts and Sterek notes all over his notebook, then accidentally leaves it in Derek's car. This is the most quotable thing I have read in FOREVER.

quietly into the night by loony_lucifer
Alex Rider
Alex/Yassen [underage], [ust], [D/s]
One of those sparking hot gorgeous UST fics. Found thanks to kink_finders in my request for eromenos/pederasty fics, so be aware of the underage aspect. Hot more because of, rather than despite that: power imbalance, Alex is a hostage, kept off-balance and with no real chance of escape, plus Yassen is so unreadable and (hot) scary. UNF. Straight up id-fic, no lie.

habits and companionship by Sarren
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Peter/George, [ust]
The Peter POV is spot on, chock full of 'falling for the straight person' pain and not a little internalised homophobia. It captures the tone of the movie pretty well: all long atmospheric silences and lots left unspoken. There's bucket loads of UST - each touch is imbued with meaning, it's really brilliant. You know the kind of writing I mean, where every sentence drips tension and just a look between characters gets you hot under the collar. Oh yeah.

handle with care by Alchemy Alice
Tinker Tailor
George/Peter
This is really yummy. The propmt is about hair stroking, but there's a delicious D/s understone as well.

magnets, mirrors and misdirection by Lunik
Sherlock/Thor [crossover]
John/Loki
This is WIP and I try not to rec them, but I have a reason here. It's by Lunik so of cpourse the characterisation is perfect, the banter is sharp and everything is wonderful, but the reason I'm reccing is because part one is a perfect example of starting in medias res, and giving backstory without falling in the trap of clunky expo.

five avengers who were hunger games champions (and one who wasn’t) by pearldrop
Avengers/Hunger Games [crossover-fusion]
A real gut punch, this fic. OH BUCKY. OH STEVE. The Clint/ending section is clever

red by waldorph
Avengers
Natasha (Natasha/Hill)
So. Natasha. She's awesome. This is how. Also this is the Maria/Natasha I was wishing for. But mostly it's Natasha and her awesome and her story and her utter win.

we were emergencies by gyzym
Avengers
Clint/Natasha
This is fucking awesome, it's Clint POV and focuses as much on him as it does her, but it's about them as much as anything. Read the warnings.

when I say jump by lc2l
The Avengers
Clint/Natasha (off-screen), Clint/Loki, [mind-control], [D/s], [powerless!kink], [emotional kick]
Clint POV of the movie, with focus on the earlier, mind-fucked part. This is utterly wonderful. Clint's thought processes are perfect and read just right, and he really notices the awful drained drawn-out look Loki has the entire way through. The ending is tragic, but not as gut-wrenching awful as some of this pairing can be.

debt by storynerd
Avengers
Tony/Loki [au]
Towards the fluffier end of the spectrum, started pre-movie, so AU. Loki saves Tony's life and Tony wants to know why.

halo by paxlux
Avengers
Tony/Loki
Tony realises he wants Loki and that puts him at a disadvantage. Great prose, very dream-y and stream-of-consciousness-y without getting confusing. Written from the trailer I think? Somewhat AU either way.

"It’s like perfect engineering, that smile, Tony can read genius in the lazy curve, whether the smile is manufactured or not, and he recognizes it: it feels like any time Tony’s seen the lines come together to form the whole, that instant moment of sheer thought and power, everything is so very easy, blood rushing to light up all the points of his body, I am a motherfucking god, and now, now he’s staring at a motherfucking god who tossed him out a window, and maybe he has glass embedded in his brain.
Tony thinks, Shit, I’m vulnerable."
"

awkward by penknife and better awkward than pretty (the jealous little sister remix) by igrockspock
Hary Potter
Andromeda and Narcissa Black
I love it when remixes dovetail so perfectly. igrockspock's picked out some lovely little pieces from the original and given us a complimentary picture of Narcissa to put against Andromeda. All we need now is one for Bella as well.

Harry Potter and the enemy within and Harry Potter and the chained souls by theowyn
Warning: character death, description of funeral and grieving.
Snape, Harry/Ginny (mostly pre-ship in part 1) Hermione/Ron

Part 1: Good characterisation for the most part. Snape starts off as being a little too evil, but he soon balances out. Well written prose. I like Harry's indecision and general boyish fail. A fair number of 'oh Harry' moments where you want to grab both him and Snape and make them talk. Does a really good job delving Harry's loneliness, ignorance and despair, post-OotP and the reveal of the prophecy.

Part 2: I liked this part slightly less. Not all of it -- the still growing friendship aspect was very good. The whole Snape/Harry idiot dance was realistic, since neither of them are paticularly good at talking about their feelings. My issue was with the plot: Harry's continuing rashness and lack of paranoia, his constant insistence on disregarding rules and danger. Plus all the adults' continual holding of secrets, even after hints have escaped and Harry has a thread to pull on. You'd expect them to know what he's like by now, instead they tell him, 'don't investigate' then act shocked and angry when he... wait for it, investigates. That said, these are issues I have with the books as well, so really my problem is that the fic is just too IC!

resonance trilogy by greengecko
I had issues with Candide the first time I read this, after reading again, I'm not really sure why, there's nothing wrong with her character. I think I was still a bit too invested in the exclusivity of any Snape/Harry relationship, whether sexual or familial. Either way, this is long and plotty, (really long) Part three is a WIP though. I like the worldbuilding and the magic, I like Harry's powers and the way they tie into the plot. The plots themselves are intriguing and mysterious enough to keep you guessing, and the cast of characters are well fleshed out, whether canon, minor or original.

chivalry by branwyn
Harry, Snape, Luna
Starts off with a slightly nicer Snape than usual, which means the turn from hate to ambivalence is over pretty quick and it's more about the development from like to love. Also boasts a wonderful Luna. Deals quite heavily with the repercussions of Harry's abuse at the hands of the Dursleys. PTSD and self-worth issues and so on. The epilogue... well, it's an eilogue, but it's not nearly as bad as canon.

a history of magic by PrinceEdwin
Harry/Severus [time travel]
This is a good one. The plot is pretty straight forward. Read it for the emotion, all that UST and drama in Harry and Severus' relationship. Nice use of an out-of-chronological-order structure.

fall into charybidis by Nimori
Harry/Severus [incest]
Severitus Slash (Snape is Harry's father, slash) fucked up and hot. Harry is cursed, he needs blood-kin to heal him. Snape is willing to make a deal. Gay chicken ensues.


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
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. Seriously, this is the BEST THING EVER. The lyrics are PERFECT, It's all so on the beat and slick and funny yet creepy and OHMYGOD, Anyone who has ever seen even the tiniest bit of Sherlock has to watch this RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

the adventure
Harry Potter
Neville Longbottom
THE NEVILLE VID I HAVE BEEN WANTING SINCE FOREVER.

in the bullpen yb genusshrike
Avengers
Natasha
NATASHA. ILU. Everything about her is awesome. The song choice is perfect. And that scene with Clint and Loki makes me want ALL THE FUCKED UP THREESOMES. (but mostly NATASHA. YEAH. SHE'S OUR GIRL.)
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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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Festivids Recs

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

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

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

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

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

firework by dogstar
Whip It
Great song choice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

contracts by genusshrike
Wanted
Fast, fun, actioner vid. Quite intense and angsty towards the end, good pacing.
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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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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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AVENGERS 'VERSE + THOR

A kindness repaid by potboy,
Loki, Steve
Not so keen on the rape aspect, but it's only in the first chapter.

Athelas and Chaos war by astolat
Loki/Thor.
BECAUSE THE ANGSTY HOTNESS. I CAN'T BEAR IT.

Ready fire aim by gyzym
Superhusbands! (Steve/Tony). 'COS THEY ARE ADORABLE. Especially oblivious, can't make friends, socially awkward Tony, because he is an awkward puppy and we love him.

holy by indigostohelit
Steve/Tony [au] [hotness]
SO. HOT. Love Steve's naive virginal-ness and Tony is very Tony. Also, hot. SO HOT.

Clint/Darcy - BECAUSE THE SNARK IT MAKES ME SQUEE.
The heart is my least vulnerable spot by waketosleep
Not your mother's alma mater (WIP) by smittywing

Have some bonus Black Widow/Pepper, because, hot:
Badass is Natasha Romanoff's Middle Name by Lunarwolfik and An aching by tsukinofaerii.

This must be what pets are like by cerebel
Loki, Agent Coulson [cat!fic]
LOKI = CAT. OH YES.

Just temporary Ma'am by sutlers
Clint/Darcy
"...but even Jane's multiple fancy degrees couldn't hide the fact that she was fundamentally a Crazy Hot Chick." -- HAHA best description of Jane EVER.

It's electrifying by striped_fic
Clint/Darcy [pitch perfect]

Clint from the Avenger Initiative looked distinctly uncomfortable. "I'm a marksman," he said to the wall behind Jane's shoulder.

Well, that was horseshit. Darcy felt insulted. And a little brainfreezy again; she put down her Slurpee on the filing cabinet behind her. "God, don't be an asshole, Clint. If your superpowers are classified then just say that, don't lie to me."

When she turned around again, he was blushing a little. Actually blushing. "Oh my god," she breathed. "You're not lying, are you? Youareactuallyamarksman," she said in a rush with her hand over her mouth to hide her smile. "That is so lame!"
-- Best Clint/Darcy ever, I love it. The banter, the characterisation. Perfect.


kink meme fill by anon
Fright Night
Jerry/Charley [hotness]
HOT HOT. This is what I wanted the film to be. I know, I have unrealistic expectations.

new dawn fades by omphalos
Doctor Who
Doctor/Master [epic], [pulling on the heartstrings] [hotness] [long!fic] [dark] [intense]
Utterly amazing, kept me up way later than I intended. I know barely anything about Doctor Who canon beyond being able to fit names to a handful of faces, but the characterisation in this was detailed and wonderful, totally swept me up in the story and the emotion. I especially loved the sheer need the Doctor has for the Master. Well, actually I love the Master POV as well, so basically I love all of it!

in a lonely place by flamethrower
Star Wars
Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn [au] [long!fic] [dark] [hotness] [secretly!a!good!guy]
AU where Obi-Wan goes undercover in the Sith to expose Sideous. I'm not all up on Star Wars canon, so there was some wiki/google flailing to place names. But most of it was pretty straightforward. Obi-Wan's cahracterisation was brilliant, all cold and clever and opaque. Lots of nice complex plottings, sexy sex scenes and the really good kind ofhurt/comfort. Nice and long

fish out of water by dark_roast
Veronica Mars [crossover] with Lovecraft
Logan (Logan/Veronica, but she's not there in-person for most of the fic) [interesting idea] [long!fic]
Very good Logan character study wrapped up in a plotty, crazy crossover (he is so broken, my God). Author calls it crack, but the story isn't written in a comic or flippant way. I've only a passing knowledge of Lovecraft and I still got most of the references, and hey, that's what wiki is for. The first chapter throws you into a dream sequence, which I found a bit disorienting (as it's meant to be). But the plot itself is perfectly well structured. I liked the OCs a lot.

missing persons by dsudis
Numb3rs
Charlie/Don [long!fic] [amnesia!fic] [kidnapping!fic] [incest] [intense]
Epic long. Really long, totally ate my weekend. I have no familiarity with canon beyond Charlie being that guy from 10 things and solving crimes in some maths related way, but that was no obstacle. The entire fic is well paced, and maintains tension through the emotional plot as well as the action. It just ratchets right up there. Definitely un-put-downable. Really good twisty look at the incest, no brushing away of the issues. Pretty dark in places, when dealing with the trauma, torture and abuse etc. Fair amount of violence.

metal heart by kartography
How I met your Mother
Robin/Barney [pitch-perfect]
Clever, great Robin voice -- awkward commitment-phobe and how she falls into a relationship anyway. Really really hot sex. Nice sprinkles of humour and banter.

toys by litgal
BTVS
Spike/Xander [bdsm] [d/s] [kidnapping!fic] [dark] [long!fic] [drug use]
Good old fashioned evil Spike. pitiful, needy Xander. Not quite Stockholm syndrome, but not far off. Lots of dub-con manipulation. I'm not so into the practical BDSM stuff, (spanking and kneeling and bindings etc.) so there was a bit more pain than I'd like mixed in with the pleasure. Nice slow build - wallowing in Xander's feelings, his shame, his need. Lots of sex/sexual play. Wasn't so interested once the focus shifted to the rest of the cast, ended up skipping from about 3/4 of the way into the second part. But the fic is loooong.

the sniper at the gates of heaven by JoeLawson
The Losers
Ensemble [interesting idea]
Nice use of the 3rd person Omniscient. Definitely fits the tone of the story, disjointed and sprawling, but also about community. Post apocalyptic setting shows how the Losers deal with the repercussions. I like the Aisha character study that's tied into it as well.


TEEN WOLF
Derek/Stiles

rollover by strofeof_genie
[powerless!kink]
"It's not like either of us planned it to go like that, dude! And it is a terrible idea, pretty much for the reasons that we argued about. I mean, I'm not like you, how can I hope to even - okay, why are you transforming holy shit please stop,"
Mmm, that bit where fear suddenly spikes, but we know it's all wrapped up in arousal and a desperate need to submit but the conscious brain won't let you. Also part three has the absolute best Stiles/Chris conversation EVER. I adore it, it's total payback for all the creepy car breaking Chris does in the show.

Stiles nods, confused and wary and generally accepting. "What are you guys, hunters?" Stiles can't help but ask, and the expression on their face is priceless. Stiles is going to get himself shot one day, probably by these people.

civilian disguise by starbeast.
[ust]
Funny little fic, but such a tease.

the sanctuary by chase_acow
[secretly!a!good!guy] [powerless!kink] [dubcon] [interesting idea]
Takes a little while to really hit its stride, but by the time you reach the cabin it's steady. Has the nice secretly a good guy thing going on, ambiguous on Derek's motivations. Great Stiles voice. I like the AU, interesting set up. Lots of yummy powerless type stuff -- body wanting, brain not quite there yet.

drive carefully and dont forget to fasten your condom by chase_acow
[intoxicated!fic]
This is ADORABLE. and it has drugged wandering hands Stiles, which is awesome. I like the character study of Derek that's slipped in there though, the references to his aimlessness, desperationa nd lonilness

along this road by elandrialore
LOVE THIS. the characterisation is somewhat less angsty than in show. But I love it all the same, the Sheriff pov is wonderful, and the descriptions of Derek are gorgeous.

the pros and cons of freaking out by bumblebee
Pretty hilarious. Stiles having a panic attack, Derek calming him down with kisses and then more. I like Lydia at the end.

bittersweet between my teeth by melfice
Stiles/Derek [intoxicated!fic] [ust] [hotness]
Drugged!Stiles wanting and UST and lots of heat.

WIP by zooeyrye (scroll down for first part)

He doesn’t really want to analyse what the huge teeth marks on his chest mean, either. Knowing that they’ve given he and his dad an extra layer of protection is more than enough for Stiles, and he knows that if he psychoanalyses it further than that, he’s not going to like the unknown territory of Dangerville, which is adjacent to Werewolfville and parallel to Scarytown,

[epic] [magical!bond!fic] [au]
Stiles takes Derek's mark for protection, things progress from there. More serious than most Derek/Stiles usually is. The bond doesn't magically make everything all right. They haven't secretly been lusting after each other for ever. It's a bit of a reversal fic, the bond comes first and the relationship second, it's slow and painful and epic. It all feels very well world-built. Very solid despite branching off into AU territory. I like the darker tone, everyone a bit more ambiguous and complex. The Stiles pov is perfect, tense but still with the edge of Stiles-craziness.

unspoken by sori
Lovely oblivious Stiles and broody monosyllabic Derek. Stiles goes away to college, Derek keeps on turning up.

this is halloween by swingset13
Nightmare before Christmas [crossover-fusion]
Very sweet and I love all the baking.


VIDS

suddenly I see by purplefringe
Firefly
Kaylee/Inara [yummy happy]
I was grinning within moments. I LOVE THIS SHOW. And I love them, I love how easy their relationship is. I just love how much smiling footage there is of these two. Also I very much like the Inara=strawberry and Kaylee's O face. Perfect.

dragula by thedothatgirl
Underworld
Vampires! Werewolves! Guns! Violence! Black leather! ACTIONACTIONMOREACTION! Also a little bit of sex, but mostly ACTION! This is what vampire movies should be about. Screw Twilight.

pack by wistfulfever
Teen Wolf
Derek/Stiles, Jackson/Stiles (Jackson centric)
This show is pure sex. Jackson, his strange fascination with Stiles, Derek, his strange fascination with Stiles... CONNECTED??? Or, just. Watch and enjoy the pretty. (And that awesome music break. YUM)

no one's gonna take me alive by signed_aislynn
I am Number Four
Number Six
Because she was the only good thing in that movie. Or in other words -- Number Six pwns everyone. The end.

El tango de Roxanne by MSQu7
Loki
Loki/Sif, Thor/Sif
Found via [livejournal.com profile] ageless_aislynn's rec. Not a love triangle I'd have thought of, and Loki/Sif isn't a pairing I see easily, but this vid is very persuasive and I'm very impressed by the editing of the show audio. Shame the footage is so dark.

working for a living by thingswithwings
Hustle/Leverage [crossover]
Fun and awesome, I love these shows. All the dressing up and messing around and the MONEY. Very fun and bouncy and awesome.
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what a million girls would kill for by woldy
DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Emily, Miranda, Emily/OFC
Gorgeous. Really nails Emily, all very sharp and bold, with a really strong sense of purpose.

what I wore to the revolution by femslash09
DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Emily/Andy
I love Emily's usual uptight-ness, and I like Andy's confidence here.

never leave a trace by sam_storyteller
WHITE COLLAR
Neal, (Peter/Neal/EL) [prison!fic]
I love the matter of fact darkness in this story, very Neil Gaiman type feel. Seamless integration into the AU.

spies like us by the hoyden
NARUTO
Hatake Kakashi/Umino Iruka [concealed!identity!fic]
Solid writing, works without any knowledge of canon. I love concealed identity fics, so this hits my kink.

by daybreak we'll be gone by storm_petrel
THE LOSERS
Ensemble, Cougar/Jensen [werewolf!fic]
AWESOME. Pack bonds, first impressions and misunderstandings. Very, very awesome.

Werewolves in Groznyy by james
THE LOSERS
Jensen POV Cougar/Jensen, [werewolf!fic]
I like the mention of the pack dynamic in terms of Cougar/Jensen and Clay being Alpha.

early returns by anon
INCEPTION [au]
Arthur/Eames
Newspaper!AU. Love the characterisation and the way the characters fit neatly into their new roles. Love Arthur's POV he's such a stress-pot. The writing has a nice, light, humorous touch.

the understood boundaries of self by guilderland
INCEPTION
Arthur/Eames, [d/s], [hotness], [intense]
the team takes on a job whose mark is into the BDSM lifestyle. they go under with Eames as Arthur's sub, because Arthur is, in real life, a dom. Eames going into sub-space was one of those things that stuck with me for ages after reading. I love the smoothness of this fic. The way it flows and the raw edges of the relationship that get sorted out. Love Eames POV as well, he's adorable in this. But mostly I love the fact that it's super fucking hot.

LEVERAGE

Bad Romance by jendavis
Eliot/Hardison [intoxicated!fic]
I need to watch Leverage one of these days. Lovely messy hot pwp, with some great tense, unsure in-their-headness

chocolate chile and cloves by betty
Hardison/Eliot, Hardison/Parker, Hardison/Eliot/Parker
I like this, I like the twist on handcuffs, hot but with an awareness of YKINMK/triggers. V clever.

the not your teaching tool job by BlackEyedGirl
Asexual!Parker/Hardison/Eliot [asexuality]
Very well done fic. Deals with everyone's reactions to Parker and the misconceptions they have.

sweet time by facetofcathy
Eliot/Hardison
Very sexy, I like the characterisation, Hardison all wound up at the beginning. I like that Eliot takes his time before sex, the very opposite of minimal prep.

the odd jobs series by betty and emeraldwoman
Hardison/Parker, Hardison/Parker/Eliot, [ust]
This series is EPIC. exactly the kind of UST and 'they make me want them through the crazy' that I love. Also a fun job thread running through it. I love how you have Eliot's feelings unfolding slowly, first realising there's something there, then realising it's for both of them, and not wanting to fuck up what they have then realising there might be a way they can all deal. OH OT3 you are win.

your head's a dead tomato splot with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch by Smercy
GEEK LOVE! This is adorable. Hardison introduces Parker and Eliot to the joy of Firefly. SO MUCH LOVE.

SHERLOCK

memorandum by calico
Lestrade/John, John/Sherlock, Lestrade/Sherlock [intense]
Seriously, UST and then hot sex and all this angsty lustful undertone. Fuck me.

the republic of heaven by blind_author's
Sherlock/John [crossover-fusion] with His Dark Materials. WIP
AWESOME OMG. Very long and plotty. But WIP, so going to be even longer! Great characterisation, seamless meshing, not just of the universes, but also of the book and show plots. Perfect characterisation as well. And sexy sexy hot sexiness.

When I look in the mirror I see double by etothepii
[interesting idea]
Mycroft (Anthea)/John
There should be more Mycroft and Anthea in all Sherlock fics ever. Great writing: sharp, well observed and realistic.

I'm also going to rec everything etothepii has done in Sherlock fandom, in particular the BDSM 'verse fics (You need someone, it's easy, everything), the werewolf fics and the HDM crossovers (previously recced).


Other people's recs:

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VIDS

teardrop by thisismycalling
INCEPTION
Mal, ensemble. Constructed narrative pre-film. [au], [epic]
Perfect song choice. Epic and inexorable, amazing build. Very good meld of different sources, feels like a seamless narrative. Love the colour work. I love the emotional build, the laughter and smiles at the beginning and the way it all shatters until we're at film canon.

personal jesus by killabeez
TRUE BLOOD
Ensemble, [interesting idea]
Clever idea, works even better on the second watching. I'm always going to love anything that has Eric/Godric in, but, just very clever lyric/clip matching. Some lovely, 'oh yes, this is what True Blood is' moments. Some nice complex/ugly relationships in there with series three knowledge of Bill/Sookie, and with the whole Maryann part. In fact I love how you get this entirely different spin on each relationship, while they're all fundamentally the same, blood and power.

underground by lim
SHERLOCK
Oh clever. I love that I didn't get what the song was until about half way through and had a sudden OH RIGHT! moment. It is a perfect choice, the song itself, the cover. The editing is sharp. The layering of little hints and glances is awesome. I love the pacing, very quick and energetic.
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TSN
a submission to reason by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [d/s] [hotness]
Mark and Eduardo have this gorgeous D/s dynamic. Deals with Mark's gradual acceptance of the relationship as they go through the setting up of facebook. I love the dreamy blissed out-ness as Mark submits.

you think you've changed your mind by toestastegood
Mark/Eduardo [telepathy!fic]
Mark wakes up with the ability to hear Eduardo's thoughts. It would have been a lot more helpful when they were still talking to each other.
I love how matter of fact Mark is about his new power. In general I love Mark's POV, he's such an angsty, emotionally awkward little puppy. *scrunches*

they smash up in the sky by oflights
Mark/Eduardo [intense]
I adore Mark's characterisation in this. The way he's older and more mature, he's really grown up, but at the same time he's still Mark, still emotionally awkward, but just more aware of it now. there's a great tension to the whole fic, thanks to Mark's angsty POV, which is totally awesome. I usually dislike Eduardo being in the wrong, but it works very well here, this is a set up I can buy into. His reaction to Mark is neatly tied into his own hangups. For all his apparent open-ness, he does have these serious issues. But then, he's till Wardo, he's still utterly in love with Mar, and bouncy and adorable. "Eduardo’s eyes get wide, and then he’s beaming, the only person in the world who could respond to a sexual proposition like you’ve offered him a basket of kittens and rainbows and candy."

tongue tied and twisted
by restlesspuppy
TSN RPF
Jesse/Andrew
Adorable and gorgeous. Short. I'm not usually one for RPF but this is v sweet.


WHITE COLLAR
let it carry us somewhere unreachable by cold_feets
Neal and El
Absolutely gorgeous little tag to ep 1.10. I love stoned Neal, and I love the El POV here, caring and lovely.

the rehabilitated con con china_shop
Neal/Peter/Elizabeth
Love it, the UST, the pervasive sense of longing. I like the dynamics of the threesome: Neal getting in over his head, Peter wanting but being restrained by his ethics, Peter and El as a team, El being careful and in control of the situation. Definitely the most believable OT3 set up I've read.

SHERLOCK
ain't seen the sunshine and sequel snowflakes like dust in the sun by eleanor k
John/Lestrade [au]
Awesome AU with John as Sherlock and Mycroft's nanny. The first part is sort of a retelling of Hound of the Baskervilles. Love the characterisation of EVERYBODY. Deft and funny. Convincing AU. Also, Lestrade and John have in-universe blogs! Mixed media style awesome. except maybe I should call it meta awesome? viral marketing awesome except for fic? IDEK. Awesome.

In the land of the blind by entangled_now
Sherlock/John [apoca!fic]
Wonderful characterisation, great tense-but-dreamy atmosphere. Very clever plot.

through which I run by garryowen and talitha78 made a gorgeous vid to go with. There's also a yummy picspam at the end of the fic.
AMAZING GRACE
Pitt/Wilberforce
The style of writing takes a moment to get into, but once in it flows very nicely. I really like Wilberforce's POV, so much adoration and love.

in the kitchen with a killer by whomever
RED EYE
Jackson/Lisa [ust]
UST, danger, risk. Perfect little fic for the two of them

original slash recs @ my lj


META

on slash
"Slash was the only genre of literature I had ever found that followed the characters into bed and back out of it; that investigated and demonstrated how the people they were outside of bed were connected to the people they were in bed; that modeled how to be with someone in everyday life, go to bed with them, and then wake up next to them and continue everyday life with them."


VIDS

white blank page by lovestories
TSN Mark/Eduardo
Emotional and angsty, great build. Perfect lyric choice. Did they write the song for Mark/Eduardo?!

VidUKon write up @ my lj
Contains many vidrecs, as well as panel write ups (i.e., meta on vidding)
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HP
the hero of her own story by igrockspock
[character study]
Great portrait of Narcissa after Voldemort's fall, scrambling to save her family without losing face.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


VIDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ART

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

and, very useful, searchable database thingy: is it a fuck yeah?
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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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dot dot dot by silviakundera
TVD
Stefan/Damon
He's not a boy that you can change
OH GOD DAMON ILU. Also Sincest is canon, guys, don't deny.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


META


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

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

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