[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] irony-rocks.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Superman, Wonderwoman, JLU
Pairing: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Clark Kent (Superman), Clark Kent/Lois Lane
Fic Title: Immortal Beloved: The Scenes In Between
Author: Djinn
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/502290
Rating/Warning(s): teen and up
Genre: ust/romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, this is where I get kicked out of fandom. I actually love the idea of Wonder Woman/Superman. I always have. The reboot of comics has made that more likely, but I don't generally follow comics. Then again, I am always willing to wade into fanfiction if it interests me. This fic is based on a specific comic, but I didn't need to read it to understand this fic. In Action Comics #761, Wonder Woman and Superman were stuck in Asgard for one thousand years. They didn't give us much of those years, so this is the author's take on it. Wonderfully written, with a great fleshing out of the characters, staying true to both Lois/Clark and Wonderwoman/Superman. I highly recommend it.

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[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
Day 14 - A fic for an Old School Fandom from back in the day.

Fandom Category: Hellblazer (comics)
Pairing: Zatanna Zatara/John Constantine
Fic Title: beauty in the breakdown
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hellokatzchen
Link: beauty in the breakdown
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences. Mentions of (canon) character death.
Genre: Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: He's very clear when they first meet: "Someday I'm going to break your heart." When he's right, John Constantine is right.

While the story is listed as part of the Hellblazer fandom, the canon for this pairing that the fic draws on actually came out in 1986. What I love about this fic is the absolutely beautiful exploration of Zee and John's history, and the strength of their relationship even outside romance.

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* 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 )
[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Fic Title: Precious
Author: LouBlue
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8066224/1/Precious
Rating/Warning(s): K+ / violence
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Adventure
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: I've shipped Pepper and Tony since I first saw them on screen together in the first Iron Man movie, and the thing that has always struck me about their relationship is how much Tony really needs her. The author does a wonderful job showing the impact Pepper has on Tony's life, and when she gets hurt how much he really loves her. Along with a great supporting cast by the rest of the Avengers, the relationships between all the characters were very well written in this piece.

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[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Thor
Pairing: Sif/Loki
Fic Title: Lying Tongues
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mekosuchinae
Link: http://mekosuchinae.livejournal.com/256271.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 / sex
Genre: Drama, Pre-Canon
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: The sex scene in this piece breaks my heart every time I read it, with Loki so absolutely certain that Sif will never return his feelings. [livejournal.com profile] mekosuchinae does a amazing job showing the complexity of their relationship, and this piece serves as a wonderful prologue to the events of the movie.

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[identity profile] transemacabre.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: DC Comics
Pairing: Arthur Light/Kimiyo Hoshi (Dr. Light I/Dr. Light II)
Fic Title: Say goodnight and go
Author: midnightatnoon @ http://midnightatnoon.livejournal.com/
Link: The fic can be found here.
Rating/Warning(s): NC17
Genre: Romance/Smut
WIP?: No, but loosely connected to other stories in a series. There is no need to read the others to understand this fic, however.

Why This Must Be Read: First of all, it needs to be said that this fic takes place in an alternate universe where Arthur Light is not a rapist. Okay, with that out of the way, I have to say this is one of my favorite romantic DCU het fics. Kimiyo Hoshi, aka the good Dr. Light, has agreed to go on a date with her counterpart, Arthur Light, the evil Dr. Light. She finds herself enjoying the date, and him, more than she expected.

A forbidden heroine/villain romance, identity porn, and some creative uses of superpowers in bed push all sorts of buttons for me, plus the way the characters are written means they are *anything* but paint-by-numbers. Kimiyo is intellectual, heroic, but not always personable, a woman with more on her mind than falling in love, but finding herself tip-toeing that direction anyway. Arthur, while not on the side of angels, is charming enough that when Kimiyo takes a chance on him we're thrilled for him. I won't give away a very unexpected and funny cameo appearance by another DC supervillain, other than to say oh my, the travails of a single superhuman in the dating scene!

The author has several other stories with this pairing, some set in the same universe, and others with a darker aspect to them. Highly recommended!
[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.

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[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] sunny-serenity.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avengers/blended MCU/comic!verse
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton (Black Widow/Hawkeye)
Fic Title: Two Truths and A Lie
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hannasus
Link: here in two parts on lj//entire work on ao3
Rating/Warning(s): T & up
Genre: Action/Adventure; Angst
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Budapest. In the harshest of ways full of all those unsaid but completely felt things. A very mature and highly likely canonical possibility of how their relationship functions between partner and friend and how it could shift into more. Quite fluid and wonderfully abound with inner struggle manifesting itself in action and dialogue. It's like a punch to the face and then your assailant finds the nicest piece of meat to keep the swelling down.
[identity profile] rosaxx50.livejournal.com
I was going to post for this challenge, but exam week happened, and. Well. It's only the 18th though, so I'm squeaking in on time!

Fandom Category: X-Men (movie-verse)
Pairing: Jean Grey/Scott Summers
Fic Title: The Presence of Horses
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ridesandruns
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1613175/1/The_Presence_of_Horses
Rating/Warning(s): R for language. Mentioned (canon) character death.
Genre: Angst
WIP?: Nope, oneshot

Why This Must Be Read: This is hands down my favourite fanfic in all of the X-Men's various fandoms. Set after the events of X-2, Scott does his best to cope with his loss. You know the one. [livejournal.com profile] ridesandruns is probably best known for the witty, funny dialogue in her fanfics, but here she takes a different angle and delves into Scott's head. It's features a very powerful Scott voice, beautiful framing using his horses, and it has made me cry every single time I read it. It's definitely worth your time to read.

2 more Jean Grey/Scott Summers recs )

One Rogue/Gambit rec )
[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] 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] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Iron Man
Pairing: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Fic Title: Benefit Limitation Agreement
Author: [livejournal.com profile] quigonejinn
Link: http://quigonejinn.livejournal.com/157114.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG / none
Genre: Humor
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 2/30

Why This Must Be Read: This piece is crack!fic at its best, with Tony and Pepper deciding to put into writing the particulars of their evolving relationship and what exactly constitutes proper workplace behavior.

This Benefit Limitation Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into as of this 19th day of July, 2008 (the "Execution Date"), by and between VIRGINIA ELIZABETH POTTS, a natural person residing at 3948 Garden Drive, Apartment 138, Pacific Palisades, California, 90272, and ANTHONY EDWARD STARK, a natural person residing at 12 Andrews Street, Malibu, California 90263.
[identity profile] kyra-gm.livejournal.com

Fandom Category:  X-men
Pairing: Marie (Rogue) / Logan (Wolverine)
Fic Title: Devil On The Doorstep
Author: [info]anr
Link: http://anr.livejournal.com/310816.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:

I love this author. Everything she writes. Every fandom . And I discovered her with this fic. It’s post X-Men 3 and Marie tells you the story. It’s sweet, but sad too. And so so real, it makes your heart ache. Brilliant.

[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Iron Man Movieverse
Pairing: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Pepper Potts/OMC
Fic Title: for today or the rest of my life
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calicokat
Link: http://calicokat.livejournal.com/317624.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 / Sex
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Because if you love Pepper Potts you have to read this piece. A new man comes into Pepper's life and Tony is not exactly thrilled at the prospect and finds himself getting involved in his assistant's love life. The author does a wonderful job of not demonizing any of the people in this story and her characterizations are just spot-on.

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[identity profile] aj.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman (Comics)
Pairing: Cassandra Cain/Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon/Dick Grayson
Fic Title: The Romantic Machinations of Timmy the Elf Who Didn't Want to be a Dentist, and His Faithless Sidekick, Yukon Cassandra OR A Story in Which Dick And Babs Are Doomed.
Author: Anonymous
Link: http://www.the-family-archives.com/stories/anonfic.txt
Rating/Warning(s): PG, AU.
Genre: Friendship, fluff, silliness, romance.
WIP?: Complete!

Why This Must Be Read: Because this is the best, most cracked-out Bat Family Christmas story ever written. Also, Tim and Cass accidentally date, and there's singing. And electrocution.
[identity profile] irony-rocks.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Batman/The Dark Knight
Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
Fic Title: Beneath You
Author: [livejournal.com profile] blackmamba_esq
Link: http://www.valentchamber.com/viewstory.php?sid=564&textsize=0&chapter=1
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17ish, explicit sex, violence
Genre: Action-Adventure , Drama, Erotica, Suspense
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Um, for the sex? Seriously, this fic is smokin' hot. Hardcore smokin' hot. The characterization of Selina Kyle is especially wonderful, but the thing that struck me most about this fic is how dark Bruce Wayne is. Now, I know what most of you are thinking: Duh. Batman is dark. Yeah, but that isn't the darkness I'm talking about here. This fic is centered around all the dark desires that Bruce Wayne normally keeps in check, but only seems to let loose around Selina Kyle. It makes sense, when you think about it. A guy frakked up enough to don a mask and beat up criminals as a hobby is gonna be aggressive in the bedroom, too. Luckily, Selina Kyle keeps up just fine.

Oh, and there's plot too. I may have forgotten to mention that before because my brain was melted from the hot sexin'. But, yes, there's plot! ;)

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