June 1st, 2011


Challenge 66

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

Challenge 66:

Category: X-Men
Deadline: June 15
Challenge: Rec us your favorite X-Men fics. 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 X-Men fans!

And, if you're up for an additional challenge, we've had specific requests for the following pairings:

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every chorus was your name by allthingsholy

Fandom Category: The Big Bang Theory
Pairing: Penny/Sheldon Cooper
Fic Title: every chorus was your name
Author: allthingsholy
Link: every chorus was your name
Genre: Romance, AU/Band!fic
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 1 of 30

Why This Must Be Read: Best. Band fic. Ever. In the history. Of the entire universe. She takes the Big Bang characters you love and transports them effortlessly into this world. Even though they're doing something that's almost completely different from what the show is, she keeps all of them totally in character. Her Penny and Sheldon voices are spot-on, and their relationship builds slowly throughout the fic, not rushing into anything, yet not jumping out of nowhere at you. I'm not even really a huge fan of The Big Bang theory, but this fic made me a fan of Penny/Sheldon. And if all band!fics were this good, I don't think anybody would bother to read anything else.

As for the special recs, I'm hoping to get 30 different pairings in here, since I don't have nearly enough fandoms to do just fandoms.
ian & barbara: <3

Two Planets (Pausing in Their Separate Orbits) by ishie (PG)

Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton
Fic Title: Two Planets (Pausing in Their Separate Orbits)
Author: ishie
Link: http://www.tardisbigbang.com/Round2/31-planets.php
Rating/Warning(s): PG / spoilers for Classic and New Who
Genre: Romance, Humor
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Ian and Barbara are my favorite Classic Who couple and this story has a special charm to it that really suits the characters. The various Who-verse cameos throughout this piece should delight fans of the timey-whimey nature of the tv show and the romance and back story ishie has created for these two will make any reader smile.

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Special by Minisinoo

Fandom Category: X-Men movie-verse (w/ comic influences)
Pairing: Jean Grey/Scott Summers, with Jean Grey/Warren Worthington (very briefly) and unrequited Warren-->Scott
Fic Title: Special
Author: minisinoo
Link: Can be downloaded as an ebook here (several file types, RTF can be read using Word if you don't have an e-reader) UPDATE 12/28/11: Special can now be found at FF.net here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17/ADULT. Warnings for sex, underage sex/prostitution, trauma, language, and violence
Genre: Drama, Angst/Pathos
WIP?: No- Complete w/ a hefty 170,000+ word count. This is an honest-to-god novel.

Why This Must Be Read: Too often in fanfic, trauma is trivialized and used as a cheap plot device to introduce Teh Angst, after which point the traumatized character is magically healed by the power of Twu Wuv. This is not that kind of story. In this novel, Scott (pre-manifestation) is an orphan and street kid, who is coerced into becoming a prostitute in order to survive, before he is found and brought to Xavier's. I know some people just read that, looked at the warnings, and went "ABORT, ABORT! DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200," but I promise you that you are missing out if you pass this over. Make no mistake, this story gets dark in places, and in the hands of a less skilled author, it could come off as melodramatic and exploitative. But Min, as always, handles the recovery process with unflinching honesty, tempered with compassion, sensitivity, and above all, hope. In real life, recovering from trauma doesn't happen in an instant. Scott is damaged and the process of learning to deal and cope with his attendant issues is a hard-going journey, fraught with setbacks and frustration. But there is healing, and the emotional payoff of seeing him happy, forming relationships, achieving so much, and growing into himself as a person is all the more sweeter because you know just what he had to overcome to reach this place.

The story is Scott-centric, but the Jean/Scott ship is a major thoroughline throughout the plot. Jean/Scott in their various incarnations over the years and in various media haven't always tickled my fancy, but Min really makes me believe in them. Her Jean is a force of nature--compassionate, insecure, vivacious, and fiercely loyal. She's no shrinking violet and she refuses to let Scott wallow in his own self-pity. Her Scott is...a revelation. He's grouchy, abrasive, and so, so damaged, but at the same time, his strength, his thoughtfulness, and his kindness shine through. At times you want to shake him, and other times you want to hold him and weep for him. His journey and his growth is a marvel to witness.

minisinoo has written other novels and short stories in the X-Men universe, all of which I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend, but I had to rec this story above all the others because the experience of reading it was so transcendent. I don't like dark fic--I don't like angst or to see my favorite characters suffering, but I trusted Min as a writer and it was absolutely worth it. Do, please do, read this. You may need a box of tissues and a whole weekend to get through it, but like I said, so worth it