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Well, today is my last day as your special reccer. I had a great time doing this, and I hope you've enjoyed it as well! Since I get a bonus leap-year day to rec this month (and, to quote 30 Rock, nothing that happens on leap day counts!), I thought I'd do something a little different today and recommend some of my favorite crossover stories.

'The Ivory Horn' by kaydeefalls - His Dark Materials/Chronicles of Narnia )

'Smash It (Zombies and Time Lords Remix)' by golden_orange - Spaced/Doctor Who )

'A How-To Guide to Love and Marriage, for People Who Hate Both' by boombangbing - Big Bang Theory/Wizards of Waverly Place )

'What Happens on Vega$ Stays on Vega$' by yahtzee - Moonlighting/Lost/Firefly/Harry Potter )

'Shirley the Vampire Slayer' by htbthomas - Community/Buffy the Vampire Slayer )

'Go and Catch a Falling Star' by hollimichele - Lord Peter Wimsey/Doctor Who )
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Fandom Category: My Boys
Pairing: P.J. Franklin/Brendan Dorff
Fic Title: Not-So-Instant Replay
Author: [livejournal.com profile] meadowlion
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/299365
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance, Humor
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 28 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This is the couple that very much should have been on the show My Boys. This sweet and funny story subtly twists a few events from the first season of the show to give us a different outcome to the PJ and Brendan relationship arc. I was a last-minute beta reader for this fic and it was like getting a sneak preview to a story I had always wanted to read: full of easy banter, their missed chance at a relationship years before in college, and lots of wonderful BFF roommate feelings.
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Fandom Category: Pride and Prejudice
Pairing: Elizabeth Bennet/Fitzwilliam Darcy
Fic Title: Forms of Address
Author: hele
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5747
Rating/Warning(s): G
Genre: Fluff, Humor, Flirting
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 27 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This short story is utterly adorable - a missing scene of sorts after Lizzy and Darcy's engagement, it finds the newly engaged couple discussing what names they should call each other now that they are going to be married. It captures the flirty, teasing tone of the engagement chapter in the book just beautifully.

'Darcy, then,' she said, entertained at the idea of them deciding on her address by its degree of impertinence. 'If one cannot be impertinent to the Mister, it must be taken out.'

'Bingley uses Darcy,' said Darcy, now looking at her, with a smile--such a smile that she was just now getting used to recognize in his face. She had been, she mused, rather blind. 'He is rarely impertinent.'
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Fandom Category: Au Natural: Demolition
Pairing: Veronica Mars/Logan Echolls
Fic Title: Au Natural: Demolition
Author: [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs
Link: http://svilleficrecs.livejournal.com/292718.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Smut, Angst
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 26 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This is a scorchingly hot V. Mars fic, taking place after the season 2 finale - it's actually the last of three linked stories in different fandoms, but I read "Demolition" as a standalone first and didn't even notice, so no need to read the other chapters unless you feel like it. When I think of this story, I have such strong images - of Logan in thick protective gloves, demolishing his father's mansion, of Logan and Veronica out by the pool under the sun making out - it gorgeously captures a specific feeling and mood of the downtime these two characters must have needed and craved after everything they went through on the show.
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Fandom Category: Life on Mars
Pairing: Annie Cartwright/Sam Tyler
Fic Title: dreams in dreams (then i'll be there with you)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] synecdoche
Link: http://synecdoche.livejournal.com/273466.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Angst, Character Study
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 25 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: The boyfriend and I just finished watching Life on Mars for the first time (I know!) and when I went looking for fics about Annie, I was a little surprised at the scarcity. Thankfully, this lovely, dreamy little fic is pretty much perfect, nailing Annie's voice, her work, and her odd relationship with Sam Tyler.
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Fandom Category: House
Pairing: Lisa Cuddy/Greg House
Fic Title: Jigsaw
Author: [livejournal.com profile] verde_speaks
Link: http://verde-speaks.livejournal.com/15794.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Smut, Angst
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 24 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: House is kind of a strange fandom for me - I'm really only drawn to the subsection of fanfiction that deals with how House and Cuddy knew each other during their college days at the University of Michigan (seriously: it's a pretty narrow focus). Of those college-era fics, this is one of my favorites. "Jigsaw" tells the story of House and Cuddy's one night stand, back when this sort of thing was all speculation, and ties everything in perfectly to their later relationship - snarky and sexy with a shadow of bitterness.
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Fandom Category: Spaced
Pairing: Daisy Steiner/Tim Bisley
Fic Title: Tim Bisley's (Probably) Not From Outer Space
Author: [livejournal.com profile] soupytwist
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/298144
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Humor, Romance, Parody
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 23 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This story is such a perfect snapshot of the Spaced we all know and love with a gentle crossover/parody of the X-Files thrown in for good measure. This was my Yuletide present this year, and I couldn't have asked for a better one - it's hilarious and sweet and does that pop-culture thing that Spaced was so, so good at.

“I thought I’d be Mulder,” he explained to Mike, as they swung back and forth, ignoring the rapidly forming queue of six year olds and their increasingly irate parents. “If Daisy’s Scully, it only makes sense that I’d be Mulder.”

“Maybe you are,” said Mike, squinting up at the pale blue sky. “Metaphorically. Or something.”
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Fandom Category: The Office
Pairing: Pam Beesley/Jim Halpert
Fic Title: Crossing the Line: Rules for the Modern Workplace
Author: [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky
Link: http://annakovsky.livejournal.com/176797.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Smut, Humor
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 22 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: Ah, Jim and Pam. Those two crazy kids were my first, great online fandom love, and that summer after the Casino Night kiss was my introduction to fanfiction. This particular story, written after the season two finale, gives us a Jim and Pam who are already dating but still sexy (oh my god so sexy), funny, and utterly sweet.

To sum up: Jim and Pam + emailing in the office + a game of Truth or Dare + sex = hilarious and perfect smut. It really doesn't get any better than that.
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Fandom Category: Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
Pairing: Mary Challoner/Dominic Alastair
Fic Title: The Grand Manner
Author: brutti_ma_buoni
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/35699
Rating/Warning(s): G
Genre: Romance, Humor
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 20 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: "I cannot see your face, but I trust, sir, that you are my affianced husband? If not, I fear your lifespan will be sadly curtailed within a brief time. I have yet to convince my lord that his violent impulses should sometimes be controlled." This vignette is a continuation from the book, with spot-on character voices and the same wry tone and understated sense of humor as the original. I don't feel that Mary and Dominic spend nearly enough time together in the novel, so this short scene from the start of their actual relationship is just the sort of thing I love to read.
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Fandom Category: Castle
Pairing: Kate Beckett/Richard Castle
Fic Title: When a crime breaks out all the cute girls shout, "Get the good looking guy"
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hondagirll
Link: http://hondagirll.livejournal.com/99964.html
Rating/Warning(s): not rated, but I'd put it at PG-13
Genre: AU, Romance
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 19 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: I just adore this AU story where the simple twist is that Beckett and Castle's professions are reversed: Kate Beckett is a focused, prickly writer of mystery novels and Richard Castle is a larger than life, swaggering, and slightly goofy cop. It's so, so well done and the switch works amazing well with their characters.
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Fandom Category: Saturday Night Live RPF
Pairing: Amy Poehler/Seth Meyers
Fic Title: such selfish prayers (and i can't get enough)
Author: feartown
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/288715
Rating/Warning(s): R. Warnings for infidelity and minor drug use.
Genre: Smut, Angst
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 21 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: So somewhere along the line I kind of fell in love with the Amy Poehler/Seth Meyers thing. This doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you consider that I am a huge Will Arnett fan and absolutely adore Will and Amy's relationship in real life, but fictionally? Yeah, I'm all over the Amy/Seth. There are only a handful of stories written with this pairing, and this is one of my favorites, weaving together the day-in-the-life details of working for a show like Saturday Night Live with a story about a relationship that is destined to never be more than it is.
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Fandom Category: Arrested Development
Pairing: Lindsay Fünke/Michael Bluth, Maeby Fünke/George Michael Bluth
Fic Title: Circsumv, Sircumv, The Old Reach Around
Author: hiding duh (aka [livejournal.com profile] boonies)
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4608125/1/Circsumv_Sircumv_The_Old_Reach_Around
Rating/Warning(s): PG. Warning for kind-of but not really incest.
Genre: Humor
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 18 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: Because it's hilarious. Period. This story has the scattered, fast-paced, and layered humor of Arrested Development nailed, picking up where the series left off with Michael and George Michael returning home from Cabo (down old South America way, eh?). It reads like a lost scene, and perfectly captures that distinctively Bluth family dynamic: a little bit co-dependent, a little bit incest-y, a little bit awkward, and very, very funny.
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Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: Rose Tyler/Nine
Fic Title: The Life Fantastic
Author: [livejournal.com profile] honorh
Link: http://honorh.livejournal.com/278049.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Angst, Romance, Character Study
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 17 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: There's so much incredible fanfiction out there for Doctor Who, I was a little intimidated to settle on just one rec for the show for this challenge. But when I saw this story while browsing my delicious account, one of the first pieces of fanfiction I ever bookmarked, I knew this was the one to pick. "The Life Fantastic" re-tells the first season of new Doctor Who and is a character study of a Doctor who is reeling from the Time War, prickly and lost, and slowly re-learning to be more like himself again. The ending is redemptive and Rose and Captain Jack are just right here. This is a lovely encapsulation of everything that makes the Ninth Doctor my Doctor.
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Fandom Category: North and South
Pairing: Margaret Hale/John Thornton
Fic Title: Sick of Shadows
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lettered
Link: http://lettered.livejournal.com/tag/fic%3A%20sick%20of%20shadows
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Angst, Romance, AU
WIP?: yes
Special Rec: 16 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This long, chapter-length story takes a basic AU premise (with Margaret forced to wed Mr. Thornton after she defends him during the strike) and develops into a wonderful slow burn. There's oodles of character development and intelligent dialogue where John and Margaret discuss and debate their opinions and get to know each other better. It's so satisfying to read a story where the characters are capable of having an interesting discussion about the world around them, and many threads of debate and themes from the novel are picked up and woven into this fanfic. The supporting cast of characters (particularly Fanny, who is not my favorite in the source material but is charming yet still recognizably herself here) are well-developed and sympathetically written as well.

But, really, let's talk the romance, shall we? The author does an amazing job of capturing the dark sort of captivated want that we see in Thornton in the mini-series and book. The sexual tension here is just crackling, and yet there's a nervousness and uncertainty in their relationship that rings so true. The fact that we get to watch the two characters slowly come to respect and care for each other alongside their growing sexual awareness just makes it that much more satisfying. This story is still unfinished at this time, but should only have a few chapters left (and already has a bonus porn outtake!). Highly recommended.
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Fandom Category: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Pairing: Haruhi Suzumiya/Kyon
Fic Title: Of Wishes and Weaknesses
Author: Maelynne Naveen
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3798415/1/Of_Wishes_and_Weaknesses
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 15 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This story takes Haruhi's latent crush on Kyon and asks a fundamental question: What would happen if Haruhi wished a little too hard for Kyon to notice her too? This story really captures the parts of the series I love best - the sense of humor, how it plays with the concept of free will, and the moments of real and relatable teenage-girl loneliness underneath it all.
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Fandom Category: Big Bang Theory
Pairing: Penny/Sheldon Cooper
Fic Title: The Costume Coincidence
Author: [livejournal.com profile] juniperlane
Link: http://sheldon-penny.livejournal.com/656614.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Humor, Romance
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 14 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: I don't know what it is about this ship that produces such wonderful fanfiction. I enjoy the show, but many of the stories written for BBT, and for Penny/Sheldon in particular, just go above and beyond. Juniperlane is one of the many incredible authors for this ship, and "The Costume Coincidence" is the epitome of a feel-good read, full of geeky adorableness (Doctor Who! Fett's Vette! The Guild!) and sweet romantic fun. Sheldon dressed as the Ninth Doctor will always be a perfect image to me, and I have this story to thank for it.
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Fandom Category: Iron Man
Pairing: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Fic Title: Breaking It Up
Author: [livejournal.com profile] amonitrate
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8524
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Smut, Angst
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 13 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This story sizzles. It pairs a younger Pepper and Tony, free from the restraint of their later relationship, and shows us a hookup in the men's bathroom of a European dance club that might (or might not) have happened. It's well-written and astonishingly hot - I have a thing for stories which are realistic about sex, and let me just say that the lack of a condom in this story means a) there's no actual sex and b) you'll actually be grateful for that because it turns the story into something you might not have otherwise expected.
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Fandom Category: Tangled
Pairing: Rapunzel/Flynn Rider
Fic Title: Snip
Author: Evelynn
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6818776/1/Snip
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 12 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This is a lovely and understated coda to the movie - Eugene and Rapunzel have a few minutes alone to talk after coming to the palace, and it's sweet and funny but also wise and a little somber too. There's a careful nervousness and understated co-dependence here, in the midst of so many changes to their lives, that speaks to their relationship after the climax of the movie beautifully.
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Fandom Category: Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
Pairing: Meliara Astiar/Vidanric Renselaeus
Fic Title: Twelve Views of Meliara and Vidanric
Author: Ione
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/302373
Rating/Warning(s): not rated, but I'd put it at PG
Genre: Romance, Character Study
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 11 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: This sweet and subtle story would fit right into canon, revisiting the events and characters of the second book and giving us a variety of insights into Mel and Vidanric's slowly evolving relationship. The use of secondary characters POVs is so well done here, weaving together romance and character moments with a gentle twist of politics.
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Fandom Category: Misfits
Pairing: Kelly Bailey/Nathan Young
Fic Title: Blame the Numbers
Author: [livejournal.com profile] d_sieya
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/142031
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Humor, UST
WIP?: no
Special Rec: 10 of 34

Why This Must Be Read: A large part of the pleasure of this story is just how well the author nails the distinctive character voices, with Kelly and Nathan hanging out and bickering and just being themselves, over pizza. I alternately want to strangle, laugh at, and ruffle Nathan's mess of hair here (a sure sign that the author has captured the core essence of the character for me - as one of the other commenters said, "God bless that obnoxious little shit") and cheer on Kelly's accent and blunt attitude and awesomeness. This short story is funny and reads like a missing scene from the show.

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