Fanfic recs

Discussion in 'Fan Town' started by swirlingflight, May 29, 2015.

  1. swirlingflight

    swirlingflight inane analysis and story spinning is my passion

    Speaking of fan fiction, I don't see a dedicated fic rec thread yet! I browsed this forum and checked in search; if I missed one, please reply so I can delete this and switch threads.

    Lately I've been in a major crossover mood, especially where elements of one canon are fused into another to make an AU. In particular:

    "An Unexpected Pilgrimage" on AO3 by lindoreda
    FFX setting / The Hobbit characters
    In which the characters of the Hobbit in a very closely parallel setting to that of FFX. Gandalf brings Bilbo out of the protected Shire to help Summoner Thorin in his quest to bring down Sin. A few of the swaps utterly delighted me, and while the /direction/ of their journey usually mimics that of the game, their reasons and resources sometimes don't.

    "Daemorphing" on AO3 by Poetry
    Animorphs / His Dark Materials, specifically the daemons of HDM.
    The first few stories more closely parallel the books, with the relevant difference that daemons make. The variance increases through the books, especially making some of the characters sidelined in the books more prominent and contributive to the plot.

    "Love Is All You Need To Destroy Your Enemies" on AO3 by shadydave
    Welcome to Night Vale / Dresden Files mix
    In which "Carlos the scientist" is a cover identity for Carlos Ramirez, Warden and Wizard. It is fun, full of the sorts of details that bring the combined tone of the canons to life, and tragically not yet complete. I particularly like the humor, the references, and how it connects certain mysteries of the WTNV setting.

    "Wizards in Winter" on AO3 by vibishan
    Calvin & Hobbes / Young Wizards Series.
    Yes, that Calvin, on errantry. It's a fun mix of kid logic, playing around, and philosophy that's really appropriate to both canons. I love it so much.. Short but sweet.

    "Shadow of the Shire" on AO3 by esama
    The Hobbit setting&characters / Assassin's Creed inspiration
    In which the safety of the Shire is partly due to the vigilance of the Rangers outside, and partly to a secretive order of hobbits that most know nothing about, including Belladonna Baggins. Takes place mostly over a decade or two around the Fell Winter, focused on Bilbo (and eventually a dwarf he rescues---not Thorin.) I like how plausible I find the existence of such an order and how it's fit into the world of the story.

    "Shadows in Starlight" on by Vathara
    Ruruoni Kenshin / Star Wars mix
    In which the setting of RK is made into a recently re-discoveree Rim World of the Star Wars setting, settled and lost thousands of years before, with an unusually high number of locals strong with the Force and their own practices regarding it. Follows an Obi Wan who only faked his death to follow Qui Gon's cryptic advice to go there. It takes a lot of bits and pieces from both canons, tossing out details that don't fit, to make an enjoyable hodgepodge of conflicting ideals and methods. Obi Wan's presence adds as many complications as benefits for the RK crew, so it doesn't significantly overbalance things in their favor.
    Also explores a few of the tropes Vathara uses a lot: different and conflicting interpretations of honor, expedience, and loyalty. If this is of interest, I can also happily chat about Vathara's "Embers" ATLA fic or the RK/ Gargoyles fic or the RK/Bleach fic...
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  2. Acey

    Acey no foot tall against the wall

    I can only think of one right now, but here goes.

    Untimely Ripped: Homestuck. Gen/family fic, focused on Aradia and Damara. Humanstuck. Based on a kink meme prompt I myself posted. Warning for suicide (as a major, integral theme) and some very frank discussion of severe depression. Very sad, but ultimately very hopeful as well.
    Aradia and Damara are sisters. Six months ago, Damara killed herself, causing Aradia to fall into a depression of her own.

    That is, until she buys a used spellbook on a whim and discovers a spell for resurrecting those who died before their time.

    In a fit of desperation, she goes for it. Much to her surprise, it works. Everything should be fine, right?

    There's just one problem: Damara really doesn't want to be back.
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  3. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    To The Stars on and AO3 by Hieronym
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica, post-series. In the 25th century. mankind encounters another alien race, one a bit less open to negotiations.
    Ongoing, currently half a million words. Updates monthly.

    This one manages to spoil the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones season 1 in its very title.
    Ned Stark Lives by cbstevp
    ASoIaF AU: Stark makes it out of King's Landing intact. Which is not to say that everything is better.
    Two "books" complete, each at half a million words, a third ongoing, currently at 390,000. Updates every few weeks.

    Inter Nos on by ethnewinter
    Mai-Hime/Otome. General Shizuru Fujino, patrician senator, the Red Eyed Conqueror, rumored to be a child of Jupiter, gets tasked with defending the Senate and People of Hime from the northern empire of the Mentulae.
    Ongoing, currently a million words, updates very slowly if not on unannounced hiatus. Also kind of ooc in some places.
    Last edited: May 30, 2015
  4. winterykite

    winterykite Non-newtonian genderfluid

    It takes a village (or sometimes an army) by Azzandra
    Girl Genius
    In which Agatha is raised by the Jäger in Mechanicsburg without a Spark-surpressing locket. Shenanigans ensue (and politics)

    The Naked Quidditch Match by Evilgoddss (not as nsfw as it may sound like)
    Harry Potter
    Fred and George lost a game of magical truth or dare, and the Gryffindor team now has to play their next game nude. The team tries to cope (and to refrain from murdering the twins), and the school is abuzz. Told through a series of e-mail like messages.

    Rose: Beta Karkat's fic by mercurialMalcontent
    Karkat wrote a piece of fiction, and asks Rose to beta it.
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  5. Lissiel

    Lissiel Dreaming dead

  6. Beldaran

    Beldaran 70% abuse and 30% ramen

    Ha. I was just thinking, future generations of homestucks who read the story all at once are going to see the truly absurd amount of pale GamKar fic and just boggle.
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  7. Starcrossedsky

    Starcrossedsky Burn and Refine

    Okay I'm finally here and able to do thing.

    First I should say that I at one point assembled a reclist for Homestuck nostalgia fics that got around tumblr fairly well. I'll also happily second Daemorphing up there.

    Then there's my obligatory Tales of the Abyss fanfic recs, which probably everyone has read by now in that fandom anyway but whatever. Nezach is a canon divergence midgame and a marvelous dose of comfort fic. Reflections (Not complete on AO3, for some reason idk what the author is doing???) is a much earlier divergence, and a full game AU.

    Then on another note, I've got one Kingdom Hearts rec, which I'm not biased about at all (I was the wall the author threw things at to make them stick). (i don't need you to) Worry for Me is a Birth By Sleep era AU, Vanitas-centric, which I should warn comes with some child abuse warnings.
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  8. emythos

    emythos Lipstick Hoarding Dragon

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  9. Aniseed

    Aniseed Well-Known Member

    I feel a little embarrassed to link a Glee fanfic (it was a guilty pleasure show of mine up through the 3rd season when it went to hell), but this is one of my Fave Fanfics Of All Time :

    It's a 10-parter and semi-long, and I don't think it really requires much knowledge of the show, the characterization is pretty blatant as is and it diverges from show plot very very quickly. Also it's femslash with feels, which is the way to get me to like any fanfic.
  10. a tiny mushroom

    a tiny mushroom the tiniest

    I have this fantastic, "What if someone from our world ended up in Thedas?" fic. Like it actually tackles issues of the person not speaking the language, looking completely out of place, etc. It's also hella long, but it's really good! And I know it's tagged "Explicit" but there' literally only one very short sex scene in one of the later chapters.
  11. An Actual Bird

    An Actual Bird neverthelass, Brid persisted, ate third baggel

    I feel a bit silly reccing one of @Vast Derp's fics here but all the corpses stare back is one of my favourite HS fics of all time and the one that really made me love Damara. It's gruesome and horrifying and perfect.
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  12. Nochi

    Nochi small waterfall of pure void

    I don't remember if I posted these in the other thread so here they are

    The Spirit of Redemption by Myetel; Mass Effect
    Very, very long Mass Effect AU set after the second game. TONS of (very well-done) OCs, is more about the Mass Effect universe as a whole than individual characters. I often legitimately forget it is not canon. (I choose to believe ME3 was a fever dream Shep had and then she woke up and this happened.) Gets very Babies Ever After, and if you're like me you'll be polyshipping everybody halfway through, but is an overall enjoyable read. Touches on stuff like sexual violence and gender issues (mainly wrt the asari, natch), but basically all of the targeted violence is about what species they are/what species they're sleeping with. (Which I tended to take as massive metaphors, personally.)

    Boys by Casey V.; Kingdom Hearts
    Warnings: Rose-tinted 90's nostalgia, boy/boy situations, the use and abuse of several cliches, excessive presence of flannel, Riku driving, Sora expressing badass-ocity, grungerock, recreational drug use and references to stoner culture, language, conveniently placed trees, cheerleaders in glitter makeup, people who know the alma mater, teenagers,smoking in the boys' room, fistfighting in the boys' room, and more to be added, probably.

    It's a high school AU, but in the 90s! HSAUs are already a guilty pleasure of mine, and it's SO HARD to find well-done ones. This is exceedingly well done, however, and in-character and lovely. Features Axel/Roxas and Sora/Riku, as well as a few other pairings mentioned in passing. A few OCs, but they're not at all the focus; mostly family members that went unmentioned/unnamed in the games. Lord knows the KH cast doesn't need padding.

    Field Reports from Agent Gandalf: Operation Dragon by Snapdragonroar; The Hobbit
    Did you read Shoebox Project? (You should have.) Do you remember the letters and the notes passed during class? This is that, but with Gandalf and Saruman, basically narrating the events of The Hobbit. Many, many giggles had. So far includes The Hankerchief Files and the start of The Durin's Day Files.

    An Avalanche of Detour Signs by gyzym; BBC Sherlock
    (seriously, I'm gonna make one more specific rec but she's fantastic) "In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life,runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order." It's got sex scenes, one of which is uncomfortable-by-design, and mentions of violence. It's been a while since I read this one, so apologies if there's anything glaring I didn't mention.

    Rumor Has It by gyzym; Glee
    There's a long author's note beforehand that explains her reasons for writing it and includes some warnings. Santana-centric, set after the episode "MashUp". I haven't watched Glee in years so I'm just going to assume this is canon.
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  13. secretidentityman

    secretidentityman New Member

    Am I allowed to solicit fanfic recs of a specific nature here? Cause i have a hankering for Peixes-focused political dramas.
  14. swirlingflight

    swirlingflight inane analysis and story spinning is my passion

    I think rec requests are fair game!
  15. Aondeug

    Aondeug Cringe Annoying Ass Female Lobster

    Bumping this thread with a reminder for jumpingjacktrash to recommend Stucky fics. Also thank you in advance!
  16. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    @Aondeug here is my extremely full bookmark folder if you want to dig thru it yourself:✓&bookmark_search[sort_column]=created_at&bookmark_search[relationship_ids][]=110293&bookmark_search[other_tag_names]=&bookmark_search[query]=&bookmark_search[rec]=0&bookmark_search[with_notes]=0&commit=Sort+and+Filter&user_id=JumpingJackFlash

    i might make a project of going over my bookmarks myself tomorrow, but if i give it more than a cursory look rn i'm going to end up rereading stuff and be up all night. :D so i'll just give you one very-fav0rite to start out with:

    4 Minute Window
    "Look, if they catch me," Bucky muttered, "they're either going to kill me or they're going to put me in a box with a little window and—Steve, I can't."

    espionage and friendship and romance and competence. tightly plotted and very in-character. i'm not sure what your tastes are, but this is my jelly.
  17. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    here's another of my favorites:

    the second law series by coldhope

    one 65k word masterpiece, and then a little followup with the avengers being buddies. although it's a stucky fic, it's not so much a shippy fic as a fic about friendship and recovery and hope, in which bucky's relationship with steve is part of those things. it makes me happy every time i read it.
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  18. TheSeer

    TheSeer 37 Bright Visionary Crushes The Doubtful

    Uh. So, @jacktrash, you posted a tumblr thing requesting fic recs. I don't have tumblr, but pale davekat written after the reveal of quadrant ambiguity is in fact a power I possess. I suppose it doesn't count as a rec to show someone your own work, but.

    Skaia Sleeps Tonight

    Though it's not finished yet. I know some people strongly prefer not to read unfinished fic, so I guess I should mention that.
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  19. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    tabbed it, thank you muchly! pale davekat is so hard to find, omg.
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  20. WithAnH

    WithAnH Space nerd

    @TheSeer I am in love with your fic. Just thought you should know.
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