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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] 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] 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.

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[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] 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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