June 4th, 2011


5 "Parks and Recreation" Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt Recs

Once I started shipping Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt (and his life-ruining, terrible face), I couldn't stop. Fortunately, this growing fandom is blessed with some disproportionally talented writers and I feel like every week I find 5-6 great new stories that should be read and recommended. Here are five recommendations (some WIPs, but WIPs you should totally read because they are great and will get finished) so far.

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It's All Your State of Mind by Panache

Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: It's All Your State of Mind
Author: Panache
Link:It's All Your State of Mind
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Romance, Hurt/Comforty
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 4/30

Why This Must Be Read: Panache (cypanache) is pretty much the best Leslie/Ben author out there, and that's saying something, because there are a lot of amazing authors. The best part of her fics is that her Ben and Leslie are so real. They have hang-ups and problems and doubts like real people, but she also manages to keep the fun and silliness that's such an important part of P&R in there. It takes place right after 'Media Blitz', so it's AU now, but it still has something about it that convinces you that this is really what might have happened if things had happened a little differently. Also, it shows Ben's gradual attachment to and induction into Pawnee in a really fantastic way.