October 16th, 2010

John and Liz

Challenge 50

In addition to any recs you wish to post at any time, the comm has bi-weekly rec challenges issued by the mods.

Challenge 50:

Category: Favorite Fics of All Time
Deadline: October 30
Challenge: Is it true love? Is this THE fic that you want to spend the rest of your life with? Rec it now! Any and all het pairings welcome! Just c/p the text below and post it as a new entry:

You do not need to ask for posting rights. Just become a member and rec your favorites!

Feel free to pimp this comm to your friends so that we get more het fans!

Phantoms of the Past by stefanie_bean (M)

Fandom Category: The Phantom of the Opera
Pairing: Christine Daae/Raoul de Chagny; Christine/Erik, the Phantom of the Opera; Christine/OMC
Fic Title: Phantoms of the Past
Author: stefanie_bean
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2625688/1/
Rating/Warning(s): M for sexuality, violence, and intense images in later chapters.
Genre: Drama/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: When it became clear that "Favorite Fics of All Time" was going to win the Two Year Anniversary Poll, I *knew* I had to recommend this fanfic. "Phantoms of the Past" is the best long-form fanfic I've read. In any fandom. Ever. I am not exaggerating (and I am not just saying this, because stefanie_bean is on my flist).

A mature, passionate Christine looks back on her life after Raoul has died, following their thirty-year marriage. Christine comes to terms with her relationships with both Raoul and Erik and looks with hope towards her future. If you only ever read one The Phantom of the Opera fic, *this* should be the one.
NG. Jess. he thinks my name is katie

A Girl That Could Easily Twist Your Mind by gottalovev

Fandom Category: Lost/Supernatural
Pairing: Bela Talbot/Miles Straume
Fic Title: A Girl That Could Easily Twist Your Mind (But Right Now It Feels So Fine)
Author: gottalovev
Rating/Warning(s): PG (a bit of grave-robbing)
Genre: Adventure/Romance
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read:

The sort of flirting is new, too, and frankly Miles doesn't know what to make of it. Oh, he'd love to have a chance at Bela, but he knows she's just way too out of his league for it to happen. Miles pokes his eggs and wishes for this trip to end sooner rather than later before he does something idiotic like fall in love.

Full disclosure: this fic was written for me so that goes a long way in explaining why it’s my all-time favorite. But I don’t just love it because it features my very favorite crossover OTP or because it’s tailored to my own set of kinks, I love it because it’s a layered, plotty, wry road trip fic about Miles Straume falling in love with Bela Talbot.

gottalovev absolutely nails Miles in this. His snark and his reluctance to fall for anyone is pitch perfect. The way he interacts with Bela is so much fun. Her Bela is amazing as well (and let’s face it, there’s not nearly enough well-written Bela fic in the world.) The whole thing culminates in my favorite fic kiss ever. It involves rain, mud, and an open grave.

It’s a wonderful, fun fic with a unique ship and I can’t seem to get enough of it.