October 8th, 2012

rosa isn't here right now

Day 07: The Next Spin At The Wheel by Psycho Goddess (K)

Day 07 - A fic for a pairing with a lot of baggage.

Fandom Category: Wheel of Time
Pairing: Egwene al'Vere/Rand al'Thor
Fic Title: The Next Spin At The Wheel
Author: Psycho Goddess
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1351659/1/The-Next-Spin-At-The-Wheel
Rating/Warning(s): K. Mentioned character death.
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: After the Last Battle, Egwene visits the grave of who was once one of her best friends.

Every time I read this, I am overwhelmed with feelings. (Yeah, I guess I'm forever doomed to ship unpopular established ships.) Egwene is probably the most hated character in the Wheel of Time fandom, but this insightful story gives voice to all the contradictions inherent to her character. It is one of the few stories that captures both her maturity and her stubborn indignation. And it is the best, closest-to-canon look at the Egwene-Rand relationship, with all its intricacies, complications, and, ultimately, disappointments, I have ever read.

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Day Eight: From This Day On by sleepscribbling (G)

Day 08 - A fic for a pairing about a wedding and/or baby.

Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: Amy Pond/Rory Williams
Fic Title: From This Day On
Author: sleepscribbling
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): G
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is short, but I wanted to rec Amy/Rory for this day, and do you know how difficult it is to find a fic about their wedding? Anyway, it's a really beautiful fic about the wedding we didn't get to see, and Amy thinking that there's something missing, but she doesn't know who. Just go read it, now! ;)
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Teen Wolf - 3 Recs - Lydia/Derek

Fandom Category: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Lydia/Derek (elements of Lydia/Peter)
Fic Title: Cravings
Author: Freya Ishtar
Link: Cravings
Rating/Warning(s): R/ May delve into the Peter/Lydia relationship, so could get darker
Genre: Romance, Angst, Drama
Why This Must Be Read: This is absolutely fantastic, a real gem of a fic and I’m looking forward to the rest of it. It is a slower paced fic, which is perfect for this pairing. The author has the ‘voices’ of the character spot-on (IMO), I could really hear Holland Roden voice in my head when I was reading. The Lydia/Peter dynamic isn’t huge…mostly exploring what has happened in season 2 (and we need that). We are getting to see Derek get to know Lydia - and his assumptions (wrong ones!) of who she is slowly morph. I love this fic!

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Day 8: Lonely at the Top by k4writer02 (Teen)

Fandom Category: Immortals - Tamora Pierce
Pairing: Kalasin of Conté/Kaddar Ghazanoi Iliniat
Fic Title: Lonely at the Top
Author: k4writer02
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1726593/1/Lonely-at-the-Top
Rating/Warning(s): Teen. Mentions of induced miscarriage. Written before TQ, so contradicts some quasi-canon about the Conte family.
Genre: Drama.
WIP?: No. Completed MC.

Why This Must Be Read: During a lonely time, Kalasin Iliniat of Conté, empress of Carthak, receives a visit from her sister the princess Lianne of Conté and her friend Buri.

I don't read baby!fics, as a rule. They're just not my thing. But Lonely at the Top did appeal to me for a great many reasons, starting from an atmosphere that I did not expect, but rings true to me. Kalasin and Kaddar get a single throw-away line mentioning their marriage, in canon, but this author breathes life into the intricacies, push-pulls and yet very present affection and love that they could have. It also includes a dollop of court intrigue and a LOT of wonderful platonic bonding, to round it out. I particularly love that though this story isn't actually focused on romance, the romance is so well done that it becomes a cornerstone of this story.

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Day 8: A Most Convenient Mishap by Rebecca E. (R)

Fandom Category: Pride and Prejudice
Pairing: Elizabeth Bennet/Fitzwilliam Darcy
Fic Title: A Most Convenient Mishap
Author: Rebecca E.
Link: http://www.dwiggie.com/derby/old_2003/rebe.htm
Rating/Warning(s): R / sex
Genre: Romance, Alternate Universe
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: First comes marriage, then comes love. When a comedy of errors causes Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy to marry in order to avoid scandal they are forced to re-evaluate their first impressions of one another. Forced marriage is one of my favorite tropes, and the author does a wonderful job with it here.

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