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30 June 2016 @ 01:09 am
A Song of Ice and Fire, 18 recs, Jon/Sansa  
More mini-manifesto time?? So I've been wanting to write a manifesto for this pairing for like....2 years. >.> But I also recognize that I am the absolutely LEAST qualified person to do this, seeing as I haven't read a single word of the books, and the most I've seen of the show is cuts from Youtube and gifsets on Tumblr. But as is the story of my life, I read one fic and then lost a couple of weeks of my life reading all the rest of the fic. Jon/Sansa writers brought their A-game, man!

And then!!!! Season 6 of "Game of Thrones" happened!!! And Jon and Sansa were finally reunited!!!! And hugged!! And supported and argued with each other as they plotted and battled to take back Winterfell!!! And had inappropriate chemistry with each other!!! So much so that several reviewers and entertainment websites are wondering: is Jon/Sansa going to be A Thing????

Will the show go there?? Who knows?? But Jon/Sansa fans have been sailing this ship for 8 years or so now and will continue to do so no matter what happens in canon. But it's been glorious (even to yours truly, the most casual of fans) to see all this Jon/Sansa canon interaction and the excitement of the Jon/Sansa fandom. :D

So why ship Jon/Sansa? Why could they potentially be canon? One incredibly prescient fan wrote a (book-only) meta-piece back in 2013 here which makes a very thoughtful and compelling case for the pairing. Other fans have also noted the parallels between Ned/Catelyn and Jon/Sansa. These are all excellent thoughts! But also people ship them because they want nice things for Sansa and Jon and they're pretty together :P

So onto the recs! These are all book-based since I pulled them from my AO3 history and season 6 hadn't happened yet when I was at the height of my obsession, but undoubtedly more fic has been produced recently. I just haven't had the chance to read it yet :P


Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Pairing: Sansa Stark/Jon Snow
Title: A Winter's Tale
Author: just_a_dram
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/360410/chapters/584460
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 95,971/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 229 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Oh man, this is THE Jon/Sansa fic, the can-this-be-canon?-it-FEELS-like-canon fic. It is 96K of glorious slow burn and poorly suppressed yearning and it's just. SO MUCH. It also makes the best case for Jon as King, and shows how much Jon needs and relies on Sansa's skill for politicking and winning people to their side. IT'S SO GOOD YOU GUYS. YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.


Title: heavenly creatures
Author: honey_wheeler
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/410315
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 7915/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 230 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is the fic that sucked me into this fandom. After all the terrible men she's had to deal with in her life, Sansa is understandably skittish in bed, no matter how gentle or careful Jon tries to be. To make her comfortable, he offers to let her do whatever she wants to him while he's tied to the bed. And since he can't use his hands, he uses his words to tell her how much he wants her and what he would do to her if he were untied. THIS IS SO UNBELIEVABLY HOT. Everything honey_wheeler writes is amazing and you should read them all.


Title: Lift Me Like an Olive Branch and Be My Homeward Dove
Author: river_soul
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/377858
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 6179/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 231 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Over the years she spent hiding in the Vale, Sansa imagined several men who would come to rescue her. She didn't expect it to be Jon. Ugh, Jon and Sansa broke my heart in this fic with their desperate longing to be home and stay at Winterfell and knowing that they are the only family they have left.


Title: And If You Want Me, I'm Your Country
Author: thefairfleming
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/344998
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 7060/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 232 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: The next time Jon sees Sansa, she's rebuilding Winterfell and he's been sent by Daenerys, the Queen, to make a political marriage with Sansa to secure the North. I like the careful progression of their relationship. Sansa is understandably wary at first and things are naturally awkward given the many years they were separated and the fact that they were never that close to begin with. But they come to an understanding and eventually make their truest and most honest connection in their marriage bed. This is lovely and you should definitely read everything else thefairfleming has written.


Title: This Is How Our Dreams Arrive
Author: thefairfleming & honey_wheeler
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1224328/chapters/2508508
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 3208/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 233 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: thefairfleming and honey_wheeler are a package deal and have co-written several fics together. In this story, Jon and Sansa have very proper and perfunctory married sex because they know their duty, but both of them are harboring deeper, more passionate feelings for each other and each are afraid to express it, assuming the other would be disgusted by their less-than-sibling-ly feelings. Thankfully, they eventually buy a clue. Sexy and full of feels!


Title: An Arrow Through the Heart
Author: luna_plath
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/410565
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 2613/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 234 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Jon and Sansa married for convenience, but Sansa wants more from her husband and decides to show him just how much she missed him while he was away. This was delicious!


Title: Goodbye Means Going Away (And Going Away Means Forgetting)
Author: lit_chick08
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/440664
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 2368/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 235 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Rickon is finally reunited with his family but since he was so young when he was taken away, he doesn't remember what his mother and father look like, and becomes convinced that Jon and Sansa are his parents since they look like how people have described his parents. The moment when he realizes the truth is the most heartbreaking thing ever. SO MANY FEELS.


Title: In the Midst of the Ruins
Author: Idday
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/946162
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 20,727/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 236 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Sansa is Queen in the North, and when she sends a raven to Jon to ask him to come home to Winterfell from King's Landing, he is only too happy to oblige. Oh man, I have so many feelings about this story. Sansa has been traumatized by her experiences with men, and the way Jon sees this and is so patient with her and tries so hard to earn her trust and let her come to him on her own time is so beautiful. Loved this.


Title: A Bronze Crown
Author: sansapotter
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1136367/chapters/2297655
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 32,752/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 237 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Sansa decides that it's time to save herself, and rouses the armies of the Vale behind her to retake Winterfell. SANSA BEING BADASS AND BECOMING QUEEN IN THE NORTH YASSSSSS. I love her interactions with the allies she calls to her side, especially her friendship with Val, and the relationship that develops between her and Jon.


Title: Found in Forbidden Nights
Author: alienor_woods
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/968367/chapters/1901351
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 16,870/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 238 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: An AU where Jon left the Night's Watch to join Robb's campaign. When Robb refuses to trade Jaime Lannister for his sisters, Jon embarks on a one-man-mission to save Sansa from King's Landing. I love this AU SO MUCH! Most everyone gets to live!! Sansa and Jon agree to marry for political reasons but the closeness that develops between them since Jon saved her means that they're not unhappy with the arrangement and develop a genuine affection for each other. So so good!


Title: Finding Love in the Strangest Places
Author: Zazou
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/917736/chapters/1781159
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 50,055/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 239 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is a really cool AU in which Robert's Rebellion didn't occur until the next generation. So Arya takes Lyanna's place and was engaged to Joffrey until she eloped with/was kidnapped by Aegon. When Robb and his father Brandon Stark go down to take Arya back, the Mad King Rhaegar kills them, and now Jon, son of Ned and Ashara Dayne, has to marry Robb's betrothed, Sansa Tully. This was a really interesting read!


Title: I Stand At Your Gate (And The Song That I Sing Is Of Moonlight)
Author: lit_chick08
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/727686
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 7601/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 240 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: A WWII AU where Sansa marries into the Stark family when she weds Robb. When he dies overseas, Sansa struggles with being a single mother, until Jon, his cousin and best friend, comes home and rents a room in her house. I love this AU a lot and the way Jon slowly becomes an indispensable part of her life. The author has drabbles that are also set in this universe at her tumblr here. honey_wheeler has also written a story set in this universe here.


Title: I Stand At Your Gate (And The Song That I Sing Is Of Moonlight)
Author: alienor_woods
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1117569
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 23,502/Yes
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 241 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is the only WIP I'm reccing because I love it that much. This is an incredibly cool Modern Royalty AU (think the TV show "Kings" if you want an idea of what kind of AU it is). So basically the War happens in the modern era and Stannis Baratheon has emerged the winner. When he tries to order Sansa to make a political marriage to Edric Baratheon, she--refusing to be a political pawn once more--lies and says she's been secretly married to Jon for years. COOL AU!! FAKE MARRIAGE!! ALL THE THINGS I LIKE!


Title: Down from the Mountain
Author: caesia
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1007260/chapters/1997464
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 23,789/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 242 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Another modern AU in which Ned owns a major league baseball team and Robb is the star pitcher. When Robb gets into an accident, Sansa rushes home to be with her family...and finds that Jon Snow, Robb's best friend, has grown up very well. This was SO GOOD. Firefighter Jon Snow is a very good look, I'm just saying, and his and Sansa's flirtation is SO SWEET.


Title: Snow series
Author: just_a_dram
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/222947
Rating/Warning(s): rated M-E
Word Count/WIP?: 8618/Each story is complete, but series may be ongoing
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 243 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Modern AU and snowed in trope! Jon was Robb's best friend and he and Sansa go to university near each other. They're snowed out when they try to drive home for winter break and have to hole up at Jon's home to wait out the storm. Cue sexy times and huddling for warmth, aw yisss. just_a_dram has written tons of excellent Jon/Sansa fic and you should definitely read them all.


Title: A Baldwin and a Betty
Author: Black_Hole_of_Procrastination
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4924204
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 1899/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 244 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is a super cute Clueless AU. Jon has to go pick up his former step-sister from the Valley after she gets robbed. Adoooorable.


Title: Heavy Heat of Spring
Author: Rumaan
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1117082
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 3119/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 245 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is a really cool subversion of the Hades/Persephone trope. The Lord Commander of the Underworld has a habit of sneaking visits to her gardens and Sansa decides to capture him for her own. I loved this.


Title: On Wing
Author: myriddin
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6596149
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 1968/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 246 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN AU YASSSSSSSSS! Sansa's queen, Ladith, is in heat and about to start her mating flight. Jon's bronze, Ghoseth, is the one who finally catches her. This was great!
 
 
 
borg_princessborg_princess on June 30th, 2016 07:24 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm all over this list, how fantastic! ♥

And I'm happy it's not s5/6 canon-compliant because Sansa goes through so much trauma, it's really not necessary that be reflected...(I know by the descriptions, fictional Sansa has been through an ordeal as well, but I prefer it not conform to the canon with Ramsay, ugh)

Edited at 2016-06-30 07:24 am (UTC)