November 2nd, 2010

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LOTR: As Close As

Fandom Category: Lord of the Rings
Pairing: Merry Brandybuck/Estella Bolger
Fic Title: As Close As
Author: Dana
Link: http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=700&chapter=1
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 (Actually by most standards probably PG, but was written for a family-oriented challenge.)
Genre: Light romance
WIP?: Complete

Why This Must Be Read: This story was written as a Yule exchange request for a story about an arranged hobbit marriage. Dana managed the request beautifully, making it seem plausible in spite of the premise, and still managed to craft a gentle story about love and getting to know one another. The story is told from Estella's POV, and she comes to realize a lot of things about her new husband. She also does wonderfully with innuendo, proving that a story about a honeymoon does not have to be explicit.
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A Life So Very Much Less Than Ordinary by snegurochka_lee (NC-17)

Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Luna Lovegood/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley-Potter/Scorpius Malfoy, Teddy Lupin/James Potter Jr.
Fic Title: A Life So Very Much Less Than Ordinary
Author: snegurochka_lee 
Link: http://snegurochka-lee.livejournal.com/272577.html OR on AO3
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, infidelity, May/December romance but all participants are 18+.
Genre: romance, friendship, family, humour.
WIP?: nope
Special Rec: 2/30

Why This Must Be Read: First the summary, because it says it all: When his wife leaves him for a man half her age, Harry has trouble getting back on the horse. His children, bless them, don't make it much easier.

Lots of people did not love the epilogue JK wrote, for different reasons I'm sure, but one of the more obvious ones (at least how I saw it) is that it close off the idea of possibilities for the non-canon shippers. This fic DOESN'T disregard the epilogue. In fact it keeps it in tact for a few more years before it throws a wrench into it. AND HOW. The affects of Ginny's affair on her family are painfully realistic and sometimes unintentionally hilarious. Harry Potter, you'll never stop being a socially awkward penguin. The build up on Harry and Luna's relationship is organic and seeped with easy friendship and support, and not once is Harry and Ginny's relationship undermined during this. Harry and Ginny's kids in this fic deserve a spin off series of their own for the PURE AWESOME they bring to the table. Albus Severus is a ray of sunshine and snark during the tumultuous time his family is having. And lets not forget Draco Malfoy, whose cameos are made of pure GOLD.

Seriously even if never in your life you've thought about shipping Harry/Luna I recommend this fic 1000% for its supporting characters and Harry's relationship with his kids. YOU WILL SMILE FOREVER.