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27 July 2015 @ 07:09 pm
As previously discussed, we're changing up our regular monthly challenge for August and instead doing four fandom-specific challenges, each lasting a single week, as picked by the community. The fandom nominations are in, which means it's time to vote!

The top FOUR fandoms in voting will be our challenge fandoms next month. Voting will end on Friday, July 31st, and I'll post the winners then, along with the schedule order for the month. The first fandom challenge post will go up on August 1st.


If you're on Tumblr, please vote by replying to or reblogging this post, or sending a messages to our ask box.

If you're on LJ, please vote in our awesome poll! I had to split this up into two questions due to the number of fields, so please only vote for three fandoms total across both questions (there's no way for me to restrict this automatically, so we're on the honor system here).

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Fandom: ​T​he Good Wife
Pairing: Alicia Florrick/Will Gardner
Title: Some Like It Hot
Author: tore-my-yellow-dress
Link: Some Like It Hot, a good wife fanfic | FanFiction
Rating/Warnings: M/graphic sex
Word Count/WIP?: 4,211/complete
Recced on livejournal by: Z_Publicizes

Why this must be read: Set during Will and Alicia's affair in season 3, this is blazing smut with lovely prose and a believable take on Alicia's interior voice. Yum.
27 July 2015 @ 11:25 am
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Lily Evans/James Potter
Title: Timely Errors
Author: worfe
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4198643/1/Timely-Errors
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 130,020 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is a long one but a good one. Set after Harry’s fifth year, it sees the Boy Who Lived inadvertently time-displaced to his parents’ Hogwarts, with all of the complications and complexities that could possibly entail. The story smart and engaging throughout its length…and also features Harry’s Douglas-Adams-esque relationship to certain days of the week, which I appreciate.

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Current Mood: soresore
Current Music: "Miles Away" by Madonna
25 July 2015 @ 12:23 pm
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow
Pairing: Abbie Mills/Ichabod Crane, Abbie Mills/Calvin Riggs
Title: a more perfect Union
Author: scifisis
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3482030
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 42k, complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: blithers

Why This Must Be Read: The final chapter of this was published yesterday, and I spent last night reading it and flapping my hands around. This fic is such a great slow burn, with oodles of Ichabod and Abbie friendship and good natured bickering and having each other’s backs post-season 2, with these sharp little glimmers of something more showing through. I especially love Abbie’s POV - practical, smart, straight-forward, kind, and simultaneously perceptive and not seeing what's right in front of her. And when they finally come together, oh man: this fic taps into Crane’s mile wide romantic streak, and it is swoon worthy.
Fandom: Ever After
Pairing: Danielle de Barbarac/Prince Henry
Title: Liberty, Equality and Sisterhood
Author: misura
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1879350
Rating/Warning(s): G/A
Word Count/WIP?: 1K
Recced on Tumblr By: diaphenia

Why This Must Be Read: You loved this movie when you were young. You rewatched it on Netflix while making dinner. You may have even gotten drunk and purchased it on Amazon, to the great surprise of sober you a week later, just like as a hypothetical example for instance. But if you’ve gone searching for fic, you may have come up short. 

Fear no more. Misura comes to you with this most excellent short fic. Henry’s decided to get the population educated with a new university, but (despite his awesome wife) hasn’t thought to allow girls to attend.
Henry cast about for anything offensive about this particular line. He’d been quite pleased with the whole thing himself, really. It was all very progressive, very modern.

One might even call it ahead of its time. Seventeenth century thinking, nearly.

This fic is sweet, a very in-character look at the two of them after the wedding, and basically canon in my mind. 

Originally Posted At: http://het-reccers.tumblr.com/post/124900436114
Fandom: Spy
Pairing: Susan Cooper/Rick Ford
Title: Thirdsies or Whatever the Fuck Hobbits Do
Author: Barkour
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4077913
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1.2K, complete
Recced on Tumblr By: diaphenia

Why This Must Be Read: If the movie Spy left you with a hankering for a sequel (or twelve) and a desire to know just how (spoiler!) Rick and Susan woke up spooning, this is the fic for you! It’s hysterical, with pitch-perfect voices and affection between colleagues. 
“In the film adaptation of my life–Fording the Riches–”

“Oh, my God,” said Susan.

“The only man even remotely tough enough to play me, Rick Ford, is Viggo Mortenson.”

This writer nails everything about these two. A real delightful fic. 

Originally Posted At: http://het-reccers.tumblr.com/post/124899724574
Fandom: Green Gables Fables
Pairing: Anne Shirley/Gilbert Blythe
Title: something good and right and real
Author: CrimsonPetrichor
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3793603
Rating/Warning(s): G/A
Word Count/WIP?: 9K, complete
Recced on Tumblr By: diaphenia

Why This Must Be Read: Green Gables Fables is a delightful webseries centering around a modern day Anne Shirley. The videos, around 50 across a few channels, are delightfully low-budget but well thought-out, and the transmedia (compiled on the series’s website) is an experience in itself. In this canon AU, Anne and Gil decide to start fake-dating to get their shipper friends off their backs.

This is one of those fics that’s completely chaste (wait, come back!) but incredibly hot. Check out this scene, from a fake-date in the library
Gilbert opens his mouth to suggest that they do nothing when, out of nowhere, Anne hooks her right ankle around his left one and his mind goes blank. Anne Shirley is touching him and Gilbert kind of maybe possibly can’t breathe.

Amazing, right? This fic is also wonderfully funny, incorporating twitter as their friends watch them fake date.
@josieberrypie: i would carry you over fire and water for your love

@AnneWith_An_E: @josieberrypie That’s pretty! Is it from a poem?

@josieberrypie: @AnneWith_An_E omg no its a 1d song

It’s (to date) the longest fic in a tiny fandom, but both the fic (and the webseries) are a great use of your time.

Originally Posted At: http://het-reccers.tumblr.com/post/124898252569
24 July 2015 @ 05:24 am
Fandom: Veronica Mars
Pairing: Veronica Mars/Eli Navarro
Title: The Usual Suspect
Author: kieyra
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2906732
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/No archive warnings apply
Word Count/WIP?: 6392/Complete
Recced on Tumblr By: querulousgawks

Why This Must Be Read: A first-season AU, this fic uses a minor mystery to highlight all my favorite contradictions in Veronica and Weevil’s relationship: their bantering antagonism versus their shared love and loss of Lilly; the fact that they are both dangerous people with dangerous lives versus the way they are also just teenagers intrigued by each other. There’s a perfectly-in-character Veronica POV, dialogue that shows just how much Weevil gets her, and sweet, sharp, romantic sexual tension.

Originally Posted At: http://het-reccers.tumblr.com/post/124897557049
Fandom Category: Mad Max: Fury Road
Pairing: Furiosa/Max Rockatansky
Fic Title: "Blood, Coffee, & Motor Oil"
Author: underwater_owl
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4025509/chapters/9049489
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit
Word Count/WIP?: Complete at 41100 words with also complete sequel Before, Since, and After of 45655 and a bonus one-shot
Recced By: hiddencait

Why This Must Be Read: This is possibly my favorite story (and/or series) in the Mad Max: Fury Road fandom thus far (which considering I've bookmarked like a crazy person is saying quite a lot). Considering how much I LOVED the postapocalypse setting for the Mad Max movies, I really didn't expect an AU to take the top spot for me, let alone a coffee shop AU (Now, I heart coffee shop AU's like whoa, but for Mad Max? I didn't buy it before I read it. I learned better LOL.). But I gotta be honest, this fic is flat out amazing. The characterizations are spot on with everything from the setting to Furiosa & Max's former and current occupations and backstories to the way Joe is handled to the Interceptor (Oh my heart the Interceptor!). Just everything made me fall desperately for this fic. BTW, there is definitely some heavy angsty content, but considering the source material, it definitely felt in character for the series as a whole.

And the sex scenes. Oh sweet fluffy lord the sex scenes. The story had a realistic feeling slow build that led to gloriously hot sex with a side of kick that shows up later on in the series (check warnings for the specific kinks involved, of course, though they really worked in the story for me).

Basically, you should read it. And you should read it. You all should read it. Just be prepared to set aside the time to read it all in one sitting. I didn't want to stop which made it really painful to have started the story on my lunch break. LOL
We're going to do something a little different for next month's reccing challenge—normally, as you know, we have a single, multifandom theme for the entire month. We're going to shake things up a bit in August and do FOUR fandom-specific reccing challenges, each lasting only a single week, as picked by the community! Have a fandom you've been dying to read more fic in, or one you'd love to share recs with the community for? Now's your chance!

Here's how it will work:

1) Everybody can nominate up to 2 fandoms. These are not ship or pairing specific, but rather a nomination of a whole fandom. We know some fandoms have both bigger and more granular levels (i.e. should you nominate the Avengers or Captain America?)—nominate whatever you like, and we'll work with everybody to consolidate stuff into fandom categories that make sense and reflect what you're looking for, if needed.

2) You have until July 27th to get your nominations in. We'll pull all the nominations into a poll that will go up on July 28th, where everybody will get 3 votes for the fandoms of their choice.

3) Then, at the end of the month, the top 4 fandoms with the most votes will be our challenge fandoms in August. Each challenge will last for one week in August, and it'll be right on to the next fandom once the week is up.

You can nominate fandoms by commenting on this post on LJ, replying to or reblogging this post on tumblr, or sending your suggestions directly to the tumblr ask box. Can't wait to see what everybody nominates!