[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Previous Days List of previous meme entries )

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 )
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[personal profile] endeni
* Day 01 - A fic for your current favorite ship.

Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: River Song/The Doctor
Fic Title: Timeless Dreams
Author: musedepandora AKA cinderbella333
Link: http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=40274 or http://cinderbella333.livejournal.com/60680.html
Rating/Warning(s): All Ages, None
Genre: Alternate Universe, Romance
WIP?: No
Why This Must Be Read:
Summary: "Every story is his story." A retelling of the Doctor and River Song's romance with magic and iPads.

A dreamy, magical AU that wonderfully shows the epic, mythical nature of Doctor/River. Terrific writing.

Days 2-12 and 14-31 )
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[personal profile] merryghoul
* Day 11 - A fic for your favorite Book pairing.

Fandom Category: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Pairing: Arabella Strange/Jonathan Strange
Fic Title: every little thing she does is magic
Author: leiascully
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Mature; no standard warnings apply; sexual content
Genre: smut
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: While I like book series like The Hunger Games, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of my favorite books released in the last decade because of how the book is formatted (like a book from the 1800s) and its well-plotted narrative. This fic captures the spirit and the writing of the book perfectly. Also, smut.

* Day 12 - A fic for your favorite Animated pairing.

Fandom Category: DCU Animated Universe/Batman: The Animated Series
Pairing: Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
Fic Title: Damsel
Author: mithen
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
Genre: Action/Adventure
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Batman: The Animated Series is still one of my favorite cartoons. I can totally see the events of this fic (Batman catching Catwoman) happening in the cartoon canon if the cartoon was still on the air.

CW RPF, Doctor Who, Gossip Girl, Burn Notice, Sherlock BBC )

Mods, I need tags for:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Arabella Strange/Jonathan Strange
Leighton Meester/Ed Westwick
Vanessa Abrams/Chuck Bass
Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton
[identity profile] faithburke.livejournal.com
Day 01 - A fic for your current ship

Fandom Category: Hunger Games
Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark, Joanna/Haymitch
Fic Title: Hope in the Darkness that I will see the Light
Author: deathmallow
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Rated M. Author warned for Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Genre: AU, Drama
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: While still gritty, it's more hopeful than the original. A very believable pairing, goes on forever, and there's more in the universe.

Fandom Category: Batman Beyond
Pairing: Terry McGinnis/Dana Tan
Fic Title: Through a Dark Mirror
Author: aiwac
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): rated T, author gave no warnings but there is canon character death and violence appropriate for the original canon.
Genre: Drama
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: This is one of the first stories that truly sold me on Terry/Dana, who suffered from inconsistent writing in the last two seasons of the show. The writer tied the entire canon together in an interesting way while making the characters seem strong and real, even though they're flawed.

This is actually a shared account, so throughout we'll be each choosing our answer.
[identity profile] this-old-world.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle (Catwoman)/Bruce Wayne (Batman)
Fic Title: Between the Shadow and the Soul
Author: [livejournal.com profile] foreverisa_lie
Link: Here.
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 to NC-17 at the end, for sexual situations
Genre: Romance, Angst, Adventure
WIP?: Yes

Why This Must Be Read: What to say about this fic...I stumbled upon it because I'd read a few of the author's fics that I enjoyed, but this one absolutely blew me away. I've read a lot of "what happens to Catwoman and Batman after TDKR" fics, including the most popular one, but this one is the best, in my opinion. The characterization of Selina and Bruce is incredible. Each of them really feel like people, with flaws, insecurities, and heart. Each of them is, in their own way, both the hero and the villain of the story, with layers upon layers upon layers. Their interactions are full of really, truly funny banter and introspection. In addition, they don't fall in love "at first sight," which is a particular peeve of mine. You actually get to watch their relationship grow. This fic takes you on a journey--and it really is a physical journey--from the moment Selina finds out Bruce is alive to the heartbreaking climax of their first fight. They travel through Europe on a trip together, and the author takes you right along with them. The detail is beautiful; I've been to the cities the author describes, and the descriptions are ridiculously meticulous and spot on. The writing style is really fluid and effortless, and never so fussy that it detracts from what's happening. If I had to describe this story in two words, they would probably be "bittersweet" and "sophisticated." Really, really worth a read. It changed the way I thought about the characters. Plus the sex is really hot.

Fandom Category: Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle (Catwoman)/Bruce Wayne (Batman)
Fic Title: how the cat caught the bat
Author: thefireplanet
Link: Here.
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, no warnings necessary, really
Genre: Romance, Humor, Adventure
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: I'll try to keep this short and sweet, since my first rec was so long. This is the fic you want to read if you're in the mood for a night out ex-superhero/villain style. It's funny and sweet (but never saccharine), following Selina and Bruce through a night of fistfights and attempted heists. The dialogue is really, genuinely amusing, and though the fic is obviously not meant to be serious, the characterizations still ring very true and believable. There's plenty of lampshading, juvenile humor, and flirtatiousness. It's a really fun, light read.
[identity profile] reeceer.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman Beyond (cartoon)
Pairing: Maxine Gibson/Terry McGinnis
Fic Title: Crystallized
Author: raz0rgir
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/141937
Rating/Warning(s): mature
Genre: post-series,
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: I love the idea of Max becoming a kind of cross between Alfred & Oracle for Terry. Because it was refreshing to see a female POC given such a strong role in a cartoon, and I always was vastly more interested in Terry's relationship with Maxine than with Dana. This show is old, but I figure if there's any fans, the revival of TDKR to the Batman fandom might interest people. This show was interesting while it lasted, and I loved this author's look into Maxine's character.

"You won't follow leads by yourself anymore, period, Miss Gibson. But that's not why I'm asking you to do this. When I first set out to become Batman, I left Gotham. Traveled. Sought out people who could help me learn what I needed to know. Terry needs to stay in Gotham and be Batman. He can't leave, so I need you to. You're a creative thinker with impressive intuitive analysis skills, Miss Gibson, but there's more to detective work than that. With your grades and your test scores, I have no doubt that you would have managed to fund a world-class education one way or another. But what I'm offering you is more than the degrees. I will introduce you to people who will help you become a great detective—someone who can really help Terry. But I need you to do it the right way. It will be your choice, and you can change your mind at any time. But if you want this, this is the way it will happen."

She's about to respond when he says, "One more thing. If you do this, you are not to tell Terry about it until you're done with your training."

"I don't think I can lie to him, Mr. Wayne," she says, frowning. "And more to the point, I don't want to."

"You'd be surprised," he says, and she knows it's not something he'll change his mind about.
[identity profile] ahigheroctave.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman (Nolanverse)
Pairing: Talia al Ghul/Bane, Ra's al Ghul/OC
Fic Title: In Her Mother's Likeness
Author: vestigialwords
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and up audiences
Genre: Angst/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: I have always been big on fics with an outside looking in theme and this is no exception, the author portrays the complex and striking relationship between Talia and Bane beautifully. She also paints a striking view on the relationship between Talia and her father or lack there of, using his relationship with here mother as a counterpoint. This hits on one of my other all time favorite situations: Two sides of a coin.

3 more )
[identity profile] reeceer.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman (Comics)
Pairing: Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne, Barbara Gordon/Dick Grayson
Fic Title: Children of the Night Series
Author: Nos4a2no9
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/11238
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, heavy warnings for Child Abuse and prostitution
Genre: Comic-related. Dark/angst. Epic. Drama/crime solving.
WIP?: No. Though the series is ongoing, the last piece is left at some sense of closure.

Why This Must Be Read: This is based off the comics, rather than the movies, so it's got a lot of characters that some might be unfamiliar with (Slam Bradley, Leslie Thompkins, Oracle, Batgirl, etc...) but don't let that stop you. You'll be able to follow along perfectly because this story is so engrossing and well written that it'll suck you in and you'll waste a day away reading the entire series. It's about 140k long, all total, so prepare yourself for a long read. Worth it, though. The plot and characterization are so hardcore honest, almost brutally, because this fic doesn't pull punches. It examines in an honest light how Selina and Bruce could come together, and how that could effect relationships all around them. The thorney issues don't go away just because they finally sleep together. The entire plot, too, is exceptionally well done.

Exceprt )
[identity profile] irony-rocks.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman/The Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
Fic Title: choosing our jagged truths
Author: abvj
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/480339
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Genre: Post-film. Drama/Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Insta-rec. This is the best Selina voice I have come across, because it is brutal and honest about her nature, exploring her independence as well as her relationship with Bruce. I love it to pieces, and there are so many quotable lines where I pointed at it and said, "yes, that's it. That's exactly Selina." A lot of other fics, even ones I keep reading and enjoy, often gloss over Selina's antagonistic side. And it's to the detriment of the story, because Batman and Catwoman, any and all incarnations, will never just fall into "happily ever after." They will not be domesticated. It's one of the things that constantly tugs them together and pulls them apart. As much as I love some of the other fics which have them together, this fic gets their dynamic right precisely because it doesn't gloss over their individual hang ups with commitment.

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[identity profile] acenpokerface.livejournal.com

Posting because the movie had me jumping for joy and this pairing won me over at the age of seven, so of course I'm gonna spread the love. ;)

Fandom Category: The Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
Fic Title: Spectrum: A Catwoman Continuation  
Author: thatcraftykid 
Link: Spectrum
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Post-movie, Drama
WIP?: Yes (so that means there's more to look forward to ;)

Why This Must Be Read: Where to begin with this fic? First off, the language of it is just gorgeous, ranging from lyrical and poetic to raw and real - but whatever the tone, it's absolutely lovely. The symbolism of it is also beautiful, making good use of the now-iconic necklace as well as weaving in A Tale of Two Cities seamlessly into the narrative - the literary nerd in me squealed, and got the urge to go and reread the book, because, really? Did it really fit Bruce and Selina's story that well? This fic takes Dickens's words and puts them into the mouths of TDKR's characters, and it isn't out of place at all.

But what I really, really, really love about this story, and consequently, why you MUST read it, is Selina's characterization. It captures her so well, better than any other I've read (with the possible exception of Adaptation (now also at AO3), which irony_rocks already gave a glowing reference for - go read that, too!!!). This fic delves into her mind and heart, and shines a little light into the shadows in them. It captures all facets of her: bold and passionate,  rash and reckless, flirtatious and coy, despairing and angry, hopeful and caring. It makes her real.

Plus, there's this awesome kick-ass scene where she says farewell to Jim Gordon and Gotham PD that had me rolling around the floor laughing, followed by the most beautiful moment with Alfred that had me reaching for tissues. Seriously. And that's just chapter one. Chapter two had an intriguing and insightful look at what it was like for Selina, growing up in a Gotham "after the Waynes were shot," watching their son and thinking that "his face was what special looked like. She thought that special was something she could mimic." I'm quoting directly here. And if that doesn't convince you to go read it, hopefully the excerpt will:

Excerpt + 7 more recs because the Cat and her Bat are just. That. AWESOME. )

[identity profile] irony-rocks.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman/The Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne, Barbara Gordon/John Blake, Harleen Quinzel/The Joker
Fic Title: Adaptation
Author: Yours Hopefully
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8344110/
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Genre: post-movie, long fic, drama
WIP?: yes.

Why This Must Be Read: Oh, guys, you have to read this story. Normally I only scour ff.net in my most desperate hours, and I hit that limit fairly quickly because AO3 is not updating with Selina/Bruce fics fast enough for my wants. Imagine my sheer giddiness when I stumble upon a long, in-character, well-written post-TDKR that features so many, many wonderful things. The first half of this fic is like a story unto itself: Selina and Bruce coming together and falling into a relationship. It is glorious, and a bit comforting after the sheer epic angst of the movie. Just freakin' good. But then? It ups the notch and introduces a plot which pivots the story on an idea I've always wanted explored: what happens when the Joker comes back?

Summary: Bruce domesticates Selina. Selina strips Bruce of his masks. John Blake meets Jim Gordon's daughter. Barbara Gordon shows the newly risen hero she's no slouch herself. A crazed Dr. Harleen Quinzel breaks the Clown Prince of Crime out of Arkham. Gotham's final curtain call comes, and all are just part of the plan. Post TDKR.

READ THIS. It's, yes, a WIP, but it's already 40k in, and quickly updated. And it's just a read worth it. My favorite Selina/Bruce fic out there thus far. (But, seriously, this comm should get on reccing more of this pairing so that I can test this theory as much as possible. GIMME more S/B fic please!)

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[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] reeceer.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman/The Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
Fic Title: Livin' on a Prayer
Author: Pitry
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/470786
Rating/Warning(s): teen and up
Genre: post-movie
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Assume TDKR spoilers ahead: This feels like a mix of the movie and the comics, and it's dark painting of Gotham City at its worst, even after it can be saved by the efforts of heroes. It's not nice, it's not pretty, and neither is Bruce Wayne after the years have gone by. An interesting look at one possible future of the series, especially when it comes to the next generation of heroes fighting the "good" fight against criminals.
[identity profile] reeceer.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman/The Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Talia Al Ghul/Bane
Fic Title: in equal measure
Author: sevenfoxes
Link: http://sevenfoxes.livejournal.com/2080.html
Rating/Warning(s): R? (reccer's rating)
Genre: pre-movie, drama/romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Spoilers for Dark Knight Rises ahead... ) It's wonderfully written.
[identity profile] irony-rocks.livejournal.com
Okay, so we'll be having plenty of influx of TDKR fic recs soon, yes? Pretty please?

Fandom Category: Batman/The Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle/John Blake, minor Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
Fic Title: Thieves
Author: orange_crushed
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/470569
Rating/Warning(s): teen and up
Genre: drama
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, I'm a Selina/Bruce OTP by nature, but let's face it. JGL was rather distracting when he was onscreen too. This story is well written with a gorgeous Selina voice, as the city tears itself apart. Without going into spoilers, it could just as easily be canon for the movie.

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[identity profile] super-tricie341.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss: All of her stories are linked on her sidebar
Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum mostly, Hermione/Cormac McLaggen, Zacharias Smith/Various HP females, and a ton of other rare pairings
Rating/Warning(s): G-NC-17
Genre: Romance, Humor, Smut

Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss writes the best Viktor/Hermione fics in fandom, hands down. Her Viktor is a thing of beauty--complexity, subtlety, ambition, chivalry, compassion, and mischievousness, all wrapped up in a sexy, Bulgarian package that will make you swoon. She handles his accent with incredible skill; his dialogue has just enough stiltedness for verisimilitude, but it is never unreadable. And her prose. Dear god, her prose. It is out-of-this-world gorgeous. Aside from Viktor/Hermione, [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss writes a ton of HP rarepairs (her Hermione/Cormac fics have already been rec'd on this comm). And if you're a fan of Zacharias Smith, she is your girl. You cannot go wrong with this author. She'll make you sigh, swoon, squeal, and cry with every word she writes. Personal Favorites: "Winterwhere"; "Practical Magic" and its sequel, "Tiger By The Tail"; and "Friction Point"

4 more author recs and countless fandoms/pairings under the cut )

Mods, I need a lot of new tags. You don't need one for every pairing, but a few important ones include Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum, Sakura Haruno/Kakashi Hatake, Elinor Dashwood/Edward Ferrars, Helena Bertinelli/Vic Sage and Dinah Lance/Bruce Wayne. Could I also get fandom tags for Emma and Justice League Unlimited? Sorry!
[identity profile] angelqueen04.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman Begins
Pairing: OFC/Bruce Wayne
Fic Title: Haven
Author: Naturally Unlucky
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2624256/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Drama, humor, angst, romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Perhaps one of my most favorite original character pairing fics ever! The author was very young when she wrote this, but hey, if all fifteen-year-olds could write like this, then the fanfiction world would be paradise! Jenn (the OC) and Bruce are amazing in this story, both personalities being very distinct and not subjugating each other. It was written before Dark Knight aired, and as such doesn't take the events of that film into account, but this story (and its sequel) creates its own little world that DK isn't really needed. Oh, and the minor part played by Jenn's best friend is h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s. Hilarious. I still crack up whenever I read those parts, even after reading the story over a dozen times.

Special Rec: 8/31
[identity profile] hariboo.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: DC Comics: Batman
Pairing: Stephanie Brown/Damian Wanye
Fic Title: No Dawn, No Day AU
Author: [livejournal.com profile] quipquipquip
Link: core fic: http://flamingballs.livejournal.com/2281.html#cutid1
the timeline of the au: http://quipquipquip.tumblr.com/post/7952436349/fic-no-dawn-no-day-timeline
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 for the general verse; violence, language, death of unnamed minors, past character deaths, character deaths
Genre: alternate universe, romance, drama, and then au of an au. (you'll see what I mean.)
WIP?: nope

Why This Must Be Read: My comics canon is rusty but right now Daiman Wayne is a snappy, emotionally withdrawn 12 year old, was the Robin to Dick Grayson's Batman, and now is the Robin to Bruce's Batman. He's Thalia al Ghul and Bruce Wayne's son too. Stephanie Brown pre the DC reboot was the current Batgirl, now, as far as I know she's back to being The Spoiler. That's just a little background information for those who are curious about these names because you should at least know that before you tackle this AU since it is pretty big and spanning years in these two lives.

The core fic No Dawn, No Day is a dark, evocative and very intense fic centering around Daiman's Wayne's stressful and emotionally fragile time being The Batman. Oh yeah this is a future AU fic! And how the return of Stephanie Brown, his ex-Batgirl in crime during his Robin years, as Batwoman turns his life upside down. It also sets it on course again. The relationship between these two is… complicated. Age for one, as Stephanie is several years older than Damian's 18 at the time. Then ideology because Damian is not the same kind of Batman his father was. He doesn't allow himself to be. He's destroyed or broken almost every other relationship in his life but his and Stephanie's. This fic explores these two as they try to get their lives back on course, try to get Gotham back on course and build a relationship.

Spoiler alert: The end is pretty dark. Very dark, actually, but even thought the author felt it was the right end to give their fic they wanted to change it up a bit and give these two a more hopeful ending which is why in the big post I linked there's the bolded START FO THE GOOD!END and the fics found here are just delightful and also veer into some more open relationship territory, but those are individual fics about the an AU of the core fic, which is an AU itself.
[identity profile] skysamuelle.livejournal.com

Fandom: the dark knight/batman begins Nolan-verse

 Pairing: Selina Kyle/The Joker , Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle/The Joker
Fic Title:  Original Sin

Author: littlebatgirl
Link:  http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5446496/1/Original_Sin

Rating: T
Genre: MULTICHAPTER, romance,aganst

Why this must be read: Unique and incredibly captivating dark story where Selina, the future cat woman, and Jack, the future Joker, grow up together in a Gotham orphanage. Did you love Wuthering Heights? If you did, it’s safe bet you will love this fic as well, because the parallelism is impressive. Catherine and Heathcliff stormy, soul-deep bond, at once destructive and deeply healing, mirrors perfectly the relationship between Jack and Selina, two messed up kids who breathe each other in to survive in a world where it’s kill or be killed. At least until a traumatic event rips them apart for years, forcing each of them separately on a downward spiral that will reunite them once more after everything transpiring in ‘The Dark Knight’. Their connection is still there, alive as ever, but Jack has completely surrendered to the darkness inside him and so Selina find herself caught between a man who offers and represents salvation (Bruce) and another who will watch to burn.


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