[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
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Day 31 - BONUS - Wildcard/Catch up on a missed day

I decided to go with: Fanfics for couples that you don't ship.

Fandom Category: Yu-Gi-Oh
Pairing: Mazaki Anzu/Motou Yugi
Fic Title: Say Something
Author: Chibi's Sister
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3912678/1/Say-Something
Rating/Warning(s): K
Genre: Romance/Drama
WIP?: No. Completed at 65,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: Anzu thinks she has everything she's ever wanted in life... until she gets invited to Yugi's wedding. Priorities and past feelings abound. It's really an ensemble story (with background Rebecca/Yugi, Serenity/Tristan, Joey/Mai and a surprise pairing), and I love that the author uses the opportunity to showcase everyone's friendships and different voices. The core triangle isn't annoying, either, but fully realised and sympathetic to everyone involved -- not to mention featuring some of the best writing I've ever read, in the sense that it rings so true to life. I cannot recommend this story highly enough, or love this story more even if it had been written with one of my OTPs as the centre. It's that good.

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7 more recs: Inuyasha, Gossip Girl, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Sleeping Beauty, Inception, X-Men, Disney, Batman )
[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
This day was included so the admin could post a pile of YJ stuff, wasn't it?

I'm going assume you mean "cartoons" here and recc accordingly.

Fandom Category: Kim Possible
Pairing: Kim Possible/Ron Stoppable
Fic Title: High School Evil
Author: MatthewC
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2439922/1/High-School-Evil
Rating/Warning(s): Teen. Assault, bullying that may be triggering.
Genre: Drama/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: PostStD. Bonnie pulls a stunt so outrageous, it pushes Kim to cross a line she never thought she would. But what does crossing that line say about Kim?

Kim gets Bonnie back for every time Bonnie has undercut her by letting her dark side loose. The author writes this with great awareness for bullying dynamics, which is absolutely refreshing.

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Fandom Category: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Pairing: Mai/Zuko
Fic Title: The Reason You're Not Supposed to Walk on Tables
Author: Heligoland
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3544446/1/
Rating/Warning(s): Teen.
Genre: Humour
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: In which StillPrettyEvil!Zuko and Mai attend a peace summit as Fire Lord and Lady, where they are subjected to the tortures of frostbite and other people's cultures.

Because it's hilarious and the dialogue is witty and perfect, and please don't tell me that the idea of Zuko being forced to attend a peace summit and be diplomatic to people he loathes (making for great snark) doesn't appeal to you. Note: It was written around Season 2, so the canon beyond that doesn't apply.

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[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Azula/Zuko
Fic Title: Crossbones and Destiny
Author: [livejournal.com profile] antistar_e
Link: http://veritasrecords.livejournal.com/40483.html
Rating/Warning(s): R / incest, sex
Genre: Drama, Alternate Universe
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This author does such a great job with Zuko, and I loved the way she showed how ever-changing his feelings towards Azula are. Their relationship was always going to be complex with neither one of them ever completely trusting the other. I've alwsys been intrigued by Zuko and Azula; if this pairing was ever going to happen I'd imagine it would look something like this.

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ext_1358: (fangirls)
[identity profile] grav-ity.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Pairing: Ursa/Hakoda
Fic Title: Guide Me Home
Author: qui_xux
Link: Guide Me Home
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Genre: Romance, Action/Adventure, Missing Scenes, kind of an AU.
WIP?: Nope!

Why this must be read: qui_xux has managed to take a pairing that kind of started out as a joke and turn it into this AMAZINGLY EPIC THING that really pushes the development of the Avatar world to its full potential. It runs parallel to the series, taking great care to match up and never overlap, and is all of happy, melancholy, terrifying, beautiful and hilarious...just like the show. Qui_xux captures the tone and voice, and, goddammit, SOMEONE has to tell me what happened to Zuko's mom! ;)
[identity profile] afigureofspeech.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Pairing: Zuko/Katara
Fic Title: The Sparrowkeet Series
Author: audreyii-fic
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): M (for lemons and general darkness)
Genre: Romance/Angst
WIP?: technically yes, though all that's really left is the epilogues(s?)

Why This Must Be Read: Ba Sing Se has fallen and Katara has been captured by the Fire Nation; a more adult take on the potential progression of S3. This fic started as a one-shot that expanded to an entire rewrite of s3, and it is about as far from your average capture-fic as you can get. It takes several perspectives over the course of it's interconnected one-shots, and handles them all with a sort of grace and style that is really just stunning. The progression of relationships and the alterations to the plot are subtle and believable, and no characters are torn down to prop up others--everyone is flawed and failable, and so much greater for it. This fic is basically everything I could have wanted from a Zutara AU and I cannot recommend it enough.

three more recs under here )
[identity profile] magic-knickers.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Zuko/Katara
Fic Title: Thirteen Nights
Author: nojojojo/wargoddess
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17/non-con via an arranged marriage
Genre: romance, angst
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: This is by far my favorite Zutara fic. Definitely AU, definitely rough in the beginning, but still a lovely fic.

three more reccs here )
ext_382776: mao & jun at bridge (katara zuko)
[identity profile] thisoldhighway.livejournal.com
Fandom Category:  Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing:  Katara/Zuko
Fic Title:  Simple Misunderstanding
Author:  ShamelessLiar
Link:  Here
Rating/Warning(s):  PG-13, AU after ep 1.14 The Fortune Teller
Genre:  Adventure, humor, and romance!
WIP?:  Yes, but updated often.

Why This Must Be Read:  Once, it was just a oneshot - first chapter can still stand alone. Katara was captured by Zuko, but there was a lapse in communication. Fierce Katara, honorable Zuko, and meddlesome Iroh. Also, music night!  The plot is pretty typical for capture fic, but the chemistry is real and raw while somehow staying very true to the characters.

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Anyone else just dying to see the Korra finale? 
[identity profile] slr2moons.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar TLA
Pairing: Katara/Zuko
Fic Title: Enslaved
Author: sharkflip
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/5306755/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, Slavery
Genre: Drama
WIP?: Yes, WIP at 35 chapters, 109,668 words. (The author stated about a month ago in [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets that the story is NOT abandoned.)
Setting: AU from before the series begins
Special Rec: 20/28

Why This Must Be Read: Slave!fic is a fandom trope, but every so often a fic comes along that makes a tired old plot line new again. Enslaved is one of those! Zuko is the slave for Katara. And I have to laugh at how Katara decides to make use of him! My amusement at the premise kept my interest until the plot sucked me in, and now I'm wondering just how things are going to work out. I don't think the author will sell out for a happily ever after, I really don't. Oh yes, and the characters are in their mid to late 20s, which is also a welcome change from the Zutara norm.
[identity profile] reeceer.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Pairing: Katara/Aang, Mai/Zuko, Toph Bei Fong/Sokka, Sokka/Suki
Fic Title: Inertia
Author: Silverthunder
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/364793
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit; sex
Genre: post-series. romance/first time
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Over three years have passed since the end of the Avatar series, and the group have reunited a little older, but still struggling with that same sense of coming-of-age feel that we're so familiar with in this series. This fic has several dimensions to it, and the main part deals with Katara/Aang as they try to navigate a new stage in their relationship; as the summary reads: Long-standing romantic issues are much easier to sort out without an ambitious spirit making things complicated. But it also has a wonderful side pairing of Toph/Sokka and Mai/Zuko, and Sokka/Suki given proper respect and highlight. And just, the voices are all stunningly in character. Plus the amount of times Sokka had to endure a conversation about Katara/Aang potential love life is hysterical.

Fandom Category: Avatar
Pairing: Aang/Katara, Mai/Zuko, Sokka/Ski
Fic Title: Running Interference
Author: Silverthunder
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/364764
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Genre: Post-series, humor
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: This one had me laughing out loud about a billion times. Aang discovers that being the last airbender might be more challenging than being the Avatar. I'm not even quite sure how to describe this story without giving away too much. Just, suffice it to say, everyone's characterization - in particular Aang, Zuko and Katara - is spot on and fantastic. I especially love Zuko's role in this fic, as his exasperation and annoyance with the situation that Aang drags him in to is brilliant.
[identity profile] reeceer.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: the last Airbender
Pairing: Katara/Zuko
Fic Title: Stormbenders
Author: Fandomme
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4088139/1/Stormbenders
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Post-series
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: One of the best fics in the fandom. : S3 AU from FBM. Deep in the Fire Nation jungle, the Gaang discovers a rogue tribe of exiled water ninja who send Zuko and Katara on a mission to recover the Fire Nation's secret battle plans. Long, plotty, with great characterization and a wonderful look at the growing dynamic between Zuko and Katara.
[identity profile] peachychan.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Zuko/Katara
Fic Title: The Penance Series
Author: [livejournal.com profile] misora
Rating/Warning(s): R/NC-17 for sexual situations.
Genre: Angst/drama, romance, adult
WIP?: Yes. (Currently 3 chapters, >40K words)

Why This Must Be Read: The road to forgiveness is long and arduous...just ask Zuko. Season 3 Zutara, following the episodes past 312. Rated M for Mature.
This could have arguably been the adult "behind the scenes" version of the last half of the season 3 episodes after the Western Air Temple, when Zuko joins the group. Everyone is remarkably in character, the additional scenes written mesh effortlessly with the canon scenes, and Zuko and Katara's sexual escapades are both tender and wickedly erotic, with plenty of angst and mistrust interspersed throughout. Unfortunately the update schedule seems a bit slow, but the author has reassured that she isn't abandoning this story. Currently awaiting her version of "The Southern Raiders" episode with bated breath.
[identity profile] irony-rocks.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Mai/Zuko, Katara/Aang
Fic Title: Reassembled
Author: artemisrae
Link: http://artemisrae.livejournal.com/80197.html
Rating/Warning(s): k+
Genre: post-canon
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: When they all come together again. Seven reunions in the immediate aftermath of Sozin’s Comet. I love all the little moments here, and the individual reactions to the aftermath of the battle that we don't get to see in the show before the big happy ending. For a cartoon, this show had dark undertones that this fic explores very well.
[identity profile] kitoky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: GEN, Zuko/Katara
Fic Title: Tempest in a Teacup
Author: AKAVertigo
Rating/Warning(s): PG/PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No. Complete work: 22 "chapters". Over 33,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: Arguably one of the best written Zuko/Katara fanfiction with a heavy dose of Iroh. Events take place between the raids of the Southern Water Tribes until 1x01 "The Boy in the Iceberg". This piece can double has a great character study fic for both Zuko and Katara. Could be considered AU. And to be quite frank, the writing itself is immensely beautiful and incredibly poetic. It's not hard to be get drawn into this story.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Katara/Zuko
Fic Title: Ozai's Vengeance
Author: Fandomme
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3688040/1/Ozais_Vengeance
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance.
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 13 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: If you only read one Katara/Zuko fanfic, read Ozai's Vengeance. It's a deliciously long, wonderfully plotted fanfic with an incredible Zuko voice. The slow burn and build of Katara and Zuko's relationship is fabulous but it's the revelation of Zuko's long-standing pining and doubts about his worth as a human being that make me really adore this fic. Add in some political intrigue, a few smoking hot sexy scenes, and a portrait of a land recovering from a war and decades of imperialism and you have a fanfic that truly has everything.

Plus, the fandom really embraced this fanfic, so there is a TON of awesome art to go with it.
[identity profile] hariboo.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Mai/Zuko, Suki/Sokka, slight ust Katara/Aang
Fic Title: At the Edge of Dusk
Author: Omoni
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/128327
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: romance, post series, family, friendship.
WIP?: nope.
Special Rec: 29/30

Why This Must Be Read: Fun and realistically joyous look at the last few months of the show and first year or so of Zuko's time as Firelord told through, mostly, Mai's point of view. You can see clearly see how much Zuko and Mai care for each other during the time they are apart after "The Boiling Rock" and how their relationship continues after Team Avatar saves the world. Delightfully funny at some points, you can clearly hear the character's voices throughout this fic because Zuko, let's face it is a dorkface but Mai loves him anyway. There are also lovely friendship moments with almost every one of the kids, especially Suki and Mai who would really make the most awesome of friends.
[identity profile] ed-84.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Pairing: Zuko/Katara
Fic Title: Love Amongst the Embers
Author: Misora
Link: http://misora.livejournal.com/89398.html
Rating/Warning(s): M, underage sexual situations
Genre: Episode-related
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: After the Ember Island Players' performance, and with the help of a little rice wine, Zuko and Katara decide to rewrite an ending to their story that fits. Deals with the aftermath of Aang's declaration of feelings towards Katara, and how she hesitated big time to return them. The story unfolds in a way that includes everyone, perfectly in character.

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Fandom Category: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Pairing: Zuko/Katara
Fic Title: Empty Spaces
Author: Psalm 136
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4419229/1/Empty_Spaces
Rating/Warning(s): M, underage sexual situations
Genre: Post-series
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: This is a story set immediately after the series finale of Avatar, with a focus on Zuko and Katara, that night, and how they deal with the emotional turmoil of the aftermath of Azula and Zuko's agni kai. Lovely bits of characterization, and really great look at Zuko's characterization and how much Katara's trust means to him.

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