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15 February 2016 @ 05:54 am
Discussion Post: Where do you find your fic?  

As you've probably gathered by now, het_reccers is a community for highlighting and archiving the best het fic around—it's right there in the name. And that's what we're always going to be.

But with the gentle demise of LJ and of multifandom rec communities like crack_van, it's not always easy to find great new fics of all sorts, especially in big fandoms where searching AO3 tags just doesn't cut it.

So, as fans of slash and gen and poly fics as well as het, we wanted to ask all of you: besides here, how do you find good fic to read? Do you follow and/or contribute to other rec communities, on LJ or elsewhere? For specific fandoms or for everything? Do you just read your friends' work? Are you an AO3 ninja with a knack for narrowing down your options? We're awfully curious.

Whatever your tricks are, tell us where to find the good stuff! That way, every member can find out new places to both find and share all types of awesome fic. If you're on LJ, comment below; Tumblr users, feel free to reblog this post with your comments.

endeni on February 15th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I follow a lot of rec comms, either here and on dreamwidth (bestthingever, fancake, calufrax, 221b_recs, gensplosion, buffyversetop5...).
I also find fics through fic finding comms (kink-finders, avengers_search, sgagenrefinders, fanficfinder, st_ficfinder, teenwolffinders...).
There are also rec challenges like the snowflake-challenge.
Oh, and podfics are a great way to find new fics to read. I also follow a lot of fannish podcasts, which tend to include rec sections.
Mostly, though I use my pinboard's network and subscriptions, or just searching pinboard's wider archive. Also, sometimes I go looking through AO3 bookmarks (going though a particular bookmaker, if they leave notes on their bookmark and we seem to share the same kind of taste). I also love hunting down rec lists, either on LJ/DW or tumblr. Also, The Rec Center newsletter is awesome.
I also subscribe to authors whose work I like on AO3 and find fanworks through fannish newsletters (comicstore_news, su_herald).
And of course there's the het-reccers comm itself. *g*
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on February 15th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
Ooh, those are some awesome suggestions! Definitely following calufrax immediately.
endeni on February 15th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yay, glad to be of help! ;)
redbrunja: leverage | lady is a thiefredbrunja on February 18th, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
endeni on February 18th, 2016 01:15 pm (UTC)
Of course, hope you enjoy! <3
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on February 15th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Personally, I pretty much just have this and whatever friends and fandom blogs recommend on Tumblr. If I participate in a writing challenge, like Yuletide or a Big Bang, I usually pore through that collection on AO3, and I follow a couple of OTP tags via RSS, but...that's really about it. I miss crack_van—I don't read a ton of slash, but I don't really have anywhere reliable to get recs for those slash pairings that I do love. So I'm excited to see what others do!
endeni on February 15th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
I miss crack_van too.. *nods*
mireillemyr_soleil on February 15th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
I don't, really! I read what my tumblr friends reblog. When I fall in love with a pairing I check the AO3 ordered by most kudos and hope for the best. It's a hard life.
blithersblithers on February 21st, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
*fist bump of fandom solidarity* It's a hard life indeed. Good thing you have awesome tumblr friends. :D
blithersblithers on February 15th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm excited to see what everybody else has to suggest for this!

So, for me, I sporadically check a couple other reccing sites:

gensplosion - great, multifandom rec site for gen fics, with a very het-reccers community type vibe ♥

fancake - a multifandom reccing community based around trope theme months (where you can rec anything that matches that trope); I find fancake generally more hit-or-miss for me in terms of the quality of the recs themselves, but definitely worth browsing

For Supernatural specifically, I've had good luck with Supernatural Story Finders, which has a tremendous tagging system that encompasses pairings, tropes, and a bunch of show-specific scenarios.

For Veronica Mars, the tumblr VM Fic Recs is a fantastic resource.

FFA usually has fic rec threads on the first page or so of each post; again, those are a bit more hit-or-miss again for me, but I've had good luck there as well, both asking for and finding new stuff.

I miss crack_van. :(

I'm predominately on tumblr these days, so I do depend on my dashboard and the people I follow to surface up fic recs. Mostly, though, I do what I imagine a lot of us do: sort by bookmarks on AO3 and start reading from the top of the list, sort by Favorites on fanfiction.net and do the same, or search " fic recs" and see what google digs up for me. Somedays it's a long slog to find stuff to read (and especially for older fandoms)....

Edited at 2016-02-15 02:47 pm (UTC)
Alexisa_h_c on February 21st, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
Ooo -- I just bookmarked that VM Fic site. I miss VM fic. Thanks!
blithersblithers on February 21st, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's a great (and active) tumblr - definitely a must-follow for VM fans!
thisfragility on February 15th, 2016 02:51 pm (UTC)
I follow many of the communities already linked above. I also haunt the "fic recs" thread on [community profile] fail_fandomanon. That one's also useful because I can make a request for when I'm looking for something in particular.
blithersblithers on February 21st, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yes! I also really like the regular what-I've-read-recently thread at FFA for more balanced conversation of fic, both good and bad.
merryghoulmerryghoul on February 15th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
I also follow and have recced at some of the aforementioned communities, but as of this moment, I'm going through some older comms, such as spoiler_song, and looking for fics I might've missed when the comms were more active.

Edited at 2016-02-15 09:33 pm (UTC)
jaq_of_spadesjaq_of_spades on February 15th, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting this out there - part of my original question was built around the fact that hetreccers does what it does so damn well, the lack of it across a wider fandom space is really noticeable!

The reader in me is going to go wild on all these options; as a reccer, the need to sit on my hands when it comes to slash and multiship recs is something I'll have to learn to live with :D (Or rec elsewhere, of course.)

Personally, I do much the same as everyone else: I rely on recs that pop up on my tumblr (and do my best to remember to rec anything I'm reading and enjoying). I track my favourite authors on A03 and subscribe to a ridiculous number of stories, as well as having a bunch of my favourite pairings tags bookmarked to check up on every now and then. This works for me because my primary fandom atm (Revolution) is very small (ie probably no more than 50 of us writing) and we have successfully dragged almost everyone into A03.

If its happening exclusively on tumblr, or at FFN or LJ, I'll probably miss it unless someone recs it ... so the moral of the story is RECS PLEASE :D
Gramma Lunacylanalucy on February 16th, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
I subscribe to a frakton of fic comms or writing comms or fandom-specific comms, mostly here, with a few on DW. Other than that, if I like something on AO3, I'll go through the author's "backlist" and sometimes subscribe to them.

I'm an omnivorous reader, though - I'll read anything in just about any fandom, if it's got a kink or premise I like, if it's written by someone I know, if it's recced by someone I know, etc.

I don't venture much to FFN and I'm not active on Tumblr, though there's some very good short fic there.
LVBphantompopcorn on February 17th, 2016 09:54 am (UTC)
I used FFNet up until about three years ago and now I read from Ao3 almost exclusively! I track my OTP tags on there. If I'm craving something from a pre-2000s fandom, I usually try and find old forums.

I only follow HetReccers and Crack Broom (Harry Potter) here on LJ. I follow ffictionrec for Romione stories on Tumblr.

If it's on LJ or Dreamwidth or Tumblr I will probably miss it!!