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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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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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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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this scar is named john mcclane by basingstoke
(part 1 and part 3 are my favourites)
Die Hard
Zeus/John
IDEK. This is hilarious I think I died. And Zeus' voice is spot on, it's great.

hellfire by norgbelulah
Justified
Raylan, Boyd [intoxicated!fic] [friendship]
This is amazing, I love the backstory. Boyd is brilliant, perfectly IC. I love his insight into their relationship.

redeemed and summoned by name by on_any_ledge
Justified
Raylan/Boyd [intoxicated!fic] [hotness]
So hot.

I Read on a Hillside Gravestone: The Sweetest Thing You Ever Heard by norgbelulah
Justified
Boyd (/) Raylan
I love this, it's understated, but there's a lot of emotion running through it. Really great Boyd.

our bones are broken still by firefly_crush
TVD
Katherine/Klaus/Elijah
Really gorgeous. I love the dynamics of the relationship, but most especially the way there's a brilliant character study of Katerina/Katherine running through it all.

shelter by passe_simple
Jesse/Andrew RPF Shelter![AU]
MOST GOERGOUS ADORABLE FIC EVER, the emotional tied up in knots that Jesse does, the neuroses and the stress, and Edaurdo's utter adorableness and the hot sex. UNF. I really love the characterisation, everyone's got flaws, everyone fucks things up in their own little ways, it's so gorgeous and human

upon the heath by ohnvm
TSN
Mark/Eduardo [intense]
Definite emotional kick here. Leaves you feeling all fluttery and breathless.

buyer's remorse by silviakundera
TSN
Sean, Eduardo/Mark
Sean's characterisation is just awesome, self centred and crazy and basically adorable. Love the outsider pov on Eduardo and Mark

the oldest game by anon
Sherlock
Mycroft/Lestrade [hooker!au] [dubcon]
My rec is this: me doing the mycroft/lestdrade dance, me doing the hooker!fic dance Me doing the dubcon, secret identity dance. Me doing the all my kinks are getting hit dance. This fic caused a lot of dancing, is what I'm saying.

learn to wear each other well by sinuous curve.
Sherlock
Mycroft/Lestrade [pitch perfect]
Hot, sexy, yummy tense build to the ship. Great characterisation, Mycroft, being all intelligent and awesome, but still akward with the whole other-people thing. Best of all though, is the prose, word choice is gorgeous and rich, but never enough to lose you in description. Perfect balance.

call me by his name by sinouous_curve
XMFC
Erik/Charles [emotional kick]
Hot and delicate and lots of gorgeous twisty emotional drama. I love the way Charle's POV is brought to life. The angst and pain of the injury, the repercussions, the blame, is put centre stage in a way that's very honest and real. They're gorgeous and so crushingly tragic.

enjoying an indifferent domescity by sinuous_curve
XMFC
Charles/Erik
Crazy hot. Love the look into Charles' psyche. The hold s_c has on the characters is phenomenal, all that thinkiness and super hot sex as well? Wowza.

ready for the deepest by iphignia939
XMFC
Irene/Raven [au]
This is gorgeous. I'd recomend reading the other Irene AUs [livejournal.com profile] iphignia939's written, to get an idea of the character, but it porbably works as a standalone/with comic book knowledge. I really like her outsider's perspective on Erik. And I like the thinkiness on what it would be like to be precognitive.

just a face on a train bykatheryne
Spiderman
Gen, [outsider pov]
kinda adorable. And hey, ffnet, good can come from the pit of despair, whoda thunk? I was all teary eyed by the end. TOO ADORABLE. I WANT TO WATCH SPIDERMAN ALL OVER AGAIN.

one sister have I in our house by astro_knight
Discworld
Esme Weatherwax
Yes to this forever. wonderful character study, Lily and Esme and who she is. Love it.

tomorrow belongs to me by valtyr
Captain America
Steve/Tony [epic]
Epic and wonderful. Just go read it


Thor

Everything by astolat, LOTS OF YUMMY DUB CON. ALSO, WIN.

my body is a cage by walks by herself
Loki/Thor [au]
I like how Loki is a lot more stable in this. The lack of lies in his upbringing, knowing his place, still him, still clever and tricky and angsty but not so fucked up and bitter.

shatter by Aria
Loki/Thor
Been recced all over and with good cause, it's a gorgeous Loki POV character study. I like the gen beginning the ship is good, but it's all about Loki really.

stitch by illwynd
Loki/Steve
AW, Steve is so damn epic. I like the treatment of the stitches. Very painfully real.

can't go back the same way you came by pellucere Loki gen [pulling on the heartstrings]
Lovely character study, is effectively what Avengers could be had Loki chosen humility not pride. I WISH THIS WAS CANON. Nice slow build, Loki is coming from a very cold, broken and sad place.

telephone by anon
Loki, Cap, Thor [adorkable]
I'm a sucker for Loki/Cap in any incarnation. But this is super good, great voices, lovely incomprehensible Loki. And a very yummy bewildered adorable Cap POV.

“I’m not even going to bother anymore,” he tells Clint, once he can properly move his jaw again. Clint looks at him and nods in something almost like sympathy.

“I’ve found that’s a good philosophy. You know, in general,” he agrees. “Now quit moving around while I set you on fire.”


sigyn (binding is not punishment) and ragnarok (release tips the balance) by Aria
Darcy/Loki [epic] [fuck yeah]
Darcy = Sigyn. Stop, just... bask in that for a moment. DARCY= SIGYN. If that doesn't make you die from the awesome I don't know what will. Also, it's got a bit of a Joker/Harlequin flavour and I love it.


ART

lokiscan from camilladilla
loki manip by kisago - this is how manips should be done.

Just go follow everything fornax draws. (Plus bonus genderswap Black Widow (is Paul Bettany)).

how to train your dragon by baruyon - AAWWWW
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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:

[community profile] kink_finders -- Regularly updated, posts are commented to by lots of people, multifandom (bandom and rpf usually well represented, also due South and SGA)

[community profile] bestthingever -- Latest and greatest fics, mutlifandom

[community profile] fancake -- Themed recs, multifandom


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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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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MASSSIVE POTTER RECS POST

Some real OLDIES in here. This is more a summary of some of my favourite things in Potter fandom, than recent recs. It's all these old links from years ago that I had in my bookmarks and I decided to move here instead.

If you've been in Potter fandom for a while, chances are you've already read a lot of these, but even so, it's always fun to go back and revisit!

My tastes tend to run with a Slytherin slant, mostly slash: HP/SS or HP/DM, or femslash. However there are some gen and het in there as well.

ON TO THE RECS

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