Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create
Please read the warnings for these works before you read or listen to the actual works. Honestly, most of these are very SFW, with minor sex jokes or offhand references to sex, but a couple of them really aren't. I've marked those NSFW, obviously, but for more specific warnings please see the work's listed warnings. I do this because I don't feel comfortable writing the warnings for other people's works, and I don't know what other people need to be warned for tbh.
This list is not comprehensive. I think I could make a rec list that's 1000 fics long for Naruto alone. I have read a billion Naruto fics. I have also only included 1 fic written in a fandom I write for. I generally don't rec for fandoms I write for, for Reasons, but I want everyone in the universe to read that fic. Anyway I'll stop explaining and give you this pile of things I like, in no particular order except the first one:
[podfic] somewhere my flower is there
by novembersmith, as read by rhea314
tsuritama, haru/yukisummary:“If someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself, ‘Somewhere, my flower is there…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened… And you think that is not important!” - Le Petit Princerec notes:
this is my favourite. my favourite everything. it's not just the fic: i love the fic, of course, but this fic comes alive as a podfic. if someone asks me for a podfic rec, or i'm trying to get someone into podfic in general, this is the one i rec. it has everything: voices, charisma, cuteness, charm, emotional highs, DID I MENTION THE CUTENESS??, friendship... it's darling. rhea314 is really good at haru's voice. she's amazing at making him feel just like the character in the anime, and my heart grows three sizes every time i listen to this. it's heartwarming, and the tale of a cute alien fish learning about human love and still maintaining that very distinct alienness is so WONDERFUL. anyway if you listen to/read one thing on this list, please let it be this one.
[fic] all the world's a stage
brooklyn 99, rosa diaz/jake peraltasummary: In fall of 2009 Rosa showed up at Jake's apartment unannounced to propose marriage. Which was weird for a number of reasons, primarily because Jake had no idea she even knew where he lived.
"No seriously," he said, once he stopped laughing. "Why're you here."
She looked at him with a raised eyebrow. "One thousand push-ups."
"Cool," Jake said. "Let me get my coat."rec notes:
i laughed for a million years, i might still be laughing. this characterization is possibly the love of my life. rosa is PERFECT, and jake's general puppy-ness shines through. this show is so pure, and the purity really carries through in this fic, with genuine humour that's never at anyone's expense, just like the show. i love this fic. i wanna marry it.
[podfic] no place like home
by dirgewithoutmusic, as read by opalsong
harry potter, gensummary:When Petunia Dursley refused to take Harry in she forfeited his birthright protection, so Dumbledore took the baby to the safest place he knew: Hogwarts.
The applicable staff (mostly just… not Snape) took Harry in on a rotating schedule as he grew from baby to toddler to child. They traded extra credit for babysitting among the older students, and Harry grew up knowing a few dozen different laps that were safe and warm to nap in.
This was a Harry who grew up among books, among old transient walls and learned professors. They gave Binns night duty sometimes, and let him talk young Harry to sleep. This was a Harry whose world changed, on principle, daily. The stairs moved. The walls became doors. You had to keep your eyes open–you had to pay attention. So he did.
He grew up in a school. Knowledge was power, but knowledge was also joy. This was his sanctuary. There was magic in his world from birth.rec notes:
harry potter finding a family is my kink tbh. i could read a million stories about it, but this is one of the best ones. once again, i recommend you listen instead of read. this one's great to read, too, ofc, but it really gains something in the oration-- perhaps because listening to it makes you slow down, and you can really appreciate the interesting turns of phrase and asides that dirgewithout music includes. also opalsong is a great reader. i listen to pretty much everything they publish because they're just really talented. i love this.
[fic] close to the chest
haikyuu!!, yahaba/kyoutanisummary:It takes Yahaba thirteen years to realize he's different from the other kids, one to figure out how to hide it, and two more to learn to be happy just the way he is.rec notes:
this fic has some of my favourite characterization in a fic. i especially like the way the side characters shine in this-- oikawa is an absolute delight. i quote this fic pretty often in my daily hq!! conversations because the dialogue is so sharp. yahaba feels real and relatable, and his melancholy never veers into maudlin. i really adore this fic, which i do honestly feel is one of the best written I've read in a long while. Pacing and characterization really sparkle in darkmagicalgirl's fics, and this one is a prime example of that.
[fic] Tides of Loneliness
rurouni kenshin, kenshin/kaorusummary:As an Alpha, Kaoru is a powerful and charismatic leader… well, in her dreams, that is. In 11th of Meiji, the society’s expectations label women as deferential, demure homemakers and Kaoru is the very definition of a lonely misfit. But then she meets Kenshin Himura and nothing is black and white anymore.
this is a really interesting way of fusing rk canon with ABO in a way that makes a beautiful and tragic amount of sense. this work is rly powerful for being so short, and really shows one of the things people can do with ABO that's not about sex or sexual power at all. there's no sex in this. no references to sex. i love those, too, but this was different in a way i've been wanting to see for a while from this trope. this is a story about control, and what happens when it's abused. what it can do to people when they devote their lives to something intangible, and what having power when you don't know how to wield it can be frightening. it's a great story that really relies on solid characterization to make the AU work... and work it does imho. kaoru is totally believable as a sheltered alpha that doesn't know her own strength, and kenshin as an omega fits flawlessly into the hierarchy of the bakamatsu.
[fic] rumour has it
a song of ice and fire, sansa stark/margaery tyrellsummary:“Did you hear about Sansa Stark and Margaery Tyrell in Greenhouse Five?” The rumour mill turns.rec notes:
this is freakin adorable and also happy sansa/margaery fic is my asoiaf poison of choice. this is a harry potter au where the houses of asoiaf are pureblood families and politics plays out thus.
[fic] i looked at you and saw forever
teen wolf, allison/stilessummary:When she walks into the classroom and catches his eye, it’s like all the puzzle pieces in the world clicking into place. Like finding something essential to their survival that neither of them ever realized was missing to begin with. Like coming up for air and finally being able to breathe unrestricted.rec notes:
this is a soulmate au that i really enjoyed. the unusual pairing really worked for me in this fic, and i thought it was a good exploration of an often underexamined dynamic. stiles and allison are so fun together. also i love soulmate aus.
[fic] an invincible summer
naruto, minor pairings but so not the point (sasuke/naruto)summary:When Naruto is five, he's gutted by a drunken civilian and presumed dead.
Six months later a girl with ash pale hair and dark blue eyes enters the Academy.rec notes:
i don't want to spoil this fic, but genderfluid naruto has never been more real or more wonderful than in this fic. also this fic is really fluffy despite the grim summary. it's about seeing the best in people, and seeing for who they have the potential to become. naruto in this fic is so Good, and because of that, they make everyone else Good around them. I really love this fic. It makes me happy. it's also funny and cute and has found family and a TINY smidgeon of romance. just a little ;). there's also another fic that diverges around the first third of the story to tell another possible outcome, and it is also really fun to read, if not as in depth and in the vein of what i like, which is people building their own families when the world doesn't shake out for them right on that front.
[fic] fairy dance of death
sword art onlinesummary: AU reboot of the entire SAO storyline, beginning from the premise that Kayaba Akihiko was obsessed with magic and Norse Mythology rather than swords and pure melee. As a result, he created the Death Game of Alfheim Online rather than the floating castle of Aincrad—a world in which player-killing is not a crime, and the nine player races are in competition with each other to reach the top of the World Tree.
i don't know how to rec this beyond saying 'wow' at the sheer amount of research and worldbuilding that went into it. it's truly impressive, and i like it a lot better than i like its source material. fandom is so good to me sometimes.
[podfic] look at this wonderful mess we've made
by shelockelly, as read by RSCreighton
hockey rpf, jamie benn/tyler seguin, nsfwsummary:A name-on-wrist soulmate AU where being outed by a same-sex name is still newsworthy if you're in professional sports and is a very real concern for some NHL players. Despite the shifting attitudes, no one in the sport has ever come out publicly.
Tyler has always felt relieved that 'Jamie' could be a male or female name, it makes hiding his sexuality a lot easier. Jamie's not been so lucky.rec notes:
this is a hard listen. i got so angry at jamie so many times listening to this, but the kind of angry where i'm half angry AT him and half angry at the world for making him like this. at points you think they're too broken, and that it can't be fixed, but i think that the pacing really benefits this story in that the resolution feels thoroughly earned. RSCreighton has a comforting voice for me, and i really enjoyed this as a podfic, as I don't usually have the attention span for fics like this if I have to read them.
[podfic] House in the Red Light District
by Kyogre, as read by Opalsong
snk (attack on titan)summary:Armin, Eren and Mikasa inherit a brothel. A very classy brothel, that's popular with the military. They have no idea what they're doing, but with Armin's cunning, Mikasa's ability to kick ass, and Eren's mysterious kink-discovering skills, they pull through okay. Mostly.
this is hilarious, and i'm reccing it for the joke delivery. it's so great. a really fun listen that's not going to shank you in the gut like most of the things I love.
[podfic] when you get where you are going
by pryodynamo, as read by Rhea314
tiger & bunny, koutetsu/barnabysummary:
none givenrec notes:
i've never read this fic, but I've listened to it 20 times. it's another story about finding yourself, and figuring out what you want. i love those ;)
[fic] The Rest of Your Life
baseball rpf, munson/chavezsummary: two boys grow uprec notes:
this fic fucking destroyed me, i see this fic in my dreams, don't read this fic if you want to believe happiness exists, it's so good read it anyway. this fic is like getting dropped in the coldest part of the ocean with weights on your ankles, but really, this fic is actually like a warm summer afternoon, sitting across from your best friend, eating popsicles and realizing you're in love with them. and then realizing that you really shouldn't be. ahhhhh it's so good.
[fic] Behind this Wall of Metaphors
by cherryvanilla and impertinence
rpf, jonathan toews/kristen stewart | jonathon toews/patrick kane | kristen stewart/charlize theron, nsfwsummary: In which KStew and Tazer meet in a bar, hookup, becoming bros who bone, talk about their gay crushes, and begin fake dating in an attempt to make said gay crushes jealous. Mostly in that order.rec notes:
so i read this before the whole patrick kane thing happened, and i sorta lost my taste for patrick kane, but this fic is So Good. kristen is so amazingly written, as is the friendship between jonny and kristen. rarely do i read fic where sex with friends isn't some kind of underlying promise of romance-- in this, the sex and the romance are clearly two separate things, the fake dating is actually fake, and other things are happening with people outside their friends-with-benefits situation. i really like that. the dialogue is great, too, and there are no girls-as-villains, bless. also charlize/kristen for life, i swear, i love-- anyway, the characterization is great, it's HOT, it's a lot of fun to read but doesn't skimp on introspection. i like this fic a lot. so much that it survived my great kane/toews bookmark purge of 2k15.
UM OKAY THAT'S ENOUGH FOR NOW--