November 3rd, 2010

supernatural; sam dean impala

The Last Sleep by ninety6tears (PG-13)

Fandom Category: Twilight
Pairing: Jacob/Bella, some Edward/Bella
Fic Title: The Last Sleep
Author: ninety6tears
Link: http://ninety6tears.livejournal.com/60698.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: drama, romance, friendship
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: There are a lot of Twilight fics to be found that are unbelievably good and moving compared to the source material, but to me this one is the greatest example. The bittersweet and somewhat ambiguous ending stayed on my mind haunting me for days after I first read it and I can think of very few works of fanfic that have ever affected me as deeply.

This is not at all a "what should have happened" kind of fic and isn't even about Edward vs. Jacob or who Bella will end up with in the end, though her relationships with both are significant and beautifully written in it (the fic is aimed more toward J/B fans but I enjoyed all the parts with other characters, too). It simply explores the idea of choosing immortality in a much darker way than canon, not objectively determining which is the only right choice as much as examining how much difference it makes having complete control over your own fate no matter what kind of a life it is. This is about Bella finally learning to put herself first by making a choice that is devastating to everyone close to her, the depth of Jacob's love for her because he can let go, and the curse of Edward's because he never can. A pretty intense read at parts and probably not easy to digest in one sitting, but so worth getting through. (Yes, possibly even if you really hate Twilight.)
supernatural; sam dean impala

How Many Roads (or 27 Times Jim Kirk Hit On Nyota Uhura) by captanddeastar (R)

Fandom Category: Star Trek (reboot)
Pairing: Uhura/Kirk, background Uhura/Spock
Fic Title: How Many Roads? or, 27 Times Jim Kirk Hit On Nyota Uhura
Author: captanddeastar
Link: http://captanddeastar.livejournal.com/9278.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: friendship, romance, humor
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Hilarious and cute with totally spot-on characterization. Like every one of the lamentably few Kirk/Uhura shippers out there I love to believe she doesn't dislike him nearly as much as she pretends to. It's also fun to consider that he would never let on or maybe even know the difference himself if he were actually in love with her. Accordingly this whole fic is about them gradually coming to mean a lot to each other, at least as friends at first, and always having a strange way of showing it as if they'd be unsure of how to start interacting if they finally had to drop the familiar act that started when he first met and hit on her in a bar such a long time ago.