[identity profile] rise-your-dead.livejournal.com
Day 17 - A short fic


Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Fic Title: Fur
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mahaliem
Link: http://oxoniensis.livejournal.com/394717.html?thread=21907677#t21907677
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 (Porn Battle fic; includes rough sex and explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama/Smut/Stream of Conscious
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: "Some nights I dream I'm back in the cupboard". This manages to be erotic, claustrophobic, and pulse-pounding in so short a time, and focuses on Belle's emotions after marriage, after they've all been transformed back, and how it relates to her attitude toward the marriage bed. Written for Porn Battle several years ago, this still sticks with me as being impactful and erotic, all in under 300 words.

Plus More in A Mighty Wind, The African Queen, Adventures of Brisco County Jr., The Little Mermaid, Burn Notice, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Hairspray, Evil Dead Series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Venture Brothers, The Secret Garden, The Addams Family (Movies), Moonlighting and Caroline in the City )
[identity profile] rise-your-dead.livejournal.com
* Day 01 - A fic for your current favorite ship.

Fandom Category: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Barney Stinson/Robin Scherbatsky
Fic Title: Taking Chances
Author: [livejournal.com profile] buckbeakbabie
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Mature for sexual content
Genre: Romance, Humor, AU
WIP?: yes (first of a possibly unfinished series).

Why This Must Be Read: Just when I thought I could leave this fandom behind, season 6 happened. So I poured through all of my favorite classic pieces: "Metal Heart", and this one, an AU in which Robin is the one to devirginize Barney. It's HILARIOUS, IC, and sexy all at once

Three more in Burn Notice and Days of Our Lives and, plus three Fairy Tale recs! )
[identity profile] kaylle.livejournal.com
These are all crossovers between two or more fandoms. I decided to just group them into one post instead of breaking them down, especially since they have a lot of fandoms in common.

Several crossovers in several fandoms (X-Files, The Matrix, Gargoyles, Beauty and the Beast, Batman: The Animated Series, Lois and Clark) )

I think that's the official end of my special-reccing month. Thanks for having me! It was really fun :) I have a few more stories I would like to recommend over the next few weeks, I just ran out of time.

P.S. Mods, I don't think there's a tag for The Matrix or Trinity/Neo.
[identity profile] kaylle.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (TV show)
Pairing: Catherine Chandler/Vincent Wells
Fic Title: O Never Star / I Shall Emerge
Author: Becky Bain
Link: O Never Star (part 1, part 2) / I Shall Emerge
Rating/Warning(s): PG/PG-13
Genre: Drama, romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 20/20

Why This Must Be Read: Catherine escapes from Gabriel's prison, determined to save her unborn child even if it means fleeing New York and losing all contact with everyone she has ever known.

This is always the Beauty and the Beast story I remember best. I'm always fascinated with how resourceful Cathy is, desperate to save herself and her child, unable to leave any trace for Gabriel to follow. The story of her survival -- the loneliness, the constant fear, the overwhelming love for her child and the longing for Vincent-- is really compelling.
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Pairing: Catherine Chandler/Vincent Wells
Fic Title: Take Me Home
Author: Lea
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Unrated; reccer's rating PG-13.
Genre: amnesia, first times, romance
WIP?: No; 13,800 words.

Why This Must Be Read: This is my last special rec for the month so I decided to go with the first fan fiction I loved enough to bookmark on del.icio.us and I've read it several times over the years — a feel good read, if you will. BATB fandom seems to adore the amnesia trope and so do I (it also helps that a lot of amnesia is canon) but most of the time Vincent is the victim and Catherine assists him in remembering his life and her. Lea turns the tables by setting up a plausible scenario in which Catherine is the one with amnesia and has turned her private dreams into a reality for ten days. A wonderfully romantic AU that hits the spot for a bit of all genres.

Special Recs: 25/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Pairing: Catherine Chandler/Vincent Wells
Fic Title: How Could I Forget Thee?
Author: Lea
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Unrated; reccer's rating R.
Genre: amnesia, first times, romance
WIP?: No. 38,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: The angsty joy of this fic is second to none. It follows the canon of seasons one and two and borrows the pregnancy and amnesia elements of season three but otherwise it's a SND (she's not dead) fic that is one of the most satisfying that I've had the please to read repeatedly. Vincent's amnesia is difficult for everyone Below but Catherine deals with it gracefully but she doesn't do so without sadness, melancholy, and wistfulness. Vincent's attraction to the new member of the community frightens and intrigues him while his friends and family are delighted even as they keep Catherine's secret. This is one of my favorites because the reader gets to experience Vincent falling in love with Catherine all over again.

Special Recs: 04/25
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/spyglass_/
I have fallen horribly behind on my reccing! My apologies. Reality got in my way. I'm on my way to catching up now :) As a bonus, a fic that just popped up on my flist tonight.


Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Prince Adam
Fic Title: Love is the Prerogative of the Brave
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tosca1390
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 19/31

Why This Must Be Read: A story that looks at Belle and Adam after he transforms back into the prince. This fic is wonderful in both its simplicity and its insights. Quite a few standout lines, but none more than the final one.
[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Gaston
Fic Title: Picture This
Author: TrudiRose
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2831327/1/Picture_This
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, n/a
Genre: humor, angst, romance, Harlequin
WIP?: complete, ~125,000 words

Why This Must Be Read:
Picture this: a sheltered young woman finds herself wooed by a spoiled young man who appears at first glance to be a jerk, but proves to have hidden depths. Can she get over her initial bad impression and learn to love him?  Sounds like a romance novel, doesn't it? Or even the plot of Beauty and the Beast? What it actually is, is the plot of this fabulous story of how Belle and Gaston both grow up a bit (okay, Gaston grows up a lot) and learn to love each other as they are, not as they would wish each other to be.

I'll admit it, I only started reading this novel because it was huge and because the idea intrigued me. Man am I glad I did! TrudiRose does a brilliant job with this fic, from the writing (spot-on, with clever twists on canon dialogue), to the backstory (no Beast, but every character in town has a history, even if we don't get all of the details of each one), to the characterizations.

Characterizations: Disney's movie is good for what it is, but it is still directed for children and, as such, is very black and white. Trudi's fic is geared towards adults and thus she plays in shades of grey. Belle isn't perfect, for one thing. Even in the movie she's biased against those who don't read (and remember, in this time period the vast majority of the populous would be illiterate) and she is distinctly unimpressed with everyone in the village. Gaston, on the other hand, isn't completely worthless. He's a brilliant hunter and, yes, while he brags shamelessly, this does mean that he has a knowledge and familiarity with the forest that not many people can match. He also never backs down from a challenge and is highly loyal (even if he hasn't yet learned how to demonstrate that loyalty). Most importantly, he isn't a sociopath (as he clearly is in the movie).

Ahem. Anyway, by going deeper into Belle and Gaston's characters, Trudi succeeds in making both of them much more human and likeable.  I found myself totally invested in their rocky but burgeoning relationship, from Belle's attempts to turn Gaston into a great reader to Gaston's discovery that being nice makes him even *more* popular. By the end of the story, I was a little in love with Gaston myself and Belle has learned far more about understanding differences than she ever learned in the movie.

TrudiRose started this enormous undertaking with a simple idea: would it be possible to plausibly write a romance between Belle and Gaston? The answer is a resounding *yes*!
[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Fic Title: A Man of Stature
Author: TrudiRose
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2068539/1/A_Man_of_Stature
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, n/a
Genre: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
WIP?: completed, ~50,000 words

Why This Must Be Read:
First, I should note that this is a sequel to a fic called Just Rewards, which I'm not reccing. This fic stands alone, but if you want to read Just Rewards, you can find it on TrudiRose's profile. For a simple summary of the plot:

In Just Rewards the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

TrudiRose has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.
[identity profile] miss-izzles.livejournal.com
Fandom Category:   Disney's Beauty And The Beast
Pairing:   Belle / Prince Adam   
Fic Title:   Changes
Author:   TrudiRose
Link:   http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1925007/1/Changes
Rating/Warning(s):   K
Genre:   Romance
WIP?:  No

Why This Must Be Read:   I'm not usually a reader of Disney fanfiction; there's some very OOC stuff.  But this is very well written and explores both character's reaction to his transformation.  It's sweet, it's realistic, it's romantic and feels like a continuation of the movie. 


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