February 28th, 2017

L'ecrivez

"Adult Situations" by peroxidepest17

Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Melissa McCall/Bobby Finstock
Title: Adult Situations
Author: peroxidepest17
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/2143185
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up/None
Word Count/WIP?: 3026/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 8/20

Why This Must Be Read: The adults on Teen Wolf don't get enough love/airtime for my taste. But that's where fic can come in and fill in the blanks. I never thought I would 'ship Melissa and Coach Finstock, and I'm still not entirely sure I do, but in this story, it totally works. Apparently tequila and Melissa McCall don't mix well and instead wind up leading to questionable decisions. *g* The author has an ear for Coach-like dialogue, and she gets Melissa's voice right, too. If you're even peripherally interested in Teen Wolf, give this story a shot because it humanizes both Bobby and Melissa and gives them richer lives than we ever get to see on TV. (The Sheriff Stilinski/Melissa friendship in this fic is a nice bonus.)

Mods: Could we please get a ship tag for Melissa McCall/Bobby Finstock?
L'ecrivez

"Punch Drunk" by provocative envy

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Pansy Parkinson/Harry Potter
Title: Punch Drunk
Author: provocative envy
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11081547/1/
Rating/Warning(s): M/None
Word Count/WIP?: 13,746/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 9/20

Why This Must Be Read: Provcative Envy is a master of Harry Potter non-magical AUs. She has a keen eye for the telling detail, and her stories are often very, very funny -- as is this particular one. It's hysterically funny but also warm and sweet.

L'ecrivez

"Clean Hands" by Gwen77

Fandom: Game of Thrones
Pairing: Brienne of Tarth/Jaime Lannister
Title: Clean Hands
Author: Gwen77
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/7212838
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up/None
Word Count/WIP?: 13,089/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 10/20

Why This Must Be Read: Clean Hands is a Lawyers!AU filled with deft and insightful little touches that look effortless, even though anyone who writes knows they're not. Above all, this Jaime and Brienne feel like the show's Jaime and Brienne, albeit in a different milieu. As a reader, you can look forward to raw, honest conversations between Brienne and Jaime, as well as body image issues and insecurity for Brienne that are illustrated believably and with empathy.

L'ecrivez

Harry Potter, 5 recs, Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Title: The Last Two
Author: RavieSnake
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11674355/1/
Rating/Warning(s): T/None
Word Count/WIP?: 1,185/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 11/20

Why This Must Be Read: Finding this story was a happy accident. I'm grateful I stumbled across it because it's a sensitive and tender tale about two old people in love. Young people don't have a monopoly on love and/or romance, though they might think they do! Here, an elderly Hermione and Draco find love and comfort in each other, even as their bodies fail them.
Ravie Snake says a lot in this story - about love, about old age, and about how society treats the elderly. I admire the layers she built up.

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L'ecrivez

"status: heart fixed" by lauraxtennant

Fandom: Broadchurch
Pairing: Ellie Miller/Alec Hardy
Title: status: heart fixed
Author: lauraxtennant
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5332085
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences/None
Word Count/WIP?: 498/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 14/20

Why This Must Be Read: Read this for the spot-on characterization of Alec and Ellie. The author truly captured the way they talk, the way Hardy reads Miller's tone of voice, even their physical mannerisms. Reading this sweet fic made the wait for Series 3 of Broadchurch a wee bit more bearable.

Mods: Could we please get a fandom tag for Broadchurch and a ship tag for Ellie Miller/Alec Hardy? Thank you in advance.
L'ecrivez

"The Rooftop" by 14hpgirl19

Fandom: Agents of Shield
Pairing: Melinda May/Phil Coulson
Title: The Rooftop
Author: 14hpgirl19
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5048326
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences/None
Word Count/WIP?: 737/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 15/20

Why This Must Be Read: This story is beautiful in a quiet, unassuming way. There's so much that goes unsaid between Melinda and Phil... I think my favorite thing about this fic is how the author wrote Phil as knowing just how much to push.
Twirl

Mod Post: Special Reccers and Manifestos!

Put your hands together for our February special reccer, only_more_love!

We also had two manifestos posted as part of this year's Manifesto Challenge:And remember, just like regular non-challenge recs, manifestos can be posted anytime you like!

Next up, our March special reccer is honor_reid. And psst—we don't have anyone lined up for April yet! If you're interested, let us know in a comment on this post or via our Tumblr askbox.
Twirl

"Let It Happen" by lafayette1777 (T)

Fandom: Star Wars
Pairing: Jyn Erso/Cassian Andor
Title: Let It Happen
Author: lafayette1777
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9190106
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1,163 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This quiet missing moment is perfect, and it's an interlude that slips right into canon, from the understated and unstated emotions to the near-palpable exhaustion. The bittersweet ending makes it all the better.
L'ecrivez

"Our Tangled Bodies Are Going To Take Years of Undoing" by Zagzagael

Fandom: Bloodline
Pairing: Danny Rayburn/Janey Rayburn
Title: Our Tangled Bodies Are Going To Take Years of Undoing
Author: Zagzagael
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/3840430
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and up/One incestuous kiss.
Word Count/WIP?: 2054/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 17/20

Why This Must Be Read: Unbelievable Bloodline fic. I don't ship these two characters, but I would recommend this story to any Bloodline fan simply because the language, imagery, and grasp of Danny and Janey are all so outstanding.

Mods: Could I please get a fandom tag for Bloodline and a ship tag for Danny Rayburn/Janey Rayburn? Thanks in advance.
L'ecrivez

"Under the Night Sky" by greyskygirl

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Ginny Weasley/Draco Malfoy
Title: Under the Night Sky
Author: greyskygirl
Link: http://dgficexchange.livejournal.com/70809.html
Rating/Warning(s): R/None
Word Count/WIP?: 5910/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 19/20

Why This Must Be Read: This story took my breath away.  The writing in this story is so captivating and so pretty that I was left with tears in my eyes.  The author made me believe.

If you write, you know that writing is rarely effortless; even if it reads that way.  Well, the words in this story mean little on their own, but the author pieced them together into something that looks effortlessly beautiful.  Reading Under the Night Sky felt like sitting on a raft on a warm spring day and being carried down the stream by a gentle current.  There's a real sense of movement, emotion, and romance in the story.  The writing didn't seem overwrought or self-conscious.  It was just... right.  The right details, the right diction, the right images.  In other words, there's solid craftsmanship in the story.
And I'll be honest:  I'm jealous of anyone who can write like this.  :)  I'm also ecstatic that I have the chance to be wowed and entertained like this.

So please go read Under the Night Sky, and don't worry about the pairing or the fandom.  Just go read, and please leave the author some feedback -- even if it's just a smile.  Because preferences differ, I can't promise you'll like it.  Still, I urge you to take a look.