Fic Title: Mr Darcy Steals A Kiss
Author: Kerry N.
Why This Must Be Read: "An alternative view of might have happened in the weeks leading up to Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage." A truly well written lead up to Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding, and a look into subsequent lives. For all those who just want a little canon fluff. :D I would go and describe the realistic voices and lovely length of the fic, but, I'll leave you with "guilty pleasure that's actually quite good".
Fandom Category: Pride and Prejudice
Fic Title: Personally, I'd Rather Lick Sand
Why This Must Be Read: "Lizzy is feisty and spirited. Darcy, not so much." Don't let the quickish summary fool you, this is hands down the best modern adaptation of P&P I've ever read. I... can't even. Personally ff.net and a modern setting would immediately turn me off, but it came recc'd from a friend with very good taste and it certainly impressed the hell out of me. Snappy dialouge, quirky pop-culture references and charming characterisations.
"Somehow, I always knew that I'd be that girl straight out of high school to land a job as a barista for Starbucks. The Starbucks at Barnes and Noble's on Oxford Street? We were destined for each other since my early years.
You know that seven year old girl who pretends to inspect Dr. Suess while silently lurking towards the café like some freckled creeper? Totally me. I had the callings of a caffeine and literature junkie even as a first-grader – Go figure. The years have added a few changes – the popping out of a couple more siblings, more demanding responsibilities and puberty ("Hey, boobs") – but there's probably some scattered pieces of that seven year old hidden. Scary thought. It's where my temper comes from."
Fandom Category: Pride and Prejudice
Fic Title: Red Light, Green Light
Why This Must Be Read: "You're a little screwed up. No, seriously. Everything you meddle in just spontaneously combusts. Kind of like the Midas Touch, but just, you know, less about gold and more about crap. Emma, Modern Day." In the same vein as above, but this one sticks more or less closer to the book. Written after the above, the writing (still amazingly fun) just keeps on getting better. This Emma, like Austen's, manages to walk the fine line between heroine and idiot- and with such flare! Honestly, just read it!
"There was a rustle of fabric and a girlish squeal, and Jack Knightley could do nothing but gawk as Emma Woodhouse burst into his office on a crisp Tuesday afternoon and waved an elegant piece of paper in front of his face with almost sadistic delight.
Jack's mortified secretary poked her head in the doorway, sputtering some form of an apology. "I'm sorry, sir. She said she was your sister! Stormed right in! I even mentioned the conference call—"
"That's okay, Louise. This is Tom Woodhouse's daughter. And it's his office. I have no power. She is the bane of my existence."
ALSO: Also by orchidvines is a modern take on Persuasion-- "Ancient History Deserves a Helmet" with summary: Anne Elliot, professional pushover, freelance artist, and closet cynic is about to get her clean slate. If only a certain ex would agree to bury the hatchet. Or y'know, stop being such a douchebag.
AND, AND, a modern!AU!P&P, with the intriguing premise of, "Will Darcy had absolutely everything. Until the accident. In a glimpse of what could have been, he wakes up beside Lizzy Bennet, the artist he was supposed to dump ten years ago. The fork in his path. Still, what the hell happened to his Armani suits?" Not having read either, I can't wholeheartedly rec them, but seeing as it's orchidvines, I don't doubt it's amazing. And they're both complete. :D
P.S. Mods, may we have an Emma/Knightley tag?