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Fandom Category | Friday Night Lights
Pairing | Julie Tylor/Tim Riggins
Fic Title | The Door’s Open, But The Ride, It Ain’t Free
Author | [livejournal.com profile] lindentree and [livejournal.com profile] khemlab
Link | [part one] http://archiveofourown.org/works/43963
[part two] http://fridaynight-fic.livejournal.com/211849.html
[part three] http://archiveofourown.org/works/65324
Rating/Warning(s) | R/Fuck or die/rape and violence
Genre | Angst. Drama
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 29/?

Why This Must Be Read | This fic does not pull its punches, so please heed the warnings. I'm a fan of fics that put two characters together in an impossible situation (read: trope, I know, I know!!) and then takes away all the rules. I love reading the fallout. The aftermath. The recovery. And this collab. fic is an excellent example of it done really well.
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Fandom Category | The Vampire Diaries
Pairing | (Katerina Petrova|Katherine Pierce)/Elijah Michaelson
Fic Title | But Still, Like Dust, I’ll Rise
Author | [livejournal.com profile] duca_valentino
Link | http://duca-valentino.livejournal.com/2432.html
Rating/Warning(s) | PG13/None
Genre | Drama
WIP? | Yes (there is one of three parts currently posted, but don’t let that put you off because, this is that good and I've just heard that part two should be posted tonight. Hee.)
Special Rec | 28/?

Why This Must Be Read | There is very little Katerina Petrova fic in this fandom full stop. Even less Katerina Petrova fic that is as flaw-free as this one. This author truly does justice to Katerina’s past and to how her life pre-becoming a vampire has shaped the Katherine Pierce that we get today. I feel like [livejournal.com profile] duca_valentino has taken all my fiercely held beliefs about this character and woven them into fic. Also, her Elijah is awesome as well. Later, her mother fades into the white of the mists and Katerina presses her fingers, very lightly, against the glass of her window, traces the shape of her mother through the pale hush of her own breath.
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Fandom Category | The Vampire Diaries
Pairing | Caroline Forbes/Damon Salvatore
Fic Title | Elegy, in C Minor
Author | [livejournal.com profile] unoshot
Link | http://unoshot.livejournal.com/6807.html
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/Mild gore and implied sex
Genre | Angst. Future fic
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 25/?

Why This Must Be Read | It takes a deft hand to pull off this combination in a way that doesn't completely ignore their troubled past, but also doesn't necessarily dwell on it either. [livejournal.com profile] unoshot handles it perfectly in this perfect future!fic of perfection. Caroline flashes to high school, suddenly -- sixty years and a lifetime ago, and she was seventeen and he was an asshole, and some things never change.

Fandom Category | The Vampire Diaries
Pairing | Elena Gilbert/Damon Salvatore
Fic Title | Midnight Snack
Author | [livejournal.com profile] bluesuzanne
Link | http://beforeshefolds.livejournal.com/8451.html
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/None
Genre | Romance. Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 26/?

Why This Must Be Read | Show Damon/Elena do NOT work for me, but in fic, and in the hands of a select few TVD writers, there is no better combination. This is a relatively short one-shot that doesn't glamorise what they are, it's raw and real and perfect. Elena remembers when a real romance was something out of a storybook – no, the idea didn’t seem ironic then. It seemed like the sort of thing you wait a lifetime for - a small town, a sad girl, the soulful eyes of a stranger.

Fandom Category | The Vampire Diaries
Pairing | Elena Gilbert/Damon Salvatore
Fic Title | Where The Moon Has Been Sweating
Author | [livejournal.com profile] jane_wanderlust
Link | http://jane-wanderlust.livejournal.com/37187.html
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/None
Genre | AU
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 27/?

Why This Must Be Read | This is an AU where Damon was the brother Elena met first. And [livejournal.com profile] jane_wanderlust is a genius. The end. But nothing quite happens, and nothing quite changes; but she guesses that’s how it goes now. That’s what it’s like when her world’s been split open, and she’s left with empty fists.
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Fandom Category | The Vampire Diaries
Pairing | Katherine Pierce/Damon Salvatore
Fic Title | Put On Their Sunday Best
Author | emilyenrose
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/131714
Rating/Warning(s) | NC-17/None
Genre | If HBIC were a genre, this fic would be it
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 23/?

Why This Must Be Read | This is Katherine Pierce at her most manipulative best. This girl is my flawless queen and her characterisation in this is to die for. It starts a little slow, I'll be honest. But once Katherine's on the scene, you completely forget the shaky Damon-centric beginnings... "Well, that was fun," she said. "I had forgotten how romantic you get."

Fandom Category | The Vampire Diaries
Pairing | Katherine Pierce/Stefan Salvatore
Fic Title | Rattles Against Its Cage
Author | Lint
Link | http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7000789/1/
Rating/Warning(s) | M/Violence
Genre | Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 24/?

Why This Must Be Read | This is a really interesting take on Katherine. It's told from her POV and examines her relationship with Stefan. There's a particular line, I'll quote it because it's not integral to the plot, but I think it sums her up perfectly in this... It's almost sickening to think he prefers you this way. I think this really neatly ties up how Katherine is in love with the idea of Stefan; with the chase and not necessarily with the reality. Which I think is a canon concept, tbh (others may disagree with me).
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Fandom Category | Private Practice/Grey's Anatomy
Pairing | Amelia Shepherd/Alex Karev
Fic Title | We All Have Our Scars
Author | [livejournal.com profile] duchessofavalon
Link | http://duchessofavalon.livejournal.com/42774.html
Rating/Warning(s) | MA
Genre | Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 22/?

Why This Must Be Read | A post season six finale AU in which Alex does not hang around in Seattle and instead seeks out one time mentor, one time lover, Addison Montgomery. What he finds instead is not what he was expecting. And you, dear reader, won't be expecting this either! These two broken people are so painfully, perfectly wrong for each other, and once you've got the idea of them in your head, you won't be able to get over it. I promise...!
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Fandom Category | Grey’s Anatomy
Pairing | Lexie Grey/Mark Sloan
Fic Title | Calculatus Eliminatus
Author | [livejournal.com profile] leobrat
Link | http://leobrat.livejournal.com/267644.html
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/none
Genre | Drama.
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 18/?

Why This Must Be Read | This is the story that changed my fic reading habits. It's all the things I would NEVER usually read. It's got Mark Sloan in it for starters. And it's Mark/Lexie futurefic. And, probably most significantly of all, it's babyfic. But I relented and read it anyway. And it's brilliant. And showed me that all of these things that I would never want to happen on my show can be completely captivating in fic. And for anyone put off by the idea of babyfic like I initially was, it's not at all what I was expecting and I dare you to try it! But as much as she hadn’t wanted a hypothetical baby, an actual baby she couldn’t make herself not want. With all they had been through in the past year, with all Lexie had ever been through...Well, she knew life was short and there wasn’t always a later.

three more recs )
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Fandom Category | Revenge
Pairing | Emily Thorn/Nolan Ross
Fic Title | The Ephemera of You
Author | fourfreedoms
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/324096
Rating/Warning(s) | Nil
Genre | Drama. Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 16/?

Why This Must Be Read | The reluctant friendship between these two characters is one of the most interesting things about this show for me. I mean, I kind of get the why of it, and I LOVE the how of it, but the idea that there could be more than just their mutual devotion to avenging David Clarke between them is so compelling. And this fic is why. Told from Emily's (Amanda's) point of view, this is her slowly coming to the realisation (and then fighting it) that Nolan might actually know her.

Fandom Category | Revenge
Pairing | Emily Thorn/Nolan Ross
Fic Title | See You, Where We End
Author | yanak324
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/333957
Rating/Warning(s) | Nil
Genre | Drama.
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 17/?

Why This Must Be Read | I've already explained why this pairing intrigues me so I won't go into that again. This fic is a little gentler than the first one. It's not love, like Takeda warned against, but it's something...
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Fandom Category | NCIS
Pairing | Ziva David/Tony DiNozzo (implied past Jeanne/Tony)
Fic Title | Fade To Black
Author | Sequitur
Link | http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3348225/1/Fade_to_Black
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/None
Genre | Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 13/?

Why This Must Be Read | Set in the aftermath of the La Grenouille storyline, this is postively gut-wrenching. For the rest of his life, he will remember the way her blood covered his hands when he tried to hold her. When it was over, he looked down and couldn't remember and thought he was wearing gloves. He started laughing, laughing at all that red running down his fingers and sticking to his wrists and drying on his shirt, and Gibbs hauled him forward. He laughed and screamed into Gibbs's shirt but it didn't make anything better. He wanted to go over and sit down beside her body and ask her what was up with that, all that blood.

You're a doctor, he wanted to say. Tell me why it had to happen like this.


two more recs here )
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Fandom Category | Gilmore Girls
Pairing | Rory Gilmore/Jess Mariano
Fic Title | Commas and Ampersands
Author | Lirazel
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/35821
Rating/Warning(s) | M/None
Genre | Romance. Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 9/?

Why This Must Be Read | An examination of Rory and Jess' relationship using... punctuation marks as a guide. It's perfection, basically. The characterisation is spot on. The format is unique. There is no dialogue (which is my favourite style), and the whole thing is beautiful. They meet in the middle, and it all works out.

Fandom Category | Gilmore Girls
Pairing | Rory Gilmore/Jess Mariano
Fic Title | Penance Definitive
Author | TrappedInPast
Link | http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4306947/1/
Rating/Warning(s) | M/Major character death
Genre | Tragedy. Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 10/?

Why This Must Be Read | Oh. This fic. This fic. It does things to me. It's sad in the most beautiful way. It's raw to the point of being cutting... particularly at the start. Jess' internal monologuing is painful in its desperation and despair. Just, read it. Seriously. Except she's dead. And he is alone, and he forgets what state he's in.

Two more recs... )
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Fandom Category | NCIS
Pairing | Kate Todd/Tony DiNozzo
Fic Title | In Transit
Author | Sequitur
Link | http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2626477/1/In_Transit
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/implied canon character death
Genre | Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 9/?

Why This Must Be Read | (Post: Kill Ari Pt. 2) There are so many reasons why this fic shouldn't work. The pov used, the fact that said pov is a random stranger we've never met on the show before, the material itself. BUT IT SO TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY DOES. I've lost count of the amount of times I've revisited this fic. The characterisation of Tony is jaw-dropping. The grasp of his reaction to what happened to Kate is even better, the way it is contrasted with other parts of this story. Told through the eyes of a stranger, it's easy to imagine you (the reader) are the one sitting there, watching it all unfold. AMAZING. For real.
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Fandom Category | The Good Wife
Pairing | Kalinda Sharma/Cary Agos
Fic Title | Who Will Lie To You?
Author | Norgbelulah
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/322296
Rating/Warning(s) | NC-17
Genre | Smut. Angst.
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 6/?

Why This Must Be Read | Excerpt; She looks like the city in the night. She’s hard and cold, she’s got an edge like steel, but there’s heat and warmth buried somewhere inside her. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t searching for it.

Two more recs... )
[identity profile] waltzmatildah.livejournal.com
In celebration of the recent news that this super cute little show will be back a whole month earlier than initially indicated (May 24th for those of you who care!), have two Rookie Blue recs.

Fandom Category | Rookie Blue
Pairing | Gail Peck/Luke Callaghan
Fic Title | So Many Things I’d Say If I Were Able
Author | [livejournal.com profile] catteo
Link | http://catteo.livejournal.com/35790.html
Rating/Warning(s) | R (written for porn battle 13)
Genre | Drama. Future fic
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 4/?

Why This Must Be Read | What happens in Vegas probably won't stay in Vegas... Case!fic! Which are few and far between in this fandom. And extremely well fleshed out case!fic at that. Set in a future where Luke and Gail are both detectives, this fic explores the development of their professional relationship and then neatly tips them over the edge and into something... more.

Fandom Category | Rookie Blue
Pairing | Gail Peck/Luke Callaghan
Fic Title | Never Wanna Fall Apart
Author | [livejournal.com profile] margieruns
Link | http://margieruns.livejournal.com/1094.html
Rating/Warning(s) | Barely R (according to the author - written for porn battle 13)
Genre | Drama. Smut
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 5/?

Why This Must Be Read | Perfectly in-character porny goodness. Seriously. If these two do not end up as an actual thing on this show, I'll be so freaking disappointed and this fic is one of the reasons why.
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Fandom Category | Homeland
Pairing | Carrie Mathison/Nicholas Brody
Fic Title | Corp of Discovery
Author | Storyofapainter
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/298936
Rating/Warning(s) | Nil
Genre | Drama
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 3/?

Why This Must Be Read: To be honest, this is not a pairing I ship when I watch the show. I don’t really ship anyone as it’s more about the individual characters for me. However, this is a sensational take of how Carrie/Brody could have happened. It’s got some BRILLIANT Carrie backstory that paints a compelling picture of the character we get, and the build-up and execution of the Carrie/Brody components are incredibly believable. This is the only fic I’ve read in this fandom, and it’s made me wary of going in search for more because it’s just. that. good.
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Fandom Category | Hart of Dixie
Pairing | Zoe Hart/Wade Kinsella
Fic Title | When You Gonna Come Around?
Author | [livejournal.com profile] raeghan
Link | http://raeghan.livejournal.com/108684.html
Rating/Warning(s) | PG/None
Genre | Drama. Romance
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 2/?

Why This Must Be Read: I've read literally two fics in the Hart of Dixie fandom, and this one is a real find. It's an AU look at Zoe's take on how she moves from being 'friends' with Wade, to being comfortable enough to 'lay her head on his shoulder'. It's a very in character exploration of the shift that happens between two people as their relationship starts to cross from one territory to the next. It's a fic about the significance of touch, basically! And it's lovely.
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So, it's already April on my side of the world (forecast for those of you still waiting its arrival? Could be warmer. Thanks.), and to celebrate the first of the month and the return of The Killing, I'm going to start my four weeks of reccing with a fic from that fandom.

Fandom Category | The Killing
Pairing | Sarah Linden/Stephen Holder
Fic Title | It’s The Same Thing, Right Or Wrong
Author | [livejournal.com profile] ozmissage
Link | http://archiveofourown.org/works/214570
Rating/Warning(s) | M
Genre | Smut. Angst
WIP? | No
Special Rec | 1/?

Why This Must Be Read | There's not a lot of fic full-stop in this fandom. The few that I've come across though? AMAZING. And this in particular is top of my 'must read' list. A sexual encounter between these two characters is difficult to buy; they're not a canon couple and, while some may argue otherwise, there hasn't even been a hint at ust between them on the show. But somehow [livejournal.com profile] ozmissage makes the possibility of these two not only highly entertaining, smoking hot, and brilliantly dysfunctional, she also makes it real. And believable. And as though it's almost a natural progression...

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