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1st-Jul-2015 06:05 pm - Remix recs
A few recs from Remix... Apparently all superhero-related. Um, yay?

Always Another One (the Robin Recruitment Remix) (DCU, gen)
There have been Robins in Gotham City for almost twenty years. The detectives of the M.C.U. have opinions about that.
This fic does a great job of exploring the weird and unpleasant realities of Batman's revolving cast of sidekicks, through the POV of the Gotham PD.

To Get a Dirty Job Done (the Redheaded Woman Remix) (DCU, Dick/Steph)
Dick and Steph go undercover at a masked ball and things get a little hot and heavy.
Costumes and Bat-shenanigans and sexytimes, what more could you want?

Interregnum (the World on Fire Remix) (Avengers/Daredevil, Natasha/Matt)
The day after SHIELD falls, Matt Murdock finds an unexpected visitor in his apartment.
Not really a crossover, I guess, because these two universes intersect in canon. So this is extra-plausible, yay!

A Sight for Sore Eyes (the Eye of the Storm Remix) (Captain America/Agent Carter, Peggy/Steve)
Sometimes, ever so rarely, her mission and his overlap long enough for a moment of peace in the middle of it all. Peggy meets Captain Rogers and the Howling Commandos to deliver some important intelligence.
The badass WWII Peggy fic I've always wanted and never even knew to ask for.
21st-Apr-2015 03:08 pm - Genfic recs!
All Destinations Approximate by [archiveofourown.org profile] jonesandashes and [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat (Avengers)
“Jarvis, please refrain from killing me. I’m coming in to look at you.” Long & plotty action-adventure fic with lots of team bonding.

Widow's Flight by [archiveofourown.org profile] mhalachai (Avengers)
Because after ten hours in an Arizona state lockup, the last person Bruce Banner wanted to see was Natasha Romanoff. Nice friendship fic. This is part of an enormously long crossover series, but can absolutely be read alone.

Valor, Valeria by [archiveofourown.org profile] aimmyarrowshigh (Hunger Games)
Gale sells and Finnick is sold, and there is no honor in Panem. Dark, twisted and brutal -- entirely in line with THG canon.

Piecework by [archiveofourown.org profile] byzantienne (Hunger Games)
Cinna makes the best decision of his career. Or the worst, if you ask President Snow. Cinna and the Mockingjay's wedding dress.

The Naked Club by [tumblr.com profile] keeptheearthbelow (Hunger Games)
“The time has come,” Johanna begins in a credible Capitol accent, “to enlarge our circle and take in a new member.” Hilarious and also very true to canon, a rare combo in this fandom.

BTW: my fic recs are also on pinboard.
5th-Apr-2015 09:53 am - More Raven Cycle recs!
A Streetlight for the Stars by [archiveofourown.org profile] coyotesuspect (Ronan/Adam)
Sometimes, Ronan dreams about Adam. One night, he accidentally brings one of those dreams back with him. I loved this fic. It felt like this was bound to happen eventually, and the characters' reactions were spot-on.

Drive It Like You Stole It by [archiveofourown.org profile] giddygeek (Ronan/Adam)
“He wants you,” Gansey said bluntly. Adam sucked in a breath, feeling the words in his whole body. “I’m not saying Cabeswater can do anything about that. But I think it’s important to wonder if it might.” I love how this fic explores Cabeswater's impact on them, not just on their first kiss but on a relationship. Also, college applications! This pleases me more than it should, haha.

I would be glad to tell you and walk away, by [archiveofourown.org profile] ecaitlin (Ronan/Adam)
The problem, when it came down to it, was that the longer he waited for Ronan to actually do something about how he felt, the more Adam wanted him to.

Matchmaker Calla by [archiveofourown.org profile] writtensins (Ronan/Adam)
Blue snorted loudly. “Ronan with a crush. That'll be the day.” He lifted his head from the window just as Ronan's eyes flicked to him. Their eyes met and for once, Ronan didn't look away. In which Ronan is called out.

Intransitive by [archiveofourown.org profile] isis (Blue/Gansey)
Verbs are the action words, things that happen: driving, kissing, dying. Transitive verbs are done to someone. Intransitive verbs just happen. Kissing and not-kissing in the Camaro, lots of tension and feelings. Oh, these two.
29th-Mar-2015 05:06 pm - Hunger Games AU recs
Remember when I did weekly recs posts? No? That's probably because it was 10,000 years ago and we had to write our fic on the cave walls and walk to cons uphill both ways. In the snow! I might try it again, though. We'll see.

Here, have some Hunger Games AU recs.

Hurry Hard by [archiveofourown.org profile] amelinazenitram (Katniss/Peeta)
“Okay, I’ll be good. But I still contend that curling is not a real sport.” Prim, Johanna, and a reluctant Katniss join a curling club. Peeta is the head instructor. Awkwardness ensues. A nice long, absorbing fic with lots of detail about curling in with the shippy stuff.

Fair Play, by [archiveofourown.org profile] ghtlovesthg (Katniss/Peeta)
Peeta is taking aim, and he has his sights set on Katniss. Too bad he's the worst shot she's ever seen. Super adorable. I have to be in the right mood to read something this fluffy, but when I am, this is everything I could hope for. [Mostly a county fair-type setting, but could take place in District 12 if you squint.]

The Bread Whisperer by [archiveofourown.org profile] penelopeweaving (Katniss/Peeta)
It was the most bizarre thing she could ever imagine, but here she was, addicted to watching this strange YouTube channel that showed a man’s hands kneading dough. The YouTube AU that I never knew I needed.

A Modern-Day Romance by [archiveofourown.org profile] atetheredmind (Katniss/Peeta)
The courtship of Everlark, as told through dick pics and sexts. I love epistolary fics, and this one makes great use of mobile tech, plus this author definitely knows how to bring the hotness.

Enthralled by [fanfiction.net profile] damndonnergirls (Gale/Madge, Katniss/Peeta, others)
Viking AU. Really, that's all I should have to say. Thrall (þræll), n., a slave or serf in Viking Age Scandinavia. After a successful raid, Gale is rewarded with a slave girl: the Saxon noblewoman Madge. Meanwhile, shieldmaiden Katniss grows closer to captive monk Peeta. A Hunger Games AU inspired by History Channel's Vikings.
[There's also a modern-day sequel here -- I'm quite enjoying it, but I don't rec WIPs here, so.]
21st-Mar-2015 04:11 pm - Raven Cycle fic recs
Rec list for The Raven Cycle! If you haven't read these books, I highly recommend them! If you have, please come talk to me about them!

Time Enough, but None to Spare, by [archiveofourown.org profile] marks (Gansey/Blue)
Blue learns what comes around, goes around and then goes around again and again. Nice long, plotty fic with the whole ensemble, and a great take on both Blue and Gansey's prophecies.

Eight of Swords, by [archiveofourown.org profile] isis (team gen with Gansey/Blue & Ronan/Adam)
The gang goes into one of Ronan's dreams together. I loved this as an exploration of Noah especially.

The Gates of Horn, by [archiveofourown.org profile] ariadnes_string (Ronan gen with Ronan & Gansey friendship)
“You’re aware that Virginia law forbids minors getting tattoos without the express permission of their legal guardian?” Beautiful character exploration, and I loved the Gansey-Ronan friendship here.

Out For Re-Henge, by [archiveofourown.org profile] momebie (Ronan & Blue friendship)
Blue has a favor to ask of Ronan while Gansey and Adam are away. She ends up receiving much more than she expected. (Or, that one where Ronan teaches Blue to drive stick and they have adventures.) These two + roadside attractions = perfection.

Like Young Volcanoes, by [archiveofourown.org profile] shoemaster (Ronan/Kavinsky)
A pre-Dream Thieves hookup. I love how sex between them basically changes nothing about the story, haha.

Body Count, by [archiveofourown.org profile] zee (Ronan/Adam)
Ronan was a corpse in the pew in front of him, and Adam wasn’t about to give him what he claimed to want. “Fuck off. I’m not leaving,” he said instead, his voice high and brittle but unwavering. A BLLB a AU where Adam doesn't leave after Ronan's dream double dies. This moment in BLLB is definitely a strange plot point, one that could probably support a hundred fics -- really glad the author decided to explore it.

Might Have Thought That We Were One, by [archiveofourown.org profile] flimsy and [archiveofourown.org profile] justaboat (Ronan/Adam)
Adam is going to want to know why he’s here, and Ronan won’t have an answer. He’s got four minutes to figure one out, but before his racing, stupid, hateful mind can come up with something that’s not a lie, that’ll still work, the back entrance of the factory opens and Adam strides out. Ouch, my heart. This one is a perfect blend of hot and hurtful.

In Soft and Sheltered Spaces, by [archiveofourown.org profile] sibylsleaves (Ronan/Adam)
This time it's Ronan who's fluently disdainful of Adam's clumsy attempts to communicate. Until he realizes what Adam is really trying to say. I absolutely love, love, love the characterization in this fic. Ronan is perfectly prickly and defensive.
16th-Mar-2015 11:16 pm - Divergent fic recs
Sometimes you really need fanfic to make up for the deficiencies of canon... For me, Divergent fits that scenario completely. It can be hard to find good fic in this fandom, though. Here are a few I enjoyed. All are Four/Tris.
I have also written one of my own that you might enjoy.

Alternate POVs
Touch by [fanfiction.net profile] wee_kraken
Only a Stiff can know what a touch can mean, and she is still a Stiff, with her stubborn posture and kind eyes, watching mine. She is still a Stiff, because she has never tried to touch me. Not yet.
A short vignette of Visiting Day from Four's POV. I love the cultural differences between the factions, and this is one of the big ones.

Killing Four by [fanfiction.net profile] wee_kraken (Insurgent from Four's POV, beginning in Candor)
Four is dead. I've killed him. He was an ideal, a Dauntless prodigy that never really existed.

Alternate Canon
Three Parts Dead by [archiveofourown.org profile] lolableu
He kisses my lips and then each of the four birds tattooed under my collarbone, lingering a little longer on the newest one; the one closest to my heart; the one that represents him. Post-Insurgent/Tris' fear of intimacy.

Paradigms by [fanfiction.net profile] lieselmemingers
Tris and Tobias undo five of their preconceived ideas about sex.

Alternate Factions
Tis But the Truth in Masquerade by [archiveofourown.org profile] nighimpossible
A five things fic: four AUs that describe what life could have been like if Tris and Four had chosen differently, and one description of what reality holds for them at the end of Divergent. Spoilers only through the first book.

Gray on Grey by [fanfiction.net profile] Punzie_the_Platypus (Abnegation AU)
this is a story about two Abnegation members: one with blonde hair and plain, though striking features, and one with a hooked nose and scars sliced across his back, and how they fall in love while struggling with their divergence.

The Safer Place by [fanfiction.net profile] karebear (Abnegation AU)
"I realize that if we had both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones."

Into the Blood We Sink and Burn by [archiveofourown.org profile] lolableu (Tris stays in Abnegation, Four leaves Dauntless)
"Why did you stay?" "Why did you leave?" she shoots back. He scowls at her like he's sick of their little game and she smiles up at him like getting under his skin is just what she wanted. "What's your name? Or is that supposed to be a mystery too?"

Full Alternate Ending
Determinant by [fanfiction.net profile] windchimed
If you can get past the author's ridiculously over-hyped summary, this is an enjoyable alternative to Allegiant.

The Requirements of Grief by [archiveofourown.org profile] scribblemyname (gen, Tobias and Caleb)
Caleb's creation, handed over with worried eyes but steady fingers, stimulates happiness. "Deep brain stimulation used to be used to treat depression," he started to go off the first time, when he was still chasing the solution, but then paused when he realized who he was talking to.
28th-Oct-2014 05:06 pm - More Hunger Games recs
Achilles Heel by [archiveofourown.org profile] mithrigil (gen)
Finnick’s Games. The ones he plays in, the ones he wins, and the ones he’s still a pawn in ever after.

And We Are Shining by [archiveofourown.org profile] electrumqueen (Finnick/Johanna, Finnick/Annie, Gale/Johanna)
we will never be afraid again. finnick and johanna rebuild their lives, together and apart. the capitol always casts a shadow. Postwar AU where Finnick lives.

Career Day by [archiveofourown.org profile] deathmallow (gen)
Haymitch didn’t waste time, at least. “I want my boy in with the pack.” Finnick POV on the 74th games. I love Haymitch's machinations and Finnick's mentoring apathy -- and of COURSE the mentors decide who goes in the pack.

Pure (or Five Times Peeta Wasn't) by [archiveofourown.org profile] aimmyarrowshigh (Katniss/Peeta)
Author says: This was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend about Peeta's tone when he tells Katniss, "You're so pure" in Catching Fire. Why isn't Peeta? What changed for him between THG and CF?

Ghosts with Just Voices by [archiveofourown.org profile] acciograce (Katniss/Peeta, post-MJ)
There are some questions about Peeta's life before the hijacking that hurt to answer. And there are some that she can't answer at all. I always love stories that deal with memory loss, and this one does it very well, capturing Katniss's uncertain tenderness perfectly.

Saturday Night in the Seam by [fanfiction.net profile] solaryllis (Gale/Madge)
What do people do for fun in District 12 when the threat of immediate death isn't hanging over them? A rare Hunger Games fic that's both true to canon and also sweet and fluffy.
11th-Oct-2014 11:24 am - Hunger Games Rec List
Ooops, I tripped and fell into a new fandom. Here, have some recs!

OBVIOUSLY - fics so highly recommended by others that anyone interested in this fandom has already read them, but they're so good that I didn't want to leave them off the list.

THEIR LAST NIGHT OF LOVE: A SPECIAL VERITY PRESENTATION, EXCLUSIVELY FOR PREFERRED CUSTOMERS, by [archiveofourown.org profile] yahtzee (Katniss/Peeta) *highly recommended*
Amid the media circus leading up to the Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta try to create something real. This fic is totally twisted and horrible, and yet fits perfectly into canon. It could be a missing scene. Which is why it’s great. (Also, it’s Yahtzee. Run, don’t walk.)

The Unrecorded Hours, by [archiveofourown.org profile] hollycomb (Katniss/Peeta, post-MJ)
Katniss and Peeta in the weeks and months after the war. Highly acclaimed for a reason.

To the Victor, the Spoil by [archiveofourown.org profile] annakovsky (nonromantic Katniss/Haymitch, AU)
No berries, no mockingjay, no rebellion. Katniss killed Peeta in the arena, and now she has to live with herself like every other victor.

Capitol Pastries by [archiveofourown.org profile] aimmyarrowshigh (Katniss/Peeta, AU)
Author's Summary: The only person who wins the Hunger Games is Snow, and you know it. You gave up happy when you kept playing Snow's games. (Peeta is a Victor and Katniss was never reaped; he has to play the part for Snow to protect her)

CANON-COMPLIANT FICS - take place during the books.
Each Blessed Hour Brings Sixty of ‘Em by [archiveofourown.org profile] mithrigil (Peeta and Haymitch, gen)
The night before the interview, Peeta asks to be coached separately. Good thing Haymitch has a lot of knowledge to impart. This is a serious turning point in the books, and I think Peeta deserves a lot more credit for it.

The Water is Rising Quick by [fanfiction.net profile] monroeslittle (Peeta gen with Katniss/Peeta and Peeta/others)
Peeta learns about sex.

Three Times Gale Hawthorne Defended Katniss Everdeen (and Three Times He Couldn’t), by audreyii_fic (Gale/Katniss)
Gale always looks out for Katniss, even when she doesn't know it.

Breaking Free by [profile] dreamfall_nnwm (Finnick and Plutarch, gen)
Finnick's been stealthily collecting secrets for ten years. He thought nobody knew. Turns out someone did--and they needed him.

A Trilogy of Finnick Fics by [archiveofourown.org profile] mithrigil and [archiveofourown.org profile] puella_nerdii
Wisely, I Say, I am a Bachelor (Finnick/Cinna)
How Cinna became a revolutionary, and other stories; most notably, how he deconstructed Finnick Odair.

Scylla and Charybdis (Finnick/Annie)
Finnick decides that, come hell or high water, he is bringing his tribute home from the seventieth Hunger Games. That tribute is Annie Cresta. But Finnick never thought that he would have to choose between bringing her home and keeping her safe, and he wants both. How Annie Cresta crept up on Finnick Odair.

A View from the Lists (Finnick/Annie, Finnick/Cinna)
The seventy-fourth Hunger Games are about to begin, and Finnick Odair is called back to mentor for the first time in years. Between that, his obligations in the Capitol, and the growing political unrest back home in District Four, he’s got more than enough to manage—and that’s not even counting this year’s fire-starting tributes from District Twelve.

POST-CANON FICS (canon compliant)
Backscatter by [archiveofourown.org profile] sprat (Haymitch and Katniss’s daughter, gen)
By the fourth day, I've decided me and Haymitch are building a bomb. That rare commodity, future-kidfic that’s not saccharine-sweet.

We Have Not Touched the Stars by [archiveofourown.org profile] zombieboyband (Katniss/Peeta) *highly recommended*
"Sometimes I miss the shackles," Peeta says. Peeta trusts Katniss enough to break him and put him back together, so that's what he asks for. Rough and tender, hard and sweet: love is complicated. So, so necessary after Peeta using his shackles to stay in touch with reality in MJ. This may be the most in-character BDSM fic I've ever read.

Let Me Name the Stars for You by pickle_fic (Gale/Johanna)
The look on his face when he opens the door and finds her standing on the other side is kind of hilarious. Like she's the last person in the world he expects. I have such a soft spot for these two, it’s fantastic.

Swear I was Born Right in the Doorway by and_backagain (Peeta/Gale, AU)
For the prompt, "victor!peeta/gale, [au] katniss dies in the arena and peeta starts a revolution in her name; gale hates the merchants but he hates the capitol more."

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by jacyevans (Katniss/Peeta, AU)
Katniss kills President Snow, and his granddaughter participates in the seventy-sixth annual Hunger Games. Everything changes.

A Year with No Victor, by [fanfiction.net profile] dustwriter (Katniss/Peeta, AU)
Destined to fall in love, but under the cruelest circumstances. Katniss is a Career, and she goes into the arena with Peeta. Then the Games happen.

ALTERNATE UNIVERSE - this fandom sure does love their AUs.
Knot Your Fingers Through Mine, by [fanfiction.net profile] monroeslittle (Katniss/Peeta, Historical AU)
Peeta and Katniss and the American Civil War.

At the Peak by [archiveofourown.org profile] maddmaddworld (Katniss/Peeta, AU)
Katniss Everdeen moved to Summit County to work with her mentor and study the geology of the Rocky Mountains. She never expected to meet a sweet, shy snowboard instructor who would turn her first winter in Colorado upside down. Brush-after-reading fluffy, but surprisingly memorable. Great for reading on a rainy day.

Slipstream by [archiveofourown.org profile] purple-cube (Finnick/Annie, AU)
Finnick finds that he may have bitten off more than he can chew when he takes on the role of youth swim coach at the local aquatic center - until Annie Cresta comes to his rescue.
By Choice or By Habit by sholio (Gen, Bucky)
He is useful. He holds onto that. He is useful and a useful tool will not be thrown away.
Oh, Bucky.

This Bullet Lodged in my Chest, Covered with Your Name by cinaed (Bucky/Natasha)
Some of Natasha’s memories are true, some are false, but throughout all of them runs one thread of remembrance: a cool metal hand gentle upon her back, tender against her cheek, tight around her throat; an assassin with a crooked smile and eyes like winter.

I (Created from Fantasies) Exist Solely for You by mizzy (Steve/Tony)
Steve is defrosted a year too late, Thor has forgotten who he is, and no one knows Tony is Iron Man. Fury sends Steve undercover as a comic book artist and hijinks ensue. Fun fic with superhero adventure, office pranks and a great meta twist.

Love Among the Hydrothermal Vents by devildoll (Steve/Tony)
In which Namor has a thing for Steve, an octopus has a thing for Tony, and Steve and Tony eventually have a thing for each other.
Hilarious and shippy and warm and fuzzy underwater romance. What more could a fangirl ask?

Traitor's Throne by cluegirl (Fantasy AU, Steve/Tony)
The war is over, the invaders are defeated, and the Avenger is dead. A year later on, searching for absolution, Prince Anthony Stark makes a pilgrimage to where it all began.
I've read this fic three times and I still haven't absorbed all of it. Awesome fantasy AU with dragons and alchemy and swordfighting.

Engaging the Enemy by tsukinofaerii (AU, Steve/Tony)
Iron Man is one of the more persistent villains that the Ultimates face, with a special fondness for one Captain America. As Steve starts to findout more and more about him, the lines between hero and villain begin to blur. Sometimes, you don't have to be on the right side of the law to be in the right.
I love Supervillain!Tony Stark so much, I don't even have words for it. LOVE.

Secrets of a Successful Marriage by valtyr (AU, Steve/Tony)
Tony Stark lives a double life; he's secretly the supervillain known as Iron Man. But his loving husband Steve has a few secrets of his own, as Tony is about to discover.
3rd-Nov-2011 08:49 pm - Avengers movieverse fic recs!
A Week in the Life of Highly Respected SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson, by [archiveofourown.org profile] boombangbing (gen)
Phil would just like to state for the record that this was all Tony Stark's fault. (Seven increasingly chaotic days in the life of Phil Coulson.)

Improvise by [archiveofourown.org profile] jenna_thorn (gen)
Avengers at the State Fair. Very funny teamfic, with fried butter and midway games and fighting evil, too.

Twenty-Twelve by [archiveofourown.org profile] sheafrotherdon (Steve/Tony)
The tangle of PTSD. Although this is a pairing fic, it's also a really well-done illustration of the ways in which both Steve and Tony are scarred by the lives they've led.

Honey, I Can See the Stars by [personal profile] twentysomething (Steve/Tony)
"Okay, I'm taking you to my tailor." Tony pronounces seriously, staring at Steve over a pair of red-tinted sunglasses. Steve looks down, adjusting his t-shirt, which was, admittedly maybe a little threadbare. He'd borrowed the jeans from Thor, who had, Steve thought, borrowed them from Jane, who had borrowed them from a previous flame.

Tomorrow Belongs to Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] valtyr (Steve/Tony)
Steve wakes up in the 21st Century. He doesn't think much of it, and it's dubious about him. He meets a Norse God, joins a superhero team, and feels terribly awkward about the whole momument at Arlington he's rendered obsolete by not being dead. Meanwhile, Tony is trying to make his mark on history by being the man who finally drove Nick Fury over the edge.

Look Here, Look Back, Look Ahead by [archiveofourown.org profile] marinarusalka (Steve/Tony)
September, 1941: Returning from a mission as Iron Man, Tony Stark crash-lands in the Carpathian Mountains and is rescued by Captain America. The two heroes team up to investigate Nazi activity at a mysterious castle. But Captain America is keeping secrets that could destroy their new partnership before it has a chance to begin.
I think this is based on comics canon that I don't know, but I just read it as an AU for the Captain America movie and had no problem following.

Ready, Fire, Aim by [archiveofourown.org profile] gyzym (Steve/Tony)
“I believe that could have gone better, sir,” says Jarvis. “Captain America is a dick,” says Tony, “and I want that written on my fucking tombstone.”
3rd-Jul-2011 09:31 am - Santana + Klaine friendship
Another themed recs set! I'm going to have to stop saying that I don't do those.

I absolutely love these fics, where Santana is friends with Blaine and/or Kurt, alternately scandalizing them and asking them for gay advice. I'm sure I missed some, too, so if you know of more Santana friendship fics, please link me!

Grandeur in this View of Life by sin_fin [Kurt-Santana friendship]
"Your lumbering hulk of a brother let it slip you loiter here when you're not in gay school, and I needed some coffee," Santana Lopez says instead. She holds out her hand expectantly, palm upward, open, and Kurt stares dumbfounded until she side-eyes him and adds, voice cloying and sultry, "aren't you going to buy a lady a drink?"

The Dirtiest Clean by bitsi [Kurt-Santana friendship]
“I don’t even know how to do that,” Kurt says with a frown. “Do I just take naked pictures? What if they find them later and leak them to tabloids?”
“Why would tabloids want your nudes?” Santana says, but Kurt just looks at her like she’s the dumb one in this situation. “Let me do it,” she says and he clutches his phone to his chest before reluctantly handing it over.

Modern Girls and Old-Fashioned Men by seaouryou [Blaine-Santana friendship]
Blaine thinks he's just the person to help Santana through her sexuality crisis. Santana thinks Blaine is an idiot.

Karaoke Curiosities by regala_electra [Blaine-Santana friendship]
Wherein Rachel Berry has exciting news, Blaine’s music choices remain questionable but his ardent love of Kurt's dynamic personality continues to endure, Kurt attempts to avoid the madness of Blaine and Santana’s friendship, and Santana has the most awesome blog you’re probably not reading. Oh yeah, and Blaine and Santana fondly reminisce on their fierce high school duet. Plus Kurt and Blaine totally do it. (Then they duet.)
This is a sequel to her earlier fic "Fleet Week Follies," but it stands alone just fine.

Thank You for Being a Friend by sotto_voice [Blaine-Santana friendship]
Over the course of the summer, Santana steadily becomes less of an enigma to Blaine. Mostly because she keeps walking into the employee-only area at Six Flags and also crashing his dates.

The 'Opposites Attract' series by missgoalie75 [Blaine-Santana friendship]
Rachel Berry ★ wrote on Blaine Anderson's wall: Just so you know, your portmanteau with Santana Lopez is Blanana. LOLZ.
Kurt Hummel, Brittany S. Pierce and 24 others like this.
Santana Lopez: WTF? I'm away for 2 seconds and this shit happens? BLANANA? Hell to the NO.
12th-Jun-2011 08:42 am - 5 recs - Glee, RPF, fandom
I don't normally have a theme for my recs, but I think this set is themed "I know this isn't my usual pairing / fandom / sounds a little strange, but trust me it's really worth reading."

Zing Zing Zing by sotto_voice (Sam/Mercedes, Kurt/Blaine)
Kurt just can't sit idly by and watch his friends be wildly obvious while thinking they're secretive. Adorable double date, where Kurt confronts Sam & Mercedes about their secret. I think I'm in love with this pairing.

Made for Sunny Days by ellydash (Sam/Mercedes)
Sweet and slow exploration of a summer romance.

The Marching Band Refused to Yield by escritoireazul (AU, Puck/Lauren primarily, with Kurt/Blaine and Mike/Tina)
Really great Marching Band AU series with Lauren and Puck on the drumline navigating a slow, simmering tension. I really like their dynamic here, even though it's not my favorite on the show.

Pairing Pendragon/Merlin by Anonymous (Merlin AU, Arthur/Merlin)
A total AU where Arthur is a popular fic author and Merlin is his beta. I've never seen a single episode of this show but I read this because I saw a rec that said everyone should read this, no matter the fandom, and I think they were right. Forget that it's Merlin and read this as OC's -- if you enjoy stories that take place inside fandom it's a must-read.

I Constantly Thank God for George Lucas by [personal profile] twentysomething [Chris Colfer (Glee) / Ian Crawford (P!atD)]
Really fun adorable RPF with tweets and texts and touring, based almost entirely on the fact that both guys own Star Wars character backpacks. :D
30th-May-2011 10:39 am - Kurt/Blaine and Harry/Ginny recs
Second Hand News by skintightsocks (Kurt/Blaine, New Directions)
Tag for 2x19 "Rumours." All of New Directions ships Kurt/Blaine, and they all try to intervene when they think Kurt might be cheating on him. Blaine + New Directions is one of my favorite combinations in Glee fic, and this fic does a great job with that dynamic. Anyone who enjoys Klaine is probably already following skintightsocks, but they still deserve a mention.

Do You Believe in Magic by tamakito (Kurt/Blaine, Wes)
Wes was becoming increasingly convinced that Kurt Hummel was a Disney princess. All of the signs were there. Kurt had cartoonishly good looks. He had big, sparkling eyes; preternaturally amazing, poofy hair; skin like fresh-poured cream. He had a voice like a bell and used it to deal with his emotions through song. ... But the final nail in the coffin was Pavarotti. Kurt had a faithful, singing animal sidekick, and that right there was just not natural. This whole concept is hilarious, but it works because it's frighteningly true. :D

Your Heart on the Line by venus_aurea (Kurt/Blaine, AU)
Sam moves in next door to the mysterious Blaine Anderson, who throws parties at his mansion every Saturday in an attempt to reconnect with Kurt Hummel, who he hasn’t seen in four years. Yes, it's an AU based on The Great Gatsby! I really enjoyed this fic, and Sam's outsider POV worked especially well.

The Time Traveler's Heart by alishatorn (Kurt/Blaine, AU)
Blaine feels the tug in his gut, the slow/fast spin of the world as he tumbles out of his time and into another, landing in an awkward sprawl on the grass. He’s naked and shivering; the air is cold. Another literary AU, this one based on The Time Traveler's Wife. Beautiful and haunting -- get your tissues ready. The author is also working on a sequel, but it's currently a WIP.

Harry Potter
What's Cooking? by aggiebell90 (Harry/Ginny, Ron and Neville)
"So here's what we're going to do," Ron said. "We're going to host a dinner party. We'll invite all the old crowd so Harry can reconnect. Since he's obviously never going to make a move on Ginny, maybe he can find a girl out of that lot he doesn't have problems with." Light and cute, with friendship and Weasley shenanigans. :)

The Return by lyras (Harry/Ginny)
Voldemort is gone, but Tom Riddle is back - and his mission is to destroy Harry. Great adventure fic that fits perfectly with the tone of canon.

Some Things Are Best Left by curia_regis (Harry/Ginny)
Ginny's always trusted the world she grew up in; it takes Harry to show her the darker side of the wizarding world. I love the way this story treats the Wizarding World as inherently flawed, which we often only see hints of in canon, and Ginny's dawning realization is handled with a light touch.
2nd-May-2011 03:44 pm - Remix recs
All authors are currently anonymous.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Hungry Like the Wolf (the Red Roses Remix) (Xander and Nina, mostly gen)
Xander visits the Council office in London and unexpectedly meets a caged guest there. I love explorations of werewolf-ness in the Buffyverse, and this had a nice side-helping of demons. :)

Waiting for My Real Life to Begin (the Old Photographs Waltz) (Faith-centric, with Xander, Willow and Buffy)
Somewhere along the way Faith became a controlled, careful Faith. She’s just not sure that she’s really Faith any more. I'm such a sucker for a great Faith POV, and this one really hit the spot.

The Boys are Calling for Me (the History Boys Remix) (Kurt/Blaine, AU)
Love is all a matter of timing, or: three times the story couldn't have happened, and one time it did. (Dalton Academy Class of 1923, 1930, 1941 and 2012) Three fascinating historical AU's, with the modern-day counterpart.

Justice League Unlimited
Court Etiquette (the Love Unmasks Us Remix) (Batman/Wonder Woman)
During and after the events of “Hereafter,” Hippolyta has two unexpected conversations and one conversation that, while expected, still manages to surprise her. Wonderful outsider POV, where Hippolyta tries to warn Bats off her daughter, to limited success.

Star Trek XI
Like a Rolling Stone (The Metamorphic Remix) (Gaila gen)
On Orion, Gaila learns there are different kinds of stone. Off Orion, Gaila learns there are different kinds of lives. In which Gaila struggles with her lot in life, and ends up on Vulcan, which is quite different from Orion.

Rocket Science (Earth Girls Aren't Easy Remix) (Chekov, Sulu and Gaila)
For Pavel Chekov, rocket science is easy; it's getting laid that's hard. Luckily, he's got a best friend and a mission plan on his side. Adorable and hilarious fic in which Chekov comes to Sulu for advice on losing his virginity, and Sulu helps him draft a written plan to achieve his objective.

Veronica Mars
There is No Relativity (the Fright Fest Remix) (Veronica-Wallace and Veronica-Lilly friendship, gen)
"You know you are my best sidekick." Wallace paused while Veronica settled back down onto the couch. "At least until I build that robot." Veronica Mars watches horror movies with her BF(F). Wonderful compare-and-contrast here between Veronica's friendships with Wallace and Lilly. Wallace's thoughts on Lilly are especially nice.
Can't Tell You What I Learned; I Could Tell You A Story Or Two, by [personal profile] twentysomething (Kurt/Blaine, college AU)
The whole thing would be a lot more unbearable if his TA wasn't absolutely gorgeous. As it is, Professor Schuester and his collection of extremely ill-advised vests pontificate earnestly about Gregorian chants and Kurt watches Blaine out of the corner of his eye.

A Credit to His House by spazzula (Kurt/Blaine, Hogwarts fusion)
Slytherins and Gryffindors don’t mix, everyone knows that -- so Blaine is understandably shocked the first time Kurt Hummel deigns to speak to him. HP/Glee fusion, with the Glee kids at Hogwarts. No HP characters appear.

To Boldly Go by sotto_voice (Kurt/Blaine, Star Trek fusion)
Blaine Anderson is in the Starfleet Academy command track when he meets fellow cadet Kurt Hummel.

Taking This One to the Grave, by tamakito (Kurt and Azimio gen)
Desperate to get Karofsky's secret off his chest without actually telling anyone, Kurt takes advantage of the fact that he's way beyond most of his classmates in French and definitely beyond Azimio, his assigned partner. Unfortunately, it turns out Azimio is actually pretty good at French.

So Take a Chance (and Don't Ever Look Back) by panaili (Kurt/Blaine, canon AU)
AU for 2x06 "Never Been Kissed." Instead of redoing the boys vs. girls mash-up competition, Mr. Schuester chooses to copy another tactic from last year to invigorate the New Directions: inviting the competition to McKinley to perform.

High School Musical
Tipping the Kinsey Scale by fools_game (Chad/Ryan)
Chad is straight. No, really. Ryan is not straight, and this doesn’t bother Chad at all. No, really.

A Proper Date by poisonivory (Chad/Ryan with platonic Chad/Taylor)
Chad finally takes Taylor out on that date. Things don't go exactly as planned.

Wildcats: Beginnings by queenitsy (gen with Troy/Gabriella, superhero AU)
The Wildcats will go down in history as one of the greatest teams of superheroes ever assembled.

Queer as Folk (US)
The New Black by mojokid (Brian and Jennifer, gen)
5 things that did happen to Brian and Jennifer. Nice friendship fic.

Interval (or, what five years will do to Brian Kinney) by dontyouwaitup (Brian/Justin)
Brian and the people he loves, at five-year intervals. Begins in elementary school and moves forward through high school, college, through the series and beyond.

Catch Me A Catch by cindybaby (Brian/Justin, AU)
Brian decides it’s time to settle down, but things aren’t always easy. An AU in which Brian and Justin never met, with a cute romantic comedy feel. Basically a twist on Brian's line that the only time he ever went on a date, he ended up fucking the waiter.

Endeavor by galeandrandy (Brian/Justin, AU)
Brian and Justin meet while Brian is interviewing him for a position in his ad agency, "Exhibition," then become friends. This fic is a little rough around the edges, but it was worth the typos for the way their friendship develops and changes over time into something more.

The Vampire Diaries
Compulsion by [archiveofourown.org profile] entanglednow (Damon/Alaric, dark)
"It's not really compulsion if you give me permission." Really, really intriguing fic centering on the issue of compulsion and consent.

Not In Kansas Anymore by kachera (Damon and Alaric gen)
Alaric gets a call from a friend that sends him to Tennessee to investigate some suspicious activity. Damon comes along. In which Team Badass fights zombies! Contains a small crossover cameo by Bobby Singer of SPN, but understandable without knowing that canon. (check out the Damon/Alaric sequel, too.)

Veronica Mars
A Strange New Story Every Time by gyzym (Veronica/Logan, futurefic)
Ten years clean of Neptune living, Logan's past finds him in an all-night grocery store. [contains a small cameo by Neal Caffrey of White Collar, but I am not familiar with that show and had no trouble.]
26th-Mar-2011 06:26 pm - 7 Queer as Folk recs
The last thing I needed to do was discover a show that's been off the air for six years, consume the episodes at top speed and then become some kind of fannish archaeologist digging through old recs pages and abandoned sites for scraps of fic. Right. Because I have time for that.

On that note, some Queer as Folk recs.

Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, by concernedlily (Brian/Justin, S1)
"You let him use your toothbrush?" "I have a supply." Just a sweet, unassuming little domestic fic based off a line of dialogue in the show, but the characterization was spot-on and I thought it said a lot about the characters and their relationship.

Figs and Leaves, by rhihero_fic (Brian/Justin, S3, Jennifer POV)
"So, you're telling me that while you and my son are partners, you still fuck around on him?" Jennifer finds Brian with a trick -- she doesn't take it well at first, but eventually she comes to accept it. Very nice exploration of the dynamic between Jennifer and Brian.

Consequence (or here), by ragingpixie (Brian/Justin)
Justin makes a stupid mistake. To say that this is a fic about the importance of safe sex makes it sound dry and boring, but it's a sexy, angsty fic that explores some of the same themes that the show revolves around. (If you like this one, do yourself a favor and read all the rest of her QaF fic)

Nearly There, by themagichour (mainly Brian/Justin with some Brian/Michael, S5-ish)
Pretty much by the time Brian fucks Michael in the yard at their old high school, he’s already figured out it’s a fucking bad idea. I feel like this was a scenario that needed to be explored in fic, just because the show teased at it so much. I really enjoyed this as a what-if, although in all honesty, I don't know how I would feel about it if I wasn't such a shipper.

Love of His Life, by julad (Brian/Justin, S4 AU)
Brian gets amnesia. Reasons to read this fic: 1. Amnesia. Need I say more? 2. Julad is one of those authors that's always worth reading. 3. The difference between the hardened, cynical Brian of today and the slightly-less-cynical Brian he regresses to is wonderful. 4. His blank-slate POV on his own relationship with Justin is both sweet and hilarious.

Welcome to Heartbreak, by KayCeeCruz aka freakykat (Brian/Justin, AU)
It's not that Brian doesn't realize having dreams - about some guy you don't even fucking know - for over three years isn't just a little - well, fucked up. He knows this. A great AU in which Brian and Justin never met outside Babylon, and Brian finds himself having vivid dreams.

Subject to Change, by soundczech (Brian/Justin, AU)
"In a year, probably not even that long, you won't even remember my name. Oh, what happened to that kid who wouldn't leave me alone? Who thought he was in love with me. If you fucking think of me at all." An AU in which Brian gets the NY job he interviews for in S1. Years later, he and Justin meet up again and become friends.
Recs from the kurt_blaine Valentine's Exchange:

Proverbial (fair and wise and good and gay), by anonymous
In which Kurt and Blaine decide to spend some quality time getting to know one another on platonic dates; structured around a series of old proverbs. Great portrait of Blaine here, and a really sweet understanding between the two.

Blaine and the creepy, wrong, and totally inappropriate romantic surprise, by anonymous
In which Blaine decides to get tested as a surprise for Kurt. Don't let the title put you off this story, because it's great. What I really loved about it was Blaine going to his straight friends for advice on how to romance Kurt, and the way that all their advice is just not right for wooing a guy.

Wake Up Strange by anonymous
The summer right after Kurt turns seventeen is hot, and personal, and might kind of just maybe be the most important three months of his life. A great, slow exploration of the way their relationship develops emotionally and physically over the course of one summer.

Other Kurt/Blaine recs:

Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men by seaouryou (Kurt/Blaine, Brittany/Santana)
Blaine thinks he's just the person to help Santana through her sexuality crisis. Santana thinks Blaine is an idiot. Blaine and Santana are a hilarious combination, and there needs to be more fic out there like this.

That Was Then, He is Now by villageidiot
Now that there's Blaine, everything's different. Perspectives on Kurt/Blaine from Finn, Burt, Puck, and Blaine.

A Way with Words by kappamaki33
Burt admitted in his wedding vows that he wasn’t known for having a way with words. Really fantastic Burt POV on Kurt dating, with bonus awesome Finn/Rachel and Burt/Carole.

Do What the Music Say by seaouryou (AU, 3 parts, complete)
As Dalton Academy students, the Warblers believed in honesty and fair play. But they also believed in not getting set up à la Carrie, which is how Blaine ended up spying on the William McKinley Glee Club. This is an AU where Blaine goes to McKinley to spy on New Directions, instead of Kurt being the spy. I love this twist on the show, and Blaine's conflicts are really well done here. (Note that there are 3 parts to the story, but they're not linked together. Just click to go to the next post in the lj and it will take you through the story.)
11th-Jan-2011 12:31 pm - 5 more Glee fic recs
On fire when he's near you, by villageidiot (Kurt/Blaine)
Their first misunderstanding: it happens before they’re even officially dating. Maybe it sets the tone for everything else, Blaine’s not sure. If that’s the case, he thinks everyone should be so lucky; he and Kurt have a relationship filled with moments like this when they both feel so much that they can barely see straight. Basically, this fic tracks Kurt and Blaine's misunderstandings and fights over the years, as they grow into a stronger couple. It's absolutely gorgeous and one of my new favorites. Highly recommended.

Just the Way You Are, by tamakito (Finn and Kurt friendship/brotherhood fic, with Kurt/Blaine)
Kurt is an awesome brother and Finn loves him, he really does. He just wishes Kurt weren’t gay. Finn's homophobia is a part of his character on the show, and I love the treatment of it here -- that attitude is something that Finn really has to work to overcome, but he tries hard. <3.

What to Do, by sotto_voice (Kurt/Blaine)
Blaine has dropped off the face of the Dalton map, and Kurt is trying to figure out why. It's a good thing one of them has experience with family emergencies. Just a sweet, simple hurt/comfort story, where Kurt gets a chance to be the savior for a change.

Sickness, by heroes_and_cons (1950s AU, Kurt/Blaine)
The year is 1954, and Blaine and Kurt are two friends who attend Dalton Academy in Westerville, Ohio. Having been raised by an ex-Marine father, Blaine is never one to venture outside the norm, yet he’s unable to resist the way he feels about Kurt. An idealist at heart, Kurt someday dreams of running away together, but Blaine struggles to choose between his conscience and his heart. Not for the faint of heart -- this fic is disturbing in a lot of ways but it had me thinking for a long time, and in my book that means it's well worth a rec.

Can't Look at You Any Other Way, by skintightsocks (RPF, Chris Colfer/Darren Criss)
They are making out, in a manner the script even goes so far as to call "heated," and Chris is really, really wishing he spent more of his time making out with people he didn't work with so he'd have some kind of frame of reference for this type of thing. Apparently this fandom has got me reading RPF now. I can't be too bothered if it's going to be like this fun, sweet behind-the-scenes fic.
4th-Jan-2011 12:08 am - Glee + Crossover + H50 recs
Must Have Been a Tear From Your Eye, by monroeslittle (Carole and Finn, with Burt/Carole and Finn/Rachel)
the life and times of Carole Hudson.

Endgame, by villageidiot (Kurt/Blaine)
Blaine meets the men behind New Directions, one by one (sort of). fabulous, awkward, hilarious, with lots of UST. Blaine + New Directions is just a winning combination, and this is why.

Narcissism, by byham_rory (Kurt/Blaine)
All Blaine's trying to do is be there for Kurt. It's not his fault that he keeps remembering just how badly he'd wanted someone to be there for him. I love this twisted glimpse inside Blaine's head, the way it shows a darker side to the relationship that could easily be revealed.

Get Your Heart Racing by [personal profile] twentysomething (Kurt/Blaine; High School Musical crossover with Chad/Ryan)
Blaine thinks Ryan Evans is trying to steal his man. This is adorable and sweet and funny, and also I can't resist the HSM crossover. You know I am a sucker for crossovers. :) [bonus rec: if you think that Kurt really would go for Ryan, then you should read Bright Lights, Big City by cinaed. You're welcome!]

Hawaii Five-0
Lokahi, by elishavah (Danny/Kono)
Danny's life would be a lot less interesting if Chin stopped trying to solve so many things. Danny and Kono go undercover as a married couple. Chin gets threatening. Smoking hotness, hilarious banter, and did I mention undercover as a married couple??
26th-Dec-2010 11:45 am - 9 Glee fic recs
Most Likely to Succeed by miggy (Kurt and Rachel friendship, post-high school)
It was easier for Rachel Berry to feel like a star in Lima, Ohio than in the middle of Manhattan. That wasn't how things were supposed to work. A great Kurt and Rachel friendship fic, where they share an apartment in NYC during college. Multiple sequels linked here.

Bravi by nthcoincident (Kurt and Rachel friendship, post-high school)
It took me a couple tries to get into this fic, a story where Kurt has become a world-famous opera singer... but once I did it was SO worth it. And I don't know anything about opera.

Show Business by miggy (Kurt, Rachel, the whole team)
Rachel and Kurt are told to lead teams against each other in a competition of Broadway songs, to the rest of the club's mild horror. This is one of those wonderful fics that feels just like a lost episode of the show. Great interaction between the Glee kids as Kurt and Rachel each coach their team members in their own unique ways.

Friend is a Four-Letter Word by gilligankane (Santana and Quinn friendship fic, with Brittany/Santana)
Quinn Fabray meets Santana Lopez on the first day of second grade, during recess. I loved this look at how Quinn and Santana's friendship changes over time, and the way it follows Quinn's outlook from close-minded to acceptance.

Model Minority (Stereotype A) by lookninjas (Mike Chang-centric, Mike/Tina)
At some point, everyone in the glee club has had to struggle with the choice between fitting in and breaking out, being popular or being themselves. Mike Chang is not an exception to this.

'Cause You've Got an Awfully Long Way to Go by paperclipbitch (Puck/Kurt)
He must still be asleep, this cannot possibly actually be happening. Puck cornering him by his locker and discussing his sexual preferences is just too unlikely and ridiculous, even after all the other weird shit that’s gone down recently. You know when you read a really awesome story that makes you totally believe in a pairing you never thought you'd like? YEAH, THAT.

China in Your Hands by mary_flanner (Kurt/Blaine)
Hand-holding is serious business. three great outsider POVs on Kurt/Blaine, from a jock, Finn and Emma.

Shades of Grey by glycerineclown (Darren Criss/Chris Colfer RPF)
Darren’s straight, but Chris is kind of magic. Inner conflict and yearning -- don't say I didn't warn you. If you like this one, check out the companion piece here.

Something Wicked This Way Hums by like_a_raven (SPN/Glee Crossover)
AU in which a teenaged Dean accidentally joins the McKinley High Glee Club. (What? It could happen to anyone.) Hilarious, and every bit as awesome as it would seem from the summary.
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