November 20th, 2010

belle - shattered

Unfinished Sympathy by Caramel Charm

Fandom Category: Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Caroline Forbes/Damon Salvatore
Fic Title: Unfinished Sympathy
Author: Caramel Charm
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5888406/1/Unfinished_Sympathy
Rating/Warning(s): M, AU, mind-control, abuse
Genre: Angst/Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: The world knows about vampires, a plague has wiped out a good percentage of the population, and human!Caroline's in college when Damon shows up to ruin her life for reasons unknown. What's not to love? But really, the main thing I admire about this story is that there's a big, world-in-peril plot but it takes place almost entirely in the background. It works beautifully as a plot device, keeping the reader thinking, and it also gives Caroline and Damon the space they need to be main characters.
100 | on raven's wings
  • hariboo

The Red Dragon Tetralogy by Lisalu (NC-17)

Fandom Category: Dragonball Z
Pairing: Bulma Briefs/Vegeta, Chi-Chi Son/Goku Son, Bra Briefs/Goten Son, Pan Son/Trunk Briefs, Videl Satan-Son/Gohan Son, pairings crop up too.
Fic Title: The Red Dragon Tetralogy
Author: Lisalu
Link: http://db-asylum.com/othersfics/lisalus_fics.htm
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, violent situations like woah, mentions of past torture to both adult and children, DARK THEMES
Genre: saga, action adventure, romance, AU, angst
WIP?: the first three parts of the saga are finished, as are the oneshots, but each part can be read as a stand alone. The last part, sadly, isn't finished.
Special Rec: 15/30

Why This Must Be Read: I'm linking to the main page where all the stories are located and they are set up in the order they should be read starting from Red Dragon. These are in my opinion THE BEST Dragonball fanfics I've ever come across. What they (all) manage to build is outstanding. It remixes, fixes, and improves upon certain aspects the anime left hanging. While the anime was full of action and long arching plotlines it also was very light. This fic explores all the darker aspects that the anime hinted at but never fully touched upon. It gives Chi-Chi, who after DragonBall was pushed into the background and painted very one dimensionally, so much more agency and things to do. It makes Bulma even smarter and cooler than the anime did. It makes Saiyans more than just Super Awesome Fighters. It also plays with a few DBZ fanfic tropes, but does it the best I've ever seen. One of my favourite fics ever.
100 | on raven's wings
  • hariboo

(because happy is) what happens when... by badboy-fangirl (NC-17)

Fandom Category: Glee
Pairing: Rachel Berry/Noah Puckerman, Quinn Fabary/Noah Puckerman
Fic Title: (because happy is) what happens when all your dreams come true
Author: badboy_fangirl 
Link: http://badboy-fangirl.livejournal.com/339096.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: friendship, family, UST,
WIP?: nope
Special Rec: 16/30

Why This Must Be Read: Hands down on of the best handling of the Puck/Rachel/Quinn triangle. It's fair to all characters involved. It's a little painful too and takes all three of them through the emotional ringer.
100 | on raven's wings
  • hariboo

Public Interest by Apathy (PG)

Fandom Category: Fifth Element
Pairing: Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat/Korben Dallas*
Fic Title: Public Interest
Author: Apathy
Link: http://yuletidetreasure.org/archive/41/publicinterest.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: post film, humour, general, OC pov.
WIP?: nope
Special Rec: 17/30

Why This Must Be Read: Lovely post film fic in which a reporter is given the most diffcult job of her career: interview Korben and Leeloo Dallas. Both Leeloo and Korben are so perfect in this it kills me that there isn't more Fifth Element fic out there. Also it's nice to see a glimpse of what their lives could be life after the credit rolls.

*Obviously Leeloo's whole name need not be used in tags, but I just liked finding the whole thing.