January 2nd, 2016

het-reccers

Check Please, 2 recs, Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight

Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight
Title: Exeunt, Pursued By Heteronormativity
Author: psocoptera
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3815950
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/No archive warnings apply. A character gets pulled away on a traffic stop and there is a lot of worry, but no description, about sexual assault.
Word Count/WIP?: 35k, complete
Recced on Tumblr By: querulousgawks

Why This Must Be Read: Possibly my favorite long fic in a fandom that is full of great sprawling reads, but not a lot of het. Check, Please! is about a college men’s hockey team, and has only a handful of female characters. Who are all awesome, but it still makes for a pretty slanted fic landscape, so I’m extra grateful for these authors.

The premise is familiar: four friends go on a last road trip at the end of their time together in college. In the words of the summary, they encounter: “six thousand miles, two tents, several embarrassing photos, a giant rabbit, three cops, and a bear.” There is pining, tension, successful teamwork, total failures of teamwork, and friends supporting each other in the face of the world’s crappy gendered assumptions. Good times, right?

But in between the hijinks, this story does so many of the things that I look for in fanfiction. Puts characters in unfamiliar weird/silly/terrifying situations and shows them still very much themselves? Check. Takes issues that sort of lurk behind the action in canon, and drags them ruthlessly into the light for examination? Check.  Deals honestly with painful realities throughout but gives you the wish-fulfillment ending you feel guilty about wanting in your own life? Check, please.

Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight
Title: i’ll be your candle, i’ll be your statuette
Author: misandrywitch
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4589466
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/No warnings apply
Word Count/WIP?: 12k, complete
Recced on Tumblr By: querulousgawks

Why This Must Be Read: This is another longish fic that pulls Lardo and Shitty out of their comfort zone - this time, into a swanky wedding with Shitty’s conservative, old-money, corporate-ladder-climbing family. Where they pretend to date, while playing chicken with their own feelings for one another. It has beautiful characterization for both of them, but especially Lardo, and some hilariously terrible original characters.

Mods, may I have tags for Fandom: Check Please and Ship: Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight, please?

Originally Posted At: http://het-reccers.tumblr.com/post/136428736559
Not all those who wander...

Three The Walking Dead Fics (Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon)

I recently binged on Beth/Daryl from the Walking Dead and these are some of my faves.

Fandom: The Walking Dead
Pairing: Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon
Title: Howl
Author: CircusBones
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/940933/chapters/1834582
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, violence, zombies, sexual situations
Word Count/WIP?: 25,485/WIP
Recced on LiveJournal By: seren_ccd
Special Rec: 3 of 30

Why This Must Be Read: What I wouldn’t give for this to be the show? Time has passed and things have settled down, but there’s still danger all over the place. This takes the show in a fantastic direction, adding a slightly supernatural angle to things. The writing is amazing and the characters are so true to the show. Slight warning, there is some main character death, but it takes place prior to the story starting.

Fandom: The Walking Dead
Pairing: Beth Greene/Daryl Dixon, Maggie Greene/Glenn Rhee
Title: The Matryoshka Series (two stories)
Author: dearygirl
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/251920
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, violence, zombies
Word Count/WIP?: 30,868/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: seren_ccd
Special Rec: 4 of 30

Why This Must Be Read: Oh, if only this is the direction the show went during season four. It’s funny, tense, well-written, and just plain amazing. The characterization is spot on and the romance between Beth and Daryl feels so natural and wonderful. It’s a realistic slow-burn that pays off in such a great way.

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