[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII/Advent Children
Pairing: Tifa Lockhart/Cloud Strife, Aerith Gainsborough/Zack Fair
Fic Title: Swan Song
Author: Horky
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4494049/1/Swan-Song
Rating/Warning(s): Teen. Angst, major character death.
Genre: AU. Romance/Tragedy.
WIP?: No. Completed MC.

Why This Must Be Read: Imagine a world very similar to Final Fantasy VII, except bloodlines were muddled up a generation ago, and Tifa Lockhart is born with the ability to see how the people around her will die. Life goes about as well as you can imagine, with her preknowledge hanging over her head, until a whirlwind of strangers make her care about them and try even harder to change destiny.

I love the world-building and the doomed, haunted feel of the story -- just perfect for this plot. The romance is slow and believable, and Tifa and her three supporting characters are treated with such great respect. It is a treat to spot the differences and the similarities.

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[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
It's already October 2nd where I am in the world, so I'm just going to go ahead and start reccing.

Day 1: A fic for your current favourite ship.

Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Aerith Gainsborough/Zack Fair
Fic Title: Love and Kisses, Aerith
Author: [livejournal.com profile] obabscribbler
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4135090/1/Love-and-Kisses-Aerith
Rating/Warning(s): T. Implied character death, violence
Genre: Angst/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: The basic premise of this fic is a missing moment that spans the four years that Aerith spent writing letters to her missing boyfriend. There's something remarkable about how richly textured this fic is; though only one half of the couple is actually present, the reasons they worked, their dynamics come through perfectly. I think my single favourite thing about this story is the deft way [livejournal.com profile] obabscribbler wove memories just chock-full of emotion in between the strained optimism Aerith tries to hold onto.
[identity profile] super-tricie341.livejournal.com
5 Multifandom AU recs (because that's how I roll).

Fandom Category: X-Men (movie-verse)
Pairing: Jean Grey/Scott Summers
Fic Title: How the Leopard Changed Her Spots
Author: Minisinoo
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1647028/1/HOW_THE_LEOPARD_CHANGED_HER_SPOTS
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13
Genre: AU, Power swap
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: So this is the 3rd time I've rec'd Min's work on this comm I regret nothing! but this fit so well with the current challenge that I couldn't NOT rec it. This is a power swap AU of X-Men 1 so everyone (except Professor X) has someone else's power. In this story Jean has Mystique's mutation and fights on Magneto's side, while Scott has Cypher's mutation, which allows him to learn, understand, and speak any kind of language (e.g. spoken language, body language, computer language, etc.). He's also deaf. It is so, so fascinating to see how these fundamental changes in mutation/ability shape both Jean and Scott. They're so different to their canon counterparts, but at the same time, the core of each of these characters remains. It includes an excellent and sensitive portrayal of living with a hearing disability, as well as a rousing and impassioned defense of diversity, tolerance, and compassion delivered by Scott to the Senate during the hearing about the Mutant Registration bill. So. Good. Go read it! Now!

Four more recs from FFVII, Twilight, and Sailor Moon )

May I have a Yuffie/Vincent tag, please? And I guess an Ami Mizuno/OC tag since that got 2 recs. OC pairing tags for Makoto Kino, Minako Aino, and Rei Hino would be lovely but not necessary.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Tifa Lockhart x Cloud Strife
Fic Title: Stick Figures
Author: ellumina
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5113820/1/Stick_Figures
Rating/Warning(s): G/None
Genre: AU, General, Romance
WIP?: Completed

Why This Must Be Read: This is one of those adorable quick fixes that I always come back to when I need pick-me-up fandom-style. I love Cloud's characterization as this reserved, yet quietly protective big brother figure and Tifa as the elusive stick figure drawing on Marlene's paper. It's such a cute, original set-up that you can't help but smile by the time you've finished reading.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Yuffie Kisaragi x Cloud Strife
Fic Title: Legs
Author: Niamh13
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5201170/1/Legs
Rating/Warning(s): R/Sex, swearing.
Genre: Romance, Drama, a smidgeon of angst and humor
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Sexiest Clouffie fic I've read. Mind you, though, this is not just some rush-job PWP. It contains enough drama and emotional heft for it to stand out on solid writing alone.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Marlene x Denzel
Fic Title: etched pathways
Author: xoVanilla-Bean
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5326602/1/etched_pathways
Rating/Warning(s): G/None
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Despite this being classified as a Denzel/Moogle Girl fic, I'm reccing it as Denzel/Marlene because it's mostly written from their side of the triangle. I love that the angst is underplayed through the simple poignancy of their interactions. The author's depiction of them as teenagers is one of the most believable I've come across in the section as well.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Elena x Reno
Fic Title: tattered cinderella
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5355395/1/tattered_cinderella
Rating/Warning(s): PG-15/Mature themes
Genre: Romance, Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Angsty as it is, I love that there's a spark of hope at the end despite the heartbreak. Reno steps into the role of an unrequited lover and has rarely written as such finer.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Elena x Rude
Fic Title: maybe tomorrow i'll find my way home
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5355419/1/maybe_tomorrow_ill_find_my_way_home
Rating/Warning(s): PG/Character Death
Genre: Angst, Tragedy
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: I've mentioned in some of my earlier posts that there isn't enough Rude POV going on in the FFVII fandom; there's even less so in the shipping part. Not only does Mitsuki show that these two can make a good couple, she also has Rude at his best.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Elena x Reno
Fic Title: imitating a clumsy staccato
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5355496/1/imitating_a_clumsy_staccato
Rating/Warning(s): PG-15/Slight mature themes
Genre: Romance, AU
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: Whimsical romance at its best. Highly recommended if you like working-day slice-of-life AUs where both parties are adorably in-character.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Elena x Reno
Fic Title: matchgirl
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5355506/1/matchgirl
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/Character Death
Genre: AU, Romance, Tragedy
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: A beautiful take on the classic story with a couple that's one of the least likely to fit the script. Stunning prose and exquisite imagery make for a great read.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Elena x Reno
Fic Title: irrevocable
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5402414/1/irrevocable
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/None
Genre: Angst
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: It's a break-up fic but the beauty of the writing has you wanting these two to get back together. Also, third-person Rude POV is rarely utilized as well as it is here.
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Rufus Shinra x Elena
Fic Title: roulette
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5969976/1/roulette
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13/None
Genre: General
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: In a word, it's steamy. The word choice is exquisite and centered on a sadly under-featured couple in the fandom. Unique and edgy, what's not to like?
[identity profile] darklight90.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Reno x Elena
Fic Title: cygnus
Author: SenbonzaMitsuki27
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6028531/1/cygnus
Rating/Warning(s): PG-15
Genre: Romance, Drama
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: I admit I'm neither a huge Relena fan or very fond of Elena herself. This fic makes me forget all that.
[identity profile] sekiharatae.livejournal.com
Fandom Category:Final Fantasy VII (FFVII)
Pairing: Cloud/Tifa
Fic Title: Toward Home
Author: Laylah
Link: Toward Home
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This is an older Cloud/Tifa NC-17 fic, and it's very well done.  Also, it's not on ff.net or LJ which seem to be two of the primary places most readers go to find fics (i.e. this one is off the beaten path).  The story is placed post-Advent Children, and Cloud and Tifa are in an established relationship.  Characters are in-character, as are both dialogue and sex.  Nothing sophomoric about the portrayal or the writing.  Also, it's very likely to be the first Cloud/Tifa smut fic to involve Fenrir, which has now become something of a staple.

I'm posting this because I stumbled across this community about a week after I finished a Cloud/Tifa reclist, and found that Cloud/Tifa is one of the requested pairings here.  I've been given permission to post a link to the completed list, rather than individually post all of the stories... so here it is, please enjoy.

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